On the Undead, Killer Tattoos, and Midian

Just some updates of what’s been going on cuz I know you’re dying to know cuz I haven’t got in touch for a while and yeah I’m sorry but I’ve been busy take a breath so I’m gonna tell you hold your damn horses….

Since the release of my novel–

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“CHILLING”  “HAUNTING”  “SPIRITUAL”  “ZOMBIES”  “TASTES”  “GOOD”  “WRITTEN”  “VIVID”  “IMPRESSIVE”  “INTELLIGENT”  “BRAINS”  “ACTION”  “PACKED”  “STUNNING”  “LYRICAL”  “GROSSED”  “BURRO”  “TORTURE”  “BELABORING”  “GREATNESS!”

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–I’ve been very busy with the promotion of Hungry Ghosts, and to that purpose I’m going to be on tour with over thirty other zombie authors to chat all things undead! I’ll be hosting too, so watch for some guest authors stopping by here. Be sure to get your reservations for…

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STARRING: Armand Rosamilia, Kirk Allmond, Shana Festa, Christine Verstraete, Jay Wilburn, Jack Wallen, Chuck Ingersoll, Chris Tucker, Timothy Baker, Claire Riley, T.w. Piperbrook, Stevie Kopas, Melanie Karsak, Rhonda Parrish, Shawn Chesser, Erik Gustafson, Stephen Kozeniewski, Mark Tufo, Julianne Snow, Bryan Cassiday, Todd Brown, Sarah Lyons Fleming, Thomas M. Malafarina-Author, Ian McClellan, Robert Chazz Chute, Peggy Sue Martinez, David P Forsyth, Ted Sterns, Ian Woodhead, John O’Brien, Jaime Johnesee, Rebecca Besser and Alex Laybourne!

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My biggest thrill this year is being selected for inclusion in an anthology based on Clive Barker’s book, Cabal, and his movie, Nightbreed.

COMING 2015 FROM TOR

MIDIAN UNMADE: TALES OF CLIVE BARKER’S NIGHTBREED

Edited by Joseph Nassise and Del Howison

Table of Contents

Foreword by Joseph Nassise
Introduction by Clive Barker
A Return to Midian by Lisa Majewski
Moon Inside by Seanan McGuire
The Night Ray Bradbury Died by Kevin Wetmore
Another Little Piece of My Heart by Nancy Holder
The Kindness of Surrender by Kurt Fawver
The Angel of Isisford by Brian Craddock
Pride by Amber Benson
Button, Button by Ernie Cooper
I Am the Night You Never Speak Of by  C. Robert Cargill
The Devil Until the Credits Roll by Weston Ochse
The Lighthouse of Midian by Ian Rogers
Lakrimay by Nerine Dorman
And Midian Whispered Its Name by Shaun Meeks
Cell of Curtains by Timothy Baker
Tamara by Paul Salamoff
Raphael’s Shroud by Karl Alexander
Wretched by Eddie Brauer
A Monster Among Monsters by Stephen Woodworth and Kelly Dunn
The Jesuit’s Mask by Durand Welsh
Rook by Rob Salem
Collector by David Schow
Bait and Switch by Lilith Saintcrow
The Farmhouse by Christopher Monfette

Yep, that’s me in a book with one of the biggest names in horror on the cover. With his introduction. Which means HE read my story and liked it. When I think about it, I pinch myself and when I don’t wake up I gouge my eye with a dull pencil.

Inside will be my short story, Cell of Curtains: two survivors of the fallen Midian find refuge in a traveling oddities revue–inhuman freaks hiding in plain sight among freakish humans.

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COMING THIS SUMMER FROM

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MONSTER INK a novella

Pony is a magical tattooist with Johnny Boy, a Sons of Flesh MC brother, in dire need of a new skin to live. But the prospects of new dead-on meat strolling into the tattoo shop are slim. Time is running out for Johnny Boy when Pony’s oldest friend and MC brother, Feaster, comes through for them. But Feaster has a hidden agenda: revenge. Things get…a little messy.

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AND LEST YOU FORGET OR ARE LOOKING FOR MY PAST WORK HERE ARE

Three killer anthologies from Angelic Knight Press

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ImageFrom angels to vampires, dragons to wizards, Manifesto brings together twenty-three stories full of action, snark, and unadulterated badassery. A taste from my included story, Front Lines, Big City

“Oh great big shit snacks. I looked at the mage hobo and his eye cut to me and back to the new threat. The glow on his right hand diminished and his middle finger begin to turn in a small circle.

Both crews began to mumble and Shelley and the little Dragon shouted them to silence.

“Explain yourself Cinnamon,” little Dragon said.

Cin talked fast, trying to save herself and, I’m sure, out for a little vengeance.

“Their mages, you know, from the war, outlaws with a bounty, gotta be about a million a head.” She managed a grin. “Dead or alive.””

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2013

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**Mature Audiences Only**

What’s sexy about zombies? 51 authors answered that question with wild, weird, and titillating tales. From love during the apocalypse, to love that goes beyond the grave and back again, to love that well, never dies, you’ll find these pages filled with desires demanding to be fufilled, hungers to be slaked, and lovers who won’t let a little thing like death (or undeath) come between them. Do zombies need sex as much as they need brains? What would you do to bring a lover back from the dead? What if you survived the apocalypse only to find yourself alone and sexually frustrated?

Light some candles, put on some mood music, and cozy up with 50 Shades of Decay. The zombie sexpocalypse has begun.

From my story, Love Stinks

“In the silence of the house he heard the muted wail of his love. Locked and isolated in this place since her suicide, Stell had yet to eat zombie style. Edwin looked at Jonah and his heart ached for her. He grabbed the corpse’s arms and dragged it through the house, laying it out on the tile of the sauna. Above the island in the kitchen all the knives and saws he needed hung like jagged teeth. Edwin’s baby was starving and he felt honored to prepare her first meal.”

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2o12

ImageThe light has failed: the era of man is at its end.
Born of darkness, the creatures of myth, legend, and nightmare have long called the shadows home. Now, with the cruel touch of the sun fading into memory, they’ve returned to claim their rightful place amidst humanity: as its masters.
Fading Light collects 25 monstrous stories by authors new and experienced, in the genres of horror, science fiction, and fantasy, each bringing their own interpretation of what lurks in the dark.

From my first published short story, The Long Death of Day

“Outside, beyond the reach of the floodlights, I catch glimpses of a smoky shadow occasionally poking out from the leafless bare trees, like it was testing the waters, pulling back at the touch of the light. If it is the same one or more, I can’t say. And what walks or crawls or slithers inside that blackness, I don’t think I want to find out.”

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That’s all folks, friends, and fans!

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The Next BIG Thing…

Image(Friend and fellow Fading Light author, Jake Elliot , graciously passed these interview questions on to me and asked to join him as one of the stops on a small tour of up and coming writers. Thanks Jake, you honor me.)

Somewhere just below the horizon of the publishing world, awaits the Next Big Thing. Kinda like an attention deprived Godzilla ready to rock your world, smashing the conventions of your mind. Or maybe Baby Godzilla huffing hair singeing smoke rings. But hey, size doesn’t matter (so I’ve been told), as long as it blows our socks off, right? But still, we know it’s coming, we want it bad, and we need to be ready for its arrival with hints, innuendo, excerpts, and teasers!

Well, myself and my ever creative writer friends always have something up our mind sleeves, shaking them out onto the keyboard,  working on new projects awaiting  the light of day, hoping that this one is OUR  Big Thing. Below are questions and answers detailing my current project, then links to some writer friends of mine pulling back the curtain for a peek at the stories they are working on at this moment! One of us could be producing the NEXT BIG THING!

Ten questions on my Next Big Thing(?)…

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Wat Rong Khun Temple

 

What is your working title of your book?   

Right now, it’s The Hungry Ghosts.  In Buddhist mythology, hungry ghosts are hideous creatures in Hell that are filled with a terrible hunger, but having throats to thin to swallow anything, they can never quench it. Seemed right for a zombie story.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

An image in my head of a zombie meditating in full lotus position. (the picture below I  found only recently)

What genre does your book fall under?

Zombies=Horror

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

Sammo Hung comes to mind for the lead; that would be interesting.   But off hand I can’t come up with any Tibetan/Chinese actors.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

On a sacred mountain in Tibet, a peaceful village is suddenly ravaged by the undead,  and a hermit monk with a ten year-old boy struggle to survive in their escape to an abandoned  hermitage.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I will be shopping it out to publishers that  have open submissions for novellas…for now.

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

I’ve been working on the first draft for a  month and a half now and about three-quarters done.

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

I seriously don’t know. It’ll have plenty of the requisite gore and zombie action, but the spiritual journey aspect I haven’t come across in a zombie story before.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

All the zombie movies and literature I have been exposed to happen in the America’s or Europe, and usually in an urban setting with like characters with modern points of view. Seeing that this is a world wide event, I began to wonder what more isolated peoples, with different world views and cultures, how they would react to it. What about eskimos? Aborigines? Muslims? Munchins?! So, being a student of Buddhism, I set my story in the mountains of Tibet. How would people steeped in the Bon and Buddhist religion, that view death and dying in a radically different way than the west, react and think? And the fictional fact that zombies can still retain some vestige of their previous life, could a zombie reach enlightenment? There’s just a million other stories from other parts of the world to tell in the zombie setting that wouldn’t deal with the usual cast of characters; that’s what got me thinking.

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

Well, there will be Kung Fu action at no extra cost!

OKAY OKAY, here’s a little excerpt from my in progress novella, The Hungry Ghosts...

Until the cold eye turned upon him, the boy had not moved.

The thing lurched toward him, making a gurgling growl. Chodren sucked air and began to turn over to run. He looked up and froze again; three feet above him from the tall ferns and grass, emerged the large head of a leopard. Its black fur shone in the sun, pulling out the circled spots hidden below. Its green eyes flicked across Chodren then narrowed on the approaching monster.

For Chodren this was not just a big cat; it was a spiritual being. In tales he had heard of them flying; of highly attained monks shape shifting into them; they were protectors and vengeful enemies. He had never seen one up close, and only heard the one of the mountain, in far-away echos in the night. And this moment, Chodren saw a god come to punish him for his wrong doing. The boys breath stopped again of his own accord, his body frozen in awaiting death, the undead thing momentarily forgotten. A close groan and the scent of rot pulled the boys eyes away. It was nearly on him, ignoring the cat.

The cat’s head lowered in a crouch as its paw inched over the ledge with extending curled claws. It opened its mouth, unveiling fangs, and hissed. A shadow briefly covered the sky above Chodren as the cat left its perch in a silent leap…

Am I there yet?

More Next Big Things…

Prolific and a Celtic Myth master, Brian N. Young will fill your need for the mythical and magical.

Author of the Demon Squad Series, the Blood War Trilogy, and the horrific, Prey,  Tim Marquitz knows how to spin an action filled horrific fantasy.

And Alex Katrin  for vivid madness.

Then the horror minded Dennis McDonald, author of Ebon Moon and 13 Nightmares.

And watch out for Eric A. Jackson, author of the wild thriller, Blind Eye to the Rearview.