Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Shameless Clues Continue!


















The Shameless Mama's Boy Tease Contest Continues!

Today: More Clues You Can Use!

Beside the obvious visual clue (hint, hint - uh, something red), today I'd like to introduce you to the artists of the Mama's Boy project.

First, is one of my favorite artists and a very classy guy, Tom Moran. I recently highlighted his work at the Horror Library Blog-O-Rama and on MySpace as one of the wonderful artists blitzing the Horror world. I'm thrilled that Tom is doing the cover art for Mama's Boy. I've had a glimpse and it's awesome. Yes, I'm teasing you again, but only because I can't show you just yet. But I will as soon as possible. I promise!



But what I can show you, is a great piece Tom illustrated for my story in the Wicked Calendar 2006 from Wicked Karnival. My story, Connected at the Hip, appears as the month of June pin-up. And yeah, it's fun being a pin-up. Besides my little story, Tom's work is popping up everywhere. You can see many of his raw, humorous, freaky, beautiful illustrations in magazines like Wicked Karnival and Insidious Reflections. Be sure to visit his gallery at Grimamericana.com. And multi-talented as he is, you'll also find that Tom is a published author.

Next on our artist hit parade, is my friend and colleague from Dark Recesses Press, Jason Beirens. Jason not only does a fantastic job as Art Director for DR, he also provides illustrations for many of the stories. Jason will be providing interior filigree art for the pages of Mama's Boy. You'll also find Jason's excellent ongoing project, The Ill-Tempered Bear. You'll love the ITB, so be sure to visit!

I'm a lucky girl to have so many talented people working on this project!

So there you have it - at least 3 more clues for you today. For more information on how to play AND WIN, The Shameless Mama's Boy Tease Contest, check the previous two blogs for details.

Are you having fun yet? I am!

Thanks for playing (and humoring me), gang. I'm pretty darn excited about this project, and I'm just happy to be sharing it with you...even if I am teasing you a little.

Wickedly Yours,
Fran Friel

Monday, March 27, 2006

The Mama's Boy Tease - More Clues!


The Mama's Boy Tease Continues!

"They" say that we really need to say things at least three times for most people to remember. So in the interest of promoting good memory, before we continue we'll do a quick recap. Ready?

Here goes:

The "Shameless Mama's Boy Teaser Contest!"

Just stop by my Blog at MySpace throughout the week and scavenge a total of Five Clues. Email your list to franfriel@gmail.com (temporary account) before midnight, Sunday, April 2, 2006.

Combine any items from the list for Five Clues:
1. Visual clues (hint, hint...start here or go back to Sunday's)
2. Author's Name (uh, tough one)
3. Short Story Titles by Author
4. Name of Publishing Company
5. Artist's Names - Cover Art or Illustrations
6. Name of the Foreword Author
7. Character's Names
8. Books Titles by the Foreword Author
9. One Story Title from The Horror Library's Fresh Meat Section

So, it's just that easy. Provide an accurate list of 5 clues and I'll toss your name in the hat. An independent party will draw the winning name, and that lucky Shameless Mama's Boy Teasee will receive a $10 gift certificate to the magnificent Shocklines.com. I hope you'll play, even if it's just to humor me. I'm sensitive, you know. And heck, $10 isn't too shabby for a couple of clicks. And if you provide the "Special Clue," which will be made pretty darn obvious, I'll make it $15!

Now that you have the recap fresh in your mind. I'd like to introduce you to an author at the top of my favorites list, James Newman. He is one hot commodity these days, and I am thrilled to have his words grace the Foreword of Mama's Boy! I actually cried when I read it, and here's just a snippet for you (no tissues required):

"Hard to believe that someone as nice as the Fran Friel I know. . . could have written something like Mama’s Boy. But she did. And that makes this voracious reader one happy horror fan." --James Newman

If you haven't read James' work yet, you're in in for a wicked treat. Check him out at http://www.blogger.com/. You'll be glad you did. And I hear he has some very exciting news just over the horizon, so be sure to keep a close eye on this guy. You can also read my thorough brain picking expedition with James Newman in next issue of Dark Recesses Press, due out April 1st...no foolin' (har, har).

Okay, kids, by my count that's at least FOUR Shameless Mama's Boy Teaser Contest clues since yesterday so we're on our way. See how easy this is?

I hope you're having fun...I am! Dang, it's fun to be a tease.

Wickedly Yours,
Fran Friel

The Mama's Boy Tease Begins













What in the Hell is "Mama's Boy" Anyway?

Well, it wouldn't be a tease if I told you, but I'll give you a hint. It's related to shameless self-promotion! AND if you're willing to succumb to the tease, you may just be the winner!

This is the first in a series of "Shameless Mama's Boy Teaser Contests."

It's easy to play! Just stop by my Blog at MySpace throughout the week and scavenge a total of Five Clues. Email your list to franfriel@gmail.com (temporary account) before midnight, Sunday, April 2, 2006.

Combine any items from the list for Five Clues:

1. Visual clues (hint, hint...start here)
2. Author's Name (uh, tough one)
3. Short Story Titles by Author
4. Name of Publishing Company
5. Artist's Names - Cover Art or Illustrations
6. Name of the Foreword Author
7. Character's Names
8. Books Titles by the Foreword Author
9. One Story Title from The Horror Library's Fresh Meat Section

So, it's just that easy. Provide an accurate list of 5 clues and I'll toss your name in the hat. An independent party will draw the winning name, and that lucky Shameless Mama's Boy Teasee will receive a $10 gift certificate to the magnificent Shocklines.com.

I hope you'll play, even if it's just to humor me. I'm sensitive, you know. And heck, $10 isn't too shabby for a couple of clicks. And if you provide the "Special Clue," which will be made pretty darn obvious, I'll make it $15!

Have fun!

Wickedly Yours,
Fran Friel

Monday, March 20, 2006

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Jack Ketchum
AUTOGRAPHS Insidious Reflections!

Jack Ketchum fans, don't miss this!

INSIDIOUS REFLECTIONS MAGAZINE,Issue 5
Signed by JACK KETCHUM!


Just a few AUTOGRAPHED copies remain HERE!

Also available unsigned at SHOCKLINES - Free Shipping!

You can even find a few of my nasty little words in the Gross Out Contest. I'm in the Top 3! Pretty gross... You can see the rest of the "Insidious" line-up below!

Wickely Yours,
Fran Friel

INSIDIOUS REFLECTIONS MAGAZINE Issue 5

Fiction:
Seascape by Jack Ketchum
Addict by J.F. Gonzalez
Fizz by Eric Shapiro
Winter's Rebirth by Darren Franz
Neon and Silence by Donna Taylor Burgess
That When I Waked I Cried To Dream Again by Ken Scholes
Crash and Burn by Kelli Dunlap
The Milkmaid by Anthony R.G.J.G. Heffernan
The Blue Man by B.P. Wap
Gross Out Contest Winners by The 13 Finalists

Non-fiction:
It's Alive by Cortney Skinner
An Interview with Jack Ketchum by Richard Hipson
Seriously Whacked Point of View by Jeff Strand
An Interview with Tim Lebbon by Tracy West
The Indie Spotlight: Greg Lamberson by Tom Moran
An Interview with Stephen Mark Rainey by Stephen W. Sommerville
Ghosts and Hauntings: Part Two by Robert Lewis
Taming of the Mole by Jenny Orosel
An Interview with Poppy Z. Brite by Jamie Langolf
Literary Reflections
Celluloid Reflections

Monday, March 06, 2006

JOHN SKIPP Talks About Writing and Life!

Check out John Skipp's interview at Storytellers Unplugged. It's funny, raw, honest and full of Skipp wisdom on writing and life.

Don't miss it!

John Skipp is the Best Selling author of CONSCIENCE, THE SCREAM and THE EMERALD BURRITO OF OZ.

Wickedly Yours,
Fran

Sunday, March 05, 2006

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