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2016 J. Ellington Ashton Awards/Awards in General and how the right kind of attention could benefit you

Around this time every year it seems I write a post regarding awards, so while this one essentially won’t be any different, it will address a couple of things other than mentioning specific awards.

In any case, J. Ellington Ashton Press recently held their annual awards and it was great to see a whole bunch of well-deserving authors, staff, artists and books receive acknowledgement for their assorted achievements throughout the year. My brothers in metal or splatterpunk or WetWorks, extreme inkslinging, whathaveyou, Toneye Eyenot, John Ledger, Michael Fish Fisher won some truly deserved awards as did many others who have gone above and beyond in 2016. As for me, I snagged this little beauty hereaoty2016

In addition to that Rejected For Content was runner up for Anthology of the Year. This would be for RFC4: Highway to Hell I would assume since Volume 3: Vicious Vengeance came out in October last year. Not too bad considering Highway to Hell has only been out a few months.

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I’m pretty sure I say this with each post as well, but I’m going to say it again anyway. I don’t write for awards. If you do write to win awards or that happens to be your motivation for writing, shit, get out of the game now.

I write because I love to write. I love to tell stories, I love to create the kinds of things I personally love to read; I have a restless, twisted imagination full of things that need to be spilled onto the page. I just love writing and that’s why I do it. If people happen to dig the freakish horror tales that make their way out of my head and splatter blood all over the pages, then that is awesome. If those same things garner the sort of attention that results in awards or other forms of acknowledgement, appreciation etc. etc. then that’s pretty cool too. It’s always great to be acknowledged by peers, fans, readers, the general public and so forth, but it will never be (and should never be) the principal motivation to write.

And as for winning awards, well I sure as hell can’t tell anybody how to win them. Because I don’t know. I can’t tell you how to win awards and nor can I tell you how to be the best author or anything like that. But I can tell you how to increase your visibility (so if garnering awards of any variety is one of your motivations, maybe your chances will also increase, hell, who knows) and try and maintain a profile.

Write. Keep writing. Keep releasing things. Be prolific. Don’t rest on your laurels.You can’t expect to maintain a high profile if you write one book, sit back and wait for the world to discover it (sure, there might be exceptions to this, but I can’t think of any right now). Let folks know about it, make people aware you have something out there they should be reading. Don’t assume people are just going to stumble across it without having a few pointers in the right direction. Interact with readers, other authors, potential readers, fans you might already have. Know your fanbase. Increase your fanbase (easier said than done I know, but it can be done). Be approachable. Be supportive of others. Writing isn’t a competition; there’s a fuckload of us out there and it makes more sense to support those fellow creatives than trying and wage war with them. Folks don’t always remember who is there sharing their shit or whatnot, but they sure as hell remember who did some underhanded shit or who tried to make enemies of them or just did some all round general fuckery in the name of climbing up that ladder a little higher. Sure, not everybody is going to get along, there will be those who like to step on others or use others to give them a leg up and then promptly forget who helped them out in the beginning, but again, it’s always a better option to take the higher ground there. Don’t involve yourself in drama. Fuck that shit. Of course, some of it is unavoidable, but for the most part it is. Stay away from it. Nobody wants to be remembered as that writer always getting embroiled in some kind of happy horseshit. Save that for writing. Wasting time on vitriolic rants, vendettas, targeting others or whatever is the in thing regarding drama these days is productive writing time wasted.

Promote yourself. Market your works. Identify your target market and ensure you’re directing the right information to them. No good pitching to folks who won’t have a bar of what it is you’re writing; try and win over a new fanbase or broaden into different areas after you have an established one. Keep potential readers and current fans updated on your releases, upcoming projects, current projects and plans. That again is easier said than done, and there’s often a fine line to tread between promoting and spamming or overkill, but that’s for each to find their own balance.

Create a brand for yourself. Build up a resume of work. Submit to markets. Hell, submit to anthologies and markets that don’t pay shit. I do and I’ll continue to do so, namely because there are so many great projects out there I want to write for, regardless of whether there’s any money in it. If you’ve got grand designs on subbing to the same places over and over because they pay top dollar and you keep getting rejected, might be time to expand horizons a little. There’s no creating a brand for yourself if you’re not getting anything accepted anywhere. That doesn’t mean write and sub for everything under the sun of course. Be choosy, but be a little smart about it. And when you do get rejected-it happens to all of us-be gracious about it. Don’t go on a tirade, don’t assume you know better than whoever knocked you back, they have their reasons. Editors always remember those who can’t take rejection graciously.

Bottom line. Don’t be a prick, asshole, bitch, cunt, whatever. It’s easy enough to achieve, unless of course that’s ones natural persona. In which case, consider your career longevity to not be overly long. Once more, probably exceptions to the rule, but I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest folks didn’t always get where they got by being any of the above to others, particularly on a constant basis.

Be gracious, accepting, supportive, approachable, proactive, creative and keep on writing. And don’t write for awards. If you do do enough to earn them the way they should be earned, they will come.

I’ve got a novel to write before this month is out, so rather than ramble on any more here, best I get to doing that.

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REJECTED FOR CONTENT 3: VICIOUS VENGEANCE

The third installment of the Rejected For Content anthology series from JEA’s WetWorks imprint is out, released into society in all its gruesome glory.

The grotesque. The grisly. The extreme. The erotic. Punishing. Poignant. Vicious. Vengeful. Rejected. For Content.

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Comprised of twenty three pieces Rejected For Content 3: Vicious Vengeance is the longest of the series so far and marks the second time I have taken the reins as editor. Unlike the first two volumes I don’t have a story in this collective, instead I’m just the man helming it. Like the predecessors, this book features a wide array of talented authors, ranging from the well established to some unknown and upcoming faces, which is one of the hallmarks of RFC. There are names folks will be very familiar with, there are names that folks will be hearing much more of in the future. Among this sanguinary sprawl of provoking prose and poetry are a few scribes who have the distinction of featuring in all three volumes of the series thus far, which is rather cool. New faces are constantly being attracted to the whole concept which is a wonderful thing; it sees the tendrils of RFC spread further and wider, but it is also great to have top notch work still being submitted by folks who have pretty much become synonymous with the series.

The subtitle of the opus, ‘Vicious Vengeance’, as I make mention of in the foreword wasn’t one that I had in mind prior to starting the submissions, reading, cutting down process, but as I did go through the myriad stories that were submitted, there was a high percentage of them which revolved in one way or another around revenge. Consequently, they assisted in throwing a suitable moniker up. Naturally, it isn’t all of the stories which are steeped in bloody vengeance and ruthless revenge, but the large proportion of them meant the book essentially dubbed itself.

Nor are all the stories and works brutal, violent, overtly sexual or the types of things one might expect to have been originally ‘rejected for content’. No, there is poignancy here, touching moments, things which are far more subtle than affronting and shocking (though rest assured, that’s here in spades too), cutting insights on society, people’s behaviours, intentions, psyches and mental states. These stories involve human souls laid bare, skin peeled right back to reveal the often hideously ugly interior and on the surface some might shock, but they will all make you think, mull over and contemplate. They all have their reasons to be rejected on the grounds of content for other publishers who might be prone to shy away from this deliberate ugliness, sordidness, offensive or abrasive, but at WetWorks these tales of terror are embraced with open arms.

For those who are thinking, fuck, RFC2 wasn’t released that long ago, that WetWorks is fucking cranking out this series, I’ll gibber on about that a little. I had folks clamouring for another RFC and stories ready to roll, so after number 2 had been out for a while I opened up a submissions call for part 3 with a strict deadline to be adhered to. The response was excellent, to the extent where I ended up with some great stories that unfortunately couldn’t make the cut, based on size restraints, so technically if those same writers wish to have involvement with the next installment of a series that keeps growing, it’s well on the way already.

In any case, the speed with which RFC3 came together can be attributed to all the contributors involved. Without their prompt responses to contracts, issues, actions and all the things involved in the compiling and creation of the anthology, it wouldn’t have run nearly as smoothly or efficiently, so the group of extreme inkslingers who have work in Vicious Vengeance are definitely responsible for it being an extremely positive experience, alongside those staff members with the unenviable jobs of formatting and proof copies.

If you’re already familiar with Splattergore and Aberrant Menagerie, then it’s time for you to become immersed in Vicious Vengeance. If you aren’t and you think you have the constitution and fortitude for what lurks within the pages of all three volumes, then throw yourself into them. You might not be the same afterwards, so approach with caution.

One final note before I drop off the link so you are able to go and check out the new Rejected For Content release.

Rejected For Content 4 will certainly be happening. As I mentioned above, I already have a host of worthy stories and at some stage I will be opening up another submissions call to round up a host more. This won’t be happening until next year at this stage; I’m pretty much steering clear of all anthologies-either running or submitting to-for the remainder of 2015 so I can concentrate on my own writing. That has been the plan for some time and aside from RFC4, I imagine it is going to be the plan for 2016 as well, so there will be less short stories in different books from me and more short stories written to include in future collections from me. But, I’m diverging away from the original point…

I’ll let potential submitters, or folks who might be wanting to pen something suitable for Rejected For Content 4, this opus already has a subtitle, as created by the man who is responsible for the cover art of all the books in the series so far. This is ‘Highway To Hell’, so bear that title in mind. While RFC as a series is open theme and will continue to remain open theme for the foreseeable future, I will be specifically seeking a few works which in some way address or involve that subtitle, so start getting those freakish ideas churning and see if you can end up on the Rejected For Content Highway To Hell.

In the meantime, be sure to snare a copy of Vicious Vengeance from the link below (or Barnes & Noble, Book Depository etc, all those places when it becomes available there).

http://smarturl.it/Rejected3

From the shocking to the surreal, the poignant to the repugnant, the erotic to the extreme, Rejected For Content 3 delves into the darkest corners of human hearts and minds. The stories contained within have been rejected from other presses on the grounds of content; tales to shock and frighten, unnerve and disgust, with many disturbed souls driven by vicious vengeance. Featuring Toneye Eyenot, K. Trap Jones, Essel Pratt, Dani Brown, AJ Waters, Lisa Dabrowski, Matthew Weber, Andrew Bell, Jay Helmstutler, Edward Kenyon, Matthew Cash, Victoria Vassilious, Ian McClellan, Ash Hartwell, Stephen Kozeniewski, Roy C. Booth, Axel Kohagen, Brent Lorentson, Gregg Zimmerman, Michelle Garza, Melissa Lason, Catfish McDaris and Amanda M. Lyons.

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JEA AWARDS 2015/WITH TOOTH AND CLAW/COLLECTION RUMINATIONS

I wrote a post about awards last year so I won’t go overboard on repeating everything I said then, I’ll just keep it succinct. Yeah, yeah I know, big ask for me, the guy who loves writing words…a lot of them.

J. Ellington Aston’s annual awards has happened for 2015 and With Tooth And Claw managed to pick one up for Collection of the Year. My bottom line in writing is that I do it because I simply love to write and my head is a constant churn of stories demanding to be written, but it is most definitely a cool thing to have other folks dig your work and enjoy the stories as much as you enjoyed writing them.

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With Tooth And Claw came out in February this year, and while it’s been a little more of a slow burner than Plebs, it has garnered several great reviews and moved well in several countries. It crops up every so often on the top 100 Sea Stories category on Amazon, which amuses me no end, since the closest to water any of the tales get is a thunderstorm in Cavedwellers.

Comprised of seven pieces (three of which are more novella length than short story-hey, I write long stories, long books…I love it) With Tooth And Claw is my first collection, and what will be the first of many. I have mentioned before that I intend to release a collection of shorts/novellas in between each novel I put out, so consequently, the majority of shorts that I’m writing at the moment, won’t be destined for specific anthologies as they have been in previous years, but will be solely for compilation in my own collections. Since the next book to be forthcoming from me is the black/death metal undead splatterpunk opus Undead Fleshcrave: The Zombie Trigger, it’s safe to say you can expect the ensuing book to be another macabre bunch of extreme horror tales. Then, of course the follow-up(s) to Plebs will follow.

For those who have read With Tooth And Claw, and enjoyed it, hated it, ambivalent about it, left reviews (cheers for that, I love reviews-good, bad and ugly) those particular stories are not all new. In fact, a couple of them are very, very old, written a long time ago and the concept for Cavedwellers is older still. For the most part though, they are newer works, not written for anything specifically, aside from taking up rental space in my twisted imagination, and needing to get spilled in gory ink splatters on the page. While any more collections to come from me will primarily be new and previously unpublished pieces, I might happen to slip in an older tale or two, and possibly some of those who have been included in prior anthologies.

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I’m not overly fanatical about the idea of putting together a book of stories which have been previously published for the following reason.

If one is a fan of a particular author, it might be reasonably safe to assume that they’ve sought out the majority of works that particular author has written, or has read the various stories they’ve put out in different books. I know when I seek out a collection of a favourite author, I’m mostly interested in reading a bunch of new stories, or at least works which I’m not familiar with. To me, grabbing a collection of stories, only to find they’re all just reprints of stuff I’ve already read, is a little bit like cheating the reader. So, rest assured, any collection I put out is not going to follow that trajectory, bar perhaps one or two stories which will be derived from maybe lesser known, or not as widely read, anthologies. It’s the same ideology for me, behind writing big books. Give the readers something to really sink their teeth into and get immersed in, and give them new material. If they’re part of your fanbase, it’s a fair bet they’ve already read those stories you have in separate books, so don’t screw them by reselling the same shit they’ve already read. That’s just my own personal opinion on the concept and I’m sure plenty would see it differently, as in a ‘best of album’ or some shit, but at this stage in the game, something like that is not going to be in my plans. New books will mean new stories.

On a final note though, I have to give a massive shout-out to my brother in horror and metal, the incomparable Toneye Eyenot. This legend’s debut, The Scarlett Curse, won the Authors Choice Award for Book of the Year and it is thoroughly desevred. Nobody deserves success, acknowledgement and recognition more than this guy, and I’m extremely proud of him and everything he has achieved. He is going to be a major force.

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Brilliant cover artist and author Michael Fish Fisher (the man behind the entire Rejected For Content series cover art and myriad others) won Editors Choice for Book of the Year with DC’s Dead, while Kent Hill’s Straight To Video anthology picked up Editors choice for Anthology of the Year. Big congrats to all involved.

For those who haven’t yet read With Tooth And Claw, here’s the link.

http://smarturl.it/withtoothandclaw

And here is the link for The Scarlett Curse

http://www.amazon.com/Scarlett-Curse-Sacred-Blade-Profanity-ebook/dp/B00ZDPCNQ6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1442892536&sr=1-1&keywords=toneye+eyenot

DC’s Dead

http://www.amazon.com/DCs-Dead-Michael-Fisher-ebook/dp/B00N738A68/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1442892874&sr=1-1&keywords=dc%27s+dead

Straight To Video

http://www.amazon.com/Straight-Video-Anthology-Movie-Awesomeness-ebook/dp/B00X6QZLLI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1442892943&sr=1-1&keywords=straight+to+video

In any case, before I start to make a liar out of myself with that ‘keep it succinct’ disclaimer at the start, I’m out of here.

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-MICHAEL (M.A) CARSON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The synopsis for this award winning novel is as follows,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.macarson.com/

https://twitter.com/themacarson

https://www.facebook.com/imacarson

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

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

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

AUTUMN BURNING: DREADTIME STORIES FOR THE WICKED SOUL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://smarturl.it/AutumnBurning

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So, the epic vampire collaboration co-written by six awesome authors from the ranks of JEA will be crawling up out of its dark coffin very shortly (currently in final edits and then beta reading) and it is going to be spectacular. I’m very excited about this undead monster finally arriving, it has been one hell of a fun, and also challenging project to be part of and I’m proud to be involved in it alongside writers who I have the greatest of respect and admiration for.

I have a penchant for writing about strong, often dangerous or mysterious female characters-look no further than the likes of Desiree, Melissa and Blaise from Plebs for evidence of that-and I currently have a host of these in works I have in progress featuring such fierce femme fatales (Scarlett and Roxana to name a couple in my undead death/black metal headbanging horrorfest and Angelique and Cleo in my other full length twisted carnival two part nightmare excursion, both books which are well over 100k at the moment, and I have every intention of keeping that tradition going. A lot of horror has the women secondary characters, helpless or hapless damsels in distress needing to be rescued, but that isn’t the case in my works. Anyone who has read Plebs will be only too aware of that fact. With that in mind, will I persist with that in Feral Hearts?

Also in the works is a collection of short stories with the working title With Tooth And Claw. This is comprised of seven pieces, some of them rather long, probably something that could be released as novellas, but I’m keeping them all together in one book. This beast is in with the publishers at the moment, waiting to go into edits and then the ball will start rolling on having that come out too. A couple of these stories are actually pieces that were written quite a long time ago and essentially sat around on hiatus, so reading this collection you will be able to garner an insight or two into some of the earlier horror scribblings of yours truly. I won’t say which are which, up to you to see if you can decipher that when you check it out.

Speaking of older stories I’ve managed to find a home for another older story, written back when I was on a short story binge, punching out a plethora of different ideas and concepts, and that of course is Sinister Cavan which appears in the heavy metal horror anthology Axes of Evil, available now. This composition was written pretty quickly while the idea ran around my brain and as I’ve mentioned in interviews, it may not be precisely the style of writing I predominantly do now, but its conglomeration of heavy metal and tinges of horror makes it suited to something like Axes.

Anyway, while you’re waiting for the fearsome Feral Hearts to rise from the sarcophagus and bare its fangs, be sure to check out the current available works from all the excellent authors who are involved in the project.

http://www.amazon.com/Jim-Goforth/e/B00HXO3FRG/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

http://www.amazon.com/Edward-P.-Cardillo/e/B00BOB0F7M/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_4?qid=1397997271&sr=8-4

http://www.amazon.com/Mark-Woods/e/B00F5ZCMAG/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1397997345&sr=1-2-ent

http://www.amazon.com/catt-dahman/e/B007N5843K/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

http://www.amazon.com/Ms-Amanda-M-Lyons/e/B00C8H0V2A

http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Fisher/e/B00JARA3CE/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_8

 

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