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The Chicago gang at Twilight Tales had a lot to celebrate the last Monday in June.
John Everson, author and book designer for Twilight Tales, was fresh off the plane from L.A. where he'd won a Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel, for COVENANT (Delirium Books).
Another of Broderick's graphic novel noir mysteries, LOST CHILD, is being serialized Monday through Friday at the www.TwilightTales.com website.
J.A. Konrath, recently nominated for the Macavity and Anthony Awards for best debut novel, for WHISKEY SOUR, read from his newly -released book, BLOODY MARY, (Hyperion).
Konrath contributed the introduction to Broderick's SOMETHING TO BUILD UPON.
After the readings and photo ops, the festivities continued with a music jam.
HAPPY HORROR BIRTHDAY TO-
Hey, anybody remember that young Heavy Metal kid, Yngwie Malmsteen? Ol' Viking Yngwie, like all super talented Nordic guitarists, never amounted to much in the US Music Media Market Circle, but he still plays one mean guitar and his albums still contain some of the best hardcore fretwork ever. If only you could find it.
Musician Yngwie Malmsteen (RISING FORCE, MAGNUM OPUS, ALCHEMY, ODYSSEY, GENESIS, ATTACK) is 42.
Yes, I'm another female (has he called any of the male winners?*) who this past weekend found herself being honored with a Bram Stoker Award.
I am in my third year of publishing and editing HELLNOTES, which is a weekly newsletter that serves the horror community. Started in 1997 by David Silva and Paul Olsen, HELLNOTES has been serving the horror community without interruption. Garrett Peck served briefly as editor and publisher before I took over in February 2003.
But let me tell you about my day of flying high.
It was a very busy weekend, last weekend. Here I was knee-deep in research for a new work of fiction when our community's Freedom Festival called even more strongly than any Google search. You see, I'm a sucker for the Navy's Blue Angels.
Cue Kenny Loggins' DANGER ZONE, please.
Oh, I was there on the Ohio River Saturday for the fire and roar. Swoops, dives, and scare-the-hell-out-of-the-spectators-by-appearing-out-of-nowhere strafing. Ah, those Navy devilboys!
Then the phone call came. Emergencies never happen at a convenient time, do they? So my family and I were off to Ohio where we were needed. The last thing on my mind when I finally checked e-mail sometime on Sunday was the Horror Writers Associations' Annual Conference happening the night before in Burbank, CA. The last thing on my mind was winning a Bram Stoker. In a few moments I had while waiting for things to happen, I checked my e-mail late Sunday. There they were, the headers: "Way to Go!" "Congratulations!" "Drum Roll!" "Ha! You Won!"
I wish I could describe how I felt. I'm a female. I cried. I was a female in a stressful situation. I cried more. My family thought there was even more bad news.
I still don't know what happened. How this year - after HELLNOTES had stood nominated under Dave and Paul, Garrett, and even me - could be honored as the Superior Achievement in Nonfiction. I just know I am grateful to everyone in the HWA who clicked on that little box that said HELLNOTES.
Here is the message I gave Del Howison to read just in case Hell did freeze over:
"Thanks to all the members of the HWA for honoring HELLNOTES. I know the staff and contributors to HELLNOTES - Mark Lancaster, Don Koish, Del Howison, Mike Arnzen, Edo van Belkom, Hank Wagner, Brian Hodge, Mark Justice, Ron Breznay, Sam Smith, Scott Nicholson, Michael Arruda, LL Soares, Chris Welch, Mike McCarty, Dave Wilbanks, Bill Gagliani, William Simmons, Steve Vernon, and Chris Wright - wish to thank the HWA as well for recognizing their efforts to keep the horror community enlightened as darkly as possibly. Thanks to Dave Silva and Paul Olson for entrusting their dream to me. Thanks, too, to all those wonderful and supportive subscribers who help our contributors earn compensation for their hard work and who read! Most of all, thank you so much from me. This makes the long hours at the computer worth it."
As the Blue Angels no doubt know:
never know what you can do
* Actually, no. Folks like Tom Piccirilli and John Everson have wisely kept their phone numbers to themselves.
TO THE ZOMBIES?
Why is LAND doing so poorly? Our reviewer Kelly Parks has a theory in his review of LAND OF THE DEAD.
This weekend, facing incredibly stiff competition from Steven Speilberg's WAR OF THE WORLDS and a second week of LAND OF THE DEAD, is the opening of UNDEAD. UNDEAD is an Australian Independent comedy tribute to George Romero that has been wowing audiences in the East Pacific rim. Distributed through Lion's Gate Films, UNDEAD will be having an acutely limited release in both the US and the UK. But like SHAUN OF THE DEAD, this one is worth seeking out. The poor audience response to Romero's latest film is causing nervousness among some who have their own zombies waiting in the wings, but as the remake of DAWN, plus SHAUN and now UNDEAD show, the zombies haven't died, they've just got younger!
From Del Howison
Do you plan to be in the Los Angeles, California area this weekend?
On Sunday July 2nd at 2 p.m. Dark Delicacies will be holding a birthday party for author George Clayton Johnson who will be signing his books and spoken word CD's in honor of his 76th. Mr. Johnson was one of the original scriptwriters of the Twilight Zone television show and along with his short stories and scripts also co-wrote the book Logan's Run.
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On the Tuesday before the Stoker weekend in LA, I decided that I'd better make up something to have someone read, just in case YBFH won. So I quickly wrote something from me and Kelly and Gavin and emailed it off to Lisa Morton saying: "I know it won't (win) but here you go anyway."
So Saturday night I'm online (what else is new?!) and incidentally wondering if there's any news of the awards. Around midnight NYC time I notice Nick Kaufmann on the HWA BB and IM him, asking if he's heard anything. Nah, but he's was wondering the same thing - and a few minutes later he IM's me to say he's just heard Lee Thomas and John Everson have won in a tie for first novel.
I get caught up in eBay noodling around, and suddenly it's 2am and I'm about to call it a night when I get an email from Lisa Morton saying:
"Well, guess what - it did! Congrats, girl."
I'm gobsmacked! And very pleased. :-)
Hunting up the genre (and non-genre) magazines, anthologies, chapbooks, and collections every year and reminding or begging publishers to submit their material is frustrating and exhausting.
Reading thousands of horror stories and poems is exhausting. Particularly as my full time job (fiction editor of SCIFI.COM) consists of reading and editing.
Writing the summary is especially exhausting-and around February every year I feel burnt out and wonder why the hell I'm still doing it. Yeah, I get free books (and even though I try to get rid of most of them after I've read them, I have two storage lockers and an apartment filled with piles of books that are shoving me out) and I attract notice (positive and negative) by doing my job of choosing what I consider the "best." But for me, the real kick is having an influence on what people read. I'm a zealot. I admit it. When it comes to the stories and books and authors I think are terrific, I'll push them on anyone who will listen. And what a great pulpit the YBFH has been. I've had readers come up me over the years telling me that they discovered so and so in YBFH. Or they decided they wanted to write fantasy or horror because of the YBFH. How cool is THAT?
This has been the last year YBFH will be eligible for the Stoker because a few months ago the membership voted to eliminate anthologies with less than 60% new material. I voted for the proposal but that doesn't mean I'm not pleased as punch to have won this year.
Visit Ellen at scifi.com/scifiction
Robert S. Rhine (SELECTED READINGS FROM SATAN'S POWDER ROOM, SATAN GONE WILD) upcoming GIRLS AND CORPSES Magazine continues to get plenty of advance exposure. It will be featured in the October (Halloween) issue of Australian Penthouse - on newstands September 2005.
STORIES FROM THE EDGE
OUTSIDERS: 22 ALL-NEW STORIES FROM THE EDGE, to be published October 4th by Penguin/Roc, is now available for pre-order from most major online retailers. It includes my story "Running Beneath the Skin."
In this knockout anthology, today's most important writers of speculative fiction cruise the abnormal elements of society and find a new wave of underground disorder, poignant horror, dirty kisses, and necessary anarchy.
Including never-before published stories by:
Neil Gaiman, Steve Rasnic Tem, Kathe Koja, David J. Schow, Bentley Little, Poppy Z. Brite, Joe R. Lansdale, Jack Ketchum, Melanie Tem, Tanith Lee, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Lea Silhol, Freda Warrington, Elizabeth Massie, Brett Alexander Savory, Katherine Ramsland, Yvonne Navarro, Thomas S. Roche, Michael Marano, John Shirley, Brian Hodge, and Elizabeth Engstrom
...all at their most brilliant and most outrageous.
Here are dangerous games between lovers, howls from the dark, voyeurs and their victims, disturbed wishes and bitter dreams. Unflinching, uncommon, and underground, these tales vibrate with new life.
Obviously, I'm beside myself with pride to be included among such writers, so for those of you who pick this one up, I hope you enjoy my contribution and think it worthy of inclusion.
By Nick Buchan of NEWS.com.au
ZOMBIE DOGS IN THE U.S.
(FeoNote: Pardon my skeptical arched eyebrow on this one)
SCIENTISTS have created eerie zombie dogs, reanimating the canines after several hours of clinical death in attempts to develop suspended animation for humans.
US scientists have succeeded in reviving the dogs after three hours of clinical death, paving the way for trials on humans within years.
Continued at Boffins Create Zombie Dogs
Each year, the World Horror Association gives out its Bram Stoker Award to the previous year's Horror work that is recognized as a "Superior Achievement" and not "Best of the Year". The first awards, presented in 1988 for works in 1987, have been rpesented annually ever since. Like the Oscars, these are non-juried awards and any English language work of the previous year is eligible for consideration. This year's Stoker Award winners are:
SHAUN OF THE DEAD by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright Studio
Young Readers (tie):
ODDEST YET by Steve Burt
Congratulations to all.
Fangoria Magazine's Days of Darkness convention, returns to The NEW YORK CITY METRO AREA on Sat. & Sun. September 24-25, 2005 at The Crowne Plaza Meadowlands. They've announced that director JOHN LANDIS: (AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, INNOCENT BLOOD, new MASTERS OF HORROR) is joining their ever-growing list of in person stars including CLIVE BARKER, TOM SAVINI and DEE SNIDER!
Hey! Why the hell haven't we reviewed any of John Landis' movies? Not that we could possibly make the slightest impact now, but at least for a freaking tribute!
Okay, in July we'll review AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON and INNOCENT BLOOD. It's the least we can do and we always do the least - we can do!
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BROKEN ANGELS ARE FLYING
My new novel, Broken Angel, is now in print and available at Delirium Books, Shocklines.com, Clarksworld Books, and Amazon.com. For a full list of booksellers who have Broken Angel, check out my website. The lettered edition of Broken Angel is sold out, and the only available copy is at Camelot Books.
Life in Clearwater was quiet, even a little dull for Grim, but it was better than the time he'd spent on the streets of Seattle. His biggest worry was being caught playing paintball in the salvage yard by Old Man Wallen. Then the strange girl arrived, abandoned at a roadside diner. Drugged, sick, with no memory of her past.
For more on this and Brian's new collaboration with Mark McLaughlin and Shane Ryan Staley, check out Brian Knight.com.
From Paul Kane
FROM OUT OF THE SHADOWS
Horror writer and editor, Paul Kane, announces the 2006 Horror Calendar he's co-editing for the British Fantasy Society. It features fiction by such well known authors as Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Muriel Gray, Stephen Gallagher, Graham Masterton, Christopher Fowler, Ramsey Campbell, Kelley Armstrong, Stephen Laws, Simon Clark, Poppy Z. Brite and John Connolly. The calendar will also be illustrated by the cream of genre artists, including a cover by Lord of the Rings, Constantine and Sin City artist Paul Campion.
For more news, check out Shadow Writer.
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YOU GET AN IDEA AND...
Coming soon: GIRLS and CORPSES and Rhine will be interviewed on KROQ-FM RADIO 106.7, the #1 radio morning show in the Los Angeles market! The KEVIN and BEAN SHOW!
ROBERT STEVEN RHINE will be on KROQ-FM RADIO to discuss the phenomenal success of his GIRLS and CORPSES horror/comedy magazine, which has received one million 'unique' visitors in its first 3 weeks. 1,000,000!!! - Not "hits" VISITORS!
Rhine will reveal to Kevin and Bean where the bodies are buried ... so to speak.
MAXIM MAGAZINE U.K. will feature a two page photo spread in their September 2005 issue on Girls and Corpses and R.S. Rhine's new book release "SATAN'S 3-RING CIRCUS OF HELL."
For up to the minute news on Robert's doings and appearances, go to SATAN'S 3-RING CIRCUS OF HELL.
If you plan to be in the Los Angeles area this weekend, you are in luck! The zombies they've always had there are congregating in various places for the upcoming Aussie zombie flick, THE UNDEAD. Now you can meet the UNDEAD in person!
Felicity Mason, star of the upcoming Lions Gate Film UNDEAD, and writers/directors the Spierig Brothers will be signing autographs and meeting their UNDEAD fans at the following locations. An authentic German gas mask signed by the UNDEAD directors and star will be given away at each appearance!
SUNDAY, June 19
Book and Poster
TUESDAY, June 21st
HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
Writer Joyce Carol Oates is known for her novels, which are mostly dramas, and her short stories, which are mostly Horror! Happy 67th!
Actor Arnold Vosloo (ACT OF PIRACY, BURIED ALIVE, DARKMAN II, DARKMAN III, PROGENY, THE MUMMY, THE MUMMY RETURNS, ENDANGERED SPECIES) is 43.
I guess it serves the interests of Microsoft to insure that competition can't be born in other countries since Gates seems powerless to abort such births in the US.
To be fair, Microsoft is not the first US company to assist dictators in repressing their people. The first US company that gave such solace to the Chinese government was Yahoo! in 2002. After that it was Google in 2004. Yes, Yahoo and Google are not all about Democracy, Human Rights, Freedom and all the other pabulum they fart on any given advertisement. Like Microsoft, they are solely about their wallet and it seems they have no concern in regards to how they fill it.
There are those apologists that try to distract from this issue by pointing out that Bill Gates runs his own self-named charity that generously gives billions to needy people world wide. Some of those people Bill helps apparently need to oppress, arrest, and imprison members of their populace when someone uses words like Democracy, Human Rights, and Freedom. I wonder how much money Bill Gates tosses about to relieve some of the suffering he's causing? Will his charity pay for the bullets used to kill Chinese citizens who get caught, with Microsoft software, using words like Democracy, Human Rights, and Freedom a few too many times?
Needless to say, neither NBC at msnbc.com or Newsweek online are reporting this. Not even at their ScienceTech section. Particularly absent among their own political bloggers. Especially absent at Chris Matthews HardBlah! (in fact, its rather pathetic to see how studiously they avoid the issue). This is mainly being reported by the rest of the world. And the world is reporting how American media companies are aiding oppressive governments in squeezing their people even harder. Hey world, don't hate us for our two-faced American companies, just stop dealing with them!
Would you like to help Chinese citizens circumvent their government and the repressive will of some anti-American software companies?
From Del Howison
Plan to be in Los Angeles this week?
Just added! On Monday June 20th at 7:30 pm Dark Delicacies will be hosting a kick-off for the Lion's Gate horror film THE UNDEAD. On hand to sign posters and give away a signed gas mask will be actress Felicity Mason plus writers / producers / directors Peter and Michael Spierig
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RUE MORGUE Magazine Presents CineMacabre's special screening of Shinya Tsukamoto's TETSUO: THE IRON MAN
June 16, 2005 @ 9:30 PM exclusively at
WITH THE CREEPERS
As David explains on his CREEPERS website, he's been one of these types of people since his childhood.
"In my afterword to CREEPERS, I describe how traumatic my childhood was and how I used to escape family arguments by exploring abandoned buildings. At the time, I figured I was the only person weird enough to do that."
"When I checked the internet, I was amazed to discover thousands of sites devoted to urban explorers around the world. Their nickname is "creepers," which seemed a terrific title."
Check out the full story at CREEPERS.
HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
Actor Will Patton (SILKWOOD, NO WAY OUT, A SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM, THE RAPTURE, MIDNIGHT EDITION, THE CLIENT, THE PUPPET MASTERS, TOLLBOOTH, COPYCAT, ENTRAPMENT, THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES, THE PUNISHER) is 51.
Drop-in visitors included Horror/Thriller writer Harry Shannon (BAD SEED, NIGHT OF THE BEAST) and Horror short story writer Maria Alexander (President of the LA chapter of the Horror Writers Association).
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So after, out of sheer ego, I decided to check out my google ranking stats - how I rank with other Horror websites. To my surprise, my google ranking is equal to the big money folks at Fangoria.com, horror-web.com, queerhorror.com, upcominghorrormovies.com, Horror.net, and Horror.com, and the possibly, maybe, eventual horrorchannel.com! Pretty rotten folk with whom to room in the tomb! Coolness! Except I don't work out of a freaking skyscraper! I'm kinda like the Lloyd Kauffman of Horror Thriller websites. Or I would be if Lloyd didn't have his own website at Troma.com.
WESTON OCHSE'S FIRST ANNUAL MEXICAN ELVIS MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR
Weston (NATURAL SELECTION, SCARY REDNECKS and Other Inbred Horrors) will be in Southern California for two book signings in June 2005. If you can't make both of them, make sure you attend at least one. Don't let the Mexican Elvis Mystery Tour pass you by.
June 11 -
2 PM. Dark Delicacies. Burbank, California. Weston will be signing his
novel SCARECROW GODS. Also at the store, Gabe Bartalos will be signing
copies of is DVD SKINNED DEEP. Please contact Del or Sue if you intend
to come to ensure you have a copy waiting. If you can't make it but want
a personally inscribed copy, now is the time to do it. To visit or contact
June 12 -
2 PM. Azteca Mexican
Elvis Restaurant. Garden Grove, California. Sponsored by Bad
Moon Books, Weston will be holding a Mexican Elvis Book Signing at
Azteca Restaurant. You'll find him just inside the door basking in Elvis
memorabilia signing copies of Scarecrow Gods. This is where it began folks.
A little over a year ago while sitting around this same table and ogling
Mexican Elvi through martini goggles, a group of friends led by Brian
Keene convinced Weston to submit his novel to Delirium
Books. Now, riding on the forward edge of the book's success, Weston
will come full circle and wants to share the moment with you. So stop
by even if you don't want a copy of the book and share the Elvis love
with a fully stocked bar, hors d'oeuvres and over 1,000 items of Elvis
Actor Frankie Faison (CAT PEOPLE, EXTERMINATOR 2, C.H.U.D., MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE, MANHUNTER, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, FREEJACK, THE LANGOLIERS, PREY, HANNIBAL, RED DRAGON, HIGHWAYMEN, MESSENGERS) is 56.
Actor Jurgen Prochnow (ZÄRTLICHKEIT DER WÖLFE, EINER VON UNS BEIDEN, THE KEEP, DUNE, KILLING CARS, THE SEVENTH SIGN, IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS, DNA, DARK ASYLUM, HOUSE OF THE DEAD, THE POET) is 63.
Producer, Director, Writer Phillip J. Roth (Writer, Director, and Producer: VELOCITY TRAP, DEEP CORE, PYTHON, MINDSTORM, PYTHON 2, DARK DESCENT, BOA) is 46.
Writer, Director, Producer, Actor, Andrew Steven's has been making largely Horror & Thriller movies for over 25 years. Here are just some of his combined credits
Actor/Producer Andrew Stevens (THE WEREWOLF OF WOODSTOCK, DAY OF THE ANIMALS, THE FURY, DEATH HUNT, THE SEDUCTION, SCARED STIFF, THE TERROR WITHIN, THE TERROR WITHIN II, NIGHT EYES, VENOMOUS, BATTLEFIELD EARTH, FEAR DOT COM, DEEP EVIL, BLESSED) is 50.
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Unless you've had your head buried in the ground or up your gluteus maximus (that's yer ass!), you've read or heard the chest beating about The Patriot Act, our rights being taken away, the gagging of the free press, and especially the stringent laws governing our borders. Well, the first few are easily revealed for the lies they are. If things were that bad, how is it that we're hearing about it? How is it that both a well publicized fiction book and a well publicized play about the best way to murder our real and current president were permitted under such an oppressive system of martial law as we're supposed to have?
As for laws governing our borders, check out the following story from the Washington Post
The customs agents followed the law to the letter, and they HAD to let him in and let him go! Go blog THAT beeyatch!
Continued at Satan's 3-Ring Circus of Hell.
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HORROR OH MY!
That sequel is, SECRETS OF THE BONES -
fallen angels of the old Testament, have escaped their prison in heaven
and once again seek to spawn ravenous sons - with Rani their prey, their
pawn for exquisite pain and sex . . . but she is another's pawn as well.
Visit Teri at her website: Welcome To Oblivion.
Our own reviewer Kelly Parks (reviews of ALIEN, X MEN, LORD OF THE RINGS, TREMORS, and the THE SCIENCE MOMENT!) is 43.
Writer/bookstore owner/Actor Del Howison (THE VAMPIRE HUNTERS CLUB, HORRORVISION, SCARLETT COUNTESS, B-MOVIE MONSTER, BOOGIE WITH THE UNDEAD, COUNTESS DRACULA'S ORGY OF BLOOD) is 52.
Actor Robert Z'Dar (HELLHOLE, THE KINDRED, THE NIGHT STALKER, MANIAC COP [I-III], GROTESQUE, SOULTAKER, DRAGONFIGHT, GUNS OF EL CHUPACABRA, DECAY, ZOMBIEGEDDON, UNAWARE) is 56.
Those were the rather vague (and purposefully so) guidelines to this title. The idea was not to set a theme but to set a tone, a palette, an atmosphere. From nearly 100 submissions the final 23 stories were chosen. They are some of the most seriously despondent stories ever assembled together into one gloomy collection.
Get your box of razor blades ready 'cos here's the finalised TOC:
Damp - Steve
Lockley & Paul Lewis
What's more, June 3 is Del Howison's birthday!
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to feoamante.com are going places!