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Best of Horror Library: the Kindle edition!

Cutting Block Books is excited to announce that the Kindle edition of The Best of Horror Library is now available for pre-order via Amazon.com!

For all of you who prefer to imbibe your horror literature electronically, starting today you can place your orders for the anthology that HorrorUnderground.org called “the shining star” of the Horror Library series.  Drink deeply this heady brew, my friends — to quote Stoker Award winner Joe McKinney, The Best of Horror Library is “as good as horror gets.”

Spread the news!  The (electronic) Library will be open all night…

Click here to go directly to the book’s Kindle page and place your order.

Cutting Block Featured on Horror Podcast

Of the many interesting things that happened recently during the World Horror Convention in Atlanta, one worth noting is when prolific author and horror podcaster Armand Rosamilia invited our head honcho, Publisher Patrick Beltran, to sit for a podcast interview.  Armand is host of Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror, a podcast devoted to interviewing horror authors, editors, publishers, and other artists active in the genre.

You can hear the results here!

Patrick’s interview happens in the first 10 minutes.  Did we mention how much fun Atlanta was?  Enjoy!

Atlanta was awesome!

As we previously mentioned, Cutting Block Books had a table at the World Horror Convention the weekend of May 8-9, in Atlanta, Georgia.  We had a blast!  It was great meeting and talking with so many folks, famous and not, with whom we’ve worked on our various anthologies.  It really helps to put names to faces.  Cutting Block has an amazing group of friends and colleagues (and you know who you are), all of whom we appreciate to no end.

A big thanks to all of you who came by the Cutting Block table, and especially those of you who bought copies of our latest short story anthology, The Best of Horror Library: Volumes 1-5.  R.J. Cavender, the book’s editor, participated in the Horror Writer’s Association mass book signing on Saturday.  There were a LOT of authors and editors sitting along a series of tables, and a huge crowd of people came by to purchase books and get them signed.  Cutting Block had a big spike in book sales during that event!  A heartfelt thanks to R.J. for faithfully signing so many books.

We did and saw a lot of other things during the weekend, including attending the Stoker banquet, and cheering as each of the deserving Stoker recipients went up to claim their statuettes.  Go Rena!  Go Joe!  Go all the other winners!  Just one thing, guys… leave room for us up there next year.  😉

Yes, We Are Behind on “Single Slices”

As those of you who are still waiting to hear from us already know, yes, we are behind in our reading for Single Slices.  This is partly because we received SO many interesting stories, and they all demand to be read in great detail; but also, because a few of our team members have been diverted to work on preparing for our newest release, which we will be selling at the World Horror Convention in Atlanta the second weekend of May (major announcement coming any day now).

So, if you submitted to Single Slices, rest assured that some of us are still working our way through the submissions stack.  You will hear from us, yea or nay, eventually.

As a consolation, here is a sneak peek at our new Single Slices logo!

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You CAN keep the world safe AND read books

Someone once said that fighting in a war means enduring long hours of boredom, punctuated by moments of sheer terror.  For the American soldier, that raises a question: what can he or she do to get through the boring parts?  We humbly offer a suggestion:  read books!

Farolight Publishing is proud to support Authors Supporting Our Troops (ASOT)a small but dynamic operation that puts author-donated and/or author-signed print books into the hands of our troops (all military branches) serving in remote areas (Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait), where the days can be long and diversions are difficult to find. Books are in such short supply that a single book can make the rounds throughout the entire base, some soldiers reading it two or three times. ASOT sends boxes of books to individual soldiers to share with their comrades, offering a variety of genres and hours of entertainment.

If you’re an author, consider sending ASOT copies of your books; if you’re a reader, please consider supporting the cause by helping defray shipping costs, etc.  You can read about the program in more detail here.

So, here’s to keeping our troops safe from boredom as they keep the world safe from terror.  (We won’t comment on the irony that we sent them a bunch of Cutting Block horror anthologies, which can inspire terror of a completely different sort.)

“Single Slices” Update

We thought we’d give folks a brief status update on our Single Slices project.

Our reading staff have been busy beavers lately, working our way through the large number of Slices submissions that we’ve received.  It’s slow work, because the stories are longer than the usual short story, and because we want to give every submission a fair chance to impress us.

And we’ve been seeing a lot of interesting material!  Not all of it will make the grade, of course, but we are heartened that so many people are pouring so much of themselves into this wonderful medium called horror fiction.  We at Cutting Block Books are proud to be part of a broader effort to revitalize the genre for the next generation of readers.

As for the status of submissions, we feel pretty confident that the first wave of acceptance/rejection emails will go out within the next week.  Yay!

Please note: Cutting Block has always tried to hew to the highest of editorial standards, and we have a distinct editorial vision, too; therefore, whenever we put out a call for general submissions we always have more rejections than acceptances.  If you get a rejection, do not despair!  It does not necessarily mean that your work is poor — it could easily mean that your story didn’t fit into our editors’ vision for this particular series.  Keep honing your craft, and submit again next time!

If you do not hear from us in this first wave of emails, please be patient.  We are still evaluating your story.  We will post updates in this space from time to time, as we progress through the reading effort.

Keep writing, and best of luck to all of you!

“Single Slices” Submissions Pouring In

If you are a horror writer and you have not yet submitted a piece for our new “Single Slices” digital-first singles line, you need to get it in soon.  The deadline for this first submission period is January 31.

So take out that old novella that you didn’t know what to do with, polish it up — make sure to make it sing! — and send it in.  We’ve received a steady stream of submissions so far, and our reading team is working diligently to give everyone that crucial first read.  Keep in mind that our stated response time is 2 months, so please be patient.

It is awesome to see what all of you creative folks out there have crafted!

Keep them coming… and remember, the deadline is the end of January.

Cutting Block is back on Duotrope

For those writers among you who use Duotrope to find markets for your prose, Cutting Block Books is pleased to announce that our updated company listing is live on their website!  Specifically, our Single Slices series listing can be found here.

Duotrope is one of the giants in writer’s market databases and submission tracking, so we are bracing for a flood of new submissions!

Introducing “Single Slices”!

Cutting Block Books is proud to announce a new digital-first singles line called Cutting Block: Single Slices.

Each Slice will be comprised of a single, character-driven supernatural horror short of the kind you’ve come to expect from the folks who’ve brought you five Bram Stoker Award® nominated short story anthologies.

If you’re one of our loyal readers, look for the 99 cent Slices to begin appearing in Amazon’s Kindle store early next year.

If you’re a horror writer, check out our Submissions page for more information… and hurry, because the window for general submissions is only open for a limited time!

All “Souls” Day Halloween Sale! Up to 60% off!

In honor of Halloween, and to commemorate All Souls’ Day two days later, Cutting Block is reducing the price of Tattered Souls 2 by up to 60% off!!

For six days, from Tuesday October 28th through Sunday November 2nd, readers can purchase the paperback version of our Bram Stoker Award® nominated Tattered Souls 2 for 25% off list, and the Kindle version for 60% off the regular Kindle price.  This critically acclaimed horror anthology features Stephanie Shaw’s excellently atmospheric “Mademoiselle Guignol,” Kathleen Dale’s chilling “Becka,” and Anne Michaud’s vampire tour de force “Misery of Me,” along with five other superb near-novella-length shorts.

To get the reduced price on the paperback, order the book via CreateSpace.com, and at checkout enter the promo code:  TDBKSMTS

To get the reduced price on the Kindle version, go to Tattered Souls 2’s Kindle listing on Amazon.com, and simply order the e-book; the discount will be deducted automatically (as long as you are placing the order between 8 am EST on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, and Midnight EST on Sunday, November 2, 2014).

Remember, the sale ends at Midnight Eastern time on Sunday, November 2nd, so don’t delay!  Get your copy at these “Soul” stirringly low prices, while you still can.

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The Best of Horror Library: Volumes 1-5 is the latest anthology in the Bram Stoker Award® nominated Horror Library series. This one contains the best stories from all five previous volumes. Get your copy today!

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