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Banishing the Darkness

The Horror Writers Association’s mental health initiative launched last month, and one of its aspects is an anthology of flash fiction and poetry. My autobiographical short, Banishing the Darkness, was selected for inclusion in the book, Of Hope and Horror.

I wrote about how writing (and especially writing horror) helped me rise above a dark period in my life. I truly think that creative outlets are beneficial to wellness. The mind needs something to focus on while it and the body heal. Horror writing allows emotions that cannot be expressed in day-to-day life to be set free. The experience of writing it down is cathartic. I recommend it to anyone needing to let off some steam or bring light to the darkness in their soul. If not writing, then I suggest any other creative art to fill the void.

I am proud to be a part of HWAs experiment. It is nice to know I am not alone.

On another writing note, my first new release in quite some time is coming this year with a new horror book and my first giallo.


On an idyllic retreat to a mountain cabin, Enola Ranson accidentally breaks a lamp and discovers a covert listening device. Persuaded by her horror writer husband, Guy, who is intrigued by the analog transmitter, they set out to solve the mystery.

Strange wiring inside the cabin, hidden recordings, a mafia past, a shady private detective, a boy witness, and an eerie modulation noise are all clues to past murders. Time is running short as an escaped lunatic is on the loose, finishing what they started and stopping anyone who knows.

Will Enola and Guy uncover the secrets of the past, or will they become the next victims?

Coming September 6th, 2022

Of Horror and Hope -  HWA wellness committee


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