Someone in the social-mediaverse had asked how I kept all my calls for submissions organized, so I figured I'd share a sample of my chart, along with with some upcoming deadlines. (Scroll down past the charts if you just want the open calls.) Even if I'm not sure I'll submit to an open call, if... Continue Reading →
Out of the Shadow of Eclipse
horror fiction by Red Lagoe They call it a blood moon. I’d always been a fan, but Tad said there wasn’t nothing bloody about it. Big fat disappointment is what he called it. He said his face turns that shade of red when he bears down for a shit. Why’d he have to go and... Continue Reading →
2020: the year of short stories
Wow! What a strange year! It's not over yet, and a lot can happen. So far in 2020, I've been busy releasing a book, submitting many short stories to anthologies, taking on a staff-writer position for a shared-world series, working on a new book, dealing with the kids' at-home learning, and I've recovered from a... Continue Reading →
You’re not a writer unless you write.
Part of being a writer is that I get to sit dreamily in front of a window with a laptop, tippy-tippy-tapping my imagination onto the page, sipping coffee and being lazy. But this is only a small portion of the work I do as a part-time writer. It’s been a busy year. My fiction collection... Continue Reading →
Bound and Gagged
Maybe I’m paranoid. Maybe I read too much into situations. I did grow up on 80's slasher horror and developed a watchful eye for the bad guys around the corner. Sure, nobody ever threw a bag over my head and dragged me into a vehicle, so you could argue that those predators are few and... Continue Reading →
Lucid Screams Available Today!
Lucid Screams is my collection of sixteen short horror stories and it's available now. Happy Book birthday!! I turned 41 years old yesterday, so Lucid Screams and I are sharing the birthday celebration. Find Lucid here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B084KK2GPN Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50260509-lucid-screams
Passion and Persistence
We don’t always end up where we think we’ll be. Remember those five-year goals from high school? I thought I’d be a children’s book writer, or an artist of some sort. But life—that chaotic storm cloud of uncontrollable happenstance stitched together with lightning decisions (big and small)—took me on a journey I didn’t expect. Five... Continue Reading →
After Mack Berrington's dark soul took to the soil, evil plagued the roots of the family tree. My new flash fiction piece Malignant Roots is in Crystal Lake Publishing's Shallow Waters Volume 3. The Table of Contents on this 99-cent ebook anthology is pretty amazing! Stories by Monique Snyman, Richard Thomas, Theresa Derwin, Mark Allan... Continue Reading →
Let’s Do This Thing!
I started a career mentorship the week school started and Hurricane Dorian skimmed by. It’s been a busy couple of weeks around here. Part of this month-long mentorship with Crystal Lake Publishing is taking a look at my goals and doing the work to achieve them. And boy is there a lot of work to... Continue Reading →
Four Women. Four Creepers.
#1. 28 years old, wearing ceil blue scrubs, she peruses the wine selection on her lunch break, because Wednesday evenings are Winesday evenings. A man down the aisle makes eye contact. The fairly non-descript, khaki-wearing guy stays a respectful distance away, but seems to watch her from his location. Like in a movie where... Continue Reading →