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.
With a rich, tense and macabre handle on description and characters found within the pages of published works by the Horror Writer’s Association, Sinister Grin Press, Fireside Press and more, Melissa Lason and Michelle Garza share not only a disturbing bloodline but a creative and infamous storytelling focus infused with a twisted wit. The “Sisters of Slaughter” have cultivated a legacy that not only defines them as pillars of women in horror but damned storytellers in their novel “Mayan Blue” that blends the horror of history, science, anatomy as well as occult into pace tightening ride of hellish proportions. The creators of Xibalba took some time out to talk about not only “Mayan Blue” but the undead, influences, the edit and micro book presses here on Horror News Network. read more
By: Jay Kay
“Vicki Beautiful”-Review & Insight with Author Somer Canon
“A lot of this was personal. I took from a lot of experiences. Something that always stayed with me is how little we do with our loved ones. We expect someone else to handle the details.” – Somer Canon
Dreams are powerful visions of our emotions, fears, beliefs, goals and fantasies. When we dream, many sift through our mind like sand returning to an endless beach. Very rarely do we have a dream that sticks with us, inspires us and twists the way we think about our life and mortality. For Somer Canon, it all began with a lasting and morbid dream surrounding a dinner party and the realization that the host turned out to be a macabre yet beautiful entree on her plate. Chilling isn’t it? Canon’s dream helped to spark the idea for what would be “Vicki Beautiful”. “It stayed with me for days. I sat down finally one day and wrote Vicki’s letter to her friends.” That letter as well as suffering from insomnia and crazy dreams for quite a while help to craft and cultivate the idea. Canon discussed this during her appearance on “The Horror Happens Radio Show” about her mindset for her debut novel this past April. This was also one of the last books published through the now defunct “Samhain Publishing”. read more
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment & Scholastic Donate 20,000 Books to Be Distributed by Save the Children
Culver City, Calif. (January 26, 2016) – On the heels of the Goosebumps movie release on Blu-ray™ and DVD, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) has joined together with Scholastic, the global children’s publishing and education company, to donate 20,000 books to children in underserved communities as well as those recovering from crises or natural disasters in the United States. The books, featuring a selection of Goosebumps books by bestselling author R.L. Stine, are being donated through the Scholastic Possible Fund and will be distributed by Save the Children. read more