Extra Halloween Seasoning For Your Summer: A Trick-Or-Treat Stop In The Halloween Season Cover Reveal
How excited do you get for Halloween?
For me it is a time of nostalgia, and fun, and personal expression, and sharing.
Although it isn’t time to grab your costume and candy just yet today does bring all those feelings together for me. Why?
Because as co-founder of Raw Dog Screaming Press it’s been a distinct thrill to publish Lucy A. Snyder’s acclaimed short stories collections repeatedly over the years — despite the fact that all credit goes to Lucy and my partner in crime, Jennifer, who is the driving force behind the previous three titles.
Now we are pleased to reveal the cover for our fourth collaboration with Lucy, this time featuring art by renowned cover artist Lynne Hansen. I first met Lynne at the World Horror Convention 2005, in New York City, and have been lucky to call her a friend since then. When I first spoke with Lucy we were at a reading in Massillon, Ohio in early 2010, and it was a great time.
This project brings together 25 years of relationship experience between myself and the artists. Often things are rushed in the publishing scene, with people looking at each other like walking ATMs and demanding instant career gratification — not unlike the kid who doesn’t dress up, doesn’t go door to door, and just clobbers smaller children to snatch candy without making any Halloween memories of their own.
You’ll frequently see many of the most acclaimed professionals in the scene are patient and wait for opportunities to line up organically.
People always ask me how we end up publishing so many books that get high-profile recognition, and I always tell them we’re just lucky to work with so many high-quality people. That’s the case again this time with Halloween Season. Here’s the cover, and below that you’ll find details about the book — and our special trick-or-treat giveaway!
About the Book
Halloween is the most wonderful part of the year for many of us. For dedicated fans, the season begins when the leaves start turning autumn colors and doesn’t finish until Hallowtide ends in November. With it comes a whole lot of fun: scary movies and stories, haunted houses, seasonal sweets, spooky decorations, costume parties, and of course trick or treat. But Halloween is also a deeply spiritual time for some; it’s an opportunity to remember and honor loved ones who have passed on.
Master storyteller Lucy A. Snyder has filled her cauldron with everything that Halloween means to her and distilled it into a spell-binding volume of stories. Within these pages you’ll find thrills and chills, hilarity and horrors, the sweet and the naughty.
One of the best things about Halloween is you don’t have to be yourself. So go ahead and try on a new mask or two … you may discover hidden talents as a witch, a pirate, a space voyager, a zombie fighter, or even an elf. This is the perfect collection to celebrate the season of the dead or to summon those heady autumn vibes whenever you like. You may even find a couple of tales that evoke a certain winter holiday that keeps trying to crowd in on the fun.
In the worlds within this book, every day is Halloween!
In 2019 I was the author selected to compose work to accompany Deena Warner’s art on a limited edition Halloween card. Presented below is the poem, “Autumnal Armistice,” and if you are one of our lucky trick-or-treaters you’ll receive a copy of the limited edition card, which comes with a link to the downloadable, printable game that accompanies the art! (While supplies last.)
A card, a game, a promise of something sweet.
Darkness came early this Halloween, his treats
turned into tricks, fate’s curtain drawn
to a close. Catching cooties with the sound
of crickets all around, or the crunch of
candy wrappers underfoot, or dead leaves
crumbling under the rheumy gaze of faded
stars, and that familiar earthy smell
of harvests past their prime, decay in full
bloom settling into the senses. Moss covered
pathways into darkness, replacing the walls
of their room, hinting at the tranquil
embrace of what awaited them beyond.
Figures loomed among the branches waiting,
watching, held upright by buoyant dread
circulating through withered limbs. They knew
what the children could not: that this
tableau was merely a glimpse, more than
just a witching hour, but the preview of
a hexed childhood, a cursed life. Layers would
grow and harden over their true selves,
trapped, screaming unheard, passengers in
a flesh machine gone off the rails, alone
in a crowded forest of limbs and blight just
like them. He looked to her in fear, but found
not so much peace as cessation in her gaze.
Her mask became her truth.
Trick or Treat!
To receive your promo pack email your address to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Unfortunately, we can only send promo packs to US addresses so we’ve also put together a printable download for anyone outside the US.
Thanks for participating in our trick or treat cover reveal! RDSP is offering a postcard promo pack that will include a sticker and at least 2 postcards.Tweet
Visit all the houses on the block to collect all the treats. Here are the current stops and treats.
- Stop #1 Lucy A. Snyder (excerpt from Halloween Season)
- Stop #2 Cover artist Lynne Hansen (printable bookmark)
- Stop #3 Raw Dog Screaming Press (postcard promo pack)
- Stop #4 Hook of Book publicist Erin Sweet Al Mehairi (signed, hand-lettered Halloween poem)
- Stop #5 John Edward Lawson (Halloween card and story)
About the Artist
Lynne Hansen is a horror artist who specializes in book covers. She has 19 years of book marketing and promotion experience, including serving for six years as senior editor for a small press publishing company. Lynne’s clients include Cemetery Dance Publications, Thunderstorm Books, and Bloodshot Books, as well as folks like New York Times bestselling authors Christopher Golden, Rick Hautala, and Thomas E. Sniegoski. For samples of her work for them and other fantastic authors like Jeff Strand, James A. Moore, Owl Goingback, Amber Benson, Peter Atkins, Lisa Morton, and many more.
About the Author
Lucy A. Snyder is the five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning and Shirley Jackson Award-nominated author of over 100 published short stories and 14 books. Chaosium will release her novel The Girl With the Star-Stained Soulsometime in 2021. She also wrote the novels Spellbent, Shotgun Sorceress, and Switchblade Goddess, the nonfiction book Shooting Yourself in the Head for Fun and Profit: A Writer’s Survival Guide, and the collections Garden of Eldritch Delights, While the Black Stars Burn, Soft Apocalypses, Orchid Carousals, Sparks and Shadows, Chimeric Machines, and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger. Her writing has been translated into French, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Czech, and Japanese editions and has appeared in publications such as Asimov’s Science Fiction, Apex Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Pseudopod, Strange Horizons, and Best Horror of the Year.
With Michael Bailey, Lucy also co-edited the critically-acclaimed collaborative dark fiction anthology Chiral Mad 4. When she’s not writing, she’s faculty in Seton Hill University’s MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction and also works as a freelance developmental editor in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. You can learn more about her at www.lucysnyder.com and you can follow her on Twitter at @LucyASnyder.