Okay folks, The Anthology “Kill For A Copy” from Dark Chapter Press is out, and here’s one of the first reviews. This anthology includes one of my short stories “Blynd Haus” and I really want to thank the team at Dark Chapter for their hard work and giving so many new authors a shot at this!
…Well all sorts of things as it turns out! Four new Wyvern Falls stories have been picked up this year for starters, and the third novel in the Hudson Horror Series, “By Summer’s Last Twilight” is being prepared for release later this summer. Keep an eye out for more updates but here is what’s coming:
- The novella “The Devil’s Engine” is due out from Muzzleland Press later this summer in both digital and print editions. The tale revolves around three teenagers who discover a secret steam engine hidden in an abandoned Metro North locomotive shed, which had been deliberately forgotten for a reason…
- “Blynd Haus” – a short story about a bunch of roofing contractors and what they uncover in the sealed up attic of a Funeral Home will be published in the upcoming anthology “Kill For A Copy” due out from Dark Chapter Press in the U.K.
- “The Dying Dream of Major Andre” will be included in the upcoming anthology “Legends of Sleepy Hollow” from Neilsen Books. Set in the Sleepy Hollow Country Club, the story is a supernatural take on a newly discovered drawing by Major Andre, the ill-fated British Officer who took the noose instead of Benedict Arnold during the American Revolution.
- “The Anteater” has been picked up for the upcoming anthology “Cranial Leakage: Tales from the Grinning Skull, Vol 2″ due out from Grinning Skull Press . This tale involves a very unconventional approach to pest control…
Here’s the link to the recent interview with the Hudsonian Magazine from Hudson Valley Community College: http://www.thehudsonian.org/2014/03/12/local-authout-writes-stories-of-horrors-on-the-hudson/
Just a heads up I’ll be a guest on Hudson Valley Radio’s ‘Good Morning Hudson Valley’ show March 10th, 2014 to promote ‘The Feast of Saint Anne”: http://www.hvradionet.com/ and you can list online live here:
See you then….
New Interview posted on ‘Ginger Nuts of Horror’ http://www.gingernutsofhorror.com/5/post/2014/02/horror-author-interview-robert-j-stava.html
Check it out, and special thanks to Jim McLeod!
Just a heads up one of my Wyvern Falls short stories, ‘Municipal Lot no.9′ will be featured in the next issue of Sanitarium Magazine no 017, due out January 20th, 2014. Sanitarium is U.K-based horror mag available both in Print and Digital….
A friend on Facebook put up a ‘name 10 books that come to mind’ challenge the other day and I thought it was an opportunity to put my own picks up here as well:
1) “Treasure Island” (Scribners): My Dad used to read this to me as a kid – combination of great sea-faring story and those amazing N.C. Wyeth paintings still resonates with me today. Still have it – the same copy his dad read to him.
2) “The Devil in Velvet”: John Dickson Carr’s ultimate adventure/historical mystery/supernatural tale rich with 17th century details from hair lice to hideous make-up, told through a 20th century professors eyes…after a little deal with the devil. JDC ran circles around his contemporary, Agatha Christie.
3) “The Italian Secretary”: Caleb Carr – no relation to above, yet told with the same exquisite period detail, this time a take on Sherlock Holmes from the author of ‘The Alienist’
4) “Lower Than Angels” W.W. Windstaff’s (pseudonym) all-but forgotten first-hand memoir of an American WWI Pilot that will strip away any romantic illusions about the so-called ‘Knights of the Air’; raw, terrifying and often merciless, the book continues into his post-war years hanging with ex-pats in Paris where he talks about what drunks/fakes Hemingway & Company were…
5) “The Power of Myth” Joseph Campbell – encapsulated interviews with of one of the most interesting teachers/writers in human history, Campbell studied myths and religions of every culture on the planet and was able to connect it all together in one big amazing tapestry. Somehow when he talks it all makes sense.
6) ‘Eternal Darkness’: Robert D. Ballard – a personal history of one of the most amazing pioneers of deep sea exploration…and just a really neat guy. The tale on how he discovered the wreck of the Titanic alone is worth the read.
7) “Insomnia” Stephen King’s whacked out novel about an old guy who can’t sleep, and the nightmare reality that gradually reveals itself because of it. It’s a close tie with ‘Needful Things’ on my shelf, but I just loved the main character (Ralph) who’s past 70 so here it is.
8) “Musashi” Eiji Yoshikawa’s romanticized version of one of Japan’s greatest warriors, Miyamoto Musashi – a cunning 17th century swordsman whose morals and tactics still resonate with modern martial arts today, this story has it all: love, misguided revenge, plenty of action and lessons on the Way of the Samurai. And trouble, trouble, trouble!
9) “Air Combat at 20 feet”: Garrett Middlebrook’s self-published memoir of daily life as a 38th BG B25 Strafer pilot in the SW Pacific during WWII is clumsily written at times, but unforgettable in its content. Garrett was one of the few pilots to keep a personal journal of what was happening so he gives it to you unclouded by memory: the graphic horror, terror, bizarre situations and heart -wrenching truth of the realities of war in a hostile environment.
10) “Lies my Teacher Told Me” James -Loewen I had to second Chris on this one as it was one of the more eye-opening reads in my life and goes right the core of how much fabrication is behind the so-called sacred American History were were all raised on…this book should be mandatory reading for everyone on planet earth.
Alright folks, I’m beginning to get paranoid. Some people have pointed out marked similarities between my series set in Wyvern Falls and the show Sleepy Hollow on FOX (For the record, I’ve been developing my series since early 2010 and the first novel appeared over a year ago). And weirdly, there have been many overlaps. Last night had me throwing things at the TV however, when in a total non-sequitur Ichabod & Abbie suddenly go to a Carnival to a fortune tellers tent (sound familiar?), despite the fact it’s almost Christmas! Granted, it was 4 witches instead of The Red Baron’s Daughter – but the flavor was dead on, including the interior of the tent…but I turned to my wife and said ‘WTF!? Sleepy Hollow doesn’t even have a Carnival!”
All this barely a week after actually releasing my 2nd novel set at a carnival….go figure.
Okay folks, we finally have a release date – November 30th. Author signing events to be confirmed, though there will definitely be several in December in Ossining (Ossining Public Library on December 14th, at the OAC Firehouse Gallery at 117 Main Street, Ossining on December 7th and a signing at Washington Irving’s estate, Sunnyside, TBA.
More to follow….