Friday, March 31, 2017


Order C. L. Hernandez's great book Mr. Goddard's Menagerie. Terri DelCampo edited this great tale and really loves it. That says it all as far as I'm concerned. Of course, I love everything C. L. has written, so my own prejudices towards her writing come into play. This is a great book. Guaranteed!

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 Zuri LaCrosse is a special young lady. In fact, she might even be considered … collectible?
Although she is infected with the werewolf virus, she tries to live a normal life until she meets a strange old man named Goddard on a dusty desert highway. He lures her into his house where she is held captive. Goddard promises her a new and better life, but can he tame her feral ways and transform her from a scruffy country werewolf into an elegant young lady? And who—or what—is making those strange and terrifying noises in the locked room upstairs? Zuri must either find a way to escape captivity, or give up her freedom to become a cherished and pampered pet in Mr. Goddard’s Menagerie!

Monday, March 20, 2017


Terri DelCampo has brought many tales written by her to Blazing Owl Press. I'm sure readers have noticed how many books we have here. Thirty-eight, to be exact. Most of these are Terri's. I might catch up in time, but for now she is the champ. Parliament is one of those books, a frightening novel blending non-fiction with fiction. Sometimes that happens. This story is one of those. There is legend; there is lore; there is horror.

This is one of Terri's best works.


Blaze McRob

Book description:

 The battle for good and evil begins, With Hildeberta and Peter, God knows who wins. In the Abbey House the legacy starts. Hexenprozesse broke millions of hearts. Owl's Nest was waiting the witches knew, Deep in their souls so away they flew.

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Let's say you have a short story in an anthology. What do you do next? Terri DelCampo has some in a couple of anthologies published by Lycan Valley Press. I have quite a few with a number of different publishers. Do we just sit on our laurels and figure we did our share? The answer is a resounding no!

For however long the anthology is published, an author should help to promote it. There are a number of reasons for this. The publisher invested money in each author and it's a big help when authors help with the promotion. Then too, the more you promote the book, the higher your rankings will go when books are sold, whether it be via Amazon or any of the other outlets. When your rankings go up, people will see what kind of books you have and check out not only your latest anthology, but your other books as well.

Does this matter if you received payment for your story? Even more so, I would say. You should feel even more obligated now. Also, consider sharing things around about your publisher's other books and authors. Even though I probably won't be putting many books out with other publishers - I have plenty of collections, novellas, and novels coming out through Blazing Owl Press - I will still help to promote them: books that I'm in as well as those I'm not.

By promoting your publisher and fellow authors, you will be promoting yourself as well. Simple shares on Facebook and retweets on Twitter go a long way, and they're not spammy. Be a good author. Help everyone.

Blaze McRob  

Friday, March 17, 2017


Terri DelCampo has her latest version of Owl's Eye View Magazine out for your reading pleasure. Volume 8 - Issue 3 brings you more of the happenings in Owl's Nest, Delaware. Swooping Through the Years, Visceral Verse, Macabre Mirth, and Clean, a short story, are dancing about provocatively, waiting for you to enjoy. At only 99 cents, the magazine is a real steal!

Blaze McRob

Book description:

Owl's Eye View Magazine is a dark fiction monthly featuring columns, poetry, and short stories written by Terri DelCampo and "Columnists" who are in fact her ongoing fictitious characters.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Terri DelCampo has combined two super novellas into one book! Carnival & Carnival Battle await thee!

Get your share of ooky, and then some. Terri has a smooth, pleasant style that delivers a generous portion of horror on the pages of her books.


Blaze McRob

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Book description:

At St. Jo's Carnival of Samhain, The midnight hour shifts the rein, From good to evil so beware, Flee with your soul - stay not! Don't dare!! Tunneled catacombs secrete, Monstrous evil beneath Owl feet. Powers of good must prevail! Owl Crone listen! Your Owls hail!

Monday, March 6, 2017


I've been digging through some of Terri DelCampo's posts on her many blogs. This one I took from her Write Now with Terri DelCampo blog. I have the link above. Terri writes many non-fiction posts as well as her horror fiction. Of course, I post a number of her children's stories here. They're free, and people like them. But her other tips are very helpful for any number of people. I'm more hard-headed than Terri and have less patience than her. So, many of her posts will resonate better with most people than mine.

Click the link and read away. Go though, while you're there, and find more helpul factoids to make your life a bit easier.

Blaze McRob

Saturday, March 4, 2017


Terri DelCampo never ceases to amaze me. She is, of course, known to most people for her horror tales, but she has many more hats that she wears. Terri was in a very bad car accident a few years back and had to endure a lot of pain and suffering to get her life put back together again. She is a strong lady and refused to simply survive. She chose to make more of her life, even with her disabilities. The link above tells you some great tips folks can use when life tosses obstacles in their paths. Terri still has a lot of pain, but she accomplishes much . . . much that non-challenged people do not.

Hit the magic link above and see what Terri has found out about moving, sitting, climbing stairs, and so much more. I have some disabilities myself, and Terri manages to get some cool ideas even into my stubborn head. No easy task.

Blaze McRob

Friday, March 3, 2017


This is what Terri DelCampo says about George Weinstein and his great book, Hardscrabble Road:

"Grab this book right now! George Weinstein is a master of gripping drama - no better writer since Steinbeck."

To read this compelling book review, go to the link above and see why Terri enjoys this fantastic novel. You might just find a new favorite author.

Blaze McRob

Thursday, March 2, 2017


Terri DelCampo and I have some rather interesting discussions around the house. Terri was doing a puzzle on Jigidi, which is a fantastic online Jigsaw Puzzle website. I mentioned to her in my suave, sophisticated manner that she should put up book covers there. I thought I'd get the daggers look, but a light went off in her head and she posted one for Mists Of Papoose Pond. While she was there, she posted more for her children's stories and one of her novels. Since many kids visit this website, I would suggest that not every cover would be suitable, but many are.

What a great, fun way to spread the word about your books with a neat audience.

For your information, Mists Of Papoose Pond is only 108 pieces, but it is a challenge because of  the intermixing of mists and shading. Hey, what were you expecting? Can't make things too easy on you. For a real challenge, it could have been 500 pieces. Hmm.

Those of you with childrens' books should really have fun here. YA too. Lots of great times to be had. Get in on the excitement.

Blaze McRob

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Enter At Your Own Risk: Dark Muses, Spoken Silences, from Firbolg Publishing, is an amazing anthology I am proud to have a story in. I wrote Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat from the perspective of the wife. This was quite a challenge for me as I do not usually write Gothic horror, and the telling of a tale from the . . . well, from the point of view of a woman was interesting to say the least. Bear in mind, also, the times, such as they were, when women were treated as chattel at best.

I believe you are in for quite a treat when you read the great stories contained within this tome.

Blaze McRob

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Book description:

 Some of the most enduring masterpieces of Gothic fiction are as intriguing for the stories they don’t tell as for those they do. The voices hidden in the wall of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat;” the secrets buried beneath the earth of Sleepy Hollow in Washington Irving’s legendary Headless Horseman tale; the dreams of a monster and an ancient book with a life of its own in H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Call of Cthulhu;” and stories that reveal Polidori’s hypnotic, archetypal Vampyre as far more than what he first appears to be. In Firbolg Publishing’s third volume in the Enter at Your Own Risk series, ten modern storytellers reimagine the mysterious characters lurking within four classics of Gothic literature. As you read the original stories, a sinister whisper drifts in on a cold chill. But there are other voices beneath the whisper. You can hear them crawling out of the growing darkness. Then the whispers become a scream...

With an introduction from acclaimed author Gary Braunbeck, Dark Muses, Spoken Silences invites you into the hidden shadows of four of the most famous dark fiction tales ever told.

Are you brave enough to enter?

"Highly recommended"
Gene O’Neill
Author of Taste of Tenderloin and The Confessions of St. Zach

“Audacious, innovative, shocking – a kaleidoscope (where all the colors are dark).”
Robert Dunbar
Author of The Pines and Willy

"I am blown away by the beauty, terror and imagination of this brilliant book."
Sandy DeLuca
Author of Manhattan Grimoire and Hell’s Door

on January 10, 2014
Given the nature of its theme, this collection was clearly a challenge. The fact that the editor included the original tales which were reimagined by their modern counterparts shows a kind of bravery and confidence in the contributors that is matched only by their ability to rise to the occasion. In a reverent intro from the brilliant Gary A. Braunbeck, he lauds both the extent to which Dr. Alex Scully is versed in academia and the impressive task each writer took in the modern retellings of classic tales. Editor’s notes from Dr. Scully reveal the conception of the theme and prepares us for a collection which answers questions these classics left in their wake...they are “stories within stories; spoken silences in the dark muses of yesteryear.”

Blaze McRob’s “The Wife and the Witch” is a clever reimagining of “The Black Cat”, told with a steady voice which is reminiscent of Poe without parroting it. His apparent ease with which he takes on the form of a female narrator lends itself to the emotional pull of this tale; he is successful in making us empathize fully with the protagonist’s loss of a loving companion: “He was my bastion of strength.”

Then Timothy Hurley’s brave, unexpected, and deft tribute in “Poe’s Black Cats” seems to steal the show with both language and content, with an eerie sense that he may well be channeling Poe with lines like “At my master’s side for seven years, I learned the practice of execution by hanging, and Mr. Malachi commended the alacrity of my acquisition of necessary skills.”

“Satisfaction Brought Her Back” is yet another brilliant take on the classic, though I wish I knew who to thank for such a clever and well-crafted tale.

T. Fox Dunham leads off the re-imaginings of Irving’s “Sleepy Hollow” and reveals an undeniable grasp on the art of prose: “He practiced a barren visage; showing no emotion would serve him best when he soon shared countenance with a demon wind.”...“As the evening fell upon the world and a gray mist flowed off the river, the water decorated with early Autumn decay--of leaves brown orange, and crimson, castoff from ungrateful trees to soak and sink...”

Carole Gill’s “Katrina’s Confession” follows, a thoroughly enjoyable and inventive postscript to the legend, with a darkly humorous ending that affirms the respective perks and price of beauty, youth, and being enchanted by a dark lord.

To choose favorite lines from the haunting “Horseman’s Tale” by Marcus Kohler would be like choosing a favorite child.

What can one say about Lovecraft’s “The Call of Cthulhu” that hasn’t already been said? Nothing, other than writing fine tributes like Mike Chin and Gregory L. Norris do. These were impressive, like the others--but Lovecraft shines as the most difficult master to tackle, and the re-imaginings are perhaps the most valiant of all. Norris is one of the most prolific writers I have ever encountered, and somehow his unwavering balance of humility and infinite literary genius gives a unique flair to his writing which never fails to leave a deep chill in the bones.

The final challenge: Polidori’s “The Vampyre; A Tale”. The other glaring theme here--besides the obvious one of contemporary explorations of gothic classics--is the particular choices such as this one; the most ancient and pivotal ancestor of the genre. Once again, the modern counterparts meet, and likely exceed, the editor’s lofty expectations.

B.E. Scully doesn’t mess around, and sinks her teeth into the reader with her very first line: “The fangs of ice violating the defenseless windowpanes were a welcome intrusion into the otherwise slow suffocation of another winter season.” Talent obviously runs in the family.

After having Jon Michael Kelley on my “to read” list for some time, I was blown away by his talent--it is no surprise his work appears in other prestigious collections, all of which I intend to read and seek out his contributions. He writes with confidence and grace--“I had not intended to drain her to the extent that I did, and in doing so made an even bigger mess of the floor with my regurgitations. I was voracious, and justified that enthusiasm with the recollections of mornings spent watching her, craving her, coveting her and the elations she aroused in both real and subconscious states.”--and ends this fine anthology on a sublimely intelligent note with both historical and literary relevance.

The concern for repetition among the pieces is outweighed by the broad range of talent and seemingly endless abilities in re-examining these gothic classics. This collection is stellar...both in concept, creation, and delivery.