The Shocklines/RAGE Sweepstakes!


Something terrifying is coming from Australia (no, not Yahoo Serious). Steve Gerlach originally garnered infamy for creating the long-running "Richard Laymon Kills!" official website! But he's a writer himself, and his fiction is terrifically frightening, garnering critical acclaim from such genre legends as the late Laymon, Douglas Clegg, Simon Clark, and more!

The guy's written several novels, and every single one of them we stocked as imports has sold out within days. (Don't panic -- DarkVesper Publishing is reprinting two of his amazing novels in the next year or so). Earlier this year Wild Roses Productions (which is doing his upcoming novella Hunting Zoe) cut their teeth on publishing with a signed, lettered limited edition of an early Steve Gerlach novel entitled "Rage". Only 26 copies were done -- period. That's it. Naturally, it sold out immediately.

Well, Bloodletting Press is offering Rage later this year as a new signed, limited edition, with artwork by Caniglia and an intro by Simon Clark! This version will have additional scenes not in the Australian version, and will be labeled as the "author's preferred text."

On to the contest. Anyone who preorders the Bloodletting Press edition of Rage (either the numbered version or the lettered version) before May 15th will automatically be entered into a sweepstakes. What's the prize? One of the original 26 lettered copies of the now sold-out Wild Roses Productions version!

This'll be the ultimate collector's set -- you can have both the new version AND the extremely limited, impossible-to-find original version!

Remember, as with all advance orders at, you are not actually charged anything until the book is in-stock and ready to ship, so there's no risk in preordering!

You can enter one of two ways:

1) If you place an order before May 15th, 11:59 PM EST on our site for the numbered version or the "lettered version of Steve Gerlach's Rage, then you automatically are entered in our random drawing for this prize.

2) You can also enter by sending a 3" x 5" postcard to us. See the official rules below for details on that option. Again, no matter how many postcards you send, you'll only be entered once.

That's it! This is open to everyone around the world, but if your country forbids sweepstakes, then you're out of luck. We'll do a random drawing sometime around May 31st and announce the winner. Make sure to check out the official rules below for all the gory details (damn small print).


Official Rules:

No Purchase Necessary.

The Shocklines/RAGE Sweepstakes ("Sweepstakes") begins March 26th, at 6 a.m. EST and ends May 15th 2003, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Sponsored by Matt Schwartz doing business as ("Sponsor").


2. ELIGIBILITY. United States law governs this sweepstakes. From the time of entry through the final date of prize fulfillment, each Sweepstakes entrant and winner must be a legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and 18 years of age or older. VOID IN PUERTO RICO, THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, U.S. MILITARY INSTALLATIONS IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES AND ALL OTHER U.S. TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS AND WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. All decisions of the Sponsor with respect to this Sweepstakes are final.

3. ENTER BY INTERNET. Beginning March 26th, 2003, at 6 a.m. EST, you may enter this sweepstakes via the Internet by logging on to the Website at and purchasing a copy of "RAGE" by Steve Gerlach. Sponsor must receive all Internet entries by May 15th, 2003, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Orders that are incomplete or canceled by the company or customer are void. ONLY ONE ENTRY PER PERSON WILL BE ACCEPTED, regardless of how many orders are placed. In the event of a dispute about the identity of an entrant, each entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of entry. Authorized account holder is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet Service Provider, online access provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. With respect to the winning entry, the winner may be required to provide proof that the winner is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the winning entry.

4. ENTRY BY MAIL: You may enter this sweepstakes via the United States Postal System by sending a 3"x5" postcard to:

Matt Schwartz RAGE Contest
302 A W. 12th Street #241
New York, NY 10014

The postcard must contain the following information on it: The entrant's name, home address, phone number, email address (if any), age, and name of contest (e.g. "RAGE Contest". ONLY ONE ENTRY PER PERSON WILL BE ACCEPTED. The postcard MUST be postmarked between March 3rd and April 3rd and MUST be received no later than April 9th, 2003.

5. SELECTION OF WINNERS. Winners will be selected on or about May 31st, 2003, by random drawing of all eligible entries received. The random drawing will be held under the supervision of Sponsor, whose decisions shall be final in all matters. Selected entrants will be notified by phone or email. If the prize is undeliverable, it may result in a disqualification of the selected entrant as a potential Prize Winner. Upon any such disqualification, an alternate sweepstakes entrant shall be selected by random drawing conducted by Sponsor. Acceptance of any prize constitutes the prize winner's permission to use such person's name, and city and state of residence for promotional purposes in connection with this Sweepstakes without further compensation or permission except where prohibited by law.

Entries become the property of the Sponsor and will neither be acknowledged nor returned. All entries are subject to verification prior to awarding of prizes.

6. PRIZE. One (1) winner will receive a copy of the Wild Roses Productions version of "Rage" by Steve Gerlach. Estimated value: $50.00.

7. ODDS OF WINNING. Odds of winning a prize are determined by the total number of eligible entries received for the Sweepstakes.

8. RESTRICTIONS. The prize package consists of only the item specifically described as part of the prize. Sponsors will not replace any lost or stolen prize items once in the winner's possession. If prize cannot be awarded due to circumstances beyond the control of the Sponsors, a substitute prize of equal or greater retail value will be awarded. Sponsors shall not be liable to winner or any person claiming through winner for failure to supply the prize or any part thereof, by reason of any acts of God, any action(s), regulation(s), order(s) or request(s) by any governmental or quasi-governmental entity (whether or not the action(s), regulations(s), order(s) or request(s) prove(s) to be invalid), equipment failure, terrorist acts, air raid, blackout, act of public enemy, earthquake, war (declared or undeclared), fire, flood, epidemic, explosion, unusually severe weather, hurricane, embargo, labor dispute or strike (whether legal or illegal) labor or material shortage, transportation interruption of any kind, work slow-down, civil disturbance, insurrection, riot or any other cause beyond Sponsors' sole control (collectively, "Force Majeure Event").

9. CONDITIONS. By entering the Sweepstakes, entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules. Entrant waives the right to assert as a cost of winning a prize any and all costs of verification and redemption of said prize and any liability which might arise from redeeming or seeking to redeem said prize. If the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned by reason of damage by computer viruses, worms or bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical limitations or failures, any Force Majeure Event or any other cause which, in the sole opinion of Sponsors, could corrupt, compromise, undermine or otherwise affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, viability or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole and absolute discretion, to modify these Official Rules and/or to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend all or any part of the Sweepstakes, and to select a winner from among all eligible entries received by Sponsors up until the time of such cancellation, termination, modification or suspension, as applicable. Sponsors reserve the right at their sole discretion to disqualify any individual that (i) tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operations of this Sweepstakes in any manner, (ii) violates the Official Rules, or (iii) acts in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSORS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK CIVIL AND/OR CRIMINAL PROSECUTION AND/OR DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Any expenses and receipt and use of the prize and federal, state and local taxes and fees applicable in connection with the prize awarded are the sole responsibility of the winner. This sweepstakes is subject to all federal, state and local laws of the United States. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

10. WINNERS LIST. The winner's name will be posted on the site after prize is delivered.

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