Women in Horror Month 2017

To celebrate this year’s Women in Horror Month, I’m going to sharing some thoughts on my favourite women horror authors, so without further faff…

the-vampire-chronicles-book-coverAnne Rice

I read Interview with a Vampire when I was 17 years old. It made me fall in love with vampires. Before that, I’d worn a cross to protect myself from them (I’m not religious in any way, I’d just watched the film adaptation of Salem’s Lot and thought it was better safe than sorry!). Needless to say that after I r
ead the tale of Louis and Lestat, I took that necklace off.

It is a beautifully written book that seamlessly delves into the characters and makes someone, that could be considered as a monster, into a breathtakingly sorrowful and exciting creature of the night – a bizarre mix. I can not recommend Anne Rice’s books highly enough to those readers out there that haven’t discovered them yet.

 

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Gothic horror author of highly disturbing short stories and novels, Shirley Jackson was a pioneer of the genre. Her short story The Lottery
(based on the lottery you wouldn’t want to win!) paved the way for all sorts of books, from Battle Royale to The Hunger Games.

She brought us horror that brandished social commentaries like a razor-sharp weapon, and human monsters that are more real than we would ever want to admit. Always engrossing, stunning prose that drags you into the story and doesn’t let you go, even after you’ve finished reading it. Anyone who doesn’t believe that the horror genre belongs in literary fiction needs to read her work.

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Back in the 90s my older brother and I played White Wolf’s role play game, Vampire The Masquerade. I so wanted to be part of the Toreador clan; to be a beautiful vampire who only writes emotionally prose dedicated to her many victims…

It was this game brought me to Nancy A Collin’s book Sunglasses After Dark. Sonja Blue is a fantastic (had to stop myself from typing ‘fangtastic!) character that is true to her nature; something that made her feel more real and made the book far more interesting than the other vampire books that you get now. I can’t recommend this author’s work enough and, even better, she also writes amazing comics, Jason vs. Leatherface – how can you beat two slasher killers going head to head – with Michael Myers waiting in the wings to tackle the winner? Just an idea :)

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A writer of genuinely terrifying ghost stories and true gothic fiction, this talented lady is most famous for writing, The Woman in Black and has also branched out into crime fiction. I started reading her work for an essay on isolation for my Creative Writing Degree and got hooked. The anthology, The Travelling Bag and Other Stories includes some rather disturbing shorts and is the perfect read for a stormy night when the rain beats your window like an impatient visitor, and the wind’s screams slice across the growing darkness. As England seems to be getting a lot of those kind of nights, I’d highly recommend buying this book! Susan Hill is a must for anyone with stones big enough to read a ghost story late at night.

I hoped you enjoyed this short dedication to my favourite Women in Horror. Perhaps I’ve been remiss in not putting myself in this list? I’ve had over 30 short horror stories included in anthologies with monsters ranging from: vampires, mad men, witches, unicorns (yes, you read that right) Jack the Ripper, dark faeries and much more. If you’d like to read my horror stories, pop along to my Amazon author page and take a look at the macabre selection on offer.

 

 

 

 

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Blog tour for Lost in Wonderland

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Tour Schedule

May 2
3 Partners in Shopping – Spotlight 
Trina’s Tantilising Tidbits – Spotlight

May 3
With Love for Books – Guest Post
Eskie Mama Reads – Spotlight

May 4
A Passion for Romance – Author Interview

May 5
Em & M Books – Spotlight
Queen of All She Reads – Spotlight 
YA Book Divas – Spotlight 
Natural Bri FB page – Spotlight

May 6
Willow Star Serenity Blog  – Review
Natural Bri FB Page – Spotlight
Reading in Sarah’s Corner – Spotlight

 

Interview with Roy Dimond

Roy-2Tell us about your publishing journey…

First please allow me to say thank you Nicky for taking the time to interview me. I appreciate the support. My publishing journey, like so many authors, was tortured with rejection. The great River of No that all fledgling authors must dive into is indeed icy and choppy.

I was lucky when my first manuscript, The Singing Bowl was picked up by one of the first publishers I contacted, Green Dragon Books. Its Chairman, Mr. Wilson has since shared some of his many decades of experience and I am proud to say that a second edition has been launched.

The river however has not always run smoothly. My next publisher quickly signed my next two novels, The Rubicon Effect and Saving Our Pennys,which I co-authored with Jeff Leitch. The publisher did a wonderful job of editing and creating the book, but sadly they closed their doors shortly after my books launched.

But undeterred, thanks to the efforts of my agent Malaga Baldi, I have landed happily with Jay Hartman and K. D. Sullivan of Untreed Reads and they have published my newest book, Silence and Circumstance. It is a fictional account of the 11 days that Agatha Christie went missing.

What do you love about being an author?

The writing. Every thing else, marketing, editing, meeting people from around the world, is wonderful, educational, and always interesting, but for me it is all about the writing — creating a story in my mind and putting it on paper.

If you could have dinner with any author, who would it be and what would you eat?

Agatha Christie and steak. Mrs. Christie because of all the research I did for Silence and Circumstance and steak because my wife is a vegetarian and I never get to eat meat.

 If your book / story was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?SaC_FinalMedium
 
I would like to see Emily Blunt play Charlotte Fisher, Agatha Christie’s governess, my protagonist in Silence and Circumstance.
 
There are so many twentieth century characters in my novel that it would undoubtedly be a director’s dream to cast characters. A young Ernest Hemingway (Benedict Cumberbatch), an even younger Ian Fleming (Joaquin Phoenix), and his mentor Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sean Connery). Dorothy Parker (Jennifer Lawrence) and Dorothy Sayers (Natalie Portman), and so many more… Hitler, Einstein, Steinbeck and H. G. Wells… my mind reels at the possibilities. 

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

 For me vampires are up there with zombies. I just don’t get them. But if forced to choose, I’d go with sexy, because I’m a lover, not a biter.

 If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?
 
-I picture myself sitting at the Algonquin Round Table in a New York hotel on a dreary Tuesday afternoon drinking a late lunch with Dorothy Parker and her reprobates. It is the early 1920’s and I stub out my third cigarette and order my fourth drink while waving to Tallulah Bankhead.
 
What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

 Girls were as intimidated of me as I was of them… if I had only known sooner.

 If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

 Hmmm, never been asked that before. A Phoenix could be an iconic image for a writer. Considering all the times that one wants to quit in the middle of a manuscript, then finally the angst filled query letter, then rejection only to rise again the day the phone rings and an agent or publisher says those wonderful words, “Your manuscript interests me.”

SingingBowlWhere do you write best? 

Unfortunately, in my basement, with door closed and one light bulb shining on the keyboard. I live in a log home on the west coast of Canada, in the aptly named harbor of Garden Bay, on the Sunshine Coast. I want, and wish I could say that I write best from my lovely viewing room that gazes past huge fir and cedar trees into the sparkling Pacific but no, I write best in a dungeon… sigh.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?
 
An incandescent work of prose poetry titled, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart. She wrote this classic in a cabin close to where I now live and her book is simply the effort of a genius.
At the same time I read, The Captain by Ian O’Connor. I want to be Derek Jeter.
 
If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

I have just completed my first effort at Young Adult, tentatively titled I, Bully. It is a story of redemption, a hero’s journey, and life lessons all rolled into one. What I think makes it unique is that it is told from the perspective of both the bully and the victim.

I tackled this genre because I was a Youth Worker for 30 years and saw the damage and end result of bullying — not just for the victim, but the bully as well.

Where can fans find you online?

 All the usual places:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Roy-Dimond-Author/391172050979499

http://www.authorsden.com/roydimond

https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=122268688&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

http://roydimond.tripod.com/

http://roydimond.wordpress.com/ 

https://twitter.com/RoyDimond2

 My books are everywhere, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc… or at the publisher’s sites…

 http://www.untreedreads.com/

http://greendragonbooks.com/

Book Spotlight: Lumière by Jacqueline Garlick

LumiereEven in a land of eternal twilight, secrets can’t stay hidden forever.

Seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth is no stranger to living in the dark. She’s hidden her secret affliction all of her life—a life that would be in danger if superstitious townspeople ever guessed the truth. After her mother is accused and executed for a crime that she didn’t commit, the now-orphaned Eyelet has no choice but to track down the machine—her last hope for a cure. But Eyelet’s late father’s most prized invention, the Illuminator, has been missing since the day of the mysterious flash—a day that saw the sun wiped out over Brethren forever.

Alone and on the run, she finds the Illuminator—only to witness a young man hauling it away. Determined to follow the thief and recover the machine, she ventures into the deepest, darkest, most dangerous part of her twisted world.

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Book Spotlight: Silverwood Betsy Streeter (Silverwood #1)

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A story of finding where you belong, even if it involves time travel, shape shifting, and hacking.

Helen Silverwood, fourteen, is sick of life on the run with her mom and her younger brother. Nothing makes sense. She doesn’t understand why she has recurring dreams of shape-shifting creatures, why her mother is always disappearing, and how her brother can draw things that haven’t happened yet. Most of all, Helen longs to know what happened to her dad—is he imprisoned, a fugitive, or gone forever?

When someone blows up the apartment where Helen lives, the stories of the ancient Silverwood clan—and her role in it—begin to unravel. All Helen wants is to feel like there’s someplace she belongs—but getting there will prove very, very complicated.

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Book Spotlight: How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes (Falling in Deep Collection, #10)

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All Tara ever wanted was to be a mermaid.

So she takes a year off between high school and college to don a fake tail and tour aquariums across the country in a professional mermaid troupe.

Everything’s great until she meets a gorgeous real-life merman named Finn. Suddenly, what she thought was a dream turns out to be a nightmare — she’s turning into a mermaid herself. For real.

Yet when she returns to the sea to seek out Finn and reverse her transformation, she finds herself in the middle of an impending war between the land and sea. Tara may have always wanted to be a mermaid, but now it’s sink or swim. In order to survive, she has to learn how to be one, too.

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Summer 2015, award-winning, and best-selling authors will bring you romantic tales of mermaids, sirens, sprites, and other creatures of the deep! Keep in touch as we reveal each title in our collection!

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Interview with Eden Royce

Eden _b_W_ SmallTell us a bit about what you write and where you’ve been published…

I write mainly dark fantasy and horror, although I’ve published a romance novella or three. I’ve had stories published with Dark Oak Press, Sirens Call Publications, Blood Bound Books and a few other presses that are now defunct.  My most recent release, a short story collection called Spook Lights: Southern Gothic Horror and my novella “Containment” I self-published.

You can also find my work on Hellnotes.com where I review horror books and on GraveyardShiftSisters.com where I interview a female horror writer of color and review her latest work.

If you could elect any literary character as Prime Minister/ President – who would it be and why?

Jonathan Howard’s Johannes Cabal from the series of novels of the same name. Cabal’s intelligent, resourceful, and if he needs advice from someone who’s dead, he’s a necromancer.

Which TV series do you wish you’d come up with?

Most of the ones I can think of quickly are fantastic but short lived: Firefly, American Gothic, Brimstone. For longevity’s sake, I wish I’d come up with The Golden Girls. Great cast, memorable theme song, laughter, tears, and still in syndication.

If you were the author of your own life, what would be the next scene be?Spooklights_Small

I’d have to add some paranormal or fantasy elements.  Such as I find out I’m half djinn and need to master my new found powers or my emotions begin to affect the time-space continuum. Or I’d write myself a Dungeons and Dragons style quest to go on with four or five of my closest gaming friends. I really am such a geek.

What’s the best thing you’ve done so far this year and why?

My honeymoon.  No details on why. J

Zombies, meteors, nuclear war…How do you think the world is going to end?

Frightening as it is to say, I think we humans are going to be the cause of the end of the world. Some disastrous event will occur: maybe a food shortage in a first world country and in an attempt to save humanity, we’ll end up killing the entire human race.  Man, I hope I’m not Nostradamus.

That, or the movie Idiocracy will come true.

What was the last book you read and what were your thoughts on it?

The last book I read was Marrow by Tarryn Fisher. The friend of another author I know on Facebook recommended it. I read the synopsis and thought it looked like a good read, so I purchased the Kindle copy.  It was an amazing novel. The book took me so subtly through the twists and turns of the main character’s life and I was mad when it was time for me to go to bed each night and put it dowContainment_ADn. Margo was such a well thought out protagonist, one who’d gone through so much that I rooted for her to have a happy ending. I won’t say whether or not she does, because you need to read it. I was still thinking about Marrow days after I’d finished it.

Who’s your hero and why?

My grandmother.  She was tough and smart and never let anything get the best of her, even in a world that didn’t see her as the force of nature that she was. She’d give you the short off her back or a good talking to, depending on what you needed. She inspires a lot of my work.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’ve been lucky enough to be asked to write a screenplay for the 7 Magpies horror film anthology. It’s the first of its kind: a horror film anthology written and directed by black women.  I’m nervous and excited, not necessarily in that order. I’d like for this project to get the recognition it deserves and I hope my part in it does the film justice.

Website: http://edenroyce.com/

Blog: http://darkgeisha.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/EdenRoyce

https://www.facebook.com/eden.royce

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eden-Royce-The-Dark-Geisha/175439055801467

Book Spotlight: Spelled by Betsy Schow

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Talk about unhappily ever after. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks—like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the not-so-charming prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future.

Trying to fix her prince problem by wishing on a (cursed) star royally backfires, leaving Dorthea with hair made up of emerald flames and the kingdom in chaos. Her parents and everyone she loves are stuck in some place called “Kansas.” Now it’s up to Dorthea and her pixed-off prince to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz and undo the curse…before it releases the wickedest witch of all and spells The End for the world of Story.

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 About the Author:

Betsy Schow is the author of the memoir Finished Being Fat, and has been featured on The Today Show and in The Wall Street Journal. She lives in Utah, but travels the country with Color Me Rad 5k, and partners with nonprofits to teach kids creative thinking and how to reach their goals.

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Cover Reveal: The Soul Thief by Majanka Verstraete

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The Soul Thief by Majanka Verstraete

Expected Release: November 11, 2014

Publisher: Booktrope

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

When Riley is injured in a car crash and sees a girl stealing a boy’s soul, she’s convinced she’s hallucinating. But when she sees the same girl at the hospital later, she knows she wasn’t dreaming. That’s when Riley learns her secret heritage and who she really is: a halfling Angel of Death.

Riley must come to terms with her new reality and supernatural abilities, but before she can do this, girls her age start dying in mysterious circumstances. It’s up to Riley to figure out why, what the innocent victims have in common, and what she can do to stop them.

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The Soul Thief - full cover majankaAbout the Author Majanka Verstraete begged her Mom to teach her how to read while she was still in kindergarten. By the time she finished fifth grade, she had read through the entire children’s section of her hometown library. She wrote her first story when she was seven years old, and hasn’t stopped writing since. With an imagination that never sleeps, and hundreds of possible book characters screaming for her attention, writing is more than a passion for her. She writes about all things supernatural for children of all ages. She’s tried to write contemporary novels before, but something paranormal always manages to crawl in. Majanka is currently studying for her Master of Laws degree, and hopes one day to be able to combine her passions for law and writing. When she’s not writing, reading or studying, she likes watching “The Vampire Diaries” and “Game of Thrones,” spending time with her friends, or playing “World of Warcraft.” http://majankaverstraete.com