Edward Lorn’s 5 Top Reads for Halloween

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E. J. Wesley’s Top 5 Reads for Halloween

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1) Cycle of the Werewolf – Stephen King: First horror story I ever read. (Think I was 14…) Lost a lot of sleep over that one, and thinking about it still takes me back to the nervous feeling I’d get around Halloween as a kid.

2) The Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling: You could always count on there being a good Halloween scene, and these books really capture the funner aspects of the holiday for me. (Friends, adventure, candy, etc.)

3) Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury: Man, is there anything scarier than carnies? lol Perfect example of a child’s fears realized by an adult’s perspective.

4) The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman: A book that is dark in the way only a child’s world can sometimes be dark. This one truly captures the spookier (less scary) side of the season, I think.

5) Pet Cemetery – Stephen King: Easily the story that has frightened and disturbed me the most over the years. Clearly, there is something fundamentally wrong with the concept of bringing back people we love from the dead, but it’s something I think many of us would seriously consider if given the chance. King makes us pay for the decision BEFORE we can put it into practice.

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Paul D. Brazill’s 5 Top Reads For Halloween

Top 5 Reads For Halloween

When picking out five horror reads for Halloween, the temptation is, of course, to dig up the classics but I’m more interested in what’s walking the earth here and now, to be honest. So here are five modern horror books that I’ve taken a fancy to over the last couple of years.

High Moor by Graham Reynolds

Graeme Reynold’s gripping debut novel, High Moor, is the story of people struggling to survive.

The action kicks off – and ends – in 2008, but the bulk of High Moor takes places in a small town in the north of England, in 1986. The town, the eponymous High Moor, is in decline after Margaret Thatcher’s government has given it a good kicking.

John, Michael and David are schoolboys trying to survive the assaults of Malcolm, the local bully, and his cronies.

Davey and Michael are also trying to survive living with a violent and drunken father.

And then the stakes are raised even higher when a werewolf attacks.

High Moor is a true page turner. A gritty, social-realist horror novel and a coming-of-age story that is full of down to earth and likeable characters.

The pacing is great and the lives of the people living in High Moor is accurately and dispassionately portrayed.

Blood Crimes by Dave Zeltserman

Let’s face it; most vampires are big girl’s blouses. If Tom Cruise in `Interview With A Vampire’ is anything to go by then the typical vampire is about as scary as Adam Ant’s `Dandy Highwayman’.

But there’s nothing of the New Romantic about the vampires in Dave Zeltserman’s `Blood Crimes’. These are hard rocking creatures of the night. Indeed, the book kicks off with our heroes ,Jim and Carol, driving along an archetypal American highway listening to The Doors `Riders On The Storm’. This sets the tone of ‘Blood Crimes’ perfectly although there’s more than one `killer on the road’ in this hardboiled take on the vampire legend.

Jim and Clara are classic noir lovers on the run, like those in They Drive By Night, Theives Like Us, Badlands and Natural Born Killers. They’re trying to escape from Serena – a rich, vampire femme fatale – and Metcalf – an ex CIA hit man who performs experiments on vampires in an underground laboratory. Throw a world weary Private Eye and a biker gang into the mix and you have a really well written, blood splattered and very cinematic page turner that fans of From Dusk Till Dawn and Near Dark will love. And not a lavender fop in sight!

Paskagankee by Allan Leverone

Chief Mike McMahon is a big city cop living -in self-imposed exile -in the small town of Paskagankee, with a the shadow of a past tragedy hanging over him.

Sharon Dupont is a rookie cop who is unhappily forced to return to her home town after a liberating stint at the FBI Training Academy.

Professor Kenneth Dye is a soused, English academic, whose reputation was mangled after he published a conversational book on Native American folklore.

These three disparate individuals are thrown together after the town of Paskagankee is struck by a series of strange and gruesome murders.

Allan Leverone’s Paskagankee is a perfectly paced and hard hitting supernatural thriller that you will breathlessly race through and will leave you gasping for its sequel, Revenant.

Ill At Ease by Mark West, Neil Williams and Stephen Bacon

Ill At Ease by Mark West, Neil Williams and Stephen Bacon comes with the tag-line ‘Three New Stories Of The Macabre’, which is an accurate enough description but doesn’t really do justice to this cracking collection of urban horror stories.

In Stephen Bacon’s chilling ‘Waiting For Josh’, a successful London journalist returns to his home town to spend time with a dying friend. Guilt, disappointment, shame, dread and the ghosts of the past all haunt this wonderfully written story.

And more supposedly long buried secrets also crawl to the surface in Mark West’s vivid ‘Come See My House In The Pretty Town.’ Old friends make contact through Facebook -a nice touch -and have a reunion in an idyllic, quintessentially English village, complete with a country fair, which isn’t quite what it seems.

The last story in this far-too-short collection is ‘Closer Than You Think’ by Neil Williams, who is also responsible for the smashing cover. A dark cloud hovers over this gripping story which starts off with the mundane incident of someone picking up something discarded at a rubbish dump.

In fact, it’s the mundanity of the settings, combined with the masterful writing, that gives this marvellous collection a palpable sense of the ominous.

The characters in ill at ease are all very real and living recognizable lives of quiet, and mostly dull, domesticity. Until something happens that pulls so hard on the threads of their lives that the whole bloody thing unravels.

Ill at ease is a highly recommended collection containing three splendid examples of modern, British storytelling.

The Dead Man vol. 1 by Lee Goldberg, William Rabkin and James Daniels

The Dead Man : Face Of Evil is the first volume of this whipcracking cliff-hanger horror /thriller serial from Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin, with stories from many other cracking writers too.

Our hero, Matthew Cahill, is a widower who spends a lot of his time and energy taking care of his self-destructive friend Andy. After they both lose their jobs, Cahill goes away on a skiing trip with a potential love interest. But there’s an avalanche and Cahill is killed. However, three months later Cahill’s body is found and he is miraculously brought back to life with a mysterious supernatural gift.

In Ring Of Knives, Cahill heads off to a mental institution to find a patient who may be able to shed some light on his affliction.

But all is not as it seems and Cahill is quickly pumped with a heavy dose of intrigue and pulse pounding action.

In the third story, Hell In Heaven , Cahill ends up in a town called Heaven which seems like it was trapped in amber in another century. But, of course, all is not as it seems and Cahill is once again caught up in the war between good and evil.

The Dead Man is a splendid series and is super rush of a read with plenty of sharp twists and turns. Later volumes are also well worth your time.

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Halloween Season For Horror Writers: The List Of Who’s Accepting

Well it’s that time again. Halloween is around the corner and publications love to get horror anthologies, stories, and novels out before and around the Halloween season. So here’s a quick rundown of places that are accepting.

Less than 4000 word

AKAQ Deadline: Oct. 10th

Arcane 2 Deadline: Sept. 30th

ATOMIC AGE CTHULHU Deadline: Oct 1st

Blood and Roses Deadline: Oct 31st

Brief Grislys Deadline: unknown

Dead North Deadline: Sept 30th

Paranormal Horror – an anthology Deadline: unknown

Grave Robbers Deadline: unknown

Tortured Souls Vol. 1 Deadline: Sept 30th

Year’s End Deadline: Oct 15th

Zombie Lockdown Deadline: Oct. 30th

Zombies VS Werewolves Deadline: Sept. 15th

4000+ word

Bellows of the Bone Box Deadline: (steampunk horror)Sept 17th

Dark Visions Deadline: Dec 21st

Mental Ward: Stories from the Asylum Deadline: Oct. 15th

Ten Terrors (anthology series) Deadline: unknown

Urban Occult Weird/Horror Anthology Deadline: Nov. 1st

If you know of any others, let me know. 🙂

-L. Vera

AKAQ Looking for Halloween Submissions

Theme: “Halloween Story” I want five pieces to be put on “The Wall” the week of Halloween. Anything ghostly, supernatural or just plain full of horror, will be chosen.

Deadline: October 10th, 2012

Multiple Submissions: Not accepted.

Simultaneous Submissions: Accepted.

Reprints: Accepted

Word Count: less than 1000.

Pay: Publishing credit on “The Wall”.

Format: I strongly encourage .mobi, so I can read it on my kindle; but will take .doc or .docx.

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“Halloween of Horrors” Call for Submissions

Publication: Prose By Design

Theme: “Halloween or horror”

Word count: 5000-25,000

Genre: Horror.

Multiple Submission are accepted.

No Reprints.

Due: July 31st, 2012

Payment: Pays 50% of profit divided evenly between authors.

The length seems kinda too long for me. I might have something decent to submit, but doubt I’ll haveanything. The pay also seems a bit on the lame price, of course it’s gotta sell at least one copy per author divided by two. So that would be 12 cents if they sell it for 99 cents. Eitherway, its a publishing credit and a whiff of some loose change, unless they have a great marketing strategy I’m not aware of. So good luck. 🙂