Monthly Archives: January 2012

WINNERS FOR NYC MIDNIGHT’S FOURTH ANNUAL 2011 FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE ANNOUNCED

The winners of New York City Midnight’s Fourth Annual 2011 Flash Fiction Challenge were announced in December, and I thought you all might like to see the list of winners:

#1 “I See You, Santa Claus” by Chelsea Sutton
#2 “The First Strike of Leopold and Loeb” by Helen Rossiter
#3 “An Act of Folly” by Shola Olowu-Asante
#4 “Panic” by Renee Troxler
#5 “An Important Story” by Meagan Noel Hart
#6 “der Wiederkunft or, The Second Coming” by Wilfried Meybohm
#7 “Nuclear Family” by Jennifer Ripley
#8 “You Get Used To It” by Tyler Hayden
#9 “Ellie” by James Mader (JD)
#10 “All Gone Wrong” by R. Warren Daliege III

I’m really happy about “I See You, Santa Claus.” The thing absolutely gave me the chills. To see more details about this contest and get the synopses for each story, visit http://www.nycmidnight.com/Competitions/FFC/Challenge.htm.

The First Round of New York City Midnight’s 6th Annual Short Story Challenge 2012 is already under way and closes April 14. For more information, visit here: http://www.nycmidnight.com/Competitions/SSC/Challenge.htm

NYC Midnight’s contests are organized by NYC Midnight Movie Making Madness, an organization dedicated to discovering and promoting a new wave of talented storytellers.  NYC Midnight aims to provide the prizes and exposure necessary for writers to take their next big step towards writing professionally.

Miss Stacey Longo’s “People Person” on Scary Scribes? Do not fear…listen here!

If you missed Episode 1 of Scary Scribes, my new podcast on Paranormal, Eh? Radio which featured a reading of Stacey Longo’s “People Person,” followed by a chat with the writer and the story behind the story, never fear! It’s here.

You can listen here (Note: 15-30 second delay before audio begins):

Or here:

Scary Scribes Ep 1 – Stacey Longo, 01-29-2012

Writer Stacey Longo

Reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s “The Summer People,” humorist-turned-horror writer Stacey Longo’s “People Person” just might make you think twice your summer paradise.

Stacey’s short horror fiction has appeared in several scary anthologies, among them Malicious Deviance and Daily Bits of Flesh. She’s best known, though, for her zombie fiction—like “Wedding Day Blues,” in which a bride refuses to let her groom’s newly-dead status ruin her big day. Her zombie stories have been featured in the anthologies Zombidays: Festivities of the FlesheatersRapid Decomposition, and Hell Hath No Fury.

Check out Stacey and her work at http://www.staceylongo.com/

What if you’re not a “People Person”? Find out in Stacey Longo’s short story on Scary Scribes tonight!

Stacey Longo livin' it up!

Reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s “The Summer People,” humorist-turned-horror writer Stacey Longo’s “People Person” just might make you think twice your summer paradise—this month on Scary Scribes.

Stacey’s short horror fiction has appeared in several scary anthologies, among them Malicious Deviance and Daily Bits of Flesh. She’s best known, though, for her zombie fiction—like “Wedding Day Blues,” in which a bride refuses to let her groom’s newly-dead status ruin her big day.

After the reading, we’ll chat with Stacey about the truth behind “People Person” and some of her zombie stories which have been featured in the anthologies Zombidays: Festivities of the Flesheaters, Rapid Decomposition, and Hell Hath No Fury.

Check Stacey out at http://www.staceylongo.com/, and listen live at 6 p.m. tonight here!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/paranormaleh/2012/01/29/scary-scribes

SCARY SCRIBES: HEAR THE INTRO AND PROMO SPOT; WATCH THE TRAILER!

Scary Scribes is almost here…and so is our intro, promo spot, and trailer, thanks to Nathan Schoonover! Enjoy!

Scary Scribes Intro

Scary Scribes Promotional Spot

A collaborative effort with Canada-based Paranormal, Eh? radio’s Terry Konig, SCARY SCRIBES is broadcast live once a month. Our debut episode airs tomorrow with writer Stacey Longo and her story “People Person.”  You’ll be able to tune in at 6 p.m. Sunday, January 29, 2012 and listen live at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/paranormaleh/2012/01/29/scary-scribes.

For more information on Scary Scribes, visit our website at http://www.scaryscribes.com or Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/scaryscribes.

52 Weeks of Spam: Winners, Week of January 23

Winners, Week of January 23:

Reply Back To [E-mail with a Yahoo address…no surprise there]

From The Cash Grant Programme Department,

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Well, this totally changes my opinion of Microsoft…they’re clearly giving away thousands of dollars to everyone, and all I have to do is give them my phone numbers. Oh…and is THAT the proper use of a comma? Learn something new every day!

~

Everybody hates Spam—it fills up your Inbox (unless you’ve got G-mail, which does a great job of putting it in an appropriately-labeled folder), clogs your blog (WordPress does a great job filtering, too), and can threaten your computer’s security.

I have to say though, I love my Spam. It cracks me up—it’s poorly spelled, illiterate, and often leaves me wondering who would be dumb enough to click on the link for whatever product/service/lottery winning from mysterious relative in a country you’ve never heard of. So I decided in 2012 I’d go through my Spam each week and pick my favorites to share with the world. I remove the sender and any links that might be damaging (plus, who wants to give them press?).

See you next week! If you get any great Spam, you can post it here, just strip any links and the sender’s e-mail. And be sure to say something in the post to let me know you’re real. Otherwise I might think you’re…well, Spam.

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION WANING? WAX IT WITH THONGDEE’S “WAITING TO BE THIN” OVER AT READ SHORT FICTION!

It’s only a couple of weeks into 2012, and if one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to lose weight—but the only thing you’re losing is steam—then don’t miss Seenat Thongdee’s short story “Waiting to be Thin” at Read Short Fiction. This hilarious look at the daily “battle of the bulge” might be just what you need to get gaining on your goal again.

We are especially pleased and proud that with “Waiting to be Thin,” Seenat makes her writing debut. We hope to see this fresh new voice grace many pages of many publications in the future.

Enjoy!

http://www.readshortfiction.com/2011/12/waiting-to-be-thin-by-seenat-thongdee/

ANNOUNCING THE SCARY SCRIBES PODCAST; REVIEWS FROM THE SHADOWS IV LOOKS AT MISERY AND 1408

Get Set to Sleep with the Lights On: Announcing Scary Scribes!

Coming January 29 at 6 p.m. to Paranormal, Eh? Radio: the first episode of the Scary Scribes podcast!

What will make Scary Scribes a bit different is it won’t be just an interview; listeners will get to hear some of the writer’s work first—in most cases, a complete short story. Scary Scribes will air the last Sunday of every month.

Our first and future guests will be announced shortly. Our website is up, and if you want to keep up with Scary Scribes news, you can subscribe to our blog: http://www.scaryscribes.com/. You can also find and Like us on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/scaryscribes

 

Which Scares You More—Misery or 1408?

 Winter dreary? Maybe a spook-fest is in order! I compare the films Misery vs. 1408 in an all-Stephen King episode of Reviews from the Shadows, which aired last month—and we ask, “which one’s scarier?” You can listen to the show here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/paranormaleh/2011/12/16/reviews-from-the-shadows-4

Or, you can head on over to my Radio Interviews page, where you can listen to the episode—and many other shows—right on this site. https://kristipetersenschoonover.com/radio-interviews/

HOW COOL IS THIS READER PHOTO? TOYS FOR TOTS HORROR STYLE WINNER HOOKS UP SKELETONS AND THE HITCHHIKING GHOSTS!

Paul Cardullo, of Knightdale, North Carolina, was the winner of Toys for Tots ~ Horror Style 2011! To enter, contestants donated to Toys for Tots and took photos of themselves doing it–the prize, selected by random drawing, was a horror library donated by several authors. Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole—Tales from Haunted Disney World was part of that library, and here’s Paul, on his porch, showing us that hey…those hitchhiking ghosts might have something following them home. Thanks for sending this in, Paul!

To see other readers who’ve sent in their pix, visit here: http://haunteddisneytales.com/share/

DID YOU MISS PARANORMAL EH?’S ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW? GRAB A BEER AND LISTEN HERE!

It’s hard to believe a whole year has passed since Paranormal, Eh? made its debut. What’s really odd is I remember the debut episode—I listened to Episodes 1 and 2, in fact, from my apartment inProvincetownat the Norman Mailer Writer’s Colony. It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year, and I’m honored Terry asked me to be on the show with the gang from Our Haunted Lives and some special guests like Occult Specialist Nathan Schoonover, and we talk about the Amityville Horror, hauntings, and more! Plus, hear what’s been up on clips from his best shows and what’s coming up for 2012 on this special show!

You can listen to the anniversary show right on Paranormal, Eh? Radio here:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/paranormaleh/2012/01/16/on-year-anniversary-show.mp3

Or, just click below and listen right from this page:

Paranormal Eh Anniversary Show 01-16-2012

52 Weeks of Spam: Winners, Week of January 16

Winners, Week of January 16:

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Awesome! Now I don’t have to drive to Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun anymore to get my fix—and they’re promising I’ll be ‘spoilt’ and strike ‘extreme riches’ so there’s no risk involved, right?

 ~

Everybody hates Spam—it fills up your Inbox (unless you’ve got G-mail, which does a great job of putting it in an appropriately-labeled folder), clogs your blog (WordPress does a great job filtering, too), and can threaten your computer’s security.

I have to say though, I love my Spam. It cracks me up—it’s poorly spelled, illiterate, and often leaves me wondering who would be dumb enough to click on the link for whatever product/service/lottery winning from mysterious relative in a country you’ve never heard of. So I decided in 2012 I’d go through my Spam each week and pick my favorites to share with the world. I remove the sender and any links that might be damaging (plus, who wants to give them press?).

See you next week! If you get any great Spam, you can post it here, just strip any links and the sender’s e-mail. And be sure to say something in the post to let me know you’re real. Otherwise I might think you’re…well, Spam.

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