Friday, May 7, 2021

I'll be reading this Wednesday, May 12th 2021!

 Please join me this Wednesday as I read some of my flash fiction! 7 pm on West Coast means 10pm EST.

Story Hour

Livestream Speculative Fiction Readings
Hosted by Daniel Marcus and Laura Blackwell
 

During these stir-crazy, cabin-fever, shut-in days and evenings, when we're trying to find new ways to entertain ourselves and each other, Story Hour goes back to basics, the oldest form of entertainment in history: people sitting around telling each other beautiful lies, spinning the fictive dream.

Every week, we bring you an hour of science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and weird stories, narrated by the authors.

So come by, kick back, turn down the lights, and join us.

Welcome to Story Hour.

Coming up 5/12: K.G. Anderson and April Grey

Friday, April 9, 2021

Wait...There's More!

 Just added to Heliosphere programming:

Sat. @ 7 pm 

Readings from Hell's Mall- Amy Grech, Carol Gyzander, Oliver Baer, Steven Van Patten, Teel James Glenn and April Grey(moderator).

What a terrific line up! Come join us on-line and free! Click the link below

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Virtual Heliosphere

 


So excited to announce that I'll be doing panels at Heliosphere on line tomorrow, Sat. April 9th. EDT.

Panel @ 2-3 pm Grief and Love Persevering in Media

Panel @ 4-5 pm The Yellow Sign Mythos of Robert Chambers

http://www.heliosphereny.org/events/fk-no-and-btx/




Thursday, February 18, 2021

I'll be reading on line Thursday, February 25th @7:30

 

In Honor of Women in Horror Month, 
I'll be reading some of my flash fiction and chatting with my fellow female writers!




Please join us then!

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

It's here! The Seventh of the Hell's series: Hell's Mall

 Buyer Beware!

Something’s fishy at the bridal mall, an arcade develops a will to win and the jogging goes on forever.

At Hell’s Mall all your shopping nightmares come real.



Featuring the tormented, terrifying work of eighteen talented writers: Marc L. Abbott, Oliver Baer, AJ Bartholomew, Alp Beck, Loretta H. Campbell, V Peter Collins, Teel James Glenn, Amy Grech, April Grey, Carol Gyzander, Rayne Hall, Pia Manning, Carole Ann Moleti, Nicholas C. Rossis, Phillip T. Stephens, Nikki Tait, Steven Van Patten and Jake TS Wryte.

Come for the shopping, stay for the screams!!! Hell's Mall on sale at Amazon.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

A Legend in the Industry: Rayne Hall


Rayne Hall dishes on her latest: The Brides's Curse, a collection of Gothic Ghost and Horror Stories





AG: How did you come to write this book?

 

RH: Old buildings enchant me with their histories, their legends, their beauty. Near my home in Bulgaria I found many abandoned, derelict homes,  their roofs caved in, tiles shattered on the floors, with broken furniture sticking out of the rubble and remnants of tattered lace curtains fluttering in the wind.

 

Spending time in these buildings, I let my imagination wander and asked myself every writer's favourite question: "What if?"  What if someone had to spend the night in this house? What if the house wasn't really empty, because the dead residents still lingered as ghosts?

 

I wanted to share my love of Bulgaria, to invite them to visit these beautiful, eerie places with me, to experience the thrills from the safety of their armchairs. I wrote thirteen stories and gathered them in the book.



AG: Tell us a little about yourself and your writing

 

RH: I love to create spooky, suspenseful Horror stories in the Gothic tradition: more creepy than gory, more atmospheric than violent. I take readers to eerie places and let them experience spine-chilling adventures. Scaring readers is fun!

 

 

AG: What are your writing inspirations?

 

RH: Creepy places send my inspiration soaring: castle ruins, cemeteries, abandoned homes. Here in Bulgaria, the rural population is dwindling.  Many houses stand empty once their owners die, and gradually fall into disrepair and ruin. They often have an eerie beauty that draws me in. Who lived there in the past, and who or what haunts them now?

 

In a neglected orchard, abandoned for decades, overgrown with thorny blackberries, I found dolls hanging from the mulberry trees, their arms missing, the limbless torsos swaying in the wind. Who hung them there, and why?

 

One house in my neighbourhood was the location of a gruesome murder - a body was found dismembered in the freezer, apparently the work of a ghost.

 

Once I went on a winter walk and found a set of footprints leading right up to a bricked-up doorway. The trail footprints finished at the wall, didn't lead back or away. Where had that person gone to?

 

These kind of personal experiences - mysterious, creepy, spooky - feed my writerly imagination. My head is  constantly swirling with story ideas.

 



 

AG: Who created the illustrations?

 

Savina Mantovska is a Bulgarian artist. She drew the delightfully creepy pictures, one illustration for each story.

 

 

AG: Is this book part of a series?

 

I have written and published many short stories and gathered them in collections - including Thirty Scary Tales, one of my bestselling books. I plan to create more Bulgarian Gothic stories, and have indeed written the drafts for several already, so there'll definitely be another Bulgarian Gothic story collection coming.

 

 

 

AG: What project will you be working on next?

 

I'm always working on several books at once. I've penned drafts for another collection of Bulgarian Gothic stories, and I'm writing non-fiction books for my bestselling series of Writer's Craft guides.

I'm also working on a non-fiction guide for foreigners who live in (or want to emigrate to) Bulgaria.

 

AG: Do you write full time?

 

Yes, I write full time, mostly ghost and horror stories, and also non-fiction books. I started freelance writing in my spare time, then gradually built it into a part-time career, and eventually I took the plunge and made it my livelihood. This process took more than twenty years, during which I honed my skills to become a great writer, not just a good one. Year after year, I built a body of work, books I published years ago which continue to sell.

 

 

 

AG: One surprising or interesting fact about yourself.

 

My black cat Sulu loves to come for walks with me. Here in rural Bulgaria, it's safe for cats to be out of doors, and he enjoys exploring the sights, sounds and smells by the roadside. He joins me when I go rambling in the countryside, and he adores visiting abandoned houses. Often, he sits on the rafters looking down on me, or on an empty windowsill from where he can watch both me and the world outside.


However, there was one house he absolutely refused to enter. Whenever we went near it, his body stiffened, his back arched, and his fur stood up. Later, I found out that this house was haunted by an evil ghost. Do you think Sulu sensed something that I did not?

 


Rayne Hall writes fantasy, horror and non-fiction, and is the author of over seventy books. Her horror stories are more atmospheric than violent, and more creepy than gory.

Born and raised in Germany, Rayne has lived in China, Mongolia, Nepal and Britain. Now she resides in a village Bulgaria. The country's ancient Roman ruins and the deserted houses from Bulgaria’s communist period provide inspiration for creepy ghost and horror stories.

Her lucky black cat Sulu, adopted from the cat rescue shelter, often accompanies her on these exploration tours. He delights in walking across shattered roof tiles, balancing on charred rafters and sniffing at long-abandoned hearths.

Rayne has worked as an investigative journalist, development aid worker, museum guide, apple picker, tarot reader, adult education teacher, bellydancer, magazine editor, publishing manager and more, and now writes full time.

Her Book is available here: http://mybook.to/GothBG

 Rayne Hall Social Links 

Twitter https://twitter.com/RayneHall 

Website: raynehall.com 


Friday, July 24, 2020

Guest Blog from the talented Teel James Glenn

Teel's newest book:


 



            Would you go to hell to save the one you love? Baronet Athelstan Grey has to ask himself that as he fights his way across a very different North America in 1890, fighting demons, political assassins and his own fears, and even coming face to face with the Aztec god of death. In a world where magick from every culture clashes, he has only his keen wits and his feisty Aunt Minerva to keep him alive. Join him on this first thrilling adventure in the world of the Pendragon Empire.


           An exciting action adventure set in Victorian times, where Aztec honour means everything and Aztec gods walk among us, when cosmopolitan wasn't about creed but rather which power you served. Non-stop action with twists and turns makes this read riveting, explosive, and diabolical.

          Gaslight Magick is set in the 1890s in a world equal parts Jules Verne technology and James Bond political intrigue. From the beginning with a zombie lord to the end with a murderous djinn, and the Aztec God of the dead, the story it is suffused with the intersecting magicks of many cultures - Merlin’s, Persian, Aztec and more.




On his story in Hell's Highway:

Thumbin’ it is a story long time growing in the dim reaches of my brain…..Being a city kid I never actually hitchhiked but so many stories of hitchhiker murders, robbers were on the TV that it was a ‘thing’ that always loomed in the edges of my thoughts. And I remember seeing the hitchhiker episode of Twilight Zone with Inger Stevens always seeing the same hitchhiker as she drove across country (it had been a radio play first-btw-) and I thought—what is worse than a creepy hitchhiker?
A clown!
And why would a clown be there?
And there you have it; it really doesn’t take a lot of work to make a clown scary…