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Christa Carmen
Christa Carmen lives in Rhode Island and is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of the short story collection Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked. She has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA from Boston College, and an MFA from the University of Southern Maine.

When she’s not writing, she keeps chickens; uses a Ouija board to ghost-hug her dear, departed beagle; and sets out on adventures with her husband, daughter, and bloodhound–golden retriever mix. Most of her work comes from gazing upon the ghosts of the past or else into the dark corners of nature, those places where whorls of bark become owl eyes, and deer step through tunnels of hanging leaves and creeping briars only to disappear.

  • Des Lewis reviews Vastarien, Vol 6, Issue 1, including Christa Carmen’s contribution, “Echoes of a Former You”: “… fraught with a woman’s nightmare in her own home after the horror performed on her outside it—to describe which nightmare would ‘spoil’ it. Suffice to say, it’s a painfully heartfelt attritional journey of windows and doors in a world that is stitched with Ligotti.”
  • Christa Carmen blurbs Tony LaMalfa’s debut: "With Forbidden Knowledge, Tony LaMalfa has crafted a pair of novellas so well-versed in the oeuvre of Lovecraft, he had me convinced—at times—I was reading an undiscovered work by Lovecraft himself. But Forbidden Knowledge is far too dynamic, unsettling, and utterly original to be anything other than the work of an explosive new talent, a talent whose prose burns like a white-hot star from beyond the fourth dimension. Lovecraft scholars and general horror fans alike will delight in this magnetic, magical tome."
  • Gwendolyn Kiste is back at The Line Up with “5 Horror Books to Match with Your Favorite Tarot Cards,” and includes Orphans of Bliss (“Christa Carmen’s Bram Stoker Award-nominated novelette, ‘Through the Looking Glass and Straight Into Hell,’ is worth the price of admission alone.”) along with The Devil card!

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Events for The Daughters of Block Island
Oct 12, 2023
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Galactic Terrors Reading Series

Dec 01, 2023
6:00 PM
The Daughters of Block Island Release Event
Bank Square Books (location pending)

Dec 02, 2023
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Daughters of Block Island Reading/signing
Wakefield Books, Wakefield, RI

Dec 05, 2023
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The Daughters of Block Island Reading/signing
Charter Books, Newport, RI

Dec 09, 2023
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Daughters of Block Island Reading/signing
Rarities Books & Bindery, Wakefield, RI


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Daughters of Block Island Reading/signing
Stillwater Books, West Warwick, RI