The Epitaph, Issue 18 (March 2012)

Issue #18 (March 2012)

The Epitaph

Journal of the New England Horror Writers (NEHW)

The NEHW Committee:

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


Stratford Spring Showcase of Crafts

The NEHW will have a table at the Stratford Spring Showcase of Crafts in Stratford, CT, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 7. Participation will cost $15. Contact Jason at if you want to participate.

Foxboro Jaycees Spring Fair

The NEHW will have two spaces at the Foxboro Jaycees Spring Fair on May 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participation will cost $15. Contact Jason at


The NEHW will have a table at NECON. Participation costs $10. Members will be responsible to man the table for a couple hours if you choose to sell books. Contact Scott Goudsward at

Rhode Island Comic Con

The NEHW will be at the Rhode Island Comic Con on November 3 and 4. The cost will be $25 per member to participate. Contact Jason at to be at the table.


The Bram Stoker Awards happened last night, March 31, at 11 p.m. (Eastern Time). The NEHW finally found out if our first anthology, Epitaphs, was going to stay a Bram Stoker nominee or become a Bram Stoker winner. Unfortunately, it was the latter. John Skipp’s Demons: Encounters with the Devil and His Minions, Fallen Angels, and the Possessed won the award in the category, Superior Achievement in an Anthology. The NEHW congratulates John Skipp on his achievement!


From Hollie Snider:

Snider is the Executive Editor at Hidden Thoughts Press, which is a non-fiction press focusing on mental wellness. They currently have two open submission calls. One is for essays concerning phobias and how people live with them, or live with people who suffer from them. The other is on suicide prevention.

Submission call information can be found on our website at The website is currently under construction, but the tab links do work. If potential submitters have questions, they can email Hollie at The direct link to the phobia call is and the direct link to the suicide prevention call is

From Charles Day:

Now’s your chance to join our EJP editors David Hayes & Henry Snider as they carefully select the stories that will either keep you from ever stepping foot in an amusement park again, or have you bouncing over those waiting in line to catch all the terrifying fun! Welcome to my newest happy place, welcome to…Carnival of the Damned Everything you could imagine from traveling entertainment – food, games of chance, sideshows, dancing girls, funhouses, fortune tellers, rides…and the seeds for nightmarish realities made flesh. Give us tales of monstrosities underneath boardwalks, circuses in the middle of nowhere, whatever your mind can conjure!

From Robert Heske:

Dear Comic Book Creators,

Studio 407, the publisher of my new book, The Night Projectionist, is running a very cool art contest, providing creator exposure and giving away some cool stuff on Facebook. Check out the press release, Please feel free to share the link with your peers. And if you get a chance, please LIKE the FB page at


From Deb Eskie:

Eskie’s first collaborative film project, Mother’s Sin, written by her and Chris Lawn, is based on her short story of the same name. It will premiere on YouTube on April 13. Check out the trailer at

From David L. Tamarin:

Tamarin has been made Associate Producer for the international horror anthology, Profane Exhibit. The film creators are striving to be the most intense and horrifying film of 2012. More information can be found at their Facebook page,

Recently, he attended Uwe Boll’s shoot for the film, a nasty thriller called Basement with Clint Howard and Tara Cardinal.

From Robert Heske:

Heske announces the release of his new graphic novel, The Night Projectionist, a vampire graphic novel, which will be out in comic shops and bookstores in May.

Here’s a quick premise: “On the eve of Halloween a small group of moviegoers attend the final showing in an old movie theater, not knowing it could be the last thing they ever see! All hell breaks loose when the theater is surrounded by a coven of vampires, and the only person who knows why is the mysterious night projectionist. But is he going to help these people or get them killed? Soon a bloody war rages through the theater with the body count multiplying by the minute. Don’t miss this no-holds-barred tale of bloody revenge that puts the bite back into vampire stories!”

The graphic novel is priced at $12.99 and can be pre-ordered at your local comic shop today!

Publisher Studio 407 has made it simple to pre-order the book. Simply click here, To follow the Studio 407 blog covering all their comic book happenings, visit

From Charles Day:

The Fierce and Unforgiving Muse: Twenty-six Tales from the Terrifying Mind of Gregory L. Norris by Gregory L. Norris, recently published by Evil Jester Press, includes short stories, novelettes, and novellas.

The Kindle e-book and paperback edition of Attic Toys, edited by Jeremy C. Shipp, and Evil Jester Digest Volume One is now available.

From Roxanne Dent:

Dent’s story, “Magnus the Magnificent,” is appearing in the anthology, The Call of Lovecraft by Evil Jester Press, which will be released in July, the same month NECON happens.

Two of her short stories, “The Banchee of Muddy River,” and a Young Adult one, “Forbidden Love,” are now up on Kindle.

From Steven Withrow:

Withrow’s poem, “The Mad Monologue of Doctor Chronology,” will appear in the September 2012 issue of Dreams & Nightmares: A Magazine of Fantastic Poetry, edited by David C. Kopaska-Merkel (

From Thomas D’Agostino:

D’Agostino and his wife, Arlene, will be appearing at the Ocean State Paranormal Conference on Saturday, April 14 at the St. Ann’s Arts and Cultural Center, 84 Cumberland St., Woonsocket, RI from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and then Saturday, April 21 at the Southcoast Paranormal and Psychic Faire, at 110 Middle St. Fairhaven, MA from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. followed by a ghost investigation of the Bridgewater Triangle hosted by Tom, Arlene and John Brightman.

On Tuesday, April 24, they will be at The Windham Restaurant in Windham, New Hampshire for the monthly Dining With The Dead series hosted by the New England Ghost Project.

Tickets for all these events are available online or at the door. Here are the links, and

From Alex Kimmell:

Kimmell’s new novel, The Key To Everything, is being released by Booktrope Publishing in the next couple of months.

From Kerry A. Morgan:

Morgan works in a school district that is weeding out its library. Some time ago in the New England area, someone requested books for a library that had been hit by a storm at another school. If you know who was asking for donations for the library, please contact Kerry at to discuss a donation from her school. Thank you.

From Karen Dent:

Dent’s story, “A Case to Die For,” will be appearing in the anthology, Damnation & Dames. It will be launched at Swancon 37 in Australia on Easter. The anthology will be available from Ticonderoga’s online shop at and at internet bookstores such as and It will also be available in trade paperback and as an e-book in the Kindle format.

Her story, “Endless Hunger,” will appear in the Evil Jester Press anthology, The Call of Lovecraft. It will be coming out in July.

From Dale Phillips:

Phillips’ collection of short stories, Halls of Horror, is available in print:

And his latest collection, Strange Tales, is out in print: And as an e-book:

From K. A. Laity:

Laity will be appearing at Alt.Fiction in Leicester

(, talking with Graham Joyce about The Extremely Dangerous Fairy Folk, appearing on a panel about adaptations and reading some fiction.

Earlier in March, she was a featured writer at Phoenix-Con in Dublin, appearing on panels about myth and folklore, social media and the necessity of editors.

From Scott Goudsward:

Goudsward has just received a contract for the first of two anthologies, to be co-edited by him and Rachel Kenely. Both books are from Chaosium and will be due out in the second quarter of 2013. The first anthology is tentatively called Once Upon an Apocolypse: Volume 1 – Zombies. More news will follow.

From Kristi Petersen Schoonover:

Schoonover kicked off 2012 by appearing on Paranormal, Eh? Radio’s One Year Anniversary Special. You can hear this and any of her other radio interviews by visiting the dedicated page on her website:

Her radio show, Scary Scribes, premiered on Canada’s Paranormal, Eh? Radio Network and has been getting such real-time interest that the network is adding a call-in line so listeners can interact with guests. January featured NEHW Co-Chair Stacey Longo and a reading of her story “People Person,” February featured John Palisano and the first chapter of his new book, Nerves, published by Bad Moon Books and March featured NEHW member John Grover and his stories “3:15” and “The Tie That Binds.” If you missed them, past episodes are available on iTunes or right from the Scary Scribes website, Future guests will include NEHW members T.J. May, Daniel Pearlman, Kevin Lucia and Rob Watts.

She spent two glorious weeks up at the Norman Mailer Writers Colony in Provincetown, Mass., where she got lots of work done, including drafts for four more short stories.

Schoonover also joined fellow NEHW members T.J. May and Trisha Wooldridge for a successful writers’ workshop at Annie’s Book Stop in Worcester, MA.

Her poem “Today” was accepted by and published in Vagabondage Press’ anthology, Love Notes, and is available in both print and e-book. It’s sold at all major online book retailers, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo, as well as on the Vagabondage Press website at To purchase Love Notes in print, or Kindle:

Her short story, “Growlers,” which was commissioned by Literary Mayhem, was published in February. You can read it here:

A reprint of her short story, “Whether Girl,” was published in May-December Publications’ Wake the Witch anthology for the benefit of the Red Cross. To purchase in Print: To purchase for Kindle:

Her short story, “A Bone to Pick” took Second Place in Toasted Cheese’s Dead of Winter 2011 Contest and was published by the magazine on March 1. To read the story and check out the other winners, visit here:

Most recently, she was asked to write a short story, “The Thing Inside,” for the upcoming anthology, Unnatural Tales of the Jackalope.

Lastly, she and her fiancée, Nathan (Schoonover, also a NEHW member) have been planning their wedding. They would love it if any NEHW member would send them a rock as a get-well wish. The rocks will be put on display and the contributor’s names will be listed on their wedding website and in their programs. Details on that are here:

From J.P. Freeman:

Issue 2 of Things Better Left Unsaid will be available April 1 via print on demand at Issue 1 is still available.

From Miranda Doerfler:

Doerfler participated in a climate change anthology, Hot Mess, which speculates on the human effects of a changing environment. The cover was designed by Sarah Hartley, and the interior illustrations were done by Hannah Werdmuller.

A portion of proceeds will be donated by the individual authors to their preferred climate-change associated charities. To purchase on Amazon, chick here:


Alex Kimmell (RI)
Kim Krodel (CT)
Errick Nunnally (MA)

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

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