Your First Hate Mail: My First Guest Post of 2011. Woo hoo!

“Your First Hate Mail: How Life Can Change After Working For a Magazine” has gone live at The Fictorian Era.  Go! Read it! Support them! But first, let me tell you about our little literary meet-cute. So I was at World Fantasy Con in October.  Besides geeking out over some of my favorite authors, I was also scouring the joint … Read More

Ho Ho Ho: Horror and Holidays

Shock Totem has gone digital.  You can now buy every dark, sexy issue in a digital format.  Hooray, yahoo! But even better, you can pick up a copy of Shock Totem: Holiday Tales of the Macabre and Twisted for 99 cents.  Take a look at this beauty.  Isn’t this a stunning cover? This special holiday issue of Shock Totem features … Read More

A Wicked Awesome Shock Totem Contest

Hey, everybody!  Shock Totem is up to some incredible things.  I mean, some really, really cool stuff.  I was so excited about Ken’s awesome cypher that I’m just going to post this in its entirety.  Give your brain a little exercise and join the contest! It’s all going on at www.shocktotem.com.  Ken will take it from here. As some of … Read More

Burn, Baby, Burn

Wanna know what Shock Totem editor Ken Wood thought of my Demons story?  He thought it was so awesome that it set his heart aflame! Or maybe he was just angry that I named the demon Tam.  Nah, I choose the setting his heart aflame thing instead.

Shock Totem Has Reopened Its Doors!

GUIDELINES STATUS: OPEN To submit or check the status of a previous submission, click here. WHAT WE WANT: Fiction: We consider original, unpublished stories within the confines of dark fantasy and horror—mystery, suspense, supernatural, morbid humor, fantasy, etc. Stories must have a clear horror element. We’re looking for short stories up to 5,000 words (firm). Nonfiction: We want journalism, well-researched … Read More

In Which Ken Covers For Me

Hi again! Finally busted out of the hospital after a week.  Chances are very good that I’ll go right back in, but in the meantime I’m enjoying being at home and not having an IV stuck in my arm. Good spirits, everybody! Ken, the editor at Shock Totem, called me yesterday.  After promptly hanging up on him (he sounded like a freakin’ … Read More

Being At The Right Place At The Right Time

  It all comes down to luck, right?  You always hear about models who were discovered while standing in line at the bank, or while walking the mall.  Musicians share a cab with a stranger who magically turns out to be A Big Name.  Spec Fiction writers happen to strike up conversations with editors of spec fic anthologies.  The stars … Read More

Five No-Fee Writing Contests

I love a good contest.  Even more than a good contest, I love a good contest without a reading fee.  Back when I was in college, one of my teachers advised us to stay away from fee-based contests.  “You’re writers,” he pointed out.  (He also pointed out that we were college students, which was painfully obvious by our ratty sweatshirts and … Read More

Shock Totem Has A New Blog. And It’s Awesome.

Seriously, I love this cover so much that I want it for wall art in my home.  Would my sweet husband agree? Probably not so much.  Perhaps I’ll hang it over my writing desk. Anyway! Shock Totem has  a new blog to go with our shiny new website.   The blog is constantly updated with new information.  Book, music, and movie reviews, contests, … Read More