NGHW Competition is Getting Close & Random Ramblings

#NGHW #horroraddicts Random Ramblings and Fangirling over #horrorwriters #amwriting

Hello there my horror fiends,

As you all know, I write for http://www.horroraddicts.net as a game reviewer but recently I have had the privilege writing the news for the Next Great Horror Writer competition and man, is it intense! I implore you to go over there and read up on the contestants and get involved. It is a great way to not only support up and coming horror writers, but also supporting the indie publishing industry.

This weeks competition was one of my favorites. The competition was centered around the contestants writing an audio-drama and having the Horror Addicts team act it out. The audio-dramas were pretty scary, with some even being funny. These competitors sure do have a knack for radio.

In a personal update, I’ve begun writing the sequel to Rippling Rage, which drops on April 18th, 2018. My good friend Stacy Rich, the editor of the website, has offered to interview me and help with the marketing of my book once it drops! That literally made my week. I love having horror addicts as friends, even if it is just online. The horror community has always been very welcoming of other gore heads and it’s devilishly fun.

I’ve been loving the writing experience and I don’t think I can ever stop writing. It’s what fuels my soul, my passions, and tops my heart off with darkness. I just wanted to take a minute to thank you guys for all of your patience with me these past few months. I promise to never leave you hanging!

Some food for thought: One of the horror contestants stated that she had a dream about how Stephen King and Dean Koontz were fighting her affections to be their number one fan. Who do you think would win if that happened to you? I think for me, it would be Stephen King since I’m a horror conspiracy theorist, but that’s just me. Let me know who you’d choose in the battle of of the two great horror authors!

Until next time, stay scared

Kenzie

Novel, News, and Update

An update on my life and where I’m going from here

Happy Friday everyone!

I wrote last month about how I am going to start publishing once a week on my site! For those of you who have been following me, you should know that it is a godsend! My life has been so hectic recently and I FINALLY have the time to dedicate to my blog once a week. I am thinking of writing one blog every Friday no later than six in the evening central time. Also, I’ve got a new puppy! Everyone meet Cricket. He’s a Beagle-Brittany mix and is about a year old. I rescued him from the Humane Society about a month ago.

That being said, I just wanted to update you guys on what’s been new in my life. I have finally gotten all settled in here in Alabama. I have an office that is fully dedicated to my writings and musings.  I had finished a novel back in March and I am finally getting traction with it!

Rippling Rage sets place in present Chicago. Nora, a depressed woman in the throes of grief, is having a hard time letting go of her brother, Jeremy. She needs one last goodbye so she meets up with her priest at her local Catholic Church and conducts a seance. What happens after this sends not only Nora into a whirlwind of terror, but her husband. Nora disappears after the seance so Arnold, her husband, enlists the help of two paranormal investigators, Elowen and Augustine. Elowen decides to help Jeremy on his path to find his wife. What they don’t know is that it isn’t a traditional paranormal case. Elowen and Augustine cross paths with a Kelpie, an undine water spirit. This Kelpie loves playing mind games on Elowen and Augustine, so much so that they never know what is reality, and what is the Kelpie’s doing. This novel will send you on a roller-coaster of mind-bending terror, leaving you so scared that you will want to jump off mid-ride.

Rippling Rage is currently in the editing process. It should be finished editing no later than October and the cover should be done no later than November.  The novel is set to be released on April 18th, 2018. I plan on keeping you guys in the loop as much as possible with the editing and publishing process. I do thank you guys for your continued support in my horror-filled writing journey. I will be posting excerpts, character outlines, and much more so that I can bring you into the fold of not only the novel, but my life.

Aside from the novel, I plan on continuing my horror themed articles such as conspiracy theories, writers, movies, books, music, and everything horror. I’m your go-to everything horror chick and I plan on keeping it that way! Thank you for your patience over the craziness that was this summer. I love you guys.

Until next time,

Kenzie

 

Horror Erotica: Yay or Nay?

Horror erotica is a growing industry that pays big bucks – – worth writing it?

Horror erotica is a booming business.  Every year hundreds of people publish stories or novels that have vampires, werewolves, monsters, and much more in a sexual manner.  The difference between just having a sex scene in your work compared to erotica is that the entire stories foundation is sex, whereas a sex scene is only a small part in a normal horror novel.  I will be going over the positives and the negatives of writing horror erotica.  Who knows, maybe you’ll enjoy it?

 

The Positives

  • Sex sells – Sex always sells, no matter what format it is.  It can sell from action to romance and everything in between.  There is money to be made from writing and selling horror erotica.  People will pay for anything.  I have a few friends who publish monster erotica and they make a killing.
  • It is an art – If you can get someone off on a Godzilla sex scene, that it truly phenomenal.  I personally can’t do it, but I have seen some successes.
  • Popularity – since sex always sells, you will be rolling in the dough.  You should make a couple thousand off of each story you publish if you’re self publishing.  People will always want to buy the books.

The Negatives

  • Wont be taken seriously – If your goal is to become a respected author, you wont find it by writing smut.  If you are writing just to bring in some extra cash, then this is right for you.
  • Use of name – If you use your real name to write horror erotica and don’t use a pen name, then it can be linked back to your employers, family, and friends.  If your family supports you, awesome.  If you’d rather them not know about it then write under a pen name.

In conclusion, sex always sells.  Horror erotica is a growing sub-genre in the horror universe and I feel as though it is here to stay.  Whether or not you want to get on board with it, that’s up to you.  I personally am in the process of having my story, Hunger For Warmth, published in an upcoming horror-erotica anthology series.  Do I want to be known for horror erotica?  No.  Was it fun writing?  Hell yes.  Would I submit another short story?  Definitely.  As long as you are putting out other works besides horror erotica, that isn’t all you’ll ever be known for.