Interview with A.L. Peck, Author of “Abstract Murder”.

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Hello Lovelies!!!
I promised I’d get you some thing for Women in Horror Month. MY favorite month. Here’s something for you then. Sumiko Saulson interviewd A. L. Peck. last yea., A.L. Peck is the author of the amazingly fantastic Abstract Murder. If you haven’t read it, seriously, pick it up. Seriously. As well, Andie Lee (A. L.) is just a super wonderfully nice and smart lady, and it’s always nice to support an author/aritst who is lovely as well! I’ll be finding you some more women in horror before the month is over dear ones! Keep it creepy!!!

Sumiko Saulson

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This interview is being included in the 2013 Women in Horror Interview Series. Every February, Women in Horror Recognition Month (WiHM) assists underrepresented female genre artists in gaining opportunities, exposure, and education through altruistic events, printed material, articles, interviews, and online support.  You can find out more about WiHM here:

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Interview with A.L. Peck,

author of  “Abstract Murder”

This is the first in a series of interviews with women in horror fiction.

I hope you will enjoy this interview is with psychological horror/suspense writer Andie Lee Eames, who writes under the penname A. L. Peck. Today we will talk about writing, perceptions of women and women of color in the horror genre, and why female writers would still feel a need to use a gender neutral penname 150 years after the Bronte sisters did. 

The Book:

Abstract Murder (Paperback) Abstract Murder

Abstract Murder is a disturbing psychological suspense tale told from the viewpoints…

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A Quieter Week…

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Hello Lovelies!

This week was quieter than last… I wasn’t bothered by much, not too indignant about anything in particular… probably for the best… I prefer not to be too up in arms about stuff so very often, it takes away from the creativity…

Work is the usual.  We DO have auction coming up this week, so I not only get the calls from people trying to figure out if they can get their stuff out of the auction (there are lots of calls from people saying they have __ amount of money, will that be enough? There is usually a notation in the file as to what we would take… I don’t do well with these calls, and in that, I really mean, I don’t like to take those calls.  I can give them the amount of money the owner will take as long as they come up with it 30 minutes before the auction happens, but the stories, the occasional voice hitches,  always weigh heavy, and are often difficult to end.  I also get calls from potential buyers of the unit property– the auction company we use has a website, and they put up a picture of the front of the storage unit, so people can see a bit of what’s inside.  But people call, sometimes a handful, sometimes up to a dozen a day, asking if I can give them detailed information about what’s in the unit, how many units are going up for sale, how big the units are.   I think the auction process is my least favorite part of the operation.  There are some of the units that are up for auction that I don’t feel quite as badly about going up for sale… the customer took off and didn’t give us any forwarding info, maybe the person was a lot to deal with and often lied or took advantage of the services… but there are a few of them I genuinely feel terribly about… the ones who can’t seem to keep up on their bills because life is hard right now… Yes, auctions are probably my least favorite part of the business, though necessary.

The other thing is there is a rent increase, per the owner.  The owner was looking at the books, and our rates were lower than those in the surrounding area… no good, increases this year.  Luckily , my boss found ways to only increase rents about $10-$20,  but as the letters started going out– people have a month notice, the calls about why is the rent increasing, what if I don’t want to pay that…  All I could do is tell them it’s the owner’s final decision, and give them the latest date that they could move their stuff out with no penalty. Such is work…

Zombie Lucy is coming along. Here are some updated pictures. I’m kind of stuck on her clothes, but hopefully will get some inspiration this weekend. ALSO, I have Zombie Ricky to work on, so even if I don’t get any ideas about Lucy’s clothes, Ricky can come to life, as it were…

Zombie Lucy's bra, Kim's Sticks and Strings     Lucy's bra, Kim's Sticks and Strings

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Whatta rack!

I’m also going to try to work on her shoes this weekend–I’m going to give polymer clay shoes a go…wish me luck.

AND before I forget, the lovely and very cool Jess from Knot By Gran’ma put up an interview of little ol me in her blog…she makes monsters too, you should check her out.

http://knotbygranma.com/2014/01/30/the-fabulous-kim-sophia-of-kims-sticks-and-strings/

February is Women in Horror Month, and I’m quite sorry I’m not as prepared with lots of links and things that you can go check out, but I’m going to be. I’d like to say this next week’s blogs will have some authors, movies, and art you can check out, at least some.  It could be a month long thing.   Hey, my friend Rebecca Besser is an author, giving away 3 selections until February 4th, so if you read this before then, here’s her blog link, you can go find them

http://blog.rebeccabesser.com/

I’ve read some of her work, LOVE it and actually picked up one of the free ones, which I will read and review–please, if you read a book, especially an independent author, review it!!!  It helps SO much!!!

Alrighty then. That’s about my week. It’s Saturday morning right now, I should probably eat something and get my day started… some chores and errands to do, then maybe come back and put on a horror flick and start Zombie Ricky.

Keep it creepy!!! ❤

A New Contest Is Coming…and other things…

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Hello lovelies! Hope all is well in your world!

So many things going on for me lately!  Did someone wish that I never have a boring life? I certainly don’t!  

First, there was the Rachel doll I made for John F.D. Taff. She is a character in his story “Bolts”  in his book of short stories called “Little Deaths.”  (http://www.amazon.com/Little-Deaths-ebook/dp/B007WFK3DU/ref=sr_sp-atf_image_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1368374138&sr=1-1&keywords=little+deaths)
 
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She was  the girlfriend of a collector of movie memorabilia, who, sadly, died, and he couldn’t bear to be without her… hey, why not try those cool bolts from the Frankenstein movie… The results weren’t quite what he’d hoped for.
Rachel was the first doll I’d made a REALLY good butt and boobs for.
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Rachel has a very important job, can’t tell you quite yet… she needs a friend to help her. And yes, I’m creating him too.  I’ll be sharing more about him soon, I promise!  Let me just say as Rachel was my tallest standing doll at 12″ tall, she will now be dwarfed. Her companion will be 18″ tall, and stocky….hope you’re intrigued!!!
 
So now to the contest. I’m still in the finalizing stages, but my good friend Jerry McKinney, who wrote “Nightsound,”
(http://www.amazon.com/Nightsound-ebook/dp/B00999O64O/ref=sr_sp-atf_image_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1368374758&sr=1-1&keywords=Nightsound)
has offered me a copy of his book to give away!!!  He totally rocks!!!  It’s an awesome book, I have it on Kindle and got a copy for him to autograph, LOVE IT!!!  And now I will be giving one away, so I’m having folks help me come up with a contest.  When I finally come up with one I will post the requirements on my facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/KimsCreepyCreations , as well as here. I realize not everyone does the FB thing, and will give options to send a story to my gmail account.  Yes, this will be another contest where people will be writing stories, I very much loved all the Zombie Easter Bunny stories, and am very excited about getting more stories… I really just want material to read!!!  If you have an idea for story themes,  you can feel free to leave them here or on my facebook page!
 
Also possibly getting a job soon, last interview and test are Monday… I will get my tb test read on Wednesday, and hopefully hear by Thursday or Friday.  A quick positive thought sometime this week would be appreciated, nothing elaborate, just a quick “I hope Kim gets that job” would do.  🙂  The job is working with adults with moderate  developmental disabilities.  I’ve done this work before, with more severe adults, and with kids.  It’s very rewarding and makes me happy.  It also helps feed my creative outlet, I can lead some art activities… possibly thinking about ways to include them in my yarnbombing at a later date, provided I get the job.
 
Also gearing up for International Yarnbombing Day, June 9, which I will also document in another post, all my Treblemaking Hookers seem to be excited, I know I am!!!
 See, LOTS going on!!!  There hasn’t really been a quiet moment for the last week.  Well, that’s it for now. I have to go work on projects, try to think positively about getting the job, do some laundry, and spend time with the dear husband and my critters.  I wish you a wonderful week! Just remember to stay tuned for so many updates, and
KEEP IT CREEPY!!!!!

This And That, And A Few of the Authors I Like To Read…

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iHola, dear ones! Thanks for coming back, I really do appreciate it!

This has been kind of a hectic week, what with all the stuff in the news, the bombings ( I live in the US, it’s all that was on the news all  last week). It was disheartening, and it really messed with my creative juju.  And that is not ok, because I have things to do… monsters don’t just make themselves.

SPEAKING OF WHICH!!! I made a doll for someone, it’s what he looks like dressed as a zombie.  He does movie makeup, he works on The Walking Dead..cool. It’s this doll.

ZombieMan holding his bloody sickle and the head of his latest victim.

ZombieMan holding his bloody sickle and the head of his latest victim.

He happens to have friends who are actors, and own a production company.  As a thank you, and because he likes to help promote small businesses, he made me a commercial. Let me re-phrase that. He wrote, and got friends to act in and produce this really amazing commercial I just love to watch! Check it out

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHwQhx1Sf_I

LOVE IT!!! Hope you did too!  I smile instantly when I watch it!

 

I had decided to post some of the authors I’ve read recently, I try to read every day, it doesn’t always happen, but I do try to read a few minutes in the morning. sort of my morning inspiration. I do read almost exclusively horror.   Really.  Some Sci-Fi/Fantasy too, but at the end of my reading session, usually at least one person has died, and not happily, in their sleep.  It would be too long a blog to try to add everyone I’ve read lately, but I messaged some of them, the wonders of the interwebs, I can talk to the author of a book I’ve just read and talk about it! AND be friends too, and I will tell you what I’ve read, and give you a couple links, and you can check out what you want to.  This will have to be an on-going bit, I’m always reading new folks, but here are some I have loved recently.

Jerry McKinney  I became friends with Jerry before knowing he was an author. Finding out that he writes horror made me so happy, and happily, he  let me read a short story of his, and I was STOKED! He writes horror the way I like to read it!  Some unexplained stuff, not quite sure how it happened, but this is the way it is. He doesn’t explain his monsters, just assumes you know there are more than just regular old people out there.  Jerry writes short stories, which I love because I can read a story in a sitting and have it to fuel my day. I have Jerry’s book  Nightsound, and absolutely think if you like to be disturbed, and a bit disgusted, you might like what he writes. ( My favorites are Lie Canthropy, Patchouli, and Takers)

http://jerrymckinney.webs.com/

Rebecca Besser Rebecca is a woman of horror, and there aren’t as many of those as you’d think. And, while things are getting better and easier for women horror writers, progress is a bit slow.  Rebecca wrote Nurse Blood, a book about body snatchers and organ harvesters, and let me tell you, I LOVED IT SO MUCH!!!  The book starts off right in the middle of  “a job” and the action never stops!  Through it, though I knew Sonya would just as soon harvest my organs if I wasn’t valuable to her, I cheered for her, and was worried for her life when it was in danger.  It’s a lot harder to safely and securely harvest organs and not get caught…  The creepiest part about the book is that it actually happens. Body-snatching and organ-harvesting are so very prevalent today.  There are countries where prisoners are expected to be organ-“donors.”  Rebecca also wrote a short story I read, Hall of Twelve, AWESOME! Alternate dimension beings snatch people up, and let the roll of dice decide each person’s fate…only one is good.  There isn’t a link to Nurse Blood  right now, but here’s one to her blog,  and to her author page on facebook.

http://www.rebeccabesser.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/AuthorEditor-Rebecca-Besser/179090018777134?ref=ts&fref=ts

 

R Phillip Roberts  Another awesome writer of short stories, Robert’s stories always have something unexpected, something you didn’t see coming.  His writing is very much like reading a “Twilight Zone” episode, there’s the twist, and that’s just how things are.  Read Something in the Road  if you love those trips that don’t quite end the way you thought they would, but are just as great!

http://www.amazon.com/R.-Phillip-Roberts/e/B004XMJJQ2/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1366591708&sr=1-2-ent

 

John F D Taff  I met John on twitter, he followed me, and at the time his book, Little Deaths was 99 cents, cheap by book standards, so I bought it, and LOVED it! I reviewed it the morning I finished it, and he tweeted my review within minutes! John writes short stories, and they’ SO CREEPY!  Not always with the blood, and the killing, in fact, sometimes no one dies in a story, but you know that there is at least one person who wishes he did. ( My favorites are Bolts,  But For A Moment,Motionless, The Tontine, and the Mellified Man[so creepy])  Here’s a link for John.

http://johnfdtaff.com/

 

Michael S, Gardner  I met Michael through some  writer friends, and his book Death In The Times of Madness, a book of short stories about death was 99 cents,   and was reviewed by a mutual friend, another writer, and he said it was great. It is!!!  It’s creepy and wonderful and I could read one story in each sitting and inspire my day. AWESOME, but, he’s written more! Seller of the Dead (Working Class Zombie) is a new storyline I”m a fan of. I’d given up reading zombie stories for a bit; they were all similar, and I like lots of different monsters. But I gave this one a shot, and I’m hooked! The first installment is told from the point of view of a zombie, who’s not too ravaged by his undeath to try to get a gig with a human family. He goes to a seminar that sets him up to be purchased by a family who will keep him, if he passes all the tests. Nobody wants to buy a zombie that will eat them, so he has to undergo all manner of testing to see if he will give in to his baser need to eat flesh… I”m waiting for the second installment…he’s still not done… is it ready yet? Honestly, this different take on zombies may incite me to read zombie stories again!  Here’s Michael’s blog

http://atasteofterror.blogspot.com/

As I said, this will have to be an on-going bit of my blog, I”ve got so many authors to tell you about, and books I’ve enjoyed, it won’t fit in one post, so give these guys a look if you like horror!

 

Last bit before I go. This weekend is the Global yarn-Bomb-a-Long with my group from Treblemaking Hookers (www.facebook.com/TreblemakingHookers). I’m making some skulls, as are quite a few of the members! The part that excites me is that is was just an idea floating through my head a couple weeks ago, and now all these lovely people are so excited! There are hookers who haven’t yarn-bombed ever and are excited! It gets me giddy! I’ve already put out the idea that I”d love to share their pictures and experiences, so my blog NEXT Monday should be all kinds of happy and yarny!

yarn bomb skulls

yarn bomb skulls

Here are 2 more of my skulls. The one on the left glows in the dark, so I will put on a tag that says so.

This week I will be working on my yarn-bombs and a couple new projects. I’m making a tree with posable limbs for a friend, no taller than 10″ including the branches all the way up… It was asked that he be made in wool, as he’s for a supersecret bigger project of my friend’s…will let you know more later on.  One of the authors I listed above has a project for me, he’s got me making a character from one of his stories. I can’t tell you much more, she’s part of a super secret happening, too, but this one will happen sooner. I will post pictures on my facebook page daily, but not allude to who she’s for or what she’s for, I don’t like to give away secrets…

SO, have a wonderful, smooth week. And, keep it creepy!!!