Elizabeth Massie is an award-winning author of horror novels and collections, short horror fiction, licensed media tie-ins (Dark Shadows, The Tudors, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and more), mainstream fiction, historical fiction, poetry, and educational fiction and nonfiction. Her works span a wide audience, with books for adults, young adults, middle grade readers and children, as well. Her novella “Stephen” (1991) and novel Sineater (1993) both received a Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers of America. Thy Will Be Done, her 2010 novelization of the third season of Showtime’s original television series, The Tudors, won a Scribe Award from the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. Best selling author Bentley Little has said, “Elizabeth Massie is personally one of my favorite authors. Her writing is true, heartfelt, and wildly original. She is one of the greats.”
Elizabeth presents creative writing workshops up and down the East Coast to students in grades 3-12 as well as at the university level. She’s been a member of the human rights organization Amnesty International for 30 years. Elizabeth loves geocaching, hiking, and chai, and hates cheese, snobbery, and doing laundry.
She lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where she was born and grew up, and she shares life and abode with her husband, illustrator/artist Cortney Skinner. She can be reached through her website: www.elizabethmassie.com or through Facebook.
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Ameri-Scares Illinois: The Cemetery Club
When twelve-year-old Hilary Wilson’s family moves from Pennsylvania to Justice, Illinois, she finds herself feeling angry, frustrated, and lonely. To make matters worse, bully Frank Simmons, whose favorite pastime is scaring people, decides Hilary should be his next victim. Along with his friends Audrey and Todd, Frank challenges Hilary to join his “Cemetery Club."
Ameri-scares Maryland: Terror in the Harbor
Anne and Julie, on a school field trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore, are having fun looking at the aquatic creatures and talking about other students. But suddenly, in one darkened deep sea room, Anne vanishes and a strange girl in ragged clothes appears in her place. Anne has switched places in time with a runaway slave named Millie.
Ameri-scares California: From the Pit
Can ancient, unknown creatures surface in your own backyard? Twelve-year-old Pablo has lived in a small California desert town his whole life, and the sticky black tar puddle by the corral fence has been little more than a nuisance to walk around. When an earthquake cracks open the bottom of the puddle and mysterious rock-like eggs begin floating to the top, Pablo has a mystery to solve.
Ameri-scares Virginia: Valley of Secrets
Twelve-year-old Danny has escaped the children's home where he has lived since he was four, returning to the Shenandoah Valley to find his parents and demanding to know why they gave him up. Very soon, though, he realizes there is something dark and dangerous about his parents, something he is afraid to understand but more afraid not to understand.
Ameri-scares New York: Rips and Wrinkles
Identical twin sisters Carrie and Taylor thought their trip to a Catskill Mountain resort with their parents would be an ordinary summer vacation. But soon Carrie, angry that her parents are treating the twins like little kids instead of almost-teens, decides to protest by sneaking off and hiding in the mountain wilderness for a while.
Naked, on the Edge
Readers are thrust to the edge of darkness in this powerful collection of supernatural and psychological tales by Stoker Award-winning horror author, Elizabeth Massie. Isolation, alienation, desperation, greed, rage, regret – human conditions that leave us teetering on the brink, ready to crash forward into the abyss or step backward onto safer ground. “Beneath our hearts, our souls are naked.”
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Abed - called one of the most disturbing horror stories ever written - was first published in the anthology STILL DEAD, edited by John Skipp & Craig Spector. You've seen plenty of stories of zombies, decapitation, "double-tapping" and gore...but if you've never experienced this story (now a film by Ryan Lieske...
Wire Mesh Mothers
It all started with the best of intentions. Kate McDolen, an elementary school teacher, knew she had to protect one of her students, little 8-year-old Mistie, from parents who were making her life a living hell. So Kate packed her bags, quietly picked up Mistie after school one day, and set off with her toward what she thought would be a new life. It becomes a nightmare.
AFRAID - Tidbits of the Macabre
Two-time Bram Stoker-winning, veteran horror author Elizabeth Massie offers up a collection of some of her more obscure horror shorts, a sampling spanning nearly the entire length of her 27-year career thus far. AFRAID opens the collection with a new poem, "Afraid," which plays with the question, "Why do we read horror?" There are 13 tales in all from a master storyteller.
Homegrown is a coming-of-age novel set in a contemporary children’s home. Teenaged Cooter finds his way of life crashing down when the Home begins to accept more hardened “state kids.” Told primarily as a flashback, Homegrown follows Cooter as he faces his troubled past, seeking answers and redemption.
The Sineater is to be shunned, along with his family. When Burke Campbell befriends the Sineater's son, horrible things begin to happen. The Sineater, and his family, are blamed. Can superstition be overcome? Is it superstition, or fact? Will tradition be broken...or will a family, and an Appalachian community be undone?
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