HCH<$10 Today Only!

Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Halloween-o-philes & spooky story aficionados — HARLAN COUNTY HORRORS IS AVAILABLE FOR ONLY $9.57 TODAY ONLY.

That’s what, the price of two Starbucks Frappuccinos? If you already have your copy, now’s the time to get one for that destitute book-loving friend you have that’s been hit hard by this economy. (Nowadays, we all have at least one of those…)

You might remember Harlan as the location of the TV series Justified. Who knew this little-known burg would get airtime on the small screen? Every time I see the show, it’s like a commercial for this book.

My contribution to this cool little anthology is a ghost story with fey undertones called “The Witch of Black Mountain.” I had a really great time doing research for this one — my thanks to Wikipedia and the surrounding national forest websites for providing the backdrop for this story. I wanted to stand in Ennica Jamison’s footsteps. I wanted to walk up that mountain with her and see what she saw. I researched exactly how long that walk would be, what the terrain looked like, the elevation, and what exactly she would find at the top. When I discovered what marked the pinnacle was an abandoned metal lookout tower, the story just told itself to me in my head.

The best review I received for this story was not in print, but came from a friend of mine whose father-in-law lived in Harlan.  He said that when he read the story, he felt like he was there on the mountain with Ennica, too. Mission accomplished!!


Excerpt from “The Witch of Black Mountain”:

Letting Anthony Gentry get her pregnant was the stupidest thing Ennica Jamison had ever done. Hiking to the summit of Black Mountain to see a witch was the second. It had been a warm November afternoon when she’d left her stolen horse on the path at the base of the mountain; now it was cold and dusk. She placed a foot on the first step of the abandoned lookout tower. She’d been walking for hours, slow but determined, sprinkling what sanity she had left behind her like breadcrumbs in the dirt. She grasped the rusted orange railing firmly with a gloved hand. One last thing left to climb. One last moment before she discovered just how stupid she really was.

She stomped her boots hard on the metal to make sure there was no ice; each step brought one more inescapable thought along with it. Every time she closed her eyes, she saw herself stabbing Anthony in the heart—the heart he didn’t have—so she tried not to close her eyes, but her mind still raced against her will. How he and that bitch Tanya must have laughed at her; how they must be laughing at her still. Her father would be mad that she’d taken the horse out overnight, but he’d be furious when he found out he was going to be a grandfather.

Harlan County Horrors: Order your copy today while it’s still on sale!

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Apex Halloween Sale…and Contest…and Call For Stories

For two weeks only, from October 15th to the 30th, there will be a series of one day specials on select Apex Publications titles. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, one book will be on sale at 40% off the cover price and $2.99 for the e-book version for one day only through the Apex Bookstore. The book of the day will be announced early each morning on those three days.

These discounted titles will be:
The Blackness Within
The Changed
Close Encounters of the Urban Kind
Dark Faith
Harlan County Horrors
Mama’s Boy
Orgy of Souls

And the contest? Buy any Apex book between Oct 15 and Oct 30 from the Apex Bookstore and your name goes into a raffle for one of the following prizes:

Grand Prize: A personalized short story critique (up to 7,500 words) with fiction editor Catherynne M. Valente. If you’re not a writer, then we’ll be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card.

1st Runner Up Prize: An Apex Publication Minion pack (T-shirt, a mug and a shot glass).

2nd Runner Up Prize: $10 gift certificate for the Apex Bookstore.

Winners will be announced on the Apex Blog on Tuesday the 2nd of November.


Jason Sizemore  of Apex has also started an entire line of Zombie fiction, and a website — The Zombie Feed — to discuss books, movies, and the entire zombie zeitgeist.

They are also reading for an anthology of zombie fiction.


Guidelines page is here:

Novella = 15,000-40,000 words
Novel = 40,001-80,000 words

As can be implied by the sizes described above, these are the word counts we’re seeking for each format.

What do we want?
Fast-paced zombie apocalypse fiction! Your zombies can be from any style…Romero, Viral, supernatural, etc.

What to submit?
Please submit the first 5,000 words of your manuscript. If 5,000 cuts your novel off in the middle of a sentence or paragraph, be reasonable and include the rest of the paragraph. Include a short bio and a brief high-level description of your novel/novella.

Rights requested
Exclusive First World English print and digital rights for three years.

No advance. Royalty 10-20% against net receipts. Digital royalty of 40% against net receipts.

Distribution, Wholesale, and Marketing
The Zombie Feed is a micro-press, therefore, it should come as no surprise that we’ll be using the POD business model as our sales and distribution format for physical books. This means your book will be available through most online retailers, but not distributed through the brick & mortars. Naturally, your book will be available to the B&Ms, but on a strict no-returns policy (unless they go directly through The Zombie Feed then we’ll do returns).

The Zombie Feed will market your book, though we do hope for author assistance with this task.

Submission Address:
thezombienet at

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While I Was Out Partying at Necon

While I was out, Jason Sizemore left one of those pink post-its on my desk that said “APEX HAS A NEW ONLINE STORE. GO FIX ALL YOUR LINKS.”

Sure enough, there is a new online store. Click here and go check it out. It’s snazzy. I’m looking forward to getting my wicked new alien t-shirt. It’s the least Jason can do for making me go through all my bibliography pages and change the links. Well, that was the least he could do for ME. What he did for YOU was host a 40% off sale for all his in-print books (all digital & physical, no preorders).

That’s right — pick up a copy of Dark Faith (did you get on at Necon? I’m in it!) or Harlan County Horrors (because you’ve become obsessed with the show Justified and want to creep yourself out for Halloween) or Beauty & Dynamite (because you’ve dropped your copy in the tub. Admit it).

Just type in NEWSTORE40 when you check out to get the 40% off. This offer ends July 23, so you should just hop on over there soon. Now sounds good.

In the meantime, I’m going to go snag those links I just posted and fix my website…

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