I’m not a huge fan of talking about myself on social media. Writer friends have advised me to intensify my Facebook hustle, but there’s something so inherently uninteresting about that platform. First, even the most innocuous posts can be boiled down to an agenda (usually “muh brand”) and second, to quote George Costanza, worlds are colliding. All the time colliding.
It’s release day for a few authors whose work I really dig. Normally, I would send a few tweets across social media to get word out, but I wanted to take a little time to chat about these guys, their stuff, and hopefully convince you to load your Kindles with horror.
There’s nothing more fascinating to me than the existence of proto-slashers. That is to say, movies made before the “big boom” of stalk-and-slash pictures, where famous elements of the subgenre could be found in narratives that were not otherwise beholden to it. Some proto-slashers are more eerily prescient than others. 1972’s Tower of Evil, for example, is a movie that’s really just an early slasher. But as I recently watched Scream Factory’s excellent Blood and Lace Blu-ray for the first time, I was struck by the familiarity of its opening scene. And how other elements of the slasher drifted in and out of its arena.
By now, everybody is probably accustomed to how I handle new releases. I like to do them with a little bit of showmanship and fun. In honor of my latest release, Under the Blade, I’m doing a giveaway where everyone who enters becomes an immediate winner.
What do you get when you cross the suspense of all the best slasher movies with the small town mystery of all the best beach reads? You get my novel Under the Blade of course!
Scares that Care charity weekend is almost upon us! It’s one of the things I look forward to the whole year round, as it’s a great opportunity to connect with readers and peers in a friendly and supportive environment. It also doubles as a wonderful mini vacation. The drive down to Williamsburg, Virginia is an absolute killer, sure, but after I’ve had 365 days to anticipate it, I’m always glad for some extended road time with friends I don’t see as often as I’d like.
The one year anniversary of Mass Effect: Andromeda passed without much fanfare. Unsurprising, given there’s very little to celebrate. Plans for DLC support were axed immediately (and announced to the fanbase a few months after the game’s release), leaving some of the lingering plot threads to be addressed in future novels. In the wake of a disastrous launch, it was announced that Mass Effect was going into indefinite limbo with future installments scrapping Ryder entirely.
Devil’s Row returns to print via Black T-Shirt Books, and to answer the most commonly asked question right off the bat: No, you do not need to have read Feral in order to read it.
I’ve never been an anime fan and for many years, it was simply the economics of collecting that kept me at bay. I used to occasionally peruse the anime section of Suncoast when I started buying my favorite films on VHS, and there were plenty of titles that caught my interest. If memory serves, however, those tapes were always priced higher than whatever stuff I was buying, and since I never knew where to begin, I never wound up rolling the dice on anything.
A few days ago, a friend of mine made a passing remark about a substantial event in his life I knew nothing about. He seemed surprised by this and when I asked him why he didn’t tell me, he replied with, “well, I put it on Facebook.”
Now here’s something I’m incredibly stoked to be talking about! I read a lot of J.F. Gonzalez in college. His work was among the most formative in the years leading up to the moment where I decided to take a stab at this whole writing thing. For that alone, my inclusion in this upcoming collection will forever be a career highlight.