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2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

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Scary Out There with Sarah Rees Brennan

Scary Out There with Sarah Rees Brennan

 
Surviving Records: Found Footage in Print

Surviving Records: Found Footage in Print

 
Depictions of Mental Health in Fiction by Edward P. Cardillo

Depictions of Mental Health in Fiction by Edward P. Cardillo

 

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How Podcasting Can Help Writers Learn and Network

By Matthew W. Quinn

One of the great boons to my writing science fiction, fantasy, and horror has been the explosive growth of podcasting. The podcasts I listen to have provided me with many opportunities to learn and network and my life would be much poorer without them.

Firstly, podcasts provide great opportunities to work with other writers. Thanks to The Science Fiction and Fantasy Marketing Podcast, I learned hostess Lindsay Buroker had opened up her Fallen Empire universe to other writers through Amazon’s Kindle Worlds program. From this one podcast episode came my short novellas “Ten Davids, Two

Scary Out There with Sarah Rees Brennan

Scary Out There with Sarah Rees Brennan

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Season of the Witch by Sarah Rees BrennanIt’s Scary Out There had a witchingly good time talking character, lore, and more with Sarah Rees Brennan, author of Season of the Witch, the tie-in novel for Netflix’s hit show, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

With books like How to Hang a Witch, The Price Guide to the Occult, and Conversion, witchcraft in YA seems to be more popular than ever. Why do you think that is?

Witches are figures of female independence and social disobedience! I think whenever society is having a big conversation about how just our system actually is, how power …

The Seers’ Table August 2019

The Seers Table

The Seers Table

Linda Addison, Member of the Diverse Works Inclusion Community

August contains National Friendship Day; why not make buddies with some new creators!

Kate Jonez introduces:

Nzondi (Ace Antonio Hall), born July 4, 1966, is an American urban fantasy and horror writer. He is best known as the creator of Sylva Slasher, a teenage zombie slasher who also raises the dead for police investigations. His nonfiction book, Lord of the Flies: Fitness for Writers, was published by Omnium Gatherum. Nzondi’s latest speculative fiction novel, The Oware Mosaic, is coming

Officer Election Statements 2019

Officer Election Statements 2019

Our next election takes place August 1st, 2019, with the ballots closing August 15th, 2019. We have a diverse and strong list of candidates for our open Trustee positions. Vice President and Treasurer positions are running unopposed and will continue in their roles officially for the next two years. Candidate statements follow. …

Surviving Records: Found Footage in Print

Surviving Records: Found Footage in Print

found footage illustration through a shaky cam view screenShaky camcorders, baby monitors picking up paranormal activity, mysteriously unearthed videos—it’s no wonder found footage flourishes so well in cinematic horror. It’s visually compelling metafiction that doesn’t undermine audience immersion.

It can be a little harder to pull off in print (especially because the author name on the physical book is rarely also the name of a character inside of it, a limitation The Blair Witch Project marketing team didn’t face when they released fake missing posters of their leads and even convinced some that the actors were dead). But, it can still be a lot of fun and provides …

The Seers’ Table July 2019

Kate Maruyama, Member of the Diverse Works Inclusion Community

We have some hot summer reading for you at The Seers’ Table this month!

Linda Addison Recommends:

Tish Jackson grew up in the Bay Area and started writing in elementary school. She went on to crafting murder mysteries in high school, and the love of writing stuck. After graduating from an HBCU in New Orleans, she moved back home and continued writing, including a contribution to Brandon Massey’s Whispers in the Night: Dark Dreams III. Her story, “Cheaters,” is included in the 2017 Bram Stoker Award®-Nominated anthology Sycorax’s Daughters

Q&A for Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies

Q&A for Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies

Jorge and Megan Lacera with a copy of Zombies Don't Eat Veggies

We all know that zombies eat brains. But zombies that eat veggies? Now that’s scary! I recently had the chance to sit down and chat with husband and wife team Megan and Jorge Lacera about their debut picture book, Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies! (Lee & Low, 2019). We also talked about what it’s like writing horror for little kids and why diversity in horror is important.

You don’t see a lot of horror picture books out there for little kids. What made you want to tackle zombies?

Jorge: From the beginning, we knew we wanted to do something that was

The Seers’ Table June 2019

Kate Maruyama, Member of the Diverse Works Inclusion Community

Linda Addison recommends:

Michelle R. LaneInvisible ChainsMichelle R. Lane writes dark speculative fiction about women of color who battle their inner demons while falling in love with monsters. Her work includes elements of fantasy, horror, romance, and occasionally erotica. In January 2015, Michelle graduated with an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Her short fiction appears in the anthologies Dark Holidays and Terror Politico: A Screaming World in Chaos. She lives in South Central Pennsylvania with her son.

In July, Haverhill House will release her novel, Invisible Chains, a …

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