So, it really has been quite some time since I last posted on here – and all for good reason. I started horrorfictionblog.com which I ran for a year before deciding to cancel it (not due to lack of interest, but rather a lack of available upkeep time – running a website take a lot out of you!), I had many big life changes (including a baby boy!), and have been hard at work with the day job. However, now that the dust has settle a bit, I would love to start posting on this page again. Probably going to be a slow start, but I have new stories, books, and different kinds of media out there – so keep your eyes open for new material from M.J. Orz!
So I told a lot of folks that there would be new things coming up with the website and I guess it is finally time for me to tell everyone exactly what is going on! So here it is!
The site is moving over to HorrorFictionBlog.com!
All of the content from this page has been migrated over, but now, at HorrorFictionBlog.com, you are able to join in on the action and submit your own articles or stories to go up on the page as well!
This decision came in lieu of, honestly, how well things were going with the site! Once I was able to hit 1,500 visitors and noticed that there were actual people actually reading what I posted, I figured it was time to do it right.
Either way, I encourage everyone to swing over to HorrorFictionBlog.com, enjoy, and submit as much as you like! I will add mew material as much as possible and be sure to get everyone else material up in a timely fashion as it come in!
Thank you again, and I’ll see you all over at HFB!
Hey all! M.J. Orz here, and I wanted to take a minute to fill my readers in on what the heck is going on with the lack of articles recently!
Some of you who follow my Twitter account or have spoken to me in person know that I am currently going through a huge transition in my life! No, I’m not changing careers or switching genres or anything like that, don’t worry. But I am, in fact, very happy to say that (any day now!) I will become a father for the very first time!
Any of you moms and dads that read the site know how hectic that can be and how much preparation goes into this exciting moment in life, which is the reason I haven’t been posting much lately. I have been trying my best to make sure that I have everything in order at home, at work (my good ol’ day job, who have been wonderful during this process!), and everywhere else so that I can focus on welcoming this new little human into the world.
With this being said, don’t worry! The articles will be back soon! This is not a long-term
hiatus or me bowing out. In fact, when I return, there is some big news with the site and lots of changes for all of you wonderful readers to look forward to! In the mean time, if you’re still itching for some new horror, check out my book by clicking on the image in the sidebar or RIGHT HERE, or even some of the other media available from M.J. Orz across the internet.
In the mean time, I’ll keep the world posted of how things come along via Twitter and I look forward to showing everyone what is in store for this blog in the very near future!
Thank you for understanding and I can’t wait to get back to bringing you all some frightful insights on horror literature and more!
There are a lot of podcasts out there nowadays that dedicate themselves to sending chills up your spine. For a many of us, that is how we get our regular dosage of horror – myself included. With all of these available options, one still sits high atop that frightful mountain, and this week they celebrate their FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
I know I got my start with horror through their amazing podcast (you can find the episodes here), which gave me the confidence to keep on writing creepy stories and all about creepy things. The NoSleep Podcast, fronted by the amazing David Cummings, have offered the world of this genre something to look forward to every Sunday and remained an inspiration and vehicle for tons of want-to-be horror authors. NoSleep and all of those affiliated: Thank you for five outstanding years of service to the horror universe and please know we look forward to another five, ten, fifteen, twenty years of tales!
Congrats. We applaud you. Take a bow.
I started this site shortly after finishing my first horror novel, attempting to create a platform or something of the sort that would be a link to the Amazon page for my book. I quickly realized that it was silly of my to expect that to do me any good, so I let the page sit for a months while I pushed it elsewhere, ignoring this page and the potential it had.
A few months later, I saw an opening to write for a major online book publisher, wrote some pieces for their horror segment, but didn’t make the cut (which is ok – I know that was some steep competition and I have A LOT to learn). After sharing the article with a few friends, I decided to post them as my own blog and almost overnight I was seeing regular views (granted, minimal compared to other sites, but regular nonetheless) and visitors!
And today, I hit a milestone on the page that truly made me feel accomplished!
For this, I just wanted to write out a quick THANK YOU to all of the folks who visit my page, who read my articles, who leave comments or share on twitter, Facebook, etc.! I want to send out a YOU ROCK to all of the numerous Youtube channels and Podcasts that have been so supportive of my articles and my writing – you guys really keep me going.
AND NOW, because I have hit this hopeful first of many milestones, I have decided to make a change in the website to take it to the next level. Not, going to give away details at the moment, but know that changes are coming and they are exciting!
THANK YOU ALL and know that I truly, truly appreciate it!
If you’ve visited any of the other posts on this page, you know that a huge portion of my horror thrills come from the podcast world. So much, actually, that I recently wrote a post about a few of my favorite ones – Victoria’s Lift being one of them. With this, and the wonderful aid of the Twitter-scape, I was lucky enough to have been able to ask the folks over at The Lift a few questions for this blog.
So, for starters, tell us about The Lift! What it is?
DF (Daniel Foytik): The Lift is an audio drama featuring a mysterious girl named Victoria. It’s kind of an homage to old radio dramas of the past, but updated for the current day. We try to preserve those elements that made radio dramas so compelling, but also take advantage of the advances in technology and storytelling to deliver something very high quality that pulls the listener into the world. The goal from the theme song forward is to make it as immersive as possible.
CL (Cindy Lowman): Victoria hosts, guides, and lifts the visitors to experience a scenario where she hopes they will be enlightened. It’s all about choices, with swifter consequences than may be found in regular life. Like many episodic adventures, there are also stories where listeners get to learn about the world itself and Victoria.
How did you all decide to start The Lift?
Who (or what) exactly is this horrifying little Victoria?
The stories are written by quite a few different authors? Was this always the intent?
How could somebody become the writer of an episode?
So many podcasters are starting to be able to make telling awesome stories a full-time gig! Is Victoria lucky enough to have you all full time?
It seems you all have had a pretty successful first season! Can you tell us anything about the upcoming episodes of The Lift?
What is the best way to get in touch with you all at The Lift?
So we all adore the podcast – how can we go about telling you and the rest of the podcast world how much we dig it? Where can we review or rate (with those obvious 5-stars!)?
Anything we should link to? Anything you want all of us to know about you that wasn’t covered yet?
Ok, we all know the old saying never judge a book by its cover, however, in horror fiction, a genre which initial shock is greatly valued, that it is safe to say that maybe we can toss that saying aside. I know, at least in my opinion, a cover can make or break the decision to pick up a book or to leave it on the library shelf for the next potential borrower. But what does it take to get the attention of someone looking for a little more shivers while they read? Use these covers as examples and I’m sure you’ll figure it out.
It’s a given that children can be terrifying. It is something we have seen many times before and yet we can never get enough of it. On Yovanoff’s cover, this is used to grab our attention and revel at the oddity of the situation on the print in front of us. What the hell is going on with that baby?!?!
You know what is more horrifying than children? Fake children. Dolls freak out even the toughest of the tough (even if they won’t admit it) and when you hang one from a noose and throw it over a black background, you’re just begging to give your reader goosebumps…which leads us to number three!
I was, along with many other kids in the 90’s, a huge Goosebumps junkie. In fact, when thinking of what to write as a next article, this cover is the first that came to mind. That smile that is simply too large for his face can make your stomach turn and leave you just knowing that anyone at Jellyjam will not be a ‘happy camper’.
Speaking of books we obsessed with as kids, this classic collection is forever branded in our brains – at least Stephen Gammell’s absolutely spine-chilling illustrations are!
I will admit, I have never read this book. In fact, and you may call me a bad horror fan here, but I actually had never heard of it until I was researching for this article, but my goodness did this picture make me cringe…and just enough so to add it to my reading list (and #1 on this post!).