Saturday, May 10, 2014

Ladies & Gentleman, Let the Bidding Begin! : The Helping the Hoss Benefit Book Auction for James Newman begins Sunday, May 11th!

As some of you folks may know, I've been putting together a benefit book auction to help raise money for James Newman and his family, to help out with medical expenses, loss of wages due to James inability to work, and household bills. After several weeks of contacting and talking with some of the major authors and publishers in the horror fiction industry, our benefit book auction is about ready to get off the ground. Stacks upon stacks of beautiful books signed by some of your favorite authors in the horror genre are sitting here in the Kelly living room, waiting their turn to be listed on eBay May 11th through the 17th.

If you haven't heard the entire story, here it is. On April 27th , while on a biking trip with his wife Glenda and their two sons, James and his family were relaxing at a table in a picnic area of Sycamore Flats in Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina,  when a heavy limb fell from a tree and struck James, causing several debilitating injuries, including four fractured vertebrae in his back and several severe fractures in his left arm. James has had extensive surgery to his arm (which implemented multiple plates and pins) and is wearing a back brace to stabilize his injured spine during the healing process. He will be unable to work for an indefinite period of time and faces months of painful physical therapy. 

James is one of the top authors in the horror genre and is well respected and loved by his peers, readers, and fans. He is also a dear and loyal friend to just about anyone who has crossed his path, professionally or privately. Ol' Hoss (as
I'm fond of calling him) has been a good friend of mine since we became acquainted following my return to horror in 2006. So when I heard what had happened to him, I tell you, I was nearly sick to my soul. After the initial shock passed, I knew that I had to lend a hand any way that I could. So I knocked on some doors (some of them mighty big) and solicited for donations of signed books, then organized this series of horror book auctions to raise funds for James and his family. Day after day, boxes and padded envelopes of books by some of the horror genre's leading authors and publishers began to show up on my doorstep, for which I'm humbly grateful. The horror community has a huge heart, folks; when one of their number falls upon hard times, they are always there to lend a hand any way possible. They go above and beyond the call of duty, with no questions asked.

So far we have 55 signed books written by the likes of Stephen King, Joe R. Lansdale, Robert McCammon, F. Paul Wilson, Graham Masterson, and dozens of others. Now it's time to offer these beautiful tomes full of weird and macabre story-telling goodness to the horror fans who support us and give us the encouragement to keep doing what we do best: scare the living crap out of you!

The Help the Hoss Benefit Book Auction for James Newman will be split into four days of auction listings: May 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th. Each book will be listed individually for a duration of 3 days (to give folks time to transfer funds to PayPal if necessary), which will make their auctions end on May 14th, 15th, 16th, and 17th. If items are not bid on, we will extend the auctions a few days more, relisting the books or combining them in multiple-book sets.

We have autographed books coming in every day, but as of tonight, this is what we have scheduled for the nights of May 11 through 14:

May 11th

The Hunter from the Woods - Robert McCammon
Grimm Awakenings - Bryan Smith
Lesser Creatures - Peter Giglio
The Burden of Indigo - Gene O'Neill
Vector Borne - Michael McBride
December Park - Ronald Malfi
Restless Shadows (slipcased) - Ronald Kelly
Blood Red - James A. Moore
Scratch (remarque by the artist) - Brian Keene
Ugly as Sin - James Newman
The Summer of Winters - Mark Allan Gunnells
Coldbrook - Tim Lebbon
Specters in Coal Dust - signed by Brian J. Hatcher & Ronald Kelly
Legends of the Mountain State 3 - signed by Brian J. Hatcher
Screaming to Get Out - J.F. Gonzalez
The Wicked - James Newman

May 12th

Two Bear Mambo - Joe R. Lansdale
The Lurkers - Kristopher Rufty
Revival House - S.S. Michaels
Dreams in Black and White - John R. Little
Father Gaetano's Puppet Catechism - Christopher Golden
World of Hurt (slipcased edition) - Brian Hodge
The Dark'Un - Ronald Kelly
Clickers - J.F. Gonzalez & Mark Williams
The Painted Man - Graham Masterson
The Wicked - James Newman
666 Hair-Raising Horror Movie Trivia - James Newman
Return of the Mothman - Michael Knost
Permuted Press / set of three trade paperbacks

May 13th

Soft and Others - F. Paul Wilson
The Late Night Horror Show - Bryan Smith
After the Burn - Ronald Kelly
Back Roads and Frontal Lobes - Brady Allen
New Dark Voices - Gene O'Neill
The Haunted Forest Tour - Jeff Strand & James A. Moore
A Soul in a Bottle - Tim Powers
The Forum - James Newman
Burial Ground - Michael McBride
Invisible Fences - Norman Prentiss
Seal Team 666 - Weston Ochse

May 14th

The Shining (deluxe slipcased) - Stephen King
Stealing Night - Peter Giglio
The Way of the Flesh - Tim Waggoner
Murder at PK's - Roger Dale Trexler
Pitfall - Ronald Kelly
Clickers / Downward Spiral - J.F. Gonzalez
Animosity - James Newman
People are Strange - James Newman
Missile Gap - Charles Stross
Permuted Press 3 trade paperback set
3 signed book set by Brian J. Hatcher

Of course there will be more coming in as the week progresses (out of 50 contributors who have pledged books, 22 are still in the process of sending their donations), so the four lists above will grow by several authors every day, so keep your eyes peeled for changing developments.

As with every benefit event there are certain rules and conditions, which I will list below:

1. Each auction will be three-days in duration, to give everyone sufficient time to participate and transfer funds to PayPal if necessary.

2. Bidding will be limited to residents of the United States. We would love to include Canada and International bidding, but the expensive postage and chance of damage during shipments outside the US makes doing so more risky and time-consuming. I sincerely apologize for this exclusion in advance.

3. After each individual auction ends, the winning bidder will be expected to make payment, via PayPal, within three days from the ending time (immediately after winning the item is preferred). Upon payment, the money will be automatically transferred to the Newman family.

4. Shipping of the item will be made by Media Mail through the United States Postal Service, unless the bidder specifically requests First Class or Priority Mail and pays for those charges. Slipcased editions will automatically be tagged with First Class shipping in their individual auctions to expedite swiftly and prevent damage in transit.

5. All sales are final and there will be no refunds.

As well as the book auction, we are also taking monetary donations for James and the Newman family. If you desire to contribute in that manner, you can contact me here.

I hope you'll stop on by at eBay and check out the benefit auctions going on during the week of May 11th through 17th. I'll be providing links on my Facebook page and feed, as well as on Twitter, the Cemetery Dance Forum,, and of course here at Southern-Fried & Horrified. Maybe you'll find some rare and incredible signed books to beef up your bookcase... and have the opportunity to help a good man and his family through a difficult time in the process.

See y'all there!



well was looking at ebay & can't find the benefit auction any where ?? my name is matt James knows me as mentllmat on the horror mansion need the link 4 ebay & or the link 4 donations trying to get the ball rolling on the ?? just don't have the links to help ??

Ronald Kelly said...

Hey Matt... I'll start the auction in 25 minutes and I'll post the link to my eBay feed here then. Also folks can make monetary donations by contacting me at
Thanks for your help!