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MARCH 31, 2001

HORRORFIND WEEKEND,
also called the Baltimore Weekend of Terrors. Judging by the number of reservations already made and the amount of interest expressed by dealers and celebrities, the organizers fully expect this event to be one of the largest and most widely attended horror conventions of 2001.

Sponsored by Horrorfind.Com and Fright Vision, along with special contributors Rue Morgue magazine and Haunted Attraction magazine, this convention will be a one-of-a-kind event, comprising all the different aspects of the horror genre: Horror Movies, Horror Books, Horror Amusements, Halloween Haunt Industry, Haunted House Industry, and the Real-Life Supernatural will all be represented.

Horror Movie Celebrity Guests include: Bruce Campbell (star of Evil Dead I & II, Army of Darkness), Doug Bradley (Hellraiser’s Pinhead), Tom Savini (special effects wizard for Creepshow, Dawn of the Dead, From Dusk Till Dawn), Dick Warlock (Halloween’s ‘Michael Myers’), Tom Morga (Friday the 13th’s Jason Voorhees), Ben Chapman (Creature From the Black Lagoon), Linnea Quigley (Pumpkinhead II, Nightmare on Elm Street IV), Brinke Stevens (Haunting Fear, Nightmare Sisters), Count Gore De Vol (Host of TV’s Creature Feature) and many more to be announced.

Horror Writer Celebrity Guests include: Douglas Clegg (Mischief, Halloween Man,) Jack Passarella (Wither, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Barry Hoffman (Born Bad, Hungry Eyes, editor of Gauntlet Press), Karen Taylor (author of the Vampire Legacy series from Pinnacle Books), Mark McLaughlin (Shoggoth Cacciatore, editor of The Urbanite), Gerard Houarner (I Love You And There’s Nothing You Can Do About It, The Beast That Was Max), Brian Keene (No Rest For The Wicked, editor of Jobs In Hell), Mason Winfield (occult investigator, author of A Ghosthunter’s Journal), JF Gonzalez (Clickers, Shapeshifter), Weston Ochse (Natural Selection, Scary Rednecks and Other Inbred Horrors), Holly Newstein and Ralph W. Bieber (Out Of The Light) and many more to be announced.

Richard Laymon, who passed away on Valentine’s Day, was to have been a Celebrity Guest. A special presentation of different authors reading selections of his work in his memory is planned.

Events include a massive dealer’s room, live midnight séance, celebrity Q & A sessions, author readings, stand-up horror comedy, horror movie room, walk-through Haunted House, real ghost stories, mass celebrity and author autograph signing event, individual autograph sessions, music, nightly parties, and much more.

Celebrity panels during the weekend will cover such topics as starting your own magazine, writing horror, building horror webzines, getting started in the haunted house business, comedy in horror, vampires, censorship, haunted house industry methods and scares, real-life violence and the genre, dark poetry, getting published, and much more.

The Horrorfind Weekend takes place August 24th, 25th and 26th, 2001 at the BWI Airport Marriott in Baltimore, Maryland.

Advance ticket purchases made before April 15th, 2001 are only $20 for the entire weekend. After April 15th, tickets will be $25 for the entire weekend. There will be no admission without a ticket. To purchase advance tickets, make your check payable to and mail to:

HORRORFIND.COM LLC
9722 Groffs Mill Drive PMB 109
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Advance tickets can also be purchased online via Paypal, by visiting the Horrorfind Weekend website: horrorfind.com/show.

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MARCH 29, 2001

Report by Judi Rohrig
MARCHING OUT WITH PENS IN HAND Saturday, March 31, in Asheville, NC, from 2-4 p.m. (EST), a panel discussion on Suspense and Imagination is being sponsored by the Barnes & Noble store. Authors include
Robin Spriggs (WONDEROUS STRANGE),
Steve Eller (BRAINBOX Anthology),
James Newman (HOLY ROLLERS),
Scott Nicholson (THANK YOU FOR THE FLOWERS), and
James Warren (EVIL IN ASHEVILLE). More information is available here: hauntedcomputer.com/b&npanel.htm

And on Monday, April 2, to help usher in month, Twilight Tales (twilighttales.com) will offer its OPEN MIKE night. Writers of all genres are welcome to share their works upstairs at the Red Lion Restaurant & Pub (just across the street from the Biograph Theater). Readings begin at 7:30 p.m. There is an admission charge of $4 per person.

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MARCH 28, 2001

Report by Stealth Press
March releases
JOHN SHIRLEY - DARKNESS DIVIDED: Stealth's first original-publication short fiction collection! Of Shirley's earlier, award-winning collection BLACK BUTTERFLIES (a 1998 Book of the Year), Publishers Weekly wrote: "[F]ew writers-if any-handle SF, dark fantasy and psychological horror alike with as much panache as Shirley. But there's depth beneath the scintillating surface, as Shirley plumbs not just the mind but also the soul..." DARKNESS DIVIDED's 22 dark tales of new noir, science fiction, fantasy, and crime, demonstrate humankind's evolution from where we were and where we are, to where we have yet to be.

F. PAUL WILSON - AN ENEMY OF THE STATE: The heart and cradle of F. Paul Wilson's LaNague series -- the story of the apocalyptic birth of the LaNague Federation and Peter LaNague's unique revolution that spawned it. A book that literally changed people's lives. Long unavailable -- except to those willing to pay a hefty price for a used book -- An Enemy of the State is another SF classic given new life by Stealth Press. The Stealth edition includes a new preface by the author and two related LaNague Federation short stories: "Ratman" - the author's first professional sale as well as the very first LaNague Federation story - and "Lipidleggin'" - a 1978 story featuring a certain ancestor Peter LaNague is trying to trace in Enemy.

CHELSEA QUINN YARBRO - THE PALACE: The sensual and mysterious legend of Saint-Germain lives on in Book Two of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's superb series. Peopled by such unforgettable real-life figures as the de Medicis and Sandro Botticelli, The Palace evokes Renaissance Italy in all its dangerous glory, as it weaves a darkly erotic spell of love, power, obsession and seduction.

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MARCH 27, 2001

Report by Judi Rohrig
MARCHING OUT WITH PENS IN HAND Saturday, March 31, in Asheville, NC, from 2-4 p.m. (EST), a panel discussion on Suspense and Imagination is being sponsored by the Barnes & Noble store. Authors include
Robin Spriggs (WONDEROUS STRANGE),
Steve Eller (BRAINBOX Anthology),
James Newman (HOLY ROLLERS),
Scott Nicholson (THANK YOU FOR THE FLOWERS), and
James Warren (EVIL IN ASHEVILLE). More information is available here: hauntedcomputer.com/b&npanel.htm

And on Monday, April 2, to help usher in month, Twilight Tales (twilighttales.com) will offer its OPEN MIKE night. Writers of all genres are welcome to share their works upstairs at the Red Lion Restaurant & Pub (just across the street from the Biograph Theater). Readings begin at 7:30 p.m. There is an admission charge of $4 per person.

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MARCH 26, 2001

Report by Stealth Press
Saturday, March 31, 2-5 PM -
DARK DELICACIES bookstore (4213 W. Burbank Blvd. in Burbank, California, 91505) will host a STEALTH PRESS POWER SIGNING, featuring six of its authors:
Dennis Etchison (TALKING IN THE DARK), Noel Hynd (THE SANDLER INQUIRY, FLOWERS FROM BERLIN),
Craig Spector (TO BURY THE DEAD and, with John Skipp, LIGHT AT THE END),
John Shirley (DARKNESS DIVIDED), and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (THE PALACE, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA).

Info: toll -free phone: 1-888-DARKDEL
local phone: (818) 556-6660 darkdel@darkdel.com

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MARCH 26, 2001

Report by Barry Hoffmann
DARK CARNIVAL TO INCLUDE 5 ADDITIONAL STORIES
Gauntlet Press announces that Ray Bradbury has agreed to allow the inclusion of five additional short stories to the definitive edition of the DARK CARNIVAL to be released in October. These are stories that did not appear in the original, with most all but impossible to get a hold of. All were originally published in Weird Tales and were at one time considered for publication in the original version of DARK CARNIVAL. Four stories will appear in the book itself. The fifth will be a chapbook, given free to those purchasing DARK CARNIVAL from Gauntlet Press. The four stories that will appear in the book are "The Watchers" Bradbury's first anthology sale in Rue Morgue which he sold at the the age of 25. There is also "The Poems" "Bang, You're Dead" and "The Seashells." The story for the chapbook is "Time Intervening" which will feature an illustration by William F. Nolan, drawn for the story's first appearance.

For more information, contact Gauntlett Press

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MARCH 25, 2001

Report by Kevin Lindemuth
WE'RE BAD! WE'RE NATIONWIDE!
John Bowker's THE EVILMAKER will be available for rental, nationally, at Blockbuster Video by June 2001. This will be followed by other Brimstone titles in the following months.

Look for the interview with Eric Red in the new issue of FANGORIA (page 10, issue #201). The director of BAD MOON, COHEN AND TATE and BODY PARTS discusses his new vampire movie NIGHT LIFE, which has the same grittiness as his earlier screenplays, THE HITCHER and NEAR DARK. It will be a kick-ass vampire movie.

My new book on filmmaking, THE INDEPENDENT FILM EXPERIENCE will be published by McFarland Books in the Fall of 2001.

Two new screenplays are being written co-written with Stephen C. Seward. They are DEADISH, a tale of ghouls, and BLOODPLANK, a haunted pirate movie. Both scripts will be complete by May 2001.

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MARCH 24, 2001

Report by Barry Hoffmann
DARK CARNIVAL TO INCLUDE 5 ADDITIONAL STORIES
Gauntlet Press announces that Ray Bradbury has agreed to allow the inclusion of five additional short stories to the definitive edition of the DARK CARNIVAL to be released in October. These are stories that did not appear in the original, with most all but impossible to get a hold of. All were originally published in Weird Tales and were at one time considered for publication in the original version of DARK CARNIVAL. Four stories will appear in the book itself. The fifth will be a chapbook, given free to those purchasing DARK CARNIVAL from Gauntlet Press. The four stories that will appear in the book are "The Watchers" Bradbury's first anthology sale in Rue Morgue which he sold at the the age of 25. There is also "The Poems" "Bang, You're Dead" and "The Seashells." The story for the chapbook is "Time Intervening" which will feature an illustration by William F. Nolan, drawn for the story's first appearance.

For more information, contact Gauntlett Press

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MARCH 23, 2001

Andy Fairclough's HORROR WORLD
formally launches this weekend with a live chat session on Sunday 25th March at 20:30 UK time which is 14:30 Eastern Time. This is Masters Of Terror's new incarnation and will in time be based more on the history of modern horror rather than the latest news and releases. I'm delighted to welcome back some of horror's best authors with personal message boards namely Tom Piccirilli, Ed Gorman, Robert Devereaux, Michael Marano, Rhys Hughes, Barry Hoffman, John Pelan, Brian Hodge and Yvonne Navarro. Also Horror's original uncensored board - 'The Cellar' is back, and for the first time a new board called 'Hot Topic' which discusses a theme for a limited period of time. First up is worldwide megastar shock rocker Marilyn Manson. Some other material from MOT may return along with lots of new stuff and I look forward to seeing everyone at Horror World.

Finally I would like to thank Feo Amante for helping to spread the word and for this kind offer of promotion at his website! http://www.horrorworld.cjb.net


Report by Judi Rohrig
HORRORFIND WEEKEND ON THE HORIZON

Even though August 25-27 seems a bit off, thoughts of HorrorFind's Weekend of Horror in Baltimore during those dates should already be heavy on your mind. Why? Because tickets for the celebrity-heavy event jump from $20 a person (for the entire weekend) to $25 after April 1, 2001. And that's five bucks that could be spent on a book, CD, or movie ticket! Festivities will be held at the BWI Airport Marriott, and some people attending include Bram Stoker winner Douglas Clegg, Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell, Pinhead himself - Doug Bradley, Gauntlet Press publisher and author Barry Hoffman, Screamqueens Brinke Stevens and Linea Quigley, Actor/Make-up Artist Tom Savini, Brian Keene, Dick Warlock (HALLOWEEN's Michael Myers), Weston Ochse, Tom Morga (FRIDAY THE 13th's Jason Voorhees), Gerard Daniel Houarner (Author of ROAD TO HELL and PAINFREAK), Paranormal Investigator Mason Winfield, our own Feo Amante, and many of the Feo Amante Crew! A complete celebrity list is available at the website.
horrorfind.com/show/horrorfind-weekend.html.

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MARCH 22, 2001

Report by Judi Rohrig
NEW NAMES ON THE DOORS
The Horror Writers Association has named British writer Tim Lebbon as its new Vice-president. Lebbon slips into the spot vacated by David Niall Wilson who took the reins as President following the sudden death of Richard Laymon. DarkTales Publishing has added two new staff members to its stable. Nicholas Kaufmann, an assistant editor with Chiaroscuro and a freelance writer, will be taking charge of sales and promotion while Christine I. Speakman, a freelance reviewer, has been named Assistant Editor. Demontia magazine has added Sheri White as Assistant Editor of the print magazine. Donn Gash is the new Non-Fiction Editor at Deviant Minds. Chief Goblin Carole Nomarhas has announced that Sandra Kasturi is the new Associate Editor, and Christine I. Speakman has been named Official Reviewer.

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MARCH 21, 2001

R. CHETWYND HAYES IS DEAD
Horror writer R. Chetwynd-Hayes, once described as "Britain's Prince Of Chill", died at the age of 81, of bronchial pneumonia.

Ronald Henry Glynn Chetwynd-Hayes was born on May 30, 1919, in Isleworth, West London. For over 30 years, R. Chetwynd-Hayes published more than 200 Short Stories, 8 novels, and over 20 Collections - as well as editing 24 anthologies including many of the Fontana Ghost Stories series of anthos.

In 1989, R. Chetwynd-Hayes received the Life Achievement Awards of the British Fantasy Society and the Horror Writers of America (HWA). He was guest of honor at FantasyCon XVII in 1992 and at the 1997 World Fantasy Convention in London.


ALPHA WOLF UPDATE
Publisher/Writer Brian A. Hopkins continues being treated for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. His journal, "Waking Up with the Crab" has been updated with both the January 29 entry and several special links: a poem by Kristy Dark; a letter from James Morrow; and pictures of cards and gifts from friends and fans. Check it out: bahwolf.com Bah will be attending the World Horror Convention (WHC2001.org) in Seattle, WA, May 25-28.

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MARCH 20, 2001

Report by Judi Rohrig
Aurora Van Belkoms!
The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association may want to change the name of their awards this year from the Auroras to the Edo Van Belkom Awards. The Canadian writer and editor's "Coming of Age" (Star Colonies, DAW) is nominated in the Short-Form Work in English category, but he has three - count them! THREE - works nominated in the Best Work in English (Other) category:
NORTHERN HORROR, an anthology;
BE AFRAID! another anthology aimed at young adults; and
WRITING HORROR
, the first in a series of "How To" books. Van Belkom's not the only horror writer with works nominated. Robert J. Sawyer's CALCULATING GOD has been nominated in the Long-Form category while his The Shoulders of Giants is a contender for Short-Form Work in English category. Awards will be presented during Canvention 21, held in conjunction with V-Con 26 (v-con.org/), May 4 to 6, 2001 in Burnaby, British Columbia.

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MARCH 19, 2001

Report by Jack Adrian
The Independent
(London)
March 19 2001
THE HORROR

writer Richard Laymon was a prophet almost entirely without honour in his own country. An American working in what is almost purely an American tradition - that of the "stalk-and-slash" and "splatter" genres - for most of his life he could only get published in the United Kingdom, where his fan following was impressive, highly appreciative and very vocal. This despite the fact that his first published novel The Cellar (1980) was the very epitome of American Gothic grisliness - vile troglodytish creatures dwelling far beneath the site of a gruesome slaughter -scene emerge at intervals to terrorise the local inhabitants, maiming and killing the males, sexually enslaving the females.

Go HERE for full story

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MARCH 18, 2001

House of 1,000 Cowards
Brett Savory may no longer be in charge of CHIAROSCURO, but he still has plenty of venom when folks at Universal Pictures - Yes, those folks of Monster Movie filmdom some 50 years ago - get cold feet over anything having to do with modern Horror. Read Brett's column at TWILIGHT SHOWCASE.

On behalf of Darke Palace, Yvonne Navarro (SPECIES, SPECIES II, DEADRUSH, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: The Willow Files) would like to invite everyone to drop by The Stars Our Destination Bookstore, 705 Main Street in Evanston, Illinois on March 24, 2001 from 6-8:00 p.m. Yvonne will be signing with evil cohort Jay Bonansinga (OBLIVION, THE KILLER'S GAME). Stars is right on the Evanston elevated train line, and also has a little parking lot close by. For more info, call them at 847-570-5925.


OUTLAW NATION
Vertigo's certainly got their hands full. With top editor Axel Alonso officially gone and working for Marvel (good move, Quesada!) things are fortunately moving steadily along. They canceled the FLINCH anthology series, but a four-part western-themed anthology has taken its place. The first issue of WEIRD WESTERN TALES wasn't too shabby, and we'll have reviews of the series up for you soon.

They've also launched OUTLAW NATION in an attempt to replace PREACHER. Written by former HELLBLAZER scribe Jamie Delano, the series features some interesting characters and an intriguing general theme, but the jury's still out on the overall quality. Issue six just hit and there's still not much to say story-wise. I'll get you a review in a few more issues, when he gives us a better idea of what the hell is happening.

HELLBLAZER continues to rock, and the new "Freezes Over" four-part arc has a lot of promise. Azzarello's also jumped right into the action this time, as we have a monster and/or serial killer, Constantine, three criminals, and several innocent people all snowbound in a small inn. And they've already found the first corpse impaled by an icicle.

Warren Ellis's TRANSMETROPOLITAN series featured a few quick hits, and the new arc is the three-part "Dirge." The first just hit, and it's looking good. Looks like Spider will be doing more investigatio into police corruption while an assassin on a rooftop starts smoking random passersby.

Speaking of Warren Ellis, he will be launching his own imprint soon, a la Alan Moore, and it will be published by Image. The first title, MINISTRY OF SPACE is due in May and tells the story of an alternate history where Britain won the space race. However, the horror will lie in HOW they went about funding their space program, as well as all the testing that went on before their initial successes. The follow-up (and the second of three planned series) will be MORNING DRAGONS, a tale of what may have happened had the Vikings landed in feudal Japan. The third will be announced later.

And speaking of Ellis yet again, STRANGER KISSES is also coming soon. The preview issue looked good, and word is it's even better than its predecessor, STRANGE KISSES (see review). Watch for more announcements and, once the series is done, a review.

The new Kevin Smith-helmed GREEN ARROW is here at last! GREEN ARROW at one time had a dark and gritty feel that fit perfectly with the Vertigo line (even carried the Mature Readers tag!) until DC saw fit to bump him off. No word yet on whether Smith will go for the darker work or for the superhero stuff (chances are the latter), but if it's anything like his work on the DAREDEVIL series, then I'm sure it will be damn good. The first issue sold out before it hit the stands and went into a second printing by the weekend of its release. Definitely going to be a hot item.

Finally, Image launched another small horror/sci-fi series called AREA 52, written by Brian Haberlin. The story takes place in a supposed storage facility where all the unknown items our government recovers from UFO crashes and similar phenomena gets stashed. As they put it, it's the warehouse at the end of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, only it's in Anarctica for security reasons. The first issue opened as a very light-hearted book, but by the end of that issue and throughout this one I'm finding it has a very dark heart. Look for a review as the first plotline wraps.

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MARCH 17, 2001

Nicholas Kaufmann
(STREET CRED in Bloodtype: A Hardcore Horror Anthology,
WITH ITS SLEEVES ROLLED in Poddities: A Creative Tribute to Jack Finney's Novel "The Body Snatchers", and
LA BETE EST MORTE
in Bell, Book & Beyond: An Anthology of Witchy Tales) is delighted to announce that he's joined the staff of award-winning DarkTales Publications as their Sales & Promotions man. For two years now, DarkTales has had a major presence on-line. Nick's ultimate goal will be to increase public awareness of DarkTales' outstanding books and talented authors in the world outside the Internet, as well as getting DarkTales' titles into more bookstores throughout North America.

"I'm looking forward to working with all the DarkTales authors - past, present and future - in achieving this goal. David Nordhaus, DarkTales CFO and owner, and Keith "Doc" Herber, designer and editor, are a great bunch of people, and I couldn't be happier to be joining them. I wouldn't be getting back in the PR game for just anyone!"

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MARCH 16, 2001

Report by Judi Rohrig
Additional Guest Of Honor Named To World Horror Convention 2001

He may be just Jay Clarke at home, but to millions of readers he's Michael Slade, author of the just released HANGMAN (co-authored this go-round with daughter Rebecca), BURNT BONES, and PRIMAL SCREAM among other titles. Now Clarke has been added to the line up of Guests of Honor at the May 25-28 World Horror Convention in Seattle, Washington.

The death of Richard Laymon left WHC2001 short an author Guest of Honor (Simon Clark is the Foreign Author Guest of Honor), but Laymon is NOT being replaced; a special memorial is planned and all literature for the convention will continue to list Laymon as the homeboy GoH. Negotiations had already been underway to attract Clarke, who is an attorney with an extensive background in police procedure and forensics, to the weekend of horror. It just makes the offerings a little stronger with his addition. Any fan of horror is welcome to attend the four-day convention to be held at the Seattle Marriott Sea-Tac Airport Hotel.

Contact the World Horror Convention 2001 at whc2001.org

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MARCH 15, 2001

Scottish author of vampire and horror books, William Meikle (THE BOOK OF THE DARK) is running a competition in his free newsletter - the winner gets to have their namesake turned into a vampire in the new novel he's currently working on. Anyone interested in becoming one of the undead should head on over to his web page and sign up for the newsletter. Then, answer one simple question and you'll be entered in the draw.
William Meikle

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