Saturday, May 14, 2016

It's Official - Book Tour - Once Upon a Scream

There's a lot of information out there about the Bubonic Plague, aka Black Death. I happened across several places where priests played a part in various aspects. For instance, priests helped to care for those suffering from the plague, and were sometimes responsible for spreading it before realizing they'd been infected.

They were also active in leper colonies during this same time period. This comes into play later.

The plague wiped out a huge portion of the population during that time. Medicine wasn't terribly advanced then, so many things were blamed for the disease killing people left and right. As were many people. Among those people blamed, were lepers and priests. The reason for the lepers being the obvious skin lesions, as the plague also involved lesions. Even people with bad acne were blamed and murdered by terrified citizens.

Of course, we know the plague had to do with disease. And it's prominently thought that trade had more to do with the spread than other means of spreading the wealth. Still, it was the priests who caught my attention. And the poor lepers.

My story, The Black Undeath, is a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin that combines plague, leprosy, and the undead.

Check out this story and others in the new release, Once Upon a Scream, where you'll find all kinds of twisted, dark fairy tales!

Today's my official day on the book tour run by, the creators of this anthology, but there are plenty of other fantastic authors involved:

Dan Shaurette (who also edited it)
Lynn McSweeney
J. Malcolm Stewart
Laurel Anne Hill
Emerian Rich
Adam L. Bealby
MD Maurice
DJ Tyrer
Charles Frierman
Alison McBain
Sara E. Lundberg
Chantal Boudreau
V.E. Battaglia
C.S. Kane
K.L. Wallis
Wayne Faust
Nickie Jamison

This book is available on Amazon in paperback now, but will also be available in e-book in about a week.

If you live near the San Francisco Bay area, Bay Con will feature a panel and release party for this book, with several of the authors, the editor, and staff attending. The party sounds like it will be a great time, and you can get the book signed by the authors who are present, as well as book plates from some who aren't able to make it. There will also be goodie bags!

Unfortunately, I won't be able to be there, but I'll be sending book plates.

Do you have any interesting facts about the Bubonic Plague? What's your favorite fairy tale? Do you prefer them dark, like the original Grimm's Fairy Tales, or light, like the Disney interpretations?

May you find your Muse.


  1. Congrats. Love the book cover too.

  2. Hi Shannon - there's quite a bit going on here about the plague .. in London, and as it spread around the country - one village decided to close their doors to visitors in the hope that it wouldn't spread - it certainly helped.

    I went to an exhibition in London on it - small .. but interesting all the same - cheers Hilary

    1. Oh, I bet there is a ton of historical information around there! Smart village. Given, you hope you're shutting your door with no one infected inside.

  3. Congrats!!!! I'll be getting this!

  4. Congratulations!
    Living in Germany, and in the city where the Bruder Grimm brothers were supposedly born, I can't help but know about them. Those tales are some of the first tales I heard about this region where I am living. I also have heard some things about the Bubonic plague but know very little. I don't usually read horror stories because I have nightmares when I do, but since this is about an historic situation, I have am going to give it a try. I read everything on my iPad so I'll purchase it when the e-book version comes out.
    All the best, Lady.
    Shalom Aleichem,

    1. Thank you! I should note that this is not meant to be historically accurate. :p

  5. This is soooo cool!!! Congratulations! So happy for you.