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Summer of Zombie 2014 SPOTLIGHT ON: Claire C Riley!

What is your latest zombie release?

Odium II The Dead Saga



Quick description of it (no spoilers)

Fortune favors…the DEAD!

Some secrets are too horrific to ever be forgiven, and some people should never be trusted.

Tortured, starved, and on the run, Nina thinks she’s faced the worst that mankind has to offer, but she’s wrong. She may have survived this long, but she hasn’t come out of it unscathed, and there’s worse to come.

Nina’s trusty Doc Martens are showing signs of the zombie apocalypse, and she isn’t faring much better. With her snarky attitude guaranteed to get her in trouble, Nina needs to forgive the past, to live once more in the present, and learn that sometimes she needs to place her trust in other people.

Because when people are faced with the end of times, they’ll do anything to survive.

Something unique about it.

Unusual? Hmm, there’s the space monkeys, and the flying rabbits but other than that there’s nothing really unusual about it.

I mean, of course you have Deaders, and bad-guys, a strong snarky female protagonist with no filter for her mouth. There’s more plot twists than you can shake a stick at—not that you try that, cus you know, that would just be weird. There’s of course a really cool and interesting mix of bad-ass characters that have been ‘built’ around some of my readers that filled in a survival questionnaire for me.

Other than that, yeah, just a typical z-poc book really.

Links for people to purchase it.

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Your short Bio.

Claire is the author of “Limerence,” “Odium. The Dead Saga,” “Odium Origins. A Dead Saga Novella Part One,” “Odium II The Dead Saga” “Odium Origins A Dead Saga Novella Part Two” a contributor to several zombie apocalypse anthologies, including the charity anthology “Let’s Scare Cancer to Death.”

Claire lives in the UK with her husband, three daughters and one scruffy dog.

Coming up in 2014 are several projects including, “Odium III The Dead Saga,” “Odium Origins A Dead Saga Novella Part Three,” “Nina’s Odium,” “Limerence II: Mia,” plus anthology contributions to several exciting projects including “Fading Hope,” “The Murderous Campbell’s,” and “State of Horror: Illinois.”

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The stench of rotting flesh is in the air! Welcome to the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014, with 33 of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of June.

Stop by the event page on Facebook so you don’t miss an interview, guest post or teaser… and pick up some great swag as well! Giveaways galore from most of the authors as well as interaction with them! #SummerZombie

AND so you don’t miss any of the posts in June, here’s the complete list, updated daily:

Being a busy bee during the summer

I’m loving the opportunities coming my way!  Not only am I writing for Stench Radio Magazine, I’m going to be writing a story for an anthology hosted by one of my favorite authors!!  Also, I got the green light by editor Hannah Neurotica to submit a story for the magazine Ax Wound, the world’s first feminist horror zine for all horror fans.  On top of all of that, I’m writing my anthology to be finished this fall.  

For the past few weeks, I’ve been able to pick up on some reading.  The first book I read was Hell, Texas, by Tim Miller.  If you like Edward Lee type stories then this is for you!  Enough blood and guts to make any gorehound cringe.  

The other book was Echoes by Michael Bray.  I’m a sucker for ghost stories, and this one did not disappoint.  Echoes is the second out of the Whisper trilogy, and I can’t wait to read the third when it’s published.  

Great job, guys, and I’m excited to read your upcoming books!

Stench Radio Magazine is up and running!

Take a look at the new punk rock magazine directly from Austin, TX!  It features punk rock interviews and reviews, and also has horror stories from me!  In the upcoming months, Will Glover and Tim Miller will also feature their stories.  Thanks for taking a look-see!

Wrongdoings in the horror community

I really do try my best to stay out of other people’s online battles.  I consider myself a neutral person when it comes to online friendships, and I don’t like rumors being spread.  I’m reblogging my friend Rebekah Herzberg’s post because online bullying needs to stop.  I’m a believer that you should always talk to the people you have disagreements with instead of hiding behind a computer and causing problems.  I’ve also posted the link to her blog page, and I encourage you to check it out.  The links to her true pages are on her blog.


There are times when being a public figure is fun but there are also times when it’s not so fun. For three years I have been harassed and impersonated by Elske McCain. This post isn’t for attention or to bash said person. After researching online impersonations and harassment and reaching out to people who have been in the same boat I have found that writing about the experience and letting everyone know that THIS is the only Rebekah Herzberg Facebook and THIS is the only Rebekah Herzberg fan page helps. Lets not forget that THIS is my one and only personal blog and THIS is my one and only Twitter. Any other pages of me are fakes created by this woman. In the past people have come to me and apologized as they explained they helped her create these pages. Apparently, all of them do this frequently and she has done this to several people. Others have said that this helps their situation tremendously BUT this is also fighting fire with fire and giving the person the attention they thrive off of.

I am embarrassed to admit that this experience has caused me emotional distress because that’s exactly what she wants to hear. She will rejoyce in knowing that she caused me so much misery. In her own little world that may be righteous but for people like me and every other sane person in the world, this is not normal behavior. There’s nothing else I can do but seek legal action. In Texas, this is a 3rd degree felony that could land perpetrators behind bars for nearly ten years. Arizona is almost as severe. Luckily, I have found a district attorney in Houston who has dealt with cases like these and he has been very helpful. If any of you have any tips or sound advice on these situations please feel free to comment but do not simply tell me to ‘ignore’ the problem. I ignore the problem for months and this person continues to attack my family. This goes far beyond ignoring the problem when my family is being harassed and when this person is impersonating me.

Yesterday I took my son to the Texas Children’s Hospital for testing. Our nerves were already rattled. Luckily, the doctor’s said he was fine and did not conduct any further tests so we decided to spend the rest of the day shopping. In the midst of this adventure it had come to my attention that Elske McCain was impersonating me ONCE AGAIN on Facebook and reporting my photos and photos of my own children for copyright infringement. I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the motives of this act and how one manages to have this much free time. I mean, reporting photos must have taken her HOURS which just makes me feel bad because she has absolutely nothing going on in her life to pull her away from the computer. FB does have a new form for people like me to fill out in hopes that this will never happen again. I have to refute her report with personal information PROVING that I am who I say I am and they will restore my photos.

First, they will ask Elske in the fake email she provided to provide proof or a court order showing that she is Rebekah Herzberg. This will obviously never happen so my photos will be restored and I will be able to keep my profile. Then I can actually file a report for harassment with her actual IP address that she used to carry out these acts. First she tried reporting my photos for nudity, even photos of my son. That obviously did not work and she has all the time in the world so why not spend hours taking it further? She obviously feels like I have done something to her. I do not know what that is but Elske, I am here if you need someone to talk to. I think the reason why you spend so much time doing things like this to numerous people online is because you are in dire need of attention or someone to talk to. Please just talk to me. It doesn’t have to be this way. My family and my friends should not have to suffer for your mental well being.

I would also like to remind everyone not to attack Elske McCain for my benefit. I am a grown woman. I can use MY OWN NAME to tell her how I feel about her odd behavior. The woman is mentally unstable and threatens to commit suicide PUBLICLY on a daily basis. Though she is in the wrong, I cannot stand behind anyone who willingly attacks the mentally ill. Creating fake accounts, attacking children, and harassing people they feel threatened by may be her way of dealing with issues but it’s certainly NOT MINE!

I am going to continue on my successful path doing what I love. You may scare several people with your behavior but you do not scare me. Enjoy your remaining years doing anything else than what you are doing now. I am so tired of talking about you and fearing for my family. I would also like to plead with you to please stop harassing guests on my podcasts and other women in horror. Creating fake profiles of them and using my home town on the profile is not clever. It only makes you look worse but like I said, we are all here to talk if you need somebody to talk to. I still plan on pressing charges unless you come forward and agree to leave me and my family alone for good. I don’t have to make up fake restraining orders and unlike you I can actually afford an attorney.

Happy Announcement!

Tomorrow, I’m going to Austin, TX, for a punk/metal/horror magazine launch party, and I will be introduced as the new horror editor and horror author!!  I never thought in a million years I’d be here in such a short amount of time, but I’m so very thankful to those who’ve helped me get to where I am.  Along with myself, horror writers/authors Tim Miller and Will Glover will be the horror short story contributors, and there will be movie reviews, as well.  When the magazine gets put online, I’ll make sure to do a big announcement.  🙂

This launch party is going to be a breath of fresh air as I have encountered some very shady nastiness on Facebook this past week.  Yeah, I get it.  It IS Facebook, but I want to keep my name out of the goings on with certain people within the horror community.  Only in a perfect world will everyone come together peacefully, but until that happens I’m going to happily diddy bop myself down this new path of horror adventure.  

Time flies when you’re….well, doing homework and crap

I realized that I haven’t updated my blog in a while.  I know…naughty, naughty!  But man…my life is chaotic right now.  So much homework and things that just can’t wait until tomorrow are piling up.  How did this happen?!  Oh yeah, that’s right.  I’m a mom, a full-time employee, an almost full-time student, a reader, a writer, and an awesome woman that wields a sword of badassery.  That’s a serious resume, yo!  

So, yeah.  All in all, I’m great.  Am I writing, you ask?  I have to hang my head in shame on this one and say I haven’t written a word in a few days.  This is the part that totally sucks.  The only time I get to write is the evenings, and by that time I’m an overtired, sluggish bag of poop.  I love school and all, but I’ll be sooooo glad when summer starts.  Taking 3 classes in 1 semester was not a good idea.  However, I’m right in the middle of it, so I can’t give up.  My grades are pretty good, too, and I can’t complain that my hard work is paying off.  

On another note, I will be announcing my entry of The Stranger in the new Stench Radio online magazine that is launching NEXT MONTH!!!  I will be posting a link to it and keep you updated, of course.  

I’m going to try to make a better effort in keeping up with this blog.  I need an escape, and I allow life to get in the way of my goals far too easily.  That needs to stop a.s.a.p.  We’re all allowed to feel crappy once in a while.  However, staying in the pits of depression and unmotivated drive is what kills you.

Shamrocks and bloody playgrounds


Happy Saint Patty’s Day, everyone!  I’ve put the corned beef and cabbage in the slow cooker and slipped on my green underwear for today’s festivities.  Well…can’t say there’s a whole bunch in the way of “festivities,” but it will be a good day nonetheless.  I’m going to put school work aside for this one day to spend my evening writing a story about potheads and a devilish playground.  Want to read it?  You’ll just have to wait until April’s online issue of Stench Radio magazine!  As usual, I’ll keep you posted.  🙂

Everyone, please be safe if you go out tonight!

From the little to the big dogs…

For the past couple months, I’ve been toying with the idea of writing an actual novella.  I’ve pretty much been keeping my comfort zone within short stories and flash fiction, but I think I really have something.  I wrote a nasty little ditty not too long ago called The Pink Bag, and I’m going to expand on the idea of a mentally tormented little girl.  Yes, it may seem cliche….little girl goes nuts, begins killing spree, seems so innocent that there’s no POSSIBLE way that she could be insane.  However, I want to take this a step further.  I want to actually put my past demons into this little girl:  My addictions, my fears, my pain.  Maybe writing this as a pseudo-autobiography would be part of my healing process.  If anybody has done this sort of thing, I’d love your insights.

Artists in Horror Month podcast! Come join the fun!

Tonight’s podcast starts off the month of March with Artists in Horror Month!  Check out the link below and come join the fun!

New opportunities are awesome!


I have been chosen to be the horror fiction editor for a new mag coming out in April this year!!!  Along with my friends and fellow authors D.S. Ullery and Tim Miller, I will be writing flash horror fiction for Stench Radio Magazine.  Check out for awesome music and badass horror!  If you’re in Texas, come to the party.  Everyone is invited!