Book Tour: Moonlit Dreams, Moonlit Nightmares by Laura Seeber


I’m very happy to post my review for ‘Moonlit Dreams, Moonlit Nightmares’, a horror anthology by Laura Seeber! Thank you very much to Blackthorn Book Tours for allowing me to take part! Click on the banner above for more details.


Book Information

Moonlit Dreams, Moonlit Nightmares: an Anthology
Compiled and Edited by Laura Seeber
Genre: Horror
Publisher: Antimony and ELder Lace Press
Release Date: April 19, 2020

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Synopsis

The moon has always been with us — tempting us, enticing us, and enthralling us through the
ages. Here you’ll find thirteen stories involving this heavenly body — sometimes tragic, magical,
and other times mysterious, or horrific, but always, memorable.

Contributors include both veteran and first time authors alike, and hail from around the world,
including the United States, India, United Kingdom, and Greece. The collection was compiled
and edited by Laura Seeber.


My Thoughts

*I received a complimentary copy of ‘Moonlit Dreams, Moonlit Nightmares’ from Blackthorn Book Tours, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

I’m always drawn to the moon’s power. It carries wisdom dating back centuries. I love how Laura Seeber’s Moonlit Dreams, Moonlit Nightmares carries that respect toward’s the moon’s magical abilities. In this book of 13 tales, we explore the worlds of those influenced by the moon. I really appreciated the stories that centered on bad omens (A Visitation) and dream symbolism (When the Moon is Full). The moon is a catalyst for significant change, and these stories highlighted the prominence of these journeys. Dreams also serve as the bridge to learn about restless souls, such as Receiving Room. This anthology does great work in exploring the delicate parts of the human condition. Sometimes we don’t love approaching the dark topics of humanity, yet it’s quite an interesting domain to explore!

I recommend Moonlit Dreams, Moonlit Nightmares to those who enjoy spooky thrillers and unsettling arrangements. This is an exceptional collection of stories!

Editor: Laura Seeber

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Laura Seeber actually performed double duty on this anthology, acting both as a contributor and
editor (so any typo complaints- send her way!). When she’s not writing horror, mystery, or dark
science fiction, she spends her time divided between her young son and husband, her freelance
writing business, and Antimony and Elder Lace Press


The Contributors

Todd Taylor (“The Experiment”)
Todd Taylor teaches high school ELA, Creative Writing, and Theater in an inner-city Memphis-area
School. His short story, “The Experiment,” was published by Laura Seeber in the summer of 2019 in
an anthology called, Moonlit Dreams / Moonlit Nightmares. He has also written a play for his theater
class that is being performed at 3 different high schools, and has 2 completed novels he is looking to
publish. When Todd is not writing, he spends his time coaching track and field, playing guitar in a
local band, woodworking, performing weddings / funerals, or relaxing with Sudoku.

Shaun Avery (“The First Victims Club”)
Shaun Avery writes fiction in a number of different mediums, normally with a dark or satirical slant,
and often both at once. “The First Victims Club” comes from questions raised by watching horror
movies. A LOT of horror movies. He also loves comics, and has co-created a self-published one, more
details of which can be found here:
https://www.comicsy.co.uk/dbroughton/store/products/spectre-show/
Unsurprisingly, this is also a horror.

A.P. Sessler (“The Sound of Stars”)
A resident of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, A.P. frequents an alternate universe not too different
from your own, searching for that unique element that twists the everyday commonplace into the
weird. When he’s not writing fiction, he composes music, makes art, and spends too much time
trying to connect with his inner genius.
His first novel House of the Goat came out in January. It’s an homage to the Satanic Panic genre of
the ’70s-’80s.
https://www.amazon.com/House-Goat-P-Sessler/dp/1945940735

Lori Tiron-Pandit (“Receiving Room”)
Lori Tiron-Pandit is a writer, editor, and Web communication professional. Her work celebrates
women’s lives and work, of both mystical and mundane significance, as well as their ancestral and
contemporary imprint on the world. Growing up with the “great” “classics” of literature, all men,
only very late did she realize that the male perspective was not all there was, that it was skewed and
small, and it ignored women’s views. Her work is rooted in the worlds of women she’s been lucky to
cross paths with.
https://www.loritironpandit.com

Thomas Vaughn (“A Consultation by Moonlight”)
Thomas Vaughn is an author of literary horror and dark magical realism. He came from the debris
field of rural Arkansas where he persists in uncertainty. When he is not writing fiction, he poses as a
college professor whose research focuses on apocalyptic rhetoric. For him fiction serves as a tool to
mediate the terrible reality that encompasses all humanity. These works represent his clumsy efforts
to seek awareness in the face of a stillborn universe. And so he pulses, waiting for a reply in the void.
https://www.brokentransmitter.com/about

Cara Fox (“Anamnesis”)
Cara Fox is an English author trying to write her way out of the dark. She favors steampunk, horror
and Gothic romance, but you can find her anywhere that the stories sink their claws into you and the
wine flows freely. Her work has been published by Tales To Terrify, Empyreome, Broadswords &
Blasters and Horror Addicts, amongst others, and she is working on her debut novel, The Strange
Case of Doctor Magorian.

Parineeta Singh (“A Visitation”)
Parineeta Singh currently lives in Delhi, India, and has earned a Ph.D in Creative Writing from the
University of Surrey, as well as a Master’s Degree in the same field from the University of Newcastle-
upon-Tyne. Her work has appeared in many international magazines and anthologies, and we’re thrilled to have her talent showcased here as well.

Dawn J. Stevens (“When the Moon is Full”)
Dawn Juniper Stevens is the fiction pen name for Kara Kelso. She has been writing short stories and
poetry for nearly 30 years, with the past 20 years spent writing an assortment of business, hobby,
and nonfiction articles for a variety of businesses, websites, and projects. There aren’t too many
types of writing she hasn’t dabbled in at least once, but fiction remains her favorite. “Kira’s Tale:
Descend into Darkness” was released in 2013 and is currently available on Amazon.
In her spare time, she enjoys mostly non-fiction books for their source of education and learning
from another’s beautiful experience, as well as spending time with family and children. She also
enjoys sustainable gardening, music with soul, real life magic, and simply being surrounded by
nature. She lives in the Midwest.
For news and updates, find Dawn J. Stevens on both Facebook and Twitter.
https://dawnstevensfiction.wordpress.com/about/

Jesse Moak (“One Stormy Night”)
Jesse Moak is a lifetime writer and dreamer who has been perfecting his craft and pursuing the
dream of becoming a professional writer for some time. When he isn’t actively searching for an
agent or writing other stories, he spends his time exploring his other passion of retro gaming at his
blog:
https://retrorevelations.blogspot.com

Jamie Ryder (“Eleventh Hour”)
Jamie Ryder is a short story writer and pop culture content creator from Manchester, England. His
short stories and poetry have been published by Hyperion and Theia, Colp, EastLit Magazine, AEL
Press and more. You can find his other work on The Comic Vault, Yamato Magazine and The Rum
Ration.

Sarah Walker (“Phosphene”)
Sarah Walker is an author and mixed media artist who currently lives in Lebanon Oregon. When she
isn’t busy writing, she spends her time creating art that explores the boundaries of reality.

Dimitris Psomadellis (“The Magic Circle”)
Dimitris is a life-long writer that has been perfecting his craft in Mytiline, Greece for a number of
years. “The Magic Circle” is his first published story with a professional publisher, and we have no
doubt it will be the first of many.

Feel free to check out the other fabulous contributors on this tour!



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Book Tour | Come Join the Murder by Holly Rae Garcia: A Review

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Today is my tour stop on the ‘Come Join the Murder’ Blog Tour! Thank you to Blackthorn Book Tours for allowing me to take part! Click on the banner above for more details.

Book Information

Come Join the Murder by Holly Rae Garcia
Publisher: Close to the Bone
Length: 239 pages
Genre: Suspense/Horror
Release Date: March 27, 2020

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Synopsis

“This is a novel I would read and reread and recommend to others. Fans of vigilante and desperado
revenge will delight in this horror story.” — Horror Tree.


Rebecca Crow’s four-year-old son is dead, and her husband is missing.

Divers find her husband’s car at the bottom of a canal with their son’s small, lifeless body, inside.
The police have no suspects and nothing to go on but a passing mention of a man driving a van.
Guilt and grief cloud Rebecca’s thoughts as she stumbles towards her only mission: Revenge.


James Porter knows exactly what happened to them, but he’ll do anything to keep it a secret.

James didn’t plan to kill Rebecca’s son, but he’s not too broken up about it, either. There are more
important things for him to worry about. He needs money, and his increasing appetite for murder is
catching the attention of a nosy detective.


About the Author

Holly Rae Garcia’s debut novel, Come Join the Murder, was released on March 27th, 2020
by Close to the Bone Publishing (UK). Her short fiction has been published by Siren’s Call, The Bookends Review, Rue Scribe, Pen to Print, The Australian Writers’ Centre, and Trembling With Fear along with a few anthologies. Holly lives on the Texas Coast with her family and five dogs.

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My Thoughts

**I received a complimentary copy of Come Join the Murder through Blackthorn Book Tours. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

Reading Come Join the Murder was quite a wild experience! Holly Rae Garcia eloquently communicates Rebecca and James’ despair as they navigate their struggles through the story. She clearly describes Rebecca’s dark descent as she seeks out her son’s killer. No longer having a family, Rebecca is left to pick up the pieces of her life while piecing together what happened that fateful night on the bridge. In her quest to seek out answers, she loses touch with reality. Garcia also details James’ complicated predicament. The need to protect his loved ones, paired with his knowledge of that fateful evening, causes him to careen down an inhumane path of his own.

Come Join the Murder was a difficult read at times, as the story continually draws back to the night her son Ollie was killed. It highlights Holly Rae Garcia’s stunning ability to describe the horror of a child being murdered, and the drastic lengths a parent might go through to seek justice. Her writing sets up the stage of the night in question, slowly drawing you in before the unspeakable horrors unravel. Rebecca’s quest for truth (and her gradual descent into madness), will keep you engaged until the shocking ending!

If you like stories about revenge with a thrilling twist, then you’ll really love ‘Come Join the Murder’!


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