January at Housewife of Horror

January has been a real turning point for me with regards to my writing.

I have had a short flash fiction story accepted for publication – I can’t say anything else at the moment – and I have submitted another two for review. I have made good progress with my WIP ‘Quicksand’, developing the plot, the characters and even making a rough cover. It’s far from perfect, but it’s great to see something, makes it seem more real if anything.

I’m very pleased and proud to say that I also have a brief article about my time as a book reviewer coming in February for Women in Horror Month with The Horror Tree. https://horrortree.com

I have made good reading progress too. The New Year saw me take on my #7books7days challenge where I read a different book every day during the first week. That was really fun. I read some great books, and got quite up to date with my reading list.

I am currently reading ‘The Playing Card Killer’ from Flame Tree Press, which will take me into the beginning of February and then I plan to read one book a week during the month.

I have decided to set myself a lower challenge for reading, as it will take the pressure off me and also give it will give me plenty of time for writing. It’s a balance, finding the time for reading, writing, working full time and making sure I don’t neglect my adorable soon to be husband. I think I’m getting on top of it though. I’m feeling good about my progress and where I’m at currently.

I hope to have plenty of more writing news next month and plenty of reviews to come too. I have a couple of book reviews outstanding with GingerNuts of Horror http://gingernutsofhorror.com/index.html and expect to have these live soon.

Overall it’s been a great month. Bring on February and lots of horror!!

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Writing Prompts for the Horror Writer

  • She walked in, the smell, the overwhelmingly foul stench hit her like a truck…
  • Awakening in darkness, the deafening silence overwhelmed his senses. He could tell someone was there, not by sound or sight, but by the sheer presence of evil that hung in the air like a thick city smog.
  • Fearful for her safety, she turned quickly and began towards her car. The footsteps behind her again quickened their pace, gaining with every step. No one was there.
  • The office was empty, not unusual for this time of day, but still an eerie feeling washed over me. I wasn’t alone, I could feel the eyes watching me, following me.
  • The scratching coming from the backdoor became more pronounced. There are more of them, they just keep coming.
  • I can feel it inside me, squirming its way through my body with no regard…
  • Coldness engulfs me, I can feel the delicate caress of her touch as she wraps herself around me. She is evil, she is the devil incarnate, she has taken my soul for her own.
  • The entire floor shook with the force of a tornado passing through. Pictures fell and cracked, the oak side table cracked as if an eggshell.
  • I sprint for my bedroom, my screams are silent. I will make it. Just as I get to the door, it grabs me by my ankles, dragging me back towards the basement…
  • Blood runs free here as if it is water…

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