Saturday, October 30, 2010

New YA imprint, upcoming releases and other news from NSP Books

E-Volve Books for Young Adults

Naked Snake Press would like to announce the addition of the imprint called E-Volve Books. We will be considering speculative and fantastic fiction specifically for young adults. And we are extremely pleased to say that Derek Clendening's The Vampire Way will be the first release from the E-Volve Books line, schedule for April 2011.

The website will be going live in a couple of weeks so check here or the main NSP Books website for updates.

Authors of YA fiction, get those manuscripts ready. E-Volve Books will open to submissions on January 1, 2011. Detailed guidelines will be posted here in the coming days.

Upcoming releases from NSP Books

The "re-birth" of Naked Snake Press is really coming together! In addition to Derek Clendening's The Vampire Way in spring 2011, his novel The Between Years will be hitting the shelves in December 2010. Stay tuned for more information as the release date draws nearer.

Coming in November, we have two poetry releases. First is The Ultimate perVERSEities from Kurt Newton, followed by ChemICKal Reactions from Karen Newman.

Late November/early December brings us Martin Kier and the Dead from everyone's favorite "zombie guy" Eric S. Brown. NSP Books is very excited to have Eric on board once again.

December also brings us Poe Little Thing: In Space No One Can Hear You Scream, an anthology of horror/sci-fi flash and poetry. Everyone awaiting a response on their submission to POE should hear something by the end of next week. Apologies for the long response times--we never anticipated such a flood of terrific submissions.

Finally, the NSP Books blog is still open to anyone who would like to guest. Just send along your writing or horror-related article, promo, interview, review, etc. If you are an author or artist who would like to request an interview, email us and we will get some questions to you.

Contact me at with questions or comments. We are currently closed to all submissions, unless requested. We will re-open to novel submissions on January 1, 2011 for the NSP Books, E-Volve Books and another themed collection (theme to be determined).

Friday, October 29, 2010

A chat with Craig Spector

Many thanks again to the awesome Eric S. Brown for bringing us horror icon Craig Spector this morning. Enjoy!

It's not often one gets to speak with one of their childhood idols much less full-out pick their brain in an interview, but I am getting to do just that today. The amazing and iconic Craig Spector made the time to chat with me about his life, career, and where he's headed. So whether you're a fan of The Book of the Dead (greatest Zombie anthology ever!), his other groundbreaking work like The Light at the End, his new movie Animals, or his music, you should enjoy this interview!

What's it like to be an icon in the world of horror? I mean seriously folks credit you (along with Skipp) as creating a whole new genre (Splatterpunk).

CS: In a word? Gratifying. Fun. The folks who credit us thusly are correct in that we did: along with, independently and simultaneously, David J. Schow (LA), Richard Christian Matheson (LA), Clive Barker (UK).... others were of course heavily catalytic to what was then first called, "The New Horror" -- Joe Landsdale, Ray Garton. But once "Splatterpunk" took off as a word-slash-marketing hook and became a "movement", it was slightly different. It would be good, some 25 years later, to correct the historical record: i.e., Schow has been marketed as "inventing" Splatterpunk. He did not: he came up with the word in a conversation we were all having over drinks at a convention, to the great delight of us all. But in the end, Schow created Schow, which is plenty. He did not invent Skipp & Spector.

Now of course the word has a life all its own -- like Frankenstein's monster busting out of the lab and rampaging the countryside. I've seen links to skatepunks in Germany who call themselves "Splatterpunks", and I'd bet five Euros they never even HEARD of the books. Such is life, ha! It's a mutable term. Designed to instigate. And apparently, doing quite well with it, even a generation later.

What got you into horror in the first place and what writers inspired you?

CS: I was weird from birth. I just somehow managed to convert my own strangeness into a career skill. I mean, really, do I LOOK like a guy who was destined to work in a cubicle? The writers who inspired me as a child were Ray Bradbury (The Martian Chronicles), Kurt Vonnegut (Welcome to the Monkey House) and Edgar Allen Poe (The Complete Works of...) I read them all the summer I was eight years old.

Later, in teen years -- Harlan Ellison, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Robert Anton Wilson (the Illuminati Chronciles)... but then also, Hugh Prather, the ENTIRE Time-Life Science series (upon which I taught myself to read when I was four....)

Other inspirations -- since I was arguably the amongst the first purely post literate generation -- TV, Movies, Rock and Roll... spent a LOT fo hours stoned and reading liner notes to Prog Rock LPs.... Creepy and Eerie comix, UNDERGROUND comix -- Crumb, Rodriguez, etc..... and just being generally rebellious and weird. Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Night Gallery on TV. The movie The Fearless Vampire Killers (Polanski) i saw when I was 8, by myself, along with Logan's Run and Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun. You do the math.

You've done so much in your career, is there any one thing that really stands out for you as your defining moment?

CS: So many. There are moments that define your life -- some very large, some very very small... but they all resonate within you. Some are "public" -- oooh wow, sold my first book! My first movie! My first best-seller! Others -- at least with me, as I am wired -- are very private. The moment a woman touches your heart so deeply you suddenly realize, My God the world is a better place simply because she is in it. Falling in love. Having your heart broken and shredded. Rising up, to love again. Your first moment of true, real violence. Your first moment of true, real sacrifice. The moment, ever coming, of your death. The death -- natural and otherwise -- of people dear to you. This is NOT just shit you see on TV, kids. This is your life, your death, your fucking soul. Make the most of it.

At this juncture, I live by a very simple -- note, I said simple, not 'easy' -- credo: Work hard. Love harder. Take no prisoners. Leave it better than you found it.

If you read that last bit and feel me, perhaps we are tribe. If not, what can I say? Have a nice day. Go to the mall or something.

Does it ever bother you how much some fans go crazy over The Book of the Dead anthology you edited and cite you as part of their inspiration for becoming writers themselves?

CS: Are you high??? Bothered?????? It's my JOB and MISSION in life to poison young minds, of ALL ages. You're NEVER too late to be infected by the insidious seductive toxin that is ME. People tell me that, I'm like, HA! GOTCHA! Now go use this power only for good....

And one more Book of the Dead question, can you tell us a bit about how you came up with the concept and the story of how it all fell into place?

CS: Actually, there's a GREAT John Skipp interview link up on YouTube and also at Crossroad Press He tells the story beautifully. You're online. Go listen. It's cool. Oh, and then: BUY an eBook! Support the Arts, ya buncha wankers!

OH -- and if you're STEALING shit online? Music, movies, books, whatever? KNOCK IT OFF!!! You're stealing bread from the mouths of the artists you love so much. Grow a conscience. Karma and gravity are not just good ideas, they're the fucking LAW. SUPPORT the artists you love. Quit downloading freebies and fucking STEALING.

To those of you who don't? My thanks and admiration.

If you could change any one thing in your career, what would it be?

CS: There are a few dumb moves I made that I wish I could un-ring that bell... but mostly, I've been pretty happy amidst the insantiy intrinsic to this line of work and BEING. I am who I am. I live my own life on my own terms. I'd like more money, success, etc., but to me that's simply a measure of how deep an IMPACT I'm making on the culture. I just want more. Of everything.

You do SO much more than write. Could you share with us about your passion for music and other talents?

CS: I began life as an artist. My mom was a kinda famous artist in VA and my dad was a college professor at Old Dominion University when I was growing up, so I grew up amongst intellectuals, artists, and assorted creatives. I became a musician at the age of 13 -- tried guitar when i was 8, but saw The Who play on Ed Sullivan and the next day put on a mock performance in the backyard on the picnic table and concluded the finale of the show by SMASHING my cheap-o Sears guitar into splinters.

Got serious about it at 14, and it grew from there; by 16 i was playing with Skipp in a band in PA, The Philadelphia Children's Orchestra (PCO), which you can still find a Fans of PCO page on FB and even HEAR old tracks on reverbnation! I went on to get a degree in music from the Berklee College of Music -- which I got INTO with no formal musical education and completed the four year program in three years, thank you very much.:)

My final semester at Berkley I came up with this odd idea: what if there a vampire in the subways? The rest, as they say, is an odd bit of cultural history.

I still do music, still do art -- my solo CD, SPECTOR: RAW, is coming out in the next few months, and art-wise I've formed an collaborative venture called LexSpex studios with my girlfriend and art partner, Lexia Marie, based out of Germany but with US contacts opening.

But my real, true life goal. A cult. I want a cult. No Kool-Aid, but cool. Memberships currently being considered. If you are an atheist, I WILL buy your soul, if you're selling... let's haggle.

And finally, what are you currently working on?

CS: Good lord.... okay. I just finished a new screenplay for The Light At The End, which is out Oct 31 2010 in eBook, everywhere. Author/screewriter Philip Nutman (Wet Work, the screenplay for The Girl Next Door) are at work on "Project X"; we'll finish tomorrow. I have a new novel and screenplay, TURNAROUND, which is not horror but "meta": a dark twisted romantic black comedy cum meta thriller set in Hollywood, which I'm working on now. More coming all the time. "The Writer's Cut" of ANIMALS, currently out on DVD on Netflix, Redbox, and wherever fine family entertainment is sold... if you're the Manson Family.

Go to and scratch beneath the flash page and you'll find plenty; friend me on Facebook and you'll find more. I hope you do.

Or, alternately? Don't. Go to the mall or something....

Monday, October 25, 2010

Interview with Stacey Graham of The Zombie Dating Guide

Welcome to the first in a series of guest blogs for NSP Books. To kick things off this beautiful Monday morning, we have zombie-author Eric S. Brown's interview with fellow zombie author Stacey Graham.
New author Stacey Graham staggered into the zombie racket after her first short story, "Eye of the Beholder," was released in the zombie romance anthology Hungry For Your Love [St. Martin's Griffin] and followed by another short in the anthology The Undead That Saved Christmas. She is the owner/editor of An Army of Ermas, a humor site showcasing the talents of over 25 humor writers specializing in the style of Erma Bombeck. The mother of five young daughters, Stacey can be found huddling under her desk muttering about a Girl Scout field trip that went horribly wrong or at least that's how she describes herself. Stacey is also the author of the Zombie Dating Guide, for which she is currently seeking a publisher, and was recently featured on "AOL's City's Best" as an expert in the ways of Undead love. Thankfully, she found the time for a brief chat about love, zombies, and the world of writing.

Eric: So what got you interested in zombies and horror?

Stacey: I've always had a bit of the dark side lurking, even in my humor bits, so when the opportunity presented itself to explore it fully, I staggered toward it. I've always felt that zombies had a quirky sense of humor, even if they don't get the joke the first time.

Eric: How did you come up with the idea for the Zombie Dating Guide and who is it designed to help?

Stacey: While writing "Eye of the Beholder," I wanted to expand the idea further than the submission guidelines allowed for that anthology. With so many self-help books on the market, I thought poking fun at the lovelorn Undead would be a great way to show that though they no longer have a pulse, zombies still could get jiggy wit' it. The Zombie Dating Guide isn't that bad of a dating handbook for Breathers either, though you'll have to substitute "eyeballs" for other body parts in some sections.

Eric: I hear you're also a mom with a large family. How do you find the time to juggle AND write?

Stacey: Vodka. But when that runs out I rely on the minutes snatched while the girls are in school and don't spend playing Princess Barbie. My four-year-old gets upset when I hog all the tiny shoes.

Eric: What do your friends and family think of your writing? Are they supportive?

Stacey: They thought I should have been writing all along. My husband takes full credit for any writing success that comes my way. I remind him that if I hadn't had my head in a toilet during pregnancy five times it may have moved a little quicker. I am lucky to have a rabidly supportive core of writer friends that keep me going. I have no doubt they'd poke me with stick if I slacked off a little or quit after a few rejections.

Eric: Do you see writing as your career or a fun hobby?

Stacey: What started off as a hobby is quickly turning into a great (and hopefully long-lasting) career. I'm fascinated with the business of publishing as well so as I expand my writing, I'm learning more about how each writer/agent/editor/reader is vitally important. It's the circle of life, baby.

Eric: What are your dreams a writer?

Stacey: To help other writers succeed as well as myself. It's no fun being there if your friends can't enjoy the journey with you. There are many talented writers that may not get the exposure they deserve so I make it a point to encourage as many as possible to keep submitting and working on their craft. And, of course, zombie domination.

Eric: Tell us about your first mass market Z short story and how that came about?

Stacey: A bit of blind luck and a bizarre sense of humor got "Eye of the Beholder" onto shelves. I answered an online call for submissions through the e-publisher Ravenous Romance for zombie romance. Being a humor writer - and not romance - I still gave it a go and was lucky enough to be chosen for inclusion. The editor/agent sold the print rights to St. Martin's Griffin and Hungry For Your Love was released September 28, 2010. I'm thrilled to be with bestselling authors and seriously, the finest group of writers a girl could begin her career with.

Eric: What are you currently working on?

Stacey: Along with promoting The Zombie Dating Guide, I'm finishing the proposal for The Girls' Ghost Guide plus working on a collection of short ghost stories. I've been a ghost hunter for over twenty years and have always worked in the field in some way through coordinating local tours, my website - Wee Ghosties :: A Beginner's Guide to Ghost Hunting [] and its sister blog, Ask a Ghost Hunter [].

Eric: Where can people find your work?

Stacey: Along with Hungry For Your Love [] and the release of my story, "And to All a Good Fright" in the charity zombie anthology The Undead That Saved Christmas [] you can find me herding the crazy people at An Army of Ermas []. Careful - they bite. The Zombie Dating Guide's website is hopping with new dating tips and haiku. Undead Fred is always looking for new questions to answer for his advice column []!

Eric: Is there anything us "breathers" need to know about zombie sex?

Stacey: It can be gooey. Bring a wetnap.

Eric: Can Zombies be passionate and romantic?

Stacey: I think of zombies in the same class as drunken college boys. They're messy, drooling and slightly odiferous but if you can straddle a keg and karaoke to Rebel Yell, you’ll have a great time with both.

Eric: Do you ever write hardcore, violent Z fiction like my own work or the 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake?

Stacey: I haven't... yet. I'm more of a horror-lite girl though I have been known to take a hammer to jack-o-lanterns that give me the stink-eye. He had it coming.

Eric: And lastly, where can we find you on the web?

Stacey: My website: for updates and cupcake/granola recipes. Facebook: Twitter: @staceyigraham. Zombie Dating Guide Twitter: @zombiedatinggde. Zombie Dating Guide website: Zombie Dating Guide on facebook: I am the social media QUEEN!

That's that. Be sure to check both Eric's and Stacey's work. Thanks so much to both of them. Remember, if anyone wants to be a guest blogger here at NSP Books, we're open to just about anything--reviews, interviews, news, articles, shameless self-promo. Shoot it to me at and we'll get it up. No pay, but a little free exposure never hurt anyone...

Sunday, October 24, 2010

New Release from NSP Books

Yes, I am slow updating the ol' blog, but things are happening here at NSP Books. First, we have a new release to talk about. It's a collection of short horror fiction by Donna Burgess (yours truly) and is now available at only the coolest online book sellers.

We are offering a $2.50 discount through Amazon until the end of the month on the print edition.

Use coupon code: 3PC2ATJM.

For Kindle lovers, it's a steal at $2.99 (316 pages).

Other huge news coming in the next couple of days, so stay tuned.