The Epitaph, Issue 30 (March 2013)

Issue #30 (March 2013)

The Epitaph

Journal of the New England Horror Writers (NEHW)

The NEHW Board of Directors:

Stacey Longo – Chairperson
Dan Keohane – Treasurer
Jason Harris – Director of Publicity/Webmaster
K. Allen Wood – Director of Publications
Scott Goudsward – Director of Events
David Price – Board Member
Rob Watts – Board Member

NEHW SIGNINGS AND READINGS:

Art in the Garden

The NEHW will be at this craft fair in Hopkinton, MA. on April 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

NECON

The NEHW will have a couple tables at this convention, which runs from July 18 through 21. Contact Scott Goudsward at screaming602@gmail.com if you would like to participate.

NecronomiCon

The NEHW will have a table at this convention, which runs from August 23 through 25. Contact Scott Goudsward at screaming602@gmail.com if you would like to participate.

Middletown Open Air Market and Festival

The NEHW will have a few tables at this event on August 25. Contact Jason Harris at dudley228@gmail.com if you like to be involved.

New Hampshire Comic Con

The NEHW will have a table at this convention, which runs from Sept. 28 through 29.

NEHW WRITING OPPORTUNITIES:

Call for Stories: Noir Carnival

A call for stories from Fox Spirit Books <http://foxspirit.co.uk> , publishers of Weird Noir <http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1909348058/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1909348058&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=magicwombat-20> and many more superb volumes.

Dark’s Carnival has already left town, but it’s left a fetid seed behind. There’s a transgressive magic that spooks the carnies and unsettles the freaks. Beyond the barkers and the punters, behind the lights and tents where the macabre and the lost find refuge, there’s a deformity that has nothing to do with skin and bones. Where tragic players strut on a creaking stage, everybody’s going through changes. Jongleurs and musicians huddle in the back. It seems as if every one’s running, but is it toward something—or away?

Carnival: whether you picture it as a traveling fair in the back roads of America or the hedonistic nights of the pre-Lenten festival where masks hide faces while the skin glories in its revelation, it’s about spectacle, artificiality and the things we hide behind the greasepaint or the tent flap. Lead us on a journey into that heart of blackened darkness and show us what’s behind the glitz.

Touchstones (to give you a sense of the breadth of the net cast):

John Webster’s “skull beneath the skin” • Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love • Angela Carter’s Nights at the Circus • Gargantua & Pantagruel • Pinocchio (the novel! Not the Disney atrocity) • Papa Lazarou • Doctor Lau • Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes • Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal • Leonor Fini

Surprise me, delight me, make me afraid of the shadows of a warm summer night, rip my guts out and stuff them back in again. Just don’t bore me. All editors have their tastes or quirks: if you want a clue to my sensibilities, check out my extensive bibliography <http://www.kalaity.com> and of course, read Weird Noir <http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1909348058/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1909348058&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=magicwombat-20> .

Stories should be:

Previously unpublished anywhere

Not submitted anywhere else

Length 3-8K

Formatted: Times New Roman, regular, 12 point. 1″ margins. 1 space after full stop. Spaced 1.5 lines. Use paragraph formatting to indent first line not tabs. No header/footer.

Identified with a title, your name (and pen name identified as such), working email address on the first page: file name should include your surname & title

Submitted in RTF format via email to katelaity at gmail with at least your name, the story title and total word count included in the body of the email; make sure the Subject line includes “Submission: Noir Carnival” + your name

Due by Walpurgisnacht <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walpurgis_Night>

We will ask for world-wide print & ebook rights for a year and pay $10 via Paypal as an advance against the royalties to be split with the publisher. We plan to launch the book at EDGE-Lit in Derby <http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/special-event/edge-lit-day-ticket> in July 2013.

The second NEHW Anthology is now open for submissions!

The anthology will be edited by Stacey Longo and Ken Wood.
We’re looking for high quality dark fiction short stories. A flat fee of $50.00 will be paid per story upon publication.

Submission Guidelines: 12 pt Courier or Times New Roman, double-spaced. .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt formats acceptable. 5,000 word limit.

Please follow steps on submission site.

Submit here:
http://tinyurl.com/nehwantho

NEW: Deadline to submit is April 15, 2013. Due to overwhelming regular job responsibilities, the editors need a little more time!

From Stacey Longo:

Calling all authors!

Books & Boos (www.booksandboos.com) would like to host a mass author signing event on Saturday, June 22, 2013, with proceeds from the event to be donated to Holly Newstein Hautala. Authors would be asked to donate a portion of their book sales that day to Holly; Books & Boos will not be taking any consignment percentage on author sales that day. This would be an all day event (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.) and will be held under a tent on the lawn of the book store (weather permitting!) We will also hold a book raffle to raise money for Holly. The store is located at 514 Westchester Road, Colchester, CT. Please check your calendars and your GPS and send an email to jason@booksandboos.com if you would like to participate. Thank you! (And many thanks to NEHW member Bill Rockwell for suggesting the event!)

NEHW MEMBER NEWS:

From K.A. Laity:

Her novel, Lush Situation, the second Chastity Flame book, will be out March 28th from Tirgearr Publishing (http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Laity_KA/lush-situation.htm). The sexy (and slightly supernatural) thriller offers another adventure across Europe with terrorism and human trafficking.

From John M. McIlveen:

Mcllveen new story collection, Jerks, is now available.

“All the places you can buy my book so I can get money to buy more books so those authors can get money to buy my book,” Mcllveen said. “We do support each other.”

Amazon PB — http://www.amazon.com/Jerks-Other-Tales-Perfect-Man/dp/1482676605/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362843483&sr=8-1&keywords=jerks+mcilveen

Amazon Kindle — http://www.amazon.com/Jerks-Perfect-Contemporary-Horror-ebook/dp/B00BPTTWKO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1362843483&sr=8-2&keywords=jerks+mcilveen

Necon ebooks — http://www.neconebooks.com/index.htm

B&N PB — http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jerks-john-m-mcilveen/1114765430?ean=9781482676600

B&N Nook — http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jerks-and-other-tales-from-a-perfect-man-john-m-mcilveen/1114772733?ean=2940016380735

Smashwords ebook — http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/292623

To preview — https://www.createspace.com/Preview/1120625

From Christopher Irvin:

My short story, “Bet It All On Black,” was recently published in Thuglit, Issue 4 (http://houseleaguefiction.com/2013/03/03/thuglit-issue-4/).

From L.L. Soares:

Soares’ novel, Life Rage, is a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel.

Rock ‘N’ Roll, his second novel is available now. It was published by Gallows Press.

“Seeds,” a new story, can be found in the anthology, Zippered Flesh 2:More Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad, which is also available now.

From John Goodrich:

Interested in spies, terrorists, and Horrors Man Was Not Meant to Know? Previously only available in Australia, The Masked Messenger by David Conyers and NEHW member John Goodrich is available for free at the Lovecraft E-zine website (http://lovecraftzine.com/issues/2013-2/issue-22-february-2013/). For only ninety-nine cents, you can purchase the audio version of The Masked Messenger read by the talented Chaz Engan.

From Erin Thorne:

On Friday, April 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thorne will be at the Craft Fair at Treasures and Trash Consignment Shoppe, signing copies of Behind The Wheel, as well as my other works. There will be a drawing held for a Prize Pack, which includes a signed, previously unseen copy of a story from one of her books, in addition to a few surprise items!
Treasures and Trash Consignment Shoppe, 1115 Route 169, Woodstock, CT, United States 06281-1725

On Saturday, April 13th, she will be reading from Behind The Wheel at The Book Shop in Somerville, MA, at 1:00 p.m. A brief Q&A session and signing will follow her reading.
The Book Shop, 694 Broadway, Somerville, MA, United States 02144

Thorne will also be at Art in the Garden with the NEHW on Sunday, April 28th at Weston Nurseries in Hopkinton, MA.

From Erin Underwood:

You are invited to a Reading & Signing for Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction co-edited by Erin Underwood.

Date: Saturday, April 6

Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Spirit of ’76 Bookstore, 107 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01945

LINK: http://hugobookstores.com/event/special-ya-sci-fi-event-reading-marblehead

Description: Young adults will be reading excerpts from Futuredaze at the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore in Marblehead! A reception and book signing with Marblehead resident Erin Underwood, the anthology’s co-editor and publisher will follow. Students aged 12 to 18 are encouraged to drop off in advance or write a one-paragraph essay at the event on why they like to read science fiction to be entered in a drawing for two signed copies of Futuredaze.

Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction was published on February 12, 2013.

COVER IMAGE URL: http://erinunderwood.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/futuredaze-cover-final.jpg?w=226&h=338

From E.F. Schraeder:

Schraeder’s story, “The Winners,” was contracted for inclusion in Big Pulp’s upcoming Kennedy Curse anthology.

Her short story, “No Witness,” was also published at Flashes in the Dark and her poetry chapbook, The Hunger Tree, is available for pre-sale now from Finishing Line Press and can be ordered online.

From Jason Harris:

Along with the different NEHW members who have signings (which have been mentioned by the respective authors in this newsletter) at Books & Boos, the bookstore welcomes paranormal investigators John Brightman and T. L. Jones on Tuesday, April 16. They will be discussing the Bridgewater Triangle case on which their new book, Dark Gift, is based. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

From Pierre Comtois:

Fungi, the Magazine of Fantasy and Weird Fiction is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a telephone book sized issue 21 packed with fiction, non-fiction, and art contributions from around the world! The magazine closed for submissions at the end of last year and is currently in the layout phase. We are on track for August release, timed for the return of the NecronomiCon to be held in Providence, RI that same month. Fungi will be among the high profile projects at the con and will feature a stellar lineup of talent including such classic authors as William F. Nolan and Earl Hamner Jr! Illustrated with a full color cover by the award winning Murray Tinkelman. Those interested can learn more by visiting the Fungi web page at: http://bypierrecomtois.webs.com/fungi21wierdfiction.htm.

From Dale T. Phillips:

Phillips will be appearing (with Vlad Vaslyn) at NEHW’s favorite bookstore, Books and Boos, on April 27th (at 2 p.m.) for a reading and book signing. The bookstore is located at 514 Westchester Road, Colchester, CT.

He has another signing the following week, Saturday, May 4th (at 11 a.m.), at the Used Book Superstore located at 256 Cambridge Street in Burlington, MA.

He just released his first-ever Kindle Select ebook: Halls of Horror, a collection of 10 scary tales:
http://www.amazon.com/Halls-of-Horror-ebook/dp/B00BWYVVVK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1364249756&sr=1-1&keywords=halls+of+horror

Dale’s third Zack Taylor mystery novel, A Shadow on the Wall, will be released this April by Rosstrum Publishing.

From Roxanne and Karen Dent:

The Dents will be reading on Saturday, April 6th at Books and Boos (http://booksandboos.com), located at 514 Westchester Road, Colchester, CT along with a little talk about ourselves.

Karen will be reading “A Case to Die For, which is in her paranormal, noir anthology, Damnation and Dames and her YA story, “Grave Mistake,” which is in the collection, Halloween Dances With the Dead.

Roxanne will be reading from her anthology, A Fist Full of Horrors, “Zombies at Red Rock,” which is in Tales of Terror from the Old West and “Miss Luella’s Magic Shop” from More Scary Kisses. Hope to see some of you there. www.TheSistersDent.com.

From Trisha Wooldridge:

There are two NEHW-related events happening in April at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester (http://www.anniesbooksworcester.com/) at 65 James Street, Worcester, MA. There is still room in either, so if any members are interested in joining in, feel free to contact Trish Wooldridge, ABSW Events Coordinator at trish@anovelfriend.com.

Saturday, April 13, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

A Dark Carnival of Authors & Remembering Rick Hautala

Join Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester for a day-long event of horror and dark fantasy authors sharing from their own work and honoring award-winning horror author Rick Hautala, who passed away this March. Stop in to hear some amazing, chilling writing, chat with authors, and remember the kind and talented Rick. There will be a donation box to help his widow, Holly, during this difficult time.

Confirmed authors include: Eric Dimbleby, Morven Westfield, Frank Raymond Michaels

K.A. Laity, Errick Nunnally, Inanna Arthen, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, TJ May, Rose Mambert, and Jessie Olson.

Keep an eye on our website and blog for more information and author additions!

Friday, April 19, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

An Evening of Horror Poetry

ABSW invites a collection of horror poets to read from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Friday night. Listen to the beautiful and disturbing, the musical and fearsome, and get to meet the authors who explore fear through the art of the poem.

Confirmed poets include: Victor Infante, Kurt Newton, K.A. Laity, Dave Macpherson, and Trisha Wooldridge.

From David North-Martino:

David’s short story, “The Mesomorphic Woman,” appears in the Daughters of Icarus anthology, edited by Josie Brown and published by Pink Narcissus Press. The paperback version of the anthology can be purchased at the publisher’s website, with paperback and e-book releases at other fine retailers, including Amazon & B&N, in the coming weeks. http://pinknarc.com/books.htm

David’s short story, “Phantom Chasers,” is included in the From Beyond the Grave anthology, edited by Michael Evans and published by Grinning Skull Press. The anthology is available in e-book format at many fine retailers. A paperback version is coming soon.

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/cjp57e5

B&N: http://tinyurl.com/copyvga

Kobo: http://tinyurl.com/c973vts

David’s short story, “The Hours of Sleep,” is published in You Can’t Kill Me, I’m Already Dead: A Vampire Anthology, edited by Allan Russo and published by Zombie Works Publications. The anthology is available in both paperback and e-book versions exclusively at Amazon. http://tinyurl.com/cezoa45.

From Craig D.B. Patton:

Patton’s M.R. James influenced ghost story, “Last Testament,” has been published in Supernatural Tales #23.

He is also pleased to announce that The Postcard Press will release his poem, “Secrets,” as a postcard in June. To learn more, visit his blog (flawedcreations.wordpress.com) or follow him on Twitter @craigdbpatton.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS:

S.Z. Slack (RI)
Susan Cunningham (NH)
Patricia Gomes (MA)
Rey Otis (RI)
Stephen Clifton (ME)

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

The Epitaph: Issue #29 (Feb. 2013)

Issue #29 (Feb. 2013)

The Epitaph

Journal of the New England Horror Writers (NEHW)

 

The NEHW Board of Directors:

Stacey Longo – Chairperson
Dan Keohane – Treasurer
Jason Harris – Director of Publicity/Webmaster
K. Allen Wood – Director of Publications
Scott Goudsward – Director of Events
David Price – Board Member
Rob Watts – Board Member

NEHW SIGNINGS AND READINGS:

Heritage Craft Fair

The NEHW will be at the indoor Heritage Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 23. It’s located at the Keefe Technical School, 750 Winter Street in Framingham, MA. http://www.heritagechorale.org/support/craft_fair.htm

Akuma Con

This anime-based convention is on March 30 in Pembroke, NH.

Art in the Garden

The NEHW will be at this craft fair in Hopkinton, MA. on April 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

NEHW WRITING OPPORTUNITIES:

The second NEHW Anthology is now open for submissions! The anthology will be edited by Stacey Longo and Ken Wood.
We’re looking for high quality dark fiction short stories. A flat fee of $50.00 will be paid per story upon publication.

Submission Guidelines: 12 pt Courier or Times New Roman, double-spaced. .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt formats acceptable. 5,000 word limit.

Please follow steps on submission site.

Submit here:
http://tinyurl.com/nehwantho

Deadline to submit is March 31, 2013.

 

NEHW MEMBER NEWS:

From Vlad Vaslyn:

Open Book Society dubbed Vlad Vaslyn a “new and distinct voice in horror” in their February interview. Vlad discussed Brachman’s Underworld, what it means to create a character who is hard to love, and his plans for the future.

Read the full interview here: http://openbooksociety.com/article/vlad-vaslyn-author-of-brachmans-underworld-exclusive-interview/.

From Bill Rockwell:

Rockwell will be appearing at MystiCon in Roanoke, VA, February 21st to 24th, doing a book reading, book signing, and appearing on two horror-themed panels. He will be appearing with Devo Spice (his son, Tom.) Tom is a musical artist, who will be performing his Dr. Who, Zombie and other Sci Fi and Horror related comedy songs.

From Eric Stanway:

Stanway, author of a dozen books, including The Old Rindge House, Vintage Blood and Mysteries of Monadnock, has a new volume of true horror stories out this month. Cannibal of the Mountains is a collection of weird anecdotes from 19th-century Massachusetts. The tales include Oscar Beckwith, who committed murder and cannibalism when a gold-mining scam went wrong; Jesse Pomeroy, who tortured and murdered several young children in Chelsea, and ended up spending over four decades in solitary confinement; Captain Joseph White, who was murdered by his nephews for his inheritance; and Asa Snow, whose tomb in the ghost town of Dana became a grisly tourist attraction. Lavishly illustrated with archival material, this book brings the darker side of Victorian New England to light.

From Michael Arruda:

Arruda’s latest short story, “Death Takes the Phantom,” is now available in Dark Moon DigestIssue #10, a handsome looking publication with a creepy cover. It’s a tale of two beings who broker a deal involving the fates of Lon Chaney Sr. and Bela Lugosi.

The magazine is available for sale at DarkMoonDigest.com as well as at major online bookstores including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million. It’s offered as both a print edition as well as an e-publication version, the latter of which comes in both Kindle and Nook formats.

From Craig D.B. Patton:

Patton is pleased to announce that “The Awake Fairy” has been accepted for publication in Spaceports & Spidersilk (Sam’s Dot Publishing).

From Pierre Comtois:

April will see the release of Night to Dawn Magazine #23 featuring Pierre Comtois’ latest horror entry, a short story, “Feeding Time,” which the author likes to think of as the last zombie story.

Comtois’ Fungi: the Magazine of Weird Literature has just closed for submissions on #21 due out this August. Layout will begin in March. For more information on the new issue and the impressive list of authors included, check it out at his website at www.pierrevcomtois.com.

From K.H. Vaughan:

K.H. Vaughan’s story, “Ultimate Chef,” has been accepted to the anthology Dark Visions from Grey Matter Press.

From Erin Thorne:

On Saturday, March 2 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thorne will be reading from and signing Behind The Wheel at Booklovers’ Gourmet at 55 East Main St., Webster, MA.

On Saturday, March 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., she will be signing copies of Behind The Wheel and Deals Diabolical at the Sturbridge Coffee Roasters Cafe, located at 210 Hamilton St. in Southbridge, MA.

On Saturday, March 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., she will be at the New England Horror Writers’ table during the Heritage Craft Fair in Framingham, signing copies of Behind The Wheel and Deals Diabolical.

 

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS:

Darci Meyers (VT)
Matthew Bartlett (MA)
Pierre Comtois (MA)
Laura J. Hickman (RI)
Joseph Devoll (MA)

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

The Epitaph, Issue 26 (November 2012)

Issue #26 (Nov. 2012)

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
K. Allen Wood – Director of Publications
Scott Goudsward – Director of Events
David Price – Board Member
Tim Deal (alternate)
T.J. May (alternate)

Want to Give Back to the NEHW?

The NEHW has been asked by the Barnes & Noble in Manchester, CT to man its gift wrapping table. There will be a jar set-up for donations, which will go to our organization. We will be there on Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The table sits three people comfortably. There will be shifts. After gift wrapping ends, we can go out to eat at a local restaurant.

Email Jason Harris at dudley228@gmail.com if you like to help gift wrap.

Important Information:

If you haven’t received payment yet for Shroud’s Anthocon anthology, please read your contract, you are required to send them an invoice.

NEHW MEMBER NEWS:

From Stacey Longo Harris:

Would you like to get your books, artwork, etc. into our new bookstore, Books and Boos? Please contact her at Stacey@booksandboos.com to find out about the store’s consignment agreements.

From Robert Heske:

He is happy to report that he has completed principal photography on his micro-budget film Blessid, which is a psychological thriller that tip-toes on the edge of horror.

The film shot in and around Massachusetts in Holliston, Salem, Andover, Haverhill, Shrewsbury, Webster, Holden and Spencer.

Like the film on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BlessidtheMovie.

Follow it on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/blessidthemovie.

And check out the teaser and film updates at the website at http://www.blessidthemovie.com.

You can also see the film listed on IMDB at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2404940/.

From Erin Thorne:

She released a new book in November, Behind the Wheel, featuring stories in the horror and fantasy genres. Following is the synopsis from the back cover, as well as links to the paperback’s Amazon page, her Author’s Page on Amazon, and her Facebook Author’s Page.

Behind The Wheel Synopsis: A family discovers who’s really in charge when they buy a car that drives itself … The characters from a well known fairy tale live on after their story is over … A docile species of farm animal transforms into a pack of ruthless creatures, bent on the destruction of humankind … A werewolf stalks a young girl’s backyard … Tiny pets, rescued from certain destruction, are not what they seem… Enter a land of fantasy, and learn more about the hidden side of the world you take for granted.

http://www.amazon.com/Behind-The-Wheel-Other-Stories/dp/1480280801/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1353763605&sr=8-3&keywords=erin+thorne

http://www.amazon.com/author/erinthorne

http://www.facebook.com/authorerinthorne

From Deb Eskie:

Peep Show: Volume 2 featuring Eskie’s “For the Love of Death” is now available for purchase from Amazon and here: http://www.cemeterydance.com/page/CDP/PROD/o_fry02

From Kristi Petersen Schoonover:

Kristi’s novel Bad Apple was published by Vagabondage Press at the end of September (you can pretty much get it everywhere, but the link to the publisher’s page for it is here: http://www.vagabondagepress.com/bookpreviews/badapple.html#.UINT_sXA9Zc. ) She will be doing a reading and signing up at Books & Boos (Jason & Stacey’s new bookstore) in Colchester, CT, on Saturday, Dec. 8 at Noon. More information on that here: http://www.booksandboos.com/bookstore-events.html

Her short story, “Under the Kudzu,” was published in Wicked East Press’ Behind Locked Doors anthology in March: http://amzn.com/1617061891

Her short story, “The Thing Inside,” was published in Western Legends Press’ Unnatural Tales of the Jackalope anthology in July: http://amzn.com/1477451919. (It’s also available on Kindle).

Her ghost story, “May You Grow Old and Bitter,” was published in the LIMN Literary & Arts Journal in October: http://limnliterary.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/may-you-grow-old-and-bitter-by-kristi-petersen-schoonover/

Her story “Right Where Mother Left It” was included in Italian filmmaker Toni Verita’s Talkinghead Project, resulting in the short film “Right Where Mother” in November. You can view that here: http://youtu.be/Egj_y0cOPM4

She has written a couple of articles for the Dark Discussions Show site: Our Fetish for Zuni: Why we’ll never escape “that doll” http://www.darkdiscussions.com/Pages/article_003.htmland Opening Chernobyl Diaries: the truth is scarier than the film http://www.darkdiscussions.com/Pages/article_007.html. She has discussed the nature of creativity on Creativity Coach Nancy Norbeck’s website: http://www.nancynorbeck.com/2012/10/26/interview-kristi-petersen-schoonover/and has been honored to read a story for Tales to Terrify.

Scary Scribes, her radio show on Canada’s Paranormal, Eh? Network, will broadcast its 11th episode in December. Featured on the show this year: Scott Thomas, Kevin Lucia, the writers of Unnatural Tales of the Jackalope, Rob Watts, Daniel Pearlman, T.J. May, John Grover, John Palisano, and Stacey Longo. Episode 8, which was a special reading from a haunted cemetery, captured an EVP—an unexplained voice not heard during the recording, but on playback. You can listen to any of the Scary Scribes episodes here: http://scaryscribes.com/past-episodes/

Kristi has also been making the rounds on several podcasts, among them Dark Discussions (discussing The Chernobyl Diaries), The Invisible World, Dave’s Disney View, Sci-Fi Saturday Night (The Wheel of Fish episode), Your Caregiving Journey, and, of course, Paranormal, Eh?. You can listen to any of the 2012 interviews (and any from past years) here: http://kristipetersenschoonover.com/radio-interviews/

Finally, her husband, Nathan, was featured on Bio Channel’s My Ghost Story Episode 48 in the segment, “Bury the Patchett,” which aired November 9. You can watch the 10-minute segment from the show here: http://youtube/r42N9cbQoLQ

From John Grover:

John is happy to report his story, “Bog King,” was published in the Four
Horsemen’s anthology Anthology Year One. He’s very excited to be in such
great company and to commemorate his attendance at such a great new con.

In other news John’s working on a new novella, Oblivion 6, that
should be out in the new year. Here’s the blurb from the back cover: Six strangers. One suicide mission. And everything in the balance. A powerful cult intent on cleansing and renewing our world has unleashed an ancient evil. Time is running short, leaders of the earth have no weapon mighty enough to defend their lands, no plan to avoid the inevitable catastrophe.

Enter Oblivion 6, a team of psychics brought together by a secret government
agency to stop the annihilation of mankind. It¹s a race against time in this fast-paced, action-packed sci-fi novella, pitting an unlikely gang of heroes against god-like foes from another reality. The streets are their battleground, the stakes are apocalyptic and the fate of our world is in their hands.

Also John’s popular collection Creatures and Crypts is now in paperback. If
you have wanted a paper version instead of an e-book now is your chance to
grab it here: http://www.amazon.com/Creatures-Crypts-John-Grover/dp/1480166642/ref=tmm_pap
_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1325862819&sr=1-4

Also if you’re a zombie fan, John has two zombie titles available. His first
novel co-written with R Thomas Riley, If God Doesn’t Show, is garnering some
great reviews. Check it out here:
http://www.amazon.com/Doesnt-Cthulhu-Mythos-Novel-ebook/dp/B008QFJS3G or his
solo novella Frozen Stiff:
http://www.amazon.com/Frozen-Stiff-Zombie-Novella-ebook/dp/B008XRUSGS

To keep up with new releases and other news visit his website
http://www.shadowtales.com/works.htm or join his fan page:
https://www.facebook.com/johngroverdarkfictionauthor

From Dan Foley:

Foley’s short story collection, The Whisper’s of Crows, is, or soon will be, available from Neconebooks.com. Also available at Amazon.

From Eric Dimbleby:

Dimbleby has released his third novel, The Klinik, on December 1st. His new novel is a scathing story of the American healthcare system–comedic and gruesome, and not for the faint of heart. For more information, visit http://www.ericdimbleby.com.

He recently won the Best Speculative Fiction award from the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance for his debut novel, Please Don’t Go.

From Trisha J. Wooldridge:

Spencer Hill Press will be hosting an APROMcalypse to celebrate the release of their YA horror novel, Touch of Death by Kelly Hashway (edited by NEHW’s Trisha Wooldridge) at this year’s Arisia (www.arisia.org), a science fiction, fantasy, and horror convention in Boston, MA, January 13-16. The APROMcalypse zombie prom will feature a bite station where attendees can get zombie make-up, and then professional Prom photos in all the zombie finery. Find out more at http://www.site.spencerhillpress.com/Touch_of_Death.html.

From Craig D.B. Patton:

Patton announces the publication of Lifted Veils: Three Tales of The Extraordinary. The limited edition mini-collection contains three stories featuring moments when the boundary between the explicable and the fantastic vanishes. Moments that invokes awe or terror and sometimes both. Moments that change people forever. Lifted Veils will soon be available at Books & Boos in Colchester, CT and online at flawedcreations.wordpress.com.

Craig would also like to announce that you can now follow him on Twitter at @craigdbpatton.

From The Dome:

Horror Fiction as a Möbius Strip – Crabapples By Rob Watts

http://www.scifisaturdaynight.com/?p=6633

___________________________________

Bad Apple by Kristi Petersen Schoonover

http://www.scifisaturdaynight.com/?p=6592

Sci Fi Saturday Night welcomes NEHW members for reviewing of their books and interviews.

From Dale T. Phillips:

His story, “Change of Attitude,” will appear in the November/December issue of Over My Dead Body: http://www.overmydeadbody.com/fiction.htm

The anthology, Nightfalls, with apocalyptic tales of the last night on earth, is scheduled for release the first week of December, and has his story, “Our Lady” in it. All proceeds go to a children’s charity: http://kattomicenergy.blogspot.com/2012/11/nightfalls-anthology.html

Dale has been named one of “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading” on The Authors Show:
http://www.wnbnetworkwest.com/WnbAuthorsShow50Writers2012-VoteClose.html.

Dale’s third Zack Taylor mystery novel, A Shadow on the Wall, is scheduled for release in December, from Rosstrum Publishing.

Having taken writing courses from Stephen King at the University of Maine, Dale will be attending King’s upcoming talk at the Tsongas Arena, Dec.7th.

From Morven Westfield:

Westfield recently brought her podcast back from the dead with interviews from this year’s Necon. Consistent with the theme of her podcast series, Morven conducted short interviews with established writers at Necon, asking about their vampire fiction. The series begans with Jeff Strand, followed by Heather Graham, and just a few days ago, Necon frequenter F. Paul Wilson. Listen to her podcasts directly at http://www.vampireswitchesandgeeks.com or download them from iTunes.

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

The Epitaph, Issue 25 (October 2012)

Issue #25 (Oct. 2012)

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
K. Allen Wood – Director of Publications
Scott Goudsward – Director of Events
David Price – Board Member
Tim Deal (alternate)
T.J. May (alternate)
                             
NEHW SIGNINGS AND READINGS:
Rhode Island Comic Con
The NEHW will be at Rhode Island Comic Con on November 3 and 4. The cost will be $25 per member to participate. Space is limited to six people. This event is now full.
Anthocon
The NEHW will have a table at Anthocon (www.anthocon.com) from Nov. 9 through 11. Participation is $10. Email Scott Goudsward at screaming602@gmail.com for details and to reserve a spot at the table to sell your books.
Tantasqua’s Holiday Craft Fair
The NEHW will have tables at the Tantasqua’s Holiday Craft Fair at the Tantasqua Regional Sr. High School in Fiskdale, MA from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 1. It’s $10 to participate. Contact Jason Harris at dudley228@gmail.com to be at the table.
Want to Give Back to the NEHW?
The NEHW has been asked by the Barnes & Noble in Manchester, CT to man its gift wrapping table. There will be a jar set-up for donations, which will go to our organization. We will be there on Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The table sits three people comfortably. There will be shifts. After gift wrapping ends, we can go out to eat at a local restaurant.
Email Jason Harris at dudley228@gmail.com if you like to help gift wrap.
NEHW WRITING OPPORTUNITIES:
NEHW MEMBER NEWS:
From Don Franklin:
He announces that his novel, Reaper’s Walk: Hellstone is now available on Amazon even though the official launch date is October 31, and in a couple of weeks it will be available through Smashwords, at Barnes and Noble, on kobo and iTunes and on the sony e-reader,. Here is the publisher’s webpage:
From K. H. Vaughan:
The launch party for Shanghai Steam, a steampunk/wuxia anthology featuring his story “Love and Rockets at the Siege of Peking” will be Nov. 2 in the EDGE reading room at the World Fantasy Convention in Toronto.
He also had stories accepted to the anthologies Once Upon An Apocalypse and The Lost.
From Dan Foley:
His short story, “Hell’s Scavenger Hunt” has been accepted for publication in Scarlett River Press’s Tortured Souls, Vol. 1 anthology.
From Tom D’Agostino:
He did an episode of Freaky Friday with R.J. Heim for Channel 10 WJAR on the Ramtail Factory.
He is also working on his 10th book, which will feature really cool haunted people and places in New England. It will be out in time for next Halloween.
He and his wife, Arlene, look forward to seeing NEHW members at Comic-Con.
From Erin Thorne:
She will be presenting a book talk/signing at the Jacob Edwards Library in Southbridge, MA. on Thursday, Nov. 29th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Following are links with more information: http://www.socialweb.net/Events/148736.lasso and http://engagedpatrons.org/Events.cfm.
She has recently published a book, Deals Diabolical, in the horror genre. Following is a short synopsis plus links to the paperback’s Amazon page and her author’s page on Amazon, as well as her Author’s page on Facebook.
Deals Diabolical Synopsis: A father loses his beloved child to her own impulsive nature, and desperately wishes for her safe return to the family home. An up-and-coming disc jockey working the late shift is brutally attacked, and desires nothing more than vigilante justice. The wife of a successful businessman suffers the first blows of domestic violence, and vows that her daughter will never see her father become a monster. Desperation binds each of these people to a forbidden aid, purchased at the cost of something they’ll never miss; at least, not in this life … https://www.facebook.com/authorerinthorne?sk=page_insights#!/authorerinthorne http://www.amazon.com/author/erinthorne
Here is Thorne’s bio: Thorne is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts, where she lives with her family. She writes primarily paranormal fiction, and is the author of Diane’s Descent, a supernatural novella set in upstate New York, as well as Deals Diabolical, a collection of eight spine-tingling tales. Her work has also been featured in Adventures for the Average Woman (now IdeaGems Magazine).
From Anthony Tremblay:
Tremblay, writing under the pen name T.T. Zuma, has had his stories “Chiyoung” and “Dongsun’s Song,” accepted into Horror World’s Eulogies II anthology.
He also had his story, “The Old Man,” accepted into the Anthocon – Four Horseman Anthology.
He has also been chosen to be the New Hampshire author of the month at the Goffstown N.H. Public Library on Nov. 3, and will be reading his story “The Burial Board” from Epitaphs, the NEHW anthology as well as meeting the patrons and answering questions.
From Roxanne Dent:
Her story, “The Legacy,” has been accepted by the Four Horsemen, for their first print anthology scheduled for release on Nov. 9 at the second annual anthology conference, Anthocon 2012.
From Tracy L. Carbone:
Her thriller, Restitution, is now available on Kindle and will be in print shortly.
Book description: Destiny intervenes for Tucker Millis, a delusional writer who needs a purpose in life and a plot for his new novel. When he discovers his new phone number once belonged to a man on the verge of turning himself in for a twenty-five year old murder, it’s a dream come true. Tucker uses the messages and calls intended for the murderer to manipulate lives and to craft his story. But he’s propelled back to reality when he can no longer escape the full horror and dire consequences of the world he’s created.
From Bill Rockwell:
His novel, Generation Z, Birth of the Zompire, was published Oct. 1, and is available on Amazon or his website: http://billrockwell.net.
He has been asked to do a reading and signing at Mysti-Con in Roanoke, VA on the weekend of Feb. 22, 2013.
From Chris Cumo:
Cumo’s story, “The Old Man and the Aristocrat” was published in the first addition of The Alarmist, a new print magazine in the UK, in July 2012.
From Vlad Vaslyn:
His second publication, a horror novella, Yorick, will be out by Halloween in paperback and all major digital formats!
Book description: Poor Roberta. She’s aging, has lost everyone she’s ever loved, and now she lives out her sad, lonely days feeding on bad convenience store food and faded memories of happier times. She wants nothing more than to join her loved ones in the afterlife, but then a gruesome discovery along the banks of the Merrimack River changes everything. Roberta knows she’ll never be alone again.
From K.A. Laity:
She is happy to announce two horror-themed publications: Unquiet Dreams: A Murmuration of Unsettling Tales from Tirgearr Publishing (tirgearrpublishing.com), which collects a wide variety of dark stories, some not previously published. Also for Fox Spirit Books (foxspirit.co.uk), she has edited the genre mash-up anthology, Weird Noir, which includes fellow NEHW members Jan Kozlowski and Christopher Irvin. Please contact the publishers if you’d like to review either publication.
Her flash fiction, “Boo” appeared in Flash Flood Magazine 12 Oct 2012.
From Michael Arruda:
He’s happy to report that his horror movie review collection, In the Spooklight, is now available as an e-book at www.neconebooks.com. This is a collection of his In the Spooklight columns which have appeared in the HWA Newsletter since 2000 and features reviews of horror movies from the silent era up until today. A must for horror movie buffs!
From Dan Foley:
His short story, “Hell’s Scavenger Hunt,” has been accepted for publication in Scarlett River Presses’ Tortured Souls, Vol 1 anthology.
From Doug Rinaldi:
His first e-book, Manuscript Of Deviated Truths, Volume I, has been released on Amazon through their Kindle Direct program. It contains three short stories and one piece of poetry and is the first of three collections of short stories.
Volume I contains four dark tales that challenge our vision of reality and make the improbable and impossible truths. In “Maelstrom,” a crews’ hold on reality capsizes under the weight of death and despair they find on the open sea. “Annual Seed” documents one man’s obsession with the cutthroat world of growing the best vegetables. Sadness, helplessness, and unending frustration form a vortex of emotion in the poem “Thy Scars.” OCD is the least of Brad’s problems when he comes face to face with the crushing and hurtful reality of the world around him in “Cleanliness And Godliness.” All this for just .99 cents.
From Deb Eskie:
She announces that Cruentus Libri Press is publishing her story, “A Normal Son,” in their anthology Suffer the Little Children.
From Dale T. Phillips:
He is proud to announce numerous story sales and publications for his stories.
“Mistakes” was published in Fiction and Verse: http://www.fictionandverse.com/mistakes/.
His story, “Change of Attitude,” was sold to Over My Dead Body, will link when it’s up.
His story, “Our Lady,” was accepted for the upcoming Nightfalls anthology. His story, “A Song for the Children,” was accepted for the new Fungi anthology. His story, “Heartsounds,” which was published last year, was selected for inclusion in a new anthology The Best of Every Day Fiction Four.
He’s also been named a finalist in the contest “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading” on The Authors Show: http://www.wnbnetworkwest.com/WnbAuthorsShow50Writers2012-preVote.html.
He will be attending the New England Crime Bake mystery conference on Nov. 9-10 (http://www.crimebake.org/index.htm) and at the New England Author’s Expo Holiday Book Sale on Sunday, Nov. 11(http://peartreepublishing.net/events/authorsexpoHBS.php).
From Errick A. Nunnally:
The collaborative chapbook/magazine Dreadworks Journal will be available at the NEHW’s table at AnthoCon 2012. It contains four heart-stopping short stories from NEHW members Bracken MacLeod, Christopher L. Irvin, Javed Jahangir, and himself.
From Stacey Longo:
Longo will appear on the Literary New England radio show on Monday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. She lists five of the scariest stories by New England authors, which includes a novel by NEHW member Rick Hautala. She also manages to plug other writers and the NEHW itself. Listen on Blogtalk Radio at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/literarynewengland
From Chris Irvin:
Chris’s story “Charred Kraken with Plum Butter” is coming out next week in the anthology, Weird Noir, published by Fox Spirit Books. Another story of his coming out in November, “Santa’s Bones,” is in the charity anthology, The Undead That Saved Christmas Vol. 3 Monster Bash, published by Rainstorm Press. Proceeds benefit the Hugs Foster Family Agency.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS:
Erin Thorne (MA)
Sarah Bousquet (MA)
Rose Mambert (MA)
Daniel Craig Roche (MA)
Gordon Bean (NH)
Katherine Silva (ME)
Patrick Harron (NH)
Rose Mambert (MA)
– Jason Harris, Editor, the Epitaph: Journal of NEHW
– Stacey Longo, Assistant Editor, the Epitaph: Journal of NEHW

 

The Epitaph, Issue 23 (August 2012)

Issue #23 (Aug 2012)

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
K. Allen Wood – Director of Publications
Scott Goudsward – Director of Events
Danny Evarts – Art Director
Tim Deal (alternate)
T.J. May (alternate)

NEHW SIGNINGS AND READINGS:

Hebron Harvest Fair

The NEHW will once again have a booth at this four day fair. It runs from Sept. 6 through 9.

Rhode Island Comic Con

The NEHW will be at Rhode Island Comic Con on November 3 and 4.

Anthocon

The NEHW will have a table at Anthocon (www.anthocon.com) from Nov. 9 through 11.

Tantasqua’s Holiday Craft Fair

The NEHW will have tables at the Tantasqua’s Holiday Craft Fair at the Tantasqua Regional Sr. High School in Fiskdale, MA from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 1.

Want to Give Back to the NEHW?

The NEHW has been asked by the Barnes & Noble in Manchester, CT to man its gift wrapping table. There will be a jar set-up for donations, which will go to our organization. We will be there on Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The table sits three people comfortably. There will be shifts. After gift wrapping ends, we can go out to eat at a local restaurant.

Email Jason Harris at dudley228@gmail.com if you like to help gift wrap.

NEHW WRITING OPPORTUNITIES

From Charles Day:

Evil Jester Press is looking for comic book/graphic novel artists to submit samples of their work for our new 6 issue series. Please send a couple pages to David C. Hayes, Executive Editor at: eviljesterpresentscomics@gmail.com

From Trisha Wooldridge:

Doorways to Extra Time, a short story anthology, is now accepting submissions.

In our busy world of meetings and microwaves, car radios and cell phones, people always wish they could get an extra hour in the day. What if they could? Doorways to Extra Time is an anthology that explores ways to get extra time (be it an hour, a day, or a decade) and the impact it would have (whether upon a single life, a family or an entire world).We’re looking for stories with a touch of the fantastic—whether mystical, magical, mechanical, or just plain mysterious—but they can be set in any time or any genre: contemporary or historical, science fiction or fantasy, horror or magic realism. We could even find a place for a nonfiction essay if it was truly exceptional. In short, show us something show-stopping, and we’ll make time for you.

Suggested Length: full stories (from 3,000 to 7,000 words) and flash fiction (preferred under 1,000 words). We will accept good stories up to 10,000 words but longer lengths are a harder sell.

Due Date: Oct. 15, 2012

Editors: Anthony Francis and Trisha J. Wooldridge

Submission Guidelines: Please email your submissions to anthology@spencerhillpress.com. Put your story in the BODY of the email (no attachments) and put “DOORWAYS TO EXTRA TIME” in the subject line along with the title.

And now the boring bits: We can only accept previously unpublished stories. Please don’t use characters or material to which you do not own the copyright so Disney doesn’t come sue us—this is not a fan-fiction anthology. Contributor payment will be an advance of $10, a contributor copy of the print edition, and an equal share of the contributors’ portion of the royalties. Please make your work appropriate for a PG-13 audience and avoid gratuitous sex, violence, politics and puns.

For accepted submissions, Spencer Hill Press will take first print and electronic publishing rights, which are exclusive publishing rights for as long as the anthology remains in print. This means that authors will not be able sell or publish their stories elsewhere, and when the rights revert to the authors after the anthology is no longer in print, they will only be able to market the story as a reprint, which in nearly all cases is a harder sell and has a lower pay rate than first print. We at Spencer Hill Press hope that the anthology will have strong sales that will result in healthy royalty payments, but we want authors to go into this with eyes open, knowing how acceptance to one anthology limits the marketing of the same story down the road.

NEHW MEMBER NEWS:

From Erin Underwood:

Underwood sold her short story “The Foam Born” to Ticonderoga Press for their new anthology Bloodstones, edited by Amanda Pillar, which will be released in October 2012.

From Bob Sterns:

Stearns released his first e-book novella, The Harvester, on Amazon. It is a dark fantasy/horror/sci-fi adventure story and fully illustrated. Here’s the link, http://www.amazon.com/TheHarvesterebook/dp/B008SGZKXU/ref=sr_1_5?s=digitaltext&ie=UTF8&qid=1344562146&sr=1-5&keywords=the+harvester

From K.H. Vaughan:

Vaughan’s story, “Love and Rocket at the Siege of Peking,” will appear in the steampunk-wuxia anthology Shanghai Steam, due this November from Absolute Xpress.

From Robert Heske:

Heske’s graphic novel, The Night Projectionist, was reviewed by ComicsGrinder.com (http://comicsgrinder.com/2012/08/05/how-to-tell-a-good-vampire-story-the-night-projectionist-tpb-review/) and on HorrorNews.net (http://horrornews.net/55250/book-review-the-night-projectionist-author-robert-heske/).

He also did a follow-up interview with Henry Chamberlain at ComicsGrinder about The Night Projectionist and his other work, including his upcoming indie film Blessid (http://comicsgrinder.com/2012/08/14/robert-heske-interview-screenplays-and-comics/).

He reports that initial filming will begin on Blessid in September with a 2-day shoot, with the balance occurring in November. Here are links to “Like”, Follow and Fund Heske’s film: www.facebook.com/BlessidTheMovie, www.twitter.com/blessidthemovie, and www.indiegogo.com/blessidthemovie.

From Dave Goudsward:

Goudsward is proud to announce one of the top Lovecraftian scholars, Kenneth Faig, Jr., will be writing the foreword to his book H.P. Lovecraft in the Merrimack Valley, which explores the region’s ties to the Amateur Journalism movement that served as an incubator to Lovecraft’s writing, and the influence of later visits on HPL’s work.

From K. A. Laity:

Laity has the cover art for Weird Noir, the forthcoming collection she’s editing for Fox Spirit Books (foxspirit.co.uk), out this November.

Recent publications include:

The Price. Short story. Tales of the Nun and Dragon (http://www.foxspirit.co.uk/?page_id=82). Ed. Adele Wearing. Fox Spirit Books. August 2012.

ASBO Bambi. Flash fiction. Pulp Metal Magazine (http://pulpmetalmagazine.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/asbo-bambi-by-k-a-laity/).

Aug. 4, 2012.

The Claddagh Icon. Short story. Atlantis eBooks/Lite Editions (http://atlantis.lite-editions.com/ebook.php?c&amp;p=28). July, 21 2012. [English/Italian language editions]

Her dark story collection, Unquiet Dreams, will be released Oct. 4 from Tirgearr Publishing.

From Eric Stanway:

Emu Books will be releasing two new anthologies by Stanway, a New Hampshire author, whose previous books include “Vintage Blood,” “The Old Rindge House,” and “Madame Sherri,” on September 21, for the Halloween season.

Stanway has edited the anthology, The Blood is the Life, a collection of classic vampire stories, by such literary luminaries as F. Marion Crawford, F. G. Loring, E. F. Benson and Nikolai Vasilivich Gogol. This collection also includes the story “The Vampyre” by John Polidori, which holds the distinction of being the first vampire tale in modern literature.

He also edited Mad Ghosts and Englishmen, a treasury of classic British Ghost stories by such renowned authors as M. R. James, Bram Stoker and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes.

Each book is lavishly illustrated with period engravings, and is 267 pages. They will retail for $14.95 apiece, and are available at Amazon.com and all good bookstores.

For more information or interviews, interested parties can call the author at (603 585-6820 or email eric.stanway@yahoo.com. Visit EricStanway.com for more details.

From L.L. Soares: 

L.L. Soares’s novel, Life Rage, will be making its debut at Killercon in Las Vegas the weekend of September 20 – 23.

From Dan Foley:

Foley sold a short story, “I Will Make You Beautiful,” to Scarlet River Press for the anthology, Rigorous Mortis – A Mortician’s Tale Anthology.

From John Grover:

Grover is very excited to announce the release of his first full-length novel, If God Doesn’t Show, co-written with R. Thomas Riley and published by Permuted Press. It’s the apocalypse and the dead are rising, shadow creatures are on the loose, Cthulhu has returned and only two men can stop the madness and they’ve never even met.

Available in all formats and reading devices, but you can start with Amazon and B&N: http://www.amazon.com/Doesnt-Show-Cthulhu-Mythos-Novel/dp/1618680560 and http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/if-god-doesnt-show-r-thomas-riley/1112297347?ean=2940015024272

Grover’s first Zombie book is now available on Kindle and Nook. Frozen Stiff: A Zombie Novella is a horror adventure set in the Canadian Arctic. A horror colder than the snowy landscape awaits a military search and rescue team and their civilian survivors in this original chiller of the zombie apocalypse. Get it for Kindle or Nook: http://www.amazon.com/Frozen-Stiff-Zombie-Novella-ebook/dp/B008XRUSGS or http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/frozen-stiff-john-grover/1112550486?ean=2940014899239

Finally not quite horror, but for those who enjoy fantasy, the second installment of Grover’s dark fantasy series Song of the Ancestors II: The Human Condition is now available exclusively on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Human-Condition-Song-Ancestors-ebook/dp/B008ITKUAK

From Charles Day and Evil Jester Press:

I am delighted to announce that after a few months of brainstorming and talking with some members of the HWA board, James Chambers and I are now excited to be co-chairing the HWA NY/LI Chapter. We are looking to hold our first meeting early October, possibly in the NYC area, near the Javitt’s Center if possible. A few of us HWA members will be attending the NY Comic book Convention (COMIC-CON) and this would be a great time to gather up some people.

Day’s also excited to be hanging out with the NEHW at the Rhode Island Comic-Con this coming Nov 3 and 4. He’ll be signing copies of my Legend of the Pumpkin Thief and the newly released Tales of Terror & Mayhem from Deep Within the Box.

Nov 9-11: The evil little jester and his jesterly minions will be arriving at ANTHOCON in New Hampshire. Our booth is registered and we hope to see many of you there. I’ll be signing copies of my books, and we will have other authors at the table and around the conference to sign copies. We hope to also have Joe McKinney’s Inheritance released by this time. Looking forward to seeing everyone again. Last year was such a blast.

If any of you are active members with the HWA and would like to participate in the HWA Mentoring Program, please get in touch with me. I’ve been filling all the slots, and could use more professional writers to share their knowledge to aspiring writers. My email address is cday3067@hotmail.com.

From Dale Phillips:

Phillips is on the radio, talking about writing, as a guest on David Tierney’s show on 91.5, WUML. Listen via radio or on www.wuml.org. He will be on Monday mornings from 9:50 to 10:10 (approximately).

From E.F. Schraeder:

Schraeder’s short story “Stacked” appeared in the Summer 2012 Dark Gothic Resurrected magazine.  Two other stories were also selected for upcoming anthologies.   “Employee of the Month” was selected for Carnival of the Damned anthology edited by Henry Snider and David C. Hayes from Evil Jester Press, and “The Hopeful Doctor” was included in Dark Moon Books’ upcoming alternate history horror anthology, Zombie Jesus and Other True Stories, edited by Lori Michelle, Max Booth III, and Stan Swanson.

From Scott Goudsward:

Goudsward has sold “Ghost Lights” to Evil Jester Press’ Carnival of the Damned.

Once Upon an Apocalypse is still taking submissions for another month. www.onceuponanapocalypse.com

From Errick Nunnally:

Nunnally sold a short story, “Who Bears the Lathe?” to eFiction’s inaugural genre magazine. The magazine’s first issue will be published in early September 2012.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS:
 
Georgina Morales (CT)
Heather Randolph (MA)
Joe Mirabello (MA)
Barbara Farrow (MA)

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

The Epitaph, Issue 22 (July 2012)

Issue #22 (July 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)

NEHW SIGNINGS AND READINGS:

Open Air Market and Festival

The NEHW will once again have a spot at the Middletown Open Air Market and Festival. It’s happening on Sunday, Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hebron Harvest Fair

The NEHW will once again have a booth at this four day fair. It runs from Sept. 6 through 9.

Rhode Island Comic Con

The NEHW will be at Rhode Island Comic Con on November 3 and 4.

Tantasqua’s Holiday Craft Fair

The NEHW will have tables at the Tantasqua’s Holiday Craft Fair at the Tantasqua Regional Sr. High School in Fiskdale, MA from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 1.

WRITING WORKSHOP

From Trisha Wooldridge:

Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester welcomes Spencer Hill Press as they host “There’s Magic in this Writing Workshop” on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Spencer Hill Press is a small press out of New Hampshire that specializes in paranormal, science fiction, and fantasy Young Adult, Mid-Grade, and New Adult fiction, with a new imprint, Spence City, opening in October, which will feature urban fantasy.  Founded by Kate Kaynak, author of the acclaimed Ganzfield series, in 2010. Spencer Hill Press’s mission is to grow the careers of quality authors and offering books that have that “can’t put down” quality.

At the “There’s Magic in this Writing Workshop,” owner Kate Kaynak, and senior editor Trisha Wooldridge, will discuss the craft of writing, editing, marketing, and a professional critique of pitches and queries.  Since this is Spencer Hill Press’s first time at Annie’s, they are offering a special price of $50 for the full day workshop with a $10 discount for members of Broad Universe, Worcester Writers Collaborative, New England Horror Writers, and students with valid ID. And a bagged lunch is included! Registration is due by Aug. 8. Sign-up at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester in person, by phone (508-796-5613), or send an email to info@anniesbookstopworcester.com for information on how to sign-up via PayPal.

Join us from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the full day workshop with Spencer Hill Press.

NEHW WRITING OPPORTUNITIES

From Trisha Wooldridge:

Doorways to Extra Time, a short story anthology, is now accepting submissions.

In our busy world of meetings and microwaves, car radios and cell phones, people always wish they could get an extra hour in the day. What if they could? Doorways to Extra Time is an anthology that explores ways to get extra time (be it an hour, a day, or a decade) and the impact it would have (whether upon a single life, a family or an entire world).We’re looking for stories with a touch of the fantastic—whether mystical, magical, mechanical, or just plain mysterious—but they can be set in any time or any genre: contemporary or historical, science fiction or fantasy, horror or magic realism. We could even find a place for a nonfiction essay if it was truly exceptional. In short, show us something show-stopping, and we’ll make time for you.

Suggested Length: full stories (from 3,000 to 7,000 words) and flash fiction (preferred under 1,000 words). We will accept good stories up to 10,000 words but longer lengths are a harder sell.

Due Date: Oct. 15, 2012

Editors: Anthony Francis and Trisha J. Wooldridge

Submission Guidelines: Please email your submissions to anthology@spencerhillpress.com. Put your story in the BODY of the email (no attachments) and put “DOORWAYS TO EXTRA TIME” in the subject line along with the title.

And now the boring bits: We can only accept previously unpublished stories. Please don’t use characters or material to which you do not own the copyright so Disney doesn’t come sue us—this is not a fan-fiction anthology. Contributor payment will be an advance of $10, a contributor copy of the print edition, and an equal share of the contributors’ portion of the royalties. Please make your work appropriate for a PG-13 audience and avoid gratuitous sex, violence, politics and puns.

For accepted submissions, Spencer Hill Press will take first print and electronic publishing rights, which are exclusive publishing rights for as long as the anthology remains in print. This means that authors will not be able sell or publish their stories elsewhere, and when the rights revert to the authors after the anthology is no longer in print, they will only be able to market the story as a reprint, which in nearly all cases is a harder sell and has a lower pay rate than first print. We at Spencer Hill Press hope that the anthology will have strong sales that will result in healthy royalty payments, but we want authors to go into this with eyes open, knowing how acceptance to one anthology limits the marketing of the same story down the road.

NEHW MEMBER NEWS

From Trisha Wooldridge:

Trisha J. Wooldridge, writing as T. J. Wooldridge, has sold her first mid-grade novel, The Kelpie, to Spencer Hill Press.  The novel will be released December 2013.

In the novel, Heather MacArthur is an 11-year-old who has the “pleasure” of living in a centuries-old castle complete with ghosts and faeries. The problem: Heather MacArthur is an 11-year-old who lives in a castle complete with ghosts and faeries … and now children in the nearby village are going missing.

From Deb Eskie:

Eskie is featured in the next edition of Peep Show, by Short Scary Tales Publications. This is the second publication for her short story, “For the Love of Death.”

From Patrick Rahall:

Rahall and Ashleigh Homon (a.k.a. Ashes von Nitemare) have released Monsters in the Closet on Amazon Kindle and on Amazon as a hard copy.

From Robert Heske:

Heske asks people to visit The Night Projectionist Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/thenightprojectionist and help push it to the 12,000 mark.

The book is also available digitally at comiXology. You can also buy the book at Amazon for a steep discount or it can be bought at the publisher’s website, http://www.studio-407.com.

He is also ramping up for his micro-budget movie to be shot in Massachusetts in the Fall. Visit the website at www.blessidthemovie.com or LIKE the film on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BlessidTheMovie.

He is starting an IndieGoGo campaign at http://www.indiegogo.com/blessidthemovie and would appreciate any donations or sharing of the link. Your reward will be immortality (Blessid is about a suicidal pregnant woman who discovers her next-door neighbor is over 2,000 years old) and great perks listed on the IndieGoGo page. Although not a horror film, Blessid has a dark undertone and supernatural elements and is being directed by Mass horror makeup artist and special effects wiz Rob Fitz.

Lastly, Bob writes a web comic called IndieCreator on http://www.investcomics.com. Bob has interviewed NEHW member TJ May for the column in the past. He invites you to read his latest column with amazing Massachusetts writer/illustrator/mask maker Duncan Eagleson, who has worked on a variety of iconic comics (Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour). Read it here: http://investcomics.com/features/indiecreator-interviews-duncan-eagleson.

From K. A. Laity:

New publications include:

“The Claddagh Icon.” Short story. Atlantis eBooks/Lite Editions

http://atlantis.lite-editions.com/ebook.php?c&amp;p=28. July 21, 2012.

“Won the lottery! Didn’t see bus.” Micro fiction. Stylo Writing Academy Six

Word Story Competition

http://www.stylowritingacademy.co.uk/Stylo_Writing_Academy/Competition.html. July 3, 2012. Runner-up.

Laity is editing the anthology, Weird Noir, for Fox Spirit Books in the UK.

Space is limited, but if you have a pitch that might fit, let her know ASAP,

katelaity@gmail.com. Stories due Sept. 5.

From Christopher Walsh:

Walsh has some submission acceptance news. His short story, “God Save The Queens,” is about a haunted recording studio in Philadelphia and was accepted by Wicked East Press for inclusion in their anthology Fresh Ground, Coffee House Flash Fiction V3, edited by Jessica A. Weiss.  It should be released in early 2013.

From Rob Smales:

Smales’ story, “Photo Finish,” is included in the anthology, The Ghost is the Machine. This collection is filled with steampunk-inspired ghost stories and includes a story by author Joe Hill. The anthology was edited by Patrick Scalisi and will be released on Aug. 14.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS:

Ed Brzychcy (MA)

Duncan Eagleson (RI)

Rob Smales (MA)

David Birtwell (MA)
Vlad Vaslyn (MA)
Kenneth Heard (RI)
David Macpherson (MA)
Robert Chipman (ME)

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