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  • Nightworms’ reviewer Alex Pearson (@finding_montauk) administers the following SBSB review: “One of the best features of this book is how Carmen just writes. I want to have a conversation with her. The words and the sentences that come out of her mouth are just pure dark poetry... I found myself getting lost in the prose and I really feel it helps this collection stand out from others I have read.”
  • Sara Tantlinger, author of the dark poetry collections LOVE FOR SLAUGHTER and THE DEVIL'S DREAMLAND, provides her thoughts on Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked: "The protagonists of these stories go through some dark, torturous journeys, and I really appreciated the rawness in which Carmen handles these tales. A solid collection through and through!"
  • Valerie Dorsey (@ValerieLeeD), a 2018 Indie Horror Book Awards judge, comments that "Christa Carmen is a new author for me, & I will follow her wherever she wants to lead me! Here is a collection filled with horror, suspense, murder, addiction, want, sinister ideas...Loved [Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked]!"
  • Sonora Taylor, horror and dramedy writer and author of "The Crow's Gift and Other Tales," finds Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked to be ”An impressive debut. Carmen's writing is ripe with vivid and visceral detail. You find yourself hearing and smelling as well as seeing the horror that unfolds across thirteen chilling tales."
  • Mindi Snyder (@gowsy33) says that Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked is "a fantastic book of deeply disturbing and thought provoking horror stories. Christa Carmen is definitely not afraid to take a story all the way. This collection is one of my favorites of 2018, and I cannot wait to read more from Carmen.”
  • Audra Figgins (@ouija.doodle.reads) thanks Unnerving for the chance to review Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked: "This one needs to be added to the list for anyone who is looking for new and interesting voices in horror fiction... Overall, it is a heartfelt, dark, striking, and original collection."
  • V. Castro (@vlatinalondon), writer of dark urban fantasy & horror and author of Maria The Wanted, declares of Christa Carmen’s debut collection that, "Every story is a bloody, emotional, weird and wonderful journey that will make you think and feel... Buy this book and tell your friends to read it!"
  • New Goodreads reader reviews! Diamond Kennedy’s take on Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked: “I really loved this collection & it felt perfect for the Halloween season! Some [of the stories] were bloody and brutal, some were sad & beautiful..." Lindsay Poisson feels that, "What makes this collection stand out was the way each story stuck with me... I look forward to more compelling stories from this author."
  • Emily Reed (@BookHappy08) reviews Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked: "A few of the stories are linked, and it's fun to see the connections. I enjoyed seeing characters from early stories mentioned in later ones... I truly admire the boldness and honesty of [Christa Carmen’s] writing.”
  • This is Horror lists Gwendolyn Kiste’s blog, featuring “part one of a round table with eight fantastic authors,” of which Christa Carmen was a part, in their 5 Must Read Horror Articles – 15-Oct-2018!
  • What Are the Night Worms Reading in November? Click here to find out (hint: a pig woman in a red dress makes an appearance!).
  • William C. Bitner’s Book Review Village on Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked: “I couldn’t help but have an urge to go on a hayride through a scarecrow infested cornfield, or have a craving to open that bag of Brach’s Autumn Mix/Candy Corn whilst reading this wonderful collection... a vast range of stories, all of which are thought provoking and powerful bits of prose.”
  • Red Lace Reviews calls the prose in Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked, “unequivocally beautiful,” and got “lost in several tales, some of which brought along some deeper meaning about the unpleasant struggles of life... Carmen has successfully made her way onto my radar.”
  • Carissa Lynn Reads asks readers to excuse her language, but states of Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked that, “this book of thirteen stories is fucking beautiful! Christa's writing style has got me hooked! I loved every story in this collection... I even loved reading the acknowledgements.”
  • A 4.5-star review from Tim Meyer, who states that Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked is a, “wonderful collection of short stories, one of the best I've read in quite some time. Highly recommend it, especially to set that October mood!”
  • Reviewing Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked for Reads & Reels’ #Blogtober, Theresa Braun posits: “Can we escape our fate, or our choices? Can we maintain sanity? Most of the time Carmen paints a grim picture of the human plight, so if you prefer your horror with a side of death, doom, and destruction, you’ve come to the right place. You won’t regret it.”
  • Sadie Hartmann, aka Mother Horror, would “definitely add [Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked] to any October TBR or for solid horror fans, your everyday library... you need it. This author is one to watch.”
  • Ginger Nuts of Horror review: “In the debut collection “Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked,” Christa Carmen presents us with a collection of short horror stories that are nothing short of unique.”
  • Over at Gwendolyn Kiste’s blog, her October Author Roundtable Series is coming soon! Featuring eight authors—Christa Carmen, Gemma Files, Calvin Demmer, doungjai gam, Lee Forman, Lori Titus, Michael Griffin, & Anya Martin—all of whom have new releases out this year!
  • The Ladies of Horror Fiction have created a directory of female authors in horror. Find their ever-growing list, including Christa Carmen, here.
  • Howling Libraries Book Reviews has released a list of horror recommendations, and Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked, a “collection of horror with a feminist twist,” registered on the skull emoji scary scale, along with Carmen Maria Machado, Seanan McGuire, Joe Hill, Grady Hendrix, Amy Lukavics & Kristi DeMeester.
  • Cats Like Cream author Renee Miller believes that the stories in Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked “...will resonate with any reader, as long as they enjoy an author with a fantastic imagination and a knack for the art of storytelling.”
  • A Goodreads reader review asserts that Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked is “Powerful and horrifying. These stories carry pain and terror, but also hope.”
  • Law and Order Party’s Matthew Lawrence highlights the launch of Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked at Savoy Bookshop & Café: “...this book release party should appeal to lovers of anything dark.”
  • The Day reminds New London residents that Westerly horror writer Christa Carmen signs Tuesday, August 28th, at Savoy Bookshop: “As you read this, it's only 64 days until Trick or Treat…It's not too early to get your Spook on...”
  • Hellnotes reviewer Gordon B. White pens a sweeping review of Christa Carmen’s debut collection: “Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked showcases the emergence of a passionate, entertaining, and absolutely necessary voice in the horror genre.”
  • Robin Amstutz states, of Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked: “Bloody, creepy, and often really beautiful, Christa Carmen’s work is gorgeous and so much fun to read.”
  • Sinfully Wicked Book Reviews bestows upon Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked another five-star review: “Carmen’s writing is intense and has an almost poetic quality to it. I could not help but to be sucked in to her well-crafted stories... Carmen is...going to take the horror genre to a completely new level of spook.”
  • Reading Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked prompted The Haunted Reading Room to observe that “Ms. Carmen possesses both an extensive imagination, and the sensory capacity of an artist or poet.”
  • Horror After Dark on Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked: “A remarkable collection from a new-to-me author. There's something for all kinds of horror enthusiasts in here. I'm looking forward to seeing what Christa Carmen comes out with in the future.”
  • Howling Libraries’ Reviews says of Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked: “There are definitely a few gems in the collection, such as: Red Room...All Souls of Eve...Lady of the Flies. All in all, if you’re looking for a unique and vaguely feminist collection of indie horror, go ahead and give this one a try. I’m definitely willing to check out more of this author’s work in the future...”
  • The Horror Club reviews Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked: “Carmen offers us thirteen different stories, ranging from Supernatural to Occult to Bizzaro, each with unique ideas interrogated into them. It’s clear that Carmen backs her ideas, and has a certain writing style that allows her to get the best out of them.”
  • Down in a Book reviews Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked: “I kept thinking that [“Souls, Dark and Deep”] should be turned into a movie. I’d totally watch this in the dark and try not to be creeped out by it. So, so creative. I had fun imagining the magic going on there. “Lady of the Flies” is a story where my heart broke for the main character over how she’s treated, then became delightfully horrified in what she does in revenge. This one would be a cool flick, too.”
  • Michael Upstill gives Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked a five-star review: "...dark, witty, quirky...clearly aimed at inviting the reader to completely immerse in the offered slices of the lives of her relatable and sometimes all too familiar characters."
  • Of Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked, the Scary Reviews says: "From the initial story, Thirsty Creatures, Christa Carmen put a cool twist on a classic Greek mythology tale, and turned it upside-down. The story was a fun read."
  • The Kickstarter campaign for Chilling Tales for Dark Nights raised $18,045 via 326 backers, an amount that resulted in two stretch goals reached and the project being funded at 360%! The first installment of the illustrated horror anthology will be released in September, just in time for Halloween!
  • Christa Carmen's "Shark Minute" will be included in the Chilling Tales for Dark Nights illustrated horror anthology, an eBook, print, and audiobook compilation of original, folklore-inspired short scary stories, due out just in time for Halloween 2018. Contribute to the Kickstarter campaign, and help turn this book into a trilogy!
  • S.J. Budd delivers the first review of Christa Carmen's debut fiction collection, Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked: "Each of these stories...made for uncomfortable reading with their darkness but it's a collection I really love. I can't wait for more from Christa Carmen. This is a really exciting time for Women in Horror!"
  • Bark’s Book Nonsense has identified Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked as one of the Hottest Horror Books of the Summer, along with Foe, by Iain Reid, Unbury Carol, by Josh Malerman, Providence, by Caroline Kepnes, and The Hunger, by Alma Katsu.”
  • Read an excerpt from "Lady of the Flies," one of thirteen tales comprising Christa Carmen’s Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked, at Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews
  • Fireside Magazine is a finalist for the 2018 Best Semiprozine Hugo Award! Fireside is edited by Brian White and Julia Rios; managing editor Elsa Sjunneson-Henry; special feature editor Mikki Kendall; publisher & art director Pablo Defendini. They’ve published a list of their 2017 contributors, including Christa Carmen, here.
  • Sci-Fi & Scary reviews Outpost 28 #2, edited by Dean Kuhta: “I was pulled in from the first story: ‘Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge,’ by Christa Carmen. It was also one of my favorites and I have to say that the title gave me a dark chuckle when paired with the band mentioned in the story.”
  • Unnerving 2018 Sale Announcement
    Preorder the 2018 Unnerving publishing schedule at a bulk price: 2018 Unnerving eBook Bundle: $40, includes Christa Carmen's "Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked." Add a four-issue subscription to Unnerving Magazine: $50, includes Christa Carmen's "Red Room," featured in Unnerving Issue #5.
  • The Grim Reader reviews Unnerving Magazine Issue #5: "Christa Carmen’s 'Red Room' is a different beast altogether. This story has some wicked imagery, a sinister and brooding atmosphere and a terrific ending. I’d go as far to say that this is one of the best short stories Unnerving has published in the magazine."
  • Peculiar Publications Perusal: Ben Walker reviews Unnerving Magazine Issue #5.
  • Tales to Terrify podcast is nominated for a This is Horror Award! Vote for Tales to Terrify, which showcased “Liquid Handcuffs” by Christa Carmen in Episode 291, for Fiction Podcast of the Year, here.
  • Charles Payseur reviews October's Fireside Fiction offerings at his website, Quick Sips Reviews, including “Banshee” by Cherrelle Shelton, “Geppetto” by Carlos Hernandez, “Discovery” and “Storm” (Fisher of Bones, chapters 6 & 7) by Sarah Gailey, “River Boy” by Innocent Chizaram Ilo, “H&D Plumbing” by Courtney Floyd, and "Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked" by Christa Carmen.
  • Victoria Silverwolf reviews Strange Beasties for Tangent: “‘Thirsty Creatures’ by Christa Carmen is a surrealistic account of an unexplained disaster that changes water into a deadly substance. A woman ventures out into the ruined world. This brief story creates an eerie mood.”
  • Unnerving Magazine's Eddie Generous reviews Episodes 253, 268, & 291 of Tales to Terrify, including "The Undertaker" by John C. Foster, "Black Door" by Gwendolyn Kiste, "Harvest Moon" by Ray Kolb, "The Kids Have to Eat" by Tim Stevens, and "Liquid Handcuffs" by Christa Carmen.
  • Elena Dosil reviews Year's Best Hardcore Horror, Volume 2 at Lomeraniel Audiobook Reviews.
  • Snakebite Reviews covers Year's Best Hardcore Horror, Volume 2.
  • Publisher's Weekly reviews Year's Best Hardcore Horror, Volume 2.


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