Monday, September 18, 2017

Writing #Horror Updates!

Yeah, writing sometimes is a horror. haa!

Just a quick update as to what I've been working on:

Short stories:


I have a cool story called "Thirteen Horses"  coming out soon in the Descent Into Darkness anthology... It's a twist on people getting just what they deserve.  Funny, as this story has been through a few rewrites. I seem to need several changes until I get it where it should be, but I like how it turned out... I'll have more details soon.
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* I've been working on a strange, creepy, horror news-fiction story. Hoping to send it to an anthology. The theme: worms. Yeah, yuck. Hope they take it. Stay tuned... 
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* If you haven't gotten it, I have a free Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter short story - The View From #7 French Street. Sign up and get it on Instafreebie. 

www.cverstraete.comBook: 

* The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River
I had to update the print version slightly. A few missed punctuation marks and accents. No matter how hard you try something gets past you.... This is a nice little spooky story that won't take you long to read...  Some reviews will be coming soon... stay tuned.




Halloween fun!

* October Frights is Coming!! The annual fun blog hop with a bunch of us posting stories, excerpts, prizes and more - coming soon! You can join the Facebook page for updates, too.

More news and stuff is coming. So is Halloween, get ready!! 






Friday, September 15, 2017

Happy Release Day! New #Horror #Mystery

HAPPY RELEASE DAY to fellow authors Robert Walker and Jean Rabe!

Two books I definitely am putting on my to-read list!



 The Dead of Night, Piper Blackwell Mystery Series Book 2, Jean Rabe  -- and check out her other post on Faith Hunter's blog. (Hmm, talking about a ghostly Ben Franklin idea - or not?) 

In Spencer County’s history, mysteries are numerous—and lethal…

As Sheriff Piper Blackwell rushes to a clandestine meeting with an aging, paranoid veteran who believes spies are trailing his every move, she is caught in a fierce thunderstorm. Pounding rain drums against the bluff, washing away the earth and revealing a grisly secret someone tried to bury a long time ago.

Putting a name to the skeleton on the bluff, and searching for the thief who robbed the old veteran of his life’s earnings, sends Piper delving into the sleepy towns that dot her rural county. Now she’s digging into pasts perhaps best left alone.




 Goatbusters - Book 3, Chicaghosts series, Robert W. Walker

Horror and humor meet in this fun novella series set in old Chicago. 

An infamous freak show exhibit closed down with the Riverview Amusement Park years ago. But a ravenous creature escaped into the Chicago River, and it’s very hungry…

When a river monster begins to attack dirt bikers and kayakers, the Old Fart Squad of retirees is called back into service, led by the classy Detective Aubrey Hamilton. At first, Aubrey and her team suspect a hoax or fraternity joke—until bodies turn up along the old Riverview Park stretch of the meandering Chicago River. 

Something supernatural has been living in the river, feeding on small game, dogs, cats, and the occasional drunk. Now the squad must double as GOATBUSTERS to capture a creature that must be baited first. If only they can find the right bait…

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

#Ghost #Zombie Book Reviews - #1LineWed

I realized that I had put up short reviews on the book sites but wanted to share some more thoughts on a couple recent reads. You'll enjoy these!

And since it's also 1 Line Wednesday, I included a line from each...


Haunted (The Arnaud Legacy), - Lynn Carthage (Erika Mailman)

About Haunted:

Moving to my stepfather's English country mansion sounded so promising. But the Arnaud Manor is neglected and unwelcoming, and I get the feeling it isn't exactly uninhabited. Something wants to hurt us--especially my little sister, Tabby. Okay, so I might be a little sensitive lately. My parents act oblivious to me, my old life is far away in San Francisco, and the gorgeous guy I just met tells me terrible stories about the infamous Madame Arnaud who lived here long ago, and about missing children and vengeful spirits. The kind of stories that are impossible to believe--until you're living in one of them, fighting to protect everyone you love... - From Amazon

Review:
Who doesn't love a good haunted house story? The book may be aimed at young adults, but I loved the creepy atmosphere and especially the secret ghosts inhabiting the house. I admit I must be slow as it took me awhile to realize the main character's true situation, which was nicely written so as to keep you guessing. I still enjoyed seeing her story unfold.

 The best parts, though, were the creepy Madame Bathory-styled ghost haunting the mansion. I wanted to read more about her and her creepy intentions. Great start to the series and I can't wait to read the next book. The saga continues with Betrayed and the latest, Avenged.

1 Line: I kept imagining hearing the swish of those giant bee wings, or maybe more like the sound of skirts, the way a small train would drag along the floor. 

 Zombie-in-Chief: Eater of the Free World: A Novel Take on a Brain-Dead Election, Scott Kenemore -

About Zombie-in-Chief:

When a tycoon and reality TV star improbably wins his party's nomination for the presidency, pundits and analysts are as baffled as they are certain that he will never win the general election. What can a man who already lives at the top of a golden skyscraper with a supermodel wife still want?

Absent entirely from their prognostications is the possibility that it could be to gorge upon the brains of the living! That he dreams of building a border wall to better keep delicious humans in! That he seeks to make American great again. . . for zombies!  - From Amazon


Review:
Two words: Bloody brilliant. I've read Kenemore's earlier books, Zombie: Illinois, which I loved since I'm from Chicago and Zombie: Ohio. But this... this tops them all. 

If you're into politics or even if you're not, you'll see the parallels between real life and fiction with characters like The Reporter, The Fake Newsman and The Governor. The main character, The Tycoon is rich, powerful, has a model wife, he's running for president, you know the real story - oh, and btw, he's really a zombie and the news is out to expose him. 

This is so wonderfully and realistically written as zombie satire that you almost think you're reading about real life, except for the horror elements, of course. If you're open-minded and like zombies, you'll love this.

There are some funny parallels and explanations that relate to real life. And it also has a few surprising twists, which I can't share so as not to give them away. I wasn't as keen on the ending though it made sense, but the overall story arc kept me hooked, reading  and chuckling.  

1 Line:  (But most of all, let no one suspect that his makeup concealed the corpse-pale sheen of the unliving.)





Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Top 25 #Zombie Blogs!




 

We're honored to be named on the Top 25 Zombie Blog List at Feedspot.com

We're in some good company (we're #12) , so check it out! I guess the list changes but we're on there!





Monday, September 11, 2017

Haunting of Dr. Bowen, #Mystery Giveaway!

I almost forgot to post this!


 I'm giving away a print copy of The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River...

Find the Goodreads Giveaway here... and if you win, please put a review on Amazon and GR! US entries only. Ends 9/21.

About The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River...

Was Lizzie Borden's doctor haunted by what he saw that day?

Gruesome deaths haunt the industrial city of Fall River, Massachusetts.

Dr. Seabury Bowen—physician to the infamous Lizzie Borden—swears he’s being stalked by spirits, though his beloved wife thinks it’s merely his imagination. But the retired doctor insists that neither greed nor anger provoked the recent sensational axe murders in Fall River. Rather, he believes the city is poisoned by bad blood and a thirst for revenge dating back to the Indian and Colonial wars.

Now, two years after the Borden murders, Dr. Bowen is determined to uncover the mysteries stirring up the city’s ancient, bloodthirsty specters. Can he discover who, or what, is shattering the peace before Fall River runs red? Or will he be the next victim?



Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Guest #Horror #Thriller Author: Robert Walker Shares About His Writing

Today I welcome the horrific and prolific author Robert W. Walker. He just hit the milestone of 75 books published - and he has the distinction of having not one but three new offerings out at the same time! 

Some unique offerings: Beware - if you love (or loathe) creepy crawlies, then Walker's latest Bloodscreams series offering is for you.  Then he returns to his medical thriller roots with something under the hat... and if you enjoy old Chicago history with a splash of the supernatural - and yes, humor! - you'll love his Chicaghosts novella series. Something for everyone! ** Keep reading - and comment - for the contest at the end! ** 

 Satanipedes, (Abe Stroud Archeology vs. Supernatural Thriller, Bloodscreams #8):  Just when Archeologist and Vampire Slayer, Dr. Abraham Stroud thinks he can take it easy, take a second seat on a dig in West Texas, he is wrong from the outset. Plagued by warnings he does not at first recognize, Abe soon finds himself in the thick of an attack on humankind by a pod of prehistoric, giant centipedes that have cultivated a taste beyond livestock to a taste for humans. 



Under the Dead Man's Hat - A Dr. Jude Avery Thriller (Killing Time Book 1): Chicago and Cook County, Illinois medical examiners Dr. Jude Avery and Dr. Sybil Shanley team up to go after the most wanted, savage killers in the city. A team of two violent men known as the Veteran killers graduate to become the Nun killers. The murderers’ intent appears on the surface to be to ‘shock and awe’ the public - and perhaps move on to the most depraved murders yet. Now as the doctors get closer still to the truth, they must rely more on one another and their weapons, both those on their hips and those in the laboratory. 

 Goatbusters (Chicaghosts Book 3)  - Preorder, releases Sept. 15. Third in the horror-humor Chicaghosts novella series): An infamous freak show exhibit closed down with the Riverview Amusement Park years ago. But a ravenous creature escaped into the Chicago River, and it’s very hungry…

When a river monster begins to attack dirt bikers and kayakers, the Old Fart Squad of retirees is called back into service, led by the classy Detective Aubrey Hamilton. At first, Aubrey and her team suspect a hoax or fraternity joke—until bodies turn up along the old Riverview Park stretch of the meandering Chicago River. 


I invited Walker, who also grew up in Chicago, to come on the blog and share a bit about his books and his writing process.

He is the ultimate indie writer, writing for small presses and self-publishing. 

So, Rob, do tell us: why did you choose so many ways to publish?

"This has been a whirlwind year for me as a writer in terms of just getting writing DONE. I am a prolific and fast writer, which is one large reason I turned from doing work with New York publishers. They could not keep up with my output, and when the Kindle ebook possibility to become an Independent author, a self-publishing author without the old-world stigma attached, well, I Ieapt at the chance. The NYC publishers set your book on a schedule, which often means it does not see publication after you complete it for another year or year and a half. I do multiple books in one year. So what was I to do?
Naturally, when I got control of every aspect of the writing, I published my books when they were complete—next day with Amazon KDP or Kindle Direct Publishing, which is a breeze."
Now share: We have this vision of you constantly typing on the computer.
 Do you ever sleep? ha!
The reason why I am seeing Under the Dead Man’s Hat along with Satanipedes and a third title, Goatbusters all coming out now atop one another is simple. Goatbusters was done as book #3 in my Chicaghosts series with Imajin Books Quickie titles (a novella series set to release Sept. 15 and taking pre-orders now ), while the first Killing Time series title – Under the Dead Man’s Hat was published August 8th as a trade paperback and ebook from Prospective Press. In the case of the Imajin and Prospective titles, the schedule thing came back into play as I was dealing with publishers responsible for other titles than my own. Both titles were completed the year before (when in Goatbusters my characters predicted the Chicago Cubs would win the World Series – HA!)
"While awaiting these two titles to come to publication,  I worked on two new titles in my horror series – Bloodscreams. This year I completed SKITTERS  and SATANIPEDES, Abe Stroud vampire slayer and archeologist titles. Satanipedes was published just this week, but the work put into it has been ongoing while awaiting publication of the other two titles. But if you blink, you’d think I crafted and put out three books in the space of a month!"
What makes these titles unique?
Goatbusters is a cross-over genre between humor and horror – humorror, you might say. It is set in Chicago with a theme involving the great old Riverview Roller-Coaster Park and what crawled into the Chicago River until the Old Fart Squad and Suedini are called in to investigate.
Under the Dead Man’s Hat is my return to forensics and the serial killer chase and smack down novel like my 15 Instinct novels begun with KILLER INSTINCT – FREE giveaway for a limited time. When a corpse comes in with a hat, it’s amazing what is discovered under that thing, which is a twisting and twisted tale of suspense.
SATANIPEDES is #8 in the Bloodscreams Series, featuring Dr. Abe Stroud, archeologist who tends to dig too deep and always comes up with the supernatural. With Abe, there comes monsters of every size and stripe. The sequel to Skitters, this novel pays off.
I hope the readers agree! I'd say the premises, and the covers promise some spine-tingling reads! Thanks for stopping by the blog!
** CONTEST: Comment on what scares you or share your worst nightmare to be one of 3 winners to win a gift digital copy of Satanipedes. Be sure to include a way to contact you.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Vote for Lizzie Borden, #Zombie Hunter for Best #Horror!





I'm looking for your votes in the Summer Indie Book Awards!

VOTE HERE for Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter for Best Horror

 Thank you!!

   Here's more about Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter:

Every family has its secrets…

One hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden picked up an axe and murdered her father and stepmother. Newspapers claim she did it for the oldest of reasons: family conflicts, jealousy and greed. But what if her parents were already dead? What if Lizzie slaughtered them because they’d become... zombies? 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Sept Reading List: #horror #zombie #mystery

September Reading List
Fill those Kindles in your book bags and back-to-school backpacks
with some great reads (other than boring textbooks!)


HORROR
Sale: 99 cents!
Last Meal: Based on the true story of the Bloody Benders, Paul Ibbetson



In 1873, the largest serial killing spree in American history happened along the Osage Trail in Kansas. The family would later be identified as the Bloody Benders. Unlike most criminals of their time, they escaped and were never caught. This true history is now captured in a gripping fictional tale that takes the horror of murder on the plains to a dark new level.

New!
Satanipedes, Abe Stroud Archeology vs. Supernatural Thriller - Bloodscreams #8, Robert W. Walker - The latest horrifying offering from Walker sure to make your skin crawl!

Just when Archeologist and Vampire Slayer, Dr. Abraham Stroud thinks he can take it easy, take a second seat on a dig in West Texas, he is wrong from the outset. Plagued by warnings he does not at first recognize, Abe soon finds himself in the thick of an attack on humankind by a pod of prehistoric, giant centipedes that have cultivated a taste beyond livestock to a taste for humans. The creatures are known to local Native Americans as 'Burrowers' as they have seen them before, but for Abe and those around him, there is a brewing war anticipated and soon engaged, the results of which are horrific in terms of human life.

Satanipedes follows Skitters, and six previous Bloodscreams titles, beginning with Vampire Dreams, Werewolf's Grief, Zombie Eyes, Bayou Wulf, SubterraneanS and Random Violence.

MYSTERY Anthology

New!

Day of the Dark, Stories of Eclipse, Edited by Kaye George - One solar eclipse and what do you get? Two dozen spine-chilling short mysteries!

MYSTERY



Pre-order!! Releases Sept. 15

The Dead of Night, Piper Blackwell Book 2, Jean Rabe - As Sheriff Piper Blackwell rushes to a clandestine meeting with an aging, paranoid veteran who believes spies are trailing his every move, she is caught in a fierce thunderstorm. Pounding rain drums against the bluff, washing away the earth and revealing a grisly secret someone tried to bury a long time ago.

Putting a name to the skeleton on the bluff, and searching for the thief who robbed the old veteran of his life’s earnings, sends Piper delving into the sleepy towns that dot her rural county. Now she’s digging into pasts perhaps best left alone.



 The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River - C.A. Verstraete -  I give Dr. Bowen - Lizzie's doctor -  an opportunity to share his side of things... and look at whether he was haunted by the murders of his neighbors, Andrew and Abby Durfee Borden, allegedly committed by their daughter, Lizzie Borden, on August 4, 1892.  

** Check it out! Did you see the cool new book trailer for The Haunting of Dr. Bowen? 

*************
Pre-order - 99 cents sale!
Murder and Mayhem, Limited Edition Collection, Assorted Authors - From tales of spies and espionage to small-town mysteries and traditional courtroom thrillers to hard-boiled noir, this collection offers a cross-section of modern thriller and mystery.Scroll Up Now and Pre-order Today to secure your 20 stories from the masters of thrills and kills!

Including Titles From...
Award-Winning author Nathan M. Farrugia, Nick Thacker, John Birmingham, N.D. Hill, Eva Winters, Lee Hayton, USA Today bestselling author Olivia Wildenstein, Nathan Goodman, John Ling, Award-Winning author Fiona Quinn, M.R. Graham. USA Today bestselling author H.B. Moore , Award-Winning author Pamela Crane, Award-Winning author Ashley C. Harris, Award-Winning author Terry Keys, Steve P. Vincent, Tina Glasneck
Award-Wining author Pauline Creeden, Dave Sinclair, New York Times bestselling author Monica Corwin

** Bonus Freebies!  - Horror:


  Monsters of Myth,  Gary J. Green - All you ever wanted to know about Bigfoot,  Chupacabra, Fairies, and more. Teens to adults! Get it free at Bookfunnel.





* If you didn't get it yet... Grab a free copy of my new Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter story, The View from #7 French Street, at Instafreebie! - I'd love your feedback! Contact me via the website.


PARANORMAL


 The Revelation of Faithe Eileen, Melanie McFarlane - Faithe Eileen can't remember why ex-boyfriend Jake won't talk to her anymore. She can't remember the reason her daddy ran away or why her momma paces the hallway outside her bedroom door at night. All Faithe knows is something goes wrong everytime she gets upset, and she's starting to lose control. This novelette is perfect for fans who want a short read filled with mystery and terror.


ZOMBIE:
Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, C.A. Verstraete - I followed the crimes and the trial, along with offering a "different"  solution to the murders of the Bordens by their daughter, accused murderess Lizzie Borden, on August 4, 1892. 

*** PLEASE VOTE FOR LIZZIE BORDEN, ZOMBIE HUNTER FOR BEST HORROR IN THE SUMMER INDIE BOOK AWARDS!
VOTE HERE!! ** *

New! Pre-order - 99 cents. Releases Nov. 25

Paxton vs. The Undead, Kristen Middleton - Meet Paxton. A man who barely survived a plane crash and is now slapped in the face with a zombie apocalypse. Unfortunately, Paxton hasn't been out of his apartment for the last year, due to his Agoraphobia. But, he knows that the only way to survive this horror is to leave the safety of his home, whether he likes it or not. Especially, since Coborn's no longer delivers....Dark humor, profanity, and violence. (Related to Zombie Games? She's not sure yet....)




Wednesday, August 30, 2017

#1LineWed - #Dogs, #Books & Lizzie Borden

 ** My friend Jean Rabe is on a blog book tour for her upcoming new mystery, The Dead of Night. Be sure to check it out! See all the post links here.

Her latest post on dogs got me thinking....

In it, she underlines the importance and value of dogs, which she also includes in her upcoming book. 

Everyone should have a dog...


Did You Know? 


(Pictured: Jean Rabe's Boston Terrier, Missy; see other dogs at her website.)

Yes, even the infamous Lizzie Borden had dogs, namely three Boston Terriers, which also were a "fashionable" breed at the time.

Well, someone who loves dogs can't be all bad... right? It is one redeeming quality, though someone might say that despite having but a few loyal friends and staff, Lizzie still had to be lonely.

She was acquitted of the crimes a year after the horrific 1892 axe (hatchet) murders of her father and stepmother, but she remained a social pariah. Not convicted, but guilty nonetheless. This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Borden murders.

Even Lizzie and her sister had a falling out and never talked again. But she had her dogs. They are buried in the Pine Ridge Pet Cemetery in Dedham, MA.

 Since I based my book, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, on the real life events, trial, and some of Lizzie's life after she was acquitted, I naturally had to put a dog in the story. 

So, here's the first line for #1 Line Wednesday - and I've included a bit more of an excerpt, which happens further into the book.  **  I hope you'll get a copy - and please leave a review. Even a line or two helps! I seem to be stuck at #32! **

 ** Excerpt from  Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter,


The only change Lizzie was certain Emma disliked had been her decision to get a dog. “Emma, I know how you feel about dogs, but decided to bring the most darling Boston Terrier home. I promise to keep him out of your way upstairs.”

Oddly enough, once the actual danger passed and those who had left in the height of the attacks began returning to their homes, Lizzie soon learned that her former status as the local pariah had not changed a whit.

      When  she  took  the  dog  for  a  morning  walk  down  the  street,  any neighbors who appeared outside at the same time pretended not to seher. They turned their backs on her or hurried inside. It hurt, she had to admit, and soon she confined her outdoor excursions to her gardens and the area around her own house. She and the dog had to be content in theiown backyard.