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JUNE 29, 2001

Report by Judi Rohrig
After walking away with the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for THE BOTTOMS (Mysterious Press), Joe R. Lansdale now finds the same kickass tale has been nominated for the 2001 Anthony Award.

Members of the upcoming Bouchercon, the oldest and largest annual convention of mystery readers, have handed out these awards recognizing outstanding achievement in the mystery field since 1986. They'll be doing it all over again when they come together November 1-4, 2001, for the 32nd World Mystery Convention to be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Crystal City, VA.

According to Hellnotes, Publishers Weekly is reporting that Lansdale is moving from Mysterious Press to Alfred A. Knopf publishers in a "mid six-figure deal." Sounds like mojo money! The agreement calls for U.S. and Canadian rights to Lansdale's next two novels, the first of which appears to be a thriller set during the Depression set in - where else? - East Texas! SUNSET AND SAWDUST will be about a "woman who kills her abusive sheriff husband in self-defense, then takes over his job and finds herself faced with a murder that points to her."

Lastly, FOR A FEW STORIES MORE, to be published later this year by Subterranean Press as the fourth and final book in the Lost Lansdale series, is nearing completion. This book contains "early stories and experiments, some published, none of them collected previously, many appearing here for the first time, along with Lansdale's frank commentary on growing as a writer." Viewed as the sequel to THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE INDIFFERENT, the collection will also contain a full-length unpublished Ray Slater private eye novel, THE LONG FALL.


JUNE 28, 2001

Alice Cooper may be no more than an immoral slob to those who know nothing more than the hype they read and the little they understand, but the original king of dark metal donated $75,000 to his local hometown youth center in the hopes that he can "change lives" for the better.

The donation was announced ealier this month by the Solid Rock Foundation which Cooper created. The 8 acre two-million dollar center is being built by a Christian non-profit organization, Neighborhood Ministries. Alice is throwing a Christmas Concert later in the year with other musicians to raise more money for the Solid Rock Foundation. So far the organization has raised over $450,000+ dollars for charities over the past two years.

Alice remains the real one.





Fox prepares to launch its eagerly anticipated horror anthology series, "NIGHT VISIONS," on Thursday, July 12. In the tradition of such classic shows as "The Twilight Zone" and "Night Gallery," this striking anthology series delivers heart-pounding suspense and mind-bending twists that will keep its viewers riveted to the screen. Remember what it was like to be a kid, watching a scary movie with your hands up over your eyes, daring yourself to have enough courage to keep peeking through your fingers? Well, get ready to be terrified all over again.

Each week NIGHT VISIONS will have a new mini-movie, helmed by some of the greatest horror movie directors and featuring some of Hollywood's hottest actors and actresses. Some of the featured performers include: Aidan Quinn, Bridget Fonda, Cary Elwes, Malcolm McDowell, Brian Dennehy, Bill Pullman, Jerry O'Connell, Jay Mohr, Miguel Ferrer, Lou Diamond Philips, Mare Winningham, Samantha Mathis, Jason London, Luke Perry, Joshua Jackson, Natasha Lyonne, Stephen Baldwin, Marla Sokoloff, Sherilyn Fenn, Thora Birch, Michael Rapaport, Jack Palance, David Paymer, Jamie Kennedy, Philip Baker Hall, Randy Quaid, Chad Lowe, Pam Grier, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Timothy Olyphant, Amanda Plummer, Gil Bellows, M. Emmett Walsh, Jane Adams, Amy Jo Johnson, Joanna Pacula, and Shirley Knight.

Tobe Hooper and Joe Dante lead a fantastic roster of directors, including Ernest Dickerson, Keith Gordon, and Bill Pullman. Hosted by the controversial author/musician Henry Rollins, each episode will feature two terrifying tales, drawing the audience into a world of gripping suspense and frightening surprises. "NIGHT VISIONS" delivers the latest dose of thrills and chills from creators Dan Angel and Billy Brown. For the past 14 years, Dan Angel and Billy Brown have partnered to bring scares to audiences young and old. In addition to creating and executive producing "NIGHT VISIONS," Angel & Brown are the creators of "The Fearing Mind," a comedy-drama from Jim Henson Television. The team are also the executive producers on the upcoming original cable film "The Bill Porter Story," starring Academy-Award nominated actor William H. Macy. Angel and Brown have made their mark in several children's series, including the number-one rated "Goosebumps," for which they won a WGA Award for "Best Episodic Children's Script," "Animorphs," and "Brats of the Lost Nebula" (Animorphs and Brats Of The Lost Nebula? Oh well. It has Henry Rollins so it may be good anyway. -feo).



JULY 16, 2001

Report by Michael McCarty
Neil Gaiman's last American book signing for AMERICAN GODS was at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Roseville, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis.

July 2nd, at 7:00 p.m, dressed head to toe in black, Mr. Gaiman gave an hour reading and discussion followed by an autograph session. The combination of local press and being listed on neil gaiman.com drew over 300 people.

"I had this brilliant theory," Neil said to the crowd. "I'd read at Dreamhaven (Books & Comics in Minneapolis, at 2:00 pm) then go to Barnes & Noble, there would be twenty or thirty people - and I would be able to get out early.

"The last two weeks, I've been doing signings at a city a day, sometimes up to three or four signings a day, I'm fried. Completely fried."

"Then in five days, I'm off to London, then after touring England, it's off to Canada, this is my plan."

For someone so road weary, Neil Gaiman gave a excellent reading and discussion. Overly polite, answering everyone's questions to the fullest, even making witty remarks, he was thoroughly entertaining and an utter delight.

Neil did something a little different for the reading. Typically he would read different passages from AMERICAN GODS, but for this reading, he read from a sub-section, the first time he had done this on his tour. Each section explains about the history of the gods coming to this new world. He read from pages 73 - 80, this was about his character Essie Tregowan, an indentured servant and the price she paid to be free. A chilling selection.

At the reading he answered questions, he talked about the recent death of Douglas Adams (the author of THE HITCH HIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY). One of Gaiman's earliest works was a HITCHIKER companion book (DON'T PANIC: THE OFFICIAL HITCHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY COMPANION in 1988). He talked at great length about how generous and funny Mr. Adams was and about how his last book was twelve years overdue.

"He (Douglas) liked deadlines, he use to say he liked the whooshing sound they made as they went by."

Then Neil did a "Frequently Asked Questions" where he explained the various developments of his works being turned into films. This included GOOD OMENS (which he co-wrote with Terry Prachett) and how director Terry Gilliam (TIME BANDITS, BRAZIL, FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS) had recently completed a second draft of the script.

"He (Gilliam) told Terry and I. "You know how hard it is to get footnotes in a film?" He also talked about other projects including DEATH (which he has an option to direct), SANDMAN ("each draft is getting worse"), and STARDUST (some renewed interest). He talked about his favorite medium, the radio play.

"If I only did them (the radio play telescripts) I would have to send my children to the street for pennies" he joked. He also talked about his upcoming children's book CORALINE coming out next year from Avon - "Children love it, adults find it very scary." Then for the next two hours he signed autographs, including a beat-up copy of GOOD OMENS for me.



JUNE 14, 2001

Its a new day which means a new review. This time E.C.McMullen checks out what may be the very last ride for F. Paul Wilson's "Repairman Jack". Check out our take on HOSTS. Then give an eye to Mikey Huyck and his view on Jack Ketchum's COVER. Garrett Peck never stops this month with his 3rd review for June, Robert Bloch's HELL ON EARTH: The Lost Bloch, Volume Two, edited by David J. Schow. Peck is a man possessed! Or possibly obssessed! But never repressed! I digress!

Anyway, look for still more reviews coming up this month from Mikey Huyck, Monica O'Rourke, and of course, Garrett Peck. Plus: New reviews are coming in almost daily from new talents and old pros. There's a whole new group of writers that are just dying to give you a piece of their mind. So whet your appetite and take a bite!



JULY 13, 2001

Report by Judi Rohrig
has named pioneer shock-rock performer ALICE COOPER as this year's Living Legend Award winner. He is the first performer to be so honored. IHG Living Legends are individuals who have made a meritorious and notable contribution and/or have substantially influenced the field of horror/dark fantasy. Previous recipients, all from the literary field, include Ray Bradbury, Clive Barker, Hugh B. Cave, Edward W. Bryant, Richard Matheson, and Harlan Ellison.

The International Horror Guild's annual awards recognizing outstanding achievements in the field of horror and dark fantasy from the year 2000 will be presented during DragonCon, August 31-September 3, 2001 at the Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, GA. The Awards Dinner will be on Saturday, September 1, 2001 at 7:00 PM in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom. Master of Ceremonies for the event will be Andy Hallett, the friendly green "host" from the WB's series "Angel."

Nominations in recognition of achievement in the field of horror during 2000 are:
A Shadow on the Wall by Jonathan Aycliffe (Severn House)
Silent Children by Ramsey Campbell (Tor/Forge)
You Come When I Call You by Douglas Clegg (Cemetery Dance/Dorchester)
The Bottoms by Joe R. Lansdale (SubterraneanPress/Mysterious Press) Declare by Tim Powers (Subterranean Press 2000, Morrow 2001)

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (Pantheon)
Adam's Fall by Sean Desmond (St. Martin's Press)
Damned If You Do by Gordon Houghton (St. Martin's Press)
Raveling by Peter Moore Smith (Little, Brown & Company)
Run by Douglas E. Winter (Knopf)

Mr. Dark's Carnival by Glen Hirshberg (Shadows and Silence, Ash-Tree Press)
Naming of Parts by Tim Lebbon (PS Publishing)
Riding the Bullet by Stephen King (Scribner/Philtrum Press)
Demons by John Shirley (Cemetery Dance)
The Man on the Ceiling by Melanie and Steve Rasnic Tem (American Fantasy)

No Story in It by Ramsey Campbell (Dark Terrors 5, Victor Gollancz)
The Rag-and-Bone Men by Steve Duffy (Shadows and Silence, Ash-Tree Press)
Bodywork by Christa Faust (AfterShocks: An Anthology of So-Cal Horror, Freakpress)
Candia" by Graham Joyce (Taps and Sighs, Subterranean Press)
Down Here in the Garden" by Tia V. Travis (Horror Garage #1)

The House on the Borderland, adapted by Bruce Corben and Simon Revelstroke with Lee Loughridge, from novel by William Hope Hodgson (Vertigo/DC)
Mostly White, FLINCH #9, February '00, by Bruce Jones and Dave Taylor with Pamela Rameo (Vertigo/DC)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (6-part series) by Alan Moore (America's Best Comics)
I Feel Sick #1-2 (2-part series) by Jhonen Vasquez (Slave Labor Graphics)
Channel Zero by Brian Wood (AIT/Planet Lar)

The Death Artist by Dennis Etchison (DreamHaven)
Tales of Pain and Wonder by Caitlin R. Kiernan (Gauntlet)
Toybox by Al Sarrantonio (Cemetery Dance)
Magic Terror: Seven Tales by Peter Straub (Random House)
City Fishing by Steve Rasnic Tem (Silver Salamander)
Ghost Music and Other Tales by Thomas Tessier (Cemetery Dance)

October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween, Edited by Richard Chizmar & Robert Morrish (Cemetery Dance)
Dark Terrors 5 The Gollancz Book of Horror, Edited by Stephen Jones and David Sutton (Victor Gollancz)
Embraces:Dark Erotica, Edited by Paula Guran (Venus or Vixen)
Strange Attraction, Edited by Edward Kramer (Bereshith/Shadowlands)
Shadows and Silence, Edited by Barbara Roden and Christopher Roden (Ash-Tree)

The Horror Reader, Edited by Ken Gelder (Routledge)
Lord of a Visible World: An Autobiography in Letters by Howard Phillips Lovecraft, Edited by S. T. Joshi and David E. Schultz (Ohio University Press)
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King (Simon & Schuster)
At the Foot of the Story Tree by William Sheehan (Subterranean Press) Horror of the 20th Century: An Illustrated History by Robert Weinberg (Collectors Press)

All Hallows Horror Garage Prism: The Newsletter of the British Fantasy Society
Third Alternative

John Picacio
Lisa Snellings
Jason van Hollander
Douglas Walters
Joel-Peter Witkin

American Psycho, Directed by Mary Harron, Written by Mary Harron & Guinvere Turner, based on a novel by Bret Easton Ellis (Lions Gate Films)
The Cell, Directed by Tarsem Singh, Written by Mark Protosevich (New Line Cinema)
Pitch Black, Directed by David Twohy, Written by David Twohy and Ken and Jim Wheat (USA Films)
Requiem for a Dream, Directed by Darren Aronofsky, Written by Hubert Selby, Jr. and Darren Aronofsky (Artisan Entertainment)
Shadow of the Vampire, Directed by E. Elias Merihige, Written by by Steven Katz (Lions Gate Films)
Unbreakable, Directed and Written by M. Night Shyamalan (Buena Vista Pictures)

Angel (WB)
Dark Angel (Fox)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (WB)
FreakyLinks (Fox)
The Others (NBC)



JUNE 12, 2001

The New York City Chapter of the Horror Writers Association, a New York City based community of Horror writers, editors, agents, readers and those who have a passion for Horror fiction, hosted by chapter organizer Adam Pepper, launches their reading series with New York authors Jack Ketchum, Gerard Houarner and Monica O'Rourke.

The evening's master of ceremonies will be Joseph B. Mauceri, executive editor of FEARSmag.com.

Jack Ketchum is the author of the novels Off Season, Hide and Seek, Cover, The Girl Next Door, She Wakes, Joyride, Stranglehold, Offspring, Red, Ladies' Night and arguably, Right to Life. His short fiction is collected in The Exit at Toledo Blade Boulevard and Broken on the Wheel of Sex. His novels have been translated into Japanese, French, Greek, Russian, and Italian. In 1994, his story "The Box" was the winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction. He will be reading from his recent novel THE LOST, released by Leisure books.

Gerard Houarner, the only child of Breton immigrants (surely the immigrants from Breton have produced more than one (1) child? -Feo), was born and raised in New York City. He started his writing career at the age of ten with one-page "novelizations" of movies such as "Gorgo" and "War of the Worlds," which remain unsold, and moved on to twenty-page space opera epics by the time he was twelve. He has since had a couple of novels and nearly two hundred short stories published, some of which were collected in Painfreak and in "I Love You And There Is Nothing You Can Do About It". Gerard also has his story THE DOOR, here at feoamante.com. He lives in the Bronx with a large assortment of books, comics, action figures, videos, music, and other delightful curiosities, including a poet. He is currently a fiction editor for Space and Time Magazine. Contrary to popular belief, he only works for, and does not reside in, a psychiatric facility. Houarner will read a selection from THE BEAST THAT WAS MAX, recently published by Leisure Books.

Monica O'Rourke's stories have appeared in more than two dozen magazines, such as Nasty Piece of Work, Twilight Showcase, Dark Muse, Flesh & Blood (forthcoming), and Writer Online. She's the Assistant Editor at Black October Magazine, an Associate Editor at Space & Time Magazine, and a book reviewer here at Feo Amante's Story Time.

The reading takes place Friday, June 22nd, 2001, @ 7:00 PM At

126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012
Phone (212) 334-3324




We have re-set the reviews to The Planet Of The Apes series.

Now it would be trite and very hack to say "We're going Ape over our Planet Of The Ape reviews by Kelly Parks!" Does anyone think that looks original? Does anyone think that folks would really get all worked up over that? Do they think that someone will look at that god-awful statement and shout "Hooray!" in their hearts? If anything it would make someone roll their eyes in tired disgust. A writer must think their audience is stupid to be impressed by such awful writing.

I say this because I've seen other sites hype their reviews of the Ape series in this very way. Plenty of other sites. Where the hell is their creativity? Their style? Their ANYTHING? Such weak garbage, so very poor. For all of you bozos who write such bland obvious hype into your websites, don't cry when your visitor counts drop. You are lame and you deserve it. You suck!

Instead let me say, "We're going bananas over our Planet Of The Ape reviews by Kelly Parks!" and with good reason!

Kelly brings his scrutinizing Science Eye to the series and offers some keen Science Moments. If only writers would actually use REAL science in their movies, they would not only have deeper movies, but more action, thrills, and entertainment! Think of the good science in FORBIDDEN PLANET, ALIEN, ALIENS, THE TERMINATOR one and two and David Cronenberg's THE FLY. Now think of all the horribly bad Science Fiction movies that threw science out the window. See what I mean?




JULY 7, 2001

The following item was sent to me by a person calling themselves, The Clown 2 The Left. This person wished to remain anonymous due to professional conflicts. The article doesn't appear to insult anyone. I've done my best to research this story but take it at face value.

Report by The Clown 2 The Left
An estate auction held on Sunday, July 1, in Fort Worth, Texas yielded a noteworthy find for one horror collector. Collector BRUCE MOBERLY, of Dallas, went because "My brother-in-law knew the guy, said he had a complete run of Arkham house, and I wanted to get me a copy of BEYOND THE WALL OF SLEEP, and some others." While bidding for the Arkham titles quickly exceeded $1,500 (some were signed Clark Ashton Smith titles, Wandrei, Bradbury, and others), Moberly was the sole bidder on a exceedingly rare (read: damn-near non-existent) ANGUS GRISWOLD title: GHOST IN THE LODGE OF ORPHEUS. Moberly would not discuss the sale price but said, "Hell of a lot cheaper than that shortstop we got from Seattle."

Griswold was perhaps the most blasphemous of all the 18th century Gothics. Sacred orders devoted to bestiality and the like outraged his countrymen, and his work was largely suppressed in his native Scotland. This, however, is one of the English Language editions - more noteworthy because most of the surviving books are German translations. Experts estimate that there are less than thirty surviving Griswold books - in ANY language - in the world. In English, the estimate is in the single digits (even after the discovery of this volume).

Mr. Moberly apparently has quite the collection. He claims to even own a copy of SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH. This was Lovecraft's only publication in hardcover in his life, predating THE OUTSIDER AND OTHERS by 3 years. Moberly also claims that he has the errata sheet and dust jacket that the publisher, Visionary Publishing Co., sent to those that bought the book (from what he said, these were printed at a later time).

For more information on Griswold, visit gothic.net/~weasel/home/griswold/.
(hmmm . . . my spider sense is tingling . . . -Feo)

On a more personal note I would just like to say:
"Darren, you nutbar! So help me if this is you . . ."
I mean, I would have given you the link anyway!



JUNE 5, 2001

World Fantasy Award-winning editor Stephen Jones has now delivered volume twelve of THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR to Robinson Publishing in the U.K. and Carroll & Graf in the United States. This latest edition of the multiple award-winning anthology contains 22 stories, including a major ANNO DRACULA novella by Kim Newman, and is set to be published this autumn on both sides of the Atlantic.

Reflecting the finest in contemporary horror fiction, this latest edition features some of the most memorable short stories and novellas of supernatural and psychological dread by today's finest authors. With the most comprehensive overview of the year, lists of useful contact addresses, and a fascinating necrology as a bonus, this volume also includes the following fiction:

CASTLE IN THE DESERT by Kim Newman (from Scifi.com)
FOREVER GRAMMA by Mick Garris (from A Life in the Cinema)
IN THE WATER WORKS (Birmingham, Alabama 1888)" by Caitlín R. Kiernan (from Tales of Pain and Wonder)
NO STRINGS by Ramsey Campbell (from Shadows and Silence)
THE GROTTO by Kathryn Ptacek (from Graven Images).
FLESH OF LEAVES by Charlee Jacob (from Brainbox: The Real Horror)
THE REPULSION by Tim Lebbon (from Extremes and As the Sun Goes Down).
XENOS BEACH by Graham Joyce (from The Third Alternative).
PAREIDOLIA by Steve Rasnic Tem (from City Fishing)
I HAVE A SPECIAL PLAN FOR THIS WORLD by Thomas Ligotti (from Horror Garage).
and many more.



JUNE 4, 2001
Go to your local comic shop.

Pick up OUT THERE #1.

Do not pass go, do not collect $200.

This is going to be a great series. The book's by Brian Augustyn and Humberto Ramos, the team that brought you CRIMSON. Where CRIMSON was more like traditional vampire horror blended with some elements of fantasy, OUT THERE is shaping up to be some straight-up horror. It's the tale of a town that works a deal with a demon, but now the demon is coming to collect on his prize.

It's got the hip teenagers-in-peril thing going, but it doesn't hamper things so far. Definitely worth a look.




Into the summer we go with a review of Stephen Norrington's first movie, DEATH MACHINE. Horror Movie fans will remember Stephen as the man who directed BLADE. This makes JUNE look like Brad Dourif month because in addition to his role in DEATH MACHINE we have reviews up of CHILD'S PLAY and BRIDE OF CHUCKY. More reviews of movies old and new on the way. Also present is the series of Universal Pictures old Creature movies CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, REVENGE OF THE CREATURE, and THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US.

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