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February’s Finale: Four Female Ghosts and Why They’re Scary

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Just to show you how into this ghost thing I am…that’s me. The other features in the photo were added by my sister-in-law Maureen Schoonover.

I’m very thankful I could participate in the New England Horror Writers’ Women in Horror Month blog series! “Wandering Women: Four Types of Female Ghosts and Why They’re Scary” examines why creatures like La Llorona, the churel, preta and the noppera-bo send us running for the hills. You can read it here: http://nehw.blogspot.com/2017/03/women-in-horror-month-finale.html

“Wandering Women” is the final installment in the February series. The other six posts are here:

Part 1: Morgan Sylvia examines identity in Go Ahead. Make My Day. Read the rest of this entry

Who remembers Chicken Rock? 7 Creepy Tales of Candlewood Lake…

CANDLEWOOD LAKE URBAN LEGEND MAP

This map marks the tales’ (approximate) locations.

Many writers pull their inspiration from childhood; fortunately, I had plenty of urban legends in mine–many surrounding Candlewood Lake.

New England Horror Writers recently posted a collection of these tales I put together: “Seven Creepy Tales of Candlewood Lake.” You can read them here: http://nehw.blogspot.com/2016/08/legends-of-candlewood-lake-guest-blog.html

If you grew up on or near the lake, do you remember any of these? I asked a few people when I was working on this and found out that yes, many do (everyone, especially, seems to recall the one about “The Kids in the Pipe” up at Lynn Deming)…and almost no one didn’t know Chicken Rock!

Anyway, enjoy! If you remember any of this, feel free to share in the comments below.

Missy Candlewood Lake Beach 1982

My sister prepares to jump off a concrete wall into (very shallow) water at the CTTA Beach in New Milford, CT, in the summer of 1982. Ah, unsupervised children. It was a thing.

“Crawl” to appear in CT Halloween collection

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I’d watch out for that baby blanket if I were you.

I can announce this now! I just signed the contract for my short story “Crawl,” which will appear in Books and Boos Press’ Tricks and Treats: A Collection of Spooky Stories from Connecticut Authors this September. As its title suggests, each story Read the rest of this entry

“To Chance Tomorrow” now in WICKED SEASONS

My new story “To Chance Tomorrow” is now available in the New England Horror Writers’ anthology WICKED SEASONS.

In a future where life is eternal, teen-aged Mich struggles to accept her father’s abandonment. Her much-older boyfriend’s unorthodox birthday gift seems to provide some comfort—until his jilted admirer shows up. In the tradition of “The Light of Other Days” and “Obstinate Uncle Otis” comes a tale of grief…and what it truly means to be broken.

Wicked Seasons Front Cover

The tale is alongside many others, including from James A. Moore and Christopher Golden, but I can tell you Robert J. Duperre’s “The Basement Legs” and Addison Clift’s “Furious Demon” are must-reads. They’re both all kinds of creepy amazing.

Want to know more? Check out the trailer here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f3XAtxhvp0. Want to purchase? Print http://amzn.com/0615918832 and Kindle http://amzn.com/B00GJVWOY4

Off to Anthocon…

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I’m off to Anthocon 2013! If you’re up in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, come on by…it’s the official debut of the anthologies Wicked Seasons and Canopic Jars, which contain my stories “To Chance Tomorrow” and “Jarring Lucas,” respectively. Plus, it’s just a jumpin’ great time! Later!

 

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

Secret Things Cover

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

Just ahead: WICKED SEASONS. Watch the Trailer!

Connecticut Farmhouse 2002

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

“To Chance Tomorrow” appearing in Wicked Seasons

Wicked Seasons Front Cover

Front cover art by Mikio Murakami

One of my newest short stories, “To Chance Tomorrow,” will be appearing in Wicked Seasons—the second New England Horror Writers anthology—this fall. Edited by Stacey Longo, the collection will feature an introduction by Read the rest of this entry

Baby, it’s cold outside! Warm up with Scary Scribes’ Fireside Read…

Get out your blanket, light a candle and pull your chair to the hearth! On a special Fireside Read episode of Scary Scribes, hear the first two chapters of Don Franklin’s Reaper’s Walk: Hellstone here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/paranormaleh/2012/12/30/scary-scribes-ep-11

If you’d rather download it directly to your portable device or listen directly from this website, you can do that here: Scary Scribes Ep 11 – Don Franklin, 12-30-2012

Reaper's Walk Cover

Enjoy, and Happy New Year from Scary Scribes!

Photos: Bad Apple at Books & Boos

Books & Boos is a brand new bookstore in Colchester, Connecticut—and I was there signing copies of Bad Apple at its Grand Opening December 8. Photos of the day are below.

Books & Boos is located at 514 Westchester Avenue in Colchester, CT, and features previously read books, new books by local (New England) authors, and unusual novelty items (crotched Cthulus and bloodstain-shaped pillows, anyone?). For more information on the store, its events and more, click here: http://www.booksandboos.com.

To see the bookstore’s official photos of the event, visit here: http://www.booksandboos.com/1/post/2012/12/author-kristi-petersen-schoonover-reads-at-books-boos.html

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