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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 Ketchum Original 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 – Pyrophobia Original 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 Miller Original 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. Taff Original 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 Posts Original 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 Martin Original 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 Watcher Original 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 Away Original link
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Blog Share – Stereotypes of Horror Writers

While browsing one of the many Google Alerts I receive daily by e-mail, I discovered this very interesting feature on the Writer’s Resource website written by Ellie Wood. I thought it was a fascinating and realistic view on the perceptions of horror writers and wanted to share it with you. There is an abundance of … Continue reading Blog Share – Stereotypes of Horror Writers Original link
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It’s Here! The Emotion Thesaurus – Second Edition

Hi guys! Today I'm helping authors Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi launch their new book, The Emotion Thesaurus (Second Edition)! You might know about The Emotion Thesaurus or even have it on your shelf. But chances are, you may not have known a second edition was in the works. Becca and Angela decided to keep it … Continue reading It’s Here! The Emotion Thesaurus – Second Edition Original link
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The Dread Files – Chronomentrophobia

Chronomentrophobia is the fear of clocks or watches. The origin of the word chrono is Greek (meaning time), ment is Latin (meaning means of) and phobia is Greek (meaning fear). Chronomentrophobia is also related to Chronophobia (fear of time). Chronomentrophobia may comprise anxiety related to punctuality, schedules or other realistic apprehensions. Certain occupations can aggravate … Continue reading The Dread Files – Chronomentrophobia Original link
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The Emotion Thesaurus – Redacted

Have you ever held onto a secret you've been dying to share, and then finally...you can? For the last few weeks I've been helping Angela and Becca at Writers Helping Writers keep a BIG secret...what the next book in their thesaurus series will be. It might seem strange to not tell one's readers what book … Continue reading The Emotion Thesaurus – Redacted Original link
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The Dread Files – Oneirophobia

The Fear of Dreams Dreaming is part of the normal cycle of sleep. We may or may not remember our dreams depending on the state of sleep or how deep our sleep is. Most of us wish other people sweet dreams when we bid them goodnight, or our parents would tell us ‘sweet dreams’ when … Continue reading The Dread Files – Oneirophobia Original link
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Happy Horrordays

Merry Christmas from The Haunted Pen. I hope you have an awesome holiday with your family and friends and an even better 2019. If my use of the word “Christmas” offended you, get over it, you’ll have a long wait for me to apologize for saying Christmas. Ah, Christmas (oops, I said it again) - … Continue reading Happy Horrordays Original link
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The Dread Files – Frigophobia

Frigophobia – an exaggerated or irrational fear of cold Frigophobia is a phobia pertaining to the fear of becoming too cold. Sufferers of this problem bundle up in heavy clothes and blankets, regardless of the ambient air temperature. This disorder has been linked to other psychological disorders such as hypochondriasis and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Definition Frigophobia … Continue reading The Dread Files – Frigophobia Original link
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Short Story – Chop Shop

The sky morphed from fiery orange and hellfire red to dense charcoal as the setting sun dipped below the horizon. Gusts of wind howled across the fields like a pack of prowling wolves baying into the night. Jagged flashes of white-hot lightning tore through the sky and loud booms of thunder destroyed the silence as … Continue reading Short Story – Chop Shop Original link
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I’ve Been Published!

Three times, three times, three times! That’s how many times I’ve had my work published in anthologies this year. I’m proud and overwhelmed to announce that my flash fiction piece “Two Minutes to Midnight” has been included in Z Publishing’s latest anthology, “America’s Emerging Writers Volume One.” “Two Minutes to Midnight” was also published in … Continue reading I’ve Been Published! Original link
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Book Review – Slug Bait by Tom Leins

English author Tom Leins is another new writer I’ve just added to my reading list. I came across his work by accident while scouring Amazon for noir and hard-boiled fiction. The preview of “Slug Bait: A Paignton Noir Mystery” had me intrigued so I plunked down 99 cents of my hard-earned cash and bought a … Continue reading Book Review – Slug Bait by Tom Leins Original link
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Window to the Soul

A woman’s beauty lays in her eyes, the doorway to her heart, the window to her soul. As I stare into your smoldering glacier blues, I know you’re the one. My soulmate, my life. When I look into your eyes I see everything I want in this world. They excite me, inspire me, devour me. … Continue reading Window to the Soul Original link
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The Dread Files – Staurophobia

Fear Of Crosses Or The Crucifix During the Easter holiday Christians will speak reverently of the cross and the symbolism of sacrifice. In the time of Roman occupation the Jerusalem crucifixion was the most despicable way to die. Perhaps that’s why some fear the cross. While the cross is a symbol of suffering and death … Continue reading The Dread Files – Staurophobia Original link
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