Wednesday, October 12, 2011

This Treat is No Trick

It is no secret that I like Horror stories. I like dark, creepy things like those under your bed. As I have said repeatedly, Halloween is my favorite holiday. I'd say I still get dressed up, but I don't look much different than the rest of the year.

With that being said, I knew I wanted to participate in Trestle Press' Harbinger of Horror month-long celebration. I wanted to do it in a big way.

I started off with Severed, the new zombie story co-written by Darren Sant. My finale will be the latest installment of Reprisal. It is Chapter 4: She'll Get Your Engine Started. But I am sneaking something in between, a little treat at the bottom of your bag. You know the kind of treat I mean, you don't remember which house it came from, but it's there and it looks delicious.

I like to examine people and create characters that are real, but also sometimes real strange. The couple in this story is exactly that. They are misfits. They are loners. They are vampires and they get together.

The inspiration for this titilating tale came from a very popular series of books-turned-movies. I haven't read them, but it is my understanding that the female lead becomes pregnant from her vampire lover.

My natural question was "How does an undead vampire get his equipment functioning with no blood flowing through his veins?" My anwer can be found on these pages. This one gets a little steamy, a little funny and maybe a little gory. So, find some privacy and enjoy.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Come and Get Some

I had the opportunity to work with a talented writer and generous lover in the form of Darren Sant.

Um, one of those statements is only hearsay.

Regardless of which, we birthed a new story onto the world. It happens to be available now, today, this minute, from Trestle Press for the exceptionally good deal of $0.99. (click the title to get it now)

You might want to know a bit about it before you make that commitment. No problem.


This is not your typical Zombie story. More exactly, it is a story about people with zombies in it. We, Darren and I, aimed high and to borrow my co-author's words, "the scope is wide". In this first offering, we set the stage, set the emotional level. Things are not outright dismal, there is some hope.

Give it a try for yourself, and please, let us know what you think...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

So Much More...

I am compeletly about Horror and Halloween. Trestle Press is celebrating with the Harbinger of Horror promotion.

But did you know Trestle does not only do the scary stuff? They are packed with authors of every genre. There are highly talented writers waiting to share their work with you.

Let's put a few under the microscope, shall we?

William Tooker offers Slouching Towards Bethlehem, a wild series about ancient aliens buried beneath a small California town. Get part one here: Bad Angles and part two here: Black Betty.

Jochem Vandersteen, hailing from the Netherlands, delivers a series about Mike Dalmas. Using his former Special Forces skill set, he does the jobs that normal law enforcement can't handle. Get the debut story here: Find Her.

Leona Bodie offers Cocooned in Darkness, a prequel to her full length novel, about a man on the run from his own past.

Benjamin Sobieck is responsible for Maynard Soloman, a cranky semi-retired private investigator. The stories a full of gritty satire. Sobieck has also participated in the highly popular Author's Lab collaboration series with Who Whacked the Blogger?

You will be seeing more of these and other Trestle authors coming soon.


Monday, October 3, 2011

The Harbinger of Horror

Today heralds the onset of Trestle Press's month-long celebration: Harbinger of Horror.

Giovanni and the gang at Trestle Press have tons of great stories lined up for this Halloween month and most of them are coming at you for $0.99 each.

There is a chill in the air and it won't be long until it starts getting darker earlier. Time to start thinking about staying indoors, hiding under a cozy blanket and scaring the batteries out of your Kindle.

Why not start with something close to my heart? Reprisal is my tale of a bus load of convicted murderers heading toward a nearly deserted town. Find out what happens when they get off the bus and discover why a mysterious Shadow is lurking in the dark.

These three are available now:

Chapter Four: She'll Get Your Engine Started will be one of my three releases with the Harbinger.

You can also pick up my turn in the Author's Lab series: The Two Johns.

I am also teaming with Darren Sant (you've heard of this talented chap and his Tales of the Longcroft Estate) to bring you Severed: In The Beginning...

Darren and I are developing this apocalyptic tale of zombies with an eye on turning it into a character-driven series.

Although Halloween is my favorite holiday, this month is not all about me. Expect to see some other great releases.

Currently, this series about an ex-cop, turned werewolf, turned private eye has four installments available. Check out my post HERE to get your fangs wet. Then check out the powerhouse line-up in this series: Julia Madeleine, Allan Leverone, and B. R. Stateham.

Cody Toye gives us murderous clones in the most recent Author's Lab collaboration: Clone Zone.

Mina's Daughter starts off The Harker Chronicles by re-introducing us to the surviving characters of Bram Stoker's Dracula in this steampunk series from S. L. Schmitz.

And William Tooker delivered Volume Two of Slouching Towards Bethlehem in September. Get your hands on Black Betty to discover The Death With a Thousand Faces.

Bear in mind, everything above is what's available right now. It's the things you don't the dark corner of your closet...under your the back of the garage with the blinking overhead flourescents...that are coming to get you. Trestle seems to be well stocked with masters of the macabre and they are about to unleash them on you, the unsuspecting reader.

In addition to Severed, here is another treat you can look forward to in the Harbinger line-up:

The G-Man himself will come forth with his first "Zombedy" (Zombie-Comedy) in a special Halloween edition of his ongoing Bocce extravaganza: Holy Chrome Bocce Ball Beach Bloodbath!

Put Trestle Press in your Amazon toolbar so you don't miss a horrifying word of the Harbinger of Horror.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Growling with Satisfaction

I have now finished the first four stories from Paul D. Brazill's Drunk on the Moon series and, to gaudily use a pun, this is one with teeth.

The conecpt, an ex-cop turned werewolf turned P.I., is fresh and fun. Yes, I slipped "werewolf" in there. If you don't already know the premise, Roman Dalton was a detective in The City until he was bitten. Since then, he splits his time between being a private investigator and single-handedly trying to put Jack Daniels out of business.

This is classic noir stuff. Moody settings, bad-tempered people and lots of grit and grunge. The City is as much a character as the people. And the thing that piqued my interest was the supernatural does not stop with a single werewolf. There is a Haitian voodoo gangster, an alien and let's not forget the zombie strippers, but no vampires yet.

Let's talk about the tales one at a time, shall we?

Drunk on the Moon - Paul D. Brazill sets the tone with the initial story. He gives us a glimpse of how Roman came to be and establishes the prime hangout, Duffy's Bar. He points out all the major players. He names a few unique locales. But that is not the draw of this installment. This one is all about the words. Brazill spins a silky web of metaphors, phrases and descriptions that drip with artistic skill. His words don't simply put you in the story; you feel, taste, touch, smell everything right along with seeing it in your mind's eye.

Fear the Night - Julia Madeleine takes Roman all the way to Quebec. Unfortunately, Roman can not leave his troubles behind. Full moons are unavoidable. Madeleine reminds us that being a werewolf is not Roman's only problem. He struggles with morality and fights the bottle. He is human. To me, that's what makes a story. If the character isn't relatable then it doesn't matter what he does.

The Darke Affair - Allan Leverone hits all the key elements and delivers more of the trademark Roman Dalton. The story is direct and concise. Roman faces off once again with Ton Ton Phillipe, the Haitian voodoo gangster. The fun in this one is Agent Darke. Leverone introduces a mysterious new character, both humorous and frightening. I for one would like to see Agent Darke return, if he survives.

Insatiable - B.R. Stateham brings the fourth installment with excellent force. He has a style that I would call "old school". Maybe that's not exactly right, but he definitely has an understanding of the genre and seems to have gotten inside series creator Brazill's head. His word choice and descriptions are masterful. Without giving away the end, I could not help picturing Anthony Hopkins conversing with the main character. I have not mentioned Ivan Walker from the previous stories, but he should be mentioned here. Stateham really develops the relationship between Roman and his former partner. Ivan is taken from being a cutout on the police force that slips Roman the occassional lead to a friend with a history and continued compassion for Roman's situation. I try not to play favorites, but this may be it (so far).

So those are the four stories currently available. There are three more well underway. I have the privilege of adding to this enthralling tapestry, but that is down the road a bit. In the meantime, I shall continue to read and enjoy what the other exciting authors have to say about Roman and his plight.

In the meantime, why not give my own series a shot? The first three chapters of Reprisal are now available: Making Plans, Making Memories; The Impeccant; and Shadow Boxing. Trestle Press is still doing the Buy One Get One, so send me your proof of purchase to any of the stories and I will send you a story for FREE.

Don't worry, I will have some nasty treats for you for Halloween as well. Be looking over your shoulder for the next chapter of Reprisal, Severed with Darren Sant, and maybe one more surprise.