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The Seers’ Table – October 2017

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The Seers Table!

Kate Maruyama, Member of the Diverse Works Inclusion Community

Happy November! I love reading horror the most as Autumn turns to winter, and our Seers have some good reads lined up!

Lauren Salerno recommends:

Lauren kicks us off with a fantastic list of Latinx authors.

Lauren also recommends:

Aliya Whiteley was born in Devon, UK, in 1974. She writes novels, short stories, and nonfiction, and has been published in places such as The Guardian, Interzone, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Black Static, Strange Horizons, and anthologies such as Fox Spirit’s European Monsters and Lonely Planet’s Better than Fiction I and II. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice, and won the Drabblecast People’s Choice Award in 2007.

Her novella for Unsung Stories, The Beauty was shortlisted for a Shirley Jackson Award and a Sabotage Award, and appeared on the Honors List for the James Tiptree Jr. Award. Her writing is often violent, tender, terrifying, and funny. It has garnered much critical praise and provoked discussion. Other published works of hers include a collection of short stories, a novel from Dog Horn Publishing, and a blackly comic crime novel from Macmillan.

Further details can be found on her Web site, and she tweets most days as @AliyaWhiteley. http://www.aliyawhiteley.wordpress.com

Recommended Reading: The Beauty. Somewhere away from the cities and towns, in the Valley of the Rocks, a society of men and boys gather around the fire each night to listen to their history recounted by Nate, the storyteller. Requested most often by the group is the tale of the death of all women.

They are the last generation.

One night, Nate brings back new secrets from the woods; peculiar mushrooms are growing from the ground where the women’s bodies lie buried. These are the first signs of a strange and insidious presence unlike anything ever known before …

Discover the Beauty.

Kate Maruyama recommends:

Danielle Kaheaku is a ghostwriter and editor. She has worked in the entertainment industry for the past ten years on movie sets, in publishing, and as a freelancer. She has active memberships with the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, the international Horror Writers Assn., and the Romance Writers Assn. Professional Author Network. She regularly volunteers as a mentor within the HWA and co-chairs the San Diego HWA Chapter.

She has published several short stories (“Danse Macabre,” “Silverthought”), three anthologies (fourth is just out, with an intro by Jonathan Maberry), four novels (from Leucrota and  Barking Deer), two produced screenplays (Gharial Productions, Krystek Productions, and Synthetic Human), and has won several screen and literary awards including Gold at the California Film Awards (2017), Silver in the International Independent Film Awards (2016), an Award of Merit at the New Renaissance Film Festival in London (2016), and Foreword Book of the Year Awards (2009, 2008).

Learn more about Danielle and read some of her work at: http://www.thewordwraith.com/.

Kate Jonez recommends:

Melissa Olson was born and raised in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and studied film and literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After graduation, and a brief stint bouncing around the Hollywood studio system, Melissa landed in Madison, WI, where she eventually acquired a Master’s degree from UW-Milwaukee, a husband, a mortgage, a teaching gig, two kids, and two comically oversized dogs, not at all in that order.

Recommended Reading: Switchback. The Bureau of Preternatural Investigations returns in Switchback, the sequel to Nightshades.

Three weeks after the events of Nightshades, things are finally beginning to settle for the Chicago branch of the BPI, but the brief respite from the horror of the previous few weeks was never destined to last.

The team gets a call from Switch Creek, WI, where a young man has been arrested on suspicion of being a shade.

The suspect is held overnight, pending DNA testing, but seemingly escapes in a terrifying and bloody massacre. But is there more to the jailbreak than a simple quest for freedom?

Janet Holden recommends:

David Demchuk was born and raised in Winnipeg and now lives in Toronto. He has been writing for theatre, film, television, radio, and other media for more than thirty years. His publications include the short-fiction cycle Seven Dreams and the Lewis Carroll adaptation Alice in Cyberspace, and appearances in the anthologies Making, Out!, Outspoken, and Canadian Brash. His reviews, essays, interviews, and columns have appeared in such magazines as Toronto Life, Xtra, What! Magazine, and Prairie Fire, as well as the Toronto Star. Most recently he has been a contributing writer for the digital magazine Torontoist. The Bone Mother is his first novel.

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