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!

All Hallow’s Read (Day 24) A scary book for…

…art lovers

We’ve got a couple of books here that you should check out, and two artists you really need to acquaint yourself with right now. And a contest to win some custom art. Keep reading. You won’t regret it.

Gothic Art Now, by Jasmine Becket-Griffith, features some of the most stunning art we’ve come across in this genre. From Kyri KoniotisSacrifice, a digital painting that will blow you away, to Erlend Mark‘s photo and digital manipulation piece, Narrentraum, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything to complain about here. The images range from beautiful to barbaric, and the overall sense is deliciously dark.

Hell Bound: New Gothic Art, by Francesca Gavin, is jam packed with amazing photography, digital images, classical art, and a slew of mixed media that will send shivers up your spine, and really define the marriage of beauty and brutality found within this genre. Hell Bound is a masterpiece that focuses not only on the imagery, but also on the background of the artists as well. It’s very well put together, and displays everything we love about the genre.

Russell Dickerson is a powerhouse of an artist with a heaping ton of credits to his name.. He’s worked a great deal with Cemetery Dance, the Maelstrom imprint of Thunderstorm books, and various other outlets. The above image, The Lost Nightmare (mixed media – scratchboard, ink, acrylic) encapsulates exactly what horror art is, for Colum, and redefines the very vision of nightmares. More of Dickerson’s art can be found at and (the above image is property of Russell Dickerson)

Colum and family were there when Chris Zenga knocked this piece out. The idea that anyone would zombify Egon Spengler from Ghostbusters is a hilarious, phenomenal, and ambitious venture – to say the least. In fact, his whole operation is grand. For an indie artist in the horror community, Zenga is taking a ton of risks that push his creativity skyward. In fact, Zenga has agree to run a little contest with us here at Dreadful Tales.

For the remainder of October (the next 7 days), any new followers that @DreadfulTales receives on Twitter will be eligible to win one of his custom zombie portraits. That’s right, folks! Follow Dreadful Tales, and Chris Zenga will draw a custom picture of your undead self! You can take a look at Zenga’s custom work at his website: The Day After – Art For Those Left At The End.

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

Midweek Contest: Pop Quiz Version

Does anyone have a killer case of the midweek blues?  Sure you do, but the Dreadful Tales staff is here to fix that!  We are going to be giving away a free book to the first person who can give us the correct answers to the following questions so get out those thinking caps and get on it!

Name the novel that bagged Richard Laymon his only Stoker Award?

What name has Brian Keene given the mythos that ties all of his stories together?

What is the title of the upcoming Stephen King novel, due out in November?

Give us the names of at least two bizarro authors attending this year’s Horrorfind convention?

And just for fun…. What is your favorite Halloween themed genre novel?

Email the answers to PatDreadful [at] gmail [dot] com and we will announce the winner in this week’s Weekend Roundup.