Rose Blackthorn:

Latest update on Chiral Mad 3!

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Chiral Mad 3

All poetry has been selected for Chiral Mad 3. It’s been a fun ride! As previously announced, there will be 20 poems from 10 different poetry contributors (2 from each) to be symmetrically placed around the fiction. The first half of the accepted poems (and their creators) were previously announced, and now we have the second half, which are listed in bold:

01. Elizabeth Massie: “Black River #1″ and “Black River #2″
02. Marge Simon: “Mirror Image” and “Reflections through the Raven’s Eye”
03. Stephanie M. Wytovich: “Put Me to Dream” and “Welcome Home, Darling”
04. Bruce Boston: “Beyond Symmetry” and “Reflecting on Reflections”
05. Erik T. Johnson: “Whisper #1 (A Warning)” and “Whisper #2 (A Prophecy)”
06. Ciarán Parkes: “The Speed of Sound” and “Recognizing Trees”
07. Jonathan Balog: “Insomnia in Reverse” and “Fail-safe”
08. P. Gardner Goldsmith: “Fair” and “Promise”
09. Rose Blackthorn: “Arbitration” and “Prescience”
10. Sydney Leigh: “Folie à Plusieurs” and “Folie à Deux”

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Thorns, Hearts and Thistles poetry collection

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Thorns, Hearts and Thistles is my debut poetry collection, just released by Eldritch Press and now available in paperback from Amazon.

Included are pieces written as long ago as the mid-1980’s, and as recently as the end of last year. I’ve included previously published pieces such as Enamored in Darkness which appeared in last year’s HWA Poetry Showcase, Inevitable as the Incoming Tide which was originally released in Jamais Vu Spring 2014 issue, and Contemplating Corners which was published in the charity anthology Widowmakers.

Also included in this 100 page collection are several of my photographs, taken in such various places as the Oregon coast, the Duchesne River valley in eastern Utah, and even my own backyard. I’m very proud of this collection, my first but not my last!


Thorns, Hearts and Thistles brings together the best of Rose Blackthorn’s poetry. Journey down the darkened road into veils of reality diverging into streams of consciousness fraught with horror and beguiling beauty. Rose’s poetry sings to the heart in its depth and overall arching tone, poetically and fervently calling you into worlds yet unseen.

Product Details

Paperback: 100 pages
Publisher: Eldritch Press; 1st. edition (February 20, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692393196
ISBN-13: 978-0692393192
Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces


Rose Blackthorn – Celebrating Women in Horror 2015

Rose Blackthorn:

I had the privilege of being interviewed by Killion Slade for Women in Horror Month – you can read it here…

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Women In Horror 2015

Please welcome the ever vivacious Rose Blackthorn to Killion’s Kave today!  I first learned about Rose when she captivated me with her short story, Beautiful, Broken Things, in the anthology Wrapped in Black by Sekhmet Press.  I’ve always craved any type of  Morrigan tale, and Rose’s story brings empathy and love into the fearful crossroads of life’s choices.  My favorite line was, ” The taste was bitter, like his many regrets.”

Let’s learn a little bit more about Rose and Horror!

What about the horror genre interests you?

Rose Blackthorn - Horror AuthorI love the emotion – I think it’s easier to create real believable emotion in characters in the horror genre than just about anything else. Horror can be based on real life places and experiences, or it can be completely out there as far as monsters or supernatural forces or made-up places. There are very few boundaries that can’t be broken…

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Preditors & Editors Reader’s Poll for 2014


So, the Critter’s Workshop P&E Reader’s Poll is still going, and votes are allowed for two more days (through Jan 14th) Have you voted on your favorites yet?

This year, my poem Amber Day is in the Poems category.

Have you checked out the Horror Short Stories category? If you’re looking to read something short, sharp, emotional and uncomfortable, might I suggest Sydney Leigh’s Baby’s Breath. You can read the story for free here, and vote for it on the P&E Horror Short Stories page.

Enter at Your Own Risk: the End is the Beginning is included in the Anthologies category – my story Consequences was included in this one, and you can vote for the anthology here.

All it takes to vote is a few minutes of your time, and an email address to verify your vote. I hope everyone will spend a little time over there and vote for their favorites (or mine!)

Uncovering Evil Blog Tour – Equilibrium Overturned: The Heart of Darkness Awaits

Equilibrium Overturned

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.

South Jetty Beach

South Jetty Beach

Previous stops on the blog tour are JG Faherty, SG LarnerSean Eads, and Stephen Vessels. Next stop on Sept 25th is Jeff Hemenway – don’t miss it!