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

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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?

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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

WHEN RACCOONS ATTACK

…I know, I’ve been writing a great deal about animals lately; that’s because there are a lot of them around. Anyway, on a recent evening at around 2 in the morning (I was up working on a project), I heard a giant crash. To my surprise, there were nine—yes, nine—baby raccoons on our back porch (probably because of bird seed, because the only things that go in that trash are used up fireworks, the contents of ashtrays, and wine bottles). By the time I got my camera, there were only about five left, and I just want to note here that, sadly, I missed the moment when Nathan opened the door and one of them tried to get into the house. Sorry it’s a little dark—I didn’t exactly have time to fix the settings on my camera, but still, you can at least get the point…and if this frightens you, consider picking up Apex Publications’ Zombie Feed Volume 1 anthology, which contains Kristin Dearborn’s story “Rabid Raccoons.” You might just learn what it means to really be scared of those furry bandits…

Atari is forever…

Atari Night

Ahhh…80s night…

I’ll admit I’ve had bad luck choosing social games ever since I started on Facebook back in 2009. Seems like every game I choose folds up after a few months or years—“goes offline”—and then, of course, if you were dumb enough to get suckered into spending real-world money, you don’t get a refund, but your game and your virtual “products” are gone.

The most recent crash and burn is Disney Hidden Worlds by Playdom (Playdom and Playfish are notorious for just shutting down games after taking people’s money). It was during Read the rest of this entry

UP ALL NIGHT gives THIS POISONED GROUND a rave!

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It’s always nice to get surprised. Up All Night Horror Fiction Review gave “This Poisoned Ground” a great review. You can read it here: http://www.upallnighthorrorfictionreview.com/up-all-night-horror-fiction-review/this-poisoned-ground-by-kristi-petersen-schoonover

Still haven’t picked up your copy? It’s available from Dark Alley Press at the following links:

All E-formats, direct from publisher

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Off to Austin!

 

Missie, Andi, Kristi at The Alamo, San Antonio, TX

Last April, I joined my sister (left) and my niece Andi (center) at The Alamo in San Antonio, TX. I’ve always wanted to go there since my Dad had talked about it so much. It’s as powerful as place to visit as everyone says it is.

As you’re reading this my plane is taking off…I’m headed to Read the rest of this entry

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