My Interview on Talking With Authors

I do a lot of interviews, I rarely am interviewed myself.

But Curtis Anderson of Talking With Authors reached out and asked me for an interview. I’m so glad he did. We spoke about my influences, Southern Gothic horror in general, and why some people may shy away from horror as a genre. And of course, we spoke about my writing!

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Curtis is a phenomenal interviewer– enthusiastic and engaging, and his questions are thoughtful and fun. For those who are nervous about being interviewed on live audio, he also makes you feel comfortable, and if I may say it… really good about yourself and your work.

Thanks to Curtis for this amazing interview, and for reaching out in the first place. I appreciate all he does to boost and bring attention to our work. Listen to the entire interview below:

 

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Day 15: Vicy Cross

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Vicy Cross resides in Texas. Having graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she writes speculative fiction, Gothic horror, unusual historical fantasies, and all things strange. Despite the dark, gritty imagery in her books, she practices a non-violent lifestyle and is vegetarian.

Her debut dystopian novel, Tuesday Apocalypse, is a first-person narrative told in epistolary format.  Epistolary novels are written exclusively through the use of letters or journals by one or more characters, and are examples of the classic Gothic style used by Stoker in Dracula and by Shelley in Frankenstein. More modern examples are Walker’s The Color Purple and King’s horror classic Carrie.  As the style has fallen out of favor, Cross’ unconventional manuscript was rejected by at least one publisher for the narrative structure alone.

In Tuesday Apocalypse, Cross’ experience as an erotica writer is evident.She is able to blend sex and horror into a tale that chronicles a unique battle between good and evil, between faith and the flesh. In war-ravaged 1940’s Britain, Sister Barbara fights not only against a tentacled monster, but against her own burgeoning sexual desire–for first a man, then for a woman– which tears at the core of her deeply held beliefs.

Barbara’s mounting fear is palpable as she strives to find out what is turning the patients and staff at the hospital into monsters, and whether she should succumb to temptation and join them.

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Find Tuesday Apocalyse on Amazon and follow Vicy on Twitter.

Day 3: Ann Petry

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Ann Lane Petry’s birth date is not certain. Some biographers state October 12, 1911, while others list it as October 12, 1908. Either way, she was born in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, a predominantly white, rural community. Her family often told stories while she was growing up, and Petry began writing short stories and plays while she was still in high school.

The Street is her most famous novel, published in 1946; it made her the first black woman writer with book sales over a million copies.

As Petry is considered one of the most successful members of the “Richard Wright school” of writing, some overlook the Gothic–the dark and macabre–tones in her writing. In Keith Clark‘s book, The Radical Fiction of Ann Petry (Louisiana State University Press, 2013), Clark compares Petry’s work to Poe’s, saying she has brought the symbolism of classic Gothic into the 1940s. The tenement building becomes a haunted castle, filled with beings bent on destruction. Imagery of darkness, seclusion, entombment, and insanity pervade the work. Even the physical descriptions of characters, both black and white, are monstrous, draping Lutie’s (our main character’s) every move in fear.

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Clark goes on to note the use of dark comedy and the macabre in Petry’s short stories “The Bones of Louella Brown,” a ghost story in which a maid comes back to haunt her employers and “The Witness,” in which a teacher is forced to witness a crime committed by his students.

Over the course of her life, Petry lectured widely throughout the United States, and her contribution to literature was acknowledged by membership in the Author’s Guild and other literary societies, and honorary doctorates from several colleges and universities.

Ann Petry died April 28, 1997, near her home in Old Saybrook, after a brief illness.

The Street  and Miss Muriel and Other Stories are available on Amazon.

 

Cinched – A Release

It’s been a busy year for me, full of amazing experiences. I managed to get my short story collection Spook Lights: Southern Gothic Horror out this year, but I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get anything else out.

But I have!

I’m happy to announce that my short horror story “Basque of the Red Death” is in the multi-genre anthology Cinched: Imagination Unbound available now from Falstaff Books. (And it’s the first story in the antho!)

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Contains my short story “Basque of the Red Death”. Yeah, you read that right.

 

This collection runs the gamut from steampunk to horror, from steamy romance to weird western, from victorian thriller to contemporary bondage. But they all feature the corset in some way.

My story was inspired by Poe’s classic short story “Masque of the Red Death”, but I’ve set the tale in the South and given it a few additional horrors. If you haven’t read Poe’s original tale, read it for free here.

Then check out Cinched: Imagination Unbound on Amazon for some twisted tales.

Featuring stories by:
John G. Hartness
Gail Z. Martin & Larry N. Martin
Misty Massey
Emily Lavin Leverett
Kimberly Richardson
Sarah Joy Adams
MB Weston
Herika Raymer
Dave Harlequin
RD Stevens
Andrea Judy
Nico Serene
Eden Royce <–That’s me!

 

Deadroads: A Review

I love Gothic horror.  If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, I may have mentioned that several (hundred) times.

Unfortunately, I don’t come across it much in new books that I’m asked to read. There’s a glut of shock and slasher horror, splatterpunk, cannibalism, serial killers, and the like.

While that’s fine, sometimes, I like to sit down to a quiet, yet creepy and disconcerting tale. Ergo, I’m pleased to present my Hellnotes review of Robin Riopelle’s Deadroads: A Novel of Supernatural Suspense to you.

Leading ghosts down the Deadroads takes special training...
Leading ghosts down the Deadroads takes special training…

 

I’m also pleased to have included the word “ergo” in a blog post. Read the full review on the Hellnotes website here:

The Gothic Shift: A Review

After a whirlwind month of utterly amazing madness, I am getting myself back on a schedule.

To reinforce that, I’ve done a book review. This one is Gothic horror, a genre that I love, and is aptly named.

I, for one, am pleased to see a shift toward Gothic horror.
I, for one, am pleased to see a shift toward Gothic horror.

You can read the entire review here.

Leave Your Sleep: A Review

Leave it.  Leave it now...
Leave it. Leave it now…

I was going through my list of drafts and I realized that I didn’t post a link to my Hellnotes review for “Leave Your Sleep”.

:Cringe:   Better late than never, I suppose…

Here’s the link to the review:

http://hellnotes.com/leave-your-sleep-book-review