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CLANS PLAYLIST

As I mentioned in my last post, I already had a playlist for Clans sorted and ready to roll, so here it is. Given it’s a relatively short book in comparison to some of mine, this playlist is something of an extended one-it’s a fair bet you’d finish reading the book before the playlist ended if you actually read in accompaniment to all the songs listed here.

Nonetheless, all of these tracks here have their reasons for being included, and I could have added more, but I think fifty is quite enough. As the story focuses largely on the two rival warring Clans, the Punks and the Metalheads, all the songs comprising this soundtrack, as it were, are drawn from those genres. A little bit of crossover and merging of said genres in spots, but for the most part-two sets of songs with boots firmly placed in their respective territories.

These are songs that are mentioned throughout, or serve as chapter titles, or have much to do with the storylines themselves, or, if you have a keen eye, are mentioned in dialogue or narrative without actually being referred to as songs. Let’s see if you can spot any others, since there are a couple not on the playlist here that do pop up throughout.

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Anyway, this isn’t a post to ramble on, it just exists as a playlist to accompany the recently released Clans. It’s not done too badly for my first book of the year (I’m going with that despite the fact it came out on December 31 2019, rather than January 1, 2020-forgot I live in the future here and happen to be one day ahead of Amazon), hitting number one in Australia, and number one in Hot New Releases in both the US and UK.

It’s not horror, and there will be several other works I plan on dabbling in that will also stray away from that particular genre, but don’t start thinking I’m stepping away from horror. No chance of that. I’m currently working on two projects (with a third in mind as well) that are firmly entrenched in horror. Whether they will be novellas or novels remains to be seen, but one thing is for certain. I plan to be much more active in terms of writing this year, with hopefully several more releases than I managed in 2019.

And with that said, here’s the Clans playlist. Play that motherfucker loud while you delve into the world of Mantas and its musical clans, and more specifically the Metalheads and the Punks.

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  1. Territory-Sepultura
  2. Everyone I love is Dead-Type O Negative
  3. Over the Wall-Testament
  4. Arise-Sepultura
  5. In the Glare of the Moon-Dead Silent Slumber
  6. Concrete Apple-Cadaverous Clan
  7. Cesspools in Eden-Dead Kennedys
  8. Friends Like You-Sick of it All
  9. Last Caress-Misfits
  10. New Rose-The Damned
  11. Torsofucked-Flayed Disciple
  12. Fucking Hostile-Pantera
  13. Bad Apples-Guns n Roses
  14. Rise Above-Black Flag
  15. Youth Gone Wild-Skid Row
  16. Paranoid-Black Sabbath
  17. Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)-Buzzcocks
  18. Over the Edge-LA Guns
  19. Troops of Tomorrow-The Exploited
  20. Transilvanian Hunger-Darkthrone
  21. Search and Destroy-The Stooges
  22. Raw Power-The Stooges
  23. Smash it Up-The Damned
  24. Complete Control-The Clash
  25. Dusk and Her Embrace-Cradle of Filth
  26. Sleeping My Day Away-D.A.D
  27. Metal Thrashing Mad-Anthrax
  28. Rust in Peace…Polaris-Megadeth
  29. The Wolfpack-Satyricon
  30. Solid Gold Beating-December Wolves
  31. Hammer Smashed Face-Cannibal Corpse
  32. Pretty Vacant-Sex Pistols
  33. Fuck Armageddon, This is Hell-Bad Religion
  34. Chapel of Ghouls-Morbid Angel
  35. Angel of Death-Slayer
  36. March of the S.O.D-Stormtroopers of Death
  37. A Call For Blood-Hatebreed
  38. Delusion and Anger-Broken Bones
  39. Peace Sells-Megadeth
  40. Crystal Mountain-Death
  41. Crazy Train-Ozzy Osbourne
  42. Screaming For Vengeance-Judas Priest
  43. Against the Grain-Bad Religion
  44. Cowboys of Hell-Pantera
  45. War Ensemble-Slayer
  46. Let’s Have a War-Fear
  47. Extreme Aggression-Kreator
  48. Bottled Violence-Minor Threat
  49. Bullet in the Head-Rage Against the Machine
  50. Leads to Utopia/The Old Man’s Dream-Old Man’s Child

Welcome to Mantas. A city unlike any other under the sun. One entirely free of discrimination based on race, creed, sexual preference, ethnicity, religion or anything else in between.
One where the only segregation that exists is based upon musical preference. One where whatever type of music each city denizen swears allegiance to defines where they dwell and which group of people they belong with, and these musical passions are their religions, their beliefs, their cultures.
It should be a Utopian existence. It should be ideal. It isn’t.
This is a city beset by violence, plagued by divides. Run by warring factions, split by constant differences.
One ruled by Clans.
And while there is perpetual conflict raging between Clans Mantas-wide , nowhere is quite as volatile as the eternal battle being waged in the inner city where two warring factions hold court.
The Metalheads. The Punks.

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GREATER EXTREMES PLAYLIST

When you've been to Extremes, been forced to go to More Extremes, and it's still not enough...(1)

 

Jesus Christ, you say, the book’s only just come out and this guy’s already got a playlist knocked up for it.

Well, to be fair, the playlist was pretty much already largely compiled, simultaneously with putting the book together, so there’s that. In any case, without too much preamble, I shall present the recommended playlist to accompany the reading of Greater Extremes. As always, it’s pretty heavy on the metal-that’s what I write to mostly (not exclusively) and these are the kinds of songs applicable to events, mentions, situations occurring in the various stories. If you haven’t read the book-and since it just came out I’d be doubting you have-you’ll most likely be able to get some notions about what’s contained in the stories just from this list.. Yeah, there are a fair few supernatural elements cropping up in this one. If Extremes was heavy on human monsters and the hideous deeds done by folk to one another, and More Extremes was rather musical in theme for several stories, this beast here is the one that ventures into monstrous realms of the other kind.

There are werewolves, there are vampires (none of the watered down shifter stuff running rampant in fiction and infiltrating horror book charts, and that sort of thing), the undead are here, ghosts (not obvious ones-well spotted if you can pick exactly where they appear), demons, creatures of my own creation and so forth.

However, enough of that. I said I’d get into this without much preamble, and here I go dribbling shit. So, fuck that..here’s the playlist.

Check it out, check out the book.

Vampyria-Siebenburgen

Bloodsuckers-Judas Priest

To the Wolves at My Door-Soulfallen

The Wolfpack-Satyricon

Return of the Vampire-Mercyful Fate

Wolf Moon-Type O Negative

The Howling-Within Temptation

Thrown to the Wolves-Death Angel

Oracle-Diabolical

Them Bones-Alice in Chains

Bones-Baest

Pyromancer-Sahg

The Fun Lovin’ Criminal-Fun Lovin’ Criminals

Insect-Spiral Architect

Locust-Machine Head

Sewer Dwellers-Fornication

Betrayal-Master

Undead Rising-Sepulcration

Swarm of Zombies-Facebreaker

Sometimes They Come Back-Sadist

Big Truck-Coal Chamber

Rusty Cage-Soundgarden

No Way Out-Dope

Last Stop to Nowhere-Septicflesh

Now, Diabolical-Satyricon

Snowblind-Black Sabbath

I Don’t Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)-Marilyn Manson

I See Demons-Book of Black Earth

Came Back Haunted-Nine Inch Nails

Pour Some Sugar on Me-Def Leppard

Girls, Girls, Girls-Motley Crue

Crown of the Kings-Keep of Kalessin

GREATER(1)

From the dark, unhinged recesses of Jim Goforth’s mind, emerges another gruesome collective of stories delving into extreme realms.
The world is full of monstrous people, monstrous things, monstrous deeds.
What happens when you become involved, hopelessly ensnared in a nightmare world from which there is no escape?
What happens when a lifetime of bad decisions comes back to haunt you?
What happens when you are pushed into the darkest of corners, when the world you thought you knew becomes something else? Something horrifying, something ugly?
The latest volume in the Extremes series assembles more horror tales that wallow in filth and fear, in perversion and pain, monstrosity and mayhem.
All manner of things can drive a person to extremes. And beyond.
You can go to Extremes; you can even go to More Extremes. Now and then, Greater Extremes are called for.

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HAVOC VULTURE PLAYLIST

Even though I should be finishing up Greater Extremes I figured I’d take a few minutes out to knock up a playlist for black metal horror novella Havoc Vulture, because, why the hell not? Besides, being such a music-heavy piece, revolving around metal fans, a band and whatnot, it stands to reason that it should have a playlist of some description.

Like the playlists I made for other books, the songs contained within are either mentioned (or the bands are), play some part, are appropriate to the material or serve as scene setters.

Unlike the other playlists, I didn’t exactly set them out in any specific order, though for the most part the songs listed run parallel to the story itself. I probably could have crammed in a whole bunch more considering the majority of tracks here are drawn from my favourite music genre, but in the interests of not overwhelming what is just a novella with a playlist more suited to a thousand page novel or some such shit, I’ll keep it trimmed down to twenty, listed below. Feel free to crank these particular tunes while you’re reading the story.

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Burzum-Burzum

Freezing Moon-Mayhem

Havoc Vulture-Satyricon

Chased Through the Woods by a Rapist-Waking the Cadaver

Fucked Up and Ready to Die-Darkthrone

Fucking Hostile-Pantera

Tyrants-Immortal

Expendable Youth-Slayer

Beneath the Remains-Sepultura

Into the Cold Voids of Eternity-Naglfar

The Dark Rivers of the Heart-Limbonic Art

The Possession-King Diamond

Unchain My Heart-Gorgoroth

Wolves-Marduk

A Fine Day to Die-Emperor

A Witch is Born-Gehenna

Desecration of the Holy Kingdom-Black Witchery

Atrocity March-Revenge

Stellar Master Elite-Thorns

Out in the Haunted Woods-Ancient

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There’s another point of interest regarding this book I’d be curious to know people’s opinions about. If you are reading Havoc Vulture, have already read it, plan to read it etc. etc. I’d like you to report back to me with your side of the YA debate.

As I’ve made mention in a variety of other posts, both here, Facebook and wherever, there are two distinct schools of thought regarding just what in fiction is considered YA (young adult). In this case I’m talking horror, but of course the divide occurs across all genres.

The issue is this. One side considers any work YA if the protagonist(s), chief characters and so forth are themselves young adults. Children, teenagers and so forth. That’s the only basis they use. Not content, not anything, merely the age.

The other side-and this is the side I’m on-considers YA work to fit into that category via the content of the material. Therefore, sex and violence and all those kinds of more adult-oriented materials are perfectly legit to be included, but are not extreme, excessive, explicit, you get the picture.

Havoc Vulture is driven largely by a cast of characters who are all sixteen years of age. There are older individuals, there are appearances by adults, but all of these are either secondary characters or very minor characters. The protagonists are all essentially young adults.

Therefore, by the former school of thought regarding what constitutes YA in fiction, Havoc Vulture would fit squarely in that bracket. However, the content in said book is anything but young adult in terms of the levels of violence, subversive activity, and other elements.

I certainly wouldn’t be driving it towards a young adult audience or marketing it as such, but maybe I should be, if the majority of folks tend to think young adult is anything where the characters themselves are young adults. Granted, there are probably plenty of cautionary messages and things of that nature that could be pulled from the story itself to act as warning to young adults, but trying to push it as a YA horror? Nah, I don’t think so.

Anyway, that’s up to you readers to decide. Check out this playlist, then check out the book itself, have a read and let me know if you consider Havoc Vulture to be in any way, shape or form, a young adult suitable book. If so, well shit, I’m pushing for it to be included in school reading.

Freedom’s Way doesn’t see many heavy metal concerts. Certainly not those of the black metal persuasion.
Which is why sixteen year old Reid Torrance and his friends are overjoyed beyond belief with the news that infamous black metal band, Vulture, are coming to perform in their town.
Reid and friends are diehard black metal fanatics, and everything they know about the notorious genre they learned from Reid’s big brother, Gav.
Unfortunately, Gav won’t be on hand to witness the famed Vulture show. Gav’s in prison, locked up for a string of crimes that will see him behind bars for a long time.
And now it looks like Reid and co. won’t be attending the performance either. Freedom’s Way’s powers-that-be, and morally strict, won’t abide by a corrupt musical presence in their town, and are quick to stamp out this foolish notion, and crush dreams to dust.
However, a group of older black metal fans are privy to other knowledge. The banned concert will be going ahead, regardless, and for a price they’re willing to take Reid and friends along to the unsanctioned musical mayhem, to be held at a secret location far from the prying eyes of town authority figures.
Maybe Reid should have paid more attention to his initial misgivings.
An evening of illicit entertainment is about to become far more than that for this group of metal-loving teenagers. It’s about to spiral into a vortex of unimaginable terror, where histories are laid bare and events few of them dreamed possible are going to unfold in a nightmarish chain.
Careful what you wish for. You might not be prepared for the horror unleashed when you finally get it.

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2018 WRITING WRAP

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This is basically an extended version of a Facebook post I put up earlier, which I figured I’d add here too, with a little more in it.

At the start of the year, some folks might recall me setting myself something of a challenge, which was to try and release either a book a month or the equivalent of that. At that time, aside from writing, editing etc. I wasn’t working full-time, so time was in abundance, albeit never enough to get everything written I want. That’s just a standard state of affairs, regardless of how much time I might appear to have. Always too many ideas, be they for short stories, or novels, or short stories I wish to expand into novels or any number of things. I always work on multiple projects at any given time, and even so, I’m still being bombarded with ideas. Some are good, some are terrible, others tend to grow on me, but if they warrant writing or they need to be written they usually stick around until they get written.

In any case, that challenge did not come to fruition. Barely a month or so after setting that bold, and foolhardy, challenge, I was back working full-time, and time was no longer a commodity I had a lot of. After being out of full-time work for a few years, I must say I got used to the idea of having so much time in which I could get things written, and of course, in that time, I did get plenty written. Which is why, seemingly inundated with what should be enough time to either get new things written, polish up old projects, or compile stories into collections etc. etc. I threw myself under the bus by setting myself a challenge that would have probably only ever been met had circumstances and situations not changed in any way. But, naturally, they did, and after a few years out of full-time work I was right back into it. Consequently, as per usual, I didn’t get everything written I wanted, or planned to. Still, several of my earlier books were written while working another job full-time-Plebs was written in snippets on lunch breaks, sitting in parks and all kinds of things (Stay tuned for a post some time down the track which is going to explore a whole bunch of trivia and things you might not have known about various books, including Plebs and others)-so it’s not impossible to get things done; they just get done a little slower than they otherwise might. So after getting a new book out early in the year, things definitely slowed down throughout coming months. I was still writing, putting books together, working on an assortment of projects, but not with as much time as was afforded to me earlier on.

I did however get some books out there.

Harvester’s Trade, an all new novella revolving around a group of dangerous, violent convicts being transported to an unknown location by bus was my first release, and it came out while I was still swamped with plenty of time to set foolish challenges and work on new material. Then there was Disquiet: An Assemblage of the Unnerving. This one was a collection comprised of several of my lesser known stories and tales which were drawn from niche anthologies or books which didn’t particularly have a wide readership. Some works in here were quite restrained and dare I say, tame by my standards, while others were probably a little more what most folks familiar with my work would be expecting.

Extremes came along next, and this one is pretty much exactly what its name would suggest. This is a collection of some of my most extreme horror tales, again from myriad anthologies. The difference between this and Disquiet is that several of the stories contained within this book were originally published in books that were pretty big, featured some of the biggest names in the game, and hit a much broader audience than the works featured in Disquiet. Nonetheless, Extremes, despite being comprised solely of reprints still remains to this day my biggest, and fastest selling book. Page reads in Kindle Unlimited for this have also been pretty insane and continue to carry on that way. There are a lot of stories in here which were a hell of a lot of fun to write and while they might rank as some of my favourites in that regard, I wouldn’t necessarily say they are all the best of my work. Still, I have my own opinions on why this book in particular is so popular-some I’ve explored in earlier blog posts, some I plan to explore in a future post. Stay tuned for that.

Havoc Vulture followed Extremes, and unlike the two previous books this one was all new, a novella that originally started life as something else, as many of my books end up. The initial plan for this was for it to be a short story in a collection of tales which would all draw their names from some of my favourite black metal songs. The themes or subject matter or what-have-you contained within those stories wouldn’t essentially have anything to do with the song itself-for example, I planned to write one entitled Blizzard Beasts from the Immortal track (and album of the same name) which is pretty self-explanatory. Scary motherfucking beasts in the snow with a bunch of fools trapped in a cabin or some such shit. Instead, Havoc Vulture (which for those who don’t know, is a song from my favourite band Satyricon’s album Rebel Extravaganza) turned into more, a novella to be precise. Based around a bunch of sixteen year old black metal fanatics in a small country town who are first thrilled to discover an infamous band is coming to play a show in their town, and then distraught to find the powers that be in the town have stamped all over the idea of that happening. This one tossed up a conundrum regarding what various sub-genres of fiction and so forth can be construed as. I made mention of the fact that there are two schools of thought on what is considered young adult fiction. One suggests it is the material, topics, subject matter and so forth-things which are targeted directly at a young adult audience which makes a book YA. Another school of thought-and this is where I tend to disagree-is that if the main characters or protagonists of a particular book are teenagers or children or of a young adult age then that in itself makes a work YA. As I mentioned I strongly disagree with that notion for multiple reasons, but it’s something I’ve already covered elsewhere, and have no plans to reiterate it here.

After that I put out From the Vault, which was something entirely different for me, or at least for what most readers would expect from me. This was neither a novel nor a collection of short stories, nor was it by any stretch of the imagination new, at least not to me. This one was a collection of roughly fifty poems which I originally wrote way back in the nineties as song lyrics. These were drawn from a collection of hundreds I wrote way back then, and followed no theme whatsoever aside from the fact that most of them were works which explored darker themes. Essentially, the pieces here signify the very start of me blending horror and heavy metal, something I continue to do regularly (check out Havoc Vulture, Undead Fleshcrave, numerous other works for some prime examples of that). Not all of these poems/songs/what-have-you were horror, in fact many of them were not. However several were, and they serve as some of the earlier forays into horror from me. At this time I’d also written a couple of horror novels, but did little more with them aside from writing them. Anyway, that book acts as a nice little trip down memory lane, and also provides a bit of insight into the history of some of my writing.

What would end up being my final release for the year was More Extremes, which again, is pretty much what its name indicates. More extreme horror tales, following in the footsteps of Extremes, and setting up a series which at this stage is open-ended. It could become just three books, it could span beyond ten. Who knows? For now, it’s just the two of them, though I already have numerous stories and ideas for the next installment, largely because several of the tales I planned to be in More Extremes didn’t end up in there.  I had intended to have eight tales in here, with an even split of reprints and new material, but of course since I was now working on stories amidst full-time work and numerous other activities which cut my writing time down drastically, it was taking longer than I anticipated for the book to come together. As a result I replaced one of the unfinished new stories with a much older piece, in fact a longer story from a book that is now no longer in print in order to get the book out before the year elapsed. Ultimately, with the inclusion of that tale, alongside a couple of others which were remarkably musically themed, More Extremes ended up quite heavy on the horror fused with metal I made reference to before. That was unintentional, but it worked out well given the fact I decided to dedicate the book to a good friend of mine who passed away earlier in the year, who was a massive metal and horror aficionado (also a metal musician with a hand in horror movies. RIP brother Killjoy.So while the end result wasn’t an even split, there are still several all new stories included in More Extremes, and you can rest assured that the next volume will be largely, if not completely, made up of all new stories.

I also put together Triggered, and Punk Vs Metal (with Michael Fish Fisher handling most of the editing for the punk side and the creation of the book’s cover), and wrote a few stories for various other anthologies, but since none of those were specifically just my work, they can’t be counted in the release of my books. Still, despite not hitting the original planned number, and knowing as soon as I was back at work, that I never would, I’m still pretty stoked to get the books out that I did. Now I have something of a head-start on next year, but again, we’ll wait and see how much of what I want to get out actually gets out. Stay tuned for these upcoming projects which will be coming out in no particular order. Murder Academy, The Forgotten, Greater Extremes, Clans (which is an expansion of my story in Punk Vs Metal. It has a few horrific moments, but genre-wise it isn’t intended to be horror at all. It’s actually more urban and is quite a lot like a long-running story I started writing when I was a teenager, and plan to revisit as a series some time down the track-probably sooner rather than later), and several others. Follow-ups to numerous novels as well as a crossover novel combining characters from at least two other works are also in the plans, but as mentioned above…time. We’ll see what happens. Anyway, links to the books that did come out are located just below. Check ’em out, leave ’em a review, good, bad, or ugly, and stay posted for new books coming in 2019.

If you spend your life doing bad things, sometimes bad things are going to come for you. Ten dangerous criminals are just about to find that out.

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HARVESTER'S TRADE

 

Don’t play in the woods after a storm, don’t assume you’re safe inside your comfortable family home, and whatever you do, don’t hold a giant party without inviting the locals.

That fear you’re starting to feel isn’t irrational, it’s real.

Terrible things are going to happen.

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DISQUIET(3)

 

Assembled together for the very first time are several of Jim Goforth’s most extreme horror stories to date, though not merely extreme in terms of content and themes. These tales delve into the great pains taken when souls are confronted with situations that require a severe response, plumbing the depths of depravity, perversion, brutality, horror, and fear.

Horrific events can unfold when people are prepared, or forced, to go to extremes.

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EXTREMES

 

Freedom’s Way doesn’t see many heavy metal concerts. Certainly not those of the black metal persuasion.

There’s a good reason why they tried to stop this one.

Vulture are coming, whether they’re welcome or not.

http://smarturl.it/havocvulture

 

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Words from the past. From the dark. From the vault.

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FROM THE VAULT(1)

 

Sometimes, people are pushed to their absolute limits, made to go to extremes. Sometimes it’s not enough.
Sometimes, they have to go to more extremes.

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EXTREMES(2)

 

 

EXTREMES/MORE EXTREMES PLAYLIST

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Just for the hell of it, I decided to throw together a couple of playlists suitable for Extremes and More Extremes, so if you haven’t read either of them yet, perhaps you can do so in accompaniment with the following playlists. Alternatively, if you have read one or the other, or both, you can now enhance the experience and re-read with that shit being soundtracked by a selection of tunes.

I originally aimed to have two songs for each story in the collections (which would have resulted in sixteen tracks for each playlist), but as per usual I went a little overboard. Consequently, there are four songs representing each story. The reasons for each song are varied. Some are mood creators, some pertain to what occurs in the tales, themes, and so forth, and still others are there because they are actually mentioned in the book. Since More Extremes in particular has a pretty heavy percentage of tales which involve music, that latter reason should come as no surprise.

Metal, of course, makes up the majority of these playlists, but rather than go with the painfully obvious choice of filling them up with extreme metal, there’s an assortment of stuff here. Yes, there is metal of the extreme variety in residence, predominantly black and death, but those songs relate to the various stories they’ve been included for-given one story revolves around a black metal band who inadvertently conjure up something more than they bargained for, that’s a no-brainer. Elsewhere there’s industrial, hair metal, hard rock, thrash, horrorcore, and so on; a lot of bands I have playing when I’m writing anything in general, but more importantly, material that is here because it serves a purpose.

Undead Fleshcrave was the first book I actually put together recommended playlists for, and that was a fun experience, hence the reason for knocking one up for the Extremes books, and plans to eventually create some for just about all my books. I actually have one for Carnival of Chaos and Festival of the Flesh, but I’ll post that at some stage down the track. Since More Extremes is the book I’m currently spruiking and promoting, and by proxy Extremes, it stands to reason that they’d be the obvious choice to jump in the queue first.

Anyway, enough rambling. Check out the following playlists, and check out Extremes and More Extremes, both available now.

 

EXTREMES

EXTREMES

There Goes the Neighbourhood-Body Count

Black No. 1-Type O Negative

Pride-SOiL

Necrophilia-Suicide Commando

Girl Money-Kix

Raise the Devil-Santa Hates You

Pleasures of the Flesh-Exodus

Cannibal Holocaust-Soulfly

Excellerate-Skinlab

Your Beloved Scapegoat-Soilwork

Bleed For Me-Dismember

Born Bad, Dying Worse-Running Wild

Six-KGP

Roll the Dice-Enforcer

Death’s Head-Slayer

Skulls-The Misfits

Run Rabbit Run-Rob Zombie

Rabbit Fighter-T-Rex

Snap-Slipknot

Psychotic Break-Jerry Cantrell

Coming Undone-Korn

Frayed Ends of Sanity-Metallica

Stripper Christmas Summer Weekend-GWAR

Black Xmas-Venom

A Forest-Carpathian Forest

Night Goat-The Melvins

Nightmare-Brainbug

Do You Wear the Mark?-Danzig

Freezing Moon-Mayhem

Carousel-Mr. Bungle

Down With the Clown-Insane Clown Posse

Hellequin-Therion

 

 

EXTREMES(2)

MORE EXTREMES

It Lives in the Woods-Necrophagia

Hunting Humans-Deeds of Flesh

Shreds of Flesh-Entombed

Cannibal Feast-Mortician

Don’t Know What You’ve Got (Till it’s Gone)-Cinderella

Suicide Solution-Ozzy Osbourne

Lake of Fire-Nocturnus

Lake Bodom-Children of Bodom

Demon Alcohol-Ozzy Osbourne

N.I.B-Black Sabbath

Hell’s Bells-AC/DC

Spheres of Damnation-Enthroned

Stalker Song-Danzig

Voyeur-Venom

Fetisha-Orgy

The Silent Voices of Perversion-Arkhon Infaustus

Beneath the Wings of Blasphemy-Necrowitch

The Reflecting God-Marilyn Manson

Wish-Nine Inch Nails

Wounded Veins-Society 1

A World of Bones-Carpathian Forest

Sculptor of Flesh-1349

Christraping Black Metal-Marduk

The Invoking-Suffocation

Marshlands-Mortiis

Swamphell-Kalmah

Swamp Devil-Circus of Power

Scourge of Malice-Graveworm

The Witch-The Cult

Seven-Boondox

Come to Daddy-Aphex Twin

All Hallow’s Eve-Type O Negative

 

Follow the links below to locate the books

http://smarturl.it/extremes

http://smarturl.it/moreextremes

…and stay tuned for the third volume. It will be coming along sometime in the future, perhaps when you least expect it.

GO TO EXTREMES. THEN GO TO MORE EXTREMES.

METAL IS THE LAW (OR THE BOOK OF HEAVY METAL…OR, YOU GET THE GIST)

 

Over the last couple of months there has been a dominant theme occurring in the books I’ve been involved in, and if you’ve been following in any capacity you will already know what that is. Of course, I’m talking about heavy metal.

I’ve been known to appropriate a couple of phrases from various reviews and refer to my work from time to time as grindhouse splatterpunk horror driven by heavy metal, but that doesn’t always mean the musical element is in the content, but moreso the spirit. In this case however, the heavy metal is well and truly alive in the content of these latest few books.

Firstly, the tail end of June saw the long-awaited release of a new battle anthology (and the last one I aim to be part of for some time, with a concentration on other projects being more in my plans) Punk Vs Metal. Here I use the term long-awaited not so much to refer to hordes of readers eagerly anticipating its arrival, but more in reference to the incredibly patient authors involved. As anybody is well aware, metal and punk music aren’t exactly mainstream chart-busting types of genres, so consequently any book dealing with them is likely to be a niche one, not something targeting a massive cross-section of the public.

The long-awaited part is due to the fact that those involved with Punk Vs Metal had to wait longer than one might anticipate for this book to finally see the light of day, courtesy of a pile of factors impacting on it and delaying release. Initially the whole punk versus metal as a battle anthology notion came about in early 2017 or thereabouts when a whole host of competitions were being bandied about, and while teams were decided on back then as well, the various members chosen for each side didn’t remain constant. There were line-up changes, drop-outs, replacements, and a whole bunch of shit going on that made progressing with the book a difficult task. What was more, PvM was originally going to be one of those battle anthos that followed the same trajectory and template of all those that came before it. By this I mean a panel of judges would go through the stories round by round and vote on them, with winners in each round, culminating in an overall team winning at the conclusion. The delay on all of that was such that eventually I took control of the book and decided to cut the whole judging part out of it, not merely so the authors involved didn’t have to keep waiting and waiting for some shit they’d been waiting for far too long as it was, but for a different approach to the battle antho template. After all, going into a book such as this with a preconceived notion of who is going to win, or having already been told who the judges voted as winner, tilts readership in a sort of bias or predetermined mindset, whether intentional or otherwise.

Therefore PvM is the only battle antho where judges aren’t involved and the results of which story wins in each round, or which teams ultimately wins, is determined solely by the readers themselves and nobody else.

It was a fun idea for a book, and there were some top notch authors writing for it, but in all honesty, after all was said and done, it was just a relief to finally have the book out there and be finished with it.

One upside to take away from it was the fact that my story in PvM is something that I now plan to do more with. If you’ve read the book and encountered my tale, Clans, then you’ll know what it is all about. If not, well you will discover all about it when I expand it into what will either be a novella length work, or (less likely) a full length novel. In any case, it is something that I’m debating turning into an ongoing series, as the tale itself revolves around a city where there are no wars or conflict between races, or anything of that nature, but instead ongoing conflict between people who swear allegiance to various musical genres. The Metal clan and the Punks of course are the prime characters in this particular story, but should I choose to expand the universe more, the other clans mentioned in the tale, as well as others that don’t feature will also come into play at some stage.

Again, if you have read this story, the first thing you might have taken away from it is that it isn’t horror at all. There are probably a few bits in there that could loosely fall under the horror banner, but for the most part, it’s more of a love story than a horror story. A twisted musical metal-infused love story set amidst a backdrop of warring clans, but one nonetheless, and one that tends to hark back to my early days of writing when I worked daily on a long-running urban story featuring youth gangs.

So, with that said, be sure to keep an eye out for the expanded, extended, uncut version of Clans, coming along sometime in the future, and then potentially, more books in the same universe. There will be horrific moments in there of course, but their base genre will not be horror.

In the meantime, check out PvM, and feel free to drop a review detailing your thoughts on the stories within, let us all know who won, and decide once and for all whether metal prevails over punk, or vice versa.

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What happens when a team of writers who swear allegiance to punk are pitched into brutal, no-holds-barred story war with a squad of scribes pledging loyalty to metal?

http://smarturl.it/punkvsmetal

The second book, which came out at the start of this month (July) was the novella, Havoc Vulture. This one is also very metal oriented, revolving around a group of teenagers obsessed with the black metal genre, first excited about the prospects of an infamous black metal band coming to their town, then deflated by the knowledge the powers-that-be running the place have quashed any hope of the performance proceeding.

Like many of my books, the original intentions for it were rather different to how it turned out. Initially I was planning to write a series of short stories each titled after the names of some of my favourite black metal tracks, and release them all in a themed collection. (Story content would have nothing to do with the songs themselves of course-these would be horror stories merely inspired by the various titles e.g Blizzard Beasts or something of that nature would be pretty self explanatory, but nothing thematically to do with the Immortal song’s content). While I still might delve into something like this down the track a piece, the first story I started writing was Havoc Vulture, and though the initial story-line remained the same as I’d pictured it, it became evident that it was going to span into a novella rather than just a story.

Given I have a tendency to write quickly, this one took a little longer to complete than I would have liked, but I suppose writing time on it sandwiched between editing for others and working on an assortment of other projects at the time accounts for that.

It is a horror story, of course, venturing into the extreme territory, but the ages of the main eight protagonists (sixteen) got me pondering over something.

There’s been a lot of conjecture of late-and probably not just of late-over what exactly constitutes young adult as a genre. Personally, I was always of the mindset that for something to be considered young adult it was essentially a book with a young adult readership as the target audience, and therefore something where the subject matter and content would be suitable for such an audience i.e light on violence and sex and that sort of thing. However, I’ve seen an assortment of interpretations floating around social media and so forth with people suggesting that the ages of the actual characters might play a part in a book being deemed young adult. I’ve never seen it that way, certainly not with a book that could be loaded up with content that is far from suitable for a young adult (ages variable) crowd to be delving into, even if the protagonists or main characters are teenagers or whatnot. Yet, apparently there’s a school of thought that deems any book featuring those of a certain age to slot into that young adult genre, regardless of the kind of content.

Therefore, since all of Havoc Vulture’s main characters are sixteen (and young adult age), and others that make appearances aren’t much older, and any adults don’t spend enough book time to have any real bearing, should I be pushing a book that is bordering on extreme horror as a young adult work? Definitely something to mull over. There’s some grey areas there, and despite these strange suppositions that it would be construed as a young adult book, I’m going to go with my original stance on that particular blurring of lines genre and suggest otherwise. Merely having young adult characters in your book isn’t always going to indicate it’s going to be suitable for that particular audience.

Nonetheless, if young adult readers do want to read Havoc Vulture, then I’m not planning to dissuade them. There’s plenty of messages in there they can walk away with.

Copy of HAVOC VULTURE

Freedom’s Way doesn’t see many heavy metal concerts. Certainly not those of the black metal persuasion.

There’s a good reason why they tried to stop this one.

Vulture are coming, whether they’re welcome or not.

http://smarturl.it/havocvulture

Finally, keeping with the metal theme, is my most recent book. From the Vault came out a couple of days ago, and while it isn’t a novella or anthology focused on heavy metal or featuring metal or anything along those lines, it is a collection of poetry which was originally written as lyrics for metal songs.

Since I make mention of the origins of all these lyrics/poems/whatever one wants to refer to them as in the book introduction and afterword, I won’t repeat myself too much again here, but all of the forty pieces that are included were written way back in the 90s. All of them were written as lyrics; some of them actually had music written as well-some in full, others in bits and pieces. Unfortunately much of that has been lost along the way, and I’d be lucky to remember how to play half of it in any case, but all the lyrics themselves I’ve kept intact for decades.

Going back to that point above where I say I generally write things fast, all of these pieces are no exclusion that rule. I’d say almost all of these pieces, as well as a large number of others I have that I’ll consider for future collections (potentially themed) were penned very quickly. At least one a night is the general standard, while there were multiple occasions where several were completed in a single night. Bar changing a word here or a line there, they didn’t get changed; I didn’t spend a lot of time tinkering around with them or agonising over getting them just right. They spilled out onto the page as they were-hand-written of course, since I wrote everything by hand once upon a time-and that’s how they remained. I’ve always written just about everything like that, and continue to do so to this day, which is part of the reason I write fast. Often the final result isn’t exactly as I’d envisioned it, but different ideas steal in to replace ones I had originally, so it balances out well. Half the time I write lines, paragraphs, scenes etc. in my head while I’m doing other things, and by the time I get around to typing or writing them out, the core elements might remain the same but the actual wording becomes somewhat different. That usually wasn’t the way with writing these lyrics; I’d sit down with pen and paper and write, and what came out then and there generally accounted for the final product.

Anyway, From the Vault: A collection of dark poetry and lyrics is out now, and doing well, and for only a dollar you too can read some of the things I was writing well over twenty years ago (in addition to novels and stories, which I was also writing way back then). At some stage I might write up another post that focuses solely on that particular book and goes into a little more detail on some of the works, and stories or reasons behind them, but we’ll save that for another day.

FROM THE VAULT(1)

Words from the past. From the dark. From the vault.

http://smarturl.it/fromthevaultdark

In the meantime, feel free to check out any of the aforementioned metal-themed books-Punk Vs Metal, Havoc Vulture, From the Vault-and headbang your way through some horror. As I mentioned earlier, I know very well that metal is really something for a niche audience, hardly something targeting a mass mainstream readership, but hey I’m in this writing game because I fucking love writing, and that’s the bottom line. I’ll keep writing all kinds of shit, but rest assured, I’ll always be dropping a few stories in there revolving around heavy metal, or inspired by heavy metal; that’s never going to change.

Now Go Forth and Headbang. And Horrify. And be Horrified.

 

UNDEAD FLESHCRAVE: THE ZOMBIE TRIGGER ULTIMATE PLAYLIST

UNDEAD FLESHCRAVE_ THE ZOMBIE TRIGGER

As the time edges closer to the eventual release of Undead Fleshcrave: The Zombie Trigger, set to explode in a welter of blood and mayhem, driven by a barrage of blastbeats and monstrous guitar, I figured just for the hell of it, I would throw together an ultimate playlist for the book.

I’ve made mention a couple of times before that yes, as the name suggests, this beast is indeed, a zombie book, a foray into realms of the undead, but that isn’t the be-all and end-all with it. It is a road trip book, a story revolving around friendships and relationships, and the degradation of both, a survival tale, a horror story, and coursing throughout the entire opus is the relentless pulse of heavy metal, more specifically extreme metal. The story focuses on a group of metal fans (who are primarily fanatics of the black metal subgenre) venturing out to attend a much touted performance in their home town by a death metal supergroup going by the moniker Undead Fleshcrave. Needless to say, this is the catalyst for things unraveling in a horrendous manner and a great night out goes to hell in a handbasket pretty promptly.

Outstanding artist Stephen Cooney has been working on cover art for the book (many folk have probably already seen this floating around Facebook, but I’ll include it in here as well) and has managed to capture a perfect snapshot of a pivotal moment in Undead Fleshcrave with sublime work.

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In any case, as the tale is set in metal scenes, contains a high proportion of metalhead characters and is prolifically bolstered by metal music right throughout, the idea to compile an ultimate playlist was something I always thought would be pretty cool. So, with that said, here it is.

Each of the songs included below are either derived from tracks, bands, albums which spring up or are referenced over the duration of the story (and this is the vast majority of them) or are songs which are most fitting to slot right in among the others.

There are three focal (and fictional) towns during which most events occur during Undead Fleshcrave, so I’ve split this playlist into three separate sections to represent the happenings, references and things for each town.

This is just a bit of fun, but when the book is released, it might also be a cool reference point, so when that happens-still hoping to have it out before the year is over-feel free to come back and peruse the playlist. You’ll catch a lot of references, names and so forth that probably won’t make too much sense to folks right now, metal aficionado or otherwise.

It isn’t just a metal book, or a zombie book, or a horror book, it is all of the above and an assortment of other things. I can’t wait for it to be unleashed. Anyway, enough chatter. Here’s the playlist.
ARMADA
1. Armada-Keep of Kalessin
2. Winds of Creation-Decapitation
3. Meat Hook Sodomy-Cannibal Corpse
4. Slowly We Rot-Obituary
5. Slaves and Masters-Monstrosity
6. Unholy Ultraviolent Domination-Burial Hordes
7. Impending Dread-Autopsy
8. Pit of Zombies-Cannibal Corpse
9. Vortex of Confusion-Enthroned
10. Triumph of Death-Hellhammer
11. We Have Risen-Demonic Christ
12. Zombie Ritual-Death
13. Funeral Fog-Mayhem
14. Devour the Damned-Devourment
15. Silence Calls the Storm-Quo Vadis
16. Malevolent Invocation-Vital Remains
17. Night’s Blood-Dissection
18. Collision and Collapse-Fission
19. Meatgrinder-Eaten Alive
20. Dead By Dawn-Deicide
21. Screaming For Vengeance-Judas Priest
22. Revelations in Darkness-Immanifest
23. The Origin of Disiease-Aborted
24. Global Collapse-Kadavar
25. Dead World-Archeon

NOUMENA
1. Sleep–Noumena
2. To Cold Void Desolation–Neptune Towers
3. Mother North-Satyricon
4. Blizzard Beasts-Immortal
5. Freezing Moon-Mayhem
6. Under A Funeral Moon-Darkthrone
7. Dreaming in Red-Dismember
8. Seven Churches-Possessed
9. Chainsaw Dismemberment-Mortician
10. Revenge of the Zombie-Six Feet Under
11. Among the Living Dead-Iced Earth
12. Abominations-Morbid Angel
13. A World of Bones-Carpathian Forest
14. The Armageddon Anthem-Zonaria
15. Shotgun Facelift-Carnal Decay
16. Fucked With a Knife-Cannibal Corpse
17. Enslaved and Condemned-Old Man’s Child
18. Beyond Cops-Waking the Cadaver
19. Ghoul-Tsjuder
20. Season of the Dead-Necrophagia
21. To Kill Without Emotion-December Wolves
22. Conjuring the Dead-Belphegor
23. Supposed To Rot-Entombed
24. Trap Them And Kill Them-Impetigo
25. Welcome To the Graveyard-Feral

BLACKWATER PARK
1. Kathaarian Life Code-Darkthrone
2. Smell the Witch-Mortiis
3. Biblebasher-Deicide
4. Soulside Journey-Darkthrone
5. The Endurance-Deeds of Flesh
6. You Put A Hex On Me-Mortiis
7. Into the Infinity of Thoughts-Emperor
8. Blackwater Park-Opeth
9. Morphing into Primal-In Flames
10. The Sentencing-Estuary of Calamity
11. Scum-Napalm Death
12. Doomed To Walk the Earth As Slaves To the Living Dead-Carpathian Forest
13. Christraping Black Metal-Marduk
14. Transilvanian Hunger-Darkthrone
15. Nemesis Divina–Satyricon
16 Unholy Massacre-Incantation
17. Extremely Rotten Flesh-Grave
18. Sculptor of Flesh-1349
19. Collection of Souls-Master
20. Pile of Skulls–Running Wild
21. Ride The Lightning-Metallica
22. The Great Bludgeoning-Hatesphere
23. Unleashing the Bloodthirsty-Cannibal Corpse
24. Vendetta Assassin-Dodheimsgard
25. Welcome To Hell-Venom

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TALES FROM THE LAKE VOL. 2, UNDEAD FLESHCRAVE AND OTHER UPDATES

This poor old WordPress site gets sadly neglected a lot of the time, but on top of running my author page on Facebook, along with pages for WetWorks, Rejected For Content and Plebs, as well as maintaining a Twitter, Google+, Goodreads and miscellaneous other accounts, it’s probably lucky it gets the attention it does. At least it isn’t anything like my BookLikes and AuthorsDen pages. Fuck all happens there with those.

In any event, I figured a little update or two on where I’m at, what projects are in the works, what next to expect from me and all that sort of thing was probably in order.

Firstly, the next thing folks can expect from me is an appearance in Volume 2 of Tales From the Lake from one of my very favourite publishing houses around, Crystal Lake Publishing. This is slated for release in late August, and though I’m not sure whether that is set in stone or if it’s had to be pushed back at all, it should still be appearing in the very near future. I’m supremely excited about this one for a multitude of reasons. Most folks are probably well aware that I’m a massive Richard Laymon aficionado-the great man is my biggest influence and inspiration-and while he would be top of my list of authors I’d love to have shared a TOC with, there are a host of other names that are right up there too, notably Edward Lee and Jack Ketchum. Well, anybody who has been keeping track of the updates regarding Tales From the Lake Vol. 2 will know that not one, but both, of those horror masters will be appearing in the book, as well as the legendary Ramsey Campbell, Tim Lebbon and Richard Chizmar, and a slew of other brilliant horror scribes. I’ll be there too, with a piece entitled ‘Lagos De Los Perdidos’. If you’re familiar with my splatterpunk, grindhouse, visceral style, this particular tale might come as a bit of a surprise, since it’s something of a departure from that. Is it still horror? Of course, but I’ll leave it to people to read it and check it out.

On top of all this, spectacular artists Aaron Dries, who will also be in the book with ‘Love Amongst the Redback Spiders’ has created some stunning artwork to accompany many of the tales, including one for ‘Lagos De Los Perdidos’. Check it out below.

Aaron's art for Lago de los Perdidos

A few other anthologies from J. Ellington Aston Press are just around the corner too, with my most recent appearance being in Suburban Secrets: A Neighborhood of Nightmares, edited by Amanda Lyons and the king of ideas and creative anthology suggestions,, John Ledger. My story in here is ‘Underground Beast Bloodsports’ which is, pretty much, exactly what its name might suggest. Initially, this one was written with a different anthology in mind, but it fits the bill here too. Drowning in Gore, Doorway To Death, MvF are just a few others that will soon be emerging as well; epic concepts all and as usual, great fun to write for. Then, we have Rejected For Content 3. I closed submissions on this at the end of July and after working through them all, and taking on twenty three pieces to comprise the latest juggernaut, this latest installment in a hugely entertaining to work with series, is just about complete. a plethora of great stories pileD up in the submission swarm, but unfortunately, unless I was looking at making a beast that would dwarf Plebs in size, I couldn’t take them all. So, it’s safe to say that Rejected Four is on the cards, before RFC3 has even come out yet, and hell, if there’s an RFC5 on the horizon and many more beyond that, I’m all for it. I love the concept, I love the interest that it’s generated and I love the fact that an assortment of authors, both established and new faces, are looking to get involved.

Michael ‘Fish’ Fisher, the brilliant artist behind both previous volumes; Splattergore and Aberrant Menagerie is once again on-board for the RFC3 cover art. Have a look at it, below.

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For those waiting for a new novel from me, rest assured, that fucker is around the corner as well. Undead Fleshcrave: The Zombie Trigger is in edits and once those are complete, the ball will start rolling pretty smartly on the way to unleashing that monstrosity. Metalheads, zombie fanatics, splatterpunks, horror heads who dig things bloody, get ready for this. I’m no zombie genre author, so don’t expect my take on it to follow the same trajectory as those who dwell in the undead domain. This is a sanguinary melange of the grindhouse splatterpunk stylings of Plebs, and With Tooth and Claw, with a fuckload of undead freaks, a cast of assorted characters and a story punted along by black and death metal. Cover art is also currently in the works for this behemoth and I’m definitely looking forward to it. This book was a hell of a lot of fun to write-well, they all are actually-and I can’t wait to have it out and about. It combines a lot of my favourite things and while metal music has always been inspirational and influential on much of my work, and crops up regularly through references in many of my stories, it plays a much more pivotal role in this particular book.

A bunch of metal fanatics head off to attend a concert performed in their hometown by a death metal supergroup and let’s just say, for those guys and gals, things go to hell in a hand-basket pretty swiftly.

In addition to that, the follow-up to Plebs is complete. Technically speaking, it will be follow-ups, plural. Even with the amount of words I cut from the final product (approx. 20 or so k) there’s no other way to do it, than to have it as two books, both clocking in around 130k. I’ll be shooting off the first of those to JEA very shortly, then the other. I haven’t quite worked out the details on how that is going to run, how much space or time will lapse between the release of them both, but we will see how it all pans out. In any case, for fans of Plebs who are hanging out for future installments, rest assured, they are written, they will be coming.

Amidst all this, I’m working on two other novels (one more so than the other since the story has taken control and the characters are starting to dictate how it should run) and a handful of short stories. Some of these are potentially destined for an array of anthologies, while others are intended for another collection. I’ve mentioned in a few interviews along the way, that I plan to have a collection of short stories come out between each consecutive full length novel and for the foreseeable future, I’d like to stick to that. Whether that actually comes to fruition is yet to be ascertained, but I will definitely have enough pieces written to accumulate into another collection by the time Undead Fleshcrave crawls up out of the tomb. Shit, I have enough now, but since I love writing, I’ll just keep on writing. There’s too many stories running around in this restless, twisted imagination, not to be writing them.

Stay tuned.

JIM GOFORTH HORROR AUTHOR

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a fitting track for the upcoming Undead Fleshcrave: The Zombie Trigger

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.

This was a blog of random musings comparing genres of horror fiction and the like to the variety of genres in heavy metal music (two of my biggest passions), which was originally posted on J. Ellington Ashtons inaugural Virtual Readers Convention, JEAPalooza. I meant to title it as something a little more inspired than Horror and Metal, but hell, that name pretty much sums it up so I’m sticking with it.

HORROR AND METAL

Since I so often make reference to this, either in interviews or general conversation, or just about anywhere whenever the two subjects intersect, I figured I would write something which is a little more of a detailed exploration of the statement.

I am a massive aficionado of both horror and heavy metal, but this doesn’t essentially apply just to my writing, more of a study of how two often misunderstood (or maligned, take your pick) genres in their various fields can be entwined. Personally I often write to a soundtrack of different varieties of metal music; I am often inspired by it both lyrically and musically, and it often works to set out a scene or aid in pacing, or to trigger the right emotion and amplify an assortment of aspects in a certain story. I frequently infiltrate my work with references of a metal nature and often make mention that what I write is a melange of grindhouse splatterpunk and old school classic horror all driven by heavy metal, but that in itself is only skimming the surface in what I mean by the fiction genre and the music genre being so closely aligned, they may as well be brothers from another mother.

Firstly, horror is a massive multifaceted beast. There are so many different styles, types, offshoots and combinations of material which comes under the giant umbrella that is horror, that it is more than a mere genre, it is an enormous extended family breeding a multitude of horrific little subgenre offspring. The question regarding what horror is to different people, comes up so prevalently, and depending on a person’s perspective, personal choice, beliefs or notions, one could ask it of ten random individuals on the street and still walk away with ten entirely different answers.

So too with heavy metal. While it might be a little easier to try and pigeonhole than horror itself, in that most laypersons might define metal music as loud and raucous with lots of electric guitars and drums, the musical genre is much more than that, with the consideration that just like horror fiction, it is a huge family of subgenres, some of which are so far removed in sound that it is almost inconceivable to acknowledge that they all belong to the one genre. Both horror and metal are also constantly being further broken down into subgenres of subgenres, often to the point where it becomes ludicrous, though from an author’s point of view where you might be writing in some far out deviated branch of horror that has essentially spawned its own name, well you might be the only exponent of it. That should make your Amazon ranking look impressive when you’re sitting at number one constantly with your Cryptozombivamptrollpunk or what have you.

Anyway, let’s break it down a little. You can’t mention horror without thinking classic horror. The old chestnuts, the timeless pieces, old school horror done right; dark, scary, not necessarily needing to be overly violent or graphic to remain frightening, but horrific nonetheless. (After all, what is horror if not horrific? Without an element of the horrific or horrendous to it, then it isn’t really horror after all).

So what then is the heavy metal counterpart to that most dignified and enduring style of horror fiction? Naturally, classic metal itself, the original heavy metal. Where the genre finds its roots. If classic horror was a band it would be Black Sabbath. Feel free to argue and say Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, any other name from this era might slip in more easily, but in terms of imagery and profound impact on everything that followed suit, none are more appropriate than Sabbath. Horror and metal going hand in hand, see where I’m going with this?

We can then move on through the evolution of metal music itself to the NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) which can be equated to the crop of supreme horror writers of English descent. I’m talking James Herbert, Ramsey Campbell, Clive Barker, Mark Morris and so forth, and while granted, they are all very different in their styles, for the purposes of these ruminations they are aligned with the Iron Maidens and Judas Priests. Prolific, traditional, high quality and widely revered.

How about hair and glam metal? Lots of party tunes, drugs, sex, rock and roll and life lived to excess? Goes hand in hand with the eighties heyday of slasher and pulp horror. A whole lot of cautionary tales to be discovered in all of that. The eighties exploded with a massive proliferation of pulp horror fiction paperbacks and that decade was rife with glammed up schlocky bands with big hair and even bigger voices as well. Coincidence? Well, yeah, but you get the picture.

Then there is thrash metal. While there is plenty of fun, frivolity and partying in some of these exponents, there were also lyrical explorations of a political nature, concentration and focuses on natural disasters, impending doom, end of days scenarios and social concerns. Nature and environmental horror, either brought on by humanity or natural forces, step up. Thrash metal has your bases covered.

From uptempo, speedy and aggressive, much like some horrific hellstorm of epic proportions or plague of mutant creatures, which thrash metal might be synonymous with, we can shift to something completely different. The slow trudging crawl of doom metal. Sounds akin to the likes of Poe and Lovecraft. Claustrophobic, dark, despairing and dragging one towards something ominous and inevitable. Technically, Lovecraft could slot in just about anywhere in terms of metal comparisons, since bands and acts from all continuums of the genres have been widely influenced by his work (Metallica, Electric Wizard, Mercyful Fate, Innsmouth, Morbid Angel, I could go on for a while here), but in likening his writing style to anything, there is nothing better suited than the bleak heaviness of doom metal.

Gothic metal? Gothic horror. That was too easy. Tales of the supernatural and paranormal, romantic overtures, magic elements, dark and brooding, yet epic subject matter told on a grand scale slide perfectly in right here, whether it be fiction or music. Of course, the entire notion of vampires and other legendary creatures of horror lore fit within the Gothic scheme of things, and they too segue between horror and metal with ease. Poe and Lovecraft belong here too of course, but then again, they are genre jumpers the pair of them, able to straddle just about the entire spectrum of metal and horror. Play any single of album from the back catalogue of Cradle of Filth and there are some grand Gothic horror stories right there in the narrative of any particular song. That particular band might have roots in another genre, but for me they pen some great Gothic horror with their interpretation of metal.

There are no rules which state that horror has to stick to being straightforward horror either and as a result, often it doesn’t. With the ever expanding break down of genres and splicing of genres, not just within the spectrum of horror, but spreading outside of it to other styles, we consequently end up with horror being married to other things in increasingly twisted unions. While this is certainly the case in metal music as well, this eerie blending of things which shouldn’t breed so well together, yet do, I’ll just focus on one aspect of it. For example horror wed with sci-fi. Enter industrial metal.

Here is the meld of horror (metal) with the sci-fi (industrial). Heavy chugging riffs, pounding rhythm sections twisted into amalgamations with electronica and cold clinical synthesised sounds, programming and unnerving sounds to replicate futuristic wastelands or space age technology. Harsh climates and horrific situations set in times far beyond the present. Visions of the future when shit just might go completely pear shaped. Looking for a suitable playlist to soundtrack your bleak epic horror riddled with hi-tech facets where moments of brutal bloodshed or mind numbing fear are surrounded by alien beings and universes not yet explored? Ministry, Aborym, Deathstars, Dodheimsgard, Godflesh; they might just be the kinds of bands you’d be looking for to accentuate things.

There are many many more facets and subgenres of both horror and metal, but rather than go through the whole lot of them and turn this into a fifty page thesis, I will wrap it up with a comparison of what is both my favourite types of horror to write and my principal metal passions. It will probably come as no big surprise to discover that just as all the rest of the genres have their uncanny parallels, what I love to write and read in horror is mirrored in the music I love best.

At the beginning of this concoction of ramblings, I made mention of the fact that I primarily write splatterpunk. Extreme horror. Grindhouse. This is visceral, violent, occasionally confrontational material, not exactly for the faint of heart. I’m inspired by the legendary Richard Laymon, I love Ed Lee, Bryan Smith, Brian Keene, Shaun Hutson, Bentley Little. Jack Ketchum. There’s unrelenting brutality in their work, harrowing violence, sexual content, perversity and hordes of things to throw a shock into the system, but not at the expense of a good storyline and not without some impact and often, a profound message to be conveyed.

With that said, the heavy metal counterparts for such sanguinary literary excursions should probably be pretty self-explanatory, but for the benefit of those who don’t follow heavy metal with as fervent a passion as me, I’ll go ahead and delve into it.

Extreme horror finds its musical equivalent in extreme metal, and there are no more extreme genres than death metal and black metal. It almost goes without saying that the former with unremitting bludgeoning instrumentation and often subterranean vocal stylings issuing grotesque lyrical content which runs the gamut through ultra-violent dismemberments, mutilations, murders, cannibalism, perverse sexuality, undead fiends, bestial creations and serial killers to all kinds of other cheerful fare, and the latter with occasionally satanic imagery and references, equally violent and sexual subject matter, rituals, dark magic and occult themes, misanthropy and other hate fuelled work driven by cold slices of tremolo riffing, blastbeat drums and abrasive vocals are just about the perfect musical complement for that splatterpunk branch of the horror tree. Again, investigate some of the lyrical content beyond any shock value, depravity or musical horror and there are cautionary tales and messages to be relayed.

Admittedly, I could probably write an entire post revolving solely around all the comparisons between extreme metal and horror, and justifying the statement that metal and horror go hand in hand through that alone, but in the interests in keeping all the likenings relatively uniform in length I will leave it at that for now, and perhaps revisit it at a later day in greater depth.

I know I missed out on plenty; literary horror, monster/creature horror, hauntings and paranormal, YA horror, body horror and many many more, but rest assured, they each have a metal genre complement. Maybe some time down the track, I will touch upon all of those and more as well. For now, I’ll conclude this and let you mull over my semi-coherent ramblings. Feel free to agree or disagree, or even dissect your choice of music relative to what you write.

I’m off to write some splatterpunk to a soundtrack of Mayhem.

-Jim Goforth