Tag Archives: paranormal

Ghost story writing contest


The 2001 Scare the Dickens Out of Us ghost story writing contest; prizes are $1,000, $500, $250; 5,000 words max; also a junior contest; main contest entry fee is $20; junior contest is $5. All entry fee money goes to library projects; entries are accepted July 1, 2011 through Oct. 1, 2011. For more info, visit: www.clarklibraryfriends.com

Call for paranormal/noir crime short stories


“Damnation & Dames” by Ticonderoga Publications is seeking short stories of 1,000 – 7,500 words. The anthology pays $.02/word (Australian) up to $150, plus two copies. Details HERE:


Ghost story contest


The Ghost Hunter (a new paranormal Web site) is hosting the Winter Ghost Story Competition. 2,000 words max; Deadline is 11/21/2010; premier 1 members can enter for free; entry fee is $5 for non-members; prizes are (in pounds, not dollars): $500, $200, $150, and a flash fiction writing course; details on how to enter HERE:


Pre-order autographed copies of FreeK Camp from a Bram Stoker Award-winning author


New from Steve Burt

An Adventure that’s Out of this World. And In It.

Free Camp, which somehow became known as FreeKCamp, is

for special kids. But just how special, most people will never

know. Two vans are on their way to the camp in rustic New

England, their passengers just starting to get acquainted. One

van makes it. The other mysteriously disappears. Now each

group of kids must bond together to discover and use their

paranormal and psychic powers. The lives of one group literally

depend on it.  Part mystery thriller, part detective story, part

sci-fi, FreeKCampis all hold-your-breath-I-didn’t-see-that-

coming adventure.


Four versions available for pre-publication ordering. Mailed as soon as they arrive from the printer in

May. Pre-publication orders get free shipping.

–$19.95 dustjacketedhardcover (autographed) –$16.95 trade paperback (autographed)

–$18.95 plastic-jacketed (laminated) school/library/home hardcover $18.95 (autogrif req)

–$100 Collectible hardcover for investors, hardcore fans, and Steve Burt do-good supporters. 250

books from the trade hardcover printing will be signed, numbered #1 through #250, and logged. These

should go up in value–especially if the book or the FreeKsseries takes off or becomes a movie. Each

collectible comes with a free paperback, so you don’t have to bend or smudge your investment copy.

When they’re gone, they’re gone!


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Ghost stories wanted – $100 payment

Descant, a Canadian publication, is seeking poetry, fiction and nonfiction pieces for a 
special issue titled, "Ghosts and the Uncanny."turns ghost hunter and dares to explore the
Pays $100; March 1, 2010 deadline; Info and entry HERE:

Like paranormal? Bram Stoker winner to read ghost stories on radio 10/30


My father, Steve Burt, will be reading some of his ghost stories live on www.newsradio970.com on October 30 (Friday)  at 8:30 a.m. Mountain Time. Also known as “The Sinister Minister,” Dad is the author of 12 book and won the Bram Stoker Award for Young Adult ‘Horror’ (more like scary than gore) in 2005, tying with Clive Barker! You can learn more about Dad on his Web site, www.BurtCreations.com

10 QUESTIONS FOR…paranormal fiction author F.P. Dorchak


Author interview with F.P. Dorchak




photo by Kim Claybaugh

photo by Kim Claybaugh





I’m a tech writer and live in Colorado and I write gritty, realistic, paranormal fiction. No, not vampires, as “paranormal fiction” seems wont to mean these days.  We’re talking past lives, supernatural nastiness, remote viewers, and UFOs.  That kind of paranormal.  Anyway, I attended Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, Arizona, and studied physics, astronomy, German, and philosophy, and served seven years in the U.S. Air Force as a missile warning and satellite operator. I get up BEFORE the crack of dawn to work on my manuscripts, and recently acquired literary agent Cherry Weiner.  Cherry is currently shopping around my supernatural mass murder and UFO conspiracy machine manuscripts.


1. Tell us about your latest book.

My latest manuscript is about an astronaut trapped within a damaged space station who gets caught up in the UFO conspiracy machine. I used a lot of real stuff from growing up in upstate New York to my time in the Air Force.  Yeah, there’s lots of made-up stuff, too, but I’m not telling what’s what.  :-]  It takes place in Colorado Springs, New Mexico, and New York.  Oh, yeah, and in Earth orbit.

2. How did you get started as a writer?

I’d love to say I was born with pen in hand, but a lot of mothers might cringe at the thought.  I started writing at the age of six, my mother tells me.  Wrote and drew about Civil War battles, because I felt I’d been a Civil War soldier (see my website for more information about…), but it wasn’t until about fourteen or fifteen that I actively began writing short stories.  I loved horror and the supernatural so wrote about flesh-eating tables, gargoyles, vampyres, and all-things weird.  I attended college and my writing went on hold, but I picked it up around 1986, and soon took a Writer’s Digest correspondence course, instructed by James Kisner.  I wrote a lot and read a lot.  Joined a couple critique groups for a few years (got kicked out of one cause of the nastiness I wrote), kept writing, and attended writing conferences. In 1993 took second in the SF/F contest at the first PPWC.  I have since been published in the US, Canada, and “the old Czechoslovakia,” now the Czech Republic, with over a dozen paranormal short stories in various small-press magazines, and self-published my first novel, Sleepwalkers, in 2001 (http://www.fpdorchak.com/Sleepwalkers.html).  Except for one Amazon.com review (http://tinyurl.com/l7x2qs), the rest are great. Can’t please everyone, huh?

3. What does a typical day look like for you?

I come-to in the middle of some secluded Michigan back road (in my jammies), cut out that dang implant I can’t seem to get rid of for the umpteenth time, and hitch my way home.  Okay, not really.  Up at oh-dark-thirty, write for a couple hours before my day job.  Work like a dog for “The Man and Woman” (I have dual bosses–takes two to manage me, don’tcha know…).  Hit the gym later in the day, do whatever are the chores du jour, try to relax a little before bedtime, and start it all over again.  Yeah, baby, life is great!

4. Describe your desk/workspace.

A small home office with a couple whiteboards covered in items-o-interest, a wall with pictures and stuff from my time in the Air Force, family photos.  Earth and moon globes.  A corkboard packed with notes.  Shelves and floor space littered–I mean covered–with “research material.”  A small desk with my needed writerly machinations, and pictures of my adorable and charming wife (did I mention “adorable” and “charming”?).  An overstuffed filing cabinet.  WAY overstuffed.  I think it’s supposed to represent an analogy about me.  Or something.

5. Favorite books (especially for writers)

Your standard Elements of Grammar and Strunk and Whites, but where’s the fun in those?  I devour books on Weird Shit (can I say that on our six-second delay?), like UFOs, past and future lives, NASA and Secret Society conspiracies, most works by Stephen King.  The mega volumes of the Seth material.  THERE’S some funky reading, my friends….

6. Tell us 3 interesting/crazy things about you

You don’t have enough already?

1) When I was a kid, I actually wrote an entire story around the OUTSIDE of our house.  Don’t worry, it was in pencil.

2) I attended acting and modeling classes with the John Casablancas Agency; attended “go-sees” (auditions) in the late eighties.

3) I believe I’ve lived before.  Many times.  (Like you didn’t see THAT coming?)

7. Favorite quote

We create our own reality.  TMI yet?

8. Best and worst part of being a writer

World creation.  God complexes.  Mega-use of the imagination.

There’s a downside to any of the above?!

9. Advice for other writers

What are you doing this for, huh?  Find your reason then pit-bull it to death.  There’s no crying in baseball, and there’s no room in writing for the half-possessed.

10. Tell us a story about your writing experience.

Someone once told me that Sleepwalkers helped them remember their dreams…GOOD dreams, for a change…where for a long time had been nothing and nastiness, because of relationship abuse.  There was more to the conversation that I wish I could recall, but, man, I was dumbfounded.  It really affected me.  If I never sold another book, THAT particular one was more than worth it.  It actually HELPED someone.  My fiction helped someone through a dark, brutal period in their life.  Good Lord, how do you top that?  I think about that a lot.

Where can people buy your book?

I have some links to short stories and such on my website (http://www.fpdorchak.com/LiteraryCredits.html), and every so often, I try to keep a semi-regular blog, also accessible from my website (http://www.fpdorchak.com/index.html). If you’re at all interested, stop on by and post a comment.  Take a crack at Sleepwalkers (http://www.fpdorchak.com/Sleepwalkers.html), available from at my website or Amazon.com (cheaper at AuthorHouse–see link on site).  It may not change your life, like my one readers, but it might.  And it just might get you to think a little differently about life in general.  Bret Wright read it twice (read his two reviews, at Amazon.com)–thanks, Bret!  And thank all of you for taking the time to read a little about me.


All Writing Helps All Writing

F. P. (Frank) Dorchak

SLEEPWALKERS (ISBN 0-75963-950-7)




10 QUESTIONS FOR…paranormal romance author Patti Shenberger


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Patti Shenberger, contemporary paranormal romance author

Patti Shenberger lives in Michigan with her husband and critters.  Also the mother of two grown children, she longs for the day when they will proudly show her books to their friends.  And not just for reading aloud the sexy parts.  Currently, Patti serves as the President of the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America and is an active member in the National organization and several other chapters.  When not writing, she can be found curled up with a good book, off cruising the high seas, or hanging out with family and friends.

1. Tell us about your latest book. 

My latest release is The Laird’s Lady, from The Wild Rose Press.  This book is a contemporary paranormal set in Scotland.  Devin Noone inherits the title of Lady along with a smelly canine, a hundred + year old ghost and the castle.

2. How did you get started as a writer? 

I have loved to write since I was young but didn’t get serious about it till roughly 1994.  My first sale was to a children’s magazine.  After many more sales in fiction and nonfiction length magazine work I moved on to writing romance novels.  This past December saw the release of my 5th novel.  That being said, I write all across the board.  Womb For Rent is a contemporary romance, A Miracle Through Time is a historical time travel back to the 1860’s and the era of the paddlewheel, Take No Prisoners is a contemporary, The Captain’s Wench is a contemporary paranormal.  Think The Ghost and Mrs. Muir but in color and sexier!  And The Laird’s Lady, a contemporary paranormal. 

3. What does a typical day look like for you? 

A typical day for me is to get up, feed the dog and cat, get hubby off to work, and then sit down at the computer.  I do email first and then head on into my writing.  I take a break for lunch, and then get right back at it.  Though if someone calls and invites me out, I’m gone. ; )

4. Describe your desk/workspace. 

I have a home office in what used to be my son’s bedroom.  He is now serving in the Army and about to deploy to Iraq.  It is a cluttered room, with my covers in frames on the wall, a moving picture of the ocean above my desk for inspiration and piles of papers and books everywhere.

5. Favorite books (especially for writers) 

If you mean favorite authors then Jude Deveraux, Susan Crosby, Michelle Celmer, Kate Walker, Lucy Gordon, Lucy Monroe, and tons more.  If you mean writing related books, then GMC – Goal, Motivation and Conflict by Deb Dixon.  Also, Romance Writing for Dummies and of course The Writers Market.  I buy that book every single year.  Those three top my list.

6. Tell us 3 interesting/crazy things about you

I am a colon cancer survivor of 2 years (so far). 

I would love to learn how to pilot a small plane, and am dying to go on a zip line. 

My family thinks I’m nuts on item 2 and 3.  But my future son-in-law said he would join me on the zip line.

7. Favorite quote –  

“Live like it’s the last day of your life.”  That may sound odd to some, but for me it rings so very true.  The last year and a half of my life have been an uphill battle that I was very lucky to have won.


8. Best and worst part of being a writer 

Best part is being able to work at home in your pj’s with an unlimited amount of food just steps away.  And the worst part is that writing is a very solitary business.

9. Advice for other writers

 Never give up.  I know everyone says it, but it is true.  If you give up, you will never get to hold the brass ring in your hand.  And there is nothing like seeing your book in print and having someone tell you they love it!

10. Tell us a story about your writing experience.

 Expose myself, huh?  Here goes…  At last years Romance Writer’s of America conference I was presenting at our local chapter, The Greater Detroit RWA’s Booksellers Best Award. This is an award we give to published authors, judged by librarians and booksellers.  I had finished the ceremony, walked over to the table where two Harlequin Mills & Boon editors were pouring champagne and introduced myself to one.  She thanked me for being invited and I responded with “Your welcome.  I have an appointment with Lucy Brown tomorrow; can you tell me any inside tips about her?”  The editor points to the woman off to her left and says “You mean Lucy Gilmour?  She’s right here.”  At which said editor turns around, smiles and I would now love to sink through the floor.  But it all turned out fine.  I did my pitch the next day and presently my book is in her hands in London.

Where can people buy your books?

   All my books can be found on my website at www.pattishenberger.com or at www.twrp.com or www.devinedestinies.com  You can also learn more about me at my website and see trailers and excerpts of my books.