Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Mini Macabre Review #2

Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II

What if Freddy Kruger was a girl? She would be Mary Lou. This is a seriously wonderful hidden 80s horror gem that should not be overlooked due to it's unnecessary re-titling as a Prom Night sequel. It is a stand alone film that has no connection, plot wise or thematically, to the original slasher classic (which of its own merit is a fantastic film). Hello Mary Lou is a much more supernatural affair about a ghost of a dead prom queen coming back to take vengeance, Carrie style, on the high school she once attended. As a result, you get a ton of awesomely crafted dream sequences with some trippy imagery akin to Nightmare on Elm Street. Not to mention the references to countless other horror movies and writers throughout the entire film. However, even without recognizing the connections to other horror flicks, this is one fun film on its own. This movie deserves a proper remaster and blu-ray release.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Mini Macabre Review #1

Pulse (Kairo) 

I love horror movies. They are my favorite hobby. My favorite pass time next to table top gaming.

Those of you who don't know, I used to be a horror publicist and journalist. I ran multiple horror blogs and magazines and wrote for others. In those, I always did movie reviews.

Now, being a full time horror/crime writer, I don't have as much time for writing lengthy reviews and I no longer run a dedicated horror blog. But I didn't want my love of horror movies to dissapear from my online presence.

Therefore,  I am starting this new post entry here on my own author blog called Mini Macabre Reviews. It'll be mini reviews of horror movies and other horror related things of 500 words or less each. And, since I recently signed up for Shudder, I'll have many movies to review.

So without further ado, here is the mini review of the Japanese movie Pulse:

Pulse is a good spooky movie about a techno-ghost apocalypse. However, the story can be a bit confusion, slow, and convoluted at times. However, this doesn't detract from the overall tense and foreboding atmosphere that this movie presents so well. The story isn't as complex as it seems after a first viewing. Things just aren't blatantly explained in a basic way (treating the audience as ignorant) such as in most western media. The ideas are interesting and disturbing and still ring true to today's technologically centered world. Not the best in Asian horror, but still a good film with a lot to offer if your willing to be patient.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Black Mountain Haunting

A secluded mountain cabin, a killer, and ghosts? What could be more Halloween than that? Take a weekend vacation (or just a weekend staycation snuggled up with a warm blanket and a horrific novella) and find out just what terrors await on Black Mountain.

That's right, friends, fans, and readers. My newest horror novella is finally out! The Black Mountain Haunting is my second book from S. Prescott Thrillers and my second "Haunting" novella. This series of books features a different spooky story in each entry (like the anthology style of Tales from the Crypt or Tales from the Darkside) just waiting to be devoured in an hour or two. Easy and fast paced reading for fans of modern horror. You don't have to have read my first book to read this one!

The Black Mountain Haunting is based in one of my most enjoyed horror movie tropes--the cabin in the woods. One of my favorite movie series is Evil Dead (I prefer the 2013 version best out of all of them, followed by the original) and most of my works I have ever written are influenced by it in some way. Evil Dead is the quintessential "cabin in the woods" story and I hope you can sense some of that same atmosphere and dread in this book. You may also sense hints of the original Friday the 13th and Wrong Turn here (two other horror film favorites).

Also, the cabin in this book is based off a real place I've stayed which was very nice, had electricity and running water, but got to be real spooky at night. The only difference was I was there in the winter and this story is set in the late summer/early fall.

In any case, you can pick up The Black Mountain Haunting now on Amazon Kindle for only 99 cents! Get it before Halloween!

Friday, June 22, 2018

The Hillshire Haunting is Out Today on Kindle!

Today, I am very excited and proud to announce the release of my very first horror novella in over two years. Happily, this book and many more are being released under the supervision of S. Prescott Thrillers--a division of Summer Prescott Books Publishing where a very dear friend of mine has worked as a cozy writer for the past two years. 

But now it's my turn up to bat!

The Hillshire Haunting was a labor of love on my part, balancing scares, gore, and fun into one cohesive story. Along with my editor, publicist, and publisher I was able to hone the elements of this story into such a tale that would befit many different readers (readers, hopefully, just like you). In my opinion, horror should be scary and pulse pounding but not disgusting or disturbing. Horror, just like much of fiction, is an intended escape and release from everyday reality. If the horror in the story gets too "real," I feel it defeats the purpose of reading the story at all! 

I sincerely hope you agree when you read this ghost story. 

I have been a student of the horror genre, and genre fiction in general, for over five years. I've worked as a blogger, journalist, editor, and publicist in the horror and dark fantasy genres in this time. Additionally, I wrote up dissertations and discussions on the important tropes, story arcs, cliches, and styles of both Gothic and horror fiction and how they apply to our current social, emotional, and cultural selves--specifically on an individual level. I've presented my theories and findings in various forums and professional circles.    

In the end, all of that work and effort has led me to this point--where I can finally share my own horror stories with a wide audience of readers. It's all thanks to my publisher Summer Prescott, my editor/publicist Gretchen Allen, fellow writer Carolyn Q. Hunter, my wife, and even her parents who've always supported my passion and profession. 

And to you, dear reader, thank yo for taking a chance to read this short tale of terror. I hope you enjoy it . . . but don't turn off the lights!

Buy the book on Amazon now for only 99 cents for a limited time. Here is the official Blurb:

How could a weekend writer's retreat go so horrifically wrong?
For eighteen-year-old Agatha Reed, life has never been easy. She’s socially awkward, making her an obvious target for school bullies, and she can't begin to fathom how to connect with her single mother. All she wants from life is to be left alone in her own little world, and to eventually become a successful mystery writer.

When Agatha receives an invitation for a weekend writing retreat, hosted by her all-time favorite mystery author, Francine Gothic, it seems like a dream come true. Unfortunately, what none of the guests realize is that the old plantation manor, where they’ll be staying, has a history that is quite dark, and will impact them in ways that they never imagined. 

An incident which seems, initially, like a harmless prank takes a terrifying turn, and Agatha will need to muster every ounce of her strength and creativity to find an escape if she wants to survive the night.

This stunning debut novella of haunting and murder, by author N.C. Patterson, will have you screaming…for more.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


N.C. Patterson is a full time writer and publicist of horror fiction. He is the author of soon to be released The Haunting supernatural horror series being published under Summer Prescott Books. He has previously worked as a horror journalist/blogger where he connected with various authors, publishing houses, and film studios for the latest horror related news. He has also worked as the editor of a horror themed magazine. He received his BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing and literary analysis from BYU-Idaho.

He has made a study of horror fiction and film throughout his career, focusing on tropes, story arcs, ideas, history of the genre, and how it impacts readers today. He has written articles, essays, and dissertations on the subject and has presented his theories and findings during various conferences and conventions.

In his free time N.C. enjoys reading horror fiction, watching horror flicks, and hiking. His love of reading horror themed books as a child inspired him to start writing. Additionally, his appetite for horror movies helped drive his passion. Some of his favorite horror movies include House on Haunted Hill, The Screaming Skull, Night of the Living Dead, The Shinning, Wrong Turn, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

N.C. currently lives in downtown Omaha, Nebraska with his wife where he works full-time from home.

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