Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sign up for LEVEL ONE Online Writing Course and get a FREE copy of Specters In Coal Dust!

I’ve had a lot of folks asking for the return of the earlier online writing courses, so I have decided to kick off from the beginning: the Level One online writing course. I will then schedule the subsequent course levels after that.

Online classes will be conducted live via audio/video conference with PowerPoint presentations and chat lines. Audio or video capabilities (or special software) are NOT required for participation. However, a computer with Internet connection IS required.

Here is the LEVEL ONE Online Writing Course

Thursday, November 4, 2010
Plot and structure.

Thursday, November 11, 2010
Description and detail

Thursday, November 18, 2010
Point of View and Dialogue

Thursday, November 25, 2010
Creating great characters

All classes are from: 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. Eastern

The course is $120.00, which includes all four classes. *

To sign up, visit

For questions or confirmations email me at

The first eight people to sign up will receive a free copy of my latest anthology Specters In Coal Dust.

This anthology includes ghost stories set in coal mines from authors such as:

Gary A. Braunbeck
Christopher Golden
Tom Piccirilli
Steve Rasnic Tem
Elizabeth Massie
Lee Thomas
Ronald Kelly
Bev Vincent
William Meikle
Nate Southard
Joshua Reynolds
Barbara Jo Fleming
Michael Bracken
and Brian J. Hatcher.


Extended submission period

We are extending the submission period for the Appalachian Folklore anthology until we have the stories needed to fill the project. This does not mean that stories already submitted have been rejected, etc. It just means we want more stories to look at.

Title: Appalachian Folklore: Dark Tales of Superstition and Old Wives’ Tales

Publisher: Woodland Press

Editors: Michael Knost and Eugene Johnson

Format: Trade Paperback

Payment: Three-cents per word and one contributor copy.

Story Length: Up to 2500 words

Deadline: When anthology is filled

Please do not query about submissions until November 1, 2010.

Send Submissions to:

Please send attachments (.doc or .rtf) when submitting, please do not copy and paste in the body of the email.

Publication Date: Early 2011

Please take note this is a theme anthology…if your story does not fit the theme, it will not be considered. Therefore, please adhere to the following: Stories should be horror or dark fiction and dealing with a known Appalachian superstition or old wives’ tale. We DO NOT want stories with excessive content or language.

We purchase First English Anthology Rights, non-exclusive audio and e-rights for publication in the English language anywhere in the world.

Manuscript format: Please double-space, use 12-point Times New Roman font, use a slug line in the header (not into the manuscript itself), use bold, italics, underline where desired…format just as you intend the reader to see it. Also don't forget to include your name and contact info in the manuscript.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Book Trailer for Specters In Coal Dust

Specters In Coal Dust is a collection of ghost stories set in coal mines.

Click HERE to watch video

Order your copy at

Sunday, October 17, 2010

FREE local writing classes

I will be teaching a FREE writing course at three local libraries in Logan County, West Virginia.

Sponsored by Logan County Libraries and the Logan County Commission, the course (known as Level One), which includes four classes each, is free to the public (all ages invited) and is scheduled as:

Buffalo Creek Memorial Library, Man, WV – 304-583-7887

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Chapmanville Public Library, Chapmanville, WV – 304-855-3405

Thursday, November 4, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Logan Public Library, Logan, WV – 304-752-6652

Friday, November 5, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Three new books debuting in Huntington, WV this weekend.

BARBOURSVILLE, WV - For the first time in the Mountain State, a book publishing company will be unveiling three brand new book titles simultaneously, and multiple Appalachian authors will be on hand to help celebrate their national release. The event will take place at the Huntington Mall Borders, this Saturday afternoon, Oct 9th, from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Borders bookstore planners have announced the upcoming appearance of 2009 Bram Stoker Award-winning editor and writer Michael Knost, along with "a representation of the state's best and brightest writers," including Brian J. Hatcher, Mark Justice, F. Keith Davis, Jason Keene, Ellen Thompson McCloud, Frank Larnerd, S. Clayton Rhodes, G. Cameron Fuller, Karin Fuller and Jessie Grayson.

"We have assembled an impressive group of state and nationally-known writers for one gigantic book release party," said Lill Neace, spokesperson for the Barboursville bookstore. "Three new books will be launched here, and 11 authors will be on hand to meet and greet store visitors."

Knost will be introducing the much-anticipated fourth installment of the Legends of the Mountain State series, as well as his new anthology of ghost tales from the coal mines, entitled, Specters in Coal Dust.

Also, for this event, Brian J. Hatcher, noted Charleston-area magician as well as a speculative fiction writer and editor, will be performing illusions, special effects and sleight-of-hand demonstrations, as he celebrates the launch of his new anthology, Mountain Magic: Spellbinding Tales of Appalachia.

"I think everyone is really exhilarated over this book release party, especially because of the number of respected writers joining us," said Knost. "It's not often that one can meet and greet this many of the preeminent storytellers of West Virginia and Kentucky at one single event."

All three new titles — published by West Virginia independent publisher, Woodland Press — contain a variety of Appalachian-themed stories by exceptional Appalachian and nationally-known writers. Besides the three new releases, the participating authors will also personally autograph copies of other Woodland Press titles, including Legends of the Mountain State volumes 1-3, Appalachian Winter Hauntings, Dark Tales of Terror, The Secret Life and Brutal Death of Mamie Thurman, West Virginia Tough Boys, The Feuding Hatfields & McCoys and Writers Workshop of Horror.

For additional information about the Sat., Oct. 9th event (4:30 - 6:30 p.m.), or to reserve copies in advance, contact Borders, (304) 736-6233, 120 Mall Road, Barboursville, WV 25504.

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