Book Review: Black Magic Women

Black Magic Women : Review of an Anthology of Horror

by James Goodridge

Mystical is how I like to label profound work and that’s how I label the work between the covers of Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters, an anthology of well-crafted horror stories by a congress of well-established and up and coming group of women of color.

In recent years there has been a emergence or reemergence of black speculative fiction parallel to the Afro-futurist movement (I took the red pill and have been a creative member since 2013). This anthology will for years to come, be an important must-have book documenting the era.

A labor of love, the anthology is edited and curated by Sumiko Saulson and proof read by Jessica Glanville with contributions by: Valjeanne Jeffers, Kamika Aziza, Crystal Connor, Davida Green Norris, Nina Polina, Nuzo Onoh, Delizhia Jenkins, LH Moore, Kenya Moss-Dyme, Lori…

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Alternative Teaser……

Shooting pain from her lower back and stomach almost made Michelle scream in agony. This agony was something she had never felt before during her experience in taking birth control. As she ran her hand across her swollen belly, it no longer resembled a stomach to her, but more as if swallowed a bag of hot rocks and her insides were burning. Please just one drop, that’s all I ask for. Just one drop. She begged and pleaded that something would happen, anything. But now, as her breathing slowed and the room felt less closed in, the pain still lingered. If she didn’t know better, she could’ve sworn that her stomach was forming a life of its own. It can’t be…there’s no way, it’s just my eyes. Nothing more. 

Black Magic Women release date announced

Sumiko Saulson

February 15 is the official release date for Black Magic Women, 18 Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters associated with the reference guide 100 Black Women in Horror.

Black Magic Women

Imagine horror where black characters aren’t all tropes and the first to die; imagine a world written by black sisters where black women and femmes are in the starring roles. From flesh-eating plants to flesh-eating bees; zombies to vampires to vampire-eating vampire hunters; ghosts, revenants, witches and werewolves, this book has it all. Cursed drums, cursed dolls, cursed palms, ancient spirits and goddesses create a nuanced world of Afrocentric and multicultural horror. Seventeen terrifying tales by seventeen of the scary sisters profiled in the reference guide “100 Black Women in Horror.”

Includes the stories Appreciation by Mina Polina, Death Lines by Nuzo Onoh, Sweet Justice by Kenesha Williams, Bryannah and the Magic Negro by Crystal Connor, The Lost Ones by Valjeanne Jeffers, Tango…

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Wake up!

Perfect Monday motivation

Cristian Mihai

The alarm goes off. You cry a little bit inside. You don’t want to get out of bed. Not again. Not this. Anything but this.

You want to go back to sleep, back to the comfortable warmth of dreams that make sense only to you.

But you do get up. You have to.

Unfortunately, you left a part of yourself wrapped in the blanket…

You walk around like a zombie. You get angry over minor things. People’s only purpose is to annoy you.

Why does it have to be this hard?

Can’t you just stay in bed all day and watch funny YouTube videos?

This is how your whole life flies by you.

Most people never wake up.

They never fully understand that here and now is all we ever get.

Step outside your comfort zone. Get outside your head. Welcome the grind.

Here and now is where you make…

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Losing Momentum: Snap Out of It

A Writer's Path

by Samantha Fenton

It happens often enough: A writer taking a day or two break, which turns into a week of not writing, then two, and pretty soon your manuscript has been pushed off the table and into a drawer. Not good. Now you’ve lost all drive to work on the thing. You’re procrastinating, and have no desire to start on it again. Let me repeat: This is not good, and you know it.

It started off innocently enough. You did actually want to work on the book, but you had a lot going on. Or maybe you had hit a rut. Still, you had other things you needed to get done. You wanted to read that new book. You were to work on that hard scene tomorrow. You just took of one night because you were so tired, and you deserved one night off after all you’ve done.

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#NGHW 500-word Horror Blogs, the Runners Up

#NGHW 500-word Horror Blogs, The Runners Up featured on #139
Daphne Strasert and Quentin Norris

  1.  # 2 HORROR BINGE by Daphne Strasert

    Fear evolved to be a fleeting physical reaction. Fight or flight is only supposed to last long enough to escape danger. Psychologically speaking, humans aren’t built to endure hours of sustained terror. Yet, whether it’s Penny Dreadful or Stranger Things, horror addicts love to curl up with Netflix for a marathon of dread. Watching horror isn’t like it used to be. With the rise of streaming services, the horror genre faces the new challenge of binge-watch culture. What effect does this medium have on scare factor and can it take horror to new heights?

    How did we get here?

    Before streaming, television horror was constrained by weekly time slots. Creators had to contend with an unreliable audience, so they structured series for casual viewing. Shows adopted a…

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Press Release Drops for Debut Novel, Outbreak: The Hunger

Horror Movies, Horror News, Horror Reviews |

Okay, I’m gonna be completely honest with you all. The press release I’m posting in this article for the debut novel, OUTBREAK: THE HUNGER, is my press release for my debut novel. I know, I know … shameless self-promotion!! But I’m really proud of this novel and think it’s something horror fans everywhere will enjoy. Plus, I’m almost finished writing the sequel for it and it’s turning out to be a pretty kickass, new take on the zombie sub-genre (if I don’t say so myself). Enough nonsense. Here’s the press release:

Outbreak-the-Hunger-ebook-coverOutbreak: The Hunger: Trend-Bucking Zombie Trilogy Releases Pack of “Wild” Animals…with Deadly Results. Hailed “A Frightening Un-Dead Story” by Critics.

Masterfully crafted by Scott Shoyer, ‘The Hunger,’ the powerful first volume in the ‘Outbreak’ trilogy, breaks the stagnant mold of zombie fiction to embroil readers in an innocent trip to a zoo that could literally change humanity for…

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Do You Believe in You?

Tricia Drammeh

Do I believe in myself? Do I believe in my writing? These are questions I’ve been contemplating for a while. I’ve made a few investments in my dreams, but most of the risks I’ve taken have been carefully calculated. I’ve weighed every expenditure and for the most part, I’ve hardly spent any money on my books that I’m not fairly certain I can recoup.

Maybe I’ve been working in accounting for so long, I can’t stop viewing my writing career from a strictly businesslike standpoint. Or maybe I just don’t believe in myself enough. To be honest, I think it’s a little of both.

For example, I know authors who spend thousands of dollars on each book before it’s ever published. Some expenditures are unavoidable, such as editors and book covers. But some authors go the extra mile, hiring publicists and personal assistants to handle their marketing and social media needs…

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New Horror Streaming Service, Shudder, Now in Beta Testing Stage

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Shudder posterAMC has begun an invite-only beta test of its new horror service called SHUDDER. This is a brand new beta-streaming service that features more than two hundred horror movies ranging from the classics to more modern offerings in the genre.

So what’s the difference between SHUDDER and, say, Hulu Plus? The movies on SHUDDER are the full-length versions, and they are ad-free. AMC’s goal is to eventually launch SHUDDER on a number of various TV streaming devices.

According to, AMC is slated to launch Shudder.TV this Halloween and will air a non-stop schedule of horror films for two weeks, just like “Monster Fest” does around Halloween each year. Once Shudder.TV launches, it’ll be available on its website, iOS, Android, and Roku devices.

Here are more details about the service from

Consumers who previously signed up on Shudder’s public pre-launch website have started to get invites over the last 24 hours, and can now join the service for…

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First Ash Vs Evil Dead Teaser Drops

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Ash posterStarz has recently dropped the first teaser for the upcoming television series, ASH VS. EVIL DEAD.

Bruce Campbell is once again wielding his chainsaw and ‘boom stick’ and taking on the Deadites as Ash Williams, an aging slacker who’s spent the last thirty years avoiding maturity and the Evil Dead. But those plucky little demons are back, and when a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, he’s forced to face his demons. The series also stars Lucy Lawless and Jill Marie Jones.

Lawless plays Ruby, a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks; Jill Marie Jones plays Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner; and Ray Santiago plays Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick. Dana DeLorenzo also stars.

ASH VS. EVIL DEAD will be a ten-episode…

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