I had the opportunity to read my poem “Hide and Seek in Haunted Spaces” for the HWA blog. Thanks so much to Angela Yuriko Smith for putting this together. You can watch the recording here: https://horror.org/roni-stinger-reads-from-poetry-showcase-ix/
If you’d like to watch the recording of the Fright Fest readings, you can find it here:
Don’t tell anyone I snuck into this reading with these amazingly talented writers…okay, tell everyone. Come hear them read, and then stick around and listen to me too. I’ll read a few horrifying poems and a scary little tale. Free registration through Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fright-fest-horror-readings-thurs-oct-27-noon-1-pm-est-tickets-401426125347
(Originally published in the September HWA Newsletter)
September 1, 2022 by HWAWeb
Willamette Writers is a community of writers based in the Pacific Northwest. Like many organizations, much of their offerings have gone online since the pandemic, and while we all miss in-person events, going online opens the door to writers from all over the world.
This year’s conference was a hybrid event with both in-person and online offerings that drew over 300 attendees. It also happened to be my first in-person conference, and I’m hooked. My anxiety has kept me from doing these things, but now I’m ready for StokerCon™ 2023. I need to see my Halloween people! But, back to the WW conference.
The in-person conference kicked off with a silent auction boasting signed Dean Koontz novels, wine baskets, and much more, along with a Writer’s Fair featuring many local and national organizations. These were open to the public and brought in a nice-sized crowd.
The conference hosted master classes, workshops, pitches, critiques, and panels with over fifty industry professionals. Keynotes from Laura Stanfill (publisher of Forest Avenue Press and author of Singing Lessons for the Stylish Canary) and Mark Oshiro (author of Anger is a Gift and Each of Us a Desert) were interesting and inspiring, as were the delicious appetizers, desserts, and brunch. The fledgling juncos hopping around on the patio were adorable, too!
The highlight this year, for us horror folks, was a panel with Wendy Wagner (Editor-in-Chief of Nightmare Magazine and author of The Deer Kings), Kelly McWilliams (author of Agnes at the End of the World and Mirror Girls), moderated by Mark Teppo (Underland Press). The full-capacity attendance attested to the fact that our genre is going strong.
Here’s a few of the subjects discussed at the panel:
– The need for more middle-grade horror and the value of giving kids the opportunities to inhabit experiences that aren’t theirs to provide empathy, insight, and understanding of the world beyond them.
– The vibrancy of the small-press horror market. Wendy Wagner said, “Be a freak. Somewhere out there are a dozen people who want to read that.” Will do, Wendy!
– And, how marketing for horror at the agent/editor/publisher level and the bookstore level are different. A book can be as “upmarket, buzz-ready, contemporary classic, genre-buster” as it likes, but, if it has monsters, it goes on the horror shelf, because horror fans show up for the monsters, whereas everyone else wants buzz words but are freaked out by monsters.
I had an amazing conference experience, and loved making new writer friends, as well as connecting with those I’d only known online. Next year, we’ll have an HWA booth at that writer’s fair!
“Fall Preserves” my dark story about dissociation, trauma, and healing is in Rewired: Divergent Perspectives in Horror dropping September 2022.
Look at this beautiful cover!
Available for preorder in E-book and paperback at Ghost Orchid Press.
This is a fun little story suitable for all audiences. Free to read. Follow the link below!
(Illustration by Maria Korolov based on image via Pixabay.)
I am so excited for this release. It includes my story, “The Ground Shook”. This is one of my favorites. Meera arrived on the page and insisted her story be written. She’s determined to bring back her daddy, no matter what it takes or what might be happening in the world around her. Meera’s story is a dark, creepy, and emotional one, but not without love and hope.
A sample of Issue 009 is available here: https://darkmattermagazine.com/issues/issue-009/
Honored to share a table of contents with these amazing writers, Noah Codega, Andrew Sullivan, R.L Meza, Monte Lin, Rich Larson, Ai Jiang, Mark Joslyn, Warren Benedetto, Alex Woodroe, and Christi Nogle. As well as, incredible artists Asher, The Art District’86 and cover artist artofolly. Art features and editorials by Rob Carroll are always fantastic. And, there’s an author interview with Anne Heltzel by Jena Brown and upcoming submission news by Anna Madden. Dark Matter Magazine is one of the best out there, and it’s exciting to watch the press grow.
You can order digital issues and preorder print issues here: https://darkmattermagazine.shop/collections/issue-009
Including my story “Worm Bagging” alongside fiction, poetry, and articles from some of my favorite writers.
“Worm Bagging” is a creepy epistolary story of exploration and discovery in the isolated cave system of Imawari Yeuta. Read if you dare.