I'm Jen and I'm guessing you're here because you enjoy ghost stories, folklore and baked goods. Can those things coexist? Of course they can!

I'm a writer of Southern Gothic, ghost stories, dark fantasy and horror. I wanted someplace where I could talk specifically about these genres and connect with other writers (and readers) of The Dark. You see, we're a misunderstood lot. "Why on EARTH would you want to write THAT?" is the most common question to a woman who writes horror. Well, because it needs to be written, that's why.

I'm fascinated by the role darkness plays in story. I believe that if we write The Dark, we are able to bring it to light, uncover the horrors that lie within us. When you confront your fears, they don't have a hold on you. Sure, we all have our monsters and they come with many different masks. I guess you could say, I like umasking demons. That was always my favorite part of the old Scooby Doo cartoons: "And the ghost is really...dun, dun, DUN! Lord Aberforth!"

Folklore plays an important role in my stories. I'm from the foothills of the Appalachian mountains and my ancestors are from Ireland and the British Isles. Finding connections between Appalachian and Celtic folklore is my hobby and I love digging at the roots of our legends and ghost stories. You'll find a lot of folklore and mythology on this blog and I invite you to use it for your own stories. And, please, share any you find with me! I'm always on the look out for a new monster I can wrangle.

As for the baking, well, I loved baked goods, getting together with friends over cups of coffee and chatting about books. A lot of readers are writers and all writers should read. Coffee and sugar are staples to a writer's diet. Think of this as a virtual meet up for those of us who love a good ghost story.

Besides, you've heard that silly little saying, "Come to the dark side, we have cookies". Now you know it's true ;)

Welcome to the Dark Side!

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