Rise Up, Kittens! Or at least stop lying down . . . .

Eden Royce:

Truth. It’s easy to become jaded about publishing. Ask questions. Take the time to find people willing to help. They are out there.

Originally posted on lucybluecastle:

Without writers, publishing as an industry would not exist.  Well, duh, you may well say; how obvious; how trite; how could any sane person not know that?  And I would agree.  But I begin to suspect that this truth we declare self-evident is in fact the greatest of mysteries to the rest of the monstrous machine.

One of the great traditions of traditional publishing is treating the people who write the product they sell like galley slaves, a necessary inconvenience that whines too much and smells kind of funny.  Myself, I’ve spent immense slabs of my professional life waiting around on some agent or editor to give me an answer on something even when they called me first.  Hurry up and wait and don’t ask for anything has always been the order of the day, and writers have had the choice to either take it on the chin or head…

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Dark Gothic Resurrected: A Publication

I am pleased to announce that I am the first (first!!) short story in the Summer issue of the award-winning Dark Gothic Resurrected magazine.

It was wonderful to work with author and artist Cinsearae Santiago. She is super talented and also adds graphic designer, editor, jewelry crafter, and publisher to her list of achievements.

Here’s the cover (and Cinsearae designed it):

Is that my name on the cover?   *Peeks, rubs eyes* It is!

Is that my name on the cover?
*Peeks, rubs eyes*
It is!


In addition to short stories, art, and poetry, the mag has interviews with authors and filmmakers, and the fascinating column of Ask Mambo.

The magazine is available in print or on Kindle, so show some love and support for small press publications!

Also, take a peek at her Etsy shop for creepy dolls and one of a kind jewelry and accessories.

Butcher’s Road: A Review

I’m a bit behind on my blog posts at the moment.  Things have been… incredibly busy. Writing, editing, beta reading… Whew!

Anyway, I am intent on catching up. So here’s a review for a book that you need to read:


Butcher's Road: A gangster paranormal mystery.  And that's just the beginning.

Butcher’s Road: A gangster paranormal mystery. And that’s just the beginning.

Read the full Hellnotes review here.

Graveyard Shift Sister: Nuzo Onoh

I’ve just started a series of Black female horror author spotlights and interviews on the Graveyard Shift Sisters blog.

Graveyard Shift Sisters founder Ashlee Blackwell has created this eye-catching tagline for her blog: “Purging the Black Female Horror Fan from the Margins”.

Ashlee is a Philadelphia-based critical media writer who specializes in writing about film (sci-fi/horror) with a niche focus on representations of Black women in horror: fans, artists, filmmakers, and characters. She’s also curated film screenings, developed creative programs and organized logistics for arts based non-profit organizations, most notably with Lil Filmmakers, Inc.

I’m so pleased to be working with Ashlee on this project of featuring Indie Black female horror authors. Read about their writing process, what inspires them and how they came to love horror.

Sound like a tiny, niche market?  Not anymore.

The marvelous Angela Bassett. Above in American Horror Story - Coven.  Also see her in Supernova and Strange Days.

The marvelous Angela Bassett. Above in American Horror Story – Coven.                                  Also see her in Supernova and Strange Days.

My first victim, er… volunteer is Nuzo Onoh, author of The Reluctant Dead, a collection of African horror short stories. Head on over to the Graveyard Shift Sisters website and check out her work.

Author spotlight: http://www.graveyardshiftsisters.com/2014/06/author-spotlight-nuzo-cambridge-onohs.html


Interview: http://www.graveyardshiftsisters.com/2014/06/interview-with-african-horror-writer.html




Short Story Month: “Sweat”

The end of Short Story Month is upon us and I have a final few tales to share.  (Not that won’t still periodically share them throughout the year. I’m sure I will–I’m such a rogue.)

I’m ending the month with two of Zora Neale Hurston’s stories. While modern books on writing tell aspiring authors to stay away from writing dialect, Hurston is a master of it. The contrast between the dialogue of her characters and her crisp “King’s English” narrative voice is stark, but she balances her stories with the right amount of each.

I've always loved this quote.

I’ve always loved this quote.

Maybe this dialect is easy for me to read as I am from the American South and grew up around similar pronunciations. If you have trouble with this patois–I’m going to sound like an English teacher here–sound out the words and their meaning should become clear.

“Sweat” is a tale of what happens when a woman has had enough. Enough abuse and enough of her abuser.

***Warning*** The “N” word is present in this story. Thought you should know before you read her story here.

Also read her short story “The Gilded Six Bits.”

Short Story Month: “The Open Window”

My next recommendation is Saki’s “The Open Window”. A short story about a with an unexpected ending.

I hate to say too much about it in case you haven’t read the tale. (Do it now, it won’t take long.) But I’ll say that its subtly handled twist has made it a perfect story to translate to the visual medium. It’s been the subject of several tv adaptations.

I watched this on PBS one Sunday afternoon, then made a point to look for the story.  I was not disappointed.

I watched this on PBS one Sunday afternoon, then made a point to look for the story.
I was not disappointed.

Saki is the pen name of Hector Hugh Munro or H.H. Munro, as he is sometimes called.



Reading this, you’ll see why you should not always listen to the stories of little girls. Check out Saki’s story here.

When Your Family Doesn’t Support Your Writing

Eden Royce:

This is a wonderful article for those writers that don’t have the support of family and friends. It happens more than you’d think. If you enjoyed a writer’s work, tell them. You may be the only one that does.

Originally posted on Tricia Drammeh:

Excuse me if this post gets a little rant-ish. Maybe you’ll relate to this, maybe you won’t. Maybe your family and friends are your personal cheerleaders. Or maybe your family told you to stop playing with your imaginary friends and get a job. Or maybe your family is like mine and happily supported you back when everyone thought you’d make it big, land a million-dollar publishing contract, and get a movie deal, but fell out of love with your writing once they realized that wasn’t going to happen.

Lack of support. This is a very painful topic, but it’s one I think it’s important to discuss. Writing is largely a solitary endeavor, often undertaken by introverts. But even though we’re introverts and we’ve decided to travel the often lonely path of the writer, we’re still human beings. We crave love, acceptance, and acknowledgement. We crave community, and who better to…

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