Jennifer Loring

Horror/Dark Fantasy Writer and Editor

Visit me at Writing in the Dark today

Today I’m visiting my friend and mentor Tim Waggoner’s blog to talk about why I don’t believe in ghosts. Check it out here.

Conduits is Out Today!

conduits Mara is a Japanese-American girl with a history of personal tragedy. Though she still cuts to quell the pain, she thought she had left the worst behind her. But her boyfriend’s sudden death and a visit to one of the most haunted places in Washington State send her into a spiral of madness that lands her in a psychiatric ward.

Already suffering from dreams of a strange, ghost-infested house in the woods, Mara begins to question the very existence of reality. She is forced to confront the truth of her older sister’s brutal murder and, unable to distinguish between nightmare and waking any longer, the reason the ghosts have chosen her as their conduit.

“An evocative journey into the darkest realms of a troubled psyche. Part ghost story, part psychological suspense, Conduits is an astonishing debut from a bold new voice in horror. Don’t miss it!” —Tim Waggoner, author of The Way of All Flesh

Buy now at Amazon.

Guest Post: The Molten Form of Poetry by Ron Gavalik

The Molten Form of Poetry
By Ron Gavalik
PittsburghWriter.net

10660773_10152656465101624_2033514731_nReading poetry is one of life’s truly intimate joys. Unlike more social entertainment such as films, theater, and sporting events, experiencing poetry is an individual pursuit. When cracking open a book of verse, we shuck off the mortal coil while our minds delve into a cerebral adventure. We are fused to the author’s thoughts, desires, and passions, all within the confines of our minds.

That, my friend, is the most profound experience. Poetry gives us new perspectives to enlighten our minds. Poetry fuels the imagination. In its raw form, poetry is life.

As readers, most of us are drawn to what’s considered popular and well reviewed. We count on so-called professional to tell us what precisely is a good read. We equate commercial advertising and movie deals with the quality of a story or poem. But then there are times, when some of us ignore the noise of our popular culture and seek the independent works of those who truly enrich the soul.

Our choice to own and experience raw, experimental poetry symbolizes courage. Delving into avant-garde expression without the safety net of widespread acceptance requires a sense of adventure. Those of us who take these leaps of faith are a cut above the average reader. We are independent thinkers who thrive on discovering uncharted waters.

In the introduction of my micropoetry collection, Hot Metal Tonic, I discuss how experimental writers often shrug off the conformity of industry standards to force new perspectives into the minds of our readers. Every time I sit down at the typer, I transform into an American drifter who tramps through vistas of tall grass, rarely touched by everyday society.

Free-spirited individualism is my most pronounced characteristic.

I highly recommend finding your unique identifier, the one personality trait that makes you an individual among the masses. I doubt you’ll have to meet with Himalayan monks to determine your distinct qualities, but there’s nothing wrong with quiet contemplation over a few whiskeys. Once you’ve pinpointed that one special characteristic, take the time to revel in your individualism. It’s quite a freeing sensation that brings balance to the mind and to the soul.

For my part, I thrive on reading and writing free verse poetry.

In the 1960s and 70s, Charles Bukowski’s free verse style often fell under the blade of academic criticism. His work was considered inordinately blue-collar and plain spoken to be real poetry, which made it far more difficult for him to publish and find a secure audience.

It took him years, but a handful of small press publishers with broad vision finally decided to print his work. Once the public got hold of that drunken writer’s written voice, a whole new segment of society became poetry fans, which made Bukowski the most read poet of the 20th Century.

Free verse is the most individualized form of expression; therefore, I naturally gravitate toward that broad style. The newer form of micropoetry (140 character poems) that’s sprung up in recent years on social media outlets has further pushed the literary envelope.

Hot Metal Tonic is a semi-autobiographical collection of over 180 micropoems that contend with love, family, relationships, politics, career, and spirituality. While most of the poems stand alone in each chapter’s theme, many are interconnected in much of the way small human events are strung together to connect our lives. The collection has been referred to as a gritty read, the molten form of my rough and tumble life…and whiskey-laced madness.

Thankfully, readers are pleased with my work.

Now, kick back, baby.
Open your mind
and allow the hot metal to flow
as soothing tonic.
Prepare yourself
to laugh and think,
cry and rejoice.
Indeed, you will be transformed
into a state of raw emotions.
You and I,
we’re about to start a quest,
a journey to memories unseen in years.
Don’t worry, it will only hurt so good.
Grasp my calloused hand
and we’ll help each other
stumble along this treacherous path
together.

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10643418_10152656465051624_980393081_nRon Gavalik is a writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. You can follow him on Twitter: @RonGavalik or read his blog at PittsburghWriter.net. Hot Metal Tonic can be obtained through the usual retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and other locations. Signed copies can be purchased at a discount (free shipping) direct from the publisher at PittsburghWriter.net.

A Brief Roundup

I’ve been traveling a lot over the past couple weeks and haven’t had much time to post, but I wanted to mention a few things:

1. I now have the release dates for all four books from Permuted Press.

10/13/2015 Those of My Kind
11/10/2015 A Place With The Dead
12/8/2015 Dusk of Hope
5/3/2016 The Ones Who Came Back

You’ll be able to buy the whole trilogy just in time for Christmas next year. :)

2. Conduits received a very nice review from author Nick Cato. Check it out at The Horror Fiction Review.

3. After 13 years, I have a new tattoo.
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In another month or so it’ll have color and more shading/detail, but it’s already pretty awesome. Monique Ligons of Body Graphics is doing the work, and I can’t recommend her enough.

4. I finally saw Nine Inch Nails this week. Having been a fan since I first heard Pretty Hate Machine in the 8th grade, I was not disappointed by the 24-year wait. Excellent show (plus Soundgarden!), made even better by seeing it with my sister.

And now I’m off to see this Guardians of the Galaxy movie I’ve heard so much about.

Entitlement In Writer Culture

It needed to be said.

Entitlement In Writer Culture.

Conduits Pre-Order

conduitsConduits is now available for Kindle preorder. Head over to DarkFuse for more info, or order on Amazon now!

A Quick Thank-You

As you probably know, “Beautiful Things” has been free on Amazon this weekend and will continue to be until tomorrow. During that time, it has become a bestseller in two Amazon Kindle categories, so I wanted to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has picked up a copy and/or given me a signal boost. I hope you enjoyed the story and, more importantly, I hope you stick around for all the cool stuff I’m working on, which includes–eventually–the further adventures of Mitzi and Wolfrik.

‘Tales from the Lake Vol. 1’ Review

A five-star review from Paula Limbaugh over at Horror Novel Reviews.

‘Tales from the Lake Vol. 1’ Review.

Beautiful Things is Now Available!

815m9D08KDL._SL1415_ Mitzi Weinhaus is the talentless daughter of two Munich Kabarett stars. One night, in an underground club that has so far escaped Nazi detection, she meets the enigmatic singer Giselle, who offers her the chance to be a hero. All Mitzi has to do is infiltrate the notorious Dachau death camp, but she won’t have to do it alone.

Teamed up with the mysterious Wolfrik, for whom she develops an alarming attraction, Mitzi soon finds herself ensnared in a world of secret societies, super-soldiers, monsters, and gods. Double-crossed on all sides, it is up to her to save her parents from certain death–and to save her heart from one of the most powerful beings in the universe.

Buy now at Amazon.com

(And thank you to Fox & Raven Publishing for taking such good care of this story!)

Tales from the Lake vol. 1 Now Available

Tales from the Lake Vol. 1 Dive into fourteen tales of non-themed horror, with short stories and dark poems by some of the best horror writers in the world, including a story by the master himself, Graham Masterton.
Allow the very first installment of Tales from the Lake to transport you to lakeside terror in “Lover, Come Back to Me”, “Lady of Lost Lake”, and “Game On”; journey to the basement of your local pet store in “Dead Pull” and your neighborhood pub in “O’Halloran’s”; visit the apocalypse in “Devil’s Night”; travel to Africa in “Witch-Compass” and “The Reunion”; spend time with talking dolls in “Don’t Look at Me”; experience the horrors of drug addiction from close up in “Junksick”; and climb a ladder to the heavens in “Perrollo’s Ladder”.
Tales from the Lake Vol.1 includes the winning stories from the 2013 Tales from the Lake Horror Writing Competition: a nautical tale in Jennifer Loring’s “The Fine Art of Wrecking”; a bizarre story of strange addictions in J. Daniel Stone’s “Alternative Muses”; and a cult horror story in the jungles of South America in William Ritchey’s “Las Maquinas”.
Grab a copy now at:

Crystal Lake Publishing (Kindle): http://www.crystallakepub.com/tales-from-the-lake-vol1.php

Universal Amazon Link (paperback and Kindle): http://getbook.at/AmazonLakeVOne

Smashwords (Various eBook formats): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/441847

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