The New England Horror Writers present their newest anthology: Wicked Haunted. This includes my story, The Thin Place
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Featuring fiction and poetry from Matt Bechtel, Tom Deady, GD Dearborn, Barry Lee Dejasu, Peter Dudar, Jeremy Flagg, Dan Foley, doungjai gam, Emma J. Gibbon, Larissa Glasser, Patricia Gomes, Curtis M. Lawson, Bracken MacLeod, Nick Manzolillo, Paul McMahon, Paul R. McNamee, James A. Moore, R.C. Mulhare, Rob Smales, Morgan Sylvia, Dan Szczesny, KH Vaughan, and Trisha Wooldridge. Interior artwork by Ogmios, Judi Calhoun and Kali Moulton. Cover art by Mikio Murakami.
Edited by Scott Goudsward, David Price, and Daniel G. Keohane

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Abode

Abode is on sale for $0.99 cents this week in the US, and $0.99P in the UK.

The Abode e-book is on sale this week for $0.99 in the US and $0.99P in the UK. The Library Journal called it “Violent and Haunting” this week 🙂

If you’ve been wanting to pick up a copy but holding off because it’s 2017 and everyone is broke as fuck, this is a great time to get the e-book!

Also, if you’re in New England, I’ll be reading and signing at Annie’s in Worchester Sunday. Come on out!

 

Why I Love Horror

I did a guest post for Becky Spratford on Why I Love Horror. This is part of a spotlight series highlighting Bloodshot Books’ authors. It posted today.

For those of us in the world of horror, autumn is a busy time of year. Fall and horror go hand in hand, and with good reason. They are both associated with death: the passing of summer and the approach of the cold dark months certainly mirrors the lifespan of a human being. Autumn is also a great time for telling—and reading—scary stories. The long, dark nights remind us of all the things that could be waiting in the shadows.
Humans tell stories because that is how we learn to understand the world around us. Many of the tales we hear as children have elements of horror: witches and goblins and dark magic certainly permeate quite a bit of children’s fiction. But why do we enjoy horror so much? Why do we watch movies that give us nightmares, or read books that make us squirm? Why on earth would we want to delve into the darkest corners of the universe? Isn’t it much more pleasant in the sunshine?
Because of fear.
A good scary book or movie has the power to invoke true fear, on a very visceral level. When horror does it right, we get goosebumps, we shiver, we get queasy, we jump. We get that sick feeling in the pit of our stomachs. Fear may not be the most pleasant emotion, but it is both powerful and necessary. Our strongest survival instincts are drenched in fear: fear of pain, fear of death, fear of loss. Horror allows us to experience those fears, and can terrify us on a level that most of us will—hopefully—never experience in reality, without exposing us to any danger.

 

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Abode

Here is the back cover copy of Abode.

A TERRIFYING HAUNTING

This is the place where the harrowed ghosts of a dozen generations whisper in the shadows of their ancestral home, where one family’s dreams of a new beginning turned into a nightmare that ended in tragedy.

A CURSED BLOODLINE

This is the place where a line of witches bound themselves—in blood—to a primeval entity. Here, nightmare and reality meet beneath frozen skies, and even time and space fall under the power of the demonic being that rules this remote northern wood.

A CHANCE ENCOUNTER

This is the place where the path of a tormented survivor meets that of an unknowing innocent. Past and present collide, and secrets long buried crawl back into the pallid light of day as the shadow of the Beast falls over them both. But even the bloodiest dreams of that demonic being may pale in comparison to what lies buried within the human heart.
This is the place where evil dwells …

ABODE

Review of Abode

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Here is an early review of my novel Abode from Unnerving Magazine.

“Well worth picking up.”

I’ll take that 🙂

http://www.unnervingmagazine.com/single-post/2017/07/24/Review-of-Abode-by-Morgan-Sylvia

Q&A With Author EJ Stevens

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Q+A:

What are your favorite books?

My favorite authors include Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Philip K. Dick, Faith Hunter, and Patricia Briggs.

What is the best piece of advice you ever got on writing?

“Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.” —Alfred Hitchcock

Which one of your books do you love the most?

That’s a difficult question.  I love all of my 18 books.

Birthright has won the most awards, but research on Hunting in Bruges brought me to Belgium.  Can I pick my top 2?

If you could live in any place/era, what would it be and why?

I’ve done extensive research into the Victorian era.  My upcoming series, the Whitechapel Paranormal Society, is set in Victorian London.  But as enchanting as that time period is for fictional stories, I prefer living with today’s modern conveniences.

What is your current writing soundtrack?

I need absolute silence when I write, but a playlist inspired by the Ivy Granger series can be found on the Ivy Granger FAQ page.

Author Bio:

E.J. Stevens is the bestselling, award-winning author of the IVY GRANGER, PSYCHIC DETECTIVE urban fantasy series, the SPIRIT GUIDE young adult series, the HUNTERS’ GUILD urban fantasy series, and the WHITECHAPEL PARANORMAL SOCIETY Victorian Gothic horror series. She is known for filling pages with quirky characters, bloodsucking vampires, psychotic faeries, and snarky, kick-butt heroines. Her novels are available worldwide in multiple languages.

BTS Red Carpet Award winner for Best Novel, SYAE finalist for Best Paranormal Series, Best Novella, and Best Horror, winner of the PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Paranormal Fantasy Novel, Best Young Adult Paranormal Series, Best Urban Fantasy Novel, and finalist for Best Young Adult Paranormal Novel and Best Urban Fantasy Series.

When E.J. isn’t at her writing desk, she enjoys dancing along seaside cliffs, singing in graveyards, and sleeping in faerie circles. E.J. currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing.

Connect with E.J. on Twitter @EJStevensAuthor. For more, including a list of her books, freebies, and upcoming events visit www.EJStevensAuthor.com.

Upcoming Book Release:

Tales from Harborsmouth (Ivy Granger Psychic Detective #0.5, #1.5, #2.5, #5.5) by E.J. Stevens.

In Tales from Harborsmouth, readers get to delve deeper into the award-winning world of Ivy Granger.

Ivy Granger is a psychic detective with ties to Harborsmouth’s paranormal underworld. Too bad those ties tend to ensnare Ivy and her friend Jinx in the Machiavellian schemes of the city’s teeming population of bloodsucking vampires and psychotic faeries.

Tales from Harborsmouth is the first time the Ivy Granger novellas are together in one collection and features two exclusive short stories the series prequel Frostbite and the newest Ivy Granger tale Thrill on Joysen Hill.

Featured in this collection:
• FROSTBITE (Ivy Granger #0.5)
• BLOOD AND MISTLETOE (Ivy Granger #1.5)
• CLUB NEXUS (Ivy Granger #2.5)
• THRILL ON JOYSEN HILL (Ivy Granger #5.5)

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Mystery, Supernatural Suspense

Purchase Links: Amazon | Amazon UK | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iTunes
Goodreads: Tales from Harborsmouth | Ivy Granger World Complete

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That First Review

Unnerving Magazine’s third issue features a review of my novel, ABODE, and an interview with my publisher, Pete Kahle (Bloodshot Books). Lots of other cool stuff as well!

I told myself I wasn’t going to read reviews, as I felt that if they were positive I’d get overconfident, and if they were negative I’d be crushed. But I can’t help it.

Happy to say that this one was positive!

http://www.unnervingmagazine.com/issues

George Little is a Marine combat vet, originally from Waterville. (We went to high school together.) Dodge is his service dog, and basically his best friend. Dodge now needs emergency surgery. If you have ever had a dog leave pawprints on your heart, please help and/or share this GoFundMe.

https://www.gofundme.com/3xtfviw

 

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Interview – Broken Hope

My latest interview is with Jeremy Wagner of Broken Hope. You can read it at Antichrist Metalzine here.

Wicked Witches Getting Some Love

Another great review for Wicked Witches. I got a mention in this one for my story To Dance The Witches Circle Again.

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