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To Beta or Not to Beta?
That is a question many new authors ask themselves, as we all try to find out who we are as writers: our style, our voice, our audience, even our genre. Submitting your work to other people for feedback is something many people do, if they are able, but the...

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Deceptively Beautiful - The Queen of the Night
I'm super proud (and relieved!) to be finished with the first draft of my standalone WIP,   Up from the Bog. I'll be polishing the first draft in preparations for betas, but first I must Type.It.Up. Before I throw myself headlong into that, I scratched the ...

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Shoulda Stopped at Three - Into the Fire
Books with shirtless men are normally not my thing. Don't get me wrong - I rarely pass up a tale with a romantic thread in it, given that the context is of interest-something gothic, fantastical, supernatural, or historical. But I have extremely high readin...

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The Specter of the Indian - Cover Reveal!
I'm super pleased to share the cover of my nonfiction book, The Specter of the Indian: Race, Gender, and Ghosts in American Seances, 1848-1890 with you. It's being released in September by SUNY Press , and I could not be more thrilled with this first impres...

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The Specter of the Indian - Cover Reveal!
I'm super pleased to share the cover of my nonfiction book, The Specter of the Indian: Race, Gender, and Ghosts in American Seances, 1848-1890 with you. It's being released in September by SUNY Press, and I could not be more thrilled with the first impressi...

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Silent Hill meets the Twilight Zone - The Shock Labyrinth
Asian cinema is one of the few subgenres of horror where not only do I expect things to lean towards the weird side, I hope for it. The premise to Takashi Shimizu's The Shock Labyrinth   (2009) is deceptively simple. A group of schoolkids visit a dark ride,...

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That's the Best You Could Do? - House of Bathory
I was not entirely impressed by Linda Lafferty's The Bloodletter's Daughter , (see my review here ), but neither was I entirely put off by its flaws. No work is perfect, and based on the topics and themes Lafferty writes about, I imagine we'd get along swim...

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Return of the Living Dead - How Did I Miss This????
There's so much good horror out there, especially 80's horror, that it is easy not to see everything you should. Still, there's no excuse for why I only saw Return of the Living Dead    (1985) for the first time this past week. I've actually given lectures ...

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The Sacrifice - A Waste of a Bog Body
I've been watching films to help my mind unwind, and forget about bog bodies for a while. Imagine my surprise when I flip on Sacrifice   (2016), starring my Silent Hill fave Radha Mitchell, and find her with a bog body!! This dark thriller had a lot of grea...

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Age of Myth -
For anyone paying attention, it has been a while since I posted a book review. All of my most recent content has been either film reviews or articles about writing. There's a reason. I go through phases as an author-when I'm researching or outlining a WIP, ...
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