"Kate Jonez writes my favorite kind of horror: it's set in a world I recognize, full of women (and men) I know, and that makes the shocks even more disturbing... I've been a fan of her elegant, sly, dread-inducing, beautifully-crafted work for some time, and after reading this extraordinary collection I'm betting you will be, too."
—Lisa Morton, six-time Bram Stoker Award-winner
Thank you, Lisa!
“Desperation is the key that slips into the greasy locks of lives out of sync, where what is deemed as normal is disrupted by something slippery and insidious. The tones are understated yet ominous, until the intrusion of grit under the fingernails guile or strange magic reveals characters willing to embrace whatever is necessary to move beyond the monochrome landscape and into a world of color, be it red and dripping, bruise blue or, more often, just a little brighter monochromatic hue, like still burning ash…and you might even sniff smoke. Head honcho and editor extraordinaire at Omnium Gatherum Kate Jonez’ supurb debut collection, Lady Bits, lives for the moments when the trap-door swings open, when the only choice that matters is the one that leads to escape, to survival, at all costs…and usually outside of the laws of nature we all think we understand. Highly recommended.”
—John Claude Smith, Bram Stoker nominated author of Riding the Centipede and Occasional Beasts: Tales
Thank you, John Claude!
“Kate Jonez pulls you in through character and voice, as each story in Lady Bits unfolds its own world. Once the stories have woven their spell, they creep up, terrify, and flip perceptions, leaving haunting images in their wake.” —Kate Maruyama, author of Harrowgate
Thank you, Kate!
Autumn Christian is a fiction writer from Texas who currently lives in California. She is the author of the books The Crooked God Machine, We are Wormwood, and Ecstatic Inferno, and has written for several video games, including Battle Nations and State of Decay 2. When not writing, she is usually practicing her side kicks and running with dogs, or posting strange and existential Instagram selfies.
Her third novel is a dark journey of self-discovery. An existential labyrinth of love, sex, and self-actualization where the only way out is through.
When high schooler Beverly Sykes finally has sex, her whole life changes. She feels an explosion inside of her that feels like her DNA is being rearranged, and she discovers a strange power within. After chasing that transcendent feeling and fucking her way through the good, the bad, and the dangerous boys and girls that cross her path, Beverly notices that all of her ex-lovers are undergoing drastic changes. She witnesses them transcending their former flawed selves, becoming self-actualized and strong. Beverly gives herself over and over to others, but can she become who she is supposed to be, with the gift and curse that nature gave to her?
She can be found online at: http://www.autumnchristian.net/. Or you can follow her @teachrobotslove.
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“Kate Jonez is an around-the-bend, full-blown, punked-out genius visionary—painstakingly, meticulously committed to making our skulls convulse 'til they crack...then ooze out lava-like nectar no human knew was in there...”
—Eric Shapiro, author of It’s Only Temporary
and director of Rule of Three
Thank you, Eric!
“Kate Jonez is one of the most innovative authors working in contemporary dark fiction today. She is more than horrific, speculative, or transgressive. She takes the heart, uncertainty, and longing that burns within us all and shows us the many ways that these emotions and actions can lead to our transcendence, or our demise. This is a powerful collection of truly original stories.”
—Richard Thomas, Bram Stoker, Shirley Jackson,
and Thriller nominee
Thank you, Richard!
Gordon B. White interviewed me for Hellnotes! Thank you, Gordon! This was fun.
HN: Your collection has an excellent title (and it looks wonderful on that cover!) which suggests that the stories inside will examine horror through a particular lens. Could you tell us a little bit about what to expect in this collection? While a story-by-story summary isn’t necessary, could you tell us a bit about what kinds of themes you see in your work?
KJ: Many of the stories are loosely based on people, places, or incidents in my life. Unfortunately, all of the supernatural elements are fabrications. Many of the stories have characters with aspirations. Striving to escape the station they’re born to is a frequent trait with characters I create. Somehow, this theme creeps into almost everything I write. The ladies in the stories are not especially nice or vulnerable in the way women are often portrayed in horror. They take care of things in the way many women I know would take care of things if they could get away with it—or so I imagine. (Click here to read more)
“Kate Jonez is not your typical genre writer. I think she has more than a little in common with Janis Joplin singing the blues. You never just read or listen to either, you experience the story or song. There isn’t a typical Kate story, but some share a few characteristics. The main character (narrator) is different, and often knows it, finds herself in an unbearable situation, and deals in more or less special ways. And always there is a literary rather than genre ending. Kate’s stories do not just terminate. They have a slingshot effect, the reader realizing the story goes on past the last words. Kate is not just a writer for other writers to read, she is one to emulate. A rare voice.”
—Gene O’Neill, The White Plague Chronicles
and Entangled Soul (with Chris Marrs)
Thank you, Gene!
“The female protagonists in Kate Jonez’s stories represent an incredible range of occupations and personality types. Here you will encounter housewives and teenagers, con artists, truck drivers, predators, tailors, nannies, college students, desperate mothers, widows, rich socialites, murderers, and scorned lovers. All of them experience a subtle or obvious wrongness in their lives which they struggle to resolve. All are interesting women, evocatively portrayed by an author who has mastered the fine art of character. The richly-detailed narratives range from crime stories to horror to tales which walk that subtle border between psychological anguish and the fantastic. Lady Bits shows off Kate Jonez’s impressive range.”
—Steve Rasnic Tem, author of Everything Is Fine Now, Figures Unseen, and Ubo
Thank you, Steve!