Books

Robert E. Dunn Discusses “Motorman”

By Jay Kay

The love of the car culture, movie monsters, music, long drives to the middle of nowhere, a beautiful woman or… women all are connected to different parts of our lives. For author Robert E. Dunn, his latest book on the “Necro Publishing” house brings all these elements together in a trippy, dangerous, and dream like purgatory that one man named Johnny Burris must motor through facing his destiny as attraction sits heavy in the air, the blue lights shine above and monsters are the norm within this lost town. Robert took some time out to talk about one of his latest works and the impact being an army brat had on him, fast cars as well as music in writing. read more

Tales from the Darkside: Scripts by Joe Hill in October

From IDW Publishing.

The storied history of Tales From The Darkside winds ever darker and weirder with this collection of scripts by Joe Hill from the never-broadcast 2015 television reboot. TV’s loss is your gain as these all-new tales break out of the shadows and spring to vivid life at Hill’s command, accompanied by striking illustrations provided by Charles Paul Wilson III (Wraith). Fans of horror, Darkside, and Hill will not be disappointed.

Written Joe Hill and art by Charles Paul Wilson III. read more

“Vicki Beautiful”-Review & Insight with Author Somer Canon

By: Jay Kay

“Vicki Beautiful”-Review & Insight with Author Somer Canon

“A lot of this was personal. I took from a lot of experiences. Something that always stayed with me is how little we do with our loved ones. We expect someone else to handle the details.” – Somer Canon

Dreams are powerful visions of our emotions, fears, beliefs, goals and fantasies. When we dream, many sift through our mind like sand returning to an endless beach. Very rarely do we have a dream that sticks with us, inspires us and twists the way we think about our life and mortality. For Somer Canon, it all began with a lasting and morbid dream surrounding a dinner party and the realization that the host turned out to be a macabre yet beautiful entree on her plate. Chilling isn’t it? Canon’s dream helped to spark the idea for what would be “Vicki Beautiful”. “It stayed with me for days. I sat down finally one day and wrote Vicki’s letter to her friends.” That letter as well as suffering from insomnia and crazy dreams for quite a while help to craft and cultivate the idea. Canon discussed this during her appearance on “The Horror Happens Radio Show” about her mindset for her debut novel this past April. This was also one of the last books published through the now defunct “Samhain Publishing”. read more

“Desolation”- Blood and Pain in the Endless Snow

By Jay Kay

 

“Desolation”- Blood and Pain in the Endless Snow 

 

Author: Kristopher Rufty

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

 

“Desolation was an idea I had since 2006. Actually, I woke up from a dream and in the dream I was watching a movie and it was Desolation. It seemed so real.”

 

 

Often times life imitates art. We struggle, we celebrate, we deal with wrong doings and we battle what is inside of us. Most people have a darkness in them that we never see, a darkness and a sense of loss that is kept at bay through therapy, family, vice and more. Each of us are different in how we deal with personal pain and events that shape our life. For author Kristopher Rufty, his latest “Samhain Publishing” novel “Desolation” goes deep. “When I started out with “Desolation”, it did not set out to be my most personal book but it did become that. Each character in Desolation has a little bit of me in each one.” read more

Lisa Morton Talks Horror Books and StokerCon

Interview by: Jay Kay

To talk horror writing, the name Lisa Morton is at the top of everyone list including readers, fans, peers, critics and what goes bump in the night! A six time “Bram Stoker Award” winner as well as a recipient of the “Black Quill Award” and a winner of the 2012 Grand Prize from the “Halloween Book Festival”! Lisa started her career as a screenwriter and has completed dozens stories for anthologies, magazines and collections over her distinctive career as well as being a celebrated non-fiction writer with nearly 40 book credits to her name (look them up on http://amazon.com). A legend in the field, a mentor to many, an authority on Halloween and one of the celebrated voices talking about this years “Stokercon” coming up May 12-15 with me Jay Kay. We were lucky enough to grab Lisa for a few minutes to chat about this event and the impact it has. read more

Horror Children Books that Educate and Scare: 2 Tales that Bridge Horror and Kids

By: Jay Kay

 

As an educator, as well as a horror journalist, I am always looking for filmmakers, authors and artists who can create viable material to help educate children of different ages as well as introduce horror that keeps these younger fans a part of the dysfunctional family. In two completely different states (Texas and Connecticut) at two very different horror conventions (Texas Frightmare Weekend and CT Horrorfest) and discussing two different topics of child safety, I came upon just that! I came upon it in the storybooks “One Creepy Street: The Spider on the Web” by Lee Jordan and “Spooky Train” by Dan Loubier and Brian J. Orlowski. read more

Dark Regions Press Releases ‘Chiral Mad 3’ Featuring Stephen King, Jack Ketchum, Chuck Palahniuk & More!

The first Dark Regions Press book to contain a story by Stephen King, Chiral Mad 3 is here on both DarkRegions.com and Amazon in ebook, trade paperback and deluxe signed hardcover formats!

The third act in the critically-acclaimed series by Written Backwards is a symmetrically-structured anthology of psychological horror by Bram Stoker Award nominated editor Michael Bailey, whose previous anthologies include The Library of the Dead, Qualia Nous and Pellucid Lunacy. The anthology contains 45 illustrations by Glenn Chadbourne, over 20 stories by the likes of Stephen King, Jack Ketchum, Ramsey Campbell, Gary A. Braunbeck, Mort Castle, Josh Malerman, Scott Edelman, Richard Thomas, Richard Chizmar and Gene O’Neill,  and with 20 intertwined poems by the likes of Elizabeth Massie, Marge Simon, Bruce Boston, Erik T. Johnson, Stephanie M. Wytovich, and also includes an introduction by the extraordinary Chuck Palahniuk. read more

Best Horror Reads of 2015

By Jay Kay

 

Best Horror Reads of 2015 

 

This past year, I was very lucky to be able to talk live with so many brilliant and creative personalities on my weekly horror radio show, THE HORROR HAPPENS RADIO SHOW. I wanted to pay tribute to a group of specific books and authors that I connected with. Minds and dark spirits that took horror down new twisted paths, brought us on personal journeys, and really sparked something in listeners of their conversations. 

This list contains books that were part of the show in 2015 including subjects of discussions, reviews, and/or the focus of guest conversations on the show live. These seven books made an impact on many levels and with many people! Check them out and enjoy the dark corners of horror literature.  Happy reading and enjoy some of my favorite horror books of this past year…  read more

HWA Announces Contribution to Nonprofit Literacy Organization

 

HWA Announces Contribution to Nonprofit Literacy Organization

 

Los Angeles, CA — The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, today announced a donation to Literacy, Inc., a Louisiana-based nonprofit dedicated to reducing the illiteracy rate in the United States.

 

The contribution of $5,000 was made possible by funds the HWA receives from the Authors Coalition of America LLC, an association of twenty-two independent authors’ organizations that focuses on repatriating foreign non-title specific royalty payments for American works photocopied abroad. read more

Pus Junkies – Book Review

By: Jay Kay

 

Pus Junkies – Book Review

 

Author: Shane McKenzie

Publisher: Eraserhead Press

 

Imagine your high school years for a moment? The aspect of acceptance, dating, studies, peer pressure and of course adolescence. We all have stories that make us shake our head on what we did during those four years molding us into the people we are today. Memories of our classes, dances, pep rallies, study halls and more flood our minds as we move through life. For author Shane McKenzie, those times imprinted the angst and uncomfortable feel of higher education on his already demented soul. These times are his playground in the spiral of horror literature entitled PUS JUNKIES. read more