Entries by Jay Kay

Book Review: The Catcher’s Trap by Ricardo Henriquez

To write is to open the world to the minds, hearts and souls no matter how dark or fearful they maybe. This line was inspired by the very personal as well as very macabre writings found in what I hope is many books to come of Ricardo Henriquez and his novel The Catcher’s Trap available to purchase through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and more right now. Set in the present, a young, Latino man named Andres has failed to live up to the expectations of everyone around him. His life is overwhelmed by a wave of all consuming depression as well as confusion on his sexuality that has caused him to lose his way and focus on life. Hanging one night with a group led by an alpha male in Roman, Andres is taken to a club as Roman’s guest to loosen up and have fun perhaps a bit of trouble… As the night goes on, he is nearly thrown out of the club by a large bouncer type that is stopped by Roman. As Roman attempts to escape with his entourage and Andres, Roman betrays Andres capturing him for slave labor in the world that bends the line of horror, sci-fi and fantasy called “The Mist.” This realm shows no bias or mercy as countless souls are enslaved to work the fields cultivating a mysterious white powder. Ruled by ruthless establishment, Andres and his fellow slaves including a caring and hardened woman known as Claudia. A protective and distant friend Steve as well as more must fight and survive each day from the guards, the labor and themselves. As the days goes on and that status quo seems hopeless among the slaves and their masters, Andres is woken up from the possession of depression and lack of confidence to see a larger purpose in his life and those around him. Being offered a chance to lead a revolution by a figure named Balthazar, Andres must decide inside what is worth fighting for and what is worth giving up? Is he a hero? Is he a traitor? Is he just a young man who faces confusion, doubt and pain for the choices and actions he makes and the ones he lets stand by? Is it destiny or fate? Built on a foundation of dark personal experience, detailed storytelling and respect for the reader, The Catcher’s Trap bends the status quo for horror/fantasy taking the reader down a dark path where the only way to survive is to stand for what keeps you strong inside and never give up no matter how hard it becomes. read more read more

Patrick Lacey Talks Dream Woods

Family is forever through the good, bad, rough and easy. It is an institution that causes drama, creates happiness, brings out the worse in us and unconditionally is a foundation of love. Dream Woods by Patrick Lacey embodies the very dynamic and complicated idea of family through multiple perspectives reflecting age, desire, limitations, power and the idea of happiness. This novel reflects connecting dramatic storytelling that weaves truly wicked humor and horror that thrusts you into shoes of each character mindset and even deeper into darkness of the legend of the theme park in Dream Woods. Patrick Lacey took some time out to talk with the Horror News Network about character development, the horror of family, influences, strong female characters and a vending machine that is deadly and honest. read more read more

Danger Slater Talks “PUPPET SKIN”

The expansion of smaller publishers has given authors a voice and platform to cultivate tales from all walks life. Whether it sits in the realm of the unknown, rides the roads around the world or makes its way through history, talented authors harness their craft leaving a mark on readers of all generations and styles. FUNGASM PRESS is a mutating and transforming publisher which orbits the bizarre minds of horror, the strange and unique. Danger Slater is one of those minds of the bizarre creating stories that reflect the madness and macabre of love, loss and coming of age. His latest book offers another dark path for the YA crowd with PUPPET SKIN. This tale focusing on a young girl named Hannah who is facing the tie of her life the innocence of youth fades away to the wooden exterior of adulthood. We grabbed Danger Slater between working on his next connecting nightmare to talk PUPPET SKIN, dancing, body horror and the frightening time that is being an adult here on the HORROR NEWS NETWORK. read more read more

Sara Brooke Discusses Renovation

Based in the sunny state of Florida, a striking and unsuspecting horror perspective tempts you without warning. She is Sara Brooke who finds horror in some of most common and safe places. Places that you think are your own but something dark and manipulative has invaded them. Her latest horror novel entitled “Renovation” follows a family into a new life, job, house and path of evil. Sara took some time to talk with the Horror News Network about her latest work and much more… read more

Four-time Bram Stoker Nominee Jeff Strand Talks Blister

It has been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, however, in the backwoods the beauty can be mistaken for the beast! “Blister” is the latest horror novel from four time Bram Stoker nominee Jeff Strand. Released by Sinister Grin Press, “Blister” tells the story of Jason, his agent, Rachel, her father, town folk and psycho!  Simply put boy meets town freak, boy is scared by town freak, boy befriends town freak and finds out town freak, Rachel, is amazing.  Jason even fights off townies to protect Rachel and does the insane for her. It’s a dark and disfigured tale for the modern age of horror romance served up by Jeff Strand. We grabbed Jeff and forced him into a cabin to talk about Blister, working with Sinister Grin Press, writing horror romance and more. read more read more