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Short Story – All…Fall…Down!

A Halloween Treat With No Tricks Attached Halloween. A time for ghoulish activities like trick-or-treating, costume parties, carving pumpkins into Jack-o’-Lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, watching horror films, and telling scary stories. I’m always up for a good horror movie (or a bad one), but the last item on the list is … Continue reading Short Story – All…Fall…Down!Original link
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Book Review – Those Who Came Before by J.H. Moncrieff

I’ve been a big fan of J.H. Moncrieff’s work for a couple of years. I’ve read seven of her titles, including all four books in the “Ghost Writers” series plus; “Return to Dyatlov Pass,” “Monsters In Our Wake,” and “The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave.” J.H. was also the first author to agree to an interview … Continue reading Book Review – Those Who Came Before by J.H. MoncrieffOriginal link
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Book Review – The Fearing (Book Three, Air & Dust) by John F.D. Taff

Where to begin? The end is nigh for this post-apocalyptic masterpiece and I have a problem, but it’s a nice one to have. I’m running out of superlatives to use when reviewing John F.D. Taff’s serialized novel, “The Fearing.” I mean, how many different ways are there to say “these books are great, go buy … Continue reading Book Review – The Fearing (Book Three, Air & Dust) by John F.D. TaffOriginal link
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Book Review – Served Cold by Alan Baxter

The first time I read Australian writer Alan Baxter’s work was the excellent “Manifest Recall.” So when I was offered an ARC by editor Anthony Rivera at Grey Matter Press, I jumped at the chance. “Served Cold” is a collection of 16 chilling tales that blend elements of horror, fantasy, and the downright weird. And … Continue reading Book Review – Served Cold by Alan BaxterOriginal link
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Book Review – Gumshoe Blues: The Peter Ord Yarns by Paul D. Brazill

My first encounter with the work of Paul D. Brazill was courtesy of the Close to the Bone Publishing website with a short story entitled "The Last Shot"and I enjoyed what I read. I’m a huge fan of this style of dark pulp/noir writing, so it was a no-brainer for me to click on the … Continue reading Book Review – Gumshoe Blues: The Peter Ord Yarns by Paul D. BrazillOriginal link
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The Swipe Files – Understanding What Drives Serial Killers

Many serial killings seem to be completely devoid of meaning or motivation on the part of the criminal. In actuality, however, there is great diversity in the needs and desires of serial killers that lead them to extinguish the lives of others. Sometimes, the act or process of murder can be an end in itself … Continue reading The Swipe Files – Understanding What Drives Serial KillersOriginal link
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Book Review – Noble Man by William Miller

My first experience of William Miller’s writings was when I read and reviewed his excellent “Crafting Fiction Volume 1: Hard-Boiled Outlines.” During the course of the review, I stated “On a side note, I’ve just purchased “Noble Man,” Miller’s first Jake Noble thriller so I can see how the author puts theory into practice.” Well, … Continue reading Book Review – Noble Man by William MillerOriginal link
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The Dread Files – Selaphobia

What is Selaphobia? Do you have a fear of flashing lights? Flashing lights are annoying and disturbing for a lot of people. There are some who become extremely anxious when witnessing flashing lights. This dread-inducing feeling is called Selaphobia - the fear of flashing lights. Selaphobia is derived from the Greek word “selas”, meaning “light.” … Continue reading The Dread Files – SelaphobiaOriginal link
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Book Review – The Fearing (Book Two, Water & Wind) by John F.D. Taff

Grey Matter Press’s spectacular serialization of John F.D. Taff’s “The Fearing” continues with “Book Two: Water & Wind.” Once again, let me say a big “thank you” to Anthony Rivera for the advanced reader copy. I devoured this installment of Taff’s apocalyptic epic over the course of a Sunday afternoon and was taken hostage from … Continue reading Book Review – The Fearing (Book Two, Water & Wind) by John F.D. TaffOriginal link
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The Third Degree – Tom Leins

Today, after a long absence, I’m pleased to bring you another edition of “The Third Degree” where I subject authors to a grueling interrogation to discover more about their published work and writing techniques. This time around, English author Tom Leins - author of “Boneyard Dogs” - has agreed to be my latest victim guest … Continue reading The Third Degree – Tom LeinsOriginal link
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Book Review – Boneyard Dogs by Tom Leins

I first encountered Tom Leins’ work in November, 2018 when I bought a Kindle copy of “Slug Bait.” In my Haunted Pen review, I stated “Reading it made me feel so dirty, I needed a shower.” I want to revise that thought for “Boneyard Dogs.” This book should come with a bottle of shower gel … Continue reading Book Review – Boneyard Dogs by Tom LeinsOriginal link
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The Mask That Always Smiles…

Here’s a cool factoid for you. The longest biggest word in any of the major English-language dictionaries is ‘pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.’ It comes in at a whopping forty-five letters and refers to a lung disease contracted by the inhalation of ultra-fine silica particles, specifically from a volcano. However, I disagree with all those learned journals. I think … Continue reading The Mask That Always Smiles…Original link
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Book Review – The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum

When Dallas William Mayr (Jack Ketchum) died of cancer on January 24, 2018, in New York City at the age of 71, the Internet was ablaze with tributes to a man considered to be one of the all-time great horror fiction writers. Throughout his writing career, Ketchum was the recipient of four Bram Stoker Awards … Continue reading Book Review – The Girl Next Door by Jack KetchumOriginal link
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The Dread Files – Pyrophobia

What Is Pyrophobia? One of the most common phobias is pyrophobia, a persistent and unwarranted fear of fire. Any phobia can be considered irrational if beyond what is considered normal. Pyrophobia is ancient and primordial, perhaps since mankind's discovery of fire. The origin of the word Pyro is Latin (meaning fire) and phobia is Greek … Continue reading The Dread Files – PyrophobiaOriginal link
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Book Review – Crafting Fiction Volume 1: Hard-Boiled Outlines by William Miller

I picked up a Kindle copy of this title because I’m a great believer in the old adage “you never stop learning,” and when it comes to writing fiction, it definitely applies. I’ve bought a few books on outlining over the years. I never finished reading any of them as I began to lose the … Continue reading Book Review – Crafting Fiction Volume 1: Hard-Boiled Outlines by William MillerOriginal link
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Book Review – The Fearing (Book One – Fire & Rain) by John F.D. Taff

I’m not a fan of spoiler-ridden book reviews, so I’m going to try to give you my thoughts on this title without giving too much away to detract from your reading pleasure. First of all, let me say a big “thank you” to Anthony Rivera and Grey Matter Press for the advanced reader copy. I … Continue reading Book Review – The Fearing (Book One – Fire & Rain) by John F.D. TaffOriginal link
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Open Invitation for Guest Blog Posts

The Haunted Pen Wants YOU! Are you a writer? Do you have a blog? Do you have a short story/novella/book you want to promote? Would you like another stop on your blog tour? Would you like to increase your author platform? Why do I ask so many questions? Simple. I’m looking to host guest-written, writing-related … Continue reading Open Invitation for Guest Blog PostsOriginal link
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Book Review – The Doll by JC Martin

The Doll is a graphically written creepy short story that packs a big punch into its 30 or so pages and will leave you with a healthy distrust of dolls. In my opinion, JC Martin’s gem is a must-read for any aficionado of horror stories. While it’s not the most groundbreaking story I’ve ever read … Continue reading Book Review – The Doll by JC MartinOriginal link
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The Watcher

Ice-cold fingers of dread clutched at my heart as his face pressed against the window…watching. Oily smears trailed onto the glass from his forehead and an evil, psychotic grin manifested across his lips. Emotionless eyes tortured me as his face pressed against the window…watching. His demented grin increased. The sick bastard was reveling in my … Continue reading The WatcherOriginal link
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Famed Paranormal Investigator Lorraine Warren Passes Away

MONROE, Conn. (AP) — Worldwide paranormal investigator and author Lorraine Warren, whose decades of ghost-hunting cases with her late husband inspired such frightening films as “The Conjuring” series and “The Amityville Horror,” died. She was 92. Warren’s son-in-law Tony Spera and grandson Chris McKinnell posted Friday on Facebook that Warren died in her sleep Thursday … Continue reading Famed Paranormal Investigator Lorraine Warren Passes AwayOriginal link
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