Sorry for the bold letters but I wanted to get your attention.

With Painted Words & is a monthly, online literary magazine which I founded in September 2009.

The way that With Painted Words works is slightly different from other magazines; every month a new image is chosen as a prompt and, for that month, all submissions must have used it as their inspiration – no matter how slight, vague or metaphorical it is there must be some form of link between the image and the work.
Simply put With Painted Words is a creative writing site that puts the adage, “a picture paints a thousand words” to the test.

I am SORELY in need of more artwork and/or photography and would like your help (YES YOU!). You can do this by either submitting to me, if you are an artist/photographer, or sharing this post so that your friends who are artists/photographers may see it and submit.

Thank you kindly, good people! :)

Cover reveal: New Novella from Mercedes M. Yardley


By Mercedes M. Yardley
Editor: Tim Marquitz
Cover Artist: George Cotronis
Book Designer: J.M. Martin

Her mama always said she was special.  His daddy called him a demon.  But even monsters can fall in love

Montessa Tovar is walking home alone when she is abducted by Lu, a serial killer with unusual talents and a grudge against the world. But in time, the victim becomes the executioner as ‘Apocalyptic’ Montessa and her doomed lover, ‘Nuclear’ Lulu, crisscross the country in a bloody firestorm of revenge.


ragnarokThe cover for Mercedes M. Yardley’s upcoming new novella, from Ragnarok Publications, has been revealed today and it is a beauty!

Founded in 2013, Ragnarok Publications are publishers of Dark Genre Fiction. This primarily encompasses Dark Fantasy, Supernatural Horror, Speculative Fiction, and Urban Fantasy.

Mercedes M. YardleyMercedes M. Yardley wears red lipstick and poisonous flowers in her hair. She writes whimsical horror, nonfiction, and is the nonfiction editor for Shock Totem: Curious Tales of the Macabre and Twisted.

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