What lurks beneath the bed?
Hi folks, well apparently February is Women in Horror Month, a little something that’s now in its 7th year! I only discovered it this year, however, so I’m hoping to share the love a little further by telling you fine folks about it.
There are events running all over the world for it. You can find out if there is anything happening near you here. You may find that some of your favourite authors are offering promotions this month, myself included. If you haven’t yet picked up your FREE copy of Seeds of Autumn you can do so here. And if you’ve devoured that and are hungry for more, then the second book in the series, Ghosts of Winter, is currently available from Amazon at just 99p (or 99 cents for the Americans).
I’ve always considered Echoes of the Past to be more in the thriller, or dark fantasy genres than horror, but there is no denying that there are some horror elements in my writing. I owe much of my desire to become a writer to role models such as Stephen King, whose work haunted my dreams when I was far too young to be reading The Stand, or It. I began reading horror with the Point Horror books as a pre-teen and after slashing my way through dozens of them (big thanks to my mum for always saying yes when we were in Waterstones!) I very quickly graduated to the “grown up” authors.
I remember many a girly sleepover involving films such as Poltergeist, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Interview with a Vampire. Films like The Exorcist and A Clockwork Orange, not to mention David Lynch’s seminal masterpiece, Twin Peaks, are what led me to study Film & TV for my degree. The thrill of being scared, those goosebumps, the shiver up the spine, the feeling of someone watching from the shadows, those sensations stay with you. For those of you who have already read my books, one of my favourite characters to write is The-Knight-of-Shadowed-Fear. All of those spine-tingling memories of watching or reading inappropriately frightening material late at night in the dark are called upon to write his scenes.
As this is WOMEN in horror month, I have to give a shout out to all of the scream queens; the young women who gave their lives in the slasher movies, but especially the survivors. The women strong enough to unmask the murderer, stave off the nightmares, and outrun the maniacs.
Oh and then there are the wonderful evil women in horror. Let’s face it, some of the scariest antagonists have been women. The mother, Margaret White, in Stephen King’s Carrie; another King classic: Misery (Kathy Bates still rocking it in horror to this day in the disturbing TV series, American Horror Story); and on that note, Jessica Lange’s characters in AHS have been stunning.
Coming up with female creators of horror is harder. I don’t know if it’s that there simply aren’t that many who are successful, or if I’ve been out of the horror loop for a while and missed some. There hasn’t been a female writer as prominent as Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, well, since Mary Shelley! Where are the female writers and directors? To her credit, Gale Anne Hurd is freaking awesome. She’s a producer who has been behind some of my all time favourite horror (and cross genre action-thriller) productions, such as Aliens, Terminator, and of course, The Walking Dead. It wouldn’t be right for me to omit mention of what has to be the best contemporary offering on the horror table. The mid-season premier airs in the UK on Monday night and I am gripping the edge of my seat in anticipation already.
Please comment below with your favourite examples of women in horror!
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It’s nearly launch time!
Tides of Spring is almost ready to launch and will be available from all major retailers on 17th October. My apologies for it being a little later than I originally anticipated. The summer has been hard work filled with ups and downs. I know that many of you are eagerly anticipating your Pubslush rewards, so they will be with you in the next week or so and I’ll send you a link to download your copies of Tides of Spring on release day.
I’m really excited to announce my all new Launch Team! If you’d like to get your hands on all future releases in advance for FREE, then please sign up here. I will send out an advance digital copy of my books in exchange for an honest review from you on your favourite retail website on release day. If you backed my crowdfunder and would like to get in on the launch team action as well, please click the link and you’ll get your copy of Tides of Spring before anyone else. It’s just three weeks until launch day, so I just need a commitment from you to read the book in time to leave that all important review on the 17th October.
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In the meantime, I hope everyone is looking forward to tomorrow’s extraordinary Supermoon total lunar eclipse! I can’t wait. This incredible celestial event only occurs roughly every couple of decades, the last one being the year I was born, 1982, the next one not happening until 2033. The moon will be at the point in its orbit that is closest to Earth when it passes into Earth’s shadow. The effect will be a larger-than-normal moon tinted coppery red, otherwise known as a “Blood Moon”.
So it seems fitting to be sending out the first copies of Tides of Spring on this special day. Get yours here.
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That’s all folks, enjoy the Blood Moon and take care!
It’s been a busy week since Ghosts of Winter went on sale. I’d like to thank everyone who has bought the book so far, your support means everything to me.
I’ve been working on book three, but became a bit distracted by a character nagging me to write about his history. So I took a little detour, ten years into the past. The series isn’t called Echoes of the Past for nothing. There are seeds there, just waiting to blossom, and I love weaving the story through those shoots.
In honour of those seeds, I’m offering book one of the series, Seeds of Autumn free on Kindle for five days, starting tomorrow, on 1st December. Please feel free to share this promotion, and don’t forget, reviews are like oxygen to writers, so if you read and enjoy my books do please leave a review on Amazon.
I’ll be getting my new short story out to readers soon, but in the mean time, my previous short story, The Storm Riders’ Vigil is also on Kindle. Caerton is a rich and diverse city, there are many shifters who chatter noisily in my mind and their stories demand to be told, almost as much as Stalker’s.
I love hearing from you. If there are seeds you’d like to know more about leave a comment below to help me learn which characters and plot threads might make for popular short stories in the future.