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The official website of Monique Snyman, author of Muti Nation, a horror novel set in South Africa, and the Bram Stoker Award® nominated novel, The Night Weaver.

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What’s New Wednesday #13: Feeling All The Feels

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for a new What’s New Wednesday post, and I’m feeling all the feels this week! So, if you don’t already know, it’s “Launch Week” for The Night Weaver, and it’s quite busy here as a result. I’ll talk a little about that later on in the post. Long...

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for a new What’s New Wednesday post, and I’m feeling all the feels this week! So, if you don’t already know, it’s “Launch Week” for The Night Weaver, and it’s quite busy here as a result. I’ll talk a little about that later on in the post. Long story short, though, I’m feeling such relief and excitement about this book finally being available again.

A quick thanks to everyone who’s bought a copy, who shared the news, posted some gorgeous photos, and RT’ed all my Tweets. You guys are awesome! ❤️ Also, I just want to thank everyone who posted a review of The Night Weaver, whether you liked the book or loathed it, I appreciate you taking the time to leave some feedback. *super hug*

This week is going to be an interesting one.

Feeling All The Feels

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Oh, Monique, it’s probably just going to be you talking about your book the whole week.” Well, yes and no. First, of course I’m going to market the living hell out of my book and I’m super sorry if you find it annoying, but it’s part of my job. Don’t worry, regular transmissions will resume eventually. 🙂 Promise. Secondly, seeing as Husband is heading off to Mozambique with the law firm—leaving me all by my lonesome self—I have a busy schedule planned out to keep me from missing him.

This schedule includes writing (a lot!), but I’ve also planned some binge-watching of shows that I’ve already seen (in preparation of the upcoming season) and horror films I’ve been meaning to watch. That being said, I am making a bed in the living room for me and Lily-Dog. Why? Err … Because I prefer to wallow in my own self-pity while I’m comfortable in my pajamas. How else would one wallow? Sheesh.

Husband has provided a mountain of snacks (because I forget to eat when I’m in my writing-zone, unless he reminds me), so I think I’m sorted when it comes to food.

Still, I’m happy and sad—happy because my book is available and it’s beautiful and things are going well; sad that I have to spend time away from my best friend, who should be here, suggesting we build a fort instead. So, yes, I’m feeling all the feels on this emotional rollercoaster.

Obsessions

TV Shows/Films

First off are the two films I picked out for my time alone. The Influence, which is a Spanish film based on a Ramsey Campbell book of the same name. I haven’t read the book (haven’t even heard of it until recently), but the movie trailer looks excellent, so this one is a definite watch. Also, I really want to read the book for comparison purposes.

Then, Netflix suggested another film for me, called Head Count, which I have never heard about before. I don’t know if it’s a slasher or what, but I have to fill my time somehow … Onto the watch-list it goes. 🙂

I actually did watch the first season of Castle Rock, but the trailer for the second season (coming soon) looked so good, I just have to watch it again. Nothing says Halloween like some proper scares, right?

Creeped Out is on my watch-list already. It’s a bit like a modernized Goosebumps series for kids. Husband and I’ve watched a few episodes together, and it’s super nostalgic, and creepy, and fun. Totally worth it so far.

I may add Mr. Mercedes and The Exorcist to the list, too, depending on whether I have the time. We watched the first seasons of both shows when they initially came out, but for some reason stopped. I don’t know why. But now’s the perfect time to catch up.

Books

 
I’m so behind schedule on reading … But I have added a couple of books to the pile, which I promise I’ll get to within this month. I don’t know how, but I will make a dent in my TBR, even if it kills me.

Nightflyers is a George R.R. Martin book that was turned into a Netflix show, if I remember correctly, and I enjoyed it immensely. But I never read the book. Ha! We’ll fix that, won’t we? I picked up the illustrated hardback edition on a sale recently, and it’s really beautiful, so this one is a must-read.

I’ll be going in blind on both Other Words For Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin and The Boogeyman: A Monstrous Fairytale by Shane Berryhill. The covers look fun, though.

Book News

The Night Weaver Blog Tour

The blog tour is in full swing by now and I’m pretty sure you may have missed some of the interesting interviews or blog posts I’ve done thus far. So, here you go:

Exclusive Cover Reveal of The Bone Carver

SURPRISE!

I bet you’ve been wondering whether you’ll ever see the gorgeous cover art of The Bone Carver (Harowsgate #2). Well, wait no more! Head on over to YA Book Central for an exclusive look at the cover art. The artwork was done by the uber-talented Marcela Bolivar, while the title treatment was done by the magnificent Michael J. Canales. 🙂

Doesn’t it look glorious?

Look at all the bones! Eeeep! It warms my black little heart … See what I mean about feeling all the feels? My emotions should be described as a jackrabbit, hopping all over the place, running across the prairies … But then, it’s easier just to say “feeling all the feels”.

OH! Before I forget, there’s a US-Only giveaway on the YABC site, too. So, if you want to stand a chance to win some swag, get clicking!

New Author Pic

Oh, I almost forgot to show you all my pretty new author pic!

TADAM!

It was not easy looking like that, by the way, especially after about a week of loafing around in yoga pants and wearing messy buns. Luckily, I somehow managed to look decent enough for a new official author pic, because the previous one just didn’t cut it.

Visit my About page to see it in its full glory.

Shallow Waters: Volume 3

This lovely flash fiction anthology is available right now! And it’s a perfect read for Halloween (especially if you like your horror bite-sized). Best of all, it won’t break the bank! Get your copy today


And that’s all I have this week … But keep checking in on my Twitter and Facebook for more updates on books, news, and probably about me feeling all the feels while Husband is off on his trip. Things are happening faster than I expected, and you really don’t want to miss all the fun.

Have a great week, Darklings!

Monique


The Night Weaver is Here and She’s Ever So Hungry!

The Night Weaver is Here! Hold on to your children, because The Night Weaver is here and she’s ever so hungry! You’ve heard me gush in the past about how beautiful the book is, how wonderful the team at Vesuvian Books are, and how they’ve worked tirelessly for months to get my beautiful book ready...

The Night Weaver is Here!

Hold on to your children, because The Night Weaver is here and she’s ever so hungry! You’ve heard me gush in the past about how beautiful the book is, how wonderful the team at Vesuvian Books are, and how they’ve worked tirelessly for months to get my beautiful book ready for re-release. Well, time’s up … The Night Weaver is here … Are you ready to be scared?

Reception

The Night Weaver has received critical acclaim. Publishers Weekly wrote: “Snyman’s creative adoption of English folklore adds a unique twist, and satisfying frights abound. An enjoyable, frenetically paced fantasy.” Foreword Reviews have said that the novel is “unique, as well as creepy, and unsettling” and the book “introduces a world of myth, intrigue,and darkness with considerable technique.” Booktrib said that “Snyman’s storytelling takes readers down a road of fear, folklore and dark fantasy. Readers will take pleasure and have great fun.” While School Library Journal compared The Night Weaver to “Stephen King’s It meets Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight” and called it “a frightening story of horror and fantasy woven together to create a delectable tale of the macabre.”

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SHADOW GROVE IS A PERFECTLY PLEASANT TOWN

Shadow Grove isn’t a typical town. Bad things happen here. Children disappear, one after the other, and nobody is doing anything about it. Parents don’t grieve, missing posters don’t line the streets, and the sheriff seems unconcerned.

Seventeen-year-old Rachel Cleary lives on the outskirts of Shadow Grove, next to the creepy forest everyone pretends doesn’t exist. Usually the forest is filled with an eerie calm, and unmistakeable graveyard solemnity. But the trees have started whispering, forgotten creatures are stirring and the night feels darker than ever.

Something is stalking the residents of Shadow Grove, changing them into brain-dead caricatures of themselves. It’s up to Rachel to find a way to stop the devouring of her hometown before all is destroyed and everyone she loves is forever lost.

The Night Weaver is Here!

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Wrong Answers Only Interview: James Chambers

James Chambers, horror legend in his own right, one I’ve admired for a really long time. So, what do I do with authors I admire? In James Chambers’ case, I sat him down, told him, “Lie, or the stuffed bunny gets it,” and BAM! But here I thought I was the corrupting influence …...

James Chambers, horror legend in his own right, one I’ve admired for a really long time.

So, what do I do with authors I admire? In James Chambers’ case, I sat him down, told him, “Lie, or the stuffed bunny gets it,” and BAM!

But here I thought I was the corrupting influence … Ha! James Chambers set me straight by being the exceptional wordsmith he is. I mean, at some points during our interview, I was almost certain he was telling the truth—almost. Yes, the stuffed bunny almost got it, much to James Chambers’ horror, but luckily I held myself back.

I have to admit, though, I have a suspicion that James Chambers is actually an undercover lawyer, because only lawyers can lie as smoothly as he does. 😉

Alas, I won’t keep you from James Chambers’ glorious Wrong Answers Only Interview, which is both insightful and so very untrue. Enjoy, my Darklings!

Oh, Such Fun Awaits …

What inspired you to start writing?

A mean-spirited gnome who lived under my childhood bed. He threatened my family and promised not to hurt them if I made up stories for him every night. From there it became a habit. I kept it up even after a neighborhood cat ate that gnome. Eventually I realized it was the third surest path to fabulous riches and immeasurable fame. Or maybe the gnome told me that. But if he was lying about that… what else did he lie to me about?

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?

A person who gets the recommended hours of sleep each night and never knows the sweet caress of obsession over ridiculous details of story research.

How do you handle writer’s block?

I treat it like any other block. I use it to build towers then knock them down while pretending I’m Godzilla. When you have enough writer’s blocks you can build really high towers. But if you build too high God will strike down your tower and then every single paragraph in your work-in-progress will suddenly be in different languages. That can really be a setback. So it’s best to keep writing.

How do you develop your plot and characters?

Develop them? Do other writers really do that? Oh, well, fine. Adding that to the “to-do” list.

 

What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?

My grade-school teachers told no lies when they said spelling counts. Sheesh. Oh, and apparently, if you give a character a name at the start of the story, editors and readers expect them to have the same name throughout the whole story. How boring is that, anyway?

Where do you draw inspiration from?

The Inspiration Well. Writers don’t like to talk about it, but we all drink from there. The Inspiration water tastes like coffee, whiskey, or Coke Zero, depending on who fills the bucket and draws it up. So if you don’t like one of those drinks you can’t be a writer. Or at least you can’t be an inspired writer. Well, maybe you can if you’re one of those weirdo writers who finds inspiration in the real world all around us and rich history of literary traditions—but who has time for that?

Who is your favorite author and why?

J.D. Salinger. His books are really, really short, he published only, like, three of them, and they’re all quick reads. So I’ve read them all. Yeah, I’m almost an expert on that Salinger guy. I might even read those books again someday they’re so short. It used to be Harper Lee, but her book was kind of long compared to J.D.’s, and then she published another book, so that really turned me off.

What is your favorite book?

1984. George Orwell had one heck of a sense of humor and a wild imagination, didn’t he? Can you imagine if anything in that book ever really happened? If people and governments ever behaved like that with all the thought crimes and five minutes of hate stuff and history being revised every time you turn around to suit the needs of whoever’s in power? We have always been at war with Eurasia! Big Brother is watching you, tracking your location, knows all your private data! Haha! That Orwell. Such a card.

What were the key challenges you faced when writing this book?

Thinking of the words and putting them in the right order. Getting the commas and semi-colons in the right places. Remembering to put those little dot things at the ends of sentences. Indenting—man, that was a rough go. All those paragraphs, and they have to be indented the same amount of space every single time. And then my publisher was all like, “Hey, these stories need titles!” And I was like, “What? How many more words do you want from me? You’re crushing my soul!” But it all worked out in the end. We persevered. It was just tense after our initial disagreements over whether one or two spaces should follow the end of a sentence.

On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

The least amount possible. We writers generally get paid by the word so it really makes good economic sense to throw down as many words as you can, as fast as you can, in the shortest time possible, and then kick that story right off for publication so the big checks can roll right on into your back account. I know writers who keep daily writing schedules and take time for beta-reading and do rewrites and revisions and then carefully choose the markets to which they submit. That’s all wrong. Fifteen minutes and a stack of cocktail napkins equals 5,000 words, and you submit it before the ink dries. That’s serious bank right there.

About James Chambers

James Chambers is an award-winning author of horror, crime, fantasy, and science fiction. He wrote the Bram Stoker Award®-winning graphic novel, Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe and was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for his story, “A Song Left Behind in the Aztakea Hills.” Publisher’s Weekly gave his collection of four Lovecraftian-inspired novellas, The Engines of Sacrifice, a starred review and described it as “…chillingly evocative.”

He is the author of the short story collections On the Night Border and Resurrection House and several novellas, including The Dead Bear Witness and Tears of Blood, in the Corpse Fauna novella series, and the dark urban fantasy, Three Chords of Chaos.

His short stories have been published in numerous anthologies, including After Punk: Steampowered Tales of the Afterlife, The Best of Bad-Ass Faeries, The Best of Defending the Future, Chiral Mad 2, Chiral Mad 4, Deep Cuts, Dragon’s Lure, Fantastic Futures 13, Gaslight and Grimm, The Green Hornet Chronicles, Hardboiled Cthulhu, In An Iron Cage, Kolchak the Night Stalker: Passages of the Macabre, The Pulp Horror Book of Phobias, Qualia Nous, Shadows Over Main Street (1 and 2), The Spider: Extreme Prejudice, To Hell in a Fast Car, Truth or Dare, TV Gods, Walrus Tales, Weird Trails; the chapbook Mooncat Jack; and the magazines Bare Bone, Cthulhu Sex, and Allen K’s Inhuman. He co-edited the anthology, A New York State of Fright: Horror Stories from the Empire State, which received a Bram Stoker Award nomination.

He has also written and edited numerous comic books including Leonard Nimoy’s Primortals, the critically acclaimed “The Revenant” in Shadow House, and The Midnight Hour with Jason Whitley.

He is a member of the Horror Writers Association and recipient of the 2012 Richard Laymon Award and the 2016 Silver Hammer Award.

He lives in New York. Visit his website: www.jameschambersonline.com.

On The Night Border

NOW AVAILABLE!

Dark things stir in the night. When the world sleeps and quiet settles in, shadows assume sinister shapes, guilt and regret well up from the mind’s deepest recesses, and the lonely face their greatest fears. Darkness bares the secret truths whispered on the lips of the lost and the desperate. At night, terrors come alive. For those who journey too far into the dark, no escape remains–but there is a place from which to view these nightmares, a place…on the night border.

The fifteen stories collected here come from the last edge of the light and deliver glimpses into the dreadful, the mysterious, and the strange. These stories offer readers unsettling and weird visions from across the border, visions out of history and from the world around us, visions of cosmic horror, personal madness, and agonizing heartbreak.

A literary legend confronts the reality of a chaotic, uncaring universe. A young girl grows up in the shadow of a ferocious monster. A man seeks to kill his memories. Love defeats death in an odd world not unlike our own. An artist’s drawings unlock a terrifying truth of his adopted city. A mask burns. The mother of plagues offers a deadly future.

Readers will find here all of these and many other visions of what lies on the far side of the line, including, by special arrangement, stories of Lin Carter’s Anton Zarnak and Kolchak, the Night Stalker. Walk up to the edge. Listen to the whispers on the wind. Peer across at the terrors beyond from your vantage point…on the night border!


Scare Yourself Silly With Some Great YA Reads

Scare Yourself Silly … October is the perfect time to scare yourself silly, and there’s no better way to do it than with some great reads. Believe me, the imagination is much more powerful in conjuring creepy things that don’t exist when you’re engrossed in a good book. 🙂 So, to get you started...

Scare Yourself Silly …

October is the perfect time to scare yourself silly, and there’s no better way to do it than with some great reads. Believe me, the imagination is much more powerful in conjuring creepy things that don’t exist when you’re engrossed in a good book. 🙂 So, to get you started on your journey of fear, I thought I’d help you out with some of my favorite YA Horror reads.

Please keep in mind that some of the categories I’ve put these books in may overlap from time to time. It’s cool, though, because then you get double the fun!

If you need other horror book suggestions, do check out my 50 Must-Read Horror Books.

Serial Killers

Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

Keeping secrets is second nature to Nearly Boswell. Living in a trailer park outside Washington, DC, with a mom who works as an exotic dancer, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Only her best friends know about her obsession with the personal ads, and Nearly hasn’t told anyone about the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone’s skin.

Then a serial killer goes on a murder spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper. Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn’t figure it out soon – she’ll be next.

I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells

John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it.

He’s spent his life doing his best not to live up to his potential.

He’s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn’t want to become one. So for his own sake, and the safety of those around him, he lives by rigid rules he’s written for himself, practicing normal life as if it were a private religion that could save him from damnation.

Dead bodies are normal to John. He likes them, actually. They don’t demand or expect the empathy he’s unable to offer. Perhaps that’s what gives him the objectivity to recognize that there’s something different about the body the police have just found behind the Wash-n-Dry Laundromat—and to appreciate what that difference means.

Now, for the first time, John has to confront a danger outside himself, a threat he can’t control, a menace to everything and everyone he would love, if only he could.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer.

This is Susie Salmon, speaking from heaven – which looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets, counsellors to help newcomers adjust, and friends to room with. Everything Susie wants appears as soon as she thinks of it – except the one thing she wants most: to be back with the people she loved on earth.

Watching from her place in heaven, Susie sees her happy, suburban family devastated by her death, isolated even from one another as they each try to cope with their terrible loss alone. Over the years, her friends and siblings grow up, fall in love, do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But life is not quite finished with Susie yet …

Zombies

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Nearly fourteen years ago, a freak virus swept across the world turning the living into the undead. Benny Imura was only a toddler, but his last memory of his parents is tainted by the image of them becoming zombies, and he blames his older brother, Tom, for not saving them.

Now Benny is fifteen, and Tom wants them to put their difficult relationship behind them and work together in the “family business”: as zombie killers. It’s the last thing Benny wants to do, but he needs a job and he thinks it’ll be an easy ride.

But when they head into the Rot and Ruin, an area full of wandering zombies, Benny soon realises that there’s more to the job than just whacking zombies. And, as he’s confronted with the truth about the world around him Benny makes the most terrifying discovery of all, that the worst monsters you can imagine might actually be human …

Feed by Mira Grant

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop.

The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives—the dark conspiracy behind the infected.

The truth will get out, even if it kills them.

The Enemy by Charlie Higson

When the sickness came, every parent, police officer, politician – every adult fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry.

Only children under fourteen remain, and they’re fighting to survive.

Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city – down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground – the grown-ups lie in wait.

But can they make it there – alive?

Ghosts

Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan

There is a right way and a wrong way to summon her.

Jess had done the research. Success requires precision: a dark room, a mirror, a candle, salt, and four teenage girls. Each of them–Jess, Shauna, Kitty, and Anna–must link hands, follow the rules . . . and never let go.

A thrilling fear spins around the room the first time Jess calls her name: “Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary. BLOODY MARY.” A ripple of terror follows when a shadowy silhouette emerges through the fog, a specter trapped behind the mirror.

Once is not enough, though–at least not for Jess. Mary is called again. And again. But when their summoning circle is broken, Bloody Mary slips through the glass with a taste for revenge on her lips. As the girls struggle to escape Mary’s wrath, loyalties are questioned, friendships are torn apart, and lives are forever altered.

A haunting trail of clues leads Shauna on a desperate search to uncover the legacy of Mary Worth. What she finds will change everything, but will it be enough to stop Mary–and Jess–before it’s too late?

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity to ward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night.

A dead girl walks the streets.

She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.

Because the boy has a terrifying secret – one that would just kill to get out.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.

Vampires & Werewolves

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.

All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don’t even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost – and the ghost saw me.

Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won’t leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a “special home” for troubled teens. Yet the home isn’t what it seems. Don’t tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? It’s up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House… before its skeletons come back to haunt me.

Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

A spellbinding and darkly humorous coming-of-age story about an unusual boy whose family lives on the fringes of society and struggles to survive in a hostile world that shuns and fears them.

He was born an outsider, like the rest of his family. Poor yet resilient, he lives in the shadows with his Aunt Libby and Uncle Darren, folk who stubbornly make their way in a society that does not understand or want them. They are mongrels, mixedblood, neither this nor that. The boy at the center of Mongrels must decide if he belongs on the road with his aunt and uncle, or if he fits with the people on the other side of the tracks.

For ten years, he and his family have lived a life of late-night exits and close calls—always on the move across the South to stay one step ahead of the law. But the time is drawing near when Darren and Libby will know if their nephew is like them or not. And the close calls they’ve been running from for so long are catching up fast, now. Everything is about to change.

Demons

The Merciless by Danielle Vega

Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.

Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.

Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls . . . unless she wants to be next. . .

 

Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner’s family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and most of all, the memories of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries.

When the Verners arrive at their new home, a large cabin abandoned by its previous owners, they discover the inside covered in blood. And as the days pass, it is obvious to Amanda that something isn’t right on the prairie. She’s heard stories of lands being tainted by evil, of men losing their minds and killing their families, and there is something strange about the doctor and his son who live in the woods on the edge of the prairie. But with the guilt and shame of her sins weighing on her, Amanda can’t be sure if the true evil lies in the land, or deep within her soul.

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fifth grade, when they bonded over a shared love of E.T., roller-skating parties, and scratch-and-sniff stickers. But when they arrive at high school, things change. Gretchen begins to act…different. And as the strange coincidences and bizarre behavior start to pile up, Abby realizes there’s only one possible explanation: Gretchen, her favorite person in the world, has a demon living inside her. And Abby is not about to let anyone or anything come between her and her best friend. With help from some unlikely allies, Abby embarks on a quest to save Gretchen. But is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?


So, now that you’ve got the information you need to start your journey on the “scare yourself silly” path, which book do you think you’ll delve into first?

 


7 Days …

There are 7 days left until The Night Weaver (Harrowsgate #1) is reborn. That’s 168 hours left for you to go about your typical day, unaffected, oblivious to the terrors waiting to come to life in Shadow Grove… There are 10,080 minutes until Darklings slither into your house, snuffing out all the light, enticing you...

There are 7 days left until The Night Weaver (Harrowsgate #1) is reborn. That’s 168 hours left for you to go about your typical day, unaffected, oblivious to the terrors waiting to come to life in Shadow Grove… There are 10,080 minutes until Darklings slither into your house, snuffing out all the light, enticing you to the Night Weaver’s side. 604,800 seconds until your worst fears are realized.



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The Night Weaver

Harrowsgate - Volume 1
Shadow Grove isn’t a typical town. Bad things happen here. Children disappear, one after the other, and nobody is doing anything about it. Parents don’t grieve, missing posters don’t line the streets, and the sheriff seems unconcerned.

Seventeen-year-old Rachel Cleary lives on the outskirts of Shadow Grove, next to the creepy forest everyone pretends doesn’t exist. Usually the forest is filled with an eerie calm, an unmistakable graveyard solemnity. But the trees have started whispering, forgotten creatures are stirring, and the nights feel darker than ever.

Something is stalking the residents of Shadow Grove, changing them into brain-dead caricatures of themselves. It’s up to Rachel to stop the devouring of her hometown before all is destroyed and everyone she loves is forever lost.

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7 Days …

You’ve been warned. 


What’s New Wednesday #12: Spooky Time 👻🦇

It’s October, which means it’s spooky time! 👻🦇 With Halloween coming up, everything’s going darker, eerier, and you know what? I love it! In South Africa, people don’t really celebrate Halloween the way the USA does (I mean, it’s not even autumn here), but that doesn’t stop me from partaking in the Spooky Season how...

It’s October, which means it’s spooky time! 👻🦇 With Halloween coming up, everything’s going darker, eerier, and you know what? I love it! In South Africa, people don’t really celebrate Halloween the way the USA does (I mean, it’s not even autumn here), but that doesn’t stop me from partaking in the Spooky Season how way I can and when I can. Ooh, I’m so excited for horror month!

So, let’s get to all my obsessions this week before I burst:

All The Spooky Shows

There are finally some new horror-ish TV shows to watch again, and I have to say the ones I’ve recently seen are excellent—unique plots, superb cinematography, and stellar acting.

Almost everyone I know has already tuned in to the newest season of American Horror Story, which is aptly named 1984, and has a wonderful 80s slasher vibe to it. I think the makers are trying to cash in on the Stranger Things and GLOW 80s setting, but that’s okay. I’m digging it anyway.

The Prodigal Son is another show that you absolutely have to watch. It’s an intelligently written thriller/horror with a wonderful twist to an old trope. We’ve watched one episode so far, and the acting was so good, I was hooked immediately. You want to watch this one if you’re a fan of Michael Sheen, Silence of the Lambs, and/or serial killers and psychopaths in general.

Evil is also a thriller/horror show with a good twist on an old trope. The acting is good, the plot is interesting, and weirdly, at times, I got a bit of a Conjuring vibe. If you’re looking for some demon action in your regular scheduled viewing, this one is for you.

All in all, these shows are worth a watch if you’re looking for anything with entertainment value.

Some Creepy Books

This week, in books, I’m still reading some of the titles I talked about last week. Let’s be honest, I may have bit off more than I could chew, but I did make a dent. So, I don’t feel too bad adding some other titles to the nightstand’s pile. So, here they are:

The Ghost Hunter’s Daughter by Caroline Flarity is a YA novel, with a tagline that just spoke to my black little heart. I mean, who wouldn’t be intrigued with a book that says it’s “Supernatural meets Mean Girls”? So that one’s definitely being read this week.

I’m going in blind with another title I recently picked up, called: Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Cardinal.

Inside Out by Demi Moore isn’t especially spooky, but I’ve been hearing a lot about the memoir, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t intrigued. So, I bought it, and decided to put it on the nightstand as a kind of palate cleanser.

The Ominous Nail Art

If you follow me on Instagram, you might sometimes see me post my nail art. Now, usually I try to stick to seasonal nail art—you know, pretty flowers for Spring or red for February—but I always seem to gravitate towards the darker and creepier stuff. My manicurist, Jaqueline, is often challenged with whatever design I absolutely, positively need on my hands for the next 20 days or so.

A lesser person would have kicked me off their client list ages ago, but Jaqueline has embraced my quirky challenges, so much so that she surprised me on Monday with the spookiest Halloween design ever! Check it out:

I adore this design! I feel powerful and dangerous and oh, so spooky! Even now, two days on, I can’t stop looking at them. Jaqueline made each eyeball individually, as well as the skulls, and then hand-painted the rest. Gorgeous, right? 🙂 I can’t wait for the next appointment for the Halloween 2.0 design.

Spookier than Spooky News

Shallow Waters: Volume 3

Last week, I revealed the cover art for the Shallow Waters: Volume 3 flash fiction anthology. My story, “Number Seventeen”, was selected to go into it, along with plenty of other amazing authors’ stories. I also have the official TOC to share! Whoohoo! 🙂

Introduction by Joe Mynhardt

“Piece Meal” by Madeline Mora-Summonte

“The Anonymous Dark” by Jonathan Winn

“Number Seventeen” by Monique Snyman

“For Her” by Jo-Anne Russell

“Second Chances” by Rob Smales

“Maker of Flight” by Richard Thomas

“Inertia” by Joshua Hair

“Malignant Roots” by Red Lagoe

“Two to a Desk” by Dani Brown

“The Comb” by Theresa Derwin

“Echoes” by Megan Hart

“Haunted Places” by Mark Allan Gunnells (winner)

“Hallways, Long and Dark” by Dale Elster

“The Chance of a Lifetime” by Pete Mesling

“GOGGINS” by Stephen Crowley

“Caoine” by Jennifer Loring “

Hacked” By Mark Cassell & Patrick R. McDonough

“Ghosts of the Wood” by Tim Meyer

“Paid in Full” by Roberta Codemo

“This Other Door” by Dan Rabarts & Lee Murray

“Always and Forever” by Jay Faulkner

Just look at the awesome bite-sized horror in this book! Ooh, it’s a good one, I can feel it in my bones. Also, it’s probably going to come out real soon … I think pre-orders will actually be up by tonight, so keep an eye out for it.

The Night Weaver (Harrowsgate #1)

Instagram

So, with The Night Weaver is coming out on October 15th, but everyone’s been working super hard to get all the marketing done on time. I’ve seen some beautiful photos on Instagram, and I’m smiling all the way. My book look so pretty:

If you want to see your pics of my book on Instagram, please do consider tagging me @therealMoniqueSnyman or just use #Harrowsgate or #TheNightWeaver. 🙂 I love all the pretty pics, but I sometimes struggle finding them in the great IG-sphere.

The Nerd Daily

Last night, Seven Jane surprised me by posting our interview on The Nerd Daily. I knew it was coming out, but I must have forgotten (it’s been a pretty hectic couple of weeks … it happens). 🙂 Nevertheless, I had great fun talking books, writing, and just all things Harrowsgate. Seven is absolutely wonderful. Do take a moment to read The Nerd Daily interview, and then, when you’re done there, come back to check out Seven Jane’s Wrong Answers Only Interview. Hehehe

Ads

Ooh, here’s a pretty spooky ad that’s been making the rounds:

Book Riot

Book Riot did a “YA Books to Get in the Fall Mood” post, which features The Night Weaver alongside some excellent, creepy reads. If you’re looking to read something to get you in the Halloween mood, do check this one out.

Publishers Weekly

My agent sent me a screenshot of Publishers Weekly’s Reality Bites section, and it was an AMAZING surprise!  The Night Weaver is mentioned alongside some really cool upcoming books, and I’m just so incredibly grateful for all the wonderful support I’m getting. ❤️❤️❤️ I don’t think I’m allowed to share the screenshot, though, because of legal stuff, but let me know if you see it so we can squeal with joy together.


I know I’m forgetting something, but I can’t remember what it is.

If whatever it is I’m forgetting comes back to me at some point, I’ll let you know. 🙂 In the meantime, I think this is about it. There’s no telling what news I’ll have next week, so keep on checking in to stay updated with my whirlwind world.

Stay spooky, Darklings!
Monique


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