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About E.C. Hanson
E. C. Hanson earned his MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU and was the recipient of an “Outstanding Writing For The Screen” certificate.
His work has been published by Smith & Kraus and Applause Books in 8 play anthologies. More than 35 of his short plays have been developed and produced in the United States.
His fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Ghost Orchid Press, Horror Oasis, Collective Tales, Curious Blue Press, Trembling With Fear, The Parliament House, Stranger with Friction, and Versification Publishing House. His debut horror collection, ALL THINGS DEADLY (Salem Stories), was released by D&T Publishing in 2021. His novella, WICKED BLOOD, will be released in 2022.
As an educator, Hanson has taught undergraduate and graduate-level English courses at Sacred Heart University.
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Renowned editor Lawrence Harbison brings together approximately one hundred never-before-published men’s monologues for actors to use for auditions and in class, all from recently produced plays. The selections include monologues from plays by both well-known playwrights such as Don Nigro, Theresa Rebeck, Rob Ackerman, Len Jenkin, Stephen Belber, and Tim Blake Nelson, and future stars such as David MacGregor, Reina Hardy, Chris Daftsios, Frank Basloe, and Will Arbery.
There are terrific comic and dramatic pieces, and all represent the best of contemporary playwriting. This collection is an invaluable resource for aspiring actors hoping to ace their auditions and impress directors and teachers with contemporary pieces.
(from the preface)
The most accessible of supernatural entities, arguably even more so than ghosts, the witch is a wildflower, ready to thrive anywhere she chooses to take root.
She might be a force of nature, a mother, a maiden, a crone. Or she might not be a she at all, manifesting instead as a non-binary person, or a young boy looking to understand how he fits in in a man’s world. She is the knowing outsider, the cunning killer, the healing center, the avenger of the disenfranchised, and patriarchy’s perennial scapegoat.
Sometimes she acts as a window on other realities. Sometimes she stands as the dam holding these alien realities back.
In this volume, she’s dug her roots deep into the soil of the American Southeast. Here, you’ll find Baba Yaga reimagined as a Southern socialite, Kentucky granny witches, Texas water witches, Tennessee tricksters, North Carolina guardians, Georgia killers, Mississippi virgins, and Louisiana whores.
This collection is a love letter to the witch, in all her glorious and fearsome incarnations, because—you have to admit—even when she’s wicked, she’s still damned good.
Featuring stories by Lucy Bennett-Gray, Keily Blair, R. A. Busby, Rachel Coffman, Amanda Crum, Indigo Giordana-Altú , James Allen Grady, E.C. Hanson, G. Lloyd Helm, Rowan Hill, Valerie Hunter, Ruthann Jagge, Peter Lundt, Rod Martinez, Louise Pieper, Linday Pugh, Rie Sheridan Rose, Angela M. Sanders, Joe Scipione, J.J. Smith, Nathan Leigh Taylor, Lamont A. Turner, & B.F. Vega.
Some of the stories in this collection include elements of violence, violence against children, sexual assault, consensual sex, and profanity. It is a book about witches after all.
PRAISE FOR "GOOD SOUTHERN WITCHES"
"Like any successful conjuring brew, GOOD SOUTHERN WITCHES is that precise mélange of carefully-curated anthology ingredients: powerful tales, enduring voices, and enchantments of the darkest desires. Stir and serve freely upon devotees of macabre imagination."
—Eric J. Guignard, award-winning author and editor, including "That Which Grows Wild" and "Doorways to the Deadeye"
"Who knew there was so much old magic buried in the red dirt of America's South? If you like spellbinding tales of powerful women and dark witchery, then this brew's for you."
—Lisa Morton, author of "Calling the Spirits: A History of Seances"
a former paranormal investigator, never intended to visit again. But his teenage daughter is
troubled and shows early signs of self-harm. Can the trip save their fractured relationship? Only
time, and a haunted house, will tell.
ALL THINGS DEADLY (Salem Stories) is Hanson’s debut horror collection. Surrounding the
Frost storyline is a series of tales that utilize the coastal city to ratchet up the chills. Read if you
“Hanson hits that sweet spot in horror between the terror of the everyday and the dark side of humanity lurking just below the surface. You want stories that’ll creep you out? Make you feel dirty? Maybe even make you chuckle? You’ve come to the right place.”
- Robert P. Ottone, author of Her Infernal Name & Other Nightmares
Who doesn’t love a good horror with some great character development and unsettling scenes? Hanson is a fantastic author who will keep you on your toes until the very end.
- Elizabeth Suggs, editor and one of the authors to Collective Darkness and popular bookstagramer
E.C. Hanson directs the reader with his crisp, sometimes shocking writing- style, as the Frost
family, desperate for answers, makes their way back to the city where terror lives forever.
A Five Star read from a fresh voice in horror, inviting us to buckle up and come along for a hell
of a ride!
Ruthann Jagge, author of “The New Girls’ Patient.”
Deluxe Darkness is the combination of Collective Darkness, Little Darkness, and The Darkness Between, plus two exclusive bonus stories.
Collective Darkness is an Amazon bestselling horror anthology, which features twelve unique tales of the macabre.
Little Darkness continues the terror with eight bite-size stories and one poem from some of the most popular Collective Darkness authors.
The Darkness Between offers nearly two dozen dark works from new and returning authors. This collection includes poetry, flash fiction, and short stories.
"I want to say how impressed I am with the sense of community in this book... it really mixes so many styles together." - Hatchetface, Absolute Underground
Abi Marie Palmer, Adrian David, Alex Shenstone, Alexis DuBon, Alice Mae Jameson, Anastasia Garcia, Andrew McDonald, April Yates, Ashley Hawk, Belicia Rhea, Blaise Langlois, Blen Mesfin, Brandon Applegate, Brianna Malotke, Brooke Percy, C. A. Chesse, C.J. Dotson, Caitlin Marceau, Caity Scott, Cara Mast, Carla Eliot, Caytlyn Brooke, Clarabelle Miray Fields, Clay F. Johnson, Clint White, Cody Mower, Collin Yeoh, Cristina Dos Santos, Dale Parnell, E.C. Hanson, Elizabeth Eckstein, Emerian Rich, Emma E. Murray, Emma K. Leadley, Emma Kathryn, Eric Fomley, Fliss Zakaszewska, Fusako Ohki, Georgia Cook, Hazel Ragaire, Helen M. Merrick, Ian A. Bain, Isaac Menuza, J.A. McCready, J.C. Robinson, James Dick, Jameson Grey, Joe Haward, Josh Sippie, K.J. Watson, K.L. Lord, K.M. Bennett, Kathryn Bea, Katie Young, Kristin Cleaveland, Kyle McHugh, Laura Keating, Laura Shenton, L.W. Blackwood, Mackenzie Hurlbert, Marc Sorondo, Maria Ann Green, Marisca Pichette, Melissa Rose Rogers, Micah Castle, Mike Murphy, Nico Bell, Nikki R. Leigh, Patrick Barb, Philine Schiller, Renata Pavrey, Richard Martin, Russell Nichols, S. J. Wilkes, Sean Reardon, Stephen Johnson, Steve Neal, T.L. Spezia, Thomas E. Staples, Toshiya Kamei, Vivian Kasley, Waverly X Night, Wren Andrea, Yukari Kousaka, Yuki Fuwa
Along with contemporary works by both new and established playwrights, editors Capecci and Ziegler have gathered historical examples-such as those of the Italian Futurists and an early playlist by Thornton Wilder-and they offer useful tips for the study and performance of these brief and bright works.
"They were pioneers in the most glamorous business in the world, and you only know half of their story. Playbills To Photoplays reveals colorful episodes in the lives of the stars before they became stars. Everyone saw them, but few knew where they came from. This collection of essays follows some of the most famous names in show business from Vaudeville and Broadway to Hollywood, revealing a part of their lives that movie historians have neglected -- until now. I think this book is terrific. It's a must read for any fan of the silver screen, and the days when movie stars were real stars."
- Morgan Loew, great-grandson of Adolph Zukor, founder, Paramount Pictures,
and Marcus Loew, founder, Loews Theaters and MGM.
"Ms. Loew's choice of performers to write about is amazingly diverse and fascinating, from character actors like Conrad Veidt to major stars like Katharine Hepburn. She has written a most compelling book about their transitions from stage to film... many of the stories new to me. Wonderful!"
- Joan Benny, daughter of comedian, Jack Benny, one of America's greatest entertainment icons
of the 20th century, whose career included vaudeville, radio, movies and television.
"A nice compilation of essays on film stars who made the transition from the stage to early talkies with essays on Al Jolson, Mae West, Eddie Cantor, Harpo Marx, Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, Charley Grapewin, Ed Wynn, and the Morgans (Frank and Ralph). Some essays were much better than others - I loved the one on the Morgans, Burns and Allen, Harpo Marx, and Katharine Hepburn... I would highly recommend the book as it gives you a good idea what vaudeville and the Broadway stage was like in the early 20's and what it was about these stars that allowed them to make the transition."
"....big stars as well as a raft of character actors, and decorated with dozens of striking photos...perceptive close-ups
that make for vibrant film criticism...engaging profiles of Old Hollywood icons..."
"Performers attempting to breakthrough will find this book inspirational!"
- An Aspiring Actor
Motion pictures with recorded sound --known as "talking pictures", or "talkies"--signaled the end of silent films and created some of the greatest entertainment icons of the twentieth century. Playbills To Photoplays: Stage Performers Who Pioneered the Talkies introduces a new generation to the real life struggles and careers of talented, hard working, early twentieth century vaudeville and stage entertainers who migrated to sound film. Twenty-eight essays and over one hundred photographs examine the actors before, during, and after the revolutionary new sound film technology catapulted many of them to superstardom during Hollywood's Golden Age. Playbills To Photoplays: Stage Performers Who Pioneered the Talkies explains the social, political, economic, historical, and cultural issues that shaped each performer's body of work, acting technique, persona, and public following over time.