Luck Happens by Dean Wyant

Luck happens, but you might have to help it a little.

Any collector hates to miss an opportunity for acquiring a new book or books. Of course, luck is a big part of the game. It’s important to be available for the luck to find its way to you. 
 I had a prime example of this recently. I was invited to help out at the Hex Publishers table for Free Comic Book Day at one of my favorite comic book stores in the Denver area. It wasn’t necessary for me to be there but I wanted to join in and have some fun.

The store is aptly named, I Want More Comics and is located in Thornton, a suburb of Denver.

I look at such events as a means to meet fellow fans of books, comics and art as well as being able to connect with the creators who are there to promote their talent and work. 
 At one point I took a few minutes away from the table and dodged the huge crowd of shoppers to peruse the inventory of comics, books and collectibles on display around the store. It didn’t take long for me to zero in on a high shelf where a very cool slipcase containing four hardcover volumes of Weird Fantasy sat. I have seen this 1980 edition set in the past at other locations but never in as nice condition as this one and the price was definitely right. 
 I grabbed that sucker from the top shelf and carried it back to our table as quickly as possible. I researched it quickly on my phone and found that the price was even more reasonable than I had originally thought.


I took my new find to the register to pay and learned that they were giving a big discount from the sticker price. 
 Score again!
 My set has been placed at its new location on my book shelf where it will be admired, shown off to visitors and occasionally opened and read for many years to come. 
 If you’re interested in collecting, I recommend you attend events, sales, thrift stores and independent book stores. It’s much more fun than shopping from a laptop or phone and you never know what lucky treasures may find you.

The Making Of An Antiquarian


By Dean Wyant

By the time I reached my teens I was an avid reader. My summers away from school were filled with books. At the age of thirteen I bought a copy of The Exorcist. It was my introduction to true horror. I was hooked. Throughout those formative teen years, I read horror. Oh, I read the required reading for school assignments and enjoyed them but they couldn’t compare to my horror stories. Zombies, vampires, werewolves, mummies, demons and ghosts were my friends. I loved them.

As an adult I became an obsessive collector, even collecting books I didn’t like. A dozen years or so ago my collection had grown to more than ten thousand books. I decided to bring it all to a temporary halt. I started selling off the books which I knew would be more appreciated by others. I kept my rarer and signed first editions. I started selling the others online and at a book store on South Broadway in Denver called the Denver Book Mall where I rented shelf space and worked weekends. The Denver Book Mall closed a couple of years later and I was invited to join a new similar store called the Broadway Book Mall just down the street. I’ve been a bookseller there ever since.

My collection is smaller now, only a couple of thousand books, but it does continue to grow. My books are mostly signed or inscribed to me. Most are written by authors who I am now fortunate enough to call friends. Some of my books are first editions penned by long gone authors I still enjoy reading. Since I also read genres other than horror, my collection reflects my tastes, but horror will always be my first love.

I took up writing at the early age of fifty. I’m a late bloomer. I always considered myself a reader more than a writer. A few years ago, an opportunity came along to start a publishing company, Hex Publishers with my good friend, Josh Viola. I become an acquisitions editor. Josh and I then co-authored a short story titled, Needles and we included it within Hex’s first anthology, Nightmares Unhinged. It was my first published work. Since then I have had short stories included in other publications in e-zines and anthologies.

I head up a local writer’s critique group, edit, write and have a full-time technology job. Who knew back in 1971 that picking up that copy of The Exorcist would lead me to all of this? Just lucky, I guess.

Raven House: Catching Up With Pippa Bailey

Q; You have multi-media releases out now in late 2017 and new work coming in 2018. Tell us what’s new?

It has been a whirlwind of a year. Let’s see, by the end of 2017 I will be appearing on two podcasts. One with a fabulously talented fellow author reading my story “Oh Christmas Tree”, the other an interview about being a writer without the support of your family. I have been working on an audio book, but I still can’t tell you any more about that. I’m awaiting the nod from the publishing company for the final quality check and a release date.

In October I was lucky enough to have a little cameo in a horror film called “Clown Face” which will be out in 2018. I had a fantastic time working with the cast and crew, and dancing practically non-stop for 6 hours.

In 2018 I have a fun project coming up with 11 other fantastic women of horror. We will be releasing a calendar for 2019. I’ll leave it at that to whet your appetite, I’ll let you know more after February 2018.

I am lined up for quite a few anthologies and collections in 2018, some announced, others still a secret. Keep your eyes peeled for more from me.

Q: You’re on the downhill stretch of your novel. Does it still look like a 2018 release?

I am on the downhill stretch, with a lot of editing and compiling to do it’s going to be a hard slog in 2018, but I am still aiming to have it out for June. I’m still trying to work out exactly where it sits. There are aspects of fantasy and sci-fi amid the horror. I am really looking forward to getting my story out there.

Q: What does 2018 hold in store for the Ghoul Guide.

I am hoping to throw some more energy into the Ghoul Guides again, as I have had to take a short break to focus on writing and other projects. I am hoping to find more time for reading between project work, I have a back log of books I’d love to break into. So many fabulous authors I haven’t been able to do justice yet.

So, keep it creepy, and sharing is scaring.


Pippa Bailey

Keep It Creepy

Horror is a Ghoul’s best friend

By Pippa Bailey

The Ghoul Guides were born from an obscure incident, and a love of horror. After a strange accident left me unable to walk for around four months, an extensive horror binge lead to the formation of our review company.

Although, I have my fingers in many pies, as an author, the voice of an audio book currently in production, and as a classically trained composer and vocalist. I wanted to give back to a horror community that has served as my inspiration and entertainment for over two decades. Unlike many standard reviewers, we decided to use video as our format. Our video catalogue can be found on YouTube under “Ghoul Guides”. If you haven’t come across us before, you can look forward to hours of book, comic, game, and peculiar creation reviews.

Through the Ghoul Guides, I have been lucky enough to meet many fantastic creators worldwide. It’s given me some fantastic opportunities over the last two years. I can’t thank people enough. It’s a privilege to be part of the horror community.

As a ghoul of a girl in my own right, I love to write. With short horror stories published across a variety of anthologies, the most recent being “Sparks” from Burdizzo Books (Released October 17th). Featuring my story “In for a Shock” about a young woman who wastes electricity, to her own detriment. I’m currently building towards the release of my Debut novel “Lux” next summer. I spend a lot of my spare time studying the art of writing. I thoroughly believe in the concept of quality not quantity.

So, if you’re looking for a bubbly English woman to give you an insight into some of the latest horror releases, indie creations, or you’re just looking to pick up one of my own stories. Give me a shout on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. – UK – Sparks book – USA – Sparks boo

Coming Soon: Josh Viola, Yog SEA Award

Join us at the Denver BookBar, November 18th, from 6-8, for the Ninth Yog SEA Award, celebrating the life and art of Josh Viola, of Hex Publishers. The evening will begin with an interview discussing Josh’s writing, game design, and the formation of the most exciting Publishing Company in Colorado. He’ll read from new work, then take questions.

Gary Jonas: Buying Freedom

In October 2014, I took control of my writing career. I got the rights back to five books, and brought out a new novel (Anubis Nights). Within a year of getting my rights back, I was able to quit my day job and become a full time writer. Since then, I’ve written and published 14 novels, a holiday novelette, and some books under pen names that I’m not public with because I don’t want anyone messing up my Also-Boughts.

I still remember how I felt when I launched the books myself. Had I made the right decision? What if nobody bought the books? What if nobody liked the books? What if I couldn’t cut it as a writer and had to settle for working in management at a grocery store? But I took the chance, and it paid off.

I’m certainly not the most successful writer around, but I love writing these crazy books, and I make a solid income so I don’t have to worry about paying the rent. I make a lot more now than I could have made working in the grocery business, and I enjoy what I do. Who could ask for more?

If you have dreams, chase them! You never know, you just might catch them.

Mark Morris: Novelist, Editor, Great Friend

In September 2018 I’ll be celebrating thirty years as a full-time writer. Although as a kid I’d always loved writing stories, I guess I really started to become serious about it around 1984, when I graduated from college. Looking back now, what I most vividly recall is how much I floundered in those first couple of years. For a while, with no one to turn to for advice, I struggled to find my voice, my direction, my focus. Then in 1986 I enrolled on a genre fiction-writing course, to be run by Ramsey Campbell. Although the course was subsequently cancelled due to lack of funding, I began a correspondence with Ramsey, as a result of which he became a kind of unofficial mentor to me. His editorial advice on some of my early work proved so invaluable that one of the stories I sent him, ‘Against the Skin’ (rewritten and much improved thanks to Ramsey’s input), eventually became my first professional sale – and to Charles L. Grant, no less, who bought it for the final volume of his legendary Shadows series.

Fast forward thirty years, and having become something of a genre stalwart myself (or so people tell me) I thought it was high time to pass on a little of the experience and editorial know-how I’ve accumulated these past three decades. To that end, I now offer an editorial service on my website, whereby for what I believe are very reasonable rates I provide clients with a detailed, personal assessment of their work, concentrating on such aspects as plot structure, story development, characterisation, dialogue, pacing, setting, readability and focus.

I realise, this being the internet age, that there are many companies and individuals offering similar services these days, but when it comes to genre fiction I feel I hold the advantage over many of my competitors for several reasons.

First and foremost, I’m not only a practitioner of genre fiction, but I remain a huge fan of it as well. I know the genre inside out, and have a vast number of influential contacts in the field, so can offer practical as well as editorial advice, for those who require it.

Secondly, unlike many who offer an editorial service, I’m widely published, and therefore know exactly what is needed to become a success in the field. For the record, I’ve had around twenty-five novels, half a dozen novellas, over one hundred short stories, and countless articles and reviews published in the past thirty years. Primarily a horror writer (my novels include Toady (US title: The Horror Club), Stitch, The Immaculate, The Deluge and most recently the Obsidian Heart trilogy), I’ve also written tie-in fiction for such franchises as Doctor Who, Torchwood, Hellboy, Spartacus, Sherlock Holmes and Stephen Jones’s Zombie Apocalypse, the official movie novelizations of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall, and the official tie-in novel for the computer game Dead Island. I’ve written audio drama scripts too, my most recent being an adaptation of the classic 1971 British horror movie Blood on Satan’s Claw. And over the years I’ve been published by a variety of publishers – among them Transworld, Harper Collins, Pan Macmillan, BBC Books, Titan, Leisure, PS Publishing, Subterranean Press and Cemetery Dance – and have won several awards and been nominated for many more.

As I’m sure pretty much everyone reading this article knows, self-publishing is both widespread and accessible these days, and as such it’s tempting for modern day writers to forego the editorial process altogether. But I sincerely believe that in order to become not only a good writer but a continually improving one, reliable and insightful editorial input is essential. When I was starting out on my writing journey, I would have jumped at the chance to get my work assessed by an established and experienced author. I hope that you feel the same way, and that you’ll check out my editorial service here:

Cover Artist Marine Stefanidi

Marine lives and works in Greece at this time, although she feels a kind of Dreams In The Witch House pull toward Baja and that wild reach of ocean. This is sample cover, but Marine does both pre-made covers and works from commission. Because she travels, the best way to reach Marine is to send a friend request.

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