JWK Best Of Horror Cited in Paula Ashe Blog – and a Halloween Bonus; Splatterlands Celebrates 1st Birthday Sale

We writers gotta support one another, yes?  So just for a quick note, kudos to Paula D. Ashe who in a blog entry on October 11 cites having three stories . . . well let’s let her say it in her own words.  But the thing is, she mentions a few of her fellow writers as well, including moi. . . .

“Anyway, I’m having a good writing year so far. I’m hesitant to say that because despite my humanism I can’t help but feel a little superstitious about the creation, reception, and publication of my work.  I don’t want to jinx anything.  However, three of my stories were published in JWK FICTION BEST OF HORROR 2013; ‘Because You Watched’, ‘Bereft’, and ‘The Mother of All Monsters’.  It’s a huge honor to be recognized in any ‘best of’ collection, but particularly this one since many of the writers included are personal friends and favorite writers; Chantal Noordeloos, Lily Childs, James Ward Kirk, KZ Morano, Roger Cowin, and James S. Dorr.”

For the record, my ghost in the guesthouse is “The Sidewalk,” published last year as a reprint in GRAVE ROBBERS (see below August 14 and 6, June 24) and originally appearing in TERMINAL FRIGHT in Fall 1996, while more on JWK’s BEST OF HORROR, including the stories we all have there, can be found here.  And to see Paula’s blog entry in its entirety, including a HALLOWEEN BONUS portrait of Vincent Price, be sure to press here.

Speaking of Halloween, another sale has been announced beginning now through October 31 — except this one’s a birthday sale as well.  A year ago (more or less) Grey Matter Psplatterlands2_smallress unveiled its splatterpunk revival anthology SPLATTERLANDS, not to mention (ahem!) with my original story “The Artist” in it (cf. November 22 and 13, October 22 2013, et many al. — How many?  Try putting “Splatterlands” in the search box at upper right).  Editor Anthony  Rivera explains:

“Grey Matter Press is celebrating a birthday.  A very, very BRASH, BLASPHEMOUS and BLOODY birthday.  SPLATTERLANDS is one year old!  (And already talking! )

”To honor the arrival of this little red-splattered bundle on our doorstep one year ago, the Grey Matter Press anthology of extreme horror with a point is ON SALE FOR $1.99, joining the Amazon Kindle Halloween Sale thru 10/31/14.  SPLATTERLANDS: REAWAKENING THE SPLATTERPUNK REVOLUTION includes disturbing short stories by Ray Garton, Michael Laimo, Gregory Norris, James Dorr, J Michael Major, A.a. Garrison, Christine Morgan, Chad Stroup, Allen Griffin, Michele Garber, Eric Del Carlo, Jack Maddox and Paul Collrin.  With equally disturbing illustrations by Luke Spooner and Carrion House.”

Tempted?  Press here.


  1. Just thought I’d mention that in a recent blog entry, your “I’m Dreaming of A…” was featured. I ordered it from Untreed Reads for a seal (only 38 cents) and got many times more that in appreciation upon reading it. A really well done short tale, not gory but most grilpping that will make your white Christmases all too memorable. Highly recommend!

  2. Ooops, I meant a STEAL (not a seal). I don’t have any seals handy right now. 🙂

  3. Marge, thanks! “I’m Dreaming of A…” was first published in 2011 but hopefully could become a Christmas classic (well maybe not quite as beloved as 2007’s “The Christmas Rat,” also a part of [plug] THE TEARS OF ISIS) for as long as people remember Bing Crosby. 😉

  4. Do you really hate Bing Crosby? Good of’ Mr. Blue Eyes?

  5. I thought Ol’ Blue Eyes was Frank Sinatra.

  6. Yes, that is right. But Bing had blue eyes too. Did he have a nickname?

  7. Der Bingle, of which a few fun facts (courtesy Wikipedia):

    Crosby’s much-imitated style helped take popular singing beyond the kind of “belting” associated with boisterous performers like Al Jolson and Billy Murray, who had been obliged to reach the back seats in New York theaters without the aid of the microphone. As Henry Pleasants noted in The Great American Popular Singers, something new had entered American music, a style that might be called “singing in American” with conversational ease. This new sound led to the popular epithet “crooner”.

    Crosby made numerous live appearances before American troops fighting in the European Theater. He also learned how to pronounce German from written scripts and would read propaganda broadcasts intended for the German forces. The nickname “Der Bingle” was common among Crosby’s German listeners and came to be used by his English-speaking fans. In a poll of U.S. troops at the close of World War II, Crosby topped the list as the person who had done the most for G.I. morale, ahead of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, General Dwight Eisenhower, and Bob Hope.

    I wouldn’t say I hate (or,really, love) Bing Crosby. While “crooning” is a little soft for my taste, I admire the way he brought some jazz techniques into his singing. On the other hand, he was a Republican, supporting Willkie against FDR, for instance.

    • Aha. Say no more. Fie! I read one of his son’s autobio’s in which he stated that his father was quite harsh (to say the least). He was quite bitter. He was an actor, and not bad –but he didn’t last very long. I’ll have to look that up.

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