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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