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Friday, February 20, 2015


April Hawks is my Woman In Horror today! April is new to my Women In Horror lists. Truth be told, I found out about her and her great writing from a shared friend. I love it when people say, "This lady is a Woman In Horror!" Well, I checked around, and I found out she is indeed a Woman In Horror.

There may only be four books on her Amazon page now, but there will be more. She says she has works in progress in Horror, Urban Fantasy, and Mystery. Ah yes: a most eclectic author. When an author is able to spin tales in different genres, it makes me hold them in even higher regard. 

Now I come to a place where I will jump ahead a bit and go into April's great books. Bleed is the first one I will mention and the first one that April wrote a tale for. Slippery Love is the name of the story!

Book Description

September 2, 2013
No one should ever have to deal with cancer, especially a child. BLEED is a charity anthology where the profits will go to help children who have cancer. Forty-seven stories, poems and essays by the best in the horror business, including Bentley Little, Rick Hautala, Joe McKinney, Mort Castle, Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Tim Waggoner, Gene O'Neill, and William Nolan. This is for all the little girls and boys who fight the good fight everyday. Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to The National Children's Cancer Society.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Anthology December 24, 2013
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BLEED is one of the best anthologies of collected works I've read this year and maybe ever. The bonus being that it is for such a good cause. The introduction is very heartfelt and hopeful. There are so many great pieces it's very difficult to pick and choose favorites, but the first story, "With Paper Armour and Wooden Sword" is very well done, and was a bit of tear jerker for me. "Sludge" is another favorite, "Ears," "Dance of the Blue Lady," "King Rat," "All the Sludge," "Never Enough" (which was the perfect end piece, because of the first story.) Honestly, I could list the entire Table of Contents. The essays and poetry pieces are fantastic. I truly can't recommend this book enough. It's a great mix of works.

5.0 out of 5 stars Chock full of imagined and very real horror October 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
How do you feel about cancer? Have you ever really thought about it? Have you, God forbid, had to experience it? If someone asked you to illustrate it or describe it--if someone asked you to put a face on it--what would cancer look like?
Pick up a copy of Bleed; a scary-as-hell charity anthology benefiting kids with cancer, and you'll get a vivid picture of just how terrifying it can be.
The contributing authors paint a sobering picture of the horror of the disease--perhaps not in the realism of the stories, but in the emotion fueling them. If you are a fan of the macabre, there's plenty to love: eerie things lurking beyond the surface, zombie cannibalism, murderous plot twists and an underlying sense of creepiness that spans throughout the anthology. Some of the stories build with a ominous foreboding; others hit you with a gut punch out of nowhere allowing no chance for preparation--again, like the disease they personify.
But the scariest elements are found in the authors' personal stories. The short bios preceding each entry detail their own experiences with cancer. It is in those stories--especially the introductory essay by editor Lori Michelle--that we see the true picture of how terrifyingly brutal the fight against this unseen enemy can be (fangs or tentacles may be easier to deal with). But we cheer just as hard for these real-life characters--these heroes--as the protagonists in the fiction. And their triumphs are better than anything any author can dream up.
Buy a copy of Bleed, enjoy some great stories and help some kids. There's no way to go wrong here.

5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for a good cause November 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
It’s hard to deny the disease for which this anthology was conceived, as well as the star power they’ve acquired work from; names like Bentley Little, Mort Castle, Gene O’Neil, Jason V. Brock and Tim Waggoner to name a handful. But don’t think they are the only ones bringing anything to the table. They are joined by a host of up and coming authors whose stories, essays, and poetry are offered to benefit children with cancer. The mood is set early by editor, Lori Michelle, as she details her own harrowing story. As most of us have had our own experiences with this disease, the stories cut like a knife, dig in deep, and resonate. Horror fans will enjoy this one. 
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Some of the great reviews for this awesome anthology are from friends of mine whose words I value highly. Included within this anthology are six Women In Horror. Now April takes her place alongside these great authors. 

From the different links I have supplied you, you will find out that April's young son, Spencer, has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Read them all to find out all the wonderful things April is doing in her fight against children's cancer. Notice that the proceeds from this great book go to fight this horrid disease. Buy one. You won't be sorry!

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You Are Entitled To My Opinion - Volume 3:

Book Description

January 16, 2014

A collection of interviews with authors, artists, musicians, and film-makers.
Using a standard initial survey and then using the answers to the initial survey to ask follow-up questions, the interviewer conducts a series of conversational correspondence style interviews worth reading.
The title of the interview series is not a mistake, as everyone is entitled to the opinions of both the interviewer and interviewees.
This is a collection of the best interviews from the blog.

You can read other interesting interviews at the website for the blog:

In this collection are interviews with:
Armand Rosamilia
Chris Philbrook
Jay Wilburn
Ian McClellan
Cedric Nye
H. E. Goodhue
Paul Loh
James O. Cannon
Sylvan Kills
Josh Hilden
Maz Marik
Bryan Cassiday
Joseph & Marisha Cautili
Lucy Leitner
Rhiannon Frater
Catt Dahman
Julie Rudolph
Kya Aliana
April Hawks
Christine Verstraete
Jake Bible
R. J. Spears
Edwin Stark
R. J. Kennett
Mark Woods
Tonia Brown
Tristan Vick
Edward P. Cardillo
Shane Gregory
Peter Mark May

5.0 out of 5 stars Great compilation February 19, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As an author featured in this book, I had to buy it.

What really impressed me though, is the level of interest I found myself taking in the other authors. Reading about what makes their head tick helped me realize who I am too, and that was terrific. If you are a fan of the indie author scene, or of the zombie apocalypse genre, please drop the few bucks if you can spare it, and pick this up. Scott could use the money, and the book is a really nice coffee table piece.

Well done Scott. 
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Another great collection my new Woman In Horror is in. Super interview.
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Bugs: Tales that Slither, Creep, and Crawl:

Book Description

October 30, 2014
34 of today’s top voices of terror take on the undulating hoards of a life form that knows no mercy, only the primitive urges to kill, destroy, and feed. They skitter through remote swamps and pine barrens; slither up from the earth and creep through human civilization, determined to conquer our world and others; crawl under and across our flesh, hungry, so very hungry…

Bugs! Tales That Slither, Creep, and Crawl features stories from Eric S. Brown, David Bernstein, Lawrence Santoro, Tracy L. Carbone, and others.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very very very excellent! December 12, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
If you like stories that make your skin crawl and have you setting up sticky traps thru out your house pick this gem up. 98 percent of these stories were truly terrifying. Well worth my time. 
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars November 18, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Good collection of short stories. Any parent with a little girl will especially love "Nika's Nest." 
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Organically Grown is April's horrifying entry in this anthology, one that again has six Women In Horror in it. Sure says a lot for the talents of April.
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Dark Corners Vol. 1 Issue 2:

Book Description

December 19, 2014
The best damn pulp fiction magazine in the world returns with its second issue! We've got zombies. We've got hitmen. We've got Santa Claus. We've got it all!
Featuring pulp masters such as Greg Barth, Will Viharo, Eric Beetner and Mike McCrary as well as authors of Dark Corners past such as Warren Moore and Scott Grand, Dark Corners Vol.1 Issue 2 continues to prove why Dark Corners is your number one source for quarterly overstuffed pulp!
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April's story Spare Change is in this great collection. I love pulp fiction. April's story is superb!

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April's Amazon bio:

 April Hawks was born in a small, Maine town. She currently lives in another small, Maine town. She resides with her husband, four sons, and the only other female in the house- her cat Ayla. In her spare time, little though it may be, she enjoys playing video games and reading. Most of her time is devoted to her family and writing.

Her first concert, ever, (that was not a children's concert) was Megadeth. Her most recent was Weird Al Yankovic. Her musical tastes are eclectic.

Her first publication was her personal essay "Slippery Love" in the anthology "Bleed" in August, 2013.

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Whether it be real-life or other super horror tales - I still get the willies thinking about Organically Grown - April is an author you need to know. And the best thing? She has only just begun.

April Hawks is a Woman In Horror!

Blaze Mcrob


Dark Corners Vol. 1 Issue 2 by Will Viharo, David Keaton, Keith Rawson and Eric Beetner (Dec 19, 2014)

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Bugs: Tales that Slither, Creep, and Crawl by Gregory Norris and Simon Rumley (Oct 30, 2014)


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You Are Entitled To My Opinion - Volume 3 by Scott Lefebvre (Jan 16, 2014)


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