Arterial Bloom Made the Preliminary Ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards!

Arterial Bloom is in the running for Superior Achievement in an Anthology! Who is over the moon? Why, I am! Simply over the moon. <3 Arterial Bloom is the little anthology that could, and I couldn’t be happier. From the gorgeous cover art by Todd Keisling to the layered, chilling stories within, I think it’s a beautiful and meaningful piece … Read More

Dead Headspace Podcast: A Roundtable on Faith and Horror

I had the best time on this podcast, my friends. Patrick R. McDonough and Brennan LaFaro invited Ronald Kelly, John Quick, Todd Keisling, and myself to discuss faith and horror. Three of us are active members of our faith, and Todd was the counterpoint agnostic point of view. It was an intriguing, respectful, thoughtful discussion about the juxtaposition of faith … Read More

Pimp a Friend Friday: Todd Keisling and Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman did a wonderful Q&A with Todd Keisling, and you should all read it. Seriously. Todd’s work is stellar and his character is even better. I can’t wait until he blows up in the literary world. The Geeky Writers and I constantly tell him that we’re going to ride his coattails to success. In fact, just today I referred … Read More

Arterial Bloom is Available for 99 cents!

Friends! I’m delighted to announce that my editorial baby, Arterial Bloom, is available for 99 cents. If you’ve wanted to discover something both beautiful and brutal, this is the anthology for you. I hope you enjoy. You can pick it up here.  Lush. Brutal. Beautiful. Visceral. Crystal Lake Publishing proudly presents Arterial Bloom, an artful juxtaposition of the magnificence and … Read More

July’s Reads

Reading has saved my sanity this quarantine. I read so much for work that I seldom have time to read for pleasure. Or, rather, I seldom make time because I feel like I can’t justify it. It’s a luxury and a joy and isn’t life supposed to be about work, work, work, and pushing yourself beyond your limit? Don’t we … Read More

This Is Horror Reviews Arterial Bloom!

I love the people at This Is Horror. They do good, quality work. I’m thrilled to see their review for Arterial Bloom! Thank you all so much for such a wonderful, carefully thought-out interview. It made my day! You can read their review HERE.   Arterial Bloom is an anthology which is hard to pick flaws in. Each of its … Read More

Happy Launch Day, Arterial Bloom!

Today is the day! She rose out of blood, sweat, and tears, and she’s such a lovely beast. Happy Launch Day to Arterial Bloom. I couldn’t be more proud. Thanks to Joe from Crystal Lake, Todd Keisling for the art and interiors, the readers, proofers, and these amazing authors who allowed me to share their stories. We worked very hard … Read More

Arterial Bloom is Out Now! And an Online Scavenger Hunt!

Oh, my friends! My friends! It happened! Arterial Bloom released! Crystal Lake Publishing proudly presents Arterial Bloom, an artful juxtaposition of the magnificence and macabre that exist within mankind. Each tale in this collection is resplendent with beauty, teeth, and heart. Edited by the Bram Stoker Award-winning writer Mercedes M. Yardley, Arterial Bloom is a literary experience featuring 16 stories … Read More

Pre-Order the Arterial Bloom Anthology!

Oh, my friends! I am so incredibly excited for this day! You are able to pre-order the Arterial Bloom Anthology! Eeeeee! Pre-orders help the book make a bigger splash on release day, which helps get the word out a little bit more. You can pre-order here. Lush. Brutal. Beautiful. Visceral. Crystal Lake Publishing proudly presents Arterial Bloom, an artful juxtaposition … Read More

Kelli Owen Rounds Out the Arterial Bloom Anthology!

My friends! What a delight it is to announce the final author in the Arterial Bloom horror anthology! Last but certainly not least, Kelli Owen rounds everything out beautifully with her macabre story “Still Life.” She writes a fearlessly wistful story about holding the darkness in your hands. I’m so delighted to have her aboard!   She wished she’d been … Read More