While most people go to Disneyland while in Southern California, Jeani Rector went to the Fangoria Weekend of Horror there instead. She grew up watching the Bob Wilkins Creature Feature on television and lived in a house that had the walls covered with framed Universal Monsters posters. It is all in good fun and actually, most people who know Jeani personally are of the opinion that she is a very normal person. She just writes abnormal stories. Doesn’t everybody?
Jeani Rector is the founder and editor of The Horror Zine and has had her stories featured in magazines such as Aphelion, Midnight Street, Strange Weird and Wonderful, Dark River Press, Macabre Cadaver, Ax Wound, Horrormasters, Morbid Outlook, Horror in Words, Black Petals, 63Channels, Death Head Grin, Hackwriters, Bewildering Stories, Ultraverse, and others.
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Q: Tell us why readers should buy SHADOW MASTERS: AN ANTHOLOGY FROM THE HORROR ZINE.
A: This book can be compared to a thrilling ride on a fast-moving rollercoaster. It has absorbing, never-before published fiction from some of the best-sellers in the horror genre, along with talented lesser-knowns. Each story will take you down a path into fear, intrigue, speculative, and “Twilight Zone” twists. Just like a rollercoaster, SHADOW MASTERS is an exciting adventure into brilliant minds.
Q: What makes a good anthology?
A: A far-and-wide search for quality on a consistent basis, and a ruthless rejection of anything that does not live up to the high standards of The Horror Zine.
Q: What is a regular day like for you as an anthology editor?
A: First on the agenda is to check submissions. There are always submissions because The Horror Zine has become pretty well-known, with over 30,000 hits every month. I like to take my time and look for the positives in every submission of fiction, poetry, and art.
Next is email. I have to keep up with requests for interviews, book promotions, Facebook, book and film reviews, questions, and yes, friends! I need to remember not to neglect my friends.
And third comes the website. It takes me an entire month to create The Horror Zine website, one page at a time. I start with the Morbidly Fascinating and Oddities in the News Pages, move on to our Special Page (reserved for famous folks), go to Art, then Poetry, then Fiction.
I am a busy lady! And lately I am trying to squeeze in a personal life.
Q: What do you find most rewarding about editing an anthology?
A: The talent I am privileged to see on a regular basis. And the extremely nice people I get to work with, both the best-selling authors and the newcomers.
Q: What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received that you’d like to pass to other authors?
A: I am currently publishing a series of articles on the ezine that gives details about writing advice here: http://www.thehorrorzine.com/HowTo/Article.html