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About Sam Knight
A Colorado native, Sam Knight spent ten years in California's wine country before returning to the Rockies. When asked if he misses California he gets a wistful look in his eyes and replies he misses the green mountains in the winter, but he is glad to be back home.
His grandfather and mother are avid readers and Sam says his own passion started when he pressed his grandfather about what was so interesting. His grandfather handed him a book and he has been an avid reader ever since. He claims to have finished the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy in fourth grade and says he can still remember the look, feel, and smell of some of those early books. (He has been spotted sniffing books as he ruffles the pages.)
While doing research for a Western novel, Sam was not surprised to find out that, once upon a time, half of his family had been on the wrong side of the law. It stands to reason that when your great-great-grandfather was a marshal in Cripple Creek, Colorado, someone in the family had to be a horse thief. Sam was, however, surprised to find the family name had originally been McKnight and that the thieves had taken the 'Mc' part of the name with them. (Or the lawmen let them have it to distance themselves from that side of the family.) Having served a stint working in a correctional facility, he has often wondered if being a lawman runs in the blood. His great grandfather upheld the law in Mooreland, OK, as well as Springfield and Florence CO, among other places, with his grandfather occasionally deputized to assist.
When asked why he would want to become a writer, Sam recounts a time when he was in fifth grade. Illness stuck him in bed for two weeks with only books for companions. (This was a bit before video game phone implants were in common use.) He burned through the Xanth trilogy (back before it expanded into thirty some books), the Riddle of Stars trilogy, a couple of John Carter of Mars books, and several Pip and Flinx novels, relishing the moments when he would become so engrossed he would forget the ills of the physical. A thought floated through his mind at that time, about being able to return the favor to the authors who were providing so much to him. That thought never left and now he sincerely hopes anyone picking up one his stories can find something they were looking for.
As well having been Distribution Manager for WordFire Press, Senior Editor for Villainous Press, and doing miscellaneous things for various other small publishers, Sam is the author of six children’s books, four short story collections, three novels, and over five dozen short stories, including two media tie-ins: a Planet of the Apes story and a Wayward Pines story, both co-authored with Kevin J. Anderson. In 2017, based upon his experiences curating and editing five anthologies and numerous other stories, as well as being involved in the publication of over 400 titles in some way, Sam released Blood from Your Own Pen: A Practical Guide on Self-Editing and Common Mistakes.
Drop in and see what he is up to at SamKnight.com. If you have something you want to say, leave a comment, or contact him at Sam@SamKnight.com.
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Tis the Season for 14 magical, macabre and merry tales to make your Holidays Fantastic.
Gingerbread houses, caroling carolers, brightly trimmed trees, big family dinners, pristine snowfalls-the familiar pleasures of the season.
But what better pleasure is there than a good holiday story? So open this winter solstice sampler and indulge in fully festive fantasies, nightmares before Christmas, and stunning space-age celebrations. These stories will warm hearts and minds like a blazing Yule log.
Fantastic Holiday Stories by Kevin J. Anderson, Mercedes Lackey, Mike Resnick, Kristine Rusch, Jonathan Maberry, Eric James Stone, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Quincy J. Allen, Ken Scholes, Sam Knight, David Boop, Heather Graham, Brad R. Torgersen, and Patricia Briggs.
Come visit the Old West, the land where gang initiations, ride-by shootings and territory disputes got their start. But these tales aren’t the ones your grandpappy spun around a campfire, unless he spoke of soul-sucking ghosts, steam-powered demons and wayward aliens.
Here then are seventeen stories that breathe new life in the Old West. Among them: Larry Correia explores the roots of his best-selling Monster Hunter International series in "Bubba Shackleford’s Professional Monster Killers." Jim Butcher reveals the origin of one of the Dresden Files' most popular characters in "Fistful of Warlock." And Kevin J. Anderson's Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I., finds himself in a showdown in "High Midnight." Plus stories from Alan Dean Foster, Sarah A. Hoyt, Jody Lynn Nye, Michael A. Stackpole, and many more.
This is a new Old West and you’ll be lucky to get outta town alive!
Jody Lynn Nye
Robert E. Vardeman
Michael A. Stackpole
Bryan Thomas Schmidt & Ken Scholes
Sarah A. Hoyt
Alan Dean Foster
David Lee Summers
Kevin J. Anderson
Naomi Brett Rourke
Peter J. Wacks
At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
David Boop is an award-winning essayist, recent Summa Cum Laude in creative writing (earned for a weird western piece) and former acquisition editor for both Flying Pen Press and Lifevest Publishing. David has been a journalist, actor, disc jockey and stand-up comedian. He’s published across several genres, but specializes in weird westerns. Additionally, David has done media tie-in work for the Green Hornet, Veronica Mars and the pulp hero the Black Bat (heavily disputed inspiration for Batman). He’s collaborated with Kevin J. Anderson, the late C.J. Henderson, Peter J. Wacks and Josh Vogt. He is a member of the Western Writers of America, the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers, the Horror Writers Association and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
In Churl Yo offers a Bradburyesque sci-fi take on the Gothic, Alethea Kontis also chooses sci-fi in her tale of a futuristic medical procedure gone awry, John Ohno brings a classic governess-arrives-and-things-go-bad story, Jim Towns sets his story in 1972 with his movie-world horror tale, Amanda DeWees has a Gothic tale with an ingenious and tech-savvy female,
Jeremiah Dylan Cook gives us a mysterious mansion–and sexy maybe–ghost, Leanna Renee Hieber brings us a ballad-like ghost origin story, Rob Nisbet makes a Lovecraft story out of Lovecraft himself, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam comes to us with a ghost story of a house with its own ideas, Jason Henderson brings the beginning of a serialized story about an expedition into the fabled and haunted House of Usher, Charles R. Rutledge returns with a Carter Decamp psychic mystery, Henry Herz turns to folklore with his tale of a supernatural being wreaking vengeance on Scottish shores, Tony Jones spins us in the direction of violent, supernatural creatures with a taste for the nightlife, Michael Aronovitz weaves a tale about a person coming to terms with what it takes to escape an attic, Sam Knight perfectly evokes the smells and textures of life at an orchard, and Scott Pearson returns us once again to the contemporary era with his feminist commentary on the Modern Gothic.
The collection features stories from David Bowles, Jo Whittemore, Sam Knight, Michael Aronovitz, Alethea Kontis, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Leanna Renee Hieber, John Peel, P.J. Hoover, Drew Wolle, David P. Geister, Jason Henderson, In Churl Yo, and Rob Nisbet.
Winner of the 2021 Colorado Book Award!
Lights! Camera! Monsters?
Sometimes you go to the movies. And sometimes, the movies--and their monsters--come to you. At any moment, without notice, monsters once relegated to the screen become a reality. Aliens and demons, dragons and ghosts, werewolves, vampires, zombies, and seemingly ordinary people who are just plain evil.
Join award-winning authors Jonathan Maberry, Fran Wilde, David Gerrold, Rick Wilber and others for 23 all-new tales of haunted theaters, video gods, formidable demons, alien pizza, and delirious actors. Each story takes you to the silver screen with monstrous results.
Funny or grim, unsettling or cozy... You'll laugh! You'll sigh! You'll scream!
Grab some popcorn—and good running shoes—and enjoy the show!
"The authors' palpable love of supernatural cinema is infectious; horror fans won't want to put this down."—Publishers Weekly
... Two young lovers and the hand that plays them
... A man trapped with an unwholesome companion uncovers the secret of a cosmic struggle
... A professor and his protégé find themselves pawns on an ancient chessboard
... A young Soviet boy’s chess match holds the fate of his nation in the balance
... A battered woman seeks safety in a shelter, only to find there might be no safety anywhere
Let these five guides to the grotesque lead you into the dank depths of their imagination ... where the monsters lurk.
Dan Abnett • Kevin J. Anderson • Jim Beard • Nancy Collins
Greg Cox • Andrew E.C. Gaska • Robert Greenberger
Rich Handley • Greg Keyes • Sam Knight • Paul Kupperberg
Jonathan Maberry • Bob Mayer • John Jackson Miller
Ty Templeton • Will Murray • Dayton Ward
Each explores a different drama within the post-apocalyptic world, treating readers to unique visions and nonstop action.
Raise a glass in a toast to Edgar Allan Poe with this jam-packed gothic anthology, including 12 themed issues containing 48 short stories and 7 poems from 55 masterful weavers of gothic fiction.
Take a tour through Poe’s Baltimore home, experience “The Tell-Tale Heart” through the old man’s eyes, go corporate at Raven Corp., witness “The Fall of the House of Usher” from the perspective of a hidden Usher sibling, and much more.
Included within the Love Letters to Poe anthology are:
- Issue 1: A Toast to Edgar Allan Poe
- Issue 2: Blood is Thicker
- Issue 3: Disciplines & Darkness
- Issue 4: Everlasting Life
- Issue 5: Memento Amori
- Issue 6: Modern Gothic
- Issue 7: Poe Reimagined
- Issue 8: Midwestern & Southern Gothic
- Issue 9: Your Body is a Canvas
- Issue 10: Weep for Me
- Issue 11: Parenthood
- Issue 12: Don’t Look Behind You
Don’t miss the award-nominated stories “The Heart of Alderman Kane” by Eleanor Sciolistein and “Midnight Rider” by Melanie Cossey, both nominees for Poe Baltimore’s Saturday ‘Visiter’ Awards.
Curl up with Love Letters to Poe and enjoy these haunting tales!
Including stories by: Cayleigh Hickey, Aaron Michael Ritchey, J.M. Franklin, Gerry Huntman, Laura Givens, Keith Good, Quincy J. Allen, David Boop, Vivian Caethe, Aaron Spriggs, David W. Landrum, Sam Knight, Mike Cervantes, and Jonathan D. Beer.