Author Archives: Peter Schwotzer

Magazine Review: Morpheus Tales Magazine – Issue 11


The newest issue of Morpheus Tales arrived in my mail box last week. Once I opened the envelope and saw the cover art I had a feeling I was in for something special. I wasn’t wrong. Morpheus Tales #11 is a great collection of short fiction and artwork. Out of the ten stories there was only one that I really didn’t enjoy, personal taste. It seemed a bit out of place in the context of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mischief Night – Author Paul Melniczek


Mischief Night by Paul Melniczek “When Rusty and his friends decide to visit the local neighborhood haunted house on Halloween night, they get much more than they bargained for, becoming embroiled in a hair-raising escapade which threatens to drag them into a living nightmare. There are more tricks than treats to be found in this old fashioned Halloween romp, and the plot continues to grow deeper and darker as old man Berger and his minions … Continue reading

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Uninvited Books Premier Release


Gardens Of Night by Greg F. Gifune “The world of men is dreaming, it has gone mad in its sleep, and a snake is strangling it, but it can’t wake up.” ~ D. H. Lawrence “Recovering from an unthinkably violent trauma, Marcus Banyon comes to perceive a different reality. Have his eyes been opened to forces long hidden from the rest of humanity, or has he suffered a psychotic break as his doctors suggest? As … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Samhanach – Author Lisa Morton


The Samhanach by Lisa Morton “On a Halloween night 300 years ago, something rose out of a Scottish bog to curse the McCafferty clan. Now, in 2010, single mother Merran McCafferty finds her suburban Halloween celebrations torn apart by the arrival of the Samhanach, an ancient trickster demon. When the Samhanach tries to steal Merran’s young daughter, Merran is forced to put aside reason and accept that magic is real, and bogies really do exist … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hard Boiled Vampire Killers – Author Jim Gavin

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Hard Boiled Vampire Killers by Jim Gavin “Most people would call Ty Trotter a loser. He lives off his vampire girlfriend, can’t hold a job, drinks and smokes the cheapest stuff on the shelves, and is Chairman for Life of his own Pity Committee, spending all his free time getting drunk, watching late-night TV and feeling sorry for himself. Most people would call Ed Ma a nerd. He lives with his parents and attends school … Continue reading

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Book Review: Charnel Wine – Author Richard Gavin


Charnel Wine by: Richard Gavin “Richard Gavin’s debut collection was one of Horror’s sleeper hits of 2004. The rapid sell-out of its entire print run resulted in Charnel Wine becoming a highly sought-after title among connoisseurs of weird fiction. Dark Regions Press is proud to present Charnel Wine: Memento Mori Edition, which contains the original collection in its entirety as well as four previously unpublished tales, a new Introduction by the author, and cover art … Continue reading

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Signed Copies of RAIJU


Author Karen Koehler, whose book Raiju I reviewed for Famous Monsters of Filmland has stated on her blog that her mother has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She has to undergo a double mastectomy. For those who know someone stricken with any type of cancer, you know what a toll it can take physically, emotionally and financially. Karen is offering signed copies of her novel Raiju to help out her mother during this very difficult … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Haunted Halloween – Author Paul Melniczek

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A Haunted Halloween by Paul Melniczek Introduction Wicked Treats By The Light…Of The Sinister Moon Effortless Celebrate With Us Reunion The Last Ride (A Halloween Treat) October Haze Within These Bindings The Invited Tricks The Attic Door Publishers Afterword Artwork by Frank Walls Wicked Treats Reunion October Haze The Attic Door Halloween. The name itself conjures up a witch’s brew of images. Leering Jack-O-Lanterns sitting on porches, costumed children trick-or-treating across suburban neighborhoods, skeletal trees … Continue reading

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Book Review: Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole – Author Kristi Petersen Schoonover


Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole – Kristi Petersen Schoonover In these chilling ghost stories set in Disney Parks, a thief is haunted by her sticky-fingered past. A woman wants an angry spirit to stop torturing her. A teenager demands her parents expel her wicked sibling. And a pilot wishes to unload his eerie cargo. But each will discover exorcism isn’t as easy as going to Disney World. Doing Blue Charlotte’s Family Tree Romancing The Goat … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Flock – Author James Robert Smith


The Flock by James Robert Smith “A remote Florida pine forest has been targeted for theme-park development by the Berg Brothers Studio who would like to make the area into “the perfect American township.” Unfortunately for them, some of the forest’s inhabitants are none too happy. It doesn’t help that those residents are a colony of ten-foot-tall Titanis walleri—intelligent, prehistoric, bird-like carnivorous dinosaurs. This flock of beasts, having escaped the mass extinction that killed off … Continue reading

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Ronald Kelly Digital


Friends this a deal you do not want to miss. Ronald Kelly, the king of southern fried horror has two digital books for the unbelievable price of $6.99. Hell Hollow and Dark Dixie II: Tales of Southern Horror. Available at Crossroads Press. You are not going to find a bargain like this too often and just in time for Halloween too. So, unless you want Ron and me haunting your dreams and nightmares I suggest … Continue reading

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Book Review: Vampire Lovers – Author Gavin Baddeley


Vampire Lovers; Screen’s Seductive Creatures of the Night Vampire Lovers, now your probably thinking why in the world am I reviewing a book with a title like that. Well my friends titles can be deceiving. In Gavin Baddeley’s Vampire Lovers, he documents the history of the sexiest vampires in film and TV. If you are a lover of the vampire genre this is a must for your collection. From the newest vampire phenomenons like Twilight … Continue reading

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Book Review: Johnny Halloween – Author Norman Partridge


Johnny Halloween: Norman Partridge “Norman Partridge’s Halloween novel, Dark Harvest, was chosen as one of Publishers Weekly’s 100 Best Books of 2006. A Bram Stoker Award winner and World Fantasy nominee, Partridge’s rapid-fire tale of a small town trapped by its own shadows welcomed a wholly original creation, the October Boy, earning the author comparisons to Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, and Shirley Jackson. Halloween night awaits. Join a master storyteller as he explores the layers … Continue reading

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Win Signed Books For Halloween


As all you horror and Halloween fans know, Literary Mayhem’s first original fiction is just around the corner. On October 24, 2010, we will be publishing an original short story by none other than one of my favorite authors Mary SanGiovanni. To celebrate our favorite time of year and a brand new story by Mary, Literary Mayhem is giving away to one lucky winner signed copies of Mary’s first two novels; “The Hollower” and “Found … Continue reading

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Halloween Contest


As October is in full swing and for us horror lovers there is no better month. A great way to get started on your Halloween fun is to swing over to’s good friend Ronald Kelly’s site for his annual Halloween contest. He is giving away some excellent prizes. Just follow the link: His new book Hell Hollow, which is awesome by the way is also available in digital format. Go to his blog … Continue reading

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Best Opening Paragraph In Horror

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Since October is tomorrow and we all know what the means…Halloween!!! I figured I’d start things off with what I feel is the best opening paragraph in horror fiction. Feel free to comment on whether you agree or disagree and send along your favorites. It’s Halloween time people, time to have a little fun. The Haunting Of Hill House – Shirley Jackson – Simply the best opening paragraph in literary history. “No live organism can … Continue reading


Book Review: Morpheus Tales Magazine – Undead Issue


Morpheus Tales – Undead Special (pdf preview) Morpheus Tales was kind enough to send me a copy of their Undead Special Issue and I am glad they did. If you, like me enjoy the undead in all their forms you will love the Undead Special. The cover art is simply beautiful, as is the other artwork interspersed throughout the magazine. But it is the quality of the fiction that makes this magazine stand out. There … Continue reading

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Book Review: Snow – Author Ronald Malfi


Snow by Ronald Malfi When a brutal snowstorm shut down all the flights in and out of Chicago, Todd Curry and a few other stranded passengers rented a Jeep to drive the rest of the way to their destinations. But along a forested, isolated road, they picked up a disoriented man wandering through the snow. His car wouldn’t start and his daughter had vanished. Strangest of all were the mysterious slashes cut into the back … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Painted Darkness – Author Brian James Freeman


The Painted Darkness by Brian James Freeman When Henry was a child, something terrible happened in the woods behind his home, something so shocking he could only express his terror by drawing pictures of what he had witnessed. Eventually, Henry’s mind blocked out the bad memories, but he continued to draw, often at night by the light of the moon. Twenty years later, Henry makes his living by painting his disturbing works of art. He … Continue reading

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Darkside Digital News


Greg F. Gifune’s SORCERER Hits Digital Other than appearing as a bonus story in the Altar 13 Kingdom Of Shadows limited hardcover, Greg F. Gifune’s novella Sorcerer hasn’t seen print and isn’t slated to see print publication, but you can download the ebook now for $5.95. PDF, MOBI, or EPUB, which covers the majority of e-readers on the market. See why Gifune is hailed by many as one of the best talents working in the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Diary Of A Gentleman Diabolist – Author Robin Spriggs


Diary Of A Gentleman Diabolist by Robin Spriggs This collection of interconnected prose poems by acclaimed fabulist Robin Spriggs defies easy classification. Equal parts grimoire, dream journal, adversaria, metafictional scripture, oracular revelation, and astral travelogue, Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist is a darkly seductive journey through the demon-haunted nether regions of magic, myth, and the poetic imagination. I had no idea what to expect when Managing Editor of Anomalous Books Amy Jenkins contacted me about … Continue reading

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