Emz Newz

Happy Halloween ~ Here’s to Many More!

Happy Halloween my Biters!

By now you should be devouring my vampire sequel

Dusk’s Warriors and looking forward to number 3!

I’m here to reveal the cover for number 3 – Day’s Children.

Have a Happy Halloween and remember…
Keep your collars up, your windows shuttered, and
beware of things that go bump in the night!


5 Questions with Emerian Rich

The Home of Author Loren Rhoads

emz1smallI met Emerian Rich through a a Facebook group dedicated to women who write horror.  She invited me to contribute to The Horror Addicts’ Guide to Life, then invited me to join her — the first time I attended BayCon — in a group reading from the book.  It was amazing to meet her in person.  She is a bundle of energy.

Officially, Emerian Rich is an artist, horror host, and the author of the vampire series Night’s Knights. She is the hostess of the internationally acclaimed podcast HorrorAddicts.net. Under the name Emmy Z. Madrigal, she writes the musical romance series, Sweet Dreams. She’s also the Editorial Director for the Bay Area magazine SEARCH. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.

Loren Rhoads: Did something in the real world inspire your book?

Emerian Rich:  Yes, I am always inspired by the world around me…

View original post 771 more words

Guest Blog: American Vampires by Loren Rhoads

Loren Rhoads is a good friend of mine and just happens to be an aficionado on cemeteries. She’s here today to tell us about the vampire panic of New England.

I knew about the witch panic in Salem, but less familiar to me were the vampires of New England.  Rather than Bram Stoker’s vampire, rising from his grave to roam the night, New England’s vampires could prey upon the living while still confined inside their coffins.

There are almost 20 documented cases, beginning even before the American Revolution, of vampires being exhumed in New England. One of the last instances took place in the 1880s.

George and Mary Brown farmed outside the town of Exeter, Rhode Island.  Mary Brown was struck by an illness, probably tuberculosis, that drained her vitality.  She withered and died in 1883.

The following year, Mary’s eldest daughter, who was called Mary Olive, died at the age of 20.

Several years passed before George and Mary’s son Edwin began to fade.  The local physician suggested that Edwin and his wife move to Colorado Springs for his health.

The cold, dry air did seem to help Edwin, but while he was recuperating, his sister Mercy began to fail at home.  Edwin rushed home to say goodbye to her. She died in January 1892 at the age of 19.

Since winter had frozen the ground solid, Mercy’s corpse was placed in the receiving crypt at Exeter’s Chestnut Hill Cemetery. Receiving crypts were common in the days before cemeteries developed heating blankets to thaw the winter ground.  Old cemeteries often still have these crypts, although nowadays, they are usually used as sheds to store lawnmowers and other grounds-keeping equipment.

Back in the 1890s, Edwin’s health deteriorated after he returned to Rhode Island.  George Brown’s neighbors decided Edwin was suffering from Vampire’s Grasp. The only way to save him would be to “perform the folk ritual.”

On March 17, 1892, while George stayed at home, the doctor and George Brown’s neighbors dug up the graves of Mary and Mary Olive. As one would expect after almost a decade in the ground, both women’s corpses were badly decomposed.

Then the mob opened the receiving crypt. When they lifted the lid on Mercy’s coffin, they discovered she had turned sideways. Rather than considering if she had been buried alive — or merely jostled as she was carried to the crypt — the onlookers took her unexpected position as proof she was a vampire.

Other than the body’s movement, Mercy’s body looked as expected. But when the doctor removed her heart and liver, they leaked blood.

The neighbors placed the organs on a rock in the cemetery and set them afire. The ashes were collected up and mixed with liquid to be fed to Edwin.  Unfortunately, the remedy didn’t save him.  He died six weeks later.

Whether she roamed from her tomb or not beforehand, Mercy now turns up as a ghost in this nondescript little cemetery. Apparently, the blue lights of will o’ the wisps hover close to her grave.

Loren Rhoads is the author of 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die and Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel. She writes about graveyards for the Horror Writers Association and blogs blogs about cemeteries as vacation destinations at cemeterytravel.com.

199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die

Amazon | Barnes & Noble |  Indiebound

Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel


Dusk’s Warriors by Emerian Rich

The All Night Library

Because David is such a fan of Markham in the Night’s Knightsseries, I’ve decided to share an excerpt from the new book, Dusk’s Warriors, where Markham is battling Hellhounds. It also involves Minidoo, a Canadian Ojibawe Indian who is a new character in this sequel.

Excerpt from Dusk’s Warriors:

A gust blew off Markham’s hat and he tripped over a tree root, pitching forward and landing face-first. Snow pushed up his nose and into his mouth. It was clean, but stung like the blazes.

Markham stood and brushed himself off. He covered his mouth and nose, breathing heavily to clear the coldness from his skin. Hearing a rustle in the woods, he pressed against a nearby tree, trying to blend in to the forest. The trees were dense and as he watched in the direction of the noise, a doe galloped past him about two yards away…

View original post 1,111 more words

Guest Post: Dusk’s Warriors by Emerian Rich

How does Severina conjure?

Come Selahway With Me...

So today we’re bringin’ back the guest post for one of my favoite fiends, Emerian Rich!


What would you do if you could create anything your imagination could think up?
I don’t know about you, but as an artist, I’m often frustrated at the fact that I can’t create exactly what I see in my head. The disconnect between what we can imagine and what my artistic limitations are is something I struggle with as much as the next artist. No wonder artists create one master piece per 3-5 duds that are kept in the workshop, never to see the light of day (or possible purchased by mom).

I was so excited when I decided the gods of my world in Dusk’s Warriors would be able to conjure whatever their imaginations could think up. At last! I would be able to create out of nothing, everything I imagined. But as…

View original post 447 more words

Read an excerpt of a dream vampire from Dusk’s Warriors over at Adele’s blog!


Today I’m excited. Why? Because I’m hosting Emerian Rich and her latest novel in her Vampire Saga.

This was due to air on 23rd October but technical faults, i.e. my email was sulking, meant that it goes out today.

I love vampires, always have, always will.

Emerian’s vampires are a completely different walk down the avenue. The vampire genre, in my opinion, will never run dry of ideas.

Without further ado, I present to you, Emerian Rich.


When Adele mentioned her readers like vampires, I felt an excited sort of kinship bubble up in my chest. I love vampires too! You might think, “Duh. You write a vampire series, of course you do.” But no… I mean I REALLY like vampires. I’m a fan who thought she could bring more to the genre, but I am a fan to the core. It’s not some passing fancy, like some of those writers…

View original post 1,051 more words

Dusk Warriors – New Vamps from Emerian Rich!


One of the great things about having a network of brilliant author friends is having people to provide brilliant content for your blog. Author and goth culture goddess Emerian Rich is taking over today to give us an excerpt from her new release, Dusk Warriors:


dwbook3d2Lucy was kind enough to let me share an excerpt from my new book Dusk’s Warriors. What about a good old vampire hunt?

Excerpt from Dusk’s Warriors:

“Let me buy you a drink for helping me find my way.”

She considered as he read her mind. I got work in the morning and already dealt with one imbecile who thought he could have his way with me.

Julien looked into her eyes. His intent? Making her say yes. She was a tough one. Just like Jespa.

“All right,” she said. “But only if we go to that place.” She pointed across…

View original post 741 more words

Live Horror Readings at the San Mateo Public Library!

October 19th, come join us at the San Mateo Public Library for a Halloween-inspired spooky read. Join me, Laurel Anne Hill, Sumiko Saulson, and Trinity Adler as we read spooky stories for adults!

Treat bags, door prizes, and costumes! Come dressed up and receive an extra prize!

Dusk Warriors, Guest Blog by Emerian Rich

Author Lisa Vasquez

dwBARDusk’s Warriors
by Emerian Rich

dwbook3d2Heaven has opened up and welcomed the vampires of Night’s Knights into a new reality. As they struggle to find their place in their new world, trouble brews on Earth.

Demon servant, Ridge, is causing havoc by gathering up all the souls on Earth that have been touched by immortality. When he injures one of the Night’s Knights crew, he launches a war between the vampires of Heaven, the Big Bad in Hell, and a mortal street gang of vigilante misfits.

Will Julien, Markham, and Reidar be able to defeat the evil that’s returned, or will they once again need Jespa’s help?

Praise for Dusk’s Warriors:

“All hail, the queen of Night’s Knights has returned! Emerian Rich’s unique take on vampires delights my black little heart.” ~Dan Shaurette, Lilith’s Love

“A world of horror with realistic characters in a fast paced thriller you won’t…

View original post 111 more words

Live Horror Readings at the San Mateo Public Library!

October 19th, come join us at the San Mateo Public Library for a Halloween-inspired spooky read. Join me, Laurel Anne Hill, Sumiko Saulson, and Trinity Adler as we read spooky stories for adults!

Treat bags, door prizes, and costumes! Come dressed up and receive an extra prize!