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Rob Lyons: My First Published Book

Fresh news from Rob Lyons:

Tales of horror

I just published my first novel Werewolf First Moon at smashwords

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It’s Glenn’s birthday! Have a book on him.

It’s Glenn’s birthday and he’s celebrating in a fabulous way!

Glenn Rolfe

It’s my 40th birthday, and I want YOU to get the presents…
These titles are all on KU, but today only, you can get Blood and Rain and The Haunted Halls for just 99 cents each, or grab copies of Becoming, Slush, and Out of Range for FREE!
Here are the link to each title:
Thanks for downloading and reading.  And reviewing, if you feel compelled to do so.
#ShareTheHorror #ScarySaturdays #HorrorFiction

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OPEN SUBMISSION: The Sirens Call – Issue 35 ‘The Classics’ | #Horror #ClassicMonsters

Open Call for the October issue of Sirens Call. Check out the basic rules and get to submitting!

The Sirens Song

Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce its next open call…

The Classics

eZine_Submission_ImageFor the October issue of The Sirens Call eZine, we’re looking for horror stories, prose, and poetry celebrating classic monster stereotypes.

Whether it’s vampires, swamp men, werewolves, witches, evil trolls, or… whatever, we want your spin on what these creatures are up to. What we do NOT want is Fan Fiction! No tales of Dracula or Frankenstein’s Monster; let’s leave the copyrighted names alone.

The only trope we’re NOT allowing: Zombies – NO EXCEPTIONS! We’re saving that genre for our year end issue.

Send us pieces that are creepy, sullen, emotive, freaky, humorous, elegant, bizarre; or just flat out scary as hell.

The basic rules:

  • write the piece well
  • make sure it involves a classic monster but not a classic name (for example, don’t send us a story about Dracula-we’re not looking for Fan-Fic here)
  • the work…

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Zakk reviews Mayan Blue by Melissa Lason and Michelle Garza

A fabulous review of Mayan Blue by The Sisters Of Slaughter, Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason by Zakk!

Ex Libris The Eyes of Madness

Ex Libris The Eyes of Madness presents “Simple reviews from a simple reader…”

Zakk reviews Mayan Blue by Melissa Lason and Michelle Garza. 278 pages (149 pages digital) published by Sinister Grin Press.

“The caverns had not been touched by the presence of man in centuries, but the professor could not shake the feeling he wasn’t alone. He had felt this sensation before many times in his days in the field. He questioned himself for not waiting for Wes as going into caves alone was really against protocol. Yet with his age had come some overconfidence. He excavated many tombs in SouthAmerica and Mexico and each time the atmosphere was much the same. His heart beat with excitement, knowing he was on the brink of something major. The professor’s helmet lantern cast a yellow circle around him as he explored the underground labyrinths, and at times, it felt hard…

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Rest easy, George A. Romero.

A Pioneer the likes of which is rarely seen these days.
RIP, Mr. Romero.

Eric Robert Nolan, Author

Thank you, George A. Romero, for the countless hours of creepy entertainment that you gave us — both through your own movies and the entire horror sub-genre that they created.

I had so much fun I thought the world would end.

Article re: George A Romero’s death in the Los Angeles Times

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FREE eBook! Get my short story collection: SLUSH.

Okay, not “MY” short story collection, but from the files of Glenn Rolfe:

Glenn Rolfe


This is my first short story collection. It features many published and previously unpublished stories.  Get yours here:

Praise for SLUSH

“Rolfe crafts a mesmerising and realistic set of tales that will haunt, scare, buoy you with joy, and take you back to a simpler time when life was yet to kick you in the balls. Not so much slush as lush, a fictional, twisted trip down memory lane. Essential.” – Stuart Keane, author of GRIN

“A collection of twelve dark and seductive dances. Once you pick up “Slush” you’ll be holding 126 pages of why you became a fan of Horror in the first place.”  – THE EYES OF MADNESS

“Speaking of fucked up and disgusting, let’s talk about “Henry”. Have you ever wanted to cut your zits off with a razor? Of course you haven’t! You aren’t a crazy bastard. At least you probably aren’t. Okay, shut…

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Finding New Words

New Words


Have you ever been writing, be it in a story or blog post or even a simple status update on your social media, and type something that gets that annoying little red squiggly line under it?

I do all the time. Mainly, this is attributed to my funky fingers hitting the right keys in the wrong order, the dyslexia in my head that makes me see things in the incorrect order, or just plain not pushing the keys down hard enough. That, or hitting the key next to the one I wanted.

I’m referring to typing here, not writing with a pen.

I never took a typing class in school, so I would fall under the “self-taught” area of entering information by the use of a keyboard. When I type, I have to look at the keyboard. This, of course, means I don’t see the words appearing on the screen, but have to glance up to see what I’ve actually typed and make sure it is what I wanted to say, or write as the case may be.

I have come a long way, though. When I first started on a computer, I had to use one or two fingers, pecking away and searching for where the letters I wanted were. I used to go into chat rooms, which is where I learned a lot of the abbreviations (lol, btw, brb, etc.) used in online conversations. By the time I had typed a reply to a particular posting, I would have to scroll up to see the original topic, while the rest of the group had moved on to other things. Very frustrating.


As a writer, I sometimes feel the need to find synonyms (or antonyms if I want the opposing word) to avoid using the same word over and over, thus looking a bit superfluous. I like to visit and, sometimes on a regular basis, to make sure I’m using the right word, or to see if a word that has the red squiggle really is a word or not. (by the way, I tried looking up synonyms for “word,” but cannot find any that can be used for the actual word “word.”)

I am all for learning new words, As a fellow glossographer, (see also here) we should be in the habit of finding new ways to say what we wish to convey. The problem, for me anyway, is remembering the new words.

As I’ve mentioned in other posts, is a fantastic learning tool. Actually, I think I said, “ (and is my friend.” They have not just definitions, but articles and lists that can help one find obscure words and how-to’s on different subjects.

One such article, I read just this morning.

How To Get a Word into the Dictionary

At the end is a comment section that is overrun with people suggesting words to be added. A lot of them are just plain silly, but there are some good ones.

Now, again, as scripters, we should be wanting our own personal made-up words to be folded into modern vernacular so other people can start using them. Wouldn’t it be great to see or hear something by a celebrity or a complete stranger and be able to say, “I made that word up,” even if no one would believe you?

It could be a fantasy

I’ve thought up some, but recalling them is a different story. One of them, though, is “textversation.” (noun) The act of communicating via text messaging or instant/personal messenger programs, usually involving three or more entries per person. Just a question/answer would not be a textversation, but carrying it further would. I used to, if the recipient sent another message after I considered the subject finished, just call them and have an actual conversation. Times change.

Another word I’ve constructed, I used in my soon-to-be book, Hell’s Beginning. When a  person first comes across the scene of a multiple homicide, they run out and “unswallow” their breakfast. Yes, vomit/regurgitate/spew/hurl/puke... unswallow (verb). This should be a word.

What do you think? Have you ever thought of a particular word, but when you tried to look it up found no reference to it being one? Please, share it with me/us. If we can get enough people to not only use the words, but use them in writing, especially online, we can get our own words put into the English dictionary.

Shakespeare did it, as did Dr. Seuss, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and Stephen Colbert. (Who’d a thunk those people would all be mentioned in the same reference, let alone the same sentence?)

We have that same power, as wordsmiths; creators of worlds, peoples, situations and even fantastical races. We can create words that have not been thought of, as long as they don’t sound ridiculous and do have a definite meaning. Sometimes, even if they do sound silly, but on rare occasions, I think.

So, bring on those constructs of the written language. Don’t be shy; leave a reply. Even if it’s a mondegreen or a malapropism.

As always (intended if not specified):


Haunt Jaunts Paranormal Day 2016

#ParaDayParT is the hashtag to look for!

Here’s a chance to get stories concerning the paranormal out into the world. I have shared one story and one poem, and would like to see more people joining. Do you have a scary tale just itching to be read? Head over to Haunt Jaunt’s website and jump right on in.

2015 Statistics

As I said on my website, I may be a bit later posting this than most, but my end-of-year experience left a whole lot to be desired. I am still trying to improve the swing of things.


So, the email sent to me started thus, as I’m sure it did for all who have posted these kinds of results, too:

Our stats helper monkeys have been busy putting together a personalized report detailing how your blog did in 2015!

Click here to see the complete report.

Or keep scrolling for the highlights:


A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 610 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 10 trips to carry that many people.

There were 64 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 8 MB. That’s about a picture per week.

The busiest day of the year was October 14th with 20 views. The most popular post that day was Reblog: Writing Contest: Short Story.

These are the posts that got the most views in 2015. You can see all of the year’s most-viewed posts in your Site Stats.

So, The Barbarian didn’t do quite as well as the website, but we are just looking for progress. Baby steps, Baby. Baby steps.



I have been intrigued by caves for a long time. Maybe I’ve imagined them being a maw of the Earth, and thoughts of crawling into the belly of the world appealed to me, I don’t really know. I do know that there are those who would not go into a cave for anything, even to save their life. I guess if (when) the time comes to make that kind of decision, the population will dwindle considerably. Population control?

So, as a result of my experiences exploring some in my youth, I have penned a couple of stories set in caves. I even used the experience of hitting my head on the roof of the tunnel in one of the said tales, and if you have ever been spelunking, you know the pain seems amplified, be it because of the enclosed space or whatever reason, but it hurts much worse than usual.

While taking the Long Ridge Writers Group course “Breaking Into Print” I sent my story “Deadly Cavern” in for one of the lessons to get my instructor’s feedback and editing.

He helped me to imagine a better ending, one that would not leave the reader hanging or trying to figure out just what happened. (I cannot stand when I have to do that, so don’t want my readers, if I ever get any, to go through it.)

I would like to take this opportunity to announce that I have joined Wattpad, a site intended to link writers with readers. I would really love to find someone not related to me, who is willing to offer me honest, constructive criticism on my stories, and I get little, if any, response from social media or word-of-mouth. It almost makes me not want to continue. Almost. But I have stories to share. I want to write, but I also want them to be read, as well as commented on. Even if it’s just someone wanting to tell me I need to give up. Is it wrong of me to seek approval from people I don’t know?

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