Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Girl Who Lied

"Sometimes you can learn more about a person by what they don’t tell you. Sometimes you can learn a lot from the things they just make up. If you are tagged with this Meme, lie to me. Then tag 7 other folks (one for each deadly sin) and hope they can lie."

I was tagged by Cate Gardner for this one. I don't know why she would tag me. I never* lie!

*warning: the use of never might in fact be a lie.

Pride: What is your biggest contribution to the world?

Oh I invented post it notes. Yeah I'm pretty much a big deal.

Envy: What do your coworkers wish they had which is yours?

My die hard work ethnic. They threaten to cut me when I go on and on about the newest novel I've finished. "Samantha leave some words for the rest of us!" they cry.

Gluttony: What did you eat last night?

I dug around in the giagantic red dirt pile my landlady has thoughtfully placed in our yard and found myself a feast just waiting inside.

Lust: What really lights your fire?

Men with bad pick up lines. "You're so pretty, I bet you have a boyfriend?" What? Now I do!

Anger: What is the last thing that really pissed you off?

Everything. When I'm reading, it's pretty words. "Why you words be so pretty?" I yell, and throw that there book against the floor. "I hate purdy words!"

Greed: Name something you keep from others.

HP Lovecraft. Lives under my bed. He's mine now.

Sloth: What's the laziest thing you've ever done?
Steal Aaron's idea of using this for dealing with the tagging. Anyway who hasn't been tagged or done this already should do so! Unless they don't feel like it. Then don't do it.

Hm I don't see any sin posts by Brendan, LR, Barry, and Jameson. Those Punks. Consider yourself tagged.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Monsters Next Door Issue 7 is out!

Latest TMND is out. You must check it out here. Fiction! Stories of horror and of um non-horror (okay so maybe I couldn't do movie trailers).

Issue 7 does include a couple of book reviews by yours truly of Suzi M's The Tower and Shell Walter's Demon Alley.

Also check out a review by one of my fellow Monsters of Tainted, an anthology edited by the fab Aaron Polson.

Good writing peoples!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Zombie Love

I was talking to a friend who had no idea what Zombie Love was. This concerned me, as the short film came out a year or two ago. I've decided to continue spreading the goodness of this movie around. If you haven't seen it, you must.

Stagger, don't run to get it. Stagger your hearts out!

Anyway below is the trailor.

Oh did I mention it's a moving horror musical with more than a dash of romance?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Contest and Open Witches Anthology and Not Writing (oh my)

The title says it all don't it? Anyway, the fablous ezine The Monsters Next Door is holding a "Sinister Summer" story contest, where you are given free reign to unleash any summer horror stories you might have in you. Further guidelines and prizes can be found here.

And Library of the Living Dead Press is now open to submissions for a Witches Anthology. I've read a stew (misspelling but I've decided it stays) of wonderous witches stories as of late (many in The now expired Best of Fantasy and Horror collections) and am determined to chalk off some time to write one of my own. Futher information can be found here.

I've been more or less in a story rut as of late, and because I've been working a fair amount with the dogs, I haven't had the chance to put as much time as I need in order to conquer the block war. I need to do so. As of now. Well before I leave for work today.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I'm Boring, Sylvia Plath is not

I've not been up to a whole lot writing wise. Between home hunting (rent signs are everywhere when you're not looking and no where when you are) and working, I've been letting writing slide. I'm going up to OH for a bit (the North I like to call it. despite people telling me this mid-west myth. it's north of me. it's the north. and it's cold. has to be the north). hopefully the cold will spur me to work...

Now go watch this video of Sylvia Plath reading her poem "Lady Lazarus."

Well the audio is of Plath. The video is not.

You're welcome :^)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Best Horror Stories Ever. Part 2. And by best, I mean my favorites. Just so, you know, we're clear.

Five more intriguing tales you should read... (could I write book jackets or what? ha!)

These are the stories I reread to death (yup could totally write book jackets)


6.)"The Crawl" by Stephen Laws. A couple is pursued by an evil scarecrow looking monster. Much creepier than my description makes it seem. Not that you know, it wouldn't be creepy if a scarecrow monster came to life and attacked me.

7.)"Coppola's Dracula" by Kim Newman. How Coppola should have made Dracula. Basically. With vamps. And twists. And the awesome.

8.)"The Luxury of Harm" by Christopher Fowler. A tale about lovers of horror.

9.) "The Cask of Amontillado" by Poe. My favorite Poe. Hm. Okay, one of my favorite Poes. Never said this would be a modern list.

10.) "Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire" by Neil Gaiman. Because it's why we write what we write.

I have been re-employed as a puppy wrangler and am happy. Now go read and write peoples.

Monday, June 1, 2009

It's Time to Pay the Rent Again

Acceptances for May came early in the month (The Awesome Dr. Pus, and the surreal Weird Tales, aka WEIRD TALES!) and then ran dry. 5 pieces currently out. I wrote three flashes this month, and started 3 shorts (I'm great at starting stories...). More writing must be done in June.

Currently limping around the house since I stepped on a nail yesterday while helping my fam clean out the garage (i like to say fam. I also say vacay. and vom. this drives my linguistics MA roomie out of her mind.) Was wearing flip-flops (yeah not smart) and stepped on a hidden rotting board. Flip flop got stuck to the board. My RN mother looked over and said I'd be fine ("You're up to date on your shots right?"). Now feeling sorry for my foot.