“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!
“Kate Jonez's masterful fiction is an evocative blend of horror and psychological suspense, whose characters battle monsters born from the darkest recesses of our hearts and minds. The stories in Lady Bits show how rich horror can be when it explores the ghosts that haunt and terrify us the most—ourselves.”
— Tim Waggoner, author of They Kill
Thank you, Tim!
“Do you think only women bleed? Think again. Try not to cut yourself on this sharp-edged, bloodthirsty collection.”
—Arinn Dembo, author of Monsoon and Other Stories
Thank you, Arinn!
I love a good quote. A well turned phrase that encompasses more than at first it appears to is such a pleasure. This quote sums up a theme I return to often in my writing.
"From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached." –Franz Kafka
In The Trial Josef K. finds himself accused of a crime. He never finds out what it is. This quote refers to the point when authority and society in general decides to reject an individual. It seems like a plea to just get it over with because the fact that society ever accepted Josef K. was a lie all along.
That’s an interesting thought. I suppose it's the real answer to what the quote means because it's what the author meant by it, but the reason I love this quote is because of the way Paul Bowles used it to introduce The Sheltering Sky. In the context of Bowles’ story it refers to the thought, word or action from which there is no turning back.
I’m fascinated by those crucial moments that change the present into the unchangeable past.
What are your favorite quotes?
A troubled mother commits an unspeakable act to banish the demon that lurks in her root cellar. Ghosts from the past won’t release their hold on a young woman. A girl in search of a new job as a nanny finds herself in charge of a mysterious package that requires much more care than any child.
Lady Bits collects sixteen tales from Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson award nominated author Kate Jonez that explores the horror nestled in the female heart. Vividly realized protagonists engage with an often-hostile world to deliver justice, lower a vengeance hammer, or to simply revel in evil. Prepare to be unsettled, disturbed, and terrified.
List in which I can list only one of each thing because of arbitrary rules
Tik Tok Hit or miss? I know, music and dancing and dogs and magic tricks and really pretty people, but what I love most is seeing inside houses from all over the world. Do your damn laundry people!
Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick- This stuff is amazing. It stays on for 2 days if I don't move around too much. Also this color is Naz Fer Atoo.
Ridiculously expensive dog dresses bring me joy. Here's a place to look.
Being a non-smoker. December 7th was my 1 year anniversary. Also, the world stinks!
Running to "I Like It"
Hereditary This film has one of my favorite scenes of all time.
Ice cream themed accessories (thank you Matthew!)
This story I wrote for this anthology has some stuff I know plenty about--trucking and science fiction! Okay maybe I stepped outside my comfort zone a bit... but I liked how this one turned out. Let me know what you think.
Also, take a look at that table of contents. Whoa! You can pre-order from Dark Delicacies in Burbank. Don't forget to stop by Dark Delicacies on Nov 4th at 4 pm and meet the authors.
18 Wheels of Science Fiction – a Long Haul into the Fantastic contains 18 short stories, all set in the trucking universe. The visionary writers in this new volume from Big Time Books deliver stories about rogue self-driving trucks, wormholes through spacetime, cyborg drivers, the eternal loneliness of life on the road, and more speculative tales. It is the follow-up to the hit anthology 18 Wheels of Horror.
Kate Maruyama, member of the Diverse Works Inclusion Community: We have some creepy reading to take you up to Halloween!
Linda Addison recommends
Brian Barr is a fiction author of novels, short stories, and comics. Along with Chuck Amadori, Barr is the co-creator and co-writer of Empress, a comic book series with art by Sullivan Suad, Zilson Costa, Marcelo Salaza, Geraldo Filho, and Matheus Bronca. He is NOT the author of God’s Plan for Us, written by a different Brian Barr.
His debut novel is Carolina Daemonic, Book I: Confederate Shadows. His second novel is Psychological Revenge: The First Super Inc. Novel, and he has a short story collection, Daemensions, as well as another collection, The 3 H’s Trilogy: The Head, The House, and The Hell. Some of his short stories are reprinted separately from anthologies and collections on Kindle for .99 cents.
Carolina Daemonic is a dystopian alternative timeline urban fantasy-horror with LGBT, steampunk, and occult elements.
Psychological Revenge is a fun, campy superhero novel with zany villains and lots of action.
The 3 H’s Trilogy begins with the story of a woman who falls in love with a decapitated head. From there, the story only gets weirder and darker, and is unlike any tale ever written. The Head, The House, and The Hell, three interconnected short stories now available in a complete collection; a weird mix of cosmic horror, weird fiction, and comedic bizarro!
Recommended Reading: The Endless City, released August 2018 (with the life he once knew in shambles, Sam searches for answers in a city riddled with plague and ruin). Follow the author at
Janet Joyce Holden recommends
Renée Ahdieh is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs, and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog. http://www.reneeahdieh.com/
Recommended reading: The Wrath and the Dawn
Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch … she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.
Kate Jonez recommends
Lee Murray is a multi-award-winning writer and editor of fantasy, science fiction, and horror (Sir Julius Vogel, Australian Shadows). Her titles include the military thriller Into the Mist (Cohesion) and Hounds of the Underworld (Raw Dog Screaming Press) a supernatural crime-noir co-written with Dan Rabarts. She lives with her family in New Zealand, where she conjures up stories from an office with a view of a cow paddock.
Recommended reading: Into the Sounds.
On leave, and out of his head with boredom, NZDF Sergeant Taine McKenna joins biologist Jules Asher, on a Conservation Department deer culling expedition to New Zealand’s southernmost national park, where soaring peaks give way to valleys gouged from clay and rock, and icy rivers bleed into watery canyons too deep to fathom. Despite covering an area the size of the Serengeti, only eighteen people live in the isolated region, so it’s a surprise when the hunters stumble on the nation’s Tūrehu tribe, becoming some of only a handful to ever encounter the elusive ghost people. But a band of mercenaries saw them first, and, hell-bent on exploiting the tribes’ survivors, they’re prepared to kill anyone who gets in their way. As a soldier, McKenna is duty-bound to protect all New Zealanders, but after centuries of persecution will the Tūrehu allow him to help them? Besides, there is something else lurking in the sounds, and it has its own agenda. When the waters clear, will anyone be allowed to leave?
Kate Maruyama suggests
Rebecca Roanhorse is a Nebula Award-winning speculative fiction writer and a Sturgeon/Locus/WFA Award Finalist and a Hugo Award winner for her short story, “Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience™,” and a 2017 Campbell Award winner for Best New SFF writer. Her debut novel, Trail of Lightning Book (#1 in the Sixth World Series from Saga Press), is available now. Book #2, Storm of Locusts, will follow in April 2019. She also has a middle-grade novel coming in 2019 from Rick Riordan Presents, titled Race to the Sun, and in 2020, an Anasazi-inspired epic fantasy, Between Earth and Sky (Saga Press). She lives in Northern New Mexico with her husband, daughter, and pug. Her nonfiction can be found in Invisible 3: Essays and Poems on Representation in SF/F, Strange Horizons, Uncanny Magazine, and How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation (Macmillan). Find more at https://rebeccaroanhorse.com/, and follow her on Twitter at @RoanhorseBex.
Roanhorse’s Sixth World series shows a future devastated by climate change as seen through the eyes of a Navajo monster hunter. For in this apocalypse, the Navajo culture has been reborn.
Her award-winning short story, “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience,” presents a future world and lures you in before it chills you on several levels. It takes the danger of appropriation, the disintegration of native cultures, and the struggle for identity to a deep level of horror. Listen to her award-winning short story, as read by LeVar Burton here: www.levarburtonpodcast.com/?_branch_match_id=358273180277051672