KinderScares photo contest winners!

First of all, we’d like to thank everybody who participated in our Halloween photo contest!  We got so many awesome pictures and we love them all!

Without further ado, the winners of our fun prize packages!

Kimberly sent us this pic of her baby mermaid, Annie:

Cutest thing ever?!


She’ll be receiving copies of Scott Nicholson’s ebooks for kids for her little guys to enjoy.

Caffeinated Joe sent us this pic of his daughter as Mrs. Lovett from Sweeney Todd and his son, Charlie Brown in It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown:

They’ll be receiving Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex, and A Zombie Ate My Cupcake.

And Tymothy submitted this photo of his son Jubal as the Joker.  Looks awesome!


They’ll be getting Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, the Bert of the Dead art, and Little Monsters Cookbook.

Congrats to all our winners! We hope everybody had a fantastic Halloween season!

You Spoke To Us, So We Gave You Stuff!!

Ladies and gentlemen, the time is finally upon us! We’ve chosen 8 folks to give these awesome All Hallow’s Read gifts to, and in the interest of fairness and full disclosure, we drew the names on video so you could see the process (and so you could watch Colum silently freak out inside…)

If you recall, we were giving away 2 ebook copies (each) of Bryan Smith’s new urban fantasty/horror novel, Kayla and The Devil; Ronald Malfi’s absolutely chilling novella from Samhain Publishing, Borealis; and Melissa Ecker’s phenomenally scary and out-right sexy, Giving up the Ghost.

We also had 2 signed sets of Mary SanGiovanni’s For Emmy, Bob Ford’s Samson and Denial, and Kelli Owen’s The Neighborhood to give away. A very big Thank You has to go out to Pat Dreadful for trekking down to Horrorfind ’11 and getting these rad little books signed.

And finally, we were giving away volume’s 1 to 4 of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriquez’ badass comic, Locke and Key, in Trade Hardcover  – a killer gift for virtually anyone, and something to consider a prize in your collection.

In the end, a whole slew of you guys entered for a chance to get your hands on these pieces (in fact, there were about 60 more entries than we expected), and we wanted to announce the recipients in a special way.

So here we go, folks. Here’s not only Dreadful Tales’ very first video (implying that there will be more), but also an introduction to your friends in the DT Staff, as well as the names of the recipients of our giveaway.


DT Staff

KinderScares’ Halloween Kids Photo Contest – prize post!

Okay folks – we’re seriously loving the entries we’ve gotten so far for the photo contest!  The creepy cuteness abounds!  Keep ’em coming!

(If you’re hearing about this for the first time, check out the contest details here.  Basically, send us a Halloween-themed photo of your kids, or you as a kid.  The contest is open until November 1st, in case y’all get some incredible shots this year that you just have to send in, and winners will be announced November 6th!)

We have three prize packages for the best (best being in this case a highly subjective term meaning ‘whichever really catches our fancy’, haha) three pictures:

The first package consists of 3 kids ebooks by the awesome Scott Nicholson!  We’ll gift you the Kindle editions of Dunkin the Punkin, Too Many Witches, and If I Were Your Monster.  So much fun, and perfect to keep on your e-reader to entertain the kids when you’re stuck in a long line-up or waiting room (ask me how I know…).

The second package contains:
The awesome and inimitable Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex, one of our all-time favourite picture books
A hilariously awesome piece of art called Bert of the Dead by Terry Marsh (Bert and Ernie surrounded by zombies? We freaking LOVE this!).  We picked up a few prints at FanExpo this year.  It’s signed by the artist.
Little Monsters Cookbook for some Halloween foodie fun!

The third package:
A hardcover copy of Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich
And A Zombie Ate My Cupcake, which is seriously awesome.


Keep the pics coming! Happy Halloween weekend everybody!

The Coffin Hop Web Tour is putting on a literary event between October 24th and 31st that is literally going to blow the walls out of the independent horror community’s asylum of the damned. If you haven’t been following the details on Twitter from the #CoffinHop hashtag, let me get you up to speed.

The Coffin Hop is the brainchild of authors Axel Howerton and Julie Jansen, with the purpose of giving authors the chance to cross-promote with each other, as well as the opportunity to meet and learn from others in the genre. Of course, all of the participants are looking to increase their blog traffic from both current and potential readers as well, and many participants have come up with contests open to anyone who happens to peruse their blog. So far, I’ve seen limerick, poetry and art contests from the various Hoppers’ blogs that I’ve managed to visit. And there are many.

Some of the talent who’ve joined up are Dead Spell scribe Belinda Frisch, Nightface wordsmith Lydia Peever and even the good folks at Dark Moon Digest have joined in on the fun. Also joining the Coffin Hop, a powerhouse of horror whose newest release dropped just days ago, The Pumpkin Man himself, John Everson. What you’ve got here are some of the best and soon-to-be best in horror literature all lined up. So go ahead and see if this coffin fits.

Author participation is closed, as the Hop has officially started, but anyone interested in horror, authors, contests and prizes can click the above link to be taken to the official home and the list of participants. It’s a great chance to discover talent that you’ve not yet had the pleasure of reading, and you could walk away with a ton of swag! If you’re on Twitter, simply search #CoffinHop to see who’s posting about it, and start at that person’s blog. Everyone has a link back to the main page, so the whole deal is foolproof.

Remember that authors both need and love feedback, so if you’re asked for comments, please leave them. You could win stuff!

Tell us about YOUR All Hallow’s Read plans!

If you’ve been following along on our October journey this month you know we’ve been making daily All Hallow’s Read book suggestions for everyone in your life, so you can be prepared to terrify all your loved (or loathed!) ones during the week of Halloween.  (And if you need a specific suggestion, please feel free to ask away! Some of our staff are practically human scary-book encyclopedias.)

We’re dying to know what you horror-fiction folks have planned for our favorite new holiday tradition! Let us know in the comments what you’re doing or what books you’re gifting for All Hallow’s Read this year!

In the spirit of giving great literary scares and horror fare, we here at the DT offices want to extend our holiday book-giving to include our readers.  We’ve been excited to pick out books for our own family and friends, but it wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t get to celebrate All Hallow’s Read with the folks who make this website such a fun venture!  We’ll select people at random from the comments on this post to receive some fantastic fiction, as our All Hallow’s Read gift to you.

One of our favorite authors around here is Bryan Smith. His work has always been a treat to those of us who like our horror bloody, fast paced, and well written. So we’re giving away two copies of his new e-book, Kayla and the Devil an urban fantasy novel we know you’ll enjoy.

If you’ve been paying close attention to our Facebook and Twitter feeds, you’ll know the amount of love and respect we have for Ronald Malfi. And as we’ve always intended to bring you only the best in horror, we’re going to give away two e-book copies of his new novella, Borealis – a haunting and beautiful read that shook us to the core.

When it comes to Paranormal Romance and Erotic Horror, Melissa Ecker’s Giving Up The Ghost delivers in spades. Her prose is tight, her characters are immediately memorable, and her love scenes mind-numbingly intense. Apart from her prowess in writing erotic fare, she’s also more than capable of scaring the pants off of her readers. We’re going to give this e-book to two of you, along with the chance to get scared stiff. (I had to say it…)

Earlier this year, Colum reviewed 3 fantastic new novellas from Thunderstorm books’ Elemental series. We’ve got 2 signed bundles of those little books to give away: Kelli Owen’s The Neightborhood, Bob Ford’s Samson and Denial, and Mary SanGiovanni’s For Emmy.  You’ll love them as much as we did!

Dreadful Tales is also going to give away a bundle consisting of 4 hardcover copies of Locke and Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. Yep. You heard that right. One lucky person is going to receive a complete set of Volumes 1 – 4 (Welcome to Lovecraft, Headgames, Crown Of Shadows, and Keys to the Kingdom.) Why? Because we love our readers!

So let us know your plans in the comments! Or even just drop in to say hi.  We can’t wait to share so many awesome books with you folks!  The lucky giftees will be chosen at random from the commenters and announced next Saturday to kick off Halloween weekend…stay tuned!

All Hallow’s Read is a book-giving tradition thought up by author Neil Gaiman. We’re making book suggestions all month long in case you need ideas!