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  1. Review: Demons, Devils and Denizens of Hell: Vol 2

    I’m thrilled to share my review of Demons, Devils and Denizens of Hell: Vol 2, and anthology of horror stories compiled by P. Mattern, edited by Ztina Marie and published by HellBound Books.

    “Another anthology of otherworldy delights, tales of horror, dread and hellish inhabitants, – all lovingly compiled by award-winning author P. Mattern.
    Our second journey into the darkest recesses of Satan’s pit has superlative tales of nefarious delight by: Andrew MacKay, Ryan Woods, PC3, Richard Raven, Dante Crossroad, Josh Schlossberg, Brianna M. Fenty, Paul Lubaczewski, Marcus Mattern, R.L. Chambers, Gerri R Grayson, John ...
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  2. Review: Kentucky’s Haunted Mansions by Jacob and Jenny Floyd

    When I purchased my copy of Kentucky’s Haunted Mansions I didn’t know what to expect. I knew it was a book grounded in history and fact and that was about it.

    Kentucky’s Haunted Mansions, from paranormal authors Jacob and Jenny Floyd, will take you into the homes of the dignitaries and luminaries that made Kentucky industrious through business, bureaucracy, and bloodshed. Beyond the rich, sweeping history that these men wrote, there lies the spiritual energy their lives left behind. Some of these mansions are alleged to be haunted, and many ghostly reports have come out of them. Read about phantoms such as the angry young girl at Griffin ...
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  3. Review: On the Job by Sandi Wallace

    I’m delighted to present my review of On The Job by Australian crime author, Sandi Wallace.

    “The highs and lows of cops on the job. The cases that make them, break them, bring them laughs, maybe even love. Police on the beat, working one-officer shops and seasoned detectives pursue a cunning home intruder, a full-moon prankster, false friends, vengeful partners. Adrenaline-charged car chases, unsanctioned surveillance, intense interrogation. The impact of a child’s tragic death. The import of unearthing what happened to an infant and her mother. Lives saved and crooks captured. This gripping collection of Sandi Wallace’s ...
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  4. Shopping List 2

    About a year ago I signed up for a free online creative writing course as research for running my own. In those ten weeks participants were invited to write the bones of a short story. I came up with plain Jane on a train. Yeah, I guess I was feeling a bit cynical and detached as I was really just being a spy, but I jumped through the hoops and engaged anyway.

    Then I tinkered with this Jane and her train journey, and the more I did, the darker the story became. The result is ‘Ignominy’, a dark tale about a train journey, describing where Jane has been, who she meets, and what happens as a result.
    I ended up loving Jane ...
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  5. On horror, dark fiction and The Cabin Sessions

    When author Elizabeth Jane Corbett (The Tides Between) invited me to onto her site for an in-depth interview, I must have answered with my morning coffee on my desk. Her questions stimulated some detailed answers. I am no horror-genre expert, far from it, but I do have some thoughts about the genre and I am happy that through The Cabin Sessions, readers who would not normally go near a horror novel, are taking an interest.

    “This is a must read for all who like to be profoundly disturbed by their reading. Or for others, like me, who are simply keen to see the best of what this genre can hold.” – ...
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  6. Unnerving and The Cabin Sessions

    It’s been a big week for The Cabin Sessions. First I received a warm and thoughtful review in Unnerving Magazine…









    …and I was then invited to be interviewed.


    To read the full review, and so much more click on the link.  http://www.unnervingmagazine.com/
    Click for more on The Cabin Sessions 

    Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Book review, Breath holding, dark fiction, literary fiction, ...
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  7. #AWW challenge completed!

    I signed up late to the 2017 Australian Women Writer’s challenge. Despite those lost months, I committed to reviewing at least six books by Australian women authors, which is known as the ‘Franklin’ challenge. I ended up reviewing seven titles and I would have written more had I not found myself unexpectedly moving house!
    What a delightful experience the #AWW has been! I’ve ventured into genres I wouldn’t normally read. I’ve found many absolute gems along the way.
    I began with Kathryn Gossow’s Cassandra, an absolutely charming literary coming of age story. “Cassandra is laced with evocative descriptions of rural Queensland. Gossow’s characterisations are convincing and her pacing measured. Early suspense shades into a textured ...
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  8. Reading from The Cabin Sessions on The New Panic Room Radio Show

    I’m super excited and just a little bit spooked to be reading from my dark psychological thriller, The Cabin Sessions on The Panic Room Radio Show, hosted by horror/bizarro author and blog radio personality James H Longmore and Dark Poet Princess Xtina Marie.
    new release! The Cabin Sessions – for those who like their horror dark and psychological.
    The question for me is, which segment? Well here’s the weird bit. I recall a section I really like, bring up my Mobi file on my Tablet, scroll along at random…and somehow manage to land on the exact page.


    Tune in tomorrow, Friday 3rd November from 1.30pm .  http://www.panicroomradio.com/   
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  9. #NaNoWriMo here I come!

    I cannot believe that tomorrow I start the #NaNoWriMo challenge. After all, I’m in the middle of moving house. I have a novel I’m readying to submit. I have another in draft form on my desk and three more in the planning stage. How can I even think to take on something else right now? I must be barking mad!
    But…
    Here’s why – if I don’t take the challenge, TWERK may never get written. Not with all of my other projects demanding my attention. I’ve had ideas for this novel for about two years. I’ve planned and story boarded it three times. I have the characters, the plot, the research all done. I’ve figured out a new setting and another plot twist. There is nothing stopping me ...
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  10. The Tides Between by Elizabeth Jane Corbett

    I am delighted to share my review of Elizabeth Jane Corbett’s debut novel, The Tides Between.

    “In 1841, on the eve of her departure from London, Bride’s mother demands she forget her dead father and prepare for a sensible, adult life in Port Phillip. Desperate to save her childhood, fifteen-year-old Bridie is determined to smuggle a notebook filled with her father’s fairy tales to the far side of the world.
    When Rhys Bevan, a soft-voiced young storyteller and fellow traveller realises Bridie is hiding something, a magical friendship is born. But Rhys has his own secrets and the words written in Bridie’s notebook ...
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  11. Artefacts and other stories by Rebecca Burns

    I’m delighted to share my review of Artefacts and other stories by Rebecca Burns

    That dandelion. A flash of stubborn yellow in a dark box of space. It had promised sunshine but had tasted sour. Artefacts. A dandelion. A mayfly. A family, bereft. Items and mementos of a life, lived hard and with love, or long, empty, bitter. In these sharply drawn and unflinching short stories, Rebecca Burns unpicks the connection between the lives we live and what we leave behind.
    My Review
    The short story form is hard to master. There are many strictures and the word length alone demands taut and pointed prose. Few can manage the ...
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  12. The Cabin Sessions and Alex Legg: A novel in memory of a remarkable musician

    I didn’t plan to write a horror novel. Not at first. Although the elements were there from the start.
    The genesis of The Cabin Sessions began in 2012, during a period of my life in which I attended an open mic every Wednesday night without fail. The open mic was held in a log cabin up in the Dandenong Ranges, east of Melbourne, Australia. I was living with the host, Scottish troubadour and gifted songwriter, Alex Legg. Every Wednesday, I would help him carry in the gear. I drank the rider. At the end of the night, making sure I didn’t stagger, I would help pack up.
    That year, I was writing short stories in between being Alex’s ...
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  13. The Cabin Sessions available for preorder

    I am delighted to announce that my debut dark fiction novel is available for preorder. Just click on the link.
    http://hellboundbookspublishing.com/cabinsessions.html
    This book is special to me. I wrote it at the same time as A Perfect Square. I see the novels as twins. Both contain dark themes. Both aim to disturb.
    With The Cabin Sessions I set out to explore themes of domestic violence and child abuse, by exploring what might happen to people who live in absolute denial, or immobilising fear. At first I didn’t know if I could produce a character twisted enough for my purposes. Then along came Eva Stone. I wrote ...
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  14. El árbol de Drago

    Estoy encantado de revelar la portada de la edición española de mi novela, El árbol de Drago.
    Ella quería olvidar, permitir a este ambiente de tremendo aislamiento consumirla.
    Perseguida por los demonios del pasado y el presente, la geóloga Ann Salter busca refugio en la exótica isla de Lanzarote. Allí conoce al carismático escritor Richard Parry y al alfarero nativo Domingo y juntos explorar la isla. Ann se encuentra con tesoros ocultos de la isla que caen en un viaje profundo dentro de ella misma, se esfuerza para comprender quién fue ella, quién es ella, y quién ella quiere ser. El árbol de Drago es una anécdota intrigante de traición, conquista ...
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  15. The Cabin Sessions cover reveal!

    Welcome to The Cabin Sessions. Are you ready to be entertained?

    I’m delighted to reveal the cover of my latest book release. The Cabin Sessions is a dark psychological thriller/horror novel coming out in October.

    Big thanks to HellBound Books!

    Enter the remote and tight knit town of Burton, once a stronghold of the exclusive Kinsfolk cult.  Meet the tormented and strange Eva Stone…

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    Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Breath holding, dark fiction, HellBound Books, horror, literary horror, open mic, pyschological thriller, The Cabin Sessions ...
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