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I have to admit that I find this to be a really cool idea. I love horror movies, but had to give them up for long stretches of time because, as we told our children, they “aren’t appropriate.” Of course, what I really meant was that I didn’t want to stay up all night after watching a scary movie reassuring them that bad things weren’t going to get them. Now, there is a book that parents can use to introduce their little ones to horror. I only wish I had thought of the idea first.
From the press release:
New York, NY – Originally written as a gift for a horror podcaster expecting a baby, “Big, Scary, Make-Believe Land” is a new Kindle e-book that helps parents introduce their children to the horror movie genre. Written by Jason “Fozzie” Nelson in conjunction with childhood development student, George Cooper, and illustrated by artist Andy Kahl, the book is now available for Kindle in the Amazon store.
Targeted for children age 4 – 9 “Big, Scary, Make-Believe Land” helps explain to children that the things that they may see on the screen are all just pretend. By pulling back the veil of vampires, witches, and scary guys in masks parents who love horror movies can use this book to begin sharing their favorite movies with their kids.
About the Author – Jason “Fozzie” Nelson is a podcaster, blogger, and horror movie enthusiast. He began enjoying horror and genre movies at an early age and was inspired to write this book by a conversation with his parents about the magic of film.
For more information about “Big, Scary, Make-Believe Land”, please visit the Amazon store or contact Fozzie through Twitter (@fozziebare).
Black Magic Synopsis:
In this magic shop the magic is real. And the trick is on you.
Citrus Glade is a dying town that needs new businesses, but the one that just opened is doing much more harm than good. Stranger Lyle Miller’s magic shop seems to only stock what its select customers desire. When four outcast boys buy common party tricks, only Lyle knows what those tricks can really do. As subtle changes occur around town, a few residents realize that something is amiss…and getting worse. But it may already be too late. Lyle’s black magic has empowered more townspeople to help him execute his Grand Adventure, a plan that will reduce the town, and half the state, to rubble.
Sometimes evil refuses to die.
Rowan’s great-aunt Queenie is dead. After all the misery she caused her family while she was alive, most of them are secretly relieved. But Queenie did not want to die, and she will do anything to live again…including possessing young Rowan. She haunts the child’s nightmares, taking her over bit by chilling bit. As her soul is drawn inexorably into a cold darkness, can Rowan hope to reclaim her life from the evil dead?
Yes, you heard me. The Altairan Empire series by Jaleta Clegg is on sale this weekend on Amazon for 99 cents each. Why, you may ask, would Hellnotes be posting about sci-fi books on a horror website? Well, the answer is because these are good books. And let’s face it, every once in a while you need a break, a chance to explore new horizons. Why not make this the day you break out of the rut you’re in. As an added bonus, these books are family friendly. If you enjoy throw back space opera adventures, you can’t go wrong at this price. Nexus Point, Priestess of the Eggstone and Poisoned Pawn. Three fantastic books. There is even a little romance thrown into the mix.
From the press release:
SAN FRANCISCO, May 17, 2013 – JournalStone Publishing (JSP) President, Christopher C. Payne is pleased to announce the release of Nightmare Ballad, the first in a surreal horror trilogy by Benjamin Kane Ethridge. On the release date and through the weekend (May 17-19) a free ARC of the highly acclaimed Limbus, Inc. anthology will be given away to those who purchase Nightmare Ballad. Purchases made outside the Journal Store still qualify. For your free book, just mail a copy of the email receipt to email@example.com
About the novel: One day, while instructing a swim class, Luke Rhodes hears a strange ballad in his head that twists reality. After a series of terrifying events, he escapes through a black curtain and leaves a living nightmare behind. The ballad hasn’t left him though. Pieces remain. And when the song surfaces… the nightmare returns. Joined by Luke’s two wives and his miscreant friend Johnny Cruz, they resolve to discover the source of these “Lifemares,” and, more importantly, how to escape them. Time is against them. Innocent people are dying and these freakish disturbances are devastating the world they know.
About the Author: Benjamin Kane Ethridge is the Bram Stoker Award winning author of the novel BLACK & ORANGE (Bad Moon Books 2010). He’s written three other novels, one of which has also been nominated for the Bram Stoker award, BOTTLED ABYSS (Redrum Horror 2012). For his master’s thesis he wrote, “CAUSES OF UNEASE: The Rhetoric of Horror Fiction and Film.”
JournalStone Publishing is a small press publishing company, 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, and Dark Discoveries Magazine, a slick, full color, distinguished and internationally distributed quarterly magazine. We publish in multiple book formats and market our authors on a global level. We are also active with major writer’s groups, includingthe Horror Writers Association (HWA), and produce a monthly newsletter with exposure to thousands of people.
From the Horror Tree website:
Deadline: Open until full
Payment: Payment is made up of a share of money after deductions and is outlined in the contract notes. Each author gains one share per story.
While being made better is one of the biggest blessings of modern society, and illness isn’t something that we need to fear, there are some things about hospitals that make all of us afraid.
This open call is for all things medicine and medical horror. Whether it’s a wonder drug gone wrong or a doctor trying to conduct experiments, there’s a lot that you can do with this.
The nitty gritty:
We will accept reprints or original pieces. Up to 5000 words, though we’ll accept stories over that if they’re exceptional and fit with the theme.
This anthology will be edited by D Kai Wilson-Viola and has a slot for one more editor, if interested.
The theme is medical horror, but we won’t accept any stories that don’t feature it as a primary theme – anything not related to the story will be edited out.
ALL STORIES submitted will need to be edited – from the time of submission, you should promote the whole project, or the open call you submitted to.
The call will remain open until the anthology is full (between 10 and 20 stories, depending on length).
Payment is made up of a share of money after deductions and is outlined in the contract notes. Each author gains one share per story.
The basics of the contract (there is a specific one issued once it is acknowledged that you’ll accept being edited) are available here.
Email kushkakura at Gmail.com with ‘medical Horror’ + Your name + wordcount + date in the subject line. It may take up to six weeks to receive response on your piece, please be patient and understand that I do respect all stories sent to us.
Please also join the event and the group for all anthologies, and our mailing list.
From the website:
- STEPHEN KING’S ALL NEW CRIME NOVEL
- Never before published, this new novel was written especially for Hard Case Crime
- Regular edition releases June 4 in the US in paperback
- This specially created hardcover edition is a limited run edition of the book- Not Signed by the author.
- This edition is limited to 1500 copies worldwide
- Produced with an exclusive jacket illustrated by Robert McGinnis
- Contains exclusive illustrations by Robert McGinnis
- Presented with a specially commissioned Joyland map on the back of the book cover illustrated by Susan Hunt Yule
ABOUT THE BOOK
Stephen King’s new novel JOYLAND, published as a paperback original on June 4 2013, by the award-winning Hard Case Crime line from Titan Books, is released in tandem with three hardcover limited editions for collectors, two of them signed by the author.
Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, JOYLAND tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. JOYLAND is a brand-new book and has never previously been published. One of the most beloved storytellers of all time, Stephen King is the world’s best-selling novelist, with more than 300 million books in print.
All three hardcover editions feature both a new cover painting and nine black and white interior illustrations by the legendary Robert McGinnis, the painter responsible for more than 1,000 classic book covers as well as the iconic movie posters for Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the original Sean Connery James Bond movies. JOYLAND is the first book ever fully illustrated by McGinnis, whose 70-year career includes induction into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame alongside Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish. In a nod to the look of classic paperback crime novels, the hardcover editions also feature a map on the back cover, drawn by Susan Hunt Yule, of the Joyland amusement park where the story takes place.
From the press release:
Life on the inside isn’t as sweet as it seems
“One of the best sci-fi novels I’ve ever read” – Ted Kosmatka, author of The Games and Prophet of Bones
“A brilliant, deeply felt book full of strangeness and beauty. A post-apocalyptic adventure, that’s also a love letter to Seattle” – Daryl Gregory, author of Pandemonium and The Devil’s Alphabet
Inside the Seattle Preservation Dome it’s always the Fifth of October, with the city caught in an endless time loop.
“Reformed” graffiti artist Ian Palmer is the only one who knows the truth, and he is desperate to wake up the rest of the city before the alien Curator of the human museum erases his identity forever.
Small town teenager Kylie is one of the few survivors to escape the apocalypse outside. Now she must make her way across the blasted lands to destroy the Preservation. But once inside, she meets Ian, and together they discover that Preservation reality is even stranger than it already appears.
A writer of extraordinary ability; the promise of Skillingstead’s previous short fiction is here transformed into an exceptional novel about post-apocalyptic survival and alien occupation.
With a cover by award-winning artist Vincent Chong, Life on the Preservation is a story of vibrant humanity overcoming extraordinary odds.
About the Author
Jack Skillingstead grew up in a working class neighbourhood south of Seattle. He dropped out of college to work in a cannery in Alaska, later travelling to Maine and then returning to the Pacific northwest. Skillingstead won a writing competition sponsored by Stephen King in 2000, and was a finalist for the Sturgeon Award in 2004. He has published more than thirty short stories in publications including Asimov’s, F&SF and Realms of Fantasy. His work has also appeared in various Year’s Best volumes and Solaris Rising.