Digital versions and preorders of Dark Matter Magazine Issue 009 are available now!

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

Under Her Skin: A Women In Horror Poetry Collection, Volume I

There’s been much buzz about this one and rightly so. I may be a bit biased as I am honored to have three poems, “Intimate Communion”, “Molting”, and “Zombification”, in this amazing collection, but the TOC, the sneak peeks, and the spotlights have been spectacular.

This collection edited by Lindy Ryan and Toni Miller with incredible cover art by Lynne Hansen, a foreword by Linda D. Addison and illustrations by Marge Simon releases April 2022.

Until then, check out these spotlights and reviews:

https://www.glitterandgravedust.com/blog/under-her-skin

Another cover and TOC reveal:
https://thenerddaily.com/under-her-skin

Poem Previews:
https://www.fangoria.com/original/under-her-skin
https://www.scifinow.co.uk/books/under-her-skin-cover-and-poetry-reveal

Release announcements:
https://www.horrorscreamsvideovault.co.uk/2021/10/ https://joyhorrorentertainment.blogspot.com/2021/10/
https://horrorpatch.com/2021/10
https://www.pophorror.com/black-spot-books
https://horrornews.net/169853/black-spot-books
https://www.horror-asylum.com/news/black-spot-books
https://dreadfulesque.com/review-under-her-skin-a-women-in-horror-poetry-collection
More NetGalley Reviews:

April: National Poetry Month

April was National Poetry Month and to celebrate I set out to write a poem a day. I finished my 30th poem of the month today, April 30th. These are all first drafts. They will need a bit more refining before I submit them to markets. Nevertheless, I have 30 new poems.

Three of the thirty, I polished and submitted to Under Her Skin: A women in Horror Poetry Showcase. I’m honored that they were accepted and will be included in the showcase slated for release in April 2022.

I also enjoyed reading a few poetry collections this month: A Collection of Nightmares by Christina Sng, Cradleland of Parasites by Sara Tantlinger and Brothel by Stephanie M. Wytovich. All wonderful reads by fantastic horror poets.

For more poetry inspiration, though the women above provided plenty, I read two books on the craft of poetry: The Triggering Town: lectures and essays on poetry and writing by Richard Hugo and Poemcrazy: freeing your life with words by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge. I learned something, or several somethings, from both of them and would recommend.

The above are my reads for this month. There are many more amazing poets and craft books I’d recommend, as well. Perhaps I’ll do some future blog posts on them, or feel free to email for personalized recommendations.

First draft is done!

The shitty first draft is done! Coming in at 54,777 words, it has some growing and refining to go, but the bones are all there.

Thanks to my wonderful editor/mentor/teacher Richard Thomas and my comrades in his Novel in a Year workshop for helping me make it less shitty than it would have been writing on my own. Huge thanks go out to them for all their feedback and support along the way!

Also, so much love and gratitude to my wonderful friends Carina Bissett and Katherine Wagner, without whose support I wouldn’t have gotten words on the page as many days as I did.

And my amazing husband, Gary Slye, who has always been my greatest cheerleader and dedicated reader, I cannot express how thankful I am for everything he does.

Thanks to my mother, Donna Royer, who introduced me to Dr. Seuss and Stephen King and gave me a love of reading and horror.

Last, but not least, the ever-supportive writing community of which I can’t list all the people who have cheered, listened, and offered encouragement along the way. You all are the best!

And yes, you will see these again once I finish the final draft, again when I find a publisher, and again when my book is published lol.

Now on to revisions!