Archive | May 2021

Who Loves Horror?

When I was in 8th grade, my mom took me to see The Shining. That started my love for all things horror. But not slasher horror (though I did used to go to all those types of movies with one of my cousins growing up), but more pschological horror. The ones that make you think, the ones that make you go cold in fear when you realize what’s happening. The ones that linger with you long after the story is gone.

Stephen King wrote this one short story called The Jaunt that has stuck with me for YEARS and I found it absolutely terrifying. There is no blood, gore, nothing like that. But at its core, it’s terrifying. All I’ll say is that this short story is about teleportation and people being sedated as they go through it. The short story collection is called SKELETON CREW and I highly recommend it.

I love writing short horror stories and for years I entered flash fiction contests and did entries for magazines. I compiled all of them into a short story collection called RICKET ROW. 28 Great Reviews so far with a 4.5 star rating. If you like creepy horror then you will enjoy this collection. Zombies, kids, babies, clowns, and other esoteric horror themes. And, it’s just 99 cents. Love to hear what you think of it and which of the tales is your favorite. One of mine is Mr. & Mrs. Odd.

Stephen King SKELETON CREW: https://amzn.to/2SG0BvY

Elyse Salpeter RICKET ROW http://amzn.to/2iNIAI1

If you’d like some other books and authors to check out, look at this goodreads list of Short Story Horror Collections. Ricket Row is there along with top selections from King, Barker, Poe, Bradbury. https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/31956.Short_Horror_SciFi_Collections

Here’s a few other collections that I have not yet read, but look great!

RB Frank Bite Size Reads: bit.ly/BiteSizeReads Bite Size Reads is a collection of 23 short stories of murder, revenge, time travel and creepy things, all flavor enhanced with a dash of irony and a sprinkling of humor.

Jordan Grupe NO SLEEP TONIGHT: https://amzn.to/2RQg5NW No Sleep Tonight “collection of scary short stories – the latest offering of terror for those yearning for a bout of wild-eyed insomnia.”

A.J. Spencer HAUNTED AND HUNGRY: https://amzn.to/3vBr5Ny Haunted and Hungry “five short tales of vengeful spirits, hungry creatures, and bizarre entities.”

Happy Reading Everyone… and don’t shut off the lights…

How do you Measure Success… before you Give Up.

That’s a pretty ominous title, isn’t it? I won’t lie, I’ve been grappling with a lot of things since Covid started. I mean, we all have. Now that life is getting back to some semblance of normal, I’ve had some big realizations of “how much time and effort” I continue to put into certain efforts that while some might say have achieved success, my personal mentality has it sitting in a lukewarm bath where all the bubbles have basically fizzed out.

Let’s talk books. I have been trying for 14 years to be a successful novelist. Am I successful? To some, sure:

  • My Kelsey Porter series is six books deep
  • The Hunt for Xanadu has a review by the amazing novelist Douglas Preston
  • The Hunt for Xanadu was a $200 Jeopardy! question back in October 2016
  • My books get really great reviews for the most part, which makes me happy
  • My FLYING TO THE LIGHT series was on a ton of deaf websites and now in deaf schools around the country

BUT, I’m not selling anything. Well, not enough to sustain an actual wage. In fact, there are some months I can’t even get a latte at Starbucks with my earnings. This month is doing pretty good, for me, but would appall someone trying to pay their mortgage. To be honest, I’m just ecstatic someone is reading my novels and even happier when I get that coveted review.

But, it’s exhausting folks. Just exhausting.

When Covid hit, I published Book #6 in the Kelsey Porter series in May 2020. And then, for the first time in 14 years, I stopped writing. I mean, I literally ceased. I used to write every day. But it was as if my brain went on hold and had enough. Part of me wants to get back to it, but another part of me is sad at the same time. I do have one completely finished, and professionally edited, and beta read, genetic thriller sitting in my computer, but I’m leery to publish it. My beta readers and editor came back lukewarm to my bad guys, and the book has some racial undertones. Due to the current social climate of the world right now, I’m simply not strong enough to publish and withstand any backlash, because I’m 100% sure there will be as people are so sensitive right now, so this 75K romantic thriller is just sitting in my computer. I have thought about it a lot over the year. Do I revamp the bad guys? Do I change my characters? I just don’t know. I’m just too exhausted to start over. I mean, I love the book as it is, but… well… do I trust those who have reviewed it? Yep. But at the same time, I’m conflicted. So, it just sits…

I’ve decided to simply let life happen to me as it happens. If I want to write again one day, I will. Even doing this blog post is a big deal. I’ve been lax with that, too. But I think it will come back again. Once the world rights itself and once I get a chance to stop having to manage and navigate the emotional stresses all around me.

Be safe everyone. Try to find your joy. Love to hear from you.