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Samhain Publishing announced as Platinum Sponsor of the Bram Stoker Awards® Banquet in May 2015

By On Jun 23 2014, 4:09 pm

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is pleased to announce Samhain Publishing as the Platinum Sponsor for the 2014 Bram Stoker Awards® Banquet. The Banquet is part of the Bram Stoker Awards® Weekend and 25th World Horror Convention 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia and will be held on 10 May 2014, honoring works published during the calendar year 2014. Full details are at the dedicated website:

Don D’Auria, executive editor for Samhain Horror, and Tanya Cowman will be representing the publisher. “We’re excited to renew our sponsorship of the iconic Bram Stoker Awards Banquet for a fourth year. These are prestigious awards and we are proud to support the efforts of the Horror Writers Association in honoring outstanding horror writing,” D’Auria said. Launched in 2011, Samhain Horror ( publishes both established horror authors and the genre’s most compelling new voices.

HWA President Rocky Wood welcomed Samhain Publishing’s support: “This continuing generous commitment by Samhain Publishing is greatly appreciated by HWA and I am sure by all our members. Samhain continues to be a highly professional and innovative horror publisher, releasing a string of acclaimed books. We look forward to welcoming Don D’Auria and his team at the Banquet. I can also announce we will again be streaming the Banquet live on the internet. It is through the support of sponsors such as Samhain Publishing that we are able to provide the live streaming.”

There are limited sponsorship opportunities available – for more details contact .

The Horror Writers Association (, the peak group for horror writers, is a worldwide organization promoting dark literature and its creators. Started in 1985, it has over 1100 members writing professionally in fiction, nonfiction, videogames, film, poetry, comics, and other media.

Interview with Don D’Auria

By On Jun 19 2014, 6:02 pm

Horror editor, Don D’Auria, sat down with HWA in Portland for an interview at the World Horror convention.

Eric Red’s The Guns of Santa Sangre in Famous Monsters Of Filmland

By On Jun 16 2014, 1:47 pm

Author Eric Red had a chance to discuss his werewolf western mash-up, The Guns of Santa Sangre, with popular horror magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland.

Red touches on everything from growing up watching Hitchcock, reading Lovecraft, directing films, and his mindset behind The Guns of Santa Sangre.

Ed Blair of Famous Monsters describes the novel:

Imagine The Magnificent Seven mixed with Dog Soldiers and you’ve got Eric Red’s Wolves of Santa Sangre […] Wolves is a fun and exciting read that no horror fan should miss.

Read the whole interview below, and check out The Guns of Santa Sangre here.



By On Apr 28 2014, 9:00 am

  • Horror comes from a fear of the unknown. Keep a sense of mystery going in your story. What’s happening? Why is it happening? What’s going to happen next? How much worse is it going to get?
  • Horror comes from a violation of what your characters consider to be normal reality. This violation shakes them to their very core because it raises the possibility that everything they thought they knew is wrong and that anything could happen. The Universe isn’t orderly or benign. It’s chaotic and malicious.
  • Dread is the mounting anticipation of a threat drawing ever closer. Terror is a deep emotional and intellectual reaction to a threat, a profound realization that reality isn’t what we thought it was. Horror is an immediate reaction to a threat – disbelief, denial, turning away. Shock is a surprise, an adrenaline rush, while Disgust is a queasy visceral reaction. Dread and Terror are the most effective weapons in a horror writer’s arsenal – they have a much greater impact on readers – but all the techniques have their strengths.
  • The horror equivalent of the Hero’s Journey: Some Poor Bastard’s Descent into Hell. Horror works best when it focuses on normal people (hence the “Poor Bastard”), and the characters’ situation steadily and nightmarishly worsens (the “Descent”). “Hell” can be physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, internal, external – or better yet, a combination of them all. Possible Story Outcomes with this pattern: the Poor Bastard Escapes Hell, the Poor Bastard is Eternally Damned, the Poor Bastard Escapes with Severe Wounds and Scars, the Poor Bastard is Transformed by Hell, the Poor Bastard Carries Hell With Him, the Poor Bastard Drags Other to Hell or Brings Hell to Them, and the Poor Bastard Becomes the Devil. Read more…

Author Spotlight: Werewolf Odyssey – The Nick Lupo Series

By On Apr 2 2014, 8:45 am

My first novel, Bram Stoker Award finalist Wolf’s Trap (Samhain), was a crime thriller that just happened to have a werewolf as its protagonist. Having started writing it in the heady year or two after the movie “Silence of the Lambs” made its mark in the horror and thriller world, I wanted to craft a novel that upended the usual trope regarding who is more monstrous, the so-called monster or the human, retelling a sort-of origin story with echoes of Frankenstein as well as “The Wolf Man,” and playing off the ambiguous questions: protagonist and antagonist, man versus monster versus himself?

I wanted to explore, and built in, themes of various kinds of duality: most characters have dual natures, or live in dual worlds, or exhibit dual personalities, or some combination of the three. I also thought of it as a written-word example of what I’ve come to term “hick-noir” in movies and television dramas (think “Fargo,” “Blood Simple,” “Clay Pigeons,” “No Country for Old Men,” “The Bridge,” the Elmore Leonard-driven “Justified,” and the recent “True Detective,” for a sense of what I mean, though I’ve seen the more genteel term “rural noir” used, as well). Half its length is set in Wisconsin’s lush northern forests, so I dubbed its genre “North Woods Noir” to celebrate its crime fiction roots, and went on to write a mostly straight thriller, Savage Nights.

Faced with better than decent sales and a request for a sequel, I was forced to make some serious decisions. Would Nick Lupo, the Larry Talbot-inspired cop whose lycanthropy had thus far ruined his life, find himself facing a series of normal antagonists (read that: human)? Or would I bring in the proverbial kitchen sink and let out the monsters? And where would I draw the line? How wild was this world going to be?

Read more…

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