Rose Blackthorn – Worthy Vessel Review

Rose Blackthorn:

David Spell at The Scary Reviews was kind enough to read and review my novelette WORTHY VESSEL – hope you’ll all take a look!

You can buy it here.

Originally posted on The Scary Reviews:

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Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

Darragh Wrathe, is a fierce fighter, pirate and sorcerer and a man of few words.  He is on a personal quest having just arrived at the port of Blackwater with a slave and a chest of gold coins.  Wrathe wants to be a worthy vessel and this is his journey, but can a journey this all-encompassing be one he can conquer?  Will Wrathe have the strength and determination it will take?  Rose tells her story with the kind of writing I have loved since the first time I read her work, vividly described scenes that place you in the story, in her world, a world completely constructed.  Few words pass in the conversations between Wrathe and his slave Lorgan but you are fully still able to learn so much about them, this is…

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Year of the Zombie… plus, y’know, Halloween

This month has been crazy for new releases of which I’m a part. It’s almost serendipitous the way things have come together, seemingly by accident, to give me 6 different releases this October! So, I thought I’d take a moment to share them all here.

On October 12th, the HWA Poetry Showcase Volume II was released, including my poem A Part of You.

HWA Poetry Showcase Vol 2

October 21st was the date my tie-in novelette Worthy Vessel was released by Privateer Press/Skull Island.

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On October 22nd, Indie Authors Press released Spooky Halloween Drabbles 2015, in which I have three 100-word stories: Samhain Festival, Trick or Treat, and The Border Into Darkness.

Spooky Halloween Drabbles 2015

October 23rd brought Eyes of Prometheus Vol II, edited by Richard H Alan, and including my zombie tale Smoke and Memories.

Eyes of Prometheus II

Today, on October 28th, two different anthologies were released by different presses, both including a zombie tale by yours truly.

First, Corpus Deluxe Undead Tales of Terror from Indie Authors Press, which includes my story No Rest.

Corpus Deluxe_Undead Tales of Terror Vol I

Second, the long awaited and much anticipated Putrefying Stories from Stupefying Stories/Rampant Loon Press, edited by Bruce Bethke. This includes the 2nd-ever zombie story I wrote, and which has a lot of personal meaning, titled From Colorado.


So there they are. Quite impressive, if I do say so myself! I’m extremely proud and delighted to be involved with all of them. They’ve all got that horror vibe, perfect for the Halloween season.

So, if you’re looking for something scary, why not try one of these gems.

Rose Blackthorn – “Worthy Vessel” Interview

Rose Blackthorn:

Aeryn Rudel over at Rejectomancy was kind enough to interview me about my first foray into the Iron Kingdoms. Take a few minutes and check it out!

Originally posted on REJECTOMANCY:

I recently spoke with kickass horror writer Rose Blackthorn about her latest release “Worthy Vessel,” a novelette published by Skull Island eXpeditions/Privateer Press and set in their Iron Kingdoms universe. This was Rose’s first whack at writing media tie-in, so I asked her about the process of writing “Worthy Vessel” and how it differed from the other fiction she’s written.


Full disclosure: This was one of the last projects I spearheaded during my tenure at Privateer Press, and I specifically targeted Rose to write it. She’s one of the best horror authors I know, and I figured the Nightmare Empire of Cryx, with its oodles of undead, soul-sucking sorcery, and general nastiness would be right up her alley.

Here’s what Rose had to say about “Worthy Vessel.”

1) Give us the details on your new novelette “Worthy Vessel.” What’s it about? Why is it awesome?

Set in the Iron Kingdoms…

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25 super terrific, terrifying tales for Halloween

Rose Blackthorn:

Want some free, bite-sized bits of Halloween fun? Check out this list of short scary tales for the holiday.

Originally posted on parlor of horror:

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Halloween Horror *Free Read 2015* Best Stories on the internet!

I’m hoping you horror fans will take the next few days and read some of the horror fiction posted here. If you find a story you like in particular, follow links and check out the author’s additional works. We are living in a unique time where traditional publishers are not willing to publish new writers but will only stick with the sure thing – the Top authors with long term proven sales records. That means many great writers will not get the support they need to grow.

These tales are short, what many would call flash fiction, great for a quick horror fix,perfect for reading on your morning commute to work on the subway or bus, ideal for reading all the way through on your lunch break at work or waiting in the car to pick up your children or loved…

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Called to Battle: WORTHY VESSEL

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Worthy Vessel now available from Skull Island Expeditions…

In the blighted lands of Cryx, death is the inevitable price of power. 

The fearsome sorcerer and pirate Darragh Wrathe has long terrorized the oceans of western Immoren in the name of Toruk the Dragonfather, but the great dragon’s blessings are a double-edged sword, and the blighted energies Wrathe calls forth to destroy his enemies are slowly consuming him. Now with death an ever-present shadow at his side, Darragh Wrathe makes a pilgrimage to the black isle of Skell at the heart of the Nightmare Empire. There he will present himself to the enigmatic necrotechs of Cryx and seek to replace his failing body with the dark science of necromechanika. But immortality comes with a steep price, and Darragh Wrathe must barter more than his flesh to prove himself a worthy vessel of Toruk’s power.

This is by far one of the creepiest, most disturbing pieces of WARMACHINE fiction I’ve read, but, you know, in a good way. Cryx fans, you’re gonna dig this one. ~ Aeryn Rudel

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…also, now available at Amazon.

Ranks of the Rejected: Rose Blackthorn

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Rose Blackthorn:

Aeryn Rudel was kind enough to invite me to participate in his Ranks of the Rejected series. Besides asking some fun questions, he also said some very nice things about me – so check it out!

Originally posted on REJECTOMANCY:

Welcome to the next installment of Ranks of the Rejected, where I interview working authors and ask them to bare their literary wounds for your amusement and edification. Make sure and check out the links to these writers’ works and websites. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Today’s victim . . . er, subject is Rose Blackthorn. I’ve worked with Rose in my role as acquisitions editor through Skull Island eXpeditions, and I’ve gone head to head with her as a writer on numerous occasions at a bi-weekly flash fiction contest out at the Shock Totem forums, where she routinely trounced me and a dozen other writers. Rose is one of those writers whose talent is so great and seemingly effortless, she makes you feel kind of worthless in comparison when you read her stuff. (Gee, thanks, Rose.) She is also a mighty 17th level Rejectomancer who commands the advanced powers

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