The Eyes of the Valkyrie

Several days ago I finished my new Haxan short story "Remember Me in the Halls of Valhalla" and I think it came out okay. I had a scene where I wanted to show these Valkyries were unlike the common blonde-haired, blue-eyed fantasy figures you often see. These were more like true death-maidens (though still beautiful) …

My New Haxan Story, “Talitha Koum” Published by Frontier Tales

Big breaking news day on the writing front! I also have a brand new Haxan story "Talitha Koum" which has just been published in Frontier Tales Magazine. Click the link to read it, and please vote for my story! This is a different kind of story in the Haxan mythos. In this one Magra Snowberry …

Writer in Progress, HAXAN, by Kenneth Mark Hoover, hosted by Darke Conteur

Darke Conteur has a big blog post on her website about my upcoming book Haxan, including links, blurbs, and places you can purchase the novel being published by CZP. She did a really great job, and this series Writer in Progress is something she does regularly for lots of other really good authors.   Please …

“I’m your huckleberry.”

In an old writing group we had an ongoing joke you never "arrived" until you wrote an Elvis story. Many members did, I did not. The same sort of thing might be said of westerns, but with Doc Holliday. This consumptive blue-eyed killer continues to generate stories, ideas, and unverifiable legends. I got to thinking. …

Woo! My New Story “Talitha Koum” to be Published by Frontier Tales in June

My new Haxan story "Talitha Koum" is scheduled to be published by Frontier Tales in June of this year. I am looking forward to this. It's a "Magra" story more than anything else, and though written from Marwood's perspective, it's mostly about her. We learn more about her early life and especially her mother, Black …

A Personal Writing Note on Future Projects

Now that life have settled down (somewhat) I am starting to turn my attention to a new writing project. I'm debating which direction to explore. I think another novel is the right way to go. Novels work harder than short stories in the long run. But with Haxan coming out in May from CZP/HarperCollins I …

I’m attending the Texas Library Association for CZP Haxan promos!

Wow, this was unexpected but great news. I will be attending the Texas Library Association conference in San Antonio on April 8 and doing Haxan promos for CZP. I will be at the Diamond Book Distributors booth, probably handing out Haxan postcards or something and talking to people. CZP is also thinking if they download …

Wow, my novel HAXAN is up for preorder by CZP/HarperCollins (plus a shout out)

All right, this is pretty cool. CZP/HarperCollins already has my upcoming dark fantasy novel Haxan up for preorder on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback. Thanks! Haxan Preorder Page And another cool thing that happened. My novel was listed (with many other upcoming novels to be sure) on the Westeros.org site. Now that right there …

Cover Reveal! My New Haxan Novel Coming Soon!

Yay! My new weird western novel Haxan will be published by CZP in May, 2014. Here's a peek of the cover designed by Erik Mohr.   I am currently getting events lined up to attend and talk about the novel. I have been invited to ArmadilloCon in Austin for July 25-27. When I get a …

The Writing Log Jam is Finally Breaking Apart

I've had a bit of a breakthrough on the short story I'm working on. It's called "Remember Me in the Halls of Valhalla". I started this story at the last WorldCon in San Antonio. I knew if I thought about it long enough, and talked to a couple of writers and bounced some ideas, something …

A Study in Character Motivation Revealed through Style and Voice: “The Bruja and the Ferryman”

Not too long ago I learned I had an upcoming Haxan story in which I used voice and style to reveal character motivation which would be published. I even blogged about it. Well, that dark fantasy story is now live at Frontier Tales and you can read it for free. The story is about Magra …

New Haxan Story “The Weight of Memory”

While I was attending Lone Star Con last week someone asked me if I wrote the Haxan stories in chronological order. I had to admit I did not. I write the stories as they come to me. Sometimes they might be in order, often not. I usually have some idea, however, where they fit along …

My New Story Coming from Frontier Tales, and a Discussion of Character Motivation Revealed by Voice and Style

Frontier Tales has accepted a new Haxan story from me. It will appear in September. The title is as yet undecided. I'm really excited about this story for many reasons. It features Magra Snowberry and tells the story how she tries to get home to the man she loves. Standing in her way are four …

“One Life Between Earth and Sky” published by The Western Online!

Hooray! My new Haxan story "One Life Between Earth and Sky" has just been published by The Western Online. This story is only 1500-words long and it took me over a year to write. This dovetails perfectly with Stephe Thornton, another of my writing friends, who tweeted yesterday whether quality or quantity is more important. …