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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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Book Review – Peel Back the Skin

They're among us. They live down the street, in the apartment next door and even in our own homes. They're the real monsters. And they stare back at us from our bathroom mirrors. “Peel Back the Skin” is a powerhouse anthology of terror that strips away the human mask from the real monsters of our … Continue reading Book Review – Peel Back the Skin Original link
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Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge – Part Three

“I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.” - Robert Louis Stevenson As I’ve mentioned in a couple of previous posts, I’ve been 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 … Continue reading Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge – Part Three Original link
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THE THINGS YOU MISS WHEN YOU PROOFREAD, Part 1: Secrets of Find/Replace

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A Conversation with Dacre Stoker and JD Barker about DRACUL

To be published on October 2nd, DRACUL is a supernatural-thriller prequel to Dracula written by J.D. Barker and Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew Dacre Stoker. Ahead of the release date, Barker and Stoker talked about their collaboration. Why did you decide to write this novel together and what was the process of writing as a team? How … Continue reading A Conversation with Dacre Stoker and JD Barker about DRACUL 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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20 Tips to Proofread Like A Professional

Proofreading. Some writers love it, some writers despise it. But whatever your feelings, proofreading is your final task when preparing to share your words with the world. Writers often read their words the way they believe they wrote them, not how they actually wrote them. This means spelling mistakes, typos and grammatical errors, such as … Continue reading 20 Tips to Proofread Like A Professional 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 Dread Files – Angrophobia

While everyone gets angry, some people have better control of their anger than others. But when someone suffers from angrophobia, or the fear of anger, they truly fear getting angry because their anger is often so out of control that it's frightening. The term angrophobia refers specifically to the fear of becoming angry rather than … Continue reading The Dread Files – Angrophobia Original link
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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

The Haunted Pen - Horror In 100
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

The Haunted Pen - Horror In 100
“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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