Joe McKinney Guest Post for #WinterZombie2014


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Why I Write the Dark Stuff

 Joe McKinney

 

 

In my day job, I’m a patrol supervisor for the San Antonio Police Department.  I work the west side of town.  The police officers who make the calls, who make the arrests, who keep the peace in the busiest part of the city, they work for me.  I’m the one they call when they have major crime scenes that need managing or when something just doesn’t look right.

 

What that means is that I have to see a lot of dead bodies.  And I mean a lot of them.

 

Like last week.  One of my officers called because he had a decomp (police parlance for a body that’s been rotting in place for a good long while) and he wasn’t sure if it was suicide or homicide.  So I showed up to the apartment and there was the dead guy, seated on the floor (or almost on the floor, his butt was about two inches off the carpet).  He had a noose around his neck, though you could barely see it because his skin was so bloated and gummy with rot that it had sort of oozed over the rope.

 

“So, what do you think?” the officer asked.

 

“Suicide,” I told him.

 

“But he’s sitting down.  Wouldn’t he have rolled over or something when he started to choke?  That’s like an instinct or something, isn’t it?”

 

“No,” I said.  “What you’re looking at is an act of will power.  If you want to do something bad enough, you’ll see it through.”

 

He looked from me to the body and shook his head.

 

“Besides,” I added, “look at all that medication in there in his bathroom.  Those drugs are for hepatitis and cancer.  He did this because he was hurting pretty bad.  And look up there.”  I pointed to the ceiling where our dead guy had nailed the rope to the rafter.  “He did that because he didn’t want the rope to slip off.  And look at where he chose to do this, here in the bedroom, so his relatives coming in the front door wouldn’t have to see him.  I bet if you look around here, you’ll find a note.  Probably in the other room, out of sight of the bedroom.”

 

The officer nodded.

 

We both stood there, staring at the body.  The apartment didn’t have air conditioning, and it felt like standing inside an oven, even though it was the middle of the night.  The smell was really bad.

 

The officer kind of chuckled and said, “So, Sarge, I guess this is one for your next book, huh?”

 

I offered him a bland smile.  Cops develop their gallows humor long before they learn that it’s actually a defense mechanism against the horror of confronting your own mortality, and this officer was one of the young ones.  He still had a lot to learn.

 

“Go look for the note,” I said.

 

He stiffened.  “Yes, sir.”

 

When he was gone, I found myself looking at that dead man’s face.  Suicides always get to me. Something about standing in the presence of someone so desperate to take control of their pain and their emotional devastation that they would resort to this makes me feel numb.

 

In the other room, the young officer was clumsily knocking around.  Something fell over and broke.  I almost called out to him to be careful, but held my tongue.  You see, my mind had drifted from my day job to my night job.  I was thinking about what he’d said about my next book.  So many people seem to have that opinion about horror, and about zombie fiction in particular.  To them, a book about shambling dead things eating the living must be nothing but gratuitous violence and gore.  What else could it be?

 

Well, I take exception to that.

 

I started writing because I was scared of the future.  My wife and I had just gotten married.  Then we had a daughter, and the world suddenly seemed so much more complex.  In the wink of an eye, I went from a carefree young cop—a lot like the one in the other room knocking stuff over—to a man with more responsibilities than he could count.  I had obligations and commitments coming at me from every angle.

 

I’d been writing stories for a good long while at that point, starting sometime in my early teens, but never with the intention of doing anything about them.  I would write them out on a yellow legal pad, staple the finished pages together, and leave them on the corner of my desk until the next idea came to me.

 

Never once did it occur to me to do something with what I’d written.  I just threw those stories away and forgot them.  But then came adulthood, and parenthood, and I found myself groping to put the world in order, to regain some of the control I felt I had lost.  I realized that writing could help me with that.  I realized that I could focus my anxieties and make something useful of them.

 

And so I started writing a science fiction novel.  It was a big space opera epic, and it was pure trash.  Every word of it was awful.

 

The reason?  Well, it wasn’t authentic.  It wasn’t me.

 

The real me, the kid who sat at his desk filling up yellow legal pads rather than going out bike riding with his friends, was a horror junkie.  I was crazy for the stuff.  Horror was my first literary love, and I figured, seeing as love was what drove me to return to writing, that I should write what I love. I was feeling like the world was rushing at me from every side, so I wrote a zombie story about characters who had the living dead rushing in at them from every side.  That’s when things started to click.  That’s when it all made sense.

 

But it wasn’t just that simple.  You see, I sincerely believe that fear is the most authentic, and the most useful, emotion available to the storyteller.  It is as vital as love, and indeed, gives love its profundity, for what makes love, and family, and everything we treasure so valuable but the fear that it could all go away in the blink of an eye.  For me, fear goes far beyond monsters.  It is the catalyst for my creative process, and without that creative process, I’m afraid I would wither up inside.  I’m not saying I’d end up like that suicide I just told you about if I couldn’t write anymore, nothing that melodramatic, but absence of that creative outlet would be a hole that nothing else could fill.

 

So that’s why I write the dark stuff.

 

Joe McKinney

San Antonio, Texas

September 11, 2012

Plague of the Undead

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The stench of frozen rotted meat is in the air! Welcome to the Winter of Zombie Blog Tour 2014, with 10 of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of November.

 

Stop by the event page on Facebook so you don’t miss an interview, guest post or teaser… and pick up some great swag as well! Giveaways galore from most of the authors as well as interaction with them! #WinterZombie2014

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1524813084430035/?ref_notif_type=plan_user_joined&source=1

 

AND so you don’t miss any of the posts in November, here’s the complete list, updated daily:

 

http://armandrosamilia.com/2014/11/01/winter-of-zombie-post-list-winterzombie2014/

 

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Guest Post: Carson Buckingham


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How Can A House Be So Scary?

Carson Buckingham

I have always been in love with the style of the grand old painted ladies of architecture—the Victorian Era.  I grew up in an 1880 Victorian and it was a real challenge to sneak in late at night without waking my mother, with all the creaking that went on when I walked.  I finally figured out that if I went up the stairs with each foot on the extreme side of the steps, I could make it without a sound.

I first saw the movie Psycho in a Victorian, while babysitting for my chemistry teacher’s two boys.  They were in bed.  An electric storm was raging outside, and there I was, sitting at the top of the house watching this movie. What can I say?  I was a moron at age 15. Believe me, I was never so happy to see my chemistry teacher in my life when they finally got home!

But what makes these houses scary?

I’m writing about Victorians because my novel, Gothic Revival, takes place in one.  Let’s start with the fact that they are so old that at least one person has probably died in each of them, and it’s easy, especially when alone at night, for your imagination to run away with you.  Every creak becomes a footstep.  Every sigh of the wind or groan of arthritic settling becomes an uneasy spirit afoot in the night.

I think another contributing element to this mystique is the fact that there are few electrical outlets in Victorians, and therefore, fewer places to plug in lamps.  The shadows from lack of bright light seem threatening, seem to be hiding something.  Most people associate shadows and dim lighting with nothing good.

The venue has everything to do with interpretation of mundane structural events, too.  For example, a poorly hung door in an ultra-modern, well-lit house might swing shut on its own, as ill-installed doors tend to do, and nothing is thought of it; but if it happens in a Victorian, the next call made is to the Ghostbusters.

Additionally, many Victorians were built on a large-ish parcel of land.  There may have been neighbors, but they weren’t right on top of each other the way they are building houses now.  A feeling of isolation, whether real or imagined, also leads to anxiety in a house from this era.

So shadows, night sounds, and a lonesome place… that’s what makes a house so scary.

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Gothic Revival

Carson Buckingham

Alex and Leo Renfield are a husband and wife contractor team who’ve recently moved to the village of Woodhaven, Connecticut to escape the chaos of life in New York. Pretty close to broke, they meet Theodora Hamilton, a somewhat unsavory and odd individual, who offers them an astronomical amount of money to repaint the first floor of her family home.

But along with the huge paycheck comes a set of unsettling rules that must be followed explicitly if they are to accept the offer; one of which is they must reside on the property having no direct contact with the outside world until the job is complete.

Is Theodora Hamilton just an eccentric woman with a peculiar way of doing things, or is there a more sinister agenda that Alex and Leo are unaware of? What exactly does she have in store for this down-on-their-luck couple who have no choice but to accept the offer and the strange requirements that come along with it?

Gothic Revival can be found online at major retailers including:

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Carson Buckingham knew from childhood that she wanted to be a writer, and began, at age six, by writing books of her own, hand-drawing covers, and selling them to any family member who would pay (usually a gum ball) for what she referred to as “classic literature.” When she ran out of relatives, she came to the conclusion that there was no real money to be made in self-publishing, so she studied writing and read voraciously for the next eighteen years, while simultaneously collecting enough rejection slips to re-paper her living room… twice.

When her landlord chucked her out for, in his words, “making the apartment into one hell of a downer,” she redoubled her efforts and collected four times the rejection slips in half the time, single-handedly causing the first paper shortage in U.S. history.

But she persevered, improved greatly over the years, and here we are.

Carson Buckingham has been a professional proofreader, editor, newspaper reporter, copywriter, technical writer, comedy writer, humorist, and fiction author. Besides writing, she loves to read and work in her vegetable garden. She lives in the United States in the state of Arizona.

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Winter of Zombie Post List #WinterZombie2014


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Here is the complete list and link to every post for the Winter of Zombie Blog Tour 2014… updated daily!

Saturday November 1st

Kickoff! 

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Sunday November 2nd

Jack Wallen interview

Jaime Johnesee guest post

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Monday November 3rd

Mark Tufo teaser

Shawn Chesser interview

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Tuesday November 4th

John O’Brien guest post

Jack Wallen Interview

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Wednesday November 5th

Jay Wilburn teaser

Bobby Adair guest post

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Thursday November 6th

Eric A. Shelman interview

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Friday November 7th

Joe McKinney guest post

Jay Wilburn interview

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Saturday November 8th

Jack Wallen teaser

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Sunday November 9th

Jaime Johnesee interview

Shawn Chesser guest post

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Monday November 10th

John O’Brien guest post

Jay Wilburn guest post

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Tuesday November 11th

Armand Rosamilia interview

Eric A. Shelman interview

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Wednesday November 12th

Mark Tufo short story part 1

Bobby Adair interview

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Thursday November 13th

Mark Tufo short story part 2

Joe McKinney interview

Armand Rosamilia guest post

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Friday November 14th

Mark Tufo short part 3

Eric A. Shelman guest post

Jaime Johnesee interview

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Saturday November 15th

Shawn Chesser teaser

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Sunday November 16th

Jack Wallen guest post

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Monday November 17th

John O’Brien interview

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Tuesday November 18th

 Jay Wilburn teaser

Shawn Chesser interview

Joe McKinney guest post

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Wednesday November 19th

Joe McKinney teaser

Bobby Adair guest post

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Thursday November 20th

Jaime Johnesee teaser

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Friday November 21st

Jay Wilburn guest post

John O’Brien teaser

Mark Tufo interview

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Saturday November 22nd

Jay Wilburn interview

Jack Wallen guest post

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Sunday November 23rd

Jaime Johnesee guest post

Jack Wallen teaser

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Monday November 24th

Shawn Chesser guest post

Jaime Johnesee teaser

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Tuesday November 25th

Bobby Adair teaser

John O’Brien interview

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Wednesday November 26th

Jay Wilburn guest post

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Thursday November 27th

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Friday November 28th

Mark Tufo interview

Armand Rosamilia interview

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Saturday November 29th

Armand Rosamilia guest post

Eric A. Shelman teaser

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Sunday November 30th

Jack Wallen guest post

Jaime Johnesee guest post

Winter of Zombie Blog Tour 2014 #WinterZombie2014


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Another November means another zombie blog tour!

 

The stench of frozen rotted meat is in the air! Welcome to the Winter of Zombie Blog Tour 2014, with 10 of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of November.

 Armand Rosamilia

Mark Tufo

Joe McKinney

Bobby Adair

Eric A. Shelman

Jay Wilburn

John O’Brien

Jaime Johnesee

Jack Wallen

Shawn Chesser

Stop by the event page on Facebook so you don’t miss an interview, guest post or teaser… and pick up some great swag as well! Giveaways galore from most of the authors as well as interaction with them! #WinterZombie2014

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1524813084430035/?ref_notif_type=plan_user_joined&source=1

 

AND so you don’t miss any of the posts in November, here’s the complete list, updated daily:

 

http://armandrosamilia.com/2014/11/01/winter-of-zombie-post-list-winterzombie2014/

 

 

Guest Post: E.L. Loraine


  What if the government doesn’t want a cure? 

A
blinding light in the Southwestern sky changed everything. Nothing worked
anymore and all Alexis could do was hope that her boyfriend and fellow
scientist Jackson would still head to New Orleans for their week end together. 

She
couldn’t help thinking the worldwide pockets of viral outbreaks and this were
 somehow connected. If she and Jackson combined
their efforts just maybe they could stop this before it became an epidemic.
 

Now
she was stuck on the road alone and it wasn’t long before she

realized
it was too late; they couldn’t out run a virus. If the world was over run all
they 
could do now all they could do was to figure
out how to survive and keep the uninfected from becoming, mindless, flesh
eating monsters. Now there’s something else, a mutation a strain of virus the
government doesn’t want to cure and they want Alexis and Jackson to help them
harness it. They aren’t about to let that happen.
 

The
world and character building of best-selling author E.L. Loraine with the
specialty horror telling skills of Tim Frasier has combined in this

 dystopian –
Pathogen. It’s chilling in an all too believable way. 
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Here are a few short Teasers from
Pathogen!!
 
Teaser #1
While Jackson’s exterior was the definition of calm and control,
he was screaming inside. He had to get Alexis out of New Orleans. He approached
the compound commander, Major Johnston, and made a calculated plea.
“I need to get to New Orleans. One of the world’s top
pathologists is there, and would be invaluable in fighting whatever we’re up
against.”
Teaser #2
Alexis frowned, gun at the ready, and continued up the stairs,
alleviating further squeaking by positioning her feet on the extreme sides of
the treads.
She stopped at the landing and stood there holding her breath,
listening, trying to decide what to do. Moving to the door to her right, sure
the whimpering sound was coming from that room, she slowly reached out to the
knob.
In one movement she twisted the knob, and shoved the door hard.
The door swung to her right, banging on the wall behind it. Lexy moved through
the opening and into the interior of the room with her gun close to her body,
rotating first to the left and then to the right.
Nothing.
Teaser #3
She moved further inside, aiming the pistol back and forth, as
she looked through the room.
She gulped and took herself in hand, preparing inwardly for the
next move.
Stepping to the closet door she took another quick breath,
gripped the knob and pulled it open.

 

Immediately, something inside the closet screeched and Lexy
dropped down to one knee, gun extended, with a screech of her own.
 
 
I grew up in a small northern Minnesotan town, married my high
school sweetheart, had two beautiful children and as soon as we could, we moved
to a warmer climate. I have worked with my husband building and decorating
custom homes for years. After loving every kind of vampire book, movie, and
series, I decided that I wanted to know more. I can write a book I thought, how
hard can that be? Well….very hard. But I stuck to it and finished my first book
Royal Blood Chronicles Book One, Katrina, The Beginning, in August 2009. There
are now nine books in that series; The Protectors, The Dark Prince, Cain, the
Quest, Bloodline and Legacy, Redemption and Destiny, and book nine Sabine, with
book ten- Power of the Secret -out this fall.
I’ve also started to write mystery/suspense contemporary adult
romances under my E.L. Loraine brand. The first release is Corporate Ties, A
Silken Ties Novel, the second a sweeter romance – Western Escape. A second
Silken Ties Novel will be released in August 2014.

The feedback has been great. I have also released Phantom Lives – Collier, and
new paranormal series, book two of that series Phantom Lives – Power, book
three to be out around Christmas. I also have just published book one of my
Shifter Chronicles – Green River. My parents always told me that I could do
anything that I wanted, work hard, study, and do it right. I believe that and
live that way every day.

 

I started writing this new vampire series for teens and their
moms because I myself wanted something different to read. I was tired of all
the modern versions of vampire books, there had to be more to these long lived
beings. Where had they been, what had they seen? I wanted, no I NEEDED to know
more so Royal Blood Chronicles was born! Strong female characters and action
and adventure mixed with romance, friendship and a historical backdrop. Phantom
Lives continues with another strong female character, which is very important
to me. Phantom Lives is a modern day, paranormal romance, filled with mystery,
magical places and beings.
 

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A Red Coat PR Interview!
RCPR: Your newest book, PATHOGEN releases onOctober 28th.  Tell us a little about it.
Elizabeth: I was invited to write a short story for an anthology and worked with Tim Frasier on a piece. We just clicked, and I asked him if he would write this story with me, an idea I’d had for a while. Two scientists, who are in a long distance relationship are set to meet each other again in New Orleans when the world suddenly changes. Pathogen has been released and an EMP has taken out almost all communications, electrical and power. Now the main characters, Alexis and Jackson are trying to get to each other. The government and other factions also want them to stabilize the Pathogen, if not cure it. Both sides want to control it for their own purposes. So they, along with a band of people who they’ve joined or helped along the way are on the run.
RCPR: I have to say, your cover is a mixture of stunning and freaky.  What inspired the idea for the cover and who was your designer?
Elizabeth: Conzpiracy Digital Arts does most of my covers, he’s amazing, but horror is his specialty. I only have to give him a concept and then get out of the way. This scientist has been infected. Because it’s true; you can’t run from a virus.
RCPR: Your tag line, “What if the government doesn’t want a cure” is amazing!  Do you personally believe in government conspiracies or does it just make for a good book?
Elizabeth:  Oh I love a good conspiracy and I believe they go on. Yes I believe not every faction of the government knows everything about the others. It’s scary, that’s what makes it good.
RCPR: PATHOGEN is a co-written venture that you partnered with Tim Frasier on.  How did you find the process of co-writing to be?
Elizabeth: It was amazing and while Tim wasn’t sure if it would work it has and our style and our imaginations mess seamlessly. It started out by Tim writing Jackson’s part and I wrote Lexy’s point of view. Once they were together however we just took turns, each writing around 1000 words a day and passed it back and forth. We had the first book done in six weeks, the second in an additional five weeks. We wrote a novella, a prequel next and will start the third book next week. I have to say it was soooo fun. It was like Christmas morning every day waiting to read what he’d written and adding to the story.
RCPR: Aside from the horror/thriller genre, what other genre’s have a dabbled in?
Elizabeth: I started writing YA fantasy and paranormal, but now I also write romance/mystery and thrillers too. I find it keeps writing exciting to try new things and engage a new audience.
RCPR: With the new year quickly on approach, are there any new writing goals that you’re thinking of setting for yourself in 2015?
Elizabeth: I am expanding my YA series Royal Blood Chronicles and Phantom Lives as well as my Lillian, a Vampire tale series. We will continue the Pathogen series or maybe a spin off or something new. Silken Ties, the adult romance/thriller series will get two novels next year as well.
RCPR: As an author, the more you write the better you become.  Have you ever been tempted to go back and re-work your first books?  Did you?
Elizabeth: I have been through all of them again yes, and may do it again. You’re always learning so I may do a re-write on the first books again. That’s what’s so great about self publishing, you’re in charge.
RCPR: Do you tend to do a lot of research for your books or do you like to create new rules and history?
Elizabeth: I do a lot of research, but it is fiction after all, so I mix the real history with my fiction. I do the same with anything I’m writing. If it’s about the FBI, the military, government, serial killers, whatever. I do the research. I really enjoy that part of writing.
RCPR: If you could spend a day in any time period in history, which would it be and why?
Elizabeth: I think I’d like to see the early West so mid 1800’s would be my choice, but all history fascinates me. Walk with Louis and Clark.
RCPR: What is your biggest writing pet peeve? Why?
Elizabeth: Writing the dreaded blurb! I hate condensing an entire novel into a two paragraph blurb and I know I’m not the only one.

 

 Did you know there is a Release Party for Pathogen on October 28th from 6pm-9pm EST? No you didn’t well be sure to click the link below so you can join in the fun!

Another Great Box Set I’m In! #horror


Yep, I’m in another great box set with some great authors. I’ve been very lucky to have been part of three of them with author Mark Tufo so far… and hoping we do many more in the future together. But wait… there’s more than just Mark and I to peruse… 

First, the latest one… and only 99 cents!

Hallowed Horror

HALLOWED HORROR

The supernatural comes to life in this limited edition box set. Featuring some of the best names in horror working with some amazing new talent, this collection is full of terror and suspense.

This set includes 10 paranormal stories of ghosts, demons, vampires, shifters, and witches. Grab your copy today. Any paranormal occult fan will love the creatures crawling within Hallowed Horror.

The Spirit Clearing – Mark Tufo
All the Little Children – Christine Sutton
Fangs in Vain – Scott Nicholson
The Unsaintly – Lisa Vasquez
Generation Evil – Eric A Shelman
Pride – Chantal Noordeloos
Whispers – Heath Stallcup
Shifters – Jaime Johnesee
Tool Shed – Armand Rosamilia
Dust to Dust – Eden Crowne

What’s fun for me is my offering, Tool Shed, is no longer available anywhere else in print. So this is the only place to read it right now if you haven’t, and you can read it for pennies. Pretty cool. 

Previously, we offered a killer box set and it is also only 99 cents!

Horror Within Box Set

HORROR WITHIN: 8 BOOK BOXED SET

****8 Book Boxed Set**** For a limited time at $0.99! Something for every horror lover in this 831 page set.

Armand Rosamilia – Dying Days
Travis Tufo – Red Sky
Tony Baker – From The Ashes
Eric A. Shelman – Dead Hunger
Ian Woodhead – The Unwashed Dead
Robert Chazz Chute – This Plague Of Days
Mark Tufo – Zombie Fallout + Bonus Short Mayan Prophecy
Scott Nicholson/ J.T. Warren – Meat Camp

Tons of great zombie goodness in this set, and the introduction to my Dying Days series (currently working on Dying Days 5)

And the first one we did together… and also only 99 cents!

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EPIC APOCALYPSE – APOCALYPTIC HORROR BOXED SET – 6+ BUNDLE

Epic Apocalypse Boxed Set

Welcome to the Apocalypse

Tis’ the season for all things that go bump in the night. Today’s top selling horror authors bring to you this boxed set of six full length apocalyptic tales and a teaser from award winning author Joe McKinney. Turn the lights off, enjoy the ride and find out what is lurking under your bed.

Mark Tufo – Zombie Fallout
“Working as both straight up survival fiction and comedy, Mark Tufo’s FALLOUT is a gory, laugh out loud tale of a community of heroes, cowards and misfits struggling against zombies. Tufo’s unlikely hero is one of the funniest and most endearing characters I’ve seen in zombie fiction.” – Craig DiLouie, author of TOOTH AND NAIL and THE INFECTION

Heath Stallcup – Return Of The Phoenix: Monster Squad
Stallcup’s debut is a fun, rollercoaster ride of a story, and easily the best that I’ve read all year. It’s part military fiction, part horror, with elements of fantasy and science fiction thrown in the mix. Yet somehow, this novel has the stark realism and well-researched detail you would expect to find in nonfiction. The author’s vivid characters and comfortable writing style left me believing in all the things that go bump in the night and more importantly, in the men and women who hunt them down! – Jaye H

John O’Brien – A New World: Chaos
Once I picked up this novel and began reading I could not put it down. The characters are well developed and the story is filled with edge-of-your-seat action. I dare you to pick up a copy and read it. – Troy D

Armand Rosamilia – Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer
Upon finishing this book, I asked myself “What makes this one different from all the others I’ve read?”. I’m here to tell you just that. Armand is meticulously descriptive, his characters are colorful & he doesn’t fail to leave out any gory zombie details. His zombies are still creepily human, with desires beyond eating brains. Darlene is loveable, strong, & heroic, while being fragile & very female at the same time. I found myself holding my breath more than once, wondering what was waiting around the proverbial corner for our little band of survivors. The end is surprising, & leaves you craving more. A wonderful, entertaining read. I’m a fan for life!! – Susan M

Joe McKinney – Dead Wait Teaser from Bram Stoker Award winning author
“One of those rare books that starts fast and never ever lets up. . . a rollercoaster ride of action, violence and zombie horror.” –Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry on Dead City
“Gritty suspense. . .You’re gonna like this guy.” –Tom Monteleone
“A rising star on the horror scene.”–Fearnet.com

Shawn Chesser – Trudge: Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse
Author Shawn Chesser has written a zombie story full of scares, excitement, sadness and kick-butt action. Unlike other authors, even some of the big names, Chesser understands female character as well as male. This is such an important thing in a book with strong characters that are of both sex. I would recommend this book to all zombie fans, it’s a good one. – examiner

James Cook- No Easy Hope: Surviving The Dead
I absolutely adored this book! The storyline and the characters kept my interest and I couldn’t put it down! This has to be in the top five of my favorite zombie books so far. For those that love zombie stories this is a must read! – G. Atkinson

Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer is the prequel to the Dying Days series. A novella I am very proud of. And you should read it. 

That’s a ton of cool books for less than $3.00 (I used a calculator)… seriously, if I wasn’t already in these box sets I’d be buying them myself!

Armand

“Death Metal” – An Update


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I wrote the Death Metal novella many years ago. I believe it was started in early 2007 and I rewrote it as part of NaNoWriMo in November of 2007. It went through a few rewrites and was finally finished and sold to a small press company who released it in January 2009 with a cover I was never happy with and no promotion. (That’s my cover above, so don’t start ripping it, got it?)

A couple of years later I got the rights back and released it myself, changing the cover and promoting it as a thriller, which it is. Not an urban horror story, whatever that means. 

I am quite proud of the story itself. Death Metal was one of my earliest ideas I actually finished and the first piece longer than a short story sold to a publisher, so I am proud of it for that. 

But I was never truly happy with the book itself. I thought the ending was rushed and there are several spots in the plot where it could have been expanded, the bad guys filled out more and so much more tension to add. 

So… as of November 1st I will take Death Metal off of the market. It will be out of print in all formats. Even audiobook. 

My goal will be to rewrite it in 2015 as a novel and add in all the ideas I couldn’t have done as a younger writer. I’ve grown and can now see what was missing from the story. I intend to add it in and double the word count. With the ending I’ve always wanted for it, too. 

I am also going to start the sequel from scratch. I envision this as a trilogy, with the goal being to rewrite this and also write the second book by the end of 2015. I’ve added it to my schedule. Fingers crossed it will happen. 

Armand