Sunday, March 19, 2017





Dommin
The Best Band You've Never Heard


by Anthony Servante



On January 21, 2012, I saw Nightwish in concert at the Gibson Amphitheater. Opening the show was a band called Dommin. It was love at first hear. The group had a sound that echoed the Rock and Roll purity of the 50s mixed with the Progressive Rock drive of the 70s. The fact that this was a Millennial band blew my mind. The songs soared. The melodies were edgy and catchy, a pleasant contradiction. The vocals chewed on the tough lyrics and spat them out with the swagger of a broken-hearted hit man. The guitar work thundered and lightninged. There was unity in the music. The band played as one. The music and the musicians were inseparable. I was on my feet for every song. I knew this band was on the cusp of leading Rock and Roll into a new century. 


Dommin at the Gibson Amphitheater 2012


Dommin at the Viper Room in Los Angeles



At home, I purchased "Love is Gone", Dommin's first LP. The songs were perfect renditions of the live music (or vice versa, if you like). The selection played out like an extended piece of songwriting. Like classic LPs Supertramp's "Crime of the Century" or King Crimson's "In the Court of the Crimson King", "Love is Gone" could be listened to from beginning to end as if it were one song with classical transitions. It's hard to imagine this LP without any one song omitted. It is whole as is.





"My Heart, Your Hands" (The band's recommendation).


"New" (My personal favorite).


Needless to say, I couldn't wait for their second LP. Man, it was a long wait. Three years later, Dommin released "Rise". The 50s innocence of the band's sound evolved into a more driving beat with a stronger sense of urgency. Whereas the first LP brought love's cruelty and kindness to the surface, the second LP strove for redemption at the cost of love. These songs do not present a unified whole; each song presents its own message as a standalone anthem. Listeners may be tempted to rearrange the order of the songs to greater effect, but I strongly suggest you listen to the LP as is a few times. There is a subtle momentum not found in the first LP, but it's there and the crescendo builds from each of these songs to maximum effect. Although the urgency may seem overblown, the totality of the experience attained from the group of songs as a whole still packs power that seems more explosive with each listening. 





"The Girls" (The band's recommendation).


"Rise" (My personal favorite).


By Dommin's third LP, "Beautiful Crutch", the band seems to have found their voice. Bringing together the best of both the first and second LPs, the timeless Rock and Roll beat and the relentless drive of immediacy, Dommin has nailed the direction of their sound's evolution. They owned it on the first LP and searched for it in the second LP; now they have found the right combination that keeps the Rock and Roll sharp, whether it's in the 50's or the new Millennium. It's both a return to the greatness of simplicity while amplifying the beat that maintained a subtle momentum that roared louder with each listening. In "Beautiful Crutch", does not come full circle. Forget that. It incorporates the first two great LPs into a new and evolving sound. Each song stands alone in its own rich music, while the total group of songs create a complex unit that, once again, sounds like one long song with a thematic unification that grows richer with each listening. 




"Desire" (The band's recommendation).


"Madly" (My personal favorite).


Note: With the passing of Lemmy, Motorhead's manager continues to represent the interests of the two remaining members of Motorhead in addition to one other band. The manager and I talked about his seeking new talent since he knew I was always writing and following new bands on the Rock scene. Needless to say, I have forwarded Dommin's contact information to him and expect some news any day now. I will keep my readers up to date on any developments. I believe that Dommin's desire to tour their new LP and my manager friend's desire to feel the void left by the great Lemmy might lead to some great Rock and Roll shows in the near future. 


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Women in Horror 
March 2017
Profile: Jaime Johnesee


    

1. Your biography?

JJ: I’m just a regular ol’ author beating out stories on the keyboard like the rest of the writing monkeys on this planet. I’m probably known best for my horror comedy series featuring Bob the Zombie. I prefer to write short fiction and I am currently working on several short stories for various anthologies I’m excited about. I am also working on the third novel in my Samantha Reece Mystery series and the first in a new series that is attached to Bob.

2. What are the challenges/rewards you face writing horror?

JJ: Well, there have been so many amazing things about working in this genre that I’m having a difficult time narrowing it to just a few, but I did it anyway.

Here are the rewards that stick out the most; the friends I have made and how much it helps me personally. Firstly, the people in the horror genre are some of the friendliest and most compassionate people I’ve ever met and the friends I have made here are ones that I hope last my lifetime.

As for helping me personally, it serves to exorcise (or occasionally exercise) my demons. Horror allows me to come face to face with my dark side and decide where to go with it. That is also where the challenge in writing horror lies for me, how deep do I go? Do I let everyone see that darkness that is so personal?

3. What does the future look like for women writers in general?

JJ: I think the future is bright for women in all manner of career. I think that as time goes on society at large continues to equalize and grow. What we all need to keep in mind is that equality is good for everyone.

4. Your work?

JJ: Well, I have my Bob the Zombie series. (I recommend The Misadventures of Bob the Zombie if you’re just getting started.) There is also my Samantha Reece Mystery series.






(Shifters is the first book in the series, Risk is the second.) I also coauthored a series that I adore with Lisa Lane and Christine Sutton titled Revelations.




The Misadventures of Bob the Zombie




"Bob is an ordinary guy. He likes classic rock, a good party, and tacos. It's too bad that he is dead. Well, technically speaking, Bob is undead. After an accident claimed his life his mother couldn't bear to bury him. A quick call to a necromancer fixed that problem and, voila…he was reborn!

Armed with a quick wit, a sharp intellect, some good friends, and his trusty stapler, Bob embarks on some crazy adventures that will make you laugh, make you cringe, and --most importantly-- make you cheer for Bob to have a happy ending."

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Misadventures-Bob-Zombie-Jaime-Johnesee-ebook/dp/B00PDDRI6I/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Misadventures-Bob-Zombie-Jaime-Johnesee-ebook/dp/B00PDDRI6I/

Shifters:

"When a serial killer begins leaving remains of victims in hotel bathtubs all over town FBI Agent Samantha Reece makes it her business to stop him.

This detective's got an ace up her sleeve in the form of her ability to shift into the guise of a were panther. As she tracks down the cold-hearted murderer she also has to contend with an anti-shifter group determined to destroy her.

Not to mention the black jaguar who turned her decides to come sauntering back into her life."

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Shifters-Samantha-Reece-Mystery-Book-ebook/dp/B01B3KW9AE/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shifters-Samantha-Reece-Mystery-Book-ebook/dp/B01B3KW9AE/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shifters-jaime-johnesee/1123510599?ean=2940152914788

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/621426

Risk:

"Neck-deep in the hunt for members of Americans for a Were-Free America, Sam discovers she's not the only one on the prowl.

The horrific crime scenes the FBI stumble across tell Sam that whatever is pursuing her enemy is more vicious and cold than even this most extreme of hate groups.

Forced to protect the very people responsible for training murderers, like the infamous Grisly, Sam uncovers a nefarious plot wherein AWFA has been trafficking shifters and vamps into the sex-slave trade.

Can she save the very people crying out for her blood?

It's a risk she's willing to take."

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Risk-Samantha-Reece-Mystery-Shifters-ebook/dp/B01LWRD3NJ/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Risk-Samantha-Reece-Mystery-Shifters-ebook/dp/B01LWRD3NJ/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/risk-jaime-johnesee/1124805567?ean=2940153770925

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/669605

Revelations Series Books 1-3:

"Book 1: Cast In Blood: An unknown force threatens Heaven and Hell, along with every soul on Earth. Three unlikely heroes join together to restore universal balance. Will their shared adversary initiate an Apocalypse before they're able to uncover the truth, or will they rise to a calling that has, from the beginning of time, been Cast in Blood?

Book 2: Cast In Fire: Chaos has taken over, wreaking havoc not only across the globe but also throughout Heaven and Hell. The next apocalyptic seals have been breached, and the leaders of the ethereal realms are paying the price. With tensions high and defenses at an all-time low, Polly, Lenny, and Drew continue to hunt down the evil behind it all. Millennia-old secrets rise to the surface, testing friendships and pushing loyalties to their breaking points. With the clock ticking and uncertainty in the air, will enough time remain to unravel a curse that the darkest of forces have Cast in Fire?

Book 3: Cast In Shadow: The final seals of the apocalypse are within the enemy’s grasp. Our trio—the demon, the shapeshifter, and the succubus—continue to battle the djinn hell-bent on world domination. With God and Lucifer missing, Heaven and Hell are more vulnerable than ever, while Earth has been reduced to a battleground of famine and despair. Will Lenny, Drew and Polly be able to unmask the Master and stop their evil plan? Or will the djinn succeed and our heroes find that their world has been forever Cast in Shadow?"

Revelations Box Set (Books 1-3 Available on Amazon only)

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Revelations-Books-1-3-Box-Set-ebook/dp/B01D9C1DEW/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Revelations-Books-1-3-Box-Set-ebook/dp/B01D9C1DEW/

Single books:

Cast in Blood (Revelations Book 1)

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Cast-Blood-Revelations-Book-1-ebook/dp/B0117VK5JQ/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cast-Blood-Revelations-Book-1-ebook/dp/B0117VK5JQ/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/revelations-christine-sutton/1122370602?ean=9781515379577

Cast in Fire (Revelations Book 2)

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Cast-fire-Revelations-Book-2-ebook/dp/B013F9P0HK/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cast-fire-Revelations-Book-2-ebook/dp/B013F9P0HK/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/revelations-jaime-johnesee/1122841789?ean=9781518684586

Cast in Shadow (Revelations Book 3)

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Cast-Shadow-Revelations-Book-3-ebook/dp/B01B3JOSV8/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cast-Shadow-Revelations-Book-3-ebook/dp/B01B3JOSV8/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/revelations-lisa-lane/1123541499?ean=9781530384839

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Women in Horror
February 2017
Profile: Coralie Rowe




I am a rambler of dark verse, I have been writing for the past 3 years in which time I have had 20 poems published in several different anthologies through JWK Publishing including Bones III, Cellar Door III : Animals, Hell II : Citizens and Toys in the Attic A collection of evil playthings.. And through JEA Press I have poems in Doorway to Death : an anthology from the other side and Suburban Secrets 2 : Ghosts and Graveyards. I have also done an interview including some poetry in Autoeroticasphyxium zine with Dave Wolffe.

I had no aspirations to become a writer as a younger person. I am in fact a baker by trade and spent most of my time doing physical work, including washing dishes and working in a hot atmosphere (which I detest). It wasn't until I had my daughter and started reading nursery rhymes to her, that the bug for verse really took hold of my mind (Dr. Seuss being the main culprit). I started to think in verse and would find certain phrases getting stuck in my head. So I decided to try my hand at poetry, figuring if I at least wrote the ideas down they would leave my brain alone. I played around with different styles and forms but always came back to the darker side of verse. I have had a few people ask why I write on the subject matter that I do, honestly I don't know; (I tend to just write what pops into my head). My only response is the words, I love the sound of the more morbid words. They have such a beautiful flow, each word has it's own lyrical feel to it.

A friend encouraged me to submit some of my poems to some anthologies that he knew of. I really didn't expect to have any success but figured it can't hurt to try. I received a few rejections and a few acceptances. Some rejections did seem to be more based on the publishers personal preferences, but after a while you learn what certain publishers are after and the types of poetry that they prefer. When I was invited to submit poetry for the chance of an opening poem in a couple anthologies I realised maybe I do have a talent for this.

I have yet to create my own book, though I do have a Facebook page where I post my poems, and regularly contribute to Anthony's blog here.

I must admit that I do feel like somewhat of an impostor being included in WiHM. I don't have any great literary knowledge of horror greats; I'm not a huge fan of horror movies either. I just write dark verse, and I do so more for my own sanity than for any other reason. It's something fun and challenging to do, and much more stimulating for the brain than Candy Crush.

As for women in horror and general, we are often underestimated in what we can and do accomplish in all aspects of life. I think a lot of women have so much else going on in their lives that they forget to take the time for themselves and their secret talents. Allow your creativity to go to new levels, allow your demons to surface and do what you want to do. If you feel the urge to write, paint, compose music, even just draw. Do it, you may surprise yourself. I know I did. Don't accept what the world says what we can't or shouldn't do. Do and be whatever you want to be

***Link for my page…

https://www.facebook.com/CRowes-Manifestations-227361550805522/

***Link for Aeazine interview….

http://aeafanzine.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/poet-interview-coralie-rowe.html?m=1

Wednesday, February 22, 2017



LOSTNESS by Billie Sue Mosiman


Reviewed by Anthony Servante




Summary: 
Angelique, the rogue fallen angel from BANISHED, made a mistake by taking over the dead body of a child. Locked on earth in this manner, she needed help and sent for Nisroc, her most trusted being in the void. He turned against her and in the end fled her presence. In LOSTNESS Angelique is back, hunting Nisroc, but there are complications. Three more angels align with him, along with a dwarf friend, a teen, and a woman who travels beyond her body to spy on Angelique's evil life. There will be a reckoning backed by a world war and it all hangs in the balance. She who must be defeated might have met her match [Amazon].


Review:
It is tempting for me to discuss "Lostness" as one of my examples of History and Horror, or even my Religion and Horror series, but let's try to tread the middle-ground. The sequel to "Angelique" and "Banished" is a tale of fallen angels, redemption, and the evils of mankind. Some background. There was a great war in Heaven, led by Lucifer and the angels who sided with him to dethrone God. God won. He condemned the rebel angels to Hell. Angelique has found a loophole for escaping eternal damnation: she possesses the body of a dead girl who is revived by a witch doctor. She walks Earth and seeks vengeance or retribution, depending on your view of her situation. She finds another dead body for Nisroc, another fallen angel, who on Earth can act as her father since she inhabits the body of that ten year old little girl, but possesses the brain of a eternal and immortal being. Nisroc, now known as "Nick", finds love, however, with a human and betrays Angelique. An epic battle ensues. Nick wins and believes he has vanquished his former co-conspirator, little realizing that she is not "dead" or as dead as an angel can be. 




Fastforward to the brink of World War Two. Nick and his friend, Jody, the "little person", are escaping the blitzkrieging Germans and picking up companions along the way, including another angel who is older than he, that is, alive longer on Earth than either he or Angelique have been on this soil. Meanwhile, Angelique has moved Southern California because it is too weird for her and picks up her own companion, Henry, in her move to the home of Voodoo and witchcraft. Naturally, Nick and Angelique are on a collision course. But Mosiman doesn't make the journey that simple. Mankind, at its most evil, in the form of the Nazi Spring to conquer the world, is also on a collision course with our heroes and villains. 




Which brings us to the conflicts and contradictions inherent in this series. Fallen angels are demons. They are not good; they are evil. Nick, in the human form of Caesar, experienced human cruelty and betrayal. So Nick is not all good. He is still basically a demon, but in the guise of the human Nick, he chooses to act good. His free will is still intact. He chose to betray God, but so, too, he chose to betray Angelique (as we saw in Banished). With the friendship he develops with the new angel companion, Monty, what will he choose now? That's the question the reader will ask, and it will be answered. Angelique, on the other hand, is still a demon and has no problem choosing evil and choosing companions who also choose evil (though she does have the power to manipulate their decisions). However, she knows what betrayal feels like, just as God experienced betrayal by her hand, and though God passed judgment on these rebels, Angelique's judgment is to choose vengeance on Nick. She is incapable or forgiveness, but her feelings for Nick are not evil. Her revenge stems from a broken heart, not an act of evil. Little does she realize she is becoming all too human, which the reader can parallel with the Nazi rise in power. These conflicts are not what they seem, and these new experiences for our heroes and villains are what drives the story along and keeps the reader guessing which evil will triumph--the evil of man or the evil of angels? Or the good of heroes and redeemers? 

As such, this is a story of second chances, War, with its capacity for destruction and heroism, and the corruption of angels inhabiting the fragile human forms. It is important to point out that the "little person" would be considered an abomination of nature by the Nazis, so Mosiman draws him as pure and sympathetic and brave, whereas the "perfect Aryan" person is the real abomination in this war to eradicate the imperfect humans from the Earth. Angelique's other companion, Henry, is a shapeshifter, a demonic being who is hideous in appearance but loyal to his young master, just as the Nazi youth are loyal to their insane fuehrer. Both Nick's and Angelique's companions are but reflections of the human evil spreading across Europe with intents to continue their domination over the rest of the continents. And let's not forget that in second chances one can find redemption. This is the true test for our two groups. What choices will be made?   


Billie Sue Mosiman crafts 
another great supernatural drama.


Billie Sue Mosiman has crafted a tense balance of history, religion, and horror. LOSTNESS is a perfect follow-up to "Banished". "Lostness", for this reviewer, is the superior read. Where "Banished" was epic in scope, especially that final battle, "Lostness" brings the drama down to the human level. The evil of the supernatural beings contrasts well with the good of the natural human spirit. This sequel is epic in its portrayal of the human heart and the hard choices it must make when evil threatens the good for which man fights. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017







Women of Horror
by Michael H. Hanson 

They are the women of horror, 
the girls of ghosts and ghouls 
with their extra special aura 
they are nobody’s fools. 

They’re the chicks of Chupacabra, 
the babes of bogeymen 
lit by crimson candelabra, 
terrors pour from their pen. 

They are mistresses of evil, 
maidens of creeping dread, 
sensibilities medieval 
with penchants for the dead. 

Tortures, torments, and sweet nightmares 
what they conceive 
on full moon’s eve 
and all that creeps midnight downstairs.

******************************

When a box of chocolates just won't do, 
We call on Michael H. Hanson to come through.
Thanks, Mike,
Anthony Servante




WOMEN IN HORROR
FEBRUARY 2017
Profile: LORI R. LOPEZ




Biography:

Lori R. Lopez wears many hats as an author, artist, poet, and songwriter.  She dips her pen in Speculative Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, Dark and Humorous Verse, and much more.  She is an artist, musician, actress, filmmaker, tree-hugger, vegan, and animal-lover.  Lori unapologetically takes pride in creatively bending and reshaping the rules of writing when it suits her style.

Her books include THE DARK MISTER SNARK, THE STRANGE TAIL OF ODDZILLA, LEERY LANE, ODDS AND ENDS:  A DARK COLLECTION, CHOCOLATE-COVERED EYES, THE MACABRE MIND OF LORI R. LOPEZ, AN ILL WIND BLOWS, THE FAIRY FLY, OUT-OF-MIND EXPERIENCES, DANCE OF THE CHUPACABRAS, POETIC REFLECTIONS I and II:  KEEP THE HEART OF A CHILD and THE QUEEN OF HATS. ** [see below]


Stories and verse have appeared on Hellnotes, Servante Of Darkness, and Halloween Forevermore; in WEIRDBOOK, THE HORROR ZINE MAGAZINE, THE SIRENS CALL E-Zine, and anthologies such as JOURNALS OF HORROR:  FOUND FICTION, DEAD HARVEST, HWA POETRY SHOWCASE VOLUMES II and III, TERROR TRAIN I and II, GREY MATTER MONSTERS:  TAKERS OF SOULS, TOYS IN THE ATTIC:  A COLLECTION OF EVIL PLAYTHINGS, CELLAR DOOR III:  ANIMALS (Editor's Choice Award winner), UNDEAD LEGACY, BONES II, GHOSTS:  REVENGE, MIRAGES:  TALES FROM AUTHORS OF THE MACABRE, MASTERS OF HORROR:  DAMNED IF YOU DON'T, I BELIEVE IN WEREWOLVES, THIRSTY ARE THE DAMNED, and SCARE PACKAGE:  14 TALES OF TERROR.  Fifteen of Lori's poems were published for an anthology titled IN DARKNESS WE PLAY.


The Profile:

What does it mean to be a “Woman In Horror”?  Well, it means a lot, let me tell you.  For a long time I fantasized about being known in Horror.  To this day I am working on that, yet I have actually made progress.  I’ve loved the genre since I can remember, raptly watching Frankenstein films and other macabre classics like Hitchcock’s The Birds.  My first favorite book had monsters:  Where The Wild Things Are.  I was never a “normal” little girl.  I was a Horror Fan.  So becoming a “Woman In Horror” — part of this wondrous community of Abnormal Creatives — is a great distinction.

            At events, people ask me how long I’ve been at this, seeing a table or two of books on display.  The publishing part, since 2008.  The writing?  We would have to go a lot farther back — to Second and Third Grade.  I began writing Poetry, inspired by songs on the radio.  Then Prose got its hooks in me as well.  I spent a significant portion of my childhood writing, drawing, and of course reading.  The librarians knew me; I was a regular.  More favorite literature included Lewis Carroll’s Alice masterpieces; Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Or The Modern Prometheus; Victor Hugo’s Hunchback Of Notre Dame; Edgar Allan Poe’s Raven; the book series Alfred Hitchcock And The Three Investigators (better than candy).  At night I watched television.  There were awesome T.V. movies then, like Kolshak:  The Night Stalker.  A thrilling and defining moment, as The X-Files would later be, and now Stranger Things.  On the weekend I rode my bike or walked to the single movie theater in my hometown for a matinee.  Creativity, that’s what I thrived on.  And I tried to make schoolwork creative whenever possible:  adding humor, horror, artwork to reports.  I would also perform in skits (some original) or plays; become a drummer in Junior High and High School Band; compete at District and State levels.  I was a kid who loved literature, art, acting, and music.  Did I mention Horror?




            I can’t really say that it’s changed.  Except I have two sons to be creative with at times, when we aren’t busy on individual projects.  We formed a creative alliance, Fairy Fly Entertainment.  The truth is, I need to be creative or my brain will short-circuit.  I’ve nearly fried it doing tedious work.  Luckily, there’s a built-in safety feature.  It may wander, skip off into the clouds.

            So at this point in life, I have published . . .  Sorry, I must go and count them, it keeps changing.  In fact, two print books will be released very soon.  For now it appears there are sixteen books in paperback, forty E-books.  By the end of 2017, I should have passed twenty print books.  There are various ones I was planning to write and illustrate or wrap up in 2015 and 2016.  They’ve accumulated.




            I did some journalism and songwriting years ago.  I have an ongoing nonfiction project titled Herstory.  Mostly I like to write novels, short stories, and poems.  Often dark or humorous, perhaps both.  I recently published two novellas that were intended to be shorter, The Strange Tail Of Oddzilla and Leery Lane.  I cannot control how long something will end up, which makes it a challenge for submitting work to anthologies, magazines, websites or blogs.  Nonetheless, I’ve had stories and poems published by a fair amount, and the list is growing.

            My sons and I began attending events in 2013, primarily as a means of promotion.  There is no substitute for talking with readers face to face.  I enjoy it, despite being shy (an Introvert).  And signing my books was a long-held dream.  Our first event was The L.A. Times Festival Of Books, an amazing experience!  We’ve become regulars at the L.A. Comic Book & Science Fiction Conventions, thanks to your suggestion, Anthony — although we don’t sell comic books or specialize in Science Fiction.  My artwork usually attracts interest.  We’ve done the Orange County Children’s Book Festival several times, and Earth Fair in San Diego.  We were invited to attend Horror Con International in 2015, and I was on my first author panel at the Duarte Festival Of Authors in 2013.




            There’s been a smattering of awards and recognition through the years, from Editor’s Choice Award, Finalist, Honorable Mentions to First and Second Places or Best.  I was nominated for the American Spirit Award in the military, where I trained as a journalist.  The proudest honor is still being chosen as winner of the 2011 VINOWRIMO Award for An Ill Wind Blows.  It was bestowed among a group of writers to the best novel written in one month.  I do not write fast.  It’s difficult for me to believe I wrote fifty thousand words in a single month, along with edits.  Seriously, I don’t know how I did it.  The book contains depth, imagination, and little was changed or added to it since, because I want Ill Wind to represent that personal achievement.

            Dabbling in many genres, I apply touches of horror and wit to almost everything I write.  My novel The Fairy Fly won for 2013 Best Published YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy in the 2014 San Diego Book Awards.  Fairy Fly also received Second Place for Humor in the 2015 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards, plus Honorable Mention for Best Illustrations; Poetic Reflections:  The Queen Of Hats, Honorable Mention in Poetry.  A rhyming-prose tale, The Dark Mister Snark garnered Second Place in Poetry from the 2016 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards.




            A major dream of mine is to win a Bram Stoker Award.  In 2015 the anthology Journals Of Horror:  Found Fiction, containing my story “The Devil’s Irony”, made it to a Preliminary Ballot for the Stokers.  That was exciting.  One year later I was fortunate to have my novella Leery Lane make it onto a Recommended list.  I was stoked, if you’ll pardon the pun, though it didn’t reach the Preliminary Ballot.  There was a lot of competition in the Long Fiction category, I’m sure many excellent novellas, a decent amount of them by females.  On the Preliminary Ballot, ten of the Long Fiction authors named would be men, one of them a woman.  I use this as an example.  Horror isn’t an easy field for a female to break into.  There are typically more titles by males on the Stoker Award Ballots, and I think it demonstrates the need for Women In Horror Month.  I’m confident the situation will adjust — not by force; through awareness, thanks to promotions like this, highlighting diversity.  It isn’t that there aren’t enough women with talent working in the genre.  It’s that there are not enough of them known.

            Race is something else that needs to be brought up, and ought to be a concern for us all.  I am White, Lopez from marriage.  I wanted to keep the same last name as my sons when I divorced.  Does it hold me back?  It shouldn’t.  That’s the point.  At this time in History, however, the politics and social values of the world are in danger of sliding backwards instead of improving on these factors.  It is important, urgent, to speak out against inequality, unfair bias.  I grew up being bullied over my maiden name, Fink, yet refused to change it as a young adult when my parents changed theirs to Finch.  I had fought for it, I told them.  Sometimes we need to make a stand.  Unless we do, the future for women in general and people of color is at stake . . . not only in Horror, in every way.




            I’ve been trying to make a difference through statements and themes in my writing, as a woman; as an animal-rights activist and vegan; as the victim of bullies and child abuse; as a human being.  I have been active in promoting Women In Horror for several years.  Awareness can take time to be raised.  It is a continuous struggle, a daily battle.  We must stride forward, even against a tide of prejudice and oppression.  I would prefer to let my writing speak for me, but if it isn’t being read, whatever the reason, my voice will not be heard.



** Her Books









Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Women in Horror 
February 2017
Women in Poetry
Profile: Jaye Tomas






I started writing as a child before I could properly write or spell (the spelling is still iffy). The words I didn't know I would illustrate with crayons. No one told me I couldn't but I can't say I ever got much encouragement either. As a child I loved the older fairy tales much better than the saccharine disneyfied ones. I liked Morticia Adams and vampires and werewolves. My interests as I got older were shaped on the reading that I preferred: old Gothic horror books that I found (and could afford with my allowance) at garage sales. And a few years later new writer had emerged that I read as soon as his latest hit the stands...you may have heard of him? Stephen King. He has been moderately successful....




Life intruded and I left school, worked, married, had children and occasionally scribbled things on scraps of paper and then shoved them in a drawer, showing no one. This was before the Internet, when computers filled whole rooms and had their own a/c.

Yes....I AM that old.

Fast forward a few years ("few" being a fluid word) and I am furtively typing snippets and poems and ....things...into a computer and pushing send. Don't bother looking, I was A. Nony. Mous. 

The Internet allowed me to dabble, to juuuuuuust baaaaarely touch my shrinking toes in the water. And I liked it. (insert MUWAHAHAHAHAHA here).




So....a successful blog (Chimera Poetry) and 3 published books later...here I stand. The fourth book is on hold as I sideline into a new venture; I have written a children's book. The first of a three book set. It's done and just awaiting the illustrations. No....it is NOT a horror story! It's about a charming hedgepig named Mr Fray. No fangs. No zombies. No disembodied voices. Don't pout.

Books are my passion, my friend, my plane ticket, my warm blanket, my burr under the saddle. One of the best things about being a part of the writers tribe is finding previously unexplored books, artists, authors etc. It can be a little disconcerting to have some one write to me about liking my poems better when they thought I was a man. (Ummm....sorry?) Since my poems aren't easily slotted into a specific genre I have been known as more of a 'dark' poet. I leave it up to the reader to decide, everyone has a slightly different interpretation which I find endlessly interesting. 




I write poetry, not novels, so my mind works a bit differently. I am used to producing more bite sized stories.

Writing is just something I do, need to do, have to do. I get a phrase or a song line or an idea stuck in my head and am not happy until it's (safely) down on paper. It's the language I love the most, love to lose myself in. Twisty words and lines that turn and shift... and may bite if you don't pay attention.

I am amused by the resistance to the idea of women writing Horror. The idea that we are too delicate to write 'icky'. Those people have never spent time in my mind obviously....


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