I Quit You, Doctor Who and Horror Fiction

You can skip to the bottom part of this if you want, but it does concern the fate of NHRS

I Quit You, Doctor Who and Horror Fiction.

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Three Months Already!

Hey everyone,

I truly apologize that it has been nearly Three months since I updated the site. Things were lined up, but never came through. Then life took precedence. I wish I could say I had stuff in the works coming up, but to be honest, I don’t. But I will be working on that. I’m going to try and line up some Guest Posts, possible related to blog tours coming up. It might be a while before I can do a Book Spotlight as I’m going back to school and I’ll have enough reading to do with that I won’t have much personal reading time. But if I can find some that fit, I will post them here first.

Women In Horror Recognition Month Poll Winners

Just thought I would let you all in on who going to be spotlighted in a few weeks for Women In Horror month.

Coming in a dubious first place, Morbid Curiosity by Deborah LeBlanc:

It seemed like the answer to Haley’s prayers. The most popular girl in her high school promised Haley that her life would change forever if only she performed certain dark rituals. And if Haley can convince her twin sister to participate, their power will double. Together they will be able to summon mystical entities that will do their bidding, some more powerful than they ever dreamed possible.

But these are uncontrollable forces, forces that can kill—forces that demand to be . . . fed.

From Deborah LeBlanc’s Website

Next up is Spellbent by Lucy Snyder:

Jessie Shimmer’s roguish lover, Cooper, has been teaching her ubiquemancy, the art of finding the magic in everyday things. But things go terribly wrong when the couple try to call a rainstorm in downtown Columbus. A hellish portal opens, and Cooper is ripped from the world. Worse yet, a vicious demon invades the city. Jessie barely manages to slay it, but she’s gravely wounded and the capital’s center is destroyed. As if losing an eye and a hand isn’t bad enough, the city’s ruling mage, Benedict Jordan, brands her an outlaw. With only her ferret familiar to help her, Jessie must find the dimension Cooper’s trapped in and bring him back alive before sinister machinations make both of them vanish for good.

From Lucy Snyder’s Website

In a close third, the classic, The Haunting of  Hill House by Shirley Jackson:

First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers-and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

From the Penguin Website

Rounding out the month will be Mama’s Boy and Other Dark Tales by Fran Friel:

The Bram Stoker Award-nominated novella “Mama’s Boy” is the cornerstone of this 14-story collection from author Fran Friel and Apex Publications. A man whose mother’s demented love for him has turned him from an innocent boy to a serial killer to a near-comatose mental patient opens his world to a psychologist determined to reach him as a way of dealing with her own mother’s battle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. But is she helping, or is there more damage to be done?

In “Mashed,” a son’s simple request for potatoes with his birthday dinner opens up a world of past fears and childhood torments for his mother, while the flash fiction story “Close Shave” presents a horrifically funny solution to an everyday women’s issue.

From mother and son to broader family ties, Friel explores the bonds of human connection into every dark turn. The humorous yet wickedly creepy “Under the Dryer” begins as a tale told by the family dog and ends in a bloodbath; “Special Prayers,” perhaps the most disturbing offering in the collection, exposes a family secret of abuse and power; and the tragically soft and beautiful “Orange and Golden” explores the purest form of the human-animal bond as the sun sets on a natural disaster.

From the Apex Publications Website

Start The Countdown

It’s been a while since anything has been going on here. I meant to get a post about Anthology 2011, but got busy and haven’t had a chance. But I did want to let you know that I’m getting ready to start things back up come the new year. So here are some of the things that will be coming your way:

  1. Stephen King: 2012 with be the 35th anniversary of the publication of The Shining. While that may not matter to most people, it was the first King book I read. So, as a special series, I plan to highlight some of King’s books and look at his effect on the genre of horror through his career.
  2. Forgotten Masters: Now that I have an e-reader, I have better access to a lot of authors that shaped the horror genre. Many of their books and stories have been out of print for a decades, but many of them are now in the public domain allowing publishers and sellers are making ebooks of them. It is a great time to get into the horror genre because of this.
  3. Women in Horror Month – Year 2: February is coming up and that means it is time again for Women in Horror Month. This year, I’m going to let you in on a part of what is planned. I have a number of books to choose from. Until January 20th, comment on this post if there are any that you want spotlighted from that list. The top 4 that have the most recommendations will be used. Here is the list:
    • The Book of the Damned by Tanith Lee
    • The Gentling Box by Lisa Mannetti
    • Mama’s Boy and Other Dark Tales by Fran Friel
    • Threshold by Caitlin R. Kiernan
    • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
    • A Twisted Ladder by Rhodi Hawk
    • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
    • Spellbent by Lucy Snyder
    • Morbid Curiosity by Deborah LeBlanc
    • Suicide Girls in the Afterlife by Gina Ranalli
    • The Keeper by Sarah Langan
    • Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
    • Unwelcome Bodies by Jennifer Pelland
    • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

    Pass along the word. Check Amazon if you haven’t heard of any of these books or women. Vote for the books you want to know more about.

  4. Survey Down: I’ve thought hard about this and now is not the right time to do an actual survey. I’m not giving it up completely, but there is simply not the traffic to keep it up at the present time. I hope this changes, and I will be working on the side on a revised survey. For now, the site will be more about the verb survey than the noun

And all that is just a taste for what is to come next year. Have a happy holiday season and I’ll see you all in about a month.

Anthology 2011

I’m off in the morning to New Hampshire. This weekend is the inaugural Anthology writer’s conference. It is being put on by the guys at Shroud Publication. I’m hoping to get lots info, and possibly videos, to post up here afterwards. If you want to keep up with everything going on this weekend, follow my personal twitter feed: @wdprescott.

#TwitterHorrorList

The last two days, I’ve been working on a new page here. The Twitter Horror List came about after seeing #FantasyTwitterList go crazy. Since a part of the idea of The Non-Horror Reader Survey is to get people test the waters of horror more or for the first time, it seemed a great idea to give direct access to those involved in the horror. Twitter is a great medium to find people and has been effective in helping writers gain readers because they like their tweets.

It is an ongoing effort. I’ve added countless names to the list already and I still have more to put up when I have the time and suggestions continuing to come in. So check it often. I’ll also be adding links next to names of those that have either been interviewed, spotlighted, or did a guest post on here.

Take a look at the list, check out some Tweet streams, and who knows, you may just find the author that writes your kind of horror!

A Few Announcments

Well, this week would have been where I would post up the quarterly result of the survey. But there hasn’t be a significant number of new answers for it to have changed the results. So we are going to change things around a bit in hopes to get this cause revitalized.

  1. The survey will be open till the end of the year. We will post the final results on January 1st, 2012: While traffic is good, we still don’t have a good ratio of people clicking the Survey button when they are here. So the plan of quarterly results is a little ambitious right now.
  2. With the results, there will be a new revised survey posted.: There are some flaws that we want to fix to get a more accurate result. Many we wouldn’t have seen till we put the current survey out. We will be watching any results throughout the year to fine tune the next version.
  3. More social media presence.: Our only presence outside of the site is our Twitter. But the world can’t be ruled by Twitter alone. Recently, we created a Goodreads account to post teasers of out Book Spotlights. Please friend us there to stay up to them. We have not yet settled a Facebook presence, but it is in the cards. Check back often to see what we decide.
  4. Opening it up to everyone.: We have a new page called, “What Have You Found?” Here you can tell the world about anything that has had any kind of impact on your views about Horror fiction. Whether it’s a book, author, website, cause, anything, tell us about it. There is the added benefit that your entry could be chosen to be a Changing the Face of Horror or Book Spotlight post. If so you will be credited at the top of the post along with your comment.

Those are our plans for now. Come back soon!

First Quarterly Results: Nov. 2010 – Jan. 2011

The first set of results are in for the survey. They are available to download over on the right side of the site as a .pdf. We apologize to any Mac users out there. The Box.net widget WordPress uses is flash based. If you have trouble, let us know and we will add a secondary link to the results.

To give you a taste of what was found so far:

  • 15% think Dracula, Frankenstein, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are not Horror stories.
  • 25% think the undead and demons makes a story Horror automatically.
  • 75% think women are underrepresented as writers of Horror.
  • 35% think Horror does not enforce stereotypes.

See what else people responded.

New Feature for the New Year

Everyone here at NHRS would like to wish you a Happy New Year, at least in the Gregorian sense.

It also to let you all know that starting this year we are opening the Survey to those within Horror in the form of Guest Posts. Writers, editors, publishers, reviewers, all those that want to help set the record straight about Horror fiction. If you are interested, leave a message with your idea* of a post on our Contact page. We will respond within a week.

 

*(Ideas can even cross over into other features here {Interviews, Book Spotlight, Changing the Face of Horror}. If they do, let us know and we will tell you the criteria we have for those Features.)