Seventh Star Press 99c Cyber Monday Sale

Seventh Star Press will be having a great Cyber Monday Sale that will coincide with a big contest, Feel the Fire III.

The sale will feature titles by all Seventh Star Press authors at 99 cents on Kindle, as well as all anthologies.  The sale will be for one day only, Cyber Monday, December 1, 2014.

Click here to read more.

The sale will feature 3 anthologies with my stories in:

Tales of the unseelie courtA Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court: http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Unseelie-Court-ebook/dp/B00IAHTVSC

the end was not the end - coverThe End Was Not the End: http://www.amazon.com/The-End-Was-Not-Post-Apocalyptic-ebook/dp/B00C3ZWA58

perfect-flaw-cover-webversionPerfect Flaw: http://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Flaw-Robin-Blankenship-ebook/dp/B00BWTKXZK

Jackie Gamber and H. David Blalock Round 2 Interview Questions

Today, I’m thrilled to be continuing the interview questions started over on The Rage Circus Vs the Soulless Void for TCM’s Trilogy Virtual Tour.  Jackie Gamber and H. David Blalock have kindly answered my questions on their writing habits and inspiration.

First, over to Jackie Gamber:

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DD. Which writers inspired – or continue to inspire you – to write?

JG: I’m a huge Ray Bradbury fan. I have a specific memory, while reading “Fahrenheit 451” of thinking, “I want to write like this. I want to do this.” It took me years to work up the courage to give it a try, but Bradbury’s influence definitely had a hand in it.

DD: Do you have a special time of day that you prefer to write?

JG: I love to write first thing in the morning. In fact, I’d say I’m driven to the laptop, most occasions, before I’m even fully awake. I often wake up already thinking and puzzling, and bursting to figure stuff out.

DD: Do you have any tips on overcoming writer’s block?

JG: I can share my personal experience with writers’ block as something very real. I know there is raging debate over whether or not it exists, because some writers never experience it; but to me, that’s like saying no broken bones exist because “I’ve never broken one.” I have experienced it more as a cork, as though words are all bottled up behind it, and I can’t seem to access them. I find it to be a symptom of something else, something amiss in my personal life, whether it be physical, emotional, or mental. I’ve learned to take it as a sign to something deeper. When I address that issue, the words flow again.

DD: Are you an e-book person, or do you prefer to own a hard copy?

JG: I’m totally both. I love e-books for the immediacy of it; when I’m in the mood for a new read, I can shop and have it in my hands in moments. That, my friends, is a miracle. But I have bookshelves full of hard copies, too. I like to run my hands over them, smell them. I can see them everyday, they become part of my environment, and I believe they feed my mind with possibilities, even when they are sitting still.

Author Links:
Jackie Gamber
Website: www.jackiegamber.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jackie-Gamber-Story-Artist/334783969938507
Twitter: @jackiegamber


 

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DD: Which writers inspired – or continue to inspire you – to write?

HDB: I have always admired the work of the writers of the first part of the 20th century. People like Lovecraft, Howard, Bradbury, Norton, even Asimov. It was the psychological impact of their writings more than the plots that affected me. It’s been said there are really only a few story lines and all fiction is merely variations on those themes. How those writers took those common themes and presented them in a way that evoked a nearly visceral impact inspired me to want to join that company.

DD: Do you have a special time of day that you prefer to write?

HDB: I write as often and whenever I can. My favorite time, though, is while it rains. I like to sit on my porch and listen to the rain and wind. There’s a certain music to that which makes it easier to hear the muse. Not sure exactly why.

DD: Do you have any tips on overcoming writer’s block?

HDB: I find that working on more than one project at a time makes it easier to avoid writer’s block. When you’re writing several stories if you find yourself stuck you can always set that one aside for a bit and work on another. A little time away from the blocked story does wonders to cure the problem.

DD:. Are you an e-book person, or do you prefer to own a hard copy?

HDB: Personally, I prefer the feel of a real book. I understand the appeal and convenience of the e-book in a society addicted to its portable computers and smart phones. Nevertheless, the tactile satisfaction of the weight of the book, the smell of the page, the knowledge it won’t disappear with battery failure or break if dropped, all those things make me prefer hard copy.

H. David Blalock
Website: http://thrankeep.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Writer.HDavidBlalock
Twitter: @Hdavidblalock


 

Special Trilogy Virtual Tour
Authors:
Jackie Gamber and H. David Blalock
Featured Books:
Jackie Gamber’s Leland Dragon Series
H. David Blalock’s Angelkiller Triad

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JackieGamberBWAbout Jackie Gamber: As an award winning author, Jackie writes stories ranging from ultra-short to novel-length, varieties of which have appeared in anthologies such as Tales of Fantasy and Dragons Composed, as well as numerous periodical publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, The Binnacle, Mindflights Magazine, Necrotic Tissue, and Shroud. She is the author of the fantasy novel Redheart and Sela, and writing an alternate history time travel novel. She blogs professionally for English Tea Store.com, where she reviews classic science fiction and fantasy novels and pairs them with the ideal tea-sipping companion.

Jackie is a member of the professional organizations Science Fiction Writers of America and Horror Writers Association. She was named honorable mention in L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Award, and received a 2008 Darrell Award for best short story by a Mid-South author. She is the winner of the 2009 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award for Imaginative Fiction for her story The Freak Museum, a post-apocalyptic tale that looks closely at perceptions and outward appearances and how they affect the way we see ourselves. Jackie Gamber was co-founder and Executive Editor of Meadowhawk Press, a speculative fiction publisher based in Memphis. One of their novels, Terminal Mind by David Walton, won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award in 2009. Jackie also edited the award winning benefit anthology, Touched By Wonder. She has been a guest lecturer at Memphis Options High Schools, and is a speaker at writers’ conferences from Michigan to Florida. Jackie is also the visionary behind the MidSouthCon Writers’ Conference, helping writers connect since 2008.

 

GamberBookOne_RedheartCoverJackie Gamber’s Redheart Book Synopsis: Enter the lands of Leland Province, where dragon and human societies have long dwelled side by side. Superstitions rise sharply, as a severe drought strips the land of its bounty, providing fertile ground for the darker ambitions of Fordon Blackclaw, Dragon Council Leader, who seeks to subdue humans or wipe them off the face of the land.
As the shadow of danger creeps across Leland Province, a young dragon named Kallon Redheart, who has turned his back on dragons and humans alike, comes into an unexpected friendship. Riza Diantus is a young woman whose dreams can no longer be contained by the narrow confines of her village, and when she finds herself in peril, Kallon is the only one with the power to save her. Yet to do so means he must confront his past, and embrace a future he stopped believing in.
A tale of friendship, courage, and ultimate destiny, Redheart invites readers to a wondrous journey through the Leland Dragon Series.

 

HDavidBlalockBWAbout H. David Blalock: Born in San Antonio, Texas, David spent the majority of his formative years in Jacksonville, Florida. At the age of 16, his family moved to the Panama Canal Zone where David finished school and entered employment with the Department of Defense as a Powerhouse Electrician.
Hiring into the FAA, he returned with his wife and two daughters to the States and settled briefly in Gulfport, MS. A few years later, he moved to Memphis, TN, as an Air Traffic Controller for the Memphis ARTCC. There he remained until his retirement.
David’s writing has appeared in numerous anthologies, magazines, webzines, and writer’s sites. His work continues to appear on a regular basis through multiple publishing houses.

 

BlalockBookOne_AngelkillerCoverH, David Blalock’s Angelkiller Book Synopsis: Why do bad things happen to good people? Simple. In the ancient war between the Angels of Light and Darkness, the Dark won. Now it is the job of an undercover force simply known as The Army to rectify that.

Using every tool available, The Army has worked to liberate our world from The Enemy for thousands of years, slowly and painfully lifting Mankind out of the dark. On the front of the great Conflict are the Angelkillers, veterans of the fight with centuries of experience.

Jonah Mason is an Angelkiller, and his cell is targeted as part of plot to unseat a very powerful Minion of The Enemy. Mason and his troop are drawn into a battle that stretches from real-time to virtual reality and back. The Conflict is about to expand into cyberspace, and if Mason is unable to stop it, The Enemy will have gained dominion over yet another realm

Tour Schedule and Activities

9/8 SpecMusicMuse Review
9/8 The Rage Circus Vs. The Soulless Void Multi-Blogger Interview Part 1
9/8 Horror Tree Guest Post (Blalock)
9/8 Elizabeth Delana Rosa ~Book Lover & Creator of Worlds~  Guest Post (Gamber)
9/9 Jorie Loves a Story Guest Post (About Gamber)
9/9 I Smell Sheep Interactive Thread with Jackie and Dave
9/9 Armand Rosamilia, Horror Author Guest Post (Blalock)
9/10 The Southern Belle from Hell Art of the Angelkiller Triad (Blalock)
9/10 Bee’s Knees Review Guest Post (Gamber)
9/10 Blog of Sheila Deeth Guest Post (Gamber)
9/10 The Official Writing Blog of Deedee Davies Multi-Blogger Interview Part 2
9/10 Seers, Seraphs, Immortals & More Jackie Gamber Interviews H. David Blalock
9/11 Seers, Seraphs, Immortals & More H. David Blalock Interviews Jackie Gamber
9/11 Workaday Reads Guest Post (Gamber)
9/12 Vampires, Witches, & Me, Oh My! Guest Post (Gamber)
9/12 Trip Through My Mind Multi-Blogger Interview Part 3
9/12 Beauty In Ruins Guest Post (Blalock)
9/13 Jess Resides Here Review
9/14 Willow’s Author Love Guest Post (Blalock)
9/14 Fantastical Musings Multi-Blogger Interview Part 4
9/14 Jorie Loves a Story Guest Post (Gamber)

Amazon Links for Redheart, the First Book of Jackie Gamber’s Leland Dragon Series:

Kindle Version: http://www.amazon.com/Redheart-Leland-Dragon-Jackie-Gamber-ebook/dp/B004VFNJIA
Print Version: http://www.amazon.com/Redheart-Leland-Dragon-Jackie-Gamber/dp/0983108676

Amazon Links for Angelkiller, the First Book of H. David Blalock’s Angelkiller Triad:

Kindle Version: http://www.amazon.com/Angelkiller-Triad-Book-1-ebook/dp/B006CR84AI
Print Version: http://www.amazon.com/Angelkiller-H-David-Blalock/dp/0983740232

Bob Freeman Guest Post: Top Ten Scariest Moments in Horror Films

I’m delighted to host a guest post for Bob Freeman on my Blog today. I asked Bob to pick his top 10 scariest scenes in horror films. Over to Bob!


10. When Robbie Freeling’s evil clown doll snatches him up and drags him under  the bed in Poltergeist.

9. The demonic wheelchair causing Claire Norman to take a tumble in The Changeling.

8.  Pretty much every scene Pennywise the Clown makes an appearance in It.

7. When Norman Bates introduces private eye Milton Arbogast to his Mother’s favorite kitchen knife in Psycho.

6. Danny’s Big Wheel ride through the halls of The Overlook in The Shining.

5. That damned little Zuni Fetish doll from Trilogy of Terror.

4. When the alien emerged, bursting from Kane’s chest in Alien.

3. When Annie Wilkes hobbled Paul Sheldon in Misery.

2. The almost subliminal flash of “the white-faced demon” during Regan’s exorcism in The Exorcist.

1. The “Nurse Station Scene” from The Exorcist III —  a pretty young nurse exits a room and crosses the hall… followed by a fast-moving figure in white robes and mask coming after her from behind with large surgical shears.


 

Virtual Tour
Author: Bob Freeman
Featured Book: Shadows Over Somerset

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BobFreemanAbout Bob Freeman: Bob Freeman doesn’t just write and draw occult detectives, he’s also a card carrying paranormal adventurer who founded Nightstalkers of Indiana in 1983.
A lifelong student of witchcraft, magic, and religion, Bob’s studies are reflected in his art, both as an author and illustrator.

Bob lives in rural Indiana with his wife Kim and son Connor.

He can be found online at occultdetective.com

 

ShadowsOverSomersetCoverShadows Over Somerset Book Synopsis: Michael Somers is brought to Cairnwood, an isolated manor in rural Indiana, to sit at the deathbed of a grandfather he never knew existed. He soon finds himself drawn into a strange and esoteric world filled with werewolves, vampires, witches… and a family curse that dates back to fourteenth century Scotland.
In the sleepy little town of Somerset, an ancient evil awakens, hungering for blood and vengeance… and if Michael is to survive he must face his inner demons and embrace his family’s dark past.
Shadows Over Somerset is the first Cairnwood Manor Novel.

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Author Links:
Website: www.occultdetective.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorbobfreeman
Twitter: @OccultDetective

Tour Schedule and Activities
8/25 Jess Resides Here      Interview
8/25 I Smell Sheep      Interview
8/25 Beauty in Ruins      Guest Post
8/25 Shells Interviews Guest Post
8/26 The Cabin Goddess     Review
8/26 Kentucky Geek Girl      Top Ten List
8/26 The Official Writing Blog of Deedee Davies Top Ten List
8/27 Stuart Conover’s Author Page      Interview
8/27 Blog of Sheila Deeth      Post on Art
8/27 Deal Sharing Aunt Top Tens List
8/28 Horror Delve Top Tens List
8/28 SBM Book Obsession Guest Post
8/28 Armand Rosamilia, Horror Author Guest Post
8/28 Willow’s Author Love Top Tens List
8/29 Bookishly Me       Review
8/29 The Rage Circus Vs. The Soulless Void    Interview
8/29 Azure Dwarf   Guest Post
8/29 Vampires, Witches, and me, oh my     Guest Post
8/30 Sapphyria’s Book Reviews Top Tens List
8/30 Bee’s Knees Reviews Review
8/30 A Haunted Head Interview
8/31 Horror Tree Guest Post
8/31 The Rage Circus Vs. The Soulless Void  Review
8/31 Seers, Seraphs, Immortals and more!  Interview

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Amazon Links for Shadows Over Somerset:

Kindle Version: http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Over-Somerset-Cairnwood-Manor-ebook/dp/B00L9UYHKE

Print Version: http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Over-Somerset-Bob-Freeman/dp/1941706118

Crymsyn Hart Guest Post: Top 10 Animated Films

Crymsyn Hart is on a virtual tour with her new book ‘Death’s Dance’. As part of her tour, I’m pleased to be hosting a guest post on her top 10 animated films.  Over to Crymsyn!

Top Ten Animated/3D Films

I’ve seen a lot of movies in my time, way too many to count. A few of them have stuck with me over time and then there are some that have not. However, when I was asked to list my top ten most favorite animated or 3D films it took me a minute to stop and reminisce about the films that I had seen. And here are the ones that had always made a deep impression on me and I still watch today.

  1. The Last Unicorn
  2. El Super Beasto
  3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  4. Shrek
  5. Charlotte’s Web
  6. The Secret of NIMH
  7. The Corpse Bride
  8. Watership Down
  9. Akira
  10. An American Tale

Death’s Dance Blurb:

Being a psychic, you would think talking to the dead was a walk in the park. However, it’s not always that simple. The hooded specter haunting me is one I’ve been dreaming about since I was a kid. One day, he appeared in my bedroom mirror. Good. Evil. I don’t know what his true intentions are.

Enter Jackson, ghost hunting show host extraordinaire, and my ex, to save me from the big bad ghost.

From there…well…it’s been a world wind of complications. My house burnt down. I’m being stalked by an ancient evil and gotten myself back into the world of being a ghost hunting psychic. Jackson dragged me, along with a few other psychics, to a ghost town wiped off the map called Death’s Dance.

From there things went from bad to worse.

Death’s Dance Buy Links:

Amazon Barnes & Noble Kobo

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Bio:

Crymsyn is a National Bestselling author of over seventy paranormal romance and horror novels. Her experiences as a psychic have given her a lot of material to use in her books. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her hubby and her three dogs. If she’s not writing, she’s curled up with the dogs watching a good horror movie or off with friends.

To find out more about Crymsyn:

Website: http://www.ravynhart.com

Twitter: @crymsynhart

Blog: http://www.crymsynhart.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crymsynhart

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Crymsyn-Hart/e/B002BMJ1Z0/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1405515745&sr=8-1

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Virtual Tour
Author: Crymsyn Hart
Featured Book: Death’s Dance

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CrymsynHartAbout Crymsyn Hart: Crymsyn Hart is a national bestselling author of over seventy paranormal romance and horror novels. Her experiences as a psychic have given her a lot of material to use in her books. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her hubby and her three dogs. If she’s not writing, she’s curled up with the dogs watching a good horror movie or off with friends.

To find out more about Crymsyn Hart, please visit her website at http://www.ravynhart.com

DeathsDance1200X800Death’s Dance Book Synopsis: Being a psychic, you would think talking to the dead was a walk in the park. However, it’s not always that simple. The hooded specter haunting me is one I’ve been dreaming about since I was a kid. One day, he appeared in my bedroom mirror. Good. Evil. I don’t know what his true intentions are.
Enter Jackson, ghost hunting show host extraordinaire, and my ex, to save me from the big bad ghost.

From there…well…it’s been a world wind of complications. My house burnt down. I’m being stalked by an ancient evil and gotten myself back into the world of being a ghost hunting psychic. Jackson dragged me, along with a few other psychics, to a ghost town wiped off the map called Death’s Dance.

From there things went from bad to worse.

Death’s Dance is Book One of the Deathly Encounters Series

Author Links:
Website: www.ravynhart.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Crymsyn-Hart-Fan-Page/115120201850089
Goodreads: www.Goodreads.com/crymsynhart
Twitter: https://twitter.com/crymsynhart

Tour Schedule and Activities
8/18 Jess Resides Here Interview
8/18 The Southern Belle from Hell Top Ten
8/18 Beauty in Ruins Guest Post
8/19 Darkling Delights Guest Post
8/19 Deal Sharing Aunt Top Ten
8/19 Shells interviews Guest Post
8/20 Stuart Conover’s Author Page Interview
8/20 SpecMusicMuse Interview
8/20 Azure Dwarf Post on Artwork
8/21 Come Selahway with Me Top Ten List
8/21 Armand Rosamilia, Horror Author Guest Post
8/21 SocialBookShelves.com Review
8/21 Blog of Sheila Deeth Character Post
8/21 A Haunted Head Guest Post
8/21 The Official Writing Blog of Deedee Davies Top Ten list
8/22 SBM Book Obsession Review
8/22 Bee’s Knees Reviews Guest Post
8/22 Seers, Seraphs, Immortals & More Interview
8/23 Reading Away The Days Review
8/23 Sapphyria’s Book Reviews Excerpt
8/23 Horror Tree Guest Post
8/24 Willow’s Author Love Review
8/24 The Rage Circus Vs. The Soulless Void Review
8/24 Bookishly Me Review
8/24 LucyBlueCastle Guest Post

Tour Page URL:  http://www.tomorrowcomesmedia.com/crymsyn-hart-deaths-dance-tour-page/
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Amazon Links for Death’s Dance:

Kindle Version: http://www.amazon.com/Deaths-Dance-Deathly-Encounters-Book-ebook/dp/B00L8JOJAY

Print Version: http://www.amazon.com/Deaths-Dance-Crymsyn-Hart/dp/1941706134

Crymsyn Hart: Death’s Dance Virtual Tour Date

I’m pleased to announce that my blog will host a Top 10 Guest Post by author Crymsyn Hart.  Drop by on Thursday 21/08/14 for her Top 10 Animated Films post.

In the meantime, details of her current virtual tour are below:

Virtual Tour
Author: Crymsyn Hart
Featured Book: Death’s Dance

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CrymsynHartAbout Crymsyn Hart: Crymsyn Hart is a national bestselling author of over seventy paranormal romance and horror novels. Her experiences as a psychic have given her a lot of material to use in her books. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her hubby and her three dogs. If she’s not writing, she’s curled up with the dogs watching a good horror movie or off with friends.

To find out more about Crymsyn Hart, please visit her website at http://www.ravynhart.com

 

 

DeathsDance1200X800Death’s Dance Book Synopsis: Being a psychic, you would think talking to the dead was a walk in the park. However, it’s not always that simple. The hooded specter haunting me is one I’ve been dreaming about since I was a kid. One day, he appeared in my bedroom mirror. Good. Evil. I don’t know what his true intentions are.
Enter Jackson, ghost hunting show host extraordinaire, and my ex, to save me from the big bad ghost.

From there…well…it’s been a world wind of complications. My house burnt down. I’m being stalked by an ancient evil and gotten myself back into the world of being a ghost hunting psychic. Jackson dragged me, along with a few other psychics, to a ghost town wiped off the map called Death’s Dance.

From there things went from bad to worse.

Death’s Dance is Book One of the Deathly Encounters Series

Author Links:
Website: www.ravynhart.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Crymsyn-Hart-Fan-Page/115120201850089
Goodreads: www.Goodreads.com/crymsynhart
Twitter: https://twitter.com/crymsynhart

Tour Schedule and Activities
8/18 Jess Resides Here Interview
8/18 The Southern Belle from Hell Top Ten
8/18 Beauty in Ruins Guest Post
8/19 Darkling Delights Guest Post
8/19 Deal Sharing Aunt Top Ten
8/19 Shells interviews Guest Post
8/20 Stuart Conover’s Author Page Interview
8/20 SpecMusicMuse Interview
8/20 Azure Dwarf Post on Artwork
8/21 Come Selahway with Me Top Ten List
8/21 Armand Rosamilia, Horror Author Guest Post
8/21 SocialBookShelves.com Review
8/21 Blog of Sheila Deeth Character Post
8/21 A Haunted Head Guest Post
8/21 The Official Writing Blog of Deedee Davies Top Ten list
8/22 SBM Book Obsession Review
8/22 Bee’s Knees Reviews Guest Post
8/22 Seers, Seraphs, Immortals & More Interview
8/23 Reading Away The Days Review
8/23 Sapphyria’s Book Reviews Excerpt
8/23 Horror Tree Guest Post
8/24 Willow’s Author Love Review
8/24 The Rage Circus Vs. The Soulless Void Review
8/24 Bookishly Me Review
8/24 LucyBlueCastle Guest Post

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Amazon Links for Death’s Dance:

Kindle Version: http://www.amazon.com/Deaths-Dance-Deathly-Encounters-Book-ebook/dp/B00L8JOJAY

Print Version: http://www.amazon.com/Deaths-Dance-Crymsyn-Hart/dp/1941706134

A Chimerical World: Guest Post with Carmen Tudor

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Today we have a guest post from Carmen Tudor.  

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My tale “Faerie Stories and the Bean Nighe” from A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court came about in part from my love of regional folklore, and in part from a year-long class I’d recently completed in Myths and Symbols. Although we never studied Scottish mythology in depth, the class introduced me to the Middle English poem “The Pearl,” which had an enormous influence on my story.

The poem was studied concurrently with Steinbeck’s novella of the same name, and opened up a new world of weaving the literal with the metaphorical, and also of creating an underworld of connotation through interpretation. While my character Lila is represented as a bean nighe (a creature very similar to the well known bean sidhe, or banshee), her true position in the story is that of deceased woman, or the entity that haunts both Alastair and his daughter Maggie.

The recurring, keening figure of Lila, and her connection to the wild Perthshire landscape, is, however, secondary to her haunting of Alastair: the bean nighe is present only to signal death’s approach.

As Maggie’s implied illness deteriorates, Lila’s visitations (whether real or imagined by Alastair) are used as an allegory to stir up the reader’s sense of foreboding and dread. The rushing waters of the river underscore the passage of the life cycle and the imminent death of one of the characters. The weather, the landscape and even the evocative colours of red, black and green are all used to paint a picture that hints at what is to come. The white, of course, of Maggie’s pearl references indicates impending chaos.

The trick is always to put these elements together without the story becoming trite, or forming one big “symbolic” cliché. I don’t know if I got it right. I know that when I read “The Pearl” (poem) and came across a father’s search for his fairy child, or pearl maiden (deceased child), my sense of empathy and sadness for a parent’s loss was heightened and stirred great imagery within me that led to a desire to recreate a similar theme in a modern setting. The language of the poem was beautifully inaccessible, but by using such strong symbolism as the pearl, the journey and the very detailed setting of an Edenesque garden, the anonymous 14th-century author was able to transcend language limitations and barriers and still deliver a tale of astonishing clarity. In my own story I am more interested in creating a piece that might interest a few readers. The attempted use of symbolism and allegory is merely there for my own amusement. Whether it reaches the reader or goes unnoticed isn’t really important; the story as it stands is fairly straightforward and is definitely only meant to provide an entertaining read for lovers of fantasy and horror.

On a final note, those interested in legends and myths of the UK, and folklore in general, should be encouraged to broaden their reading of this fascinating area. Scotland in particular has a wonderful and extensive history of superb and enduring stories. Whether you’re interested in study or simply enjoying some chilling tales, I’d recommend starting with what interests you most. For me, it’s ghosts and things that wander through the night. Let your imagination take you where it will. Enjoy the ride and remember that next time you read a scary tale or even a bland piece of prose perhaps its lines are littered with more than first meets the eye.

Read all about the Chimerical World Tour on the Official Tour Page: http://www.tomorrowcomesmedia.com/a-chimerical-world-anthologies-virtual-tour/

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Amazon Links for Tales of the Seelie Court

Print Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Seelie-Court/dp/1937929477

Kindle Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Seelie-Court-ebook/dp/B00IAHTMAO

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Amazon Links for Tales of the Unseelie Court

Print Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Unseelie-Court/dp/1937929493

Kindle Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Unseelie-Court-ebook/dp/B00IAHTVSC

A Chimerical World Blog Tour

   Editor: Scott Sandridge

Featured Books

A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court

A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court

May 18 to 25, 2014

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ScottSandridgeAbout the Editor: Scott M. Sandridge is a writer, editor, freedom fighter, and all-around trouble-maker. His latest works as an editor include the Seventh Star Press anthologies Hero’s Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions, and the two volumes of A Chimerical World, Tales of the Seelie Court and Tales of the Unseelie Court.

 

 

 

TalesoftheSeelieCourt1200X800Book Synopsis Tales of the Seelie Court: The Fey have been with us since the beginning, sometimes to our great joy but often to our detriment. Usually divided (at least by us silly humans) into two courts, the first volume of A Chimerical World focuses on the Seelie Court: the court we humans seem to view as the “good” faeries. But “good” and “evil” are human concepts and as alien to the Fey as their mindsets are to us.

Inside you will find 19 stories that delve into the world of the faeries of the Seelie Court, from authors both established and new, including George S. Walker, Eric Garrison, and Alexandra Christian.

But be warned: these faeries are nothing like Tinker Bell.

 

 

 

Stories Included in Tales of the Seelie Court:

“Extra-Ordinary” by BC Brown

“Dead Fairy Doormat” by George S. Walker

“Taggers” by Christine Morgan

“Wormwood” by Alexandra Christian

“The Harpist’s Hand” by Steven S. Long

“Sanae’s Garden” by Chantal Boudreau

“Mark of Ruins” by SD Grimm.

“Birdie’s Life at the School for Distressed Young Ladies” by JH Fleming

“Cultivated Hope” by Jordan Phelps

“Seelie Goose” by Eric Garrison

“I Knocked Up My Fairy Girlfriend” by Brandon Black

“The Body Electric” by Sarah Madsen.

“The Last Mission” by Cindy Koepp.

“The Beggar-Knight & the Lady Perilous”

by Matthew A. Timmins.

“The Filigreed Lamp” by Edward Ahern.

“Keys” by Michael M. Jones

“Like a Sister in the Proper Court” by Lisa Hawkridge

“Gnome Games” by Saera Corvin

“The Goat Man’s Garden” by Marten Hoyle

 

Be sure to also see A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court, for more tales of the Fey!

 

TalesoftheUnseelieCourt_Cover1200X800Book Synopsis Tales of the Unseelie Court: The Fey have been with us since the beginning, sometimes to our great joy but often to our detriment. Usually divided (at least by us silly humans) into two courts, the second volume of A Chimerical World focuses on the Unseelie Court: the court we humans seem to view as the “evil” faeries. But “good” and “evil” are human concepts and as alien to the Fey as their mindsets are to us.

Inside you will find 19 stories that delve into the world of the faeries of the Unseelie Court, from authors both established and new, including Michael Shimek, Deedee Davies, and Nick Bryan.

But don’t be surprised if these faeries decide to play with their food.

Stories included in Tales of the Unseelie Court:

 

“In Plain Sight” by Rebecca Leo

“The Wunderhorn” by David Turnbull

“Treehouse” by Kim Smith

“I’ll Watch Over You” by Angeline Trevena

“The Enemy of my Enemy” by Deedee Davies.

“Maestro” by Nicholas Paschall

“Prey of the Boggart” by Rony Blechman.

“Fear of Little Men” by Mike Pieloor..

“Faerie Stories and the Bean Nighe” by Carmen Tudor..

“Gifts” by Michael Shimek..

“Djinn and Tonic” by S. Clayton Rhodes

“The Bet” by Jodi Ralston…

“The Fool and his Money” by Nick Bryan

“The Yielding” by J. A. Ironside.

“The Tamer of Beasts” by Doug Blakeslee..

“The Last Sword of Barrow Thorns” by Matthew A. Timmins

“The Rose and the Dragon” by Steven S. Long

“The Brothers Doran” by John A. McColley

“Wonderland” by Stephanie Jessop

Be sure to also see A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court, for more tales of the Fey!

 

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Tour Schedule and Activities

5/18    Jorie Loves a Story                                        Review

5/20    Deal Sharing Aunt                                         Guest Post

5/21    Armand Rosamilia, Horror Author              Guest Post

5/21    Vampires, Witches, and Me, Oh My!           Guest Post

5/21   Beauty in Ruins                                              Guest Post

5/21    The Bird’s Word                                             Interview

5/21    Book in the Bag                                              Interview

5/22    Bee’s Knees Reviews                                      Guest Post

5/22    Spellbindings                                                 Promo/Spotlight

5/22    I Smell Sheep                                                 Guest Post

5/23    The Official Writing Blog of Deedee Davies            Guest Post

5/24    Heroic Fantasy Writers                                     Review

5/24    Sheila Deeth Blog                                            Guest Post

5/25    Come Selahway With Me                                Interview

 

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Amazon Links for Tales of the Seelie Court

Print Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Seelie-Court/dp/1937929477

Kindle Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Seelie-Court-ebook/dp/B00IAHTMAO

Amazon Links for Tales of the Unseelie Court

Print Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Unseelie-Court/dp/1937929493

Kindle Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Unseelie-Court-ebook/dp/B00IAHTVSC