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Rich Restucci: Drinking with Jason! *Guest Blog by Joy Killar*

Published October 28, 2015 by Shadow Girl

Check out Rich Restucci’s latest zombie novel: Chaos Theory 

Rich Restucci has done it again. He has written a novel that is at once as visceral as it is entertaining. Chaos Theory: A Zombie Novel introduces us to a motley group of characters whose lives cross paths during extreme apocalyptic duress. The three main protagonists are immensely likable, and there is no doubt you will be cheering them on as they try to survive.”

Rich Restucci has the uncanny ability to blend horror and humor in ways that keep me coming back for more. His amazing perspective of what life might be like when humanity meets its greatest challenge- the zombie plague, will certainly have both fans of the genre and newcomers alike hooked on his writing. Chaos Theory: A Zombie Novel by Rich Restucci is a must read and will make an excellent addition to every horror fan’s bookcase.”

~ written by Joy Killar on zombiefiend.com / original post HERE

“For episode 16, Rich brought a bowl of beer. Literally. Rich explained how he got his first book published, translated into foreign languages, and turned into an audiobook. I hate him for his success. We also talked about zombies, of course, and his love the Patriots and 18 packs.”

Listen on – iTunes – Stitcher – RSS – Direct Download

Follow Rich here:
https://www.facebook.com/Rich-Restucci-1510593285927437/
https://twitter.com/dickpastrami

Buy his books here:
http://amzn.to/1GWDhbo

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Best. Book. Review. Ever.

Published April 12, 2015 by Shadow Girl

Originally posted by Joy Killar on Zombie Fiend

The Marionnettiste of Versailles and Other Oddities by Adam Millard

Published January 13, 2015 by Shadow Girl

Warning: This book contains – A sadistic mortician, demonic teddies, murderous sparrows, sentient robots, scenes of the apocalypse, feeders, lycanthropes, serial-killers, war, jealous housewives, cannibalism, creepy-ass neighbours, suicide, flesh-eating parasites, zombies, cowboys, mothmen, Nyogtha, Appalachian folklore, cancer, asteroids, invisible crocodiles, and voodoo. A collection of previously published and brand new macabre and weird tales from bestselling British author, Adam Millard.

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Putting warning labels on books can be better than recommendations. (rawr!)

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This anthology contains a wide variety of horrors told in 25 short stories. Some shorts are new to this collection, with additional shorts having been seen previously in different publications. (They were all new to me this time. Bonus.)
Cuddly & creepy stuffed animals, ancient legends re-imagined, and even some disturbing stories of love. In Can You Read That Asteroid from Here? I learned some important tips to follow if I ever get my interstellar drivers license, (‘lefty brakey, righty speedy.’) When I started reading Hair, I thought that Joy Killar had secretly gotten to Adam and had him write about the horrors of finding my stray hairs EVERYWHERE, and about them secretly plotting her imminent demise. But, it was a story about a serial killer who might have appreciated my shedding. Stories like Bug Boy, and 7:17 From Suicide Station didn’t hold back on the ‘bum me out’ vibes, but there were plenty of giggles to even things out. When Gladys confronted her husband about his mistress, her question was ‘What’s She Got That I Haven’t?’, you can imagine the multiple replies that could have fit. But, in the end, there was only one answer. If you’ve read Adam Millard before, you know to expect some dark humor peppered throughout his work. What surprised, (and delighted), me were the Easter Eggs hidden within. I love when authors slyly reference their other works, or revisit characters from other stories. I’m sure that if I had read more of the Adam’s work prior to reading this – I’d have found more. But, that just makes me look forward to reading this again in the future.

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You can find The Marionnettiste of Versailles and Other Oddities on Amazon, Goodreads, Library Thing, and Shelfari.

Visit Adam Millard on his websiteAmazon, Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

Guest Blogger – Joy Killar’s review of THE BONE ARCHITECT by Ian Woodhead

Published September 8, 2014 by Shadow Girl

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The Bone Architect by Ian Woodhead is a gruesome and scary page turner. This disturbing slasher story launches into immediate action that is sure to make your heart beat faster and your eyes widen in fear. Even the most die-hard horror fans will find this novel a terrifying venture. I am impressed by Ian Woodhead’s mastery of the genre and his ability to shock even me…. I highly recommend The Bone Architect to any readers who are looking for true horror, and willing to be scared sleepless.

SURVIVOR by J.F. Gonzalez

Published June 26, 2013 by Shadow Girl

BEFORE HOSTEL…BEFORE SAW..THERE WAS SURVIVOR

From the Back Cover
It is supposed to be a romantic weekend getaway. Lisa is looking forward to spending time alone with her husband—and telling him that they are going to have a baby. Instead, it becomes a nightmare when her husband is arrested and Lisa is kidnapped. But the kidnappers aren’t asking for ransom. They want Lisa herself. They’re going to make her a star—in a snuff film.
What they have in mind for Lisa is unspeakable. They plan to torture and murder her as graphically and brutally as possible, and to capture it all on film. If they have their way, Lisa’s death will be truly horrifying…but even more horrifying is what Lisa will do to survive.…

I was trying to save this as my ‘back-up’ book. The one I listen to on my way to work, and home from work. Then, I started reading on my lunch break. Pretty soon, it was all I was doing. Reading or listening to SURVIVOR by J.F. Gonzalez
You guys know I have a sick/twizted streak in me, and this book pushed my limits.
Walking to work & listening to the first chapter…
It’s a beautiful day, I’m walking along & smiling while listening about this young girl who is sneaking off to see her forbidden love before her parents get home from work. Aww. I get a little surprise when I realize who she’s sneaking off to see, but, a good surprise. Then… I start getting uncomfortable. Take a drink of my Mountain Dew, light a cigarette. It’s getting worse. I actually stopped walking, made an audible noise – someone looked at me, haha – almost gagged, then was a minute or two late punching in for work because I had to finish that section.

The story is about a young couple, Lisa & Brad, who are off to have a nice, and well deserved vacation. Lisa also has some exciting news to surprise her husband with! But, they never get their vacation. Something odd happens and the couple is separated from each other. While Brad is unable to help, Lisa is kidnapped and informed that she was chosen to be the staring role in a snuff film. She is taken to an isolated cabin, bound, and listening to her captor tell her about who her co-star is and about the underground hardcore extreme S&M community. Since she wasn’t familiar with the term SNUFF, the things she heard terrified her – because she is realizing that this is to be her fate. She meets her co-star, Animal, and the others involved in this project. As she is put through the torture of awaiting her fate while they put up plastic sheeting, Dexter style, and get out various equipment, something very unexpected happens and she is now sharing her cabin of horrors with another woman! Lisa is unfortunate enough to watch as this other woman is filmed first. Now she knows that no amount of talking could ever prepare her for what she just witnessed, and she also knows that this is to be her fate as well. Lisa is a fighter, though. A Survivor. And, I can’t believe the lengths she goes to – to try to survive this nightmare.
I’m not telling you anything else :p
As graphic as this story is, it’s not just about gratuitous sex and violence. There is a deep story here, full of twists and turns that you won’t see coming. It is graphic. Extremely so.

I downloaded this for free, probably an Amazon sale. But, I recommend buying it – under two STRICT conditions…
This book is really intense. Not for the squeamish.
Scenes of extreme violence, sexual violence, torture, rape, rape of things that should never be penetrated (eye sockets, gaping wounds, etc. I don’t want to post spoilers). There is some talk of animal torture, a flash-back of a horrible bunny death that’s pretty graphic, but… not too much of the animal stuff. The flash-back sets the stage, so just some mentions of this type of behavior are made. Umm…what else… minor drug references, no big. But, if you don’t think you can handle the SM/BD… don’t use this book to gauge your tolerance. Graphic. One horror author told me he had to stop reading at a certain point because it disturbed him so much. A different horror author told me she loved it. Six of one, ya know?
The other thing, this book needs an editor. In the worst way. Grammatical errors are not the issue, it’s spelling. I’ve never picked up any book that was this bad. I truly believe the authors keyboard could not make a capital ‘I’, because in most cases, the number 1 was used. There was one ‘/’, and other things. Detective Orr was only Detective Orr half the time, or less. It became Detective On, SUV was typically SW. Things like that are examples of what you need to be aware of.
I think the story was good enough to not lose points for that.
Most people I know WON’T be able to deal.
Joy Killar, Hon, your head will explode. You’ve wanted to hurt writers for comma abuse, don’t open this story unless you’re prepared to edit it – cuz I know that’s exactly what you’d do! (Love you!)
Consider these 2 things, if you can handle both, then please, read this book! And… let’s talk about it!! Tell me what you thought!! We can private chat about it if you want to discuss spoilers 🙂 This is the only thing I’ve read by J.F. Gonzalez, but… I don’t want to get on his bad side!!

Women in Horror

Published February 21, 2013 by Shadow Girl

Rebecca Besser’s blog, featuring the Women In Horror Month, has interviewed our favorite gas masked & pig-tailed Zombie Slayer – JOY KILLAR!
Don’t forget, Joy Killar – aka Mayden Doom – is also an admin on my Shadow Girl Facebook page, and the pig-tails behind ZOMBIE FIEND!
(ZF is undergoing a minor face-lift & will re-open shortly! Stay posted here for details)

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