Pre-order information and details about The Demon’s Wife

the-demons-wife-coverJournalStone has posted their pre-order page for Rick Hautala’s upcoming novel The Demon’s Wife. The page includes a synopsis, blurbs, and ordering information. It will be published in hardcover, paperback, and electronic formats in September 2013, and all accounts from everyone who’s read it say this may be one of Rick’s best works!

To read more about The Demon’s Wife, visit the JournalStone website.

Rick’s last novella to be published by Nightscape Press

Rick’s novella The Big Tree will be published by Nightscape Press.  Rick’s last novella is a poignant story in the best Hautala tradition—brooding and dark.  Drawing deeply on his childhood, it is a story set during Hurricane Carol, which pummeled New England in 1955.   Publication date TBA. We’ll have more information later….

JournalStone reveals cover art for The Demon’s Wife

JournalStone Publishing will release Rick Hautala’s novel The Demon’s Wife in September 2013. Here is the planned cover art for the book:

Cover art for THE DEMON'S WIFE

NECON E-Books and their help for the Hautala family

WinterWake_COVERNECON E-books has published three of Rick Hautala’s books in ebook format: Winter WakeDead Voices, and The Epicure. For the next three months, they’re donating their profits to Holly Hautala:

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 WAKEDEAD 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).

Click here to read their full post.

Cemetery Dance offer that benefits the Hautala family

o_freema02Longtime 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:


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.

Kings Way Press has a special offer to help the Hautala family

hautala_wildman_1-165x250Zach 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 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.


Evil Jester Press, AudioComics, and Books & Boos to donate profits to Rick’s family

From Charles Day at Evil Jester Press:

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”.

Moondeath @ Amazon

audiocomics-logoThe 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:

Roy Hudson@Readneck_Roy 

For each NEHW t-shirt sold on, $1 will be donated to Rick Hautala‘s widow.

2:23 PM – 26 Mar 13

You can see purchase a New England Horror Writers T-shirt here.

mckinney-giglioAnd 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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Celebration of Rick Hautala’s life on May 5, 2013

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.

RIP Rick Hautala

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.

glimpses-ebookFrom Dark Regions Press:

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:

HellNotes reviews Untcigahunk: The Complete Little Brothers 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.

You can purchase the ebook edition of Untcigahunk from Crossroad Press, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.