Happy Easter!


See, even the ever-faithful Easter bunny enjoys a good book every now and then. Although, it does explain the rash of kids not getting goodies in their baskets this year.

Lets put a stop to the madness. Go buy a book and take one away the bunny might get his paws on.

Oh, I almost forgot… Happy Easter!


March Plug #11 — Joshua Lisec


The Phoenix Reich by Joshua Lisec


When underachieving college student Max Meyers learns that the death of his father, a popular United States Senator, has been prematurely ruled a suicide, he sets out on a mission to learn the truth—a mission that leads him to uncover an international conspiracy dating back to the final days of Nazi Germany.
Author Joshua Lisec’s title, “The Phoenix Reich,” seizes readers’ imaginations through a tangible combination of contemporary action coupled with mysterious archival revelations found in Nazi history. As a source of suspense and intrigue, “The Phoenix Reich” results in an electrifying adventure. Lisec’s novel transports readers to the front seat of action through well-crafted characters who simultaneously appear both familiar and enigmatic; all of which is delivered in tightly woven narrative.
Joshua Lisec is a novelist and freelance writer from Dayton, Ohio. Inspired by his love for the classic action-adventure novel, Joshua decided at age seventeen to embark on an adventure of his own—to write the first epic tale of a young hero whose story would be nothing less than terribly wonderful. Three years later, The Phoenix Reich was born. You can learn more on his website.

You can Pre-Order the Trade Paperback here.

Tales of Obscenity #1 — Limited Hardcover

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Tales of Obscenity #1: The Magazine of Horror and Erotic Horror

“In Remembrance” by Jennifer Loring
“First Love” by Angeline Hawkes
“Suck on This, Bitch!” (10k word novelette) by Ty Schwamberger
“Sacrificing Virgins” by John Everson
“Obsession” by Jeremy Terry
“Daddy’s Got You” by M.R. Gott
“The Way I Love You” by Christopher Fulbright
“Alan and Christine” by J. F. Gonzalez

Story Illustrations & Artwork
Luke Spooner
Alan M. Clark
Allen Koszowski
Mike Mabrey
Daniele Serra
Vince Natale

Cover Artist Mini Gallery: David Ho
An Interview with Ty Schwamberger by John Everson
Article: “Opposites Attract: Different Opinions of Sex in Horror” by Ty Schwamberger & Sheryl Scanlon
Reviews by Vi Reaper, Ben Macnair & Sheri White (Review of DININ’ by Ty Schwamberger)

Title Details
RRP Price: £29.95 (Signed & Numbered Edition) / £49.95 (Signed & Lettered Edition)
Publisher: Short, Scary Tales Publications
Release Date: 2013 (Estimated publication date: August 2013)
8.5″ x 11″
Full-colour Interior
Pages: 88 + limitation page

The pre-order window lasts 60 days and will close on May 22nd 2013. The print run for the Special Limited Signed & Numbered Edition will then be set and no more copies can be ordered. So make sure you order your copy today! Don’t leave it in case you forget and miss the pre-order window!

Please Note: The Signed & Lettered Edition is limited to only 52 copies and once they’re gone, they’re gone! If you’d like one of these very collectable editions please make sure you order now before they sell out.

People who pre-order the Limited Edition Hardcovers will be the first to hear about (and be able to order) any other issues we publish.

The Hardcover Special Limited Signed & Numbered Edition is signed & numbered by the editor and will feature exclusive original artwork by Luke Spooner on the limitation page created especially just for this edition, and will never appear anywhere else. These copies are available for only £29.95 with FREE worldwide shipping!

The Hardcover Special Limited Signed & Lettered Edition is signed & lettered by the editor and available in only 52 copies. This edition will also feature exclusive original artwork by Luke Spooner (different from the numbered edition) on the limitation page created especially just for this lettered edition, and will also never appear anywhere else. These copies are available for only £49.95 with FREE worldwide shipping!

Both of these very collectable hardcover editions will be printed in FULL COLOUR throughout and will feature exclusive original artwork on the limitation page. The books are case laminate, which is basically a hardcover book without a dust jacket. The cover artwork is printed directly onto the hardcover case. They will be printed using Premium Colour high-quality printing on 70#, 378 PPI White paper, as opposed to the Standard Colour printing of the magazine which is printed on 50#, 512 PPI White paper. So the paper stock for the hardcover editions is thicker and better quality and the interior full colour printing quality is much superior. The magazine print and production quality is excellent but the quality of the hardcovers will be much, much higher!

PLEASE NOTE: Copies are allocated on a first-come first-served basis. You are very welcome to request a specific number or letter and we will try our best to accommodate. We’re sorry but we cannot guarantee to allocate the copy/copies you ask for.

Click HERE to Pre-Order the Limited Hardcover Edition of Tales of Obscenity #1.

March Plug #10 — Kenneth W. Cain


The Dead Civil War by Kenneth W. Cain


It takes only one maniac to destroy the world.

Family is often at the heart of our intent. When that which we hold dear is threatened, our hand is forced. This is the reason so many work all day at a job they would prefer to leave. Each day we do what we can to provide for those we love.

America; land of the free, home of the brave. What if this place we call home erupted in sudden turmoil? What if the very people who protect our country, began turning their guns on each other instead of our enemies? What if one man could use that disjointed state to his advantage, to destroy everything we believe in—our faith, our homes, and our families?

In the near future the United States finds itself divided between two parties that are slowly decimating America from the inside out. While our nation battles, countries from around the world notice our disarray and make their move to either stake claim to near-abandoned territories or seal themselves off from the evolving horror completely. The United States has become a nation of Republicans versus Democrats, torn between the red and the blue. And who decides how America will move forward when the dust settles? One man.

When all is accounted for, there are sides that will remain. Lines will be drawn in the sand, between men and women, the living and the dead. And these sides will form packs.

Some of these packs we can trust. But others, those of the undead, are based on different principles. These are packs driven by one sole motive, to feed. Their hunger is a driving force and the virus, having given them life, continues to prove unstable, ever mutating.

As the struggle for power resurfaces, the United States is faced with many hardships. New problems demand unique approaches, and a leader emerges from out of the ruin. This forerunner will cure our land and lead this nation under his watch, rebuild it with his hands, and rule with an iron fist.

Who will help the United States return to what it once was—a strong nation, by the people and for the people? Who will rise up against this tyranny that has taken over, led us astray? Who of you will endure these struggles with us and fight for the America that we know and love?

Sydney Forrester is this person. She is a trailblazer, fearless in the shadow of the dead. She will fight, relying on her intuition and the sharp edge of her sword. She is the woman who will gather the reigns of this fight and drive us toward a better tomorrow.

It will take strength to refocus her husband, to return him to the man he once was. Despite their years of separation, they will brave the unknown in hopes of reuniting with their young son.

Before this small group of people can mend a nation, they must first heal their pasts. Some of them have secrets they have kept hidden for fear of facing the truth. The horror that they too might be responsible is a constant threat to their weakening souls. Until they can stand on their own two feet, how could they possibly save America?

Sydney cannot fight this battle alone. She will need help. It will take the union of her fragmented family, the realization of one half of a twisted relationship between two reckless brothers, the truth of one mysterious zombie, the courageousness of a distraught jester, the steady mind of a criminal and a dragon. Together they will fight for what they have always held high, their freedom. They must confront the man who has crippled this nation. Together they will make those who have committed crimes against America pay for their heinous acts.

Even if they do succeed, will it be enough? Can America be saved? And if it is, will it ever learn from its mistakes? Only time will tell, but there will always be those who rise up against the evils in this world. Sydney and her friends are among those willing to fight. Are you ready to fight with them? Are you ready to battle the undead?

Prepare yourself. Only you can determine the future of this country.


“Tough and honest, The Dead Civil War has got some serious teeth to it.  Think Patrick Henry goes to Zombieland, because that’s what Cain has in store for you!” – Joe McKinney, author MUTATED and INHERITANCE


Kenneth W. Cain writes dark fiction from his home in eastern Pennsylvania, where he lives with his wife and two children. He is the author of several novels and short fiction, including his acclaimed collection These Old Tales. His work has appeared alongside such notable authors as Hill, Barker, Ketchum, Braunbeck, Maberry and more.

He became interested in the art of storytelling at a young age, spending hours listening to his grandfather spin tales beside the light of a barrel fire in southern Illinois.  Darkness, fear, mystery, and a bit of the unknown were elements the old man wove into his stories that Kenneth relies on in his own tales.

He discovered his passion for dark fiction spending one too many graveyards shifts on-call for the local Pepperidge Farm cookie plant.  He immersed himself in a world full of books, late night television, and chronic nightmarish dreams, embracing his own fears through his writing and artwork. It intrigued him enough to study creative writing in college in order to hone his skills.

Before writing, Kenneth spent more than twenty sleepless years in the graphic design industry. Kenneth remains a loyal fan of the Cardinals (baseball and football), the 76er’s and the Flyers. He also does formatting and digital conversion work for various publications, including the Lovecraft eZine.

Kenneth’s deepest wish is to share his stories, to have them read. Perhaps his tales will bring you a chill or make you think twice about locking your front door. Either way, he is grateful for his dear readers and hopes you enjoy.

You can learn more on his website.

Available in Trade Paperback or eBook:


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March Plug #9 — John Everson


NightWhere by John Everson

2012 Bram Stoker Award Nominee for Achievement in a Novel!


She yearned to go beyond… but some curtains should never be opened.

When Rae broached the idea of visiting an underground sex club, Mark didn’t blink. He should have. Because NightWhere is not your usual swingers club. Where it’s held on a given night…only those who receive the red invitations know. Soon Rae is indulging in her lust for pain. And Mark is warned by a beautiful stranger to take his wife away before it’s too late.

But it’s already too late. Because Rae hasn’t come home. Now Mark is in a race against time—to find NightWhere again and save his wife from the mysterious Watchers who run the club. To stop her from taking that last step through the degradations of The Red into the ultimate BDSM promise of The Black. More than just their marriage and her life are at stake: Rae is in danger of losing her soul…


NightWhere isn’t for everybody…Think Hellraiser meets Basic Instinct, and you have some idea about the dark contents of this novel. That being said, I loved NightWhere.”

“I can guarantee once you start NightWhere you will not be able to put it down; it sinks its hooks into you and you just have to turn the next page to see what will happen next.”
–Famous Monsters of Filmland

“…extremely well written, providing the kind of reading experience you get from Cormac McCarthy’s The Road or Scott Smith’s The Ruins — relentless in both realism and emotional impact.”
–The Horror Review

“The dialogue is crisp, the plotting is fast-paced — it’s a very confident piece of work, regardless of the subject matter. And is it scary? Yes, at times NightWhere is very scary…because this is a novel that can go anywhere. And it does.”
–Bloody Disgusting

NightWhere is a darkly erotic, deeply disturbing and hauntingly engaging tale that took my breath away – literally…  This tale of heightened eroticism, degradation, masochism, graphic violence and often horrific imagery is the proverbial scrape across a chalk board or the fingernail stroke down one’s spine that elicits an aching twinge and shudder; and, weirdly, leaves you wanting more. NightWhere may not be ‘hauntingly beautiful’, but it’s a hell of a good read.”
–Dark Haven Book Reviews


John Everson is a staunch advocate for the culinary joys of the jalapeno and an unabashed fan of 1970s European horror cinema. He is also the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of seven novels, including the erotic horror tour de force of NightWhere and the occult / urban legend mystery of The Pumpkin Man. Other novels include Covenant, Sacrifice, The 13th and the upcoming spider-driven Violet Eyes. His tales have been translated into Polish, French, Italian, Turkish and German and optioned for potential film development. His short stories have been gathered in a handful of collections, including the Cage of Bones & Other Deadly Obsessions and Needles & Sins. A 10th anniversary edition of his Vigilantes of Love was reissued in 2013. You can learn more about John on his website.

You can watch a reading from NightWhere at Chicago’s Tuesday Funk live reading series on YouTube.

NightWhere is available in Trade Paperback or Kindle on Amazon.

R.I.P. (In Three’s)

In alittle over a week, the horror genre has been hit hard by three greats passing away. First, David B. Silva, moved into the afterlife early last week. Then there was James Herbert’s passing, yesterday. Then, today, it was Rick Hautala. They say things come in three’s. Well, if this is any indication of the theory of three’s, I, for one, have had enough.

I knew Dave Silva relatively well. In fact, he asked me questions for my first ever interview in December 2008 on Hellnotes. Then came my column on Hellnotes ‘Ty-ing Up the Genre’ which ran from February 2010 – April 2011. The column featured guest authors/publishers/editors each month and discussed writing and publishing in the horror genre on Hellnotes. (A little known fact: Dave is the one who came up with the column’s name). Since that time, I routingly sent him news of my current releases to post on Hellnotes. He also offered constructive criticism on my novellas The Fields and DININ’ before they were ever released. I think they ended up better because of his straight forward, but kind words. Dave was possibly best known for being the founder and editor of Hellnotes and The Horror Show. However, he was also a great short story writer and novelist. The winner of the Bram Stoker Award and the World Fantasy Award, his books included Come Thirteen, Through Shattered Glass, The Disappeared, All the Lonely People, and Walk the Sky (with Robert Swartwood).

I must admit, I didn’t know James Herbert personally. However, his body of work speaks for itself. Herbert wrote more than twenty novels. In total, his books have sold over 42 million copies which included: The RatsThe Fog, The DarkFluke, The Ghosts of Sleath and The Secret of Crickley Hall. He was an Officer of the Order of the British Empire and a former Grand Master of the World Horror Convention. Herbert was also the winner of the World Fantasy Award and many others.

Then there is today’s passing of Rick Hautala. I have to admit, this one hits me the hardest. I had corresponded with Rick for a few years now. I had actually mailed him the ARC of my zombie novella, The Fields, for a possible blurb, but his ever-busy writing schedule prevented him from giving it a read. Below is Rick’s bio straight from his website:

Rick Hautala has more than thirty published books to his credit, including the million copy, international best-seller Nightstone, as well as Twilight Time, Little Brothers, Cold Whisper, Impulse, and The Wildman. He has also published four novels—The White Room, Looking Glass, Unbroken, and Follow—using the pseudonym A. J. Matthews. His more than sixty published short stories have appeared in national and international anthologies and magazines. His short story collection Bedbugs was selected as one of the best horror books of the year in 2003.

A novella titled Reunion was published by PS Publications in December, 2009; and Occasional Demons, a short story collection, is due in 2010 from CD Publications. He wrote the screenplays for several short films, including the multiple award-winning The Ugly Film, based on the short story by Ed Gorman, as well as Peekers, based on a short story by Kealan Patrick Burke, and Dead @ 17, based on the graphic novel by Josh Howard.

A graduate of the University of Maine in Orono with a Master of Art in English Literature (Renaissance and Medieval Literature), Hautala lives in southern Maine with author Holly Newstein. His three sons have all grown up and (mostly) moved out of the house. He served terms as Vice President and Trustee for the Horror Writers Association.

An interesting note: About a year ago, I had approached Rick about joining a new imprint who was going to publish a novel of mine. We chatted for a bit about it and he decided it was time for The Wildman to be reprinted. This fantastic novel came out once again in October 2012.

Even though I only knew two of these three writers, and even more so great human beings, they will all be sorely missed, and never forgotten.

For their work will live on forevermore.

March Plug #8 — Melissa Starr


Phoenix Elite series by Melissa Starr

Phoenix (Phoenix Elite #1)

Elora Rae Gannon believes her life is over. On her sixteenth birthday she receives news that she is a mythical monster of hellish proportions and if that’s not bad enough, she receives this information in the form of a letter from her dead mother who also informs her that she must become part of an elite secret society of others like herself or die. Sucky birthday, huh? And just when she thinks she’s got it all figured out, her new-found family in the Elite forces her to break ties with her human BFF shortly before her BFF just up and vanishes. With her world in utter upheaval, Elora makes the move to a new school- Marlind Prep, with full intentions of finding out exactly what is going on behind the scenes and why her best friend has vanished- all while trying to figure out how to successfully make out with her boyfriend without sucking the very life out of him

Ruhk’s Rising (Phoenix Elite #2)

Elora’s days at Marlind Prep are anything but safe or boring. She receives news of her BFF’s death not long after she disappears and is certain the Phoenix Elite are responsible. While searching for stability, Elora is stripped of her strength and sanity by the ancient Ruhk, Isaac, who continues to infiltrate her mind. Adding icing to the cake, she finds herself at odds with her mate/advisor, Ezra, leaving her vulnerable to the new guy, who just happens to find her on the verge of a nervous breakdown. What dangers await Elora among her own in RUHK’S RISING?


Melissa Starr is the up and coming paranormal/romance author of Phoenix (Phoenix Elite #1) & Ruhk’s Rising (Phoenix Elite #2) and future release and final installment in the Phoenix Elite series, Angel I Am Not. Novels are available in both ebook and print format. Starr is also working on a hot new project (and shush…if she told you she’d have to kill you) in the young adult/paranormal/romance genre.

Starr is a small town, country gal from deep in southern Oklahoma. Born in Altus and raised in Frederick, it only seemed right to put down roots there with her own family; a husband, two sons and two daughters. She resides and writes from her home where she frequently lets her inner child come out and play (if she behaves that is) long enough to spin colorful words into novels. Claims the # 13 as her unlucky lucky number and has a serious phobia of scorpions, and ironically- she is a Scorpio.

Melissa is also a freelance photographer who enjoys camping and riding ATV’s when the weather permits and snapping a million and one pictures of her family and friends against much protest. *Smiles*

You can learn more about Starr and her books via the below links:

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