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2012-10-30 04:19 pm

Oh, Glorious Pumpkins



I carve pumpkins, sure, but certainly not as well as Villafane Studios. This is one of my favorites, because it uses other fall-riffic elements in interesting ways to add texture and color. If you're feeling so inspired, they sell video tutorials so you can create your own and master pumpkin carving kits, too.

Best Pumpkin Ever

There's a huge gallery over that way, so drop by and check out the studio!

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2012-10-30 02:37 pm

Editor's Afterword from Haunted: 11 Tales of Ghostly Horror

Haunted: 11 Tales of Ghostly HororThis year, we're celebrating the one-year anniversary of Haunted: 11 Tales of Ghostly Horror. The anthology won a reader's choice award and has earned a spot on many reader's shelves of ghostly favorites. I was lucky to edit the anthology. I say "lucky," because I worked with a group of very fine writers, indeed.

To celebrate, I am publishing the Editor's Afterword here on my blog. I feel that, when I'm editing an anthology, I prefer the emphasis to be on the authors themselves. After all, they do a tremendous amount of heavy lifting and I'm more like a treasure hunter, helping them show their best faces. (And that, in my opinion, they did.)

If you're interested in picking up this spooky collection, you can head on over to BarnesandNoble.com and DriveThruFiction.com.


Editor's Afterword

Reading an anthology about ghost hunters is like meandering into a haunted mansion. As you wander through hallways covered in cobwebs, a chill goes up and down your spine when you visit each room. Something — whether it's a ghostly flicker or a strange shadow — catches your eye. The temperature plummets. Then, the room spins and your heart is pounding. It's strange, but after a few minutes, everything returns to normal. As your vision clears, you catch a few, grim details. Maybe you shudder as ghostly orb floats past you. Maybe you trip over a dead body.

Or maybe you've stepped in a pool of blood.

You open your mouth to scream when suddenly — out of nowhere — a team of ghost hunters rushes in around you. They tell you they've got it covered; they know what they're doing.

And, if you're willing, they'll be glad to take you along for eleven, different rides.


For HAUNTED, eleven authors were asked to tap into their storytelling abilities and write a story about ghost hunting. My role began when I received their submissions and ended when I accepted their final version for the anthology. The end result of the writing and editing process is the spooky collection of stories you’ve just read.

The talented authors in this anthology are nothing short of amazing. They were all easy to work with and excited about penning and revising their ghostly tales. Each one sends a chill up-and-down my spine, not just because they haunt my laptop, but because I’ve had the unique pleasure of seeing these stories through from beginning to end.

I hope you enjoyed reading HAUNTED: 11 Tales of Ghostly Horror and I encourage you to explore the depth and breadth of works by these exceptional wordsmiths.

Happy Hunting!