Train Going Down, Down

Remember my “train going down, down” from my short story on Amazon,  The Heaven Grift?

This month I pulled from that story to write my prompt for the Ladies of Horror flash prompt.

In my story, the train is just a mention and a mournful call in the background. This month, see the train from the inside on my post on Nina D’Arcangela’s Spreading the Writer’s Word blog.

Read Train Going Down here.

As always, thank you to Nina for hosting these wonderful challenges—and writers!—on her blog.

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Ladies of Horror Round-up

The Ladies of Horror flash fictions have been going up over at Nina D’Arcangela’s Spreading the Writer’s Word blog and I’ve missed sharing them so far this month.

Sweet and spooky, these shorts from some of the best names in horror share their inspirations from photo prompts.

Here’s who has been posted so far… the rest I will post as published on my Facebook page.

Never Play by the Water at Sunset
by Melissa R. Mendelson

Flight 2607
by Kathleen McCluskey

Journey of the Souls
by Ela Lourenco

A Good Wine
by Marge Simon

A Long Forgotten Memory
by Selah Janel

25.000°N by 71.000°W
by Lydia Prime

Clackety Clackety
by Rie Sheridan Rose

No Escape
by A.F. Stewart

All the Monsters in the World
by Christina Sng

Icarus
by Suzanne Madron

Residual
by Tawny Kipphorn

The Skinwalker
by Naching T. Kassa

May Day
by Bailey Hunter

Dragons in the Sand
by Ashley Davis

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Go Higher

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“The Raven” Read Off

I found readings of Edgar Allan Poe’s infamous poem “The Raven” by Christopher Walken, Vincent Price and James Earl Jones. I have read this poem hundreds of time, but have never heard it like this!

My opinion: Walken’s version is the most expressive. Vincent Price is essential, classic horror voice. James Earl Jones makes “The Raven” sound sexy.

Note 5/27/2018: One of the moments I live for. Waking up the morning after I posted this to find that Vincent Price’s family had shared this post on Facebook.

 



Walken vs. Jones vs. Price. Who wins?

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Money in Poetry

Busy busy! Daily life can be such a pain. All the mundane details pile up and get in the way of writing. Too bad stories are made up of those seemingly mundane details, so they are necessary. As I sort through my daily duties, here’s one of my favorite quotes.

Visit my Instagram for more goodies like this. I try to post a quote every other day. Visit my Instagram here.

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Celebrating “Sleep Tight”

Hurry over to BJ Hyman’s Sleep Tight release party. I was there hosting the Nightcaps and Coffee segment. The party will be going on all day. Find it on Facebook here.

Here’s the line up:

9—10 a.m. Patricia Preston
10—11 a.m. Melinda Curtis
11 a.m.—noon BJ Hyman
Noon—1 p.m. Laney Smith
1—3 p.m. BJ Hyman
3—4 p.m.  Chrissy Korbal
4—5 p.m.  Amy Patrick
5—7 p.m.  BJ Hyman
7—8 p.m.  MJ LaBeff
8—9 p.m.  L.A. Story

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Bitter Suites: TBR July 13

Azreal, counter girl at the Bitter Suites. © Kyra Starr 2018

Bitter Suites, my newest book about a hotel that specializes in recreational suicide experiences, will be released at Crypticon Kansas City Friday, July 13. I have been working on this project for the last two years and am so excited to share my best work yet.

And, speaking of sharing, here is a sneak peek at one of the illustrations, created by Kyra Starr. This is Azreal, usually seen working as the hotel’s front counter girl. She takes appointments, processes guests and runs the day-to-day affairs of the hotel.

Few know that she not only owns the Bitter Suites, but she is also responsible for the technology that makes renewable death possible. She likes to keep a low profile while keeping a very close eye on her affairs. The front counter is the perfect place to see all without being noticed.

Look for more announcements about Bitter Suites soon as we wrap up the last of the details.

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The Week Ahead

Our Absinthe infusions from Le Loup Garou is ready!

Now that the last of the Rhysling and Star*Line poetry books are on their way, time to turn to the week ahead. In a few hours Mr. Smith and I start our 40-hours-in-4-nights work week at Amazon.

Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. CST I’ll be hosting a half hour of what I’m calling the Nightcaps and Coffee shift at BJ Hyman’s Sleep Tight release party on Facebook. I also have homework due tomorrow from the first ever HWA online writing critique group.

In my personal life I’ll be visiting both the dentist and a lawyer this week, so there may be a few more Instagram throwback posts by Friday. The best news, this weekend we will finally be sampling our absinthe infusion. You can read more about how that came about here.

Looks like May will be going out with a fast and furious flourish…

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“Expire of Boredom”

Still deep in my pack and ship adventures of Rhysling and Star*Line poetry books for the Science Fiction Poetry Association. To stay active here, I’ll share a few of my Instagram images. I try to post a quote every other day. Visit my Instagram here.

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“Drunk on Writing”

Still deep in my pack and ship adventures of Rhysling and Star*Line poetry books for the Science Fiction Poetry Association. To stay active here, I’ll share a few of my Instagram images. I try to post a quote every other day. Visit my Instagram here.

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