BOOK REVIEW: Fifty Shades Of Hell

Written by Tim Miller

Published by Tim Miller


Fifty Shades of Hell (originally Dead Girl) by Tim Miller is a self-proclaimed “extreme horror” story, and I’ll admit that I was intrigued. I’m not averse to extreme horror and had heard good things from other people about this author so I dove in, excited for a terrifying ride.

Things started out pretty rocky, with fantastically expositional writing, but I thought perhaps after the first chapter or two the story would find its legs. My mistake was assuming there was a story. Fifty Shades of Hell is more like a series of pieces depicting badly written porn and torture.

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SHARING THE MARQUEE – Working With Author A.J. Brown

Have I ever explained, Dear Reader, why I decided to team up with A.J. Brown for our project The End Is All We See / All We See Is The End? It’s not just because he’s a great person. It’s not just because he’s supportive of other writers, and does his best to help others when he can. It’s not even because he and I hold a similar frame of mind when it comes to, I think, most things. Well… it might be a bit of all of these, but the real reason is because he’s a fantastic writer.

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GUEST BLOG: The Gender Gap Overcorrection

I did a guest post over on Jack Wallen‘s blog for Women in Horror Month. Here’s a small preview, head on over there to read the rest.

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I’ve been a horror writer for nearly fifteen years. First as part of the film industry, in a screenwriting capacity, and about four years ago transitioning to fiction. In that time I’ve made some great decisions, and some not so great decisions,(I’m not the craziest about this sentence…not smooth to read) and I’ve busted my butt to continually improve upon my craft and get where I am today.

If you told me that you didn’t want to read my work based my gender, I’d tell you to get the fuck out of town, and I would be right for saying that. I may only have been a writer for one and a half decades, but I’ve been a female my entire life. I’ve had that type of blatant sexism directed toward me more times than I can count, but that’s not what I’ve really come here to discuss.

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BOOK REVIEW: Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith, The – Volume 1: The End of the Story

I wrote and published this review for Dread Central. 
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EndOfStoryWritten by Clark Ashton Smith

Edited by Scott Connors and Ron Hilger

Published by Night Shade Books


The End of the Story is, ironically, the beginning for author Clark Ashton Smith. If you’re not familiar with CAS, he was one of H.P. Lovecraft’s contemporaries. He was also one of Weird Fiction magazine’s largest contributors, focusing mainly on horrific fantasy tales and dark sci-fi.

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AVOIDING EDITORIAL SCAMS

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HandsYou’ve worked hard on your manuscript and, like a juicy red apple you’re about to leave on your favourite teacher’s desk, you want it to be polished to perfection. Now that it’s time to relinquish the fruits of your labour to a professional editor, how do you avoid getting ripped off? How do you know the editor you’re about to rely on closely is sufficiently qualified?
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BOOK REVIEW: Nod by Adrian Barnes

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NOD (BOOK)

Written by Adrian Barnes

Published by Titan Books


NodSet in present day Vancouver, Nod by Adrian Barnes throws us into an apocalyptic world set upon by a global insomniac event. The story is told through the eyes of an author, Paul, an introverted misanthrope, who is one of a precious few “Sleepers”—those who remain unaffected by the mysterious plague of non-sleep.

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BOOK REVIEWS FOR DREAD CENTRAL

I’m super stoked to have my first gig doing book reviews, and for none other than the well-respected online horror news site DreadCentral.com

Recently I posted my my first review with them. Needless to say I was excited, if not a little nervous to put my opinion out there. Although I’m a regular contributor to the Mash Stories blog, I’ve never taken a stab at reviews until now.

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A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME

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RoseNom de plume, haigō, takhallus… Maybe you know it simply as a pen name. Call it what you will, it is a time-honoured tradition within the writing world. In fact, not only writers, but artists and even actors use pseudonyms in their craft. This is no secret. Many famous authors, from J.K. Rowling and Stephen King, to Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (“Lewis Carroll”) and even Pauline Phillips (“Abigail Van Buren” of Dear Abby), have used a pen name.

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How to Get Great Cover Art for Your Book

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booksIf you’re a self-publisher like me you’ve likely done the research on what it takes to sell your books. You’ve spent aeons crafting the perfect story and now you want it to land in the hand of readers instead of drowning in the sea of other work out there. The undeniable fact is that readers do judge a book by its cover.

Take a moment to scroll through the books available on Amazon. The first few pages mostly contain books with artwork that, while clean and professional, is generally uninspired. Most covers are just stock images and text. Sure, the author’s name is big and bold, but the cover does nothing to separate the book from the pack. Now dig a little deeper and Google “bad e-book covers”. You’ll come across some pretty hilarious threads and some awful covers that should serve as a warning. Continue reading

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