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Inspiring ghouls of the fictional world of horror everywhere.

“Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.” – Neil Gaiman.     It’s obvious that the passing of…

The Night Just Got Darker by Gary McMahon


Immortality. Bit of a Golden Goose in supernatural fiction. Seems to come into play in lots of ways, whether we’re talking Vampires, Zombies or even Ghosts. But let’s look at in a “real world” perspective. Forget the “is it a blessing, is it a curse”…

Getting Away With Not Being Dead (or wrinkly)


Current calls for submissions                        The Magazines… Cemetery Dance…go for it!   Dark Tales is the place for the more unique works,  “well written, entertaining science fiction, horror and dark fantasy stories with believable characters and page-turning plots.”…

Call for Submissions!

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Your new best friend.

I received a notification whilst on Facebook a few days ago that I was tagged in a post & the first few words named me, ironically being a somewhat bizarre day I still clicked onto it. Blaze McRob had written a piece on his site. It…

Blaze McRob and Women in Horror

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He can see-eee you!

Hello & welcome to The HHHB! Go grab a drink & get comfy…we’re in for a ride here.   EA: Hi Aaron, welcome to The HHHB! *motions towards chair* Please make yourself at home, just ignore the screams. *winks* To help the readers get to…

The Voice of Fear: Aaron Dries Interview.

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Some of you who know me over on Facebook may know about my work with Joe Mynhardt over at Crystal Lake Publishing, combine that with the release of Horror 101: The Way Forward & now I have an author page. So if you click here you can cringe…

Here We Go!


  I love proofreading. The list of my top five choices for ways to make a living looks like this: 1. Writer 2. Editor 3. Proofreader That’s it. Unless someone wants to pay me to sit around, watching TV and eating pizza rolls. Anyway. Proofreading.…

Write My Own Damn Story!


  For the past decade, zombies have enjoyed a status as the mainstream public’s darling monster: they’ve terrified and amused us, and though attempts have been made to extend them into romantic territory, such as has been done with vampires and werewolves, zombies have generally…

The Laughing Dead: A Review of Mark Clapham’s “Dead Stop”


“Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.” – Neil Gaiman.   The Elvis room by Stephen Graham Jones…

The Elvis Room by Stephen Graham Jones

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Alison Littlewood has taken a risk in using a type of fractured tandem structure for her haunted house story. Supernatural tales are usually best left to a straightforward narrative that drives the reader along. But this isn’t a normal ghost story. This is a story of…

The Unquiet House by Alison Littlewood

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I have news for you all! Those of you who know me personally on Facebook will already know this, but for the readers here I want to share some exciting news…I’ve joined forces with Joe Mynhardt over at Crystal Lake Publishing. Crystal Lake is a…

Ever Expanding…

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Zombies make kids turn against their parents. They’re responsible for the breakdown of society as a whole, and will let the Reds in by the back door! Did you know that?? Well you do now! Go tell the neighbors, tell everyone that will listen! If…

The Zombie Rebellion!


Back at the dawn of time, when The Horrifically Horrifying Horror Blog was taking it’s first tentative steps, like a baby t-rex being pushed out of the nest, to see if it could swim…or something like that, I don’t know… Where was I? Oh, yeah.…

I’m Scared

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“Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.” – Neil Gaiman.     Reaping the Dark is like a chop…

TINY WINDOWS NOVELLA REVIEW. REAPING THE DARK BY GARY MCMAHON.


“Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.” – Neil Gaiman. In this new segment I hope to explore…

Tiny Windows Interview – James Everington.

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Originally posted on Reading in the Shadows:
I think we can all agree that horror needs to get away from the zombie genre and start a new fad. It’s not that they’re terrible, I love a good zombie apocalypse story, but it does feel like…

Circumventing the Zombie Genre


Good evening all. Today I am mostly going to be talking about that thing which is something of a Marmite when it comes to authors; the Editor. Cue dramatic music. Some love them, some hate them. Personally I’ve never understood the latter. This is the…

The Magic Elves Who Make Our Shoes

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    Women in Horror Month is a time of celebration…though we’re here for the rest of year too!    I’ve popped on to let you all know that I’m the editor for The Horror Writers Association‘s month long special. For each day of the month…

Women in Horror Month

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Recently, I read Frankenstein and Philosophy: The Shocking Truth, edited by Nicolas Michaud, part of Open Court Publishing’s Popular Culture and Philosophy series. As a former philosophy major, and a current lover of pop culture, I’m a big fan of this series. Generally, the essays…

Damn Kids, Always Subtexting

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Originally posted on An Author's Blog:
Leaks, Whistleblowers, and the Media’s Right to Report. “You shouldn’t make friends. It’s not a good thing to be friends with people you’re covering. There’s just no point in doing it. It’s tempting, but they’re not going to…

this style of journalism

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    Once in a while, a blogger will strike up a friendship when getting a piece together. I’m lucky to have had this happen many times over & have met some truly wonderful members of this genre that are now firm friends. Lawrence Santoro was one…

The Passing of a Friend: Lawrence Santoro.

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Originally posted on Presents of Mind:
If I was sitting in a motel room, air conditioner on, curtains closed, pouring those single-serving bottles of vodka over ice and watching you pace, I’d tell you to use this cheap and dirty method to get a story up and…

Create Your Own Story Machine


  A Place for Sinners by Aaron Dries. 306 pages Samhain Publishing May 2014.   Aaron Dries novel A Place for Sinners from Samhain Publishing is a real travelogue of horror. It starts with a child, Amity Collins, penned into a dark cave by feral dogs,…

A Place For Sinners by Aaron Dries.

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Originally posted on The SPIRIT Seekers:
by S.M. Belekurov As the name suggests, and it catches our attention right away for that very reason, these are clowns who show up, usually interact with children, and then disappear without a trace. In Coleman’s highly enjoyable “Mysterious…

RETURN OF THE PHANTOM CLOWNS (WEIRD BUT TRUE)


Originally posted on A Broken Laptop:
We went on vacation to the sea. Salt water always makes things better, yes? But we came back exhausted, and ill, and I have the desire to create but I’m very low on energy. I can’t pull the words…

Take My Hand and Write a Poem with Me.

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‘S’, or ‘The Ship of Theseus as it’s also known, is one of my firm favourites when it comes to something you can really sink your teeth into. Anyone else who’s read it will know exactly why…because the reader is an interactive part of the…

Upon Reading ‘S’, a Firm Favourite of Mine!

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Originally posted on Flavorwire:
What is neo-noir fiction? It’s contemporary dark fiction. It was built on the backbone of classic noir and hardboiled fiction, but it’s evolved to be so much more than that. It is a genre-bending subgenre that includes edgy literary fiction, as…

10 Essential Neo-Noir Authors


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It’s not cigarettes, or something as dangerous as drinking more whiskey than I can remember. I bite my nails every now and then, and sometimes I forget to wear a seatbelt.  Every time I watch a movie,…

Bad Habit

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