L. L. SOARES
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real world is far more violent. Violence in movies is kind of cute."
Director Takashi Miike (from Boston Globe interview 8/8/04)
writer LL Soares has had stories published in such magazines as Cemetery
Dance, Horror Garage, Bare Bone and Gothic.net,
as well as the collections BEST OF HORRORFIND 2, RAW: BRUTALITY
AS ART, and RIGHT HOUSE ON THE LEFT. He co-edited the humorous
horror story anthology DARK JESTERS with Nick Cato, for Novello
Publishers. He also writes reviews of horror films and co-wrote a humorous
horror movie review column called CINEMA KNIFE FIGHT with Michael
Arruda, which now has its own site at: CINEMA
a former co-chair of the NEW ENGLAND HORROR WRITERS (NEHW) and
is an Active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA).
SICKNESS, a short story collection by Laura Cooney and L. L. Soares,
featuring 5 stories by each of them, and the title novella, which they
wrote together. is out now from Skullvines
first novel, LIFE RAGE, was published by Nightscape
Press in September 2012 and
is now available. His second novel, ROCK 'N' ROLL is now available from
News for LIFE
debut novel, LIFE RAGE, published by Nightscape Press, has made
it to the final ballot for the Bram Stoker Award in the category "Superior
Achievement in a First Novel." The Stoker Awards, presented by
the Horror Writers Assocation (HWA) will be this June in New Orleans.
This makes me a 2-time Stoker Finalist. But I'm really hoping this one's
It's time to ROCK 'N' ROLL!
second novel, ROCK 'N' ROLL, is out now from Gallows
Press, and it has a beautiful
cover from the talented Tom Moran. Available at the usual places.
- New Story in ZIPPERED FLESH 2
story "Sawbones" in the first ZIPPERED FLESH anthology
seemed to go over pretty well, so even though I don't write as many
short stories as I used to, I made sure to write something for ZIPPERED
FLESH 2. The new story is called "Seeds." Once again,
ZF2 is edited by Weldon Burge and comes to us courtesy of Smart
LIFE RAGE IS
a novel by L.L. Soares
first novel is out now from by Nightscape
Press. It is currently available in both Kindle and paperback
versions on Amazon.com
(Posted October 19, 2012)
WELCOME TO HELL: An Anthology
of Western Weirdness
short story "The Gulch" appears in the book Welcome to Hell:
An Anthology of Western Weirdness, Edited by Eric S. Brown, and available
now from Amazon.com
in paperback and for Kindle.
THE COLLECTED CINEMA
VOLUME ONE (2004 -
of the early columns, collected in one ebook. Available on Amazon now
- just go here.
(Posted June 16, 2012)
ZIPPERED FLESH: Tales
of Body Enhancements Gone Bad!
newest short story, "Sawbones" appears in the new anthology,
ZIPPERED FLESH: Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad! edited by Weldon
Burge. Available on Amazon now - just go here.
EPITAPHS - AVAILABLE
the weekend of November 11 - 13, 2011, Shroud Publishing held
its first ever AnthoCON in Portland, New Hampshire. The main
purpose of the convention, aside from a fun time and a chance to meet
some great authors, was the unveiling of the first ever New England
Horror Writers (NEHW) anthology, EPITAPHS, which just happens
to include my story, "Holiday House." On Saturday,
November 12th, some of the authors featured in the book read from their
stories, and there was a group signing afterwards.
was a founding member of the NEHW (back then, we were the New England
Chapter of the HWA) way back in 2001, and some people may remember I
was also a co-chair (with Dan Keohane) of the org for three years. From
the first day of the organization, I have been pushing for an anthology
of stories by members. It took 10 years, but it's finally a reality!
Thank you to Tracy Carbone (who edited it), Dan, Tim Deal (who published
it), and everyone else who made this happen.
copies were printed for the convention, and all of them sold out at
the event. But now there are finally more copies available. You can
get yours via Amazon.
involved did a great job on this one. It's a great collection, and I'm
happy to be in it.
LIVING AFTER MIDNIGHT
Stories Inspired by Metal and Hard Rock Bands - Edited
by David T. Wilbanks and Craig Clarke
HAPPENS WHEN HEAVY MUSIC INSPIRES DARK FICTION?
After Midnight: Hard and Heavy Stories consists of six horror and dark-fantasy
stories inspired by some of the greatest hard-rock and heavy-metal bands
in that musics long and influential history. Each author was invited
to submit a short story or novella inspired by the band of his choice.
sure to be impressed by the half-dozen diverse tales they came up with.
The set list is as follows: Spooky Tooth by Randy Chandler,
Iron Maiden by Matthew Fryer, Black Sabbath
by Steven L. Shrewsbury, Judas Priest by David T. Wilbanks,
Motorhead by Kent Gowran, and Slayer
by L.L. Soares.
original lineup indeed. Youll not want to pass up the chance to
read six of the sharpest, savviest, hardest, and heaviest stories published
now in ebook format only, including formats for the Amazon
Kindle and the
IT'S TIME TO START BREAKING EGGS!
it rains, it pours. Just after the release of IN
SICKNESS in October, Sideshow
Press released the novella, BREAKING
EGGS, by me and Kurt
Newton on November 1st. Hardcore horror with a heart. Check
NEW STUFF ONLINE
promote IN SICKNESS, I wrote a little piece for Velvet van Bueren's
website - a piece of fiction called "Contact Room" featuring
Dr. Willard Raymond from my story "Mating Room" and an appearance
by Velvet herself.
I wrote a guest blog over at S.D. Hintz's site.
them out. They're free.
SICKNESS IS HERE!
wait it over! IN SICKNESS has arrived.
My first short story collection (along with my wife, Laura Cooney) is
now everywhere, including Amazon.com
It is available in a reasonably priced trade paperback, as well as in
version and Kindle.
You can also order it directly from the publisher, Skullvines
Press, (also, from Camelot
it while it's hot!
KNIFE FIGHT HAS A NEW HOME!
the sad demise of FEAR
ZONE (our home for two years), the humorous movie review
column, CINEMA KNIFE FIGHT has moved to its own Web site, where the
guys continue to review new movies.
The official Cinema Knife Fight site is up and running, with new content
every weekday. It's a mixture of archive reviews, new solo reviews,
and brand new Cinema Knife Fight columns (usually every Monday). So
check it regularly! Just go to:
In related news, L.L. Soares and Michael Arruda (the Cinema Knife Fight
guys) recently discussed movies on the national GHOSTMAN
AND THE DEMON HUNTER paranormal radio show. To hear it, just
go to iTunes
IN TABLOID TERRORS 3
humorous horror, this time the third installment of Tabloid Terrors
from Skullvines Press. These anthologies are like a cross between The
Weekly World News and a horror collection. Volume 3 focuses on aliens
and features LL's story "Moonshiner Says Aliens 'Taste Like Chicken'."
extreme gross-out humor may offend some readers)
NOW! DARK JESTERS!
Jesters is now available from the publsiher, Novello
features ten humorous horror tales, featuring authors: Jerrod Balzer,
Sam Battrick, Rob Brooks, Laura Cooney, James Roy Daley, Matthew Fryer,
Robert Guffey, Mark Justice, William A. Veselik, and David T. Wilbanks.
Edited by Nick Cato and L.L. Soares, it delivers a mixture of both laughs
"Something Blue" in SHROUD Magazine
story "Something Blue" can be found in Issue # 6 of SHROUD
Magazine, available wherever quality magazines are sold.
SICKNESS Coming in 2010
Writer L.L. Soares, has just announced that SKULLVINES
PRESS will be publishing the short story collection IN SICKNESS,
due out in 2010. A joint collection between Soares and his wife, author
Laura Cooney, IN SICKNESS is made up of three sections: solo stories
by Cooney, stories by Soares, and a 12k novella entitled "In Sickness,"
written by Cooney and Soares in collaboration.
collection of very dark tales includes three stories that received Honorable
Mentions in past editions of THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR, and
is made up of previously published stories, as well as several new ones
which will be published for the first time in this edition.
Bonnie and Clyde armed with words instead of guns, they'll take you
on a very wild journey indeed.
this time, everyone involved would also like to unveil a draft of the
upcoming cover, using the art of painter Valerie Kahn-Dorato.
and Soares are very excited to be working with SKULLVINES PRESS to make
this book a reality. More news is forthcoming as we approach the publication
Story in RAW: BRUTALITY AS ART
story "Still Life With Soul Juice" can be found in the new
anthology RAW: BRUTALITY AS ART from Snuff Books, edited by Adam Huber.
This is the first anthology by this new small press and you can get
the book at the usual outlets (Amazon, Horror-Mall.com, etc.)
Green" in the TRAPS Anthology
short story, "Bright Green" appeared in the anthology TRAPS
from DarkHart Press, edited by Scott T. Goudsward. This book is available
from Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, etc.
Knife Fight RETURNS!
almost two years of being without a home, Cinema
Knife Fight, the horror movie review column LL
co-writes with Michael Arruda, has finally returned!! Its new home is
a brand new horror-themed website called FEAR
ZONE which promises to be a pretty big deal. It's run by
Greg Lamberson and features a staff which includes LL, Michael and several
other horror writers, as well as experts on music, video games - the
whole spectrum of horror in the media. The site will have new content
every day, and we think FEAR ZONE is going to be a hit.
first new Cinema Knife Fight column (reviewing Rob Zombie's remake
of HALLOWEEN) was one of the first articles to go up when the
site launched three weeks ago. And if you'd like to go directly to CKF,
the future, there will be the monthly Cinema Knife Fight column, reviewing
movies currently in theaters, as well as possibly DVD Knife Fight and
other variations on the tried and true formula. LL will also be writing
some solo columns, including reviews of comic books and the genre-themed
shows of the new television season.
keep checking FEAR ZONE for lots of good content!
STORY IN COVER OF DARKNESS
the anthology COVER OF DARKNESS came out this month from Sam's
Dot Publishing. It features LL's story, "Sometimes the Good Witch
Signs to Me," which is actually the very first horror short story
he ever wrote. If you'd like to get a copy of the anthology, you can
order it here.
I'M A POET
first published poem, "Circles" can be found in SPACE
AND TIME Magazine # 100. Out now! This issue also
features fiction by such writers as Mary San Giovanni and Lee Thomas.
INTERVEW IN THE NEW BEDFORD STANDARD-TIMES
grew up in New Bedford, Massachusetts. While he left town as soon as
he was able to go to college, it was kind of cool to get contacted by
Tim Weisberg at the New Bedford STANDARD-TIMES newspaper
this week for a Halloween-themed article about fear:
wrote a great article, and it's nice to be a part of it. And it's a
bit of a thrill to be finally mentioned in my hometown paper. If you'd
like the check out this article, just go to the following link, it appeared
in the Sunday paper, October 29, 2006, which also happens to be my birthday.
Weird coincidence, huh?"
a big Happy Halloween to you all.
STORY IN BARE BONE # 9
CAR," a story LL co-wrote with Kurt Newton,
is out now in BARE BONE # 9.
DREADFUL - NEW TV INTERVIEW
was recently interviewed by the delightful horror movie hostess PENNY
DREADFUL. She is doing a new special/documentary about old horror
movie hosts and basically she just let the camera roll while LL reminisced
about the horror hosts of his youth, including The Ghoul and
a chance this might even be submitted to some film festivals.
was a real pleasure to meet Penny (and her cool camerawoman Rebecca),
who hosts her show on cable-access stations throughout Massachusetts
(if you live in the state, check out your local station for the show).
addition to the horror host stuff, they also filmed a bit of LL in the
ape mask as his alter ego Cornelius Badmonk. As usual, Cornelius gets
a chance to insult people. Penny's show features a cast of characters
(she's a witch, there's also Garou, a werewolf and vampire hunter Manfred
Von Bulow), and supposedly Cornelius's segment will appear in a future
episode that shows an ape-related movie.
on both the documentary and the Cornelius segment when we find out more.
GARAGE # 11 - OUT NOW!!
BRAND NEW ISSUE OF HORROR GARAGE, ISSUE # 11, is out now, featuring
LL's story "The No! Place." This is one kick-ass magazine
and LL is overjoyed to be in it. Available in stores or directly from
Garage. Check it out!
HOUSE ON THE LEFT
HOUSE ON THE LEFT is a chapbook of humorous horror featuring three
writers - Steve Vernon, Mark McLaughlin and our own L.L. Soares. With
an introduction by James Moore. LL's story is entitled "The Blood-Splattered
Mirror Ball" and it takes place in a haunted disco in the 70's.
The best part is, it's only $5. So what are you waiting for? You don't
get good bargains like this very often.
APPEARING IN AOIFE'S KISS # 14
story, "Rotten" is appearing in the magainze AOIFE'S KISS,
Issue # 14 (dated September 1, 2005).
BIOGRAPHIES" IN LULLABY HEARSE # 5
Hearse # 5 features the stories "Number 808" by Laura
Cooney, and "Animal Biographies" by L.L. Soares
very cool issue also features stories by John Dixon and Michael
DANCE # 46, FEATURING "MERMAIDS"
DANCE # 46,
features the story"Mermaids," which LL co-wrote with Daniel
of like watching Finding Nemo while on acid." - Kurt Newton
(author of Dark Demons)
"All-Fiction Issue" also includes stories by Ray Garton, Thomas
Tessier, Al Sarrantonio, Glenn Chadbourne and Holly Newstein. Copies
of Cemetery Dance # 46 are still available. Click the link to the
left called Bookstore to see a few ways
to order this magazine online.
CONTACT L.L. SOARES:
you would like to contact me directly, if you would like to be added
to the mailing list for my semi-annual email newsletter, or even if
there's just an old horror movie you'd like help finding the name of,
you may do so by emailing me here.
It would be great to hear from you!
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