Report by Judi
DECEMBER DELICACIES LIGHTS THE DARK
For the past seven years, Burbank's bookstore Darl Delicacies has presented
its traditional charity offering. Two years ago, it was THE HORROR WRITERS
COOKBOOK. This year, it's THE ALTRUSITIC ALPHABET, edited by "Gomez and
Morticia" Howison. This book features the talents of 40+ horror writer
and artists including
Jack Ketchum w/ Michel Gagne,
Kelly Laymon w/ gak,
Peter Straub w/ Brad Canby,
Whitley Strieber w/ Jhonen Vasquez,
George Clayton Johnson w/ Eric Pigors,
P. D. Cacek w/ Bernie Wrightson,
Karen Taylor w/ Russ Jones,
Todd McIntosh w/ Clive Barker,
and many others! Proceeds from this year's project will benefit the Shriners
Hospitals for Children, a unique organization that provides free medical
care for children with orthopaedic disabilities or burns. Through the
Shriners' hospitals, there is no fee to either the children or their families,
no payment or insurance of any kind is accepted, nor does the hospital
accept government grants, state or other agency funding.
Sunday, December 2, at 2:00 p.m., Dark Delicacies will be hold a big kick-off
signing and fundraising party, and a number of the contributors will be
there to sign copies of the book. Please note that while the proceeds
from the sale of this book go to children, the book is not intended for
children. Says Del Howison: "Dark Delicacies has not lost its roots in
this age of political correctness. This is a fun book with a strong message
to help where help is needed. Some of the original artwork is up for auction
on the Dark Delicacies website, www.darkdel.com, with the proceeds going
to the same charity."
book is $19.95 and may be ordered online if you are unable to attend that
day but would like to order the book (there is a
$4.00 S&H charge). You can order via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone tollfree at (888) darkdel.
damn Del always figures out a way to get free advertising from me. Dang
his ornery hide! -feo)
A few days ago, (November 21 report)in an article called "KCOnline Kneels To Censorship?",
we published Shane Staley's announcement of the troubles he was having
with his website/company, Delirium
Books, and his web server company, KCOnline.
now sent us a follow-up letter from KCOnline which explains their position,
as well as well as the "complaint" letter tha started it all
from a person calling themselves, "Ed Grimm".
is the letter from someone claiming to be the "Real" Ed Grimm".
someone who actually IS Ed Grimm, I wish you to remove this biography
and all works attributed to me immediately. I'm certain that virtually
every other real Ed Grimm out there would wish the same, if only they
knew. When one is making a pen name, and publishing online, it's generally
considered a good idea to check to see if the name is in use first; Ed
Grimm happens to be fairly heavily in use, and therefore not a good pen
name for any type of litterary (sic) work.
through several different books on writing and the creation of pen names
turned up absolutely no mention of the "generally considered good
idea" in seeing if the name is in use first. No doubt "Marilyn
Monroe", "Ed Grimsley", "Madonna", "Richard
Bachman", "Marilyn Manson", and "Alice Cooper"
have a lot to be held accountable for. There is probably someone somewhere
in the world named Feo Amante (though why anyone
would name their kid "Ugly Lover" is beyond me), who
is already preparing a lawsuit. For the record, my own pen name is from
a girlfriend's pet-name for me (That's right, she
said it in love...?) - and I'm keeping it!
after getting harrassing emails from Ed Grimm repeatedly for about a week,
was sent this letter from KCOnline.
Mr. Grimm's rather ridiculous complaint about "name-theft" last week,
I was inspired to take some time and actually look at your site.
I need to ask you to remove your website from our server since you are
breaking the rules of our User Agreement:
content is of an adult nature, which is not acceptable on our servers.
Because of the nature of your business, I don't imagine there is much
chance that you will be changing your content, so the website needs to
live somewhere else where adult content is allowed to be stored.
can view the User Agreement governing your use of KC Online at http://www.kconline.com/support/user_agreement.html.
Paragraph 16 deals with webspaces and website content.
will remove your website sometime on Friday so that you will have time
to download all your content and store it locally (if you don't already
have it saved on your computer).
Peugh KC Online System Administration - email@example.com
So be on
the lookout folks. It only takes one person to shut you down. If you find
this censorship repugnant, then you need to find the time out of your
busy schedule to address these problems whenever you are confronted with
them. KCOnline has every right to enforce their rules they way they see
fit. My problem with them stems from the fact that they are enforcing
this rule in an act of bowing down to someone, who they admit has a ridiculous
complaint, and ruining the livelihood of many.
nothing visually pornographic at delirium books and though the gross-out
writing contest has become disgusting (though no
less disgusting than the children's animated movie Osmosis Jones - which
prides itself on being "Extra disgusting"), there is
certainly nothing titillating about the writing there. Shane admits, however,
that he had similar problems with tripod.com just the year before. The
day may already be on us where online free speech - that in no way supports
or endorses pornography - may only find a home on the servers of pornography
would have been far better handled had Lamar Peugh of KCOnline issued
a warning with a reminder. That would have been fair. As it is, KCOnline
is knowingly bowing down to ridiculous complaints.
this before trusting your business to KCOnline.
From Stealth Press
NO STORM, BUT GROWING NICELY
We launched Stealth Press last November 1. At the time, there was a great
deal of ballyhoo about e-books. Most of that has died down and there's
some very interesting redaction going on about e-publishing among the
so-called experts. Print evidently is not dead after all and e-books are
not quite taking the world by storm yet. Well, we knew that, didn't we?
stirred up as much of a storm as we would have liked in the last year.
We've had to revise a lot of our thinking on many subjects and, frankly,
we've had to gain an education while on-the-job.
But one thing
remains the same: our e-book philosophy. We think they are great. We love
giving them away and using them for promotion. Paula gets to vent her
creativity in producing them (and is slowly beginning
to figure out what she's doing.) We intend to keep publishing our
e-freebies as long as they seem to be reaching readers. (And
with over 13,000 downloads of the ALL HALLOWS-E antho in less than one
month, we suspect they are.) We think there's a future for e-books
-- but they aren't going to replace or even threaten real books with real
pages any more than paperbacks took the place of hardcovers.
become so used to rapid change in technology in the last decade or so,
we expect revolutions to occur almost immediately. Sometimes the first
sentences of history *are* written with lightening speed, but the complete
story takes a bit longer. And there are risks involved. Gutenberg completed
his press using movable metal type in 1450. Five years later he was bankrupt.
Nevertheless, fifty years later there were 1000 printing shops in Europe
which had produced 35,000 titles and 20 million copies of books.
It may not
take 50 years for e-books to catch on or for some of our ideas at Stealth
about publishing and the Internet to become completely workable, but it
won't happen overnight. We suspect we all still have some learning to
KCONLINE KNEELS TO CENSORSHIP?
It is with great regret that I have to announce that once again Delirium
Books' website will be taken off its host server due to what the host's
administration has termed Graphic Material, unsuitable for their web presence.
Their decision was tipped off by a complaint about the website. This comes
almost a year from when Tripod shut Delirium's website down for the same
which is currently the host server, is my only means of access to the
internet, the only local dial-in number to be used in the area I reside,
so this makes for a difficult decision. The administration has reviewed
the site and highlighted both the e-zine and Gross-Out Tournament as unsuitable
for their server, as well as certain message boards directly linked to
the Delirium site.
consideration, I've decided to do the following:
Delirium website will go in effect in approximately one week after the
discontinuance of the KC Online-hosted site, which is scheduled to be
removed this Friday, Nov. 23, 2001. It will be placed onto another server,
minus the Gross-Out Tournament and e-zine which will, unfortunately, have
to be cancelled in the future. The current Gross-Out Tournament will remain
active, but will be moved to an interim website: http://www.members.tripod.com/deliriumbooks.
This extension of the site will only contain the gross-out tournament
until its end and then will be removed permanently.
to the annual Gross-Out Tournament, there will be a new set of guidelines
circulating shortly about a a new anthology / extreme story competition
that will involve being published in print next year instead of being
associated with an e-zine. The same award will still apply which is a
$1,500 original sculpture made by Robert Blair. Instead of votes from
readers on the website, next year's contest will be decided by actual
to Delirium Magazine, and due to the problems with publishing extreme
material online, I've decided to cancel it.
to everyone that this will affect, but these are decisions that had to
made and had to made quickly. I can't afford to be changing servers every
year, just because some idiot wants to complain. And I do think it is
unfair of KC Online and others to censor in such a way, to cripple a business
on the whim of a lousy complaint. I could go on and on about this, but
it wouldn't make a difference, and, anyway, I'm looking at a ton of work
ahead of me just to make these changes...
the domain name www.deliriumbooks.com will stay active and will link to the new server, whichever one that might
be. There may be a few days of downtime until the domain name can link
to the new server, so please be patient and keep checking back by typing
in the domain name.
For those who may wish to inquire about company rules and policies at
KCOnline, they can be found at http://www.kconline.com/, http://www.kconline.net,
them in person at:
KC Online, Inc.
401 Kings Hwy
Winona Lake, IN 46590
Or you can reach them at:
runs their servers on Apache/1.3.20 (Unix) on FreeBSD
kconline.net runs their servers on Apache/1.3.19 (Unix) mod_perl/1.26
kconline.org runs their servers on Apache/1.3.19 (Unix) mod_perl/1.26
We will continue
to report on this issue as the story develops.
Report by Judi
WESTLAKE, MI - Steve Lee Climer will signing books at Waldenbooks in Westland
Mall from noon to 4:00 p.m.
30 BERKLEY, CA - Cody's Books on Telegraph Ave. will host a signing for
Clive Barker at 7:30 p.m.
THIS IS TOM'S WORLD
Leisure has accepted Tom Piccirilli's novel THE NIGHT CLASS and will be
reprinting the book in mass market paperback October 2002. What's more,
the novel will have 10,000 more words than its limited edition Hardcover
brother. Tom says the paperback will have no new characters or scenes,
but "an enhanced horrific atmosphere."
Dance will be taking CAST IN DARK WATERS for their novella
line. This strange action-adventure-horror tale was co-written with Ed
Gorman, and tells of a female pirate in the early 18th Century who is
haunted by her dead husband as she seeks to save a young woman trapped
on an island where demons supposedly roam. Tom assures us that, "Despite
its pulpish elements, this one is actually played pretty straight and
is full of Caribbean myths and lore, along with a historical edge."
And if you
are a hardcore Piccirilli fan, you'll find his short story "Those Vanished
I Recognize" in Dennis Etchison's MUSEUM OF HORRORS (the HWA anthology).
One of Leisure's first hardback books, this work also contains fiction
by Peter Straub, Richard Laymon, Joyce Carol Oates, Ramsey Campbell, Charles
L. Grant, Peter Atkins, Melanie Tem, plus many more.
fantasy tale "City of Dog" now up at the premium section of Gothic.net.
"Water Music for the Tillers of Soil" appears in the Chaosium anthology
SONG OF CTHULHU edited by Stephen Mark Rainey.
"A Square Wedge of Vanilla" is at Darkfluidity.com.
"A Whisper of Dead Whiskers" is slated for DEAD CATS BOUNCING, an anthology
being brought out from Bedlam Press, co-edited by GAK and Gerard Houarner, based on the concept for their acclaimed original
chapbook DEAD CAT BOUNCE.
you'd know all of this if you just visited his site at: TomPiccirilli.com.
Report by Judi
JACKSON, MS - Author Andrew Vachss will be appearing at Lemuria, 202 Banner
Hall at 5:30 p.m.
- Steve Lee Climer will be appearing at the Wayne Public Library from
7-9 p.m. for a reading and signing.
by Christos N. Gage
BARKER & MCFARLANE'S TORTURED SOULS
Clive Barker (HELLRAISER)
and Todd McFarlane (SPAWN) have signed a deal with Universal Pictures
to create a movie based on their "Tortured Souls" line of
"Clive Barker's Tortured Souls & Animae Damnatae", the
limited edition figures were manufactured and released by McFarlane
Toys earlier this year. Each of the six "Agnoistes, Lucidique,
Mongroid, Scythe-Meister, Talisac, and Venal Anatomica" came packaged
with a chapter of an original horror novella by Barker that explained
their world and origins. Presumably this novella will serve as the basis
for the film.
treatment is currently being written by Barker, though there is no word
yet on whether he will write the screenplay as well.
by Christos N. Gage
Later this month, Top Cow comics will release INFERNO, a comic that
marks company founder Marc Silvestri's return to drawing a regular series.
The premise is that Earth is being threatened by an invasion from Hell,
and the military wants to send in a team of operatives to fight back.
The only catch is that, to enter Hell, your soul has to be damned.
the team is assembled from the dregs of the military prison system;
sort of a horror DIRTY DOZEN. Interestingly, the project began as a
pitch for a movie brought in to Top Cow's film division, and word is
INFERNO is being developed as a film at the same time it is being done
as a comic, with ideas from one medium making their way into the other
and vice versa. Nice high concept, could be interesting, expect a review
as soon as the first issue is released in late November.
Newcomer, Christos N. Gage, a long time fan of the site could not bear
to watch the Comics page die, so he has decided to take it over:
N. Gage is a screenwriter and member of the Writer's Guild of America,
West. His produced feature film credits in the horror/suspense genre
include HBO Films' CREATURE FEATURES: TEENAGE CAVEMAN, directed by Larry
Clark and starring Andrew Keegan, and Sony/Screen Gems' THE BREED, starring
Adrian Paul, Bokeem Woodbine, and Ling Bai. Scripts in development include
an adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's classic sci-fi novel RENDEZVOUS
WITH RAMA for Morgan Freeman's Revelations Films (the
latter two co-written with his partner and wife, Ruth Fletcher Gage).
He holds a Master's Degree in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute
(AFI) and a BA from Brown University. He's been reading comics since
the age of three, and started collecting with Marvel's GODZILLA series
back in the 1970s. He knew it was time to propose to his wife when she
gave him the original cover art to Godzilla #10 for Christmas. You just
don't let a woman like that get away.
I'm Chris Gage, and I'll be the new captain of this electronic Flying
Dutchman known as Feo Amante's Comics Page. Who the hell am I? Well,
I'm a screenwriter and lifelong comics fan living in L.A. I ran
across the mighty Feo Amante site when I heard it contained a nice
mention of a movie I wrote (with my wife Ruth)
called THE BREED (to be reviewed later this year -feo).
Eddie to thank him for the kind words and we got to talking, as fanboys
are wont to do. When I found out the comics section of the site was
about to go under, I decided I couldn't let that happen, and with a
trembling hand, took on the moldy mantle of Fanboy of Fear! So, here
I am, feeling like Martin Sheen in APOCALYPSE NOW when he asks a soldier
who the commanding officer is, and the guy replies, "Ain't you?"
can you expect? Lord, I wish I knew: I'm making this up as I go along.
I know I won't live up to the high standard set by Mike, at least at
first, but I hope to improve as I go. My goal is to update the site
once a week, with news items of interest to horror comics fans and reviews
of current books that fit the genre. I'll be pretty inclusive; for instance,
I may cover crime/noir comics that lack a specific supernatural element.
There will also be items from Feo's regular contributors.
address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I invite (beg and plead for) feedback;
let me know what you'd like to see, what I'm doing right, and what I'm
doing wrong. If you have information you think belongs on the site,
by all means, send it along! Also contact me if you have review copies
of horror comics you'd like me to check out. My policy is the same as
Feo's on indie films: if I don't like an independent book, I probably
just won't mention it at all; it's tough enough doing things on a budget,
and a feat worthy of congratulations just getting it out there. I also
prefer to focus on items that are deserving of praise rather than bash
ones that suck (although you may see negative
reviews of books from the big boys now and again, I figure they can
take it). My ultimate goal is to help you decide what to spend
your hard-earned credit card debt on, not to show how clever I am by
tearing hard-working creative people a new orifice.
DEAD AT 67
Renowned horror and fantasy artist Gray Morrow died on November 6th, at
his home in Pennsylvania. Morrow's career spanned five decades, and included
comics, paperback book covers, movie posters, and animation. In the comics
field, perhaps his most fondly remembered work was for Warren Publications'
horror magazines, CREEPY and EERIE. At a time when Frank Frazetta dominated
Warren's covers, Morrow's cover paintings stood shoulder to shoulder with
Frazetta's and did not suffer in comparison. Morrow also took full advantage
of Warren's black and white format and larger magazine size to turn in
some incredible interior work.
every year we lose more great talents of this industry, so when you're
attending conventions, make sure you take a moment to thank them for
what they've given us while you still have the chance.
Report by Judi
DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS!
People in the Austin, Texas, area can forget plucking that turkey for
now as Thanksgiving comes early with two author events happening during
the same weekend. The Sixth Annual Texas Book Festival opens Thursday,
November 15, at the Texas State Capitol. Slated to attend for readings
and signings are a number of authors including that man from Nacogdoches,
Joe R. Lansdale, and his very good friend, Andrew Vachss. Both have new
books to sign: for Lansdale, it's his latest Hap & Leonard mystery, CAPTAINS
OUTRAGEOUS, while Vachss will put pen to title page on PAIN MANAGEMENT.
much more in store and many more authors scheduled for this event which
lasts through Sunday, November 18. A complete schedule of events, authors,
readings, and signings may be found at the website: austin360.com.
November 16-18, finds the Fandom Association of Central Texas playing
host to ArmadilloCon at the Hilton-North in Austin. Guest of Honor is
J. Gregory Keyes, but the there's a well-rounded guestlist that includes
Neal Barrett, Jr., Jack McDevitt, Elizabeth Moon, Michael Moorcock, Brian
A. Hopkins, Bradley Denton, Rick Klaw, Michael Bracken, Bill Crider, and
Judi Rohrig, among others. More information on specific panels, signings,
and readings may be found at the website, fact.org.
Report by Judi
AND THE WINNER IS...
This past weekend of November 4 saw the World Fantasy Convention in
Montreal, Canada and the Bouchercon in Washington, D.C. Here are the winners:
Philip José Farmer and Frank Frazetta
NOVEL: (tie) DECLARE by Tim Powers (Subterranean Press; Morrow 2001)
and GALVESTON by Sean Stewart (Ace)
NOVELLA: THE MAN ON THE CEILING, Steve Rasnic Tem & Melanie Tem (American
SHORT FICTION: THE POTTAWATOMIE GIANT by Andy Duncan (Sci Fiction
1 Nov 2000)
ANTHOLOGY: DARK MATTER: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the
African Diaspora by Sheree R. Thomas, ed. (Warner Aspect)
COLLECTION: BELUTHAHATCHIE and Other Stories by Andy Duncan (Golden
ARTIST: Shaun Tan
SPECIAL AWARD, PROFESSIONAL: Tom Shippey (for J.R.R. TOLKIEN: Author
of the Century, HarperCollins UK; Houghton Mifflin 2001)
SPECIAL AWARD, NON-PROFESSIONAL: Bill Sheehan (for AT THE FOOT
OF THE STORY TREE: An Inquiry into the Fiction of Peter Straub, Subterranean
this year's awards were Steven Erikson, Paula Guran, Diana Wynne Jones,
Graham Joyce, and Jonathan Strahan.
Then at the
Washington, DC, Bouchercon, these mystery writers went home fat and happy:
PLACE OF EXECUTION by Val McDermid (St. Martin's Minotaur)
BEST FIRST NOVEL: DEATH OF A RED HEROINE by Qiu Xialong (SoHo Press)
BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL: DEATH DANCE TO A REGGAE BEAT by Kate Grilley
BEST SHORT STORY: THE PROBLEM OF THE POTTING SHED Edward D. Hoch
(EQMM, July 2000)
at Bouchercon were the Herodotus Awards (presented
by the Historical Mystery Appreciation Society) for Historical
STORY: "The Man Who Never Was" by Charles Todd (Malice Domestic 9,
presented by Joan Hess, Avon Twilight)
BEST FIRST INTERNATIONAL: BONE HOUSE by Betsy Tobin (UK, Headline)
BEST FIRST US: THE BOTTOMS by Joe Lansdale (Mysterious Press)
BEST INTERNATIONAL: THE COMPANY: THE STORY OF A MURDERER by Arabella
Edge (Australia, Pan Macmillan)
BEST US: A DANGEROUS ROAD by Kris Nelscott (St. Martin's)
And the Herodotus Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Historical
Mysteries was awarded to LINDSEY DAVIS.
THE REAL SOWERBUTT
13 year old British actor, Joe Sowerbutt (TURN
OF THE SCREW), was paid L.205,422.43 or about $300,000 in U.S.
currency for dubbing over the voice of Daniel Radcliffe who plays Harry
Potter in the upcoming children's fantasy / thriller, HARRY POTTER AND
THE SORCERER'S STONE. This is Sowerbutt's second movie and second turn
at a Horror / Thriller flick, so the lad has got a bright future before
him. Normally this kind of news would be too mundane for Horror Movies,
but any actor who would insist on keeping their real name of Sowerbutt,
instead of some stage name, is clearly a person to be admired!
Guillermo del Toro, director of CRONOS and MIMIC,
is releasing a new Horror movie through Sony Pictures this year.
BACKBONE takes place during the Spanish Civil War. A ten year old child,
Carlos (Fernando Tielve), is taken in by a school that shelters orphans
of the Republican militia and politicians. While there he gradually
discovers the secret of the school's ghost.
within the school acts as an allegory for the war outside of its walls.
recently wrapped up production on the hotly anticipated BLADE 2. THE
DEVIL'S BACKBONE will be his fourth Horror movie and will open first
in New York on November 21st and then later throughout the rest of the
the movie is released under the "Sony Classics" banner, THE
DEVIL'S BACKBONE will be shown in original Spanish with English subtitles.
I know that the majority of us Horror fans without artistic affectations
prefer a decent voice dubbed track, but there you have it.
is also working on a fifth Horror movie, HELLBOY and has been recognized
both by CNN and Time Magazine as one of the fifty young leaders for
the coming millennium.
to go G'! Make us proud!
BURN THAT FATTY PAST WITH EXORCISE!
Liam Neeson (DARKMAN), who nearly quit showbiz after making back to
back crap with Steven Spielberg's THE
HAUNTING and George Lucas STAR WARS I, is back in the
saddle and back to Horror. Liam inked a deal with Warner Bros. to star
as a younger Father Merrin in the upcoming, but untitled, Exorcist movie.
This one is a prequel, focusing on Father Merrin as a young lad, or
at least as young as Liam Neeson can be in the role made famous by Max
be 50 years old when he plays the role, making him six years older than
Max was when he hit the screens with The Exorcist in 1973. Then again,
Sydow was "aged" with excellent award-winning make-up by Dick