My First Editing Gig: The Blind Dead Ride Out of Hell

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When I first started putting my writing out there a few years ago, I never imagined all the cool, fun, fascinating anthologies I’d have a chance to work on. In all that time, though, I’ve only worked on them in a writing capacity; I’ve never been on the other side of the equation, the editorial side.

At least, not until now.

See, I was talking to writer, editor, St. Rooster Books founder, and all-around good guy Tim Murr on Facebook one day when I mentioned my interest in someday giving editing a try. To my surprise, Murr offered me a chance to co-edit a new anthology he was working on and, after much hemming and hawing on my part, I happily signed on.

That anthology, The Blind Dead Ride Out of Hell, is now available on Amazon.com. A literary tribute to Spanish filmmaker Amando de Ossorio’s Blind Dead quadrilogy, the book features original stories by Paul Lubaczewski, Sam Richard, Heather Drain, Mark Zirbel, and Jeremy Lowe, plus an introduction by Jerome Reuter of Diabolique Magazine, a new essay on the film series by Murr, and a parting afterword by yours truly.

As much as I would love to take credit for this project, the truth is that The Blind Dead Ride Out of Hell is first and foremost Murr’s baby. Everything good about this book is a direct result of his hard work, and anything bad about it is a direct result of my own inexperience. I am very grateful to have been a part of this project and I sincerely hope it’s just the first of many anthologies where my firm and toned butt is planted squarely in the editor’s seat.

P.S. If you’re unfamiliar with the Blind Dead films, check out the trailer for the first in the series, Tombs of the Blind Dead, below. Chock full of Satanic rituals, horseback-riding ghouls, funereal atmospherics, and stylish ’70s fashions, it’s not hard to see why I love these movies so very, very much.