Welcome to the real official website for the Tabloid Purposes anthology series (pay no mind to the one that HorrorSow runs because that is a false website. There are no roadtrips with this one unless you're taking a ride with Seth Miles, the bus driving horror writer in Passenger.)
The books started out as a group of friends on AuthorsDen.com and FictionPress.com wanting to do an anthology. So a core group of us started the plans for the GLS and we launched the Guidelines on a blog I had at Xanga.com but now I am going to have a website for all the anthologies in one place so you can buy the titles on Lulu.com. Three of them are on Amazon.com, and two was a casualty of war so to speak. Some of the authors on Tabloid Purposes went on to become a British Fantasy Award Winner and others saw fame in other ways in the business. Some of the writers started out as paranormal romance authors, but when they came to Tabloid Purposes -- they show what they're capable of doing. What they're truly capable of doing in terms of horror and science fiction.
None of the books had themes, but a lot of them came and brought it -- some of the books were a lot darker than others. Tabloid Purposes II (R.I.P. Tabloid II and Barbara Malenky who was the heart and soul of the second book) was the largest of the series interms of line ups and in volume of stories. We knew what we all wanted with the series and we each brought something to the Table -- the TOC was called The Tabloid Of Contents. We even planned a graphic novel to go with the series revolving around the core three of the series (Casey Gordon, S.G. Cardin, and myself.)
Tabloid Purposes 3: The Vulgar Display Of Madness had a lead author who would eventually publish me on Naked Snake Press (the NSP Store is still open on lulu.com though the skeleton of the site is now gone. God bless her for keeping the lulu.com storefront open.) Tabloid Purposes has a following in Chicago in some form -- they were always read by the guys at Gothicfest, and SGL Entertainment always wondered when the next ones will be coming out. I want to thank Jeff Swan for giving a book with very little support in the small press community a chance. Bob Gunner when he stopped doing the Halloween Anthologies on Cyber-Pulp in turn passed the torch to Tabloid Purposes. The core line up of the books each started out as being web published or self-published, so when I did Tabloid Purposes -- I was actually saying FUCK YOU to the industry for ignoring such talented authors.
Some of the writers went on to do bigger things, sometimes lost touch with them in some form but others hung around for the sequels and helped me scout some of the writers. Tabloid Purposes wasn't just me doing everything as some people think. The whole line up contributed to the whole process of producing the book. The line up actually picks my story in the latter sequels -- I gave them a choice between two stories. The one who votes the highest on the one story it goes into the anthology. As Stephen King wrote, "Sometimes they do come back." And this is the case with some of the authors -- some of them haven't been with the series in years but they always come back because they knew what they were a part of -- and some of the authors actually made a Blue Oyster Cult song even scarier when put to the stories. The picture that sort of says it all when you see it on Facebook when I did the photo for Tabloid Purposes II -- we had one of the authors wearing a devil mask and giving the finger. The line up one guys were pissed off at the people who posted links to every story just before the book came out, I came close to taking a road trip just to get into a fist fight. The anthology series was praised by The Order of Horror Professionals but it's pissed on by certain publishing companies because I gave the authors free reign to kick some serious ass in the process -- the only rule I had was no sex in the story. There were a few moaning at the rule, but others were going -- GO PACIONE! I got a few authors in the industry praising Tabloid Purposes what it stands for and Joseph Armstead wrote in the induction of Something Macabre This Way Comes, "This is Revolution with a capitol R." I basically had the no sex rule but I let the authors go completely apeshit with the scares.
I had a cover designer for the first two books then on the third onward, I t0ok the reigns and designed the covers of the son of the bitch. I remember talking to another author about when I started editing the second, he said, "That bastard was huge." Tabloid Purposes 3 is a little smaller but still a bohemeth, and Tabloid Purposes IV was reduced in size to the font so it could be easy to get the copies because if I did it the font I wanted to do it the book would had the evil 666 pages. Horror and Science Fiction joined forces equally in this anthology, and the fourth book -- the science fiction stories were even scary. I got the shit scared out of me reading this book still to this day. The fifth book I took it in a different direction, giving everyone a dystopia to mess with -- so we did dark stories in the realms of cyberpunk because I wanted to show everyone I was equally rooted in Science Fiction. Tabloid Purposes has a contempary in the first Coach's Midnight Diner because that anthology some of the writers were a damn good fit in a Tabloid Purposes and vice versa -- I was reading the diner and thought Montesino or Rose (she writes under her marride name now) could easy fit in that one. Along for the ride in the fourth book is Bob Morgan with his creation of RED RAIN from The House of Pain archives and anthology mate Terry Lloyd Vinson with his story Going My Way? in S.M.T.W.C. (Something Macabre This Way Comes.) When we first planned Tabloid Purposes, we had no idea how many people it was going to piss off or how many people are going to like it. There are people who actually set these books on fire because they were pissed off at what they stood for -- original horror and science fiction for the fans, by the fans.
Some of the allumni of the series went on to be published in Arkham House, and another few were allumni of another publication from Lake Fossil Press -- The Ethereal Gazette, the younger brother of Tabloid Purposes. What I started doing with Tabloid Purposes -- there was one story in the book that was actually true and that was written by Vicky Murray. Victoria is better known for writing romance novels but when she made her anthology debute, she came in full on with a story that read like a work of fiction but SASQUATCH was the true story in the series. The publishers I give a tip of the hat to in support of Tabloid Purposes and loaning me some of their authors are the guys at Wild Cat Books and Cyber-Pulp becuase the sequels had authors who were my anthology mates on New Writers Of The Purple Page (Adrian Sheperd and I became part of that book. My story in that anthology was a Gothic mainstream title -- well mainstream for me because it wasn't violent, but it's every bit as dark as The Ferryman's Wheelchair in the first book of Tabloid Purposes.)
I wasn't just one author who was dictating everything with this series -- this anthology series was a democracy in many ways as in every author provided their input on the design of the book. I went for more photography on the fourth book because the idea of the anthology was that it was a skyscraper of horrors, meaning the higher the climb -- the more frightening the fall. Tabloid Purposes is the very heart and soul of what Lake Fossil Press is -- The Ethereal Gazette grew into an entity all itself over the years too. Some of the authors on the roster say some of my other anthologies will be hard to measure up to the Tabloid Purposes because each book got better with time -- and ignore the assholes who leave one star marks on the host site or the libelous tags. I wrote my memoir for these guys who write for the series so they can see where I came from before I became a publisher or print editor. I am horror, science fiction and non-fiction writer first.
Some editors in the Gothic community would listen to death rock while editing an anthology -- not me, I would be blasting Metallica or PANTERA. When we first came out with the first book -- the guys and I were bellowing the line from Cowboys From Hell, "All together run for cover." I often blasted a mix of Metallica, TOOL, Black Sabbath or PANTERA to get the tone I wanted with the anthology. I wanted to have a really dark undercurrent even with the writers being faith based. We wanted to do the darkest fucking anthology someone can begin to imagine doing -- seeing how many critics we can kick in the head hard while doing it. I don't let the doors close on the authors, I will KICK THEM DOWN. Domain or not -- TABLOID PURPOSES is my baby and the only way these assholes will take it from me is to pry it from my cold, dead hands. Submitting to a Tabloid Purposes, you have to have a certain mindset -- you have to have the mindset of writing horror that will rule the world. I put the anthology in the writer's hands and let them create the stories that fit the anthology. If they can get concept for the anthology and able to do the stories well, I will include them. If they do a story that has alternative romance, alternative erotica or erotica, they get cut.
Produce the darkest, the scariest, the smartest, and the heaviest damn entry in the horror genre you can produce. I am doing this so my son can eventually find his father when he gets older -- these books will be something he can look at and remind him of his father. So if my son reads this, The Tabloid Purposes Anthologies are my gift to you. If you're the joker named Lewis Unknown, we're collectively making you a horror target you plagiarizing fat sack of fail. People like you need to be eliminated like some termite or cockroach. The people who go creating domains from a single man's publishing venture then go raping the man with the names -- using them to publish slash content, it's a bastardization of what they were done in the first place. The names remain in the hands of the original company owner. If a publisher sticks their neck out for you, and you have their story accepted for an anthology -- if they go to bat for you and your co-writer, give them the lead slot. It's hard to believe I started Lake Fossil Press at the age of twenty-eight, I originally had Collectives In A Forsaken Landscape published on Lulu.com then I thought the anthologies -- that became my niche in the genre. Being the various author publisher. I am not equipped for full length novels, but if I publisn novellas they will be in anthologies or the magazine in their entirely. I thrive on the writers who are the bad boys or the girl next door types -- it makes the delivery a little more disarming. One thing about LAKE FOSSIL PRESS -- and these are the house rules. NO ALTERNATIVE ROMANCE OR ALTERNATIVE SEXUAL CONENT DAMN IT!
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Looking above would be one of the few copies I have of Tabloid Purposes IV laying around as it just came out, if you're looking for the ghost story "Passenger" -- you can read it in here (the version in the video isn't available now -- but holding the pictures of the versions that I have available now.) It's one of the darker stories I've written and did it differently than most of my horror stories in the decade plus seven that I've been a writer. It was the first one that I wrote and forced to go on hitatus because of the time in the hospital too. But I am glad it is finally out there. If you want this one click on the widget below -- the book is available as a trade paperback format (6.14 x 9.21 Royal.) I am not about to post my novellas on here because they're too long, but you can read those in the anthologies along with the short story Ghosts In The Tornado.
As I said above and in my blog on myspace, I am producing more print exclusive material and you can grab some of that stuff on a widget below that is a shockwave format. You must have flash for some parts on the site now since I am posting video too now or days. My magazine has a non-fiction story in the fifth issue I penned and it's found its way into a magazine on the east coast. There are more coming as I learn and one of them picked up a clean bizarro story I wrote. I've been toying around with both bizarro and traditional horror for quite some time. I like writing traditional horror more than anything, but as time goes on I will toy with writing cyberpunk type fiction with the supernatural horror element or some dystopia.
My wish for everyone who visits this site, please support the small press print on demand medium and buy the print book instead of the e-book or if you see the CD by the band you like, please buy the CD. Don't download it from a file sharing site or bittorent site. E-piracy does hurt writers as much as it hurts musicians. Especially not all writers are rich like Stephen King.