Halloween Tales

Halloween is my favorite holiday. Halloween is a holiday of fun, not going to church or seeing family, no stress about buying gifts or fixing a big meal and remembering your second cousin twice removed’s food sensitivities or tracking if your teenage niece is vegetarian, vegan, or raw foodist this year.

Halloween is a holiday of imagination, of make-believe.

In celebration of Halloween, I am sharing with you that I have two stories published in the Werewolves Versus zine, For those that don’t know, a zine, sometimes called an e-zine,  is a magazine online.  So this is a literary magazine released twice a year, except for special editions, that celebrates lycanthrope.  The zine is on a pay-what-you-want model. Many people take it for free and I hope they enjoy it then come back and buy more, so please consider paying the cost of a coffee or a doughnut. The proceeds are split among the writers and artist.

I wrote the suspense-filled “No Mercy” for the Werewolves VS Fascism special edition which benefits the Southern Poverty Law Center, and which has a mandatory donation of at least $1.  Set in Mussolini’s Italy, a black shirt officer attempts to seduce a Jewish widow.  Let’s just say it ends badly for him.

In Werewolves versus Hollywood, I did the impossible; I wrote a romantic comedy. Those of you who know me personally can take heart that it is still a lycanthropic romantic comedy, so I have not completely lost my mind. In a story that reminds me of Shakespeare’s plays on the fallacies of young love, “Sugar and Spice” features a couple in love making all the wrong choices, sacrificing their happiness in exchange for the happiness of the person they love, instead of actually talking to each other.  Shocking concept, communication.

So if you want to get into the Halloween spirit, check out an edition or two or six of Werewolves Versus. ( Burning willpower points to not close with a bad pun like “you will have a howlin’ good read” — ACK! I failed my roll.)


Buy Werewolves Versus Hollywood  “Sugar and Spice” https://gumroad.com/l/wv05

Buy Werewolves Versus Fascism “No Mercy” https://gumroad.com/l/NaziChomper


Or contribute – submissions are open for next edition, Werewolves Versus Fashion, and work with  Angela Quinton, an amazing editor.



Until next time,

Happy HOWL-oween !!



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And the winner is …

On August 11th something novel happened. Someone I know won a Hugo Award. They actually flew to Worldcon75 in Helsinki, Finland walked on the stage and gave a speech. I about fell over in shock and pride and just WOW! One views awards like the Hugo, the Nebula, the Rita, the Edgar and all the others as unattainable awards that are won by other people, then someone you know wins and the paradigm changes.

It is attainable, it is aspirable, it is possible. A warm thought for lonely days in front of a white screen.

Looking for a good read – here are the best by popular vote from Worldcon 75

Best Novel – The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)
Best Novella – Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com publishing)
Best Novelette – The Tomato Thief by Ursula Vernon (Apex Magazine, January 2016)
Best Short Story – Seasons of Glass and Iron”, by Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Saga Press)
Best Related Work – Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)
Best Graphic Story – Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening, written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image)
Best Editor, Short Form – Ellen Datlow
Best Editor, Long Form – Liz Gorinsky
Best Semiprozine – Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios
Best Fanzine – Lady Business, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan
Best Fan Writer – Abigail Nussbaum
Best Series – The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer – Ada Palmer

Full listing including the runners-up here: http://www.thehugoawards.org/hugo-history/2017-hugo-awards/

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