Guest Post: Andrew Cooper


Let me tell you a secret

(guest post for Armand Rosamilla’s site)

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Whether we know or like the word, we’re living in a “postmodern” time, a time when we’re comfortable with the idea of the s in truths, even if we prefer truth. But along with the oft-begrudged comfort with the s comes nostalgia for s-less-ness being the norm, for the Merry Christmas instead of the Happy HolidayS. My own nostalgia presents itself in an unusual form: I am fascinated with a desperate intellectual scramble that took place as we transitioned away from s-less-ness. Thinkers turned away from truth and toward systems in which truth is malleable but extant. The obvious example here is Nietzsche—God is dead, says many a bumper sticker—and in the place of God Nietzsche provides genealogical understanding and the will to power.

In Burning the Middle Ground, the big evil menace, to whom bad guys on the scene merely allude, is Dr. Allen Fincher, who is important in much of my fiction. While Dr. Fincher is Nietzschean in many ways, the more relevant historical background for his character would be folks like Claude Levi-Strauss and James Frazier, who, under the influence of structural anthropology and comparative religion, found systems that I just make a little whackier in the scholarship I attribute to Dr. Fincher, especially The Alchemy of Will, a book that plays an important role in the bad guys’ plot. Imagine a scale between influential real books like ones by authors I’ve mentioned and demonic fictional (?) books like the Necronomicon in H.P. Lovecraft’s mythos. Fincher’s work slides back and forth on that scale rather unpredictably. It’s certainly capable of Lovecraftian feats, not to mention calling up a beasty or two that might be worthy of the master.

So in my novel, the supernatural power comes from using Fincher’s research to learn certain rituals that activate the potential of the human will. Although it’s not necessarily related to any of the characters’ religions, the existence of such a power seems to affirm an s-less truth. Yet the bad guys are the ones who take advantage of s-less-ness, so maybe my nostalgia showing itself through them reveals an instinct. Maybe that bygone s-less way of thinking had better stay gone by. The s, when forbidden its attachment to truth, becomes divisive. It crops up in other places, like versus. And it likely hastens Cthulhu’s return. Best avoided—but I will keep flirting with the idea, with the secret Dr. Fincher may have figured out, with the unspeakable truth Dr. Victor Frankenstein learned, the secret that cost him, like Dr. Faust before him, so much. The seduction of having just one truth is that we could know it, and in learning the secret, we could become gods.

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Link for Burning the Middle Ground:

http://www.amazon.com/Burning-Middle-Ground-Andrew-Cooper/dp/1613181388

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Reblog: John O’Brien Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2013 Interview


I’ll give Frank Edler some slack, since he went through the Sayreville New Jersey school system… even though the tour officially kicks off June 1st, he jumped the gun since he’s so excited and posted the first of many interviews he’ll be running this month, this one with the great John O’Brien. Check it out!

http://booksbeerblogshit.blogspot.com/2013/05/summer-of-zombie-blog-tour-john-obrien.html

Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2013 Starts Tomorrow!


As everyone knows, June is Zombie Month… actually, I have no idea. I just made that up so it made more sense we’re doing the blog tour in June. For those of you who joined us last year at this time, this is a bigger and better tour… more interviews, more guest blogs, and more zombie authors!

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Check out the flyers for all the cool authors you’ll be reading each and every day. Impressive, right? I know when I started putting this together I had the biggest thrill getting these guys (and gal!) in one spot and having so much excitement coming from them.

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Tomorrow starts the kickoff, with a simple blog post here with all nine authors and their bios. Then the real fun begins! Each day one or more posts are going up, and I will do my best to reblog them here for easy reference, and we’ll be posting them to the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2013 Facebook event page as well. Join in and see the fun. 

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Teaser: “Kokomo’s Café” Part 3


KOKOMO‘S CAFÉ

Part 3

Flagler Beach Fiction Series

It’s All About Time

RebaPort wanted to lift her laptop and slam it to the floor, before stepping on it, kicking it across the small room and breaking it into tiny little pieces.

Her twins were home and, currently, arguing over the game controllers, even though they each had their own. Reba’s husband, Sam, owned his own software business and worked from the extra bedroom upstairs. From 9 am until 5 pm, except for a regimented lunch hour from noon until 1 pm, his door was closed and he was working. He was the bread winner, but she wanted to be the famous writer and turn this hobby into a viable income, one she could be proud of. She wanted a steady income so she would be seen as more than Sam’s doting wife and mother to the twins. She wanted her own career, her own money, and she wanted to do it in style.

This book was her ticket to this and more. Only, right now, she couldn’t string three words together to form a sentence without freaking out. She felt like a wannabe hack. Who was going to read her lame story about a little boy who saw ghosts in his house?

Reba was glad no one else was in the side room of Kokomo’s Café with her, because she probably looked insane. She took turns covering her face with her hands and then shaking them at the computer screen she felt was mocking her.

She knew how the story would end, and the first six chapters were brilliant. Her mother, back home in Illinois, had read and loved it, so far. She had asked a few questions, so Reba knew she’d actually taken the time to read it. The middle chapters, however, weren’t coming to her. She needed to move the character along and get him to see the ghost his mom couldn’t see but could hear.

But how? Reba shadow-punched the laptop in frustration. She giggled, suddenly, when she thought of the faces Mac and Ginny would give her if she started screaming, or what they’d do if she smashed the side window out with her computer. “Probably call the police,” she whispered. She was losing her mind. Reba decided to check her e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and LinkedIn accounts, quickly, before writing again. Maybe she could find inspiration among the cat memes and one-sided religious and political rants.

Reba didn’t know how much time she’d wasted until her cell phone rang. She checked the time: 12:25. Time flies when you’re wasting time, she thought. She was going to write that down as soon as she answered the phone. She was sure she could use the line in this book. “Hello?”

“Hey… where are you?”

“I’m at Kokomo’s Café, writing. I told you this morning I was going to catch up on my book.”

“How’s it going?” Sam asked.

Reba stared at her computer, with an angry cat meme staring at her. “Great,” she mumbled. “How’s work for you, today?”

“It’s going great. Just hanging around here… getting hungry.”

“I’m a bit hungry, too.”

“What are you bringing home?” her husband asked.

Ah, he’s waiting for me to give him lunch, she thought. “I’m not coming home just yet. I want to finish this chapter.” I really just want to write a damn sentence without wanting to kill someone.

“Alright…” Sam paused on the phone.

“I have work to do,” Reba finally said.

“I’m hungry,” he blurted.

“Then make something. You’re a grown man. I think one lunch by yourself won’t kill you.”

“The twins are hungry, too. There’s nothing to eat in the house. Why can’t you get us McDonald’s?”

Reba sighed. “I’m not driving over the bridge to get you burgers when you can make a sandwich. There’s ham, salami and cheese. Bread is on the counter. That shouldn’t be hard to do.”

“I guess. I lost half of my lunch break.”

Reba laughed. “You work at home. I don’t think the internet will crash if you get back online at 1:08. I’ll be home when I get home.”

“What’s for dinner?”

Reba wished she was home, so she could slam the laptop over Sam’s head and kill two birds with one stone. Finally, she took a deep breath and calmed down. “I’ll bring home McDonald’s for dinner.”

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Short Week Ahead


I hope everyone had a great extended weekend, I know I did… took my Special Gal and my daughter (and her friend) to see the new Star Trek movie, went swimming and relaxing with aforementioned Special Gal and then she had me watch Despicable Me since the new one is coming out and she’s a huge fan… lounged around and ate and just spent time together. 

How was my writing? Dunno, because the laptop stayed closed from Saturday morning until right now. And I am happy about it. Normally I freak out over missing three days of writing time, and panicking because I’m 6,000 words behind. But I’m beginning to slow down the fear and relax. It might have to do with so many finished projects I’ve added into the pipeline, too. I know I’ve been busy and now I can actually release a few things. I spent the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 writing for money, with stories made specifically for TV and movie projects, and they may never see the light of day except on a screen. 

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This week will see the third part of the Kokomo’s Cafe serial released, and I’ve already begun writing the second set of stories, set in Golden Lion Cafe. I’ll be putting together the print version of Kokomo’s Cafe so it will be ready by the time of my June 28th book signing at Kokomo’s Cafe, and this week I will be doing another round of edits on my horror novel, which I will be pitching at World Horror Convention. 

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In addition, I want to begin moving again on Dying Days: Origins and I’ve already gotten an idea for the opening to Dying Days 4. Since Dying Days 3 just came out, it isn’t at the top of the list, but it would be nice to write a bit of it and see where it goes, right?

Anything else? Not this week. Coffee, good food, writing and good friends will sum up the rest of this week. I’m sure by this time next week panic will have set in and I’ll be behind, but for now… I am enjoying this… 

Armand

Review: “Vampires Don’t Sparkle!”


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I usually don’t post a review on my own blog, preferring to add it to Amazon or wherever I can, but with all the newfangled rules about authors reviewing other authors, I decided to play this one safe so even if the review gets deleted, I’d still have it somewhere. 

I received a review copy of this eBook, and at first (to be honest) I didn’t want to read it. I am not a vampire fan, and rarely will I find a vampire story I actually like. There are exceptions, like the classics (Salem’s Lot, I Am Legend, the Necroscope series) and in recent years the only book I can recommend is Blood Red from James A. Moore. Because I steered clear of vampire books.

What got me curious was the press release intro to this collection:

Genre: Horror/Dark Urban Fantasy
Vampires Don’t Sparkle! (editor Michael West): What would you do if you had unlimited power and eternal life?

Would you…go back to high school? Attend the same classes year after year, going through the pomp and circumstance of one graduation after another, until you found the perfect date to take to prom? Would you…spend your days moping and brooding, finding your only joy in a game of baseball on a stormy day? Or would you…do something else? Anything else?

The authors of this collection have a few ideas; some fanciful, some humorous, and some as dark as an endless night. Join us, and discover what it truly means to be “vampyre.”

Edited by Michael West

Foreword by Michael West

This was a rare collection that didn’t offer a clunker. There were no filler stories, and each story had a unique twist on the vampire tale. There are many well-known authors here (and ones I really love to follow, such as Tim Waggoner, Gord Rollo, and Gary A. Braunbeck) but a few I’ve never read before but now will seek out further stories from: Jerry Gordon, R.J. Sullivan and Bob Freeman. 

If I can find more vampire literature in this vein (pun intended) I might get back to reading about those undead baddies again and not dismissing them as the stuff my daughter (who’s 12) now reads… please make it so!

“A New Life” by J. F. Gonzalez
“What Once was Flesh” by Tim Waggoner
“The Darkton Circus Mystery” by Elizabeth Massie
“Robot Vampire” by R. J. Sullivan
“Beneath a Templar Cross” by Gord Rollo
“The Weapon of Memory” by Kyle S. Johnson
“The Excavation” by Stephen Zimmer
“Skraeling” by Joel A. Sutherland
“Dreams of Winter” by Bob Freeman
“Dracula’s Winkee: Bloodsucker Blues” by Gregory L. Hall
“I Fuck Your Sunshine” by Lucy A. Snyder
“A Soldier’s Story” by Maurice Broaddus
“Rattenkönig” by Douglas F. Warrick
“Vampire Nation” by Jerry Gordon
“Curtain Call” by Gary A. Braunbeck

Dying Days 3


I cannot believe Dying Days originally came out in March of 2011, and then Dying Days 2 not until a year later, in March 2012… the goal was (obviously) to have Dying Days 3 come out in March 2013. That didn’t happen… but I hope the wait was worth it, because it is finally here!

Flagler Beach Florida is a wasteland of ruin and gore, looted and picked clean of supplies… and now, Darlene Bobich and the other survivors have an even bigger problem…

What could be worse than a mindless zombie horde? They are about to find out. 

Continuing the zombie series, “Dying Days”… extreme situations, extreme violence, extreme undead

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