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In Laymon's Terms
Anthology eds K. Laymon, Gerlach & Chizmar (CD Pubs)
All dates are tentative
so check here often...
"When I get a little money,
I buy Laymon books;
and if any is left,
I buy food and clothes."
Richard Laymon died on February 14, 2001. Many readers are not aware
of this fact - especially new Laymon readers.
Since 2001, new releases have been sold by Ann Laymon, Richard's
wife, and consist of previously unpublished manuscripts that Richard
left behind at his death.
These previously unpublished manuscripts are:
Wake The Dead in the US)
and THE GLORY BUS (Into The Fire in the US)
American readers please note: these novels listed above are the
ONLY novels that were sold by Ann Laymon. All other new Laymon releases
in the US are first edition releases of novels that were available in
the rest of the world when Richard was alive.
July 20, 2008
Leisure Confirms Laymon Releases until 2011!
Don D'Auria at Leisure Books has been kind enough to send us the Laymon release
schedule for the next few years. Keep in mind this schedule can possibly change,
but as for the moment, here's what's coming to US bookstores through Leisure
in the next few years:
Nov 08: Beware
Mar 09: Dark Mountain
Sep 09: Flesh
Mar 10: Friday Night in Beast House (including
Sep 10: Funland
Mar 11: Quake
FNIBH will finally complete Laymon's Beast House series in the
US, but it's also notable for another reason... Since FNIBH is fairly short,
Leisure is including the extremely hard-to-find bonus novella, THE
WILDS as part of the release! This is excellent news for anyone who
never managed to snap up THE WILDS when it was
a Cemetery Dance limited release.
Travelling Vampire Show
The guys at www.darkrealmsaudio.com
have just released Laymon's THE TRAVELLING VAMPIRE SHOW
as an audio book. This release is available for download and for purchase on
CD via the website at: www.darkrealmsaudio.com
and it is worth every cent! In fact, follow the special link and look for the
RLK! special offer!
also released Jack Ketchum's Hide and Seek and
will soon be releasing Brian Keene's The Rising on
audio too, so why not order them all! We'll be reviewing each of these soon,
and we highly recommend supporting this terrific endeavor that will hopefully
see more Laymon audio releases in the months ahead!
Cemetery Dance has released the finalized cover artwork for IN LAYMON'S TERMS. The signature sheets have been returned and we can look forward to this excellent memorial to Dick's work being released (finally!) in 2008! Fingers crossed!
August 17, 2007
IN LAYMON'S TERMS coming
Finally, the most sought-after Laymon tribute work - in progress for over
SIX YEARS - is one step closer to becoming a reality. Check out the latest Cemetery
Dance update, which includes the cover artwork for the anthology - revealed
for the first time! Can't wait for this one to finally hit the streets!
August '07 Production Status:
The final manuscript for In Laymon's Terms
is being assembled now and copyediting will begin by the end of the month.
After that it'll be designed and proofread. The signature sheets are already
circulation among the THREE DOZEN+ contributors, and we hope to announce
the table of contents later this year. Now that Richard Chizmar is back
in the office, the last of the contracts will be signed and this title
will be rushed through production.
Gerlach UK Paperback releases announced!
Excellent news reaches us that Screaming Dreams Press in the
UK has signed and sealed a deal to release paperback editions of all Steve
Gerlach novels. The first release will be LAKE MOUNTAIN
early in 2008. Here's what Screaming Dreams editor, Steve Upham, had to say
in a recent email newsletter:
the What's New page to include a brief announcement regarding the Steve
Gerlach novels. Some of you may already be aware of this info as the deal
has been in progress for a while, but I'm only just getting around to
making the news public now.
For those of you who may not be familiar with Steve's work, he is one
of of Australia's foremost dark thriller writers and has released some
wonderful novels through Bloodletting Press in the US. I look forward
to working with him on these titles.
The first book to be released will be LAKE MOUNTAIN
and is sheduled to be published early in 2008. I will add further details
and upload a dedicated page for this book in due course.
The dedicated page for LAKE MOUNTAIN is now
online and can be found at: http://www.screamingdreams.com/index.html?lang=en-uk&target=d23.html.
Screaming Dreams is committed to releasing paperback editions all of the Steve
Gerlach novels in the next few years, and they will be widely available through
the publisher's website, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. Brilliant!
Bloodletting Press to announce THE
NOCTURNE US edition!
It's yet to be announced, but we're 100% certain that Bloodletting
Press will soon confirm the release date of Steve Gerlach's hardest-to-find
novel, THE NOCTURNE, for an early 2008 release.
HUNTING ZOE AND OTHER STORIES is on track for
a late 2007 release, and we believe Bloodletting want to follow it up with
THE NOCTURNE as soon as possible. More news on
this when it breaks, but expect an excellent cover by Vince Natale (artist
for the Bloodletting editions of LAKE MOUNTAIN
and LOVE LIES DYING) and an introduction by Barry
May 3, 2007
TRIAGE coming in 2008.
Leisure Books has scheduled TRIAGE by Laymon,
Ketchum and Lee for release in January 2008. When we have more details we'll
list them here.
January 26, 2007
More Laymon in 2007
Confirmed Laymon releases in both the UK and US this year:
March - US - Leisure paperback
The Beast House
May - UK - Hodder Headline HARDBACK
Friday Night in Beast House
July - US - Leisure paperback
The Midnight Tour
November - US - Leisure paperback
Any changes, we'll let you know.
RLK! 10th Birthday Competition winners announced!
Well, the competitions are closed and the judges have made their final decisions.
Below are the winners of our 10th Birthday competition...
Competition 1: Most creepy Laymonesque
Winner: Michael Moon
who sent in this very creepy abandoned house on the island of Gotland in Sweden.
Phantom lights are seen throughout the long, dark winters, and we felt this
would be a terrific location for a Laymon novel.
Michael wins a copy of A WRITER'S TALE,
the tell-all writing guide and autobiography written by Laymon himself - long
out of print, kindly donated by Ann Laymon. Plus a complete set of the three
Laymon Hardcovers published by Leisure Books thanks to Don D'Auria at Leisure.
Competition 2: Which Laymon novel was
made into a low-budget independent film?
The answer was IN THE DARK, and the winner was Chris
Elston who wins a choice of any ten paperback Laymon titles published by Leisure
Books (One Rainy Night is temporarily out of stock but will be available again
soon). Congrats Chris!
Name the Laymon novel from which
the following line appears:
"My thoughts were in a terrible whirl, so I
was glad when Freemont the porter came along to make up the beds."
The answer was SAVAGE and the winner was Karen Dewvall who wins a copy of
BAD NEWS, the Laymon hardback mega-short story
collection - long out of print, kindly donated by Ann Laymon.
Richard was named President of
which Association? And in what year did he take office?
The answer was the Horror Writers Association, and he took office in 2000.
The winner was Kent Knopp-Schwyn who has won a complete set of Hodder Headline
Laymon Library Volumes (up to Volume 9), kindly donated by Hodder Headline and
Congrats to the winners, and thank you to everyone who entered. We were quite
surprised just how many entries we received. Winners will be contacted in the
next few days. Here's to the next 10 years...
December 1, 2006
RLK! Celebrates 10 Years online!
Wow, it's hard to believe that 10 years ago RLK! broadcast to the world for
the first time. Yes, December 1996 was the first time we published Laymon news,
and it's hard to believe we've been around so long...it seems like only yesterday.
We've accomplished quite a lot in ten years, and we've had the highs as well
as the lows, but we're proud to still be here, giving you the best Laymon information
on the planet, and keeping Richard's memory alive.
We'd like to thank everyone who has been involved in RLK!
- both those who stuck by us, and those who have moved on - the list is too
long to print here. But you all know who you are and we couldn't have done it
To celebrate, we're bringing back an old RLK! tradition
- the December RLK! birthday competitions! This
year, to celebrate 10 years of publishing here at RLK!
H.Q., we're bringing you some terrific competitions along with some fantastic
prizes - with thanks to Ann Laymon, Don D'Auria at Leisure Books and Hodder
Headline in the UK. Read on to see how you can be in the running for some fantastic
Send us your creepiest photo of
a place, person or thing that you think is something that would appear in a
Laymon novel. Anything goes in this competition - if you don't have a camera,
feel free to sketch something, or produce it via computer and send it in to
us. The top 10 entries will be uploaded here in January.
All entries go in the draw for a copy of A WRITER'S
TALE, the tell-all writing guide and autobiography written by Laymon
himself - long out of print, kindly donated by Ann Laymon. Plus a complete set
of the three Laymon Hardcovers published by Leisure Books thanks to Don D'Auria
novel was made into a low-budget independent film?
All correct entries go in the draw for your choice of any ten paperback Laymon
titles published by Leisure Books (One Rainy Night
is temporarily out of stock but will be available again soon). The winner can
choose any ten Laymon titles published in the Leisure paperback range - thanks
to Don D'Auria at Leisure Books.
All competitions close at midnight, 31st
December, 2006 and winners will be announced in the January update.
And, as a special thank you to all our RLK!
loyal readers, Ann Laymon is offering a 30% discount on all personal purchases
from her Laymon Library website to all who enter the competitions above (offer
expires April 30, 2007). Those who wish to take part in this offer must email
us at RLK!
30% offer to request the code for the 30% discount. The Laymon Library site
can be found at: http://home.earthlink.net/~resrvordog/Laymon/laymon.html.
Gerlach's LOVE LIES DYING about to be unleashed!
Here's an exclusive look at the final full-cover artwork for the Bloodletting
Press US version of Steve Gerlach's LOVE LIES DYING.
Covers for Laymon Collection VI, VII and VIII now available.
Hodder Headline continue churning out the Laymon Library titles. Below is
the cover art for volumes 6-8.
February 4, 2006
Hodder Headline announce Laymon Collection V & VI
Hodder Headline continue announcing upcoming Laymon Library titles. The Laymon
Dates board at the top of this page has been updated again to include volumes
V and VI (out in July and August). Below is the cover art from volume V.
January 14, 2006
Leisure Books schedule new Laymons!
The new year started well for Laymon fans with Leisure Books in the US confirming
their schedule of Laymon releases will continue with some classic Laymon re-releases,
as well as the final "new" Laymon works as well. Here's what they
had to say:
"In March AFTER MIDNIGHT
will be published. In July we will be publishing INTO
THE FIRE in paperback. Coming this November we will be publishing
THE CELLAR which many US fans have been clamoring
There will still be several previously unpublished
manuscripts that we will be publishing and once those completed manuscripts
have been published we will then look at UN-completed manuscripts. All
in all there should be plenty of Richard Laymons works for you to
look forward to."
More details will be posted here when we get them!
Hodder Headline continue with Laymon Collection -
vols III & IV announced
As announced in December last year (see below) Hodder Headline are creating
a Laymon Library, collecting all his UK published works. The Laymon Dates board
at the top of this page now lists the first four volumes, all of which will
be available in the UK by June. We'll keep the dates updated as the releases
are confirmed. We're also thrilled to be able to show you the cover art from
volumes III & IV now.
Gerlach's LOVE LIES DYING readying
for US release.
Steve Gerlach's acclaimed LOVE LIES DYING sees
its first US hardback release in the next month or so via Bloodletting Press.
We'll upload the cover artwork here as soon as it's confirmed. Meanwhile, more
details can be found at stevegerlach.com and
pre-orders can be placed through www.bloodlettingpress.com
December 4, 2005
Laymon Collection Announced - Releases Monthly in 2006
Hodder Headline UK has announced they are re-releasing all of Laymon's novels,
in a collected paperback form as "The Laymon Collection". Releases
begin in March 2006 and will be released monthly. The novels will be collected
in chronological order except for the first volume, which will consist of the
three Beast House novels Hodder Headline published. Other collections will follow
chronologically from there. The Laymon Dates board at the top of this page lists
the first three volumes, all of which will be available in the UK by May. We'll
keep the dates updated as the releases are confirmed. We're also thrilled to
be able to show you the cover art from the first volume, containing the Beast
House stories. Look for the other re-releases to follow this style and format.
(Australian release will be two months AFTER the UK release dates.)
AFTER MIDNIGHT after New Years
Leisure has announced AFTER MIDNIGHT
as their next Laymon paperback release in the US. Look for it in store in March.
September 1, 2005
INTO THE FIRE burns across
Laymon's latest hardback edition, INTO THE FIRE
is now available across the US through Leisure Books. Remember, this is the
same novel as the UK's THE GLORY BUS, released
earlier this year.
July 1, 2005
THE GLORY BUS, Second Ride
Hodder Headline has announced the release date for the paperback version
of THE GLORY BUS. Look for it on the 5th of December in the UK and early January
in Australia. Hodder Headline will continue the unfortunate trend of cropping
the excellent hardback cover artwork and picking a garish color for the paperback
release (see below.) PLEASE NOTE: this is the LAST contracted new release Laymon
novel for Hodder Headline in the UK.
SAME VEIN REMINDER
Just a quick reminder that our review section is alive and kicking once more.
Thanks to everyone who emailed us to welcome it back. Your feedback was terrific
and confirmed resurrecting SAME VEIN was the right thing to do.
So, enjoy this month's reviews at SAME VEIN. Check
them out now!
June 1, 2005
LEISURE CONFIRMS INTO THE FIRE
Leisure Books has announced the next Laymon hardcover will be released in
September of this year. It is the US verion of THE GLORY
BUS, retitled INTO THE FIRE.
SAME VEIN REVIEWS RETURN!
Yes, it's been a crazy few months here at RLK!
H.Q., with a move to new offices not once, but twice. One of the things to suffer
in this inevitable shift was our SAME VEIN reviews
section. However, you'll be happy to know that we've settled in and are ready
to roll once more, with our review department processing the large backlog of
review books as fast as they possibly can. So, it's with great excitement that
we announce the SAME VEIN section of the site is back open for business. Monthly
updates will begin again, starting with this month. We have 8 titles we think
you'll love; some scary, some quirky, some just so bizarre we had to include
them, and also a liberal dose of non-fiction for the aspiring writers and genre
freaks amongst us.
There's something for everyone at SAME VEIN,
so check it out now!
Also, don't forget, anyone who has read THE GLORY BUS
and would like to review it for our review pages, feel free to email the review
to us here and we'll upload it.
December 1, 2004
Jump aboard THE GLORY BUS
Hodder Headline in the UK have announced the next Laymon release, due in Hardback in April next year. It's called THE GLORY BUS and the cover and blurb are below. Sounds like it's going to be fantastic!
The Glory Bus
by Richard Laymon
Publisher: Headline 4/4/2005
£18.99 RRP Hardback
One moment Pamela is a newly-wed with a loving husband and a comfortable
home. The next, she's the prisoner of a killer who has lusted after
her since high school - and now intends to make her his slave. Norman
wouldn't say boo to a goose, so he's never going to throw bad-boy
Duke out of his car or say no to Boots, the hyper-sexed hitch-hiker
who tags along for the ride. Together the lawless pair take him on
a wild journey that looks like it's heading straight for the electric
chair. But when the glory bus comes along there's hope of salvation
for all. Pamela and Norman are just two who climb on board. They don't
know their destination is the furnace heat of the Mojave Desert, where
a special welcome awaits the weary traveller. It can't be worse than
what's gone before. Or can it?
We've just received the latest Leisure books schedule for November '04 - May
'05. The schedule includes two new Laymon releases TO WAKE THE DEAD in November and RESURRECTION DREAMS in March 2005. For the full schedule
for both Thriller and Horror lines, head over to the Screams
of Leisure page now.
October 1, 2004
THE LAKE paperback release details.
News just in that the UK paperback version of THE LAKE will be released on December 6 in the UK. Aussie readers can look for the paperback instore early in January. Look for the following cover:
Steve also reports that the final manuscript
for LAKE MOUNTAIN has been submitted to Bloodletting
Press, so look for its release in January next year. Cover details for LAKE
MOUNTAIN will be announced soon. Pre-orders can be placed through www.bloodlettingpress.com
July 25, 2004
Double release in July
July is a big month for Laymon fans, with the US release of ENDLESS NIGHT in paperback through Leisure Books, and MADMAN STAN AND OTHER STORIES in hardback through Cemetery Dance. Both covers can be seen in the March 1 update below.
June 6, 2004
An Important IN LAYMON'S TERMS Update
It's hard to believe this book still isn't out yet, but we have an important
update from Cemetery Dance about this anthology:
"The editors have now made all the final content decisions for IN
LAYMON'S TERMS! Kelly Laymon just sent out the non-fiction contracts
last week and the fiction contracts will be mailed next week. All acceptance
and rejection notices have been sent. As soon as we have the signed contracts
back, we'll announce the Table of Contents and we'll start work on the book's
layout and design! We plan to publish it in late summer or early fall. Keep
watching our website for more information about this project!"
And, of course, we'll bring you the news as it breaks as well!
Madman Stan and Other Stories Publishers Weekly review!
Publishers Weekly recently reviewed Madman Stan and Other Stories, the Laymon short story collection to be released in July:
"Laymon cognoscenti will get just what they expect from this celebrated and castigated writer: shock, suspense, sexual violence and prose as sharp as a slap. The 20 entries include recycled material (e.g., from Night Visions 7, which Wiater edited) as well as unpublished stuff. The lead-off tale, "The Hunt," is Laymon unvarnished, an intense story of a woman selected as a hunter's prey.
The final story, "The Slit," is also prime Laymon, the author's psychological acuity on display as he traces the happy fate of a young man who likes to cut women. Also first-rate and representative of the author's better work is "A Good, Secret Place," wherein two male adolescents attempt to punish a nagging third only to see the tables turned; here as in so much Laymon, the author's understanding of the psyche of youth-callous, hypersensitive, obsessed with sex-is spot on.
Some of the stories, though, are lesser, and often softer, relying on simpler biter-bit turnarounds or on poetic justice for their punch. Leisure Books editor D'Auria says in his forthright afterword, 'I know you loved [these stories].' Every Laymon fan, and globally they are legion, will nod in agreement: even lesser Laymon is a treat."
May 2, 2004
THE LAKE Leisure Cover Exclusive
Hot off the presses is the cover artwork for the Leisure Books US release of THE LAKE. It's a terrific cover and everyone at Leisure should be congratulated. THE LAKE is scheduled to be released in Hardback in the US in September.
April 4, 2004
Dive into THE LAKE
The newest Laymon release is available in the UK now. THE LAKE was released today in hardback in the UK from Hodder Headline. Australia's hardback release follows in May. This is another fantastic Laymon tale, so get your copy ASAP from your local store or online dealer.
March 1, 2004
Body Rides hits US, with Endless Night and The Lake to come!
A quick reminder that the first US paperback printing of Body Rides hits US bookstore shelves this month. Once again Leisure Books have done a wonderful job! See the November 1 update for the cover artwork.
We can also reveal the Leisure cover artwork for Endless
Night, due in the US in July. See below.
And, as if that wasn't enough great news already, Leisure has announced The
Lake will be released in its first US hardback edition in September.
Cemetery Dance announce Madman Stan release date. ILT announced soon!
Lots of great news coming from Cemetery Dance right now as well. Their schedules have been updated and they have announced that Madman Stan and Other stories, the long-promised Laymon short story collection, is to be released later this year. Check out the Cemetery Dance website here for more details.
Keep a watch out for some terrific In Laymon's Terms news soon as well. We're getting closer on this one too!
New Fastback is Old. The Hearse is GUTS...
A new Laymon Fastback title entered the online bookseller databases in the last few months. It's called The Hearse, but Laymon fans should be wary as The Hearse is really just a repackaging of the original Fastback release of GUTS. Title and cover have changed, but the story is still the same.
February 1, 2004
RLK! monthly updates end.
First of all, we apologise for no January update this year. With the amount of Laymon news slowly declining, we have decided to end our "monthly updates" in favor of "as the news breaks" updates. So, be sure to check back whenever you can for new Laymon news and releases. We'll still keep you up-to-date, but now we'll do it as soon as the news breaks.
RAGE and LAKE MOUNTAIN news.
After the successful release of the paperback version of Steve Gerlach's RAGE by Leisure books, we are happy to report the limited edition extreme uncut hardback from Bloodletting Press is also now shipping. Add to this the great news that Bloodletting Press will be bringing out the all new Gerlach novel, LAKE MOUNTAIN as book two in their "Gerlach Library" and the start of 2004 is looking great for Gerlach fans! Find out more about the Gerlach releases (including the almost ready to ship HUNTING ZOE) at http://www.stevegerlach.com.
December 1, 2003
AMARA loose in UK
Just a reminder that the UK paperback release of AMARA is now available in the UK. She'd make a perfect Christmas gift. The cover artwork is below, as part of the September 1 update.
Here's the latest words on the release of Steve Gerlach's RAGE
from both Bloodletting Press and www.shocklines.com:
Bloodletting Press released this statement in early November:
"Read RAGE the way it was intended to be read,
in its uncut and unedited version. This book is hard, psychotic and brutal and
delves deeply into the mind of madness, of pain and love lost; only in the uncut
version will you truly feel ...RAGE. Order yours
now while they last, only 300 of these are being produced. You will never be
the same again. http://www.bloodlettingbooks.com
And RAGE is only the beginning; we will be publishing
the entire Gerlach library including LOVE LIES DYING,
THE NOCTURNE and LAKE MOUNTAIN. Don't
miss any of these awesome titles by one of the hottest new-comers to the genre.
Also note the Australian release of HUNTING ZOE,
the so-called "sequel" to LOVE LIES DYING, hits
the stores in Australia just before Christmas.
Find out more about the Gerlach releases at the official Steve Gerlach website:
www.stevegerlach.com (it's newly
designed and light on the calories!)
November 1, 2003
Laymon in 2004 - We've got you covered!
the latest World Exclusive cover unveilings for upcoming Laymon Releases in
First off, here's the terrific cover by Steve Crisp for next year's Hodder
Headline hardback release of THE LAKE. We're extra excited to be able to bring
you not only the final cover artwork for the novel, but also the ORIGINAL
artwork in its full glory (on the right), thanks to Steve Crisp.
Also, here's the back-cover blurb for the novel, which is due for release
on April 5, 2004:
Leigh is young, rebellious and beautiful - and she yearns for a summer
of excitement by the lake. Maybe she'll find it in the arms of the handsome
boy who rows her out to the abandoned beach house. Or maybe she'll stumble
into a legacy of terror which will shatter her life...
Eighteen years on, Deana has no knowledge of her mother's troubled
past and not that much interest. She just wants to make out somewhere
cool with her boyfriend - to let her hair down and live a little. If
only living were that simple. But that summer at the lake casts a long
shadow. And when the horrors of the past meet the perils of the present,
both mother and daughter are plunged into a nightmare of blood and terror
from which there is no escape.
Sounds like another great Laymon release, for sure!
As if that wasn't enough to whet your appetites for Laymon in 2004, here's
the Leisure books paperback cover for BODY RIDES.
Another fantastic cover by the talented people at Leisure in New York.
By the way, our SCREAMS OF LEISURE page has been
updated with all the Leisure releases for the first half of next year. There's
some great reading to come, including more Laymon, so head on over and check
RAGE to see Leisure Release
our little secret has been leaked! For those of you who don't already know,
Leisure Books will be releasing the paperback version of Steve Gerlach's RAGE
in January! Yep, just two months away! Below you'll find the cover artwork and
The book is already available for pre-order on Amazon.com,
Barnes & Noble and Amazon.co.uk. (as is
the hardback limited edition.) Surf on over and also check out the reviews
from readers who have already read the book. Feel free to add your reviews
too, if you've already read the novel.
Also remember that the signed hardback, extreme, uncut version of RAGE (with
an introduction by Simon Clark) is available through Bloodletting Books and
Shocklines.com. Not only is it signed in the author's blood, but it is also
the most complete and extreme of all the versions available. Plus, if you
pre-order the hardback through Bloodletting or Shocklines, you'll pick up
the Gerlach chapbook "CellCandy" for free! It's a great deal, so
grab your copy today!
TerrorOZ becomes stevegerlach.com
Batten down the hatches, lock up your daughters, and change your bookmarks!
Surf on over and check out the new design and new site, lovingly hosted by
"Gerlach Fans Inc". A big thanks to each and every one of them for
their time and effort!
Send us an email and let us know what you think! Also drop by the new message
board, hosted by Horror World, and leave a message or question or two!
October 1, 2003
News on Gerlach RAGE and HUNTING ZOE Limiteds...
October is the month that sees two Steve Gerlach new releases, both RAGE and HUNTING ZOE are released. RAGE receives its first release in the US and HUNTING ZOE is released in Australia. Below is the latest news on both releases:
RAGE: The latest from Larry Roberts at Bloodletting Press
"The prototype for the metal slipcase for RAGE is now complete and is painted to look like a video cassette case for one of the Snuff Films the main character watches in the book. These are really cool. I'll have some pictures up on the web-site in the coming days at http://www.bloodlettingpress.com. Orders can be taken on the site or at http://www.shocklines.com. Also remember that if you order from us you'll get a free chapbook with an all new Gerlach short story called CellCandy. We have a lot more Gerlach releases in Bloodletting Pressís future...many surprises to come, so stay tuned!! -- Larry."
HUNTING ZOE: The latest from Troy Taylor at Wild Roses Productions
"At Wild Roses we're having a Zoe Giveaway! Yep, you heard right, each and every pre order of HUNTING ZOE will go in the draw to win a signed and (if requested) inscribed 1st edition copy of the book that introduced the world to Zoe Barber - LOVE LIES DYING. This is a VERY sought after book and is one of only two hundred trade paperback copies ever produced.
To enter, all you have to do is place a pre-order for the highly anticipated accompaniment, HUNTING ZOE. It couldn't be any easier! For more on the LOVE LIES DYING giveaway (including the terms and conditions) please see the news page on the http://www.wildrosesproductions.com website. -- Troy."
September 1, 2003
Hodder Headline AMARA cover artwork.
AMARA is released in paperback in the UK on December 1. Those good folks at Hodder Headline have provided us with the cover for the release. Here it is below:
Barry Hoffman's Curse of the Shamra
We're proud to bring you this update on Barry Hoffman's young adult novel, Curse of the Shamra:
Barry Hoffman is the author of a number of mass market published novels
including EYES OF PREY, JUDAS EYES and BORN BAD. He has recently
undertaken an author in residence program at the Horizon Middle School in Colorado Springs
and is using a new young adult dark fantasy novel which he has written
as the course text. Barry joined RLK! to answer some questions.
RLK!: Barry, tell us the origins of CURSE OF THE SHAMRA.
Barry Hoffman: I wrote CURSE OF THE SHAMRA (originally titled OF TROCS, KRIMPKINS AND OTHER SUCH THINGS) in the early seventies. I couldn't sell it then (I know why, now) so I put it away. The main character's name is Dara and my then-wife and I named our first daughter Dara. Fast forward almost thirty years. Dara is married and is pregnant with my first grandchild. Dara asked for a copy of the novel so he son/daughter could see how she got her name. So I started typing it up and realized that while the plot was good and the characters strong, the writing was pretty pathetic. I hadn't yet found my voice in the early seventies and it showed. So, I literally rewrote the entire book, adding a number of characters, changing the ending and even changing the main characters from "Krimpkins" to "Shamra." Krimpkins sounded warm and fuzzy and these characters weren't warm and fuzzy, hence the name change. Assuming (correctly) that my first grandchild would be a girl, Dara is given a companion named Tyler, which is the name of my granddaughter.
RLK!: If you had to pitch the story to the audience, how would you
desribe the novel?
BH: CURSE OF THE SHAMRA is a dark fantasy adventure about of race of humanesque creatures who are enslaved by another race. Dara becomes leader of a band of resistance fighters. When it appears the resistance will be futile against their oppressors Dara leaves to find allies and encounters numerous adventures and obstacles on her way.
RLK!: This is book one of the Shamra Chronicles. How many more do you
have in mind? Are you working on them at the moment? What can we hope to
see in the future in the Shamra World.
BH: My plans right now are for four books, but just as with my EYES series I'm flexible. Even after Book Four is complete there will be room for Dara to seek new adventures. I recently finished the second book, SHAMRA DIVIDED. It is both a sequel and prequel to the first. A lot of the mythology of the series is unveiled in the second book. I have the third book roughly plotted and CURSE OF THE SHAMRA was just picked up by an agent. What I'll probably do is hold off on the third book for a bit as I want to see if the first sells and if so will my publisher agree to the path the series is taking. Unveiled in the second book and important in the third and last is a NEW enemy who is far more dangerous that the Trocs of the first book. The fourth book will deal almost entirely with a battle between this new antagonist.
RLK!: How did the classroom idea first appear on your radar?
BH: I was a teacher for close to thirty years-mostly fifth and sixth graders. I wasn't impressed by a lot of what my kids had to read, which is why I began a young adults novel in the seventies. So, when I had completely revised the book it was only natural for me to use it in a classroom setting. I approached a school in South New Jersey and the book was received enthusiastically by a member of the school board, then the superintendent, the principal and finally a teacher I would work with. If these kids liked it then I was on the right track.
RLK!: Why use this novel in particular, and not, say, one of your
BH: My other books are ALL "adult" novels and not appropriate for kids in middle school. With the sex and language that appear in my adult books there is no way I'd be able to use them in a school setting. This is not to say I dumbed-down CURSE OF THE SHAMRA. There is no sex and there is no profanity. I don't use over-the-top violence in any of my novels so that wasn't a concern. Actually, CURSE OF THE SHAMRA (and SHAMRA DIVIDED) is probably more violent than my adult novels. They're adventures whereas my adult novels are psychological thrillers. But, with CURSE OF THE SHAMRA, just as with my adult novels, characterization is most important. Many of the themes readers find in my adult novels can also be found in CURSE OF THE SHAMRA.
RLK!: Did the "Born Bad experience" with schools stop you from using
that particular novel in the classroom?
BH: BORN BAD was censored at a college. I never used the novel with children, nor was it intended to be read by children. It's most definitely an adult book. Sex is used as a weapon by Shanicha. And, as in real life, the language of the cops is pretty coarse. So, we're talking apples and oranges here. I wouldn't ever have been allowed to use BORN BAD in a middle school setting so its censorship had no impact whatsoever on my I used in the classroom.
RLK!: How have your visits to the classroom been? Tell us what usually
takes place during the course?
BH: I had a ball in the classroom. While my plan was to spend about forty-five minutes per visit in the classroom I found that I ended up spending two hours in the class per visit, five total visits. The kids pepper me with questions about writing, movie-making, the various characters in the book and what will happen next. When I visited the class I knew which pages the students had read. I start off with a quick summary of the action and then have the kids analyze what they read, both as regards content and style. Dara faces many dilemmas and makes any number of choices that have repercussions she didn't expect. So, a lot of my time is spent discussing Dara's choices and what the alternatives were. We discuss how the characters have grown and evolved. We look at figurative language. The kids really eat this up. The first day when I went over figurative language I really had to work to get the kids to understand what I meant. When I came in the third time kids had their hands up immediately wanting to give me examples of figurative language they'd found in the book. We also spend some time each lesson comparing the artist's interpretation of what I wrote to what is actually described. I intentionally didn't ask for changes in the cover art so the kids could see that was a pretty drastic difference between what I wrote and what the artist saw. The hair of the Shamra is white. On the book cover it's brown. This and other differences allows me to discuss how different readers interpret what they read in a different manner. During another visit I brought in BORN BAD, just for the cover art. The cover in that book is pretty atrocious. You can't tell what the hell is going on. So, I showed the kids the book and gave them a lesson on what an author gives up to be published my a mass market publisher. It's the type of inside information that kids eat up because it's not common knowledge. The kids keep me on my toes with question after question. My only regret is that I didn't have the kids write more. Much of the reason deals with working with another teacher. In the future, now that I know the program is a success, I will be more assertive and give a writing assignment each time I go to class. This is the only ways kids learn how to write-by writing!!!
RLK!: What has been the reaction of the students?
BH: The kids I worked with really enjoyed the book. Tyler (named after my granddaughter) was their favorite character. She's kind of cranky and cantankerous, but good-hearted. She helps Dara, but complains constantly. I wanted the book to contain some humor and the interchanges between Dara and Tyler adds that ingredient to the novel. They also enjoy the action scenes. Interestingly enough the kids wanted even more action (and violence) BUT some were upset that some protagonists were killed. I didn't find this out until after my last visit, when I read they critiques. In the future I will make sure I can visit AFTER their critiques so I can discuss it with them. I find their desire for violence and constant action a bit disconcerting. There's more to reading a book than action and this should be pointed out to kids. And, discussing how protagonists can meet a violent end is important, too. In too many films the heroes go through hell pretty much unscathed. Real life isn't at all like that.
RLK!: Do you plan to do anything like this again in the future?
BH: I've already lined up a school in Colorado Springs for the Authors In Residence project. I'll be working with six classes-150 students in all-starting in late-August. At the moment I am paying all expenses and each student gets a free copy of the book to keep. If it works well in this school (they have 9 week sessions and then change teachers) I'll probably do it again with another 150 students.
RLK!: Do you think you've perhaps turned at least one young mind to
being a writer someday in the future?
BH: When I was a teacher my students took part in plays I wrote. These were mammoth productions with music and dancing. As a result a number of students majored in the performing arts. I think the same can be said with the Authors In Residence program. One girl wrote a poem-without being assigned-and the excitement the book generated by the book could well have a lasting impact. With the program expanding to 150 students late this month and the greater emphasis on actual writing by the kids, I think it's a good bet one or more will be turned onto a career in writing.
RLK!: HUNGRY EYES, EYES OF PREY, JUDAS EYES and BORN BAD are all emotive
thrillers with strong characters. Was CURSE OF THE SHAMRA a hard book to
write, as it's pitched at a different audience? Or was it easier?
BH: Characterization is foremost in CURSE OF THE SHAMRA so once I gave each character its voice it wasn't difficult to write. I've already mentioned the Tyler character. There is also Meeko (named after a nickname for my son) who is a self-deprecating ruler of one of the lands Dara visited. When they meet Dara kneels before him as a symbol of respect. Meeko then kneels before Dara saying he is a "ruler" while Dara is a "leader" who earned respect rather than having it passed down as was the case with him. That one symbol made it easy to write the character. And when I finished writing the book I decided to write a short story based on the character. That first short story led to my writing nine altogether. One was incorporated in CURSE OF THE SHAMRA. Seven others became the basis for the sequel/prequel. They almost wrote themselves. On the other hand, with CURSE OF THE SHAMRA I did far more rewriting than I did with my adult books. I changed the opening several t imes to provide more action. The last third of the book is adventure after adventure so I thought it necessary to rewrite the beginning to capture the reader right from the start. Today's children are so influenced by television, movies and video games that it's necessary to hook them immediately. I didn't add action at the expense of character development, however. The action actually furthers characterization. I was more aware of the audience I was writing for than with my adult novels. And that meant more rewriting.
RLK!: Of all your novels, Which is your personal favourite and why?
BH: That's not an easy one. I often feel that my most recent novel is my best. I also have to qualify my answer because I have five unpublished novels of which I'm quite proud. Of the novels that have been published I'd have to say BORN BAD is a favorite. It's the first of my novels in which the antagonist is truly evil. I love Shanicha. She's truly evil, but she's multi-layered, with demons of her own. She's not your typical villain. I also think both Ariel and Chanda are powerful characters. Ariel, in particular, intrigued me. I used her as a secondary character in one of my as yet unpublished novels. And the TRUE villain in BORN BAD is a bureaucrat, Ariel's boss who is a "do it my way or the highway" asshole we've all encountered. Being that it was a stand alone novel I didn't have the constraints of a series to worry about. Much as I love the EYES series there just so much room you can maneuver. Shara and the others have to stay in character and at times that can be a bit confining. So, of my published books I think I was able to stretch a bit more with BORN BAD than with any of my other novels.
RLK!: Gauntlet magazine is as strong as ever. Do you feel this balances
well with your writing career, or does it take up time that you could be
using to write?
BH: Actually the magazine is now an on-line publication rather than a print publication. Financially it just didn't make sense to continue with a print publication. And we're seeing what the response to the current on-line issue (#24) is before we put another issue on-line. Having recently moved to Colorado to spend more time with my granddaughter I HAVE found that my priorities have changed. Spending time with my granddaughter is number one. My writing comes next (along with working in schools with my young adult novel). Publishing is third. The magazine is now last. I don't want to say its run its course, but honestly I don't have the same passion for the magazine after 24 issues as I have for my own writing, publishing the likes of Matheson and Bradbury (previously unpublished work in particular) and spending time with family.
RLK!: What can we hope to see in the future from Barry Hoffman?
BH: I'm excited about continuing my young adult series. I've also been playing with a sequel-not a series-to BORN BAD. Let's just say Chanda is far more than she appears to be. I've finished the fourth and fifth books in the EYES series and the end isn't in sight. I have several stand alone novels I hope to see published and one or two of them may warrant a sequel. And what with the news that occupies the front page I'm sure that they'll trigger other ideas for novels.
August 1, 2003
To Wake The Dead cover art released!
This month, we're proud to be able to bring you the cover artwork for the Leisure Books Hardback release of Richard's To Wake The Dead (UK Title: AMARA). We think you'll agree it's another terrific Leisure cover for Richard's work! This is a September 2003 release from Leisure Books.
July 1, 2003
Leisure releases Blood Games
With this month's release in the US of No Sanctuary
from Leisure Books, the focus now shifts to Leisure's next Laymon releases, To Wake The Dead, scheduled for a hardback release in September, and
Blood Games, scheduled for a November paperback release.
Below is an exclusive sneak peek at the Blood Games cover artwork. Thanks to the guys and girls at Leisure for giving us the scoop.
US RAGE Builds...
Just a reminder that the US hardback edition of Steve Gerlach's RAGE
is set for a September release. The publishers are calling this the "Extreme
Uncut US edition" and it includes scenes originally removed from the
From what we've seen and heard so far, it's going to be a killer hardback,
and you won't want to miss it. The lettered edition is already sold out! There
are still stocks of the limited edition available for pre-order, but remember
this is a strictly limited edition!
For our Australian readers, because this edition will be shipped from the
US, RLK! is trying to cut down on shipping
costs for you all with a bulk order of the books being sent down to us. We'll
then forward your orders on to you - saving shipping costs.
The more people who order, the cheaper it will be for everyone "Down
Under". So, if you are interested in ordering through us, email
us and we'll see what sort of a discount we can get.
Check out what everyone else is saying about Steve Gerlach's RAGE
on the TerrorOZ! RAGE page.
"CellCandy" part of RAGE extras...
Bloodletting Press and Shocklines.com have teamed up to bring their customers
of Steve Gerlach's upcoming limited edition RAGE
a little gift. If you preorder (or have already preordered) the limited edition
or lettered edition of RAGE, you'll get a bonus
Steve Gerlach promotional chapbook not available for sale called CellCandy
-- completely free!
One reader, lucky enough to get a sneak peek at CellCandy,
had this to say:
"I needed a break at work and decided to read that Gerlach short story you sent me, CellCandy. Bad decision, because now I feel a little sick and even ashamed of myself. It's a
very perverted and disturbing story...and part of me
I feel like I've committed some sort of crime and am going to burn in hell.
" -- Jason Villeneuve, firstname.lastname@example.org, USA
Who could ask for more? ;)
Know your Rites: Simon Clark's newest release...
VAMPYRRHIC RITES, Simon Clark's sequel to VAMPYRRHIC,
appears on July 7 from Hodder & Stoughton in the UK.
To mark its publication, Simon is running a competition. In the next couple
of weeks he's posting VAMPYRRHIC OUTCAST on his
website, a short story set in the 'Vampyrrhic world.' The winner receives the
VAMPYRRHIC OUTCAST hand-corrected manuscript, complete with coffee spills and
what appear to be red wine stains...but then this is a vampire story, so who
Simon says the prize was inspired by the rocketing value of his hardcover first
editions and manuscripts. This artefact will be a limited edition of one! That's
right - just ONE!