Thursday, March 26, 2015

ELIZABETH MASSIE - WOMAN IN HORROR!










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Elizabeth Massie is my Woman In Horror today! Elizabeth has won two Bram Stoker Awards and this is only a small part of the honors foisted upon her.

Amazon Bio:

Elizabeth Massie, a ninth generation Virginian, has been writing professionally since 1984. Most of her works are in the horror genre (Sineater, Hell Gate, Desper Hollow, and more), but she also writes mainstream fiction (Homegrown), media tie ins, educational materials, and poetry. Her first novel, Sineater, won the Bram Stoker Award. Her Tudors novelization (season 3) won the Scribe award. She is currently working on Ameri-Scares (Crossroad Press) a 50 novel series of spooky books for middle grade readers (age 8-12), as well as new novels and short works for adults and a nonfiction book on spirituality and religion. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband, well-known illustrator, Cortney Skinner. She likes hiking and geocaching, and can't stand cheese. She foundeded and for more than three years managed the Hand to Hand Vision project (on Facebook) that raised money to help others during these tough economic times. Though she has a home office, she likes to work at Starbucks a couple days a week. There she can feel like part of the human race. And have a chai. 

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"I write horror. Some people can't understand why, or don't want to. For me it's this - I stare into the darkness to better appreciate the light." Elizabeth Massie

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Elizabeth has quite a portfolio. Her first horror short story, "Whittler," was published in The Horror Show in the winter 1984 edition. Others followed, in mags such as Deathrealm, Grue, Footsteps, Gauntlet, Iniquities, The Blood Review, After Hours, The Tome, and many more, as well as anthologies such as Borderlands, Borderlands III, Best New Horror 2, Dead End: City Limits, Women of Darkness, Best New Fantasy and Horror 4, Hottest Blood, New Masterpieces of Horror, Revelations, and many others. Beth's novella, Stephen (Borderlands) was awarded the Bram Stoker Award and was a World Fantasy award finalist.


Elizabeth added horror novels to her repertoire in the early 1990s, and has since published the Bram Stoker-winning Sineater, Welcome Back to the Night, Wire Mesh Mothers, Dark Shadows: Dreams of the Dark (co-authored with Stephen Mark Rainey), Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Power of Persuasion, Twisted Branch (as Chris Blaine), and Homeplace. She has also had four story collections published: Southern Discomfort, Shadow Dreams, the extensive The Fear Report, and A Little Magenta Book of Mean Stories. Her bizarre poetry is included in the early 2004 anthology Devil's Wine, along with poems by Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Peter Straub, and more. Her most recent horror novel is DD Murphry, Secret Policeman (co-authored with Alan M. Clark.) She’s also written novelizations for Showtime’s original television series, The Tudors.

 Her first comic book, Julie Walker is The Phantom in Race Against Death! was released in Jan. 2010. In 2010, several of her books were released as e-books from Crossroad Press and Necon E-Books — Sineater and The Fear Report. Several other books are slated to be out as e-books in late 2010 — her horror novel Welcome Back to the Night and a brand new mainstream novel, Homegrown. Beth has become a regular contributor of ghost stories to Woodland Press’s series of anthologies set in Appalachia, including Legends of the Mountain State 3, Legends of the Mountain State 4, Specters in Coal Dust, Appalachian Winter Hauntings, and the upcoming as-yet-untitled anthology based in Appalachian superstitions. She is currently working on a new novel and several new short stories.
  
She also writes historical novels for young adults and middle grade readers. She has said, "There is a great deal of horror in history, so moving from one to the other wasn't that big a step for my creative thought processes. I love the idea of putting my mind back in time to experience what people years ago might have experienced. And damn, but some of that stuff was creepy!" Her works include the Young Founders series, the Daughters of Liberty trilogy, and The Great Chicago Fire: 1871.
On the side, Elizabeth also writes supplementary materials for educational publishers (both fiction and nonfiction) and continues to wield her inky pen and watercolors to create the characters of Skeeryvilletown. In her free time, she likes hiking and camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains, digging through antique stores, traveling roads on which she’s never traveled. She is also an active member of Amnesty International, the human rights organization to which she’s belonged since 1985.
In January 2011 Beth launched and continues to manage Hand to Hand Vision — Fundraising and Sharing With Others. This project, based on Facebook, auctions off quality hand-made items and then gives the money directly to those who could use some help during these tough economic times. In the same year she started and maintains Circle of Caring — Standing Up and Speaking Out Against Bullying, also on Facebook. This ongoing project brings attention to the problem of bullying by sharing information and encouraging people to be active in standing up and speaking out against it. Members receive free Circle of Caring bracelets that represent their willingness to come to the aid of those who are bullied.
Elizabeth still lives in the country in the Shenandoah Valley (a mere four miles from where she was born and next door to her best friend and sister, Barbara Spilman Lawson) with the very diversely talented illustrator Cortney Skinner. She regularly attends Necon in Rhode Island in July, and as of 2012 has been honored with the title "Necon Legend." Hey, ya hang around long enough, right? :) She knits very long scarves because that's all she can knit, and she continues to work on horror novels and short fiction, and educational books and poetry for kids. Her zombie novel, Desper Hollow, will be released in late 2012 from Apex Books and her historical horror novel, Hell Gate, will be released in 2013 from DarkFuse (Delirium Books Publishing.) She is also currently working on her first book-length work of non-fiction which has nothing to do with horror and is way different from her other books. So stay tooned, yuh-all!

Most of the above information came from off of Elizabeth's bio on her website. http://www.elizabethmassie.com/  I suggest that everyone visit her website because it is set up so well! Notice how the pictures and descriptions of her books are so much better than what Amazon has on their site. I absolutely love the Kolchak: The Night Stalker Casebook cover on Elizabeth's website!

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A lot of the above came from my Woman In Horror post for Elizabeth last year which, in turn, I took from her website. She has so much happening, in the past and present, and I didn't want anything to fall through the cracks.

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Some great books:

Sineater

 

Book Description

September 15, 2010
According to legend, the sineater is a dark and mysterious figure of the night, condemned to live alone in the woods. He may come out only when a death in the community occurs. As the mourners turn their backs in fear, the sineater devours food from the chests of the dead, thereby absorbing the sins of the departed and freeing the soul to enter heaven. Yet in a small mountain town, the order has been broken. The sineater has a family of his own, even though they must avert their gaze on the rare occasions he visits them. With the violated taboo comes a rash of horrifying events. But does the evil emanate from the sineater, his family, or from an even darker force?

PRAISE FOR SINEATER:

"I gotta tell you ... Sineater is one of the best, most touching, most intense "horror" novels I ever read. I actually cried at the end ... Real tears streaming down my face ... It is S-O-O-O-O good! Read it! Now!" - Rick Hautala, author of Winter Wake, Schoolhouse, Reunion



Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

This grim, claustral story is about the consequences of a primitive form of Christianity practiced in the mountains of Virginia, the author's home state. The sineater is a man shunned by all, a man whose face should never be seen. He performs the valuable service of absorbing all the sins of each person who dies, by eating ritual food laid out on their corpses. When the sineater's son, Joel, is allowed to attend school, a series of violent omens convinces the fanatic locals that God is punishing them and that Judgment Day is nigh. As Joel searches for the real perpetrator of the crimes, along with other adolescents who reluctantly listen to him, the plot (the weakest part of the book) begins to resemble a wandering sort of whodunit. The focus of the novel, though, is on the well-evoked mood of fear and despair. Elizabeth Massie works her horror effects with an intimate approach, closing in on her characters as if she's trapping them. And her descriptions do justice to the rustic setting, where people live in four-room cabins and honeysuckle winds around the knotty rails of the fences. Sineater won a Bram Stoker Award for First Novel in 1993. Massie also won a Stoker for her novella "Stephen," published in the first Borderlands anthology. As Tom Monteleone writes in Borderlands 3, Massie wields "a subtle power that rips at your emotions with velvet claws." --Fiona Webster

From Publishers Weekly

Winner of England's Bram Stoker Award, Massie's first novel works better as a convincing and original story about the potential horrors of backwoods religious fervor than as a traditional supernatural thriller. Young Joel Barker lives with a special stigma: his father, Avery, is the "sineater," chosen by their Blue Ridge Mountain religious sect to live alone in the woods and bear the sins of the community's dead. Though Joel is universally ostracized, Burke Campbell, the nephew of the sect's leader, Missy Campbell, befriends him in defiance of his aunt, whose mumbo jumbo he despises. When death and mutilation begin to be visited on anyone who has dealings with Joel's family, Missy blames the sineater and mounts a crusade against him and his kin. The two boys set out to stop the sineater and to end the religious madness that is sweeping the town, only to discover that they may be seeking the wrong enemy. Massie's sharp observations and eye for detail bring her characters to life and lend credence to the unfamiliar setting and bizarre plot. But so much is invested in setting the stage that the story line fails to gain momentum; though it's well-organized and the pivotal scenes are gripping, it never takes off in the same way as some other horror novels about rural religious terror, such as Thomas Tryon's Harvest Home or Robert R. McCammon's Mystery Walk . Massie's evident talent puts this well ahead of many other would-be literary debuts but, ironically, horror fans may find that it packs less terror than the average thriller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original and Chilling Horror Novel August 14, 2001
By "leh75"
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Sineater is truly one of the best horror novels I have ever read. Sineater stands apart from many other novels in the horror genre for two reasons: it is extremely well written and original and the story is based on reality instead of the supernatural. Sineater is based on the traditions of an ancient religious culture set in the back woods of Virginia. The Sineater is a man who is shunned by society because he eats the sin of people who have died in order to free their souls for heaven. Unlike other horror novels that are based on the supernatural (vampires, ghosts, etc.) the sineater is a human, a man with a wife and children. This story is truly fascinating. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an original horror novel.


5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! July 22, 2009
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Sineater takes place in the remote mountains of Virginia. According to the legend, the sineater is a man that has been banished to the woods. His existence is vital to the local townspeople, however. As the townspeople die, it is his duty to absorb all their sins so they may pass freely into heaven. This is done by eating food that is laid out on the deceased's body. This is part of an elaborate ceremony that takes place after a funeral. The guests of the funeral must turn their backs, for if they catch a glimpse of the Sineater's face they will bear witness to all the sins he is carrying.

The tradition of the sineater goes back for generations. However, the tradition has been violated. The sineater has married and has a family of his own. One of his sons, Joel, is permitted to attend school. His childhood is a bit more difficult than most. The family must fall asleep before their father enters the house or they will face the same fate as those that dare to look at the sineater's face. He is taunted at school and throughout the community by members of a local religious sect. Everyone knows they should avoid the family or face the wrath of the sineater. However, Joel can't help but form relationships with other members of the town. He can't simply ignore the existence of those around him.

Suddenly, violent things begin to happen to members of the town. Missy Campbell, the leader of the religious sect, believes it is God's way of punishing them for interacting with the sineater's family. Joel desperately searches for the real perpetrator and feels obligated to stand up for the father he has never known.

Sineater is without a doubt one of the best horror novels I have read. Very deserving of the Bram Stoker Award recognition, Massie focuses on a tradition and storyline that is realistic rather than supernatural. Religious fanatics like Missy Campbell really do exist in our world. Massie's sharp eye to detail really brings the characters alive. I felt a great deal of sympathy for Joel and the burden that he and his family must bear. Sineater is not only a horror novel but a mystery and coming of age novel as well. The town must face the fact that the traditions it has been following for several generations are archaeic and unfounded.

I was reading Sineater on a road trip too and from my husband's family reunion in NC, and we passed through many a small town. The very detailed setting Massie protrayed made it very easy for me to feel like I was experiencing a part of the small town world detailed in the book. I can't say enough about this highly recommended book!

Warning: not for the faint of heart. There are a few sex scenes and some of the details of the violence that takes place are quite vivid.
 
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I think it's pretty obvious from the reviews above that Elizabeth deserved to win the Bram Stoker Award for this great tale.
 
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Borderlands 1
 
  
By Anon on June 12, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is one of the best Anthologies I've read yet. It is ashame it is falling out of print. Monteleone did a very commendable job editing this one, as I liked more of the stories in this one than in any previous anthology I've read. The best work in the book is "Stephen," the Bram Stoker Award winning Short Story (I actually think they counted it as a Novella) by Elizabeth Massie. Also very good was the ever-wonderful Poppy Z. Brite's "His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood." Yes, that is Brite's most collected story, but this anthology was the first place it appeared. Ed Gorman--an author I've not particularly cared for in the past--also contributed a short piece I thought was wonderful: "The Black Sedan." This is just a few wonderful pieces. Yes, it has a few that aren't worth the reading--most notably Joe R. Lansdale's contribution--but overall this is a great anthology.






By W. Tay on January 11, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Even though the series was published over a decade ago, the ideas presented in each of the stories contained within all the books remains fresh and revolutionary, each deserving a genre of its own for its out-of-the-box originality.

I first got this book back when it was published in 1995, and the memories of its stories, particularly the fear it fed into my heart and mind whilst reading it, not to mention the vividness of the step-by-step detail going into some of the more graphic scenes have lingered in my mind since.

Recently having had a chance to purchase the full anthology through different booksellers at Amazon, I snatched at the opportunity to relive the same stories that had inflicted me as a teenager, as well as experience new ones I had yet to unravel since these books are long out of print.

I am unfortunately unable to say more about the contents of this and the other 3 books, for it is up to the reader to experience the novel trains of thought that were conceived so many years ago, yet still pack the punch of an all-new view on terror beyond the likes of the Twilight Zone story concepts, and are the basis of the new horror ideas we get to see in movies and television today and in the future. 
 
  By Wayne Grivell on August 31, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book about a year ago and the stories seriously inspired me into the world of, as the editor, puts it, "HDF" or "horror/dark fantasy". Stories like 'Evelyn Grace' continue to well in my mind as twisted, dark little gems.
The book is deserved of a look. I am no fan of horror but these stories are much better, darker, twisted but quite subtle as well. I have ordered all 4 and keenly await them so I can once more immerse myself in the wonderful little world of "HDF"... 
 
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Once more, we have great reviews, and we should. Elizabeth won another Bram Stoker Award for her story Stephen.
 
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Elizabeth obviously has much talent. If it's been done in the world of horror and more, she has done it. If there's an award, she has won it.

Elizabeth Massie is a Woman In Horror!


Blaze McRob
 

 


 

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1863: A House Divided: A Novel of the Civil War (Young Founders) by Elizabeth Massie (Mar 6, 2007)

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The Great Chicago Fire, 1871 by Elizabeth Massie (Nov 1, 1999)

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1870: Not With Our Blood: A Novel of the Irish in America (Young Founders) by Elizabeth Massie (Nov 5, 2013)

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Sundown (Necon Modern Horror Book 10) by Elizabeth Massie and Cortney Skinner (Oct 1, 2011)

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Homeplace by Beth Massie (Aug 7, 2007)

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The Fear Report (Necon Modern Horror Book 1) by Elizabeth Massie, Cortney Skinner and Bob Booth (Nov 24, 2010)

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Welcome Back to the Night by Elizabeth Massie (Nov 1999)

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Ameri-scares New York: Rips and Wrinkles by Elizabeth Massie (May 13, 2013)

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Ameri-scares California: From the Pit by Elizabeth Massie (Jun 21, 2013)

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