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Como sabéis intento compartir las reseñas de los libros que he leído con vosotros y últimamente, he estado intentando ponerme al día (aunque la verdad es que ni siquiera viviendo hasta que llegue a centenaria lo conseguiré, pero bueno) así que aprovecho para traeros la reseña de uno de los amigos escritores que visitan el blog con sus novedades asiduamente. De repente me apeteció leer una novela de terror (como las películas me gustan mucho) y recordé que le tenía echado el ojo a Bloody House.


Éste no es el primer libro que leo de Javier Haro Herráiz. Y tampoco es la primera novela de terror que leo. Tanto el escritor como el género me gustan mucho.

Bloody House pertenece a un subgénero de novelas de terror, las de la casa embrujada o poseída. He de reconocer que he visto más películas sobre el tema que he leído novelas, aunque algunas obras maestras como The Shining (El Resplandor) de Stephen King sí que las he leído (naturalmente The Shining es algo más complicada que la novela típica del género, pero ya sabéis a lo que me refiero).

Como el autor acostumbra, la novela está centrada alrededor de las acciones y los diálogos de los personajes, lo que nos permite crear las situaciones y visualizar la acción a nuestra manera, una gran ventaja si tenemos bastante imaginación, y algo muy recomendable en el género del terror. Nada real puede asustar tanto ni ser tan terrorífico como la propia imaginación. Aunque los personajes pasan por momentos difíciles, particularmente los representantes de la iglesia que intentan mantener la racionalidad antes unos eventos que se les van de las manos, no se dedica el libro a las grandes disquisiciones filosóficas ni a dar lecciones morales. Si hay algo particularmente cruel en la historia es que la familia víctima de la casa, y particularmente Alan, es un chico de lo más normal, y no se merece tal castigo. Cada uno puede pensar y buscar el porqué, pero eso es cuestión personal y lo que da más miedo. No es un suceso extraordinario que le pasa a alguien que no se parece en nada a nosotros. Le podría pasar a cualquiera. Porque sí. Nadie está a salvo.

Si queréis una novela de género, una lectura rápida, que os asuste, escrita con estilo directo y fácil de seguir, os la recomiendo. Y el final, es como a mí me gusta en las novelas (y las películas) de terror. De miedo.


Gracias por leer, y si os ha gustado, ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid, y haced CLIC! Ah, y la semana que viene os traeré una muestra de mi futura novela! No os asustéis, esa no es de miedo (a menos de que os asusten los romances y los pasteles!)


Today, Friday, I bring you something a bit special. Yes, I have a guest author, but he’s coming to talk to us about his new release. I’m sure you remember Simon Okill and his novel Nobody Loves a Bigfoot Like a Bigfoot Babe. I’m sure you do. Who wouldn’t? Here, he’s been kind enough to come and visit us again with his new novel, Luna Sanguis. And that’s quite a different offering. Have a look and show it some love!

Luna Sanguis


Paris 1925. A young woman is nearing her Eternal Vampire state as her birthday approaches. She is held captive by the hybrid vampire she created and slowly drained of her pure blood to keep his addiction in check. She outwits him and escapes to a chateau in the hope of reaching maturity. But he follows her unmistakable scent and massacres all that dare protect his supply of Eternal blood.
She awakens in a tiny room trapped and defenceless with amnesia, but something deep in her subconscious yearns to be set free by the next full moon – the date of her Eternal Birthday.
Her true self, Eternal, emerges in brief flashes of awareness to protect her from the horrors of this terrifying prison. Desperate, she forges an alliance with her true love, a gorgeous young doctor treating her.
But her nemesis is out there somewhere, relishing the hunt for her blood – and nothing will stop him from becoming Eternal.

Author Simon Okill

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I live with my wife, Shirlee Anne in a pretty coastal town in South Wales, UK. We both love Stephen King and had read many of his books and enjoyed their transition to the screen. Due to our love of books, my wife and I dabbled in writing for some years as a hobby. We were approached by a film company to write a paranormal TV series. We struggled most nights and all through weekends to come up with 22 episodes only for the company to go bust. Then after an accident at work, I was forced into early retirement due to disability. I used my newfound skills as a writer to help with my depression. We decided to use our TV series episodes as templates for film scripts and novels. My writing became more serious as certain A-list actors expressed interest in my scripts and my debut novel Nobody Loves a Bigfoot Like a Bigfoot Babe was accepted by Christopher Matthews Publishing after so many British publishers turned it down.

Bigfoot Episode 2 – it’s a secret!

Luna Aeturnus is the sequel to Luna Sanguis and will be ready for release September. All will be explained.

SS-steppenwolf is a supernatural retelling of WWII involving the Occult Warfare department run by Himmler. Think Indiana Jones searching for a werewolf.


‘Flip Side’ is one of my most exciting screenplays to date with its unusual slant on a supernatural gangster story that encompasses music and dynamic dance sequences to portray the action. The script has been optioned by Tasha Bertram of Brodie Films and Stuart St Paul has come on board to direct and co produce this fascinating piece of work.

Nightmare Circus is a supernatural revenge mystery script set in the Australian outback.

‘Dark House’ is set in Massachusetts, US, where a lonely female artist must overcome her agoraphobia to escape from three kidnappers holed up in a house haunted by a witch finder’s hanging tree.

‘Circus of Blood’ is a horror script set in Rome AD79 where two citizens go on a dangerous quest to kill a brutal serial killer. Their adventures end in Pompeii.

‘Hunter’s Moon’ is a contemporary supernatural western script set on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall.

The Last Warlord is set during WWII and tells of Major Stewart of MI6 who must find the Nazi’s secret Atlantis base in Antarctica or the entire world will be doomed


Luna Sanguis is set in Paris and the French countryside June 1925.

Delicate Rose is a young woman nearing her Eternal Vampire state as her 19th birthday approaches. She was born on June 6th, 1906 at precisely 6am during the zenith of the Eternal Moon. And in 4 days time the Eternal Moon shall shine once more to bring forth Eternal, a vampire so powerful, nothing can stop her. But, she is held captive by the brutal hybrid vampire, Lucien. He is a Suckling due to his heightened addiction to an Eternal’s blood and only by taking all her blood after the eternal making will he be set free.

All his young life Lucien has enjoyed inflicting pain on his Delicate Rose. It’s his way of showing his twisted love for her. He really can’t help himself for on the night he read his vampire’s bible – Dracula, Lucien became possessed by the devious demon, The Count, hiding amongst the book’s pages. And The Count needs to become Eternal so he may cause chaos and destruction.

With just 36 hours to go, Delicate Rose escapes her garret prison in Paris. Now the blood hunt is on. Count Lucien and his two other Suckling Vampires track down her unmistakeable scent, but each time she escapes with the help of a stranger who will become her true love.

The Count leaves a trail of corpses as his rage boils over. Where is his Delicate Rose? Having slaughtered all her friends at a chateau, his former home of all places, Lucien is left confused. He can no longer sense her fear. She has vanished.

Eternal wakes up in a tiny prison-style room with no name, no memory at all. Something stirs in her subconscious. Something otherworldly yearns to be set free by the next full moon – the date of her Eternal Birthday, just 24 hours away. Can she survive long enough for the final transformation? Her only hope is Edouard, her designated true love and psychiatrist treating her. But the more memories that surface the stronger Eternal becomes and yet she must depend on her true love for her very existence for out there somewhere, He is relishing the hunt for her blood – and nothing will stop him from becoming Eternal.


The Evil Count Lucien and Eternal:

Lucien approached with his sword, smiling as she backed away in fear. Her eyes widened as he slashed his forearm with the blade and offered his blood to her.

“Come on … this is what you’ve been waiting for.”

The effect of his blood was immediate. Even Lucien jumped with shock as she pounced and sucked on the wound with wild abandon. She sighed and moaned as she drank her first human blood. Lucien’s eyes rolled up in their sockets as he felt the tingle of an orgasm. The dark music he had grown to love was so sweet, so mesmerising, he felt at home. He had finally allowed her to fulfil her birthright and it was wonderful. It was better than sex.

Eternal’s True-Love:

Edouard was transfixed by her large lustrous eyes of burnt umber. It was a colour that radiated an allure both enticing and at the same time something dark and foreboding. He gasped, as the feeble light cascading from the window caused her eyes to change colour to pitch-black, like a cat as it sensed the kill.

Edouard shuddered as she spoke to him with her mind – “we are eternal, my true love.” His mind went numb with shock at hearing that word from his dreams. He began to tremble with excitement.

“I am for you,” he whispered, barely able to breathe.

The Vampire Sucklings:

Over the next few weeks Claudette had become insatiable for blood and sex, the two usually going together like strawberries and cream. Jacques couldn’t risk any more exsanguinations at the rampant hands of Claudette or he’d end up at the morgue. He showed her how to entice the wandering adventurers who clambered for action at the city’s roughest areas and spike their drinks with the voodoo white stolen from a Bokor who had the misfortune to cross Jacques’ path. When they had enough, both booked passage to Marseilles. The only luggage was Jacques’ duffle bag containing his voodoo white – Forbidden Kiss.

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Today I bring you something pretty special. My friend Simon Okill from ASMSG, the group of writers I belong to, has kindly agreed to be my guest and talk to us about his novel ‘Nobody Loves a Bigfoot Like a Bigfoot Babe’. Yes, it’s about Bigfoots….and if I tell you that the bigfoots are quite tame and normal compared to the rest of the characters in Simon’s novel, you’ll understand why I say it’s pretty special. But don’t take my word for it, read on….

Nobody Loves a Bigfoot Like a Bigfoot Babe by Simon Okill


The Northern California town of Big Beaver has become a haven for Bigfoot, alien sightings and is home to The Phantom Bigfoot Bather. One particularly weird Beaverite, Duane, has kept the Bigfoot a secret, but to his utter dismay, a female Bigfoot abducts a teenager. Duane must use all his guile to stop his secret from getting out, especially now that MB, his close friend and crypto-zoologist, is on the trail, along with Sheriff Lou and the FBI. Can Duane keep his Bigfoot friends a secret? And what does MB discover deep in the forest?

#Adult Humour #Urban Fantasy #Adult Romance

simon okillSimon Okill

I live with my wife, Shirlee Anne, in Llantwit Major. My love of Stephen King urged me try writing. It took many years to hone my writing skills. As my book is set in America I decided to contact a publisher over there and was accepted first time.

Fifteen 5* Ratings – Recently on Goodreads I have been voted Best British Fantasy Author – Best Amazon Breakthrough Novel – Best Fantasy Creature Feature Book.

Reviews: Too funny. Well worth the time to read this entertaining tale. A real treasure in my reading library. I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

Nobody Loves a Bigfoot Like a Bigfoot Babe by Simon Okill is a part comedy, part mystery, part who done it novel, that despite laughing at the title, I really enjoyed. I found that once I got into the book I could not put it down. The author did a great job in developing a story that at times seemed a little bizarre, yet at those time I would literally breakout laughing. The storyline was well developed and easy to follow. There were plenty of twist and unexpected turns which kept you glued to the story. I like each of the characters in the story. Simon Okill did a great job in building each character and making them easy to identify with. The characters were down to earth and believable.
I enjoyed Nobody Loves a Bigfoot Like a Bigfoot Babe by Simon Okill and recommend it to adult readers (due to mild sexual content). Read it and have a good laugh.





With almost unbearable excitement, she stared at him unzipping his jeans to urinate. She saw the steady flow of his pee on the ground and against the tree.  The smell of his manly essence and muskiness aroused her.

She swished her hips suggestively, cooing, “Woooo-woooo-woooo.”

Behind the cover of the thickets, Olaaa placed each big foot to the ground with extreme care and walked towards her unsuspecting plaything. She stopped behind the leak tree and listened to him zip up his fly. Olaaa breathed heavily with excitement. She licked her lips.

An owl screeched, as if to alert Olaaa’s pale one, but the plaything was a little too happy on the juice to heed the warning of the wise old owl. He belched.

The chosen one called out. Olaaa thought he was calling to her. Olaaa sighed on hearing the pretty pale one’s voice. She sniffed the night air then sniffed her own pungent odor. She sniffed her very hairy, excessively damp armpits.

She snorted nasally with disgust. She smelled like a raccoon’s behind. She needed a good dowsing in the river if she was going to attract her pretty boy.

“Woooooo-wooooooo,” she called her plaintive mating call excitedly into the night.

The unfamiliar calling sound—which was so loud it seemed to be inches from his ear—which it actually was, suddenly warned the plaything. He reacted as if in danger. Before he could cry out, a big hairy hand, pink and calloused, came up to his face and covered his mouth, stifling his scream.

Olaaa was so excited she let out her mating call.

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Like every Friday so far, I bring you a guest author. Today, fans of horror novels, you’ll have a treat. Alexander Beresford kindly agreed to talk to us about how he got into writing and about his new novel ‘Charla‘. Don’t miss it!

1. What got you into writing?

I’ve loved books for as long as I can remember, my mother used to read to me, and we always had books around, but what pushed me into wanting to write was seeing Stephen R. Donaldson doing a reading at my high school’s library on his novel “The One Tree”. After listening to him speak, I knew I wanted to become a writer. I have since gotten in touch with him to thank him for the inspiration.

2. Why horror?

For a long time I struggled with what to write. At first I wanted to write something meaningful, an important work, something that would help people. So after winning a short story competition I got a collection of short stories and a novella published with a micro press. These works never went anywhere and were published under a pseudonym. So after a couple of years I decided to forget the struggle with “importance” and decided to write something fun, my passion, which originated as a kid, reading old horror comic books like Eerie, Nightmare, Vampirella … these belonged to my best friend’s older brother. He eventually gave me most of his collection and I treasured them for years.

3. What are some of your favorite books? What is your favorite horror book?

I like all kinds of books, my favorites being The Lord of the Rings, All the Names by Jose Saramago, the Tao of Pooh, Clive Barker‘s Hellbound Heart, and Stephen King’s The Stand which made a big impression on me when I first read it in high school. Until high school I had lived a fairly comfortable, sheltered, upper-middle class life, and “The Stand” gave me a glimpse into a more biting reality, not the apocalyptic reality of course, but the characters, and what people are capable of in certain situations. It really did make me look at people in a different light, it made me more cautious of some, more thankful for others. I grew up a notch after reading that one.

4. What is your favorite type of horror?

I like psychological, paranormal, some erotic horror stuff. Not really into slasher and excessively violent, gory, bloody horror.

5. What is your favorite scary movie?

Omen. The original Exorcist. Jaws.

6. Take us through your process of creating Charla.

I always keep notes on different ideas for books, short stories, screenplays, and Charla was sparked from a screenplay idea I had a long time ago. Originally the story was focused on Amelie, her daughter, but once I started writing, Charla took over, and she was so powerful, I named the book after her.

I like to start with a very loose outline, I can’t work with a tight, detailed outline because it bores me, I feel like the story has already been written, but with a loose chapter outline I have the freedom of coming up with fresh material while following a track. I also don’t like to talk about works in progress because again, I feel like the story has already been written if I spend time repeating it to friends, so usually no one sees what I’m writing until I’m done with at least a first draft of it.

7. How did you get your first horror novel Charla published?

I made a list of agents and publishers, did a basic preliminary research into each of them, followed their guidelines in detail (why alienate them) and started submitting like a machine, every day, and every day I would do a little more research to try and find one or two more. Every submission was dated on my list. Some of them say “you should hear from us in two months” or “three months” whatever it was, I would make a note of that date, and if I hadn’t heard from them, I would submit again as if I hadn’t submitted before. I got some responses, and opened communication with a couple of publishers, one of which became my current publisher. As soon as an agent or publisher requested more material from me, I researched them a little deeper, just so I knew well whom I was communicating with. In the end I had a lot of rejections and four publishers interested in Charla. One of those dropped off because after an internal meeting they felt Charla was not a good fit with their audience. So I was left with three. As a writer interested in being in the business for the long haul, I went with the publisher who would be better for my budding career all around. Publishing is not an easy process, but if you want to be published, you have to keep at it.

8. Where do you get your story ideas from?

Life. Every day stuff sometimes. Asking “what if” questions. Letting my imagination run wild. Daydreams. Nightmares.

9. What’s next for you?

I have another novel coming out in the Fall titled “Doll Face”. I’ll be releasing a Kindle short soon called “Little Thing” or “Sandra” haven’t quite decided yet on the title, and there’s a “Charla” movie project in the works, casting is under way. Very exciting, but I can’t really say much right now. I invite you all to my facebook page where more details on all of this will be forthcoming, in fact there’s already a “Doll Face” coming soon poster up there.

Thank you very much for having me here, sharing with readers and writers, making new friends … I appreciate it.


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And thank you Alexander for coming to talk to us. And best of luck!

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