NaNoWriMo

So, I’m all signed up and ready for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I’ve got a great idea brewing, and it’s nearing the end of the brainstorming process.  In the next few weeks I will be outlining each chapter so that I am ready to write come November 1st. As I write, I am going to post my progress here. Hopefully this will give me some accountability, and I’m hoping for some help from everyone that reads this.  Anytime I feel stuck, or I can’t imagine a scene or emotion, or whatever, I will post those questions here. That way, you can all help me get through this.

So, I will start with this:

Have you ever felt like there was something more you wanted from your life, but you can’t have? How would you describe that feeling?

Thanks for your input!

Cheers to Fears,

M. R. C.

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Zombified!

Yup, that’s me, Zombie Czar!

Though the entire Killercon weekend was a blast, one of my most interesting experiences was meeting Carter Reid, creator of The Zombie Nation. I’d always wondered what I would look like after the zombie apocalypse curses the Earth, forcing me to roam hungry when human flesh falls to short supply…

The Zombie Nation features a comic, blog, and the opportunity for you to get your personalized zombie art.

Thanks, Carter!

Check out The Zombie Nation (thezombienation.com)

Cheers to Fears,

M. R. C.

Surviving Killercon 4

Over the weekend, I attended Killercon 4 at the Stratosphere in Las Vegas.  Not only did the conference offer an amazing list of honored guests, author and editor panels, and readings from many established authors in the horror genre, it was an opportunity for me to meet a lot of great people and make some new friends.

The amount of talent was never in short supply. Among the guests of honor were Jack Ketchum, William F. Nolan, F. Paul Wilson, Brian Keene, Don D’Auria, Mignon Fogarty, and Kelley Armstrong. Other guests included John Skipp, Edward Lee, and, of course, convention organizer, Wrath James White. I had the chance to speak with most of them, and I’ve got to say, they were some of the friendliest people I have ever met.

I have to thank everyone that was there, though, for making this the best first horror convention. The horror writing community is full of some of the coolest, supportive artists I have ever met.

On Friday night, I participated in my first erotic horror flash fiction contest, in which I read a story written only the night before. Though my story went over the allowed time, and I didn’t place, I received some awesome feedback from many of the other writers. Overall, the experience was fun, and I can’t wait to do it again.

The Shock Totem team was there, too, and it was the first time I had ever met most of them. So, I have to give a special shout out to all of them: Ken, Sarah, Nick, John, and Mercedes. Thanks for making me feel welcome in your group. 🙂

What a great weekend! There are more pictures out there somewhere. When I find out who has them, I’ll post some of the good ones.

Cheers to Fears,

M. R. C.

More to Follow

Hey everyone. Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted here. It’s been a busy summer, and it looks like I will be even busier going into the new school year.  I haven’t gone away, and I will return to posting soon.

I am planning on making some small changes to my blog in the near future; no worries, though, as all of my original intentions are to remain intact. I am simply looking to expand my content.  More on this to follow soon.

For now, check out this awesome news!

Eli Roth’s Goretorium

Cheers to Fears,

M. R. C.

Marriage Kills

A couple of months ago, I was asked if I wanted to do book reviews for the horror magazine Shock Totem‘s website.   I was beyond excited at the opportunity to do this, as I love reading this magazine!

My first official book review went up last night. Check it out!

From Shock Totem:

“’Til death do us part” takes on a whole new meaning in the wedding-themed anthology, With This Ring, I Bleed, Dead!, edited by Charlotte Emma Gledson and Lyle Perez-Tinics for Rainstorm Press

Read the rest at Shock Totem

Cheers to Fears,

M. R. C.

8,000 Feet in Under a Minute

I am an adrenaline junky.  And there is no better way to spike those levels of sweet, heart-pounding sauce coursing through my veins than facing some of my biggest fears.  Last weekend, I did just that when I leaped from the open hatch of a small plane over Primm, Nevada.

Sheryl and I, with our instructors, tucked into the plane and sat on the padded floor (there was no room for seats, other than the pilot’s).  As we made the ascent from the runway, hatch wide open next to me, I watched as the desert bushes and Joshua trees shrank to tiny dots that freckled the landscape.  I remember wondering, When are they going to close the hatch?

They didn’t.

We approached the drop point, and my instructor told me to swing my legs over the edge of the plane.  The last thing I heard was, “You ready?”

Then we were falling.  I didn’t even have time to think about what was about to happen.  Probably a good thing, too.  Thinking can get you in trouble, and I imagine that if I had, I would’ve been holding the edge of the door, yelling at the instructor that if we were going to leave that plane, he would have to rip my fingers from their sockets.

Instead, I fell.  Fast.

Contrary to the look of sheer terror on my face, the experience was exhilarating.   As we fell at speeds around 120 mph, the wind rushed around me, blowing through my hair, and nearly separating my cheeks from my face.  But, when the parachute opened, and the fear and adrenaline subsided, an unexpected feeling flourished: peace.  we were floating through a space that lacked the usual sounds of the city.  There was only the gentle breeze and the sight of mountains stretching out into the distance.

Before my feet hit the gravel, I knew one thing for sure: even though it was one of the most frightening experiences of my life, I have to go again.  And again, and again.

Thanks again to Jace at Sin City Skydiving!

What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

Cheers to Fears,

 

M. R. C.

They’re Here! Finally!

The last few weeks have been quite busy with writing contests, book reviews, and getting my seventh-graders ready for finals.  But, I finally finished the three ending drafts to End of Harvest!

I must say that I had no idea what I was getting into when I decided to write multiple endings to this story.  It’s hard enough coming up with one.  The most difficult part of this experience was writing an ending I liked, and then having to start over again and write something that was completely different; then, do the same thing one more time.  I plan on editing this story as a whole, in the future, and will make it available, free, when it is complete.

These three endings reflect some of the many suggestions that I received after posting the original story.  What I’m asking you all to do is vote on which one you think works best as the “proper” ending to this story.

Links to the endings are at the end of the story.

Thank you to everyone who helped me with this one.

Cheers to Fears,

M. R. C.

Paul Dail Defines Horror

What do you think of when you hear the word “horror”? Here’s a great post from Friday by horror author Paul D. Dail about defining the genre. Read the whole article by clicking the link or visiting pauldail.com. Thanks for the insight, Paul!

Paul D. Dail

What’s news for horror writer Paul D. Dail?

I was pleased this last week to find out that my #luckyseven post & review of The Cabin in the Woods was picked up by The Nurture Your BOOKS Daily e-paper.  This is a fun electronic periodical that you can find by clicking here.

What does the future hold?

Next Friday, I’ll be posting a review of Jonathan D. Allen’s Corridors of the Dead.  Speaking of genres that I’m not necessarily sure I understand, Allen’s book is Urban Fantasy.  But perhaps what surprised me most was when I saw he was also working the “Lesbian Fiction” market at Amazon.

Curious?  I was.  Hope you’ll check back next Friday.

But without further ado…

This post will be my contribution to a series of posts started by TESSpecFic group mate Marie Loughin on the nature of “Horror.”

(TESSpecFic: The Emissaries of Strange Speculative…

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KillerCon 4 and Other News

(photo credit: KillerCon.com)

Well it’s official: I will be attending KillerCon 4 on September 20-23 at the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas.  I am beyond excited about this event.  While the organizers don’t have a lot of information about the conference posted on the website yet, there is already an impressive list of special guests, including horror legends William F. Nolan and Jack Ketchum. All you horror writers and fans out there that will be in the Las Vegas area during these dates should check out the KillerCon website and sign up early!

In Other News…

I had to take a short break from writing the endings to End of Harvest for the week because of a flash fiction piece I started working on for a contest through horror magazine Shock Totem (If you’re not familiar with this ‘zine, check it out!).  But, I have one of those endings finished and will start working of the other two in the upcoming week, so stay tuned and look for them in the near future.  If you haven’t read the beginning of the story yet, check it out so you can help decide how it will end.

Read This Book:

I recently picked up the book The Girl Next Door, by Jack Ketchum, and spent an entire day reading.   What a book!  It is a horrific story about the torture of a teenage girl by her sadistic aunt, told through the eyes of the boy next door.  As much as I couldn’t stand to bear witness to many of the events, I couldn’t put it down.  If you’ve never read anything by Ketchum, get to the bookstore and pick this one up.  Be prepared to throw it across the room a few times (though you’ll run to pick it right back up again).

I will be working on some full book reviews in the near future, so I’ll be sure to post links to these as they’re finished.

Has anyone stumbled across any horror or dark fantasy lately that is a must read/see?

Cheers to Fears,

M. R. C.