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Volatile Figments: Darkness, Light, and Muses?

| May 28, 2019

One of the stories in Volatile Figments, “Terpsichore,” started out when I realized how creepy a dance studio looks when it’s dark and there’s only a small source of light reflecting off the mirrors. From there, it spun into a ritual performed in a dance studio, and the creepy aftermath. At only 928 words, “Terpsichore” is […]

Ready to be Scared of Summer Camp?

| March 21, 2019

Summer camp can be a scary experience for those who have never gone before, and even some veterans of the camp experience. In my serial novella, Camp Haunt, things are scarier than normal for the campers at Camp Fairmarsh, where all sorts of weird things are happening in the summer of 2003. Told as a […]

Winter Reads: Seasons of Horror by Lucinda Gunnin

| January 9, 2019

I’m surrounded by tons of talented writers, both in Seattle and across the world (nearby through the power of the internet). My best friend lives almost as far across the country as she can from me (because we both want excuses to visit the opposite coast now and then). She’s also a writer who got […]

Winter Reads: Camp Haunt

| January 8, 2019

If your reading preferences lean toward the spooky and episodic, have you checked out Camp Haunt? Written as a series of diary entries, letters, and other documents from an all-girls summer camp in the early 2000s, Camp Haunt will deliver both of those things! It’s available exclusively by subscription at Channillo!

Fun for Friday: Creepy Photo Prompt

| July 13, 2018

While not everyone will find this photograph of an abandoned bus in the woods creepy, I think this photo prompt is a horror story waiting to happen! Take a look, and see what it inspires in you!

Review of An Aberrant Mind by Ken MacGregor

| May 23, 2018

This week at Mad Scientist Journal, I reviewed a book that’s a little outside of my normal reading. An Aberrant Mind by Ken MacGregor is a collection of horror short stories, not for the faint of heart. The good news is that it didn’t give my nightmares! Some of the stories are more funny than scary, and […]

Summer Reads: Camp Haunt

| April 26, 2018

With summer approaching, plenty of folks have a little extra time for reading. If you like your summer reads to be a little on the spooky side, check out Camp Haunt! Camp Haunt grew out of my love for going to camp in the summers of my childhood, combined with a love for all of […]

Review of Cry Your Way Home by Damien Angelica Walters

| December 13, 2017

My latest review for Mad Scientist Journal is now up. Today, I’m reviewing a short story collection, Cry Your Way Home, by Damien Angelica Walters. Though I’ve read some of Walters’ stories before in anthologies, the stories in this collection were all new to me. They’re creepy and beautiful at the same time. Cry Your Way […]

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 […]

Podcast Version of “One for Every Year”

| July 18, 2017

My slightly creepy flash fiction story, “One for Every Year,” now has an audio version! You can find it at The Centropic Oracle. Since it’s such a short story, it only takes about 7 minutes for the whole thing, so it’s great for a quick break in your day!