The Utah Chapter had a special guest at our August meeting: Shelby Lasley. She’s a mortician and body-retrieval specialist for the State of Utah, who shared her stories and knowledge about how the process of embalming works, how body retrieval works, and how she started working in the business at the age of 17. She was very knowledgeable and shared tons of amazing information.
Coming up the Utah Chapter will be spreading horror at the League of Utah Writers Quills Conference and Salt Lake FanX.
– Brian Mealing‘s poem, “Snakes,” was recently published in The Peaks of Madness horror anthology.
– Joshua P. Sorensen‘s poems, “Less Traveled By,” “Gourmand,” and “Respite of Thought,” and short stories, “NORAD” and “The Sign,” were recently published in The Peaks of Madness horror anthology. His second children’s horror picture book, What Scared Caesar?, was released on August 1 by War Monkey Publications, LLC. The book is available at your favorite online or brick-and-mortar bookstore.
– On July 26, Skye Caden (“The Very Hungry Nidhoeggr”), Brian Mealing (“A Pirate’s Life for Me”), and Joshua P. Sorensen (“Three Naughty Goats”) competed in the Annual Sorensen Poetry Contest. This year, the poetry contest required Saga/Edda-style verse and was part of a more complex competition, so was not ranked separately from that.
– Got Lost, Book Three of Michael Darling‘s Behindbeyond series, will be released on September 3. It is available for pre-order right now.
– Daniel Cureton‘s poem, “The 105,” about the burning, through paperback error, of 200-year-old Australian herbological-type specimens that were sent from France to Australia, will appear in the annual League of Utah Writer’s anthology. The 2019 volume is titled Metamorphosis: A Collection of Poetry and Prose.
– Caryn Larrinaga‘s award-winning short horror story, “A Friend in Need,” was also chosen to be reprinted in Metamorphosis: A Collection of Poetry and Prose.
– Under the Bed, the first book in Lehua Parker’s new Lauele Chicken Skin Stories, hits stores this month. Published by Makena Press, Under the Bed is the story of a young boy who knows there’s something under his bed, something hungry for sweets—and maybe more. For lovers of Goosebumps and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, who like their stories with a little more bite, Lauele Chicken Skin Stories are set in imaginary Lauele, Hawaii, and tell island-style stories sprinkled with local island-style language. More Lauele Chicken Skin Stories are coming this fall.