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John F.D. Taff’s THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS Arrives in September to Drive a Knife Through the Anguished Hearts of Horror Lovers

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Greetings to ill and sun-dried,

Here is a press release about John F.D. Taff’s new novel The End in All Beginnings. Please check it out!

Signed in human blood,
Sean Levin


JOHN F.D. TAFF’S THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS ARRIVES IN SEPTEMBER TO DRIVE A KNIFE THROUGH THE ANGUISHED HEARTS OF HORROR LOVERS

Through the Night Just Published

Grey Matter Press Announces Publication Date, Offers Glimpse into the Collection of Emotional Horror that Solidifies Taff as Horror’s New ‘King of Pain’

CHICAGO, Aug. 28, 2014—Horror author John F.D. Taff’s latest collection of five horror novellas, THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS, will see its worldwide release on Sept. 23, 2014, when it is published by the Chicago publisher of dark fiction Grey Matter Press.

THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS is Taff’s second single-author collection, following the 2012 release of his critically acclaimed LITTLE DEATHS, and contains five novellas that explore the painful and emotional horrors of life, love and loss throughout the ages.

Containing themes that run the gamut from loss of childhood innocence to the most profound aspects of human tragedy, the terrifying collection investigates anguish in a manner that solidifies Taff as the new ‘King of Pain’ in modern horror writing.

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13 Days of Halloween – Day Four

Hello Ghouls and Boils,

Welcome to day two of our 13 Days of Halloween Celebration. Have you flexed your trivia knowledge? You have until midnight (Pacific) tonight to get your answers in for today’s trivia question.

Today’s winner will receive an autographed copy of Fractal Despondency by the phantastic Trent Zelazny!

Fractal Despondency

Good Luck and as always — Enjoy, my fiends!

Abstrusely,
Sarah L. Covert

flick

Name the movie, the year it was released, and the young actor in this image!

Click to here submit answer!

(If you use web-based email you can email your answers to: sarah@sheneverslept.com – be sure to include 13 DoH – Day Four in the subject line)

Day Two:
Q) Name the movie:
Name the actor pictured above and his character’s name:
Who is the Director of this flick:
A)  Spider Baby
Sid Haig – Ralph Merrye
Jack Hill

Day Three:
Q) What decade was candy corn invented?
A) 1880s

She Never Slept Will Be Interviewing Drac Von Stoller

Hello Ghouls and Boils,

It’s now day four of our 13 Days of Halloween Celebration (at least on the each coast). I have some deliciously evil news to share. SNS will be interviewing author Drac Von Stoller this coming Sunday. The interview will be broadcast live on Sunday, October 26th at 8PM Eastern. Please be sure to listen – and call in with questions! Drac Von Stoller has written 155 Short Stories in the Horror & Ghost Genre that has been sold and downloaded in 102 Countries.  Join us as we chat about his books, self publishing, the horror genre, and more! The It is sure to be a scream! Enjoy, my fiends!

Abstrusely,
Sarah L. Covert

Drac

13 Days of Halloween – Day Three

Hello Ghouls and Boils,

Welcome to day two of our 13 Days of Halloween Celebration. Have you flexed your trivia knowledge? You have until midnight (Pacific) tonight to get your answers in for today’s trivia question.

Today’s winner will receive an autographed copy of the  Steve Niles Omnibus!

Steve Niles Omnibus

Good Luck and as always — Enjoy, my fiends!

Abstrusely,
Sarah L. Covert

candy-corn

You either love them or hate them, but they are a Halloween tradition. What decade was candy corn invented?

Click to here submit answer!

(If you use web-based email you can email your answers to: sarah@sheneverslept.com – be sure to include 13 DoH – Day Three in the subject line)

 

13 Days of Halloween – Day Two

Hello Ghouls and Boils,

Welcome to day two of our 13 Days of Halloween Celebration. I am sorry this is late, but apparently sleeping the day away was on order. Stayed up far too late working on a project. So I will be extending today’s deadline. You have until noon (Pacific) tomorrow to get your answers in for today’s trivia question.

Today’s winner will receive a copy of City of Others (the complete TPB) by Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson!

City of Others

Good Luck and as always — Enjoy, my fiends!

Abstrusely,
Sarah L. Covert

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Name the movie:
Name the actor pictured above and his character’s name:
Who is the Director of this flick: -

Click to here submit answer!

(If you use web-based email you can email your answers to: sarah@sheneverslept.com – be sure to include 13 DoH – Day Two in the subject line)

Day One Trivia

(Q) Name two (now) famous actors who started their careers in Nightmare on Elm Street films.
(A)  Johnny Depp and Patricia Arquette

13 Days of Halloween – Day One

Hello Ghouls and Boils,

Longtime fans know about our 13 Days of Halloween Celebration (or 13 DoH for short). But for you new fans let me give you the gorey details. Each day we will be presenting a trivia question to challenge your brains… mmmmmmmmmmmmmm, brains. We have lots of spooktacular sponsors (check them out on the left sidebar) who bring the truly strange and scary all year long.

Every day there will be a new trivia question related to Halloween and all things spooky. If you think you know the answer,  email your response by midnight (Pacific) of that day to qualify. Click on the link to send in your question (if you use yahoo or google or hotmail – just email me directly at sarah@sheneverslept.com but be sure to put 13 DoH and what day as the subject line like this: 13 DoH Day One). The answer will be posted the next day. Each correct answer will be eligible for that day’s drawing.  We will post a list of the winners after the 13 DoH is over. (They will be mailed some time in November.)

We will also be having our costume contest again this year. The Minions and I will be choosing the top three. And you, my devilish fiends, will pick the big winner! (Everyone in the top three will receive a prize and the number one winner will receive a goodie bag filled with prizes!) So have fun and be creative. Photos of your costume must be turned in no later than November 7th… and don’t worry I will remind you.

We will be posting new reviews, articles, and of course our annual interview (tradition and all) with Trent Zelazny! So stay tuned…

That brings us back to day one of our 13 DoH — are you frightened? You should be. *cackle* Today’s winner will receive  Casino R’lyeh playing cards from Dagon Industries!

R'lyeh Cards

Good Luck and as always — Enjoy, my fiends!

Abstrusely,
Sarah L. Covert

Name two (now) famous actors who started their careers in Nightmare on Elm Street films?

Nightmare

Click to here submit answer!

(If you use web-based email you can email your answers to: sarah@sheneverslept.com – be sure to include 13 DoH – Day One in the subject line)

Hellbender Media Publishes Through the Night

Hellbender Media Publishes Through the Night

Greetings to ill and sun-dried,

Today, I present a press release from Hellbender Media about their second book, Edward Martin III’s Through the Night.

Signed in human blood,
Sean Levin


Hellbender Media Publishes New Novel

Through the Night Just Published

For Immediate Release – September 8, 2014

HELLBENDER MEDIA PUBLISHES THROUGH THE NIGHT

Hellbender Media announces today the publication of Through the Night.

Through the Night is the second book published by Hellbender Media, and is a horror/action novel following a group of strangers, each with their own secrets, as they fight to survive a night of terror and betrayal.

Hellbender Media’s first book, Close Your Eyes, collected 55 new stories under one cover.

Through the Night was written by local filmmaker Edward Martin III. “With Through the Night, I wanted to try and not only offer a more intimate take on the events of the story, but to make sure that the novel was its own unique experience, with branchings and happenings that never show up in the movie,” said Edward. “But Through the Night is more than just a book. It’s my way of bringing back something that I loved when I grew up reading adventure. I loved fast-paced novels that you could read in a day, that you could lose yourself in, get swept up in the story, flip the pages as fast as you could read, and then you were done with it. Usually, moving on to the next book in the series. So, that’s what I wanted to write. A book like that. A fast book. A page-turner. A book that didn’t need a concordance, a map, and four books ahead of it to get what was happening. Also, I wanted to write a book where everybody was basically some kind of bastard, and yet everybody was sympathetic at the same time. That made it even more fun.”

Portland author J.C. Andrijeski (Allie’s War and Alien Apocalypse) writes Through the Night goes at a breakneck pace. It doesn’t waste a word.

Popular horror author Jonathan Moon (Heinous and Hollow Mountain Dead) writes “Edward Martin III takes the concept Of Wolf and Man to new levels of cosmic originality in Through the Night…Equal parts horror, action and pure fun.”

About Hellbender Media

Headquartered int the Pacific Northwest, Hellbender Media specializes in movies, books, games, and other media that embraces the strange, the peculiar, the weird, or might simply be a little off the beaten track. Hellbender Media produces material that gets under our skin, that tickles us, or intrigues us. This way, we can at least say our soul’s clean.

Hellbender Media can be found online at HellbenderMedia.com/

For further information, interviews or images, please contact:

Amber Bariaktari, Head of PR

amber@hellbendermedia.com

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Zompire: The Undead Film Festival

Zombie: The Undead Film Festival

Greetings to ill and sun-dried,

Today, I am pleased to bring you this press release about this year’s Zompire: The Undead Film Festival. As a fan of zombie movies myself, I’m pleased to share this press release with each and every one of my fellow revenants.

Signed in human blood,
Sean Levin


PORTLAND’S UNDEAD FILM FESTIVAL TURNS TO KICKSTARTER TO SUPPORT INDIE HORROR

Portland, OR, September 8, 2014 — Zompire: The Undead Film Festival is returning to the Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St, and is proud to once again be screening only independent films this year.

The Festival Directors, Brian and Gwen Callahan, who also organize the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon, have decided to use Kickstarter to support this year’s Zompire. Ticket packages, exclusive arcane goodies, and limited edition Undead Domination Kits are currently available through the Zompire Kickstarter campaign which ends Sept 27th.

A number of reasons besides simple fundraising led them to this decision. Brian Callahan explains, “We have discovered from our H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon campaigns, that Kickstarter can help bring together an amazing community of fans and can make the festival more fun for attendees through participation. It’s also more fun for us because we can make cool stuff, which in turn creates exclusive keepsakes of a fun weekend, complete with bragging rights!”

Zompire Festival Director, Gwen Callahan, notes “Indie filmmakers are the trailblazers in the horror genre. They’re constantly pushing boundaries and coming up with new and smart ways to delve into overarching horror themes; life and death, self and other, and what happens when we’re pushed to our limits. We have some insanely good films this year, and cinephiles will not want to miss this line-up of films.”

This year’s program features new films straight from the twisted brains of today’s brightest and best storytellers. You won’t want to miss “Dead Hearts,” a sweet story about undying hearts from Stephen W. Martin (director of “Dead Friends“), “Just Gemma,” a meditation on the nature of loss by George Carson, “Night of the Loving Dead,” a randy, animated piece from Anna Humphries, exploring the ins and outs of love and lust, “The Carriage or: Dracula & My Mother,” a fresh take on vampires from Ben Gordon, and “Sever,” in which Matt Abraxas examines our extreme will to survive.

Doors open at 5:30 pm on Saturday, October 11th, with programming 6-10 pm, and the horror continues on Saturday with a matinee showing 1-5 pm, and final evening program 6-10 pm. Each showing features different programming with no repeats.

Zompire is dedicated to all things undead. We want to highlight various filmmakers’ creative attempts to show the undead in new and unexpected ways. Past years included films such as Kerry Prior’s “The Revenant,” Gris Grimly’s “Cannibal Flesh Riot,” Eiji Uchida’s “Dead Banging,” and Frank Ippolito’s humorous short, “& Teller.”

For a complete list of films and schedule info visit http://zompire.com
Tickets are available at http://zompire.brownpapertickets.com
Saturday $15, Sunday $30. Weekend $40
Press passes available upon request.

ISF: International Speculative Fiction #1

 

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ISF: International Speculative Fiction #1

Edited By Roberto Mendes
Page Count: 280

Where to buy: International Speculative Fiction website (free download)

Publisher’s Comments:NUMBER ONE: launched in November 2012 featuring 3 short stories by Joyce Chng (Singapore), Rochita-Loenen-Ruiz (Philippines), Marian Truta (Romania) and 1 article by Stanislaw Lem (Poland), plus cover art by Rafael Mendes (Portugal).

Greetings to ill and sun-dried,

Today, I will be covering the first issue of the e-zine ISF: International Science Fiction. This is a promising beginning to the series. Without any further preamble, here are my thoughts.

Signed in human blood,
Sean Lee Levin

My experience with reading speculative fiction from non-English speaking countries is mostly limited to translations of works by French authors, such as Jules Verne or J.-H. Rosny aîné. Therefore, I was pleased to have a chance to read this e-zine consisting of three stories and one essay by authors from four different countries. I am pleased to say that this publication is well worth reading.

Singapore native Joyce Chng‘s “Metal Can Lanterns” is a very brief (two pages) but very interesting take on how a traditional Chinese festival may have changed in a distant, dystopian future. Filipino author Rochita Loenen-Ruiz‘s “Beads” is a touching and tragic science-fiction story about two siblings, and was my favorite of the three stories in this issue. Romanian author Marian Truta‘s “Hunt Beneath the Moon” is an interesting tale with supernatural elements that I would love to see expanded beyond the seven pages it occupies here, as I’d love to know more about the characters and world we see in it. Indeed, if I have one complaint about this issue, it is that I would’ve loved for some of the stories to be given more space to expand on their ideas. That said, I still enjoyed them very much. My overall favorite feature here is the final, “Philip K. Dick: A Visionary Among the Charlatans” by the legendary Polish science fiction author Stanislaw Lem, best known here in the United States for his novel Solaris and its film adaptations. Here, Lem examines the works of another sci-fi icon, Dick, particularly the themes explored in those works, and how Dick takes advantage of the inherent differences between genre fiction and its mainstream counterpart. I’ve not read enough of Dick’s work to agree or disagree with Lem’s points, but this compelling piece makes me want to read more of both gentlemen’s respective oeuvres.

Final Thoughts: I enjoy non-English language genre fiction a great deal, whether literature or film, and this e-zine is certainly one of the more interesting collections of such works I’ve come across. There is not a dull one among the four pieces included here, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who’s willing to broaden their horizons by reading works by authors not of American or British heritage. I will definitely be making a point of reading the other issues of this admirable publication. I give this bouillabaisse of the fantastic four and a half out of 5 tentacles. Four and a Half Tentacless

Sean LevinAssociate Editor/Reviewer/Reporter

FarmerCon/Pulpfest 2014

Greetings to ill and sun-dried,

Today, I bring you my report on FarmerCon, the annual celebration of Philip José Farmer’s life and work hosted by Pulpfest. I had a great time this year, as I did in the three years preceding this latest con. Here we go!

Signed in human blood,
Sean Lee Levin

Philip José Farmer has been my favorite author for twelve years now. My first exposure to his work was via his writings about the Wold Newton Family, a vast family tree composed of heroes and villains from pulp, detective and adventure fiction, as well as a few characters from mainstream literature. Through my involvement in online Farmer and Wold Newton fandom, I have made a number of close friends who share my love for the late great Science Fiction Grand Master’s work. It was through my being a member of his Yahoo group dedicated to the Wold Newton Family that I first became acquainted with my blood brother and fellow site contributor Henry Zeo Covert, which eventually led to his wife, webmistress Sarah L. Covert, asking me to write for this very site. Since 2006, Farmer’s fans have been holding an annual convention called FarmerCon, celebrating this groundbreaking author. I have been lucky enough to attend every single FarmerCon from 2011 onward, during which time the convention has been hosted by the annual Pulpfest, currently held in Columbus, Ohio.

This year, my father (Steven Levin) and I arrived at the Hyatt Regency Columbus, where the convention has been held since 2012, on the morning of Friday, August 8. After dropping my luggage and other things off in the room I was sharing with Henry, I went to the Dealer’s Room, where I greeted my friends who had already arrived. I was especially excited to seeWin Scott Eckert, who has done much to help keep Farmer’s legacy going strong, including heavy involvement in Titan Books‘ recent series of reprints of several classic works by Farmer with new forewords and bonus materials. Win and Henry are my two best friends in Farmer/Wold Newton fandom, and two of my best friends in general. Also in attendance were Rick Lai, Jason Aiken, Art Sippo, Frank Schildiner, Michael Croteau, Paul Spiteri, and Christopher Paul Carey at the booth for Meteor House Press, which is run by Win, Mike, and Paul. I hung out with the guys for a while, shooting the breeze and buying books from them and other sellers (such as Airship 27), and received my contributor’s copies of both the softcover and hardcover editions of Josh Reynolds‘ novella Phileas Fogg and the War of Shadows, an official sequel to Farmer’s The Other Log of Phileas Fogg, which revealed the hidden story behind Jules Verne‘s Around the World in Eighty Days. I did some continuity editing on Josh’s novella, which was published by Meteor House, as did Win. I also received the wonderful news, announced the day before, that Win had been given permission to complete Farmer’s unfinished novel The Monster on Hold, the unfinished fourth novel in Farmer’s Secrets of the Nine series. Win did a great job completing another unfinished Farmer novel, The Evil in Pemberley House, and I know he will do justice to this book as well.

Sean Levin at the Meteor House table

Eventually, I got a call from Henry, who told me he was on his way to the Hyatt. I went down to meet him in the lobby, and we shared a warm greeting. I was ecstatic to finally meet face-to-face someone who had been a true friend to me for ten years. After dropping off his stuff in our room, we went back to the Dealer’s Room, where Henry said hello to everyone. At 2:30, we went to a New Fictioneers reading, where Chris read an excerpt from his story “The Goddess Equation” included in The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 4: Voyages to Strange Days, the latest in a series of annual anthologies from Meteor House. This particular story was set in the continuity of Farmer’s Carmody-Raspold stories, and having already read the anthology, I knew it was a quality story, and enjoyed Chris’ reading. Chris also read the opening of Hadon, King of Opar, a planned novella authorized by the Farmer Estate and sequel to Farmer’s Ancient Opar books, the third of which, The Song of Kwasin, was completed by Chris, and included with the first two books, Hadon of Ancient Opar and Flight to Opar, as the omnibus edition Gods of Opar. These novels explore the early days of Opar, the lost city that would be discovered by Tarzan in the 20th century. I am very excited to read this novella. After the Dealer’s Room closed, I and the rest of the FarmerCon crew went out to dinner at a nearby restaurant. Unfortunately the service was very poor, but the camaraderie was excellent, and I enjoyed sharing a table with Win and Henry and conversing about pop culture. I also talked to Win, Paul, and Mike about my forthcoming authorized sequels to Win’s two-volume magnum opus Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World. We hammered out some of our plans for Volumes 3 and 4, which hopefully will come out next year.

Friday dinner. Left to right: Win Scott Eckert, Rick Lai, Frank Schildiner, Michael Croteau, Henry Covert, and Paul Spiteri

At 8:30 we attended a presentation by Mike and Art entitled “A Feast of Farmer: PJF’s Early Science Fiction,” which discussed Farmer’s stories for the pulp magazines and digest publications. Accompanying this presentation was lots of very cool cover art for those stories. Mike and Art are both Farmer experts, and the panel was both informative and interesting. After this, we went to the second floor, and sat in comfy chairs and talked about everything under the sun for a few hours. Eventually, I chose to retire to my room.

The next day, I spent more time in the Dealer’s Room, buying books and hanging out with my buddies at the Meteor House table. At 1:00, I attended the panel “The Fun of Writing Pulp Fiction,” hosted by Ron Fortier and consisting of Frank, Art, Ralph Angelo, Jim Beard, and Wayne Reinagel. These gentlemen discussed the joys of writing New Pulp fiction. Afterwards, Mr. Beard read excerpts of his work from the books Sgt. Janus Returns, Monster Earth, and Pride of the Mohicans. I haven’t read much of Mr. Beard’s fiction yet, but I definitely want to now. At 3:00, Frank read an excerpt from his novella The New Adventures of Thunder Jim Wade Volume Two: The Horror of Hyperborea, featuring Henry Kuttner‘s classic pulp hero in a story that also includes elements of Mary Shelley and Robert E. Howard. Frank also read a story of his that was published in the anthology series Tales of the Shadowmen. 5:00 brought the Pulpfest group dinner, held at the Italian restaurant Buca di Beppo. Luckily, the service was much better there than it was at the establishment we had visited the night before, and there was lots of great food and great conversation. At 7:30, the Pulpfest 2014 Business Meeting was held, where guests were allowed to ask questions and make suggestions as to how to make the convention experience even better for all involved. Immediately afterward, the Munsey Award was presented to pulp scholar J. Randolph Cox. After this, me and my friends once again adjourned to the second floor, where we talked about everything under the sun, though mostly of a pop cultural bent. I retired to my room around midnight.

Dinner at Buca di Beppo. Left to right: Jason Aiken, Win Scott Eckert, and Dominique Hopkins.

Sean Levin (left) and Win Scott Eckert (right)

Henry Covert (left) and Sean Levin (right) on the last day of the convention

Left to right: Henry Covert, Win Scott Eckert, Steven Levin, and Sean Levin

On Sunday morning, Dad and I had to leave early to catch our plane, but I was able to say goodbye to those of our friends who were still there, and had my photo taken with Dad, Win, and Henry. It was great seeing all of my friends again, and to finally meet Henry after all these years of internet, phone, and Skype conversations. I know I cannot wait for next year’s convention! I give FarmerCon/Pulpfest 2014 a well-deserved 5 out of 5 tentacles!

5 Tentacles

Sean LevinAssociate Editor/Reviewer/Reporter

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