The Florida Writers Foundation Celebrity Workshop is: Jonathan Maberry
I will be appearing as part of the Creators Track at Spooky Empire in Orlando, Florida, USA, on October 26-28, 2018. Spooky Empire Ultimate Horror Weekend is one of the largest horror conventions in the nation, and this year's convention has a huge line up of celebrity guests, horror creators, a film festival, live performances, … Continue reading Upcoming – Spooky Empire Creators Track
Fed up with her cabin mates, a girl hikes under the Texas sun and meets the fly of her darkest dreams. I'm excited to announce that my story, "Blink Fly," is a finalist in the published flash fiction category of the Royal Palm Literary Awards. The Royal Palm Literary Awards are the Florida Writers Association … Continue reading Woo hoo! Blink Fly is a Finalist!
If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen my posts about #SpookyEmpireRefugees. It was heart-breaking, then heart-warming, and overall an incredible event for Central Florida's horror community. I had spooky plans for the first weekend in October. Somehow, The Addams Family musical, Halloween Horror Nights, and Spooky Empire all came together at the … Continue reading Spooky Empire Refugees – 20 Days until Halloween
In the movie Crimson Peak, Lucille Sharpe (the dark sister who holds the keys to the family manse) tells the gothic heroine, "It is a monstrous love. And it makes monsters of us all." Her version of love is menacing and possibly mad, as the best monsters are. My favorite monsters pursue their victims with a … Continue reading A Monstrous Love – 4 Days Until Halloween
I grew up reading Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, and I still adore them. Some day their language is overblown, but I love how their lavish descriptions overwhelm me. Their stories are more horrifying for how they make me feel crushed beneath moldering walls and surrounded by alien angles. Something monstrous is usually threatening to overtake … Continue reading Quiet Horror – 12 Days Until Halloween
Two of my favorite sessions at the Florida Writers Conference were today. I spent the morning delving in to how characters respond to supernatural elements and geeking out over writing horror so it fills a reader with dread. But there was time this afternoon to check off a Halloween task: pumpkins! They were so bright, so huge, … Continue reading Sunday Chores, Again – 13 Days Until Halloween
The Florida Writers Conference will be wrapping up tomorrow, and I'll be doing a blog post soon on the wonderful insights into writing about monsters from one of the talks. For now, I'll pretend I've got some Halloween cereal in my room for a late night snack.
It is an amazing feeling to write a scene, even a sentence, that gives you a little thrill. I enjoy writing spooky stuff, and those thrills come when I feel like I've written a scene that is particularly gruesome or I've managed to capture a character's reaction to the horrific thing that is happening. It makes me pull away from the … Continue reading October Is For Writing Conferences – 15 Days Until Halloween
I’m very glad I went to the Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writing Conference this year. I gained insight into my writing and new ideas for telling stories. Thursday was a writing critique session. Participants submitted their first 10 pages of a work in early September, and we brought written comments for each other to … Continue reading The Power Of Writing Conferences – Recap Of #FHBF2015