Tuesday WiHM Blog Talks: Favorite Women in Horror

Welcome to our second day of Women in Horror Month Blog Talks featuring a discussion on our favorite women in horror. Below is a list of blogs and guests in today’s talks.

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Morbidly Beautiful hosts
Women I Hope to Write Like
by Roh Morgon

Roh Morgon writes fantasy and horror for middle grade, young adult, and adult readers. She’s best known for her vampire series.
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Roadie Notes hosts
First Lady, Mary Shelley
by James P. McDonald

James is a business and technology consultant, fiction and non-fic author, technology and futurist speaker.
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Blaze McRob hosts
The Dark Romance of Anne Rice
by Travis Heermann

Freelance writer, novelist, award-winning screenwriter, editor, poker player, poet, biker, roustabout, Travis Heermann is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop.
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Juli D. Revezzo hosts
Alexandra Sokoloff
by Zrinka Jelic

Zrinka Jelic is a member Romance Writers of America and its Fantasy Futuristic & Paranormal chapter, as well as Savvy Authors. She writes contemporary fiction, which leans toward the paranormal and adds a pinch of history.
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W. J. Howard hosts
Ghost Dance
by Naching T. Kassa

Naching is a wife, mother, and Horror Author. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and a contributor to the Demonic Visions series.
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Susanne Leist hosts
Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook
by W. J. Howard

Wendy Howard writes dark stories mixed with comedy. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two boisterous beagles, and wine is an important part of her diet.
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Debbie Christiana hosts
A Few Amazing Ladies
by Dina Rae

Dina has penned 6 books with a 7th on the way. Her themes revolve around conspiracy NWO paranormal, and aliens. The Best Seller is her latest release.
Dana Reed
by Audrey Brice

Audrey writes paranormal thrillers, mysteries, and horror stories where spirits, demons, and occult practitioners are both heroes and villains.
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Ghosts Dance to a Favorite Woman in Horror

Today we’re talking about everyone’s favorite women in horror for the Women in Horror Month Blog Talks.

I’m excited to have Naching T. Kassa with me in my blog. Naching is a wife, mother, and Horror Author. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and a contributor to the Demonic Visions series.

At the age of 15, a friend introduced me to a novel called, Ghost Dance. The book was terrific and had a great mixture of genre elements. Mystery, romance, suspense, horror, the book had it all. It also had a Native American protagonist and a page-turning style. I never forgot it.

Fast forward 24 years.

I joined the Horror Writers Association in February of 2014 and volunteered as a proof-reader for the HWA newsletter. It was a fun job and I started exchanging e-mails with the newsletter’s editor, Kathryn Ptacek. Her name seemed familiar but I didn’t think anything of it.

One day, a few months later, I looked Ghost Dance up on Amazon. Imagine my surprise and delight when I discovered the author and the editor were the same person. Talk about a “DUH” moment! I’d been e-mailing my favorite female horror writer and didn’t even know it!

Kathryn is not only a writer, she’s an editor. She’s edited some great anthologies like “Women of Darkness” and “Women of Darkness 2.” Her books include Shadoweyes and The Hunted among others. Please, treat yourself to her work. You can find some of it here: https://www.amazon.com/Kathryn-Ptacek/e/B001KHFCXM. Search her name on Amazon and you’ll find more.

Website: http://frightenme.weebly.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nachingkassa
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Naching-T-Kassa/e/B005ZGHTI0

Monday WiHM Blog Talks: Weapons of Choice

Welcome to our first day of Women in Horror Month Blog Talks featuring a discussion on weapons. Below is a list of blogs and bloggers in today’s talks.

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Audrey Brice hosts
The Art of Weapons
by A. F. Stewart

A. F. Stewart is an author of speculative fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, horror). Her published books include Horror Haiku and Other Poems, the Killers and Demons series, and Ruined City.
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James P. McDonald hosts
Select Your Weapons Carefully
by Lori R. Lopez

Lori’s novels are dark or fantastic. Her poems are horrific or witty. Her stories could be anything, except some things. Her artwork is peculiar, brooding, and quirky like her!
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W. J. Howard hosts
The Deadliest Weapon
By C.A. Verstraete

C.A. Verstraete loves writing with a bit of a scare! She is author of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter and a young adult novel, GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie.
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A. F. Stewart hosts
An Out of the Ordinary Weapon
by Roh Morgon

Roh Morgon writes fantasy and horror for middle grade, young adult, and adult readers. She’s best known for her vampire series that begins with Watcher: Book I of The Chosen.
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Blaze McRob hosts
A Special Affinity for Sharp Things
by Naching T. Kassa

Naching is a wife, mother, and Horror Author. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and a contributor to the Demonic Visions series.
AND
A Take on All Sorts of Weapons
by James T. McDonald

James is a business and technology consultant, fiction and non-fic author, technology and futurist speaker.
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Roadie Notes hosts
Something to Sink Your Teeth Into
by W. J. Howard

Wendy Howard writes dark stories mixed with comedy. Her main focus is creating fast-paced, action-packed stories that keep the interest of young and new adults, although readers of all ages enjoy her work. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two boisterous beagles, and wine is an important part of her diet.
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Claire Fitzpatrick hosts
A Good Sharp Blade
by Jo-Anne Russell

Jo-Anne is a dark fiction writer and a publisher at Lycan Valley Press. Her work can be found in a multitude of anthologies, and as standalone stories.
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The Deadliest Weapon By C.A. Verstraete

Today I’m welcoming Christine (C.A.) Verstraete for the Women in Horror Month Blog Talks. Christine loves writing with a bit of a scare! She is the author of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter and a young adult novel, GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie. If you visit my blog, you know what a huge fan of zombies I am, so this is exciting to have her here for the Choice of Weapons day.

CHRISTINE’S DRAWING
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Kindle copy of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter.

Having just written about one of history’s most infamous alleged killers, Lizzie Borden, I’d have to choose the hatchet or axe as not a favorite, but the most deadly, if not the scariest of weapons.

There’s something eerie, and truly frightening, about the idea of a woman—and an upstanding Sunday School teacher at that—swinging, hacking, and attacking not one, but two people. But that is what 32-year-old Borden was accused of doing when she was put on trial in 1893 for the murders of her father, Andrew Borden, and stepmother, Abby Durfee Borden, on Aug. 4, 1892.

No direct proof connecting Lizzie with the crime was ever found, though only she and the maid, Bridget Sullivan, were at home at the time of the murders. Did she do it or didn’t she? The jury thought not, or at least weren’t convinced by the lack of evidence, and voted not guilty.

A Victorian tragedy, Borden continues to fascinate today. Dozens of reasons have been given as to why she might have committed the crime—madness, jealousy, rage, female hormones, an illicit affair, incest…

When I decided to write about Lizzie Borden, I followed the timetable of the actual crime, used transcripts and newspaper accounts as part of the story, but came up with an even more unique solution as to why she might have committed the crime. What if Lizzie did kill her father and stepmother… because she had no other choice?

Here’s a short excerpt:

Every muscle quivering, Lizzie fought with everything she had to keep his mouth away from her body and limbs. Her strength waning, she hoped to fight for as long as possible when Emma yelled from the doorway.

“Father!” Emma screamed. “Lizzie, what are you doing? You’re hurting him!”

A quick glance told Lizzie her sister was still not herself. Lizzie struggled to talk while she fought to keep her father at arm’s length. “Emma, help.” She panted with the effort. “Please, help. He’s sick, he’s gone insane. Help me.”

Emma finally blinked and stared like she was seeing everything for the first time. “Lizzie! What should I do?”

“The hatchet!” Lizzie pleaded. “Get the hatchet. Hurry, please hurry! I can’t hold out much longer.”

* What’s your view on Lizzie Borden? Guilty or not guilty?

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?

Visit her website: http://cverstraete.com
blog: http://girlzombieauthors.blogspot.com
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Movie Review: The Horde (2009)

This week I’m reviewing The Horde (2009) for my monthly zombie movie choice. And in February I’m featuring a woman in my choices for Women in Horror Month. Here’s what the movie is about about:

“A posse of crooked cops, malevolent gangsters and a horde of walking dead are the centre point of this gruesome, tight, action packed, claustrophobic tale of retribution and escape. Penned like animals, on the top floor of a deserted high-rise block, these two opposing gangs find that they are not alone in the lair of bloodthirsty corridors of death. Joining forces to survive, they must reach ground level together or perish. Loaded with a bad ass attitude, guns, axes and extremely creative hand-to-hand combat sequences that project the fears and paranoia that are the fighting forces behind the need to survive, when caught up in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Holy FUCK! The Horde is kick ass! Watch it! Can I leave it at that?

I was at the point where I thought I’d seen most of the really good ones, or bad ones considering I like ’em that way. Somehow, this one had escaped me.

Who you really need to keep an eye on is Claude Perron. This lady is the most kick ass of all the characters. Particularly watch for a fight scene between her and a woman zombie. I was screaming my approval at the screen. I loved her so much that I added her to my daily highlighted Women in Horror Month Tweets.

The Horde has a darkness to it that I loved. It also had quite a few hunky and hot French men. Let’s just say nothing could distract me from watching. But seriously, the violence in this movie is believable to a disturbing level.

Make sure you watch the 2009 version, just in case you hadn’t noticed me highlighting the year. You’ll love it as much as me! This one is being added to my best of the best list.

My Rating: 5 out of 5

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