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On setting in horror fiction – Halloween Haunts 2018

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Check out my guest blog over at Halloween Haunts 2018, the Horror Writers Association‘s daily dose of tricks and treats.

Yes, every day features a special giveaway and today’s is for a chance to grab a cool and coveted Final Frame Horror Film Contest t-shirt. Read on below the blog post for details.

My blog post is about the importance of setting in my new horror novellas The Lilyth Mirror and The Lucifer Gate, both available now in The Daniel Gates Adventures Vol. 2 from Crossroad Press.

And when you’re done reading, be sure to peruse the other Halloween Haunts blog posts, which offer everything from author interviews and excerpts of new books, to writing advice and horror history – along with more great giveaways each day.

My thanks to the HWA (of which i am proud to be an Active Member) and Halloween Haunts editor Michele Brittany.

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Out now: Horror Writers Association Poetry Showcase Volume V – the #1 Hot New Release on Amazon!

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Excited to see the release of the Horror Writers Association Poetry Showcase on Kindle.

HWA Poetry Showcase Volume Five is edited by Stephanie M. Wytovich and co-curated by Jurors Mercedes M. Yardley and Michael Arnzen. It contains provocative and groundbreaking horror poets Donna Lynch, R.D. Lynch, Sara Tantlinger, and many more.

I’m honoured to have my first ever published poem Some Velvet Mourning included in this volume.

I can’t wait to read all the others! And I’m sure you can’t wait, either.

Download a copy here.

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HWA Poetry Showcase Volume V – the #1 Hot New Release on Amazon!

HWA Poetry Showcase Volume V: Table of Contents

  1. Mother of Monsters by Trisha J. Wooldridge
  2. Attack of the Panic by Timothy P Flynn
  3. A Log Book Discovered on an Alien World by Terrie Leigh Relf
  4. Her Name by Susan Snyder
  5. Creature, Monster by Steve Dillon
  6. My Death by Simone Volponi
  7. Amalgamation by Sara Tantlinger
  8. Alice Escapes the Machinery of the Cosmos By Swallowing the Tongue of Her Unspoken Dream by Saba Syed Razvi
  9. Still Life by Robert Perez
  10. It’s Coming by Rob E. Boley
  11. These Dreams by Randy D. Rubin
  12. So She Burns It All Down by R. J. Joseph
  13. Beginding by Querus Abuttu (Dr. Q)
  14. Psalm by Peter Adam Salomon
  15. Call Me Mary by Naching T. Kassa
  16. Screaming Skulls by Michael H. Hanson
  17. The Ghost of Whitechapel by Marge Simon
  18. Angels of Death by Lori R. Lopez
  19. If I Only by Lisa Lepovetsky
  20. Revenants of the Antipodes by Kyla Lee Ward
  21. He Said by Kerri-Leigh Grady
  22. The Tired Old Life by Kenneth W. Cain
  23. My Garden by Kathryn Ptacek
  24. A Face in the Rain by John Palisano
  25. Safety Labels on Hospice Beds by Joanna Nelius
  26. Saint Mark’s Eve by Janice Leach
  27. Mulch by James Frederick Leach
  28. On the Verge of Sleep, At the Edge of a Shadow by James Ebersole
  29. The Witch Hunt by Jacopo Della Quercia
  30. The Demon at the Foot of Her Bed by G.O. Clark
  31. Some Velvet Mourning by Frazer Lee
  32. Twenty Hours by Elizabeth Massie
  33. The Church Service by Edward Ahern
  34. Charmed by E. F. Schraeder
  35. Dolls by Donna Lynch
  36. Broad Daylight by Denise Dumars
  37. Sins of the Father by David E. Cowen
  38. I Am by Cynthia Pelayo
  39. Savor by Colleen Anderson
  40. Gathered Words by Cindy O’Quinn
  41. The Joy of Sewing by Christina Sng
  42. We Built This City (on Tired Bones) by Chad Stroup
  43. Return to the Prehistoric Garden by Chad Hensley
  44. Blood Work by Carina Bissett
  45. The Temptation of the Moon to Shadow by C.R. Langille
  46. Thirst by Annie Neugebauer
  47. The Dead in Spring By Ann K. Schwader
  48. Moloch Dreams by Angela Yuriko Smith
  49. Libri Haruspicy by Amanda Hard
  50. In This House by Allan Rozinski

Read ‘The Daniel Gates Adventures, Vol. 1’ at the special offer price of $1.29 / £0.99 — offer ends soon! #occulthorror #kindle #nook #ebook

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To celebrate the release of The Daniel Gates Adventures, Vol. 2: The Lilyth Mirror and The Lucifer Gate, publisher Crossroad Press has reduced the price of The Daniel Gates Adventures, Vol. 1: The Lucifer Glass and The Leper Window for a limited time.

The first volume contains the occult horror novellas The Lucifer Glass and The Leper Window, which introduce the character of Daniel Gates and are described as “utterly chilling” by Horror Underground, and “a page turner” by Brutal As Hell.

Grab a copy now from:

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Amazon.co.uk

Apple iBooks

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— be quick, the offer ends soon!


Book release day! The Daniel Gates Adventures, Vol. 2 is out now

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I always get a bit of a George McFly thrill when I have a new book published.

Today is one of those days.

The Daniel Gates Adventures, Vol. 2 contains two brand new novellas,
The Lilyth Mirror and The Lucifer Gate (books 3 and 4 in my occult horror series)

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You can buy the The Daniel Gates Adventures, Vol. 2 right now from:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

(and an Amazon near you!)

Barnes & Noble (Nook book)


I hope you enjoy it. 

And if you do please leave a review on Goodreads
& please share with your horror reading friends!
Reviews, ratings & shares really do make a difference.
Thank you.

Beast witches,
Frazer

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Also available – The Daniel Gates Adventures, Vol. 1: The Lucifer Glass & The Leper Window


The Daniel Gates Adventures, Vol. 2 – cover reveal

This week sees the publication of The Daniel Gates Adventures, Volume 2; containing the brand new, never before published occult horror novellas The Lilyth Mirror and The Lucifer Gate.

Feast your eyes on the full cover reveal:

(Hope it gives you pleasant nightmares)

More details about the book very soon!

And if you want to catch up on Daniel Gates’ adventures so far, you can find his first two escapades The Lucifer Glass and The Leper Window here.

Volumes 1 & 2 of the Daniel Gates Adventures are published by Macabre Ink, an imprint of Crossroad Press.

Translation rights are repped by literary agent Betty Anne Crawford of Books Crossing Borders, NY.


News-splash! ‘The Beauty of Death Vol. 2: Death by Water – The Gargantuan book of Horror Tales’ is out now in ebook

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Released today in ebook (with a paperback edition to follow soon) The Beauty of Death Vol. 2: Death By Water is a gargantuan book of horror tales, boasting stories from Clive Barker,‎ Ramsey Campbell,‎ Caitlìn R. Kiernan,‎ Peter Straub,‎ and many more (including yours truly).

About the book: In each of these stories from some of greatest writers of horror and dark fiction, water plays the dual role of accomplice and executioner. With accidental drownings, irresistible calls of sirens from the deep, strange whisperings from household plumbing, faces of the dead in droplets of water, rabid fish, leviathan monsters, and more, these thirty-nine tales of death by water will make you think twice about taking that long-awaited cruise, going for a midnight swim, or taking your next shower.

Stories by: Joanna Parypinski, Lucy Taylor, Dona Fox, Eric J. Guignard, Lucy Snyder, Stephen Gregory, Daniel Braum, Simon Bestwick, Peter Straub, Lisa Mannetti, Daniele Bonfanti, Ramsey Campbell, Gregory L. Norris, Michael Bailey, Marge Simon, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Frazer Lee, Paolo Di Orazio, Dennis Etchison, John Palisano, Brian Evenson, Michael Hanson, Edward Lee, Tim Waggoner, Gene O’Neill, Jonah Buck, David J. Schow, Anthony Watson, Bruce Boston, Michael A. Arnzen, Adam Nevill, John Langan, Alessandro Manzetti, Clive Barker, Lisa Morton, Jodi Renée Lester, Jeremy Megargee, Nicola Lombardi, Adam Millard.

Edited by: Alessandro Manzetti & Jodi Renée Lester

Grab your copy from Amazon

UK readers, follow this link

Sweet dreams… (or Wet nightmares!)

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Guest Author: Catherine Cavendish on The Real Mummy’s Curse

Delighted to welcome guest author Catherine Cavendish (Wrath of the Ancients) back to the blog today. Read on for her illuminating post, and ‘beware the beat…of the cloth-wrapped feet!’

The Real Mummy’s Curse
Or how I learned to stop worrying and embraced the possibilities

Remember the film The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb? That classic piece of Hammer Horror kitsch from 1964 where British archeologists disturbed the mummy’s resting place and angered the slumbering Prince Ra. Needless to say, the mummy was not about to allow his tomb to be violated and soon sought revenge, lumbering about, killing without mercy, and swathed in suspiciously clean bandages considering he had been dead and embalmed for the past few thousand years.

Fiction, right? Of course it is, but behind every myth or legend there is so often a grain of truth. Leaving aside the most famous of them all – the alleged curse of Tutankhamen’s tomb – there are in fact some lesser known real examples of deceased pharaohs and high ranking officials determined that all that is buried with them shall stay with them.

During the 18th dynasty (c. 1542-1292 BCE) a highly influential scribe and public official, who later went onto have his own mortuary temple at Thebes (now Luxor), Amenhotep, son of Hapu, left a pretty graphic curse. He warned any tomb violator that they would:

“Lose their earthly positions and honours, be incinerated in a furnace in execration rites, capsize and drown at sea, have no successors, receive no tomb or funerary offerings of their own, and their bodies would decay because they will starve without sustenance and their bones will perish”.

Pretty strong stuff and if you think that’s bad, just read what Sarenput I, a senior provincial governor during the 12th Dynasty (c1991-1778 BCE), had in store for anyone who dared to interfere with any offerings left to his statue:

“…his arm shall be cut off like that of this bull, his neck shall be twisted off like that of a bird, his office shall not exist, the position of his son shall not exist, his house shall not exist in Nubia, his tomb shall not exist in the necropolis, his god shall not accept his white bread, his flesh shall belong to the fire, his children shall belong to the fire, his corpse shall not be to the ground, I shall be against him as a crocodile on the water, as a serpent on earth, and as an enemy in the necropolis.”

Did the curses prevent desecration or theft? In these two cases, the jury is out. The exact location of Amenhotep’s tomb is unknown – although bits of his sarcophagus have been found which suggests that he did not get to spend eternity if peaceful slumber. It does not appear Sarenput I fared much better. His tomb is at Qubbet el-Hawa and has suffered considerable damage. Quite what happened to the perpetrators of any violation is unrecorded.

So far, I have mentioned merely the written curse but the Egyptians were nothing if not creative. They laid booby traps that, even to this day could cause injury or even death to the unwary. One of the most famous contemporary Egyptologists is Dr. Zahi Hawass. He had a potentially fatal experience in 2001 when entering the Bahariya Oasis tomb. They located the sarcophagus but then found the ancient Egyptian engineers had covered the floors and walls in eight inches of haematite powder which, if inhaled in any quantity, can cause a slow and painful death. Hawass and his team beat a hasty retreat, only returning when they were suitable covered in Hazmat suits and respirators.

Other favourite booby trap devices are reminiscent of Indiana Jones, with massive stones ready to release when a sealed tomb is breeched. Traps were laid, corridors were blocked with massive stone slabs, deep holes were cut – put one foot wrong and it would be the last step you ever took.

So, whether you believe in the supernatural power of the mummy’s curse or not, there is no denying that these ingenious engineers of the distant past worked long and hard to try and ensure that no good would ever come to anyone who dared violate the place of the dead. For some, the power of the mummy’s curse is a firmly held belief. As for me? I keep an open mind. You see and hear strange things when you visit a tomb in the Valley of the Kings alone…

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Destiny In Death

Egypt, 1908

Eminent archaeologist Dr. Emeryk Quintillus has unearthed the burial chamber of Cleopatra. But this tomb raider’s obsession with the Queen of the Nile has nothing to do with preserving history. Stealing sacred and priceless relics, he murders his expedition crew, and flees—escaping the quake that swallows the site beneath the desert sands . . .

Vienna, 1913

Young widow Adeline Ogilvy has accepted employment at the mansion of Dr. Quintillus, transcribing the late professor’s memoirs. Within the pages of his journals, she discovers the ravings of a madman convinced he possessed the ability to reincarnate Cleopatra. Within the walls of his home, she is assailed by unexplained phenomena: strange sounds, shadowy figures, and apparitions of hieroglyphics.

Something pursued Dr. Quintillus from Egypt. Something dark, something hungry. Something tied to the fate and future of Adeline Ogilvy . . .

Wrath Of The Ancients

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About the Author:


Following a varied career in sales, advertising and career guidance, Catherine Cavendish is now the full-time author of a number of paranormal, ghostly and Gothic horror novels, novellas and short stories. She was the joint winner of the Samhain Gothic Horror Anthology Competition, with Linden Manor. Cat’s novels include the Nemesis of the Gods trilogy – Wrath of the Ancients, Waking the Ancients and Damned by the Ancients, plus The Devil’s Serenade, The Pendle Curse, Saving Grace Devine and many more. She lives with her long-suffering husband, and a black cat who has never forgotten that her species used to be worshiped in ancient Egypt. She sees no reason why that practice should not continue. Cat and her family divide their time between Liverpool and a 260-year-old haunted apartment in North Wales.

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(with thanks to Bryan Hill and ancient-origins.net. Read more about Tomb Curses of Ancient Egypt: : Ancient-origins.net)