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Velvet is hosting a Bookie Brunch, and the cover for the Old School anthology made her top picks. Check out all the eye-tasty covers at vvb32 reads today.

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Say goodbye to LJ and hello to my improved website / blog all in one. In the spirit of K.I.S.S. (no, not the band–Keep It Simple, Stupid), I’ve integrated everything into one. There are handy visuals from which you can buy books, and I’m sure I’ll continue tweaking and streamlining.

Huge thanks goes out to Karen Koehler for all her immense help with fixing this site. If you haven’t visited Karen, you should. Pick up some of her great titles, from steampunk to horror and fantasy. Her latest (and many of her great titles) are only $2.99 USD now on Kindle!

Keeping this post short tonight, cause I’m tired, but look for more news soon! I’ll try and keep updates much more regular.

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SamhaneSamhane by Daniel I. Russell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

WARNING – There may be spoilers.

Daniel Russell’s Samhane tells the story of Brian Rathbone, self-trained monster hunter, who is a single father raising a son. It also tells the story of Donald Patterson, a middle of the road kind of guy who works in a lab. Brian came to monster hunting after his wife was killed in an attic by an imp, and Donald finds himself trapped in a shadowy underworld of the paranormal after he buys a laptop that contains snuff footage. Both men travel to the small town of Samhane in England—-one to catch monsters, the other to save his kidnapped fiancé from a strange cult.

There are a lot of cool elements to this debut novel by Daniel Russell, with some definite creepy scenes, and I really wanted to like this book. However, it ultimately read as way too paint by numbers for me. While there were scenes where I was genuinely creeped out (when Donald is walking up the drive to Orchard House; when the road comes alive), in most instances, I could tell exactly where the author was going. For instance, when the teenagers head out to the woods, I predicted exactly which teenagers would die (of course, these were the ones that almost had sex). And I generally knew which character would be spared and which would not. This really killed the suspense factor for me. There was no mounting tension—just a lot of cool monsters and cool scenes (kudos to Daniel on the creepy spider-doctor)—but every time I expected the author to zag, he did just that. It made it hard to sympathize with any of the characters, feel any real compassion for them, because I knew who was safe and who wasn’t. I also predicted who Mr. Belvedere was the moment I met the elderly mayor.

All in all, a fun read, but I wish the author had packed it with more surprises-—wish he would’ve zigged a little more often when I saw the zag coming. One of the best characters in the book, for me, was Walter, because I really didn’t see the revelation coming about his character. It gave him depth and a wonderful personality struggle.

If you’re looking for a fun read, check out Samhane. Just don’t expect any surprises.

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Two New Interviews

I’m peeking out from beneath my rock to share a couple interviews with yours truly. Much thanks to my dear friend, and all-around sweetheart, Giovanna Lagana for a Q&A she recently did with me. You can check that Q&A out here.

And the lovely and talented KV Taylor recently did a miniview with me for The Red Penny Papers. You can read that here, and be sure to check out my short story in RPP–Parlee Road. (I will thank you kindly on both accounts.)

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Old School is Available

Old School is now available from Belfire Press. Many thanks go out to Jodi Lee for taking the collection on, and to Greg Hall and R. Scott McCoy, the masterminds behind Old School, who were kind enough to include me in this project. Details below. Click on the book cover to grab a copy now.


Old School
Edited by Louise Bohmer, introduction by Bob Freeman

Print ISBN-13: 978-1-926912-19-6
Editor: Louise Bohmer
Publisher: Belfire Press
Pages: 180
Dimensions: 6″x9″
Cover Price: $11.99
E-book ISBN-13: 978-1-926912-20-2 Coming Soon
Formats: html, js, mobi, epub, pdf, rtf, lrf, pdb, txt
Price: $2.99
Kindle ISBN-13: 978-1-926912-21-9

Old School, a traditional horror collection born of seven twisted minds, invites you back to a time when vampires and werewolves were monsters who made humans quiver in terror. Fourteen short tales offered by David Dunwoody, Jackie Gamber, R. Scott McCoy,Natalie L. Sin, Horace James, Gregory L. Hall, and Louise Bohmer, all tied together by selected poems from Zombie Zak – Old School reminds one of terrors best not forgotten.

Within these pages, evil children terrorize, witches gather the teeth of the young, cosmic blobs eat the world, while creepy crawlies ruin a man’s life and a headless ghost seeks revenge. Wander down this spooky path with poems and stories that revive our nightmares about golems, harpies, and other forgotten creatures.

And who better to introduce the collection than our own master of the occult mysteries – Bob Freeman.

Visit the Old School page to read an excerpt from David Dunwoody’s The Missionary.

Table of Contents

The Missionary – David Dunwoody
House of Dagon – David Dunwoody
Heart of Stone – Jackie Gamber
The Closest Thing – Jackie Gamber
The Find – R. Scott McCoy
Play Time – R. Scott McCoy
Runaway – Natalie L. Sin
New Human – Natalie L. Sin
The Witch of Chili Gulch – Horace James
Mummies of the Caribbean – Horace James
Creepy Crawlies – Gregory L. Hall
The Gorgeous Undead – Gregory L. Hall
The Legend of Pierson Point, 1979 – Louise Bohmer
When Tylwyth Teg Walk Among Us – Louise Bohmer

I’m pleased to be a part of this creepy and fun anthology, with my contribution of headless specters . The Legend of Pierson Point, 1979 is my attempt at a modern twist on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Instead of a Hessian after a hapless school teacher, the story is told of a teenager who, on her first night of legal driving, gets into a lethal accident with one of her teachers. Teresa doesn’t hit the brakes fast enough, as Mr. Harrison comes screaming up the treacherous Pierson Point. Somewhere in the background, Deep Purple blares.

When Tylwyth Teg Walk Among Us takes you on a trip to 1800s England, near Glastonbury Tor, where we meet two spiritualist shysters about to embark on the heist of all heists, when they seek to smuggle the head of a Fair Folk out of the ancient rath. Perplexed sheep and a curmudgeonly but lovable old gran are included.


More Reviews for The Black Act

I’d also like to extend a big ‘thank you’ to Ben Eads and Kate Jonez for their recent reviews of my novel. Here’s a look at what they thought of The Black Act.

From Shroud Book Reviews:

“The Black Act is epic in scope. Bohmer digs deep and immerses us into a world that is fantastical, yet tangible. The use of allegory in history is done very well and is put to good use. The people we come to know along the way are just as human as we are. What truly makes this a gem—aside from creating an entirely believable and fantastical world, unique and rich—is Bohmer’s powerful voice and delivery. All of this coalesces into a tale that haunts you long after finishing it. The Black Act heralds the presence of a formidable story-teller.”

–Bed Eads, writer and reviewer

Check out the full review here.

A snippet of what Kate had to say:

” The characters are well-drawn and we sympathize with them as their loyalties are torn between two worlds. Because the story spans such a great deal of time and introduces so many characters from different generations I did at times forget the genealogy, but the threat to the characters was always high. Often the effects of the curse were gruesomely described. I would recommend The Black Act to readers who enjoy epic fantasy. I’m looking forward to the next book from this author.”

-Kate Jonez, Dark Fantasy author

Check out the full review on Goodreads.


Gef Fox Reviews Courting Morpheus

Much thanks to Gef Fox for his review of Courting Morpheus, which includes my contribution Night Terrors Revisited. Check out the contributors and a snippet of Gef’s review below.
With contributions by M.R. Sellars, Geoffrey Girard, Angela Gray, Ann Tupek, Louise Bohmer, Brandon Layng, Bruce Barber, Camille Alexa, Jeff Parish, Kevin J. Hurtack, Donna Shelton, and David de Beer, Case Files by Rhada McKai and Jodi Lee with an introduction by New York Times Bestselling author, Alethea Kontis.

Rabid Reads Review of Courting Morpheus

“Insomnia is the other shared theme in this anthology, and the disturbing dreams and imaginations of the writers holding influence on the real world. Hence the title “Courting Morpheus”. It’s a cool concept and varied widely by the stories Jodi Lee has selected for the book. There’s some atmospheric stuff with Jeff Parrish’s “Like Father, Like Daughter”, some more eccentric style with Ann Tupek’s “Aldevouring Chesterfield”, and some stomach-turning horror with Brandon Layng’s “Can of Worms.” There’s definitely something for everyone.”

Gef Fox – Wag the Fox website

Read the full review here.


Tabloid Terrors 3 Review

Much thanks to Velvet at vvb32 reads for giving TT3 4 out of 5 stars. Glad you enjoyed it, Velvet! You can check out the full review here. Grab a copy of TT3 by clicking on the book cover.


Death In Common Now Available

Death In Common is now available from Needfire Press. My poem Rebecca’s Game is included. Here’s some information on this poetry collection to refresh your memory. Click the cover above to grab your copy now.

Serial killer Charles Lee Eaton left behind a lot of victims in Monmouthside. Each of the victims had wadded up sheets of paper stuffed into their mouths. These contained writing, but the similarities end there. Each had a different set of handwriting, some were typed, and others printed out. Some were written in the first person, while others seemed to tell stories about other people. Unlikely evidence, from unlikely victims.

Includes selections from Jerrod Balzer, SD Hintz, Vince Liaguno, Steve Vernon, Martel Sardina, Christopher Conlon, Marge Simon, Wrath James White, Joel Arnold, Robert Brouhard, Michael Arnzen, Kurt Newton, Barry Napier, Bob Freeman, LL Soares, Laura Cooney, Monica O’Rourke, Floyd Regan Jr., JG Faherty, Terrie Lee Relf, Todd Hanks, Marie Vibbert, Mark McLaughlin, Joe Nazare, Scott Colbert, Louise Bohmer, and Rich Ristow.


The Black Act News

The Black Act on Kindle — Only $2.99!

Grab a copy now!

The Black Act – Kindle Edition

I also want to thank everyone who entered The Black Act Choose Your Own Character contest for their great reviews. I didn’t get a ton of entries, but every one made me smile. The winner of the contest was KV Taylor, and you should go pay Ms. Taylor a visit (because she’s a talented writer). Much appreciation extended to Rick Friedman, Gef Fox, and KV for their reviews and support. You rock!

“The Black Act offers a solid debut effort from an author with an inarguable passion and deft talent at making fairy tales more tangible than what I’m used to. And I think it speaks to the potential of her future work when the biggest gripe I have about the book is the choice of font–Courier was an odd choice for a dark fantasy. If you’re into reading fantasies with a darker bent than most, you might want to consider this one.” –Gef Fox, writer/reviewer

“THE BLACK ACT is one of those rare books that transports the reader- mind and body- into a world like no other. Populated by a list of characters so unique and original, peppered with folklore and rivalry and a plot that is quite simply addicting…”
–Rick Friedman, James Mason Classic British Book Club

Winning entry:

“It’s one of those books that gives the intensity and long-term involvement of a family epic, but does the unthinkable: it combines it with a kind of intimacy and immediacy that grabbed me by the throat. It starts with several stories at different times and braids them together so deftly, and with such satisfying results, that I just kept turning the pages to see what the hell was going to happen next. All this in a richly created, but very manageable world that any love of the fae, Celtic legends, and/or magic of any kind will fully appreciate.”
–K.V. Taylor, Spec Fic Author

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