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Horror at the San Mateo Public Library … Spooky Call for Submissions

Horror writers: Sumiko Saulson, Trinity Adler, Laurel Ann Hill and Emerian Rich

With Halloween a scant two weeks away, it’s that time of year when many poets and writers turn their minds and pens to the macabre. There are more than a few of you in our community who actually spend almost all your time there as triple threats: poets, short-story writers and novelists. So, thanks to my friend and neighbor, Candice, who did the driving,  I bring you last night’s ~

Horror at the San Mateo Public Library

The evening treats were delivered by four smart and inventive writers from It was a fun few hours with readings, thoroughly enjoyed by all, and featuring:

  • Sumiko Saulson, a science-fiction, fantasy and horror writer, the 2016 recipient of the Horror Writer Associations’ Scholarship from Hell. Her novels include The Moon Cried Blood and the bestselling horror comedy, Warmth.
  • Trinity Adler‘s short story, Clockwork Justice, is featured in Horror Adicts Press 2017 anthology, Clockwork Wonderland. Her inclinations embrace Steampunk*, which is, she says, “a perfect fit for blending fantasy and the wild west.
  • Laurel Ann Hill, a prolific writer of novels and short stories (many anthologized), authored the award-winning spirits-meet-steampunk novel, The Engine Woman’s Light, which tells of the life-saving mission of a young Latina spiritualist in the Nineteenth Century.  The book received a Kirkus Star and the 2017 Independent Press Award, Steampunk Category.
  • Emerian Rich, vivacious and all smiles, is adept at pushing reality aside and engaging in fantasy. Emerian is also a prolific writer and her latest work, Artistic License is due out this fall.  She is the author of The Night’s Knight Vampire Series.

*Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-Century industrial steam-powered machinery. Although its literary origins are sometimes associated with the cyberpunk genre, steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th Century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”, in a future during which steam power has maintained mainstream usage or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. MORE

HorrorAdicts.Net, For Horror Addicts, By Horror Addicts, an organizaton through which the women are affiliated, features writer interviews, stories, publishing news and calls for submissions. There is also on ongoing call for volunteer writers and interns to help run the site. It would appear to be an excellent go-to place if you are a horror fan and writer.

THE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS is for Crescendo of Darkness, A Horror Anthology edited by Jeremiah Donaldson. The theme is music. Fiction from 2,000 to 5,000 words is welcome for consideration. If accepted the payment is $10 and a digital contributor copy. The deadline is October 31, 2017. Details are HERE.

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LATE BREAKING NEWS: Opportunity Knocks for Poets and Writers

SEQUESTRUM is accepting submissions for poetry for its Annual Editor’s Reprint Awards.  Entry fee is $15. Deadline is April 30, 2017. Details HERE.

SEQUESTRUM is accepting submissions of Fiction and Nonfiction for its Editor’s Reprint Award.  Entry fee is $25.  Deadline is April 30, 2017.  Details HERE.

Preserving Sanity

FullSizeRender-3“You have to stop and freeze the moment,” he told me … “You have to make yourself remember by repeating it in your head over and over. You have to write to preserve your sanity.” Jenny Hubbard, “Paper Covers Rock”

Preserving my sanity today, putting the finishing touches on a short story that will ultimately be the second chapter of a book.  It’s raining and quiet and I wish I could just write the whole world into peace. xo

© 2015, photograph, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved

Time of Orphaning

One of my short-stories on The Bardo Group blog . . .

The BeZine

file0001349463653It’s tough when you are orphaned at seventy. I say that without rancor or irony. I’d known Mrs. O’Donall and her daughter for fifteen years, which at the time of this story was the entire length of my life.

The ladies – as everyone called them – were fixtures in our parish. Each morning they arrived at St. Anselm’s at precisely six-fifty for daily Mass. Their consistency was such that my mom said she could tell time by them. They generally made their way into church arm-in-arm and always sat in the first pew.

While the younger lady was fragile, tentative and wide-eyed, the older one was stern, sturdy and quick-minded. With her daughter in tow, she worked on the Annual Church Carnival Planning Committee and in the Women’s Auxiliary as well, relied upon to help the nuns clean the sacristy, press altar cloths and arrange flowers. Over time they left…

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