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All Hallow's Eve

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All Hallow's Read Giveaway Winners

As a part of Neil Gaiman's All Hallow's Read initiative, I am happy to announce the winners of Michael Robb Mathias' The Butcher's Boy. Congratulations!

Audio Book Grand Prize Winner: R. Doug Wicker

Kindle copies: TR Larson, Lucie, Kevin Eaton and Ray


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Who's up for a little classic horror on this Halloween? Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you "The Raven," by Edgar Allan Poe.




The Raven By Edgar Allan Poe

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,  Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,  While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,  As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.  "'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door-                  Only this, and nothing more." 
Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak …

Monday Morning Business

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Hello, dear readers.

I hope you had a good weekend. Here are a couple of reminders for the week.

Hurricane Sandy

First of all, to those of you on the eastern coast of the United States, I thinking of you and hoping you weather the storm. Be safe, my friends.

Giveaway

There is only one day left to enter the All Hallow's Read giveaway to win Michael Robb Mathias' The Butcher's Boy. Click here for more information. Winners will be announced on Wednesday. Good luck!

November Flash Fiction Fridays

I am looking for two more pieces for next month's Flash Fiction Fridays. If you are interested, please send your 1,000-word or less story to me at karen@karenberner.com.

Happy Eid!

Eid Mubarak to my Muslim friends as they wrap up their four-day celebration today.


A Bibliophile Christmas
My holiday digital short, "A Bibliophile Christmas," will be out November 5. It features Sarah and Annie from my first novel, A Whisper to a Scream (The Biblioph…

Flash Fiction Fridays: Bewitching

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Lover’s Brew
By Rosemary Biggio


Becca sipped her last drop of Lady Grey brew while Sebastian, her husband, in a faded University of Penn sweatshirt, labeled boxes.

 “By God, hurry up, the movers will be here any minute.”

Staring at the flakes of loose tea forming a pattern at the bottom of her cup, she found her husband’s habitual use of the expletive “by God” annoying. Three hulky men with the logo “Move Away” on their shirts loaded the truck.

Her husband shook her perching stool.

“Hey, cut it out,” she croaked.

“Got to get going,” Sebastian raised his voice above his wife’s.

“I’m exhausted. Too many late night parties with a colicky baby. You disappear into fiction and miss all the fun,” she cawed.

He didn’t believe the doctor about his wife’s postpartum depression, still he tempered his comments.

When the movers left the scene, she settled in the car while her husband squeezed their son into his car seat.

He patted his wife’s hand. “Honey, you’ll see th…

New Books by FFF Authors

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My favorite feature on Bibliophilic Blather is Flash Fiction Fridays because it showcases writers not only from across the United States, but from around the world. We've even had authors from as far away as Serbia and Australia. And their genres and writing styles are just as varied as their locations.

Several of our Flash Fiction Fridays contributors have recently released new books.

Kae Cheatham's Hammer Come Downcenters on a slave's complicated relationship with his one-time master.

The 1836 Creek Indian war changes the lives of the two young men when an Alabama plantation is destroyed. Devastated by the loss of family and friends, the slave, Jason heads west with his master, Tolin Cobb.

During the trek, Jason contemplates his atypical life as Tolin’s manservant. He has grown up knowing well the restraints demanded of a black man, yet has always dreamt of freedom, a mysterious concept to Jason.

In the west, Jason survives various adventures a…

Flash Fiction Fridays: Horror Month Continues

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Bibliophilic Blather is joining in on Neil Gaiman's All Hallow's Read this year by offering one audio copy and five  ebooks of Michael Robb Mathias' award-winning horror tale, The Butcher's Boy. To enter the giveaway, click on the contest widget at the end of this post.

The contest will run from today through October 30. Winner will be announced on Halloween.

Today on Flash Fiction Fridays, we present an excerpt from The Butcher's Boy.








The Butcher’s Boy
By Michael Robb Mathias

Maggie couldn’t agree with Michael on who they were going to try to contact. Michael wanted to question Billy, while Maggie was interested in what one of the Buxly women, particularly either of the older of them, had to say. They ended up flipping a coin. Heads Michael picked, tails it was Maggie’s choice. At some point, during all of this bickering, Lucy found a place between them on the floor under the coffee table.

The coin landed on heads and Michael, of cour…

The Next Big Thing

Posted by KAREN WOJCIK BERNER


“The Next Big Thing” is a fun blogger tag game in which participants answer the following questions about their works in progress.

I have been tagged by Richard Bon and Beverly Diehl. Richard is the talented creative force behind Liminal Fiction and miscellany and Beverly pens the amazing Writing in Flow, which throughout the month of October is focusing on the issue of domestic violence. Thanks to both of them for thinking of me.

Okay, here goes.

What is the working title of your book?

The Bibliophiles: Book Three. Sorry, that’s all I have right now.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

For the next novel, I wanted another juxtaposition of characters. Book club members Thaddeus and Spring seem to go together in that they are both on the fringe of society and caught in time warps. Spring is a leftover flower child, while Thaddeus wishes he was back in Jane Austen’s days. However, their upbringings could not be more different. Thaddeus suffered from a …

All Hallow's Read

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***To enter The Butcher's Boy giveway, click here. ***

Have you heard about Neil Gaiman’s new project? He is suggesting that everyone give an age-appropriate scary book to someone this Halloween to encourage reading horror stories. Not in lieu of candy for the kids, of course, but as an extra plus. And not just for children, but for anyone. Click here for more information.

I love this idea so much that I have a special treat for you, dear readers. I have teamed up with best-selling horror and fantasy author Michael Robb Mathias to bring you a unique All Hallow’s Read Giveaway.

Michael is offering one audio book and five Kindle copies of his terrifying novel, The Butcher’s Boy, winner of the 2011 Readers Favorite Award Silver Medal in Horror - Fiction.

Thirty-one years ago, Buxly the Butcher went to trial for killing his entire family. He was found guilty, and sentenced to die for those crimes. Now, Janet Hale, a recently divorced nurse, has purchased …

What Are You Going To Be For Halloween?

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Ah, Halloween, that magical day when you can dress however you want and no one  looks at you like you’re crazy. A geisha? Sure! Get in line. You get to lead the school costume parade. An angel? Awww, how sweet. A scarecrow? Very seasonal.

By the time freshman year in college rolled around, Halloween took a more, shall I say interesting, route with great memories of being dressed like a little girl, with pigtails and teddy bear, dancing with a friend who was Dr. Frank N. Furter, the Transylvanian transvestite from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Must have made an interesting tableau. Or the basketball team roaming the halls, tied together as a six pack of beer, oh, I mean soda.

My finest Halloween came after raiding the theater department’s costume room (I was taking a children’s theater class that semester) for my Mozart’s mistress dress, real corset and all. People were still talking about that costume at my 25-year reunion this past June, along with my 1…

Flash Fiction Fridays: There Be Monsters

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It Was Nothing
By Leanne Dyck


In pink flannel footie pajamas, Petal crept onto her mother’s bed, eased back the covers, and curled up.

Click.

The lamplight cut the darkness.

“What’s the matter, Honey,” her mother asked.

“I want to… I want to sleep with you.”

“Oh, Petal, we’ve been over and over this. You’re a big girl. You have your own room.”

“No, I can’t. It’s under my bed.”

“I’m sure there’s nothing there, but I’ll go with you, and we’ll look.”

Armed with a flashlight, together Petal and her mother entered her bedroom.

No, we shouldn’t be here. No, don’t wake it. Please. Petal prayed silently as her mother scanned the area under her bed.

The beam of light hit something. It moved.

“It’s there. It’s right there.” Petal covered her eyes.




“See, it’s nothing.” Her mother held something in her cupped hand. Petal stared at the dust bunny.

Scrape. Scrape. Scrape.

“What’s that?” Petal wrapped her arms around her mother’s leg.

The flashlight’s beam fell on the wind…

A Halloween Bash for the Books

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Dear readers, you know how much I love Halloween. Well, with half of my WOW! Women on Writing Blog Tour occurring in October, I have written several guest posts about blending classic literature and Halloween.

For example, in one on how to throw a literary Halloween party, I came up with my new favorite costume idea — The Picture of Dorian Gray. It would be pretty simple to pull off, too. Build a frame around yourself, wear a dapper suit, and gradually age your face from right to left with makeup. Don't forget to make half of your hair gray. Fun, right?

You can read more of my literary Halloween ideas in "A Halloween Bash for the Books" on Writer Unboxed.







Monday Morning Football

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Here's a quick trivia question for this Monday morning.

What NFL team's name has a link to literary greatness?

First one with the correct answer wins a $10 amazon gift card.

Good luck!






Flash Fiction Fridays: Let the Horror Begin

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The Grandma
By Ivana Milaković

The grandma had warm, brown eyes. Every child who looked into them immediately felt protected and tucked in.

The grandma baked wonderful, nice-smelling cakes, and she was happy to give them to the children. Since she wanted them to be healthy, she’d sweeten them with honey or maple syrup, never with white sugar.

The grandma told beautiful stories, all about children who found a fairy tale house, and then lived there happily ever after, without a worry in the world.

The grandma always smelled sweet, like the cakes she baked. Everything on her smelled like that, the skin, the hair, the clothes. The children loved that smell.

The children would easily find the grandma’s house. All the children talked about that house as a place where you would be safe, forever, where no one would beat you up, where everyone would be nice to you. The children would be attracted by the warm, sweet smell, and follow it to the house. It seemed that…

Banned Books Week, Sept. 30-Oct. 6

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Every year, the thing that shocks me the most about Banned Books Week is the list of classics that have been banned at one time or another. These are important novels that have shaped collective American consciousness, and they were almost silenced by self-righteous morons.

Here are a few courtesy of bannedbooksweek.org. For the complete list, click here.

The Great Gatsby: Some people had problems with the language and sexual references.

The Grapes of Wrath: Objections to profanity and sexuality.

The Scarlet Letter: Parents tried to ban it even in 1977, because it "conflicted with community values."

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: Banned by a Wisconsin school district because "they wanted to avoid controversy at all costs." That's right. Bury your head. Maybe the horrors will just go away.

It's really very simple. If someone is offended by foul language, sexual situations, or controversial topics, fine. Don't read the books. But…