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Biting Midnight is a collection of dark fantasy/horror poetry by Maria Alexander and Christina Kiplinger-Johns. The book is published by

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Welcome to Blood Red Pens-- Spring, 2012,!! Okay, We're close enough!!! Spring Edition

Something new!!!

Here is a link to King's latest. U R welome!

Older news on King was, in case you missed it!!! Dr. Sleep In The Works (UPDATED)
October 1st, 2011 2:00:00 am
It's now official--Stephen is working on Dr. Sleep, the sequel to The Shining. This weekend Steve read an excerpt from this at his appearance at George Mason University. They have given us permission to post their taping of the event here on Steve's site which we will do as soon as we receive the file. Dr. Sleep's plot includes a traveling group of vampires called The Tribe which is part of the passage he read from. You can now view the video of Stephen receiving the Mason Award and reading a portion of Dr. Sleep. Watch the video on Vimeo (Dr. Sleep reading begins at 29 minutes.)

Stephen to Make Appearance at Savannah Book Festival
September 22nd, 2011 8:00:00 am
THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT - Stephen will be the Guest of Honor at the Savannah (GA) Book Festival on February 19, 2012. This will be a ticketed event. There will also be a two hour book signing--details for securing attendance to be announced at a later time.
For more information, please visit their site at

Things have really been hopping on the internet. With facebook and twitter, we can access more people than we ever have been able to access before. Since I am a people-person, this is great for me. Anyone wanting to participate on any of these realms, need only sign up and then start typing in names of people you know to find out if they are also on the network. If they are, just press the button to find friends and include the link.

Congratulations to all of my readers! You have made Blood Red Pens a publication (in web page) read all over the world! On every continent except Antarctica, some one is reading Blood Red Pens...Don't know if you knew it or not, but Blood Red Pens is not commercially influenced. Everything here is unbiased. So, read on, dear reader, read on.

Many of you may be wondering what has been going on for me. Well, it ain't pretty! I have been sick,sick,sick! Diabetes, heart trouble, bipolar, depression and anxiety as well as a laundry list of other maladies which have slowed me down. I feel somewhat okay right now and hope this page finds you the same way...

BTW, A new website for Australia writers at It is limited to Australian markets, publications and authors/artists/filmakers. Happy to promote an international release if it has an Australian author.

Sad news tonight. Michael Louis Cavillo has lost his fight with cancer. The talented writer was 37. Here is a link to a place to remember Deepest sympathy to his family.

Before we get into other things here,I want to share a really weird pic that was on David Niall Wilson's twitpic page. Is this "Mistress of the Telephone Wires," or what? By now you know that I really like this photo! Great job, David!!!
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From email, we are told that sponsors of the Féile Fidelma, the Cashel Arts Fest Committee, have announced plans for the fourth international gathering of enthusiasts of the Sister Fidelma Mysteries. It will be held on September 7-9, 2012, at the Cashel Palace Hotel, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.

The first three meetings have proven to be the largest gathering in Ireland for any one author. And that author is Peter Berresford Ellis, aka Peter Tremayne.

Cashel is the principal location and “hometown” of Sister Fidelma, the heroine of the international bestselling medieval murder mysteries, which have appeared in nearly 18 different languages. The 23rd title in the long running series, The Seventh Trumpet, is published by Headline, UK, July, 2012.

Those interested in attending what is now a major gathering of medieval mystery fans can go directly to and follow the links to the Féile Fidelma where they can book on line. Queries can be address on the Society website or email

Beginning next issue, Blood Red Pens will be offering interviews with Blood Red Writers...We are also checking into fiction we may run...More later

From poet Jesus Crisis:

Places I'll be sharing poetry in the next couple of months include:
May 22nd in Elyria, Ohio between 6:30 and dusk under the pagoda on Ely Square during Main Street Elyria's 4th
Tuesday celebration. All are welcome to come share! Plus there will be three bands playing at various locations
around the square.

June 24th at in Willoughby, Ohio during Living Poetry of Karma Koffee: Reading
June 30th in Erie, Pennsylvania during the 4th Annual Poetry in the Park at Frontier Park
July 13th in North Royalton, Ohio during the Deep Cleveland Poetry Hour -- Writing Knights Invade Deep
Cleveland!!! at MugShotz
July 27th in Ypsilanti, Michigan at The Ugly Mug Cafe and Roastery

A call to all authors, Shadow Forest Authors is a fellowship of authors for charity. Our mission is to get authors from around the world and from all genres to unite with SFA and participate in donating books and e-books to selected beneficiaries, literary foundations who fill a much needed void in books. Unbeknown to many, illiteracy issues cost billions a year in higher consumer prices due to the cost of recruiting and training functional illiterates, mistakes and inabilities in the workplace, for juvenile delinquency and crime directly related to illiteracy. In addition; social stigma, medical and pharmaceuticals with high rates of depression and suicide. Illiterates suffer self-worth, relationship, unemployment and social issues. Worldwide, this massive problem receives little funding or attention and as stated, costs billions.
SFA is now up and running and we invite authors to get listed and participate in this worthy cause. All we ask is that authors donate a copy of their title to a SFA beneficiary of their choice: The Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation - Australia, (who also accept CD's) Book Aid International - U.K, Got Books Inc - U.S.A, Adult Reading Assistance Scheme - New Zealand, The World Public Library - U.S.A Participating authors receive a mention on the SFA site and the chance to sell further books via our unique supporter program.
Come join us at
United we can fill a much needed void in worldwide literacy issues.
P.S.: We would appreciate you passing this invitation onto other authors and readers, every little bit helps.
SFA is also on myspace, please come join us at

~<>~<>~<>~<>~<>~ Monsters of LA, by Lisa Morton, 322 pages, Bad Moon Books, 1854 W. Chateau Ave., Anaheim, Ca, 92804 Publishers, ISBN-13: 978-0-9837799-3-3, 2011

Dracula, The Phantom, and The Invisible Woman are only three of the LA Monsters that Morton deals with in this unique volume. What makes this volume unique is the way that Morton builds a modern day story around each of her characters which explains the characters in a way understood by the modern day reader. Morton also peppers each story with parts of another story in this book which ties the stories together in an entertaining way. “Of course, L.A. has more than 20 monsters; it probably has tens of thousands, if you take into account all the hustlers, gangbangers, white-collar criminals, street crazies, and other assorted badasses living here. But these 20 are famous. These 20 are the rock stars of the monster world. These 20 are Hollywood legends.” Morton tells this on page 13. “Frankenstein” leads off the collection of short stories. What do you think a modern day Frankenstein’s story would be? How about basing the story on a war-torn relic of a man left physically revolting by a doctor, named Victor by the way, who was trying to help in the throes of war? To tell anymore would give away this tale, but I recommend it. “The Bride” ties into “Frankenstein.” A very short story, telling any of this one would ruin it and you certainly don’t want to ruin the impact of the tale. Read it. Then there is “The Mummy.” This is a solid tale about the fear of getting old. Morton grabs this story and tells us about a woman who wants to try anything to maintain a youthful appearance. “She was only 39, and most would have guessed ten years younger, but age was starting to work its insidious erosion on her. She spent two hours everyday working out, had a personal trainer and her own nutritionist, and had undergone every thing from Botox and Lipoplasty to hot stone massage to seaweed wraps… but her limbs were starting to take on that ropy look that she saw in the rail-thin older women at the Beverly Hills restaurants and shops. She knew that Darren would never divorce her( or at least not for another few years) but she was looking at her future and imagining Darren Dulac, CEO of one of the nations biggest insurance companies, still showing off his sagging, chicken-necked wife in another ten years. “She couldn’t do it.” Monsters of LA, page 89. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, The Phantom, The Hunchback, The Invisible Woman, The Mad Scientist, The Werewolf, The Haunted House, Cat People, The Creature, The Alien, Kaiju (Giant Monster), The Devil, The Slasher, The Killer Clown, The Urban Legend, and The Zombie are the other subjects in this book. For a satisfying, wondrous experience, discover Monsters of LA.

Bram Stoker Award Winners Announced

This year,the Awards for 2011, were announced by fellow HWA writers at a bancquet that was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the World Horror Convention. This marks the 25th Anniversary of the awards, which was televised on ustream. The ceremony was both tearful and hilarious at times and moderated by writer Jeff Strand.
Superior Achievement in a NOVEL Flesh Eaters by Joe McKinney (Pinnacle Books)
Superior Achievement in a FIRST NOVEL Isis Unbound by Allyson Bird (Dark Regions Press)
Superior Achievement in a YOUNG ADULT NOVEL (tie) > The Screaming Season by Nancy Holder (Razorbill) > Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Superior Achievement in a GRAPHIC NOVEL Neonomicon by Alan Moore (Avatar Press)
Superior Achievement in LONG FICTION “The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine” by Peter Straub (Conjunctions: 56)
Superior Achievement in SHORT FICTION “Herman Wouk Is Still Alive” by Stephen King (The Atlantic Magazine, May 2011)
Superior Achievement in a SCREENPLAY American Horror Story, episode #12: “Afterbirth” by Jessica Sharzer (20th Century Fox Television)
Superior Achievement in a FICTION COLLECTION The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares by Joyce Carol Oates (Mysterious Press)
Superior Achievement in an ANTHOLOGY Demons: Encounters with the Devil and his Minions, Fallen Angels and the Possessed edited by John Skipp (Black Dog and Leventhal)
Superior Achievement in NON-FICTION Stephen King: A Literary Companion by Rocky Wood (McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers)
Superior Achievement in a POETRY COLLECTION How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend by Linda Addison (Necon Ebooks)
Works can be recommended by any member of the HWA. Juries in each category also compile their top picks, and members with Active status then vote works from both the member recommendations and the jury selections onto a preliminary ballot. From there the field is narrowed to the final ballot and Active members choose the winners from that. The award is named for Bram Stoker, best known as the author of Dracula. The trophy, which resembles a miniature haunted house, was designed by author Harlan Ellison and sculptor Steven Kirk.
Vampire Novel of the Century Award
HWA, in conjunction with the Bram Stoker Family Estate and the Rosenbach Museum & Library, also presented the special one-time only Vampire Novel of the Century Award to:
Richard Matheson for his modern classic I Am Legend

This award was voted on by a jury chaired by Dracula expert Leslie S. Klinger and was sponsored by Jeremy Wagner.
Lifetime Achievement and Specialty Press Awards
In addition, HWA presented its annual Lifetime Achievement Awards and its Specialty Press Awards. Rick Hautala and Joe R. Lansdale were both on hand to accept their Lifetime Achievement Awards.
The Specialty Press Awards went to Derrick Hussey of Hippocampus Press and Roy Robbins of Bad Moon Books.
Silver Hammer and President’s Richard Laymon Service Awards
The Silver Hammer Award, for outstanding service to HWA, was voted by the organization’s board of trustees to Guy Anthony DeMarco.
The President’s Richard Laymon Service Award was given to HWA co-founder Karen Lansdale.
Samhain Publishing served as the Platinum Sponsor for the event. ( Thank you HWA!)

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