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My death-obsessed memoir, This Morbid Life, will be out on August 22. It collects up the morbid personal essays I wrote for zines about surviving the AIDS epidemic, visiting cadaver labs, eating bugs, and more. Watch this space for pre-order information.
2021 Live Events:
CANCELED: August 28-29: I withdrew from joining my friends LS Johnson and EM Markoff at SiliCon, the Silicon Valley Comic Convention, this year. It’s too soon for me to be out in public at such a large event, which breaks my heart. I will still have some books on their table, though.
October 6: I’m reading again at Story Hour. I don’t know who I’ll be partnered with this time, but the juxtapositions are always really fun.
October 9: Powerhouse Comic Con takes place in Pleasanton, California. I’ll be selling books with LS Johnson, I hope.
2021 Publication News:
My story “Zoonosis” will appear in the Tiny Terrors anthology, edited by Jennifer Brozek. I am going to be in the Table of Contents with some of my favorite writers. It’s scheduled to be out in the 3rd quarter of 2021.
My story “Devil in Her Heart” will appear in The Fabulist in October 2021.
My story “The Devil’s Debt” will appear in an upcoming issue of Occult Detective magazine.
My essay “Cemetery Postcards” will appear in an upcoming issue of The Deadlands.
After many hours of work and 50 years of experience (between Emerian Rich and me), The Spooky Writer’s Planner is now available at Amazon and Etsy. There’s more information here.
My poem “Transubstantiation” appeared in the HWA Poetry Showcase, available now in ebook and paperback from Amazon: https://amzn.to/2KftTNv
I read “The Angel’s Lair,” the short story that inspired my succubus/angel novels Lost Angels and Angelus Rose at Story Hour. Here’s the link: https://www.storyhour2020.com/
I’ve had a bunch of essays published online:
- Kendall Reads: http://kendallreviews.com/graveyard-shift-loren-rhoads-author-of-unsafe-words-is-this-weeks-warden/
- Fanbase Press interview: http://fanbasepress.com/index.php/press/interviews/books/item/11360-fanbase-press-interviews-loren-rhoads-on-the-release-of-the-short-story-collection-unsafe-words
- Readers Entertainment: I like to spend my birthday in cemeteries. https://readersentertainment.com/2020/10/09/birthdays-in-the-cemetery/
Unsafe Words, a collection of my horror/science fiction/dark fantasy short stories, came out on September 20! Don’t you love Lynne Hansen’s beautiful cover?
Publishers Weekly says: “Rhoads’s prose is effervescent, rendering her imagined worlds with nuance and the occasional dose of black humor. This carefully crafted collection makes an excellent showcase of Rhoads’s skill across a multitude of subgenres.”
There’s more info about the book here: https://lorenrhoads.com/writing/unsafe-words/
I read a couple of stories from Unsafe Words at Story Hour in August. You can watch the video on Facebook. I start about 29 minutes in, but you might enjoy RS Benedict’s story, too. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=744234116395899&extid=op7nr2BNpZaCuw6t
I read a snippet of “The Magic of Fire and Dawn,” another story from the book, for the San Mateo Public Library’s horror series. Check it out here: https://youtu.be/RNGCDqW2A58
If you’re looking for something spicy to read, my short story “Never Bargained for You” is available as a free ebook at Bookfunnel. Check out the succubus Lorelei on the prowl in the LA music scene of the 1970s: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/v8o5w54mzk
My story “Mr. Moonlight” has been accepted for The Sirens Call #50. Download a copy for free: http://www.sirenscallpublications.com/pdfs/SirensCallEZine_June2020.pdf
Angelus Rose, the sequel to Lost Angels, available in paperback on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at Indiebound. In ebook, it’s on sale for the Kindle on Amazon, for the Nook at Barnes & Noble, on Smashwords in every format, and wherever ebooks are sold.
You can get a taste of the As Above, So Below series by watching the book trailer: