by Lillian Csernica on March 9, 2019
France, 1300s. A chateau in the Alps. A Russian noblewoman sheltering there and earning her keep as governess to the daughter of the family. Katarina is the keeper of a terrible secret, one she must keep at all costs or face the loss of Yvette, the daughter Katarina herself will never have. Living under the watchful eye of Yvette’s father Sieur Etienne is difficult enough. Then a German scholar arrives, asking too many questions about matters that should be none of his concern.
Who is the real monster in this story? Who is most deserving of the ultimate punishment? Read it and make up your own mind!
I am overjoyed to see my story Saving Grace appear alongside some of the greatest masters of horror and dark fantasy:
Alexandra Elizabeth Honigsberg
F. Marion Crawford
Mary E. Braddon
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Melanie and Steve Rasnic Tem
If you enjoy weird fiction, fantasy with an edge to it, and stories that will keep you up at night, you will love all the treasures brought together in this collection.
by Lillian Csernica on February 1, 2018
Welcome to Women in Horror Month!
To celebrate, I am offering The Fright Factory for just 99 cents.
Learn the fine art of suspense, how to make monsters, and more! The techniques I explain are the very ones that helped me write and sell the stories available here:
It’s a great way to celebrate
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
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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 March 12. 2013
It’s high time I dragged myself into the 21st Century by joining the blogosphere. I’m a writer. Fantasy, dark fantasy, historical romance, horror, nonfiction. I have one novel out, SHIP OF DREAMS, under my romance pen name of Elaine LeClaire. You can find my short fiction at Tales of Old, Tales to Terrify, and soon in Midnight Movie Creature Feature Vol. 2. I’m very fortunate to have a career that lets me work at home because my two sons are both what’s now referred to as “special needs” children.
They’re not so much children anymore. Michael is sixteen. He had to be delivered at only twenty-three weeks, making him a micro-preemie. A pulmonary hemorrhage and a grade four plus brain bleed left him with cerebral palsy and later seizure disorder. He is medically fragile, an invalid who is either in his wheelchair or his hospital bed. He doesn’t let any of that stop him. He’s an award-winning artist, a great bowler, and he loves classic rock. Michael has a great smile and a wicked sense of humor.
John is fourteen. He went full term, but he did refuse to breathe. His brief bout of hypoxia is what we believe caused his speech delay. Speech therapy led to an evaluation by a neurologist which resulted in a diagnosis of autism. John is low on the spectrum, with a talent for drawing that began when he started watching “Blue’s Clues” at age two. He has taught “Drawing with John” classes at his elementary school both in the classroom and over the school’s closed-circuit television broadcasts. John loves digital animation and studies the Special Features options on DVDs which give him a behind-the-scenes view of how the artists and programmers work their magic.
It’s not easy finding time to write when each day I have phone calls to make, medical supplies to order, school projects to supervise, doctor appointments, prescription refills to keep track of, and the other random demands that crop up all the time. I tend to stay close to home for the boys’ sakes, so writing lets me run away from home inside my own head. I look forward to sharing the ups and downs of this life with you.