The last time I updated, I was knee-deep in curling. I haven’t been watching curling all this time. Really, life just got busy with kids, work, and everything in between. It got to the point where I had such little free time to myself that I had to spend it writing, which is what this update is all about.
I’ve been working with Quill & Crow Publishing House for over a year now. It’s been a great experience to embark on since my novel rejection in 2020. Writing the novel and trying to find an agent was just so much pressure, so it was nice to go back to my roots and write some short fiction again. I’ve improved my craft. I’ve embraced a new genre. I’ve also found myself quite the space in the horror community, and so of course, once I had enough stories to put a collection together, I went to Quill & Crow with my work.
As obvious fans of Rebecca’s work, we are honored to be the ones publishing her short story collection. We are so excited to bring her unique neo-Gothic brand to readers in full force next summer! 🖤 pic.twitter.com/O3ysQ9MEfQ— Quill & Crow Publishing House (@QuillandCrow) August 24, 2022
Say What, A New Book?
At long last, I have a new collection on the way. Currently titled Endings in Ashes, it contains 11 gothic horror stories with a modern twist. Some stories take place in classic gothic settings. Some take place in the mid-century when gothic lit had those badass covers that I love so much. And some take place in the here and now.
Take heart, though, for if you loved VILE MEN and some of my earlier fiction, my gothic stuff isn’t crazy verbose and full of purple prose. (Not that the gothic fiction aesthetic isn’t bad.) I might be a minimalist writer at heart, but I embrace the romantic with all my heart, and Endings in Ashes will still have all that you know and love about my old work.
It’s still dark. It’s still raw. It’s still raunchy AF when it needs to be.
The book will contain stories that I’ve published in various anthologies from Quill & Crow, as well as shorts from issues of The Crow’s Quill, but it’ll also have one exclusive 16,000-word novelette called “Honeymoon” that I worked so hard on this spring.
I’m very excited and hope that you are too.
Endings in Ashes will release next summer, but in the meantime, you can give my Substack newsletter a sub.