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Amanda’s Recurring Nightmares

GLAHW Member, Ken MacGregor had a brilliant idea for 2013’s Monster Mash for Literacy Bash  – raffle off the opportunity for the winner’s name to become the sole theme of a future Anthology. Several brave souls went into the hat and one emerged victorious.

Thus, Recurring Nightmares was born, and GLAHW is proud to announce the debut of our new series.

Le Blurb:

Seven horror writers are gifted the name of a real person and told to do whatever they want to her. In the seven resulting short stories,  Amanda is tortured, terrified and made monstrous; she is killed at least once. She won the right to have this done – and the writers couldn’t wait to unleash their imaginations on Amanda
 
Welcome to the inaugural edition of Recurring Nightmares, the Special Raffle Prize of the annual Monster Mash for Literacy Bash thrown by the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers (GLAHW) benefiting the Dominican and Siena Literacy Organizations in Detroit. 
 
These are Amanda’s nightmares. We hope they become  yours, too.
Le Cover – done by the ever clever Ron Maxwell
Amanda's Recurring Nightmares Cover Artwork © Ron Maxwell
Amanda’s Recurring Nightmares
Cover Artwork © Ron Maxwell

Le TOC:

  1. “Itch” by Sean M. Davis
  2. “Professional Scare Standards” by Michael Cieslak
  3. “Bargain” by MontiLee Stormer
  4. “Wildflower” Justin Holley
  5. “Come Out to Black Lake” by Nicole Castle
  6. “Drinks and a Show” by Ken MacGregor
  7. “The Stone Baby” by Robert C. Eccles

Now available in paperback from Amazon.com, Powell’s Books, and Barnes & Noble

Wet Dreams – My Darkest Erotic Horror Story

by John B. Rosenman

So often, we like to think we are rational, loving creatures when unknown even to ourselves, we are just the opposite: mad, cruel, selfish, and lustful.  We pray to God and secretly worship the powers of darkness.  In my story,  “Wet Dreams,” a couple rents a mansion in the country for the summer to mend their troubled marriage.  Will they succeed?  It all depends what happens after they make love and close their eyes.  Yes, in dreams lie salvation,  but as Goya wrote, that “The sleep of reason produces monsters.”

 Available at:        http://www.amazon.com/Wet-Dreams-John-B-Rosenman-ebook/dp/B008DLHBVE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1396879435&sr=1-1&keywords=wet+dreams+rosenman

Excerpt:

An hour later, he lay back naked and basked in the afterglow. Karen herself turned off the lights and snuggled happily against him, both their bodies covered by a single sheet. Like him, she was exhausted and drenched with sweat. He listened to her breathing slow and descend toward sleep.

Mirrors. We’re surrounded by mirrors here.

Eyes closed, he thought of their coupling, entangled bodies, which they had seen reflected from many positions: he above her, then behind, Karen above, and then receiving him sideways. He started to smile but found himself imagining their own images watching them in the shadows like second selves. Who knows, perhaps their alter egos would wait till they slept and then creep into their bodies and possess their souls. And, in the morning, when they awoke…

Where had he gotten such a weird idea? He tried to puzzle it out, but sleep soon stole upon him.

Sometime later he awoke, smelling perfume. Something exotic—jasmine? Whatever it was, it must be his imagination because Karen wasn’t wearing any. But it was so sweet and fragrant, so…

(Story available at Amazon, MuseItUp, and elsewhere . . .)

http://www.johnrosenman.com

http://www.johnrosenman.blogspot.com

 

 

Return of the Tombkeeper!

Hello my friends, it’s been a while since we’ve had any visitors down in The Archives.

One of the big horror/haunted attraction conventions, Trasnworld, was held last weekend.  Your humble Tombkeeper was not able to attend, but I was able to flip through some catalogs of some companies that other intrepid travelers brought back.  If you are ready to start planning your Halloween display now, you might want to check out these sites.  Or you could check out the websites so you how much you need to save up.

We haven’t mentioned either of these places before.

The first is prop manufacturer Beyond the Grave Productions (http://beyondthegraveproductions.com).  The create quality static props but they are a little on the pricey side.

The other is a local mask manufacturer The Murderforge (http://www.murderforge.com/index.html).  The artist does amazing work, creating small masks, half masks, and static props.  They are constructed out of a special latex and polyfoam mix which makes them more durable than your average latex mask.  The best part?  The artist is a local boy who started in his parents’ garage in Dearborn, MI.

We’ll be adding some more websites as the year rolls on.  Stay tuned!

Submissions for Erie Tales VII: Myths and Fairy Tales Now Open

GLAHW is pleased to open submissions for the Annual Anthology. You must be a current member (paid dues for 2014) of GLAHW to submit. If you would like to join, you may pay your dues at any time as long as you do it before you submit.

This year’s theme is Fairy Tales and Myths – open to all cultures and interpretations.

Deadline for stories is June 30, 2014.

For the tl;dr crowd, the theme for 2014 is Fairy Tales and Myths. You can choose from any fairy tale or myth from any culture, just shoot a message on the Message Board so we don’t have multiple visions of the same tale. 

  1. All stories for this anthology must be stories based on fairy tales and myths. No Urban Legends will be accepted (we already did that anthology). No other type of stories will be accepted.
  2. Yes we accept Poetry. Poems can be up to fifty lines each.
  3. Please don’t send us sword & sorcery or space opera stories. Tolkien and Lucas have their place, but not here. Also, we don’t accept “fan fiction” which includes anything based on a video game, book, movie or any other creator’s work. Normally we would say here, “If you don’t own the copyright to the characters in your story, we cannot publish your story”, but for this anthology please make sure your fairy tale or myth is in the Public Domain and you aren’t recycling someone else’s theme – like Hansel and Gretel, Vampire Hunters.
  4. Please don’t send us “Slash” or Erotica or anything graphically describing sex. Sex is okay, as long as it’s integral to the story, but don’t over-do it. Don’t use gore for gore’s sake. There are anthologies and digests that would love to read your torture porn, but ERIE TALES is not one of them.
  5. Stories should be between 500 – 5,000 words. This word count is firm. Stories above this word limit will be deleted unread. If you have a story shorter than this, please query.
  6. Please follow proper manuscript format. If you don’t know what proper manuscript format is, please follow this link.  Stories not in proper manuscript format will be returned unread.
  7. Stories should be submitted as an attachment in either MS Word (.doc, docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf)
  8. We already have a cover artist, but we’d love to see your B&W  art for the interior. See the guidelines for details, or query
  9. All acceptances will receive one (1) Contributor’s Copy and our humble thanks.
  10. Deadline for stories is June 30, 2014.
  11. Expected publication is October, 2014

PLEASE READ ALL Erie Tales VII Guidelines BEFORE SUBMITTING TO SAVE US FROM REPEATED FACEPALMS. We want to use your masterpiece, so please please follow the Erie Tales VII Guidelines so the world can revel in your genius.

Thank you!

2015 Calender Submissions! Are! Go!

GLAHW is please to open submissions for the 2015 Calendar.

This year’s theme is Fairy Tales and Myths – open to all cultures and interpretations. We want to see your visual representation of a favorite Fairy Tales or Myths (no modern Urban Legends, please). Get creative and have some fun. All calendar proceeds benefit the Dominica and Siena Literacy Organizations.

Deadline for photos is September 1, 2014.

All of the details are on our Calendar Submissions Page!

 

Images from 2012 Charity Calendar

(click to embiggen images)

Silence of the Lambs
Silence of the Lambs
Angela Macey
Poltergeist
Poltergeist
Sally Doll (from Nightmare Before Christmas) cruelly manipulated by MontiLee Stormer
A Tale of Two Sisters
A Tale of Two Sisters
2012 GLAHW Board Members
Tracy Stapleton-Lutkins, Peggy Christie, Michael Cieslak, MontiLee Stormer
Voice (aka Whispering Corridors 4)
Voice (aka Whispering Corridors 4)
MontiLee Stormer
The Shining
The Shining
Robert Eccles
American Psycho
American Psycho
Robert Christie
Season of the Witch
Season of the Witch
Ren Fracture
I Spit On Your Grave
I Spit On Your Grave
Peggy Christie
April Fool's Day
April Fool's Day
MontiLee Stormer
Hellraiser
Hellraiser
Michael Cieslak
Re-Animator
Re-Animator
Tim Malik and Steve Jensen
28 Weeks Later
28 Weeks Later
Tracy Stapleton-Lutkins

 

Death Note (2006) Movie Review

We said we’d be incorporating our newsletter elements into the new website so allow me to post my first movie review for the year. I do this over at Cinema Head Cheese so I’m going to try and set it up the same way: include a movie poster and trailer for each film I review. I don’t know if it’ll work. I’m kinda stupid with this here high-fallutin’ internet stuff. I do plan to use adult language and innuendo so if that kind of stuff offends you, you might want to check out other areas and posts at GLAHW.

Here goes nothing…

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I was worried about watching this film alone because let’s face it, Asian horror scares the piss out of me most of the time. It’s usually about atmosphere and the creep factor as opposed to shock and blood (unless we’re talking about Thailand’s Sick Nurses which is 82 minutes of bat shit crazy gore). But the further this movie went, the less it was about supernatural creatures and more about human monsters.

Based on the manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata (which was also turned into an anime series) Death Note is a live action feature starring Tatsuya Fujiwara (Battle Royale 1 & 2) as Light Yagami, a young man who has become disillusioned with the due process of justice and the law as he sees criminal after criminal walk free from punishment. And we’re not just talking piss-ant little crimes like muggings and shop lifting. We’re talking rapists and murders, very very bad people that escape justice based on technicalities.

Then one evening Light discovers a mysterious notebook: The Death Note. At first he thinks it’s a joke but soon discovers if he writes a name in the book,  40 seconds later that person dies. Since the law won’t punish the wicked, Light takes it upon himself to do it instead.

The Death Note also comes with its own Shinigami, the Japanese version of the Grim Reaper. This book’s reaper is named Ryuuk and he follows Light around, watching as he works his way through the criminal underground, killing off bad guys left and right. Only Light can see him, though, so he has to be careful about talking to Ryuuk out in public lest everyone thinks he’s nuts (yeah, because killing people at your whim isn’t crazy at all even if they’re totally asking for it).

Eventually the police figure out, with the help of a mysterious shut-in genius named L, that this vigilante, named Kira by the media, is not some supernatural creature but a human being with some unknown ability to kill. As they close in, will Light be able to deflect attention from himself and convince the cops he’s not Kira?

This movie is presented as horror but it’s really a thriller. Yes there are horrific elements to it because of the shinigami and all the killing. But the story I latched onto was how humans can change when given the power over life and death. Or perhaps their masks simply fall away and their true selves are revealed when they are free to do as they please. I think what happens to Light is the latter – he’s not corrupted by this absolute power. He is freed by it and his true character takes over.

And when a shinigami tells you that the way you’ve acted has surprised even him, that’s  seriously fucked up.

Speaking of Ryuuk, the CGI to create him was just terrible. It was like a video game boss was cut and pasted from someplace like Donkey Kong and plopped down in this flick. That said, Tatsuya really looked like he was talking to the Grim Reaper through the movie and not what was surely a tennis ball hanging from a pole. And I have to say that I ended up adoring Ryuuk, especially his fondness for apples.

Aside from Light, Ryuuk, and the quirky L, the rest of the characters were window dressing. They didn’t really move the story along except to be pawns in Light’s machinations, although his girlfriend, Shiori, ends up revealing Light’s true sociopathic nature in the end.

Overall, though, this movie was very entertaining and intriguing. Now I’ve got to find the manga, the anime, and I’m gagging to watch the sequel!

4 (out of 5) Hatchets