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R.A. GOLI

Horror. Fantasy. Speculative.

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Gore Rating System

I made a few changes to my categories, separating the gory horror stories from the creepier ones, and decided to implement a Gore Rating System to help readers find the stories they’d like, and avoid the ones they wouldn’t. Apparently not everyone enjoys reading about blood splatter and body parts. I found it more challenging than I’d anticipated. While most stories easily fell into a certain category, there was a couple that were creepier but still had a little bit of grossness.

The other obvious challenge was determining how gross is gross, and clearly everyone will have a different tolerance level for such things. I based the Gore Rating System only on stories I’ve written. That seems obvious, but what I mean is, a three blood drop rating means that the story is one of the more extreme stories I’ve written, however, that might be quite tame for some readers. I’m just trying to let people who are squeamish know which stories to avoid, or where to start if they want to build up to the more visceral horror.

GORE RATING SYSTEM 

No Blood Drop = There won’t be any gore.

a-drop-of-299775_1280  One Blood Drop = Pretty tame, might be a bit of blood or something gross but not over the top.

a-drop-of-299775_1280 a-drop-of-299775_1280 Two Blood Drops = A medium level of gore and grossness. Expect blood, body parts and quite a mess.

a-drop-of-299775_1280 a-drop-of-299775_1280 a-drop-of-299775_1280 Three Blood Drops = This stuff is nasty. The same blood and mess you’ll find in level two, but expect more of it, with more detailed descriptions. I’m trying to make you cringe. Enjoy.

For readers who prefer atmosphere and creepiness over gore, these stories are for you.

If you prefer your horror bloody and messy, the stuff you shouldn’t read over lunch, these stories are for you.

 

Firelight

My fantasy story FIRELIGHT, was inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, ‘The Little Match Girl’, and explores what might have happened if the young child didn’t die on that cold New Year’s Eve. It has been published in Fantasia Divinity’s ‘Distressing Damsels Fairy Tale Anthology’.

“Everyone knows that the hero always saves the damsel in distress. Well, it’s time for that to change! These distressing damsels don’t need a hero, they can save themselves!
Featuring 20 stories inspired by classic fairy tales, this anthology shows that not every damsel needs a prince in shining armor to rescue her.”

Kindle and print editions available at Amazon, print edition also available from createspace.

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#Mashed Author Interview

Grivante Press ran a series of interviews from the authors included in #Mashed. If you haven’t had a chance to read mine, here it is! Use the links at the bottom if you’d like to read an excerpt of my story, or any of the other author interviews.

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R.A. Goli writes the story, “P.A.C.D. The Kitchen of Tomorrow, Today!” in our upcoming anthology, Mashed: The Culinary Delights of Twisted Erotic Horror. “P.A.C.D. The Kitchen of Tomorrow, Today!” is the story of a couples cooling romance, heated back up by a new kitchen appliance.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am an Australian author of horror, fantasy, speculative and erotic horror short stories. I also like to pretend I write sci-fi, but just putting a robot in a story doesn’t make it so. Other interests include reading, gaming, the occasional walk; and annoying my dog, two cats and husband.

What attracted you to submitting your story to MASHED: The Culinary Delights of Twisted Erotic Horror?
Grivante Press’ submission guidelines for the pieces they wanted for this anthology listed requirements similar to “Does it make us laugh, is it horrific and gory, is it sexy?”. I thought it sounded like quite a challenge and a lot of fun! And it was both.

For your story “P.A.C.D. The Kitchen of Tomorrow, Today!” what was your inspiration?
I mentioned to friends that I was starting work on an erotic horror story that required a culinary theme. They suggested the kitchen robot, and the recipe for sharp knives and creative sex developed from there.

When did you first discover that you wanted to be a writer?
When I was twelve a teacher gave the class an assignment on what we wanted to be when we grew up, and that was when I first remember wanting to write. I wrote a lot as a teen, but stopped when it was time to get a job and pay bills, but I’ve finally found my way back.

Who are your favorite authors? What are your favorite books?
It can be hard to pick a few favorite books or authors, especially in fantasy, and it’s something that can change with time. But I would say that my favorite fantasy author is Joe Abercrombie. I love ‘The First Law’ trilogy.

Horror is different. While I do have a couple of favorite books, ‘The Exorcist,’ by William Peter Blatty, and Stephen King’s ‘Cujo’, I really enjoy horror short story anthologies by people I’ve never heard of.

Outside of horror, what other genre’s do you write in?
Outside of horror, I write fantasy and speculative fiction, though I dabble in other genres (so I think). Basically if it’s scary or gross, I call it horror. If its got magic, mythical creatures or men in armor, I call it fantasy. If it has robots or aliens, I call it sci-fi, and if people are having sex, well you get the picture. One day I might even finish the fantasy novel I started three years ago. Just so you know, it has magic and men in armor.

What advice would you give to new writers just getting started?
I would say don’t stop, if this is really what you want to do. And don’t compare yourself to great/famous/popular authors. We can’t all be J.K. Rowling or George R.R. Martin, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for us too.

What part of writing do you find the most difficult?
Rejection is always tough, especially when you think you’ve written something really great. But you move on. No story is wasted, each word makes you a better writer, and weren’t you having fun while you were writing it?

What do you hope your readers take away from your stories?
I hope that they are entertained and in the case of horror, I hope they are grossed out, frightened or find it funny. I think the moral of the story with “P.A.C.D. The Kitchen Of Tomorrow, Today!”, is that husbands should certainly help around the house or purchase expensive appliances to make the chores easier, but also remember not to neglect their duties in the boudoir.

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Read an excerpt of P.A.C.D. The Kitchen of Tomorrow, Today! (scroll to bottom of page), or check out some of the other #Mashed author interviews.

You can buy #Mashed from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.

Have You Hugged Your Beta Reader Today?

I’ve had several short stories published, and though I thank her often, I wrote this post to let my beta reader know that I truly appreciate what she does. My beta reader is my BFF Meagan. She critiques my stories for no monetary gain, she does it because she loves me and says it gives her something to do.

I’ve worked with some really nice editors who have helped me improve my writing, but without Meagan’s feedback, they probably wouldn’t even look at my pieces. She helps make my stories better.

Though she loves horror, one of Meagan’s favorite books is ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, and I’m sure she enjoys many other literary classics that I’ve never even read. So what I am particularly thankful for, is that I have forced her to read genre’s outside of her taste and comfort zone, including fantasy, erotic horror and my attempts at sci-fi. Still, she reads it all without complaint.

Welcome to the nerd side Megs. And thank you, so much.

 

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Flirting With The Dead

The release date of  #Mashed is less than a week away. If you can’t wait and want to read some grossly funny erotic horror, grab a copy of No Safe Word, which features the first erotic horror story I wrote, Flirting With The Dead. The Kindle edition is only US$0.99.

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Whiteflower Duet

My fantasy short story WHITEFLOWER DUET will be featured in the debut issue of Planet Scumm: A Science Fiction Quarterly Magazine.

Whiteflower Duet is a tale about the relationship between a young woman and her grandmother, in a world where people share thoughts and feelings by interweaving melodic tendrils of their personal tunes.

You can read it online at Planet Scumm, or order the E-copy for just $1.

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Happy Easter Friends and Readers

Worried about consuming all those extra calories at Easter? Does a loved one over indulge on chocolate eggs? Why not give the gift of horror, by purchasing a copy of He’s Risen, for yourself or your pudgy friend?

It features my story, ARK OF THE DAMNED, where Jesus is a kick-ass zombie hunter. He’s Risen is full of deplorable, grotesque, gory and inappropriate stories. But it is calorie free.

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* Artwork courtesy of Jesse Deadman

Mashed Cover Reveal

Grivante Press have announced the winner of the cover design contest for Mashed and it looks fantastic! There were many differing opinions between the authors, so thank you to everyone who voted as this helped Kevin from Grivante narrow it down and eventually select the winner. (He was never going to please us all, but I think we managed to work together well and nobody cried.)

The cover is eye catching and touches on the themes of the book: Food, Sex, Horror & Humor!

 

The Executioner’s Daughter

My fantasy short story THE EXECUTIONER’S DAUGHTER, a tale about a young woman reluctantly following in her father’s footsteps, has been be published in the inaugural issue of Broadswords and Blasters.

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In the debut issue, “Readers will encounter subterranean horrors, time traveling lovers, space Mafia, two-fisted private investigators, and torturers turned political activists”.

A great pulp magazine with a good mix of fantasy and science fiction. Broadswords and Blasters Issue 1: Pulp Magazine with Modern Sensibilities (Volume 1), is available from Amazon.

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