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Hi

So I’ve been busy with writing and building my YouTube Channel. I have been saving for my trip to London, which I hope to have a date soon, keeping fingers crossed. I have a list of book’s I want to write, video’s I want to do, stream theme’s I want to do, I hope to do one for EDS Society UK at some point this year.

I was out drinking last night at a pub watching my friends band play. He’s the drummer and he’s awesome. I’m biased as he’s my besties hubby but I still believe he’s awesome.

I hope to get some video’s up but I’ll check with them first so watch this space. I am lucky that a lot of people i have around me are creative. My husband and I are working on his books still but I’m trying to finish the two series I have going on before I start on any others.

Once I have dates and video’s I’ll share them with you. Here’s my YouTube Channel, please check it out.

Stay creative and stay you.

Simone

Happy weekend guys.

Who is Ed Gein

Ed Gein is often described as a serial killer by any, while he was one of the sickest and most disturbing killers ever to come to the knowledge of the general public and has been the basis of fictional serial killers Buffalo Bill, Norman Bates and Leather Face because of what he did and what was found in his home when police entered it to find out the extent of his involvement in the disappearance of a local woman.

Verified Victims

Bernice Worden

Mary Hogan

Case Details

November 16th 1957 hardware store owner in Plainfiled Bernice Worden disappeared. Ed Gein was the last customer in the hardware store and the last to see Bernice. Police suspected Gein and when they entered his farm they found Worden’s decapitated body in a shed, hanging upside down with a crossbar at her ankles and ropes at her wrists. She had been shot by a.22 calibre rifle and her body showed post mortem mutilation.

During further searched police were horrified to find a plethora of morbid and strange trinkets.

  • Bones and bone fragments.
  • A wastebasket from human skin.
  • Human leather covering several chair seats.
  • Bed Posts decorated by human skulls.
  • Several female skull with the top sawn off (similar to whats done during an autopsy).
  • Bowls fashioned from human skulls.
  • Corset made from a female torso Skinned from sholders to waist.
  • Human leather leggings.
  • Human leather facemasks (made from a female head).
  • Mary Hogan’s (his other victim) face fashioned into a mask in a paper bag.
  • Bernice Worden’s entire head was in a burlap sack.
  • A plastic bag in front of Gein’s potbellied stove contained Worden’s heart.
  • Nine sets of vulvae hidden in a shoe box.
  • The dress of a young girl and two sets vulvae from two women estimated around fifteen years old.
  • A window shade drawstring sporting a pair of lips.
  • A belt made of human nipples
  • Four noses
  • A lampshade made from human leather created using human face skin.
  • Finger nails from female fingers.

During questioning Gein revealed that during the years between 1947 – 1952  he was taking moonlight trips to the graveyard, digging up recently buried remains and removing the mountain of body parts found in his home. He confessed to robing nine graves, telling the police and told them who digging up two of the graves police found the caskets were empty, one had a crow bar and the other was void of any remains. While checking three other graves the police found evidence revealed Gein would rob the graves before they had been properly filled in, out of the three graves checked one was untouched as he was unable to access the casket but lost his crowbar, one was empty and one had some body parts in it but not the whole body that had been buried.

Following Gein’s mothers death he had began creating a woman suit (hence the correlation between him and both Normal Bates and Buffalo Bill) so that he could be come her.

He denied having sex with the bodies due to the smell of the early stages of decomposition. He also admitted to the shooting death of Mary Hogan, tavern owner that had been missing since 1954 but later denied the memory of the details of her death.

He was considering as a suspect in several other unsolved cases in Wisconsin including the 1954 disappearance of La Crosse baby sitter Evelyn Hartley.

Gein’s confession was deemed as inadmissible due to Sheriff Art Schley reportedly shoving Geins head and face into a brick wall.

He was found not guilty of the two murders due to reasons of insanity and was sent to central state hospital (now Dodge correctional institute) then transferred to Mendota state hospital and he was diagnosed as schizophrenic.

He was found able to stand trial in 1968 and during the one week trial he revealed that he had no idea if the murder of Bernice was intentional or accidental and was found guilty of on Bernice’s death.

Gein died of complications due to cancer on July 26th 1984.

There is also speculation that he may have been involved the accidental death of his brother when he was younger.

Conclusion

As Gein has only two verified kills to his name, though he may have killed others but due to lack of evidence this can’t be confirmed, he is not a serial killer, as there is no evidence that both were committed with malice, planning and forethought. They couldn’t even prove if the killing happened accidentally or not, there was no evidence either way. Yes he was a killer, he was a grave robber, and he enjoyed using ‘human leather’ in his house hold and if he hadn’t have been caught soon after Bernice’s disappearance he may have continued to kill but no he wasn’t a serial killer, he wasn’t even close to reaching the kill counts of people such as Bundy, Dahmer, the West’s and so many others.

Its that time of year again, kids are running around, getting candy, oh to be a child again. I’m still recovering from a nasty cold that has hit me pretty hard, damn things.

I love Halloween, as a pagan and a Goth its an important holiday an I celebrate my own little way. I love the spookiness of it and I love the meaning behind it.

Check out here for he Pagan meaning and significance of October 31st.

Sorry its not a big post, my mind is willing but my body falters.

Have a spooky night.

Simone

Hi Guys

I have been super busy working on Hell Hath No Fury and Poisoned By Blood Book Three, I have the sequel to Twisted Coven is planned out and ready once I have the other two squared away.

Today I wanted to talk about the pluses of having a support network around writers, whether they be signed, freelance, those wanting to write and those who were still deciding if they truly want to be a writer.

By nature the world or writing isn’t an easy one to be in. It is fought with judgement and angst. You may be told no 20, 100, 300 times before being signed, J. K. Rowling was rejected 12 times before the Harry Potter series was signed, Stephen King’s Carrie was rejected 30 times before being published. It’s part of the job, perseverance and willing to listen to feedback are the best thing’s for a writer to have in their back pocket.

I have received some negative feed back and attention and I’ll show you a few examples and tell you on how to deal with them.

First a review from Shattered Souls

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I have redacted the name to protect the person in question. This was a bad review in a sea of four and five star reviews. I was upset when I saw this, I will admit that I did shed a tear but I realized that it was merely a troll, a person who was out to hurt as troll are. You can do nothing about trolls, nothing but ignore them and move on.

Here’s a review for Spilt Blood

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This review is constructive, meaning that instead of five words with no true meaning and are not the slightest bit helpful. They give pointers on how the books going forward can be improved and how they can be better. They advise the use of Beta readers, which is now something I do now. They do question the main characters age state that it would be better if she was older, this is something I debated on this as I wrote the book but her age is important further in the series, in book four. The comment about the ‘rushed’ feel of the book, that was purposeful as their is a serial killer around and they are hunting him before he kills too many people, they don’t really have the time to do much else. Though I think I could have done a bit more character building and relationship building.

Authors are, by nature, solitary nature and we like to work in our own cocoon but we do need a good network of support around us. I am extremely lucky that my Mum and Dad (Stepdad) have always been there, pushing me to be better. I have an awesome husband who believes in me even when I don’t believe in myself. I have an awesome publisher with Vamptasy Publishing, the website is being updated at the moment but it does show several of our awesome writers on their. I also have several fans although I’m only a beginner in this job and they are loyal and that is astounding to me. Having people around to help bring you up when you get that rejection letter or that bad review helps.

While I was lucky to get a yes early on and I love my book home and I would never change that ever in the world and I only hope that one day all authors find their book home.

Thankfully there is no negative review of Dark Side of Humanity yet nor has there been any for Twisted Coven yet, not on Amazon anyway.

I have a lot of things going on this year and I am hoping that my books grow in strength and that those who love it continue too do so. I have a group of people who seem to love my books and people that are happy to share my books on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

I am hoping to do a Facebook ad this weekend to help promote the books a little. I am busy, two book releases this year with more going on that are working on in the back ground hence why I’ve been quiet.

My main peaces of advise are as follows:-

  1. Take on the constructive criticism and use it going forward with more books and any re-releases.
  2. Let troll reviews slide off your back and move on.
  3. Make sure you have an awesome network around you.
  4. Don’t let rejection stop you.
  5. Learn, learn and learn. Read, read and read. Write, write and write.

I also know I need an editor as my dyslexia makes things hard work and tricky to do and I quite often miss mistakes, that’s another good thing about beta readers, they help with the process and help make things more coherent.

If there are any subjects you want me to take on please let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

Happy Writing

Simone

Happy Saturday

I thought I’d check in and let you know what’s going on with me. Twisted Coven’s release is happening soon and I can’t wait. I am looking forward to sharing it with you guys.

Twisted Coven is the first book I ever completed and I was thrilled that my publisher loved it as much as I did. there’s two two more in the series and there are two more in the Poisoned by Blood Series. Yeah, I’m keeping myself busy.

One thing I have noticed, and I know I’ve said this before, that with each book I learn more and more. I’ve learn what my bad habits are, such as repeating myself, sometimes I slip up and use British English terms and words when my books are set in American English and I don’t always catch them. I also some time have too many characters of the same name.

I’m lucky that I have an awesome Editor that helps me translate things into American English and without her I would be lost.

What are you’re bad habits?

What are you’re dreams when it comes to writing?

Have and excellent weekend

Simone

 

Hi Guys

I have had a two week break from writing, i needed it after six months of edits for both Dark Side of Humanity and Twisted Coven that is being released next month so once Twisted went to the editor I told my self it was time for a two week break.

I will say it was hard, very hard, to resist just doing one chapter, writing that chapter plan or just doing that one paragraph. It was unbelievably hard but I managed.

With each book I write, with each book that gets signed I learn more, I know my habits, I have a tendency to repeat things, I have a tendency to capitalize the first word after speech, I try to not do it but I do have a tendency to write said even though it is one of the worst things to do.

Get My Books:   Shattered Souls     Spilt Blood, Poisoned By Blood Book One

Best get back at it.

Happy Writing

Simone

“I know always that I am an outsider; a stranger in this century and among those who are still men.”
H.P. Lovecraft, The Outsider

Her footsteps echoed through the empty halls as she walked with false confidence, towards the meeting place. The wind whistling around her as it came through the abandoned high schools windows.

She had graduated from the very same high school fifteen years earlier when it was beautiful and relatively new. Being back raised memories in her she would rather forget but she wasn’t able to. She knew it was a bad idea to come back but she had no choice.

He had forced her to go back there, he knew what it would do to her but he did it anyway. The blood stained floor echoed the horrific memories that replayed in her head.

As she neared the gym her stomach threatened to empty its meagre contents as she recalled the screams she heard when she was in there. The scars from that day began to throb and became sore, almost like they feared of being reopened.

She was livid and scared. He had brought her to the location of what should have been the best day of her life but she became the worst when three of her fellow high school students began shooting out of anger because they were not able to graduate.

She had been shot twice; both gunshot wounds barely missed her major blood vessels. She was lucky but two hundred others were not so lucky. A mixture of parents, teachers, students and past graduates had lost their lives, another hundred or so were wounded and scared.

Something felt wrong to her. Why would he lure her there? Why would he use her daughter as leverage to bring her back to the now derelict town and the heart of the town’s demise?

She pushed open the heavy doors and came face to face with another horrific sight. Laid on the floor was the broken form of the man she was there to meet. She quickly, quietly walked towards the man who had tormented her for years.

She reached down and checked his pulse, he was cold and wet. Bringing her fingers to her face she could see the red sticky liquid that coated them. “Eww!” She groaned as she wiped it on her leg.

She looked around and saw the dried red puddles. Another reminder of that horrific day that was so vivid in her mind.

No one had entered the school since the criminal investigation had ended. No one cleaned up. No one wanted to see the blood.

The gym was suddenly filled with the haunting score from the original Friday 13th. She jumped, filled with panic.

She fiddled and pulled out the cell phone. The screen showed her best friends face. Her best friend had stayed at her house in case her little girl returned home.

Clicking accept she was welcomed by the calming tones of her friend.

“Jodie, she’s here, she’s home, she’s safe.”

“What? Really? She’s home?” Jodie gasped her voice shaky.

“Yeah? Is he there? Get out of there. It’s a trap.” Her friends chanted, fear thick in her voice. “I’ll call the cops and call you back.” She exclaimed and the line went dead.

“Jodie!” Called a voice, deep, chesty and gravelly. Chill travelled down her spine, Goose bumps spread over her blemish free skin. “Jodie, you came.” It whispered.

She could not pin point where it came from. It seemed to echo around her. “You don’t remember me, do you?” The voice teased. Her breath hitched. Her hands shaking as she stuffed it back in her pocket. “I’m not surprised, you were always too busy.”

She looked around but she could barely see. Jake, her little girl’s dad, lay dead at her feet at the only part of the room with light. Everywhere else was pitch black.

She reached for her phone and with shaky hands. She fumbled to unlock it, to switch on the flashlight app and cursed as she, in her panic, put her lock code in wrong and locked her phone, she couldn’t access anything. “Fuck!” She screamed in frustration.

“Now, now, now Jodie, that’s not very lady like.” The low echoed around the hall.

“Who…”

“You were always perfect. You were always so lucky. Everyone thought you were perfect. They know nothing. Even now, around others, your act perfect but alone you are evil.” Came a whisper from right behind her.

She suddenly felt like she was in the silence of the lambs where she couldn’t she but the other person can and it unsettled.

“Just answer my question, who are you?” She whispered back, her voice shaking with fear.

“You already know! You already know!”

She was shaking with fear as the panic wrapped its cold hand around her heart. “No, I don’t!” She spat back.

“Yes you do.” His voice was louder and filled with anger.

She jumped as she felt a cold wet hand wrap around her throat that snaked around her neck and squeezed, lifting her off the ground.

Her legs kicked as he moved her into the beam of light and above her ex’s body showing his face. As she was gasping for breath her eyes widened in recognition as her attackers face became illuminated by the beam. “Fuck.” She muttered while struggling for breath.

As she started to lose consciousness she came to face to face with the man she thought was dead, the man she thought was long gone; the man who was her first love and the man responsible for the school shooting that wounded her. She remembered watching him shoot himself and dying right in front of her.

It did not make any sense it confused her. Her world turned black as she lost consciousness as he restricted her breathing, she wondered if it was the end as everything turned black.

This tale is pulling me closer to it and maybe, just maybe, turn into something more.

Let me know what you think.

Happy Writing

Simone

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“I have no use for your body, for within its youth lies a rotten wench already deceased.”
Keisha Keenleyside

Hello guys.

I’ve been teasing you with a big announcement for a few weeks but I wanted to have the contracts signed and sent before I told you all.

Four weeks ago I submitted two novels to my publisher for her to look at which was Spilt Blood sequel, Dark side of Humanity and Twisted Coven, book one of the White Witch Trilogy. I waited on tenterhooks to see what she thought and I was bowled over when she told me she wanted the ‘Dark side of humanity’ and the following two of the series. She also wanted the entire of the White Witch trilogy. I was shocked and very happy. Added to that two anthologies that I working one, one will be released later this year and the other will be out next year.

I was bowled over that she wanted the entire of both series. She saw past me dyslexia and has the faith in me that I can write books that others will be interested in reading.

The dates for the releases are as bellows but are both subject to change.

Dark Side of Humanity:

Twisted Coven:

There are a few events coming up that showcase not only my work but the work of others.

Indie Authors Appreciation Week 2016

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So stay tuned for cover reveals and further information.

Happy Writing
Simone

Life

I have been busy. I’ve emailed Spilt Bloods sequel to the boss lady and now i wait on tender hooks while she reads and gets back to me. I’ve renamed it to ‘The Dark Side of Humanity’, and I really like this one, its got darkness, passion, hate, venom and death. It gets smoking hot in there too.

There is more information on the relationship between the Master and Joslyn. CLICK HERE TO GET BOOK ONE!!

I am also super excited as in two weeks I am meeting probably my first ever celebrity crush at Sheffield Comicon. I will be meeting Michael Biehn, the star of Terminator, Aliens, Navy Seals, and so much more as well as the basis for Detective Brooks in ‘The Dark Side of Humanity’, and I am so excited. There’s also the Game of Thrones throne, which is exciting for the three that are with me, they are huge fans, me, not so much.

But its going to be fun, my disability badge has arrived so that I won’t have to walk to far. EDS and insomnia sucks and make life interesting. my mind is constantly moving and thinking hard about things. It is more than a little interesting when I read things back that I’ve written in a sleep deprived state.

So a busy time for me at the moment, including writing. I’m currently writing Hell Hath No fury too, the main character is based on my Best friends daughter, (who’s only a few years younger than me), and i can wait for you to see either of these, I’m also doing work on Night of the Demons 2, an anthology I’m in and I’m super excited.

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Have an awesome Tuesday,

Simone