IN SOMNIO: A Collection of Modern Gothic Horror – Kickstarter and Pledge Rewards

I’m excited to announce the Kickstarter for IN SOMINIO: A Collection of Modern Gothic Horror, which will include my weird story, “The Reaching Sea.” It’s coming soon from Tenebrous Press and editor Alex Woodroe.

Image showing the cover of the IN SOMNIO anthology, which is a monstrous angler fish house luring people in. Also shows illustrations of a woman and hands, disembodied hands chopping an axe, a woman from the sea with fish nets draped on her and a starfish, and a mud monster crawling towards the viewer and smiling.

IN SOMNIO will feature the work 25 horror writers and illustrators who’ve twisted classic Gothic tropes into new, horrendous forms.

The Kickstarter for IN SOMNIO went live a couple days ago, and it’s already over 60% funded! Pledge rewards include book pre-orders, prints of the cover and interior illustrations, eBook bundles, and fun add-ons like stickers and social media eulogies.

Indie book sellers: There are retailer discounts, too. 

Black and white illustration of a fox and bat with it's mouth wide open, over a creepy house surrounded by woods and flowers

I’m thrilled to be part of this gorgeous anthology. Thank you to everyone who supports the Kickstarter, no matter what the contribution. Your pledges are making this project happen, getting an indie press and editor paid, and funding illustrators who create spooky, unsettling art.

Photograph labeled "Victoria Nations - The Reaching Sea -" with as story excerpt: "Barry, put that down." her voice had rung out louder than the wind coming off the water. Barry had waded calf-deep to catch the thing floating towards him. He'd just realized he was holding a human hand. A hand! So weird! And she was there, insisting he give it up. "Mom, look! It used to be alive." Barry cringed, remembering how he'd tried to explain it to her, but the excitement tangled his tongue. He needed to convey how important a discovery it was. Mom wasn't moved by his enthusiam, though. "That tells me it's rotten now. Drop it."

Julie: Delicious Body Horror

I’m excited to have my short story, “Julie,” included in the upcoming Blood & Bone: An Anthology of Body Horror by Women & Non-Binary Writers from Ghost Orchid Press. This will be a powerful collection of visceral stories that explore, celebrate and dissect femininity and the female experience.

My stories usually live within the weird and monstrous worlds of horror. “Julie” is different. She’s that girl, familiar if you’ve ever lived in a college dorm, moving easily through life and dazzling to behold. And she always brings pizza.

Blood & Bone: An Anthology of Body Horror by Women & Non-Binary Writers is available in for pre-order as an ebook. Paperback coming September 2021.

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Winter Horror, “After Krampusnacht” and Beyond

Gothic Blue Book, Volume VI: A Krampus Carol is here from Burial Day Books! It is a celebration of folklore and myth around Christmas, Yule, the cold winter months and Santa Claus’ opposite, Krampus. What better way to pass the dark nights of winter?

My Krampus, in “After Krampusnacht,” visits a seaside town. There’s no snow, but the drifting sand still hides a monster.

You can read about my writing process for “After Krampusnacht” at The Midnight Society.

Gothic Blue Book, Volume VI: A Krampus Carol is available in paperback and eBook formats:

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Upcoming – Spooky Empire Creators Track

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I will be appearing as part of the Creators Track at Spooky Empire in Orlando, Florida, USA, on October 26-28, 2018.  Spooky Empire Ultimate Horror Weekend is one of the largest horror conventions in the nation, and this year’s convention has a huge line up of celebrity guests, horror creators, a film festival, live performances, and a tattoo festival.

This year’s Creators Track focuses on horror writers and includes panels, seminars, and signings. Come see me at Cult of Terror, Women in Horror, and Writing is Hard, But We Love It.  I’ll also be signing The Dark and Stormy Night, a blind round robin horror story.

Want more information on the Creators Track? I wrote about last year’s panels for The Midnight Society.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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Summer Camp, Summer Screams

Summer camp is bonfires, camp songs, and summer friendships…

Summer camp is spooky woods, monster legends, and the scary things that lurk just beyond the trail…

Or on the trail, like “Blink Fly.”

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Jolene Haley is hosting #SummerofScreams, writer and artist showcase celebrating the darker side of summer camp.  “Blink Fly” follows a camper hiking in Palo Duro Canyon, where the Texas ground cracks open.  The canyon is rust red and deep.

You’ve probably met a robber fly before, maybe even jumped when it buzzed past you.  They’re common and spectacular, and always hunting.  Hello, gorgeous.

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Credit: USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab from Beltsville, USA [Public domain or CC BY 2.0]

Jolene Haley is an exceptional writer and curator of horror and other anthologies.  I highly recommend “Harrowed (Woodsview Murders, #1),” her YA slasher with Brian LeTendre.

Follow the #SummerofScreams showcase for more scary summer camp stories.

NaNoWriMo 2016 – My Third Year at Hogwarts

Have you met your word count for today, NaNoWriMos?

NaNoWriMo has been rocking along for six days now, and writers are flying on the heady rush of stories pouring out of them while simultaneously worrying when and where they’ll find the time to reach their nearly 1700 wpd (words per day) goal. Wacky sleep patterns are starting to take their toll. Writers are sneaking into corners to tap on their phones or dictating scenes while driving.

This is my third NaNoWriMo and just like Harry Potter in his third year:

“I knew I could do it this time,” said Harry, “because I’d already done it…Does that make sense?” Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling

I’ve “won” NaNoWriMo twice before, so I know I can get 50,000 words of a story out in 30 days. And I know I’d have a blast doing it.  I even have a creepy story idea that wants to be a novel, badly.

But I needed something other than 50,000 new words this year. I’m doing something harder, at least for me. I’m spending my time editing last year’s novel. That means reworking the parts that fell flat before, or which ended with note to myself to “do something here.” It means punching up my ending to something more exciting.

It also means discovering that I really like some of what I wrote last year, and being grateful it’s organized more coherently than I’d feared. I love this story. The main character is awful, and kind of hilarious, and I have the best time writing her. Horrific things happen that make me want to clap my hands. There’s magic there, and the story deserves to be made better. And it feels good to push myself to get better at my craft.

And I have some reward writing for myself, too. I have a spooky short story to finish for submission in December, so that’s my dessert after I do the harder stuff.

Do you have a writing goal this NaNoWriMo? Any tricks for fitting writing into your schedule?

You can find me at Leaves and Cobwebs – reach out and let’s cheer each other on.

The Rooms the Guests Never See – 13 Days until Halloween

Jolene Haley is hosting a horror writer and illustrator showcase on her website to celebrate the spookiest of months.  My story, “Food and Drink Man” is featured today.

The Thornewood Hotel has seven stories and 666 rooms.  Sometimes it has grand elevators and a ballroom.  The staff mostly keep out of site, but they are watching.  The guests come and go…well, oftentimes, they come and stay.

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The character Darryl is based on a “food and drink man” who worked with my father, who refurbished hotels.  I saw many hotels stripped to the bones while growing up, as my father and his workers replaced floor and wall coverings, plumbing, and electrical fixtures.  I saw through hotel walls, into the space between rooms.  I saw chandeliers laying splayed on the ground.  Hotels are a beautiful facade for their guests.  The workers know what lies in the rooms the guests never see.

Jolene Haley is an exceptional writer and curator of horror and other anthologies.  I highly recommend “Harrowed (Woodsview Murders, #1),” her YA slasher with Brian LeTendre.

Comment and let me know what you think of “Food and Drink Man” and follow the #HauntedHotel showcase for more spooky stories through the month.