Women in Horror – Shared Pages: Emily Glossner Johnson

February 28, 2015 at 3:38 am (horror, Links, writing) (, , , , , )

EmilyGJI chose this female horror writer for my spotlight because her story “The Pattersons” in Volume 5 of the Postscripts to Darkness anthologies delivers creepy mystery where normal is anything but. It left me feeling disturbed, as good horror should.

In addition to being a woman in horror, Emily also writes literary fiction, memoirs and poetry. She taught writing for ten years in Rochester, New York.

Find out more about Emily here: http://emilyglossnerjohnson.blogspot.ca/

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Women in Horror – Shared Pages: Melissa Yuan-Innes

February 21, 2015 at 3:38 am (horror, Links, writing) (, , , , , )

MYII chose this female horror writer for my spotlight because her story “Waiting for Jenny Rex” in the Dead North anthology offers up a thought-provoking love story within a frightening format. Her characters are extremely human – even when already dead.

In addition to being a woman in horror, Melissa is an emergency doctor at two different hospitals who writes medical fact and mystery fiction (as well as romance, suspense and children’s books.) She loves travelling, yoga and fringe festivals.

Find out more about Melissa here: http://melissayuaninnes.com/

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Women in Horror – Spotlight: Marcia Colette

February 10, 2014 at 1:13 am (horror, Links, writing) (, , , , , )

The writer in my spotlight today is the shadowy lady responsible for The Grotesquerie short story “Sedah Point, Arizona.” She gladly embraces her creepy side, offering up works in multiple darker genres – although she claims where her ideas come from is a mystery to her. She has published a selection of novels including her Darker Encounters series, her Werecheetah Coalition series and her Alexa Wells series.

Her fans describe her work as “kick ass” and “riveting”.

You can dig deeper into Marcia’s dark world at http://marciacolette.com/ and check out her book list at her Amazon author page.

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Genre for the Holidays – A Little Bit of Mystery

December 23, 2012 at 2:51 am (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Today I’m going to talk about a genre of a different nature. I’m not a big mystery fan, normally. I don’t see myself writing mystery (although I did put together a little fantasy murder mystery party called “Who Killed Dodger Nabbit?”) I am, however, very much inclined to the modernized versions of Sherlock Holmes (I enjoyed Mr. Downey Jr. as Holmes on the big screen, although I prefer him as Iron Man). I was fortunate enough today to get to see Episode 1 of Season 2 of the latest British Sherlock TV series which was a holiday episode encompassing Christmas celebrations and New Year’s Day. It also was a risqué episode involving a dominatrix known as “The Woman” who managed to actually capture Sherlock’s interest. The series is brilliant, and this episode is captivating. While other versions of Sherlock Holmes are entertaining, the acting in this is impeccable, the plots are interesting and there is amazing depth to the characterization (I adore both Holmes and Watson in this version.)

Comparing the latest American version, Elementary, is a little unfair. The British version wins hands down, in my opinion, but Elementary is still worth watching. I wasn’t planning on following it – I figured with a female Watson (Lucy Liu,) and Hollywoodization, it would be kitschy, but it sucked me in despite my intentions to avoid it. So far, I’ve found it quite interesting, and there’s good chemistry between Watson and Holmes, although it fades in the shadow of the chemistry between Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. I also can’t help but look at them with fan-girl awe, when you consider Freeman played Arthur Dent and Bilbo Baggins and Benedict Cumberbatch joined Freeman in The Hobbit (in the later segments of the story) and is playing the big baddie in the next Star Trek movie.

And I miss another American Sherlock series that I didn’t recognize for what it was until it was ending. Of course, there was a slight attempt to disguise it. Rather than Holmes, the name used was House, his best friend Doctor Wilson instead of Doctor Watson, and the detective was a medical one, but Gregory shared many of the characteristics typical to Sherlock including drug abuse, an acerbic personality and the love of catching people in lies. I just didn’t clue in to all the similarities until the end.

Word has it that despite new fandom success for its co-stars, there will be more episodes of Sherlock. If you haven’t already seen it, I highly recommend it.

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The Blurb on Other People’s Words – Alexandrea Weis

October 25, 2011 at 12:40 am (Reviews, writing) (, , , , )

For You (The NOLA Series) by Alexandrea Weis

Daphne Melancon discovers unusual items of historical importance beneath her aged home, and finds herself at the centre of an old murder mystery. Pursuing the puzzle unearthed by her discovery takes her from strange to downright eerie. Smooth and sultry describes best the styling of M. Weis in this delightful digital short. She captures the mysterious and earthy flavour of New Orleans, with lush descriptions and well served ambiance. It encompasses several of the things I look for in my story choices: death, the supernatural and that human element that draws you solidly into the tale – a good investment for your leisure time.

The Keeper of the Dead Volume Two The NOLA Series by Alexandrea Weis

The Nola Series continues with the same bold flavour found in the first instalment. This time, Weis introduces us to Director of Cemeteries, Angele Soule. Our plucky protagonist stumbles into a murder mystery rife with voodoo and the supernatural. Her urge to play detective leads her down an exciting pathway to danger. I love the dark and sordid backwash to these tales, thanks to the New Orlean setting. The characters in the story are multi-dimensional with just the right amount of heroic flair. I think you’ll find this a gripping story with lots of entertaining twists and turns.

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