Two Great Reviews for Childhood Nightmares

So, you know, that’s cool and stuff.  One review is posted on Amazon, as well as Knightmist’s blog.   The author says there are “stories that will drive even some adults to pull up their covers.”  🙂  I like that.

A Hidden Stone

by Kim Krodel

The other is on HorrorAddicts.net.  My story “Baby Teeth” even got a shout out!  I tried to reblog, but it must be that time of the month for WordPress.  That, or I need to hold a gun to my computer’s head (or increase my memory).  Maybe both…

-Kim

 

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Kid Fears: What’s in Your Closet?

My dad was talking about his brother Gary at dinner the other evening.  We went to visit my parents on Saturday and stayed for Easter brunch (complete with copious mimosas) on Sunday.  The topic came up of things that scared us when we were kids.  He brought up “the lady in the closet” that his older brother used to frighten him with when he was little.  First he called her the witch in the closet and then recanted and said that Gary called her the lady in the closet.

My sisters and I decided that “the lady” was far more sinister sounding than “the witch” anyway.  The lady, for me, brings up flashback’s from The Shining and the woman in the bathtub.  A witch is pretty cookie-cutter as far as your visualization.  A lady could be anything, including a witch, but not crammed into just that tiny box.  She could be a zombie.  Or Joan Crawford with her wire hangers.  Or the other mother from Coraline.

Or Cruella  de Vil.  Or the witch from Hansel and Gretelwith her bad eyesight and hot oven, asking you to stick a finger out so she can feel how plump you are.  Or even Lady Gaga (added after she kept popping up in my pictures and I couldn’t figure out why, but, yeah, that would be a nightmare).

Gary died when he was in his twenties.  I think he and my father had only recently gotten to an age where they could be friends instead of an older brother who tormented his annoying, significantly younger sibling.  And then a wayward blast from a fire hose caught my dad’s brother and slammed him into a wall.

“I wish he was still here so I could yell at him for scaring the shit out of me with the lady in the closet,” my dad said the other night.  How awesome would that be?  I’d love to ask him how he pictured her and where he got the idea.  I’d love just to know him.

How about everyone else?  What monsters, clowns, or ladies skulked in your closets when you were young?  Me, I always thought there was some sinister robot out in the hallway because of the ticking of my clock.  Somehow, the noise always got incrementally louder to me, like the robot was getting closer, and closer, and infinitely closer, but never quite there until I was ready to pee myself.  He never showed up at my door, though.  Thank God.  Every time I had to run to the bathroom in the middle of the night I always half-expected to see his sharp metal teeth smiling at me when I opened the door.

Anyway, Childhood Nightmares: Under the Bed is due out in ten days.  I, for one, cannot wait to see what horrors  lurk between those pages.  I’m sure I’ll be up late into the night, reading to the sound of my ticking clock and trying to “hold it in” until the sun comes up.

All the News that’s Fit to Blog + Zombies

First of all, I want to let everyone know that 100 Horrors: Horror in the Blink of an Eye is now available in good old-fashioned dead trees.  I just ordered my copy (and of course a copy for my parents–ever the thoughtful daughter, I know).  You can find it right here:

https://www.createspace.com/3781610

And the e-version is still available on Amazon

(<——– see the link over there).

What else? What else?  Ah, yes.  Childhood Nightmares: Under the Bed is due out on April 21st, so that is exciting!  I am currently reading Julianne Snow’s Days with the Undead.  She is a fellow contributor to the Childhood Nightmares anthology and wrote a zombie book that reads like daily journal entries written by a survivor.  So far, so good.  I plan to post a review when I am done.

Onward–but in keeping with the zombie subject–at the end of the month I am slotted to interview author Armand Rosamilia.  His new book Dying Days 2 was just released and chronicles the zombie troubles of one of his favorite heroines, Darlene Bobich–zombie killer extraordinaire.  As luck would have it, the digital Dying Days 2 is free on Amazon.  I believe the freebie is for today only, so scoop it up and you can read the interview on March 31 and nod your head the whole time.  Armand is hoping people who pick it up during his deal will be kind enough to leave a review on Amazon.  Be a sport, will ya?

That’s all for now, folks.  Keep it tuned here for more scarelicious news in the near future!