Posted in Halloween, Writing

Let’s Investigate That Strange Sound! (And Other Bad Choices During the Month of October)

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October is here, and that means one thing: neck aches. Why? Because if you’re smart, you’ll constantly be looking over your shoulder.

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This particular creepy crawly got started a little early this year. It decided to hide IN MY BED last weekend. Not funny, Ms. Scorpion. Not funny at all.

October is the month of Halloween. It is the month when spirits roam the earth, and the dead play tricks on the living, and creepy crawlies have their fun.

October is also the month of poor choices. It is the month when people decide to watch slasher movies at midnight during thunderstorms, and hunt vampires at sundown, and say things like, “Let’s split up!” when there’s a madman on the loose and their cell phone battery has just died.

In other words, October is the month for horror. It is my favorite month.

Every year, I spend October scaring my loved ones and scaring my neighbors and (ultimately) scaring myself. Despite my knowledge of October’s wiles and my propensity for carrying flashlights into the dark and peering out windows before opening doors and always, always, always checking behind shower curtains, I too make poor choices during this month of spooks and specters. I often spend so much time looking behind me that I run face first into a spider’s web. Or I wander into the yard at night to bring the dog inside, only to realize that our dog is in the house and isn’t the thing making that snuffling sound in the bushes. Or, sometimes, I get distracted and accidentally trick myself with my own traps. (A hazard of haunting.)

This year, though, I’m taking my October foolishness to a whole new level.

This time tomorrow, I’ll be flying (alone) to Pennsylvania to spend five days in a remote cabin in the mountains with ten strangers who write horror. Oh, and there’s limited cell phone service.

Why would I do such a thing? Because I’ve been given the incredible opportunity to attend the Books With Bite workshop at the Highlights Foundation. There, I will study with authors Nova Ren Suma and Micol Ostow, and that is worth sleeping with one eye open while cuddling a baseball bat.

Still, if you haven’t heard from me in week, send help. Just make sure the person comes alone, at night, in a car that’s low on gas, and doesn’t tell anyone where they’re going first.

After all, it’s October.

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October is also my birthday month, and I love giving gifts almost as much as I love getting them, so I’m hosting a giveaway. On November 1st, I’ll be selecting three winners to receive one of the following prizes:

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  • A copy of The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (the first book in my favorite series: Lockwood & Co.)
  • A copy of Susan Rooke’s debut fantasy novel, The Space Between (Susan is a friend of mine and I’m so excited about her new book!)
  • Your choice of one of the journals from my Etsy shop.

To enter, just comment on one of my October blog posts OR share one of the posts on social media, and use my contact form to send me a link to it. Each person can enter up to five times, so feel free to share on multiple platforms. Good luck!

Posted in Writing

Read “Linger” at HelloHorror

My short story “Linger” came out this weekend in HelloHorror‘s spring issue. You can read it for free online! I hope you enjoy it.

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My dad’s comment on this piece was, “Be careful reading it… it tends to linger…” Good advice from one of my biggest fans. 🙂

Posted in Life, Writing

What’s in My Journal

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Happy weekend, everyone!

Just a quick announcement today. I’m now on Tumblr! I’ve created a new blog called What’s in My Journal that you can visit by clicking here. Don’t worry, this blog isn’t going anywhere. I’ll still be posting about my writing life and all the books I’m reading and any other interesting happenings. You know, current stuff. While my WordPress blog will stay focused on the present, the Tumblr blog will take a dive into the past. What’s in My Journal consists of photos and random snippets of writing from the handwritten journals I’ve been keeping for the past 25 years. Every post will be at least one year old and some will date all the way back to 1990, when I was in the seventh grade. I know, right? There’s some scary stuff in there. There’s even a feature where YOU choose the date and I provide the snippet, assuming I have one from that day.

So, if you’ve ever wanted to take a peek inside my journals, now’s your chance. I hope you like what you find.

Have a great day!
Carie
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