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Here's a poetry reading we filmed a couple of years ago. My son Noel just composed the music, and here it is at last! :D

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CALLING ALL WRITERS!!
An Open Call for Submissions - details below.

(Off the top of my head, I am thinking of you, +Daniel Hilliard​​, +Pete Kahle​​, +Thomas S Flowers​, +Iain Robert Wright​​, +Brandon Ford​​, +Jason Davis​​, +Paul F​​, +David Dubrow​​, +Theresa Jacobs​​)
Also, +Nev Murray​​, if you can help pass the word along as well.

Simple Things - Open Call for Submissions

Evil things can be very obvious. Skulls, weapons, clowns, etc. all fall within the category, but where are the stories of obscure evil things?
A baby’s pacifier, a light bulb, a spoon, things that appear in everyday life which we never think twice about – things we would never think of as evil. Those simple things are what we challenge you to dig up, examine, recreate and make as evil as you can. Make the reader feel terror as they gaze upon an ordinary item. Push the boundaries of normal horror and make the mundane something to be reckoned with.
We challenge you to blow our minds and create evil from Simple Things.

You know what we want, so here’s what we don’t want: typical items that have been used to death whether in books or movies. (We know you can do better than that.)
No Rape, child molestation, or bestiality. Imply it only if it is necessary to forward the plot.

Guidelines:
Word Count: 3000 - 5000
12 point font
Double spaced
Times New Roman Preferred
No headers, footers, or page numbers
.05 Paragraph indent, do not use tabs or space bar for indents please.
No double-space after a period.
Standard manuscript formatting: First page should include authors name, address and e-mail along with word count in upper left hand corner. Title and byline as you wish your name credited centered above the body of the story.
Original stories only unless agreed upon.
No S.S. or multiple subs. Please wait for a response before sending a different story.
Attach your submission as a word .docx .doc or RTF and email to: subLVP@outlook.com
Include in the subject line of your email: SimpleThings/Title/Last Name
Your email body should include a short synopsis of your story.

Payment:
$25.00 per story, electronic copy, one print copy, author credit.
Rights:
First Anthology Rights ~ 60 Days Exclusivity
This Lycan Valley Press Anthology is open until filled. Best of luck to all!
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Huge thank you to Jason Berry for the awesome review!
Book Review Time:

Genre - Horror/Anthology
Year Published - 2016
Published by Lycan Valley Press
Length - 291 (digital) pages
Anthology Authors selected by Jo-Anne Russell and Edited by Robert Nelson

Tagline: "Terrifying Tales of Transformation"

Rating: 4 Skulls [overall]

Plot Summary:
This book contains 22 stories from authors around the world. Together they bring you morbidly terrifying tales of metamorphosis, transformation, and deep horror that will follow you for days, long after you've read the last page.
Beware reading this book at night and alone - for the mind is a powerful thing, and you may find you have company in the shadows.

Review:
If you read my Google+ post regarding this book, last month, then you know that Franklin E. Wales has a story within this anthology, hence my reading it. Wales' story - Pickin' to Beat the Devil - is a continuation in his Dramos Saga (you do not have to have read anything prior - it is better if you have, but this is a stand-alone story that I guarantee will have you wanting to read the others!) For those of you not familiar with Dramos, he is a [*spoiler] vampire hunter, and his tales take place, mostly, in the Old West - great reading!
Pickin' to Beat the Devil adds a new (Irish) character (Patrick O'Dea) in the mix, and if you are a fan of Robert Rodriguez' El Mariachi or Desperado, then you will love this character! [Now that I think of it, Robert Rodriguez would be an ideal director to bring the Dramos Saga to the Big Screen. . .]

Obviously, there are other stories/authors within this anthology, so how did the rest compare?

Out of the 22 stories, there wasn't a single one that I didn't like (which is pretty impressive!) Most were 3-Skull quality; entertaining in their own right. Several more were well-above average - just to mention a few... Terri Del Campo's 'The Skully Effect' (an extremely bizarre tale that you won't soon forget!), Suzie Lockhart's 'Vile Deeds' and Cameron Trost's 'The Corkscrew and the Void' were some other well-above average tales.

As for the stand-outs: Jo-Anne Russell's 'You Are What You Eat', Stacey Turner's 'The Lake' (loved this one!), Tina Piney's 'The Death Vaccination' (cool concept!), Suzanne Robb's 'The Moonlight Killer' [man, the women are killing it this anthology!] Of course, the aforementioned Wales' tale, and then Ken MacGregor's 'Danger's Balls' (If you are a fan of the 1991 flick 'Body Parts', you will definitely dig this tale!)

As I stated earlier, each of the stories within this anthology are entertaining, in their own right - there are many more gross, sick, and twisted tales that were not mentioned. Those that were are just the one that rose to the top.

If you are a fan of anthologies, or are just looking to try some new authors, then this one is for you!
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CALLING ALL WRITERS!!
An Open Call for Submissions - details below.

(Off the top of my head, I am thinking of you, +Daniel Hilliard​​, +Pete Kahle​​, +Thomas S Flowers​, +Iain Robert Wright​​, +Brandon Ford​​, +Jason Davis​​, +Paul F​​, +David Dubrow​​, +Theresa Jacobs​​)
Also, +Nev Murray​​, if you can help pass the word along as well.

Simple Things - Open Call for Submissions

Evil things can be very obvious. Skulls, weapons, clowns, etc. all fall within the category, but where are the stories of obscure evil things?
A baby’s pacifier, a light bulb, a spoon, things that appear in everyday life which we never think twice about – things we would never think of as evil. Those simple things are what we challenge you to dig up, examine, recreate and make as evil as you can. Make the reader feel terror as they gaze upon an ordinary item. Push the boundaries of normal horror and make the mundane something to be reckoned with.
We challenge you to blow our minds and create evil from Simple Things.

You know what we want, so here’s what we don’t want: typical items that have been used to death whether in books or movies. (We know you can do better than that.)
No Rape, child molestation, or bestiality. Imply it only if it is necessary to forward the plot.

Guidelines:
Word Count: 3000 - 5000
12 point font
Double spaced
Times New Roman Preferred
No headers, footers, or page numbers
.05 Paragraph indent, do not use tabs or space bar for indents please.
No double-space after a period.
Standard manuscript formatting: First page should include authors name, address and e-mail along with word count in upper left hand corner. Title and byline as you wish your name credited centered above the body of the story.
Original stories only unless agreed upon.
No S.S. or multiple subs. Please wait for a response before sending a different story.
Attach your submission as a word .docx .doc or RTF and email to: subLVP@outlook.com
Include in the subject line of your email: SimpleThings/Title/Last Name
Your email body should include a short synopsis of your story.

Payment:
$25.00 per story, electronic copy, one print copy, author credit.
Rights:
First Anthology Rights ~ 60 Days Exclusivity
This Lycan Valley Press Anthology is open until filled. Best of luck to all!
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