a few days left in the month, but why stop putting up new stuff now? Read
our reviews of MARILYN MANSON: OMEGA
AND THE MECHANICAL ANIMALS and LAST
TOUR ON EARTH. Then check out our reviews of MARDUK: PANZER
DIVISION and their OBEDIENCE ep.
BRIAN KEENE SELLS JOBS IN HELL
Welp, Brian told me he was going to sell it - Kelly Laymon told me she
was going to buy it, and now the deed's been done!
#99 of JOBS IN HELL, Brian "Saten" Keene offically announces
his "turning over of the reigns to Kelly Laymon.
new owner is exactly what I was looking for," says Brian.
said "what I was looking for" and not "who I was looking
doing this because, like Brett Savory retiring from CHIAROSCURO in 2000,
he needs to spend more time writing and less time running the wildly popular
Jobs In Hell will be celebrating its 3 year anniversary. Jobs In Hell
is a profitable e-mail newsletter and one of the very few successful ones
in the market.
will take over this run away train come JIH #138.
I spoke to
Kelly Laymon who had this to say:
I'm gonna take it over."
We can all
only speculate as to what that horrid little twist will do once she is
WEEKLY PICKS PICCIRILLI
Tom Piccirilli wrote to tell us that Publisher's Weekly gave his new novel,
A LOWER DEEP (Leisure) a rave review. Publisher's Weekly almost never
review a paperback - they must have been fooled by the unbound galleys
they received into thinking that the new novel would be a hardcover.
times will it work?
won't be ready for purchase until mid-October, but P.W. says: "This
tale is not for the fainthearted; there's enough bloodletting and hellish
savagery here to give even the most hardened horror fans the creeps."
what blows yer skirt up, fine! But don't go and blame us for yer nightmares!
You was warned!
Report by Judi
YES, BFS AWARDS ARE A B.F.D.!
There were probably a few stiff upper lips, sure, but more genuine grins
as winners of the 2001 British Fantasy Awards were presented last Sunday
night, September, 23, at the BFS's 30th Birthday Bash at Champagne Charlie's,
Charing Cross, London.
of this year's awards were as follows:
THE AUGUST DERLETH AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL
Perdido Street Station, China Miéville (Macmillan)
Hideous Progeny, Brian Willis, ed. (Razorblade Press)
Where the Bodies Are Buried, Kim Newman (Alchemy Press/Airgedlámh Publications)
"Naming of Parts," Tim Lebbon (PS Publishing)
KARL EDWARD WAGNER AWARD
Report by Judi
GORMAN GETS HIS STICK OUT OF THE MUD
Author Ed Gorman has finally taken the plunge with his own website! Brand
spanking new on the Internet is Ed's new home (which,
of course, he shares with Mystery Scene Magazine!) edgormanonline.com.
finished writing his fourth offering in the Sam McCain mystery series
with SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME. Says Ed about the new book (this
time named for the old Connie Francis tune): "As usual there's
a two-track plot, the A story involving (there was
such a sect in Iowa at one time) a religion that incorporated rattlesnakes
in their ceremonies - if the rattlers didn't bite you, you were free of
sin - while the B plot involves the anti-Catholic and anti-Semitic feelings
John Kennedy's run for office evoked in both the South and the Midwest
(the far-right saw Kennedy has a stalking horse
for the Jewish Conspiracy). Sam has a new love interest in this
one - my favorite girl so far." Updates on his other works are also available
at the site.
SHANNON TAKES ADVANTAGE OF FEO AMANTE
See, every writer who has ever asked has been told: Story Time is here to promote Writers. Its a cinch that folks wouldn't come to this
site (1,500,000+ hits for 2001 Yippie!) if
there wasn't all this swell stuff to learn about regarding their favorite
subjects, Horror, Thriller, Mystery, and Suspense. Now some folks know
how to take advantage of that, and some folks don't.
mean, there's a LOT of sites out there that will tell you about the latest
Stephen King or Anne Rice novel. But those only come out annually at best
and thus, only go so far.
visitors who want to know what ELSE is going on in their favorite
fiction, the writers need to drop us a word or two here. Some don't, some
do, and some are just shameless about self-promotion like Harry Shannon
SEED) here. Photo captions are by Harry Shannon.
from Dark Delicacies (the famous horror book store here in Burbank) on
Saturday, September 22nd. I'm the Kenny Roger's look-alike. The signing
also included Dennis Etchison and the distinguished fellow in the photo
with John Turi and I: William F. Nolan (author of "Logan's Run").
This was set
up by John Turi of Medium Rare Books, the goateed dude with black hair
who is sitting next to me. John published my first collection and authored
the new poetry/prose release SORROW.
want to personally give a shout to the excellent Dark Delicacies Bookstore
in Burbank - which needs to be a part of any fan's tour of the Los Angeles
area. The place is just so COOL!
CRAIG GOES TO THE CRYPT
Craig, the influential Horror artist at EC Comics back in the 1940s and
50s, died last week.
started with EC Comics in 1947. He later edited VAULT OF HORROR as well
as wrote and drew stories for it. One of his most infamous covers featured
a cleaver split head. It was used in fact, as evidence during the Congressional
Hearings against comics and later featured in "Dr." Fredric
Wertham's book SEDUCTION OF THE INNOCENT.
also drew and wrote for TALES FROM THE CRYPT, whose popularity endures
to this day, having been made into several movies and a popular HBO television
the 1960s and 70s, Johnny Craig, under the psuedonym Jay Taycee (Ray Trace
- Jay Taycee - get it?), wrote and drew for EERIE and CREEPY Comics, which
were the slick magazine formats that spawned the careers of Richard Corbin,
Frank Frazetta, and others. These magazines were not only under the same
publishing house that printed Vampirilla, they also inspired foreign magazines
like METAL HURLANT (Screaming Metal) in France, which went on to spawn
HEAVY METAL magazine in the U.S.
stopped working during the 1980s, but his stories and art, in anthologies
and reprints, lives on.
work was considered complex, dark, and cerebral, and never talked down
to the reader or relied on contrived or snap endings. Craig enriched the
Horror and Thriller genres as we know them today.
Craig: 1926 - 2001
focus on old reviews of KMFDM. Why? Because the band, which changed their
name to MDFMK to get out of contractual obligaitons and hassles with their
old record/disc company, now have the rights to their original name. That's
right, yall, KMFDM is BACK!
here are some old reviews of ADIOS, AGOGO, and RETRO.
Report by Judi
CLEGG'S OCTOBERFEST ON THE INFINITE HIGHWAY
Douglas Clegg wants you to make a few circles on your calendars and get
those unsigned books ready because sometime during the next few weeks,
he may be heading to a town near you!
of HALLOWEEN MAN, YOU COME WHEN I CALL YOU, and NAOMI will be filling
his gas tank and heading out from the East Coast in search of "America
at the dawn of the 21st century."
this my Indie 5000 Tour," Clegg said. "Because I'll primarily visit indie
stores. I will drop in at other outlets that carry my books, but my focus,
time and energy for this one will be on independents.
put a minimum of 5000 miles on my car. Probably more like 7,000, but 'Indie
5000' sounds better."
And as he
travels, Clegg will be keeping a "Road Diary from the end of September
on through November whenever I visit a store."
exactly is he headed? Says Clegg: "New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania,
Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Iowa, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota,
Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, New Mexico, Texas, Texas
(it's so big, I had to write it here twice), Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee,
Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland and on up.
also hit a few other states. Mainly because the driving tour will not
just begin and end when I want it to."
tentative schedule of event/signing stops:
September 30, 2001 - 3:00 p.m. at The Book Room on Grove in Jersey City,
October 12, 2001- 7 p.m. at Stars Our Destination Bookstore in Evanston,
October 13, 2001 - 3 p.m. at Dreamhaven Books in Minneapolis, MN
October 21, 2001- No time listed at Borderlands Books in San Francisco,
October 26, 2001 - 7 p.m. at Dark Delicacies Bookstore in Burbank, CA
October 27, 2001 - 7 p.m. in a pajama party booksigning at Mysterious
Galaxy, San Diego, CA. (Clegg note: "I hope you all wear pajamas. No birthdays
suits. Wait, birthday suits are welcome.")
November 4, 2001 - 2 p.m. at Adventures in Crime and Space in Austin,
TX Saturday, November 11, 2001 - No time listed yet at Creatures 'n Crooks
Bookshoppe in Richmond, VA Adds Clegg: "Because I'm driving, and I want
to visit more bookstores than would be possible if I only did booksignings,
I have to keep these signings to a minimum. However, once I've visited
a bookstore and signed the stock at the store, I'll post where the stores
are at my website, douglasclegg.com.
so you can find them if you want a signed book."
the website of the Independent Booksellers, will be posting both Clegg's
road trip journal and an essay he wrote about his take on horror fiction.
(The latter, in fact, was scheduled to go up on August 31, 2001.)
Clegg is making his own notes of places to stop and YOU can help! If you
live in any of the states listed above, send Clegg (email@example.com)
the name, address, phone number, and email addy of your favorite independent
Stoker and Aurora Award winning author Edo
van Belkom (SIX
INCH SPIKE HEELS) has
been hired as an on-air host at SCREAM, Canada's new all-horror channel,
one of the new digital television channels which debuted across the
country on Friday, September 7, 2001.
hosts the "Post Mortem" segment, airing Monday through Thursday at Midnight
(est), repeating at 4 a.m. (est).
film features a two-minute introduction and wrap-up by Edo van Belkom,
who draws from his vast knowledge of all things horrific and scary to
talk about the highlights (and lowlights)
of that evening's feature, while using his uniquely Canadian sense of
humour to offer up opinions and anecdotes as they relate to each movie.
made his SCREAM debut introducing the cult horror film Henry: The Portrait
of a Serial Killer, Saturday, September 8th, he spent the first week
in his regular time slot introducing the first four films in the Nightmare
on Elm Street series. Over the next two weeks, SCREAM will be airing
the Friday the 13th series, parts one through eight in the weeknight
"Post Mortem" time slot.
resident of Brampton, Ontario, Edo has gone hatchet-to-hatchet with
Horror and Fantasy icons Stephen King and J.K. Rowling, in recent awards
ceremonies in the U.S. and Canada. Edo won a Bram Stoker award from
the Horror Writers Association in 1998 and an Aurora award (Canada's
top prize for speculative fiction) in 1999.
latest novel, TEETH, published by Meisha Merlin Publishing, is a stark
and intense story about a female serial killer whose murder weapon is
a set of lethally sharp teeth... which are not in her mouth. TEETH features
an introduction by the late Richard Laymon.
Report by Judi
SOME THINGS CHANGE . . . SOME REMAIN THE SAME
As scheduled, Bram Stoker Award-winner Brian A. Hopkins will still be
appearing at the Saturday, September 15th writers conference sponsored
by the Panhandle Professional Writers in Amarillo, TX. Registration begins
at 9:30 a.m. at the Amarillo Senior Citizens Center. Besides waxing eloquently
on writing and epublishing, Hopkins will also be signing his books. Additionally,
Kim Campbell and Karen D. Smith will cover the subject "Building your
own web page." Lunch is involved, too. Check out all the specifics at
on is a book signing for illustrator Gris Grimly and his book MONSTER
MUSEUM ("...some of the most extraordinary and exciting, fantastic art
I've ever seen!" - Forrest J Ackerman) on Saturday, September 15th at
2:00 p.m. at Burbank's Dark Delicacies.
Allen and illustrator Jimmy Pickering will also be there, signing their
book SOMETHIN' PUMPKIN (...a hilariously spooky salute to everyone's favorite
Halloween symbol), as will author/illustrators Rob Reger and Brian Brooks
for EMILY THE STRANGE. (Emily isn't like other girls. She's smart, sullen,
and strange.) Dark Delicacies is located at 4213 West Burbank Blvd, Burbank,
some changes though... Twilight Tales' Monday, September 17th schedule
has been altered. NYCers Becky Maines and Rob Stauffer have postponed
their visit to Chicago and Twilight Tales. Said spokesperson Yvonne Navarro:
"Our hearts and well-wishes go out to all NYC and D.C. folks, and all
who have been affected by this tragedy. As Becky and Rob won't be reading
for us this coming Monday, we'll have a second open mike for the month."
That means readers will have 20 minutes for fiction (10 double-spaced
manuscript pages or 3,000 words) or 10 minutes for poetry. The official
doin's will still begin at 7:30 p.m., upstairs at the Red Lion Pub, 2446
N. Lincoln Ave., outside on the deck, (weather permitting). Donation is
$4 per person.
readings sponsored in NYC at the KGBar by Contemporary Science Fiction
(hosted by Terry Bisson and Ellen Datlow) has a schedule change. Harvey
Jacobs who was set to read on Wednesday, September 19th, will not be attending
due to a loss in his family related to the WTC attack. Said spokesperson
Terry Bisson: "Our sympathies and solidarity are with him and all the
victims." Jeffrey Ford, author of The Beyond and the WFA-winning novel
The Physiognomy and another guest will be reading at the 7:00 p.m. gathering.
The KGB Bar is located at 85 E 4th (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs). There
is no admission charge.
From Brian Keene
Brian Keene has sent out an open letter to assure those in the Horror
community who may be worried about their friends in New York City. The
following is from Brian Keene and JIH.
Horror Writers Association Membership Directory, as well as our own subscriber
list, we've been placing phone calls, combing message boards and sending
emails. Special thanks to Regina Mitchell, Ellen Datlow and Rain Graves
for their help.
Richard Curtis Literary Agency (Full staff accounted for)
Jack Ketchum (Dallas Mayr)
Monica J. O'Rourke
Lee Thomas TOR Books (Full staff accounted for)
Paul Victor Wargelin
All known horror writers, artists, editors, agents and their families
have been accounted for and are safe. However, Vincent Harper, head of
Bereshith publishing and Shadowlands Press, has some friends of the family
who work at the Pentagon still have yet to be accounted for. Our thoughts
are with him.
continue to keep you updated, as warranted.
You can also
find updates at BrianKeene.
Report by Judi
IHG AWARDS FIRED OUT AT DRAGON*CON Dragon*Con 2001 is history now,
the flames but smoke. Thousands of fans - a good many costumed - came,
saw, strutted, posed, bought, and dragged their tired tails home form
the yearly Atlanta event.
there was some serious business going on between the parties. The International
Horror Guild's awards which recognize outstanding achievements in
the field of horror and dark fantasy were presented on Saturday, September
1, 2001 at the Hyatt Regency. Andrew Hallett, of the television show "Angel,"
served as Master of Ceremonies.
and works honored included: NOVEL:
DECLARE by Tim Powers (Subterranean Press 2000, Morrow 2001)
ADAMS FALL by Sean Desmond (St. Martin's Press)
THE MAN ON THE CEILING by Melanie and Steve Rasnic Tem (American Fantasy)
THE RAG AND BONE MEN by Steve Duffy (Shadows and Silence, Ash-Tree Press)
I FEEL SICK #1-2 (2-part series) by Jhonen Vasquez (Slave Labor Graphics)
CITY FISHING by Steve Rasnic Tem (Silver Salamander) and
GHOST MUSIC AND OTHER TALES by Thomas Tessier (Cemetery Dance)
OCTOBER DREAMS: A Celebration of Halloween, Edited by Richard Chizmar
& Robert Morrish (Cemetery Dance)
AT THE FOOT OF THE STORY TREE by William Sheehan (Subterranean Press)
PSYCHO, Directed by Mary Harron, Written by Mary Harron
& Guinvere Turner, based on a novel by Bret Easton Ellis (Lions Gate Films)
pioneer shock-rock performer ALICE
COOPER was honored with this year's Living Legend Award. IHG Living Legends
are individuals who have made a meritorious and notable contribution and/or
have substantially influenced. Along with HARLAN ELLISON, Alice Cooper
was also the recipient of Dragon*Con's "Julie" Award (named
for science fiction/ comic legend Julius Schwartz) which recognizes
universal achievement spanning multiple genres. Previous recipients of
the Living Legend Award include Ray Bradbury, Clive Barker, Hugh B. Cave,
Edward W. Bryant, Richard Matheson, Will Eisner, Anne McCaffrey, Yoshitaka
Amano and Neil Gaiman, and Harlan Ellison.