The Paranormal World Sees the Passing of a Legend, Brad Steiger

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Screen Shot 2018-05-15 at 11.26.55 AMI first discovered Brad Steiger and his amazing books when I heard him on a paranormal podcast that I listen to rather regularly. He was chatting about a variety of topics including, vampires, parasite spirits, and aliens. I was very happy to find that he has over one hundred books, yes you read that right 1-0-0, on various paranormal topics. A few of his tomes are in my reference library of the strange and terrifying. The book “Real Vampires, Night Stalkers, and Creatures from the Dark Side” has so many bookmarks in it you’d think it was a favorite cookbook! He wrote many of the books with his wife, Sherry Hansen Steiger, and his work also includes tales of animal miracles, angels, and Atlantis. Check out his Amazon Author page to learn more.

Sadly, he passed away May 6, 2018, at the age of 82.

Thank you for your gentle wisdom and willingness to share what you learned and believed. Good journey Mr. Steiger.

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Meet Nate Camden From my Novel DREAD

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nate.jpgI’ve done a few author interviews for book blogs and such, but never has someone asked to interview one of my characters, until now! Author and blogger R.J. Davies asked just that and I think it is probably the coolest interview I have ever done!

I didn’t realize how much I missed the main character of DREAD, Nate Camden, until he started answering the interview questions. The photo to the left is an image I used to help me create his character(unable to find photographer or model credit other than it first appeared on the internet in 2009). Check out the interview here:  http://rjdavies.tumblr.com/post/172642019516/interview-with-protagonist-nate-camden-from-joy

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Women in Horror Month a Peek Behind the Pages: Women Who Create Nightmares, Final Thoughts

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I hope you have enjoyed meeting some female horror writers and I hope you will check out their work. To wrap up Women in Horror Month, I’ll leave you with a few thoughts of my own.

Thank goodness I write better than I speak! Until next time, Never Turn Off the Lights!

Women in Horror Month a Peek Behind the Pages: Women Who Create Nightmares, Christine King

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Next up in my Women in Horror Month blog series is author Christine King. We met hanging out in writer’s groups on Facebook and she is lovely and spooky! Christine is going to share with us why she writes horror and extend a wonderful invitation to anyone who already writes horror or would like to with the possibility of publication! Come on kids, our coven-Wait. What. I meant-our writer’s groups can never be too big!

 

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I guess for me horror has always been my literary friend. I started with Dracula and Frankenstein from my mother’s book collection when I was ten, they were a means to escape the poverty my family lived in, and then I moved on to Stephen King and Dean Koontz at my local library. 

I feel in love with Stephen after reading his introduction to ‘Skeleton  Crew’ a book of his short stories. That’s where he mentions a short story being like a kiss and why I called my short story collection ‘A kiss in the dark.’ 

I have sometimes felt that Horror, as a genre, is male-dominated and that my stories may be overlooked because I’m a woman and women ‘don’t do horror.’ Yet I keep writing. I also started a Facebook group for Female Horror Writers to help support and promote them. I have a Facebook author page too.
I work as an English teacher in a Spanish school helping children to be international with their language skills. I have also worked in English schools and I found many kids felt that books for their age group spoke down to them or dumbed the language down. So with my teen and young adult books, I have never done that.
I recently started a blog to try to get other writers involved and to publish a book of our joint efforts at the end of the year. Anyone can join us and give it a try: https://chrissyswritingchallenge.wordpress.com/

My author page will tell you more.   http://christinekingauthor.wixsite.com/mysite

My best advice to other writers is just to keep writing. There is no better advice. Keep writing, keep submitting. Write what scares you, and at some point, you will find a kindred soul in a publisher who will love your work as much as you do.
Thanks,
Christine King
About Christine

“Mostly I write Horror but I chuck out a few fantasy and other genres when I feel the urge. I also write poetry when I am feeling melancholy or adventurous.

I live in Barcelona at the moment but hail from London, England. I enjoy archery, a good cocktail and sushi. My influences are Stephen King (whom I have loved since I was 15) and Terry Pratchett (who gave me encouragement and a place to escape to RIP sir)

I am a mum and a wife and always get the same response when I say I write Horror. “But you seem so nice!”

 

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Women in Horror Month a Peek Behind the Pages: Women Who Create Nightmares, What I’ve Been Reading

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One of the best ways to improve the craft of writing is reading. I read a new book about every six weeks, sometimes I have one or two going at the same time. If it’s one I really love I can devour it in a few hours! I read across genres but my favorite is horror, of course!

Zombies are one of my favorite escapism and in the past few months, I have read some amazing zombie horror by women and even had the opportunity to interview some of these nightmare makers. Here is a recap of two indie-published zombie writers that I believe you will enjoy.

 


Infected Waters: A Titanic disaster

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Alathia Paris Morgan

What a great premise! I always wondered how in the heck the Titanic ran into a giant iceberg, now I know! Knowing how the story goes, the tension is already high before you even begin to read, but then Alathia Paris Morgan ratches it up and keeps the pages turning. The characters draw you in and I found myself googling facts about the Titanic in hopes that my favorites would have a chance at survival! Such entertaining story-telling. I am definitely looking for more from this author and am going to share this one with my reluctant teen reader. I think he’ll love it!

Click here to read the interview…


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Dottie Daniels

This book has such a unique twist to the familiar zombie-survival tale that I could not put it down once I started reading! The author has a way of surprising the heck out of you just when you think you have it figured out! The main character, Seanna, is a twenty-something paramedic that we meet just as a mysterious and violent outbreak is gripping her city. She’s smart and strong like other female leads in the genre, but make no mistake, she’s quite different! The story is told from her POV and Ms. Daniels does an excellent job of bringing us into Seanna’s head and body…you have to read to see what I mean! It’s tense and funny and terrifying and moving in all the right measures. When I hit the last page I scrolled back several times to be sure it was over because I was so into it! I’ll be waiting for the next installment!

click here to read the interview…

Up next…Author Jeannie Wycherly! Until next time, Never Turn Off the Lights!

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Author Alathia Paris Morgan Explains a Historic Mystery: It was Zombies!

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To warm us up going into February which is Women in Horror Month, I got to chat with author Alathia Paris Morgan. I picked up her book Infected Waters: A Titanic Disaster after I saw it on twitter and it was recommended in a Facebook group I belong to. Not only was it a great read, but it explained a question about history that has always bugged the heck out of me: how did no one see the giant iceberg that sank the Titanic? Well, Ms. Morgan has given me the most plausible explanation yet, it was zombies of course! Screen Shot 2018-01-30 at 8.02.36 AM

Knowing the story of the Titanic, tension was already high before I began to read, but then the author twists the screws and I could not stop reading, I had to find out what happened. I even found myself googling facts about the Titanic to try and guess if my favorite characters would have a chance at survival! Zombie outbreaks are pretty intense when you can run away, but try that on a ship at sea and see how far you go and how long you survive! Now I’m questioning a variety of other historic disasters and I think I’ll blame zombies for a vast majority of them.

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Alathia, I am so excited to have found your work! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Well, I’m an avid reader. I have about 4k books and have always dabbled in writing. With three children and a hubby my life got crazy busy. I started Avon as I finished college and it was a great way to be flexible with kids and make money for us. Then some unexpected life changes happened and I realized that life was short, I couldn’t wait to become a writer when I retired. I had stories that needed to be told now. So I started during a NaNoWriMo camp in April of ’14 and I finished it after the July camp. Since then I’ve been writing and learning a lot and hope to continue writing because I keep getting more ideas with every story that actually gets written.

Life has a way with us, doesn’t it? What led you to pursue writing?

I had written some in high school, but the need to write wasn’t there. Now, I have to write because the voices in my head need to find a way out onto the page. Some stories jump to the front wanting urgent attention while others wait quietly until it’s their turn. So this is why I’m a writer because the world so obviously needs one. (Wink Wink) 😉

Well, I for one certainly enjoyed your story and look forward to reading all the others. What genres do you write in?

So, the two genres I write in are zombies and mysteries. I hope to branch out as time goes on into other areas.

Two of my favorite genres! What about the zombie genre intrigues you the most?

While the zombie thing has been done a few times, I wanted to give zombies a new twist. Put some reality into the end of the world, where are all the children? What happened to the military? Why are there no babies born? Or are there?

Sounds intriguing!

Your book “Infected Waters: A Titanic Disaster” is brilliant! Where did you get the idea for the story?

My daughter loves Titanic and she said, “Mom wouldn’t it be fun if there were zombies on the Titanic?” So I asked if I could use her idea and it took about six months to get it right. Along with watching the movie for atmosphere while writing, I’m good with not watching the movie for a few years.

I could see your story being made into a movie. Do you hear that Netflix or SyFy? Zombies. Titanic. Need I say more?

I keep a running tally of things that scare people so I have ideas on how to spook readers. What kinds of things scare you?

Unlocked doors. Unexplained noises.

Thank you! Filed away.

What’s next for you?

I am working the 3rd book in my Nova Ladies Adventures for Nano and I have the 2nd book in the Against Zombies series featuring the Military.

Where can readers find out more about you and your writing?

Alathia Paris Morgan Stalker Links:

Author page: www.facebook.com/apmorganbooks

Twitter: www.twitter.com/alathiamg

Street Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1442476186066361/

Book Launch: https://www.facebook.com/groups/533488213404927/

Website & Newsletter signup: www.alathiamg.wix.com/books

 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8611387.Alathia_Paris_Morgan

Thank you so much Alathia! Keep the books coming and have a happy Women in Horror Month!

Until next time, Never Turn Off the Lights!

Dottie Daniels’ Affliction is Infectiously Entertaining!

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Back to my Summer of Great Reads!

The minute I saw the cover of Affliction by Dottie Daniels I knew I wanted to read it! I love a good zombie romp and enjoy seeing how different authors attack *get it?* the subject. Most all have a unique spin, but this one was one of my favorites!

The main character, Seanna, is a twenty-something paramedic that we meet just as a mysterious and violent outbreak is gripping her city. She’s smart and strong like other female leads in the genre, but make no mistake, she’s quite different! The story is told from her POV and Ms. Daniels does an excellent job of bringing us into Seanna’s head and body…you have to read to see what I mean! I don’t want to give too much away because it is such a cool twist that I want you to discover it yourself!

It’s tense and funny and terrifying and moving in all the right measures. The characters are diverse and well developed, I got really invested in what was happening to them right from the start. When I hit the last page I scrolled back several times to be sure it was over because I was so into it!

As with my other summer reads I am so lucky to have actually been able to chat with Dottie about her book!

Hey there Dottie! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Thank you for taking the time to interview me, I really appreciate it! I’m a thirty-something zombie genre-loving woman who works in a busy surgical services department at a local area hospital by day and has aspirations of writing many books in the future. I enjoy traveling and also getting to know my other fellow writers.

What led or inspired you to become a writer?

A little over ten years ago I survived a brain aneurysm. After the surgery and coma and everything else that entails, I struggled with memory loss and it took me a while to recover. I feared I would never be able to retain information. While everyone assumed I would write about surviving that experience, once I was able- I began to write about another type of harrowing experience; the zombie apocalypse. I don’t know if I felt it was more interesting or what, it was what piqued my interest at the time. I never thought I’d want to write when I was younger, in fact, I was always intimidated by huge writing assignments in school.

Oh my! Dottie, we are so glad that you survived! What an ordeal! I think your experience enhanced your storytelling. There were many passages in Affliction where the feelings of distress was real I had to take a breather!

Why do you write in the horror/zombie genre?

For me, as a writer, there’s something special about the horror genre, zombies in particular. There’s a certain feeling of overwhelming desperation that can really draw a reader’s attention if written properly. I guess it would be the equivalent to a character vying for someone’s affection in a romance novel or the amount of adventure required in a fictional bank heist. The desperation of surviving (or not) in the world of the undead is what does it for me. It holds my attention the longest whenever I read someone else’s work or when I’m writing my own.

Well put!

Speaking of harrowing experiences and desperation, I don’t suppose much scares you, but is there anything that gives you pause?

Honestly, it’s indecent and uncaring people. You know, the alive ones. Seriously. I was told as a kid it’s never the dead you have to worry about- be wary of the people walking around.

I was told the same thing. Sadly, it’s true.

People, myself included, are always fascinated by the creative process. Do you have any unique writing rituals?

I don’t really have many rituals anymore other than I write whenever I have time and I’m always in need of more time. I prefer to write in the middle of the night or early morning when all is quiet. My thoughts seem to be more clear then. A lot of times I’ll light a candle too. Oh, and sometimes I’ll have classical music playing in the background. I have to sit in my office chair too because it’s comfortable and have a cool, sweet beverage and the ceiling fan on low. Yeah, so I guess I have a few rituals- ha!

I like the candle!

Your book Affliction has a very cool POV and twist on the zombie tale. Where did you get the idea for your story?

Up until then, I hadn’t read many books in the genre with a female main character. There are some out there but then I hadn’t come across any that were biracial or of color. I wanted to challenge myself and bring a few of those attributes into the story and see how well it all plays in a typical apocalyptic storyline. I wanted to write the kind of book I would expect to read and enjoy. A lot of the writing and style is intentional and I feel plays very well into the details of the story. The flashbacks the first-person writing, almost as if she’s explaining to you herself. It was all a challenge for me to entertain my readers.

Challenge met! I was deeply entertained. Being bi-racial myself, I appreciate seeing more characters with diverse backgrounds in all media, but horror in particular. Nice work, Dottie!

What’s next for you?

Well, Affliction is definitely set up for a sequel. I’m aiming to get it completed this year. As a published author you too understand the many hats you wear (writing, promoting, actually selling) and then everything else that life itself requires. I hope to pull the strings together again and get back in the routine of getting the sequel ready. It can mean less promoting and less selling but then again nearly every author has to make that sacrifice if they want more book titles on those shelves.

Too many hats at times! I’m looking forward to the next book, I have to know what happens!!!

Where can we find out more about you and your writing and keep tabs on that sequel?

I’m on most of the larger social media outlets that are older than 5 years. Twitter, Screen Shot 2017-09-28 at 9.21.18 AMFacebook, Goodreads, and WordPress. I enjoy interacting with other writers and readers. In fact, I purchased a couple of copies of your novel Dread that I’m going to include in a giveaway this Fall as we near the Halloween season! I always follow back (unless it appears Spammish). Thanks again Joy for the opportunity let others know I exist! 🙂

 

Facebook   https://www.facebook.com/authorddaniels/
Twitter       https://twitter.com/AuthorDottie
WordPress https://dottiedaniels.wordpress.com/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34209033-affliction

Thanks so much, Dottie! It was totally my pleasure. Hear that kids? Follow Dottie for the chance to win a copy of my novel Dread! Check out her book Affliction for an entertaining and zomberific read!

By the way, look for more opportunities to win a signed paperback copy of Dread from me in the coming weeks! If you can’t wait and want to get your Halloween scares started early, the eBook version is on sale from now until midnight October 31!

Until next time, keep your survival instinct on high, and Never Turn Off the Lights!

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