Guest Post: Jasper Bark


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OWN A HOUSE IN H. P. LOVECRAFT’S INNSMOUTH

 

Of all the locations created by H. P. Lovecraft, none strike such an ominous a note as the ancient town of Innsmouth.

 

Until now, the only way to visit Innsmouth was through Lovecraft’s fiction, but thanks to an innovative crowd-funding campaign, you can actually purchase property in horror’s most legendary town. That’s right you can now buy and own a house in Innsmouth and it won’t break the bank, (though it may cost your soul).

 

As part of the crowd-funding campaign for the graphic novel Beyond Lovecraft, multiple award winning artist Rob Moran is building a huge scale diorama of Innsmouth, based on extensive research. As one of the campaign’s perks, Rob will build a select group of contributors a scale model of a house at one of Innsmouth’s prime locations. The house will come complete with a fully illustrated sales brochure, a deed of sale and a special letter of thanks from the town’s leading realtor.

 

And this is only one of the unique perks and one-of-a-kind experiences that this Indiegogo campaign is offering contributors.

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Beyond Lovecraft is a portmanteau horror story that draws directly on the work of H. P. Lovecraft. Drawn by Rob Moran, and written by award winning horror writer Jasper Bark, Beyond Lovecraft is set in the apocalyptic aftermath of the return of the great god Cthulhu. A scattered band of survivors scratch a bare living, hiding in the shadows of their lost world. A tiny group of scientist from Miskatonic university find a way to access the fabled Library of the Yith. An alien archive that contains the entire history of the universe, first mentioned in Lovecraft’s novella: The Shadow Out of Time.

 

The scientists hope to find a way to stop humanity’s extinction and win back their planet from the Elder Gods. Instead they uncover four tales of cosmic terror, and personal loss, that will forever change the way you view the Cthulhu mythos.

 

Writer Jasper Bark, says: “I think the main thing that makes our campaign stand out, is that it belongs to whoever gets involved. So many readers feel they have a personal stake in the Cthulhu mythos because, from the very beginning, Lovecraft shared his mythology with other authors as well as his readers. We want to continue this in our approach to the campaign. Every perk we’re offering, is designed to put contributors at the heart of this campaign, to give them a sense of ownership. You know when you pick up a comic and think: ‘This was made just for me!’? If you’re a Lovecraft fan, that’s how we want you to feel about ‘Beyond Lovecraft’. We’re putting it together especially for you.”

 

Rob adds: “Apart from being a cracker of an idea, some wonderful new twists and insights on the classic Lovecraft stories by Jasper and, all modesty aside, probably the best art of my career, I think there is a great thirst for Lovecraft to be done properly. Can you imagine Lovecraft drawn by Bernie Wrightson or Frazetta or Jesus Blasco? That’s the kind of art I want on Lovecraft stories and I think a lot of Lovecraft purists might feel the same way.”

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The Beyond Lovecraft Indiegogo Campaign starts on 10/5/2015 and can be found here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/beyond-lovecraft/x/9785467#/

For images and other promotional materials please contact Jasper Bark @ jasper@jasperbark.net

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I Have Too Many Releases For Sale


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Jay Wilburn is a fellow author and good friend. I’ve had the privilege of doing several book signings with Jay over the last couple of years and many more are scheduled and will be done in the future. 

His philosophy is simple: don’t show all your books at once. Overloading potential buyers with too many books will only confuse and annoy people, or something to that effect. I always disagreed and piled 30+ releases on the table. 

Who usually sold more books? I don’t want to talk about it. 

I was interviewing a fellow author for my podcast (Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast – HERE is the link. Go listen and then come back. I’ll wait) and we talked about having too many books and stories out and confusing readers. 

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Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. I have too many choices and sometimes it might be overwhelming to figure out where to jump into my work. I used the short stories a couple of years ago to build up my numbers and get my name out there and it definitely worked. But now I worry I’ve over-saturated the market with smaller works. Right now on Amazon I have over 150 releases. Crazy, right?

So… I’m making an adjustment, which is part of the fun of being a self-published author. I know I can’t do anything about stories released by publishers but I can do my own stuff, right?

Right now I have 81 releases in Kindle Unlimited. I love the program and I make good money with so many pages read, so the problem isn’t having so much in KU, it’s what I have in KU to begin with. 

I’ll begin slowly working some titles out of the system over the next few weeks, but here’s the basic ideas so far…

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  1. All of my Flagler Beach Fiction Series releases except the Complete books with all 10 stories will go bye bye. Right now I have 5 parts plus the Complete of each of the 7 books and I’ll get rid of the 99 cents parts in favor of readers wanting to read all 10 stories of each at once. I think it makes sense. 

2. Same with Keyport Cthulhu. The five parts will now be deleted and the final collection sold only. 

3. In addition, I’ll be slowly pulling the early Metal Queens nonfiction books in favor of box sets with all of them together

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That’s just the start. 

A few other things I’ll be working on:

Doing more box sets with multiple books for a better bang for your buck

Revamping the main Dying Days series with new covers

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Pulling a few titles to rewrite/re-edit or keep out of print

Recently out of print works like Chelsea Avenue, Creeping Death, Tool Shed and Necromance updated and on sale

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More information on these last few parts will be rolled out over the next few weeks and months, so stay tuned!

Armand

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

Armand’s 2013 Year In Review Part 2


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Yesterday you were amazed with my heartfelt and enigmatic first half of 2013 in review… and now… without further ado…

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In the beginning of August I re-released Death Metal in paperback with the new cover, which I like. I also started to think about ideas for the second book in the series, so look for that in 2014(I hope). I also released Golden Lion Cafe Complete, with all of the stories in one release. I also released Dagon, the fourth story in the Keyport Cthulhu series. And kicked off the third Flagler Beach Fiction Series story arc with JandJ Fitness Part 1

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September was another busy month, with JandJ Fitness Parts 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5 released. I ended the month with JandJ Fitness Complete, putting them all together in one spot. 

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In October I decided to slow down the releases, especially anything horror, as most horror books would be pushed out in this month and I’d get lost in the shuffle. Instead, I started the fourth Flagler Beach Fiction Series with Flagler Fish Company Part 1. Part 2 and Part 3 were also released in October. I was also lucky enough to get involved in a charity anthology with some amazing authors and got to write a cool chapter in the ongoing story, The Carnival 13 by SAD House Press. 

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With the start of November I released the fifth and final story (for now) in the Keyport Cthulhu series, Evil. I then released Keyport Cthulhu in eBook and Print versions, with all five stories in one. Flagler Fish Company Part 4 and Part 5 came next. Then it was time for Flagler Fish Company Complete in both eBook and Print. November also saw a sequel for me and Tim Baker with Dying Days: Siege 2, a return to European Village. Speaking of Dying Days, I also released the long-awaited Dying Days: Origins, which featured Tosha Shorb, a woman many readers should recognize. It was also released in Print. I was also lucky enough to be invited into the Epic Apocalypse Apocalyptic Horror Box Set (with Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer included). You really need to check out the killer lineup, with Mark Tufo, Joe McKinney, John O’Brien, Heath Stallcup, Shawn Chesser and James Cook. 

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Another great lineup was formed and released in December, with Still Dying 2 (yet another Dying Days release), featuring an anthology of great authors playing in my zombie world: Mark Tufo, Patrick C. Greene, Frank Edler, Tim Baker, AD Roland, Brent Abell, Jaime Johnesee and Sean Slagle. It also came out in Print

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I was also able to update a few books, add some more into print, and also release everything on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, SmashWords and Apple. 

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And 2013 isn’t done yet… my Necromance series of horror erotica has been picked up by Hazardous Press as part of their Hazardous Encounters line, and the first two will be out within a few days (I’ll post a new link, don’t worry), with many more in 2014. 

So add another 28 to the list in the second half of 2013. All told, I put out 45 releases in 2013… not bad, eh? I don’t expect to be as prolific in 2014 with this many releases, as I’m concentrating on some longer novels, but you’ll still see plenty out there from me. 

Armand

“Ancient” and “Barren” Keyport Cthulhu stories FREE today!


Because I had such a great Thanksgiving yesterday I decided to give back! But not all the dressing and turkey… so the next best thing is the first two parts of the Keyport Cthulhu series… and I hope you enjoy them! And have a safe and wonderful holiday season in case I don’t see you!

Friday November 29th and Saturday November 30th 2013 they’ll be FREE, so dig in and enjoy! 

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Spotlight On: Suzi M


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Suzi M

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

I have a story called ‘Blood in the Water’ included in the Wrapped in Red anthology. As the title suggests, it’s horror and vampiric.

 

Quick description of it.

A bit of vampire, a bit of Cthulhu.

 

Something unique about it.

It’s a new twist on Cthulhu and vampires, one not previously explored.

 

Links for people to buy it.

http://www.amazon.com/Wrapped-Red-Thirteen-Vampiric-Horror-ebook/dp/B00G8KCRLG/ref=la_B003TTLGP2_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384362256&sr=1-1

 

Your promo links.

http://www.amazon.com/Suzi-M/e/B003TTLGP2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

 

Your short Bio.

Suzi M writes for fun and occasionally profit. The Immortal War Series – comprised of NEMESIS, LAMIA, and THE TOWER – can be found in both print and Kindle formats.

Currently, Suzi is working on a several new projects and has released an anthology containing stories by all of her pseudonyms titled Apocrypha of the Apocalypse.

When not busy with her own work or getting pictures and autographs of people who recognize her on the street, Suzi helps support the efforts of independent artists, writers, musicians, and film-makers.

You can follow her on Twitter @xirconnia or join the Suzi M Facebook fan page at https://www.facebook.com/SuziMOfficial

Spotlight On: R. Thomas Riley


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SPOTLIGHT ON: R. Thomas Riley

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

If God Doesn’t Show (Apocalyptic Cthulhu Mythos/Military Thriller) from Permuted Press and The Flesh of Fallen Angels (Weird Western) from Grand Mal Press.  

Quick description of it.

1) If God Doesn’t Show

SHADOW CREATURES ARE ATTACKING

Thaddeus Archer is an ex-police officer whose missing daughter holds the key to the mysterious force that threatens to lay waste to what’s left of our world. It’s a race against time for the broken and desperate Archer who must trust the only man who understands what’s happening, Gibson Blount, an agent of a secret government agency that doesn’t officially exist. 

AN ISLAND HAS RISEN OUT OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN

As their world spirals into chaos both men must overcome their differences and personal demons in a world besieged by the re-animated dead, natural disasters, and elder god set on destruction.

CTHULHU IS ABOUT TO WAKE

2) The Flesh of Fallen Angels

It’s the eve of The Ripening as Gibson Blount discovers the secret history of an ancient race and the true outcome of Lucifer’s fall. Now, the fallen angel, Azazel, has horrific plans for Blount’s town…and the world. With the help of a local priest, a prostitute, an orphan, historical figure William Quantrill, and one of God’s chief angels, Blount must dig for truth and unearth secrets woven deeply within Time itself to uncover a supernatural plot put into motion by the Church to punish the Roanoke Puritans. The War in Heaven has been lost and the flesh of fallen angels hangs in the balance. An alternative 1860’s history Weird Western, The Flesh of Fallen Angels is filled with fast-paced action, intrigue, and good-versus-evil what-ifs.

 

Something unique about it.

Both books are part of the Gibson Blount series and meld multiple genres from western, thriller, sci-fi, and horror.

 

Links for people to buy it.

If God Doesn’t Show

http://permutedpress.com/books/if-god-doesn-t-show-a-cthulhu-mythos-novel#.UmuhB1uFRF8

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The Flesh of Fallen Angels

http://grandmalpress.com/flesh.php

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Your promo links.

Amazon Author Page

http://www.amazon.com/R.-Thomas-Riley/e/B002BLU4XO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/author.rthomasriley

 

Your short Bio.

R. Thomas Riley is the author of the short story collection THE MONSTER WITHIN IDEA (2009-2011) published by Hugo Nominated Apex Publications and garnered a Best Horror of the Year Honorable Mention, for his story TOO LITTLE. The collection was re-released as a Kindle exclusive in 2011 and on January 14, 2013; the collection reached the Top 100 Paid Bestseller list in the Horror category.

Independent publisher, specializing in apocalyptic fiction, Permuted Press and Audible.com published IF GOD DOESN’T SHOW – A Gibson Blount Novel (co-written with John Grover) in August 2012. THE FLESH OF FALLEN ANGELS – A Gibson Blount Novella (co-written with Roy C. Booth) was published by Grand Mal Press in February 2012.