July 2017

In defense of escapism: Why it’s okay — yes, even now — to flip away from the newwapo.st/2eLW1rVTi

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windchimes tinkle and bong / ghost whispers of death / sing from the socket holes / in the bone white birdhouse

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NancySpringer Today, July 27, my 1985 fantasy novel WINGS OF FLAME will be featured as a Daily Deal in @OpenRoadMedia via..twitter.com/i/web/status/8…Rp

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MWGothic MG staffer Audrey Meyers talks w/ Lance Olsen about DREAMLIVES OF DEBRIS, how to navigate a narrative & more:..twitter.com/i/web/status/8…QH

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CBSNews “A good poem teaches you to look at the ordinary world and see something completely new within it,” Tracy K. Smith,..twitter.com/i/web/status/8…8G

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@Aliteraryshadow @RealGDT Brilliant! Thanks Martin. Monsters are so complex, but always come back to what it means..twitter.com/i/web/status/8…L7

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RealGDT Why do I love horror? Because Monstrosity celebrates “imperfection” in a time where we publicly suffocate or shame it.

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Nice new edition of Frankenstein coming from @penguinrandom to celebrate the bicentennial of the 1818 edition: penguinrandomhouse.com/books/557081/f…

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unearthing the skull / worms in the sockets and soil / blind where eyes should be

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@theejamesblair Cool — found it — many thanks for the lead! We shall see.

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JoePulver The Lost Tales of Robert Bloch lovecraftzine.com/2017/07/25/the… via @misanthropemike

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Zer0Books John Heard recites Pablo Neruda buff.ly/2tFsaYV

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7x20 dayshift sunrise / another crop circle / in the night/ self-driving tractors / in their parking spots //

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EllenDatlow So Best Horror volume 3 is for sale as an ebook for $1.99 in all formats. Buy buy buy. It’s #1 in horror… fb.me/3WxPmiIWd

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@theejamesblair LOL. Maybe in American Horror Story: Hotel.

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evilbmcats We ride on the nightside storms, and watch over a thousand seas, with eyes made in another world. pic.twitter.com/w4u9u5VUiB

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LaphamsQuart Deconstructing The Scream, Edvard Munch’s famous painting: bit.ly/2uqww3e pic.twitter.com/VIKhcBqOKC

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If you had trouble reading (or didn’t rcv) the Goreletter this morning, don’t forget the archives w/text-only…twitter.com/i/web/status/8…1I

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Not all who Wonder Bread are lost.

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you awaken to an obnoxious shout from “Housekeeping!” & you open the door to a baton-wielding woman in a guard uniform.

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Three, eh? Like…the points in a… uh-oh! twitter.com/HorrorFreakNew…

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Call for new newsletter subscribers! The Goreletter won a Bram Stoker award and always includes original content eepurl.com/IY4o9

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if blood is the paint that colors within / then I express my art / jetting straight from the heart / an air brush spray in the wind

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@davidbishop @ITWThrillBegins lol — I’d read it, depending on the soundtrack.

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BFI Watch the late Philip Seymour Hoffman explain why great people are more complicated than we know..twitter.com/i/web/status/8…pU

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HlehleMasco Sometimes when you in a dark place you think you are being buried when in actual fact you are being planted

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ITWThrillBegins Writing what you know can be good advice.

Writing about what you love is even better.

Writing Cop Rock fan fiction is not recommended.

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bobmeracle Why The Exorcist TV Show Doesn’t Use Jump Scares screenrant.com/exorcist-tv-sh…

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@SallyBosco You just echoed sth my uncle said, reminding me that I need to finish reading Ratman’s Notebook (aka Willard) from @Valancourt_B

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dwcongdon I’m contacting an author whose manuscript was due in 1987. A full 30 years ago. The rest of you can feel better now for being a little late.

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LuminousLuke This book was crazy fun, looking forward to it! Ready Player One Trailer (2018) youtube.com/watch?v=LiK2fh…

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TachyonPub For a limited time, get SIGNED @RealPeterBeagle books - ow.ly/LqUK30dJboI pic.twitter.com/DAYVrAVXnj

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AworldNamedAlex George Romero didn’t mean to tackle race in Night of the Living Dead, but he did anyway vox.com/culture/2017/7…

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JhonenV Could we, as a species, grow up, put aside our petty squabbles and focus on something that really matters like extinguishing the sun?

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scars still pink from his shackles / every time she laces her boots / but now she smiles when her heels click / with retractable stilettos

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CNN Is anything off-limits for comedians? Find out how and why comics like @pattonoswalt cross the line on..twitter.com/i/web/status/8…LL

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HorrorTree We provide an open listings of markets from publishers, advice for , and so much more! . - Run by @StuartConover

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derosajoe51 @Jenthulhu Cthulhu’s Cat pic.twitter.com/JVhk6haJQu

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servetdev inspired from the final scene in @TheHorrorMaster’s In the Mouth of Madness. procedurally created in..twitter.com/i/web/status/8…8K

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a crumpled finger painting / sits in the first grade room’s trashcan / where Mr. Bixby died - / no one sees the name / he scrawled in blood

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OnePerfectShot The ‘Saw’ franchise is basically horror’s ‘Fast and Furious.’ So it must keep pace with number 8, ‘Jigsaw’:..twitter.com/i/web/status/8…Zp

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More on the “Exploring Dark Short Fiction” series (#1 has Steve Tem @Rasnictem) from @DarkMoonBooks Avail now!..twitter.com/i/web/status/8…IP

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KrystenBachler Flash Fiction Challenge: Inspired By InspiroBot! dld.bz/fWbB9

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TheNerdRecites Sandra Bullock has been cast in Netflix’s adaptation of @JoshMalerman’s Bird Box novel. bit.ly/2ui5ElM

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I’ll be attending the 11th annual Indie Lit Fest this October 14th in Downtown Frostburg, MD: gorelets.com/events/2017-in…

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BoingBoing George RR Martin, 1993 “The fantasy novel I’ve been working on off and on for a while is an unlikely project for TV..twitter.com/i/web/status/8…SV

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blood sifts down / from the handheld shower head / and sprays into your mouth / you look down in horror — / the hose is impaled in your gut

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NewYorker Thirty years ago, many academics considered the study of pop culture beneath them. Stuart Hall helped change that. nyer.cm/tvTH8mx

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goonguy Well done, Pittsburgh. pic.twitter.com/wnHcXPv139

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Bunnymen Day off in @CityPGH today, amazing visit to @TheWarholMuseum - thanks Grace, Todd & Donald 😎 pic.twitter.com/8CrVcOUabE

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@kickstarter: Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Origins & Revelations by The Millennium Gate Museum kck.st/2v3mMvv

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So true, Kim. Sad to hear has lost our local legend, George Romero :-( NOTLD profoundly changed us all,..twitter.com/i/web/status/8…ia

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HorribleSanity I can’t even count the number of delightful elements of this tweet. twitter.com/lboroenglish/s…

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victorlavalle Honored and excited for this win! twitter.com/tordotcompub/s…

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matthaig1 Show off tweet. A few years I go I was dropped by a publisher for writing ‘difficult to market’ novels. Today: pic.twitter.com/HYVth9nK9c

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Duotrope Unnerving Magazine (Fiction: $semi, F/H/S) reopened to fiction. dtrp.me/m_21105.aspx

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@Salon Oh no. But after his performance in this scene, Daniel Day Lewis could retire a proud actor: youtu.be/IsF1G1sGr-g

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“Musing upon Skull Teeth”:
i don’t quite understand /
how they can still cling to the jaw — /
until the vampire skeleton /
is on my throat

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High recommendation for HORROR 101 to all writers, esp. those working on the dark side. Includes “The Five Laws of..twitter.com/i/web/status/8…e2

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In case ya missed it: free stream my fiction/poetry reading in last May; purchase for ebook: arnzen.bandcamp.com/album/vampire-…

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@darkenbrook @ChristinaNg27 Hey, my pleasure! It’s a solid, disturbing collection!

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HuffPostWeird Ravens are ridiculously smart, seem to be able to plan for the future huffp.st/oFhU1Td pic.twitter.com/PSLtZRs6Hs

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RiffleHorror The greatest horror anyone can experience is the loss of a loved one. ‘Love and Loss and Monsters’ book list:..twitter.com/i/web/status/8…bF

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@StrandMag @voxdotcom Agreed… this is why people should take a second look at Fox’s adaptation of The Exorcist. I..twitter.com/i/web/status/8…sW

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@pghsciencenerd @JCSasmor Better go XXL if avail. The Roman numeral. Can’t promise I’ll wear it at wkshp but I will..twitter.com/i/web/status/8…Cg

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@pghsciencenerd Can’t say no to that. (Also please scream along with the chorus to ‘No More Lies’ on my behalf, k?)

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Plus thanks to all who voted for my own @CriPoWkly ! Full ballot here is a good anthology of crime poems: poemsoncrime.blogspot.com/2017/07/best-o…

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My @CriPoWkly pick 3 of 3 - Graue’s “Beheading” — an Imagist take on historical decapitation. twitter.com/CriPoWkly/stat…

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My @CriPoWkly pick 2 of 3 - Path’s “Murder Inc” — fictionalizes true crime with a powerful twist ending twitter.com/CriPoWkly/stat…

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My @CriPoWkly pick 1 of 3 - Tantlinger’s “Honesties” — a brutally dark poem by a rising horror talent. twitter.com/CriPoWkly/stat…

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CriPoWkly Again this year, @g_so is letting readers pick 3 of The Five-Two’s 6 Best of the Net 2017 entries: poemsoncrime.blogspot.com/2017/07/best-o…

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Slate A Ghost Story, starring Casey Affleck in a bedsheet, won’t scare you, but it will haunt you: slate.me/2sUkVrA pic.twitter.com/MCW28Hzknv

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The program schedule for Confluence-SFF (Pitt, Aug 4-6) is live. parsec-sff.org/confluence/201…fb.me/7U8NHaXWf

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The first “Exploring Dark Short Fiction” primer from Dark Moon Books is on the great Steve Rasnic Tem — now… fb.me/zWcOuIbS

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ericjguignard Thanks to @MichellePrebich @Batinyourbelfry @MikeArnzen @Rasnictem @arnzen for “EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION #1”: amazon.com/Exploring-Dark…

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there’s an underwater castle / where sharks actually rest / waiting for treasure hunters / to discover the nets and cages / in their pantry

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@BrianKeene Today I loaded my eclectic kindle with work by @BrianKeene @sampinkisalive and Erma Bombeck (@ebww). So..twitter.com/i/web/status/8…Bl

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Do you subscribe to The Goreletter? I haven’t sent an issue since last Halloween. Working on a new one. Now would… fb.me/3zewQqGyW

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The Gorelets Omnibus(es) - Various Editions (2012). I recommend the hardcover w/bonuses from @RDSPress flic.kr/p/HzyDD9

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in the silence / a clock dares to tick / and i turn a page / loudly in defiance

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Sam__Weller Bradbury fans rejoice! This cache from @openculture includes the Feb. ’51 issue w/ “The Fireman,” the early novella..twitter.com/i/web/status/8…xQ

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Can’t say enough good things about the poetry of Christina Sng, whose poetry book, A Collection of Nightmares, is… fb.me/1kLpc7Ygo

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JaneYolen All you writers out there—never be afraid to try something new. I am 78 and next year my first verse novel is coming out. How about you?

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Classic! “The Death of Marilyn Monroe” by Sharon Olds via @writersalmanac writersalmanac.publicradio.org/index.php?date…

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infinite_scream AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH

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AnneRiceAuthor For the first time in years, I want to write short stories. I see so many little worlds. I see so many characters. I’m going to start.

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annabellemovie .@ponysmasher invites YOU to create a horror short that could live in @creepypuppet’s Conjuring Universe. ENTER:..twitter.com/i/web/status/8…90

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LeeTobinMcClain When your former @setonhill student gets a major book deal and thanks you for teaching her to write romance.

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I’m backing John Skipp’s ‘Hope in Hell’ feature film project on igg.me/p/john-skipp-s… via @Indiegogo

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Early peek at my slate of panels, readings, etc at @ConfluenceSff con, Aug 4-6 at Sheraton Airport: parsec-sff.org/konopas/#part/…

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conprogram authors at Confluence in , Aug 4-6: @MikeArnzen @LucyASnyder @LCConnolly @jdbarker @amrycroftwriter and @PMPressBooks!

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Hah! From an interview @jeffvandermeer did with me (happy birthday, Jeff), about Play Dead, one of my novels from… fb.me/w4avMGpv

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TracysEndeavor Write, write, write. Your characters need you. Let them breathe, grow, and lead you deep into their world…twitter.com/i/web/status/8…Ln

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TananariveDue @elsbet Yes! This is sad. Writers have to hunt carefully for a good match.

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Features about / Shirley Jackson, industry expectation, & Red Room Magazine..twitter.com/i/web/status/8…e1

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NovelistsCorner ‘The Binge-Watching Cure Anthology II’ Calls for Terrifying Tales of Horror – Pays up to $500/stordlvr.it/PT8j0rzZ

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Here’s the TribLive.com interview on our Transylvanian vampire jaunt last month…. fb.me/8JWs34jK5

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Oh this is hilarious! So dark. fb.me/G19t73JV

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A pretty funny story to listen to today: “Drunken Fireworks” by @StephenKing (also in Bazaar collection) amzn.to/2uHGNqO via @amazon

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BlackOceanOrg from @zschomburg’s Fjords Vol. 1 pic.twitter.com/mYO9Gg2YpA

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Happy 4th to those who celebrate. Be independent and grill up some grizzle. flic.kr/p/GjLAjw fb.me/3YoL7chMT

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egolikeness Just a reminder…
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HorrorRealmCon Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our Horror Fan Craft & Flea Market on July 29 - less than 6 weeks away! pic.twitter.com/II1dBKKAA3

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MyExplodingPen An excuse to buy books, guys! Works even if you’re not American. twitter.com/knoxdiver/stat…

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IHLaking Wife: I really think the current scarecrow isn’t scary enough

Farmer: Say no more pic.twitter.com/44whXO47U2

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ruckawriter 12. I believe in being a responsible artist, and that means owning mistakes when they’re made and when they’re pointed out.

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Ordered the kindle sale edition of a Ruth Rendell book from @OpenRoadMedia amzn.to/2tCcCEK Later checked m..twitter.com/i/web/status/8…pq

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Selected poems from
The Nest appear in:

cover for The Gorelets Omnibus by Michael Arnzen