April 3, 2015

Nice Horrible Things: a Guest Post by Austin Dragon, author of "Hell’s Menagerie" and “Hollow Blood”

“I saw Joseph Stalin shoot Che Guevera dead and then proceed to beat Pol Pot to death. Mao Zedong and Adolf Hitler sat there laughing. It was all an epic achievement of science!”

Uncle Joe killed his brothers, Che and Pol, because he felt they had not killed enough people to be part of their Billion Dead Club, and was genuinely offended by their existence.

That was the pivotal issue. It began as a tiny whisper of a voice in her head and had grown into unsettling screams of conscience. They were sim-clones—not the actual murderous despots, not even real clones of the actual murderous despots—but everyone treated them as if they were the real thing. More importantly, the Hell Boys believed they were real men.

The Keeper decided one day she would kill all her ‘boys.’ This spontaneous morality that mirrored, what she often said aloud, “the archaic and simple-minded, paleo-religious social constructs” of Jew-Christians had first crept into her mind more than a year ago. She fought it within herself intensely at the beginning and asked herself, how such an upstanding free-thinking Pagan scientist such as herself could have anything in common with those people? But over the course of a year, she slowly began to embrace her new state of mind. She became as convinced in the need to destroy them, as she was to have them ‘birthed’ in the first place. She even announced her decision to her biological father and boss before...

Excerpt from Hell’s Menagerie (After Eden Series, Tek-Fall, Episode II)

His very eyes bulged from their sockets; his teeth jutted forward from his wide-open mouth, unable to scream; his ponytail flew and flapped behind his head, and his hands clutched his horse, Gunpowder, with inhuman strength borne out of the depths of panic.

Ichabod rode the horse out of Sleepy Hollow in the grips of incredible terror. The ground was ripped up with the terrible force of his horror-stricken horse as both man and beast disappeared into the night.

In close pursuit, the black goblin horse appeared with its huge, misshapen, towering rider—a glowing pumpkin already in the rider's hand. The rider had neither neck nor head on his shoulders. They raced after their prey like an unstoppable force.

It was Ichabod Crane's last day alive. The year was 1790.

Excerpt from Hollow Blood (Sleepy Hollow Horrors, Book 1)

When horror is done right, it is a great genre. However, as I think most of know, most of it is far from great. For me, classic horror is The Exorcist, The Shining, Alien (a nice sci-fi-horror hybrid). But as the television blockbuster The Walking Dead shows (I wrote a blog post: Top Five Reasons Why the Walking Dead is Great Drama), good horror is not about the special effects or gore. It’s the story!—kind of like good drama in any drama.

This March, I released the latest novel in my After Eden science fiction thriller series, Hell’s Menagerie. I also debuted my first classic horror novel, Hollow Blood (Sleepy Hollow Horrors, Book 1), and officially making myself a multi-genre author.

The reason I published both at the same time is that they are both about horror. Hell’s Menagerie (and its predecessor, Metal Flesh) delve into the ‘horror’ of modern science. The science fiction of the 1890s, 1960s and 1980s is being replaced by science fact. However, have we as a society even begun to think about the ramifications. In many ways, the real science can be far more terrifying than any book or movie, because it’s real! In Hell’s Menagerie, set in 2093, they are making monsters—and not just simulated clones of long dead mass-murderers. Do we stop it? Can it be stopped?

In Hollow Blood, the horror is more of the classic kind. We are told there is no Headless Horseman. But a man is still dead. The protagonist of the story says it was a human, not supernatural murderer. But why is does the very air around Sleepy Hollow seem to be haunted? Why do the trees seem to be watching you? Why do even the most docile of animals in the wild seem to be deranged and stalking you.

The books represent two different types of horror: the intellectual, fear of future kind, the other, a creepy atmosphere that screams that something is evil lurking with a whisper. My After Eden Series continues to the outbreak of World War III. My Sleepy Hollow Horrors are simply the introduction to more horror to come.

About the Author: Austin Dragon is author of the After Eden Series and the new Sleepy Hollow Horrors. He is a native New Yorker, but has called Los Angeles, California home for the last twenty years. Words to describe him, in no particular order: U.S. Army, English teacher, one-time resident of Paris, political junkie, movie buff, campaign manager and staffer of presidential and gubernatorial campaigns, Fortune 500 corporate recruiter, renaissance man, and dreamer.

In 2015, he releases the next books in the science fiction series along with brand new series and new genres in mystery, cyberpunk, fantasy, and YA dystopia!

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Website and blog: http://www.austindragon.com

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