Category Archives: Guest Posts

Women in Horror

Glenn Rolfe posts his recommendations for #WiHM

Glenn Rolfe

What does that mean to me?  It started with Anne Rice. I, like many, fell in love with the saga of Lestat, especially the 2nd and 3rd novels in the Vampire Chronicles, THE VAMPIRE LESTAT and QUEEN OF THE DAMNED.  Those two books pulled me under. At the time, I didn’t care whether it was written by a man or a woman, why should that matter?  I loved the story and the characters and that’s all that mattered.

And that’s all that should matter.

It took me a few years to really get into reading, but about 14 years ago, I dove in head first. Since then, I’ve discovered a plethora of amazing writers. Among my favorites are super-talented ladies like Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason (the Sisters of Slaughter), Damien Angelica Walters, Mercedes M. Yardley, Somer Canon, C.W. LeSart, and most recently, Amber Fallon.

Whether its the mesmerizing prose…

View original post 101 more words


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

View original post

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

View original post

‘Bloodsuckers’, a Surreal Horror Short Story

Check out this short story by Mawr Gorshin:


My name is Samir. I am ten years old, and I don’t know how many days it’s been since the last time I ate.

I do remember the bombs, though.

When they hit our house, I was with my parents and sister, trying to celebrate her sixth birthday.

I haven’t seen any of them since.

I haven’t eaten since then, either.

I don’t know how many days I’ve been in this hospital. I just lie on a bed, and the nurses have no food to give me. I have dirty bandages on my half-naked body. The blood from my wounds has stopped flowing, but other spots of blood, little red spots, drip blood from new wounds.

They are from the bites of the purple, flying insects.

They’re like mosquitoes: I’ve never seen such bugs before. They bite me, and suck out a little of my blood each time.

Do they…

View original post 2,034 more words

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…

View original post 136 more words

To Blog or Not to Blog

Some advice to heed:

Have We Had Help?


In this day and age, if you are a writer, one particular tool you definitely should make use of is a blog. In my case I have been regularly contributing to this blog since February 2010. A few days ago the number of my posts finally exceeded one thousand, something I never envisioned happening way back then.

Your readers want to know what makes you tick; maintaining a blog helps to ensure that. Despite what some may think we don’t spend every waking hour at our keyboards writing several thousand words each day. We’re not automatons. Like you we also lead normal lives.

A lot of writers still don’t make use of the humble blog claiming it is a waste of their valuable writing time. Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s a far better medium to advertise your work as well as engaging with your potential readers than…

View original post 651 more words

The AWC, Uninterested vs. Disinterested and a Grain of Salt

You know how much I love trivia about the English language. One of my favorite resources for that sort of thing is the AWC – the Australian Writers’ Centre – and their free weekly…

Source: The AWC, Uninterested vs. Disinterested and a Grain of Salt

Guest Post- Don’t ‘Black Knight’ Your Characters

Today, I send you a Guest Post from fellow writer, Charles Yallowitz. Visit him at

Legends of Windemere

Now, without further ado:

Thank you to John T. M. Herres for offering to host a promo/guest blog.

Now to get the introduction and promo stuff out of the way.

Charles Yalowitz

My name is Charles E. Yallowitz and I’m the author behind the Legends of Windemere epic fantasy series, the latest one being Sleeper of the Wildwood Fugue. I also just released a 27-page short story for 99 cents called Ichabod Brooks & the City of Beasts, so you can get a quick, cheap taste of me . . . whatever.

Let’s move on to the fun!

One thing that drives me nuts is when I read a book or watch a movie/TV show and characters ignore injuries. Running full-speed with a broken leg, bouncing around with busted ribs, and so many other mistakes that seem sloppy.

My characters get hurt all the time, so I have to remember to slow them down or add in something that explains how they can keep going. A barbarian’s rage or a magic spell can work, but you must always remember to have them react to the injury once that boost is over. Unless that boost comes with a healing spell, they’re going to be hurting later.

I can only think of three reasons (here with solutions) for this to happen:

  1. The author forgets about the injury, which is something that should be fixed in an editing run. Once that character is hurt, you have to read through the rest of the action with that clear in your mind. Every move should be analyzed to make sure it doesn’t ignore the wound. For example, if Luke Callindor breaks his arm, I can’t have him swinging away at full strength with that arm. If he manages to use it, his aim will be off, he’ll have an expression of pain, and he probably won’t do any damage.
  2. The injury is thrown in only for suspense and then only mentioned as an aside. You want your reader to realize that the character is in danger, so you hurt them. This one has a simple solution: Don’t do it! Yes, there is a rush when the hero is bleeding from a bad wound and the villain is closing in. You still need to have your character react to the injury. A burst of adrenaline is one thing, but blatant disregard for physical pain is another. I’m thinking of the Inigo Montoya vs Count Rugen fight here as an example of how to do it right. (Watch the movie if you don’t know what I mean.)
  3. “My character is so badass that pain doesn’t slow him down.” LAME! BORING! COP OUT! This is a personal opinion here, but the ‘immune to pain’ stuff is ridiculous. It brings in too many problems. If a character doesn’t feel pain then they shouldn’t feel pleasure either. This denotes a numbing of one’s sense of touch. Even if a character is able to mind over matter their way through pain, they’re still injured and their inability to be slowed down by any injury takes away from the story. Wolverine can heal, but he can still be hurt and has a moment where the injury effects him (usually). Superman can still take a beating or get knocked around (usually). This ‘too badass to be slowed down’ is really overdone and I see it as the ultimate laziness in fight scenes. You don’t want to weaken the reputation of your hero or villain? Then don’t let them get hit in the first place.

I’m going to end here on the biggest ‘Black Knight’ maneuver that drives me up the wall:

Guys that are immune to groin kicks!

You ever read that book or watch that movie where the hero kicks the big guy in the junk, but the big guy only stands there grinning? When did that become the sign of evil badassery? I feel sorry for that villain’s wife or girlfriend because he’s obviously either a eunuch or suffering from severe erectile nerve damage.

A kick to the groin slows down, if not stops, every male. It’s our weakest point and it can make the biggest man in the world curl up in the fetal position and cry. So, STOP with the immunity to groin kicks unless you have a damn good reason for it.

Again, your choices are:

  1. Eunuch
  2. Severe erectile nerve damage.
  3. Codpiece (requires a clang and the hero to hurt his/her foot)
  4. Alien where the junk is somewhere else like the knee (Star Trek VI, anybody?)
Bibliophilia Templum

Reviews and Resources for the daring reader

The Horror Bookshelf

A blog dedicated to Dark Fiction

Welcome to Avalon

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Steve Downes - Author/Poet

Official Writing Blog/Site of Steve Downes, Novelist, Poet, Playwright & Dreamer

Nathan Crow

Using darkness to soften the edges of reality.

%d bloggers like this: