Even though Judi is no longer involved in the day-to-day operations of Hellnotes, she keeps in touch and often forwards horror material that she knows would be of interest to Hellnotes readers. So the last time she sent along some news, I coaxed her into a short interview. Here’s what she had to say …

Do you miss editing Hellnotes?

Yes and no. I don’t miss the hours and hours and hours I put into it, but I do miss the contact with all the writers/publishers/readers. I’m a news junky, so I miss digging out the news and then boiling it down to a paragraph. I also miss helping authors promote their works and helping readers find worthwhile works to spend their hard-earned bucks on. It’s been an adjustment relocating my life and getting to know my family again.

Do you imagine yourself taking up another horror newsletter in the future?

Did you hear that scream? I think it came from me. And why is there this clump of hair in my hand? Let get back to you on that one after my therapy sessions end and the meds wear off. Okay?

What have you been up to since Hellnotes ended?

I completed a short project for Ed Gorman, but mostly I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of writing regularly. I have these leftover projects — two novels and a bunch of short stories as well as my weirdo collection — that I’m deciding what to do about. I’m also pulling together a writers’ group for local authors. We’ll see how that goes. And then that leads me to your next question …

Tell us about your most recent projects.

This week was a thrilling one for me since my story “Flesh to Bone” was published in Furry Fantastic, a DAW Books anthology edited by Jean Rabe and Brian Thomsen. The distributors Baker and Taylor in their October “Paper Clips” actually listed me as a contributor along with Jody Lynn Nye, Michael A. Stackpole, and Keith DeCandido. I mean Furry has a story by THE Nancy Holder! Also — you should know better than to ask a writer a question like this — I’m still excited about the story I have in Masques V (Gauntlet Press), Jerry Williamson’s last volume in that respected series. Several reviews have singled out my story, “A Thousand Words.”

And is there anything coming down the road we should look for?

Next month, an essay I wrote about online research and marketing will appear in Mort Castle’s On Writing Horror (Writers Digest), a revised edition of the 1997 HWA bible for horror writers, and another story of mine called “Revolution: Number 9” will appear in yet another DAW anthology called Pandora’s Closet.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Yes, just one more thing. Please assure any Hellnotes‘ subscribers that refunds are still being processed, and I’m hoping to have everybody paid by the end of the year.

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