The Haunt, MySpace-like Site for Horror Fans

Want to hang out in cyberspace with other horror fans?  Think MySpace is for sissies and looking for something darker?  Look no further than The Haunt.

According to the site, The Haunt is an open community for the horror genre, geared towards not only fans of the genre, but insiders and others working within. Publishers, authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers, podcasters and actors are just some of the many faces you’ll see on The Haunt.

I discovered this site through horror author, Michael Arnzen’s, blog.  (You might remember Michael from his previous stint guest-blogging here at A Bunch of Wordz.)  Arnzen is featuring a Pithy Morbid Thought Contest on The Haunt, which you can read more about on his blogThe contest ends April 31, 2009, and he’s giving away a free book to five lucky winners.  You’ll have to sign up for The Haunt to participate, but it’s free, so why not?

***Edit:  Due to technical difficulties, this contest is being re-launched so the deadline has been extended.  See comments and/or visit The Goreletter for more info.***

Flash Fiction Story by Gay Degani – The London Eye

Ever felt like you’re being stalked, watched, plotted against?  Then you know how Gay Degani’s character feels in the new flash fiction story, The London Eye (warning, contains strong language), published recently at Every Day Fiction:

“People insist the London Eye is nothing more than a tourist attraction, a Ferris wheel on steroids, a piece of machinery designed to be deconstructed for public consumption on the Discovery channel back home in the States, but I don’t believe it. I’m no fool. No one’s pulling the wool over my eyes. The Eye is stalking me.”

According to the site, Every Day Fiction is a magazine that specializes in bringing you fine fiction in bite-size doses. Every day, they publish a new short story of 1000 words or fewer that can be read during your lunch hour, on transit, or even over breakfast.  You can read from the site or sign up for the stories to come directly to your inbox.

Awesome idea!

If you’re a poetry lover, they offer a similar site called Every Day Poets.

For more information on author and Pushcart Prize Nominee, Gay Degani, see this previous post.

Horror Sci-Fi Fantasy Mag Features Lyn Cannaday

If horror/science fiction/fantasy is your thing, then check out the magazine, Morpheus Tales.  And by “magazine” I mean like a real, hold-in-your-hands magazine published on that medium you might vaguely remember, commonly known as paper

Their website gives you some free previews, so you can get an idea if you want to purchase or not, without just buying it blind.  You can also see some of their artwork, which looks interesting, wonderfully disturbing, and very high quality.

This publication came to my attention because Lyn Cannaday (previously featured here in blog posts Two Random Moments and Tricky Aliens and Bisexual Penguins) had her first story published in Issue 4.  (First as in not soley a web publication, since she has had a number of stories recognized and accepted on various sites across the web.)

Her flash fiction story is called Vampires Suck, and it looks like part of Issue 4, including Cannaday’s story, is now available in pdf format.  So, you can read Cannaday’s story as well as some other flash fiction at that link, although I recommend buying the issue since this is just a small sampling of what you get in the actual magazine.  Here is an excerpt from Vampires Suck:

“Humans give vampires all the awesome powers: mesmerizing eyes, sexy accents, angsting drama, and now they get to be sparkly,” he complained with a huff. “Why don’t humans give us some of those cool powers? I’d love to see a movie where the werewolves weren’t just bad actors in fur suits. I want a werewolf movie with a sexy she-wolf with hypnotic, silver eyes and retractable claws and the strength to tear down mountains.” His eyes grew unfocused and lusty.

(FYI, the pdf link was slow to load for me, so give it a minute before you decide to back out of it.)

Angels of Destruction, a Book by Keith Donohue

Author, Keith Donohue, sent me an email to let me know his new book, Angels of Destruction, is out (thanks, Keith!).  You might remember that name from a previous post I did about his book, The Stolen Child.

If you’re interested in finding out more about this author, you can read his blog, called Pluck’s Bicycle.  If you’d like to know more about Angels of Destruction, check out this book review at The Washington Post, from which the following excerpt was taken. 

“Sean Fallon, a boy bereft by his father’s abandonment, befriends the peculiar new student in his third-grade class…But Sean soon witnesses strange manifestations of Norah’s distinctly unchildlike talents: She folds origami cranes, then makes them fly; she blows smoke rings that would make Gandalf envious. More disturbingly, one night Sean glances into her mouth and sees a galaxy of stars.”