Sunday, March 28, 2010

Horror Writers Association celebrates 2009 Stoker winners

Horror Writers Association celebrates 2009 Stoker winners

At long last, the anticipation is over. The Horror Writers Association has announced the winners of the 2009 Bram Stoker Awards at its annual Stoker Banquet held tonight as part of the World Horror Convention in Brighton, UK.

Eight new bronze haunted-house statuettes were handed over to the writers responsible for creating superior works of horror last year. This year’s winners are:

Superior Achievement in a NOVEL

AUDREY’S DOOR by Sarah Langan (Harper)

Superior Achievement in a FIRST NOVEL

DAMNABLE by Hank Schwaeble (Jove)

Superior Achievement in LONG FICTION

THE LUCID DREAMING by Lisa Morton (Bad Moon Books)

Superior Achievement in SHORT FICTION

“In the Porches of My Ears” by Norman Prentiss (POSTSCRIPTS #18)

Superior Achievement in an ANTHOLOGY

HE IS LEGEND edited by Christopher Conlon (Gauntlet Press)

Superior Achievement in a COLLECTION

A TASTE OF TENDERLOIN by Gene O’Neill (Apex Book Company)

Superior Achievement in NONFICTION

WRITERS WORKSHOP OF HORROR by Michael Knost (Woodland Press)

Superior Achievement in POETRY

CHIMERIC MACHINES by Lucy A. Snyder (Creative Guy Publishing)

Works can be recommended by any member of the HWA. Members with Active status then vote works onto a preliminary ballot. From there the field is narrowed to the final ballot and Active members choose the winners from that. The award is named for Bram Stoker, best known as the author of Dracula. The trophy, which resembles a miniature haunted house, was designed by author Harlan Ellison and sculptor Steven Kirk.

HWA also presented its annual Lifetime Achievement Awards and its Specialty Press Award. Brian Lumley was on hand to accept his Lifetime Achievement Award, while fellow winner William F. Nolan offered a video acceptance. The Specialty Press Award went to Ray Russell and Rosalie Parker of Tartarus Press.

The Silver Hammer Award, for outstanding service to HWA, was voted by the organization’s board of trustees to Kathryn Ptacek. The President’s Richard Laymon Service Award was given to Vince A. Liaguno.

Lisa Morton, who organized this year’s presentation in conjunction with the World Horror Convention, commented on the historic nature of the 2010 event: “This was the first time we’ve presented the Stoker Awards outside of the North American continent, and I hope it serves to continue to expand HWA’s presence and membership outside of the U.S. and Canada. We’re committed to serving the entire world of horror.”

For more information, visit


More information on the Horror Writers Association is at More information on this year’s Stoker Award nominees (including photos) is available at .

Thursday, February 18, 2010

News from ChiZine, Damnation Books, and Dark Scribe Magazine

ChiZine Publications Announces New Contest

TORONTO, Ontario (February 18, 2010) – In honour of Valentine’s Day, ChiZine Publications (CZP) has announced a new contest to match its first thirteen titles to holidays. As an example, the theme of love—twisted, painful and unnatural as it may be—present throughout the stories of Monstrous Affections make it a natural match with Valentine’s Day.

Entrants have two weeks to submit their stories by the February 28th deadline. The grand prize win must match eleven of the thirteen titles. However, if no one wins the most common correctly-guessed matches will be posted online and there will be a second two-week round of submission with the threshold increasing to twelve correct answers. If again there is no winner, a third two-week round will follow, but then all titles must be correctly matched.

The grand prize winner receives either a free trade paperback or a short story critique by CZP Assistant Editor Helen Marshall.

However, there are other prizes. Secondary prizes of a free eBook will be award to those who guess a high number of correct matches (but not enough to win the grand prize) or who match titles with amusing, but incorrect, holidays.

“This is about having some fun,” says CZP Co-Publisher Brett Alexander Savory. “Some of the matches we’ve come up with are pretty funny. And if someone can make us laugh with their submission, they should get something. And you don’t need to have read all the books and clues to the matches might be in the book’s title, the titles of short stories within it, the cover art or its description on the website.”

Full contest details can be found at:

Brett Alexander Savory, Publisher
ChiZine Publications

About ChiZine Publications
ChiZine Publications (CZP) is an independent publisher of weird, subtle, surreal and disturbing dark fiction. It is the book-length, print outgrowth of ChiZine (, an online professional market in operation since 1997 focused on the same type of story material. All of CZP's publications are hand-picked by co-Publishers and Bram Stoker Award-winners Brett Alexander Savory and Sandra Kasturi. Other staff includes Designer Extraordinaire Erik Mohr, Marketing Director Matt Moore, Editor Helen Marshall and Marketing Assistant Laura Marshall.


santa Rosa, CA, FEBRUARY 9, 2010: Damnation Books, a start up e-publishing company specializing in paranormal and dark fiction will attend the Women In Horror Convention in San Francisco, California on February 27, 2010.

This is the first time the company will be represented at the event.

“We are very excited to be able to recognize the achievements of women in this genre,” said Gilchrist. “And will further celebrate by putting all horror titles by women authors on sale for 25% off through the month of February at our sister company Eternal Press.

Damnation Books will give away complimentary tote bags filled with gifts for those in attendance.

More information can be obtained from Kim Richards Gilchrist at (707) 543-6227 or online at


santa Rosa, CA, FEBRUARY 9, 2010: The Pretty Scary Blood Bath Film Festival, presented by Damnation Books, will showcase a selection of independent feature and short horror films written and directed by women. The films were selected by Dione and Andrew Rose and announced in January of 2010.

Eve Blaack, owner and editor-in-chief of Hacker's Source: The Guide to Independent Horror, will serve as the Pretty Scary Blood Bath Film Festival's Mistress of Ceremonies.

Selections as of 1/27/2010:


DEATH IN CHARGE - Devi Snively


THE MIS-ADVENTURES OF MCT & A - Kimberly Amato, Michelle Tomlinson, Amy


THE FARM - Holly Reece

SWITCH - Melanie Light


World Premiere - THE RETELLING - Emily Hagins

DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK - Jen & Sylvia Soska

FAMILY DEMONS - Ursula Dabrowsky

Damnation Books will give away complimentary tote bags filled with gifts for those in attendance at the event.

More information can be obtained from Kim Richards Gilchrist at (707) 543-6227.

From Dark Scribe Magazine


LONG ISLAND, NY, February 9, 2010 — A master of otherworldly suspense and a literary fiction darling have taken top honors in the 3rd Annual Black Quill Awards, as winners were announced today by DARK SCRIBE MAGAZINE, the virtual magazine “dedicated to the books that keep readers up at night.”

Chicago-based author Gillian Flynn snagged the coveted Editor’s Choice award for DARK GENRE NOVEL OF THE YEAR for her sophomore effort, DARK PLACES, while veteran dark scribe Dan Simmons took Readers’ Choice honors in the same category for DROOD, his historical reimagining of the last years of Charles Dickens’ life. Simmons was nominated in the same category in 2007 for THE TERROR.

The Black Quill Awards were handed out in (8) categories honoring works of dark genre literature – horror, suspense, and thrillers – from both mainstream and small press publishers. While six of the awards recognized literary efforts, two of the awards recognized important aspects of book publishing and promotion: cover design and artwork and book trailer production — a growing marketing aspect of dark genre publishing. Peter Mahaichuk and César Puch dominated the BEST COVER ART AND DESIGN category for their work on Michael Louis Calvillo’s AS FATE WOULD HAVE IT for Bad Moon Books, while Calvillo himself took Readers’ Choice for BEST SMALL PRESS CHILL. Filmmaker JT Petty won Editors’ Choice for BEST DARK GENRE BOOK TRAILER for his work on the book trailer for real-life wife Sarah Langan’s AUDREY’S DOOR, while up-and-coming trailer producer John Palisano took Readers’ Choice in that same category for Gary Braunbeck’s FAR DARK FIELDS.

First-time nominees fared well in this year’s Black Quills, with Paul G. Bens Jr. taking top honors in the BEST SMALL PRESS CHILL category (Editor’s Choice) and Stoker Award-winner Lisa Morton scoring an Editors’ Choice nod for her editing work on MIDNIGHT WALK in the BEST DARK GENRE ANTHOLOGY category. Jameson Currier snagged an Editors’ Choice award for BEST DARK GENRE FICTION COLLECTION for THE HAUNTED HEART AND OTHER TALES, while David Nickle picked up the Readers’ Choice award in that same category for MONSTROUS AFFECTIONS. Editor Michael Knost took Editors’ Choice honors in the BEST DARK GENRE BOOK OF NON-FICTION category for the how-to compilation WRITERS WORKSHOP OF HORROR, while frequent Stephen King chronicler Bev Vincent earned Readers’ Choice honors in the same category for his THE ILLUSTRATED STEPHEN KING COMPANION. Elsewhere, Sarah Totton and Harry Shannon earned Editors’ Choice and Readers’ Choice nods, respectively, in the BEST DARK SCRIBBLE category. Totton’s short story “Flatrock Sunners” appeared in the UK print magazine BLACK STATIC, while Shannon’s “The Night Nurse” ran on the webzine Horror Drive-In.

Prolific genre editor Ellen Datlow – a double nominee this year – added a Black Quill Award to her lengthy list of honors for her editing work on POE: 19 NEW TALES INSPIRED BY EDGAR ALLAN POE. This was Datlow’s third nomination, following last year’s nomination for INFERNO: NEW TALES OF TERROR AND THE SUPERNATURAL and a second nomination this year for her work on the LOVECRAFT UNBOUND collection.

Nominations for the Black Quills are editorial-based, with both the editors and active contributing writers submitting nominations in each of the (8) categories. Once nominations are announced, readers of DSM cast their votes for their picks in each category. For this year’s outing, more than 3,300 votes were cast by the magazine’s readers. In a unique spin intended to celebrate both critical and popular success, two winners are traditionally announced in each category – Reader’s Choice and Editor’s Choice. Winners receive recognition in DSM, inclusion in press release materials announcing nominations and winners, a virtual icon to be used on their own website, and a handsome award certificate.

A complete list of all the nominees and winners follows:

DARK GENRE NOVEL OF THE YEAR: (Novel-length work of horror, suspense, or thriller from mainstream publisher; awarded to the author)

  • Audrey's Door by Sarah Langan (Harper)
  • Castaways by Brian Keene (Leisure Books)
  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (Shaye Areheart Books) WINNER – EDITORS’ CHOICE
  • Drood by Dan Simmons (Little, Brown and Company) WINNER – READERS’ CHOICE
  • The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (Riverhead Hardcover)
  • The Unseen by Alexandra Sokoloff (St. Martin's Press)

BEST SMALL PRESS CHILL: (Novel or novella published by small press publisher; awarded to the author)

  • As Fate Would Have It by Michael Louis Calvillo (Bad Moon Books) WINNER – READERS’ CHOICE
  • Frozen Blood by Joel Sutherland (Lachesis Publishing)
  • Kelland by Paul G. Bens Jr. (Casperian Books) WINNER – EDITORS’ CHOICE
  • Last Days by Brian Evenson (Underland Press)
  • The Harlequin and the Train by Paul G. Tremblay (Necropolitan Press)
  • Valley of the Dead by Kim Paffenroth (Cargo Cult Press)

BEST DARK GENRE FICTION COLLECTION: (Single author collection, any publisher; awarded to the author)

  • Martyrs & Monsters by Robert Dunbar (DarkHart Press)
  • Monstrous Affections by David Nickle (ChiZine Publications) WINNER – READERS’ CHOICE
  • Pumpkin Teeth by Tom Cardamone (Lethe Press)
  • The Haunted Heart and Other Tales by Jameson Currier (Lethe Press) WINNER – EDITORS’ CHOICE
  • Ugly Man by Dennis Cooper (Harper Perennial)

BEST DARK GENRE ANTHOLOGY: (Multi-author collection, any publisher; awarded to the editor)

  • Dark Delicacies III: Haunted edited by Del Howison and Jeff Gelb (Running Press)
  • He Is Legend: An Anthology Celebrating Richard Matheson edited by Christopher Conlon (Gauntlet Press)
  • Lovecraft Unbound edited by Ellen Datlow (Dark Horse Comics)
  • Midnight Walk edited by Lisa Morton (Darkhouse Publishing) WINNER – EDITORS’ CHOICE
  • Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe edited by Ellen Datlow (Solaris) WINNER – READERS’ CHOICE
  • Shivers V edited by Richard Chizmar (Cemetery Dance Publications)

BEST DARK GENRE BOOK OF NON-FICTION: (Any dark genre non-fiction subject, any publisher; awarded to the author[s] or editor[s])

  • Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues edited by Loren Rhodes (Scribner)
  • Stephen King: The Non-Fiction by Rocky Wood and Justin Brooks (Cemetery Dance Publications)
  • The Stephen King Illustrated Companion by Bev Vincent (Fall River Press) WINNER – READERS’ CHOICE
  • Writer's Workshop of Horror edited by Michael Knost (Woodland Press) WINNER – EDITORS’ CHOICE

BEST DARK SCRIBBLE: (Single work, non-anthology short fiction appearing in a print or virtual magazine; awarded to the author)

  • “Flatrock Sunners” by Sarah Totton (Black Static #12 / Print) WINNER – EDITORS’ CHOICE
  • “Following Marla” by John R. Little (Horror World, February 2009 / Virtual)
  • “Night Nurse” by Harry Shannon (Horror Drive-In, July 2009 / Virtual) WINNER – READERS’ CHOICE
  • “The Loyalty of Birds” by Rachel Sobel (Clarkesworld #30 / Virtual)
  • “The Man in the Mirror” by Jameson Currier (Icarus #1 / Print)
  • “The Mind of a Pig” by Ekaterina Sedia (Apex Magazine, March 2009 / Virtual)

BEST COVER ART & DESIGN: (From any dark genre work of fiction, novel, novella, or anthology; awarded to artist and/or cover designer)

  • As Fate Would Have It / Artwork: Peter Mahaichuk; Cover Design: César Puch [by Michael Louis Calvillo from Bad Moon Books] WINNER – EDITORS’ CHOICE / WINNER – READERS’ CHOICE
  • The Estuary / Artwork: Johann Bodin; Cover Design: Jacob Kier [by Derek Gunn from Permuted Press]
  • The Haunted Heart and Other Tales / Artwork by: Richard Taddei; Cover Design: John Molloy [by Jameson Currier from Lethe Press]
  • The Pilo Family Circus / Cover Design by: Heidi Whitcomb [by Will Elliot from Underland Press]

BEST DARK GENRE BOOK TRAILER: (Book video promoting any work of fiction or non-fiction; awarded to the video producer or publisher)

· Audrey's Door / Production by JT Petty (Author: Sarah Langan) WINNER – EDITORS’ CHOICE

· Far Dark Fields / Production by John Palisano (Author: Gary Braunbeck) WINNER – READERS’ CHOICE

· Isis / Production by Circle of Seven (Author: Douglas Clegg)

· The Lifeless / Production by Coscom Entertainment (Author: Lorne Dixon)

· Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters / Production by Seth Dalton and Ransom Riggs (Author: Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters)


Attachment: Black Quill Awards Winners Logo

Thursday, January 21, 2010

News from teh HWA, Angry Robot Books, Comicbook Artists Guild

*HWA Specialty Press Award Goes to Tartarus Press*

Tartarus Press, of North Yorkshire, England, will receive the Horror
Writers Association’s Specialty Press Award for 2009. The award will be
presented during the Bram Stoker Awards Banquet at the World Horror
Convention, to be held this year in Brighton, England, March 25-28.

The annual Specialty Press Award recognizes a publisher outside the
mainstream New York City publishing community that specializes in
dark-themed fiction. Winners are typically “small presses” specializing
in limited editions, small print runs, or the work of new and relatively
unknown authors. The winner of the award is determined by a majority
vote of the HWA Board of Trustees.

Ray Russell and Rosalie Parker’s Tartarus Press specializes in weird,
ghostly, and gothic fiction ranging from reprints of obscure but notable
novellas and novels to single-author collections of classics and brand
new collections by contemporary writers. Tartarus has reprinted
collections by Arthur Machen, F. Marion Crawford, Sarban, Robert
Aickman, Edith Wharton, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, plus published new
collections by Rhys Hughes, Mark Valentine, Peter Cannon, and Simon
Strantzas, among others.

Their first original anthology, /Tales From Tartarus,/ was edited by
R.B. Russell and Rosalie Parker and published in 1995. Since then,
/Strange Tales/ volumes 1-3 have come out, and the first volume won the
World Fantasy Award in 2004.

Tartarus has been in existence for twenty years. Initially, the
publications were inexpensive yet attractive stapled booklets of stories
or articles limited to 25-50 copies. The press quickly graduated to
publishing 100-250 copies of its more popular chapbooks, and by 1992 it
was producing attractive hardbound books such as the collection /Ritual
and Other Stories/ by Arthur Machen. Now, in 2010, most of their print
runs are 300-500 copies.

In addition the press published a price guide to first editions, and the
journal /Wormwood/.

Multiple award-winning editor Ellen Datlow said, “I’ve been following
the maturation of Tartarus Press for all these twenty years and eagerly
await each book they publish. I’m thrilled that they’re finally being
honored this way.”

When informed of the award, Tartarus had this to say: "Tartarus has only
ever published writing that we, Ray Russell and Rosalie Parker,
personally admire. It is a constant delight to us to find that others
share our enthusiasms, whether it be readers, reviewers or the Board of
Trustees of the Horror Writers Association!”

Past winners of the Specialty Press Award include Delirium Books,
Earthling Publications, PS Publishing, and Blood letting Press. Cemetery
Dance won the first Specialty Press Award in 1997.

For more information about Tartarus Press, visit the company website at .


Note: The conference and the awards banquet are open to the public.

The Horror Writers Association is a worldwide organization promoting
dark literature and its creators. Started in 1985, it has over 500
members who are writing professionally in fiction, nonfiction,
videogames, films, comics, and other media.

For more information about the HWA, the Bram Stoker Awards, or the
Lifetime Achievement Awards, please visit
. More information on the World Horror
Convention is available at .

For immediate release
Jan. 10, 2010


The Horror Writers Association has chosen two long-time icons of the
genre to receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award this year.
The award, given for an author’s overall body of work, will go to Brian
Lumley and to William F. Nolan.

Brian Lumley's first short story collection, /The Caller of the Black/,
was published by Arkham House in 1971. Lumley went on to garner
followers around the world for his series of /Necroscope/ novels, which
began in 1986. He has published dozens of short stories, including many
in the Cthulhu Mythos begun by H. P. Lovecraft, and he is also the
author of the popular "Titus Crow" and "Psychomech" stories. His books
have been published in both mass market and small press limited
editions, and his early titles command high prices in the collector's
market. He is the subject of 2002's /The Brian Lumley Companion
/(co-written with Stanley Wiater), and his most recent release is /Harry
and the Pirates: And Other Tales from the Lost Years /(Tor, 2009).
Lumley is a former President of the Horror Writers Association.

William F. Nolan is a true Renaissance man of literature, having written
science fiction (including the immensely popular /Logan's Run/ series,
the first volume of which was co-written with George Clayton Johnson),
mysteries, screenplays, and non-fiction, but some of his most
outstanding work as an editor and short fiction author has been in the
horror genre. His 1984 collection /Things Beyond Midnight/ was first
published by Scream/Press (and since been reprinted by Babbage Press),
and in 2003 Leisure Books published /Dark Universe/. As a screenwriter,
Nolan co-wrote the legendary television film /Trilogy of Terror/, a
highly-regarded adaptation of /The Turn of the Screw/ (ABC, 1974), and
1976's /Burnt Offerings/. In 2002, he was voted a "Living Legend in Dark
Fantasy" by the International Horror Guild, and in 2006 he was named
Author Emeritus by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America,
Inc. Nolan most recently served as editor on the anthology /The Bleeding

The Lifetime Achievement Award is the most prestigious of the Bram
Stoker Awards, given by the HWA in acknowledgment of superior
achievement not just in a single work but over an entire career. Past
Lifetime Achievement Award winners include such noted authors as Stephen
King, Anne Rice, Joyce Carol Oates, Ray Bradbury, F. Paul Wilson,
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and Peter Straub. Winners must have exhibited a
profound, positive impact on the fields of horror and dark fantasy, and
be at least sixty years of age or have been published for a minimum of
thirty-five years.

The LAAs will be presented on March 27, 2010 in conjunction with the
World Horror Convention in Brighton, U.K. The convention will take place
from March 25-28 at Brighton's historic Royal Albion Hotel. For more
information on the World Horror Convention, please visit their website
at .

The Horror Writers Association is a worldwide organization promoting
dark literature and its creators. Started in 1985, it has over 500
members who are writing professionally in fiction, nonfiction,
videogames, films, comics, and other media.

To learn more about this year’s winners, visit them online. Lumley can
be found at and Nolan
at .


Note: The conference and the awards banquet are open to the public.

For more information about the HWA, the Bram Stoker Awards, or the
Lifetime Achievement Awards, please visit

High resolution photo of Brian Lumley:
High resolution photo of William F. Nolan:

More information on Angry Robot can be found at

Press Release
19th January 2010 ~ For Immediate Release
Angry Robot, HarperCollins’ imprint focussing on innovative fantasy and science fiction, has turned its attention to reinvigorating horror. Gary McMahon’s Pretty Little Dead Things and its sequel promise an astonishing mix of David Peace and modern Japanese horror cinema to create a truly unique fusion of intense writing and sheer terror.

Marc Gascoigne, Angry Robot’s publishing director, said: “Horror thrives in movies and graphic novels. Like our other recent discovery, Kaaron Warren, Gary is at the forefront of a new generation of writers bringing that energy back to horror fiction.”

McMahon added: “Working with the Angry Robot family, it feels as if I’m participating in something fresh and vital. Exciting times lie ahead.”

Pretty Little Dead Things will be published in the UK and Australia this July, and in the US (also by Angry Robot) in winter 2010. Its sequel, Dead Bad Things, follows in the Spring of 2011, with US publication shortly thereafter.

All Angry Robot titles are available in paperback, eBook and audio formats.

About Angry Robot
Angry Robot is the new genre imprint from HarperCollins, bringing you the best in new SF,
F and WTF?! Our first titles hit the stores in the UK and Australia on 1st July 2009. We
debut in the US in May 2010.

For more information, review copies, interview and feature requests contact Lee Harris
( +44 (0) 115 - 845 6551).

From the Comicbook Artists Guild

Local CT arts center serves as host for gallery event.

MOODUS CT, January 11, 2010: The Comicbook Artists Guild is excited to announce the very first CAG Gallery Showing featuring a Tribute to Rusty Haller, hosted by the Green Street Arts Center in Middletown CT. Commencing with an opening celebration on Friday, January 22nd, the gallery showing will feature work from some of the hottest up and coming artists in the comic book industry. The show will also feature a retrospective of work from acclaimed comic book artist Rusty Haller, who worked on a wide range of comics including The Flintstones, Looney Tunes, Alf, and his own creation, Ace and Queenie.

The showing will also include a 3-hour workshop for artists who are interested in learning the ins and outs of sequential art. Part one of the workshop will focus on the basics of creating art for the comic page. Part two will move into a more advanced class for those looking to hone their skills and feature the more fantastic elements of bringing mutants and monsters to life in the comic book. These workshops will be held from 1 to 4pm on Saturday, January 23rd.

Throughout the opening weekend, members of the Comicbook Artists Guild will also be exhibiting and selling their art and published works in an Artists Alley room being set up in the Arts Center. The Artists Alley will run from Friday evening through Saturday, January 23rd. The gallery exhibit will be on display for two weeks.

The Green Street Arts Center is located at 51 Green Street in Middletown CT. The Comicbook Artists Guild Gallery Show and Tribute to Rusty Haller begins Friday January 22, 2010 at 7pm. Admission is $10 for the general public and $8 for Arts Center members. To register for the two workshops, interested participants should contact the Arts Center directly. The fee for each workshop is $15.00, or $25.00 for the full session.

The Comicbook Artists Guild, founded in 2000, is an organization dedicated to the networking, education and support of comic book creators, writers and artists alike, regardless of amateur or professional status, skill levels or talent divisions. CAG operates membership chapters in New York Metro and New England, with interest in opening more chapters and continuing to grow. CAG’s goal is to advance the medium of comics through the creative experiences of its members. By bringing them together on projects of their choosing, the Guild perpetuates the positive aspects of the comics industry and its continuing contribution to popular culture.

The Green Street Arts Center, which opened in January 2005, is an initiative of Wesleyan University developed in collaboration with the City of Middletown and the North End Action Team and serves as an anchor to the revitalization efforts currently underway in the North End. Programming in the former schoolhouse at 51 Green Street includes a vibrant after-school program and a wide range of affordable classes and workshops for children and adults in music, dance, visual arts, theater, sound recording, media arts and creative writing.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Horror Fiction news from October

From Papercutz

New TALES FROM THE CRYPT Graphic Novel Presents Parodies “Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid” and “DieLite”

Advance buzz makes it hit kids’ best-seller list one month ahead of publication!

Sick of dopey diaries from countless whiny wimps or never-ending sappy vampire romances? Well, so is The Crypt-Keeper, and in the all-new TALES FROM THE CRYPT Graphic Novel from Papercutz he retaliates with “Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid” and “DieLite,” two painfully funny parodies of these putrid pop-culture trends.

“Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid” features the hand-drawn and scrawled diary of a recently deceased suburban boy named Glugg (or at least we think that’s his name – zombies aren’t all that easy to understand). Glugg’s post-life experiences include discovering who actually killed him, and who brought him back from the dead. Diary entries deal with such mundane matters as how to get your best friend to help you reattach your arm:

“Once I promised not to eat his brain… he ran all over the house, got needle and thread, crazy glue and duct tape, and tried to stick it back on.”

As well as more esoteric musings:

“So here I am stuck in the cemetery just because the neighbors complained about the ‘strange’ smell. I tried showering, but pieces of me kept coming off.”

He also gets into a wicked game of Guitar Demon, but that’s literally another story that fortunately is also included in TALES FROM THE CRYPT Graphic Novel #8. Both stories are by writer Stefan Petrucha and artist Rick Parker.

In “DieLite” Lou Anne Lugosi becomes the unwelcoming object of Dedward Collins’s affections. While Dedward may think he’s all that, Lou Anne doesn’t think so. She’s suddenly stalked by the pretty-boy vamp at home and at school and can’t get rid of him until she resorts to drastic measures and is able to Twilight Zone him out for good.:

“…despite her initial hesitancy she now recognizes the deep longing in her heart that only a living corpse can fill! She wants to meet me in a deserted church in a garlic field! How sweet! And she gave me a bottle of sun tan lotion! How thoughtful!”

Written by Stefan Petrucha, Maia Kinney-Petrucha and painted by Miran Kim.

Also included in this monster mash-up is “Carrier” a different type of werewolf story by writer John L. Lansdale and artists James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook.

TALES FROM THE CRYPT #8 “Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid” from publisher Papercutz continues to offer up scare-fare suitable to readers 10 and up, in the tradition of the original EC Comics horror comicbook that combines thrills, chills, and satire in all-new, full-color, 96-page volumes available in both paperback ($7.95, ISBN 978-1-59707-163-5) and hardcover ($12.95, ISBN 978-1-59707-164-2) editions. Publication: 11/10/09.

For more information contact Michael Petranek at 212 643 5407,

From Ravenous Romance


October 29, 2009 – New York, NY

They said it couldn't be done, so digital publisher Ravenous Romance took the challenge and published HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE: An Anthology of Zombie Romance, edited by Lori Perkins.

Ravenous Romance has sold print rights to St. Martin's Press, which plans to publish the book in trade paperback next Halloween.

Following in the footsteps of the amazing cross-genre popularity of such new classics as Pride, Prejudice and Zombies and Breathers, HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE brings together best-selling horror and romance authors. Zombie masters Brian Keene (The Rising) and John Skipp (writing as Gina McQueen) are in this volume, as well as new stories by Michael Marshall Smith, Francesca Lia Block and New York Times best-selling author Lois Gresh.

"The zombie mythos is as expansive as the vampire mythos," said Lori Perkins. "In these recessionary times, we're all zombies paying off our bloated mortgages and working for blood-sucking corporations in the aftermath of the Bush Boom, which was a metaphor for vampiric greed."

HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE features stories of the lost and re-animated, love among the undead, love among zombie hunters, and even a zombie noir story. It is available as an ebook on,, and will soon be available for Amazon Kindle and on

About Ravenous Romance

Ravenous Romance is a publisher of e-books and audiobooks led by three longtime publishing professionals who see digital publishing as the new mass market. They launched on December 1, 2008 and have published more than 200 novels, anthologies, and short stories since. Ravenous Romance produces and sells the “Escape with Romance Collection” of trade paperback novels exclusively on HSN, and has licensed print rights to many of its other titles to traditional publishing houses.

Contact: Lori Perkins,, 718-543-5344 or Holly Schmidt,, 978-927-2665 x302.

From author Nate Southard

For Immediate Release:

October 20th, 2009

Bloodletting Books, publishers of fine, collectible horror novels and novellas, will be publishing Nate Southards upcoming He Stepped Through as the third release in their novelette series. The book is available for pre-order as both a 250 copy signed, limited edition paperback and a 52 copy signed hardback.

He Stepped Through tells the tale of crooked L.A. Detective Walker and others on both sides of the law as they investigate the words He stepped through, which start popping up all over Los Angeles. A gunman speaks the words after shooting up a burger joint. A gangbanger wakes at the scene of a slaughter to find the words scrawled across the wall in blood. A beat cop finds herself drawn to words. What do they mean?

Its a Lovecraftian story at heart, says Southard. Im a huge fan of those ideas, that theres this world just barely hidden by our own, and bringing some of those ideas into the present played a big part in writing He Stepped Through. Its an episode of The Shield where things go down a much weirder, much darker street.

Nate Southard is the author of the books Just Like Hell and Broken Skin, as well as the graphic novels Drive, A Trip to Rundberg, and Brian Keenes Fear, an adaptation of several Keene short stories. You can learn more at

He Stepped Through sports a cover by Zach McCain. The paperback lists for $15, and the hardback lists for $99. Both editions are available for pre-order at Horror Mall. (


From author Paul Kane

Of Darkness and Light

By Award-Winning Author Paul Kane

The new short novel to be published by Thunderstorm Books

Cover art by BFS Award-winner Vincent Chong

Introduction by bestselling author Mike Carey (Felix Castor novels/Lucifer/X-Men)

Fear of the dark. It’s one of the most common phobias, especially when we’re growing up. For teenager Lee Masterton, his deepest childhood fears are about to become a reality – because not only will he discover that the things living in the darkness are real, he will also find himself in the middle of a war between them and the forces of light. Set against the normal, everyday backdrop of a council estate, the future of humanity will be decided by the outcome of these events. As Lee’s family and his friends are threatened, he must face up to and conquer his terrors. Because Lee has a very special destiny, and his fate and that of the world’s is soon to be dangerously linked... From the imagination of award-winning author Paul Kane (Touching the Flame, The Lazarus Condition, The Hellraiser Films And Their Legacy, Arrowhead, RED) comes a short novel that will make you re-evaluate both the darkness and the light. And everything in-between. Unique in its perspective, by the time you have read this powerful tale you will no longer be the same.

Are you afraid of the dark? No? You will be.

‘Paul Kane knows how to make you want to avoid the shadows and the cracks in the pavement.’

(Mike Carey – Bestselling author of Lucifer, X-Men, and the Felix Castor novels, who provides the introduction).

‘Definitely a name to watch out for in the future of British Horror fiction.’

(Graham Joyce – Bestselling author of The Facts of Life and The Limits of Enchantment)

‘Paul Kane’s fiction shows intelligence and imagination – he’s a writer who’s going places, and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next!’

(Sarah Langan – Bestselling and Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Keeper and Virus/The Missing)

‘I’m impressed by the range of Paul Kane’s imagination. It seems there is no risk, no high-stakes gamble, he fears to take…Kane’s foot never gets even close to the brake pedal.’

(Peter Straub – Bestselling author of Ghost Story, Mr X, Lost Boy Lost Girl and In the Night Room)

Limited Edition Hardcover: $49

Signed Paperback: $16.95

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From author Greg Lamberson

'SLIME CITY SURVIVOR' Webisode Series Wraps; Phil Gallo, Stephen Romano and Mars Post SLIME CITY MASSACRE
CONTACT: Greg Lamberson,
The 26th and final segment of the SLIME CITY SURVIVOR webisode series, detailing the production of SLIME CITY MASSACRE, has gone live. The episode features an interview with Roy Frumkes, who appears in the film as Ronald Crump, a villainous real estate tycoon who hires a group of mercenaries to wipe out Slime City's homeless population. Frumkes discusses STREET TRASH and STREET TRASH 3 in addition to SLIME CITY MASSACRE, which was written and directed by Gregory Lamberson and produced by Marc J. Makowski. The film stars Debbie Rochon, Lee Perkins and newcomers Jennifer Bihl and horror author Kealan Patrick Burke.

"Phil Gallo has completed the first cut of the film and I couldn't be happier with his work," says Lamberson. "Phil composed the score for the original MOTHER'S DAY and directed the crime drama WEST NEW YORK and a quirky indie comedy called MATTIE FRESNO AND THE HOLFLUX UNIVERSE, so he understands horror, he understands action, and he understands character moments, all of which come into play in SCM. Mars from Dead House Music is almost finished with the score, and it's a fantastic piece of work, very memorable. In addition, Stephen Romano (SHOCK FESTIVAL) has completed 10 of the paintings I commissioned for our title sequence; they're really striking. Now a big chunk of the remaining work falls to R.J. Sevin of Creeping Hemlock Press and Arick Sczymecki, who are in charge of our digital effects."

SLIME CITY MASSACRE will be completed by the end of this year, and Lamberson has already arranged its world premiere at a film festival in February; an announcement is forthcoming.

"One unusual aspect of this film from a production standpoint is just how many of its personnel are also involved with horror publising," says Lamberson. "Besides Kealan and R.J., our executive producer is noted short story writer and publisher John Maclay; Richard Chizmar from Cemetery Dance publications is an associate producer; Sephera Giron, who has a role, is a horror and erotica author; and Medallion Press, which just published my novel PERSONAL DEMONS, has put up the completion money through their new division, Medallion Movies. So it's a real melting pot of people from the two different horror mediums."

SLIME CITY MASSACRE co-stars Robert Sabin and Mary Bogle, who starred in the original, and Brooke Lewis. The film features appearances by such Lamberson alumni as Dick Biel (SPLATTER UNIVERSITY), Tom Sweeeny and T.J. Merrick, and a special "disappearance" by Lloyd Kaufman. Lamberson is previewing scenes from the film at the Central Terminal Halloween Bash, featuring Rochon as a guest, in Buffalo this Saturday, October 24th.

Slime City Massacre - in Post Production
Slime City Grindhouse Collection - Now Available
Personal Demons - Now Available
Johnny Gruesome & Cheap Scares - Now available