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Get your nerve to go: listen to Scary Scribes Episode 2 here!

Writer John Palisano.

If you missed John Palisano and an exclusive presentation of his newly-released novel Nerves on Scary Scribes, you can grab it to go here:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/paranormaleh/2012/02/26/scary-scribes-episode-2

or here:

Scary Scribes Ep 2 – John Palisano, 02-26-2012

The book was released on the day the show aired, so we truly did get the jump! Don’t miss it!

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Think you’ve got nerve? Then don’t miss John Palisano on today’s Scary Scribes!

Get an exclusive listen to the first few pages of John Palisano’s Nerves, now available TODAY from Bad Moon Books, today on Scary Scribes! You’ll be able to tune in live at 2 p.m. EST here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/paranormaleh/2012/02/26/scary-scribes-episode-2

Writer John Palisano.

Going to miss it? No problem! We’ll have archives available soon after so you can get your Scary Scribes to go!

You can read more about John Palisano here:

www.JohnPalisano.com

To watch the Nerves trailer, head here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN87D1oVgJE

Think you’ve got nerve? Then don’t miss John Palisano on February’s Scary Scribes!

Writer John Palisano.

At last, John Palisano’s debut novel, Nerves, is due to be released by Bad Moon Books later this year, and Scary Scribes listeners will get an exclusive sneak peek on the February 26 episode!

A visceral tale with unique—and I do mean unique—vampiric undertones, in Nerves, something strange has changed in Josiah—he suddenly has power to give life to the dead, and he isn’t the only one with an amazing new ability: halfway across the world, his brother Horace discovers his very presence can kill. The brothers’ powers are not a secret to everyone, however—and that is where the battle begins…

Scott Nicholson, author of The Red Church, has heralded Nerves as “Inventive dark fantasy from a fresh talent. Action, horror and high emotional stakes make this a winner.”

Palisano is well-known to readers of Horror Library, Darkness On The Edge, Phobophobia, Harvest Hill, Halloween Spirits, the Bram Stoker-nominated Midnight Walk, and many other dark publications.

After the show, we’ll chat with John about his new work in depth. I’m absolutely thrilled he’ll be joining us on Scary Scribes. You’ll be able to listen live on Canada’s Paranormal, Eh? Radio Network at 6 p.m. Sunday, February 26.

You can read more about John Palisano here:

www.JohnPalisano.com

To watch the Nerves trailer, head here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN87D1oVgJE

LEARN TO WRITE GHOST STORIES!

Happy Halloween—or Happy Poe Season, as we call it in my house!

Many of you are fans of my ghost stories, and now you can have the opportunity to develop your own! I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be teaching the first-ever online five-week course/workshop of its kind: The Essentials of Paranormal Fiction, Part 1: Grasping the Ghost Story at To Write Well, www.towritewell.com.

Using a literary approach with an eye toward Poe’s Single Effect Theory, Grasping the Ghost Story illumines the finer points of creating the subtlety that makes ghost stories work. Close readings, critical responses, exercises, and free-writing will hone your recognition and command of what is the very essence of a good ghost story—one that will haunt the reader long after he’s turned out the lights.

If you’re interested but now isn’t the right timing for you, there are four more sessions planned for 2011. And if this isn’t your bag, To Write Well is offering other unique courses, such as Writing the Thriller & Suspense Novel with Mark (James Axler) Ellis and Breathing Life into Your Story: Memoir Writing, both of which feature exclusive techniques. And this is just the beginning. Other courses in such topics as Southern Fiction are planned for next year. You can take basic editing or how to write a novel or plot and character workshops anywhere, but To Write Well is the only place where you can take writing courses and workshops tailored to your specific passion!

If you’re curious about any of this, you can check it all out at www.towritewell.com.

APPOINTMENT TO FACULTY AT TO WRITE WELL

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been appointed to the faculty at To Write Well—an online private educational organization devoted to teaching the craft of writing through workshops that go deeper than the basics.

Here’s the official announcement: http://lmdonovan.wordpress.com/tww-2/welcome-kristi-petersen-schoonover-to-our-tww-faculty/

Between now and next October, To Write Well will offer five sections of a ten-week course in Paranormal Fiction. I’ll teach Part 1 – Grasping the Ghost Story, and fellow writer C.L. Ross will teach Part 2, which will delve into other types of paranormal fiction and lore (vampires, werewolves, etc.) As of this writing, it’s the only Paranormal Fiction course being offered anywhere.

As for what will be covered in Grasping the Ghost Story: Ghost stories exist to unsettle and terrify—but in order for that to happen, certain subtle elements must be present. Using a literary approach with an eye toward Poe’s Single Effect Theory, Grasping the Ghost Story will illumine the finer points of creating such subtlety. Close readings, critical responses, exercises, and free-writing will hone the student’s recognition and command of what is the very essence of a good ghost story—one that will haunt the reader long after he’s turned out the lights.

Students taking this course will enter with a draft of a ghost story that they’re working on, and it will be assumed that the student has a solid understanding of the basic and advanced elements of fiction. Since the ghost story is the foundation for other types of paranormal fiction, this course will be required before signing up for Part 2.

I’m tremendously excited about this opportunity—it’s a chance to work in what I really love!

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