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. 

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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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The Gift of Jolene Haley

Once upon a time, when I was dipping my foot into the writing community, I saw a tweet by a writer inviting total strangers to join their horror cabin during Camp NaNoWriMo. And I overcame my introverted reticence and tweeted back.

That’s how I met the incomparable Jolene Haley.

Jolene blew me away from the moment I met her online.

Polished and creative. Jolene writes stories that make me tremble with fear, then cry from loss on the next page. Check out her books and anthologies here.

Compassionate and warm. I immediately knew she loved doggos, pizza, witchy things, and the people close to her. Jolene introduced me to many of my closest horror writer friends, and that she is surrounded by the most positive and supportive writers is a credit to how genuine she is.

Inspiring and elevates others. Jolene’s support and enthusiasm for people making art has no bounds. She hosts a global horror resource site, The Midnight Society, and features writers and illustrators each year in her own Spooky Showcases. And she advocates for her writers as an agent with the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

One of these days, I’m going to meet Jolene in person. But her friendship is strong enough to cross the whole country. She is my gift, even though today is her birthday.

The Midnight Society is posting lots of birthday wishes for Jolene today. Swing by and check them out!

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FWF Celebrity Workshop: Jonathan Maberry

I am excited to share that the 2019 Florida Writers Foundation Celebrity Workshop is hosting Jonathan Maberry.

Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, 5-time Bram Stoker Award-winner, and comic book writer. His vampire apocalypse book series, V-WARS, is in production as a Netflix original series and will debut in early 2019. He writes in multiple genres including suspense, thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and action; and he writes for adults, teens and middle grade. Find him online at www.jonathanmaberry.com.

You can register for the FWF Celebrity Workshop here.

The Florida Writers Foundation is the charitable sister organization of the Florida Writers Association.

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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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:


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!

VICTORIANATIONS

Woo hoo! Blink Fly is a Finalist!

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Fed up with her cabin mates, a girl hikes under the Texas sun and meets the fly of her darkest dreams.

I’m excited to announce that my story, “Blink Fly,” is a finalist in the published flash fiction category of the Royal Palm Literary Awards.

The Royal Palm Literary Awards are the Florida Writers Association annual writing competition.  I’ve been a member of FWA for several years, and I’m honored that my story has been recognized by my local writing community.

Awards will be given on October 20, 2018, at the FWA conference banquet.

“Blink Fly” was published as part of the Summer of Screams Writer and Artist Showcase, a compilation of dark fiction and artwork set in summer camp.