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Bat Hughes
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California writer in horror, science fiction, fantasy and reality-bending fiction. Also obsessed with the weird in archaeology, nature, history, science, technology, body-mind studies, dreams, spirituality and sexuality.
California writer in horror, science fiction, fantasy and reality-bending fiction. Also obsessed with the weird in archaeology, nature, history, science, technology, body-mind studies, dreams, spirituality and sexuality.

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I got hooked on vampires early. Sometimes I’m compelled to write about them. Recently I released Madam Vampire: Shifters in Ripper’s London. It’s an ebook containing my short stories Animals of London and Wolf Calls. The stories feature a bisexual vampire…

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'Secret Forest' Gay Horror Hot New Release on Amazon

This new horror story came out of a productive and challenging time when I put myself through short story boot camp and taught myself to write fiction on demand. The original version was about 2,500 words, much less explicit, and I titled it “In the…

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This is another resurrected post about story submissions and rejections from when I expected this blog to be a success story about my fiction adventure. Last week I figured I’ll just tell the truth. This has been a bruising ride with bouts of elation, and…

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One of my writing views on the California coast. I'm almost finished with my Gothic horror novel.
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Check out my new post about horror, science fiction, rejection and hope.

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Now that I’ve been winging out stories for months in this latest round of publish or perish, I’m in some ways more obsessed with numbers than ever, and in others, letting go of supposed signs that used to get my hopes up. All that hope, superstition,…

Passed the first round for a shot at a columnist gig that may free me enough from the copywriting grind to get my Gothic horror novel out this winter.  Researching 19th century murders, polishing the manuscript and applying for more gigs while I wait for the verdict.

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Shrieks, excoriating agony, mind-shattering abasement, irredeemable loss, vaporization. Okay, curling up with 53 visions of the end of the world isn’t everyone’s idea of entertainment. Yet there’s something compelling about going head-on with anxiety and…

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So glad I found this. If I was still teaching, I'd give this to all my students.

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Excerpt from Chapter 2 The carriage jolted along the rough lane. Fog covered the way, and the driver’s lantern turned the mist solid, gray as dirty linen. Branches struck at us before we could see them, scraping the carriage in a series of rending…
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