This week, we welcome guest judges, David Watson and Dario Ciriello. David and Dario will be helping us judge the Campfire Stories.
David was born in the Quad Cities on the Illinois/Iowa border in 1971. He graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Communications. Now he lives in Milwaukee Wisconsin with his wife and kids. His interests include reading (all genres, especially horror), music, power yoga, bike riding, baseball, hiking, and Broadway musicals. He also has an unhealthy addiction to surfing the net, listening to podcasts, and diet soda. Find David’s reviews at: David Watson
Dario Ciriello is a professional author and the founder of Panverse Publishing.
His first novel, Sutherland’s Rules, a crime thriller with a shimmer of the fantastic, was published in 2013. Free Verse and Other Stories, a collection of Dario’s Science Fiction shorts, was released in June 2014.
Dario’s latest novel, a horror/suspense novel titled Black Easter, pits love against black magic and demonic possession on a remote, idyllic Greek island. He is currently at work on a new thriller set in 2018 Los Angeles. Dario’s nonfiction book, Aegean Dream, the bittersweet memoir of a year spent on the small Greek island of Skópelos (the real Mamma Mia! island), was a UK travel bestseller in 2012. In addition to writing, Dario, who lives in the Los Angeles Area, offers professional editing, copyediting, and coaching services to indie authors. Look him up on Facebook, Amazon, or on his blog at http://www.dariospeaks.wordpress.com.
This week, we welcome guest judge, Annette Curtis Klause. Annette will be helping us judge the 1000-word character description.
|Annette Curtis Klause
Annette was born in Bristol, England and moved to the United States when she was a teenager. She daydreamed constantly while growing up, and she turned some of those fantasies into stories and poems. Her first novel The Silver Kiss was inspired by vampire poems she wrote when she was fifteen years old. Annette’s other novels are Alien Secrets, Blood and Chocolate, and Freaks: Alive, on the Inside! Blood and Chocolate was turned into a movie by MGM. Her most recent short story, “Elf Blood” appears in Welcome to Bordertown, edited by Ellen Kushner and Holly Black. Annette, a retired children’s librarian, currently lives in the Maryland suburbs with her husband and five cats.
Hello again HorrorAddicts, I hope you are enjoying horroraddicts.net Next Great Horror Writer Challenge. The contest is getting more interesting as the challenges get harder. The contestants are now having to work harder as the assignments become more difficult. Writing is hard work and in order to get published, you have to challenge yourself and always find ways to make yourself better. Personally, I think writing is the hardest art form there is and this contest is making all the participants better writers.
The contest for episode 143 of the podcast is for the writers to write a 900-1000 word non-fiction blog post on something horrific they experienced. It could be a haunting, a disaster, a phobia, anything they found personally horrific and lived to tell the tale about. This will test their ability to blog, which is a part of every successful writer’s life. They will be judged on blog-ability (will it appeal to readers), topic interest, and writing quality.
The hardest part of this challenge for me would be reliving a horrifying experience. This is real life horror and for some people, real life is hard to write about. If you live through an earthquake or have been trapped in a haunted house, you don’t want to think about it again. These writers will have to do just that as they tell us their experience and make us feel the fear that they felt.
So the question is what happened to our writers in the past that scared them? Maybe surviving a horrible experience is what made them want to be horror writers. If you ask horror writers why they write what they do, some of them will tell you they do it to help them deal with the things in life that truly frighten them. Horror writing is not only fun, it’s also a form of therapy. So if you were in this contest what would you write about? What horrific experience do you want to share with others? What do you hope our writers will choose to write about? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to listen to Episode 143.
This week, we welcome guest judge, Stacy Rich. Stacy will be helping us judge the 1000-word true horror blog posts!
Blog Editor, HorrorAddicts.net
From growing up in a sleepy 19th century town to discovering Poe before double digits, Stacy has a deep seeded interest in ghosts, true crime, horror, and macabre. When she isn’t reading HorrorAddicts.net content before it is published, (the best perk of her job bwahaha) she is spending the limited amount of time she has left of her sons’ childhood with them, going to awesome punk, noise and acoustic concerts or festivals, traveling, and listening to podcasts. She is a big time podcast junkie. What’s her favorite podcast? HorrorAddicts.net of course!
This week, we welcome guest judge, Jeremiah Donaldson. Jeremiah will be helping us judge the 5000-word musical horror stories!
Jeremiah Donaldson is a SF/horror writer, editor, game designer, artist, free thinker, corporate slave, and overly blunt asshole from Kentucky.
Hey Horror addicts, we just had our fourth challenge in the horroraddicts.net Next Great Horror Writer Challenge. The challenge for this episode was to write a 650 to 700-word horror poem. The poem could be rhyming or free form. Writers needed to know how to convey a romantic situation and will be judged on sexiness, style and creating a horror romance theme.
Combining romance and horror in a poem can be even harder than writing on one topic or the other, but if you think about it romance and horror are topics that go hand in hand. For instance, if someone loves someone and that person doesn’t love them back it could be considered horror. Also, the idea of losing someone you love to death is a topic that scares everyone. One good example of a horror romance poem that I can think of is a song by Alice Cooper called This House Is Haunted. This song reads like a poem and it’s about a man living in a house haunted by his dead lover. Though if you look at the lyrics they could be interpreted as something different in someone else’s eyes and that’s what makes poetry complicated.
The Next Great Writer Challenge is really putting the participants to the test. The whole point of this competition is to get writers to flex their literary muscles and this challenge does just that. In my opinion writing, poetry can be harder than writing a short story or even a novel. Poems are all about emotion and expressing emotion isn’t always easy. I think it’s hard to get your message across in a poem and then there is a whole other aspect to it which is getting your audience to understand what you’re trying to say.
A reader can interpret a poem that you wrote in lots of different ways. You may have written it but the reader might not get your message and instead get a completely different idea from what your work. You have to have a certain mindset to write poetry and a certain mindset to understand it. I have to admit that I usually have a hard time understanding poetry but there are some out there that I enjoy.
My favorite poem is Death by Emily Dickenson. This is a short poem but there is so much meaning here and so much is being said that to me it comes across as brilliant. I always thought the main idea she was trying to get across was her fear of death and how she wishes she was immortal. Though if you could talk to her about it, she might say that she had something completely different in mind. Emily Dickenson may not have been considered a horror poet but to me, that one is pretty scary.
When most people think of horror poets they think of Edgar Allen Poe or Lord Byron, but there is a lot more out there if you are willing to look. Do you have a favorite horror romance poem or just a favorite poem in general? Have you written some poetry that you want to share? Let us know in the comments and while you’re at it, let us know what you thought of the poems in episode 141.
This week, we welcome guest judges, Julianne and Nina from Sirens Call Publications
Julianne Snow is the author of the Days with the Undead series and Glimpses of the Undead. She is the founder of Zombieholics Anonymous and the Co-Owner and Publicist at Sirens Call Publications. Writing in the realms of speculative fiction, Julianne has roots that go deep into horror and is a member of the Horror Writers Association. With pieces of short fiction in various publications, Julianne always has a few surprises up her sleeves.
Nina D’Arcangela is a horror devotee who likes to write soul rending snippets of despair, insanity, and pain. She reads anything from splatter matter to dark matter. She’s an UrbEx adventurer and professional photographer whose wanderlust takes her to abandoned locations, decrepit buildings, purportedly haunted places, and old graveyards. Nina is the co-owners of Sirens Call Publications, a co-founding member of the horror writer’s group PenoftheDamned.com, and the owner and resident anarchist of Dark Angel Photography.