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Monday, February 28, 2011

Last Chance to Save on Dying to Write Registration


April 1 ~ 3, 2011

Are you a writer (aspiring or professional) of dark fiction,
supernatural, sci fi or horror? Then DYING to WRITE is the RETREAT to

This get-away weekend is perfect for lovers of speculative fiction!
The event kicks off with a creepy costume party where you will come as
your favorite spooky literary character and is followed by macabre
writing seminars, a crime scene investigation and even a ghost hunt in
the valley!
Register today to enjoy a savings of $15 off your registration fee!
This offer expires March 1.

Hope to meet you in the mountains ~ if you dare!

DYING TO WRITE ~ Keep the lights on!

Guest Speakers at DYING TO WRITE 2011

Sherri Brake is the author of two books with The History Press.
Haunted Stark County Ohio & the Haunted History of the Ohio State
Reformatory. She has 26 years experience as a Paranormal
Investigator, instructs classes on ghosthunting, and has filmed &
consulted for the Travel Channel, The Discovery Channel, and SyFy. She
is a monthly columnist for West Virginia's largest independent
publication, Two- Lane Livin'. Sherri owns Haunted Heartland Tours, a
year round haunted history tour company she began in 2005.

Kerrie Cathcart is a police officer assigned to the Forensic
Investigation Unit at the Huntington Police Department specializing in
Crime Scene Investigation & Latent Print Examination. Kerrie holds a
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Johns Hopkins
University, a Master of Science in Forensic Science, & a Master of
Science in Criminal Justice-both from Marshall University. Kerrie also
teaches graduate courses through MU's Forensic Science Master of
Science Program & serves as the lead instructor in classes within the
crime scene emphasis. She holds the International Association for
Identification Latent Print Examiner and Crime SceneAnalyst
certifications since2003 & has more than 11 years of field experience
in these disciplines.

Michael Knost is a Bram Stoker Award-winning author, editor, &
columnist of science fiction, fantasy, horror,& supernatural
thrillers. He has written many books in various genres, helmed
anthologies such as the bestselling series Legends of the Mountain
State. His Writers Workshop of Horror recently won the Black Quill and
Bram Stoker Awards for superior achievement in nonfiction. He has also
served as ghostwriter for several projects, including associations
with the Discovery Channel and Lionsgate Media. He is currently
writing a Mothman novel slated for release in 2011.



Take $15 off your registration fee for DYING TO WRITE RETREAT if you
register by March 1, 2011. You may register using this email and
PayPal or if you prefer to send in a check, visit
and mail in the registration form from the site, along with this
coupon. Remember, this offer ends March 1, 2011.

Offer Expires: March 1, 2011


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Interactive Story Web Site

MysteryEmail is a site that features illustrations and photos by talented fantasy artists such as Slava Gerj, Ann Mei, and the folks at Unholy Vault Designs. Visitors to the site will be motivated to contribute to the story threads and it's also a place just to look around while the muse is settling on their shoulder.

Check it out at

Monday, February 21, 2011

10-minute sci-fi comedies sought

Hobo Junction, the company who brought you Bad Guys in Suits and The Regulars: the Epic War Rock Musical about Waiters, is currently accepting script submissions from playwrights for their 3RD ANNUAL HOBO-ROBO NEW COMEDIC WORKS FESTIVAL: HOBOS IN SPACE!

All script submissions are due by Monday MARCH 7th!

They are looking for 10-minute comedic works. They must be original, creative, fresh and above all, ridiculous. We celebrate new comedy so all submissions must be works that make you laugh. Don't worry about us, we laugh at everything. HELP SUPPORT NEW COMEDY! SUBMIT!

All information and questions should be sent to:
(Please put "PLAYWRIGHT" in the Subject)

Pieces should be 7-10 page original COMEDIC works WITH A SCIENCE FICTION THEME. Any play over 15 pages will not be considered! All submissions are due by March 7. A committee will review all submissions and narrow it down to 9 to 10 plays and on March 11, the selected plays will be given to 8 directors to decide the 8 works to be performed in the festival.


ABOUT HOBO JUNCTION: Hobo Junction has been called "A solid hour of laughs" by, "Genius" by the Chicago Reader and "Wacky" by FOX News Chicago. Hobo Junction, the dark pirates of the Chicago scene, was founded by Josh Zagoren and a robot named ZBOT in 2004 and has since gone on to become a darling of theater goers and comedians all over the city. Hobo Junction has grown into a company made up of talented artists with experience in all aspects of theatre, and with their solid blend of silly and smart, they have produced a celebrated six original shows in their time here, two of them with three extensions, and they don't want to slow down any time soon.


Sunday, February 06, 2011

Looking for More Wee Witty Whimsies

Middle Island Press is up to five contributors for their Wee Witty Whimsies compilation of short verse, syllabic play (as it seems is popular around here at present), limericks, etc., even poetic paragraphs with an engaging burst of whimsical imagery or sagacious simile.

They hope to have eight or ten or more contributors and prefer as many as possible to be from West Virginia. To date, West Virginia is running at 40% so they'd love to see your best publish-ready whimsies by April 1.

See the MIP main page for more specifics.