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BLOOD MOON RISING-MICHAEL (M.A) CARSON

All through the whole month of May on Facebook, the Blood Moon Rising event created by Sam Gregory has been in full swing. Featuring scribes of the dark and fantastic, the horrific and the mind-bending, this event has been a non-stop ride with giveaways, interviews and abundant opportunities for question time with both established and up and coming authors.

Now, the Blood Moon Rising is just about to finally set, but it hasn’t yet come to a conclusion. and before the event does end there is one more author to wrap up proceedings, the one and only Michael (M.A) Carson.

The event is located here https://www.facebook.com/events/920306537989500/

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I will have to admit I’m not quite as familiar with the work of Mister Carson as I have been with several of the others who have taken the floor for the Blood Moon Rising, but if the reviews for his novel Beauty Is For Suckers: Live by the Vein. Die by the Vain are anything to go by, the fellow is one hell of a writer. Since I’m not quite up to date on all things Carson, I’ve lifted his bio from Amazon to help paint a clear picture.

Michael (M.A.) Carson grew up in San Marcos, California before moving to Montrose, Colorado with his parents and younger sister.

His love for writing started in fourth grade, providing him limitless possibilities for creative expression. After graduating college, Michael started writing novels, ranging from aliens to superheroes to beauty-sucking vampires. Genres were the jumping off point — a place where expectations, tropes, and cliches could be turned upside down.

Regardless of what he writes, his goal has always been the same: to take readers on a one-of-a-kind adventure and keep them laughing along the way. When he’s not writing, he enjoys cooking, drawing, cardboard sculpting, and taking long walks on the Colorado beaches.

His novel, the aforementioned Beauty is For Suckers was released by J. Ellington Ashton Press at the end of 2014 and this wholly unique take on the vampire theme hasn’t only garnered plenty of solid five star reviews, but is also the RMFW Colorado 2014 gold winner in speculative fiction as well as placing in the top ten for the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll for Other Novel in 2014.

The synopsis for this award winning novel is as follows,

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For eighteen-year-old Iris Greene, eternal beauty is a bite away. Iris isn’t tall or short. She isn’t skinny or fat. She is nothing worth remembering—a ghost through high school. But one bite on the neck will suck that away and fix every flat-chested flaw. One bite will give her a beauty that inspires confidence.

A small-town girl from Idaho, Iris moves to L.A. with dreams of an alabaster immortal draining the heat from her pores under a moonlit sky. What she gets is a scratchy mustache sucking on the back of her arm behind an alleyway Dumpster. Her fangs come in, and her heartbeat stops, but her body and face remain unchanged. She looks exactly as she did when she was human, except now, as a vampire, “average” is ugly by comparison.

The only one who can fix her now is the man who sucked her dry. With the help of Nolan Dayburn—an amateur vampire slayer unaware of what she is—Iris will face alleys, nightclubs, and the monsters who inhabit each for answers only an Elbow Biter can provide.

Writing about vampires might be a well-worn, often trodden path, but some of the snippets from various reviews demonstrate that this is no ordinary, regular, run of the mill, done to death, opus. and nor is it a grim horror outing, or a straightforward exploration of the standard vampire tropes. Instead, it is rife with comedic touches, and since it is actually book one in what promises to be a series about the protagonist Iris Greene, then there is going to be plenty more to look forward to from Michael Carson. Here’s just a few things folks have had to say about the book.

‘This was a hilarious romp through a unique and well-built world of Modern USA mixed with Vampires. Iris is funny, complex, and, while exceedingly naive, she is fun to follow on her adventure’

‘I had given up on vampire novels some years back after the depressingly bad twilight. Beauty is for suckers has changed that. A well written, funny, action packed tale. I loved it.’

‘Beauty is for Suckers has to be one of the best send ups of the whole vampire genre I’ve seen in a long while! Carson really gets the humor, the strangeness and even some of the smaller details that would come into vampirism if it became an issue in our real society and became a piece of pop culture. Reality is stranger than fiction and this book really touches on so many elements of that truth.

‘This incredibly funny vampire tale was well-written, with engaging characters and ludicrous situations that were nevertheless so viscerally described that they were ultimately believable. Recommended for fans of fangtastic humour.’

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However, don’t just take my word for it, or the words of these many reviewers who have certainly gotten their teeth into this engaging book. If you dig an inspired take or a new spin on that old vampire chestnut, then swing around and snatch a copy of Beauty is For Suckers out of the coffin.

While you are at it, make sure you go on a bit of a visit to Carson’s own website, where you will find that novels are not this crafty wordsmith’s only forte. Short stories and poems are there in proliferation too, every bit as hilarious as Beauty Is For Suckers is reported to be. I’ll post a series of links where you can check out more about this wonderful author below.

In the meantime, if you have any questions you would like to hurl at him, anything you would like to know, information on how the next installment of the Iris Green saga is coming along, or just random queries, then don’t miss catching up with Michael (M.A) Carson at the Blood Moon Rising event on Facebook on the final two days of May.

Below are a list of links where you can contact the good sir Carson and/or obtain his work.

http://www.macarson.com/

https://twitter.com/themacarson

https://www.facebook.com/imacarson

http://www.jellingtonashton.com/zombies-and-vampires.html

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5752113.M_A_Carson?from_search=true&search_version=service_impr

http://www.amazon.com/M.A.-Carson/e/B00IRMGQWY/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

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Book Reviews by Lisa Ann

I would like to introduce you to another amazing author. His books and stories are just phenomenal, I highly recommend that you check them out.

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Jim Goforth, ladies and gents…

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Let’s start with getting the formalities out of the way-
Tell me a little about yourself; age, location, family, etc.
  
 I’m 38, born and raised in Australia. My parents are both from different parts of the United States, with only me and my younger brother being born in Australia. I currently reside in a small country town called Holbrook, though the majority of my adult life was spent in Sydney. I’m more of a city kind of guy, so it’s a definite change of pace being in a little town, though I did grow up and attend schools…

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BLOOD MOON RISING-TONEYE EYENOT

Over on Facebook, there’s a Blood Moon Rising. For the whole month of May, there will be an event featuring authors of horror, dark fantasy and sci-fi, with interviews, giveaways, offers, questions and all kinds of things which will enable folks to learn about a whole host of intriguing scribes.

This event is the brainchild of Samantha Gregory, author of young adult zombie book After( After Series Book 1) and she has assembled a fine cast of authors from all the above genres, both established writers and new up and comers. Here is a link to the event, which kicks off today, so make sure you swing around and check out some of the fun and frivolity (by fun and frivolity I more likely mean blood, carnage and all round general weirdness, but six of one, half a dozen of the other).

https://www.facebook.com/events/920306537989500/

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Today, the spotlight however is on the one and only, incomparable Toneye Eyenot, author of the upcoming dark fantasy novella The Scarlett Curse, soon from J. Ellington Ashton Press. Filled with memorable characters, laced with horror and driven by a captivating storyline, The Scarlett Curse is book one in Eyenot’s series The Sacred Blade of Profanity and will be bound to draw in readers with a penchant for all things dark and phantasmagorical, whetting the appetite for the saga.

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Another time…Place…Indeed, another reality akin to our own. The fates of many have fallen and will yet fall under the ethereal eye and insatiable bloodlust of The Sacred Blade Of Profanity. Scarlett’s centuries long struggle with The Blade Of Power begins to take its toll. Thousands have perished at the hands of Scarlett and The Sacred Blade, as will many thousands more in the centuries to follow…Or perhaps not?… An innocent child who unwittingly holds the secret to The Blades’ demise,  just may change everything… But who will suffer most?

Hailing from the Blue Mountains in Australia, Toneye Eyenot (who I’ll add at this juncture is a very close personal friend and brother to me) might be a relatively new face in terms of entering the publishing world, but when it comes to penning all things dark, demented and disturbing, he is a seasoned wordsmith, having been involved in the writing of songs and lyrics in Sydney’s extreme metal scenes for a couple of decades now. He is the frontman and vocalist for the likes of Chaotic Impurity, a band which was spawned back in the early nineties and has outlived many of it’s peers, head howler for atmospheric black metal outfit Infinite Black, and being (ir)responsible for ‘bass duties and idiotik banter’ in punk crew Rock n Roll Detectives, as well as formerly being involved in the now defunct classic underground act Nomenclature Diablerie.

With an extremely lengthy history in the Australian heavy metal keeping him sharp with extensive writing (he first started penning lyrics back in 1990), this minstrel of the macabre now turns the attentions of his blood dripping pen to the world of books, primarily in the genres of dark fantasy and horror, combining pensive and thoughtful prose with incisive dark humour and lashings of splatterpunk brutality. Lyrical explorations which double as deep, dark works of poetry or short stories laden with shocking violence or confrontational themes with the ability to knock the wind out of the reader as swiftly as a steel cap boot to the guts roll deftly from the mind of this sanguinary scribe and though it’s only been the last two years that he has kickstarted his assault on the publishing world, he is already stacking up the publishing credits, with more to emerge in 2015.

2014 saw his first foray into publishing with a couple of works appearing in the inaugural Rejected For Content anthology, Splattergore (All Manner of Sin and Don’t Hang Yourself (Where’s the Fun in That?)) with this quickly followed by appearances in the likes of The Grays, Cellar Door III-Animals and Hell II-Citizens all from James Ward Kirk Fiction, with reviews more often than not citing the work of Eyenot among the standout pieces of each.

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2015 has seen no slowing down of the creative outpourings of the Eyenot juggernaut, as he reappears in the second volume of the Rejected For Content series, Aberrant Menagerie with no less than four different offerings, and other anthology acceptances have already been confirmed. This year will also see the release of The Scarlett Curse, and the man himself remains busy at work on the second installment of the Sacred Blade of Profanity series, as well as a werewolf themed enterprise entitled Night of the Luniaks.

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If you journey around to the Facebook event, linked above, this weekend, you might just be able to catch the esteemed Eyenot and toss a couple of questions his way, pick his brain on what makes him tick, and generally explore the immense dark depths of his imagination. Before I post a host of different links where you can discover him lurking in shadowy corners, here’s an introduction from the man himself, into the often terrifying, often humourous, always entertaining realms of his fiction.

‘Eye think it is time these Demons be let loose, among you who wish to experience the mind(s) of a luniakk.
Tumbling maniacally thru the confusing labyrinth of madness, misanthropy, magikk and merry malevolence…These words have found their way to you, the reader. They will take you to places you may not want to go. Show you things that you may not particularly want to see but rest assured…. You will not want to look away.
Enjoy your stay and tread carefully, thru the mind(s) of a luniakk‘-Toneye Eyenot.

This is a writer who will be a force to be reckoned with, and one not easily pigeonholed either. Adept at the short, sharp punch of often grisly, thought-provoking poetry which keeps one foot planted in horror, the other game to tread into any genre it sees fit, and composing short stories/novellas that draw from domains of dark fantasy, he is not one to be boxed into just one single genre. Stay tuned, and be on the look out for the impending arrival of The Scarlett Curse-Book One of the Sacred Blade of Profanity.

Toneye Eyenot can usually be discovered in such places as I will list below, though neither he nor I can be held accountable to you, or your mental state, psyche, imagination or ensuing nightmares if you do elect to go there.

http://toneyeeyenot.weebly.com

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00NVVMHVA

https://twitter.com/toneyeeyenot

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/35697767-toneye-eyenot

https://www.facebook.com/TheScarlettCurse

http://www.jeapalooza.com/new-faces-of-jea.html

http://booklikes.com/toneye-eyenot/author,4871546

And just because I can, I’m leaving you with one of my favourite tracks from one of Toneye’s bands, Infinite Black. Diemen’s Land. Dig it.