December 2009

I was worried about the Y2K bug. Not the computer glitch, per se, but the madness of the world that both created and feared it.

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Goodbye, Decade. I’m sorry but I have to leave you now. No, I don’t think we should be friends, either. There’s the door. I’m out.

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Sorry to hear horror champion Chas Balun has passed. His site: http://www.zombiebloodba…

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@mcsweeneys HAH! ENG 371: Writing for Nonreaders in the Postprint Era: http://www.mcsweeneys.ne…

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@JohnUrbancik I love that: “mile-a-minute genius”. Timelords can be that way, I reckon. :-) Okay, I better get back to end of the year work.

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@sideshowtony Dr. Who’s EMPTY CHILD episode was indeed VERY horrorshow. Gas masks on children get me every time.

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Okay, and SHO too, but only for DEXTER! :-)

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@sideshowtony Eccleston is amazingly manic. From the smile to the frown it all just wins. BBC, HBO, FX have the best writing on TV.

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@BrianeKeene. Christopher! So I guess that means I will be following you to the gates of Hell!

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@CrimespreeJon Water dissolving. And water remo-mo-mo-mo-mo-mo-mo-movblee-movblee-move.

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@Horror_Section Saw all…excpt Demon Wind?! http://www.thehorrorsect… Hah! Is it a Pazuzu story?

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@crazywritinfool Thanks! It’s amazing how deep in the Doctor’s back catalog @netflix goes with streaming. Very happy. Try the @RokuPlayer!

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DeathRef Planning to drive drunk on NYE? Get a free funeral in the event of your death! (and premeditation to be a schmuck): http://bit.ly/8axLd7

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End of the year reflection on publishing: Books will change, but storytelling will outlast us all. That’s what books ensure, in fact. Write!

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Geekily, I love chanting “Exterminate!” like a Dalek. I’m tempted to make the antivirus prog play it when it spots a virus on my machine.

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@Sidney_Williams You’re right about Dr. Who, Sid! The minor characters are still majorly good. “Father’s Day” was amazingly deep.

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@crazywritinfool It is awesome with broadband internet and a wireless network at home. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to set up. Magic!

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The witty and intelligent goofiness of Dr. Who is really a great counter-narrative; I’m surprised how much I’m liking it.

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I’m late but catching up with the new Dr. Who via @netflix on a @RokuPlayer. Saw origin last nite in season 1. Thx @BBCAMERICA!

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@sideshowtony I had a great signing once at Tufts University bookstore. My contact there has moved on, but give the shop a call?

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Melanie_Hoyt RT @Love_Horror: Elaine Lamkin’s Top 10 Underappreciated Horror Films of the Past Decade http://t.love.com/284402…

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New Post at The Popular Uncanny: http://www.gorelets.com/… [Thanx again @Ghostwoods]

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RT @Ghostwoods Creepiest invention of the year: An urn that looks like your dearly departed http://bit.ly/8Ef5oX <-Esp those you decapitate!

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My computer just started making grinding moans. My brain is screening a trailer for The Texas Instruments Chainsaw Massacre. Tron meets Saw.

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RT @sfsignal @johnottinger 5 Ways ‘Doctor Who’ Made a Diff. http://tinyurl.com/3rptf2 <- Yes, and it makes chanting “EXTERMINATE!” fun!

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matt_cardin “Curse of the Daimon,” my album of original soundtrack-style, dark-themed music, is available at long last: http://tinyurl.com/y94nd…

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Where have all the giant leeches with alien blood diseases gone? Wither green slime and unshapely things? Must our monsters always be us?

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Have you ever listened to the Partridge Family’s song, “I Think I Love You”? I mean really, really listened? Freaky. http://j.mp/60gUQY

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@therealduv It would be interesting to analyze that horror shelf to try to figure out how it’s being defined nowadays.Urban fantasy? Zombie?

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@amergina YES! Not sure if I’ll req the whole book or not. I’ll post info to the GG page once it’s firmly on the syllabus.

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I’m prepping to teach from a book entitled “Can It Really Be Taught?” This is not a joke. The taunting irony of this situation amuses me.

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MichaelHyatt “According to Amazon, yesterday marked the first time that more ebooks were sold than real books”: http://bit.ly/70ghFX

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@amazon delivered ‘Maldoror - the Complete Works of the Comte de Lautréamont’ to me today! Crazy book: http://bit.ly/7D8iql

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RT @ebertchicago sounds like something you scratch your fingernails on. How about iPad - something you write on?

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Jury duty summons in the mail this morning. Thanks, Judge Claus!

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Sportuary is free for your shiny new kindle at http://www.gorelets.com Your therapy sessions after reading it are not.

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Cool treatment of Stephen King’s Carrie: “Sissy Spacek” by @EdieSedgwyck http://bit.ly/5m0fvx mp3: http://j.mp/8FiztL

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spinmatt My annual column on “The Top 10 Horror Movies of 2009”: http://bit.ly/6xdD1q

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A Goreletter Flashback: Weird articles from the archives related to Christmas http://www.gorelets.com/…

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Karate chops in the brow, high and low: @netflix just added streaming for Kurosawa films…and Billy Jack movies! [Thx @nowhereman]

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I’m glad my taxes are helping NORAD to track Santa — http://www.noradsanta.or… — saves me the trouble of following @santaclaus

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Online Gizmo of the Month: “Orphan Feast” http://bit.ly/780awJ

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John_F_Taylor http://znl.me/1FIFR Giggling like coqui frog over the Arnzen prize pack. Christmas is today not friday thank you Mr. Arnzen.

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Ah, Wednesday. The only day of the week named after an Addams Family character.

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“Eldritch Musicks” by @CaseyContrarian arrived yesterday…loving the Lovecraft, Machen, Ligotti-inspired drones and tentacular riffs!

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@Fictionwise: Great ebook bargains. Awesome place for short stories. Genre fiction friendly. Kindle store! http://kindle.fictionwis…

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Twitter Defined: RT @sesamestreet Cookie haiku: Cookie, cookie, cook. Cookie, cookie, cookie, cook. Cookie, cookie, cook. (Me love poetry.)

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Just downloaded “Unhenged”: A Spinal Tap Tribute album! Thanks @Coverville http://www.coverville.co…

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Writers with a Mac: @ScrivenerApp offering 25% off Scrivener now till new year’s. Might want to check out @mupromo’s website, too.

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Just learned that “It’s Not Easy Being Green” is my assigned theme in @arthouse ‘s The Fiction Project! Deets: http://bit.ly/4Vpfto

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What does the -ex in Kleenex stand for? Expectoration? Excrement? Exsanguination? Exudation? Exuviae?

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It’s the money you could be saving that Geico is taking from you and putting into advertising.

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I just learned that you can block a user’s retweets! Not that I want to…except for one abuser. Click on green arrow on their profile.

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MecumHaiku You’ve watched my whole life, / microscopic eyelid bugs. / How am I doing?

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RT @j_c_hay The cure is complete, the pellicle is formed. Now’s the time for meat to meet the smoke. @lifeisbacon <-Best tweet of the morn!

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@chrisbowsman Thx! You also can get ‘Sportuary’ for .mobi / kindle free at http://www.gorelets.com &Other ebooks: http://j.mp/6F6eu5

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Read the weird frog dreams of @Poe71 @cinriter @chrisbowsman @carrie_rapp &a@misterbananieanie — they won a free bookplate! (End of giveaway).

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@Poe71 Freaky frog falliteration! You win AGAIN! I’ll chuck another bookplate in the prize package, man!

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Next 2 to reply to @MikeArnzen with a strange tweet involving frog(s) get a free signed/ “frog” bookplate [http://j.mp/1jKtCN ].

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Only two frog bookplate giveaways left. (see previous tweet) Quick!

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First 5 to reply to @MikeArnzen with a strange tweet involving frog(s) get a free signed/ “frog” bookplate [http://j.mp/1jKtCN ].

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@Outlawpoet1970 A paradox that cannot be solved! NEcon is laid back w/lots of pro writers. KillerCon is Vegas w/new blood on the sand.

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RT @KingdomSearch Here you can watch the Colbert Report interview with Stephen King (in 1st half): http://bit.ly/6BatAV <-HILARIOUS!

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Find! Tim Dorsey’s “Atomic Lobster” is available @amazon for a free pre-order with bonus material for the Kindle only: http://bit.ly/8Qzc5E

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@MikeBrendan ṃɾ. сɾøώlεÿ ṡεṉτ ṃε τø ƒlïρṃÿτεχτ.сøṃ τø ώøɾќ øṉ ṃÿ вαсќṃαṡќïṉģ ṡќïllṡ

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Hang in there, @wdprescott!

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20th Ann Contest Winner #3: Erik L. Smith wins rare Live & Vile production CD + copy of 100 Jolts! CONGRATS to winners! http://j.mp/8ZeQaw

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20th Ann Contest Winner #2: John T. (@Poe71) wins a Play Dead ARC paperback + copy of Skull Fragments! http://j.mp/8ZeQaw

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20th Ann Contest Winner #1: Matt B. (@captplothole) wins the Play Dead deck of cards + DVD copy of Exquisite Corpse! http://j.mp/8ZeQaw

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ʎǝs’ ʇɥǝɹǝ ɐɹǝ ʇʍo dɐʇɥs ʎon ɔɐu ƃo qʎ’ qnʇ ıu ʇɥǝ louƃ ɹnu’ ʇɥǝɹǝ,s sʇıll ʇıɯǝ ʇo ɔɥɐuƃǝ ʇɥǝ ɹoɐp ʎon,ɹǝ ou˙

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If you haven’t read him yet, it’s time to educate thyself: Preorder ‘The Best of Joe R. Lansdale’ @amazon http://bit.ly/8q8uo7

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@Horror_Crypt reminds us of The Rabbit of Caerbannog — Protector of the Legendary Black Beast Of Aaaaarrrrrggggghhhhh! http://j.mp/4CtLtu

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wired 10Gs in Geek Gear up 4 Grabs. Tell us your 1 Wired Wish. RT for a chance 2win WIRED-engraved iPod touch http://ow.ly/NbPy

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Enter the One Wired Wish Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $10,000 WIRED Store prize package. http://ow.ly/DbFr

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RT @DavidKM “Dreams & Nightmares news http://dreamsandnightmar… <-great poetry jnl; I’m a lifetime subscriber.

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Just heard that my sketchbook for The Fiction Project (@arthouse) has shipped. This is gonna be a fun slowburn: http://bit.ly/4Vpfto

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ROBOTS - The Big Picture: http://www.boston.com/bi…

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@BrianKeene I bet Damnation Alley could be remade into a fine film.

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fpaulwilson last day to order your inscribed “Christmas Thingy” in time for Christmas: http://tinyurl.com/nhtzpn

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2010 already? Thank you Arthur C. Clarke. That’s twice in a lifetime. Probably won’t make it to 2061, but I’ll try!

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The broken promise of cover art: ‘Santa vs. Satan In A Guitar Duel’ by Christmas at the Devil’s House @amazon: http://bit.ly/4Gzz8J

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@Ginger_Clark It’s outrageous. Don’t most contracts also have an “any rights not in granted here are reserved by the author” clause, too?

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@drmabuse Unusually? lol How about just “usl”?

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@poxypigtails Oy! Scary stuff. “Needle Baby” in real life… http://tiny.cc/TlZPa

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flimgeeks Too late. http://ow.ly/MKnh RT @edgarwright: A request. Please don’t remake ‘The Brood’.

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Join the 105 freaks who are tormenting me on Facebook with icy temptations: http://www.facebook.com/…

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Only 67 people realize that The Goreletter is also available via LiveJournal at http://syndicated.livejo…

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RT @CaseyContrarian “Eldritch Musicks” is released today on disc and at digital stores. CD ships this week! http://bit.ly/1E9SzD

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@AnneRiceAuthor launches discussion: “Should Major Authors consider going straight to Kindle?” on @amazon: http://bit.ly/6HuAdU

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New Blog Entry Posted: “Talk About Writing” — http://bit.ly/6ecy21

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5 star review of my “Spring Ahead Fall Back” on Red Adept’s Kindle Book blog: http://redadept.wordpres…

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The Odyssey Writer’s Workshop just posted an interview with me on their blog: http://odysseyworkshop.l…

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Just posted a new ‘Listmania’ of offbeat anthologies my stories have appeared in @amazon: http://bit.ly/6jw8Hb

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“From quixotic to quincunx, I love the enigmatic X. Especially when it’s near a Q. It’s nature’s expectorant.” -Holiday X http://j.mp/8dD2ti

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Beck Underwood’s Creepy Xmas Film Festival is great fun this time of year: http://www.creepychristm…

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Things like that make the world seem criminally insane @jerrylgordon

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Black Static magazine is running something akin to a sf/f/h “advent calendar” for the holidays: http://ttapress.com/blac…

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I can has adult literacy please?

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Tweet_Shrieks @MikeArnzen Can’t be any worse than the Zombeatles: http://www.youtube.com/w…

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We laughed at the TV yesterday when a child actor said the word “vegetabletarian”. I like it — sounds like a political party.

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Tonight is your last chance to win a rare production CD, a custom deck of cards, a special ARC, more. Details: http://bit.ly/5hp71c

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This is so bad it’s hilarious: ‘Dead Zeppelin: A Metal Tribute to Led Zeppelin’ sampler @amazon: http://bit.ly/6U7uj2

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Brilliant @Kyiakhalid! And now I’m glad it’s winter rather than a swarthy bug-infested summer.

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Holy Toledo! My 20th Anniversary Contest ends tomorrow! Enter by midnight est at The Goreletter: http://bit.ly/5hp71c

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jackhandey Probably the saddest thing you’ll ever see is a mosquito sucking on a mummy. Forget it, little friend.

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RT @kindertrauma Funhouse :: Xmas Horror http://bit.ly/5OL23Y

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Did you catch the episode of CSI where the killer posed bodies as sculpture? The art on this page reminded me of that: http://j.mp/7DIJOY

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@Poe71 One of my favorite reviews EVER. Thank you for the kind words and artful description! E-mail me your mailing address for a bookplate.

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Just 3 days left in my 20th Anniversary Contest. Win Arnzen rarities. Enter by Dec 13 at The Goreletter: http://bit.ly/5hp71c

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I’m feeling epoch exhaustion. It’s really hard to finish a decade after just finishing a millennium.

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RT @JStevenYork Four reasons ’s is irrelevant to . http://bit.ly/7PptWk <- I agree…+ confusion w/ mac ‘book’ identity

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@troilee Remember: Even BABIES want page-turners!

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@MichaelKnost I >think< the editors of the Weird West Antho [ http://bit.ly/64wBVd ] will be @ScottColbert and @richristow

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RT @BandersnatchBks Weird Western antho guidelines available here: will be up on the website soon! http://bit.ly/64wBVd <-Yee-hawrror!

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Buy Three for Two @amazon: Paperback Favorites http://bit.ly/54WF9j <—Good selection ex: Buy 2 Max Brooks zombie titles, get The Road free!

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GhoulishGary Wow… Famous Monsters Magazine print mag news: http://www.famousmonster…

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@catvalente FRAGGLE ROCK? Netflix is out of control. I think all this streaming weird nostalgia will create a mutant lifeform in my TV.

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@jenniferbrozek Agreed! I felt the ‘cosmic stew’ business was a bit much, but Rand’s “From Idea..” really helps fuel the creative furnace.

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@MichaelKnost Hope it still promotes WWOH, because the entire book is an excellent writing guide! Nothing like it out there!

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@MichaelKnost Cool to hear my Writers Workshop of Horror essay is excerpted in the Jan issue of The Writer. I will check it out!

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Rec to writers: Rand’s “From Idea to Story in 90 Seconds”: Ebook @Fictionwise http://j.mp/662JUR Paperback @amazon http://bit.ly/7O8Sum

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JohnJosephAdams I’ve updated by SF/fantasy workshops article with info on the 2010 workshops (Clarion, etc.): http://241o.sl.pt

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Yurp. Urm hrm. Some folks call it a xmas present. Other folks call it a sling blade, urm hrm.

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LOL @bookgasm Porkpie’s title had me at ‘Corpse’… hope you’ll review.

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@Poe71 Thanks for the cool feedback. Sold. I think I’ll stick with the greet on gorelets for awhile. Not enough quirk in the world.

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@scottmccloud Clever, but not 100% true. I say “those who can teach, teach well. Those who can make a living at it, get tenure.”

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@esedia @MikeBrendan @pennybloom @JohnPupo — Your feedback on the new odd greet msg at http://gorelets.com is priceless! THANK YOU.

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@nextnature creates neat social networking tool (iphone app) for sharing found strangeness in everyday life: http://bit.ly/7gdWLQ

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That’s an important point @esedia… thank you! What I had before just said ‘welcome’ and it felt too…unimaginative. I’ll keep tweaking.

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NancySpringer Blort: You need not feel ghoulish if you are, say, attending a funeral and part of you is taking notes. This goes along with being a writer

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Just added a quirky welcome message to the http://www.gorelets.com front page. Should I keep it? Rxns welcome.

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True or false: both prefix and suffix contain prefixes and suffixes.

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1 week left in my 20th Anniversary Contest. A few rarities for prizes. Enter by Dec 13th at The Goreletter: http://bit.ly/5hp71c

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The force is not with me.

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@DavidTWilbanks I feel stupid…I can’t figure the trick out.

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Has anyone out there used the ‘Star Wars Science - Force Trainer’?! How does this toy work? Video on @amazon: http://bit.ly/4yTymS

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: Seton Hill University relaunches search for author (with PhD/MFA) for tenure-track http://j.mp/8f4bdq

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Just learned that Kathe Koja has joined our Writing Popular Fiction program at SHU to mentor YA novelists. I’m excited!

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Turn it up to 11: ‘Back From The Dead’ by (MP3 Download) JUST $5.00 @amazon: http://bit.ly/69c7DY

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For the holidays, wrap your gifts in death shrouds: http://www.eclecticbydes…

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A message to the children of the world: Santa delivers not toys but propaganda.

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For fans of Instigation at gorelets.com: @arthouse issues clever prompts, weekly : http://arthousecoop.com/…

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Just rcvd ‘Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars’ by Cody Goodfellow. Intelligently weird stories! Available @amazon: http://bit.ly/7FYiyD

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The “new tweets” alert escalates whenever I’m not looking and twitterspace clouds around me like something out of Hitchcock’s The Birds.

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RT @DHarlanWilson 1/2 price books at Raw Dog Screaming Press: http://www.rawdogscreami…

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Discovered another munged Goreletter post from days of yore funny enough to restore: GRILLING THE MERMAID: http://j.mp/7ho7EJ

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Suffering from Twypnosis. Must log off…if I only I can reach the….

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Selected poems from
The Nest appear in:

cover for The Gorelets Omnibus by Michael Arnzen