Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Horror, Paranormal, Fantasy Anyone?

Through all of my wonderful new facebook friends, I have garnered a close and supportive cadre of awesome people.  I want to take this time to introduce you to one of them.  My brilliant friend E.H. James is an amazing writer of horror (something I am just trying to break into) and paranormal and fantasy.  She and I survived an experience with another publisher, and found a wonderful home with Musa Publishing.  

I asked her to write a guest blog and give us her short story writing experience.  We both really enjoy the genre of short stories and I thought you might like to hear from someone new!  :-)

In the words of E. H. James:

"I was asked what inspired me to write these short stories, and to be honest I had to think about it.
When I sit down to create a story and bring its characters to life my mood sets the tone and genre, and that can be anything from thriller, to fantasy, to paranormal, to horror…

The story unfolds before me as I write it, and when it’s a short story I am always drawn to write something paranormal or horror based. I’m not sure why that is; perhaps it has something to do with watching Twilight Zone episodes. You hope that you have been able to create enough of a story that it truly pulls the reader in. You hope that your characters are fleshed out enough for the reader to become invested in their welfare. That is not an easy task when writing short stories.

To try and pinpoint precisely where the inspiration for any one story comes from is impossible to say because for each story it’s a completely different experience for me. Each story has its own feel and I am taken to a different place when writing it, perhaps some place dark, or mysterious, or unpredictable. I guess what I am saying is the stories themselves are their own inspiration, that in the process of writing them the inspiration is created in the moment."

Go ahead and support her by checking out these links:

Laura - Blurb
George had seen some pretty strange things over his lifetime, travelling those roads. But if he had thought he’d seen it all, he was sadly mistaken. For if he thought finding Laura alone, along some deserted roadside in the middle of the night was strange, then he had no idea that what was to follow would challenge the very boundaries of everything he’d ever known.

Laura – Buy Links:


The Visitor’s Room - Blurb:

If Amy thought this day on the psych ward would be just like any other she would be wrong.
For although everything seemed normal, well as normal as a place like that could be, there was something that was not quite right. That she couldn’t put her finger on it only made it all the more perplexing.
Don’t go asking questions you don’t want to know the answer to, especially when you're on a psych ward, and even you begin to question your sanity.

The Visitor’s Room – Buy Links:

Author Bio:
E. H. James is an author writing novels and short stories in the science fiction, horror, thriller and fantasy genres.

Contact Links for E. H. James


  1. Cue the Twilight Zone theme...do do do do...do do do do! Loved that creepy show! Best of luck on your publishing ventures, E.H.! Will tweet and share your inspiring post. Cheers!

  2. I agree with Sharon--you are an inspiration. Keep up the great work. I'm sure your diligence will reap magnificent rewards.

  3. I love ANYTHING with elements of horror, paranormal, and fantasy. You pretty much just hit on all of my readers hot buttons!