Monday, October 17, 2016

The Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival

Just when you thought it was safe to come out and look at a computer screen, I've been filmed for a small commercial for the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival.

Here I am reading from BLOODSTAINED OZ.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

So you want to self publish a novel....

Well, I have always said it's best to learn from those who actually DO rather than those who don't. E.J. Stevens is proof of that.

E.J. has gotten so successful as a self-published author (Fifteen novels in seven years, multiple times over a best selling author and the winner of numerous awards) that she's told me during almost every time we get together that she's fending off people who want to play twenty questions and learn her deepest darkest secrets. So she decided to do something about it. Enter her new books. Listen, Christopher Golden and I founded the River City Writers in part because of a similar challenge. Want to help, want to teach, can't keep doing it for free when we have careers. 

That's the challenge here for E.J. Below are her solutions. 

The covers are self explanatory, but let's go one step further. 

Here's what E.J Says about the books on their back covers. 

Want to improve book sales?

This simple introductory guide will give you the basic information you need to begin promoting your book. Learn how to find readers, increase sales rank, and become a bestseller. Both independently published and traditionally published authors will benefit from the tips, strategies, and checklists provided in this how-to guide.

This book provides an introduction to:
  • Building an Author Platform
  • Social Networking and Blogging
  • Creating a Marketing Plan
  • Checklists, Spreadsheets, and Calculated Risk Taking
  • Designing Book Swag and Promotional Items
  • Cover Reveals and Book Blasts
  • Book Tours, Interviews, and Guest Posts
  • Giveaways
  • Book Reviews and ARC Reviews
  • Retail Product Pages
  • SEO and Keywords
  • Advertising and Promotions
  • Building and Maintaining an Author Newsletter
  • Bookstores, Libraries, and Sell Sheets
  • Book Signings and Conventions
Begin using these simple methods to help your book sales soar.

Want to self-publish a bestseller? Check out the Super Simple Quick Start Guide to Self-Publishing. E.J. Stevens

And, of course,

Want to self-publish a bestseller?

This simple introductory guide will give you the basic information you need to begin self-publishing.

Whether you are writing your first novel or looking to breathe new life into your backlist, this guide will give you the tools you need to successfully self-publish. Useful information and checklists will help you create a professional quality book.

Simple tips will save you time that you can spend on writing, publishing, and promoting your next bestseller.

This book provides an introduction to:
  • Copyright
  • Beta Readers and Editors
  • ISBN and Barcode
  • Font Licensing
  • Book Covers
  • Ebook Formatting
  • Print Book Formatting
  • Audio Books and Narrators
  • Translations and Translators
  • Retail Product Pages
  • Blurbs, SEO, and Keywords
  • Pricing
  • Book Reviews

I have, of course, already pre-ordered mine. They're out in January. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival

Just in case anyone hasn't seen the awesome layout for the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book festival as yet: 
River City Writers Present:
Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival 2016
Saturday, October 22nd 10am to 4:30pm
at Haverhill Public Library, Haverhill, MA
Join us as we celebrate books this Halloween season! 36 Authors and Artists gather to present panel discussions on New England horror traditions, ghost stories, why scary stories are good for kids, and much more! Authors will be selling and autographing their books. This event is sponsored by River City Writers and Jabberwocky Bookshop!
This event is FREE and open to the public!!!
Please share!!
Our lineup of participating authors, artists, and filmmakers includes:
Christopher Golden
Brian Keene
James A. Moore
Thomas E. Sniegoski
Josh Malerman
Paul Tremblay
Leigh Perry
Craig Shaw Gardner
John Langan
Kat Howard
Nicholas Kaufmann
Rio Youers
Toni LP Kelner
John M. McIlveen
Glenn Chadbourne
Jack Haringa
Jason Ciaramella
Hillary Monahan
EJ Stevens
Bracken MacLeod
Errick Nunnally
Kristin Dearborn
Douglas Wynne
Christopher Irvin
Izzy Lee
Scott Goudsward
Tony Tremblay
Gardner Goldsmith
Jan Kozlowski
Daniel Braum
Gregory Bastianelli
Amber Fallon
Dan Padavona
Asher Ellis
Trisha Wooldridge
Philip Perron
Liza Gardner Walsh
Please note that most of our authors are planning to be set up for the entire event. The following authors will be signing for a limited time, as noted below:
Christopher Irvin (12-1)
Douglas Wynne (10-1)
Errick Nunnally (1-3)
John Langan (12-1)
Josh Malerman (1-3)
Kat Howard (1- 3)
Nicholas Kaufmann (10-12)
Paul Tremblay (1-3)
Rio Youers (1-3)
Also, please note that (obviously) authors signing all day will be absent from their tables during their scheduled panels.
The preliminary schedule of panels at this year's Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival is right here! Don't miss a moment!
10 – 11 a.m.
A Haunted Legacy: 100 Years of Shirley Jackson
Paul Tremblay, John Langan (M), Toni L.P. Kelner, Leigh Perry, Jack Haringa
In her brief life, Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) produced some of the most enduring horror novels and short stories of the 20th century, including “The Lottery,” “The Summer People,” We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and The Haunting of Hill House. Her work has recently been reissued and re-examined, there is a literary award named for her, and writers from Joyce Carol Oates to Stephen King have spoken of her influence. What makes her work so enduring and so powerful? How does she still influence the writers of today?
11 – 12 a.m.
Fear in Four Colors: Horror Comics from Past to Present
Jason Ciaramella, Christopher Irvin (M), Brian Keene, Amber Fallon, Glenn Chadbourne
Since comic books first hit the stands in the 1930s, horror tropes have been an essential part of the art form, providing villains and settings for the stories that filled those pulp pages. In the 1950s, the success of horror comics nearly brought the industry down, but the creepy, eerie, and monstrous made a return just a decade or so later and its been around ever since. How does the medium lend itself to the horror genre? What are the essential horror comics to read, from both the past and today? Readers and creators discuss how the oldest type of story fits with the original American art form.
12 – 1 p.m.
21st Century Frights: New Millennium Monsters in Fiction and Film
Daniel Braum, Izzy Lee, Josh Malerman, Rio Youers, Bracken MacLeod (M)
Each century brings us its new monsters and frights, either inventing them from whole cloth or refining folklore into literary and cinematic forms. What new creatures stalk the horror landscape in these media, and what might they say about our world and ourselves? Panelists will discuss both their own work and that of their contemporaries.
1 – 2 p.m.
How to Slay a Demon: Lessons from Growing Up with Horror
Thomas E. Sniegoski, Gardner Goldsmith, Christopher Golden, Hillary Monahan, James A. Moore, Craig Shaw Gardner (M)
Neil Gaiman famously wrote, “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” Horror novels and films hold lessons for children, too, both inspirational and cautionary. Panelists will discuss their childhood experiences with horror stories and suggest works for a variety of ages.
2 – 3 p.m.
Quaint Little Terrors: Small-Town New England and the Horror Tradition
Scott Goudsward, Kristin Dearborn, Gregory Bastianelli, John M. McIlveen, Tony Tremblay (M)
From H.P. Lovecraft’s Dunwich, Massachusetts, to Stephen King’s Derry, Maine, to John Carpenter’s Hobb’s End, New Hampshire, the small town in New England has been portrayed as a repository, generator, or magnet for the sinister and horrific. Native New Englanders and horror writers all, the panelists will discuss just why those little towns are such perfect settings for horror stories large and small.
3 – 4 p.m.
Some of my Best Friends Are Vampires: Diversity in Urban Fantasy
Kat Howard, Errick Nunnally, Nicholas Kaufmann (M), Douglas Wynne, E.J. Stevens
Much of the first wave of urban fantasy and paranormal mysteries didn’t contain many characters that reflected the diverse nature of the real world. They tended to be white, middle class, and North American in both setting and population. A new wave of writers in these subgenres are exploring cities and characters that are more inclusive. Panelists will discuss approaches to broader perspectives, challenges they face, and the best works of urban fantasy that embrace the multicultural nature of our world.
Parking update--
There is parking at the library and on both sides of Summer Street (just north of the library).
There is parking at Central Plaza (where the Market Basket is on the corner of Main Street (125) and Water Street.
There is street parking on Bailey Blvd., off of Main Street (125). There is also a parking deck behind the police station and the Pentucket Medical Building on Bailey Blvd.
There is parking in the lot on Merrimack Street (off Main Street-125).
It is advisable to carpool if possible.

Oh and you can get a copy of THIS IS HALLOWEEN  and a few other surprises while you're there. :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Eeper Weeper and One For Sorrow: The Whitechapel Paranormal Society is coming soon.

One of  the rare and delightful treats about knowing other writers is now and then they let you check out their worlds a little early. That's the case with E.J. Stevens as regards her forthcoming Dreadpunk series The Whitechapel Paranormal Society. I got a chance to read this a while back. Now I get a chance to share it with you. This is an excerpt from Eeper Weeper, a story that is an introduction and prequel to the series coming down the pipeline early next year.

Right HERE is a link to the first part of Eeper Weeper, to whet your appetites. I am waiting as patiently as I can for the next installment.

Like that cover? Try this one on for size, for ONE FOR SORROW.

Right HERE is where you can earn a chance to win an Amazon Gift card fro looking a little deeper into the secrets of the Whitechapel Paranormal Society and the horrors they'll be investigating.

Just for grins, make a post on the link right above as you're entering for your chance to win and E.J will pick one winner at random to get a signed and personalized copy of my forthcoming THIS IS HALLOWEEN short story collection. Why? Because now and then we all like a treat, and I love Halloween.

Thursday, October 6, 2016


So here it is. I am IMMENSELY pleased!

Since time began the Grakhul, immortal servants of the gods who choose who lives and who dies when it comes time to make sacrifices to their deities, have been seeking to keep the world in balance and the gods appeased. When they take the family of Brogan McTyre to offer as sacrifice, everything changes.

Brogan heads off on a quest to save his family from the Grakhul. The decision this time is costlier than they expected, leading to Brogan and his kin being hunted as criminals and the gods seeking to punish those who’ve defied them.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

THIS IS HALLOWEEN (Coming soon as a limited release)

So, I teased already. Now I can show you the final work..

The following is the cover for a new short story collection by yours truly.  The collection, called THIS IS HALLOWEEN, will be available this year at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival. As the collection directly revolves around Halloween and has MOST of my Halloween stories collected in one place, it seemed appropriate.

This is a limited edition, and only in print for the present time.

The cost will not be prohibitive. More on that soon.

In the meantime. I just wanted to show you the amazing cover by Dan Brereton, who is awesome. Dan knows all about the Halloween spirit, as he is responsible for THE NOCTURNALS, just about the best comic book ever to happen to Halloween and all things creepy.