It’s October, which means many creative minds are starting to turn toward the spooky, fanged, clawed, and winged. To celebrate, a small coven of writers has emerged from the darkness to share their harrowing delights with you. Each week, we will tour each other’s blogs and answer questions about our favorite spooky shenanigans. Look for more harrowing fun at:

Pat Esden’s Mythmaker Blog,

Author RJ Theodore,

It’s All In My Head (Author Ken Schrader)

Ramblings of a Writer (Author Anne Raven),

Author Janet Walden-West.

But now, on with the show!

Thank you, Kirsten, for letting me Unearth Forbidden Knowledge *Kaff, Kaff* Post…yes, Guest Post on your blog today as part of our “Two questions with… ” The Halloween Edition

For those of you that don’t know, my name is Ken Schrader. I write Science Fiction, Fantasy, Weird Westerns (though, not necessarily in that order).

So you’re here for answers, and answers you shall have.

Come, pull up a chair, and listen. That book? No, of course it didn’t move. Doubtless a trick of the light… Look, the Moon is full, and the wind is in the trees…

Let us talk of monsters…

Question 1. What is your favorite part of the Season?

A close second, is the warm days and cool nights (Around here anyway), but my absolute favorite part of the season is that the spirit of “What if…” is so much closer at this time of year, than at any other. Autumn, Halloween especially, is the land of the storyteller, and I love it here.

Question 2. Which Horror Trope would you love to see die, and never return from the grave?

Torture porn. I’ve never seen a Saw movie. I’ve just got no interest in that kind of stuff. Now you can get all philosophical about it until the sun rises, say that it asks the ultimate question: What would you do? But I’m not buying it. It’s not there to scare you, or even tell a story. Not for me thanks.


I am a science fiction and fantasy writer, a shameless Geek, a fan of the Oxford comma, and I make housing decisions based upon the space available for bookshelves. I collect books, movies, and music.

I sing out loud when I think there’s no one around, and I try to get a blog post up once a week – one of which I have managed to do consistently for the past few years.

I love music of all kinds, books, the big sky off my front porch, Star Wars, Firefly, Blind Guardian (to which, I write almost exclusively), Rugby, star gazing, jasmine tea, and the smell of rain on the air.

My favorite flavor of ice cream is chocolate. My favorite food is a grilled steak, and I can suspend disbelief embarrassingly quickly.

I live in Michigan, am co-owned by several dogs (especially the Border Collie), and I am one of the rare breed of folk that enjoys mowing the lawn.

My short story “Haven” appears in the “Weird Wild West” anthology.
My short story “The Price of Power” appears in the “Trials” anthology.
My short story “The Intern” appears in the “Chasing the Light” anthology.


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I am represented by Dorian Maffei ( Kimberley Cameron & Associates