Gothic Blue Book and Teaching

It’s been a maddening few weeks. It was a mad dash to the finish line, or cemetery that is, to review final submissions for the Burial Day Books Gothic Blue Book Folklore Edition, our 4th anthology at Burial Day Books. I admit, this has been a wondrous love affair, me and my independent press. I have had the great joy of working with many fantastic writers. This year, I get to work with Bruce Boston, an award winning poet and Jay Bonansinga, an award winning writer and director who co-wrote the Walking Dead series. I’m excited about this collection, and overwhelmed because we received so many great stories. This will be the largest collection, and that means I have tons of work ahead of me to get all of this edited and formatted for an October 31st release.


In other news, I’m extremely busy with the day job in marketing research, but my new night job starts soon, mentoring Master of Fine Arts students at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Orientation begins this week. I’m looking forward to meeting my students and learning about their works and process.


Other than that, I’m still writing and editing. I have a poetry collection that is scheduled to be released next year, and two fiction works in progress that need to be completed as soon as possible.

I hope all of you are well. Thanks for reaching out and wishing me luck on the agent hunt. Still no agent, but I’m still hunting.


Love and peace fellow humans.




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Cynthia Pelayo

Cynthia (cina) Pelayo is the author of short story collection Loteria and the young adult horror novel Santa Muerte published by Post Mortem Press. Her short stories and poems have appeared in DM, Weird Year, Flashes in the Dark, SNM Horror Magazine, Seedpod, Static Movement, and more. Pelayo is the Publisher/Gravedigger of Burial Day Books and is a member of the Horror Writers Association. She is currently at work on two novels and a series of short stories and poems. You can find her on Twitter at @cinapelayo or at