by Lillian Csernica on December 28, 2016
Knee Update: As long as I stay off of it, my pain level is pretty low. If I’m up and around for more than half an hour, the twinges start. Driving is tough.
I go see my primary care physician on the 4th. “Hello, New Year! Do I need to see an orthopedic specialist?” Somewhere in the world they believe that what you do on the third or fourth day of the New Year indicates how the year in general will go. In pain? No thanks. Doctor appointments? Not a happy thought. Stoned on pain meds? Been there, done that. Tends to slow down my writing.
Speaking of writing, I would like to take a moment to review this year in terms of my career successes.
From Digital Fiction Publishing Corporation come these three titles:
Killing It Softly is packed full of horror stories by female authors including the amazing Nancy Holder! In this volume you will find my vampire story, “Saving Grace.” Historical fiction, this story features a Russian Orthodox noblewoman who is hiding out as a governess in the castle of a 14th Century French nobleman. A party of pilgrims arrives seeking shelter. Among them is a German scholar who has an unhealthy interest in the schism between the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church.
Uncommon Senses makes available “The Family Spirit,” my Christmas ghost story which originally appeared in Weird Tales. This was the first deliberately humorous short story I’d written. Reading it aloud at conventions is always a lot of fun.
This is the first short story I ever sold. Fallen Idol appeared in After Hours and was later reprinted in DAW’s The Year’s Best Horror Stories XX. Many thanks to Michael Willis and the folks at DFP for bringing the story into the Digital Age!
From Transmundane Press comes this collection of fairy tales in the fine tradition of Tanith Lee’s Tales from the Sisters Grimmer. My story opens three years after the fairy gives the good sister the gift of speaking in flowers and jewels, while her wicked stepsister earned toads and snakes as punishment for her bad manners. “Happily ever after” is in the eye of the beholder!
Sky Warrior Press just released Alterna-TEAs, a steampunk anthology full of danger and excitement. Tea is the pivotal motif to every one of the stories included here. My contribution, “Tea and Trickery,” launches the espionage career of translator Lady Caroline Worthington when she’s recruited by the head of British Intelligence. There’s a nefarious conspiracy afoot intent upon sabotaging Great Britain’s efforts to bring steam engine technology to Japan.
Here’s hoping 2017 sees the launch of The Flower Maiden Saga!
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by Lillian Csernica on October 28, 2016
Just 99 cents from now until Halloween!
Horror can be anything from the most elegant ghost story to the total freak-out of a bloodthirsty serial killer. The Fright Factory can show you how to make the most of your story ideas. Choose the best setting. Build a better monster Learn the fine art of creating suspense! It’s all here, including an essential list of the worst horror cliches no editor wants to see.
Also just 99 cents until Halloween!
Suzie Lockhart and Digital Horror Fiction are thrilled to present 32 chilling tales of terror from some of the best authors in horror. Killing It Softly includes stories from New York Times best selling authors Nancy Holder and Elaine Cunningham, together with more shocking short nightmares from the finest award winning female writers in the genre.
by Lillian Csernica on October 16, 2016
Today is a very exciting day for me!
After the Happily Ever After: a collection of fractured fairy tales is a massive anthology that features more than seventy stories that transform the well-known and strange fables into sweeter, darker, and more fantastical tales. These certainly aren’t the stories we grew up with.
Please take a look at the gorgeous book trailer the wonderful folks at Transmundane Press have put together. On behalf of all my fellow contributors, let me say we appreciate your support!
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by Lillian Csernica on September 10, 2016
Many thanks to Sarah Zama at The Old Shelter for sharing an excerpt of my short story included in And All Our Yesterdays.
Thinking Ink Press, the publisher of Thirty Days Later, Steaming Forward: 30 Adventures in Time” is putting the Kindle version of the anthology on sale for 99 cents! This is a limited time sale, just until September 7th. Get your Harry Turtledove fix for under a buck!
via Sale on Thirty Days Later — Welcome to the Treehouse!
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by Lillian Csernica on July 20, 2016
New from Digital Fiction Publishing!
12 horror stories, including my own “Fallen Idol.”
A photographer discovers a young woman who could become his “modern Mona Lisa.” Attempts to make contact with her lead to strange suspicions. When the photographer follows her back to what he thinks is her home, he finds a treasure trove of images he must capture. The reality of their making is a secret he’ll wish he’d never learned!
by Lillian Csernica on February 4, 2016
I am delighted to announce that my story, “The Screaming Key,” is now available in Typhon: A Monster Anthology from Pantheon Magazine.
This story came about as a result of me spending my teenage years staying up late on the weekends watching horror movies on Channel 13. (I lived in Southern California then.) More influences include all of the 19th Century ghost stories I love to read, especially the works of M.R. James. I also owe a huge debt of gratitude to Neil Gaiman for creating the Sandman graphic novels. They set my imagination on fire and went a long way toward planting the seeds of inspiration for “The Screaming Key.”
by Lillian Csernica on September 21, 2015
With great pleasure I announce to you the relaunch of my pirate romance, Ship of Dreams! The new cover and fresh interior design come from the multi-talented Bridget McKenna of Zone 1 Design. If you’d like more information on the details of Bridget’s redesign, please go here.
If you love tall ships, tropical ports, a sassy heroine and a hero worth fighting for, you’ll find all that and more once you come aboard the Ship of Dreams!
by Lillian Csernica on May 22, 2015
Soon I shall be loading my con gear for a wild weekend of gladsome geekery. Last year at Clockwork Alchemy I managed to blog every day’s events. Not quite “live,” but I can’t be everywhere at once, right?
This year will be a flying trapeze act between Clockwork Alchemy and BayCon. It’s going to be a bit of a marathon, but I will do my best to give you the highlights of each day.
Today my official programming starts at Clockwork Alchemy at 5 p.m. in the San Juan Room. “Nemo’s Realm: Steampunk Underwater.” I even have a Powerpoint presentation! Woo hoo!
From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. I will be talking about “Steampunk Alchemy” in the San Juan room. This will be fun. I hadn’t realized just how many famous inventors were also into alchemy.
7 p.m. to 8 p.m. will find me at the 12 Hours Later release party! Show up, buy a copy, and get autographs from the contributing authors you meet there. Extra bonus: I’ll have my autographed copy stickers with me.
8:30 p.m. BayCon! I shall be joining some delightful Women of Wonder at the Horror Addicts BoF. Join us as we celebrate the release of the Horror Addicts Guide to Life. There will be trivia games! Door prizes! More cool stuff!
SEE YOU THERE!
by Lillian Csernica on May 16, 2015
Convention season is underway, which means I’ll be out and about performing my Shameless Self-Promotion Road Show.
Memorial Day Weekend is just around the corner! I will be appearing at two, count ’em, TWO separate conventions!
At Clockwork Alchemy:
5 to 6 p.m. “Nemo’s Realm: Steampunk Underwater.”
6 to 7 p.m. “Steampunk Alchemy.”
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Twelve Hours Later release party!
8:30 p.m. Horror Addicts.net BoF/Author Showcase
Hang out with fellow horror fans! Meet some of the Horror Addicts! Win prizes!
4 p.m. Death panel — How our culture deals with death, or fails to.
I’ll be telling the true story of what happened in 1987 when I died in a car accident!
At Clockwork Alchemy:
6 to 7 p.m. “Steampunk Trinkets”
8 to 10 p.m. “Steampunk Mythology”
Come one, come all! We’ll be breaking down steam power to its component parts, then dreaming up gods, goddesses, spirits, elementals, and other appropriate Powers That Be to preside over each component. Be there for the creation of the first Steampunk Pantheon!
11:30 a.m. “Vic Spec Fic”
This is short for Victorian Speculative Fiction, best typified by Jules Verne. There’s a whole lot more worth exploring, so come join my fellow panelists as we compare and contrast the best and the worst of the period!
To Be Announced. I have no official commitments right now, but you know me! I’m sure to be up to something!