Rady--Chapter 10 by Jennifer L. Stevenson

Just in time for Halloween, ladies and gentlemen, Jennifer L. Stevenson brings the conclusion to the Winston-Salem Writers' Serial Horror Novel, Rady.

In case you're just signing on, here is how it worked:

Jennifer L. Stevenson of the Winston-Salem Writers organizes serial novels that are posted on the Winston-Salem Writers' web site. Someone writes an initial chapter, then every two weeks a member of the Winston-Salem Writers takes up the challenge and writes the next chapter.

The Winston-Salem Writers have already produced a romance Safe At Home and a mystery Cheerwine is Fine. Jennifer takes the rather daunting task of tying the novel together and as all of you know, the first chapter is easy, it's that last chapter that will kill you [a teensy pun intended].

Without further ado, the final chapter of Rady:

It’s said that if a man is lucky, he might be offered salvation once in his life — but revenge is his own, a wild justice he can choose every day.

The boy tasted both in the searing of remembrance.

His sobbing ceasing, the power came on. Muscles hard, bones grown strong, eyes like shining amber. He could stand upright – with Father’s venom coursing through his veins once more. [READ MORE]

I really appreciate the Winston-Salem Writers giving me the opportunity to speak before their group and the chance to be a part of their serial horror novel. If you're a writer in the Winston-Salem area, look them up. They have terrific programs and they are an awesome group of fellow writers.

Oh, and have a Happy Halloween ...

Rady Chapter 9 by Theresa Crater

Here it is, folks, the next chapter in the Winston-Salem Writers serial horror novel, Rady. This chapter was written by Theresa Crater and she brings us into the climax with her own unique style:

Preacher’s voice rose above the abominable feast in a parody of rapture, “Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.” [READ MORE]

random linkage-Miserere, Winston-Salem

On Sunday, I woke up to find a 5-star Goodreads rating for Miserere from someone in Bulgaria. He has a lovely web site too.

I also found an interview with one of my heroes, Maurice Sendak, at the Guardian yesterday. He talks about his fiction and a host of other things and people. He made my scary childhood easier with his books, because I saw I was not alone. My favorite quote from the interview is: "I refuse to lie to children," says Sendak. "I refuse to cater to the bullshit of innocence." And for that, I am eternally grateful.

Meanwhile, back in Grown-up Land:

The Winston-Salem Writers serial horror novel Rady had some updates, so head over and give them a read. Chapters seven and eight are now online.

I'll be speaking at the Forsyth County Library this coming Wednesday (details here), so if you're in the Piedmont Triad area and want to pop in and hear me talk about "Writing to Horrify," please come. I will be talking about the Winston-Salem Writers horror serial novel Rady, reading from Miserere and also from my current novel, The Garden.

I'd love to meet you.

Rady--Chapter 7 by Teresa Wiginton

Two new chapters of the Winston-Salem Writers serial horror novel Rady are now up! I'm going to start with Chapter 7. Teresa Wiginton interjects a fantasy element into the story as she carries the story forward:

“So now we know where they are, don’t we? ” The woman reading the paper laid it down on the table, looked over her reading glasses at the man standing across from her. Her eyes narrowed as she tapped her finger on her lips. The man shook his head, turned and pressed down a wing of the moth that had landed on the wall near him. He then gently picked the moth up and carried it to the table. He sat down across from the woman while still holding on to the moth’s wing. [READ MORE]