Why Blackened Roots Matters So Much To Me

•October 23, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Have I mentioned how much it means for me to be part of this Anthology? Being a part of this project is important to me because the first positive, centering, and important black representation I ever saw in horror as a kid was in Dawn of the Dead and Night of the Living Dead – which we saw in a double feature with my parents. I feel like Blackened Roots is making it so that I can do the same thing in terms of black representation in the zombie genre in literation.

Please repost this! Please help get the word out on the Kickstarter, and support me in being part of this historical, ground-breaking project. bit.ly.com/blackenedroots by my publisher Mocha Memoirs!#blackenedroots

Also click on that bitly link right up there ^^^ to support the project!

Hayward Public Library’s Halloween Haunting With the HWA!

•October 22, 2022 • Leave a Comment



When
Wed, October 26, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Where
Hayward Library’s Fremont Bank Foundation Room – Large Room Subdivided 1/2 (Room A) (map)
Description

Bay Area members of the Horror Writers Association descend on Hayward! Come listen to horrifying excerpts from their recent and upcoming works, and have a chance to win a hoard of their books! Time permitting, a Q&A session will follow the reading.

This reading is appropriate for adults and older teens.

The Horror Writers Association is a worldwide nonprofit organization of professional writers and publishing professionals (including some fantastic editors!) dedicated to promoting the
interests of Horror and Dark fantasy writers.

The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the HWA and is proud to join in the Halloween fun at the Hayward Public Library. Tonight you will be hearing unsettling excerpts from current and upcoming works by some of our local members.

ELANA GOMEL:

Born in Ukraine and currently residing in California, Elana Gomel is an academic with a long list of books and articles, specializing in science fiction, Victorian literature, and serial killers. She is also an
award-winning fiction writer and the author of more than a hundred
short stories, several novellas, and
five novels. Her latest fiction
publications are Little Sister, a
historical horror novella, and Black
House, a dark fantasy novel. Her
forthcoming novel is Nightwood,
based on Ukrainian folklore. She is
a member of HWA and can be
found at www.citiesoflightanddarkness.com
and social media.

LIANI KOTCHER
Liani Kotcher (writing as Rektok
Ross) is a trial attorney turned
award-winning young adult author,
screenwriter, and producer. An avid
reader herself, Liani writes the kind
of books she loves to escape into:
exciting thrillers with strong female
leads, swoonworthy love interests,
and life-changing moments. She lives in California with her husband, stepkids, and dogs. Her young adult survival thriller Ski Weekend is in development
for a major motion picture and has
won the American Fiction Awards,
IAN Book of the Year Awards,
Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, and
the Chanticleer Dante Rossetti Book
Awards. You can find her online just
about anywhere at @RektokRoss.

FRANCESCA MARIA
Francesca Maria has been penning
horror stories since she was able to
pick up a pen and write, at the age of
six. This fascination with horror was
spurred by her insatiable need to
uncover what was haunting her
childhood home — a need that
continues to this day.
Francesca is a writer of dark fiction
and the author of the Black Cat
Chronicles comic book series and her
upcoming short story collection
They Hide: Short Stories to Tell in the
Dark, is due out April 2023. You can
find her at francescamaria.com.

BEN MONROE
Ben Monroe has spent most of his
life in Northern California, where he
lives in the East Bay Area with his
wife and two children. He is the
author of In the Belly of the Beast
and Other Tales of Cthulhu Wars, the
Seething (coming in 2023), the
graphic novel Planet Apocalypse, and
short stories in several anthologies.
You can find more information
about him and his work at
linktr.ee/benmonroe

SUMIKO SAULSON
Sumiko Saulson (they/them) is
an award-winning author of
Afrosurrealist and
multicultural sci-fi and
horror whose latest
novel Happiness and Other
Diseases is available
on Mocha Memoirs
Press. Winner of the HWA
Scholarship from Hell
(2016) BCC Voice “Reframing the
Other” contest (2017), Mixy Award
(2017), Afrosurrealist Writer Award
(2018), HWA Diversity Grant (2020),
Ladies of Horror Fiction Grant
(2021). Sumiko has an AA in English
from Berkeley City College, writes a
column called “Writing While
Black” for a national Black
Newspaper, the San Francisco
BayView is the host of the SOMA
Leather and LGBT Cultural District’s
“Erotic Storytelling Hour,” and
teaches courses at the Speculative
Fiction Academy. Find out more at
SumikoSaulson.com

Strong Women – Strange Worlds Tonight!

•October 20, 2022 • Leave a Comment

6 authors * 8 minutes each – come find your next favorite read with us!

Join us the First Friday and Third Thursday of every month for a tasting menu of science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories written by women and non-binary authors. We’ll feature 6 authors (different authors each time) who will each have 8 minutes to tempt and tantalize you with their reading. Our readings are like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates – you never know what you’ll get!

The event takes place live, via Zoom – attend from anywhere! The readings are free, there will be time for questions & answers at the end, and there will be 1 or more giveaways – a prize pack, free books, or something else!

IT’S FREE! REGISTER HERE:
https://strongwomenstrangeworlds.weebly.com/

Do you love tales of the undead? Me too!

•October 20, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Have I mentioned how much it means for me to be part of this Anthology? Being a part of this project is
important to me. Please join me in being part of this historical, ground-breaking project. bit.ly.com/blackenedroots #BlackenedRoots

One of our visions for this project is a future where we see ourselves, our stories, our history, and even
our fears represented in the zombie genre. bit.ly/blackenedroots #BlackenedRoots


I’m so excited! My publisher is putting out yet another ground-breaking anthology! This one seeks to reunite the zombie mythos with its African roots! bit.ly/blackenedroots #BlackenedRoots


Have you seen this? Mocha Memoirs Press is at again, smashing preconceptions and redefining genre
with yet another spine-tingling horror anthology. I can’t wait! bit.ly/blackenedroots #BlackenedRoots

Do you love tales of the undead? Me too! That’s why I’m part of the latest
anthology from Mocha Memoirs Press, Blackened Roots. Join us, before it’s too late!
bit.ly/blackenedroots #BlackenedRoot

Come See Bones at the Horror Salon!

•October 2, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Excited that I am going to be a guest fiend host at Horror Film Salon at Old Devil Moon 3472 Mission St, San Francisco, CA, United States, California on Wednesday, October 5th. 7:00 pm – 9:00pm on the heated back patio

I will present a film with some context, and then we’d watch it together. The movie is a personal favorite of mine, Bones, a 2001 horror film starring Snoop Dog.

Horror Film Salon is a series of horror films that will be shown at Old Devil Moon throughout October, hosted by Elguyra, Dude of Darkness and Special Fiends such as me. The whole thing is a part of Halloween Town at the Old Devil Moon, fun times going down all October long!

Hayward Public Library’s Halloween Haunting With the HWA!

•September 30, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Hayward Public Library’s Halloween Haunting With the Horror Writers Association of San Francisco!

Visit the Fremont Public Library for More Details Here

Fremont Bank Foundation Room – Large Room Subdivided 1/2 (Room A)

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 – 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Bay Area members of the Horror Writers Association descend on Hayward! Come listen to horrifying excerpts from their recent and upcoming works, and have a chance to win a hoard of their books! Time permitting, a Q&A session will follow the reading.

This reading is appropriate for adults and older teens.

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OCT 26 2022 WED

Fremont Bank Foundation Room – Large Room Subdivided 1/2 (Room A)

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

5:00pm – 6:30pm

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Program Type: Book Discussion, Special Events

Age Group: Teens , Adults , Seniors

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Event Details

Bay Area members of the Horror Writers Association descend on Hayward! Come listen to horrifying excerpts from their recent and upcoming works, and have a chance to win a hoard of their books! Time permitting, a Q&A session will follow the reading.

This reading is appropriate for adults and older teens.

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Blackened Roots: An Anthology of the Undead

•September 29, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Help to raise funds for Blackened Roots: An Anthology of the Undead Nontraditional zombie stories from the African diaspora’s Indie A Go Go campaign!

:SPECIAL PERK:: Help #BlackenedRoots reach $500 and get an e-book copy of In The Bloodstream, a #horror anthology edited by award-winning author, @EdenRoyce, published by @mochamemoirs by midnight EST (9/29/2022). Here’s the link to the Indiegogo: https://igg.me/at/blackenedroots/x/10573081#/

Blackened Roots is an anthology of stories written by Black writers from all over the world featuring tales of non-traditional zombies. Think The Girl With All The Gifts, not The Walking Dead.

The anthology is co-edited by Stoker-nominated and award-winning editor and writer Nicole Givens Kurtz at Mocha Memoirs Press, and award-winning producer and editor Tonia Ransom at NIGHTLIGHT. At least three stories from the anthology will air on the NIGHTLIGHT podcast.

Blackened Roots will debut during February 2023, during Black History Month.

Planned Authors for Blackened Roots include:

  • Sheree Renée Thomas: Hugo Nominated Editor, 2001 & 2005 World Fantasy Award Winner, 2021 IGNYTE Finalist
  • Eden Royce: Shirley Jackson Award nominee, Walter Award Honoree, and a Nebula Award Finalist
  • Brandon Massey: Winner, Gold Pen Award for Best Thriller
  • Craig Gidney, Winner, Bronze Moonbeam Medal, Lambda Literary Awards Finalist, Gaylactic Spectrum Finalist
  • Zin E. Rocklyn: Nebula-nominated Best Novella 2021
  • Sumiko Saulson: Amazon Top 1000 Horror Authors, Afrosurrealist Writer Award, HWA President’s Award
  • Moustapha Mbacké Diop: Longlisted for the Nommo Award for Best Novel
  • Steven Van Patten: Winner, African-American Literary Awards Best Science Fiction, Gamma XI Phi, Outstanding Achievements in the Arts
  • L. Marie Wood: Stoker Finalist, Hollywood HorrorFest Winner, Shriekfest Quarterfinalist
  • Milton Davis: British Science Fiction Association Award Nominee, Urban Action Showcase Award 
  • Marc Abbott: African American Literary Award
  • Errick Nunnally: Hugo nominee

Proud to be a part of “In Trouble,” an anthology centering on reproductive rights

•September 27, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Very proud to be a part of “In Trouble” an anthology edited by EF Schraeder and Elaine Schleiffer. 

Terrified, desperate, and rebellious—before 1973, those were routine reactions for anyone trapped and in trouble. Access to reproductive health care has been chipped away for decades until a single decision once again mired a new generation in historic trauma and modern repression. Those reactions are once more routine for us.

The voices of “In Trouble” explore the fantastic and ordinary ways lives are overturned by unplanned or unexpected arrivals. 

Reproductive rights are an issue that impacts everyone, including the transgender community. I am honored that my story, “The Ballad of Faerie Garcia,” was among the narratives accepted into this important anthology. It’s a story about a transgender couple whose plans for the immediate future are interrupted by an unplanned pregnancy. 

While many of the stories in my personal wheelhouse are speculative fiction in the realm of the fantastical: horror, weird fiction, dark fantasy, and science fiction (genres well-represented in this anthology), I decided to keep this story closer to home. Too many people think we’re fictional already, and too few understand that reproductive rights issues directly impact us.

The editors will donate 100% of net proceeds to benefit the National Network of Abortion Funds.

Pre-Order this important anthology here:

https://omniumgatherumedia.com/in-trouble

Of Hope and Horror, an anthology of personal reflections on Mental Health

•September 19, 2022 • Leave a Comment


With the spooky season nearly upon us, this is a quick reminder that the Horror Writers Association’s Wellness Committee put together an incredible anthology of our member’s poems, flash fiction and personal reflections on mental health and horror — Of Horror and Hope — which includes my own poem “Generations of the Imaginarium” — is available for free download from the HWA website, or by clicking on the link to the PDF below. Featuring a beautifully harrowing Greg Chapman cover and a collection of writing to inspire and enlighten, we hope this booklet will offer solace and understanding around this important topic. Members with newsletters, we’d love it if you would share these links with to help spread the word.

For information about the work of the Wellness Committee, our Mental Health Initiative Charter is here. https://horror.org/mental-health-initiative-charter/

Thank you again for your kind support of our initiative.

How to Curate Afrocentric Stories Panel – AfroComicCon

•August 23, 2022 • Leave a Comment