S. Kay Nash

S. Kay Nash is a writer, artist, unapologetic nerd and bibliophile. During the day she is a professional business writer. After dark, weird things crawl out of her mind and find homes in her poetry and short fiction.

Published: 72 articles

Black Feathers edited by Ellen Datlow

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I know two people who are terrified of birds. One can’t explain it, just, “birds freak me out.” Another says, “They’re dinosaurs just waiting to peck my eyes out.” Birds have a wealth of symbolism attached to them: piety, spirits, freedom, joy, sorrow, danger. They are a perfect theme for a horror anthology. Read More →

Texas Writers! Open Call for Road Kill Vol. 2

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I attended a meetup today and got information on an open call for Texas-based writers (either born here or living here) for Road Kill: Texas Horror from Texas Writers, Vol. 2. They are eager to hear from authors who have been traditionally marginalized, excluded, or unrepresented because Texas has many voices and it’s important to include everyone. Read More →

Submissions are Open!

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I’m thrilled to be working with Suzie Wargo Lockhart on a second volume of Killing it Softly The Best Women in Horror, Book 2, forthcoming from Digital Fiction Publishing, Inc. This is a reprint market, so submit your best of the past, and let your work have a chance at a second stab at life.

Killing it Softly is a success, and we’re certain that book two will follow in its footsteps. Suzie is the managing editor, and I’m returning to the selection committee and will be copyediting the final manuscript. I’d love to see more stories and authors that reflect the diversity of our global society, so don’t self-reject. We want your stories.


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Ellen Datlow is a master curator of fiction, and though she calls herself a “horror enthusiast,” I don’t think it’s a stretch to say she is one of the guiding hands of the genre. Her Best Horror of the Year anthologies are a snapshot of current trends in horror, offering readers a sampling of new and established authors in one volume. Nightmares refines those best-of collections and this book represents Datlow’s favorite short fiction from the years spanning 2005 to 2015. Read More →

Review: Cthulhu Armageddon by C.T. Phipps

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cthulhuarma_coverC.T. Phipps has a knack for writing entertaining novels with memorable characters and plenty of snark and dry humor. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed his Supervillainy Saga, and since I’m both a post-apoc and horror fiction fan, decided to give Cthulhu Armageddon a try. I was not disappointed. Read More →

Review: America’s Most Haunted Hotels by Jaime Davis Whitmer

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haunted_hotelsJamie Davis Whitmer is an author, ghost hunter and traveler. Her book Haunted Asylums, Prisons and Sanatoriums was published in 2013, and this could be considered a sequel, of sorts.

She opens the book with practical information on what it takes to do a full investigation at sites like old prisons and hospitals. These are expensive and time-consuming since the entire building must be rented to do an investigation. Read More →

Review: The Secrets of Supervillainy by C. T. Phipps

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secrets-coverBook three of the Supervillainy Saga opens with a jump right into the middle of a vicious battle between Gary, er, Merciless: The Supervillain Without Mercy™ and The Left Handed Bokor. Merciless only wants to exchange an insane amount of money for a magic stone so he can return his wife Mandy to her normal, human life. Apparently, Bokor got a better offer, and he’s after Gary’s head—literally. After the fight, Merciless retreats to his home turf, and things go pear-shaped for everyone. Read More →

My Personal Library is an Extension of Myself

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I just read an article by Tara Cheesman at Book Riot: SERIOUSLY, LEAVE ME & MY #$%@ BOOKS ALONE. While no one has ever told me to divest myself of books, Ms. Cheesman’s work had me nodding my head in recognition, both in our shared desire to minimize possessions as well as a build a personal library at the same time.

I’m a little different. I’m emotionally attached to my books, enough so that I refer to myself as a crazy book lady. Read More →