Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Author Spotlight: Meet Eden Royce

Think a small-town girl who grew up around rootworkers and hoodoo practitioners might have a new take on horror?

Eden Royce is descended from women who practiced root, a type of conjure magic in her native Charleston, South Carolina. She’s been a bridal consultant, reptile handler, and stockbroker, but now writes dark fiction about the American South from her home in the English countryside.

She is the recipient of the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Diverse Worlds grant for 2016.

She also writes a regular feature for Graveyard Shift Sisters, a site dedicated to purging the black female horror fan from the margins, where she interviews black female authors and reviews their latest work. Eden is one of the founders of Colors in Darkness, a place for dark fiction authors of color to get support for their projects.

When she’s not writing, Eden loves roller-skating, watching quiz shows, and perfecting her signature dish for Masterchef. Learn more about Eden’s brand of horror on her website

Pull up a rocking chair and sit a spell. Soak in these twelve tales of Southern Gothic horror:

A woman’s search for her mother drags her into the binding embrace of a monster, a witchdoctor’s young niece tells him a life-altering secret, a man’s beachfront home becomes the site of his worst nightmare, an investigator who knows how to keep a 100% confession rate….

These are stories where the setting itself becomes a character—fog laced cemeteries, sulfur rich salt marshes—places housing creatures that defy understanding and where the grotesque and macabre are celebrated.

Spook Lights is a collection of short horror stories by Eden Royce, who was inspired by the rootworkers—Southern hoodoo magic users—she grew up around. 

Her Southern Gothic horror stories employ the use of the macabre and the ironic, to explore the ideals of the American South, along with a few spells from her great aunt, who was a local rootworker. 

Also used in the collection is the Gullah language, a vibrant mix of English and several African languages formulated from the first slaves brought to the United States, still spoken today in certain parts of Charleston, South Carolina and her surrounding sea islands where Royce grew up. The language is rare to hear now, and Royce hopes this collection will renew interest in the heritage of the Gullah-Geechee people.

Those fascinated by the mystique of the South, will appreciate these tales of the Holy City at its darkest. Many readers will find the descriptions of the lives of people of color, under represented in horror fiction, a refreshing take on the genre.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Food in a Post-Apocalyptic World

What can you eat after the world ends? No grocery stores. Trade will be cut off. Even if people have electricity, it won't be available everywhere refrigerators. In The Sciell's Legacy (working title), Book 4 of The Merging Worlds series, the world has ended and now people are trying to survive. How do they keep themselves and their families fed? I've been trying to figure that out.

It's useful to know about real world food even when you're creating a fantasy world. For my stories, I don't recreate everything. Things like apples and rosemary exist.

10 Foods That Will Last Forever In The Post-Apocalyptic World
"Rice has long been a main food source for more than half of the world population. The hearty grain will continue to keep humanity strong and well-fed in the event of a disaster."
 16 Indestructible Foods That Would Outlast The Apocalypse
"Unopened bottles of wine or other distilled spirits can be stored for up to 30 years or more. Some alcohols tend to age and acquire a taste improvement over time, but still require proper storage."
Money in a Post-Apocalyptic World
"Not too far back in our history, spices were worth their weight and more in gold. Egyptians were buried with their spices. Roman soldiers used to be paid in salt."

Water Purification
"Boil polluted water for four minutes. (Make sure it’s a rolling boil) It’s slow, but it works, and can be done anywhere there is fuel for a fire."
Forever Autumn: A Post-apocalyptic Survivor’s Favourite Time Of Year
"Hawthorn trees and hedgerows are also awash with their bright red fruits by late September. Haws are most often turned into jams and jellies, which can then be stored to provide sustenance throughout the long winter months, but you can also eat them raw from the tree."
Another Useful Video

Preserving Your Own Food
"You’ll only going to be able to grow food for part of the year and are going to have to preserve most of that food for use in the colder winter months."
More Resources:
Grains: A Growing Guide

Friday, December 2, 2016

The Week in Links 12/2/16 Netflix, Writerly Gift Ideas, Barnes & Noble

Welcome to the weekly roundup of links for fellow writers and nerds.

Book Marketing and Branding
The Ultimate Guide to Creating an Instagram Profile Everyone Will Want to Follow
7 Tips for Improving Online Sales Using Social Media

Resident Evil 7: Hands-On With Four Hours of Horror and Survival
Bookseller’s Picks: The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of December 2016
The Fate of the Tearling: An explosive ending to our feisty heroine’s story

Writing, Publishing and Bookishness
4 Books to Survive the Apocalypse (and Other Disasters) Christmas Gift Ideas For The Writer In Your Life
Barnes & Noble Opens New Concept Store With Restaurant

Netflix finally lets you download shows and movies to watch offline

Photography and Design
Bookstore Design Hotel in Tokyo

Want to see your post in the next The Week in Links? Email me at The post needs to be published between today, 12/2 and next Friday, 12/9.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Guest Post: Why I Started a Podcast for Authors by Katara Johnson

Hi, Dark Treasury Readers! Katara Johnson here! I had the honor of briefly interviewing Auden on my promotional show for the recent Colors in Darkness Facebook Party. If you missed it, the link will be posted at the bottom of the page. I also will be interviewing her again sometime in 2017 on a promotional show just for her so be on the lookout for that!

Reading has always been a hobby of mine since grade school. Each fiction book takes a reader into the author's world and lets them know what their style is. My favorite genre is the paranormal/sci-fi/horror/fantasy world partly because the creativity and the originality of these genres are endless. Each author can bring his or her own style and can take a reader deep into their world where they do not want to ever leave. 

Social media has made it easier for readers to reach out to their favorite authors and vice versa. I could speak with many authors and express how much I loved their works. I was also able to meet new authors and network with them.

Having an author show is one of the many ways I show my appreciation for all the authors who I won books , prizes, beta read, and just all the great stories I've read.

It was a big step for me to get started. I remember the first time the head of Tru Radio Network BLKGOP announced on his show that I was going to be hosting a show. I thought he was joking around like we tend to with each other on an occasion. However, after talking with him afterwards he said he was serious and my nervous level went sky high. He wasn't the first person that suggested I have my own show so I decided to give it a try. My love for discussing and finding solutions to civil rights and community issues is what made me want to have a show. BLKGOP noticed my author friends were calling in and supporting my shows and he suggested I have an author show and I thought about it and I was like yes!!

Having an author show is another way writers can reach out to their fans as well as fans can call in and talk to the authors. So far, I have 8 individual shows and 1 show where about 10 authors called in. Next year I'm looking to at least double if not triple that amount.

Colors of Darkness Promotional Show

Katara Johnson is a medical professional by day and a radio host and an aspiring writer by nights and weekends. When she is not working or taking care of her family you can catch her with her cell phone in one hand and her Kindle Fire in the other.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Behind the Scenes: Fantasy Book Cover Design

It's always refreshing when you finish a project. I've been meaning to design more premade book covers but never had the time. I finally finished them. Here's a look behind the scenes.

I designed this image for my newsletter subscribers.

 Since I'm turning it into a book cover, I didn't want to use it as is. I changed it.

Finding a companion image was a challenge. I tried different images but the silver dragon kept disappearing into the background. Then, I experimented. I blended two images

and got a surprising effect.

It looks like flames!

The silver background wouldn't work so I changed it to blue.

Alright! Here's the final cover:

Here's a paranormal fantasy cover:

Certain book covers will come in a package.

I designed the horizontal image first then turned it into a book cover. When you buy the cover, you'll get the wide image too.

Visit Aubey LLC to see the latest fantasy and horror premade book covers.