Monday, August 6, 2018

had an incredible time at the book launch for  The New York State of Fright: horror stories from the Empire State (in which I have a short story)- from Himmocampus Press.


A New York State of Fright: Horror Stories from the Empire State


  • Edited by James Chambers, April Grey, and Robert Masterson


Enter the shadows of New York’s dark secrets and haunted past!

From a city and state that have witnessed all manner of menace—from serial killers and corrupt political machines to natural disasters and terrorist attacks—come twenty-four visions of dread from New York horror authors—all to benefit the next generation of New York writers. Presenting stories set in New York locations, A NEW YORK STATE OF FRIGHT gathers tales by new and established writers who give voice to New York’s everyday fears, macabre mysteries, and worst nightmares.

To help New York’s rich literary tradition endure into the future, the authors, editors, and publisher of A NEW YORK STATE OF FRIGHT pledge to contribute all proceeds to New York City’s Girls Write Now non-profit organization, which pairs at-risk teen women interested in writing with professional writing and career mentors. Find out more at www.girlswritenow.org.
Introduction ............. James Chambers
Heels .............  Alp Beck
East Side Devil ............. John C. Foster
Loathsome in New York ............. Monica O’Rourke
The Chosen Place ............. Patrick Freivald
The Hunting of the Kipsy: A Cryptozoological Report ............. Hal Johnson
A Few Leaves from the Travelogue of Doctor Julius Jonsson,  Cryptobotanist and Hylesoprotolist: Bay Ridge, or,  The Belief in the Undead Still Exists in New York ............. Erik T. Johnson
A Nightmare on 34th Street ............. Steven Van Patten
Hurricane Zelda, Part IV ............. Kathleen Scheiner
Shoal ............. Trevor Firetog
The Insects of Seneca Village ............. Jeff C. Stevenson
The Grim ............. Allan Burd
In A Pig’s Eye ............. Teel James Glenn
Welcome To Brooklyn, Gabe ............. Marc Abbott
Machine Gun/Latté ............. Amy Grech 
The Spouting Devil ............. Meghan Arcuri 
Rescue Shelter ............. David Sakmyster 
Blood Will Tell ............. JG Faherty
The Lady in the Sideshow: A Circuspunk Story ............. Charie D. La Marr 
Pink Elephants: A Murphy's Lore Tale ............. Patrick Thomas 
Everybody Wins ............. Lisa Mannetti 
Edna’s Soul Kitchen ............. Elizabeth Crowens 
Eyes Left ............. Jack Ketchum and Edward Lee
Tales of the White Street Society: The Hairy Ghost ............. Grady Hendrix
The Long Lost and Forgotten ............. J. Daniel Stone

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Something wonderfully hideous

Eleven stories and one chilling poem, inspired by classic tales of terror and suspense.

Can Tesla’s invention animate the creature in the Wild West in time to save the girl?

What destroyed the cyber-greenhouses—was it the meteor from out of space?

How will the radiation affect her—and will love survive the transformation? 

Hideous Progeny: Classic Horror Goes Punk is the fifth charity anthology from Writerpunk Press, with steampunk, cyberpunk, carniepunk, clockpunk, atompunk, and biopunk stories inspired by tales such as Dracula, Carmilla, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Frankenstein (twice!). Other inspirations include Gaston LeRoux, Ambrose Bierce, Oscar Wilde, Franz Kafka, Lord Tennyson, and H. P. Lovecraft.

Profits are to be donated to PAWS Lynnwood, an animal shelter and wildlife rescue located in the Pacific Northwest.

Authors: Carol Gyzander, Jeffrey Cook, Katherine Perkins, Bryce Raffle, William J. Jackson, Mike Chinakos, Leo McBride, Teel James Glenn, Lee French, Rachel Brune, Anthony Stark, Jeanne M. White, K.M. Vanderbilt

Go to Amazon and get this great book....
mybook.to/HideousProgeny

A great book for writes- pulp and otherwise...

https://www.amazon.com/Pulp-Writing-Tips-Bryce-Beattie-ebook/dp/B07D96Y9LB/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1527810280&sr=1-1&keywords=Pulp+era+writing+Tips&dpID=514HLWfJs9L&preST=_SY445_QL70_&dpSrc=srch


Pulp Era Writing Tips by Bryce Beattie
A review by Teel James Glenn

Pulp magazines were the popular entertainment for the American masses from the 1920s to the mid 1950s- the precursers to the paperback explosion of the 50s and 60s. In fact many of the pulp writers with new work –and reprints of their pulp work—supplied the material for paperbacks.
The pulp writers were pure and solid commercial wordsmiths some with massive word counts and incredibly wide ranges of stories from horror to detective to ranch romances and straight up adventure.
Bryce Beattie has done an amazing service to writers by scouring writers’ journals, yearbooks and other professional magazines for articles written by these workhorse wordslingers for other potential writers.
The range of subjects covered in this book- from how to write fight scenes to how to revise a novel, how to write detective mysteries and several examples of fiction formulas that allowed these writers of old to turn out solid, salable work on a day to day basis- is amazing.
And the writers who share their secrets were not just also rans, many were stalwarts of the era like Robert J. Hogan(the man who created and wrote all the G-8 air war stories), William Benton Johnston (who wrote many westerns), Lee Floren(who wrote hundreds of western tales under dozens of pseudonyms), Nelson S. Bond (who wrote hundreds of pulp tales then went on to write for tv and film), Marjorie Holmes (over 134 books- 32 of which hit the bestseller list), Carol Kendall(who wrote a dozen best selling YA books),  Lurton Blassingame (writer/editor and eventually agent to Frank Herbert and Robert A. Heinlein) and others.
While some of the advice is more a time capsule to the period and its attitudes than others, most of the information is universal not only to the creation of  ‘pulp style’ stories but also all solidly created fiction.

Mr. Beattie has given a great gift to all writers, beginning and advanced by collecting all this information in one place. I highly recommend it to anyone, writer or reader who loves a good story!!!

Monday, May 21, 2018

The newest book from the Horror Writer's Association!


A NEW YORK STATE OF FRIGHT: HORROR STORIES FROM THE EMPIRE STATE
A New York Horror anthology from Hippocampus Press to Benefit Mentoring Group, Girls Write Now
Hippocampus Press, editors James Chambers, April Grey, and Robert Masterson, and twenty-five authors are thrilled to announce the forthcoming publication of an anthology of New York horror stories to raise funds for the non-profit writing organization, Girls Write Now.
A New York State of Fright: Horror Stories from the Empire State
presents twenty-four tales of darkness and fear by New York authors and set in New York City and state. This collection of original and reprinted stories showcases many unique voices in dark fiction and settings from the fashion world of Midtown Manhattan to the sinister history of upstate New York. Readers will encounter the loneliness of a living on the street; the fearsome quirks of the upstate wilds; a city punished by nature; unpleasant histories buried beneath modern parks and buildings; lost moments from a famous boardwalk; a New York City where the walking dead are just another fact of life; razor sharp satire of the gap between rich and poor; forgotten relics of the old city warehoused in Brooklyn, and much, much more.
The authors, editors, and publishers will donate all proceeds from the sales of A New York State of Fright to Girls Write Now, a New York organization that mentors underserved young women to help them find their voices through the power of writing and community. For 20 years, Girls Write Now has matched teen girls with women professional writers and media makers as their personal mentors. Their mentees, more than 90 percent girls of color and 90 percent high need, publish in outlets such as The New York Times, Newsweek, and BuzzFeed; perform at Lincoln Center and the United Nations; and earn hundreds of scholastic art & writing awards. One hundred percent of Girls Write Now seniors go on to college. Girls Write Now has been distinguished three times by the White House as one of the nation's top youth programs and twice by the Nonprofit Excellence Awards as one of New York’s top ten nonprofits.
Award-winning and new authors include: Marc Abbott, Meghan Arcuri, Alp Beck, Allan Burd, Elizabeth Crowens, John C. Foster, J.G. Faherty, Trevor Firetog, Patrick Frievald, Teel James Glenn, Amy Grech, Grady Hendrix, Erik T. Johnson. Hal Johnson, Jack Ketchum and Edward Lee, Charie D. LaMarr, Lisa Mannetti, Monica O’Rourke, Patrick Thomas, David Sakmyster, Kathleen Scheiner, Jeff C. Stevenson, J. Daniel Stone, and Steven Van Patten.
Contacts: James Chambers (jimchamb@optonline.net), Derrick Hussey (info@hippocampuspress.com), or Molly MacDermot (molly@girlswritenow.org).
For more information:
  •   Girls Write Now (www.girlswritenow.com), Twitter: @girlswritenow, Facebook: @girlswritenow, Instagram: @girlswritenow
  •   Hippocampus Press (https://www.hippocampuspress.com/), Facebook: @Hippocampus.Press
  •   Horror Writers Association—New York Chapter (https://hwany.wordpress.com/), Twitter:
    @HWA_NYS; Facebook: @horrorwritersnewyork 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Always a thrill

When you hold copies of your books fir the first time never gets old...
Thanks to Alex S.  Johnson  for making this one happen...


Saturday, March 17, 2018

A heroic anthology!

I am honored to have a story and some poems (and illustrations) in this fantastic collection of classic Sword and Sorcery tales....

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BJBZF7W/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_kvARAb8HTZDP4

Thursday, March 8, 2018

a five star review for A Year of Shadows!


Pulp Fandom Legend Tom Johnson liked the action in A Year of Shadows-- read his review on his blog:

https://pulplair.blogspot.com/2018/03/year-of-shadows.html