March 12, 2019 is the release date for the new Vamptasy relaunch of my novel Psychonaut. I could not be more excited. Of all my books this is my personal favourite. It dances between horror and fantasy while Satori is in police custody, arrested for the murder of Star, he is also travelling worlds, battling demons and searching for Star, hoping still, beyond death to rescue her and be with her. "Carmilla Voiez is more of a singer than a writer. She tells her compelling story
February is Women in Horror Month. In fact February 2019 is the tenth Women in Horror Month or WiHMX. Ten years! How did it start? Why is it important? What am I doing to celebrate the month? I shall attempt to answer these three questions in this blog post. A Decade of Women in Horror Hannah Neurotica founded the grass-roots movement to celebrate women’s contributions to the horror genre in film, literature and beyond. Ax Wound is the official home of WiHM and for the past f
This book is hardcore in terms of violence and lust. The only comparable books I have read, ones as graphic and disturbing with vivid descriptions of dismemberment, disembowelment and bodily waste would be Frisk, by Dennis Cooper and In the Miso Soup, by Ryu Murakami. Exquisite Corpse is told in first and third person. The first person narrator is Andrew Compton, a British serial killer who escapes prison by faking death. How he manages this is somewhat vague, magical and sha
From Ashes & Embers
Ceasefire series book 3
Temptation personified in a curvy package of sugar and sin.
My one job is to obey the rules.
Keep my dick in my pants and forget the new nanny.
Be a good little soldier as the Devil himself raised me to be.
Problem is I can't.
I care more than I want to admit.
I'm not supposed to have a conscience. Blood stains my hands and taints my soul.
There's no escaping the chains that bind us, when duty threatens t
Another Beautiful Nightmare is a Vamptasy anthology, following on from the success of Beautiful Nightmares. The book is due for release on Feb 1, 2019 and will start of Women in Horror Month with a blood-curdling scream. Included in the collection are: Lily Luchesi’s - Mercury Falling Laurencia Hoffman - A Bloody Beginning Jaidis Shaw - A Mother’s Instinct Carmilla Voiez - Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend A Giacomi - Aqua Vita Faith Marlow - Blood Moon S L Perrine - Elegant As
(First published on Gingernuts of Horror) Perhaps because I spent my formative years reading books by Clive Barker and Poppy Z Brite, I have always felt that LGBTQ has a place in horror. That said the community isn’t always represented fairly. The close association between trans women and mentally unstable serial killers is extremely problematic, but this has been discussed on other articles such as “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Trans Woman” by Mey and will not be discussed he
CW: Psychosis Mandy screwed the lid back onto her mascara wand and placed it in her velvet wash bag. Without looking away from the mirror, she shouted, ‘No problem. I won’t forget. Have fun.’ The front door snapped shut and she heard the distinct clink of her mother’s heels, jogging toward the car. The engine had been running for at least ten minutes. Philip, Mandy’s step-father sat behind the steering wheel, tapping his manicured fingers impatiently. ‘I’m sorry,’ Mandy heard
The three stories in this book are set in the town of Paradys (Paradis) in Northern France over a time period that spans from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century. Each have gender as their central theme, and each contains a transition of some kind from male to female or female to male. They are full of such dualism – male and female; dark and light; life, death and rebirth. The three central characters can be seen as one recurring character. Certainly the female writer
Horror is supposed to make you uncomfortable. Claiming the genre as a comfort blanket is counter-intuitive, is it not? We are pummelled daily by the sounds of suffering. None of us is isolated. Together, we await the wrath of hurricanes on the other side of the world. Our stomachs cramp as we witness starvation. Photographs of bruised and beaten victims of violence haunt us. A car slams into a crowd and we shudder at the hatred that drives it. Unless we are wilfully blind we
Something evil is going on in the Montgomery Psychiatric Hospital; every time there is an unexplainable blackout, a patient dies. Callie isn't insane - she sees the ghost of her dead best friend only because he really is there. It's just that nobody believes her. Casey is scarred after a horrific attack during which he killed someone. Temporary insanity was his plea, and the asylum is his prison. With fear and death lurking everywhere, and no way to escape, Callie is certain
If you are intrigued with the strange and dark worlds of Lovecraft, but cannot stomach the overt racism and misogyny the you might want to check out Thomas Ligotti. Being excluded from a story is more comfortable perhaps than being demonised in it.
Ligotti is a proponent of pessimism as a philosophy and each of these tales illustrates the pain of self-conscious existence and the terror of things sensed in the shadows. (See also Teatro Grottesco and The Conspiracy Against th
Wow! Just wow! This is a collection of short stories and academic essays inspired by the writings of Thomas Ligotti and pessimistic philosophy. While there were a couple of pieces that I found a little pretentious for my taste the gems, and there were many, more than made up for this. Singing the Songs, Notes on a Horror, The Theatre of Ovid, Solar Flare and The Alienation of Self were by far my favourites. The writings are not only entertaining and thought-provoking they are
“The Ruins” is the story of a group of Europeans who arrive in a hostile alien environment where the rules are very different and survival is their primary challenge. It reminds me a little of a white couple who cycled across a war zone to prove that they would survive (protected presumably by their whiteness) but who were (surprise, surprise) killed on their journey. It is also reminiscent of “The Elementals” by Michael McDowell, where the threat faced, while deadly, is far
There are two aspects of Adam Nevill’s stories that I love, and “Banquet for the Damned” has both – his preoccupation with the occult (which reminds me of Ramsey Campbell), and his intense male friendships (which I suspect are unique in the horror genre). Dante and Tom, both straight men, have an intense love affair in this book that is both supportive and destructive to each character. In the wider story two professors at St Andrews become embroiled in a dark secret because
I’m ashamed to admit that this was the first book by Michael McDowell that I’ve read. I asked friends and followers on Facebook to make me choose between two authors and McDowell was one of the names that came up. Because I loved the film Beetlejuice (and McDowell wrote the screenplay) I chose him, and immediately ordered one of his books. It might be the first story of his I’ve read, but it won’t be the last. The Elementals is a fabulous short novel. Character driven it is n
Ramsey Campbell wrote the first horror novel that I fell in love with. I was a teenager when I first read that one and it stayed with me. That novel “To Wake the Dead” aka “Parasite” not only started my love of horror, but also my interest in the occult. It is strange then, that I only read a second of his books this week. Having reread and loved the first so often, why did I wait over 30 years to read another? “Incarnate” follows the aftereffects of an experiment on propheti
For a Kafkaesque bizarre farce you can't get much sillier than "The Similars" or "Los Parecidos" a Mexican horror. That said, in spite of the "am-dram hammy-ness", there's a serious message about the way we as humans focus on our differences rather than our similarities, and the young boy is absolutely terrifying. We move south to Australia for the next Netflix treat. This was a touching ghost story. It isn't difficult to foresee the twist in the tale, but it loses very littl
It’s a fascinating book, although I suspect I know barely a fraction of what the story is about at the end of part one of the trilogy. What is strange though is the style in which it was written. Six characters all presented in the first person. I’m amazed I understood and followed it as well as I did. Why? Why would a book with six characters be written from each perspective in the first person? Well on the up side it makes each chapter incredibly tense and intense. The read
Originally published in the 1970s and recently translated into English, Giorgio de Maria’s short novel “The Twenty Days of Turin” is remarkable in the way it mirrors society in the twenty-first century. There is something about the lyricism of Italian writers that speaks to my soul. Along with Umberto Eco's, de Maria's storytelling and descriptions warm me in ways that run counter to the bleakness of the stories. If I could decide to be reincarnated as an Italian writer I wou