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The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy and home of the iconic Bram Stoker Award®, today announced the creation of the Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship in honor of the organization’s late president, who passed away on December 1, 2014 as a result of complications from Motor Neurone Disease (MND) or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
The new scholarship, which joins the existing Horror Writers Association and Mary Shelley Scholarships, will focus on non-fiction. Rocky Wood, a two-time recipient of the Bram Stoker Award®, was best known for his extensive work involving the writings of Stephen King. The scholarship was proposed by HWA Treasurer Leslie Klinger, who will also oversee its implementation.
In addition to the scholarship, the HWA announced that Lisa Morton will succeed Wood as the organization’s President. For the last two-and-a-half years, Morton served as Vice President. A screenwriter, author of non-fiction books, and an award-winning prose writer, Morton is a six-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award®. Her expertise on Halloween has led to appearances on both The History Channel and The Discovery Channel, as well as an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
“It’s daunting for me to now step into the Presidential shoes, but I also consider it an honor to continue the great work Rocky started. Because he was such a master at organization, he’s left behind manuals and instructions and a trained corps of volunteers, and together we look forward to continuing his legacy,” Morton said.
During his tenure, Wood grew the HWA membership to record levels, put in place policies and documentation, built a volunteer force of around 180 persons, added events and sponsorships, created scholarships, and launched the highly successful “Horror Selfies” campaign.
Nancy Holder, a multiple award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author, has agreed to serve as Vice President. Morton stated, “Nancy has been involved with the HWA for decades and she brings a wealth of experience and innovation to the position.”
THE HORROR WRITERS ASSOCIATION is a nonprofit organization of writers and publishing professionals around the world, dedicated to promoting dark literature and the interests of those who write it. The HWA formed in 1985 with the help of many of the field’s greats, including Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon, and Joe Lansdale. Today, with over 1250 members around the globe, it is the oldest and most respected professional organization for the much-loved writers who have brought you the most enjoyable sleepless nights of your life.
One of HWA’s missions is to encourage public interest in and foster an appreciation of good Horror and Dark Fantasy literature. The organization offers public areas of its site, www.horror.org; sponsors or takes part in public readings and lectures; publishes a monthly newsletter for members; maintains outreach to booksellers, librarians, fans and readers; facilitates readings and signings by horror writers; offers scholarships; and maintains an official presence at the major fan-based horror and fantasy conventions, such as the World Horror Convention, and literary festivals.
The HWA sponsors the annual Bram Stoker Awards® for superior achievement in horror literature. Named in honor of the author of the seminal horror novel Dracula, the Awards are presented for superior writing in eleven categories including traditional fiction of various lengths, poetry, screenplays, and non-fiction. In addition, HWA presents an annual Lifetime Achievement Award to living persons who has made significant contributions to the writing of Horror and Dark Fantasy over the course of a lifetime.
Members of the New England Horror Writers will stage an all-day reading of dark fiction at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester on November 29, 2014 from Noon to 9 PM as part of Small Business Saturday. Scheduled authors include Alyn Day, K. H. Vaughan, Matthew M. Bartlett, John Grover, John McIlveen, Dave Price, Karen Dent, Roxanne Dent, Morgan Sylvia, Doug Rinaldi, Bracken MacLeod, Tony Tremblay, Scott Goudsward, Trisha Wooldridge, Paul McMahon, Errick Nunnally, Rachel Kenley, and Rob Smales. Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, 65 James Street, has been fixture of Worcester’s independent book scene and supporter of the horror community for many years. Come and discover that there are more frightening things this Thanksgiving than dinner with the relatives!
I have always thought there are three phases of fear, both in reality and in horror writing.
First, you have dread. Something is wrong, but you don’t know what it is and we, as humans, don’t cope very well with ambiguity or vagueness. The brain likes things to be clearer than that. Is someone peeking out of your partly open closet door or is it just a reflection from a metal button? Were those footsteps in the hall, or is the house settling? What’s scratching at the window? A tree branch? And what’s that strange noise the fridge keeps making? These sorts of things create that “funny feeling,” that unease that we can’t ignore. Unless we get up and find out what’s really going on, the creepy feeling will only get worse, the imagination takes over, and pretty soon, we have a serial killer hiding in the closet, a zombie shuffling down the hall, and Danny Glick at the window. Dread demands prompt investigation to short circuit the willies… or to be just the beginning of them, depending upon the result of the search.
Next comes terror. You’ve unlatched your bedroom door, and find that there’s not a zombie standing there, after all—it’s a werewolf! You open up the fridge and Cthulhu jumps out at you like a jack-in-the-box from hell! And let’s not even discuss what is actually in that closet—all slimy and drooling and smelling like swamp water! The point of terror is that it is happening in the moment. The vagueness and ambiguity are gone and now the fear has kicked up a notch. You’re terrified, and now you know precisely why.
And finally, there’s horror. I think of horror as a sort of aftermath emotion. You haven’t time to experience it while terrified because you are dealing, or not, with what it is that is terrifying you. However, if you grab that silver carving knife and give the werewolf a shot in the heart with it, then shortly thereafter discover that what was terrifying you was, in reality, your mother (who never told you about her affliction and whom you love dearly), ah, this is where horror comes in. After you have passed from dread to terror, horror is wreckage left for you to deal with emotionally and psychologically, and sometimes physically, as well.
Dread, terror, and horror—the triumvirate of a successful story that will make you think twice about staying home alone at night.
And one other thing. Please check your candle supply—the lights are flickering, and I’d hate to think of you all alone… in the night… in the dark…
Alex and Leo Renfield are a husband and wife contractor team who’ve recently moved to the village of Woodhaven, Connecticut to escape the chaos of life in New York. Pretty close to broke, they meet Theodora Hamilton, a somewhat unsavory and odd individual, who offers them an astronomical amount of money to repaint the first floor of her family home.
But along with the huge paycheck comes a set of unsettling rules that must be followed explicitly if they are to accept the offer; one of which is they must reside on the property having no direct contact with the outside world until the job is complete.
Is Theodora Hamilton just an eccentric woman with a peculiar way of doing things, or is there a more sinister agenda that Alex and Leo are unaware of? What exactly does she have in store for this down-on-their-luck couple who have no choice but to accept the offer and the strange requirements that come along with it?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Carson Buckingham knew from childhood that she wanted to be a writer, and began, at age six, by writing books of her own, hand-drawing covers, and selling them to any family member who would pay (usually a gum ball) for what she referred to as “classic literature.” When she ran out of relatives, she came to the conclusion that there was no real money to be made in self-publishing, so she studied writing and read voraciously for the next eighteen years, while simultaneously collecting enough rejection slips to re-paper her living room… twice.
When her landlord chucked her out for, in his words, “making the apartment into one hell of a downer,” she redoubled her efforts and collected four times the rejection slips in half the time, single-handedly causing the first paper shortage in U.S. history.
But she persevered, improved greatly over the years, and here we are.
Carson Buckingham has been a professional proofreader, editor, newspaper reporter, copywriter, technical writer, comedy writer, humorist, and fiction author. Besides writing, she loves to read and work in her vegetable garden. She lives in the United States in the state of Arizona.
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GraphicAudio® A Movie in Your Mind® Celebrates their 10th Anniversary this month with their exciting new CEMETERY GIRL audio. Adapted from CEMETERY GIRL: THE PRETENDERS, a Graphic Novel written by New York Times bestselling Fantasy authors Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden and illustrated by Don Kramer, the audio version is directed by Richard Rohan.
The GraphicAudio® production of CEMETERY GIRL Part 1: THE PRETENDERS is the first time that the “A Movie in Your Mind®” sound design takes center stage driving a suspenseful and eerie listening experience, where sound becomes a character in its own right. The Sound Design was created by Nathanial Perry and he and Director/Adaptor Richard Rohan carefully constructed the scenes in audio. CEMETERY GIRL Part 1: THE PRETENDER will be available in 5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo Audio Download Formats exclusively at http://www.graphicaudio.net.
Charlaine Harris says, “Wow, what a pleasant surprise! GraphicAudio® has knocked this audiobook out of the graveyard. I can’t wait to hear the next installment.”
CEMETERY GIRL centers around a teenage girl who awakens, bruised and bloody, in the grim surroundings of an old graveyard, with no memory of who she is, how she got there, or who left her for dead. All she knows is that whoever tried to kill her is still out there. Not knowing where to go, or who to trust, she avoids all human contact. She survives on stolen food and uses a cemetery crypt as her home. She takes the name Calexa from the name above her crypt.
Calexa soon makes a startling discovery: she can see the spirits of the dead, and one in particular, can see her. The victim of a murder that Calexa has inadvertently witnessed compels her to take action, even if it means her own life will be put at risk. Now Calexa must make a decision: continue to hide to protect herself—or come forward to bring justice to the sad spirit who has reached out to her for help…
Rohan says, “CEMETERY GIRL is the perfect story to explore the immersive atmospherics of audio, especially in the 5.1 Surround format, and GraphicAudio® delivers the listener an experience that is captivating and haunting. Emlyn McFarland has given us a sincere, nuanced and often heartbreaking portrayal of Calexa, the Cemetery Girl.”
Included with the GraphicAudio® download program of the CEMETERY GIRL 1: THE PRETENDERS is an exclusive interview with Rohan and writers Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden discussing the creation of the CEMETERY GIRL Graphic Novel, cemeteries, Sookie Stackhouse, comics and more.
Over the past 10 years, GraphicAudio® has published over 900 titles and 60 series with Action Adventure genres ranging from Comics, Westerns, Sci Fi, and Fantasy. Listeners can download and experience THE PRETENDERS using the GraphicAudio® Access App for Mobile Devices.
About the Authors:
Charlaine Harris, is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, the basis of the HBO series True Blood. She has been published in 35 languages, with over 35 million copies of her work sold worldwide, and her Aurora Teagarden mysteries will be coming to Hallmark TV in 2015.
Christopher Golden is a New York Times bestselling author of numerous horror, fantasy and suspense novels for both adults and young readers. His credits also include writing for comic books, video games and co-writing the online animated series “Ghosts of Albion.”
Out of Tune is calling.
Out of Tune gathers a collection of original dark fantasy tales inspired by folk ballads. Here you’ll find stories of strange creatures and strangers humans, treachery and love, murder and monsters.
Out of Tune brings together some of today’s most talented writers and sets them loose in that swirling darkness at the edge of town. NY Times bestselling author and editor Jonathan Maberry unleashes his own brand of dark forces with a line-up of bestsellers and award winners. Kelley Armstrong, Jack Ketchum, Simon R. Green, Seanan McGuire, Christopher Golden, David Liss, Gregory Frost, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Jeff Strand, Lisa Morton, Jeff Mariotte & Marsheila Rockwell, Nancy Holder, Del Howison, and Gary Braunbeck. With commentary on each source ballad by folklorist Nancy Keim-Comley.
Now get ready to dance to the music of the night.
Available for preorder!
Expected to ship in November, 2014!
Maberry is a New York Times Bestselling Author and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner.
Eldridge is a producer on Sony Pictures soon to be released Denzel Washington feature film “The Equalizer”. His Lonetree Entertainment production company has a number of film and television projects in development with the major studios.
Isham is a film and television producer with over 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry. As Executive Director of MIM she manages all facets of creative development alongside her partner and husband, award winning film composer and world-renown recording artist, Mark Isham.
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Captain Joe Ledger. Former cop. Former Army Ranger. Currently the top-kick of Echo Team, an elite squad of first-class shooters who roll out to face down the world’s most dangerous terrorists. Not fanatics with explosive vests or political hostage takers. Joe and his team square off against terrorists who have the most advanced and exotic weapons of mass destruction. Designer bioweapons. Cutting edge transgenics. Real mad scientist stuff.
If they have to call Joe Ledger – it’s already hit the fan.
JOE LEDGER: SPECIAL OPS collects several of the Ledger short stories and presents two brand new tales exclusive to this volume. Bonus features include character profiles and a never-before-published glimpse behind the scenes of the Department of Military Sciences.
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“On Thursday, July 18, at 8:00 p.m., Stephen will appear on stage at The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Avenue in downtown Hartford, Connecticut, in conversation with WNPR radio personality Colin McEnroe. Proceeds from the event benefit the continuing educational and preservation activities of The Mark Twain House & Museum.
Tickets will be open for purchase by members of the museum on Monday, March 18, and to the general public on Thursday, March 21. At that time reservations may be made at www.bushnell.org or 860-987-5900. (Membership is available by calling 860-280-3112, or by going to www.marktwainhouse.org. Members will be given a special on-sale code for ticket purchasing.)
Stephen King fans are being given a special opportunity to purchase tickets before the general on-sale date, beginning Tuesday, March 19th, by using the promotional code CLEMENS.
Ticket prices range from $25 to $75 (additional service fees apply) with a special VIP ticket for $250, which includes a reception with Stephen King and an autographed book.