Features of Fantastic of February

My Bloody Valentine

valentinesdayRecently there has been a lot of discussion about the role of women, especially young ones, in supernatural fiction and paranormal romances such as “Twilight”. There have been discussions of what are considered stronger female roles in Young Adult fiction, such as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games.  As February is Women in Horror Month, I’ve given a lot of thought not only to women as writers, but the roles of women in fiction.

With that in mind, I have decided, for February, to make available for free my novel “The Moon Cried Blood”. It’s resilient protagonist Leticia Gordon is every bit the strong female, even though she is very vulnerable and often alone.  Here is a review of the novel:

5.0 out of 5 stars Very powerful imagery, September 29, 2012
This review is from: The Moon Cried Blood (Paperback)

Cycles of the moon, Generations of women, a young woman unaware of her incredible gift. A delicate weaving of history, character development and esoteric overlay that makes for an interesting saga. I read it twice, I missed a lot in the first round with all the symbolism. A lot of work went into the background and technical aspects of the writing itself and it shows.

Borrow it free now if you’re a prime member, or get it for free on Valentine’s Day whether you are or not. Find it here:


Women in Horror Month

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A.L. Peck

I waited awfully late to put in my application to “Women in Horror” month – but I do have a proposal in, which is a request to add the seal to the interviews with women in horror that are currently on my blog and then repost them here.  I am also interested in interviewing Women in Horror and having more guest blogs (like the one we just had featuring Joslyn Corvis.)

February is “Women in Horror Recognition Month”.  Sponsored by The Viscera Organization, a 501(c)3 Non-Profit, it’s mission is as follows (taken from the website):

Every February, Women in Horror Recognition Month (WiHM) assists underrepresented female genre artists in gaining opportunities, exposure, and education through altruistic events, printed material, articles, interviews, and online support. WiHM seeks to expose and break down social constructs and miscommunication between female professionals while simultaneously educating the public about discrimination and how they can assist the female gender in reaching equality.

You can find out more about it here:


Some of the many women in horror, sci-fi and fantasy who have been interviewed right here on this blog include Margarita FelicesHollis JayPamela K. KinneyLeandra MartinDr. Maria NietoA.L. PeckCinsearae SSumiko SaulsonGretchen SteenSerena Toxicat and best-selling author Anne Rice.

Black History Month

Ron Houston

Ron Houston

There are a number of African American horror writers in the realm of independent publishing, including some I’ve interviewed or been interviewed by here on this very blog: they include George L Cooks III, author of the Dead War series, A.L. PeckRon Houston and Sumiko Saulson. African American horror writers are still very rare in the mainstream. L.A. Banks and Octavia Butler are two pioneering women – both no longer with us – who helped to make genre fiction a bit more acceptable for both black writers in general and black female writers specifically.  Unfortunately,  they remain the only African American sci-fi or horror writers many people have heard.

Here is a list another blog put together last year:


~ by Sumiko Saulson on February 8, 2013.

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