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Female Coming of Age Books

I was delighted to be included in the article GIRLS GROW UP TOO: 10 FEMALE COMING-OF-AGE HORROR BOOKS over on Nightfire where the article starts with this:

Coming-of-age horror is my favorite. I could list at least a dozen or more books in this genre off the top of my head, books that I adore, but there’s only one issue I have with these beloved books: the protagonists coming-of-age stories are mostly boys.

(We see you, Beverly Marsh! We love you!)

Don’t get me wrong, I love reading about young male protagonists growing up and becoming men. I especially love it when they also have to endure hardships, fight cosmic horror, or capture a serial killer. But I was once a twelve-year-old girl and let me tell you, girls can do all of this and more! So here are my recommendations for coming-of-age horror with female protagonists, because girls rule.

It then goes on to list the 10 books, including my own Wilted Lilies

This is the story of young Lily May Holloway, sitting in an interrogation room, giving testimony as to what happened to her while she was missing for quite some time.



What I love: This is character-driven, supernatural horror at its absolute best. Readers will not be able guard their hearts and will fall helplessly in love with Lily May. Thank goodness this is book one and there is more to follow! (Spoiler: I’ve read book two, Passages, and it’s just as amazing!)

Check out the rest of the article here, and see who else you should be reading in this sub-genre!

Celebrate Horror 2020

As part of the Celebrate Horror 2020, organized and hosted by Mother Horror of Night Worms, I was asked to read from Wilted Lilies

Have a listen to mine here.

And don’t forget to check out all the other writers involved: Victor LaValle, Catherine Cavendish, Jason Parent, Andy Davidson, Bracken MacLeod, Kristi DeMeester, Max Booth III, Tim Lebbon, Stephen Graham Jones, Craig Wallwork, Michael David Wilson, Kristopher Triana, (me), David Sodergren, Josh Malerman, Jeremy Robert Johnson, Joe Lansdale, Jonathan Janz, Paul Tremblay, Gwendolyn Kiste, Bob Ford, Matt Hayward, Todd Keisling, Wile E. Young, Philip Fracassi, Jon Bassoff, Mercedes Murdock Yardley, Alan Baxter, Beverley Lee, Joshua Claplinski, Gemma Amor…

Corona Con


“Life is What Happens To You While You’re Busy Making Other Plans…”

Coronavirus, or rather COVID-19, has disrupted life as well know it. Social distancing is keeping people from their jobs, their families, and well, their plans. Among those plans being changed and/or cancelled are a number of conventions, which is what sparked this idea…

You see, Scares That Care does a convention in August in Williamsburg, VA every year, and this year they were expanding with a spring convention in Wisconsin. Covid had other plans. And as soon as Wisconsin was cancelled (for the safety of everyone), those of us who were planning on attending thought maybe we could do something for the overall morale of con-goers and guests alike. Initially I thought it would be a short, cute, live Q&A… it’s turned into something else entirely.

Horror authors, reviewers, and even Joe Ripple himself from Scares that Care were on deck Saturday, April 18th for a LIVE streaming day full of readings, panels, giveaways, and more!

It was a smashing hit! Here’s what “Something Ghoulish” had to say about it.

The event was recorded and posted to youtube 

Click here to watch it on youtube

Guests included: Jonathan Janz, Mary SanGiovanni, Robert Ford, Tim Meyer, Matt Hayward, Wes Southard, Somer Canon, Wile E. Young, Stephen Kozeniewski, Aaron Dries, Bracken MacLeod, Brian Keene …with moderators: Sadie Hartman (MotherHorror of Nightworms), Bob Pastorella (This is Horror), Steve Pattee (Horror DNA), and Shane Keene (Ink Heist)

The schedule was planned as follows. Please note these were just guidelines, an order to the chaos. The actual times on the video are posted on the youtube page.

9:45 am — Kick Off: Joe Ripple of Scares That Care
10:00 am — Reading: Bob Ford
10:30 am — Panel: “Finding New Readers” Stephen Kozeniewski, Mary SanGiovanni, Aaron Dries, Wile E. Young, moderator: Steve Pattee (of Horror DNA)
11:30 am — Reading: Brian Keene
12:00 pm — Panel: “Collaborations” Bob Ford, Matt Hayward, Somer Canon, Wes Southard, moderator: Sadie Hartman (MotherHorror of Nightworms) 1:00 pm — Reading: Aaron Dries
 1:30 pm — Panel: “Characters likable vs. compelling” Bracken MacLeod, Kelli Owen, Tim Meyer, moderator: Bob Pastorella (of This is Horror)
 2:30 pm — Reading: Jonathan Janz
 3:00 pm — Reading: Stephen Kozeniewski
 3:30 pm — Panel: “Versatility and cross-genre” Brian Keene, Jonathan Janz, TBA, moderator: Shane Keene (of Ink Heist)
 4:00 pm — Reading: Bracken MacLeod

There is a finite amount of time and far too many people to include, so yes, it’s very very likely there will be a second one later this summer if cons continued to get cancelled…

Stay home, stay safe, and to quote George Romero, “Stay Scared!”

 

Creature Feature: Vampires

 

After reading 20 vampire books, rabid reader and reviewer Matt Redmon told us about his favorites. I was beyond delighted to see TEETH had made his top five list.

I loved everything about this book and the world that Owen has created. It’s the freshest take on the vampire myth that I’ve read, and it felt so real and so close to our current world. The characters are fantastic, and the writing is superb. I could gush about this one all day, but I will force myself to stop and say READ THIS DAMN BOOK!

Check out the full article here.

Midnight in the Graveyard

An anthology for the season! From Silver Shamrock Publishing comes MIDNIGHT IN THE GRAVEYARD

Midnight. Some call it the witching hour. Others call it the devil’s hour. Here in the graveyard, midnight is a very special time. It is a time when ghostly spirits are at their strongest, when the veil between our world and theirs is at its thinnest.

Legend has it, that while most of the world is asleep, the lack of prayers allow the spirits to communicate under the cover of darkness, among the headstones, their whispers rustling in the leaves of the old oak trees. But if you’re here in the graveyard, you can tell yourself it’s just the wind, that the moonlight is playing tricks on your eyes, that it’s only the swirling mist you see. But when you hear the graveyard gate clang shut, the dead have something to say. Here are their stories…

Includes stories by (me and) Robert McCammon, Tom Monteleone, Elizabeth Massie, Kealan Patrick Burke, John Everson, Chad Lutzke, Catherine Cavendish, Ronald Kelly, William Meikle, Jason Parent, Brian Moreland, Kenneth W. Cain, Jeremy Hepler, Somer Canon, Todd Keisling, Tim Meyer, Hunter Shea, Kathryn Meyer Griffith, Ken McKinley, Lee Mountford, Alan M. Clark, Shannon Felton, Glenn Rolfe, Allan Leverone, with a foreword by Jonathan Janz.

Preorders available now… click here!

Charity Anthology includes Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, and more


Gestalt Media is honored to announce “Dark Tides: A Charity Horror Anthology” featuring 31 of today’s leading authors in the genre with 100% of the proceeds donated to the victims of the May 31, 2019 Virginia Beach shooting attack.

Stories from:  Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Richard and Billy Chizmar, Brian James Freeman, F. Paul Wilson, Gene O’Neill, Lisa Morton, John R. Little, Chad Lutzke, Taylor Grant, John Boden, Andrew Lennon, Mark Allan Gunnells, Elizabeth Massie, Todd Keisling, Justin M. Woodward, Kenneth W. Cain, Jason Stokes, Kelli Owen, Paul Kane, Ray Garton, Hanson Oak, Mark Matthews, Matthew Brockmeyer, Tony Bertauski, John Palisano, Somer Canon, John Skipp, Kevin J. Kennedy, William F. Aicher


Virginia Beach has long been a place that people associate with beaches, nightlife, and a retreat from the stressors of the world; where the sun can shine down on you and your cares are washed away briefly by the ocean waves.

On May 31, 2019 those waves went dark with the tragic shooting of 16 innocent people – 12 fatality; the latest in a long line of senseless shootings in the world. Turning a place known for relaxation – Dark.

This book is to honor those who lost their lives in this this tragedy. All proceeds will be donated to the Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund c/o United Way South Hampton Roads.

#VBStrong


The anthology will be available until November 2020 at which point it will go out of print and the official charity for the victims will close.

(note: I will update this page with links to amazon et. al as they become live)

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