Kate Jonez is my Woman In Horror today! Not only is Kate a fantastic author, but she is the chief editor at Omnium Gatherum Media.
Before I get to anything else, I want to mention that Kate's novel Candy House is nominated for The Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement In A First Novel. I will up the ante and say that if she does not win this award we have some idiot judges. I have read all the entries and, while I enjoyed all of them, Candy House is special. The others cannot compare to the brilliance of what Kate has portrayed with her words. Okay, I know there are stalwarts who will say that this great novel is not conventional enough to win a Stoker. Damn that kind of thinking! Horror needs new voices with exciting tales that are different. We need to end the good-old-boy domination of these awards. Some authors up for nomination this year do not, in my opinion, deserve to be there. No names will be mentioned. It's all up to the tastes of the readers as to what they read, but I like variety and change. I love new approaches which lead to an exciting reading experience. Kate provides us with this.
We meet people in myriad ways. Kate Jonez and I met on Facebook and then on Goodreads, where Kate started suggesting some great books for me to read. I started searching a little deeper into the lady that is Kate Jonez. What did I find? Wow! I found a woman who blows my socks off! Not just for her excuisite writing, but for her work with Omnium Gatherum- which I mentioned above- a small press dedicated to providing unique dark fantasy fiction. Her stories dig around the human psyche to see what horrors are hidden there. Kate also provides book formatting and design for authors of Indie and traditionally published works.
You must investigate her blog and investigate what she keeps in jars. Just saying.:D
One extrememely fascinating section of her blog is her monster section.http://katejonez.com/monsters/ These are not your typical monsters. We're talking The Zemu, The Rat King, and my personal favorite, The Busaw. I'm so intrigued with this Ghoulish rascal I want to write a novel about him! I will have to admit that Kate has inspired me to write about monsters from around the world. I am half-way through with my collection of stories now. Thank you, Kate!
Don't be fooled by that sweet smile on Kate's face: there are dark thoughts meandering around in her gray matter. I love those thoughts!
I highly urge EVERYONE to visit her blog and find out about Kate and her intriguing Press. Visit with the Busaw too, and tell him Blaze said hello.
Kate Jonez writes dark fantasy fiction. Her debut novel CANDY HOUSE published by Evil Jester Press is available at Amazon in print and ebook. CEREMONY OF FLIES is forthcoming from Dark Fuse April 2014.
She is also chief editor at Omnium Gatherum a small press dedicated to providing unique dark fantasy, weird fiction or literary horror in print, ebook and audio formats. Three Omnium Gatherum books have been nominated for Shirley Jackson Awards.
Kate is a student of all things scary and when she isn't writing she loves to collect objects for her cabinet of curiosities, research obscure and strange historical figures and photograph weirdness in Southern California where she lives with a very nice man and a little dog who is also very nice but could behave a little bit better.
When anyone who knows anything about great horror tales gathers with like-minded individuals, Kate's name must come up. Kate Jonez is a Woman In Horror!
Detritus by Burke, Kealan Patrick, Shipp, Jeremy C., Borsellino, Mary and Murphy, L.S, (Jan 11, 2012)
Phobophobia by Chamberlin, Adrian, Jeffery, Dave, Schmitz, S.L. and McBride, Tracie (Nov 30, 2011)
Fortune: Lost and Found by Fawver, Kurt, Jonez, Kate and Murphy, L.S. (Aug 14, 2012)