NaNoWriMo Day 7, and other things

Last night I did things that did not include NaNoWriMo and so tonight I am paying for it, fiercely. Although, the past few nights were good nights. On Tuesday, I attended a reading at City Lit Books in Logan Square and last night…I just fell asleep after mommy duties.


The highlight of my week thus far was attending the reading. I had not been to a reading for over a year because of pregnancy and baby. I was thrilled to be in the company of some wonderful writers and just listening to them talk about the business of writing, and of course listening to their wonderful stories reminded me how much I love what I do. I enjoy writing because…I enjoy it. I don’t write for anyone else other than myself. The fact that people enjoy what I write is just a wonderful bonus. I can only hope to be as fancy as the writers that read on Tuesday. Chicago has a wonderful author scene. I only hope to attend more of these and to see more writer friends in the future. Of course, if the baby lets me.


Again, the reading occurred at City Lit Books. Here is the link to their shop If you live in Chicago do visit them. They are lovely.


Now, on to the reading part. Wicker Park Press ( released a new anthology All-American Horror of the 21st Century The First Decade 2000-2010. The editor was Bram Stoker winner Mort Castle. The collection includes some wonderful writers such as Thomas F. Monteleone, Norman Prentiss, Jack Ketchum, Sara Langan, and David Morrell.


The following fantastic readers read a sampling of their story at City Lit Books: Wayne Allen Sallee, John Everson, Jeff Jacobson, Sam Weller, and Jay Bonansinga.


Castle provided a wonderful introduction to this body of work, and I completely agree with some of his statements. He said that there are elements central to American horror that can only be found in America. We have our own folklore, our own fears that are truly American. This collection explores those themes.


Here are some photographs from the reading. I hope you enjoy and I hope that you purchase the collection.

Mort Castle

John Everson


Jay Bonansinga


Jeff Jacobson


Sam Weller


I am off to write some words to catch up to my NaNoWriMo count. I need to get this novel done and done so I can move on to the next.

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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