Monthly Archives: July 2010

The Leatherface Tour, Part One

Last week, I was nosing around online and found directions to a few of the locations used in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, namely the Leatherface house, the slaughterhouse, and the old mill used in the movie. 

Now, the original Chainsaw Massacre is an important part of Austin’s history, and I was always happy that they chose to film the remake here.  It almost makes up for the fact that the remake wasn’t that great a flick.

Anyway, with The Late Late Show back in my garage and an itch to get out and ride, I took off last Saturday with a couple of google maps and spent a few hours cruising the areas north and east of Austin until I had some pictures of some of the locations.  The trip cost me about five bucks in gas, a far cry from the $299 a website I found will charge for a similar tour.

Later this summer, I’ll try to get out and snap some pictures of the original Chainsaw Massacre locations.  In the meantime, here are some of the pictures I took. 

Editor Guests of Honor Announced for WHC 2011!

For immediate Release                                   

WORLD HORROR 2011 NAMES SAVORY AND KASTURI OF CHIZINE PUBLICATIONS EDITOR

GUESTS OF HONOR

Independent Canadian Press Honored in Austin, Texas.

Austin, TX – January 26: The World Horror Convention 2011 is proud to announce the addition of Brett Alexander Savory and Sandra Kasturi of ChiZine Publications, as Editor Guests of Honor. The international conference of horror’s premier talents and their fans will take place in Austin, Texas from April 28th through May 1st, 2011.

“In a very short time, ChiZine Publications has emerged as a leader in the dark fiction small press,” said convention co-chair Lee Thomas.  “Besides producing high-quality books, Brett and Sandra share a remarkable vision. The stories they publish are outside the norm for both major New York publishers and the more established horror small presses. They have carved their niche, publishing extraordinary tales of the bizarre, and not only have they managed to survive in this fickle marketplace; they’ve thrived and grown. We can’t wait for them to share their expertise with our membership.”

ChiZine Publications is an independent publisher of weird, surreal, subtle, and disturbing dark literary fiction handpicked by Brett Alexander Savory and Sandra Kasturi, Bram Stoker Award-winning editors of ChiZine: Treatments of Light and Shade in Words. They have published the work of such esteemed authors as Tim Lebbon, Tony Burgess, Philip Nutman, Claude Lalumière, and Gemma Files among others.

Both Savory and Kasturi are authors themselves, so they have spent years in the trenches observing the evolution of dark fiction, both as a literary genre and as a business. Savory has had nearly 50 short stories published, and has written two novels. In 2006, Necro Publications released his horror-comedy novel, The Distance Travelled. September 2007 saw the release of his critically acclaimed, dark literary novel, In and Down, through Brindle & Glass. His first short story collection, No Further Messages, was released in November 2007 through Delirium Books.

Kasturi has written three poetry chapbooks and has edited the poetry anthology, The Stars As Seen from this Particular Angle of Night. Sandra is a founding member of the Algonquin Square Table poetry workshop and sporadically runs her other imprint, Kelp Queen Press. Her first full-length poetry collection, The Animal Bridegroom (Tightrope Books), features an introduction by Neil Gaiman.

Savory and Kasturi join award-winning authors Steve Niles, Joe Hill, Sarah Langan, Joe R. Lansdale, Brian Keene and guests Vincent Chong and Del Howison on the WHC 2011 guest list. In addition to participating in general programming the editors will be conducting a workshop on publishing for convention guests. A website featuring convention and hotel information, registration, and more is live at www.whc2011.org.

The World Horror Convention is an annual gathering of professionals in the horror industry: publishers, authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers, dealers and, of course, horror fans. WHC serves as both an industry insider’s networking event and a chance for fans of the genre to get together, meet some of the creative talents in the field, and generally spend a weekend celebrating All Things Scary.

Visit our guests at:

Steve Niles: www.steveniles.com

Joe Hill: www.joehillfiction.com

Sarah Langan:  www.sarahlangan.com

Joe R. Lansdale: www.joerlansdale.com

Brett Savory: http://chizine.com/chizinepub

Sandra Kasturi: http://chizine.com/chizinepub

Vincent Chong: http://www.vincentchong-art.co.uk/

Brian Keene: www.briankeene.com

Del Howison: http://www.darkdel.com/

He Stepped Through update

Received word today that the limited paperback edition of He Stepped Through will be available again shortly.  150 copies of the total 300 copy print run have sold, and the rest should be in Bloodletting’s warehouse shortly.  There are still copies of the lettered edition available, and of course the ebook is always available.  You can find both at Horror Mall.

Ruins

I like old things.  Wait, scratch that.  I like broken, run-down, discarded, ancient things.  I find a lot of beauty in collapsing barns, abandoned gas stations, and rusted cars.  I’m not sure why, but it’s something that’s always been there.

Well, on July 4th weekend I hit the motherload.  That weekend, the girlfriend and I packed up the dogs and headed to Port Arthur.  Our goal was to go down there and spend time at the beach.  Well, that was Shawna’s plan.  Mine involved eating pizza in bed at the hotel.  A man needs his vacation.

The problem (which we didn’t encounter until we hit Port Arthur), is that there’s no beach there. In fact, Port Arthur is probably the Detroit of Texas. The place has been hit by three hurricanes in the past ten years or so, and it’s a broken ruin of a city.  With a population of over 55,000, there are no groceries, banks, or drugstores.  The population needs to go inland for that sort of thing.  There are streets full of boarded-up homes, and the city’s tallest structure (an old hotel) is a tower of shattered windows and blasted paint.  A Valero refinery sits just outside of the town like a monster made of pipes and fire.

Driving around Port Arthur and the surrounding areas is like stepping into a post-apocalyptic movie.  The highway that leads from Port Arthur to Galveston has been closed for 20 years because of hurricane damage.  The only public beach has been washed out, with numerous piers being reduced to spare pieces of lumber jutting out of the water.  It’s really pretty amazing.

I’d recommend anybody who wants to see something interesting look up some info on Port Arthur.  You could do worse.  I maybe wouldn’t go there, though. Just sayin’.

Universally Loved

Okay, well maybe that’s a stretch.  Still, this weekend left me feeling pretty damn good about myself.

First off, an email I received from the amazing Norm Partridge regarding “That’s All Right” turned into this.  Norm’s one of the best guys in this genre, and a thumbs up from him is one of the best things I can imagine.

Later in the weekend, I discovered a new review of He Stepped Through.  It’s in French, but a quick run through Babelfish leads me to believe it’s positive.

Well, that’s it for me today.  I’ve got to keep hitting refresh on my browser until the first wave of Fantastic Fest movies is revealed.

That’s All Right

“That’s All Right,” a brand new short story, is now available for free reading at Dark Recesses. If you have any love of hor rods, rockabilly, fried chicken, or vampires, then this is the story for you.

On a personal note, “That’s All Right” is dedicated to my father, Ed Southard, a man who always wanted a 1949 Mercury of his own. 

This one’s for you, Dad.  She’s road ready.