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Michael Knost, editor of Legends of the Mountain State 2, is doing a major push for my story A House is not a Home. The push in question would be for a nomination for the Bram Stoker Award put out by the Horror Writers Association. Yup, it’s award season.

The story received a blushingly favorable review in Dark Scribes Magazine and Michael has generously made it available for download. How to download:

Go to www.MichaelKnost.com and click the yellow box on the left side of the page to download the FREE PDF.

Sure it’s for HWA members to go take a gander at and decide if it’s worthy of award consideration. On the other hand, it’s available, so go read it then buy the anthology. It’s a good one.

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Legends of the Mountain State 2 – NOW AVAILABLE!

(And now, the official press release)

Even though the 2008 Halloween season is just beginning to commence, a new book of spooky tales is already getting enormous attention from readers of suspense, horror, and the macabre.

This book portrays more of the mysterious, bizarre and spine-tingling Mountain State tales and legends that have been passed down over the centuries. The title is Legends Of The Mountain State 2: More Ghostly Tales From The State Of West Virginia, with a foreword written by Gov. Joe Manchin, III.

But don’t be misled by the title of this anthology … although all stories are based on known ghosts and legends of West Virginia, every fan of horror, ghost stories, and dark fiction will love this project. In fact, legendary horror writer Joe R. Lansdale had this to say:

“Hardboiled, Southern Gothic. I loved it. It’s lean and mean and it doesn’t care if you like it, which is what makes me like it all the better. Written with a razor on the back of a dead bloated redneck cracker down by the river side, the mountains in view, this is one excellent read.”

Like its predecessor—Legends of the Mountain State [which was released on Halloween 2007]—this unique anthology offers thirteen additional accounts of ghostly manifestations, mythology and mayhem, based on legends from West Virginia. Rural ghost sightings and stories of the macabre take center stage with this release by Woodland Press, LLC, an independent book-publishing firm located in Chapmanville, WV.

Noted horror writer/editor Michael Knost, a native of Logan, WV, returns as the anthology’s editor, and writers for this volume are an amalgamation of nationally respected authors in the horror, science fiction and fantasy fields, including Gary A. Braunbeck, Mark Justice, Bob Freeman, Lucy A. Snyder, Nate Kenyon, Steven L. Shrewsbury, Michael Laimo, Maurice Broaddus (here’s a review of my story), Brian J. Hatcher, Mary SanGiovanni, Jonathan Maberry, Rob Darnell and Nate Southard.

“This is a book that uniquely promotes the rich folklore and storytelling tradition of our Mountain State,” says Keith Davis, CEO of Woodland Press. “Readers went crazy over the first installment. Actually, Legends of the Mountain State remains the number one ghost tale book in the Mountain State. This fresh, new release builds upon its predecessor’s monumental success. We believe Legends of the Mountain State 2 will also appeal to readers outside the state’s borders. West Virginia has more than its share of ghost stories, legends and peculiar oddities.”

The Legends Of The Mountain State series is available at www.woodlandpress.com or at the Horror-Mall.

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Legends of the Mountain State 2 and Apex Books

Legends of the Mountain State 2 will be out in September 2008. It will be a trade paperback from Woodland Press. The official lineup for this one has been released.

Mark Justice
Jonathan Maberry
Bob Freeman
Lucy A. Snyder
Nate Kenyon
Steven L. Shrewsbury
Michael Laimo
Maurice Broaddus – “A House is Not a Home”
Gary A. Braunbeck
Brian J. Hatcher
Mary SanGiovanni
Rob Darnell
Nate Southard

Apex Books is discounting everything in the store 20% to celebrate four excellent events:

1) The release of Orgy of Souls by Wrath James White & Maurice Broaddus

2) The release of Beauty & Dynamite by Alethea Kontis

3) The release of Mama’s Boy and Other Dark Tales by Fran Friel

4) THE COMPLETION OF OUR WEBHOST MIGRATION!

Just enter the code NEWHOST on checkout to receive your discount. Go to:

http://www.apexbookcompany.com

Speaking of which, here is a blog of nice words from Apex Publisher Jason Sizemore about Alethea Kontis.

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