Saturday, August 26, 2006

YOU Helped Me Make the List!

I know you must be getting bored to tears with the MAMA'S BOY posts, but I'm pretty freakin' excited to share this with you, and to thank you big time for helping me make the list. Check-out #5 in the pre-order section. From


New Shocklines Bestsellers lists up for the past month. Shockliners (those who post here) are highlighted in [red]. Congrats to all and thanks to everyone for supporting the Shockliners and

In-Stock Shockliners Bestsellers for the past month:
1) 4 Fear of by Richard Chizmar, Brian Freeman, Brian Keene, and Tom Monteleone with an intro by John Skipp
2) The Rutting Season by Brian Keene with cover art by Caniglia
3) Offspring by Jack Ketchum
4) The Little Brass Book of Full Metal Fiction by Douglas E. Winter with eye-popping cover art by Tom Monteleone!
5) Pressure by Jeff Strand
6) The Church of Dead Languages by James Newman and Jason Brannon with art by Keith Minnion
7) Hardboiled Cthulhu edited by James Ambuehl with work by Shockliners Steven L. Shrewsbury, Jeffrey Thomas, William Meikle, James Chambers, Cody Goodfellow, and J.F. Gonzalez
8) When Dark Descends: A Novelette by Charles L. Grant & Thomas F. Monteleone
9) Here Comes a Candle by Frederic Brown
10) Strange Seed by T.M Wright

Advance Order Shockliners Bestsellers for the past month:
1) Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
2) The Rising: Death in 4 Colors by Brian Keene
3) A Little Silver Book of Sterling Stories by Richard Matheson
4) A Little Gold Book of Gruesome Stories by TBA
5) Mama's Boy: A Novella by Fran Friel with an intro by James Newman and art by Tom Moran and Zach McCain
6) Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg
7) The Lady of Serpents: The Vampyricon, Book 2 by Douglas Clegg
8) The Tenant by Roland Topor
9) On Writing Horror: A Handbook, Revised Edition by the Horror Writers Association and Edited by Mort Castle including work by Shockliners Tom Monteleone, Michael A. Arnzen, Mort Castle, Nick Mamatas, Tom Piccirilli, Karen E. Taylor, W.D. Gagliani, Steven Savile, Joe Nassise, Weston Ochse, Lee Thomas, Lisa Morton, Yvonne Navarro, Judi Rohrig, John Everson, Bev Vincent, and Scott Nicholson (did I miss any Shockliners?)
10) The Long Last Call by John Skipp with art by Chad Savage

A special thanks to Matt Schwartz, owner of for his kindness and support long before I wrote a book for him to sell. You're amazing, Matt! And thank you EVERYONE for your incredible love and encouragement, and for helping MAMA'S BOY celebrate such a wonderful launch. I simply cannot thank you enough! Woo-Hoo!

Wickedly Yours,
Fran Friel

Sunday, August 20, 2006

I Came. I Shook. I Read.
by Fran Friel


Above is a pic of me, scary Fran on the right, with the beautiful Elizabeth Monteleone, Mistress of Borderlands Press. This was snapped shortly before I did my first public reading ever. Visiting with the lovely Ms. E helped to calm my nerves. She's a delight.

Ironically, Tom Monteleone, the mistress's bo and author/reader/teacher/publisher extraordinaire, was supposed to read right after me in the same room. I thought I had it made - his fame would bring in the early-bird crowd looking for seats for his reading and I'd have a nice captive audience for my own reading. Best laid plans, and all that...didn't happen. They changed the schedule, and Tom was reading at the SAME time as I. I figured I was doomed to read alone to the dreaded dust bunnies, but a number of wonderful folks showed-up for my reading partner, Jacob Haddon, and I.

There were twenty people or so there, and Jacob read first. He was wonderful. He had us laughing, ooo-ing and awe-ing at his stories. With his relaxed style and great voice, he had a wonderful rapport with the audience and kept us all entertained and very happy. He was also pretty easy on the eyes, I must say. Then it was my turn.

I'm one of those weird people who actually like public speaking, but my body often responds with a different attitude by making my hands shake like I'm a cornered rodent. So I began my reading with those shaking hands, trying to steady them against the table so no one could see the pages quaking. Plus, Jacob had done such a great job getting the audience jazzed up with the excellent humor in his stories, I was a little worried about taking folks to the darkside with a fairly lengthy excerpt of my very wicked novella, MAMA'S BOY, but I plunged on.

I read parts of the story with an outrageous and questionable southern accent and eventually my public speaking "ham gene" kicked in and it all started to work. I could feel the audience finally connect with the story, laughing in the wicked places and being appalled into still silence at others. I read for a good twenty minutes and only lulled one audience member to sleep, but it was Sunday, the last day of the party that was Horrorfind, so I guess he needed a rest...and I did start by saying I was going to read them a bedtime story. I'll have to remember to omit that comment on my next reading. In the end, the audience seemed very pleased with the reading. Several folks congratulated me and asked how to get a copy of MAMA'S BOY. They wanted to know how it ends. Of course, that made me very happy.

Having my dear Horror Library friends, Boyd Harris and Chris Mahn there made it much easier (Steve Sommerville was still at ground control, manning the sales table). They'd indulged me in listening while I practiced the night before, as well. Their feedback was invaluable. I was also honored to have many of my Shocklines and MySpace friends there, as well. Norman Prentiss was like a beam of light keeping me steady during my reading. Deb Kuhn, Nick Grabowsky, Charles, Cara, Shawn and Cara's brother, Creepy, and the RavenCon folks, and many other kind people made it a fun reading to do. As I told them, I'll never forget them for coming to my very first reading.

With the help of my lovely assistant, Boyd Harris, we also did a juicy drawing for Shocklines gift certificates and some great issues of Insidious Reflections. The audience definitely liked that extra touch, so I'll be sure to do that again next year! Hint, Hint...I hope you come, even if I have to bribe you.

So, it was a fruitful event. I learned a lot and I met many wonderful people that I've known only in cyberspace (that includes you Mr. Rainey!). It was a joy to be with them in the "meat world" at last. Thanks everyone for your support before I headed off to my fate at Horrorfind. Your kindness and the support in advance, plus all the folks there, made my first Horrorfind and my first reading a blast!

Btw, MAMA'S BOY is rockin' the pre-order! I hope you'll nab a copy and let me know what you think of my wicked little tale. Looks like we're going to sell-out during the pre-order, so I hope you'll grab one now. It's a signed limited edition, with darn spiffy looking interior art and a wild read...or so I'm told. Check it out at Insidious Publications and at

I'd be happy to inscribe it to you personally if you want to send it along to me. Just contact me and we'll work out the details.

Wickedly Yours,
Fran Friel

PS - A special thank you to the kind and oh-so-lovely Nikki, for making the readings a smooth and cool experience. You're the Queen of Cool, Nikki!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Reading at Horrorfind 2006

Horror, Halloween and Supernatural - The Spookiest Show on Earth
Reading at HorrorFind VI

I'll be kicking-up a little dust at HorrorFind Weekend 2006, August 11-13 in HuntValley, Maryland. Not only will I have the pleasure of actually SEEING friends I meet with everyday online, I'll also be schmoozin' at the Insidious Publications - Insidious Reflections table AND I'll be reading excerpts from MAMA'S BOY on Sunday.

If you're going to be at HF come see me at the IR table and please stop by for my reading, so I don't have to read to the dust bunnies in the corners of the room. They're a tough audience, and they scare me. If you're going to be around, bring your lunch, bring your friends - it'll be fun...or a slaughter. Good either way:

Sunday at 12:30 in Salon E

Just for being a willing warm body, you'll have a chance to win FREE STUFF. There will be a drawing at the end of the reading and four people will win one of the following:

2 $10 Gift Certificates from

2 Issues of Insidious Reflections Magazine

I hope to see you all there. If you're stuck at home, just click your heels six times and say there's no place like Horrorfind. Open your eyes and if you're still at home, try another pair of shoes. If that doesn't work, break-out the Jack Daniels, have a good couple of shots, watch Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and don't go to bed for three days. It'll be almost like being there. *wink*

Wish me luck!

Wickedly Yours,
Fran Friel

Saturday, August 05, 2006


MAMA'S BOY - Ready for Pre-Order!

I'm seldom speechless but it's taken me 20 minutes to be able to write this blog. Up until this moment, I've stayed pretty cool about getting MAMA'S BOY published, but now I've got this strange volcanic feeling, as if I've been holding in a year's worth of excitement. I don't know what's going to happen when it all that finally comes rocketing to the surface. I suspect I'll have a good cry and/or a laughing jag of monumental proportions.

In the meantime as I wait for my emotional fireworks to erupt, I want to share with you at last, my very patient friends, that MAMA'S BOY is ready for Pre-Order from Insidious Publications! Ninety-Seven pages of wicked novella; an illustrated limited edition of 100 copies signed by the amazing artists, Tom Moran and Zach McCain, the brilliant James Newman who wrote the intro, and me.

A few kind words about MB:
"A fun, old school psych ward confessional full of blood and betrayal where you can't tell who are the inmates and who are the keepers."
--Tom Piccirilli, Bram Stoker Award winning author of Headstone City and November Mourns

"Fran Friel's MAMA'S BOY is a gripping, disturbing, and more- than-slightly twisted debut novella. Though you may feel the need to shower with boiling water afterwards, Friel accomplishes the fine art of making you squirm--big time--without being needlessly graphic. A demented winner from a very promising new author."
--Jeff Strand, author of Pressure and Casket For Sale (Only Used Once)

"Mama's Boy is Compelling, suspenseful, and disturbing as hell! Fran Friel has made a fan out of me!"
--Brian Knight, author of King of Souls and Hacks.

So there you have it kids, at last! If you'd like a copy, please pop on over to Insidious Publications to reserve yours today. The books will be available for shipping by the end of the month and since it's such a limited print run, we're hopeful that it will sell-out in the pre-order phase. Keep your fingers crossed for me! I'm excited and scared and damn near delirious now.

I REALLY hope you "love," MAMA'S BOY. Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to hear that you enjoyed reading MB as much as I enjoyed writing it for you.

Wickedly Yours,
Fran Friel

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