Celebrity Sunday with Barb Drozdowich

Barb Drozdowich Visits our Chatroom Quarterly and is Always a Welcome and Informative Guest.

Barb Drozdowich Cover ArtWordPress Consultant Barb Drozdowich has taught in colleges, universities and in the banking industry. More recently, she brings her 15+ years of teaching experience and a deep love of books to help authors develop the social media platform needed to succeed in today’s fast evolving publishing world. She delights in taking technical subjects and making them understandable by the average person. She owns Bakerview Consulting and manages the popular blog, Sugarbeat’s Books, where she talks about Romance novels.
She is the author of 15 books, over 40 YouTube videos, an online Goodreads course  and an online WordPress course, all focused on helping authors and bloggers. Barb lives in the mountains of British Columbia with her family.
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Celebrity Sunday Presents John Everson

John Everson is Coming Back to Chat with Us on Celebrity Sunday

John Everson PhotoJohn Everson is a staunch advocate for the culinary joys of the jalapeno and an unabashed fan of 1970s European horror cinema.  He is also the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of COVENANT,  SACRIFICE and seven other novels, including the creature feature spiderfest VIOLET EYES, the erotic horror Bram Stoker Award finalist NIGHTWHERE, and his latest REDEMPTION, the over-the-top conclusion to the COVENANT trilogy. Other novels include THE FAMILY TREE, THE PUMPKIN MAN, SIREN and THE 13TH. Over the past 25 years, his short stories have appeared in more than 75 magazines and anthologies. He is the founder of the independent press Dark Arts Books and has written novelettes for THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and Jonathan Maberry’s V-WARS universe (Books 1 and 3) as well as stories for THE GREEN HORNET and KOLCHAK, THE NIGHT STALKER anthologies. He has had several short fiction collections issued by independent presses, including CAGE OF BONES & OTHER DEADLY OBSESSIONS, VIGILANTES OF LOVE, NEEDLES & SINS and most recently, SACRIFICING VIRGINS, released by Samhain Publishing at the end of 2015.  For more on his obsession with jalapenos and 1970s European horror cinema, as well as information on his fiction, art and music.

Get Redemption Today!Cover Art Redemption

my ninth novel, Redemption – the long awaited sequel to my first two novels Covenant and Sacrifice – is now available! Order your copy from Amazon.com – it is also a Kindle Select title, so available free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers! One of my my favorite horror novelists of all time, Edward Lee, read the novel at the end of December and described it like this:

“Redemption unfolds as horror-hero Joe Kieran’s finish-line sprint down the last leg of Everson’s addictive occult storyline of blood-gushing demonic machinations, cursed existential characters, and abominations incarnate.  Everson is a MASTER of the hardcore; he’s the rare kind of writer who’s so good you can’t proceed with your day until the book is finished.  No matter what you have planned, forget it; you won’t bother until you’ve turned the last page. (I missed a playoff game because of this book!)  Everson kicks out the jambs in this gory story of haunted religious missions, mind-boggling sex-rituals, and jaunts into Hell (and let’s not forget the communal demonic toilet!)  The Little Mermaid this ain’t. This is balls-to-the-wall, no-f–ing-around hardcore horror that hits the reader with the impact of a bucket of hot blood and innards in the face.  Read it!”

You can’t ask for a better endorsement than that!

View the book on Amazon now.

 

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Mary SanGiovanni is our Celebrity Sunday Guest

Mary S photoMary SanGiovanni is the author of the THE HOLLOWER trilogy (the first of which was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award), THRALL, CHAOS, CHILLS, and the forthcoming SAVAGE WOODS, and the novellas FOR EMMY, POSSESSING AMY, THE FADING PLACE, and NO SONGS FOR THE STARS and the forthcoming A QUIET PLACE AT WORLD’S END, as well as the collections UNDER COVER OF NIGHT, A DARKLING PLAIN, the forthcoming NIGHT MOVES and A WEIRDISH WILD SPACE. Her fiction has appeared in periodicals and anthologies for the last decade. She has a Masters degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, Pittsburgh, where she studied under genre greats. She is currently a member of The Authors Guild, The International Thriller Writers, and Penn Writers, and was previously an Active member in the Horror Writers Association.

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Let’s Talk Horror

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Sunday’s Guest spot is on hold.

Instead we will present a Topic Chat on How to write a horror story: 6 terrific tips.

empty rocking chair in a dark roomIs Terror the same as Horror?

Mmm, well, not so much.

 ‘Terror’ describes a state of feeling. Oxford Dictionaries simply define it as ‘extreme fear’. To ‘terrorize’, means to use extreme fear to intimidate others. Horror, however, also suggests elements of disgust and surprise or shock. Thus the word ‘horror’ describes not only extreme fear but also revulsion and a sense of surprise and the unexpected.

The best horror stories share at least five elements in common:

  1. They explore ‘malevolent’ or ‘wicked’ characters, deeds or phenomena.
  2. They arouse feelings of fear, shock or disgust as well as the sense of the uncanny-
  3. Horror books convey intense emotion, mood, tone and environments.
  4. In horror the ghosts and werewolves are very, very real.
  5. Horror tends to deal with morbid situations, from repetitive cycles of violence to death-related uncanny scenarios.

How do you write a horror story or novel like Stephen King, Clive Barker or (looking further back in the genre’s history) Edgar Allan Poe? 

Come to Sunday’s Topic Chat and help us discuss the various aspects Horror and Terror and how to write them.

 

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Creation

clay people

Creation

I thought I fill up some white space with a little bit on creating characters.

I love to create characters. They seldom appear within pages unless I know them very well.

I keep notes and files on physical, mental and spiritual aspects of my protagonists and antagonists.

I know what they like to eat. What they will put on when it is raining outside. I know their favorite books and phrases.  I also know their deepest want and what they will simply never do.

I keep my back stories in these files.

empty avatar in yellow shirt with brown hairMany of the things in my character files do not appear in my books or short stories but I know them just the same.  These things help change a sketch, a stick person or an avatar into a full-bodied character worthy of my reader’s care.

“The character must be produced on the page, whole and alive, his breath congealing on the air. It is not not necessary that we know instantly what he is, for it is the process of learning about him that interests us. As in the representation of any living reality, characterization is rooted in the detail. It is the trifles and what they imply or reveal that create the living entity.”

Oakley Hall – The Art and Craft of Novel Writing

How to Use Setting to Challenge Your Characters (& Make a Better Story) is an excellent article about Character.

I have uploaded a few of my character work-sheets on the Forum. You can upload them.  Please use them if you wish but please don’t share them.

The post is in the General Discussion area in a thread called Character Building.

 

 

 

 

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Celebrity Sunday Welcomes Loren Rhoads

Cover Art 199 Cemeteries Loren Rhoads is the author of 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die and Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel.  She blogs at CemeteryTravel.com and writes about cemeteries for the Horror Writers Association.  In her secret life, she writes fiction about space ships, succubi, and witches.  This year her short stories have appeared in Best New Horror #27 and the Strange California anthology.

 

199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die.  It’s a full-color hard cover encyclopedia of cemeteries around the world, looking at everything from statuary to landscaping to famous people (like Edgar Allan Poe) to ghost stories.

:oren Rhoads Head ShotLoren gave a lecture at this year’s StokerCon about vampires, ghosts, and the devil in graveyards.  She is writing a column about cemeteries for the Horror Writers Association’s newsletter and has written cemetery columns for Gothic Beauty and Gothic.Net. She writes a blog about graveyards as vacation destinations at CemeteryTravel.com.

cover art wish you were hereWish You Were Here is back in print in paperback, with the ebook versions soon to follow

Loren writes fiction, too.  One of her stories appears in this year’s Best New Horror.

Morbid is as Morbid Does

Best New Horror “The Drowning City.”

 

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Recap of Sunday’s Topic & Introducing Loren Rhoads

On Sunday we looked head on into the eyes of horror and survived.

tell tale heartSome things to keep in mind if we are going to write horror include what makes a good horror story and things a writer can learn by observing someone else’s horror story.

  • Good Horror means a Good Setting
  • Don’t go overboard on Scares
  • Use Source Material to Find True Horror (Sometimes the scariest things in life are real)
  • Know the Strengths of your Character
  • Create Underlying Themes in your Horror Story
  • Remember to Sustain your Tension

There are Five Elements of a Good Horror Story.

  1. Fear
  2. Surprise
  3. Suspense
  4. Mystery
  5. Spoilers

Note – You can download my notes from tonight by logging into the Forum at writerschatroom.boards.net Once logged in – look for tonight’s horror topic, open the post and click on the file attachment at the end of the post.


Coming to Celebrity Sunday on 8 October

cover art 199 cemeteriesLoren Rhoads is the author of 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die and Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel.  She blogs at CemeteryTravel.com and writes about cemeteries for the Horror Writers Association.  In her secret life, she writes fiction about space ships, succubi, and witches.  This year her short stories have appeared in Best New Horror #27 and the Strange California anthology.

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