The Epitaph, Issue 24 (Septemeber 2012)

Issue #24 (Sept. 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
Tim Deal (alternate)
T.J. May (alternate)                       


Rock and Shock

The NEHW will have its usual table this years Rock and Shock ( convention in Worcester, MA from 10/12 – 10/14 – a lot of the details are on our FB page.

We will be going to dinner at Viva Bene’s Saturday night at 7:30.

If you plan on selling at the booth or coming to dinner, Scott Goudsward needs to know ASAP. Email him at An email chain will start soon with the details of attendance and panels. If your name does not get on the list then you will not be able to get in. Email Scott for questions and details.

The NEHW will be taking place in panels this year, Women in Horror, Small Press Publishing and Breaking into the Business  – if you would like to volunteer to be on one of them (and there’s space) email Scott.

Oct. 28 Reading/Signing Event

There are plans in the works for a NEHW reading/signing event on Sunday, Oct. 28 in Billerica, MA from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a table where your books can be sold too. Please email Jason Harris at if you are interested in participating in this event.

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.


The NEHW will have a table at Anthocon ( from Nov. 9 through 11. Participation is $10. Email Scott Goudsward at 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 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 if you like to help gift wrap.


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 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.

She hasn’t gotten anything from her NEHW colleagues and would really love more horror!!!


From Jan Kozlowski:

Kozlowski’s novel, Die, You Bastard! Die!, edited by the legendary John Skipp, is now out in paperback!

From Stacey Longo:

Longo will be the guest author on The Writer’s Chatroom on Oct. 7 from 7 – 9 p.m. (EST) for dark fiction month. TWC is a 5-time winner of Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers. Longo will be raffling off a copy of Dark Things IV during the intermission at 8 p.m.

The chat is completely online, so be sure to visit on Sunday.

From Robert Heske:

I’m writing to let you know about Blessid.

Here’s the pitch:

A disturbed young pregnant woman searching for the will to live meets an enigmatic immortal that has moved in next door. He’s seen everything…but can he help her to survive her past?

Blessid is an indie film that is dark, funny, violent and ultimately uplifting. It’s a story about tragedy, guilt, survival and forgiveness.

I know you’ve heard from many, many people asking you to help fund their film project. What makes Blessid unique? Glad you asked!

Beyond a great script and a story that’s not been told before, we have an energetic, experienced director and crew who have collectively worked on the biggest feature films that have come to Boston in the past decade. Our producer had a short film accepted into Sundance this year. And the camera package we are shooting on is the same one that was used to film the summer blockbuster Prometheus. We have an unbelievable blend of New England and LA-based actors … and some exciting news to come. We believe so much in this project we are funding a good percentage of it ourselves. But every contribution helps and gets us closer.
Take a moment to check it out on Indiegogo and also share it with your friends. All the tools are there. Get perks, make a contribution, or simply follow updates. If enough of us get behind it, we can make Blessid happen.

From L.L. Soares:

Soares’ debut novel, Life Rage, came out from Nightscape Press on Sept. 21 and should be available soon afterwards on Amazon and the usual places. It’s also available for Kindle and Nook.

Soares’ second novel, Rock ‘N’ Roll, comes out in October from Gallows Press. He hopes to have copies at this year’s Rock and Shock Convention in Worcester.

From Dale T. Phillips:

Phillips will be one of the featured writers at the New England Author’s Expo on Nov. 11th, at the Danversport (MA) Yacht Club.


Sue Schuler (MA)
Elaine Pascale (MA)
Rona Gofstein (MA)

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