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We have been diligently reviewing all the wonderful manuscripts we received during our February 2014 Open Submissions period, and we’re pleased to report that we are just about done. Even still, there remains a handful of manuscripts that are still under active review, Continue reading

The Diamond Seekers
Interview & Review: The Diamond Seekers, Jack Everett

UK author Jack Everett, one of the co-authors of crime thriller The Diamond Seekers, was interviewed recently at the Carol & Tom Phipps Fantasy Blog. Continue reading

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Dr. Offig's Lessons from the Dark Side
Horror Bound Online Posts Review for DR. OFFIG’S LESSONS FROM THE DARK SIDE, VOL 1

Title: DR. OFFIG’S LESSONS FROM THE DARK SIDE, VOLUME 1 Author: P.S. Gifford Genre: YA Horror Rated: G Horror Bound Online Magazine recently posted a rave review for Virtual Tales author P.S. Gifford’s latest novel, DR. OFFIG’S LESSONS FROM THE DARK SIDE, VOLUME 1: “Dr. Offig is not a modern-day medley of trash and gore. It is spooky, spell-binding, and simply sensational! A deliciously scary page-turner for young readers and adults alike. — Julie Hamilton, Horror Bound Magazine STORY SYNOPSIS: Some people are optimists and some people are pessimists, but Dr. Offig is a “gruesome-ist!” Visit him in his cluttered and curious office and he will surely tell you one of the wonderfully creepy stories he is famous for. Just click on the yellow “Review” button above to read he full review, or click on the book cover to find out more about this title, sign up for a free trial or to buy it.  

Author P.S. Gifford Interviews Dr. Offig

Barking Rain Press author P.S. Gifford (Curiously Twisted Tales and Dr. Offig’s Lessons from the Dark Side) had the opportunity to “interview” his alter-ego, Dr. Offig, at The Plotline. It is reprinted here for your convenience. (PSG) It is very good- albeit a little peculiar- finally meeting you face to face Dr. Offig- however I must say that being in your study reminds me of being back at school and summoned to the headmaster’s office. (nervous pause) Do you have a first name that I can call you? (OFFIG) Why good afternoon and welcome Mr. Gifford, I have to say it is a bit irregular meeting you also- and you are much better looking than I expected and simply call me doctor if you don’t mind. (PSG) So, doctor, our latest book is “Dr. Offig’s Lesson’s from the Dark Side,” why are you adamant on calling your accounts lessons? (OFFIG) I feel that in this day and age that some traditional lessons are jolly well needed! I have been teaching for many years now, more than I will ever admit to in fact. I feel that some old-fashioned values is just what the youth of today could use a healthy dose of… Wouldn’t you agree? (PSG) Absolutely! (PSG nods animatedly!) I also like the equal doses of scares, humor and mystery elements you use in you erm…’lessons.’ Was this your intention? (OFFIG) Of course it was! (OFFIG waves his hand over his head as if insulted by the question) You of all people should know that. What a silly question to ask! Everyone knows to keep the reader interested you need to entertain them! Can I get a better question next time please? My time is very precious- I am, after all, penning a new book… (He glances at his watch- which isn’t working- and is stuck on twelve o’clock.) (PSG) So you plan on writing several more in the series? (OFFIG) I thought that calling it volume one might be a hint. Yes- I hope to write several more volumes. I have so many more things I would like to teach. (PSG) I can see by this cluttered office of yours that books play a huge part of your life… Am I correct? (OFFIG) Oh yes! Indeed! Absolutely! Books are my very favorite things to own- They are just so lovely to look at. (All at once Offig opens a drawer and pulls out a plate of chocolate éclairs) Would you like one? (He waves the plate of éclairs in fronts of PSG’s nose.) (PSG ) No thank you! (OFFIG) Please yourself. (As he speaks he takes a large bight of an éclair) They are frightfully good you know. (PSG) So the book is getting rave reviews! How does that make you feel? (OFFIG) (Offig shoves the rest of the éclair into his mouth and chews it slowly as he thinks.) (PSG) Well? (OFFIG) It is very rewarding young man that our efforts are being appreciated. It is jolly

Dr. Offig Interview

Barking Rain Press author P.S. Gifford (Curiously Twisted Tales and Dr. Offig’s Lessons from the Dark Side) had the opportunity to “interview” his alter-ego, Dr. Offig, at The Plotline. It is reprinted here for your convenience. (PSG) It is very good- albeit a little peculiar- finally meeting you face to face Dr. Offig- however I must say that being in your study reminds me of being back at school and summoned to the headmaster’s office. (nervous pause) Do you have a first name that I can call you? (OFFIG) Why good afternoon and welcome Mr. Gifford, I have to say it is a bit irregular meeting you also- and you are much better looking than I expected and simply call me doctor if you don’t mind. (PSG) So, doctor, our latest book is “Dr. Offig’s Lesson’s from the Dark Side,” why are you adamant on calling your accounts lessons? (OFFIG) I feel that in this day and age that some traditional lessons are jolly well needed! I have been teaching for many years now, more than I will ever admit to in fact. I feel that some old-fashioned values is just what the youth of today could use a healthy dose of… Wouldn’t you agree? (PSG) Absolutely! (PSG nods animatedly!) I also like the equal doses of scares, humor and mystery elements you use in you erm…’lessons.’ Was this your intention? (OFFIG) Of course it was! (OFFIG waves his hand over his head as if insulted by the question) You of all people should know that. What a silly question to ask! Everyone knows to keep the reader interested you need to entertain them! Can I get a better question next time please? My time is very precious- I am, after all, penning a new book… (He glances at his watch- which isn’t working- and is stuck on twelve o’clock.) (PSG) So you plan on writing several more in the series? (OFFIG) I thought that calling it volume one might be a hint. Yes- I hope to write several more volumes. I have so many more things I would like to teach. (PSG) I can see by this cluttered office of yours that books play a huge part of your life… Am I correct? (OFFIG) Oh yes! Indeed! Absolutely! Books are my very favorite things to own- They are just so lovely to look at. (All at once Offig opens a drawer and pulls out a plate of chocolate éclairs) Would you like one? (He waves the plate of éclairs in fronts of PSG’s nose.) (PSG ) No thank you! (OFFIG) Please yourself. (As he speaks he takes a large bight of an éclair) They are frightfully good you know. (PSG) So the book is getting rave reviews! How does that make you feel? (OFFIG) (Offig shoves the rest of the éclair into his mouth and chews it slowly as he thinks.) (PSG) Well? (OFFIG) It is very rewarding young man that our efforts are being appreciated. It is jolly

P.S. Gifford Book Signing at Dark Delicacies on December 11, 2011

Horror author P.S. Gifford (Curiously Twisted Tales, the Imaginary Friend series) will be signing books at the world-famous Dark Delicacies bookstore in Burbank, California on Sunday, December 11, 2011 between 2:00 and 6:00 p.m. Author Gabrielle Faust (Eternal Vigilance series) will also be signing her books. Continue reading

P.S. Gifford Book Signing at Mysterious Galaxy on November 27, 2011

Horror author P.S. Gifford will be signing books at Mysterious Galaxy bookstore in Redondo Beach, California on November 27, 2011 Continue reading

Interview with P.S. Gifford

Though he now makes his home in Southern California, Paul Gifford was born in the U.K. in Birmingham. Lately he and his work have been popping up all over, including The Literary Bone, The Unknown Zone, Razar magazine, Bewildering Stories, Cautionary Tale, and his own website, www.PSGifford.com. His first two horror novels, THE CURIOUS ACCOUNTS OF THE IMAGINARY FRIEND and DR. OFFIG’S LESSONS FROM THE DARK SIDE, have also helped generate interest. Paul is currently finishing up his third novel, THE FURTHER ACCOUNTS OF THE IMAGINARY FRIEND, which will be published in 2009. BRP: What made you decide to write horror stories? Was it something in particular, or were you always “drawn to the dark side?” PSG: I have always been intrigued by horror ever since I was a small child. I also, at a very young age, found the greatest escapism from a harsh childhood came bound in book form. I was ten when I began to write, but I guess you can say I didn’t get serious about it until a very wet and cold Boxing Day (the day after Christmas, for those readers in the U.S.). My parents were separated, so I celebrated the holiday twice, and my mother gave me my first typewriter as a present. That was in 1976 I was eleven years old and it changed my life. BRP: We know you are working on the sequel to The Curious Accounts of the Imaginary Friend  right now. What can you tell us about it? PSG: The first book was a collection of stories that incorporated many sides of horror. Some stories were light hearted, others were dark and grim, and most fell somewhere between these two poles. The stories in the new book will be longer — and some will be a lot darker. However, just as in the first collection I will be mixing it up a bit. That way the reader is never quite sure where I will be taking them. VT: The premise behind both of these anthologies is an “imaginary friend,” who serves as the narrator. What can you tell us about him? PSG: The “imaginary friend” is someone I am sure everyone is familiar with, a friend we conjure up in our most fearful moments. He is a witness, a priest-confessor, if you will, always willing to hear our side of a situation without judging us. He leaves the judging to the reader, to whom he faithfully recounts some of his more… curious… encounters. VT: All three of your books are anthologies. What made you decide to write anthologies? PSG: I am a big fan of short fiction, and wanted to create a diverse collection of entertaining horror stories. And I feel that I have succeeded! VT: Does anyone you know turn up as a character in any of the stories? PSG: I often incorporate friends and fans into my stories, sometimes using their names, physical descriptions, and of course—their darkest fears! VT: Do you have any tips for scaring off writer’s block—or

Five Essential Tips Every Barnes & Noble Nook Owner Should Know

Laptop.com has done an extensive overview of the Barnes & Noble Nook eReader and has compiled a list of essential tips. Discover new features of your Nook that you may not  know about. For instance, did you know that you can read eBooks from your local library on the Nook? Or that you can lend eBooks to your friends? Essential Nook Tips provided in this article include: Read eBooks in the Store Manage Your Library Online Lend Books to Friends Load Public Library Books Add Your Own Pictures to the Screensaver Read more: Nook user tips

Five Essential Tips Amazon Kindle Owners Should Know

Laptop.com has done an extensive overview of Amazon.com’s Kindle eReader and has compiled a list of essential tips. Discover new features of your Kindle that you may not  know about. For instance, did you know that you can buy books from stores other than Amazon for your Kindle (such as eBooks.com, Diesel-ebooks.com, and eHarlequin.com)? Essential Kindle Tips provided in this article include: Eliminate Image Burn Save Battery Life Create Notes & Highlight Passages Save & Share Notes & Highlights Search From Within a Book Read More: Kindle user tips

Owning eBooks

Laura Roberts, Hannah Walk and Molly Schoemann had a fascinating debate on eBooks, printed books and eReaders at The Perpetual Post. Some highlights: From MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Sometimes I wonder if maybe I’m just being a big whiny whiner by not buying into the eBook craze. Still, I’m worried about the fact that eBooks are becoming more and more popular, and ultimately, when you get right down to it, they’re not books– they’re essentially software. And you don’t technically own them; you’re licensing them for your use. Where’s the fun in that?

Marketing Focus
Tips for Marketing and Selling Books Any Time of the Year

Books don’t sell themselves; people sell books. Be sure to make friends of booksellers. If they like you, they are going to tell customers about your book. Become a media junkie and plug yourself–as well as your book–with your press release. Continue reading