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"Manuscripts don't burn"
- Mikhail Bulgakov

Hi, I'm horror and science fiction author Steve Kozeniewski (pronounced: "causin' ooze key.") Welcome to my blog! You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Amazon. You can e-mail me here, join my mailing list here, or request an e-autograph here. Free on this site you can listen to me recite one of my own short works, "The Thing Under the Bed."

Friday, January 31, 2020

FarPoint or Bust!

Hey, everybody!  In three weeks I'm going to be hip-deep into Women in Horror Month, so here's an early heads-up about my first public appearance of the year.  I'm delighted to be returning to FarPoint in Hunt Valley, MD February 21-23

Farpoint 27 – February 21-23, 2020, Delta Hotel by Marriott, Hunt Valley, MD

The convention will take place at:

Delta Hotel by Marriott
245 Shawan Road
Hunt Valley, MD 21031

I'll be appearing on several panels, but won't be tabling this year, so if you're interested in a signature or book, catch me after a panel or if you just see me around the con.  Hope to see you then!

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Looking Back: Women in Horror Month 2019 (Redirect)

Hey, everybody!  As we gear up for February, one of the most important months in the horror calendar, let's take a look back at last year's Manuscripts Burn Women in Horror Month Extravaganza. I mentioned this over on the group blog, but here are the links as well.  Enjoy!

Sadie Hartmann

Mary Fan

Stephanie Wytovich

Elizabeth Massie

Catherine Cavendish

Gemma Files

Ania Ahlborn

Kelli Owen

Tlotlo Tsamaase

Kristi DeMeester

Christina Sng

Yvonne Navarro

Nadia Bulkin

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

2020 Appearances

Hey all!

Here is my schedule of appearances for 2020.  As changes occur, I will update this page, so be sure to check back often.  Events in red have occurred in the past.

If you'd like me to make an appearance at a convention, signing, or other event you're organizing or attending, feel free to contact me and we'll discuss it. Most events in Baltimore or Philadelphia are a slam dunk for me to attend, but I'll consider travelling if invited.

Farpoint 27
Dates: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday February 21-23
Delta Hotel by Marriott
245 Shawan Road
Hunt Valley, MD 21031

Friday 6:00 pm - Salon C - "How To Write Satisfying Endings"
Friday 10:00 PM - Hunt Valley Foyer - Book Fair

Saturday 10:00 AM - Salon D - "Using Social Media Effectively" (M)
Saturday 12:00 noon - Author Autograph 1 - Autograph session (with Phil Giunta)

Sunday 11:00 AM - Salon A - "The Orville Ups The Ante"
Sunday 12:00 noon - Salon C - "Indie Publishing 101" (M)

Scares That Care Charity Weekend VII
Dates: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday July 31-August 2
Double Tree by Hilton
50 Kingsmill Road
Williamsburg, Virginia, 23185.
Panels:  TBD

KillerCon III
Dates: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday August 7-9
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin Northwest Arboretum
8901 Business Park Dr
Austin, TX 78759
Panels:  TBD

Friday, January 17, 2020

2019 Splatterpunk Award Nominations

Hey, everybody!

In two weeks nominations for the Splatterpunk Awards close.  It's a big, exciting field this year, so I'll just suffice it to let you, dear readers, know what I'm eligible for and leave the rest with you.  If you do feel anything I've done this year is worthy, you can e-mail by January 31st with your nominations.

Best Novella


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Best Anthology


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Best Short Story:

"A Strong Man's House" by Stephen Kozeniewski from THE BIG BOOK OF BLASPHEMY
"The Suffering City" by Stephen Kozeniewski from the "Laughter" Kickstarter

Other recommendations:

You can only nominate one work in each category, but here are my recommendations for some categories I'm not eligible in.

Best Novel - CATFISH IN THE CRADLE by Wile E. Young, THE DARK GAME by Jonathan Janz, TAPETUM LUCIDUM by the Sisters of Slaughter, RECEPTION by Kenzie Jennings, HAG WITCH OF TRIPP CREEK by Somer Canon
Best Collection - RESISTING MADNESS by Wesley Southard

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

2019 in Retrospect

Hey everybody!

I'm a little slow getting around to this, but one of my favorite things about the new year is taking stock of the old year.  We can get into a rut, forgetting that, while we may just be hauling buckets of dirt day after day, in their aggregate, those buckets form a mountain.

So, to make myself feel better, and to remind you all to stop and take stock yourselves, here are my accomplishments from 2019:

1.)  Podcast Appearances

- Horror Metal Cast
- Necrocasticon
- Matters of Faith
- Unnerving Podcast
- The Horror Show with Brian Keene

2.)  Personal Appearances

- Farpoint
- White Rose Comic Con
- Scares That Care
- Killercon
- Harriburg Comic and Pop Con
- Signing at 2nd and Charles in Harrisburg.

3.)  Publications

- SKINWRAPPER (English version)
- HUNTER OF THE DEAD (hardback limited edition)
- THE HEMATOPHAGES (hardback limited edition)
- BRAINEATER JONES (Author's Preferred Edition)
- 100 WORD HORRORS PART 2 featuring my drabble "Clockwork Offal"
- THE BIG BOOK OF BLASPHEMY featuring my short story "A Strong Man's House"
- "The Suffering City" (short in support of "Laughter" Kickstarter)

4.)  First Screenwriting Credit

- "Welcome to Daisyland," Episode 2: "The Voice"

5.)  First Foreign Sales

- THE HEMATOPHAGES (Italian version)
- SKINWRAPPER (Italian version)

Interestingly, for a few months in 2019 SKINWRAPPER was available in Italian only.  Fans would have to wait until August for the English release, and I delighted in reminding them of it.

6.)  Completed Works

- "Rotten Kingdom," Issue 1

7.)  Sold THE PERFECTLY FINE HOUSE to Grindhouse Press

8.)  Tapped to write the CLICKERS reboot

9.)  Created my Literary Estate

It sometimes sounds grim, but preparing for the future is tough.  I'm glad I finally did it.  Make sure you do, too, if you haven't already.

10.)  Won NaNoWriMo for the 11th year in a row

11.)  Lost my Agent

Yes, this can sound like a bad thing, but the breakup was entirely amicable.  Having an agent convinced me my work was good enough for the big time, and the surprisingly positive rejections we received convinced me doubly so.

12.)  Hired my First PA

Something I've been wanting to do for a long time.  I'm glad I finally pulled the trigger.  Jess was a godsend, and here all too briefly.

13.)  Bought a small business

Although it has nothing to do with my writing career, the elephant in the room can't be ignored.  Looking back now, I'm shocked I managed to accomplish all this other stuff while simultaneously standing up a balloon shop.

And now that I've actually finished that post, as always, I'm shocked at how much I accomplish in any given year.  It really doesn't feel like that.  If you had asked me without looking back, I would have said, "Nothing.  All I did was publish one novella."  But, really, it was quite a bit!

What about you, dear readers?  What did you accomplish in 2019
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