September 11, 2014

Chasing Tale [9/11/14]: Margaret Atwood and the Future Imperfect

You probably already know the deal, but if not here is a handy link. Don't want to click it? Fine. An artist has been afforded a plot of land in Oslo, Norway, upon which she has planted a thousand tree saplings. In one hundred years, the trees will be cut and turned into paper, upon which a series of original works by various authors will be printed for the very first time. The first author slated to submit an original manuscript is Margaret Atwood.

Sigh.

There are so many presumptions bundled with this project I don't even know where to begin. Let's stick with the authors. Margaret Atwood is a great writer, but is she going to be relevant in the year 2114? Awfully optimistic, and that goes for all of the authors to be announced with this project.

I try to imagine how we, you and me in this century, would react to news that a vault has just been opened and the works of authors from a century ago will soon be published for the very first time. And published in the manner that was in fashion a century ago. Sounds neat, right? Although, like me, you probably have a certain level of expectation as to who those authors will be. Names like Walt Whitman, James Joyce, or even H.G. Wells might spring to mind. But what if the artist who set this whole thing up in 1914 had other ideas?

As an aside, I'd also like to mention that 1914 was one of the rare years in which no one was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Not one.

What if the hypothetical trove of books from 1914 was penned by famous authors of the time that just aren't as universally beloved as they were back then? I don't hear the names Anatole France or Elinor Glyn bandied about that often. But I'm not a historian or member of the literati, so my ignorance must be excused. I just can't help but wonder who, if anyone in 2114, will care to hear news that there is about to be a brand new Margaret Atwood novel published?

The reactions may range from "Who was Margaret Atwood?" to "What is a book?" to "Oh my god, why are you cutting down those trees? We have so few left!"

Anyway, I'm much more concerned with books that are being published now. Like these that have recently found their way onto my bookshelves.


The Codebreakers: Beta by Colin F. Barnes - This used to be called Assembly Code, the second book in Colin's Techxorcist trilogy, but I guess it's had a little touch-up done in the presentation department. Oh well, I'm sure the quality has only improved.

The Six-Gun Tarot by R.S. Belcher - While on Goodreads, this novel came up as a recommendation for my weird western shelf. For a couple of bucks, I thought I would add it to the proverbial pile. It certainly has some good reviews behind it.

Fistful of Reefer by David Mark Brown - This weird western caught my eye with its snazzy cover and title. It's only a couple bucks on Kindle, but I managed to find it free on Kobo. Yee-hah!




Girl of Great Price by Milo James Fowler - Here's an advance review copy for a new one from Milo that's due out at the start of October.

Operation: Ice Bat edited by Brian Keene - This is an anthology set up to benefit someone. I forget who, quite honestly. I assume, given the slug-like pace of healthcare reform in America, an author is in dire straits with medical bills. There are certainly enough who could use every bit of help they can get. And I get a book, so hurray.

Red Cells by Jeffrey Thomas - Here's a releae from DarkFuse, one that cuaght my eye when it first came out, but I kind of let it slip under the radar. I saw it only three bucks or so on the Kindle Store, so I figured I'd scoop it up.

September 8, 2014

The Kill Stays In the Picture: a review of Adam Cesare's "The First One You Expect"

The First One You Expect
by Adam Cesare
Broken River Books (2014)
77 pages
ASIN: B00I6Q5780

You'll occasionally hear one of your male friends complain about his crazy ex-girlfriend. I know I have. Well, it's safe to say that no matter how crazy those gals were, they got nothin' on Anna.

Okay, technically Anna is Tony's new production assistant, but let's not get bogged down in details, all right?

Ya see, Tony is an independent filmmaker, a connoisseur of super-underground, micro-budget, hyper-violent horror movies. As such, he's kind of catering to a niche market. A niche market that's barely heard of him, but that changes when Anna comes on board to help him with the online fundraiser. The fans love her. But as Tony's latest project picks up steam, things get weird. Like, oh my god I hired a psycho kind of weird.

Adam's offering of this psycho-thriller crackles with tension. I'm tempted to call it a roller coaster ride of horror, but it's more like poor Tony fell out of the proverbial tree house of horror and hit every branch on the way down. Despite the supremely bad choices Tony makes, his desire for recognition and validation outweighing instincts of self-preservation, Adam makes him sympathetic to a point, and as for Anna ... well, there is a certain attractive quality to her hidden under all that cray cray.



September 5, 2014

To Die For Love Story: a review of Jeff Strand's "Kumquat"

Kumquat
by Jeff Strand
published in 2014
265 pages
ASIN B00LFW9MR4

I can't help it. I see that title and I think tropical porn. I am an odd duck like that, but so is Jeff Strand. Don't believe me? Just read one of his horror novels. This isn't one of those, however.

No, Kumquat defies classification, although if it were a film it would slip snugly into the romantic comedy genre. And if I'm looking for a writer that can bring the comedy, it's Jeff Strand. Dangrous Dan compared it to The Garden State starring Zach Braff. What a horrible thing to say, as there was nary a trace of comedy in that movie.

Todd, a nothin'-happenin' fella with a love of movies, goes to a pretty sad film festival only to have the time of his life when he meets the gal of his dreams, Amy. Too bad she has an inoperable aneurysm just waiting to go off inside her skull at any moment. Well, heck. They hit it off anyway, and before Todd knows it, he's ditching work, blowing off his under-achieving/hyper-sensitive roommate, and driving his jalopy with Amy riding shotgun from Florida all the way to Rhode Island. Just to try a hot dog.

The silliness of the book's premise is not lost on the author or its characters. There is as much quirkiness as there is charm,  aided by Jeff's gatling-gun style of one-liners and punchlines. But at its heart, the book reveals a very sweet, very simple relationship between two people with little to lose but still very anxious about taking some momentous first steps.

It's impressive to see Jeff Strand's range from horror to YA thrillers to rom-com, but I am kind of psyched to hear he'll be coming back to horror with a sequel to Wolf Hunt. I can't help it.



September 3, 2014

Chasing Tale [9/3/14]: The Curious Case of Patrick McLaw

For a few days there, it seemed like Patrick McLaw, a school teacher in Maryland, had been hauled off by law enforcement and thrown in the loony bin for the unwholesome activity of self-publishing a sci-fi novel. At least that is what local reporters in Cambridge, Maryland had led the public to believe. The wording of this report was bewildering.


It was only days later through the efforts of the The Atlantic and the L.A. Times did any real answers come about, though those answers didn't do a lot to dissuade concerns about the swiftness and severity of response levied upon Patrick McLaw.


As it stands, a celebrated and beloved teacher was involuntarily sent for an emergency psychiatric evaluation after submitting a four-page letter to his employers. A letter in which he does not actually threaten anyone at all, but instead supposedly laments the end of a romantic relationship and complains about his mother. For that, he was suspended and banned from school property, his home raided by police, and schools searched with K-9 units for explosive devices and firearms (of which none where found). While the D.A. tries to diminish how much McLaw's self-published novel about a school shooting set in the 30th century spurred such an extreme reaction from law enforcement, the D.A. admitted that the book did actually influence the response. 

But while authorities insist McLaw is not under arrest and no criminal charges are currently pending, pertinent details about this incident, including whether or not Patrick McLaw is still being held against his will in a mental facility, are still being kept from the press.

I am relieved to know Patrick McLaw was not incarcerated solely for writing a work of fiction, as that sounded just too Orwellian to be believed, but I am still troubled by the lack of transparency from authorities and the complicity of local journalists, and how innocuous details of McLaw's life are being not-so-subtly used to paint him in a negative light.

I am very interested to hear what McLaw has to say, if anything, when he is afforded an opportunity to do so.

In the meantime, I will entertain myself with some genre fiction, which would likely land all of these authors in a straight-jacket if they lived in Cambridge, Maryland.


Revenant Road by Michael Boatman - I first found out Boatman wrote horror from the now defunct Pod of Horror some years back. Wasn't until last week that I finally got around to buying one of his books to put on my to-be-read pile. Kind of a monster hunter vibe too. Neat.

Duke City Split by Max Austin - A new pen name for Steve Brewer that seems to be paying off, as the sequel to this hard-boiled crime novel already has a sequel just months after this novel's release.

The Deep by Nick Cutter - The Troop was a super-creepy horror novel, so I can only imagine what Cutter has up his sleeves when he delves into the deep blue sea.


The Buried Children by Daniel Farcas - This one showed up out of the blue in my inbox last week. Looks like it's a take on true events in eastern Europe. Might be worth checking out.

Time of Death: Induction by Shana Festa - I'm listening to the audiobook version of this one via Audible. Nothing like putting on the ol' earbuds and peddle while stationary bike while someone else tries to outrun zombies.

Black Magic Woman by Justin Gustainis - I'm in the middle of Gustainis' Occult Crimes Unit trilogy, but I found myself drawn to this series too, so I bought the first book of a more hard-boiled urban fantasy trilogy.



Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison - Speaking of urban fantasy, this first book in Harrison's series showed up as a freebie on the Kindle store recently and I figured I'd roll the dice on it. The gals at I Smell Sheep approve of it, anyway.
Everything Theory: Blood Routes by Barry Napier - This is the second book in Barry's Everything Theory series. I haven't read the first book yet, but Barry has a knack for spooky things and I don't doubt these books will provide that and a bit more.




Lifetime by Kit Power - This one is a novella that was sent my way, and it looks like a claustrophobic little thriller. Kit's been doing some interesting stuff over at Ginger Nuts of Horror and I have an interview coming up with him soon.


Fight Card: Swamp Walloper by Jack Tunney - Here's another audiobook from Audible, this one a pulpy slobberknocker from the Fight Card series. This time around the Jack Tunney pen name is helmed by Paul Bishop.

All Due Respect #2/#3 by various authors - How about some gritty crime fiction in short story form? I picked up two issues of this periodical, which sports quite a few names I've heard of, plus some new names I look forward to checking out.

September 1, 2014

An Excerpt of Matthew W. Harrill's "Hellbounce"

Hellbounceby Matthew W. Harrill 

Demons don’t always hide in the dark.





Synopsis:

As a psychologist in a prison hospital, Eva Ross had always dealt with her share of sinners. The corrupt, the insane, their minds were all hers to unlock. But when those around her, those she trusted with her life start to exhibit the same characteristics, she is forced to turn to a stranger, a man whose name she is incapable of even remembering, for sanctuary. 

Follow Eva as she crosses continents to unlock the answers, and her eventual destiny.




Excerpt:

Harold Fronhouse was a short man, not far over five feet in height. He sat secured in a straightjacket, and strapped to a wheelchair. He wore no mask. As Eva and Jenny entered the room, he watched, unblinking. As Jenny sat down, he gazed at her with the eyes of a predator. “Nice.”
Eva glanced at Jenny, who watched Harold the way a small child watched a stranger, not taking her eyes off him. She was uncomfortable.
“Harold. How are you today?”
“Hungry,” came the reply, although Fronhouse still had not taken his eyes off Jenny. This was going bad quickly.
“Well I see from your records you don’t appear to have had much problem with your meals.”
Fronhouse eyed Jenny up and down once more, and then turned his head to Eva. “Unsatisfied.” His eyes widened slightly and he fidgeted.
“Nothing changes then,” agreed Eva, motioning Jenny to take notes, more to give her something to do than for the need. “Harold likes to play games,” Eva lectured. “One-word answers can go on for days if he feels like it. It’s a shame. He is such a conversationalist. But I know what you love to talk about, don’t I?” Eva spoke as she would to a pet.
In response, Fronhouse grinned, the vacuous smile of one not in possession of all their mental faculties. “The bomb.”
Eva leaned forward, a conspirator to his cause. “Yes the bomb. Why don’t you tell us the story of the bomb.”
Fronhouse trembled with excitement, and looked at Eva as if seeking to please a master. “I was young, not more than a child. We lived in a farmhouse in the hills. My parents used to have parties. The sorts of parties where you put your car keys in a jar and the wife left with whoever owned the keys she pulled out. They loved that sort of thing. It gave them excitement.
"Over time, my mother pulled the same keys repeatedly. My father grew suspicious.” Fronhouse cackled to himself at some perceived vision.
“He took me with him once and showed me my mother and her lover through a window in the house. He was behind her. They were naked. She was moaning.” Fronhouse again watched Jenny as he said this, evidently gauging the impact of his words. Jenny had dropped her pad and pen in her lap, just staring.
Fronhouse, restless now, fidgeted more. “My father took me home and told me he was going to make my mother pay for this, and he wanted my help. We built a bomb, and fitted it under her car.” He turned his head to one side and growled: “Yes, I can feel it, too.”


Reviews:

Hellbounce is the first book of the ARC chronicles and was recently released by Heart Powered Publishing. Since then, the novel has gained exceptional reviews from people across the web:

“This book caught me in the opening and never let up.” -ruffy, Amazon review

“Wow. This guy has talent. Serious talent. . . . [Hellbounce] pulls you in, mangles your emotions and pushes your senses to the brink, and when you're done, you need a drink and a good night's rest. With the lights on.” -P. Palmer, Amazon review

"Hold on to your seats and take a ride to hell and back. A prison hospital psychologist spends a romantic night with a man she simply cannot remember. When you think her life could not be any more complicated, all hell breaks loose and she finds herself on a mission unlike any other." - Claudia, Goodreads review 

"This is not a genre I would generally read, in fact it's a genre I dislike. . . . However . . . I was hooked from the first few pages and I haven't devoured a book this quickly in long time. . . . I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy." - Sean Groom, Goodreads Review



Where to Get it:


Learn more about Hellbounce, read other reviews, or purchase it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

August 29, 2014

Infernal Inspirations: a guest post by G.R. Wilson, author of "Right Behind You"

Hello literary world! My name is G.R. Wilson, and I try to minimize how much I write about myself in third person. I'm a relatively new author: I used to write short stories frequently in elementary school, and then for whatever reason just sort of stopped as I got older. In college a couple years ago I started again, and ended up publishing my first book, Right Behind You: Tales of the Spooky and Strange in Fall 2013. This month, my short story The Tale of Patchy Jack was featured in Michael K. Silva's The Nightmare Engine, Issue 7.

Right Behind You is a scary story anthology, and I wrote with the Young Adult demographic (around ages 13 and up) in mind, though I venture that people much older than that enjoy it. My goal was to write some stories that would be good for campfire reading, some better suited to solitary late-night reading, and some suited for both.

In my Horror writing, (and Horror is my specialty genre for right now,) I'm inspired by many things: my own dreads and phobias, ghost stories I heard as a kid, history, technology. I'm confident that this wide range of inspiration shows in my book, where the stories feature everything from a Borg-like, hive-mind computer, to Lovecraftian tentacle beasts, to deranged doctors, to a wereskunk. And, good old-fashioned traditional ghosts, too.

The way I wrote Right Behind You was this: a couple years ago as I said, when I began writing again after a decade long hiatus, I quickly jumped to writing Horror. It's always just been a genre (among others) that's excited my imagination, and, I used to have nasty nightmares as a kid, so I think writing and talking about Horror has been a form of “taking control” for me. Anyway, I wrote one scary story, then another, then another, and then I had many short scary stories, I took some good ones, edited them, and self-published them into a book. My friend helped me edit, and another friend did the cover art, for which I'm very grateful.

When I'm not writing about giant neon hybrid spider/wasps and ancient Cambodian dragons, (look for my next book this October 1st by the way; Paranoia: More Dark Tales from the Mind of G.R. Wilson) I like to ride horses, collect and play war board games, run, and spend time with my bad-ass and supportive girlfriend. A few of my favorite fiction writers include Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, Ayn Rand, and Mark Twain.

My official website is www.authorgrwilson.com. You can find all kinds of information, excerpts, and news there. Most importantly: you can sign up for my free twice-a-month newsletter there, in which I give out free scary stories, news on my upcoming projects, and recommendations of other good Horror media I come across. Subscribers will get a special offer regarding my second book, Paranoia, another Horror anthology, which I aim towards an older demographic.

Anyway, thanks for allowing me to introduce myself and my work to you. If you're in the mood for scary stories you can read in a single sitting, and you like variety, please consider checking out the excerpts and reviews of my book. And, sign up for my newsletter: you get a free story just for signing up!

Best regards,

G.R. Wilson

August 27, 2014

Book Trailer Tips for Indie Authors: a guest post by Patty Templeton, author of “There Is No Lovely End”

Book Trailer Tips for Indie Authors:
A Guest Post by Patty Templeton, author of “There Is No Lovely End”






Is there anything worse than suffering through a crappy book trailer?
I mean, yes. Yes, there is. Cancer. The Apache Tracker. When some a-hole at the bar keeps playing “We Built This City” over and over on the digital juke box.
But still. The point of a book trailer is to give the author yet another social platform to connect with readers. You want folks to share your trailer…not eyeroll, snort, and move on.
Here are a few tips when prepping for the birth of a book trailer.
  • NETWORK! Online and in-person.
I’m serious. By network, I mean MAKE FRIENDS! Not HAWK THY SELF.

Step 1: Go to writer conventions, local open mics, readings, and other bookish events. Be a part of in-person communities like your library and local bookstores. If no open mics exist in your town…organize one. I hear they’re free when thrown in your living room or the park. Think about what other interests you have that tie to your writing and find those people, too! Are you a horror or dark fantasy author? Check out local horror fan conventions. Are you a romance writer? Find somewhere willing to host a romance movie marathon to meet people.

You’ve created entire worlds in your fiction. Suck it up and create an open mic.

Sub-tip: People are just as lonely, scared, and shy as you. Just say hi.

Step 2: Be a part of online communities. Pinterest! Twitter! Tumblr! Facebook! Blog! All these things…do one or two of them. Hell, do all of them, but use them to build community with folks. To make friends. Not to be all “I HAVE A BOOK! I HAVE A BOOK! BUY MY BOOK!” Because F that S. No one cares. People want friends. They want genuine interaction. They don’t want to be sold to.

What does this have to do with book trailers?

I scored my book trailer company (Rule2 Productions) because of a longtime convention-circuit friend. They are an affordable company who do quality work. I can’t afford much, but we were able to come to an accord. I would’ve never known about Rule2 if I hadn’t first sought bookish friends.

An important realization about your author brand is that “successful marketing is about delighting existing fans”…meaning friends. Delight your friends and they will delight in sharing your work. You have to have friends (online or in-person) to delight them.

  • RESEARCH! What works and what is crap?
Would you write about Salvador Dali at the World’s Fair without having at least scanned Wikipedia? Would you write a Mary Todd Lincoln-griffon hybrid/Susan B. Anthony-centaur slash fic without researching what they looked like? Would you write a 1970s Kentucky-werewolf-trucker story without looking up CB slang? No. You wouldn’t. Do your homework. Research good and bad book trailers so you know what you want and what you want to avoid.

Here’s a few folks that are doing it right:

C.S.E. Cooney

Neil Gaiman

Jenny Lawson

Tom Rob Smith

Chuck Wendig

They are all writers at different points in their careers and with different levels of involvement in their book trailers. Some of these are high budget affairs. Some are low to mid-level. The point: idea build by looking at other book trailers.
  • Your book trailer editor will probably not read your book. So…
You need to have certain elements ready for them.
  • A short script. We are talking 1 – 1.5 minutes. This is not your book jacket copy. Think of it as an amped elevator pitch. You probably don’t want your entire trailer to be dialogue or voiceover from frontend to back. You can make it longer than 1.5 minutes, but it better be GOOD.
  • An excerpt of the book for the book trailer editor.
  • A page or less synopsis of your book – because your editor probably won’t have time to read your excerpt.
  • Buzzwords about your book that should be reflected in the trailer. Example: I told my book trailer editor that my novel was darkly humorous, whimsical, Tim Burtony, murderous, and Victorian.
  • Art. Do you have cover art, character art, clever ad art? Any art you have should go to the editor.
  • Music. You don’t necessarily have to come up with this, but if you want a certain song – you have to ask permission to use that song and give credit to the artist in your book trailer’s info. Permissions usually cost money…unless, maybe you MADE FRIENDS WITH A BAND! Soundtracking is something that your book trailer production company should deal with though.
  • Blurbs, links, and promotional hubbub that can be used as back matter for the book trailer.

  • Go for simple.
Unless you have a Hollywood budget or hella talented friends working for you, you shouldn’t try to do a movie trailer concept for a book trailer. A simple, intriguing trailer is of much better use to you than a hokey, overdone one.

Last thoughts? Don’t give it all away. Ask writers who they’ve used for book trailers. Query the companies of book trailers you’ve enjoyed to see if they have sliding-scale payment options. Don’t try to mash too much into one minute. Decide if you want to be visually striking or verbally striking…can your trailer be both? Think of the mood you want to invoke in your viewer, and go for it.

High fives, and good luck, my friends.

If you want a gander at the book trailer for my first novel, There Is No Lovely End, here it is…



PATTY TEMPLETON is roughly 25 apples tall and 11,000 cups of coffee into her life. She wears red sequins and stomping boots while writing, then hits up back-alley dance bars and honky tonks. Her stories are full of ghosts, freaks, fools, underdogs, blue collar heroes, and never giving up, even when life is giving you shit. She won the first-ever Naked Girls Reading Literary Honors Award and has been a runner-up for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. There Is No Lovely End is her first novel.


Say hi over at her Twitter, Tumblr, or blog

August 26, 2014

Chasing Tale [8/26/14]: Do Kindles Kill Brain Cells?

The Guardian discussed something that's been floating around for at least a couple years now, and that's the notion that e-readers are reducing our capacity to retain the books we are reading. I'm not sure how accurate this study is, because what it basically found was that between a mystery novel read in paperback form and on an iPad, the paperback readers were better able to list 14 specific plot points in the correct order. That's it. And it was apparently attributed to the tactile feel of the pages passing through the fingers while reading.

Fine. I have a Kindle, not an iPad, so is that thing making it harder for me to retain the details of the books I read. I don't think so. I haven't really put it to the test, though. I figure if anything is killing my brain cells, it's social media and reality TV, the latter I avoid like the bubonic plague. The one medium I've noticed a bit harder time in retaining details has been audiobooks, but that's because it is a very passive reading experience and I will occasionally allow my mind to wander with some random thought while the audiobook continues to play. That is something I need to work on.

So, what say you? What's your preferred reading method? Feel free to leave a comment and let me know, and let me know what you've been reading lately. Here's a bunch that I've added to my to-be-read shelf recently, too.


Hard Bite / Bite Harder by Anonymous-9 - Blasted Heath dropped the price on this one as an enticement, I assume, since the follow-up novel, Bite Harder, was released recently. C'mon, a crime novel with a helper monkey? You know you'd read that.

Inside Straight by Ray Banks - Another one from Blasted Heath, this time from Ray Banks. Nothing like a little British noir to throw onto the to-be-read pile.



The Infinite Battle: Star Hounds by David Bischoff - I received an Audible version of this sci-fi novel from its narrator, Bryan Reid. I haven't read any space-faring stuff in a while, so this should be a nice change of pace.

Borderline by Lawrence Block - I received an Audible version of this classic crime novel from the man himself. I've only just started getting into Block's work, mainly through his Scudder stories, but I'm quickly appreciating why he is so heavily praised by readers.

Thirty by Lawrence Block (as Jill Emerson) - Another audiobook by the man, but with a different narrator this time, as well from his previously published works as Jill Emerson. Steamy stuff from what I understand, too.



Crude Carrier by Rex Burns - Here's another much-heralded author who's been around for decades and I've yet to read his work. Well, Open Road Media will publish this one this fall, so maybe I'll just have to start with this one.

Wee Rockets by Gerard Brennan - More noir from Blasted Heath, this time around it's set in West Belfast with a gang of teen hoodlums and the shit they get up to. Ought to be good.

Night Kills by Ed Gorman - I found this for a couple bucks on the Kindle Store. A guy comes home and finds a dead hooker in his freezer, but he can't call the cops because of his shady past. Not a bad kick-start.


The Last Stop by Matthew Hanover - This was a short story Matthew sent me for review via Audible. A neat little Hitchcockian-style story by the sounds of it with a gaggle of strangers trapped on a train.

Once Upon a Sixgun by Lee Houston Jr., Nikki Nelson-Hicks, Mark Galineau, & Joseph King -A weird western won via Todd Keisling's recent Facebook release party. Thanks to Nikki for this one, and one further down the list.

Exorcist Road by Jonathan Janz - Janz has a new novel out this summer, which is weird because I could have sworn Castle of Sorrows just came out a couple months ago. Prolific little bastard, ain't he?


Long Lost Dog of It by Michael Kazepis -Broken River Books offered this noir novel as a freebie not too long ago, and considering the caliber of authors I've seen them publish, I downloaded this without hesitation.

Die for Me / Yesterday Is Dead / Speak for the Dead by Jack Lynch - Three more Jack Lynch novels slated for re-release soon from Brash Books.



The Ten Thousand Things by Tim Marquitz, J.M. Martin, & Kenny Soward - Some more weird western on my Kindle, this one a follow-up to Those Poor, Poor Bastards.

The Vagrants by Brian Moreland - In Samhain's horror line, I've bought or been given several books, but never one by Moreland that I can recall. Well, I fixed that with this short novel.

A Chick, a Dick, and a Witch Walk Into a Barn by Nikki Nelson-Hicks - This is a short story with a long title that I won, but by gawd, it sounds like it's right up my alley.


Less Than Human by Gary Raisor - Road house + vampires. Stop right there. I'm sold.

Lock-In by John Scalzi - I downloaded the Audible version of this to review. There are two versions apparently, by Amber Benson and Wil Wheaton. I went with the Benson one, but hard to go wrong either way I reckon.

Right Behind You by G.R. Wilson - A collection of nine "spooky "stories that are aimed at a YA-and-up audience. Hmmm. maybe some Brian Lumley or R.L. Stine inspired stuff, perhaps?


World War Cthulhu by various authors - I received my fundraiser's e-copy of this one shortly before its release. An anthology of gigantic, Lovecraftian apocalypse? Yeah, totally my cup of tea. Lots of cool artwork and a ton of stories to be read. Should be fun.

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