Suzie Lockhart is my Woman In Horror today! Suzie and I share any number of things. Besides our love of the Dark and that which dwells within, we have a fervent desire to help those falling under the Autism umbrella. Her anthology Fractured Realms, to be published by Horrified Press, is a charitable anthology to benefit The Autism Trust. This great book will be out soon, so keep your eyes peeled.
Convinced she was destined to be an artist, Suzie Lockhart attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh after graduating high school, but the gnawing urge to write always remained. After working as a caricature artist, jewelry designer, retail manager, and an Assistant Director of Admissions back at A.I.P., Suzie finally realized her seventh grade English teacher had been right all along…
She originally wanted to write romance novels, but after discovering the innate ability to tell chilling tales, Suzie embraced her inner-creepiness.
When her son Bruce realized he had the same penchant for macabre storytelling, they teamed up. Three years of working together have produced approximately thirty publications. Their scary stories can be found in a variety of horror publications, including Dark Moon Digest, Sirens Call, Diabolic Publications, JWK Fiction, PMMP, and, Horrified Press.
Suzie has had stories featured in ‘Mistresses of the Macabre’, Sirens Call ‘Women in Horror 2013 & 2014’, and placed in the top ten in the ‘Women on Writing (WOW) Spring Flash Fiction contest 2013’.
In fall of 2012, ‘Team Lockhart’, as Suzie and her son were pegged by Horrified Press, delved into editing. After building a reputation as hard workers, they were asked by that same U.K. publisher to edit their first anthology. ‘Nightmare Stalkers & Dream Walkers’ proved to be a tremendous experience—and ended up taking 2nd place in this year’s ‘P&E Reader’s Poll’!
Presently, Suzie and Bruce are working on a charity anthology entitled ‘Fractured Realms’ to benefit The Autism Trust—a cause close to their hearts, as two members of their family fall under the umbrella of ASD. ‘Nightmare Stalkers & Dream Walkers, volume #2’ is scheduled for release shortly after, as well as ‘Dark Fairytales Revisited, volume#2’.
A few months ago, ‘Team Lockhart’ was awarded their own imprint for Horrified Press—Sinister Saints Press is presently accepting submissions for their first YA anthology, ‘MALICE’, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Suzie resides in Western Pennsylvania with her husband and their four children.
Suzie Lockhart and Bruce Lockhart 2nd will be heading up a new subdivision of Horrified Press, entitled ‘Sinister Saints Press’. The focus will center around YA Horror, allowing authors interested in this genre the opportunity to showcase their creative talents. This mother and son writing/editing duo are fascinated with the moldings of the ‘young mind’, as it always has the potential for both good and evil. Sinister Saints will explore many different areas of YA Horror, through a total of four anthologies each year.
Let your creative juices flow as you prepare to delve across the threshold into this fervent world. Explore how different traumas can affect the fate of your protagonist/antagonist; will your character submit to the evils of the world, their morals keeping them steadfast—or will they become the ultimate anti-hero? Their fate is in your hands…
I think it's really cool that Suzie and her son Bruce are working as a team! A special note: read the great interview at http://authorinterviewcorner.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/suzie-bruce-lockhart/ . I really love the give and take here, but also, you will find out a lot about this Dynamic Duo.
What else can I say other than that Suzie is a woman who not only writes and edits great horror, but she is a caring lady as well. This will not be the last time you will be hearing me talk about Suzie. We're going to be burning each others' ears very soon.
Read Suzie's books, her interviews, and don't forget about her YA anthology coming up. You know you want to submit to that.
Suzie Lockhart is a Woman In Horror!
Frightmares: A Fistful of Flash Fiction Horror by Stan Swanson and Booth III, Max (Mar 6, 2012)