Quaint and Curious, and Wonderful, Gothic Reviews

I'm delighted to see A Quaint and Curious Volume of Gothic Tales connecting with readers. Not only is it perfect reading for chilly winter nights and rainy spring days, but the variety of Gothic themes from my fellow authors is exceptional. I'm honored that Robin Knabel of Unsettling Reads listed my story, "Scabrous," as one … Continue reading Quaint and Curious, and Wonderful, Gothic Reviews

Happy Birthday to the Magical Jolene Haley!

Did you see the will o' wisp dancing outside your door this morning?  She fluttered for just a moment, then careened off. There are forces moving on the wind, darting between shadows, luring you off to where the spirits are celebrating today. Jolene Haley, writer and founder of the The Midnight Society horror writer collective, is … Continue reading Happy Birthday to the Magical Jolene Haley!

October Is For Writing Conferences – 15 Days Until Halloween

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

Writing In Graveyards – 22 Days Until Halloween

I was raised to love graveyards. I was raised on classic horror movies and their eerie graveyards, filled with rolling mist.  My parents bought me horror comics and introduced me to Edgar Allen Poe and Stephen King in elementary school.  We had the full encyclopedia of Man, Myth, and Magic, and I would lean against the bookshelf for hours, reading and marveling … Continue reading Writing In Graveyards – 22 Days Until Halloween

The Power Of Writing Conferences – Recap Of #FHBF2015

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

Insights From My First Short Story Contest (II)

I’m continuing with my post about entering my first short story contest, and I’m sharing happy news. I attended the Lake County Bookfest last week, where they announced that my short story will be published in an electronic compilation along with eleven others. Though I wasn’t chosen as a winner or honorable mention in the short … Continue reading Insights From My First Short Story Contest (II)