Dark Whispers

The Official Blog of the Horror Writers Association

  • Horror Writers Association

    If you're looking for information on the organization, its members, and/or news on the latest horror book releases, you’ve come to the right place.
  • Past Whispers…

  • AddThis Feed Button
  • Advertisements

Posts Tagged ‘non-fiction’

New Release – The Filmmaker’s Book of the Dead

Posted by Dark Whisperer on April 19, 2010

The Filmmaker’s Book of the Dead

Author: Danny Draven

Publisher: Focal Press

Release Date: January 22, 2010

ISBN-10: 0240812069
ISBN-13: 978-0240812069

Author Website

From the history of horror and the technique of the scare to pre-production and distribution, this complete, full-color guide to horror filmmaking uncovers all the insider secrets for filmmakers to create their own successful movie.

Produce, direct and promote your own chilling horror film with real-world advice from award-winning, independent producer/director Danny Draven! From the history of horror and the technique of the scare to pre-production and distribution, this complete, full-color guide to horror filmmaking uncovers all the insider secrets for creating your own successful movie. Sharing his personal filmmaking experience, Draven reveals how to create a spine-tingling horror film from start to finish. You’ll not only discover how to craft the story, but also how to master using production techniques, music, lighting and editing to thrill audiences. Straight-from-the-set tips will help you avoid common filmmaking pitfalls, and extensive information on marketing and distribution will show you how to get your film out to the public.

Plus, learn from groundbreaking horror legends including:

  • Lloyd Kaufman (Toxic Avenger)
  • Robert Kurtzman (From Dusk till Dawn)
  • James Wan (Saw)
  • Robert Englund (A Nightmare of Elm Street)
  • Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator)
  • Tom Savini (Night of the Living Dead)
  • “Godfather of Gore” Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Charles Band (Trancers)
  • David DeCoteau (Puppet Master 3)
  • John D. LeMay (Friday the 13th: The Series)
  • Debbie Rochon (Tromeo & Juliet)
  • Reggie Bannister (Phantasm)

Find even more hands-on horror advice and over an hour of video extras on the companion web site!


  • Behind-the-scenes footage from Ghost Month, Cryptz, Darkwalker and Deathbed
  • A collection of independent horror film trailers
  • Sample scripts, schedules and agreements
  • Classic behind-the-scenes footage from Puppetmaster, Blood Dolls, Dead Hate the Living and more courtesy of Full Moon Features
  • Listing of horror film festivals and distributors

Whispers about The Filmmaker’s Book of the Dead

“Danny Draven’s book, The Filmmaker’s Book of the Dead: How to Make Your Own Heart-Racing Horror Movie is a terrific new ‘How To’ for aspiring indie horror filmmakers. In fact, there’s a ton of great information packed inside making it a great go-to reference for anyone involved with indie production, not just horror. If you want to learn how to make a horror movie without enrolling in film school, this book is where your journey should start!” – Todd Debreceni, Makeup Effects Artist/Designer and author of Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen Making and Applying Prosthetics

“A lot of time and care went into the production of this book. As someone who studied film in college, this book is far more informative, and much more fun to read than anything I ever read in school. It’s definitely a “how-to” book to be sure, but the illustrations and readability make it a highly entertaining experience in addition to the educational aspects. This is exactly what you hope a book about the making of a horror film should be: entertaining, original, well-written, and extremely informative!” – Amazon Review

Book Trailer…


Posted in New Releases | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

New Release – Writers Workshop of Horror

Posted by Dark Whisperer on September 8, 2009

WWOH-2Writers Workshop of Horror

Editor: Michael Knost

Publisher: Woodland Press

Release Date: August 1st, 2009

ISBN-10: 0982493916
ISBN-13: 978-0982493915

Author Website

Writers Workshop of Horror is a collection of articles and interviews on the craft of writing horror with some of the biggest names in the horror and dark fiction genres. The book focuses solely on honing the craft of writing horror. It includes solid advice, from professionals of every publishing level, on how to improve one’s writing skills.

Table of Contents:

  • Elizabeth Massie – Once Upon a Scary Time: Creating Effective Beginnings
  • Michael Laimo – Middles: The Meat of the Matter
  • J.G. Gonzalez – The Grand Finale
  • Gary A. Braunbeck – Connecting the DOTS
  • Tim Waggoner – And Horror the Soul of the Plot
  • Scott Nicholson – What’s The Point and Who’s On First: Character POV
  • Thomas F. Monteleone – We don’t get too many strangers around here… Or: Using Dialogue to Tell Your Story
  • G. Cameron Fuller – A Claustrophobic Locked in an Isolated Room: The Power of Setting and Description in Horror Fiction
  • Rick Hautala – The Hardest Three: Tone, Style, and Voice
  • Michael A. Arnzen – Stripping Away the Mask: Scene and Structure in Horror Fiction
  • Jonathan Maberry – Fight And Action Scenes In Horror
  • Tom Piccirilli – Exploring Personal Themes
  • Mort Castle – New Fiction Blend: History, Fantasy, Horror
  • Jeff Strand – Adding Humor to Your Horror
  • Joe R. Lansdale – Cross Reading
  • Brian Keene – Time, and How to Make It
  • Deborah LeBlanc – A Face by Any Other Name
  • Ramsey Campbell – The Height of Fear
  • Michael Knost – The Aha! Moment
  • Jason Sizemore – Be a Conformist: A Guide to Manuscript Formatting
  • Lisa Morton – CUT! Or, Why Writing Horror Screenplays is REALLY Scary
  • Gary Frank – It’s All About the Series: An Interview with F. Paul Wilson
  • Tim Deal – It’s All About the Work: An Interview with Tom Piccirilli
  • Michael Knost – It’s All About the Craft: An Interview with Ramsey Campbell
  • Lucy A. Snyder – It’s All Part of the Fun: An Interview with Clive Barker
  • Jack M. Haringa – The Agnotology of Horror; Or: Lies the Internet Told You
  • Robert N. Lee – How Stephen King’s Writing Advice Broke My Heart and Smashed My Dreams
  • Brian Yount – Top Ten Things an Editor/Publisher Hates To See

Whispers about Writers Workshop of Horror

“Packing more knowledge and sound advice than four years’ worth of college courses . . . It’s focused on the root of your evil, the writing itself.” — Fangoria Magazine

“A veritable treasure trove of information for aspiring writers—straight from the mouths of today’s top horror scribes!” — Rue Morgue Magazine

Writers Workshop Of Horror belongs on the bookshelf of anyone who is serious about their writing. Entertaining, informative, and just plain old fun, this book will not only make you want to write more, it will give you the tools to write better. This should be mandatory reading in creative writing classes.” — Horror World

Book Trailer…

Posted in New Releases | Tagged: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

New Release – Stephen King: The Non-Fiction

Posted by Dark Whisperer on April 22, 2009

wood02Stephen King: The Non-Fiction

Authors: Rocky Wood and Justin Brooks

Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications

Release Date: April 15th, 2009

ISBN-10: 1-587671603
ISBN-13: 978-1-87671609

Author Website

Stephen King: The Non-Fiction is the first significant review of King’s Non-Fiction. Most fans and readers know King has written three non-fiction books and may have noticed his introductions and Author’s Notes to his own works, but few know of his hundreds of columns, articles, book reviews and criticism.

In fact,the Authors review over 560 published works of non-fiction (more than a dozen are revealed here for the first time) and a further nine unpublished non-fiction pieces. Full details of these unpublished pieces are revealed for the first time.

Stephen King: The Non-Fiction fills all the gaps, providing significant detail on each of the most significant of these Non-Fiction Works; and a review of every other piece!

Authors Rocky Wood and Justin Brooks spent five years compiling this outstanding reference work, with the assistance of many of the leading King researchers, collectors and ‘super-collectors’; and access to Restricted Non-Fiction Works in King’s papers at the University of Maine, Orono.

Covering all King’s published and known unpublished works from 1959 to mid-2006, Stephen King: The Non-Fiction reveals for the first time dozens of pieces of non-fiction and their appearances that were previously unknown to King researchers. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about King’s amazing and often controversial non-fiction, this is the reference work you must have.

Have you ever heard of “My Little Serrated Security Blanket” by Stephen King? It’s a very rare essay King wrote over a decade ago, and most fans have never had a chance to read it… until now! That’s right! Stephen King granted permission for “My Little Serrated Security Blanket” to appear in Stephen King: The Non-Fiction!

Among new pieces reviewed in the book are:

  • Two previously unknown King pieces from his high school days – sports reporting in the Lisbon Enterprise (these are not the articles King describes in On Writing); and a King non-fiction piece from his high school newspaper The Drum; along with the fascinating story of their rediscovery by the authors;
  • A 1967 column supporting the US troops in Vietnam;
  • Previously unknown pieces from The Maine Campus, such as a review of the Spring 1969 issue of Ubris (in which King published the first version of Night Surf, the precursor to The Stand); an amazing movie review; and letters to the editor (many highly amusing);
  • Nine unpublished pieces of non-fiction reviewed in detail, including pieces held in the Restricted Boxes of King’s papers at the University of Maine – for the first time anywhere the authors describe these works in detail;
  • A large number of previously unknown letters to the editor;
  • Introductions to the work of other authors; and book reviews published in unusual venues;
  • Comprehensive reviews of King’s non-fiction in the Bangor Daily News and other Maine newspapers, some of it controversial;
  • King’s early baseball writing, most published in Maine newspapers.

Working from the original sources Wood and Brooks also identified and corrected numerous errors in the previous reporting of material – incorrect titles, dates, pagination and even publication information.

Table of Contents:

Argument: A Guide to King’s Non-Fiction. Introducing the Reader to the book and King’s rich tapestry, including his strong sense of opinion, sense of humor, style and risks he often takes in the Non-Fiction mode.

King’s Major Non-Fiction
Early Columns – Garbage Truck
Danse Macabre, On Writing
Baseball – Faithful; Heads Down and the Red Sox Obsession
Opinion – Horror
Opinion – The Craft of Writing
Author’s Notes and Introductions to His Own Work
Later Columns – The Pop of King King’s Minor Non-Fiction
Introducing the Works of Others
Book Reviews
Letters to the Editor, Guest Columns
Opinion – Radio, Music, Film and Television
Opinion – Venturing into Politics
Opinion – Let’s Argue

King’s Unpublished Non-Fiction

Each of the Chapters is in narrative form and covers the following information:
• The history of and interesting information about each piece
• Summary, including significant quotes
• Critique
• Relevance to other King Works (particularly to his Fiction)
• Advice to Readers wishing to accessing the piece

Bibliography of King’s Non-Fiction (with detailed citations)

Whispers about Stephen King: The Non-Fiction

“For Stephen King: The Non-Fiction, Rocky Wood and Justin Brooks hunted down 500-plus published articles and a handful of manuscripts, from sports writing and a high school newspaper piece on band uniforms to book introductions and controversial Bangor Daily News columns, and compiled them into an impressively weighty tome that any King completist would be thrilled to have on the shelf.” – Publishers Weekly

“Wood and Brooks are to be commended for undertaking this research effort on behalf of King aficionados. It will, no doubt, prove an invaluable research tool for some, and a pleasurable read for others.” – Green Man Review

Posted in New Releases | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

New Release – Bram Stoker’s Notes for Dracula: A Facsimile Edition

Posted by Dark Whisperer on January 28, 2009

2Bram Stoker’s Notes for Dracula: A Facsimile Edition

Authors: Robert Eighteen-Bisang and Elizabeth Miller

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Inc.

Release Date: August 8th, 2008

ISBN-10: 0786434104
ISBN-13: 978-0786434107

Author Website

Bram Stoker’s initial notes and outlines for his masterpiece were auctioned at Sotheby’s (London) in 1913. Eventually, they made their way to the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia, where they remain today. Until now, few of their 124 pages have been transcribed or analyzed.

This comprehensive work reproduces Bram Stoker’s handwritten notes in both facsimile and in annotated transcription. It includes his typewritten research notes and analyzes all of the materials – from his thoughts on the novel’s characters and settings to a nine-page calendar of events that includes most of the now-familiar story. The authors draw on their extensive knowledge of Dracula and vampires to guide readers through the construction of the novel, and the changes that were made to its structure, plot, setting and characters. Nine appendices provide insights into every aspect of the novel, while two detailed indexes help readers chart a course through Bram Stoker’s opus.

Whispers about Bram Stoker’s Notes for Dracula: A Facsimile Edition

“A brilliant, jaw-dropping piece of scholarship.” – David J. Skal, the author of Hollywood Gothic

“The authors, Miller and Eighteen-Bisang, have done a wonderful job in demystifying these mostly handwritten notes that my great-grand uncle Bram Stoker created as his notes for the book Dracula. I had access to the notes myself for research, but the form that Elizabeth and Robert have put them in, as well as the comments and perspective they have added, make this a must-have for anyone interested in Dracula.” – Dacre Stoker, great-grand nephew of Bram Stoker

“#1 in My Top Ten Books of 2008. The absolute must companion piece for Bram Stoker’s epic tale. A mind boggling journey through Bram Stoker’s handwritten notes. A must book to own if you own Dracula.” – Peter Schwotzer, Famous Monsters of Filmland

“Reading through this book brought back to me the wonder and feelings of mysterious otherness that I felt the first time I read Stoker’s novel as a child. It is so fascinating to see his creative processes at work, the way the novel developed from his first notes, etc. There is a familiarity to the process, of course. Any writer should recognize similar processes in their own work as it develops from an idea to a finished book. The authors have done a wonderful and invaluable service to scholars and fans of Dracula! Like Stoker’s novel itself, this is a book to read more than once. I read Stoker’s novel again when I finished this book, and then reread the notes again. Best of all, for me, it has inspired me to work further on my own creations involving Dracula, begun in the novel, Crimson Kisses, published in 1982, and revisited in I Am Dracula in 1993. So, thank you, Robert and Elizabeth, for this stupendous achievement! Anyone who has ever been touched by the mystery of Dracula’s power will read and treasure this book, throughout the nights of time!” – C. Dean Andersson, author of Crimson Kisses (aka I Am Dracula)

Posted in New Releases | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »