Saturday, January 30, 2010

WriterAdvice Contest

Tainted Tea is here to support all writers, not just those of the horror genre. If you've stumbled upon this site and horror's not your thing, please check out WriterAdvice, another site for writers; they also have a contest.


seeks flash fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction that mesmerizes the reader in 750 words or less. DEADLINE: April 15, 2010. Entry fee: $10 per submission. First prize: $150. Former prizewinners are the judges. Complete guidelines, mailing address, and prizes at

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Author J.D. Salinger Dead at 91

J.D. Salinger, one of our favorite American authors, died on Wed., Jan 27, 2010. He was 91.

Salinger's 1951 novel, The Catcher in the Rye, remains on Times "Top 100 Novels of All-Time," selling over 250,000 copies a year.

Click the image for the complete obit.

“I hope to hell that when I do die somebody has the sense to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddamn cemetery. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you're dead? Nobody.” --J.D. Salinger

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Kickass Trailer: "Piranha 3-D"

This movie is about piranhas that kill spring breakers in 3-D.

The catch?

Well, not only is it in 3-D, but Doc Brown and Ricard Dreyfus are in it along with that hot chick from Adventures in Babysitting! It's the poor man's Jaws. My Bloody Valentine in 3-D was horrible, and I don't have high expectations for this film, but I think I'll fish out the $12.00 for a ticket hook, line and sinker.

And no, I will not apologize for the puns and idioms swimming throughout this blog.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Flash Fiction and Bookmark Contest!!!

Flash Fiction

Complete a story in 1,000 words or less. There is no specific subject, but all stories must either be dark, macabre, or something in the horror genre. Judging will be based on character development, plot, originality, and overall storytelling. Please submit stories in .doc or .rtf.


The WINNER will receive Underland by Mick Farren, a novel involving vampires, Nazis, and Antarctica. The winner will also be published in the Spring 2010 issue of Tainted Tea and will receive a free PDF.

The RUNNER-UP will be published on Tainted Tea's blog.


Create bookmark. It doesn't matter how, just as long as the bookmark fits with Tainted Tea's theme. Judging will be based on subject matter, composition, and overall design. Tainted Tea cannot receive mail, so we can only accept bookmarks mailed as JPGs.


The WINNER will receive the tea cup and saucer featured on the cover of Tainted Tea Spring 2010 issue. The winner will also be published in the Spring 2010 issue and will receive a free PDF.

The RUNNER -UP will be published on Tainted Tea's blog.


The deadline is April 1, 2010.

Send all submissions to

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Neil Gaiman is an American God...or is it European God?

Yesterday afternoon author Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Coraline) did a live Q&A for The New Yorker along with journalist Dana Goodyear. Click the picture below to read the transcripts from the hour-long fun-fest. And yes, I feel really cool since Neil Gaiman answered my question.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Go Coraline!

Though Tainted Tea can't influence the Golden Globes, you have our support, anyway.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Breaking News: Tainted Tea editors being held for $100 million ransom

Not really...

"You wake up shackled to a chair and can't remember how you got there. Two voices are talking. You recognize one of them."

Source: Writer's Digest
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