With just a week to go before my novella Torment is released yet more great news has come my way.
Stoker nominee Rocky Wood is a horror author and President of the Horror Writers Association.
Rocky has been a dedicated Stephen King and horror reader since 1977; and has undertaken six dedicated research trips to Maine. A freelance writer for 30 years he began his career at university, writing a national newspaper column on UFO-related phenomena; and had articles published in the US, Canada, the UK, New Zealand and South Africa.
In the Stephen King and horror communities he is regarded as the leading expert on King’s work. He is the author of The Complete Guide to the Works of Stephen King (Kanrock Partners, 2003); Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished (Cemetery Dance, 2006); The Stephen King Collector’s Guide (Kanrock Partners, 2007); Stephen King: The Non-Fiction (Cemetery Dance, 2008); and many articles on King, including in such magazines as Cemetery Dance, Dark Discoveries and Lighthouse.
Lisa Morton is a rare Southern California native. Her career as a professional writer began in 1988 with the horror-fantasy feature film MEET THE HOLLOWHEADS (aka LIFE ON THE EDGE), on which she also served as Associate Producer. For the Disney Channel’s 1992 ADVENTURES IN DINOSAUR CITY, she served as screenwriter, Associate Producer, Songwriter, and Miniatures Coordinator. For stage she has written and co-produced the acclaimed horror one-acts Spirits of the Season, Sane Reaction and The Territorial Imperative, and has adapted and directed Philip K. Dick’s Radio Free Albemuth and Theodore Sturgeon’s The Graveyard Reader; her full-length science fiction comedy Trashers was an L.A. Weekly “Recommended” pick.
Her short fiction has appeared in the books Dark Voices 6: The Pan Book of Horror, The Mammoth Book of Frankenstein, The Mammoth Book of Dracula, Horrors! 365 Scary Stories, Dark Terrors, After Shocks, White of the Moon, The Museum of Horrors, Dead But Dreaming, Shelf Life: An Anthology of Bookstore Stories, Dark Terrors 6, Dark Delicacies: Original Tales of Terror and the Macabre, Mondo Zombie, Dark Passions: Hot Blood XIII, and Midnight Premiere, and the magazine Cemetery Dance. Her chapbook The Free Way was published by Fool’s Press, and in early 2010 her first novel The Castle of Los Angeles was published to critical acclaim.
She has also written numerous episodes of the animated television series Sky Dancers, Dragon Flyz and Van-Pires. Her first book, The Cinema of Tsui Hark, about the legendary Hong Kong director/producer of such classics as PEKING OPERA BLUES and A CHINESE GHOST STORY, was published by McFarland, who also published The Halloween Encyclopedia in 2003 and A Hallowe’en Anthology: Literary and Historical Writings Over the Centuries in 2008. Her television movie TORNADO WARNING was chosen by the Pax cable station to launch their 2002 fall season, and 2005 saw the release of three horror films, the vampire thriller BLOOD ANGELS, the mutant shark story BLUE DEMON, and THE GLASS TRAP, about genetically altered fire ants.
Lisa was awarded the 2006 Bram Stoker Award for Short Fiction for her story “Tested” (which first appeared in Cemetery Dance magazine), and the 2008 Bram Stoker Award for Nonfiction for A Hallowe’en Anthology. For the first anthology she edited, 2009’s Midnight Walk, Lisa received a Black Quill Award for Best Dark Genre Anthology, and she won the 2009 Bram Stoker Award for Long Fiction for her novella The Lucid Dreaming. She is also a two-time recipient of the President’s Richard Laymon Award, presented by the Horror Writers Association.
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