All I Want for Christmas: McVicar-style

That’s right, folks! It’s a McVicar-style day here at DT!tumblr_magsjbeD2M1rq4xsaOr not…

I met Brice a few years ago via Facebook, even though we only recently met face-to-face for the first time (that was literally two days ago). It’s strange to say that, ’cause I feel totally at home with the guy. But now I’m positive that he exists, which is more than I can say for the lot of you.

1297263169304_AUTHOR_PHOTOThe dude will probably hate me for saying this and ruining his street cred, but I can best describe Brice as one of the most amazing damned fathers I have ever met. He’s a mean little sweetheart all covered in tattoos, with an awesome child-like innocence and a hilarious (but sometimes vividly disgusting) sense of humor. He strokes his goatee while he’s smoking and listening to the inane ramblings of whoever is present, making him look somewhat like a mad professor, but also letting you feel like he’s genuinely considering what you’re flapping your gums about. I’d give a million bucks to see what’s going on in his brain at those moments, but fear that I may find a Justin Bieber film on repeat in there instead of what I might expect…

In his daylight hours, he’s a reporter for a daily newspaper, a husband to a slightly insane (but ridiculously cute as hell) woman, the father of three adorible little monsters (very well behaved, too), and a columnist/writer for Fangoria.

See, one of the best things about Brice is the fact that he’s just. like. me… but different. We love the same music, we love the same movies, and we damn well love the same books. I think the biggest difference here is that he’s skinny, and I’m getting fat from all the cookies I’ve been eating for dinner.

Shit, I’ve been waiting a long time to introduce you guys to this crazy man, and this is the perfect time to do so. So without further ado, it is my pleasure to introduce y’all to one of the poor bastards I howl my ridiculous ideas and problems at – W. Brice McNasty… er… sorry… W. Brice McVicar.

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Dreadfully Approved: Halloween Hootenanny!

Welcome to the little corner of our library where we keep all of our favorite reads. It’s here you will find the books that carry the Dreadful Tales stamp of approval – a label we bestow upon some of our favorite dark/horror fiction and non-fiction titles.

Now, keep in mind that these are OUR favorites. You may have your own choices and we encourage you to share your favorites with us in the comments. In fact, it’s that kind of action that will get you noticed, and help your fellow genre fiction fiends find the stories that they may come to cherish.

Take a look around. See if you can find anything you like. Our library is open all day long, come rain or shine. Just make sure to close the door on your way out. Wouldn’t want any of these beasties making their way out into the world…

Halloween is upon us, and what better time to sit in a comfy chair, grab your favorite glass of spirits, and lay into a scary story. Every day is halloween for us, if you’re talking about reading scary books, so we thought we’d throw you a curve ball. And while we know that there are a million stories in the horror publishing world with this theme, we thought we’d let you know which ones are the ones we approve of 100%.

So without further ado, we bring you – Dreadfully Approved: Halloween Stories.

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The Pumpkin Man Is Here!: An Interview With John Everson

John Everson, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Covenant, Sacrifice, The 13th and Siren, called into the Dreadful Tales dungeon studio from his own deep purple den in Naperville, IL to discuss his latest novel The Pumpkin Man and he even reveals some juicy, bloody details about his next project! As longtime fans of Everson’s work, it is an honor and privileged to be able to speak with him and we couldn’t be happier with the results. In this interview we dig up details to much of his past work and get some insight into the inspiration for his latest novel The Pumpkin Man. This interview is particularly special because many years ago Colum lent Meli a copy of Everson’s balls-to-the-wall erotic horror novel The 13th and it’s really from there this friendship shared in horror fiction started. So, to be able to sit down for the first time together to interview one of their favorite modern authors is really exciting. To listen to Meli and Colum discuss all things horror with Everson and to find out about his projects past, present, and future listen below!

NOTE: It’s possible that due to Meli’s gross lack of sleep (she was at a 24-hour Horror Movie Marathon, but you’ll hear more about that later!) she may have mispronounced the author’s name. For the record, Everson is pronounced eve-er-sun, so instead of a soft eh sound at the beginning it’s a hard ee, like the name Eve. Eve-er-son. Everson. Say it, know it, love it!

THE PUMPKIN MAN IS HERE! A Conversation With John Everson

Dreadfully Approved: Coughs Up Some Badass Hairballs

Welcome to the little corner of our library where we keep all of our favorite reads. It’s here you will find the books that carry the Dreadful Tales stamp of approval – a label we bestow upon some of our favorite dark/horror fiction and non-fiction titles.

Now, keep in mind that these are OUR favorites. You may have your own choices and we encourage you to share your favorites with us in the comments. In fact, it’s that kind of action that will get you noticed, and help your fellow genre fiction fiends find the stories that they may come to cherish.

Take a look around. See if you can find anything you like. Our library is open all day long, come rain or shine. Just make sure to close the door on your way out. Wouldn’t want any of these beasties making their way out into the world…

In this, the first installment of Dreadfully Approved, we’re going to take a look at those flea-ridden, drooling, violent man-beasts that have plagued fiction for centuries – Werewolves. Centuries, you say!? Yes… centuries. Lycanthropes have been found in literature as far back as the early 1800s, but that’s another discussion for another article altogether.

Nonetheless, read on (after the break) and you might just find a story or two that has enough bite to send you screaming to the hills, and right into the foggy, desolate moors where stalks the ferocious lycanthrope. Continue reading

Dreadful Tales Haunts Horrorfind Weekend!

Horrorfind Weekend is underway, bringing some of your favorite authors together for readings, signings, official launches, and partying till the sun comes up. And Dreadful Tales is there!

Here’s the deal, kids.

Our big, bad, bearded review machine – Pat Dreadful – is chillin’ like a villain, representing Dreadful Tales in full effect, alongside his beautiful wife (who also just so happens to be cool as a cucumber). Unless he gets all sorts of excited by hanging out with the likes of Brian Keene, Kelli Owen, Bob Ford, Mary SanGiovanni, James Newman, Kevin Lucia, Lincoln Crisler, and many, many more – he should be able to keep his Dreadful Tales shirt on, and it shouldn’t be hard to find him.

Go see him, give him your contact info, and we’ll send you some free swag! We’ve got postcards, bookmarks, chapbooks, novellas, and much much more!

Introduce yourself to the man, show your love (he loves hugs), and drop him your email address. We’ll make it worth your while.

Have fun out there at Horrorfind, folks!

C.