Interview to my interview with Dean Drinkel on Demain about writing Maggie…

Here are a couple of extracts….

What is Alyson Faye frightened of and has it ever made its way into your work?
AF: Snakes, spiders, dolls, graveyards at night, dark woods -the list is long. Yes, I revisit my fears in most of my writing. It’s one way to exorcise those demons!

King Snake, Snake, Banded, Red, Black, Colorful

Autumn, Autumn Leaves, Autumn Light, Cemetery, Cross


First two reviews for Maggie of my Heart are up on goodreads…

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Here are the two 5 star reviews :-

Deborah Sheldon

Oct 25, 2019 Deborah Sheldon rated it it was amazing
As a fan of colloquial language in fiction, I found the dialogue and narrative voice utterly delightful – you can even hear the accents. Maggie may have “risen above her station”, but she’s still a resourceful and streetwise character when put in a tough spot. Don’t expect any good guys in this noirish tale.

Oct 26, 2019 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
A real page-turner with a character you can’t help rooting for. The focus of the story, Maggie Mears, smoulders her way through the pages, trapping and conning men with Johnny, her partner in crime. Eventually she escapes this life but the past soon comes back to haunt her and she is forced to make a decision. Truly, a noir to be devoured in one go.

Shortlist Update

My poem has made the shortlist of a dozen poems out of nearly 300 submitted – I am so pleased –


Poetry Competition Shortlist

A massive thanks to everyone who entered the poetry competition and for your kind donations to Maggie’s Centre too.

Also, a big thanks to the judges who have now shortlisted the poems – we really appreciate your time and efforts as there have been almost 300 to chose from! There were so many excellent entries and it has proven to be a very tough task indeed. The shortlist is as follows:

When Sleep Descends – Daniel Brady

When Sleep Descends – Daniel Brady

My Role Model – Julie Shackman

My Role Model – Julie Shackman

Sunflowers – Rebecca Swan

Sunflowers – Rebecca Swan

Carnival – Alison Faye

Carnival – Alyson Faye

We Are Blind – Caoillin Hughes

We Are Blind – Caoilinn Hughes

Come Home to the Hearth – Judith Bristow

Come Home to the Hearth – Judith Bristow

The Way it Used to be – Bernie Bickerton

The Way It Used to…

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Bits and bobs of news…final edits of 2 stories, a shout out in a review, a poem is shortlisted in a comp, Maggie of my Heart is up on Goodreads and Siren’s call ezine 47 is out …

A busy few days – and evenings spent going through the final edits and proofreading for 2 of my stories which are coming out in anthologies- one from Erin Crocker, Rejected and the other, is from Gill James at Bridge House Publishers,

Over at book blogger Esther’s Bite into Books, today there is a great review for editor Kevin J Kennedy’s 100 word horrors 3, where my drabble, The Necklace, gets a mention as one of the reviewers favourites.

Maggie of my Heart– my 1940’s crime novella is up on Goodreads- here’s the link-

I heard that my poem Carnival has made it onto the shortlist in the Voices competition which is lovely news and I’m so pleased as this competition is raising awareness and funds for a hospice in Nottingham.

The FREE e zine Siren’s Call no 47 is out to read and download – I have 3 pieces in it- a poem/flash and a short story.

Horror Tree writer R J Meldrum is in this issue too which contains an interview with Ramsey Campbell about his latest book to film- Netflix’s The Influence.

The Influence Poster


On Horror Tree today… a free spec-lit ezine to download and Maggie gets a mention…

Pleased to announce that I will be able to shed my temporary role of Review Co-ordinator. Catharine Jordan has very kindly volunteered and I am in the process of handing things over to her. Lovely to see people stepping up for Horror Tree like this; now all we need is an Interview Co-ordinator. Who knows, I might be able to find a bit of time to write soon, writing has had to take a horribly consistent back seat lately and I was thinking NaNoWriMo might be an impossibility this year. I’m hoping that might now change. 😊

And still on a slightly personal note, Happy Birthday to my lovely husband, Geraint. He is usually on hand to provide either tea or wine when I’m working on either TWF or Horror Tree posts!

Freebie time. Thanks to Aly Faye for sending me a copy of Dimension6, a free Australian spec fig magazine featuring The Tea and Sugar Train, a suitably twisted (literally!) story by Deborah Sheldon. Download your own copy here.

Congratulations to Alyson Faye also for her latest crime novella publication, Maggie of My Heart from Demain Publishing. Available to pre-order from amazon here. I’m looking forward to giving it a read.

TWF writer S. Gepp currently has his book, revenge tale, Sins of the Fathers (pub. Grinning Skull press) out on amazon, as well as a stand-alone short story Rex the Rotten, via Alban Lake Publishing. When he dropped us a line about these, he said both works were as a result of finding the opportunities on Horror Tree (yay Stuart!).

Tembling With Fear leads this week with Anchovy Whispers by Kevin M. Folliard. Bizarre, surreal, gross. A story of how a person can be pushed to the brink. Descriptions of the slobbish houseguest, the congealing food, the anchovies are all written with such great relish you can practically smell that flat. Who wouldn’t sympathise with Kenny?

Death Walks In by Fayth Borden twists things round into a tale of deserved comeuppance. I really liked the idea of a mere mortal telling Death where to go.

Hole by Patrick J Wynn shows that not only can you make a mess of your life but sometimes you can also mess up something supposedly as straightforward as suicide. It was the dark humour of those last two lines which carried this story through to acceptance.

Sharps and Flats by F.M. Scott gives a new meaning to being absorbed by your music and is, in its way, another tale of madness of an obsession. A more literary tone is adopted for this drabble which suits its topic perfectly.

Thank you to all, for writing and submitting to TWF.


Stephanie Ellis

Editor, Trembling With Fear

….And… Good morning, afternoon, or night depending on when you’re reading this! I hope that you’re ready for a fresh new batch of fiction to enjoy. We’re closing in on the holiday that horror authors love to celebrate year-round and I suspect everyone could use a bit of additional reading in their lives right now.

A quick update on the site, we may have a new review coordinator lined up but still could desperately use a new interview coordinator. Also, we’ve made some headway on the slowdown issues of our backend but still are working through it.

At any rate, enjoy the following tales my friends!

Stuart Conover


The CMBA 10th Anniversary Blogathon: Top Five Film Noirs from 70 Years Ago

Film noir and femme fatales- an overview of 5 great noirs from 1949 – all loved by me


There’s a reason why they called it “The Golden Age of Hollywood.”

These days, if I were to decide on any given evening that I wanted to go to the picture show, I’d be hard-pressed to find something that was worth my time or money.

But that wasn’t the case 70 years ago.

The year 1949 saw the release of such lauded classic film fare as The Heiress, A Letter to Three Wives, On the Town, Sands of Iwo Jima, Adam’s Rib, and All the Kings Men. And then there were the film noir features that came out 70 years ago — it was a veritable noir-extravaganza!

To help celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Classic Movie Blog Association (CMBA) – of which I’ve been a proud member since 2011 – I’m taking a look at what I consider to be the top five…

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