Archive for 08/10/2012

For the third year running, the marvelously talented people of The Fine Arts Center in Hot Springs, AR have invited Imagicopter participants to be part of an Event. It will take place on September 8, 2012 and, unlike previous Events, this one promises to be an all-day exercise.

Donna Dunnahoe, one of the lovely ladies behind FAC, has put together a wonderful outline for the day’s activities. There will be workshops in the morning, book signings in the afternoon, and panels in the evening. Thus far, the following have signed up to be part of the experience barring any unforeseen mishaps:

Lineup (times subject to change):
H. David Blalock – workshop on “How to Write Short Stories”, time to be determined but not to exceed an hour

A. Christopher Drown, speculative fiction writer – workshop on “Presenting Yourself as a Professional Writer (Whether You Are Or Not)”, 1 hour

William Eakin, speculative fiction writer – workshop on “How to Sell Short Stories”, 1 hour

Jackie Gamber, writer, editor, and publisher – workshop on “How to Write Microstories (Stories under 200 words)”, time to be determined but not to exceed one hour

Dan Gamber, graphic designer and publisher – not sure if he is hosting a workshop

Leia Barret-Durham and Grady Glover, paranormal writers – workshop on “The Pros and Cons of Independent Publishing”,1 hour

Herika R. Raymer, editor and speculative writer – workshop on “How to Please an Editor”, 30 minutes

At this time, no schedule is available to post as details are being finalized. However, please see The Fine Arts Center website for updates on times, locations, and updates!


Horror writer Jimmy Gillentine enjoys thrilling his readers. Bringing a twist to the vampire legend in ‘Of Blood And The Moon’, he continues to see what happens at the night hot spots when you sprinkle in some horrific visitors.

A Night At Death’s Door:
Death’s Door is the club where all the vampires and hangers-on . . . er, hang out. To gain entrance, you have to be picked. Janet and Alice get picked, Curt arrives with a bowie knife, someone brings a crossbow, and the evening grows from there. Come see who’s still standing after a night at Death’s Door.

Want to read the book that started it all?

Of Blood and the Moon:
Love is something that is not bound by normal parameters. Anyone who has ever been in love will acknowledge that it is something that is beyond human control. Who we are and who we love are subject to no rules, and we see the effects that it can have in “Of Blood and the Moon.”

When Angela Johnson started working at the bar, Aces High, the last thing she expected is to meet someone like Andrew Bane. Andrew is tall, strong, mysterious and handsome, so she couldn’t help falling in love with him. But when Andrew becomes the target of a local drug ring leader’s hatred, it starts an unstoppable chain of events. The end result: Angela discovers who and what Andrew really is. Can her love survive the horrible truth of Andrew’s secret?

About the author:
Jimmy D. Gillentine grew up with a fondness for horror, science fiction and fantasy flavored with the southern tang of his native Memphis. His novella, “Of Blood and the Moon,” was first published in 2009 and was the first runner-up for the Darrell Award. His most recent publications include a short story titled “Fifteen-Minute Break” in the annual anthology Cover of Darkness and a new novella titled “A Night at Death’s Door,” both from Sam’s Dot Publishing.

He is the co-founder and president of the International Brotherhood of Beards and Leather, an association of writers, artists, musicians and confolk. He is also a member of the Literary Underworld and Imagicopter, both author cooperatives. If you want to get on his good side, bring him a bag of popcorn at the Literary Underworld booth; he’s not known as the Popcorn Monster for nothing!

Memphis author Robert J. Krog is a marvelous storyteller. Having been bitten by the plot bunny, it does not look like this delightful writer is going to stop anytime soon. We certainly hope he does not.

In a kingdom haunted by witches, where vampires hunt in the night, when there are murders but not witnesses, when the method of murder reveals the how but not the who, one calls upon the eye-man to help solve crimes. The eye-man has the answer. It can be found in a bag full of eyes, along with things one does not seek. What is a royal inspector to do? He does his duty of course, though duty can be such unpleasant work.

Here is the tale of Royal Inspector Sir Gordon spending a night as an old lady, of a night he didn’t live, of the eye-man and his methods, of a vampire and his victims, and of a bargain with a witch…

About Robert J Krog
Robert J. Krog was born in 1973. He is a native of Memphis, TN. He is married with two children. Mr. Krog is a devout Catholic and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He has been an assistant arborist for his father, who was a professional arborist. He has also been a grocery store clerk, a waiter for one week, an order out delivery guy for one week, a legal runner, a substitute teacher, and high school History teacher, all in Memphis, TN.

He has several degrees, mostly in History, and is putting none of them to good use, though he loves History and can still translate Ancient Egyptian, if he works at it. Currently, he works in chemical yard care and writes as much as obligations to a full-time job, the church, and family life allow. His short stories have appeared in the anthologies parABnormal digest (Sam’s Dot Publishing), Shelter of Daylight (Sam’s Dot Publishing), and in Clockwork Spells and Magical Bells (Kerlak Publishing). His debut collection, Stone Maiden and Other Tales, has been followed by this new novella.

Angelia Sparrow can write children’s stories as easily a horror, without missing a beat. Writing the stories on her long drives, she usually has the meat of it worked out by the time she reaches her destination and is able to write it down. Of her many novels available, now two collections of her short stories are available – one for a limited time!

From Ink Stained Succubus:

Howl at the Mistletoe
(limited time)

A mixed bag of same sex romance, male and female, and horror. Gay Christmas werewolves, steampunk lesbians fighting zombies, a PI in an urban fantasy Memphis, kinky cosplayers, truckers of both sexes, and more.


Ten tales of lesbian adventure take you from the far reaches of the galaxy to the science fiction convention down the road, from a steampunk west to a world where the Confederacy obtained nukes. Come along and fall in love with a waitress or a pirate or Medusa herself.

About the author:
Angelia was born in 1967 in Kansas City, MO, to Ron Moss, a billing clerk, and Sue Wymer, a nurse. She is their only mutual child, although she has two half-sisters, one on each side. Angelia graduated from Raymore-Peculiar High School in 1986, the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1991. She married Richard Sparrow in 1989 and they have four children.

Her first sale was a short story called “Prey” in 2004 to Torquere Press’ Monsters anthology. She completed her first novel in 2005. She has been nominated for the Darrell Award and the Gaylactic Spectrum Award.

Angelia currently works as a truck-driver in Memphis, living quietly with her family and three cats.

Mystery-romance writer Melanie Atkins is known for her New Orleans Detective Books and Keller County Cop series, and now she has a new story ready: ‘Emily’s Nightmare’.

From Desert Breeze Publishing:
Detective Emily Rawson doesn’t want children; she’s too focused on her career to give a family the time required. That is, until she falls in love with fellow detective John Cutter, forgets to take precautions, and learns she’s pregnant. She fights the idea tooth and nail before finally deciding that having a baby is exactly what she wants — as long as the child is Cutter’s. Then tragedy strikes. Will it bring them together or tear them apart?…

From Melanie Atkins website:
Melanie Atkins a multi-published author of romantic suspense, an editor for an online publishing company, and an avid reader. Writing is more than an escape for her—it’s a way of life. She grew up in the Deep South listening to tall tales and penning stories about her cats. Now she writes gripping stories of love, suspense, and mystery with the help of her furry little feline muses.

Melanie is an active member of Romance Writers of America®, the Magnolia State Romance Writers (MSRW), the Published Author Network (PAN), the Electronic and Small Press Authors’ Network (ESPAN), the Electronically Published Internet Connection (EPIC), Sisters in Crime (SinC), the Red Dog Writers, the Gulf Coast Writers Association, the Southern Writers, the Mississippi Authors Guild and the Byram Writers’ Group. She currently serves as Past President of MSRW.