Category Archives: COFFIN HOP 2013

#CoffinHop finale, Happy Helloween and VIDEOS!

photo(3)A few Axel Howerton updates for ya… I submitted HOT SINATRA and my story 999 Problems (from Clones, Fairies and Monsters in the Closet) to the Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Awards. So pray for my doomed soul to get this one little win.


And don’t forget to pick up your copy of COFFIN HOP: DEATH BY DRIVE-IN, the little antho I put together featuring 20-some amazing #CoffinHop masters of dark fiction. This is not only the inaugural release from my new Coffin Hop Press, but ALL proceeds benefit global child literacy through the fabulous people at LitWorld

You can pick that wonderful tome up on Amazon for Kindle, Smashwords for every file type imaginable and beautiful paperback, for that freshly slaughtered nature feel.

Ahhhhhh Coffin Hop. My beautiful bouncing baby monster. Almost ready to be put to bed for another year, moldering in the boggy marshes of humanity’s dark nethers while you wait to tantalize, titillate and terrorize once more…

But not quite yet… We didn’t even get to my favorite part. Reposted videos! NOT SUITABLE FOR THE SQUEAMISH OR THE SENSITIVE OF HEARING (those opposed to excessive profanity)

First up, the all-time classic. I base most of my life on this one short piece of fackin’ beauty. I give you, once again, The Jack-Chop. Fackin’.

Next, let us enjoy this year’s 15th anniversary ArieScope Halloween special “Halloween Hugs”

And finally, on this years list. Check out the preview for our old pal Ryan Mowry’s new short “CLUSTER”. Ryan was the writer/director of the hilarious ABQ-set superhero homage DEFECTIVE MAN and here he gets a little more serious in dealing with the debilitating pain of chronic migraines

This short has been making the rounds at fests and, having seen the entire film, I can vouch for its disturbing visuals and powerful execution.

Check it out on YouTube and leave Ryan your thoughts and encouragement.

You can also fan the CLUSTER Facebook Page

And visit the team at SB Films

Now get to HALLOWEENIN’! And don’t forget to vote for the Coffin Hop Art Show and Death Poetry Jam contests, ONE lucky commenter from this past week (up to and including midnight tonight) will win the Big Damn Prize!  A full digital Axel Howerton library!

#CoffinHop Death Poetry Jam

Night Shade copy 2

**** I can’t decide. You are all freakin’ awesome. Drop me an email at and allayouse poetic maniacs win a copy of NIGHT SHADE for your Kindles.****



Alright. Let’s do this.

A couple days late, a few dollars short, and a whole big bag of kickass #CoffinHop posts bouncing around the internets, haunting your dreams and shaking your trees…

Today is the day. Dia De Los Muerte Poetic Jelly

Here’s how it works. This be a Death Poetry Jam… I’m gonna just slam out some poetic vibes on you right here. You leave me your own amazing poetry in the comments section (haiku, tanka, onomatopiea operatic, jailhouse knife taunt, electric boogaloo, hardcore rap throwdown, rural vista, iambic pentameter, Homeric Epic… whatever the funk moves you!)

I will pick (3) winners to receive Kindle copies of the incredible NIGHT SHADE volume 1, put together by the equally incredible Katie John (and also featuring work from our beloved Red Tash)

This lovely dark and terrible tome features two of my own dark poems, “Ghosts” and “Cold Sunrise”. Speaking of which, go visit Katie John on Dark Heart & Night Shade for a little blurb on yours truly! All part of the #CoffinHop fun.

And, as always, be sure to hit the list on WWW.COFFINHOP.COM to visit all 80-some members of the #CoffinHop Coven and get your spookarilla on!

Now here’s my 2013 #CoffinHop

“Death Sits Pretty On His Lips”

He sits forlorn

In painted rooms

That reek of rotting vermin

Sickly sweet

And tangy rose

Ballooning from within them

Lovers leave

And fathers bleed

Mothers cry forgotten sons

One last complaint

One kiss forgot

Dead eyes of Devil’s fortune

 – © Axel Howerton

So come up with something (take, say, 5 minutes) and post it in the comments and you could win NIGHT SHADE Vol. 1


Coffin Hop Art Show!

*****Well kids, I think what we have here is a five-way tie, since the votes weren’t left in the comments. But Cole JH (and his little brother The Bubser) broke the tie and both voted for Jo’s pumpkin family. So… JOANNA PARYPINSKI! COME ON DOWN! You win an autographed limited edition DEATH BY DRIVE-IN, “Hipster Leatherface” and a boatload of swag! Email me your current whereabouts and I’ll ship it out as soon as I find a suitable frame for Mr. Face.*****



This year we’re kicking off with a little art show.

So get to work on your brightest, boldest and bad-assinest  objet d’art and get ready to submit it to my #CoffinHop gallery right here on Make your beast and send me pictures by email with the subject line: ART SHOW to

Any kind of art, sculpture, fingerpaint, oils, acrylics, peanut-butter jelly on toast… doesn’t matter. I’ll make a gallery for the pics of all of your masterpieces and we will take votes-by-comment (obviously my own creations are precluded from winning, but you can still mock them freely). The winner-by-votes by October 31st gets an original Axel Howerton acrylic-on-canvass of themselves transformed into some horroriffic legend.  Maybe you’re a Norman-in-Drag, a Frankenstein’s Manservant, a hipster Leatherface, Mike Myers Micheal Myers, Fat Elvis or a hunchbacked Igor with a high heel fetish…

The winner of the art contest will also receive an autographed copy of DEATH BY DRIVE-IN!

Leave your comments to vote for the winner, and have a chance at winning the Grand Prize at the end of the week. Best commenter from all CH posts wins SWAG-O-RAMA!