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New Podcast UP! The Demon Says By Rick Powell

The Demon Says

I have added a new podcast. It is a poem by Rick Powell the title is The Demon Says. I think you will Enjoy it – The Poem can also be found in the Anthology Blessings From The Darkness published by Black Bed Sheets.

Blessings from the Darkness

November 16, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Podcast Has Been Uploaded

Blessings from the Darkness

In light of the recent events I wanted to post this podcast. It is a poem written by my friend Michael Gersony and the title needs no explanation. Freedom comes with a price- out young people have lost sight of this. They believe they are entitled without contributing. They want to free everything. They want to start at the top without paying their dues. That is not what life is about. Nothing is free!

Do You Know What it is to be FREE?

November 14, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blessings From the Darkness

Black Bed Sheet Books is proud to present an anthology of over 30 diverse authors with tales and poems to inspire, thrill and terrify!

Blessings from the Darkness is an eclectic collection of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, heartfelt prose, and everything in between, by a talented and diverse group of writers and published authors in dedication of, and in support of, our dearest friend: the award-winning and bestselling Author Yvonne Mason…..an inspiration, selflessly supportive, and a dear friend to many aspiring writers and indie authors. She believes in paying it forward: offering her knowledge and insights and friendship to kindred souls…… (taken from the dedication by G.J. Lentz). All sales of this anthology present and future are donated to her in support of her son, who at the time of this publication has been ill and out of work, and struggling to support his family due to an undiagnosed illness.

Featuring Scott Nicholson – Barbara Watkins – Rick Powell – Sage Sinclair – Matt Haynes – Vicky Carter – T.G. Reaper – Ian Bush – Cinta Garcia De La Rosa – Todd Propst – Christopher Adams – Luis Vera – David Schütz II – Shawna Platt – Christopher Adams – Sandy Rozanski – Sharon Sobolik – Alan Gravitt – Michael Gersony – Sheri Ann Richerson – Jynell Hull – T.O. Gade – Tara Atkinson – W. Freedreamer Tinkanesh – Mary Genevieve Fortier – Marvin Anderson – E.A. Irwin – G.J. Lentz
Blessings from the Darkness

February 20, 2014 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Never Be Afraid to Pay it Forward

Ever since I started in the business of publishing and making my dream real, I have always paid it forward. Not just in publishing but in my everyday life. The reason is simple, there have been many times that others have helped me along they way and even though I can never repay those people I can pay it forward. Yesterday I was knocked off my feet by a group of people who I am not only honored to call fellow authors I am honored to call them friends.

The back story is this – my son who has been an over the road truck driver for over twenty years has an illness that the doctors cannot diagnose. He has been out of work for over a year now and it has been a struggle for his family. His youngest son who is still a wee one has type one diabetes and is insulin dependent. My son feels so bad because he can not work and look after his family – he was raised that no matter what the father takes care of the family. That is just the way it is. However, that being said, yesterday something happened that left yours truly without words.

This circle of writers and friends along with my editor and friend Kelly J Koch with Dressing your Book http://dressingyourbook.com/ and Nicholas Grabowsky with Black Bed Sheets and GL Lentz https://www.facebook.com/gjl1976 put together an anthology of horror stories titled Blessings from the Darkness with all proceeds going to my Son Jay Thomason https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Truck-Driver-Needs-Your-Help/1427603737463723?ref=hl and his family. In other words over 30 authors came together to put this anthology together and are no receiving any royalties at all. Unless you are an author you have no idea what a sacrifice that is for an author. To put that much work in a work and then to give away the proceeds is overwhelming. It speaks for the integrity of those involved- It is with heartfelt thanks and humbleness I give you Blessings From the Darkness.

Here is the radio show that blew me away and the release of the book http://www.blogtalkradio.com/francy/2014/01/17/fright-day-afternoon-with-satans-holiday-writers

Blessings from the Darkness

It is currently available on Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Blessings-Darkness-Scott-Nicholson-ebook/dp/B00HX8V6SW/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1390060575&sr=1-1&keywords=Blessings+From+the+Darkness and Nook and will soon be available on Amazon in book form and on http://downwarden.com/blackbedsheetstore/

January 18, 2014 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Never Judge a Book by it’s Cover

I don’t know how many times I have to write a blog about this subject. It appears that some people just don’t get it. There is an old adage “Better to look like a fool than to open your mouth and prove it.” Once again this has happened. A person by the name of Tim Lieder has once again proven that fools are among us.

For those of you who know me you also know that I count the one and only Nicholas Grabowsky among my close and personal friends. He is the one who immortalized Michael Myers in his horror book Halloween IV. He also has his own indie horror publishing house. Nick is one of the best if not the best in defining horror. Just ask these guys:

“Keep ’em coming, Nicholas!” –Stephen King. And I am!!!!!!! “I salute you: your ambition, your dedication, your achievements, your blissfully complex imagination….” –Clive Barker. Thanks, Clive!!!! “Impressive storytelling!” —Wes Craven. “Soon we’ll all be hearing about this Grabowsky guy…” —Joe Dante. “Grabowsky succeeds in making the whole world creepy!!” —E! Entertainment Television. I’m so grateful for the support of my iconic gods!!!!

That being said Mr. Lieder dared to make a statement that he could not back up because he obviously is not in the business of publishing nor writing. This is what Nick posted:

PRESS RELEASE: 12/07/2013

BLACK BED SHEET BOOKS IS GOING UNDER

Dear friends, associates, authors, partners, and everyone that has anything to do with Black Bed Sheet Books,

It comes to me with a heavy heart that the business I’ve given 100% of my life to since its conception in 2008 and with all its accomplishments, endeavors, innovations, exploits, influence and mayhem, with all the authors we’ve inspired and given a leg up or shoved into the spotlight or at the very least tried to bring to a larger readership and greater hopes to their writing careers, that I hereby declare that at least one Black Bed Sheet Book will go under. Your Christmas tree. This year.

WHY???? Firstly, if you don’t buy your loved ones any books at all, shame on you. People need to read! Literacy expands our ability to cope in this world, and reading anything, especially a book, is as much a mental workout as a jog is for the body. Second, people need to read more horror. Horror is already saturated in all of your personal lives to various degrees, and to read about somebody else going through it with exraordinary fictional circumstances is a healthy and satisfying release and lets you escape or relate just as your favorite movies do. I’m not asking you to stand in line forever to buy an iPod or a Playstation 4 for a chunk of cash here. Those kinds of things don’t do the same for you as reading does anyway. Reading enriches the lives of everyone. And these days, ain’t it just a tiresome shame that as soon as you go online everyone wants you to buy and read their books??? And all you can do is spend enormous prices on yourselves and your loved ones on books the book stores and big release movies tell you to buy, and you have a general inclination to keep buying what’s in popular culture and think anything less from smaller publishers aren’t worth your time or the ones you wish to give presents to this year. But buying a Stephen King book every year for yourself or your favorite horror reader just gets old after three decades.

We publish extraordinary talent and extraordinary books in our genre. What’s more, each one costs you no more than a bagful of chocolate mini Santas, and you can stuff them in a sock just the same, and it won’t take just a couple minutes to devour them but long enough to make a lasting impression far more into their lives than a can of Tootsie Rolls would and they can be on their shelves long enough for their grandkids to enjoy them.

I represent a number of authors that I handpicked because I am convinced they are worthy of your attention. This holiday season, put one of our incredible books under your tree, in your stocking, or download an ebook in any format for under four bucks and suprise someone with a new ebook to upload to their Kindle, Nook, iPad, etc. I guarantee you they’ll be saying “Wow! where did you find THAT! Thank you thank you thank you! I’ve read it TWICE so far!”

For BBS authors: you all get these books for author’s prices, so there’s no excuse to buy each other’s books for, like, five bucks and surpise each other. You guys get your ebooks for free too, so for your friends who have notepads and digital readers, you have cost-free gifts!

Have a very exemplary holiday season everyone! And keep watching our page for extraordinary happenings in the ever-expanding world of Black Bed Sheet!

–Nicholas Grabowsky
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This was a comment that Mr. Lieder wrote on the posting:

Tim Lieder “Cheesy advertising made me check out the Web site. Unfortunately, those are some ugly ass books you’re trying to sell and the fact that you say that you don’t charge the authors for publishing their books gives me some serious misgivings about your professionalism (seriously, no legitimate publishing company charges the writers. Saying that you don’t is like telling your date that you aren’t planning on putting a roofie in her drink)”

This type of comment tells me a couple of things 1. He is a frustrated writer who does not have the balls to put his words to paper and face the rejections that we as indies have all faced at one time or the other. 2. He is probably so judgmental that when he meets someone if they are not packaged just right he assumes they are not perfect.

Mr. Lieder you are the loser in this. You are missing out on some great reads and some wonderful indie authors. Book Covers are meant to intrigue and to grabs the eye. You obviously have no eye for talent or craft. You are to be pitied – you are missing out on so much in life. Your scope is narrow and your mind is closed.

Again this proves my point that one should never judge a book by its cover!!!!!

December 8, 2013 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Welcome to Your Nightmare Received its First Review

Welcome to Your Nightmare 3

Welcome to Your Nightmare received its first review today. Nuff Said!

5.0 out of 5 stars “Welcome To Your Nightmare” compiled by Yvonne Mason November 30, 2013
By *Stargazer*
Format:Kindle Edition
The tales written in this anthology will stand up the hairs on the nape of your neck as you read them and palpitate your heartbeat. Horror in its best form anytime of year is marvelous but I find it most welcome when October rolls around and Halloween looms nearby. Most of these offerings are written by a new author giving their very best to scare the scream out of you and several well-known writers stepped up to contribute as well to polish off that scream very expertly. The book is compiled by a well-known author, Yvonne Mason, who is a marvelous story teller in her own right and she has a very shivery story in the book as well.
I read each one of these tales with writing respect growing in leaps and bound.
One in particular scared the yell out of me and I dreaded the nightmares I was sure it would give me. It was written by Nicholas Grabowsky and is titled, “The Yuletide Thing.” I may never be able to think of Christmas in the same light again.
I highly recommend this to any lover of horror books and to anyone who loves a good chill, even in the cold of winter.
There are too many excellent stories and too many authors to name individually so go buy it and dive in. You won’t be disappointed. This analogy is coupled with a sister book titled, “Satan’s Holiday.” Read them both…and be prepared to scream.
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November 30, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Halloween More than Just Candy

In the world I live in – that being the world of – monsters and evil and the written word of things that go bump in the night- Halloween is more than just canady. It is stories of the creepy- the scary and the macabre. My friend Betty Dravis has put together a neat little bag of treats for those of you who live to be scared. Here is her video check it out.

http://animoto.com/play/sIMuMY7XIr1T3xYnhLZ9dg

and check out this amazing video

October 29, 2013 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

If You Have Never Read Good Horror Now is The Time

Satan's Holiday and Welcome to Your Nightmare

Since this is the time of year when folks find reasons to be scared out of their clothes I wanted to give you a few ideas for your reading pleasure. We have just released two little horror books filled with the things that go bump in the night, Satan’s Holiday and Welcome to Your Nightmare. There over three hundred pages in these two little books so I am sure that you will find something to keep you up nights and cause you to not to want to walk through dark alleys alone. There are wicked poems, quick flash fiction (for those that need a horror fix in a hurry) short stories and small novellas.We even tossed in a couple of real hauntings just to spice things up.

To add to our little cauldron’s of evil we brought aboard the one and only Nicholas Grabowsky- you all know him he wrote Halloween IV and immortalized Michael Myers http://www.amazon.com/Halloween-IV-Special-Nicholas-Grabowsky/dp/1591099269/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382358363&sr=1-1&keywords=nicholas+grabowsky

This book is a limited edition so once it is gone there will be no more!!!!!

halloween iv

If you can’t get enough of Horror then you must go to http://downwarden.com/blackbedsheetstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=81_82&products_id=636 Where you will find more of the horror that Nicholas publishes for other horror authors.
In my book there is never to much horror-
You can also download my stand alone short story Blood Alley on Amazon

Blood Alley A Short Story of Horror

Blood Alley A Short Story of Horror

http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Alley-Short-Story-ebook/dp/B006Z10FFS/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382358616&sr=1-6&keywords=Yvonne+Mason

It is guaranteed to keep you off of two lane black tops at night.

These are all great places to purchase your fix of horror for the Halloween season and beyond. You don’t want to be left behind when things start going bump in the night and those icy fingers of things unknown begin to creep around your head.

October 21, 2013 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s A Man’s World Radio Interview

Last night my dear friend Marvin Anderson who has the show It’s a Man’s World interviewed several of the contributors from the anthologies that we just released Satan’s Holiday and Welcome to Your Nightmare
Satan's Holiday and Welcome to Your Nightmare

The two hours of knee slapping, pant wetting, side hugging laughter was over the top. Not only did he interview the contributors he made them feel at ease because many of them had never been on a radio show before much less been interviewed for anything. Marvin was a contributor to these little jewels of horror. He has never been published before now either.

The show was filled with many new and interesting facts that have never before been told. One of our contributors Ian Bush is a member of our military he is in the Air Force- Thank you Ian for your service. Marvin also had on his show the one and only Nicholas Grabowsky who gave a bit of unknown history about himself. Back in 1988 when he was first approached by the people involved in the movie Halloween they asked him to write the book Halloween IV using the screenplay he was promised many things and was delivered none. He was never paid anything for that book. He is one of the original indie authors. He took his destiny in his own hands and never looked back. Halloween IV has been redone and is available on Amazon and Black Bed Sheets http://www.downwarden.com/
http://www.amazon.com/Halloween-IV-Special-Nicholas-Grabowsky/dp/1591099269/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381930771&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=Nicholas+Graboswky

Here is the show from last night- be prepared to change your clothes:https://www.dropbox.com/s/7rowa2dvg3td7l7/AMansWorld-OctoberFifteenth.mp3

Please support our contributors in their dreams!!! They all can be found on facebook and will be glad to send you a signed copy of their books.

October 16, 2013 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Here is a listing of the Table of Contents for Satan’s Holiday and Welcome to Your Nightmare

Okay kiddies and all other interested parties here is the table of contents for Satan’s Holiday and Welcome to Your Nightmare
they are listed in Alphabetical order by story not author.

satans holiday

Satan’s Holiday

Table of Contents

A BEDTIME STORY BY ERIC KEYS
A HAUNTING IN DALLAS BY PETER FUNDORA…………….
ALL THAT’S AVAILABLE BY T.G. REPAER
BLACK HART BY G.J. LENTZ
BONES BY YVONNE MASON
BRUSH STROKES OF DEATH BY BARBARA WATKINS
CUT BY L. VERA
DARK ABYSS BY SHERI ANN RICHERSON
DIED TO MATCH BY E.A. IRWIN
DON’T PLAY WITH FIRE BY SHARON SOBOLIK
FRUIT BY RICK POWELL
GHOST OF ROOM 211 BY T.G. REAPER
IF THEY’D ONLY LISTENED: BENEATH THE STONES LIES THE TRUTH BY FRAN LEWIS
KEY TO HELL BY BARBARA WATKINS
MONSTER BY CHRIS ADAMS
NEVER AGAIN BY ROSE STORM
NIGHT VISION BY TARA ATKINSON
A RENOVATOR’S DELIGHT BY SUSAN BENNETT
ROOM FOR ONE MORE BY T.O. GADE
SURVIVING BEDLAM BY ANGEL SHADOW
THE CALL BY JYNELL HULL
THE CROOKED CROSS BY T.O. GADE
THE DARK DAY COMES BY ALAN GRAVITT
THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS BY IAN BUSH
THE NEED BY DAVID SCHUTZ II
THE POWERS OF ILLUSION BY SAGE SINCLAIR
THE YULETIDE THING BY NICHOLAS GRABOWSKY
TRAPPED IN THE NEXT REALM BY CONNIE SMITH
UNWELCOM’D VIS’TOR BY MARY GENEVIEVE FORTIER

Welcome to Your Nightmare 3

Welcome to your Nightmare
Table of Contents

A SIX PACK OF MASS DESTRUCTION BY BARBARA WATKINS
ABDUCTION AT SHADOW LAKE BY RICK SCOTT
DARKNESS BY SHERI ANN RICHERSON
DRIVING AWAY BY ERIC KEYS
FAIRY DANCE BY SHERI ANN RICHERSON
FLIP FLOP MAMA LANDED ON TOP BY SHARON J SOBOLIK
FRIGHT NIGHT BY SHARON J. SOBOLIK
FUGUE BY G.J. LENTZ
I WAS, I AM BY RICK POWELL
IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT BY YVONNE MASON
IT WAS A HOT DAY IN JULY BY SHARON J. SOBOLIK
LIGHTNING BUG BY RICK SCOTT
LISTEN BUT STAY QUIET BY SANDY ROZANSKI
LOBSTER BOY AND THE HAND OF SATAN BY JAMES S DORR
LOST BY JYNELL HULL
MADNESS OF MR. MARTIN MARKETT BY FRANK BITTINGER
NIGHT’S BLACK AGENTS BY MARY GENEVIEVE FORTIER
NOT THE RAVEN BY T.G. REAPER
PREDATOR AND PREY BY MARVIN ANDERSON
SHOW ME THE FIRES OF CREATION BY FRANK BITTIGNER
STATION TO NOWHERE BY T.G. REAPER
THE DEATHBELL BY T.O. GADE
THE PATH OF TRES METUS BY GIANANDREA MAOLI
THE YULETIDE THING BY NICHOLAS GRABOWSKY
TOURNIQUET BY E.A. IRWIN
WINSTON BY RICK POWELL
WITHIN BY DAVID SCHUTZ II

October 1, 2013 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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