Want to join the Horror Writers Association?

Turns out, if you were accepted into HP2021, you can!

You weren’t? Well, there’s still time to submit to HP ’23!

One of the global changes we made to our company last year was to make a commitment to pay all authors we put on paper. With that check, you qualify for the HWA. A few of our most recently included authors have already been admitted, on the strength of that single payment.

We hope, as our fledgling publishing endeavor grows, we will be able to pay more writers, and pay those writers more. We are committed in using this company to help you achieve your writing goals.

So excited to know some wonderful and life-long horror writers with many many publications are finally being granted membership in a group they so deserve to belong to!

Before She’s Gone Forever

by Phil Giunta

Phil Giunta is one of the best short story writers producing today. This particular story is incredibly moving, and Phil reading it only adds to it. Enjoy this story on a melancholy fall evening with a glass of wine, and someone you love.

~It took the entire morning, but police divers found Eun-ji’s body in the bay—exactly where I said it would be. I wasn’t entirely forthcoming with them, of course. I didn’t tell them about the pictures. I simply informed them that Eun-ji had talked about exploring the peaks of Geoje Island to find a good spot for cliff jumping. Fearless and heavily influenced by western culture, Eun-ji was what the Americans call an “adrenaline junkie.” Hence the reason she had volunteered for civilian military training in the city of Gimpo last month. That’s where we met. 

As a photographer for the Korea Herald, I had been assigned to shoot the weeklong boot camp. My mandatory two years in the Army had just ended six months prior, so I was still able to keep up with the grueling regimen these college students faced. Nothing extraordinary had occurred during the assignment—other than meeting Eun-ji. Day or night, my camera loved her more than any of the others~

Buy the book, why don’tcha?

Lights…camera…arrrghhhh!!!

We’ve sold out and have moved (returned, actually) to Los Angeles. Though it may seem as if we’d perished, in truth we were never really gone. However, in keeping with the spirit of the Halloween season, let’s just say we’re back from the dead so we can announce our upcoming publications…

The Holy Ghost and Other Spooky Stories is a collection by Bernie Brown, one of our favorite authors of short horror fiction. Bernie is the type of writer who can tell a horror story that both amuses and terrifies.

We’ll be releasing two collections by R. David Fulcher. The first collection is entitled The Pumpkin King and Other Tales of Terror. Fulcher has the chops (or fangs) to write solid horror and demonstrates it in this collection of short fiction. There are numerous tales in this collection worthy of a Bram Stoker Award, and we’re excited to bring this title to market.

Dreaming, The Copper City. The Cosmic Horror Fiction of R. David Fulcher provides the reader exactly what its title implies. Call it cosmic fiction or weird fiction or strange fiction if you will. Experience offbeat worlds and stories that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading them.

Look for The Pumpkin King and Other Tales of Terror to arrive in early 2023, followed by Dreaming, The Copper City in fall 2023.

Halloween Party ’23. Our biannual collection of short fiction returns. Noted author and sadist, Jeffrey Keeton, will serve as managing editor. We’re excited to see which stories Mr. Keeten will opt to include in this, our fourth offering in the series.

What are you going to get Uncle Fred?

Everyone loves getting decorative soap; don’t they?

What about the basket of dried pasta from Home Goods? Yummy!

Doesn’t your brother need another BBQ apron?

COME ON PEOPLE!

Give them what they really want!

TO BE TOO SCARED TO SLEEP!

And save yourself some money too!

It’s the fabulous, one and only:

HEAP of HOLIDAY HORROR!

Get yours while we got ’em in stock!

HURRY! It’s HORROR!

And it would be horrible to miss out~

Happy holiday horror heap: cheap!

Everyone loves getting decorative soap; don’t they?

What about the basket of dried pasta from Home Goods? Yummy!

Doesn’t your brother need another BBQ apron?

COME ON PEOPLE!

Give them what they really want!

TO BE TOO SCARED TO SLEEP!

And save yourself some money too!

It’s the fabulous, one and only:

HEAP of HOLIDAY HORROR!

Get yours while we got ’em in stock!

HURRY! It’s HORROR!

And it would be horrible to miss out~

We also do mystery

Hawkshaw Press, our imprint for all mystery, all the time, presents a new, four-book saga:

The Jack Griffin Detective Series.

Each volume finds detective Griffin aligned with famous (and sometimes, infamous) political figures.

In book 1, Let’s Say Jack Kennedy Killed the Girl, Griffin must help prove JFK’s innocence when he’s set up for a murder he didn’t commit. If you liked searching for the Maltese falcon, or know someone who does, order the first book in the series today. Copies ordered through the DPP website include a custom bookplate signed by author William F. Crandell.

“Crandell crafts not only a tantalizingly complex crime—one with conspiratorial proportions—but also deftly limns an atmosphere of gloomy transgression and a dark world of crime and subterfuge…A thrilling crime drama, suspenseful and thoughtful.”
KIRKUS REVIEWS

“…a compelling tale highly recommended for a wider audience than the usual P.I. enthusiast alone. Between Let’s Say Jack Kennedy Killed the Girl’s catchy title and intriguing personalities, it should reach into novel and historical fiction reader circles alike, with vivid, unique brand of action and political and psychological interplays that make for a heck of a story.”
Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer
MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

Rough stuff…

An early sketch of the HP ’21 cover. I especially liked the two-faced man and the devil in plaid. The candy container would have been filled with bones and other body parts. Death appears on the far right but is largely unseen here due to bad cropping on my part.
An early sketch of the HP ’21 cover with a young Holmes in lieu of the space cadet. This version provides a better view of the trick-or-treat goodies.
The completed cover (as discussed in depth in the 25 October Gravelight post, Natural selection) that ultimately just didn’t fit the bill.

The original concept cover art for HALLOWEEN PARTY ’21 came to me fairly quickly. I’d been doing variations on the theme of kids approaching a spooky porch on All Hallow’s Eve for a few years, so I felt this subject would work well. This led to a few sketches prior to producing the final art.

The space cadet was my first choice for the central character, mainly because I gravitate to illustrating retro sci-fi and horror images. Sherlock Holmes was an alternate consideration but it didn’t quite resonate with me. Di and I discussed the art as I began working it up. She wasn’t keen on the images left of the candy-dispensing ghoul, so those were replaced with an open coffin (largely unseen in the final due to the aspect ratio not being quite up to snuff).

Ultimately it was not to be, as previously discussed. But it was, nonetheless, a fun illustration to produce and a good exercise in acknowledging that not all that glitters is gold.

Although Halloween 2021 is over, we still encourage you to support Indy publishing by purchasing a copy of HP ’21 for yourself. You can find it (or special order it) at quality bookstores. Alternatively, and for more immediate gratification, simply click the link below to purchase from Amazon.

Hanging with the Moribunch

Mr. Moribund’s Theatre of Terror is a stage show in the style of (if you’re from the Philly area and the 1970s) Dr. Shock!

Mr. Moribund was kind enough to read and review Halloween Party ’21.

Gravelight Press (and our tiniest fan) showed up at their 10th live event on October 23 to be both terrified and amazed, and to provide Mr. Moribund with a signed copy!

Mr. Moribund always does giveaways at his show, raising money for the charity True Colors United. Next time, Halloween Party books will be on the giveaway menu!

Mr. Moribund is a great guy with a big heart, and he puts on onehellishova show!

A game of hopscotch

“She felt something hold her hand, place the daisy firmly inside, and close her fingers around it.”

Author Bernie Brown is the author of two stories in HALLOWEEN PARTY ’21, one of which is “Hopscotch.” As its title implies, this tale focuses around an innocent game of hopscotch, but things aren’t quite what they seem.

If you don’t already own a copy of HP ’21, we strongly recommend purchasing the collection for yourself, which you can find at quality bookstores. Alternatively, and for more immediate gratification, simply click the link below to purchase from Amazon.