Mercy Loomis

Biography

Mercy Loomis grew up in a haunted house, and has had quite enough of ghosts for one lifetime, thank you. Though she now lives in a 150-year-old house, it is remarkably ghost-free. (That, or they’re staying on the down-low. She doesn’t care which.)
Mercy finished writing her first vampire novel when she was in middle school, and hasn’t stopped writing about them since. She loves stories about the paranormal because monsters are scary, but less scary than real people. Or at least less depressing.
Mercy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison one class short of an accidental certificate in Folklore. She credits her love of mythology to her mom reading Greek myths as bedtime stories, and her love of fantastical adventure stories to watching cheesy movies with her dad. Her love of history (and coffee!) is completely her husband’s fault, but she doesn’t know who’s to blame for the fascination with physics.
She guesses that hanging out with Dad while he butchered deer also had an effect on her character, but exactly what effect, she leaves up to the reader.
See what Mercy’s up to and find links to her other work at www.mercyloomis.com.

Where to find Mercy Loomis online


Books

Dreams of the Mythos: Five Lovecraftian Tales
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 16,670. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
These five tales of Lovecraftian weird fiction might keep you up past your bedtime. Includes SUCCOR THE CHILD, THE THING IN THE WATER, THE BOOGEYMAN (exclusively available in this anthology), THE GRANARY ANGEL, and THE BROADCAST OUT OF TIME.
The Broadcast Out of Time: a Lovecraftian Short Story
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,070. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
A live Christmas old-time radio broadcast is interrupted when the studio is invaded by a weird green mist.
The Granary Angel: a Lovecraftian Short Story
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,810. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Steffi works on a nighttime graveyard tour in Boston. Recently she’s become obsessed with the statue of an angel at the Granary Burying Ground. The problem: there are no angel statues in that graveyard…and the angel no one else can see appears to be equally obsessed with Steffi.
Nine Nights in Haiti: an Aether Vitalis Short Story
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Series: Aether Vitalis. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,610. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
In Haiti, the newly dead have nine days to make their goodbyes before the psychopomp Baron Samedi escorts them to their final reward. So when the ghost of a foreigner witnesses the raising of a zombie, he knows there isn’t a moment to lose. Can he figure out how to hijack a soulless body before the loa comes for him?
The Twelve Huntsmen: a Short Fairy Tale (Grimm as it Should've Been)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,480. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
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Fairy tales for the modern reader. When Princess Cyrene’s engagement to Prince Roland is derailed by Roland’s father, it’s up to Cyrene to win Roland back. Disguised as hunstmen, she and her eleven handmaidens join Roland’s household in order to discover whether his love was ever true. But just how far is Cyrene prepared to go to get her happy ending?
The Once and Future Poet: Essays on 25 Years of Poetry
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,960. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2012. Category: Essay » Author profile
Join Mercy Loomis, author of Scent and Shadow and Demon's Asylum, as she examines friendship, bullying, school, young love, loss, the craft (or lack thereof) of writing, the true meaning of Christmas, and--of course--horses and vampires via essays on the poems she wrote growing up, covering twenty-five years between 1985 (age eight) and 2010 (age thirty-three).
The Thing in the Water: a Lovecraftian Short Story
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,340. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Occult
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Even a Caribbean cruise can't distract artist Daniel Bradshaw from his pending divorce. Then he meets Cliff. The old man’s interest in Daniel’s art is a much-needed ego boost, and Cliff even charms Daniel's worrywart sister and her uncouth husband. In short, Cliff seems like a godsend…and he is. Just not the god any of them expected.
Night's Acolyte: an Aether Vitalis Novella
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Series: Aether Vitalis. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,540. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
All vampires start out as mortals. Gabriel Chapel was no different. Gaul, 78 BC. When chance leaves him on the road after dark, Gabrielus Avidiacus is brutally transformed by a blood-drinking demon. As he struggles to learn about his demonic nature, he also seeks a higher purpose. What he finds will set him on the path to becoming one of the most successful vampires the world has ever known.
Succor the Child: a Lovecraftian Short Story
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,020. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
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After viewing a sixth-grader's bizarre chalk drawing, one impressionable townsperson begins to see more than just childish scrawls, and curiosity about the drawing's subject becomes an all-consuming obsession—literally. Originally published in The Big Book of Bizarro, ed. Rich Bottles Jr and Gary Lee Vincent. Bridgeport, WV. Burning Bulb Publishing, 2011.
A Wild Hunt: an Aether Vitalis Novella
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Series: Aether Vitalis. Price: Free! Words: 15,440. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Like most skinshifters, Ariane Conant doesn't have much use for magic, but as a faerie, she knows it when she sees it. When she's sent to spy on a suspicious group of mages, Ariane uncovers a trio of magic thieves. Recognizing her classmate Kiran Eckhart among the thieves' victims, Ariane rushes to the rescue—and into a race to stop the mages from stealing Kiran's psychic powers forever.