Tales to Terrorize!

Hey there peeps! It’s that time of the year that we all love, and you know your dude J.Z. has some great reads stacked up for you!

So sit back and take a look at J.Z.’s recommended TALES TO TERRORIZE for this Halloween Season!


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Tried and True Classics

Books of Blood – Clive Barker

One of the best books I read this year! It’s actually a collection of short stories, and many of them are absolutely terrifying. More than a few have been turned into movies, but each of them will send a shiver down your spine.

Check this collection out!

The Exorcist – William Peter Blatty

We’ve all seen the movie, but this year I took the plunge and actually read the book. I was blown away by how amazing it, and it truly is a horror classic. Don’t feel that just because you’ve seen the movie that can skip out on the novel, you’re doing yourself a disservice! CHECK IT OUT!

…and if anything happens to visit you late at night, tell them J.Z. says hi.

On a side note, I’m told the sequel is excellent too, though I haven’t read it.

The Shining – Stephen King

You know what I was thinking while I was reading The Shining? Wow! It would be awesome to work in a hotel while writing! I mean, yeah, there’s ghosts and all, but it’d be sweet!

It would be though.

This might not be my favorite King novel, but it’s hard to find a more chilling one—and if you’re not aware, a sequel was recently published (Doctor Sleep) that stars some of the characters from this novel, so this is the perfect time to read (or reread?) this classic!

Modern Haunts

The Wicked Ones – J.Z. Foster

What? You thought you could get through a list of my recommendations without getting at least one of my books on it?

Think again!

The Wicked Ones is, in my opinion, my most horror oriented book, and perfect for the season. It stars a cast of characters hunting monsters called changelings, things that slip into houses at night to steal children.

It’s a story of trying your best to hunt monsters while not becoming one.

Tamer Animals – Justin M. Woodward

It was just a camping trip.

That’s the tagline for Tamer Animals, and to tell you much more would be to give too much away. I will say this is for those with a strong stomach and for a love of a bloody good read—and it is a bloody good read!

Written by one of my good buddies, Justin M. Woodward.

Bird Box – Josh Malerman

Josh Malerman is one of the rising stars of Horror, and this book will soon be a movie on Netflix staring Sandra Bullock, so now is your chance to jump on it!

Everything gone upside down. Creatures now roam the world, and if you see them, you’ll go insane. The only course of action is to bar your doors and blindfold yourself when going outside.

This is definitely a fresh book take on the apocalypse!

Demon King – Erik Henry Vick

A book that is drawing constant comparisons with IT from an author that’s said to write like Stephen King—Demon King was a fun read.

Following characters throughout the ages and watching them deal with demons throughout their town, it makes for a compelling read. It’s also won several awards lately and even become a Dark Fantasy best seller!

Don’t miss out on this one!

Horrors for your children


Through the Woods – Emily Carroll

Wow, I love this book! I read it with my students and they all loved it, but let me say… Even without kids, it’s still a great read!

It’s a book of short stories that are all drawn to be exceedingly creepy and thought provoking. If you have a child that loves being creeped out, or if you’re a fan of comic horror, I highly recommend it!

Haunted Ohio – Chris Woodyard

I read these stories back in Elementary school, and while they weren’t as scary as other books aimed for children, they did do the trick!

Perfect for kids that like scary stories and live right here in Ohio!


Scary Stories to tell in the Dark – Alvin Schwartz

Okay, these are the real scary stories for children. Only buy these if your kids REALLY like scary stories! These are especially creepy and a movie is coming out soon!

Little J.Z. read these in his elementary and middle school years and loved them! I hope your kids love them too!


Well there you have it folks, that’s your required reading! Let me know if you’ve read any in the comments and which you agree with, or which you don’t!

If you think I’ve missed any, let me know that too!

Sales, Giveaways and an Update!

Well hello there, how are you doing?

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Been a while, hasn’t it?

I’ve been quite busy, you see, a little tale of woe and dread and quite a few jokes of a wight making strange observations has been rolling around my head.

So my fingers have been-a-burn’n but not so much on my blog, but more so on my newest novel.

Still though! I wanted to pop in here and give you all an update!

Witch Hunter: Gods and Monsters is well underway and I’m pleased with what I have so far. After that, The Wicked Ones: Eat the Dead will be soon to follow. And then, I don’t know, I guess there’s another Mind Wreck rolling around in my head…

“Oh, JZ! This sounds like you have an actual plan! Like you designed this or something!”

Yeah, it kind of does, doesn’t it?

And with this blog, I don’t only want to talk about my books…

You see, everyday I get a lot of lovely messages about people asking me questions about my books or telling me how much they like my books (and I appreciate that!) but I also get a lot of questions on the mechanics of writing and self-publishing. Now I’ll be the first to admit, I’m certainly no genius and I definitely have a lot still to learn, but I do think I have a few tips that would be helpful to people that are interested in knowing.

So, I am going to write a few blogs here and there just on how to self-publish, hopefully helping people so they don’t make the same mistakes I did… and instead make entirely new ones, because that’s just how this game works!


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The Wicked Ones: Children of the Lost will be free from April 18th – April 22nd, so if you’re a horror fan give it a try, or nudge one of your friends!

Find The Wicked Ones Here

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Mind Wreck: Shadow Games will be $.99 from April 19th – April 26h, at that price, why not give it a chance?! Let me know what you think about it, and as always PLEASE REVIEW!

Find Mind Wreck Here

Oh, one last thing! Going to be giving this bad boy away after The Wicked Ones Giveaway, keep your eyes on my facebook for details!


Leave a comment below and let me know what you think, or just tell me if you think my face looks stupid. I mean, I’ll probably punch you in the nose if I ever see you, but at least there’s something there, right?

That’s all for now, let’s talk again soon!

Peek into The Wicked Ones.

You’ve returned? I assumed your last encounter with this blog would have been too mentally damaging for further review. You see, I weave these words with sacred geometry, and on occasion, the pattern that your eyes trail could open a summoning force for something wicked to gain entry into our world.

So be careful as you read! No crazy eye dancing, okay?

Here’s a preview of my newest book coming February 13th, The Wicked Ones: Children of the Lost.

While Witch Hunter: Into the Outside was humorous, The Wicked Ones: Children of the Lost is a straight horror novel. Be prepared for that as you enter, my friends!

Now, without further interruption, I introduce you to the pale man.


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A dead man’s stink crept up from the back seat of the car. It clung to clothing, seeped out through open windows and pierced the senses of those nearby. A cheerful whistle in the air said the pale man wasn’t concerned about the smell; rather it brought a tune to his lips. His feet were propped up on the dashboard as he enjoyed the glowing lights of New Athens.

“You know what I like about small cities?” he asked the dead man. “They just fit so comfortably, don’t they?”

“He can’t hear you,” came a childish voice, as fingers dug at the dead man’s flesh. “He’s dead!”

“Heh, heh, heh. I always find the dead are the best listeners.”

A thing prowled around in the darkness between the trees, snorting, followed by a low growl.

“Looks like we have company,” the pale man said with a thin, gray-lipped grin toward the dead. He stretched up to his feet and stepped from the car, wiping a long, stringy strand of hair from his face and leaving the car door hanging open in the cool night air.

“Oh boy, oh boy! Does that mean I can see my family now?” The creature in the back seat climbed out through the window and hopped to the ground, barely able to contain its excitement.

“I think it does.” The pale man patted the creature’s raw, bald head. “You were always my favorite.”

It looked up to him and smiled with a mouth full of needle teeth and pinkish, rubbery gums laced with purple veins.

The thing from the woods stalked out, heavy and large, a nightmare given form. It used its arms like an extra set of legs, and its neck snaked out several feet. It dropped large chunks of mauled meat into the grass before the pale man, a gift of submission to a greater beast. The meat was so torn and violated that it gave no hint to what it once had been.

Without hesitation, the small child leapt at the offering, tearing meat from bone with its pointed teeth. Nearly a half-dozen sets of eyes opened in the darkness, and their hungry mouths followed the scent of meat. The pale man took one last deep breath as he looked out over the city.

“Great city.” His grin stretched even farther. “I think I’ll take it.”


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Like what you’ve read? Preorder The Wicked Ones: Children of the Lost here: https://goo.gl/YCAYxJ

View From My Desk

This is the view from my computer desk.
As you might notice, it’s in the basement, because all horror writers work in the basement.
Recently my workspace is even more atmospheric since there’s a bat flying around.
I tried to slay him yesterday (and by slay, I mean chase him outside with a towel), but through sheer cunning and a relentless desire to torment me, he hid in the dark.
Now the cowardly flying rat refuses to face me in the light of day, but wisely steals away into the darkness, biding his time to strike me when I am weakest.
Round 1 goes to you, my adversary.
I didn’t get quite a good look at him, but I’ve included a picture of what I assume he looks like.

Ahh, I guess I can’t be too angry. I’m sure bats and basements are necessary ingredients for brewing a good horror story.

If you’d like to see what emerges, check out, “The Witch Hunter: Into the Outside,” due out January 9th! https://tinyurl.com/WitchHunter-AmazonKindle