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The Smart Rhino Publications blog will help you keep track of our projects. We'll also be providing a forum for our authors and their fans. Most of all, have fun with this area of our website!
Smart Rhino Returns for Third Annual Authors and Audences Event


Come meet Weldon Burge, Founder/Executive Editor of Smart Rhino Publications, an independent publisher with a focus on horror/suspense fiction. Copies of all four current Smart Rhino books (Zippered Flesh: Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad, Uncommon Assassins, Broken: Stories of Damaged Psyches, and Zippered Flesh 2: More Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad) will be available for purchase, and Mr. Burge will be happy to sign these for you.

More than 20 other local writers will be attending this event, representing many genres of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. This year, New York Times best-selling fantasy author Maria V. Snyder will be giving a presentation around 2:00.

This event at the Kent County Public Library near Dover, DE is scheduled for 1:00-3:30 on Saturday afternoon, April 20. It promises to be an exciting event! Come and learn more about the writing process, or chat with local writers and browse the books they have available. You won't be disappointed!
Visit the Facebook Event page for more info:!/events/137051709801611/

Zippered Flesh No. 1 Anthology on 2012 Solstice List

HELLNOTES has posted "Solstice List: Books and Short Stories Not to be Missed 2012," written by M.L. Roos, which has listed Zippered Flesh as the best anthology of 2012.

Interview With Smart Rhino Publisher on THIS IS HORROR


Check out this interview with Weldon Burge, Executive Editor of Smart Rhino Publications, for the THIS IS HORROR "Meet the Publisher" section. Provides some insight on the genesis of Smart Rhino and the mission/philosophy for the publishing company.

Great Review for Uncommon Assassins on Crime Fiction Lover

The thriller/suspense anthology, Uncommon Assassins, received a superb book review from the folks at Crime Fiction Lover.

ZIPPERED FLESH 2 Now Open for Submissions

Smart Rhino Publications just opened submissions for Zippered Flesh 2: More Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad! Already accepted four stories--from Kealan Patrick Burke, Bryan Hall, Shaun Jeffrey, and Jonathan Templar. Check out the guidelines under "Submissions," then send your scariest, goriest stories!


Review of Zippered Flesh on Sanctity's Well

Check out the wonderful review of the Zippered Flesh anthology on Shannon Connor Winward's blog, Sanctity Well.

Meli & Jason Discuss ZIPPERED FLESH

Meli Hooker and Jason Darrick of Dreadful Tales discuss the Zippered Flesh anthology, story by story! A great review, and if you haven't read the book yet, this describes every story without spilling the beans. Listen to the podcast at

Great Review for Zippered Flesh in Fangoria Magazine

Finally got the May issue of Fangoria and read the review of Zippered Flesh that folks had told me about. The reviewer, Christine Hadden, did a great job capturing the flavor of the anthology. She said "this compendium of depravity" has "something for everyone to be distrubed by," and that the stories "are hardcore studies of shocking monstrosities that will enthrall and entice even the most hardened horror fan." Doesn't get better than that!

An Interview With Charles Colyott

Charles Colyott, author of the story "Comfort" in the Zippered Flesh anthology, has been interviewed by Darcia Helle on her blog, "A Word Please." Check out the blog posting "Murder, Tai Chi, Acupuncture, and Llamas."

Michael Louis Calvillo Succumbs to Cancer

One of the best writers of modern horror fiction passed away today. Michael Louis Calvillo lost his long and valiant fight against cancer this morning, at the all-too-young age of 37.

I never met Michael, but I had the fortunate honor of working with him this past year on a story that he'd written for the Zippered Flesh anthology, "The Sad, Not-So-Sad Ballad of Goat-Head Jean, Ambivalent Devil Queen." I found him wholly professional and gracious concerning my editor
ial suggestions, and I sensed his humor and love of life, even in our brief correspondence. I looked forward to working with him again on future projects. I was greatly disheartened hearing the news of his death this morning.

My prayers and thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Farewell and rest in peace, my friend!

Zippered Flesh Selected by DarkMedia City for Dark Book Club

The Zippered Flesh anthology has been selected by DarkMedia City for the May selections of the Dark Book Club. Blaze McRob will be writing a review of the book on the DarkMedia site shortly.

Smart Rhino Publications Represented at 'Authors & Audiences' Event at Kent County Library, Dover, DE, April 28

Weldon Burge, Executive Editor of Smart Rhino Publications, will be attending the "Authors & Audiences" event at the Kent County Public Library in Dover, DE on Saturday, April 28, 2012, 1:00-3:00. He will be signing copies of the Zippered Flesh anthology and chatting with folks about publishing and his own writing ventures. For more information about the event, go to

Welcome to the Smart Rhino Blog!

It took some time to get it here ... but here it is! The Smart Rhino Blog is finally up and operational!

We would like to use this area to make announcements, share thoughts, let you know how book projects are going, and to keep tabs on our authors and their work. Maybe a review will slip in on occasion, who knows? We're going to follow our whims ...

Our debut anthology, Zippered Flesh: Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad, has received great reviews on Amazon and elsewhere. (And, if you've read the book and enjoyed it, please please please go to Amazon and leave a spectacular review.) We still plan to do a sequel in early 2013.

The Uncommon Assassins anthology is coming along strong in the production phase. We still have a few slots open (and may even extend the count beyond 20 stories), but it is filling fast! The stories included so far are stellar--you folks who love suspense/thriller fiction are going to have a feast!

We also intend to continually grow the Smart Rhino web site. The Zippered Flesh author bios were just added, and we will post the bios of the Uncommon Assassins authors as soon as the book's line-up is complete. We will be updating the bios, announcing new books and events for our authors, in our ongoing efforts to make this site interesting and useful to our community.

So, come back often to see what's new. We may just surprise you!

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