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Howard Hopkins

Howard knew he'd have to write a western the moment a horse bit him in the britches...

"Twenty-eight western novels later," says the author, with a mischievous glint in his eye, "I still have no idea why that particular horse nipped me, but I'm sure thankful for it!"

The incident inspired a number of reviewer-acclaimed horror novels as well. Besides writing 28 print westerns for Robert Hale, LTD under the Lance Howard pseudonym, the critically acclaimed author also writes fear-drenched horror tales under his own name. From the dusty streets of the Western Frontier to the fog-shrouded seaside alleys of the present, Howard weaves tales of spellbinding action, real-life characters and nonstop escape.

Born December 12, 1961 and hailing from the picturesque coastal Maine town of Old Orchard, he has written dozens of articles, short stories, and novels, which have seen print in hardcover and trade paperback, as well as multiple electronic formats. In the late 80s-early 90s, he published and edited the pulp journal, GOLDEN PERILS, which he has recently resurrected in PDF ezine format.

Howard's breakout novel NIGHT DEMONS (www.lulu.com/goldenperils), a mind-twisting thriller, grabbed the number four slot on the prestigious 2002 Preditors & Editors' Top Novel poll. He finished Top Ten in many other categories: best author, best artist, best novel, best ezine, best ezine editor.

Known for redefining the limits of traditional Shoot-'em-up, Howard's westerns mix Wild West action with immediate, modern issues, real-life charactres, and unique storylines that make the Western accessible and riveting to readers who cherish those thrilling days of yesteryear aas well as those who normally avoid the genre. A dash of mystery, a bit of romance, a hint of the supernatural and a heaping helping of personality--Lance Howard westerns have it all.

"I would love readers who have never read a western and never wanted to to come away from my books feeling as if they have read something more, something a bit different." says the author, with a warm smile. "The nicest thing I have ever heard from a new fan was: 'Wow, I never thought I'd like a western but I loved this!' I hope to introduce a new generation of readers to a classic genre while at the same time giving them a wild ride in the saddle that keeps 'em coming back for more."

Likewise, his tales of horror are guaranteed to make readers sleep with the lights on and check beneath their beds before retiring. From demons who lurk in the night, to vampires riding the darkest reaches of the Wild West, to a coven of witches seeking to resurrect an ancient evil, Howard's novels raise goosebumps, blood pressures and uncontrollable shudders.

In addition to his novels his short stories have appeared in numerous magazines, including a recent tale for Moonstone Books The Spider Chronicles with author John Jakes.

Howard is an active member of the Western Writers of America, EPIC and EPPRO electronic writers organizations. When not crafting heart-stopping fiction, Howard enjoys playing mandolin, alto sax, guitar, singing and listening to Dutch music and ABBA. His hobbies include Doc Savage, the Shadow, comics of the early seventies and their heroes, painting, cairn terriers and bodybuilding.

Howard can be reached via email at: Yingko2@AOL.com


Alternate Short Bio:

Howard Hopkins is the critically acclaimed author of more than 25 novels running the gamut from heart-stopping horror to gripping western drama. Best known for creating true-to-life, compelling characters, pulse-pounding suspense and startlingly vivid descriptions, his unforgettable tales capture readers' imaginations and lead them into realms of wonder. From the dusty streets of the Western Frontier to the fog-shrouded, fear-drenched seaside alleys of the present, Howard's books are not just novels--they're an experience!


RECENT PRESS RELEASES:


Maine Author Aims to Scare Kids into Reading

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Maine author Howard Hopkins Aims to Scare Younger Readers into New Horror Series and Old Fashioned Fun with Publication of The Nightmare Club #1 The Headless Paperboy

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME—FEBRUARY 19, 2007— Howard Hopkins is hoping to introduce a new generation of young readers (ages 9 & up) to a good old-fashioned scare in the tradition of the kids' series of yesteryear, such as The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew with a dash of Stephen King thrown in for good measure.

The Nightmare Club #1: The Headless Paperboy introduces a misfit band of kids seeking to solve supernatural mysteries in the ghost- and goblin-haunted town of New Salem, Maine. Along the way they face issues real and important to today's middle-school and YA audiences, such as dealing with prejudice and fitting in.

Howard Hopkins wrote The Nightmare Club to provide parents and young readers a viable choice to video games and television, while providing an entertaining, fast-paced read without the graphic violence and darker overtones of adult horror fiction. The Nightmare Club is available for purchase at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble (www.bn.com)

“I want to bring the 'fun' back to reading for children and young adults,” said Howard Hopkins. “And I want parents to feel safe giving their children a book that will have them looking forward to reading. I grew up reading Doc Savage and Alvin Fernald and I think kids today are missing out on a lot by not getting the chance to read these types of series.”

The book is published independently by Golden Perils Press: http://www.lulu.com/goldenperils

ABOUT AUTHOR

Howard Hopkins lives in a small Maine seacoast town and writes westerns under the pseudonym Lance Howard and horror novels under his own name. He is a longtime fan of pulp series such as Doc Savage and The Shadow and has edited and published forty issues of the pulp journal Golden Perils, and has written more than fifty articles for various publications. His pulp short story for The Spider Chronicles, an anthology based on the 1930s character that includes authors such as John Jakes, has just been published and his most recent Lance Howard western, Nightmare Pass, saw print in December, 2007. His personal website is www.howardhopkins.com

ABOUT GOLDEN PERILS PRESS

Founded in 1985, Golden Perils Press published forty issues of the pulp journal Golden Perils as well as many independent pulp-related and fiction projects.

# # #MEDIA CONTACT: Howard Hopkins, yingko2@aol.com, 207-934-3074


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Howard Hopkins Puts Some Bite Back into the Wild West

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME—APRIL 9, 2007— Howard Hopkins aims to bring western and horror readers together with the publication of The Dark Riders.

The Dark Riders is a sweeping epic of a young cattle rancher whose life has been stalked by death and grief—the loss of his parents, his sister and a fateful confrontation with an outlaw that altered the course of his entire existence. But he soon discovers all the tragedy that has gone before was only a prelude to the darkness that invades his life just when he thinks things have finally turned his way as a vicious gang of vampire outlaws invades his uncle’s ranch.

Howard Hopkins, who writes collectible hardcover westerns under the pseudonym Lance Howard and horror novels under his own name, wrote The Dark Riders to satisfy not only his desire to blend two of his favorite genres but to provide readers of both genres with an exciting change of pace and greater scope of story than either westerns or horror alone would normally encompass. The Dark Riders, formerly offered only in electronic formats, is now available for purchase in trade paperback directly from the Golden Perils Press Storefront at: www.lulu.com/goldenperils The novel was nominated as a finalist for EPIC’s prestigious Eppie award and was a top three Fictionwise bestseller.

“By blending vampires with cowboys and outlaws, fangs with gunfights and saloon brawls, I felt I had a chance to break new trails and bring fresh life to some of the tried and true staples of both genres,” Howard Hopkins said. “I hope readers feel the same affection for both the open range and things that go bump in the night as I do. What better way to do it than transport an archetypical monster (in the vampire) into the Wild West?”

Link to Publication: http://www.lulu.com/goldenperils

Howard Hopkins lives in a small Maine seacoast town and writes westerns under the pseudonym Lance Howard and horror novels under his own name. He is a longtime fan of pulp series such as Doc Savage and The Shadow and has edited and published forty issues of the pulp journal Golden Perils, plus has written more than fifty articles for various publications. His pulp short story for The Spider Chronicles, an anthology based on the 1930s character that includes authors such as John Jakes, has just been published and his most recent Lance Howard western, Hell Pass, saw print in April, 2007. His personal website is www.howardhopkins.com

ABOUT GOLDEN PERILS PRESS

Founded in 1985, Golden Perils Press published forty issues of the pulp journal Golden Perils as well as many independent pulp-related and fiction projects.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Howard Hopkins, yingko2@aol.com


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Contact: Yingko2@AOL.com

DARK HARBORS SCARES UP FIVE STAR REVIEW

DARK HARBORS, the spine-tingling horror short story anthology by author Howard Hopkins, capturs a five-star review from Scribesworld.

Available in trade paperback from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Golden Perils Press (www.lulu.com/goldenperils) Dark Harbors glides across the dark genre scale, showcasing the author's ability to handle multiple forms of horror, from ghost romance to tales of dark humor to explorations of the dark places of the soul.

With vivid descritptions, authentic characters and dagger-edged suspense, the anthology is capturing accolades and imaginations alike. Mysterious sea entities, ghostly images in stone, and sexy demons in living lace; the collection presents 29 tales of pure entertainment with crisp, gripping prose and delicious frights.

From Scribesworld's 5 Star Review:

"Mr. Hopkins is in the running for the title of Michael Angelo of word painters. I got so involved in his beautiful phrasing I almost forgot to be frightened by his flawless prose...I read the book twice trying to decide which of the stories was my favorite...they will either make you sigh or leave the lights on all night and shudder at every sound.

If you like your prose elegant, your fear factor off the chart, and want a good read, DARKHARBORS is the book for you.

--Patricia White for Scribesworld (www.scribesworld.com)"

Reviewer Janet Miller from Paranormal Romance Reviews Agrees:

"Dark Harbors is like a box of chocolates...each story in this anthology is like a chocolate truffle, perfect in its own way and different from all other stories in the book. Like eating a box of chocolates, these stories need to be read and savored individually, one or two at a time..Some are touching, some send shivers up your spine, some offer hope. Each is an exceptional bit of writing."

Where Evil meets the shore lies Dark Harbor. Where horror slithers over the sand nightmares collide. Where terror lives and fear rises in jagged reefs...

DARK HARBORS...


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