Scarlet Letters

The not-so-private thoughts and rants of Elizabeth Donald, journalist/author and founder of the Literary Underworld.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Shocklines sale!

Part of the regrettable demise of the Shocklines horror bookstore is a benefit to us - great sales. :)

As it's moving day for the merchandise, Shocklines is offering 50 percent off and free shipping for scads of small-press horror. Go to and use code FINALFIFTY to take advantage of the offer.

Friday, June 06, 2008


First of all, thanks to everyone who came to last night's chat. We had a great time, and I gave away a few prizes. The flow in and out was pretty steady, too, and it ran all the way to 12:30 a.m. CST! I think that might be our record. :)

Of course, I had to have an excuse to throw an online party. I announced my new project: DREADMIRE.

I am happy to announce that Spellbinder Books and I will be working together on my first game novelization. Dreadmire is a great game, full of fantastic monsters clearly inspired by the bayous of Louisiana (Monstrous Mosquitoes, anyone?). I met game creator Randy Richards at Dragoncon last year, and he came up with the idea of a novelization. I developed a story that suits them, and I'll be writing it for them this summer.

I'm very pleased about this project. It's a different world than my usual work, but it's definitely got that happy, up-with-people tone I prefer. (Note: sarcasm. There is plenty of death and misery, natch.) I'm looking forward to working with Randy and the folks at Spellbinder, and romping around the swamps of Dreadmire.

I believe there are tentative plans to release the book next year, but that will be up to Spellbinder.

There's other stuff brewing, but I can't announce it yet. Suffice to say after an extremely tough year, things are starting to look up. As always, I thank you readers for your support. Without you, I'm just talking to myself.