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 blog. The 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.***
Write a winter or holiday themed haiku and win a $5 gift certificate to giveanything.com, spendable at over 300 online stores, including Linens N Things, CD Universe, and Online Books Direct. (For a full list of participating stores, view the categories on the left side of this page.)
Haikus are fairly easy to write, even for non-writers, so give it a whirl — you might just surprise yourself. Also, I’ve noticed that compared to the amount of visitors this site gets, the amount of comments is fairly low — even for my easiest contest ever where all you had to do was leave a comment to win a prize. What does that mean for you? It means that just by entering, you have a good shot at winning.
A haiku is a 3-line poem with a syllable count of 5/7/5 (so 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second line, and 5 in the third line). No rhyming necessary. Here is an example:
A winter haiku
Spend five minutes writing it
And make five dollars
There is no limit on how many haikus you can enter. Leave your haiku(s) as a comment to this post. Your gift certificate will be sent to the email you enter when you leave your comment, but your email address will only be veiwable by me. Also, I will not send you junkmail or sell your email address to anyone.
I’ll feature the winning haiku in its own post, so don’t forget to include the author name you want to go with it. The deadline is December 20th. Have fun!
Congratulations Glenn Ingersoll. You are the winner of the easiest contest ever! Please let me know which site you’d like your ginormously huge monetary reward ($5 gift certificate) to go to: amazon.com or cafepress.com.
And for everyone who hasn’t won yet but would like to, check back for another easy contest in December.
Want 5 bucks? All you have to do is comment on a post on this blog between now and November 29, 2007. One lucky person will win their choice of a $5 gift certificate to either amazon.com* or cafepress.com.
The gift certificate will be sent to whichever email address you use when making your comment. (Your email address will not be posted and will only be viewable by me, and I won’t sell it or send you junkmail or anything like that.)
*It does not appear that amazon.com gift certificates are transferrable to other amazon sites, such as amazon.co.uk, so make sure you are able to order from amazon.com if you go with this option. Cafepress.com, on the other hand, ships to almost anywhere in the world.