Friday, January 3, 2014


Had a great time working with these authors and editing their work. What a great stable of talent!

This is the way the world ends: Again and again. Not by Zombies, but by Beasts of a New Mythology. Not by the Rapture, but by the Genocide of Desert Gods. These are the horsemen, the trumpeting angels . . . 

Joe McKinney - Tim Curran - J.F. Gonzalez - Michael Oliveri - David Conyers - Lee Moan - Rebecca Day - Derek J. Goodman - Lyn C.A. Gardner - Ian Randal Strock - Michael Sellars - Dario Ciriello - Daniel R. Robichaud - Ian Rogers - Patrice Sarath 


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Just How Subjective is Publishing?

The answer might surprise you . . .

In 1975, unknown writer Chuck Ross conducted an experiment.  To prove to himself that talent can go unrecognized, he retyped the first few pages of Steps by Jerzy Kosinksi--a National Book Award winning novel that had already sold 400,000 copies.  He then submitted the pages to several publishers, including Random House who had originally published Steps.  Chuck's manuscript pages were promptly rejected by all.

A few years later, Ross retyped the entire book and submitted it again to several major publishers.  Again, the novel was rejected across the board.  But Ross did receive a personal response from one of Kosinski's previous publishers.  Despite rejecting the book, Harcourt Brace compared Chuck's voice to that of Kosinski.

"Several of us read your untitled novel here with admiration for writing and style. Jerzy Kosinski comes to mind as a point of comparison when reading the stark, chilly episodic incidents you have set down. The drawback to the manuscript, as it stands, is that it doesn't add up to a satisfactory whole. It has some very impressive moments, but gives the impression of sketchiness and incompleteness."

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Fundraiser for the Family of Author Rick Hautala

Follow the link below for more information, including where you can purchase the book!

Crystal Lake Publishing

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Great Halloween Reads!

A fast-moving, eerie...tale set on Halloween night. Eight costumed boys running to meet their friend Pipkin at the haunted house outside town encounter instead the huge and cadaverous Mr. Moundshroud. As Pipkin scrambles to join them, he is swept away by a dark Something, and Moundshroud leads the boys on the tail of a kite through time and space to search the past for their friend and the meaning of Halloween. After witnessing a funeral procession in ancient Egypt, cavemen discovering fire, Druid rites, the persecution of witches in the Dark Ages, and the gargoyles of Notre Dame, they catch up with the elusive Pipkin in the catacombs of Mexico, where each boy gives one year from the end of his life to save Pipkin's. 

Something strange is going on in Jerusalem's Lot ... but no one dares to talk about it. By day, 'Salem's Lot is a typical modest New England town; but when the sun goes down, evil roams the earth. The devilishly sweet insistent laughter of a child can be heard echoing through the fields, and the presence of silent looming spirits can be felt lurking right outside your window. Stephen King brings his gruesome imagination to life in this tale of spine tingling horror.

Taking readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family and the struggle that ensues when a cousin arrives at their estate. 

Can any soul survive?
Regarded as the Mount Everest of haunted houses, Belasco House has witnessed scenes of almost unimaginable horror and depravity. Two previous expeditions to investigate its secrets met with disaster, the participants destroyed by murder, suicide or insanity. Now a new investigation has been mounted ...

The story follows the exploits of seven children as they are terrorized by an eponymous being, which exploits the fears and phobias of its victims in order to disguise itself while hunting its prey. "It" primarily appears in the form of a clown in order to attract its preferred prey of young children. The novel is told through narratives alternating between two time periods, and is largely told in the third-person omniscient mode. It deals with themes which would eventually become King staples: the power of memory, childhood trauma, and the ugliness lurking behind a fa├žade of traditional small-town values.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Off the Chain Good!

Times of Trouble, Edited by Lane Adamson

I have now read two anthologies edited by Lane Adamson. I think, at this point, it's safe to assume that anything with his name on it will be quality. Every story in this collection is good; every story is diverse. I rarely feel this way when reading anthologies; usually I prepare myself for the lesser fare sandwiched between the good stories. Nothing of the sort in Times of Trouble. Just one great time travel tale after the next.

There are stories with clever twists: Tempest Fugitive by Thomas Brannan and Rob Pegler.  Also, Mandatory Waiting Period by Aaron Polson.

There are stories filled with creepy goodness: Little Girl Lost by Jeff Drake.There's humor: Matthew Baugh's Rabid Season.

There are beautiful stories worthy of awards, even: Frank Farrar's Forgetting is incredible. The last few pages of The Scavenger by Michael C. Lea are also pretty hard to forget.

There are stories that are different in a good way: Rakie' Kieg's Let Me Take you There.

There are action packed thrill rides: Joshua Reynold's Hounded.

There are even zombies: The Time Traveler's Late Wife by Stan Timmons.

There's more, of course . . .

What an awesome collection!

Available on Amazon!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Midian Unmade -- Story Sent!

Matthew Baugh and I collaborated on a story for the awesome project, Midian Unmade--an anthology consisting of stories set in Clive Barker's Cabal/Nightbreed Universe. We finished A Song to Sing in Babylon just days to deadline.

Our premise:

"Misunderstood creatures of the moon don't fit in anywhere, right? But there is one fringe in our society that might just take them in. Can anyone guess what that fringe might be?"

Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker's Nightbreed

Sunday, September 29, 2013

One of the Best Horror Novels I've Read in Years!

The Pen Name by David Jacob Knight  

"Ben Little knew writing required great sacrifice, but he never thought it would cost him his life." With an opening line like this, it's hard to go wrong, and the writer never does! From the first line to the last, Pen Name is a non-stop thrill ride, a multilayered work of fantastic horror.

Though Pen Name is written in linear fashion, there is nothing straight forward about Ben Little's story. He's a writer trying to make it. He has a family. He has an ill family member. He has too much on his plate. When a redeemer of sorts appears, ready to take Ben and his writing into the big time, his life is thrown into turmoil. And just when you think you know what's at stake for Ben, the writer throws in another curve. Thrill rides through town, a creepy swine worshiping cult, characters who may or may not even exist, and so much more.

Pen Name is very current, but pays homage to the classics in subtle reference throughout--though the writer's voice is very much his own.

How refreshing that in a glutted market, one can still find a layered work, a work where there is more going on that just man escaping beast or man confronting his own beast. Pen Name is rich in detail, layered in content, and brimming with plot. This is everything a thoughtful horror novel should be.

Available on Amazon!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Doctor Sleep, Stephen King's Sequel to The Shining, Arrives this Week

After more than 30 years, Stephen King is set to release a sequel to The Shining. Doctor Sleep will hit stores on September 24, 2013.

For those who haven't read The Shining (or haven't read it in years), the paperback and Kindle versions are both sale priced on Amazon.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Hello Traverse

For those of you who don't understand this post . . . just pretend your name is Traverse.  ;)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Harper Lee Writes a Letter

After learning that the Hanover County School Board planned to pull To Kill a Mockingbird from all their school libraries, citing immorality, Harper Lee composed the following letter to the Richmond News Leader, along with a small monetary contribution:


January 1966

Editor, The News Leader:

Recently I have received echoes down this way of the Hanover County School Board's activities, and what I've heard makes me wonder if any of its members can read.

Surely it is plain to the simplest intelligence that "To Kill a Mockingbird" spells out in words of seldom more than two syllables a code of honor and conduct, Christian in its ethic, that is the heritage of all Southerners.  To hear that the novel is 'immoral' has made me count the years between now and 1984, for I have yet to come across a better example of doublethink.

I feel, however, that the problem is one of illiteracy, not Marxism.  Therefore I enclose a small contribution to the Beadle Bumble Fund that I hope will be used to enroll the Hanover County School Board in any first grade of its choice.

Harper Lee