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Alicia McCalla

1). Tell us a bit about yourself.

I write stories for both new adults and adults with my brand of Black superheroes, dark paranormal, and horror. My stories always include strong black women heroines who fight back, sometimes to the death.

2). Who is your favorite vampire author?

One of my favorite authors is AD Koboah. She has this amazing series that mixes Vampires and African magic called the Darkling series.

3). If you had the choice, would you be a vampire?

Hmm. I’m always freezing cold, maybe… I could be a vampire but in general I love Slayers over Vampires. I’d rather be a Vampire Huntress!

4). Who is your favorite vampire?

One of my favorites is Akasha from Queen of the Damned. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the movie as well as the deep ancient African roots associated with the character.

5). What do you like the most about Slay?

I love the fact that Slay has so many great authors who have told stories about Black vampires and vampire hunters. It’s a very cool anthology.

6). What inspired you to write your story?

I’m a huge Blade and Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. I’ve always wanted to write a Vampire Huntress.  When the call came to write for this anthology, I was too stoked and couldn’t wait to write something unique and sinister (evil laughter).

7). Tell us a bit about your story.

When a vampire huntress finds a bloody butcher knifed note stuck in her apartment door, she must stop her vampire ex-boyfriend from killing all the hunters in the Guild or face fulfilling a terrible prophecy.

8). What do you hope to accomplish with your story?

Generally awe, horror and dismay. No seriously… I’m hoping readers will enjoy the supernatural action in the story and will email me and let me know if they’d like me to continue the story by creating a series…

9). Will there be more stories about Kendra?

Sure…If readers want more, I’ll be more than happy to turn Kendra into a full series.

10). How do we keep up with all things Alicia McCalla?

Readers can keep up with me at www.aliciamccalla.com I have a Diverse SciFi & Fantasy podcast, thoughtful blog post musings, and other fun things there. They can also sign-up for my subscriber’s list to get special free reads and deals.

11). What advice would you give to Slay readers about this anthology?

Hold on for some great black vampire stories! It’s gonna be good! 

To read Alicia’s story and the other amazing stories in this fantastic anthology, preorder your e-book today!

Slay: Stories Of The Vampire Noire

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Penelope Flynn

1). Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a fan of science fiction, fantasy and horror and have read genre books and watched genre films all my life. I am a mom of adult children, I practice law and enjoy improving my skills in 3D art and animation. My writing is adult-themed horror, fantasy, and science fiction with paranormal and erotic romance. I co-host the podcast Discussions from the Otherhood Saturday evenings at 9pm EST https://www.talkshoe.com/conf/show/discussions-from-the-otherhood where we discuss all things related to diversity and entertainment media.

2). Who is your favorite vampire author?

For pure fear factor Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot takes the prize. Recently however after being exposed to the television show I read the graphic novel The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and was really taken with how well the horror was depicted in phantasmagorical sequential static images. I see now how it translated so smoothly onto the small screen. In addition, if one was to count screenplays I would also have to mention David Goyer giving kudos to his original Blade screenplay and recently I have started reading the works of Roxanne Bland who weaves a delicious blend of sci-fi, horror and romantica.

3). If you had the choice, would you be a vampire?

If we consider the vampire as this solitary creature that treats the world as a twenty-four hour buffet then no. I have no interest in that. If the vampire trope is extended to include societies of vampires who are able to interact and commune with each other and the world civilly, then why not?

4). Who is your favorite vampire?

Mitchell (John Mitchell) from Being Human is the most endearing, frightening, engaging vampire ever to hit any screen. Being Human is on my list of the top television shows, ever; due in large part to the fantastic acting of the ensemble cast headed by Aidan Turner who plays Mitchell, a vampire whose blood-thirst is an addiction which he tries desperately and unsuccessfully to kick while trying to live life as a human alongside his werewolf and ghost roommates. I re-watched the show again recently and it still holds up.

5). What do you like the most about Slay?

In the Slay anthology there are so many writers with their own voices and techniques for storytelling. I really enjoy when writers are provided a theme then in adherence to the theme they all come back with stories that are unique. Nicole Givens-Kurtz has aggregated a motley crew of talent so it is my expectation that Slay will be a fantastic read.

6). What inspired you to write “Unfleamed”?

I had conceived of this story a long time ago. The purpose was to explain how my characters connect to the characters in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The idea of this anthology where we get to express the vampire lore and mythos from the points of view of over two dozen authors each touching on the diaspora really encouraged me to complete it.

7). Tell us a bit about your story.

“Unfleamed” begins in a Whitechapel alley, 1890. Our heroine, Yannara is the head of a vampire/human hybrid clan who wakes up paralyzed from a blood engorged stupor beside the corpse of a blood drained and mutilated streetwalker. How did she get there? How will she get out of there? And why is someone hiding in the shadows watching her? The story answers these questions and introduces the reader to backstory surrounding Dracula’s trip to England.

8). What do you hope to accomplish with “Unfleamed”?

I am hoping that this introduction to my characters will spark interest in my other works, and I am hoping specifically that African Americans will read and decode the allegory behind the works to ask questions about the use of speculative fiction to tell our tales.

9.) Will there be more stories like Unfleamed?

There is a novel already in circulation, Regarding Koescu, Revenant Lineage Book I; and the second book in the series, The First Book of Ramona is scheduled for release October 30, 2020.

10). How do we keep up with all things Penelope Flynn?

If you want to know what I’m doing and where I am you can join my FB page https://www.facebook.com/PenelopeFlynnMedia/, and/or check out my website https://www.PenelopeFlynn.com, and if you want to show your support for my projects join me on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/Penelope_Flynn

11). What advice would you give to Slay readers about this anthology?

I would urge readers to consume the tome with the understanding that there are many diverse voices telling these stories. The point of view that they have normally been accustomed to in vampire lore may be changed or nonexistent based upon the filter through which these tales are told. So I would admonish them to reserve judgment, keep an open mind. They should sit back, relax and let the plots and characters reveal themselves. Even if the reader runs into a few stories that may not be their cup of tea, I am certain that with all the talented voices involved in this project there will be something for everyone.

To read Unfleamed by Penelope Flynn and the other amazing stories in this fantastic anthology, preorder your e-book today!

Slay: Stories Of The Vampire Noire

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Alledria Hurt

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m Alledria Hurt. I live in sunny (most of the time) Savannah, GA where if the sun don’t kill you, the rain will try its hand. I’m primarily a writer of spec fic, but I also have a terrifying love for shelf-help books.

2. Who is your favorite vampire author?
I grew up reading Anne Rice and she’s the one I go back to most often aside from Bram Stoker.

3. If you had a choice, would you be a vampire?
If it would heal the things wrong with my body, yes. If not, no. I’m comfortable enough with the end coming not to be overly worried about it.

4. Who is your favorite vampire?
Ankasha from “Queen of the Damned” (book, not that horrible movie). She’s beautiful, she’s powerful, and she’s more than a little insane from spending so long just watching the world go by without her.

5. What do you like the most about Slay?
The different takes on the vampire mythos. It reminds one that there are a  lot more things out there that go bump in the night.

6. What inspired you to write “Ujima”?
I have two sisters in my head. They’ve appeared in several stories together,  always in slightly different ways each time, but they are always sisters. I  wanted to tell their story as a story of family and the choices one makes to keep it.

7. Tell us a bit about your story.
“Ujima” which means collective work and responsibility is a story about family and the ties that bind. The main question of course is which bindings one chooses to wear. Imani, my main character, has to make the decision between her old family and her new family. That is the central question of the piece.

8. What do you hope to accomplish with “Ujima”?
I hoped to entertain and maybe remind people how important family is.

9. Will there be more stories of Imani?
Maybe. I never quite know truthfully what’s gonna happen with the people who populate my brain.

10. How do we keep up with all things Alledria Hurt?
http://linktr.ee/alledria That’ll give you my website and several of my social media platforms.

11. What advice would you give to Slay readers about this anthology?
Be careful about reading in the dark! You just might dream of fangs in the night.

To read Ujima by Alledria Hurt and the other amazing stories in this fantastic anthology, preorder your e-book today!

Slay: Stories Of The Vampire Noire

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Sumiko Saulson

1). Tell us a bit about yourself?

Well, I am an award-winning horror author, and I have six novels under my belt but I didn’t start writing paranormal romance until the third one out. I believe that my experience with paranormal romance in the Scierogenous 2 anthology (Valjeanne Jeffers and Quinton Veal are behind that) and my Somnalia collection helped me bring the sensuality needed to “Asi’s Horror and Delight,” my story in this anthology.

2). Who is your favorite vampire author?

That’s a hard question. It’s either gonna be L.A. Banks or Anne Rice.

3). If you had the choice, would you be a vampire?

I wouldn’t. I would not want to outlive everyone and I would have problems with drinking people’s blood and killing them.

4). Who is your favorite vampire?

I actually like Gary Oldman’s portrayal of Bram Stoker’s Dracula the best, all of that Victorian charm. Dracula in the book was not that charming, he was basically a jerk, but all of the Victorian era men like Jonathon Harker were so repressed that he seemed really sexy by comparison.

5). What do you like the most about Slay?

I am so excited about the whole concept of centering vampires from the African diaspora, and there are also a lot of African diaspora authors in it.

6). What inspired you to write your story?

I really wanted to tell a story about men loving men in the vampire genre, but at the same time I wanted to write about male bisexuality and women complicating a man’s love for another man, and not necessarily in any kind of a good way. It’s ultimately about a witch and a god of the underworld fighting for the love and loyalty of a vampire.

7). Tell us a bit about your story.

Asi is an impundulu or lightning bird, which is a shape shifting vampire from South Africa, who can appear as a glorious metallic-gray lightning bird, or a comely young man. The imundulu is always the familiar to a witch, and is handed down from generation to generation in the same family of witches. Ozymora, the witch Asi serves, seeks to use his charms to best Phobetor, the Grecian god of nightmares. In Greek mythology, some of the gods are of African origin, and Phobetor is Afro-Grecian in this tale.

8). What do you hope accomplish with your story?

I wanted to increase queer representation in the world of black storytelling, and in this particular instance, to have the two bisexual men re-center the story about themselves, pulling control of the narrative away from the straight woman Asi serves, who is trying to make their liaison all about her personal needs, wants, and desires.

9). Will there be more stories of Asi?

Phobetor is one of the major characters in my books Somnalia and Insatiable, and I am writing a third book, Akmani, where he appears but is not a focal point. I hope to write a fourth book that centers around him as the main protagonist, so Akmani will slowly slide in his direction, setting up the next book in the series, Phobetor. I would want to put Asi in the book Phobetor, so I will try to set that up so that Asi will eventually get some more page time.

10). How do we keep up with all things Sumiko Saulson?

I have a website, www.SumikoSaulson.com, and I am @sumikoska on Twitter, Facebook and Tik-Tok, and @sumikosaulson on Instagram.

11). What advice would you give to Slay readers about this anthology?

Some of these stories are really terrifying, so don’t read them just before you go to bed, or you’ll end up having to sleep with all of the lights on!

To read Sumiko Saulson’s story and the other amazing stories in this fantastic anthology, preorder your e-book today!

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V.G. Harrison

1). Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is V.G. Harrison and I write science fiction. I’ve been a writer for over fifteen years now and I’m also published under another pen name. Most of that stuff is urban fantasy, YA, and paranormal romance.

2). Who is your favorite vampire author?

Laurell K. Hamilton

3). If you had the choice, would you be a vampire?

No. I’d get bored being immortal and watching everyone I love die around me.

4). Who is your favorite vampire?

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

5). What do you like the most about Slay?

I fell in love with the cover, first. Then, the diversity in terms of the characters and the stories.

6). What inspired you to write Message in a Vessel?

I love science fiction, so naturally, I had to come up with a science fiction story. However, I didn’t want the vampire to be an alien or anything like that. To me, that’s the easy road. So, the only other option was for the vampires to have been human. Then, I was watching something on TV where they were talking about herd immunity and the coronavirus. At that point, I knew I had my vampire story.

7). Tell us a bit about your story.

Message in a Vessel is set in the distant future where a virus has changed most of the world into vampires and they realize they’re running out of food. The only place they can turn to now to quench their thirst is the stars. Their hope is to use their technology to reach other worlds with DNA similar enough that they can trick them into coming to our world for dinner.

8). What do you hope to accomplish with Message in a Vessel?

I hope it reaches a wider audience for my other sci-fi novels where the main character will always be a woman of color and not shy away from a career in STEM. My characters are scientists, pilots, astronauts, programmers, and engineers. We are not caregivers nor are we the ones who need saving. We’re the ones you’re going to want in your corner when the world needs saving.

9). Will there be more stories of Dr. Adelynn Jakande?

I would love to see where Adelynn goes from here. When she lived on Earth, she had an interesting life and with the way she ends her story in SLAY, it’ll most likely be a very adventurous one, too.

10). How do we keep up with all things V.G. Harrison?

You can always hit me up at www.vgharrison.com, if you’re in the market for sci-fi. If you’re in the market for paranormal, then it’s www.marciacolette.com.

11). What advice would you give to Slay readers about this anthology?

Have fun with it! With all of these amazing authors and different genres, you’re bound to find something that will leave you screaming for more.

To read Message in a Vessel by V.G. Harrison and the other amazing stories in this fantastic anthology, preorder your e-book today!

Slay: Stories Of The Vampire Noire

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Vonnie Winslow Crist

1). Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m Vonnie Winslow Crist. I live in a rural area of Maryland where I write science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction and poetry. I was born in the Year of the Dragon, so I suppose it’s natural that I’m fascinated by myth, legends, and folklore.

2). Who is your favorite vampire author?

Deborah Harkness. Her “All Souls Trilogy” features vampires, witches, and demons. Each vampire (as well as each witch and demon) is unique. I like that Harkness has vampires who are scientists as well as servants, vampires who are heroes as well as villains, and vampires who seek the thrill of the hunt as much as blood. I like the British television series based on the books as well.

3). If you had the choice, would you be a vampire?

No. Though my life will be short compared to the longevity of vampires, I embrace the journey from infancy to old age, then death. I think to watch family and friends pass away again and again would be devastating.

4). Who is your favorite vampire?

Matthew from “A Discovery of Witches.” Though I like my image of him when I read the books more than the actor who portrays him in the television series. His character’s restraint and control of his blood-lust is always a tightrope walk. Plus, he’s a member of an ancient group committed to helping those in need of protection. What’s not to like?

5). What do you like the most about Slay?

I love that the vampires are from the African diaspora. So many vampire stories rely solely on familiar European characters and settings.

6). What inspired you to write “In Egypt’s Shadow”?

I’ve been fascinated by Egyptian mythology and the history of North Africa since I was young. When I read SLAY’s guidelines, I knew I wanted to set a vampire story on the Nile River in the distant past.

7). Tell us a bit about your story.

“In Egypt’s Shadow” is a love story. Akhon was in love with Kebi when he was made a vampire by Nawa. Kebi refused the opportunity to become a vampire, and moved on with her short life. But Akhon can’t let go of the woman he loves. So he stalks her granddaughters for thousands of years looking for one who is just like his Kebi.

8). What do you hope to accomplish with “In Egypt’s Shadow”?

I wanted to examine what it would be like to love someone for centuries—but someone you could never have. And to ask, when do you stop wanting to live forever?

9). Will there be more stories of Akhon?

My first inclination is to say, “no.” But I enjoyed writing about Akhon, Kebi, and Nawa. The story would have to take place before “In Egypt’s Shadow” or during the time between page 1 and the end of the story. As I write this answer, I’m thinking I could go back even further to Nawa’s story!

10). How do we keep up with all things Vonnie Winslow Crist? You can check out www.vonniewinslowcrist.com or https://www.facebook.com/WriterVonnieWinslowCrist/ or https://www.twitter.com/VonnieWCrist

11). What advice would you give to Slay readers about this anthology? Read SLAY. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. The editor, Nicole Smith, has collected a wonderful group of vampire stories from writers both new and well-published.

To read In Egypt’s Shadow by Vonnie Winslow Crist and the other amazing stories in this fantastic anthology, preorder your e-book today!

Slay: Stories Of The Vampire Noire

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Delizhia Jenkins

1). Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy author (of 15 novels and three short stories). I work as a Case Manager for a non-profit organization and I am the proud mother of a magical thirteen- year old daughter.

2). Who is your favorite vampire author?

L.A. Banks hands down, but JR. Ward runs a close second.

3). If you had the choice, would you be a vampire?

Yes.

4). Who is your favorite vampire?

Blade.

5). What do you like the most about Slay?

What I like most about Slay is the diverse cast of black authors that will be contributing to the anthology.

6). What inspired you to write your story?

I started thinking about what an actual vampire bite might feel like… the chill of the vampire’s breath brushing against the victim’s neck, the cold terror that shoots through his/her veins as the vampire’s fangs pierce the skin. I figured the bite of a vampire to be equivalent to an actual frostbite. If anyone knows what it means to suffer a (severe case of) frostbite, it means that the area has lost all sensation, all feeling, and is pretty much a slow rot of the skin. In my story, a Frostbite is the slow rot of the soul as the victim transitions from human to vampire.

7). Tell us a bit about your story.

My main character Skai learns of a secret that surrounds not only her but her family. Her vampire hunting family owed a debt to one particular vampire and Skai ultimately became the payment.

8). What do you hope accomplish with your story?

I don’t have a particular message that I hope to convey to the readers. My goal is for readers to enjoy the story so much that they seek out my other books.

9). Will there be more stories about Skai?

Maybe.

10). How do we keep up with all things Delizhia Jenkins?

Readers can always visit my website: missjenkinsbooks.com or follow me on Instagram @miss_jenkins_books.

11). What advice would you give to Slay readers about this anthology?

Readers will definitely discover (and rediscover) new authors to enjoy. I know for a fact that Slay has something for everyone which is always a good thing when picking out a good anthology to read. I do not have much advice other than to be prepared to be blown away.

To read Delizhia Jenkins’s story and the other amazing stories in this fantastic anthology, preorder your e-book today!

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Samantha Bryant

1). Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m fiercer than I look and softer than I like to let on. I believe in second chances and unexplained connections between people. I’m happiest when I can watch sunlight sparkle on water and hear the wind moving through leaves. Because making a difference in this world is important to me, I teach and try to write stories that entertain and make the reader think at the same time.

2). Who is your favorite vampire author?

I love it all! From old school like Bram Stoker and John Polidori to more recent stories by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Tananarive Due. If it’s got fangs, I’m interested.

3). If you had the choice, would you be a vampire?

Depends on what sort, I suppose. The gift of more time definitely sounds like a boon to me right about now when I’m facing turning fifty, but giving up sunlight might be more than my heart could take.

4). Who is your favorite vampire?

Eli, from Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Creepy children are a favorite element of horror for me, and Eli gave me the shivers.

5). What do you like the most about Slay?

When I first heard the premise and saw the anthology call, I sat up and paid attention. Vampires are fascinating, but so many stories about them seem to go down the same paths again and again. This collection is going to take us to some unexpected places, and there’s nothing I like better as a reader than a feeling of discovery and surprise.

6). What inspired you to write His Destroyer?

Most of my writing, even when I’m not writing horror, is about things that scare me. As a teacher and a mother, harm coming to children sends cold arrows into my heart, so this story taps into that.

7). Tell us a bit about your story.

“His Destroyer” draws from the Biblical story of the ten plagues of Egypt, one of the stories that frightened me the most when I was a child. The idea that all those children paid for the crimes of one man tore at my budding sense of justice and fairness, though I’m sure that’s not the lesson my grandmother intended me to take.

The thing is that the stories, at least as I was told them, don’t give much detail about exactly what happened–who the destroyer was and how exactly the first-born sons of Egypt met their demise. So, that left room for my imagination.

8). What do you hope to accomplish with His Destroyer?

I hope at least one reader gasps aloud as they read. Double win if later on they cry.

9). Will there be more stories of Dienihatiri?

I don’t have plans to bring Dienihatiri back for more stories at this point, but I never say never! We’ll see what she has to say about it.

10). How do we keep up with all things Samantha Bryant?

Knowing my name is usually enough to find me, but you can definitely start with my website: http://samanthabryant.com I’m on Instagram and Twitter as @samanthabwriter and on Facebook as @samanthadunawaybryant so that people who knew me when I was a Dunaway can find me, too. I’m best known for my Menopausal Superhero novels, so googling that phrase is a good start, too. Of course the verb best way to get all my author news is to subscribe to my once-monthly newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bwgsxD

11). What advice would you give to Slay readers about this anthology?

Buckle up! You’re about to see 29 ways to slay, each something you haven’t seen before.

To read His Destroyer by Samantha Bryant and the other amazing stories in this fantastic anthology, preorder your e-book today!

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Steve Van Samson

1). Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a huge fan of creating and being creative. The stories I’m interested in telling include things like horror, adventure, monsters as well as a strong push for character diversity. In addition to novels, short stories and comics, I have have also sang lead vocals on 2 albums with the band Enchanted Exile and co-host a fun nostalgia podcast on The Darkening Network, called Retro Ridoctopus!

2). Who is your favorite vampire author?

Going to have to go with Sheridan Le Fanu for his marvelous vampire novella “Carmilla”. Not only did Le Fanu’s story inspire Stoker to write “Dracula”, it also handles homosexuality rather well. Despite the story being published in 1872, Carmilla’s sexuality is worked rather integrally into the plot.

3). If you had the choice, would you be a vampire?

Sexy forever, romantic, secret society type? Sure. Problem is, as I writer, I’m much more interested in the monstrous depictions of the blood sucker. That sort gets a hard no from me.

4). Who is your favorite vampire?

Since I desperately love horror heroes, I’ll say either Vampire Hunter D or Alucard from Castlevania.

5). What do you like the most about Slay?

Not only is SLAY pushing diversity in spec fiction, but it happens to be in the same sort of vein as my first two novels. Vampires like we don’t usually get to see them. Something familiar with an original twist. And with 29 talented authors, the stories get to run the gamut from romantic to truly terrifying, all while focusing on black characters. It’s awesome.

6). What inspired you to write No God But Hunger?

I first heard about SLAY when an author friend (who is familiar with my books) forwarded a link, declaring that I “had to submit something”. After gasping audibly, I knew my submission could had to be the first Predator World tie-in. I’ve always wanted to expand my existing post-apocalyptic vampire universe in the form of short stories. By design, “The Bone Eater King” and “Marrow Dust” are both narrow in scope, but the world they inhabit has plenty of corners to explore.

7). Tell us a bit about your story.

My story “No God But Hunger” is a direct prequel to “The Bone Eater King”. The main character here is an Ugandan woman called Rè—one of my main characters from both books. The story chronicles a hunt. Showing us what sort of prey is left in a post-apocalyptic Tanzania, and why hunting at night is a very bad idea.

8). What do you hope accomplish with your story?

I always endeavor to show people something they haven’t already read or seen a million times before. Horror, yes, but also pulpy adventure where the stakes are high and the reader’s heart is free to race with the characters. Also, I really enjoy dissecting some of the most cliche’d vampire lore!

9). Will there be more stories of Re’?

After writing five novels (2 of with are still on the shelf) Rè is the character of mine that I am most proud of. As far as the novels go, I feel her story concluded in “Marrow Dust” but I would love to explore her life with more short stories.

10). How do we keep up with all things Steve Van Samson?

Find me on Facebook @SVanSamson, on Twitter @SteveVansamson and throw me some horns \,,/! My stuff is available on Amazon and www.roughhousepublishing.com!

11). What advice would you give to Slay readers about this anthology?

Buy a copy! Heck, buy ten of ‘em and gift nine away! Every horror fan should be aware of this awesomely progressive book that I still can’t believe I got to be a part of!

To read No God But Hunger by Steve Van Samson and the other amazing stories in this fantastic anthology, preorder your e-book today!

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K.R.S. McEntire

1). Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is K.R S. McEntire and I write young adult speculative fiction with diverse characters. However, I have a few anthology stories that are new adult or adult books. I’m in the process of finishing up my Eden trilogy (Saving Eden, Finding Eden, and Making Eden) with a third book right now. When I’m not writing I’m traveling, hiking, or watching too much TV.

2). Who is your favorite vampire author?

I’m going to have to go with Tananarive Due, even though her African immortals were not “technically” vampires. I love her writing style. Her short story Free Jim’s Mine was amazing and I have The Good House on my TBR list.

3). If you had the choice, would you be a vampire?

I don’t think I could be a vampire. I love the sun too much. If I had my way I’d be living on a beach instead of in the middle of landlocked Indiana.

4). Who is your favorite vampire?

Louis from Interview with the Vampire. I think I like the idea of a vampire who still has a conscience to wrestle with.

5). What do you like the most about Slay?

I love all things supernatural! Some of my favorites reads when I was a teen were The Mediator series by Meg Cabot (ghost love story) and Twilight. I’d never encountered Black ghosts, vampires, or paranormal creatures until I read Tananarive Due as a college student. I think the representation we are bringing in SLAY is important.

6). What inspired you to write Encounters?

I have always been drawn to stories about the meaning of life, mortality, and eternal life. I think it’s one of the reasons I enjoyed books like Tuck Everlasting and Twilight as I was growing up.

7). Tell us a bit about your story.

My story is about a woman who runs into her “dead” husband at an airport a week before her wedding to her new man. Turns out he’s not dead, but has been hiding overseas for the past 20 years as a vampire. He offers her a chance to drink his blood and live forever as a vampire, but will she take it?

8). What do you hope to accomplish with your story?

Honestly, I just hope people enjoy the story! I hope it makes people think about what they would do if offered such a choice.

9). Will there be more stories of Encounters?

I’d love to write another vampire novel. I think we need a Twilight or The Mediator for this generation, but hopefully we can add some diversity to the mix. I think I’d come up with a new cast of characters rather than using the characters from Encounters.

10). How do we keep up with all things K. R. S. McEntire?

You can find me on Facebook and Instagram!

You can also check out my page Diverse Fantasy and Sci-Finds: https://www.facebook.com/DiverseFSF/ where I share book recommendations.

11). What advice would you give to Slay readers about this anthology?

Leave a review and check out the author’s other work. It’s hard for all indie authors to get their name out there and can be even harder for authors of color or authors who write diverse characters.

To read Encounters by K.R.S. McEntire and the other amazing stories in this fantastic anthology, preorder your e-book today!

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