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BITEY BACHMAN

My first solo short story release happened this month, and it’s been an experience! It’s available on Kindle through Amazon for £1.99, and the reviews so far have been most kind. I’ve had a lot of support from friends and family, but even more so from fellow writers, publishers, editors and others I know who work in creative professions. Thanks for the support, it’s given me a lot of encouragement!

If you’d like to read my ramblings for yourself, follow the link below!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bitey-Bachman-Kayleigh-Marie-Edwards-ebook/dp/B01B9LBZOI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1455113892&sr=8-1&keywords=bitey+bachman

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First Release!

I’ve managed to make my way into 7 anthologies over the last year (flash fictions and short stories.. yay!), and I’m very excited to announce that my first individual release is now available for pre-order on amazon (available on Feb 1st). It’s a comedy/horror short story called Bitey Bachman, and is published by Sinister Horror Company.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bitey-Bachman-Kayleigh-Marie-Edwards-ebook/dp/B01AC364J0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452348682&sr=8-1&keywords=bitey+bachman

 

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Learning to Write

Before beginning my Scriptwriting MA, I thought I knew how to write (well, stories anyway). Since completing it, I realised that the MA was just the beginning of a huge learning curve.

Writing a feature-length cinema script is different from a 30 minute TV series episode, and that TV episode is completely different to writing a flash fiction piece. A flash fiction is different to a novel, and a novel is a whole other ball park to an article. Or is it?

Though the end results of all those types of work differ massively, I found that the process is just the same. Learning how to write a succinct synopsis for a 90-minute play turned out to be how I learned to write concisely enough to churn out some decent flash fiction.

Practicing with flash fiction, so keeping a story under 200 words, for example, proved very useful when I tried my hand at writing short articles. The research process for my MA project taught me how to formulate a pretty good research system for non-fiction pieces and short stories too.

To summarise my point, completing that MA is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself because I’m actually beginning to build a career out of the transferable skills I learned. I’ve had 2 plays staged, but most of my paid work has come in the form of short stories, and most of my experience has come from writing articles. I can’t believe how useful those lessons in writing turned out to be, basically for every style I’ve turned my hand to. I’m not saying I’m a brilliant writer, but I do know I’m a lot better now than I was a year ago, and ten times better than I was a year before that. Practice practice practice!

 

 

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I Need You…

After just finishing up a year as a family entertainer, I’m in desperate need of a serious horror fix. I’m talking the stuff that will give me nightmares, the things that will terrify me into sleeping with the lights on, the sorts of horrors that will get me wondering if there’s something stalking me from the shadows.

That’s why, in 2016, I’m embarking on a tour. A spooky tour, if you will. The plan is to travel around the UK, staying in the scariest or ‘most haunted’ locations available. And that’s where you guys come in….

At the moment, I’m a skeptic. I don’t really believe in ghosts, or anything supernatural. But I want to, you guys. I’m bored. I want to be haunted. Since I haven’t decided which places to visit yet, I’m going to leave it to you. Haunted hotels? You got it. Creepy woods that are rumoured to have spirits floating around in them? Sure thing. Inns, castles, anywhere that’s famously haunted, or known locally for being somehow ‘wrong’, I’ll go.

The power is yours. Know of somewhere terrifying that will shake my lack of belief out of me? Let me know and I’ll stay there overnight, alone. This is a review tour like no other, I challenge you guys to find me somewhere that will scare the sh*t out of me. I’ll be going to stay in the top 10 suggested scary places in the UK and Ireland.

No backing out now, I’ve posted it on the internet, the place where everything you say stays public forever. You’ve got until the end of January to cast your votes, I’ll embark on this tour in April. You can comment below, message me on Facebook, or mail your suggestions to me at ofthedead@hotmail.co.uk

Do your worst… go on, really give me some bother. The tour results will be announced here in the first week of February, 2016. Eek!

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Look! Look!

I came across this not too long, and am extremely flattered! I never thought I’d see a day where someone mentions my work, and he was so positive too! Thanks very much Paul M. Feeney 🙂

If anyone wants to have a read of what he had to say about my writing, follow the link!

http://www.gingernutsofhorror.com/9/post/2015/02/women-in-horror-month-six-authors-you-should-pay-attention-to.html

Also, some other exciting news, Kill ’em in the Brain may be coming back to a theatre near you! I’ve had interest from not one, but two separate parties for it (thanks Jen and Ash!), so have my fingers crossed and I’m very flattered once again 🙂

I have a brand, spanking, new article up on a brand, spanking new website (well, new to me anyway – check out the link on my ‘PORTFOLIO’ page if you’re interested).

I’ll have some exciting announcements soon on some upcoming work as well. That’s if my brain doesn’t explode first – I’ve never been so busy in all my life, I’ve forgotten what sleep is and I think it’s made me go a bit peculiar to tell the truth. Still, I’m not complaining!

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New Ventures

The end of this year is drawing to close, and I have finally hit my super secret target. The target was to get 10 pieces of writing published/commissioned this year. I managed 2 theatre plays, 3 online competition placings, 3 short story publications in softcover and ebook anthologies and I have recently received acceptances from 2 pro-paying markets. I can’t name them yet, as the anthology release dates have not been listed, but I can confirm that both will be out by Feb 2015. That’s my 10.

I’m also delighted to be a new contributor to http://www.gingernutsofhorror.com and must say that I’ve been given the warmest of welcomes by the rest of the team. Thanks to Jim Mcleod for inviting me to the site! Below is a link to my first article, detailing how I became interested in horror. Technically, with this article, I have now exceeded my target! Hope you guys enjoy this article as much as I enjoyed writing it!

http://www.gingernutsofhorror.com/9/post/2014/12/why-horror-bykayleigh-edwards.html

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It’s Burlesque..

For a while now I’ve been mulling over whether or not writing about this part of my life is a good idea. I’ve been thinking even harder about whether or not it’s a good idea to write about it here. In my experience, people can be a little judgemental about Burlesque and people who perform in this area. Then I thought ‘screw it’. This was a huge part of my life, one I wanted to make a career out of actually, and something that I feel relates directly to the world of storytelling. So here we go…

When I was 18 and very into Marilyn Manson, he was involved with Dita Von Teese and, interested in seemingly all areas of his life, I googled her and thus fell into the world of Burlesque. It looked glamorous, it looked sparkly…. but what was it? Was it just fancy stripping? Was there only type, one road one could travel along to be involved in this world? What was it? And so began my obsession with a long forgotten but once scandalously popular form of entertainment. The first thing I knew of Burlesque was the strip-tease element of it, and the first thing that appealed to me was that this was a form of art in which any woman could express herself. The message was ‘all women are beautiful’, regardless of age, weight, ethnicity, physical handicaps, etc. No one is excluded, no one is made to feel that they don’t belong, that they’re not pretty enough, slim enough, tanned enough.

I started reading everything on it, from books by burlesque performers about the craft, to any old magazine and news clippings I could track down on the internet regarding the history and creation of the form – and what a rich and interesting history it has, present in both world wars and popular during the Victorian era. I wanted to know, is burlesque just about stripping though? The answer is of course, no.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines Burlesque as “an absurd or comically exaggerated imitation of something, especially in a literary or dramatic work; a parody.” Well I loved parody, and I set out to create some acts of my own. Here are just a few examples…

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“Alice on Drugs” was my first real character, and proved popular in terms of bookings around Cardiff and as far as Bristol. I’ve always loved Alice in Wonderland but as I grew older the suggestion of drugs became apparent (chasing a white rabbit, eating mushrooms that seem to warp her perception of size, eating and drinking things simply because they’re labelled for her to, and waking up and finding it was all a big, warped, dream). The story within this routine was one of Alice stumbling across some labelled, seemingly innocent treats whilst in pursuit of the white rabbit and the dire consequences of consumption…

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“We Quit!” was a debut performance from my double-act ‘Bit’s ‘n’ Bobs’. This was performed for Christmas using the Kevin Wilson song ‘Ho Ho F***ing Ho’. We asked the sound technician who edited our music to cut a sleigh bell sound over the most offensive swear words in the song, to add a nice seasonal sprinkling of farce to the whole thing. The theme of this routine was that we were extremely angry elves, working in freezing conditions for no pay and ridiculous working hours. We wave Santa off on Christmas Eve, proceed to destroy his workshop then ‘strip’ out of our elf uniforms in an act of defiant resignation from our jobs. We were afraid we’d gone too far, but the audience were in uproar laughing throughout… phew.

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“Zombie Prostitute” was by far our most popular show as a double-act, and we were consistently performing this at a variety of venues at the request of the person booking us. Named after, and inspired by the Voltaire song ‘Zombie Prostitute’, the story was vaudevillian in essence, with elements of cabaret and was a highly farcical take on the world of prostitution and the notion of the ‘gentleman’. I took the role of the ‘gentleman’, as seen in the above picture by my glorious moustache. The routine was the story of the gentleman being snubbed by a prostitute, who effectively turned out to be a zombie, and with each grab the man made for her, a piece of her became detached as though it was rotting off. It was a little grotesque, but hey, it was originally for Halloween.

There are numerous wonderful Burlesque performers who create beautiful feather-fan dances and other classic routines, but what I focused on and took joy in was the creation of the story of my character for any given routine. Even in the construction of a strip-tease I would take months over it, rehearsing over and over until each element of the story was coming across. It had to have a clear narrative, my character had to have a goal, it had to be a parody of something and above all it had to be funny.

I loved being a part of this world, of getting to create my own stories and performing them to a huge variety of people and am so sad to longer be a participant of it, but I can share my experience and perhaps shed a bit of light on an art form that is constantly unfairly scrutinised for its tongue-in-cheek sexual characterisation by the media. Instead, I now watch as much as I can, including ‘amputee’ burlesque and male burlesque like the Dream Bears. It’s a wonderful, but sadly misunderstood world of rich characters and even richer performances, with each event taking the viewer through a variety of mini-stories. Viva la Dita!

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