Friday, December 8, 2017

Jake T.S. Wryte--One of Hell's Bell's authors!

AG: How did the stories for Hell's Bells come to be written?

When I quit a promising career in March of 2017 and decided to be a full-time writer, two story ideas came to me and they stuck.
One afternoon while I was playing my guitar and contemplating my decision, the top E-string detuned by a couple of whole notes, which is quite unusual. I was reminded of the first time I ever tuned a guitar and moved much too fast while the strings were cold: the string snapped and smacked me across the face, right underneath my eye. The fear of that happening again got my mind churning and I thought – What if the instrument were to strangle me somehow? And so the idea for "The Bow of Murmured Voices" was born.
After I wrote the story I realized that my preferred instrument, the guitar, didn't fit. As an ex-audio engineer, I remembered past assignments I did on the construction and acoustical properties of musical instruments and how best to record them in studio, and I specifically remembered that the body of a violin is also called the corpus, which translates as corpse or body. That was when a final idea struck me: what if this violin not only murdered anyone who played it, but trapped their souls inside it?
The second idea came to me when financial woes almost forced me to become a street musician. Growing up as an aspiring musician and rhythm guitarist in a thrash and death metal band, the topic of musicians selling their souls to the devil was a major influence for my story "Those That Stay." But I needed a different, or original, take on it. So the story began first as a street musician who stole the souls of anyone generous enough to give him money.
Soon after finishing the original draft, and also at the time when the Hell's Bells invitation to submit came, I realized that the story bordered on humor instead of horror. That's when an idea struck me: what if a street musician thought he was doing good deeds by healing the sick and claiming their loved one's souls as the price without them knowing it? And so "Those That Stay" was born.
People often ask me, "Why do you write?" The answer isn't what I think they hope to hear. All I can say is that I simply have to. I don't have a choice in the matter, and besides, I don't want to do anything else with my life ever again. Publication in Hell's Bells was one of the major highlights of 2017 and has further fed this mysterious urge to pen words. As for 2018, I am hoping to get published more and paid enough to survive, but I will also begin my journey and life-long dream to become an editor.


Jake TS Wryte is a full-time writer from the Darklands of Africa where the creatures of his imagination have a bounty on his head. You can find his micro-fiction pieces at 101 Words and his article on flash fiction writing and online courses at When not reading or writing, Jake can be found hiking remote areas and wishing he hadn't gone there in the first place, or avoiding assault by his rescue macaw. You can reach him on Twitter @jakemetalsnake and Facebook as Jake TS Wryte.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Hell's Bells: Wicked Tunes, Mad Musicians and Cursed Instruments!

Hell’s Bells: Wicked Tunes, Mad Musicians and Cursed Instruments

Mozart finds an unexpected ally in Hell…
A belly dancer’s bargain leads to shocking results…
Pagan rituals endure in an out-of-the-way church…
In Hells Bells, thirteen talented writers lure you closer with stories of music that seduce, intrigue and hold you fast.
Featuring stories by Rayne Hall, Jonathan Broughton, Bruce Memblatt, April Grey, Tracie McBride, Jake T.S. Wryte, Phillip T. Stephens, Mitch Sebourn, Charie D. La Marr, V. Peter Collins, Oliver Baer, Pamela Walker and Pamela Turner.

Contact: Lafcadio Press/Avril Dannenbaum,, for review copies and authors’ bios.
Published by Lafcadio Press December 2017
Now Available at Barnes and Nobles and other books sellers

Available at Amazon Books December 6th, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

Summer Dark
A reading series in Oasis Community Garden
Where: Oasis Community Garden, 505 W. 52nd St., between 10th and 11th Ave.
When: Friday Evenings in July and August from 6-8pm
What: Horror Writers Association members will be reading scary and spooky tales. This is a free, outdoors event. In case of rain, that evening will be cancelled.  For more info:

Bring a blanket and enjoy the thrills!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Reading at KGB Bar

I'm so excited to be a part of Women in Horror Month sponsored by our local HWA! I'll by reading with some wonderful writers: Charie LaMarr, Megan Acuri-Moran, Kathleen Scheiner, Lis Mannetti and Amy Grech.

I'll be reading, "Hell is Lonely without You," from my short story collection, The Fairy Cake Bake Shoppe.

Our event even got noticed by The New Yorker. Hope to see you there: KGB Bar & Lit Mag, 85 E. 4th St., New York, NY 10003, Feb. 28, 2017 from 7-9 pm.
KGB Bar & Lit Mag
85 E 4th St, New York, New York 10003

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Signing and Release Party at Koneko Cat Cafe for Hell's Kitties!

On a snowy Sunday morning in early January, four of the ten contributors to Hell's Kitties and Other Beastly Beasts met to have a signing and release party at Koneko Cat Cafe.

Backyard of Koneko Cat Cafe covered in snow.

Four out of the ten contributors to Hell's Kitties

This cat is a fan of Steven Van Patten's work! There were cats hanging out all over the basement. Being a cold day, they weren't into the upper areas at all. Quite sensible. Some of the cats explored the books and the writers, but most were quite happy to just hang out and watch us.

Carole Ann Moleti braved the snowy roads to Manhattan to be there. After the signing we came upstairs and had coffee and snacks. The cafe had a huge selection of both savory and sweet treats, many of them Japanese.

Amy Grech signing copies as this beautiful long hair cat poses for us. 

April Grey wishes to thank, Steven, Carole and Amy for their stories and for being so kind to show up on a snowy day. She also wishes to thank Alp Beck for the wonderful pictures. I greatly enjoyed putting this anthology together and we already have a five star review at Amazon. Please do head over and and check it out. Hell's Kitties and Other Beastly Beasts has humorous, dark and heart-breaking stories by the writers at our party and by Rayne Hall, Mark Cassell, Jonathan Broughton, Anya Davis, Phillip T. Stephens and Yurika S. Grant.

And please do visit Koneko Cat Cafe to enjoy the company of their lovely felines and to partake in the delish coffee and treats!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Steven Van Patten--one of Hell's Kitties writers

1)   The truth is that my experiences in adopting a cat of my own were very much like my story in Hell’s Kitties. The big difference is of course, the supernatural element, which is separately inspired by unwanted solicitors coming to my front door.
2)   I have a variety of things I’m currently working on. Sequels to both my Brookwater’s Curse vampire series and my serial killer novel, Killer Genius are both in the works. I just completed a follow up to the story I submitted for Hell’s Kitties that will eventually become a part of a much larger universe filled with demons and those that vanquish them. I’ve also got a children’s book loosely and gently based on a chapter from one of my vampire novels in the works.
3)   I had a really bad sinus infection and took a mixture of drugs that made me see an entire demonic world on my bedroom ceiling as if it were projected there, or some portal had opened up. It was everything I could do to calm myself down.
4)   The near future holds growth, learning and writing more epic stuff. I might get a nap in there at some point.
5)   In grade school and high school always exhibited an aptitude for writing. I’m an only child, so my imagination is just crazy. When I graduated from college, I was pursuing various career paths and after a time, working as a television show stage manager became my main source of income. But as any stage manager will tell you, the job is more about logistics, organizational skills and personality juggling. After a few years, I was starving for a creative outlet. So I guess, I just did what came naturally to me as a kid.

Steven Van Patten is the author of the Brookwater's Curse vampire novel series and Killer Genius: She Kills Because She Cares, which was nominated by the African American Literary Award Show in the category of Best Mystery/Suspense Novel for 2016.  He lives in Crown Heights Brooklyn, with his cat, Lola. Steven also stage manages television shows when he’s not writing. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

One of the writers of Hell's Kitties

Phillip T. Stevens has shared with us some background.

1)      What was your inspiration for your story in Hell’s Kitties?
The story is an extension of the Raising Hell universe. Since my wife Carol and I rescue cats for Austin Siamese Rescue it wasn't a far leap to the idea of riffing on Lucifer making a punishment from a cat rescue.
The Raising Hell universe was inspired by working with several organizations whose mission statements were dedicated to empowering their clientele, but whose management structures undermined the autonomy and self-identity of the employees (and, to some extent subverted their mission statement as well). I had the misfortune to work directly with the CEOs, and my supervisors contributed to the vision of hell as well. 
I remember having to leave my office for a meeting and receiving an email that I must have lied about the meeting because my supervisor saw my car parked on the street and it was pointed in the opposite direction of the way it should have been parked it I were really going to that meeting. She wrote me up in an official report for lying to a supervisor. (In reality I had simply parked in the only opening on the other side of the street.) The reprimand remained on my record until I left. 
This became my vision of hell, a regular job, minutiae wearing you down forever with Lucifer as a petty minded bureaucrat.
2)      What project(s) are you currently working on?
I'm doing a screenwriting workshop with Aaron Sorkin, a class at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and preparing the adult version of my novel Seeing Jesus, which I'll release in 2017.
3)      What is the scariest or funniest thing that has ever happened to you?
I was watching the Republican primaries thinking how funny they were that people were letting Trump upstage the serious candidates, even though none of them seemed especially strong. The debates got funnier and funnier with the three stooges Trump, Cruz and Rubio trading blows like the slapstick serials and suddenly only Trump was left. That was pretty scary. 
4)      What does the near future hold?
I've been housebound with severe osteoarthritis and compressed lower spine for years. But I'm having a second knee replacement before Christmas and treatment for my lower spine. I'm already walking farther than I've been able to walk since 2009, so increased mobility is in my future. I hope to do some appearances for my books.
5)      Why did you become a writer?
I've always been a writer. I started writing in junior high school(which doesn't exist any more)—really bad novels, comics and TV scripts and slowly improved.