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Books & Boos all-day benefit event on June 22, 2013!

Update 2013-06-29: Books & Boos posted on their blog about the event after it was over: A Great Fundraiser for Holly Newstein Hautala

Bracken Macleod posted this on his blog:

Last last March one of the nicest guys I ever met, Rick Hautala, died unexpectedly. His loss has reverberated throughout the literary horror community and we are all saddened. He leaves behind a beautiful wife and sons who need our help. Like most writers, Rick was a man of modest means. That means his family could use our help. The proprietors of Books and Boos bookstore in Colchester, Connecticut are doing what they can and have organized an all day charity benefit for Rick’s family. If you’re in the area, head on down, bid on an auction item, get a book signed by an attending author (sorry, I can’t make it), have some free food, and help some really good people through a hard time. It’ll be worth it!

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New cover for The Demon’s Wife

JournalStone Publishing has revealed new cover art for their upcoming edition of Rick Hautala’s The Demon’s Wife. The book will be published in September 2013. For more information, please visit the JournalStone publishing website.

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Rick’s autobiography, The Horror… The Horror, is now available!

Rick Hautala - The Horror - The HorrorRick Hautala’s autobiography, found by his wife Holly after his death in March, is now available in ebook formats from Crossroad Press. From their site:

Available for the first time, The Horror… The Horror provides a look into the life and mind of author Rick Hautala.  From his days as a child in Massachusetts, to his days in college at the University of Maine in Orono, to the early days of his writing career along with Stephen King’s involvement, and ultimately to where his life and career stood in 2009, his autobiography is a compelling read to be enjoyed by friends and fans alike.

The book can be purchased from the Crossroad Press store, as well as from:

Update: Crossroad Press will be publishing a trade paperback edition of this book as soon as they can manage it. We’ll keep you posted!


Star Road pre-orders

Online retailers are now taking pre-orders for Star Road, a massive SF space opera written by Rick Hautala and Matthew Costello. The book will be published in hardcover by Thomas Dunne Books (St. Martin’s Press) on January 14, 2014.

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Quick update on Mister October, the Rick Hautala Tribute anthology

Christopher Golden posted this on Facebook on May 24, 2013:

So…the Rick Hautala memorial benefit anthology MISTER OCTOBER turned out to be so friggin’ huge that we had to split it into two volumes. [Otherwise it would’ve been close to 1000 pages.] Wait until you see the table(s) of contents.


Rick’s Autobiography: The Horror…The Horror

Rick’s wife Holly posted this news on Facebook this morning:

For Rick Hautala friends and fans: Rick’s autobiography, titled “The Horror…The Horror” is finally restored! He wrote it in 2009, unbeknownst to me, and I found a hard copy with his hand edits after he died. Characteristically, he must have decided nobody would want to read it and deleted it from his hard drive. It’s reminiscent of King’s ON WRITING, but with that special Rick Hautala perspective.

I have retyped it in and will keep you posted as to when it will be available.

Glimpses hardcover sold out, trade paperback coming

Dark Regions Press tweeted the following earlier today:

@Dark_Regions_Pr: Glimpses: The Best Short Stories of Rick Hautala is now sold out in all signed hardcover editions. Limitless trade paperback coming soon.

JournalStone Publishing Announces Three Rick Hautala Projects

JournalStone Publishing Announces Three New Rick Hautala Projects Including Hautala’s Final Two Completed Novels And An All-Star Hautala Benefit Tribute Anthology


From the JournalStone website:

May 1, 2013 By

SAN FRANCISCO, April 30, 2013 – With the tragic, sudden, and unexpected death of internationally best-selling author and Horror Writers Association (HWA) Bram Stoker Award Recipient for Lifetime Achievement for 2011, Rick Hautala, on March 21, 2013, JournalStone Publishing (JSP) President, Christopher C. Payne has released the following statement:

We join the entire literary community and Rick Hautala’s multitude of fans and admirers in mourning the sudden, untimely passing of a true literary giant—someone whose thirty-plus-year body of work has left an indelible mark and whose unique, individual voice has even influenced the shape and texture of how stories are written.

With a mixture of sadness and shock at his untimely passing we are honored to announce that, with the full support of the Hautala Estate, we will be releasing a special tribute anthology titled: Mister October: An Anthology In Memory Of Rick Hautala. The anthology is being edited by one of Rick’s best friends, the celebrated author, comic book writer and editor, Christopher Golden, who has previously edited such anthologies as The New Dead and The Monster’s Corner, among others.

Mister October is the ultimate labor of love,” Golden said.  “The shock and grief that hit so many of us in the wake of Rick’s death was compounded by the news that due to financial struggles, he had canceled his life insurance shortly before his passing. Knowing how many writers and artists admired his work and how many loved him, I put the anthology together as a way to help those Rick left behind. The reaction from those I asked to contribute was immediate and startling. Rick would have been stunned by the outpouring of support, including from the fine folks at Journalstone, who have generously agreed to donate all services to the project, so that every penny of profit from sales of the book in all formats will go to the Hautala estate.”

We are also honored to announce that, with the full support of Rick’s widow, Holly Newstein, and the late author’s estate, JournalStone Publishing will be releasing Rick Hautala’s final two novels.  The deal was struck only weeks before the author’s death.  Rick was extremely proud of both novels, which he considered among his finest work, and he was very excited at the prospect of their both seeing a release in the near future. The first of these novels, The Demon’s Wife, is a multi-genre blockbuster combining elements of Romance, Horror, and Mystery with the author’s distinctive touch of dry humor, and is set for release September 13, 2013. The second novel, Mockingbird Bay, is a brilliant combination of classic Ghost Story and Murder Mystery and is also set for expedited release in the summer of 2014.

About the Anthology: Rick Hautala was a master of modern horror, a mentor to the next generation, and winner of the HWA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  In Mister October, his friends and admirers in the writing community honor his memory in the best way they can—with stories. Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Peter Straub, Kevin J. Anderson, Graham Joyce, Joe R. Lansdale, F. Paul Wilson, Kim Newman, Holly Newstein and dozens of our greatest dark fiction authors have contributed notable stories to this huge anthology, expected to total about 450 pages, in memory of the horror master Rick Hautala.  The volume will also include art from Clive Barker, Stephen R. Bissette, Glenn Chadbourne, and Cortney Skinner. All profits will go to benefit the late author’s estate.

About the Author: Rick Hautala (02/03/1949-03/21/2013) was the recipient of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement for 2011, which he received at the Bram Stoker Awards Banquet in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 31, 2012. He served terms as Vice President and Trustee for the HWA. Rick had more than ninety published novels and short stories to his credit, including the million-copy, international best-seller Nightstone, as well as Twilight Time, Little Brothers, Cold Whisper, Impulse, and The Wildman. He also published four novels—The White Room, Looking Glass, Unbroken, and Follow—using the pseudonym A. J. Matthews. His more than sixty published short stories have appeared in national and international anthologies and magazines. His short story collection Bedbugs was selected as one of the best horror books of the year in 2003. A novella titled Reunion was published by PS Publications in December, 2009; and Occasional Demons, a short story collection, was published by CD Publications. He wrote the screenplays for several short films, including the multiple award-winning The Ugly Film, based on the short story by Ed Gorman, as well as Peekers, based on a short story by Kealan Patrick Burke, and Dead @ 17, based on the graphic novel by Josh Howard. A graduate of the University of Maine in Orono with a Master of Art in English Literature (Renaissance and Medieval Literature), Hautala died on March 21, 2013 from a heart attack and is survived by his widow, author Holly Newstein, and three grown sons.

JournalStone Publishing is a small press publishing company, focusing in the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror genres in both the adult and young adult markets. JSP also owns and operates the Hellnotes website, offering daily news and reviews of interest to genre readers and fans, and Dark Discoveries Magazine, a slick, full color, distinguished and internationally distributed quarterly magazine. We publish in multiple book formats and market our authors on a global level. We are also active with major writer’s groups, including the Horror Writers Association (HWA), and produce a monthly newsletter with exposure to thousands of people.

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 For further information –

Contact:           Christopher C. Payne, President JournalStone Publishing



Phone:             415-763-7323. (READ)

Glimpses update: signed hardcovers almost sold out!

glimpses-ebookDarkRegions Press is reporting that only two signed hardcover copies of Rick Hautala’s remain. If you want a copy, you’d better head over to DarkRegions Press pronto!

An unabridged audiobook of Occasional Demons is now available

occasional-demons-audiobookCrossroad Press has released their 295th audiobook, an unabridged reading of Rick Hautala’s short story collection Occasional Demons. The book is narrated by Jack Chekijian. This is the first audiobook edition of a Rick Hautala title.

You can purchase the audiobook and listen to a sample from it on