Wednesday, May 12, 2021

TEN HAUNTED PLACES IN NEW JERSEY - COURTESY OF HAUNTED ROOMS AMERICA

 


https://www.hauntedrooms.com/new-jersey/haunted-places


Haunted Rooms America has a fantastic post showing ten haunted places in New Jersey. I lived in New Jersey for many years and can attest to the fact that there are many strange places scattered about. I lived close to Clinton Road, number one on this list, and both fished and ran along this cool road. Yes, I was always aware I was never alone when I visited this amazing stretch of backwoods road, even though I was. What a glorious paradox!

Read this article and discover ten haunted places. C'mon. You know you want to.


Blaze McRob 

Monday, May 10, 2021

EVEN HELL HAS STANDARDS: PRIDE - BY CHANTAL NOORDELOOS

 


https://www.amazon.com/Even-Hell-Has-Standards-Pride-

ebook/dp/B00JI9OH6M/ref=cm_rdp_product_img


I have a book review I wrote a while back for Even Hell Has Standards: Pride, written by Chantal Noordeloos. Chantal has a wonderful way with words. She brings you into her stories in a most delightful way. Make sure you check out this great book as well as her other tales of horror. They are all great.

Blaze McRob

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Book description:

Sometimes life brings out the worst in a person, but Adolf Zakerny was born for evil. After a life of torment and murder, all in the name of Hell, it’s time for Zakerny to take his place amongst the demons. Will the blood he spilled appease the charismatic Lord of Hell, or will Zakerny’s Pride come to a fall?

‘Pride’ is the first of seven short stories in the ‘Even Hell Has Standards’ series, where Chantal Noordeloos takes the reader through the darker side of human nature, and its road to redemption. This is Hell as you’ve never seen it before.

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Robert C. Nelson

5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Believe In Hell? You Will Now!

April 24, 2014

Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase


Chantal Noordeloos has come up with the perfect tale for those who do not believe in Hell. Her story is filled with plenty of gore and sadism, but it is the psychological horror that comes to the forefront. Take one truly evil human, Adolf - even her choice of a name for the antagonist in this romp through the worst of what an entity could possibly foist upon his fellow humans is perfect - add pride which exceeds no known limits, mix well, and wham! We are blessed with a story which will most likely have theologians shaking their heads, wagging fingers, and spouting venom when perhaps they might see that maybe, just maybe, Chantal has hit upon something . . . something which could possibly be.

Am I saying the Gospel According To Chantal Noordeloos is true? Of course not. This is a fiction tale of horror, and the author is not bandying about any new dogma. What she does do, as any great author does, is open the reader's mind to the possibility of truth within the story. By creating a storyline that appears to be reasonable, the reader is drawn into its intricate meanderings of what is to happen next to this man Adolf, a man who fears no one and is truly not repentant for his sins.

Does Adolf win? Does Satan win? Or does God win? Oh, me lads and lassies, that is not for me to say. Read this great story and get carried away within conceptual beliefs you may have never heard before. This book pushes the limits but in the most delightful of ways.

Are you tired of fluff? Do you wish to read a thinking person's story, yet one filled with a telling and hypnotic spell? Chantal Noordeloos has written what you are looking for. Embrace the words of a master at her craft.


Even Hell Has Standards: Pride, will not let you down!


Thursday, May 6, 2021

LIVING GREEN: BLAZING OWL PRESS WILL PUBLISH ONLY EBOOKS

 


Painting by Vi Huntley-Franck


Terri DelCampo and I have decided that our Press will publish only eBooks. We were thinking of adding in print books, as well, but we decided against it. I know a lot of people will think we're wrong for going this way, that we'll be hurting ourselves with this kind of limiting factor, but our decision is based on the fact that we are green-minded. We live on a wooded lot and look outside every day and see trees, leaves, and more. We constantly talk about conservation of all kinds. It lessens our footprint on the planet.

A lot of people talk about dead tree books, and they're completely right. None of that for us. We are not demanding the industry does as we do. This is our way to give something back to the planet we live on. Climate change is already at work, and it's not for the best.

I know this is perhaps a small thing in many people's eyes. Others will say we're depriving ourselves of money. Maybe. Maybe not. We have just expanded the number of digital stores where our books are sold. We have other plans in the works. However, none of these plans call for destroying trees or polluting the ground with chemicals needed to transform the trees into paper. This is a highly technical era we live in. We aim to use the best of what science has to offer.

The reasons for our Press taking a stand for this position are pretty clear. Other Presses don't wish to do what we do. Their choice. Some readers like to read paperback books only. Once again, this is their choice. We have multiple outlets included for reading our books. We offer them for sale in many fine digital stores. We have them available to read in libraries. Definitely a lot of places to find them. All in eBook form.

Getting to some added perspective, I'm interjecting one of my cutting retorts to what a number of people are tossing around on the internet. What's this, you ask? Many people are saying that real books are only made from paper. Digital books are not real books in their opinion. Personally, I don't care what they believe. A book is a book is a book. Terri and I wish to be green. We have this thing called science that makes it possible to read books on a reader. I believe in science. I could be archaic and say that real books are only those painted on the walls of caves, but I'm not. The words in a book talk to me far more than smelling paper, or cave mold.

So, if you want to smell paper, that's your decision. Don't try to palm it off on Terri and me. Our books are real books.

Thank you for your time.


Blaze McRob



Tuesday, May 4, 2021

MORBID METAMORPHOSIS - FROM LYCAN VALLEY PRESS

 


https://www.amazon.com/Morbid-Metamorphosis-Terrifying-Tales-Transformation-ebook/dp/B071FDMD6V/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496332441&sr=8-1&keywords=morbid+metamorphosis


The second edition of Morbid Metamorphosis is up for your reading pleasure! Greg Chapman has come up with a brand new cover that pretty much gives you some visual insight into what the anthology is about. I edited the anthology and can vouch that all these stories are great! Don't miss out.

Another shameful plug is that Terri DelCampo, my lovely wife, has a story in this anthology: The Skelly Effect. This story has gotten some great reviews, and I'm very proud of Terri.   

Happy reading!


Blaze McRob


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Book description:

Metamorphosis occurs every day as caterpillars become sweet fluttering butterflies, tadpoles become gorgeous frog princes and chameleons become one with the beauty of nature – but you won’t find any of that here.

The transformations you’re about to witness are unnatural, sometimes gruesome and deeply psychological. They will make you question reality and take your mind places it was never meant to go.

Terrifying Tales of Transformation from Greg Chapman * Roy C. Booth & R. Thomas Riley * Terri DelCampo * Dave Gammon * Nancy Kilpatrick * Rod Marsden * Jo-Anne Russell * M.J. Preston * Stacey Turner * Tina Piney * Suzanne Robb * Franklin E. Wales * Donna Marie West * Suzie Lockhart * Cameron Trost * Daniel I. Russell * Simon Dewar * Amanda J. Spedding * Ken MacGregor * Erin Shaw * Gregory L. Norris * Nickolas Furr

Friday, April 30, 2021

BLAZE MCROB IS A CAMP NANOWRIMO WINNER


 

https://nanowrimo.org/


April is one of the Camp NaNoWriMo months for the year. This year, I worked on two novels at the same time for the April edition. I worked on Quarter Moon Haunts- Book Two, and Again, Damn It! Both of these novels fall into the horror category and add in sub-genre mixes, as well. I went well over my 50,000 word goal and wrote 121,040 words. 

Now it's on to a lot of editing so I can publish them. The fun begins.


Blaze McRob

Thursday, April 29, 2021

LIVING GREEN: WHO ARE THE CLIMATE DENIERS? - BY BLAZE MCROB

 


Painting by Vi Huntley-Franck


In addition to my articles about pollution, I’ll be adding many Climate Change facts to my Living Green series. Everything is interconnected. One affects the other. I’ll be showing that as I move along.

Approximately 97% of scientific consensus on climate change agrees that humans are responsible for the global warming going on today. Who are the other 3%?

It is possible for some who believe in human-made global warming to fail to come to terms with it. Many use their denial for their own purposes or for those they work for. Yes, I’m talking about those with industrial, ideological, or political interests. Supposedly scientific studies arrive on the scene showing that people have been duped by the majority of scientists in the field. These propaganda machines are meant to sow confusion within the populace. After all, who wants to believe that if we don’t do what we can to stop global warming that we’ll have to learn the lost art of treading water forever and a day? That sounds alarming to most folks. However, it’s time to wake up and smell the roses, and stop drinking the kool-aid.

Conservative economic policies and industrial interests opposed to the regulation of CO2 emissions, such as the Koch brothers, fossil fuel companies and their lobbies, and right-wing think tanks produce most of the anti-climate change propaganda fed to the American public. A lot of people swallow it up.

I cannot stress enough the fact that politicians are muddying their hands in this. The big-oil lobbies fill their pockets with untold millions of dollars to do their bidding. This is true for both parties, although conservatives certainly are at the head of the receiving line. My suggestion? Make the lobbies illegal. Any lobby, in my mind, does nothing but bribe our elected officials.

Big coal is starting to crumble, but they’re not going out without a fight. They should be held accountable, as well.

In 2016, every Republican presidential candidate denied climate change. That’s only five years ago, folks. What’s changed since then? Nothing much as far as the Republicans are concerned. Would you accept them at their word, or would you accept the word of scientists instead? The answer’s an easy one for me. Science, it is.

For thirty years, the fossil fuel industry, political lobbyists, and media hotshots have been telling lies about climate change that cause doubt in the minds of many people. $200 million dollars a year is spent on such lobbying to stop needed climate policy changes.

Deniers suggest that climate change is just part of a natural cycle. Others insist that CO2 is too small a part of the atmosphere to cause enough of a heating effect.

How about the theory among deniers that climate scientists are fixing their data to show the climate is changing? Why would they do this? Certainly, a so-called scientist working for the big oil industry would be more likely to do this. That’s what they’re paid to do.

Some former skeptics agree with climate scientists but are concerned about the costs and other implications of many of the policies currently being advocated. In other words, climate change is now about the cost, not the science.

There are climate change deniers arguing that climate change is good for us. They say longer, warmer summers in the temperate zone will make farming more productive. These gains, however, are often offset by the drier summers and increased frequency of heatwaves in those same areas.

Deniers say that plants need atmospheric carbon dioxide to grow so having more of it acts as a fertilizer. This is true, but losing massive areas of natural vegetation through deforestation and changes in land use nullifies this, and, of course, the increased temperatures ravage the soil, lowering the moisture level in it, and make it non-productive.  

Don’t listen to these people. Get the facts for yourself. Read articles, journals, books. Whatever it takes. Remember, though, that many news and political sources are trash. Be your own researcher. Don’t throw you, your children, and grandchildren under the bus. Care about your family. Care about yourself.


Blaze McRob

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

OWL'S EYE VIEW MAGAZINE - 104 ISSUE BUNDLE! - BY TERRI DELCAMPO

 


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B093FVDBDG/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i18


Owl's Eye View Magazine - 104 Issue Bundle! contains all 104 issues of Owl's Eye View Magazine, a dark fiction monthly featuring columns, poetry, and short stories written by Terri DelCampo and "Columnists" who are in fact her ongoing fictitious characters. Terri DelCampo has written a massive 2742 page tome for you to enjoy. How do you know if you'll enjoy reading this great magazine? That's simple. There is a huge free sample for you to read. That's the way I always know if I've found a book I want to read. 

Do yourself a favor. Read the free sample. You'll be glad you did!

Blaze McRob


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Terri DelCampo is the founding editor and writer of Owl's Eye View Magazine, founding partner/writer/editor at Blazing Owl Press, author of 35+ novels, short story collections, children's collections, poetry collections, and multiple individual short stories available right here on Amazon. She pens Broken Old Broad Blogs, is a contributing writer for multiple horror anthologies, freelances poetry as well as non-fiction articles and essays. Terri is an ongoing competitor and winner of NaNoWriMo and Critters/Preditors & Editors Awards.

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Terri is married to horror writer Blaze McRob and in 2015 they founded Blazing Owl Press where she is a very hands-on partner. Her duties at BOP include editing, producing book covers, and of course writing.

If you look up write-a-holic in the dictionary, Terri's picture is there.


Saturday, April 24, 2021

TERRI DELCAMPO'S REVIEW OF "WITCH HUNT - HISTORY OF A PERSECUTION" BY NIGEL CAWTHORNE

 


https://www.amazon.com/Witch-Hunt-Persecution-Nigel-Cawthorne-ebook/dp/B079Z69ZFZ/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=


Terri DelCampo's book review for Witch Hunt: History Of A Persecution, is below. This is a non-fiction book that will put some horror in your soul. Evil done under the pretense of religion is still evil. In fact, some of the worst horror known to man has been perpetrated because of so-called righteous people trying to spread their beliefs.

Blaze McRob

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Book description:

When bigotry and power-mania take control, disaster always follows for ordinary people – even when the power is wielded by the Church. Witchcraft, of course, was seen as devil-worship. Those accused – over 100,000 people, mainly women, between 1450 and 1750 – were subjected to the most bestial tortures and usually executed. Witch Hunt examines the real facts of this persecution and the religious hysteria that inspired it, tracing it back to its source. It tracks its wildfire spread across Europe and the US until scientific reason began to challenge old beliefs and it began its long-awaited decline.

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Not for the squeamish, but should be read by everyone. July 5, 2015

By

Terri DelCampo

Verified Purchase(What's this?)

This review is from: Witch Hunt: The History of a Persecution (Kindle Edition)

It's been a priceless researching tool for me as a horror writer. But more than that, the story of how viciously people were persecuted during the witch hunts, described in detail made me realize how glad I am to have been born in the century I was. I recommend this book highly.


Thursday, April 22, 2021

LIVING GREEN - EVERY DAY SHOULD BE EARTH DAY


 

You'll be seeing a lot of the painting above. It was painted by my good friend Vi Huntley-Franck. She was kind enough to send me the original painting for a  wedding present when I married Terri DelCampo-Nelson. It sits in a prominent area of my house where I can look at it every day. It shows a happy-looking me with a wolf in a majestic mountain setting. I'm starting up a long series of articles about the environment, climate change, and everything related to them. Each article will be of a specific nature. Whenever you see the painting, you'll know what the article is about. Thank you Vi for allowing me to use your painting.

Even though I have advanced degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Bio-chem, and Physics, I am going to present the articles in laypersons' terminology. I want to approach everything from a common-sense view. I love the great outdoors, and I want to be surrounded by an environment that is not polluted. I live on this spinning rock. It is my home.

One thing that worries me is that once things settle down with the pandemic we're in the midst of now, is that we'll rush pell-mell into disregarding climate change, dirty fuels, and the like. Back in 2006 and 2007, there were many people talking about wanting to embrace Green living. The recession hit and that attitude calmed down in a hurry. Things changed in the minds of many. Jobs became the focus again. I can certainly understand wanting to put food on your table, but living with dirty air, polluted water, and contaminated soil is not the way to do it. Common sense can be utilized. Yes, we can't do everything at once, but there is much that all of us can do.

We don't want to return to the days of oil-slicked rivers burning away. Nor do we wish for pesticides to kill untold numbers of animals, as well as humans. And we shouldn't be forced to breathe unhealthy air caused by auto pollution and coal-fueled power plants.

And, my friends, gasoline-powered automobiles are on the way out. As many folks are saying, "Keep it in the ground." Ruptured pipelines need to be a thing of the past.

Politically speaking, we cannot afford to tear apart the EPA and other agencies which need to be working for us and not some greedy politicians standing in line to fill their pockets from the well-financed lobbies.

Sustainability is a keyword of the present, in order for us to have a future. We need to be better humans.

This is merely my start-off article. There will be many more to come.

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Copyright 2021 by Blaze McRob. All rights reserved. In accordance with the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, the scanning, uploading, and electronic sharing of any part of this article without the permission of the author constitutes unlawful piracy and theft of the author's intellectual property. 

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Blaze McRob

Sunday, April 18, 2021

8 MOST HAUNTED PLACES IN MAINE - COURTESY OF HAUNTED ROOMS AMERICA

 


https://www.hauntedrooms.com/maine/haunted-places


Haunted Rooms America has a fantastic pictorial essay of the eight most haunted places in Maine. What sort of mischief and mayhem might you expect to find in Stephen King's backyard? This is a short read that is well worth your time. Just click on the link above and see what I'm talking about.

Blaze McRob 

Saturday, April 10, 2021

BLAZE MCROB IS BUSY AT CAMP NANO THIS MONTH

 



April is one of the Camp NaNoWriMo months for the year. This year, I'm working on two novels at the same time for the April edition. I'm writing Quarter Moon Haunts- Book Two, and Again, Damn It! Both of these novels fall into the horror category and add in sub-genre mixes, as well. I will definitely go over my 50,000 word goal. I'm ten days in and already at over 42,000 words. That means I'm probably looking at over 120,000 words this month. Have hands, will write.

Good luck to all my fellow Camp NaNo writers!


Blaze McRob


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

GHOST NO MORE - BY BLAZE MCROB

 


https://www.patreon.com/posts/ghost-no-more-45680810

https://www.patreon.com/Blaze_McRob


Ghost No More, a twenty-seven chapter novel by Blaze McRob, is completely finished and available to be read in its entirety on my Patreon page. I have included a teaser below. 

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The fire takes the chill out of the cabin. Even though it's early fall, the air has quite a nip to it. I hadn't planned on being here at all: sometimes things happen.

There are plenty of logs stacked by the fireplace. As isolated as this place is, there are no power lines anywhere. Fire for heat, and candles for any extra light if I should need it. That's about it.

I should be in the city right now, enjoying the fame of my new novel. Yeah, that's what I should be doing. Instead, I'm holed up in the mountains, away from everyone, in a one-room cabin with just the bare necessities. It's a nice cabin, knotty pine paneling adorning all the interior walls, the light texture of the wood capturing the dancing flames, shadows moving in and out of every nook and cranny, the corners displaying the more unique of the patterns. This is supposed to calm me, to take away the anxiety, putting my mind at ease.

I've been fucked over. To the max. For more years than I can remember, I've been a ghostwriter, one of those guys that no one knew even existed until just a little while ago. I had my reasons. And, if truth be told, I did pretty damned well. We split the money, the author under whose name I wrote benefited when he couldn't meet a deadline because good old Bob would have one ready for him. And, of course, more novels were sold in his name than would have ever been sold under mine. A win/win for both of us.

But now, I want to change all of that. This time, I have written my finest work and I plan to have it come out under my name.

Yes, that's the plan, but it's not going to happen. My bastard of an agent knew the novel for what it truly is and sold the rights to the highest bidder. No one knows who I am! Shit, I don't have a leg to stand on!

All the reviews say this is the ultimate horror novel: the perfect combination of horror with just the right amount of gore added in. I agree. Only now, it won't go out in my name.

What more can I do other than stew over it, pushing myself into a state of depression unlike any I have ever had before. This was to be my crowning achievement. Now it's my saddest hour.

Even PTSD can't compare to this. The memories of all that happened in 'Nam weighing on my mind; the same dreams spinning in my head night after night, always having the same endings, never coming to a happy conclusion: always death; cold, hard calculated death. I've been taking medication for this, seeing the shrinks; all the stuff they've wanted me to do I've done. For what? So my mind can be completely snowballed under by treachery.

Jack Slade. One great author: fantastic resume; 38 novels to his credit. I'm more Slade than he is. I've written 29 of those books. And here he is, waltzing around, waving my book in his hand, espousing this to be THE definitive work. Jack Slade, the modern-day Poe they're calling him. Poe, my ass!

Up here, I don't have to listen to the newscasts, look at the book reviews, or see my books on the shelves. My publisher says we have to go along with all this hype to make this the success it can be. Money. Filthy lucre. Sure, I'm making money on this, but the novel could stand on its own. There is no hype needed.

Night becomes day. The fire still roars. It should; I've been up all night tending to it. Sleep: like I could have slept with this festering in my brain. Maybe this wasn't such a good idea after all. Perhaps I should have stayed in the city. I don't know. Confusion is eating away at me. Is this the way it's always going to be? Will I never be accepted as Robert Schantz, horror writer supreme? Am I to constantly toil in the foxhole of behind-the-scenes shenanigans?

If I were to go with a different publishing house, how would I explain my past writing? Contractual obligations; I can't fucking discuss any of this. Sure, I have the contracts in my possession. But by displaying them, I would void them. Shit! They might make me pay the money back.

I put some more logs on the fire and go out for a walk to clear my head. Maybe a plan will pop into my head. Something. Anything.

The cool air is perfect for thinking; the gray matter just sizzles. Yes, as ludicrous as things are playing out in my head, I think I can make this work. It has to be done just right. But, yeah...

I almost run back to the cabin and pack. I have to get to the city fast before everything goes crazy. Before it's too late.

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The characters and events in this book are fictitious. Any similarity to real persons, living or dead, is coincidental and not intended by the author.

Copyright 2021 by Blaze McRob. All rights reserved. In accordance with the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, the scanning, uploading, and electronic sharing of any part of this book without the permission of the author constitutes unlawful piracy and theft of the author's intellectual property. If you would like to use material from the book (other than for review purposes), prior written permission must be obtained by contacting the author directly. Thank you for your support of the author's rights.

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Cover art by Terri DelCampo.

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I hope you enjoyed this teaser of my novel. 

Ghost No More, and much more, can be found on my Patreon page. You'll find a welcome home there.


Blaze McRob


Monday, March 8, 2021

OP - PO: BY TERRI DELCAMPO

 


https://www.amazon.com/Broken-Old-Broad-Busts-Beat-ebook/dp/B08Y7V3QW6/ref=sr_1_2?

dchild=1&keywords=terri+delcampo&qid=1615254321&s=books&sr=1-2


Terri DelCampo has another book of poetry for you. In Broken Old Broad Busts A Beat: OP - PO ( Opinion Poetry ), Terri tackles any and all subjects. Among them are politics, religion, women's rights, the brutality that many in law enforcement are showing, nurturing children, standing up for yourself, racial discrimination, and more. She takes a big hammer and strikes away. If you like to read no-fluff verse, this is the book for you!

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Book description:


You may read for hours and hours,

No poetry here of hearts and flowers.


Grateful am I to be

In a land where speech is free.


Just jotting down what I see

That everyone needs equality.

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Biography

Terri DelCampo is the founding editor and writer of Owl's Eye View Magazine, founding partner/writer/editor at Blazing Owl Press, author of 35+ novels, short story collections, children's collections, poetry collections, and multiple individual short stories available right here on Amazon. She pens Broken Old Broad Blogs, is a contributing writer for multiple horror anthologies, freelances poetry as well as non-fiction articles and essays. Terri is an ongoing competitor and winner of NaNoWriMo and Critters/Preditors & Editors Awards.

Terri is married to horror writer Blaze McRob and in 2015 they founded Blazing Owl Press where she is a very hands-on partner. Her duties at BOP include editing, producing book covers, and of course writing.

If you look up write-a-holic in the dictionary, Terri's picture is there.

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Terri DelCampo does not mince words, whether she writes verse or prose. I'm certain you'll get some great insight from her in this collection. Happy reading!


Blaze McRob

HO - PO: BY TERRI DELCAMPO

 


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08Y7WT6HS/ref=sr_1_1?

dchild=1&keywords=terri+delcampo&qid=1615176443&s=books&sr=1-1


Terri DelCampo has compiled quite a collection of horror poetry to sate your poetic horror appetites. Broken Old Broad Busts A Beat: HO - PO ( Horror Poems ), produces in spades. Even the cover art tells a story. I like to think of it as a reflective skeleton. Is that possible? Why not? Terri's poems sure make one think. Rather than go on and on about each and every poem and steal from the ambience that Terri has created, I will merely state that my favorite poem in this collection is Songs From The Hanging Tree. Read it and you'll see why. 

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Book description:


A handful of cobwebby rhymes and verse

Your yearning for ookiness these will nurse.

Not to be read by light of day

But in in a dark nook, tucked away

Read each one and when you're through

Terri has novels and stories for you.

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Biography

Terri DelCampo is the founding editor and writer of Owl's Eye View Magazine, founding partner/writer/editor at Blazing Owl Press, author of 35+ novels, short story collections, children's collections, poetry collections, and multiple individual short stories available right here on Amazon. She pens Broken Old Broad Blogs, is a contributing writer for multiple horror anthologies, freelances poetry as well as non-fiction articles and essays. Terri is an ongoing competitor and winner of NaNoWriMo and Critters/Preditors & Editors Awards.

Terri is married to horror writer Blaze McRob and in 2015 they founded Blazing Owl Press where she is a very hands-on partner. Her duties at BOP include editing, producing book covers, and of course writing.

If you look up write-a-holic in the dictionary, Terri's picture is there.

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HO - PO. Buy. Read. Enjoy. It's that simple.


Blaze McRob



Sunday, February 28, 2021

SARAH BLACK - WOMAN IN HORROR

 


https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000816639384

https://valentinewolfe.com/home

https://valentinewolfe.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/c/TheValentineWolfe/videos

https://www.youtube.com/c/TheValentineWolfe/featured

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5kC9IaXzP1GEtTNSZNzKmT?utm_source=ms_bing&utm_medium=listen_results

https://tunein.com/artist/Valentine-Wolfe-m854273/

https://valentinewolfe.threadless.com/?fbclid=IwAR1xXQvRDEzMSSgT5FL6wDgvbdidxt5UxX-cFMTTQ5tjSHn9ofYWL4ITXg4

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=734180080284781

https://twitter.com/Valentine_Wolfe


Sarah Black is my Woman In Horror today! Sarah is one half of Valentine Wolf. In their words:

"We're a gothic metal/dark ambient/alt classical duo. All of our music features soprano, solo double bass, and electronics. No guitars in our music, and no, it's not a cello. Death Positive."

Here's a picture of Sarah and her partner and husband, Braxton Ballew.



   

Be prepared in this post to be bombarded with pictures, as well as links to some of their great music. I mean, how can you experience the great sounds and performances that this dynamic duo produce without watching them perform and listen to some of their majestic collaborations? Short answer? You can't. 

Terri DelCampo, my wife, and I first met this fantastic duo at Monsterama in Alpharetta, Georgia in 2018. If you look at the clip, you can see the back of Terri's and my head at the bottom.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=734180080284781

After being a part of their audience, we were hooked on their fantastic music.


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Watch them perform one of my favorite songs, Annabel Lee.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akMEXkWHn-4

Absolutely beautiful!

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Enjoy the words of Poe and the music of Valentine Wolfe.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoU_toaqhw8

From Valentine Wolfe:

We return to the work of Edgar Allan Poe with this abbreviated version of a brand new song, Dream-Land. Paired with a fan-made video featuring an equally iconic work, The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, both works explore the severing of the cord connecting the real and unreal. 

Out of space, out of time. 

That disconnect inspired us to feature a song lurching into life, appearing from a formless void, and definitely inspired by my (Braxton) love for the music of Opeth.

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I Felt A Funeral



https://valentinewolfe.bandcamp.com/track/i-felt-a-funeral-2

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Bear in mind that Valentine Wolfe has many songs and readings available for you to enjoy. Check through the many links I have available for you above. Terri DelCampo buys all of their CDs and merchandise. We have a lot of their shirts, for example. I bought Terri a gorgeous book they have, as well. 



You can get this great book here:

https://valentinewolfe.bandcamp.com/merch/once-upon-a-midnight-graphic-novel

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https://valentinewolfe.bandcamp.com/track/etheria

This great song is the theme for the TV show The Ghost Finders.

Great job!

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A little background for Valentine Wolfe's Beyond The Veil series that Braxton is doing on Youtube, as well as the first one in the series.

https://twitter.com/Valentine_Wolfe/status/1353851278640566272

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Great article courtesy of the Greenville Journal



https://greenvillejournal.com/arts-culture/hearts-of-darkness-valentine-wolfe-mixes-poems-by-emily-dickinson-with-dark-gothic-music-on-new-album/

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THE NIGHTINGALE: A GOTHIC FAIRYTALE


http://www.steampunk-music.com/article.cfm?a=119

I love Steampunk! Whether it's in video, book, or music form. Valentine Wolfe is great with this genre. Their music is a perfect match for it . Check this post out and you'll see what I mean. The article contains a link for this great music! This shows they are indeed musical storytellers.

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THE ATLANTA STEAMPUNK EXPLORER



https://www.steampunk-explorer.com/articles/steampunks-set-save-future

Valentine Wolfe performed at this great gathering shortly before the crap hit the fan with on venue events. This great event further cements their place in Steampunk!

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DEATH AND THE MAIDEN: FROM THE ELEGIAC REPOSE






Valentine Wolfe is also involved with Death Positive which is a philosophy that means accepting that death is a part of life. People within the death positive movement are working to break down taboos that prevent people from discussing important end of life issues. The movement is growing fast, as well it should.

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More great videos!

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VALENTINE WOLFE LIVE AT DRAGON CON -VIRTUAL 2020





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WINTER - VERSION FOR PIANO AND SOLO BASS





From Valentine Wolfe:

As you may imagine, Valentine's Day is a big deal for a band called Valentine Wolfe. Beauty and passion are just as important to us as haunting, bleak, and heavy emotions. Which bring us to the version of the song you're about to see and hear. 

We'd been playing Tori Amos' song Winter in various arrangements for quite some time. Sarah's favorite version is one where she plays Tori's piano part, and the lonely, melancholy sound of my solo bass performs the vocal part. 

We were going to just record Winter in that configuration, but as the original builds in an intimate and emotional intensity, we had the idea to combine the piano and bass textures with a dark and gothic metal groove. And we were quite pleased with the results. We hope you will be, too. 

And visually, we think this fan--created video (using one of our favorite films, Crimson Peak) really brings this song to life.

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Crimson Peak

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Goth Girl Plays Piano: Bach's Praeludium no. 6 in d minor


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WHERE I HAVE LOST, I SOFTER TREAD


From Valentine Wolfe:

Our haunting setting of Emily Dickinson's Where I Have Lost, I Softer Tread, from Only Gossamer My Gown. This album features 11 songs of bleak, ethereal soundscapes balanced with brooding, heavy distortion. All lyrics adapted from poems by Emily Dickinson. Visit valentinewolfe.com for full details. 


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THE GHOST'S SUMMONS


Marley was dead, to begin with...

In the 19th century, Christmas Eve entertainment was gathering around and telling ghost stories. Valentine Wolfe has always found it fascinating that one of the most inspiring Christmas tales, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, is in fact, a ghost story. Tonight, we're going to return to that bleak midwinter holiday tradition. We have three songs for you with a ghostly accompaniment, and then a ghost story of our own: Ada Buisson's wonderfully macabre The Ghosts' Summons. 
So light a candle and pour a glass of Christmas cheer. And let's celebrate those of us who know the bumps in the night are not reindeer.

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VALENTINE WOLFE'S PATREON PAGE



Go where all the smart kids go! Valentine Wolfe would love to have you as a patron!

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Get your digits pumping away at clicking onto the links above and find out how great Valentine Wolfe really is and why Sarah Black is an outstanding Woman In Horror!


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