Erinn L. Kemper
Jennifer Brozek‘s 13-week podcast, “Five Minute Stories,” has begun. This podcast is a reading of selected stories from Five Minute Stories, Volumes 1-5, written and read by Jennifer Brozek. Some of the stories are old favorites; some are brand new; all were inspired by real life events that have been twisted into something dark and supernatural. There will be 26 episodes of this program, released twice a week (ending on December 14). Each story averages about five minutes, some a bit longer, some a touch shorter, and every single one will be a little bit of story to last you all day.
Jeff C. Stevenson‘s latest, “EVP,” was published by Fantasia Divinity as part of their See Through My Eyes: A Ghost Mystery Anthology. Jeff says it has one of the most disturbing endings he’s ever written. Utilizing Electronic Voice Phenomena, Mary and John are able to record and decipher the one word that helps them to discover the monstrous secret that is living in her basement.
Sheri White’s story, “Horror House: The Game,” was accepted as part of The Ladies of Horror Flash Project on Nina D’Arcangela‘s blog. Her story was published on October 24.
Marge Simon sold her story, “The Adjunct Professor’s Alien Girlfriend,” to Daily Science Fiction. And her art and flash, “Conjur Wife Redux,” is up at Urban Fantasist. Cheers, Marge!
After its publication on October 3, 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die by Loren Rhoads was featured in the New York Times‘ Open Book column (“A Guide to Graveside Tourism“), as well as in Time magazine (“What Gets Remembered: How Visiting a Cemetery Can Teach you About History“), the San Francisco Chronicle (Travel Books: “199 Cemeteries A Lively Chronicle of Culture“), and on Atlas Obscura (“In Search of Cemeteries Alive with Beauty, Art, and History“) and Mental Floss (“12 of the Most Beautiful Cemeteries Around the World“).
Damian Serbu signed a contract with NineStar Press to republish The Vampire’s Angel in a new, updated, and trimmed-down version, with a February 2018 release.
Naching T. Kassa is proud to announce that she finished second overall in Horroraddicts.net’s Next Great Horror Writer Contest. She also contributed the story, “Sustenance,” to The Ladies of Horror Flash Fiction Project.
Cary Osborne reports, “In Hydrophobia, my story is ‘The Fountain.’ This is a reprint. In Pick Your Poison, my story is ‘Like a Spider in the Middle of Her Web.’ This is a first-time published story.”
October was an exciting month for Roh Morgon with her urban fantasy series, The Chosen. Watcher: Book I of The Chosen, newly edited by Jodi Renée Lester, was released October 7 as a second edition with additional content and a new cover. Its long-awaited sequel, Runner: Book II of The Chosen, was released on October 25. Runner joins The Last Trace and The Games Monsters Play in The Chosen lineup, and continues vampire Sunny Martin’s journey of self-discovery as she navigates through the treacherous world of The Chosen.
Two of Kathryn Ptacek‘s short stories (“City Girl” from Fright Mare and “The I of the Beholder” from The Beauty of Death) were honorable mentions in Ellen Datlow‘s Year’s Best Horror anthology. And she has just recently received her contributor’s copy of The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories By Women. The anthology, edited by Stephen Jones and with an introduction by Ingrid Pitt, has just been reissued in trade paperback by Skyhorse Publishing.
Heddy Johannesen‘s poem, “Encounter with Death,” will be published by Lycan Valley Press in the anthology Darklings Beasts and Brews this fall.
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