Holidays and Horror:-

Last week I did the Filey/Brid/Scarborough triangle – crazy golf/arcades and literary lunch at Woodend hosted by Valley Press founder Jamie McGarry -starring James Nash- poet- talking about his career. See the photo below, I was sitting in the front row just out of shot.

http://emmavalleypress.blogspot.co.uk/

I  have a drabble up on http://horrortree.com/category/trembling-with-fear/ listed under 13/8/17-‘Nest of Bones’– beware the birds!

I can find the seeds of a horror story pretty much anywhere- my upcoming one ‘Crow People’ is set in Filey and driving back from Halifax the other day after watching ‘Annabelle- Creation- I spotted a for sale board up outside the closed St Paul’s Church at Denholme Gate

It is just a shell now, gutted inside. But there’s a small graveyard surrounding it. Which got me thinking- what if the ghosts don’t want to move? What if they resist? So my next ghost story is set around this church – both of these tales will be in my upcoming Ghost/Horror collection due out in November (fingers crossed) via KDP on amazon.

Thank you to those of you who have downloaded my stories from www.alfiedog.com in support of their charity. Much appreciated.

I am delighted to  have been asked to judge the Saltaire Writers Group upcoming autumn/winter poetry/Flash Fiction competition- I will be the Flash judge. There will be prizes!

Details are or will be posted at www.saltairewritersgroup.wordpress.com

 

Interview with me on jaffa blog today-

There is a really lovely author interview out today online with moi- hosted by Jo and her ginger cat Jaffa (we have our own ginger cat- Tango- spot the naming pattern!) Here’s the link :-

http://jaffareadstoo.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/close-to-home-alyson-rhodes.html

In this interview I talk about how living in Yorkshire has influenced my writing and which Northern writers have influenced me. There are some photos too.

Also the Creative Writing classes I am proposing to run in Farsley in the gallery at Sunny Bank Mill are up on line at:- http://sunnybankmills.co.uk/events/creative-writing-4-week-course/

If you live Leeds way and would like to try your hand at writing fiction, poetry or memoirs- or even little limericks 🙂  then please come along.

 

Please support alfie dog story site – a request and raise funds for charity:-

I was delighted to have 3 of my short stories accepted and published by editor Rosemary Kind on her downloadable short story site www.alfiedog.com and here’s the link to take you direct to my page: http://alfiedog.com/fiction/?s=alyson+faye

It was a big step on the road to publication and acknowledgement for me as a writer. The site itself and some authors on it are under supported currently. Each of my stories is 39p to download (you’ll have to register) but the royalties will go back into running the site and I will be donating my share to the site’s charity- Medical Detection Dogs- so in theory the more stories you download the more I can donate. Win win. 🙂

I hope you will take a look at the site and download a story- and if you do please get in touch via the contact page so I can reply.

Thank you.

 

Upcoming anthologies and my Creative Writing classes:-

Three Drops from a Cauldron press- find them at:- https://threedropspoetry.co.uk/ is including one of my pieces in their upcoming ghosts anthology entitled ‘White Noise & Ouija Boards’ due out in the Autumn;

and Gill James of Chapel Town Books is publishing her anthology of drabbles off her Cafelit website :- The Best of CaféLit 6  and I have a piece included.

Come September I hope to run and teach my own- drumroll- Creative Writing classes- one in Saltaire at The Craft House; here’s the link:-

http://www.saltairecrafthouse.com/announcements/creative-writing-course

The initial idea is to run 4 interlocked workshops – for beginners onwards who would like to have fun, get their ideas out there and maybe even submit their work if they would like to. I will share my own writing experiences, the highs and the lows of rejection, the pain and perseverance of rewriting and how to enjoy word making.

The Craft House, run by April, has a lovely basement room, light and airy, in which to get inspired.

I am also talking to Sunny Bank Mills Gallery in Farsley near Pudsey, which is an amazing space – with a view to running workshops there in the autumn.

So if you know anyone who might be interested in the Saltaire course please pass on the info. Thank you.

A writing friend of mine from Otley WEA class, Ruth Middleton, has an interview in the Mirror today online; here’s the link-http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tennis-fan-develops-face-blindness-1087247

Ruth is in a wheelchair after a life changing road accident in 2000, and a leg amputation last year; she talks about dealing with ‘face blindness’ and other problems.

She is an amazing, warm, witty, fascinating woman with buckets of determination who I love dearly and have been honoured to know over the last few years. Please read her story. It is inspiring.

 

Horror/ghost stories/films all written by women:-

I  plan to publish a collection of my own horror/ghost stories in November this year using Amazon KDP; some will be new and a couple will have been either/or pre published or prize winning or short listed. As research I’ve been reading ‘The Virago Book of Ghost Stories’ (20th century volume 11) in a battered paperback copy – and there inside its pages I’ve found two- who are new -to -me authors who are brilliant at creating creeping unease and horror.

D.K.Broster (short for Dorothy Kathleen)  was much read pre 1950 but forgotten since; I’ve bought her supernatural collection, ‘Couching at the Door’ (pub 1942) off amazon.co.uk. ‘The Pestering’ is a slow burning build up  in domestic invasion and creepiness.

Celia Fremlin whose first novel won her an Edgar Award (US); has been rediscovered and republished by Faber Finds and her short story collections are available for less than a £1 on amazon kindle. She is adept at the ordinary family/person where the situation goes swiftly and terribly wrong. Just my sort of fiction.

My latest copy of the mag ‘Black Static’ has dropped through my letter box and this issue most of the stories are (coincidentally)  by women authors -perhaps it is the season for women horror writers!

I am starting to collate my own collection which will mean me writing more new material. I have started rewriting an old idea, provisionally titled, ‘Crow People’. It is set in Filey but not a Filey most tourists see!

Poet and writing tutor James Nash kindly wrote a critique of my upcoming flash collection ‘Badlands’ for the back of the opus- his words as always are brilliant and a huge thank you to him.

I also went to see female director Sofia Coppola’s new film, ‘The Beguiled’ starring Nicole Kidman this week. It is set in the South during the US Civil War and is a full on southern gothic drama, brewing sexual tensions and power plays upon the arrival of the wounded soldier. I loved the visuals and the landscapes depicted. The final scene (horrific too) was framed like a photograph. Exquisite.

I’ve heard from Third Word Press that my piece ‘Mermaid’ has been accepted for inclusion in their upcoming anthology ‘A House of Music ‘ which is being sold and promoted to raise funds for homeless charities. Here’s a peek at the cover pic;-

Here’s the link if you’d like to order a copy:-

https://third-word.com/buy.html#!/products/a-house-of-music-other-stories.html

Horror Tree have accepted 2 more of my 100 worders aka drabbles (I’ve found out that a 50 word piece is a ‘dribble’ -true- though odd!)

 

Women in Horror- I’m one of them…..

First – my gothic horror story, ‘Mother Love’ has been accepted by editor Rachel Katz for inclusion in 2017’s ‘Women in Horror Annual’. I am really pleased. I have loved this story, rewritten it, edited it and sent it out there – and now it’s found its niche. I am delighted also, to be included in a female authored horror anthology. I love ghost/horror stories by the likes of Edith Wharton, Daphne du Maurier, and Joan Aiken.

Here’s the cover photo of this years WHA available on amazon UK

 

The second email was announcing the publication of the poetry anthology, ‘Indra’s Net’ from Bennison Books is available to buy off amazon UK. I have 3 poems in this anthology. All profits go to charity.

Indra’s Net: An international anthology of poetry in aid of The Book Bus Paperback – 12 Jul 2017

Book Gorilla…..

I have a page plus photo on this comprehensive, international site for authors’ listings 🙂 – great news and I’m in star company too. Here’s the link:-

http://www.bookgorilla.com/author/B01NBYSLRT/alyson-faye/kcc

My latest 100 worder is out on Horror Tree this week- in the Trembling with Fear section, edited by horror writer Stuart Conover- Here’s the opening sentences:-

Date Night

Watched by dead eyes, me and Billy crack open the crypt’s padlocks.

Our bag tinkles with cans; this is as exciting as it comes in our little
town.

‘Ladies first,’ Billy sniggers.

We stretch out across the tombs. I’m lying on a Knight.

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I had a really good night at the Tivoli cafe in Ben Rhydding – up at the mic where I read out 3 pieces- the audience laughed in all the right places too- always a good start.

Here;s a pic of me and 2 Ilkley writers waiting to go up to read- it was a hot hot evening, very Italian all round.

I will post couple more pics once I’ve extracted them from my son’s phone. !!!!!

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Summer hols are coming……

Well my writing class in Otley is winding down this week 😦 but we will keep in touch over the summer and meet up at Wetherspoons. Our last homework set by James Nash was to write about Angels, inspired by the wonderful David Almond, ‘Skellig’ book. I really enjoyed getting to grips with the heavenly bodies and my piece is called, ‘Angel’s Wing’ – here is the opening paragraph:-

“Running for the school bus with Monday morning hair and bad breath, I trip and fall, skinning my knees and watch the bus dwindle into the distance.

Weak winter sunlight glints on something silver under the privet hedge.

‘Probably chewing gum foil,’ I think but I crawl over to grab it.

Above me, a huge stone angel looms, feet firmly entombed in stone. St Peter’s graveyard. Ma’s local as me and Dad joke.

It isn’t foil instead my fingers feel soft gauze; the light refracting off the sewn in silver thread. It is a beautiful piece of fabric. I imagine fairies have woven it on tiny looms.

‘All dreams you are. No common sense.’ Mum tells me.

A deep voice startles me, ‘That’s a piece of ‘Angel’s Wing’ you’ve got there love.’”

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I was highly commended in Morgen Bailey’s latest monthly 100 word competition, on the prompt ‘ German’.  My piece is ‘Visiting with Dad.’  The prize is some editing/critiquing from Morgen, which is very useful because Morgen has brought on some of my work hugely. https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/?s=alyson+fayehttps://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/?s=alyson+faye

I have heard from Gill James of Chapel Town Books and we are up and running at work on my Flash Fiction Collection, provisionally titled ‘Badlands’. I have sent in a possible couple of cover pics/ dedication/ acknowledgments and still have to write a mini bio for the back cover, a strap line and an intro.

I have several events in the diary in the autumn at book fairs/festival events where I would like to read from my book and promote it. All very exciting.

Meanwhile I keep sending my fiction off:- Buckshot magazine/The Word Factory/NAWG/Pennine Ink/The Drabble/are all the lucky recipients of my fiction!!! But you gotta be in it to win it!! and you definitely have to persevere putting your fiction out there.