Tag Archives for horror

Scene It First Interview with Mary SanGiovanni (Ep. 6)

On July 12, 2023, the queen of cosmic horror, Mary SanGiovanni, joined me for the sixth episode of the Scene It First series, sponsored by Fictionary. In this series, I speak with bestselling, award-winning authors to talk about first scenes, share secrets of writing craft, and celebrate the stories that thrill and inspire us all. In this […]

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Scene It First with Jonathan Janz (Ep. 1)

The first episode of the Fictionary Scene It First interview series kicked off with my interview of horror author Jonathan Janz on January 25, 2023. Janz is one of my favorite authors, so it was a true pleasure to speak with him about his celebrated career, his upcoming works, and his insights on scene construction.   Upcoming […]

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Four on the Floor with Gwendolyn Kiste

Gwendolyn Kiste is the Bram Stoker Award–winning author of The Rust Maidens, from Trepidatio Publishing; And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe, from JournalStone; and the dark fantasy novella Pretty Marys All in a Row, from Broken Eye Books. Her short fiction has appeared in Nightmare Magazine, Black Static, Daily Science Fiction, Shimmer, Interzone, and LampLight, among others. Originally from Ohio, she now resides on an […]

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Four on the Floor with Preston Fassel

Bio: Preston Fassel is an award-winning journalist and author whose work has appeared in Rue Morgue magazine, in Screem Magazine, and on He is the author of Remembering Vanessa, the first published biography of British horror star Vanessa Howard, printed in the spring 2014 issue of Screem Magazine. His first novel, Our Lady of the Inferno, was the recipient of the Independent Publisher […]

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Book Review: ‘Our Lady of the Inferno’ by Preston Fassel

Along with the much-anticipated rebirth of Fangoria magazine came Fangoria Presents, a publishing venture that launched with the release of 2018’s critically acclaimed Our Lady of the Inferno by Preston Fassel. With its splashy neon-pink-accented cover art and the all-but-flickering “Fangoria Presents” signage in the paperback’s upper-right corner, Our Lady has much of the same […]

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Four on the Floor with Autumn Christian

“It rushed through us in huge milking waves, like the predatory gasp of the ocean.” “I knew he was a barely contained scream wearing a human suit.” Even out of context, those lines, from Autumn Christian’s latest novel, Girl Like a Bomb, give you an idea of how adept the author is at peppering her […]

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Four on the Floor with Melissa Lason and Michelle Garza

This Four on the Floor interview features Melissa Lason and Michelle Garza, a writing team I came across through their involvement with Silverwood: The Door (a collaboration with Brian Keene, Stephen Kozeniewski, and Richard Chizmar). Read on for their bio and and insights into horror and the writing process.      Bio: Melissa Lason and Michelle […]

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Four on the Floor with Stevie Kopas

In the previous Four on the Floor interview, we were treated to insights from one of horror’s leading new lights, Stephen Kozeniewski. For this interview, we get the perfect follow-up: Kozeniewski’s Slashvivor! coauthor Stevie Kopas. Bio: Stevie Kopas was born and raised in New Jersey. She is a gamer, a writer, and an apocalypse enthusiast. Stevie will […]

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Four on the Floor with Stephen Kozeniewski

Stephen Kozeniewski’s novel The Hematophages was named by horror legend Brian Keene as the number one book of 2017, so I was thrilled to have Stephen take part in one of our Four on the Floor interviews. Enjoy! Bio: Stephen Kozeniewski lives in Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the modern zombie. During his time as a […]

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Four on the Floor with Kathe Koja

My Four on the Floor interview with Kathe Koja appears below. I first discovered Koja’s writing in the early ’90s, when as a college student I visited a bookstore (remember those?) and picked up the Dell/Abyss paperback edition of her novel The Cipher. (If you’ve seen either this edition or the Abyss edition of her novel Bad Brains, you’ll likely […]

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