Crescendo of Darkness, a New Anthology with Rich and Roulo

New Anthology with Stories by
Rich and Roulo

Music has the power to soothe the soul, drive people to obsession, and soundtrack evil plots. Is music the instigator of madness, or the key that unhinges the psychosis within? From guitar lessons in a graveyard and a baby allergic to music, to an infectious homicidal demo and melancholy tunes in a haunted lighthouse, Crescendo of Darkness will quench your thirst for horrifying audio fiction. is proud to present fourteen tales of murderous music, demonic performers, and cursed audiophiles.

Crescendo of Darkness includes:

“Become the Music” by H.E. Roulo

A cellist would do anything for her child, even give up music, but that might not be enough to stop a curse from consuming her baby.


“Last Lullaby” by Emerian Rich

An opera diva is haunted by a dangerous secret which threatens to end her career and her life.

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New Release: Dusk’s Warriors by Emerian Rich

Dusk’s Warriors
by Emerian Rich

Heaven has opened up and welcomed the vampires of Night’s Knights into a new reality. As they struggle to find their place in their new world, trouble brews on Earth.

Demon servant, Ridge, is causing havoc by gathering up all the souls on Earth that have been touched by immortality. When he injures one of the Night’s Knights crew, he launches a war between the vampires of Heaven, the Big Bad in Hell, and a mortal street gang of vigilante misfits.

Will Julien, Markham, and Reidar be able to defeat the evil that’s returned, or will they once again need Jespa’s help?

Praise for Dusk’s Warriors:

“All hail, the queen of Night’s Knights has returned! Emerian Rich’s unique take on vampires delights my black little heart.” ~Dan Shaurette, Lilith’s Love

“A world of horror with realistic characters in a fast paced thriller you won’t be able to put down.” ~David Watson, The All Night Library

Praise for Night’s Knights:

“Fresh, original, and thoroughly entertaining.” ~Mark Eller, Traitor

“Emerian brought the Vampire Novel back from the dead.” ~C. E. Dorsett, Shine Like Thunder

Available now at in print and eBook

Emerian Rich is an artist, horror host, and author of the vampire series, Night’s Knights. She is the hostess of the internationally acclaimed podcast, Under the name Emmy Z. Madrigal, she writes the musical romance series, Sweet Dreams and she’s the Editorial Director for the Bay Area magazine, SEARCH. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.

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Rich and Roulo Volume 2: RUINS


Now available at

Rich & Roulo, Volume 2 : RUINS
R U I N S: (noun) the physical remains of something that has decayed or been destroyed.

Authors Emerian Rich and H. E. Roulo come together to bring you Rich & Roulo, a fiction series harkening back to vaudevillian days where madness bordered on greatness, misery became wisdom, and beauty was found in even the most broken doll. 

In Rich and Roulo’s second volume, the woeful tale of a kidnapped princess and the story of an unwilling hero, join the poem of an ancient and powerful goddess to bring you RUINS. Set in exotic locations, these fables explore earthly concerns of love and life against a backdrop of death. The volume makes you wonder, once death has you, is there anything left? Or were we ruins to begin with?

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The Mostly True Story of Rich & Roulo

The true mostly true story of Rich & Roulo.

Who the heck are Rich and Roulo?

heatherHeather Roulo is a Pacific Northwest author who writes science-fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her short stories have appeared in a dozen magazines, anthologies, and podcasts, including Nature and Lightspeed. Later this year, Permuted Press will be releasing her Plague Masters trilogy.

Heather’s favorite authors include Orson Scott Card, Larry Niven, C.S. Friedman, Robin Hobb, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and… well, too many to cover. She received her B.A. in English Literature. Check out Goodreads to see more.

In her non-writing time, Heather hikes, reads, watches far too many movies, and plays card and board games. Yes, she has beaten Pandemic. She recently learned to love gardening, and obsesses over new technology.

For more information, you can visit her blog at or make a connection over twitter @hroulo.

AuthorPicEmerian Rich is a writer, artist, and Horror Hostess of the popular international podcast, She is the author of the Night’s Knights Vampire Series and also writes the Sweet Dreams Musical Romance Series under the name Emmy Z. Madrigal. She’s written short stories from horror to SciFi and loves a good writing challenge.

Emerian’s favorite authors are, Anne Rice, Andrew Neiderman, Jane Austen, and manga artist Kaori Yuki. If Emerian was a car, she’d be a black Viper. If she was an animal, a black jaguar. If she was a bird, a raven. Noticing a trend here?

In her non-writing time, Emerian enjoys crafting, crocheting, gaming, origami, cemeteries, and exploring urban areas for city art/sculptures and unique architecture. She’s a Gemini, so the balance of dark and light is forever battling inside her, thus her enjoyment of both horror and romance.

For more information about Emz, visit

Origins, also known as The Meet-Cute (according to Heather):

height_334_width_200_rawDespite Emerian Rich’s lack of recollection, Heather knows they met through mutual friend. After the completion of podcasting her novel, Fractured Horizon, Heather joined forces with Rhonda Carpenter for bi-monthly podcast show When Heather’s podcast show ran a Hero of Podiobooks contest, Emerian entered into the spirit of fun, and provided audio from the heroine of her book, Jespa, from Night’s Knights.

jespa1Jespa won the contest btw… just saying. And I remember meeting Heather, just didn’t know exactly when we became friends! ~ Emz

Having formed a professional connection as podcasters, next Heather provided a short story to This became her first eBook short story, “Undergrowth.”

Spooky plant monster! This is why I don’t garden. ~ Emz

288x424NKAfter subsequently joining the Wicked Women Writers, the two finally “met” during the live recording of the Wicked Women Writers contest in Second Life. Friendship was not easy, but they had what it took to connect even in this fantasy online world: Heather was not distracted by Emerian’s blood-rain filled casket, and Emerian overlooked Heather’s remedial ability to dress herself and a penchant for accidentally sitting on walls and tables rather than chairs in the newly purchased Podioracket shop.

hewwwawardHeather won the Wicked Women Writer’s Challenge that year too! With her awesome spooky tale, Graveyard Shift and Reshift. I think that’s when I knew she was truly twisted enough to be my friend. ~ Emz

After months of meeting online, recording podcast interviews, making silly voices, and providing podcasting instruction to others, they finally met in person at BayCon in Santa Clara, California. They now Skype message each other daily and meet in-real-life annually.

It was so great meeting Heather and finding out she was a real person, not just some fictitious, nymph-like creature I’d made up in my head. ~ Emz

randruins3Collaboration is the next test of their relationship with the second edition of Roulo &Rich, Volume 2: RUINS.

So excited for this to come out. 🙂 ~ Emz

Should Emerian turn into a black raven, car, or jaguar, Heather has sworn to hunt or drive her, as she deems appropriate, thus making the world a safer place.

Hey, wait a minute. Driving me, I guess that would be okay, but HUNTING me? That is another subject. Will there be tranq guns or real bullets? Haven’t you ever heard of the Non-Cruelty-to-Emz Pact? ~ Emz

She hopes their friendship survives this blog post.

ME too! Although with “hunting me” in the equation, you haven’t made it easy. ~Emz

About Roulo & Rich:

rrdesire12Emerian and Heather bring a fiction series harking back to vaudevillian days where madness bordered on greatness, misery became wisdom, and beauty was found in even the most broken doll.

Watch for news on the new edition for Rich & Roulo coming soon!

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Rich and Roulo Volume 1: DESIRE


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Rich & Roulo, Volume 1 : DESIRE
D E S I R E: (verb) to wish or long for; crave; want.

Volume 1: DESIRE pushes the boundaries between burlesque and grotesque, featuring a pair of twisted obsession stories and one very naughty poem.

A faded tome wrapped with a red velvet ribbon falls into your possession.

A note attached reads, “To my love.”

As you open it, the spine creaks. Spiders scramble out and skitter across your leg. Startled, you rise and the book thuds to the floor in a puff of perfume-scented dust. Picking it up, you find the velvet ribbon crumbling. It breaks. Where the ribbon had formed a cross holding the novel shut, the cover is still dark and gold leafing inscribed in whirls outlines sensual bare flesh but the rest has faded away, leaving only a hint of naked lovers once sprawled across the luxurious leather.

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