JournalStone Publishing will release Rick Hautala’s novel The Demon’s Wife in September 2013. Here is the planned cover art for the book:
For our part, effective immediately and lasting through June 30th (i.e. the entire second quarter of 2013), Necon E-Books will not take our usual Publisher’s share of all sales of Rick or Holly’s titles — WINTER WAKE, DEAD VOICES and THE EPICURE. Instead, we’ll be passing those profits directly to Holly. Naturally, Ralph W. Bieber will continue to receive his share of sales of THE EPICURE, and all third party vendors (i.e. Amazon, B&N, etc.) will take their standard percentage as well. Otherwise, for the next three months, everything will go straight to Holly. Holly, we wish we could do more and we sincerely hope that this helps (even just slightly).
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Longtime Rick Hautala publisher Cemetery Dance has come up with an offer that will help benefit the Hautala family. It involves a special edition of Brian James Freeman’s Blue November Storms. From the CD website:
NOTE FOR COLLECTORS — SPECIAL COPIES TO HELP RICK HAUTALA’S FAMILY:
As you may already know, long-time Cemetery Dance author and friend Rick Hautala passed away suddenly earlier this month. Fundraiser efforts are currently under way to help his family in their time of need, and Glenn Chadbourne and Brian James Freeman have decided to create a special version of this novella to help speed that fundraising along.
We’re now accepting preorders for special copies of this novella featuring stunning COLOR REMARQUES by Glenn Chadbourne. Glenn will be donating his entire art fee to the Hautala family. Brian will also be donating all of his earnings from each of these special copies. (A remarque is an original drawing made in the actual book by the artist, which makes that copy of the book a unique collectible. You can see some of Glenn’s more elaborate color remarques here.)
These special copies will be also signed by Ray Garton, Brian James Freeman, and Glenn Chadbourne. Glenn is going all out to make these copies unique for the collectors who help us support the Hautala family and these remarqued versions of the book will ship approximately one month after the signed copies.
You can read about the book and order copies from the Cemetery Dance website.
Zach of Kings Way Press posted this on the forum at Horror Drive-In:
I wanted to do something to help Rick’s family even though I only knew him as a fan. He wrote many great books and seemed like an awesome guy.
When I took over the remains of Full Moon Press, I inherited several boxes of The Wildman Limited and Trade Editions. I figured what better way to help Rick’s family than to sell these books and donate 100% of the sales to the cause?
So far, through the KWP newsletter we have raised $299, which I just sent through paypal:
King’s Way Press, you have sent $299.00 USD to Holly Newstein.
Anyone else interested in a Signed/Limited Edition of The Wildman ($45) or The Wildman Trade Edition ($30) for a big discount of $23 or $15 respectively, email me at
email@example.com and I will send you an invoice.
To all those who have already donated or bought a copy, I am sure that Rick’s family will be eternally grateful for your support.
Pete Giglio reached out to me today and we talked about what we could do to help Holly Newstein Hautala. Rick Hautala, was a big inspiration to me and a good friend. I miss him. I’m still in shock. Anyway, Pete posted this, and we want to help. “For all of 2013, Evil Jester Press and I are forfeiting our royalty stake in MOONDEATH. All profits will now roll to Holly Newstein Hautala. The book is now selling well, which would have made Rick happy. MOONDEATH was his first novel, and it’s one of my favorites. When EJP reprinted it, Rick wanted to stick to original 1980 Zebra text. The two months I spent retyping the text from the old mass market paperback, not to mention the several times I reread the manuscript, was a journey I’m glad I took. Typing the same words (in the same order) on my PC that Rick Hautala had typed decades earlier…well, that was cool. We will do more. This is a start”.
The AudioComics Company has a series of audio adaptations of horror stories called Horrorscopes. The first episode of the first season is an adaptation of Rick Hautala’s “The Nephews.” Rick also provides the introduction to the series. AudioComics has made this announcement:
The AudioComics Company was saddened to learn of the sudden passing of horror writer Rick Hautala on March 21, 2013. In honor of Rick, 100% of the net proceeds from downloads of “The Nephews” will go to his widow, Holly Hautala.
You can read more about Horrorscopes and buy episodes from their website.
And now there’s this tweet from Roy Hudson:
2:23 PM – 26 Mar 13
You can see purchase a New England Horror Writers T-shirt here.
And now there’s more from Joe McKinney and Pete Giglio and Evil Jester Press. 100% of the profits in April from Joe McKinney’s Inheritance and Peter Giglio’s Sunfall Manor will be paid to Rick’s widow, Holly.
Do not buy these books in lieu of donations. The best way to help is to donate directly to Holly Newstein Hautala (see Christopher Golden’s post). That said, Joe McKinney and I were touched by Rick Hautala‘s support of our recent ghost stories, INHERITANCE and SUNFALL MANOR. This is just our little way of paying that support back. Special thanks to the additional stakeholders in these titles for donating their profits for April: Charles Day, Eric Shapiro, Mark Scioneaux, Robert Shane Wilson, and Jennifer Wilson, and everyone at Evil Jester Press and Nightscape Press. Without their generosity, we couldn’t do this.
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A celebration of Rick Hautala’s life will take place on Sunday, May 5, 2013, at the American Legion Hall on Dunn Street in Westbrook, Maine, from 3 to 7 PM. All who can make it are cordially invited to come and share their memories and laughter with Rick’s friends and family.
Rick died on March 21, 2013. You can read tributes to Rick and his work here.
It is with heavy heart that I post the news that Rick died earlier this afternoon at age 64 from a heart attack.
Rick’s wife Holly posted this on Facebook Thursday evening:
Hi all and thank you. Just to let you know there will be no funeral, as that was not Rick’s thing. I am hoping to put together a celebration of his life in a month or two. We are just devastated here, and I really appreciate your kind words. Will keep you posted…
I’m stunned, as I know all of his fans, friends, and family are. My heart is with Holly, Rick’s sons, and all their family and friends.
Christopher Golden posted on Facebook, “The life of a freelance writer is often full of financial struggles. The sudden death of Rick Hautala has left difficult circumstances in its wake, in more ways than one.” If you want to help Rick’s wife, Holly Newstein Hautala, Chris tells you how.
In honor of Rick Hautala we will be making his new book GLIMPSES: The Best Short Stories of Rick Hautala free in the Kindle marketplace starting [March 23]. Here’s the link: Glimpses: The Best Short Stories of Rick Hautala
Here are some fantastic online tributes to Rick and his work:
- Portland Press Herald: Rick Hautala Obituary
- Christopher Golden: Rick Hautala
- Matthew Costello: The Ghost in My House
- Stephen R. Bissette: Farewell, “Big Brother”…
- Peter Crowther: Rick Hautala
- Nick Kaufmann: Rick Hautala R.I.P.
- John McIlveen: Rick Hautala — Rest In Peace
- John Goodrich: Gone…
- James A. Moore: Rick Hautala, Rest In Peace
- Brian Keene: Rick Hautala R.I.P.
- James Robert Smith: A Friend Gone (includes BOOKSTORY, a script proposal by RH and JRS)
- Sidney Williams: RIP Rick Hautala and David and James
- The Green Hand Bookshop: RIP Rick Hautala — a lifetime is not long enough
- Derek Clendening: Left-Wing Rants, Cigars and the Macabre — My Memories of Rick Hautala
- Tina Hall: An Interview with the late Rick Hautala
- Peter Dudar: Remembering Hauty
- Dan Keohane: An Oasis of Pleasant Humor and Cigar Smoke
- Bev Vincent: Rick and AJ
- James Roy Daley: RIP: Rick Hautala. You will be missed.
- Mark Rainey
- Cryptozoonews: Rick Hautala, Mountain King Author, Dies
- The Fire Wire – R.I.P. Maine Author Rick Hautala
- Joseph Nassise: Rick Hautala RIP
- Richard Schiver: Friday’s 5 with Rick Hautala
- Dreadful Tales: In Memoriam – David B. Silva, James Herbert, and Rick Hautala
- Ty Schwamberger: RIP (In Three’s)
- New England Horror Writers: Horror Community Loses a Friend
- Sonia Fogal: A Note of Sympathy – Rick Hautala
- David Dvorkin: Rick Hautala
- SFscope: Author Rick Hautala Dies
- The Baryon Review: 1999 – An Interview with Rick Hautala
- Kevin J. Anderson: A Dark Week for Horror….
- Michael Arruda: Remebering Rick Hautala
- Horror World: Rick Hautala – RIP/How to Help Holly
- Cinema Knife Fight: Remembering Rick Hautala
- BlogTalkRadio: A Tribute to Rick Hautala by Francy and Friends
- Dale Eldon: Calling All Authors and Fans of Rick Hautala
- HorrorNovelReviews: A Quick Tribute to Rick Hautala: ‘The Wildman’ Review
- Gloucester Times: Richard A. Hautala Obituary
- FEARnet: R.I.P. to Three Giants of the Genre: Rick Hautala, David B. Silva, and James Herbert
- Horror Drive-In: The Worst Week in Horror Fiction History
- American Journal: Friends, fans mourn well-known Westbook horror author
- Tales to Terrify audio podcast: Tribute to James Herbert and Rick Hautala
- Rio Youers
- Lindsey Beth Goddard: RIP Rick Hautala
HellNotes.com has published a glowing new review by Michael R. Collings of Rick Hautala’s Untcigahunk: The Complete Little Brothers. You can read the review here.
Loaded with effective scenes and heartfelt moments, not to mention stunning illustrations (including the dust jacket) by renowned artist Glenn Chadbourne, Hautala works his magic again to create one heck of a fine read. He goes deeper than meets the eye and the effort is greatly rewarded. Don’t be surprised if you come of this with a feeling of dread and lost, for that’s how engaging INDIAN SUMMER turns out to be.
Read the whole review on The Scare Factor.
You can also see all of the color illustrations on Glenn Chadbourne’s website.
Rick Hautala will be a guest on the “radio” show Francy and Friends on BlogTalkRadio on Sunday, January 20, 2013, at 11 PM EST/10 PM CST. An archive of the appearance can be found on their website:
Rick’s segment begins at 23:54.