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 – Rick McQuiston

Welcome Dark Fiction Enthusiasts to the Author Spotlight

Rick McQuiston is a forty-four year-old who has been writing for twenty years. He’s had almost 300 publications so far, and has written three novels, six anthology books, and one book of novellas. He also reads at libraries and schools, as well as book shows and author forums.

Bleeding Ink Tale: Something Into Nothing

Ink Babes: Rick, welcome to the author Spotlight. Please tell us about yourself.

RM: I live in Warren, Michigan with my wife of 23 years and my two children. I work for a management/development company during the day and strive to write the perfect horror story during the night.  Aside from my passion for anything horror-related I also enjoy playing drums, watching movies (horror of course), and spending time with my family (my kitten and puppy included).

Ink Babes: Sounds like a well-rounded life. That’s great!  Tell us, what sparked the idea for your Bleeding Ink tale?

RM: I got the idea for “Something into Nothing” from an unusual experience I had as a kid (I tend to tap into past times in my life for inspiration). I was exploring an old abandoned house when, to this day, I could have sworn I saw a “spot” in one of the rooms that didn’t look quite right. It was on a wall, and when I moved it took on an unnatural look. Creeped me out.

Ink Babes: Wow! Goose flesh just rose on our arms! An experience like that can really have an effect on a young person. Is there anything else that frightens you?

RM:  Spiders and heights.

Ink Babes: Ah-ha! Spiders are up there in the Bleeding Ink fear-factor ratings!  Tell us Rick, how did your interest in writing originate?

RM: My interest in writing probably originated from my love of movies. I used to watch old horror films and study how they were structured and paced. “Jaws” and “Alien” were pivotal in steering me toward horror, and from there I just went crazy with it.

Ink Babes:  With all the writing you do, do you ever experience writer’s block?  How do you work through it?

RM: I get writer’s block on occasion like everyone else. What I do when it hits is turn on the engine and gun it, working through any potential blockades with a sledgehammer, not stopping until I’m satisfied with my work. Sometimes it might turn out different than what I originally had in mind, but as long as it’s quality I don’t mind.

Ink Babes:  And what are you working on now?

RM: Currently, I’m quite busy. I tend to be prolific. While waiting for my editor to finish my third novel, I’m getting my fourth onto the computer (I write everything long-hand), and even started the rough draft of my fifth. I’m also preparing for some upcoming craft shows and horror conventions, working on a “Playground” anthology, and continue to churn out numerous short stories, with an odd novella here and there.

Ink Babes: Well, thank you so much Rick, for taking time out of your hectic schedule to step into the spotlight! We love to get to know our contributing authors.

Thank you to all our Bleeding Inkers who followed our summer spotlight series!

Would you like to own a copy of Bleeding Ink – A Collection of Dark Tales? Comment for your last chance to win this summer!

Ever yours,

The Ink Babes

PS: The anthology is available for purchase by clicking the book cover on the side pane.

Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight – Sally A. Wolf

Welcome Children of the Night to the Author Spotlight

Sally A. Wolf believes that a writer should write always, and she always has. Passionate about the written word, she reads voraciously, blogs, and wrote her first dark story at 10 years old. Happily married, Sally is the mother of four children who beg her to tell them bedtime stories of her own creation.

Bleeding Ink Tales: The Devil’s Daughter & I Am A…

Ink Babes: Welcome Sally, to the Author Spotlight. Let’s begin with you telling us a little bit about yourself.

SW: I believe that a writer should write always, and I always have. I am passionate about the written word, I read voraciously, blog, and wrote my first story at 10 years old. Happily married, I am the mother of four children who love to hear me tell them bedtime stories of my own creation.

Ink Babes: What a wonderfully lucky audience!  What sparked the ideas for your Bleeding Ink tales?

SW: Both of my tales were flash fiction entries at http://forum.devinwrites.com/ “I am a…” was created for the October prompt “Begin a story with this line: No one believed the curse was real”.  “The Devil’s Daughter” was created for the November contest “Write a story about a dark angel”.

Ink Babes: Love, love, love prompts! They give us a creative jolt!  Tell us Sally, do you have a fear of anything unusual?
SW: For the most part I am not afraid of anything, except maybe driving, but I do have a slight fear of large grasshoppers. My brothers dumped a whole jar of them on my head when I was little and ever since I have been a little bit wary of them.

Ink Babes: And how did your interest in writing originate?
SW: When I was a little girl I was abused by my stepmother and her son. To escape this pain I read whatever I could. As I grew older I realized that the books are what kept me alive all of those years. I wanted to give that salvation to someone else so I started writing. This gave me an outlet for all of my bottled up emotions and I was free for the first time in my life.

Ink Babes:  The power of the written word never held more significance… We’re sorry to hear about your past but truly inspired by your honesty and strength.

What are you working on now?
SW: Right now I am working on the sixth installment of my Detective Katherine Pig Series. Set to be released by the end of this year.

Ink Babes: A sixth installment? Congratulations! We wonder, with such success, have you ever hated something you wrote but everyone else loved?

SW: Funny you should ask, both of my entries for this very anthology were ones I was not sure of or even thought were any good.

Ink Babes: We Ink Babes were on the look-out for unique tales. We loved both of yours.

Thank you so much for sharing with us today, Sally. Before we turn off the spotlight, is there anything that you would like to say to our Bleeding Ink readers?

SW: Thank you for taking the time to broaden your mind as a reader and fill it with these wonderful stories written by talented writers.

Discover Sally’s tales and those of 39 other authors, by purchasing your own copy of Bleeding Ink – A Collection of Dark Tales, or by posting a comment for your chance to win a copy of the anthology.

Ever Yours,

The Ink Babes

Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight – Jay Faulkner

Welcome to those who enjoy things Dark and Twisted…to the Bleeding Ink Author Spotlight

Jay Faulkner resides in Northern Ireland with his wife, Carole, and their boys, Mackenzie and Nathaniel. While he’s a writer, martial-artist, sketcher, and dreamer he says he’s mostly just a husband and father. His work’s been published widely and was short-listed in the 2010 Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition. www.jayfaulkner.com

Bleeding Ink Tale: Scratch

Ink Babes: Hey Jay! Welcome to the Author Spotlight! Thrilled you’re joining us today. The Ink Babes had a  blast on your radio show yesterday – what a delicious pleasure to be turning the tables on such a cool guy!  

JF: It was great having on Following the Nerd. You know if your blog followers missed the live show, they can catch the podcast at our website. www.followingthenerd.com

Ink Babes: That’s great!  Thanks!  We’re going to check it out, too.  Say, why don’t we  begin the interview with  you telling  us a little bit about yourself? 

JF: Sure. I live in Northern Ireland with my wife, Carole, and our two boys, Mackenzie and Nathaniel. I.T. pays the bills but I’m also a writer, martial artist, and sketcher.
 I founded ‘With Painted Words’ – www.withpaintedwords.com – a creative writing site with inspiration from monthly image prompts, and ‘The WiFiles’ – www.thewifiles.com – an online speculative fiction magazine, published weekly a few years ago and have just launched Four Parts Press – www.fourpartspress.com – an independent publisher.

Ink Babes: That’s impressive! With all that creativity surrounding you, what was it that sparked the idea for your Bleeding Ink tale?

JF: A painting of an old man propped up against a bar.  In my head, it couldn’t simply be an old man having a drink, there HAD to be more to it.  The story kind wrote itself; first came the end – where the demon was revealed, then what he was doing, then, finally, who he was doing it to.  The title had a two-fold meaning – seven-year itch, and the Devil’s nickname.
 
Ink Babes: Haha! Love it!! Image prompts inspire some mighty  fine and frightful stories.  I hope you don’t mind, but we love to peek inside the heads of our authors by asking: Do you have a fear of anything…unusual?

JF: Completely, totally and utterly terrified of spiders.  That may not sound unusual, as arachnophobia is one of the most common ones around, so I’m told, but I’ve jumped out of a moving car because a spider was inside and just seeing one – even on TV – can lead to violent nightmares where I sleep walk and sleep fight.  It isn’t irrational, though – spiders ARE evil incarnate and trying to kill me!

 
Ink Babes: Wow! We’ve never heard of anyone going to that extreme to escape those eight-legged nasties! Unusual, indeed! As a martial-artist, you probably sprung right up and landed on your feet! 

So, what do you do when you’re not writing, hosting radio talk shows, and jumping out of moving cars?

JF: I’m an IT Services Manager with a specialism in information security.  I teach two classes of Kung-Fu a week.  I run two online magazines and I’ve just started a publishing company.  I work with the Northern Ireland Rare Disease Partnership, and run their social-media stuff, and involved with the Arts & Disability Forum Ireland, as I suffer from genetic mutations (without the superpowers).  I’m a school Governor.  I’m a full-time husband and father.  Occasionally I sleep.

Ink Babes: In our corner of the world, we call that SUPERDAD! What a role model for Mackenzie and Nathaniel. You’re wife must be proud.

What is your favourite theme/genre to write about?

JF: Anything non-mundane.  The broad genre is definitely speculative fiction and I do like to stay close to reality while taking a little detour in the fantastical.  I have a pure fantasy novella published, and some short stories that are sci-fi and horror, including a zombie romance.  The novel is supernatural/horror too. So, yeah, spec-fic. In terms of themes I tend to enjoy emotive, twisting, character-based stories but don’t restrict further than that.

Ink Babes: And what are you working on now?

JF: Four Parts Press with two collections at the formatting stage and about to do an open call for submissions for a charity anthology.  I’m also focusing on my first novel – which, in a nutshell, features an American Muslim tattoo artist fighting the cops, Iranian organised crime and a creature from her nightmares all because evil is sometimes only skin deep. Research with tattoo artist and a theologian ongoing, plus outlining.  Actual writing starts August.

Sounds like you’re going to have an action-packed summer, Jay!  Thanks for taking center stage today. The spotlight suits you!

And thank you, our loyal blog followers, for stopping by.  Leave a 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

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

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

Bleeding Ink Post #1

We here at The Ink Babes are almost ready to roll this puppy out. It has taken much thought and research to prepare for this little darkling of ours but we undertook the project knowing exactly what we wanted to accomplish with it. We believe that what we’ve done here is provide a setting for ourselves and other writers to showcase some wonderfully dark and thought provoking stories, and we also hope that this is the first of many projects to come.

Yes, we write for ourselves, because we love it, but we also write to share our ideas and our creative thoughts, characters, plots and fantasies with others who enjoy reading these types of stories and poems.

Supernatural, witches, werewolves, vampires, ghosts, necromancers, fairies, death, blood, gore, goth, creatures, apocalypse, and anything else with dark undertones are welcome here.

Our pages aren’t filled with romance or sex, but stories hell bent on making the reader think about what is possible outside of the real world.

As Tammy would say, combining all our thoughts and ideas was like creating a winning hockey team, lots of hard work and plenty of sweat. Pat would say, it was like designing a dress, plan, cut, put it together, cut some more, then finish it off. Lisa would say, it ended up coming together like a well rehearsed song. And then we all said, lets send it out into the world and see what kind of magic happens. 🙂

We hope to share our thoughts with you now and then about this project and its progress so be sure to ‘follow’ us. We’re working on some wonderful marketing concepts, giveaways, and teasers too!

We hope you’ll share our enthusiasm for this anthology as we look forward to producing something for you that is unique and impactful to readers everywhere.

Ever yours,

InkBabes

Lisa, Pat, and Tammy

Ink spattered pages ~ Mind full of music and muse ~ Madness of genius

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