Category Archives: Short Stories

“Incubation” accepted for ANGELA’S RECURRING NIGHTMARES

Bronx Zoo Penguin T-shirt

ANGELA’S RECURRING NIGHTMARES was looking for scary stories involving penguins. I have lots of penguin stuff … here’s my newest T-shirt from my most recent trip to the Bronx Zoo.

Excited to announce that my short story, “Incubation” has been accepted for the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers’ anthology, Angela’s Recurring Nightmares!

This one had an interesting theme: it had to include a person named Angela, and the horror story had to involve penguins.

Release is slated for December. I’ll keep you posted!

“Carving Grace” accepted for WICKED CREATURES anthology!

Figurehead for Carving Grace -- Mystic Seaport, Woman with Roses

Woman with Roses, a ship figurehead from the permanent collection at Mystic Seaport. It is believed to be a likeness of Belva Lockwood, a women’s rights advocate who did too many important things to list them all here. Of all the figureheads I saw in the exhibit, this one reminded me the most of the creatures in “Carving Grace.”

I’m thrilled to announce that my short story, “Carving Grace”—about vengeful figureheads—has been accepted to the New England Horror Writers’ Wicked Creatures anthology, slated for publication in this fall! If you love haunting stories set by the sea, you’ll like this.

I’m sharing this TOC with many talented writers; here’s the complete list:

“Weatherman and the Monk” – Nick A. Zaino III

“Silver Leaves and Moth Wings” – Dave Bernard

“It Whispers in My Brain” – Peter Dudar

“Massive Entity-17 Bernardo Carpio” – Ken Vaughan

“The Ookie Birds” – Paul McMahon

“Wood You Love?” – Rob Smales

“Ulcinium” – Frank Raymond Michaels

“Kobold” – John Foster

“Flutter” – John Grover

“Burning Bright” – Errick Nunnally

“The Night has a Chill” – Katherine Silva

“Birth of a Creature” – Cindy O’Quinn

“Heart of Frankenstein” – Trisha Wooldridge

“Harvest” – Morgan Sylvia

“Quality of Mercy” – Richard Alan Scott

“Dragon’s Scales” – Victoria Dalpe

“Lavinia” – Patricia Gomes

“The Thing in the Window” – D.E. Ladd

“Carving Grace” – Kristi Petersen Schoonover

“There is no 21:38 Westbound” – John Buja

“Sick and the Cursed” – Timothy Flynn

“The Mumble Man” – James A. Moore

“Keep on Trucking” – Daniel R. Robichaud II

“Fifteen Years From Now” – Howard Odentz

The anthology will be edited by Dan Keohane, David Price & Scott Goudsward.

I’ll keep you posted on when it’s available!

Happy July–34 ORCHARD is open for submissions!

34 ORCHARD Issue 3 Cover

The cover of 34 Orchard’s Spring, 2021 Issue. COVER ART: “Please Pray,” by Jen Connic.

34 Orchard is now open for submissions from July 1 — July 31, 2021, for our Fall Issue, to be published November 10, 2021.

Please check out our guidelines here. If you’d like to look at prior issues, our Spring issue is posted here.

We look forward to reading your work!

It’s finally here: “Ghosts on the Sand”

Lovecraftian MicroFiction 2020 COVER ART JPEG

I’m pleased to announce that my story, “Ghosts on the Sand,” was one of twenty-six winners in the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival’s 2020 Microfiction Contest last October … and the anthology of winning stories is now available!

The anthology also includes the “Challenge from Beyond” round robin cosmic horror story, which features the grand prize winner and a stunning line-up of writers and artists.

This special double book is only $10, and it supports the annual Oregon festival, which features indie filmmakers from around the world. If you’re a short film buff—especially in the horror genre—then it should, at the very least, be on your radar.

“Ghosts on the Sand” can’t be read anyplace else, so if’ you’d like your copy, you can pick one up here: https://arkhambazaar.com/books/the-challenge-from-beyond-2020-lovecraftian-micro-fiction-double-book/

Only 250 copies were printed, so once they’re gone, they’re gone! Be sure to get your copy today if you enjoy cosmic horror.

34 ORCHARD’s Spring 2021 Table of Contents is here!

34 ORCHARD Issue 3 Cover

We’re excited to announce 34 Orchard‘s Table of Contents for Issue 3 – Spring 2021 – coming to the 34 Orchard website April 25, 2021!

In our third issue, twenty artists ruminate on the sometimes devastating consequences of choice … on the verandah, a selection of cocktails awaits. Choose wisely!

Cover Art: Please Pray – Jen Connic

Am I Beautiful? – Carl Olson

Inheritance – Annie Dunn Watson

Salt and Pepper – W.T. Paterson Read the rest of this entry

Escape to free stories for an hour this Saturday night!

Author Reading 03-20-21

I’ll be reading THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, March 20, 2021 at 8 pm in one of a series of special Virtual Reading Events set up by writer extraordinaire Terri Bruce! Grab a glass and a snack and join me for this free event!

Each writer will read for six minutes, and most of us are doing giveaways, so this is a chance for you to get a taste of some really good stories and maybe even get some free stuff!

Once again, the event is FREE and will last an hour. If you’d like to sign up, just go to this link: https://forms.gle/YNSkjkHq159N8eyh7

Writers presenting:

Alma Alexander – Fantasy author of 30 books including the Worldweavers series

LJ Cohen – Science Fiction/Fantasy author of over 20 books including Derelict

Lindsey Duncan – Science Fiction/Fantasy author of several books including Scylla and Charybdis

Tracy Townsend – Fantasy author of the Thieves of Fate series

Sarah Smith – Historical Mystery author of several books including the ghost thriller The Other Side of the Dark and the Titanic-centric (yay!) Crimes and Survivors.

Hope to “see” you there!

Save the date … virtual reading this Saturday, March 20

This coming SATURDAY, March 20th, at 8 pm EDT, I’ll be reading alongside some wonderful writers in one of a few special virtual events! I plan to read from my short story “Immolation,” and will be doing a giveaway. More details coming soon! Save the date and get your snacks ready!

Save the Date March 20, 2021 reading

 

It’s been a banner week!

A well-deserved glass of wine

There are weeks when, as a writer, I don’t feel so accomplished. This morning, I had one of those moments … and then I did a tally of what I got done this week:

 

Gave feedback on a friend’s synopsis

Gave feedback on another friend’s short story

Gave feedback on Chapter 1 of yet another friend’s novel

Designed and mailed out the 34 Orchard Issue 3 announcement postcards

Created the back cover copy for Tidings (my husband did most of that—he used to market books, so …)

Watched Aliens and recorded the 10th anniversary episode of Dark Discussions (I can’t believe it’s been a decade!)

Completed edits on several of the stories for 34 Orchard

Finished several sets of tiny newspapers for my annual holiday chapbook mailing … I have to make 320 sets; I have only 114 to go!

 

I guess I really did deserve that bottle of wine and a nice early bed time last night!

Back to work!

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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Happy July–34 ORCHARD is open for submissions!

JPEG OF 34 ORCHARD ISSUE 1 COVER

The cover of the Spring, 2020 issue of 34 ORCHARD. Cover art: “Lost and Found,” by Brandon Kawashima.

34 Orchard is now open for submissions from July 1 — July 31, 2020, for our Fall Issue, to be published November 10, 2020.

Please check out our guidelines here. If you’d like to look at prior issues, our Spring issue is posted here.

We look forward to reading your work!

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