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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, 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

* 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

* 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)
* 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 to make a pledge or mail your check to:

Anne Murphy
16 Kenneth Lane
Tewksbury, Ma 01876
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: