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Dan is the Bram Stoker-nominated author of Plague of Darkness, Solomon’s Grave, and the critically-acclaimed Margaret's Ark. Writing as G. Daniel Gunn, he released Destroyer of Worlds and the novella (written with L.L.Soares) Nightmare in Greasepaint (Samhain Publishing),. His short stories have appeared in Cemetery Dance, Shroud Magazine, Apex Digest and many more. He and his family live in New England.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Quote For The Day

"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."
- Toni Morrison

Monday, December 27, 2010

Enough of This Shit. Let's Get Going...

OK, before I begin, let me get a bit of news out there so you can't say I didn't tell you:
Morven Westfield (Darksome Thirst, The Old Power Returns), Tracy Carbone (The Man of Mystery Hill) and I (Solomon's Grave, Christmas Trees & Monkeys) will be taking part in a reading, signing and panel discussion on using local settings in their works of horror for the West Boylston Arts Foundation in Massachusetts, on Wednesday, January 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the West Boylston’s Beaman Memorial Library. All are welcome and attendance is free. Learn more about the WBAF at http://www.wbaf.org/. For directions, visit http://www.beamanlibrary.org/directions.html


I keep hitting enter now to start a new paragraph but nothing's happening. I put new batteries in this friggin' thing just the other day so BEHAVE!

OK, so I hope everyone had a good Christmas and/or holiday. The storm that was supposed to kill all life in New England was only meh... but now we're blanketed in a carpet of white, so it looks like winter now. But the holiday is over (for me, at least, the kids get one more this weekend when they head down to the Blains with my ex-wife for Christmas, Part Deaux).

So, I won't recap this year... dark times, good times, out of the darkness and into the light and all that. Got a divorce, watched my kids' stare at the carnage and slowly, but inexorably, dust themselves off and get back on their feet, stumbled back into the dating realm after so long, made some mistakes, did some things right, and met Linda... in that order!

And slowly, sometimes too slowly, dusted myself off and stopped complaining about not writing and actually got back to it. Helps that Andrew's home and is working on his own novel, started with NaNoWriMo, so I haven't been turning on the TV much at (no idea how things are going in the Fringe Division or with Castle), but have opened the laptop instead. I've begun rereading Plague of Locusts again after a year and a half, and will begin writing new words soon. I'll keep you all up to date here. Yea, decided I should finish it. I submitted Plague of Darkness to a Christian publishing house, and have decided unless an agent has an offer from a publisher in their hands I'm done with the middle man for now. What's the point - I'll decide if I need representation again when I'm rich and famous, but until then they don't do much except ignore my emails. I can get a lot more done on my own I think, and this coming from a pretty unmotivated guy. :-)  And I don't particularly care if a publisher buys my books. They're all in such disarray, I might be better off just publishing a book or two myself. At least people will have a chance to read them. A writer who isn't read is like a gong clanging in the woods under a fallen tree. Only indifferent animals hear it and so it makes no noise. Or something. But we'll see. I'll give the "legit" publishers one more chance, on my own.

So anyway, just a entry here to say I'm back into the writing game. Will be here more often and let you know all the stuff going on that's fit to print (not the stuff that's not). Good news on Christmas Tree & Monkeys, too, but I'll do a new entry for that soon, once the cover art's done (eBook coming out).

Dan

Monday, November 22, 2010

My Review of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 1

My review of the just-released HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 1 is now showing at Cinema Knife Fight. probably not my best-written review, having to get it done quickly over the weekend, but it's not bad. The movie itself - excellent! If you're a Harry Potter fan, that is. Check it out, let me know what you think.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

NGC 6357

From Astronomy Picture of the Day
Star forming in cluster NGC 6357.
Looks like Heaven.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Cool Worcester Magazine Article on NEHW & Rock and Shock

One last Rock and Shock tidbit (sometimes I forget to post things here as well as facebook.. let alone can't remember when the last time was I sent and email update out).

The New England Horror Writers (http://www.newenglandhorror.org/) got a great write-up in a Worcester Magazine article covering rock and shock. Special kudos to TJ May for putting this event all together (and representing the NEHW as he did). I also got a quick mention in the article, which is always nice... :-)


http://www.worcestermag.com/night-and-day/featured/Its-a-Rock-and-Shock-weekend-104896294.html

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cool Picture of Some NEHW Folks at last Friday's Rock and Shock

Top row left to right: me, Jack Haringa, T.J. May, Bob Booth, Trisha Wooldridge
Bottom row: Tracy L. Carbone, Matt Betchtel, Scott Goudsward.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

When guest editor Kevin Lucia put out a call for stories for their special Halloween issue of Shroud Magazine, I wrote what is probably my first short story in about a year, "Last Halloween." You can pre-order this issue here. You'll probably also be able to find it in Barnes & Noble and other major racks, but if you want to be sure of getting a copy, probably best to pre-order above. If you do see the magazine in stores, let me know.

The background on the story. I used to carry a small notebook with me as story ideas came to me, and more recently a Palm Pilot. I had two ideas jotted down, the first noted a few years back during trick or treating - what if a mother and her kids went trick or treating, but no one else did, for some reason everyone was afraid to go out at night but she insisted on bringing her kids - how would the neighbors deal with the situation, and what, exactly was the situation? Another note I'd taken was the concept of ghosts being drifters, like mist, wandering, wandering. There was more to that idea, but I simply used the drifting ghosts, coupled with the woman taking her kids out on Halloween when she should no longer be doing that, and the result, I hope, is a pretty cool story of loss, yearning and addictions - and withdrawals - people have for one another, and the past.

 I think it came out really good, kind of quiet and sad but then themes like that are, I suppose. But I'm happy that the overall feel of the story, envisioned years earlier when I jotted the thought down, managed to come out. Let me know what you think of the piece. We never have enough feedback as writers.

Also, major kudos to artists Danny Evarts, who did all the interior illustrations and layout, and Steven Gilberts for the amazing (as always) cover art.

Me and "Uncle Machete" at Rock and Shock last night

Danny Trejo after signing a picture for my kids at Rock & Shock

Friday, October 15, 2010

Review of CASE 39 Now Showing at Cinema Knife Fight

Hi, everyone. I'll be manning the New England Horror Writers table tonight from 6:00 - 10:00 at the Rock and Shock convention in Worcester MA, along with co-chair Tracy Carbone, TJ May and the gang from Necon! If you decide to brave the weather and come out, look me up.

Also, LL Soares has just posted my new review of the at the theaters (for now) horror film CASE 39 up at Cinema Knife Fight. I have to admit, this is the first time I actually slammed a film in my column. No offense to the filmmakers, but hey, I can't like everything out there. :-)

Thursday, October 07, 2010

My Review of PI Now Showing at Cinema Knife Fight


Hey, all. Quick note to let you know my review of the mind-tripping film of math terror PI (1998) is now up at Cinema Knife Fight. A unique movie, a mind-blower for sure, and had its ups and downs. And I learned something about myself, and the universe, at the same time. Check it out....

Monday, October 04, 2010

A Note From My Brother Paul To Everyone Who Sponsored Their MS Walk

Well, it's been a few weeks since the MS Challenge walk and I wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know how it went.  Once again, the National MS Society put on a great event.  Anne and I really enjoyed our weekend together as well as sharing laughs and stories with the hundreds of others walking with us.  The weather that weekend could not have been better, with the hot weather of the past few months giving way to a comfortable two days in the low 70's.  Just a few blisters formed over the thirty miles but nothing major.  Next year, the event's mileage goes back up to fifty so I'll enjoy this reduced wear and tear on the joints while I can. 

On the fund-raising front, team "Wheels and Heels Against MS" raised over $11,000!!  For those of you who participated in my "Recycling for a Cure" effort, the final can and bottle tally was just over $500. (those nickels sure do add up!)  I'll be looking to raise that recycling bar even higher next year. 

Thank you all so very much for your support this year!  Your never-ending generosity never ceases to amaze and inspire.  Throughout these tough economic times, you continue to reach down deep and lend your support.  For that, I cannot thank you enough.

I also wanted to share some very recent and exciting news from the National MS Society.  Just last week, they announced that the FDA has approved the first oral disease-modifying drug to help fight MS!!  The drug's name is Gilenya and will be available via prescription in the next few weeks. 

You can read more details regarding this medication as well as other advances on the National MS Society's web site: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/index.aspx

Thank you all, again, for helping to fund this research and for the very important role you all play in the battle against Multiple Sclerosis.

Paul Keohane

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Cool Paintings are Cool..

Have this as my wallpaper, a painting from Van Gogh. Amazing how a great artist can make something made with pigments on canvas seem to glow like this one does. It's a type caleld Impressionistic, dabs of pure color which, when grouped together, make an overall image, which seems to almost move. I haven't painted in a long time, if there was time would like to do something like this. OK, admittedly not at the quality - but that doesn't matter. Creating something like this is in the school of writing, world building, scene building. Nice thing about the web is then you can share it with the world. I need to finish a painting sometime - update my Gallery page.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Pay It Forward

Read this story in an email this morning. I've seen this one before, couple of times over the years I'm sure. Whether or not it's true doesn't matter. Normally I'd read these touching Pay It Forward type of emails, get a warm and fuzzy, then delete them. I never forward them, and never read the end where they always tell you to pass it on or you'll never get into heaven or something. This one didn't say that, just told the story, and people pass it on if they want. Anyway, seemed an appropriate message overall, considering some things that have happened in the past week in my own life, and I know we all can use a little life lesson now and then. So, anyway, here it is, take it for whatever it is.


The Cab Ride
 

I arrived at the address and honked the horn.
After waiting a few minutes I walked to the door and knocked.. 

'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something
being dragged across the floor.

After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in
her 90's stood before me. She was wearing a
print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned
on it, like somebody out of a 1940's movie.

By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had
lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.

There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils
on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.

'Would you carry my bag out to the car?' she said. I took the suitcase
to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.

She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.
She kept thanking me for my kindness. 'It's nothing', I
told her.. 'I just try to treat my passengers
the way I would want my mother to be treated.'

'Oh, you're such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave
me an address and then asked, 'Could you drive through downtown?'

'It's not the shortest way,' I answered quickly.

'Oh, I don't mind,' she said. 'I'm in no hurry I'm on my way to a hospice.

I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. 'I don't have
any family left,' she continued in a soft voice.. 'The doctor says I don't have very
long.' I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.

'What route would you like me to take?' I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me
the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.

We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived
when they were newlyweds She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse
that had once
been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.

Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and
would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, 'I'm
tired. Let's go now'.

We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building,
like a small convalescent home,
with a driveway that passed under a portico.

Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were
Solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her.

I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to
the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

'How much do I owe you?' She asked, reaching into her purse.

'Nothing,' I said

'You have to make a living,' she answered.

'There are other passengers,' I responded.

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She
held onto me tightly.

'You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,' she said.
'Thank you.'

I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning
light.. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life..

I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove
aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk.
What if that woman had
gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient
to end his shift?   

What       if I had refused to take the run, or had honked
once, then driven away? On a quick   
review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life.

We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve
around great moments.

But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully
wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

People may not remember exactly
What you did, or what you said, BUT they will
Always remember how you made them
Feel.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Monkeys Must Run in the Family


Thanks to distant relative (not sure if we're related in any way, but you never know) Lee Keohane of Somerset, England, for passing on this very cool photo of an oddly-appropriate epitaph he saw on a memorial plaque for another Keohane at a place called Monkey World. I guess an obsession with apes is hereditary.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

CKF Double Feature: The Lost Skeleton Returns Again & Dark and Stormy Night



My Double Feature review of Larry Blamire's THE LOST SKELETON RETURNS AGAIN (2010) and DARK AND STORMY NIGHT (2010) is now playing at Cinema Knife Fight. Check it out and be informed.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New Review of THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA


My latest review of the 2001 masterpiece THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA is now playing at Cinema Knife Fight. Looks like Netflix is finally shipping me the long-awaited sequel THE LOST SKELETON RETURNS AGAIN (2010) so keep your eyes peeled for a review of that in the coming weeks....

Oh, and while I'm here, going to try and keep posting on how well my writing output has been going. Last week wrote, well, this review, but also an early draft of a screenplay for a short film based on my short story "AM", which is going to be produced by Mad Ned Productions. More as that goes along. OK, go read the review, and rent the movie.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Latest Movie Review, for INK, at Cinema Knife Fight


Hi, everyone. My latest review, this month for the movie INK, is now up at Cinema Knife Fight for your perusal and/or enjoyment! This is a very cool movie, by the way, if you don't mind mind-benders. :-)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Molly, Feb 9, 1999 - August 12, 2010.

We got Molly in 1999 from a puppy farm in the town of Ware, MA. We all drove down as a family and walked among the four or five scampering yellow lab pups, letting the kids find just the right one. Molly and the kids clicked right away. She was still too young to bring home that day, but later on we went back and brought her home, and our house was filled with her happy energy and love for the next eleven years. I remember the first night we had her with us. The kids were on the couch watching TV, and the tiny puppy laid down, shy in this new place, leaning against Andrew. We filmed her a lot after that, scampering around the yard. Joyful. Best way to describe her. She loved her tennis ball, chasing it back and forth in the yard twice a day, wanting her treat when done. When her cousins would come to visit they would throw the ball and she'd smile and fetch again and again, collapsing in happy exhaustion when the day was over.

Janet took her to a place called The Right Paw for obedience training. It worked! We enjoyed freaking people out when they came over or a cookout, because Molly thought fetching was just the coolest thing. We'd give her her own hot dog in a bun (with ketchup), maybe a dab of potato salad, and put them on a paper plate and she would enjoy the cookout with the rest of us. When she was done she'd come up (looking for more food), and one of us would say, "Molly, fetch trash." She would then scamper happily to the empty plate and pick it up, bring it right up to us so we can throw it away. Tail wagging. Always wagging, and smiling.

Molly loved Frosty Paws - an ice cream for dogs. Always got one after enduring a bath, always bringing us the empty, chewed up cup when she was done. And once a month she got one of her favorite treats: heart worm pills. She'd gobble those down. Seriously. She even loved to get vacuumed, would stand there and wait for you to attached the upholstery piece and run it along her back. Being a water dog, the pool was always a treat. She'd stand at the top of the steps and wait for someone to say "OK" before leaping in, swimming across the shallow end and coming out at the steps, shaking and cool. There was a definite hierarchy with the OK command. The kids had authority in her mind to say it, as long I wasn't there, then it had to come from me. Unless Janet was there, then it had to come from her. :-)

And Popcorn - Molly loved her popcorn.

Most of all, she loved her family. She'd walk up to you constantly wanting pats, being so excited about it she couldn't stand still. You could be gone for only an hour, to church or wherever, and Molly would greet your return as if you'd been gone for years. She'd walk in circles while everyone - and she insisted that anyone in the room must participate in this - scratched her back and ears and head while the scratchers shuffled about to avoid getting their feet stepped on. Andrew, Amanda and Audrey were her brother and sisters and they loved her as much as she loved them back. She'd lay outside Andrew's door waiting for him to get up (and sometimes we'd open the door to let her into his room to wake him up) so he would feed her, then Amanda when her brother is off at school. She'd saunter out with Amanda and let her take picture after picture, always happy to oblige. Audrey loved to take pictures of her, too. The girls took these pictures you see now. Molly was playmate to all of them, their buddy and pal, on so many days outside, especially when time came for chasing the ball. And every school or camp morning she'd go into each of their rooms with Janet and lick their hands to wake them up, always making sure she got equal attention.

Though the dog and I were the best of buddies, the love of Molly's life was her Mom. As soon as Janet walked into a room there was only Mommy (well, after she ate the apple core waiting on the grass). She was the one who would play with her ears and give those long, luxurious scratches and save a little bit of scraps every morning when making lunches for the kids and sneak them to her, tell her how perfect a dog she was. Molly knew she was a perfect dog (how could she not?), but I think she liked to hear it.

Lastly, can't talk about favorites without mentioning her favorite uncle in the universe (no offense to all the other aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents): Uncle Paul. Molly was happy all the time, but would explode into fit of joy so overwhelming her butt would be all over the place from her crazy tail when Uncle Paul visited. Paul and cousin Holly's house was Molly's version of Disney World. They would dogsit her whenever we went on vacation, watch movies and eat popcorn and chase the ball. If Paul and Holly were visiting, when they prepared to leave there would be Molly, standing by the truck, wondering if she'd get to drive back with them for a visit.

I know Molly's in a good place now, running and chasing tennis balls like she loved to do, and getting popcorn every night. We love you, Molly. You're a good girl, and we miss you very much.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

"Contaminant" Short Film takes Best Graphics Prize

Hi, Everyone. Way behind on my posting.
Remember "Contaminant", the short five minute film we did as part of the NH 48-Hour Film Project? Well, last week they had a "Best of" Screening and presented the various awards.

In order of presentation, followed by award:

1. "112" by: strange ink, Genre: Buddy Film - Best Late Film
2. "Dark Journey" by: We're Getting the Band Back Together, Genre: Fantasy - Laotian Viewers Choice Award
3. "Clark and Claire" by: Carry On Productions, Genre: Musical or Western - Best Acting, Best Cinematography, Best Musical Score
4. "Pathogen" by: Marsyas Films, Genre: Horror - Best Special Effects
5. "Bumpers" by: Wicked Sick Films, Genre: Mockumentary - Best Use of Prop, Best Use of Line of Dialogue
6. "The Red Box" by: Umbrella Productions, Genre: Silent Film - Best Sound Design
7. "Anatomically Incorrect" by: Visually Sound Pictures, Genre: Dark Comedy - Best Use of Character
8. "Late Fees" by: Triangle, Genre: Time Travel/Doppelganger - Editor's Choice Award
9. "To Be Jane" by: That Kid's Team, Genre:Historical Fiction/Period Piece - Most Honorable
10. "Contaminant" by: Mad Ned Productions, Genre: Sci Fi - Best Graphics
11. "Clark Fails the Fourth Grade" - by: Purple Finch Moving Picture Society, Genre: Dark Comedy - Best Costumes
12. "Welcome to Where You Are" by: Wax Idiotical Films, Genre: Musical or Western - Best Film, Best Writing, Best Directing, Best Editing

Wax Idiotical Films won for Best Film and received
    * A Trophy
    * A cash prize covering this year's entry fee.
    * Filmapalooza: The City Winner will be screened at Filmapalooza,
the official 48HFP Awards Weekend.
    * A copy of Movie Magic Screenwriter 6, the premier screenwriting
software and the choice of Hollywood. ($250 value)

One of the judges told our fearless leader Ned Utzig that he wished there was an award for Best Overkill, because they would have given it to us for using a monstrous laser blast shot from space to kill only two people in a driveway. :-)  Too funny. Fun, fun, all around. It was a pleasure to be part of it.

And we're in the early stages of maybe doing something new, though I've been very negligent (sorry, Ned) in getting the script done with current events around here. Promise, Ned, very soon!

Friday, July 23, 2010

CKF's Question of the Month


My brief answer to Cinema Knife Fight's Question of the Month is now posted. Check it out here.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Necon Jugband World Tour is a wrap

Just got back from Necon yesterday, had a great time. Big shout out to everyone - too many to try and name here. Always a treat to see everyone. The photo is just an example of the kind of deep, literary work we do at this serious con. We brought back the Sleepy Hollow Jugband for the talent show, and took first place! Yea, kind of scary. Here's the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOz1ebJjUVw

The song ("The South's Gonna Rise Again") is from 2000 Maniacs, a particularly nasty old horror flick. Anyway, looking forward to Necon 31, and special thanks to the Booth family for putting on another winner of a conference.

Oh, PS: in the photo:  Pete Dudar, Lauran (LL) Soares, and me.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

In Search of Coconut Milk

Sometimes you have to share something you read online. I subscribe, via Google Reader, to Scott Adams' blog. Scott's the creator of the Dilbert comic strip. He uses his blog to pretty much talk about anything he wants. His writing reminds me a lot of Dave Barry. Anyway, read this the other day and I had to share it. Had me laughing out loud, no small feat these days, and we can all use a laugh now and then.

http://dilbert.com/blog/entry/in_search_of_coconut_milk/

Enjoy...

200,000 Miles

My Chevy Venture minivan turned over to the 200,000 mile mark yesterday. Admittedly, it wasn't very safe around me as I neared this, since I kept alternating my gaze from the road to the odometer. I was a little ways out of the Wal*Mart parking lot at noon, "Love is in the House" by Tobymac was playing on the iPod. I've never had a car this long before. Seven years. The first 200,000 miles in the van saw a whole range of moments in its life, from wonderful to nightmarish. I'm hoping to keep it for another 100,000 miles at least - what the car will see down that long road is anyone's guess. Couldn't be worse, but I've thought that before. Now and then I have to get a small repair, a couple of doors stick, the gas gauge is all messed up so I have to judge when the tank is empty based on the odometer's trip meter, and the rust spots I bondo'd last year are coming back, but I've got no car payment right now, it still gets 23 miles/gallon, insurance is cheap, and I seriously don't want to face the cost of a new one and still swing the post-divorce mortgage for the house looming on the horizon. So I'll hang onto the car, it's been good to me (knock wood), and if it's still running when Amanda gets her license maybe she can have it (much to her expected chagrin).

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

The Last Airbender

My newest review for Cinema Knife Fight, of M. Night Shyamalan's THE LAST AIRBENDER, is now posted. Special thanks to son Andrew and nephew Michael for their help in putting this one together. I also spend some time berating this new trend of adding "in 3D" just so they can charge 4 bucks extra a ticket...

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Enhanced "Contaminant" and Blog Changes

Hey, you'll notice the look of this website changing now and then - Google has added a ton of template tools, but some look great,but the text is weird. Working on it. What do you think?

Now, our 5 minute short "Contaminant" devised, written and filmed in only 48 hours as part of the 48 Hour Film Project, has been rereleased by producer Ned Utzig with all the final edits which we simply had no time to put in that weekend. This cut includes editing improvements, better f/x, more music from James (who also played the scientist), cleaned up and improved sound from our great sound guy Aaron, and the infamous "head shot" where we see Natasha die even more horribly and in slow motion! Looks great! The overall video is so much tighter and cleaner. Check it out at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-cZLsDmdgM

Monday, June 21, 2010

"Contaminant" Screening Version - No Results yet

OK, so Ned posted the screening version of our 5-minute short "Contaminant" on you tube, while we await the judging results of the 48-Hour Film project competition (won't be announced until next month!). Now, keep in mind, there are a couple of hiccups in the production since we ran out of time (Ned's working on putting together a new Director's Cut edition with all the bells and whistles added, etc, and a few "oopsies, like the word "action" making it into the final scene, removed). Here's how the contest worked: at 7 pm on Friday we were given the following requirements:
   Genre: Science Fiction (based on luck of the draw)
   All entries, regardless of genre picked, had to include the following elements (to assure no one pre-films anything): has to have a character who is a plastic surgeon named Clark (or Claire) Larson, there needs to be a box used in the story somehow as a prop, and the line "I need to tell you something" has to be spoken. Aside from that, no rules, except the film can't be more than 5 - 7 minutes and it has to be written, filmed and edited that weekend and hand-delivered by 7pm Sunday night. Mad rush, mad rush. And lots of fun. Here's our short little film - I hope you like it (FYI, that's my arm in the last scene)
  Ah, and be warned, the first couple of seconds is a beeping test pattern...



Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Review THE FALL Now Posted at Cinema Knife Fight


Hi, everyone. My newest movie review for Cinema Knife Fight is now up, this month for the Drama/Fantasy film THE FALL (2006). Beautiful movie, and I hope I conveyed as much in the review. Check it out - today! I want to impress Lauran (LL) again with how many hits the site gets, lol.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Last Year's Page 1 Television Interview Found on Web

I accidentally discovered online my Page One TV interview (also known as "How Dan Finally Realized He Should Always Get a Haircut before TV Interviews") with Zita Christian from last June!
Here's Part One:
http://capknow.com/video/Page-1-Episode-58-Part-1-of-3/9HHRjxntS1g.html
Part Two:
http://capknow.com/video/Page-1-Episode-58-Part-2-of-3/qIzwisfyIlU.html
and lastly Part Three:
http://capknow.com/video/Page-1-Episode-58-Part-of-3/IvhVfCqSEzA.html

I think it actually went quite well, until the end when I read the opening pages of the book, which is Page One's Custom. Enjoy.....

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Excellent Review of Solomon's Grave at Horrorworld

I don't mean "excellent" above as in reviewer Norman Rubenstein thought the book was perfect, he didn't, though he did seem to enjoy it. But he was open about what he liked and didn't, pointing out some flaws in the book. He thought it was very well-written and -paced, but had some issues, a couple of which I had to laugh when I read the review, because I agree. At one point, Rubenstein calls my main character, Nathan Dinneck, a "wuss". That's great, because that's exactly how I wanted him to be viewed. It was an issue when writing, I had this strong-willed side characters, and Nathan seemed, well, boring for the most part. He had a pretty humdrum life. When I realized this, I actually went in and accentuated it, basically showing how his ex Elizabeth was the mover and shaker in their relationship, and he was the happy follower. When I had this personality trait ratified, made it a lot more interesting trying to convince the character what was going on. Rubenstein points to an out-of-character scene where Nathan almost gets violent with Vince the caretaker. Funny how things comes back to bite you, I remember writing that scene, and feeling it wasn't quite right, but couldn't put my finger on it. Considering I quickly had Nate back down and then had Elizabeth become the agressor, I probably at least unconsiously realized what I'd done and brought in the right person for the job, lol. Anyway, it's a great review, and a positive one overall. Check it out at http://www.horrorworld.org/reviews.htm . Note, you need to scroll way down near the bottom to find it. Ah well, at least it's there.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Review of MOON Now Online

Hi. My new review for Cinema Knife Fight is now online. This month, I review the science fiction movie MOON starring Sam Rockwell. Hope you enjoy it. And be sure to visit the Bram Stoker-Nominated CKF often, as they constantly add reviews and articles throughout the week. It's a very entertaining, and informative, site.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Solomon's Grave Now Available for the Kindle!


Great news! My Bram Stoker-Nominated novel SOLOMON'S GRAVE is now available for the Amazon Kindle, and it's wicked cheap - only $2.39! Click Here To Order Your Kindle Edition now! Please!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Best Movie You (Might Not Have) Seen


So, at last, after hearing from so many people, "I can't believe you, of all people, haven't seen this movie," I finally watched DONNIE DARKO (2001). I got the movie for Christmas, and it's been sitting there, waiting for me to sit down and watch it. I kept thinking it was a slasher movie or something, and really didn't want to see a slasher movie, but because everyone kept saying I'd like it, including my son, I finally watched. It's not a slasher movie - chalk that up to really bad marketing years back when it came out. DONNIE DARKO is by far one of the best dark, strange, and brilliant films I've watched in a long, long time. And I don't use the word "brilliant" for movies lightly. Yes, yes, I'm pretty easy to please, but in this case - wow. Now, it might not be for everyone, it's a little surreal, definitely creepy, but the cast, especially (but not limited to) Jake Gyllenhaal as Donnie, is so strong, the writing and, hell, everything down to the music, so cool. Now, I strongly recommend getting the Director's Cut - it's 20 minutes longer but I can't imagine a minute of it being cut, and supposedly the special effects were ramped up - so if you end up missing the stunning visuals towards the end, then you're missing out. Won't get into the plot much, do enough of that with my Cinema Knife Fight reviews, but I will suggest that to understand it, read carefully the pages of the book he finds (you'll know what I mean when you watch it), even pause the DVD enough to do this. They might make no sense, but it'll get your head ready for the ending. Anyway, a 5 out of 5 stars in the Dan movie book, if you like slightly left-of-center films, which of course I do. :-)

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Seussical The Musical Comes to Town

Just got back from our elementary / middle school's latest musical production: Suessical The Musical: Jr!. Wow, what an amazing show, seriously. The singing and choreography was right on, everyone seemed to have a fantastic time. No Keohanes in this year's show, but we were in the audience, cheering on the kids from town. Great, job, everyone. Really, really fun show.

Jodi Blase

Jodi & I never met, though we grew up in the same town (I think... tells you how much we know each other, lol). In this age of internet, email, facebook, we make friends and aquaintences with people online, and it's not uncommon to go years, or a lifetime, never meeting in person. Sometimes, as in this case, you meet briefly because someone's curious how to setup a website and heard you've done it before, an opinion reference from a friend of a friend. Then you go on your respective ways. Just a side note, really. The point of this brief entry is simply to direct your attention to Jodi's blog. I enjoy it because it's ecclectic - you never know what she's going to talk about, but every time, it feels like I'm sitting at a kitchen table chatting with an old friend about - whatever. And, well, since this is my blog, I can talk about whatever I want, and today I'm talking about someone else's blog. Confused? Good. Check it out. It's interesting. Make sure to get a fresh cup of coffee ready, too.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

My First Cinema Knife Fight Review: 2012

I'm the new science fiction movie reviewer for the Stoker-nominated review site Cinema Knife Fight run by L.L. Soares and Michael Arruda. My first review - covering the disaster flick 2012 - had just been posted! New content is being added all the time so if you don't see it, scroll down a bit. Agree or not with my take, hope you enjoy it. My next slated review, for next month, is the film MOON.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Reading in Princeton Wednesday the 28th, 7:30

I'll be doing a reading, with other local Princeton writers, this Wednesday evening April 28th at 7:30 at the
Princeton Center building (18 Boylston Avenue) in an open mike night in honor of National Poetry Month. If you're in the area, be great to see you there!

Yea, because of this and Amanda's dance schedule, poor Audrey has to wait until Thursday to celebrate her 13th birthday! :-(

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Chasing the Dragon

Now and then I come across those mysterious of books: novellas, shorter in word/page count than a novel, but longer than a short story. Quite a few novellas are being published lately (the most reported these days is Blockade Billy by Stephen King just released). The great thing about novellas is that authors can build far more in-depth characters in a story which is long enough to accomodate it, but where the story itself doesn't lend to novel-length. I just finished Chasing the Dragon, by Nicholas Kaufmann, recently published by Chi-Zine Publications. You hear about these lesser known works, being in the business, and from time to time you come across such an original, extremely well-written story you wish more people heard about them. But such is the lesser known novella market. Enter people like me, with blogs, who can spread the word! Chasing the Dragon is the story of a modern day St George the Dragonslayer. In fact, she's a direct descendant, named Georgia. Without going much into the plot, there is both the literal chasing the dragon, and figurative, this being the Cantonese slang for smoking heroine. The story is non-stop action, with such human (and inhuman) characters, I found myself looking forward to coming back to it. Also nice that it's available in an inexpensive paperback and kindle version. Anyway, I know Nick, and really enjoyed this story, so thought I'd put the word out!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Playbook For A Dame - Special $1 deal for Kindle

My friend and author Vivan Davenport has just released her new novel PLAYBOOK FOR A DAME for the Kindle for only $1.00! A buck for a book with this as it's description:

Dreams! Drive! Danger! Balls! It’s 1954. Mona Winston, now a ripe fifty-two, is hell-bent on finding fame on the stage. She’s devoted ten years to chasing after Hollywood film roles and New York teevee jobs. After a gig as a carnival hootchy-kootchy dancer, she lands in Metroville, the Broadway of the Midwest. Filled with more drive and self-delusion than talent, the hard-scrabble Mona knows she’ll make it, “because I’m tough!” Nevertheless, life is still a struggle. She survives prison time and a bout with amnesia. She tangles with dangerous men, including two exes, a lynch-happy farmer, and a merciless drama critic, but yearns for the only guy she trusts, a three-armed musician with an extra shoulder to cry on. Mona finally scores a choice role in a major Metroville play. On the brink of stardom when opening night arrives, she makes two startling discoveries and must choose between her shot at fame and a shot at being a stand-up broad. Woven with the prejudices of the time, PLAYBOOK FOR A DAME is one dame’s struggle to be somebody. Her juicy story is served with a dash of noir, a dollop of heart, and a heap of grit. 

Come on, now, how you you pass that up? While we wait patiently for Solomon's Grave to someday be available on Kindle, I highly recommend this new wild ride from the new name of the author of Foot Art is Good Art and Tall Buildings, and for only a buck! (and no, I'm not Vivian....)   :-)

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

An Old Interview I Did with Myself

Huh? Let me explain. HWA newsletter editor and market guru Kathy Ptacek found a couple of old articles (thanks, Kathy!) I'd done (oh, could be ten years ago now?) for the HWA newsletter. I'm reprinting one below, for fun. At the time, I was the webmaster, trying to get the old site up and running with content, etc. Anyway, I'd do a column every newsletter giving updates on the state of the site, and one month, got a little weird on people. For perspective, this was about 10 years ago, I'd maybe sold 3 or 4 stories... Still, I get a kick out myself, as I thought this was pretty funny. Maybe no one else will, but hell, it's my blog, eh?

An Interview with Dan Keohane

by Dan Keohane

We in the HWA have a commitment to bring you up close and personal glimpses of the people shaping the horror industry, to talk with these sculptors of words and pictures to see what makes them tick. When the chance came to interview none other than horror master Dan Keohane, we felt the only person qualified to carry such a conversation off was Dan himself. That, and no one else wanted to do it. Both interviewer and interviewee deeply regret any lack of professional-ism this article may display, horror being such a serious business after all. Comments or suggestions in the vein should be sent to lightenupalittle@ horror.org.

We met up with Mr. Keohane at a quaint, overpriced coffee shop in Massachusetts.

HWA: I have to admit, one doesn’t see too many Hawaiian horror writers out there.

DK: No, no. I’m not Hawaiian. My name is pronounce "Ko-Hayne" ... rhymes with "slow train," sort of. It’s Irish, though to add to the confusion it’s pronounced much differently overseas. In Ireland, my name would rhyme with "bunches of mackerels pointed skyward," sort of.

HWA: Let’s talk about your writing, then. The last couple of years have been banner ones for you, at least according to a questionable bio someone handed me. I have to admit that I’ve never read anything you’ve published.

DK: But ... you’re me ...

HWA: Work with me on this.

DK: Sorry. I mostly get comments on my historical accounts of British government, which is always nice, except I’ve never written any of those. That’s the other Dan Keohane.

HWA: I’m afraid you’re mistaken. I didn’t write those.

DK: No, no. The other other Dan Keohane.

HWA: I understand you’re also the Webmaster for the Horror Writers Association. Anything exciting going on?

DK: Things have been mostly quiet on that front, which is nice for a change. I get to answer the Web-phone when it rings, but I still have to call Steve Dorato if it ever breaks. However, the big news is the addition of Anthony Beal to the Web team! Anthony has taken on the reins of HWA Web news anchor, keeping the long-neglected news pages up-to-date. Everyone say "hi" to Anthony!

HWA: (after the restaurant patrons nervously mutter "Hi, Anthony" over their food): So, the team is growing by leaps and bounds. That’s always nice.

DK: Indeed. By the time this newsletter comes out, we’ll have gotten an updated Member Directory online. Also, we’ve incorporated John Turi’s new HWA logo to all of the Web site pages—looks darn nice.

HWA: That’s great, but I think we should get this interview back on track.

DK: No problem. Oh, and though it’s been up there for a while, I still have yet to mention that the multi-talented Edo van Belkom has his article "So, Who Wants to be a Horror Writer?" up on our Writing Tips page! A great piece and something we all should read. Thanks, Edo. And don’t forget Amy Grech has Kathy Ptacek’s updated Market Listings loaded every month as soon as the newsletter comes out, and even maintains an archive of every Internet Mailer!

HWA: You know, I can’t help but feel that your agreeing to do this interview was a ruse to get your Web site article past the editors.

DK: (laughs) Don’t be ridiculous. Go ahead—ask me a question.

HWA: It’s been said many times that the market for horror fiction is in a slump, yet other people say the horror industry has never been stronger. Is the socio-economic make-up of the genre’s readership expanding, or contracting, and if the former rather than the latter, is it due to maturing readership once hooked on Goosebumps now "coming of age" as it were, and—

DK: (interrupting) You be sure and let me know when it’s my turn to talk, OK?

HWA: Of course ... and with such an influx of additional constituents emerging from the dungeons of Harry Potter, slowly traveling along the road of dark fiction, do you think—

WAITER: Excuse me, sir.

HWA: Yes?

DK: Yes?

WAITER: (after a pause). I have to insist you order now. And the manager has asked that you stop talking into that mirror. The other customers are becoming agitated.

HWA: Oh ... sorry.

DK: I think he was talking to me. Let’s seeeee .... I’ll have the fifteen dollar bowl of soup with a ham and cheese half-sandwich.

WAITER: Of course.

HWA: And I’ll have what he’s having ...

Monday, April 05, 2010

Stoker Certificate

Every Stoker nominee gets one of these very cool certificates confirming our nomination. I'd framed it and wanted to take a photo before the awards, but our digital camera got Sat-On before I could. We finally got one so I thought you'd enjoy (not that you have a choice, it's my website, lol) seeing what one looks like...



Theater of the Morning

Speaking of that state when he first wakes up and still in bed, Ray Bradbury says,
"At that point of the day, all kinds of thoughts and stories come to my mind. Many of those are metaphors. It is like all my characters come to me and talk to me. What I have to do then is wake up and start writing what these voices are suggesting to me. I let them write the story! I call it: the theater of the morning."
(interview with Beatrice Cassina, The Writers Handbook 2004)

It would be nice some day to be able to sit in bed every morning, think about what to write, then actually get up and do so. Actually, I should be able to. I should just do it, but I'm not much of a morning person. My Theater of the Morning usually draws open its curtain when I'm going to bed, or driving, but in the mornings... it varies. Depends what's going on in the world. In the past, I would wake up and my mind felt new, like a street the morning after a major wind / rainstorm had blown through the night before. Air is clean, everything washed new. I would wake up, and for a few moments not remember anything from the night or day before, remember nothing except perhaps the dream which just ended. All was well, quiet, rested, then, slowly, the real world creeps in. But for a brief moment there was no - well, no anything. Like I said, there could have been a dream, sometimes intense (nightmares are my usual fare), other times seemingly pointless, and other times very happy. When times are at their roughest, I sometimes dream that they aren't, that everything that had happened was itself a dream, and now things were good, happy, then I wake, still happy, the dream lingering, until reality creeps in and what is real, what is not, sorts itself into the proper order. But in that flash... in that flash, the stress and pain was gone.

The Theater of the Morning is when dream-journalers scurry to grab the notebook from the bedside table and write down every detail of the dream before it fractures and blows away in the wind of wakefulness. For most, it's a simple, slow breath of clean air before throwing aside the sheets and letting the cold morning do it's wakey-wakey thing. Brush teeth, pat the dog, head to work, or work-out, or for some lucky few wandering into the study or kitchen table to write. I do write in the mornings sometimes, at Starbucks (gave up on Panera Bread because they have free Internet access and that was one more distraction/temptation I didn't need), at lunch (depending on work schedule) at the cafeteria or even at Borders, in the car if I'm not the driver, sometimes at night. Driving, though, is usually when my head's lost in the theater. Working out points. When I'm writing, when I'm deep into it, I'm there, too, and there is result. I miss that, miss the days when what to write in any given chapter was the hardest choice to make. But it's been a long time since that's been the case. But the Theater is always there, waiting for the audience, waiting for attention. Somedays it's easier to hop up onto it than others, hopefully these days will come again with more frequency. Maybe some day I can wake up from a bad dream and the dream will slowly fade as I realize that's all it was, and that everything is, in fact, OK in the world.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Quoted in a Boston Globe Article about Joe Hill

I must be moving up in the world. I was interviewed recently by Boston Globe columnist and writer Joel Brown for an article about novelist Joe Hill, discussing his newly-released book Horns and what it's like coming into his own with writing under the shadow of his Dad's fame. I get quoted once, which is cool, especially considering the caliber of the other interviewees. Check it out at:

The Devil Inside, Boston Globe, March 20, 2010, article by Joel Brown

Dan (who hopes he doesn't get in trouble using photographer Cheryl Senter's photo....)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Congratulations to the 2009 Bram Stoker Winners

Congratulations to everyone who won the 2009 Bram Stoker Award. Nope, I didn't win - Hank Schwaeble took home the cool haunted house statue this year in the First Novel category. Hank's a cool guy, I'm happy for him. As I said before, I was so thrilled to be nominated and to simply be a finalist for this major award, winning was really secondary. Special thanks to Rocky Wood who spent the banquet in England with my acceptance speech in his pocket. Would have been cool to have him read it, but even so, before we get to the final list of winners, here's what he would have read in my stead at the podium, and though Solomon's Grave didn't win, the sentiments are no less applicable.


From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone in the HWA who thought my humble little book worthy of such an amazing honor. And, of course, everyone who made the novel what it is today. Janet, for her support, editing prowess and coupons which allowed me to write this book years ago. Fran and Mark for also pouring over the manuscript and making it so much better. Andrew, Amanda and Audrey for their bottomless enthusiasm for their Dad's obsession. David Switzer, Alton Gansky, Mario Kivistik for allowing me to pick their brains from time to time. Cristine Ranghetti and Sara Camilli for getting the book to Dragon Moon, and of course my editor Gabrielle Harbowy and publisher Gwen Gades, for saying 'yes.' Special thanks to Mom & Dad and everyone in my extended family for a lifetime of love and encouragement, and I thank God, for never losing faith in me even when sometimes I did.

To wit: the winners and nominees (winners in bold)

Superior Achievement in a Novel

* AUDREY'S DOOR by Sarah Langan (Harper)
* PATIENT ZERO by Jonathan Maberry (St. Martin's Griffin)
* QUARANTINED by Joe McKinney (Lachesis Publishing)
* CURSED by Jeremy Shipp (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

* BREATHERS by S. G. Browne (Broadway Books)
* SOLOMON’S GRAVE by Daniel G. Keohane (Dragon Moon Press)
* DAMNABLE by Hank Schwaeble (Jove)
* THE LITTLE SLEEP by Paul Tremblay (Henry Holt)

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

* DREAMING ROBOT MONSTER by Mort Castle (MIGHTY UNCLEAN)
* THE HUNGER OF EMPTY VESSELS by Scott Edelman (Bad Moon Books)
* THE LUCID DREAMING by Lisa Morton (Bad Moon Books)
* DOC GOOD'S TRAVELING SHOW by Gene O’Neill (Bad Moon Books)

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

* KEEPING WATCH by Nate Kenyon (MONSTROUS: 20 TALES OF GIANT CREATURE TERROR)
* THE CROSSING OF ALDO RAY by Weston Ochse (THE DEAD THAT WALK)
* IN THE PORCHES OF MY EARS by Norman Prentiss (PS Publishing)
* THE NIGHT NURSE by Harry Shannon (Horror Drive-in)

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

* HE IS LEGEND: AN ANTHOLOGY CELEBRATING RICHARD MATHESON edited by Christopher Conlon (Gauntlet Press)
* LOVECRAFT UNBOUND edited by Ellen Datlow (Dark Horse Books)
* POE edited by Ellen Datlow (Solaris)
* MIDNIGHT WALK edited by Lisa Morton (Dark House)

Superior Achievement in a Collection

* MARTYRS AND MONSTERS by Robert Dunbar (DarkHart Press)
* GOT TO KILL THEM ALL AND OTHER STORIES by Dennis Etchison (Cemetery Dance)
* A TASTE OF TENDERLOIN by Gene O'Neill (Apex Book Company)
* IN THE CLOSET, UNDER THE BED by Lee Thomas (Dark Scribe Press)

Superior Achievement in Nonfiction

* WRITERS WORKSHOP OF HORROR by Michael Knost (Woodland Press)
* CINEMA KNIFE FIGHT by L. L. Soares and Michael Arruda (Fearzone)
* THE STEPHEN KING ILLUSTRATED COMPANION by Bev Vincent (Fall River Press)
* STEPHEN KING: THE NON-FICTION by Rocky Wood and Justin Brook (Cemetery Dance)

Superior Achievement in Poetry

* DOUBLE VISIONS by Bruce Boston (Dark Regions)
* NORTH LEFT OF EARTH by Bruce Boston (Sam's Dot)
* BARFODDER by Rain Graves (Cemetery Dance)
* CHIMERIC MACHINES by Lucy A. Snyder (Creative Guy Publishing)

Monday, March 22, 2010

2010 Wheels & Heels Against MS 30-Mile Walk


This September 11th – 12th, 2010 is the annual MS Challenge Walk, a 30 mile, 2-Day walk through Cape Cod that raises money to fight the effects of Multiple Sclerosis. (note: this year it's down to 30 miles and 2 days because of conflict with Rosh Hashanah).

Once again my sister Anne Murphy and brother Paul Keohane, our family and friends will be participating with their “Wheels and Heels Against MS’ team.

This year we'll be holding another raffle: everyone who donates will have an opportunity to win a prize! In fact, a whole month of prizes!

List of prizes is coming soon (prize donations always welcome, too!).

Every $25 donated earns 1 chance ($100 earns 4 chances….and so on.)

This October Anne & Paul will draw a name every day from the names of generous supporters and that person wins the prize for that day. Prizes could include free haircuts, beautiful necklaces and earrings, gift certificates (and of course signed copies of Solomon's Grave & Christmas Trees and Monkeys!... that's my old story collection, you don't..actually get.. a monkey or anything).

Visit their website http://www.wheelsandheelsagainstms.com/ to make a pledge or mail your check to:

Anne Murphy
16 Kenneth Lane
Tewksbury, Ma 01876
or
Paul Keohane, (Team Captain)
2 Jillian Rose Dr
Oxford, MA 01540

We know that this is still a tough economic time, but this letter is asking for your help once again. Please join me and our team in our fight. If there is anything you can spare, it is greatly appreciated. And you might win a prize!!.... It’s WIN-Win!

Thank you so much!!

Anne & Paul and the rest of the team!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

My Second Family

Last weekend as a family (including Andrew who was home for Spring break) we all drove down to Rhode Island for lunch at one of our favorite eating haunts, Wright's Farm Restaraunt (aka Wright's Chicken Farm). All you can eat chicken, pasta & sauce, fries, salad. The food is always great and we're always stuffed at the end. Anyway, as good as a trip to Wright's is, that's not the point, or the best part. Every March my second family and I celebrate the plethora of March (or thereabouts) birthdays on Janet's side of the family, together, and as a tradition this has been the favorite place to go. They have been my family for nearly a quarter century. Every March, and every other Thanksgiving, everyone else always comes, and eats, and enjoys each other's company. Truly enjoys, because these are people you can't help but be comfortable around almost instantly.

Divorce is a hard, hard thing to face and go through, and though it is, in principle, between two people, it never is. Families are always bigger than the walls of your home. That's how it works. We told the kids something on that terrible day recently which is something I want to say now, ever since we sat down and ate and laughed and talked of everything except what we're all facing in the near future, in our own ways. Until we donned our coats and said our goodbyes, and at last, something was said, brief, and out of love, and those few words meant more to me than I can say. To Jon, and Mel, and Bob and Kaia and Reed and Cynthia and Maurice and Paul and Holly, to Mitch and Karen and Phillip and Tim and Sally and Austin and Sydney, our much-missed Roger and Fluerette, and everyone else in my second family, nieces and nephews and cousins and Aunts and Uncles... I love you all and you are my family, no matter what happens, or what is on a piece of paper. I promise you always will be. You have no choice, not really. I may not be at every family function as time goes on, but there will be some (after all, you're all coming to the house for Easter, ). I'm still here, and I'll always be here for you, any of you. And you'll always, always, be my family.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Solomon Reviewed at Horror Fiction Review

Nick Cato has posted a nice review of Solomon's Grave up at Horror Fiction Review for March. Thanks!

Monday, March 08, 2010

Interview With Nominees at Dark Wolf's Fantasy Reviews

The editor at Dark Wolf's Fantasy Reviews did a little round-table interview with all of the Bram Stoker nominees. He asked a couple of questions to each of us and has posted our answers here. Pretty interesting:
http://darkwolfsfantasyreviews.blogspot.com/2010/03/2-questions-round-2009-bram-stoker.html

Friday, February 19, 2010

Solomon's Grave is officially Nominated for the Bram Stoker Award

I guess we don't need to wait for Monday. The Final Ballot for the 2009 Bram Stoker Award has just been announced, and Solomon's Grave is on it! Whoo hoo! Now I can officially put patches on my elbows and call myself Stoker Nominated. Thanks to the members of the HWA who nominated the book, and best of luck to everyone who made the final ballot. Looking at who else is up for the award for best First Novel, I won't make room on my shelf for the wicked cool award just yet... sigh, it's such a cool looking award, too.... :-) Lots of fellow New Englanders on this list, too!


Superior Achievement in a Novel

* AUDREY'S DOOR by Sarah Langan (Harper)
* PATIENT ZERO by Jonathan Maberry (St. Martin's Griffin)
* QUARANTINED by Joe McKinney (Lachesis Publishing)
* CURSED by Jeremy Shipp (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

* BREATHERS by S. G. Browne (Broadway Books)
* SOLOMON’S GRAVE by Daniel G. Keohane (Dragon Moon Press)
* DAMNABLE by Hank Schwaeble (Jove)
* THE LITTLE SLEEP by Paul Tremblay (Henry Holt)

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

* DREAMING ROBOT MONSTER by Mort Castle (MIGHTY UNCLEAN)
* THE HUNGER OF EMPTY VESSELS by Scott Edelman (Bad Moon Books)
* THE LUCID DREAMING by Lisa Morton (Bad Moon Books)
* DOC GOOD'S TRAVELING SHOW by Gene O’Neill (Bad Moon Books)

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

* KEEPING WATCH by Nate Kenyon (MONSTROUS: 20 TALES OF GIANT CREATURE TERROR)
* THE CROSSING OF ALDO RAY by Weston Ochse (THE DEAD THAT WALK)
* IN THE PORCHES OF MY EARS by Norman Prentiss (PS Publishing)
* THE NIGHT NURSE by Harry Shannon (Horror Drive-in)

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

* HE IS LEGEND: AN ANTHOLOGY CELEBRATING RICHARD MATHESON edited by Christopher Conlon (Gauntlet Press)
* LOVECRAFT UNBOUND edited by Ellen Datlow (Dark Horse Books)
* POE edited by Ellen Datlow (Solaris)
* MIDNIGHT WALK edited by Lisa Morton (Dark House)

Superior Achievement in a Collection

* MARTYRS AND MONSTERS by Robert Dunbar (DarkHart Press)
* GOT TO KILL THEM ALL AND OTHER STORIES by Dennis Etchison (Cemetery Dance)
* A TASTE OF TENDERLOIN by Gene O'Neill (Apex Book Company)
* IN THE CLOSET, UNDER THE BED by Lee Thomas (Dark Scribe Press)

Superior Achievement in Nonfiction

* WRITERS WORKSHOP OF HORROR by Michael Knost (Woodland Press)
* CINEMA KNIFE FIGHT by L. L. Soares and Michael Arruda (Fearzone)
* THE STEPHEN KING ILLUSTRATED COMPANION by Bev Vincent (Fall River Press)
* STEPHEN KING: THE NON-FICTION by Rocky Wood and Justin Brook (Cemetery Dance)

Superior Achievement in Poetry

* DOUBLE VISIONS by Bruce Boston (Dark Regions)
* NORTH LEFT OF EARTH by Bruce Boston (Sam's Dot)
* BARFODDER by Rain Graves (Cemetery Dance)
* CHIMERIC MACHINES by Lucy A. Snyder (Creative Guy Publishing)