Welcome to my Friday bonus feature called Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special**!! Today, in lieu of one of my own recipes, I’m going to introduce you to a new author who will share one of her favorite recipes. Not only will you and I occasionally learn how to make something new and delicious, but we’ll get a chance to check out some wonderful authors. Introducing author, BARBARA REIN, and her favorite recipe for SHAKSHOOKAH (Middle Eastern Baked Eggs in Tomato Sauce)!
TALES FROM THE EERIE CANAL
22 Stories of the Delightfully Dark & Creepy
BY BARBARA REIN
MURDER BY TOILET PLUNGER. REVENGE BY PIE. A BIRTHDAY GIFT OF A TRIP TO HELL. A TEACHER TORMENTED BY AUTUMN LEAVES.
Twenty-two stories infested with a gaggle of goosebumps and delightfully creepy twists. A Twilight Zone of fantasy, horror, sci-fi, and romance—a ghost obsessed with a view from his tub, a candy store haunted by a demon, the job of a lifetime offered to just one body part, and a vampire bitten by love.
Tales from the Eerie Canal weaves an eclectic collection of the delightfully disturbing. The sinister mystery of Edgar Allan Poe twisted with the dark humor of Edward Gorey. Bites of psychological horror sprinkled with bits of the absurd—a head massage that alters lives, a subway station where time goes off-track, an assisted living facility catering to the deceased, and an elderly woman dead-set on leaving nothing behind.
Darkly brilliant morsels of the macabre teeter on the edge of reality—a holiday meal of murder as the main course, a wandering mind in search of a home, and a crying wind that torments for twenty years.
Fear the shadows. Enjoy the ride. Leave the lights on.
Barb Rein’s stories are like Lay’s Potato Chips. I couldn’t read just one. Every night I’d pick her book up and swear to myself I’d stop after one story. I couldn’t. They are just that good. Some people have compared her writing to Rod Serling’s, but I’d have to say it is more a smashup of The Outer Limits and Erma Bombeck.
As a constant reader and writer, I know good writing when I happen across it. I have beta read many many pages of unpublished works, plus I delve into works by big name author’s. Barbara Rein’s TALES FROM THE EeRIE CANAL is among the best books I’ve read, outside of the big ten. Really, I can’t say enough about her work. It’s prose, it’s poetry and often bloody. That’s exactly what I wanted when I purchased her title. And man, did it ever deliver. I’ll be going back for more.
Wow…what an awesome collection of 22 stories in a page-turning book. Rein delivers great opening lines, and as for the twists in her stories, they’re honestly great and surprisingly unexpected.
Barbara has a unique voice in this clever collection of eerie stories. Spine tingling at times and a bit of belly laughing as well. I thoroughly enjoyed the diversity and creative plots of each story.
Barbara Rein debuted her first book series in fourth grade, The Adventures of Cassandra McGillicuddy in Outer Space, complete with stick figures drawings. Admonished by her teacher for doing book reports on her own books (and didn’t she have chutzpah), she put writing aside for years while stories piled up in her head. One day she opened her laptop and out they poured. She’s now an award-winning and Amazon best-selling author. She lives with her husband and dachshund, traveling with a well-packed suitcase between New York and Florida.
Barbara writes strange, fantastical, and downright weird short stories. Darkly brilliant tales that teeter on the edge of reality. Reimagined nightmares concocted from a childhood diet of macabre fairy tales and endless episodes of Twilight Zone.
She also writes chuckle-inducing personal essays inspired by the quirks and oddities that bounce her way.
Links to Barbara’s website, blog, books, etc.:
I hope you enjoy the recipe Barbara is sharing today on Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy Eating!
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Middle Eastern Baked Eggs in Tomato Sauce
Note from Barbara: My cooking style is light and easy, unlike my stories.
Heat 2 cups of your favorite tomato sauce in pan
Add 4 eggs
Cover the pan or bubbling tomato sauce will be all the stove! Cook until eggs are done as desired.
Top with seasoned feta cheese
Serve with pita wedge
Thanks, Barbara, for sharing your stories and recipe with us!
Don’t miss the chance to read this book!