I’m excited to announce that the collection Murder Among Friends: Mysteries Inspired by the Life and Works of John Greenleaf Whittier–which will contain my mystery story “A Cricket in the Wall”–now has a release date of April 25, 2017.
I’m honored to appear with some well-known writers, some old friends, and some of Greenleaf’s contemporaries. If you love mysteries, add this to your shelf! Here’s the Table of Contents. For bios, visit here.
Edith Maxwell (Murder in the Summer Kitchen)
John Greenleaf Whittier (The Murdered Lady)
Pete Rawlik (On the Black Ice)
Victoria Weisfeld (The Flock)
Ken Faig (The Goodwife and the Bookseller)
William Cullen Bryant (The Murdered Traveller)
David Bernard (The Death Clock)
Susan Oleksiw (Miss Larcom Meets the Neighbors)
Kristi Petersen Schoonover (Cricket in the Wall)
Gregory L. Norris (Antiques)
Lucy Larcom (The Murderer’s Request)
Rock Neelly (Cane Fishing)
Celia Thaxter (A Memorable Murder)
John Greenleaf Whittier (A Mother’s Revenge)
Judi Calhoun (Exposed for Murder)
D.G. Critchley (The Skeleton on the Ski Lift)
In case you missed it, my story “Shreds of Black” appeared in Snowbound with Zombies: Tales of the Supernatural Inspired by the Life and Works of John Greenleaf Whittier, a collection of horror stories which also benefits the birthplace. You can pick that up here: http://a.co/hqRzScZ
Hell Notes–a site dedicated to horror in fiction, art, and the movies–gave Dark Passages II: Tales from the Black Highway, which contains my story “Mujina,” a great review! You can read the full review here: http://hellnotes.com/30016-2/
If you haven’t yet gotten your copy of this collection, don’t miss out…you might think twice about all those night drives (it’s also the only place you can read my latest ghost story at the moment, so…) You can get Dark Passages II: Tales from the Black Highway here: https://amzn.com/1539813878
Winter’s right around the corner, so there’s nothing more perfect than announcing that Snowbound: with Zombies, a collection of horror stories inspired by the supernatural tales of the poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whitter, is now available! The official release event held at the 327-year-old birthplace museum in the barn and carriage house was a great success (see pix below)!
All proceeds will go to the museum.
The anthology contains my short story “Shreds of Black,” which is based on Whittier’s poem, “Telling the Bees.” It appears with twenty-two other works by John McIlveen, Peter Rawlik, Christopher Golden, Scott Goudsward, Morven Westfield, Celia Thaxter, Stuart Conover, W.H. Pugmire, Roxanne Dent, Ken Faig Jr., Judi Calhoun, Tracy L. Carbone, KH Vaughn, Joseph A. Citro, Karen Dent, Hannah Gonsman, David Bernard, Michelle Souliere, Gregory L. Norris, and Faye Ringel.
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Whittier Birthplace Curator Gus Reusch shares a curious tale about a dime found in the museum.
I’m thrilled to announce that the anthology Snowbound with Zombies, a collection of horror stories inspired by the supernatural tales of the poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whitter, will be released at a free special event this weekend.
The event will take place Saturday September 26 at the Whittier Birthplace in Haverhill, Massachusetts, from 1 PM to 3 PM. All proceeds will benefit the 327-year-old birthplace museum, which is a favorite educational field trip destination for students of all ages in the Haverhill area.
In November of 2014, I had the honor of being invited by David Goudsward to submit a short story to an anthology called Snowbound with Zombies: Tales of the Supernatural Inspired by the Life and Work of John Greenleaf Whittier. Whittier, a poet and famous abolitionist (who was roughly a contemporary of Mark Twain), was most famous for his nostalgic poem Snowbound, but he had a darker side, too; it was this which Goudsward wanted to showcase. All proceeds will go to the 1727 Whittier Homestead in Haverhill, Massachusetts, where the poet spent his early years.
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As you’re reading this I’m on my way to Walt Disney World in Florida for a winter warm-up (if you’ve read SKELETONS IN THE SWIMMIN’ HOLE: TALES FROM HAUNTED DISNEY WORLD, then you probably know the World is my fave place to be!). And there’s news on that front: Read the rest of this entry
My flash fiction piece “Slow Grill” was runner-up in Culture magazine’s annual Scary Dairy Contest (fellow NEHW member Dave Goudsward took first place for “Michael, is that You?”)—he’ll be receiving a basket of cheesy goodies just in time for the Holidays! NEHW member Stacey Longo also entered (her story’s untitled).
You can read all three stories here.
If you’re up in Fairhaven, Massachusetts this Sunday, November 6, you’ll have the opportunity to meet a few New England Horror Writers—and pick up a few of their books, as well as copies of my Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole—Tales from Haunted Disney World—at the SouthCoast Toy and Comic Show.
The following writers will be on hand:
David is co-author of Shadows Over New England and Shadows Over Florida, but has a myriad of titles in horror, archaeology, and short fiction out there. You can learn more about David at http://goudsward.com/dave/
Kasey is the author of Silver Vengeance, an urban fantasy novel featuring werewolves, witches, romance and bloodshed. You can learn more about Kasey at http://kaseyshoemaker.com/
Rob’s paranormal thriller Huldufólk was released just in time for Halloween! Find out more about Rob at http://www.robwattsonline.com/
Stacey has had several short stories published in various popular anthologies to include the all-female-zombie Hell Hath No Fury. Read more about Stacey’s work at http://www.staceylongo.com/
Writer Nathan Wrann (Dark Matter Heart) and I will not be at the show, but our books will be available. You can learn more about Nathan here: http://www.daltongang-productions.com, and, of course, me right here on my own website (www.kristipetersenschoonover.com). In addition to Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole—Tales from Haunted Disney World, copies of In Poe’s Shadow—a Poe tribute in which my short story “Vanity” appears—will be available.
The SouthCoast Toy and Comic Show will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Seaport Inn andMarinainFairhaven,Massachusetts, Sunday, November 6. For more information and complete details, visit www.southcoasttoyandcomic.com
Culture: the word on cheese, a magazine for cheese enthusiasts, retailers and the like, is running its second annual “Scary Dairy” Contest with a winner announced on November 4.
If you’re looking for something short (and cheesy) to read in between the trick or treaters, head on over there and enjoy the current entries. My short “Slow Grill,” written specifically for this contest, is over there, and so are stories by friends and New England Horror Writers members David Goudsward and Stacey Longo. The other entrants I don’t know, but all of the stories are fun to read.
Writer? I think there’s also still time to enter—entries must be 500 words or fewer. Take a shot at it! The cheese basket they’re offering as a prize sounds YUMMY.
Enjoy and Happy Cheesing!
CREEPY NEW ENGLAND: GOUDSWARD’S TOP 6 NEW ENGLAND HORROR FILMS, TOP 20 CONNECTICUT HAUNTED HOT SPOTS
If you’ve never been to New Englandor have moved away and are missing it, this post is for you.
The unusual October New England Nor’easter has given this Halloween a strange vibe. We lost power and had to hit survival mode—because even with a fireplace it’s cold and not much fun—but when this morning dawned, one look out the window at the out-of-the-ordinary fog that had rolled in, and how it had shrouded the downed trees and landscape, put me back in the spirit.
On that note, Shadows Over New England co-author David Goudsward has picked his Top 6 New England Horror Films here: http://goudsward.wordpress.com/2011/10/30/top-6-new-england-themed-halloween-films/. The (Danbury) News-Times’ Chris Garafola has posted his Top 20 Haunted Spots in Connecticut here: http://blog.ctnews.com/hottopics/2011/10/27/haunted-connecticut/#1547-3
With creepy in mind, I drove out into the fog to get these photos below. If you’ve never been to New England, I can tell you as someone who’s lived here her whole life that these shots have just the right atmosphere. If you’ve lived here, have moved to warmer climes and are missing it (I know some of you are), hopefully this reminds you of home—but hopefully it also inspires gratitude that you’re not dealing with the crazy weather, power outages, frozen pipes and unpredictability anymore.