“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

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Guest Post: John F.D. Taff


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First off, thanks to Armand for offering to let me do this guest blog.  I’m a big fan, so this is a spectacular opportunity.Second, my latest book, a five-novella collection entitled The End in All Beginnings, is out now from Grey Matter Press.  It’s at Amazon and all the usual places, in all the usual formats.

The End in All Beginnings is a disturbing trip through the ages in five novellas exploring the painful horrors of life, love and loss. Unlimited by the boundaries of time or space, Death will always be with you. Stealing all your hold dear, breaking the heart in your chest, leaving you with the only thing left–your memories.

Here’s what people are saying about The End in All Beginnings:

“Taff brings the pain in five damaged and disturbing tales of love gone horribly wrong. This collection is like a knife in the heart. Highly recommended!” – Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of CODE ZERO and FALL OF NIGHT

“Of the current breed of authors riding the wave of digital liberation, John Taff is a standout talent. Literary, affecting, chilling, and indicative of that old-school mentality meets new-school daring, you need look no further than this collection for evidence that not only is horror not dead, there are new proponents of the craft among us more than capable of giving it the jolt it needs to carry it into the future.” — Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Turtle Boy, Kin, and Jack & Jill.

The End in All Beginnings is accomplished stuff, complex and heartfelt. There’s an attention to character and an access to feeling that’s very refreshing indeed. The best novella collection I’ve read in years.”–Bram Stoker-Award Winning Author Jack Ketchum.

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So I’ve got a contest going right now.  Interested?  Sure you are!  Would you like to be featured as a character in a horror story?  Sure you do!  Of course you’d like to be featured as a character in my upcoming epic horror novel (that’s not tongue in cheek, there folks!) The book is titled The Fearing and I’m working on it now, with an eye toward publication next year around this time.

I was thinking…  “Gee, John, what could we (the royal ‘we,’ of course. I am the King of Pain, for goshsakes), offer to loyal readers?”  “Well,” the opposite side of my brain answered, “How about the opportunity to be featured in an actual horror novel by an actual horror writer? You know, appear in a published novel with your own actual name, in a plot that certainly wouldn’t really actually ever happen to you. And then read about yourself (or at least a character liberally based on yourself) doing various plot-necessitated things, but managing to look cool and heroic and stuff while doing it.  Maybe you can die.  Maybe we’ll keep you alive.  Who knows?”

What a frakkin’ awesome idea, both sides of my brain said.

So, we’re gonna do it.  And what better way to decide who gets to be a character in this opus than by having a contest!  A contest to make you,  the reader, a ‘HORROR STAR!’
ENTERING THE ‘HORROR STAR’ CONTEST

How do you enter this contest, you may be wondering?  Simple.

1). Buy my current release, The End in All Beginnings.

2). Read The End in All Beginnings, and hopefully enjoy it!

3). Review  the collection, and post your review on Amazon before Oct. 31st, 2014.  (I’m not trolling for a 5-star review here.  Be honest.  But, sheesh, five stars sure are nice.  ;)  )

4). Post a link to your review in the comments section here on this post at my blog, or on the Grey Matter Press Facebook Page, and you will automatically be entered to win.

5.) Share your review on Twitter using #HORRORSTAR for even more chances to win.

WINNING THE ‘HORROR STAR’ CONTEST

Winners will be chosen by a Random Drawing held at the end of October. Once we receive at least 50 entries, we’ll do a straight-up random drawing for some spectacular prizes, the chief of which will be…

‘HORROR STAR’ PRIZES

1). Grand Prize. I will use your name as a character in my upcoming horror novel, The Fearing.  It won’t be a major character, but it won’t be a throwaway, one-line character, either.  Prior to creating the fictional you, I might ask a few questions to make sure to get some of the REAL you into the character.  I promise that I will not use the character in a particularly horrid, demeaning or embarrassing way, but one in which I think you’d be thrilled to have featured in a novel. What’s The Fearing  about?  Well, it’s kind of an epic, apocalyptic horror novel, but with my own patented King of Pain twists.  When will it be out?  Well, probably sometime next year, around this time.

2). Runners-Up.  Oh, and for some lucky runners up, I might also give away some signed things, too. And Grey Matter Press is pitching in with some of their own goodies as well.  So, loot for all!  Well, all winners at least.

DON’T HESITATE!

So what are you waiting for?  How many authors offer you the chance to be directly involved in their novel by creating a character based solely on you?

Enter the ‘Horror Star’ Contest.  Buy The End in All Beginnings today. Read the collection.  Review it on Amazon. Post your review here or on theGrey Matter Press Facebook Page.  Share your review on Twitter using #HORRORSTAR.

And who knows, I might even sweeten the pot if we get more than 50 entries.  75?  100?  The sky’s the limit!*

*This isn’t entirely true. There is, in fact, a limit to my largesse, and it’s definitely before we reach the sky.  But I promise it’ll be amazeballs!

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Author Bio

John. F.D. Taff has been writing dark speculative fiction for 25 years. He has more than 75 stories in publications that include Cemetery Dance, Deathrealm, Big Pulp, One Buck Horror, Horror Library V, Horror for Good, The Hot Blood Series, Shock Rock II, and two Grey Matter Press anthologies—the Bram Stoker Award-nominated Dark Visions: A Collection of Modern Horror – Volume One and Ominous Realities: The Anthology of Dark Speculative Horrors. Six of his short stories have been selected as honorable mentions in the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror volumes in the past. His collection of short stories, Little Deaths, has been well reviewed and named the “No. 1 Horror Collection of 2012” by HorrorTalk. His historical ghost novel, The Bell Witch, was released in April 2013, and the thriller novel Kill/Off was released in December 2013. You can learn more about John from his blog at johnfdtaff.com or follow him on Twitter @johnfdtaff.

Spotlight On Glenn Porzig #Imaginarium


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Glenn Porzig

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?

I ran into Stephen Zimmer when I was appearing at the Destroyer Books booth at Fandom Fest. He told me about it and I wanted to support his convention and meet other creative people.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

Darkness Unbound: Lady in Black is an occult horror novella, I am currently at work on the second in the series.

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Quick description of it.

When a family of four is murdered in their sleep the entire city is on edge. Police investigate the occult connections between these murders and similar murders thirteen years ago. One detective knows the truth. Something dark from Sister Marian’s past has returned. Now innocent lives are being lost. Will she have the faith to face her greatest fear?

 

Something unique about it.

There are many tales of exorcism, but I wondered what happens after the exorcism to those that survive.

 

Links for people to buy it.

Darkness Unbound

 

Your promo links.

http://twitter.com/GlennPorzig

Glenn Porzig- Author’s Facebook page

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Your short Bio.

Glenn Porzig is best known as the creator of the comic book heroine Ace of Diamonds. Glenn grew up reading comics, pulp novels, and watching too much TV. Glenn and his wife Carly have written three screenplays together. They live in Indiana with a menagerie of both furry and scaly pets. Since 2005 he has been the co-host of a weekly fandom podcast at PodCulture.com.

He has worked over twenty years in the television industry including two highly rated specials for SCI FI Channel: The Roswell Crash: Startling New Evidence, and The New Roswell: Kecksburg Exposed. He currently, literally, has his head in the clouds as a videographer on a TV news helicopter.  Recently he has turned his attention to writing short stories and novellas. His occult horror novella Darkness Unbound: Lady in Black was released this summer. Glenn’s first short story, Master of the Dead, is due to be published by Destroyer Books in the More Blood anthology this fall.

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”

Spotlight On Cam Crowder #Imaginarium


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Cam Crowder

 

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?

My friend Bobby Nash told me about the convention.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

My latest book is called Legacies. It’s the second in the Broken Bloodline trilogy, and I’d consider it to be somewhere between Dark Fantasy and Horror.

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Quick description of it.

At the end of the first book, the group eradicated their ancient nemesis, the Hunters, and everything seemed to be looking up, but now something on a more apocalyptic scale is coming, and they’re not really sure how to stop it. All hell is, quite literally, about to break loose, and the only thing standing in the way is a Werewolf, three Vampires and a schizophrenic Sorcerer.

 

Something unique about it.

How about a 12 year old sociopath with a gift for magic that captures and tortures Faeries?

 

Links for people to buy it.

http://www.amazon.com/Legacies-Broken-Bloodline-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00M8JIISM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409690252&sr=8-1&keywords=legacies+Cam+Crowder

 

 

Your promo links.

A link to the first book, Electus:

http://www.amazon.com/Electus-Broken-Bloodline-Book-1/dp/1461078156/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409690266&sr=8-1&keywords=electus+cam+crowder

 

 

My facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCamCrowder

 

Your short Bio.

When not furiously tapping away at the computer keys, Cam Crowder enjoy playing Ultra Street Fighter 4, as well as playing guitar and writing music. He currently resides in Starkville, Mississippi with his wife Anna.

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”

Spotlight On C. Bryan Brown #Imaginarium


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SPOTLIGHT ON: C. Bryan Brown

 

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?

Mr. Zimmer mentioned it and passed along an invite. I gladly accepted.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

My novella, Men of Five, was recently released again with a fancy new cover. It blends the genres of sci-fi and horror.

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Quick description of it.

Military science fiction where soldiers meet monsters on an alien planet, but are they monsters or something more? The novella deals with faith—not only in yourself, but in friends, family, and quite possibly, a higher power.

 

Something unique about it.

There are three additional short stories after the novella, one of which involves Santa Claus as a mob boss, perfect for the fast approaching silly season!

 

Links for people to buy it.

https://www.createspace.com/4685495

 

Your promo links.

http://www.cbryanbrown.net

www.facebook.com/cbryanbrown

@cbryanbrown

 

Your short Bio.

  1. Bryan Brown writes, watches too many movies, and has a great fondness for coffee, liquor, and sex…not necessarily in that order. His first novel, Necromancer, was released in 2012 and his short fiction can be found in numerous anthologies, magazines, and websites. He also writes TV and movie reviews for Destroy the Brain. You can find links to his published work, Facebook, Twitter, and the ramblings that keep him out of jail on his website.

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”