How Urban Legends Shaped My Newest Horror Story #WIHM

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I had fun writing my horror novella, Urban Legends (working title). A serial killer terrorizes a group of college students with urban legends, killing them one by one. In honor of Women In Horror Month, I was a guest on Priscilla Bettis’s blog–The making of a horror novelist. If you would like to see the nine urban legends that inspired my horror scenes, then please click on the link: Guest Post: How Urban Legends Shaped My Newest Story by Yawatta Hosby.

What’s your favorite urban legend? Mine is Bloody Mary. To this day, I refuse to say her name five times while looking in a mirror. No siree.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Supporting #WIHM, I’m Adding The Empties by Kristen Gorlitz to My To-Be-Read List!

February is Women In Horror Month, and I’ve been browsing Twitter to find authors to support. I love to read, and I’m a firm believer of writers helping other writers. Plus, I love graphic novels. I was in luck when I found Kristen Gorlitz sharing her horror graphic novel, The Empties, on Twitter.

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The Empties: You are who you eat.

When a housewife contracts a flesh-eating illness, she and her husband rekindle a love that is literally all-consuming!

A chef has a simple desire–he wants to be happy and he wants his wife to be happy too. But just because his wife has a roof over his head, it doesn’t mean that she’s happy or fulfilled. There’s something missing in her life, and even she can’t put a finger on what it is. That is,  until she develops an insatiable hunger for flesh!

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You can get the first comic book in the series for FREE at this direct Dropbox link.

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I’ve gotten a sneak peak of The Empties, and I’m very impressed! The horror graphic novel will be released on February 18, 2020 on Kickstarter–  http://www.horrorcomicbook.com.

If horror is your thing, if graphic novels are your thing, if the undead is your thing, then please consider showing Kristen Gorlitz support 🙂

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Getting More International Love! Check Out My Guest Post: What’s in a (Character) Name? #WIHM #IARTG

For Women In Horror Month, I was determined to guest blog and get my name out there as much as possible. Even though I’m shy in real life doesn’t mean I have to be shy with social media 🙂

I had the honor of being a guest on Samantha Henthorn finds the right words blog today! Samantha is the author of Curmudgeon Ave Series. You should check her books out. I found her through the #DectheShelves challenge on Twitter back in December. In fact, I had met a lot of cool authors during that time.

If you want to see how I come up with character names for my horror stories, please click on the link: What’s in a (Character) Name?

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Getting International Love for Plenty of Fish #WomenInHorror #WIHM

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I got a pleasant surprise this month, which is awesome because it’s Women In Horror Month. My dark suspense short story, Plenty of Fish, got a 4-star review from Deborah J. Miles who lives in the UK. Thank you so much 🙂

This is another well-written, short, dark tale from Ms Hosby, where I found myself holding my breath, expecting the worst, while still hoping to be wrong.”–Deborah J Miles.

Check out her blog (Against the Flow Press) to read the rest of her review.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Book Review: Merry Murder by Angel Gelique #WomenInHorrorMonth

It seems like only yesterday I was celebrating Women’s Horror Month last year with blog posts. With a blink of an eye, it’s a year later and February has arrived again! Celebrating Women’s Horror Month, my first blog post is dedicated to one of my favorite horror author’s, Angel Gelique. I was lucky enough to win her book Merry Murder in a Twitter contest. Loving the book so much, I ended up buying it on Amazon too. I’m not lying when I say I’m a strong believer in writers supporting other writers 🙂

Poor Paul McKenna. He just wants to enjoy the holidays. But with an obstinate teen-aged daughter, Heather, and an unreasonable wife who enables her, Paul is anything but jolly. Heather has her heart set on getting the latest cell phone for Christmas. The only problem is Paul can’t find one within the acceptable price range. He simply refuses to fall victim to holiday price-gouging. He has every intention of buying the phone weeks after Christmas when it’s half the price. Surely, Heather will understand…right?

In this tale of vengeance, a well-intentioned father will find that sometimes it’s better to appease an incorrigible teen daughter–no matter the cost–rather than incur her wrath. 

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I loved this pretty intense book! The story was told in Paul’s first person point-of-view. I felt so bad for him. He was surrounded by–excuse my french–straight up bitches. Oh my goodness, I hated Heather and his wife Maeve with a passion. The author did a wonderful job making those two ladies enormous bullies. They were the perfect villains. I was happy for Paul when his son visited for the holidays. Finally a peace of mind, even if short-lived before Heather’s extreme temper tantrum ruined everything.

I loved getting inside Paul’s head. He knew something was wrong, but there was nothing he could really do about it since his wife kept taking their daughter’s side. I wanted to punch Heather in the face; that’s how great Angel Gelique made that character a bad guy. As a reader, I was also quite scared of Heather. She was a narcissist to the core–a psychopath too. Who could have ever thought what would happen because of a cell phone? The story blew my mind (in a good way)!

My favorite line:  Though to be fair, she’s only grown grossly intolerable over the past couple of months since her last cell phone began showing signs of electronic Alzheimer’s. I truly loved the ending. Does Paul’s wife have a change of heart? Does Heather still make your skin crawl? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

***I hope you enjoyed the book review. If you know of anyone who wants to celebrate Women’s Horror Month, please let me know. They can write guest posts for me, and I’d love to reblog from other wonderful writers. Let’s celebrate Women’s Horror Month in style!

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby