10 Days of Halloween – Story Time

Only two more days until the spooky celebration of Halloween!

Are you ready, my little demons?

Today, I share with you a story that I wrote last Halloween. It’s creepy.

What are your favourite spooky stories? I’m always looking for more. Please, share with me in the comments.

Click here for the story – The Web.

In case you missed out on the previous days of Halloween…

10 Days of Halloween – Metal Murder Movie Time!

10 Days of Halloween – Movie Time

10 Days of Halloween – Music Mania

10 Days of Halloween – Pumpkin Carving

10 Days of Halloween – Story Time

10 Days of Halloween – Story Time

Welcome to the 10 Days of Halloween – Day 2. Join in the fun, little demons. Halloween is for everyone, not just the kids. Why can’t us adults (or demons) have fun too?

As I mentioned in Day 1, things may be different this year. But it won’t stop us from celebrating the spooky day of Halloween. There are plenty of activities you can do – creepy, scary, spooky and fun!! Today, I bring you Story Time! OH YES.

I am thrilled to feature an amazing author – Ian J. Middleton. I picked up book 1 in his four part Vantage Point series—and the rest is history. I had read them all in no time. I love the raw fear that trickled down my spine as I devoured every word.

Today, I read to you from ‘No Escape’ – the first in the four part series. Grab a stiff cocktail, dig into that Halloween candy in the closet (you can always buy more), curl up on the couch, and prepare to have Demon Julie reach a cold hand through your insides. OH YES.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Please, grab yourself a copy of this devilish delight today!

You are in for a treat! You can get the four box set (Kindle) NOW!

I NEED my four box set NOW!

Take a visit to Ian’s site here.

Did you miss out on Day 1 of the 10 Days of Halloween? Don’t cry. It’s still here. Stay tuned for more spooky fun!

Pushing Yourself into New Realms

Hello my little demons! How is your Halloween month?

Now that you’re here, with Demon Julie, it just got better! Why? Because I have a Halloween treat for you. Yes. A dark, delicious delight.

When I set up Killers And Demons, I was writing dark crime, thus ‘Killers’. My vision was to branch into horror, thus ‘Demons’. Well, I am thrilled to announce that it has happened sooner than expected. Sometimes in life, when something presents itself, you just need to dig your claws into it and go for it. When I saw a particular call for submissions for a horror anthology, something tingled in my gut. My whole body clenched with excitement. I didn’t know if I was ready, I didn’t know if I could do it, but I knew I had to try. And, my little demons, failure is not doing something and getting a less than desired outcome. Failure is not trying at all.

So – I thrust my entire being into writing the darkest piece of fiction that has ever come out of me (I think, but some might say my dark crime is just as evil). For days on end I thought of nothing else as my creation formed itself from somewhere within me. I would wake up in the night thinking about it. I would get up early and plunge myself into it. Day after day, I was filled with turmoil in creating the best horror story I could for the particular anthology. If I didn’t try, and I mean – if I didn’t try at 200% (or more), then I’d be a disappointed demon – in myself.

Once I released it, I let it go. I thought about it a lot. I allowed myself to think about it and to dream of being in the anthology. But I also moved my focus into my other work and the universe take the story where it was meant to go.

When I found out that my story was indeed to belong in this anthology, I don’t think I even believed it at first. I think I read the email over and over until I realized – yes – my story made it.

After reading the other stories in the book, I am honoured to be part of this amazing creation. And, I am here to tell you that you should TREAT YOURSELF to a copy now! It is a truly indulgent Halloween treat for you. After all, why should the kids have all the fun?

To get your pre-order in, and have your very own copy dropped your way on Oct 19, check out all the juicy details here: https://www.devilsrockpublishing.com/theotherside

To join in the celebration with me, Demon Julie, on Oct 19, RSVP to the to the invitation to a truly horrifying celebration that will be sure to chill your bones. You don’t want to miss out on a chance to ask Daniel Willcocks, a modern horror king, your questions about his creation. You might even get your spine prickled with a creepy reading by Demon Julie. Bring a cocktail, and raise your glass to pushing limits and doing things that simultaneously terrify and excite!

The next time your nerves tingle, your pores bleed sweat, and your stomach clenches in response to something you REALLY want to do, but you have a mound of self-doubt over, think of Demon Julie taking a deep breath and plunging into a new world of story telling. If I can do it, so can you. Take a deep breath and do it (and then come back here and share your story in the comments)!!!

Lots of love from Demon Julie xxxooo

Story Time – Series Three Wrap Up

Hello my little demons!

I can’t believe that three series of story time have been recorded and shared.

This last one was just as delightful as the first two. I fall in love with every dark story that I choose to read to you, thus, it always seems like I won’t find more stories that I love just as much, but I do.

This last series featured some dark delights. If you missed any of them, simply scroll down a little. Be warned, these stories will chill your bones and keep you up at night. So, before you indulge, poor a stiff drink and curl up in a blanket. Then let Demon Julie come into your bedroom and tell you a terrifying tale, or two.

Stay tuned for a more story time coming soon!

Since it is Halloween month, I am on the hunt for Halloween themed stories, or stories of ghosts, gouls and the like. If you have a story that you would like read, please comment below or contact me! All that is required is that I get permission from the author to read his/her work.

Until next time…

Killer Writing Tip #2: Effectively Digesting Feedback

When I decided to write my first novel, I didn’t know how to do it. I didn’t know if I could do it. It was a massive, incomprehensible project looming over me. I wanted to know, needed to know, if I could do it.

Before anything else, I find the most useful thing to do is to admit that I don’t know everything. I completely, 100 % admitted to myself and anyone who asked that I didn’t know how to write the novel that I so desperately wanted to write. I had no idea where to start. The first ‘chunk’ or set of scenes was the hardest.

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This was fiction. This was ‘make belief’ laced with a high level of realism since I wanted my potential readers (if there were any out there) to get pulled into the fictional homicide investigation I was creating and become invested in the outcome.

Continue reading “Killer Writing Tip #2: Effectively Digesting Feedback”

Mental Damnation – An Amazing Dark Fantasy Series

Hello my little demons!

Today I am here to share with you a fantastic Dark Fantasy series that you MUST add to your book shelf.

I am NOT usually a series reader, nor a reader of dark fantasy. Yet, this series absolutely grabbed me and pulled me into it’s dark, tantalizing vortex. I blasted through these books with ease as I was drawn to the characters, their stories, and their struggles.

Why couldn’t I put this series down?

WORLD BUILDING – The author, Konn, has an incredible talent for building imaginative worlds and describing them vividly on the page. I felt like I was there, in these amazing places, navigating along with the characters.

CHARACTERS – I was drawn to the characters, their struggles, their stories, and their emotions. I cared deeply about the main character, Krista, and wanted so much for the lovely reptilian mutation to find her way.

ART – This series is more than a set of books. Each book is a masterpiece of fiction, poetry, and hand drawn art work woven together beautifully. Konn shares his unique talents that he has poured his passion into.

Continue reading “Mental Damnation – An Amazing Dark Fantasy Series”

Story Time – Series 2 Wrap Up

Hello, my little demons.

It’s time to wrap up the second series in story time.

My demon heart is warm with delight after delivering two of story time. Instead of being tucked in by mom or dad, you get a devilishly terrifying bed time story with Demon Julie.

I loved the first series so much, I doubted there could be an equal. Yet, as I plunged into series two, the stories I had hand selected slipped their slippery claws deep into my flesh and grabbed my heart. The thrill of reading them seethed through my veins as strong as the first batch. Oh yes.

Thank you for tuning in, and thank you to the amazing authors that gave me permission to read their terrifying works of art.

If you missed out on the horrific tales that made up series two, you can still get them here.

You might want to mix a stiff cocktail before proceeding. And turn out ALL the lights.

 

Did you like this? Stay tuned for series 3….

Did you miss out on series on? Demon Julie would’t keep it from you…

Story Time – Series 1 Wrap Up

Killer Writing Tip #1

When I started writing fiction, I wanted the words on the page to be good. I wanted readers to connect with the characters and get pulled into the story. It took time and effort for me to learn how to translate the snippets in my brain to well written sentences on the page. One thing I have going for me on my new found path as an author is that I love to learn. Along the way, on my journey one word at a time, I’ve built a tool box. One of my most favorite tools is the thesaurus collection written by the dynamite duo Angela and Becca. This is my personal collection

I’m here to share with you today some exciting news! The release of the newest thesaurus is just around the corner. More information here.

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I blasted through my advanced reader copy in no time and am thrilled to have discovered yet another way of looking at and developing both my characters and my storylines. Yes, just when you think there’s nothing left to learn, these two put a new spin on things. I understand if you are wary of writing tools. Trust me, I stick to what I feel in my gut and I dig into whatever natural talent I have. But, sometimes it helps to learn a new technique, try a new way of thinking about things, and get the brain tingling with ideas.

The reason I love the thesaurus collection so much is that they are easy to digest, well organized and can be used as references to go back to when you are stuck or need to elevate something.

To put the cherry on top, I’ve found these books helpful for any type of story or character, no matter how dark and twisted. After all, I do write about killers and demons.

Give any them of a whirl. I doubt you will be disappointed.

If you like it, stop on by Writers Helping Writers (free!) or One Stop for Writers (subscription).

Stay tuned for tip #2!

Corpse in a Cave

The third body

Hiding in a dark, wet cave

Crouched in a corner

Staring with a single, glassy eye

Peering through a wild tiger’s mane, voluminous and orange

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Legs pressing against tight pleather

Threatening to rip right through

Face thick with layers of cream

Like a papier mache doll

 

The third body, vacant, waiting, in the back of the dark, wet cave

 

For Detective Mahoney to discover the clues

Figure out their bizarre meanings

And piece them together

Creating a trail to a sick monster

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Story Time – Series 1 Wrap Up

Hello, my little demons.

It’s time to wrap up the first series in story time. What fun it has been to take my listeners back to the time when mom or dad would read you a story and tuck you in at night. It has been a pure delight to introduce to you the adult version of story time. The stories told here are ones of horror, and the time of day that you listen to them is up to you. Do you need the light on? Or can you immerse yourself in a terrifying story in the darkness of night?

I did very much enjoy doing this series. Some terrific horror writers were kind enough to give me permission to read from their devilish delights. Thank you to each an every one of these authors. Please, do check out what they are up to, all links are provided below. Take a listen to the readings you missed, and if you like the stories, get your full copy of their terrifying work.

Visit Daniel Willcocks – author of Twisted

Visit J. J. Reichenbach – author of Notorious Nix

Visit Sherri Pilon – author of Mysterious Fate

It has been so much fun reading these beautifully written works.

If you missed out, or want to listen again, please do. Grab a morning coffee, or a late night cocktail, curl up on your couch with a blanket, and allow me to send a prickle running down your spine, or perhaps whisper a chill through your bones.

Goodbye, beloved series. My little demon heart shall forever hold you within.