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PATHS TO PUBLICATION: Gary Ryman

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PATHS TO PUBLICATION The book Fire Men started as nothing more than wanting to record some of the experiences that my father and I had in the fire service and which my son Michael was starting to have. Writing of one incident often brought back memories of others and the list of individual stories of calls grew. After I had a hundred plus pages, it became clear that there was more than a pile of vignettes—there was a book there trying to get out. The writing was cathartic as well. It made me smile and laugh and took me back to less pleasant experiences—some still painful to recall even with the passage of time. Eventually, a so-called first draft was complete and some friends encouraged me to try to obtain an agent and the querying process began. Lightning struck with surprising quickness and a young agent from a large New York City firm agreed to work with me. I know now this was an incredible stroke of luck as the manuscript wasn’t remotely ready. She provided great fee

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: JC Cassels

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX JC Cassels 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I’d have to say Blade, hands down. The character was heavily inspired by Errol Flynn. Flynn was a bit of a real-life adventurer who didn’t take his movie hero role too seriously, once abandoning Hollywood to fight in the Spanish Civil War. When I created Blade in 1984, the recently re-released My Wicked, Wicked Ways was a popular school bus read. In the years since, he has evolved from a tongue-in-cheek homage to Errol Flynn into a character whose depth and self-effacing humor never fail to bring a flutter to my heart or a smile to my lips. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? I started out with the idea of pursuing acting, but I got distracted by the behind-the-scenes stuff of film and television. I spent twelve years with dual careers as a freelance writer and working technical positions for television crews doing audio, utility, stage m

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Jodi McClure (GCP)

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX This week I'll be featuring the debut authors from Grit City Publications (GCP) , an independent publishing group of emotobooks , the first fiction medium designed exclusively for tablets. Our creative teams immerse our fans in the thick tapestries of amazing stories and visualized character emotions. This winning combination of fiction and art enraptures the soul, and proves: Emotobooks are not a pastime; they’re a way of life. Jodi McClure 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Swing Zone has a really large cast of characters, so it's hard to pick just one, but my bad boys get a lot of love from me in my serials. I don't think I can write a book that doesn't have at least one or two really underhanded people in them. There's something deliciously fun in writing intelligent, cunning men, especially when they're up to no good. 2. Tell me about your travels. I once drove coast to coast on I-40 alone. Having never been fu

PATHS TO PUBLICATION: Cynthia Ravinski (GCP)

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PATHS TO PUBLICATION This week I'll be featuring the debut authors from Grit City Publications (GCP) , an independent publishing group of emotobooks , the first fiction medium designed exclusively for tablets. Our creative teams immerse our fans in the thick tapestries of amazing stories and visualized character emotions. This winning combination of fiction and art enraptures the soul, and proves: Emotobooks are not a pastime; they’re a way of life. With all the new technological advances made in the past few years, many new authors have been able to make the decision to be published. They just have to do it themselves. Three years ago, that’s what happened to three writers in a small cafĂ© off the coast of Maine, and the Greater Portland Scribists were born. We worked over the next year to prepare our best work for publication in our new group’s first ever anthology. Our reasoning was that the current ebook craze was too good to miss out on, and we wanted to get our foot in

PATHS TO PUBLICATION: Michael A. Arnzen (RDSP)

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PATHS TO PUBLICATION For the next two weeks I'll be featuring authors from the cutting edge Raw Dog Screaming Press ! Founded in August 2003, RDSP books are entertaining and thought-provoking and span the gamut from surreal and absurd to horror, sci-fi and fantasy. The Gorelets Omnibus is a "collected works" volume of all my twisted horror poems from gorelets.com and elsewhere over the past decade. I'm proud of the book, which includes not only hundreds of pages of short-short horror poetry (reminiscent of the flash fiction from another of my Raw Dog books, 100 Jolts ), but also -- available only in the special hardcover edition -- a variety of miscellaneous pieces that should inspire anyone who is interested in writing dark fiction or adding a little strangeness to their work. For instance, there are five articles written by scholars from America and the UK, analyzing what makes the poems tick and what makes today's "new media" horror special.

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS: Last Burn in Hell by John Edward Lawson

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CAST YOUR CHARACTERS For the next two weeks I'll be featuring authors from the cutting edge Raw Dog Screaming Press ! Founded in August 2003, RDSP books are entertaining and thought-provoking and span the gamut from surreal and absurd to horror, sci-fi and fantasy. LAST BURN IN HELL AUTHOR: JOHN EDWARD LAWSON PUBLISHER: RAW DOG SCREAMING PRESS (2006) DESCRIPTION: Kenrick Brimley, the state prison's official gigolo, hangs over a lava pit on trial for his life in a strange land. He will reveal the course of his life one misguided step at a time for his captors. From his romance with serial arsonist Leena Manasseh to his lurid angst-affair with a lesbian music diva, from his ascendance as unlikely pop icon to otherworldly encounters, the one constant truth is that he's got no clue what he's doing. As unrelenting as it is original, Last Burn in Hell is John Edward Lawson at his most scorching intensity, serving up sexy satire and postmodern pulp with his trad

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS: The Kyoto Man by D. Harlan Wilson

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CAST YOUR CHARACTERS For the next two weeks I'll be featuring authors from the cutting edge Raw Dog Screaming Press ! Founded in August 2003, RDSP books are entertaining and thought-provoking and span the gamut from surreal and absurd to horror, sci-fi and fantasy. THE KYOTO MAN AUTHOR: D. HARLAN WILSON PUBLISHER: RAW DOG SCREAMING PRESS (2012) DESCRIPTION: In the wake of the Stick Figure War, civilization lapsed into obscurity. Fallout ravaged the fabric of space and time. History digested reality and reality exhumed the future as survivors tried and failed to create a new beginning . . . Amid the chaos, one man experiences a terminal affliction, a revolution of the self: the chronic transformation into the city of Kyoto, Japan. Each transformation further plunges the world into darkness, but he’s helpless against the lethal clockwork of his body, his psyche, his mindscreens—and nothing, not even Fate itself, can stop him from becoming God . . . In the third and fin

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS: Hellbender by Jason Jack Miller

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CAST YOUR CHARACTERS For the next two weeks I'll be featuring authors from the cutting edge Raw Dog Screaming Press ! Founded in August 2003, RDSP books are entertaining and thought-provoking and span the gamut from surreal and absurd to horror, sci-fi and fantasy. HELLBENDER AUTHOR: JASON JACK MILLER PUBLISHER: RAW DOG SCREAMING PRESS 2012 DESCRIPTION: There are some strange things happening at the edge of reality. Let Raw Dog Screaming Press author Jason Jack Miller take you to a place where love is forever even when death isn’t, where magic doesn’t have to be seen to be believed, where a song might be the only thing that saves your soul. Jason Jack Miller’s MURDER BALLADS AND WHISKEY series is a unique blend of dark fiction, urban fantasy and horror. It’s Appalachian Gothic, Alt.Magical.Realism, Hillbilly Horror. It’s AMERICAN GODS meets JUSTIFIED. TRUE BLOOD with witches. It’s Johnny Cash with a fistful of copperheads singing the devil right back to hell. He