I’m facilitating a writer’s class. Registration begins August 8th.

http://www.cumberlandcountylibraries.org/FREEvents Ready to publish? Join Catherine Jordan, author and editor, for an eight-week series on how to critique, structure and market the short story.  Share your completed short story (No more than 10 pages) and use the classes to give and take constructive feedback through a critique. Then strengthen your stories with structure, and learn how to submit and market your story. This class is for people who have a completed story and are ready to publish.  Must be eighteen years or older. Registration begins August 8.   Tuesday, September 8, 2015 – 6:45pm to 8:45pm Monday, September 14, 2015 – 6:45pm to 8:45pm Tuesday, September 22, 2015 – 6:45pm to 8:45pm Tuesday, September 29, 2015 – 6:45pm to 8:45pm Tuesday, October 6, 2015 – 6:45pm to 8:45pm Tuesday, October 13, 2015 – 6:45pm to 8:45pm Tuesday, October 20, 2015 – 6:45pm to 8:45pm Tuesday, October 27, 2015 – 6:45pm to 8:45pm Registration: Register...

Book Seller’s Secret scores an 8 out of 10 on Book Lure, U.K.

I really enjoyed The Bookseller’s Secret; it is a remarkably original novel that brings together lots of your standard horror plot elements but in a unique and gripping manner. Nothing in the story is new of itself but the whole is wonderfully engrossing and imagined; the story kept changing my preconceptions to the very end. A great addition to the horror genre and well worth reading for any horror fan. Spoiler Alert The Bookseller’s Secret is, unsurprisingly, about a book, but not just any book. The book is a means to an end and anyone that reads it becomes trapped in a surreal world where they are gradually possessed. The villain of the piece (one of them anyway) is the current author of the book, Eva van Hollinsworth, the immortal reincarnation of Lilith, a demon and the anti-Christ. To this mix we add her husband Jeffrey Thurmont and an investigative journalist Mason Barry, one is the current ‘owner’ of the book, or so he thinks, the other is seeking the book, or so he thinks. Lilith achieves immortality through reincarnating in her own offspring, the mother dying during childbirth and the daughter becoming the next incarnation. As the story unfolds we find that Eva is dead and her daughter is yet to be named and without a name she has no power. The current father is Jeffrey who realises Eva’s daughter is looking for the next Mr Right to continue her life and his time may well be numbered. As you can imagine he is none too happy about this. So starts a descent into madness for Mason Barry...

Bookseller’s Secret in Harrisburg Magazine

Feb 13, 201509:24 AMCulture FUN AND CULTURE IN THE MID-STATE Mechanicsburg First Friday WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY MEGAN E. BLOOM Feb 13, 2015 – 09:24 AMIn the realm of literature, two thriller novelists had a joint book signing and reading at Sunbury Press, 50 W. Main St. Catherine Jordan was presenting The Bookseller’s Secret and J. M. West’s crime novel, Counting Doubt and Darkness. Jordan’s book takes place in South Africa and focuses on the concepts of witchcraft, demonology and the Anti-Christ. The story is about an American reporter who travels to unmask a woman who he believes is taking advantage of people in her country through the use of witchcraft. “There is the struggle between good and evil,” she explains. “The God that they believe in and the devil that they’ve fallen into.”...

Women in horror month

February 2015 is the 6th annual women in horror month. February is the month of love and romance. When I think of February and Valentine’s Day, I visualize Cupid. With his bow and arrow. Arrows are weapons that penetrate flesh and draw blood. Sooo… that brings me to another tidbit about February—it is also Women in Horror Month. How to blend the love and hate, the kisses with the kills? Well, there are great women writers who have managed to do both, where looks can be deceiving and love is often blind. The female characters in these stories are good and bad, sweet and salty. They will dish out whatever they are backhanded. They have dark feelings and fears that every woman can identify with in some capacity. Gillian Flynn wrote Gone Girl, a novel about one wreck of a marriage. Nick hits a rock in the marital road when his wife, Amy, goes missing. Nick becomes the prime suspect. Toward the second half of the book, we see that there is more to Nick’s story than meets the eye. I’d say Cupid hit his mark with Nick and Amy, but the wicked arrow went way too deep. Helen Oyeyemi’s Mr. Fox, tells the story about Mr. Fox, a husband and writer who likes to gruesomely kill off his heroines. His fictional muse, Mary Foxe, lives in Mr. Fox’s alternate reality and in his writings. However, Mary becomes so real that his wife, Daphne, suspects him of having an affair and Mr. Fox is left with an ultimatum; who to kill and who to love. Cupid was so confused;...