Book Club: Consumed

Join Mile High Horrors for a book club discussion of Consumed on Monday February 13th at 7pm MST. This discussion will take place on the Mile High Horror discord server and will feature authors Angela Sylvaine, Elana Gomel, Holli & Henry Snider, and Joy Yehle talk about the anthology Consumed, native American myth, and the Wendigo in 21st century fiction.

Click here for more information: https://www.meetup.com/mile-high-horrors/events/290865492/

Fort Collins Book Fest Coming February 2023

Fort Collins Book Fest is coming up in February 2023. This month long festival offers free in person and virtual workshops, panels, and events for readers and writers of all varieties. Horror fans can look forward to Erika T Wurth’s Silent Hauntings event at Snowbank Brewing at 8pm on Friday 2/3, Angela Sylvaine’s Horror Writing 101 Workshop at 1pm Sunday 2/5 at the Old Town Library, and Heather Hein’s Introduction to Kindle Vella at 1pm on Sunday 2/26 at the Old Town Library.

There are many other great workshops and events available and open to the public. See the full list here: https://www.focobookfest.org or in the graphic below. Happy reading and writing!

Creepy Craft Corner- Spooky Holiday Edition!

By Angela Sylvaine

Welcome to “Creepy Craft Corner,” which features horror authors who are also artists, crafters, makers, or creators. I hope to provide you, the reader, with the tools and inspiration to try creating something new!

While we are approaching the winter holidays, and some crafters may encourage you to make cheery, winter themed crafts, I say, “Not today, Santa!” Spooky crafts have a place in my home all twelve months of the year, and my guest this month agrees. Today I welcome the multi-talented PL McMillan, who has made a custom cross stich project with an included pattern just for you, my lovely readers (plus there’s a bonus cat- awww). Now, let’s get stitchin!

Hi, PL. Welcome to Creepy Craft Corner! Tell us about what you write and any upcoming projects you’d like to promote.

Why hello, dearest reader. Welcome to my introduction paragraph, where I give you my PLM-flavoured spiel about me! So relax, have a cup of tea, and off we go!

P.L. McMillan, writer of the dark and despicable, the creepy and crawly, the sinister and the spooky! I am known for my cosmic horror and my sci-fi horror in particular. My work has appeared in various anthologies and magazines, like Hinnom Magazine, Howls from HellStrange Lands Short Stories, and Cosmic Horror Monthly – as well as some podcasts such as Nosleep and Nocturnal Transmissions.

Even better, my debut collection, What Remains When the Stars Burn Out, came out in March 2022 and my debut novella, Sisters of the Crimson Vine, comes out December 6th! It’s been a spicy year for me, that’s for sure!

Besides writing, I also do digital art (you can check out my collection to see twelve custom illustrations I did), play video games, hike, and dabble in various crafts. 

If you want to check out more about my writing, you can find me on my website: https://www.plmcmillan.com/ . I’m also active on Twitter (@AuthorPLM) and Instagram (@authorplm). 

What creepy craft or creation have you decided to share with us today? (Make this personal- what inspired you to make this or why do you enjoy this craft? if you sell your work or skill, please include links here to where it can be purchased or you can be hired. Please attach one or more photos of your finished craft)

Stretch your little fingers, readers. We’re about to dive into the magical world of cross-stitch! Originally, I was drawn to cross-stitch after seeing beautiful finished projects on Reddit. It also seemed really approachable as a beginner. In essence, you make little Xs on special grid fabric. 

So, for me, it’s a super enjoyable hobby because it is simple. Sometimes you just want to shut your brain off, binge Buffy, and cross-stitch a dancing skeleton, you know? It’s time consuming sometimes, especially if the project is large, but there’s no real stress around cross-stitching. I also find a lot of enjoyment in designing my own patterns (one of which you’ll see today!), though there are tons of free or purchasable patterns out there as well!

Currently, I don’t sell my cross-stitch work. I usually make these projects as gifts! But I am open to commissions if someone needs something! 

But let’s chat about what I am going to share today. Based on a custom pattern I made especially for this article, I call this “Angry Skelly Yells at Moon”:

Materials

You’ll need:

  • Embroidery hoop
  • Cross-stitch needle
  • Aida cloth – 14 count (this means that there are 14 squares per inch)
  • Thread/floss. See DMC codes and colours below:
    • 666 – Bright Red
    • 326 – Very Dark Rose
    • 744 – Pale Yellow
    • 727 – Primrose Yellow
    • 975 – Dark Golden Brown
    • 3031 – Very Dark Mocha Brown
    • 613 – Drab Brown
    • 904 – Very Dark Parrot Green
    • 375 – Off White
    • B5200 – Snow White 
    • 406 – Black
  • Tea or coffee (optional)

Note: I chose to use black Aida cloth, you can use white or any other colour you want! Just make sure to use a colour other than white for your skelly friend. For the sizing, I used 14 count, which makes for a smaller design. If you buy a different count, you will end up with either a larger or smaller sized image so be careful! 

Pattern

Here is the pattern I made for this project. 

Please note the colour guide on the right. Also feel free to use your own colour palette – the pattern is flexible! If you want hot pink mushrooms, go for it! 

Let’s Get Going!

First step is to get your fabric situated in the hoop. I would recommend leaving a bit of excess around the edges in case you need to re-center (which I did, haha). 

You can start with whatever colour you want. I started with white so I could finish the skeleton first, since it was the center of the design and could help me with placing the other parts. 

Cross-stitch floss (or thread) comes in ropes of six strands. 

For my pattern, I used two so you’ll need to separate two strands from your floss and thread it through your needle. Then knot! This effectively makes a four strand thread. 

Start from the back and push your needle through the corner of one of the many tiny squares. Then, from the front, push the needle back through via the opposite diagonal hole. 

You now have a diagonal line

Repeat to make a square (excuse the flash).

That’s it. That’s pretty much all you do. The exception are the half stitches. These, you will only do half the square, so just one diagonal line matching the pattern. Like so:

Continue on! At this point, it might have become clear to you that I started a wee bit too close to the upper side of the frame. Oh well, that’s why I don’t trim excess fabric, which will allow me to re-position the pattern later. 

Hello, says Skelly! It’s normal to see some cloth showing through.

Also optional to this activity is a judgemental cat!

Once your cross-stitch is complete, it’s time to finish it off! It’s up to you how.

You can cut all the excess fabric away, or you can sew it flush to the back. I went with sewing it. This is helpful in case I want to re-frame the design in something else. 

And there you have it! A finished cross-stitch project!

If you end up using this pattern, I hope you have tons of fun! 

And this has been the PLM-flavoured Creepy Craft Corner! Be sure to let me know what you thought and check out my debut novella, Sisters of the Crimson Vine – order now!

x PLM

Thank you so much to PL for sharing your work with us this month! I hope it inspired you to create something new. 

Until next time, keep it crafty, readers!

Would you like to be featured on Creepy Craft Corner? Email me at angelasylvaine@gmail.com

Angela Sylvaine is a self-proclaimed cheerful goth who writes horror fiction and poetry. Her debut novel, Frost Bite, is forthcoming from Dark Matter INK in October 2023. Her novella, Chopping Spree, an homage to 1980s slashers and mall culture, is available now and her short fiction and poetry have appeared in over forty publications, including Apex Magazine Dark Recesses, and The NoSleep Podcast. You can find her online at angelasylvaine.com.

Special thanks to our logo creator, Maria Abrams abramstheauthor.com

Creepy Craft Corner

by Angela Sylvaine

Welcome to “Creepy Craft Corner,” which features HWA members who are also artists, crafters, makers, or creators. I hope to provide you, the reader, with the tools and inspiration to try creating something new!

In celebration of Halloween, the most sacred of holidays, I am featuring not just one but two fantastic creators. Today we welcome seamstress extraordinaire, Brianna Malotke, who will share her handmade creepy cat toys and the muti-talented Gaby Triana with an array of spooky delights sure to inspire you to create. Light those candles, summon forth the demons of creativity, and prepare to get your creepy craft on!

Hi, Brianna. Welcome back to Creepy Craft Corner! (Readers may recall Brianna’s Zombie Pin Up Dress from a previous column). Remind us what you write and tell us about any upcoming projects you’d like to promote.

My main focus in the horror genre is poetry, especially body horror pieces. I have been branching out during the past year and have enjoyed working on flash fiction and short stories. My own collection of horror poetry, inspired by deadly fashion trends, will be released next year (ETA: Summer 2023).

As far as other upcoming projects, I have a non-fiction piece that will be included in the “Out of Time: True Paranormal Encounters Anthology,” by Timber Ghost Press. Also, my short story inspired by the tales of Baba Yaga that will be included in “Their Ghoulish Reputation” from Dark Lake Publishing. Outside of these, I am excited to be on two podcasts this Fall. I’ll be on “They’re Terrified & Tipsy” for their Horror Creator Showcase and I’ll be on “Horrorific Chats” with the Horrorific Podcast.

You can follow me on Instagram and Slasher: @briannamalotke. My website is malotkewrites.com. I share a lot of my costume work on my online portfolio at brimalotke.wixsite.com/malotkedesigns and you can check out my sewing blog at 

malotkesews.blogspot.com.

What creepy craft or creation have you decided to share with us today? 

My background is in Apparel and Costume Design so I have a pretty solid understanding of constructing garments and other fabric goods. One thing I really enjoy doing for myself and others, is making pet items out of fun fabric. 

My mom and I do this thing every year we dub “Spooky Boxes” and we send each other a box at the beginning of October that’s full of fun Halloween & Fall items. I started to make her catnip bags out of Halloween fabric, and it kind of rolled into making everyone in my family who has a cat a few catnip bags for Christmas. I tend to save scraps from projects, so when Christmas rolls around, I start with fabric that I already own and would otherwise pitch at some point. Since catnip bags can be any size, it’s a simple and quick project that uses up my scrap bin stash. Plus, in addition to giving them to friends and family, some pet shelters will accept them too so you can donate them.

What instructions or tips do you have for our readers who might be interested in trying this craft for themselves? 

Basic instructions: For 1 catnip bag. 

Note: You can adjust the size as you like or need. This allows for 1/5-inch seam allowances.

1. You can mark however works best for you – tailer’s chalk, pins to avoid marking the fabric, or even a washable marker. Mark and then cut out 1 rectangle that is 9 inches long & 5 inches wide. 

2. Fold in half with pattern side facing inside (right side to right side). Iron the fold if you want a crisp edge.

3. Pin the two sides, leaving the top (side opposite the folded side) open.

4. Sew the two sides with a straight stitch using a 1/5-inch seam allowance. Up to you how you want to finish your seams. I leave them as is and don’t worry about pressing them or serging them since my cats will destroy them in about a month no matter what.

5. After you’ve sewn the 2 side seams, turn the bag inside out.

5. Fill with desired amount of catnip. I like to leave it a little loose so they’re still light enough my smaller cat can carry and toss it.

6. Once you’ve filled it, turn the top down/inside. Pin this top seam and sew shut. You can hand stitch the seam if you’d like, or you can simply top stitch the seam shut. 

Next, we welcome Gaby Triana! Tell us a little about what you write and any upcoming projects you’d like to promote.

My name is Gaby Triana. I’ve written 22 books across multiple genres, including YA, romance, horror, and paranormal women’s fiction, but I’m currently enjoying writing gothic, witchy horror like MOON CHILD and the HAUNTED FLORIDA series set in my tropical neck of the woods. I’m also the editor of the upcoming ghost anthology, LITERALLY DEAD: Tales of Halloween Hauntings with my assistant editor, John Palisano. The collection features authors like Jonathan Maberry, Lisa Morton, Gwendolyn Kiste, Tim Waggoner, Sara Tantlinger, Lee Murray, Jeff Strand, and lots more amazing new talent. The cover was created by the amazing Lynne Hansen and the anthology features really kickass, creepy stories. It’s the perfect book to curl up with during Halloween season! You can purchase it here: amazon.com/Literally-Dead

What creepy craft or creation have you decided to share with us today? 

Rather than share one craft, I hope it’s okay that I show you multiple ones. The reason is because I want people to try different things like I have. Over the years, I’ve made whimsical cakes, jewelry, decoupaged creepy boxes, spooky journals, interior design, and now I’m into sewing for the first time in my life (I’m 50). As writers, it’s important to get away from the computer screen every so often and cultivate our creativity in different ways, and for me, that’s meant doing a lot of everything. Showing you all the stuff I’ve made is like looking at a timeline of me discovering who I am, and it isn’t until you try different things that you can unlock your fullest potential. As a child, I was scared of everything. Slowly, over the course of my life, I’ve learned not to be afraid of risk. Risk is where you take chances and grow. Risk is how you bloom. Risk is how you discover yourself. 

Here are a few of the things I’ve made over the years, including a dress, creepy book totes, napkin rings, a bracelet, a decoupaged spellbook, Halloween treats, and a Halloween tree decorated with dollar store items. 

What instructions or tips do you have for our readers who might be interested in trying this craft for themselves?

So, I’ll just give some general advice here, since I’m not featuring any one craft. The key to trying new things is to just do it. Allow yourself to MESS UP. It used to take me forever to start anything new, because I used to read all the books, watch all the videos, and learn, learn, learn as much as I could before starting out the activity. This was me not wanting to mess up. But so what? You’re going to mess up at first. That’s how you learn. Once I told myself “just start already” and started following my own advice, there was no limit to what I could do. For so long, I let fear paralyze me. Well, guess what? I don’t have time for that anymore.

That Halloween dress, for example. Two months ago, I’d never sewn anything in my life. I watched videos on sewing and bought books on sewing, and I had all the pieces I needed to start the project, but damn it, that old fear was creeping in again. So, rather than make the dress, I started making tote bags. Not a bad strategy. They were easier to make than dresses, and I could practice my skills. Finally, after making 50 tote bags, I decided to JUST START THE DRESS ALREADY. If I mess up, I would learn a lesson. Besides, that’s what seam rippers are for—just take the dress apart and start over. So then, from cutting the fabric to putting on the finishing touches, the dress took me 3 days. That’s it! Yes, I messed up—a lot. But I did it. And that’s how you go learning new things. 

Here’s a video about how and why I started sewing (I’m still not sure myself): youtube.com/Gaby

By the way, that’s my YouTube channel where you can watch me bake, cook, and make a bunch of creepy things. You can also see interviews with lots of horror authors!

Anyway, that’s what I have to share with you today. I hope you’ll leave a comment, like the videos, or just let me know if you felt inspired to try something new. If you did, then I’m happy, and that’s all that matters. I hope you’ll share with me all the creepy things you have in store. 

Thank you so much to Brianna and Gaby for sharing your work with us this month! I hope it inspired you to create something new in honor of Halloween. 

Until next time, keep it crafty, HWA, and Happy Halloween!

Would you like to be featured on Creepy Craft Corner? Email me at angelasylvaine@gmail.com

Angela Sylvaine is a self-proclaimed cheerful goth who writes horror fiction and poetry. Her debut novel, Frost Bite, is forthcoming from Dark Matter INK in October 2023. Her novella, Chopping Spree, an homage to 1980s slashers and mall culture, is available now and her short fiction and poetry have appeared in various publications, including Dark RecessesThe NoSleep Podcast, and Under Her Skin. You can find her online at angelasylvaine.com.

Special thanks to our logo creator, Maria Abrams abramstheauthor.com

Join us for Scary Stories and a Show! 10/6/22

Join the Colorado Horror Writers for Scary Stories and a Show at The Lyric! Starting at 6:30 on Thursday, October 6th, several local horror authors will share their darkest tales in honor of the season.

Come for the scary stories and stay for the theatrical rerelease of the cult classic Trick r Treat at 7:30, in which five interwoven stories occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater.

Make sure to purchase your movie tickets in advance, as they won’t last long. Purchase tickets here: https://lyriccinema.com/chec…/showing/trick-r-treat/544698

The Lyric is located at 1209 N College Ave Fort Collins, CO.

Please note that the movie will be shown on the outdoor screen. While there are some seats, you may also want to bring camping chairs as well as outdoor clothing and blankets, to ensure you are comfortable.

We hope to see you there and hear you scream. Happy Halloween! 

One of the most important statements HWA Colorado will ever make

This is our original June 30, 2022 statement. We thank the horror community for their support in getting it reposted.
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The HWA Colorado Chapter’s statement regarding the SCOTUS ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and its overturning of Roe v. Wade:

As of this writing, the HWA Colorado Chapter is young and still growing its legs. But we do know that in the growing process, some national events require a group to declare where those growing legs are standing, as it profoundly affects their future. We are a group of horror writers and creatives who want a good, progressive, inclusive, and bright future.

HWA CO’s Chapter Officers and Advisory Team believe that regarding the decision reached by the Supreme Court of the United States in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, this has taken a wrecking ball to women’s rights and personal medical autonomy. To further illustrate this, we cite excerpts as bullet points from the dissenting opinion composed by Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan as our own opinion:

~ “…[Court] settled freedoms involving bodily integrity, familial relationships, and procreation” are in serious peril.

~ “Whatever the exact scope of the coming laws, one result of today’s decision is certain: the curtailment of women’s rights, and of their status as free and equal citizens.”

~ “[The ruling] …says that from the very moment of fertilization, a woman has no rights to speak of.”

~ Regarding the 14th Amendment and its ratifiers being all men: “So it is perhaps not so surprising that the ratifiers were not perfectly attuned to the importance of reproductive rights for women’s liberty…When the majority says that we must read our foundational charter as viewed at the time of ratification (except that we may also check it against the Dark Ages), it consigns women to second-class citizenship.” [Please note the previous parenthetical statement is the dissenting Justices’ and not ours, though we wholly agree with its implicatory condemnation.]

~ “Either the mass of the majority’s opinion is hypocrisy, or additional constitutional rights are under threat. It is one or the other… We fervently hope that does not happen because of today’s decision. We hope that we will not join Justice Scalia in the book of prophets. But we cannot understand how anyone can be confident that today’s opinion will be the last of its kind.”

As horror creatives and as Coloradans, HWA Colorado not only fully supports women’s rights, we support the imperiled rights of contraception use, the right to same-sex marriage, and the right to marriage equality, generally. “Diversity” and “freedom” aren’t just cheap sentiments thrown around for recruitment purposes. We believe they are real, and we believe they are vital to us and the rest of our country. We support the State of Colorado’s legislative and legal efforts to not only protect those ideas, but to expand those protections and services to Coloradans and our Fellow Americans.

I think HWA Colorado’s legs just got a little bit stronger, and we are grateful for our Chapter Members and anyone who stands with us.

Signed,

The HWA CO Chapter Officers and Advisory Team:

Angela Sylvaine
Shannon Lawrence
Travis Heermann
Jeamus Wilkes

Creepy Craft Corner

by Angela Sylvaine

Welcome to “Creepy Craft Corner,” which features HWA members who are also artists, crafters, makers, or creators. I hope to provide you, the reader, with the tools and inspiration to try creating something new! *Please note- I am now open for submissions! If you would like to be featured on Creepy Craft Corner, find my social media links at angelasylvaine.com and reach out.

If you’re like me, you lament spring and the pastel palette of clothing choices it brings. You suffer behind lowered blinds and closed curtains, beseeching the dark lord to answer the prayers of a humble but fashion conscious goth and lover retro threads. Well, dear reader, your prayers have been answered. Brianna Malotke is here to show us all the secret to constructing our own ghoulish clothes, including a Zombie Pinup Dress that has me dusting off my old Singer!

*Insert Zombie Dress Front & Back Pic

Welcome, Brianna, tell us a little about what you write and any upcoming projects you’d like to promote.

My main focus in the horror genre is poetry, especially body horror pieces. I have been branching out during the past year and have enjoyed working on flash fiction and short stories. I’m currently working on my own personal collection of horror poems but I have a few things coming out this year that I’m really excited to share.

First, I have two body horror poems included in the upcoming “Under Her Skin: A Women in Horror Poetry Collection,” by Black Spot Books. It’ll be available April 5th. Here is the link: vesuvianmedia.com/under-her-skin. Secondly, I have a non-fiction piece that will be included in the “Out of Time: True Paranormal Encounters Anthology,” by Timber Ghost Press. My story details a childhood paranormal experience that I’ve only ever disclosed to a handful of people. It’ll be out this October 2022.

You can follow me on Instagram: @briannamalotke.

My website is: brimalotke.wixsite.com/malotkewrites

My personal costume & sewing blog: malotkesews.blogspot.com

I share a lot of my costume work on my online portfolio: brimalotke.wixsite.com/malotkedesigns

What creepy craft or creation have you decided to share with us today? 

My background is in Apparel and Costume Design. One of my favorite things is to take a very basic, potentially structured or tailored, garment and use a very fun or quirky fabric. While I sew a lot for myself, I do enjoy costuming plays. Luckily my city has a vibrant theater life that I’ve been able to be a part of and do a variety of shows. My most recent costume job involved designing the costumes for “She Kills Monsters,” by playwright Qui Nguyen. It was great combination of the 90s and fantasy Dungeons & Dragons characters. 

For this dress I took a very simple look – sleeveless, collarless, with princess seams, a back zipper, and a gathered waist – and used a very fun, pin-up girl zombie fabric that I found at Joann’s a few years ago. I wanted to keep the dress simple in style to show off the fun print, which is why I made my side panels and inside facings out of a plain black fabric. I picked my favorite zombie girl to be featured front and center. Then I cut out my other pattern pieces to allow the zombies to not be sliced up too much.

What instructions or tips do you have for our readers who might be interested in trying this craft for themselves?

A lot of the time I draft my own patterns but for this particular dress I used a pre-made/store bought pattern (Kwik Sew K3929 Vintage Misses Dress) and then altered it based on my own sizing. Also, if you’re wanting to alter a pattern to fit you better, don’t be afraid to make a mock-up out of a basic, solid fabric then mark on it to show the changes needed. Then take it apart and use those pieces as your own pattern. This method really helps me when I want to see where the stitching and the fun fabric print will lie on the body.

If you’re wanting to match up prints, I recommend having a lot of pattern weights to help you out during the cutting process. Depending on your fabric selection, using clips to help the fabric from slipping while you cut it out could also be beneficial. See the photo for how I laid out my pattern pieces to get the Zombies I wanted to appear on my dress. I hate to waste fabric but I really wanted to feature the main Zombie pinup on the center front of the bodice and skirt.

Thank you so much to Brianna for sharing her craft with us this month! Until next time, keep it crafty, HWA.

Angela Sylvaine is a self-proclaimed cheerful goth who still believes in monsters. Her debut novella, Chopping Spree, is available now. Her short fiction has appeared in various publications and anthologies, including Places We Fear to Tread and Not All Monsters. You can find her online angelasylvaine.com.

Special thanks to our logo creator, Maria Abrams abramstheauthor.com

Creepy Craft Corner

By Angela Sylvaine

Welcome to “Creepy Craft Corner,” which features HWA members who are also artists, crafters, makers, or creators. I hope to provide you, the reader, with the tools and inspiration to try creating something new! *Please note- I am now open for submissions! If you are an HWA member and would like to be featured on Creepy Craft Corner, find my social media links at angelasylvaine.com and reach out.

As writers, many of us have old or damaged books on hand that we don’t plan to read but can’t bear to part with. We’re attracted to the beauty of book bindings, old maps, and imagery that catches our eyes, but how can we use books and other interesting trinkets in ways that pay homage to such treasures? Hillary Dodge is here to help us transform old and damaged books into Altered Book Art

Welcome, Hillary, tell us a little about what you write and any upcoming projects you’d like to promote.

I write dark speculative fiction, mostly through a sci-fi lens. I find the future and all its variations and possibilities fascinating. I think there is a lot of space for horror in science fiction and more recently, I’ve been exploring folk and fairy tales as well. Although to be honest, I never gave away my books of fairy tales from childhood – filled with images of the Baba Yaga and her iron teeth and misshapen giants with spiked clubs – it’s fun to read them again and find ways to retell the stories. My most recent project was very much aligned with dark fantasy, folk horror, and urban legends. Shadow Atlas: Dark Landscapes of the Americas is a rare and exciting collection of dark fiction, poetry, and art tied to places in the Americas. I co-edited this anthology with Carina Bissett and Joshua Viola and it was a blast. Right now, I’m working on a science fiction retelling/mash-up of the Japanese fairytale The Bush Warbler. Set in the distant future, a woman on the run finds herself taking on the job of caretaker for an ancient rambling house deep in the trash heaps of a remote sector.

Hillary Dodge is the author of several speculative short fictions as well as three nonfiction books, including Gather Round the Table: Food Literacy Programs, Resources, and Ideas for Libraries (ALA 2020). She spends a good deal of time traveling, going places that are forbidden, and eating. She once had tea with a Roma in a cave in the mountains of Spain. Another time found her eight hours from civilization in the heart of the Atacama with a mad desert hermit. She has been published in online magazines, podcasts, and print anthologies, including Pseudopod, Space Squid, Hellbound Books, and Hex Publishers. You can find her at www.hillarydodge.com.

What creepy craft or creation have you decided to share with us today? 

I am sharing my altered book art. As a librarian, I am always coming across old books – either donations we can’t add or damaged items that have been removed from the collection – with fantastic art, illustrations, maps, and schematics. I’ll buy these discarded copies and take an xacto to the pages, cutting out shapes and images that catch my interest. I like to layer images and insert hardware into my art. I rarely work in two dimensions. I find that I am most attracted to imagery of the human body and architecture. Sometimes I’ll work on canvas or board and sometimes I work right inside the old books themselves. I mostly do art for myself, but my collection is starting to get rather large, so I’ll have to be creative on what to do with it in the future.

What instructions or tips do you have for our readers who might be interested in trying this craft for themselves?

Board books make great surfaces to toy around with this form of art. You can find them cheaply from used book stores or flea markets. Scratch up the surface with sandpaper and paint a background or cover with cut imagery from old books, maps, textbooks, and magazines. Modge podge is the best way to make the paper adhere. I like to explore the hardware tucked into tea cups and cupboards in antique malls for interactive pieces.

Thank you so much to Hillary for sharing her craft with us this month! I am looking forward to rooting out old books and hardware on my next thrifting trip so I can try this for myself! 

Until next month, keep it crafty!

Angela Sylvaine is a self-proclaimed cheerful goth who still believes in monsters. Her debut novella, Chopping Spree, is available now. Her short fiction has appeared in various publications and anthologies, including Places We Fear to Tread and Not All Monsters. You can find her online angelasylvaine.com.

Special thanks to our logo creator, Maria Abrams abramstheauthor.com

Member Publication News (January 2021)

Welcome to the HWA COS chapter’s monthly round-up of member news. We invite you to scroll through our publication announcements and see what our members are up to this month: new releases, book signings, readings, conventions, and more!

Carina Bissett is pleased to announce the appearance of two new poems: “Bright Tapestry” was included in the HWA Poetry Showcase Vol. VIII, and “Ars Poisana,” a collaboration with Andrea Blythe, which closed out 2021’s offerings at Enchanted Conversation. Her story “When the Darkness Calls” was also released in December 2021 in An Exquisite Corpse: A Dystopia Rising: Evolution Anthology by Onyx Path Publishing.

In other news, Carina Bissett and Shannon Lawrence will be appearing online in A Horror Panel to Die For, along with Sumiko Saulson and Clay McLeod Chapman on Tuesday, January 18, from 6:15 PM MT to 8:15 PM MT.

Dakota Brown released Book 4 in the Pizza Shop Exorcist series in December—The Price of Souls: A Reverse Harem Tale. The Audible audiobook at The Price of Possession: Pizza Shop Exorcist, Book 1 became available in January.

*This book is intended for mature audiences. 18+ readers only! It contains language and sexual situations.

The angels want an apocalypse, and the demons want an upheaval in Hell. I want my prince back and a quiet moment with my men. Only one of us can have what we desire, and I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure it’s me.

Travis Heermann started out 2022 with the released of the boxed set of the Ronin trilogy. “A fusion of historical fiction and adventure fantasy, the first volume of Heermann’s Ronin Trilogy is a page-turning folkloric narrative of epic proportions.” —Publishers Weekly 

Ken’ishi is a young ronin, a samurai without a master, tossed on the waves of fate and fortune, orphaned as a baby when his parents were murdered. Amid ruthless crime lords, bloodthirsty demons, and Mongol spies, his only link to his past is Silver Crane, his father’s sword, a blade that holds its secrets close… Such as the secret of the family bloodline. But some secrets best remain kept.

Sam Knight co-authored a recent story with Kevin J. Anderson; the story “Following Icarus Down” is featured in the anthology Jeff Sturgeon’s Last Cities of Earth. Knight has also opened up the publishing company, Knight Writing Press. Forthcoming themed anthologies include Magic Portals, Wishing Well, Mermaidens, and Modern Magic. See open calls on the submission page.

Do you like a good story? So do we! That’s why we like to collect them all together in one place and horde them like the treasures they are! Enrapturing Tales is an anthology imprint of Knight Writing Press. We are not confined to genres or constrained by expectations. Except for the expectation that it will be a good story! From eclectic collections of stories that needed to find a home, to stories only about mermaids, you never know what we will be up to next!

Shannon Lawrence‘s cannibalistic response to the pandemic, “Psychosis,” was included in Madame Gray’s Vault of Gore.

An absolute must-read for all who enjoy their horror with gallons of blood, lashings of guts, and dollops of severed body parts!

Madame Gray has personally selected a plethora of blood-soaked tales of terror and gruesome demise, each one brutally crafted to chill the soul and turn the stomach of even the most hardened fans of the macabre.

In other news, Shannon Lawrence and Sam Knight are featured guests at this year’s COSine event (January 14-16), presenting on a variety of panels.

Over at the podcast Mysteries, Monsters, & Mayhem, Shannon Lawrence and her co-host M.B. Partlow added new episodes to the series: Sinners or Saints? (October 13 ); Sex, Drugs, & Bullseyes (October 20); Solved, but Not Forgotten (October 27), and Family Matters (November 3).

  • Werewolves & Annihilators (November 10); Barb & Bell’s Personal Hells (November 17); Indigenous in Peril (November 24); Slay-Bells & Stockholm Syndrome (December 1); Rick & At Risk (December 8); Femicide & Santa Crimes (December 15); Shots Fired & Secret Sins (December 22); Favorites (December 29); Guest Composite (January 5).