Welcome to Women in Horror Month 2019 – Introducing Author of Psychological Horror, Kayla Krantz

We’ve reached our last weekend of Women in Horror 2019 with only five more talented writers of dark fiction to discover. Today, I have the pleasure of introducing author of psychological horror, Kayla Krantz.

Question 1.

Which horror genre do you write in ?

Psychological horror is my preferred genre.

Question 2.

Why do you write horror? Tell us about your horror journey?

I write horror because it is the most realistic form of fiction to me. People say to write what you know, and with my affinity for true crime, I’ve always had a connection to the darker side of life.

Question 3.

Your favourite horror author and the book you like best by this author?

Stephen King of course. He is the reason I ever took an interest in horror to begin with. His stories are always so twisted and suspenseful that I wanted to create work like this. My favorite book by him is The Dark Half, a story about the light and dark that all of us struggle with.

Question 4.

What have you got in the pipeline?

This year, I have a number of projects planned ranging from a slasher piece I’m working on for an anthology, to a haunted manor piece for another. After a year and a half of the series being on hiatus, I’m also working on book four of my Rituals series, Rise at Twilight.

Question 5.

Please, include a paragraph of your work – your favourite passage or a few lines from a work in progress.

Here is an excerpt from my current WIP, Rise at Twilight.

Chance sighed and threw his dagger to the floor with a clang and a splash when it drifted into the pool of blood the girl had left. “Look, these people that I find must be on the brink of death anyway. Why else would they be here?”

“You got me in my dreams when I wasn’t dying. You lured me here…you can easily do the same to others. Don’t pretend as if you can’t. You know what you look like and you use it to your advantage. That’s always how you’ve gotten your victims.”

Chance breathed out slowly, running his hand through his blonde hair to stain it red with the girl’s blood. “I can’t deny that, but I also can’t help what I am. Telling me not to kill? That’s like telling a snake to lose its slither!”

That’s what he is—a snake, a dangerous predator—and here I am, a mouse…waiting to be devoured.

Book Links for Kayla Krantz

  1. Dead by Morning (Rituals of the Night #1)

“He was real, and he was a monster.”

Obsession is deadly.

No one learns that better than Luna Ketz, a pessimistic high school senior. Caught between the intentions of her Muslim father and business-minded mother, boys are the last thing on Luna’s mind, but this fact doesn’t detour mysterious bad boy Chance Welfrey from trying to gain her affection.Luna doesn’t think twice about him until girls at their high school begin to disappear. Girls who tended to hurt her.

Girls she wished would disappear.

When she receives a call from a long-lost friend, normalcy goes out the window as she’s plunged into the paranormal. There’s a world beneath the surface of the unconscious mind, and the killer knows how to navigate it. Luna is in danger and although she can avoid the killer in reality, she cannot avoid him in her dreams.

*Rated for mature adult themes and depictions of violence*

  • Alive at Sunset (Rituals of the Night #2)

Revenge can become an obsession of its own. After her high school experience, Luna Ketz moved on. She’s in college, studying to be a doctor, and lives an hour away from her old home in Lima, Ohio–where the worst of her memories lie. Three years have passed since her friend Violet’s death and the thought of that day in the woods hasn’t left her mind once. Every week, she visits the hospital where Chance Welfrey remains in a coma. She tries to move on…wants to move on…until once again, she receives a phone call from Max Cazmea warning her that things may not be over just yet.

Chance, having recovered from his recent coma, shows up on her doorstep. He has found a way into Luna’s life that she cannot escape–he’s dating her roommate, Amanda Grey. Back in her life once more, Chance has a list, and everyone on it ends up dead. As things escalate, Luna finds herself in a dangerous game of cat and mouse that will take all of her wits to survive.

*Warning: This book contains content that may be disturbing to some including rape and graphic violence.*

  • Survive at Midnight (Rituals of the Night #3)

Death doesn’t always bring peace. With memories of her dead family and friends haunting her, Luna Ketz tries to untangle her life from the hold Chance has had on her over the past four years, but it’s harder than she thought. In death his secrets are revealed, plunging Luna into the mind of the man who ruined her life. Thoughts of her soon-to-be-born baby only bring to mind its monstrous father. Haunted by a new set of dreams, Luna fears her baby will grow up to be a carbon copy of him.

She battles to keep hold of her sanity as she loses a grip on the world around her. The dead begin to speak, and she can’t possibly ignore them. With Chance whispering evil deeds in her ear, she treads a trail she never thought she would venture and must rely on her worst enemy to help her conquer her biggest trial yet—herself.

  • When Night Falls: A Collection of Short Stories and Poems

A fairytale ball with a not-so-happy ending.

A company that secretly experiments on the minds of the mentally ill.

The Angel of Death with a deathwish of her own.

Monsters who can kill with just one look into their eyes.

These are just some of the stories When Night Falls has to offer.

Fast-paced, thrilling, and filled to the brim with darkness and characters driven by the voices in their head, this collection focuses on the darker side of life.

**Trigger Warning: Not for the faint of heart. This collection contains stories that deal with difficult subject matter such as murder and suicide.**


Published by fionacooke

Writer and Poet living in beautiful Laois, Ireland. I have recently published a book on Amazon for Kindle called The Lights Went Out and Other Stories; a collection of flash, short and longer fiction consisting of humerous, poignant and supernatural tales. I am currently editing a novel - Martha's Cottage and writing a second novel, a horror, as yet untitled When not scribbling or with my head in a book I am addicted to GoT and the Walking Dead. My ambition in life (apart from somehow getting everyone in the known universe to read my books) is to play a zombie in a George A Romero production.

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