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!
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!
Summer camp is bonfires, camp songs, and summer friendships... Summer camp is spooky woods, monster legends, and the scary things that lurk just beyond the trail... Or on the trail, like "Blink Fly." Jolene Haley is hosting #SummerofScreams, a writer and artist showcase celebrating the darker side of summer camp. “Blink Fly” follows a camper hiking in Palo Duro Canyon, … Continue reading Summer Camp, Summer Screams
Have you met your word count for today, NaNoWriMos? NaNoWriMo has been rocking along for six days now, and writers are flying on the heady rush of stories pouring out of them while simultaneously worrying when and where they'll find the time to reach their nearly 1700 wpd (words per day) goal. Wacky sleep patterns are … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2016 – My Third Year at Hogwarts
Jolene Haley is hosting a horror writer and illustrator showcase on her website to celebrate the spookiest of months. My story, "Food and Drink Man" is featured today. The Thornewood Hotel has seven stories and 666 rooms. Sometimes it has grand elevators and a ballroom. The staff mostly keep out of site, but they are watching. … Continue reading The Rooms the Guests Never See – 13 Days until Halloween
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
A taxidermied Bufo marinus that’s been made into a change purse is a permanent resident of my office at my day job. Animals skulls and insects preserved in jars keep it company. My coworkers have different bones and dead things at their desks. So it is with field biologists: we love critters so much, we bring them back … Continue reading Halloween at Work – 25 Days until Halloween
It's the first day of October and the Countdown to Halloween begins today! Well, actually, I hold Halloween in my heart all year. There are always some spooky things lying about the house and scary stories to read and write. If this is your first visit here, welcome, and I hope you enjoy browsing through blog … Continue reading Countdown to Halloween Begins!
I'm very excited to be involved with an upcoming event that celebrates horror and dark fiction in all its delicious forms. W.T. Bland Public Library in Mount Dora, Florida is looking for authors to participate in its first annual “DreadFest,” an event to celebrate the darker side of fiction. The event will focus on horror … Continue reading DreadFest 2017 – Call for Writers