This week, Samhain Publishing celebrates 10 years with 30% off all ebook titles and a ton of giveaways.
I thought I’d celebrate too, by posting my respects to editor extraordinaire Don D’Auria.
Don was still at Leisure books when I sent my first novel The Lamplighters to him on a wing and a prayer. He was interested in seeing the full manuscript and then…disaster. Leisure books imploded and the shockwave impacted on the genre far and wide. From the ashes, Don went on to build a new horror line at Samhain. I was delighted when he offered me a contract with Samhain for The Lamplighters. The following year was a whirlwind, culminating in the book being nominated as a Bram Stoker Award® Finalist for First Novel.
Don was supportive throughout the whole process, and it’s no wonder that I went on to publish four more books with him. I finally got to meet Don in person this year at the World Horror Convention in Atlanta. We sat outside the hotel building and talked ideas, music, Italian giallo classics and publishing industry snobbery about print-on-demand technology. Later we got together with several other Samhain Horror authors and had a few drinks/laughs at the Bram Stoker Awards banquet.
To work with an editor who loves horror as much as I do? That’s not a job, that’s a bloody privilege.
Very roughly translated, with a pinch of poetic license, Don’s name can mean ‘The Priest of Fear’.
I think that sounds about right.