The #TESSpecFic Weekly: Your Regularly Scheduled Program

Okay, I think I’m back on a routine schedule. For now, at least. Sometimes, you miss the routine, and sometimes the routine misses you.

I’m not even sure what that means, but it feels true, so we’re going with it. I know, I know. You’re wondering what the hell I mean. I mean that it’s time to see what the Emissaries of Strange have been up to for the last week.

I should probably start with the past week’s round-table discussion on the question of “What is Horror”. It was a great discussion, and Paul alerted me to the possibility of a follow-up post, which I’m hoping to soon pursue. Here is the full list:

Marie Loughin – Wednesday, 9th May

Jaye Manus – Thursday, 10th May

Paul D. Dail – Friday, 11th May

Kim Koning – Saturday, 12th May

Aniko Carmean – Sunday, 13th May

Penelope Crowe – Tuesday, 15th May

Marie Loughin – Wednesday, 16th May

I urge you to go and check them all out, right now. DO IT.

On that note, we’ll start with Marie, since she got the ball rolling on this whole thing and both of her posts are already listed up there. Once you’ve read her posts, go pick up a copy of her book, Valknut the Binding. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and reviewed it here. By the way, you can catch Marie on Twitter at @mmloughin.

Paul Dail just might have the most important post this week, as he reviewed my book The Corridors of the Dead. Seriously, I think it’s a fair review that brings a different perspective to the book, and I value it since I know he’s a smart guy. His set of short stories (Free Five) is now available on Amazon along with his political horror story The Golden Parachute and his novel The Imaginings. You can find him on Twitter at @pauldail.

It shouldn’t be a surprise, but while you’ve been sleeping, Kim Koning has been busy. In addition to her post about horror (really excellent, by the way – worth a read), she also interviewed me for the self-publishing series “The Many Ways to Skin a Cat”. It was a fun interview and a great chance to share some of my experiences. This week, she interviews author Maria V. Snyder, and it’s also a good read. The series is shaping up to be really illuminating and worth following. Her You can find Kim’s work in Tales for Canterbury, which is next in my list of Emissary writings. Follow her at @authorkimkoning on Twitter and get in on her weekly #storycraft chats. Well worth the time.

In addition to her post above, Aniko Carmean had a great guest interview with Hunter Shea (the guy wouldn’t colonize Mars, can you believe him?). The guy’s popping up everywhere! You can find her book Stolen Climates at Amazon and read my review here. You can also find her at @anikocarmean on Twitter.

Penelope Crowe’s post about horror is up above, but I strongly suggest you check it out – it’s a good one! She also has a new short story out on Smashwords and it’s free. Go get it! Her story Francine and the Super Pet Spy Bunny is still available, and she also has 100 Unfortunate Days out on Amazon – see my review here. You can find her at @penelopecrowe on twitter.

J W Manus continues to come up with great posts. Really, if you’re not reading her blog on a regular basis, you’re missing out. She’s recently talked about the perils of trusting publishers’ accounting of sales, zombie toys (okay, this is a guest post by Marina Bridges), and how desperation can screw up your career. That last one rings a little bit true for me and some of my near-recent struggles. Glad to see I dodged a bullet. You can also find her at @callieshand on Twitter.

That’s that for this week. (Not so) short and sweet, but some great stuff coming across and even more on the way.

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  1. It was a fun week! I loved everyone’s horror posts. Thanks for contributing, everyone!

  2. Thanks as always, my friend. Your opening quote made me think of The Big Lebowski.

    “Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear, well, he eats you.”

    Always thought it was “the bar,” which I never understood, but I looked it up, and it’s just Sam Elliot’s cowboy accent.

    Anyway, good post. Hope you have a good weekend.

    Paul D. Dail A horror writer’s not necessarily horrific blog

  3. Terrific round-up, as usual. Thanks for this!

  4. The round table discussion was awesome. Thanks for including the links here. And, not at all related: your blog banner is awesome with a side of really good fries! Your book covers are amazing. Do you commission book cover designs prior to finishing the final revision?

    • Jonathan D Allen

      Thank you! I’m lucky to work with a great cover artist. Yeah, I commission my designs well in advance as they always end up taking more time than expected; some of those designs have taken almost a month.

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