Monday, September 22, 2014

November Challenge: Genre Poetry Class with Rain Graves

Genre Poetry Enthusiasts - Special Announcement:

November Challenge: Genre Poetry Workshop with Rain Graves
$200 per person, limited to 15 people
$25 discount for HWA Members with Member ID

Learn how to perfect your poetry in this intensive four-week course for genre writers of all levels. Learn how to turn your short stories into poems, poems into short stories, classic form poetry, free-verse, and reading to an audience. Students will be given assignments and study points, followed by a graded critique, designed to get your work ready for sending to publishers, and to give you the confidence you need when giving readings. Classes and critiques will take place via email and Skype (where available to the student - you will not be turned away if you do not have Skype), providing one-on-one care and attention to your work, including line-edits. Whether you are writing a collection, a series for magazine submissions, or just a few poems for yourself...this course will be invaluable to your growth as a writer.

Four Weeks; classes and assignments will be given every Tuesday, beginning November 4, 2014, at 6pm PST / 9pm EST. Students will receive the syllabus and required reading for each class upon sign-up. No refunds for no-shows. If you must skip a class, make-ups will be given on a case-by-case basis. Payments can be made via paypal at, or via Square in person.

About the Instructor: Rain Graves is a two-time Bram Stoker Award Winning Poet (2002, 2013), whom Publisher's Weekly hailed as "Bukowski meets Lovecraft," for her work in BARFODDER: Poetry Written in Dark Bars and Questionable Cafes in 2009. She lives and writes in San Francisco.

Monday, June 9, 2014

San Mateo County Fair Author Day, June 14, 2014

Join me with nine other horror, sci-fi, and fantasy authors as we read and sign books at the San Mateo County Fair's Author Day on June 14, 2014 from 1pm to 4pm, with the signings occurring from 2-4pm. Here is a link to the location details, etc., on SFGate.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Four Elements Takes Home 2013 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Poetry

The Four Elements by Linda Addison, Rain Graves, Charlee Jacob, and Marge Simon has won the 2013 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Poetry. We were presented with the award at the Stokers Banquet this past weekend in Portland Oregon, and were surprised, delighted, and honored to have won. Linda and I were present, and thanked our publisher, Bad Moon Books for believing in the project, Donald Sidney-Fryer for his wonderful essay and blurb on the book, and of course, each other...for being such great partners in crime. Thank you to the HWA, and everyone who voted for TFE. Your support of our work means the world to us. Here is a link to all the winners, in all categories.

You may also view the full awards presentation here:

Monday, May 5, 2014

WHC 2014 Schedule, Portland, OR

Here is my basic Schedule for WHC in Portland this week (as final as I know it to be). If you would like a tarot reading, ping me privately to schedule. Rates are as usual - $25/half hour. I won't arrive until after 10pm on Thursday, but will have fliers/sign-up available for The Haunted Mansion Retreat in 2015, as well as books at the Mass Autograph Signing (books available listed below the shedule):


10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Reading: Rain Graves

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Writer’s Workshop #7
(Sign-up required – The Pros evaluate up to 10,000 words of your work in Constructive Critique)

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ross/Morrison Panel: Violence And Verse
(Mike Arnzen, Rain Graves, Dan Clore, Linda Addison, James Dorr)
Bards who dwell in the dark discuss the horror poetry market

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Ladies of Horror (FB Group) Gathering (TBD)

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Willamette Foyer
Mass Autograph Signing
All of your favorite writers are in one spot and are willing to sign books!

10ish - Asinthe Party (offsite)


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Panel: Finding Your True Voice
(Mary SanGiovanni, S.P. Somtow, Rain Graves, Tim Waggoner, Gord Rollo, John Urbancik )
A few horror authors have such a unique voice that whatever the book is, their fans never want that author's world or universe to end past the last page. How does any writer find their voice?

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Bram Stoker Awards Banquet

10:00 PM
Oregon Room
Bram Stoker Awards After-Party
HWA and our sponsor Samhain Horror would like to invite all convention attendees to join us for the traditional party after the presentation of the Bram Stoker Awards. Come and celebrate!


--The Four Elements
--Haunted Mansion Project - books 1 and 2
--Zombies vs. Robots: Women on War

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Four Elements makes Final Bram Stoker Award Ballot, Women in Horror Month, & WHC 2014

The final ballot for the 2013 Bram Stoker Awards has been posted, and The Four Elements, written by Linda Addison, Rain Graves, Charlee Jacob, and Marge Simon has made the cut for Superior Achievement in Poetry. The awards ceremony will take place during The World Horror Convention 2014, in Portland Oregon. I will be attending the convention and participating in the programming.

In other news, Women in Horror Month continues, and here is a nice article in The Examiner about 10 Bay Area women who write horror, in case you were wondering who has (and is) walking your local streets.

See you in Portland!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Reading/Signing + Q&A at Borderlands Books Cafe Nov. 3

Sunday, November 3 at 3pm - S.G. Browne, Fran Friel, Loren Rhoads, and Rain Graves read selections from The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two at the Borderlands Books Cafe, located right next door to the bookstore. Q&A to follow, with information on the next retreat (sign-up available), and books for purchase and signing.

Borderlands Books & Cafe
866 and 870 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA

Monday, September 16, 2013

KillerCon, Las Vegas - September 19-22

I will be at KillerCon in Las Vegas, NV this weekend (arriving late on Friday night), participating in panels, readings, signings, and whatever else comes my way. I will also be on hand to discuss The Haunted Mansion Writer's Retreat and books. Anyone wishing to sign-up for 2015 may do so through me. I will also be doing tarot readings as time allows - probably all day Sunday. Drop me an email if you'd like a 15-30 minute slot before 3pm on Sunday, or sometime on Saturday (not below mentioned). As always, if you've had a reading by me before, you get a discount.

My Saturday Schedule:

12:00 pm: “Poetic Prose vs Purple Prose. When Is A Rose Just A Rose?” Moderator: Bailey Hunter Panelists: Michael Arnzen, Rain Graves, Christopher Rice, Ellen Datlow, Tom Monteleone

2:00pm: Reading by Rain Graves

4:00pm: Mass Signing! (All Your Favorite Authors Signing In One Place.)

(And of course...various unscrupulous and infamous parties, Friday and Saturday).


--The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two
--The Haunted Mansion Project: Year One
--The Four Elements by Charlee Jacob, Rain Graves, Marge Simon, Linda Addison
--Barfodder: Poetry Written in Dark Bars & Questionable Cafes by Rain Graves
--Zombies vs. Robots: Women on War! (Short Fiction by Rain Graves)