Bleeding Ink – A Collection of Dark Tales Available on Smashwords

 60  dark tales by 40 authors – from short stories to poetry – this collection offers something  for everyone!

Get your copy at SMASHWORDS

Ever Yours,

The Ink Babes

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Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight – Madeline Barr

Welcome lovers of Dark Poetry to the Author Spotlight

Madeline Barr haunts Southern Ontario. She’s the keeper of critters and the breaker of bones. When possessed, she writes articles about lizards or ghosts. She’s also been known to conjure up the occasional sci-fi poem. Visit her website at http://madelinebarr.blogspot.com/ and follow her on twitter @MadelineBarr

Bleeding Ink Tale: You Are Not My Child

Ink Babes: Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Madeline. Please, tell us a little bit about yourself.

MB: I’m a wife and mother of two.  I usually keep my dark side to myself but it’s just started to slowly creep out. Most people who know me personally are usually surprised to read some of my darker work. On my blog I have broken down my creepy bio found in Bleeding Ink: http://madelinebarr.blogspot.ca/2012/07/my-bleeding-ink-bio-explained.html

Ink Babes: What sparked the idea for “You Are Not My Child”, your Bleeding Ink tale?
MB: A personal experience, a little curiosity, an over active imagination and some shadows in the dark.

Ink Babes: Ooh, dark shadows…always a great inspiration. What are you afraid of?
MB:I don’t like being alone when things go bump in the night. My over active imagination works double time when I’m tired.

Ink Babes: What is your favourite genre to write?
MB: I really enjoy writing silly stories and poems for children however I seem to be writing more and more scifi. I’ve had a scifi poem published in the print version of Scifaikuest and another is to be printed in their August issue as well as this poem in Bleeding Ink. I also have a scifi novel manuscript I’m working on.

Ink Babes: When you write, do you work with an outline?
MB: The way I work varies. The idea for this poem was bouncing around in my head for quite a while but I could never find a format or a home for it. Just as I learned Ink Babes were calling for submissions I also learned about the roundel poem format. Both were perfect fits.

Ink Babes: We agree. Your story is a perfect fit with our collection of dark tales. Madeline, we’d like to thank you for stepping out of that dark, inspirational place and into the spotlight. Before we dim the lights, is there anything that you would like to say to our Bleeding Ink readers?

MB: I hope the readers enjoy all the wonderful, creative stories and poems in Bleeding Ink.

Feel free to visit Madeline’s blog at http://madelinebarr.blogspot.ca/

Have you read Bleeding Ink – A Collection of Dark Tales?  Post a comment for a chance to win a copy!

Ever Yours,

The Ink Babes

Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight – Martin Cohen

Welcome those who love dark poetry to the Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight

Martin Cohen is a retired computer programmer who loves dancing, writing poetry, and solving math problems. He is not sure where this poem came from, but he does not want to visit there too often.

Bleeding Ink Tale: Drizzle (a Haiku)

Ink Babes: Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Martin. We’re thrilled to have you visit with us today. Please,  tell us a little bit about yourself.

MC: As I said, like most of you, I am a retired computer programmer who loves dancing (swing, latin, foxtrot, others), writing poems, and solving math problems.

Ink Babes: Don’t know about those math problems – the word conundrum comes to mind.  However, we’ve been known to cut a rug or two! LOL!  Martin, what sparked the idea for your Bleeding Ink poem?

MC: Don’t really know. I do carry a knife, and have never used it for anything in the least bit violent. I somehow got the idea for the last line and decided to make it a haiku. The poem does make me feel uncomfortable – I usually write light verse.

Ink Babes: Uncomfortable, you say? Begs the question: What do you fear?

MC: I don’t like horror films. I love roller coasters.

Ink Babes: You thrill-seeker, you!  What do you do when you are not writing?

MC: I am very good at nothinging.

Ink Babes: Is that so? Hmm…we wonder what you enjoy writing?

MC: I like to write light verse with a twist. Here are two short examples:

1. A haiku.

The modern haiku
Is no longer restricted
Five seven five – haa!

2.  Title: “For extra credit, diagram this sentence”

If I only knew what I thought I knew when I thought I knew what I knew,

and if I only was what I thought I was when I thought I was what I was,

and if I only had what I thought I had when I thought I had what I had,

then maybe I’d be what I thought I was when thought I knew what I had.

Not quite suitable for your anthology.

Ink Babes: That’s okay, we’ll forgive you…this time. When you write do you work with an outline?

MC: I just write. I often have no idea where a poem is going. I write a lot with rhyme and meter. The first line just appears and determines the meter, the next few lines determine the rhyme scheme, and the poem eventually ends.

Ink Babes: And what is your writing routine? Do you do anything strange or quirky?
 
MC: I keep my phone (A Droid 2 with physical keyboard) beside me at night. When am idea occurs, I open it up and start keying it in. I get a lot of my ideas about 2AM.

Ink Babes: Very cool! It’s going on our list of “gotta have’s” Is there anything that you would like to say to our Bleeding Ink readers?

MC:  Don’t get caught.

Ink Babes: LOL! Thanks for stepping into the Spotlight, Martin.  In the words of a funny poet we know, you were Fifty Shades of Polka-Dot!

Post a Haiku, or other form of poetry,  in the comments section to win a copy of Bleeding Ink – A Collection of Dark Tales

Ever Yours,

The Ink Babes

PRESS RELEASE FOR BLEEDING INK – NOW AVAILABLE AT SMASHWORDS!

Hear ye!  Hear ye!

Ink Babes Press announces the release of

Bleeding Ink – a Collection of Dark Tales

As promised, this anthology will thrill you, confound you, and have you sitting at the edge of your seat with over sixty deliciously dark tales leaving you breathless, in bloody stitches, or scared half-to-death!

This compilation of paranormal, supernatural, dark and twisted works— penned by forty of today’s most talented and witty writers, novice and veteran alike—will have you looking over your shoulder and turning on all the lights!

Purchase your copy today at www.smashwords.com

NOTE: As this book is rated “Adult Content” in Smashwords you must deactivate the “Adult Filter” in order to search/view.

The Long Journey

We are pleased to annouce that all the pieces for the anthology have now been selected!

*dances*

HUGE thank-you to all those who submitted to Bleeding Ink. Whether you were chosen for publication or not, we were honoured for the opportunity to read and share in your work.

We are now in the process of editing and compiling the accepted submissions and author bio’s as we prepare them for publication. Also working on a bloody good cover etc. *evil grin*

Our release goal date is June 1st so stay tuned for further updates!

Ever Yours,

The Ink Babes

Pat/Tammy/Lisa

Old Man Winter

Old Man Winter’s frosty fingers

Touch the writer’s soul

He marks the hearts of poets

With his scintillating storms

His frigid breath blows fierce

O’re all the weary world

The icy winds spark deep, dark thoughts

Of tales to be told

While you’ve been cuddling up in front of a blazing fire with your journal and quill, thawing out from Old Man Winter’s chill, have you been writing deliciously dark tales?

The InkBabes would love to read them.

Submit your dark tales today!

Ever yours,

The InkBabes

They Bleed Ink

The ideas flow from his mind,

Words spilling out make room for more,

Creativity courses through his being like a virus,

Being eradicated from his soul,

Writing is a compulsion,

It’s his life.

 

Plots and characters, dark and sinister,

Come forth to tell their stories, relentlessly,

They won’t rest until they are released, freed,

Letting them escape onto pages,

She can’t stop writing,

It’s a passion.

 

The realm opens, darkness sweeps through,

Setting free the worlds invading their thoughts,

Bloody corpses, creatures of the night, and day,

Inspiration abounds, a tomblike process,

They know what it’s like,

To bleed ink.

Poetry

     Poetry (from the Greek ‘poiesis’/ποίησις [poieo/ποιέω], a making: a forming, creating, or the art of poetry, or a poem) is a form of literary art in which language is used for its aesthetic and evocative qualities in addition to, or in lieu of, its apparent meaning. (Taken from Wikipedia/Poetry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poetry )

Poetry may evoke different interpretations to the words or evoke emotive responses. Poetry often leaves readers with multiple interpretations of the poem. Poetry may not always rhyme, may have styles, techniques or forms from different cultures, languages, but it is as much an art form as storytelling or any other art form.

Here at Bleeding Ink Anthology, we accept all forms of poetry, but they should leave the reader with reason to pause and ponder what is being said in the poem. It could include dark, supernatural, occult, or creepy elements, or it could contain an element of humour, but it must invoke a response of some kind and perhaps leave us wanting more.

Feel free to send us your scary, dark, or twisted poems. We’d love to read them and consider them for this anthology.

And may all your dreams be creative and useful,

Ever Yours,

The Ink Babes 

 

 

 

Bleeding Ink Anthology Accepting Story Submissions

Psst… yes I’m talking to you! Do you have a dark or twisted story to tell? 

Whew! Well that’s good because we here at Bleeding Ink are now accepting submissions of all styles to fill the pages of our new and exciting anthology. We welcome any and all writers, new and experienced alike so spread the word!

All we ask is that your work leaves the reader lingering over your tales long after they’ve put the book down.

So check out our submission guidelines page and send us your  creepy, twisted, deep, dark, impactful, stories, poems, flash fiction, and prose.  A little something warped for all to enjoy.

Our MISSION:  Create an anthology comprised of quality work that our authors will be proud to be a part of.

We can’t do this alone, we need YOU!  🙂

So get to work, get writing, and send your contributions, we don’t bite….. much!

Ever yours,

The Ink Babes

Shun the light of dawn ~ Hug the darkness close to you ~ Dream a little dream

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