Dark Scribe Magazine

Black Quill Awards--MB Won!

A Big Fat Thank You!

I just wanted to share some great news with you. Dark Scribe Magazine has announced the Black Quill Awards results and MAMA'S BOY AND OTHER DARK TALES has won the Reader's Choice Award for Best Dark Genre Fiction Collection. I am deeply honored that so many folks sent in their ballots and chose the MB collection. Wow! You all make writing a joy!

To see the list of all the winners, go to Dark Scribe at:


My most sincere thanks to all the folks who voted for my collection. You're simply amazing!

Wickedly Yours,
Fran Friel

Black Quill Awards Nomination--Woohoo!

Grateful for Your Vote!
The talented and dedicated folks at Dark Scribe Magazine have recently announced their nominees for the highly sought after Black Quill Awards. I'm very proud to tell you that my collection, Mama's Boy and Other Dark Tales, has been nominated for the BQ award in the Best Dark Genre Fiction category.

If you've recovered from the recent voting spree in the US elections and around the planet, I'd be grateful if you'd consider voting for my collection. It's a popular vote, so no electoral stuff to muddle the mind. It requires a quick registration (if you're not already signed-up as a subscriber - FREE) for the Dark Scribe site, which is well worth the effort because it's a fantastic magazine.

For the list of nominees and the voting info (bottom of the page): Click Here


Register Here - Click
Ballot Page and Login - Click

Category: Best Dark Genre Fiction Collection
My Book: Mama's Boy and Other Dark Tales

If you have any trouble voting, let me know and I'll try to help.

I can't thank you enough for your support! *fingers crossed*

Wickedly Yours,
Fran Friel

Mr. Liaguno Speaks...and I Love What He Has to Say!

Vince Made Me Blush
As many of you know first hand, writing a book is hard work and selling it is hard, too. It's challenging to find ways to help your book get noticed by a larger audience unless you've got the marketing department of a large publishing house behind you and a lot of cash. But once in a while a really amazing book review comes along and makes all that hard work feel like a shining gold star on your forehead while also making it just a little bit easier to sell your book to the masses. Vince Liaguno's review at Dark Scribe Magazine is one of those reviews.

I really hope you'll pop over to Dark Scribe Magazine to take a look. And if you have a minute, tell me what you think.

CLICK HERE for the Dark Scribe review of Mama's Boy and Other Dark Tales.

I'm really proud of this one, gang, so thanks for reading!

Wickedly Yours,
Fran Friel

Horn Tooting, Dark Recesses PRINT, More One Last Song

Shameless Tootage
Before you completely forget about me, I thought I'd stop by with a little bloggin' to wet your whistle, or should I say, horn? Well, I'm tooting mine shamelessly, as I'm apt to do, so I beg your forgiveness.

Now with that sorry excuse for a disclaimer out of the way, my tootable items to share with you for the moment are a couple of lovely interviews. Firstly, I've become part of Heidi Ruby Miller's, Pick Six alumni, an honor for which I am most grateful.

You can find my Heidi's Pick Six interview HERE!

Secondly, the wonderful and talented author/publisher, Vince Liaguno, interviewed me for the Drawing First Blood: Interviews with Dark Genre Literature's Newest Talents section of Dark Scribe Magazine. If you haven't visited this excellent magazine, do yourself a favor and dig in. It's filled to the brim with great articles and interviews. Be sure to register, as well. It's FREE and registered readers will be privy to Members Only access pages.
Read My Drawing First Blood: Interview HERE!

Remember the One Last Song Blog?
CJ Hurtt and his accomplice, Shawn Richter have done it again. Many of you enjoyed the FREE read of the first issue of CJ's One Last Song from Brain Scan Comics, well, "One Last Song 2" has hit the cyberwaves and the shelves. If you'd like a FREE read of both One Last Song" Issue 1 AND Issue 2, get yourself on over to WOWIO and register (also FREE) and download CJ's latest. Your registration will also give you free access to the work of several other writer/artist teams, so go get 'em!

To The PRESS with Dark Recesses

That's right! Dark Recesses Press will find itself at the printers. The formerly online zine will be moving into the big leagues (where it belongs!) and becoming a print magazine.

From DRP publisher, Bailey Hunter:
"Dark Recesses Press has just finished up it's 2nd year as a PDF zine of Horror and Dark fiction, art, non-fiction and reviews. If you haven't had a chance to see what we are all about, the latest issue #8 is still available for free download from our site at darkrecesses.com "Come January, 2008 we will kick off our third year in print. We are now set up to take Pre-Orders and Subscriptions on the site at close to 15% off the regular cover price. We will be producing 2 printed issues / year along with a tri-annual scaled down version of the free PDF (this will not have the same content as the print issue). "The printed product will have a glossy full colour cover, be perfect bound with crisp, bright white smooth interior paper. There will be b/w and greyscale illustrations accompanying the stories."

To be eligible for the very reasonable reduced rate DRP subscription and to be a wonderfully awesome bonafide supporter of the small press, stop over at DRP soon and SUBSCRIBE or try before you buy and download a FREE PDF of Issue 6 HERE!

Well, I suppose that's enough lollygagging for me today. I hope you enjoy all the juicy reading! And in case I don't see you before next week, Happy Thanksgiving to all the folks in the US, and Happy November to the rest of your sweeties around the globe. Wherever you are, I give thanks for you!

Wickedly Yours,
Fran Friel

PS - Remember that little contest over at the HL Blog-O-Rama? Today's the last day for your chance to win some fine books - all you need to do is Subscribe to the HL Blog at MySpace. You'll find the detail HERE!