© 2019 by A.E. Santana. Photos by Danielle Sombati.

September 1, 2019

The short story "Be Nice," published in the dark humor anthology Demonic Carnival III: First Ticket's Free, is now available.

Featuring various authors, this third installment of Demonic Carnival—edited by Valerie Willis—begins with light-hearted humorous tales of carn...

May 8, 2019

Among all the amazing panels, lectures, and other events at LitFest Pasadena, I'm excited to moderate a panel of talented women authors in horror.

Join us from 6 - 7 pm on Sunday, May 19 for:
"No Longer the Scream Queen: Women’s Roles in Horror.
"

Women creators in the ho...

March 9, 2019

Unevolved characters may leave readers feeling unfulfilled and disappointed and be a mark of amateurish writing. Yet, Shirley Jackson used characters that remain unchanged by the story’s end as a device to lead readers to focus on the morals and themes of her stories....

January 13, 2019

With more than 50 published works in fiction and non-fiction, Gabriel García Márquez may be the most recognized Latino/Spanish writer since Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. It is understandable that with a vast amount of varying genre publications (also...

October 16, 2018

From a Buick 8 is a supernatural horror novel by Stephen King which deals with themes of loss and grief. After the death of his father, a state police officer in Western Pennsylvania, teenage Ned Wilcox volunteers at the Troop D barracks and comes across a mysteries ve...

August 18, 2018

Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been a staple in horror literature since its publication in 1959. With ominous, dark, and frightening mood and themes, the novel has inspired authors and directors such as Stephen King and Guillermo del Toro, spawning va...

July 19, 2018

When designed and implemented a certain way, a set can successfully convey the themes of a play. The way the stage is set can create mood, but can also create a physical place, with tell-tale signs and clues pertaining to the plot and theme, that the characters can int...

March 29, 2018

Everyone has a dark side. Wicked, cruel, or perverse thoughts are filtered through and expunged from most of us by the ethical teachings of our parents, society, or other authority figures. Most of us.

Arthur Shawcross, known as the Genesee River Killer, terrorized Roch...

March 20, 2018

The Coachella Valley Storyteller Project is a series of storytelling evenings presented by The Desert Sun partnered with University of California Riverside (UCR) Palm Desert's low-residency MFA program. This event brings together community members to both tel...

January 10, 2018

Amateur detective Max Blake and his fiancée Caeli Brown find themselves caught up in an unbridled adventure when they receive a postcard from Caeli’s uncle, the former Archbishop Jack O’Lennox, previously presumed dead. Max, Caeli, and a team of selected allies travel...

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