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Feb
01

Winter Chills 2010

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If you’ve been reading Hellnotes for longer than a month or two, you know that we team up with other horror websites every three months or so to bring you a wide variety of horror book reviews. Well, it’s that time of year again.

In this round, our very own Sheila Merritt will be reviewing Peter Straub’s newest, A Dark Matter. You’ll also find links to reviews of The Lucid Dreaming by Lisa Morton, Worst Nightmares by Shane Briant, Ghost Monster by Simon Clark, Darkness On The Edge Of Town by Brian Keene (which we’ll be reviewing here this week), Spellbent by Lucy A. Snyder and many more.

Ready to get started?

Here’s the link: Winter Chills 2010 Book Review Project

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Nov
11

For The Horror Fan

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We always have some exciting horror auctions going, twenty-four hours a day, every day of the week here. For your own horror needs or for the horror needs of someone you love, this is a great area to find unique, otherwise difficult to find items for Christmas presents. You’ll find the menu is on the inside right column, about a quarter of the way down this page.

At the time of this post, you can find great Horror Audiobook auctions for The Dunwich Horror H P Lovecraft Sealed Audio Book CD, Dracula, Frankenstein 60+Classic Horror Mp3 Audiobooks, Phantom Nights by John Farris Horror Unabridged Audio, and more.

Horror Magazine auctions for World of Horror #6, #7, #8, Haunt Of Horror Tales Of The Zombie Masters Of Terror, Dean Koontz “Why We Love Horror” Rare 1st, Web Of Horror # 1 Nice VF+ Scarce Wrightson Kaluta 1969, and more.

Horror DVD auctions for Brett Piper’s Drainiac Gory Horror Uncut Anamorphic, Cannibal Campout Horror Double Feature 2-Pak Two Evil Eyes Dead & Buried, Misty Mundae in Screaming Dead Horror Gore Nudity , and much more, both classic and new.

In the Horror Video Games section, you’ll find Playstation 2 Ps2 Resident Evil 4 3d Horror Shooter New, Dead Space (PlayStation 3) PS3 – Sci Fi Survival Horror, Clive Barker’s Undying (PC) Awesome Horror Game, Silent Hill Origins Sony Psp Survival Horror Game, and many more to choose from.

Hellnotes Horror Auctions also cover horror books, music, videos, poster, memorabilia, and comics.

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Aug
25

Free Issue of The Gila Queen

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For all you writers out there, and anyone who truly loves the genre, Editor Kathryn Ptacek has graciously offered Hellnotes readers a free issue of The Gila Queen’s Guide to Markets, a newsletter for writers and artists, simply by e-mailing her at gilaqueen@att.net and mentioning Hellnotes.

The Gila Queen’s Guide to Markets is: fiction and nonfiction markets; magazines; book publishers; poetry and literary markets; online publishers; trade journals; paying markets; contests, competitions, and conventions; special theme sections (women’s publications, sports & outdoors, regional, science & technology, etc.), new markets and updates on old ones; anthologies; new addresses; industry and publisher/editor news; dead markets; plus articles on the craft of writing and promotion; and much more!

Ptacek has edited the market newsletter since 1988, first as a print publication and now as an e-mail newsletter that reaches subscribers – first-time writers and long-time professionals, editors, artists, and agents – around the world. For more information, visit: The Gila Queen.

This offer expires November 1, 2009, so don’t let it slip by without giving The Gila Queen a try.

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Jul
01

Hellnotes on Twitter

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Just a quick reminder that Hellnotes is now on Twitter. Generally, we send out Tweets about horror-related items that don’t make it into Hellnotes, but sometimes we send Tweets to alert folks to a new blog post. So if you just can’t get enough horror news, join us on Twitter.

Catch us here: Hellnotes.

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Mar
06

For The Horror Fan In You

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We always have some exciting horror auctions going, twenty-four hours a day, every day of the week here. The menu is on the left, a little more than half-way down this page.

At the time of this post, you can find great Horror Magazine auctions for Horror Monsters #4 1962, Hammer Horror 1958 Dracula Film Documents Pack – Rare, Monsters From The Vault #1 (Karloff, Lugosi, Chaney), October 1965 Creepy Magazine #5 and more.

Horror DVD auctions for Incubus (2003), Val Lewton Horror Collection, Brotherhood III, The: Young Demons, Terror Theater Classic Horror (6 movies 2 DVD box set), 100 Years of Horror: The Complete Collection, and much more, both classic and new.

In the Horror Video Games section, you’ll find Nintendo Wii Resident Evil 4 Horror Shooter #1 Game, Obscure PS2 Playstation 2 Survival Horror Complete Game, Alone in the Dark (Wii), PC Game Sanitarium – Adventure Horror Game, Condemned 2 Playstation 3, and many more to choose from.

Hellnotes Horror Auctions also cover horror books, music, videos, poster, memorabilia, and comics.

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Dec
28

The Definitive Best of The Horror Show

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We came across three signed and slipcased copies of The Definitive Best of The Horror Show recently. Published by Cemetery Dance Publications, the anthology contains forty short stories by such popular horror writers as Dean Koontz, Joe R. Lansdale, Graham Masterton, Ramsey Campbell, David J. Schow, Nancy Collins, Steve Rasnic Tem, Elizabeth Massie, Dennis Etchison and others! It also contains the very early work of Bentley Little, Poppy Z. Brite and Brian Hodge.

Originally sold for $150, we’re going to let these three copies go at half price. Only $75 each. Plus $10 shipping and handling. If you’re interested, drop us a line at: admin@hellnotes.com

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As one of the publishers of Lyrical Press, it’s my job to stay on top of book trends. Obviously, one cannot ignore the success of Twilight. I may have been slow to the series, but its impact caused a ripple effect throughout the industry. Suddenly, Young Adult novels became mainstream. At least for the moment. True, I loved Twilight. Not the series, mind you, only the first book. The remaining three books were frustrating at best … but that’s a whole other story.

Twilight’s success brought with it a momentary mainstreaming of Young Adult novels. Why do I believe it’s momentary? Because not only can adults no longer identify with the characters portrayed in many YA books, but also because we’ve been there and have done that. I don’t know about you, but I’m glad those years are past me.

I, like so many of my peers, weren’t the Bella Swans. We weren’t the aloof new girl/guy in town everyone fought over. Nor were we the lucky one the hero or heroine of our stories fell in love with. I was a first-class geek. I was just as clumsy as Bella, only no one in my school found it endearing. Everyone usually pointed and laughed at me when I slid on ice or tripped over my own feet. And I certainly didn’t have the hottest guy at school protecting me from harm. Nope. I was bullied and picked on. The last thing I want is to revisit those awkward and awful years on a regular basis through my reading choice.

And then there is the fact that the youths of today and the youths of yesterday might as well be from different planets. We simply can’t identify to their techno-advanced world. We had Atari and payphones. They have Wii and iPhones.

That’s not to say, however, a brief trip down memory lane isn’t nice every now and then … especially when I get to suspend reality and pretend, just for a moment, I was the awesomely aloof klutz in school the hot vampire fell in love with instead of the nerd I actually was.

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