The most interesting blog I've ever read (Warren Ellis):
Okay. For fans of old kung fu flicks, Woody Allen's What's
Up Pussycat, Monty Python, Mystery Science Theater, Quentin
Tarantino, and, dare I say it, hip hop, you MUST check out
a heady mix of classic kung fu flicks shortened and re-edited
into half hour programs with comic book style formatting,
funky inserted comments, a sound track that samples mostly
beat heavy hip hop with some video game (was that Atari I
heard?) sound effects, and best of all, completely new and
very urban dialogue in a variety of ethnically politically
incorrect accents. I caught a mini marathon of the stuff on
FUSE, a cable channel I'm not supposed to have in the Bronx,
according to my TV guide, but there it was, and on the sacred
day (for old-time kung-fu fans) of Saturday, at the holy hour
(again, for those of you initiated into the 36th Chamber during
the 80's in NYC) of 3PM. It was a miracle. Apparently, it's
an English program (what would Americans do without the Brits,
I ask you?) sneaking into the US. Maybe all of you know about
it and I'm just so out of it that I only just caught up to
the show. Oh well. If you haven't heard of it, look for the
show on FUSE (if you have that channel) or go to the site,
where I believe that have some clips on line.
Busy month for social activities: First, there was the SFWA
reception, where everyone wears badges so the important people
can look at your face and if, by some remote chance, they
recognize you, they check your name to see if they should
talk to you. Or, if they're newbies, they just look at the
tags to see if you're important enough to talk to. Always
good when a former writing teacher, who's also a power agent
and editor, does the face/tag routine and then doesn't say
hello. Some friends and I vowed to simply put "irrelevant"
(capitalizing the word would put us on too high a level) on
our tags but, of course, that would be tasteless and unprofessional.
Then there was the KGB reading with Jeff VanderMeer and Gregory
Maguire, which was overwhelmingly attended. Both readers dipped
and skipped through their work, to mixed effect, and both
managed to read at least one passage that was memorable for
me. As a note to readers, folks at KGB talked about preferring
a sustained dramatic story or passage over a mix of material.
It would be interesting to hear from folks who attend readings
about reactions to what writers choose to read (and how they
In another ambush in the small press jungle, the magazine
The Horror Within folded without publishing an issue.
Fortunately, the story I'd placed there, "Ash Man," magically
found its way across certain editorial/publishing desks and
will be appearing in Flesh and Blood 15, scheduled for April
2004. Thanks, Teri and Jack!
Holiday shopping season is upon us, and there's no place
with more funk and fun than Colleen
Crary's Moon Fire Studio.
Paula Guran has posted her
review of Dead Cat...Bigger Than Jesus.
Adam Pepper arranged a reading and discussion event at the
Bay Terrace Barnes and Noble in Queens (that's a part of New
York City for you out-of-towners), and invited Mike Laimo
and I along for the ride. The joint was jumping—that
is, the bookstore was packed—and we had a very attentive
and engaged audience, with people standing in the back, which
was quite something to behold. In speaking with the manager,
we concluded the event time—1 PM on a Sunday—might
have had something to do with the great attendance: weekend
shoppers were out in droves in the mall in which the B&N
is located. Timing was also good—we were there the weekend
before Halloween, so having horror writers speak was interesting
and relevant to shoppers, but the holiday wasn't close enough
for parents to be too distracted by kids, costumes and parties.
The manager said our books had been doing well for a month
before the event, as he'd had a display up featuring us and
kept switching it around the store, so people who only went
to one section would run into it and become interested. Take
note, folks, this guy knows what he's doing. Adam did a great
job ringing up support for the event from his family, too.
All in all, a great event. Thanks, Adam! (Now go buy his book
Dave Barnett, Mr. Necro/Bedlam, has put up his writing
site, where you can check out his latest writing projects.
Because life isn't hard enough: www.despair.com
Yowza! A mind-bending
review of The Beast That Was Max appeared early
last month at the Avon Grove Sun website, which is apparently
a Philly paper. It made me want to read the damn book!
Later last month, the reviewer, Robert Strauss, did another
mind-bending review, this time on
Road to Hell.
Paula Guran gave Dead Cat....Bigger Than Jesus a
review in the latest release of Dark Echo, her online newsletter,
and concluded: "You can look at Dead Cat —who started
out as a mummified sacrifice back in ancient Egypt and somehow
remains dead, but reanimated as social commentary or philosophical
(and theological) satire or the ultimate in anti-cuddly anthropomorphism,
but that would make you a geek. It's best to just enjoy the
crazy dark humor of it all and be happy that these two wackos
channel their energies through D.C."
On October 26, 1 PM, I will be doing a brief reading and
Q&A with fellow authors Mike Laimo and Adam Pepper at
the Bayside Barnes and Noble, in the Bayside Terrace shopping
mall on Bell Boulevard in Queens, New York. COME ON DOWN!
Well, I'm damned now. Dave at Necro/Bedlam has announced
both his Damned anthology and Dead Cat's Traveling Circus
of Wonders and Miracle Medicine Show, the next Dead Cat
project GAK and I put together (lots of guest writers, lots
of stories and other stuff by me, lots of art by GAK). For
pre-ordering, visit http://www.necropublications.com/.
By the way, Dave "Necro" Barnett's first collection of short
stories is also being published by Shocklines: Preorder
now! He's been appearing an anthologies and stretching his
writing muscles, and now he's put together a great package of
Featuring stories of damnation and hell by Jack Ketchum, Edward
Lee, Brian Hodge, Charlee Jacob, Gerard Houarner, Tom Piccirilli,
Patrick Lestewka, Doc Solammen, Mehitobel Wilson, John Everson,
Gary Braunbeck, Jeffrey Thomas and more.
400 Hardcovers $50
26 Deluxe Hardcovers $200
DEAD CAT TRAVELING CIRCUS OF WONDER AND MIRACLE MEDICINE
Edited by Gerard Houarner and GAK
150 Hardcovers $45
400 Trade Paperbacks $15.95
26 Deluxe Hardcovers with artbook and other cool things
to be announced.
Price not set yet.
Gordon Linzner brought Trish Cacek up to the Bronx Native
American Harvest Festival a few blocks from us late in September.
What a treat to see one of the goddesses of horror stab her
ear for half an hour with a dull earring she bought from one
of the vendors because the last time she had earrings in was
two days earlier and she heals FAST. Very FAST. There wasn't
even a dimple or a scar or anything at the back of her ear.
Pristine flesh, no hole back there for the earring to go through.
No sir. And Trish insisted we watch. Gordon even tried to
push the blunt object through, but alas, couldn't. It just
took time, lots of and lots of time, and pushing effort, and
Trish was up for the job. Anything to keep from having to
go to a place where they actually PIERCE YOUR EAR, TRISH!
Professionally. Oh yeah, with needles. Trish doesn't like
needles. So she poked away. We tried to tell her some folks
would pay GOOD MONEY to see this kind of action (not us, necessarily,
but we know some folks.....). Unfortunately, none of us had
a video camera, or Trish would be a damn rich lady by now.
Oh yeah, we hung out and had fry bread and there was dancing
and storytelling and drumming on a beautiful day, followed
by pizza and a DVD. Sometimes life is good. Oh yeah, and Trish
got the goddam earring in. Believe it. And there was no blood.
(But if we'd taped it, there would have been if George Lucas
can go back and edit, so can we....).
The Sixteenth Annual Year's Best Fantasy and Horror just
came out from St. Martin's Press, and I was thrilled to learn
that the following stories of mine published last year received
Honorable Mentions: "The Bastard," from the Bastard of
Alchemy chapbook; "The Fearnaut," from the online site
Horrorfind; "The Keeper," from the anthology Asylum 2:
The Violent Ward; "The Love in Her Regard," from the anthology
Decadence 2; "The Unborn," from the anthology Dreaming
of Angels; and "Children in the Moonless Night," "Like
Tears, Cast in the Steps of her Mother," and "Those Who Cast
Shadows," some of the new stories from my collection, Visions
Through A Shattered Lens, ("Children..." was also published
in Lone Wolf's Extremes: Africa CD anthology with a
video by my buddy Joey "Bones"). She was nice to GAK and me
in the introduction regarding Dead Cat and such, as
well. We appreciate it!
Of course, the chapbook, anthologies and collection are
all available from (say it with me, now): www.shocklines.com.
The magazine/anthology Bare Bone 4, containing my
story, "The Road's Mobius Smile," came out at Horrorfind,
and can be ordered from, wait, it's on the tip of my tongue,
If you think I suck, the book is chock full of poetry and
fiction from the lives of Mark McLaughlin, Nick Mamatas, Jeffrey
Thomas, Ken Goldman, John Rosenman, Kurt Newton, Harry Shannon,
Amy Grech, Rhys Hughes, Kendall Evans, Denise Dumars, Steve
Rasnic Tem, Charlee Jacob, Christina Sng, and MORE. It's quite
a value for ten bucks, actually.
Speaking of Horrorfind, Linda and I attended this year's
convention and thoroughly enjoyed the new venue and old friends.
Tom Piccirilli and I read together and, if I do say so myself,
we kicked ass. Linda did a poetry jam with John Lawson, and,
if I do say so myself, kicked serious ass. We hung out with
Tom and Michelle, Gak and Dave Barnett, Vince Harper and his
wife, ole Trey Barker his own self, Doug Clegg, the NYC HWA
crew, Jack Fisher and the Flesh and Blood crew, Ed Lee (thanks
for the encouragement!), Tom and Elizabeth Monteleone (also
very supportive), Weston Osche (hey Wes, does this sound familiar?
In Valley Girl screech: "Oh-my-god"), Ed McMullen, and we
actually breathed the same air as Alice Cooper, we'll never
wash our lungs, again! Gordon Linzner ruled a nine-author
panel with an iron hand and kept the madness relatively contained.
We met Candyman (you know Candyman. Everybody knows Candyman.
Candyman is the Man. Candyman was cool OH MY GOD!) and folks
from Night of the Living Dead. It was a great con.
And speaking of Horrorfind, that came right on the heels
of the big blackout. Fortunately, both Linda and I escaped
unscathed. The Child was downtown working, but being 21 he
adapted and helped others climb down 34 stories (an unpleasant
echo of the twin towers, where he'd worked before they came
down), then hung out in the Village. Gordon Linzner, who was
supposed to ride to Baltimore with us the next day, scared
the crap out of us by appearing out of the darkness on our
porch in the middle of utter darkness as we were looking up
at the stars and drinking oj and vodka (to save the juice
and ice). Apparently he'd walked and taken advantage of free
buses, for five hours, finding his way to the Bronx so he
wouldn't miss his ride.
That's why he's a PROFESSIONAL tour guide.
My buddy Tom
Piccirilli and his honey Michelle
Scalise have beautiful new sites up, designed by Michelle.
William Simmons apparently had some difficulties with the
publisher of his Vivisections anthology series and
has canceled the project. However, he very kindly offered
to publish the story I placed with him for Vivisections
2, "Mourning With the Bones of the Dead," in Underworlds
4, due out later this year or early next year. I look
forward to seeing the story in that fine magazine.
Tales of the Unanticipated #24 is out and available.
If you're interested in reading a "different" version of Snow
White and the Seven Dwarves, pick up a copy for my story,
"Eight Dead Shrimp." If that doesn't appeal to you, maybe
work by Eleanor Arnason, Martha A. Hood, Stephen Dedman, Uncle
River, my old small press pal Mark Rich, and many other writers
and poets might. This is a very classy production packed with
great stories, poems and art. I'm always proud to be a part
of TOTU. Their current issue page has links to teasers for
some of the stories, including mine, so visit http://www.totu-ink.com/current.phtml.
"The Breath of Bygone Spirits" has been accepted for Brian
Freeman's Dueling Minds anthology, coming out from
Endeavor Press. The premise for Brian's anthology is that
a group of writers use a piece of art work (in this case,
a painting by that genius madman Alan Clark) as inspiration
for a story. Contributors include Tom Piccirilli, Tim Lebbon,
Gary Braunbeck and Brian Keene.
Teri Jacobs has bought "Ash Man" for the premier issue of
The Horror Within, a new magazine she is editing. Look
for the magazine in October.
Linda and I attended NeCon in July, and had our usual blast.
Elizabeth Massie and her crew absolutely killed the audience
with their act at the Talent Show, and had Linda vainly vowing
not to sing-along to their manic chorus moments before she
broke down and, barely containing back tears, sang along.
They were diabolical. Also spent some time with two of my
heroes, Gahan Wilson and Tom Monteleone, as well as Necon
bubbas like Trish Cacek, Yvonne Navarro, Hank Wagner, Bill
Sheehan, and the always understated and demure Dave Hinchberger.
Looking forward to next year, when Tom Piccirilli makes his
guest appearance. For those of you thinking of attending,
reserve early: ReaderCon has apparently been canceled for
a year or two, and the NeCon organizers anticipate a spike
While researching material for the Dead Cat project GAK
and I are working on (I won't bore you with the elephant stuff,
even if I did find some interesting tactical uses for pigs
against war elephants), I ran into this
cool site for fairy tales.
The HWA weekend early last month in general and the Stokers
Award banquet in particular were a regular pal-a-thon. Linda
and I were guests at the Leisure table, where bubba pal Tom
Piccirilli pulled down two Stokers, and another pal, Mike
Laimo presented and waited anxiously for his category to be
announced, while the wonderful Anne Laymon and the (well,
how can we possibly describe him) -- indescribable? -- (but
nicely cleaned-up Ð good job, Cassi!) Brian Keene were
great company. Editorial pals Don D'Auria and Leah Hultenschmidt
from Leisure presided over us, and another sharp young lady
(sorry, the name eludes....) regaled us with tales of airline
flight stewardship. Tango Goddess Rain Graves (who deigns
to be our pal) and Mark McLaughlin (who's everyone's pal)
pulled down the poetry award. Pals who use other names Jack
Ketchum and P.D. Cacek performed as MC's, while suave and
debonair pal Lee Thomas elegantly helped them with their award
presentation duties, as well as assisted a frighteningly frail
J N Williamson up to the podium to accept his Lifetime Achievement
award. Fabulous pal Nick Kaufman also presented a special
award and then accepted awards for others. We spent time in
the company of Dallas, Garrett Peck, John Maclay, Gordon Linzner,
and others during the after party, with Dallas and Linda taking
turns cold-reading T.M. Wright to the group until Dallas could
stand it no longer and called Terry from his bed and made
him come back to the party room to lavish praise on him and
discuss his work. It was a great pal-a-thon.
"The Alchemy From The Towers of Silence" was accepted for
the anthology The Decay Within.
"The Wound of Her Making," a Lilith story originally published
in Delirium's Dark Testament, and the upcoming "Devoured
By Her Enigmatic Smile" from Tooth and Claw have been
picked up for two French anthologies on Myth and Urban legends
coming from Oxymore Publishing.
For those of you with too much time on your hands, feel
free to go to www.tower.org/insult/insult.html
and be cursed out randomly Elizabethan style. Writers, editors,
publishers and book sellers might find it a useful resource/venting
device in business dealings (I'm not speaking from personal
experience, of course.....)
Bill Gagliani has written a very sympathetic review of last
year's Dead Cats Bouncing for The Chiaroscuro web site.
You can read it for yourself at http://www.thechiaroscuro.com/deadcatbouncing.htm.
And if his words move you, the book is still available at
(where else) www.shocklines.com!
Or read it to whet your appetite for Dead Cat....Bigger
Than Jesus, available right now.
On a completely different note, Dead Cat....Bigger Than
Jesus has been reviewed
by Garrett at Feoamante.com.
And who knew? The chapbook is available over at Necro/Bedlam
or (wait for it....) www.shocklines.com!
Visions Through A Shattered Lens was reviewed at
the Joe Bob Briggs site, somewhat less enthusiastically than
I would have hoped. But when the summary includes a complaint
about the collection being too long (not only is that a first
in terms of a critique for me, it's the first time I've ever
even heard of such a thing), I can't say I'm completely unhappy.
She liked my writing and sometimes my plots, but not my characters
(damn, there I go again with those unsympathetic characters—I
gotta throw in more dogs.....people love dogs.....) and found
some of the themes repetitious (once again, not the usual
critique I see for a collection—most writers I know
pretty much have their subjects or themes and that's what
they write about). The book got two out of I believe four
stars from the reviewer—for context, she gave the PEN/Hemingway
Award winner's collection three stars, so who am I to complain?
It was interesting seeing the reaction of a reader obviously
expecting more traditional plots and characters (though not
particularly heartening in terms of the overall career arc).
A great feature of the site is the brief bio and picture of
each reviewer—very cool. Anyway, check
out the review and don't miss the rest of Joe Bob's site:
it is a hoot. (And remember, if this review actually gets
you interested in Visions, the book is available at
Delirium and Shocklines.)
A review by Faren Miller for Mojo: Conjure Stories
in the May Locus did mention my story, calling it eloquent,
which I'll definitely take.
Dave at Necro has released more information about DAMNED:
An Anthology of the Lost:
This is the first Necro Publications anthology and
will be released in late 2003 to celebrate the 10 year anniversary
of Necro. This collection will feature the darkest, most disturbing
fiction from today's best dark fiction authors:
In case you're wondering what I'd gotten myself into when
I announced this last month, there's a
wonderful review of Mojo: Conjure Stories, edited
by Nalo Hopkinson, at scifi.com.
They even mention my story, "She'd Make a Dead Man Crawl."
The reading with Dallas at KGB's was terrific. Dallas, Linda
and I were guests on Joe Mauceri's midnight show on WBAI in
NY to promote the outing, and despite the holidays and WHC,
a decent crowd showed up to hear us. For pictures of the evening
(c'mon, you know you want to see Linda Addison pictures....)
go to http://www.datlow.com/gallery/kgb/photoskgb11.html.
The new magazine, City Slab, Urban Tales of the Grotesque,
has accepted "The Pain Killer," scheduled for the fourth issue.
Their site is at www.cityslab.com
if you'd like to see what they're about (very professional
presentation, featuring folks like Poppy Brite and Brian Hodge).
You can order a copy from them or, of course, www.shocklines.com.
Here and Now, The Magazine of Urban Fantasy, published
out of the UK, has accepted "Like Tears, Cast In the Steps
of Her Mother," a story from the collection Visions Through
A Shattered Lens. They have quite a formidable line-up
in upcoming issues, so you if you're curious please visit
Hmmmm, maybe I have a future in this urban stuff....
"The Voice of The Lacuna," the story based on William Hope
Hodgson's classic The Night Land I sold last month,
has been posted.
I will be one of the judges for the short story contest
at award-winning The Chiaroscuro web site. The reading period
runs from May 1st to June 15th. Visit http://www.thechiaroscuro.com/contest_pre.htm
for contest details and where to send stories for consideration.
Prizes include professional-rate publication and books.
Apparently, I won an award. At first I thought it was an
April Fool's joke. Tom Piccirilli broke the news to me, and
I told him it sounded like somebody had been hitting the bourbon
a little too hard. I searched for the award on the net, found
no reference to me, and then picked up the reference in Hellnotes.
It's called the Darrell Award (I can only think of Schweitzer
whenever someone says Darrell, but then, I'm old), sponsored
by the Memphis Science Fiction Association (MSFA) to promote
literacy in the Mid-South by recognizing the best published
regional science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
According to their site, to qualify, an author must live
in the MidSouth region—an expanded "Greater Memphis"
area OR the work in question must feature Memphis and/or the
area in a prominent way (which, of course, is how I qualified,
being that da Bronx, no matter how South, is still rather
North). Additionally, the Darrell Awards are currently intended
to recognize Science Fiction or Fantasy (including Horror),
so general fiction and non-fiction do not qualify.
The story in question, "Memphis Blue Again," was published
in Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, edited by
Ed McFadden, and featured an American/Egyptian version of
Memphis cast in a cyber-space background thrown into outer
Tom Piccirilli asked what the award looked like. Tim Gatewood
from the Committee of the Memphis SF Association contacted
me and apparently it is a plaque I will be receiving shortly
(though I had dreams of a bottle of Tennessee's finest). Thanks,
|FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB Reading Series
Hosts Ellen Datlow and Gavin J. Grant present:
Jack Ketchum, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Red,
The Girl Next Door, and the forthcoming The Transformed
Mouse will be reading from his new collection Peaceable
Gerard Houarner, author of the horror novel
Road to Hell, will be reading from his recent collection
Visions Through A Shattered Lens.
April 16th at 7pm
85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)
KGB Fantastic Fiction Series
7PM, 3rd Wednesday, Every Month
Conjure Stories, an anthology edited by Nalo Hopkinson,
is due out shortly in trade paperback from Warner Books, featuring
stories by Neil Gaiman, Barbara Hambly, Tannarive Due, and,
oh yeah, I have a story somewhere in there, too.
If you get the chance, breeze through Ed Bryant's review
column in the March issue of Locus. He's written a
full review of Road to Hell which completely stunned
I've sold a piece, "The Lacuna's Voice," to the Night
Land anthology from England. It will apparently be embedded
in a larger tale in the second volume. This looks like a very
interesting project, especially for those of us who are fans
of the this particular visionary work. The editor and participants
are frighteningly dedicated and thorough and imaginative in
their development of this mythos. I'm just happy to be a part
of the project. More to follow.
Dead Cat...Bigger than Jesus merchandise (yes, I
said merchandise) here!
Last month, I attended the reading at KGB and met one of
the readers, Daniel Perelman. After introducing ourselves
to each other, he informed me one of his sales was to Going
Postal. Which I edited. So there we were quite surprised
to meet each other after all this time. And then who walks
in but Alan Beatts and Jude from Borderlands Books in San
Francisco, who I normally see at or giving the best parties
at every convention I've ever gone to. For a moment, I thougth
I WAS at a convention. Very disorienting. Anyway, much fun
was had by all. Ellen Datlow has pictures
of the proceedings up.
"On The Road," reprinted in Visions From A Shattered
Lens from long ago, has been picked up by the anthology
Because there just can't be enough Dead Cat, get ready:
Cat... Bigger Than Jesus is coming. (Dead Cat wrote
an introduction that explains the whole thing. No, really.
It's okay. He worked everything out with the Big Kahuna. The
title is NOT sacrilegious. Well, not too much, anyway.)
Road From Hell, the third Max novel, is finished.
Cue Etta James' "At Last." Two and half years in the making,
there ain't no mo' blood left in the brain—it all bled
out. The book is off to the agent. Look for it sometime, somewhere—come
back for more news.
Dave at Necro has taken the leap and started an anthology
project, The Damned. I was fortunate to place a story,
"No We Love No One," in the book. Keep a look out for this
one, as it will feature some brand new names as well as members
of the Necro crew.
If you haven't had a chance yet, time is up this month to
featuring a new story from me, as well as an interview and
a truckload of reviews of my work.
My collection, Visions Through A Shattered Lens,
and Dead Cats Bouncing, the anthology co-edited by
GAK and me, both made the HWA's Preliminary Stoker Ballot.
Go see what everyone's talking about and buy a copy of one,
or both, a couple of both, or many of one or the other, etc.
still has these in stock (as do the publishers).
In what may be stunning news to those of you who see me
as a rabid, blood-thirsty and/or occasionally incomprehensible
lunatic writer, the story "Midsummer Night's Interlude," originally
published at the erotic site Cleansheets, has been
picked up by a
rather elegant new site emphasizing nudes. If for nothing
more than the photography, please pay them a visit.
Mick Farren, madman and musician, is serializing Slide
on the Run on his website. You may know him from any one
of his science fiction or horror novels (if you can actually
limit anything he writes to a particular genre—he's
one of those guys who is his own genre), or his contribution
to Dead Cats Bouncing from last year. Hang on to your
brain and give
him a try.
has an interview and a new story up by me, as well as an exhaustive
series of reviews of recent work. Please pay them a visit,
and let me know what you
think of "She Who Speaks For the Dead."
For those HWA members interested in this sort of thing,
a PDF file for Visions Through A Shattered Lens is
available for review for the Stoker Award. Just remember the
thing is 428 pages, so screen reading is probably a more practical
option. You can contact me
or the publisher.
A recent Hellnotes featured several reviews of my writing,
including the following concluding paragraph on Visions
Through A Shattered Lens:
"Visions Through a Shattered Lens does indeed
offer a skewed portrait of the realities, both seen and unseen,
that encompass the mysteries of our existence. This is powerful,
primal work by a far from ordinary writer. It taunts with
concepts too large to fit on the screen of the mind's eye,
illuminating just enough of what can't be clearly conceived
to terrify and intrigue, while maintaining the essential mystery
of enigma. This is the most definitive collection yet by an
author who's only begun his journey of morbid discovery."
Also reviewed was "The Bastard" from the Necro Publications
chapbook Bastards of Alchemy, featuring a story from
Tom Piccirilli and myself. The reviewer Garrett Peck concluded:
"As is often the case with Houarner's writing, not everything
is made clear. We don't know exactly what the folks who follow
the unnameable path intend to do to the world, only that they're
rich and powerful and seek to transform it into something
else, presumably unpleasant. That central enigma allows Houarner
to hint at things our imaginations make worse than anything
he could describe."
The Chiaroscuro site has a great
review of Bastards of Alchemy by William Gagliani
(look under "Piccirilli" on the list of reviews).
If any of that strikes your fancy, both are available from,
who else, www.shocklines.com,
as well as your usual big online bookstores, and through an
online ordering store I haven't mentioned in a while, http://www.blindside.net/store/.
Speaking of Necro, Dave
Barnett was interviewed by Judy Comeau on the Count Gore
site. The piece is well worth reading for both its honesty
and humor. Also featured on the site are a couple of CD anthologies
from Lone Wolf: Bones and Extremes: Africa.
A music clip by Web Mistress Natalia
Lincoln that accompanied a cemetery photo shoot I did
(getting those markers to pose is tougher than you think)
is included, as well as a video clip by Joey "Bones" (I'd
tell you his real name, but the warrants haven't cleared)
based on my story "Children in the Moonless Night" from the
In an odd turn of events, a story originally scheduled for
Bare Bones 1, "The Road's Mobius Smile," has made an
circuitous journey back to the Bare Bones series and
will be appearing in volume 4. I hope the title fits the story
as well as its journey.
Greetings all, and best wishes to everyone for the coming
Things are starting off a bit slowly, this year. Something
about the new year falling in the middle of the week, and
schedules being thrown off and such. Anyway, Road to Hell
is supposed to be out from Leisure, though folks have yet
to find any in the stores (disconcerting).
If you'd like to read my rambling view of Max and the Beast
(rather than the usual, and possibly more entertaining, rumor
and innuendo), there's a
little essay up on the publisher's site. This is a great
little special feature in which writers get to shoot the bull
about what they've written&emdash;I'm looking forward to reading
more from other Leisure authors.
Road to Hell is up at Amazon and BN. I'm sure Matt
at Shocklines will get copies any day now. I'm sure I will,
too. Any day now.
Things are coming together at the Darkfluidity site, as
well. John Urbancik had arranged for me to be the featured
author at www.Darkfluidity.com&emdash;there will be a story,
we're working on an interview, and there may be some reviews
of my work, including, possibly, Road to Hell. Stay
tuned! In the meantime, check out the site as Simon Clark
is currently featured.
There's a wonderful review of the Visions Through A Shattered
Lens collection at the Richard
Laymon Kills site.
I've sold a story to Walter P. Simmons' Vivisections
anthology series, entitled "Mourning With the Bones of the
Dead." The story is scheduled for the second volume, publication
Jersey State horror writer Meghan Fatras and bubba will
be starting a new horror site, which will eventually be up
Check on it every now and then, or at her
Eventually, there'll be the usual annual revisions to the
site&emdash;minor, this time around&emdash;as well as some
more pictures. Stay tuned!
Delirium stablemate (the collection Maternal Instinct)
J. F. Gonzalez
came to NYC for a one day (!) visit, during a nor'easter storm.
I gave him a quick, but wet, midtown tour which turned out
more "techno noir" (neon lights reflected in rain-slick streets
while giant electronic billboards flashed Bladerunner-style
overhead at Times Square) than anything else. Matt of Shocklines
came by, and we had fun talking books.
I will apparently be the Featured Writer at www.Darkfluidity.com,
John Urbancik's great site for horror, following in the footsteps
of my horror bubbas Michael Laimo and Tim Piccirilli, as well
folks like Simon Clark. I wrote a horror story for the site,
mindful of the fact that most of the pieces he's put up have
wound up on Ellen Datlow's Honorable Mention list for the
Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (not that there isn't always
pressure to do one's best). There will also be an interview
and review of my latest Leisure release, Road to Hell,
scheduled to be out in January. The story and interview will
be up January through March, 2003, so please visit the site
first thing next month, before I even get the chance to pass
another update to Webmistress Natalia.
Two books to announce - the Leisure reprint of Road to
Hell, and Delirium's
trade paperback edition of I Love You And There Is Nothing
You Can Do About It. Here's what some folks have said
Both books will, of course, be available at www.shocklines.com,
as well as at BN.com and Amazon.com, and local bookstores everywhere.
- Easily the most uniquely remarkable thing about
Max (and the twin pair of lethal sirens who share
his bed and life and warped passions) is that he truly
walks in two worlds: the world permeated by shadow
conspiracies and the continually shifting political
aims of the military-industrial complex, and the even
more shadowy world of gods and goddesses (typically
demanding) and spirits (typically vengeful). This
mixture makes for more than just an intriguingly heady
brew. It actually seems within the realm of possibility....and
who's to say that it isn't? Boundaries, remember.
They're only as enforceable as you'll allow them to
- Brian Hodge, introduction to Road to Hell
- Houarner's got a great knack for characterization
and plotting, for keeping the people real enough (in
the context of the story) and delivering a good story
that moves along without losing any of the momentum
it has at the beginning. If anything, things just
get weirder, and for me weird adds interest. Enjoy
the Road to Hell, as it appears to be paved with magic,
death, guns, desert sand, and sex-starved gods.
- inet Reviews, online, 9/99 - Road to Hell
- Houarner does a great job of filling this book with
so much weird shit the book never wants for actions
or interesting things. Houarner's got a great knack
for characterization and plotting, for keeping the
people real...and delivering a good story that moves
along without losing momentum, never letting up for
a breather, but pounding along non-stop.
- Midnight Hour review, Road to Hell
- On the surface, ROAD TO HELL is a horror novel,
steeped in violence, gore, and the supernaturalÑDeath
follows Max like an acolyte, feasting on the carnage
he creates. But, to my mind the book is also grappling
with the issues of fatherhood and parental responsibilityÑat
its heart, it is a book about family ties and obligations.
Like many new fathers, Max struggles with his inner
demons while trying to understand the emotions, both
positive and negative, his child arouses in him. Add
to the mix his (admittedly unique) job pressures and
personal issues, and ROAD TO HELL can be read as a
metaphor for sacrifices and rewards of fatherhood,
and for the pain of letting your children grow away
from you. This subtext grounds the more fantastic
action, lending credibility to some of Houarner's
more outrageous scenes. There's much to like about
this bookÑHouarner's prose shines, and he displays
a truly wild imagination (in his introduction, Brian
Hodge refers to it as Houarner's tendency to "color
outside the lines").
- Hellnotes, Hank Wagner
- You may not know this just yet, but Gerard Daniel
Houarner has been slowly making a name for himself
in hardcore horror circles. ...his mix of twisted
sex, deadened emotions and black comedy has been garnering
him a select circle of fans. The Road the Hell is
a well-written work, filled to the brim with twisted
ideas. Houarner's work is great, and I recommend you
acquaint yourself with it.
- Fangoria, review of Road To Hell
- Gerard Houarner is an artist, one that's not afraid
to venture into new territories and try different
hues and shades in his prose painting. The artist
has hung an entirely new show in his gallery, and
it's well worth coming in to view, the admission fee
is inexpensive and the memories will linger a lifetime.
- Introduction, John Pelan, I Love You And There
Is Nothing You Can Do About It
- The twelve tales in I Love You and There is Nothing
You Can Do About It show us Houarner's philosophical
side. These stories concern themselves with the human
condition and less with graphic depictions of physical
trauma. There's plenty of horrible stuff going on,
but the purpose is more to invoke terror... This one
will disappear fast and become scarce once the general
public meets him.
- Miss this one and you may well miss one of the most
influential volumes of the year, and one of horror's
most beguiling, new voices.
- Lisa DuMond, SF Site, MEviews
- There is a comfortable range of intensity here...and
the stories work together as a whole nicely. "The
Oddist..." a weird tale with the tonal impact of a
nightmare transcribed... thoughtfulness and attention
paid to both the content and its audience.
- Mehitobel Wilson, Gothic.net
- This is a very different collection than the author's
first -- PAINFREAK (I996), a teratology of the extremes
of relationships and the intricacies of fetish and
desire -- and a stronger one. These more moderate
mappings of the darkside show an enhanced versatility
and perception that is, perhaps, overwhelmed in his
more extreme investigations. These tales have "staying
power." And (did I mention?) stories that stay with
you are the best.
- Paula Guran, DarkEcho
- ...the stories that flesh out this book (flesh bruised
and broken) are hardly romantic trifles, cynical or
otherwise. They are instead Grand Guignolish shockers
reminiscent of John Shirley's work. Houarner's introductions
show a concerned and ethical individual at work, and
his sharp literary skills insure that he always adheres
closely to his personal moral compass, without sacrificing
horrific impact. "Out Lady of the Jars" is my favorite
here, straying as it does into the Borgesian territory
of imaginary beings.
- Paul Di Filippo, Asimov's, 8/00 On Books
- Stark, compelling fiction by this perennial favorite.
- Pam Chillemi-Yeager, Fantasque 6
- I Love You And There Is Nothing You Can Do About
It has plenty of literary scares. ...shows why
he is so damn good at what he does. Gerard Houarner
is like a thirsty vampire, goes straight for the jugular
every time Ð bloody good!
- Michael McCarty, Indigenous Fiction, The IF Bookworm
Finally, a couple of anthologies in which I have stories,
and which were originally published by the defunct Dark Tales,
have re-surfaced. The Asylum 2 - The Violent Ward ("The
Keeper") is due out in mid-December, and the publisher is
offering a free copy of Asylum 1 - The Psycho Ward
("The Child Jar") to the first 200 buyers who purchase a copy
site (a permanent site, www.paddedroom.net, will be up
sometime in January).
In a very pleasant surprise, Publishers Weekly reviewed
Visions Through A Shattered Lens in their October 14,
2002 issue. I can only quote so much, so here's the relevant
sample: "In his fourth story collection, native New Yorker
Houarner offers 20 tough, uncompromising horror tales...there's
something here for every taste in adult horror."
They singled out the following stories: "Finding the Lost
Children," "Bui Doi," "The Chain-Lynched Man," "Children of
the Moonless Night," "Visions Through A Shattered Lens," "On
the Road," "Mutilation Missionary," "Out of the Shadows,"
"Things I Wish I Had Not Seen,"and "Signs of Death."
Needless to say, I'm pretty happy.
In a slight mix-up, a story originally scheduled for the
first volume of the Lone Wolf CD anthology Tooth and Claw
was dropped, despite the advertising out there with my name
in the contents line-up. I did, however, sign the signature
sheets (!). My story, "Devoured By Her Enigmatic Smile," will
be appearing in the second volume available next year, along
with a long video clip created by film-maker Joya. Get both
volumes if you want a whole bunch of great stories, my signature
(!?) and story and Joya's video.
On October 30th, Dallas ("Jack Ketchum"), Doug Clegg, Mike
Laimo and I made an appearance at a Mohegan Lake area Barnes
& Noble. Linda and I had the honor of taking Dallas up—the
ride reminded me of my college days, if you know what I mean.
Anyway, a good time was had by all—Doug and Dallas have
quite an act together. Mike was his usual handsome self, and
I did my best to hold up my end as the "other bald horror
writer" of the bunch. Oh yeah, books were sold.
Speaking of selling books, and keeping the holiday season
in mind, don't forget a bunch of books available right now
that would make great gifts, all available at Shocklines:
Delirium will be releasing I Love You And There Is Nothing
You Can Do About It in trade paperback this month. The hardcover
was originally released in 2000 and received good
reviews. It sold out fast and but is now available again.
It is now up
for preorder at a 20% discount. This will only be at this
discount for a few weeks tops since the books are expected to
ship soon, so take advantage of this nice discount quickly and
save some money!
- Dead Cats Bouncing, featuring stories about ole
Dead Cat by Tom Piccirilli, Jack Ketchum, Charlee Jacob,
Ed Lee, Linda Addison, Mick Farren, Yvonne Navarro, Terry
McGarry, Paul Di Filippo, Charlee Jacob, David Niall Wilson,
Gene O'Neill, Brian Keene. All the stories are illustrated
by GAK. (There are also a couple of Dead Cat prints by GAK)
- Bastards of Alchemy, a Necro chapbook featuring
a story each from Tom Piccirilli and me
- Visions Through A Shattered Lens
Also available are a couple of albums from Unto Ashes, the
band for which webmistress Natalia Lincoln writes music and
performs. Samples, band information, photos and such are available
give them a listen.
and Time has a great line-up of magazines and books: Jeffrey
Ford's real first novel, Vanitas (his second, commercially
published, was The Physiognomy, which won the World
Fantasy Award for novel); Joe Lansdale's Dead in the West;
Linda Addison's Stoker award-winning Consumed, Reduced
to Beautiful Grey Ashes; Going Postal, an anthology
I edited a few years ago with stories from Bentley Little,
Melanie Tem, Gordon Linzner, Don Webb, John Rosenman, Linda
Addison, Tom Piccirilli, Eliot Fintushel and others; and more
fine books, as well as the latest issue of Space and Time
magazine, 96, featuring stories and poetry by Charlee Jacob,
Kurt Newton, Trey Barker, Marge Simon, Brian Hopkins and Brett
Savory, Christina Sng, Shikhar Dixit, Scott Green. Space and
Time magazine subscriptions are cheap, but the magazine is
Just a few ideas.....
For those of you who haven't heard, Delirium
suffered through a terrible flood which destroyed its publishing
offices and a great deal of its stock. The publisher has vowed
to continue, though has cut back on titles and production.
Medium Rare Books has pitched in, and if you pre-order any
of Delirium's Upcoming Releases, Medium Rare Books will give
you one of their books for free as well. It's nice to see
small press publishers sticking together.
Also, in order to help widen Delirium's fan base, Shocklines.com
has put all of Delirium's in-stock titles up as Guaranteed
Good Reads—you buy it, if you don't like it you return
it for a full refund, no questions asked. What do you have
to lose? If you haven't experienced Delirium titles yet, this
is the perfect way to do it.
Of course, my latest collection is with them, but there
are many other fine books available as well as upcoming, so
even if you think I can't write my way out of an internet
site, please take a moment to check out these offers and see
if you can pick up some great reading and lend a hand to a
great, hard-working small press.
Do yourselves another favor and visit James
R. Barnhard's site—he's the cover artist for the
upcoming Road to Hell, and he's done some wonderful
work for Charlee Jacob and Ed Lee's books.
Incredibly, the bidding for a Dead Cat story illustrated
by GAK with the winning bidder featured in the story topped
out at $408 for the HWA/Literacy Volunteers auction. Needless
to say, we're both stunned. But happy. Check back at the auction
site for Linda Addison's upcoming feature, which will
be a poem illustrated by GAK featuring the winning bidder.
The erotic horror anthology Decadence 2, edited by
Monica O'Rourke, has just been released featuring an original
tale, "The Love in Her Regard." You can order it through Shocklines.
Review season is in:
This very strange collection of stories, poems,
and artwork is one of those books that defies categorization.
The illustrations are without exception brilliantly twisted.
(The stories)....tickled my, well whatever bone it is that
is tickled by such demented writing.
Dead Cats Bouncing, Don
D'Ammassa, SF Chronicle
If you're up for something so off-the-wall as to be alien,
this is the book for you.
Dead Cats Bouncing,
Thomas Deja, Fangoria
Deja had mixed reactions to the stories, liking some and
not getting others, but overall seemed to have a positive
view of the book which he summed up as: "I'll take that"
(Fangoria 216, Sept. issue).
of Alchemy review by Brian Keene at Horrorfind giving
us 4 out of 5 skulls.
is conducting the auction on behalf of the Horror
Writers Association and ProLiteracy
Worldwide (formerly "Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc.).
All proceeds will be split evenly between HWA and ProLiteracy
Worldwide after payment of eBay listing fees, Paypal fees,
auction listing fees, and shipping fees. Bookmark this page
-- from September 18th to October 2nd, we're going to have
rare and amazing items by the likes of Peter Straub, Douglas
Clegg, F. Paul Wilson, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Michael
Slade, Laurell K. Hamilton, Tess Gerritsen, Jack Ketchum,
and many, many more -- all starting with VERY LOW opening
bids and no reserves. And it's all for a great cause -- what
more could you ask for? Also, show your support for those
who donated by checking out their websites, buying their books,
and supporting their projects. You can see who has made donations
to this auction at http://store.yahoo.com/shocklines/hwabenauc.html.
My contribution is a Dead Cat story illustrated by GAK to
be written specifically about the winning bidder. Linda's
contribution is a poem illustrated by GAK on a broadsheet
about her winning bidder. So if you want a personal Dead Cat
story or a personal Stoker-Winning Linda Addison poem, illustrated
by GAK, check the Benefit Auction site and bid for one or
the other, or both (go on, big spender), and put in a bid!
Linda and I attended Horrorfind in Baltimore and had a blast.
We spent a good portion of time in the reading room, each
giving a reading and supporting what friends we could. My
Dead-Cat- through-the-lens-of-Damon-Runyon story entertained
the troops, and Dave's allotment of the Dead Cat anthology
sold out in the dealers' room. Always good when the publisher's
happy. GAK, of course, basked in well-deserved glory and fame
as the man who visualized Dead Cat in all its splendor. What?
You don't know about Dead Cats Bouncing, an anthology
(limited, signed by all contributors) featuring GAK's best
art work ever and the likes of Jack Ketchum and Yvonne Navarro
and Ed Lee and -- well, I could go on, couldn't I, but it's
easier if you just scroll down a bit as I'm pretty sure I've
mentioned it before once or twice in earlier updates. Yes.
Two titles were launched at the convention: Bastards
of Alchemy, a limited-edition signed chapbook featuring
a story each by me and by Tom Piccirilli with wonderful art
by Erik Wilson. It's the fourth in Necro's line of chapbooks,
which are quite fun and beautiful. Dave Barnett certainly
knows his stuff.
The other title is Visions Through A Shattered Lens,
a signed and limited 140,000 word, 428-page collection from
Delirium featuring twenty stories, ten new, including a story
I wrote in the week following 9/11, and another written some
time afterwards with the event and its consequences resonating
strongly in my imagination. Like Picasso, the work is my diary.
Cover art and foil-stamp design by IHG-nominated artist Colleen
Crary. It isn't a ten dollar chapbook, but if you do pick
it up and read it, please let me know your reaction.
All of the above books can be found at www.shocklines.com,
where you can search by publisher to take a look at their
other fine titles, or by author (I have my own page). Or you
can go to the publisher sites at www.deliriumbooks.com
Doug Clegg has an interesting thread on his web site called
The Dark Game
where folks post morbid or benevolent games they played as
a kid that helped them deal with life. There are some interesting
The erotic anthology Eros Ex Machine, which includes
my story "Ménage a Machine," is now available through
the Venus Book Club under the new name Sex Machine: Eroticizing
the Mechanical. I am perhaps the only one involved with
this project who sees a James Brown reference in the title.
Be that as it may, if you'd like to see the book or order
it, drop by the Club's page for the book.
The latest Year's Best Fantasy and Horror has been
published by St. Martin's Press, and the following batch of
my stories earned Honorable Mentions:
- "Here Come the Whistle Men," Horror Garage 4
- "When Mom Changed," Scars
- "Smoking Mirror Reflection," Rogue Worlds
- "A Kiss To Build A Dream On," Bloodtype
Look for Linda and me at Horrorfind
in Baltimore, August 23rd to 25th. We're both doing readings
and panels, and I'll be launching my latest collection, Visions
Through A Shattered Lens: 20 stories, half new, 140,000
words, cover by Colleen Crary. Oh yeah, and my blood and soul.
Tom and I will also be launching our chapbook from Necro
Publications, Bastards of Alchemy. This should
be a lot of fun, and will be the last con I do this year,
and for a long while.
Leisure sent the cover and
proofs for Road to Hell - LOVE that cover! I actually
had input, suggesting the icon of a scorpion (among a ton
of other things as Don beat me over the head for ideas). It's
very satisfying to see a cover as you imagined it would look.
Hope to see you guys at Horrorfind.
In the big news of last month, of course, Linda Addison
received the Bram Stoker award for her poetry collection,
Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes. So now you
have absolutely no excuse for not buying the book, right?
Check it out at Space and Time, or Matt's all-encompassing
horror bookstore, Shocklines.
While we're talking about Shocklines, Matt has put up a
page full of books and magazines featuring my horror work,
so for a pretty exhaustive catalog of available material,
Don't be shy, buy something! And while you're there, browse
the store -- the man is a selling machine. Every day features
a new sale or promotion, with guaranteed Good Reads, discounts,
"Memphis Blue Again," a Memphis story set in a cyberspace
environment on an interstellar seed ship (nothing succeeds
like conceptual excess) was published by Fantastic Stories
of the Imagination #23, a member of the DNA publishing
empire. The issue also includes a Spider Robinson interview
by Tom Piccirilli, and stories by Nick Pollotta, O'Neil De
Noux, James S. Dorr, Ed McFadden and Chris Bunch, and poetry
by Claudia Carlson, Kendall Evans, and David Livingstone Clink.
Look for it on the newstands (glossy all the way through).
interview with me has been posted on Feoamante.com. Thanks
for a great interview, Wrath. (He beat it out of me!) And
thanks to the Great Bald One (that's Feo) for featuring it.
Last chance to read "The Fearnaut," up at Horrorfind.
Also, I don't know how long this has been up, but I just found
interview Paula Guran did with me a couple of years ago.
In other news, I placed a story, "She'd Make A Dead Man
Crawl," in the upcoming Warner anthology Mojo: Conjure
Stories, edited by Nalo Hopkinson. This is, for me, rather
Large, with a line-up that includes Neil Gaiman, Barbara Hambly,
Steve Barnes, Tananarive Due, Andy Duncan, Sheree Thomas,
Eliot Fintushel and lots more. The story went over well at
a recent Dixon Place reading, as well as at WHC and ICON.
I'm always happy to be playing the Big Folks when they let
me into their backyard. More to come.....
Silverlake Publishing has apparently returned from the dead.
Their website is back up, the company is under new ownership,
which means Black
Orchids from Aum is again available. Get it while
Here's the announcement (which I thought was kinda cute)
for the reading in June, right after the HWA weekend:
Dear Friends and Patrons:
Join us for an evening that's 'rightly seasoned' on Monday,
JUNE 10, at 7:30 pm, as the New York Review of Science Fiction
Reading Series at Dixon Place presents Guest Readers IBI
AANU ZOBOI* and GERARD HOUARNER. Zoboi will read from a
compelling new work that draws on Haitian and Afrikan cosmology,
while Houarner, "the son of a French chef and writer lately
of mostly urban horror," will try his hand at a fresh recipe
of "...nouveau gothic mojo noir gumbo." Bon appétit!
WHERE: DIXON PLACE at the VINEYARD
309 E. 26th Street (just east of 2nd Avenue)
NY, NY 10010
There will be a door charge of $5.
DIRECTIONS: Take the N/R (Yellow) to 28th Street stop on
Broadway (Green) to 28th stop on Park Avenue South (Closest
subway stop) then walk east to Second Ave. and South to
WHEN: Monday, June 10, 2002. Doors open at 7:00 pm, Program
begins at 7:30 p.m. Please note, if you arrive late, the
doors may be locked and the lobby lights will be out - however
- don't panic! We're in there, just ring the bell and be
patient and someone from the theater will quietly let you
PHONE FOR INFO: 212-532-1546
OR VISIT: http://www.nyrsf.com/
ABOUT IBI AANU ZOBOI: Ibi Aanu Zoboi (pronounced, ee -
be / anew / zo-boy ) is a part-time teacher in Harlem and
a full time writer and researcher of the science, myth and
oral tradition of the Diaspora. She draws from the revolutionary
history of her native Haiti and Afrikan cosmology to create
inspirational tales of triumph and resurrection. Ibi is
a graduate of the 2001 Clarion West Science Fiction and
Fantasy Writers Workshop and a winner of the Women Writers
of Haitian Descent (WWOHD) Emerging Writers Award for her
short story, "At the Shores of Dawn," published in One Respe!
literary journal and the Boston Haitian Reporter. Her original
work is forthcoming in Dark Matter 2 edited by Sheree
ABOUT GERARD HOUARNER: Gerard Houarner is a work in progress
who fell to Earth in the mid-50's and assumed the identity
of a New Yorker. A product of the NYC school system, he
graduated from Stuyvesant HS, and studied writing under
Joseph Heller, Joel Oppenheimer and others at CCNY in the
early 70's. While continuing to write, he earned a couple
of Masters Degrees at Teachers College, Columbia University
and went on to make a living as a rehabilitation counselor,
working in places like Hells Kitchen, on the lower east
side at the birth of the AIDS epidemic, and in the Bronx
as crack was becoming an epidemic. His writing, never filled
with sunshine, turned darker, moving from science fiction
and fantasy, like his first novel published by Del Rey Books,
to outright horror. He studied with Nancy Kress and Terry
Bisson, became one of the co-founders of the writing group
CITH, and had a few novels published, as well as over two-hundred
short stories, some of which have been gathered in four
collections. The percentage of Year's Best Fantasy and Horror
Honorable Mentions to be found in his published stories
is better than predicted by Sturgeon's Law. He lives in
the Bronx with poet and writer Linda Addison, and must occasionally
remind people he only works for, and does not actually reside
in, a psychiatric center. (Don't let them tell you otherwise.)
For the record, he would like his funeral urn to be inscribed
with the epitaph: He was the kind of person who wandered
away from the village when he was too young, spent too much
time in the wilderness, and returned only on ceremonial
occasions, or to scare the little children. He assumes his
ashes will be consumed by sacred rituals invoking gods and
Also, join us on Monday...
JULY 15: Richard Bowes and Jim Grimsley
(admission $6 - in support of Dixon Place's summer HOT Festival)
Barbara Krasnoff and Jeffrey Ford, introduced by Gavin J.
Grant (*Note: Shelley Jackson, author of Anatomy of Melancholy,
who has been on the road with Kelly Link will be teaching
in Switzerland this June. Her NYRSF reading, originally
scheduled for this June 10, will be rescheduled.)
*The New York Review of Science Fiction is celebrating
its 14th Year* Subscribe or submit articles to the magazine!
Check the website!
New York Review of Science Fiction
PO. Box 78, Pleasantville, NY, 10570
Sheree R. Thomas, curator
NYRSF reading series at Dixon Place, 2002
Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the
Winner of the 2001 World Fantasy Award and the Gold Pen
In regular news, the Visions
Through a Shattered Lens collection page is up for
your perusal (and pre-ordering).
Mick Farren, sfnal wild man from Dead Cats Bouncing,
was nice enough to have a Dead
Cat page put up on his
And finally, I placed "The Love in Her Regard" in the anthology
Decadence 2, which should be out in August of this
As for the thief, he was never caught, but I have a new
computer, a new steel door, a security system, and more bills.
Thank you. Thank you very much.
A new horror story, "The Fearnaut," with a Mature Reader
advistory, has been posted at Horrorfind, so check
Dead Cats Bouncing was released at WHC! We had a
great signing, and Dave sold some books. Thanks to all the
authors for their support, and of course, to Dave and GAK
for making it all happen. Some reviews are already in. Garrett
Peck at Hellnotes reports:
"Dead Cat Bounce. Chapbook from Space and Time. Gerard Houarner
write. GAK draw pictures. Big success. Get Stoker nomination.
Win friends and admirers. Star, they say. Famous, they insist.
Other writers want tell Dead Cat stories. Whatever, Gerard
and GAK say. Edit new anthology for Bedlam Press. Debut at
World Horror Convention. Fun!
"You. Buy book. Read stories. Study pictures. Laugh. Gasp.
Snarl. Whatever. No eat sand. Purr. But take mouse. Please."
Oh, that sweet talking man.
And Wrath has written a review for Feo's site:
"It's one of the most bizarre premises for an anthology
I've ever heard of. "Weird stories these. I confess I scratched
my head more than once while reading this book. Why the hell
were all these authors writing stories about an undead cat?
What tha F%ck? But once you stop trying to get it and just
read the damned thing it's a pretty enjoyable little ride
this uncanny collection takes you on. Some of these stories
are indeed great parables. You can definitely pick up one
or two things bouncing through hell with a dead cat. But I
would not read these fables to children. A mature audience
"I mean this cat dragged himself out of hell where he had
every excuse to give up but he didn't. He bounced. Don't you
just wish you could fall so far and still land on your feet?
Don't you just wish you could bounce too?"
Wrath has some interesting thoughts about the meaning of
Dead Cat. Check out FeoAmante.com
and see what else is up.
In other publishing news, Asylum 2: The Violent Ward
came out at WHC, with my story, "The Keeper," as well as an
all-star line-up. You can check the line-up and ordering information
Other work released included Extremes 4: Africa and
WHC is a bit of a blur by now. I had written a nice little
con report, but that was on my old laptop, which was stolen
during a break in at our house. Linda's is gone, too. Not
much else, though. Except our front door.
Hi to all the nice folks I met at the WHC, however. You
made this con a treat!
Also attended ICON, and did a few panels, including one
with old pro Ron Goulart, which was a lot of fun, and did
There's probably other news, but I can't remember it. It's
a terrible thing to download your brain, and then lose it.
Linda and I will be at World Horror Convention April 11-14th
in Chicago. Linda will be promoting her Stoker-nominated poetry
collection, Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes,
and I'll be launching the anthology Dead Cats Bouncing,
illustrated and co-edited by GAK, featuring stories based
on the Stoker nominated Dead Cat Bounce short story. Contributors
include: Charlee Jacob, Gene O'Neill, Paul Di Filippo, David
Niall Wilson, Jack Ketchum, Brian Keene, John Skipp, Yvonne
Navarro, Ed Lee, Mick Farren, Terry McGarry, Tom Piccirilli,
Linda Addison. How did we get such a line-up? Hell if I know....
But if you're curious, check
out the site. The hard cover is sold out!
Later that week, we'll be at ICON on April 20th. We both
have lots of panels and Linda has a reading, so if you're
in the neighborhood drop by. F. Paul Wilson will be the Author
Guest of Honor. Further information at: http://www.iconsf.org/.
In further appearance news, I'll be participating in the
New York Review of Science Fiction reading series at Dixon
Place on June 10th, right after the Stoker weekend in NYC,
along with Shelley Jackson, who'll be reading from her new
collection, The Anatomy of Melancholy. I'll be trying
my hand at pseudo nouveau gothic mojo noir gumbo. Yeee-hah.
So if you'll be in the city following the HWA's NYC meeting
and Stoker Banquet, come by for some further entertainment.
Dixon Place @ Vineyard
26, 309 E 26th Street at 2nd Avenue; call 212 532 1546 for
Speaking of the Stoker Weekend, Linda and I have been drafted
to be the Masters of Ceremony for the banquet, which means
we get to introduce everyone and give out the Stoker Awards.
This will be interesting.....
Because one Message Board is Not Enough; because Shane Raley,
my Delirium publisher, demands it (and spent lots of money
on the technology); because you have too much time to waste
on the internet and subliminally begged for yet another place
to visit: I HAVE A NEW MESSAGE BOARD! Check
it out at the Delirium site.
Don't forget, the anthologies Extremes 4 and Dark
Testament are out there, so check 'em out!
In very nice news, The Beast That Was Max from Leisure
made the Preliminary Stoker award ballot for novel, and "How
Do We Say Goodbye," published by Gothic.net,
made the Preliminary ballot for short story.
Necro Publications has accepted a story of mine called "The
Bastard," and one from Tom Piccirilli called "Alchemy," and
is planning to publish them together this year, hopefully
in time for the Horrorfind convention, which Tom and I will
be attending (along with Linda and Michele, of course). Tom,
in his poetic way, has entitled the chapbook The Alchemy
Delirium will be re-printing my collection, I Love You
And There Is Nothing You Can Do About It, in trade paperback
format early in 2003. Nice to see that one has legs....
Speaking of Delirium collections, a 14,000 word novelette
has been added, Visions Through A Shattered Lens, bringing
the total word count, including story introductions, over
140,000 words, half original. Nothing like cutting my veins
and letting it flow.....
Pre-order at the Delirium site: http://www.deliriumbooks.com/upcoming.htm.
Dead Cats Bouncing has its own page! Check it out:
Alas, the hardcover is sold out on pre-orders, but the trade
is still available.
400 Signed and Numbered
An all new anthology based on the 2000 Stoker Finalist chapbook
written by Gerard Houarner and illustrated by GAK. All original
fiction based on the adventures of Dead Cat. Each story is
Paul Di Filippo
David Niall Wilson
Normally I just ask Natalia to add interesting sites to
the links page, and if people check it out, fine. But I have
to bring this one to anyone stopping by: www.luckymojo.com.
You have check this thing out. Put up by Cat Yronwode, a writer
I remember from her work in the comics field, it's actually
a book in progress and a catalog about hoodoo, African-American
folk magic, where the term mojo originated. To receive a thorough
schooling in this subject, as well as learning what mojo really
means, do yourself a favor and visit this site!
A couple of fiction releases this month, which are long-anticipated
for me since I really love the stories, and a multi-media
collaboration lead the news:
I have a photo gallery in Lone Wolf's STONES CD anthology,
accompanied by an ORIGINAL composition by Natalia Lincoln,
who belongs to the band Unto
Ashes, featured on MTV's Real World and throughout
the East Coast. The piece is entitled "Intacta sum" and if
you'd like a sample, try her at http://www.cith.org/natalia/intacta_sum.mp3.
But to experience the entire collaboration, as well as fiction
and photos by a great line-up (original fiction from Joel
Arnold, Steve Eller, J. F. Gonzalez, Ed Gorman, Nicholas Kaufmann,
Jarret Keene, Timothy Keltner, Louis Maistros, James A. Moore,
Robert Morrish, Monica J. O'Rourke, Weston Ochse, Garrett
Peck, Mary Sangiovanni, and David Whitman, and the backdrop
for the inspirational photo galleries of M. W. Anderson, Barrie
Bryant, Charles L. Grant, Gerard Houarner, Karen Lansdale,
Kristin O'Gorman, Loren Rhoads, Judi Rohrig, Chris Schnapp,
and Kim Taylor; another musical piece is included by Mason
Jones), visit the publisher at: http://lonewolfpubs.com/.
While you're there, check out Extremes 4: Africa.
I have a story in that one, "Children in the Moonless Night,"
which happens to be one of my favorites. And for that piece,
Joey "Bones" (last name withheld because, well, it's safer
for you that way), NYC video artist, did a mind-blowing video
clip. It's a story video. So cool. I'm in there with: M. W.
Anderson, Jennifer Rachel Baumer, Janet Berliner, Dicksie
Dudeney, William D. Gagliani, Jon Hodges, Charlee Jacob, Dan
Keohane, Michael Laimo, Steven Mohan, Jr., Simon Morden, Michael
Oliveri, Ear. W. Parrish, Christopher Paul, Diana Price, John
B. Rosenman, John F. Saunders, Justin Stanchfield, and James
Van Pelt. Interior illustrations by M. W. Anderson. Cover
And don't forget Mike Laimo's anthology, Bloodtype,
in which I also appear with a nasty piece of work.
Remember, all these CD anthologies are limited, signed editions,
and beautifully produced by publisher Brian Hopkins. All available
at the above site.
Finally, Shane Raley has released Dark Testament,
an anthology which includes another "favored child" of mine,
"The Wound of Her Making." This is quite an extravaganza,
available in trade and limited editions. Check out the line-up
(21 stories!) and GAK cover at http://www.deliriumbooks.com.
Let me know what you think of the piece if you get a chance.
Shane will be leading a Release Party chat featuring the
contributors on Feb. 24th, 10-12 EST, at the Delirium room
at the above site. Come by and visit!
On the review front, Don D'Ammassa put The Beast That
Was Max on his "Best Of" list for 2001 in SF Chronicle,
saying it "...features one of the most distinctly unusual
protagonists ever, and blurs the distinction between good
and bad." What's amazing to me is that he's not a fan of hardcore
stuff. Managing to appeal to someone like Don with something
like Beast is, to me, a hell of an accomplishment.
The big sale news for, well, the year, probably, is "The
Shape of the Empty Heart" being accepted for Dark Acts,
the HWA anthology. Dancing with the Big Boys and Girls!
"Eight Dead Shrimp," a fractured and horrific fairy tale
inspired by the same phrase spoken into a moment's dead silence
at an otherwise raucous table as a diner received his shrimp
scampi, has finally stopped wandering the earth in failed
magazines and anthologies and found a home in Tales of
the Unanticipated. It should be published in the Spring
issue of this year, or next.
Two more stories added to the upcoming collection Visions
Through A Shattered Lens: "Mutilation Missionary," and
"Like Tears, Cast In The Footsteps of Her Mother." That makes
a total of twenty stories, about 130,000 words, about half
of which will be original to the collection, with shared publication
dates for a couple of others. Check out the site for ordering
information, as pre-orders are indeed being taken. Publication
is scheduled for August. PRE-ORDERS ARE BEING TAKEN AT www.deliriumbooks.com.
There are three editions, and the limited is apparently selling
very well. So if that's the one you want, hurry. I've seen
the cover "sketch" (like, a piece to die for) and the art
will be stunning.
Welcome to 2002, and the slightly revamped site.
UPDATES to SITE
Site changes: The CITH gallery has some additions, and a
new Gallery started called Friends. The beginning of the bio
was touched up (to make me seem younger, I now claim my hairline
began receding at age 3); the bibliography was updated to
about last November; New and Current pages were combined and
streamlined so you have a better idea of what's going on;
and a few covers added to the Cover Gallery. Old news from
2001 was archived.
In publishing news, I had a short short published in Hardboiled
27/28 ("the hardest-hitting little magazine in the world!").
Though the piece is tiny, I'm very proud to be a part of this
long-running "noir" magazine. This issue is a two-hundred
page double issue featuring dark crime stories, including
pieces by Andrew Vachss and Ardath Mayhar. If you like this
sort of thing, this is the place to go to. Check out www.gryphonbooks.com
for ordering information.
Another story accepted many years ago, "CourtShip," has
been published in CyberPsychos AOD, which is apparently
out on the newsstands though I haven't received a copy, yet.
So look for it if you're interested in a raunchy story (in
a science fiction way) about alien desire and sex.
A great review of The Beast That Was Max is up at
written by Wrath. Wander around the site, as well, since it's
quite comprehensive in dealing with the horror genre. If you
get lost, the specific address for the review is: http://www.feoamante.com/Stories/Reviews/ABC/beastwas_max.html.
Speaking of reviews, I finally saw the Bizarre review
of "Dead Cat Bounce." It's brief (but then, so's DCB), and
the phrase going on my quote sheet from them is, "Nice nasty."
Awwww. Those English fellas sure do know how to turn a writer's
And before we leave dead cats behind, check out the following
link for a sneak peek at what's coming: http://www.necropublications.com/new.htm.
"The Fearnaut," few year's back, has been sold to Horrorfind.com
and should be posted sometime this month or next.
The Garden State Horror Writers proudly presents In a
Fearful State, edited by Shikhar Dixit and Drew Beebe.
This CD-ROM anthology features the fiction, poetry, art, and
non-fiction of the members of the GSHW. For more info, go
Anthology available January 15, 2002; pre-orders are being
taken. (They're reprinting a short story of mine, "Molech,"
originally published in Deathrealm many years ago.)
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