Monday, April 22, 2019

Tales for the Camp Fire - an HWA horror anthology

Horror authors across Northern California (including myself) have come together to release Tales for the Camp Fire, a new anthology of short stories, to support wildfire relief efforts. All profits from the sale of the anthology will be donated to wildfire relief funds administered by the North Valley Community Foundation.

On the morning of November 8th, 2018, the worst wildfire in the state’s history erupted in the foothills of Northern California. While emergency efforts were immediate, the Camp Fire burned for seventeen days before it was finally contained. It destroyed the town of Paradise and burned over 150,000 acres. At least 85 people died in the blaze. The impact of the fire was felt across the entire region the as air quality became the worst in the world.

When our local Horror Writer's chapter got together, the question of “what can we do?” was raised. “We’re writers,” said San Leandro resident and author Ben Monroe,“how can we can help with our stories?” Soon we formed a plan to produce a charity anthology, contacting horror authors across the region to ask them to donate stories. Some wrote new pieces for the book, while others submitted favorite reprints for inclusion. In the end, the anthology topped out with 24 great stories totaling over 300 pages.

Tales for the Camp Fire, is edited by Loren Rhoads and is being published by E.M. Markoff’s Tomes & Coffee Press. It will be available in early May in both paperback and ebook formats. 

For any Bay Area locals, we will be presenting the book at the Bay Area Book Festival May 4th and 5th, and will be at Books on B Street Saturday May 11th signing copies and talking about the fire.

The book will be available through Amazon. Members of the publishing team are attending the Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley on May 4 & 5, and will have copies of the book available for sale there. All profits from the book are going to be donated to the North Valley Community Foundation efforts to support the on going wildfire relief efforts. sponsoring DPFF! will be DPFF's go-to source for sharing all news related to the fest! This is great news for me and all of the filmmakers and staff as we now have a channel to help spread the word. Other horror sites like Horror Buzz and Daily Dead have shared news for us, and we'll definitely send more their way as well. 

Kevin Nickelson of HNN will be a special guest at Death's Parade Film Fest and will be able to meet with visiting filmmakers, review top submissions for HNN's site, and present blocks and screenings along with host Peter Overstreet.

The Death's Parade Film Fest is happening October 5th 2019, at the Towne 3 Cinemas. Click here for more!

First Wave Announced for Death's Parade Film Fest!

The Death’s Parade Film Festival (DPFF) has revealed its First Wave of film selections for its inaugural run on October 5th, 2019. The festival will feature short films from around the world with an emphasis on paranormal, psychological and body horror, found footage, experimental, killers, monsters, zombies, gore, and dark comedy. The First Wave of selections exemplify the spooky quality attendees can expect from the program in October. The First Wave of selections exemplify the spooky quality attendees can expect from the program in October. 


The Towne 3 Cinemas, nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley, will play host to a list of veteran and up-and-coming local and international horror filmmakers, eager to share their grisly works of art with a fresh and frothing audience. The festival seeks to spotlight innovative storytelling with an eye on traditional means produced in high-quality fashion.

Included in the first announcement is The Quiet Room Bears, written and directed by Lee Howard, the film offers us a glimpse into a sinister landscape packed with horribly disfigured teddy bears and a gruesome, matriarchal entity that racks up the body count. In the film Water Horse, done by veteran filmmaker couple Sarah Wisner and Sean Temple, the short weaves a chilling, fever dream tale involving the sudden appearance of an abandoned boat which turns the last day of summer into a mother’s nightmare. Filmmakers from both The Quiet Room Bears and Water Horse will be in attendance to present their respective films and participate in a Q&A sessions afterwards.

Also playing at DPFF’s inaugural run, and making its Silicon Valley premiere is the wildly fun short Atomic Ed, written by Cyril Delouche and Directed by Nicolas Hugon, and starring Oscar Lesage as Ed, a young man who rises up to defend his friends against a humanoid monster.

DPFF is also proud to announce a special screening of 1987’s The Lost Boys, a Bay Area seminal favorite starring Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Dianne West and Corey Feldman. Local film enthusiasts will know how The Lost Boys not only put Santa Cruz on the map, but how it changed the way vampires are portrayed, thus paving the way for franchises like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Twilight Saga.. 

 We're following that up later in the festival with a screening of 1979's remastered horror fantasy Phantasm, Don Coscarelli's cult classic that spawned a franchise, starring everyone's favorite: The Tall Man, starring Angus Scrimm,  Michael Baldwin and Bill Thornbury. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Last Showing selected for the Halloween Horror Picture Show!

Great news! The Last Showing was selected to screen at the Halloween Horror Picture Show in Tampa, Florida. This is a wonderfully horrific festival I targeted nearly a year ago, and I'm excited it's going to be shown.

So far the communication with the organizers have been great. It appears The Last Showing will screen on day 3. I sent a small media kit today with an updated poster. Although I'm not able to attend the fest I'll definitely be there in spirit.

Friday, August 3, 2018

He Takes and Returns review!

My friend's over at Horror Addicts reviewed He Takes and Returns, you can read it here!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Getting Social with it

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Monday, July 23, 2018