Ginger Nuts of Horror
Upon graduating from high school, Kurt Schuett won the Gwendolyn Brooks Award for Poetry in 1993; this honour, coupled with professional publication in The American Goat literary anthology in 1993 with “The First Time” and Harmony literary magazine, where he won the esteemed Guy Cooper Poetry award for “Tree House Blues,” all fueled the realization that Kurt could and should write, dabbling in everything from poetry and short works of fiction to professional essays and lengthier works of fiction during and after his college years. He completed his undergraduate in English at Culver-Stockton College before tackling a Masters of Education at Graceland University. Currently, he is entering his eighteenth year as an educator, formerly as a German instructor and presently as a high school English teacher, working in the suburbs of Chicago. He lives in the northern suburb of Libertyville, Illinois.
Kurt recently published a Southern Gothic ghost story titled “Calamity James” in the Belle Reve Literary Journal, a work that was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. In addition, two of his poems, “A Response to Charles Bukowski: Yes I’m Drinking Today” and “The Bohemian Waitress” were featured in the 69th edition of the Burningword Literary Journal. Kurt’s short story “The Last Supper Redux” will be the top-slot in an upcoming anthology launching this fall, highlighting local Chicago horror writers. Kurt was also the featured author of the month for Burial Day Books as his short work of fiction “Dibs” held the top spot.
Insurgency is Kurt Schuett’s debut novel, a speculative work of fiction that encompasses elements of urban suspense, thriller, and horror. This novel was released by Bad Day Books, an imprint of Assent Publishing, on August 2, 2014, in print and all e-book platforms.
William Holloway was born and raised in the Great State of Texas and still resides there. His tenure as a writer began with a novel he wrote in 1999 entitled Death in Texas. It was intended to be a treatment for a screenplay, a surreal and grimily jaundiced cosmic horror view of the world preceding a zombie apocalypse. It has since vanished into the ashes of time.
He took a long, sad hiatus from writing in order to become a good corporate citizen, but took up his pen again and wrote The Immortal Body, the first novel of his harrowing Singularity Cycle, an actual Lovecraftian Epic. It was published in 2012, but has since been acquired, along with the follow up novel, Song of the Death God by British Horror Maven Graeme Reynolds' Horrific Tales Publishing.
His first novel published by Horrific Tales is to be Lucky's Girl in late 2014, followed by the re-release of The Immortal Body in early 2015 and Song of the Death God later that year.
To many people of a similar age to me will cite Herbert or King as the horror author that first got them into horror. And to be honest Herbert was my first, but my true love for the genre was cemented when I read Simon Clarke for the first time. Nailed by The Heart was amazing, it was one of those rare books where I managed to devour it one sitting. Ever since that fateful day where I signed up to The Mystery and Thriller Guild and got that book as a buy one get four books free bundle, Simon Clark has remained a true love of mine. Whether his books are destroying the world, or showing the terror of a rural life, they have never been anything other than captivating, chilling and compulsive. When I got the chance to interview Simon it was a dream come true, and when I got to met him, I was in fan boy heaven. I just wish I wasn't so nervous around him, and actually managed to have proper chat with him. Maybe by next year I'll have shaken the shyness. This weekend (13 Sep 2014) sees the release of the full audio drama of Simon's amazing novel Night of The Triffids. The audio drama is released by Big Finish, and features Sam Troughton (Robin Hood, Alien vs Predator) who plays David Masen and is supported by a full cast with Nicola Bryant (Doctor Who) as Kerris Baedekker.
So please read on for an amazing interview with a true giant of the genre.
Jack Thomas Smith made his feature film-directing debut with the psychological thriller Disorder (2006). He was also the writer and producer of that film. Disorder (2006) was released on DVD by Universal/Vivendi and New Light Entertainment. It was released on Pay-Per-View and Video-On-Demand by Warner Brothers. Overseas, it screened at the Cannes Film Festival and the Raindance Film Festival in London. Curb Entertainment represented Disorder (2006) for foreign sales and secured distribution deals around the world.
As a young adult, he produced films for noted horror directors Ted A. Bohus and John Russo, co-creator of Night of the Living Dead. From that point on, it was only a matter of time for Jack's growth as a filmmaker to expand.
Smith's current project Infliction (2013) is the actual assembled footage taken from the cameras belonging to two brothers who documented a murder spree in North Carolina
Oldrich Stibor is a creative professional working in film in Television in various capacities in addition to a career in copy writing. He lives in Toronto Canada with his soul mate Meeka: A speckled belly boston terrier.
His current project is The Black Chronicle, an exciting idea which combines a standard novel with loads of extra "transmedia" experiences, such as telephone calls from the novel's dastardly serial killer. Featuring performances from two of horror 's hardest working actors, Bill Oberst Jr and Melantha Blackthorne this looks as though this is going to be some rather special.
Salome Jones has been writing and editing full time for the past three years. She has recently edited two successful anthologies, Red Phone Box, and Cthulhu Lives, as well as being the acquisitions editor at Ghostwoods Books. She also writes about her experiences as an American living in the UK over at The Naked American.
Alyssa Hubbard is author to Humans and Their Creations, An Austrian March, and the Apocalyptia series. Her poetry has been featured in Crack the Spine and scissors & spackle. She was born in a small town in Alabama, where she spent more time writing and reading than playing outside. Her sister is a two-time cancer survivor, and she is her greatest inspiration. She attends the University of Alabama for a BA in English with a minor in Creative Writing. Alyssa spends most of her time reading, writing, re-writing, and re-writing, and re-writing, and re-writing… She loves blogging and singing in public. Follow her if you dare.
My name is Alyssa. I’m a Whovian (Allons-y!), I have a fear of heights, and I am obsessed with social-networking. I’ll mainly be posting personal experiences, writing tips (not that I’m a professional on the matter…), and updates on my current projects. I hope you enjoy your stay here, and that you can find a little bit of inspiration on my lowly page. Happy writing! Happy reading!
Glen Hirshberg is an award-winning author of spectral fiction. Peter Straub has called him "an amazing writer who makes the materials of horror into what they were supposed to be all along—grandly sweeping, capable of tremendous reach, and open to all aspects of human experience," and theLos Angeles Review of Books recently referred to him as "always one of his generation's finest stylists, its most able student of character." Widespread critical acclaim for his most recent novel, Motherless Child, reprinted in a revised edition by Tor in May of 2014) has included starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Booklist, raves from Locus, The Washington Post,Black Static, Fangoria and Cemetery Dance, and ringing endorsements from Ramsey Campbell, Elizabeth Hand, Christopher Golden, and many others. Of Glen's 2010 novel, The Book of Bunk (Earthling), the late Lucius Shepherd wrote, "It's as if Woody Guthrie and Gabriel Garcia Marquez had co-authored a 90,000-word folk song," and Jeff Vandermeer called it "powerful, sad, ecstatic, and above all, a clear sign that the uniquely American novel is alive and well." Glen's 2002 debut, The Snowman's Children (Carroll & Graf), was a Literary Guild Featured Selection and received raves from The Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews (starred review), and many other publications.
Glen's prize-winning story collections include:
The Janus Tree (Subterranean, 2011), a Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson Award finalist. The title novelette, "The Janus Tree," won the inaugural Shirley Jackson Award in 2008.
American Morons (Earthling, 2006), winner of the International Horror Guild Award.
The Two Sams (Carroll & Graf, 2003), winner of the International Horror Guild Award, and including the International Horror Guild Award-winning novelette, "Dancing Men." The Two Sams was also a Publishers' Weekly Best Book of the Year, and features perhaps Glen's best-known story, "Mr. Dark's Carnival," selected by John Pelan for his Century's Best Horror Fictioncollection.
Glen has also been a five-time finalist for the World Fantasy Award.
Benedict J Jones is a writer from south east London who mainly works in the crime,horror genres. His first story was published in 2008 in 'One Eye Grey' since then he has been published in a multitude of genre magazines, websites and in several anthologies. His debut collection of crime fiction is "Skewered and Other London Cruelties" (Crime Wave Press)
A true renaissance man, Joseph Tatner holds a BA in Communications and an MA in National Security Studies. He has written numerous published Web and print articles, books, technical documents and promotional materials, and holds credentials as a Master Federal Career Coach, Master Federal Resume Writer and Master Military Transition Resume Writer. He wrote the book Autism: A New Hope with Dr. Cheri L. Florence (available on Amazon.com) and edited the definitive compendium on America, the Opus Americana (also on Amazon.com and at OpusAmericana.com). Joseph has written countless documents for companies such as Shell Oil, Southern California Edison, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Las Vegas Valley Water District.
After writing so many technical manuals over the years, Joseph nearly turned into a zombie himself, so he has a unique insight into the mindless void of a soulless drone. Yet like his father before him, Jack Tatner (who was a famous musician in the 1940s), Joe has kept his offbeat sense of humor. He has a unique talent for taking an otherwise normal situation and turning it on its head, then twisting it again with delightful, thought-provoking results. This is not just a brainless zombie novel. Floyd and Mikki: Zombie Hunters is an unpredictable adventure that keeps you guessing and waiting on the edge of your seat to see what comes next. Joe is a modern day Gilbert and Sullivan, examining humanity, society and personal relationships in a topsy-turvy apocalyptic world.
Joseph Tatner began his life as a genuine Forrest Gump (with a substantially higher IQ). His legs were deformed, requiring leg braces and orthopedic shoes for the first two years of his life. The doctor suggested he get into dancing to strengthen his legs, but he suffered from severe childhood asthma. At age 8, he finally began tap, jazz and ballet dancing and at age 9 made his television debut tap dancing in an early episode of The Partridge Family. This led to a long career in television, stage, film and radio as a true triple threat: singer/dancer/actor. Joe lost his voice temporarily to a freakish growth on one vocal cord that required surgery. It was nearly ten years before he could sing again, but he studied opera in Milan, Italy and can be seen occasionally singing and dancing on stage or in a walk-on role in the movies.
Joseph heard another calling early in his life and entered the seminary to become a priest, even studying for a year in Rome before returning to the United States, where a car accident injured his back. After a year of therapy and mounting bills, he ran an entertainment business producing shows and eventually performing again. Then he joined the United States Air Force and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. The day he arrived at his base, however, all the KC-135 tanker aircraft he was supposed to maintain were sent to the reserve unit on base, meaning the planes stayed there but he officially had no position. A year later, he resigned honorably from the Air Force after his two requests to volunteer for service in Iraq were denied.
While in the Air Force, Joseph bought his first AT&T computer. Playing the latest games required the ability to install new memory, hard drives, video cards, etc. Before long, he became a recognized Geek and was soon writing technical documents or managing complex IT projects throughout the US and overseas. He currently works from home in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho as a freelance writer, taking care of his 11-year-old daughter.
Despite numerous challenges and setbacks, Joseph is living proof that you can't keep a good man down. This spirit of never giving up and determination to conquer all odds is pervasive throughout Floyd and Mikki. May they live long and prosper!