The most wonderful time of the year! CLICK THE PIC for the COFFIN HOP LIST!

What, pray tell, is a Coffin Hop? You may well ask…

COFFIN HOP is a week long celebration of all things Horror. All things Literary. All things Hippity-Hoppity.

In short, it is a grand exultation of the Indie Horror Writing Community.

In more expansive terms, it is the week of October 24th – 31st, wherein a collective of sometimes hundreds of Independent Horror Writers, Artists and other Connoisseurs get together to make magic, share their wares, brighten the Autumnal Darkness and make you, the readers and visitors, a whole lot happier. This year there are more than 75 entrants (down a little from last year, but what we lack in quantity, we sure as hell make up for in quality) each of whom is offering up prizes, contests, freak shows, pumpkin carving contests, and all manner of craziness… all in the name of that most hallowed of eves. Click to go to the COFFINHOP.COM main page, where you will find an easily clickable list of everyone involved, kind of a HUB OF EXTREME MAGNIFICENCE, if you will… and visit back here as often as you can, as I am planning on having many tricks and treats over the next week.

For instance:

Saturday is MOVIE NIGHT! Drunken livetweeting with Scott S. Phillips (B-movie guru, author and filmmaker of Gimme Skelter and Stink of Flesh),  Viva Ramone! and anyone else who wants to get involved. We’ll be watching the classic 70’s horror-blaxploitation classic BLACKENSTEIN: THE BLACK FRANKENSTEIN, and watching it via YouTube so as to maximize the potential of many people watching the same bad movie at the same bad time.

Sunday is PumpkinPalooza!  Come back for a look at some badass Jack-O-Lantern craziness, including the yearly posting of the GREATEST HALLOWEEN VIDEO EVER MADE.

Tuesday is DEAD POETRY JAM! come back and comment with your work and one lucky Hopper will win not one, not two, but three incredible eBook collections of horror-themed poetry – Michelle Scalise’s The Manufacturer of Sorrow, Tom Picirilli’s Forgiving Judas, and Night Shade Vol. 1, put out by fellow Hoppers Katie M. John and Little Bird Publishing House (it also happens to feature a couple of my own dark poems.) I’ll also be talking about our own Kintsugi Poets Society, who may drop by with a few choice nuggets of poetic excellence.

Monday and Wednesday look for features and reviews on a couple of books by fellow hoppers.

And Friday, on the Very Big Day, I’ll be announcing a Grand Prize Winner for comments on AxelHow.Com throughout the week (the mystery swag bag… including an autographed copy of my Ellis Award-nominated and in no way horror-ific novel HOT SINATRA) and the Winner of the 2013 COFFIN HOP REAPER AWARD for Best Hopper (Author-Participant)

So stay tuned!

And, here’s an extra prize of ONE eBook copy of COFFIN HOP: DEATH BY DRIVE-IN for doing some silly shiznit and following internetz instructions:


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AND DON’T FORGET: The COFFIN HOP: DEATH BY DRIVE-IN anthology, which I spent two years putting together, is full of some of the greatest writers around, spinning Drive-In movie-inspired tales of terror and tittilation, and all proceeds go to the global literacy charity

COFFIN HOP tomorrow! LiveTweet of BLACKENSTEIN Saturday night!

The annual horrorfest known as COFFIN HOP begins tomorrow at sun-up and continues until the midnight hour of All Hallow’s Eve.

Come back in the AM for a full list of excitement happening here at and a link to the full list of Hoppers

But one thing I’ll give youa  little preview on, is this year’s MOVIE NIGHT livetweet with Scott S. Phillips (author, B-movie guru and maker of zombie classic STINK OF FLESH), El stinkador Viva Ramone!, and myself (along with anybody else that wants to play.

This year we’ll be watching the incredible blaxploitation horror flick



Which we will be viewing on the YouTube, round about 9PM MST on Saturday, October 25.

Join us with the hashtag #CoffinHop and follow us at




Anyone else who’d like to play along, let me know and we’ll add your name to the list before Saturday. Of course, any and all of you are more than welcome to watch along and enjoy the 140-character conversations. The flick can be found at

Axel Howerton interviewed at Ognian Georgiev’s Place

There’s a great new interview with me over at Ognian Georgiev’s space, wherein I talk about Hot Sinatra, and ruminate on my own work habits, publishing, Coffin Hop and my writing career in general.

Many thanks to Ognian, who is a journalist, sports writer and author in his own right. Check out his book The White Prisoner, all about Bulgarian Olympic weightlifting champion Galabin Boevski, who was caught with 9 kg of cocaine at the Sao Paulo airport, and sentenced to a decade in Brazillian prison. It is available on Amazon in print and eBook now.

Got How? Newsletter – October 2014

Got How?

October 2014

Thanks for signing up for all the latest news from the world of author, artist and dude Axel Howerton.

October is shaping up as a busy month, per usual. Not only is the annual Coffin Hop online author/arts event picking up steam, but I am appearing at Alberta Author Day at Pandora’s Boox & Tea in Olds, AB, as well as organizing the very first Noir at the Bar event for Calgary.

Noir at the Bar was started by Pete Rozovsky in Philadelphia back in June of 2008 with special guest Duane Swierczynski. Erstwhile crime fans and most excellent authors Scott Phillips (The Ice Harvest) and Jedidiah Ayres (Peckerwood) soon launched their own event in St. Louis, which subsequently took the Crime Fiction world by storm. They launched not one, but two anthologies of mad noir fiction, and brought the idea into the open, with events popping up across the US and all the way to London and Paris. Recently I heard that similar happenings were taking place in Ottawa and Toronto and decided, “Hey. F*** those guys. Anything T.O. can do, we can do equally well or marginally better”. So I floated the idea out to a few friendly writer-types here in YYC. With the help of the inimitable Jayne Barnard, former VP Prairies for the Crime Writers of Canada, we nailed down a venue and are now off to the races.

So if you live in and around Calgary, try to swing by Dickens Pub (1000 – 9 Ave SW) on October 14, round about 7:30PM. Booze, bullets and broads! Dark and delirious fiction, door prizes and a hell of a lot of fun.

As far as new titles go, I am currently working on three short stories and two novellas, mostly crime-ish. I’m also working on the Coffin Hop Press “Weird West” Anthology scheduled for February, which may feature such brilliant sonsabitches as Scott Phillips (the other Scott Phillips – Pete, Drinker of Blood), C. Courtney Joyner (Shotgun), Escoe Allen, C.W. LaSart, Grady Cole, and a magnificent tale of Prairie Psychosis from Rick Overwater (creator of the excellent comic Futility), among others.

I am vaguely hopeful that I may have a new Manlove & Kickerdick trick out for Coffin Hop, but only time will tell.

Til’ then, stay cool and write hot.










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