Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Stygian Publication @ Context27 in Columbus Ohio, Sept 26-28

Once upon a time, many, many years ago, I went to my first out of state convention. Ok, it was 2009, but it feels like a very long time ago.

The convention was Context in Columbus Ohio, and I was going for two reasons. The first was that Shroud Publishing had accepted my first novel Feast, and the second was that as publisher of Necrotic Tissue, I wanted to get myself out there more and meet some of the writers Id made friends with online.

I had a fantastic time and met some new people and forged a friendship that I never thought would occur after the age of forty. It was a great time that spawned a lot of creativity including the creation of the highly exclusive Aquapunk genre.

I repeated in 2010 and got a table for NT. I also teamed up with Tim Deal and the Gamber family to throw a fantastic publishing party that included a very famous and controversial Big Boy Dance Off contest. 

Since Ive restarted Stygian Publications and have plans for at least three books to be released in 2014, I thought it was time to return. I wont be setting up in the Dealer room, since I dont have the staff and dont want to be trapped all day behind a table. Instead, I have a party suite rented for the entire weekend. The exact times are still being worked out but I will post the official schedule here and on the Stygian and my personal FB pages when its ready. For now, here are some highlights.

Friday night will consist of a Kolchak The Night Stalker party, showing the first two made for TV movies that preceded the series, followed by the series itself. Well kick it off at 7:00 PM and go until the last person cries uncle. There will be some snacks, but BYOB. We will also be holding a Kolchak monster contest. The only rules are to come as one of the monsters in the series or movies. Winners will get free books and other swag. Dont come as Kolchak unless youre ok only having the second or third best Kolchak costume.

Saturday, there will be readings throughout the day from man pretty Nathaniel Lambert, Gregory L. Hall, R. Scott McCoy and many others to be named later.

Saturday night is the official Stygian Party. There will be food and booze while it lasts. We will kick off the party with the triumphant return after 20 years of The Funky Werepig! He will be doing his show live and maybe in color. Hell be flinging Moon Pies, interviewing special guests and there will be giveaways throughout the show.

I mentioned that Ill be putting out at least 3 books in 2014. The first is Sideshow P.I.: The Devil’sGarden by Nathaniel Lambert and Kevin Sweeney, that was just recently released and is available now on Amazon. The second is Everyone Hates a Hero: A Johnny Midnight Tale, by Gregory L. Hall and will be released a few . Both will be there with copies to sell and sign.

After The Funky Werepig show, stick around for the return of The BIG BOY DANCE OFF!! Prizes will be given for whoever comes in second and third place behind Greg Hall. After that the dance party will keep going as long as you do, so stick around for random prize drawings including 15 minutes in the whirlpool tub with man pretty Nathaniel Lambert!! Sorry, the hotel has forbid the use of Jello in the tub.

Stick around Sunday morning and help clean up!! Hello? Were'd everyone go??

Stay tuned for more Stygian and Context Convention updates.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Released! Sideshow P.I.: The Devil's Garden

The first time I heard of Nathaniel Lambert was when he submitted a short story to Necrotic Tissue Magazine. In his cover letter he mentioned that the story he was sending me had been rejected a few times because of too much bull fucking.

I was intrigued. The story was about a demonic bull that came up from the depths of hell, so within the context of the story, it seemed appropriate. If anything, there didn’t seem to be enough. I conditionally accepted it with the understanding that he would add more bull fucking to the story.

In those days, I met many other writers and editors on different boards like Graveside Tales and Choate Road. I spent way too much time on those boards when I should have been writing, but Im happy to say I no longer do it. Now I waste my time on FB. But I digress. I loved Nates writing and told him so. Later he sent a 100-Word story to NT, which I also accepted and he eventually talked me into doing NTs first Anthology called Malpractice.

Around that time, he also asked if Id beta read a novel hed written with Kevin Sweeney. I didnt have the time, but I said hell yes. Id just finished my own first novel Feast and I was feeling real good about it. At least until I read Sideshow P.I.: The Devils Garden. I thought my book was edgy. I still think it is a solid short novel and well worth the time to read it, but while it is good, it is actually quite traditional. It was my version of the type of stories written in the 80s and 90s by King and McCammon. Sideshow P.I. was in a completely different category. It was well written and smooth with a strong voice and vibrant characters. But it was a dark, rich creation in a city that I loved reading about and was glad didnt really exits on our Earth. In short, it made my book look like it was filmed in black and white, while Sideshow was in Technicolor.

Eddy Wolf Boy Gnash is a great character that seems normal in comparison to his surroundings, as normal as a man can be that is covered in fur and once performed in and later ran a Freak Show can be.  He and his former band of freaks fit right in at the city of New Ramoth. He is in a rut and decides to become a private investigator. Its just what the city needs, assuming he can survive long enough to solve the mysteries that run in the streets thicker than industrial waste.

The Devils Garden is book one of the Sideshow P.I. trilogy, and Stygian Publications has signed a contract with Nate and Kevin for all three. The Devils Garden, originally published by Graveside Tales, has just been rereleased on Amazon, here for the print and here for the Kindle version. Book two, All Fall Down, will be released early in 2015. Ive also made a deal with a very talented artist George C. Cotronis to do covers for all three novels.

If you like books that dont fit neatly into an industry defined genre, then do yourself a favor and read these books. Stygian Publications isnt going to crank out a huge volume. I am focused on doing a few books per year that I truly believe in, so keep an eye out for further announcements.