Friday, September 21, 2012

MEET A REAL HORROR BUFF: SUSAN MCSHERRY A blog interview by Jeffrey Kosh

Today, I want to introduce you to a dear friend and Horror fan, Susan McSherry.
Susan is a reviewer and professional editor for a well known e-magazine, that also produces hard-copy issues, and a real walking encyclopedia on horror.
She’s also a singer in a rock band, a wife, mother, and business owner.
In short, she is multitalented.
Let’s hear from her.

Jeff: First, welcome to my blog, Susan. We met on Facebook, exchanging jokes and pranks in various horror groups. You have a great sense of humor and are extremely knowledgeable in anything horror. Can you tell us more about you?

Susan: WOW…there’s so much history!!! Not really much to tell though. I’m a wife, a mom, an owner of a computer business, a reader, a reviewer & most recently, a professional editor. I love to read, I love movies, and I love music! As a musician I love to perform and entertain!!!

Jeff: Where does this passion for horror stems from?

Susan: Well, it probably originated from my dad. He took me to my first horror movie; it was a double feature, Dawn of the Dead & The Devil Within Her. Probably the most memorable moments of my life, as far as horror is concerned.

Jeff: How do you ended up reviewing and editing?

Susan: It was a complete fluke. I was reading all of the works of Robert DeCoteau. I looked him up on Facebook, just to tell him I really liked his work. He added me to a group, Kindle Horror Books, on Facebook, & proceeded to tell everyone there I’d be a great reviewer. It kind of grew from there. It started with reviews, and proceeded to doing edits.

Jeff: You are also a singer in a musical band. It is a professional endeavor or just a hobby?

Susan: Singing is a very passionate hobby of mine…I love music & I love to sing, so I thoroughly enjoy doing it!!! We primarily do covers, but we’re working on a few projects that involve doing original music. That’s really all I can say about it at this time!! ;)

Jeff: What’s your favorite color?

Susan:  Hmm….I would have if they’re colors to wear, probably black, even though it’s technically a shade, not a color, and perhaps green. If its colors I want to surround myself with, probably blue & purple.

Jeff: What’s your favorite kind of horror?

Susan: I love, love, love zombie horror!! But I truly love anything within the horror genre…There’s just so much out there that captures my attention.

Jeff: Besides my books, what’s your favorite book of ever?

Susan: I really like any of the Zombie Fallout series by Mark Tufo, and the Dead Hunger series by Eric Shelman.

Jeff: Who’s your favorite author?

Susan: I’m not sure I have one….There’s so many amazing authors to choose from & I love them all!!!

Jeff: Who inspired or inspires you the most?

Susan: Probably my husband…He has such sense for business & for people. He can pick up things that most can’t. He’s my rock. I know I can always count on him for anything & everything. He’s just such an amazing & wonderful human being.

Jeff: Margarita or Sex-on-the-Beach?

Susan: Well, I’d start with a margarita, preferably a Midori margarita, then follow it up with Sex-On-The-Beach!! But if I had to choose only one, it would have to be Sex-On-The-Beach!

Jeff: Would you like to travel the world, like me?

Susan: Of course I would!!

Jeff: Is there anything more you would share with us?

Susan: I’m a fairly simple kind of gal, I have simple wants & simple needs. I am easily pleased!!! I love doing the things I do, and I really couldn’t ask for anything more.

Jeff: Thank you for sharing with us. My best.

Friday, September 14, 2012


This is my first time.
Yes, I've been published by APG previously, but being part in this charity anthology, rubbing elbows with some of the big ones ... well, it's great!


For The Benefit of Rockcastle Regional Hospital & Respiratory Care Center: Book Summit, in association with EFW Publishing Proudly Present 14 Tales of Terror.

Featuring (in order of appearance)

Jeffrey Kosh
Tonia Brown
Stephen A. North
Jo-Anne Russell
Joseph M. Monks
Jacki Wildman Wales
Christopher Fulbright
Leigh M. Lane
Jerry W. McKinney
Jaime Johnesee
David Hayes
Lori R. Lopez
Eric S Brown
Billie Sue Mosiman

In some ways ... they popped my cherry!

P.S.: I also did the cover.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

DEPRESSION AND WRITING: How to turn the shadow on itself.

One week ago I had an extreme bout of depression. Real life intruded into my fiction work and drove me to the point of quitting my passion once for all. I will not bore you with the details or the motives behind this dark moment; suffice to say I was struck by an extreme writer's block.

I was starting two different novels (a Sci-Fi and a Pirates one) and had just put down my 'setting bibles'.
A setting bible is like a companion to a writer's novel; in it I put everything concerning the fictional universe I'm creating. So, when I wrote 'Feeding the Urge' I created the whole town of Prosperity Glades, filled it with interesting inhabitants, then developed a timeline of its most unusual or historical events from Pre-Spaniard times to these days (Prosperity Glades is set in Florida).
Same goes for Echo, a planet distant 50 light years from our solar system - the setting of that Sci-Fi novel - and for Caliban's Cove - a mysterious island in 1720 Caribbean Sea.

Nonetheless, I found myself unable to write a single word. Stress and pressure from my strained relationship was slowly turning me into jelly. Sure as water I was going to stop writing and retire to premature confinement to the nuthouse. I was so depressed and angry that I stormed off my traditional Thai wooden house and went for a solitary stroll in Ao Nang's deserted midnight roads.

And out of the blue - or the dark, to be precise - a simple line came to my mind:

'Under cold, indifferent stars, I stand.'

Now, to someone of a perfectly sound mind, that would just mean, 'Hey Jeff, you're depressed. It's natural you get such dark thoughts.'
But to me was different. I could hear the buzzing of the Great Radio inside my mind scanning frequencies and trying to tune on a particular voice. It was the voice of a dead man.

I hurried back home and wrote that line on a Word's blank page, then, the dead man began telling me his story. During the whole night I wrote the first part of it, then I realized having misinterpreted the first line.
An I changed it.

 'Under cold, indifferent stars, I wait.' 

The next day I spent relaxing, avoiding writing at all costs. That darkness I felt was slowly fading away, and I was scared that such a distant, and feeble voice would stop telling me the whole story.
I relaxed myself by doing a cover for what I had titled 'Haunt'.

Slowly, and painfully, I tried to go on with the story, but there was something missing. My rage.
And I used it.

New images flooded my mind and the tale became something so weird and haunting that ... well, it scared me. A Shade, some anchors, chains, and freaks. And everything became clear.

Then, I made a new cover:

Well, the story is over, but you won't read it soon. I sent it to my lovely editor Natalie G. Owens, then I'm going to submit it.

I believe in this story, because it's not mine.
It's from a dead man.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Not mine, but I did the cover to this small jewel.
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