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Book Review: Johnny Halloween – Author Norman Partridge


Johnny Halloween: Norman Partridge “Norman Partridge’s Halloween novel, Dark Harvest, was chosen as one of Publishers Weekly’s 100 Best Books of 2006. A Bram Stoker Award winner and World Fantasy nominee, Partridge’s rapid-fire tale of a small town trapped by its own shadows welcomed a wholly original creation, the October Boy, earning the author comparisons to Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, and Shirley Jackson. Halloween night awaits. Join a master storyteller as he explores the layers … Continue reading

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Win Signed Books For Halloween


As all you horror and Halloween fans know, Literary Mayhem’s first original fiction is just around the corner. On October 24, 2010, we will be publishing an original short story by none other than one of my favorite authors Mary SanGiovanni. To celebrate our favorite time of year and a brand new story by Mary, Literary Mayhem is giving away to one lucky winner signed copies of Mary’s first two novels; “The Hollower” and “Found … Continue reading

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Halloween Contest


As October is in full swing and for us horror lovers there is no better month. A great way to get started on your Halloween fun is to swing over to’s good friend Ronald Kelly’s site for his annual Halloween contest. He is giving away some excellent prizes. Just follow the link: His new book Hell Hollow, which is awesome by the way is also available in digital format. Go to his blog … Continue reading

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Best Opening Paragraph In Horror

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Since October is tomorrow and we all know what the means…Halloween!!! I figured I’d start things off with what I feel is the best opening paragraph in horror fiction. Feel free to comment on whether you agree or disagree and send along your favorites. It’s Halloween time people, time to have a little fun. The Haunting Of Hill House – Shirley Jackson – Simply the best opening paragraph in literary history. “No live organism can … Continue reading


Book Review: Morpheus Tales Magazine – Undead Issue


Morpheus Tales – Undead Special (pdf preview) Morpheus Tales was kind enough to send me a copy of their Undead Special Issue and I am glad they did. If you, like me enjoy the undead in all their forms you will love the Undead Special. The cover art is simply beautiful, as is the other artwork interspersed throughout the magazine. But it is the quality of the fiction that makes this magazine stand out. There … Continue reading

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Book Review: Snow – Author Ronald Malfi


Snow by Ronald Malfi When a brutal snowstorm shut down all the flights in and out of Chicago, Todd Curry and a few other stranded passengers rented a Jeep to drive the rest of the way to their destinations. But along a forested, isolated road, they picked up a disoriented man wandering through the snow. His car wouldn’t start and his daughter had vanished. Strangest of all were the mysterious slashes cut into the back … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Painted Darkness – Author Brian James Freeman


The Painted Darkness by Brian James Freeman When Henry was a child, something terrible happened in the woods behind his home, something so shocking he could only express his terror by drawing pictures of what he had witnessed. Eventually, Henry’s mind blocked out the bad memories, but he continued to draw, often at night by the light of the moon. Twenty years later, Henry makes his living by painting his disturbing works of art. He … Continue reading

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Darkside Digital News


Greg F. Gifune’s SORCERER Hits Digital Other than appearing as a bonus story in the Altar 13 Kingdom Of Shadows limited hardcover, Greg F. Gifune’s novella Sorcerer hasn’t seen print and isn’t slated to see print publication, but you can download the ebook now for $5.95. PDF, MOBI, or EPUB, which covers the majority of e-readers on the market. See why Gifune is hailed by many as one of the best talents working in the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Diary Of A Gentleman Diabolist – Author Robin Spriggs


Diary Of A Gentleman Diabolist by Robin Spriggs This collection of interconnected prose poems by acclaimed fabulist Robin Spriggs defies easy classification. Equal parts grimoire, dream journal, adversaria, metafictional scripture, oracular revelation, and astral travelogue, Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist is a darkly seductive journey through the demon-haunted nether regions of magic, myth, and the poetic imagination. I had no idea what to expect when Managing Editor of Anomalous Books Amy Jenkins contacted me about … Continue reading

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Magazine Review: Morpheus Tales Magazine – Dark Sorcery Special


MORPHEUS TALES – DARK SORCERY SPECIAL Dark Sorcery: An Introduction By Tommy B. Smith Power Drunk By John “JAM” Arthur Miller The Word By Aaron Gudmunson Secret Ingredients By Bill Ward Moon And Shadow By Dennis McDonald Veil Of The Weary One By Lee Clark Zumpe Jackie’s Lost Children By Lee Thompson One Last Trist By Samantha Wood Magic Coin By Scott M. Sandridge Black Maggie’s Secret By Robert Walton My Master’s Work By Justin … Continue reading

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Literary Mayhem Original Horror Fiction

Horror fans here is the announcement you have been waiting for; Starting on October 24, 2010 Literary Mayhem will be posting original short fiction from some of the biggest names in horror fiction today. We will be publishing a new original tale every three months to start, hopefully increasing the frequency as time moves along. The first three slots are taken and here is what you can expect in the coming months; October 24, 2010 … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ouroboros – Author Michael Kelly & Carol Weekes


Ouroboros by Michael Kelly and Carol Weekes In a small coastal town, an ancient force stirs, drawn by the cumulative power of life and death, grief and sorrow, and ultimately, endless love. OUROBOROS – life out of death. Tom Christiansen’s wife of 35-years, Dolly, is dead. His world suddenly shattered, Tom takes refuge in his house to grieve and reflect. Tom’s thin veil of reality and fantasy begins to crack and slip. He hears things: … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Host Of Shadows – Author Harry Shannon

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A Host Of Shadows – Harry Shannon “Everyone carries a shadow,” wrote analyst Carl Jung, “and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is.” Few of us see the shadow with any clarity. Turn around for a peek, it slips away. Our violent, sexually tinged fantasies are indulged regularly in darkened theaters, savored in eerie prose, celebrated in song, sometimes reluctantly encountered within the depths of a … Continue reading

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New announcement from Cargo Cult Press!


BAD MAGICK by Nate Southard & Steven Shrewsbury (Limited Edition) With only 150 copies being produced this edition will go fast so order soon. In 1901, famed mystic Aleister Crowley passes through a barbaric land known as El Paso, Texas. There he meets a one-armed confederate and a Russian monk known as Rasputin.  Together, these outcasts stand witness to the terrible things men can do in the name of civilization, things normally locked behind closed … Continue reading

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Book Review: Nocturnal Emissions – Author Jeffrey Thomas


Nocturnal Emissions by Jeffrey Thomas Supernatural “Black Dogs,” UFOs, a vampire shark, parasite-infested children, and a foul-mouthed marionette from another dimension. These are just some of the dark delights to be found in the forthcoming collection  set for release by Dark Regions Press in September, 2010. NOCTURNAL EMISSIONS, from Jeffrey Thomas – the fertile imagination behind the Punktown and Letters From Hades series, and finalist for the Bram Stoker and John W. Campbell awards. Thomas … Continue reading

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