Past & Present

A few weeks ago I met Kyra Szepietowski at a location of her choosing so she could take some new promo pictures of me.  The setting was Glendale Cemetery in Akron, Ohio.  Glendale, established back in 1839, turned out to be the perfect place to have the shoot (even though it was rather cold and dreary that day).  Below are only a couple of the hundred shots she took.

Personally, I not only found Glendale to be cool because I write scary stuff, but from a historical standpoint, as well.  This probably comes from me being a history major back in college, but as I walked through the place, often found myself looking at the last names and dates on the headstones, wondering what those people had done with their lives.  I recoginzed quite a few of the names. 

In fact, one of the taller monuments had the late name – Seiberling.  One of the Seiberling’s founded a rubber company which ended up being bought by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.  I was familiar with the last name while attending Heidelberg College (now, University) – Seiberling Gymnasium.

Anyway, I found it pretty cool. 

You can read and see pictures of Glendale Cemetery by visiting Mr. Ed’s blog by clicking here.

Also, if you live in the Akron, Ohio area and are looking for a photographer and would like to speak with Kyra about possibly working together, shoot me an email (under Contact) and I’ll get you in touch with her.


What’s been going on…

I’ve been extremely busy the last month.  During this time I’ve been working on the following:  finished a novella for Bad Moon Books, started a new novella (publisher to be named later), did a photo shoot for new promo pictures (which I’ll share in the next day or two), did an interview for a newspaper, getting ready for the release of Cake Batter next month, arranging everything for my film showing/book signing next month, talking with another film production company that is interested in working together, continue to receive positive replies for my column, ‘Ty-ing Up the Genre’ on Hellnotes (I believe the list of guests is up to around 30, now) and I’ve been reading like a madman – of course.

Just a tad busy, eh?  Uh, yeah.

Novella Picked Up

Bad Moon Books had several works up for a Stoker Award last month, including the novella, The Lucid Dreaming by Lisa Morton, who won the award.

Now, they have picked up my very tentatively titled novella, Dine-n-Dash, for publication in early 2012.

Cake Batter – On Sale Soon!

I just received word from Warren with Shadetree Films that the DVD of Cake Batter (which will also contain 2 short bonus films – details will be posted once it is up for pre-order) will be available for Pre-Order on 5/4 with an official release date of 5/11.  If you haven’t seen the 1-minute trailer to this 25-minute film, yet, you can do so by clicking here.  There is also some great gear to go along with the soon-to-be-released film in the Storefront.

And the winner is…

Pedro Zabala from Durham, North Carolina.  You are the lucky winner of The Woods Are Dark by Richard Laymon – the first book that is up for grabs during the 2nd Annual Richard Laymon Book Contest

The next book up for grabs will be the Cemetery Dance, Hardcover edition of The Traveling Vampire Show (one of my personal favorites)The contest will start in a few weeks – so check back often!

The Vanguard

You may remember that about a week ago I got an email from Dean Harrison asking me what my definition of horror is for his college newspaper.  Of course I went into a little more detail than just giving a flat definition and then sent it off to him.  You can read the article I wrote here.

Using mine and other various sources, Dean then wrote an article of his own about horror literature for his college newspaper, ‘The Vanguard’ at the University of South Alabama (Dean is a Contributing Editor at the paper).  Though Dean was supposed to send me a copy when it came out (and, hell, perhaps I’ll still get a hard copy – though, I more like busting his balls about it now), I did find the article that was published in ‘The Vanguard’ on April 12th.  You can read the article here.  Well done, Dean!

Dawn of a New Business Card

Artwork taken from the cover of my novel, Night School.  The artwork was originally done by Jaime Ortiz.

The actual design of the new business card was done by my fiance, Sheryl (and I think she did a wonderful job – and I’m not just saying that to keep me out of the doghouse:)).