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Fun for Friday: Spooky Etymologies

| October 20, 2017

English words come from all sorts of interesting places, but here’s a list of words with “spooky” etymologies. While some of these words may have spookier origins than others, it’s interesting to see the way words have shifted from their original roots to their modern meanings. I was particularly interested in the origins of “cobalt,” […]

Day Job + Writing = Story Ideas?

| October 19, 2017

Before I moved to Seattle, I was pretty sure that archaeology was EXACTLY like it looks in the movies, all digging up ancient civilizations and running around lost temples. No, wait, maybe that’s just how Indiana Jones makes archaeology look cool in the movies. When I moved here, I started working with archaeologists, and though […]

Spooky Reads Recommendation: Nocturals by Dan Brereton

| October 18, 2017

I’m working on more reviews to post, but in the meantime, here’s a mini-comic book review from the depths of our collections. Nocturnals was a comic that came out in 1995, but somehow, I missed it until recently. Looking at this book (which we have in hardcover), it’s everything that 90s goth girl me would […]

“Interlude C: Obstacles and Opportunities” in Write Like You’re Alive 2017!

| October 17, 2017

During the month of August, I worked on what will eventually become a book called Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse. It’s a bit of an experimental story, told through vignettes and pieces of poetry. I wrote it as a part of the Write Like You’re Alive challenge, hosted by Zoetic Press, which challenges participants to write […]

Guest Post: Author G.A. Minton on Writing Horror

| October 16, 2017

Today, we’re hosting a guest post from author G.A. Minton, whose newest book, Antitheus, is out today! ~ Writing Horror By G.A. Minton Horror is defined as a feeling of great shock, fear, and worry caused by something extremely unpleasant; an intense feeling of fear, shock, or disgust. Edgar Allan Poe is not only recognized as the […]

Fun for Friday: Spooky Writing Prompts

| October 13, 2017

As Halloween approaches, my mind is on spooky stories, so today, I tracked down a list of 50 Spooky Writing Prompts for this Fun for Friday! This list looks like it’s chock full of story ideas on the scarier side of things, but you could probably turn some of them around and make them less frightening […]

Volatile Figments: Ghosts and Things that Go Bump in the Night

| October 12, 2017

While only one of the stories in Volatile Figments features a ghost character, several of the stories are about unusual things that go bump in the night, like the servants of elder gods and entities that may or may not be muses. “One for Every Year” is told from the perspective of an ageless ghost who […]

Review of Serpent’s Sacrifice by Trish Heinrich

| October 11, 2017

My latest book review for Mad Scientist Journal isn’t for a spooky read, but it’s for a good read! Serpent’s Sacrifice by Trish Heinrich is a super hero book set in a place that reminds me a bit of Seattle or Tacoma, and I suspect her fictional Jet City is based on some amalgam of the two […]

More Spooky Reads: Volatile Figments is live!

| October 10, 2017

It’s release day for Volatile Figments, my collection of dark contemporary fantasy (with a little bit of horror) short stories! These are great stories for reading as you get ready for Halloween. Some are less spooky than others, but there are witches, ghouls, ghosts, elder gods, psychics, and creepy muses aplenty! Several of the stories in […]

Dealing with Rejection

| October 9, 2017

I sent out my first short story to a market in 2011. In the six years that have followed, I’ve sent out stories about 650 times (and counting). And at the moment, I’ve gotten just over 30 acceptances. That makes my acceptance rate right about half of a percent. Which means that 99.5 percent of […]