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Description:
This fourth volume in the Horror Writers Association’s acclaimed Poetry Showcase series features more of the exciting, disturbing, and beautiful verse that has made these collections favorites with lovers of the darkly lyrical. Includes new work by such popular poets of the macabre as Bruce Boston, Alessandro Manzetti, Ann K. Schwader, Marge Simon, and Stephanie M. Wytovich.


2014 Bram Stoker awards® Preliminary Ballot announced

Reposting this to fix my error. This is the preliminary ballot. Sorry for any confusion.

I would like to congratulate all of these fantastic and talented people on making the preliminary ballot for the 2014 Bram Stoker Awards®. Click any link to find out more about that selection.

Superior Achievement in a Novel
Tim Burke – The Flesh Sutra (NobleFusion Press)
Adam Christopher – The Burning Dark (Tor Books)
Michaelbrent Collings – This Darkness Light (self-published)
Lawrence C. Connolly – Vortex (Fantasist Enterprises)
Craig DiLouie – Suffer the Children (Gallery Books of Simon & Schuster)
Patrick Freivald – Jade Sky (JournalStone)
Chuck Palahniuk – Beautiful You (Jonathan Cape, Vintage/Penguin Random House UK)
Christopher Rice – The Vines (47North)
Brett J. Talley – The Reborn (JournalStone)
Steve Rasnic Tem – Blood Kin (Solaris Books)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel
Maria Alexander – Mr. Wicker (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
J.D. Barker – Forsaken (Hampton Creek Press)
Janice Gable Bashman – Predator (Month9Books)
David Cronenberg – Consumed (Scribner)
Michael Knost – Return of the Mothman (Woodland Press)
Daniel Levine – Hyde (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Josh Malerman – Bird Box (Harper Collins)
Whitney Miller – The Violet Hour (Flux)
Chantal Noordeloos – Angel Manor (Horrific Tales Publishing)
C.J. Waller – Predator X (Severed Press)

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel
Ari Berk – Lych Way (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Jake Bible – Intentional Haunting (Permuted Press)
Ilsa J. Bick – White Space (Egmont)
John Dixon – Phoenix Island (Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books)
Kami Garcia – Unmarked (The Legion Series Book 2) (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
S.E. Green – Killer Instinct (Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse)
Tonya Hurley – Passionaries (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Micol Ostow – Amity (Egmont)
Peter Adam Salomon – All Those Broken Angels (Flux)
Sam Swanson and Araminta Star Matthews – Horror High School: Return of the Loving Dead (Curiosity Quills Press)
Johnny Worthen – Eleanor: Book 1 (The Unseen) (Jolly Fish Press)

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel
Charles Burns – Sugar Skull
Emily Carroll – Through the Woods
Victor Gischler – Kiss Me Satan
Joe Hill – Locke and Key, Vol. 6
Joe R. Lansdale and Daniele Serra – I Tell You It’s Love (Short, Scary Tales Publications)
Jonathan Maberry – Bad Blood (Dark Horse Books)
Paul Tobin – The Witcher

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction
Michael Bailey – Dandelion Clocks (Inkblots and Blood Spots) (Villipede Publications)
Taylor Grant – The Infected (Cemetery Dance #71) (Cemetery Dance)
Eric J. Guignard – Dreams of a Little Suicide (Hell Comes To Hollywood II: Twenty-Two More Tales Of Tinseltown Terror (Volume 2)) (Big Time Books)
Kate Jonez – Ceremony of Flies (DarkFuse)
Joe R. Lansdale – Fishing for Dinosaurs (Limbus, Inc., Book II) (JournalStone)
Jonathan Maberry – Three Guys Walk Into a Bar (Limbus, Inc., Book II) (JournalStone)
Joe McKinney – Lost and Found (Limbus, Inc., Book II) (JournalStone)
Gene O’Neill – Ridin the Dawg (Mia Moja) (Thunderstorm Books)
John F.D. Taff – The Long Long Breakdown (The End in all Beginnings) (Grey Matter Press)
Gregor Xane – The Riggle Twins (Bad Apples) (Corpus Press)

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction
Dale Bailey – Sleep Paralysis (Nightmare Magazine, April 2014) (Nightmare)
Hal Bodner – Hot Tub (Hell Comes to Hollywood II) (Big Time Books)
Patrick Freivald – Trigger Warning (Demonic Visions Book 4) (Chris Robertson)
Sydney Leigh – Baby’s Breath (Bugs: Tales That Slither, Creep, and Crawl) (Great Old Ones Publishing)
Usman T. Malik – The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family (Qualia Nous) (Written Backwards)
Alessandro Manzetti – Nature’s Oddities (The Shaman: And Other Shadows) (self-published)
Rena Mason – Ruminations (Qualia Nous) (Written Backwards)
John Palisano – Splinterette (Widowmakers: A Benefit Anthology of Dark Fiction)
Sayuri Ueda – The Street of Fruiting Bodies (Phantasm Japan) (Haikasoru, an imprint of VIZ Media, LLC)
Genevieve Valentine – A Dweller in Amenty (Nightmare Magazine, March 2014) (Nightmare)
Damien Angelica Walters – The Floating Girls: A Documentary (Jamais Vu, Issue Three) (Post Mortem Press)

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection
Michael Bailey – Inkblots and Blood Spots (Villipede Publications)
Stephen Graham Jones – After the People Lights Have Gone Off (Dark House Press)
John R. Little – Little by Little (Bad Moon Books)
Helen Marshall – Gifts for the One Who Comes After (ChiZine Publications)
David Sakmyster – Escape Plans (Wordfire Press)
Terrence Scott – The Madeleine Wheel: Playing with Spiders (Amazon)
Lucy Snyder – Soft Apocalypses (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
Robin Spriggs – The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom (Anomalous Books)
John F.D. Taff – The End In All Beginnings (Grey Matter Press)
Alexander Zelenyj – Songs for the Lost (Eibonvale Press)

Superior Achievement in an Anthology
John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey – The End Is Nigh (Broad Reach Publishing)
Michael Bailey – Qualia Nous (Written Backwards)
Jason V. Brock – A Darke Phantastique  (Cycatrix Press)
Ellen Datlow – Fearful Symmetries (ChiZine Publications)
Kate Jonez – Halloween Tales (Omnium Gatherum)
Eric Miller – Hell Comes to Hollywood II (Big Time Books)
Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Thomas, and Dennis Widmyer – Burnt Tongues (Medallion Press)
Brian M. Sammons – The Dark Rites of Cthulhu (April Moon Books)
Brett J. Talley – Limbus, Inc., Book II (JournalStone)
Terry M. West – Journals of Horror: Found Fiction (Pleasant Storm Entertainment)

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay
Scott M. Gimple – The Walking Dead: The Grove, episode 4:14 (AMC)
James Hawes – Penny Dreadful: Possession (Desert Wolf Productions/Neal Street Productions)
Jennifer Kent – The Babadook (Causeway Films)
Alex Kurtzman and Mark Goffman – Sleepy Hollow: “Bad Blood” (Sketch Films/K/O Paper Products/20th Century Fox Television)
John Logan – Penny Dreadful: Séance (Desert Wolf Productions/Neal Street Productions)
Greg Mclean and Aaron Sterns – Wolf Creek 2 (Emu Creek Pictures)
Stephen Moffat – Doctor Who: Listen (British Broadcasting Corporation)
Cameron Porsendah – Helix: Pilot (Tall Ship Productions/Kaji Productions/Muse Entertainment/Lynda Obst Productions/in association with Sony Pictures Television)
Jack Thomas Smith –Infliction (Fox Trail Productions)
James Wong – American Horror Story: Coven: “The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks” (FX Network)

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction
Massimo Berruti, S.T. Joshi, and Sam Gafford – William Hope Hodgson: Voices from the Borderland (Hippocampus Press)
Jason V. Brock – Disorders of Magnitude (Rowman & Littlefield)
Hayley Campbell – The Art of Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins Publishers)
S.T. Joshi – Lovecraft and A World in Transition (Hippocampus Press)
Leslie S. Klinger – The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft (Liveright Publishing Corp., a division of W.W. Norton & Co.)
Joe Mynhardt and Emma Audsley – Horror 101: The Way Forward (Crystal Lake Publishing)
Robert Damon Schneck – Mrs. Wakeman vs. the Antichrist (Tarcher/Penguin)
Lucy Snyder – Shooting Yourself in the Head For Fun and Profit: A Writer’s Survival Guide (Post Mortem Press)
Tom Weaver, David Schecter, and Steve Kronenberg – The Creature Chronicles: Exploring the Black Lagoon Trilogy (McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers)

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection
Robert Payne Cabeen – Fearworms: Selected Poems (Fanboy Comics)
G.O. Clark – Gravedigger’s Dance (Dark Renaissance Books)
David E. Cowen – The Madness of Empty Spaces (Weasel Press)
Corrinne De Winter and Alessandro Manzetti – Venus Intervention (Kipple Officina Libraria)
Wade German – Dreams from the Black Nebula (Hippocampus Press)
Tom Piccirilli – Forgiving Judas (Crossroad Press)
Michelle Scalise – The Manufacturer of Sorrow (Eldritch Press)
Marge Simon and Mary Turzillo – Sweet Poison (Dark Renaissance Books)
Tiffany Tang – Creepy Little Death Poems (Dreality Press)
Stephanie Wytovich – Mourning Jewelry (Raw Dog Screaming Press)


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2013 Bram Stoker awards® Final Ballot announced

I’d like to congratulate all of these fantastic authors on making the final ballot for the 2013 Bram Stoker Awards®. There is some incredible work on the ballot this year. I wish you all much success in the final voting.

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • Joe Hill – NOS4A2 (William Morrow)
  • Stephen King – Doctor Sleep (Scribner)
  • Lisa Morton – Malediction (Evil Jester Press)
  • Sarah Pinborough and F. Paul Wilson – A Necessary End (Thunderstorm/Maelstrom Press)
  • Christopher Rice – The Heavens Rise (Gallery Books)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • Kate Jonez – Candy House (Evil Jester Press)
  • John Mantooth – The Year of the Storm (Berkley Trade)
  • Rena Mason – The Evolutionist (Nightscape Press)
  • Jonathan Moore – Redheads (Samhain Publishing)
  • Royce Prouty – Stoker’s Manuscript (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

  • Patrick Freivald – Special Dead (JournalStone)
  • Kami Garcia – Unbreakable (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • Geoffrey Girard – Project Cain (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Joe McKinney – Dog Days (JournalStone)
  • Cat Winters – In the Shadow of Blackbirds (Harry N. Abrams)

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

  • Ed Brubaker – Fatale Book Three: West of Hell (Image Comics)
  • Caitlin R. Kiernan – Alabaster: Wolves (Dark Horse Comics)
  • Brandon Seifert – Witch Doctor, Vol. 2: Mal Practice (Image Comics)
  • Cameron Stewart – Sin Titulo (Dark Horse Comics)
  • Paul Tobin – Colder (Dark Horse Comics)

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

  • Dale Bailey – “The Bluehole” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/June 2013)
  • Gary Braunbeck – “The Great Pity” (Chiral Mad 2, Written Backwards)
  • Benjamin K. Ethridge – “The Slaughter Man” (Limbus, Inc., JournalStone)
  • Gregory Frost – “No Others Are Genuine” (Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct./Nov. 2013)
  • Greg F. Gifune – House of Rain (DarkFuse)
  • Rena Mason – East End Girls (JournalStone)

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

  • Michael Bailey – “Primal Tongue” (Zippered Flesh 2, Smart Rhino Publications)
  • Patrick Freivald – “Snapshot” (Blood & Roses, Scarlett River Press)
  • David Gerrold – “Night Train to Paris” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan./Feb. 2013)
  • Lisa Mannetti – “The Hunger Artist” (Zippered Flesh 2, Smart Rhino Publications)
  • John Palisano – “The Geminis” (Chiral Mad 2, Written Backwards)
  • Michael Reaves – “Code 666” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2013)

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

  • Fabien Adda and Fabrice Gobert – The Returned: “The Horde” (Ramaco Media I, Castelao Pictures)
  • Brad Falchuk – American Horror Story: Asylum: “Spilt Milk” (Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision, Ryan Murphy Productions)
  • Bryan Fuller – Hannibal: “Apéritif” (Dino De Laurentiis Company, Living Dead Guy Productions, AXN: Original X Production, Gaumont International Television)
  • Daniel Knauf – Dracula: “A Whiff of Sulfur” (Flame Ventures, Playground, Universal Television, Carnival Films)
  • Glen Mazzara – The Walking Dead: “Welcome to the Tombs” (AMC TV)

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

  • R.J. Cavender and Boyd E. Harris (ed.) – Horror Library: Volume 5 (Cutting Block Press)
  • Eric J. Guignard (ed.) – After Death… (Dark Moon Books)
  • Michael Knost and Nancy Eden Siegel (ed.) – Barbers & Beauties (Hummingbird House Press)
  • Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. (ed.) – The Grimscribe’s Puppets (Miskatonic River Press)
  • Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson (ed.) – Dark Visions: A Collection of Modern Horror, Volume One (Grey Matter Press)

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection
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  • Nathan Ballingrud – North American Lake Monsters: Stories (Small Beer Press)
  • Laird Barron – The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All and Other Stories (Night Shade Books)
  • James Dorr – The Tears of Isis (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing)
  • Caitlin R. Kiernan – The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories (Subterranean)
  • Gene O’Neill – Dance of the Blue Lady (Bad Moon Books)
  • S. P. Somtow – Bible Stories for Secular Humanists (Diplodocus Press)

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

  • Barbara Brodman and James E. Doan (ed.) – Images of the Modern Vampire: The Hip and the Atavistic (Fairleigh Dickinson)
  • Gary William Crawford (ed.) – Ramsey Campbell: Critical Essays on the Modern Master of Horror (Scarecrow Press)
  • William F. Nolan – Nolan on Bradbury: Sixty Years of Writing about the Master of Science Fiction (Hippocampus Press)
  • Jarkko Toikkanen – The Intermedial Experience of Horror: Suspended Failures (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Robert H. Waugh (ed.) – Lovecraft and Influence: His Predecessors and Successors (Scarecrow Press)

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection
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  • Bruce Boston – Dark Roads: Selected Long Poems 1971-2012 (Dark Renaissance Books)
  • Helen Marshall – The Sex Lives of Monsters (Kelp Queen Press)
  • Marge Simon and Sandy DeLuca – Dangerous Dreams (Elektrik Milk Bath Press)
  • Marge Simon, Rain Graves, Charlee Jacob, and Linda Addison – Four Elements (Bad Moon Books/Evil Jester Press)
  • Stephanie M. Wytovich – Hysteria: A Collection of Madness (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

In memory of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary

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When my wife reminded me that we were approaching the one-year anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, she suggested I make my children’s books available for free again. How could I disagree? As a parent, it was a day that horrified me and raised my level of concern, not only for my own family, but also for others. It was a dreadful time, and my thought that day had been to offer something to occupy young minds and keep their spirits up in a time of sorrow.

I’m a bit early, but I once more give you all of my children’s books for free with these codes (use at checkout) over at Smashwords, good through the end of the year. Please notice I’ve added a few titles this year. There is now an activity book, some early math help, and a cookbook, among others. I pray these short books bring you and yours comfort, and if they do, I’d love to hear about it.

Feel free to share this post as far and wide as you would like. Gift copies to friends for the holidays. The more downloads I see, the happier it makes me during this time. If you enjoy the books, please consider leaving a review at Amazon, or on your blog, anywhere for that matter. But most of all, enjoy the books and have a wonderful holiday season.

Cooking with Monsters
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/296621 – BL86V

Carl Cthulhu Needs Hugs Too
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/294567 – KE57K

Frankie’s Alphabet
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/165684 – LX89B

Frankie’s Monster Book of Activities
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/295046 – YM35Q

When Vampires Eat Fast Food
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/206938 – VN35M

3 Fun Tales About Monsters
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/105264 – YY27H

Math is for Mummies: Addition
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/257356 – VF93N

Math is for Mummies: Subtraction
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/260016 – TG54N

Willy the Wrong Way Woodpecker
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/207169 – QH24G

Hardy the Allergic Cat
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/165682 – GQ36Y

How Marbles Roll
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/155060 – TK47Y

Re: Animated
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/207166 – VQ35R

Peter Rottentail
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/260024 – DG95F

Nut Free? A Beginner’s Guide to Living with Food Allergies
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/376887 – CT99R


2012 Coffin Hop Post

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THESE OLD TALES!

When I was young, far too young to know the harm I could do to myself by watching terrifying movies, I permanently damaged something inside of me. You see, I was not the sort of child who ate well at dinnertime. I am reminded of this daily as I struggle to get my own children to eat their dinners. However, back then, I had a secret agenda.

While other children played Asteroids or with Lincoln Logs before going to bed, I stretched out dinner as long as I could manage. And for good reason. My mother made me sit at the dining room table until I finished everything that was on my plate, knowing I never would. Still she tried. But I waited because I knew at some point my mother would turn the television to the shows I wanted to see. My seat at the table had a direct view of the television.

From the dinner table I watched full episodes of The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock, One Step Beyond, and many more. At the mere age of four I watched The Omen in its entirety. I filled my curiosity of the things that haunted me to my heart’s delight. And then something broke. One night my mother turned on Psycho and life for me would never be the same.

I know what you’re thinking; “I’ve seen that movie. It’s not that bad.” Well I assure you at 4 or 5 years old it is quite terrifying. In fact, I have never looked at taking a shower the same way. I am thankful for my clear shower stall, no curtain needed to hide the things that might be waiting to stab me. It was such a defining moment in my creepy little life.

You see, it is this emotion I feel when taking a shower that I have become obsessed with. I think all children feel it, and although kids now seem a bit desensitized to it all, it is still there. It hides under their beds or sleeps right outside the window waiting to get in. It’s in their closet calling out their name or in the basement. True horror is always there whether we choose to admit it or not. It waits for us, always there in that brief second where the realization that it does exist finds us. It is then it leaps out, causing us to jump out of our skin.

So why the obsession you ask? Why does one obsess so over lack of sleep? Is it because we desire it so or because we loathe the knowing that we will not find rest? My fascination with horror exists simply because I cannot get these images out of my head. These fears have long haunted me, always waiting around one corner or the next, always terrifying. So it is this constant fear that I examine in my stories, trying to discover the truth behind each horror I have encountered.

Does it work? Some, but not much. I sleep lightly, waking often throughout the night. When we stay at hotels I still peek out around the shower curtain expecting to find Norman Bates, or maybe something worse. I know the Boogeyman rests under my bed, waiting for my eyes to close before he makes himself seen. Ghosts sit at the edge of my bed, hoping I will not wake as they study me. These horrors are part of me and likely always will be. And this is why I write.

Please make sure to click on the banner above and visit all the coffin hoppers. Many of them are giving away prizes including FREE books. If you would like to win a digital copy of my dark fiction collection These Old Tales please leave a comment here on this post. I will randomly select 5 winners and reply to your post for you to email me your contact information if you win. Also, feel free to follow my blog and keep up with future releases.

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~Kenneth W. Cain