Archive for March, 2010

The Witch in the Volcano

Posted in Photography, Writing on March 26, 2010 by stephenjamesprice

Vacation Photo

This is another picture of the witch that followed my wife and I around Hawaii. We sat in the rain for an hour watching the volcano erupt and the witch kept appearing in the steam.

Witch in the Volcano

This is an original photo and has not been retouched in any way.

We saw the witch in a cloud bank, in the steam from the volcano, in the water and as a shadow in a parking lot when I didn’t have a camera. It was very strange. We haven’t seen her since we returned to the mainland.


The Witch in The Water

Posted in Photography, Writing on March 13, 2010 by stephenjamesprice

Vacation Photo

This picture was taken from the balcony of our hotel room on the big island of Hawaii. Can you see the witches face in the water?

Witch in the Water

This is an original photo and has not been retouched in any way. I saw it first and ran inside to get my camera and my wife (in that order).

After a few pictures and a few more waves, the face disappeared.

The witch followed us around the island. I’ll post another picture of her in the smoke from the erupting volcano in a few days.

Short Stories and Chapbooks

Posted in Writing on March 7, 2010 by stephenjamesprice

I love short stories. I love to read them, and I love to write them. I have a variety of short story collections, anthologies and chapbooks in my personal library. When I don’t have the time to commit to an 80,000+ word novel, it’s nice to be able to read two- to ten-thousand words and reach a satisfying ending.

Although most of the writers and avid readers lurking the dark, musty hallways of the internet are familiar with chapbooks, I’ve recently been asked exactly what one was. A chapbook is a small book containing poems, ballads, stories or religious tracts. They’ve been around since the 16th century. In the 1800’s they became popular as “Dime Novels” in the US and “Penny Dreadfuls” in the UK.

Now that everyone’s familiar with a chapbook, I’ll get to the point of this post.

Three of my short stories are slated to be published in a chapbook by The Penny Dreadful Company, an imprint of Ghostwriter Publications.

It’s provisionally titled The Final Chapter.

  • The title story, “The Final Chapter,” introduces us to a world-renown artist celebrated for his signature grave rubbings of the famous, the unusual and the macabre.
  • “Damn, I Hate Stephen King” is a flash piece about a writer, his wife, their haunted house, a collection of Stephen King books and the things that go bump in the night.
  • “The 72 Ounce Challenge” seats us in the center of an award-winning restaurant boasting a rather bizarre eating contest.

Conceptual cover art is being chiseled away as we speak (or as I write and you read). Stay tuned for a sneak peak very soon.

I’ll be announcing the release date shortly after the cover art is completed.

Check out their website and order a few chapbooks. If you like short stories, you won’t be disappointed.

The Skull Ring – Scott Nicholson

Posted in Writing on March 2, 2010 by stephenjamesprice

I’ve been a Scott Nicholson fan since “The Red Church” came out in 2002 (Has it really been that long?) I was so impressed that I’ve picked up everything that’s he written since then. My newest Nicholson acquisition? The ebook of “The Skull Ring” on Amazon. I will DEFINITELY be buying the paperback when it comes out.

Here’s the buzz.

Stephen James Price Rating: 5 Stars.

Julia Stone will remember, even if it kills her…

With the help of a therapist, Julia is piecing together childhood memories of the night her father vanished. When Julia finds a silver ring that bears the name “Judas Stone,” the past comes creeping back. Someone is leaving strange messages inside her house, even though the door is locked. The Christian handyman offers help, but he has his own shadowy past. And the cop who investigated her father’s disappearance has followed her to the small mountain town of Elkwood.

Now she has a head full of memories, but she doesn’t know which are real. Julia’s therapist is playing games. The handyman is trying to save her, in more ways than one. And a sinister cult is closing in, claiming ownership of Julia’s body and soul…

It’s an ebook right now at Amazon and SmashWords and will be in print in a few weeks.