Using Real Life Horrors in Fiction or, “Why would anyone write about THAT?”

1877 Anna Sewell wrote Black Beauty in 1877. If you’ve read the story you might remember the horrific chopped tail flashback, the beatings, and Black Beauty’s infected feet. Sewell’s story was so effective in educating people about the need to treat horses properly that the Massachusetts SPCA sponsored the book’s publication in the States. 1995 … Continue reading Using Real Life Horrors in Fiction or, “Why would anyone write about THAT?”

Out Today: 34 Orchard Literary Journal, Issue 5!

I love 34 Orchard, and I especially love this issue because it contains my little horror story, "Mollusk Madness"! In this excerpt, it's dark outside, and mollusk expert Katrina is studying her slugs: Back in the garden, I kneel and aim my headlamp at the mulch. The slugs’ crisscross trails of mucus glow pink in … Continue reading Out Today: 34 Orchard Literary Journal, Issue 5!

One-Sentence Reviews: My 1st Quarter 2022 Reads

I had a delicious list of books to read this past quarter, everything from classic literature to extreme horror. Well, the extreme horror stories weren't so "delicious." I definitely needed a sweet romance palate cleanser after those! Here are my one-sentence reviews for 1st quarter 2022: The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood. Seriously, Atwood was … Continue reading One-Sentence Reviews: My 1st Quarter 2022 Reads

I’m Now a Member of the Kendall Reviews Team!

How fun, I get to read new horror literature and share my thoughts at Kendall Reviews. I already have my first review up. It’s Eric LaRocca’s amazing novella, You’ve Lost a Lot of Blood, a cousin to his popular and controversial Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke. (Aren’t LaRocca’s titles cool?) “He was … Continue reading I’m Now a Member of the Kendall Reviews Team!

Priscilla Reviews Three Banned Books

All three of today’s ebooks were banned by Kindle. I thought I’d give them some love here, and in the process maybe figure out why they were banned. While the Bombs Fell by Robbie Cheadle and Elsie Hancy Eaton This is an historical biography of Elsie Hancy Eaton’s childhood in the 1940s in Suffolk County, … Continue reading Priscilla Reviews Three Banned Books