February 20, 2015

Chasing Tale [Feb 20, 2015]: Dig Up, Stupid

Chasing Tale is where I highlight the books added to my bookshelf, as well as a place where I rant about whatever is on my mind at any given moment.

There are some writers that just don't know when to keep their big mouths shut. Listverse recently offered up their "10 Writers Who Took Themselves Way Too Seriously," highlighting some famous and not-so-famous writers who let their a-hole flags fly.

Some had public meltdowns after their books received negative reviews. Some pompously compared themselves to and even hoisted themselves above true literary legends. And some are just stunningly ignorant to a degree that defies all reason.

This week saw one writer post a little rant on Facebook deriding his chosen genre for being full of untalented amateurs, even going the extra step to describe the way the female writers dress as "mostly hags." This, if you are not already aware is Women In Horror Month, and that brief tirade by a relatively obscure debut author struck a nerve with more than a few of those "hags."

Look, I don't know the guy, hadn't even heard of the guy before this week, but now I've heard of him and it's not because of the novel he wrote. My time is precious, my TBR pile is massive, and I am always looking for excuses to cull the herd so to speak, and finding out about all the authors behaving like a-holes helps me out a lot. Just like those authors mentioned in the Listverse article, I might have been bothered to check out that guy's novel ... if he'd just kept his big mouth shut.


The writers highlighted below haven't acted like a-holes ... yet (still time, boys and girls), so take a look at what wound up on my to-be-read pile recently and leave a comment with what catches your eye, or just let me know what you've added to your own TBR pile recently.


Invasion at Bald Eagle by Kris Ashton - Kris' new scifi novel came out in January and he sent me a copy for review. I've only sampled Kris' short stories thus far, which are pretty darned good, so I'm figuring I should get a kick out of an homage of pulpy alien invaders tales.

Revenge Is a Redhead by Phil Beloin Jr. - A neat-sounding novella I scoped out on the cheap that features a loser on the rocks teamed up with a stripper in a desperate bid to survive the night.

The Last Porno Theater by Nick Cato - A bit of a horror thriller blend about the last porno theater in Times Square. Sounds like a healthy blend of sleaze and suspense.


Vortex by Lawrence C. Connolly - I picked up the third book in Connelly's Veins trilogy, since I had grabbed the first two books when they first went on sale in January. I hear they all work as strand-alones, but work best when read concurrently. So there ya go.

Mercenary by David Gaughran - Last I checked, this was still a freebie on the Kindle Store. It's a historical novel set in Honduras. I've not read Gaughran's work outside his blogging about writing and self-publishing, so this might be good as a test drive.

Control by Ed Kurtz - While is doing a bang-up job writing crime fiction these days, he also knows his way around the horror genre. This one has a loner with a bug hobby wind up contracting something after scoring a rare spider that gives him the ability to control the minds of others. Creepy stuff, right?


Scaremongers by Gregory Lamberson - For less than a buck, I got this urban fantasy novella penned by a guy know for some of the more viscerally-charged action horror out there. So ... cool!

The Trader: Man With No Face by R.K. Mann - I received a review copy of this scifi novel that has an astronaut stranded on an alien planet with his five senses replaced by telepathy.

Alpha Male by Joshua Mays - Sharon, one of my cohorts over at I Smell Sheep, gave me the heads up on this superhero novel. Bit by bit, the superhero genre is creeping into novels thanks to the insane popularity of films--oh and comic books. I hear there are still these things called comic books. Anyway, caped crusaders are this decade's zombies.


Monster Behind the Wheel by Michael McCarty & Mark McLaughlin - I read a book Michael McCarty collaborated on with Amy Grech a few years ago that I quite liked, so when I stumbled across this psycho thriller with a bad-ass cover, and recalling McLaughlin's name from a couple hilarious episodes of The Funky Werepig podcast, I figured I had to give this one a chance.

Hit Girls by Dreda Say Mitchell - A while back I was wondering what names to look for when it came to women writing British noir, and someone recommended Dreda's work. Lo and behold, I found one of her books on the Kindle Store. It is supposed to work as a stand-alone, though it is the second or third in a series. Hey, I'll take it.

Knuckleball by Tom Pitts - A new novella coming in March from One Eye Press, and this one sounds like a doozy. If nothing else, the cover for this book is a home run.


Protectors: Stories to Benefit PROTECT edited by Thomas Pluck - Even if this anthology wasn't donating all of its proceeds to a worthy cause, the table of contents is impressive enough. Joe Lansdale, Andrew Vachss, George Pelecanos, James Reasoner, and on and on.

Dreadful Skin by Cherie Priest - Before Priest was killing it with steampunk and zombies, she wrote a couple horror novels, and this werewolf novel slipped under my radar until now.

Sing Me Your Scars by Damien Angelica Walters - The Apex Voices series looks to the deviously talented Damien Walters for its third installment. This collection offers some of her best short stories as well as some new ones. I have an interview with her coming up very soon on the blog too, so watch out for that.


The Fall Guy by Simon Wood - Snagged this one cheap on the Kindle Store. A lovable loser runs afoul of a criminal kingpin after a botched drug deal. I hear Simon's quite good with thrillers, so we'll see.

Pretty Little Dead Girls by Mercedes M. Yardley - Woohoo! Who has two thumbs and a signed copy of Mercedes' latest novel? This guy, that's who. Thanks again, M!

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