Wednesday, January 16, 2019

DAY 18 OF ANNOUNCING! Table of Contents for: POP THE CLUTCH: THRILLING TALES OF ROCKABILLY, MONSTERS, AND HOT ROD HORROR

I’ll be posting all contributors here, one-a-day, to reveal the table of contents for the latest anthology that I’ve created: Pop the Clutch: Thrilling Tales of Rockabilly, Monsters, and Hot Rod Horror, published by Dark Moon Books on January 14, 2019!

DAY 18 of 18: Brian Hodge

1.
Seanan McGuire presents “The Golden Girls of Fall”
2.
Weston Ochse presents “Sea Lords of the Columbia”
3.
Kasey Lansdale and Joe R. Lansdale present “Tremble”
4.
Gary Phillips presents “The Demon of the Track”
5.
Jason Starr presents “Outlawed Ink”
6.
Nancy Holder presents “We Might Be Giants”
7.
Duane Swierczynski presents “Universal Monster”
8.
David J. Schow presents “Draggers”
9.
John M. Floyd presents “The Starlite Drive-In”
10.
Lisa Morton presents “Dr. Morbismo’s InsaniTERRORium Horror Show”
11.
Bill Pronzini presents “Hot Babe”
12.
Yvonne Navarro presents “The Prom Tree”
13.
Steve Perry presents “I’m with the Band”
14.
Max Allan Collins and Matthew V. Clemens present “Mystery Train: An Arcane Investigation”
15.
Jeff Strand presents “Lab Experiment Turf War”
16.
Amelia Beamer presents “The She-Creature”
17.
Will Viharo presents “Fish out of Water”
18.
Brian Hodge presents “I Was a Teenage Shroom Fiend”

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EXCERPT:

       . . . Maddox drummed his fingers on the top on his door, a galloping sound. “You bring Scott’s money with you or was this a wasted trip for me?”
      Heath slipped it from his pocket and handed it over. Maddox let the baggie of little green footballs slip from his fingers to the alley, with an “Oops, sorry.” When Heath bent over to pick it up, Maddox levered the door open and banged it into his head. As the frat boy tottered backward holding the top of his skull, Maddox slid out after him.
      Six lanky feet of gristle and bone with a pompadour—that was Maddox. When his little brother Hazel and I were still kids, I used to think Maddox was the coolest guy on earth. And I guess he was still up there in my estimation, but now it was more that I admired him for sticking to his guns. He was the last greaser in a world of hippies. Outnumbered 10,000-to-1 by bellbottoms, he wore pegged jeans so tight that, even if someone got in a lucky punch and knocked him out, the jeans might have kept him standing. I never knew how he could even move in them, let alone stash a bicycle chain in his back pocket, but he could, and did . . .

—“ I Was a Teenage Shroom Fiend” by Brian Hodge

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ABOUT:
BRIAN HODGE

Called “a writer of spectacularly unflinching gifts” by no less than Peter Straub, BRIAN HODGE is one of those people who always has to be making something. So far, he’s made thirteen novels, around 130 shorter works, five full-length collections, and one soundtrack album. His novella, “The Same Deep Waters as You,” was recently optioned by a London-based production company for development as a TV series.

He lives in Colorado, where he also likes to make music and photographs; loves everything about organic gardening except the thieving squirrels; and trains in Krav Maga and kickboxing, which are of no use at all against the squirrels.

Connect through his web site (www.brianhodge.net), Twitter (@BHodgeAuthor), or Facebook (www.facebook.com/brianhodgewriter).


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“A fitting tribute to the 1950s with this 18-story compendium of hot rods, rock ’n’ roll, and creature features come to life.” —Publishers Weekly




Monday, January 14, 2019

Release Day Today for POP THE CLUTCH: THRILLING TALES OF ROCKABILLY, MONSTERS, AND HOT ROD HORROR!!

IT’S HERE!!!! Release Day today for one of my most exciting anthology projects ever: POP THE CLUTCH: THRILLING TALES OF ROCKABILLY, MONSTERS, AND HOT ROD HORROR

Welcome to the cool side of the 1950s, where the fast cars and revved-up movie monsters peel out in the night. Where outlaw vixens and jukebox tramps square off with razorblades and lead pipes. Where rockers rock, cool cats strut, and hot rods roar. Where you howl to the moon as the tiki drums pound and the electric guitar shrieks and that spit-and-holler jamboree ain’t gonna stop for a long, long time . . . maybe never.

This is the ’50s where ghost shows still travel the back roads of the south, and rockabilly has a hold on the nation’s youth; where lucky hearts tell the tale, and maybe that fella in the Shriners’ fez ain’t so square after all. Where exist noir detectives of the supernatural, tattoo artists of another kind, Hollywood fix-it men, and a punk kid with grasshopper arms under his chain-studded jacket and an icy stare on his face.

This is the ’50s of Pop the Clutch: Thrilling Tales of Rockabilly, Monsters, and Hot Rod Horror. This is your ticket to the dark side of American kitsch . . . the fun and frightful side!

Praise:

“A fitting tribute to the 1950s with this 18-story compendium of hot rods, rock ’n’ roll, and creature features come to life.” —PublishersWeekly

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Table of Contents:

“Introduction” by Eric J. Guignard
“The Golden Girls of Fall” by Seanan McGuire
“Sea Lords of the Columbia” by Weston Ochse
“Tremble” by Kasey Lansdale and Joe R. Lansdale
“The Demon of the Track” by Gary Phillips
“Outlawed Ink” by Jason Starr
“We Might Be Giants” by Nancy Holder
“Universal Monster” by Duane Swierczynski
“Draggers” by David J. Schow
“The Starlite Drive-In” by John M. Floyd
“Dr. Morbismo’s InsaniTERRORium Horror Show” by Lisa Morton
“Hot Babe” by Bill Pronzini
“The Prom Tree” by Yvonne Navarro
“I’m with the Band” by Steve Perry
“Mystery Train: An Arcane Investigation” by Max Allan Collins and Matthew V. Clemens
“Lab Experiment Turf War” by Jeff Strand
“The She-Creature” by Amelia Beamer
“Fish out of Water” by Will Viharo
“I Was a Teenage Shroom Fiend” by Brian Hodge

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Edited by: Eric J. Guignard
Published by: Dark Moon Books (Los Angeles, CA)
With stunningly stupendous illustrations by: Steve Chanks
Number of pages: 346 pgs at 6” x 9” trim (99,000 words)
13-digit ISBN (hardback): 978-1-949491-05-0
13-digit ISBN (paperback): 978-1-949491-01-2
13-digit ISBN (e-book): 978-1-949491-02-9
Date of publication: January 14, 2019


#PopTheClutch

AVAILABLE IN HARDBACK (with Dust Jacket); PAPERBACK; and EBOOK here: https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Clutch-Thrilling-Rockabilly-Monsters/dp/1949491056


Sunday, January 13, 2019

DAY 17 OF ANNOUNCING! Table of Contents for: POP THE CLUTCH: THRILLING TALES OF ROCKABILLY, MONSTERS, AND HOT ROD HORROR

I’ll be posting all contributors here, one-a-day, to reveal the table of contents for the latest anthology that I’ve created: Pop the Clutch: Thrilling Tales of Rockabilly, Monsters, and Hot Rod Horror, to be published by Dark Moon Books on January 14, 2019!

DAY 17 of 18: Will Viharo

1.
Seanan McGuire presents “The Golden Girls of Fall”
2.
Weston Ochse presents “Sea Lords of the Columbia”
3.
Kasey Lansdale and Joe R. Lansdale present “Tremble”
4.
Gary Phillips presents “The Demon of the Track”
5.
Jason Starr presents “Outlawed Ink”
6.
Nancy Holder presents “We Might Be Giants”
7.
Duane Swierczynski presents “Universal Monster”
8.
David J. Schow presents “Draggers”
9.
John M. Floyd presents “The Starlite Drive-In”
10.
Lisa Morton presents “Dr. Morbismo’s InsaniTERRORium Horror Show”
11.
Bill Pronzini presents “Hot Babe”
12.
Yvonne Navarro presents “The Prom Tree”
13.
Steve Perry presents “I’m with the Band”
14.
Max Allan Collins and Matthew V. Clemens present “Mystery Train: An Arcane Investigation”
15.
Jeff Strand presents “Lab Experiment Turf War”
16.
Amelia Beamer presents “The She-Creature”
17.
Will Viharo presents “Fish out of Water”

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EXCERPT:

       . . . Before Frank noticed someone else was in the room, he’d shoved Julie to the ground and slammed the door behind.
       “What the hell do you think—” he began, then stopped short when he saw Phinn rise behind the desk, bristling and clenching his giant hands into fists.
      Frank’s jaw fell open. A little gasp escaped, before he composed himself enough to demand, “Who the hell are you?”
       “This is my friend, Phinn,” Julie said confidently, standing back up. “I brought him along to make sure you don’t try any funny business. Not that I’m joking, either. Now give me my money, we’ll leave, and you’ll never see us again.”
       “’Zat so?” Frank said, his gaze still deadlocked with Phinn’s, even as his knees knocked.
      “Yeah,” Julie responded resolutely.
      Frank seemed to strain in his efforts not to break, but he lost that brief showdown of wills fast enough against Phinn. Frank went to the wall safe, spun the knob, opened it, and removed a stack of bills, tossing it at Julie with contempt.
      “Lucky you caught me in a good mood,” Frank said.
       “Yeah, you’re a real jovial Gus.”
       “Take your pet monster and that smart mouth and get the hell out of my sight.”. . .

—“ Fish out of Water” by Will Viharo

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ABOUT:
WILL VIHARO

WILL “THE THRILL” VIHARO is a pulp fiction author, cat daddy, dog walker, and lounge lizard at large. For many years he was the producer and programmer of the cult movie cabaret Thrillville, featuring classic B films in 35mm with live burlesque acts all around the Bay Area and beyond, which he presented with his wife, Monica “Tiki Goddess” Cortes Viharo. Currently he is host and organizer of Noir at the Bar Seattle. His “gonzo grindhouse” novels include A Mermaid Drowns in the Midnight Lounge, Freaks That Carry Your Luggage Up to the Room, Lavender Blonde, Down a Dark Alley, Chumpy Walnut, and Love Stories Are Too Violent For Me. Swing by his cyber pad anytime for virtual cocktails at www.thrillville.net.

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Pop the Clutch: Thrilling Tales of Rockabilly, Monsters, and Hot Rod Horror

“A fitting tribute to the 1950s with this 18-story compendium of hot rods, rock ’n’ roll, and creature features come to life.” —Publishers Weekly




Saturday, January 12, 2019

DAY 16 OF ANNOUNCING! Table of Contents for: POP THE CLUTCH: THRILLING TALES OF ROCKABILLY, MONSTERS, AND HOT ROD HORROR

I’ll be posting all contributors here, one-a-day, to reveal the table of contents for the latest anthology that I’ve created: Pop the Clutch: Thrilling Tales of Rockabilly, Monsters, and Hot Rod Horror, to be published by Dark Moon Books on January 14, 2019!

DAY 16 of 18: Amelia Beamer

1.
Seanan McGuire presents “The Golden Girls of Fall”
2.
Weston Ochse presents “Sea Lords of the Columbia”
3.
Kasey Lansdale and Joe R. Lansdale present “Tremble”
4.
Gary Phillips presents “The Demon of the Track”
5.
Jason Starr presents “Outlawed Ink”
6.
Nancy Holder presents “We Might Be Giants”
7.
Duane Swierczynski presents “Universal Monster”
8.
David J. Schow presents “Draggers”
9.
John M. Floyd presents “The Starlite Drive-In”
10.
Lisa Morton presents “Dr. Morbismo’s InsaniTERRORium Horror Show”
11.
Bill Pronzini presents “Hot Babe”
12.
Yvonne Navarro presents “The Prom Tree”
13.
Steve Perry presents “I’m with the Band”
14.
Max Allan Collins and Matthew V. Clemens present “Mystery Train: An Arcane Investigation”
15.
Jeff Strand presents “Lab Experiment Turf War”
16.
Amelia Beamer presents “The She-Creature”

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EXCERPT:


       . . . We were down at the drive-in when I saw this girl, and something inside me melted. The girl wore a white collared shirt, clearly borrowed from her dad, and rolled-up jeans. Her hair was flapper short, like Amelia Earhart. She looked to be about my age, as far as I could tell in the flickering light from the movie screen and the street lights. She was the most wonderful thing I’d ever seen. I burned with shame. Girls weren’t supposed to have those feelings for other girls.
      She saw me looking at her, and I guess she wasn’t mad because she smiled at me. We had something in common, anyway, which was that we weren’t in our cars with our families watching the movie. She was by herself on the sidewalk, singing “Duck and cover, duck and cover,” only she was grinning like it was the biggest joke ever. “Kneel and kiss your ass goodbye,” she sang, and I wanted to laugh out loud. I’d seen that video of kids hiding from the atom bomb, and it was so scary. But it was hardly scary at all with this girl singing it.
      Because she was looking at me, and because she was by herself, I went up to her . . .

—“The She-Creature” by Amelia Beamer

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ABOUT:
AMELIA BEAMER

AMELIA BEAMER is a lifelong reader and writer. When she was a child, she wanted to grow up to be a writer, or maybe a Muppet. Her publications include the queer zombie novel The Loving Dead, as well as short fiction and nonfiction about literature and pop culture.

For over a decade, she’s worked as a book and magazine editor, doing work she loves. These days she focuses mostly on novels by independent writers of SFF/H who want to level up their writing chops and bring their best work to market. For fun she likes to run around on playgrounds with her niece and nephew, and she is a great lava monster. Her nephew says she’s the most fun person ever, except for maybe Jim Henson. Her website: ameliabeamer.com.


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Friday, January 11, 2019

DAY 15 OF ANNOUNCING! Table of Contents for: POP THE CLUTCH: THRILLING TALES OF ROCKABILLY, MONSTERS, AND HOT ROD HORROR

I’ll be posting all contributors here, one-a-day, to reveal the table of contents for the latest anthology that I’ve created: Pop the Clutch: Thrilling Tales of Rockabilly, Monsters, and Hot Rod Horror, to be published by Dark Moon Books on January 14, 2019!

DAY 15 of 18: Jeff Strand

1.
Seanan McGuire presents “The Golden Girls of Fall”
2.
Weston Ochse presents “Sea Lords of the Columbia”
3.
Kasey Lansdale and Joe R. Lansdale present “Tremble”
4.
Gary Phillips presents “The Demon of the Track”
5.
Jason Starr presents “Outlawed Ink”
6.
Nancy Holder presents “We Might Be Giants”
7.
Duane Swierczynski presents “Universal Monster”
8.
David J. Schow presents “Draggers”
9.
John M. Floyd presents “The Starlite Drive-In”
10.
Lisa Morton presents “Dr. Morbismo’s InsaniTERRORium Horror Show”
11.
Bill Pronzini presents “Hot Babe”
12.
Yvonne Navarro presents “The Prom Tree”
13.
Steve Perry presents “I’m with the Band”
14.
Max Allan Collins and Matthew V. Clemens present “Mystery Train: An Arcane Investigation”
15.
Jeff Strand presents “Lab Experiment Turf War”

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EXCERPT:

       . . . “What do you think you’re doing?” asked the teenager with a high crewcut and grasshopper arms. “This is Doctor Baleful’s territory!”
      The kid with the cigarette dangling from his mouth and leaking pustules sneered as the two gangs faced off against each other in the middle of a hot sidewalk. “Says who?”
       “What do you mean, ‘says who’?” asked Grasshopper Boy, who’d tried desperately but unsuccessfully to acquire the nickname ‘Grasshopper Man’ instead. “Everybody knows this is Baleful turf. If I were you, I’d take my buddies and scram.”
      The three other lab experiments behind Grasshopper Boy stepped forward in a group display of leather-jacketed menace.
       “I don’t see Baleful’s name on this street,” said the kid with the oozing pustules. “You see his name, Danny?”
       “Nope,” said a kid with seven eyes, three of which were on his face, hidden behind dark sunglasses.
       “You see his name, Alan?”
       “Nope,” said a kid who would have been short even if his body wasn’t missing from the waist down.
       “You see his name, Harold?”
       “Nope,” said a kid with the arms of a praying mantis coming through his sleeveless letterman jacket.
       “Gee, none of my associates see Doctor Baleful’s name on this street,” said the kid with the pustules. “As far as I’m concerned, that makes this Doctor Awry’s turf.” . . .

—“Lab Experiment Turf War” by Jeff Strand

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ABOUT:
JEFF STRAND

JEFF STRAND is the author of over forty books, including Pressure, Dweller, and Wolf Hunt. He has never participated in a street race to impress the girl of his dreams, nor has he ever said “Daddy-O” except in an ironic manner, nor has he ever worn a black leather jacket, even that one year at Halloween when he went as a ’50s greaser. All he really did was roll up a pack of cigarettes in the shoulder of a white t-shirt. You can visit his website at www.jeffstrand.com, but he doesn’t even own a switchblade so it’s okay if you don’t.

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Pop the Clutch: Thrilling Tales of Rockabilly, Monsters, and Hot Rod Horror


Publisher’s Page:
http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/pop_the_clutch.html

Releasing: January 14, 2019

“A fitting tribute to the 1950s with this 18-story compendium of hot rods, rock ’n’ roll, and creature features come to life.” —Publishers Weekly