Welcome to the Coffin Hop

Posted on: October 23rd, 2011 by Anthony Rapino 55 Comments

Welcome to the Coffin Hop!  And what a perfect time for it: one full week before The Big Night.  One full week of hopping blog to blog, entering contest after contest for a chance at Halloween and horror goodies galore.

Speaking of winning great prizes, I’m giving away a Halloween Mystery Bag filled with over $50 of assorted prizes.  I’d tell you what you’re in for, but that would sort of defeat the purpose, don’t you think?

Before I get to the contest rules, let me introduce myself.  My name is Anthony J. Rapino, and I kill people.  Well, I kill fictional people anyway.  It’s sort of my thing.  I don’t mean to imply that I enjoy such deviant acts.  I mean to state it directly:  I enjoy it. And you enjoy reading about it, otherwise what are you doing on my website?

Oh, right.  The contest.

But wait.  That can’t be the only reason.  Surely not.  A normal person, seeing something called “The Coffin Hop” would run screaming in the other direction.  A normal person would scoff, or roll their eyes, or wander into the nearest confessional.  But you, my dear new friend, said, “Oh hell yeah.”  You tripped over your own fingertips to click repeatedly on horror blog after horror blog until you reached my dark corner of the web.  

What kind of host would I be to simply say, “Here, comment to enter my contest and get lost.”  No.  Not me.  First, let me put your worst fears to rest.  I have nothing to sell you.  My first novel won’t be released for a few months (Soundtrack to the End of the World, being published by Bad Moon Books, if you wanted to know).

I do, however, have many published short stories that are freely available through the magic clicky-links on my Works page.  They require no money, only a bit of your time.  Or perhaps you’d like to know more about little ol’ me.  If so, you can navigate to the About Me page, where you’ll discover the true source of my, ahem, fictional worlds.  And don’t forget to click around the Sunshine Says page, where you’ll find a talkative skull and her zombie friend spouting all manner of inspirational thoughts.

Now then, the contest.

If you’d like a chance to win the super-awesome Halloween Mystery Bag, follow these simple instructions:

  • You must follow/subscribe to my website in some form (Google reader, RSS, etc).
  • Comment on this post with the answer to this question:  When and where was I (truly) born? (For clarity, I’ll accept either of my birthplaces mentioned on my website).
  • Make sure to leave me some way of contacting you in your comment (e-mail address, twitter name, facebook contact, etc)
  • And that’s it!  If you want the one simple entry, you can stop reading now.  However, if you’d like more entries into my giveaway…


  • For extra entries into the contest (one extra entry per method) do the following: subscribe to my newsletter, follow me on twitter, add me on facebook.
  • For an extra entry, comment on my post here.
  • Be sure to let me know which of the “extras” you did in your comment so I can add the proper amount of entries to your name.  (If you’re counting, you can get a total of 5 entries)
  • If you already do/did the “extras,” (previously followed me on twitter, etc) you still get the extra entries, so be sure to mention it in your comment.


The details

  • I will draw a winner at midnight on Halloween night and contact the winner soon after.
  • If I get no response within 72 hours, I will draw again for a new winner.
  • No purchase necessary to enter.  Void where prohibited.


Okay, that’s the long and short of it, my horror loving friends.  When you’re done entering my contest, be sure to click the link below and go back to the Coffin Hop list.  There are still many more contests to enter!



3) THIS TOUR STARTS: Monday, October 24, 2011 at Midnight (PST)
    THIS TOUR ENDS: Monday, October 31, 2011 at Midnight (PST)
    Winners will be drawn and posted November 1, 2011




***Authors have full discretion to choose an alternate winner in the event any winner fails to claim their prize(s) within 72 hours of their name being posted or after notification of win, whichever comes first. Anyone who participates in this tour is subject to these rules***


55 Responses

  1. J.C. Martin says:

    Hi fellow Coffin Hopper! Were you truly born in 1980 in Brooklyn?

    I’ve popped by your other post and commented there too!


    Join me in the Trick or Treat Spooktacular! Could you help make the Grand Prize a brand new Kindle Touch?

    • Thanks, J.C! Looks like you’re in for 2 entries. If I missed one, please let me know and I’ll fix ‘er up. Be round to your blog soon. 🙂

  2. I’d have to say ye were twice-born, lad, and thus twice-blest: 1607 in jolly ol’ England + 1980 in Brooklyn USA. I be followin’ ye by Google reader, Twitter, and now Facebook. Ye can be reachin’ me by this here handle: @mfowler76

    • Rock on, Milo! You’re in for all 5 entries.

  3. Diana Lee says:

    ‘Truly’ born is a little vague 😉 Physically in 1980’s Brooklyn but I think your ‘true’ self was born in 1607 England. Have fun!

    • Yes? Maybe I’ll rephrase that… Thanks, Diana. I have you in for I think 3 entries, right? Twitter, commented on the other post, and this comment? Let me know if I missed anything.

      • Diana Lee says:

        friended on FB and subscribed to newsletter 🙂

        • Nice! And that makes 5. 🙂

  4. Indigo says:

    I stopped by earlier, but I’ll be damned if I was going to be the overzealous first commenter (again ;P).

    Your births happened first in 1607 in The Kingdom of England, then again as a human child in 1980 – Brooklyn, NY.

    Of course I’m following you on Twitter (What else do you expect from super-fan stalker?)

    Didn’t know you had a newsletter, do now and yes, I’m so there (then again I’m sure I’m pretty much first up on anything knowledgeable Tony *shrugs*)

    As for the comment on the respective post, I was actually your first commenter. (Does that get me extra points? I kid, seriously).

    Facebook? Ah no…and you know why. Drats that was almost a perfect score.

    Busy day today, but at some point I’ll email about the weekend. (Hugs) Indy

    • Oh yes, and that’s 4 for Indy! 🙂 I haven’t actually sent out a newsletter since the release of Uprooted. It’s not something I make use of very often. I have been wanting to send out one lately though.

  5. Rob Smales says:

    You may have been born in 1607 in The Kingdom of England, and you may have been born in 1980 in the Land of Brooklyn, but I, my friend, was born in 1969 in the City of Salem Massachusetts. Yep, the Witch City, home of the Salem Witch Trials (or Hysteria, if you’re one of THOSE people). If you want to see a whole place that loses its mind for Halloween, then you come visit. But you’re gonna have to park somewhere’s else and walk in. There’s just no room…

    I’m following your site now, and I’ll be getting your newsletter, but I do not, as yet, ‘Twitter’. Sorry about that. I did manage to say hello on FaceBook though, so you’ll be seeing me there anyway.

    Happy Hopping!

    • I’ve been wanting to go to Salem for Halloween for years. One day I may actually make the trip. Okay, Rob, I have you down for 3 entries!

  6. Erin Cole says:

    Hello Anthony,

    So you were first born in 1607 in the Kingdom of England and later in 1980 as a human child in Brooklyn. If in all your travels, you have not been enlightened yet, there must be no such thing.

    Of course I’m following your blog and on Twitter, but me and Facebook have called off our truce, and so I’ll just have to get lucky on 4 entries … however, I am your 13th response. : )

    Erin Cole

    • Four entries it is, Erin! If enlightened is trying to decaffeinate myself, then yes, I’m enlightened. :-p

  7. EArroyo says:

    Some nice info. Brooklyn…would never have guessed it. 1980 just makes me feel old. =)

    email: elizabeth.arroyo5@gmail.com

    • 🙂 Yuppers. So I have you down for 2 entries, correct? Or am I missing anything?

      • EArroyo says:

        I no longer have twitter, scared of facebook. Just follower and newsletter. =)

        • And you commented on that other post, so you get 3! 🙂

  8. Cate Gardner says:

    Everyone else got it wrong. You were born in HELLLLLLL.

    I suspect I may be following you elsewhere but I refuse to say if I am for fear of restraining orders.

    • Ha, yeah, I’m pretty sure you get all 5 entries without having to even break a sweat. :-p

  9. April Denton says:

    Happy Halloween!
    Glad you are part of the Coffin Hop, love your site.
    1607 in England and 1980 in Brooklyn.
    Followed your blog, subscribed to your newsletter, following you on Twitter (@AprilRDenton), added you on FB and commented on your flash fiction.
    Okay really feel like a stalker now!

    • I’m so glad you liked the site! Hey, stalkers are *always* welcome here. Have you down for all 5 entries. Good luck, and enjoy the hop!

  10. Julie Jansen says:

    Hi Anthony! You were born in Brooklyn! You have a wonderful site! I also enjoyed your flash pieces 🙂


    • Thanks, Julie! Glad you like the site. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think you are in for 4 entries.

  11. Anne Michaud says:

    Brooklyn, you devil, you!

    I’m following you on twitter, so you can reach me @annecmichaud

    • Huzzah! 🙂 Is that 2 entries? Let me know if I missed one.

  12. You were born in 1607 in England and 1980 in Brooklyn. Quite an old dude…

    I google followed you.
    Signed up for your newsletter
    Was already following you on Facebook
    And followed you on Twitter

    • Rock. Looks like four for you.

  13. Jennifer Smith says:

    I follow your blog
    You were born in Brooklyn (as a human LOL)
    Extra entries..
    I subscribed to your newsletter, following you on twitter (lilmamaj81), and sent you a FR on Fb (Jennifer Railey Smith), commented on your post.
    Thanks for the chance to win
    JenniferSmith.ga (at) gmail.com

    • Good golly, that’s five entries for you! 🙂 Hope you enjoyed the blog, good luck.

  14. Rebecca says:

    Hey Happy Coffin Hop! I already follow you on Twitter. I remembered when you’re site was still fleshing out – & it still looks great!
    Born in England in 1607 and reincarnated at your request, in Brooklyn NY 1980 although upon this incarnations passing, you’re going to go for Palermo, Italy – and you’ll be a hot chick.
    *subscribed and friend requested*
    See ya on Twitter or FB!

    • Hey, somehow I missed commenting on this the first time around. Sorry! 3 for you. 🙂

  15. Great site–especially like the name of your story 😉

    • Oh my, your namesake! 🙂

  16. Anonymous says:

    I like puppies for breakfast! Does that get me an extra entry? Mwaahaha! I am coffin hopping today. And my, it’s quite cramped trying to hop from inside a coffin. *grins wickedly*

    Love your blog. Going to follow now. I write dark fiction myself. I have an interview with Ellen Datlow up on The Demon Stole My Pencil this week. Creep on by and lurk awhile. You might want to stay or not. That’s okay too. *shrugs*

    Congrats on your first book. Nice to meet ya,

    email: nora at norabpeevy.com

    • Nice to meet you, Nora, and thanks for stopping by! I’ll stop by your blog for sure. Good luck in the contest!

  17. Sandy Musick says:

    Hello & very nice to meet you. I would so like to win the super awesome Holloween prize..especially from someone that was not only born in 1607 in the Kingdom of England but also in 1980 Brooklyn….so cool
    This is such a cool way to meet new authors & now I must continue hopping to another coffin.
    Happy Holloween & BOO!!! (scared ya didnt I)

    • Thanks, Sandy! Glad to have you aboard. I recognize you from recent twitter and facebook requests, so that’s 3. I think I saw a new comment on my other post, so that’s 4. Let me know if I missed anything. Good luck!

  18. Ash Krafton says:

    Geddout! Born in Brooklyn and living in NEPA? My dad was born in Coney Island and my aunts lived in Borough Park and Prospect Park! My “bf”‘s dad had a garage on King’s Highway! And all my family lives a stone’s throw from Scranton. (I am the only one who pronounces the letter T in that word.)

    Are you a member of Pennwriters? If not, you better join…


    Kraftmatic Adjustable Blog
    #8 on the Coffin Hop


    Just tell me you use the word “enneh” and we’ll be fast friends. 🙂

    • I used to live in Bensonhurst, on Cropsey Avenue. 🙂 Yes, I’m a member! Though admittedly I haven’t been checking messages on facebook very often.

      • Ash Krafton says:

        Say it right…”Bensonhoist”


        • Ha! So right. There are so many words I say in PA that people don’t understand. Galamad (calamari), moosarel (Mozzarella), rigut (ricotta). :-p

  19. Anthony, you were born in Brooklyn, but I’m sure you know that by now. 😉 I’ve followed your blog, followed you on Twitter, and friend requested you on Facebook.

    Happy Hopping!!
    –Jessica McHugh

    • Thanks, Jessica! I have you down for three entries, good luck!

  20. Ash Krafton says:

    PS…Scored a FIVE on your page, got my entries in…and small world, got a brother living in your town, too. Definitely weird, bro.

    • Nice, 5 entries it is! It really is a small world. I now live in the Stroudsburg/Pocono area of PA (right in between in fact). 🙂

  21. Just making sure I have everyone’s entries tallied here. A couple posted their entries on my other page:

    Cheryl Bradshaw is in for all 5 entries.

    Sandy Gable Musick is in for all 5 entries.

    If anyone is missing entries (I should have tallied them in replies to each post), please let me know. Good luck all!

  22. Mary says:

    You know (all of my online personas) got your back on Twitter, Facebook, Google friend connect, and you were born in Brooklyn, where you fooled everyone into believing you were normal by doing normal kid things 😉

    • Heck yeah, 5 for Mary. 🙂 Thanks again for doing the interview of me. I love how it turned out; such good questions.

  23. Hi Anthony! It seems as though we were born in at least one of the same years, though I was born in Toronto, and you were most probably born in Brooklyn.

    Happy Halloween and wonderful Coffin Hop!

    • Thank you, sir. I recognize you from Twitter already, and see you’ve added me on facebook and commented on my other post. I have you for 4 entries (let me know if I missed anything.)

  24. Shadow says:

    Happy Halloween! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    newsletter subscriber
    gfc- shadow_kohler
    fb- shadow kohler
    twitter- LuvToRead09
    commented on other post

    • I’ve got you down for all 5 entries. Good luck, and Happy Halloween!

  25. Jeanette Jackson says:

    Ummm…Brooklyn in 1980.
    I follow on GFC as jlindahlj. I subscribed to your newsletter, I follow on Twitter and I have requested to e added as a friend on Facebook.
    I have also commented on the post.
    I believe this makes 5 entries

    • Great! 5 Entries it is. Good luck!

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