Spotlight On: Jeffrey Kosh


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SPOTLIGHT ON: JEFFREY KOSH

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

It’s a bit of that and that. Part sea adventure, part horror, but with a lot of piratical fun. Readers already know the original short, and many asked me to expand and give a true end to the story. I tried and had a lot of fun.

 

Quick description of it.

Dead Men Tell No Tales – The Full Tale is the complete novel of Captain Daniel Drake and the crew of the Banshee’s Cry. Think of the short story like one you heard in a tavern: quick, dirty, and lacking details. In the full tale you get the truth.

I always wondered where the Banshee’s Cry crew got all those corpses to decorate the ship’s hull for crossing the DevilSea and what happened in 1708. Well, here are the answers. 

 

Something unique about it.

It’s my most cinematic story. Readers know me mostly for my poetic language and moody atmospheres (Stryx, Haunt, Revenant). In this novel, I mixed a lot of swashbuckling action and witty dialogues with stomach turning  descriptions and hordes of rotting creatures. However, there’s also much characterization and interplay. And much more humor, too. Think of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ in the zombapocalypse. But no Jack Sparrow in it, sorry; my Daniel Drake is a bit more like Mal Reynolds of Firefly with a hint of Banderas’ Zorro.

There are two strong female characters in the story: a sexy, but shady voodoo priestess (Kaya) and a badass pirate woman (Le Corbeau Noir) who had a stormy relationship with Drake in the past.
Add to this the most creepy – and disturbing – villain I ever conceived (The Crimson Roger) who refers to himself in plural and a cast of characters that speak with different accents (a Scottish helmsman, a Swedish lookout, and an old Irish admiral to name a few) and you’ve got the idea of how big was my headache when I wrote this. I spent more time finding a way to put on paper old Caribbean patois than at writing the flamboyant combat scenes. There are many tongue-in-cheek tributes to famous sci-fi series, horror movies, and comics. I dare you to find them.

This, along with Black Brig (my free short story), is the cornerstone of the Dead Men Tell No Tales Universe, an alternate history setting I intend to expand with the next novel, Bloody Cross. I have a bible for this universe, complete with a timeline, nations, and mysteries.

 

Links for people to buy it.

Dead Men is available in paperback and ebook edition by May December

Publications

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F4MGNHS

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/353798

 

Your promo links.

http://maydecemberpublications.com/

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Your short Bio.

Jeffrey Kosh is the pen name of an author of two novels, some novelettes, and a long series of short stories. Perhaps best known for his horror fiction, Jeffrey also writes erotica and likes to experience different paths. His works have been published by Alexandria Publishing Group, Grinning Skull Press, May-December Publications, and EFW. He is also a graphic artist, creating covers for various authors and publishing houses. His various careers have led him to travel extensively worldwide, developing a passion for photography, wildlife, history, and popular folklore. All these things heavy influence his writing style. His short story ‘HAUNT‘ was featured in the ‘FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE‘ anthology, while ‘ROAD OFF‘ became the lead in the ‘SCARE PACKAGE‘ collection. His debut novel, ‘FEEDING THE URGE‘ is now at its second edition.

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Spotlight On: Paul Flewitt


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Paul Flewitt

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

Poor Jeffrey; Horror

 

Quick description of it.

When Jeffrey dies, his three closest friends decide to take the laws of nature into their own hands and bring him back. At the same time, Cal Denver comes to town. Poor Jeffrey sees the lengths than mankind will go to in the effort to maintain the status quo… with shocking and horrific results

 

Something unique about it.

It brings together some of my personal favourite elements in horror fiction in a way that I don’t believe has been done before. Where else could you find a zombie, a serial killer, lashings of dark magic and buckets of gore and a few ghosts thrown in for good measure?

 

Links for people to buy it.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Poor-Jeffrey-Paul-Flewitt-ebook/dp/B00FW9OFNM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382471172&sr=8-1&keywords=Poor+Jeffrey

 

Your promo links.

Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Storytrees-Leaves/352745188170046

Twitter; @PaulFlewittJEA

Amazon; http://www.amazon.co.uk/Paul-Flewitt/e/B00FG34L7O/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1382471474&sr=1-2-ent

 

Your short Bio.

Paul Flewitt lives in Sheffield, UK with his partner and their two children. He is a writer of horror and dark fiction with JEA press.

Paul is the author of “Smoke” a flash fiction which appeared in OzHorrorCon’s Book of Tribes anthology, “Paradise Park” from JEA’s All That Remains anthology and the stand alone novella “Poor Jeffrey”. He continues to work on further pieces…

Spotlight On: Jacqueline Druga


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Jacqueline Druga

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

Nodding – Horror

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Quick description of it.

Based on the ‘real life’ disease called, Nodding Sickness, which basically turns children into living zombies, the book takes a look at what would happen if the virus mutates and becomes a global pandemic.

 

Something unique about it. 

Instead of focusing on the infected, it focuses on the parents and what we would do as parents and the heartbreaking choices we have to make.

 

Links for people to buy it.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EEHKASC

 

Your promo links.

www.jacquelinedruga.com

 

Your short Bio.

Jacqueline Druga is a native of Pittsburgh. She is a full time writer of multiple genres and has been interviewed as a bio warfare authority on the History Channel.

Confession Time: Ike Was an Accident


Vote for Ike… or something like that.

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While preparing for our weekly radio show, Friday Night Writes (Friday night from 8-10 EST on FlaglerBeachRadio.com) Armand and I were throwing around some potential discussion topics when Armand suggested Creating your biggest character and giving it the playful subtitle The Ike Syndrome – as a nod to my biggest character.

I started thinking about the origins of Ike and I quickly realized that I would have no great insight to share as to how my larger-than-life protector-of-Flagler-Beach came into being…because I never had any designs on creating a character of such mythical proportions.

Okay – maybe mythical is a bit much, but you get the point.

Here’s the story behind the story…

…cue flashback effects and eerie music…

When I began writing my first novel, Living the Dream, I never intended it to be released.

Living the Dream

I’ve told the story about how I had a crazy dream which…

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Guest Post: Adrian Rawlings


5 Horrific Subgenres of Horror

What scares you? What keeps you awake at night and causes you to quake and tremble beneath your sheets? The things you find horrifying might resonate well with others, while some might not understand what all the fuss is about. However, truth be told, we’re all scared of something and different things can terrify different people.

Horror-themed television programming and most of what Hollywood has to offer tend to be rather conventional when compared to the utter litany of subgenres that are out there. However, as the years have gone on, more and more movies have blurred the lines, giving rise to some of the most twisted subgenres. Most of the credit goes to Alfred Hitchcock, the Master of Suspense who would frequently blur the line between what were ostensibly thrillers and the horrifying surrealism of his direction. Thanks to him and other creative directors, there are far too many horror subgenres to talk about in the space permitted.

So, listed below are five of the best.

No 1

Eastern icons of cinema like the anime Akira and the film Tetsuo: The Iron Man, these are both great examples of body horror. This subgenre places heavy focus on the graphic depiction of destruction and degeneration of the human body, but it can also include parasitism and mutation as seen in The Thing. What makes the subgenre so effective is that it instills a certain sense of personalized dread whenever the viewer sees such a visceral depiction of body horror. In the case of The Thing that sense of dread is pretty easy to comprehend – it’s saying “you’re next.” That’s why many top horror lists still have a soft, squishy spot in their hearts for The Thing and others like it.

No 2

Post-apocalyptic horror has been a pretty popular genre in a lot of recent Hollywood offerings from Viggo Mortensen in The Road to Zombieland. The undead have been particularly prominent in really driving home just how bleak life can be for those not lucky enough to be wiped out in the apocalypse. When there is no infrastructure, no law, no morals, no civility – when humanity loses its humanity, you truly are on your own, and that can be especially frightening.

No 3

They say that crazy people only think they’re getting saner while the truly sane individuals are the ones who actually question their own sanity. However, what if those who question it are so crazy that they actually think they are sane and able to question their dwindling sanity? You can go crazy asking those questions behind the questions and that’s really the essence of psychological horror – the uncertainty. It’s horror from the perspective of an unreliable narrator who never quite knows what’s real. Shutter Island was a great example of this along with Session 9.

No 4

The 1979 film Alien popularized the tagline “In space no one can hear you scream.” Alien is regarded by many as the quintessential sci-fi horror movie with others like Event Horizon following in the wake. What makes these films effective as far as horror is concerned is the sheer claustrophobia they induce. You’re on a ship with nothing but the deadly vacuum of space outside – there’s only so many places you can hide.

No 5

So… there probably aren’t too many people out there who could honestly say they like being murdered and/or tortured to death. The mere thought of a toe or finger being cut off or being pierced with a fishing hook is a little unsettling. So, why make splatter horror movies and why go out and see them? There have been lots of psychological studies on this but no one can really agree on why we are both horrified but intrigued with these “splatter films.” Maybe it’s a way for us to get as close as possible to it (and confront it)…or maybe, deep down, it satiates that inherent thirst for carnage.

The list of subgenres goes on, as long and as varied as there are individuals with their own individualized fears. What you find scary might not affect others in the same way…and what others find truly terrifying may be a trifling thing, indeed. The beauty of horror and its various subgenres is that, now, it’s less of a sweeping sensation – capable of hitting us all where we live.
AUTHOR: Adrian Rawlings; @adrianrawlings2

BIO: Adrian Rawlings is a TV and horror blogger. Look to him for the scoop on hit movies and TV shows, horror, tech reviews, how-to’s, and more.