Dead of Winter 2

Finally, part two of the Dead of Winter short story trilogy is out!

 

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As winter deepens, the survivors at the Pine Lodge ski resort and hot springs gain an unexpected visitor. Kerry, a true survivor in her own right. They must put suspicion and their own petty rivalries aside as there is something new out there in the snow. 

And it is not alone. 
Kerry and the others must find a way to survive as the seething horde of the dead leave the cities, picked clean of the living, to spread to more remote areas, following the Aurora northwards, desperate for human flesh. 

Over 20,000 words of icy terror 

As I was writing it the story continued to grow breaking the boundaries of the short story to fall within the word count of a novella. I attempted to shorten the tale but realised that this pivotal chapter in the series needed the extra length; to further develope Kerry as the main character and to explore the mythology of Dead of Winter, as well as give myself some room to set up the finale.

I’ve already begun the third and final installment of Kerry’s nightmarish journey.

Watch this space for more details…

Dead of Winter

It’s here! My new pulp horror short …with Zombies!!!

Tried once again to do something a little different with them, while keeping the pulp feel. If all goes to plan the sequel should be out in about a month.

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Bloody Parchment: The Root Cellar

Mwahahahahahahaha, it’s alive! (lightening streaks the sky and thunder groans)
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Am a lucky bugger to be included in this year’s Bloody Parchment anthology, with my story “Strands”. There are some other top notch authors in here. I think everyone really upped their game this time :)
Also nifty bastard Toby Bennett has the title story “The Root Cellar” which is creepy as fuck! Go on, have a peek.
Special thanks to the darkly majestic Nerine Dorman for putting it together, as well as all the judges and of course SA Horrorfest. You guys rock!

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Interview with a Zombie

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Interview with a Zombie

The war has been lost. The human population decimated by the living dead, now hides in remote, heavily fortified strongholds. A reporter is given the chance of a lifetime, to talk face-to-face with a representative of the undead. Even with the risk of the meeting being a trap, it is too valuable an opportunity to pass up. He must have an…
Interview with a Zombie.

Part horror, part bizarre-pulp, a quick wicked read from the end of the world.

Available on Amazon

Next Big Thing 2012

Here’s the idea, I was invited by Lee Mather to answer these 10 questions about one of my current works-in-progress and then tag a few other interesting authors I know that have done the same, to create a digital conga line of amazingness to make your readerly bits quiver in anticipation of all the new, nifty and exciting work coming out soon.

So, here we go

What is your working title of your book?

PRIMORDIAL: a creature feature

 
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I love old movies, always have. I also really enjoy B-movies (specifically those of the 50’s 70’s and 80’s). Quite often such films were horror, or a blend of science-fiction and horror. But they always had a creature in them; a man in a rubber suit or some equally awful thing, but I’d still much my popcorn with a big goofy grin, lapping up the cheesy dialogue.

Basically Primordial is my tribute to the adventure B-movie monster shlock of the 20th century.

I wanted to have it fast paced and relatively short (after all I doubt even I would read through 200+ pages of cheesy monster story).

An odd thing happened while writing it though…it got a lot darker and stranger than the original subject matter. Which is, in my mind at least, a bonus.

 

What genre does your book fall under?
You mean there’s no Creature Feature genre? I’d have to say adventure/horror, but horror only in the sense of creepy slimy beasties.

 

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

This is always a tricky one for me as I don’t tend to picture real people as my characters. In my mind they are entirely themselves, they don’t look like anyone I’ve seen.

Though, I do think Nathan Fillion would be great as the rugged, bearded hero Carter. Emma Stone or Lizzie Brochere might make a good Dr. Harding. But I definitely think Ray Stevenson would be great as the mercenary Keller.

I suppose I’d prefer relatively unknown actors to play the characters, that way they are those characters in the viewers mind rather than someone playing that character.

If you see what I mean.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Trapped in the jungle with giant creepy crawlies!

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Due to its length and general tongue-in-cheekness I’ll be publishing this title myself.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Just shy of two months, though I took a little bit of a break before tackling the ending. I knew what was going to happen but I had other projects that needed my attention. The editing and subsequent drafts took significantly longer.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

That’s a tough one. Primordial is so between genres that comparing it is difficult. I suppose it is Adventure Pulp and a Monster Story, with an extra helping of cheese, all at once. Hence in that vein it’s similar to work like Guy N. Smith’s Night of the Crabs. One of my test-readers likened Primordial to Michael Crichton’s CONGO. Primordial has more elements from film than literature to be honest; Creature from the Black Lagoon was certainly on my mind while writing this. As were the old Hammer horror films. Also the likes of Slither, Relic, THEM!, Day of the Triffids, The Thing from another World and even Anaconda.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Other than my love of B-rate monster movies, this book was inspired by the stories of William Miekle and Guy N. Smith both of whom have written many monster and creature orientated novels and novellas.

Though, be clear, I wasn’t emulating their style when writing Primordial, it’s very much my own voice. An experiment, true, but all me.

 

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

You need more that a tropical hell-hole miles from civilisation filled with overgrown insects and creatures all hungry for human flesh?

Well, when I started writing Primordial I was committed to pace, keep things happening constantly, don’t let the reader get bored. I wanted to take the same material that might go into a longer novel length work and condense it down into a much tighter, faster flowing story, yet still maintaining content.

Hopefully I’ve succeeded. I certainly enjoyed the break in style. In my mind, story aside, the experiment in how the story is told will definitely be leading me to doing more stories in the same vein.

Who knows, maybe even Primordial 2?

Certainly fits with the B-movie theme.

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PRIMORDIAL is set for release December 2012/January 2013

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Here are a few other author’s (and links to their blogs) I know and admire for you to keep your eyes on. Mark my words, they are authors to watch.

Joan De La Haye

Icy Sedgwick

Austin Malone

Lee Mather

and the winners are…

For Coffin Hop 2012 I help a small prize giveaway. But then I thought why give just one lucky winner, why not have three?

Randomly selected, the winners are:

Johana Katerina Pitcairn, Rob Storm and Erik Gustavson!

You each get a free copy of The Beast of Park Street for your kindle/kindle app. I’ll be contacting each of the lucky winners today via Facebook.

 

Please respond to that query or post your email address in the comments of this post (I will not share your email address).

Coffin Hop 2012

Welcome Coffin Hoppers! For this year’s Coffin Hop 2012 I’ve made the collection Penny Dreadfuls: Halloween Special FREE from October 27th – Halloween Night (31st), on Amazon.

 

But that’s not all!

 

There’s also a prize give away. Just head on over and “like” my Facebook Author Page for a chance to win a copy of my gruesome novella The Beast of Park Street for their kindle or kindle app. A winner will be selected randomly from all the “likes” both old and new, and announced on November 1st.

What is Coffin Hop you might ask…well just head on over here for the low down. But here’s the gist: +100 horror authors all holding giveaways and prizes over the week leading up to Halloween. For each stop check back to the hops linky list.

So what ye waiting for, get a hoppin’!

***Authors have full discretion to choose an alternate winner in the event any winner fails to claim their prize(s) within 72 hours of their name being posted or after notification of win, whichever comes first. Anyone who participates in this tour is subject to these rules***

Halloween Treats…for your Brain!

For the last couple of months I’ve been working with some truly talented authors to bring you some Halloween treats for your brain. Some of the rising stars in Horror and Dark Fiction have all gotten together to make a collection of spine-tingling, nerve-shredding, read under the blankets tales of the sinister and the insane.

Coming soon, and perfect for your Halloween season.

Besides…it’s absolutely FREE! starting from Oct 27th – 31st

even after that it’ll only be 99c.

This awesome cover art is by Carmit Manor Massimino. Check out more of her design work at inkpudding.com

Short Stories – You’re reading them wrong!

A few weeks ago I was having a chat with some friends of mine and short stories came up during the conversation. I got asked why I write them rather than longer fiction or novels. I told them that I do write longer fiction, I’m still working on them…’cause…their long. However I also told the assembled chatters that I liked writing and reading short stories, to which they were confused…as was I by the general distaste at the term.

Had I just mentioned tongue splitting or genital modification?

nope…so why the subtle sneers.

A few glasses of wine and some discussing later the truth was uncovered…

They were reading them wrong (in my opinion).

It seems that many people when they get a collection of short stories they read the entire book, from cover to cover in one go, as though it were a novel. The main issue raised was that just as things got going – were heating up – the story ends.

It’s a tease.

I don’t know who’s stories my friends had been reading, but it seemed to upset them. That isn’t what a good short is supposed to do OR the best way (again in my opinion) to read short fiction.

Think of it like a palette cleanser, a sip of wine before the next mouthful. You read a single short or two and then move on to something else. Short stories are like candy, you don’t gorge yourself all in one go, you savor one at a time in between meals. Short stories are the same.

While trying to decide what novel to read next I often take a night or two to read a few short stories or a novella while I figure it out.

I have dozens of collections, both in print and on my kindle, of short stories from a variety of authors, most of them are half read – not because I gave up, but because I’ve been consuming them slowly, piece by piece. The wonderful thing is that there are plenty more left when I return to them.

Plus I get to follow my rule of not reading the same author’s work in a row (keeps things fresh).

Anyway, this all struck me as odd. It got me thinking that maybe other people out there were approaching reading short fiction in a way that helped neither reader nor the story. So if you’ve never tried read short stories this way give it a bash, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

-B