On a cold winter’s eve many years ago, I was born in the birthplace of General Motors: the city of Flint, Michigan. My mother and grandmother were Southerners by birth who moved to the North when my grandfather accepted a job at one of the new GM factories in the late 1950s. Both women were prolific storytellers—my grandmother especially so—and my siblings and I grew up on a steady diet of the often sad songs, myths, and legends of the Appalachian mountains. My short story “Black Aghy” is actually a tribute to my grandmother and her unique backwoods Tennessee take on “Raw Head and Bloody Bones,” an English nursery bogey that migrated to the United States and can still be found in different forms, depending on the region one happens looking at.
I fully attribute to my grandmother the impetus behind my writing in the horror and dark fantasy genres, combined with with my mother’s love for antiques and old cemeteries. From her, I inherited a fascination for the stories they told about those who came before us.
My love of writing itself began when I was 12. It was then that I began developing what would eventually become the first threads of my multiverse. Despite writing a novel set in that multiverse all through high school and really wanting to be a writer, I ultimately ended up going into archaeology in college. But then again, what is archaeology if not telling the stories of ancient cultures as discovered through the artifacts they left behind?
Through all of this, I still continued to write dark fantasy and horror. After graduating with my Bachelor’s degree, I started a Master’s program in Archaeology but, halfway through, I began to feel the call to write stronger than ever. So, I switched majors and began an MFA program in Creative Writing.
While finishing my MFA, I worked as a freelance editor for a small publishing company, had a few short stories published in publications like the October 2017 edition of The Magikal Rite and online magazines like Creepypasta, and interned as a geek culture journalist. I currently write reviews on speculative fiction as a staff reviewer for Tangent Online, act as a First Reader for Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores, and am a member of the Author’s Guild.
Currently, I’m working on finishing my debut epic dark fantasy novel (now grown into a trilogy) Beneath a Red Hunter’s Moon, the first installation of which I hope to publish in the early fall of 2021. My ultimate goal, though, is not only to share my own stories but also help connect readers with other authors that they might enjoy, as well.
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What folks think writing looks like:
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Saying you don’t like horror because you didn’t dig Stephen King or Anne Rice is like saying you don’t like food because you don’t like onions. Body horror, Southern Gothic, thrillers, poetry, YA, narratives about mental health, ghosts, history; horror has something for everyone.
Find Me on FacebookMeet Peeps. She’s one of my 9-week-old Transylvanian naked neck pullets. Know why I love them? They look like perpetually disgruntled old women in bad wigs. But they are so damn sweet. ... See MoreSee LessI love draugr lore.Law and the Dead.An Encounter with the Restless Dead."Unlike the dead of other Indo-European descendant cultures, the dead always walked in Iceland. Draugar, they were called, revenants. .Other places had them too – the Greeks, for example. They too knew revenants and practiced arm-pittingdead enemies, severing the vital tendons that would allow ambulation should the deceased arise to walk and seek revenge (Ogden 162). But the Greeks also had ghosts; the preference for cremation during the Archaic Era coincided with a diversification of Greek underworld beliefs. .The previously faceless dead that existed unaware of the living world above now understood that their descendants poured out and burned offerings for them. The expansion of cremation burial also coincided with the arrival of the psychopomps – a role which would be extended during the Classical Era (F. P. Retief “Burial Customs”)..The Icelanders though, they did not burn their dead, and so their dead walked as you or I do (Davidson 9).".Read the full article at Seo Helrune here:seohelrune.com/2018/05/22/law-dead/..#TheHeathenUndergroundAgainstHate #HeathenUnderground #TheHeathenUnderground #Heathen #asatru #pagan .[Art by JFoliveras on Deviantart] ... See MoreSee Less