Local Author: Kristel Smart

We recently came across a new horror author in the area, Kristel Smart, who released her first book, In Stone last fall, published by Virgo eBooks of Vergennes.

Here’s what it’s about:

The house looked innocent enough. There was nothing to distinguish it from any other quaint, older home nestled within the rural Vermont landscape. For Liz, Charlie, Donna and Willa it was a dream come true; exactly what they needed. Each of them had escaped hardship longing for the comforts of loved ones, hearth and home. The spacious house, the location and the timing all seemed so perfect. But none of them could imagine the horrors that awaited them as the house revealed its secrets.

Book trailer:

On Amazon, she describes herself as such: I am a writer with a long and diverse history of topical interests. As a logical person, my world was altered significantly by an unbelievable, personal encounter with the occult. Since then I have had a deep interest in how it all fits; the natural world that I adore, with the supernatural world that I’m trying desperately to understand. My first book, “In Stone”, was written about this personal encounter.

You can Like her on Facebook and over on Twitter.

The Man in the Woods, by Shirley Jackson

A new short story from VT Horror author Shirley Jackson has been published: ‘The Man in the Woods’. According to NPR Books:

‘The Man in the Woods’ is a short, sinister story about a man named Christopher who walks through dark woods to find an isolated house surrounded by trees, “the forest only barely held back by the stone wall, edging as close to it as possible, pushing, as Christopher had felt since the day before, crowding up and embracing the little stone house in horrid possession.

The story can be read over on the New Yorker’s website.

Fragmented, Galaxy’s Edge Magazine


I just got the cover for this the other day: my short story, ‘Fragmented’ will be appearing in the May 2014 issue of Galaxy’s Edge Magazine, alongside such authors as Kristine Katheryn Rusch, David Brin, Nancy Kress and Robert Silverberg, among others.

I wrote the story a couple of years ago, and last fall, gave it a real work-over before the inaugural VT SF Writer’s Series event with the Renegade Writer’s Collective. Stay tuned for details on the issue’s release, or subscribe here.

Weird Lovecraft Conference Calls for Papers

Weird Tales cover for January 1942.The call is out — the call of Dr. Jonas Prida, that is — for proposals for Weird Lovecraft: H.P. Lovecraft, Weird Tales, and the American Horror Canon, a pop culture conference held at the College of St. Joseph in Rutland, Vermont. As the circular elaborates:

The College of St. Joseph is actively looking for paper proposals that explore the way that Lovecraft and/or Weird Tales helped construct the American horror canon or the American horrific aesthetic. Papers will be presented at the College of St. Joseph’s popular culture conference, held October 26-27th.

You can download the notice directly from the college’s website. It covers the abstract deadline, how to contact Dr. Prida and some possibilities of topics for those needing a nudge.