Tags: horror


Dark vs. Light

Today I had lunch with a woman who is putting together the Metaphysical Film Festival in Santa Fe in September.  She's an interesting woman and is currently on her way to India.

Anyway, she asked me if I would be interested in being on a panel that talks about how horror can be spiritual -- how the dark is just as important as the light.  This came from a conversation where I mention that writing horror was just the flip side of writing Touched By An Angel.  In touched we approached a subject from the light side.  In horror I approach the same subject from the dark side.  In the end, the moral is the same.

So many people think of horror as splatter with no substance.  Even splatterpunks like David Schow have real substance and messages to their work.  But people who don't really read horror have so many misconceptions about what horror is.

So, it will be interesting to be at a metaphysical film festival proposing that the dark can be good too.  

Oh, and Shirley McClane is supposed to be there as well.  Think she'll be on that panel?

Wiscon Report

There were several highpoints.  First was seeing my regular roommates Deb Taber and Bob Angell.  We are all very sleep deprived since the entire weekend was about talking until 4 AM.  But I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

The second was seeing all my other Carion West 2004 classmates -- (plus Charlie Allery who we stole from 2003).  Next all the other Clarion people too numerous to name.

For me the programming highlight was being on the "That Doesn't Scare Me Anymore" panel with Kelly Link, Stephen Segal (Weird Tales) and Gary Braunbeck (editor and horror writer).  Nick Mamatas was also supposed to be there but had to leave early.  It was a great panel, a great discussion on the state of horror.  Have you seen the new Weird Tales?  If not, find a copy.  Stephen is the art director (as well as an editor) and has changed the cover to reflect the changing world of horror.  It's really terrific.  The content remains the same excellent combination of horror fantasy and the just plain weird.

I read with Greer Woodward, Bob Angell, Deb Taber, and Charlie Allery.  Our reading was called "A Night At The Gauntlet" -- we had a shared setting with a few shared charaters.  The restuarant was based on the Buggy Whip Restaurant on La Tierja in Westchester.  When you walk in, it's like walking into another era when beehive hair was the fad and Liberace wowed the crowds.  It was a great setting and the stories encompassed the past, the present and the future -- spanning fantasy, paranormal romance and science fiction.  It was a great time -- although the reading slot sucked being Monday at 10:00 am.  Many people already departed and we were all terribly sleep deprived.  Still it went well.


Check out Publisher's Weekly

Last night I signed on to this e-mail from Del Howison, editor of "Dark Delicacies" and owner of the bookstore of the same name:

"Congrats on being mentioned in this weeks Publisher's Weekly review of the
new Stephen Jones anthology"

So of course I had to check it out at http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6443840.html?industryid=47159

"If the essence of the horror tale is a confrontation with the alien, then what better way to express it than in stories that chronicle the unsettling experiences of characters traveling in unfamiliar lands. Anthologist supreme Jones (The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror) mixes 20 stories old and new by some of horror's best and brightest, and the result is a travelogue of terror whose contents span the globe. In Basil Copper's elegant "The Cave," a vacationer's walking tour in Austria leads him to a monster of legend. D. Lynn Smith's eerie "Charnel House" tells of an English woman whose quest for "spiritual revelation" in Egypt plunges her into occult mysteries. Ramsey Campbell mixes humor and horror in "Seeing the World," wherein a man's neighbors bring something terrible back from their vacation in Italy. These and stories by Dennis Etchison, Glen Hirshberg, Clive Barker and others so effectively convey their themes that readers are advised not to bring this book with them on vacation."

Whoo hoo!  What a great way to take off for Wiscon. 



Holy Horrors

Well, I got a rejection from Holy Horrors. At least it was a nice one...

"We found it interesting and even daring in its unique premise, but it just doesn't have a thematic place in the anthology as it's begun to shape up over time."

So it's back out to other markets. Actually it is at Cemetary Dance. Yes, Holy Horrors didn't take simultaneous submissions but CD does. I sent it to CD first -- 7 months ago. So maybe I'll be hearing from them soon? I have other markets in the que if CD rejects it as well.

Glad to have the news about Hot Blood so this didn't make me too depressed. Also Steve Jones e-mailed that he sent me a check for "The Charnel House" so that also bouys me.

Well, back to unpacking boxes. Oh, did I mention that I moved halfway across the country so that Paul and I are now living in the same place?

Hot Blood 13 - Dark Passions

Follow this link and you'll see the cover for the new Hot Blood anthology, due out in October, and the table of contents:


I had to e-mail Jeff and Michael to confirm the table of contents and it's official, the lead story is my own "A Building Desire". Michael wrote, "I've developed a new fear of hammers!" Cool.

Armadillo Con

This is a first for me. I just got an invitation to attend Armadillo Con and participate in their programming. They offer free membership to me and a reduced rate for Paul, and I'll be expected to participate in 3 programming events. I can do that.

I'm actually quite excited by this invitation. It's amazing they even know who I am. So I'll be adding Armadillo Con to my convention list. I was going to go to World Horror as well, but Paul and I are moving this month and so I had to cancel. That leaves World Fantasy and Wiscon.

Since 'Summer Chills' comes out in May and the paperback of 'Dark Delicacies' in August, I'll have some books to talk about. 'Hot Blood 13' doesn't come out until October -- but that could mean that I'll have three stories circulating by World Fantasy. And I still haven't heard from 'Holy Horrors' so I'm hoping that's good news.

In the meantime I'm working on the screenplay for the short film I'm producing. We're looking to sign an animation director this week.

What a wonderful, beautiful day!

Dark Delicacies

I just came back from a Dark Shadows signing at the Dark Delicacies Bookstore. Lara Parker and Katherine Leigh Scott were in attendance. I got to know them both when I worked for Dan Curtis. And I have an acknowledgement in Lara's Dark Sahdows novel, "The Salem Branch".

Del Howison, the owner of the book story and co-editor of the Dark Delicacies anthology, pulled me into his office and showed me this?


Or if you can't cut and past from that, go to Amazon.com, do a search for Dark Delicacies and along with the hard back and trade paperback you'll see the new, very cool cover for the mass paperback that will be released this August. Just as exciting is the fact that the first three pages of the book are the stellar reviews we received (along with the fact that it is a Bram Stoker award winner). The lead review is from the LA Times, the very review that mentioned a certain D. Lynn Smith with the likes of Ray Bradbury and Clive Barker. How cool is that?

The second Dark Delicacies is due out this June, I think. I'm not in it, but hey...

Also I'd like to mention that Lisa Morton is nominated for the Stoker Award for short story this year. Girls Rule!