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Her Husband’s Garden

by  Tracy L. Carbone

Myrna shuffled to the garden to visit the corpse of her beloved dog. Jerry was a good boy, a faithful companion. The ground was soft, and fresh green seedlings grew on the recent mound of expensive topsoil. She set a bouquet of daisies on his grave. She gave the expensive biscuit shaped headstone a loving pat. “Miss you so much.” To her left, a patch of cheap concrete cracked in the heat of the sun. Her husband Mike had been driving the car that killed Jerry. She spit on the slab, cursed the body beneath it, and walked away.

More from Tracy L. Carbone:

The Collection and Other Dark Tales

 

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hwa-logo450From the press release: 

Horror Writers Association Establishes Two Annual Scholarships

Oct. 14, 2013–The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is pleased to announce two annual scholarships – the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship; and The Horror Writers Association Scholarship, each worth $2500.

The Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship will be open to female writers who are members of the HWA. The Horror Writers Association Scholarship will be open to all members of the HWA. The first Scholarships will be awarded in early 2014.

Thereafter, the Scholarships will be given annually. Both Scholarships are designed to assist in the professional development of our Members.

HWA President Rocky Wood explained the intent of The Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship, “It is very clear to the HWA that there are unseen, but real, barriers limiting the amount of horror fiction being published by women. There are many fine women writers being published in our genre but we also see potential for the percentage of horror fiction being published by women to increase. This Scholarship, named after the great female horror writer, aims to encourage more female writers to enter our genre and to aid in the development of those already working within it.  At the same time the HWA exists to extend the horror genre in all its aspects, so we are also establishing Horror Writers Association Scholarship, which is open to all our members, regardless of gender.”

The application for each Scholarship will be the same – a sub-Committee of the HWA Board will choose the winners, who will be announced around 15 March of each year. Applications will open on 1 November 2013 and close at midnight US PST on 31 December 2013.

Each Scholarship is worth $2500, which may be spent on approved writing education over the two years following the granting of the scholarship (see the Rules at http://www.horror.org/blog/guide-to-applying-for-hwa-scholarships for more detail).

“These are the largest, and possibly the only, Scholarships offered in the horror genre. HWA hopes to supplement these scholarships with smaller grants as funds allow,” Wood said. Full information may be found http://www.horror.org/blog/guide-to-applying-for-hwa-scholarships/.

The Horror Writers Association (www.horror.org), the peak group for horror writers, is a worldwide organization promoting dark literature and its creators. Started in 1985, it has over 1100 members writing professionally in fiction, nonfiction, videogames, film, poetry, comics, and other media.

For more details, please contact president@horror.org.

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From the press release:

Children lost in the woods, witches, merpeople and wee folk are just a taste of some of the deliciously dark creatures that will feature in Midnight Echo Issue 9 – to be published by the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) on May 31.

Edited by Geoff Brown, the Myths and Legends issue will feature fantastical tales and nonfiction by legendary authors including Jonathan Maberry, James A. Moore and Robin Furth, and front cover artwork by renowned artist Mel Gannon.

Being a fan of mythology, Geoff, who is also AHWA president, admitted putting together Issue 9 was a dream project.

“Myths and legends, for me, form the basis of where horror has come from. Tales told in thatch huts, in castles, and in peasant quarters have always held cautionary elements, and the original fairy tales were darker and more frightening than they are now,” he said.

“Myths and legends are cultural horror tales, and I have always loved them. The timing of this issue, just after I finished six months studying myths, symbols and legends at TAFE, was perfect.

“Issue 9 has tales of children lost in the woods, of witches and merpeople, of fairies at the bottom of the garden, of gods, and of religious and cultural heroes portrayed in a way far different than usual.

“There are reinventions and fresh takes on old tales, as well as some wonderful non-fiction pieces on different cultural myths. We also have a fantastic article on Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, and the legends used for its creation.”

Geoff also took on the mammoth task of laying out Issue 9.“Once the editing stage is over, most editors can then kick back and relax. Not so this time,” he said.

“Then it was on to InDesign to do the full layout. I could add the artwork where I felt it worked best, and source the scene-break art that best suited the issue, so yes, it certainly helped to make it all ‘my’ vision, but added to the workload and stress factor.”

The major coup for Issue 9 is the addition of Jonathan Maberry to the table of contents.

“I just asked Jonathan if he would do me a short story, and after he agreed, I asked that it be a Ledger tale. He was happy to work more on that particular character. Not nearly as happy as I was to have a story with that particular character,” Geoff said.

Geoff said it was heartening to see Midnight Echo Magazine garnering a solid reputation in the speculative fiction market.

“For me, it’s all about promoting our members and Aussie writers. With (Executive Editor) Marty Young at the helm, and the concept of gaining one or two international-name authors to drive sales, it certainly works more in favour of the Aussie writers who do get their stories chosen for inclusion,” Geoff said.

“I’m ecstatic to see international distribution take off so well, and I think the new direction we have taken is fantastic. It’s all well and good to have a mag full of Aussie writers, but if more people around the world read it due to the names like Masterton, Lansdale, Ketchum, Furth, and Maberry, then the Aussie writers are going to do better out of it.

“Issue 9 was a long, hard road, but in the end I have achieved something I’m very proud of, and I think the AHWA should (and can) be proud of it too. With names like Maberry, Moore, and Furth attached it will gain some exposure.

“I’d do it all again in an instant, but my family would likely disown me if I did. It took so much of my spare time away that I almost forgot what they looked like.”

The details on ME#9 are as follows:

Cover art by Mel Gannon

Interior art by Greg ChapmanThe Table of Contents:

Literature
Changeling by Jonathan Maberry
Black Train Blues by James A Moore
Black Peter by Martin Livings
The Road by Amanda J Spedding
Coffee Rings by Kristin Dearborn
The Wee Folk by JG Faherty
From the Forebears by Steven Gepp
Little Boy, Little Girl, Lost in the Woods by Mark Patrick Lynch
The Fathomed Wreck to See by Alan Baxter

Poetry

ganesh by Talie Helene

Comic

Allure of the Ancients: The Key to His Kingdom – story by Mark Farrugia, illustrations by Greg Chapman

Special Features

The Mythology of Mid-World by Robin Furth (non-fiction)
Russian Field of Mysteries by Tony Vilgotsky (non-fiction)
An Interview with Jonathan Maberry
An Interview with Mel Gannon

Regular Features

A Word from the AHWA President – Geoff Brown
Tartarus – Danny Lovecraft (poetry column)
Pix and Panels – Mark Farrugia (comic column)
Black Roads, Dark Highways #4 – Andrew McKiernan (column)
Sinister Reads (all the latest releases from AHWA members)

Pre-orders for Issue 9 are now being taken. Please visit www.midnightechomagazine.com for full details.

About the Australian Horror Writers Association

The Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) is the peak professional body for Australian authors of dark fiction (horror, dark fantasy, and paranormal fiction) and has 300 members. The AHWA was founded in 2003, and since its incorporation in 2005, the Association has implemented an annual short story competition, a mentorship programme, online writers forums, news and article
archives, the fiction magazine Midnight Echo, and The Australian Shadows Award. For further information on the AHWA, visit www.australianhorror.com or www.midnightechomagazine.com

Available for comment/interview:

Marty Young, Executive Editor – Mobile: 0434 882 504 or Email: midnightecho@australianhorror.com

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Midnight Echo magazine is now the official Australian distributor of Cemetery Dance Publications, the world’s leading specialty press publisher of horror and dark suspense.

“Cemetery Dance Publications is thrilled to be working with our friends at Midnight Echo to make it easier and more affordable for collectors and readers in Australia to order our books.” Brian Freeman, Managing Editor, Cemetery Dance Publications

Readers can visit the Midnight Shop page on the ME website to see all the titles now available, or to place a pre-order for upcoming books: http://midnightechomagazine.com/the-new-midnight-shop/.

“For those living in Australia, this deal means you no longer have to pay the expensive international shipping costs when you order CD books. And don’t forget that you can also order the latest copy of Dark Discoveries magazine from us, too,” ME Executive Editor Marty Young said.

“Also, it’s party time in the Midnight offices as the goblins release the Table of Contents for the upcoming Midnight Echo Issue 9, edited by Geoff Brown and due for publication on May 31.

“Please note we also have a few advertising spots left, so please read on for details, but you’ll need to be quick.”

The details on ME#9 are as follows:

Cover art by Mel Gannon Interior art by Greg Chapman

The Table of Contents:

Literature
Changeling by Jonathan Maberry
Black Train Blues by James A Moore
Black Peter by Martin Livings
The Road by Amanda J Spedding
Coffee Rings by Kristin Dearborn
The Wee Folk by JG Faherty
From the Forebears by Steven Gepp
Little Boy, Little Girl, Lost in the Woods by Mark Patrick Lynch
The Fathomed Wreck to See by Alan Baxter

Poetry
ganesh by Talie Helene

Comic
Allure of the Ancients: The Key to His Kingdom – story by Mark Farrugia, illustrations by Greg Chapman

Special Features
The Mythology of Mid-World by Robin Furth (non-fiction) Russian Field of Mysteries by Tony Vilgotsky (non-fiction) An Interview with Jonathan Maberry An Interview with Mel Gannon

Regular Features
A Word from the AHWA President – Geoff Brown Tartarus – Danny Lovecraft (poetry column) Pix and Panels – Mark Farrugia (comic column) Black Roads, Dark Highways #4 – Andrew McKiernan (column) Sinister Reads (all the latest releases from AHWA members)

Pre-orders for the limited print edition are now being taken. Please visit www.midnightechomagazine.com for full details.

About the Australian Horror Writers Association

The Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) is the peak professional body for Australian authors of dark fiction (horror, dark fantasy, and paranormal fiction) and has 300 members. The AHWA was founded in 2003, and since its incorporation in 2005, the Association has implemented an annual short story competition, a mentorship programme, online writers forums, news and article archives, the fiction magazine Midnight Echo, and The Australian Shadows Award. For further information on the AHWA, visit www.australianhorror.com or www.midnightechomagazine.com

Available for comment/interview:

Marty Young, Executive Editor – Mobile: 0434 882 504 or Email: martyyoung2002@yahoo.com

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DARKNESS READABLE

LITERARY DARKNESS is a book discussion group on Goodreads with roughly two thousand members, many of them teachers, librarians and writers – passionate readers all. For three years, our knowledgeable and enthusiastic members have been analyzing and appreciating dark literature. This first annual list of notable books is in no way intended as an award, nor is it meant to be exclusive. Many wonderful books are out there, and we hope to read them all. Our goal is to help others discover them as well.

Some books become lights in the eternal darkness. What follows is a list of recommendations and commendations… combined with heartfelt thanks to the many fine writers who keep readers awake at night.

Fresh Blood:

These are new titles selected by the group for having made a considerable impact during the past year. 

THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME by Donald Ray Pollock

THE DROWNING GIRL by Caitlin R. Kiernan

THE FACELESS by Simon Bestwick

THE FLAME ALPHABET by Ben Marcus

GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn

HABIT by Stephen McGeagh

THE HOARD by Alan Ryker

JOHN DIES AT THE END by David Wong

KIN by Kealan Patrick Burke

WESTLAKE SOUL by Rio Youers 

Contemporary Titles:

These may be collections of short fiction or literary essays, anthologies or novels. All are from the recent past and all are extraordinary.

THE CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE HUMAN RACE by Thomas Ligotti

THE HAIR WREATH AND OTHER STORIES by Halli Villegas

KNOCK KNOCK by SP Miskowski

THE LITTLE STRANGER by Sarah Waters

THE MARBLED SWARM by Dennis Cooper

A MATRIX OF ANGELS by Christopher Conlon

OCCULATION by Laird Barron

THE ROAD by Cormac McCarty

THE SECRET HISTORY by Donna Tartt

ZOMBIE by Joyce Carol Oates 

Vintage Works:

Sometimes calling a book a Classic is like entombing it. Many readers would sooner pry open the lid of a coffin than peer between those musty pages. Often this represents a sort of tragedy. Many of these books seethe with life and emotion… and cry out to be read. These are among our favorites.

THE CASTLE by Franz Kafka

THE GOLEM by Gustav Meyrink

GRENDEL by John Gardner

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson

MCTEAGUE by Frank Norris

NARROW ROOMS by James Purdy

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY by Oscar Wilde

THE SAILOR WHO FELL FROM GRACE WITH THE SEA by Yukio Mishima

THE STRANGER by Albert Camus

TALES OF MEN AND GHOSTS by Edith Wharton

Buried Treasures

This is a list of titles, some celebrated, some obscure, that in so many ways evoke the finest qualities of literary darkness.

ICE AGE by Iain Rowan

KELLAND by Paul G. Bens, Jr.

THE KING IN YELLOW AND OTHER HORROR STORIES by Robert W. Chambers

LET’S PLAY WHITE by Chesya Burke

SOUTHERN GODS by John Horner Jacobs

STAY AWAKE by Dan Chaon

SUICIDE BLONDE by Darcey Steinke

SUSPICIOUS RIVER by Laura Kasischke

THE WASP FACTORY by Iain Banks

WORSE THAN MYSELF by Adam Golaski

Literary Darkness is dedicated to an appreciation of important works of literature, both classic and contemporary, that happen to fall into the category of Dark Fiction. We tend to avoid the big, banal blockbusters (and the more lurid fare) in favor of beautifully written explorations of the unknown, many obscure, all extraordinary.

Group Reading

This is our 2012 list of books selected by the membership for reading and discussion. The links provided should help clarify some of the criteria involved in making these choices. 

THE COLLECTED STORIES OF ELIZABETH BOWEN

http://www.gothic.stir.ac.uk/blog/bowens-thoughts-on-the-ghost-story/

CONJURE WIFE by Fritz Leiber

http://www.conceptualfiction.com/conjure_wife.html

GARDENS OF NIGHT by Greg F. Gifune

http://literarymayhem.com/wordpress/2011/01/07/book-review-gardens-of-night-by-greg-f-gifune/

HOUDINI HEART by Ki Longfellow

http://thelibrariowan.wordpress.com/2012/10/31/houdini-heart/

HOUSE OF LEAVES by Mark Z. Danielewski

http://www.themodernword.com/review_house_of_leaves.html

MARTYRS & MONSTERS by Robert Dunbar

http://www.lambdaliterary.org/reviews/06/10/martyrs-monsters-by-robert-dunbar/

THE NIGHT STRANGERS by Chris Bohjalian

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2011-10-03/entertainment/35280579_1_book-review-maurier-takeoff

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES by Ray Bradbury

http://www.raybradbury.com/books/somethingwicked-hc.html 

VERLAND: THE TRANSFORMATION by B. E. Scully

http://horrornews.net/46521/book-review-verland-the-transformation-author-b-e-scully/ 

Our group discussions of these works may be found here: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/group_folder/90262?group_id=13824

We are currently reading Robert Aickman’s collection THE WINE-DARK SEA.

Join us at: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/13824-literary-darkness

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