Raven House: Catching Up With Pippa Bailey

Q; You have multi-media releases out now in late 2017 and new work coming in 2018. Tell us what’s new?

It has been a whirlwind of a year. Let’s see, by the end of 2017 I will be appearing on two podcasts. One with a fabulously talented fellow author reading my story “Oh Christmas Tree”, the other an interview about being a writer without the support of your family. I have been working on an audio book, but I still can’t tell you any more about that. I’m awaiting the nod from the publishing company for the final quality check and a release date.

In October I was lucky enough to have a little cameo in a horror film called “Clown Face” which will be out in 2018. I had a fantastic time working with the cast and crew, and dancing practically non-stop for 6 hours.

In 2018 I have a fun project coming up with 11 other fantastic women of horror. We will be releasing a calendar for 2019. I’ll leave it at that to whet your appetite, I’ll let you know more after February 2018.

I am lined up for quite a few anthologies and collections in 2018, some announced, others still a secret. Keep your eyes peeled for more from me.

Q: You’re on the downhill stretch of your novel. Does it still look like a 2018 release?

I am on the downhill stretch, with a lot of editing and compiling to do it’s going to be a hard slog in 2018, but I am still aiming to have it out for June. I’m still trying to work out exactly where it sits. There are aspects of fantasy and sci-fi amid the horror. I am really looking forward to getting my story out there.

Q: What does 2018 hold in store for the Ghoul Guide.

I am hoping to throw some more energy into the Ghoul Guides again, as I have had to take a short break to focus on writing and other projects. I am hoping to find more time for reading between project work, I have a back log of books I’d love to break into. So many fabulous authors I haven’t been able to do justice yet.

So, keep it creepy, and sharing is scaring.

Pippa

Pippa Bailey

Keep It Creepy

Horror is a Ghoul’s best friend

By Pippa Bailey

The Ghoul Guides were born from an obscure incident, and a love of horror. After a strange accident left me unable to walk for around four months, an extensive horror binge lead to the formation of our review company.

Although, I have my fingers in many pies, as an author, the voice of an audio book currently in production, and as a classically trained composer and vocalist. I wanted to give back to a horror community that has served as my inspiration and entertainment for over two decades. Unlike many standard reviewers, we decided to use video as our format. Our video catalogue can be found on YouTube under “Ghoul Guides”. If you haven’t come across us before, you can look forward to hours of book, comic, game, and peculiar creation reviews.

Through the Ghoul Guides, I have been lucky enough to meet many fantastic creators worldwide. It’s given me some fantastic opportunities over the last two years. I can’t thank people enough. It’s a privilege to be part of the horror community.

As a ghoul of a girl in my own right, I love to write. With short horror stories published across a variety of anthologies, the most recent being “Sparks” from Burdizzo Books (Released October 17th). Featuring my story “In for a Shock” about a young woman who wastes electricity, to her own detriment. I’m currently building towards the release of my Debut novel “Lux” next summer. I spend a lot of my spare time studying the art of writing. I thoroughly believe in the concept of quality not quantity.

So, if you’re looking for a bubbly English woman to give you an insight into some of the latest horror releases, indie creations, or you’re just looking to pick up one of my own stories. Give me a shout on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.

https://www.facebook.com/TheGhoulGuides/

https://www.facebook.com/PippaBaileyauthor

https://www.facebook.com/Pbaileyauthor/?pnref=lhc

http://amzn.eu/iOhOvMq – UK – Sparks book

http://a.co/iGApELk – USA – Sparks boo

Mark Morris: Novelist, Editor, Great Friend

In September 2018 I’ll be celebrating thirty years as a full-time writer. Although as a kid I’d always loved writing stories, I guess I really started to become serious about it around 1984, when I graduated from college. Looking back now, what I most vividly recall is how much I floundered in those first couple of years. For a while, with no one to turn to for advice, I struggled to find my voice, my direction, my focus. Then in 1986 I enrolled on a genre fiction-writing course, to be run by Ramsey Campbell. Although the course was subsequently cancelled due to lack of funding, I began a correspondence with Ramsey, as a result of which he became a kind of unofficial mentor to me. His editorial advice on some of my early work proved so invaluable that one of the stories I sent him, ‘Against the Skin’ (rewritten and much improved thanks to Ramsey’s input), eventually became my first professional sale – and to Charles L. Grant, no less, who bought it for the final volume of his legendary Shadows series.

Fast forward thirty years, and having become something of a genre stalwart myself (or so people tell me) I thought it was high time to pass on a little of the experience and editorial know-how I’ve accumulated these past three decades. To that end, I now offer an editorial service on my website, whereby for what I believe are very reasonable rates I provide clients with a detailed, personal assessment of their work, concentrating on such aspects as plot structure, story development, characterisation, dialogue, pacing, setting, readability and focus.

I realise, this being the internet age, that there are many companies and individuals offering similar services these days, but when it comes to genre fiction I feel I hold the advantage over many of my competitors for several reasons.

First and foremost, I’m not only a practitioner of genre fiction, but I remain a huge fan of it as well. I know the genre inside out, and have a vast number of influential contacts in the field, so can offer practical as well as editorial advice, for those who require it.

Secondly, unlike many who offer an editorial service, I’m widely published, and therefore know exactly what is needed to become a success in the field. For the record, I’ve had around twenty-five novels, half a dozen novellas, over one hundred short stories, and countless articles and reviews published in the past thirty years. Primarily a horror writer (my novels include Toady (US title: The Horror Club), Stitch, The Immaculate, The Deluge and most recently the Obsidian Heart trilogy), I’ve also written tie-in fiction for such franchises as Doctor Who, Torchwood, Hellboy, Spartacus, Sherlock Holmes and Stephen Jones’s Zombie Apocalypse, the official movie novelizations of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall, and the official tie-in novel for the computer game Dead Island. I’ve written audio drama scripts too, my most recent being an adaptation of the classic 1971 British horror movie Blood on Satan’s Claw. And over the years I’ve been published by a variety of publishers – among them Transworld, Harper Collins, Pan Macmillan, BBC Books, Titan, Leisure, PS Publishing, Subterranean Press and Cemetery Dance – and have won several awards and been nominated for many more.

As I’m sure pretty much everyone reading this article knows, self-publishing is both widespread and accessible these days, and as such it’s tempting for modern day writers to forego the editorial process altogether. But I sincerely believe that in order to become not only a good writer but a continually improving one, reliable and insightful editorial input is essential. When I was starting out on my writing journey, I would have jumped at the chance to get my work assessed by an established and experienced author. I hope that you feel the same way, and that you’ll check out my editorial service here:

http://www.markmorrisfiction.com/editorial-service/

Publishing Industry Q&A

HWAColorado’s latest education event was held at Belmar Library. Noted Author Jeanne Stein and Angie Hodapp, Director of Literary Development at Nelson Literary Agency, did a shared interview discussing Literary Agents, query letters, the business side of writing. Look for film of the event, as well as Angie and husband Warren trying out Angie’s Yog award, in the drop-down box.

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Publishing Industry Q&A

 Angie Hodapp, Director of Literary Development at Nelson Literary Agency, appeared at the first Publishing Industry Q&A, September 17th, sponsored by HWAColorado. In a free-flowing interview and audience interaction, Angie spoke about the current publishing industry. Urban fantasy author Jeanne C. Stein hosted the event. This the first  HWAColorado Education Session. To RSVP or get more info on future events, contact Lawrence at mihangelnc@gmail.com.

Angie Hodapp is the Director of Literary Development at Nelson Literary Agency in Denver. 

Jeanne C. Stein is the author of more than a dozen urban fantasy novels. Founding Member of HWAColorado.

Lawrence Berry has published horror stories in magazines and anthologies. Last publication: Red Shadows In Terror Canyon for the Edge Of Sundown anthology from Chaosium Press.

HWA Colorado Presents An Evening With Mario Acevedo & Jeanne Stein

HWA Colorado Presents an evening with Authors Mario Acevedo & Jeanne Stein at the Broadway Book Mall, 200 S. Broadway, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. November 14th.  A private dinner will follow the event at the Imperial, seating limited, offered at $18 a ticket, payable to the Broadway Book Mall. RSVP to: Lawrence@ibadweather.com.

Mario&ScotchMario Acevedo:

is the author of the bestselling Felix Gomez detective-vampire series, which includes Rescue From PlanetRescueCoverSmall 2 Pleasure from WordFire Press. His debut novel, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, was chosen by Barnes & Noble as one of the best Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Decade and was a finalist for a Colorado Book Award. He is currently at work on a steampunk western. Mario lives and writes in Denver, Colorado.

RESCUE FROM PLANET PLEASURE

Felix Gomez, detective-vampire, is on a mission to rescue the bodacious vampiress Carmen Arellano from her alien captors. She’s held prisoner by a warrior race of bad-ass extraterrestrials who need her help to recover their mojo before they go extinct. Then Phaedra, the ruthless bloodsucking ingénue–now with extra-superpowers–enters the scene to make good on her threat to destroy the vampires. But Felix is not alone in his quest to save Carmen and stop Phaedra. His pistol-packing sidekick, Jolie, and everyone’s favorite down-and-out trickster sage, Coyote, jump into the fray. It’s an intergalactic adventure bristling with action, double-crosses, and magic

 

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Jeanne Stein

is the bestselling author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Anna Strong  Vampire Chronicles and most recently, the Fallen Siren Series, written as S. J. Harper. She has many short story credits to her name including Love Story in the NYT Bestselling Anthology, Dead But Not Forgotten, and The Wolf’s Paw in the upcoming Nightmares Unhinged due out September 9.

FallSirenSeriesFBReckoning, book 2 of A Fallen Siren Novel.

Join Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.
She’s sacrificed. He’s suffered. They’ve both been betrayed.
Now it’s time for a reckoning.

HWA Colorado Presents An Evening With Carter Wilson And Sean Eads

HWA Colorado Presents an evening with Author Carter Wilson & Sean Eads at the Broadway Book Mall, 200 S. Broadway, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. October 3rd.  A private dinner will follow the event at the Imperial, seating limited, offered at $18 a ticket, payable to the Broadway Book Mall. RSVP to: Lawrence@ibadweather.com.

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Carter Wilson

Thriller-writer Carter Wilson was born in New Mexico and grew up in Los Angeles before attending school at Cornell University. He has journeyed the globe both for work and pleasure, and his travels to Jerusalem were the inspiration behind FINAL CROSSING, which was released in June 2012 by Vantage Point Books. Carter is represented by Pamela Ahearn of the Ahearn Agency and is a member of the International Thriller Writer’s organization. He currComfort of Black high-resently lives in a spooky Victorian house in Colorado with his two children. Carter’s second novel, THE BOY IN THE WOODS, was released June 2014 by Severn House.

THE COMFORT OF BLACK

has received rave reviews, with a stellar review in Publisher’s Weekly.

 

 

 

 

 

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Born in West Virginia and raised in Kentucky, Sean Eads finally found his home when he moved to Colorado in 1999. He is a reference librarian at the Standley Lake Public Library in Arvada.

Writing seriously since he was fourteen years old, Sean’s first success was winning an NEH grant as an undergraduate at the University of Kentucky for literary criticism on the role of mesmerism in Henry James’s The Bostonians. Convinced he was on the verge of a breakthrough in his writing career, the next two decades proved him very wrong. But he kept at it, and started seeing some success in his late thirties. His first novel, The Survivors, was a finalist for the 2013 Lambda Literary Award. His next novel, Lord Byron’s Prophecy, will be published this October. His writing has appeared in various other places, including The Journal of Popular Culture, Shock Totem, and anthologies like Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages.
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Sean’s passion, aside from writing, is golf. His favorite writers include Hemingway, Bradbury, and Faulkner. In 1997, he spent two minutes sitting in Old Sparky, the electric chair at the Kentucky State Penitentiary, just a few weeks after its last current use. He credits the experience with adding an extra jolt to his sentences.

LORD BYRON’S PROPHECY

is a dark, apocalyptic fantasy for the modern age. A must read for 2015.

HWA Colorado Presents An Evening With Carter Wilson

HWA Colorado Presented an evening with Author Carter Wilson at the Broadway Book Mall, August 23rd. Mr. Wilson read from his new novel, The Boy in the Woods, and signed books at the conclusion of the evening.

The video of the event is below

Carter Wilson HeadshotThriller-writer Carter Wilson was born in New Mexico and grew up in Los Angeles before attending school at Cornell University. He has journeyed the globe both for work and pleasure, and his travels to Jerusalem were the inspiration behind FINAL CROSSING, which was released in June 2012 by Vantage Point Books. Carter is represented by Pamela Ahearn of the Ahearn Agency and is a member of the International Thriller Writer’s organization. He currently lives in a spooky Victorian house in Colorado with his two children. Carter’s second novel, THE BOY IN THE WOODS, was released June 2014 by Severn House.

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Chapter Events

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HWAColorado offers a variety of events each year. The Yog-Sothoth SEA event celebrates Colorado writers for service, excellence, and art. These events will be held bi-monthly at the BookBar in Denver. Tickets are $12 and include a gourmet meal, served by the BookBar staff. Education events are held in the intervening months, covering the business and art of writing. In 2018, film and short films seminars will be added.