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“The Death Chute” to be published in April 2019 by Aurelia Leo December 5, 2018

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It pleases me to no end to announce that my horror novella, The Death Chute, will be released by indie publisher Aurelia Leo LLC on April 9, 2019!

This is my second collaboration with Aurelia Leo, which published my Civil War-era horror novella, Old Hollow, in February 2017.

The Death Chute will be available in print, eBook and audio book format. Here’s a brief synopsis, and be sure to check out the cover reveal below!

The Death Chute is the story of 44-year-old reality TV producer Jake Porter. Jake returns home to his native Vermont to see to his ailing mother, Sophia, who suffers from senile dementia. His plan is to quickly set her up in a posh new nursing home in the Green Mountains and then head back to Hollywood to revive his career, now in jeopardy after his last few projects bombed with TV audiences.

Despite the fact that the home was once a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients, many of whom died within its walls, Jake puts Sophia there believing she’ll be well looked after. However, not long after she’s moved in, Sophia has a frightening experience with the apparition of a little black boy suffering from TB. At first, Jake dismisses her story as a result of her dementia, but as time goes on, it becomes clear the nursing home is haunted by something terrible and strange.

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Ginger Nuts of Horror spotlights Ambrose Stolliker’s six tips for writing historical horror May 31, 2018

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Following closely on the heels of the publication of my Civil War-era horror story, Old Hollow, the kind folks at Scotland-based Ginger Nuts of Horror recently gave me the opportunity to share my thoughts on how I go about writing historical horror.

Here’s a short excerpt from my guest feature:

History has fascinated me since I was ten or twelve years old. Growing up, I couldn’t read enough books about the Titanic sinking, the Civil War, medieval Europe or World War II. At the same time, I have always been a fan of horror fiction. So, writing stories that combine the two has always come naturally to me.

Many writers will tell you that the majority of their stories start with the characters, and, to a certain extent, that’s true for me as well. Still, as a student of history, I’ve always felt comfortable setting my characters in times and places in the distant past. And while there’s probably no one good way to write “historical horror” fiction (if there even is such a genre), I’ve found sticking to a few principles over the years has served me well.

If you’re a horror fan, Ginger Nuts is a site you have to check out. The staff there are absolute horror fanatics and cover all the latest developments in the genre. You’ll find everything you need there – book reviews, film reviews, interviews, features and more.

I want to especially thank Jim McLeod for his willingness to publish my thoughts on writing historical horror – it was very kind and gracious of him to do so.

Thanks,

A.S.

 

Nerds from the Crypt podcast profiles “Old Hollow” May 6, 2018

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Nerds from the CryptI recently had the opportunity to chat with the guys who produce the popular Nerds from the Crypt horror podcast about Old Hollow, and it was a blast.

The interview – part of the podcast crew’s regular Creators from the Crypt series – is about 42 minutes long and covers a lot of ground; everything from how I got started writing horror fiction in the first place to the inspiration for Old Hollow and the other projects I’ve got in the works.

I really enjoyed talking to Saul, Greg and Dave, who came armed with great questions and who have a wide ranging knowledge of the horror genre. It was great to talk to a couple of guys who love horror as much as I do.

I’d like to thank all three of them for taking the time to read the book. It was gratifying, to say the least, that horror fans as knowledgeable as these guys enjoyed Old Hollow. I can’t wait to talk to them if and when my next book comes out.

Yours,

A.S.

Microsoft Alumni Network publishes author profile and interview on “Old Hollow” May 5, 2018

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While I wish it were the case that I could make a living writing horror fiction full time, I haven’t quite reached a point as an author where I can quit my day job.

That’s OK. Since graduating from university in the mid-1990s, I’ve had lots of jobs. Some good, some bad, and, luckily, a few really awesome ones. I was a newspaper reporter for a long time before moving into marketing and public relations in the technology industry.

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Two Book Signings for “Old Hollow” in the books! April 30, 2018

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Greetings, good readers! I wanted to share a few snaps from my first two ever book signings and give a big shout out to everyone who came out to support me!

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to share my new Civil War-era horror novella, Old Hollow, at Half Price Books in Redmond on April 15 and Page 2 Books in Burien on April 28.

 

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“Old Hollow” reviews are starting to roll in! April 14, 2018

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Book bloggers and readers have begun to write reviews of my new Civil War-era horror novella, Old Hollow, and I wanted to share some of them with you!

Lilyn G., founder of the Sci-Fi & Scary Blog, published her review of Old Hollow on April 5, and gave it four out of five rating! Here’s an excerpt of her review:

I love the cover of Old Hollow. It’s simple but also beautiful. Old Hollow is a fast, creepy read. The characters are interesting and mostly enjoyable. It’s not super-heavy on Civil War facts but it gives you enough to flavor it without making it exposition heavy. The settings are great and the descriptions are just enough.

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“Old Hollow” book signings announced – April 15 and April 28 April 6, 2018

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20180317_025935091_iOSI’m excited to announce that I’ll be signing copies of me new Civil War-era horror novella, Old Hollow, at two great local bookshops in the Seattle area in April!

The first signing is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. PT on Sunday, April 15 at Half Price Books in Redmond. Half Price Books is located at 7805 Leary Way, Redmond, WA. 98052.

The second signing is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 28 at Page 2 Books in Burien. Page 2 Books is located at 457 SW 152nd St., Burien, WA. 98166.

Can’t make it to Page 2 on that day, but still want a signed copy? No problem – Page 2’s proprietor, Bill Virgin, has graciously agreed to make the book available for purchase post-event!

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“Old Hollow” now available in eBook and paperback! Audio book coming soon! February 27, 2018

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Old Hollow - Tablet & PaperbackIt gives me great pleasure to announce that my Civil War-era horror novella, Old Hollow, is now available in eBook and paperback formats, with an audio book version soon to follow!

I’d like to thank the fine folks at Radiant Crown Publishing for believing in Old Hollow and making it the first release of their Legion imprint, which publishes novella-sized works in the neo-noir, Gothic horror, dreadpunk, dieselpunk, space opera and science fantasy genres.

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“Elevator to Jericho” now available in WEIRD CITY no. 2! February 14, 2018

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In what has to be the fastest turnaround I’ve ever seen in the publishing business, theImage second issue of WEIRD CITY magazine, which includes my story Elevator to Jericho, is now available!

Big shout out to WEIRD CITY founder and editor Michael Alwill for getting the issue edited, laid out and published in record time!

You can find the second issue of WEIRD CITY on Amazon.com, in both print and Kindle format. Please pick up a copy and maybe take a few minutes to write a review of my story and, of course, all the other great stories Michael selected for this issue. I ordered my copy today and can’t wait to get it in my hands!

Thanks again to Michael for taking the time to read my story and for agreeing to publish it in WEIRD CITY. I am so glad that Elevator to Jericho finally found a home after nearly a decade of rejections!

Yours,

A.S.

 

“Elevator to Jericho” selected for publication in WEIRD CITY magazine January 30, 2018

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cover-01-smallI am so pleased to announce that my short story, Elevator to Jericho, has been chosen to appear in the second issue of WEIRD CITY, a literary magazine “dedicated to strange things in dense places.”

The story will be available in print and digital format before the end of March. For a taste of what WEIRD CITY has to offer, check out this listing on Amazon for the magazine’s inaugural issue, released just last winter.

If you’re a fan of old Twilight Zone episodes, or the strange and wistful fiction of Ray Bradbury, I think you’ll like Elevator to Jericho. (more…)