I’m the Featured Author in The Siren’s Call!

I’m absolutely delighted that The Siren’s Call highlighted me as their Featured Author for Women In Horror Month! What an honor. I apologize for my tardiness in posting this, but I’ve been dealing with migraines for a few weeks and I’m a bit behind. But you can get your free download of this fantastic issue here.  The staff works hard on … Read More

Desert Companion: Mercedes M. Yardley's "My Space"

The Desert Companion ran a piece on my writing space in their December issue.  Scott Dickensheets did a write-up of all of my various odds and ends while Brent Holmes threw himself on the floor to take some pictures of my teeny, tiny little area. My writing space is literally the corner of my bedroom. I found myself apologizing. “I’m sorry … Read More

Where Nightmares Come From! And A Reading!

Today is the launch of Crystal Lake’s WHERE NIGHTMARES COME FROM anthology! In celebration, I did a reading from part of my included essay, titled “Bringing An Idea To Life Through Language.”  I hope you enjoy. It’s finally here! WHERE NIGHTMARES COME FROM: THE ART OF STORYTELLING IN THE HORROR GENRE is now available in paperback and Kindle: http://getbook.at/Nightmares1 “Dip in … Read More

A Mormon Walks Into A Bar With A Book About Murder.

It sounds like I’m setting you up for a bad joke, but it’s really what I call Friday night. I had just done a reading of Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love at a cool local venue, and then stopped by to get dinner at the casino’s bar in order to eat yums and validate my parking. … Read More

Todd Keisling's ULT Release Party Tonight! Win Stuff!

I love Todd’s UGLY LITTLE THINGS collection. In fact, I love it so much that I wrote the foreword. It’s a sad, intelligent, thoughtful collection with nuanced emotion, and it releases today. Come join the Facebook Release Party at 8 pm Eastern for a reading, interaction, and prizes! You can win a few of my books, as well. Hope to … Read More

Stokercon Wrap-up with Pictures!

Stokercon was wonderful and busy and bursting with people I love and people I’ll love as soon as I get to know them better. What a cool experience! It took place on the Queen Mary, which was a phenomenal big ship. It was even sweeter in banana split form. I spent time with part of the Gamut staff and other … Read More

Eeee! Stokercon 2017!

It’s going to be so much fun. I’ll be hanging with dear friends and the Gamut staff down at the Queen Mary on Long Beach. Will you be there? Let’s meet up! Here is my schedule: Thu, April 27, 3pm – 4pm Librarians’ Day Building Diverse Horror Collections Description: International horror, horror written by women, horror about people of color. Learn … Read More

This Is Horror Episode 120…With Outtakes!

This is the second  part of the two part interview with This Is Horror. We discussed Gamut, rejections, and fairytales. Also, exploding Coke Zero bottles, selling organs on the black market, and about ten minutes of outtakes. There was a lot of laughter. The three of us were giggly things. The thing with interviews is that you never quite know the direction … Read More

My Darlings, May I Read You A Story?

Last night was a crazy night with SWAT going after the people two houses down. We heard megaphones and sirens and what could have been flash bombs, but the girls and I were huddled together on the bottom bunk, telling stories to distract ourselves from the fear. Because stories make everything better, and listening to a story is one of … Read More

Painted Stories. Check Out This Art!

The reading was a wonderful experience. I went in to it pretty worn out and exhausted, but I felt rejuvenated by the time I left. Wonderful organizers and a warm, receptive audience really made for a good time. But the art. Oh, the art! I read a section from Nameless: The Darkness Comes while two intriguing artists with wildly different … Read More