Pilimancy’s just one thing on tap in ANTHOLOGY YEAR THREE: DISTANT DYING EMBER

 

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Anthology Year Three: A Distant Dying Ember, published by The Four Horsemen — who have produced AnthoCon in Portsmouth, New Hampshire since 2011 — is now available in Kindle format (print edition is forthcoming). It features my flash fiction piece “skin&hair teeth&bones.” Although I’d written it as an assignment in the J. Eckleburg Workshops’ Magical Realism course in December 2013, the inspiration for the story came from a jar of baby teeth Read the rest of this entry

The Power of Setting

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A view of Gillette castle from the path.

I’ve just finished stage managing a production of Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays at Theatreworks New Milford in Connecticut. This murder mystery is set in Gillette Castle, which was the real-life home of William Gillette (who brought Sherlock Holmes to the stage) in nearby East Haddam.

It’s open to the public, so some of the cast and crew field tripped it. Our experience walking through the rooms brought a new level of realism to our performance; at the castle, we could see where the scenes take place; on the set, we could imagine the true backdrop as we worked.

Writers want to do the same for readers — we want to bring the world alive for them; make it three-dimensional and real. While it’s often noted the secret to success in this area is the use of the five senses, I find it’s more specific than that. Here are the five keys to creating a vivid setting (in no particular order): Read the rest of this entry

“Shitty Almonds” now available in BUGS — Teaser & TOC here!

BUGS FINAL COVER 10-28-2014

What happens when a jealous bridesmaid is Read the rest of this entry

Short Story Sunday: Short stories that’ll haunt me forever

Lately I’ve been working on the overwhelming task of thinning out my book collection; it’s something no book lover likes to do, but let’s face it, every once in a while it has to be done, either to clear clutter or make room for more.

It’s no surprise that a good portion of my collection is devoted to short story collections. I’ve read my share of Read the rest of this entry

Surprising thoughts on ANNABELLE: DARK DISCUSSIONS Episode 157

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A scene from ANNABELLE which, curiously, copies from THE GRUDGE…

Whether or not you thought Annabelle was crystal or crap (or you’re on the fence about going to see it), this prequel to The Conjuring has been much anticipated and much talked about. But just like anything, there’s more to the story.

Nathan (occult specialist and also my husband) and I join Philip, Eric, Mike, and Abe on Dark Discussions to explore the truth behind the real case and the film’s dogma–and share a few spooky tales of our own (two words: chicken feet!). You can listen on ITunes and Stitcher, or here at the Dark Discussions website, or click here to play it directly: 

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Shed light on scary movies with REVIEWS FROM THE SHADOWS

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Craft and subtlety exist in both good and bad horror movies! On the new Reviews from the Shadows podcast, the Paranormal Eh? Radio Network’s Terry Konig and I talk story (strong or not!) and bring those little things you might have missed to light in two horror movies each month.

You can listen in on the first three episodes of Season 1 below! Read the rest of this entry

How to Ship Dead Leaves

Cemetery

This cemetery has stones dating back as far as the early 1700s. It is cared for, but sadly, some of the stones had fallen over years ago and were never repaired, so some names are lost to history.

My sister Missie, who lives in Texas, misses autumn in New England, and she’s been a little down lately. “I really miss the smell,” she said.

I joked and told her I could send her some Read the rest of this entry

“The Lace in the Window” now in ROSE RED REVIEW

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The Howe Caverns Motel as it appeared on a postcard in probably the 1950s.

Looking for a ghost story to kick off your Halloween season? “The Lace in the Window” is now appearing in Rose Red Review’s Autumn 2014 Issue!

“The Lace in the Window” was written, originally, for our wedding. It’s set at Read the rest of this entry

Do writers have more crap in their basements?

Basement Typewriter Text

An old typed short story of mine I found in a box called “The Basement,” which was written in 1990. The featured image for this post, which is the typewriter that appears in the little box to the left, was my second typewriter — Dad bought it in 1987 to replace the old 1960s model Selectric I had been using. It had data storage capabilities and was really quite the thing in its day. It broke my heart to toss it, but honestly, it was broken beyond repair. I loved it to death.

Yes.

Why? We keep everything. Notes for stories, seventeen drafts as a piece went through its critique process, research, books, photographs and other ephemera which may have inspired works, more books, multiple copies and print-outs of magazines, anthologies, and e-zines in which our work has appeared, letters and cards from admirers, notebooks full of advice from workshops, even more books.

Recently, I decided to go through and start lightening my load, and I discovered it’s Read the rest of this entry

Great news!

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My short story “The Lace in the Window” was Read the rest of this entry

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