Welcome to my blog 🙂
My name is Jessica Halsey. I’m a poet and mixed-genre fiction writer.
My genres of choice include: horror, paranormal, urban fantasy, contemporary fantasy, grimdark, and splatter punk. 10 points if you love the last one!
And sometimes science fiction.
I self-publish all of my fiction and enjoy a blend of traditional and self-publishing for my poetry.
If you’re a fan of Poppy Z. Brite, Kathe Koja, Brian Lumley, Chuck Wendig, Garth Nix, Maureen F. McHugh, Anne Bishop, Margaret Atwood, or Wislawa Szymborska you might like my books too.
Some fun facts about me:
I started writing poetry in the 5th grade.
In 2012 I earned an MFA-CW in Cross-Genre Poetry (also called hybrid/experimental poetry) from Goddard College in Vermont. I also have a BA in Sociology (2008) and am working towards a BS in Laboratory Science. Yeah, I’m trying to earn another Bachelor’s degree after I got my Master’s.
I have a day job that supports my writing.
I am an introvert and love hanging out at home with my cats.
In 2015 I married my best friend and I sometimes reference him in my blog.
I’m a huge fan of folk music, all styles from all places.
I am a very basic, beginner, birder. Here’s my Life List.
About my Poetry:
Sylvia Plath said poetry is the blood jet. Nick Mount, on Sylvia Plath’s Ariel, said the lyric poem is a frozen moment in time. Lynda Barry said an image is the formless thing which gives things form.
In my poetry, I try to freeze (or plasticine) specific moments that convey an image that I want to understand better. Sometimes those images are bloody (in case the big, wet deer skeleton wasn’t a clue).
I mainly write free verse poems but I also enjoy micro and prose poems. I’m not a huge fan of form or rhyme but I love sestinas, villanelles, and haiku.
Check out my post Writing The Echo of Something Hitting for more of nitty, gritty exposition.
About my Fiction:
The Slaughter Chronicles is a paranormal, contemporary “grim dark” fantasy about werewolves and other monsters. And eventually the apocalypse.
I also have a draft of a sci-fi novel that I tried self-publishing back in 2018 and it was a huge, unfinished disaster so I’m trying to finish that now. And make it less of a flaming dumpster fire.
In addition to that I’m trying to work on my 2016 nanowrimo project which was about faeries and the apocalypse. But those characters want to go off and do their own thing so I have no idea when that project will take center stage.
BIBLIOGRAPHY/TENTATIVE PUBLICATION SCHEDULE
The Echo of Something Hitting: April 2018
Girl + Muse: October 2019
Lupercalia: October 2019
Hunting Cry: 2022
Stand Alone Fiction (FREE)
Namaste Apocalypse: October 2018
The Promise: February 2019
The Librarian: October 2019
Past Life: 2020
Patient Zero: TBA
Untitled dystopian YA novel: TBA
The Slaughter Chronicles (FREE SERIES)
Demon Moon: April 2019
Pulling Teeth and Other Stories: Fall 2020
Taxonomy: December 2020
Health to the Company: February 2021
Roadkill: Summer 2021
Dead Girl Moon: December 2018
Once A King: TBA
Dark Home and Other Stories: TBA
(Book 1) Havoc’s Moon: Fall/Winter 2020
(Book 2) Exile’s Moon: Spring 2021
(Book 3) Berserker Moon: 2021
(Book 4) Cold Moon: TBA
(Book 5) Void Moon: TBA
(Book 6) Mage’s Moon: TBA
(Book 7) Hunger Moon: TBA
(Book 8) Falling Moon: TBA
(Book 9) Moon’s End: TBA
The Heart of the Forest Cycle
Here and Away: TBA
Morning and Evening: TBA
Always and Never: TBA
My work is definitely more dark and gory than the mainstream paranormal/fantasy. More Alien than Galaxy Quest*.
I do not support violence or abuse of any kind on any thing (desks have feelings too), person, animal, organic, inorganic, sentient, artificial, anything. But I write about these things because they happen and they need to be acknowledged.
Most of my fiction is NOT family friendly, I liberally use profanity, mature themes, and detailed descriptions of peril/violence. I try my best to label my work clearly so that nothing sneaks up on people. A disclaimer is included under each book description. Please read responsibly.
I have tried many, many times to write the perfect disclaimer/advisory for my content but I’ve found other people who can say it way better than I ever could so if you want more, check out my disclaimer and trigger warnings post.
*I am in no way disrespecting Galaxy Quest. It’s one of my favorite movies. But it has tastefully mild squishy moments. My books don’t.
The Slaughter Chronicles Art and Book Covers
The Heart of the Forest Cycle Art
MISC. CV STUFF
Knowing Our Past Foundation “Creative Response of the Human Spirit” 2nd Place Prize, 2003.
Randolph College Margaret Raynal Fiction Award 2nd Place Prize, 2005.
Academy of American Poets Honorable Mention, 2005.
Hollins University Lex Allen Literary Festival 1st Place Poetry Prize, 2008.
North American Discworld Convention Creosote’s Poetry Contest 3rd Place Prize, 2009.
Arkansas Writers’ Conference Rita Goodgame Award 2nd Place Prize, 2010.
Pushcart Nomination by The Camel Saloon, 2011.
BA Sociology: Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA, 2008.
MFA Creative Writing: Goddard College, Plainfield, VT, 2012.
*Copyright Note: All my books are free. Everything written on this site is mine unless I specify otherwise. And I DO cite my sources. Please take my free books and share them with your friends. Don’t steal my work. It’s mine, not yours.