August 16, 2019

Hey all! Another Friday is upon us! If you read last week’s blog post – you’ll get the tongue-in-cheek joke of the blog title!

I’m gonna keep this succinct today.

We are almost exactly two weeks away from September 1st, 2019.

That day is a big one. Why?

Well, not only does The Night Crawls In release, but that closes off applications for the 1st annual LOHF Writers Grant! From what I’ve heard the application response has been amazing, and truthfully I’m equal parts excited but equal parts saddened. Why?

Well – I’m excited that so many authors have applied and it shows that the LOHF gang both has a far reach but also that the number of horror/dark fiction/speculative fiction etc etc Female Authors out there is vast! That’s a great thing and can only get better.

I’m saddened though, because if you know me – I always want to help and do more. So I’m sad that we can only offer one grant. I’ve begun reaching out to some old contacts from my athlete days to see if they have any contacts for good fits for companies that might even be able to come on board for year two and beyond, to try and offer more grants for more authors. Fingers crossed.

As for pre-orders. I’m typically an upbeat person, but this has also been a bummer. Stalled since last week. So if you haven’t and are thinking about it – please do! And please understand that ALL proceeds from pre-orders will be going to this years winner and all further sales after release date will be going to future writing grants!

As for the content in the collection – I’ve been blessed recently to have a number of blogs host guest posts which have all featured drabbles and poems that will be featured in the collection.  I’ve compiled all of the links together – so take a minute to click the links, check out the content and please also follow those pages! All are ran by outstanding people!

Link 1: https://stevestredauthor.wordpress.com/2019/08/02/the-night-crawls-in-preview/

Link 2: https://themisadventuresofareader.com/2019/08/12/guest-post-steve-stred/

Link 3: https://mirandacritesreadsandwrites.wordpress.com/2019/08/09/the-night-crawls-in-horror-author-steve-stred-guest-post/

Link 4: https://www.highfeverbooks.com/reviews/guest-post-the-night-crawls-in-by-steve-stred

Link 5: http://kendallreviews.com/feature-the-night-crawls-in-details-on-the-2019-lohf-writers-grant-brought-to-you-by-steve-stred-and-the-ladies-of-horror-fiction/

As for pre-order links, you can find those here on the site under collections!

https://stevestredauthor.wordpress.com/collections/

 

Also today, I’m featured over at author Erin Casey’s site! Erin invited me some time ago to be interviewed, so some of the answers to the questions are a bit older, but give it a read!

https://www.erincasey.org/author-interviews1#/steve-stred

 

Lastly today, I’m going to share some tunes I’ve been jamming this week and call it a day!

Nevermore – And the Maiden Spoke

Nevermore is one of my personal favourite bands and I think their album ‘This Godless Endeavor’ is perfection. The follow up album ‘The Obsidian Conspiracy’ was stellar and featured the song ‘And the Maiden Spoke,’ which may very well be the best ghost story song ever written.

Lacuna Coil – Layers of Time

My wife used to be a fan of Lacuna Coil, though I never have been. Their singer Cristina used to get a ton of press in Revolver, but that magazine stopped being sold up here in Canada for a while, so I’m not sure if she’s still featured in it or not.

Saying that – the new single they’ve released ‘Layers of Time’ is an outstanding piece of heavy music. I was shocked at how much I dug it and I think this’ll garner them some love from old fans and make some new ones.

 

Motionless In White – Thoughts & Prayers

I don’t mind MiW. I wouldn’t call myself a fan, but they’ve had some solid songs. Maybe after this song I should take the time to delve into their discography? I don’t know. Maybe. Anyways, I’m digging this song, so check it out!

 

Sepultura – Sepulnation

Early this week I tweeted about the two distinct versions of Sepultura – Max vs Derrick. I personally don’t have a preference as I do view them as two different entities.

Sepulnation is a great track from a great album and really encompasses just how different of a vibe the singer change had on the band.

 

As for life – well, how insane is this;

3 years ago today we did our maternity shoot!

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We had no idea just how insane life would be after this. Auryn arrived 10 days later and six months after this, we’d be moving to Edmonton and I’d be starting a new job.  I can’t believe we’ll have a 3 years old in 10 days and I can’t believe he’ll be starting playschool in September.

Speaking of Auryn – yesterday was a pretty big day for him.

Him and Pops (his grandpa) went for a walk and saw A FIRETRUCK! Other than excavators and dump trucks, fire trucks are the be-all, end-all for Auryn. He got to sit in the driver seat and even pretend to put out a fire!

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When I got home I got to hear all about it!

Well that’s all I got. Have a great weekend!

 

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