Author: Angelique Fawns

William Joesph Roberts: It Came From the Trailer Park

William Joesph Roberts: It Came From the Trailer Park

By Angelique Fawns

The Trailer Park Boys, Ozark, My Name is Earl, Raising Arizona…. 

Trailer parks in pop-culture are endlessly fascinating. The success of Three Ravens Publishing’s anthology, It Came From the Trailer Park, is no exception. It was so well-received (top of the Amazon charts) they are creating a volume 2. The guidelines ask for “original creature feature, horror-comedy with the same feel as The Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, and Shaun of the Dead…”  Who doesn’t love heroes winning the day in redneck glory? I sat down with the brainchild behind these books to learn more.

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Patrick O’Ryan: Transforming Fiction with Medusa Tales

Patrick O’Ryan: Transforming Fiction with Medusa Tales

By Angelique Fawns

There is simple alchemy, where one turns metal into gold. Then there is more sublime transformation. The kind where an internal change brings us our highest potential. Patrick O’Ryan is on the hunt for these kinds of stories with his new bi-monthly digital magazine Medusa Tales. With his first issue out in May, I sat down with him to learn more about the birth of a new market place.

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WIHM 2022: Jane Lindskold: The Fantasy of Full-Time Writing.

Jane Lindskold: The Fantasy of Full-Time Writing

By Angelique Fawns

Is it your dream to be a full-time writer? What would that life be like? I had the opportunity to meet the New York Times best-selling author Jane Lindskold when she spoke to my Dreamcasters writing group this month. Lindskold is best known for her acclaimed Firekeeper fantasy series, and the Breaking the Wall fantasy series, but those are just the tip of her publishing iceberg. She has more than 24 novels and 70 short stories to her name. Other novels include The Buried Pyramid, Child of a Rainless Year, Changer and Legends Walking.  Her short fiction has found homes in magazines like Lightspeed, Asimov’s Science Fiction, and DreamForge. She got into the weeds with the Dreamcasters about her life in New Mexico and personal author journey. I decided I wanted to learn more…

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Exclusive Interview: Todd Sanders of Air and Nothingness Press

Todd Sanders, & Air and Nothingness Press

By Angelique Fawns

 

Air and Nothingness Press has been publishing poetry, science fiction, fantasy, and short stories since 1997. I encountered Todd Sanders when I send a short story in to his call (found right here on Horror Tree) for ‘Spirit Machine’. Though he did not choose my piece, he gave some good advice and was pleasant to correspond with. I sat down with him to learn more about his curious anthology.

 

AF: You are currently launching a new anthology; can you tell us about it? (more…)

Taking Submissions: Counting Bodies Like Sheep (Early Listing)

Submission Window: January 1st, 2022 – March 1st, 2022
Payment: 3 cents per word and a contributors copy
Theme: Fast-paced gory stories

The Evil Cookie Publishing specializes in horror anthologies and novels/novellas within the realm of Splatterpunk / Extreme Horror / Dark Humor.

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Interview: Tais Teng, A Modern Renaissance Man

Tais Teng, A Modern Renaissance Man

By Angelique Fawns

 

Tais Teng is a Dutch writer and prolific creator in several languages and mediums. Not only does he write fantasy fiction, science fiction, hardboiled detective mysteries, and children’s books; but he also illustrates, sculpts, paints, and works as a writing coach. Born Thijs van Ebbenhorst Tengbergen, he found this name a tad long to put on the cover of books (and for English readers to pronounce) so he chose Tais Teng as a pen name.  With more than 100 published books and 200 plus short stories, I was fascinated to learn about the multi-faceted career of this talented (and comedic) creator. Spoiler alert. Did you know he created the Ziltpunk movement? Read on to learn more.

 

AF:  You wear a lot of hats in the creative world! Can you tell our readers how you make a living and what your favorite branch of income is?

TT: Well, yes, I wear a veritable Tower of Babel of hats. I am a writer, an illustrator, a writing coach, and a sculptor. Each uses a completely different part of my brain. 

Writing comes very close to lucid dreaming to me. If I start a sentence, the words arrive almost as a voice-over, telling me what to type next. Sometimes it switches into the fast-forward mode and I get whole paragraphs or even half a page. I have to type like mad then before all those words fade back into the racial unconsciousness. It feels exactly like a sugar cube dissolving in hot tea.

Almost all things I do are in deep concentration,  in hyperfocus. If someone enters the room, I probably won’t notice. Even it is a burgler: as long as he doesn’t take my keyboard, I just go on writing. (more…)

Eda Obey & The Last Girls Club: “We Choose What We Bleed Over”

Eda Obey & The Last Girls Club: “We Choose What We Bleed Over”

By Angelique Fawns

 

The Last Girls Club is more than just a magazine, it’s a place where established norms are shredded and rebuilt. Eda Obey has created a “club” for creatives which incorporates a magazine, podcast, newsletter, and any other artistic expression that fits the concept of “indie feminist horror.”

Obey is a fierce voice and aggressively challenges stereotypes and literary preconceptions. She’s already tackled the power dynamic of women in fairy tales and the concept of birth in her first two issues. 

The third issue of the magazine drops on Wednesday September 22, and revolves around the theme of “Dark Shadows: The Gay 90s; closeted, cast out, or converted.” 

 Submissions for the fourth issue, which asks for stories related to devout-martyrs, massacres, and cults, open on Friday October 1.

I sat down with Eda Obey to learn more about her vision and projects. 

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Sebastian Vice & Outcast Press: The Dark Side of Transgressive Fiction

Sebastian Vice & Outcast Press:  The Dark Side of Transgressive Fiction

By Angelique Fawns

What do you do if your stories are so edgy even the publications who profess to like experimental fiction won’t take them? If you are Sebastian Vice, you start your own press. Vice is looking for literature that dares to explore themes most editors consider taboo. This is his mission statement:

 

“Outcast Press wants stories cut from the bone, written from the gristle that sticks to your soul, based off brain-burning images scorched onto paper. We like raw, honest, dark, in-your-face, tales. The ethos at Outcast Press is a rejection of sacred cows.”

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