Out of the Madhouse and into The Doghouse by Mary Markstrom

Mary Markstrom is in her fifties and has had it with her unrewarding, often punishing job as a social worker. She sells her place in England, buys an old, beat-up, vintage caravan and leaves for Spain to start a new life. While I admire the courage of this woman and wish I had it myself…

Trust a Few, by E.M. Swift-Hook

Brilliant writing, intriguing characters and story! A must read! The story begins with a convict, Avilon, who is released from a program known as the Specials. He has no memory of who he was before his arrest, and is literally a blank slate, a child learning about the world. My interest was sparked immediately. Right…

ISABELLA IS DEAD

Isabella is dead, and she is being mourned by Lisa Gerrard, of the band Dead Can Dance. Lisa starts with a ghostly, inhuman groaning, bringing to mind witches and dark spirituality. Then she begins howling and wailing in torment, in wretchedness, in madness. ISABELLA SHE’S DEAD ISABELLA SHE’S DEAD SHE’S DEAD SHE’S DEAD Anyone who…

EXCERPT FROM OWL MANOR – ABIGAIL!

BOOK 2 OF THE OWL MANOR TRILOGY! That night I woke up suddenly with my heart racing, sweat pouring down my neck. The feeling that something was not right throbbed in every pore of my skin, every cell in my body. My eyes tried in vain to adjust, to distinguish shapes in the room, but…

Recent reviews for Owl Manor – the Dawning, my Gothic thriller!!

5.0 out of 5 stars  The influence of Edgar Allen Poe and the Bronte sisters is evident OWL MANOR: THE DAWNING by Zita Harrison, is book #1 in the planned OWL MANOR series. It begins in 1859 near Denver during the Colorado Gold Rush, with miners discovering the strangulation murder of a prostitute in the…

Can’t finish that bottle of wine?

Ever find yourself dying for just one glass of good wine, then agonizing over a whole open bottle that you have to drink soon, as in within a week, so it doesn’t end up in your spaghetti sauce, which you don’t make much anyway? That’s me. Luckily, I’ve found wines that are in the $20.00…

Some say it’s the adrenaline rush.

Why do we read horror? Some say it’s the adrenaline rush, some say they like to see it happening to someone else, or to experience danger knowing it’s not really happening. But is it not really happening? There’s danger all around us, demons that exist in the real world, and inside our own selves. Horror…