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My friends. I had so much to tell you today. About interviews and books and new authors I met and how hard I’ve been working. How splendidly everything is coming along.

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But today is such a dreamy day. I can’t seem to do anything physical and logical. I can’t talk to people right in front of me. But today Melanie Meadors and J.L. Murray and I pretended to have coffee together. And I found myself discussing the beauty and my fascination with The Rochester Panel near my home town. My beloved chickens laid their first eggs. And I fell in love with the art of Leslie Ann O’Dell. She has a print titled “Widow” that I would like to buy.

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“Widow” By Leslie Ann O’Dell. This is currently for sale on her site, which is linked above.

I told somebody I’m not firmly tethered to the earth today. It isn’t a bad way to be.

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So my writing group The Illiterati were invited to a VIP Reception for writer/actor/producer BJ Novak. He’s a headliner at the Vegas Valley Book Festival, and since Mason and I are in the Lost and Found in Las Vegas anthology that just came out, we scored tickets. Yay!

It’s awesome. BJ was friendly and funny and everything you’d expect. We told him to check out the beautiful woodwork in Main Street Station and to check out the shark tank/swimming pool at the Golden Nugget.

Yes. There’s a tube slide through the shark tank. IT. IS. AWESOME.

Then BJ went on to speak to his adoring crowd while Mason, Matt Czarnowski and I fled the wine and hors d’oeuvres table in favor for some Five Guys Burgers. Because that’s how we roll.

IMG_0010I love my writer’s group. They’re so wonderful. It’s good to be with friends. This weekend we’re doing a panel at the festival, hopefully meeting Aimee Bender, who is one of my favorite writers, and then spending Saturday night at my house. Plans? Cooking chicken noodle soup from scratch, writing, playing video games, and recording a song. This is just what we do. <3

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Please come, if you can. I’ll be on a panel with my partner-in-crime Mason Bundschuh. There will be books to buy, panels to participate in, and each year they have free hotdogs. I am ALL ABOUT the free hotdogs! BJ Novak will be there, along with one of my very favorite writers, Aimee Bender. I have this fantasy where I talk to her without passing out. Let’s see if it happens.

Join us at the Vegas Valley Book Festival. :D

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I know. It sounds like the start of a bad joke. And it was more like I was nudged by a school bus the other day, or I was pushed over more than hit. I can’t even tell you exactly what happened! I was standing on the sidewalk at my daughter’s school, waiting to pick her up. I had my back to a line of school buses, and one pulled out of line and passed the others. Somehow the back of the bus made contact with my body, and I would have totally sprawled on my face if the people standing next to me wouldn’t have caught me. I’m fine, just bruised and sore to the bone. And a little baffled, I’ll be honest.

But life continues! Pretty Little Dead Girls is getting some wonderful reviews! It was nominated for The Whitney Award, which delights me. And Nina drew me a picture tonight of a shark drinking hot chocolate in order to cheer me up. She also gave him some swimmers as snacks. That’s a thoughtful girl. :D

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So this was a project I did the other day. With Pretty Little Dead Girls coming out and the other stories in the works, I knew it would be crunch time. Not cooking dinner every night would give me an extra hour of writing time.

I spent five dollars and bought this menu plan. You can put it together yourself, but believe me, the five dollars was worth it.

First I gathered the ingredients. And made my daughter peel potatoes. Bwa ha!

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We diced everything up.

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And then we bagged the dinners. I ended up with twenty, including things like Italian Chicken, beef roast, pork chops, etc. It’s a heavily meat-based plan, but we eat a lot of veggie soups, so they’ll be great in rotation. I thaw the bag in the fridge overnight, toss it in the crockpot the next morning, and then life is beautiful.

10636449_10152374412781446_5937253101559782605_oWe had one of these for dinner yesterday while I attended the PLDG Facebook release party. Who has time to cook when there’s a celebration to be had? :D

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Pretty Little Dead Girls

Tonight’s the night, my friends! My favorite thing ever, Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy, is finally live and available! For less than five bucks you can have the story of Bryony and her dark destiny zapped to your Kindle in under a minute. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me!

Tonight we have the Facebook release party. There will be guests, including Galen Dara, who did the gorgeous cover art, and Orion Zangara who did the beautiful tip-in cover art available in the special limited edition signed hardcover. The party starts in an hour! There will be fun conversations, games, and tons of prizes! Please stay and play. You can find us here. I’d love to have you. <3

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Oh, you guys! I’m so excited about this! A while back I wrote a sequel (A sequel. Not THE sequel. Semantics are important) to “Black Mary”, which can be found in Robert Duperre’s THE GATE 2: TALES OF ISOLATION AND DESPAIR and was later reprinted in my short story collection BEAUTIFUL SORROWS.

“Black Mary” is my most popular story and I’m happy to have the sequel included in this beautiful, exceptionally intricate and complex shared-world anthology. Mr. Autumn himself, Anthony Rapino, and I actually entwined our stories together, which was just a lot of fun.

Also, please don’t forget that I have a live PRETTY LITTLE DEAD GIRLS Q&A on Friday and the Facebook release party for PLDG will be on Monday! There will be TONS of prizes, so come out and play!

Without further ado, here’s the MADHOUSE information!

Dark Regions Press Launches Indiegogo.com Campaign for MADHOUSE, A Shared World Horror Anthology

Portland, Oregon based specialty publisher Dark Regions Press (World War Cthulhu: A Collection of Lovecraftian War Stories, Clive Barker’s The Midnight Meat Train Special Definitive Edition) has launched a new crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com for their anthology project MADHOUSE, a shared world horror anthology edited by Brad C. Hodson and Bram Stoker Award (R) winner Benjamin Kane Ethridge and first title in the new Dark Regions Horror line that can be found at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/madhouse-a-shared-world-horror-anthology

Featuring award-winning and renowned authors like John Skipp, Lisa Morton, Jeff Strand, Scott Nicholson and illustrated by critically-acclaimed artist Aeron Alfrey. MADHOUSE takes place in the Golden Canyon Behavioral Health Center during a sandstorm, causing a plague of madness to sweep through the asylum.

During the currently live MADHOUSE Indiegogo.com campaign, backers can reserve their copy of Dark Regions Horror #1: MADHOUSE in campaign-exclusive editions that won’t be offered for retail sale. Every contribution during the campaign brings the project closer to stretch goals that will add more stories, more illustrations, an audiobook version and much more to expand MADHOUSE as a whole.

Join the campaign for MADHOUSE on Indiegogo.com in the Writing category at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/madhouse-a-shared-world-horror-anthology

Description

In the middle ages, it was thought that insanity was contagious. Centuries on, we label such ideas as superstitious ignorance. But when John Doe begins to speak after decades of silence, the staff and patients at the Golden Canyon Behavioral Health center begin to realize that behind every superstition lies a horrid truth.

On the night that a vicious sandstorm closes the roads and seals the doors, a plague of madness spreads through the hospital. Two staff members try desperately to hold onto their sanity while searching for the cause – and, hopefully, the cure – of the outbreak.

But they’re not alone. In this shared world anthology edited by Brad C. Hodson and Bram Stoker Award (R) winner Benjamin Kane Ethridge, some of the genre’s most talented authors present their own sanity shattering tales. With fiction by John Skipp, Jeff Strand, Scott Nicholson, Lisa Morton, John Palisano, and many others, the horrible truth is revealed bit by awful bit. Step inside and find out what it’s truly like in the MADHOUSE.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Release by John Palisano
Chapter 4
Skating the Shattered Glass Sea by Christopher Conlon
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Heal Thyself by Scott Nicholson
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
The Yellow Bug by Erik Williams
Bathroom by Sara Brooke
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Jen-Jen Is My Friend-Friend by Thersa Matsuura
Chapter 11
Enter the Sandman by Sheldon Higdon
Where Immortals Sing In Key by Anthony J. Rapino
Howl For What Was Yours by Mercedes Yardley
Chapter 12
Birdman by R. B. Payne
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
The Champion of Roshambo by Max Xavier and Sam W. Anderson
Drake’s Cake by Meghan Arcuri
Chapter 15
Cognition by Lisa Morton
My Dearest Gwendolyn by G Daniel Gunn
Saving Dollie by Kim Despins
Chapter 16
The Writing on the Wall by Robin Spriggs
Chapter 17
Sky Is Falling by Rena Mason
The Fraud by Jeff Strand
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Food Fight by John Skipp
Chapter 20
Epilogue

Indiegogo.com Campaign Link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/madhouse-a-shared-world-horror-anthology

Media Contact: madhousedrp@gmail.com

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