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Monday, February 02, 2015

Six More Weeks of Winter



Saw his shadow. Six more weeks of winter coming our way. Although, I wouldn't really know. We haven't seen snow for weeks. The warm temperatures make it feel more like Spring than Winter. But whatever. Happy Monday

Monday, January 12, 2015

Vintage Vampire Stories Review

Skyhorse Publishing, May 1, 2011
Paperback, 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1616082348


Ordering Information: 

Long lost to the public in out-of-print pulp magazines, dusty Victorian anthologies, and the pages of now defunct newspapers these vintage vampire stories have truly proved immortal. Resurrected now for the year 2011, this is a stunning collection of nineteenth-century vampire stories by heavyweights such as Sabine Baring-Gould and Bram Stoker. 

These 15 rare stories are arranged in chronological order from 1846 to 1913 and are compiled by two of the world’s leading vampire anthologists and experts. Also included are rare images of Bram Stoker’s handwritten manuscript pages for Count Vampire (1890) courtesy of the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia.

Now, it took me awhile to finish this book but I'm finally starting to get caught up on my reviews. This book didn't grasp my attention as much as I would have liked. 

I was looking forward to reading other author's interpretations of the vampire pre-Dracula. The way they look. How they feed on human life. Most tales weren't what some have come to known as "traditional". "A Kiss of Judas" written by Julian Osgood Field could easily be the subject of a Supernatural episode. However, this book has a couple of things working against it. Some stories have a rather....long winded feel to them, a lot of telling versus showing. Makes reading them all that more tedious. 

I must add this collection needs some serious editing. There were way too many misspellings to overlook. I spotted some words that didn't fit with the prose such as "clay" instead of "day" and "of" instead of "or". Each tale was accompanied by a short introduction about the author separated from story except in the case of Morley Roberts' "The Blood Fetish". For some reason, the Appendix font is tiny compared to the rest of the book. Not sure why (maybe to save space?).

Vintage Vampire has some interesting versions on this type of monster. However, if this kind of prose is not something you are use to, prepare to fight through it. 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas



Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

Friday, December 12, 2014

MicroHorror

Received an acceptance letter in my inbox recently. MicroHorror has published my flash story "Redwater Black". You can view at http://www.microhorror.com/microhorror/author/andrea-allison/redwater-black/.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Twiction Addiction

My little Twiction story "Stalker" has been published on Twiction Addiction. You can read it at: https://twitter.com/TwictionAddict/status/513240401139208192.

Retweets and Favorites are always appreciated. Thanks!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Good News

I have a couple pieces of good news to share.

Twiction Addiction has accepted my little Twiction (Twitter Fiction) story "Stalker". It's scheduled to be published on September 20th. They also gave me the option to send in another Twiction to be published on or around my birthday. Twitter size fiction is not easy to write, but there are a few markets for it. Here is a list: http://www.simonkewin.co.uk/2011/02/twitter-fiction-magazines.html.

I also had a story accepted by Flashes in the Dark Ezine as a reprint. You can view it at: http://flashesinthedark.com/2014/08/24/rods-little-blue-wagon-by-andrea-allison/.

Happy Tuesday!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Starting Over

I know it's been over a year since posting anything on this blog. Not offering any excuses. It is what it is. There have been a few changes.

The old blog has a new look. Blue has always been my favorite color. Still working on the design though.

Haven't sent out any stories in awhile but currently, have submitted two.

More to come later....