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."

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:

Paperback

Kindle

The Other Side of the Table: Spooky Empire 2018

Spooky Empire Horror Weekend is done, and what an amazing experience. There is so much I could write about, but I want to share something I couldn’t find before I appeared on the Creator’s Track: how it felt as a horror writer just beginning to make appearances at conventions and conferences.

michael and victoria

What touched me the most was how welcoming the horror writer community was at Spooky Empire. The 2018 Creators Track list was exceptional, and many of them had appeared at Spooky Empire before. Check out the lineup:

creators track poster

Credit goes to our track organizer, A.D. Sams, for how well everything flowed. The green room was full of silliness and snacks, and the panels and signing tables broke and set up smoothly. Panelists were excellent presenters, and they supported each other’s books, comics, films and music in each session. 

This was my first event bringing books and swag to a signing table, and I’d scoured writer blogs for suggestions. I don’t have any photos of my rolling backpack filled with books, bookmarks, cards, a display stand, bones, pens, sign, and a pensive skeleton, but it was carefully packed to set up my display in a couple of minutes. The planning helped, because attendees came over to talk about writing once the bones came out.

signing table

Lastly, my role as a panelist took me by surprise. I’d hoped, and it happened, that I spent the weekend with creators and audiences who share my love of horror. I hadn’t expected the legitimacy granted from a badge, a Horror Writer Association T-shirt, and being in the program. People treated me like a “real” writer.

And I am. And so were the audience members who asked questions  after we coaxed them, and then gushed about horror writing. So were the folks who came to the signing table and got information about writing resources in their area. I sat in the Spooky Empire audience in 2017, and I still am sitting in the audience, learning from writers who know more than me. I really appreciated sharing the con with those writers, to share that the panel table doesn’t make imposter syndrome go away, and encourage their writing the way the Spooky Empire writers have encouraged me.

panel close-up

There is so much more I could write about Spooky Empire Horror Weekend, from the huge selection of horror vendors, to the exceptional cosplay, to the vibe of thousands of people loving spooky things and celebrating them together. Check out this video by Attractions Magazine to see just how big the Spooky Empire Ultimate Horror Weekend is: