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Set A Fire And Pour A Drink

It’s time for new stories.

This week will see the releases of Help for the Haunted by Tim Prasil and October House by Scath Beorh. Both are perfect choices for winter days.

Next week will see the releases of Before the Dawn by Thom Brannan and Volume I of Occult Detective Monster Hunter: A Grimoire of Eldritch Inquests.

Monster Hunter: Doomsday will follow shortly, and then Steampunk Monster Hunter: The Dark Monocle.

Last week the accepted stories for Volume I (out of IV) of The Ghost Papers got a sneak-peek on Facebook, and all acceptance letters have now been sent out. For those that did not receive a notification, your stories are still under consideration for Volumes II, III and IV.

Here’s the list of ghostly goodness:

The Ghost Papers
Vol. I

(not in order of appearance)

1. Scissors by Oscar Taylor-Kent
2. Ask Not by Ariyana Spencer
3. In A Lonely Place by Cynthia Ward
4. Rosa Rosa Come Out of Your Room by Christopher Nadeau
5. The Ice Storm by John Dennehy
6. The Ghost of Bruce Lee by Charles Phipps
7. Sleepy Grove by Nathan Hystad
8. Dark and Dirty Corners by Tim Prasil
9. Spirit of Calvary Ave. by Wendy Nikel
10. The Tether by William Wood
11. Shiver When the Cold Wind Blows by John Whalen
12. Shades of Perception by David Golightly
13.The Symphony of Frogs by Mark Lynch
14. Stinson Way by Jacob Lambert
15. Down the Road by Chris Saunders
16. Moonshine by Deborah Walker
17. The Witchery of Longing by Stephen Gresham
18. Snow Like Lonely Ghosts by Nicholas Day
19. The Campanologist by Simon Allen
20. Shadow of a Black Cat by Gerri Lean
21. Warm Shelter by Rich Hawkins

As the releases come out this week, I’ll announce each of them here as well as on Facebook, so stay tuned for official publish dates.

Last, this website is still having issues – it was hacked some months ago and each time we fix something, something else goes awry, so I’m making all announcements on Facebook as well as the site until everything is resolved! Most notable are the details for each book having been wiped out, and the contact form – but the submissions page is accurate and I’m easily reached on Facebook, so no worries.


The Reaper Holds To No Man’s Schedule

And it’s Reaper business I’ve tended to over the past month and a half. I’m not big on public announcements but the schedule delays have now bitten into the anthologies and it’s a poor use of everyone’s time to contact each author. So, let this suffice to say that the delays have been unavoidable but that progress has not altogether stopped.

Doomsday and The Dark Monocle are being prepped as we speak. Authors who have not yet received edits will shortly and for Monocle, Christine Page has stepped in as co-editor and will be working on edits with authors.

Volume I of Eldritch Inquests is going to galley and will be sent to the authors shortly. Josh Reynolds has been in the driver’s seat for this one and I’ll have Volume II edited shortly. The releases will be staggered by a month or so and we’ll release the official TOC’s just before Vol. I is ready to drop.

The Good Fight is in the most capable hands of Thom Brannan and I should have some excellent news for those authors shortly.

Reconstructing The Monster and Leviathan are in the wings, The Ghost Papers is shaping up in ways that blow my mind and I’m psyched to announce the new anthologies in the new year.

In novel news, the Emby Kids release of October House by Scath Beorh is just about ready to drop and there is a killer lineup of titles coming this winter – in short, Emby is ready for 2015 to be the best year yet.

I’ll have more to post around the new year but I didn’t want to worry folks. All is in order. Just needed a moment to honor a couple of last hunts.


Ghosts On Paper and Not

Hello Monster Hunters,

As announced on the Emby Facebook page, The Ghost Papers received many more submissions than expected – far too many for me to choose for one book. In fact, there are far too many for me to squeeze into a super book, and far too many even to split into a double volume. Thus, I have decided that THE GHOST PAPERS will appear in 4 volumes throughout 2015. I am selecting the stories for Volume I as we speak, with a release date of March 31st in mind. After Volume I, I’ll begin on Volume II and so on. This means that authors will have to wait a bit longer for word on the status of your story and while waiting is an excruciating part of this process, I believe that four volumes worth of ghost stories is worth it. As always, authors shopping stories to multiple markets (or whom cannot sleep) are welcome to contact me for an early decision through email or Facebook.

In other news, this past week has been tumultuous (to say the least) for authors of another press. Who and why are not relevant to this post and my only comment in that direction will be to say that I will buy books from authors that wish for me to buy them. If an author makes an announcement to boycott a book, I’ll honor their wish. If an author wants me to buy their book, I’ll purchase it and read it with pleasure. This post is for the authors who planned to have a book out and have since learned that those plans have been scuttled. Many of these authors have commented on the time it will take to shop their book to another publisher, be accepted, go through that publisher’s production-to-release process and finally see their work appear for sale. This is a legitimate concern. Many of these authors have also commented on the great reduction of that timetable if they choose to self-publish their work. This is legitimate observation. But, some of the math I’ve witnessed in reference to the self-pubbing option does not add up, and that is where I’d like to comment.

I’ve seen some itemized lists that soar into the range of thousands of dollars – amounts that are discouraging at best and inaccessible at worst. I’ve seen plans that low-ball costs and skip vital steps in the publishing process that will result in poor quality releases. As I look at these posts and comments, many by acquaintances and friends, I feel I can offer something by providing accurate information, a few suggestions and a couple of providers of services.

And yes, I’m a publisher supporting self-publishing. Simply put, the option is out there and the marketplace likes it. My business models and practices reflect these realities and I enjoy reading well put together works. As a small press, I work within sub-genres and am confident that as long as I offer contracts that appeal to folks, I’ll have business. But, those folks need to make a living by having other work out there, through other presses, and more and more often through self-publishing. Those works should be all that they can be, and that option is attainable.

It does cost money to produce your book. If you do it on the cheap (less than a few hundred bucks) it will, in most cases, look cheap. However, every author can have a book that looks and feels just as good as any other professionally produced book and here are a few of the ways to do that:

One your manuscript is ready, have that manuscript edited. This cost is variable. Check with your writing groups and friends to find out what freelance editors they recommend, and shop around for one that has worked on books that you like. I won’t recommend any that I’ve not personally worked with (and mine are all busy at the moment…) but there are plenty of editors out there and your book will absolutely be better after a good edit. Trade editing duties with another author if you need to, but get other pairs of eyes on your book – they will see things that you can’t, every time, guaranteed.

Then you need to have your manuscript formatted and translated into the versions that you wish to sell it in. This seems to be a source of debate and confusion, and it is a complex process where mistakes can be made that will look terrible on screen or in print. You can do it yourself, but you will need to know a myriad of details such as what fonts are legal to use, copyright matter and a hundred other things at least. The good news is, professional services are available and at a completely manageable cost. I recommend BB eBooks – I’ve worked with them a lot and they are fast, precise and a pleasure to deal with. Check out their site to learn a lot about our industry and process. In addition, they provide lots of information about marketing your work. Again, I won’t recommend folks I haven’t worked with, but there are other organizations who do the same thing and the bottom line is, you can have your work translated and looking great in any and all formats you desire, all for under $150 in most cases.

ISBN numbers. You’ve just seen what BB has to say about them in the above link. Bowker sells them and they do cost a lot for a string of digits (less if you buy them in bulk). There are second-hand suppliers. There are author-groups that buy them to split. A little due diligence goes a long way toward making the right decision for you and promoting your work.

Next, it’s time to have a cover produced. This is another complex step that goes far beyond mashing up a few photos in that free version of Photoshop. Font copyrights are again important, visibility of the title, colors, spacing and layers all play a vital role in creating a cover that will sell your book. The good news here is that there are cover artists that are reasonable and well worth the money. One of the artists I work with is Conzpiracy Digital Arts (The Whitechapel Demon, The Jade Suit of Death, Coppertown Red and Black Fox in Thin Places are all covers by CDA). Conz specializes in horror covers and works with major publishers, small presses and self-pub clients. For a flat rate of $300, you can have a cover from the same guy that does re-print covers for Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series, which is to say, the man knows his business.

After these steps, the book is built and you are ready to go to market. There are a lot of options here, but Amazon is still the big dog and it’s easy – really easy, as in a matter of minutes – to put a Kindle book out there for sale. They ask for 12 hours or so before that book is live. Smashwords will have your book up instantly, and they’ll distribute it to other sellers in some cases. There are other options, the key being that you are making decisions about where your book goes based on how you want to sell it and having the royalties deposited straight into your account, all on your schedule.

So, for those authors that have seen other numbers, here’s the straight shot on two of your largest costs:

Formatting and translating: $150
Cover cost: $300

You can get an ISBN and some editorial work done, still come in well under a thousand bucks and have your book up for sale when you want to.

I share this information because I like to read, I want to see authors do well for themselves and because nobody enjoys reading poorly built books. If you have a monster-hunting novel you want to pitch me, I’ve got a pitch link on this site. If you want to go for publication with other publishers, all of the way up to the Big 5, I say go for it and will cheer you on. And, if you want to do it yourself because you can and it makes a lot of sense in a lot of cases, hit me with a link and I’ll buy your book.

As long as the books are getting out there, we’re all winning. Business begets business, so forth and so on.

I’ll have another book to release this week – the first Emby Kids book. I have some new anthology announcements to make and The Jade Suit of Death will be the big Emby treat in time for Halloween this year.

So stay tuned, sharpen your stakes and keep those silver bullets close to hand.


Occult Detective Monster Hunter – A Grimoire of Eldritch Inquests.

It is an ominous and stormy morning as I write this, perfectly suited for an announcement about occult detectives.

If you’ve been following Emby on Facebook, you will have heard the news already. But for those who have not, this project has turned into something a bit more than we had planned.

To start, Josh and I have decided that this book actually needed to be two books. So we’ll be presenting Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, simultaneously, in ebook, trade paperback and hardcover formats.

And while it would be fair to deduce that this might be a reaction to the number of stories that we did receive (and we did receive a great many), that would not paint the full picture. Instead, a project that began as an idea to spotlight the occult detective sub-genre turned into a full-force collection of amazing stories that needed to be together. There are brand new stories and reprinted tales, all by the current torch-bearing authors of the occult detective sub-genre, and to not have them together in these two volumes would have been, for lack of a better description, a crime.

Our most sincere thanks to all of the authors who submitted stories! The competition was formidable, as you will see below.

In no particular order, we present the accepted stories for A Grimoire of Eldritch Inquests:

1. “An Unanchored Man” by Tim Prasil
2. “Memento Morbid” by C.L. Werner
3. “The Devil’s Mudpack” by Neil Baker
4. “Vinnie de Soth and the Vampire Definition” by I.A. Watson
5. “The Case of the Vorpal Tomahawk” by Joel Jenkins
6. “The Prince of the Power of the Air” by Robert M. Price
7. “That the Wicked Shall be Welcome” by Lee Clarke Zumpe
8. “Body of Proof” by Thomas Deja
9. “The Broken Choir” by David Annandale
10. “Matt Brimstone, P.I.” by Christine Morgan
11. “The Red Brotherhood” by Scott Chaddon
12. “Bump in the Night” by Justin Gustainis
13. “Wished Away” by Lizz C. Schulz
14. “Cinder and Smoke” by Antonio Urias
15. “An Unexpected Carcass” by Nathaniel Brehmer
16. “Murder on the Feng Shui Express” by Jason Andrew
17. “The Stain” by Damir Salkovic
18. “Freak Show” by Russell Proctor
19. “Aftermath III” by Glynn Owen Barrass
20. “The Inuit Bone” by William Meikle
21. “Deck the Halls” by Mike Chinn
22. “The House in Angell Street” by Rory O’Brien
23. “The Cabin in the Woods” by Bob Freeman
24. “Divine Providence” by Robert J. Santa
25. “The Adventure of the Moorland Monster” by Christian Bone
26. “Can You Hear Me, Dr. Galloway?” by D.H. Lewis
27. “Challenger Swift and the Case of Jack the Ripper” by Matthew Sylvester
28. “Supernatural Auto Repair” by Frank Larnerd
29. “Divide and Conquer” by Greg Mitchell
30. “A Peculiar Reading” by J. Matthew Saunders
31. “Due Diligence” by Scott Woodward
32. “Trace” by D.J. Tyrer
33. “The Vampire of Somerset” by Seth Skorkowsky
34. “The Knocking Below” by Marissa Priest
35. “The Falling Girl” by Russ Anderson Jr.
36. “A Measure of Air” by Doug Blakeslee
37. “The Sketch Artist” by Gerry Griffiths
38. “The Book Collector” by Meredith Torre
39. “Djinn and Toxic” by Jonathan Shipley
40. “Confession in the Garden” by Cullen Monk
41. “Disconnected” by Brian M. Sammons
42. “Memories of the Knackers Yard” by Ian Creasey
43. “Spectre of Death” by T.W. Garland

Editing will begin shortly and we will announce a projected publication date soon thereafter.


Reconstructing the Monster – Take 2

It’s been a ride y’all. Final decisions were made a couple of hours ago so all accepted emails will go out tomorrow as well as the rest of the declines.

A recurring theme continues in that perfectly good stories had to be turned away. But we believe that the finished book will prove to be an excellent and cohesive work that lives up to its theme.

In no particular order, the accepted stories are:

– A Little Dead Thing by John S. McFarland
inspired by Freaks (1932), Dracula (1931)
– Wolf Water by John M. Whalen
inspired by The Wolf Man (1941)
– Parts Unknown by Larry Underwood
inspired by Frankentstein (1931)
– Vampire Particles by Tim Prasil
inspired by The Night Stalker (1972)
– The Cat’s Poem by Amberle L. Husbands
inspired by Cat People (1942)
– Mrs. Gorgon by David Longshore
inspired by The Gorgon (1964)
– Devil Eye, Desert Heart by Brandon Jimison
inspired by The Mummy (1937)
– Undead Ennui by Scott Harper
inspired by Nosferatu (1922)
– Trees of Suburbia by Wendy Nikel
inspired by The Birds (1963)
– Mr. Shade’s Midnight Swim by Karen Walker
inspired by Invisible Agent (1942)
– Imagician by Michael Lizarraga
inspired by The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
– The Wake by James Newman
Inspired by Night of the Living Dead (1968)
– The Convention’s Paw by Jason Sileo
inspired by The Monkey’s Paw (1933)
– The Thaw by Jamie Lackey
inspired by The Blob (1958)
– She by Gerri Leen
inspired by Frankenstein (1931)
– Sarishi by Kyle Yadlosky
inspired by The Mummy (1932)
– The Deathless Bones by Coy Hall
inspired by The Black Cat (1934)
– The Maltese Wolf by Kevin Wetmore
inspired by The Wolf Man (1941) and The Maltese Falcon (1941)
– In the Footsteps of Giants by Oscar Taylor-Kent
inspired by Ghidorah, the Three Headed Monster (1964)
– Son Of The Monolith by John A. McColley
inspired by The Monolith Monsters (1957)
– Midnight Screening by Darin Kennedy
inspired by Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

We would like to thank all of the authors who took the time to submit work and raise a glass to each of you.


Reconstructing the Monster

Hello Monster Hunters,

The list of accepted stories for Reconstructing the Monster has been scheduled for release today, but it is going to take another week. I won’t bore you with excuses, the job simply needs another week to be done correctly. I do offer my most sincere apology to the authors waiting for word of their stories and I can at least offer that if you not yet received a decline email, your story is still being considered. Come next Sunday, the 20th, the list will be posted here.

I will also let you know that the website is being updated to reflect the upcoming releases of Doomsday, The Dark Monocle, The Good Fight and Leviathan, the first three to be released this fall.

In other news, I am planning to collapse the Emby forums next week, unless wildly protested, due to the fact that forums are outdated and most folks utilize other social media outlets these days. Hit me with an email or on Facebook if you have objections to this!

Last, the call for submissions for Revolver and Wasteland will be made next Sunday along with the full accepted list for Reconstructing the Monster.

I thank you all for your patience. Given the phase of the moon, I expect you have been busy as well.


Stories Accepted for The Good Fight & Leviathan:

A quick word before I post the accepted stories to say that I am thrilled and thankful to be able to tell you that Emby is growing and that there are more submissions than ever. Two new staff members have assisted me through this process and we still needed a couple of extra weeks to make certain that the right stories have been chosen. I thank you all for your patience.

All of the acceptances have been sent out and I will respond to the rest of the submissions tomorrow. This has been a wild ride and you are going to get two great books out of it!

I present the stories accepted for (not in final order of appearance):


1. “Red Fog” by Greg Mitchell
2. “Gemeriah/Ezekial: The Truth” by Marc Sorondo
3. “Cat Got Your Tongue?” by Gary Buettner
4. “Troubling Undercurrents” by Nick Bryan
5. “Nothing To Be Gaines” by David Boop
6. “Chasing The Dragon” by Mike Chinn
7. “Grooge” by Derric Miller
8. “Origin Of The Guardians” by Tom Howard
9. “Up In The North Slope” by David-John Tyrer
10. “Pirate Ninja Vs. The Sea Pixies” by Eric Guignard
11. “Worlds Weary” by John Perkins
12. “What I Did This Summer by Suzie Sampson” by Jason Andrew
13. “Demoneater” by Thomas Bakutis
14. “Queen of Demons” by Erik Scott de Bie
15. “Katsuo Battles the Waira” by David Fielding
16. “Tamperproof” by Zoe McAuley
17. “Cold Fingers” by Evan Purcell
18. “The Jigarkwar” by D. Lewis
19. “Aeolus, Chiron And The Sea Serpents” by John McColley
20. “In Her Footsteps” by Michael Healy
21. “The Hero Disease” by Christopher Nadeau
22. “A Good Run” by Mark Rivett
23. “Dustboy Cometh” by Robert Hart
24. “Blue Moon Girl” Allison Gagner
25. “The Falcon” by Jonathan Ward
26. “Meeting The Monster” by Shannon Muir
27. “A Visit To SCRAPA, Cleveland Chapter” by Bruce Petro
28. “Holding Action” by Matthew Baugh
29. “For A Fistful Of Diamonds” by Andrew Aston
30. “The Beast In The Beauty” by James Fadeley
31. “Who Reaps Legends” by Craig Rusette
32. “Bloodstone” by Thom Brannan
33. “Slouching Towards Ragnarok” by Frank Byrns
34. “Sometimes It’s Better Being A Sidekick” by Amanda Williams


1. “Southern Sojourn” by Steven Gepp
2. “Feed The Gods” by Keith Luethke
3. “Gone Fishing” by Ben Pienaar
4. “Those Giant, Creepy Eyes” by Kerry Lipp
5. “They Never Stop Swimming” by Gary Buettner
6. “Rise” by Thom Brannan
7. “War For The Water” by Jamie Lawrence
8. “Death By Water” by Scathe’ meic Beorh
9. “Goliath Waters” by Ryan McCall
10. “I Survived The Sargasso Sea” by Eric Guignard
11. “Big Daddy” by Brian Smith
12. “The Seashell” by Michael Lizarraga
13. “Tacking Into The Wind” by Matthew Dent
14. “Mari Morgan” by Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi
15. “From Below The Dragon The Dark Comes Forth”
16. “Cold War” by Lynne MacLean
17. “The Cirein-croin” by Wendy Nikel
18. “The Dead of Night” by Christian Riley
19. “Pitiless Scales” by Matthew Pedersen
20. “O’Riann The Hunter” by Tommy Ryan
21. “None So Blind” by Darin Kennedy
22. “Running From Nineveh” by H.J. Hill

Blood Trails is a few edits away…

DOOMSDAY will follow shortly, and after that DARK MONOCLE is up to bat.

The delays have been a mix of the usual publishing hold-ups combined with a few unexpected outbreaks and invasions that only Emby is qualified to handle. I won’t bore you with details, but I’m not ashamed to try and make up for it by offering hardback copies of all of these books in addition to the usual trade paperback and ebook volumes.

Leviathan and The Good Fight are closed to submissions. There were more than a few subs come over the transom so I’ll announce the ToC’s for both on May 31st by 8 pm. EST.

Promotions are what Emby has in store for this summer, and I’ll be kicking off the first taste next week. The Emby Fur & Fang giveaway will commence on Monday, May 5th, and will feature paperback copies of Scott M. Baker’s The Vampire Hunters & Rob Pegler’s Coppertown Red . I’ll do ebook copies as well.

Following that, Emby is getting ready for Josh Reynold’s second volume in the The Adventures of the Royal Occultist series. The Jade Suit of Death is on the way and if you were wanting rune-engraved demons, impossible odds against St. Cyprian and utter kick-assness from Gallowglass, you’re in luck, because that’s what you’re going to get.

You’re also going to get a Tim Prasil collection.

You’re set to read more from Baker, Pegler and Beorh…

…But Beorh will be debuting the Emby Kids imprint. MG and YA titles are important to the career of any monster hunter and Emby has searched for the perfect titles to present to this market.

There is more and there are others, so look for them. Everything will be announced here.

Keep fighting the monsters.


Leviathan & The Good Fight

Hello Monster Hunters,

Despite the dust collected on this blog, Emby has busy. First and foremost, you have some 4 hours and 10 odd minutes to get stories in for the anthologies that this post is named after, so get Kraken on those last minute, super-human edits.

Accepted stories will be announced May 31st, 8 pm EST.

In other news… well, there’s a lot to tell. New novels are coming. New anthologies are being planned. New staff members have been deputized and handed shotguns to deal with the workload.

A full update will appear here tomorrow. For tonight, just get those stories in.


The Dark Monocle

Reading for the Steampunk Monster Hunter – The Dark Monocle has been an amazing experience. I love the stories posted below. But. I also loved some of the stories I had to turn down, but for various reasons, could not include in this volume. To al of the authors that submitted, I say thank you, and to those who do not see their stories on the list below, there will be more Steampunk volumes in the future.

But for now, I present:

Steampunk Monster Hunter – The Dark Monocle

1. “Blessings and Contracts” by Tarl Hoch
2. “Wolf’s Tooth” by J. Matthew Saunders
3. “The Last Bullet” by Angeline Trevena
4. “The Hagenwood Beast” by Matt Betts
5. “Mr. Penderghast’s Private Collection” by Rachel Anding
6. “Monster of Industry” by Jonathan Templar
7. “Hunting Ground” by Sergio Palumbo
8. “The Chilling Case of Iresmarsche” by James Fadeley
9. “New World Monsters” by H.J. Hill
10. “Middle Ground” by Darin Kennedy
11. “The Sewers of Paris” by DJ Tyrer
12. “Dolls in the Works” by Rafaela F. Ferraz
13. “The Case of the Clockwork Dragon in the Crescent City” by Rachel A. Brune
14. “Like Clockwork” by Marc Sorondo
15. “Spirits of the Season” by John A. McColley
16. “Monocling the Ghost of the Zombie Vampire, My Love” by Johannes Pinter
17. “Indigo Alyeska” by Rhonda Eikamp
18. “Plague Ship” by K.C. Shaw
19. “Mr. Brass and the Lonely Cry of the Moon” by Josh Reynolds
20. “The Lord of the Manor” by C. Deskin Rink

Congratulations to the authors! This is going to be an amazing book!