Freaks and Weeping Children – A Primer

Posted: February 24, 2014 in Fiction, Freaks & Weeping Children, General, Writing

The Countdown Begins. . .

This week the Kickstarter page for my anthology, Freaks and Weeping Children, goes live. I’m currently being consumed by lots of nervous energy. But, with everyone’s help, I’m sure it will be a success. You see, I haven’t been alone on this project. Throughout nearly every step I’ve had someone whispering in my ear; friends on Twitter offered me words of encouragement whenever I began to doubt this project and, to be honest, myself. So, I’d like to say ‘Thank you’ to those that stood by me during this, the grandest thing I’ve ever attempted. It may not look like much to some but believe me, it means a lot.

Now, on to more important things. . . the talent. What follows is the line-up of Freaks and Weeping Children‘s Contributing Writers.

Karina Cooper

After writing happily ever afters for all of her friends in school, Karina Cooper eventually grew up (sort of), went to work in the real world (kind of), where she decided that making stuff up was way more fun (true!). She is the author of dark and sexy paranormal romances, steampunk adventures, crossover urban fantasy, and continues to write across multiple genres with mad glee. Her award winning steampunk series, The St. Croix Chronicles, has been nominated for multiple RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards.

One part glamour, one part dork and all imagination, Karina is also a gamer, an avid reader, a borderline hermit and an activist. She co-exists with a husband, a menagerie and a severe coffee habit. Visit her at, because she says so.

Delilah S. Dawson

Delilah S. Dawson is the author of Wicked As They Come, Wicked As She Wants, Wicked After Midnight, and three enovellas set in the enchanting land of Sang: The Mysterious Madame Morpho, The Peculiar Pets of Miss Pleasance, and The Damsel and the Daggerman. She also contributed a story to the star-studded urban fantasy anthology Carniepunk. Her novel for young adults, Servants of the Storm, will be available soon from Simon Pulse. She lives with her family in Atlanta. To keep up with the latest news about Delilah and her books, visit

Catherine Scully

A product of too much James Bond, Lovecraft, Machen, Poe, and Guillermo Del Toro, Catherine has always held a fascination with the dark side of children’s stories. When not writing and editing, she illustrates her own work and others, creating art for Middle Grade and Young Adult. She acts as the Young Adult Editor for the Horror Writers Association, where she helps facilitate Jonathan Maberry’s weekly Scary Out There: What is YA Horror? and is always looking for ways to talk about scary stories for children. She also contributes articles to and YA Scream Queens.

Catherine is represented by Carrie Howland of the Donadio and Olson agency.

D.B. Starler

D.B. Starler writes all sorts of things, in between chasing her children around their small section of North Carolina and drinking copious amounts of Coke Zero. The stories run the gamut from urban fantasy to historical fiction, but they always include smooching. She also uses the pen name Olivia Kelly to write romance,and is much more active than is good for her under that name on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Goodreads.

R.D. Sullivan

R.D. Sullivan is a Northern California based writer, author of multiple short stories and books that are just now starting to find their own way in the world. She was first published in Issue 6 of Fireside Fiction Magazine with her short, Skinned Knees, much to the pleasure of her grandmother who loves R.D. even if she thinks R.D. looks funny. Previously, R.D. focused the majority of her creative efforts on broadcast media, founding the Cement Shoe Broadcast Network and hosting its flagship show, Talking Shit with Dave and Earl. When she’s not writing or sitting in front of a mic, R.D. stays busy herding a toddler and pack of dogs while running a business with her husband. She can be found on twitter @_TheRussian or over at Govneh’s Ramblings.

James R. Tuck

James Tuck is a professional tattoo artist whose work has appeared in numerous publications. He currently lives with his wife, children, and several dogs in Georgia, where he owns and operates a tattoo parlor. His thoughts on writing, and updates about Deacon Chalk’s next adventure, can be found at

Steve Weddle

Steve Weddle grew up on the Louisiana/Arkansas line, holds an MFA in creative writing from Louisiana State University, and currently works for a newspaper group.

His debut novel, County Hardball, is published by Tyrus Books.

His fiction is represented by Stacia Decker of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

He lives with his family in Virginia.

Jamie Wyman

After a misspent adulthood pursuing a Music Education degree, JAMIE WYMAN fostered several interests before discovering that being an author means never having to get out of pajamas. As an author, Jamie’s favorite playgrounds are urban fantasy, horror and creepy carnival settings. When she’s not traipsing about with her imaginary friends, she works as a freelance editor and plays with fire. Jamie lives in Phoenix with two hobbits and two cats. She is proud to say she has a deeply disturbed following at her blog.

Jamie’s debut novel WILD CARD (Entangled Edge, 2013) is available wherever ebooks are sold. You can also find her short story “The Clever One” in the anthology WHEN THE HERO COMES HOME 2 (Dragon Moon Press, August ’13). Jamie has contributed to the SF Signal’s “Mind Meld” feature, and her work will be appearing in multiple anthologies this coming year.

But wait, that’s not all. . .

I’ve been accepting submissions since November of last year. This has brought in many excellent writers with fantastic stories. I’ll be introducing these writers throughout the Kickstarter.

So, stay tuned. The next thirty days should be interesting.

And, again, thanks to everyone boosting my signal.

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