Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Black Magic Women Edited by Sumiko Saulson

If you are looking to increase the diversity in your horror reading this is an amazing place to start. This anthology will introduce you to some really amazing authors.

Black Magic Women
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Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters

Imagine horror where black characters aren’t all tropes and the first to die; imagine a world written by black sisters where black women and femmes are in the starring roles. From flesh-eating plants to flesh eating bees; zombies to vampires to vampire-eating vampire hunters; ghosts, revenants, witches and werewolves, this book has it all. Cursed drums, cursed dolls, cursed palms, ancient spirits and goddesses create a nuanced world of Afrocentric and multicultural horror. Terrifying tales by seventeen of the scary sisters profiled in the reference guide “100 Black Women in Horror”.

Toni’s Teaser Review

I love the mixture of stories. Vampires, werewolves and even a queen bee 🙂 People are neither completely good or completely bad and I think that this collection explores all sides of a woman.

Click here to see the full review on The Misadventures of a Reader

Emily’s Teaser Review

I appreciated that women had all sorts of different roles in this anthology – they were heroes, villains, monsters, witches, helpers, sisters, fighters, and so much more. People are layered, and there’s more to anyone that what’s on the surface

Click here to see the full review on Emily’s Good Reads.

Contributing Authors

Bryannah and the Magic Negro – Crystal Connor

Appreciation – Mina Polina

Death Lines – Nuzo Onoh

The Lost Ones – Valjeanne Jeffers

Dark Moon’s Curse – Delizhia Jenkins

Tango of a Telltale Heart – Sumiko Saulson

Here, Kitty! – LH Moore

Labor Pains – Kenya Moss-Dyme

Return to Me – Lori Titus

Sisters – Kai Leakes

Black and Deadly – Dicey Grenor

Left Hand Torment – R. J. Joesph

Trisha and Peter – Kamika Aziza

The Killer Queen – Cinsearae S.

Alternative – Tabitha Thompson

Blood Magnolia – Nicole Givens Kurtz

The Prizewinner – Alledria Hurt

Sweet Justice – Kenesha Williams

About Editor Sumiko Saulson

Photo Courtesy of Sumiko

Sumiko Saulson is a science-fiction, fantasy and horror writer and graphic novelist. She was the 2016 recipient of the Horror Writer Association’s Scholarship from Hell. Her works include the reference guide 60 Black Women in Horror Fiction, novels include Solitude, The Moon Cried Blood, Happiness and Other Diseases, Somnalia, Insatiable and the Amazon bestselling horror comedy Warmth. She has written several short stories for several anthologies, including Forever Vacancy, Babes and Beasts, Tales from the Lake 3, Clockwork Wonderland, and Carry the Light 5 where she won second place for the science-fiction short story “Agrippa.” She writes for Search Magazine, and The child of African American and Russian-Jewish American parents, she is a native Californian who grew up in Los Angeles and Hawaii. She is an Oakland resident who has spent most of her adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Episode 2: The History of Halloween and 2 Urban Legends featuring Women


I just want to take a moment to thank everyone that has listened to the LOHF podcast!!! The support that we have received from the horror community has been staggering and we really appreciate it.

Episode 2 delves into Halloween – from its beginnings to present day. And if that’s not enough, join Toni as she discusses intriguing urban legends including weeping widows (like La llorona) and Resurrection Mary ( and other vanishing hitchhikers). Finally, a recap of her current reads and recent LOHF releases round out an episode you won’t want to miss. If you are interested in purchasing any of the books listed in the show notes please click on the cover and you will be transported to either the publishers site, Better World Books or Amazon.

History of Halloween

Halloween as we know it has a long history. From it’s origins in pre-christian Ireland and England to the holiday we know today. Join me as I talk about my favorite holiday.

Vanishing Hitchhikers

There are many different variations of the vanishing hitchhiker story. But the gist of the story is a woman is picked up and asks to be taken to a specific place. After arriving at that place the woman vanishes.

Horror Books by Woman that feature a Vanishing HitchHiker

Pretty Marys all in a Row By Gwendolyn Kiste

Pretty MarysYou’ll find her on a lonely highway, hitchhiking at midnight. She calls herself Rhee, but everyone else knows her by another name: Resurrection Mary. And when she’s transported home each night to a decrepit mansion on a lane to nowhere, she’s not alone.

In the antique mirror, call her name three times, and Bloody Mary will appear. Outside, wandering through a garden of poisonous flowers is Mistress Mary, Quite Contrary, a nursery rhyme come to gruesome life. Downstairs is another jump-rope rhyme—Mary Mack, forever conscripted to build her own coffin. And brooding in the corner with her horse skull is the restless Mari Lwyd.

They are the Marys, the embodiment of urban legend and what goes bump in the night. Every evening, they gather around the table and share nightmares like fine wine, savoring the flavors of those they’ve terrified.

But other than these brief moments together, the Marys are alone, haunting a solitary gloom that knows them better than they know themselves. That’s because they don’t remember who they were before—or even if there was a before. And worst of all, they don’t know how to escape this fate.

That is, until a moment of rage inspires Rhee to leap from the highway—and into the mirror with Bloody Mary. Suddenly, the Marys are learning how to move between their worlds, all while realizing how much stronger they are together.

But just when freedom is within their reach, something in the gloom fights back—something that isn’t ready to let them go. Now with her sisters in danger of slipping into the darkness, Rhee must unravel the mystery of who the Marys were before they were every child’s nightmare. And she’ll have to do it before what’s in the shadows comes to claim her for its own.

Click here to read the LOHF review of Pretty Marys all in a Row

Sparrow Hill Road (Ghost Roads Series Book 1) By Seanan McGuire

Sparrow Hill RoadRose Marshall died in 1952 in Buckley Township, Michigan, run off the road by a man named Bobby Cross—a man who had sold his soul to live forever, and intended to use her death to pay the price of his immortality. Trouble was, he didn’t ask Rose what she thought of the idea.

It’s been more than sixty years since that night, and she’s still sixteen, and she’s still running.

They have names for her all over the country: the Girl in the Diner. The Phantom Prom Date. The Girl in the Green Silk Gown. Mostly she just goes by “Rose,” a hitchhiking ghost girl with her thumb out and her eyes fixed on the horizon, trying to outrace a man who never sleeps, never stops, and never gives up on the idea of claiming what’s his. She’s the angel of the overpass, she’s the darling of the truck stops, and she’s going to figure out a way to win her freedom. After all, it’s not like it can kill her.

You can’t kill what’s already dead.

The Girl in the Green Silk Gown (Ghost Road Series Book 2) By Seanan McGuire

The Girl in the Green Silk GownOnce and twice and thrice around,
Put your heart into the ground.
Four and five and six tears shed,
Give your love unto the dead.
Seven shadows on the wall,
Eight have come to watch your fall:
One’s for the gargoyle, one’s for the grave,
And the last is for the one you’ll never save.
For Rose Marshall, death has long since become the only life she really knows.  She’s been sweet sixteen for more than sixty years, hitchhiking her way along the highways and byways of America, sometimes seen as an avenging angel, sometimes seen as a killer in her own right, but always Rose, the Phantom Prom Date, the Girl in the Green Silk Gown.

The man who killed her is still out there, thanks to a crossroads bargain that won’t let him die, and he’s looking for the one who got away.  When Bobby Cross comes back into the picture, there’s going to be hell to pay—possibly literally.

Rose has worked for decades to make a place for herself in the twilight.  Can she defend it, when Bobby Cross comes to take her down?  Can she find a way to navigate the worlds of the living and the dead, and make it home before her hitchhiker’s luck runs out?

There’s only one way to know for sure.

Nine will let you count the cost:
All you had and all you lost.
Ten is more than time can tell,
Cut the cord and ring the bell.
Count eleven, twelve, and then,
Thirteen takes you home again.
One’s for the shadow, one’s for the tree,
And the last is for the blessing of Persephone.

Astonishing legends series about resurrection Mary

(correction The Astonishing Legends series is four parts not three as originally stated)

Weeping Widows

There are many different variations of the weeping widow or white lady legend. The one thing that each legend has in common are: a female ghost which is dressed in white who is seen rural areas associated with some sort of tragedy. The lady in white can also appear during the day in a house in which a family member is soon to die.

Horror Books by Woman that feature a Weeping Widow

There was a Woman: La Lorona from Folklore to Popular Culture by Domino Renee Perez. – Non-fiction book

There was a woman“How is it that there are so many lloronas?” A haunting figure of Mexican oral and literary traditions, La Llorona permeates the consciousness of her folk community. From a ghost who haunts the riverbank to a murderous mother condemned to wander the earth after killing her own children in an act of revenge or grief, the Weeping Woman has evolved within Chican@ imaginations across centuries, yet no truly comprehensive examination of her impact existed until now. Tracing La Llorona from ancient oral tradition to her appearance in contemporary material culture, There Was a Woman delves into the intriguing transformations of this provocative icon.

From La Llorona’s roots in legend to the revisions of her story and her exaltation as a symbol of resistance, Domino Renee Perez illuminates her many permutations as seductress, hag, demon, or pitiful woman. Perez draws on more than two hundred artifacts to provide vivid representations of the ways in which these perceived identities are woven from abstract notions–such as morality or nationalism–and from concrete, often misunderstood concepts from advertising to television and literature. The result is a rich and intricate survey of a powerful figure who continues to be reconfigured.

The Women in Black By Susan Hill

The Women in BlackWhat real reader does not yearn, somewhere in the recesses of his or her heart, for a really literate, first-class thriller–one that chills the body, but warms the soul with plot, perception, and language at once astute and vivid? In other words, a ghost story written by Jane Austen?

Alas, we cannot give you Austen, but Susan Hill’s remarkable Woman In Black comes as close as our era can provide. Set on the obligatory English moor, on an isolated causeway, the story has as its hero Arthur Kipps, an up-and-coming young solicitor who has come north from London to attend the funeral and settle the affairs of Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House. The routine formalities he anticipates give way to a tumble of events and secrets more sinister and terrifying than any nightmare: the rocking chair in the deserted nursery, the eerie sound of a pony and trap, a child’s scream in the fog, and most dreadfully–and for Kipps most tragically–The Woman In Black.

The Woman In Black is both a brilliant exercise in atmosphere and controlled horror and a delicious spine-tingler–proof positive that this neglected genre, the ghost story, isn’t dead after all.

La Llorona The Movie

I found the trailer for the movie and it looks amazing. It is being released April 19th, 2019.

Currently Reading

Love for Slaughter by Sara Tantlinger

Love for slaughterThis debut collection of poetry from Sara Tantlinger takes a dark look at all the horrors of love, the pleasures of flesh, and the lust for blood. For discerning fans of romance and the macabre, look no further than Love For Slaughter.




(link to LOHF review will be added once it is published)

The Maiden Voyages and Other Departures By Jessica McHugh

The Maiden VoyagesCrank up your respirator, strap on your goggles, and hide your antennae from the humans, because it’s dangerous being a hybrid in 1912. Starting with the launch of a pollen-powered ship called the RMS Titanic, The Maiden Voyage & Other Departures explores six tales of a historic alternate world poisoned by warring industries and populated by spectacular beings. Take jellyglass elevators to secret labs and bondage parlors where assassins and aviators, debutantes and corpse-snatching spiders wait to reap the honey of a dying planet.

From the dark and wild mind behind The Green Kangaroos and Home Birth, Jessica McHugh’s debut collection invites you to embark on journey into a spectacular world where the future lies in the minds of freaks and the forgotten.

(link to the LOHF review will be added once it is published)

Recently Finished

The Rust Maidens By Gwendolyn Kiste

rustmaidensSomething’s happening to the girls on Denton Street.

It’s the summer of 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio, and Phoebe Shaw and her best friend Jacqueline have just graduated high school, only to confront an ugly, uncertain future. Across the city, abandoned factories populate the skyline; meanwhile at the shore, one strong spark, and the Cuyahoga River might catch fire. But none of that compares to what’s happening in their own west side neighborhood. The girls Phoebe and Jacqueline have grown up with are changing. It starts with footprints of dark water on the sidewalk. Then, one by one, the girls’ bodies wither away, their fingernails turning to broken glass, and their bones exposed like corroded metal beneath their flesh.

As rumors spread about the grotesque transformations, soon everyone from nosy tourists to clinic doctors and government men start arriving on Denton Street, eager to catch sight of “the Rust Maidens” in metamorphosis. But even with all the onlookers, nobody can explain what’s happening or why—except perhaps the Rust Maidens themselves. Whispering in secret, they know more than they’re telling, and Phoebe realizes her former friends are quietly preparing for something that will tear their neighborhood apart.

Alternating between past and present, Phoebe struggles to unravel the mystery of the Rust Maidens—and her own unwitting role in the transformations—before she loses everything she’s held dear: her home, her best friend, and even perhaps her own body.

(link to the LOHF review will be included once it is published)

The Twin Lakes: Autumn Fire By Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason

Twin Lakes- The Autumn FiresA campfire in the distance should be a relief to a victim on the run, but instead, it signals darkness and the doorway to evil….

When Liz accepts a ride from a stranger, she ultimately becomes the victim of a heinous crime. After fighting off her attacker, she stumbles towards a campfire in the distance and onto the scene of a violent murder. The terror of discovering a decapitated young woman is only the beginning, as when the shadows begin to move, she finds that this new killer has set his sights on her. He wants her to share in an autumn fire.

Meanwhile local law enforcement, along with a secret group of town founders, are working to solve the murders and end to the autumn fires. Can they stop the perpetrator in time before he gets to Liz? The ancestors have centuries of wisdom on their side, and yet, will it be enough to stop a murderer calling upon the power of demons to guide him? After generations of hiding, will their identity be revealed to the unsuspecting citizens of Twin Lakes?

From the Bram Stoker nominated authors of Mayan Blue comes a new tale woven to introduce you to the creepiest of towns. For fans of Twin Peaks, Wayward Pines, or the new Castle Rock, this one is sure to draw you in.

Click here to read the full review on The Misadventures of a Reader

New Releases for Oct 16th through Oct 31st

They Come from the Shadows | Kira McKinney | Oct. 15 |

Creatures: The Legacy of Frankenstein| Ed. David Thomas Moore | Oct. 16|

Riddance: Or the Sybil Joines Vocational School for Ghost Speakers & Hearing-Mouth Children | Shelley Jackson | Oct. 16 |

Stranded | Renee Miller | Oct. 16 |

Garden of Eldritch Delights | Lucy A. Snyder | Oct. 18 |

The Meadows | London Clarke | Oct. 19 |

The House of Frozen Screams | Thana Niveau | Oct. 20

The 13: Tales of the Macabre | Stephanie Ayers | Oct. 26 |

Pluck | Emilia S. Morrow | Oct. 28 |

Deadlands: Boneyard | Seanan McGuire | Oct. 30 |

Death O’ Death | Ellie Douglas | Oct. 31 |

Double (The Urban Legends Series) | R.S. Broadhead | Oct. 31st |

New release I am looking forward to:

Garden of Eldritch Delights by Lucy A. Synder

Garden of Eldritch delightsMaster short story author Lucy A. Snyder is back with a dozen chilling, thought-provoking tales of Lovecraftian horror, dark science fiction, and weird fantasy. Her previous two collections received Bram Stoker Awards and this one offers the same high-caliber, trope-twisting prose. Snyder effortlessly creates memorable monsters, richly imagined worlds and diverse, unforgettable characters.

Open this book and you’ll find a garden of stories as dark and heady as black roses that will delight fans of complex, intelligent speculative fiction.


Nicole May was the winner of the 1000 follower giveaway on Instagram. She won a Penguin Horror Classic edition of The Haunting of Hill House and a copy of Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.

Rebecca Read Along: Just a reminder the LOHF are going to be kicking off their read along of Rebecca starting Nov 4th.

Nov 4th through the 10th we are going to be reading chapters 1-8th on the 11th we are going to be posting some discussion questions along with our personal answers.

Nov 11th – 17th we are going to be reading chapters 9-15th with another discussion day on the 18th.

Make sure to use the #LOHFRebecca on your social media posts. We want to read and see your thoughts about the book.

Banshee Reads: You’ve probably heard some of the LOHF members talk about the weekly book club that we participate in. It’s been going on for a few months now, and we love doing it. We decided to open it up twice a month to help promote women horror writers by creating buzz for their soon-to-be-released books. Please email us at if you want more information.

Horror Community News

Journalstone Bi-Monthly Box: Journalstone is taking a negative and making it a positive after the dumpster fire of the Nocturnal Readers Box. They are going to be offering a Bi-Monthly subscription box called Twitter Stone. The cost is 38.95 every two months.

If you would like to reach out to the LOHFpodcast, our email address is We would love to hear about new releases, news in the community, and suggestions for the podcast. You can find out more about the members of the Ladies of Horror Fiction via our website at

The music for this episode is by Nicolas Gasparini at

Monday, October 29, 2018

The "One Word Title" Recap

Ladies of Horror Fiction Instagram Challenge Weekly Recap Banner - it simply states "The LOHF Instagram Challenge Weekly Recap" on a background with a skull atop a stack of books imprinted to the left.

If  you missed day 8’s prompt of “Night“, be sure to check out our favorite photos of LOHF books related to night.

Day 9’s prompt in our Ladies of Horror Fiction Instagram challenge was “One Word Title”. We were excited to still have so much response and participation in the challenge. These were some of out favorite one word title photos.

Theliteraryhooker took us back to the Victorian Era with Sarah Pinbourough’s Mayhem.  In this novel we turn our attention to the one and only Jack the Ripper.

“Already frustrated in their attempts to capture serial murderer Jack the Ripper, the detectives of Scotland Yard are suddenly confronted with a new monster, dubbed the Torso Killer for his habit of leaving behind neatly wrapped parcels of his victims’ body parts, minus the heads. With the terrible increase in mutilated corpses to examine, the highly regarded police surgeon Dr. Thomas Bond has lost the ability to sleep. True, a growing dependency on opium affords him some solace in his loneliest and most desperate hours, but he also fears the grip of the drug.

During Dr. Bond’s nightly tours of London’s underbelly in search of pharmaceutical respite from the horrors that plague him by day, he encounters a mysterious Jesuit priest scouring the opium dens himself, clearly in search of someone—or something. The doctor at first rejects the strange priest’s unnatural theories about the Torso Killer as an affront to scientific thought. But over time Dr. Bond’s opium-addled mind begins to crumble under the growing impression that there might be some awful truth to the Jesuit’s ideas.

As the police struggle to capture two serial killers, the troubled forensics expert begins to suspect that he may actually know the Torso Killer personally. If he is right, Dr. Bond will need all the strength he can muster to save his small circle of loved ones from falling victim to the bloody depravities of this twisted creature.”

Spoilerssweetieno11 shared with us Fingersmith by Sarah Waters.

“Sue Trinder is an orphan, left as an infant in the care of Mrs. Sucksby, a “baby farmer,” who raised her with unusual tenderness, as if Sue were her own. Mrs. Sucksby’s household, with its fussy babies calmed with doses of gin, also hosts a transient family of petty thieves—fingersmiths—for whom this house in the heart of a mean London slum is home.

One day, the most beloved thief of all arrives—Gentleman, an elegant con man, who carries with him an enticing proposition for Sue: If she wins a position as the maid to Maud Lilly, a naïve gentlewoman, and aids Gentleman in her seduction, then they will all share in Maud’s vast inheritance. Once the inheritance is secured, Maud will be disposed of—passed off as mad, and made to live out the rest of her days in a lunatic asylum.

With dreams of paying back the kindness of her adopted family, Sue agrees to the plan. Once in, however, Sue begins to pity her helpless mark and care for Maud Lilly in unexpected ways…But no one and nothing is as it seems in this Dickensian novel of thrills and reversals.”

Findmontauk1 delivered a stack full of one-word titles.  There is something in this stack for everyone.

Siren by Linda Crockett Gray

“The man stumbled down the stairs. His eyes widened at the sight of the beautiful woman waiting for him, her long blond hair swirling about her shoulders, her green eyes sparkling with an unearthly light. Then the Siren began to sing, and it was the last sound the man would ever hear.”

Moonfall by Tamara Thorne

“Moonfall, the picturesque community nestled in the mountains of Southern California, is a quaint hamlet of antique stores and craft shops run by the dedicated nuns of St. Gertrude’s Home for girls. As autumn fills the air, the townspeople prepare for the festive Halloween Haunt, Moonfall’s most popular tourist attraction. Even a series of unsolved deaths over the years hasn’t dimmed Moonfall’s renown. Maybe because anyone who knew anything about them has disappeared.

Now, Sara Hawthorne returns to her hometown…and enters the hallowed halls of St. Gertrude’s where, twelve years before, another woman died a horrible death. In Sara’s old room, distant voices echo in the dark and the tormented cries of children shatter the moon—kissed night.

But that’s just the beginning. For Sara Hawthorne is about to uncover St. Gertrude’s hellish secret…a secret she’ll carry with her to the grave…”

Husk by Rachel Autumn Deering

In this all-too-real work of horror fiction, Rachel Autumn Deering explores the mind of a young man who is struggling to cope with the effects of post-war stress, drug addiction, self-doubt, and loneliness as they manifest themselves into his deepest, darkest fears.

Kevin Brooks returns to his rural Kentucky hometown after a three-year-long tour of duty in Afghanistan. He has lost the grandparents who raised him, his lifelong best friend, and his trust in the government he once proudly served. When Kevin meets a kind, young girl named Samantha, he thinks his luck might have finally taken a turn for the better. But something else has its eye on Kevin. Something dark and brooding and mean. Something that knows Kevin better than he knows himself. “

Hell by Kathryn Davis

“Part mystery, part domestic meditation and part horror story, Hell is Davis’s tour de force.” (Joy Press, The Village Voice.) In her brilliantly eerie third novel, three households coexist in a single restless vision.”

Brother by Ania Ahlborn

Deep in the heart of Appalachia stands a crooked farmhouse miles from any road. The Morrows keep to themselves, and it’s served them well so far. When girls go missing off the side of the highway, the cops don’t knock on their door. Which is a good thing, seeing as to what’s buried in the Morrows’ backyard.

But nineteen-year-old Michael Morrow isn’t like the rest of his family. He doesn’t take pleasure in the screams that echo through the trees. Michael pines for normalcy, and he’s sure that someday he’ll see the world beyond West Virginia. When he meets Alice, a pretty girl working at a record shop in the small nearby town of Dahlia, he’s immediately smitten. For a moment, he nearly forgets about the monster he’s become. But his brother, Rebel, is all too eager to remind Michael of his place… “

Ten by Gretchen McNeil

“It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie are looking forward to two days of boys, booze, and fun-filled luxury. But what starts out as fun turns twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. And things only get worse from there.

With a storm raging outside, the teens are cut off from the outside world . . . so when a mysterious killer begins picking them off one by one, there’s no escape. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on one another, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?”

Violin by Anne Rice

“Anne Rice’s Violin tells the story of two charismatic figures bound to each other by a passionate commitment to music as a means of rapture, seduction, and liberation.

At the novel’s center: a uniquely fascinating woman, Triana, and the demonic fiddler Stefan, a tormented ghost who begins to prey upon her, using his magic violin to draw her into a state of madness. But Triana sets out to resist Stefan, and the struggle thrusts them both into a terrifying supernatural realm.

Violin flows abundant with the history, the drama, and the romantic intensity that have become synonymous with Anne Rice at her incomparable best.”

Bookishshawna shared in Findingmontauk1’s excitement for Ania Ahlborn and also shared Brother.  This book has made it into many more posts on the “One Word Title” day of the challenge.  This book belongs in your collection.

Grumplstiltskin has elegantly shared with us one of the earliest famed Ladies of Horror Fiction, Mary Shelley, and her profound story, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.”

Overall, the booksworms on Instagram really brought their A-games with this prompt! What is your favorite from the ones we showed you? Be sure to check out our recap next week of one of our most challenging prompts: gloves!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Tide of Stone by Kaaron Warren Review



Tide of Stone by Kaaron Warren

The Time-Ball Tower of Tempuston houses the worst criminals in history. Given the option of the death penalty or eternal life, they chose eternal life. They have a long time to regret that choice.

Lilyn’s Review

Maybe it’s fitting, considering the subjects of this story, that it took me ages to finish Tide of Stone. It is a good book, but it is not action-packed or particularly exciting. Instead it is thought-provoking and quietly disturbing. For people looking for the later, it’s perfect. However, I tend to be the type of horror reader that goes for surface satisfaction and action, so it didn’t suit me well.

There were some things about Tide of Stone that I liked, though. Primarily that Kaaron Warren took the ever sought after immortality and immediately turned it into a curse. I was enchanted by the idea of the preservation itself. I mean, the specifics of it. How did it happen that they discovered that they could do it? (I’m sure I missed something.) There’s also a scene near the end where a secret was uncovered that creeped me out. Creeped me out and made me feel sorry for that person at the same time.

I found it interesting (while reading it) that a good chunk of the book is taken up by Keeper reports. As a reader you’re taken from the midst of a story the author has been steadily plugging at, and suddenly set down in the middle of a bunch of single page reports. The reports are… odd.. to say the least. Warren does a good job of tying them into the story later, but while I was reading them, I was definitely wondering what in the heck was going on.

The more I think about this book, the more stuff in it disturbs me. Maybe this is what Warren set out to do. I mean, most of us assume we’re good people for the most part, right? But also, we can be vengeful. It’s only natural, I think. We hear about someone doing something particularly horrible, and we think “Give me five minutes alone with him/her.” But… what if you had a year alone with them? What if you spent a year in a tower with some of the most despicable people you’d ever know.  What would you do then?

The way she ended it will stay with me for a while as well.

When I first started this review a few weeks ago, I didn’t know what to think of the book. I don’t think I particularly liked it. I walked away from writing it because the words wouldn’t come. But when I came back to it, and thought about it afresh, I discovered I’d developed a deeper appreciation for Warren’s story. That rarely happens. This is a weird one, but it’s one to check out.

About Kaaron Warren

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Photo Courtesy Goodreads

I wanted to be a writer from a very young age, and wrote my first proper short story at 14. I also wrote a novel that year, called “Skin Deep”‘, which I really need to type up.

I started sending stories out when I was about 23, and sold my first one, “White Bed””, in 1993. Since then I’ve sold about 100 short stories, four short story collections and three novels.

I’m an avid and broad reader but I also like reality TV so don’t always expect intelligent conversation from me.

I’ve lived in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra, with a three year stint in Fiji. Currently I’m in Canberra, with my family, two cats and, apparently, rats in the roof.

People always ask me about the spelling of my name, wondering where I’m from. I actually made the spelling up, because there were five Karens in my year at school and I knew I wanted to stand out. Even at 17 I wanted my writing to be remembered, and I thought that a memorable spelling would help me in that quest. Does it work?

Friday, October 26, 2018

Author Spotlight: Ellie Douglas

Eillie Douglas
Courtesy Ellie’s Website

Author Bio

Ellie Douglas, born and raised in New Zealand. A graduate of Massey, is a freelance graphic artist, spent 10 years working with Autistic Children, and has done some overseas traveling. She is a member of NZSA and SpecFicNZ.

Ellie went into motherhood, with four children, including one set of non-identical twins. Ellie was able to dive right into her creative side. She started out as a freelance graphic artist, and to this day she still creates award-winning professional pre-made book covers.  During her designing of book covers she would write, sparking her inner desire to be an author.  Writing more and more until she finished her first novel, Zombie Dogs.​

Ellie has two brothers, one younger, one older, both of whom she adores dearly. Ellie is a very warm, fun-loving, friendly, generously giving woman, she’s mysterious and enjoys keeping the suspense going.  She is hard-working, loyal and very down to earth.

Twitter: @AuthorEllie

Instagram: @authorellie


Hi Ellie! Thanks for taking the time to speak to me today!!

It is lovely to be here, thanks for the invitation 🙂 

LOHF: You have a release coming out on Halloween! Can you tell me a bit about it? 

I sure can. It is called Death O Death Horror Collection Vol 2 and it is filled with ten different short stories. Ranging from the Bogeyman to serial killers to monsters.

LOHF: The release date is perfect! Did you luck out or did you specifically pick that day? 

I specifically selected the day 🙂

LOHF: I am a cover lover. I know that you do freelance book cover work did you create the cover of your new book? (it is pretty spectacular)

Thank you 🙂 and yes I did design and create my latest books cover, and all of my other books too 🙂

 LOHF: Have you always been a horror fan or was there a book or movie that started you on the horror path?

I’d say I was inspired greatly by Stephen King and for movie inspiration it was the old classics, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Evil Dead etc.

LOHF: Your bibliography is quite diverse with zombies and werewolves do you have a favorite horror genre?

Yes, I’d have to say zombies.

 LOHF: What are your top five horror movies?

Just five? LOL I could name a lot more 🙂

Don’t Breathe

World War Z



Train to Busan 

LOHF: Are there any horror tropes you refuse to use in your work? If so, which?

I can’t think of any that I wouldn’t do.

LOHF: In reading your bio you have a lot of different projects going on. How do you find juggling your projects and family life?

With Difficultly. I can be rather strict on myself and set time aside to do my writing. However there will always be times where writing is on hold, for family comes first 🙂

LOHF: Are your working on a WIP at the moment? If so can we get a sneak peak?

As a matter of fact, I am. I’m working on another Vol of horror shorts. Here is a sneak peak at one of the stories. I’ve titled this one: Possession. 

“Zoe cast her eyes over the prizes, a boxed doll in a glittering purple dress, a basketball hoop, an inflatable basketball, a pair of matching dolls made of wool. None of them interested her. Her eyes moved to the right and she spied the large blue teddy bear, then her eyes caught the wooden doll next to it. Eagerly she pointed. The man walked over and picked up the big bear and walked over to Zoe, with an even cheesier smile. Her face crinkled and she shook her head in a no gesture while she still pointed to where the bear had been sitting. The man looked back and noticed the wooden puppet/doll, his orbits flicked from Zoe to the doll and she nodded her head up and down for a big yes. The man shrugged his shoulders, walked back to the shelf and put the blue bear back then picked up the wooden doll and handed it over to Zoe.
“Why did you choose that one?” Hazel asked flummoxed.
Zoe inspected the wooden doll and noted the joints on the knees, waist, elbows, hands, feet and neck. She jiggled it, and it moved floppily around from side to side. “He looked lonely, mom.”
Both Darren and Hazel said no more, they raised their eyebrows at each other and with a smile they walked out hand in hand with Zoe. The doll was tucked into Zoe’s back pack and from behind all you could see was it’s head with an overly long nose, it reminded Darren of a carved tribesman. Complete with dark holes for eyes.”

 LOHF: The LOHF is composed of book reviewers so we are always a little nosy about what people are reading. What is on your nightstand?

How about this, a screen shot of what is currently on my TBR and this is not all of it. Some of these I have read, some I’m reading. There is currently 132 books on my list. Add to that my purchased hard copies of books from Stephen King and you can imagine my list is rather huge 🙂



Death O Death (released 10/31/2018)

Death O DeathUnimaginable monsters to take your breath away.
What you can’t see will horrify you.
You’ll be squirming in sheer terror.
Real and unseen-evil awaits. Watching. Lurking.
When you least expect, it will pounce and consume you!
Safety warnings: May induce a rise in blood pressure.
Don’t read alone.
Keep the lights on.

The question is: Are you brave enough? 

The Dead Wake Anthology

The Dead WakeTen utterly gruesome tales, that will disable you. You won’t know what hit you. You will from this day forward sleep with one eye open. Insist that all the lights stay on…always. You will begin a ritual; checking under your bed, inside the closet and double checking your windows. Throw into this the sick and twisted and the utterly crazy humor and your stomach will explode. With some erotica, you’ll be hot and sweaty and wont know which way to run…and you’ll be scared for life. In the best possible way.


HoundedWhen Calloway Foster woke up that morning, he never expected it to be a deathblow to life on earth.

Nothing can prepare him for one of the world’s most loved species to turn into the undead. Four-legged zombies now run rampant-hungry and intelligent, they are merciless to those still struggling to survive.

Follow Cal on a turbulent journey filled with horrific loss, new love, and unbelievably terrifying events.

Will he find his twin brother in time? Can he keep his family safe?

A terrifying surprise twist will test the survivors to the brink of humanity’s very existence.

Ellie is the author of a number of books in the horror genre. She also creates these amazing adult coloring books. If you want to have a look at her entire bibliography please take a look at her website.  If You would like to purchase the books listed above click on the photos to be taken to either Better World Books or the publishers site.