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HWA Rocks BookExpo America 2010!

Posted by Dark Whisperer on May 29, 2010

For the third consecutive year, HWA had a visible presence at BookExpo America – the country’s largest gathering of publishing professionals. At this year’s event, which took place May 25th through the 27th at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, the HWA debuted its new trade show display in a highly-visible, premier location beside our friends at the Mystery Writers of America. Among the 500 authors featured throughout the event were several HWA members – including Jonathan Maberry, Alexandra Sokoloff, Ellen Datlow, Roger Ma, Jameson Currier, Gary Frank, Kelly Jameson, Martel Sardina, and Connie Corcoran-Wilson – who all enjoyed long lines of librarians, retailers, educators, and fans and gave away hundreds of books. And, for the first time ever, three of our authors scored coveted spots on the main autographing floor where celebrated authors like William Peter Blatty, R.L. Stine, and Justin Cronin also signed this year!

Here’s a taste of this year’s BEA experience:

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New Release – Hellfire & Damnation

Posted by Dark Whisperer on February 2, 2010

Hellfire and Damnation

Author: Connie Corcoran-Wilson

Publisher: Sam’s Dot Publishing

Release Date: February 1st, 2010

ISBN-10: Not Provided
ISBN-13: 978-1935590071

Author Website

Hellfire & Damnation takes readers on a journey through the Nine Circles of Hell described in Dante’s Inferno via a remarkable series of tales, many based on true stories, which describe the progressively painful downward spiral to the nethermost regions of Hell. With an Introduction by William F. Nolan and 15 stories that detail the sins punished at each level, the stories and locations are varied.

Table of Contents:

  • “Hotter than Hell”
  • “Rachel and David”
  • “Love Never Dies”
  • “Konerak”
  • “Effie, We Hardly Knew Ye!”
  • “Amazing Andy, the Wonder Chicken”
  • “The Lemp Mansion Curse”
  • “Queen Bee”
  • “The Ghost Girl of Howard ‘Pappy’ Litch Park”
  • “Hell to Pay”
  • “On Eagles’ Wings”
  • “Going Through Hell”
  • “Living in Hell”
  • “Confessions of an Apotemnophile”
  • “An American Girl”

Whispers about Hellfire & Damnation

“Connie Wilson’s debut collection, Hellfire & Damnation, marks her not so much as a writer to wtach but one to watch out for…Never have the 9 Circles of Hell been so much fun. I had a blast following Wilson on her tour of the Inferno, and you will, as well.” – Gary A. Braunbeck, 5-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Coffin County and Far Dark Fields

“Connie Corcoran Wilson’s impressive collection Hellfire & Damnation is a series of remarkable tales, some based on true stories, organized around a brilliant and unifying theme…These riveting stories are vivid, disturbing accounts of the many opportunities evil uses to claw its way into our world and settle into our daylight psyches…and our nightmares. Wilson’s harrowing work will stay with you long after you finish the final page.” – Lisa Mannetti, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Gentling Box

“A terrifying collection, guaranteed to keep you awake at night.” – Dark Scribe Magazine

“In horror fiction, as in most any other sort, true originality is an increasingly rare commodity. But it does exist, as proven by Connie Wilson’s Hellfire & Damnation, an anthology that is genuinely, blazingly original. You won’t find another collection like this one…It fulfills most every expectation one might have for a horror anthology, being readable, entertaining, and deeply unsettling in a manner unique to itself.” – Fright.com

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New Release – Ghostly Tales of Route 66: From Arkansas to Arizona

Posted by Dark Whisperer on October 2, 2009

talesGhostly Tales of Route 66: From Arkansas to Arizona

Author: Connie Corcoran-Wilson

Publisher: Quixote Press

Release Date: October 2nd, 2009

ISBN-10: 1571665684
ISBN-13: 1571665684

Author Website

This second volume picks up where the first left off, in Oklahoma, and stops in Arizona. At 2,448 miles long, Route 66 is more than just a road; it is Americana. Along the many stops, there are plenty of ghost stories worth retelling and photographs that add authenticity.

You’ll get more than just your kicks on Route 66. You’ll get plenty of frightening, true tales of World War II POWs housed at Fort El Reno, of a young girl and her mother struggling to survive, of a doomed Commandant at Fort El Reno who took his own life. Learn more about the true stories of the Mother Road in this slim volume from Quixote Books.

Join the author as she travels the Mother Road, Route 66, boldly going where (a) few women have gone before, not unlike John Cusack’s character Mike Enslin in the film 1408. It’s not the Dolphin Hotel’s Room 1408 (from Stephen King’s short story), but there are plenty of suitable candidates to contend with that scary location. Lots of haunted theaters, homes, abandoned buildings, military installations, cemeteries, and playgrounds are haunted, according to the locals, who were only too happy to share their stories and personal interactions with the ghosts haunting the places where they live and work along Route 66.

Ghostly Tales of Route 66: From Arkansas to Arizona [the second volume in a planned trilogy] also includes a worthy story from Fort Smith, Arkansas — a route that was a precursor of the Mother Road.

This newly-published volume takes readers through Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle, New Mexico and all the way to the Arizona border. There are stories from the Cadillac Ranch (Amarillo, TX), a chilling tale from McClean, Texas, and several stories that recreate the history and hauntings of Fort El Reno, Oklahoma, gathered during an actual ghost tour on the grounds, November 15, 2008. All the stories are accompanied by actual photographs of the sites.

Whispers about Ghostly Tales of Route 66: From Arkansas to Arizona

“An unusual way of telling these tales is what sets this book [Volume I] apart from others of its kind; there is a journalistic approach to the facts as they are known, along with a sort of recreation of them akin to an episode of Unsolved Mysteries. It’s easy to see the appeal they can give to the stories when one sees the texture it provides.” – Cemetery Dance Magazine

“I attended the First Annual Route 66 Festival at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis October 3, 2008 and one of the vendors was Connie Wilson. I picked up the book Ghostly Tales of Route 66 and, after starting the book, I couldn’t put it down! I read it through in one sitting! The tales of hauntings and ghosts along Route 66 are very interesting. They keep your attention. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in hauntings and paranormal subjects (and Volume II has actual photos to add to the enjoyment). In addition to being a great read, Ghostly Tales of Route 66: From Arkansa to Arizona opens up a broader choice of places to explore while traveling Route 66.” Old Route 66 Blog

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HWA at BEA 2009

Posted by Dark Whisperer on May 31, 2009

For the second time in its history, the Horror Writers Association exhibited at BookExpo America, held May 29th through the 31st at the Jacob K. Javits Center in NYC. Several HWA members – including Deborah LeBlanc, Alexandra Sokoloff, Ellen Datlow, Gary Frank, Kim Paffenroth, Connie Corcoran-Wilson, Jameson Currier, and Vince Liaguno – participated in book signing events during the convention, successfully placing their titles in front of booksellers, librarians, and new readers alike.

BookExpo America is the publishing industry’s largest event with literally thousands of publishers, authors, booksellers, and agents under one roof. After last year’s successful West Coast event, BEA returned to New York. Below are some highlights from the busy HWA Booth:

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New Release – Out of Time

Posted by Dark Whisperer on December 23, 2008

outoftime2Out of Time

Authors: Michael McCarty and Connie Corcoran-Wilson, M.S.

Publisher: Lachesis Publishing

Release Date: September 1st, 2008

ISBN-10: 9781897562
ISBN-13: 978-1897562017

Author Website

When a series of man-made and natural disasters strike the USA, altruistic rock star Dante Benedick (aka “The One”) must travel back through time to rescue the world and the love of his life. He will have 168 hours to attempt to stop the suicide of Isabella Bellwood, the President’s daughter, which may alter the course of history and prevent the Great Destruction.

Whispers about Out of Time

“Let me start right off by saying that Connie Wilson presents what I call ‘matter-of-fact’ horror. She writes solid, declarative sentences rife with dark undertones. No fancy description for Connie. No sentimental musings. No soft emotionalism. Just hard-edged documentary-style storytelling. Jolting objective sentences made all the more disturbing by their cool directness. Frankly – and I consider myself well-read in the shock genre – I have never encountered a style such as she displays. Connie Wilson’s dark talent is unique, and readers will stagger away from her icy tales, stunned and groggy.” – William F. Nolan, Author of Logan’s Run and Nightworlds

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