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2014 Monster Madness Blog Hop

First things first–have you gotten your copy of A SINGLE THREAD yet?!

And did you know that I SEE THE WEB is still free? (And that I’m still matching every sale with a donation to I Have a Dream Oregon?)

Cause those are things that are happening right now.

To celebrate my book release and my favorite holiday, I’m joining Kelly Hashway and Vicki Leigh for the 2014 Monster Madness Blog Hop! Since Kelly and Vicki both released monster books this year (The Monster Within and Catch Me When I Fall), they thought it would be fun to have a blog hop dedicated to the monsters we all love so much.

And be sure to enter the giveaway to win books and SWAG from Kelly and Vicki.

The rules are simple. Answer 3 of the following questions and then tag 5 people to do the same.

Here I go!

Foxfire House in Pennsylvania

Do you have a good haunted house story? 

When I was a kid I was in Girl Scouts, and for one of our “camping” trips we stayed in a historic building called Foxfire House. There was no plumbing, just an outhouse, and the house was in the middle of the woods. Pretty creepy. One girl had to go pee in the middle of the night, so we all went out with her. While we were huddled outside, we saw a blue light floating in the trees. It came toward us and turned into the shape of a dripping-wet girl in old-fashioned clothes, no feet, reaching out to us.

We screamed like the twelve-year-old girls we were and ran back into the house, up to the attic where we had laid out our sleeping bags. We crowded into the middle of the room and waited in a panic. Light filled the room and we saw the ghost put her face to the window. We shrieked, and she disappeared.

Xathrid Gorgon MTG by Chase Stone

What’s your favorite monster? 

I don’t know that I have any one favorite, but I’d love to see more old-school mythological monsters. Gorgons, chimeras, sphinxes. They’re so devious and interesting. There are wells of untapped potential there. The world of mythology is so much more varied than what mainstream fiction gets into, especially when you start moving beyond Western mythology.

But, to give some kind of answer, I think we have to let our monsters be monstrous. I’m definitely ready for monsters that aren’t “misunderstood” or evil because of their inner pain or what have you.

P.S. I’ll be a judge in the upcoming Project REUTSway writing competition! This is a month-long short story contest and our theme this year is world mythologies. Each week you can submit stories about unique myths and legends–with your own amazing twists–for the judges to consider. And since you now know exactly what kind of monsters and myths I like…you’re totally going to join in, right?


Have any book recommendations for stories that include monsters? 

OnMonsters1-390x590ON MONSTERS, by Stephen Asma. It’s a non-fiction that goes through historical monsters, usually foreign cultures that got completely twisted in an ancient game of telephone. It’s also a philosophical exploration of concepts of monstrosity through history all the way up to modern monsters. It’s definitely academic, but I absolutely think it is a very worthwhile read to anyone who writes about the blurred line between monsters and humans. 😉 AND it got a very brief cameo in Sleepy Hollow, so you know it’s legit.

TO PARTICIPATE! On your blog, answer THREE of these questions:

1. What monster terrifies you the most?
2. Do you have a good haunted house story?
3. What’s your favorite monster?
4. Is there a monster book that terrified you as a child?
5. Have any book recommendations for stories that include monsters?
6. Create your own monster! What does it look like, and what scary things can it do?

Then tag five people to do the same!

I’m tagging all of YOU.