Jenn Spaulding Shares a Valentine Horror Story or Two

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Our next author in the spotlight is Jenn Spaulding. Her visceral fiction is a big hit in the GAF Mainframe Universe. This time she has written a horror romance set in the present day for StarkLight Press’ Valentine’s Day Anthology, Hearts Asunder. Here is a little bit of backstory on Ms. Spaulding:

Jennifer Spaulding is an author, mother, scientist, and scholar. She has penned four books of poetry, numerous short stories, and she is currently writing articles for Outermost: A Journal of the Paranormal. She is also currently busy with several top-secret collaborations. Look for her poetry on Amazon under J.L. Estes. Her poem “Shattered” was selected to be in the 2012 International Who’s Who in Poetry. Jennifer was also a participant of the 2014 Poetry Marathon. Her poems are featured in In My Mind’s Eye along with many other internationally diverse poets.

Jenn also took a few minutes to answer our interview questions:

Interview Questions

  1. Do you have a real life horror story of love gone wrong in your life?

When I was sixteen I met 21 year old Steve Jocko. He literally gave me no choice in the matter. He grabbed me and declared me his. He began kicking the shit out of me on a daily basis. Until one day he went too far and almost killed me by rupturing my spleen. I lost 4 liters of blood.

By the time I made it to the hospital the next day, I was on my last leg. I was so scared that he would kill me that I lied to the cops and said I got jumped. I spent two weeks in the ICU. He was beating the shit out of me again the next day. One night he grabbed a long, serrated bread knife and tried to slice my throat but I threw up my hand and he sliced my pinky damn near off.

Finally my mom came to get me after seeing my body covered in bite marks. My mother spent the day getting drunk and decided to go curse Steve out. I was 6 months pregnant and I begged and pleaded with her not to go, but she didn’t listen. She was so trashed I wouldn’t ride with her so her boyfriend’s nephew was sober so I rode with him. She went to my apartment where Steve was waiting outside with an ax-handle. Steve seen me in the van with another guy and his eyes filled with murderous rage. I told the guy to drive, but Steve was there smashing the passenger side window where I sat, so I dove in the back of the van and told him to go. Steve Jocko cowardly beat my mother with that ax-handle. The surgeons said it was like a jigsaw putting the pieces of her skull back together. She lost her eye. He barely got any time in jail.

  1. What do you find makes the combination of the love and horror such a potent combination?

I think that love and horror make such a potent combination because both fear and love are very intense emotions.

  1. What was the source of your inspiration for your Valentine’s Day horror story?

I got the idea for Killer Love from a dream that I had about an elusive female serial killer.

Jenn’s gripping tale can be found in Hearts Asunder, our Valentine’s Day anthology from StarkLight Press. It will be available Feb. 1, 2016!

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff- an Excerpt

Here is an excerpt from Virginia Carraway Stark’s comprehensive series on the histories of the Gods and Goddesses, as read by the author on YouTube.

This particular excerpt is from the story of Jinx, a beautiful and enigmatically transparent goddess with whom most of us are familiar… though many would not know it 😉

 

 

These stories are set to be published by StarkLight Press in 2015. Check back with starklightpress.com for more video updates, written excerpts, pictures and more content from these fascinating tales of the universes in their nutshells and beyond.

 

-Tony Stark,

Publisher and CEO, StarkLight Press.

A Word About Our Press

StarkLight Press is an independent Canadian Publishing House devoted to printing and promoting the best in Speculative and Science Fiction, Immersive Fantasy and History writing available today. We believe that each story written is a doorway into another world. StarkLight Press opens and expands the reader’s view to those worlds through an in-depth approach we call Constellation Media. By combining the best in classic narrative fiction- such as short stories and novels with graphic novellas, interactive internet features, video, vlogging and interdimensional reality offerings- StarkLight offers to the public a vibrant and ever-expanding experience of the worlds we open to view through our stories.

The flagship universe at StarkLight Press is the Galactic Armed Forces (GAF) science fiction world, created in 2005 and expanding still through internet, live action role playing and graphic novel markets into an indie pop-culture phenomenon. With the addition of video media coming in late 2014, StarkLight Press plans to make the GAF-verse the model of its Constellation Media program. Audience members and fans can make active and vibrant contributions to the expansion and color of the GAF universe, bringing a special sense of ownership and belonging to the entertainment experience offered.

Future Constellation Media ventures include the Fantasy worlds of Dorian and I’snia. Linking many different worldsets together is the The Program at Green Hill. By tying the fictional worlds together through stories of interdimensional causality that center around the sleepy town of Green Hill, StarkLight Press is pleased to be the only media empire that allows the loyal fan the experience of engaging in their favorite characters’ experiences in many different realities at once.

The combination of author-created derivatives as well as the integration of fan fiction and interaction isn’t the only thing that sets apart StarkLight Press’ business model. We are the only publishing house in North America that devotes 50% of its yearly title quota to the publication of open submission short stories. By advancing the careers and exposure of today’s little-known, extremely talented authors, StarkLight Press upholds its commitment to sharing and maintaining the fantastic with audience members worldwide.

The best of the short stories contained in our StarkLight Short Story Compendiums will be provided with the same kind of nurturing creative foundation given to the GAF-verse. These new authors will be encouraged to develop and cross-pollinate their works through the ever-expanding world of our Constellation Media Programs.

In addition, StarkLight Press offers two poetry anthologies a year to up and coming poets from around the world.

We have also begun our historical non-fiction imprint, Arras Books. This imprint focuses purely on the little known histories of regions and areas around the world that are merely names on a map to most of us. By publishing family stories and historical overviews, we share the kind of magic, mystery, crime and triumph that typifies the best fiction, but is often overlooked merely because it had the misfortune of happening in what we call the ‘real world’. By emphasizing the spirtual aspect of family and regional histories, StarkLight Press hopes to bring the magic of fiction into the most seemingly mundane of places on planet Earth.

At StarkLight Press, we believe in our stories, and we support our Authors. We nurture and encourage our fans. We care about content, vision and loyalty to character, plot and universe. We care about sharing those remarkable tales with you, our audience.

– Tony Stark, Publisher and CEO, StarkLight Press.