Author: Jennifer Griffin

Epeolatry Book Review: Reading Stephen King edited by: Brian James Freeman


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Title: Reading Stephen King
Ediotor: Lina Rather
Genre: Literary Criticism Reference
Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications
Release Date: 20th November, 2023

Synopsis: Stephen King has inspired millions of readers with his writing for more than four decades now, and this special volume of essays gathers together some of his high-pro le fans to discuss why they love reading Stephen King.

Many of these fans are acclaimed authors of ction in their own right. Some of them have written insightful books about Stephen King’s work, exploring how King’s natural storytelling gift has allowed him to create stories that reach people in every language around the world. A few of them have even written, produced, and directed movie adaptations of King’s most acclaimed works.

Inside this book you will join Clive Barker, Stewart O’Nan, Richard Chizmar, Frank Darabont, Stephen Spignesi, Justin Brooks, Tony Magistrale, Michael R. Collings, Rocky Wood, Robin Furth, Kevin Quigley, Hans-Åke Lilja, Billy Chizmar, Jack Ketchum, Bev Vincent, Mick Garris, and Jay Franco as they discuss their love of reading Stephen King…


Epeolatry Book Review: Case Files of the Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society Volume 1 by Robert Lewis and Bryan Bonner


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Title: Case Files of the Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society Volume 1
Author: Robert Lewis and Bryan Bonner
Genre: Occult Horror
Publisher:Polymath Press
Release Date: 15th September, 2023

Synopsis: Do you enjoy a good ghost story?

For nearly a quarter of a century, the Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society has investigated ghosts, aliens, cryptids, and all manner of bizarre claims and happenings in Colorado and beyond. Combining historic and scientific research with a love of the weird and scary, they’ve researched and documented some of the best paranormal stories in the world. Now, Colorado’s first and only forensic paranormal investigation team is proud to present this inaugural volume of their collected case files.

Within these pages, you’ll learn not only the ghostly and paranormal stories, but the histories of the allegedly haunted locations and the methods Rocky Mountain Paranormal uses to get to the bottom of some of the world’s strangest phenomena.


WIHM 2023: An Interview With Thana Niveau

Thana Niveau is a British author known for her short story collections “Octoberland” and “From Hell to Eternity” as well as her novel “The House of Frozen Screams.” Her short stories have appeared in several of the Mammoth Books anthologies as well. Thana has always had a thing for the dark side. Not only in her writings but in her real life as well, being married to fellow horror author John Llewellyn Probert and living in a wonderful gothic mansion complete with a huge library and many curiosities sprinkled throughout.

Jen Griffin: First of all, thank you so much for the interview! I love your book “House of Frozen Screams.” It was hard to put down… especially after nightfall!


Dark Horse Expands Partnership With Penguin Random House Publisher

Dark Horse Comics, known for their comics, graphic novels, and mangas with such titles as Mazebook, OutlanderArmy of Darkness, and The Thing, has expanded its partnership with Penguin Random House Publisher to distribute Dark Horse’s newly published and back list comic book periodicals, graphic novels and manga to the Direct Market comic shops. This is a multi-year agreement that will begin June 1, 2023. This will be an expansion of the current collaboration of the distribution of Dark Horse’s front list and backlist to bookstores.  “It’s an exciting time for the industry, and our move to Penguin Random House for Direct Market Distribution comes after our successful partnership in bookstore distribution. Random House will help us expand our reach to retailers and fans around the globe,” shared Dark Horse Founder and CEO Mike Richardson.


WIHM 2022: The Haunted Shirley Jackson

The Haunted Shirley Jackson

When I told my husband about this article he said, “Who’s Shirley Jackson?” I mentioned a few titles and he remembered her work. But he has a legit question. Who was Shirley Jackson? So many writers cite her as an inspiration. Who was the woman behind the words?

Shirley Jackson led a complex- some would say chaotic- life. Born December 14th, 1916 she was anything but conventional. Even her birth (a little over 9 months after her parents married) was borderline. Her parents hoped that their daughter would learn to think and behave the correct way, say the correct words. She did none of these things.

WIHM 2022: Anne Rice: A Life That Gave Us The Beauty Of The Night.

   Anne Rice burst onto the scene with her cult classic “Interview With a Vampire” in 1976.  It was the loss of her daughter Michelle that spurred her on to expand a short story into the gothic horror masterpiece we have today.  That novel turned all our preconceived notions of vampires on their heads.  After that success, she continued not only the Vampire Chronicles but also wrote about mummies (The Mummy Or Rameses the Damned which her son Christopher collaborated with her on the second and third novels in the trilogy), Jesus, angels, historical fiction, and even werewolves.   This doesn’t include her foray into erotic novels which are made up with the same lush details that she is known for in her other novels.


Get Ready For TORCon 2021!

Want to stay at home and still rub elbows with your favorite authors from TOR? You got it! TOR has announced it’s second annual virtual convention! It will last four days, June 10-13 and the panels will be amazing! With three panels scheduled each day there will be enough time to tune in and still get laundry done!

Thursday night starts the program out at 7pm with best selling author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn and award winning novelist Catriona Ward in conversation co-hosted by Den of Geek.

Epeolatry Book Review: The Guide of All Guides by Angelique Fawns


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Title:The Guide of all Guides
Author: Angelique Fawns
Genre: Nonfiction
Publisher: Angelique Fawns
Release Date: 8th Jan, 2021

Synopsis: Acclaimed as one of the most original voices in modern literature, a winner of the World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement, Raphael Aloysius Lafferty (1914-2002) was an American original, a teller of acute, indescribably loopy tall tales whose work has been compared to that of Avram Davidson, Flannery O’Connor, Flann O’Brien, and Gene Wolfe.

This ultimate guide answers all your questions.
Which magazines, ezines, and podcasts pay the most?
What are the editors looking for?
How long do I have to wait to hear back?
What sort of rejection letter will I receive?
Easy to use and organized in order of who pays the most, find out which magazines, ezines and podcasts are buying in today’s market.

Angelique Fawns has submitted, been accepted and rejected by many horror, sci-fi and fantasy editors over the years. 500 rejections. But 30 of her pieces have found homes. She puts that knowledge to our use in her book. Not only does she share places that she has submitted to but she also shared possible venues for the writer that she hasn’t. The venues she has submitted to she shared her experiences with them. But with all the entries she gives a complete and concise listing of what the editor and publication are looking for as well as what the writer can expect in return. That isn’t just monetary return either. This included response time as well as if the editor gives helpful suggests versus sending a form letter rejection.

The entries are complete and concise. The digital copy includes a direct link to the site being discussed so if you feel that your piece is a fit for that magazine you don’t have to do a cute and paste into your search engine. Fawns has done an excellent job of pooling her resources to share.

In the preface she lays out what the reader/writer can expect from her book. From there on it is up to the reader/writer to pick and chose what to read. She has listed the top paying markets (as of the writing) as well as suggestions about the best way to go about submitted your work to each venue.

My only complaint is purely aesthetic. I have my copy on my Kindle and since I read mostly in bed with it my Kindle is set up in dark mode (black background with white type). In that mode the links and table of contents are barely readable as they show up in a red font. However if I change back to traditional background (white with black type) everything shows up perfectly. All in all it is a well written and researched book. I highly recommend it!

Available from  Amazon.