All Hallow’s Read 2013 (Day 3)


Today’s suggestion is for all of the newbies to the genre. No doubt you came to our dark neck of the woods from Mystery, Thriller, Crime, or some other sort of speculative fiction genre, but have you ever faced a piece of writing that combines pretty much all of the above?

Thirty Miles South of Dry County is not only a brilliant foray into Kealan Patrick Burke’s unique style of storytelling, but it’s also an amazingly fun romp through a crazy, far-out-there, dystopian world that, well, isn’t actually too far-out-there. 

One of the greatest things about helping new readers along the path of finding great stories is that I get to throw my absolute favorite reads at them. I read this novella when I was looking at the 2013 Stokers Finalists and, in all honesty, I think it should have won.

While Gene O’Neill’s winning novella, The Blue Heron, is a phenomenal piece of speculative fiction, Burke’s entry is so instantly memorable it would easily make incredible viewing as a TV show, a la The Walking Dead or The Killing. Easily. (Burke, if you’re reading, you need to pitch this, man. Pitch it!)

It also helps that Burke is a looker, and a good face to have at the forefront of the genre, right ladies? (Yeah. I went there)


2012 Stoker Awards DT Podcast

Meli did an absolutely kickass wrap up of the Stoker Awards, which you totally should read. Go ahead, I’ll wait. The staff decided to go into literary overdrive and tackle our first ever podcast/Skype chat immediately following the festivities. Be warned, there is cursing, drunkenness, opinionated conversation, and much to my chagrin, a few instances of technical difficulty. Podcasting is something that we plan to continue, and thus plan to get better at.

That said, join Meli, Colum, Pat and myself as we opine on the event that was the 2012 Bram Stoker Award Ceremony.

EDIT: We apologize for any inconvenience, but the file has been deleted to make room for other media. Rest assured, it was epic.

For more on the Bram Stoker Awards, please visit the HWA webpage. If you’d like to keep up with each of us, follow us on Twitter: Meli, Pat, Colum, and Jason. Don’t forget to bookmark Dreadful Tales, follow our Twitter, and “like” us on Facebook.

Join Dreadful Tales for the Virtual Viewing of the 2012 Bram Stoker Awards!

The 2012 Bram Stoker Awards are upon us! This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) celebrating excellence in horror literature and we’ll be live-tweeting our thoughts on the proceedings, emanating this year from World Horror Con in Salt Lake City. Watch along with us, cheer on your favorite authors / publishers / editors, bust a gut listening to horror’s funnyman and Stoker emcee Jeff Strand, chat with the Dreadful Tales crew, and enter to win some killer books.

Just visit this link: and tweet us during the show.


(1) Tweet any or all of us using this hashtag ->; #DT #whc2012
(2) Share your pick in each category or just guess the winner. Your pick wins, you get another entry in the giveaway. So, you get 1 entry for just tweeting your pick and another if your pick wins. Fun and easy! (Just how I like my women! – Meli)

Follow @meliYOROSHIKU, @GradeZHorror, @JasonDarrick, and of course @DreadfulTales on Twitter to join in the insanity.

There’ll be food and drink and ghosts, and perhaps even a few murders!

Check out our picks below and chime in with your comments or tweets, the more the merrier!


A Matrix Of Angels by Christopher Conlon (Creative Guy Publishing)
Cosmic Forces by Greg Lamberson (Medallion Press)
Floating Staircase by Ronald Malfi (Medallion Press / Thunderstorm Books)
Flesh Eaters by Joe McKinney (Pinnacle Books)
Not Fade Away by Gene O’Neill (Bad Moon Books)
The German by Lee Thomas (Lethe Press)

Jason’s sentimental pick – Cosmic Forces
Jason’s actual pick – Floating Staircase
Meli’s pick – Cosmic Forces (I’m rooting for ya, Jake!)
Pat’s pick- Floating Staircase


Isis Unbound by Allyson Bird (Dark Regions Press)
Southern Gods by John Hornor Jacobs (Night Shade Books)
The Lamplighters by Frazer Lee (Samhain Horror)
The Panama Laugh by Thomas Roche (Night Shade Books)
That Which Should Not Be by Brett J. Talley (JournalStone)

Jason’s pick – The Lamplighters
Meli’s pick – Isis Unbound
Pat’s pick- Southern Gods


Ghosts of Coronado Bay, A Maya Blair Mystery by J. G. Faherty (JournalStone)
The Screaming Season by Nancy Holder (Razorbill)
Rotters by Daniel Kraus (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Candlewick / Walker)
This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel (Simon & Schuster / David Fickling Books)

Jason’s pick – Rotters
Meli’s pick – Dust and Decay
Pat’s pick- Dust and Decay


Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol (First Second)
Locke & Key Volume 4 by Joe Hill (IDW Publishing)
Green River Killer by Jeff Jensen (Dark Horse)
Marvel Universe vs. Wolverine by Jonathan Maberry (Marvel)
Baltimore Volume I: The Plague Ships by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden (Dark Horse)
Neonomicon by Alan Moore (Avatar Press)

Jason’s pick – Locke & Key Volume 4
Meli’s pick – Locke & Key Volume 4
Pat’s pick- Locke & Key Volume 4


7 Brains by Michael Louis Calvillo (Burning Effigy Press)
Roots and All by Brian Hodge (A Book of Horrors)
The Colliers’ Venus (1893) by Caitlin R. Kiernan (Naked City: New Tales of Urban Fantasy)
Ursa Major by John R. Little (Bad Moon Books)
Rusting Chickens by Gene O’Neill (Dark Regions Press)
The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine by Peter Straub (Conjunctions: 56)

Jason’s pick – 7 Brains
Meli’s pick – 7 Brains
Pat’s pick- 7 Brains


Her Husband’s Hands by Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed Magazine, October 2011)
Herman Wouk Is Still Alive by Stephen King (The Atlantic Magazine, May 2011)
Hypergraphia by Ken Lillie-Paetz (The Uninvited #1)
Graffiti Sonata by Gene O’Neill (Dark Discoveries #18)
Home by George Saunders (The New Yorker Magazine, June 13, 2011)
All You Can Do Is Breathe by Kaaron Warren (Blood and Other Cravings)

Jason’s pick – Hypergraphia
Meli’s pick – Home
Pat’s pick- Graffiti Sonata


True Blood, episode #44: “Spellbound” by Alan Ball (HBO)
The Walking Dead, episode #13: “Pretty Much Dead Already” by Scott M. Gimple (AMC)
The Walking Dead, episode #9: “Save the Last One” by Scott M. Gimple (AMC)
Priest by Cory Goodman (Screen Gems)
The Adjustment Bureau by George Nolfi (Universal Pictures)
American Horror Story, episode #12: “Afterbirth” by Jessica Sharzer (20th Century Fox Television)

Jason’s pick – American Horror Story
Meli’s pick – American Horror Story
Pat’s pick- True Blood


Voices: Tales of Horror by Lawrence C. Connolly (Fantasist Enterprises)
Red Gloves by Christopher Fowler (PS Publishing)
Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlin R. Kiernan (Volume One) by Caitlin R. Kiernan (Subterranean)
Monsters of L.A. by Lisa Morton (Bad Moon Books)
The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares by Joyce Carol Oates (Mysterious Press)
Multiplex Fandango by Weston Ochse (Dark Regions Press)

Jason’s pick – Multiplex Fandango
Meli’s pick – Multiplex Fandango
Pat’s pick- Monsters of LA


NEHW Presents: Epitaphs edited by Tracy L. Carbone (Shroud Publishing)
Ghosts By Gaslight edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers (Harper Voyager)
Blood And Other Cravings edited by Ellen Datlow (Tor Books)
Supernatural Noir edited by Ellen Datlow (Dark Horse)
Tattered Souls 2 edited by Frank J. Hutton (Cutting Block Press)
Demons: Encounters with the Devil and his Minions, Fallen Angels and the Possessed edited by John Skipp (Black Dog and Leventhal)

Jason’s pick – Tattered Souls 2
Meli’s pick – Demons: Encounters with the Devil and his Minions, Fallen Angels and the Possessed
Pat’s pick – Demons: Encounters with the Devil and his Minions, Fallen Angels and the Possessed


Halloween Nation: Behind the Scenes of America’s Fright Night by Lesley Pratt Bannatyne (Pelican Publishing)
Reflections in a Glass Darkly: Essays on J. Sheridan Le Fanu edited by Gary William Crawford, Jim Rockhill and Brian J. Showers (Hippocampus Press)
Starve Better by Nick Mamatas (Apex Publications)
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies by Matt Mogk (Gallery Books)
The Gothic Imagination by John C. Tibbetts (Palgrave Macmillan)
Stephen King: A Literary Companion by Rocky Wood (McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers)

Jason’s pick – Stephen King: A Literary Companion
Meli’s pick – Reflections in a Glass Darkly: Essays on J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Pat’s pick- Behind the Scenes of America’s Fright Night


How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend by Linda Addison (Necon Ebooks)
At Louche Ends: Poetry for the Decadent, the Damned & the Absinthe-Minded by Maria Alexander (Burning Effigy Press)
Surrealities by Bruce Boston (Dark Regions Press)
Shroud of Night by G. O. Clark (Dark Regions Press)
The Mad Hattery by Marge Simon (Elektrik Milk Bath Press)
Unearthly Delights by Marge Simon (Sam’s Dot)

Jason’s pick – At Louche Ends: Poetry for the Decadent, the Damned & the Absinthe-Minded
Meli’s pick – At Louche Ends: Poetry for the Decadent, the Damned & the Absinthe-Minded
Pat’s pick- At Louche Ends: Poetry for the Decadent, the Damned & the Absinthe-Minded

Hope to “see” you all there!

Check out the official 2012 Bram Stoker Awards website for more info on this years event.

– Meli, Pat, and Jason