I first came across Monica O’Rourke‘s writing without realizing it. Another one of my author collegues sent me a link to download “Jasmine and Garlic”. I really enjoyed the short story, but had yet to meet Monica. We finally crossed paths in Las Vegas at KillerCon 4 in 2012. When I heard she had a collection of dark poetry and short horror stories out, I was more than happy to check it out. Not only does it satisfy my needs for well-written short stories, it was nice to meet another female writer for a penchant for the extreme. In The End, Only Darkness is sure to please the reader who seeks out fantastically written scenes of shock and gore.
Stories that deserve mention (aka my faves):
*Attainable Beauty: Molly has an appreciation for art and she’s fallen in love with a certain painting. The painting becomes her idol as she learns each brush stroke and absorbs every colour nuance. While art appreciation is important, has her love for art also becoming a debilitating disease?
*Huntin’ Season: Sometimes the hunters become the hunted. (This story sure resonated with me. Wow. Just wow. I think it was probably my favourite story in the collection.)
*Vade in Pacem: An excellent flash story about the importance of confessing your sins.
*The Rest Of Larry: Larry wakes up in a precarious problem. It seems like he’s half the man he used to be…
*Maternal Instinct: A look into maternal instinct and how some people just don’t have any at all.
*Oral Mohel: Jack decides to convert to Judaism so he can marry Sarah. Circumcision is on the list of to dos, so Jack calls the best in the game.
*An Experiment In Human Nature: Rich kids have too much time on their hands, as told by this gory tale of torture and human will.
Monica’s stories are not for the faint of heart, but if you’re looking for something to read that makes you say, “Oh my god…” This would be the perfect collection for you.
***Five out of Five Stars***
Pick up an e-copy of In The End, Only Darkness – HERE.
For those looking for an erotic spin on the usual zombie genre, be sure to check out the newly released anthology, “Fifty Shades Of Decay” by Angelic Knight Press.
I’m proud to say it contains my story “Dead Things Don’t Rise”.
“What’s sexy about zombies? 51 authors answered that question with wild, weird, and titillating tales. From love during the apocalypse, to love that goes beyond the grave and back again, to love that well, never dies, you’ll find these pages filled with desires demanding to be fufilled, hungers to be slaked, and lovers who won’t let a little thing like death (or undeath) come between them. Do zombies need sex as much as they need brains? What would you do to bring a lover back from the dead? What if you survived the apocalypse only to find yourself alone and sexually frustrated?
Light some candles, put on some mood music, and cozy up with 50 Shades of Decay. The zombie sexpocalypse has begun… ”
Speaking of mistresses, how about the newest anthology put out by Dark Moon Books, “Mistresses of the Macabre”.
Filled with stories by 18 gruesome girlies, (I make up one of the 18 with my twisted tale “Morning Sickness”), you can’t go wrong with this new anthology.
Interested in learning more about the authors?
Check out the interviews from Women In Horror Month here.
(Of course it links to my interview…) 😉
Interested in a personalized copy? I’ll be ordering my copies for sale soon.
If you can’t wait, you can get a copy of “MoM” here. (Amazon)
Thanks for reading
With the end of the year drawing close and all the stories I have out and about in PublishLand, I’ve taken it upon myself to get some more writing done.
I don’t take handwritten notes anymore, my phone had become the place where I jot down all the ideas I have.
As I was flipping through the notes I’ve taken over the past months, I had an idea.
Just get them done.
25 Short Stories, (plus the novella I’m working on at the moment), at least to completion of a rough draft, by New Year’s Eve.
Sounds doable right?
Yeah, it’s a pretty daunting goal, but even if I get half of my list done, there’s 13 more stories and a novella I didn’t have before.
I’m not aiming for half though.
I want to get ALL the ideas off my phone and onto paper, so I can start all over again next year. 😉
I’ll keep up the tally on the blog to let you know where I’m at.
1 of 25 Stories
(Well the 1 is that I’ve started one but it’s not done yet…)
Novella @ 50%
Here we go.
Strangehouse Books takes horror, erotica and a dash of weird, pops everything into a blender and liquifies it into what becomes Strange Sex, a Strange Anthology. Each of stories toe the imaginary lines between right and wrong. Your reaction to the stories will depend greatly on how twisted your mind is, they will either gross you out or turn you on but overall they will entertain you with a new idea. If you’re tired of all the “usual” horror stories (or bored of the regular guy on girl erotica), this is definitely the book for you.
When it comes to short stories, it’s difficult to say something about it without giving too much away. (This explains why some of the story descriptions sound like movie tag lines.)
No spoilers have been used in the writing of this review.
Interloper by D.F Noble – A man who’s life has been thwarted in life seeks answers. He manages to find them in the most unusual place.
Love Bites by David C. Hayes – Andy Crank has a disturbing fetish and no one to share it with. Until he comes across the newscast from which stems the idea that changes his life.
Pulmonary Ed by Rich Bottles, Jr. – Pulmonary Ed is the kind of loser you don’t want near your children, however, he eventually finds himself in a position of authority over the public. As scary as the latter sounds, Ed doesn’t work alone.
Appetites by Mike Lombardo – Everyone has a sexual appetite, but in some, it’s much stronger than others.
Foreigner by D.F. Noble – It seems like you haven’t been yourself lately… in more ways than one.
The Language of Love by Amanda Williams – Aliens have managed to coexist with humans for years. A young woman begins to wonder if it would it possible for a human and her dinosaur like teacher’s assistant to connect on “other” levels?
Deth Morgue by Elizadeth Hetherington – Edith is a quiet, lesbian coroner who normally keeps to herself. That is until Morianna, the sultry new employee, shows up for her first day of work.
Vagary by Justin Roberts – Sam’s sexual appetite is starting to rule his life. When he confides in his friend Eric about his issue, Eric tells him about a whorehouse where, as long as you follow the rules, all your fantasies can come true. However, the rules are never to be broken, as Sam will soon find out.
F*ck or Feast by Craig Mullins – Normals and mutants now inhabit the world turned wasteland. You are captured, taken prisoner and brought to the city, Darkham. You and two other normals are taken to a room where you’re left in wait. Unfortunately, your future doesn’t look very promising.
Cinnamon by D.F. Noble – In 2032, humans have perfected androids for all their needs. Cinnamon is the first self-aware android who’s had enough of human need and decides to do something about it.
Cotton Candy by Kevin Strange – Girls in a literature class receive a strange text from their professor informing them to meet in the classroom at 8pm on a Saturday. When they arrive, the classroom is strangely filled with plush animals and furry costumes. On the desk is a manuscript entitled “Cotton Candy” penned by their recently absent teacher which will hopefully explain what’s going on.
Necrosaurus Rex by Nicholas Day – When things go wrong for Alice, they really go wrong. Martin, a janitor struggles with who he really is. Time travel and dinosaurs add element of science and mystery to this strangely erotic tale of finding out where you belong.
The Sexorcist by Kyle Noble – A young girl is possessed by a powerful demon and the priests understand the only way to rid her of her unwanted guest is to perform a sexorcism.
Strange Sex: A Strange Anthology can be purchased here in paperback format.
*(The great cover art was thanks to Shamus Beyale and his website can be found here.)
I deem this book Mandy-tory reading.
Sometimes a title of a book strikes a chord and sticks with you. Maybe it’s because it moves you, maybe it reminds you of something from your past, or if you’re like me, it’s cause it’s got a huge swear word in the title.
This exact thing happened to me when I saw the cover for the collection of stories by D.F. Noble called Scary F*cking Stories. (I’d explain the * is really a “u” but I’m sure everyone figured that out already.) These weren’t just stories, these were f*cking stories.
I HAD to have it.
I waited and waited for it to be released by Strangehouse Books,
I ordered it from Amazon and it arrived. 😀
I didn’t get around to reading it until now and I’m glad I did.
Scary F*cking Stories contains ten short stories and an introduction by the author himself. The introduction informs the reader about the paranormal experiences Noble and his relatives have been involved in at the family farm house.
The stories in this collection cover a wide variety of themes, from monsters to weird weather patterns, to paranormal experiences and even aliens.
The Cellar – A short story about a teenage virtuoso, Marcus, and his psychologist, Shelly Andrews. Shelly delves into Marcus’ subconscious to help him through a tough time, but is she prepared to deal with what she uncovers?
Through The Walls – A babysitter loses a child and her sanity but leaves behind a letter and security camera footage that may hold the key to the truth.
Loop Road – Steven is on his way to visit his uncle when an accident on Loop road has him running in circles. The journey is sometimes more than half the battle.
Contact Schematic – This quick read outlines how to use strategically placed mirrors to induce a “visionary state”. The author also includes an email if the readers decide they want to share their experiences.
Wait In Line – The military has evacuated your city into refugee camps. People must comply or they are put to death. You move along with the herd like everyone else, but where are you heading?
Dead Wrong – A letter from a man to his brother which could change everything.
James – Sam’s dreams turn to nightmares the moment she moves into her aunt and uncle’s place. What or who is the reason for the horrible things she sees when she sleeps?
The Pen Or Sword. The Ghost Or Gun. – An employee decides to torment his boss with the ultimate practical joke but something happens that wasn’t in his plans.
The Blood Tide – Strange clouds roll in, condemning the patrons of a small gas station to face the most horrifying storm ever.
The Doorman – An autistic boy disappears and his parents entertain some extreme ideas to find him.
Night Cap – In the final part of the book, Noble addresses more of his personal strange experiences that all have a common denominator, the tiny town of Bunker Hill.
Scary F*cking Stories was a fun read. Noble’s retelling of his paranormal personal experiences in the introduction helps set the tone of the book early on. The stories were imaginative, entertaining and progressed easily. Noble takes the things that use to go bump in the night to a new level.
Stories deserving extra mention are Wait In Line, The Pen Or Sword. The Ghost Or Gun and The Blood Tide.