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WIHM Interview – L Bachman

Today we chat with L Bachman – artist, author, and woman in horror. She makes wicked cool book covers in addition to penning her own tales. Let’s find out more…

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How long have you been writing?

I have indeed! I’ve been writing since I was young, but it was only a few years ago that I began taking it seriously after forcing myself to throw caution to the wind and take the leap.

What draws you to horror?

I struggled with the genre I was writing in. I couldn’t understand genres; still have trouble from time to time honestly. The way I thought was if it’s not something that frightens me, it probably wasn’t horror, never considering that some people may be frightened by the things I wasn’t frightened by. I felt perhaps my writing wasn’t ‘scary enough’ when I read it back so it mustn’t be horror.

After I understood what I was creating, it made sense to me like someone shining a light in the dark room of my understanding of genres. I enjoy writing horror more now that I understand it. Horror, scaring others, isn’t what I intend when I write, my focus is just getting the story out before I implode, but there is appreciation in why I do what I do for at least me.

Facing fears can be cathartic, relieving even, but until the story ends, the thrill and intensity taps into something deeply rooted in all beings. That is why I’m drawn to it, facing down ‘bad guys’ or ‘bad situations’ and overcoming the fight or flight that we all deal with when dealing with the adrenaline rush we can get when reading.

Do you write any other genres?

At this moment, dark fantasy is the only one that any of my work can fall into.

 

 

Is there a genre you’d like to attempt but haven’t?

I’m working on some branching out stories from horror and dark fantasy, not a complete genre hopping, but casting out a twig to touch into those pools.

Do you think women horror authors have a hard time getting acknowledged?

I don’t think as much so now, but I can see how the history of women in horror was. There was a time when it was difficult to gain respect, for any woman writer. Many historic women writers took pen names that were either neutral or sounded more masculine.

What is the most difficult thing you’ve ever written and why?

The Painting of Martel was difficult; originally it was included in an anthology with a theme of killer clowns. I had never thought I’d write a story involving this theme and so it came hard to me, but I met my deadline. It’s been a year since it was in that anthology and after taking it, revamping it a bit, and working it into something more than it was I can say confidently that it will find a shelf space in being published on its own. May 1st, 2017 is when it goes live. Right now it’s for pre-order.

Who are some amazing female authors (from any genre, any style, any time-period)?

Personally, I find Mary Shelly and Anne Rice to be amazing writers.

Besides writing, what brings a smile to your face?

My family; my son makes me very happy, he’s so smart, and I could gush over my pride of all that he has accomplished. Family makes me truly happy beyond writing.

Did you have a favorite book as a child?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin.

Here’s a tough one: What’s your favorite color?

Black.

What are you working on now, and where do you see yourself in the future?

Right now I’m working on several things at once. I’m writing The Burning Man, Mercy, and Necessary Evil. That’s the three I’m working on seriously, but I always have something in the works just put on simmer on the back burner.

Where can we find you on the web?

Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/writerbachman

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/authorlbachman

Facebook Fanclub:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/bachmanblasphemer

Website for Writing:
http://lbachman.wixsite.com/lbachman

Website for Design:
http://lbachman.wixsite.com/bachmandesigns

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“Damaged Goods” nominated for best horror short story in the P & E Polls

Hi, all. Can I ask a wee favor? My short story “Damaged Goods” (which appeared in Issue 1 of Girls Rock Horror Harder e-zine) has been nominated for “Best horror story published in 2015” over at the Preditors and Editors poll. If you have read the story, or if you are a fan of my writing, please stop by and cast a vote for me!

HERE’S THE LINK: http://critters.org/predpoll/shortstoryh.shtml

Girls Rock Horror Harder author Sheri Williams has also been nominated for her story “The Piano” which appeared in Issue 2! Seeing either of these stories make it into the Top 5 would be amazing.

Here’s a little background on the e-zine. It features an all female line-up of kick ass horror writers, and it’s available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and e-book retailers. I have appeared in 3 different issues, but the story nominated in the Preditors and Editors polls – Damaged Goods – appeared in Issue 1. (That’s me on the cover right behind the word “girls”.)

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So, please, show your support by casting a vote. It would be much appreciated! http://critters.org/predpoll/shortstoryh.shtml

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VOTE NOW at http://critters.org/predpoll/shortstoryh.shtml!!!!!!

DAY TWELVE of The Dirty Dozen, 12 Days of X-mas: Horror Calendar by John J Dick

Wow. We have made it to Day 12 of our holiday celebration. There was so much horror, so much blood and guts, you might wonder what any of this has to do with Christmas. Well, to be honest, very little… but we had fun, didn’t we?

If you would like to continue this creepy fun throughout the days of 2016, please consider picking up a calendar by John J. Dick. I love the idea of a horror calendar, and this one is just plain brutal. Horrible Things 2016 is truly sick, and I mean that as praise.

All purchases can be made through John’s Paypal account. He sure would appreciate it (bless those starving artists). And these models are DYING to be hung on your wall. 🙂

The purchase link is: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=B4AELS5DEXBSG

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DAY ELEVEN of The Dirty Dozen, 12 Days of X-mas: Devlish Photography

It’s officially Winter. For some of us, that means snow and cold winds, so while you’re snuggled up at home enjoying a warm blanket, here’s more horror entertainment to make your holiday season a little dark and weird… because that’s how we like it around these parts!

Today, my special guest is Devlish Photography.

If you enjoy their work, please like their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DevlishPhotography85

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Thanks again to Devlish Photography, and if you enjoy their work, please make sure to like their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/DevlishPhotography85

DAY EIGHT of The Dirty Dozen, 12 Days of X-mas: Gifts for the Hardcore Horror Fan

The hardcore horror junkie can be hard to shop for, so I’ve put together a list, chock full of ideas, sure to please any fans of the macabre. I only wish I had posted it sooner, on Day 1 or 2 of the countdown. But there’s still time to order some of these before X-mas, and all of these items would make great BIRTHDAY gifts as well, just right for the horror fan in your life.

Luna Moon Gothic Jewelry: https://www.etsy.com/shop/lunamoonsvintage

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Twisted Ponies:

https://www.facebook.com/twistedponies

 

Box Of Dread:

http://www.boxofdread.com

Box of Dread is a really cool subscription that arrives at your doorstep monthly in the form of a package filled with surprise horror swag. I’ve heard good things from people who signed up. Apparently. you get a decent amount of swag (posters, DVDs, action figures, etc) for the cost.

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Mogwais and Gizmos!

There are TONS of places online to purchase a mogwai for that special Gremlins lover in your life. Just remember the rules! No bright light, no baths, no munchies after the witching hour. 🙂

Long Gone Dolls.

This shop is amazing. I’ve linked the Facebook and Etsy page, but I should warn you, they go extremely fast. One minute the newest doll is for sale, the next minute it’s long gone. No lie!

Visit on Facebook, or check out the Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LongGoneDolls

 

And check this out! Handmade cthulhu statues! I totally need this for my writing desk!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/123210685/cthulhu-figurine?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=horror%20toy&ref=sc_gallery_2&plkey=3b532ab1d78897c7051837898b3bdbd64c3e29ae:123210685

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Well, that’s all I’ve got for you today, but the world wide web has SO MANY great gifts for the horror fan, if you’re willing to search. 🙂 See you tomorrow, for Day Nine of our X-mas celebration.

DAY SIX of The Dirty Dozen, 12 Days of X-mas: Flatline Photography

Hey there! It’s day 666… err… day 6 of our holiday celebration, and I’ve been wondering… why is it that some of us are drawn to darkness? Why is it that you, dear reader, are visiting a horror blog for an X-mas celebration you know darn well has nothing to do with X-mas? The answer is simple: Horror fans cannot get enough horror.

Ah, yes, lovers of the macabre. We come in all walks of life, and our friends and family don’t always get it, do they? They don’t quite see the beauty we see in something like horror photography, for instance. A gruesome art form, horror photography is one of my favorite things to view online. Like today’s guest, Flatline Photography. I adore their work. (Visit them at https://www.facebook.com/FlatlinePhotographyInc)

As for WHY horror photography is a beautiful thing to me, here are a few quotes:

“Art should offend people because art should challenge people.” -Eriq La Salle

“We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.” -Stephen King

“Art doesn’t have to be pretty. It has to be meaningful.” -Duane Hanson

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A huge thank you to our guest, Flatline Photography. (Visit them at https://www.facebook.com/FlatlinePhotographyInc)

DAY FIVE of The Dirty Dozen, 12 Days of X-mas: Death March Studio

It’s Day 5 of our 12 Days of X-mas bash!

I can’t afford five golden rings, but I’ve got lots more horror to spread! I do love dark photography, don’t you? Please welcome special guest Death March Studio. If you like their work, check out their Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/Death-March-Studio-893543987368494

I’d also like to credit the models (and I hope I snagged their names correctly from the page): Tara Tarpey, Christina Marie, and Nick Schultz appear in these photos. Enjoy.

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Death March Studio. If you like their work, check out their Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/Death-March-Studio-893543987368494

HORROR ART – dark painters

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I love this quote by Leonardo da Vinci. Often embracing what society considers “dark” makes for awesome artwork… and today I’d like to shine a spotlight on my favorite horror artists! This blog will focus on dark artists who take brush to canvas in the name of all things creepy. Below you will find skilled painters whose works have awed and amazed the horror realm, and of course, I’ve provided links to their websites.

Please respect these artists and their work by not stealing it! You’ll just get busted and look like a total loser anyway. Ha! Now on to the fun…

Jerrod Brown

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Award winning Horror Artist Jerrod Brown produces everything from murals to illustrations, from monstrous portraiture to genre book covers. In addition to producing original acrylic on canvas paintings straight out of his home studio, Jerrod also sells his paintings and prints at various galleries, shows, conventions and by mail order (Over 3000 prints of his work have been sold since Oct. 2008). For more info, visit: http://southpawcreation.wix.com/horror-artist

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Stephen Cooney

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Stephen Cooney has been painting for as long as he can remember. He has always loved horror and fantasy art. Human skin served as his canvas for many years as a tattoo artist, before he began painting commissioned pieces for book and magazine covers. You may recognize his work at many popular horror publishers. Although most of his work has to do with horror and fantasy, he is always willing to try new projects on different subjects. For more information, visit: http://www.stephencooneyart.co.uk

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Suzzan Blac

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Suzzan Blac has earned SO MUCH of my respect. She’s gifted at portraying the horrific side of human nature in oil paint, and she’s open about the history of sexual abuse that led her down this dark path of self-expression, which takes real guts (much like the guts she paints so well). Her auto-biography, The Rebirth Of Suzzan Blac, was an incredible read and deepened my admiration for the artist. To learn more, visit: http://www.suzzanb.com

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Well, that’s it. I hope you enjoyed the artwork. There are tons more horror artists out there waiting to be discovered. Feel free to comment with reader suggestions!

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