Evolution of Evil – “Am I Evil?” – Jay Requard

Am I Evil? By Jay Requard   Believe it or not, I’m pissed off. I’m pissed off because I failed Conjer, Emma, and whoever that vampire-fop that ended up beheaded at the end of the third act. I failed them all, and every bit of it has to do with the fact that I didn’t know if I could be what I needed to be. I didn’t know if I could be evil. I consider myself a Heroic Fantasy author, so you probably imagine the kind of cognitive dissonance that entailed. The first story, The Chase, appeared in The Big […]

Women in Horror Month Guest Post by Nicole Givens Kurtz

Nicole and I once sat on a panel together about “Writing the Other” in which I had to state that as a straight white man I had no idea what I was doing there. As a black woman, Nicole was wondering what I was doing there, too! We were great friends before, and even better friends since that panel, and it’s always an honor and privilege to share her words. Listen to what she has to say about Women in Horror.  13 Wonderfully Wicked Women in Horror Writers Horror—long synonymous with famous and male authors like Poe, King, Baker, Kootz, and […]

Musings

So it’s been a tough week. My friend Bob died on Sunday, and Monday would have been my mothers 82nd birthday. Couple that with writing a horror story and the sequel to Raising Hell, and I’ve been in kind of a melancholy place this week. Which is a bummer, because some good things are happening. Tonight was a very entertaining writer’s meetup group with Gail Martin, Jay Requard, Darin Kennedy, Jaym Gates, Nicole Burns and a bunch of other folks, and I’ve started getting things lined up for Connooga. I’ve got my panel schedule, which I’ll unveil a little later, and […]

How Do You Voodoo? – Guest Post by Eden Royce

You might have heard about this little anthology I’ve got coming out that I co-created and co-edited with Emily Lavin Leverett, call The Big Bad II. All month I’ll be hosting guest blog posts from authors in the anthology talking about the Evolution of Evil – how they came up with their story for The Big Bad. This is Eden Royce’s take.  When asked to write about how I came up with the concept for my Big Bad II story, “Voodooesque”, I wondered what to write. I wanted to say, “It’s a true account of what I did last week! C’mon!” […]

Evolution of Evil – “A Family Affair” by Selah Janel

I use Selah Janel’s story in The Big Bad volume 1 as both a cautionary tale on everything NOT to do when submitting to an anthology, as well as a cautionary tale on the benefits of being friends with people in the industry, most notably editors or people who might one day become editors. When Selah and I became friends, I had no intentions of editing anything, much less a series of horror anthologies. But I did, and when it came time to start reading for The Big Bad, I got an email from Selah saying (basically) “I have a […]

SFWA to allow Self-Published Authors. In other news, dogs & cats sleeping together…

Not really. But it kinda has felt like that from the outside. Let’s get my view of the facts out of the way first before I go into my conflicted feelings about this whole SFWA v. self-published authors thing. Starting March 1, self-published and small press authors who meet a certain earning threshold (I believe it’s $3,000 over a twelve-month period for one novel-length work, or some amount of cents per word equaling some dollar amount for short stories – I didn’t really pay attention to the short story criteria) will be eligible to join Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers […]

Evolution of Evil-“Sweet Tooth” Guest Post by Nicole Givens Kurtz

You might have heard about this little anthology I’ve got coming out that I co-created and co-edited with Emily Lavin Leverett, call The Big Bad II. All month I’ll be hosting guest blog posts from authors in the anthology talking about the Evolution of Evil – how they came up with their story for The Big Bad. This is Nicole’s take.  I’m an 80s brat. Born in ’74 (still younger than me! – JH), but reared on the Eagles, The Police, Michael Jackson, and Prince. My coming of age years sprouted firm and fully underneath the bestseller might of V.C. Andrews and […]