Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Happy Krampusnacht!

Welcome to the Blog Hop, featuring Amy Grech on this blog and if you click on the links below, Jake TS Wryte, Phillip T. Stephens, Alex Binkley, Carole Ann Moleti and yours truly. All are writers that I have known and greatly admired for many years and most have stories in the Hell's Anthologies, as well as many other publications. So without more ado...


Amy Grech's story  “Burning Love” is pure horror in flash fiction size and can be found in Hell’s Heart, October, 2018

Copies can be had at www.amazon.com

Amy writes: 
I wrote this story around Valentine’s Day, inspired by all of the philandering men out there…
I admire Stephen King— an Aunt introduced me to his novels when I was 12. I started with Cujo and have been hooked ever since!
Other authors that influence my writing include: Franz Kafka, H. P. Lovecraft, Joyce Carol Oates, Edgar Allan Poe, and Mary Shelley.

Amy Grech has sold over 100 stories to various anthologies and magazines including:
A New York State of Fright, Apex Magazine, Beat to a Pulp: Hardboiled, Dead Harvest, Deadman's Tome Campfire Tales Book Two, Expiration Date, Fright Mare, Needle Magazine, Real American Horror, Shrieks and Shivers from the Horror Zine, Space and Time Magazine, Tales from The Lake Vol. 3,Thriller Magazine, and many others. New Pulp Press published her book of noir stories, Rage and Redemption in Alphabet City.

She is an Active Member of the Horror Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers who lives in Brooklyn. Visit her website: at Crimson Screams. Follow Amy on Twitter: twitter.com/amy_grech.

To continue on the blog hop:

Krampusnacht Run Blog Hop

Welcome to the Krampusnacht Run Blog Hop

From December 5th (Krampusnacht) to New Years Eve you will be able to enjoy the blog posts of:
Amy Grech, Alex Binkley, Carole Ann Moleti, Jake TS Wryte, Phillip Stephens and myself.

Just follow the links at the bottom of each post, starting here. Or jump to any blog you'd like.

I'll be kicking it off tomorrow with Amy Grech's blog post about her submission to Hell's Heart, "Burning Love."

Monday, December 3, 2018

Busy Busy Busy

What a year it has been!
After publishing Hell's Bells, decided to go with theme of love gone amok with Hell's Heart:

Over the summer, Oasis Community Garden in Hell's Kitchen hosted Summer Dark 2, with the help of James Chambers of our local Horror Writer's Association.

It went very well with 3 authors reading their works on Friday evenings in June and July.

I also had a very romantic cruise for my 25th wedding anniversary, getting to check out graveyards in Bar Harbor Maine and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

And in honor of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, I was pleased to participate on a panel at the Bronx Music Heritage Center.

This month I will be hosting the Krampusnacht Run Blog Hop starting Dec. 5th (Krampusnacht) and going to New Year's Eve. Please check back for all the fun!

Monday, July 30, 2018

NY State of Fright

So proud to announce the release of an anthology of which I was part of the editing crew:

 NY State of Fright

Featuring the talents of: Marc Abbott, Meghan Acuri, Alp Beck, Allen Burd, Amy Grech, Elizabeth Crowens, J. G. Faherty, Trevor Firetog, John C. Foster, Patrick Freibald, James Teel Glenn, Grady Hendrix, Erik T. Johnson, Hal Johnson, Jack Ketchem and Edward Lee, Charie La Marr, Lisa Manetti, Moncia O'Rourke, Dave Sakmyster, Kathleen Scheiner, Jeff C. Stevenson, J. Daniel Stone, Patrick Thomas and Steven Van Patten


Available now and all proceeds go to Girls Write Now.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Summer Dark 2

Following the success of last year’s Summer Dark
Readings in Oasis Community Garden Continue

For five Friday evenings in June and July, authors from the Horror Writers’ Association will be reading their scary works in the beauty and peace of Oasis Community Garden, located at 505 52nd Street in Manhattan between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues. Each evening will have three different readers from the organization present their work.

Unlike last year which had no rain dates, this year if rained out you will be able to hear the readers on the following Friday evening.

Save the dates of June 1, 15 & 29 (rain dates 8, 22) and July 13 & 27 (rain dates July 6, 20 & Aug. 3rd). Readings will begin at 6 pm and end at 8pm.

Bring a blanket and prepare for chills and thrills.
For more information, please check Summer Dark’s Facebook page:

Oasis Community Garden is a part of NYC Park’s Green Thumb program. www.oasiscommunitygarden

The Horror Writers Association is a nonprofit organization of writers and publishing professionals around the world, working to promote dark literature and the interests of those who write it. www.horror.org

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Oliver Baer--another contributor to Hell's Bells

AG: How did you come to write your piece for Hell's Bells?

Oliver Baer: As the second millennium approached, as humans reckon time, my friends decided to start a zine that would showcase our work. Being a group of intellectuals with morbid sensibilities, we knew of HP Lovecraft’s work. We were fans and so when one friend made a comment about another’s sexual proclivities utilizing the great Cthulhu, the idea for the zine was realized. 

The first three issues of Cthulhu Sex Magazine:  Blood, Sex and Tentacles featured artwork, prose and poetry from people we knew. As word of our existence grew and more people outside our circles wanted to contribute, we decided to change our look to more that of a magazine. This worked out well enough as we went from having local distribution to national distribution to then adding a small amount of international distribution. We also started publishing anthologies of horror stories under the imprint, Two Backed Books.

Meanwhile, about a year or so before, in another group of friends, a friend wanted to collaborate on a story with me. He was also a Lovecraft fan as well as being the person who introduced me to the master’s work. His idea was to create a story in letters form similar to the way Dracula is written. He wrote the first one and I was to follow suit. I did not do anything until several years later whilst involved with Cthulhu Sex.

When discussing what should be in the new magazine format of Cthulhu Sex, I suggested we have a Letters to the Editor section. My friend liked the idea and we sent out requests. We didn’t get a response. So, I suggested something I learned from reading the Letters to the Editor in comic books. Why don’t we write a couple letters ourselves, maybe get other people in our circle to write some and see if that spurs others to write in. I still had the letter story my other friend wrote and decided to include that in our Letters section as a letter that arrived at the offices of Cthulhu Sex

The next issue I followed up with a response to his letter that was more about a Lovecraftian incident that arose as a result of the arrival of the letter on my desk. As we continued publishing issues, the Letters to the Editor section saw very little response, so I decided to keep writing my letters as a story. The story was a basic quest to “cure” myself of what ailed me as a result of the incident in the offices. The letters are partly from me, the editor, while on the quest, to the publisher/managing editor of Cthulhu Sex and partly from a translator to the publisher. It does not end well.

In 2008, the magazine and imprint ceased for financial reasons. I had thought of compiling all the letters into a book format for some time. It would take several years of rewriting the letters into a computer to even get a manuscript of this type together. There were all sorts of distractions, in typical fashion when dealing with the Elder Gods, that prevented the “Letters” book from happening. Two of the distractions being the publication of my poetry book, Baer Soul, in 2011 and the release of my poetry set to music CD, Gathering Souls, in 2012. The CD release party went so well, it became a biannual poetry set to music show called A Conclave of Baer creating yet another distraction. Finally, a suggestion of the “Letters” book reached the ears of someone who decided he wanted to publish it.

In the midst of these negotiations, April Grey, whom I had met at our local Horror Writers Association meeting, mentioned that she was looking for stories to fill an anthology with the theme of music. I told her that while I did not have anything new, music did play a part in the “Letters” story arc. Would she consider one of these? She told me to send her one and she would consider it. So, I did. She accepted it with a suggestion to change it slightly so there was a little bit of a back story and to make the music a stronger element in it. It was now a slightly different piece than it was before so when she asked me to give it a title, which I am usually loathe to do, “Results of an Eldritch Composition” was what we settled on. The “Letters” book will probably see the light of this dimension’s dawn in 2018.

Oliver Baer does many things. He was the editor of Cthulhu Sex Magazine and Two Backed Books. His writings have been included in Cthulhu Sex Magazine, Dream People, Bare Bone #8, Horror Between the Sheets, Horror Writers Association Poetry Showcase Vol. II and Boog City. His book of poetry, Baer Soul came out in 2011. His CD of poetry set to music, which came out in 2013, spawned a biannual poetry set to music show A Conclave of Baer. His true face has been seen periodically at the Lovecraft Bar. He is also visible using the virtual spectrum of social media by following him on Twitter @obaer and/or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/obaer3 Much of his work can be found at Tentacularity https://tentacularity.wordpress.com/

Friday, December 8, 2017

Jake T.S. Wryte--One of Hell's Bell's authors!

AG: How did the stories for Hell's Bells come to be written?

When I quit a promising career in March of 2017 and decided to be a full-time writer, two story ideas came to me and they stuck.
One afternoon while I was playing my guitar and contemplating my decision, the top E-string detuned by a couple of whole notes, which is quite unusual. I was reminded of the first time I ever tuned a guitar and moved much too fast while the strings were cold: the string snapped and smacked me across the face, right underneath my eye. The fear of that happening again got my mind churning and I thought – What if the instrument were to strangle me somehow? And so the idea for "The Bow of Murmured Voices" was born.
After I wrote the story I realized that my preferred instrument, the guitar, didn't fit. As an ex-audio engineer, I remembered past assignments I did on the construction and acoustical properties of musical instruments and how best to record them in studio, and I specifically remembered that the body of a violin is also called the corpus, which translates as corpse or body. That was when a final idea struck me: what if this violin not only murdered anyone who played it, but trapped their souls inside it?
The second idea came to me when financial woes almost forced me to become a street musician. Growing up as an aspiring musician and rhythm guitarist in a thrash and death metal band, the topic of musicians selling their souls to the devil was a major influence for my story "Those That Stay." But I needed a different, or original, take on it. So the story began first as a street musician who stole the souls of anyone generous enough to give him money.
Soon after finishing the original draft, and also at the time when the Hell's Bells invitation to submit came, I realized that the story bordered on humor instead of horror. That's when an idea struck me: what if a street musician thought he was doing good deeds by healing the sick and claiming their loved one's souls as the price without them knowing it? And so "Those That Stay" was born.
People often ask me, "Why do you write?" The answer isn't what I think they hope to hear. All I can say is that I simply have to. I don't have a choice in the matter, and besides, I don't want to do anything else with my life ever again. Publication in Hell's Bells was one of the major highlights of 2017 and has further fed this mysterious urge to pen words. As for 2018, I am hoping to get published more and paid enough to survive, but I will also begin my journey and life-long dream to become an editor.


Jake TS Wryte is a full-time writer from the Darklands of Africa where the creatures of his imagination have a bounty on his head. You can find his micro-fiction pieces at 101 Words and his article on flash fiction writing and online courses at christopherfielden.com. When not reading or writing, Jake can be found hiking remote areas and wishing he hadn't gone there in the first place, or avoiding assault by his rescue macaw. You can reach him on Twitter @jakemetalsnake and Facebook as Jake TS Wryte.