I am ALMOST done editing the stories that have been selected for the Wicked Creative, LLC anthology Wicked Sick, due out this spring! One more piece to go, and ToC announced shortly! (02-01-23)

The Edgar Allan Poe Birthday Bash on Zoom last night was a total blast! All those Poe People in one place–man, it was really refreshing. I’d forgotten how much fun hanging out with those who are as excited an intense about a thing as you are can be! (01-20-23)

Very excited to have been invited to appear on the Reclaim Artist Collective’s Ask an Author Podcast on Sunday, January 29, 2023, at 4 pm! More details to come. (01-19-23)

Received the suggested copy edits for my short story “Let the Rain Settle It,” which will be appearing in the Hush, Don’t Wake the Monster: Stories Inspired by Stephen King anthology coming in March. (01-17-23)

Last night’s Strong Women, Strange Worlds event was a total blast, and we had quite the virtual crowd! It will eventually be posted on YouTube — and it’s not to be missed! I’ll post it when it’s ready. (11-19-21)

Last minute, I was invited to speak to a Creative Writing Class about the ins and outs of submitting work to journals at Pasco-Hernando Community College in Port Richey, Florida via Zoom. What a delightful evening–it’s always so exciting to chat with burgeoning new talent! (11-18-21)

I just heard from the editor of Angela’s Recurring Nightmares, which will contain my story “Incubation,” and it’s a mid-December pub date! I couldn’t be more excited! Stay tuned! (11/16/21)

“Run  Aground,” a ghost story that I wrote in the summer of 2020, has made the short list at an anthology! I won’t know until the turn of the year, but I’ll keep you posted. (11/15/21)

It’s been an emotional week, but I re-engaged with a creative nonfiction piece, “Floor Song Tango,” that I started in October for a specific call. The piece focused on the house I grew up in and not only the dark things that happened in it, but the paranormal experiences that occurred there and continued until we were finally able to dump the place in 2009. Quite frankly, that place continued to haunt me long after it was gone, and getting the opportunity to write about it forced me to go places I didn’t want to–but, in the end, set me free. Now that the truth is out there, I finally have closure. I have submitted it and I’ll keep you posted. Sometimes, writing a piece isn’t just about getting to “The End.” Sometimes, it’s about saying goodbye. (11/14/21)

So excited that I got to attend the Virtual StokerCon Final Frame Short Film Competition Best Of Presentation this weekend! Nothing like a dozen top-notch horror short films with the lights off and a giant tub of popcorn … in my own home! (11/06/21)

Nathan and I wanted to do something different to kick off the Holidays this year … and we found a boat parade on the Mystic River in Mystic, CT!  We are reserving a room in our favorite hotel–the Howard Johnson–just for one evening. I can’t wait to see Santa come in on a tugboat! (11/03/21)

“Pseudorandom Lullaby” has made the final round in Crystal Lake Publishing’s Shallow Waters November Flash Fiction Contest, “Twist Ending”! Patreon page supporters will now vote for a winner. (11/02/21)

On October 30, the HWA-CT attended Westport Library’s popular Storyfest 2021’s Saturday evening event— Stephen Graham Jones and Grady Hendrix: LIVE! at The Westport Library. During the inventive presentation, Hendrix and Jones sparred on every polarizing horror-related question from sexy vs gross vampires to whether or not Craven or Carpenter was more influential—and fielded the audience for their preferences. Jones and Hendrix were a delight, and the library did a wonderful job coordinating this event during very challenging times, so we’d especially like to thank Alex and Cody for all their hard work. Afterward, a few of us retreated across the street to the Spotted Horse Tavern for cocktails.


Members of the HWA-CT with Stephen Graham Jones and Grady Hendrix at Storyfest 2021 in Westport. From left, David Griffith, Jackson Kuhl, Judy Pancoast, Grady Hendrix, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, Bert Gevera Piedmont, and Stephen Graham Jones. (11/01/21)

“Toxic Snap” is now up on Crystal Lake Publishing’s Patreon Page! (10/7/21)

Just found out “Toxic Snap” made it to the finals over at Crystal Lake Publishing’s Shallow Waters Special Halloween Edition Flash Fiction Challenge! Patreon supporters will now vote for the winner, but for me, making the final round is always enough. (10/01/21)

Die Booth is about to release his new collection, Making Friends (and other fictions), which I was honored enough to give an endorsement! I got my copy today and I can’t wait to dig in! (9/18/21)

Got up early and hit the keyboard! Completed that flash fiction I was working on, now called “Toxic Snap,” got it polished up and subbed it. Fingers crossed! (9/18/21)

Working on a freebie promotional anthology with some really talented writers! I volunteered to put the stories in order, so I downloaded and printed them today. (9/17/21)

Saw a call last night for Halloween flash fiction, with a deadline at the end of the month. I printed up the guidelines just in case I got an idea. This morning, got the whole story—at least its outline, title (“Pick Your Poison”), key components, and a big chunk of the narrative—in my head, and scribbled it on a notebook while commuting. Very excited! (9/17/21)

OMG YES!! While I was away, my Bath & Body Works order came! I got lots of their new scent, Fairytale. Yes—I frequent their store at the mall, five minutes from the job, but I ordered online because they were having a special that included THE PERFECT BIRTHDAY PRESENT FOR MY SISTER! So yeah, I had to do it! (9/16/21)

Leaving the beach house today—I’m sad, but ready to go home. Trisha and I were the last ones to go, so we made sure everything was in order before I left. It rained on the day I drove there, and it rained on my way home, which I thought was interesting. The week was more about healing than about writing. I spent a few hours on the beach each day, soaking up the sun and getting in touch with my sea-life loving side, and you know what? I needed it. There’s always more work to do, and I’ll always make time for it. Sometimes? You just gotta chill! We might go back this coming winter, and that will probably be buckle down and work time. (9/16/21)

Contract for “Mating Call” signed and returned to parABnormal Magazine! (9/15/21)

Wow! Special treat! One of the fellow writers at the beach house had Apple TV, so we hooked up my laptop and I got to see Broadway’s Come from Away, about the little island town that had to harbor several thousand people when American airspace was shut down due to 9/11. (9/15/21)

We were up on the roof deck watching the sun set on our final evening at the beach house, and I wanted a picture, so I went inside for a minute to grab my phone. There was another acceptance in my email—one I really, really was hoping for! I can’t release details now, but will when it’s cool to do that. So thrilled! (9/15/21)

I get the best sleep here at the beach house! I got up a little after 4 am, and when I checked my phone, there was an announcement email from the Lovecraftian Microfiction Contest, announcing the 13 winning stories for 2021—and “Dominion” was among them! It’ll be published in a limited edition volume, which will be one of the perks for the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & Cthuluthon’s Kickstarter! This is a film festival not to be missed—and YES, THERE IS A VIRTUAL OPTION! You can find out more here: (9/15/21)

Got some work done today, and what a day it was! Was interviewed for The Write Start, and the interview was published! You can read that here:  Also, the Gen-Xed anthology started working on their “Wayback” promotion (watch for announcements soon), so I submitted the deliverables for that. In the meantime? You can get a preview of the fantastic stories here:


I was walking on the beach with Trisha, and I got an acceptance letter for “Mating Call”! It’s been accepted at parABnormal Magazine for their December issue! (9/14/21)

Went to a fantastic restaurant—Belfry Inn & Bistro—last night in Sandwich. It’s in an old church and WOW is it cool! Afterward, me, Trisha, and Angi went for a night walk on the beach, and Trisha and I actually had a creepy experience that I’m sure I’ll turn into a story at some point. (9/13/21)

Took my time getting to the beach house yesterday, but I’m here and settled in! Worked on updating a friend’s website (that I’d promised to do back in May and just haven’t had a second—I’ve had so much work on my plate). It took about five hours, but I got it done! Trisha arrived at 11 pm, and then … wow. We stayed up all night, drinking wine and reading cards, just like the old days! (9/10/21)

Came home from dinner at the neighbor’s to find the galley for Wicked Creatures (to proof “Carving Grace”) and an update letter from Gen-Xed. So excited! (9/5/21)

Subbed three stories today! Submission stats so far this year: twenty-seven total, five acceptances, eleven rejections, one withdrawl, and ten outstanding (no response yet). Sometimes it feels like a game, as in, ‘can I beat my old record from 2011’?—that year, I sent out over a hundred submissions and had twenty-two acceptances. I won’t beat that record this year, but it’s fun to keep records and see that yes—there is an actual ratio increase. You can’t win if you don’t play! (9/5/21)

Back in March, I backed a really awesome Kickstarter project from the UK—filmmakers are working on a movie called The Haunting of the Lady Jane, about a haunted ferry boat. As part of my perk, my face will appear on a Missing poster in the film (don’t know whether you’ll really be able to see it or not, but it’s still effing cool that it’ll be on the set someplace!) Today, they requested my photo and I emailed it in. I backed this project because not only do I love independent films, I love independent films that are ghost stories—particularly ones that haven’t been told before. If you’d like more information on The Haunting of the Lady Jane, you can visit their Facebook page and follow their progress here:

Although I have a lot of cleaning to do this weekend, I chose to spend my day on writing a piece of 500-word-limit micro fiction called “Dominion”—a day spent writing, for me, is always a happy one! I’m pleased with how it came out, and I’ve submitted it to the 7th annual HP Lovecraft Film Festival & Cthuluthon’s Microfiction contest. Fingers crossed! (9/4/21)

I’ve been so crazed since March of 2020 with writing projects I’ve not had the time to keep up with the admin end of it—things like updating my tracking list (this tells me where each piece is at, but also describes where the initial idea came from), keeping up with my CV (I have been doing that on and off, but there were a lot of things missing), and my Character Name List (which keeps me from using the same character names over and over again—I go for single effect, which means I choose character names that have a meaningful connection to the story). This week, I was finally able to get everything up to date—all the stuff I wrote in 2020 was missing from that tracking list, and that was a bear to recall, but I did it! I am never getting that behind again. The new rule is, write the tracking list entry in tandem with the story. (9/1/21)

All of the acceptances and rejections for 34 Orchard’s Fall 2021 Issue (#4, already?) have been sent—just sent out the last two today. (8/31/21)

Having spent my college years driving dangerous used bombs for vehicles, once I got my feet under me, I decided to just always purchase the cheapest new car I can find and then run it into the ground. I’m usually pretty good about keeping up with maintenance—but the crazy busy that was me during this pandemic completely forgot about the car battery. It died—fortunately, locally. My husband jump-started it, and we got a new one, but the funny thing is? I got seven years out of a five-year battery. Not bad, considering I’m not happy with a lot of things about my Kia Soul. I really want my 2003 Hyundai Accent back. I got 11 years out of that car and I cried when it gave up the ghost. It was my first new car. (8/30/21)

Dear God, my house was spiritually filthy. Just cleansed it with black sage and noticed the difference immediately. New rule: it gets cleansed every other month. We had negativity from my 2017 illness AND the 2018 tornado in here. No wonder we’ve all been so stressed out. (8/28/21)

Just paid for the annual Cape Cod writer’s retreat! It didn’t happen in 2020, and disappointingly, 2019 and 2018’s were both cut short because of social obligations (not things I wanted to do; things I was expected to do). So … I’m going to get a whole EIGHT DAYS of peace and quiet at a beautiful beach house with a couple of other people. I’ll also take a day here and there to visit a couple of dear friends in Rhode Island—because there’s nothing like partying after a long day’s work. I can’t wait to get to work, and I’ve already started packing! (8/26/21)

I’ve just been notified one of my short stories has made the short list at a publication (I won’t be specific because I prefer not to jinx it). Always good news! We’ll see! (8/25/21)

Signed and returned the contract and approved all the edits for “Carving Grace” in Wicked Creatures! (8/24/21)

For the past few years, I’ve been lucky enough to have my short stories included in a community college course curriculum, taught by friend and colleague Farah Habib. In prior years, we’ve looked at “Doors” in the context of symbol, character, and theme; “Wrecking Malcolm” in the context of setting and theme; and “Mating Call” in the context of the unreliable narrator (2020), which was virtual due to the pandemic. We’re doing it again this year; since the unreliable narrator was popular with students (who doesn’t love Poe in October?), we’re going to look at “Roots,” and it’ll also be virtual.  It’s always a great honor to have my work studied. I’m looking forward to the spring, when I’ll be able to visit her classes in person again. Listening to what the students have to say in person is always so eye-opening—they see things in the work that I didn’t even realize I’d put in there. Fascinating stuff. (8/24/21)

We had a BLAST in Salem. The town offers a little bit of everything we love—serious history museums, kitschy attractions, art all over the place, spooky stuff, genuine pagan stores and tons of gift shops! Our favorite visit was to the Salem Witchboard Museum, which is run by a very passionate guy who has rare boards and can tell you everything about them. Although it has “Halloween” appeal, it’s more like a serious little art museum. Fascinating! (8/23/21)

Yay! We’re finally getting out of Danbury for a little bit of a real vacation—we’re going to Salem, Mass. We’ve always wanted to go, but aren’t much for the crazy that’s October up there—we figure now is the perfect time! (8/20/21)

Prepped all the contracts for 34 Orchard. (8/19/21)

Dark Discussions feels Old. You can listen to our discussion about M. Night’s latest here: (8/15/21)

Excited for an upcoming interview on The Write Start. Many fantastic interviews of talented writers over there. Be sure to check them out at (08/02/21)

Put the finishing polish on “February Thaw” and sent it to a magazine. Fingers crossed! (08/02/21)

I approved and sent back the edits to Gen-Xed for “Nothing to See Here”! Very excited for this January release! (08/01/21)

Home from a weekend in Rhode Island visiting poet friend Heather. We had a blast, and we made some wonderful choices and sent out acceptances for featured poetry in upcoming issues of 34 Orchard! (08/01/21)

34 Orchard’s July submission window is officially closed! We’ve still got over one hundred submissions to make decisions on. Now’s when the real tough part starts, but once we’re clear of that, it’s going to be a joy to put this issue together. We’re so excited about what we’ve selected so far! (07/31/21)

Prepped and sent the deliverables package (bio, stuff like that) to Gen-Xed, which will include “Nothing to See Here” in January. (07/29/21)

Dark Discussions will be covering M. Night’s Old on 8/12/21. Thrilled to join the guys for the episode! (07/27/21)

A friend of mine wanted to read an older short story, called “Our Lips Are Sealed,” which is out of print now. She loved it so much she’s thinking of shooting it as a short film! That was an awesome surprise! (07/18/21)

Nathan and I are very much enjoying the new TV series SurrealEstate–about a real estate firm that handles cursed and haunted properties. If you’re looking for something scary and paranormal that’s a little different (with some sexual tension too, by the way–always my favorite!), this one’s worth checking out. (7/26/21)

So, finished my cosmic horror piece and subbed. Can’t talk any further–this is a blind sub, so I don’t even want to mention the title. But I’m very excited about it! My friend Bruce read it to me so I could get a feel for the characters and if they sounded realistic. It was positively magical! (7/22/21)

The Horror Writers Association Connecticut Chapter meeting was awesome! I’m so privileged to get to spend time with enthusiastic and talented writers who are ready to form a community. Tonight, we just hammered out the details on our feedback feature, The SOUNDing Board! (7/20/21)

I’m thrilled to announce that my short story, “No Sweet Bird,” has been accepted over at Crow & Cross Keys! I love their magazine–the work they publish is right in my wheelhouse–so I am over the moon! It should be out in the winter of next year (January or February, most likely). (7/17/21)

I was up late working on the 34 Orchard inbox and I found the most fantastic piece, from an Australian writer, about sorrow and loss and the AIDS crisis. I’m thrilled that it was available and we’ve locked it in for the Fall, 2021 issue. I also found two more poems — one for this issue, and one for Spring of 2022 (simply because it’s not quite a fit for what we’re doing in the Fall). I am so happy. We’ve got bang-up stuff coming! (7/16/21)

A few weeks ago, I was thrilled and honored to be asked by one of my favorite short story writers–Die Booth, whom I’ve not only read for years but was lucky enough to publish in 34 Orchard‘s debut issue–to blurb his upcoming collection. I re-read everything I had of his and spoke from my heart, and I just sent it to him today. Also, finished and polished up the first scene of the new cosmic horror western thing I’m writing. (7/16/21)

Stopped revisions on “February Thaw,” because an idea for a new cosmic horror piece came out of nowhere! It appears I’m not done talking about dinosaurs … (7/14/21)

There’s a call coming up that a short story I finished in December of 2019, called “February Thaw,” might work for. It’s only in what I refer to as “vomit draft” form–which means it requires rewriting and extensive polish. This is my focus this week. As of today I’m halfway through it. (7/12/21)

Spent the weekend working on 34 Orchard. We’ve got some fantastic work coming up in Issue 4 (releasing November 10, 2021) so far! This weekend we found a gorgeous story from a writer in Croatia–and for the first time ever, I took a look at our stats. Issue 3 has been downloaded almost nine hundred times this year! (7/11/21)

Had a great time on Dark Discussions tonight taking a deep dive into The Empty Man! (7/8/21)

My husband, Nathan, got me a REAL figurehead in honor of my short story, “Carving Grace,” getting accepted for publication in Wicked Creatures (the story is about vengeful figureheads). She was really on a boat!! She is BEAUTIFUL in all of her abandonment!! We’re not going to restore her, but my sister will marine varnish her so that what’s left of her chipping paint will be preserved. Nathan has named her Willow (I wanted to call her Bessie, but he’s the one who found her, so … ) (7/8/21)

When it rains, I pour! So OVER THE MOON to find out today that my short story set between the Challenger and Chernobyl disasters, called “Nothing to See Here,” has been accepted for inclusion in Dark Ink Books’ Gen-Xed anthology! Gen-Xed is a volume of horror stories written by Gen-Xers, and each piece must include something that’s specific to Gen-X. I went over to a friend’s to celebrate with wine and cheese! (7/6/21)

Thrilled to announce that my short story, “Incubation” has been accepted for the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers’ anthology, Angela’s Recurring Nightmares. Scary penguins. That is all. (7/5/21)

Had a blast today! Finished and polished my newest short story, “Song for a Dying World”–a found footage piece (not easy to do in prose) with … dinosaurs! A special thanks to “Dinosaur Man” Bruce Shillinglaw, who helped me get all the damn taxa straight. (7/4/21)

34 Orchard is open for submissions from July 1-31! Find out more and check out our guidelines here: (7/1/21)

I got my Danbury Beach pass! After years of not having a beach on Lake Candlewood I could “call my own” (we lost mine when we sold my dad’s house back in 2009) and many years of a way-overpriced YMCA membership just so I could use the pool (which was closed a lot due to swim meets), I’m thrilled to finally come home. Time spent on the beach at Candlewood has always not only been relaxing, but inspirational as well. I can’t wait to stop there as many days as I can after work … it’s just not summer without the lake. (7/1/21)

My short story, “The Digging Place,” is now available in Jolly Horror Press’ romantic horror collection, ForNever After! You can get your copy in paperback or Kindle here: (6/28/21)

I was watching a documentary on “Bizarre Dinosaurs” last night, and the haunting music of the parasaurolophus inspired a short story–that decided to just come out! Started it today. Plan to work on it throughout the July 4 weekend and hoping to have it done by the middle of next week! (6/27/21)

… and … my short story, “Nothing to See Here”–which is set between 1986’s Challenger and Chernobyl disasters–is finally done! I started the story back in February, then took a long break to work on a different piece. I have just submitted it to an anthology. Fingers crossed! (6/25/21)

My short story, “Carving Grace,” has just been accepted to the New England Horror Writers’ Wicked Creatures anthology! Since this story involves ship figureheads–and the only museum my husband Nathan and I felt comfortable going to during the pandemic was Mystic Seaport–I did plenty of hands-on research. If you like creepy sea stories, this one’ll be for you. Release date to be announced! (6/12/21)

Well, if I can’t be a mermaid for real, I can at least try. I just dyed my hair blue. (6/12/21)

Blue Hair 06-13-21

The Spring 2021 issue of 34 Orchard–which looks at the consequences of choice–is available now! Always free, but donations appreciated, as we do pay our writers, and it’s all out of pocket. Check it out here! (4/25/21)

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! (3/4/21)

As of today, I have 318 sets of tiny newspapers for this year’s holiday chapbook left to make! (3/2/21)

It’s officially a wrap! Every piece for 34 Orchard‘s Spring 2021 issue is contracted and paid for, and all of the responses have gone out. The “loose theme” of this issue is “The Consequence of Choice.” (3/2/21)

The Dark Discussions podcast network did an interview with me about my work and my horror faves here in their Horror & High Heels interview series! You can read the interview here: (2/24/21)

I’m thrilled to announce that Jolly Horror Press has accepted “The Digging Place”–a tragic supernatural romance–for its upcoming anthology, ForNever After. (2/21/21)

I have so much going on I’m officially on hiatus from Dark Discussions until May 1. (2/18/21)

…and I’ve just submitted the 34 Orchard editor’s interview for our Duotrope listing! (11/11/20)

Ghastly Gastronomy—a cookbook which will feature food-based horror stories and the recipes they’re based on—is being released June 1! It will contain my short story “Threading the Needle” and my paternal grandmother’s Sauerbraten recipe. (05/13/20)

Issue 2 of Tidings started hitting mailboxes this past week! I have another few handfuls to mail. If you want to get in on the action, reach out to me through my Contact page with your postal (that’s right, snail mail!) address. (5/1/20)

It was a little bit odd, but…the 34 Orchard virtual launch party day was a success! We had four Google Hangouts. We got to socialize, drink, and eat, even though we were miles apart. And yes … I even wore my dress! (04/26/20)

The Table of Contents for 34 Orchard‘s inaugural issue has been announced! (04/17/20)

In light of what’s going on in the world, I decided to serialize my apocalyptic novel, Tidings, and send it to friends and family as chapbooks. Issue 1 went out today! If you love birds and like a dark love story, this is up your alley. This is a private issue, just like a Christmas card, and will not be published or available for sale anywhere. If you want to get on my mailing list for it, please reach out to me through my Contact page and provide your postal mail address. (04/06/20)

The Horror Tree’s Trembling with Fear has accepted my flash fiction piece, “Last Christmas,” for its Special Christmas Edition. So excited! (12/15/19)

Jim Harrington’s Six Questions For… blog, which focuses on interviews with literary magazine editors, has published an interview with me as editor of 34 Orchard here: (12/06/19)

My sister and I just got tickets to see Jagged Little Pill on broadway next March! Come on, don’t tell me you were surprised that I was an Alanis fan? (12-06-19)

“Wrecking Malcolm” is now available to read in the Halfway Down the Stairs issue, The Calling! Also, I couldn’t be more thrilled with the gorgeous artwork they chose–it’s literally what I was envisioning in my head for the story’s central setting. You can read it here:

There’s been a lot of magic around here the past couple of days … nothing beats going to the Fife and Drum today for Thanksgiving dinner and running into Norm and Art Cummings–my VERY FIRST bosses at my very first job as a school columnist for The New Milford Times when I was 16. Norm is an amazing photographer, and Art is a phenomenal editor (although Art is retired now). They did nothing but encourage me to write, and they published my stuff. I was a kid, but they had faith in me, even when I screwed up. What a treat it was to see them today!! (11-28-19)

What a way to kick off a holiday weekend! My short story “Wrecking Malcolm” has been accepted by HALFWAY DOWN THE STAIRS! It’s going to be a great day! (11-27-19)

My story “Last Christmas” –a flash piece I wrote for Crystal Lake Publishing’s Shallow Waters November Flash Fiction Challenge–is up today for Patreon Supporters of Crystal Lake Publishing! If you’d like to check it out, you can make a $5/month Fans of Fiction pledge (you can change this at any time) and vote. The first two stories posted were really good stuff, and I’m sure the remaining 10 are going to be great, too. Here’s where you can sign up, read, and vote if you like: (11/21/19)

“Last Christmas”–the flash piece I submitted for Crystal Lake Publishing’s November Flash Fiction Contest–is a finalist! I just got word very early this morning (that was quite the thrill to see when I first woke up!) The theme was “stories with a twist ending that finish in a graveyard.” Patreon supporters vote to decide on a winner. My story will be up on Thursday, November 21. Crystal Lake Publishing has some GREAT content, especially if you’re a writer. If you become a Patreon supporter, you’ll be able to vote. I will post the link here on Thursday when the story is up. (11-18-19)

Dark Discussions goes to Zombieland. On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (11-18-19)

I am truly stunned by everyone’s support of 34 Orchard, both creatively and financially. Although there are enough funds to cover the first two issues, generous souls have donated enough that I can now cover a third, or add an additional couple of pieces to the first and second issues. I am taking these gifts as a sign that, yes, this is what I should be doing right now. (11-16-19)

The first draft of a short story that’s been torturing me since February–and one that’s been through a few iterations since then as far as focus–is complete. It will still need work, but sometimes the best relief is when it’s finally out of you. (11-15-19)

Dark Discussions visits The Lighthouse. On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (11-10-19)

I discovered Crystal Lake Publishing’s Shallow Waters Monthly Flash Fiction Challenges! You’ve only a few days to write a 1000-word piece on a particular theme. I saw the call yesterday–the November challenge is “creepy stories with a twist ending that take place in a graveyard”–and today I’m done! It’s so awesome when you’ve got a blank page at 8:30 a.m. and a finished piece at 5 p.m. I’ll be taking it to Crow’s Nest Writer’s Group tonight for a final polish before submitting. Wish me luck! (11-08-19)

Nathan and I were so excited to go up and stay at The Long Neck Inn, on the site of the old Catskill Game Farm. Unfortunately, the entire area is without power, so the owners contacted us to cancel our reservation. We are disappointed, but will be rescheduling for April. (11-02-19)

Ready to go public … the 34 Orchard dark literary journal website is live! You can check it out here: (11-03-19)

Nathan and I had a BLAST at Bad Dream Brewing’s Halloween Party! There’s probably no better place to celebrate Halloween than a bar that’s all about horror literature, reading, and writing, right? I saw more creative costumes there than I’ve seen in decades! Here’s my favorite: these folks did Midsommar, and believe you me I felt even more lame in my go-to Go-Go outfit. (11-01-19)

Me and MIDSOMMAR at Bad Dream 2019

Dark Discussions meets Joker. On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (10-31-19)

Talk about something awesome and original for Halloween! Nathan and I went up to Bent of the River Audubon Center in Southbury, where we learned about Corvid folklore and watched Hitchcock’s The Birds! (10-30-19)

I’m excited to be featured on Christal Cooper’s blog feature, Inside the Emotion of Fiction! Check out #93 in this fascinating series here and find out what made me tick while I was writing the short story, “Hairless Girl Does the Hula,” which appears in my most recent collection, The Shadows Behind. (10-29-19)

….and I woke up to an email that Duotrope has just added the listing for 34 Orchard! Things that are real happen fast!! I’m over the moon!! (10-28-19)

34 Orchard LOGO

ANNOUNCEMENT! Recently, I posted a quote that read “Decide what kind of life you actually want. Then say no to everything that isn’t that.” Well, I had an existential crisis this week, and because of it, I’ve decided what kind of life I want: I want to write, I want to read, I want to surround myself with everything that’s connected to that. Basically, anything that doesn’t make me go ‘fuck yeah!’ is out. But guess what’s in? I’ve been reading a lot of fantastic short work in literary magazines lately—in my opinion, there’s a lot of undiscovered genius out there—and I want to publish the stuff I enjoy reading most. I’ve spent the last few days coming up with a detailed plan for a new literary magazine that, yes, will be a paying market, and I’ve developed a system that will make it easily sustainable for me in terms of time management. I’m still working on all of my collateral materials—including my website, so that’s not available yet—but I’m making it Facebook official today, because life is short, and it’s time to celebrate! Introducing 34 Orchard. Coming in 2020! (10-27-19)

It’s been quite the weekend — a lot of excitement. Enjoyed an invigorating discussion on Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House this morning at the Bad Dream Brewing book group! (10-27-19)

Fantastic evening at Crow’s Nest Writer’s Group tonight … workshopped the new story. It’s always a fabulous way to kick off the weekend! And I’ve got work to do! (10-25-19)

Dark Discussions looks at Ad Astra. On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (10-24-19)

It’s been an interesting day! Finished a draft of a new short story (this interrupted the OTHER new short story I was working on). I can’t reveal the title, as some places I submit it to may want to read blind, but I will say it has to do with a twist on the idea of “Family Tree.” So excited! Also, got a nice note about “Wrecking Malcolm” from an editor who was very moved by it. Today’s a win! (10-22-19)

I had an awesome time at Bad Dream Brewing in New Milford tonight doing a “paint and sip” event called Hops and Horror. I’ve never painted a canvas in my life, but have always wanted to. The subject of the project was a book they’d recently featured in their monthly discussion group–Lake Monsters by Joseph A. Citro. I think I did okay! (10-16-19)

While my short story “Wrecking Malcolm” did not win The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction award, I was just notified that it was among the top 25 out of 300 submissions … I’ll take it! (10-14-19)

While I was in Maine, I ordered a copy of The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. It arrived today! Very excited to dig in. (10-13-19)

Dark Discussions explores the original The Thing From Another World. On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (10-12-19)

Having a total blast attending Damnationland — a collection of horror shorts by independent Maine filmmakers — at the State Theatre in downtown Portland with my friend, Kristina Hals! The last time I went was in 2015, which was the year before I got sick, so I missed three years. But I’m back! (10-11-19)

We successfully kicked off Poe Season up at our favorite cemetery! Bring on the Amontillado and let the leaves fall! (10-06-19)

It’s another successful Crow’s Nest Writer’s meeting when my go-to title man, Greg Logsted, does it again! (10-04-19)

Dark Discussions decides We Need To Talk About Kevin. On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (10-04-19)

Attended my very first Providence Waterfire! It was amazing! This isn’t an event to be missed. You can check out the website at (09-28-19)

Dark Discussions is Ready or Not! On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (09-28-19)

I auditioned for a seat in an additional writing critique group, which meets virtually every month, and I got in! I’m excited for the opportunity. I’ll still be attending Crow’s Nest, but I’m pumping out a great deal of material now, and really need an additional group to be able to handle all the feedback I’ll need. I’m especially excited to be working with author Terri Bruce. So excited! (09-25-19)

After (virtually) watching my sister make Sauerbraten to ensure the recipe was correct, my new short story, “Threading the Needle,” has been submitted! Won’t know if it’s accepted until deep in the winter, but I might as well cross my fingers and toes now! (09-24-19)

Everyone always tells me I look like my mom. Today my sister put photos of the two of us together. I guess I have to believe it now. (09-22-19)

Me and Mom

Dark Discussions goes 47 Meters Down: Uncaged. On Stitcher, ITunes and here: (09-20-19)

The Horror Fiction Review has given The Shadows Behind nothing less than a stellar write-up. I’m blown away! You can read the review here: (09-17-19)

Found a submissions call that inspired a new short story today! Here we go! (09-07-19)

Hard to believe, but Episode 400 of Dark Discussions is here! We discuss the classic Evil Dead 2. On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (09-03-19)

NecronomiCon was so inspiring I wrote a new short story, inspired by one of Lovecraft’s themes, the knowledge that should not be known. Sometimes it takes many days, weeks, or months for me to complete a draft — this was done in five days. (08-30-19)

At NecronomiCon in Providence, RI, a friend and I discovered Lovecraft-inspired short films from the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival (learn more here: We bought the Best of 2017 collection, which I highly recommend. You can pick that up on Amazon here. (08/26/19)

Dark Discussions explores the depths of 2011’s Melancholia. On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (8-24-19)

Dark Discussions plays around with an old favorite, Witchboard (1986). On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (8-17-19)

Hear Dark Discussions‘ thoughts on Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood. On this episode recorded at our annual Mystic Meet-up, you’ll hear from some special guests from The Dorkening as well as friends of the podcast! On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (08-09-19)

Packing for my weekend away at Howe Caverns! It’s overwhelming–I haven’t done an away-signing in a long time–but I’m so looking forward to it! I’ll even be arriving there the day before about nine hours before anyone else in my party, so I’ll get time to enjoy the pool and have a day-long mini-writer’s retreat. (7/30/19)

The crew of Dark Discussions and several friends of the podcast had a BLAST at our annual Mystic Meetup this year! Here we are seeing Once Upon a Time in Hollywood at the Waterford Regional 9. Already can’t wait for next year! (7/29/19)


Sent the first 30,000 words of my novella (which is turning into a novel), Tidings, to a Beta reader, just to test the waters and see if there’s anything needing clarification. She is loving it, which makes me really happy! If my Beta reader(s) are riveted, it means I’ve got something worth investing my time in. (7/26/19)

Dark Discussions finds itself in Ari Aster’s Midsommar. On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (7/25/19)

The dress I ordered for the Howe Caverns book signing has arrived! Torrid, in case you’re wondering. (7/23/19)


It’s hard to believe that The Shadows Behind‘s Howe Caverns book signing is just around the corner! The bonus books–called Twisted Routes–were waiting on my doorstep when Nathan and I got home from our mini-getaway to see Weird Al and hit the casino this weekend! (7/20/19)

Twisted Routes Bonus Book

Purchase my short story collection THE SHADOWS BEHIND this weekend and get this limited-edition bonus book free!

My  newest novella — which is quickly turning into a novel — is going like gangbusters! Five new scenes total in the past week. For me, that’s cranking! Very excited. And now…I’m off to the Weird Al Yankovic Strings Attached Connecticut tour stop with my husband! (7/19/19)

Dark Discussions welcomes Annabelle Comes Home. On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (7/16/19)

Dark Discussions interviews Jeremy Holm, who stars as the title character in the Shudder exclusive, The Ranger! On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (7/4/19)

My fingers are crossed, but it looks like Bad Apple is getting a new cover–and hopefully will contain some new content–this fall! I’ll keep you posted. (7/2/19)

Dark Discussions talks about the Shudder exclusive, The Ranger. On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (6/28/19)

Totally excited for the T-shirts Michael Darwin (one of my Dark Discussions co-hosts) designed for this year’s Mystic Meet-up! Here’s a peek:

Mystic Meet-Up 4 2019 T-shirts


This was interesting: way back in 2011, I wrote a blog post about visiting New Jersey’s Waterloo Village; my mother-in-law grew up there, but the real reason it’s special to me  is the role it played in the American Revolution. I received an email from a representative of the Waterloo United Methodist Church, which is a building on the property that still holds Sunday services. They liked a photo of mine and wanted to use it on their brochure, which will be used to advertise the spot for wedding ceremonies. Of course, I said yes! After a whole week of searching through my old photo discs, I was able to get my hands on the original (back in 2011, I was compressing photos to save room on my website). Just sent it off today! (6/27/19)

Dark Discussions plays Devil’s Advocate. On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (6/25/19)

Dark Discussions hails Godzilla, King of the Monsters. On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (6/17/19)

Just spent a lovely afternoon with ghost legend writers Thomas D’Agostino and Arlene Nicholson (they’ve written such books as Haunted Rhode Island and Ghosts of the Blackstone Valley). Their next book examines legends and stories of the area of Connecticut where I grew up, so I drove them all over my hometown of New Milford to show them some local haunted hot spots. Can’t wait for the book to come out! (5/26/19)

Prepping to leave for a week-long writer’s retreat on Cape Cod! It runs from Monday to Monday, but due to obligations on Memorial Day weekend, I’ll have to bag out a few days early (seriously, bummer! I really needed a complete week to get back in the groove). But…I’ll work with what I have! Spending the weekend packing, cleaning, and getting ready to leave. (5/18/19)

Wow! Hellnotes, which reviews horror fiction and film, has given The Shadows Behind a rave review, calling it “imaginative and incredibly smart writing…the stories in this collection will remain like a shadow for some time after you finish reading.” I’m floored! You can read the full review here: (5/14/19)

So, we went to the Water Lantern Festival last night…and I actually wrote the opening line of a new short story–one that’s been brewing since the first weekend in April–on one side of my lantern. Fortunately, I got photos. I’m excited, but let’s hope I get some time to write soon…I’ve been so busy with Shadows and various other odds and ends I just haven’t gotten a clear head. (5/12/19)

Dark Discussions visits No Country for Old Men. On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (5/10/19)

Dark Discussions takes the Train to Busan (2018). On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (5/3/19)

I have officially sold out of all of my personal copies–50–of The Shadows Behind. WOW. I have contacted the publisher to order more for upcoming orders and events, but the book is available wherever books are sold and Amazon. (5/2/19)

Promotional postcards for The Shadows Behind have arrived! (5/01/19)

Ginger Nuts of Horror has published an interview with me! This interview had some pretty challenging (and unique) questions, so I think it’s an interesting read. Here’s the link to check it out: (4/29/19)

The first shipment of copies of The Shadows Behind has arrived! They are even more gorgeous than I imagined. Holding the proof in your hand is one thing, but holding the finished product is quite another! (4/17/19)

Dark Discussions discusses what’s inside Us. On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (4/4/19)

The banner (for me; not for promotion) for The Shadows Behind has arrived! I’ve tacked it up in my foyer. Eventually, I’ll order a brand new one and have it framed. For now, this is fantastic! (3/27/19)

Dark Discussions takes flight with The Crow (1994). The film, a stand-out for its time, turns 25 this year. On Stitcher, Itunes, and here: (3/25/19)

Spent the weekend writing–mostly a long email I’d promised a friend, then an interview for a magazine, and now blog posts. Trying to get the cleaning done in between–note to self: cleaning provides a great ten-minute break to stretch the legs. (3/24/19)

Finished the 2020 New Year’s chapbook–limited run of 225. Now to assemble them and store them until the end of the year, when it’s time to mail them! (3/22/19)

It’s really happening! I received the print proof of my forthcoming short story collection, The Shadows Behind, in the mail tonight! I love the design and the matte cover, and I’m really excited to get busy going through it. (3/21/19)

Ordered a banner featuring The Shadows Behind‘s cover. I can put it on the wall in my foyer for the party. I’ll probably be ordering a different one to take to events in a couple of months. (3/20/19)

The Dark Discussions meet up in Mystic, Connecticut, has been slated for the weekend of July 26-28, 2019. Come join us for Mystic Pizza and a movie! (3/13/19)

Exciting news! There will be a special signing of my forthcoming collection, The Shadows Behind, on Saturday, August 3, at Howe Caverns in Howe’s Cave, New York, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.! Anyone who purchases a book from me on that day will receive a bonus book, Twisted Routes, which contains short stories set in upstate New York. It’s a limited run for the event, and only available on that day at Howe Caverns. (3/20/19)

It’s official–I’m heading for a writer’s retreat in Cape Cod in May! Very excited for a whole week of peace, quiet, and a few glasses of wine with writing friends on the beach. (3/19/19)

The rest of the photo favors for the party arrived. Completed the job today. (3/18/19)

Dark Discussions delves into the Irish psychological thriller, The Hole in the Ground. On Stitcher, Itunes, and here: (3/16/19)

Finished an initial interior layout for the 2020 New Year’s chapbook today. It still needs a lot of work and fine tuning…also attended a fantastic lecture at Norwalk Community College tonight at the monthly Archeology Club meeting with my friend Michele. Vassar College’s April Belsaw, a forensic anthropologist, presented “Reconstructing Life and Death: Forensic Anthropology and Archeology.” It was fascinating! (3/14/19)

Finished the introduction for the New Year’s 2020 chapbook today, and got some great feedback from a friend who intimately knows my work. It was an exciting afternoon! (3/14/19)

Dark Discussions embraces The Golem. On Stitcher, Itunes, and here: (3/9/19)

Exciting stuff…got contacted by someone writing a book about Litchfield County Ghosts to send him some info about the hauntings in my hometown, New Milford. Very excited to help out! (3/8/19)

So many other projects have been in the way, but I finally completed revisions to a section of Tidings I had brought to Crow’s Nest (my writer’s group)…from NOVEMBER. Yipes. (3/7/19)

I’ve decided to give away photos of each of the monsters which inspired the stories in my collection The Shadows Behind. Today I ordered photos of them from Shutterfly, and ordered inexpensive plastic frames on Amazon. (3/5/19)

Dark Discussions ponders The Prodigy (2019). On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (2/26/19)

Started working on the New Year’s chapbook for 2020 today. So far, I’ve got a decent cover design. (2/26/19)

Today my childhood friends and I found out a photo of us playing has kids has been being used as an internet meme for quite awhile! There will be a blog post about this! (2/24/19)

Wrote two new scenes for my novella Tidings today. (2/24/19)

Ordered the perfect dress to wear from Torrid for The Shadows Behind Private Release Event and it arrived today! (2/23/19)

Spent the whole day working on my new novella, Tidings. (2/18/19)

We had a very successful Great Backyard Bird Count this year! (2/18/19)

Dark Discussions looks at Velvet Buzzsaw. On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (2/18/19)

Dark Discussions examines 1971’s controversial Straw Dogs, one of our Patreon picks. On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (2/9/19)

Finished the second round of edits on The Shadows Behind. (2/5/19)

Dark Discussions prattles on the long-awaited final installment in the Eastrail trilogy, Glass. On Stitcher, ITunes and here: (2/2/19)

Received the laid-out interior for Twisted Routes, a two-story book only available at a special event signing this summer up at Howe Caverns in New York State. (2/1/19)

Dark Discussions picks our favorites from 2018! Listen to the 2018 Review episode on Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (1/26/19)

My husband Nathan is Worshipful Master at his Masonic Lodge this year, and because of that, we are presenting the Toasts to the Laddies and Lassies this year at the annual Robert Burns Supper. He had a draft completed a week or so back, so I can play off his. I started working on the toast today. (1/20/19)

Finished The Shadows Behind Private Release Event invitations today. Now they’re just waiting for the postcard inserts I ordered from Vistaprint. (1/19/19)

Dark Discussions tries to get out of the Escape Room. On Stitcher, Itunes, and here: (1/18/19)

Got the proof of the book cover wrap for The Shadows Behind today! (1/17/19)

One of the most difficult things to write, I think, is the back matter that will “sell” your book (this is the description that readers check out when they want to know what your book is about). I’d been turning it over in my mind for months–since October, when I was up at a writer’s retreat at Rudyard Kipling’s house–and today, it was finally ready to come out. I’m pleased with it; it came out much better than I thought it would. (1/16/19)

Stacy Horn, author of Damnation Island, wrote the foreword for my book. I received it today, and it was so beautiful it made me cry … she understands what I’m trying to say. (1/5/19)

It’s officially revised and complete: the short story, “Wrecking Malcolm,” which I wrote in November, is now polished and I’m extremely happy with the final result. Now it’s off to RI for a little bit of R&R and writing with my friend Heather. (1/4/19)

Birders and birdwatchers are often superstitious about the first bird they spot each year and consider it an omen or an overall tone for the year to come. Mine was a goldfinch, which is good news! The goldfinch is about being joyful in the moment; it’s a reminder to enjoy life and celebrate all that’s wonderful. It’s a great omen for what’s going to be an exciting year! (1/2/19)

Every year at my New Year’s Eve Party, we pop Christmas crackers, each tied with a wish for the new year. Strangely, they always seem to come to fruition, and this year, I got a very exciting one: Productivity! Here’s to a busy year…I sure need one as the last couple of years, due to personal issues, have been more about surviving and less about doing massive amounts of work. So thrilled! (1/1/19)

John Palisano, author of Bram Stoker Award winning Ghost Heart and Vice President of the HWA (Horror Writers Association), said glowing things about my forthcoming short story collection, The Shadows Behind. What a fantastic email to get today! (12/14/19)

Dark Discussions measures the quiet little Canadian mystery, Radius. On Stitcher, Itunes, and here: (11/30/18)

Nothing says Black Friday like a ghost story, right? If you missed the opportunity to read my novella “Splendid Chyna” – perfect if you like Asian Horror (i.e., The Ring, for those of you not familiar) and abandoned theme parks – the Kindle version is on sale for 99 cents through Thursday, November 29! You can get it here, and happy holiday shopping! (11/23/18)

I knew the East Providence shipwreck graveyard would inspire a story and it did. Today, after almost three obsessive days, I completed the rough draft of a short story called “Wrecking Malcolm.” (11/17/19)

Attended a lecture at Norwalk Community College tonight with my friend Michele. It was the Archeology Club’s monthly meeting, and Dave Robinson, a URI marine archeologist, shared his findings on a shipwreck graveyard that was accidently discovered in East Providence. What’s awesome? I now not only have a story idea…I actually know where this place is and plan on a visit soon! (11/8/19)

This Writing Life Episode 15: The Joy of Revision looks at whether or not revision is really better with wine. Check it out here: (11/4/18)

Dark Discussions dishes on the new Halloween! On Stitcher, Itunes, and here: (10/31/18)

Ordered magnets to insert into my annual New Year’s chapbook mailing. They showcase the temporary cover art for The Shadows Behind (which only go to friends and people on my mailing list, so it’s okay and not an official reveal) and include the release date. (10/7/19)

Heading off to beautiful Dummerston, VT, for a four-day writing retreat at Rudyard Kipling’s Carriage House with writer friends Stacey and Meghan! (10/5/19)

Just signed the contract with Books & Boos Press to publish a collection of my short stories, THE SHADOWS BEHIND! We’re on our way! (7/30/18)

I’m over the moon to announce that the ms for my forthcoming short story collection, THE SHADOWS BEHIND, has been officially delivered to the publisher! More details forthcoming; release set, right now, for April. Let the partying–and the editing–begin!! (7/28/18)

Put the finishing touches on yet another short story I’ve been playing with for years–“The Sound of Sorrow”–this afternoon! (7/27/18)

Dark Discussions enters the Devil’s Gate. You can listen to the episode on Stitcher, Itunes, and here: (7/27/18)

Trying to scramble to meet a deadline–especially with fiction–can make life really interesting. Check it out in This Writing Life Episode 14: A Kick in the Pants here: (7/7/18)

Fresh off completion of “Hairless Girl Does the Hula,” I’m riding the wave, here, and am working on finishing another story, one that’s been haunting me for about six years (only six)…”The Sound of Sorrow.” (7/6/18)

Thanks to some fresh inspiration, I FINALLY finished a short story, “Hairless Girl Does the Hula,” which I’ve been playing with for ten years. Time for an Independence Day beer! (7/4/18)

Dark Discussions returns to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (7/3/18)

Dark Discussions explores Hereditary. On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (6/29/18)

Crow’s Nest Writer’s Group just finished giving me (hopefully) its final round of critique on a short story that will be included in my upcoming collection. The original title, “A Mournful Kingdom,” has been changed to “Hourglass,” which better reflects the literal and subtextual meanings. (6/15/18)

Dark Discussions’ special interview with Dan Lench of The Lurking Man has now been posted! Check it out on Stitcher, Itunes, or here: (6/14/18)

My short story “All Dolled Up” has just been accepted for publication in Jitter Press! (6/7/18)

We’re interviewing Dan Lench, one of the stars of the film The Lurking Man, for an upcoming episode of Dark Discussions! (6/7/18)

Working on competition judging all this week (judges are anonymous, so I can’t reveal the name). It takes a great deal of focus, and it feels different from fiction. It’s actually refreshing! (6/5/18)

This Writing Life Episode 13: How to Write on Vacation is now live! You can watch it here: (6/3/18)

Dark Discussions gets in touch with Pyewacket. On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (6/1/2018)

Brand new short story showed up today! Got the entire, VERY ROUGH first draft done. (5/29/18)

Just received the first submission for the October 2019 edition of Ink Stains…”Whiteout,” by Dorianne Emmerton, is fantastic, and I can’t wait to share it with the world! (5/18/18)

It’s off to Sandwich, MA, for a writing retreat! (5/17/18)

To my utmost relief, I’ve just been given an extension on a story I was working on for a charity anthology. I’ll have the summer to finish. (5/14/18)

Books & Boos Press will be publishing a collection of my short fiction–most new, some out-of-print–in either fall 2018 or early 2019! I’ll let you know when a firm publication date has been planned. (4/28/18)

The Light It Up: Three on a Match literary celebration of horror is right around the corner! Read a brief interview with me on Annie’s Book Stop’s blog here: (4/24/18)

Dark Discussions finds A Quiet Place. On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (4/20/18)

Dark Discussions goes on tour with The Troll Hunter. On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (4/13/18)

Dark Discussions goes Unsane! On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (4/3/18)

Dark Discussions meets The Strangers: Prey at Night. On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (3/24/18)

Dark Discussions looks at the lore behind Winchester. On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (2/12/18)

What’s up with Mom and Dad? Dark Discussions wonders aloud. On Stitcher, ITunes, and here: (2/09/18)

This Writing Life Episode 12: Story in a Can has been posted! It’s fabulous when a story comes to you, start to finish, in a dream–or is it?  (02/07/18)

Dark Discussions uncovers what really happens in Session 9 on Stitcher, iTunes, and here: (2/1/18)

It’s release day for Ink Stains: A Dark Fiction Anthology, Volume 7 — and we debuted at No. 45 on the Kindle horror anthologies subcategory (not too shabby!). This has been thirteen months in the making, and it feels both wonderful and strange to let it go into the world. You can get your copy wherever books are sold, but to get you started, here are the Amazon links: Print: Kindle: (1/31/18)

Over a year in the making! I JUST finished sending in any errors to the final print proof of Ink Stains Volume 7: Decay and sent them in to the publisher. Wow. That was probably one of the most rewarding projects I’ve ever completed, but I’m glad I don’t have to start the process again until October! (1/21/18)

What made Dark Discussions‘ 2017 best lists? Find out on Stitcher, iTunes, and here: (1/19/18)

Received the final print proof  of Ink Stains Volume 7: Decay in the mail…just before going to Crow’s Nest Writer’s Group. It was actually a crummy week, so this really helped end it on a positive note! (1/12/18)

Dark Discussions laments The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Probably one of our more divisive film talks. On Stitcher, iTunes, and here: (1/12/18)

Happy New Year! Dark Discussions presents our annual list of movies we’re looking forward to in 2018! Listen in on Stitcher, iTunes, and here: (1/5/18)

Author MJ Preston joins the Dark Discussions crew to delve into the Netflix series Mindhunter. On Stitcher, iTunes and here: (12-08-17)

So, that “story that came out of nowhere” I referenced has been cleaned up and submitted. I can’t divulge either the title or the name of the contest, because the contest is judged blind, and revealing the name and where it was sent could disqualify me if someone who’s judging accidentally finds this news page (the contest is a pretty well-known one, so the mention of it would likely pop up on Google someplace).  Winners announced next year, so fingers crossed! (11/19/17)

Finished the draft of a short story that came out of nowhere and brought it to Crow’s Nest Writer’s Group this past Friday. Cleaning it up today and planning to get it submitted! (11/19/17)

The Dark Discussions crew discusses Creep 2 (2017). On Stitcher, iTunes, or here: (11/17/17)

The Ink Stains proof is on its way back to the publisher…finished it today! (10/31/17)

Dark Discussions: Episode 306: Happy Death Day has been released! This surprise hit that’s like Groundhog Day on crack has had everyone talking–with good reason! You can check it out here: or get it on Stitcher and Itunes! (10/20/17)

This Writing Life Episode 11: Sometimes It’s All Good has been posted! There are days in the writing life when things are pretty good–or, at least, coasting! Check it out here: (9/19/17)

I received the proof of the layout for Ink Stains’ January 2018 issue today! Very excited to go through it with a fine-toothed comb! (9/17/17)

I’m thrilled to announce that the deal’s sealed: I’ll be guest editing Ink Stains Anthology Series’ October 2019 issue! Right now it’s invite-only, but there will be plenty of room for more, so I will post when the guidelines are ready for the general public. We’re doing something a little different: writing inspired by a photo we’ve chosen as the cover. So excited! (9/9/17)

Dark Discussions resurrects Hellraiser (1987) in our 300th episode! You can check that out on Stitcher, iTunes, or here: (9/8/17)

Invocations, which contains my short story “We’ve Always Been Here” — if you love creepy clowns and IT just isn’t enough, this is for you — is now available! You can pick up this latest from Great Old Ones Publishing here: (9/7/17)

I’ve just signed and sent back the contract for my short story “We’ve Always Been Here,” which will appear in Great Old Ones Publishing’s Invocations! (8/30/17)

The Three on a Match trailer is here! Three on a Match contains three novellas–my “Splendid Chyna;” a grindhouse number called “All’s Well That Ends” by g Elmer Munson; and a classic New England period piece called “Thicker Than Water” by Melissa Crandall. Get ready — it’ll be available everywhere on September 5! Here’s the trailer: (8/26/17)

The Table of Contents and cover for Great Old Ones Publishing’s Invocations, which is slated for release in September and contains my short story “We’ve Always Been Here,” have been revealed! Announcement coming soon! (8/25/17)

This Writing Life Episode 10: Damnationland is up! We road trip to Portland, Maine to attend DAMNATIONLAND—a horror film festival which showcases short films by independent Maine filmmakers. We also talk about the dumbest things I’ve ever heard writing panelists say. Watch the episode here: (8/19/17)

Dark Discussions pays its respects to George Romero, who recently passed away. On Stitcher, iTunes, and here: (8/19/17)

I got the email today: the Three on a Match books are on their way for our release party! It just hit me the big release date is…like…RIGHT around the corner! Honestly, it seems like just yesterday it was January and I was planning this whole shindig on my back porch on a cold, crappy Saturday afternoon (which now actually lives in my memory as a pretty exciting weekend). Yup…September 2 will be here before I know it. To prove it? My friend Michele is coming over this evening to take in my No Face dress for the occasion (which I had to buy a size too large just to get my chest in it, which means the armholes you could fit babies through). (8/16/17)

Big news! Dark Alley Press is re-releasing Bad Apple with new art (and possibly a few extra goodies) in the future–probably sometime in 2018! This was just the lift I needed today! (8/8/17)

I’ve just agreed to take on another edition of Ink Stains for publication sometime in 2019 (it will either be January or April)! (7/30/17)

I sent back the proof for Three on a Match today! (7/24/17)

This Writing Life Episode 9A: Snowbound: with Zombies is live! In this episode we attend the release event for this collection of scary short stories that benefits the Whittier Birthplace Museum in Haverhill, MA (and we find a great Cracker Barrel)! You can watch it here: (7/22/17)

I got the proof for Three on a Match (which contains my novella “Splendid Chyna”) today! It was a fantastic cap on kind of a bummer week and made the world seem brighter! (7/20/17)

Dark Discussions dives 47 Meters Down. On Stitcher, iTunes, and here: (7/13/17)

Seems I’m not really motivated to do any work today (except make plans for our Disney trip in September), but I did select a few suggestions for a cover photo on the Ink Stains anthology. (7/9/17)

Dark Discussions gets a case of The Berlin Syndrome. On Stitcher, iTunes, and here: (7/6/17)

Ink Stains’ January 2018 issue has been delivered to the publisher! (7/2/17)

Gregory Norris, editor of Great Old Ones Publishing’s Invocations anthology, has signed off on the edits for my short story “We’ve Always Been Here.” Publication is slated for September; I’ll keep you posted! (6/28/17)

I can’t believe this…Ink Stains’ January 2018 issue is in the can! Just a quick comb-through to make sure everything is up to snuff, and then I deliver it to the publisher. Right now, I’m heading to the neighbor’s house to celebrate with a glass of wine and a chill in the hot tub! (6/27/17)

This Writing Life Episode 8: Total Brain Erasure takes a look at the steps necessary to turn off a writer’s brain! You can check that out here: (6/21/17)

Just received the proof of my short story “We’ve Always Been Here,” which will be appearing in Great Old Ones Publishing’s Invocations anthology, from editor Gregory Norris! Very excited; will be returning that today. (6/20/17)

…received final edits and the bio for Heather Sullivan’s “The Leaf People” for Ink Stains’ January 2018 issue. Slated to deliver the completed project to the publisher in July, and it looks like it’s going to happen! (6/19/17)

Thrilled that the contract for the late Daniel Pearlman’s “Overdrawn at the Time Bank” — the last piece he wrote before he passed — arrived in my mailbox today. I’m overjoyed we’ll be able to feature his work in Ink Stains’ January 2018 issue! (6/19/17)

Books & Boos Press just sent us the mock-up of the book trailer for Three on a Match. It’s too early to release yet, but I’m really excited! (6/18/17)

All of the invitations for the Three on a Match Launch Party on September 2 have been sent out! (6/16/17)

The contract has been signed for “Heroes,” by Jackie Logsted, for the Ink Stains January 2018 issue! (6/11/17)

Dark Discussions rediscovers 2001’s Donnie Darko! On Stitcher, iTunes, and here:  (6/10/17)

Dark Discussions gets hooked (or not) on The Lure, a strange little 1980s-style rock musical that toys with the original Hans Christian Andersen version of “The Little Mermaid.” On Stitcher, iTunes and here: (6/1/17)

Contracts have been signed on “The Leaf People,” by Heather Sullivan, and “The Fate of the Worms,” by Page Sullivan, for the Ink Stains January 2018 issue! (5/29/17)

Weather-wise, it was a pretty icky Memorial Day — which ended up working out, as I was able to invest most of the weekend in work on the Ink Stains anthology–finishing line edits, and finally writing the introduction I’d been planning to write. I also had time to talk with Nanette, the publisher, about ideas for promotion, and spent time talking with my friend Heather about all kinds of writing conundrums. The skies my have been gray, but there was sun in my heart (groan)! Turned out to be a great weekend. (5/29/17)

The Ink Stains anthology for January 2018 has been officially filled! (5/27/17)

The contract has been signed on “Letting in the Cat,” by Mary Kaitlyn Downing, for the Ink Stains January 2018 issue! (5/26/17)

Dark Discussions delights in The Devil’s Candy, a unique little ghost story/possession piece that fits that mold but also doesn’t. On Stitcher, iTunes and here: (5/22/17)

So I called an old friend of mine today, and it was a wonderful conversation, but what was also amazingly cool about it was that she has an out-of-print (completely–the days before the Internet, people!) piece that’s a perfect match for Ink Stains‘ January 2018 issue: “Letting in the Cat,” a Poe-esque look at losing the mind. In addition, she has a student that has a flash piece that’s a wonderful fit. Fingers crossed I can get them both! (5/20/17)

The contract has been signed on “The Cold Gets In,” by Mary Thorson, for the Ink Stains January 2018 issue! (5/17/17)

Dark Discussions gets into some Monkey Shines (according to our listeners, this particular episode is hilarious). On Stitcher, iTunes and here: (5/12/17)

The contract has been signed on “Ignorance Is,” by Rhonda Zimlich, for the Ink Stains January 2018 issue! (5/4/17)

My short story “Where There’s Smoke” is now available in The Haunted Traveler: A Roaming Anthology (May 2017)! You can check it out here: (5/1/17)

The contract has been signed on “Do the Faceless Remember?,” by Megan Neumann, for the Ink Stains January 2018 issue! (4/29/17)

Tricks & Treats: A Collection of Spooky Stories by Connecticut Authors is now available as an audiobook! You can get it on Amazon here or Audible here. (4/29/17)

A second successful meeting for the “Crawl” short film project with Tom Libonate! It’s really interesting to see, when converting from short fiction to screenplay (of sorts–this is found footage and we’re going to go with improvisation/outlines), how much stuff you just don’t need! (4/25/17)

I’m working on a short film with my friend Tom Libonate…it’s going to be a found footage film using my short story, “Crawl” (published in Tricks & Treats: A Collection of Spooky Stories by Connecticut Authors). We had our first meeting tonight…and it looks like this is going to be a blast! (4/18/17)

The final cover for Three on the Match has been approved! I’ll be posting it soon! (4/15/17)

Dark Discussions contemplates Life! Listen to the episode here or on Stitcher and iTunes: (4/14/17)

Murder Among Friends: Mysteries Inspired by the Life and Works of John Greenleaf Whittier, which contains my ghostly mystery “The Cricket in the Wall,” is available earlier than planned! All proceeds benefit the Whittier Birthplace in Haverhill, MA, which is essential to the area’s school children in terms of a rockin’ field trip destination! Help out and buy a copy: (4/11/17)

The Dave’s Disney View episodes about some lesser-known urban legends about the parks are here! You can listen in as I share some of my fave park ghost stories…and I make a special offer for a freebie for listeners. Don’t miss it! (4/8/17)

We just got another great blurb for the novella collection, Three on a Match! Here’s what Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of The Twin’s Daughter, had to say:  “Spooky, sinister, spine-tingling: these three keep-you-up-all-night tales of horror by Kristi Petersen Schoonover, G. Elmer Munson and Melissa Crandall have it all!” (4/7/17)

Dark Discussions is getting first crack at reviewing the much-touted found footage anthology The Dark Tapes! We’ll be releasing our episode on the same day the film gets its widely anticipated general release! (4/6/17)

Absolutely thrilled to be a guest on Dave’s Disney View this evening! If you’re a Disney Parks fan, Dave’s podcast is for you…he covers all things gone but not forgotten, and explores current attractions as well. You can check out his podcast at I’ll let you know when the episode we’re recording tonight–which will include some lesser-known urban legends about the parks–is live! (4/5/17)

Got a chance to read the unedited introduction to Three on a Match. Reading what David Daniel had to say about its novellas was enlightening…and uplifting. It also made me realize I have to start working on the invitations for the launch party soon. (4/4/17)

Dark Discussions explores the mysterious jungles–and all that lurk in them–of Kong: Skull Island! Listen in here, or find us on iTunes and Stitcher: (4/3/17)

I’d sent my newest short story in to a competition and it didn’t even get Honorable Mention…in my defense, I have been reading the winners from this particular competition for years and I know I’m up against some amazing stuff. I mean AMAZING. STUFF. So…that said, it’s getting subbed back out today. (3/30/17)

I just found out my story “Where There’s Smoke” has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of The Haunted Traveler. A great way to close out the week! (3/31/17)

Horror Guide to Northern New England, by David & Scott T. Goudsward, contains a listing for at least one of my stories–“A Bone to Pick.” The release date has been set for May 2, 2017. Horror Guide to Florida, by the same authors, was released in 2015 and contains listings for several of my published stories, including the ones in Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole: Tales from Haunted Disney World. Both volumes are published by Post Mortem Press. To pick up the Florida volume, visit here: (3/22/17)

We just got the release date for Murder Among Friends: Mysteries Inspired by the Life and Works of John Greenleaf Whittier, which will contain my story “The Cricket in the Wall”! April 25 — just about a month away. Today is our last chance to sign off on the proofs of our stories, which I’m about to sit down and do now. (3/21/17)

Patrick Rea–director of the very awesome Arbor Demon and Nailbiter–has endorsed Three on a Match, which will contain my novella, “Splendid Chyna”! Here’s what he had to say: “Three on a Match is a frightening menagerie of horror that offers a shocking blend of well-crafted tales to keep you up at night. My imagination was fueled by this nail-biting collection!” You can check out Arbor Demon, which is his newest release (and I highly recommend), on most VOD channels, but here’s Amazon: (3/21/17)

Dark Discussions talks Get Out (3/17/17)

The contract has been signed on “Stikini,” by Travis D. Roberson, for the Ink Stains January 2018 issue! (3/17/17)

I’m hoping the short story “Stikini,” by Travis D. Roberson, is still available for the Ink Stains January 2018 issue! Sending the contract/acceptance letter today. (3/17/17)

Just found out that Phil, who runs the podcast that I co-host, Dark Discussions, has hooked us up with the filmmakers of the much talked-about forthcoming found footage, The Dark Tapes. I can’t wait to see this film, and to discuss it! (3/16/17)

I was invited to participate in the blog of author Jennifer Allis Provost for the month of March! March Movie Madness will examine “bad” films…perhaps even what’s good about them! Of course, I chose my favorite, Jaws 3-D. Thanks to the 2017 Blizzard, I’ve been snowed in here and was able to get it done. It’s #4 in the series…you can check it out here! (3/16/17)

The Dark Discussions crew examines a classic: 1963’s Jason and the Argonauts! (3/10/17)

The contract has been signed on “The Depths,” by Elizabeth Allen, for the Ink Stains January 2018 issue! (3/8/17)

Starting working on a blog post for a friend’s site today — “Thirteen Things to Appreciate about Jaws III.” It’s for a March Madness movie series, and I know I should’ve done it earlier, but I’m drowning, here. If I don’t get it done in time for her, I’ll just run it here on my own blog. Wish me luck! (3/7/17)

Received a contract today…Tricks & Treats, which contains my story “Crawl,” will be produced as an audiobook! Stay tuned for updates. (3/6/17)

Spent the morning proofing Three on a Match and writing the teasers for the launch invitations. I’m excited about this! (3/4/17)

Dark Discussions takes Gore Verbinski’s A Cure For Wellness: (3/3/17)

My post “Wandering Women: Four Types of Female Ghosts and Why They’re Scary” is up at the New England Horror Writers blog. You can read it here: (3/1/17)


Got a “sneak peek” of the cover of the anthology that will contain  my story “Splendid Chyna”…and it’s pretty awesome! I promise I will share it as soon as permission is granted to do so. In the meantime, I was at a birthday party yesterday and ate the most amazing cake–the fondant actually tasted not only like something other than cardboard, but delicious! I’m thinking I might go with them for the cake for the release party…(2/25/17)

Dark Discussions plunges into the woods in search of  Patrick Rea’s Arbor Demon: (2/24/17)

The contract has been signed on “The Mating Habits of the Late-Adopting Smoker,” by Dorianne Emmerton, for the Ink Stains January 2018 issue! (2/24/17)

The cover art for Murder Among Friends: Mysteries Inspired by the Life and Works of John Greenleaf Whittier, which will contain my story “The Cricket in the Wall,” has just been released! Sneak preview on my blog soon. (2/23/17)

The contract has been signed on “Black Hooded Caller,” by Pablo Patiño, for the Ink Stains January 2018 issue! (2/23/17)

The contract for “The Cricket in the Wall,” which will appear in Murder Among Friends: Mysteries Inspired by the Life and Works of John Greenleaf Whittier–edited by Dave Goudsward and published by Post Mortem Press–has been signed and returned! Just waiting on a final release date. (2/21/17)

I was asked to write the story behind my piece “Splendid Chyna” for inclusion in the supplemental material in Three on a Match…and I got it done and sent it back today. (2/21/17)

I’m in the process of mailing out the Save-the-Date cards for the release party for Three on a Match — containing my novella “Splendid Chyna,” which will be held on September 2. (2/17)

The contract has been signed on “As We Rot,” by Melaina K. de la Cruz, for the Ink Stains January 2018 issue! (2/13/17)

Heather Sullivan’s daughter Page, who is 13 and already has two credits under her belt, wrote the most awesome, haunting poem on an old typewriter I’d given her years ago…turns out it’s a perfect fit with the emerging theme of the Ink Stains Jan. 2018 issue I’m guest editing, so it’s going to be the frontispiece. (2/12/17)

Released today! Dark Discussions on M. Night’s Split: (2/10/17)

Today I designed the Save the Date cards for the private release event for Three on a Match. (2/9/17)

The release date for Three on a Match, which will contain my story “Splendid Chyna,” has been confirmed for September 5, 2017 — right on the heels of Labor Day Weekend. The private release even will be held on September 2. (2/7/17)

Released today! Dark Discussions takes a Detour: (2/3/17)

At last! Put the finishing touches on my latest short story, “Immolation,” early this morning. The piece has been in the works since September. This is the story about a volcano I’ve been waiting thirty years to write! I’m super excited! (1/30/17)

Dark Discussions on The Autopsy of Jane Doe: (1/27/17)

My first attempt at a mystery, “The Cricket in the Wall,” will be included in Murder Among Friends: Mysteries Inspired by the Life and Works of John Greenleaf Whittier. All proceeds from the collection, which is edited by Dave Goudsward and published by Post Mortem Press, will benefit the John Greenleaf Whittier Birthplace in Haverhill, MA. (1/25/17)

For awhile a friend of mine, who likes to make short films, has been rooting through my pile of short stories to see if there’s something easily adaptable. After a whole year…he found one! The story will need some adaptation for film. We’re having a pre-production meeting on Feb. 6. (01/23/17)

Thrilled to announce that I’ve accepted the first story for the Ink Stains January 2018 Issue: “Leaf People,” by Heather Sullivan! It’s a story she wrote over twenty years ago that I read and never forgot–it’s haunted me ever since, and since it was part of her Master’s thesis, it was never published. I’m really excited that it’s found a home with me so it can reach an audience. Yeah…it’s that good! (1/19/17)

This Writing Life Episode 7: Words at a Wedding has just been posted! You can check it out here: (01/19/2017)

One hell of an exciting day around here! Tricks & Treats: A Collection of Spooky  Stories by Connecticut Authors, which contains my story “Crawl,” has been named Best Anthology in the Preditors & Editors Reader’s Poll 2016! Thank you to all of our readers who voted! In addition, the release party for Three on a Match, which contains my novella Splendid Chyna, has been set, and I’ve been invited to contribute to another anthology for CT Authors slated for release sometime in 2018, tentatively titled 12 Tales of Terror. (01/16/2017)

I’ve been asked to contribute stories to an anthology being released in late 2018 or early 2019. I can’t provide any more details now, because honestly, I don’t know them. It’s just something I need to build into my writing schedule. (1/14/17)

My story “Splendid Chyna” will be included in the upcoming Three on a Match–a trio of novellas published by Books & Boos Press! “Splendid” will appear alongside work by g. Elmer Munson and Melissa Crandall. Today we got the official word that there is a tentative Labor Day release slated. I started working on plans for a private release event. (1/14/17)

The Jurassic World Exhibit Tickets arrived today! There’s nothing more exciting than a raptor in your mailbox!! (1/12/17)

Got a rough idea of “Splendid Chyna”‘s release date from the publisher today. Will officially announce when it’s confirmed…but, for now, I can go ahead and by the decorations for the release party! (1/12/17)

Just put the finishing touches on the completed working draft of my newest ghost story, “Immolation.” Now it goes into the critique cycle…(1/12/17)

Dark Discussions Episode 265 — in which we interview Australian actor Aston Elliot and discuss the Bucket List movie we watched in honor of the New Year — is up! You can check it out here: (1/3/2017)

Just received the proof of Ink Stains: Volume 3, which contains my story “Blood on the Snow.” (1/3/2017)

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: (1/2/2017)

…had to stop working on a new story for now…got two invites on deadline. I finished the first, got it worked through critique…and it’s a mess, so I’m cleaning it up today. Thank you, Crow’s Nest Writing Group! (10/22/2016)

“Rightfully Mine” is now available in Sanitarium Magazine Issue #49! (10/18/2016)

“Rightfully Mine” has just been accepted to Sanitarium Magazine #49! (10/2016)

Started on a brand new short story this week that I’m writing just for me (and not for a specific market). It feels great. Brought the first page and a half to Crow’s Nest Writers’ Group and got some amazing feedback. Can’t wait to get back to work (although it won’t be today; I have submissions and cleaning to do). In addition, my contributor’s copy of Tricks and Treats arrived, and I have ordered several more. (9/18/2016)

It’s official! After a few-year dry spell with no writing retreats, our retreat at the Kipling Carriage House in Brattleboro, VT, was so productive (and relaxing) that we’ve decided it’s going to be an annual thing…and we’ve already booked for same time, next year. One of the highlights of my weekend was completing a flash fiction piece I’ve been meaning to write for awhile. (9/12/2016)

Summer may be over, but Dark Discussions’ Killer Fish Fest lives on in the archives! You can check out episodes on the following films–The Bay, The Host, El Monstro del Mar!, The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues, Piranha 3D, and the Piranha (1978)here. (9/2/2016)

My short story, “Crawl,” is now available in Tricks & Treats: A Collection of Spooky Stories by Connecticut Authors! The collection includes contemporary pieces by Connecticut writers–and also includes some works by Mark Twain and Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Get your copy just in time for Poe Season! Visit here: (9/1/2016)

Super excited to announce I’ll be participating in a second books signing for the Tricks & Treats anthology–this one at the Manchester (CT) Library (N. Main Street) at 6:30 pm on Monday, October 24th! Hope you can join us! (8/27/2016)

The New England Horror Writers blog has just posted a short piece I wrote about the legends surrounding the lake on which I grew up. You can check out “Seven Creepy Tales of Candlewood Lake” here. (8/13/2016)

I can now announce that Books & Boos Press will be publishing my novella, Splendid Chyna, in a collection of three novellas called Three on a Match sometime in 2017! The other two writers haven’t been announced yet. Three on a Match is second in a trilogy of novella collections. You can find out more (when it gets closer to the release date; the first title in the series, due out in November of 2016, hasn’t even been announced yet) by visiting (8/9/2016)

Ro-Con 2 was a smash success–and I’m honored to announce I’ve been named Ro-Con 3’s Guest of Awesome! One of my duties includes throwing a wine and cheese mixer on opening night, and I’ve been busy getting stuff for the theme and prepping a menu already (doing this stuff a year ahead of time seriously helps: when that time comes, all the thinking is done and all I have to do is follow the list)! Hope you can check out this interesting con in Mystic next year! Here’s the link: (7/25/2016)

Thrilled to announce I’ll be participating in the book signing for the Tricks & Treats anthology at Bank Street Books in Mystic, CT, October 26 at 6 p.m. Come on out and hear some spooky tales just in time for Halloween! (7/15/2016)

The schedule for Ro-Con 2–which takes place in Mystic, CT July 22-24–is now final! I’ll be announcing my panel/workshop schedule shortly. (7/13/2016)

Received word while in Typhoon Lagoon at WDW that the short story I’ve been working on, “Mujina,” for the Dark Passages 2 anthology has been accepted! (6/2/2016)

That new short story I started is complete and is now receiving some critique! While I was in Austin, I got invited to submit to another anthology (which means, total, I have three pieces for this year I need to finish, and there’s a fourth I’d like to take a stab at). Other than that, I’m spending lots of time at the indoor pool and started taking a ballroom dance class. I find that the physical activity helps balance the mental. (5/21/2016)

Started writing a new short story for an upcoming anthology. I love it when an idea just comes out of nowhere! (4/14/2016)

Released today: Dark  Discussions Episode 227: Nina Forever (4/16/2016)

Dark Discussions ponders He Never Died — an unusual, darkly quirky horror film — on Episode 226, released today! Check it out here: (4/8/2016)

Got the idea for the story for the anthology I can’t talk about yet. Thanks to Heather and coffee talk! (4/2/2016)

Over a decade ago, I met a writer and artist named Melissa Duckworth on an early-internet-age writing critique forum. She loved my story “Candle Garden” so much that she has been working with it — on and off, since her life has gotten crazy busy after she graduated from art school — to make it into book art. Over the years we’ve talked and talked, but always online. We share a love of writing, books, art, and Disney Parks and princesses.

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll get to meet her for the first time at her Walt Disney World wedding in November…it’ll be just me, going for 4 days/3 nights. I booked the tickets TODAY and I cannot wait to share her joy in the Happiest Place on Earth! And I sense that there just might be another Skeletons-style story coming out of this as a wedding gift. I’ll keep you posted. (4/1/2016)

Released today! The Dark Discussions crew tangles with John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness. In my opinion the only reasons to see this movie are Thom Bray from Riptide and the wide variety of bugs all represent something different within the context of the story. (3/31/2016)

I was just invited to submit to an anthology! Can’t give out any details now, but will when I’m able; in the meantime, I need to get busy (that makes two invites this year!). In other news, I received the contract for my short story “Crawl,” which will appear in Tricks and Treats: A Collection of Spooky Stories from Connecticut Authors this coming September. (3/31/2016)

My short story “Blood on the Snow” has just been accepted for publication in Ink Stains Anthology Series’ September release, Ghosts. (03/28/2016)

Fantastic Easter Weekend! Kicked off with my spending Good Friday volunteering at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Then Maryanne came up to spend the weekend having our second Horrorfest of the year. We took it easy this time, but picked four winners: Lovely Molly, Stir of Echoes, He Never Died, and 2015’s The Gift. A recommend on all of them. (3/27/2016)

Had such a great time writing in Twain’s library I’ve booked myself for another session — this time with my husband, who’s working on cleaning up his finished novel — on September 22. If you’re interested in writing in the Twain library, click here. (3/22/2016)

Hares and bloody eggs as the Dark Discussions crew encounters Eggers’ The Witch (3/21/2016)

BS about everything and nothing as Dark Discussions issues Volume 5 of its Bits, Pieces and Body Parts series. (3/18/2016)

Three hours of writing in the Mark Twain House library in Hartford, CT brought me 3,000 words closer to my finishing my novella, Splendid Chyna. Happy St Paddy’s Day everyone! (3/17/2016)

I didn’t share this news because it’s sad, but the fabulous fun that was ANTHOCON is now a thing of the past. There is so much involved in planning a successful con, and there’s a heavy liability and financial burden to carry, but mostly I think it’s just because it was time for the Horsemen to move on to other things. Coordinating an annual con is pretty much your life, and that’s a difficult thing to maintain.

Thanks to Jacob Haddon and mostly Mark Wholley, however, we now have NON-CON. It’s just a weekend with all of us writers partying in a hotel. No selling, no paneling, no reading. Just good times, good booze, and good doing what makes being a writer so much fun: hanging with others that speak your language. Booked my hotel reservation today and I can’t wait to see everyone! (3/17/2016)

On the drive home from RI, I got an invitation to submit to an invite-only anthology! I cannot release details, but what I can say is that it’s not a genre I normally write in, so this is going to be a fantastic, ability-stretching challenge! The deadline is in October, so I’ve got lots of time. Further details as I’m allowed to release them. (3/13/2016)

Spent the weekend chilling out with poet friend Heather Sullivan in Rhode Island. We had a total blast and workshopped some of our writing with each other. Best of all, I’ve got a rough plot for the rest of my novella Splendid Chyna, which is due sometime in May. (3/13/2016)

In 2015, a brilliant little independent film called Circle,  written and directed by written and directed by Aaron Hann and Mario Miscione and inspired by 12 Angry Men, debuted at the Seattle International Film Festival and six months later was released on-demand. After the Dark Discussions crew recorded an episode on the film, we had the privilege of interviewing actor Dan Lench, who played the role of The Banker! (3/11/2016)

On St. Paddy’s Day, I’ll be heading to the Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT for three hours of quiet time to write in his library! A brilliant fundraising idea, the Twain House opens the great man’s library for quiet writing time a few times a year. Cost is $50. For more information and to check other dates, visit here: (3/9/2016)

Dark Discussions dissects a refreshingly different ghost story, Some Kind of Hate (3/5/2016)

Dark Discussions meets Kristy. There was actually a lot to discuss in this film, and this is one of my favorite episodes of the podcast. (2/26/2016)

The Dark Discussions crew examines the on-demand indie Landmine Goes Click, a revenge film. (2/19/2016)

Dark Discussions faces The Revenant…and writer Patrick Lacey brings us the first of his hot new weekly segments, Terror Tantrums! Don’t miss this one! (2/4/2016)

Dark Discussions explores The Forest. (1/28/2016)

A three-day weekend is always the best time to take a chill! Maryanne and I had a Horrorfest that tops out our record — 8 movies in one weekend! We watched: The Ring 2, Paranormal Activity 4: The Marked Ones (the more complete unrated version), The Visit, The Conjuring, Sinister, Digging Up the Marrow, Alien Abduction, and Isolation. The Ring 2 isn’t a total suck-fest, but it’s not the original. Alien Abduction was decent, but in the end, forgettable. We recommend PA4 as long as you’re watching the unrated, complete version; the theatrical version had so much cut out of it it was a plot-holed mess. High recommend for The Visit, The Conjuring, Sinister, Digging Up the Marrow, and Isolation, which is an interesting little Irish horror film that had us on the edge of our seats. (1/18/2016)

Submitted the news article relating to a fictional murder to my friend for his next novel. I had a blast, but what was particularly fun was that the assignment he gave me was that it had to be about a murder that happened in Central Falls, Rhode Island. Kind of like my old stomping grounds! I’ll let you know when his novel’s available. I know I wasn’t the only writer he asked to contribute, so I’m really interested to see what the others wrote for their murders! (1/8/2016)

A really interesting project landed in my lap today. A good friend asked me to write a news article relating to a fictional murder for his next novel, which should be released sometime in spring, 2016.  It’s going to be such fun to return to my journalism roots! I can’t release details now, but will when it’s published. (12/3/2015)

It’s done! Myself and three other writers (Meghan, Stacey, and one of Meghan’s peers) have booked a five-day writing retreat at Rudyard Kipling’s Carriage House in Vermont in September! We’ve got grand plans to have a productive, as well as relaxing, time. (12/1/2015)

My cousin Maryanne and I held our second Horrorfest of the year this past weekend, and for the first time since we’ve been doing this (we started in January 2013), we broke our record for most horror movies watched in one weekend (7)! Here’s what we watched: Damnationland 2015, The Messengers, It Follows, The Tomb, The Babadook, Bats, and We Are Still Here. We can recommend them all except for The Tomb, which is quite possibly the worst movie we’ve ever seen. A disjointed plot and scenes that don’t make any sense do not a good movie make. Stay away. (10/27/2015)

Just secured tickets for DAMNATIONLAND 2015! Super-excited to get to see this year’s crop of short films from Maine indie filmmakers. For more information, click here. (09/29/2015)

My short story “Shreds of Black”–inspired by John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem “Telling the Bees”–is now available in Snowbound: with Zombies, a collection of 22 supernatural tales based on Whittier’s life and work. All proceeds from the sale of this anthology benefit the John Greenleaf Whittier Birthplace museum in Haverhill, MA. Get your copy here! (09/26/2015)

My YouTube series This Writing Life update: Episode 3: Playing Catch Up is posted! Watch it here: (9/16/15)

What’s a typical Monday in my crazy life? Find out in This Writing Life – Episode 2: Any Given Monday. (8/27/2015)

The first episode of my YouTube series This Writing Life is here…will I finish this story on deadline while I’m partying in Rhode Island? Click the link to watch Episode 1: It’s Better at the Beach and find out! (8/19/2015)

2015 CT Horrorfest was a total blast! It was great to meet lots of local readers (I really did sign so much stuff I thought I was going to get a hand cramp!) and it was even more fun to not only hang out with friends Jason Harris and fellow writer Stacey Longo Harris, but to see people I know from the local community theatre and meet some new friends–one writer who graduated from Goddard in 1975! And the cosplay was considerably more sophisticated and creative than I’ve seen at many of these events. Pix coming soon…today I’m in recovery! (7/19/2015)

I’m honored to have been invited to write a short story for an upcoming Halloween anthology which will exclusively feature Connecticut writers! I’m already working on my contribution–deadline is August 15. I’ll keep everyone posted. (7/12/2015)

My short story “Our Lips are Sealed” has been accepted by Sediments Literary-Arts Journal for its A Haunting issue, which will be out in October! (7/11/2015)

Recording the Jurassic Park episode with the guys from Dark Discussions tonight. Very excited and honored to have been asked; I’ve loved dinosaurs forever. My favorite wedding present was a full trilobite fossil… (6/11/2015)

On the fence about whether or not to see the Poltergeist update? I join the guys on Dark Discussions to discuss the new version — and the old — so you can make a better decision (spoiler alert)! “Episode 187: Poltergeist” was just released today. You can check it out here: (6/10/2015)

I’m excited to announce I’ve just enrolled for One Story’s Become Your Own Best Editor: Learning from “The Remains” by Laura Spence-Ash online class, which runs from June 12 – 21! (6/10/2015)

ANTHOCON WAS AWESOME! Too awesome for words, in fact, but I will tell you it broke me out of my funk, and I’ve been given a couple of amazing opportunities I can’t discuss now. Watch in the coming months for details! (6/09/2015)

Had an awesome time tonight recording the Poltergeist episode with the guys from Dark Discussions–in it, we discuss the difference between the old and new films. I’ll let you know when it’s posted…the best part is they asked me back to discuss all three Jurassic Park films, both books — and Jurassic World after it hits theatres! (6/3/2015)

Meghan Guidry, who is doing graduate work in the language of grief at Harvard Divinity School, has been working on a five-part series called A Place on Earth: Ritual, Grief, & Mourning as an Atheist for Applied Sentience. Her series examines untraditional methods of grieving, here focusing on our 2008 trip to Walt Disney World to reconnect with our deceased parents. Part 1: “As They Are, As They Should Be” has been published and is available to read here: (5/4/2015)

My short story “Roots” will be appearing in a five-story teaser for Great Old Ones Publishing’s upcoming Out of the Corner of Your Eye: A Cryptids Anthology, which will be released officially at AnthoCon in June. “Roots” is the second story appearing as part of this antho; my short story “Stones” will appear in the main collection. (4/29/2015)

Due to some last minute schedule changes, I couldn’t join the DD crew to discuss Spring after all. However, I will be joining them to discuss Pan’s Labyrinth sometime this week. (5/1/2015)

Banner day today! Short story “Whispers in the Wood” has been accepted for a future issue of New Pop Lit, and Dark Discussions invited me to discuss the movie Spring on their podcast tomorrow night (they asked me if I wouldn’t mind spending my Friday night doing a podcast. My answer was, “well, I usually get drunk or clean on Fridays. This will be exciting!”) (4/16/15)


The Anthocon 2015 schedule has been announced!!schedule/cee5


Thirteen months after I wrote the first draft of “Drunk Talk” (which is now called “Our Lips are Sealed”), I had a phone critique date with editor Nanette Blake. I have a little more work to do, but hopefully I’ll have something to send out — or hold onto for my upcoming collection — soon! (4/6/2015)


I’ve just had a story accepted for an upcoming anthology! I’m keeping it mum right now, because I’ve not heard of anyone else getting accepted yet, so I’m going to wait for the official Table of Contents announcement from the publisher and share it then…sometimes it’s just polite to keep your mouth shut, especially if there are others on pins and needles who haven’t heard. (3/22/2015)


Just found out that Exists—the found footage film about Bigfoot—will be released on DVD/BluRay February 3, 2015…just two days before my birthday! I think I know what I’ll be asking for…and I’m hoping there will be lots of special features. On another note, Great Old Ones Publishing’s upcoming From the Corner of Your Eye: Cryptids anthology will have its Foreword written by Jamie Nash, who was a collaborator on Exists. From a November 23, 2014 post on the Great Old Ones Publishing’s Facebook Page (yes, it took me this long to get over there):  “Jamie Nash is a working screenwriter who lives in Maryland and primarily writes genre films — horror, supernatural, fantasy, etc. He has a strong working relationship with Eduardo Sánchez, co-director of The Blair Witch Project — they have collaborated on a number of projects — the films Altered, Seventh Moon, VHS2, Lovely Molly, and Exists, and the comedy web series ParaAbnormal.” (1/11/2015)


I’ve just registered for 9Pi-Con, taking place at the Sheraton at Bradley Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, July 31 – August 2, 2015. They’ve just sent out the queries for programming – so I don’t have details on that yet – but I know from past experience there will be a myriad of interesting events, panels, and workshops. Don’t miss it! You can check it out here…register for the whole weekend for just $25 (not including food, incidentals, and hotel stay, of course): (1/11/2015)


The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays, which I’m stage managing at Theatreworks New Milford, vaulted into the #1 most-attended show for a non-musical in the theatre’s history…we had to add three shows (which also sold out) and ended up selling close to 1600 tickets for the run. Wow! Congrats everyone…and now it’s all over and a new game begins! (1/10/2015)


Working on a brand new story! It’s untitled, but there’s a good chance I’ll have a working draft ready by Tuesday. (1/8/2015)


The Kindle edition of Anthology Year Three: Distant Dying Ember, published by The Four Horsemen, is now available (print edition is forthcoming). My flash piece “skin&hair teeth&bones” shares a Table of Contents with scary stories by 34 of my favorite people! The official debut is at AnthoCon 2015 in June in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, but you can check it out now by going here: (1/5/2015)

…just got invited to submit to a dark anthology based on the poetry of John Greenleaf Whittier. Really excited, have ideas already, but glad I’ve got five months until the deadline! (1/4/2015)


The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays, which I’m stage managing at Theatreworks New Milford (have you wondered where I’ve been?), opens tonight! Break a leg everyone! Visit the Theatreworks website to get your tickets here: (12/5/2014)

Dark Discussions Episode 162 — Exists — is now up! You can head here to hear what we have to say about this edge-of-your-seat thriller! (12/3/2014)

How awesome is this? At the last minute I’m joining the gang on Dark Discussions to chat about the new found footage feature Exists (which I thought was awesome, by the way)! We’re recording tonight after I get home from picking up my sister and niece from the airport, who will be joining me for Thanksgiving! (11/21/14)

Pleased to be heading up to Attleboro, Massachusetts, to Bristol Community College to speak to Honors English students about my story “Jarring Lucas.” What an honor! (11/03/2014)

My story “Shitty Almonds” has just been published in Great Old One’s Publishing’s Bugs: Things that Slither, Creep, and Crawl anthology…a perfect day for it, no? You can check it out here: (10/31/2014)

Spent the week workshopping that new story with fellow writer Stacey Longo Harris! It’s polished and ready to find a home. In other news, my All’s Mellow Eve Halloween party is tonight! What a way to crown an amazing week! (10/31/2014)

Started rehearsals for The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays, which I’m stage managing at Theatreworks New Milford, today. (10/27/2014)


I just love when I wake up and there’s an entire short story in my head! Wrote a full draft in two hours today. I’m not surprised – last weekend, my cousin Maryanne and I watched a found footage film called Hollow, which is really (when you boil it all down) about a sinister tree. This directly inspired my piece. (10/25/2014)

Dark Discussions Episode 157: Annabelle is now up! Nathan (occult specialist and also my husband) and I join Philip, Eric, Mike, and Abe to discuss the film Annabelle—and some other fun paranormal stuff. You can catch it on ITunes and Stitcher, or go here for the direct download: (10/16/2014)

October’s Reviews from the Shadows will air on October 16th at 6 p.m. ET. In celebration of Halloween, we’re doing something to shake it up: we’ve each picked five horror movies and will explain how and why WE, if the situations were real, wouldn’t die. You can tune in here: In other news, Nathan and I will be discussing Annabelle with the guys from Dark Discussions tonight! I’ll post the link to the show when it’s up. (10/9/2014)

Michael Haynes’ “Too Smart – a contemporary and funny look at cell phones and life – is up now at Read Short Fiction. Get some fresh insight here. (9/29/2014)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about more than Sherlock Holmes. I had the honor of reading—and endorsing—the incredible A Study in Terror: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Revolutionary Stories of Fear and the Supernatural Volume 1 published by MX Publishing. Learn more about it here. (9/24/2014)

Rose Red Review has published my short story “The Lace in the Window.” Read it here. (9/23/2014)

Do we praise or nit-pick The Blair Witch Project and The Devil Inside on Reviews from the Shadows on the Paranormal, Eh? Radio Network? Find out in Season 1’s Episode 3 here. (9/15/2014)

Just signed up for AnthoCon 2015 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, June 5-7, 2015. Really excited…there are lots of great panels, workshops, book launch parties, and get-togethers. It’s a time for writers to get together and BS and play. Don’t miss it! Learn more here: (9/12/14)

Rose Red Review has accepted my short story “The Lace in the Window”! (9/7/2014)

“Denmark,” a post-apocalyptic tale by Australia’s Mitch Edgeworth, is now up at Read Short Fiction. Plumb the depths of despair here. (8/29/2014)

Up All Night Horror Fiction Review has given “The Poisoned Ground” a rave review! Turn the lights on and go here.  (8/05/2014)

A little found footage mockumentary called Ladies of the Lake. A friend and I filmed this after a summer night drinking at a lakeside bar. (7/27/2014)

“skin&hair, teeth&bones” – a flash piece – has been accepted for The Four Horseman LLC’s Anthology Year Three. Publication date to be announced. (7/13/2014)

The Smoking Poet notes that Bad Apple sends a “shiver of delightful creepiness up and down the spine” – and publishes an interview which sheds light on the book’s real locations! Enjoy the review here; explore the book’s locations in the interview here. (7/9/2014)

My short story “Shitty Almonds” – which proves jealous bridesmaids and wedding favors can make for a bad cocktail – has been accepted for Great Old Ones’ Publishing’s Bugs anthology! Publishing date TBA. (3/19/2014)

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