Jennifer Loring

Horror/Dark Fantasy Writer

Modern Mythmakers: 35 Interviews with Horror & Science Fiction Writers and Filmmakers

ModernMythmakers Modern Mythmakers is a collection of 35 interviews from horror and science fiction’s most influential writers and filmmakers, including Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, Richard Matheson, John Carpenter, John Saul, Joe McKinney, the Night of the Living Dead crew (including John Russo, Kyra Schon and Russ Streiner), Elvira, Whitley Strieber, Christopher Moore, and many more.

Line-up: Foreword by Alan Dean Foster; Forrest J. Ackerman; C. Dean Andersson; Adrienne Barbeau; Ray Bradbury; Ramsey Campbell; John Carpenter; Dan Curtis; Elvira; Rusty Fischer; Neil Gaiman; Mick Garris; Laurell K. Hamilton; George Clayton Johnson; Jack Ketchum; Dean Koontz; Herschell Gordon Lewis; Thomas Ligotti; Bentley Little; Graham Masterton; Richard Matheson; Joe McKinney; Christopher Moore; Night of the Living Dead Crew: John Russo, Kyra Schon, & Russ Streiner; William F. Nolan; Ingrid Pitt; Linnea Quigley; Fred Olen Ray; John Saul; David Snell; Darce Stoker; Peter Straub; Whitley Strieber; Timothy Zahn; Afterword by The Amazing Kreskin.

“Interesting interviews, masterfully compiled…” – Horror News

“Modern Mythmakers is a horror-fiend’s dream – a bubbling cauldron of genre info straight from the mouths of the madmen and women we fans worship.” – Kristopher Triana, author of Growing Dark and head of Tavern of Terror

“I was struck by the skill with which Michael McCarty conducts himself. He should have his own nightly talk show or at least a radio program dedicated to his work.” – Zero Signal Magazine

“… beware the dark, and what lurks in the minds of those you read and watch in the wee hours. Highly recommended.” – Hellnotes

“Modern Mythmakers is a healthy-sized bowl of horror-themed Wheaties coated with inspiration that’ll fuel your writing and filmmaking passion. And for the straight up fan boys and girls, it’s full of spoonfuls of trivia regarding classic horror and science fiction film and literature.” – Horror Novel Reviews

http://getbook.at/ModernMythmakers

Critical Hit-On by Deanna Dee–Out Now!

Critical Hit-On ebook Critical Hit-On (The Games of Love, #1)
By Deanna Dee
Genre: new adult geek romance
Length: 216 pages

Roll for attraction.

Molly Moreau used to be a geek with the best of them—role playing games, multi-user dungeons, trading cards—the works. Then she found her long-time boyfriend in a dark corner with a girl dressed as Lara “boobs and guns” Croft. That was it for the relationship and for her geekiness. After moving back home, she got a job at a normal bar and
grill with normal people to live a normal life. That is until Craig shows up with his RPG character sheet.

Craig Lawrence has been rolling 1s on the relationship front ever since his last girlfriend broke up with him because he apparently spent too much time playing guardian to his rebellious little sister. When he meets Molly, he wants more than anything to win her heart, and this time he’ll do anything to keep his family problems from interfering.

When fate (Molly’s best friend) brings Craig and Molly together (sets them up on a date), will this relationship roll yet another 1? Or will it score a critical hit?

Available on Amazon

DeannaDee_Serious About Deanna
Deanna Dee is strictly human and does not, to her knowledge, own a hyena. She lives by the sea, which she takes full advantage of in the summer time. Nerd culture and pop culture make up the shameless downtime of her life. The rest of it is writing, and she’s okay with that.

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Excerpt
Chapter 1: Craig
For a Thursday night, A’s Tavern is dead. All the better. We don’t need an audience for the not-so-drunken debauchery to follow. I stroll inside and head for the hostess desk, not bothering to hold the door for Parker. He’s a big boy. He can handle himself.
There’s a crash behind me, followed by a string of curses.
Or maybe he can’t. Should’ve known better. Parker’s a klutz. I’m a good friend, though. I keep walking and snicker.
Parker catches up to me and punches my shoulder. “You, my friend, are chimera excrement.”
I shrug. “I’ve been called worse. Keep up next time.”
“Two?” The host, clad in black pants and a red shirt—poor bastard—greets us and grabs a couple of menus.
“For now,” I say. “We’re expecting three more.”
Host pauses, and his eyes go glassy as if two plus three is calculus. Then he grabs three more menus. “Follow me.” He leads us to a rectangular table for six, where he practically drops the menus and silverware. Dude’s dex score is down with his int. “Your server will be right with you,” he says and then scurries back toward the front of the restaurant.
I mumble a thanks and sit. The tables around us are empty, so I pull my chair way out and make myself comfortable. In my twenty-one years, A’s hasn’t changed. The place looks like one of those old train stations. The top halves of the walls are white tile, and the bottoms are dark wood, a match for the tables and chairs. Monochrome tiles make up the floor, and a black-lacquered bar stretches the length of the restaurant. In honor of the recent Star Trek movie, there’s a neon sign over said bar advertising Free Tranya. I don’t know why they have free tranya, considering that line was from the original series and not the most recent movie, but there’s the sign. Only the second r is out. So
it reads Free Tanya.
“Free Tanya.” Parker sits across from me and runs a hand over his black hair, which just makes it stick up more. Between that and the glasses, all he needs is green eyes instead of blue and a lightning scar on his forehead. “Now that, I can get behind.” And a less Weasley personality.
I scoot up to the table and am about to smack him over the head when a hand grabs my water glass and scares the hell out of me. I hit the back of my chair and look up at our waitress…our really hot waitress. Damn, how have I not noticed this girl before? Her brown hair reaches her shoulders, and her curves make the tasteless white-shirt-and-black-skirt ensemble of A’s uniform look good. My kind of girl.
“How you boys doing tonight?” she says in a strong, confident voice.
Definitely my kind of girl.
“Magnificently,” Parker says.
“Yeah?” She replaces my water glass and goes for Parker’s. “What can I get you to drink?”
Parker points to the bar. “I shall have the free Tanya.”
I kick him under the table.
He squeaks like a little girl. “Tranya.”
Waitress nods as if dorky twenty-something guys order free females all the time. “And you?” She turns to me, and her brown eyes meet mine. They’re the kind of eyes dead white guys wrote poetry about.
I’ll be a dead white guy someday. Perhaps I should join their ranks. Or perhaps I should order a drink before she notices I’m staring. “Have you had the tranya?”
“I have. I relished it.”
Whoa, girl knows her Star Trek. She and I might be the only twenty-somethings in 2009 America to know that episode. That decides my drink order. “As much as I will.”
Her eyes go wide, reflecting my amazement. Then, without warning, they’re serious again. “Two tranyas. Can I see some ID?” She barely glances at the cards before handing them back. “I’ll have those right out, and my name’s Molly.” She dashes toward the bar.
Well, so much for that.
“Critical miss,” Parker says, patting my arm. “Better luck next time.”

Cover Reveal for Critical Hit-On by Deanna Dee

Critical Hit-On ebook Behold the cover for Deanna Dee’s new geek romance, Critical Hit-On! Pre-order your copy at Amazon, and be sure to check back here on February 25th for more info, when Critical Hit-On officially releases.

Tormentor by William Meikle–Out Now!

tormentor TORMENTOR is a new Scottish supernatural novella in hardcover and ebook from William Meikle and DarkFuse.

No limbs, no limbs, no head, no head, left arm gone, left leg gone, no legs, no head.

A door is open, and something is coming through. It’s just a matter of when — and what.

AMAZON.COM: http://www.amazon.com/Tormentor-William-Meikle-ebook/dp/B00QW8UBKS
AMAZON.CO.UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tormentor-William-Meikle-ebook/dp/B00QW8UBKS

SKIN TRADE by Tonia Brown — Out Now!

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SKIN TRADE is a historical horror about a young girl who journeys into the zombie-ridden west under the guise of a boy to learn the art of the skin trade–trapping and skinning zombies to sell their hides. Along the way she learns what it takes to pass as a man, what she misses about being a woman, and how hard can be to hold onto your humanity.

A coming of age story couched in the Old West, that Bram Stoker Award-winning author Joe McKinney said, “reminded me of Steinbeck and Harper Lee at their best. Skin Trade belongs on the top shelf of zombie fiction. Pay attention folks. This is how it’s done.”

SKIN TRADE, from author Tonia Brown. Get your copy now! http://tinyurl.com/nn5nqx2

Conduits Makes a Great Gift!

It’s Cyber Monday–why not buy a book? Whether for yourself or as a gift, grab a signed, limited-edition hardcover of Conduits from DarkFuse, or get a Kindle copy at Amazon.com.

Those of My Kind Has a New Home

I refrained from posting about the Permuted Press debacle last month, but suffice it to say that I terminated my contract with them. That freed me from writing the second and third books, which I hated, of a four-book contract, but it also meant that Those of My Kind needed a new home. After some recent querying, it has found just that, with Ominium Gatherum, run by the lovely and talented Kate Jonez. Much appreciation to Kate for taking me onboard, and you’ll be able to snag an ebook or paperback copy as of March 30, 2015. You can visit my Omnium Gatherum author page here.

How to Succeed at NaNoWriMo

This month marks my fifth year of involvement with the celebrated (or dreaded) National Novel Writing Month, known as NaNoWriMo, in which we are tasked with writing 50,000 words in thirty days. Now, let’s be honest–50,000 words is barely a novel, and most everything written in only a month is crap. Still, I’ve failed miserably every year; that is, until this year. This year, I’m on track to finish next Sunday (the 16th). How did this happen?

I’ll tell you what I think my secret is this time around. I think it’s that I chose to write completely outside my genre. Normally, I agonize over every word. I edit as I go. I have certain expectations of myself when writing horror. Now? I have zero expectations, because I’ve never written in this genre before, outside of fan fiction many years ago. I’m having fun with the project, which is probably the most important thing I’ve taken away from the experience so far. I’m cranking out anywhere from twelve to twenty pages a day, which translates to 2,600 – 4,300 words a day (I’m also writing it longhand). I have largely fired my inner editor so that I can get the story down and worry about revisions in December.

And because I’m having so much fun, I’m making the book a priority to work on. I realize that I’m more fortunate than many–I’m an independent contractor, so I work from home and set my own hours. That doesn’t mean I have endless hours to do nothing but write, however. I have clients. I have housework. A husband. A novella to promote and a novel to query. But because this project is a priority, I work on it until 9 or 10 at night. And now I’ve built up a word cushion so that if, let’s say, I get sick, I’m still going to finish NaNo on time. And winning for the first time, as silly as it may seem, is for me a big accomplishment.

So talk to me in the comments. Are you doing NaNo? What works for you, or what doesn’t?

Interview at Crystal Lake Publishing

Come visit me over at Crystal Lake Publishing today, where I talk about my writing process.

Conduits is Recommended Reading!

Conduits is a recommended book at Pittsburgh Writer. Check it out, along with other excellent recommendations.

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