Poetry by Paul F. Lenzi

Poesy plus Polemics

drug_abuse_painting “Drug Abuse” by Angu Walters

capsules of sanity
tablets of bravery
consciousness addled
by painkilling chemistry
left in the half-light
of utter dependence
a life inauthentic
one cadre of shadows
exchanged for another
will time tell the tale
whether treatments
prove better or worse
than afflictions

the trinity essence
of human identity
heart mind and soul
find connection
by delicate meshed
metaphysical membrane
connections indifferently
severed by dull
pharmaceutical knives
in the quelling of
pain and depression
collateral damage
the self can’t survive

in the effort
to overcome suffering
physic and psychic
rebalanced arranging
a new personality
lost of original tendencies
sapped of vitality
trapped in a fugue
of unrealized addiction
content to continue
the journey unwary
the path has been altered
away from one’s dreams

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Women in Horror Month 2016 – Featured Author: Leigh M. Lane @LeighMLane #WiHM7

Spreading the Writer's Word

Leigh M. Lane


Lisa (Leigh M.) Lane has been writing dark speculative fiction for over twenty years. She has ten published novels and dozens of published short stories. She is married to editor Thomas B. Lane, Jr. and currently resides in the outskirts of Sin City. When she’s not writing, she spends her time working on other creative endeavors, editing, and paying attention to her very spoiled cat.

You can find Leigh and her work in the following places:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LeighMLane
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLeighMLane
Blog: http://www.cerebralwriter.com/blog


Featured Works:

Aftermath: Beyond World-Mart

LeighMLane_AftermathBeyondWorldMartWhen all seems lost, when all the world has crumbled away, what will rise in its place?

In this highly anticipated conclusion to the World-Mart trilogy, George once again travels beyond the district in search of possible surviving family. What he finds along the way, however, changes everything he thought he’d known about the world—and the end of the world—as he…

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Guest Interview With Miracle Austin!

A great interview for a talented writer.

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Today is Valentine’s Day.  It’s a day for love, for flowers, for chocolate, and… for revenge.

Okay, probably not so much that last one, but isn’t revenge so much more fun than the mushy stuff?  At least in the fictional world?

On this day, Valentine’s Day, it is my sincerest pleasure to welcome my friend and fellow author, Miracle Austin, to my blog!  After being featured in several horror anthologies, Miracle is celebrating the release of her first full-length novel, DOLL.


I read this book in one sitting, and you can find my reviews on GoodReads.com AND Amazon.com.  For now, however, please enjoy my interview with

Screen Shot 2016-02-14 at 2.27.21 PMJacqueline Smith: First of all, tell me a little bit about yourself:

Miracle Austin: I work in the social work world by day and the writer’s world at night and weekends. I’m a YA/NA Cross-Genre author; adults also enjoy my works.

I’ve been…

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Women in Horror Month 2016 – Featured Author: Gwendolyn Kiste @GwendolynKiste #WiHM7

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Women in Horror Month 2016 – Featured Author: Melanie McCurdie @MelanieMcCurdie #WiHM7

Spreading the Writer's Word

Melanie McCurdie


I am a Canadian based writer who resides in Calgary, Alberta and blessed with two challenging boys. A Warrior Mom of Sam, aged 13 and DaveyB, aged 9, wife, administrator with The Twisted Path Group, writer with Visionary Press Collaborative, supporter of Independant Film and Publications, and a horror junkie with a taste for words, and bloodsauce.

I am proud to be in The Burbs, a radio serial by Liane Moonraven as the friendly, coffee loving Maria Sanchez. Listen on Spreaker Thursdays at 10 pm EST.

I can also be seen in the slasher film The Orphan Killer 2, Bound x Blood written and directed by Matt Farnsworth, available to rent on Vimeo VOD.

You can find Melanie and her work in the following places:

Author Page on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Melanie-McCurdie/e/B016C68GYC
Website: http://melaniemccurdie.wix.com/slayfulstories
Personal Blog: https://malevolantmajesty.wordpress.com/
The Twisted Path Website: http://thetwistedpathgroup.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/proseinbloodsauce/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/melaniemccurdie
Google+: http://google.com/+MelanieMcCurdieslayfulstories
LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/melanie-mccurdie-270299ba


Guest Post by Melanie


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Women in Horror Month 2016 – Featured Author: Elaine Pascale @doclaney #WiHM7

Spreading the Writer's Word

Elaine Pascale


Elaine Pascale has been writing for most of her life. She took a break from fiction in order to give birth to two children, who are far too attractive to carry her DNA, and to complete a doctoral dissertation. She lives on Cape Cod, MA, with her husband, son and daughter, a variety of pets, and a semi-fictional Minotaur. She teaches a smorgasbord of courses at a private university in Boston: from English Composition and Communications to a Vampire Seminar. Her writing has been published in anthologies and magazines. She is the author of If Nothing Else, Eve, We’ve Enjoyed the Fruit, and is also the author of the nonfiction book: Metamorphosis: Identity Outcomes in International Student Adaptation–A Grounded Theory Study. Her writing will be featured in two new anthologies in 2016 and she has been contracted by a publisher to release a novella in the very near future. Her impending plans include: rescuing more animals, writing…

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OUT OF PHASE with Alex Woolf

The Sirens Song

Hive Mind: The Inspiration

Alex Woolf

When I was about eight my family went on holiday to the South of France, and in the garden of our rented villa, I witnessed a massed attack by a swarm of ants on a large green gecko. It was hideous, yet also fascinating to watch them gradually dismember the poor reptile while it was still alive, and carry pieces of it away to their nest. I remember trying to imagine what it must be like to be that gecko. What really impressed me was how the ants operated as a highly efficient and ruthless team. They seemed almost to possess a collective intelligence.

Small things on their own are weak, I realized, but when they act collectively and in large numbers, they can be seriously formidable. A swarm of ants operates in many ways like a single organism, but with the distinct…

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