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Guest Post: Jessica B. Bell

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Music to Write Horror By

Jessica B. Bell

When I write, I always have music playing, sometimes just ambient instrumental music – Brian Eno has several great soundscape albums that are great – but often I want a certain mood to write by. When I was writing a lot of the stories in Viscera I would often have these on in the background.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – F#A#(Infinity) : This is an album by a Canadian band known for its long, experimental soundscapes, combining live music with soundbytes and spoken word. It’s dark and atmospheric, and is my go to when writing. If you’ve seen the brilliant film 28 Days Later, you may recognize their song East Hastings/Dead Flag Blues. It has a spoken word piece at the beginning of the song about being trapped in the belly of a machine that is bleeding to death that gives me chills:

King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King:  Someone once said that this music was the sound of the apocalypse, and they might be right. The title track has been used in the dystopian film Children of Men and is instantly recognizable. If I’m ever writing something with some sort of demon or elder god in it, this is the record I put on. It’s grand and cinematic, and if you’re going to be writing something bleak, this is the track you want to be listening to.

Tom Waits – Mule Variations:  When I was writing CHUK – a novel set in the Louisiana bayou – this was on my turntable nearly constantly. It’s a great album altogether, but Low Side of the Road could be the theme song for the HBO adaption of CHUK (it’ll happen, you’ll see). There’s just something about Tom Waits’ gravelly voice and Kurt Weill-esque musical sensibilities that make his music excellent for creepy writing.

Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral: Nobody does anger quite so eloquently as Trent Reznor, and if you are writing something intended to make the skin crawl – or if you’re just writing something bloody violent and angry, then you want to throw on this album, beginning to end. The industrial noises in the song Reptile sound like Godspeed’s horrible machine, bleeding to death. If they ever made a film out of my story Paraxenogenesis, this would be the soundtrack.

Sigur Rós – Ágætis Byrjun: I have no idea what this Icelandic band is singing about , but it is dark and lovely. It’s actually very soothing, and puts me in a mood to write. There’s a short story in Viscera – my new collection of strange tales, published by Sirens Call Publications (and available now) called The Queen is Dead that could definitely be read with Sigur Rós playing in the background.

Finally, Pink Floyd’s near-instrumental Careful With That Axe, Eugene was the inspiration for the story Banshee (also in Viscera). The song just sounds like a chase across barren, icy tundra. Listen to this song before (or while) you read the story, and I think you’ll see what I mean.

What music do you listen to while writing? Is it just your personal favourites, or does the music you listen to influence your writing, and if so, in what way?

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Jessica B. Bell is a Canadian writer of strange fiction. It is rumoured that she lives in a damp, dark basement, writing her twisted tales in her own blood on faded yellow parchment. Her stories have been published in various anthologies, the most recent of which is Voices. She also writes under the name Helena Hann-Basquiat, and has published two novels on the metafictional topic of Jessica B. Bell, titled Jessica and Singularity. A third and final novel is planned for 2017.

Find more of Jessica’s (and Helena’s) writing at whoisjessica.com

Viscera — Jessica B. Bell

Viscera is a collection of short stories full of all the things that make you squirm, cringe, and laugh when you know you shouldn’t. You’ll remember why you’re afraid of the dark and experience an abundance of weird creatures: witches, ancient gods, and all-too-human monsters – the scariest of all.

Indulge your twisted sense of humor with stories about unconventional werewolves and a woman with a frog fetish. Know what it’s like to arrive too late to save an unusual alien abductee, or giggle with sick delight as a woman serves up a special Hasenpfeffer dinner to her pig of a husband.

Settle in for bedtime stories fit for monsters.

Viscera will grab you by the gut and squeeze, making you cry for mercy—or laugh like a fiend!

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“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

Hazardous Press, Darkyrie and Armand Rosamilia – Perfect Together?

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Question #1: Why am I so damn good-looking?

Question #2: What do Hazardous Press, Darkyrie and Armand Rosamilia have to do with one another?

You’ll find out very, very soon… 

(This is called a tease)

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Spotlight On: Tim Baker

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Tim Baker

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

Dying Days: Siege 2

Zombie/Horror

 

Quick description of it.

Siege 2 is the sequel to “Dying Days: The Siege of European Village”. It follows a small band of survivors in their efforts to find a safe haven from the never ending zombie hordes.

 

Something unique about it.

Siege 2 was co-written by Armand Rosamilia and me. The story focuses on 4 main characters. Two from Armand’s Dying Days series (Darlene Bobich & John Murphy) and two from my own series of thrillers (Ike & Brewski). In so doing, Armand and I combined the respective worlds of our existing books into one.

 

Links for people to buy it.

Kindle

Paperback

 

Your promo links.

Website: www.blindoggbooks.com

Blog: http://blindoggbooks.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlindoggBooks

Twitter: @blindoggbooks

 

Your short Bio.

Tim Baker was born and raised in Rhode Island, where he lived until moving to Florida in 2006. He has written 6 novels and co-written 2 zombie novellas. He is an avid dog lover, a motorcycle enthusiast and a proud member of Red Sox Nation!

 Dying Days: Siege 2

Mini Update On My Writing

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So far, so good… since beginning to actually keep track of my writing this past Tuesday (October 1st) I’m over 7,000 words on the week with two days left to write. My weekly goal is only 10,000 words, so 2,000 words a day with two days off to concentrate on marketing, e-mails, Red Sox baseball and maybe even talk to other humans is the way to go. If I write a bit on my off days (like I did on Friday, hitting 674 words in about a half an hour of writing) I’ll be fine. 

Yesterday was my daughter Katelynn’s 13th birthday and we celebrated with the Festival of Bacon in Orlando and then dinner at Kan-Ki Japanese steakhouse for her. No writing. Today, while she is out shopping with Special Gal I’ll be hitting my 2,000 word goal. And then hitting it again tomorrow, so hopefully getting over 11,000 words in my first tracked week. 

What will I be writing? Here’s going to be the challenge and the fun… 

In November I am definitely going to write the first draft of Dying Days 4 but it will only be about 35-45,000 words, so that won’t be a problem. I’ll write a few other things in there as well and write 7 days a week for the month. I’m excited to get back into the zombie series and I hope my readers will be, too. 

The problem will be having only 4 weeks left to write in October to finish a bunch of projects I have deadlines for:

1. Flagler Fish Company Parts 2 – 5 in the Flagler Beach Fiction Series (20k)

2. Nerdz Comics And More Parts 1 and 2 in the Flagler Beach Fiction Series (10k)

3. Dying Days: Origins finish (10k)

4. “Evil,” the fifth and final part of the Keyport Cthulhu series (5.5k)

So, about 45,500 words in 4 weeks… easy, right? An extra 10 percent and I do it. And all of these will then go to beta readers and editors and see the light of day very soon… as well as everything else currently in the pipeline with readers and editors. 

How will I do? 

Armand Rosamilia

Reblog: The Perfect Writing Spot

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Sb Knight was nice enough to let me guest blog on his site this week, and I want to thank him… and apologize for all the things I’ve been saying about him… oh, and the billboards in his hometown… my bad.

http://sbkdarkfantasy.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-perfect-writing-spot-by-armand.html

Metal Queens Monthly #2 now available!

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The second issue of the non-fiction series about females in Heavy Metal (musicians and fans alike) is now out! And only $1.99 eBook and $6.99 Print!

“Metal Queens Monthly #2″… Featuring Lizzy Borden, Kerosene Deluxe, Failed To Reason, Designed By Death, Lilith Astaroth, Jupiter Darkshadow, Dissidia, Monika Molano, Sentinel Beast, Siren, Incarna, Rifka Noctis, Morgue Anne, Triobloid, Hemoragy, Sirannon, Misstallica, Modea, Persistance of Memory, Kasey Kasket and more!

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