Arm Cast Podcast: Episode 45 – Moncrieff And Strand


On this week’s stellar edition of the Arm Cast Podcast, two great authors join the crew…

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J.H. Moncrieff

Raised in the far north, amid Jack London’s world of dog sleds and dark winters, J.H. Moncrieff has been a professional writer all of her adult life.

During her years as a journalist, she tracked down snipers and canoed through crocodile-infested waters. She has published hundreds of articles in national and international magazines and newspapers.

When she’s not writing, J.H. loves to travel to exotic locations, advocate for animal rights, and muay thai kickbox. To get a free eBook and find out about her new releases, sign up for her newsletter: http://bit.ly/1Ek5RTO

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Jeff Strand

Jeff Strand was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but moved to Fairbanks, Alaska when he was six months old, so his memories of Baltimore are hazy. He grew up in the cold, where he desperately wanted to be a cartoonist. Then he wanted to make video games. Then he wanted to write movies. Actually, he still wants to do all of those things, but for now he’s quite happy writing lots of demented novels.

He was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. His novel PRESSURE has been optioned for film; he’s hoping the movie will be made soon so he can scream “My baby! What have you done to my precious baby?!?”

His novels are usually classified as horror, but they’re really all over the place, from comedies to thrillers to drama to, yes, even a fairy tale.

Because he doesn’t do cold weather anymore, he lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife and a deaf cat.

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Guest Post: William Meikle


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THE DUNFIELD TERROR, a new tale of supernatural terror from William
Meikle launches on April 7th in limited edition hardcover, paperback and
ebook.
 
Willie says…
 
This one is set in Newfoundland and has some glowing fog, a mad scientist, lots of snow, a shipwreck, some tentacled things, a dead whale, rum, cigarettes, some boats of various sizes, a bar or two, some stiff upper lips, a shed and a multitude of universes, among other things. 
 
Some of my major influences are on show – Lovecraft of course is obvious from the title, the cover and the subject matter, but there’s also John Wyndham in there, and more than a touch of old Professor Quatermass, along with possibly bits of Doctor Who’s more trippy adventures in the timey-wimey stuff. 
 
I had an awful lot of fun with this one. I hope my readers do too. – 
 
As for the plot… 
 
It starts with a strange glowing fog that arrives at the height of a snowstorm. 
 
A terror from the past has returned, bringing with it death and destruction that threatens to overrun the town. The old stories tell of a post-war experiment gone wrong, one that opened the way for the fog — or whatever was behind it — to begin its reign of terror. 
 
A small team of workmen are the last hope to keep their town alive through the long, storm-filled night. But the many horrors that await them are beyond anyone’s worst nightmares. 
 
It’s been picking up some nice advance reviews too…like these…
 
For the Lovecraft fan and the Cthulhu Mythos enthusiasts, this is a
must read but it is also essential for those who want to read the best
in contemporary horror. – The Novel Pursuit
 
Superbly paced with wonderfully open, and likeable characters that
help this story flow across the pages at a wonderful tempo. Sometimes
edge of your seat stuff and other times set slow so you can become
totally engrossed in the story that’s being told. This is a
masterpiece – Confessions of a Reviewer
 
Scary, slimy fun with just enough gross out factor to make the reader
queasy but not so much as to become gratuitous. This is just a very
good horror novel. – Examiner.com
 
This novel would have made a classic spine chiller of a movie for
Hammer Films. – Reclusive Reads
 
What a chilling, terrifying read this was! – Cat After Dark

Guest Post: Claire C. Riley


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ODIUM III The Dead Saga

 

In this life, nothing is simple…not even DEATH

 

In the third instalment of the Odium series, having distanced herself from Mikey, Nina is on a mission. She’s seeking a woman who could be the answer to all their problems…or just another nightmare made reality.

Travelling alongside Nova, the two women are faced with countless threats and inexplicable circumstances…just another day in the land of the dead.

But Nina is changing, feeling the strain of this life, and beginning to rethink the choices she’s made and the woman she’s become. New allies will be forged on this road of self-discovery, bonds will be broken, and old enemies will resurface. Nina will be forced to make a decision that could have devastating consequences.

However life is nothing without someone to love, or a family to love you in return. And in this new world, there is only one way to prove that love is still possible. Sacrifice.

ODIUM III The Dead Saga Excerpt

 

I reached the first one, side-stepping as it stretched its one bony arm for me. The other arm was barely a nub of bone left jutting out of its socket, yet it still moved. I managed to get behind it and I raised my katana high, slamming it through the back of the deader’s neck before it could turn around. The force of my blow knocked it to its knees but didn’t cut it all the way through, and I grunted as I struggled to wrench the katana free from the thick flesh and bone of its neck. I pressed down, begging the sword not to snap.

Finally the blade cut right through and the head fell from its shoulders with a resounding splat. The body slumped forward with a thud, and thick black gore that smelled like rotten eggs and three-day-old sewage pumped slowly from out of the hole in its neck. The mouth of the head continued to snap, and I slammed my sword through the side of its temple to end the deader’s eternal misery and then I moved on to the next one.

Nova was surrounded by two deaders and the ankle-biter, and I hurried across to help her. I jogged to her side, ignoring my own slow-moving deader, and I stabbed through the ankle-biter’s skull. Ankle-biters were scary, because you never freaking saw them coming. I had drawn the attention of Nova’s two deaders, but she stabbed one in the back of the skull before it could even take a step toward me, and the other followed swiftly afterwards.

I turned back to my one, sidestepping it and letting it follow me until its back was to Nova. She used both knives to hack either side of its neck in one swift movement, and the head popped up into the air like a jumping bean and landed on the ground with a small thud. It was still moving, jaws snapping away as it persistently tried to get to me, and I grimaced. It was possibly once a fairly attractive male. Cloudy blue eyes stared up at me hungrily, its teeth still relatively normal instead of broken and black. Even its skin, though pale and sallow, was still covering a full face, instead of having rotted away in parts, leaving us with a gory view of what lay underneath. I presumed this man had died from injuries other than the more standard facial bites, which were what usually got people killed.

Death brought on the zombie infection, not saliva or blood transference, and a chunk out of the face or neck was almost always a sure killer.

Nova’s boot made contact with the head and sent it flying through the air and into the fields to the left of us. Black blood trailed through the sky in an arc and she whooped and fist-pumped the air.

“Touchdown!” she yelled ridiculously. She raised her hand in an attempt to high five me.

“That’s not cool. You need to go find that head and end it.” I bent down and wiped my blade across the now headless deader’s body, cleaning it free of the gore.

“What? Why?” She bent down and cleaned her knives on a different deader’s back. “You’re just miserable. You’re always miserable, especially when you’re sick,” she huffed.

“You don’t know what I’m like when I’m sick.”

Nova rolled her eyes. “Well you’re sick now, and you’re a moody and miserable, so looks like I was right.”

“Whatever. You can’t leave a dangerous head out in the wild like that. What if someone is walking through here and doesn’t see it? What then? A dangerous head like that could kill someone.” I scowled and stood back up, releasing a hearty sneeze. “Go find the damn head.”

Nova stood back up, giving me a hard glare. “No, you go find the damn head if it’s so important to you.” She turned away and started looking through the pockets of another of the dead bodies at our feet, looking for anything useful. “No one would be stupid enough to walk through a field barefoot anyway. People wear shoes, Nina!” She pocketed several items, not bothering to show me what they were, which only pissed me off more, since we were supposed to be sharing everything.

“That’s a dangerous head, Nova. Go kill it.” I bent back down and started to fumble in my deader’s pockets, finding some gum and a lighter, plus a picture of a pretty woman. The picture did nothing to temper my growing anger. “Do they not deserve any goddamn respect?” I muttered to myself more than her. So I was surprised when Nova replied.

“No, no they don’t. I hate them all and they deserve to die a horrible death.”

My eyes snapped to hers. “You’re being a dick now.”

“Since when did you become a union leader for the Undead Society? These aren’t humans anymore,” she snarled.

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Claire C. Riley Bio.

 

Claire C Riley is a Bestselling British Horror Author, whose work includes: Odium The Dead Saga – book 1, 2 and 3, Limerence 1& 2 (The Obsession Series) Odium Origins A Dead Saga Novella – book 1, 2 and coming soon 3, and several other full length novels including Thicker Than Blood co-authored with USA Today Best Selling author Madeline Sheehan.

She writes characters that are realistic and kills them without mercy.

Claire lives in the UK with her three young daughters, husband, and scruffy dog.

https://www.facebook.com/ClaireCRileyAuthor

www.clairecriley.com

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“Dying Days 5″ Schedule And Release Date


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I am nearing the first draft finish line for the next installment of the Dying Days series, Dying Days 5 (which is up as a pre-sale) and I am truly excited. 

For those of you who have been reading along since Dying Days (and, perhaps Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer or the original extreme zombie novella, Highway To Hell, the story and world has progressed into even more divergent paths. Ones I am quite proud of!

With Dying Days 5 I continue to tell the story of not only Darlene Bobich, but old and new survivors as well as the zombies themselves. 

My schedule for the release will be as follows:

Today… Pre-sale of Dying Days 5 is now up. Get your copy as soon as it goes live when you pre-order. 

Sunday April 5th… Beta Readers will get their hands on a copy. I am very blessed to have some great pre-readers who offer me some valid points, and I will be reaching out to 3-5 of them right before this date to see if they have time to read and give thoughts on it. 

Tuesday May 5th… By this date I’ll have all the notes in and will have done my rewrite. Taking into account my wedding on April 18th and then the week honeymoon, and this last weekend I will be in Atlanta at World Horror Convention, I know I am cutting it close. But I do love a crazy deadline. At this point I will send it off to my editor, Jenny Adams, to start ripping it apart. 

Monday June 1st… hopefully uploading the finished copy a week ahead of schedule. 

Tuesday June 16th… Dying Days 5 will go live, right in the middle of the upcoming Summer of Zombie Blog Tour! I actually plan this each year, and have had one out during the tour. More info on the tour itself coming soon, as well… 

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Guest Post: Adrian W. Lilly


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Werewolf trilogy looks at world under werewolf rule

Adrian W. Lilly’s The Wolf at War is the final book in The Runes Trilogy, a werewolf series that begins with a single family’s struggle against werewolves and ends with a worldwide werewolf takeover.

“The series is a werewolf odyssey,” Lilly explained. “It’s far from a typical coming of age story, but it is about personal discovery.”

From the outset of the series, werewolves, in human and beast form, are plotting against humanity. The intricacies of the plot ever-evolve as the story unfolds across the three books.

The first book in the series, The Wolf at His Door, brings together young love—even as the lovebirds discover they have dark ties to werewolves. Simultaneously, two detectives work different cases: a number of missing person’s cases and two gruesome murders. As the book progresses, the detectives determine that the cases may be related. One reviewer said the book builds to “an absolutely epic ending.”

The Wolf in His Arms opens 10 months after the end of The Wolf at His Door. Alec, Jared and Lucy work to uncover the werewolf plot against humanity. The tension builds as they travel across the country trying to find members of The Pack.

Ilene, Alec’s mother, is battling depression after the losses she suffered at the hands of the werewolves. She unwittingly stumbles upon an 80-year-old mystery and finds herself at battle with the werewolves once again. Her husband, Jason, feels isolated from the family that is keeping secrets from him. So he begins his own investigation.

The main action takes place in and around Detroit. Ilene and Jason Rune, Alec and Lucy’s parents, have moved into a downtown loft. Locales around Detroit, including Campus Martius, factor into the action. The main characters traverse the Midwest, however, visiting a small Iowa town, and Boystown Chicago, where a pivotal scene takes place on Halsted St.

“The Midwest is the perfect setting for a horror novel,” explained Lilly. “It offers major cities, small towns and countryside—all within a day’s drive.”

As the werewolves come closer to realizing their plan, the family is not the only ones in the path of destruction. Millions of lives hang in the balance, inspiring a reviewer to say this book “is like Adrian Lilly’s The Empire Strikes Back. The action comes fast and furious, the characters are virtually divided and conquered, and the situation is dire…”

Book Three opens on the same night as Book Two ends. Much of the third book is dystopian world ruled by werewolves, where humans are subjugated. The main characters are now resistance fighters, trying to find a way to stop the seemingly unbeatable army of werewolves.

An excerpt from Book One: The Wolf at His Door can be read here.

The books can be purchased at:

Amazon

Kobo

Barnes& Noble

Smashwords

iBooks

Amazon UK

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About Adrian W. Lilly

Adrian W. Lilly is the author of the novels The Devil You Know, Red Haze, and The Runes Trilogy: The Wolf at His Door, The Wolf in His Arms, and The Wolf at War. His short fiction and poetry have been published in Hello Horror, 69 Flavors of Paranoia, Nervehouse and The Weekly among other publications. He can be found online at http://www.adrianlilly.com

He is a fan of Gothic suspense movies and novels, which greatly influence his writing. Adrian’s writing focuses on strong character development and the nuances of fear that build toward horror. The mansion in his first novel, The Devil You Know, was inspired by the grand mansions in the Victorian neighborhood where he lives.

Adrian writes novels, short stories, and poetry and has spent many years as a copywriter in the advertising industry. In addition, Adrian has directed two short films and co-directed a feature-length sci-fi comedy.

My website: www.adrianlilly.com

Facebook: facebook.com/adrianwlilly

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdrianLilly

Twitter: @AdrianLilly1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6545875.Adrian_Lilly

Armand Rosamilia Interview About “Hollywood Hellmouth”


The always lovely Claire C. Riley interviewed me about my latest, Hollywood Hellmouth, a horror comedy co-written with Brent Abell, Jay Wilburn, Jack Wallen and myself…

http://www.clairecriley.com/blog/mihm2015-men-in-horror-month-presents-armand-rosamilia

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“Hollywood Hellmouth” Interview


Jack Wallen, Brent Abell, Jay Wilburn and Armand Rosamilia wrote a book together. 

Horror. Humor. Stupid Situations. 

We also got interviewed for said book by Frank Edler and his magnificent blog, so read all about it… 

http://booksbeerblogshit.blogspot.com/2015/03/sin-shitty-interview-with-creators-of.html

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