Kat’s 2022 in Review and 2023 Resolutions

Here we are: the last week of 2022. I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with this last week. This time feels like entering a fugue state where I’m not sure what day it is, whether its morning or night, there’s never enough time to get anything done and then, I’m also sitting there doing nothing for what feels like far too long.

That being said, I’ve decided to throw down my end of year lists now because, let’s face it: I’m not going to finish any more books this week while looking down the barrel of retail demise (basically being at work all the damn time).

So, let’s start with the most pertinent thing first: books.

This was probably my most prolific year as an independent publisher and author. Not only did I re-release three full length novels and a short story (VOX, AEQUITAS, MEMENTO MORI & ACQUOLINA respectively) with newly designed covers, new interior layout, and updated added material, I also wrote and released three short novelettes (ORCHARDS, HALLOWED OBLIVION, & DAN & ANDY’S SCARY-OKE HOLIDAY). I also had the most productive sales year in my history of being an author, went to more shows this year than ever, expanded my reach on every social media platform I have a presence on, and somehow, didn’t manage to spontaneously combust along the way.

End of year stats as of today are:

Facebook Page: 560 likes

Instagram: 1,077 followers

Twitter: 2,530 followers

TikTok: 706 followers, 3500 likes

Email subscribers: 85

Really, really pleased with these numbers.

Also something to low-key celebrate: HALLOWED OBLIVION may be on a certain recommended reading list for a certain horror-oriented award. Never achieved something like this before and though I recognize that it is far from being considered for said award, I’m still proud of myself for hustling and getting the reach on that story that I did.

For anyone who found me this year and followed me, thanks a bunch. For those who read my stuff, thank you. For those who reviewed and recommended to others, thank you! Can’t wait to see what 2023 brings in for the growth of Strange Wilds Press and myself.

BOOKS I READ & LOVED

I had hoped to read 25+ books this year but I only got to 19. That being said, the majority of books I read really inspired me to follow my perpetuity for the weird and wonderful. A few of them even scared me or moved me so much that they’ve got me wanting to go back to read them again soon. Here are the top 4:

Other recommended reads are: We Are Here to Hurt Each Other by Paula Ashe, Crossroads by Laurel Hightower, The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward, Beguiled By Night by Nicole Eigener, The Worm and His Kings by Hailey Piper, Abode by Morgan Sylvia, and Waif by Samantha Kolesnik.

TOP FILMS/TV

I watched a lot of horror films and television this year, trying to stay current with what was trending on streaming and what people had watched in my social circles. There are a few things I definitely fell in love with, things that I will happily watch again and again (and some that I’m good with never watching again). Let’s start with my favorites:

FILM (Horror)

  • The Black Phone (2022)
  • NOPE (2022)
  • Krampus (2015)
  • It Follows (2014)
  • The Ritual (2017)
  • Hellraiser (2022)

Film (Other)

  • Lou (2022)
  • Glass Onion (2022)
  • Underwater (2020)
  • Gunpowder Milkshake (2022)
  • Beast (2022)
  • Encanto (2021)
  • Rise of The Guardians (2012)

TV (Horror)

  • Archive 81 (2022)
  • Love, Death, & Robots: Season 3 (favorite was The Very Pulse of the Machine) (2022)
  • What We Do In The Shadows (Season 3)
  • Stranger Things: Season 4 (2022)
  • Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities (favorite was The Viewing) (2022)
  • Little Demon (2022)
  • Wednesday (2022)

TV (Other)

  • Andor (2022)
  • Hot Date (2017-2019)
  • The Great North Season 2 (2022)
  • The Great British Baking Show
  • I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson (2022)
  • Kim’s Convenience (Seasons 1 & 2)

MUSIC

This is music that really inspired me and/or I felt moved me in some way. Not much rhyme or reason to it.

  • Wolf Like Me by Lera Lynn
  • The Chain by Fleetwood Mac
  • And You Evade Him/Born in the Blood by Joshua Burnside
  • Tape Cleaning by Ben Salisbury & Geoff Burrow from the Archive 81 Soundtrack
  • Mercury Immersion by Resina
  • Play Out by Zola Blood
  • Sabotage by The Beastie Boys
  • Ou aller by GIMS
  • Gold Dust Woman by Fleetwood Mac
  • Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush

2023 Resolutions and Goals

As ever, I’d really like to keep growing as a writer and an author, expand my reach, meet more people, and get my books into more readers’ hands. That being said: I would like to do it smarter. I over-extended myself in many ways this year which in the end, has caught up with me.

  • Self-care: This is my biggest resolution and, kind of, the only one that matters. The number of times I’ve been sick, injured, or too mentally exhausted to do work, events, hang with friends or family, etc. is inexcusable. I also find myself unhappy with how I’ve taken care of my body this year. In 2023, my goal is to get on a regular exercise program to help retrain my muscles and rehab them. My neck and shoulders are in the worst state of my life and account for the majority of my downtime. Not only do I need to be more attentive to my muscles, I also need to give myself more time to relax, sleep, and recharge. I have a habit of constantly overloading myself with too many things. The Hustle is a necessary part of the self-publishing job but I’d like to treat myself to a better regimen of self-care than previous years.
  • Scheduling: A lot of my stress and over-working is due to the fact that I am terrible with scheduling things. I was better about it in 2021 and have fallen off the wayside of preparing myself for the week. I find myself scrambling to get posts done in the morning, barely having time to get ready for work, and then coming home at night exhausted but pushing myself to get more done. I need to look at the time I have available for myself and treat it with better care. This also includes making plans for writing projects and sticking to them accordingly.
  • Drink More Water: Sure, I could include this under self-care but it needs its own bullet mark. It’s bad. I’m bad at it. I think my body is made of coffee instead of water.
  • Experiment with Language, Form, and Rhythm in Writing: As I said in the opening paragraph, I’d really like to grow as a writer and that means not only doing more of it, but also studying others. That means reading more, experimenting more, and sharing more with others for feedback.
  • Workshop with more writers: Part of the last bullet but also a little different. There is so much that can be gleaned from others in the book world and I’d love the opportunity to learn from so many. I’d absolutely love to go to a few writing workshops as well as sit down with other writers in my home state and talk shop with them. I’d also like to build on the relationships I currently have with so many wonderful people in the horror community.
  • Release one novel and two novelettes in 2023: The Wild Fall: Book 2 of The Wild Oblivion is due to release next year. I’d also really like to release a second Dan & Andy novelette and possibly another project unrelated to The Wild Oblivion. My job is to get myself organized and in shape to make sure those releases are successful and have a wide reach.
  • Do at least 3 large events next year: This past year, I ended up doing a smattering of events and had a great sales year. In addition to Author-Con II, I’d really like to get in on two other horror writing events to showcase my work and perhaps grow my reach. Since I’ll also be releasing a book next year, I think it’s important to cover all my bases and try to coordinate local book-signings, digital events, and readings as well. I have an interest in NECON (which I missed last year) and MVHBF (which is a very difficult show to get in on).
  • Bake more!: Baking is a passion. Being in the kitchen is soothing and enjoyable. I’d like to expand my horizons and try out recipes I’m not familiar with.
  • Take care of my home: Those of you who own homes know how difficult it is to pay attention to them. I’ve done a poor job of giving my home that attention this year. I’m looking forward to spending some time with it and getting to some of the many items on my list.

Well, I think that oughta do it. For those who made 2022 special, thank you so much. Here’s to 2023: may it be a year for making dreams come true.

Happy New Year!

KSilva

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September/October Updates

HALLOWED OBLIVION

a novelette from THE WILD DARK

A couple weeks ago, I released my latest work! Hallowed Oblivion is a novelette (about 52 pages) that takes place before the events of THE WILD DARK. It’s part campfire/hiking horror, part Halloween story. This is the first time I’ve written and released a story just for the season and I may make this a continuing theme based on how great the response has been so far!

Here’s a little more about the book:

On Halloween Night, Forest Ranger Hank Feld is called out to the White Mountain National Forest to search for a group of lost hikers. Crushed at not being able to spend the evening with his daughter, Hank sets off into the cold, misty mountains alongside volunteer, Gerard Castle.

But they are not the only things in the woods that night. When they come upon a massacred camping site, they realize there’s something hunting them: a malevolent creature that hungers for the souls of the lost.

A novelette from The Wild Oblivion universe, readers follow one of THE WILD DARK’s characters into the woods for a ghastly adventure, one that might eventually alter the world as we know it…

You can download an ebook copy from my website or order a paperback here

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July Updates

Hello subscribers old and new! A lot has happened since last month’s newsletter. As we bustle through July, I’d love to let you know what’s been going on the last couple weeks as well as what you can look forward to the rest of this summer and beyond!

The Monstrum Chronicles RE-VAMPED editions launched last month with a lovely day long procession of vampire-themed shenanigans. Each of the three books in the series (and one short story) received new interior layouts, brand new covers, deleted scenes, music playlists, and new forewords. I have copies available for purchase on my website as well as via Amazon for paperback and ebook. Thanks to all who came out and helped celebrate!

Have you heard the news? I have a TikTok account! Well, to be fair, I’ve had one but I just wasn’t posting very often at all. Aiming to change that going forward though. If you are a fellow Tiktokker, follow me @katherinesilvaauthor .

WHAT ‘CHA BEEN READING

I’ve plowed through some extraordinary books in the last month including Samantha Kolesnik’s Waif, Hailey Piper’s The Worm and His Kings, Donnie Goodman’s The Razorblades In My Head, and Eric LaRocca’s You’ve Lost A Lot of Blood. Each one was a unique and terrifying experience in its own right and I definitely recommend them all to you!

Up on the docket next are:

  • Beguiled By Night by Nicole Eigener
  • Your Mind Is A Terrible Thing by Hailey Piper
  • Nightfall: Nightmareland Volume 1 by Daniel Barnett
  • Three Days in the Pink Tower by E.V. Knight

This one kind of came out of the blue… At the same time, this is unlike anything I’ve written before. This short story is a combination of prose and poetry and startling black and white imagery with descriptive typography. While it’s a short read (only 38 pages), I’m hoping readers will feel moved, pulled, and changed by the content inside.

The book will only be available via ebook and is only 99 cents. It is currently up for pre-order via Amazon and B&N. Links will be below along with a description of the book.

“I am losing all the little things that make me who I am…”

Brody Aritza was lost to the Wild Dark when he was killed in the line of duty. But then something happened. The thin wall between life and death parted and he found his way back, back to the woman he loved. It wasn’t right though: he was dead and she was alive and they couldn’t be together. But he found a way to fix it. He could possess others to keep her safe and maybe…maybe they could be together after all.

Orchards takes place after the shocking conclusion of THE WILD DARK. Thrust into darkness once more, Brody must sift through time and memory as he clings to what little pieces of humanity remain in his ruinous soul. This short story will leave readers hungry for THE WILD FALL: Book Two of The Wild Oblivion, coming in 2023.

Amazon Pre-order

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If you are a book reviewer and you’d like a free digital copy of ORCHARDS (or any other book in my catalog), please email me at strangewildspress@gmail.com to request a copy!

  • I’m still at work on This House Will Kill Again. Because ORCHARDS turned into a random (but lovely) necessity this month, I missed time working on this one. For those of you who might not remember, this is my Archive 81/House of Leaves/Downton Abbey mashup novel that I’ve been trying to get out for a couple years.
  • THE WILD DARK was featured on reviewer Nisar Sufi’s website, Literary Retreat. View it here.
  • I recorded an episode on the Terrifying Tomes of Terror podcast with Chance Forshee. We talk about THE WILD DARK and the upcoming sequel, slated for release next year. (I recorded this before ORCHARDS was even a thing.)
  • We watched all kinds of horror last month including the latest season of Stranger Things and The Black Phone. We will be watching NOPE when it premiers in theaters next week as well as the new Netflix adaption of Resident Evil. I just hope it’s better than Welcome to Raccoon City
  • I’m off to a joint birthday party today! Cake and sunshine are in my imminent future and that only makes me more happy.

That’s my June/1st half of July wrap-up! If you want more regular updates about me and my projects, be sure to subscribe to my Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube, or whatever else you see my face on!

Until then, enjoy the remainder of July!

~KSilva

March Updates

March is upon us!

Winter has been fairly productive here. I’ve been consuming lots of horror content and have been churning ideas in my ice cream-making brain as I write more short stories and work on getting novels in shape for submission and publication.

THE WILD DARK is currently at 28 brilliant reviews on Goodreads and 13 on Amazon. This might not seem like a lot to most of you but I’m absolutely over the moon. Every person that leaves a review or rating helps me get closer to selling the book to more people. Visibility is everything to indie authors and the more word-of-mouth is spread about the book, the more people will give it a try.

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Holiday Updates and A Look at 2022!

Happy Holidays, my wonderful subscribers! I wanted to pop in and just say a quick thank you to everyone who has supported me on my journey to publish THE WILD DARK this year and get the book out into the world. If you purchased a copy of the book, shared a post, or told a friend about the book, you are a rock star in my mind!

This is my end of the year email, where I’ll go over a few of my favorite things from 2021 and what to look forward to in 2022!

This year, I released my sixth book, THE WILD DARK. So far, this book has been my most successful release and is continuing to get more attention day by day. This book was eight years in the making, a project that I’ve long been passionate about and adore knowing that it has touched people in so many ways. I appreciate all the reviews that have come in and the enthusiasm of those who have gone out of their way to make sure that others know how much they enjoyed it. Thanks again from the bottom of my heart.

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Holiday Book Boxes on sale!

HOLIDAY GIFT BOXES ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO ORDER!

Got a book-lover in the family that you’d absolutely love to spoil this holiday season? Consider giving them a curated gift box from an indie business this year! Available now on my website are three different book gift boxes for your perusal. I’m offering THE WILD DARKThe Collection, and Night Time, Dotted Line boxes, complete with small goodies that relate to the stories. Each gift box has 5 or 6 items and a surprise item that will be wrapped for the recipient to open. Scroll to take a look at some of the offerings this year!

THE WILD DARK gift box is for that outdoorsy coffee-lover in your life who may or may not have a penchant for dark fiction. Included in this box are: a signed copy of THE WILD DARK in paperback, a local whole bean bag of coffee, a mug, chocolate-covered cherries in liqueur, stickers, a bookmark, Sno-Seal waterproofing and a mystery item (Emergency Blanket may not be the item everyone gets…). Only ten in stock. Hop over here to make your purchase today!

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November Hath Come! Gift Boxes, NaNoWriMo & More!

Hello, my wonderful subscribers!

First of all, I’d love to thank each and every one of you who has purchased a copy of THE WILD DARK. You have instilled such a feeling of triumph in me, that I can’t express with enough love and gratitude as I’d wish. I could seriously hug each and every one of you (or shake your hand if you’re not the hugging type). If you’ve read and reviewed or rated, thank you doubly. Reviews are the lifeblood for an indie author to get their book out into the world and get noticed. Each and every review or rating that comes in, no matter how you felt about the book, is welcomed.

We have some awesome stuff in this month’s newsletter, including the opportunity to purchase a holiday 2021 book gift box early before sales officially open up, news about my books, NaNoWriMo, future releases, and more! Scroll on!

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Goodreads Giveaway & More!

Want to win a chance at getting an early copy of THE WILD DARK? There are ten copies up for grabs on Goodreads! All you need to enter is a Goodreads account, where you can keep track of all those wonderful books you’ve yet to read. Click the button above to get started!

What else is new? How about a sneak peek at the first chapter of the book? You can hop on over to Book Funnel and sign in with an email address to download a first taste of the book. No worries, that email subscribes you to my monthly newsletter, where you can get first look at exclusives, premier news about the book, and extras that everyone else won’t get to see… Click the photo below to go to Book Funnel!

I’ve been having fun on Instagram the last couple weeks participating in a couple of themed book challenges! If you don’t already follow me, hop on over to my insta and add me, for all of your bookish delights!

I got confirmation today that Bull Moose, one of New England’s awesome book vendors is going to carry THE WILD DARK at six of its largest stores! They have the book available for pre-order which can be found here. Support local bookstores and pre-order your copy now.

I’ve got a tentative TBR (to-be-read) list for August, which I can only half commit to because of how incredibly busy I’ve been in getting THE WILD DARK off the ground and ready for its launch in October. These are some of my hopefuls. Maybe they could be on your TBR pile, too?

More to announce soon…

-Kat Silva

June Happiness (And New Newsletter!)

Welcome, welcome! First off, I’d like to thank all of my long time subscribers here on WordPress. You guys have been through all the iterations of this blog from The Monstrum Chronicles, to Writers’ Abditory, and finally to The Kat At Night. It’s taken some time to finally find a steady pace and rebrand into a place where I feel most comfortable.

That being said, I’m expanding my blog into a new monthly newsletter in anticipation of the fall release of “The Wild Dark”. Said newsletter is being provided through my website and SquareSpace. While I’m going to try and duplicate announcements in both places as best I can, I’d really like to make the newsletter my exclusive place to readers to find upcoming content related to “The Wild Dark” as well as info about upcoming giveaways, pre-order happiness, and sneak peeks.

For those of you who don’t know about “The Wild Dark”, I’ll post the cover below along with a brief synopsis:

Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Raleigh has lost everything in the last few months: her job as a police detective, her partner, her fiancé, and her peace of mind. After a month of solitude at a cabin in the woods, she finally feels as though she’s ready to move on.

But in one terrifying night, everything changes. An unearthly forest realm has begun to creep over the world, swallowing up every sign of human civilization. The woods are fraught with disturbing architecture and monstrous wolves hungry for human souls. In addition, ghosts of loved ones have appeared to select people including Liz’s partner, Brody, who doesn’t remember how he died.

As winter closes in and chaos erupts across New England, Liz fights desolation, resurfacing guilt, and absolute terror as she tries to survive one of the North East’s most brutal winters.

Anyone here fans of survivalism? Winter camping? Apocalypses? Spooky woods? Murder wolves? A strong female protagonist? “The Wild Dark” might be for you! The button below will take you to the website where you’ll have the option to subscribe. (Scroll to the bottom of the main page to find the entry form!) I’ll probably be more diligent with promoting the book there than here. I’d like The Kat at Night to include my writing escapades, but to also be its own entity as well. There will be exclusive content in both places.

Again, thanks to all of you who keep me going. You’re amazing!

~KSilva