KZ’s 100 Nightmares – Cover Description

Most of you know KZ, but for those who do not – she is an impressive photographer and an amazing writer of short stories, haiku and haibun. KZ has a commanding vocabulary and plays with words. The best thing about her is that she is not scared to explore the forbidden or move out of the comfort zone. Her writing is not inhibited or restricted to a certain category.

Now KZ is publishing her long-awaited book, 100 Nightmares. If you are lover of horror, just don’t miss it. And you don’t even have to turn the page impatiently for the ending. The book is due in April and here is the cover description.

100 NIGHTMARES by K.Z. Morano is a collection of horror stories written in exactly 100 words and accompanied by a few illustrations.

It takes a brief encounter with death to cause enduring nightmares.

A single well-placed blow could maim you for life…

One well-placed word could haunt you forever.

Microfiction is a blade—sharp, swift…

Sometimes it goes for the jugular, killing you in seconds.

Its silver tongue touches your throat and warm blood hisses before you could scream.

Sometimes, the knife makes micro-cuts on the sensitive sheath of your sanity, creating wounds that would fester throughout eternity.

Take my 100 words like prescription… a slow-acting poison.

Or read them all and die of overdose.

Your call.

It’s your suicide after all.

The Author

K.Z. Morano is an eclectic eccentric… a writer, a beach bum and a chocolate addict who writes anything from romance and erotica to horror, fantasy, sci-fi and bizarro fiction. Over the past few months, her stories have appeared in various anthologies, magazines and online venues. Visit her at where she posts short fiction and photographs weekly.
For more updates on the story collection like K.Z.’s Facebook page

Travails of a Short Story Writer

The market for short story writers is huge, but how many of the new writers do get published? The rejections are many and the acceptances have hardly been heard of by anyone.

A writer’s typical day involves slogging through his drafts, looking for grammatical errors and ensuring that he has maintained consistency in his characters’ names. Then, he enters ‘Duotrope’ and thinks about the right genre, appropriate length and medium. How about payment now? ‘Any’ would not suffice as such magazines are most probably not even read. Any reputable magazine would offer semi-pro to professional payment. At last, the writer clicks on search to find a huge list of magazines. Some of them are pretty well-known where the writer has already been rejected. Searching for new magazines, he decides to carry out research on them. Forums and articles denounce these magazines saying that they take too long to get back or give preference to a specific breed of writers. There are even some comfort websites for rejected writers.

The writer wonders long and hard on why he is rejected. He decides to do the right thing and reads up short stories in the most universally acceptable magazine. He finds it difficult to read even half of the story as it is extremely boring and seems to lack substance. How was it even published? He goes to bed, dejected, wondering if his next topic will find acceptance.