Carpe Crustum – Chocolate Protein Brownies


Yes, it has been a while since I posted a new Carpe Crustum but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been in the kitchen experimenting. My latest creation that I am absolutely extatic for are these amazing brownies. Packed with protein, gluten free (if you care about that stuff) and, amazingly very healthy.

I got this recipe from and, because I can’t leave well enough alone, I had to tweak it. So here is my take on these awesome brownies

  • 1 Can of Black Beans (Drained & Rinsed)
    Yes, I said black beans. Don’t freak! They’ll taste all right. Trust me.
  • 1/4 cup sweetener
  • 3 eggs (or 9 tbsp substitute egg)
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 2 Tbsp butter or shortening (coconut oil was suggested in the original)
  • 1 tsp. Instant Coffee
  • 2 Tbsp. PB2 (powdered peanut butter)

Preheat your oven to 350deg. Grease a 9×9 square pan. Use a blender to blend all the ingredients together and poor the batter into the pan. Bake for 30 min or until the sides of your brownies pull away from the edges. cool in pan all the way. Cut and serve.

I got nine squares out of mine, each 70cal. each. It’s quick, it’s easy, it really hits the spot when you want something chocolaty, it’s very healthy!

Fun fact, coffee boosts the flavor of chocolate better than vanilla does. If you don’t want the added caffeine then use decaff instead. I add the PB2 because it boosts the chocolate flavor as well, but smooths it out so that it doesn’t punch you in the face.


2016: The Story So Far – Second Quarter

Our very own Nicole Cushing was named in this list of top books (so far) for 2016!


Back in April I did a list of my favourite books of the year so far, and as it’s now July time for another update.

For the months April through June, I read a total of fifty seven books, forty of which were graphic novels. I’ve also started but not as yet finished two other titles. Nothing about this is an exact science.

So, in the order I preferred them when I wrote the list ten minutes ago (and, of course, it may be subject to change), here are my top thirteen books for 2016 so far, with new entries shown in bold:-

The Pleasure Merchant – Molly Tanzer (Lazy Fascist Press)

The Sea of Blood – Reggie Oliver (Dark Renaissance Books)

The Night Clock – Paul Meloy (Solaris)

Horrorology – Edited by Stephen Jones (Jo Fletcher Books)

A Song of Shadows – John Connolly (Hodder & Stoughton)


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Book Review: The Sadist’s Bible – Nicole Cushing

A great review of The Sadist’s Bible by Nicole Cushing! Check it out!



The best way to describe this novella from Nicole Cushing is as an intense reading experience. Once you start reading the book is almost impossible to put down. It really is a roller coaster ride into the mind of a very talented writer of dark fiction. It contains some gruesome scenes which succeed in making the reader uncomfortable and the imagery that Nicole creates is clear. This is one of the reasons I like to read horror fiction; it is unlike any other genre in the way that it can bring about a whole series of emotions. There were scenes in this book that made my flesh crawl, sometimes making me feel blasphemous and dirty for reading, but I loved it.

It is a short but fast paced journey that follows two women as they strike up a relationship on social media. Ellie is tired of her partner and longs…

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Being lazy isn’t sexism

Who_Stole_Feminism_(first_edition)I just read something today that made my head hurt. A reviewer I follow for Black Static Magazine recently posted the following:

Listed below are the books received for review since the last update, which was back on 10 March 2016.

There are twenty one new titles and five of them have been written or edited by women, taking our totals for the year so far to forty six books received, twelve and a half of them with a female by-line (27%).

Taking into account #52, the corresponding figures for the magazine are thirty four titles reviewed so far this year, of which nine have been written or edited by women (26%)

Considering I’m one of the 27% he received a book from since his last update, do you know what this tells me? It tells me that these are the people who took the time to send him review copies of their books, and only a quarter of that population were female. It has nothing to do with the lack of female creators out there, it has everything to do with the lack of female creators who will get off their asses and promote themselves rather than whine that they “aren’t getting enough attention”.

Wake the fuck up ladies. The Mary Sue had an article entitled “ Women Genre Authors Much Less Likely To Get Reviewed“. Well of course they’re much less likely to get reviewed, you can only get reviewed if you send your books in. DUH. If only 25% of the people who send their books in are women, then of course only 25% of books reviewed are going to be by women. It’s not “the patriarchy”. It’s math.

Solution: Stop crying sexism. Get yourself an envelope and a stamp and start sending your books to reviewers. Nobody else is going to do it for you. And if you have an agent or a publisher who is supposed to be doing it for you, scream at them for not representing you as a creator properly. Don’t scream at the media because they don’t know you exist.


“that’s not a trigger warning. That’s a tagline!” Brilliant

Laughing at the Abyss

ClutchingPearls Disclaimer: Actual TANGENT ONLINE reviewer not  pictured.


For the first time in my career a reviewer has seen fit to slap a trigger warning on my work. And what a trigger warning it is: “Trigger warning: extreme lesbian sexual imagery, torture, blasphemy.”

Hell…that’s not a trigger warning. That’s a tagline!

Here’s a link to the entire review. You should check it out. It’s a fun read.

By the way, the ebook costs $1.99. So if you want to go ahead and skip the review and see what all the pearl clutching is about, you can buy it from Amazon or directly from the fine folks at 01 Publishing.

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