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Monday, March 30, 2009

Shades of Geay

Book of the Year Finalist!
Shades of Gray has been named a finalist in ForeWord Magazine's
Book of the Year Award contest. Winners to be announced in May.

Shades of Gray was chosen as the FAVORITE BOOK across
all genres in 2008 by The Book Connection and Bookworm's Dinner.
Shades was also chosen among the Best Books of 2008 by Printed Page.
Shades of Gray reached #3 on Amazon in the Romance/Historical/
U.S. category!

Don't forget!
April is Confederate History Month.

Rymfire eBooks

Rymfire eBooks

will be opening its doors SOON...

and we'll be posting our full submissions information as well...

For now...

Besides working with Carnifex Metal eBooks with their

Metal Queens and An eBook Tribute To... series and upcoming Heavy Metal Horror eBook

we will be announcing our own upcoming titles

such as... we will be continuing the Carnifex Press anthology series

Revenant, Florida Horror (as a themed eBook anthology series State of Horror), the cancelled Vermin anthology, and more!

We will also be accepting novella-length horror tales for eBook releases as well!

Rymfire eBooks
David A. Rose

Friday, March 27, 2009

Writers Chat Room


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Eastern USA Time.....7 PM

Not sure what time that is wherever in the world you are?


The Writers Chatroom at:

Scroll down to the Java box. It may take a moment to load. Type in the name you wish to be known by, and click Login. No password needed.

Please note: The chatroom is only open for regularly scheduled chats.

Don't forget the open chat on Wednesday nights, 8-11 pm EST!

After having been a straight-A student, Karina Fabian has made a career of Fs: Family, Faith, Fiction and Fun.

Karina has donated a copy of "Magic, Mensa and Mayhem". This will be award to a lucky chatter during the chat. Remember, you MUST be present to be eligible!

Please feel free to pass this announcement on to anyone or any groups that you think may be interested. Thank you.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

A Mosque Among the Stars


Edited by Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmed and Ahmed A. Khan, this anthology features 12 SF stories (originals and reprints) that portray Islam or Muslim characters in a friendly light.

Pages: 260
Price: $20 + shipping
To order: email

ISBN 978 -0-9783057-1-0

Cover art by Lee Kuruganti

Mr. Khan and Mr. Ahmad have gathered eleven short stories and one novella into a sharp, thought-provoking anthology featuring Islamic or Moslem characters and/or themes that show us their world in a positive light. I found it a quick read. Many of the stories stayed with me long after putting the book down. To mention a few,

Lucius Shepard’s “A Walk through the Garden” is intelligent, with strong characterization and a graphically drawn setting. It explores not only the possibility of a literal Islamic Hell, but the minds and souls of the U.S. soldiers who find themselves trapped in a surreal situation. I loved the discussions of faith and religions and the depictions of the landscapes and dangers of this hell. The main character is Wilson, a combat veteran who at first doesn’t question his role in life. By the end of the story Wilson’s character has gone through loss, disillusionment and Hell itself, and we care what becomes of him. No wonder Mr. Shepard won the Hugo award, among others. He knows how to take the reader into the depths of the human mind, which may be an even more fantastic realm than Hell itself.

Donna McMahon’s “Squat” introduces a society where cruelty, death and injustice are everyday occurrences. The plight of a young boy is described and his fate hangs in the balance. A dilemma presents itself when Mike, a guard at an interstellar prison, is called on to witness the execution of young “Pajit”, the only name we are given for the innocent boy who is to be killed. Governmental red tape has condemned him to die, yet Mike wishes to save him. Khalifa, the executioner, begins as an adversary but by the end of the tale we find that the one Mike expected to fight him has been a true friend.This story has much to say about social prejudices. It's a solid read.

The rest of the stories are wonderfully written, with tight plotting, sympathetic characterization and close attention to internal logic. The settings are descriptive. The suspense is chilling.

This is a must read for anyone who appreciates great fiction.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

from Horrorscope

The shortlist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for the best SF novel published in the UK in 2008 has been announced. The winner will be announced on April 29.

* Song of Time by Ian R. MacLeod (PS Publishing)
* The Quiet War by Paul McAuley (Gollanncz)
* House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz)
* Anathem by Neal Stephenson (Atlantic)
* The Margarets by Sheri S. Tepper (Gollancz)
* Martin Martin’s on the Other Side by Mark Wernham (Jonathan Cape)

from Nate Kenyon

Bram Stoker Award Final Ballot

Superior Achievement in a Novel (2008)

COFFIN COUNTY by Gary Braunbeck (Leisure Books)
THE REACH by Nate Kenyon (Leisure Books)
DUMA KEY by Stephen King (Scribner)
JOHNNY GRUESOME by Gregory Lamberson (Bad Moon Books/Medallion Press)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

MIDNIGHT ON MOURN STREET by Christopher Conlon (Earthling Publications)
THE GENTLING BOX by Lisa Mannetti (Dark Hart Press)
MONSTER BEHIND THE WHEEL by Michael McCarty and Mark McLaughlin (Delirium Books)
THE SUICIDE COLLECTORS by David Oppegaard (St. Martin's Press)
FROZEN BLOOD by Joel A. Sutherland (Lachesis Publishing)

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

THE SHALLOW END OF THE POOL by Adam-Troy Castro (Creeping Hemlock Press)
MIRANDA by John R. Little (Bad Moon Books)
REDEMPTION ROADSHOW by Weston Ochse (Burning Effigy Press)
THE CONFESSIONS OF ST. ZACH by Gene O'Neill (Bad Moon Books)

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

PETRIFIED by Scott Edelman (Desolate Souls)
THE LOST by Sarah Langan (Cemetery Dance Publications)
THE DUDE WHO COLLECTED LOVECRAFT by Nick Mamatas, and Tim Pratt (Chizine)
EVIDENCE OF LOVE IN A CASE OF ABANDONMENT by M. Rickert (Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction)
TURTLE by Lee Thomas (Doorways)

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

LIKE A CHINESE TATTOO edited by Bill Breedlove (Dark Arts Books)
HORROR LIBRARY, VOL. 3 edited by R. J. Cavender (Cutting Block Press)
BENEATH THE SURFACE edited by Tim Deal (Shroud Publishing)
UNSPEAKABLE HORROR edited by Vince A. Liaguno and Chad Helder (Dark Scribe Press)

Superior Achievement in a Collection

THE NUMBER 121 TO PENNSYLVANIA by Kealan Patrick Burke (Cemetery Dance Publications)
MAMA’S BOY and Other Dark Tales by Fran Friel (Apex Publications)
JUST AFTER SUNSET by Stephen King (Scribner)
GLEEFULLY MACABRE TALES by Jeff Strand (Delirium Books)

Superior Achievement in Nonfiction

CHEAP SCARES by Gregory Lamberson (McFarland)
ZOMBIE CSU by Jonathan Maberry (Citadel Press)
A HALLOWE'EN ANTHOLOGY by Lisa Morton (McFarland)
THE BOOK OF LISTS: HORROR by Amy Wallace, Del Howison, and Scott Bradley (HarperCollins)

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

THE NIGHTMARE COLLECTION by Bruce Boston (Dark Regions Press)
THE PHANTOM WORLD by Gary William Crawford (Sam's Dot Publishing)
VIRGIN OF THE APOCALYPSE by Corrine De Winter (Sam's Dot Publishing)
ATTACK OF THE TWO-HEADED POETRY MONSTER by Mark McLaughlin and Michael McCarty (Skullvines Press)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

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Monday, March 23, 2009

J.A. Konrath forum

In 2003 I signed a three book deal with Hyperion for the Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels thriller series. Since then I've sold over fifty articles and short stories. I also wrote the horror novel Afraid under the name Jack Kilborn. There's a word for a writer who never gives up... published.

My name is JA Konrath. I'm the writer of six thrillers in the Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels series, all of them named after drinks, the newest, Cherry Bomb, comes out July '09 from Hyperion. I'm currently on a blog tour, appearing on different blogs every day in March, to promote my new horror novel, Afraid, which was written under my pen name, Jack Kilborn. It's being released March 31, from Grand Central.

On my blog, A Newbie's Guide to Publishing, I talk a lot about the writing biz. A question I get asked a lot is: Should I submit my book to a small press?

Before I respond, you need to know a bit about my background. Before I sold my first novel in 2003, I'd gotten over 500 rejections, and had written nine books that never sold. The rejection were from agents, and publishers. Big publishers.

My two current publishers, Hyperion and Grand Central, are both big publishers.

I chose to only submit to big publishers for two reasons.

1. Big publishers pay more.
2. Big publishers have wider distribution.

As you may know, the money you're paid when you sign a publishing contract is called an advance. It's money the publisher gives you, assuming you'll sell a certain number of books to cover the amount.

For example, an advance of $10,000 means your hardcover publisher hopes you'll sell at least 3333 copies. A $24 hardcover at a 12.5% royalty rate means each book sold earns $3 for the author. If you sell 3334 copies, or more, you've then earned out your advance, and each book you sell earns you another $3.

If you received a $10,000 advance for a mass-market paperback, your publisher hopes you'll sell at least 15625 copies. A $7.99 paperback at an 8% royalty rate means each book sold earns 64 cents for the author.

In each of these cases, you're going to have to sell a lot of books in order to break even. That means libraries have to buy a lot of copies, and as many bookstores as possible need to stock you on their shelves.

Big presses are very good at selling to libraries, and to bookstores. They have large marketing and sales departments, they make deals with large distributors, and they offer bookstores discounts and coop for ordering their titles.

In short, a large publisher gets your book out there, meaning you have the potential to sell a lot of copies.

But does that mean you should always go with a large press? Aren't there also disadvantages?

It's said that sometimes large presses are more hands-off in regard to authors. This hasn't been my experience, but we've all heard stories about authors who are picked up by a large press and then lost in the shuffle. Large presses publish a lot of books, and they might not spend a great deal of time or money promoting yours, or nurturing you as an author.

Small presses, on the other hand, often have a rep for being very involved with their author's careers. Calls and emails are immediately answered. Less money is involved, but a small press has higher stakes in a book succeeding, so there tends to be more communication, more collaboration.

Or not. Any press, no matter the size, can be terrific to work with, or a nightmare. And this is often on a case-by-case basis, as one author can love a particular press, while another loathes it.

Ultimately, because this is a business, it comes down to numbers.

Are there excellent small presses? Yes. I edited an anthology called These Guns For Hire, and it was published by Bleak House. They have a lot of clout in the mystery genre, and their distribution is good enough to get their books into the bookstores. The experience was great for me.

But there was a smaller print run, and a smaller marketing budget, which meant fewer sales.

If both a big press and a small press want your work, it's a no brainer. Go with the big press. You'll sell more books.

Are there exceptions? Sure. But do you want to base your career on exceptions, or go with the average rule?

I write horror. I love the small press horror market. I wrote a novella with Jeff Strand called Suckers for Delirium Books, and they're a great publisher to work with. I recently had a novella in Like a Chinese Tattoo, for Dark Arts Books. I've got a Jack Daniels novella, co-written with Henry Perez, in the Echelon Press anthology Missing.

I'd be happy to work with any of these publishers again. Not only that, but as a fan, I've got a few hundred small press novels on my bookshelf. I love small presses.

But ask any small press author what their dream is, and it's usually to be picked up by a large press, so they can get that large print run. After all, writers want to be read by as many people as possible. A limited print run of 500 is great, and nothing to look down your nose at. But a print run of 60,000 is better.

That's why agents always start by submitting to the largest publishers first. That's why some agents don't even bother submitting to small presses. This isn't snobbery. It's a numbers game. If an author's first book is sold to a small press, who prints 1000 copies, those numbers will forever be associated with that author. So when the agent tries to sell book #2 to a big press, that press will look at the author's prior sales figures, see small numbers, and take a pass.

Unfortunate, but true.

Leisure Books is an exception here. They take a lot of small press horror, and give it the big press treatment. But Leisure published only a few dozen books a year, many of them reprints from known authors. Your small press book getting picked up by Leisure has even longer odds than submitting to big presses in the first place.

So if you're an author, what should you do? Is it better to go with a small press, or not publish at all?

It comes down to your goals.

If your goal is to see your book in print, have a cult following, and be on some panels at writing conferences, then submit to a small press. Many of them are terrific, they'll do their best to sell your book, and you'll be a legitimately published author. You won't make a lot of money, but it is tremendously satisfying, and a lot of fun.

If you want to get into chain bookstores, or even better, non-bookstore outlets like Wal-Mart (non-bookstore outlets sell as many as 50% of all books), and perhaps make a living as a writer, then hold out for a big publisher. You'll sell more books.

Of course, I recommend listening to your agent (if your book is good enough to find a publisher, you should be able to find an agent.) I also recommend asking a lot of questions before signing any contract with any publisher. At the very least, talk to a writer who is with that publisher and pick their brain.

In the meantime, I'm heading over to and checking out some small press horror novels, because a lot of them rock.

Joe forum

Saturday, March 21, 2009

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great review

Review of Abandoned Towers Magazine

"Abandoned Towers head honcho Crystalwizard writes that there has been a total redesign of the website. The reason for the redesign were that a lot of the areas were not being visited..."

of Abyss' and Apex's

Rejectomancy in Haiku
wonderful!! an editorial by Wendy S. Delmater, Managing Editor of Abyss & Apex

read a review of Abyss & Apex in the article "Into The Abyss"
by Robert J. Santa" on

Firebrand Fiction

An excellent site, btw.

Sympathy for the Forgotten

Sympathy of the Forgotten, by Angeline Hawkes, is available at amazon

Symphony for the Forgotten is a devilish dish of delectable tales of historical horror. The stories run the gamut from the time of David and Goliath to near future twists on reality. Angeline Hawkes is an exciting new writer and accomplished storyteller. Read her now, because in a few years, everyone else will be. – Brian Keene, author of Terminal and City of the Dead.

# Paperback: 104 pages
# Publisher: Daverana Enterprises (December 18, 2008)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 0981662617
# ISBN-13: 978-0981662619
# Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.2 inches
Morrígan Books announces the official line up and cover for The Phantom Queen Awakes.
Release Date is 31 October 2009

Official Table of Contents
Rising Tide: Ruth Shelton
Kiss of the Morrígan: Anya Bast
I Guard Your Death: Lynne Lumsden Green
Gifts of the Morrígan: Donald Jacob Uitvlugt
Cairn Dancer: C. E. Murphy
Washerwoman: Jennifer Lawrence
The Raven's Curse: Sharon Kae Reamer
Ravens: Mari Ness
The Lass from Far Away: Katharine Kerr
The Trinket: Peter Bell
The Dying Gaul: Michael Bailey
The Children of Badb Catha: James Lecky
Plain of Pillars: L. J. Hayward
The Silver Branch: Linda Donahue
The Good and Faithful Servant: Martyn Taylor
White Heifer: T. A. Moore
She Who is Becoming: Elaine Cunningham

Extreme Sheepherding

Introducing Haxon

by Kenneth Mark Hoover

Do you night-walk? The people of Haxan do! Find out how in FIVE days!