Review of “Darkest Hours” by Mike Thorn

36309774.jpgIt might be odd to call a collection of horror/noir short stories “beautiful,” but that is the impression I’m left with.  These are incredibly well-crafted, well-written stories from an author I quickly grew to respect.  Thorn’s mastery of prose is an absolute delight to read.  His creativity is refreshing.  His subtle ability to make the horror sneak up on the reader is a gift.  I compared these stories many times to my favorites from Poe, and they indeed share the chilling truth that the worst monsters are the ones within.

The range of stories here was a surprise.  I never knew what to expect from story to story – in one you have a guy unnaturally obsessed with hair, in another you have a ghost doomed to wander, in another you have a terrifying monster that assimilates unsuspecting campers.  In every story,  it was easy to get into the mind of the characters and see the horror through their eyes.  And, again, the writing itself is worth your time.

Any book that has a monstrous blob devouring the works of Derrida has my vote.

5 Stars

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Review of “The Sea Was a Fair Master” by Calvin Demmer

40033777.jpgThis author never disappoints in coming up with unique, impressively well-written shorts.  This collection of 23 stories has a little bit of everything – from crime to love to androids to the worst English class imaginable.  There’s a great balance of creepy, troubling, sometimes funny (in an “oh, that’s terrible” grinning kind of way), and heart-wrenching tales.

I also love that these stories aren’t straight horror aimed for gore and terror only.  They feel more akin to the works of Poe – there’s a point, if not a message, about humanity in every one.  Some stories are thought-provoking, others intentionally make you sympathize with the baddies, others are horribly sad but have something beautiful thrown in.  And Demmer is a master at last lines.

Give this collection a read!  These stories are super-short, so even if you don’t like one or two, it’s not like you’re wasting time.

5 Stars

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Review of “Hardened Hearts”

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I finished this collection the day after Valentine’s Day, which was kind of perfect.  These are not your typical love stories, although “love” is the general theme connecting them.  I was very impressed with each writer, and I didn’t feel like there was a weak story in the bunch.  The writing is solid.  The range of genres in the collection is cool, too.  Most of these stories are so uniquely weird in their own way, and yet how the stories are organized makes them cohesive, like they naturally belong in the same collection.

A few of my favorites were “Heirloom” , “Dog Tired”, “The Heart of the Orchard,” and “Matchmaker.” Honestly, I liked something about almost every single story.  Despite many being short, they packed emotional punches. The immediate weirdness of many drew me in and held my attention.

If you like your love stories a little on the dark side, definitely check out this collection.

4.5 Stars

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Review of “Tongues” by Sam Joyce

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At the start of this book I couldn’t tell exactly where it was going, and I wasn’t sure I was going to like it (based purely on another book’s similar premise where I ended up hating that story entirely).

However, THIS book drew me in pretty quickly.  The twists and complexity of this story were thoughtfully well-crafted.  I wasn’t sure how the elements of “neo-Nazis, top-level federal government, and the strange world of the occult” were going to work together, but the result was a suspenseful, somehow realistic, creepy horror tale.  And I appreciated that, though the events were horrific, the “horror” element was never gratuitous just for the sake of being shocking.

Catherine is a great main character, certainly not perfect but easy to relate to as we see things through her eyes.  I really liked how the plot progressed as she journeys deeper and deeper into what’s going on in Elena.  When we meet the federal agent, I wasn’t sure how everything there would fit, and this could maybe have used a little fleshing out.  I DID like how he got in over his head, and I was not expecting what happened once paths converged.  As for Carmen, I liked how the author slowly introduced him as the source of all the trouble.  The author did a great job of making him not just a dark, evil bad guy but instead a man with thoughts and motives that made sense to him.

That said, the back flash for Carmen felt really, really long. It was hard to focus on all this backstory because I wanted to get back to the main story’s timeline.  I liked the idea of what the author was doing, but it probably could’ve been shorter and still gotten the point across.

In all, I’d recommend this book if you’re looking to read an occult-based horror story with unexpected elements.  The uniqueness kept me turning the pages, and the author’s writing drew me in, from dialogue to action scenes and everything in between.

4 Stars

 

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Review of “Hungry Ghosts” & “Labor Day Hunt” by Calvin Demmer

 

31308950.jpgFirst of all, I found the cover intriguing.

Secondly, short stories can be tricky.  You want enough detail to set the scene but not so much detail that you can’t get to the meat of the story.  It’s hard, in so few pages, to be drawn into whatever mood, tone, feel of the story that the author is trying to create.  It’s hard to become quickly invested in a character.  It’s hard to tell a complete, full story in limited time.

This short story, with all of the above considerations, does a great job.  It helps that there’s a horror/mystery aspect going on with the ghosts, so not everything HAS to be explained.  Lara, as the main character, was easy to identify with and root for.

The story is so short and quick that I feel safe telling you to just read it for yourself to find out more.  I really enjoyed it.

5 Stars

 

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31815027.jpgI loved that I had no idea where this story was going to end up.  It starts out with the rather mundane life of a guy just trying to make money in his hometown.  He answers an ad.  Goes to the job.  How interesting could this be, right?

But there IS a dark tone to the writing that hints at something coming.  I loved the pacing – which is tricky in a story this short – and the twist.  When you meet the villains, something is clearly off, but then the story slams the gas and the action takes off.   By the time it all wraps up, it’s probably fair to say this was the worst Labor Day of Jared’s life.

This short story might be a little too violent for some readers, but if you’re okay with just a bit of gore, give it a try.  It’s so short that even if you don’t like it, you’re not wasting time.

5 Stars

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#AuThorsday with Barbara Chioffi

51ptOb6M2oL._UX250_Today I’d like to welcome Barbara Chioffi, romance/horror author of Angel Mine, Lycan Heart, and Trickery.

Can you give us your quickest description of your books?

I’m all about romance, except for Trickery.  The horror trilogy indulged my childhood love of horror comics.

Is your horror writing targeted towards a younger audience, then?  Who would you say is your target audience?

Target audience, I’d say 18+ due to the sexy parts, although in my last work, Dark Lycan, the sex was toned down a bit.

What are you working on currently?

Two novellas for anthologies, three poems, and the next in my Mystic Hearts series.

That’s quite a bit all at once!  What is your favorite thing to work on and why?

Paranormal romance will always be my favored genre, due to the many possibilities, the twists and turns it can take.  Horror is my second choice, thanks to Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and earlier, those horror comics I mentioned.  I discovered them when I was ten while going to the corner grocery for my grandmother.  If my memory is correct, they were ten cents.  She would always ‘tip’ me for making the short trips.  My treasured stash of those illustrated ‘comics’ grew with those runs to the store.  Several years later, the government decided they were too explicit for young minds, and they banned them.  My stash disappeared over the years.  I’d love to have them now.

That’s a great story.  What is one bit of advice you’d like to share with writers?

Be true to yourself, be honest, and play nice with others.  That’s it.

Have there been times in your writing life when you’ve felt like you were changing your writing for others (i.e. NOT being true to yourself)?  Why do you think some authors struggle with this?

I write what I love.  Writing to please an audience would betray one’s voice.  If you can’t embrace your story, there’s no point.  There is a tendency to follow the current trend for some, reaching for success, and I wish all those the best of luck.

Who inspires you to write?

My mother…people I’ve known and admired…dreams

Can you give an example of a dream that’s inspired a story?

Since childhood, I’ve dreamed of wolves, first as vicious attackers, and later, in college, as a date at the door, complete with suit, hat, flowers, and candy.  In recent years, a large, white wolf appeared in our yard, traveling through the adjacent wetlands on his journey.  They’ve appeared in dreams lately, in the form of comforting messengers.

Interesting that wolves have been so recurring over the years.  In a perfect world where you could cast your book for a movie, who would you pick for your main characters?

Justin and Jared, twin sons of Robert Flannery from my lycan stories, would be Angel Macho, a male model and software engineer.

Julia, from Lycan Heart, would be Nina Dobrev from Vampire Diaries, and Tara, from Dark Lycan, would be Emma Stone.

Do you picture different actors when you’re writing these characters?  Or do those actors just happen to fit best with your idea of that character in your head?

I write my story with certain features in mind… hair, eyes, build, etc.  As the character develops, his/her personality takes shape, along with talents and quirks.  After these are in place, then I look for one to fit what’s been created.  It’s often difficult to find an actor or picture with the ‘look’ I want.  For instance, Julia is a sweet, young woman and Tara has a little bit of fire.

Thanks, Barbara, for sharing!

51tMi4DND+L._SX317_BO1,204,203,200_WHERE TO FIND Barbara Chioffi: 
Website:  www.reveriesfrombarb.blogspot.com
Goodreads:  Barbara
Amazon Page:  Barbara Chioffi
Facebook:  Barb’s Angel Mine
Twitter:  @starlite42

Review of “Tribes of Decay” by Michael Garza

28496418(I reviewed this on its release date but just now remembered I didn’t want anyone to miss this, so I’m posting here too.  So GOOD!  And yet again from Garza, a creepy good cover with eyes that will haunt me a little bit.)

This story is so much more than just another zombie book. I’ve read a lot of Garza’s work, and I think this is my favorite. What I love about his stories is that the characters feel like real people – you might hate them, you might love them, but they feel like real people. Their choices make sense rather than just doing whatever works to advance the plot. Mia and Rowan are two great characters, and even the minor characters are given a lot of attention. Mia’s development greatly overshot my expectations (without giving away spoilers), and Rowan was consistently a good guy you could cheer for.
The post-apocalyptic world-building in this story is simple but perfect. Every description gives you just enough to create a picture in your head, and basically if you picture mass desolation, you’re good. Zombie worlds all have the same familiar feel, but I really liked the idea of how “tribes” of survivors had formed in cities and how these people had reverted to more primitive ways – if the world hadn’t functioned in decades, yeah, teens wouldn’t know about electricity.
The tension in the writing is great, too. I plowed through this book in two sittings because it kept building and I couldn’t put it down. The unique evolution of the zombies was something I hadn’t read before, and it added to the creepy factor. I always love when books like this use bad-guy humans as the biggest (still living) evil, and the second part of the book does a great job of bringing in something new.
Definitely gory. Definitely intense. Definitely worth a read if you like post-apocalyptic, zombie survival stories infused with a human kick.

5 Stars
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#AuThorsday with Matthew Harrill

11046737_765934656836286_6253167781775005498_nToday I’d like to welcome Matthew Harrill, international award-winning horror author of The ARC Chronicles.  

Can you give us your quickest description of your books?

Impending Apocalypse.

Ooh, that’s a favorite genre of mine.  Can you tell me a little more about the world your book is set in?

It’s set in the world as it is.  Present day, or slightly (at the time of writing) in the future, but not more than a couple of years.  I have in the past written epic fantasy, and got so caught up in the world building, I just wanted something a bit more relatable to people this time.  I very much like to use real places, be it the top of a mountain, a historic furnace in Alabama, or an Irish Bar in Worcester, Massachusetts.  On earth, every place used is real, or has a solid basis in fact.  What I might do with the scene may stretch the imagination somewhat, but you can go to pretty much any place in my series and imagine what might have been.

What is your favorite scene you’ve written?  Can you give us a peek?

Eva ran her finger along the balcony rail of the apartment she shared with Madden. The mortar underneath the whitewash was dimpled and the feeling not unpleasant. It was sunrise, the sky was clear and the magmatic luminosity of the sun was erupting over the horizon. The air was still warm. It never seemed to get cold in Cairo.
She smiled as the bells began to toll, calling the Muslim population of the city to morning worship. The azan echoed out from loudspeakers all over the city. Cairo was a noisy place, full of character, full of soul. Eva loved it.

Nice imagery and tone.  What is this scene from?  It’s interesting, because this is much “prettier” writing than you often see in anything apocalyptic.

It is a midpoint in Hellbounce.  Some pretty scary things have happened to the main character Eva up to this point, and it is a time to catch breath before it all plunges back into darkness.  Cairo was a good place to set part of the book because I needed somewhere in the region of Nag Hamaddi, where artifacts of historical and biblical significance were once found.  Of course I exploit that for the story.

My writing is more of a psychological horror than a nuts and bolts ‘slash, hack and scare’ type affair.  It was described best by one reviewer as if ‘Clive Barker had worked on The Da Vinci Code’.  It is a horror, there is a heavy supernatural  element, but it is also an adventure.

That sounds really cool.  Who inspires you to write?

My mentor, David Farland (www.davidfarland.net).  He has always been there for me, and gives so much of himself to others.

That’s great.  Constant support is certainly something all authors need.  Does he help you creatively?  Or where would you say your ideas come from?

My ideas, my story, my entire world is all in my head.  I am merely the scribe, transposing to text the vision I see.  David has helped me with the structure of my writing, and the occasional brainstorm.  He is an excellent teacher.  I wouldn’t say he is constantly there for me – I like to think I am beyond that level of need now.  He is a NY times bestseller,  and head judge of L Ron Hubbards ‘Writers of the Future competition’, as well as teaching many many others in formal settings as well as offering advice.

In other areas, I can pick up ideas from seeing people walking down the street.  There are two gentlemen I walk by on a daily basis who will never know they are the inspiration for two of the main characters in ‘The Shikari’, my elite armed force in Hellbeast.  The news, snippets, I get information from everywhere.  The key to good writing is to make the important seem trivial.  Throwaway quips and incidental information make characters believable.

That is a really good point – “The key to good writing is to make the important seem trivial.”  But it can be difficult.  When you get stuck in your writing, how do you make yourself keep going?

I am a plotter.  I don’t get stuck.  A is always going to B, in a roundabout way.  I have chapter notes all prepared.  I normally spend up to six months of the time that I have to sort out the notes.  For example, I am currently writing a chapter in the Lucky Dog Music Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts.  I know exactly who will be in there, and exactly who is going to wow the crowd.  There are no surprises for me.

So you have pretty extensive notes, I’m guessing.  Do you HAVE to have a whole story plotted out chronologically, or do you write here and there and flesh things out later?

I have the entire story plotted out chronologically.  I couldn’t do otherwise.  The story I am working on now takes place during the first week of Hellbounce, with elements tied in from that story, so I need to ensure that everything ties up perfectly.  The actual putting to script of the story is still open to interpretation.  A lot of the time I find myself struggling to contain the story within the boundaries of the chapters, and have to add in extra chapters.  That’s when I know the story is flowing well.

Do you use your personal experiences in your writing?

Absolutely!  I am a writer.  Anything you say or do may be used in a story!  I find personal experiences are immensely useful to write into stories (where relevant) and often very cathartic.  But I would hasten to add a word of caution.  Don’t sacrifice the tale you are writing in order to get revenge in text on anybody that wronged you in life.  Revenge writing can be all-consuming.  That being said, I have based nasty characters on people I am very fond of (none less than my own wife).  The personal connection makes it so much more colourful.

That’s a good approach and also good advice.  I completely agree with you about the cathartic aspect.  Out of curiosity, do you tell people when you’ve used some part of them for your characters – your wife, for example?

Most certainly.  My wife knows that the antagonist in book 2 is based on her… or rather her reactions to when I piss her off!

Thank you, Matthew, for sharing! 

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WHERE TO FIND Matthew Harrill
Website:  Horror Author Matthew W Harrill
Goodreads:  Matthew W. Harrill
Amazon Page:  Matthew Harrill
Facebook:  Matthew W Harrill
Twitter:  @matt_harrill

#AuThorsday with Suzi Albracht

Suzi_AlbrachtToday I’d like to welcome Suzi Albracht, horror author of The Devil’s Due Collection.

Can you give us your quickest description of your book?

At the moment, I have three books of horror in The Devil’s Due Collection. Death Most Wicked is the prequel to The Devil’s Lieutenant, and Scorn Kills is character-related to the main story.  I write in a style similar to Stephen King, and as such infuse real-life situations with horror.  I do my best to create characters that have the same feelings, fears and desires of every day man.  To me, that makes what happens to them, in the stories, more intensely frightening.

A Stephen King comparison certainly lets readers know what to expect.  What got you into horror in the first place?

My mother was into true crime and horror.  She unknowingly planted the seed.  We had a large family and used to go to the drive in every time there was a horror movie being shown.  I still remember sitting in front of the station wagon, holding my knees to my chest and staring at the screen, too involved in the action to eat popcorn.  My mother was also a library user.  As soon as I was able to walk to the library on my own, she’d send me to get her the latest Perry Mason novel.  While I was there, I’d grab a horror novel and sit in a corner reading it until I had to return home.  I loved the smell of the books and the feel of the marble floor when I’d lie on my stomach after hours of sitting on the windowsill.  I was afraid the librarian would catch me reading books of horror and take them away from me.  But looking back now, I know that she had to have seen me reading and knew exactly what was keeping my attention.  The wise woman never said a word, except to say – Come again – when I checked out my mother’s books.

What are you working on currently?

That would be another character-related book in The Devil’s Due Collection.
This book will be about Bianca Branch and the consequences she is now facing for making a deal to bring her father back from the dead.  It will have more humor in it than some of the others because there are unforeseen consequences to bringing someone back from the dead.  Plus she has to juggle her obligations to Satan while being pregnant.

Ha!  That sounds like a lot to deal with, yes.  Do you find you use humor to give the reader a break from all the horror on purpose, or does it just happen naturally?  

I don’t purposely include it but sometimes it just happens to fit the scene.  The funny thing is that for Scorn Kills, I did not intentionally try to include twisted humor at all.  I thought it was a pretty grim story which I told in first person.  I didn’t even realize it would be taken that way by some of my readers.  But now that I look at it and think – wow, what a great concept.  Some characters, in this case, Bill, are naturally snarky in a twisted, funny way.  His view on what was happening to him was darkly humorous.

It’s interesting how things seem to develop on their own.  What is your favorite scene you’ve written?  Can you give us a peek?

This is from Death Most Wicked:

With the light turned low, Buzz slid into swirling waters of the hot tub. He leaned back with his head resting on a folded towel wedged against one edge. He closed his eyes and let the jet streams soothe his aches and pains. Before long he dozed off.
A scraping noise, like a chair being dragged, jerked Buzz awake. He sat up and waited. No more noise, no one jumped out. It must have been a dream.
Buzz toyed with the idea of grabbing another beer and getting back in the hot tub to continue his soak. And he would have but he expected the next day to be something big.
Either Caleb would be able to finagle a deal with Mr. Ivanovitch or one of his goons would come hunt them down. If the second thing happened, well, he’d have to kill himself because he sure as hell wasn’t going to let them put any of that red shit on him. Either way, he needed to be ready with a clear head and steady hands. That meant he better get his ass moving.
He climbed out of the tub and dried himself. As he did, he noticed the taste of stale beer on his tongue. Another pet peeve. Right up there with crap on his kitchen floor. Now he’d have to brush his teeth before curling up between the sheets.
Buzz padded his way into his master bathroom. As he flipped the light switch, he knew something wasn’t right. But what?
And then he noticed it. There was a slight smudge of mud on the floor in front of vanity. He opened the medicine cabinet. That bastard, Patrick, had been snooping again. For what? His friends and business associates all knew he gave up the pills a long time ago, and he kept his money in his safe. The only jewelry he owned, he wore, except for his Super Bowl ring and that was in a safe deposit box at the bank.
Okay, that’s it, he decided. First thing in the morning he’d call around and get himself new roommate. He’d find a chick who cooked. Yeah, one with a nice tight ass, too.
Buzz picked up his toothbrush and toothpaste. While he squirted toothpaste on the brush, he scrutinized his face in the mirror. Jesus, was that a wrinkle? Christ, both eyes had bags under them. He better get Stephanie to squeeze him in before he met up with Caleb. She’d fix him up with a couple pricks of Botox.
He put the toothbrush in his mouth. The toothpaste had a strange, offensive texture to it. With the brush tucked in his cheek, Buzz picked up tube. Wait a minute. This shit is red, but the tube says white paste. What the hell?
Buzz threw the toothbrush in the sink and spit into the porcelain bowl. He rummaged through the cabinet until he found a bottle of mouth disinfectant. Frantic, he screwed it open and gargled a healthy mouthful. Then he swished it around, getting it in every crevice. He spit it out and then took another mouthful and repeated.
Damn that Patrick. He was trying to poison him. But why? Did one of those Russian guys from last month hire him? They were sure as hell pissed when they lost. But who wouldn’t be with a hundred Gs on the line.
And then he felt it… a twitching, squiggly sensation under his eyelid. Buzz leaned closer to the mirror to inspect the twitch. He could see the black hairs of a tiny black, squirming thing peeking out. He fumbled through the vanity drawers, grasping for anything that could grab hold of it. His fingers latched onto a pair of needle nose tweezers.
Jesus, let them do the job.
Buzz pried his eyelid open and jammed the needle nose of tweezers around the thing’s tail. He yanked hard, sweat rolling down his forehead, blinding him. He wrenched and twisted until the thing released its pincers.
He held the tweezers up to the light to inspect it. The hideous mutation squirmed and snapped at him.
Buzz threw the monstrosity in the toilet and flushed, watching it swirl around the drain.
Then he had a weird sensation on his tongue. He opened his mouth wide and tried to examine his teeth and tongue.
Oh shit, oh shit
Buzz felt a crawling tickle in his throat. Something was caught in the membranes of his throat. He jammed two fingers down his throat, forcing himself to vomit. He puked until his insides felt like they might come up through his chest.
He grabbed the edges of the vanity with both hands, trying his best to keep himself from spewing any more of himself into the sink.
When he looked down, several of his teeth stared back at him from the sink basin.
What the ─?
The hair on the back of his neck stood up.
Was he being watched? His eyes slid up to the mirror. A moving shadow caught his eye. It moved. He thought he saw Patrick’s silhouette behind him, cowering in the shadows.
It was too late for Buzz. His head exploded.

Wow, that’s descriptive and horrifying!  I actually physically cringed at the eye part.  Do you get a thrill when you write a scene like this because you know it’s going to give your readers a reaction?  

I get a thrill knowing I made someone experience an emotion and especially a physical reaction to something I wrote.  After all, the whole point of writing is to stir up emotions.  When I find out that something I wrote has hit someone hard, I’m right there with them but I’m dancing and shrieking at the moon with excitement.  I get the same thrill when my words make someone fall in love with a character because of their vulnerability.  And the same again, when they despise one of my characters because he is evil and cunning.

What is one bit of advice you’d like to share with writers?

Believe in yourself.  You will find there are people who want to bring you down for whatever reason.  Trolls comes in many forms.  It may be one of those people on Amazon who write those horrible 1 star reviews that break your heart.  And sometimes they will be in the form of a fellow writer who will pretend to support you while unfairly criticizing you with a smile on their face.  Whenever criticism comes your way, first look at the criticism with an honest mind.  If it is unfair, untrue or just plain crap, know it for what it is and shake it off.  But if it is even remotely true, fix your book.  You are expecting people to pay good money for your book so you are obligated to give them a quality product.  No matter what, do not fight back, it will only give you a headache and more ammunition for them to use.  Your best defense is to rise above it and do even better.

That’s excellent advice.  It’s sad when overly harsh/unfair criticism destroys a writer’s excitement.  Your suggestion to “no matter what, do not fight back” is a hard thing to learn but I also think the best sanity-preserving approach.  Have you had personal experience with trolls? 

Mostly, I’ve experienced them in real life for reasons other than writing and like you said, it’s a hard thing to learn not to respond to them.  However, I have met one in my writing life online.  I am still “friendly” with that person but I keep my distance.  That person and I have a lot of common friends, none of which have seen that troll side.  At first, it was all I could do not to tell that person what I thought of them.  But I realized I had neither the time nor energy to waste on such crap.  I decided not to allow them to take my joy.

Do you use your personal experiences in your writing?

Hmmmmm, that is a question that requires some reflection.  I don’t use situations that happened to me personally.  Nor do I base any characters on anyone I know or have met.  However, like my fellow authors, I observe people.  Often times I will take traits I  have seen in people and apply them to my characters because you just can’t beat real life for drama and suspense.  I find that if you apply enough real life traits and habits to your characters, it makes way easier to understand how they will react to things and what they are thinking.  And since my writing style is to make my characters and situations as real-life as possible, it makes my type of horror even scarier.

Since you like to draw from real life, does the news ever inspire you with an idea or prompt?  Or, where would you say you get ideas for your horror bits?

I have a file where I keep little tidbits.  Things like the story of a woman who killed her spouse, hid the body, and then took her babies to another state where she began to assume the identity of her spouse.  She became a man… looks, name, job, social security number, everything.  Her babies were young enough she could get away with it.  She only got caught when someone found her husband’s body.  Or the story of the person who wanted to be buried with all their Chicago Bears memorabilia.  They wanted to be in a Lazy Boy lounger with a beer in their hands .
I love strange things but I never use the things I save.  Instead, they get my imagination working overtime and that’s the way I come up with some of my horror.  I find if you take normal things and stretch them to the extreme, you can come up with some real gems.  For instance, my tooth brushing scene with Buzz.  I had just seen a story about a spider found in the filling of an Oreo cookie.  That prompted me to think about other people who have found surprises in their food.  After that, it was just a matter of taking what was an ordinary event – brushing your teeth before going to bed – and inserting the surprise.

Thank you, Suzi, for sharing!

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WHERE TO FIND Suzi Albracht:
Website:  SuziAlbracht.com 
Goodreads:  Suzi Albracht
Amazon Page:  Suzi Albracht
Facebook:  Suzi Albracht
Twitter: @SuziAlbracht

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