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November 10, 2023: I’m participating in the Memento Mori Market, an auction to benefit the Order of the Good Death. It begins at 12 a.m. CST on November 10 and continues until midnight on November 17. I’m offering signed copies of my cemetery memoir, Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel, along with an intimate Q&A for anyone who’d like to talk about visiting cemeteries. Check out all the experiences available at https://ordergooddeath.betterworld.org/auctions/memento-mori-market
December 2, 2023 from 10 am EST to 6 pm: I’m joining the Strong Women, Strange Worlds Holiday Extravaganza. There will be games, prizes, and free books! Watch my blog for more details.
Edited to add: you can RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/strong-women-strange-worlds-33460611105
2023 Publication News:
I have a short Alondra story in the new Crystal Lake collection, Shallow Waters: Horror Flash Fiction Anthology (A Series of Supernatural Stories). The pitch: Welcome to Shallow Waters, a mesmerizing horror anthology that plunges you deep into the chilling and murky depths of the human psyche. Within these pages, each flash fiction horror tale is a haunting revelation, a glimpse into the shadows that dance at the periphery of our consciousness.
The book includes stories by William Meikle, Mark Allan Gunnells, Richard Thomas, Armand Rosamilia, Red Lagoe, Chad Lutzke, Kevin Lucia, Naching T. Kassa, Kenneth W. Cain, Tom Deady, Loren Rhoads, Francesca Maria, Pedro Iniguez, and Derek Clendening, among many others.
My essay about my collection of cemetery postcards appears in The Deadlands: Year One anthology, which just came out from Psychopomp. The book collects short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction from the online magazine’s first year of existence — almost 400 pages of death-focused writing. Contributors include Alix E. Harrow, Vajra Chandrasekera, Arkady Martine, Fran Wilde, Isabel Cañas, Suzan Palumbo, Premee Mohamed, and R.B. Lemberg.
The paperback is only available from the Psychopomp store.
Manor of Frights is an ambitious anthology that combines a vertical tasting with Clue: each story takes place in a different room of the mansion and each one progresses a decade until we reach the present day. My story takes place in the boy’s room. It’s called “Nightbears.”
Other contributors include R. L. Merrill, Sumiko Saulson, Judith Pancoast, Mark Orr, and Daphne Strasert.
Earlier this year, my story “The Devil’s Debt” appeared in Occult Detective Magazine #9. It’s the first time my characters Alondra DeCourval and the succubus Lorelei cross paths. One of the reviewers thought the story owes a debt to Elmore Leonard!
“Far from Home,” my favorite of the short stories I’ve written for the Ladies of Horror Fiction flash project, was published in June. You can read it for free here.
“Petrichor Gothic,” the shortest story I’ve written yet appeared online at Spreading the Writers Word by way of the Ladies of Horror Fiction flash project. You can read it here.
The ebook of Death’s Garden Revisited was finally published in September. It’s a fully illustrated full-color ebook for those who don’t want to pay shipping for the hardcover.
Speaking of which, the hardcover of Death’s Garden Revisited was a Finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Travel category.
Finally, 99 Fleeting Fantasies should be out late in the year from Pulse Publishing. Similar to last year’s 99 Tiny Terrors, this book — edited by Jennifer Brozek — will collect 99 fantasy stories that pass in a flash. My story “The Ambush Hunters,” an Alondra story set in San Francisco, is one of them.
2022 Publication News:
September 27, 2022: Death’s Garden Revisited: Personal Relationships with Cemeteries is out now! The book collects essays from cemetery docents, tourists, genealogists, urban explorers, ghost hunters, and more. Get your copy on Blurb!
My story “Guardian of the Golden Gate” was reprinted in Tales of Dread, edited by Lisa Morton. The book includes stories by Alison J. McKenzie, Angel Leigh McCoy, Bill Bodden, E.S. Magill, Weston Ochse, and Yvonne Navarro. Order your copy on Amazon or from my bookshop in the tabs above.
My story “Devil in Her Heart” saw print for the first time in Tales of Evil, edited by Angel Leigh McCoy and Alison J. McKenzie. The anthology collects 11 horror stories by Lisa Morton, Yvonne Navarro, and Weston Ochse, as well as Alan Baxter, Bill Bodden, Jennifer Brozek, Bob Lock, and E.S. Magill. Order your copy on Amazon.
My story “Still Life with Shattered Glass” was reprinted in Tales of Foreboding, edited by E.S. Magill and Bill Bodden. The anthology collects 14 horror stories by Lisa Morton, Yvonne Navarro, and Weston Ochse, as well as S. G. Browne, Jennifer Brozek, Chris Marrs, Lee Call, and more. Order your copy on Amazon or from my bookshop in the tabs above.
July 15, 2022: Release day for Tales of Nightmares — my newest anthology! It collects 9 horror stories by Lisa Morton, Yvonne Navarro, and Weston Ochse, as well as Bill Bodden, Jennifer Brozek, E.S. Magill, Angel Leigh McCoy, and Alison J. McKenzie. Order your copy on Amazon or from my bookshop in the tabs above.
I’ve updated my collection of Alondra stories, thanks to these fabulous new covers by Lex at Huntress Studios. Each book contains 3 stories, plus behind-the-story essays, about Alondra’s monster-fighting experiences from San Francisco to Prague to Tokyo to New Orleans. All four of them are available for your kindle on Amazon!
I have three pieces in the Horror Addicts Guide to Life #2, drawn from the Horror Addicts blog. The table of contents includes work by Martha J. Allard, Jonathan Fortin, Rena Mason, Lee Murray, and a whole lot more. Check it out here: https://amzn.to/3sbTNF6