I am a huge fan of Lori R. Lopez. Her writing is imaginative, clever and horrifying to say the least. Don’t hesitate! Check out her work, you will not be disappointed.
A group of young zombie sympathizers are the only thing standing between the diseased and their hunters, who collect a fee for each undead bagged. It's a new world where humans have learned to lead semi-normal lives despite the zombie plague. But when a zombie protector's mother is endangered by a bitten hunter, a boy must question his beliefs and make a choice: protect the zombies or his mom. This is a different zombie tale, one told with humor as well as horror, from the perspective of a young man wrestling to do the right thing in a world gone wrong.
My review of Heartbeat :
Not having read anything written by Lori R. Lopez before, I started reading Heartbeat with the notion I would get through a little bit of her story tonight and get back to it another time but found that I was unable to stop until I reached the end. Lori's story is exceptional! Her writing is superior, better than most of today's well known author's and of equal caliber as writer's like Stephen King and John Grisham. With a writing style that is unique and masterful, her descriptive writing is flawless. Lori captivated me with her opening paragraph. No, her first sentence actually hooked me. I had to read on to find out what was going to happen to Jessie, the other members of the Corps Of Mutant's and Jessie's mother, Lynette. Take a bow Lori R. Lopez, you are an incredible author!
Sincerely, Quinn Cullen
Here are a few more books written by Lori R. Lopez and links where you can purchase them.
A demonic entity will return at Midnight on All Hallows Eve to claim the lives of a child from each family. A young woman scoffs at the legend and invokes the monster's rage. She must face the truth, that he is real, and stand up to him alone to save her village.
Luwynda is the only person brave enough to laugh in the face of the legendary monster who arrives to collect kids instead of candy one Halloween night. Defying prophecy, the brash girl finds herself confronting Horrendus in a hopeless effort to thwart his wicked toll. She knows a thing or two about bullies. But can she end the curse or is her village damned? From THE MACABRE MIND OF LORI R. LOPEZ, a collection of thirteen chillers.
This is a story from "The Macabre" -- a horror collection by Lori R. Lopez. A creature has emerged from the sewer, mean and deformed, an anomaly. Experience the chills and chuckles of another offbeat tale by an author who loves to weave intricate weird tapestries. Watch your step the next time you leave your home. A creep could be slithering through your neighborhood!
Lori R. Lopez will tingle your spine while tickling your funny bone in six peculiar tales from two of her story collections: OUT-OF-MIND EXPERIENCES and THE MACABRE MIND OF LORI R. LOPEZ.
Can the living and the undead co-exist in peace? A zombie defender must question his principles when a hunter becomes infected by the zombie plague and threatens the boy's mother in "Heartbeat".
Would the tormented pet of a psycho, after witnessing countless abominations, begin to exhibit disturbing behavior? Find out in "Unleashed".
"Beyond The Stump" is the dark harrowing tale of a young woman who must assume her mother's role of Gatekeeper.
"Nuance" unfolds the humorously poignant Cinderfella tale of a spooky carnival and a misfit who discovers the truth behind his sorry circumstances.
"Bedeviled" reveals a trail of madness featuring a parasitic ear sprite that causes folks to go berserk and the likable loons who try to halt his wacky head trip.
In "Macabre", a young woman confronts her darkest fears in the specter of a decrepit windmill possessed by The Night Frights.
This horror sampler is prefaced by the titular poem "Chocolate-Covered Eyes". Beware of strangers offering candy . . .
Two happy-go-lucky friends and a young woman with a cat will encounter their worst nightmare when one of the buddies brings an evil jinn back from the jungle. As the demon hops ear to ear, bizarre behavior and insane events follow. "Bedeviled" is an edgy and horrific walk on the funny side of the street. Cover your ears or you might be next!
Publication Date: November 23, 2012
An array of dark and light horror tales.1. Heartbeat: After the Zombie Apocalypse, civilization adapts to troubled times. Can the living and the undead co-exist in peace? A zombie defender must question his principles when a hunter becomes infected by the zombie plague and threatens the boy's mother. 2. The Wraith: A woman becomes intrigued by a brooding figure in one of her poems. She thinks she sees him everywhere she goes, an elusive presence. Is she going mad or is he really stalking her? Find out the twisted truth in an eerie tale that begins and ends with the haunting verse from which the phantom emerged. 3. Next Door: Have you ever wondered about your neighbors? A teen learns the terrible truth about the house next door in this comically chilling Halloween fright-fest. 4. Creep: What terror lurks behind the fence in an ordinary neighborhood? What manner of monster will you see if you peek through a knothole? Something ugly. Something angry. Something with a very large appetite. Take a peek, go ahead. And then run back the way you came!!! You do not want to reach the end of the fence. 5. Some Thing: A tongue-in-cheek tale about a man who drank the water, another man and his bazooka, and a lady with a loaded gun. Brought together in a showdown between paranoia and reality, three once-ordinary lives will never be the same. This horror fable is based on an actual environmental hazard along the Mexican border and the potential for disaster. 6. Macabre: A young woman's dream of independence is challenged when her parents depart and she must face her Night Frights. But she is never completely alone, for always the rickety windmill's presence haunts her. And what is in the house with her, playing games, chewing the furniture? Will she ever be able to outrun her fears? 7. Horrendus: A demonic entity will return at Midnight on All Hallows Eve to claim the lives of a child from each family. A young woman scoffs at the legend and invokes the monster's rage. She must face the truth and stand up to him alone to save her village. 8. Backlash: A very troubled man seeks professional help for his hang-ups, compulsions and phobias. But who needs help more, him or the doctor? 9. Fossil: Wellsby Manor has a history of bloodshed, built upon the grave of an evil entity who tormented and ate Stone Age humans then infected the soil for ages. His brutal presence inhabits the mansion, terrifying and slaughtering its occupants. Tobias Pallberry now intends to conduct a seance to contact the spirits of the dead. Those who attend must face a wild night of fright as The Bone Man awakens. 10. Chameleon: A furious woman tracks down the other girlfriends of the guy who broke her heart. A morality tale about a "Prince Charming" whose charm is spread a little thin. Some people just aren't who they seem. 11. The Lycaning: PARTS ONE AND TWO: This is not your traditional wolfman tale. An inventive and original take on a horror classic, THE LYCANING creates a new breed of the monster and a society transformed by a Werewolf Apocalypse. PART TWO delves deeper into the origins of character and plot. Secrets are revealed. Werewolves, humans, and were-zombies clash. 12. Unnatural: A Thin Man wanders into a world of trouble after the carnival that was his home goes bust. Adrift and alone, missing his sideshow friends, things get pretty freaky when he accepts a job for a doctor who isn't as nice as he seems. The oddities in his barn may bite! 13. Bloodpath: After striking something in the road with his truck, a man follows drops of blood through the forest to a mysterious settlement. Will he be able to save the young woman held prisoner by a primitive band of creatures with large feet?
Publication Date: May 13, 2012
The witty horror-fantasy novel AN ILL WIND BLOWS will take you on a rollicking adventure inside the belly of a storm who would be king. There you and an oddball bunch of nutty characters will encounter some of the wildest imaginings of author Lori R. Lopez (DANCE OF THE CHUPACABRAS, CHOCOLATE-COVERED EYES, OUT-OF-MIND EXPERIENCES). Step through the cuckoo clock for a nonstop marathon of the bizarre where anything goes including zombie piranhas, ghosts, an alien, a witch, an axe-wielding elf, mad stalkers, a root monster, and a magic stone.
The unique adventure AN ILL WIND BLOWS depicts one night when an ordinary person lacking confidence must battle a wicked wind. The stakes are high as she, along with friends and foes, travels through a magical storm world that culminates in a ghost town populated by more than just spirits. This is a story that keeps delivering action and fun throughout. It is more than a single tale in a single genre. The book blends Humor, Horror, and Fantasy.
From the time the characters are sucked into the storm, the reader is transported with them on a strange chaotic trek. Meezly finds herself tangled in a web of chills and intrigue as she attempts to search for a mysterious gem called The Cursed Eye, which her missing father entrusted her to safeguard. The stone was used by a Sumerian king to transform an evil jinn from a wind spirit to a vainglorious force.
This fable is as imaginative and unconventional in style as it is in plot. A vulnerable individual struggling to overcome debilitating losses, Meezly stumbles through a gauntlet of thirteen macabre tribulations down a forest highway. Twists and madness abound during her eclectic hectic journey of the soul. It is a lighthearted yet touching trek that readers will want to take again.
Facing fears and the power of friendship are important themes. Chapters alternate from First Person to multiple Third Person perspectives. The supporting characters, a mixed and quirky bunch of allies or villains, each have their own insightful stories.
Publication Date: October 5, 2009
A dark Wonderlandish "oddyssey" that merges and contrasts elements of humor and horror; fantasy, reality, and literary nonsense; legends, myths, and history; Pop, Mexican, and American Culture; wordplay and swordplay. It is a modern legend, a rumpus of revelrous rompery about being lost and choosing the road least traveled . . . the path unknown. In Tome One of the whimsical epic adventure, a Mexican-American brother duo of folklore dancers and a desert farmer -- along with a diverse band of mortals, angels, and ghosts -- battle supernatural forces to protect an oracle-princess as well as past, present, and future times from an Aztec serpent god's wrath. (Read sample chapters at the author's website: www.trilllogicinnoventions.com!) WARNING: Contains big words and inventive language. What is an Author's Draft? It is an original concept devised by Lori R. Lopez: The author's true voice; the author's pure and untampered vision, preserving her idiosyncracies and eccentric stylings!
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