Guest Post: Scott M. Sandridge


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Heavy Metal Faeries

By Scott M. Sandridge

 

The Fey love music. Okay, okay, they love all forms of art (well, most of them), but they love music. It’s as much a part of the Fey as the Fey are a part of nature. From ancient to modern, every genre you can think of, the Fey are a part of it. They play it, dance to it, revel in it, and some are even birthed by it.

 

And Heavy Metal is no exception. Indeed, Metal has spawned the most interesting Fey around. The following are just a few examples of the faeries currently known as the Heavy Metal Faeries:

 

Headbanger: A cross between a troll and satyr, this big horn-headed lug has a very thick skull, and he’s not afraid to use it to bash through brick walls. He loves the drums.

 

Nymphosiren: She’s hot, she can sing (or scream), and can kill you with sex. She’s also pretty good with knives and guns.

 

Axer: Don’t assume this music-loving Sidhe is frail. His guitar can slice off your head with ease.

 

Base Boy: He might look cute with his fluffy ears, but he can bash you into goo with his spiked club tail. He also plays a mean base.

 

Gratuitii: Creatures of various sizes and shapes, often female gender (but not always), they have a tendency to pop up from out of nowhere to then strip down to their birthday suits and start dancing for no discernible reason. And as quickly as they arrive, they disappear. On rare occasions, they have been known to get violent, but the majority of the time they’re just too drugged out to bother.

 

But are these faeries Seelie, Unseelie, or something else? Ask any two among them, and you’ll get five different answers. In many ways they have transcended the stifling ancient labels that have long plagued their ancestors, even to the point of creating their own culture and language outside the two common Courts. And as far as they’re concerned, they’re the only cool Fey around. All the rest of their kin just plain suck.

 

They also throw the wildest parties. Just sayin.’ ;)

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A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court

A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court

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About the Editor: Scott M. Sandridge is a writer, editor, freedom fighter, and all-around trouble-maker. His latest works as an editor include the Seventh Star Press anthologies Hero’s Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions, and the two volumes of A Chimerical World, Tales of the Seelie Court and Tales of the Unseelie Court.

 

Book Synopsis Tales of the Seelie Court: The Fey have been with us since the beginning, sometimes to our great joy but often to our detriment. Usually divided (at least by us silly humans) into two courts, the first volume of A Chimerical World focuses on the Seelie Court: the court we humans seem to view as the “good” faeries. But “good” and “evil” are human concepts and as alien to the Fey as their mindsets are to us.

Inside you will find 19 stories that delve into the world of the faeries of the Seelie Court, from authors both established and new, including George S. Walker, Eric Garrison, and Alexandra Christian.

 

But be warned: these faeries are nothing like Tinker Bell.

 

Stories Included in Tales of the Seelie Court:

 

“Extra-Ordinary” by BC Brown

“Dead Fairy Doormat” by George S. Walker

“Taggers” by Christine Morgan

“Wormwood” by Alexandra Christian

“The Harpist’s Hand” by Steven S. Long

“Sanae’s Garden” by Chantal Boudreau

“Mark of Ruins” by SD Grimm.

“Birdie’s Life at the School for Distressed Young Ladies” by JH Fleming

“Cultivated Hope” by Jordan Phelps

“Seelie Goose” by Eric Garrison

“I Knocked Up My Fairy Girlfriend” by Brandon Black

“The Body Electric” by Sarah Madsen.

“The Last Mission” by Cindy Koepp.

“The Beggar-Knight & the Lady Perilous”

by Matthew A. Timmins.

“The Filigreed Lamp” by Edward Ahern.

“Keys” by Michael M. Jones

“Like a Sister in the Proper Court” by Lisa Hawkridge

“Gnome Games” by Saera Corvin

“The Goat Man’s Garden” by Marten Hoyle

 

Be sure to also see A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court, for more tales of the Fey!

 

Book Synopsis Tales of the Unseelie Court: The Fey have been with us since the beginning, sometimes to our great joy but often to our detriment. Usually divided (at least by us silly humans) into two courts, the second volume of A Chimerical World focuses on the Unseelie Court: the court we humans seem to view as the “evil” faeries. But “good” and “evil” are human concepts and as alien to the Fey as their mindsets are to us.

Inside you will find 19 stories that delve into the world of the faeries of the Unseelie Court, from authors both established and new, including Michael Shimek, Deedee Davies, and Nick Bryan.

 

But don’t be surprised if these faeries decide to play with their food.

 

Stories included in Tales of the Unseelie Court:

 

“In Plain Sight” by Rebecca Leo

“The Wunderhorn” by David Turnbull

“Treehouse” by Kim Smith

“I’ll Watch Over You” by Angeline Trevena

“The Enemy of my Enemy” by Deedee Davies.

“Maestro” by Nicholas Paschall

“Prey of the Boggart” by Rony Blechman.

“Fear of Little Men” by Mike Pieloor..

“Faerie Stories and the Bean Nighe” by Carmen Tudor..

“Gifts” by Michael Shimek..

“Djinn and Tonic” by S. Clayton Rhodes

“The Bet” by Jodi Ralston…

“The Fool and his Money” by Nick Bryan

“The Yielding” by J. A. Ironside.

“The Tamer of Beasts” by Doug Blakeslee..

“The Last Sword of Barrow Thorns” by Matthew A. Timmins

“The Rose and the Dragon” by Steven S. Long

“The Brothers Doran” by John A. McColley

“Wonderland” by Stephanie Jessop

 

Be sure to also see A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court, for more tales of the Fey!

 

 

Editor Links:

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/scottmsandridge

 

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/smsandwrites

 

Website/Blog:

http://smsand.wordpress.com

 

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5772749-scott-sandridge

Amazon Links for Tales of the Seelie Court

Print Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Seelie-Court/dp/1937929477

Kindle Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Seelie-Court-ebook/dp/B00IAHTMAO

Amazon Links for Tales of the Unseelie Court

Print Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Unseelie-Court/dp/1937929493

Kindle Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Unseelie-Court-ebook/dp/B00IAHTVSC

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FanBoy Moment: Meeting Brian Keene at WHC


About eight years ago I was a completely newbie author with a couple of fantasy books out and maybe three horror short stories published to my credit (I have a lot more horror stories published now), and I went to Horrorfind Weekend convention in Baltimore, Maryland. I sat at a table in the dealer room and sold a few books and met a few people. It was fun. 

But I stayed in the dealer room for 99% of the weekend, convinced no one there would give me the time of day. And, unfortunately, I was kinda right. A couple of authors were friendly (Michael Laimo said hi to me) but I was just there. And it was my own fault, because I didn’t talk to anyone or make any effort. Believe it or not, I was shy and insecure among all these great authors. 

Cut to the bar area that night. 

Brian Keene was sitting there, and I knew who he was thanks to MySpace (remember MySpace?) and because his book The Rising had completely knocked me off of my feet. I kid you not. I owe the Dying Days zombie series to this man, because without his book I wouldn’t have attempted zombie fiction. I even wrote a piece about it conveniently titled “Why I Write About Zombies” (feel free to read it and then come back for the rest of this post… I’ll wait…)

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I walked up to the bar, as close to Brian as I could get without bumping into him, and casually turned and stared at him like a little schoolgirl. Brian Keene turned to me with a smile and said hi. 

I said blahbehchickablehblehugghhhh and felt my chest and throat tighten. Then I did what every cool person does when meeting an idol… I ran away like a little schoolgirl.

Cut to eight years later and across the country in Portland Oregon. 

The World Horror Convention, and while I’d come a long way but had much more to do and to rise, I felt I’d earned a place at least at the kid’s table. And I was fine with it. And when I heard Brian Keene was going to be the Grandmaster of the weekend, I was excited. And then nervous. 

I wanted to meet him. I needed to meet him. I posted on Facebook about my last and only encounter with him, and how this was going to be cosmic payback. I would stride up to him with a grin, pat him on the back and we’d hug it out like real men. Or something like that. 

Of course, on Thursday afternoon, as Special Gal and I had lunch in the hotel restaurant, Brian Keene walked into the lobby and I might have squealed a little. She thought it was quite amusing and ‘threatened’ to call him over, but I was not ready. I needed time to prepare. 

Cut to a few hours later. 

Special Gal and I were walking through the lobby, minding our own business, when I saw Brian Keene chatting with a few people. As I went to go past him he suddenly turned and noticed me. He smiled and said hi. He put his hand out and I turned my brain off and gripped his hand, shaking firmly. 

He said something but I have no idea what because I was too busy trying not to talk or say something incoherent. I nodded, smiled back, and walked away. Special Gal busted my chops the rest of the night but I was flying. 

The next time I saw Brian Keene was at a zombie panel, and as it wrapped up Special Gal turned to me and said in no uncertain terms we weren’t leaving the room without a picture of me and Brian together. 

I nodded dumbly. She asked him to take it and he smiled and took us into the hallway.

Then he put his arm around me and said “we need to do the Devil Horns, right?” 

He had either done his homework and knew who I was (and that I was a fellow Metalhead) or it was an excellent guess. Either way, I was damn proud as the picture was taken. But, wait… there’s more…

“Are you going to the Gross Out Contest tonight?” Brian asked me.

I had no intention of going but I said yes. Of course I was going to go! 

We made small talk for a few minutes and the guy was just genuine. He gave me a few minutes of his time and even said to find him at the bar that night so we could have a drink. 

I learned three things from this encounter… 

1. I am still such a FanBoy when it comes to him but at least I strung a few sentences together

2. THIS is the way you treat fellow authors, no matter how big or small they are. Brian Keene’s WHC posts aren’t just about what he did and accomplished but about pointing out all the new writers he met during the con, and praising the new batch of authors who are inspired by him

3. Special Gal is the greatest woman I have ever met and I am damn lucky to have her in my corner to help me fumble through the non-writing parts of this career. Friends lucky enough to have met her in Portland can attest to this

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My goal for years to come is not only to emulate him but also to remember this lesson. Oh, and now I want to hang out with him again and pick his brain for hours… and I’ll try not to make it too creepy…

Armand

“Necromance” #1 and #2 #horror #erotica #stories are out!


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Necromance #1: Blood Omen, by Armand Rosamilia

Introducing Cheri Rose Thorne, demon-hunter, and more. An evil presence draws Cheri to a strip club in Florida, where she indulges in her own unique brand of debauchery and mayhem.

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Necromance #2: Check-In by Three, by Armand Rosamilia
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The second story in the Necromance series takes Cheri Rose Thorne to Newark, NJ, where she must decide whether or not to make a deal with a devil.

Hookers, vampires, fiends, and hot sex in cheap motels. Just another day in the life of Cheri Rose Thorne, demon hunter. To what lengths will Cheri go to get information on her twin sister and her father, the Necromancer?

Armand’s 2013 Year In Review Part 2


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Yesterday you were amazed with my heartfelt and enigmatic first half of 2013 in review… and now… without further ado…

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In the beginning of August I re-released Death Metal in paperback with the new cover, which I like. I also started to think about ideas for the second book in the series, so look for that in 2014(I hope). I also released Golden Lion Cafe Complete, with all of the stories in one release. I also released Dagon, the fourth story in the Keyport Cthulhu series. And kicked off the third Flagler Beach Fiction Series story arc with JandJ Fitness Part 1

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September was another busy month, with JandJ Fitness Parts 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5 released. I ended the month with JandJ Fitness Complete, putting them all together in one spot. 

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In October I decided to slow down the releases, especially anything horror, as most horror books would be pushed out in this month and I’d get lost in the shuffle. Instead, I started the fourth Flagler Beach Fiction Series with Flagler Fish Company Part 1. Part 2 and Part 3 were also released in October. I was also lucky enough to get involved in a charity anthology with some amazing authors and got to write a cool chapter in the ongoing story, The Carnival 13 by SAD House Press. 

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With the start of November I released the fifth and final story (for now) in the Keyport Cthulhu series, Evil. I then released Keyport Cthulhu in eBook and Print versions, with all five stories in one. Flagler Fish Company Part 4 and Part 5 came next. Then it was time for Flagler Fish Company Complete in both eBook and Print. November also saw a sequel for me and Tim Baker with Dying Days: Siege 2, a return to European Village. Speaking of Dying Days, I also released the long-awaited Dying Days: Origins, which featured Tosha Shorb, a woman many readers should recognize. It was also released in Print. I was also lucky enough to be invited into the Epic Apocalypse Apocalyptic Horror Box Set (with Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer included). You really need to check out the killer lineup, with Mark Tufo, Joe McKinney, John O’Brien, Heath Stallcup, Shawn Chesser and James Cook. 

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Another great lineup was formed and released in December, with Still Dying 2 (yet another Dying Days release), featuring an anthology of great authors playing in my zombie world: Mark Tufo, Patrick C. Greene, Frank Edler, Tim Baker, AD Roland, Brent Abell, Jaime Johnesee and Sean Slagle. It also came out in Print

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I was also able to update a few books, add some more into print, and also release everything on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, SmashWords and Apple. 

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And 2013 isn’t done yet… my Necromance series of horror erotica has been picked up by Hazardous Press as part of their Hazardous Encounters line, and the first two will be out within a few days (I’ll post a new link, don’t worry), with many more in 2014. 

So add another 28 to the list in the second half of 2013. All told, I put out 45 releases in 2013… not bad, eh? I don’t expect to be as prolific in 2014 with this many releases, as I’m concentrating on some longer novels, but you’ll still see plenty out there from me. 

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Armand’s 2013 Year In Review Part 1


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I had a killer 2013… there is no doubt about it. And not only in my writing and publishing career, but in my personal life. I started dating a wonderful Special Gal in December of 2012 and we’re still going strong, I began spending more and more time in Jacksonville and really growing to love it, I got a radio gig on an actual radio station with fellow author and great friend Tim Baker, and even starred in a music video. OK, I just stood there with sunglasses on looking all menacing and sexy, but I was the real star, and not The Cherry Drops.

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What’s really left for me, with my bucket list of things to do before I die? Maybe act in a movie… but I’ll save that one for 2014 so I have something to look forward to. 

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Truth be told, 2013 started out very slow release-wise. I wrote three novellas for a Hollywood company that still have not seen the light of day, although the pay was nothing to laugh at, and was riding the wave for sales of Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun. Unfortunately, it meant no new releases for me until February, and even then it was a flash fiction piece in the Fifty Shades of Decay zombie anthology from Angelic Knight Press. 

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Over a month later, at the end of March, I had another story published in an anthology, this time in For The Night Is Dark by Crystal Lake Publishing. A couple of days later I had my first official release of 2013, but it was a non-fiction one with Metal Queens: Models 2

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April was a lot of writing for me. Even though I didn’t have many things out at this point, I’d been writing, editing and getting my work beta read like mad. I’d been pounding away at a huge project, one that was totally different for me: a contemporary fiction series that would eventually encompass 70 short stories in 7 print releases and over 40 eBook releases: Flagler Beach Fiction Series

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The first of this series was released on May 15th, Kokomo’s Cafe Part 1. Part 2 was released a week later. Then Part 3 came out at the end of the month, one new two-story part each week. June saw Part 4 and Part 5 as well as the print version of Kokomo’s Cafe and all five parts in one eBook, Kokomo’s Cafe Complete

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In the meantime, at the end of May, I finally released Dying Days 3. It had a few twists and turns longtime fans weren’t expecting. In June I released Creeping Death, a collection of my short stories released by Hazardous Press. 

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The last weekend in June saw the beginning of the second part of the Flagler Beach Fiction Series when Golden Lion Cafe Part 1 was released. Part 2 was released the first week in July, followed in subsequent weeks by Part 3, Part 4 and then Part 5

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From the 1st of the year (with some breaks) through the end of July, I had 17 releases. I think I had 23 all of 2012, so 2013 was already on pace to beat it… but I had no idea how much more I was going to be putting out in 2013… 

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Hazardous Press, Darkyrie and Armand Rosamilia – Perfect Together?


Question #1: Why am I so damn good-looking?

Question #2: What do Hazardous Press, Darkyrie and Armand Rosamilia have to do with one another?

You’ll find out very, very soon… 

(This is called a tease)

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Guest Post: Patrick C. Greene


THE DEAD ROCK!

 

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In honor of Armand’s DYING DAYS series, and the upcoming anthology based in its universe, I decided to take a look at how the zombie phenomenon has infected the popular and underground music scenes.

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Okay. Maybe not the Top Ten – but here’s my take anyway.

Back in nineteen eighty-something, Michael Jackson kicked off the pseudo-trend I guess, with his loving tribute to horror films, the extended music video for his smash hit Thriller. Using then-state of the art special effects, lavish set design, and cinematic-level camera work, The Gloved One went all out, even hiring A-list director John Landis and the one and only Vincent Price to provide some nice atmospheric voice work.

The result was a success on every level. No one had ever seen anything quite like it on MTV, and probably never will again, unless teen moms and Jersey shore mouth breathers turn into werewolves, or face a zombie outbreak, only with decent lighting, editing, scripting, etc. 

If you’ve never seen it, you really should:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOnqjkJTMaA

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The climactic zombie dance number has been parodied and imitated numerous times. Working with Peepin Tom Productions on a zombie film called One Last Sunset a couple of years ago, and again this past spring, I bore witness to a well-orchestrated re-enactment on set. MJ would be proud. Unfortunately I didn’t catch the crew in action, but here’s the trailer for the movie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiuVGjmCUUI

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Back to the music…

Soon after, punk rock pioneer Billy Idol took a tune he had performed with his first band Generation X called Dancing With Myself and re-recorded it for his first solo foray, leading to a video directed by none other than Tobe Hooper. The stylish vid features a raggedy band of what can only be zombies, attracted apparently by Idol’s singing and posturing, crawling up the walls over one another looooong before World War Z made it fashionable. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG1NrQYXjLU

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Still in the eighties, new wave-ish pop band The Hooters contributed an atmospheric and hooky tune called All You Zombies that took the charts by storm–though what the hell it’s actually about is up for debate. I don’t think it’s zombies, but decide for yourself:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LE0KpcP05I

 

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1986 found Credence Clearwater Revival alum John Fogerty tossing out a nice piece evocative of bayou voodoo called Eye Of The Zombie. Warning: ass nudity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcTG2z8CgmY

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For at least the next decade or so, it would be difficult to find a song -or for that matter, any pop culture source- about zombies. With the advent of Road Rules type programming, MTV degenerated to a more subtle and less interesting brand of zombification, and horror films in general began to wane. When they were eventually resurrected, it was in the form of a slasher film revival.

 

But our rotten, shambling archetype could not stay figuratively dead anymore than literally so. With hardcore favorites Misfits leading the way, a new wave of ghoulish rock slowly dug its way from the underground. Generally known as “horror punk”, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horror_punk) these acts use all manner of Halloween and horror film imagery, combined with fifties-esque doo-wop sensibilities to evoke a retro spookshow feel. Naturally, zombies are a popular motif.

 

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There’s no shortage of tongue-in-cheek fun to be had from the music and in the presence of horror punk bands. It’s hard not to love a band like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu3Rfc9fr-0&list=FL5BKXFnu9jdFBlTq3KG3dTw&index=854

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The Crimson Ghosts did a good job of capturing the apocalyptic feel of the better zombie movies with this little ditty:
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Why even good old Uncle George got in on the undead action, directing this sick little gem for the ‘Fits:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGUWla4OVrY&list=PLA1065C63412C992E

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Leave it to the world of metal to bring gravitas back to the grave. The video for Moonspell’s “I’ll See you In My Dreams” is bleak and doom-laden:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V11A5-QA364

 

Of course, any band calling themselves Cannibal Corpse should have on their set list at least one track concerned with the undead:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HURnx8kffU4

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To bring the cycle back around, techno/goth metalers Gothminister pay tribute to the song that started it all, with–well, what else? Thriller.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eloYA9eFTys

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  • BIO_ Patrick C. Greene – Some dark serendipity plopped a young Patrick Greene in front of a series of ever stranger films-and experiences-in his formative years, leading to a unique viewpoint. His odd interests have led to pursuits in film acting, paranormal investigation, martial arts, quantum physics, bizarre folklore and eastern philosophy. These elements flavor his screenplays and fiction works, often leading to strange and unexpected detours designed to keep viewers and readers on their toes.

Literary influences range from Poe to Clive Barker to John Keel to a certain best-selling Bangorian. Suspense, irony, and outrageously surreal circumstances test the characters who populate his work, taking them and the reader on a grandly bizarre journey into the furthest realms of darkness. The uneasy notion that reality itself is not only relative but indeed elastic- is the hallmark of Greene’s writing.

Living in the rural periphery of Asheville North Carolina with his wife, youngest son and an ever-growing army of cats, Greene still trains in martial arts when he’s not giving birth to demons via his pen and keyboard. Visit the website: www.PatrickCGreene.com

In addition to his novel PROGENY, and the short story collection DARK DESTINIES, Greene has several film projects in the works, and just finished writing his second novel – THE CRIMSON CALLING -the first in the action-adventure vampire trilogy, The Sanguinarian Council.

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