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Horror: A Love Story

Horror has always, for as long as I can remember, been a huge part of my life.  Everything from watching it, reading it, and even writing it, nothing has been off limits for me.  I love everything about horror from the music, the visuals, and the way it just gets under your skin.  It is rare when you can find that magic in any other genre.  I will let you in on the history how horror became a huge part of my life and how it impacts me today.

It all started at the age of one.  Yes, one years old.  What most people would call bad parenting, I call amazing.  When I was just a little girl, my dad would watch Tales from the Crypt and plop me down on the pillow to watch it with him.  The opening scene has to be one of the most terrifying minute long horror segments that I watched as a child.  From there, as I got older, I started watching whatever horror movies would come on television.  At that point in time Child’s Play was still really popular and I was deathly afraid but yet in love with that movie.  Fast forward a few years and I am a middle school student.  I had walked into class and saw another girl making a list of people in the class and how they would die.  When I talked to her about it, it turns out that she got the idea from the movie Final Destination and from then on, we were soul mates.  I finally found the one person who understood my love for horror in a small town, and I was no longer the weird kid.

In high school, I started writing short stories, and wrote numerous terrible novels.  I decided to join a creative writing class in high school and actually won an award for my writing.  It was only high school level, but that I was the first time in my life that I felt my writing was worth something.  I have always loved writing and have only recently been trying to make something from it.  The hardest thing for me was actually making something scary.  Now that I’m older, I can take everything that scares me in my mind, and put it on paper.  I have a short story coming out the end of the year in an anthology series entitled Depraved Desires.  I have been working on my novel for some time now and am nearing completion, and I continue to submit short stories on almost a near daily basis.  Even if I never become traditionally published, a household name, or anything else that comes with being an author, I will still be happy because I am throwing myself into the thing that I love most: horror.

Top 5 Favorite B-Rated Horror Movies

Horror is one of the very few genres of movies that can encompass almost all other genres. While some horror movies are a classic in their own right, there are thousands of cheesy horror movies that I just can’t get enough of. Today, I’ll be listing my top 5 favorite B-Horror rated movies. If you don’t know what a B-rated horror movie is, it is horror movies that are straight to DVD, that are so bad its good, and leaves you laughing more than frightened. A few examples are: Sharknado, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, and other funny-scary movies such as these.

Now, this list is just my opinion, so if you have other favorites, feel free to let me know!

#5 – Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988).

I absolutely adore this movie! I fell in love with it when I was around ten years old. I was spending the night with one of my friends and we ended up watching it. I personally have never been afraid of clowns so I knew going into this movie that it wouldn’t be scary to me. If you love aliens, clowns, people being killed by cotton candy, then you’ll love this flick!

#4 – Slither (2006).

I remember seeing this movie my freshman year of high school in theater. At first watch, I was super confused and didn’t like it. When I re-watched it a few years ago, I regretted my earlier sentiment. This movie is balls-to-the-wall funny, crazy, and just an all around good time.

#3 – My Name Is Bruce (2007).

This movie is very groovy. I will watch anything Bruce Campbell makes, no matter how stupid it is. I fell in love with Bruce when I watched Evil Dead (1981). Yes, that’s technically a B-rated horror movie as well but I am focusing on funny-stupid movies for this list. If you love Evil Dead, Bruce Campbell, or neither, it doesn’t matter. you’ll love this movie.

#2 – Leprechaun in the Hood (2000).

It’s sassy, gangster, and fantastic. If you love any Leprechaun, Jason, Freddy, or any other “classic” horror movies that have so many sequels that you can’t keep up, I’d start with this one. This is my favorite of the entire series. After you watch it, trust me, it’ll be yours too.

#1 – Thankskilling (2009).

If you thought that Thanksgiving (American) was a safe time of year, think again! A turkey has decided it is tired of its fellow turkey’s getting slaughtered and takes matters into it’s own hands. Or, should I say, wings. This movie if so stupid, its great. It is my go-to Thanksgiving movie and I watch it every year to bring in the holiday season.

Thanks for reading, guys! Please let me know your favorite B-rated horror movie. Let’s get a discussion going.

Until next time, stay scared.

Kenzie

NGHW Competition is Getting Close & Random Ramblings

#NGHW #horroraddicts Random Ramblings and Fangirling over #horrorwriters #amwriting

Hello there my horror fiends,

As you all know, I write for http://www.horroraddicts.net as a game reviewer but recently I have had the privilege writing the news for the Next Great Horror Writer competition and man, is it intense! I implore you to go over there and read up on the contestants and get involved. It is a great way to not only support up and coming horror writers, but also supporting the indie publishing industry.

This weeks competition was one of my favorites. The competition was centered around the contestants writing an audio-drama and having the Horror Addicts team act it out. The audio-dramas were pretty scary, with some even being funny. These competitors sure do have a knack for radio.

In a personal update, I’ve begun writing the sequel to Rippling Rage, which drops on April 18th, 2018. My good friend Stacy Rich, the editor of the website, has offered to interview me and help with the marketing of my book once it drops! That literally made my week. I love having horror addicts as friends, even if it is just online. The horror community has always been very welcoming of other gore heads and it’s devilishly fun.

I’ve been loving the writing experience and I don’t think I can ever stop writing. It’s what fuels my soul, my passions, and tops my heart off with darkness. I just wanted to take a minute to thank you guys for all of your patience with me these past few months. I promise to never leave you hanging!

Some food for thought: One of the horror contestants stated that she had a dream about how Stephen King and Dean Koontz were fighting her affections to be their number one fan. Who do you think would win if that happened to you? I think for me, it would be Stephen King since I’m a horror conspiracy theorist, but that’s just me. Let me know who you’d choose in the battle of of the two great horror authors!

Until next time, stay scared

Kenzie

Novel, News, and Update

An update on my life and where I’m going from here

Happy Friday everyone!

I wrote last month about how I am going to start publishing once a week on my site! For those of you who have been following me, you should know that it is a godsend! My life has been so hectic recently and I FINALLY have the time to dedicate to my blog once a week. I am thinking of writing one blog every Friday no later than six in the evening central time. Also, I’ve got a new puppy! Everyone meet Cricket. He’s a Beagle-Brittany mix and is about a year old. I rescued him from the Humane Society about a month ago.

That being said, I just wanted to update you guys on what’s been new in my life. I have finally gotten all settled in here in Alabama. I have an office that is fully dedicated to my writings and musings.  I had finished a novel back in March and I am finally getting traction with it!

Rippling Rage sets place in present Chicago. Nora, a depressed woman in the throes of grief, is having a hard time letting go of her brother, Jeremy. She needs one last goodbye so she meets up with her priest at her local Catholic Church and conducts a seance. What happens after this sends not only Nora into a whirlwind of terror, but her husband. Nora disappears after the seance so Arnold, her husband, enlists the help of two paranormal investigators, Elowen and Augustine. Elowen decides to help Jeremy on his path to find his wife. What they don’t know is that it isn’t a traditional paranormal case. Elowen and Augustine cross paths with a Kelpie, an undine water spirit. This Kelpie loves playing mind games on Elowen and Augustine, so much so that they never know what is reality, and what is the Kelpie’s doing. This novel will send you on a roller-coaster of mind-bending terror, leaving you so scared that you will want to jump off mid-ride.

Rippling Rage is currently in the editing process. It should be finished editing no later than October and the cover should be done no later than November.  The novel is set to be released on April 18th, 2018. I plan on keeping you guys in the loop as much as possible with the editing and publishing process. I do thank you guys for your continued support in my horror-filled writing journey. I will be posting excerpts, character outlines, and much more so that I can bring you into the fold of not only the novel, but my life.

Aside from the novel, I plan on continuing my horror themed articles such as conspiracy theories, writers, movies, books, music, and everything horror. I’m your go-to everything horror chick and I plan on keeping it that way! Thank you for your patience over the craziness that was this summer. I love you guys.

Until next time,

Kenzie

 

Leave of Absence Explained

Long time no see my horror fanatics!  I thought that I would pop in to explain what has been going on in my life that I haven’t been contributing to my website since May.  My life has been in a tailspin and I am so happy to be back in the mix!

The main reason why I haven’t written since may is because I have been in the process of moving, and we all know how stressful moving can be.  I am actually in the American military so moving is a huge stressor on not only the family unit, but work itself.  I was working around the clock packing, sorting, and setting everything up for my big move from Germany to Alabama.

Another reason that I stopped blogging was because I honestly needed a break from writing.  In just three months I wrote over ten horror short stories, a novel, began blogging for Horror Addicts, and started blogging on my own site here.  With that, on top of working and moving, I needed a break for my mental health.  It wasn’t that my mental health was taking a nose-dive by any means, it was just that all of the pressures were causing stress and I just needed an extended vacation, especially after finishing my first novel.  I basically decided to drop the blog in favor of only keeping up with my Horror Addicts Ghastly Game Reviews for the few months while I transition.

What does all of this information mean to you?  Well, it means that I’m back in the full swing of things! I plan on blogging at least once a week, maybe getting a schedule down with it.  I’m going to also start a second novel, and get back into the game of writing short horror stories.  I’ve been debating on creating an anthology series for all of my stories, but we’ll see what happens.  I would love to drop everything and be a full-time writer, but you know, I’ve got bills to pay!

Thank you guys so much for following me and being patient with me through this time.  I know this isn’t typical of my blog posts and I promise my next one will be straight up horror!

Until next time my horror fanatics, stay scared.

  • Kenzie

Top 5 Favorite Women Horror Writers

Women are few and far between in horror, but these five women definitely stand out as my top 5 favorites

Women are few and far between in the horror genre, let alone writers.  Obviously it is a male dominated genre because the majority of women do not like horror as a whole.  With that being said, out of the few prolific women horror writers, I have narrowed down my top 5 women authors.  Feel free to disagree but please do let me know who your favorites are in the comments.

 

#5 Laurell K. Hamilton 

Laurell K. Hamilton is a prolific woman in horror.  She has written over ten different horror novels, short stories, and much more.  She’s famous for her Anita Blake series.  What drew me to her originally was her writing style.  She really draws you in and holds you tight.  You feel something for the bad characters which is a rarity in the horror genre as a whole.  If you haven’t read her work before, I’d definitely recommend her.

#4 Alison Littlewood

Alison Littlewood is an up & coming bombshell of a writer that published the novel, The Hidden People, in 2016.  That book drew me in and spit me back out, leaving me to wonder what the hell I just read, in a good way.  Her writing style shows just how much foreboding is crucial in horror.  I hope to see more amazing work from her in the coming years.

#3 Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson is one of the most iconic horror writers of the past.  She has serial published short stories, novels, and more.  Her novel, The Haunting of Hill House, made me legitimately fear haunted houses once more.  If you haven’t read any of her novels or short stories I would recommend it.  Shirley will leave you breathless, making you wonder if your house is indeed haunted.

#2 Anne Rice

Anne Rice shot into horror infamy for her Vampire Lestat novels.  Most famously, Interview with the Vampire. Several of her novels have ended up on the big screen, including Queen of the Damned.  She is an amazing vampire novelist and with the current vampire craze, she knows how to make people afraid of vampires once more.

#1 Mary Shelly

What women horror author list would be complete without her?  Her Frankenstein novel rose to infamy, selling millions of books world wide and dug deep into pop culture infamy.  As one of the first female horror writers, she will always be in our hearts as the woman who gave birth to Frankenstein.

Horror Movie Conspiracy Theories: Dr. Sam Loomis Was Also in Psycho

Was Dr. Loomis in Psycho before he assisted Michael Myers?

Halloween is one of the most iconic horror movies of all time.  Obviously, it plays a lot during Halloween season, as well as almost quarterly for die hard horror fans.  This weeks horror conspiracy revolves around not only the Halloween franchise, but the Psycho franchise as well.  Was Dr. Loomis in Psycho before he assisted Michael Myers?

It all starts in Psycho.  Loomis is Marion’s boyfriend, who later catches Norman Bates.  Fast foreward a few years and Loomis is now Dr. Loomis treating Michael Myers.  Why do they have the same character name if it isn’t intended to be the same character?  Or, was the director paying tribute to Alfred Hitchcock?

I believe it has to be the same character.  If it was a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock, then why make a main character have the same name? That’s a pretty big nod if that’s the case.  I believe that after Norman Bates was arrested, Loomis made it his life dedication to help murderers and that’s why he was Michael Myer’s doctor.

Do you agree?  Please let me know in the comments below!  Until next time, keep that tin foil hat on.

What It’s Like Being a Female Horror Writer

Never let your gender play a part in your decision making. Always try your best and give it your all. Don’t be afraid to hear the word “no.”

Being a female writer in general has it’s ups and downs.  In the past few decades, it has gotten tremendously easier for women to break into the writing world.  But, that is not to say that women are on the same playing field as men are when it comes to horror.  More than eighty-percent of horror authors are male.  Now, is that because men are more interested in horror than women are? Yes. The horror genre has always been populated with a crazy amount of men compared to women.  I am one of the few women who do love everything horror.  I could rant for hours upon hours about different horror related topics.

What I have seen when women try to produce horror material is that sometimes it just isn’t taken seriously.  I have had a few different editors, not going to name any names what-so-ever so don’t ask, that have told me that yes, my writing is great, but they don’t want female horror writers in their line up.  That really hurt me but I obviously do not want to write for companies that are blatantly sexist.  Has this always been my experience?  Absolutely not.  Women in horror is growing every day, and some companies love to do horror anthologies with 100% women writers.  I don’t have a novel published yet but it is sitting with several different companies right now.  I don’t believe that because I am a woman, my works will be turned down.  I believe that if they are denied, it is either because they do not like my writing style or it doesn’t fit into what they are looking for.

Never let your gender play a part in your decision making.  Always try your best and give it your all.  Don’t be afraid to hear the word “no.”