NOTES ON HALLOWEEN PARTY ’21

FULL DISLOSURE:
I published this book and wrote one of the stories in it & the introduction.
However, this book is notable, aside from my own motives for selling it, because it contains the last story that is ever going to be published by David W. Dutton, of One of the Madding Crowd fame.
David was my friend, and a wonderful writer, and has recently left us. 
It also contains a short story by noted Goodreads reviewer, Jeffrey D. Keeten. Did you know Keeten could do fiction too? You did not!
Any Anne Rice fans? Then you may be interested to know that in this book is a story by Faye Perozich, noted for this work
If you read comics, then you’ll be interested in the story by graphic novelist David Yurkovich (of Altercations and Less Than Heroes).
And if you follow horror magazine Samsara, then you will already be a fan of R. David Fulcher.
So, my own involvement aside, this book has a lot of plums hidden in it. I bet you’ll love it, and with it’s square shape and glossy cover (which you get to see in 2 more weeks!), it makes a great gift for that brother-in-law who you never know what present he would like. Give him a cool horror book!

WANT TO SEE THE COVER OF HALLOWEEN PARTY ’21?

Well this ain’t it.

Why not?

Because we’re having a cover reveal!

And if you’re local to slower lower Delaware, you might want to get in on it for a free copy:

Beginning Tuesday, August 17, Browseabout Books of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, will unveil a new portion of the Halloween Party ’21 cover on its Facebook page each week through early September. Facebook visitors who like, comment, or share the posts will be automatically entered to win one of several free copies of the collection with no purchase necessary. Selected entrants will be contacted to pick up their free copy at Browseabout after the contest ends. “Every year we are so excited to offer our customers new books from Devil’s Party Press and its sister company, Gravelight,” said Jessie Jones, author liaison at Browseabout. “We enjoy supporting this indie publishing company because we love the many unique titles they produce, and so do our readers. I think the cover reveal is going to be a lot of fun.”

Here at Gravelight Press we’re thrilled that Browseabout Books is partnering with us on the cover reveal and that they continue to champion our titles. We worked tirelessly to make Halloween Party ’21 extra special from cover to cover. In addition to the many creepy tales readers will find in this collection, award-winning book designer David Yurkovich tricked it out with an assortment of visual delights. 

The collection features original works by numerous award-winning authors including James Goodridge, R. David Fulcher, Phil Giunta, and Bernie Brown

Halloween Party ’21 will be available in e-pub format on September 9. It will be released in paperback format on September 13 with availability from Browseabout Books and other select retailers.

BUT WAIT! Pre-orders available now!

Kindle/epub

Paperback

Discount on pre-orders too!

Get your scare on!

WANT TO JOIN THE HORROR WRITERS ASSOCIATION?

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

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!

NEED A LITTLE TERROR THIS WEEK?

You’re in luck! One of our best authors has begun the serialization of “Fear Thy Neighbor.” Not only will you get to read it for free, but you’ll learn all about this spine-tingling writer….

By reading this story you release Gravelight Press from all medical claims of heart-attacks, lost sleep, and the like. Read at your own risk. You have been warned.

Bloody Snowshoes

Screen capture of Mr. Fulcher’s blog entry of 02.20.21.

This fall, just in time for the season of the witch, R. David Fulcher will release a collection of horror destined to keep you awake each night until the first merciful ray of light seeps over the dark and uncaring horizon.

Get yourself in on it now, with his blog, and find out why those snowshoes are sooooo bloody.

Are you scared? Thank Horace.

Horace Walpole: the father of horror!

Horace Walpole (1717-1797) is generally considered to be the father of horror novels.

Interesting as he looks so handsome and a bit like the modern Sherlock Holmes as played by Benedict Cumberbatch (who is also diabolical and handsome, IMHO, but I digress….):

Horace is generally believed to have penned the first horror novel, The Castle of Otranto.

Benedict Cumberbatch: the Horace Walpole doppelgänger.

PLOT:

The Castle of Otranto tells the story of Manfred, lord of the castle, and his family. The book begins on the wedding-day of his sickly son Conrad and princess Isabella. Shortly before the wedding, however, Conrad is crushed to death by a gigantic helmet that falls on him from above.

This inexplicable event is particularly ominous in light of an ancient prophecy, “…that the castle and lordship of Otranto should pass from the present family, whenever the real owner should be grown too large to inhabit it.” Manfred, terrified that Conrad’s death signals the beginning of the end for his line, resolves to avert destruction by marrying Isabella himself, while divorcing his current wife, Hippolita, who he feels has failed to bear him a proper heir due to the sickly condition of Conrad before his untimely death. However, as Manfred attempts to marry Isabella…

The Castle of Otranto: Title page to the third edition (circa 1776).

Crushed by a huge helmet… just the first in a series of mysterious and terrible occurrences that befall the characters in this book. And that is all we’re willing to tell you, after all, Horace deserves to still sell a few copies. Or check your local library.

For those of you who love horror, but like it a bit more modern, we have two great books coming out this year: a collection of short stories from Samsara: The Magazine of Suffering publisher R. David Fulcher, and Halloween Party 2021, a collection of horror short stories and poems by a terrifying crew that includes Fulcher, Dutton (who is currently serializing a pretty creepy novel on his blog, free!), Golladay, Giunta, and Brown, among many others.

To stay in the loop and find out about exclusives and more info on the authors, follow us here, and on Facebook!

Just in Time for Christmas

J. C. Raye Knows Santa. Oh yes she does.

Do you know someone who’s always naughty when it would be better to be nice?

We’ve got the perfect gift.

And right now, J.C. Raye will give you $10 off any order of twenty dollars or more on our website, and she’ll also get the books to you, or your beloved relative or dear friend, in time for Christmas! Just use the code HOLIDAY and order by December 15th. Not into the whole Christmas thing? The code is good through 12/31. Get yourself something creepy to help scare away the last of 2020.

And, especially for you lovely little elves-in-training, solely because you stopped by, we’ve got J.C.’s video. It’s more fun than a stocking full of razor sharp ribbon candy. Jingle jingle.