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Writer Calls on Horror Fans to Boycott Leisure Books

When I wrote about the demise of Leisure’s mass market paperback line in favor of e-books, I had no idea the terrible drama playing out behind the scenes.  According to genre author Brian Keene, Dorchester/Leisure Books stopped paying royalties owed to their writers back in late 2009.  Then, with the payment issues still unresolved, Dorchester [...]

Is Mass Market Horror Fiction Dead?

Over the last thirty years the market for horror novels has exploded, dried up to almost nothing, found new life through the splatterpunk movement, died off again, and then made a comeback through Leisure Books’ line of mass market horror novels.  Last September, Leisure shut down their paperback lines with all future publications coming out in electronic [...]

Gross Gifts

The success of Blanche Knott’s Truly Tasteless Jokes spawned numerous rip-offs in the early 80s.  Julius Alvin cashed in on the raunchy joke book craze with the Gross Jokes series.   Gross Gifts, the entry from 1983, skips the usual dead baby material and focuses on “everything from gross cosmetics to gross movies to gross vacations.”  The “gross [...]

Book Review – Teenage Wasteland: The Slasher Movie Uncut

Teenage Wasteland is a welcome addition to the list of essential books about horror movies that includes Michael Weldon’s Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film, John McCarty’s Official Splatter Movie Guide and Stephen Thrower’s Nightmare U.S.A.

Butcher Knives and Body Counts

Keep an eye on bookshelves this fall for the latest word on our beloved slashers. The book is called Butcher Knives and Body Counts and will feature dozens of essays on our favorite genre. Edited by Vince Liaguno (author of the The Literary Six) for Dark Scribe Press, there will also be two Retro Slashers writers featured. Keep [...]

Joyride (1983) Book Review

Horror fiction writers were slow to take up the slasher mantle back in the early 80′s even though celluloid stalkers were carving up hefty profits at the box-office. Anyone scanning paperback racks at the corner market were more likely to find novels about demon possessed houses, Stephen King rip-offs featuring evil little kids with psychic [...]