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MURDER AMONG FRIENDS release date announced!


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:

HELL NOTES has high praise for highway horrors!


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:

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:


SNOWBOUND: WITH ZOMBIES now available; pix from release event!

Me and writer Gregory Norris in the field near the bee hives at the SNOWBOUND: WITH ZOMBIES anthology release event at the John Greenleaf Whittier Birthplace in Haverhill, MA. Photo by Judi Calhoun.

Me and writer Gregory Norris in the field near the bee hives at the SNOWBOUND: WITH ZOMBIES anthology release event at the John Greenleaf Whittier Birthplace in Haverhill, MA. Photo by Judi Calhoun.

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.

Snowbound with Zombies - Tales of the Supernatural Cover

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.

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Remember last winter? This fall, get SNOWBOUND WITH ZOMBIES!

Snowbound with Zombies - Tales of the Supernatural Cover

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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Can’t be in a warm spot? Let these books take you there!


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


Me, left, at Culture Scary Dairy contest winner Dave Goudsward at AnthoCon 2011 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on November 12.

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 Goudsward

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

Kasey Shoemaker

Kasey is the author of Silver Vengeance, an urban fantasy novel featuring werewolves, witches, romance and bloodshed. You can learn more about Kasey at

Rob Watts

Rob’s paranormal thriller Huldufólk was released just in time for Halloween! Find out more about Rob at

Stacey Longo

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

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:, and, of course, me right here on my own website ( 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


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!


The morning sun fights its way through the fog while the tree limbs seem to reach toward it.

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: The (Danbury) News-Times’ Chris Garafola has posted his Top 20 Haunted Spots in Connecticut here:

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.

This tree along Stadley Rough Road in Danbury appeared to be split in half by lightning; on closer look, it wasn’t. But I still got the shivers from it.

This tree on a Karen Road corner property seems like it’s sad.

A tree that came down on our property. I love the tangles against the backdrop.

Another shot of what I’m going to call the “Thistle Tree.” I got another shot of this because I’m working on a new ghost story and will definitely use this as a visual.

A tree that fell elsewhere on our property.

This is a “stream” that runs through our property. It’s not a stream, it’s really just run-off, but because of that it has a stagnant look to it that’s bone-chilling. For some reason it reminds me of the settings in the 1968 Vincent Price film Witchfinder General.

The fog on Karen Road. It reminds me of what I always visualize when I read a Victorian ghost story (well, minus the asphalt and the double yellow lines and the power lines).

This fallen tree on Stadley Rough Road seems like it will attack any passer-by that gets too close.

This tree at a dangerous bend on Karen Road gives new meaning to the words “speed trap.”

This tree fell across our driveway during the storm. We literally dragged it out of the way since our chainsaw wasn’t working. It doesn’t look like much, but it was heavy, let me tell you.

Another shot of the tree that blocked our driveway during the storm.

A shot of the morning fog out my dining room window.

The morning fog shrouds my back woods.

The morning fog out my back door—I love this photo because of the way the evergreens are ghostly in the mist.

Nathan’s Zombie Crossing Sign near another downed tree on our property. I think this photo would’ve been creepier if A, Nathan’s car hadn’t been there, or B, Nathan’s car had been a bombed-out wreck. Shades of The Walking Dead, anyone?

This shot reminded me of what the foliage might look like in front of a Haunted House.

The watery eye of the sun keeps watch over all.

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