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More Boffo Book Titles

By On Mar 11 2013, 9:09 am

Quick admission. I find myself slightly miffed at fellow Samhain horror novelist Alan Spencer. It’s nothing he’s said or done, and in fact we’ve never met. It’s just this book he’s written. Or, more specifically, the title. PSYCHO THERAPY. So perfect it’s cruel that I didn’t come up with it.

In a previous post I discussed the importance of appealing cover art, intriguing blurb copy—and a boffo title—when building a brand as a horror writer. Alan got the title part right with the chilling double entendre of PSYCHO THERAPY. So did Samhain author Damien Walters Grintalis with INK. In the case of her book, the magic is in how she claims the Gen X tattoo culture in a single word, for presumably nefarious purposes. Nice. Read more…

Teenage Horror Tale

By On Jan 21 2013, 9:24 am

What could possibly go wrong?

Night of the Transistor Radio

By On Oct 29 2012, 11:19 am

You’ve got to understand Halloween back in the day—a long gone time in a previous century, when trick-or-treating was kids’ stuff. When you never opened your door to gangly six-footers with unshaven faces, mumbled greetings, candy-stuffed pillowcases and ironic grins.

Entitled to Scare

By On Oct 14 2012, 4:32 pm

I think I inducted myself into the Book Title Hall of Fame—once I establish such a thing—with my first Samhain novel, BLOODTHIRST IN BABYLON.

What If…?

By On Jul 9 2012, 10:41 pm

Horror writers have a knack for finding the dark underside of mundane life. For seeing incidents playing out in normal fashion, but thinking, “Okay, but what if…?” What if that car runs the red light just as I pull into the intersection? What if the stranger I keep seeing everywhere is stalking me? What if [...]

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