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!

Can You Write a Successful Short Story Using a Formula?

Mary Robinette Kowal claims you can write short stories using a formula. I watched her classroom lecture on Brandon Sanderson's YouTube channel and decided to give it a try. Did it work? Actually, yes! I wrote a flash fiction piece called "Cordelia's Curse," and Dark Recesses Press published it in their e-zine. You can read … Continue reading Can You Write a Successful Short Story Using a Formula?

It’s Release Day for “The Hay Bale”!

It's release day for my new novelette, “The Hay Bale"! A little background: In 2020 my daughter suffered a miscarriage. She got pregnant again, but that pregnancy also ended with a miscarriage. The second one was particularly difficult to manage emotionally. And I’m talking my emotions. What was she going though? Both she and her … Continue reading It’s Release Day for “The Hay Bale”!

Cover Reveal “The Hay Bale” by Priscilla Bettis

Coming January, 2022. Contemporary Southern Gothic meets weird horror in this new novelette from Priscilla Bettis. Professor Claire Davenport yearns to be a mother. After suffering four miscarriages, the university microbiologist tries and fails to qualify as an adoptive mother. Then Claire’s husband leaves. Alone and emotionally wounded, Claire takes a summer sabbatical from her … Continue reading Cover Reveal “The Hay Bale” by Priscilla Bettis