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]

Rady--Chapter Six by Mary Ann Peden-Coviello

The Winston-Salem Writer's serial horror novel Rady continues this week with chapter six by Mary Ann Peden-Coviello:

Rady opened his eyes in the dark. That was all right, though, ’cause Rady liked the dark. He could see real good but other folks couldn’t see him much at all. Their eyes was weak. He lay still and listened to the house above him. Other folks’ ears was about useless, too. Flat to their heads just like their noses. Couldn’t hear him comin’ and couldn’t hardly smell him till he was on ‘em. Rady grinned all alone in the dark. He liked that, too. [READ MORE]

If you're going to be in the Winston-Salem area on October 5 at 7:00 p.m., I will be speaking to the Winston-Salem Writer's group at the Forsyth County Public Library, 660 West Fifth St., Winston-Salem, NC. This event is open to the public, and I hope if you're in the area, you'll stop by and attend.

Rady-Chapter 5 by Stacy Hope Jones

I know things are crazy-busy for everyone, but don't forget the Winston-Salem Writers and the serial horror novel--Rady.

Chapter five is up, and Stacy Hope Jones takes us deeper into the story and the house where Rady lives ...

The moth was back. This time, not at the window, but just in the room suddenly. He saw it flat on the wall, its pale wings flattened out, barely seen. It looked like a ghostly white eye staring him down from the wall across from his bed, by the crucifix hung there by his Grandma. [READ MORE]

Best keep up, because the tale is winding down and when it's done, I'll be speaking on October 5, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Forsyth County Public Library, 660 West Fifth St., Winston-Salem, NC. The event is open to the public, and I'll be talking about publication, horror, fantasy, and of course Miserere: An Autumn Tale. I have also been persuaded to share some snippets from my current work in progress The Garden.

So if you're free that night, drop in and visit with us. I'd love to meet you.

Rady--Chapter Four by Dan O'Sullivan

Dan O'Sullivan takes on the next chapter of the Winston-Salem Writers' horror serial novel Rady. He takes us to Butner Farm and shows us what lies within. Check it out ...

The walk was easier than he thought and his eyes were drawn to the three story, Victorian rising before him, ever closer.  He imagined he stood in place as the house stalked him.  Clouds moving to the Northeast left a parting shot of sheet lightening, enveloping the huge wooden structure in a brief halo.  This made the return of dusky skies a shroud on the gabled roof.  Thunder clapped away Robert’s calm, as well as that of the horse.  Snorting disapproval, it whinnied for him to give up this foolishness and head for the barn. [READ MORE]

Rady-Chapter 3 Christy Dunovant

At the Winston-Salem Writers, Chapter 3 of the horror serial novel Rady is now up. Christy Dunovant has contributed her writing skills to spin the next chapter:

When Granddaddy went to old Doc Boggs to get stitched up, nobody ever asked questions. Doc just went to work stitching. If anybody in Butner County had ever heard tell of Rady, they didn’t never speak of him. Jimmy thought it was probably best that way, seeing as how he didn’t know what he would say, anyhow.

He didn’t remember anyone telling him to keep quiet, but somehow he just knew they didn’t talk about Rady outside the house. Neither did they talk about Granddaddy’s visits to the sick or Grandma’s way of always knowing when it was time for Granddaddy to call on them ... [READ MORE]

Stay tuned ... I'll be keeping up with Rady as the story progresses and posting links to subsequent chapters in my sidebar until the novel is complete. Follow the links under the WSW Serial Novel / Rady header.

Rady--Chapter Two by Kacey Condon

Chapter two of Rady is now up! Kacey takes the story I started and puts a really cool spin on Rady. Here's a teaser:

Early morning was the worst time for Jimmy. Even before Grandma was gone, in the last year he had been expected to wake his brother. Granddaddy proved how important that job was early last fall.

“The most important thing you can do is be ready to cut yourself. If you hesitate, there will never be time to make up for it. Now, fold this up like I showed you, and let’s get to it.”

Jimmy took the knife from Granddaddy’s hand and, holding the razor edge away from his body, pressed the tiny button. The snapping sound always made him jump, but his hands moved without thought by now. He pushed the smooth heaviness into his jeans pocket and tried to breathe back the fear. [Read more]

Keep up with Rady in my sidebar. I'll be posting new chapters as they're written ...