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HorrorAddicts.net Press presents…Clockwork Wonderland

HorrorAddicts.net Press presents…Clockwork Wonderland

Clockwork Wonderland contains stories from authors that see Wonderland as a place of horror where anything can happen and time runs amok. In this book you’ll find tales of murderous clockworks, insane creations, serial killers, zombies, and a blood thirsty jabberclocky. Prepare to see Wonderland as a place where all your worst nightmares come true. You may never look at classic children’s literature the same way again.

Edited by Emerian Rich
Cover by Carmen Masloski
Featuring authors:

Trinity Adler
Ezra Barany
Jaap Boekestein
Dustin Coffman
Stephanie Ellis
Jonathan Fortin
Laurel Anne Hill
N. McGuire
Jeremy Megargee
James Pyne
Michele Roger
H.E. Roulo
Sumiko Saulson
K.L. Wallis

With Foreword by David Watson

URL: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1544785518

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Brand New Horror from Stephen Zimmer

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A Scary Stroll Through Hell: A Review

Stephen Zimmer’s latest release, Hellscapes, Volume 2, gave me many moments of pause. Many times, I simply had to stop and ask what the hell (pun intended), was going on. I’m not a horror fan per se, but I grew up on a steady of diet of Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, and 80s horror flicks. So, I didn’t anticipate it.

And I absolutely loved it!

First, a brief overview of Hellscapes, Volume II: Return to the nightmarish, shadowy realms of Hell in the latest installment of the Hellscapes series by Stephen Zimmer. Six brand new, macabre tales of the infernal await you … but be that you only visit these realms, you do not want to share the fates of the inhabitants you will encounter!

Dense in places, the first story, The Cavern, made me genuinely concerned for the protagonist, Nicholas. A foreign place, a desolate arid stretch of land with no memory of how he got there, Nicholas is hurdled from one section to another, each time fear grips him and tosses him about like a ball. I won’t spoil the twists, but this particular story had me on edge. Slow to start, once it got to the meat of the action, the suspense was taunt! I was virtually turning pages as fast as my e-reader would let me! Parts of it felt like “The Most Dangerous Game,” but with a horrific additions.

Yet, glorious redemption and escape do not await him.

The Riot called upon a lot of emotions for this reviewer in light of recent police brutality against people of color. Zimmer’s description of Officer Marsden’s behavior, brutality, and beliefs already made me uneasy, but I know it would pay off in the story. I wasn’t disappointed. The officer is almost cliche in his nastiness, but as a reader I still couldn’t wait for him to get his comeuppance. It did not disappoint. This one held a few horror cliches, but I did enjoy the story nonetheless.

Above as Below, the third story in the collection, conjured scenes from the movie of the same title. Quickly, those thoughts were dispatched, for the setting takes place in an area of high cliffs and gusty winds on a mountain, not the beneath the streets of Paris. An attack by wretched wraiths turns an already unpleasant boating trip into something much, much worse. Gale, a pun as the wind gales create trouble for the two protagonists, is a typical female heroine in a horror story. This is a multi-layered story, in that the setting shifts from just being a story about a woman and her friends trapped on the mountain. As the title suggests, there are other things below, in the ocean waters, and above dangerous things–and not the same things.

There are three more stories in this harrowing anthology. If you want Halloween type thrills, wicked turns, and hideous monsters that aren’t friendly to humans, this is definitely the anthology for you. 5 Stars for scaring me to death and giving me nightmares! I loved every minute of it.


StephenZimmerAuthorPhotoAbout Stephen Zimmer

Stephen Zimmer is an award-winning author and filmmaker based in Lexington Kentucky. His work includes the cross-genre Rising Dawn Saga, the epic fantasy Fires in Eden series, the sword and sorcery Dark Sun Sawn Trilogy, featuring Rayden Valkyrie, the Harvey and Solomon Steampunk tales and the Hellscapes and Chronicles of Ave short story collections.

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Fall Into Horror Blog Tour-Tom Olbert

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Welcome to Fall Into Horror with Mocha Memoirs Press!

Mocha Memoirs Press is celebrating the new Fall season by showcasing their love of horror and the authors who write it. Please welcome TOM OLBERT as he shares his thoughts on fall and horror.

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WHAT LIVES IN THE DARKNESS?

And fall is here. Only just, but its chill fingers can already be felt creeping up our spines. Before we know it, the leaves will turn, the days will shorten, and the shadow of the equinox will creep in silently in summer’s wake. The time of transition, when, it is said, the veil between this world and the next runs thin, and spirits walk the earth. Time for tales of horror to slip under the wire of our reason and stoke the fires of our nightmares.

Horror takes many forms, both subtle and gross. Ghosts, vampires, werewolves and ghouls. The shadows of arcane superstition that never stop haunting us, even into this digital age. The unknown touching our primal fears from the inky blackness of the dark.

But, there’s another kind of horror, too. The horror of the dark places within the human mind and the dark places buried deep in the human soul, where we fear to look, perhaps even more than we fear the darkness outside. The demons we carry within are the ones we can never escape. Such evil can take many forms. Like the shadowy figure of Jack the Ripper skulking in the shadows of dark, misty, gas lit midnight streets, transcending time and space, a seemingly eternal horror that will always be with us. Because such evil is waiting to be born in the depths of each human soul, and will never die.

In my novella “Black Goddess,” I tried to explore those dark depths we call evil. The evil of the torturer. Of the murderer. The evil of hate and revenge and unimaginable cruelty that defies all reason and devours the soul of both victim and victimizer. Such darkness has been with us from the beginning, in particularly dark chapters of history, taking on forms of evil so pure, so horrific that our darkest dreams pale in comparison.

The eternal question presents itself to a troubled young man who has seen evil up close and intimately: Is evil merely a random perversion of human emotion spawned by violence and chaos, or…is evil a primal force, like a dark infection stealing its way into the human soul, feeding on it from within like a parasite, until nothing beside remains?

The protagonist of “Black Goddess” becomes obsessed with the nature and essence of the evil that has destroyed his life and his faith. His search for answers evolves into a dark quest that is destroying him, little by little. The closer he draws to the dark, forbidden cosmic truth at the heart of the darkness, the more he hungers for it to the exclusion of all else, like a drug addict endlessly seeking his next fix. He has given his life, and possibly his soul to a dark experiment through which he reaches closer and closer to the center of time and space. What will he find at the center of creation? God, or Satan? When he looks into the mirror of the first moment of time, will he find light or darkness at the core of his own soul?

What can any of us expect to find, when we peel back the layers of sanity we show to the world, and face the darkness we carry inside?

BLACK GODDESS

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Mocha Memoirs Press, LLC is a genre-oriented publishing company. Their vision is to provide an outlet for outstanding speculative and romance stories that often fall beneath the radar of traditional publishing houses. They seek to provide quality stories that invigorate the reader’s literary palette like a good, strong coffee. Like great coffee houses, they offer a variety of flavors. They publish stories in the following genres: science fiction, fantasy, horror, and romance, including the sub-genres of steampunk, cyberpunk, diesel punk, alternate history, weird westerns, and mash-ups.

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