Hiding in the Corner


Just a quick note for those wondering about the silence of the blogs. It’s not truly quiet, it’s just been hiding behind a microphone for a while.

All my normal snark and sassiness, my opinions and epiphanies, still happen—they’re just shared on the podcast rather than written out on the blog like the old days.

But here’s the thing. The decision has been made to stop doing the podcast. My time needs to be focused elsewhere. I will be doing one final episode this summer, after I get all caught up on the other demands on my list, and then it will be gone. Finished. Over.

You can still listen to all of the aforementioned snark and sassiness, as the episodes will remain online for a while. Check out the Buttercup of Doom on the podcast page of the menu here, and listen while you can…

I may or may not snark on the blog as I have in the past. I will most likely post mini writing101 podcasts on my patreon page. And of course, I’ll be writing. Which is what I should have been doing the whole time. But things are shiny and sometimes we have to investigate them for a while and see what happens. I did. But now this writer, is returning to her regularly scheduled pipedream.

Halloween Extravaganza

shroud-hallCOVER200Halloween 2010 Issue of Shroud Magazine.

Chock full of great fiction and nonfiction from the likes of Alethea Kontis, Bob Ford, Rio Youers, Jeremy Shipp, Norman Partridge, Dan Keohane, Jodi Lee and so many more. Guest edited by Kevin Lucia, with art by Steven Gilberts, this issue is beautiful inside and out.

For my part, I have a halloween tale “Childhood Ghosts,” as well as a nonfiction article regarding costumes “Where Did All The Monsters Go?”

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In other news: The vampire novel is coming along swimmingly. I forgot to draw for the Six Days contest and will do so within the next few days. And Dark Futures is available on Amazon…

Black Hole Sun


“Hang my head
Drown my fear
Till you all just


But this blog is not about the song. This blog is to discuss a little story about the end of the world…

In the midst of the “Six Days” craziness (and thank you again to all that ordered), “Dark Futures: Tales of SF Dystopia” was mentioned and possibly lost in this blog. The SF collection is now available on Amazon and includes “Black Hole Sun” by Alethea Kontis and me, a story of apocalyptic woe as seen through the eyes of two estranged childhood friends.

It’s a different story, told completely through the Twitter feeds and emails of two teenagers. It’s new, it’s edgy, and we had a good time doing it.

And we’re not done.

You see, the apocalypse was just starting. The world doesn’t actually end for 90 days. And where the story left off in the collection, it continues online. Seth (@notgoth555) and Erica (@SunnieLu) are Twittering the end of days, as the story continues to unfold live. Follow them by clicking their names above and watch.

You’re going to want to know how the end of the world sounds… it’s not a whisper, it’s a fail whale!

Horrible Saturday


York Emporium
Saturday, August 14, 2010
10am – 6pm

I will be reading from the novel. First real reading. First tidbits from the novel. That’s right. You know that’s enough to get you there… But if you need more. I’ll be reading, signing and doing an interview. I’ll have Dark Faith & Last Rites, Fresh Blood, Poe Little Thing, and a couple Shroud #6s with me.

Events, Appearances, Etc…

10:30 NOEL SLOBODA, professor at Penn State-York is dramaturg for the Harrisburg Shakespeare Company. He is the author the poetry collection Shell Games (2008) as well as two chapbooks: Of Things Passed (2010) and Stages (2010). He will read some of his original speculative poetry that has appeared in such places as Tales of the Talisman, Scifaikuest, Niteblade, Illumen, and Ghostlight.

11:30 SCOTT BUTCHER is an old friend of The York Emporium. We have been privileged in the past to welcome him for signings of some of his latest books. He is an author, playwright and accomplished photographer, and an architectural historian who has been known to lead walking tours of downtown York. He will regale us with tales pulled from his published work, Spooky York.

12:30 GORGO. Before there were Transformers…before there was Godzilla…there was Gorgo. This 1961 film is one of the forgotten giants of the monster movie realm. You will see London as you never have before. Free popcorn. And, perhaps, the willies.

2:00 BOB FORD, to all outward appearances, is a mild-mannered advertising guru. But he has a secret life. He spends his evenings devising plots and planning murder and mayhem. He is good enough at it to have had a number of his short stories published in major metropolitan…well, major monthly magazines. He also has several screenplays bouncing around Hollywood, and several bouncing around his head. He will be bouncing all these off us, and the walls.

3:00 HORROR 101. Joe & Gail Galusha know whereof they will speak. Collectors extraordinaire of funeralia (they own a fleet of vintage hearses) and the macabre, this husband-and-wife team will present the fun side of torture and death. With prizes.

4:00 KELLI OWEN (me!) is one of the up-and-comers in the genre of horror fiction. A resident of Central Pennsylvania, Kelli has published several fiction and nonfiction pieces over the years. In 2010 she is slated to be published with three anthologies, four short stories, an article and her debut novel In the Shadow of Darkness. She will be reading from her novel, answering questions and taking names.

5:00 SCREAMING CONTEST! It is getting to be a tradition! Our third annual Screaming Contest for braggin’ rights to the title of Best Screamer in York County comes complete with a $50 Gift Certificate to The York Emporium. A howling good time is guaranteed for all.

Come on down…

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