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!

Gypsy’s Library


I love this picture. I found it by accident the same night I found the eggshell. Not only is it a cool library that I would love to have… I would totally live here! It reminds me of the tree I used to climb as a child and hide in to read. I dragged many a novel up that bark and sprawled across those limbs precariously to vanish into other worlds filled with monsters and mayhem and damn I miss those days on occasion!

Of course, for today’s purposes we’re just using it for a blog pic, but it was a good excuse to show you and toss a link for everyone to go check out what else Lori Nix has on her site.

The real meat of this blog is regarding my library. Or rather, my contributions to libraries around the world.

Yep, it’s a writing update. Boring, I know. But it comes with pretty art work and two links to more pretty art work =)

2010… from my mind to your library:

“Good Enough” Short story in Dark Faith, the Mo’Con Anthology: available through Apex Publications

“Black Hole Sun” Short story written with Alethea Kontis in Dark Futures, An apocalyptic sci-fi anthology edited by Jason Sizemore: available through amazon

6 Days, my novel, coming from Maelstrom, a new line of Thunderstorm Books pre-order 10.1.10

“Spilled Milk” short story written in Brian Keene‘s Rising Universe, to be included with his novella The Rising: Deliverance, coming from Maelstrom, a new line of Thunderstorm Books pre-order 10.1.10

“Divorcing the Dead” short story which will be available as a special chapbook with the above mentioned pre-orders if they’re ordered by 10.31.10 (HA! fat chance them being available after 10.4.10). Chap will also include a short from Brian Keene.

“Spell” Short story in Up Jumped the Devil, a Nick Cave anthology coming from PS Publishing

“Childhood Ghosts” short story coming up in the Halloween edition of Shroud.

“Where did all the Monsters go?” Article, also coming up in the Halloween edition of Shroud.

Now then… I’ll ask you a question next week. This week? Get a book, go climb a tree and read!

The Future is HERE

darkfutures300Nope, not ebooks… Right on the heels of the novel (Six Days/Maelstrom) announcement comes another announcement…

Dark Futures: Tales of SF Dystopia is now available on Amazon! This collection of futuristic SF includes “Black Hole Sun” by me (Kelli Owen) and Alethea Kontis.

“Black Hole Sun” views the apocalypse through the eyes of two teens and their 21st century technology. Told completely through emails and Twitter, you can follow the broken friendship of Erica (SunnieLu) and Seth (NotGoth555) as they watch the sky fall…

And yes, the story will be continued on Twitter (date tba), so you’ll want to have your copy by then and read our contribution, so you won’t be lost!! You’re going to want to know how the end of the world sounds… it’s not a whisper, it’s a fail whale!

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Well begun is half done

theendAs I write this (Sunday afternoon), the Hippie is still pounding away at the keyboards and Chuck is being distracted by every little thing that floats through the garage. Me? I just wrote “the end” and considering I didn’t even have an idea when I crawled out of bed, I’m all proud of myself.

But it’s not really “the end.”

I know that.

It’s only the beginning.

Because while we locked Chuck in the garage with us, everyone with their own headphones to tune the others out, and forced him to write something to submit to one of the two anthos Bob & I are working on, I know so very well that when I told him to stop editing and rearranging and farting around and just write it so he could “unfuck it later,” I meant it. For both of us.

I may have won the race to “the end” for the day, but I also know that I’ll have more editing to do than the Hippie. I’m ok with that. That rat-bastard writes some pretty pretty words. They’re graceful and crisp and usually not bad out the gate, because he edits as he goes to some extent. Or at least slows down and chooses his words more carefully. I don’t. I can’t.

It’s a learned behavior.

I’m used to writing in chaos, so I just have to get it down as fast as possible—before I’m interrupted—and plan to fix it later. When I write, it’s a free-for-all blur of apocalyptic proportions in an attempt to beat the muse to the finish line. And I’m good with that. Whoever told me, once upon a time, to “unfuck it later” was dead on. Just get it down.

Well, it’s down. Now what?

Ohhh now I walk away for a day or two and then go read the atrocity. Because that’s what it will be. It will be horrible, with kernels of brilliance, which I will spin and twist, edit, delete, rewrite and rearrange until it’s a nice mellow mix of good and great and something I’m happy submitting. Of course, this will be a touch more painful than normal because it occurred to me, after “the end”, that it needs to be first person not third, so that will be the first round of edits, long before the rest begin.

Welcome to my reality check blog. While it’s a form of commiseration with other writers, new & old, that will nod and agree in silent suffering while their own muses beat them, the blog is a reminder to myself. It’s meant to yank my sorry ass off the “woohoo, the end” high horse and remind myself I am not done. Yes, I wrote “the end” but it’s never the end. After I “unfuck it,” I’ll send it to pre-readers, who will whine and complain and make me fix it again. Then, after submission and acceptance, there’s edits from the publisher. And unfortunately, sometimes, after publication, when we revisit, we wish we could edit it one last time.

I know all this.

But I also know it feels damn good to write “the end” on any story, of any length. It’s the screaming cry of the newborn after hours of labor. I just have to wipe the blood off before I can hug it…

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