L. Rubenstein – Biography
After graduating from Northwestern
University with a dual B.A. degree in Philosophy & Political Science and
then from Loyola University of Chicago School Of Law with a J.D. degree, Norm
spent over twenty years as a litigation attorney, then was appointed as an
Administrative Law Judge for the city of Chicago, where he presided in thousands
of trials and hearings.
Norm also organized and presented a number of rather
large science fiction conventions in conjunction with the BBC for their Doctor Who television series and was
featured on a nationally televised segment of the Entertainment Tonight TV show back in the 1980's. He went on to
co-produce ten stage plays including one, Murder
By Misadventure, that ran upon London's famed West End for six months, and
a world premiere of an A. R. Gurney play, The
Fourth Wall, starring George Segal and Betty Buckley in Chicago.
Norm, a voracious reader since childhood,
currently resides in the sunny Sonoran Desert near Phoenix, AZ, with his Golden
Retriever, Sunny and Flat-Coated Retriever, Coco. He is an Active Member of both
the Horror Writer's Association (HWA), and of the International Thriller
Writer's, Inc (ITW).
Norm has seen well over one hundred of
his Horror & Thriller Genre book and film reviews purchased and published over
the past seven years. Norm has written a regular column for Fear Zone "Macabre Musings,"
is and/or has been a regular reviewer for Horror
World, a regular columnist for Shroud
Magazine, and also, is a reviewer for Cemetery
Dance Magazine and Dark Scribe
Magazine, as well as serving a stint as the Reviewer for the Pod Of Horror podcast hosted by author
and professional radio host, Mark Justice, and is a frequent convention
speaker, panelist, and moderator.
Norm has had extensive experience working
freelance as an Editor for a number of Specialty Presses, including
Cargo Cult Press, Centipede Press, Dark Regions Press, Thunderstorm Books, and most
recently was employed as the Editor for Genius Publishing and Associate
Publisher of evil Genius Press, his own GP imprint. Norm is proud of the fact
that both Bloodletting Press and Dark Regions Press both respectively won the
coveted HWA “Best Specialty Press” Stoker award during the time he was employed
at each publisher. Norm’s website is http://www.macabremusings.com.
Norm is now employed as Senior/Assistant Managing Editor at JournalStone
As an author, Norm is proud to be a
contributor to the recently released and multi-award nominated, David Morrell
and Hank Wagner edited hardcover Anthology, Thrillers:
100 Must Reads from Oceanview Publishing. Norm’s very first fiction short
story -- “The Closet” -- co-authored with noted Canadian author Carol Weekes,
appears in the recently released anthology Fear
Of The Dark, by Horror Bound Magazine Publications. Norm’s second short
story, “The Widows Laveau,” co-written with author and publisher, Steven Booth,
has just appeared in the recently released, prestigious charity Anthology, Horror for Good. Norm is currently busy working
on a number of screenplays and teleplays and solicited short stories for
anthologies and otherwise.
Norm has been a member of and then served
two years as Chair of the HWA’s Stoker Additions Jury, completed a stint as the
Chair of the 2011 HWA’s Stoker Anthology Jury, and has most recently started
his second year as Co-Chair of the HWA’s Bram Stoker Awards™ Committee.