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Women in Horror Month… the hangover

So February was Women in Horror Month. Did you promote scary creepy horror creating women? Did you read them? Watch them? Offer them sacrifices?

Here’s a brief summary of the places and ways I participated in the yearly event… and I’m posting it now, in March, because it shouldn’t be on your mind during February only. You should always be aware of us… and maybe a little afraid.

Promote Horror did a lovely quick little interview with many of us, here are my answers to those questions.

— I popped on over to Stephen Kozeniewski’s page (Manuscripts Burn) for a quick and dirty Q&A, here are my answers to those questions.

— And there was an essay… It didn’t get printed. It was voted “a bit harsh.” Part of me is a little proud of that. The other part of me wants to say, “Oh yeah? Here, hold my beer…” On the upside, it sounds like it may have found a home and will be seen outside of the constraints of February and Women in Horror Month. It might be June, just because. I’ll let you know.

Meanwhile, check out the two above. For those interested, most of my interviews and other external adventures have been posted on the Press page. Enjoy!

 

20 Essential Crime and Horror Crossovers

 

According to Max Booth III, “Life is terrible but at least we still have books.” And in celebration of that, he has an article on CrimeReads, in which he guides you through 20 essential crime/horror crossovers. It’s a helluva list, and I’m honored to be part of it…

 

Kelli Owen’s FLOATERS

 

I’m a strong advocate that there are never enough lake monster stories in the horror genre. Have you ever stared at a lake in the middle of the night? Anything can be hiding inside. You don’t know. Kelli Owen takes this concept and runs with it in Floaters. Sometimes corpses wash up from Lake Superior, but also sometimes the terrifying creature responsible for the corpses washes up, too. A detective, medical examiner, and reporter team up to hunt down a beast that should not exist. I recommend this one for fans of lake monsters and small-town legends. It’s a fun ride.

Check out the entire article here, subscribe to the Crime Reads newsletter or stalk them on facebook, and of course, show Max Booth III some stalking love as well.

FLY After 5

Fly After 5, once called simply Fly magazine, did a quick and dirty little interview with me and posted my short story Childhood Ghosts.

To check out the interview, go here. To check out the story… well, it was originally published in Shroud magazine’s Halloween issue and will someday be in the second collection I do, but it has also been posted for my patreons. Are you a patreon? You could become one here, and then you’ll get a lot more goodies than just this one short story…

 


note: if an article, interview, etc. is every missing due to the website being down, defunct, or otherwise, please let me know so I can adjust the post which points to it. Thank you.

 


 

The Authors Speak – article

The Authors Speak was an online journal for avid readers, writers, and fans of the written word. Their author interviews were intended to offer inspiration and educate writers and readers alike and to promote literacy as a whole.

Unfortunately, the website is down. I was pleased to be included in it while it lasted and have copied and pasted the lovely moment in history for you below…

 


 

Who is Kelli Owen?

Yesterday we profiled our Pre-Order of the Week with the limited edition Maelstrom trio, featuring Brian Keene’s “A Gathering of Crows”. However, cool as you may have thought this to be, most of you were asking me: Who the heck is Kelli Owen?

Good question. And without a doubt she’ll be a name that will live in the horror genre for a time to come. Allow the Authors Speak to make the introductions so that you, fair reader, can say, “Oh, Kelli? Yeah, I’ve been reading her for years!”

Truly, if you’ve read anything by Kelli, you’ve probably done so in an anthology or collection. It’s shorter fiction, sure, but quality writing. Now you have the chance to be a part of history as Kelli releases her first novel, “Six Days”, part of the Maelstrom limited releases.

“Fresh Blood” (which can be purchased here) features Kelli’s story “Left for Dead”. It’s a hard-as-nails revenge tale, tougher than “I Spit on Your Grave”, that surmises the lengths at which a mother will go to avenge her daughter’s abuse. Having heard this story at Horrorfind, I’ll tell you it grabs ahold and does not let go. Guys, you’ve been warned, you will groan in anguish.

“Dark Faith” is a collection that explores, well, as it suggests it explores the darker side of faith. There’s not a whole lot more to say about that. It’s a collection that is topped to the spilling point with talent: everyone from Brian Keene to Wrath James White is here in top form. Kelli’s here as well, but the last name is listed as Dunlap, so don’t let that throw you for a loop. This collection is features 26 short stories and 5 poems that are sure to terrify (as only the best in the business can) but also, and more importantly, make you think.

“Dark Futures: Tales of Sci-Fi Dystopia” includes the tale “Black Hole Sun”, co-written by Owen. While this collection does not exist in the realm of horror, the writing is still in pitch-perfect form. In fact, this particular piece is unique in that the end of the world is told through two teenagers emailing and tweeting back and forth. Surely a perfect (and foreboding) method of telling a tale of dystopian collapse in this day and age.

Now do you see? Can you see? Brian Keene hand-picked this talented writer for the first run of Maelstrom Books. Obviously, I cannot endorse the novel “Six Days” as it hasn’t been released. But, I’ll toss a good word into the arena: Kelli Owen is going places, and you should jump on the bandwagon now. Fans of shorter fiction, revenge tales, dystopian futures, horror…c’mon. What are you waiting for?

 


Again, I was delighted to be included—thank you, Eric. Maybe the website will come back someday…


 

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