Monday, October 15, 2012

All-American Horror!

A week or so ago, I posted that All-American Horror was set to be released. And while both Barnes & Noble and Amazon list the date as October 31, 2012, it is possible there may be a slight delay. But it is coming, and editor Mort Castle has finally ripped the sheet off, unveiling the TOC (Table of Contents).

So . . .
Drum roll, please . . .

1. The Station by Bentley Little
2. Sonny Wilson’s Last Show and Tell by Jeff Jacobson
3. Under The Skin by Nicholas Kaufmann
4. Mr. Handlebars by Mark Powers
5. The Pumpkin Man by John Everson
6. Wasted On The Young by Cody Goodfellow
7. Big Rock Candy Mountain by Weston Ochse
8. Driving The Last Spike by Brian Hodge
9. The Albright Sextuplets by Norman Prentiss
10. How Sweet It Was by Thomas F. Monteleone
11. Steagal’s Barber Shoppe and Smoke Emporium by Jay Bonansinga
12. Still Crazy After All These Years by Judi Rohrig
13. Night Dive by F. Paul Wilson
14. High Moon by Wayne Allen Sallee
15. Honor System by Jack Ketchum
16. The Secrets of the Living by Sarah Langan
17. Live Forever! by Sam Weller
18. The Bees by Dan Chaon
19. Rhymes With Jew by Paul G. Tremblay
20. Tracks Of a Hellhound by Tina L. Jens
21. Provenance by Andy Duncan
22. Recess by Darren O. Godfrey
23. A Circle of Friends by R. B. Payne
24. Turbulence by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
25. The Tree Mumblers by Pete Mesling
26. The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft by Tim Pratt and Nick Mamatas
27. Smoke In A Bottle by Steve Rasnic Tem
28. The Engine Of Desire by Livia Llewellyn
29. Moths In Damp Grass by Tracy Knight
30. They by David Morrell

I hope you took note of #12. Honored, I am. Honored and thrilled and delighted.


Monday, October 8, 2012

Digging In for the Long, Cold Winter!

Temperatures have dipped a bit, momentarily dashing my fears of global warming, but making me tingle in anticipation of several books I've been anxious to read. So, while I may not have a fireplace to stoke, I do have a comfortable place to cuddle up with a book. And tea. And hot water. And a soft throw for my lap since Milo, the grandcat, likes his own places to curl up.

Anyway . . .

Hitting the bookstore shelves officially today is Mary Sharratt's Illuminations.

Newly canonized (May 2012) and honored as one of the Doctors of the Church (October 1012) by the Catholic Church, Hildegard von Bingen was much more than a mere 12th Century nun. She was a composer, playwright, writer, visionary, and theologian. Mary Sharratt, a fine teller of historical tales, offers her story in Illuminations.

Also high on my list is Mike Mullin's Ashen Winter, a follow-up to last year's fine, fine book, Ashfall.

Following a supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park which devastates a good part of America as well as Alex Halprin's home, Alex and his friend Darla, who finally make it to Alex's uncle's place in Ashfall, decide to go back to search for Alex's parents. I'm looking for Mullin to once again weave a tale chocked full of action and adventure.

I'll share more later. The teapot is whistling!

Thursday, October 4, 2012


Not winter, which is, of course, coming, but something else, something exciting. At least for me.

Meanwhile, here's a look inside creating a book cover by Dave Wittekind.

And the final cover!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Welcome to Octobrrrrr . . .

(C) Art by Keith Minnion
Why, yes, it is Octoberrrrr . . .

Get out the decorations: bats and pumpkins, spider webs and bloody hands. It's time to celebrate!

All month long, the Horror Writers Association will be offering essays, excerpts, and giveaways from some of its members, and I know you'll want to be a part of all that. Kicking off the whole shebang is an essay from James Chambers, a friend of mine and the chairman of the membership committee (AKA my boss!). He's had the honor of actually facing chainsaw-wielding crazies and writes about how he handled the situation.

I hope you'll follow the HWA blog all month (I'll post reminders here), but I'll also be posting here some of my own feelings about ghosts and the differences in the sub-genres of horror. 

And I won't forget the candy. Trust me.

Heh heh.

Yeah, trust me!