Storymakers 2018!

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It was a fantastic conference. It’s one of my favorites. Storymakers  is a writing conference for LDS authors (although you certainly don’t need to be LDS to attend) to help us elevate our literary work. The classes are phenomenal. If you have the opportunity to go, you should definitely try it. Hold on to your hats, because it is intense.

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I was honored to not only teach a class, but be a workshop mentor on Thursday. We had six hours of intensive discussion about my eight attendees’ pieces, which we had read previously.  IT WAS AWESOME!

I taught my “Creating Sympathetic Villains Your Readers Can Root For” class, which was just super cool. This was my first PowerPoint presentation ever, which means that I’m now an adult! Even though I used THIS DEVIL SLIDE. Or maybe especially because I used this slide. We also had an incredible mass signing.

 

A highlight for me was meeting Dan Wells in person, who is just everything I had hoped he would be. Dan was kind enough to write the foreword for Little Dead Red and Other Stories. He thinks he looks like a cardboard cutout in this picture. Perhaps I didn’t really meet him at all, but after this shot, tucked him under my arm and ran for the hills.31949444_10155567892976446_4580670255696707584_n

I left inspired and exhausted, which is a good way to do things. Here’s to aspiring higher! ❤

Find Me at Storymakers!

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I’ll be attending Storymakers Conference, the biggest literary con in Utah. It is hands down the most professional writing conference I’ve ever attended. I’ll be there as a mentor for six hours on Thursday, workshopping student’s pieces one-on-one for the Plot and Story Arc class. Saturday I’ll be teaching my class on Creating Sympathetic Villains Your Readers Can Root For. Because, my darlings, villains are what make a story. Take a peek at some of the awesome teachers who will be there!

The rest of the time will be spent hugging friends, attending classes, finally meeting Dan Wells in person (who wrote the foreword to Pretty Little Dead Girls and Other Stories), and then retreating back to my AirB&B with Aften Brooke Szymanski and a sewing machine. I’m excited and hope to see you there!

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Mercedes M. Yardley

Mercedes M. Yardley is a dark fantasist and horror writer who wears poisonous flowers in her hair. She is the author of Pretty Little Dead Girls, the Stabbie Award-winning Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love, and the Bram Stoker Award-winning Little Dead Red.

Class: Creating Sympathetic Villains Your Readers Will Root For

The Finalized Cover of Little Dead Red and Other Stories!

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I’m thrilled that we have finalized the cover for “Little Dead Red and Other Stories,” which will be put out by Vault Books.

Marcela Bolívar is the artist and she knocked it out of the ballpark! This is only one of the gorgeous illustrations that she did. The numbered edition will have four original pieces of art, and the lettered will have five. They are all breathtaking.

I’m also delighted to announce that Dan Wells, author of I Am Not A Serial Killer, not only wrote the foreword, but also signed each copy. I’ll admit that I’m fingerling a bit. Okay, a lot!

​Vault Books is extremely pleased to publish a limited edition printing of the Bram Stoker winning story, Little Dead Red along with selected other short stories and essays. Little Dead Red & Other Stories will be an exclusive printing of this collection unavailable anywhere else, and will showcase Yardley’s ability to terrify us with short stories, flash-fiction, and of course, her award winning novelette.

Table of Contents
Fiction:

  • Little Dead Red
  • Taking the Storm as a LoverCharms for the Dark Season
  • Milk and Moonshine
  • Deadened (Previously Unpublished)
  • The Quiet Places Where Your Body Grows
  • A Cypher of Spring
  • Big Man Ben
  • Ravenous Stars, Carnivorous Moon (Previously Unpublished)
  • Black Eyes Broken

Essays:

  • Hide the Sickness
  • A House Without Corners
  • Monarchs (Previously only available in audio)

Little Dead Red & Other Stories will be available in two different editions. Here is what they will have in common:

  • A new, original cover, as well as three additional full-color interior illustrations by Marcela Bolívar
  • A rich and horrifying collection of Miss Murder’s short fiction, containing two brand-new, unpublished stories (“Deadened” and “Ravenous Stars, Carnivorous Moon”), as well as the exclusive print version of her essay, Monarchs.
  • A new Foreword introducing the Bram Stoker Award winning novelette and the other stories
  • An in-depth interview with author, Mercedes Murdock Yardley
  • Brief explanations from the author discussing each story in the collection, giving readers a window into the author’s mind (safety not guaranteed)
  • Printed on 60# acid-free paper
  • Smyth sewn for durability
  • Foil stamping on the front boards and spine

Numbered Limited Edition:

  • Limited to up to only 500 copies
  • Bound in leather
  • Personally signed by Mercedes Murdock Yardley
  • Hand-numbered


Lettered Edition:

  • Limited to up to only 52 copies
  • Bound in leather
  • Personally signed by Mercedes Murdock Yardley
  • Hand-lettered
  • Housed in a custom slipcase
  • Will contain one additional art piece not in the numbered edition

 

The collection is available for preorder HERE.

Little Dead Red and Other Stories! Win a Limited Edition Copy!

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So the most amazing thing happened.Vault Books is a new publishing company that  creates limited editions of new and existing works by some of the most noted writers of speculative fiction, and they took me under their wing.  Pre-orders for my new limited edition short story collection Little Dead Red and Other Stories are now live. And this thing is going to be wonderful! The details make me swoon. I mean, literally swoon.

Table of Contents
Fiction:

  • Little Dead Red
  • Taking the Storm as a Lover
  • Charms for the Dark Season
  • Milk and Moonshine
  • Deadened (Previously Unpublished)
  • The Quiet Places Where Your Body Grows
  • A Cypher of Spring
  • Big Man Ben
  • Ravenous Stars, Carnivorous Moon (Previously Unpublished)
  • Black Eyes Broken

Essays:

  • Hide the Sickness
  • A House Without Corners
  • Monarchs (Previously only available in audio)

Little Dead Red & Other Stories will be available in two different editions. Here is what they will have in common:

  • A new, original cover, as well as three additional full-color interior illustrations by Marcela Bolívar
  • A rich and horrifying collection of Miss Murder’s short fiction, containing two brand-new, unpublished stories (“Deadened” and “Ravenous Stars, Carnivorous Moon”), as well as the exclusive print version of her essay, Monarchs.
  • A new Foreword introducing the Bram Stoker Award winning novelette and the other stories
  • An in-depth interview with author, Mercedes Murdock Yardley
  • Brief explanations from the author discussing each story in the collection, giving readers a window into the author’s mind (safety not guaranteed)
  • Printed on 60# acid-free paper
  • Smyth sewn for durability
  • Foil stamping on the front boards and spine

Numbered Limited Edition:

  • Limited to up to only 500 copies
  • Bound in leather
  • Personally signed by Mercedes Murdock Yardley
  • Hand-numbered

Lettered Edition:

  • Limited to up to only 52 copies
  • Bound in leather
  • Personally signed by Mercedes Murdock Yardley
  • Hand-lettered
  • Housed in a custom slipcase
  • Will contain one additional art piece not in the numbered edition

 

The beauty of this stops my heart. I can’t fathom my work being housed so wonderfully, and I can’t wait. If you’re interested in picking up a copy, you can do so here. The cover and illustrations will be done by  Marcela Bolívar, whose work is jaw-dropping. The cover shown on the Vault Books page will NOT be the final cover. It’s simply a placeholder until we get the art. But you should check out Marcela’s gallery, because I think my words and her art were meant to go together.

May I just say that being released alongside Dan Wells, Peter Orullian, and Brandon Sanderson is insanely cool and humbling? It blows my mind that people believe in me this much.

Now here’s the part you’ve been waiting for! Here’s your chance to win a free copy of my limited edition book! (Or a copy of Brandon Sanderson’s new book. Or books from Dan Wells, Peter Orullian, and Steve Diamond. Seriously, this is amazing.) Help spread the word about Vault Books and enter for your chance to win. Thank you so much! Have an amazing day.