My Blawg, Dawg: A Pause for the Cause

Halloween for a good cause!
Halloween for a good cause!

So, we are a mere 9 days away from every Horror fan’s favorite holiday. And if you think we are going to simply roll up the sidewalks and disappear until next Fall, think again! I have some very exciting things planned for the future. Our number of visitors are growing every day. Yes, this site will be a place to go to for a Halloween fix all year long (our fiction will always be a mix of Halloween-centric terror with the non-holiday scares). But horror coverage will continue, no matter the date.

I also need to remind you that this site exists mainly because of our line of wax warmers, and the amount I am able to move for my bosses will greatly impact the opportunities I will be able to offer contributors as this site continues. Rome wasn’t built in a day. I am aware of that and so are the powers that be. But, at the risk of sounding like a PBS break-in, our future relies on our ability to sell merchandise. And, honestly, the warmers are great products and they have been discounted to $19.95 until Halloween. They are very well-made and the designs are awesome! Buy one before the 31st, send in a picture of it decorating your house by November 15th, and if I get enough submissions, I will choose my favorite and give the lucky pick something very, very cool.

And, soon, you will notice more great merchandise available on the website. I will not complain about the amount of shares we have been getting, because you folks have been wonderful in spreading the word. Our stats have exploded since we launched.

Another quick note: I have received an overwhelming amount of fiction submissions. I promise, I will get to you if I have not already. This is my busy time of year, as you can imagine.

And I absolutely cannot end this before thanking my contributors again. They are a seriously loyal and committed bunch, and I would have nothing without them.

Oh, and I also want to mention something here that happened recently and made me very happy:

A full set of Halloween Forevermore wax warmers was bid up to $400 in the Make a Wish Foundation “Evening of Wishes” gala charity auction event on 10-17-14. It benefited Make-A-Wish Orange County and Inland Empire:

https://www.facebook.com/MakeAWishOCIE

Now, this sends me over the moon, folks. To be able to do what I love for a job is one thing, but to benefit a great organization that helps children… it gives me a wonderful feeling inside.

Anyway, enough of my yacking! We will speak again. Soon!

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Terry M West

Managing Editor at Halloween Forevermore
Terry M. West is a well known author, filmmaker, actor and artist. He has written several books in the young adult field (most notably the graphic novel series, Confessions of a Teenage Vampire) and he has also written several horror short stories as well as the horror/thriller novel, Dreg. His work has appeared (or is scheduled to appear) in FrightNet, Scream Factory, Agony In Black, Lacunae, Jackhammer, House of Pain, Dark Muse, Moonletters, Silent Screams, When Red Snow Melts, One Hellacious Halloween, Deathmongers, Vignettes from the End of the World, Axes of Evil and Zombified 2. He was a finalist for the 1997 International Horror Guild Award for a short story (The Night Out) and he made the 1999 Bram Stoker Award preliminary ballot for a piece of long fiction (Hair and Blood Machine). He was also mentioned on the 1997 TV Guide Sci-Fi Hot List. West’s books and collections include: A PSYCHO’S MEDLEY, WHAT PRICE GORY?, DEAD AWARE: A Horror Tale Told in Screenplay, CECIL & BUBBA MEET THE THANG, HEROIN IN THE MAGIC NOW, THE GIVING OF THINGS COLD & CURSED and special collectors editions of CAR NEX, MIDNIGHT SNACK and CECIL & BUBBA MEET A SUCCUBUS. He was also the editor of the JOURNALS OF HORROR: FOUND FICTION anthology. His work has received glowing reviews. His filmography includes his debut film, Blood for the Muse (based on his comic book of the same name which was a finalist for the 1998 International Horror Guild Award for a comic) and Flesh for the Beast. He has acted in the films The Blood Shed and Gallery of Fear (both directed by Alan Rowe Kelly) and had a starring role in Joseph M. Monks’ debut film, The Bunker. Terry currently writes and paints in southern California with his wife, Regina, and their son, Terrence. Terry is an active member of the Horror Writer’s Association. Terry is also the managing editor of the Halloween/Horror website, www.halloweenforevermore.com.

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