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Feb 24 13

HWA Announces 2012 Bram Stoker Award Finalists

by Monster Librarian

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is pleased to announce the Final Ballot for the 2012 Bram Stoker Awards®. The HWA (see ) is the premiere writers organization in the horror and dark fiction genre, with nearly 1000 members. We have presented the Bram Stoker Awards in various categories since 1987 (see ).

Ethridge, Benjamin Kane – Bottled Abyss (Redrum Horror)
Everson, John – NightWhere (Samhain Publishing)
Kiernan, Caitlin R. – The Drowning Girl (Roc)
Little, Bentley – The Haunted (Signet)
McKinney, Joe – Inheritance(Evil Jester Press)

Boccacino, Michael – Charlotte Markham and the House of Darklings (William Morrow)
Coates, Deborah – Wide Open (Tor Books)
Day, Charles – The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief (Noble YA Publishers LLC)
Dudar, Peter – A Requiem for Dead Flies (Nightscape Press)
Gropp, Richard – Bad Glass (Ballantine/Del Rey)
Soares, L.L. – Life Rage (Nightscape Press)

Bray, Libba – The Diviners (Little Brown)
Lyga, Barry – I Hunt Killers (Little Brown)
Maberry, Jonathan – Flesh & Bone (Simon & Schuster)
McCarty, Michael – I Kissed A Ghoul (Noble Romance Publishing)
Stiefvater, Maggie – The Raven Boys (Scholastic Press)
Strand, Jeff – A Bad Day for Voodoo (Sourcebooks)

Bunn, Cullen – The Sixth Gun Volume 3: Bound (Oni Press)
Moore, Terry – Rachel Rising Vol. 1: The Shadow of Death (Abstract Studio)
Thornton, Ravi – The Tale of Brin and Bent and Minno Marylebone (Jonathan Cape)
Wacks, Peter J., and Guy Anthony De Marco – Behind These Eyes (Villainous Press)
Wood, Rocky, and Lisa Morton – Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times (McFarland)

Burke, Kealan Patrick – Thirty Miles South of Dry County (Delirium Books)
Ketchum, Jack, and Lucky McGee – I’m Not Sam (Sinister Grin Press)
McKinney, Joe, and Michael McCarty – Lost Girl of the Lake (Bad Moon Books)
O’Neill, Gene – The Blue Heron (Dark Regions Press)
Prentiss, Norman – The Fleshless Man (Delirium Books)

Boston, Bruce – “Surrounded by the Mutant Rain Forest” (Daily Science Fiction)
McKinney, Joe – “Bury My Heart at Marvin Gardens” (Best of Dark Moon Digest, Dark Moon Books)
Ochse, Weston – “Righteous” (Psychos, Black Dog and Leventhall Publication)
Palisano, John – “Available Light” (Lovecraft eZine, March 2012)
Snyder, Lucy – “Magdala Amygdala” (Dark Faith: Invocations, Apex Book Company)

Goldman, Jane – The Woman in Black (Cross Creek Pictures)
Kim, Sang Kyu – The Walking Dead, “Killer Within” (AMC TV)
Minear, Tim – American Horror Story: Asylum, “Dark Cousin” (Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision, Ryan Murphy Productions)
Ross, Gary, Suzanne Collins, and Billy Ray – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate, Color Force)
Whedon, Joss, and Drew Goddard – The Cabin in the Woods (Mutant Enemy Productions, Lionsgate)

Castle, Mort, and Sam Weller – Shadow Show (HarperCollins)
Guignard, Eric J. – Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations (Dark Moon Books)
Miller, Eric – Hell Comes to Hollywood (Big Time Books)
Scioneaux, Mark C., R.J. Cavender, and Robert S. Wilson – Horror for Good: A Charitable Anthology (Cutting Block Press)
Swanson, Stan – Slices of Flesh (Dark Moon Books)

Carroll, Jonathan – Woman Who Married a Cloud: Collected Stories (Subterranean Press)
Castle, Mort – New Moon on the Water (Dark Regions)
Hand, Elizabeth – Errantry: Strange Stories (Small Beer Press)
Hirshberg, Glen – The Janus Tree (Subterranean Press)
Oates, Joyce Carol – Black Dahlia and White Rose: Stories (Ecco)

Collings, Michael – Writing Darkness (CreateSpace)
Klinger, Les – The Annotated Sandman, Volume 1 (Vertigo)
Morton, Lisa – Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween (Reaktion Books)
Paffenroth, Kim, and John W. Morehead – The Undead and Theology (Pickwick Publications)
Phillips, Kendall R. – Dark Directions: Romero, Craven, Carpenter, and the Modern Horror Film (Southern Illinois University Press)

Addison, Linda, and Stephen M. Wilson – Dark Duet (NECON eBooks)
Boston, Bruce, and Gary William Crawford – Notes from the Shadow City (Dark Regions Press)
Collings, Michael – A Verse to Horrors (Amazon Digital Services)
Simon, Marge, and Sandy DeLuca – Vampires, Zombies & Wanton Souls (Elektrik Milk Bath Press)
Turzillo, Mary A. – Lovers & Killers (Dark Regions)

NOTE: In two categories there are six nominees because two works tied for fifth place.

HWA’s voting members will now vote on this Final Ballot, with voting closing on March 31 (only Active and Lifetime Members are eligible to vote).

The Bram Stoker Awards for the 2012 calendar year will be presented at the 26th annual Bram Stoker Awards Banquet held during the Bram Stoker Awards Weekend 2013 Incorporating World Horror Convention in New Orleans on June 15.

Bookings and information at: . Note: Banquet Tickets are separate from the Convention Membership and should be purchased directly from: .

Jan 2 13

Welcome 2013 With SIX New Releases From Cemetery Dance Publications!

by Monster Librarian

Welcome 2013 With SIX New Releases From Cemetery Dance Publications!

Hi Folks!

We have a lot of big plans for 2013 including new releases from several New York Times bestselling authors we know our collectors love, plus some exciting “big names” who will be joining the Cemetery Dance family for the first time!
I'm Not SamThe CircleKinsmen

FemmeThe InterrogatorUndead
In the meantime, we thought we’d remind you about the SIX NEW BOOKS we published last week that are starting to ship now in case you missed the news:



Thanks, as always, for your continuing support


Jan 2 13

Press Release: New Horror Novel by Deno Sandz has been released

by Monster Librarian

For Immediate Release

Sandz Announces Release of New Novel,

Cry Heaven, Cry Hell”

The Return of Miss Mary Weather

Well Written, Wicked, Soul Catching, Plot Driven, Spellbinding, and Fear-Provoking.


Chicago, Illinois –- Horror Novelist, Deno Sandz has announced the release of his new book, “Cry Heaven, Cry Hell”…The Return of Miss Mary Weather at December 31, 2012.  This latest novel is a HORRIFYING SEQUEL with an urban supernatural/horror twist that not only captures the fears of the soul, but the true anger of EVIL when it has been vanquished.

+++ From the original novel in 2001: “Miss Mary Weather: A Southern Nightmare,” a sequel arises.  In a rural black community in the Deep South , there is a myth of a woman who is the most terrifying female creature ever unleashed in this world. Will’s battles with the evil woman continue from childhood to adulthood. The protagonist, Will defeats her: however his eldest son begins dreaming of the evil woman’s return.

+++Now, after many years of forgetfulness and the tragic death of Will Sr. and his wife, Miss Mary Weather has truly returned bringing perdition and no absolution with her to collect more souls and to finally destroy the bloodline of the one man who defeated her….making the world as we know it, “Cry Heaven, Cry Hell.” +++

Jan 2 13

New Issue of Nightmare Magazine is now available.

by Monster Librarian

Nightmare Magazine

Issue 4, January 2013


Editorial, January 2013 (01/02/2013)

“On Murder Island”— Matt Williamson (01/02/2013)

Author Spotlight: Matt Williamson (01/02/2013)

“Need”—Lisa Tuttle (01/09/2013)

Author Spotlight: Lisa Tuttle (01/09/2013)

Interview: Ellen Datlow—E.C. Myers (01/09/2013)

“Chew”—Tamsyn Muir (01/16/2013)

Author Spotlight: Tamsyn Muir (01/16/2013)

Artist Gallery: Chelsea Knight (01/16/2013)

Artist Spotlight: Chelsea Knight (01/16/2013)

“The Ease with Which We Freed the Beast”—Lucius Shepard(01/23/2013)

Author Spotlight: Lucius Shepard (01/23/2013)

The H Word: “Choosing Gruesome Subjects”—John Langan (01/23/2013)

Coming Attractions


© 2013 Nightmare Magazine

cover art by Chelsea Knight

ebook design by Neil Clarke


Jan 2 13

We are back!

by Monster Librarian

After a long hiatus, we are back to post horror fiction news on this blog.

Nov 18 12

FREE weekend eBook: VALLEY OF THE DEAD by Kim Paffenroth

by Monster Librarian

I know this is a little late but head on over to with this link and get Valley of the Dead (The Truth Behind Dante’s Inferno) by Kim Paffenroth

Nov 17 12

HWA Showcases Horror at Midwinter ALA Conference

by Monster Librarian


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As part of a burgeoning relationship with the American Library Association (ALA) the Horror Writers Association (HWA) will have a major presence at the ALA’s 2013 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington. The event will run from January 25 to January 28, at the Seattle Center.

This will include a booth at the exhibit center and the presentation of five panels on horror. The event offers a unique opportunity to promote adult and youth reading, as well as providing a new platform for publicizing the goals of the HWA and the works of its members to a different audience than what is normally found at conventions: the librarians who choose what adults, teens, and children get to read in public and school libraries. Horror is immensely popular, but too often libraries aren’t aware of horror books other than those on best-seller lists or lists of recommended reads from ‘Library Journal’ and other publications. The HWA is looking to foster long-term partnerships with the ALA and with libraries in general, and this is the first step in making that happen.

The ALA Midwinter Meeting boasts an average attendance of more than 10,000 librarians. In the past, panel programs by other writing organizations have been well attended, and we believe that our agenda of topics, including Young Adult Horror, Small Press Horror, Graphic Novels, and the HWA’s literacy program will be just as popular. Scheduled panelists include Nancy Holder, Jonathan Maberry, Ellen Datlow, Jason V. Brock, William F. Nolan, Joe McKinney, Christopher Payne, Jeyn Roberts, Lisa Morton, Angel McCoy and JG Faherty.

Over the course of the four-day event, the HWA will be providing three baskets of books and other goodies as prizes, and handing out free copies of member books at the booth. Any members who would like to donate books or other promotional giveaways should contact JG Faherty at

As part of its ongoing commitment to literacy, the HWA has also established a Library Committee, headed by JG Faherty, and will be launching a special page on the website geared for librarians and library directors, which will provide information on HWA literacy programs, regional chapters, and recommended reading lists.


For further information, please contact JG Faherty at, or visit the official American Library Association conference page: For more information on HWA, please visit .

Oct 31 12


by Monster Librarian


Download This Great Halloween Tale for $0.99 Today!

Lyon, France – October 31, 2012 — Slim Cricket Books, a developer of interactive e-books, announced today its latest e-book App has received a price drop for Halloween. The Witch With No Name, previously available for $4.99, is now available for Apple® iPad™ and Apple®iPhone™ in the App Store® for $0.99, and on Google Play for $0.99.

The Witch With No Name tells the story of a witch who lost her name. After numerous attempts seeking out her real name and mysterious past, she receives a parcel containing the very last “U-See-All” crystal ball. The crystal ball includes four ingredients for a magic potion: the smell of a moldy sock, a giant nose hair, glow-worm juice, and a concerto of bottom burps. Intrigued by the crystal ball, the witch sets off with her faithful friend, Batina the bat, in search of these mysterious items.

This amazing interactive e-book utilizes the capabilities of the compass, camera, gyroscope, and microphone in an amazing and unique way. The Witch With No Name provides a wonderful mix of storytelling, animated cartoons, and adventure games through a magical interactive world where the final revelation will leave players begging for more!

Head over to the App Store® or Google Play and download The Witch With No Name for the amazing sale price of $0.99 today, and get in on the Halloween fun. For a review code of the e-book please contact Danitra Alomia,

For more information on The Witch With No Name visit:


Reading is child’s play. Slim Cricket Books offers expertise to publishers and authors with more than 15 years of expertise in the video game and cartoon business and more than 10 million games sold, in effort to provide more fun, more interactivity, and more reading.

Oct 31 12

4 *FREE* eBooks for Halloween from Permuted Press!

by Monster Librarian

Don’t have an Kindle? Read eBooks on your phone, tablet, PC, or Mac with the free Kindle software.


EatersThe Last MailmanAutobiography of a Werewolf HunterWinds of Change

Are you a Nook reader? Please go ahead, click through the images above, and get the books for Kindle (it helps our Amazon ranking). Then contact us and ask for our free Halloween books for Nook. Note it will take us a few days to get back with you.

Please help us spread the word! Forward this email to your friends and share on Facebook.

Oct 20 12

From Dark Regions Press: New Haunted House Novel in the Vein of The Shining from Bram Stoker Award Winning Mass-Distributed Author Joe McKinney

by Monster Librarian

For Immediate Release
New Haunted House Novel in the Vein of The Shining from Bram Stoker Award Winning Mass-Distributed Author Joe McKinney

From the best-selling author of Dead City, Mutated, Flesh Eater,

Quarantined and more comes the all-new haunted house novel Crooked House published by Dark Regions Press to be available on Tuesday, October 23rd on the website. The book will be available in two premium signed collectible hardcover formats and a trade paperback edition.

In this republican country, amid the fluctuating waves of our social life, somebody is always at the drowning point.

Those words were true when Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote them in 1851, and they were true in 1933, when a fire burned half of Crook House to the ground, taking James Crook’s wife and two sons with it. A disgraced bootlegger and former pro baseball player, James Crook returned from prison to find his house, and his life, a pile of cinders. Broken and insane, he rebuilt Crook House, putting his pain and loneliness into every timber.

But Hawthorne’s words are still true today, and nobody knows that better than Dr. Robert Bell, who has just moved into Crook House as part of his hiring package from a small Texas college. He soon discovers that Crook House is more than just a new beginning for himself and Sarah and their daughter Angela. For the Bell family, Crook House is a place where the past still lives, and its horrors waiting for the next drowning man.

With Crooked House, Joe McKinney brings you a chilling novel in the vein of The Shining by Stephen King, a haunted house tale that will stay with you long after the final page is turned.

Crooked House
A novel
Author: Joe McKinney
ISBN-13: 978-1-937128-43-2
ISBN-10: 1-937128-43-1
Price: $16.95 (TPB), $40 (Limited HC), $99 (Deluxe HC)
Publication date: 10/23/2013
Artist: Wayne Miller
“A rising star in the
horror scene ” –
“A merciless, fast-paced and genuinely scary read that will leave you absolutely breathless.” – Bram Stoker Award-winning author Brian Keene on Dead City