Archive for October, 2014

Terror Train Anthology Podcast

Something that has been an extremely cool idea of the folks over at James Ward Kirk Fiction, and has been running for a little while now, is a podcast which features readings of a weekly story and/or poems from the anthology Terror Train, spearheaded by one of the editors of the work, Krista Clark and superbly read and narrated by David Schutz II and Mary Genevieve Fortier (Mary G. Fortier-Schütz II).

It is up to week ten on this novel approach to the work contained within the anthology, and this week, alongside Dona Fox’s ‘The Morpheus Special’ is my contribution, the cheerful tale ‘Training the Unfortunate.’ This one revolves around an offbeat and unique way of dealing with a homeless problem, or more appropriately, having them deal with the problem themselves. The main protagonist, Sloane is a deeply flawed and thoroughly unlikeable character, looking to flee the city of New York and a long string of indiscretions and serious crimes, via train to Memphis. Tune in and have a listen to what unfolds once he boards the train for the long journey, and then be sure to check out the book. Or vice versa. Anyway, make sure you do both.

It is a most surreal, but very interesting experience hearing something you wrote in an audio format, and this is definitely a first for me (aside from having stories read out way back in the school days, but hey, that’s an entirely different thing).

As it is week ten, that means there are a whole lot of weeks prior to check out and experience as well, and still many more stories and poems to appear in the coming weeks. Terror Train is comprised of an assortment of excellent authors and each of the pieces contained within are masterfully written, and masterfully read here in these podcasts.

Go on, grab hold of a ticket, get on board and sit back to enjoy the journey.

Book available through here http://smarturl.it/TerrorTrain

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AUTUMN BURNING: DREADTIME STORIES FOR THE WICKED SOUL

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The latest anthology which features a story from yours truly, has emerged from JEA, and managed to take off like a rocket in its first week out, climbing up into the top ten in horror anthologies in both the States and the UK.

Autumn Burning is a Halloween/Samhain themed collective of stories, predominantly horror. but with a few fantasy type of things as well, with some of the usual suspects and others chiming in to write for it. The turnaround on this book has been exceptional, considering it was only being discussed a month or so ago, and now it is here.

My piece in this wicked collective is a little different from what most might expect from me, something of a departure from ultra violent, visceral depravity and grindhouse tongue in cheek horror, in fact it is more what one would call a love story. It is a dark love story and ultimately a horror one too, but nonetheless it is a love story, In it, I pared back bloody carnage and violence in favour of a creepier, somewhat supernatural vibe and for me, it is quite subdued in tone.

If the subject matter appears eerily familiar, that is probably because it is, at least if you are familiar with the Type O Negative track ‘Creepy Green Light’ which which the story derives its name from. I was going to go with the title ‘Shadow Domain’, then ran with the more direct Creepy Green Light, though both are referenced in the piece. Bonus points for any other true Type O fanatic who catches the other reference to a separate song in it.

Check it out now, in paperback and Kindle format on Amazon, and keep an eye out for when it may surface on the likes of Barnes and Noble where most other books from JEA can now be obtained (including my grindhouse splatterpunk opus Plebs).

Venture forth into the autumn woods and share in the atmosphere of these Halloween tales. From the dark fantastic to the brutal depths of the imagination you’ll find just the classic tone you’re looking for from authors like:

Andy Bove, Roy C. Booth,
Christina Engela, Dona Fox,
Samantha Gregory, Jim Goforth,
Sharon L. Higa, Stuart Keane,
Axel Kohagen, Michael Noe,
Essel Pratt, Samuel Reese,
Aghori Shiavite, R. J. Spears,
and Brian Woods.

http://smarturl.it/AutumnBurning

REJECTED FOR CONTENT: SPLATTERGORE (RFC BOOK 1)

Rejected For Content Volume one, the extreme horror anthology from J. Ellington Ashton Press is finally here, edited by Catt Dahman (Smooth, Alice and Friends) and featuring a host of excellent authors including Alex Johnson (author of Bad Sunset), Mark Woods (Time of Tides), Michael Fish Fisher (DC’s Dead), Amanda Lyons (Wendy Won’t Go), Stuart Keane (The Customer Is Always…) and many others including of course, yours truly.

The concept for this collective of tales was created by a handful of us kicking around ideas and talk of stories which had been, or were likely to be rejected from various publishers on the grounds of their content or subject matter. From the seeds of these casual discussions, the idea took on a full form, albeit a monstrous, pulsating gruesome one with the potential to offend or disturb anybody game enough, or foolhardy enough to remain in its path. Cover art expert Fish drummed up a brilliant cover for the opus, the stories filed in and finally, the beast was primed to be released from its dank subterranean prison. And now, here it is. Rejected For Content: Splattergore, the first in a series.

Without doubt, there are some sick and twisted things at work here, there is buckets of blood and bloody violence, there is plenty of sex and there is language to make a sailor blush. But, there is far more to it; these are not merely tales written to engender shock factors or be grotesque just for the sake of it. Read them, be shocked, be unnerved, be appalled, but as you do, peel away those grimy bloody dripping layers and strip back those veneers and have a closer look at what is exposed inside. There are messages here. Come on in if you dare.

Full Table of Contents

© 2014 PUBIENNE TUEUR DE CHEVEUX Essel Pratt
© 2014 DEATHERZ Alex S. Johnson
© 2014 SPIDER MAN Mathias Jansson
© 2014 PACHYDERM Jeremy Maddux
© 2014 STANKPIT Dr. Reverend Lance Carbuncle
© 2014 DONT HANG YOURSELF (WHERE’S THE FUN IN THAT?) Toneye Eyenot
© 2014 THE OBELISK OF SOULS Lisa Dabrowski
© 2014 THE YEAR OF THE CAT Mark Woods
© 2014 ALL THAT REMAINS Amanda Lyons
© 2014 THE PERFECT WOMAN Kerry G.S. Lipp
© 2014 LUST AMONG THE REEFS Matthew Arkham.
© 2014 WHERE HERE SORROW RUNS TO WHEN IT MUST HIDE Christopher Ropes
© 2014 ALL MANNER OF SIN Toneye Eyenot
© 2014 GRAILITH Susan Simone
© 2014 RENDEVOUS Stuart Keane
© 2014 OUT OF DARKNESS COMES LIFE Michael Fisher
© 2014 THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD Jim Goforth
© 2014 DRIFT Todd Misura
© 2014 TERATOMA Dr. Reverend Lance Carbuncle
© 2014 DR. SADISTIC Lisa Dabrowski
© 2014 VENGEFUL GAMES OF FORCED CONSUMPTION Jason Hughes
© 2014 BETTER TO HAVE LOVED? Dona Fox
© 2014 A MESSAGE OF FLESH Kevin J MacLeod

Looking to be unnerved, disgusted, terrified and challenged? Step into a universe of bloody depravity, perversion, ultra-violence and the occasionally bizarre, but be prepared for what lurks inside. The dark and demented stories contained within this tumultuous tome weren’t all originally ‘rejected for content’ for no good reason. Check them out and you’ll see why…
http://smarturl.it/RejectedForContent

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