DogCon Countdown: Lucy Snyder

Author Lucy Snyder
Author Lucy Snyder

Will you be in the western Pennsylvania area this coming weekend, July 25-27? If so come to Confluence, Pittsburgh’s literary conference of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Confluence has been kind enough to host DogCon 3 (the annual gathering of Raw Dog Screaming Press) this year. This will give you a chance to meet author Lucy Snyder!

Here is her schedule at Confluence:

  • Friday 6 pm Happiness in Horror
  • Friday 7 pm The Games We Play
  • Friday 8 pm RDSP Rapid Fire Reading
  • Friday 9 pm SOFT APOCALYPSES launch party
  • Saturday 12 pm SF as Games; Games as SF
  • Saturday 4 pm Collaboration
  • Saturday 10 pm Erotica: Writing, reading in more than 50 shades of grey
  • Sunday 12 pm Writing and the Day Job
  • Sunday 1 pm Truly Creative: Financial realities of the writing life
  • Sunday 2 pm The Amazon’s Right Breast: Women in Combat

About Lucy Snyder

Lucy A. Snyder is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the novels Spellbent,Shotgun Sorceress, Switchblade Goddess, and the collections Sparks and Shadows,Chimeric Machines, and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger. Her writing has appeared in Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, Hellbound Hearts, Doctor Who Short Trips: Destination Prague, Chiaroscuro, GUD, and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.

Lucy was born in South Carolina but grew up in San Angelo, Texas. She currently lives in Worthington, Ohio with her husband and occasional co-author Gary A. Braunbeck.

Lucy has a BS in biology and an MA in journalism and is a graduate of the 1995 Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop; her classmates included authors Kelly Link and Nalo Hopkinson.

She has worked as a computer systems specialist, science writer, biology tutor, researcher, software reviewer, radio news editor, and bassoon instructor. In her past life as an editor, she published Dark Planet and selected poetry and software reviews for HMS Beagle. She currently produces a column for Horror World on science and technology for writers and coordinates the writing workshops at the annual Context conference.

If genres were wall-building nations, Lucy’s stories would be forging passports, jumping fences, swimming rivers and dodging bullets. You can learn more about her at www.lucysnyder.com.

About Soft Apocalypses

Lucy A. Snyder proves once again that she is fearless in mapping every corner of the literary landscape. Not content to be confined to any single region, she guides readers through dark realms of fantasy into the churning industry of steampunk, from the dizzying heights of science fiction down to the most desolate depths of horror.

The strength of the tales that make up this quiet cataclysm—for example “Magdala Amygdala,” winner of the 2013 Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction—do not compete. Instead they overlap to create a vista of ethical armageddons at once thorny and hopeful. Snyder’s irresistible prose and stunning eye for detail bind together a collection that defies expectation but delivers deep satisfaction.

 

DogCon Countdown: Albert Wendland

Author Albert Wendland
Author Albert Wendland

Will you be in the western Pennsylvania area this coming weekend, July 25-27? If so come to Confluence, Pittsburgh’s literary conference of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Confluence has been kind enough to host DogCon 3 (the annual gathering of Raw Dog Screaming Press) this year. This will give you a chance to meet author Albert Wendland!

Here is his schedule at Confluence:

  • Friday 5 pm Making the Science Sing
  • Friday 8 pm RDSP Rapid Fire Reading
  • Saturday 10 am What Dreams May Come
  • Saturday 11 am Non-SF books every SF reader should read
  • Saturday 12 pm Making it on Mars
  • Saturday 2 pm Autographing
  • Saturday 5 pm Kaffee Klatsch
  • Sunday 12 pm SF Art and Illustration
  • Sunday 2 pm SF Rediscovers the Solar System

About Albert Wendland

An early interest in astronomy, the comic books Strange Adventures and Mystery In Space, and the Sunday comics of Flash Gordon led Albert Wendland to a life-long fascination with science fiction. Science projects, early efforts at art, and “creativity exercises” all had an SF vein, and the first novels he read were by Andre Norton, Poul Anderson, Arthur Clarke and Robert Heinlein. His dream career was to do astronomy in the day and write science fiction at night, but majoring in physics at Carnegie-Mellon (as preparation for graduate work in astronomy) was not satisfying or inspiring enough, so he double-majored by adding English with the intention of eventually teaching literature and writing.

In graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh, he wrote one of the first dissertations on science fiction, and his interest in both mainstream literature and popular culture brought him to the attention of Seton Hill University (a College then), which hired him. He taught there happily for many years, pursuing his interests in the contemporary novel, Romanticism, the sublime in art, the graphic novel, popular fiction, and, of course, science fiction, while getting many of his poems accepted in the school’s award-winning literary magazine and publishing articles on science fiction. Then a call for graduate programs led him to co-create the MFA in Writing Popular Fiction, which—unique in academic writing programs—focuses solely on the popular genres. This experience in developing and eventually running the program, and the ongoing communal inspiration provided by its students and faculty, encouraged a return to the thrill of writing SF novels, which he excitingly is continuing now. With his current book, he is planning both a prequel and sequel, a collection of poems, and a nonfiction work on Description in Popular Fiction.

About The Man Who Loved Alien Landscapes

A science fiction novel that begins as a murder mystery and is taken over by an interstellar treasure hunt. What could draw poet, explorer, loner and paranoid Mykol Ranglen away from the relative peace of his own stellar habitat? He has no choice in the matter as one by one acquaintances are murdered or disappear altogether. Propelled by ever changing and deepening mysteries Mykol embarks to uncover secrets which could make people rich beyond their wildest dreams…or tear apart human civilization. The escalating quest takes him through worlds of many dangerous extremes, leading him to confront the deadly alien “fist of thorns,” extinct species refusing to give up their power over the future, and those racing against him to uncover the secret first. But in the course of his pursuit, he must also face his own secrets. And some of these are more dangerous.

You can find The Man Who Loved Alien Landscapes on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Man-Who-Loved-Alien-Landscapes/dp/1935738615/.

DogCon Countdown: John Edward Lawson

This guy again?
This guy again?

Will you be in the western Pennsylvania area this coming weekend, July 25-27? If so come to Confluence, Pittsburgh’s literary conference of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Confluence has been kind enough to host DogCon 3 (the annual gathering of Raw Dog Screaming Press) this year. This will give you a chance to meet…me!

Here is my schedule for Confluence:

  • Friday 4 pm Opening Ceremony Address
  • Friday 8 pm RDSP Rapid Fire Reading
  • Saturday 11 am What Makes You Think That?
  • Saturday 2 pm The Writing & Publishing Game
  • Saturday 7 pm Beyond the Experiment

A Little About Me

John Edward Lawson has been referred to as “the forgotten black man of horror,” but he also regularly publishes literary and science fiction. His novels, short fiction, and poetry have garnered nominations for the Dwarf Stars Award, Elgin Award, Pushcart Prize, Rhysling Award, Stoker Award, and Wonderland Award.

About Truth in Ruins

Through a series of dark bizarro adventures Truth in Ruins chronicles the world’s dying gasps. Sneak into the space where flesh is erased and sanity unspools, where casual brutality rules and hilarity ensues. Here flesh is as malleable as one’s morals, everyone is a serial killer, and one must always keep a shotgun at the ready to fend off trolls and kobalds. You have been warned…

Find Truth in Ruins on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GP851IW.

DogCon Countdown #3

Author Matt Betts
Author Matt Betts

Will you be in the western Pennsylvania area this coming weekend, July 25-27? If so come to Confluence, Pittsburgh’s literary conference of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Confluence has been kind enough to host DogCon 3 (the annual gathering of Raw Dog Screaming Press) this year. This will give you a chance to meet author Matt Betts!

Here is his schedule at Confluence:

  • Friday 6 pm Kaffee Klatsch
  • Friday 7 pm Autographing
  • Friday 8 pm 8 pm RDSP Rapid Fire Reading
  • Saturday 10 am Writing Workshop
  • Saturday 5 pm Why did Steam punk?
  • Sunday 1 pm Truly Creative: Financial realities of the writing life

About Matt Betts

Matt Betts was born in Lima, Ohio some years ago. Lima is just a stone’s throw away from several other towns with excellent throwing stones. During and after college, Matt worked for a number of years in radio as an on-air personality, anchor and reporter. He has written for Blood, Blade and Thruster Magazine and Shock Totem. His fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous magazines, journals and anthologies.

Matt currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and sons. He is hard at work on the next adventure of the crew of the airship Leonidas Polk. And watching old horror movies. And maybe reading comic books. He can feel you silently judging him and doesn’t like it one bit.

About Odd Men Out

The Civil War has ended but not because the South surrendered, instead it’s on hold while both sides face a new enemy—the chewers, dead men who’ve come back to life. Cyrus Joseph Spencer didn’t fight in the war and couldn’t care less about the United Nations of America that resulted from it. His main concern is making money and protecting his crew from all manner of danger. But when tragedy strikes he’s forced to take shelter onboard a dirigible piloted by the U.N.’s peace-keeping force. It’s soon apparent that many more dangers are lurking and Cyrus must decide whether to throw in with strangers in a desperate bid to protect the country or cast off on his own.

You can find Odd Men Out on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Odd-Men-Out-Matt-Betts/dp/1935738461/.

DogCon 3 Countdown #2

 

Author Michael A. Arnzen
Author Michael A. Arnzen

Will you be in the western Pennsylvania area this coming weekend, July 25-27? If so come to Confluence, Pittsburgh’s literary conference of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Confluence has been kind enough to host DogCon 3 (the annual gathering of Raw Dog Screaming Press) this year. This will give you a chance to meet author Michael A. Arnzen!

Here is his schedule at Confluence:

  • Friday 6 pm Happiness in Horror
  • Friday 7 pm Kaffee Klatsch
  • Friday 8 pm RDSP Rapid Fire Reading
  • Saturday 11 am Autographing
  • Saturday 1 pm Humor and Genre
  • Saturday 5 pm Want to see something REALLY scary?
  • Saturday 9 pm Movies as Series

About Michael A. Arnzen

Often funny, always terrifying, Michael Arnzen has been publishing experimental horror fiction and twisted poetry for over twenty years. His works have been adapted to film, music, and even playing cards and poetry magnets. A four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, Arnzen currently teaches in the MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. The Gorelets Omnibus – published by Raw Dog Screaming Press in 2013 – collects a decade of his craziest poems and thinkpieces. Another RDSP title, 100 Jolts: Shockingly Short Stories, remains a ground-breaking collection in the flash fiction movement. His latest books are the novel, Play Dead, and Instigation: Creative Prompts on the Dark Side, an E-book helper for writers. See what Mike is up to now and subscribe to his newsletter at: http://gorelets.com

About Play Dead

Johnny had been to the top. Young and slick, he knew how to play the high roller, dress the part, and make his opponents sweat. He’d ridden into Vegas on a winning streak a mile wide. But Vegas took everything, even his lucky gold tooth. You’d think he couldn’t fall any lower than a homeless shelter full of the downtrodden. And he couldn’t possibly have anything left to lose. But you’d be wrong. Johnny soon discovers there’s a game going on at the shelter. A game where before you play the cards you have to make them. A game where the payout is survival and folding means death. A game where the question becomes: are you playing the cards or are they playing you? Using 52 chapters Arnzen’s novel-of-cards is stacked with mischief and thrills. Like the most accomplished blackjack dealer Arnzen will keep you guessing at his hand. Are you ready to play?

Find Play Dead on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Play-Dead-Michael-Arnzen/dp/193573833X/.

DogCon 3 Countdown #1

Author and editor JL Gribble
Author and editor JL Gribble

Will you be in the western Pennsylvania area this coming weekend, July 25-27? If so come to Confluence, Pittsburgh’s literary conference of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Confluence has been kind enough to host DogCon 3 (the annual gathering of Raw Dog Screaming Press) this year. This will give you a chance to meet author and editor J.L. Gribble!

Here is her schedule at Confluence:

  • Friday 6 pm My (Girlfriend, Mother, Sister) will Kick your Butt
  • Friday 8 pm RDSP Rapid Fire Reading
  • Saturday 10 am Writing Workshop with Matt Betts
  • Saturday 5 pm These Kids Today
  • Sunday 1 pm How Alien is too Alien

About J.L. Gribble

J. L. Gribble has been writing since middle school, once she realized that being an astronaut meant actually knowing something about science. She graduated from Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction program and works as a technical editor for the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (JRRD), where she has actually learned some science but still doesn’t want to be an astronaut. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three Siamese cats.

Currently, she is revising her thesis novel, Steel Victory, an urban fantasy/alternate history novel with touches of bildungsroman and political thriller. With vampires. And perhaps a were-badger or two.

In her limited free time, she plays video games and watches way too much Netflix.

About Far Worlds
edited by A.R. Aston, James Fadely, and J.L. Gribble

Passing world upon world, trillions of souls across the universe have witnessed it. But no one knows what the Drift Engine is. For adventurers, lovers, rebels, and ordinary folk alike, the Drift Engine’s presence has ranged from the spark that ignites global conflict to the source of comical calamity to nothing more than a curious footnote in history.

Herein lies almost two dozen adventures across the spectrum of speculative fiction, both short stories and flash fiction, inspired by the Drift Engine. What mark will the Drift Engine leave on you?

Featuring:
“Anomaly” by Jonathan Ward
“Rainer” by Heidi Ruby Miller
“The Lost and Found” by Kerri Fitzgerald
“Helzenthrax” by A. R. Aston
“City Blue” by Edward Smith
“Golden Planet” by Evan Purcell
“A Pelnodan Bounty” by James Fadeley
“Bequeathal” by K. Ceres Wright
“Salvation Comes” by Simon Farrow
“Endaris” by Michael J. Hollows
“Alone” by Alex Helm
“The War Room” by Michael Seese
“Shard of Heaven” by Damir Salkovic

Edited by A. R. Aston, James Fadeley, and J. L. Gribble
Illustrations and cover art by Manuel Mesones

Find Far Worlds on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Far-Worlds-Jonathan-Ward-ebook/dp/B00J7X9L1U/.

Romance Writers of America Library Grant

This one is for the librarians out there…or, people who don’t mind giving their local library a nudge in the right direction!

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Presented by the Public Library Association and the Romance Writers of America. To submit an application for this award, please visit the PLA Awards Online Application.

Purpose and Criteria

The Romance Writers of America Library Grant is designed to provide a public library the opportunity to build or expand its romance fiction collection and/or host romance fiction programming. The grant consists of $4,500 to be used toward the purchase of romance fiction, author honorariums and travel expenses, and other applicable program expenses.

Eligibility

Any size public library.

2014 Recipient

Red Wing (Minn.) Public Library

Past Recipients

  • 2013 Hazel W. Guilford Memorial Library, Aurora, N.C.
  • 2012 Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Public Library
  • 2011 Costa Mesa (Calif.)/Donald Dugan Library
  • 2010 Huntsville-Madison County (Ala.) Public Library

Selection Criteria

Any size public library. Library must demonstrate a plan or examples for use of the funds, such as hosting a system-wide training day on the romance genre, buying romance novels for the library collection, creating readers advisory materials on the genre and/or hosting romance fiction oriented programs. The library shows a desire to improve awareness of the romance genre in the library. Priority will be given to: Libraries with a financial need or in disaster recovery areas looking to rebuild their romance fiction collections.

Number and Frequency of Grant

Only one public library shall receive this annual grant. No grant shall be given if applicants do not meet the grant criteria.

Form and Donor

The grant will consist of $4,500 cash award from the Romance Writers of America.

How to Apply

To submit an application for this award, please visit the PLA Awards Online Application.

PLA will forward the applications to the current chair of the Romance Writers of America Library Grant Jury. PLA reserves the right to extend the application deadline.

The man your librarian warned you about…

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