Breaking: NECRONOMICON 2021 moved to 2022!

Earlier this week, NecronomiCon Providence—a celebration of Lovecraft and Cosmic Horror which takes place every other August in the city of Providence, RI—announced that it was postponing this year’s event. It will now be held August 18-21, 2022.

NecronomiCon is just plain awesome. It’s four days of Lovecraft-related panels, performances, art, short films, walking tours, writing, and unique parties like the Eldritch Ball and the Cthulu Prayer Breakfast. While I know that there are many people who are disappointed, since the event typically draws a couple of thousand people (possibly more), I think this is just a smart thing to do at the moment—although another issue is that this intricate event takes a lot of advanced planning, and with the world still in its uncertain place, Read the rest of this entry

Congratulations are in order …

HAND AGAINST MY WINDOW ART

I just learned that Deborah L. Davitt’s poem “A Hand Against My Window,” which appeared in 34 Orchard’s Inaugural Issue, has been nominated for the 2021 Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association’s Rhysling Award! Congratulations, Deborah!

“A Hand Against My Window” scared the crap out of me—on the same level as the missing prologue from King’s The Shining that was published in TV Guide in 1997, It Follows, and John Wayne Comunale’s “Trenchman” (which I also published in 34O’s initial issue). I couldn’t be more proud to have given this visceral, terrifying piece a home.

Check it out for yourself in 34 Orchard Issue 1 here. https://34orchard.com/issues/issue-1/

If you’d like to learn more about the SFPA and the Rhysling Award, you can do that here: https://www.sfpoetry.com/index.html

Making tiny newspapers…

These tiny newspapers are made out of thumbnail photos and index cards.

I’ve long loved dollhouses, and a 1978 TOMY Smaller Home and Garden, which I had as a kid, figures prominently in a recent short story I just finished.

As the story’s really personal and takes place between the Challenger and Chernobyl disasters–a pretty intense, very sorrowful and terrifying time for any teenager, let alone one who’d just lost her mom–I’ve decided I’m not going to try to place this. It’ll be this year’s holiday chapbook instead.

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Virtual toast to Edgar Allan Poe tonight!

Edgar Allan Poe Tarot Deck
The Edgar Allan Poe Tarot Deck (Santa was good to me this Christmas!)

Today is Edgar Allan Poe’s 212th birthday, and the Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia will be holding a virtual online birthday bash tonight from 7 pm to 8 pm ET.

This follows a day of streaming events. You can tune in for the free content on YouTube here NOW, and at 7 pm this evening for the toast. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2wiocfvTHs Grab a drink (amontillado, anyone)? And join in the fun! The night will feature a reading of “The Masque of the Red Death” (appropriate for this year, no?)

“Arbor Day” is here—join me for a reading with other WICKED WOMEN at the virtual COFFEEHOUSE OF THE DAMNED tonight at 7 pm!

I’m thrilled to announce that my short story “Arbor Day”—creepy trees and bodies is all I’m going to reference—is now available in the newest New England Horror Writers anthology, Wicked Women!

Want a preview of this awesome antho and my story as well? Tonight at 7 pm, I’ll be reading with Christine Lajewski, Jennifer Williams, Elaine Pascale, Sara Marks, and Morgan Sylvia, and I’m the last one of the evening.

You can watch the open ZOOM meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89312013237…

Coffeehouse of the Damned Wicked Women Poster

Want to hear more about my story? You can get behind the scenes at Morgan Sylvia’s blog here: https://morgansylvia.com/2020/12/20/wicked-women-blog-hop-kristi-petersen-schoonover/

Want to purchase Wicked Women? You can do that in paperback and Kindle here: http://bit.ly/WWArborDay

New England Horror Writers Wicked Women anthology cover

When I don’t have to go anywhere …

… the snow is pretty! This is the view out my home office window.

Snow-laden tree branches

Since I don’t drive in the snow, and I’m not a fan of the cold, I think I’m going to enjoy this winter. While I still have to go to my day job five days a week, I have loads of days off available (no vacations planned) I can use as snow days. And there are NO plans to go anywhere on weekends.

I’m really looking forward to this.

Yesterday was Wishes & Intentions Day!

Every year for the past few, my friend Heather and I have taken January 2 to write down our wishes and intentions for the coming year. We then seal them up in an envelope, and open them on January 2 the following year before writing new ones.

I totally forget what’s on mine, so it’s always interesting to see what I’ve written down. I’m happy to say that I accomplished 11 out of 22 in 2020 (and some are still “in progress”)—among them, write more, get the toxicity out of my life, keep my home office clean, and stop going to so many events so that I can enjoy more time at home (when I saw that one, I got the creeps).

I went more specific for 2021, and have 63 wishes and intentions. We’ll see what happens!

Busy Snow Birds

We had our first nor’easter of the season yesterday, and our backyard birds were very busy at the feeders. It was a tranquil scene to wake up to.

A female cardinal, a pair of white-throated sparrows and a fat junco beneath one of our feeder poles.
A female cardinal, a pair of white-throated sparrows and a fat junco beneath one of our feeder poles.

Announcing 34 ORCHARD’S Autumn 2020 Table of Contents!

34 ORCHARD COVER ISSUE 2

It’s been an interesting journey this time around, but I’m thrilled to announce the Table of Contents for 34 Orchard’s sophomore issue—coming to the magazine’s website here on November 10!

In this issue, twenty-one artists from everywhere burn worlds to the ground in terrifyingly beautiful ways, featuring the following art, fiction and poetry: Read the rest of this entry

Join me for SCREAMS OF AUTUMN Halloween afternoon!

Screams of Autumn Night of Scary Stories

Looking for a short, sweet thing to kick off this very unusual Halloween?

Join me on Halloween, Saturday October 31, at 2 pm at Brookfield Theatre for the Arts in Brookfield, CT as I present a perennial favorite (Poe’s “The Raven”—not really read by women too often), a forgotten classic (Julius W. Long’s “The Pale Man”), and one of my own: “Screams of Autumn,” which was published back in 2010 in the online lit mag, Spilt Milk.

The event is FREE and is OUTDOORS! SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASKS ARE REQUIRED. Bring your own chair (there will be markings on the parking lot pavement), dress warmly, and bring blankets if you wish. Goody bags for everyone in attendance will include a bonus, never-before-published short story that I just wrote this summer.

The show should last about 45 minutes to an hour. So come on, kick back for a bit, and get your scare on! The theatre is located at 184 Whisconier Road, Brookfield, CT. More information and RSVP to BrookfieldTheatreCT@gmail.com

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