Michael G. Williams kindly asked to interview me about my story Beautiful, Broken Things appearing in WRAPPED IN BLACK: Thirteen Tales of Witches and the Occult from Sekhmet Press. You can read it here.
As a contributing author to Equilibrium Overturned, I was asked to participate in the Uncovering Evil Blog Tour, and am thrilled to do so. I’m not a philosopher or a theologian, so this won’t be a long drawn-out discussion of the nature of evil. Instead, I’ll just share a few of my thoughts.
I don’t personally believe in a devil or other personification of evil. Instead, I’m of the mind that evil is one side of the coin, with good on the other. I’m reminded of the line from the movie Legend – “What is light without dark? I am a part of you all.”
We all have a bit of darkness inside, the ability to do things that might be considered evil. I think it’s an evolutionary holdover, a survival trait. I’m not a killer, far from it; yet in defense of myself, or even more those whom I love, I could and would kill to protect them. There are a some who would call that evil.
In the simplest terms, I think anyone is capable of doing evil. There are myriad shades of grey involved, from telling a lie to betraying a trust, to causing physical harm to another. I think most people try to live the golden rule, to treat others as they would like to be treated. But I guess I’m one of the lucky ones, who have been surrounded by people with mostly goodness and light in their hearts.
However, that being said, I have no qualms about using evil as a plot device in a story. Evil in one form or another is usually the thing that gets a story going. In Through the Ghostlands I don’t really touch on the part evil plays in the story except in passing. Natural disasters and their aftermath cause the greatest changes that put my characters in the predicament they’re in. But the human reactions of fear and greed definitely fall under that umbrella. While I don’t consider the wandering spirits in the tale to be inherently evil, in some ways I guess they are. I see them more in line with the natural disasters of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tidal waves, where the harm that they cause is not intentional but simply part of what they are. Yet they are drawn to the living, to the life that has been lost and cannot be regained, and they cause harm with no regard for those they touch.
My original inspiration for Through the Ghostlands was actually a dream. I lived for a year in Florence, Oregon less than a mile from the beach. Often I would go to the South Jetty and climb the high sand dunes that run parallel to the beach, to spend time walking along the surf. I dreamed of being back there at the dunes, climbing up the steep eastern side with a monochromatic sky above, and when I reached the top found only a dead and empty sea. Waking up with that picture in my mind’s eye, I started writing. I wrote it in about a week, and can still see that dead world when I close my eyes.
Twenty established and up and coming fantasy writers, all members of the Fantastic Fantasy Writers Facebook Page, stretch their creative muses with 19 highly creative tales ranging from non-traditional dragons to mud maidens to a two headed centaur. Here imagination knows no bounds!
Table of Contents:
The Trouble with Dragons by Allan B Anderson
When Darkness Falls, the Light by Rose Blackthorn
The Bell by Dave de Burgh
Runaway Clydesdale by Jesse Duckworth
Songs for Dead Hearts by Mani Fdn
Accounting for Change by Jan Goeb
Dancing Doll by R A M Graham
Squire Williams’ New Charge by Rick Hipps
Mudwife by Axel Kohagen and Roy C Booth
Only a Nightmare by R Scott McCoy
Dragon Toast by Verna McKinnon
Intrepid Dawn by Angela Meadon
All the Leaves Your Bed by Michael Merriam
The Last Unicorn by Druscilla Morgan
King Kong Died for Your Sins by James Pratt
Weapon of Mass Demoralization Test by Dyfedd Rex
Jack’s Day Out by Maggie Secara
In the Weft by Damisen Shentay
Currently available in paperback, soon to be available in Kindle. Go here to order.
My story “We Were Wolves” chosen as runner-up for Massacre Magazine’s Autumn contest.
Originally posted on Massacre Publishing:
A previous runner-up in Massacre’s flash fiction contest, Dan made it to the top of the pile this time. He receives an Amazon voucher for his winning entry and his story will be published in Massacre.
But that’s not all…
Due to the number of high quality submissions we also have a runner-up
You will be able to read Only the Good Burn Brightly and We Were Wolves in Issue 4 of Massacre in September.
Many thanks to all those who entered!
Click on Flash Fiction to see our previous winners. Perhaps YOU should have a go, too…
A little background on the inspiration for my story In the Dark which appears in Sirens Call Publications latest anthology…
Originally posted on The Sirens Song:
With the release of our seventeenth anthology, we at Sirens Call Publications decided not to break tradition and asked all of the contributing authors in FEAR: Of the Dark to share the inspiration for their stories. Out of the nine authors whose tales lurk between the covers waiting to terrify you, seven took up the challenge of putting their fears into words. Next up we have Rose Blackthorn, author of In the Dark. But before we delve into what horrors hide in dark of her mind, let’s take a moment for everyone to get acquainted just a little more…
Rose Blackthorn lives in the high mountain desert of Eastern Utah with her boyfriend and two dogs, an Australian Shepherd mix called Boo and a Yorkie named Shadow. She spends her time writing, reading, being crafty, and photographing the surrounding wilderness. An only child, she was lucky enough to have…
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The twelfth edition of Microfiction Monday Magazine is now live, and includes my 100 word story “Reset”. Go, check it out! Five stories total, with something for everyone.
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Special thanks to Jessica Standifird for her editorial assistance. This week’s artwork is by Marc D. Regan.
by Rose Blackthorn
“I don’t know why we have to…present our son to him,” Charley muttered. “It’s creepy!”
“He’s my great-grandfather; he’s very old,” Moira replied. “This is the first son born to his line. It’s a big deal.”
Cian MacRaith sat propped up in bed. He’d waited so long for this day, and he was running out of time.
“Great-grandfather,” Moira went to him, taking one parchment-dry hand. “Meet your great-great-grandson.”
“He’s healthy?” Cian asked hoarsely.
“Perfect!” Moira beamed.
Babe and old man locked gazes. When the old man collapsed, no one noticed the cold satisfaction in the child’s eyes.
by Nathan Hystad
The clockmaker squints through his looking glass. His ultimate work is almost done, and he revels in the intricate beauty of the cogs…
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I’ve got two stories in the running “Beginner’s Luck” and “Sacrifices” – take some time to go and read the stories and vote for your favorite three!
Here’s the rules:
The Best of SpeckLit 2nd Quarter 2014
Enter the name of your top 3 stories in the spaces provided. To refresh your memory, you can visit any of them by clicking on the story title. Only one set of votes per email address allowed. Email addresses will not be used for any purpose other than to confirm the validity of the vote. At the end of the month, they will be discarded.
Another three months have passed and as of July 1st, SpeckLit started with a third round of authors and drabbles, meaning it’s time once again to celebrate the best stories that have appeared on the site from April to the end of June.
And this time there are more of them! In April we stepped up from publishing once every three days to every other day, bringing us to 14 authors and 46 stories.
And just like last time, we need help picking the best stories from the 2nd Quarter just as you did for the 1st Quarter.
We invite you to use the form below to vote on your top three stories. The winners will receive Amazon gift certificates. Votes must be received by the 31st of August. Winners will be announced the first week of September.
You can go here to read the stories and vote.