Old School Review From Carole Lanham

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The wonderful Carole Lanham, author of The Whisper Jar, has just reviewed the Old School anthology. Carole had some great things to say about this Old School horror collection. She was kind enough to detail what she enjoyed about the stories. Here are her thoughts on my two contributions to Old School:

“Last, but not least, Louise Bohmer lends a haunting touch (along with pitch-perfect editing) to Old School, providing two ghostly tales that ought to be whispered again and again around a crackling campfire on a dark dark night. Oh boy, and they’re a pair of historical pieces too! I can’t help it. I’m a sucker for them. So okay, The Legend of Pierson Point, 1979 doesn’t go back that far in time, just long enough to drape the whole thing in the sort of disquieting fog that tends to whirl around all nasty bits of urban legend, but not long enough to make you feel as though you’re safely beyond it’s spectral grasp. This story reminds me of standing in front of a mirror while murmuring BLOODY MARY BLOODY MARY BLOODY MARY… It’s hard to get any more Old School than that. Then, there’s the fetchingly named, When the Tylwyth Teg Walk Among Us, in which grave-robbers must face the music in 1840 Glastonbury Tor. It’s fearful stuff and a great story to finish things up.” –Carole Lanham, author of The Whisper Jar

You can read the full review here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/278825067

Much thanks, Carole!

And you can grab a copy of Old School for your Kindle by clicking the link here or book cover below. Want a print copy? Click here. It’s also for sale on Smashwords during Read An Ebook Week. 50% off, and only one day left!

If you haven’t checked it out already, be sure to read Carole Lanham Talks About Poisoned Powdered Sugar.

Also much thanks to Carole for listing me as one of her choices for Women in Horror Month!

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Velvet is a wonderful supporter of the small press and indie authors. She works tirelessly to promote, and she’s a nice person to boot. Huge thanks going out to her for all the promotion she recently did for Old School. Here’s her Old School review below, and we Old School authors are thrilled she gave the collection 4 out of 5 stars.

vvb32 Reads Old School Review:

“My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): no sparkles
Deliciously scary collection of stories with poems interspersed to set the proper mood of old school horror. Each story creates a bit of shiver.”
–Velvet

Check out the full review here:
http://vvb32reads.blogspot.com/2011/10/old-school-edited-by-louise-bohmer.html

Thank you to everyone who has ‘liked’ the book on Amazon! This helps up our ranking. If you haven’t ‘liked’ the book yet, please consider clicking the tan ‘like’ button on our Kindle or print page. It’s right by the customers’ reviews link.

Random Writing Life

Happy Halloween month, folks!

September was pretty hectic, and October looks to be a busy month, too. I have four books on the editing roster (goofed on scheduling this month), and I just finished a short story I need to format and submit. Wish me luck, dear folks. I subbed out some poems in August, too. Slowly, I’m getting back into the swing of it. The museli and I are on much better terms these days.

Huge thanks going out to KV Taylor for beta reading / proofing Passion Plays. (She also writes erotic romance as Katey Hawthorne, which you should check out.) I’m indebted to her keen eye. Right now, I’m working through the manuscript once more, as I go through Katey’s suggestions. Then I need to finish up formatting (thanks to Jerrod Balzer’s excellent advice on creating ebooks). So I’m bumping the estimated release date for this puppy to early 2012. Watch for more updates!

And huge thanks to Rich Ristow for the killer cover. ( I know you’re staring at her butt. I see you.)

Lastly, Steve and I lost one of our little ratty babies on his birthday. Our Rosemary passed over the Rainbow Bridge September 30. She had bad upper respiratory congestion, so a rushed trip to Moncton was made. Dr. Gallon upped her meds, and she appeared to improve. Three days later, she was gasping and having panic attacks, despite the meds, so another emergency trip to the vet was made. This time, she received a steroid shot to open her lungs, plus a steroid to take home, and more meds to open her lungs. Once again, she appeared to improve. We were syringe feeding her baby food and water, and I got her to eat a tiny bit of moist cat food to up her protein. But sadly, once again, after about two to three days, she relapsed. We were considering euthanasia (because when a rat panics for a prolonged period from lack of breath, the poor creature is basically suffocating to death), when I found her the next morning. She looked peaceful, as if she were simply sleeping on the floor of her cage.

The other girls are doing well, but the cage was quiet for a while, after they lost their Rosemary.

Rest in peace, sweet wee one. We miss you.

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Like the white rabbit, I’m late. But you forest visitors are probably used to that by now. It takes a while for this slithery rock dweller to emerge from my mountain of electronic paper. Every now and again, someone needs to poke me with a stick so I remember to come up for air and socialize with you good people. Today, we have the Old School contest winner announcement.

Congrats to Angie Leger, vvb32 reads Old School contest winner! Angie picks herself up an ebook copy of this traditional horror anthology filled with tales of terror from yours truly, David Dunwoody, Horace James, Natalie Sin, Jackie Gamber, Gregory L. Hall, R. Scott McCoy, and poems from Zombie Zak. Check out the Books From Louise page for more information on Old School, feast your eyes on the trailer, and clicky the links to purchase Kindle or print copies, plus other formats.

Random Rambles – Life And All That Rot

In an effort to keep this blog updated on a regular basis, give you some content to keep you all happy, every now and again I’ll inject a bit of anecdotal rambling into blog posts. I don’t know if readers really dig this or not, but I figure you might. If you’re bored to tears, you can always tell me to stop.

August was a bit crazy. For those of you who don’t know, hubby and I live with my mom-in-law and gran-in-law. We’d like to get a place of our own, and sell this place, but for the time being mom-in-law can use the help with gran-in-law. She’s got Alzheimers and Glaucoma. My mom-in-law isn’t in the best of health, so taking care of gran-in-law can be hard on her. We help out.

Anyway, gran-in-law took a tumble recently, and had to go to the hospital. (If you check out my Facebook, you’ll see what a kerfuffle that was with the NB medical system. Methinks a few people in Sussex Regional Hospital need their arses kicked, but that’s violent, and I won’t condone that. I’ll just kill them in a book. I’m digressing…) The final word is she did have a stroke, albeit a mild one. She was probably dehydrated too, so we’re trying to get her to drink more.

Good news followed chaos, thankfully. Hubby got a job at a local restaurant, cooking full time. It’s a little place called The Blue Bird, and he’s already having a great time. He went to cooking school, just didn’t quite complete his apprenticeship (so isn’t a papered chef). He got the job on the day of the interview, which was very cool. While he was supposed to start part time, he was quick and good enough the boss already bumped him to full time. This couldn’t come at a better time, what with Christmas / Yule just around the corner. Universe smiles on us. (Yeah, I’m anthropomorphizing. So sue me.) He even has a fellow metal head to work with. Of course, this makes him happy. He’s been busy downloading tunes to the ipod to take to work. (Cooks and metal and Libras–always in my life. I’m beginning to see a pattern here. Hmmmm…)

In my world beneath the rock, I’ve got two books on the editing hotplate. Writing is going well on the paranormal erotic romance. Plot and characters are fleshing out nicely. The other day, words flowed so well it almost wrote itself. I do love those writing sessions. I’ve been putting away no less than 1000 words over the last three days. My co-author is busy writing another chapter of our steampunk erotic romance collaboration. And I’ve just started re-drafting / re-outlining the dark humor dystopian. Had to make some corrections to plot aspects that just wouldn’t fly. Much tighter now, I think. I have to start the new beginning I’ve mapped out soon.

So if I’m quiet on Twitter and Facebook, it’s just because I’m neck deep in words–mine or someone else’s. Speaking of which, I better get back to the editing. Coffee, I hear its lovely call, and I must fill my cup. Hope September is treating you well, friends. Before I go, in the spirit of reoccurring themes in my life, here’s some Lizzy Borden for you:

*slithers back under the rock*

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Old School – Book Trailer and Kindle Edition

Guess what is available for your Kindle? The brand new, shiny Old School anthology! You can grab Old School for the Kindle here. And it’s only $2.99. You can also grab a copy via Smashwords here.

Plus, here’s the official Old School book trailer, made by a strange wood nymph who I claim no association with. She just dumped the trailer on my doorstep a few days back, thumbed her nose at me, and then ran off into the night. Typical.


Guest Blog at Zoe Whitten’s Place and The Black Act News

The dear Ms. Zoe Whitten has been kind enough to host a guest blog from yours truly on “Sex in Horror.” Much thanks to Zoe for putting up my thoughts. Please check it out here. While you’re there, be sure to check out Zoe’s homepage, which you’ll find in the side bio with her cute picture. I highly recommend reading Zombie Punter and Confessions of a Zombie Lover, if you are looking for something different and thought-provoking in the zombie sub-genre.

The Black Act News

And an update on my novel, The Black Act. My publisher has been an absolutely great guy, and I can’t complain, as it’s been a great two years with Library of Horror. As my contract comes to a close, I’ve decided to take the book in a different direction.

If you are still interested in a print copy of the novel, I may have a special offer for readers in the near future. Alternatively, feel free to give me a shout at blackfaery ‘at’ yahoo ‘dot’ ca if you would like a print copy. Looks like you can still grab the Kindle edition here.

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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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