The Epitaph, Issue #14 (November 2011)

Issue #14 (November 2011)

The Epitaph
Journal of the New England Horror Writers (NEHW)

The NEHW Board of Directors:

Tracy L. Carbone – Co-Chair
Stacey Longo – Co-Chair
Dan Keohane – Treasurer
Jason Harris – Director of Publicity/Webmaster
Tim Deal – Director of Publications
T.J. May – Co-Director of Events
Scott Goudsward – Co-Director of Events
Danny Evarts – Art Director


Only 11 Days ‘til the NEHW Holiday Party and YOU are invited!

The NEHW Holiday Party will be on December 10 from 1:00—8:00 p.m. at John McIlveen’s apartment complex (we have a whole party facility at our disposal!)  The address is 40 Locke St., Haverhill, MA, and you can always call Mac at (603) 930-8679 if you get lost. Break out your cauldrons and whip up something ghoulish—it’s pot luck! It’s also BYOB, so bring your own poison.  RSVP by emailing Scott Goudsward at or contacting him via Facebook – we need a headcount and a dish list, so please RSVP ASAP!


Authors Tracy L. Carbone, Scott Goudsward, Karen Dent, and Roxanne Dent will be appearing at the first Pear Tree Publishing/Haverhill Country Club Christmas Book Sale being held at the Haverhill Country Club on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The country club is located at 58 Brickett Lane, Haverhill, MA 01830-8703. Doors open to HCC members at 5 p.m. and to the public at 6 p.m.


Hi! I would like to take a moment to introduce myself and our group. I am The Dome from Sci Fi Saturday Night. We are a podcast and website devoted to Fantasy and Science Fiction in its myriad forms. We are the Official podcast of Boston ComicCon and over the years we have met many artists and writers and had them and their works on our website and in our podcasts. Some of the people on our website and podcasts are: Ben Bova, Harlan Ellison, Spider Robinson, H.P. Mallory, S.J. Wright and Resa Nelson.

One of our ongoing columns is called “Fiction Friday,” which gives our readers the chance to sample work by authors they may not have yet read. It usually works out that if a short story is appearing on the net by you, we put a sample of it on the website with a link directing our readers to the full text of that story. If this is something you might be interested in, please contact us at

NEHW member Kristi Petersen Schoonover is scheduled to appear on the podcast on Dec. 17.


From David Price:

The Mystery Writers of America are now accepting submissions for an anthology tentatively titled What Lies Inside, edited by Brad Meltzer. This should be a story about something that is hidden, whether it is a real object hidden in a vault somewhere or a secret buried deep down in someone’s subconscious. Stories should be between 3,500 and 7,000 words. Deadline is February 1, 2012. Full guidelines can be found at:


From Daniel Pearlman:

Pearlman did an interview for the Italian e-book company, 40K Books, which has already published some of his stories in both English and Italian. Here is the link to the interview about short fiction, 40K specializes in genre fiction.

From Charles Day:

Day has two novels coming out in 2012. The first is Legend of the Pumpkin Thief, a YA horror novel with Noble YA Publishers, which will be released on Jan 9.

An adult horror novel, Deep Within, will be published by Twisted Library Press with a release sometime in the Spring of 2012.

From Steven Withrow:

Withrow has founded Poetry Advocates for Children & Young Adults (, a nonprofit, grassroots, and global organization dedicated to promoting poetry for young people.

From K. A. Laity:

Laity is on a Fulbright at the National University of Ireland Galway, working on digital humanities at the Moore Institute. She has a survey for writers that she would love folks to take about what it means to be a writer in the digital age.

Here is the link:

Recent and Upcoming Publications (none have been listed yet, she believes):

It’s a Curse: Drunk on the Moon, Book VII. Trestle Press ( (Nov. 2011).

“Mandrake and Magpies.” Dark Pages: International Noir, Vol 1. Ed. Giovanni

“Gelati.” Dark Pages/Trestle Press,

(Nov 2011)

“And It Felt Like a Kiss.” Blink|Ink, (Sept.


“Dracula X.” Defenestration Magazine,  (July 2011)

“The Wyandotte Haunting” in the anthology, There Was a Crooked House. Ed. Jessy Marie Roberts.

Pill Hill Press (June 2011)

From David L Tamarin:

Tamarin’s story “Melting” has been accepted into the second issue of Grave Demand magazine.

The new issue of Girls and Corpses comes out today. The issue has his interview with the godfather of gore, H.G. Lewis, along with an article about him.

The issue also contains a second article by Tamarin, on winter horror films, featuring discussions about The Thing, The Shining, Dead Snow, Frozen, and more. The issue is available at many bookstores and online at

The magazine used to be available at Barnes and Noble, but they stopped carrying it because they were offended by the religious issue.

Tamarin appears in the new iParty Christmas commercial which will be airing throughout New England until Christmas.

From J.P. Freeman:

Freeman turned one of his stories into a short-run comic book series, “Suicide Man,” and the first issue is to be released in January. A professional artist did the artwork for the eight-part series. Once every issue is release, they will be compiled into a graphic novel. He will have the exact release date along with a short teaser for the comic for the newsletter next month. He really hopes any horror comic book fans will stop by his website and “like” his Facebook page so they can check this out.

(Editor’s note: his website is listed on the NEHW website under “NEHW Members’ Websites.”)

From Kristi Petersen Schoonover:

Schoonover talked about the real ghost stories which may have inspired vignettes in Disney’s Haunted Mansion attraction, on Dave’s Disney View, and read her out-of-print ghost story, “House Sitter,” on Canada’s Paranormal, Eh? Radio. You can listen to both shows at Kristi’s website here:

Schoonover’s flash piece, “Slow Grill,” was runner-up in Culture magazine’s annual Scary Dairy Contest (fellow NEHW member Dave Goudsward took first place for “Michael, Is That You?”). NEHW member Stacey Longo also entered (her story’s untitled), and you can read all three stories here:

Schoonover’s book, Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole—Tales from Haunted Disney World, is now available in both the Endicott College (Beverly, MA) and Pinellas Park (FL) libraries.

An interview with her Read Short Fiction co-editor Robert Mayette is now available on, the online writing market directory:

She and NEHW member and editor of Shroud magazine Tim Deal were interviewed for last month’s Reuters article “Halloween Horror Trend: Less Gore is More.” You can read that here:

Her short story, “Under the Kudzu” was accepted for Wicked East Press’ upcoming anthology, Behind Locked Doors.

Paranormal Researchers of Fredericton (Canada) interviewed her for a feature on their website. You can read that here:

From Andrea Perron:

Perron’s recent trip back to New England was busy and productive. She made an appearance at The Assembly Theater in Harrisville, R.I for a lecture, “The Biggest Chill.” Keith Johnson of NEAR Paranormal provided the introduction to the lecture, which was filmed and will be released soon.

She filmed an episode of The NEST Files (New England Spiritual Team) in Groton, CT. Johnson accompanied her, as well as her father.

She also had a “memorable appearance” at the public library in Uxbridge, MA, where she gave a speech and had a book signing. She was also interviewed for a local newspaper.

A review of her book was published in Retro Rhode Island Magazine ( She also gave several interviews while in the area.

Since her return to Georgia, she has done a few radio broadcasts and booked several more. She met with Brandon Kreitzer and he has arranged to promote her book on Past TV Network, along with a variety of videos too long for her YouTube channels. All the links will be published on her Google profile and elsewhere on the web.

In the last week, she has published articles on Newsvine and Ezine and a new blogspot called “Conjuring the Spirits” is being released.

From Scott Goudsward:

Goudsward’s novel, Fountain of the Dead, has been accepted for publication by Twisted Library Press.

From Dale Phillips:

Phillips was interviewed and featured in a talk on writing on the Brazilian Book Worm blog:

From Patrick Rahall:

Rahall will have two pieces of flash fiction in the upcoming anthology, Daily Frights 2012: 366 Days of Frightening Flash Fiction, from Pill Hill Press. His stories are titled “Pot Roast” and “Stop, Drop and Roll.”


Brian Dixon (CT)
Matthew Acheson (ME)
Charles Day (NY)
Richard Steeves (CT)
Paula Roswell (CT)
Joseph Sherry (MA)

– Jason Harris, Editor, the Epitaph: Journal of NEHW
– Stacey Longo, Assistant Editor, the Epitaph: Journal of NEHW

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Epitaphs is Back Up on Amazon

Epitaphs: The Journal of the New England Horror Writers, edited by Tracy L. Carbone and published by Shroud Publishing, is once again available on Amazon. The first NEHW anthology had been taken down from the website to fix some technical issues with the book.

Shock Totem’s First Holiday Issue

Shock Totem has a special holiday issue, which is now available for the Kindle. This issue features an eclectic mix of holiday-inspired dark fiction from K. Allen Wood, Mercedes M. Yardley, Kevin J. Anderson, and Robert J Duperre to name a few. There are also anecdotal holiday recollections from Jack Ketchum, Stacey Longo, Mark Allan Gunnells, Nick Cato, Leslianne Wilder, and a host of others.

Wood, Longo and Cato are members of the New England Horror Writers’ organization.

The Cover of Shock Totem's Holiday issue

Here’s is the table of contents:

Heartless by Mercedes M. Yardley

Vincent Pendergast’s Holiday Recollection

Jennifer Pelland’s Holiday Recollection

Streamer of Silver, Ribbon of Red by K. Allen Wood

Mark Allan Gunnells’ Holiday Recollection

Nick Cato’s Holiday Recollection

Santa Claus Is Coming to Get You by Kevin J. Anderson

Stacey Longo’s Holiday Recollection

Tinsel by John Boden

Leslianne Wilder’s Holiday Recollection

One Good Turn by Robert J. Duperre

Jack Ketchum’s Holiday Recollection

Sheldon Higdon’s Crappy Holiday Recollection

Christmas Wish by Sarah Gomes

Simon McCaffery’s Holiday Recollection

‘Twas the Night by Nick Contor

Daniel I. Russell’s Holiday Recollection

Lee Thompson’s Holiday Recollection

A Krampus Christmas by Ryan Bridger

Howling Through the Keyhole (Story Notes)

This is the first time Wood, publisher and editor of Shock Totem, formatted an e-book. He is currently working on other formats so it can be uploaded to B&N and Drive-Thru Fiction.

Horror for a Good Cause

This information submitted by NEHW Publicity Committee member, David Price.

Horror For Good: A Charitable Anthology

Photo courtesy of the Horror for Good Facebook page

This anthology is looking for original, unpublished stories.  All horror stories accepted, there is no particular theme.  The only requirement is that the story must be awesome.  The deadline for submissions is December 15.  There is no payment for this anthology, since proceeds will go to amfAR, which is an international AIDS research charity.

The anthology is being co-edited by Mark Scioneaux and Robert S. Wilson with the help of Publishing Consultant R.J. Cavender

Stories for this anthology have already been accepted from Ray Garton, Jack Ketchum, Ramsey Campbell, Jeff Strand and others.  Full submission guidelines can be found here:

For more information about this anthology check out its website,

Breaking Out of the Vacuum

Breaking Out of the Vacuum

by Kasey Shoemaker

Kasey Shoemaker (photo courtesy of her website)

As writers, we primarily function independently, quietly, and quite frankly, in our own worlds while working. Even when typing away on our laptops in a crowded Starbucks, we see no one and hear no one. We like it better that way. Occasionally, we share our pages with trusted friends or significant others, and if we’re really lucky, a writer’s group. However, the bulk of our work is done in our head, which makes for a great product but a poor connection with our audience. Audiences are anything but static. Their tastes, desires, and habits change as quickly as literary trends. The readers we had in mind three years ago for book one of a series may have completely different expectations for our genre by the time we begin plotting out book four. Following trends made by the publishing companies won’t give us the insight we need. Many readers are disgusted by what the publishing companies continue to stubbornly feed the public. We, as writers, need to actually connect with our potential readers to understand them better. After all, without readers, our books are merely attractive decoration for the bookshelf. We write for them.

So, how do we get away from our keyboards and actually meet the people for whom we write our stories? In a world where bookstores are closing and Kindles are gaining in popularity, most sales transactions are done electronically, and writers are even further removed from readers than before. So, when the New England Horror Writers participates in events that put writers in front of potential readers, it makes for a great opportunity to bridge that ever-widening gap.

Photo by Jason Harris

As a new member, I really didn’t know what to expect. And, honestly, after participating in two public events thus far, I still don’t know what future ones would hold. Because my novel is a genre crosser, ranging from urban fantasy to paranormal fiction, I was thrilled to be at the Southcoast Toy and Comic Book show in Massachusetts. As someone who used to frequent these types of events many years ago, I felt I, along with everyone else at the table, was smack in the middle of my target audience. Without dwelling too long on unmet expectations, I will say that we were honestly surprised by the general lack of interest from those present. Sales were made, but people for the most part, seemed nonplussed by our presence. However, getting out there as a writer isn’t always about making books sales. Sometimes, it’s about making contacts. A man whose group does book reviews and features science fiction and fantasy books on his weekly podcasts approached our table. As each of us smiled and optimistically took his business card, I’m sure we silently thought that this one contact was worth the two-hour drive. I know I did, and thus far following up with that one contact has been rather positive.

Two weeks prior to that event, the New England Horror Writers participated in the Wadsworth Open Air Market in Connecticut. Expectations were far surpassed at this event. Many sales were made, and most of us spent the entire afternoon talking to people about books, writing, and the horror genre. Even people who said that horror was not for them seemed pleased to see us and were eager for conversation. We felt enthusiastic and pleasantly surprised by our experience afterwards.

The Middletown Open Air Market (photo by Rob Watts)

Therefore, while both of the events provided drastically different results, the writers who participated gained something from the experience whether it was multiple books sales or a meaningful contact. However, the most important aspect of these events is that it forces us writers to pull ourselves away from the blue-white glow of our computers and talk to our potential audience. We simply don’t get that chance often enough. And, we’re better writers for it. My only expectation from these events is that anything could happen. We could meet someone who says, “I do book reviews and feature writers on my weekly podcasts. Here’s my card.” Or we could have a fifteen minute conversation with someone who asks, “So, why the horror genre?” We may sell all the books we brought. We may give out postcards and business cards to prospective readers, or we may get a hand cramp from autographing copies of our books. However, I do know that we’ll be outside the writer bubble, the vacuum that can sometimes consume us. And, that opportunity in and of itself is worth it.

Pictures from AnthoCon Part III

Author Thomas A. Erb at AnthoCon

Authors Rob Watts, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, and Tracy Carbone at AnthoCon (photo courtesy of Watts' Facebook page)

The Epitaphs' panel at AnthoCon

Everett Soars and Susan Soars of Jolly Rogue Studios

Rick Silva, of Dandelion Studios

The Raw Dog Screaming Press table at AnthoCon

The Dark Garden Inc. table

Another view of The Dark Garden Inc. table

A copy of Epitaphs next to a Gnombie

The Shroud Publishing table

Publisher Inanna Arthen and author Morven Westfield

Pictures from AnthoCon Part II

Authors Peter N. Dudar and L.L. Soares waiting for the Epitaphs' panel to start

Author R. P. Steeves hard at work

From left to right: Author Stacey Longo reading while author Trisha J. Wooldridge looks on at the Epitaphs' panel

Authors Jeffrey C. Pettengill (left) and K. Allen Wood (right) at the Epitaphs signing

Actor Michael Boatman with his copy of the NEHW's first anthology, Epitaphs.

Author Stacey Longo holding her Hiram Grange Award

Longo received the award for “Excellence in the Art of Cover Letterage and Animal Mutilation. You will have to ask her at one of her appearances about the cover letter story. The “animal mutilation” part of the award you can find out about by reading her story in Shroud magazine, issue #11.

The cover of Shroud magazine, issue #11

The mass Epitaphs' signing at AnthoCon 2011

Author Brian Keene hands a book to Author Christopher Golden during the Epitaphs' signing

Author Kristina Schram

Author Michael Bailey

Sarah Gomes at the Shock Totem table at AnthoCon

Pictures from AnthoCon Part 1

Author Stacey Longo and Actor Michael Boatman (Spin City, The Good Wife)

Shroud Publisher/Anthocon Creator Tim Deal

Author Tracy Carbone Moderating the Epitaphs' panel at AnthoCon

From Left to Right: Authors L.L. Soares, Peter N. Dudar, and Morven Westfield

Authors Stacey Longo and K. Allen Wood

Necon E-books founder Bob Booth Remembering His Friend, the Late Writer/Journalist Les Daniels

Authors Stephen Dorato and Tracy Carbone

Authors Christopher Golden, P. Gardner Goldsmith, and T.T. Zuma at the Epitaphs' panel

Authors Roxanne Dent, Jeffrey C. Pettengill, and David North-Martino at the Epitaphs' panel