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Rayne Hall writes horror and fantasy fiction. She is the author of over forty books in different genres and under different pen names, published by twelve publishers in six countries, translated into several languages. Her short stories have been published in magazines, e-zines and anthologies.
Recent books, currently published in e-book format, include:
"Storm Dancer" (dark epic fantasy novel)
"The Colour of Dishonour. Stories from the Storm Dancer World"
"Six Scary Tales Vol. 1, 2, 3, 4" (creepy, atmospheric horror stories)
"Writing Fight Scenes" (practical instructions for writers)
"Writing Scary Scenes" (practical instructions for writers)
"The Word-Loss Diet" (self-editing for authors)
"Writing About Villains" (practical instructions for authors)
"Writing About Magic" (practical instructions for writers)
"Six Quirky Tales Vol. 1" (humorous fantasy stories)
"Six Historical Tales Vol. 1"
"Six Historical Tales Vol. 2"
"13 British Horror Stories"
Storm Dancer is also available in paperback.
She is the editor of the Ten Tales anthologies: "Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires"
"Scared: Ten Tales of Horror"
"Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts"
"Cutlass: Ten Tales of Pirates"
"Beltane: Ten Tales of Witchcraft"
"Spells: Ten Tales of Magic"
"Undead: Ten Tales of Zombies"
"Seers: Ten Tales of Clairvoyance"
with more titles coming soon.
To view short exciting trailers of some of these books, go to http://pinterest.com/raynehallauthor/rayne-hall-s-book-trailers/
After living in Germany, Mongolia, China and Nepal, she has settled in a small Victorian seaside town in southern England.
Rayne holds a college degree in publishing management and a masters degree in creative writing. Over three decades, she has worked in the publishing industry as a trainee, investigative journalist, feature writer, magazine editor, page designer,production editor, concept editor for non-fiction book series, anthology editor, editorial consultant and more. Outside publishing, she worked as a museum guide, apple picker, tarot reader, adult education teacher, trade fair hostess, translator and belly dancer.
Rayne also teaches online classes for writers. Topics include Writing Fight Scenes, Writing Scary Scenes, Writing Short Stories, Creating Great Villains, Tightening your Writing Style, and more.
The next class is in September: "Writing Short Stories to Promote Your Novel"
The author portrait is by the artist Fawnheart.
on June 16, 2012 :
This book of, you guessed it, ten short stories, was a book that I can recommend to those who enjoy a bit of fear mixed in with the storytelling. With ten different authors, each story was different, and I enjoyed almost all of them. Varying from the staples of zombie and vampire, to mystical, and the terror of something that is simply and frighteningly human, they have been polished to a professional standard, which is sadly lacking in indie books. Themes addressed include childhood fears, sexuality, zombies, and the horror that comes from excess or psychological trauma.
Some of the stories skillfully built suspense and fear without the use of gore, and the stories that did include gore were not overdone for the sake of it. While reading, I was transported to the place of each story and I could easily picture the scenarios. My favourites were Out of Order by Karen Heard, Death Comes to Maggie McDaniel by Grayson Bray Morris, and The Loft by Liv Rancourt. These ones found their way into my head and tinged my sleep with the aftermath of horror, I don’t suggest reading these just before bed. Even though I’ve picked a few favourites, I enjoyed the others too. Rayne Hall has put together a great collection with the stories complimenting each other in tone with the refreshing air of each being a unique idea (they are not all zombie or all vampire). I highly recommend this collection.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)