CEMETERY RIOTS: Mission Complete

cr promo poster25After months of working with authors to select and edit stories, and tweak contracts, and get the book and cover laid out, and publishing it, we’re done!

Here is the link for Amazon for the print and Kindle versions.

Co-editing was a fun experience at times, grueling and frustrating at others. In the end though, we put out an impressive collection of dark cautionary tales.

If you want a pdf or mobi version to review on Amazon, Goodreads or anywhere else you can think of, please send me a message and I’ll get one to you.

From Amazon:

Imagine yourself in a cemetery. Void of all light at the base of a tree. But it’s no ordinary tree. This tree abounds with the dead. Now envision that each tree limb is a short story with its own vision, its own length of words, and its own insanity.With that said, beware of the widow makers and the strange foreboding dwelling beneath. Remember, nothing’s heavenly in Cemetery Riots. Cemetery Riots is a new collection of dark cautionary tales edited by T. C. Bennett and Tracy L. Carbone. With great pride we introduce you to our stories and their authors… THE WAITING DEAD by Ray Garton, ABUSED by Richard Christian Matheson, CHILDREN’S HOUR by Hal Bodner, CARMICHAEL MOTEL by Kathryn E. McGee, THAT STILL, BLEEDING OBJECT OF DESIRE by Chet Williamson, LUNCH AT MOM’S by Tracy L. Carbone, FATHER AND SON by Jack Ketchum, THE DEMON OF SPITALFIELDS by Karen and Roxanne E. Dent, ERASURE by Lisa Morton, THE WINDOWS by T. C. Bennett, CERTAIN SIGHTS OF AN AFFLICATED WOMAN by Eric J. Guignard, THE MAN WHO KNEW WHAT TIME IT WAS by Dennis Etchison, THE RE-POSSESSED by James Dorr, CLOWN ON BLACK VELVET by Michael Sebastian, THE CELLAR by Kelly Kurtzhals, ETERNAL VALLEY by John Palisano, BLOOD by Taylor Grant, AMONG THE TIGERS by William F. Nolan, ALL OUR HEARTS ARE GHOSTS by Peter Atkins, THE ITCH by Michael D. Nye, and DRIVING HER HOME by John Everson.

Our first signing is set up for September 18th at 2pm at Dark Delicacies in Burbank. Link to their place HERE. Many of the authors will be present to sign and chat about their writing so we hope to see you there.





Connecting with People

IMG_0187 IMG_0179 IMG_0175IMG_0201 IMG_0194Years back, I used to attend a lot of conferences. This is in the time before Facebook or Twitter. I went to World Horror and World Fantasy, Thrillerfest, Love is Murder, NECon, New England Crimebake, Romantic Times

But then there was Social Media and suddenly I could keep in touch with people I’d met and also “meet” brand-new ones. I knocked it down to once a year conferences thinking that would be enough, that in person meetings really didn’t matter anymore. That Facebook was really all I needed.

Last week though I attended the World Horror Convention, hosted by the Horror Writers Association. I wrongly assumed I’d know a lot of the people, based simply on the small amount of people I correspond with and the ones I knew “way back when.” Instead I knew only a small percentage. It hit me then that I really need to 1) go to more conferences, 2) update this blog more  and 3) become a little more visible even if that means posting to my nearly forgotten Twitter account.

So to kick off, here are some pictures of some old and new friends from this year’s World Horror Conference in Atlanta. It was wonderful time, chockfull of panels and movies, readings and great conversation.

Please check back as I will be updating the blog a lot more often now.

For today, please check out the sites for as many people in these pictures that I can name. From the top:

Brad  C. Hodson, Rene Mason, Lynne Hansen, Frazer Lee, John Skipp, Jack Ketchum, Jonathan Maberry, Christopher Golden, John Farris, Bob Eggleton, Eric Miller, John Palisano, Maria Alexander, Joe McKinney, Robert Payne Cabeen, Eric Guinard, and finally Dacre Stoker, who I just met at the con.

There was tons of talent gathered in Atlanta but this is a good start.

Thanks for reading-


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The Collection-a Great Review

This week I am highlighting The Collection and Other Dark Tales. I received a wonderful review that I want to share here. 

“Tracy Carbone has accomplished something that I was beginning to think would never be done. That is to say, her book “The Collection and other dark tales” rivals the short works of Roald Dahl, in my opinion. I’d read a collection of Dahl’s short stories many years ago and have never found another author whose work seemed to have the same undefinable magic as that which he infused into his stories. Then *BOOM*, along comes Tracy L Carbone who pulled it off… in spades. I devoured it like a slobbering ravenous pig, thoroughly masticating every tasty morsel and then I licked the plate. It was utterly delicious and I’m ready to see what she’s served up for desert.”

After those kindly words, there’s not much more I can add. Buy your copy now and see if you agree.

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Book Expo 2012

I’m just on the way home from my first Book Expo at the Javitz Center in Manhattan. It was a long day but surprisingly fun. I’ve spent a good deal of time whining the last few weeks about the time and expense of going to BEA. It was a free slot but I had to buy all the copies of The Soul Collector I’d be giving away, hopefully to librarians, distributors and bookstore owners. I also had to buy a train ticket. Because I was determined to do this in a day trip, I took a very early train (6:21am) to arrive in plenty of time for my 11am signing slot. The train station is 55 miles from my house so I was up at 4am, and shaking which is was happens when I get that tired.

But the day got better. I took a Business Class Acela on the way in which is so nice. Roomy seats, quiet people, most of whom were sleeping, like me. When I awoke, I was happy to see I had a Wi-Fi connection. I edited some stories and listened to The Martian Chronicles on my audio books on iTunes (courtesy of my boyfriend who is always providing me with cool stuff).

I arrived in NYC at 9:45 and smiled when I saw the sun. It was in the 60s but sunny. I took short brisk walk (15 minutes) and arrived at the mammoth Javitz Center. I walked in and was instantly overwhelmed, and that’s even before I got to the signing floor. I got my registration badge and found the Horror Writers association booth.

My 75 copies of The Soul Collector had arrived from the printer and were waiting for me. It was 10:40 by the time I sat down and got settled, and already people were crowding around asking for books. It was dizzying and fun. I unloaded all the copies to happy takers within my one hour alloted time. If you’re a writer, you know how much a kick you get out of signing just one book and seeing someone get all excited. So a dose of that times 75 was amazing. Sure, I gave them away and didn’t sell the them, but the people wanted to book and smiled. And that’s really what it’s all about. It really motivated me to start setting up book signings again and put the finishing touches on my next two books: my short story collection and my Women’s thriller.

I got to see some old friends, Gary Frank and Charles Day, Trish Wooldridge, and got to meet Vince Liaguno in person. Plus I met a new person Joshua (don’t remember his last name despite spending time with him in the booth). The place was absolutely packed which says something to all those naysayers who keep blabbing “No one reads anymore.” I beg to differ.

When my books were gone, I wandered the floor and got a few free books. I could have gotten more but didn’t want my bag to get too heavy. I ended up with Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T Kiyosaki, which they weren’t giving out but I asked nice and they said okay. I got an ARC of The Stress Pandemic by Paul Huljich because I know stress like nobody’s business and can always use tips. I also got a fun little romance called, Does This Church Make me Look Fat? by Rhoda Janzen.

There were so many rows of publishers and booksellers and authors it was intimidating. How could I possibly make it to the level they’re were at, with a booth at this expo, selling books and schmoozing? Then I laughed because I WAS at the expo sharing a booth and signing books just like everyone else. Note, at this point I was hungry, having had only an Atkins Bar and an Atkins shake since 4am.

I walked the “quick sunny brisk walk” back to Penn Station (saw this funny sign) and this time it was a long painful walk. I’m not used to heels and certainly not used to dragging myself along all day in them. It’s a reminder that my frequent Con days are far behind me. I’d forgotten all about Con Foot (squishing shoes that are used to loafers and sneakers into pretty heels to look nice and wincing with every step).

I finally saw Penn Station in the distance. Yes! Right outside I ordered a Chicken Shish-kabob. No sauce or rice. Just meat on a stick and a Diet Coke. $6. I brought it in and looked around the station. Not a single bench. I was just making myself a spot on the floor when I saw and then remembered that if you have an Amtrak ticket you can sit in the comfy section with seats and Wi-Fi and power outlets.

So here I am, finishing this blog, with only 45 minutes until my train takes off. All in all, a nice day. Looking forward to a relaxing ride home. I’ll be on the regular old Amtrak local this time, with a million stops and seats that probably aren’t as comfy or new as the sleek ride this morning, but at least I’m not driving. I’ve got lots to read and listen to.

There is piano music playing the background, half a kabob in my lunch bag and some cheesesticks for later.

For all my whining, it was a really fun and productive day.

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January is a Good Month for Fiction

I awoke Sunday and was thrilled to find out the New England Horror Writers‘ first anthology, Epitaphs, made the Preliminary Ballot for the Bram Stoker Award.  In addition, because of the number of recommendations in that category, our anthology is moving straight to the final ballot. We cannot call ourselves “Stoker Nominated” just yet, but soon, the end of February.  Till then, I’m just happy to be on the Preliminary Ballot. We’re up against some stiff competition but I have hope. It’s a riveting collection of 26 short stories and poems. Winners in various categories will be announced at the World Horror Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 31st, where the Horror Writers Association will celebrate its 25th anniversary.

In the last week I have also worked to begin the huge task of editing all of my old unpublished stories and putting them up on Kindle. So far I have two up, The Folks and One Minute for $.99 each. The process is a lot easier than I expected, and in the next few months I hope to have a large collection of stories available, as well as a couple of novels. More to come on that.

So I was riding pretty high on that wave, and then tonight I got word that my story, “The Girl Who Drowned” will be featured in Evil Jester Digest #1, to premiere at the World Horror Conference.

And the icing on the cake? I will be visiting a middle school in NH on February 3rd to promote The Soul Collector to five classes of 7th Graders, and to teach them about brainstorming. Once I get the hang of it, I’m hoping to visit a lot more local schools in the coming months.

It’s been a very busy and productive month so far and I look forward to the rest of 2012.


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