Dark Discussions looks forward to 2017!

Dark Discussions Ep 266 Masthead

The crew of Dark Discussions picks its most anticipated horror movies of 2017! Listen/download on ITunes, Stitcher, or here: http://www.darkdiscussions.com/Pages/podcast_266.html

 

 

TRICKS & TREATS named Best Anthology in P&E Poll

Tricks and Treats Bank Square Books

Some of the contributors of TRICKS AND TREATS signing at Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT, October 26, 2016. From left: Dan Foley, Melissa Crandall, John B. Valeri, Ryanne Strong, Stacey Longo, me (Kristi Petersen Schoonover).

I’m pleased to announce that Tricks and Treats: A Collection of Spooky Stories by Connecticut Authors–which contains my story “Crawl”–has been named Best Anthology in Preditors and Editors Readers’ Poll 2016! You can see the results (as well as the results for the other categories) here: http://critters.org/predpoll/final_tally_antho.ht

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The collection includes stories by Stacey Longo (Amston), Melissa Crandall (Hebron), G. Elmer Munson (Vernon), Dan Foley (Manchester) and John Valeri (Portland) and Ryanne Strong (Norwich). It also includes lesser-heralded ghost stories by Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

In the fall of 2016, several of us did readings around the state. I was able to participate in one at the Whiton branch of the Manchester library, and one in Mystic at Bank Square Books. What a blast we had!

Stacey, Me, Melissa, Bank Square Books Mystic

Raising a glass! Left to right: Stacey, me, Melissa. Photo by Jason Harris.

Kristi signs Stacey's name Bank Square Books.

At Bank Square Books, we group-signed many copies. At some point I started signing Stacey’s name. Duh. Photo by Stacey Longo Harris.

Signing at Whiton Branch Manchester Library.

Signing at the Whiton branch of the Manchester Library, October 24, 2016. Left to right: me (Kristi Petersen Schoonover), Melissa Crandall, Ryanne Strong, Dan Foley.

If you’ve not picked up your copy of Tricks and Treats, it’s available in several bookstores around the state–or you can order it on Amazon here: http://a.co/8kFkXAf

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INK STAINS 3 — which includes my story “Blood on the Snow” — releases next week!

Ink Stains 3 Cover

How amazing is this cover?

My short story “Blood on the Snow” will be available in Ink Stains: A Dark Fiction Literary Anthology Volume 3, published by Dark Alley Press, on Tuesday, January 24!

If you love ghost stories–and stories about being haunted by the past–then this collection is for you! Here’s the full Table of Contents: Read the rest of this entry

There’s a raptor in my mailbox!

Our tickets for Jurassic World: The Exhibition came today!

 

…going to Jurassic World!

Super excited that Nathan and I–along with our friend Bruce Shillinglaw (MAJOR paleontology nut!)–will be going to Jurassic World: The Exhibition at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in April.

Jurassic World Raptor

This is the exhibition’s North American premiere, and it’s probably the closest anyone’s going to come to Read the rest of this entry

Maine Author “Taste of Home” Giveaway

Author Jennifer Allis Provost

In honor of C.L. Alden’s author debut, we are giving away some items a Maine Giveaway pack. Alden’s paranormal urban fantasy, “The Empire,” takes place in a small coastal Maine town struggling to find a place in a modern world. When Darcy returns to her hometown, she finds it isn’t only the living who want to weigh in on the future of Shorton, Maine. The Empire is available in print and kindle.

Included in the giveaway:

  • Signed copy of The Empire by C.L. Alden
  • Signed copy of I.Am.Maine by Jeremy Flagg
  • Authentic Maine Seaglass
  • Predict-A-Pen
  • Strand Coffee Mug
  • Strand Postcard

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…snow day…

Mikey’s not supposed to be on the table, but it’s still set there from my New Year’s Eve party and needs to be cleaned and moved (which I won’t get to until tomorrow), so why not? He’s been there all day, enjoying the Cardinals, Chickadees, Junkos, Nuthatches, and Woodpeckers out at the feeders.

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Dark Discussions meets Aston Elliot and does the Bucket List thing

 

In Dark Discussions Episode 265 (hard to believe that I think this year we’ll break 300 episodes!), we had the opportunity to talk with Australian actor Aston Elliot, most recently known for his role in Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla (catch our episode on that film here). Then, we take the plunge into our Bucket Lists–each of us had to watch a horror film (mostly classic or quintessential to the genre) that somehow we’d never seen. Listen on I-Tunes, Stitcher, download from the website here: http://www.darkdiscussions.com/Pages/podcast_265.html or listen directly here: Dark Discussions – Episode 265 – New Year’s Resolution Bucket List

One of my favorite moments from the Japanese anthology KWAIDAN. This scene is from "The Woman of the Snow."

One of my favorite moments from the Japanese anthology KWAIDAN. This scene is from “The Woman of the Snow.”

New Year’s Eve news: I’m guest editing an antho for Jan. 2018!

Thrilled to announce that I’ll be guest editing the January 2018 edition in the Ink Stains anthology series (and my awesome friend Tamela Ritter, author of From These Ashes, will be guest editing for April 2018!) In addition, my short story “Blood on the Snow” will be out in an upcoming Ink Stains edition in just a couple of months! What a way to kick off the year! Two editions of Ink Stains are already available. For info, go here: http://www.darkalleypress.com/inkstainsanthology/

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Short Story Sunday: Jubilation

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Jubilation, T.C. Boyle

While it’s pretty obvious that Boyle is making a point about Disney World (“Contash World” is what he calls it), this is a story about an Everyman discovering that starting over doesn’t mean leaving himself behind (actually, I’m certain—after reading this again for the first time in a decade–that this is what inspired the central theme in my Disney Parks-set collection Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole).

What truly makes this piece worth the read is the hilarious first-person narrative of the protagonist, who brings central Florida and the quirky characters he meets to life in such vivid rendering it’s hard to believe you’re reading fiction (spoiler alert: it’s also like he predicted a recent alligator attack approximately a dozen years before it happened…it’s a little bit creepy). You can find “Jubilation” in Boyle’s collection Tooth and Claw: https://amzn.com/0143037439

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