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 – J.A. Campbell

Welcome Dark Fiction Fans to the Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight

J. A Campbell writes fantasy novels. When Julie is not out riding her horse, she can usually be found sitting in front of her computer with a cat on her lap and her dog at her side.

Bleeding Ink Tales – By Full Moon’s Light and Roses for the Devil.

Ink Babes: Welcome Julie! Great to have you join the Ink Babes today. Would you tell us a little bit about yourself.

JAC: I’m pretty normal I think… er, wait a minute. Nope, not… I write, I ride horses and I play and do recreational herding with my dog. That’s me. Sometimes I see my friends and I have a day job. I love the outdoors and I’m happiest when I’m in the country or the mountains and writing.
Ink Babes: Sounds wonderful. With all that inspiration around you, what sparked the idea for your Bleeding Ink tales?

By Full Moon’s Light started as my playing around with the idea that one of Kat’s best friends is a vampire hunter… what happens when he finds out what she is? How does he find out, since she’s pretty careful? I was playing with those ideas when this story came about.

I honestly can’t remember how I thought of Roses for the Devil. It’s related to other stories me and a friend have cowritten in that world. I think I wanted to write a story about deadly roses.

Ink Babes: Do you have a fear of anything unusual, Julie?
JAC: Only if you count mealworms as an unusual fear. *shudders*

Ink Babes: Eww! Haha, I think many readers would be shuddering along with you! 

Tell us what genre you love to write?

JAC: I love Fantasy, all forms of it. To me Fantasy includes horror, urban fantasy, high fantasy, steampunk, all of those and more. My favorite stories blend elements from all the genres, though I do tend to write darker tales. I’m mean to my main characters.

Ink Babes: We love writers who don’t hold back. What about your writing routine? Do you do anything strange or quirky?

JAC: Mostly it involves sitting at my desk and tea. Tea is key, if I’m having a hard time focusing, I get a cup of tea. It’s almost like a trigger for my brain to get into writing mode.

Ink Babes:  What are you working on now?

JAC: My list is intimidating. The short version is: Edits on a Steampunk called Serpent Queen that I hope to have out this fall, Edits on several Doc stories, the next Clanless Novel (Senior Year Bites was the first), Line edits on Summer Break Blues – the second Clanless novel, a short story submission to an anthology… yeah, that’s the short list.

Ink Babes: That is intimidating and fantastic! We’ll make sure to update everyone with release dates. Thanks for stepping into the spotlight, Julie!

You can find out more about Julie’s books at www.writerjacampbell.com

The winner from those who commented on our last spotlight was Katherine Bird!

Please comment for a chance to win a copy of Bleeding Ink – A Collection of Dark Tales.

Ever Yours,

The Ink Babes

The Ink Babes on Following the Nerd Radio Today!!

Attention, Attention!

We interupt our regularly scheduled Author Spotlight Series to tell you The Ink Babes will be interviewed on Following the Nerd live internet radio today!

Join us at Following the Nerd where Jay Faulkner, Internet Radio Host, Blogger, Writer, and contributing Bleeding Ink Author talks with us about

Bleeding Ink – A Collection of Dark Tales.

Tonight’s live show starts at 9pm GMT (4pm EST) with the Ink Babes scheduled at 10pm GMT ( 5pm EST)

Join us here tomorrow when the Ink Babes feature Jay Faulkner in our Author Spotlight Series!

Ever Yours,

The Ink Babes

Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight – Christian Larsen

 
Welcome Seekers of Stories Strangely True to the Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight
 

Christian A. Larsen’s fiction appears in What Fears Become (Imajin Books), Sparks: Exciting New Fantasy from Today’s Brightest Stars (Earthbound Fiction), and A Feast of Frights (The Horror Zine Books). He lives with his wife and two sons in the fictional town of Northport, Illinois.

Bleeding Ink Tale – Club 27
 

Ink Babes: Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Christian.  Would you tell us about yourself.

 
CL: I’ve been writing, more or less, since I was 10, but didn’t get into writing regularly until about four or five years ago. I started out writing Twilight Zone-style science fiction, and have branched out into straight horror as well. I have also worked as a high school English teacher, a rock radio host, a newspaper reporter, and a printer’s devil.
 
Ink Babes: My! What an interesting life you’ve led.  Printer’s devil? Sounds almost as dangerous as being a teacher!  What sparked the idea for your Bleeding Ink tale?
 
CL: I wrote “Club 27” shortly after Amy Winehouse died. I’d heard a lot about the coincidences of so many famous entertainers, musicians in particular, dying at age 27, but never saw a story written about it. I don’t think I explain its significance much, but the story does explore its significance, and what it means to be in the club from some of its own members’ perspectives.

Ink Babes: Your story is unique. We felt like participants wending our way through the club, brushing shoulders with the dead and famous. A sad and eerie feeling, really. How about you?  Is there anything that seriously creeps you out?

CL:  It seems like horror writers are either scared of everything or nothing. I fall somewhere in the middle. I saw RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD when I was eleven, and zombies still scare the hell out of me. And JAWS ruined the ocean for me forever. In fact, I’m even afraid of larger fresh water fish.
 
Ink Babes: No sh–!
 
CL: What if a sturgeon or a muskie wanted to take a chunk out of me? What could I do to stop it? Not a whole helluva lot.
 
Ink Babes:   We can imagine how those fears would inspire some interesting tales.  How did your interest in writing originate?
CL:  My interest in writing originated when I read The Hobbit in 4th grade. I imagine its like the kid who picked up the guitar for the first time after seeing Eddie Van Halen shred out a solo. You see someone else do it, and you just KNOW you have to do the same thing, at least categorically. The truly gifted people are the ones who don’t copy, but originate.
 
Ink Babes: Do you work with an outline when you’re creating, or just write?
CL:  When I write, it is almost always organically. That is to say, I don’t plan much out ahead of time. I have a vague sense of where the story is going to go, but I let my characters dictate the pace and direction. If I really don’t like what they’ve done, I can always go back and change it, but the funny thing about my characters is, they’re usually smarter than I am.
 
Ink Babes: LOL! So, what are you working on now?
CL: Right now, I am doing revisions on my first serious novel, LOSING TOUCH, about a man who starts to lose his tangibility. Beta notes are an extremely valuable tool, and I am so thankful for the people who read and commented on the first draft.
 
Ink Babes: Long live Beta readers!!  Thanks so much for joining us. It was a pleasure hanging out with you today.
 
Follow Christian on Twitter @exlibrislarsen and visit exlibrislarsen.com
 
Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Bleeding Ink – A Collection of Dark Tales!
 
Ever Yours,
The Ink Babes
 

Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight – Nicky Peacock

Welcome Fans of Fiction Dark and Deadly to the Bleeding Ink Spotlight

 Nicky Peacock is a British author based in the UK. She has stories included in US and UK anthologies, and a list of published work can be found here: http://www.creativemindswriting.co.uk/page18.htm Ramblings from her dark mind can be found on twitter: @nickyp_author

Bleeding Ink Tale: Bad Baby

Ink Babes: Hi Nicky! Welcome to the Author Spotlight! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

NP: I’m a UK author writing: horror, paranormal romance and YA supernatural stories and novels.

Ink Babes:All the genres we love! What sparked the idea for your Bleeding Ink tale?

NP: I’m a big fan of science and I read an article in the UK magazine ‘New Scientist’ on how the size of the brain at birth can predict a baby’s behaviour in later life – I twisted the theory round, added in a bit of government paranoia, and suddenly Bad Baby was born.

Ink Babes: It’s amazing how just looking into the inner workings of the human body can spark something so frightening. Do you have a fear of anything unusual, Nicky?
NP: Getting lost. I know its pretty irrational but especially getting lost when driving – I hate driving to new places alone just in case I can’t find them. I do have an awful sense of direction as well – which really doesn’t help!

Ink Babes: Well, you have a wonderful sense of direction when writing your stories. Who is your favorite author and why?

NP: I love reading and have quite a few favourite authors. The top ones will vary depending on what I’m reading at the time. Recently I really liked Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games (film didn’t do it justice), Isaac Marion’s Warm Bodies (hopefully it’s up and coming film will do it justice). and I am currently reading Karen Marie Moning’s ‘Fever’ series. My all time favourite author is Poppy Z Brite,  especially her early horrors like ‘Lost Souls’ and her short story collection ‘Swamp Foetus’ – she has the ability to turn even the most horrible things into beautiful, almost poetic, prose.

Ink Babes: Ooh, KMM! Love, love, love the Fever Series, and Collins’ trilogy is right up there on our YA list of favs.  Nicky, tell us who is the person you feel supported you most as a writer.

NP:My mum has been the most consistent supporter of my writing – she’s also the biggest critic! She always wanted to be a writer herself but life(me and my brother) got in her way. I would also have to cite my writers’ group here too. It’s so wonderful to be able to meet up with like minded people on a regular basis. They’re a great bunch of imaginative, supportive and amazing people.

Ink Babes: It’s wonderful to have a mum who appreciates writing from a writer’s perspective. What a wonderful support. And, having met each other on Kelley Armstrong’s online writing group, we Ink Babes understand the wonderfully creative things that can happen when you meet authors that jive online.

It’s been great having you drop by today, Nicky. Before we go, is there anything that you would like to say to our Bleeding Ink readers?

NP: Thanks for reading. I’ve just finished my first novel which is a cross genre supernatural urban horror. If you liked ‘Bad Baby” keep up-to-date with my work at http://www.creativemindswriting.co.uk/page8.htm I’m also on Twitter – you can find me here: @NickyP_Author

Ink Babes: Thanks for stepping into the spotlight today, Nicky!

We’d like to congratulate BigBear85 who won a copy of Bleeding Ink – A Collection of Dark Tales for commenting on our last blog posting.
If you’d like to win your own copy of Bleeding Ink – A Collection of Dark Tales, please comment below. Contest ends Midnight July 25th.

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.

What IS this thing called Dark Fiction

Truthfully, it varies across the web by definition, but here’s our general take on what it means to us.

Dark Fiction can be highly entertaining, funny even, BUT it should always maintain an element of depth. It should be thought provoking enough to accomplish one thing; make us stew over it for days!

In the hands of one writer, it could be full of blood and guts and gore, while in another’s, a quietly creepy emotional journey.

Long story short, dark fiction should leave us feeling disturbed, but in all the right ways.  So send in your submissions that’ll make us quesy, make us cringe, surpise us, make us a little green around the gills.

Do your best make us sleep with one eye open…or better yet, not at all.  

We DARE you!

Happy writing Darklings and may your words make you unforgettable. 

Ever yours,

The Ink Babes

Enter 2012

Ten…nine…eight… 

Michael watched intently as the crystal orb ascended from the depths.   With each faint moonbeam that reached it, it began to glow. It was so beautiful. Finally, humans would learn what Area 51 was really all about.

Seven…six…five… 

Nearly at the surface now. Soon, so very soon. Hundreds of researchers, government officials and security members stood gazing at it in wonder. And why wouldn’t they be drinking in the last vision they’d ever see. It was only right that it should be something of such ethereal brilliance.

Four…three…two…

Now miles high, it floated in place until the power of the full moon set it on fire. Every single sparkling facet now beheld its own individual flame. Billions, upon billions. So massive, yet so intricate. No man could have made this. No mere mortal could have ever even dreamed it. Michael had spent centuries wondering how humans could be so willing to believe in the ridiculous, yet remain so blind to the obvious.

ONE. 

The ball exploded. A flame shot to every beating heart. The earth was daylight everywhere now.

Here at Bleeding Ink Anthology, we love a darkling. Even a New Years Eve tale twisted into something unexpected. If you have stories, poetry, or flash fiction with a dark edge, a supernatural theme, or something just downright scary, we welcome you to submit it to our anthology.

We know you have something important to say, so send in a darkling of your very own.

Happy New Year, and 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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