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About Hal Bodner
Hal Bodner is a Bram Stoker Award nominated author, best known for writing the best selling gay vampire novel, Bite Club and the lupine sequel, The Trouble With Hairy. He tells people that he was born in East Philadelphia because no one knows where Cherry Hill, New Jersey is. The obstetrician who delivered him was C. Everett Koop, the future US Surgeon General who put warnings on cigarette packs. Thus, from birth, Hal was destined to become a heavy smoker.
He moved to West Hollywood in the 1980s and has rarely left the city limits since. He cannot even find his way around Beverly Hills—which is the next town over.
Hal has been an entertainment lawyer, a scheduler for a 976 sex telephone line, a theater reviewer and the personal assistant to a television star. For awhile, he owned Heavy Petting, a pet boutique where all the movie stars shopped for their Pomeranians. Until recently, he owned an exotic bird shop.
He has never been a waiter.
He lives with assorted dogs, and birds, the most notable of which is an eighty year old irritable, flesh-eating military macaw named after his icon – Tallulah. He often quips he is a slave to fur and feathers and regrets only that he isn’t referring to mink and marabou. He does not have cats because he tends to sneeze on them.
Having reached middle-age ("middle" age being dependent on how many 100 years-plus people happen to be around), he remembers Nixon.
He was widowed in his early forties and can sometimes be found sunbathing at his late partner's grave while trying to avoid cemetery caretakers screaming at him to put his shirt back on.
Hal has also written a few erotic paranormal romances -- which he refers to as “supernatural smut” – most notably In Flesh and Stone and For Love of the Dead. While his salacious imagination is unbounded, he much prefers his comedic roots and he is currently pecking away at a series of bitterly humorous gay super hero novels.
He married again -- this time legally -- to a wonderful man who is young enough not to know that Liza Minnelli is Judy Garland’s daughter. As a result, Hal has recently discovered that the use of hair dye is rarely an adequate substitute for Viagra.
Hal's website is www.wehovampire.com and he encourages fans to send him email at Hal@wehovampire.com. It may take him a month or so, but he generally responds to almost everyone who writes to him with the sole exception of prisoners who request free copies of his books accompanied by naked pictures.
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Mystery Writers of America (MWA) is known for providing unparalleled resources on the craft, art, and business of storytelling, helping writers of all levels improve their skills for nearly a century. Now, this handbook helps authors navigate the ever-shifting publishing landscape—from pacing, plotting, the business side of publishing, to the current demand for diversity and inclusivity across all genres, and more.
Featuring essays by a new generation of bestselling experts on various elements of the craft and shorter pieces of crowd-sourced wisdom from the MWA membership as a whole, the topics covered can be categorized as follows:
—Before Writing (rules; genres; setting; character; research; etc.)
—While Writing (outlining; the plot; dialogue; mood; etc.)
—After Writing (agents; editors; self-pub; etc.)
—Other than Novels (short stories; true crime; etc.)
—Other Considerations (diverse characters; legal questions; criticism)
Also included is a collection of essays from MWA published authors—including Jeffery Deaver, Tess Gerritsen, and Charlaine Harris—selected by bestselling authors Lee Child and Laurie King and arranged thematically answering, “What piece of writing advice do you wish you’d had at the beginning of your career?”
“Everything you wanted to know about how to plan, draft, write, revise, publish, and market a mystery” (Kirkus Reviews), this inclusive manual provides practical, current, easily digestible advice for new and established authors alike.
From the beaches of Palos Verdes to the San Gabriel Valley, from Beverly Hills to Pasadena, this anthology sprawls across Los Angeles County with stories of vengeance, retribution and justice served cold. Avenging Angelenos, from newborns to neighbors, physicians to funeral directors, athletes, artists, students and teachers, have scores to settle and a nefarious itch under their skin that's got to be scratched.
Avenging Angelenos, a Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles anthology, is edited by Sarah M. Chen, Wrona Gall, and Pamela Samuels Young, with an introduction by Frankie Y. Bailey. It includes original stories by Avril Adams, Paula Bernstein, Hal Bodner, Jenny Carless, L.H. Dillman, Gay Toltl Kinman, Melinda Loomis, Kathy Norris, Peggy Rothschild, Meredith Taylor, and Laurel Wetzork.
After death has occurred, what could be worse? Paying the Ferryman answers the question of what comes next in twenty imaginative tales.
Foreword by Hal Bodner
Stories by Melodie Romeo, Rick Scabrous, Silas Green, D. S. Ullery, Brian W. Taylor, Diane Arrelle, Bryan Best, Tanya Nehmelman, Mariesa Inez, Rachel Hogan, S. H. Roddey, Jenner Michaud, Scott McCloskey, Heidi Lane, Armand Rosamilia, Brian Fatah Steele, Eric I. Dean, Herika R. Raymer, Lee Pletzers, and Jerry E. Benns
Edited by Margaret L. Colton
But West Hollywood isn't safe anymore...
Someone in town has a macabre passion for beautiful young men. Healthy, gym-toned male bodies keep turning up, tortured, drained of blood, missing parts and quite, quite dead. Someone is using the Creative City as a canvas of gruesome, sadistic creativity. Someone is using West Hollywood as a warped psychotic playground. Someone... or some thing.
WeHo City Coroner Becky O’Brien is helpless to stop the accumulation of gym-toned corpses. At the end of her investigative rope, Becky calls upon the aid of an old college friend, Christopher Driscoll, who is an expert on serial killers. Rushing to her aid, Chris arrives in WeHo with his quirky boyfriend Troy in tow. Prowling the dark alleys and cruisy bars of WeHo in search of the psychotic fiend, the trio soon realizes that something possibly not human has taken up residence in Boys' Town--something with an insatiable hunger for the flesh and blood of hot young men.
Following the trail of mangled corpses, Becky has another realization -- nothing is what it seems. Even her old friend Chris has secrets...dark secrets.
Accompanied by the compulsively orderly Sheriff’s Captain, Clive Anderson, and West Hollywood’s irritable and outrageous octogenarian City Manager, Pamela Burman, Becky soon discovers the ominous truth behind the creature stalking West Hollywood’s pristine streets.
Sexy, scary, and very, very funny, Bite Club is a macabre black comedy that'll have you screaming bloody murder.
***Winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in the Anthology category***
Want to see something weird?
Embrace the odd? Satisfy your curiosity? Surrender to wonder?
From Crystal Lake Publishing and the Bram Stoker Award-winning co-editor of the smash hit Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories comes Behold! Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders.
Sixteen stories and two poems take you into the spaces between the ordinary—and the imaginations of some of today's masters of dark and thrilling fiction.
- A travel writer learns the terrible secrets at a hotel that's not at all as it seems.
- A disfigured woman and her daughter explore methods of weaponizing beauty.
- An amateur beekeeper acquires an object that shows her the true
danger of the hive-mind.
- Drifters ride the rails seeking something wondrous that could change their fates forever.
- A strange creature that holds our very existence in its hands shapes the lives of two lovers to touching and devastating effect.
- A young man helps his grandfather—and something much more monstrous—atone for bargains made during wartime.
- And much, much more…
Featuring Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Ramsey Campbell, Lisa Morton, Brian Kirk, Hal Bodner, Stephanie M. Wytovich, John Langan, Erinn L. Kemper, John F.D. Taff, Patrick Freivald, Lucy A. Snyder, Brian Hodge, Kristi DeMeester, Christopher Coake, Sarah Read and Richard Thomas. Foreword by Josh Malerman. Illustrations by Luke Spooner. Cover art by John Coulthart. Brought to you by Bram Stoker Award-nominated editor Doug Murano and Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths.
Interview with the editor:
What kinds of short stories will readers find in this anthology?
Doug Murano: I wanted this book to encompass a lot of the things I love about weird fiction, fantasy and horror—as well as give a tip of my cap to some of the things I loved growing up. So, it’s not exclusively a horror anthology, though you’ll find there’s plenty of darkness and dread throughout the book.
It was important to me that the stories throughout the anthology embraced and celebrated the odd—so you're not going to find stories of big-top exploitation or carnival freak shows here. The closest, perhaps, you'll find to this angle is in Lisa Morton's story—but that piece turns the freak-show trope on its head and aspires to something much more daring, interesting, and, ultimately, haunting.
Some tonal touch-points for much of the book are actually Jim Henson's work — like Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal — particularly in the Undefinable Wonders section. I also drew tonal influences from Guillermo del Toro’s filmography, especially his Spanish-language films like Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone. As in those films, there’s terror and darkness here, but there’s beauty, wonder, and magic, as well. In other words, the book is willfully bizarre, wide-ranging, and beautifully strange.
Have you seen A Serbian Film?
How about Salo?
You ain’t seen nothing yet!
After six years and more than fifty authors, Blood Bound Books completes the Unholy Trinity D.O.A. III, featuring stories from Bentley Little, John Skipp, Kristopher Triana, Shane McKenzie, John McNee, Wrath James White, Jack Ketchum, Ed Lee, and more
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll vomit
Experience a new type of extreme horror—blood, guts, and a story
* He’s survived being harpooned by the megalomaniacal captain of a steampunk airship.
* He’s escaped being drowned by a sex-crazed mermaid.
* He’s narrowly avoided being reduced to a glowing pile of mush by a radioactive grandma.
* Even Kryptonite probably couldn’t hurt him.
(His inability to think before he opens his mouth, on the other hand, will probably get him killed.)
By day, Alec is the owner of a successful male escort service, living an idyllic life with a husband he adores. By night, Alec is the only man strong enough, fast enough, and svelte enough to reluctantly squeeze into the skintight turquoise mantle of the superhero known as the Whirlwind.
No matter how many supervillains choose Centerport to kick-off their crazy schemes of mass destruction and world domination, the Whirlwind will always be there to defeat them.
And he will always look fabulous in tights!
This is Writers on Writing – An Author’s Guide where your favorite authors share their ultimate secrets in becoming and being an author.
Learn the craft of writing from those who know it best.
This is Writers On Writing – An Author’s Guide Vol.3, where professional authors share their secrets in the ultimate guide to becoming – and being – an author.
In this third volume you’ll find in-depth essays from authors such as Jonathan Janz, Kealan Patrick Burke, Nerine Dorman, Hal Bodner, Ben Eads, and James Everington. Edited by Joe Mynhardt:
“Creating Effective Characters” by Hal Bodner
“Fictional Emotions; Emotional Fictions” by James Everington
“Home Sweet Home” by Ben Eads
“You” by Kealan Patrick Burke
“How about them free books, eh? (the art of becoming a book reviewer)” by Nerine Dorman
“Treating Fiction like a Relationship” by Jonathan Janz
Writers On Writing gives young authors the guidance they need, but also has advice for all authors, from the interested newbie to the seasoned veteran.
The Writers on Writing series carries on the proud tradition of Stephen King's On Writing.
Are you ready to unleash the author in you?
Proudly brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing – Tales from the Darkest Depths
Interview with one of the authors:
Tell us more about your essay in Writers on Writing.
James Everington: My first piece, ‘Embrace Your Inner Shitness’ is about the freedom in letting yourself go and writing a bad first draft–but a finished one. Because finishing things is key. But then how do you take that mangled, disjointed first draft and make something great from it? I give my perspective. My second piece is called ‘Fictional Emotions; Emotional Fictions’. It’s a cliche that good writing should evoke an emotional response but what exactly do we mean by that? What different techniques and perspectives can writers use to generate & convey emotion?
Why should authors read Writers on Writing?
James Everington: Because it’s a great book to argue with, and that’s what you want in a book of writing advice. There’s no point in passively learning from one writer about how they write, because what if that doesn’t work for you? You want a book with a multitude of voices, clashing complimenting, and contradicting each other. A book you can find your own space within, a book that makes you think about how you write, rather than being told how you should. Come join the conversation.
Writers on Writing eBook categories:
- Publishing and Books
- Writing Reference
- Writing Skills
Twenty-six authors to agreed to write stories based on the Tarot... with the Tarot cards determining which story subject the authors would write.
We took a tarot deck and the list of the twenty-six authors: read the author’s name, shuffled the deck, and drew a card.
That tarot card and its traits were all the authors had to go on.
The card was removed, the deck was reshuffled, and the next name was read off.
Never Fear - The Tarot, contains twenty-six stories based on the twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana and the four cards of the Minor Arcana.
Award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors combine their talents to deal out twenty-six dark tales influenced by the Tarot.
Heather Graham, Lori Avocato, Michael M. Hughes, Tim Waggoner, Tara Nina, C.M.C. Dobbs, Michael A. Stackpole, Matthew Costello, C.L. Wilson, Tori Eldridge, Lisa Mannetti, Patrick Freivald, Jamie Rush, Rebecca Paisley, Edward DeAngelis, Richard Devin, Lance Taubold, Jeff DePew, Lee Lawless, Hal Bodner, Jennifer St. Giles, Jayne Belmont and Janice M. Jones
If you came here to read short stories about tranquil lakes, run to the nearest exit. Run as far away as you can from Ramsey Campbell, Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, and our array of international voices.
Tales from The Lake volume two also includes the three winners from Crystal Lake Publishing’s Tales from The Lake Horror Writing Competition:
1st: Descending by John Whalen
2nd: Forever Dark by Jonathan Winn
3rd: Ripperscape by Vincenzo Bilof
Beneath this lake you’ll find nothing but mystery and suspense, horror and dread. Not to mention death and misery – tales to share around the campfire or living room floor. Dive beneath a frozen lake with Rena Mason’s “Winter’s Dollhouse”; allow Tim Lebbon to introduce you to “The God of Rain”; don’t go into the lake when Jim Goforth takes you to the haunting sit of “Lago de los Perdidos”; and never get in an elevator again with John Whalen’s award-winning “Descending.”
So dive on in.
The water’s just…right.
Interview with the Authors:
So what makes Tales from The Lake so special?
Ben Eads: As a reader: Legends and up-and-comers in the field of horror consistently knock each volume out of the ball park. It’s a great anthology. As a writer: Aside from sharing the pages with some of the best writers in the biz? The open-theme affords me a broader canvas to write. And, of course, the recognition!
Raven Dane: Publisher Joe Mynhardt and his team of genre enthusiasts strive to bring the reader only the highest quality short fiction in the Tales From The Lake series. Whether the author is well established name or a bright future star, excellence and innovation is always foremost. This is a publishing house with great integrity and passion, a deep-rooted love of horror and total respect for both writer and reader. And no…I do not work for their PR department! This is my genuine experience as both contributor and reader of Crystal Lake books.
Tell us more about your story?
Lisa Morton: It was inspired by two separate ideas: 1) I enjoy weird westerns and wanted to try one; and 2) I was interested in writing something about a succubus, and I had this question: would a gay man be affected by a supernatural temptress who presents as an exotic woman? I started doing a little research on the Old West (train lines, towns, gunslingers, etc.), and the story started to coalesce from there.
Why should readers give this series a try?
Ben Eads: Everyone loves an end of the world story, right?
Raven Dane: The best reason of all, meticulously produced books packed with intriguing stories from an international collection of great writers. There are many horror anthologies available now, with a resurgence of enthusiasm for short fiction. Sadly not all are worth bothering with, to be brutally honest! A reader is in safe hands with a Tales from The Lake volume. Crystal Lake is fast becoming synonymous for high quality production and wonderful story telling.
Proudly brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing - Tales from the Darkest Depths
Tales from The Lake eBook categories:
- Horror short stories
- Horror anthologies
- Dark Fiction
- Speculative Fiction
Psychotic killers, devious ghosts, alien monsters, howling storms, undead creatures, and other dark forces haunt the highways and the truckers who drive them in these 18 chilling tales!
A ghostly voice on a trucker’s CB radio knows more about his life than it should… Two drivers find their cargo gives them inhuman appetites… A boy in a truck stop encounters a supernatural force that threatens to destroy the world… The hypnotic singing lulling a driver to sleep might not be coming from the tires… A fender-bender between a big rig and a four wheeler is not as accidental as it seems… The sinister cargo lurking in a rock and roll band’s fleet of trucks is unleashed at their final show...
Hit the road with this anthology of trucking horror fiction!
Contains the 2016 Bram Stoker Award winning short story "Happy Joe's Rest Stop" by John Palisano.