Holiday Wish - Help Ed Bryant

It has come to my attention that noted writer and critic Ed Bryant needs our help. Due to financial complications surrounding recent heart bypass surgery, a limited income, and some assholes who took advantage of his kindness, he has been struggling to buy the insulin needed to keep him alive (Ed is a Type I diabetic) and nearly lost his home to foreclosure.

To that end, a third party trust fund has been set up for Ed at the Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities. The PayPal donation button below goes to an account administered by the Colorado Fund. Please consider helping Ed by donating funds to the third party trust using this button.

More information can be found at

The Tel-Aviv Dossier

If you're a fan of Lavie Tidhar's weird fiction, he's got a limited edition novel coming out called The Tel-Aviv Dossier (co-written with Nir Yaniv) that is up for pre-order at

They're only printing as many as are pre-ordered. So don't miss out!

Win a short story critique from me!

I seldom do story critiques outside of my work with Apex, so this is a chance to see what it is like to have a story ripped apart from a Kentucky hillbilly who happens to run a publishing company. :)

Here's a link to the raffle items:

10% of all proceeds goes to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (a program that gives books to kids). Horror and Dolly go hand in hand, folks.

I'm featured on the Publishers Weekly website!

Rose Fox, genre editor for Publishers Weekly, invited me to appear on her "Nuts & Bolts" segment for her PW blog (Genreville) to talk about I Remember the Future: The Award-Nominated Stories of Michael A. Burstein.

It was an honor to be asked. I literally jumped out of my chair to say "YES!"

I almost feel important. *preening happily*

Visit me at Scarefest 2008

Come see editor-in-chief Jason Sizemore and submissions editor Mari Adkins this weekend at Scarefest 2008 held in Lexington, KY. Apex Book Company will have a booth in the convention hall and will be selling books, mugs, shot glasses, and whatever else they can find for monetary gain.

For more information about Scarefest, visit their website at

Robby Sparks - Next Stop, Hollywood

From Robby Sparks...

My local newspaper (Florida Today) has begun its annual "90 Seconds to Fame" film contest.  My film "Deer Santa" is available for viewing and voting!  The movie even got a blurb in an accompanying article (See link below).  The first round of voting began today and will run through the week.  The top three films move on to the next round.  The winner(s) will be shown at the Melbourne Independent Film Festival here in Melbourne, Florida.   
So enjoy the film, don't forget to VOTE, and please spread the word :)