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All things Grabowsky and then some.



“Nick’s writings is smells.”


something a serious meth abuser once told me in front of a karaoke bar, after he convinced me he had read one of my late ‘80’s horror paperbacks, and I asked him for a blurb of praise if I offered him a cigarette.  I don’t know what it means, but it’s funny.



Something to sell:


RED WET DIRT, folks…’s brand-spanking new and kick-ass.  Its price is economy-sensitive.  It’s available everywhere.  I’m very proud of it.  Given the chance, I’d shove it all down your throats and you’d thank me for it afterwards, each of you, and shower me with wows, to which I’d respond by putting out another newsletter and thanking you for making it worth all that time of drinking and chain smoking.  You should see the trailer if you haven’t yet.  I’m also putting together a CD of Red Wet Dirt-inspired music performed by independent bands.  This release and the upcoming special edition of The Everborn are what I’ll be pushing this year, and I’ll be spreading it on thick.  Both are the best I’ve ever written.  Like, in my life.   


What’s RED WET DIRT?   Introducing three short stories & three novellas: While on vacation, a young man’s fiancé becomes a heart-collecting Yuletide Thing on Christmas Eve. Get stuck in traffic when The Freeway Reaper claims another soul. A suburban family is plagued by a horde of were-rats. Special Agent Sam Cross, mortally wounded by a Jamaican specter, journeys into a psychedelic Festival of Fallen Souls in search of a supernatural healer whose lover’s touch brings in contrast instant death. A legendary flesh eater arrives on the shores of an ancient Minoan city, infecting its population, beginning with a teenage boy’s father who’s summoned by the pompous king to become an undead garbage disposal. In Red Afterworld, an ex juvenile preacher gets his childhood wish of becoming a vampire when he’s recruited into a male-only biker fraternity and finds himself one of the few survivors of global nuclear war, discovers a time portal in the Arizona desert with the hope of saving the world, and finds true love. Including extra minor works from the author’s youth and the short screenplay Cutting Edges, the basis for an upcoming film and the author’s directorial debut, Red Wet Dirt is to die for and is destined to become a classic way beyond its genre!


—–so says the description that’s going around, taken from the back of the book.



News to Tell:




I am proud to announce my small traditional publishing company, specializing in horror fiction, has taken flight.  Here are some particulars, in the sort of way Writer’s Market would show it:


Black Bed Sheet Books/Diverse Media 

Roseville, CA.  Email:  downwarden(at)  Acquisitions:  c/o Acquisitions Department.  Estab. October 2008.  Publishes hardcover and trade paperback originals and reprints.  Publishes 10-15 titles per year.  Receives 40% of books from first-time authors; 95% from unagented writers.  Pays average of 12% royalty on wholesale price.  Does not yet offer advance.  Publishes book up to one year after acceptance, with an average of 4-5 months.  Accepts simultaneous submissions.  Publishes fiction and nonfiction of all types, but specializes in horror/fantasy fiction.

Recent titles:  Blood Bar by Norm Applegate; Grave Whispers by Ryan B. Clark; Thoughts of Unbridled Black by Jake Istre, Flatty Kat Astray by Phyllis Haupert.

In the works:  a MICHAEL MYERS anthology!

We’re accepting queries/submissions.  Check out the Black Bed Sheet website at , take a look around and join the MESSAGE BOARD!



Come to think of it, we’ve updated the Diverse Compendium at, with detailed news, specials, clips, and NICK READS & REVIEWS is catching up with that backlog of books to review.  Keep an eye out for the recipe for MICHAEL MYERS PIE at Wicked Eats.  


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WWW.DOWNWARDEN.COM  —the official site of all things Grabowsky, and then some.

WWW.DOWNWARDEN.COM/BLACKBEDSHEET  —“Publishers of exemplary literature, fiction & non.”    


About downwarden

Nicholas Grabowsky’s novels of horror/fantasy and mainstream pulp fiction, both as himself, as Nicholas Randers, and as Marsena Shane, have generated worldwide acclaim for over two decades and praised by many of today’s most popular horror gurus in the literary world. He began his career in traditional publishing houses with brisk sellers in mass market paperback horror and romance, and the last ten years have seen him hailed by many as a mentor and advocate to the smaller presses, which has become to him a passion. His body of work includes the award-winning macabre aliens-among-us epic The Everborn, The Rag Man, Pray Serpent’s Prey, Halloween IV (and its special edition), Diverse Tales, Reads & Reviews, The Wicked Haze, Sweet Dreams Lady Moon, June Park, and Red Wet Dirt, numerous anthologies, magazine articles, and self help books, with projects extending to screenplays, poetry, songs, film, comics and graphic novels, and a wide variety of short fiction and nonfiction since the 1980’s. He’s a veteran special guest at numerous genre conventions and makes appearances and signings across North America. He has been in the limelight a radical gospel preacher right out of high school and in the following years a rock vocalist, teacher, lecturer and activist, editor, publisher and founder of the Sacramento-based Diverse Media small press, which has recently blossomed into the subdivisions of Black Bed Sheet Books, which publishes “exemplary literature, fiction & non” but specializes in horror/fantasy, and Black Bed Sheet Productions, which produces independent film, and sponsors both the hit Blog Talk Radio show Francy & Friends and the popular web stream Black Hamster TV. Currently, Nicholas is at work with numerous anthologies, graphic novels and comic books, an Everborn sequel and the novels The Downwardens and The Sirens of Knowland. His independent film projects include the upcoming slasher creature feature Cutting Edges, as well as co-writing the independent film Into the Basement, for Triad Pictures. View all posts by downwarden

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