Book Review Published

I mentioned here that I agreed to do a number of book reviews for Withersin Magazine, as I have done some for them in the past.  The books came in a week or so ago and I am currently wading through the pile on my desk.

That being said, the first book I read off the list (you can find the list on my original post) is Gord Rollo’s The Jigsaw Man, which has now been published on Withersin’s site.  You can read the book review by clicking here.

As always, you can check out the full list of my published items by visiting Published/Upcoming Works.  Then head on over to the Storefront to find out where you can buy Night School or a magazine where one of my short stories have appeared.


The Gentle Art of Collaboration by Brian Keene

If you’re a horror fan but haven’t yet checked out any of Brian Keene’s work, you’re missing out.  His books are mysterious, fast-paced, have good characters and great scenes.  You’ll have a heck of a ride reading his work.  You can check out his website, here.

I mention this because Brian often has a line of posts on his website dealing with ‘advice for writers’ which are always informative and sometimes just downright funny.  One of his posts, entitled, ‘The Gentle Art of Collaboration’ was something that caught my attention when it was originally posted back in October 2008 and I think will continue to apply for anyone that is trying to break into the writing scene, no matter what genre you’re writing in.  You can read the post yourself, by clicking here.

You may be asking yourself, ‘why are you posting something such as this?’  The answer is quite simple.  Adam P. Lewis, Justin Jones (both horror authors) and I recently agreed to start working on a novel-length book together.  The ‘theme’ of the book is not decided as of yet, but it will revolve around a central idea or theme and will be written with three different perspectives, via three novellas, one by each of us, contained in the same book.  This is something none of us have ever done before, but we’re excited about the opportunity and continue to throw around ideas on what the book will be about.  As more information is available, I’ll make sure to let you know.

Richard Laymon Book Contest

This is truly a special contest.  Let me explain.

As many of you know (or can tell) my favorite horror author of all time is the late, great Richard Laymon.  You can visit the Richard Laymon Kills website, by clicking here.  His books inspired me to start writing, again.  Sure, I dabbled with a poem or a short story here and there throughout the years, but didn’t become serious about being an author until I read my first Laymon book.  From that point, I knew I wanted to ultimately write for a living (still working on that part) and that I wanted to read every peice of work that he ever wrote (to which I own almost all of his novels).

Because of my admiration for his work, in April of 2008 I contacted his wife, Ann, and told her how much I enjoyed his books and that I considered myself I lifelong fan, after the first book I read of his.  Since that time, Ann and I have stayed in contact.  She is kind as can be and has wished me luck with my own writing a number of times.

Having said that.  About a month ago, Ann and I started discussing the idea of a ‘Richard Laymon book contest’.  One of the ideas behind the contest was, of course, to bring new fans to my site.  But, more importantly, it was a way to give back. 

As I said, it was Richard’s work that made me want to really buckle down and start writing, again.  So, I figured, if it helped me, why wouldn’t it work for someone else, as well. 

So, the idea was born.

A ‘Richard Laymon book contest’ that would not only bring new readers to my work, but also to his as well.  Perhaps a new horror fan that hasn’t heard of Laymon before and but reading one of his books, will want to go out and…buy them all! 

Basically, the contest works as follows.

Every so often I will post a ‘new’ contest featuring a book that Ann was so gracious to send me.  I will tell you alittle about the book and untimately how to win it. 

So, having said that…here is the current contest.


YOU COULD WIN…  The Richard Laymon Collection, Volume 18.  Which is a double-book containing The Glory Bus (published as Into The Fire here in the U.S.) and Friday Night in Beast House.  This was published by Headline (in the U.K.) in July 2008.

The description of the double-book is below.


One moment Pamela is a contented newly-wed with a loving husband. The next, she’s the prisoner of a repulsive killer who has lusted after her since high school.Somehow college kid Norman finds himself in a car with hell-raiser Duke and a strange hyper-sexed hitchhiker who tags along for the ride. Together the lawless pair take him on a wild journey that soon becomes a living nightmare.


The last novel in the Laymon’s BEAST HOUSE series. Michael would do anything to get a date with Alison. She has just one condition he has to spend a night with her in the legendary Beast House. To Michael a night alone with Alison is a chance of a lifetime but if the stories about the Beast House are true it may also be a chance to die…


As you can imagine with Headline being a company based in the U.K. these books are extremely hard to come by.

So, how do you win, you ask?  Simple.

Send me an email ( with the subject line, ‘Richard Laymon Book Contest’ and include your name, mailing address and why you love the horror genre.

One lucky winner will be chosen at random on (entries must be received by midnight on May 13th) May 15th from all entries received.  The lucky winner will be notified via email.  Please, only one entry per person.

Good Luck!

Richard Laymon’s Rules of Writing

I mentioned here in the first installment of ‘Advice For Writers’ about A Writer’s Tale by Richard Laymon.  I just finished reading it tonight, for the third time (can you tell I dig this book or what) and thought his ‘Rules of Writing’ would be a great thing to provide to you, if you haven’t had a chance to read it already.  Via the following link you will find the majority of that section in the book, though each ‘part’ has been cut down a tad bit.  Though, overall, you will get a great feel for what he was saying you should strive for and try to avoid when writing your own fiction.

You can read Laymon’s Rules of Writing, by clicking here.

Sinister Tales Magazine 4.2 – Now Available!



Sinister Tales Magazine 4.2 which contains my short story, ‘The 7th House’ is now available to order.

About ‘The 7th House’ :

A couple visits a traveling haunted house to see the attractions. At the end of a somewhat boring night, the owner of the attraction asks them to visit the 7th House, which is by invite only. The couple accepts the offer.

What started as a simple visit to a haunted house ends with a decision that one of them will never forget.


The cover price of the 40 page (‘The 7th House’ is 5,800 words or 4 pages) magazine is $9.99.  Shipping (within the U.S.) $3.50 first copy, $1.99 per additional copy.  International shipping rates are $6.99 for the first copy and $2.99 per additional copy.

You can order the magazine via one of the following ways.

For copies send a money order, check*, or well concealed cash to:

Darkness Productions

129 W. Hickman Street

Winchester, KY  40391

or send a PayPal payment to PayPal ID:

*Will not ship until check has cleared (international-send international money order, not check)  Make checks payable to Jason Mullen.  Jason is the editor at the magazine.  So, if you are ordering via mail, it may not be a bad idea to send a money order to speed the process along.

Remember if ordering by check, money order or PayPal to insert a note with payment that you would like Sinister Tales 4.2.  Oh, don’t forget to include your name and mailing address with the note if via regular mail.


Booksigning Results

It was warm and sunny in Solon, Ohio (Saturday), the day of the signing at Borders.  Even though 70 degrees was nice for a jog or letting your little-one play in the yard, it wasn’t quite as nice for stores – those that depend on traffic, of course, for sales.  More specifically, book sales.

I found the management at this Borders outstanding.  They seemed to be more than happy to assist customers finding a book or directing them to their in-house coffee shop (which was great).  They also did a nice job of setting up a table for me and my books at the front of the store.  To the store, thank you.

I would also like to thank those of you that took the time to stop by the table, to talk, buy the book and get it signed by me.  I enjoyed speaking with each and every one of you and truly appreciate you taking the time out of your busy day to learn more about me and my work.  I hope you continue to check back often on this website for future books, stories, interviews, etc. 

Again, thank you.

Why Writer’s Write

Those of you that know me, know I’m not the biggest Stephen King fan in the world.  I have read some of his stuff and am in fact, right now, watching a featurette on the Secret Window dvd – which was adapted from King’s novella, Secret Window, Secret Garden.  In fact, it’s one of my favorite ‘horror-suspense’ movies.  Though, most of his writing (specifically the more recent stuff) just doesn’t do it for me.  In all honesty, most of his stuff just isn’t scary enough for me.  Though, I’m obviously in the minority on this, as King is one of the best selling authors of all-time, so ya have to give him props for that.

I say all this, because I just read a book he wrote several years ago, called On Writing : A Memior Of The Craft (I actually stole this from my sister over Easter weekend) and really enjoyed it (I don’t think my sister is getting the copy back).  The book is part memoir (I really dug this part), part a class on writing.

I’ve heard many people say it before and I will now, as well.  If you are serious about writing, this book is a must-have.  It not only tells the tale of how it all came to be for King, but it explains how to write the right way (like I said, I’m in the minority of people that don’t like him, but he is obviously doing it right).  This is one of the few non-fiction books that I have read in the last 10 years.  So, if I got through it, you know it must be good.  If you are an aspiring author, of any genre, I suggest you order a copy, now.

Another non-fiction book that I have read and am fortunate to own – A Writer’s Tale by Richard Laymon.  Though, this may be a tad more difficult to go out and buy, as it is a signed limited-edition of only 500 copies (though, I doubt that many exist today) and is priced at a minimum of $400.00. 

Laymon’s tale was truly dedicated, not only to his fans, but his fans that are aspiring authors.  He tells where he came from, what it took to become a best-selling author in the horror genre and a story-by-story account of where the ideas for each of his novels came from.  Reading it, you can almost feel that Laymon is by your side and talking to you.  That’s how personal it feels.  This is a great book and probably the prize of my book collection – without a doubt.


I mention all this, because I get alot of questions about how I come up with story ideas (I have no idea where they come from), why I write horror instead of something else (what am I gonna write about – romance?), how I am promoting my work (just google my name and you’ll see) or what I’m working on now (short story collection – which is almost complete).  I also get emails from time to time from aspiring authors asking how to go about this-or-that.  I always try to answer their questions to the best of my ability, what I have done that seemed to work for me, etc.  Though, I’m obviously no best selling author (at least not yet…), so I figured I would give you a few of the books that have inspired and/or helped me along the way to get off my duff and WRITE…because if you really want to be a writer, the two things you HAVE to do is…READ and WRITE – ALOT!