Tuesday, May 21, 2013

EVENT: Coffee with an Author at Frostburg State University


Thank you to Gerry LeFemina, Michelle Yost, and Nina Forsythe for honoring me as the guest at their May Coffee with an Author at Frostburg State University's Creative Writing Center. Of course I had some wonderful English Breakfast tea instead.

Also, thank you to Jason Jack Miller, John Edward Lawson, and Daniel McTaggert for traveling a ways just to have some pastries with me.

Not only did we chat, but I also read from "The Surrender," a flash piece originally published at Every Day Fiction then picked up for the 2008 Best of Every Day Fiction anthology; Ambasadora, my thesis novel from Seton Hill's Writing Popular Fiction program; and "The Islands of Hope," a short story originally published in Fantasist Enterprises' Sails and Sorcery anthology and recently resold to Galaxy's Edge, edited by Mike Resnick.

This July I am part of the Nightsun Writers faculty and will be discussing Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror during this four-day literary conference and workshop sponsored by Frostburg State University.

For more information about Nightsun and Frostburg State, please visit them online:

And check out the video below for my reading of "The Surrender."

Monday, May 20, 2013

EVENT: Americanism Day Parade in Uniontown


I was an emcee for the Americanism Day Parade in Uniontown, PA along with Matt Dowling of GoingLIVE on FCTV.

BOOK: Death Perception by Lee Allen Howard


"Lee Allen Howard's DEATH PERCEPTION is a red hot union of Gothic crime thriller and grim humor that burns with supernatural tension. Beneath the sickly sweet scent of caramelized sugar lies the wildly entertaining tale of a man who delivers justice to the dead while fanning the fires of the living. Ever hear the expression, 'laughing in a morgue'? DEATH PERCEPTION feels just like that. Howard has a gift for crafting eccentric characters and clever plots. This is dark fun at its best."
--Jason Jack Miller, author of The Devil and Preston Black and Hellbender

DEATH PERCEPTION by Lee Allen Howard

Release date: May 15, 2013

Available in Kindle, Nook, and in trade paperback

308 pages

ISBN: 0615800696

ISBN-13: 978-0615800691

Front cover art by Neil Jackson

Kennet Singleton cremates the dead... and then they speak: "Avenge us!"

Nineteen-year-old Kennet Singleton lives with his invalid mother in a personal care facility, but he wants out. He operates the crematory at the local funeral home, where he discovers he can discern the cause of death of those he cremates--by toasting marshmallows over their ashes.

He thinks his ability is no big deal since his customers are already dead. But when his perception differs from what's on the death certificate, he finds himself in the midst of murderers. To save the residents and avenge the dead, Kennet must bring the killers to justice.

"Dastardly devious, cleverly conceived, and just a whole lot of fun to read, DEATH PERCEPTION is Lee Allen Howard on fire and at his finest. Rife with winsome weirdness, it's like the mutant stepchild of Carl Hiaasen and Stephen King, mixing a truly unique paranormal coming-of-age story with a quirky cast of offbeat noir characters into a novel that's simply unforgettable... and hilariously original. A supernatural crime story, blazing with creative intrigue... don't miss it."
--Michael Arnzen, author of Play Dead

"DEATH PERCEPTION has officially made me envious of Lee Allen Howard. It sings like a choir of angels, yet weeps like a ghost in winter. Everyone should have this in their collection.”
--Trent Zelazny, author of To Sleep Gently and Butterfly Potion

Lee Allen Howard writes horror, dark fantasy, and supernatural crime. He’s been a professional writer and editor of both fiction and nonfiction since 1985. His publications include The Sixth Seed, Desperate Spirits, Night Monsters, “Mama Said,” “Stray,” and Death Perception, available in various formats at http://leeallenhoward.com.

You can keep in touch with Lee on his Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lee-Allen-Howard-author/117844011639457. Follow him on Twitter @LeeAllenHoward.

Monday, May 06, 2013

BOOK: Speculations: Short Stories by Matthew Duvall


Matt Duvall has a new book--Speculations: Short Stories.

All proceeds from the sales of this book will go to my brother, Steve, who is battling lymphoma. He (and I) thank you.

This book collects eight stories and one novelette of speculative fiction, originally published in magazines such as Chizine, Horror Garage, The Ultimate Unknown, Eye Contact and more. What would happen if your shorts grew eyes? What could be creepy about Christmas? And why shouldn't you rent your spare room to a stranger? These questions, and more, are answered inside.

- http://www.amazon.com/Speculations-Short-Stories-ebook/dp/B00BF5XOSO

Sunday, May 05, 2013

BOOK: Follow the Heart by Kaye Dacus


Kaye Dacus has a new novel out--Follow the Heart is the first book of A Great Exhibition series.

Set during the Industrial Revolution and the Great Exhibition of 1851, Follow the Heart is a “sitting-room romance” with the feel of a Regency-era novel but the fashions and technological advances of the mid-Victorian age.

Kate and Christopher Dearing’s lives turn upside down when their father loses everything in a railroad land speculation. The siblings are shipped off to their mother’s brother in England with one edict: marry money.

At twenty-seven years old, Kate has the stigma of being passed over by eligible men many times—and that was before she had no dowry. Christopher would like nothing better than to make his own way in the world; and with a law degree and expertise in the burgeoning railroad industry, he was primed to do just that—in America.

Though their uncle tries to ensure Kate and Christopher find matrimonial prospects only among the highest echelon of British society, their attentions stray to a gardener and a governess.

While Christopher has options that would enable him to lay his affections where he chooses, he cannot let the burden of their family’s finances crush his sister. Trying to push her feelings for the handsome—but not wealthy— gardener aside, Kate’s prospects brighten when a wealthy viscount shows interest in her. But is marrying for the financial security of her family the right thing to do, when her heart is telling her she’s making a mistake?

Mandates . . . money . . . matrimony. Who will follow the heart?

- http://www.amazon.com/Follow-Heart-Great-Exhibition-Novel/dp/1433677202

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Mercedes Yardley


Mercedes Yardley

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
I have a special affinity for a character that I simply call Ray the Vampire. I wrote my first Ray story when he was a kid in high school, running around with all of his tragically anemic friends. He has since grown up and works in the back room of a sandwich shop. He’s too hot-headed to be around the customers. He’s sarcastic and has no respect for anybody except for the girl he loves.

2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
4. What else can you do besides write?

5. Who are you reading right now?
Right now I’m reading some Ennis Drake, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aimee Bender, and I’m starting some Jim Butcher. It’s a little eclectic. I have a difficult time sitting down and reading one thing at a time.

6. Pop culture or academia?

7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
I killed off a favorite character, and it was the first time I had done so. I cried like a baby while I wrote it. I had AFI’s “Silver and Cold” on repeat and I was just so emotionally involved. Killing him was just…oh, it hurt my soul. But it’s what the story needed. It’s a powerful scene, but painful.

8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?

11. What kind of music speaks to you?
All of it. Lyrics speak to me more profoundly than the melody, but I love all of it. Something with a heavy beat that makes my heart move, like A Perfect Circle’s “Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums”. Or things that are soft and sad. The Magnetic Fields. Of Monsters and Men. Any of it. All of it.

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?

13. Celebrity crush.
David Bowie. Or David Duchovny. Why won’t you love me?

14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?

15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Oh! Cartoons! I’m a huge anime freak. And I love Disney. What time is it? Adventure Time! Yes. I love watching cartoons. With a blanket, preferably. I’m such a child.

Mercedes Yardley has two broken laptops, three kids, a husband and no time to write, although she tries her very best. She likes to write stories. She likes to write poems. She likes to write essays and sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they aren’t. She's written a few novels, and she's shopping the last one around. It’s challenging, and she likes it that way. She's a member of the SFWA, the HWA, and she is the nonfiction editor for Shock Totem: Curious Tales of the Macabre and Twisted. Check them out at www.shocktotem.com.

She knows how to throw a tomahawk and she wears red corduroys because they make her happy. That’s also why she writes: She likes being happy.

She's thrilled to be represented by Jason Yarn at Paradigm. You can contact her at mercedesyardley(at)gmail(dot)com.

Find Mercedes online at:

WEBSITE - A Broken Laptop - http://abrokenlaptop.com

- @mercedesmy
- https://twitter.com/mercedesmy