This past weekend, I did something utterly insane. Well, more insane than my usual, anyway. I attended both Necon and Scares That Care despite the fact that they were on the same weekend several states away from one another.
There were many reasons why I choose to do something so... crazy. For one thing, I'm horribly indecisive and both events would be full of friends I don't get to see often enough and trying to decide between them was making my brain hurt. For another, The Termin
I got my very first computer around the same age most kids get their first bicycle (I imagine... I never actually had a bicycle). I used that computer to explore and indulge in hobbies that interested me, many of which were deemed "boyish". In other words, I'm not exactly new to this whole "internet" thing, or the unfortunate amount of hate, vitriol, harassment, and abuse that seems to be everywhere today. It's not a new thing. It's not even new to me. I suffered a lot of tor
So back in February, Chuck Wendig had a pop culture flash fiction challenge on his blog. Apparently, I completed an entry and it somehow wound up in my slush folder, ignored until I was cleaning out said folder. I found the entry and, rather than letting it go to waste, I decided to post it here for all of you to enjoy!
I proudly present a mashup between Batman and Gilmore Girls as created by a hilariously lucky random dice roll: Gotham-more Girls!
I haven't been doing this whole writer thing for very long. While I've been lucky enough to enjoy a small degree of success (including my first major sale last year), I have also unfortunately learned a few things the hard way.
In a sort of round about way, this post is a tale solidifying my stance on working for free/working for "exposure."
Let's start at the beginning. A few years ago, not long after the whole Tony G debacle I linked to at the start of this
World Horror Con is just days away! I'm incredibly excited to be attending my very first one! Although I won't be able to stay for the entire time due to prior and unavoidable commitments elsewhere, I aim to get the most out of the two days I will be in attendance.
For anyone interested in my schedule, I'll be participating in 3 panels on Thursday, April 28th.
If you'll be at #WHC2016 and want to see me talk about stuff with some other cool people, check me out at the b
It's February! Which means Valentine's Day, Black History Month, and Women in Horror Month. While some question whether or not #WIHM is still needed in this day and age... my opinion remains divided.
On the one hand, things like last year's #HagGate situation and the amount of cringe-inducing comments I've received at conventions and signings (Things like "You don't write horror, sweetheart. It's called "paranormal romance"." and "Women can't really be scary
Hello, Dear Readers! New year, new start! But let's not forget all of the good that came before, and 2015 was indeed a banner year for horror fiction.
I'm doing this post in lieu of my usual year-in-review. While 2015 was full of many awesome things, it was also a difficult year in other ways that I think are best left to lie. So instead of reviewing my accomplishments and whatnot, I've decided to review some of my favorite reads of 2015.
It's Christmastime, so I'm continuing my semi-annual tradition of posting a Christmas related story, my yuletide gift to you all.
This story was inspired, in part, by a drive I took recently through a good part of Texas. The roads can be lonely and dark, with barely another vehicle in sight. The moonlight is different, the skyline is a landscape of its own. I do some of my best thinking on the road (and my best storytelling) but my experience in Texas was especially powerful.
I've always loved Halloween, ever since I can remember, but I was a bit worried about it this year, concerned that it would hurt and open up old wounds... Halloween was one of the very few things I had in common with my brother, whom I lost earlier this year.
He and I really weren't close. We didn't see eye-to-eye and we really didn't get along, except for that magical few weeks every autumn leading up to The Big Day. Halloween unified us, created a bond like nothing else could. We
The sixth installment of Brian Keene's Maelstrom series from Thunderstorm Books goes on sale today, and as excited as I always am for those sets, this one is special... this one includes a novella by myself and 3 other truly fantastic authors.
I chatted with the other Maelstrom girls and asked them some brief questions about their novellas. Check them out and OF COURSE buy the set!
Tell me, in a sentence or two, what your novella is about.
As many of you are aware, I just got married. With that came many changes. Ok, who am I kidding? Almost nothing has changed. My new husband and I are still stupidly in love. We still hang out with our dogs and play video games and D&D in our spare time. He's still my biggest fan, friend, and advocate. I still cherish every moment we spend together. So what, you may ask, has really changed?
Yeah, I know, obvious and small, right? Well, obvious sure. But small? Not at al
Why zombies? I’m not going to tell you his name, but I know an author who, over the years, has been my friend, my best and most honest critic, and at times, unwillingly, my mentor. He has praised me with patient, good humor during my successes and counseled me with sage advice during my low periods of self-doubt and frustration. I admire and love the man.
But I don’t always agree with him.&nb
Yesterday the world lost a great man. I don't just say the world of horror because, while it's true, it's not the whole truth. Jesus F. Gonzalez was, among other things, a fantastic writer and a great asset to the horror community, but he was also a husband and father and a friend.
I didn't know him very well, sadly. But he left a mark on me. I want to take a few minutes to remember him and to honor that memory.
I met Jesus at an event called Horrible Saturday back in
Lately, I tend to start every blog post with an apology over how long it's been since I've written. Apparently, I'm doing it again. But that's OK, because it has been a long time. That may or may not change, we'll see. But for now I'm writing and you're reading and that, my friends, is a beautiful thing.
2014 has been a great year for me. It's not quite time for that End-of-Year post, but given all that has gone on, I wanted to put words to what has happened so far, for those of you
Mike Lombardo is the sick, sick man behind The Stall, My Friend Lawrence, and plenty of other films from Reel Splatter and Drunken Tentacle Productions. He's kind of twisted, a bit demented, and a lot of fun. He's also a super nice, friendly, and very cool guy in general. Recently, I had a conversation with him. Here's what happened:
Alyn Day: Let's get the cliches out of the way first... What's your favorite scary movie?
Mike Lombardo: I’d have to go with Hellbound: Hellraiser II
Reel Splatter Productions The Stall
Running Time: 13 Minutes
Release Date: October 31, 2013
Available from: Reel Splatter Productions
The Stall was, in a word, fun. In several words, it was an all-too-short amusement park ride full of pizza, the monotony of every day life, and Lovecraftian Horrors from Beyond the Stars. In other words, I enjoyed it thoroughly.
I know I don't write as often as I'd like to, or even as often as I should... But I'm sort of done making excuses about it, you know? I'd like to think we're adults, you and I, and as such, we know how life goes. Yes. Perhaps in the coming New Year, I'll write more. Perhaps not. Either way, I'm writing now and you're reading now, so let's just enjoy that while we have it, hmmm?
As some of you may know if you follow me on Twitter or have frie
It's been a while, I know. I'm sorry for my absence. Things have been going on and I'm sure you know how that is. Stuff piling up, everything just sort of accumulates and you tell yourself there's time. You'll do it later! Only you look up and somehow six months has flown by and you've got nothing to show for it.
I haven't been writing much fiction lately, either... And, as those of you follow me on Twitter or have friended me on Faceb
It's very sad, that this and the preceding post are all about death and loss and the pain of missing someone, but sometimes that's the way things go.
This has been a tragic span of days for the Horror Community. On March 13th, the world lost David B. Silva, of Hellnotes and The Horror Show fame. Mr. Silva was immensely talented and a longstanding pillar of the horror community. He will be sorely missed.
Only a short week later on March 20th, James Herbert
It's been a while since we've spoken. I know, I know, but I haven't forgotten about you. I've just been dealing with the OTHER Big Thing in my life right now. Yeah, the one that starts with a C the size of Wisconsin. That one. But I'm still writing, though not as much as I'd like. And I'm still around if you ever feel like shooting me an email, friending me on Facebook, or tweeting @me. I've gone off the grid a little bit, and I'm not as easy to talk to these days, bu
In late 2010, I had a headache. Yeah, yeah, I know what you're thinking: Big whoop, take some aspirin and GTFO, right? But this wasn't just any headache. It was a supermegahyperawful headache. One so bad, I've referred to it as the "Cataclysmic Headache Event" ever after. Now, I am no pansy when it comes to pain. I've been high fived by bikers for giggling while being tattooed over my ribs/spine, I've broken and/or dislocated more bones than some mammals possess, and I tend to be, over
I thought long and hard about what to say here. I still don't know for sure, but I decided to just start typing and see what happens, so here goes.
I drafted this blog post maybe 50 times. I've struggled with how much to make public vs how much to keep private, how personal I want to make this, whether or not I should give in to my impulse to hide away from the world and isolate myself completely or share everything and reach out to the friends/fans/supporters who are, by now, proba
Sundancing by Brian Keene
Release Date: 8/15/2012Available from Thunderstorm Books
Sundancing is part of Thunderstorm Books' third and latest Maelstrom set, an annual collection Keene himself oversees. This novella is exclusive to the collection and, according to the man himself, is the only edition of this particular work that will ever be published.
I'm a big fan of Brian Keene. You'll note that I didn't say I was a fan of his work, I