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Horror art and books – artists available!

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Horror art and books

Here I’d like to feature some up-and-coming artists that have been creating book cover designs.

I say, judge a book by its cover! If the cover grabs you, chances are you will enjoy reading the story.

Do you have a new book coming out? These experienced artists are currently available for all your book cover and design needs.


Stephen Cooney
is an illustrator and artist greatly influenced by metal horror artists such as, Ed Repka and Derek Riggs. Stephen is known for his art in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres, and is especially known for his zombie paintings. He is quite adept at producing artwork with gore, so if you have some crazy idea, lay it on him. A couple of his pieces remind me of the infamous Cannibal Corpse covers. He has designed book and magazine covers for many different publishers and authors from…

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How To Win Sales And Influence Algorithms

Originally posted on David Gaughran:

Matt Iden & Nick Stephenson Matt Iden & Nick Stephenson two crime/thriller writers who have been working together to increase their promotion and marketing range since June 2014

I’m hosting a discussion today between two authors who are using creative ways to share audiences, something which has the happy side-effect of increasing their respective sales.

As I said on Thursday, I think creative forms of collaboration – especially in terms of marketing strategies – are going to be big this year.

Traditionally published authors may have to compete with each other ways that may not be relevant/important to self-publishers – like agents, deals, grants, prizes, or co-op. But self-publishers have nothing to fear from cooperating with authors they are nominally competing with, and everything to gain.

The market is so large that no writer will ever reach all the readers out there, and the odds of getting noticed can improve greatly with the right kind of cooperation – as many authors…

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Get to Know Highly Touted Creator of the Macabre, Tim Waggoner in This Brand New Interview!

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Great interview here with author Tim Waggoner . . .

Originally posted on Horror Novel Reviews:

Tim Waggoner is a diverse dude. Capable of touching down on virtually any dark corner of the genre, Tim’s gained a strong following. But it isn’t just versatility that makes his fiction so damn endearing, it’s the overall talent and refined prose he consistently delivers to fans. He’s an awesome player in this game (and he’s an awesome dude, to boot!), and we’re extremely excited to offer you up a new, exclusive interview with this stud!


John Wisniewski: When did you begin writing horror, Tim?

Tim Waggoner: I first started consciously trying to write horror when I was eighteen. At that time, I played around with genre fiction in general and tried horror, fantasy, science fiction and mystery. I focused on fantasy for several years, but my first love as a reader had always been horror fiction. In some ways, I think was intimidated to seriously focus on…

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Twisty Christmas Launch

Originally posted on Phantom Feather Press:

The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales -Book Launch The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales launch at The Children’s Bookshop, Kilbirnie.

KurtX_Twisty_Christmas_small KurtX, New Zealand’s Got Talent Semi-finalist kicks off the launch.

The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales launch at The Children’s Bookshop was a fabulous success with well over a hundred guests attending. A small kids ensemble opened the evening with Christmas music, then KurtX, the New Zealand’s Got talent harmonica semi-finalist, blew us away with his rendition of All I Want for Christmas is You!

Debbie_Cowens_Darian_Smith_Dan_Rabarts_Twisty_Christmas Authors Debbie Cowens, Darian_Smith and Dan Rabarts sign books for eager kids.

Books kept marching off the counter into the hands of happy readers, with authors all over the store signing them. The Twisty Christmas Drawing Competition winners were awarded their prizes by Geoff Popham, our fabulous illustrator, winning books, cards and posters. Winners are announced in this post. Lots of good food was consumed and the authors were toasted!

Competition_Geoff_Popham Illustrator Geoff Popham…

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Horror Selfies: Because Not Reading is Scary!

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Get a small shout-out here – check it out . . .

Originally posted on Kobo Writing Life:

StephenKing_ReadMoreScaryBooksThe Horror Writers Association (HWA) has recently launched the Horror Selfies campaign, just in time for the Halloween season, in an effort to highlight the exceptional work, both literary and cinematic, produced by the horror genre.

Inspired by the popular “Say it with a Sign” meme—used by everyone from Ellen DeGeneres and Jon Bon Jovi, to David Beckham and Princes William and Harry—the HWA is utilizing the vast reach of social media to provide a platform through which people can tell the world why they love horror.
The HWA put out the call to authors and readers, actors and directors, fans and followers, to submit a selfie in which they hold a sign encouraging others to read horror/dark fantasy, to watch horror movies, or to write horror. Additionally, the HWA is also encouraging people to promote literacy/reading among children and young adults, or supporting a local library in their Horror…

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Favorite influential philosophers and works



Literary lists are common on the internet; recently on Facebook there has been a rash of ‘list your favorite’ authors, bands, movies, TV shows etc. I was recently asked to play the game whereby you list 15 of the most influential authors and poets you can think of. I played the game and listed my 15 favorites but it got me to thinking about why those writers influenced me and how. Usually, what I considered to be the ‘influential’ aspects of their respective writings was the aesthetic quality of the work in question. That is, the work influenced me because of the style and the author’s ability to craft a good story that left a lasting impression on me; the uniqueness of the story and the emotion and imagery it conveyed were also important criteria, as were the use of cadence and language to effectively grab and hold the reader’s attention from start to finish. As a writer myself, the question of influence also reveals itself in my choices due to the ideas that the author’s work manages to inspire. That is, Stephen King’s writing influences my own with the ideas his stories provoke in finding horror in the commonplace, Charles Bukowski’s stories in the idea that material is everywhere and usually some of the best can be found in the lowliest of human experiences, and so on. The fact that I chose many writers who are considered by many to be exemplars of their respective genres is another reason behind my choices. As I mentioned, I write too, and my choices reflect my own genre interests and the writers that I respect and reach for when inspiration is required.  In my opinion, poets usually produce more profound and influential work (in terms of ideas) than authors of long fiction, due to the oftentimes use of complex concepts, metaphor, and subject matter. Poets deserve their own list in my opinion because in relation to the question of ‘influence’ their work operates on a level closer to philosophy than fiction. This realization made me think about books and philosophers that had influenced me over the years and the creation of another list occurred.

            This list is wholly subjective and is limited to my own shallow years and reading habits. I’m sure that what has influenced me has repelled others. Who I consider of interest and worthy of mention, may fall way short of what others (more knowledgeable than myself) consider as suitable candidates. Whatever it is, it is my list and these are the influences on my thoughts and development as a writer. I have chosen these philosophers because they have caught my attention and their ideas have stayed with me and influenced my own mish-mash philosophy of life. I have no religious convictions to date but I have spiritual aspirations despite being an atheist. I do not support an optimistic world-view without recourse to skepticism and logical pessimism – whether that puts me in the ‘existential’ camp I’m not sure but it works for me. As a proponent of the ‘experiential’ school of learning, if I can’t experience phenomena I don’t believe in it, especially when it comes to theological concepts and mythology. However, even if I don’t believe in something because I haven’t experienced it, does not mean by a long stretch that I am not prepared to engage in the possibility that that thing could exist. The various contradictions in my own safe philosophy are no doubt reflected in my choice of recommended philosophers. Alan Watts for example speaks of an eastern idea of god amongst other theological concepts, yet he also speaks philosophically of things common to the human condition and that is where my interest primarily sits. I personally like visionary philosophers who speak with passion about what they believe and about the myriad possibilities of human and planetary consciousness; (William Blake and Khalil Gibran come to mind) but at the core of their philosophies these visionary thinkers are interested in how the human species has evolved and the possibilities of further evolution. This ability to speak intelligently and convincingly about an idea or a concept strikes me as being the foremost quality that the following philosophers possess. And indeed, it is an essential quality that all other great writers have in their written work. The ability to effectively communicate an idea/concept to the reader in order to influence the way in which they read and by turn the way in which they think. In light of this last statement, I have possibly omitted a crucial work by Aristotle – Ars Rhetorica, however it was not a work of his that influenced me as greatly as Ars Poetica or Metaphysica, hence the exclusion.

            ‘How do these works influence you?’ – a faint hypothetical question arises from the ether. If you haven’t noticed already, I have a slight interest (bordering on obsession) with things relating to the absurdity and horror of modern life. I have a macabre interest in things that go ‘bump in the night’ and in the apparent meaninglessness of human existence. I just can’t seem to shake the idea that the human species is of no more consequence to the universe than a grain of sand is to the ocean. Yet I hope that there is something else in the cosmos, beyond these mortal years; a hard-wired dream that keeps me alive I suspect. And these are the thinkers that have helped me come to terms with my skepticism over the years; they have provided answers to my questions and further concepts for me to contemplate. Without them, my world would be a lot more dark and depressing than it is, my own writing all the more pessimistic, and for that I thank them. If you haven’t read the works mentioned, I recommend them all without hesitation. Any misgivings you may have about the authors should be separated from the works themselves. Enjoy.



Aristotle – Ars Poetica, *Metaphysica, The Nicomachean Ethics

Marcus Aurelius – Meditations (trans. Graves)

Jean Baudrillard – Simulacra and Simulation

Walter Benjamin – Illuminations: Essays and Reflections

William Blake – The Marriage of Heaven & Hell

Edmund Burke – A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful

Albert Camus – *The Myth of Sisyphus, The Rebel

Thomas Carlyle – Sartor Resartus

Khalil Gibran – The Madman, *Thoughts & Meditations, The Prophet

Immanuel Kant – Critique of Pure Reason, *Critique of Judgment  

Jiddu Krishnamurti – Beyond Violence, The Awakening of Intelligence, *Freedom from the Known

Bruce Lee – Tao of Jeet Kune Do

Frederich Nietzsche – *Beyond Good and Evil, The Antichrist, The Gay Science, Thus Spake Zarathustra, Human, All Too Human

PD Ouspensky – The Fourth Dimension (from A New Model of the Universe), Tertium Organum, *The Fourth Way

Bertrand Russell – *The Problems of Philosophy, The Analysis of Mind

Arthur Schopenhauer – The World as Will & Representation, *On the Suffering of the World

Lao Tzu – Tao Te Ching

Alan Watts – *The Wisdom of Insecurity, The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

Colin Wilson – *The Outsider, Beyond the Outsider

Ludwig Wittgenstein – *Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, Philosophical Investigations


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