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“Death Metal” – An Update

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, death metal, fiction, horror, novella, thriller, writing with tags , , , , on October 18, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia

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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

What I Learned About Life And Death From #NaNoWriMo 2013

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, death metal, dying days, fiction, horror, Miami Spy Games, novella, short story, thriller, writing, zombie with tags , , , , , on December 2, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

I learned I like to be very dramatic. Life and death? Alright, maybe it wasn’t that intense. But I did have a roller coaster month of writing in November. 

I started off the month of November on fire… actually, anything but… my day 1 total? 0. 

But I’m happy to say I broke the 50,000 word novel goal on November 29th, and also managed to add in 25,000 words to other projects during the month, although the last four days (from the 26th through the 29th) I did some major catching up and wrote only the novel and 17,000 words of it. 

Yeah, I had gotten behind. At several points I didn’t think I’d ever get it done, especially with other deadlines on my other things. I thought (stupidly) I’d just pump up the daily word count and add an extra 50,000 words to the list. In that respect I failed because my monthly writing minus this novel was only 25,000 words. I’m not complaining but I know for next year to adjust and be more realistic. 

But I’m not really going to wait around for another November before I hit another novel this hard. While the one I just worked isn’t finished at 50,000 words, I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Another 15-20k and it’s done (first draft, anyway). 

Depending on contracted works in early 2014 (still got my fingers crossed on something very Miami Spy Games – esque coming down the pipe), one of my goals is to write longer pieces and getting the discipline to not put out so many short stories and novellas but mix in more novels. With that being said, expect Dying Days 4 in 2014 and a much longer story. While the previous have all been 25-40k novellas, the fourth installment will be 65k or more… 

But I digress… 

NaNoWriMo was a success in my book and everyone else out there playing along was a definite inspiration, especially when it got down to the final week and I thought I’d never get it finished. Will this novel ever see the light of day? It is a goal of mine, obviously. In 2007 I wrote Death Metal and it eventually got sold to a publisher and republished by me. Tool Shed began in 2008 during the November run but not completed on time. I’ve had other hits and misses but only seemed to try to write a longer piece in Novembers past. 

What does December now hold? A lot of short stories, wrapping up two novella projects and (hopefully) starting on an exciting new serial with a publisher… and then some novels in 2014.

How did you do for your National November Writing Month?

Armand

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Guest Post: Patrick C. Greene

Posted in authors, death metal, fiction, guest blog, Heavy Metal, horror, personal, zombie with tags , , , , , on October 22, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

THE DEAD ROCK!

 

Patrick C Greene

 

In honor of Armand’s DYING DAYS series, and the upcoming anthology based in its universe, I decided to take a look at how the zombie phenomenon has infected the popular and underground music scenes.

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Okay. Maybe not the Top Ten – but here’s my take anyway.

Back in nineteen eighty-something, Michael Jackson kicked off the pseudo-trend I guess, with his loving tribute to horror films, the extended music video for his smash hit Thriller. Using then-state of the art special effects, lavish set design, and cinematic-level camera work, The Gloved One went all out, even hiring A-list director John Landis and the one and only Vincent Price to provide some nice atmospheric voice work.

The result was a success on every level. No one had ever seen anything quite like it on MTV, and probably never will again, unless teen moms and Jersey shore mouth breathers turn into werewolves, or face a zombie outbreak, only with decent lighting, editing, scripting, etc. 

If you’ve never seen it, you really should:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOnqjkJTMaA

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The climactic zombie dance number has been parodied and imitated numerous times. Working with Peepin Tom Productions on a zombie film called One Last Sunset a couple of years ago, and again this past spring, I bore witness to a well-orchestrated re-enactment on set. MJ would be proud. Unfortunately I didn’t catch the crew in action, but here’s the trailer for the movie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiuVGjmCUUI

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Back to the music…

Soon after, punk rock pioneer Billy Idol took a tune he had performed with his first band Generation X called Dancing With Myself and re-recorded it for his first solo foray, leading to a video directed by none other than Tobe Hooper. The stylish vid features a raggedy band of what can only be zombies, attracted apparently by Idol’s singing and posturing, crawling up the walls over one another looooong before World War Z made it fashionable. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG1NrQYXjLU

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Still in the eighties, new wave-ish pop band The Hooters contributed an atmospheric and hooky tune called All You Zombies that took the charts by storm–though what the hell it’s actually about is up for debate. I don’t think it’s zombies, but decide for yourself:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LE0KpcP05I

 

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1986 found Credence Clearwater Revival alum John Fogerty tossing out a nice piece evocative of bayou voodoo called Eye Of The Zombie. Warning: ass nudity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcTG2z8CgmY

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For at least the next decade or so, it would be difficult to find a song -or for that matter, any pop culture source- about zombies. With the advent of Road Rules type programming, MTV degenerated to a more subtle and less interesting brand of zombification, and horror films in general began to wane. When they were eventually resurrected, it was in the form of a slasher film revival.

 

But our rotten, shambling archetype could not stay figuratively dead anymore than literally so. With hardcore favorites Misfits leading the way, a new wave of ghoulish rock slowly dug its way from the underground. Generally known as “horror punk”, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horror_punk) these acts use all manner of Halloween and horror film imagery, combined with fifties-esque doo-wop sensibilities to evoke a retro spookshow feel. Naturally, zombies are a popular motif.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5N4cTCZoMQ&list=PLA1065C63412C992E

 

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There’s no shortage of tongue-in-cheek fun to be had from the music and in the presence of horror punk bands. It’s hard not to love a band like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu3Rfc9fr-0&list=FL5BKXFnu9jdFBlTq3KG3dTw&index=854

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The Crimson Ghosts did a good job of capturing the apocalyptic feel of the better zombie movies with this little ditty:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgesWcjpd7U&list=FL5BKXFnu9jdFBlTq3KG3dTw&index=763

 

Why even good old Uncle George got in on the undead action, directing this sick little gem for the ‘Fits:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGUWla4OVrY&list=PLA1065C63412C992E

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Leave it to the world of metal to bring gravitas back to the grave. The video for Moonspell’s “I’ll See you In My Dreams” is bleak and doom-laden:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V11A5-QA364

 

Of course, any band calling themselves Cannibal Corpse should have on their set list at least one track concerned with the undead:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HURnx8kffU4

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To bring the cycle back around, techno/goth metalers Gothminister pay tribute to the song that started it all, with–well, what else? Thriller.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eloYA9eFTys

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  • BIO_ Patrick C. Greene – Some dark serendipity plopped a young Patrick Greene in front of a series of ever stranger films-and experiences-in his formative years, leading to a unique viewpoint. His odd interests have led to pursuits in film acting, paranormal investigation, martial arts, quantum physics, bizarre folklore and eastern philosophy. These elements flavor his screenplays and fiction works, often leading to strange and unexpected detours designed to keep viewers and readers on their toes.

Literary influences range from Poe to Clive Barker to John Keel to a certain best-selling Bangorian. Suspense, irony, and outrageously surreal circumstances test the characters who populate his work, taking them and the reader on a grandly bizarre journey into the furthest realms of darkness. The uneasy notion that reality itself is not only relative but indeed elastic- is the hallmark of Greene’s writing.

Living in the rural periphery of Asheville North Carolina with his wife, youngest son and an ever-growing army of cats, Greene still trains in martial arts when he’s not giving birth to demons via his pen and keyboard. Visit the website: www.PatrickCGreene.com

In addition to his novel PROGENY, and the short story collection DARK DESTINIES, Greene has several film projects in the works, and just finished writing his second novel – THE CRIMSON CALLING -the first in the action-adventure vampire trilogy, The Sanguinarian Council.

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www.patrickcgreene.com

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Instant Gratification: Short Story Writing

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, contemporary fiction, Cthulhu, death metal, dying days, fiction, flagler beach, Golden Lion Cafe, horror, keyport, Keyport Cthulhu, Kokomo's Cafe, novella, personal, short story, submissions, writing, zombie with tags , , , , , , on August 5, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

For the past couple of months I’ve been writing stories in my Flagler Beach Fiction Series, starting with ten stories set in Kokomo’s Cafe and I just finished the ten stories set in Golden Lion Cafe. Each story is about 2,500 words. I sell two stories (5,000 word total) each Friday or Saturday for 99 cents and then once all ten are released via eBook I do a complete eBook and Print book of them before moving onto the next book’s stories. 

Kokomos 4 Cover

It’s allowed me to get quite a few releases out for each book (5 eBook 2-story releases, 1 complete eBook and 1 complete Print book for each, so 7 for each)… at this point it will be 7 books, so in theory I’ll have 49 releases just for the Flagler Beach Fiction series. That’s quite a lot of places for new readers to start with me, and it keeps my loyal readers constantly having new things to read. Each week, in fact. 

Golden Lion Print Cover

Besides that series, I’m also releasing other things as well, but right now the short stories seem to be taking precedent. The last two stories in the Keyport Cthulhu series, “Dagon” and “Evil” are being worked on for a release soon, and I have other short pieces currently being edited or first drafts completed. 

Dagon

Which all makes me very happy, because I’ve preached this a million times but it bears repeating: keep giving the people what they want. 

Now, for the downside… 

Dying Days: Origins… my unnamed zombie novella set in a diner… Death Cult: Death Metal 2Dying Days 4… 

All of these longer pieces are suffering because I’m only nibbling on them each day, adding 250-500 words if I’m lucky. I’m ignoring them because it will take me weeks to finish each, and (in theory) I can knock out a short story in 2-3 days and get it into the edit/rewrite/final draft system and get it either out for submissions to an anthology or a publisher, or self-publish it myself. 

I also keep adding more and more projects, which I cannot stop doing. I have an addiction. 

But, after going through and seeing the two dozen index cards I have set up with all my various projects, I’ve decided to do something radical about it. 

I’m just going to keep writing whatever I want to write, and if it’s a new batch of short stories… so be it. I just hope you keep reading everything I’m putting out. 

Armand

Metal Queens Monthly #2 now available!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 10, 2011 by Armand Rosamilia

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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