Saturday, July 25, 2015

Limestone Genre, Here I Come!

On Saturday July 25, 2015, I'll be a guest at Limestone Genre Expo in Kingston, Ontario.




Limestone Genre in Kingston

This promises to be a great one-day convention, full of panels and workshops.

My tour will begin in the middle of the night when I go pick up Sandra Kasturi and Nancy Baker.
We will likely consume many coffees as we road trip to the conference.

Nancy and I are on an 11 am panel and Sandra will be taking pitches for ChiZine Publications.

Check out the guest list here!



Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Writing and Editing



Working full time as an author and editor isn't for the faint of heart. Very few of us are living in the lap of luxury. Or even in the dirty toenail.

However, it is a weird, fun, and magnificent life.

I'm a writer because I love to tell stories.

I'm an editor because I love to read other writers' stories.

Many people don't realize that I've worked as an editor for over ten years.

My favourite service is developmental editing for novels, however, I do all types of editing for all types of books. And yes, I work in the format you desire: U.S., Canadian, or British English.

I will edit in Chicago Manual of Style or AP Style, depending on the project and requirement.

I have edited books in all genres and styles. I know how to work with itty-bitty picture books as well as epic science fiction tomes.

I also write articles, blogs, and website content for other people.

So, if you're in need of editing and writing, please give me a shout and let's see if we can work together!





Monday, July 6, 2015

Sèphera's Summer Adventures

Fireworks July 1, 2015

Where oh where will Sèphera be this summer?

Here's a bit of what I know about so far!

Necon, Rhode Island, July 16 -19 Road Trip!

Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, Fall River, Sunday July 19  Can't wait to chill with the gang in Fall River. There's still room for more people if you want to join us.

Limestone Genre Con, Kingston, Saturday July 25 Road Trip! I've never been to Kingston so it should be interesting.

Horror Happens Radio Show August 5

Fan Expo, Toronto, Thursday September 3 until Sunday September 6

Eriecon, Buffalo, October 2 until October 4

Brentwood Public Library, Toronto, "So You Want to Be A Horror Writer?" Thursday October 8 6:30 - 8 pm

Horror-Rama, Toronto, October 17 until October 18

Stanley Hotel Writers Retreat, Colorado, October 22 until October 25



Recently I had the pleasure of meeting one of my childhood idols, Judy Blume. Scratch another one off my bucket list.

Judy gave a lovely talk at the Toronto Reference Library followed by a multi-hour book signing event.

I went with childhood friend, Sara. I can't think of a better way to spend an evening!








In other crazy writer news, Nick Cutter has a new book out called The Acolyte from Chizine Publications.

There's a promo going around about it and you can have fun burning yourself in effigy as well. Go on, I dare you!







Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Experiments in Terror has finally arrived!










Today is May the 5th, Cinco de Mayo for some, and for me, a mark of a rebirth of my own.

Experiments in Terror is a print book, the first horror print book published since Mistress of the Dark from Leisure Books around 2006. It is comprised of two novellas, Captured Souls and Flesh Failure.

This book has themes of resurrection, rebirth, love, lust, horror, narcissism, and more. It has been freeing for me to return to the horror genre and I believe that is where I'm carving out my niche for now.

Experiments in Terror required massive historical research for Flesh Failure and even some research for some of the technological and neurological concepts in Captured Souls. I didn't really look at Frankenstein by Mary Shelley during these re-imaginings as I've read it while writing other homages such as Cyber-Prometheus and Aries: Swinging Into Spring.

Captured Souls uses the diary of the mad scientist as its narrative device. This story follows Dr. Miriam Frederick as she tracks Experiment 698 in her journals. Her current premise is to isolate the sensation of "falling in lust and love" and keep it indefinitely. She hopes to build a family to realize her vision. Her hypnotic methods include music, drugs, and sex on unsuspecting specimens. 

Specimen 1 is a brilliant novelist. He has the intelligence she craves.
Specimen 2 is an athlete. He has the stamina she desires.
Specimen 3 is a gorgeous woman. She has the physical attributes.

Dr. Miriam keeps her specimens in the secret lab in the basement of her Gothic mansion. By day, she teaches at the University. By night she haunts sex clubs and conducts her experiments.

How far will Dr. Miriam go to get what she desires?

Find out in Captured Souls.

Flesh Failure is told in first person from the point of view of the creation, Agatha, who was left for dead in 1888. She pulls herself together and sets off to White Chapel where she attempts to earn a living. However, her hideous looks and foul smell seem more fitting for a freak show. While she looks for the Elephant Man and is wary of Jack the Ripper, she searches for the doctor who created her. 

Will she find her answers in the fog-shrouded streets of London?


Although both of these stories have related themes and subject matter, I never envisioned them as being together in a book, ever. So when Don D'Auria suggested it, I was thrilled.

When I first wrote Captured Souls, I wasn't sure what I was writing. I wrote it in various voices and played with third person narrative a bit. I thought about weaving the story from each person's POV but didn't feel capable of the expertise that would require when I was still emotionally drained from  dealing with some real life stuff. In the end, I chose the journal format because it's fun. It allowed me to write in small snippets as I rediscovered my passion once more after a couple of years of not writing. 

The original form of Captured Souls was much shorter. Right now, Captured Souls is around 55,000 words. Nearly a novel. The original finished product was 17,000 words. At the time, it felt momentous that I'd finished a piece even that long-short. I was in a place in my head where I thought I'd never write again yet I had this story that proved me wrong. 

It took a couple of years to create the piece that is in Experiments in Terror. This final product is a work that I'm proud of and it is my dear hope that others enjoy reading at least parts of it.

How Flesh Failure was created is another matter entirely. Samhain Horror was taking submissions for Gothic novellas. I wrote Flesh Failure with that goal in mind. I didn't get into the anthology but I did get to publish with Samhain just the same and that's all I wanted at the end of the day. 

As I hold my new baby, Experiments in Terror, in my hands, I remember what a rush it is to see my own words on paper. It's like there's a little place in the world for me now and it shines a bit of light in. Next to be published is the erotic horror novella, A Penny Saved. I'm hard at work on a new novel, a full novel, my first in many years. It's been slow going, what with this thing called a life and all, but I'm getting it done!

Please let me know what you think about Experiments in Terror with your comments at the end or on any of the online review sites such as Amazon or Goodreads. All authors appreciate your comments and reviews. Without them, we wouldn't know if you like us or hate us or something in-between! 

I always appreciate it when someone takes the time out of his or her day to leave me a review. And thank you to all who do it!





Tuesday, April 28, 2015

American Horror Story Hotel Includes Finn Wittrock

SPOILERS FOR AMERICAN HORROR STORY FREAKSHOW AND HOTEL ALERT SPOILERS







The line-up for American Horror Story Hotel has been announced. At long last, Finn Wittrock fans don't have to wonder any more. He has been cast.

American Horror Story Cast News

I'm very excited to see what is in store at the Horror Hotel. I think a hotel setting will be very cool and allows for characters to come and go without as much notice as say, a house where one lives. I don't doubt there will be a lot of The Shining elements at play at well as Bates Motel.

Wittrock said many times in interviews that he hopes to play a character that isn't like Dandy. We shall see. We know he'll be insane in some way because that's the nature of the series. Can't wait.




Wittrock has the classic psychopath look, as I've opined many times. He has the kind of pretty face that can snap into ugly fury without warning. He plays androgynous sexy asexual narcissist wound tighter than an e-string as if he weren't acting at all. Hopefully he's acting! Only his wife knows for sure!

His acting was fantastic in Freakshow and he was a true breakout star. It will be exciting to see where his career heads next, beyond the American Horror Story circuit. Of course, he should appear on AHS as much as possible while the series is hot. But he will have a great life after-series as well. He's already done amazing roles such as starring on Broadway with the late Seymour Philip Hoffman, so the sky is the limit for this young man.

And now, let's remember a couple of moments from Freakshow as we wait MONTHS for Hotel to premiere.




See you in the fall, Finn!


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Experiments in Terror from Samhain Horror Publishing is Ready to Order!

For Immediate Release Experiments in Terror by Sèphera Girón from Samhain Horror Publishing May 5, 2015





Format: Tradepaper
Length:224 Pages
Published: May 5, 2015
ISBN: 9781619229747


Pre Order Today from Samhain Horror Publishing: https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5456/experiments-in-terror

Toronto horror author Sèphera Giron’s gothic duet Experiments in Terror from Samhain Horror Publishing examines the Frankenstein mythos; one story is from the monster’s viewpoint, the other is from the doctor’s.

“...the loving homage to Mary Shelley's seminal work Frankenstein is palpable throughout the narrative....” - Frank Raymond Michaels, reviewer

Giron returns to the horror genre with a vengeance. Experiments in Terror represents Giron’s return to full length horror and trade paper print. She is working with Samhain Horror’s Don D’Auria on more projects. The book Experiments in Terror contains two novellas, Captured Souls and Flesh Failure.

In Captured Souls, narcissist Dr. Miriam Frederick, (a modern-day University professor and mad scientist), records her musings from her secret government grant funded basement laboratory where she conducts experiments exploring human sexuality on only the best specimens; a writer, an athlete, and a model.

In Flesh Failure, Agatha wakes up in a park and realizes that not only is she now a monster, she must create a new life for herself while searching for her creator in the fog-filled streets of Jack the Ripper’s London.

Sèphera Girón is the author of over twenty books ranging from horror to erotica. She is best known for her work with Leisure Books, which has been re-released from Necon eBooks. Her newly reissued Leisure titles include House of Pain, The Birds and the Bees, Borrowed Flesh, and Mistress of the Dark.

Sèphera has self-published a few books. Weird Tales of Terror is a collection of previously published and hard to find tales as well as one horror novel.

Sèphera has served as the Canadian Chapter head of the Horror Writers Association for nearly twenty years. She runs monthly meetings for the Ontario Chapter in Toronto. You may see the chapter at events such as The Word on the Street, Fan Expo, Ad Astra, Comic-Con, and various library presentations and literary events.

Sephera also dabbles in showbiz and served as Vice President for the Meadowale Music Theatre for a few years. She also was Chairperson of the Parent Board for Cawthra Park Secondary School of Performing Arts. She has performed in many theatrical productions since she was a child. She’s also been in some movies and videos. Her most recent acting gig is as a fortune-teller in Killer Rack directed by Gregory Lamberson, coming soon to a festival near you. Girón previously worked with Lamberson as “Ruby” in Slime City Massacre (2010).

Sèphera was born in New Orleans, grew up in London, Ontario from 1967 to 1982, attended York University and graduated with a B.A., and currently resides in Toronto (Mimico). She has two adult sons. In addition to writing, she works as a freelance editor and has enjoyed helping other writers for over ten years. She also is a tarot reader and paranormal investigator.

Sèphera is available for interviews, signings, lectures, workshops, or any other type of presentations. She can discuss horror, writing, editing, self-publishing, ghost hunting, tarot reading, or any other subject related to her work. Please contact: Sèphera sephgiron@rogers.com or sephgiron@gmail.com

Review copies of Experiments in Terror and more information about the book’s release on May 5, 2915 can be obtained from Kaitlin Osborn, Marketing Coordinator at Samhain Publishing kosborn@samhainpublishing.com


Praise for Captured Souls

"In Captured Souls--her latest erotic thrill ride, Sèphera Girón has created a terrifying new character: a female rendition of Dr. Frankenstein given to detailed scientific human experimentation combined with the sexually predatory and obsessive nature of Nabokov's Humbert Humbert. Horrific and unforgettable." -Lisa Mannetti, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Gentling Box and Deathwatch

“A queasily beguiling blend of erotica and body horror, Sèphera Girón's Captured Souls pits a sexy female mad scientist with a literal fetish for fleshy modification against the self-set challenge of not just finding the perfect lover, but making one. Think Frankenstein in a bustier, with a cool, sleek, Cronenbergian edge. The result is an imaginative Grand Guignol freakout with porno flair, pumped full of dry black humor and nasty surprises, explicit in every way possible--overall, quite disgustingly entertaining.” -Gemma Files, The Hexslinger Series

“Sèphera Girón knocks that stereotypical male sexual predator on his head. You won't find another book like this one out there. If you want lust, insanity and horror plaited together into one easy and fun-to-read diabolical story, Captured Souls is for you!” -Nancy Kilpatrick, Writer - Power of the Blood, Editor - Expiration Date

Praise for Flesh Failure

“Any time you set a horror novel in Victorian London and throw in a retelling of Frankenstein and a dash of Jack the Ripper(even the Elephant Man makes an appearance), then you immediately have my interest peaked. How Giron presents this story is somewhat unique and keeps you intrigued. From the opening Giron keeps her foot on the pedal and keeps it there until it's mashed to the floor. Keeps you in suspense the whole way while you're trying to piece together what happened to our main character Agatha. Flesh Failure really was a lot of fun to read and at the same time it makes you think. It has heart and soul, I guess one could say.” - Haze Blackmon, Reviewer

“Talk about a well-written, engaging story.” - David Bernstein, Witch Island

“Girón’s language is simple but elegant, and the story progression offers some interesting surprises.” - Lisa Lane, Reviewer