Issue #15 (December 2011)
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
NEHW WRITING WORKSHOP:
WORCESTER, MA— NEHW is hosting a writing workshop at Annie’s Book Stop on 65 James Street in Worcester, MA on Saturday, February 4 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The class is geared towards beginning to intermediate writers interested in bettering their writing and editing abilities while exploring all the “what now?” possibilities for publishing.
The class will be taught in three parts: writing, editing, and publishing; offer a bagged lunch; and include a professional critique of up to 2000 words of registered attendees’ manuscripts.
Attendees will learn under three professional members of the New England Horror Writers. Kristi Petersen Schoonover is a three-time Norman Mailer Writers Colony Winter Resident; her short fiction has appeared in Carpe Articulum, The Adirondack Review, Barbaric Yawp, New Witch Magazine, Toasted Cheese, and others. Her most recent work, Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole, is a collection of ghost stories set in Disney Parks. T.J. May is a writer of dark fiction, daylighting as a behavior therapist to children with autism. He is a regular contributor to Shroud Magazine, co-founder of SUMM Publications, an active member of the HWA and Co-Director of Events for the New England Horror Writers. Trisha J. Wooldridge is the President of Broad Universe, an international non-profit dedicated to celebrating and promoting women who write speculative fiction. She’s contributed to several anthologies, including the EPIC-award-winning Bad-Ass Faeries series, is an associate editor for Spencer Hill Press, and freelance writes and edits for magazines, independent authors, and academic websites.
As this is the first workshop offered at the 65 James Street Annie’s, there is a special price of $30 for the course, or $25 for members of New England Horror Writers, Worcester Writers Collaborative, or Worcester college students. Attendees will need to pre-register either at Annie’s and will have to turn in their manuscript for critique no later than January 27. Seating is limited to 21 attendees. Walk-ins, if there is space, must pay full price and will not have a reserved bag lunch nor will they get the professional critique—but they are eligible for class critique.
For more information, contact Annie’s Book Stop via www.anniesbookstopworcester.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The phone number for the store is 508-796-5613. Space is firmly capped, so register now!
For more information about the event and all media, contact: Trisha Wooldridge, email@example.com, 774-239-3655.
NEHW SIGNINGS AND READINGS:
Queen City Kamikaze Convention, Manchester, NH
The NEHW will be involved at the Queen City Kamikaze Convention in Manchester, New Hampshire on Saturday, Feb. 18. Email Jason Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate. There will be three tables, so there’s room for 15 people. Nine spots have been taken so far. There is no cost to participate.
The 39th Heritage Craft Fair, Framingham, MA
The NEHW will have a table at the 39th Heritage Craft Fair at the Keefe Technical School in Framingham, MA on Sat., March 24. Space is limited at the table so contact Jason Harris at email@example.com to participate. Participation will be $15.
NEHW WRITING OPPORTUNITIES:
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 subconcious. Stories should be between 3,500 and 7,000 words. Deadline is February 1, 2012. Full guidelines can be found at: http://hosted-p0.vresp.com/208752/42a6e17ebb/ARCHIVE
NEHW MEMBER NEWS:
From Joseph Sherry:
Sherry announces his story, “OCD,” is being published in So Long and Thanks for All the Brains. It is his first published story.
From Charles Day:
As a new member, I wanted to say hello, and express my gratitude on being voted in as a full member of your association. I’m real excited to be part of your professional organization for writers, artists and more. I do know many authors here already. I even see a few I’m proud to call my writer friends.
So here’s a quick update from me.
Right now, I’m excited to see the release of my mystery/thriller “The Plan,” a novelette with Naked Snake Press, released on Dec. 21. I know it’s not horror, but I just had to write what Frankie kept telling me in my head. I had to get him to stop. The voices were overwhelming. “The Plan” is full of mystery, suspense and a conspiracy that should have never came to be. Welcome to Frankie’s twisted and dark world.
Here is the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Plan-A-Mystery-ebook/dp/B006O5REH2/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1
2011 has been a good year, but 2012 is going to rock. Here’s what’s coming.
Legend of the Pumpkin Thief, a YA horror novel with Noble YA Publishers, which will be released on Jan 9.
As publisher for Evil Jester Press, I want to make sure everyone knows that Rick Hautula’s classic horror novel, Moondeath, is returning with a brand new cover by world renowned artist, Glen Chadbourne. It includes a brand new introduction by Christopher Golden and Hautula. It will be released Jan. 2.
Hoping everyone had a great Holiday and Merry Christmas. Looking forward to seeing everyone at ANTHOCON 2012. It’s going to be even better than 2011. Not sure how we are going to top all the great things that happened in November up in Portsmouth, but I know the event is in great hands!
From Nick Cato:
The Apocalypse of Peter, an all-new bizarro/dark fantasy novella by Cato, will be released in June. It is being published by Damnation Books. The story follows an unusual end-times scenario as seen through the eyes of a seminary student.
In late 2012, Cato’s short, “What Was Called,” will be featured in a PS Publishing anthology, Dark Fusions: Where Monsters Lurk (originally titled Arkham Nightmares) and edited by Lois Gresh. For more info, see his blog, nickcato.blogspot.com.
From Kristi Petersen Schoonover:
Schoonover, author of Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole—Tales from Haunted Disney World, compares the films Misery vs. 1408 in an all-Stephen King episode of Reviews from the Shadows. You can listen to the show here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/paranormaleh/2011/12/16/reviews-from-the-shadows-4
From David L. Tamarin:
Tamarin has a short story published at www.BizarroCentral.com.
He was named Chief Counsel for Girls and Corpses magazine and General Counsel for Harbinger Pictures, an extreme horror film production company.
He flew out to Pittsburgh to act in a scene for the film The Profane Exhibit.
His interview with scream queen Seregon O’Dassey will be posted soon at
He will soon be writing a monthly column for the New England Horror Writers’ website on his experiences in acting and in the horror film industry. “I’ll be talking about being tortured to death on film, getting severely injured making a movie, working with a film producer who spent 6 months in prison for embezzling the funds for the (shitty) film I was in, having a bomb threat called in during the middle of the world premiere of a film I co-wrote, getting stuck on a train during a film shoot with Anna Faris, playing a child pornographer at a strip club that I later learned to be the home turf of an infamous New England serial killer, convincing Boston casting agents I was a crackhead to get a role in Mark Wahlberg’s The Fighter (I got a call back but not the role,) almost getting arrested for hitch-hiking for a local film, eating asbestos, and many more stories of my years in the business since 2005.”
From Daniel Pearlman:
For anyone interested in literature in Italian (as well as English), my latest e-book with 40K Publishers is a translation of my story “The Vatican’s Secret Cabinet” (also on their site in English) at http://www.40kbooks.com/?page_id=10716
From Stacey Longo:
Longo will be the very first guest ever on Scary Scribes, premiering Jan. 29. Visit www.scaryscribes.com for more information.
From Rick Hautala:
Evil Jester Press will release a trade paperback reprint of Hautala’s first published novel, Moondeath, in January.
From Robert Heske:
Heske wanted to share this link to his latest IndieCreator column at www.investcomics.com.
He wants to remind people the clock is ticking, but there’s still time to vote for your favorite horror comic creators in the new GHASTLY AWARDS and the 3rd annual HORROR COMIC AWARDS.
Voting is as simple as a mouse click, so if you are a fan of the horror genre—or if you are a horror creator deserving recognition—vote and share the link.
In early January, InvestComics will also be releasing its’ One and Done anthology which benefits the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. It’s a great book in support of a great cause. And, as an editor and contributor, I call tell you the content is fresh, unique and darkly entertaining.
Plus, I have a few fantastic interviews with film and scifi creators in the
coming weeks. Stay tuned!
Wishing everyone a 2012 where you achieve all you set out to do, and have fun and are healthy every step of the way!
From Dale Phillips:
Dale’s first horror story collection, Halls of Horror, will be out soon at Smashwords.com. For updates, please check www.daletphillips.com
From Thomas D’Agostino:
D’Agostino and Arlene Nicholson’s eighth and ninth books, Haunted Vermont and Ghost Stories and Legends of Connectitcut are doing very well. A Guide to Haunted New England is working through its fifth reprint.
Thomas was recently called to appear in episode 28 of My Ghost Story and an episode of Ghost Hunters. Both deal with the haunting of the Victorian in Gardner, MA.
Thomas also was cast in a movie about Dudleytown called Dudleytown Curse – The 49th Key.
Go to www.nepurs.com for updates and info.
From G. Elmer Munson:
Munson’s short story, “Thunder,” appears in the recently released Dark Things II: Cat Crimes in both print and Kindle versions by Savage Tiki Digi Books. Both are available through Amazon and can be found on his author’s page:
All proceeds for this anthology will benefit various cat sanctuaries across the USA so if you’re a cat lover (or even if you’re not) enjoy a good read while helping out the kitties!
From E.F. Schraeder:
Schraeder’s story, “The Dove,” is included in the forthcoming Father Grim’s Storybook from Wicked East Press, edited by Jessica Weiss (https://sites.google.com/a/wickedeastpress.com/wicked-east-press/coming-soon).
Schraeder’s story, “A Particular Class of Woman,” is included in one of Sonar 4 Publications’ recently released charity publications, White chapel 13, edited by Brian L. Porter (http://www.sonar4publications.com/p/charity-anthologies.html).
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS:
Kendra Saunders (NH)
Peter Schwotzer (NH)
M LaFrance (RI)
Amanda Doughty (CT)
Philip Perron (NH)
Thomas D’Agostino (CT)
– Jason Harris, Editor, the Epitaph: Journal of NEHW
– Stacey Longo, Assistant Editor, the Epitaph: Journal of NEHW