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Friday, February 13, 2015


Nina D'Arcangela is my Woman In Horror today! The word on the street is that she's a quirky little horror chick, but I know better. She has much more dimension than that.

Over the years, we have become personal friends, her beliefs and mine running parallel on so many issues. Nina's heart, mind, and soul are open to the cause of the underdog, the child who suffers, the women who undergo torture at the hands of sadistic bastards calling themselves men who think beating a woman makes them more of a man. I care and am concerned as well for these causes.

We are both members of The Pen Of The Damned, and share our words with other story tellers who work at the craft. We are all about the Damned, the Dark, and that which keeps you awake at night. Read her stories free at  . They will delight you. Read her passages. Settle back, think about what you have just read, and read it again. More meaning will assuage your mind with every pass. Words that flow, creating a delectable story of meaning and substance, is what her stories are about. Her soul rending snippets of despair will surround you, bringing the world as it really is to your eyes, and reaching deep into your soul. Nina knows the Truth resides in the Dark. The Light is not real, my friends, not if you don't become aware of the dark and what is waiting for you there. Allow Nina to become your guide as you journey into a heightened state of awareness.

I will give you a few insights into her great tales. Bent Metal is first:

Book Description

September 16, 2014
Where does reality end and dreamscape begin?

Woken each night by the sounds of screams and twisting metal, Lauren must relive the panic and fear of discovering her brother’s broken body on the asphalt. But each morning, she finds it’s only a dream… One she doesn’t want to keep having.

At what point does a dream become a nightmare, and what if the nightmare was more than a figment of her subconscious?

5.0 out of 5 stars Bent Metal Will Bend Your Mind! September 19, 2014
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Bent Metal, by Nina D'Arcangela, is one of those mind-blowing tales that takes twists and turns from start to finish. You know the ending, but you really don't. You are pulled into alternate realities that pull at you from all directions, whispering into your ears that what you are reading only hints at the truth, and no matter how it plays out, there will be deep sadness.

Many people say never to write about dreams. No one cares to hear about them. I beg to differ. Dreams are on a plane of existence unlike our waking psyches. Nina's dream world is interlaced with realities, and bonds itself to the physical reality we try to ground ourselves in.

I have had the same dream every night for 47 years. I keep hoping for a different ending so that happiness will finally wash over me. This gives me more insight into the tale Nina shares with us. I understand. I believe. And I can still hope.

Read Bent Metal. Nina D'Arcangela is a master of psychological horror.

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Maybe I'm a little biased; Nina D'Arcangela is among one of my favorite writers. The lady knows how to spin a tale, and her emotive prose is unlike anything I have ever read - she easily draws readers into her rich, depth-less well.

'Bent Metal,' her short story released by Phrenic Press, offers something a little different, at least from what I'm used to reading, but delivers wonderfully nonetheless. It tells the tale of Lauren, a very protective sister to her little brother Alan. Alan is a sleep walker, and one evening Lauren wakes to the sound of a horrible car crash from outside her bedroom window. As she calls 911 to report the accident, she realizes that Alan isn't in his bed - and the front door is ajar...

Nina D'Arcangela plays with your mind in 'Bent Metal;' her voice as Lauren is perfectly effective and that allows the story to hit home all the more. This is a wonderful, mind bending story from an extremely gifted writer.

5.0 out of 5 stars haunting November 25, 2014
It was a quick, but powerful and haunting read. I'm looking forward to reading more work done by this author. 
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Of course, my review(Robert C. Nelson) is first. This is my post, after all. Besides, mine was the first review up. You can definitely tell I love this story.
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Nina has a super tale, Reemergence, inTwisted Realities: Of Myth and Monstrosity

Book Description

May 24, 2012
Myth or reality…

Explore the twelve tales of horror and intrigue in Twisted Realities: Of Myth and Monstrosity and ask yourself, what would you consider a fair price to pay for life immortal... or the chance of life at all?

Would a young woman pass up a shiny bauble if she believed it to be nothing more than a harmless trinket? What transpires once a year in a peaceful and remote village that no one will ever speak of? What better way for a broken man to honor a crippled existence than with a memorial of blood and vengeance? How could a disfigured woman ever dream of chancing across an object that would restore her beauty - and at what cost?

Follow the twists and turns of each writer as they delve into the legends of days gone by, as well as the consequences that are wrought when myths and monstrosities collide with our world.

With stories from Thomas James Brown, Nina D'Arcangela, K. Trap Jones, Amber Keller, Lisamarie Lamb, Edward Lorn, Alexa Muir, Kate Monroe, Joseph A. Pinto, J. Marie Ravenshaw, Julianne Snow, and Jonathan Templar

4.0 out of 5 stars Mythology, Monsters and a great Anthology October 5, 2012
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Myths, folk lore, stories of the past are things that a reader can find in countless books. The stories of central characters are splashed across pages and often it can be hard to tell the good from the bad. In the Siren's Call Publication anthology, Twisted Realities: Of Myth and Monstrosity, some of these creatures are brought forth within the pages.

The anthology has short stories from many great authors who use their words to bring the creatures of old to life. Their stories will not only introduce you to a myth, or monster, but will make sure you understand who it is you are reading about. The stories encompass things from ancient Greece to those of ancient Ireland.

The stories cover things such as the Irish Morrigan, the satyrs, and a relation to Cerberus. The point of being vague on the stories themselves is to get people to pick up the anthology. In my personal opinion it's worth a read and fans of the old mythology will love the stories. Readers that are unaware of these stories will find themselves looking for more information about who, or what, they read about. 
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Call me a sucker for a well-written mythological horror tale. This is a great collection of them.

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Nina has a great tale in Trifecta: A City of Hell Chronicles Collection.

Book Description

June 23, 2012
Trifecta—the second episode in the City of Hell Chronicles features three horrific tales of horror and suspense in a post bug-apocalyptic world. The great ant god, Maurr's reign of terror upon humanity continues from new perspectives. But from within this grim new world order, a small seedling of hope dares to penetrate the blood-soaked earth:

No Insects at Sea - by James Everington
A young isolated man from a remote island community thinks he's safe from Maurr's deadly reach, but when he comes across a drifting boat, he finds an unpleasant surprise within its hull—a discovery that threatens to shatter his hopes and beliefs.

The Harlot and the Bad Man - by Phil Ambler
Father Josef Friedricks takes care of a group of young survivors in an underground bunker. Tending to these waifs and strays, he tells them the story of Sophia: a mother who has to overcome terrible odds and deception. The story is more than just a tale to entertain the kids; it's a tale of grit, horror, and the extremes a mother is prepared to endure to survive.

Brethren - by Nina D'Arcangela
You'd think with the Great Maurr ascending to rule and taking his place at the top of the food chain his minions would be proud, but there's a dissenter in the ranks. A drone ant, fed up with the drudgery and his low rank, dares to learn more about what it means to take life, and what it means to consume and devour humans like the soldiers, the queens, and even Maurr himself to devastating consequences for both himself and the few remaining human survivors.
5.0 out of 5 stars Omg these stories are FAB! July 14, 2012
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I read the City of Hell Chronicles and really dug the creepy buggy desolate world created colIn Barnes and the incredibly talented authors in the anthology. So I HAD to get this collection. The stories in this collection seamlessly pick up where the anthology ended. I was easily transported back to a Muarr dominated earth.

The first story captures the life of a survivor. The second creates a feeling of hope. And the third is a fabulous expose on it's like to be a member of Muarr's army--my fav of the three, tho they are ALL FANTASTIC!

You won't regret checking this collection out if you enjoy horror.

5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, disturbing, a great interim collection July 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A great read! I found it to be much tamer than the original, but in no way less horrific or powerful. The new City of Hell contributors offered some fresh perspectives not taken on in the original, expanding this insect-apocalyptic world even closer to our still-safe doorsteps. 
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Nina writes great horror and  is also the Social Media Coordinator/Co-Owner at Sirens Call Publications.
She also spreads the word about her fellow authors like I do. I find that refreshing in an author.

There is no doubt that Nina D'Arcangela is a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob


  1. Thank you for featuring me, Blaze! I am both honored and humbled by your kind words! :-D

    1. My pleasure, Nina! You are a great Woman In Horror!