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“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 […]

Fun for Friday: Indulge the Purple Prose!

| October 6, 2017

October seems like the perfect time to write a spooky story, and perhaps to indulge in a bit of purple prose. “It was a dark and stormy night” is from an 1830 novel, but it’s also mocked as being part of an overly melodramatic opening sentence. But sometimes, that can be fun! So take that […]

Spooky Reads: Camp Haunt

| October 5, 2017

If you’re looking for some spooky October reads, check out my epistolary novella, Camp Haunt, which is available by subscription at Channillo! Here’s the description: Camp Fairmarsh, founded in 1883, has a long tradition of giving teenage girls a residential camp experience. Girls spend eight weeks swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, making arts and crafts, hiking, and […]

Comic Recommendation: The Sublimes (and more!) by Kiku Hughes

| October 4, 2017

This weekend at GeekGirlCon, Jeremy picked up a handful of comics from local and indie creators. These two by Kiku Hughes were in the stack, so I read them both while feeding the cats. Sofia is a super short comic with very little text, but the illustrations are gorgeous and tell much of the story […]