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Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014: The Gift of Reading

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Last week I suggested Roof Oasis by our own Marie Gilbert for the Biff Bam Pop! Holiday Gift Guide, but while Marie is one of our family here, she’s also part of another family of mine – the South Jersey Writers’ Group. They have books of their own I’d like to suggest for the Gift Guide as well. Meet me after the jump for the Gift of Reading.

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Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013–Every House Is Haunted By Ian Rogers

It’s the holiday season. It’s cold outside and the snow has piled up as high as the windowsill. Dinner has been finished, the table and plates cleaned, and, as the streetlights flicker on, you realize it’s the perfect time to curl up on the couch, under blankets, with a hot cup of black tea or Bailey’s-spiked coffee or dark hot chocolate, within arms reach. In your free hands is the perfect book for reading at this very moment in time.

The winter holidays, for all of their inherent joy and merriment, are also perfect days for the more mysterious, twisted and frightening sides of life. There’s a great heritage to holiday-based, horror-themed, story telling and reading. As you wrap yourself within the warm confines of your safe abode, it takes the collected short stories of author Ian Rogers to remind us that Every House Is Haunted.

Follow me after the jump and I’ll tell you about the gift you need to give (or give to yourself) this holiday season!

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Biff Bam Pop Holiday Gift Guide: Strange World: A Biff Bam Pop! Anthology

This holiday season, a lot of books are going to be given as gifts. Due to recent film releases, how many copies of Life of Pi, The Hobbit or Les Miserables are going to make their way under the tree? How many copies of <a-hem> Fifty Shades of Grey will be wrapped up with a red bow?

With the release of the iPad Mini, how many of those devices and other reading tablets will find themselves in the hands of readers with smiling faces by the 25th of this month? I’ll tell you the answer: lots.

Lots and lots and lots.

Well, we’ve got you covered at Biff Bam Pop! Books can be expensive and tablets need e-books to make them worthwhile. And if you haven’t already heard (or need to be reminded), our first short story anthology, Strange World: A Biff Bam Pop Short Story Anthology is waiting for you to gift to a loved one or yourself this holiday season!

You can read just how strange – and how cool – it is after the jump!

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Strange World: A Biff Bam Pop Short Story Anthology Now Available

A writer learns to craft a murder mystery the hard way. A trucker with a craving for coffee finds his family at the end of the highway. A couple faces the zombie apocalypse. Strange World: A Biff Bam Pop Short Story Anthology is the first short story anthology to be curated by the pop culture website Biff Bam Pop. It features previously unpublished works by various authors from across North America, and includes an introduction from New York Times bestsellng author Jonathan Maberry.

Strange World: A Biff Bam Pop Short Story Anthology is available exclusively from Kobo right here.

Featuring stories by:

Anne Michaud
Jason Shayer
Rathan Krueger
Andrew Burns
Jim Morris
David Sandford Ward
Glenn Walker
Kayla Tyson
Andre Narbonne
JG Chayko
Ken Haigh
Lucas Mangum
Ian Rogers

BIFF BAM POP! ANNOUNCES SEPTEMBER RELEASE FOR STRANGE WORLD SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY

eBook anthology to be released in the fall, featuring 13 unique horror, thriller and suspense stories, plus an intro by New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry.

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August 7, 2012, Toronto, ON – BIFF BAM POP! has announced a tentative September 2012 release date for the inaugural horror, thriller and suspense project, Strange World: A Biff Bam Pop Short Story Anthology. The collection will be released in eBook format with an introduction from horror icon Jonathan Maberry.

The book will include 13 “imagination altering” short stories, all sourced from the BIFF BAM POP! community of writers and readers. With the success of last year’s Biff Bam Boo comics collection, the team behind the BIFF BAM POP! culture outlet expect to find an even bigger audience with the Strange World anthology.

Featuring an introduction by multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry, Strange World: A Biff Bam Pop Short Story Anthology will also include the following authors and their stories: Read the rest of this entry

My Favourite Horror Film: Ian Rogers on how two particular musical notes keep him out of the water

I’ve been watching horror movies since I was… well, too young to be watching them. So coming up with my favourite is no easy feat. It’s like trying to decide which one of your kids you love the most. At best, I can tell you what my favourite horror movie is right now. Actually, it makes my top spot most days.

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Villains & Monsters Week – My Favourite Horror Villain: Ian Rogers on why he doesn’t go into the woods at night

Over the years we’ve seen all manner of movie monsters grace the silver screen. But when it comes to picking a personal favourite, I had to go with one you didn’t actually see.

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Stephen King Week: Ian Rogers on the scariest pronoun in horror literature: “IT”

When it comes to writing about an influential work of Stephen King, I think most people would probably end up choosing The Stand. As one of his most popular works, it’s the obvious choice. But for me, when it comes to the Stephen King book that entertained me the most as a reader, and influenced the most as a writer, I’d have to go with IT.

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H.P. Lovecraft Week: Ian Rogers on The Real Ghostbusters — The Collect Call of Cathulhu

My first exposure to H.P. Lovecraft didn’t come from his stories, but rather a cartoon that aired back in the 1980s called The Real Ghostbusters. This was, of course, an animated series based on the popular film about a band of ghost-hunters-for-hire operating out of an old firehall in New York City.

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