Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sèphera Girón at Fan Expo Labour Day Weekend 2015

The History of the Scorching far!

Sèphera Girón will be at Fan Expo this year in Toronto from September 3 - 6. She will have a tarot booth #5536 and be on several panels.

Sèphera will have a table in the Horror Headquarters at Booth #5536 at Fan Expo in the NORTH Building. She will also be billed as Mistress Ariana. She will be reading tarot and selling books and handmade charms.

Sèphera is thrilled to be appearing on several panels in the SOUTH building such as:

So You Want to Be a Horror Writer? Friday 11:15 Room 703 SOUTH BUILDING
Lou Rera
Nancy Kilpatrick
Sephera Giron
Suzanne Church
Stephanie Bedwell-Grime
moderated by Richard S. Todd

What Scares You? Friday 12:45 Room 705 SOUTH BUILDING
Suzanne Church
Stephanie Bedwell-Grime
Brian Clement
Sephera Giron
Nancy Kilpatrick
moderated by Richard S. Todd

Ghost Hunting Friday 5:15  Room 717A  SOUTH BUILDING
Sephera Giron

Tarot101 Saturday 5:45 Room   SOUTH BUILDING
Mistress Ariana/Sephera Giron

Corsets! Why Do We Love Them? Room 717A   SOUTH BUILDING
Sephera/Mistress Ariana moderater
Panelists TBA

Stephanie Bedwell-Grime

Fan Expo Fun 2012

The Horror Writers Association Ontario Chapter has a booth in the Horror Headquarters area as well. Over one dozen members will be on hand throughout the weekend to answer questions about the Horror Writers Association and how to join.

Sephera/Mistress Ariana will have her own booth and will only be popping to the booth sporadically so watch her tweets to see where she'll be, depending on the crowds!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Sephera on the Radio on August 4

Sèphera Girón and Andrew Borden

On Tuesday August 4, 2015, Sèphera will be on the Horror Happens Radio Show hosted by Jay Kay.

She will be on at 7:35 pm est.

August 4 is the day that Lizzie Borden took an ax...

Tune in and check out the show!

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!