Welcome to our latest arrival! It’s a bit of a prickly one, gets in your head and might fester there for a while, bringing shadows and uncertainty as it stays with you… Doesn’t it sound fantastic? Hard for Hope to Flourish, our latest volume in the Midnight Bites series, is a three-novella mini-anthology featuring storiesContinue reading “New Horror – Hard for Hope to Flourish!”
A couple of weeks ago, I shared a meme to the Crone Girls Press Facebook group. It was a picture of a female Krampus, with a little note about how this mythical figure went around rounding up bad men instead of naughty children. It was a fun meme and relatively on brand for the group,Continue reading “New Horror: Mother Krampus”
Following the submission guidelines is a good way to get past the first round of reading. It removes any of the unintentional stumbling blocks and distractions, and tells me the writer is serious and professional about their work.
For those who have been hanging out in the Crone Girls Press Facebook group, the question of submissions has come up more than once. In addition to the quick submissions calls (like our recent one for a female-Krampus-themed Midnight Bites), I find that readers and authors often want to know more information about the submissionContinue reading “Dear Editor: Maximizing Submission Chances at Crone Girls Press, Part 1”
A horror writer isn’t necessarily an emotional sadist, but it helps! If I make a reader cry, or afraid, or laugh, or any strong emotional response, I win. The enemy of good fiction is boredom.
This is the genre where leaving bodies lying all over the place at the end is not frowned upon but actually welcome!
I like the genre because it doesn’t always have good outcomes. Sometimes when you write characters into bad situations, they don’t get out of it. And that’s ok in the genre. It means that as a reader, you know the stakes are always real.
Excellent horror fiction comes in all shapes and sizes, and here at Crone Girls Press, we have a slightly-larger-than-bite-sized announcement for those who love really long short stories (or really short novels…) Introducing: Midnight Bites! Midnight Bites is a new series of mini-anthologies, each containing three novella-length pieces of horror and dark fiction. We areContinue reading “New Horror: Midnight Bites”
As a reader, I like to feel like I’m part of a larger, fantastic world full of danger and adventure and I think many others feel the same.
The danger of writing advice is that it can alter your voice. I think the most important thing in writing is to find your authentic voice, the one that is uniquely you, and use it. Don’t try to write like someone else.