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Friday, October 30, 8-10pm: Wayward Coffeehouse presents their annual Halloween horror reading, this time with two authors, to lead you twice as far into the dark.

ANGEL LEIGH McCOY ( is a game reviewer, game designer, and the head editor for the Wily Writers Speculative Fiction Downloads site. Her fiction has appeared in the anthologies "Ravens in the Library" and "Vile Things."

MICHAEL MONTOURE ( is the author of "Counting from Ten and Other Stories," available from Stone Pine Press. His fiction has also appeared in "Doctor Who: How the Doctor Changed My Life." "Montoure's spare, striking prose outlines characters in deliciously twisted predicaments ..." -- Seattle Weekly

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Saturday, October 31, 8-10pm: Come enjoy terrifying stories about everyone's most basic need, at the grand opening of THE NIGHT KITCHEN, the restaurant that's finally bringing high quality late night food to downtown Seattle. (

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.... Sorry for the short notice on this one, but:

Wayward Coffeehouse has been having a regular "Sci-Fi/Fantasy Author Reading Series" for a while now, and they decided my work was close enough to fit in.

We've had this scheduled for a while, and there were supposed to be one or two other authors scheduled to read that night? And for all I know, there still are, but I've never heard any confirmation about who they might be. I'd been planning on promoting this more when I had the other writers' names to announce, but, well, here we are at the last minute. :)

So come out and see me! I'll most likely be reading "Tuesday Calling" and "The Wedding Present" unless anyone else has any special requests, and probably something else besides, time permitting.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Author Reading - Michael Montoure, others TBA
Wayward Coffeehouse
8570 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle WA 98103


Jun. 3rd, 2009 10:06 am
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And now for another installment of Short Notice Theater:

Going to be at Crypticon this weekend?

I'm going to be doing a reading on Saturday at 10:30pm in the Olympic Room.

If you like horror, you should really come, and not just for my reading -- the con was a lot of fun last year, and I got to meet a lot of familiar faces from horror movies I know and love. Hope to see your smiling and/or terrified faces as well. Cheers!
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So, yeah, last Thursday I went to that Doctor Who party I'd mentioned, and set up all the decorations I made for it, and it was .... Hmm. I don't know if it was the best night of my life? But it's easily in the top five.

I've posted pictures and build notes of everything to the [ profile] crafty_tardis community -- enough of it that I had to split it all into two parts. Check them out and let me know what you think.

Part One: Monsters and Villains
Part Two: The TARDIS
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Okay, so, since my previous post, I've seen exactly one person post the link graphic for my reading.  I had to resort to begging last year, too.  It's a week away and I only know of literally half-a-dozen people who've said that they're coming.  I swear this is getting harder every year and I'm not entirely sure why that is.

Anyway.  Begging doesn't work?  That's fine.  I'm not above resorting to bribery.


If you post about my reading and encourage your friends to come, I'll have a present waiting for you when you show up.

If you tell me ahead of time, "Hey, I'm coming and I'm bringing someone who hasn't been to one of your readings," I'll have a present waiting for both of you.

You don't have to use the graphic if you don't want -- a textual invite is fine.  Be sure you mention the date, time, and address, obviously.  A link to my website would be nice, too.

It doesn't have to be on LiveJournal -- if you post about it on your weblog, or Twitter, or anywhere that people will see it, the offer stands.  Just mail me and let me know. 


Oct. 21st, 2008 10:02 am
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Well, people seemed to like the flyer graphic from my last post, so it's time to start getting the word out. (It's a little *past* time, actually, but I've been sick.)

American Nightmare: A Halloween Horror Reading, with Michael Montoure.  Wayward Coffeehouse, October 31, 7pm.

Here's the code for the link graphic -- please repost this in your journal, weblog, message boards, wherever:

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(Many thanks to [ profile] wendolen , who already posted it!)

Please do help me get the word out about this, tell your friends -- bring a friend who hasn't been to one of these.  I do rely on your word of mouth, and I appreciate all you guys have done for previous readings.  Let's scare some new people.
I've been doing this for *ten years* now. Can you believe that?


Oct. 15th, 2008 01:58 pm
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Just three short sharp shocks for you this time:


For those of you in Seattle, next weekend (May 23-25) is the CRYPTICON HORROR CONVENTION at the Seattle Airport Doubletree Hotel. I've just been called in at the last minute to do a few panels on Saturday:

The Year in Horror - noon
Horror Films as Modern, Dark Fairy Tales - 9:30PM
We Love Them, We Hate Them, But What Horror Films are the Best? - 10:30PM

You should come by the con and see me. Check out their website at:


If you frequent coffee shops, bookstores, and other such dens of iniquity here in Seattle, you might also be familiar with one of our more, ahh, *alternative* alternative papers, the SEATTLE SINNER.

If you pick up a copy of the May issue, there's a short review of my anthology, COUNTING FROM TEN, in the Entertainment section.

They don't have the review up on their website (yet?), but their address is:


"The schoolboy whose twin brother vanished in the night. A woman whose house teems with alien refugees. The dad who dies every evening... "

You may remember from my October 2007 update that I have a short story, in an upcoming DOCTOR WHO anthology, entitled "HOW THE DOCTOR CHANGED MY LIFE".

I can now announce the title of my story -- "RELATIVITY." The book now has a release date -- September 2008 -- and is available for pre-order:


Apr. 22nd, 2008 07:13 pm
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I should probably mention .... I finally did quit my job a couple of weeks ago. Things just weren't working out.

Since I'm actively looking for a new job, and since my portfolio site was starting to feel hopelessly outdated to me, I've spent the past few days completely redoing the entire thing. This involved much swearing. But I think I'm finally happy with it all.

Have a look and let me know what you think:
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Everybody Kills Somebody, Sometime -- Friday, 11:00 a.m., Evergreen 2
What are the rules for traumatizing, maiming, and killing fictional characters believably? Learn the gentle arts of fictional murder from the experts.
Michael Montoure (M), Michael Ehart, Pat MacEwen, James H. Cobb

The Creepy Doll: Fear of the Inanimate in Horror -- Friday, 5:00 p.m., Cascade 9
There's always a jack-in-the- box, voodoo doll, Chatty Cathy, or a toy such as a top or a ball that invokes chills and a sense of doom. How does an author or an artist create a sense of menace from an inanimate object? Why are we scared of these things and how do writers, artists, and film makers use this fear? What are the great “creepy dolls” of horror?
Chris Bruscas (M), Michael Montoure, Andrew Migliore, Sean “McBastard” Prather

Because I'm Evil -- Sunday, 10:00 a.m., Cascade 10
What would Star Wars be without Darth Vader? What would Peter Pan be like if Captain Hook had been competent? A good villain can define a hero and make a story great but a poor villain can make a mockery of an otherwise good tale. Come explore the important contributions made by the Dark Side.
Michael Montoure (M), Janine Ellen Young, Irene Radford, Steven Barnes


Dec. 10th, 2007 09:41 am
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Final count for dinner: twelve. Myself, [ profile] windbourne, [ profile] retcon, [ profile] tereshkova2001, [ profile] pulpguy and Ria,[ profile] hetaera15, [ profile] wendolen, [ profile] artvixn and [ profile] helix90, [ profile] saffyre_dragon, and [ profile] saheeb138. Reservations made. See you all tonight!

(Edited to add: Make that fourteen: [ profile] kespernorth and Lars!)


Oct. 22nd, 2007 12:27 pm
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Halloween is banging down the door, and I've only seen one or two people post the link graphic for my reading, so my theories are a.) It was just too big to be spamming your friends pages with with, b.) I posted it too long before Halloween and now you all need this ever-so-lovingly gentle reminder, c.) Nobody wants to come to Greenwood, or d.) No one loves me any more. Assuming it's a., I therefore have thoughtfully provided you with this new, smaller, practically dainty link graphic to use instead. You're welcome.

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I do hope you're going to come -- I've got not one, not two, but three brand new stories for you all this year, and I think they're gonna knock your socks off. So bring some friends, and bring extra socks.


Oct. 13th, 2007 07:39 pm
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As you can see from the flyer, we're in a new location this year: the Wayward Coffeehouse in Greenwood is our replacement for the late, lamented Aurafice. It's a really nice space -- it's much bigger, it's laid out better as a performance venue, and they have really rather excellent coffee. The owner is super-excited to have us there, so that's nice, too.

Of course, since it is in a new location, I'm worried people aren't going to show up. (Or at least, that we're not going to do much to fill the space.) Prove me wrong!

Help me promote the event -- put the link graphic above on your LiveJournal or blog, post about it to message boards, RSVP for it on Facebook, and if you want to print up any of the flyers to distribute them yourself, let me know, and I will totally hook you up with a PDF.

Above all, please bring your friends, your co-workers, your mom. (Okay, maybe not your mom.)

Besides the new short piece I mentioned, I've also finished a much longer brand-new piece that I'm really pleased with, and I'm going to see if I can't knock out something else new in time for the reading, as well. Of course, if there's any of my older stories you're dying to hear again, just let me know in the comments, and I'll see what I can do.

I look forward to seeing you all there!


Oct. 2nd, 2007 04:49 pm
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There's something so insanely gratifying about sitting down and writing a whole little story in one go, even one this short. Even more gratifying is the fact that it's an idea I came up with just last night around 2:00am when I couldn't sleep, and I've written it all out already. (I nearly got up and wrote it last night, but I was so wobbly when I tried, I just scribbled the idea down on a scrap of paper and went back to bed.)

This'll be my opening piece for my Halloween reading this year, I think. The Official Announcement and relevant details of which will come later, but for now, save the date: Wednesday, October 31st, 7pm-9pm.
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Looks like I can talk about this now:

"[T]hough the competition was aimed at finding just one winner, the judges were so impressed with the quality of many entries they've decided to extend the prize.

'We had an incredibly strong shortlist of the best 25 entries,' explains Guerrier. '[...] we felt our shortlist was of such quality that it deserved a whole book of its own.'

This special anthology, deftly titled How The Doctor Changed My Life, will be published in late 2008. The 24 runners up are:

Violet Addison; Steven Alexander; Mike Amberry; Arnold T Blumberg; Anna Bratton; John Callaghan; Dann Chinn; Stephen Dunn; Richard Goff; Peter Hallbright; Tim Lambert; JR Loflin; Nick May; James C McFetridge; Simon Moore; Michael Montoure; LM Myles; Einar Olgeirsson; Bernard O'Toole; Andrew K Purvis; Michael Rees; Mark Smith; Chris Wing; Caleb Woodbridge."


Nov. 1st, 2006 08:27 am
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Yesterday I said I had An Announcment -- one I made at my reading last night to much applause.

Pseudopod is the "world’s first horror podcast magazine," posting a new short story every two weeks in audio MP3 format. I've had several friends suggest I submit a story to them, and so I finally did. They accept "reprints", as it were, so I sent them the title story from Counting From Ten.

They liked it, they bought it, and it went up on their site just before Halloween.

They did a pretty good job, I think. The reader really captured the voice of Tommy -- I'm pretty damn happy with it, and it's getting some really good comments.

You should download it. Give it a listen.

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It's almost time for my annual Horror Fiction Reading on Tuesday, October 31st.

I'll be reading a few of my short stories, including at least one brand new piece and something from my anthology, Counting from Ten. (I'll also have copies with me, if you'd like to buy one afterward. And you would.)

As always, the Reading will be at the Aurafice, an Internet coffee shop, on 616 East Pine Street, between Belmont and Boylston on Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA. It will be from 8:00pm until 10:00pm.

If you're not familiar with my original fiction, please check out my personal website at:

If you come, I promise I'll only keep you a little while, lead you through some very dark places, lead you safely back out, and send you on your way.

But if you don't, then all your friends will prove false, you and your true love will never meet, and you'll never achieve your heart's desire.

So come support your local arts. And please consider posting this link image in your LiveJournal, or to your website or weblog -- I rely almost entirely on your word-of-mouth to advertise this event. Thanks!

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[ profile] windbourne has always been a big fan of Threadless, the too-cool-for-school online T-shirt vendor, and has told me many times in the past, "You should submit a design to them!" I've always been intrigued by that idea, but their recent contest, along with Ahna's prompting, made ne finally go ahead and do it.

Two of the three designs I submitted got rejected -- but they liked the third one, which was my favorite, too.

You should go vote on it! (You'll need to start a Threadless account, if you don't already have one.) If it does well enough in the voting, they'll actually make them and I could win stuff. And I like stuff. Go check it out.

Night of the Loving Dead - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

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So my publisher is having me flown down to San Francisco for the weekend so I can attend the World Horror Convention. (There is no way I can say that and not feel like a rock star.) I leave this evening and will be back Sunday.

This is the first time I've been on a plane since I was about 12 years old. I'm a little nervous. Not about the plane falling out of the sky or being high-jacked by mad Arabs -- more along the lines of "ohmigod there's a thousand rulesandregulations and what if they send me home for having the wrong size carry-on luggage??"

*deep breaths*

Ah, well, onward and upward (literally). Things to do, people to scare.
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Sorry for the last-minute post. Here's my panels I'll be on at Norwescon this weekend.

They had me listed on a "Beginning Sculpting" panel, Saturday at 1:00, that I'm definitely ditching out on, because I don't know a damn thing about sculpting. (?!) I'm probably ditching out on the "Modern Horror Fiction" panel, too, because of the Merchants of Deva party. (That's during the block of time I said I wasn't available, so I can't feel too bad about that.)

[ profile] cithra, who was at the con yesterday, says I'm scheduled for a reading. Would have been nice if they'd told me, don't you think? Too bad I don't have anything new to read. We'll see what happens with that.

Why Horror? What draws people to horror and why? Friday Evergreen 1 1:00 PM
Because I'm Evil What would Star Wars be without Darth Vader? What would Peter Pan be like if Captain Hook had been competent? A good villain can define a hero and make a story great but a poor villain can make a mockery of an otherwise good tale. Come explore the important contributions made by the Dark Side. Friday Cascade 6 3:00 PM
The Language of Horror Is there a vocabulary that is truly horror? What words differentiate this genre from SF/F? Can you really tell? What parameters does one use to distinguish a cliché or phrase that is horror? Friday Cascade 5 5:00 PM
Animals in Horror It's fine to say that animals, as symbols of nature and of the unconscious, represent a force beyond our control -- and our knowledge -- and therefore can seem frightening. That statement won't do a great deal towards helping you to write the scariest animal story since Cujo. How can you use animals in your stories to evoke fear? Friday Cascade 5 8:00 PM
Everybody Kills Somebody, Sometime What are the rules for traumatizing, maiming, and killing fictional characters believably? Learn the gentle arts of fictional murder from the experts. Saturday Cascade 4 8:00 PM
Modern Horror Fiction There are a lot more horror authors out there than just Anne Rice, Steven King, and Saul. Where is the genre going? Is it a dying breed, doomed by the mass market and the assembly line of books from the best known authors? Saturday Cascade 4 9:00 PM
Common Mistakes in Writing Horror We all make mistakes. This panel will help writers to learn from the mistakes others have made Sunday Cascade 5 2:00 PM


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