This summer I’ll be doing something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time… I want to recognize some great books in the horror fiction field. I also want to find some new books I might’ve missed myself, so…
I am opening this blog up to suggestions from YOU!
I want YOU to give me one horror book suggestion you loved. It doesn’t have to be new. It doesn’t have to be a certain length or within a certain subgenre of horror (although I won’t be taking zombie or post apoc books on this website because I’ll be doing the same thing on my other site, http://DyingDaysZombie.com each week for that!) It just has to be something you liked enough to want to let the world know. Or the readers of this blog.
You CANNOT CANNOT CANNOT suggest your own book. That is super tacky and frowned upon by management.
I’ll be picking 3-5 each week and I’ll post it up each Tuesday on this site and the zombie/post apoc every Thursday. It’s free of charge. It’s just a way for me to not miss what is out there, too. Hopefully it will become a place where horror readers will enjoy some new suggestions, too. I’ll even let people know you proudly suggested it, too.
Send me an email with the title/author and Amazon link to the book and I’ll do the rest. Simple as that!
armandrosamilia (at) gmail (dot) com
2015 was another solid year for me when it came to releases. While the amount of new product slowed, the same amount of words was released in my estimation. My goal each year is to hit 400,000 words written and except for a couple of short stories currently awaiting publication, everything else was released via self publishing or through a small press in 2015.
I had 30 releases, which was less than the 45 a year average I’ve done the last two years. I also went through my works and eliminated all of the serialized stories that made it into complete collections as well as redundant releases I did myself.
Box sets were still a big deal for me in 2015. A lot of my secondary sales through them as well as key Amazon ranking came because of the box sets and I hope to continue to be involved in a few more in the future.
OK, time for the breakdown by month for me and 2015…
The last day in January Dying Days was published in this box set along with notables Joe McKinney, Bobby Adair, TW Piperbrook, Michaelbrent Collings, Sarah Lyons Fleming, Shawn Chesser, Rachel Aukes, David Moody, Timothy W Long and Eric A Shelman. The best part? it’s still only 99 cents!
February 8th I was in another State of Horror anthology (you already know my initial involvement in the franchise, so I won’t digress) which featured some really cool stories by Nathanael Gass, Frank Larnerd, Randal Keith Jackson, Kathryn M. Hearst, Spencer Carvalho, Kenneth W. Cain, Frank J. Edler, Stuart Conover/Kerry Lipp, Susan Hicks Wong, Matt Andrew, L.J. Heydorn andMargaret L. Colton
The audiobook for State of Horror: Illinois came out on February 20th (narrated by the wonderful Jack Wallen)
The audiobook for Dying Days: Origins came out on March 3rd, narrated by Jack Wallen. Obviously I enjoy working with Jack on these audiobooks.
March 13th the audiobook version of this came out, narrated by Jack Di Golia, who did the entire seven book run for me. I couldn’t be happier working with him, either.
Also on the 13th, the first part of a trilogy came out, a horror humor tale written with Jack Wallen, Jay Wilburn and Brent Abell. This was fun to write. We debuted this at Mid South Con in Memphis to rousing success. Fine, we sold 5 copies.
March 16th State of Horror: Louisiana I debuted, with more great stories, this time from Chad McKee, Pamela Troy, Tommy B. Smith, Amanda Hard, Allie Marini Batts, Sarah Glenn, Armand Rosamilia, Ethan Nahte, J. Jay Waller, Alexander S. Brown, Henry P. Gravelle, Jay Seate, and Margaret L. Colton.
March 30th saw the second part of LA being released, this time with stories by Stuart Conover, Herika R. Raymer, Teresa Bergen, J. Lamm, Nathan Pettigrew, Armand Rosamilia, Ambrose Stolliker, B.A. Sans, Edward Moore, Anthony Watson, Jonathan S. Pembroke, J.M. Lawrence, and Melodie Romeo.
April 19th Fairly Wicked Tales: Dark Fantasy Anthology was re-released and featured one of my short stories, “The Wolf Who Cried Boy.” Over 20 great stories are in this one, so buy it. Now.
On the 26th of May my short story “Down In A Hole” was featured in this Simon and Schuster release. Tim Curran, Jeff Strand, Rebecca Besser, MontiLee Stormer, Lee Moan, Tonia Brown, Jake Bible, Faye McCray, and Jimmy Pudge were all involved as well. Get it.
Tim put 19 of his stories together in this fine collection, and had other authors (such as myself) give him one of our stories to promote. He’s a swell guy. This came out June 6th. I had “Dying Days: Noah Stern” short in there.
This audiobook came out on the 10th. Narrated once again by Jack Wallen and once again featuring a Dying Days short from me in it.
June 16th Dying Days 5 was released. Putting this together I realize its my first self published full release for the year, as everything else was an anthology or audiobook previously out. I’d been writing up a storm up to this point in the year but most of it would be released later (as you’ll see) or written for the movie team and those books sometimes come out months in the future. Anyhoo… this is part 5 and it was released right in the midst of my annual #SummerofZombie blog tour.
The second book in our trilogy was released on the 21st. Another fun time was had by all: me, Brent Abell, Jay Wilburn and Jack Wallen.
This was a really cool charity anthology to help a friend in need who is such a big supporter of zombie authors. Over 30 authors contributed a YA zombie story, including my first-ever, a Dying Days story featuring the children of the family. It will definitely lead into my first-ever Dying Days YA novella in late 2016, too.
This is the updated version. I changed the crazy sex parts and over the top violence and made it more in line with the rest of the Dying Days books. So far people have enjoyed the less intense version, although it still isn’t for the kids. I’d give it a solid R rating instead of the NC17 it used to be.
September 4th this cool anthology came out. It’s a shared world anthology and written by Joe McKinney, Armand Rosamilia, Tonia Brown, Joe Mynhardt, Aurelio Lopez III, and Alex Laybourne. You don’t get any cooler than that group. Am I right?
On the 8th, right in time for the Imaginarium convention on Kentucky, we released the third and final part. Single digits of people flocked to our signing tables, creating such a noise the car alarms went off in the parking lot.
On the 17th Dying Days 4 audiobook (narrated once again by Amanda Lehman) was released.
I wrote this novella based on a movie that was filmed but some people weren’t happy with it. So (because it is Hollywood and beyond me) I was listed as editor, the cover is just words and it has distanced itself from the movie by changing the title. The book is much better than the movie, by the way. Much.
October 14th saw this extensive collection released. Nonfiction essays and interviews by film legends and authors such as Wes Craven, George A. Romero, Ray Bradbury, Ed Naha, Patrick Lussier, Stephen Volk, Nancy Holder, Tom Holland, John Shirley, William Stout, and John Russo. For some crazy reason they thought I had something to say on the subject, too.
On the 30th Devil Dog Press re-released this book, one of my favorites and my first real full-length novel. Look for longer books from me in 2016, and most of them more thriller and less horror as I change things up a bit. This book is one of my favorites I’ve ever written, and you need to read it and tell me I’m right or wrong. As long as you read it.
On the 18th this anthology was released. My short story, “Black Tooth Grin,” joined Melodie Romeo, Rick Scabrous, Silas Green, D. S. Ullery, Brian W. Taylor, Diane Arrelle, Bryan Best, Tanya Nehmelman, Mariesa Inez, Rachel Hogan, S. H. Roddey, Jenner Michaud, Scott McCloskey, Heidi Lane, Brian Fatah Steele, Eric I. Dean, Herika R. Raymer, Lee Pletzers, and Jerry E. Benns writing fun stories about death.
The seventh and final release in the contemporary fiction Flagler Beach Fiction Series was out on the 20th. The audiobook followed in November, too, once again narrated by the great Jack Di Golia. This wraps up the series although I have a feeling we’ll see some of these characters again in the future.
Halloween saw the release of this cool anthology, where eleven authors took the kernel of the same basic story and made it our own. Hi-jinx ensued. Abel, Chesser, Evans, McKinney, O’Brien, Rosamilia, Shelman, Stallcup, Tufo, Wallen, Wilburn. So cool you don’t need first names.
November 3rd, at the basic start of my annual #WinterofZombie tour I always release a new Dying Days book. I still technically did, and it nicely combines characters from the first Highway To Hell as well as Dying Days: Origins.
Four novellas set in the Dying Days world are included in this massive box set: Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days, Still Dying 2, Dying Days: The Siege of European Village and Dying Days: Siege 2
Plus… the two-story Dying Shortly set (now out of print except here) and 2 short stories previously only available on a website: “Dying Days: Downtown From Hell” and “Dying Days: The Scorpion”… Over 500 pages and more than 174,000 words in all! This special box set will only be available for a limited time at a special price of $9.99 but right now its only $3.49, so get a copy. Look for the second one in early 2016, too.
November 23rd I released all three of these glorious books Jack, Brent and Jay and I had written in a convenient box set. Now you have no excuse not to read them. And its priced right now for only $3.49, so you really have no excuse at all.
I told you I liked box sets this year. On the 30th I put all 7 of the Flagler Beach Fiction Series books together in one massive 190,000+ word ebook collection and priced it at only $3.99. You’re welcome.
My last release of 2015 and one of my favorite stories. I liken it to a Bentley Little weird tale and so far readers have agreed. A little different from my traditional horror work, which I will be getting slightly away from in 2016. I’ll still have many horror releases and more Dying Days but this book (as well as Chelsea Avenue, both released by Devil Dog Press) will further expand what I’m doing.
Also look for my Kindle Scout-winning Dirty Deeds crime thriller in early 2016, too! Mark Tufo and I wrote an apocalyptic tale together (no zombies!) featuring Darlene Bobich and Mike Talbot. Look for that in 2016 as well… big things on the horizon for me in 2016.
No, I’m actually asking… I have no clue if what I’m doing is working and will lead me to an Amazon contract. This is all very fun and exciting and nerve-wracking all at once.
Kindle Scout’s program updates once a day at about 5am EST apparently. Good thing I didn’t stay up and wait for it… but I almost did, refreshing the page every 18.6 seconds just in case I missed it. I guess each morning I’ll now run to my computer and see where I stand.
OK, so after a full day of pimping the book (and with a full 29 more left to do this – I’m not sure my nerves can take it!) I ended up with:
23 of 24 hours listed as a Hot book
I want to think that is awesome and amazing and will lead to a contract for Dirty Deeds, but… anyone else have any data they can share with me about a first day and the rest of the campaign? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
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.
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…
- 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
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
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
always adding new works to the pile
More information on these last few parts will be rolled out over the next few weeks and months, so stay tuned!
Tim Baker and I have the sequel to Dying Days: The Siege of European Village out today! Buy a copy before it gets banned! Or the world really ends!
It’s finally here… the fifth and final story in the Keyport Cthulhu saga, “Evil,” is now available and clocks in at about 10,000 words, completing the story begun in “Ancient.” Cover art by Jefffrey Kosh.
It is also an Amazon Kindle exclusive! And at only 99 cents, you can’t beat it with a tentacled stick!
I’m going to try something a bit different and go completely against everything and everybody (except, of course, Robert Chazz Chute)… I’m going to take a series off of every platform but Amazon and enroll it for the next 90 days in KDP Select and utilize free days.
Keyport Cthulhu is this series, and since the fifth and final story, “Evil,” is completed, I thought it time to mess around with the many sales platforms. You see, despite having the first four parts (“Ancient,” “Barren,” “Cabal,” and “Dagon“) on Amazon Kindle, Nook, Kobo, SmashWords and iTunes, the only place I actually made any decent sales was Amazon. In fact, everywhere else wasn’t even worth the time unless you count the freebies I gave out thanks to a SmashWords coupon.
I’m a huge fan of Robert Chazz Chute’s excellent and informative Blog and he’s gone back into KDP Select. So I Skyped with my fine Canuckian friend (it’s a pleasure to see his angelic face when we speak) and barraged him with questions, my own ideas and fears and cried like a little girl until he took pity on me and told me the Golden Truth: just do it and damn the torpedoes… I’m not sure if that’s even a real saying or a Tom Petty album, but you get the idea.
So, I’m doing it… all five stories will only be available on KDP Select, and on November 9th or thereabout the complete stories will be available in eBook and print formats for your reading perusal.
Who knows… maybe some free days of the original stories will jump start some sales and get people reading the Keyport Cthulhu series and the rest of my many releases.
Look for “Evil” to be released this coming weekend! More details to follow!
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 five 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
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
Coping and laughing at zombies
Hi Armand, thanks for hosting me as part of my Book Launch Blog Tour for Girl Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie, which just released!
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Synopsis for GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie:
Sixteen-year-old Rebecca Herrera Hayes’ life changes forever when her cousin Spence comes back to their small Wisconsin town carrying a deadly secret—he’s becoming a zombie, a fate he shares with her through an accidental scratch.
The Z infection, however, has mutated, affecting younger persons like her, or those treated early enough, differently. Now she must cope with weird physical changes and habits no girl wants to be noticed for.
But time is running out… Becca needs the help of her friends and other cousin to fight off hungry zombies and find their missing mothers.
Most of all, she needs to find something, anything, to stop this deadly transformation before it is forever too late…
Although GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie centers on one girl’s life after she turns into a part-zombie, she’s no shrinking wallflower. After all, it isn’t every day that you turn part-Z and have to fight all the awful urges that come with it. I mean, eating, ugh, brains or gag, flesh?
No. Uh-huh. She has a “different” diet, with lots of liquid protein and other “stuff.” (I’ll leave it to readers to find out what “that” is.) The idea is that she’s still human, but let’s say, um, challenged.
I confess: I’m a latecomer to the whole zombie book arena, though I’ve long been a zombie, monster and horror fan. Yup, loved Romero, King and Koontz. Then I saw The Walking Dead and got hooked on that, too.
I’ve written a few “light” horror short stories with a touch of humor and a little gore, so when I got an idea for my zombie book, GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie, it was natural that those elements came into play. Yes, there are icky zombies, and fighting, and zombie attacks in the book, but… I couldn’t help myself. I had to put in some funny spots. (Humor being subjective, of course. Oh, that’s a warning to look out for some “bad” zombie puns in the book here and there.)
Why “zombie” humor, if you will, and why-oh-why zombies?
I guess life is serious enough, right?
Okay, let’s face it. Zombies really are disgusting, icky creatures. They stink. They can be pretty revolting. Some people freak out in dire situations. Some get ultra-serious. In such a situation I’d probably pass out or throw up, maybe even make a bad joke or two as I run, and (try to) fight, for my life. And I’ll bet I’m not alone. (Be honest now.)
And what if you’re 16 and turn part-zombie with a “twirly” eye, a female version of the Wolfman walk at times, and ash-gray skin with spots? That’s only a portion of what Rebecca Herrera Hayes, the main character in GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie, has to cope with.
Then there’s dealing with a possible love interest from a part-Z guy who looks almost normal (so how can he ever be interested in her, Becca wonders), plus seeing what people are really like when she and her cousin go out to search for their missing mothers. Add in distrustful adults in and outside their high school, vigilante groups, and problems with another part Z girl, and you have to wonder how Becca ever survives.
But she does. She adapts.
Life at any age has its good, bad, and simply awful moments. As a teen, life can be full of drama and angst, so humor can be a way to cope, and lighten the mood. After all, even when zombies attack, or you’re facing the world’s worst case of Z acne, there has to be something to laugh and joke about, right? Please?
Here’s an excerpt with a little chuckle:
My foot stomped on the brake at the stop sign, making both of us jerk forward and then back when I skidded into a right turn. “Good’s a matter of opinion. I’m good enough. Oh, hell. Get the piece of paper out of my back pocket, would you? I forgot the street names.”
Lifting my butt off the seat, I waited for Carm to dig in my jeans pocket and pull out the paper before I sat down again.
“Okay, got it.” She unfolded the paper and giggled. “How can you read this anyway? Looks like a zombie wrote it.”
“Funny, cuz, real funny. Zombies can’t write.”
“Yeah, my point.”
Here’s another little “taste” —
Hungry! I had to eat! Food!
I flung open the door, grasped at the rail, and heaved in and out, my gasps making me sound like some freaking steam engine. I’d thought of going downstairs and getting the food myself, but there was no guarantee I’d make it back upstairs.
The changes were coming—fast.
The images in my mind took a nasty turn. Flashes of those things filled my thoughts. Their faces were vivid, red, biting . . . chewing. . . I grabbed my head and squeezed my temples. Dios, por favor, make it stop!
It repulsed me, yet . . .
My mouth watered.
I yelled, not caring what kind of monster I resembled, or how my aunt and cousin would feel being jolted awake in the middle of the night by some rabid, howling creature.
I couldn’t think of them.
Bio: Christine Verstraete is a big Halloween fan who enjoys a good scare or two. Her short fiction has appeared online and in anthologies including Timeshares and Steampunk’d from DAW Books. Her new YA book, GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie released August 1. Stop by her website at http://cverstraete.com or blogs, http://girlzombieauthors.blogspot.com and http://candidcanine.blogspot.com.
*** Don’t forget to follow along the rest of the tour! ***
GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie Book Launch Blog Tour – August 5-17
Monday, 8/5 – Marian Allen,- http://www.marianallen.com
Tuesday, 8/6 – Armand Rosamilia, https://armandrosamilia.com/
Wednesday, 8/7 – GirlZombieAuthors, http://girlzombieauthors.blogspot.com
Thursday, 8/8 – StraightFromHel, Helen Ginger, http://straightfromhel.blogspot.com/
Friday, 8/9 – Dana Wright, ZombieGirlShambling, http://zombiegirlshambling.blogspot.com/
Saturday, 8/10 – GirlZombieAuthors, http://girlzombieauthors.blogspot.com
Monday, 8/12 – AR Von, Dreamz of Dragons, http://dreamzofdragons.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, 8/13 – B. Swangin Webster, Books, Shoes, Writing, http://booksshoeswriting.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, 8/14 – DB Corey, http://dbcorey.blogspot.com/
Thursday, 8/15 – Wrap-up – GirlZombieAuthors, http://girlzombieauthors.blogspot.com
Friday, 8/16 – Austin Camacho, Another Writer’s Life, http://ascamacho.blogspot.com
Saturday, 8/17 – Winners announced after 12 noon Central – GirlZombieAuthors, http://girlzombieauthors.blogspot.com
Bryan Smith. Joe McKinney. Armand Rosamilia. James N. Cook. John O’Brien. Julianne Snow. Mark Tufo. TW Brown. Kirk Allmond.
What do these nine authors have in common?
First off, they’re all dead sexy! And they all appear in Summer of Zombie 2013!
Summer of Zombie 2013 is jam packed with Zombie goodness! You’ll find excerpts from all of the authors along with a few exclusive shorts for your enjoyment. It’s a great way to test drive some zombie fiction before you buy it.
Excerpts from DeathBringer and The Late Night Horror Show by Bryan Smith
Kherfin by TW Brown
An excerpt from The Savage Dead by Joe McKinney
Michael Talbot by Mark Tufo
An excerpt from What Zombies Fear: Legion by Kirk Allmond
An excerpt from Warrior Within by James N. Cook
An excerpt from Dying Days 2 by Armand Rosamilia
The Treehouse and an excerpt from Days with the Undead: Book One by Julianne Snow
Excerpts from each of the books in John O’Brien’s A New World series
So what’s this fantastic little collection of gems going to cost you? That’s the best part!
It’s FREE!!! You can find it on Smashwords which gives you a few options for the best download to your device! Heck, it will even let you download a PDF if you don’t have an eReader.
Smashwords Link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/323647
God May Pity All Weak Hearts
The inspiration actually came from Gary McMahon (I’m pretty sure). I was thinking about the darkness theme and saw a fantastic piece of art work on his Facebook page (I’m sure it was you, Gary). I had that image in mind and needed a story to place it in.
I’d reread Dracula and wanted to write something in this style: a series of diary entries at the turn on the century. Pieces began coming together, and a murder from that time fit the bill. The killer I had in mind, and it’s a harrowing real life story, had written a series of letters within prison. I read them, studied them and tried to capture his voice. I think I did quite well actually. While I added a supernatural element, I think the story captures his tragic heart and good intentions. The title, God May Pity All Weak Hearts, is a direct quote from one of his letters.
It was a massive jump out of my comfort zone,but this is one of my favourite short stories: creepy, heartbreaking and ultimately, dark.
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Australian Shadows Award finalist Daniel I. Russell has been featured publications such as The Zombie Feed from Apex, Pseudopod and Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #43. Author of Samhane, Come Into Darkness, Critique and The Collector, Daniel is also the current vice-president of the Australian Horror Writers’ Association and was a special guest editor of Midnight Echo.
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The Dark is coming! Call your friends over. You don’t want to go through this alone.
You will be taken back into the past, down to the depths of the ocean and across the borderline between our world and the next. You will see snapshots from the lives of small children, old-time cockney gangsters and aimless stoners. You will journey into the darkest house on the darkest street, wander hospital basements and take a flight in the comfort of first class. You will meet Mr Stix.
This tome includes stories by some of the best horror writers around: G. N. Braun, Carole Johnstone, Armand Rosamilia, Daniel I. Russell, Scott Nicholson, Gary McMahon, Joe Mynhardt, Kevin Lucia, Tracie McBride, Stephen Bacon, Benedict J. Jones, Blaze McRob, John Claude Smith, Tonia Brown, Mark West, Robert W. Walker, Jeremy C. Shipp, Jasper Bark, William Meikle and Ray Cluley.
Are you scared of the dark? You will be.
Cover artist: Ben Baldwin (www.benbaldwin.co.uk)
Editor: Ross Warren
Only $15.99 for the 428 page print book, and $5.99 for the Kindle and Kobo versions.
You ever buy a new car that you’ve never driven before and think its so great and unique, but then get out on the road and suddenly see so many of the same vehicles on the road?
That’s kind of how I felt after writing ‘The Cruel Fate of Dr. Brewster McGill’. It’s a weird western tale coming April 5th from ZombieBloodFights.com. The story revolves around a snake oil salesman who covets an ancient relic owned by a rival snake oil salesman. That relic not only has the power to cure all, but to raise the dead as well.
I knew a few writers had tackled the weird west. Truth be told, I really thought DC comics cornered the market for that style. But boy was I wrong.
Here’s a short list of just a few of the stories out there from notable writers who have tread on the weird western zombie ground and made their mark in the old west.
Dead in the West by Joe Lansdale
You had to know the legendary Texas writer Joe Lansdale would have an entry into the zombie western genre with his book “Dead in the West’. If you can find this book, it’s a story of a curse put on the town of Mud Creek by an indian medicine man who was unjustly lynched. A drunk reverend running away from his past is the only person who can save the town. Sounds like an awesome read if you can find it.
Dead Reckoning by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill
This story about Jett, a girl in boy’s clothing, living as a gambler, and Honoria, who is a young inventor. The story seems to share elements of ‘McGill’, as the dead are rising from the grave by a mysterious power. The girls have to figure it out why and stop it.
Dead are Alive by Jason Thacker
Jason Thacker put together a notable zombie western called ‘Dead are Alive’. Things get crazy in the old west when an experimental snake anti-venom raises two kids from the dead, only to infect the whole town. Before long, the dead are rising from the grave, and guns start blazing.
Wanted Dead or Undead by Angela Scott
A gunslinger falls for a female zombie hunter in this old west tale by Angela Scott.
West of Dead by Eric Bahle
This post-civil war story is about Nathaniel Caine, who just wants to see the beauty of America after the war. But when he is attacked by the living dead, he looks for help from a companion to put the dead back where they belong.
Nightmare of the Dead by Vincenzo Bilof
A shady plot to create an undead army in the south is uncovered by our female protagonist in this old west tale by Vincenzo Bilof. The cover is outstanding, and the story sounds just as fun.
How the West Went To Hell by Eric S. Brown
Eric S. Brown has tapped into multiple genres with his writings, including this weird western tale about an editor who takes on the duty of completing a manuscript, but is assailed by the living dead. Brown has also returned to the weird western genre with such entries as ‘Cowboys vs. Zombies’ and ‘The Weaponer’. Check them out.
In short, these are only a few of the books of the weird western genre you should check out. Its clearly a genre chock full of excitement, mystery, and good writing.
Are there any I missed that you think should be recognized? Let me know at my official website, ZombieBloodFights.com.
BOWIE V. IBARRA is the author of the ‘Down the Road’ zombie horror series from Permuted Press and Simon and Schuster. He has contributed to such anthologies as ‘Holiday of the Dead’, ‘Soul Survivors, Vol. 2’, ‘Bigfoot: Terror Tales, Vol.2’, ‘CodeZ: Undead Hospital Anthology’. His weird western tale, ‘The Cruel Fate of Dr. Brewster McGill’, is a story of snake oil, Aztec magic, and the dead rising from the grave to attack the living. It is available in Kindle and paperback.
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Great post about Readers in this eBook revolution… by Alex Laybourne
This will be a short post, because it’s more of a question for readers (besides my mom, I need someone else to answer!) of this blog who are writers or readers…
What’s your thoughts on buying 99 cents eBook short stories? Do you do this often or skip them for longer fiction?
Curious for two reasons: I like buying short stories from author’s I like and 99 cents is a nice price. And, second reason I ask: I have a bunch of short stories I’ve been thinking of either putting together in a bundle (like I did with Skulls and Bones. Death. Cenote collections), or simply selling them individually for 99 cents each.
I also have a couple of different sets of short stories with the same character(s) I was thinking of putting out as individual 99 cents shorts as well, but value any and all opinions from everyone.
I await your honest opinions! Go…
This will begin as a mini – rant and end up… heck, probably just a longer rant.
I keep getting e-mails, each and every day, with some other author announcing they are doing a giveaway, a freebie, or a contest to get their latest and greatest eBook for FREE. I’ve done it, we’ve all done, back in ancient times (you know, January and February 2012) when giving away your eBooks for FREE was something special, and when it led directly to new readers and more sales for your backlist, as well as nice bumps up the Amazon charts. Hurrah! I’ll give away 1,567 of this title, which will lead to 47 sales of this title. It was a no-brainer.
Then the bottom fell out. Hard and fast.
Amazon decided, quite simply, it was time for a change so they could make more money, and they were smart enough to see the writing on the wall. Hell, I grabbed over 100 free horror eBooks, spending my time going through e-mails begging me to take them, and free sites that put them all together for you nicely, wrapped them in a bow, and let you click click click until you downloaded so many free eBooks your Kindle almost froze and/or exploded.
I’ll never read most of them, and neither will you. Quite frankly, I’ve read a chapter or two of some and had no idea why it was even on my Kindle. There are too many other great eBooks I actually purchased or were given to me from someone I wanted to read in the first place.
I ranted to some friends the other day when I started getting e-mails with the subject ‘FREE Kindle’ and thinking I’d won or could conveivably win a new Kindle, like one of those fancy Fire things or maybe some KindleEchoDeluxe prototype, but it was actually just some jackass swindling me into reading his e-mail about his FREE Kindle eBook, because Lord knows I don’t have enough of them.
People are pulling their books out of the Amazon KDP Select program like their hair is on fire, which is fine. I won’t begin to tell you what to do for your career, and everyone is different. People do the same things at the same time and get different results, so your mileage may vary, as they say.
I say, quite simply… stop sending me e-mails about a FREE Kindle, and I have no more room to add yet another eBook to the TBR pile that I will never read. But I will keep buying eBooks I’m interested in (and $2.99 and under, let’s be reasonable) and reading and reviewing them when I like them enough.
And I can’t promise I’ll never spam you for some silly contest, giveaway or freebie thing when I feel like it… with the publishing climate changing almost daily, tomorrow’s big thing might be giving away new Kindle Fires for free as a promotion… then, please, send me that e-mail.
What’s your opinion on FREE eBooks right now, and how has it changed?