September 22, 2015

Creating Darkness: a guest post by Brick Marlin, author of "Shadow Out of the Sky"

Brick Marlin's Shadow Out of the Sky Tour

Creating Darkness
a guest post by Brick Marlin

I submerged myself into the creation of “Shadow Out of the Sky” with the premise of twisting the beloved Pied Piper into a sinister entity which returns to present day, decades later, shoving the world into an apocalypse by possessing each and every child, evolving them into flesh and blood killing machines, slaughtering adults – beginning with the slaughter of their parents. And if unleashing killer children were not enough, the entity orders people dragged into a field and impaled to death. There is also an appearance of huge rats, grown within the flesh of the children, birthing, splitting the young skin wide open, and spilling the monsters.

The book’s idea originally came from my short story “Woodbury”, published in Morpheus Tales Magazine #12, as well as appearing in their anthology, “The Best Weird Fiction Volume 4”, 3 years later.

I wanted to write a horrifying tale, making sure it to be apocalyptic terror, minus zombies. I wished to stay clear a cliché’s – one of my pet peeves when writing. I will admit I do enjoy novels, movies and especially the television series “The Walking Dead” with zombies. I grew up watching a lot of what I consider vintage horror, such as “The Wolfman” (1941) and “The House of Wax” (1953). Later my interests slipped into watching “The Thing” (1982), “The Howling” (1981) and even “An American Werewolf In London” (1981). So, being I doused myself in horror growing up, I dumped the bucket of pig’s blood over my head, inviting gruesome thoughts to inflict upon the human race. And what is the most sinister? Children becoming little monsters. Gage in Stephen King’s “Pet Cemetery” showed the world how demonic a dead child can be. And let’s not forget “Children of the Corn”.

Shadow Out of the Sky” is the first book in the Transitional Delusions series, a dark world flavored with dark science fiction, horror and a bit of cyberpunk. Please consider checking out my book. I have already been collecting good reviews, found either on Goodreads or Amazon. Also, please consider checking out my website,

About the author: Brick Marlin has been writing since he was a child. From an early age he was exposed to older horror movies. The great ones making their mark in history. He also tackled reading the likes of Stephen King, Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, Dean Koontz, Charles Dickens, Harper Lee, H.G. Wells, etc. Thus, he decided to engage himself and write horror, dark fantasy and dark sci-fi, scaring readers such as his parents, his friends, neighbors, and even leaving a few school teachers scratching their heads wondering if the boy should be committed or not with his gruesome tales of terror. Short story ideas continued to visit. A book idea or two sometimes stopped by for a sit. In 2007 he decided to take a more professional approach with his work. Hence, as a member of the Horror Writers Association, already having nine books published by small presses – this you hold in your hand, constant reader, makes his tenth – nearly thirty short stories published, adding to the few anthologies and collaborations with other authors, Brick Marlin trudges onward, hoping to achieve more creations, wallowing in the brain pans of his characters, giving them the choice whether to twist the knob and enter through the Red Door, or enter through the Blue Door where a group of servo monkey badgers are consuming packages of cinnamon-flavored Pop Rock Candy with a Kung Fu Punch of caffeine.

ShadowOutoftheSkyCover_1200X800Book Synopsis for Shadow Out of the Sky: A scarecrow crucified on a wooden cross made from a pair of two-by-fours sits in a field of corn, placed there to frighten away birds and protect the crops. Under its straw hat large buttons pose as its eyes, placed there by child’s fingers, view something sinister in the grave sky, appearing in front of the full moon.

Twisting, it forms into a sleek black mass, peering down upon the town of Woodbury. Four demons called The Reckoning has pulled this shadow, this urban legend from the past, out of an unmarked grave to bring terror across the planet, shoving it toward an apocalypse.

Now it cuts through the air, as if it were opening wounds in flesh, peering down at the first house that it hovers over...

Shadow Out of the Sky is Book One of the Transitional Delusions Series

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