Posts Tagged ‘Horror’

JUST ANOTHER UPDATE

In the interests of paying a little more attention to this site, I’ll be posting somewhat more regularly around here. Which means you’ll either get something semi-coherent or an utter stream of complete gibberish. For now, we’ll go with an update.

At the tail-end of last year I posted up a pretty comprehensive list of projects and books I planned to work on in 2017, including roughly twelve novels. The good news there is that two of those are just about written (another one-The Sleep, subject of my last post, of course came out in January) and will see the light of day this year. Because these two are both part of a larger project, I’m not at liberty to release anything in the way of details just yet. While I’ve had fun working on these books, they’ve monopolised a lot of time, and honestly, I’ll be glad to get that shit done and squared away. A whole bunch of different factors have meant I haven’t exactly ripped through the latter book in the way I normally would, so trying to get it done has been moderately frustrating. I dig the characters and the story, but to say I’ll be glad to see the back of it is an understatement. While I’ve been pouring what available writing time I have into trying to knock this motherfucker over, I’ve had numerous other projects sitting on the back burner, some with rapidly approaching deadlines. Fair bet there’s a few other things I’d committed to, or wanted to write for, that have had their deadlines elapse now.

Naturally I’ll announce news on these books and release details when I’m able, but for now, rest assured, at least two new books will be coming this year. Initially when I made the list detailing the various novels I had in the works, or plans to delve into, I’d envisioned having a bit more done by this time of year than I have so far, but you know, best laid plans and all that shit…

The various factors and outside aspects that have impacted on my writing time turned this latest book into something of a fucking albatross around my neck, and I’ve felt like I’ve been moving through it more sluggishly than I’d have liked when I actually do get around to doing any scribbling on it. Fortunately, the end is in sight and I can get it cleared and move on to all those other projects that are piling up like a mountain of fucking unpaid bills.

After I finally get that sorted, my first focus will be on a few short stories for various anthologies that have to get written. The bonus there is I have a story lurking insidiously around in my head for the first of those, and ideally I’d have already splattered this one out in fresh blood or what-have-you, but in trying to get the novel completed, I set myself the rule of only working on it until it’s done, so nothing else gets written until then.

Knock those antho commitments out of the way and work shall commence on any number of novels, either already started, or some new fiendish endeavours. One thing is a given. This beast will be in there somewhere…plebspromo3

There will be a sequel to Undead Fleshcrave: The Zombie Trigger somewhere in the mix too, but that will probably be considered sometime after Plebs 3. I did mention on Facebook at some stage that some folks might get to be in one of these two books, at least in terms of appearing as a character, or having a character named after them etc. etc. I recall a pile of people commenting on that particular status nominating themselves to be in the books, but shit, that was a fair while ago and rather than scrolling through the fuckload of posts that have saturated my timeline since then, I might need to do a refresher and see who was keen to get themselves deepsixed (maybe) in either Plebs 3 or The Zombie Trigger 2. Or maybe something else. Who knows?

In other news, the brutal juggernaut that is Rejected For Content will continue to stampede over all and sundry with no remorse, no regard and certainly no signs of slowing down. I made mention of a new disturbing entity that I have brewing which led some to question whether this was going to be something of a replacement for RFC. Short answer, no. Long answer, fuck no.

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Rejected For Content has so many more stories to tell, so many dark corners and recesses to explore, and so many stones to overturn, so there’s no end in sight for that monstrosity. Again, in the interests of involving readers and fans of the series, I might throw open the potential naming or theming of Rejected For Content, to those very people. In fact I already did toss it out there to gauge reactions and see what sort of despicable shit people were keen on seeing for number 6, but nothing officially set in stone. I’ll return to that when the time is right to start building momentum for the RFC machine. So, for all those who fear that Rejected For Content was on it’s last legs, or out the door, or about to fuck off out of here, no need to worry at all. Not only is the open call for RFC6 going to be happening, but so too will something else RFC related. The latter will potentially occur before anything RFC6 does; we’ll see.

As for the other WetWorks entity I made mention of just above and on Facebook leading to those queries about RFC, well, this isn’t going to be a replacement, it’s going to be something completely different and something to run alongside Rejected For Content. I’m looking forward to divulging some information about this, but again, I’m waiting to do that until I clear some projects. I will say this though; it will be extreme, it will be controversial and without doubt it is bound to upset some folks and ruffle a few feathers. I haven’t yet decided whether it is going to be thrown open, or if it will be invite-only, but I am leaning toward the latter. Which means, as I stated on the Facebook status, that some time shortly, I will be actively seeking for collusion and involvement from suitably deranged, disturbed, extreme, perverse sanguinary scribes. I already have a mental list of folk I’m keen on asking-or should that be a list of mentals?-which is why I’m a little keener on making the project an invite-only thing. Primarily because I know that the folk I’m interested in asking to be part of it, can write the type of material I’ll be seeking. Extreme inkslingers who aren’t afraid to get dirty, bloody, offensive, yeah, you get the gist.

That isn’t to say I won’t throw it open at some later stage, we’ll wait and see how this excursion into extremity pans out. As I said, I’m anticipating that it will stir some people up, but then again, everything does these days.

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Dual Depravity hasn’t been forgotten either; there will be more volumes of that forthcoming at some stage down the track, with various authors getting involved for those books, but for now, fucking projects, lots of projects. Not enough time to get everything done, and of course, me claiming to ease back on the anthos and concentrate on novels this year worked out a treat didn’t it? Committed myself to a pile of those…

Anyway, that’s enough of that. One more chapter to write on this novel and I’m done, so best I get to that.

JIM GOFORTH HORROR AUTHOR(6)

THE SLEEP

As if I needed any more proof that I sorely neglect this WordPress site, how about this? My most recent novel came out in January, and here it is mid-May, and I haven’t mentioned shit about it over here. In my defence, I maintain an assortment of different pages and profiles, and more often than not, this is the one which gets left to rot and fester. In any case, best rectify that now.

January 2017 saw the release of my first novel for the year (there will be at least a couple more coming out this year, but those are still under wraps as far as providing details for them goes). This of course, as most people should already know (unless you use this site to keep update on news-in that case, you wouldn’t have a clue), was The Sleep.

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This book is my spin on a creature feature of sorts, a monster tale, albeit written in my usual grindhouse splatterpunk style, though it probably is a little more accessible to mainstream horror fans than some of my previous works have been. That isn’t to say it has been toned down in any context, more of a case of the story not quite warranting some of the things that have appeared in prior books.

Here’s the synopsis

Obscure urban legends and monstrous myths abound all over the internet, and none are more obscure or bizarre than the one purported to haunt the strange, remote and oddly named town of Growling and its surrounds.
Here, the communities are plagued by freakish weather phenomena, aberrant lightning and something even worse that arrives in the midst of these irregular storms. Here, all denizens adhere stringently with the unwritten rules of what they all know as The Sleep. Here, the way of life for folk is dictated to by the BeastStorms.
When a group of friends, including an amateur horror film maker, an urban legend and supernatural enthusiast, a sceptic and a journalist, among others, stumble across the vague tale online, each have their own reasons for wanting to discover the veracity of the peculiar legend.
Now, they are on a road trip that’s taken them thousands of miles from their comfortable city existences and right into the domain of The Sleep. Where mistrusting, superstitious locals patrol the neighbourhoods in packs with ominous warnings for intruders and unwelcome passers-through. Where dissenters are run out of town to live as outcasts on the fringes of civilization. Where repercussions are severe for those who don’t take heed of warnings to abide by the rules of the land.
Where unholy storms unlike anything ever experienced before, dredge up something more than insane weather. Something monstrous.
Every so often, among all those many legends easily explainable, or proved to be nothing more than pure hoax, there’s one with more than a kernel of truth to it.

One like the BeastStorms.

The whole concept of this tale is one I’ve had in my head for quite some time, and it was all originally derived from one single image (the base image you see on the whole cover wrap-the old dwellings and the sky). Elements were added by cover artist Michael Fish Fisher to further enhance the aesthetics and fit the theme of the book, but the base image itself, prior to any of that, was enough to conjure up the story in my head before I even started writing it, at least in terms of the mythos, what happened when the Storms came and how people dealt with that. Like most of my work, I didn’t plan it or outline it in any way, shape or form; I had the initial characters, what their motivations were and as usual, I threw them into monstrous situations and let them see how-or if-they could come out of it. Unlike the majority of my other books, I did have some idea on how it was going to end, though even that took something of a turn along the way. In any case, here’s a few things folks have been saying about it.
“The Sleep is a combination of a novel and a horror movie which goes in gonzo directions and yet it all makes sense in the end. This is what novels are supposed to do. As horror, when the evil erupts in almost atomic bomb explosion with everyone in its sights, expect the worst for the worst is there spilling with blood, death, and decapitations. The monsters, both human and monsters, are monsters with little pity.”
Goforth layers his novel with violence, and gore, but there’s a compelling story here. That’s what makes The Sleep so good. It’s a dark, gritty novel that reminds us that it’s the things we can’t see that are the most terrifying. When it comes to horror no one writes like Goforth. This is a guy that takes the genre back to it’s early days of true terror, and suspense, and writes like a man possessed. This is the future of horror and each novel gets him one step closer to mainstream success.”
Jim Goforth never holds back and always packs a hell of a punch.”
If you like horror stories and can handle gore, I highly recommend this entertaining book!”
I have a lot of respect for the writing of Jim Goforth. He can take an action scene, draw you in, keep you gasping for breath, and turn the whole situation in another unexpected direction. This is what he does in The Sleep.
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If any of that sounds right up your alley, snag a copy of The Sleep and check it out. Feel free to drop a review off on Amazon and let me know your thoughts. Good, bad or ugly, all reviews are appreciated.

From the author of Plebs and Undead Fleshcrave: The Zombie Trigger.

Seven intrepid travellers. One obscure tale. One hell of a storm of nightmares.

Some urban legends are true.

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WRITING WRAP 2016

2016 has been a prick of a year, not just for a handful of people, but seemingly for most folk across the board. With more ups and downs than a rollercoaster (probably more of those downs), it’s pretty apparent that this is a year most people are keen to see the back of, but that’s not really the purpose of this post. Rather than dwell on any of the less than exemplary experiences that have occurred, either personally, or for many others, this is my 2016 writing wrap.

And in terms of writing, personal output and achievements, 2016 was a stellar year for me.

With the exception of only April, May and June, I had something happening in each month of the year, whether it was the release of novels, stories appearing in anthologies or part of the ongoing Rejected For Content series. In some instances there were at least a couple of things each month with October and December being particularly productive.

My initial thoughts way back in the day that I’d try and follow a template of releasing a novel, then a collection, then novel and following that pattern went way out the window considering I had three novels come out in 2016 and no collections. Granted, two of those full lengths were two separate halves of the same story, and released simultaneously, but all the same, they were lengthy beasts and simply not feasible to put out as one book. As for collections, while I do have a pile of stories to comprise collections, not all of them are brand new and with the amount of anthologies I’ve been involved in, undoubtedly there would be reprints. My stance on collections remains the same-until one is a massively established writer with a whole host of things under their belt, putting out a collection largely comprised of reprints folks have probably already read is a rort. Save that for your greatest hits album. When you’re at the stage of making a greatest hits album, that is. Not a mere couple of years or less into a career. In any case, a collection made up of mostly new stories and a few reprints from niche anthologies and lesser read publications will be on the agenda for next year, but we’ll see what happens with that and where it fits in among all the other things planned for 2017.

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I kicked off the year in January with the release of extreme metal zombie opus Undead Fleshcrave: The Zombie Trigger. Being a splatterpunk/extreme horror take on the whole zombie genre with a constant soundtrack and proliferation of primarily black and death metal driving it, this was always going to be something of a niche book likely to appeal to specific audiences, but a having it reviewed in Metal Hammer magazine was a distinct highlight. Unfortunately with the collapse of Team Rock, it’s likely Metal Hammer and other long-running magazines under that particular blanket won’t exist anymore, so any sequels spawned from Undead Fleshcrave won’t be finding themselves reviewed in those pages.

February saw the release of the very first in a line of battle anthologies, that being the M v F (Male vs Female) books, where a team of male authors captained by John Ledger was pitted against a team of female authors led by Catt Dahman. Simple rules were put in place here; each team were given specific items that had to play a part in their story and a location which it needed to be based in or around, and then each story was voted on by a group of impartial judges with no knowledge on who wrote what. Two books were spawned from this competition, MvF: Deadliest of the Species and MvF: Death Personified. You can catch my tale Lancet, in that latter book.

This was the first of three battle type anthologies I appeared in over the course of 2016, with the other two coming at the tail-end of the year in VS: US vs UK Horror and VampZ vz WolvZ.

In March, the second volume of Tales From the Lake from the always fantastic Crystal Lake Publishing finally emerged after a period of delay (the book was originally slated to be released mid-2015). The story I wrote for this one, Lagos de los Perdidos, was something of a complete departure to my usual splatterpunk, ultra-violent, more extreme end of the scale type material, centering more on a dark emotional side of things. I was one of the judges for the Tales From the Lake competition and almost forgot I was supposed to write a story for the book as well, so this one was written in a mere night or so. All the same, it was definitely one of my favourite stories of the many I penned during the year, and tapped into a different approach to horror, or what most folk might have come to expect from me.

Earlier on I’d jumped onboard with Matt Shaw’s ideas for an Easter themed horror anthology and March also saw the release of that holiday beast, Easter Eggs and Bunny Boilers. In the cheery little tale of mine, When a Bunny Snaps, I introduced a quaint establishment called Fantasy Dress, a costume themed restaurant/bar/club where each holiday of the calendar year sees the female staff dressing appropriately to match said holiday. This was intended to be a one-off, but Matt also pulled together many of the same authors who’d appeared in Bunny Boilers as well as multiple big hitters of the genre for a Christmas antho (or rather, an anti-Christmas antho), so the chance to revisit Fantasy Dress and drop them into festive fuckery was too good to pass up. I’d originally started writing a completely different Christmas horror story and then left it to pen a completely new one which would focus around Fantasy Dress instead.

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In the next few months, I was mostly busy with working on the follow-up books to Plebs and the fourth volume of the Rejected For Content series. In July, Rejected For Content 4: Highway To Hell burst forth in a fiery inferno of the grotesque and the grisly, and in the following month, the sequels to Plebs finally appeared, over two years since that first book (and my debut novel) was released. Riders was split into two books (Riders: Plebs 2-Book One and Riders: Plebs 2-Book Two) because it was an enormous sonofabitch on completion, well over the 180k length that Plebs was. It simply wasn’t viable to put it out as one book, even after extensive cuts. In any case, readers who are familiar with Plebs might, or might not, know what to expect from these books. Brutal, explicit, bloody, yeah, you know the drill. Or if not, dive in and see what it’s all about. Those who have managed to catch up with the latest exploits of the Riders are already calling for a return, so rest assured, that will be on the agenda at some time in the future, hopefully sooner rather than later. Those who have read Plebs, but haven’t yet ventured into Riders, best get into it now.

I was initially planning to write a bit of a spiel on each tale I had published during the year, but as is generally the case, I’m pretty pressed for time as it is, with projects banking up for the new year and it’s fair to say I’ve been a little slack with writing much of anything over the Christmas period, so I’ve got a hell of a lot I need to get done. So with that in mind, rather than go into any more detail, I will just post a list of everything that came out during the year. You’ll be able to see from that list, the rest of the year was pretty hectic as well, particularly around the end of it. I’ll revisit some of the stories I didn’t get around to saying anything about later, but for now I’ve messed around enough in the way of not getting solid words written on anything productive the last week or so.

So, without any more preamble, here’s the list of published works I had, or appeared in, during 2016. Story names from anthologies listed in italics.

Undead Fleshcrave: The Zombie Trigger January 8 (novel)

M v F: Death Personified (Males vs Females Book 2)Lancet Feb 27

Tales From the Lake Vol 2Lago de los Perdidos, Mar 11

Easter Eggs and Bunny Boilers: A Horror AnthologyWhen a Bunny Snaps, Mar 27

Rejected For Content 4: Highway to Hell July 15 Editor

Riders: Plebs 2-Book One Aug 20 (novel)

Riders: Plebs 2-Book Two Aug 20 (novel)

Drowning in GoreMarshlands Malice, Sep 20

TrashedStrange Old Brew, Oct 3

Dual Depravity Volume One (WetWorks Presents)-with John Ledger Oct 7

Horror Anthology 2016 (Moon Books Presents)-Cavedwellers, Oct 13

Full Moon SlaughterHour of the Wolf, Nov 1

Bah Humbug! An Anthology of Christmas Horror StoriesMental Elf, Nov 27

VS: US vs UK Horror Line Dancing at Hack House, Dec 1

Rejected For Content 5: Sanitarium Dec 8, Editor

VampZ vz WolvZDinner Interruptus, Dec 14

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Fairly reasonable year happening there, a lot of stuff got done. And although I say the same thing every single year, regarding cutting down on anthologies and focusing on my novel projects and so forth, I’ve already committed myself to a pile next year, so rest assured you will see a list of similar length, or even longer, surface around this time in 2017.

Here’s a brief rundown of projects earmarked for next year or ones I’m already working on (or at least those projects I’m at liberty to disclose right now).

January 2017 will have a monstrous start to it. First cab off the rank for me is going to be The Sleep, a new novel that isn’t affiliated with Plebs, Undead Fleshcrave or anything like that at all. Instead, it’s something completely different, a creature feature if you will, or monster type book, albeit soaked in my grindhouse splatterpunk stylings.

Then there will be an appearance with a bonus short story in Matt Shaw’s highly anticipated release The Devil’s Guests, out in February. I will also be appearing in another of Matt’s projects later on in the year, a huge project that already has a hell of an excellent line-up with more authors slated to join the TOC over the coming months.

Alongside a host of anthologies which haven’t yet had details released to the public, I’ll also have stories in Suburban Secrets 3: Home Invasion, Sweet Dreams from Anthology House and another VS project, and that’s just a few of those I can make mention of, two of which are already written for and sorted, ready to roll. No doubt there are also going to be myriad open calls spring up throughout the year I’ll be interested in submitting to, so that resolve to steer clear of anthologies is just something I’m going to concede is probably never likely to happen.

There will also be no less than three Rejected For Content creations (and only one of these will be the next volume in the series-that will be number 6, currently untitled. I’m thinking I may involve fans of the series to conjure up what sort of loose theme they’d like to see explored).

I already mentioned another collection, and depending on how much time I end up with to be able to put it together, that could see the light of day in 2017. I have a body of new stories, as well as those aforementioned reprints from publications that didn’t receive a wide readership on release, that will comprise said new collection.

Aside from that, Dual Depravity Volume Two (with Dawn Cano) will be happening, and I also have plans for a musical-themed anthology focusing on a specific band (and either one of their classic albums, or drawing inspiration from several of their albums). There are actually numerous bands and albums I’d love to be able to do anthologies revolving around in this manner, but again, time is a factor. Deadlines for other projects are already looming, so the focus is going to have to be with them first, then we’ll see where I end up.

In terms of novels, here’s a brief rundown on what I’m working on or will be working on over the course of the year. At this point in time only The Sleep is a definite release but two of the following have deadlines and are slated for 2017 release, so you can expect no less than three novels from me, maybe more. (Most of these are working titles only and are subject to change)

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Carnival (abbreviated title)

Festival (abbreviated title)

Tyler Flynn

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Global Death: The Zombie Trigger 2

Murder Academy

Aground

Johnny Fox and the Werewolves

Neighborhood

Lycan Gang

Degenerate Children

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There are also some plans to venture back into worlds already established in a couple of previously published short stories and make full length novels, or at very least novellas, from them, but again, we’ll see if time permits that or whether they’ll become future projects further down the track.

That’s a rough idea of how many novels I already have started work on, completed work on or am near to completing, and that’s without being beset by new ideas. Without a doubt I’ll also be compelled to randomly start new novels out of the blue which aren’t on this list or have absolutely nothing to do with any of the works or planned works already mentioned. That’s how inspiration hits me. Could be the slightest thing, a single picture, a snippet of conversation, a song, anything, and I’ll have the ideas for a new book cooking up a horrific story. The whole idea of The Sleep sprang from one single image and it’s not unusual for me to find an entire book right there in one solitary picture.

I also meant to make mention of this earlier on, but naturally got carried away with talking gibberish. 2016 also saw me crack the top 100 in Most Popular Horror Authors on Amazon, which is largely due to that prolific output, as well as the Rejected For Content series and appearances in a string of successful anthologies. Reaching number 68 has been my peak so far, but I’ve been in there for a month or so, so we’ll see if I can round out the year by staying in there and climbing higher next year with a slew of bloodsoaked releases.

Stay tuned. 2017 is going to be a hell of a ride.

 

 

 

 

 

RIDERS (PLEBS 2)

It’s been a long time coming (two and a half years to be precise), but the follow up book to my debut novel, 2014’s Plebs, is just about here. And it’s not just one book, but two. Two fucking Plebs sequels? Technically one, but more on that momentarily…

Formatting is all done, full cover wraps are in the works, a handful of ARCs have been sent out to hopefully generate a review or two to coincide (or near enough) with the release of the books. I’m guessing near enough is probably going to be closer to the mark, since these monsters will be out and unleashed sooner rather than later, and unless one reads remarkably speedily like I do, ARC folks won’t be done reading.

Most people who have followed various interviews and whatnot over the last few years will know that while Plebs was my first published book, it wasn’t the first I ever wrote and more to the point, it wasn’t even originally intended to be a novel. It started off its existence as a short story idea with fundamentally the same premise as the novel ended up with, albeit finishing much sooner, with much less happening than what eventuated.

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I’ve mentioned once or twice that the more I wrote, the more I wanted to, the more involved I became with the characters. More ideas, plotlines, characters and horrendous things that could be done kept cropping up, demanding to be included, so the original Plebs morphed into what should have been a novella at most, into a six hundred page entity, or a motherfucking big bloody snowball of ultraviolence and splatterpunk fun.

Which leads me to Riders AKA Plebs 2. Why is it two books? Quite simply, because it turned out fucking enormous, to the point where it dwarfed the original book and releasing it as one opus just isn’t feasible. Even after extensive cuts, trims and so forth, the beast was still too big to realistically make it one book, so what you will soon be seeing appear are two separate books, released simultaneously. Riders (Plebs 2-Book One) and Riders (Plebs 2-Book Two). Two different covers, two separate books. However, it is all part of one big story, so I’ll stress right here and now, don’t get to the end of Book One and scream what the fuck? This is no way to end this shit! Book Two exists and will be out at the same time as Book One, so there will be no sitting around waiting a few months or what have you to find out what the hell happens.

I love the covers of both of these; they rank among some of my favourite of my books and books I’ve had stories in along the way. Both of them I had the main images picked out for, for quite some time, since both fit the tone of each book perfectly and I couldn’t be happier with how they look. The font is one of those that appeals to some and not so much to others, but in the grand scheme of things and keeping the series uniform, I wanted it to be the same as Plebs itself. Any future Plebs related books will follow the same blueprint.

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These books have been completed for a little while now, at least in terms of being written and probably would have been released a little earlier than now, but various upheavals of all sorts threw up obstacles to keep that from happening. Now though, there will be no stopping them.

Fans of Plebs or anybody who has read it, may know what to expect, then again they may not. In any case, if you’re looking for some extreme ultraviolence, bloody brutality, explicit sex, an undercurrent of heavy metal and a plethora of feral freaks, lethal women, villainous characters and maybe a familiar face or two, then you’re in the wrong place. Nah, just fucking around. You’re in exactly the right spot with Riders. Folks who haven’t yet ventured into the world of the Plebs, see above. And maybe snag a copy of Plebs and read that before delving into these two.

Get ready for it.

Double the mayhem. Double the Plebs. The Riders are coming.

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REJECTED FOR CONTENT 4: HIGHWAY TO HELL

Between writing, editing, all the usual day to day shit I do, running WetWorks and maintaining a presence across a variety of platforms, it would be fair to say this poor old WordPress site has been immensely neglected. In fact, this will be the first post of the year for the abandoned fucker. Last time I was around here making any mention of anything, it was knocking up the extensive playlist for Undead Fleshcrave: The Zombie Trigger (which came out in January of this year by the way. If you haven’t read it yet, grab a copy, slap some corpse paint and spiked gauntlets on, crank the volume to maximum and dive in).

In some of the time elapsed between then and now I was immersed in the process of putting together the fourth volume of the extremely well received (I’d say bestselling, but I’m opposed to being one of those knobs) Rejected For Content series. This time around, we’re riding the Highway To Hell.

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This beast came out just under a month ago and like all of the series so far has lodged its gruesome carcass in the top 100 and is remaining there, maintaining the notion that folks simply love extremes and just can’t get enough. Which is excellent, because let me assure you, there’s no end in sight for this series, though there may be a couple of other projects I have in mind which are related to the whole concept. I’ll definitely be keeping people posted, but anything like that will come after Rejected For Content 5 has been released. Speaking of which, an open call for submissions for that very creature will be happening quite shortly, so all interested parties would be best advised to keep their eyes peeled for that one.

In the meantime, swing around and get your mitts on the latest installment of the grisly, the gory, the explicit, the shit that other publishers are liable to reject on the grounds of content. Featuring some usual suspects, some completely new faces, some up and comers and a couple of scribes who have had the unique ability to pop up in each volume of the series so far.

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Rejected For Content 4: Highway to Hell.

Some roads lead to fame and fortune. Some roads lead to safety and sanctuary. Some roads lead to misery and suffering. Some roads lead nowhere. And some roads lead straight to hell.

Come along for the ride if you dare, as Rejected for Content 4 takes you down roads with only one true destination awaiting at the end. Ride actual roads with damaged, deranged souls, and travel along the highways of the mind where psychosis, darkness, and the depths of brutality and perversion dwell.

These stories have all been rejected for content: these stories will all take you on the highway to hell. It’s a long way down.

Featuring K. Trap Jones, Eric LaRocca, Essel Pratt, T.S. Woolard, Amanda M. Lyons, Brian Glossup, Kindra Sowder, John Ledger, Jonathan Edward Ondrashek, James Longmore, S. A. Mckernan, David Owain Hughes, Rebecca Kolodziej, Michael Fisher, Rebecca Pate, Peter Oliver Wonder, Josh Davis, Roma Gray, Lyndon D. Johnson, G. Zimmerman, Mark Woods, William Bradley, Jay Helmstutler, and Toneye Eyenot.

Warning: Strong violence, explicit sex, coarse language, blood, and gore.

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UNDEAD FLESHCRAVE: THE ZOMBIE TRIGGER ULTIMATE PLAYLIST

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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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Stuart Keane, author of the upcoming novel All or Nothing recently asked me to take part in a Character Blog Tour which of course I agreed to, so stay tuned and below I shall answer a few questions about a character from one of my works. Beforehand, here is a little info about Stuart himself.

Stuart Keane is a person who, at a very young age, fell in love with the written word.

People ask me why I enjoy books. Sometimes I remain speechless. I know many people who have never read a book (they do exist) and trying to explain this simple, yet amazing pastime to them is never easy. It’s pretty difficult in fact. I think comparing movies and books is needless because they are two completely different experiences. However, until you experience both, describing them never really does them justice.

This comparison has probably gone on for decades. I read my first adult book at age seven. This was years after seeing my first film but the experience, where new, was something else entirely. I remember being stuck on one page (for those who are curious, the book was Flesh by Richard Laymon, an excellent yet underappreciated horror writer) for half an hour because the detail in the scene was so vivid. I actually remember him describing an abandoned restaurant and I didn’t want to continue. It was THAT real to me that I felt I was actually there. Continuing to read would take me into the restaurant and because of previous events in the book, you knew it was a very bad idea.

This was my first memory of the written word. It’s remained with me since and probably always will. Many authors have that defining moment when they realised they wanted to write fiction for a living. This is mine and has shaped my life ever since.

So who is Stuart Keane?

Just an ordinary guy who likes to write thrilling, compelling stories. For thirty years, people have enthralled me, entertained me and provided me with many, many adventures. And inspiration. Now, I want to return the favour.

There are a few sites you can find Stuart lurking, notably, the following:

https://twitter.com/SKeane_Author

https://www.facebook.com/stuartkeanewriter

http://www.stuartkeane.com/

With that, I will get down to the business of answering the questions. I have been asked to participate in multiple blog tours of late and unfortunately I don’t always have the time to take part in them or indeed seek out others to keep the ball rolling, so in the interests of making sure this one keeps going, I will tag a bunch of potential candidates who may be interested in doing a similar character tour on Facebook rather than here.

Now for the character I will focus on. I have just completed the first draft of another novel, and have a couple of others written (one which is the first part of a mammoth two book entity), and considering that any of those works are probably a fair way off seeing the published light of day, I will concentrate instead on one of the focal figures from my grindhouse splatterpunk opus Plebs.

1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

My characters name is Corey Somerset. He is an idle young man who has a relatively shiftless existence, hanging out with his equally lackadaisical friends, doing nothing of real value or purpose. Both of his parents died while he was in late teenage years and as both were rather affluent, he was left as a rather wealthy fellow. He is an average guy, one of those kids at school who was more a fringe dweller, never one of the popular crowd until he came into money, and even then it was only the fact that his residence became party central for a while that his popularity began to escalate. He is a fictional character, one of three original individuals I created when first writing Plebs as a short story idea. He and his two best friends Tim and Lee are all in a sense, representative of a certain type of person, but they are all purely fictional and are not derived from any real people. Corey is the sort of person some may well identify with or see facets of themselves in his character, he is not a particularly difficult individual to understand or work out.

2) When and where is the story set?

Plebs is set in relatively modern day, there are references throughout to various bands, music and other current pop culture things which keep it rooted in a fairly current setting, though I intentionally don’t specify years, time periods etc. As for where it is set, I have taken the same route. The vast majority of my places and settings in my work are purely fictional; they are neither country specific, nor are they actual places. Unless I am writing a story which explicitly deals with a real town, country or region, then every place detailed in my work has been wholly made up. All places, settings, locations, towns and so forth referred to or appearing in Plebs have been created solely for the story.

3) What should we know about him?

Corey is fundamentally a good guy. He is fiercely loyal to his friends, has a genuine desire to help people and while he might be easily swayed or coerced into doing silly things or making extremely bad decisions, he knows when he needs to stand up and be counted. His main issue is that having money at his disposal has killed motivation and led to him lacking drive and direction, and falling into the trap of being shiftless. Various circumstances and events which occur in Plebs serve to strip away all of this where money is not going to be a factor in buying him out of the trouble he and his friends are ensnared in. He is not a natural leader, he has always been more of a follower, content to go with the flow as dictated by his more boisterous or charismatic companions, but again, situations arise which force him to confront these qualities in himself and take on a role he otherwise never would have.

Corey is one of several pivotal characters to be discovered in Plebs, and though he might not be as wholly intriguing as say, some of the female individuals residing in the piece, I can’t really do too thorough an expose on those femme fatales and their motivations without giving away some key aspects of the story.

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his life?

There are a whole host of conflicts which spring up over the duration. From simple conflicts between Corey and his friends which range from basic disagreements about what they should and shouldn’t be doing, or getting themselves ensconced in, to far more serious ones involving much more dangerous people and other entities, namely the Plebs themselves. This then flows into a series of further conflicts, not only involving Corey and his friends, but the people they align themselves with, and further potentially perilous situations emerge that bring a collective of new and old enemies into the mix.

There is no one particular main conflict, instead there are multiple conflicts running constantly throughout and it isn’t merely the expected conflicts between rival factions, there is also plenty of infighting.

One could say Corey and his buddies mess up their lives from the word go, right from the very point they decide to ‘borrow’ a couple of boats they find beside a lake they’ve wound up after a night out partying. They then further compound that error in judgment by agreeing to journey off with the owners of said watercrafts, a posse of attractive and potentially dangerous young women. This escalates further each time they choose to make decisions which continue to sink them deeper into trouble with situations they possibly could have opted out of.

5) What is the personal goal of the character?

Initially, the main goal of Corey is a simple base one. Like any young single red blooded male faced with a bevy of buxom beauties offering a promise of more partying in their company, he is driven by the prospect of lots of good times and frivolous fun to be had with the women, but as things progress, circumstances change and life threatening events emerge, so too do the goals of Corey. With these situations comes responsibilities and his desire not just for self-preservation, but for the protection and safety of others. Ultimately his chief goal becomes survival, for himself and for those wrapped up in an escalating nightmare.

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

The title of the book is Plebs. For the majority of time I was writing it, there actually was no title, not even a working one. Around three quarters through I decided to run with the name which the women of the story use to refer to a band of subhuman creatures who share the same climes as them. Of course the name of the book primarily refers to these bestial entities, but there is also another level to it, the underlying reference that ‘plebs’-being defined as lower class, vulgar, despised etc.-is also a reflection on many of the more abhorrent human characters who pop up in the book.

This is the synopsis of Plebs.

Corey Somerset, Tim Hayworth and Lee Hunter have had one hell of a good night.

And it isn’t over yet.

Celebrating their friend’s birthday with drunken debauchery and intoxicated antics, they’ve just stumbled through a mini-wave of mindless vandalism, and though they’ve wandered far out of the realms of civilization, they are keen to keep the party vibe going.

When they encounter a band of mysterious fugitive women who call a bizarre encampment deep in the woods their residence, it appears a strong likelihood that continuing the party is on the cards.

But it won’t come without a price.

The collective of unnerving lawless women are open to the suggestion, but not without the threesome completing a request first, a seemingly straight forward barter proposition that will bring the boys face to face with something else that dwells in an unorthodox co-existence with the girls in the wilderness.

These are the Plebs, and the shocking violent encounter the trio are unwittingly pitched into with these freakish feral fiends may be their first, but it won’t be the last.

As the shiftless young men become inextricably entwined and involved with the agenda driven dangerous women, so too do their fates, with them unravelling killer secrets, duplicity, bloodshed and brutality along the way, that encompasses not just them but more of their friends, new enemies and old enemies.

A simple night of bad decisions escalates and snowballs into an expedition of terror spanning all the way home and beyond, with Corey and his friends engulfed in a nightmare where the lines between man and monster blur.

Depravity, death and destruction reign supreme and it isn’t just the Plebs that want them all torn limb from limb.

7) When can we expect the book to be published?

It is already published and has been out since January. The fact that I have no set idea on when my new works will see the light of day as yet, and the next thing to emerge from me will be a collection of short stories, was my motivation in detailing a little about one of the prime characters from Plebs.

Plebs is available in a variety of locations, namely

http://smarturl.it/Plebs

http://www.bookdepository.com/Plebs-Jim-Goforth/9781495240393

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/plebs-jim-goforth/1118142036?ean=9781495240393