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


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

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

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

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

Check it out, check out the book.


Bloodsuckers-Judas Priest

To the Wolves at My Door-Soulfallen

The Wolfpack-Satyricon

Return of the Vampire-Mercyful Fate

Wolf Moon-Type O Negative

The Howling-Within Temptation

Thrown to the Wolves-Death Angel


Them Bones-Alice in Chains



The Fun Lovin’ Criminal-Fun Lovin’ Criminals

Insect-Spiral Architect

Locust-Machine Head

Sewer Dwellers-Fornication


Undead Rising-Sepulcration

Swarm of Zombies-Facebreaker

Sometimes They Come Back-Sadist

Big Truck-Coal Chamber

Rusty Cage-Soundgarden

No Way Out-Dope

Last Stop to Nowhere-Septicflesh

Now, Diabolical-Satyricon

Snowblind-Black Sabbath

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

I See Demons-Book of Black Earth

Came Back Haunted-Nine Inch Nails

Pour Some Sugar on Me-Def Leppard

Girls, Girls, Girls-Motley Crue

Crown of the Kings-Keep of Kalessin


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







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

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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,


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.’


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.

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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.


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