Posts Tagged ‘Anthology

09
Jul
10

The “From the Darkside” Charity Anthology is on sale!!

*Reblog from JennyBeanses.net*

Goooood morning everyone. The day is finally upon us, after nearly two weeks of suspense-building madness and excerpts. It’s release day, and I am incredibly excited. I know the writers are as well, so the news is going to hit the ‘Net like a ten-pound hammer.

Everyone who contributed to this collection worked so very hard, and they did it out of the kindness of their hearts. Donating their work to the anthology knowing they would not get paid did not cause any bellyaching or fretting. They all seemed to love the idea of being paid in recognition and gratitude.

So, if the writers aren’t getting paid, who is? And why should you buy an anthology that’s not going to pay its writers?

As I’ve said before, all proceeds earned From the Dark Side will be donated to The Office of Letters and Light, you know the people responsible for bringing us awesome programs like NaNoWriMo and Script Frenzy. And that’s why you should buy that anthology, aside from the fact that it’s filled to the rim with some really great work, the proceeds are going to an incredibly worthwhile cause.

So, after you buy a copy, please help us spread the word to your friends and family. And remember: You don’t need an eReader or Kindle to read the electronic story. You can download the Kindle software for use on your computer or Mac, there are several apps for the iTouch, iPhone, Palm Pre and more that you can use to download eBook or you can simply read it as a PDF or HTML file right on your computer.

Now, where can you buy it? On Amazon and Smashwords for just $4.99.

03
Jul
10

From the Dark Side; Anthology News

From the Dark Side: A Charity Anthology

In March 2010, a group of creative types got together in search of ways to showcase their work. There were talks of collaboration which evolved into the From the Dark Side Anthology. Because there were so many people involved in the project, an equal distribution of earnings seemed silly, and so those who gave birth to the idea decided to ask contributors to donate their work.
A worthwhile cause creative-types could stand behind was not hard to find. We turned our attention to the Letters and Light Organization, a non-profit charity that promotes youth creativity.
Since most creative people have a special memory of someone who encouraged and supported them, nurtured their gift and inspired them to pursue their dreams, it seemed like an obvious choice to donate all the proceeds earned from this charity endeavor to The Letters and Light Organization.

Details: Will go on sale electronically July 9, 2010 on Amazon and Smashwords for $4.99 per copy.
Readers do NOT need an eReader in order to download and read the anthology. Amazon offers a download of their Kindle software for PCs and Macs, as well as the iPhone and iTouch. Smashwords has a wide variety of downloadable mediums, from direct browser html and PDF to eReader and Kindle, just to name a few.

The Contributors
Drew Beatty has been writing fiction seriously since the birth of his first son five years ago. His works have appeared in e-Muse.com, Aphelion-Online, Alien Skin Magazine, Sinister Tales and in the Library of the Living Dead anthology Zombonauts. Additionally, his first two novels are available as audiobooks on Podiobooks.com. He also writes a monthly podcasting column for Popsyndicate.com.
You can find out more about Drew Beatty at http://www.drewbeatty.com, or read his daily ramblings on Twitter, where he goes by the clever nickname drewbeatty.
When not writing, Drew works as a teacher, reads too much, and juggles children. Not literally, but sometimes it feels that way.

Jake Bible lives in Asheville, NC with his wife and two kids. He is the author of many published short stories and the creator of a new literary form: the Drabble Novel. DEAD MECH is his first novel and represents the introduction to the world of the Drabble Novel, a novel written 100 words at a time, which will be coming soon from Library Of The Living Dead Press.

Learn more about Jake and his work at http://www.jakebible.com. Links to his Facebook fan page, Twitter and his forum can be found there, as well as his weekly drabble release, Friday Night Drabble Party, and his weekly free audio fiction podcast.

Kate Sherrod is a writer and poet who currently calls Cheyenne, WY her home. She is best known for her blog, Suppertime Sonnets, where she writes and publishes at least one pseudo-Shakespearean sonnet every day. She has yet to miss a day there since Dec. 31, 2008. When Kate is not writing sonnets, she works on an ottava rima, mock-epic, space opera farce, PEPITO MOJITO: THE INTERSTELLAR FELLER, and is co-writing a weird western novel with her friend Adam Christopher, and is working on a secret project or two with other conspirators.

Her poetry has appeared in a number of other places, including Discovery Space (http://dsc.discovery.com/space/) a space and astronomy news site; 2012Hoax (http://www.2012hoax.org/) a compendium of useful information that explains why the world is NOT going to end in 2012, and the Macbots blog (http://macbots.wordpress.com/), a site memorializing the late futurist and author Mac Tonnies. Several of her sonnets will also appear in the upcoming BURNING MAIDEN QUARTERLY, a magazine of crime and supernatural fiction due out this fall from Evil Eye Books.

Kate also contributes to a number of webzines, blogs and podcasts, including Paradise Tossed (http://www.paradisetossed.org/), a blog about poetry and technology and how the two intersect; Escape Into Life (http://www.escapeintolife.com/), an arts and culture magazine that has also featured a selection of her sonnets; and she is a “Third Nerd” at the Functional Nerds podcast (http://functionalnerds.com/). She also occasionally narrates for the up and coming horror fiction podcast, ShadowCast Audio (http://shadowpress.wordpress.com/).

When not writing, Kate is an avid cyclist, amateur entomologist, stargazer and comic book fan. She’s also been known to post a thing or two on Twitter, where she is @KateSherrod.

Joseph Bowley keeps the darkness at bay in coastal Maine with his companion Charlotte who has never managed to be as dignified as Steinbeck’s dog Charley. After earning a degree in Architecture from Syracuse University Joe decided to become a literary bum and has managed to scribble a few poems and other things between Kerouac adventures. He’s constantly surprised that an ordinary boy from New England is allowed to keep characters like Lucy Dunkin in his head.
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James Melzer is the author of Hull’s Landing, as well as The Zombie Chronicles, which began as a free podcast back in September 2008. Since then, the first novel, Escape, has received close to a million downloads, won the Dead Letter Award for Best Web series and has been picked up to be published by Permuted Press and Simon & Schuster. It will be coming to stores everywhere in March 2011. He hails from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and you can check out all his work at http://www.jamesmelzer.net.

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The enigmatic Acadia Einstein founded http://www.superficialgallery.com in 2005 and has been running from the law and his own dark past since the incident in Prague. A former adventurer and hunky acrobat, Acadia now lives quietly in [REDACTED] with his [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] around [REDACTED]. He once [REDACTED] with a [REDACTED] and took the [REDACTED] [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] in his [REDACTED] eleven times in one night. His favorite food his cheeseburgers and his favorite game is life or death (followed closely by Boggle).

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Jennifer Williams is a horror and fantasy writer living in South East London. She has been published previously in The Hub and Pantechnicon, and was recently selected as one of the winners in the Campaign for Real Fear competition. The winning story, “”The Price,” can be found in Black Static number 17, and is due to be released as part of an audio collection by Action Audio.

You can find links to her stories at her blog, http://www.sennydreadful.blogspot.com, as well as a running commentary on the highs and woes of her current full length book project, The Steel Walk, and chatter on any number of geeky subjects.

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Nicole Ireland began freelance writing in 2007 when she began working for Mahalo.com. While at Mahalo, Ms. Ireland covered a variety of subjects, including celebrity news, television and movies.Currently, Ms. Ireland is the Portland Paranormal Examiner, the Lee DeWyze Examiner and the David Cook Examiner for Examiner.com. She also writes for Demand Studios and Break Studios.

In addition to freelance writing, Ms. Ireland is also a virtual assistant and compliance coordinator for a pizza dough production company located in southern Maine. Her main duties include maintaining the company’s safety and health programs.

In her spare time, Ms. Ireland enjoys spending time outdoors with her two children. She also likes to put pen to paper, writing poems, children’s stories, short stories and novels that she hopes will one day impact other people’s lives.

If you’d like to keep up with Ms. Ireland, you can find her at her official website, http://www.nicoleireland.com. You can also find her on Twitter @writingforlife or via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nicole.normandeau.

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Josh Crummer is a 4th year student at Saginaw Valley State University. His poetry has appeared in campus magazine Cardinal Sins for three straight semesters. He has also served as an Assistant Editor for Cardinal Sins in the Fall 2008-Winter 2009 semesters, as well as winning the first prize in Sins’ Fall 2009 Poetry Slam with his poem “Easter Sunday.”

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Jacquèline Roth is by passion and profession a teacher of writing, reading and literature to middle schoolers. An admitted scifi/fantasy and history geek, she holds degrees in Education and Political Science. A writer since childhood, she has had poetry and essays appear in niche publications and spent time as a freelance writer doing book reviews and author interviews. Roth lives with her family, including human, canine and avian members, in Atlanta, GA. For more information or to see other works by Roth visit the website at http://www.jacquelineroth.com or follow her blog at http://www.jacquelineroth.blogspot.com.

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Nicole Godin lives in Toronto with her two lizards and two bunnies. She spends most of her time watching movies, and is in the beginning stages of becoming a hairstylist. She’s a casual writer due to writer’s block and an apparent inability to remember how to properly format a story. She prefers to be called Nikki.

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Mark BurningHawk Baxter’s life, to date, has been full of adventure and learning experiences. Graduating from high school at sixteen, then from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor’s in English at twenty, he knew very little of the world, and recognized the lack. Setting forth to learn all he could about the planet on which he lives, he learned more about himself than he ever thought there was to learn. His education has extended into such seemingly disparate areas as martial arts, wilderness survival and human spirituality. His hunger for self-knowledge has never, and hopefully never will be satisfied.

Traveling around the country in search of the elusive music and writing career, he became acquainted with many groups of people; small islands of subculture, almost swamped by the mainstream world.

Being intimately acquainted with many blind people has helped him see how dependent most of them are on hand-outs to survive. With an 85% unemployment rate, and all too often facing stiff prejudice from their sighted peers, many blind people depend on government-subsidized, religious and other like-minded charitable organizations for their day to day existence.

The story, “Exo,” is about what might happen to such groups as the blind, those dependent upon Welfare, those who are frail of health and require constant medical services, and others, in the face of growing environmental and social catastrophe. When those charity umbrellas are withdrawn in the face of desperate need, what will such protected communities do to survive? They might even resort to renting out their very brains and retreating into dreams …

Mark’s work has appeared in Internet-based poetry anthologies and magazines, essay collections and as background for an animated series. His musical work has been featured in various venues, and he continues to compose and record new material.

Currently, he resides in coastal Oregon. More samples of his work can be on his official website: http://www.MarkBurningHawk.net/.

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David Sobkowiak began his vocal career at the age of six in the bedroom of his parent’s home, recording what would today be called analogue podcasts in to his Radio Shack cassette recorder. His shows included a variety of current music off of his AM radio, and several characters all voiced, ad lib, by David. His career took a hiatus until the winter of 2005, when he discovered the wonders of internet podcasts and began voice acting for various groups on line. His work as a voice actor, web guru and founding member of BrokenSea Audio Productions has given him experience in acting, writing audio dramas and producing many of the great shows found there.

More recently his endeavors have focused on original creative works to include short stories, a novella length podcast novel in conjunction with collaborative a partner and several works in progress. David has one story published in a Christmas Anthology series which can be located here.

You can contact David at by writing to him at david@davidsobkowiak.com

Jim Ryan’s first memories are of his escape pod washing up on the east coast of North America in the mid 1970’s. There were no clues as to the pod’s planet of origin, so Jim decided to try living among the humans, a task with which he has had varying degrees of success over the years. He currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he is a freelance writer/editor and podcaster. He has a blog/podcast hybrid at http://jimyesthatjim.com, a comedic sci-fi/fantasy podcast at http://www.everyworldnews.com and an RPG podcast at http://www.rpgdebate.com, all of which give him excuses to do ridiculous voices. He continues to act silly in public when appropriate.

Jennifer Hudock is an author, poet, editor and podcaster from Northeast Pennsylvania with a BA in English/Creative Writing from Bloomsburg University. She has been published in a variety of print and online venues, including Strange Horizons, Living Dead Press’s “Book of the Dead: A Faithful Zombie Anthology,” and has upcoming work appearing in Library of the Living Dead’s “Ladies of Horror” and “The Moron’s Guide to the Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse.”

She is also self-publishing a series of short fiction on Amazon and Smashwords titled “The Dark Journeys Collection,” and offers her dark fantasy novel Goblin Market, as a free audio podcast on her official website. To find out more about Ms. Hudock, visit http://jennybeans.net.

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Only lightly tethered to what others call reality, author Keith Dugger creates popular works of bizarro and dark fiction that range from mildly creepy to twist-your-brain intense. Though one of his fictitious multiple personalities suffers multiple personality disorder, Keith remains intently devoted to his craft and frequently enjoys writing to the anti-melodic baying of his invisible dog.

To find out more about Keith, visit his official website http://www.keithdugger.com.

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Patrick Pillars, writer, poet, and blogger, has been published numerous times in the small press and writes freelance as well. He lives in Saginaw with his wife and three sons. For more information, please visit Patrick’s blog, Paddys Wanderings, at http://paddy.typepad.com/.

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Born and raised on the flatlands of Canada, Pearce Kilgour was fed a steady diet of fiction in all forms of media from a very early age. He has been described as an alpha geek, part time genius, neo-hipster, clauseless rebel, all around good guy, progressive time traveler and procrastinated creativist.

Random thoughts of his centrifugal consciousness can be found on his twitter feet at http://www.twitter.com/pearcekilgour. You can read his reviews, food crimes and flash fiction at http://pearcekilgour.wordpress.com. If a proper bribe can be sent, he’ll tell you where to find his hero fan fiction.

He is 5’10”, hazel eyes and has many amazing hats. Everything else is subject to change.

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Jason Warden is a father, a husband, and a writer. He has been an avid reader and writer of dark fiction for many years. In 2009 he opened The ShadowCast Audio Anthology to expand his writing and publishing experience. He has most recently had his work published in the ‘Masters of Horror: The Anthology’ which was published by Triskaideka Books. He is currently at work on several other stories as well as a novel he hopes to complete in late 2010. He and his wife reside in Missouri with their three children.

You can hear his podcast of dark fiction at http://shadowpress.wordpress.com and read more of his short stories at http://JasonWarden.com

Excerpts
Until the release date, Jenny Hudock will be posting excerpts with cover art at http://jennybeans.net
Be sure to retweet, comment, share on Facebook and snag the covers and excerpts to share on your own site or blog. The more we spread the word on our prospective sites and blogs, the more people we will reach. We all have very diverse social networks and friends, and we can do amazing things if we combine our efforts.

21
May
10

Masters of Horror Anthology – author interview Jennifer Brozek

Interview with Jennifer Brozek
Interview originally posted at Catherine Mede Writes

Jennifer Brozek is a freelance author for many RPG companies including Margaret Weis Productions, Rogue Games and Catalyst Game Labs. Her contributions to RPG sourcebooks include Dragonlance, Colonial Gothic, Shadowrun, Serenity and White Wolf SAS. She has also co-authored three books including Dragonvarld Adventures with Margaret Weis. Author of In a Gilded Light (Dark Quest Books, 6/2010), she is published in several anthologies, is the creator and editor of the semiprozine, The Edge of Propinquity, and is a submissions editor for the Apex Book Company. When she is not writing her heart out, she is gallivanting around the Pacific Northwest in its wonderfully mercurial weather. Jennifer is a member of Broad Universe, SFWA and HWA. She also blogs on a regular basis on LiveJournal – http://jennifer-brozek.livejournal.com

Jennifer contributed “Cost of Job Security” to the Masters of Horror Anthology. I asked her some questions about writing and inspiration.

Where did you come up with the idea for the story in the anthology?

My husband and I were at GenCon in 2008. Our hotel was connected to the convention center but only through the intervening mall. Late one night, we headed back to our hotel to discover that while the door between the convention center and the mall was open, the door between the mall and the hotel was closed and locked. By the time we got back to the convention center, that door was also closed and locked. My husband, being the intrepid sort led me through the “employees only” back halls to find an exit. The contrast between the shiny stores and the dingy back hallways suck with me. Eventually, “The Cost of Job Security” blossomed in my mind.

What is it about your main character that you like? Dislike?

In my mind, the main character in this story is Mark, the head security guard. He’s worked at the mall for years and he knows that the mall consumes someone 4-5 times a year. I like the fact that he has made peace with his situation. In his mind, he really has no other choice. All he knows is that his mall eats people and while he works there, he is safe. What I don’t like is the fact that he is not willing to go beyond that. Part of me thinks of him as someone who gives up easily. Then again, it is hard to combat something as esoteric as a mall that eats people.

What made you write a horror story?

I am the kind of author who writes my demons away. If something bothers me, I write a story about it. Once on the page, whatever was bothering me leaves me alone. I also like to write out “what if” stories. As it happens, I have a very twisted sense of the world. I can see monsters in everyday things.

What inspires you in your writing?

Literally everything. It is hard to answer this question in a meaningful way. In my forthcoming collection, In a Gilded Light: 105 Tales of the Macabre (Dark Quest Books, May 2010), I put down my inspiration for the story at the bottom. Everything from a late handyman to a song to a bowl of soup to a detour sign inspired me to write a story.

How long have you been writing?

Professionally and getting paid for it? 6 or 7 years. But I’ve been writing stories for much longer than that. I started with RPG reviews, moved into magazine fiction and RPG world building and now I do fiction, editing, RPG world building and anything else that catches my fancy.

Why do you write?

Why does anyone do anything? I write because I love to write and because I have stories to tell.

What horror books / authors do you like / respect / admire?

The top of my list of favorite authors are Stephen King and Neil Gaiman. I want to become their literary unholy love child. Following them is a plethora of authors: Steve Perry (Matadora series), Dean Koontz (Odd Thomas series), Seanan McGuire (Toby Daye series), Cherie Priest (Eden Moore series), Michael Moorcock (Elric series) and the list goes on. Between my husband and me, we own well over a thousand books. Also, Ellen Datlow is a favorite editor of dark/horror anthologies

19
Mar
10

First review of my short story

I received this review from a woman who recently purchased the Masters of Horror Anthology. My story “Once Seen” is included in the collection. Tia L. Brink had this to say about my story:

Once Seen by Jason Warden is a must read for any fan of Lovecraftian lore and Cthulhu mythos. I have read the story several times already and been blown away each time by the way Warden so easily draws you in, unsuspecting, then traps you in the same mental maze the main character is in. It’s hard to tell where reality leaves off and insanity takes over.

In this story, a lone artist is made vulnerable by his obsessive desire to create, frustration at not being able to do so and a certain amount of guilt over past events. He locks himself away from the outside world searching for inspiration within his deceased parents home.

In the quiet, basement of the house, with little to distract him, he finds the inspiration he’s been seeking. Or rather, it finds him. Aided by the artists degrading emotional state, the way is made clear for something to begin influencing him. Controlling him. Some unfathomable entity, ancient beyond time, willing the works progress from somewhere beyond our perception. One which is determined to cross that plane into our world.

The artist, weakening both physically and mentally, becomes absorbed in the work at the same time it is absorbing him. He realizes the piece he’s creating will become a portal at it’s completion. Some small fading voice in his mind shouts warnings of doom but he is beyond hearing it. Or perhaps he’s only unwilling to hear. The allure of the unimaginable power and mystery of his would be master is too great.

Rather than being just a passive witness to this account, the reader gets to join the artist on his descent into madness. Wardens clean, flowing style gently pulls you in, the tension builds and soon you have no more will to escape than the artist. You have to know what’s going to happen. Will it be the end of all mankind? Or just one man?

Thank you Tia for taking the time. It is greatly appreciated.

Warden

15
Mar
10

Masters of Horror Anthology available for purchase

The Masters of Horror Anthology which contains my story “Once Seen” as well as many other great stories is now available. The print version doesn’t come out till the end of April. but the digital version of the book is available now from Smashwords for $1.99. It’s available in several formats including PDF, Kindle, LRM (sony), E-Pub, PDB (Palm) as well as others. Check it out if you are so inclined. You can get it here

14
Mar
10

Video trailer for The Masters of Horror Anthology

Something the editors of Triskaideka Books put together for the release. The book is due out in late April. I think however, the e-book is going on sale much sooner. I should have a definite date on it very soon.

06
Mar
10

Masters of Horror Anthology update

I heard from many people asking when the anthology is coming out. I just received an exciting update and wanted to share it with you.

1) We are currently line-editing
2) First proof is expected in early April
3) 18 people have graciously offered reviews. In an effort to spread the word about the authors involoved in this anthology and the anthology its self please feel free to spread the reviews on your blogs, facebook, and more. I will post them here as they as they come in.
4) Lee Pletzers, the editor, is in the process of creating a book video as well as a page on the
Triskaideka Books site for the MoH anthology.

I’ll pass along more info as I get it, and if you still want more info now, check the previous posts on this