New Releases!

It’s been an awfully long time since I’ve updated my Bibliography, and with several new releases just out or coming soon, I thought it high time to do so.

 

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Scales and Tales: Finding Forever Homes
I was very honored to have spent the last year editing the charity anthology Scales & Tales: Finding Forever Homes. This book benefits three local animal adoption programs, and was released as a limited edition of 500 print copies at Comic Con in San Diego. There will be a signing at Dark Delicacies in Burbank on August 28th, so please stop by and purchase a copy (or two!) and meet some of the terrific authors.

Los Angeles, CA William Wu Books 2016. First edition, limited to 500 numbered copies. Contains new stories by Tim Powers, Marv Wolfman, Lisa Morton, Jason V Brock, Sunni K Brock, William F. Nolan and more, including Clive Barker and Ray Bradbury. All proceeds benefit 3 adoption programs in Los Angeles: Southwestern Herpetologist Society, Kitt Crusaders, and Star Paws Rescue.

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“Eternal Valley”
In Cemetery Riots

In my short story, “Eternal Valley” a family relocates away from the city in order to help their sick son have a fighting chance. When he falls ill again, his father must make a journey to summon a doctor. On his way, he meets a mysterious woman who tells him of an entity in a lake that just might be able to help. Here’s the rest of the table of contents.

Imagine yourself in a cemetery. Void of all light at the base of a tree. But it’s no ordinary tree. This tree abounds with the dead. Now envision that each tree limb is a short story with its own vision, its own length of words, and its own insanity.With that said, beware of the widow makers and the strange foreboding dwelling beneath. Remember, nothing’s heavenly in Cemetery Riots. Cemetery Riots is a new collection of dark cautionary tales edited by T. C. Bennett and Tracy L. Carbone. With great pride, we introduce you to our stories and their authors… THE WAITING DEAD by Ray Garton, ABUSED by Richard Christian Matheson, CHILDREN’S HOUR by Hal Bodner, CARMICHAEL MOTEL by Kathryn E. McGee, THAT STILL, BLEEDING OBJECT OF DESIRE by Chet Williamson, LUNCH AT MOM’S by Tracy L. Carbone, FATHER AND SON by Jack Ketchum, THE DEMON OF SPITALFIELDS by Karen and Roxanne E. Dent, ERASURE by Lisa Morton, THE WINDOWS by T. C. Bennett, CERTAIN SIGHTS OF AN AFFLICATED WOMAN by Eric J. Guignard, THE MAN WHO KNEW WHAT TIME IT WAS by Dennis Etchison, THE RE-POSSESSED by James Dorr, CLOWN ON BLACK VELVET by Michael Sebastian, THE CELLAR by Kelly Kurtzhals, ETERNAL VALLEY by John Palisano, BLOOD by Taylor Grant, AMONG THE TIGERS by William F. Nolan, ALL OUR HEARTS ARE GHOSTS by Peter Atkins, THE ITCH by Michael D. Nye, and DRIVING HER HOME by John Everson.

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“Mulholland Moonshine”
In The Beauty of Death

It’s the turn of the century in old Hollywood. It’s a time when being gay was even more dangerous than it is today. Falling in love has always been dangerous, and transformative, so when the object of your affection invites you up into the hills for a camping trip, and leads you to a mysterious body of water, you drink, and to hell with the consequences!

The Beauty of Death Anthology, edited by Bram Stoker Award® Winning Author Alessandro Manzetti.

Over 40 stories and novellas by both contemporary masters of horror and exciting newcomers. Stories by: Peter Straub, Ramsey Campbell, Edward Lee, John Skipp, Poppy Z. Brite, Nick Mamatas, Shane McKenzie,Tim Waggoner, Lisa Morton, Gene O’Neill, Linda Addison, Maria Alexander, Monica O’Rourke, John Palisano, Bruce Boston, Alessandro Manzetti, Rena Mason, Kevin Lucia, Daniel Braum, Colleen Anderson,Thersa Matsuura, John F.D. Taff, James Dorr, Marge Simon, Stefano Fantelli, John Claude Smith, K. Trap Jones, Del Howison, Paolo Di Orazio, Ron Breznay, Mike Lester, Annie Neugebauer, Nicola Lombardi, JG Faherty, Kevin David Anderson, Erinn Kemper, Adrian Ludens, Luigi Musolino, Alexander Zelenyj, Daniele Bonfanti, Kathryn Ptacek, Simonetta Santamaria.
Cover Art by George Cotronis


COMING SOON! 
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In The Junk Merchants: A Literary Tribute to William S. Burroughs
(Coming Soon)

“The Space Between”
In My Peculiar Family
(Coming Soon)

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“Happy Joe’s Rest Stop” wins Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

I’m floored that “Happy Joe’s Rest Stop” from the anthology 18 Wheels of Horror, edited by Eric Miller, has won the Bram Stoker Award for Short Fiction. It was an amazing night—sitting at a table with R.L Stine, Tony Timpone and Anne Serling. Wow. Earlier in the evening I was honored to present Tim Waggoner with the very first Mentor of the Year Award. Tim’s been an amazing ally of mine the last several years, and has saved my sanity on a few occasions when dealing with the roller coaster world of publishing. I know: that seems ridiculous. Publishing? Isn’t that a bunch of old men in a room filled with cigar smoke, rare whisky, and rare editions bound in leather? Not at all. Every small victory is hard won. This was a big one.

With that? Here’s what I read after winning the award.

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The Bram Stoker Award is a beacon. It’s that neon sign on a rainy side street in an unfamiliar city, luring you into a dark and cozy bar. There’s a song on the jukebox played by Damian Walters … something about singing about your scars … at the bar Gene O’Neill can tell you all about the Algernon Effect over a coffee … where behind the bar Kate Jonez will tell you how you might change your luck if you ask for just the right drink … and where at the end of the bar you might be tempted to open Allyssa Wong’s small bottle with something dark inside whispering your name … and I’ll have a story for you, too … about a boy and his Dad who get separated by the embodiment of pure evil … but even that is not enough to sever the tie between them.

Thank you so much to everyone who read and voted for my story.

All these great stories are to be celebrated and sought out. Horror fiction is in such a huge renaissance right now that if I started reading my TBR pile now, I’d still never get through the sheer amount of amazing works being produced all over the spectrum: from literary, to matinee, to the weird, to the bizzaro: I love all of you and walk with you on the nighttime streets, listening for when the darkness talks back to us, and writing it down when we can.

Thank you to the many in our community who’ve helped me over the years: Lisa Morton, Gene O’Neill, Hal Bodner, Deborah LeBlanc, Joe Nassise, Gary Braunbeck,  Bentley Little, Tim Waggoner, Nancy Holder, John Everson, Joe McKinney, and everyone else, and especially the good folks of the Los Angeles Chapter, who continually inspire me.

Thanks to Eric Miller, the editor behind 18 Wheels of Horror, whose sure guidance shaped Happy Joe’s into the story it is today.

Thanks to my Dad and my mom and my brother, who have always supported their strange child through his many passions over the years.

Thanks to Fawn, who found my ghost heart and made it whole again. Your positive influence is nothing short of inspiring and continuously galvanizes me.

And all my love to Leonardo Gabriel. This one’s for you, Kiddo!

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18 Wheels of Horror on Amazon

Happy Joe’s Rest Stop wins Bram Stoker Award from Horror Society

2015 Bram Stoker Award Winners Full List

http://news.sys-con.com/node/3813621

 

 

“Splinterette” Nominated from Bram Stoker Award® in Short Fiction

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“Splinterette”
has made it to the Final Ballot of the Bram Stoker Awards® in Short Fiction. I’m very surprised, and I’ve got some amazing company, which is great, because now I’ll be able to enjoy to Stoker Awards without being afraid I’ll have to go up to the podium and say words like, “Honored,” and “Humbled”, and I can just do that here.

I share the category with Hal Bodner, Sydney Leigh, Usman T. Malik, whose “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family” is also up for a Nebula (WOW!), Rena Mason, and Damien Angelica Walters. They’ve all produced stellar work.

“Splinterette” is about a man who is lost in a whiteout only a short distance from his home, and is seemingly rescued by a creature made of branch and sharpened bark. To me, it’s very Lovecraftian. Your mileage may vary on that one. Others have mentioned it may be metaphoric about my last few years. The jokers!

The story will be available to read here for voting members until the ballots close in a few weeks. Thanks a mill for this, everyone. It means so much to be acknowledged by my peers in horror fiction in this way.

Also, “Splinterette” appeared in the WIDOWMAKERS anthology, benefitting James Newman, who was severely injured by an immense falling branch. All proceeds help James and his family during his recovery.

http://horror.org/final-ballot-bram-stoker-awards/

Splinterette PDF download

“Splinterette” makes the Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot

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“Splinterette” was selected for the Preliminary Ballot of the Bram Stoker Awards this year. I’m thrilled. There are so many wonderful works on the ballot this year. The field of horror literature is filled with so many fantastic stories. I love it, and am honored to be among those stories chosen. “Splinterette” originally appeared in the charity anthology WIDOWMAKERS, benefitting author James Newman, and edited by Peter Kahle. Please consider purchasing a copy to help out James and his family. Oddly, “Splinterette” is a story about a rather ominous tree creature, and James had an unfortunate encounter with a massive falling branch that hospitalized him. The story was written in Cupertino, California, during a rare cold spell. I don’t wish to speak too much more about it, and would rather it unfold before you, just like Splinterette’s branches…

You can read it here by clicking the SPLINTERETTE PDF link! Thank you!

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“The Geminis” makes Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot

Quite thrilled and surprised to learn, “The Geminis”, my story in Chiral Mad 2, has made the Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot in the short fiction category. The story is a Lovecraftian tale about a man and woman who make music together, who are in love, but do not act on it. The music they create seems to pacify some rather nasty things that lie dormant in the mountain they live on. I always kid that, if I had to pitch this, I’d say it’s, “putting the ‘love’ into ‘Lovecraft’.” Below? A picture that was taken near where the story takes place, and that captures how darkness can eclipse the sun if you look just right.

Hat’s off to editor Michael Bailey, who urged me along and took the story for Chiral Mad 2.

http://www.horror.org/stokers2014/stokers.html

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“A River of Blood, Carried into the Abyss” to appear in BLOOD TYPE

“A River of Blood, Carried into the Abyss” has been selected to appear in BLOOD TYPE: An Anthology of Vampire SF on the Cutting Edge, edited by Robert S. Wilson. All proceeds will be donated to Cystic Fibrosis. Appears the anthology will be out in June 2013, in time for the Bram Stoker Awards in New Orleans. “A River of Blood, Carried into the Abyss” tells the story of Galaday Red, a scientist adrift on a ship in low orbit, as he watches the world slowly die below. He’d found a cure, only it caused him to live much longer, by feeding from the filtered blood of his sleeping crew mates. Only one of them has woken, and they’re none to happy about it.

Here’s the Facebook page for the anthology: https://www.facebook.com/Bloodtypeanthology?fref=ts

I love this cover art.

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13 & 1/2 Things You Didn’t Know About Jeremy C. Shipp

Here’s a little fun thing Jeremy C. Shipp has given to us. Instead of the usual Q & A interview, we’re trying something a little bit different here. Enjoy. And be sure to check out Jeremy’s writing. It’s a lot of fun.

 

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13 & 1/2 Things You Didn’t Know About Jeremy C. Shipp

 

1. Everything I know about the past and future I learned from the Flintstones and the Jetsons.

 

2. My shoe size is 9.5. My elf shoe size is 12 twinkles. But in truth I don’t often wear shoes. I’m like a Hobbit, only my feet are hairier and I’m less likely to go on adventures.

 

3. The “C” in Jeremy C. Shipp stands for one of these words: Curmudgeon, Calvin, Christopher, Cacodaemon, Crispy, Cookie, Cullen, Crabapple, Chubasco.

 

4. I live in a semi-haunted Victorian farmhouse full of lazy ghosts who won’t even help me with the dishes.

 

5. None of my toes have much of a personality, except for the middle toe on my right foot. His name is Roy. He speaks in riddles and he sings like the toe of an angel.

 

6. My first memory is the memory of a nightmare about a monster.

 

7. The clowns in my attic look a lot like me, but I don’t know why.

 

8. When I was in 4th grade, I wrote my first short story. The tale is about UFOs and aliens and a planet called “Bad,” where good things go bad and bad things get worse. I have visited this planet on a few occasions, and let me tell you, it’s not much fun.

 

9. I believe in unicorns, but they don’t believe in me.

 

10. In my opinion, the meaning of life is to get so wrapped up in living that you don’t care about the meaning anymore. Oh, and the meaning of life is also French fries.

 

11. I love talking dogs, but not the racist ones.

 

12. Years ago, I found a parrot on the street and nursed him back to health. As soon as he regained his strength, he laughed like a mad clown and knocked over his food dish. Then he flew behind me and bit the back of my neck, again and again. I don’t blame him. The back of my neck is a jerk.

 

13. I am, in fact, a giant yard gnome. I have lived so long among humans, I often forget that I’m not one of you. More often than not, I eat human French fries and I wear human T-shirts. However, on the gnomic holidays, I wear the traditional pointy red cap with pride.

 

13.5. You’re not going to believe this, but in my spare time, I like to wrap myself in–

 

http://www.jeremycshipp.com

Free stories: http://jeremycshipp.wordpress.com/free-stories/

Books: http://www.amazon.com/Jeremy-C.-Shipp/e/B002BM34KS

Chain Interview


The great Lisa Morton tagged me with the following questions for a chain interview. And because I am now ‘It’ I’m going to talk about myself while chasing you around the yard until I smack your back. Until then:

1) What is the working title of your next book?

A novella: The BiPolar Express. And that’s a pretty solid title at this point. Not gonna change, as the art’s already done and done-r.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

Diagnosed with being BiPolar as a young man, and going through the many ups and downs it brings, finding a way to express my experience through my art just felt right. My son Leo loves the kid’s book The Polar Express and making a fun version of that story shot into my head like a bolt of lightning while sipping a nice tall whisky at the Frolic Room one evening.

3) What genre does your book fall under?

Bizzarro Comedy Satire.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Unknowns would be best. Although the part of Manic Claus could be really fun for a well-known actor. I pictured a coked-out Kevin Spacey when writing him.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A young man is given a Golden Prescription to ride to the Middle Pole on Christmas Eve to meet Manic Claus, who has an extra special pill for one lucky winner.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I don’t have an agent yet, so this was self-repped and is coming out next year (2013) from Dog Horn Press in the U.K., which is really neat. I had two stories in Terror Scribes, so that’s how our friendship began.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

About a month, with ongoing tweaks.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

It’s a send-up, but it’s also a deeply serious commentary on how over-medicated we’ve become. Everyone’s being diagnosed with something, which is sickening. People going through normal things in life, like deaths, break-ups, disappointments…they’re being medicated to oblivion. The BiPolar Express comments on that through what I’m hoping is humor.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My experience with the medical community and how over-medicated my body was. Instead of writing scathing indictments, which isn’t my area of expertise, I thought I’d try humor and horror and have a little romp. This is a departure for me in style, as I’ve done a lot of very serious horror up until now. Sure hoping people enjoy it.

What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

As light as it seems on the surface, a lot of work was done to simplify the text so it would read more like a book for young adults. Also: I wrote a song specifically for the story: “I’m So Glad (The World’s Sad)” which was pure joy. Ho Ho Ho.

 http://doghornpublishing.com

Artwork by the super talented Vikki Hastings…an honor having her create this…and here’s a sneak peak.

And here are the links to the other authors participating in this round robin, chain interview:

Lisa Morton
http://cinriter.livejournal.com/

Brad C. Hodson
http://brad-hodson.com/2012/11/15/round-robin-interview/

Greg Chapman
http://darkscrybe.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/the-next-big-thing.html

Gary Fry
http://www.gary-fry.com/

Welcome to ‘Dungeon Brain’

Today I’m interviewing author Benjamin Kane Ethridge about his new book DUNGEON BRAIN. To me, it’s one of his wildest books to date, and this coming from the person who won a Bram Stoker award for his fantastic first novel BLACK & ORANGE. Please, if you enjoy this, click on the links below and grab some of Ben’s stellar works.

1. What was the first story you remember reading? Does it still influence you today? 

I remember “The Marvelous Land of Oz,” which included different hero characters than “The Wizard of Oz” and it always intrigued me how I didn’t mind at all—considering how much I loved the characters from the first novel. I was blown away, barring some returning characters like the Scarecrow and Tin Man, by how these new characters, the boy Tip and the evil witch Mombi, could be put in a sequel and the story still wasn’t a let-down. Even at a young age I had certain expectations of my return trip to Oz and it was amazing to me that I didn’t need to meet those expectations to be thoroughly entertained and consumed with the story. Of course, I was probably alone in this because Frank Baum brought Dorothy back into the mix for the next four books and in subsequent books down the road. I was influenced by all these tales though, but particularly “The Marvelous Land of Oz” because I gained awareness that some stories didn’t have to follow the same rules every time.

2. If the world ends tomorrow, would you be happy? Why? 

No. I have more stories to tell, but more importantly, my children have their lives ahead of them. I’d like to witness those lives unfold. Now, have I lived a good life? Definitely. But there’s still too much growing left to do. Happiness upon imminent death will need to occur at another time!

3. You’re walking with friends along a street in broad daylight. Everything is just perfect, until you see a group of kids ganging up on another one and beating him. What would you do? 

I’d call the police. I’ve broken up fights before and that’s a bad position to be in; the peacekeeper is normally the person who gets his or her ass kicked the most. I recall being soundly punched by both the bully and the victim while intervening in a fight that broke out in a high school classroom. So yeah, I’d get the cops involved. That’s their speciality.

4. Is it true that everything a person does in life has to center around the sexual impulse and procreation? 

Yes. The buried, panting animal of my subconscious hopes someone reading this interview is thinking, “Oh, I’ve just got to mate with this guy!”

5. Are you opposed to eating dog or cat meat? It is common in other cultures. Does the thought revolt you? 

If I was part of those other cultures, it wouldn’t bother me I’m sure. Otherwise, I couldn’t bring myself to eat Fido or Fluffy. Weird thing is, I wouldn’t be grossed out if someone else did it right in front of me. Meat is meat is meat. I just have too many memories of my pets that would prevent me from enjoying those two species without some measure of remorse.

6. ‘Dungeon Brain’ is quite an intriguing, twisted story. Can you enlighten us about its creation?

I woke up one morning with Metallica’s song ONE in my head. I had black and white images of war still in my memory from a dream I couldn’t quite recall. I began to jot down notes about what I believed the dream could have been about. That’s where DUNGEON BRAIN manifested from.

7. What is your writing area like? Details, please. Desk with a computer? What kind of computer? What programs do you use? Do you write by hand? A certain time of day? 

Writing area. Beware! These parts are cluttered and dusty. Since I’ve become a novelist, I’ve been horrible at keeping anything in order. Just above my keyboard, in the general desk area: various pens, pencils, flash drives, a never-used candle, a shot-glass, post-it notes, business cards, cough drops, paper clips, a few wrist watches with dead batteries, some Oral B Satin dental floss (in the container, I’m not that dirty), Altoids, and a series of USB cables I can’t part with yet. I also have a writer’s lamp with a green glass shade and a fake gold stand; stylish beyond reason, I know. At the level of my eyes sits a Sony Vaio All-In-One computer, with a Windows Vista 64-bit OS, and Microsoft Word my devil of choice. It does everything I need it to do. My only complaint is I have no idea how I would go about modifying my computer like I used to with my tower desktops. However, I’ve been happy with the performance so hopefully no mods will ever be required. On the act itself: I seldom write by hand, but I enjoy it when the occasion strikes me. I usually write very early or very late at night, and I almost always write on my lunch breaks at work.

 8. You’ve just received an unlimited check. What’s the first thing you do? 

Buy all media (radio, tv, internet, movies, newspapers, etc). I would refuse to let political functions advertise anything misleading. And since I’d have some power now, I’d say that any lies circulated for the express purpose of gaining an elected position would be cause for everlasting dismissal from the political process. I’m sick of people buying into lies without investigating the facts. It’s depressing and dangerous and as long as money is involved, it is permanent.

 9. One of the biggest fans of your work happens to knock on your door. Do you answer? What happens next? 

Sure I would answer and I would have that person start up a fan club. Hopefully they are a go-getter and can spread the good word. This is all after I stop weeping on his/her shoulder, of course.

 10. What can we look forward to you in the near future? 

NIGHTMARE BALLAD, the beginning of a trilogy from Journal Stone books. Should be arriving in February 2013. And later in the year, next Halloween in fact, will be my latest Black & Orange book, entitled NOMADS.

11. Where can we find Ben online/offline/upline/downline?

Thank you for these unique and entertaining questions John. I appreciate you having me! Below are some sites where you can check out my work online. Offline, you’d have to live in Rancho Cucamonga and have a very loud voice. Upline, my info is printed on the hook in the fish’s mouth. Downline, the fisherman has all my details tattooed on his hands, which was a silly impulsive thing he did because he thought it would get him laid. That, and trying to catch the biggest fish in the lake, all in the name of increasing his odds at procreation. What a spaz.

www.bkethridge.com

Amazon author site: www.amazon.com/author/benjaminethridge

Twitter: @bkethridge

NERVES now available!

My latest novel NERVES is now available!

NERVES is now available for Pre-Order directly from the Bad Moon books website. This is very exciting!

http://www.badmoonbooks.com/product.php?productid=2971&cat=0&page=1

Here’s some blurbs:

“Inventive dark fantasy from a fresh talent. Action, horror, and high emotional stakes make this a winner.”

–Scott Nicholson, author of The Red Church

 

John Palisano’s novel, NERVES, is a unique montage of fantasy and horror and a breath of fresh air in either genre. His characters are rich and memorable, the suspense never-ending, and the story has more twists and turns than a Louisiana bayou. This book won’t be collecting dust on your nightstand!

—Deborah LeBlanc, author of The Wolven–

 

“Think X-Men meets Lovecraft, and you have a taste of the action-packed bizarre and fascinating world that lives behind NERVES, and its dark tale of life-givers, death-bringers, and the balance that must be struck between them…and who will pay that price in that bargain.”

–John Everson, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Siren and The Pumpkin Man

 

“John Palisano continues his trend of engaging and visionary fiction. NERVES is dark fantasy at its most powerful, with broad, mature strokes of writing, and an insanely good cast of characters. Highly recommended.”

–Rio Youers, author of Old Man Scratch and End Times.

 

“NERVES is a pure work of genius. From the very first page, John Palisano lures you into a bizarre and twisted world of dark magic where anything is possible. Gripping and unrelenting NERVES will leave you on the edge of your seat.”

–Gabrielle Faust, Author of ETERNAL VIGILANCE and REVENGE