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Halloween/Horror site!

September 4, 2014 – Halloween Forevermore is a new Halloween/horror-themed website launching from Southern California. The site features interviews, reviews, flash fiction, news and articles on all facets of Halloween and the horror genre.  The site’s slogan is: “We trick-or-treat 365 nights a year!” Besides engaging original content, also offers an exclusive line of Halloween merchandise. The first product wave includes five Halloween themed wax warmers.  Click here for more info on these spooky wax warmers.

The website’s recent launch featured an interview with the legendary creator of Bubba-Ho-Tep, Joe R. Lansdale.  In addition, it spotlighted and reviewed two very powerful horror films which are currently on the horror film festival circuit: Tales of Poe and Circus of the Dead.

The site’s Managing Editor, author and filmmaker, Terry M. West, announced that Halloween Forevermore is a professional-rate paying market for horror fiction writers.   West added, “We have received a wonderful response from the Halloween/horror community.  We, in turn, are showing our support for the genre by providing a paying venue for horror fiction authors.  We were thrilled to get support on Twitter from the one and only Anne Rice!  She recently shared one of our original articles with her followers.  We appear to be receiving plenty of notice from Halloween and horror lovers around the globe, and we couldn’t be happier.”

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You Only Enter Once.
Release: December 5, 2014
Director: Grégory Levasseur
Produced by: Alexandre Aja, Mark Canton, Chady Eli Mattar
Cast:  Ashley Hinshaw, James Buckley, Denis O’Hare, Christa-Marie Nicola, Amir K.
The ancient wonders of the world have long cursed explorers who’ve dared to uncover their secrets.  But a team of U.S. archaeologists gets more than they bargained for when they discover a lost pyramid unlike any other in the Egyptian desert. As they unlock the horrific secrets buried within, they realize they aren’t just trapped, they are being hunted.
THE PYRAMID Official Socials
We are very excited to share the FIRST trailer for 20th Century Fox’s upcoming horror film, THE PYRAMID. Check out the CREEPY trailer below!

THE PYRAMID enters theaters everywhere on December 5, 2014!

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Texas Book Festival 2014 author lineup announced

Martin Amis, Joyce Carol Oates, Walter Mosley, Norman Lear, Lidia
Bastianich, Ziggy Marley among headlining authors

AUSTIN—More than 275 authors are coming to the 2014 Texas Book Festival, the
largest lineup in the Festival’s 19-year history, it was announced tonight.

Nationally renowned authors coming to this year’s Festival include Martin
Amis, Joyce Carol Oates, Walter Mosley, Norman Lear, Lidia Bastianich, Ziggy
Marley, James Ellroy, Katherine Applegate, Nicholas D. Kristof, John Dean,
Valerie Plame Wilson, and Héctor Tobar.

Headlining authors also include Charles Blow, Emily St. John Mandel, Michael
Ruhlman, Douglas Brinkley, Richard Linklater, Francisco Goldman, Meg
Wolitzer, Jacqueline Woodson, and Sarah Bird. The entire list of authors is
available online at

“This year is bigger than ever, with more authors, more titles, and more
sessions,” says Steph Opitz, Festival literary director. “It wasn’t that we
intentionally set out to make it bigger, it’s that there were so many
fantastic submissions we fell in love with this year that we had to make
more room.”

Several themes have emerged in the lineup, Opitz says, and they are as
exciting and diverse as Festival fans have come to anticipate. It’s “the
year of the chef,” Opitz says, with 12 cookbooks. There are two powerhouse
books on Nixon and Watergate, immigration in fiction and nonfiction, a
strong poetry showing, poker, small presses, and graphic novels.

More than 40,000 people are expected to attend the Texas Book Festival Oct.
25 and 26. One of the nation’s premier literary events, the Festival
continues to be free and open to the public. The Texas Teen Book Festival,
newly under the auspices of the Texas Book Festival, will be held Oct. 18 at
St. Edward’s University, “bookending” the Festival Weekend.

The Texas Book Festival Weekend kicks off with the First Edition Literary
Gala, Friday, Oct. 24 at the Four Seasons Hotel. Headlining authors who will
speak at the Gala are Martin Amis, Walter Mosley, Lidia Bastianich, and
Katherine Applegate. Proceeds from the Gala help keep the Festival free of
charge, and support the TBF’s Reading Rock Stars Literacy Program, which
provides author visits and book donations to children in low-income schools,
and Texas Library Grants, awarded annually to selected libraries across the

For the first time, there will be an after party following the Gala, at 9:30
p.m. at the Four Seasons for Gala guests and also as a separate event with
tickets for $75. Cocktails with the Authors will give guests an opportunity
to mingle with authors, and will also allow more people to be part of the
Gala festivities.

“What amazes me daily is the depth and breadth of support for the Book
Festival,” says Lois Kim, executive director. “That support is why we’re
expanding our Reading Rock Stars program to Houston, why we gave more than
$60,000 in grants to public libraries this year, and why we’ve been able to
add the Texas Teen Book Festival to our programming.”

The 2014 Festival poster, by renowned photographer Dan Winters, is an image
of a vintage movie palace in Seguin. Winters is internationally known for
his celebrity portraits, photojournalism, and illustrations. He will present
his book, Road to Seeing, at the Festival.

Major sponsors of the Texas Book Festival include presenting sponsor H-E-B
plus Brigid Cockrum and Family, Texas Monthly, the Tocker Foundation, AT&T,
Buena Vista Foundation, Pentagram, the Austin American-Statesman, Central
Market, Kirkus Reviews, C-SPAN and new this year, Lincoln Motor Company.

A favorite perk for donors who give $100 or more is the Fast Pass, which
allows Festival-goers plus a guest priority line access to designated author
sessions. To make a donation and receive a Fast Pass, go to

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Robin Ince and Johnny Mains
PUBLICATION: 7th November 2014 (Salt Publishing)
This Christmas, the world turns on its head.  What happens when the light gives way to the dark? When mirth turns to murder? When the howls are not from joy?  Dead Funny is the first ever collection of horror stories written exclusively by some of Britain’s best comedians. Only now, you’re not laughing. Ho, ho ,ho….
Award-winning comedian Robin Ince (The Infinite Monkey Cage) teamed up with award-winning horror editor Johnny Mains (The Best British Horror 2014) to find out whether comedy and terror do, as is believed, make the most comfortable bedfellows. The stellar line up of contributors includes: 
REECE SHEARSMITH (League of Gentlemen) 
MATTHEW HOLNESS (Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace)

ROBIN INCE (The Infinite Monkey Cage)
SARA PASCOE (Live at the Apollo)
KATY BRAND (Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show)
MITCH BENN (The Now Show)
AL MURRAY (The Pub Landlord)
PHIL JUPITUS (Nevermind the Buzzcocks)
STEWART LEE (Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle
TIM KEY (Alan Partridge: Mid-Morning Matters)
RUFUS HOUND (Mock the Week)
MICHAEL LEGGE (The Alternative Comedy Experience)

**DEAD FUNNY: LAUNCH EVENT, Sunday 2nd November 2014, Bloomsbury Theatre**

An (almost) Halloween Night of horror and comedy.To tie in with the publication of a new anthology of horror stories by comedians, an evening of stand up, music, readings and maybe the return of some killer crabs.

With Charlie Higson, Stewart Lee, Josie Long, Steve Pretty, Joanna Neary, Johnny Mains, Robin Ince and a host of guests to be named.

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Opt Out

by Catherine Bader


She was SICK of her job. She wanted to opt out of Corporate Life.

She stared at the old dilapidated house – buckled, faded, peeling. The aura sucked her in as she walked towards the crooked front door.

She dreamed of being a famous painter catching all the nuances of this peculiar, ugly house. Make lots of money – get out of the daily crappy routine.

Smiling to herself, she pushed open the door and stepped in…

Falling through empty space…

She landed somewhere. Her leg broken.  A whispery, slavering voice assailed her.

Opt out? Opt out?         Opt Out.



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CHAIN OF EVIL Book Release

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Chain of Evil: The JournalStone Guide to Writing Darkness, by Dr. Michael R. Collings, approaches the question of writing from multiple directions. The essays in this volume range from the abstract and philosophical to the concrete and specific; from reminiscences as they relate to the art of writing to near-scholarly studies of the nature of genre, in particular horror; and from general discussions of literary forms and what they can achieve to practical advice on where to place commas, exclamation marks, and quotation marks.

Dr. Collings’ expertise emerges from nearly thirty years teaching writing and composition at the university level, gaining acclaim as an astute voice in science-fiction, fantasy, and horror studies, as well as from the more than one hundred books—novels, scholarship, collections of poetry and short fiction, criticism, and bibliographies—he has published over the past four decades.

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The Horror ReviewSAN FRANCISCO, August 29, 2014 – JournalStone Publishing (JSP) President, Christopher C. Payne is pleased to announce the acquisition of the award winning site, – Home of the world’s best reviews for Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy.

The Horror Review Site was one of the first Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy movie review websites. Started in March of 1999, the site only featured genre reviews in a short format to make for the on the go reader. In 2002 the format changed to the longer basic reviews, featured more content such as book reviews, interviews, and essays. The crew also grew as the sites creator, Horror Bob (Robert L. Brodmerkel) had a staff that featured members of the film industry, college professors, mega fans and even fiction writers. The site respectfully ended its run in 2013, after thirteen years on the internet. Now it will rise from the grave, being reanimated by the fine folks at JournalStone Publishing.

Horror Bob (Robert L. Brodmerkel) is the founder of The Horror Review ( Now that the touch has been pasted on, his new venture is working on the popular Web series “In Fear Of”. Created by Scott W. Perry (Insatiable, Once, When I was Dead),  and now in it’s second season; each episode of the web series revolves around a  clinical phobia. Robert L. Brodmekel is now a series producer along with Perry and Tony DeBenedetto (Jacob, She Rises). He is also the writer/director of the episode Agoraphobia, the first science fiction entry into the series starring Anne Bobby (Clive Barker’s Nightbreed). For more information on Horror Bob please contact:  Robert L. Brodmerkel (Horror Bob):  Creator: The Horror Review/ Series Producer: In Fear Of Email: Website:

JournalStone Publishing is a dynamic publishing house, focusing in the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror genres in both the adult and young adult markets. JSP also owns and operates the Hellnotes website, offering daily news and reviews of interest to genre readers and fans, Dark Discoveries Magazine, a slick, full color, distinguished and internationally distributed quarterly magazine and Bizarro Pulp Press, (next big thing in weird) an independent publisher of genre fiction.  We publish in multiple book formats and market our authors on a global level. We are also active with numerous major writer’s groups, including the Horror Writers Association (HWA), and produce a monthly newsletter with a large circulation.

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