Monthly Archives: October 2013

Trick or Treat! A NaNoWriMo YouTube Series!

Wine Shortage!

NaNoWrimo, that lovely November event that challenges you to write a novel in 30 days, is a project in itself. In 2013, I’m taking it a step further: I’m going to attempt Read the rest of this entry

Catch a Creepy Crime Story in time for Halloween!

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Occasionally I narrate stories for the Tales to Terrify, Crime City Central, and related podcasts; I’ve only done a couple over the past year, and I wish I had the time and energy to do more, because I do enjoy it. My most recent one, Ann Littlewood’s “Scales Justice,” appears on Crime City Central No. 5…put a little crime and creep in your Halloween—but only if you’re not shy around snakes! Listen here.

Writers: What terrifies you?

With Halloween—and more importantly, NaNoWriMo coming—I thought it might be fun to ask a fellow writer what scares her about writing. Below, Gail Z. Martin, epic fantasy writer, shares “The Long and the Short of It.” And if you’re an epic fantasy lover, check out some of the stuff she’s offering after her bio. There are adventures there you probably won’t want to miss. Enjoy!

Gail Z. Martin, author of Ice Forged in The Ascendant Kingdom Series.

Gail Z. Martin, author of Ice Forged in The Ascendant Kingdom Series.

“The Long and the Short of It”

Gail Z. Martin

They say that you should do something that terrifies you every so often to keep yourself on your toes.

For me, that meant saying yes when Read the rest of this entry

NaNoWriMo 2013: Want to Write a Novel?

Speaking of small worlds, long-time NaNoWrimo and Pencils! Writing Workshop buddy John Palisano and I were both interviewed for this WordPress feature…and we pretty much had no idea until a day or two ago. Is that wild or what?

…sometimes life is scary (good fun!) like this…

That little thing called coincidence makes you wonder, doesn’t it? Sometimes it can be downright scary (good fun, that is!)

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Me and Moira the Banshee at Blobfest 2013.

This past July 12 & 13, I went to Blobfest in Phoenixville, PA (see a neat video montage of the entire experience here). There, I met Read the rest of this entry

How cool’s this? Vote for your fave SECRET THINGS trailer, win a copy!

Secret Things Cover

This book trailer junkie announces an excellent contest…head on over to, scroll down to watch the two trailers and vote for your favorite. One entrant will win a copy of Stacey Longo’s creepy collection, Secret Things. Drawing will be held on 11/15/13.

Carrie (1976) vs. The Dark Half (1993) on Reviews from the Shadows

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Take a look at the films Carrie (1976) and The Dark Half (1993) as I join Terry Konig on the Halloween Episode of Reviews from the Shadows. Both films are rich in different symbolism, but they’re connected thematically in Read the rest of this entry

“Conjuring” Insight on DDP, G&D and Special Features

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First off, this summer’s surprise hit The Conjuring was released on DVD/Blu-Ray four days ago. If you haven’t seen it yet, now’s your chance…and if you have or you’re not planning to, here are some interviews Nathan and I did that are worth checking out:

Dark Discussions: Ep. 108, The Conjuring, with Kristi Petersen Schoonover and Nathan Schoonover

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Just ahead: WICKED SEASONS. Watch the Trailer!

Connecticut Farmhouse 2002

Wicked Seasons, the NEHW Press anthology containing my story “To Chance Tomorrow,” is due out in November. I’m not only excited about having my work in such a great volume with so many cool stories, I’m excited to present the trailer! After you watch Read the rest of this entry

Scary Scribes Content’s New Spot

The website for Scary Scribes, the podcast I hosted last year on the Paranormal, Eh? Radio Network, has been moved to WordPress’ free platform here and now only contains a placeholder page. Still need your scares? You can download or listen to all 12 episodes (plus a few bonuses) forever at my website here and on the Paranormal, Eh? website here:

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