Spotlight On Lori Michelle #Imaginarium


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Lori Michelle

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?

My other half, Max Booth III, told me that there was a new convention that needed people with my expertise, so I said “What the heck” and signed up.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

I run a quarterly magazine and a monthly e-magazine. Dark Moon Digest 16 came out in July and Dark Eclipse comes out every month. Both of them are horror. Personally, the last thing I put together that I want to promote is Bleed, an anthology of horror stories where the proceeds go to the National Children’s Cancer Society.

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Quick description of it.

No one should ever have to deal with cancer, especially a child. BLEED is a charity anthology where the profits will go to help children who have cancer. Forty seven stories, poems and essays by the best in the horror business, including Bentley Little, Rick Hautala, Joe McKinney, Mort Castle, Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Tim Waggoner, Gene O’Neill, and William Nolan. This is for all the little girls and boys who fight the good fight everyday.

 

Something unique about it.

My own son was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when he was only 3. Since then, it has been a brave fight which he has survived. I wanted to draw attention on this horrible disease and on the kids whose lives will never be the same.

 

Links for people to buy it.

http://perpetualpublishing.com/product/bleed/

http://www.amazon.com/Bleed-Lori-Michelle/dp/0988748886/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1406681016&sr=8-2

 

Your promo links.

I have promo links? I guess Facebook… https://www.facebook.com/lorimichelleauthor and my blog is http://www.lorimichelleauthor.com

 

Your short Bio.

Lori is the co-owner of Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing and the managing editor of Dark Moon Digest and Dark Eclipse.  She is the author of Dual Harvest and the editor of Bleed, an anthology where the proceeds will go to the National Children’s Cancer Society. She has had stories appear in several different anthologies, including the 2012 Bram Stoker finalist, Slices of Flesh.

Lori was born in Los Angeles, CA where she was raised to be a ballerina. After injuring herself before her career could begin, she turned her creative efforts elsewhere. Now she resides in San Antonio Texas, where she is the mother of two, html coder, graphic designer, book formatter and general pain in the ass.

When not talking about writing stories, sometimes Lori actually writes short stories, novels, half finished novels and poems. And while pretending to work, she creates websites and designs business cards on the side. She also enjoys peanut butter on her waffles. Don’t ask. Or ask, she will answer.

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”

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Spotlight On Carol Preflatish #Imaginarium


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Carol Preflatish

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?

How could I not get involved with a convention so close to home.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

My latest release is a romantic suspense, “Spring Forward, Fall Back in Love.”

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Quick description of it.

The last person Grace Taylor wanted to see was her old boyfriend, Andy Granger, but that’s exactly who was standing in front of her on the porch of the ranch. To make matters worse, he was her trail guide. When an unexpected spring storm strands them in a secluded mountain cabin, memories and old feelings emerge. Can Grace keep the secret she’s kept for eight years while at the same time keep Andy at a distance?

 

Something unique about it.

Unique for me is that it’s a contemporary cowboy story. I had never wrote one of those before. I liked writing it so much, I’ve got two more in the works.

 

Links for people to buy it.

Amazon: http://amzn.to/Sq6hG6

B&N: http://bit.ly/1hiaF2S

All Romance E-books: http://bit.ly/1o9P6jv

Bookstrand: http://bit.ly/1lT9PIl

iTunes: http://bit.ly/1n5ykDH

 

Your promo links.

Web site: http://CarolPre.webs.com

Blog: http://CarolPre.blogspot.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CarolPreflatish

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolPreflatish

 

Your short Bio.

Carol Preflatish knew at an early age that she loved to write. In high school and college, her favorite classes were composition and creative writing. It wasn’t until after she married and then became a parent that she decided to pursue it seriously. Carol has written five romantic suspense books with several more in various stages of completion. Always loving a good mystery, she’s constantly thinking up ideas for future books. Carol lives in southern Indiana, sharing her log cabin in the woods with her husband and a menagerie of wildlife that appear in their yard. When not writing, she loves to read, watch football, and go camping with her husband.

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”

Spotlight On H. David Blalock #Imaginarium


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SPOTLIGHT ON: H. David Blalock

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?

As one of the authors associated with Seventh Star Press, I was invited.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

My latest novel was released through SSP, a dark urban fantasy called Doom Angel.

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Quick description of it.

Doom Angel is the third and final book in the Angelkiller Triad, completing the story begun in Angelkiller and continued in Traitor Angel. In Doom Angel, the final confrontation between the underground rebel forces of Light go toe to toe with the Dark forces of a powerful Minion named Dorian Azrael.

 

Something unique about it.

The Angelkiller Triad was written to answer the age-old question “Why do bad things happen to good people?” The answer is simple. In the War between the Angels of Light and the Angels of Darkness, the Dark won. Mankind has been fooled into believing the Light won, and that is why there remains war and death and disease. However, there remained those who continue to fight to bring the truth to humanity, and in the Angelkiller Triad those rebels use the cyber world as much as real world resources to do so.

 

Links for people to buy it.

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Doom-Angel-H-David-Blalock/dp/1937929558

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Doom-Angel-H-David-Blalock/dp/1937929558

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/doom-angel/id840701742?mt=11

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/doom-angel

Barnes&Noble/Nook: http://tinyurl.com/mjlbroe

 

Your promo links.

Website: http://thrankeep.com

Blog: http://hdavidblalock.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Writer.HDavidBlalock

 

Your short Bio.

Born in San Antonio, Texas, David spent the majority of his formative years in Jacksonville, Florida. At the age of 16, his family moved to the Panama Canal Zone where David finished school and entered employment with the Department of Defense as a Powerhouse Electrician.

Hiring into the FAA, he returned with his wife and two daughters to the States and settled briefly in Gulfport, MS. A few years later, he moved to Memphis, TN, as an Air Traffic Controller for the Memphis ARTCC. There he remained until his retirement.

David’s writing has appeared in numerous anthologies, magazines, webzines, and writer’s sites. His work continues to appear on a regular basis through multiple publishing houses.

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”

 

Spotlight On Logan L. Masterson #Imaginarium


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Logan L. Masterson

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?

When I heard that Stephen Zimmer was throwing a literary convention not too far from home, I had to throw my name in!

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

My latest story in print is “Shadow of the Wolf” in Luna’s Children: Stranger Worlds from Dark Oak Press.

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Quick description of it.

It’s a fantasy horror story about the place of lycanthropes in our world and belief systems

 

Something unique about it.

I’m pretty fond of the characters, actually. I think they’re as rounded as the form and style allow for, and the narrator in particular makes me proud.

 

 

Links for people to buy it.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LLWEJ62?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=393177&creativeASIN=B00LLWEJ62&linkCode=shr&tag=agonyzer-20&linkId=SCBI5LGRJXUCNXYM&qid=1406664617&sr=8-1&keywords=luna%27s+children+stranger+worlds

 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lunas-children-d-alan-lewis/1119939629?ean=9781941754122

 

 

Your promo links.

www.agonyzer.com

www.facebook.com/loganlmasterson

 

 

Your short Bio.

Born in southern Missouri, and traveling the American southwest throughout his early life, Logan L. Masterson rooted himself in ideas rather than places. His world is a place of wonders, where words are magic and anything is possible. It’s also a place of darkness: good things happen to bad people and the best intentions can go terribly awry.

Logan L. Masterson is the author of Ravencroft Springs, a Lovecraftian tale of Appalachia published by Pro Se Press. Look for his stories “Clockwork Demons” in Capes & Clockwork, and “Shadow of the Wolf” in Luna’s Children II, both from Dark Oak Press. A published poet, arts journalist and unapologetic geek, he lives in Nashville, Tennessee with five dogs, two turtles, and a lovely wife.

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”

 

Guest Post: Leah Rhyne


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One Horror Writer’s Secret: I’m Always Afraid

 

People often look at me funny when they find out I write horror, and I get it. Really, I do. I look pretty sweet and innocent with blonde curls and blue eyes. I can usually be found wearing either girlie dresses or running clothes, and my black lipstick and nail polish only get worn on Halloween.

 

I definitely don’t look like a horror writer. In fact, I look more like the first-to-die in a 70s slasher flick.

 

But I’ll tell you a little secret. I write horror and dark fiction for one reason and one reason alone: I’m always afraid. Always. I never live a day without fear.

 

I guess you could say it started when I was very small, the year Gremlins came out. I was five, and I fell in love with Gizmo, the brown-and-white, fluffy mogwai. I watched the movie again and again on our brand-new VHS, and begged my parents for a stuffed Gizmo doll that made little jingle sounds when you shook him. I LOOOOVED him so much, I brought him to kindergarten show and tell…TWICE.

 

But at night, after the lights went out….that’s when I was afraid of the gremlins! I’d sit up in bed, wide-awake, clutching Gizmo with sweaty palms, waiting for the green goblins to come and eat us both. I’d picture their long, clawed fingers slithering around and under the bedroom door.

 

I was terrified.

 

A few years later it was Freddy Kruger and the ghosts of Poltergeist that got under my skin, setting the stage for a lifetime of fear-induced insomnia. After that came The Silence of the Lambs and Buffalo Bill’s kidnapping of the mayor’s daughter in that windowless white van. I’d stare at strangers everywhere, suspicious that they’d want to snatch me up and throw me in the pit with the puppy and the lotion.  When a little boy was kidnapped and murdered in my hometown the year I turned twelve…well, let’s just say I didn’t sleep for months.

 

Nowadays my fears take a much different shape. I’m not afraid for myself anymore. Not really. Now I fear for my child. She’s six, and spunky and sweet, and I’m terrified that one day someone’s going to try to snatch her from me. I’m terrified that she’s going to get hurt. I’m terrified I’ll have to die to defend her, because I’d take a bullet in a heartbeat if it meant she’d get to live a full and happy life.

 

So yeah. Always afraid of something. That’s me.

 

So it’s no surprise that whenever I sit down to write, dark stuff comes out. In my first books, it was zombies, because who’s NOT afraid of creatures that used to be like you and me, but are now mindless, insatiable beasts? With my new book, JO (out September 1st), you see a lot of my childhood fears coming to life.  You see a kidnapping. A mutilation. An ominous, windowless van. Monsters, coming to life.

 

It’s there. All of it. The only thing missing is ghosts, but I’m leaving them for a later story.

 

But now you know it. If you want to write horror, you can start by being afraid. All the time. Once you are, the stories will practically write themselves.

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Jolene Hall is dead – sort of. She can walk, think and talk, but her heart doesn’t beat and her lungs stopped breathing ages ago. Her body’s a mosaic of jagged wounds and stapled flesh.

 

Jolene Hall has a choice: turn herself in to the authorities, led by a suspiciously handsome police officer, or team up with her roommate Lucy and her boyfriend Eli to find a way to save herself. To Jo, the choice is clear. She’d like to know who turned her into a monster, and she’d like to live to see another sunrise.

 

But that choice has drastic repercussions.

 

On a trip deep into the snowy White Mountains, to a hidden laboratory filled with danger and cadavers, Jo and Lucy find more reanimated girls. Part body, part machine, run by batteries and electricity, these girls are killers, created by a shadowy Order with a penchant for chaos…and murder.

 

To make matters worse, a photo on a wall of victims reveals Lucy is next in line to be “recruited” into this army of beautiful, walking corpses.

 

When Jo’s physical condition takes a turn for the irreparable, and the Order kidnaps those she loves most, she must sacrifice herself to save them all.

 

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Leah Rhyne is a Jersey girl who’s lived in the South so long she’s lost her accent…but never her attitude. After spending most of her childhood watching movies like Star Wars, Alien(s), and A Nightmare On Elm Street, and reading books like Stephen King’s The Shining or It, Leah now writes tales of horror and science fiction.  Her first novel, Undead America Volume 1: Zombie Days, Campfire Nights, released in the fall of 2012, and it’s sequel, No Angels, released in the fall of 2013. The final book in the trilogy is coming in 2014. She writes for LitReactor.com, The Charleston City Paper, and for herself at www.leahrhyne.com. Leah lives with her husband, daughter, and a small menagerie of pets. In her barely-there spare time, she loves running and yoga.

 

 

Spotlight On Peter Welmerink #Imaginarium


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Peter Welmerink

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?

I am an author/writer working with Seventh Star Press.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

TRANSPORT: Book One is my latest release. It is a cross between a Military Action-Thriller and Zombie Apocalypse.

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Quick description of it.

Captain Jake Billet and his quirky crew of military misfits have to covertly bring a much hated lakeshore government official roughly 40 miles across West Michigan while trying to avoid everything and everyone who wants to stop, kill, eat and dismember them along the way. And not necessarily in that order.  

 

Something unique about it.

It’s a post-post zombie apocalypse world. We’re still here. They’re still here. The local zombie “civilians” are protected. The outside city limits ones, fair game if they don’t get you first. A very militarized WALKING DEAD-type series with a 72-ton armored heavy transport vehicle and crew dealing with it all.

 

Links for people to buy it.

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Schuler Books

iTunes Books

 

Your promo links.

A review of TRANSPORT landrewcooper.com/transport/

 

Discussion on Action, Adventure, Adversity and the Undead in TRANSPORT http://beauty-in-ruins.blogspot.com/2014/06/peter-welmerink-talks-action-adventure.html

 

An excerpt from TRANSPORT http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/2014/06/transport-by-peter-welmerink-exclusive.html

 

A review of TRANSPORT http://ragecircus.blogspot.com/2014/06/book-review-transport-by-peter-welmerink.html

 

 

Your short Bio.

Peter Welmerink was born and raised on the west side of pre-apocalyptic Grand Rapids, Michigan. He writes Fantasy, Military SciFi, and other wanderings into action-adventure. His work has been published in ye olde wood pulp print and electronic-online publications. He is the co-author of the Viking berserker novel, BEDLAM UNLEASHED, written with Steven Shrewsbury. TRANSPORT is his first solo novel venture. He is married with a small barbarian tribe of three boys. He can be found at peterwelmerink.com and, for TRANSPORT-related additional goodies, grandrapidsaltered.blogspot.com.

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”

Guest Post: Bob Freeman


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Do You Believe in Magic(k)?
(Cheap Day Return)

by Bob Freeman

 

Time and time again the sacred words are spoken, passed from one wordslinger to the next, like an arcane mantra from a dark and distant age. “Write what you know,” they say. All well and good, but when you’re traversing subject matter as weighty as black magic, sorcery, and necromancy, where does that road even begin?

For me it began in the early seventies with a forgotten hermetic tract I found in the bottom of an old steamer trunk in my grandparents’ second floor spare room. The trunk had been my great-grandmother’s, an ancient woman by the time I met her, eerily silent and confined to a nursing home. We visited her nearly every Sunday throughout my childhood, delivering graham crackers and well wishes.

Stranger was that mysterious trunk, silent and confined in its own way, tucked into a corner and buried beneath a veritable mountain of old quilts and crocheted blankets. Within its musty cavity was a treasure trove of books and pamphlets, mostly dealing with herbs, medicinal plants, and astrology, all dating to the thirties and forties. It was an intriguing find for an eight year old boy who’d already become accustomed to sneaking out of his parents’ house in the dead of night to while away the hours in a nearby boneyard.

But the true treasure found in that trunk, at least for me, was the aforementioned tract. Penned by the philosopher and mystic Manly Palmer Hall, Unseen Forces was a revelation. It was, after all, my first book of esoterica, my metaphysical primer, if you will, and it opened up a world of possibilities to me. This slender pamphlet, which had belonged to my own flesh and blood, quickly became my most prized possession. Through it I was introduced to the denizens of the invisible worlds and our connection with them, including the ‘Dweller on the Threshold,’ elementals, nature spirits, thought-forms, ghosts and spectres.

I was already consumed by the likes of Dark Shadows and The Night Stalker, and I’d just begun to read Poe and Blackwood and Wheatley alongside The Hardy Boys, The Three Investigators, and Marvel Comics… and now here was a book purporting that the world out there was far stranger than it appeared on the surface, that there was an esoteric and wondrous (and frightening) world that existed in the shadows?

I had to know more… Of course, growing up in the rural Midwest, occult books were hard to come by, especially for an eight year old boy, but not impossible. I managed to get my hands on books by authors such as Hans Holzer, Sybil Leek, and Gavin and Yvonne Frost, and even managed to score a tattered copy of Gerald Gardner’s Witchcraft Today.

It was all eye-opening to say the least. Unseen Forces added fuel to my interest in the preternatural, the occult, and the hermetic sciences — an interest that is still alive and well today. I had continued my studies through high school, college, and beyond, with the support of Nightstalkers of Indiana, an occult and paranormal research group I formed in 1983. I became obsessed with the works of the magicicans and alchemists of the Elizabethan era, the Golden Dawn, Thelema, Gardnerian and Alexandrian Witchcraft, and later the Discordians and Chaos Magic, and I kept abreast of advances in parapsychology and physics.

 

When I decided to become serious about writing fiction it was only natural that I would turn to this lifelong study and interest as source material for my stories. It was, after all, a time honoured tradition. Hell, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn alone was virtually a who’s who of famous authors of occult and horror fiction, including Algernon Blackwood, Arthur Machen, Aleister Crowley, Bram Stoker, and Dion Fortune, to name but a few.

“Write what you know”? Well, they, like so many before and since, certainly did.

Writing successful occult fiction requires a certain amount of verisimilitude. Having an intimate understanding of the esoteric sciences adds weight to your stories. If you want to write about the fantastic, you must make it live and breathe. You have to cast a spell on your audience, so that even if it’s just for a little while, they too will believe in magic.

 

About Bob Freeman:  Bob Freeman doesn’t just write and draw occult detectives, he’s also a card carrying paranormal adventurer who founded Nightstalkers of Indiana in 1983.

A lifelong student of witchcraft, magic, and religion, Bob’s studies are reflected in his art, both as an author and illustrator.

Bob lives in rural Indiana with his wife Kim and son Connor.

He can be found online at occultdetective.com

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Shadows Over Somerset Book Synopsis:  Michael Somers is brought to Cairnwood, an isolated manor in rural Indiana, to sit at the deathbed of a grandfather he never knew existed. He soon finds himself drawn into a strange and esoteric world filled with werewolves, vampires, witches… and a family curse that dates back to fourteenth century Scotland.

In the sleepy little town of Somerset, an ancient evil awakens, hungering for blood and vengeance… and if Michael is to survive he must face his inner demons and embrace his family’s dark past.

Shadows Over Somerset is the first Cairnwood Manor Novel.

 

Author Links:

Website:  www.occultdetective.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/authorbobfreeman

Twitter: @OccultDetective

Amazon Links for Shadows Over Somerset:

Kindle Version: http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Over-Somerset-Cairnwood-Manor-ebook/dp/B00L9UYHKE

Print Version: http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Over-Somerset-Bob-Freeman/dp/1941706118