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In Memoriam by Brent Abell

In Memoriam

I had no idea what to expect from In Memoriam because Brent Abell and I exchanged stories on a whim. What I received is a novella full of despair, death, gore and manifestations. Does Abell’s debut novella etch itself into memory, or does it fade away like the ghosts of the past? Continue reading


This Brilliant Darkness by Red Tash


I’ve got to be honest and tell you that a blanket genre named “dark fantasy” doesn’t really inspire me to dole out my cash. It’s too vague, and I like my horror blunt and bloody. Well, a fool walks among us, readers. It would be me. Red Tash came out of nowhere with her debut tale, This Brilliant Darkness. Through hard work and tireless promotion, Darkness managed to outsell many major publications in the Kindle store. Is this the start of a brilliant career, or does this book ultimately become consumed by darkness? Continue reading

All I Want for XMas

Is some goddamned free time, apparently. I gotta thank Colum for inviting me to do this…yeah I do! I had to prove to you readers that I still work here…occasionally. Since Tobin already stole my *bah humbug* attitude and owned it as only he can, I guess I’m stuck actually thinking about stuff I want. I promise it’ll be better than my Dear Santa letter I wrote last year.

The following is an absolute shameless plug to be immediately followed by another absolutely shameless plug.


I do a little more than horror these days. To prove it, my story Stapled is in this fine anthology which has absolutely ZERO horror elements. 44 original erotic stories with all proceeds going toward helping low-income families buy kids school supplies and adults some proper work clothing. My first wish is that everyone reading this will click the link to find out more and possibly pick up a copy.

My second wish is on retainer, because in September 2013 I’ll be in another charity anthology, this one benefitting children as well. The major difference? Death By Drive-In is very much horror and very much based on B-movie cheese that we all love. My story, Man (s)Eater is about a possessed toilet. I sadly don’t have a cover to show everyone, but I’d love it if you’d keep me in mind when Halloween next rolls around.

I gotta call out the usual suspects here, as I want new material from Tobin, Colum, Lydia and Monica and I want it all in the next year. Above and beyond that, I wanna hang out with you crazies again, possibly more often if we can somehow swing that. Readers, if you’ve not had the pleasure of meeting these fine folks, you’re missing out. Colum is the guy who got me to smash my shell, forever breaking the “introverted writer” gimmick that I used to ply. Tobin is not only a kickass writer and editor (just buy Vanishing Hope already), but he’s also the funniest guy I know. Lydia and I are two peas in a non-goth pod. Our chats about everything from music to philosophy to current events have made me a smarter man. Monica is busy as hell with absolutely everything that she’s trying to accomplish, but I hope she knows I consider her a good friend. My third wish is for each of these folks (and every single one of my friends) to have a much better 2013 and to absolutely destroy anything in their path.

My fourth wish is definitely wishful thinking, but we need to stop shitting on indie authors. Yeah, many of us (I’m still self-pubbed) really suck, but there’s more than a few folks out there flipping convention a big ol’ fucking bird. I say we need more of that. I’m getting long with my word count, so here’s a handy list of authors who’ll make your eyes bleed the good blood.

  • Red TashThis Brilliant Darkness was second in sales to 11/23/63 for a whole fucking month. Red writes what I like to call quirky horror, but that’s meant as a compliment. Her stories will snag you.
  • Anthony Rapino – Tony writes apocalyptic horror, which might seem cliche but his command of language needs to be enjoyed by a wider audience.
  • Julianne Snow – Speaking of apocalyptic, Julie is a fellow Torontonian who was able to quit working real work because her zombie tale, Days With The Undead took off so fast. Her prose is cutting and accurate, leaving just the right amount to the imagination.
  • Nearly everyone else involved with the Coffin Hop. I wanna give everyone face-time, but we had 117 authors participate. I say “nearly everyone” because a few of those links don’t belong to authors/artists/anyone into horror. Hey, we managed to snag John Everson‘s participation two years in a row.

This is becoming a wall, and I can see Colum’s editorial brow furrowing as I type. I’ll finish with two DVDs that I actually am asking Santa for: The Devil’s Carnival and Dead Hooker In A Trunk.

Thanks to everyone here at DT, as well as readers, fans and friends for making this a great year. However you celebrate the holidays, do it in style.


Woman Scorned by Angela Alsaleem

Woman Scorned was sent to me at the same time as Cemetery Club, so I must admit that my expectations were incredibly high. Angela Alsaleem has been writing for some time, yet chose Woman Scorned as her debut novel. Does this tome exhibit the true power of all that is woman, or is the reader left feeling scorned?

After Camilla is murdered, an ancient spirit possesses her, to use her body as its tool of vengeance. Tortured by visions of murdered women, she is thrust into a world of terror as she seeks a way to rid herself of the nightmare she has become. Continue reading


The Back Of Beyond – Alan Peter Ryan

Before we get to the review, we’d like to take this opportunity to introduce a brand new feature here at Dreadful Tales. We’ve recruited some fresh blood and we needed a trial by fire to introduce them. First up is Amaria Magus, another Toronto-born reader who like gothic horror, romance and fantasy.

We’ll be doing a point/counterpoint analysis going forward, however this post will be one side’s complete review, followed by the other. Confused yet? Excellent, let’s get started. Continue reading


Indie Genre Fiction – Panel FoF 2012

August 23, 8pm. A dais of independent, formerly self-published authors gathered in a meeting room to discourse on all things literary. The topics were aimed primarily at newcomers and fans, and the audience had no shortage of questions. The panel was moderated by Burning Effigy founder/boss, Monica S. Kuebler. Monica was joined by award-winning author Karen Dales, author Sass Cadeaux (which is a pseudonym methinks), sci-fi/paranormal author Stephen B. Pearl and horror author Alan Draven.

I’m going to let the video do most of the talking, but one statement I’d like to make as an independent self-published author, is a grand “thank you” to the panel for being honest. What the panelists explained in an hour took me 6 months to learn by fire. If you’re at all considering self-publishing, this video is for you.

Pay careful attention to the dos and don’ts provided throughout, and enjoy the video.


Untraditional Beasts – Panel FoF 2012

One of the last panels of the 2012 Festival of Fear was meant as an homage to literary beasts, spoken of by some of the best writers in the genre today. Monica S. Kuebler once again moderated, this time joined by Kelley Armstrong, Sephera Giron and Greg Lamberson.