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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!

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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!

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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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Miranda J. Riley

1). Tell us a bit about yourself.

Olá! Meu nome é Miranda J. Riley and I am a young author in the midst of publishing her first works! I am married, have three cat children, love to paint, shoot photos, and read anything I can get my hands on, which is easy since I work at a library! I am from Brazil originally, but have been living in Tennessee for the majority of my teenage-adult life. I just finished my second novel, and I wrote two short stories during quarantine that got selected for publication, one of them being for SLAY!

2). Who is your favorite vampire author?

This is going to sound terrible, but I have not actually read that much in the vampire lore! I love the good old fashion Dracula and Immanuel’s Veins by Ted Dekker, but I also love the manga series Tokyo Ghoul (I know, doesn’t technically count but it could if you think about it) and Seraph of the End. I’ve read some of Stephanie Meyer and P. C. Cast, but I am really looking forward to this collection so I can broaden my author list of amazing vampire stories.

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

I’d rather be a dragon, but vampire is a good second choice.

4). Who is your favorite vampire?

Angel. Hands down. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the show) filled my vampire tank to the brim. (I didn’t know there were books!?!?) Angel won my heart.

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

I am so excited to read these African inspired characters. Not only that, but I am excited to learn how to write a great vampire should I choose to further develop my character’s story in the future. I feel honored to be among so many great black authors, even though I am a young white woman. I feel like there is a lot I can learn about creating realistic and true black characters for my future novels and short stories.

6). What inspired you to write Rampage?

I lived in Southern Africa with my mom and sister during my 13th – 14th year of life. I drew from my experiences traveling around Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zambia to create the setting. My characters are formed around people I socialized with and my main character is actually named after our wonderful cook and house lady, Aziza, whose food and companionship I miss dearly. I wanted to challenge myself by writing a story out of my comfort zone that could help me better my writing and better my ability to tell a story.

7). Tell us a bit about your story.

Rampage is about an African Elephant contracting the vampire disease and going berserk in Kruger National Park. Aziza, a warrior of Machanga, is recruited by rangers to help take down the elephant before she wipes out all the herds. In this story, Aziza learns how to trust others to achieve a goal and what it means to give something up for the greater good.

8). What do you hope accomplish with Rampage?

I hope to entertain my readers, first and foremost. For a reader to come up to me and tell me they enjoyed my story and want to read more, that is what fills my heart with joy. This will by my first official published work and I hope it begins my career path as a writer and I hope to accomplish great things after this publication.

9). Will there be more stories of Aziza?

Funnily enough, Rampage was not the first story of Aziza that I wrote. Rampage is an origin story for Aziza. I wrote another story initially, but the word count was too long for submission. I was advised by a wonderful editor who read my story out of kindness that I needed to world build in order to perfect my character in this other story. Out of that world building, Rampage was created.

10). How do we keep up with all things Miranda J. Riley?

You can follow me on Twitter @TheSpunkyDragon and friend me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MirandaJRiley I also have a baby website in the works at https://www.mjrileyonline.com/

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

Read It, Review It, Share It. Help support your local authors and first time authors like me! Enjoy each story like it was its own book! Take the time to read and digest and then go find those authors online and read more of their work! That’s what I’m going to do!!

To read Rampage by Miranda J Riley and the other amazing stories in this fantastic anthology, preorder your e-book today!

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LH Moore

1). Tell us a bit about yourself.

My speculative short fiction has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines such as FIYAH, Apex and Fireside. I have always loved writing stories about those “What ifs?” and the fantastic or supernatural. I’m actually from Washington, DC itself, born and raised, and proud of it. I’m an architectural historian and love history. It, along with my African American heritage, serves as a major inspiration for my work.

2). Who is your favorite vampire author?

I never ever want folks to forget about L.A. Banks.

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

Oh hell no, no matter how much I love wearing black and looking like a glamorous, decadent jetsetter. I don’t know what’s worse…the immortality, the inability to be out chilling in the sunshine or the constant hunger and the way I’d have to acquire it. I suppose it’s better than being a werewolf though. Now, that “con” list is way longer.

4). Who is your favorite vampire?

Blade

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

We have so many stories that are yet to be told as writers of African descent. I don’t think anything like this has been done before, so I thought it was very important to be a part of that representation and contribute to this new storytelling beyond the traditional neckbiter.

6). What inspired you to write “A Clink of Crystal Glasses Heard”?

Well, honestly, it was Judy Blume’s classic Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. That impending womanhood and the expectations and mysteries that go along with it. I wanted to write something more lighthearted than what you’d expect for a vampire story. It’s a different vibe for me and was a lot of fun to write. I hope that readers think so too.

7). Tell us a bit about your story.

How many times did you get stuck with your parents and their friends at get-togethers when you were a kid or teen? Listening in on grown folks’ conversations? Let’s just say that my protagonist finds out there was more to them than she and her friends thought. It plays upon those coming of age tropes and is ultimately about connection and being there for one another.

8). What do you hope to accomplish with “A Clink of Crystal Glasses Heard”?

I hope readers enjoy the characters and the situation they’ve found themselves in. Laughter is expected and right now that’s a good thing.

9). Will there be more stories about your character?

Hey now, if someone out there digs it and wants it to be, then let’s chat? We can make this awesomeness happen!

10). How do we keep up with all things (author’s name)?

You can find my thoughts (and rants) on Twitter at @elleHM and see what I’m up to on IG at @lh_moore. For more in general, check out my site at lhmoorecreative.com.

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

You’re in for a wild ride and you’re going to enjoy every minute of it!

To read A Clink of Crystal Glasses Heard by LH Moore and the other amazing stories in this fantastic anthology, preorder your e-book today!

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Steve Van Patten
Steven Van Patten

1). Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Steven Van Patten. Friends call me ‘SVP’. Yes, I know about the ESPN guy. Don’t care. Anyway, when I’m not writing something that thrills and/or disturbs people, I’m either stage managing a TV show or being bossed around by Lola. She’s a black cat and I’m sure you know Black Cat Lives Matter.

2). Who is your favorite vampire author?

You mean I can’t pull a Muhammad Ali here and scream, “I am The Greatest!” Okay fine. Sigh. I’ll go with Bram Stoker, but only because if his drunk, xenophobic ass didn’t write Dracula, we’d all have to go be break dancers or something.

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

Wait… what have you heard?

4). Who is your favorite vampire?

Other than Christian Brookwater, I am partial to Prince Mamuwalde aka, Blacula. Then there is Jerry Dandrich from Fright Night. Christopher Lee’s version of Dracula is a defining staple. Here’s an obscure one for you, but send the kids to bed first. Grave of the Vampire starring Michael Pataki (The guy in Rocky 4 who said, “Whatever he hits, he destroys”) as Caleb Croft. That’s movies. As for print, I am a big fan of Marvel’s Tomb of Dracula and who doesn’t love Kurt Barlow from Salem’s Lot? Oh wait. Did you just want one? Sorry. I get carried away.

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

It’s almost like our yearbook. Pretty much every black spec fiction horror writer I know, love, have gotten drunk with, or smuggled drugs with, or took paternity tests for, or allowed to mildly sexual harass me or helped hide a dead body are in this damn thing.

6). What inspired you to write your story?

I went a little off my usual beaten path with this one. Was in the mood to explore a parental relationship and do something unconventional.

7). Tell us a bit about your story.

Imagine if Fred Sanford were a retired monster killer.

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

Truthfully, I was just having some fun.

9). Will there be more stories of your character? I don’t think so. It’s hard to say. Different things strike me at different times. At the moment, I feel like I have moved on from these characters, but who knows? The fact that you asked me the question might prompt me to wake up tonight in a cold sweat, screaming ‘HOLY SHIT! THAT’S A GREAT IDEA!’ Or not.

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

The easiest thing to do is visit the website- www.laughingblackvampire.com. I’m also on Facebook by the ‘government name.’ I’m on Twitter and Instagram as @svpthinks. Or, you could send a raven.

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

It’ll make a great Christmas gift.

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Slay: Stories of Vampire Noire