Posts Tagged ‘PLEBS’

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)

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)

The Sleep

Carnival (abbreviated title)

Festival (abbreviated title)

Tyler Flynn

Plebs 3

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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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.

rfc3 cover

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

I write because I love to write. I have so many stories in my head to write, stories I’m in the middle of writing and ideas which constantly occur to me. I write the type of things that I myself love to read. Consequently, I write horror, the type which occasionally gets called such things as grindhouse horror, or splatterpunk, even old school horror and tags along those lines. It is what I love to do, and what I’ve always wanted to do. From a very young age, it was a goal of mine to become a horror writer, and a goal I have successfully achieved, but of course, I’m only just starting. Ultimately, I will be writing full time and making a career of it, but essentially having only been in the game for a year (in terms of published output), means I’m not quite at that point yet.

My debut novel Plebs came out in January of this year and has been very successfully received, garnered a host of excellent reviews and sold steadily over a variety of different countries, which has been absolutely awesome, thrilling in fact. Since then I’ve appeared in Axes of Evil 1 with my story Sinister Cavan, Terror Train with Training the Unfortunate, Rejected For Content: Splattergore with There Goes the Neighbourhood and Autumn Burning: Dreadtime Stories For the Wicked Soul with Creepy Green Light, as well as being part of the six author collaborative novel Feral Hearts. I have a collection of shorts/novellas With Tooth and Claw in final edits, due out some time shortly after, as well as another novel Undead Fleshcrave: The Zombie Trigger in with the publishers. My brand of sanguinary ink splatterings will also be surfacing in the likes of Floppy Shoes Apocalypse, Axes of Evil 2, Rejected For Evil 2, Teeming Terrors and Ghosts to name a few of the other projects shortly to emerge, and another multi-author collab has also been largely completed, following some rejigging of the various components.

As you can see, I like to stay busy, I aim to be prolific, and reiterating my opening line, I just love to write.

So while writers love to see reviews of their various works, it is always completely awesome, humbling and a wonderful honour when things like what happened yesterday occur.

My publisher J. Ellington Ashton have a series of awards which are presented each year, and this year, I ended up with an award which looks something like this

WOTY

To take this out in a field of absolutely brilliant authors, loaded with talent, imagination and supreme writing skills is an honour indeed and it was definitely a tight contest, runner up award went to Mark Woods who is the author of the smash hit novella Time of Tides. With a multitude of other great writers also in the mix, indicates it is no mean feat.

Further to this were the following awards presented:

RFC Award

Feral Hearts Award

I’m proud to say I was involved in both of these books as well, as is Mark and several of the other authors in the running for awards, and again, it was an honour to have been part of them. Rejected For Content is a prime example how simple ideas and discussion can blossom from mere seeds of notions and suggestions tossed out there to ponder over, into a fully fledged creation, laden with stories both disturbing and thought-provoking at the same time. Feral Hearts is a unique creature, a project both incredibly fun and challenging to undertake, and a seamless blend of multiple authors different styles.

Plebs is certainly the book which carried me to this, but naturally I didn’t sit back after completing that, I love to stay busy writing, always have and always will, hence the relatively prolific output. I’m currently 80k words into the follow-up to Plebs, and loving writing it just as much as I’ve enjoyed writing everything else which spills out of me in the late hours of the night.

So, in closing, cheers to all of those folk involved with the awards, the various books, projects, upcoming things and everybody concerned with J. Ellington Ashton press, staff and authors alike.

And, you should probably buy all the JEA books.

Links for the award related books below

http://smarturl.it/Plebs

http://smarturl.it/RejectedForContent

http://smarturl.it/FeralHearts

AUTUMN BURNING: DREADTIME STORIES FOR THE WICKED SOUL

autumn burning cover

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