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Book Review – Chainsaw by John Bender

Confession time. If it hadn’t been for an interview with John Bender on the Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews website, I may not have been aware of him and his excellent taste in Motorhead shirts. During the course of the interview he spoke about his writing and his novella “Chainsaw.” I was intrigued enough to buy … Continue reading Book Review – Chainsaw by John Bender Original link
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The Dread Files – Automatonophobia

Automatonophobia can be loosely defined as the fear of wax figures, ventriloquist's dummies, humanoid robots, animatronic creatures, audio animatronics or other figures designed to represent humans. Only rarely does the fear become a full-blown phobia, but it is relatively common to experience hesitation or nerves when confronting these figures. Causes of Automatonophobia It is currently … Continue reading The Dread Files – Automatonophobia Original link
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Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge – Part Two

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As I mentioned in a previous post , I’m taking part in the “Goodreads Reading Challenge.” This is where a reader can select a target number of books he or she wants to read throughout the year and continually log their progress as more books are read. This link to the Goodreads site will tell you more so you can join the fun. “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” – Oscar Wilde My target for the year is 40 books, and from January 1st to July 31st, I’ve read 34 and have two more in progress. I’m surprised at the number being so high as I spent some time away from reading to concentrate on writing several anthology submissions (two of wh...
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Horror Legend Ray Garton talks to Kendall Reviews. — Together Let’s Promote Horror


Ray Garton is the author of the classic vampire bestseller LIVE GIRLS and its sequel NIGHT LIFE, as well as RAVENOUS, SEX AND VIOLENCE IN HOLLYWOOD, CRAWLERS, PARANOIA TANGO, THE FOLKS, and dozens of other novels, novellas, tie-ins, and story collections. He has been writing in the horror and suspense genres for more than 30 […] via Horror Legend Ray Garton talks to Kendall Reviews. — Together Let’s Promote Horror Original link
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Flash Fiction – Florence

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She was outside again, watching me. Her face wore a gentle expression, but what lay behind those dark, piercing eyes? It’s strange. I can go for weeks without seeing her, but she’d been outside, watching, waiting, every night for the past week. We’d lived opposite each other for almost ten years. I’m ashamed to say my knowledge of my aging neighbor consisted of knowing her name – Florence Walsh. Nothing else. We’d exchanged the occasional greeting, more often than not when she was tidying her yard, but that was it. She was THAT neighbor. You know the one, no matter the time of day, month, year or weather, the curtains were always closed. I parked the car and popped the trunk to retrieve my l...
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Lilith

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She called again. She’s creeping us out. Why now? “I forgive you, daddy. I’m so sorry. Why can’t we be a family like before? I’m so lonely.” It’s been so long. So much time. I’ll admit it, we’re freakin’ scared. How did she manage to find us? How did she get our number? The last time we were together she was having one of her frequent temper tantrums. She was demonic, possessed, she howled like a banshee…until I shut her mouth for good. We’ve changed our address three times since I hid her corpse in the woods 15 years ago. ********** The inspiration for this story came from Screencraft’s “ 101 Terrifying Horror Story Prompts ” website page. “A girl goes missing. Fifteen years later her paren...
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Drabbles – Horror In 100

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“Excuse me, Dave, I don’t like to bother you when you’re writing, but what’s a drabble?” Good question, whoever you are mysterious voice in my head. I’m glad you asked because I’m going to be posting some occasional drabbles called “Horror In 100” on the Haunted Pen blog in the coming weeks. A “drabble” is a fictional story – regardless of genre – of exactly 100 words (not including the title). No more. No less. Exactly 100 words. That being said, it’s not uncommon for people to label any short piece of writing a drabble. Damn those people and damn their labels… The term has also spawned a number of related terms to represent variations on the 100-word theme, such as “double-drabble” to refe...
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Flash Fiction – Desperately Seeking Kayla

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Where the hell was she? Shivers of silent panic swept through my body. My heart thumped. Harder. Faster. Adrenaline surged through my veins, senses on high alert. I’d been searching for more than three hours without success. We were on our way to the drive-in to watch American Graffiti when my truck crapped out. Pissed, she got out of the cab. She’d vanished before I’d even gotten around to the passenger side. “What the…” I tried calling her on my cell phone. Nothing. No goddamned signal. I waved the phone above my head like a madman swatting a swarm of angry bees as I tried to get a signal. Nothing. Nada. No bars. Click here to read Desperately Seeking Kayla in full. 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 need help sharing your flash fiction, short story, novella or novel with more people?Do you have new work you want to promote?Are you looking for another stop on your blog tour? Are you looking to increase your author platform? Why does this guy ask so many questions? The answer is real easy. I’m looking to host more guest-written, writing-related blog posts. I write horror and thrillers, but the subject matter could be anything related to the writing craft, not just my chosen genres, such as: Character developmentUsing multiple points of viewWriting a bad-ass antagonistMaking every word countHow you organize a manuscriptAuthor interviewsTips for pr...
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Author Interview – C.J. Tudor

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Welcome to “The Third Degree.” This month, C.J. Tudor – author of “The Chalk Man” – has agreed to be the next victim to take the hot seat for a grueling interrogation about her published work and writing techniques. The chair is ready, the beverages are chilled and the spotlight is turned on, so let the inquisition commence. Enjoy! Hello C.J., thanks for agreeing to be subjected to The Third Degree. Could you tell us a little about yourself? Let’s see – I’m 46, I live in Nottingham with my partner, little girl and Labrador pup. I’ve had many, many, many jobs over the years – waitress, copywriter, local newspaper reporter, radio scriptwriter, voiceover, dog-walker. I also did some TV presenti...
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Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge

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“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.” – Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Who am I to argue with the master? I agree with this statement 100% and have taken his advice to heart. Thanks to my parents, I love to read. I normally have a couple of hard-copy books I’m reading simultaneously and sometimes a third on the Kindle as well. When I read a book, I step into someone else’s shoes and see life through someone else’s eyes. Books open doors in my mind. They allow me to live an alternate life without leaving the comfort of my couch or chair (other th...
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The Supernatural Fear of Mirrors

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This article, entitled “Spirit Reflections in Haunted Mirrors” by Helen Murphy Howell, was originally posted on https://exemplore.com . The original feature can be found HERE Ever since human beings became aware of their own image, there has been fascination and fear of reflective surfaces. Folklore and legend have hundreds of stories relating to magic and haunted mirrors. Most, needless to say, tend to be warnings about the dangers of mirrors having negative, supernatural qualities. In relation to this, mirrors are believed by many to be portals to the spirit realm and even other dimensions. Below is a few of the beliefs about mirrors that have been around for hundreds of years: Mirrors hav...
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Author Interview – Tarn Richardson

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Welcome to the second edition of The Third Degree. This month, Salisbury, England’s Tarn Richardson – author of The Darkest Hand fantasy horror trilogy – has agreed to be in the hot seat to undertake a grueling interrogation about his published work and writing techniques. The chair is ready, the spotlight is turned on, so let the grilling commence. Enjoy! Hello Tarn, thanks for agreeing to be subjected to The Third Degree. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself? Hi Dave! Thanks for having me on your blog! Right, deep breath! I am the author of the fantasy horror trilogy, The Darkest Hand, published by Duckworth Overlook in the UK and Overlook in the US and Canada. I live in a village...
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Author Interview – Tarn Richardson

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Welcome to the second edition of The Third Degree. This month, Salisbury, England’s Tarn Richardson – author of The Darkest Hand fantasy horror trilogy – has agreed to be in the hot seat to undertake a grueling interrogation about his published work and writing techniques. The chair is ready, the spotlight is turned on, so let the grilling commence. Enjoy! Hello Tarn, thanks for agreeing to be subjected to The Third Degree. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself? Hi Dave! Thanks for having me on your blog! Right, deep breath! I am the author of the fantasy horror trilogy, The Darkest Hand, published by Duckworth Overlook in the UK and Overlook in the US and Canada. I live in a village...
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The Haunted Pen’s Guide to Ghosts – Part Two

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There are myriad experiences that occur within the realm of the paranormal. The following list is a broad overview of some of the many supernatural phenomena, entities, and activity said to exist. Animal Spirit Guide Native Americans believe that when you are born an animal spirit enters your soul and protects you throughout your life. When connecting with an animal spirit guide, always remember their survival and predatory characteristics – they will help a person grow, make decisions and determine their life path. There are four basic types of animal guides, and some people may have more than one type: Messenger Guide (Totem) – This guide usually appears to guide or warn of a specific situ...
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The Haunted Pen’s Guide to Ghosts – Part Two

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There are myriad experiences that occur within the realm of the paranormal. The following list is a broad overview of some of the many supernatural phenomena, entities, and activity said to exist. Animal Spirit Guide Native Americans believe that when you are born an animal spirit enters your soul and protects you throughout your life. When connecting with an animal spirit guide, always remember their survival and predatory characteristics – they will help a person grow, make decisions and determine their life path. There are four basic types of animal guides, and some people may have more than one type: Messenger Guide (Totem) – This guide usually appears to guide or warn of a specific situ...
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Ghosts – Part One

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Do you believe in ghosts? Yes? You are not alone. Ghosts are among the most widely believed paranormal phenomenon, and many cultures worldwide believe in spirits surviving death to live on in another realm. Sometimes called an apparition, haunt, phantom, poltergeist, shade, specter, spirit, spook, or wraith, a ghost is the soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear to living beings. Spiritualists believe that a person’s personality traits – such as ego and intellect – carry on in another plane of existence after death. This is what is commonly referred to when talking about ghosts. Descriptions of ghosts vary from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible nebulous...
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The Haunted Pen’s Guide to Ghosts – Part One

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Do you believe in ghosts? Yes? You are not alone. Ghosts are among the most widely believed paranormal phenomenon, and many cultures worldwide believe in spirits surviving death to live on in another realm. Sometimes called an apparition, haunt, phantom, poltergeist, shade, specter, spirit, spook, or wraith, a ghost is the soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear to living beings. Spiritualists believe that a person’s personality traits – such as ego and intellect – carry on in another plane of existence after death. This is what is commonly referred to when talking about ghosts. Descriptions of ghosts vary from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible nebulous...
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Aichmophobia

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Aichmophobia is a form of specific (or isolated) phobia where the sufferer has an intense irrational or unnecessary fear of sharp objects. Specific phobias tend to have a previous trauma – frequently occurring in childhood, and often leading to physical injury – as a root cause. The word is derived from the Greek aichmē, meaning (point) and phobos meaning (fear). The phobia can be set off by anything pointed, such as pencils, pins and needles, knives, a pointing finger, protruding corners or sharp edges on furniture and building constructions or materials, or even the spiked end of an umbrella. If left untreated, aichmophobia can worsen over time. The phobia can also hinder normal everyday a...
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Aichmophobia

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Aichmophobia is a form of specific (or isolated) phobia where the sufferer has an intense irrational or unnecessary fear of sharp objects. Specific phobias tend to have a previous trauma – frequently occurring in childhood, and often leading to physical injury – as a root cause. The word is derived from the Greek aichmē, meaning (point) and phobos meaning (fear). The phobia can be set off by anything pointed, such as pencils, pins and needles, knives, a pointing finger, protruding corners or sharp edges on furniture and building constructions or materials, or even the spiked end of an umbrella. If left untreated, aichmophobia can worsen over time. The phobia can also hinder normal everyday a...
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