Keith Anthony Baird-Author Promo

Hey guys! The book recommendations are just flowing in! Here is an amazing book containing short stories that you can get on Amazon Kindle Unlimited for free, for a limited time. So while we are all inside reading from home to prevent the spread of the virus, check out Keith Anthony Baird’s- And A Dark Horse Dreamt of Nightmares!

CURRENTLY ON LOCKDOWN? OWN A KINDLE? Then have this BOOK on me! Available FREE for 5 days (Tues 31st March to Sat 4th April). Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07T44KRQ5

I want to thank Keith so much for letting us all in on this and if you want to read more of his works, just check him out at the following link…

https://keithanthonybaird.wordpress.com/

Stay safe out there, and keep reading! It does a mind good and ripens it for when the zombie apocalypse comes.

Merrill David- Author Interview (2020)

Hello everybody! Sorry, I have been gone for a while, life is crazy. And as we all find ourselves in this crazy time of the Corona Virus where we need to hunker down and wait for it to slowly dissipate what better time to give you some authors to read! This newest installment is about the book Wicked Awake by the fabulous Merrill David! Firstly, I will let Merrill tell you himself about his great new creation…

My literary Sci-Fi / Horror Fiction titled WICKED AWAKE has
approximately 120,000 words. I applied a great amount of detail,
science, and research in my tale. I believe it will hold your interest
with a brisk paced, clever storyline that I would compare to Max
Brooks’ “World War Z” crossed with Michael Crichton’s “The Andromeda
Strain” (but with humor). WICKED AWAKE is horrifying at times yet very
funny in places.

In my novel, WICKED AWAKE, Dallas Police Sergeant Jake Hathaway is on
duty one February afternoon when he parks his patrol vehicle in front
of his brother’s middle-classed house. He leaves his K9 partner Roscoe
in the marked police sport utility vehicle and walks inside to wish
his one-year-old nephew a happy birthday. What should be a joyous
occasion quickly sours as Hathaway is attacked by two creatures that
were once his brother and sister-in-law. No longer recognizable, their
faces do not appear human. Their eyes are saggy and swollen, with
dilated tiny pupils. These THINGS are not dead, nor fully alive, but
somewhere in-between. This would be just the beginning of an
“Infection Armageddon.

But Unbeknownst to Hathaway, he himself was
partially responsible for this contagion. Years earlier he allowed a
group of Federal Government scientists to conduct top-secret
experiments on a few of the soldiers in his U.S Marine Corp unit. Now,
Jake must find a way to end the outbreak before THEY end HIM, along
with all of humanity.

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Doesn’t that just sound amazing and might I add very timely? Let’s get to my questions to learn more about this fantastic horror writer…

1. Why Horror and Sci-Fy?

Growing up, I loved watching horror and Sci-Fi type programs on TV and going to the theater or renting movies (again aging myself! For those who remember Blockbuster). I was also very into Marvel Comics (never got into DC for some reason) and horror novels. Some of my favorite television programs were the Incredible Hulk (with Bill Bixby and, of course, Ferrigno) and The Twilight Zone, as well as reruns of the original Planet of the Apes movies (not really feeling the re-makes). Some of my favorite movies were the Friday the 13th series (until Jason went into outer space, then they lost me), Halloween, Freddy vs Jason was greatness! I also loved Nightmare on Elm Street, The Fly with Jeff Goldblum, Fire in the Sky (an alien abduction film that was supposedly based on true events), those bizarre Faces of Death films. I also dug the People Under the Stairs, the Ring, the Strangers, the Saw movies, the Hellraisers, The Exorcist, Jeepers Creepers, Joyride. And of course everything zombie; Evil Dead, World War Z, Zombie Land, Shaun of the Dead, I Am Legend, Army of Darkness.
2. How did the idea for this particular book come to you?

I knew I wanted to start with a zombie novel but always loved horror shows and movies. And my favorite horror flavor has always been zombie. I would load up on Walking Dead and the movies, always telling my wife and kids how those stories could have been better (like the zombies in World War Z were way too fast, everyone knows the real DEAD are slow! Ask George Romero). So my wife suggested that since I was such an expert, I should write my own novel. At first, I thought she was joking, but she wasn’t- so I did it!
3. When did you start writing and how did you get into it?

It was actually about 5 ½ years ago that my wife encouraged me to start this project. But there were a couple of major setbacks along the way that slowed me down. I had a brain tumor removed a few years back (maybe that’s why I had, and still have, some of these deranged thoughts?). Just a year later my wife, having no prior medical issues or warnings, suddenly passed away from a heart attack. I went through some very dark and blurry times since then. For awhile I was getting drunk just about any time I wasn’t having to work. My writing was replaced by depression and destruction for quite some time. But I finally found some peace and got back on track, so here I am!
4. Who are some of your favorite authors and or influences?

Some of the novels I have enjoyed the most are The Strand, Andromeda Strain, Max Brooks’ World War Z and Zombie Survival Guide, Bird Box, The Amityville Horror, The Shining. I just started to read Mark Tufo’s Zombie Fallout and enjoying it greatly! And of course, I like Steven King’s stuff. But who doesn’t, right? I really find myself digging those writers who combine action with some portions of humor mixed into their stories. So I emulated those writers and that style. I believe I injected a good amount of humor into my story. I tried to write a zombie story that was smart but also funny (maybe that’s why I love the Dead Pool movie so much!) One person who read my book so far commented that it is “extremely clever and brisk-paced. The narrative is witty, even when horrifying.” I like that he chose those two words WITTY and HORRIFYING to describe my work, as this is exactly what I was aiming for. If I was a rock group instead of an author, I might be compared to the band Tragedy, a metal band that put their own spin on Bee Gees songs. Or better yet, I might be more like that Death Metal Band that plays Weird Al Yankovic tunes. Is there such a band? There should be! But I also attempted to make WICKED AWAKE smarter than the average zombie book by applying a great level of detail, science, and research into it. Hopefully, I have succeeded!
5. If it isn’t too personal, why did you get out of Law Enforcement?

I retired with over twenty-five years on the job as a cop in North Texas. It was a great career but I am ready for it to be over. Being a police officer has changed over the years. Right after the 9/11 tragedy, cops and firemen were considered to be heroes. Parents encouraged their kids to wave at us and be friendly with us. Nowadays cops are hated and targeted. Firemen are still loved (apparently I chose the wrong career), but not the police. Kids are told to question all authority, especially Law Enforcement. And I get it, I think politics and some of our past leaders are partly to blame, although I’m not going to act like I don’t realize there are some very bad officers out there who have done some really fucked up things. In my book, I mention one seasoned training officer in particular who acts as if he is untouchable, above the law. But for every bad cop like that exists, I would say there’s another nine who are honest and professional. Also, keep in mind that even the cop haters are the first to call 9-1-1 for help when their house is being burglarized or their car is getting jacked.
6. You are a fan of Marvel Comics. Which ones are your favorites and if you could have superpowers, what would they be?
Growing up I was very much into SpiderMan, the Avengers, Fantastic Four, and PowerMan, but my favorite character was the Punisher. That character has been somewhat of an influence in the way I portrayed my protagonist, Jake Hathaway. Hathaway was a Marine and then goes on to become a Dallas Police Officer. He promotes to be a Sergeant and is also a training officer, then a K9 handler.
He goes from being a standup military and police figure to someone who does some very dark things. He does these things for the overall good, but they still appear somewhat tainted to someone from the outside looking in.

7. Just for fun, if they make a movie of your book, who would you picture starring in it?

Maybe Rob Gronkowski could make his acting debut in this role. But he may be too busy wrasslin’. It would have to be someone about his size- 6’5’’ and up, in his late 20’s to early 30’s. The guy would have to be built like a damn Mack truck. Or maybe some newcomer who looks like a brunette version of Rocky 3’s evil Russian boxer guy, played by Dolph Lungdren. But he would need to have darker hair and simulating more of a New York accent than that fake Russian one. Anyone remember Dolph Lungdren? Is that dude still alive? He would be 62 now… Dolph- if you’re reading this; are you available?

8. What else are you working on, or what can we expect from in your writing future?

I’m already about halfway through with WICKED AWAKE part 2 and I’ve also been throwing around the idea of writing a book about my experiences in writing a book. And about my struggle to figure out this social media stuff. I’m not sure which of those two reads will be scarier…

I want to thank Merrill for taking his time to answer my questions! And after you are done reading this, go to some of his links to find out more or just connect!

email- 1merrilldavid@gmail.com
Twitter- https://twitter.com/merrill19673060
Website – https://1merrilldavid.wixsite.com/wickedawake

 

The Desire Card by Lee Matthew Goldberg- Fahrenheit-Press- Review

Hello readers! Just your Horrormadam here to give you my review of Lee Matthew Goldbergs book The Desire Card for the Blackthorn Book Tour, a book tour service provider dedicated to dark fiction.

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First, let me tell you a little bit about this amazing author…

Lee Matthew Goldberg

Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels SLOW DOWN and THE MENTOR from St. Martin’s Press. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar. The first book in an international thriller series, THE DESIRE CARD, is out from Fahrenheit Press and the second book in the series PREY NO MORE will be forthcoming in 2020. Lee is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series, which features readings from emerging and established authors.

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I give the book The Desire Card a 4 out of 5 stars. It was very well written and thoroughly engrossing. The protagonist Harrison Stockton is morally broken and looking to escape his fate. The only problem I had was that when reading about the things that happen to Harry, the only story that came to mind to compare it too was The Book of Job from the bible. Bad things continually happen to Harry but unlike Job, it wasn’t a problem with faith but with ego. The only problem I found was that I had to keep reading to see what would finally happen for Harry, which would normally be a good thing but soooo many bad things happen to him that it was like reading a literal trainwreck.

You all know I am a huge fan of the dark and macabre and this is definitely dark and it also flows so nicely that I do recommend it, just be prepared for Murphy’s Law to take over much of the protagonist’s plans. Like the idiom says “Be careful what you most desire for ultimately you will have to pay the price.”

 

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BIM A New Maine, Film Looking to Recreate the Magic of Jim Henson Debuts on Kickstarter

It is my pleasure to introduce you to the BIMs, A #Media #Production #Outreach & #Filmmaking Company, Creators of ‘BIM’ + Stewards of #Indiefilm positivity! NOW LIVE ON KICKSTARTER http://kck.st/30sur5c. I met these furry aliens on Twitter and they are always entertaining and their human handlers are quite nice as well! I just wanted to send a quick shout out to my readers to let you know about their new project on KICKSTARTER. I always love to encourage Independent Film and I also love furry “actors” as long as they aren’t Zuni dolls from Trilogy of Terror. Eeek! Make sure to read their digital press release at the bottom and check out their wonderful videos!

Inspired by the business model of the Jim Henson Company, Believe In Me or “BIM”, a production company from Portland, Maine, launches its original puppet characters, “The BIMs” and their first feature-length film “BIM One” with a 60-day Kickstarter Campaign on August 17th. BIM plans to attract donors to its film, which introduces ‘The BIMs,’ six optimistic, filmmaking aliens (who just happen to look like puppets) who crash land in Maine, by offering a wide selection of Kickstarter perks. BIM will be highlighting each of their perks, along with an overview and highlight videos of their work in education and the community, by debuting over a dozen short films produced specifically for their 60-day Kickstarter campaign. BIM’s campaign will feature perks ranging from t-shirts and sweatshirts to formal BIM commercials for businesses and a customized video greeting from the BIM characters themselves.

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Created by USM production student, Chris ‘Keyson’ Jones in 2013, BIM features over 20 Maine performers and crew members who have helped produce 24 short films and one-third of “BIM One’ over the course of six years, prior to this inaugural Kickstarter campaign. Says Jones, “The BIMs work universally across all mediums and a production company works within. Our first film establishes how six furry optimistic aliens from a planet known as BIM, wind up masquerading as puppet characters in Portland, Maine. At the same time, it launches Believe In Me and our positive message on a number of other levels necessary for our company and characters to be successful,”

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Additionally, Believe in Me has designed two supplemental programs for media education and community outreach around their signature BIM characters, producing a short charter film for each program. BIM’s commitment to positivity and networking during its early years has also paid off, earning BIM an established and growing online and social media fan-base of over 12k followers in the global Independent Filmmaking, Art, Writing and Music communities.

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Beyond just puppets, Believe In Me is a full-service production company that believes in creating positive, inspirational and first-class media of all sorts and sees its BIM characters as mascots, spokes-characters, and champions of BIM’s larger, positive mission and message. With its Kickstarter debut upcoming on August 17th Believe in Me plans to use its first feature-length film as a launchpad for a highly unique and self-sustaining business model and approach to the often cut-throat world of Independent Filmmaking, with its six BIM characters at its nucleus. Samples of Believe In Me and the BIMs work and larger mission can be found by following @bimbelieveinme across all social media platforms, or by visiting their website at http://www.BelieveInMe.Me.

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Nightmares Film Festival Release (2019)

Hey, horror fans! I just wanted to share with you the announcement of the 2019 Nightmares Film Festival! Brought to us by writer, producer, director, actor JasonTostevin. Check it out! Looks like it is gonna be a great year for great horror!

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NIGHTMARES FILM FESTIVAL REVEALS KILLER 2019 PROGRAM
Four-Day “Better Horror” Lineup Brimming with Premieres, Coveted Films from Around the World

Columbus, OH – If this is a Nightmare, horror fans won’t want to wake up.

Closely-watched Nightmares Film Festival has outdone even its most legendary stuffed-to-bursting programs with 2019’s lineup, which will pack 190 of the world’s best features and shorts from around the world into this year’s four-day event, Oct. 24 to 27.

“We are so honored the world’s best genre creators trust us to present their work,” said co-founder and programmer Jason Tostevin. “This year, we have assembled more ‘better horror’ for our Nightmares audience than ever before.”

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Leading the lineup are 24 features from both beloved horror filmmakers and important new voices in genre film. Included are Hammer Films’s The Lodge, from the makers of Goodnight Mommy; Daniel Isn’t Real, from the producers of Mandy and The Greasy Strangler; VFW, from the director of Almost Human; Eat Brains Love, adapted from the popular novel; and closing night film Z, from the creators of It Stains the Sand Red and Still/Born.

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The fest will also present a screening of Jörg Buttgereit‘s infamously banned necrophilic exploitation film Nekromantik … brand new horror-comedy anthology Scare Package … She Never Died, the sequel to the 2015 Henry Rollins action-horror film He Never Died … the Carpenter Brut-scored Blood Machines … the world premiere of FX artist Marcus Koch (We Are Still Here)’s doc on the history of extreme cinema, Beyond Horror … and the world premiere of Tommy Faircloth (Dollface)’s newest film, A Nun’s Curse.

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One of the Nightmares’ best-known traditions, the Late Night Mind Fuck — called “one of the most dangerous and challenging blocks of programming at any festival” (The Film Coterie), returns this year with two world premieres. First, is The Obsessed from Italian extreme director Domiziano Christopharo (previous NFF winner Torment), a body horror freak-out based on the manic descent of Bjork’s stalker. And at 2 a.m. is the dark, harrowing and sexually explicit 29 Needles.

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The festival’s reputation for presenting the best-curated shorts blocks on the planet continues with a lineup of 150+ horror, thriller, midnight and horror-comedy short films, including dozens of world premieres. Its Recurring Nightmares blocks are also back, highlighting NFF audience favorites returning with new work, and its Ohio shorts blocks will offer up some of the best locally-made films.

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Nightmares have also named the 13 finalists in its short and feature screenplay contests. These screenwriters will be given the chance to connect with selected filmmakers to explore the production of their scripts through the NFF FinaLIST matching service.

All selected competition films and screenplays vie for a coveted Night Mare statuette, representing the dark horses of the genre. The Night Mare is sculpted and painted by the renowned toy and figure creator Tony Simione (Marvel, Star Wars, Godzilla, Alien).

 

A complete list of features, shorts and screenplay finalists follows below.

Want to make the pilgrimage to Nightmares this year? Some passes are still available, though they always sell out.

Nightmares Film Festival has been called one of the world’s best horror film festivals by every major genre outlet. It has maintained its position as the world’s top-rated genre festival on the submission platform FilmFreeway for 35 consecutive months.

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NIGHTMARES FILM FESTIVAL 2019 PROGRAM

FEATURE FILMS
The Lodge
Swallow
The Girl on the Third Floor
VFW
Nekromantik
Eat, Brains, Love
Daniel Isn’t Real
She Never Died
Blood Machines
A Nun’s Curse
Reckoning
Antrum
1BR
To Your Last Death
Making Monsters
Z
Beyond Horror
Slaughterhouse Slumber Party
Ghost Killers vs Bloody Mary
The Obsessed
Scare Package
29 Needles
Puppet Killer
Lake Michigan Monster

SHORT SCREENPLAY FINALISTS
Bathwater – Kevin Talley
Demon Inside Me – Brandon Rutherford
Gender Reveal Party – Alison Parker
Hush Little Baby – Ricardo Bravo
Cave of Tits – Stephen Stull
Vuorwro – Ron Riekki
Boogeyman Bait – Kay Phillips
Field Test – Chris Hicks
Love as a Practice for Dying – Shayna Connellly
Mary, Dispossessed – Kristy Walsh
The Garden – Guillermo Ortiz
The Squirrels in the Attic – Rachel Thomas-Medwid
Who Wants Dessert? – Venita Ozols-Graham

FEATURE SCREENPLAY FINALISTS
Night People – Søren Budge
Mom Died – Michael Klug
The Chamber – Sergio Pinheiro
Timmy Cooke: A Cannibal Love Story – Aaron Barrocas
Persona – Jeffrey Howe
The Mothman – Jackson Murray
No Overnight Parking – Meg Swertlow
Serial Killers Anonymous – Robert Forsberg
Daughters of Virtue – Michael Escobedo, Greg Sisco
Third Date – Avishai Weinberger
He Brings The Night – Kevin Donner
Monger – David Axe
Girl Trouble – Devi Snively

HORROR SHORTS
Boo
Trust Me
Melody
In Sound, We Live Forever
The Tattooist
To Enter You Must
Off Fleek
Atomic Ed
Steve And The Dead Girl
Creaker
She Must Vanish
Inferno
Piggy
Lippy
A-Symmetry
The Burden
Destroyer of Worlds
Room 106
The Vicious
Water Horse
How To Be Alone
Night Crawl
Nest
Plainsong
Tick
Twig
Portraits of Fright
Z-GOAT: First Bleat
Asian She – Competitive Mourning
The Third Hand
She Fell
Songs My Mother Taught Me
Attention
MJ
Tagged
Ferine
A Doll Distorted
I Learned How to Drive at the End of the World
Limbo
Headcleaner
Check
The Orchestra

THRILLER SHORTS
Feeder
Nineteen Ninety Nine
Cassandra
Lili
Gaslight
The Taste of Blood
A Clown’s Tale
Man in the Corner
Prefigured
It Came Nameless in Spring
Mutiny
The Housesitters
We Die Alone
September
Maggie May
Communication is Key
Broadside
SICK
Chickens
One Bad Night
The Automaton
A Noise That Carries
Lock and Key
Buffalo & Trout
The Itch
Playtime’s over
Catfight
MIDNIGHT SHORTS
VR Food
Adams
Hot Dog
Existential Donut
Bennifer
Valerio’s Day Out
Demons
Cured
Together
Malacostraca
The Program
Herman
Mannequins
Changeling
Stucco
Little Willy
The Outsider
Farsight
Five Course Meal
The Animator
Imagine a World
Sasquatch
Breathe
The Guy
The Contract
Unholy ‘Mole
Diddie Wa Diddie
Daughter of Dismay
I See Through You
A Night Without
Dad
Jackie

HORROR COMEDY SHORTS
Killer Date
Dead Teenager Séance
Bad Fun
OverKill
Exhibit Man
NeckFace
Inflatio
Possessions
Zebra
We Got a Monkey’s Paw
Half-Cocked
We Follow You
Ghost Turd
Reunion
SHHHH
Blow Out
Scary Stories: Bloody Mary
Sleep Tight

OHIO SHORTS
Winter’s Blood
Forgive Me
Look Twice
Where The Shadows Fall
Drainage
Unknown Number
Madness’ by Black Liquid
Tea Time for Lions
Wake Up Mark
The Coffin
Benito’s Brew
The End of the World: An Update
Tethered
Weight
The Things With The Glowing Green Eyes

http://www.nightmaresfest.com/

 

Jeremy C Shipp-Author Interview (2019)

Hey readers! Just your Horrormadam here to bring you another amazing author Jeremy C Shipp! He is a writer of weird horror, adventurous fantasy, and idiosyncratic science fiction all combined into this wildly visceral and blood-curdling works of fiction. I was so glad he introduced himself and his works to me will always be a fan. Now let’s get to the questions!

Can you please tell my readers little about yourself?

My name’s Jeremy C. Shipp, and I’m an author of weird horror tales. My short stories have appeared in various publications such as ChiZine, Cemetery Dance, and Apex Magazine. My books include the Bram Stoker-nominated novel Cursed and the Shirley Jackson Award-nominated novella The Atrocities.

When I’m not writing, I’m butlering for cats in a semi-haunted Victorian farmhouse. The ghosts took the phrase “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” to heart, so they spend much of their time napping and rarely perform.

The main question I always want to know about, why horror? What drew you to the genre?

I have always been a fiend for horror. As a kid, I would play pretend with my brothers, and we would imagine ourselves as vampires and werewolves and grim reapers. I grew up watching dark and bizarre films like The Dark Crystal, and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, and House II. I’ve always been fascinated by monsters and magic and the darker mysteries of the universe. I can’t say why exactly. But, for me, writing horror feels right.

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What are some of your favorite horror films and or books?

As far as horror and gothic books go, I love The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty, Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin, Hell House by Richard Matheson, Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. And some of my favorite horror films are The Witch, Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist, A Dark Song, The Love Witch, The Shining, The House of the Devil, Evil Dead II, Dead Alive, Audition, Trick ‘r Treat, Psycho, Ringu, Ju-on, The Happiness of the Katakuris, The Funhouse, The Thing, The Descent. I could probably go on forever, but I suppose I shouldn’t. Eternity is a long time.

What actually scares you?

I’m afraid of sadism and bigotry and death. I’m afraid that humans won’t do enough to stop climate change. I’m afraid of heights. I’m afraid of mimes with sharpened teeth. I’m afraid of the man with translucent skin who lives under my floorboards because he keeps spoiling the ending of movies that I haven’t seen yet.

If you could have a dinner or poker game with your favorite authors alive or dead, who would it be and what would you like to discuss with them?

For my dinner guests, I would invite Charlotte Brontë, Kazuo Ishiguro, Kurt Vonnegut, Arundhati Roy, and Shirley Jackson. At first, we would discuss world events, and the writing process, and the human soul. But rather quickly I’d realize that we were all a bit stressed about the state of the world and our fast-approaching deadlines. And so, during dinner, we would decide to play Santa Claus Conquers the Martians on the TV, and we would make fun of the film MST3K-style while we ate. It would be a good night.

Indeed!

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As an author, do you have a writer‘s kryptonite?

The entire writing process feels a bit like kryptonite to me. Everything is hard and frustrating, and I really wouldn’t have it any other way. I suppose my most potent kryptonite is my tendency to hyperfocus on one particular sentence or word. I can spend way too much time trying to compose the perfect sentence when I should simply move forward with the story and come back later. When will I ever learn? Probably never.

How much of yourself do you include in your writings?

I tend to only include some small bits of myself here and there. Perhaps a fingernail clipping or a pint of blood or a chunk of the spleen. In Bedfellow, for example, Tomas likes to hang out in a secret, leafy, magical space that exists between his neighbors’ fences. In reality, my brothers and I truly did play in such a gap. Vampires and werewolves and grim reapers crept among those fallen leaves.

What would you tell your younger self as a writer?

I first started writing short stories in 4th grade, so I would tell my elementary school self to invest all his birthday and yard work money in Apple stock.

When I was a teenager, I first started getting stories published, and I would tell my teenage self not to sell the Apple stocks, no matter how tempted he was to buy an electric guitar and a car with air conditioning.

I would also tell him that rejection letters are a normal part of a writer’s life and not to take them too personally. I would tell him that he shouldn’t stop himself from reaching out to other writers for advice and for help

When they make the movie of your life, would it be drama/comedy/horror and who would star as you?

I’d like a Jeremy C. Shipp character to appear in a Bill & Ted reboot in the distant future. In the movie, monsters overrun the Earth, and Bill and Ted travel back in time to get a monster expert to help them. They assume that I, as a horror writer, would somehow be able to deal with the vampires, werewolves, and other creatures. Ultimately, we end up befriending the monsters, and the world is saved. Jeremy C. Shipp would be played by a descendent of Sam Rockwell, because he’s an amazing actor, and he looks a bit like me, I think.

What do you do for fun or relaxation?

I enjoy watching great movies and excruciatingly terrible movies. I’m not much interested in mediocre films that exist somewhere in between.

I read books as if my life depended on it, and it probably does.

I like trivia games, even though I don’t have the mind for it. Ask me when the War of 1812 started, and I’d probably get it wrong.

One of my favorite things in the world to do is to watch The Bachelor or The Bachelorette or Bachelor in Paradise with my partner. Hard as I try, I still haven’t written a horror story as terrifying as those shows

What are you working on next or whatever other projects you are on that we should look out for?

I’m working on a currently untitled novel that will be published by Meerkat Press in 2021. Here are some details:

In Shipp’s newest novel, we will follow Seraphina Ramon into a once-abandoned amusement park now populated by a community of cultists. To our left, a dragon-themed roller coaster rests on the blackened earth, curled up like a dead snake. To our right, an animatronic Humpty Dumpty falls off a concrete castle and shatters on the ground, only to reform itself moments later. Up ahead, cultists giggle as they meditate in a hall of cracked mirrors. This is the last place in the world Seraphina wants to be, but at the same time, she will stop at nothing to investigate the cult that almost killed her sister. And the best way to find out the truth about this bizarre cult is to join them.

Also, I finished writing a horror screenplay a couple of weeks ago, and I’m hard at work on another.

In addition to all this, in my secret lab, I’m genetically engineering a miniature version of Cthulhu about the size of a dachshund. I’m hoping to create a couple hundred of them in my first batch. Gods, goddesses, and various other ethereal beings keep warning me not to do it, but I’m sure they’re just overreacting.

I would like to thank Jeremy very much for taking the time to answer my questions and for his amazing storytelling talent! If you want to learn more I have included some links for you to check out!

http://www.jeremycshipp.com

and you can find him on Twitter @JeremyCShipp

 

Sarah Blair- Author Interview (2019)

Hello readers! Just your Horrormadam here bringing you another fabulous author to read and get to know about, Sarah Blair. Her book Darkness Shifting: Tides of Darkness Book One is an engaging and effective inter-weaving of the paranormal, a detective, thriller, and Arthurian legend. I am also a huge fan of King Arthur lore and found the idea very intriguing so wanted to introduce her work to all of you and let you get to know the woman herself! Let’s get to the questions…

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First can you tell my readers a little bit about yourself?
I’m an X-Phile for life. My Hogwarts house is Gryffindor. I definitely believe ghosts are real. I’m a wife and mommy. Happy to be a Southern heathen who also loves sweet tea and porch sitting.
Why thrillers/horror/monsters?
Ever since I was little, I’ve enjoyed mysteries and the macabre. One of my earliest memories is snuggling up with my aunt in her big bed to watch Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Clue is my favorite board game. Who knew murder could be so much fun? I’m also obsessed with The X-Files. It’s scary sometimes, but also has a few light-hearted monsters of the week. I don’t believe for a second that all monstrous creatures are bad. Sometimes humans can be quite monstrous themselves. That blurry line is what I find most intriguing.
When did you fall in love with Arthurian legend?
The ideals of chivalry are romantic, but I don’t think I truly fell in love with Arthurian legends until I read Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon. I’d never heard the story from the perspective of the women in the legends before and it really sucked me in. It’s an enormous book, and I read it before kindle and smartphones, so I lugged it all around New York City where I was living at the time. I literally couldn’t put it down. Then, a few years later, I had the opportunity to study in Wales as an exchange student. Of course, I had to visit Glastonbury and Bath. It quickly became my favorite place, and I went back several times over the course of my stay. It’s not an exaggeration to say it truly feels magical there.
What made you want to write?
The fact that Chris Carter insisted on keeping Mulder and Scully’s relationship purely platonic for so long drove me to write X-Files fanfiction, just so I could get them to kiss. Even from the time I was young, I would act out elaborate stories with my Barbie dolls, so I suppose I was telling stories from a very early age, I just didn’t realize I could write them down for other people to read. When I was 11 years old, I read The Giver by Lois Lowry. The second I finished the book and turned the page wanting more and realized there wasn’t any, (I refuse to read any further books in the series that have come out since, because I value that ending so dearly.) I remember very distinctly thinking that was the kind of story I could, and very much wanted to write myself. When I got to university and found out that I could major in Creative Writing, there was no other choice for me.
What authors and or books influenced you?
In addition to Bradley and Lowry, probably the biggest influence on my genre of writing was Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake vampire hunter series. I deeply value Anita’s evolution as a character and how she’s changed over the years. Hamilton never held back, choosing to always include everything her characters experienced, both good and bad. That definitely had an influence on me, since I’d never read a book that captured such a wide range of experiences so well. Usually either the sex or the gore gets glossed over in order to appeal to a certain audience, but Hamilton brought all of it to the page.
What new projects are you working on?
Currently, I’m working on completing the Tides of Darkness Series. There are three more books planned, a prequel that takes place three years before Darkness Shifting, plus two more books that occur directly after the events in Darkness Shifting. There is also a new series I’m mulling over, but I don’t know enough details to share just yet.
In addition to writing, I’m also a producer and co-host of The X-Cast: An X-Files Podcast, so if you’re a fan of The X-Files, you definitely don’t want to miss out on that!

 

https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/n5aqe-3b271/The-X-Cast—An-X-Files-Podcast

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I want to thank Sarah so much for taking the time to answer my questions and for writing such an engrossing book! Here is looking forward to the new one!

http://www.sarahlblair.com
Twitter: @sarahlblair
Instagram: @author.sarah.blair

Edward “Blackie” Williamson- Author Interview (2019)

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It brings me great pleasure to introduce a new book out called The Vampire and the Black of Night by my pal Blackie. We met in the horror community on Twitter and he has fast become a great influencer. It was really great to find out about his book and wanted to make sure other people got to know him and his writing. The book is evocative, bringing back stories reminiscent of Stephanie Meyers’ Twilight and A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest with a great blending of fear, intrigue, and romance. So let us get to his illuminating answers to my questions:

 

1. When did you first realize that you were a fan of horror?

When I was five-years-old. The Blob played on Creature Feature, put on by the Acri Company in the Quad Cities, then years later I worked for the Acri Company in Peoria, Illinois: meant to be. My love of horror grew from there as I continued to watch brutal horror as a little boy—my sick parents let me—Trilogy of Terror with the killer voodoo doll, The Legend of Boggy Creek, Carrie, Salem’s Lot. I can still remember jumping when Carrie’s hand came out of the grave, what a rush! It just grew from there.

2. What are some of your favorite horror films?

All Hallow’s Eve with Art the Clown, which went there with extreme horror—SPOILER ALERT!—beheading the kids. Hereditary, which revived American horror (for the longest time only other countries were doing horror), and the usuals: The Exorcist, The Shining, Jaws.

3. When did you get the writing bug?

I knew when I watched The Ring that I wanted my first monster to be a little girl. I was up half the night thinking that creepy kid was going to come out of my TV. I came up with the idea for a Wiccan horror novel with a sadistic little girl who’d been through the mill, losing her parents who were killed gorily, and she was becoming a Hedge Wiccan—Hedgers can hurt people, no “harm none, do what thou wilt”—and going after a man, this Christian at her church. It demanded to be written. Of course, I gave it the ax because it was my first novel, so I put it under the bed and wrote another one, a horror novella called Under the Bed, in the Closet, Dread, which was a little better. I’ll provide that at the end of one of my novels, for the other two are around 50,000 words, not 90,000 like my current one. From there it just infested me and took over my life.

4. Favorite authors and or books that inspire you?

Everything from Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, and The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty, to The Vampire Diaries by L. J. Smith and iZombie by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, the latter a series of graphic novels. It just has to interest me and not have sparkling vampires or other twinkly monsters. Then I can put up with the romance.

5. This book is a little different themed, what made you want to write about it?

I don’t consider it different themed at all. Dracula by Bram Stoker had romance as well as terror. For me, it’s just natural. In real life, we have fears, but we also fall in love, have sex, get married. Also, it was a challenge to write about romance as a guy, and I rose to it.

6. What is it about vampire lore that you think find so interesting?
Honestly, I think it’s because Nosferatu lore and vampire-and-human hookups are sexy. I saw this vampire skin flick on Skinemax, and it was just so fucking hot I can’t tell you. Just burnt me up on my couch. The Hammer films knew this.

7. What did you find difficult about the writing and publishing aspects of this book?

I embraced everything difficult. I think it’s better to rise to the occasion then bitch and whine that it’s too hard. The hardest was writing 80,000 words of this stuff. I had to go through things too quickly, the protagonist’s marriage and child, which shouldn’t have happened till the sequels, but it’s also cool that there’s so much going on. Vampire ancients from other countries were tricky too. I had to learn other languages. No agents would touch it, but that doesn’t bother me. So many great books had to be self-published. I’m thinking of Ania Ahlborn and Seed, as well as her other novels. I’m going to see the challenges though.

8. What are some of your hobbies?

Fitness: eating right, martial arts, weightlifting, jogging. I just became a black belt in Kung Fu, and I’ve been taking Karate forever. Extreme metal. Right now, I’m listening to tons of Malevolent Creation and God Dethroned. I’m a musician too, a one-man band. I have guitars, a bass and drums.

9. What are your next projects we should look out for?

I wrote a rough draft of a werewolf novel and another one of a zombie novel. The zombie book is the best, in my opinion. Both have plenty of romance and agony. I’m going to take on sci-fi at NANO in November, and I’m reading sci-fi right now to learn how to do it. Next year at NANO, fantasy. I have two erotica short stories I’m going to put out as eBooks.

I want to thank Blackie so much for taking the time to answer my questions! I hope you will enjoy his work and keep a look out for new projects. Have included the link to his site and his Twitter handle so you can explore and learn more!

https://blackynosferatu.livejournal.com/

@BlackieWFangs

 

HELLARIOUS! Try Not To Die Laughing! Supporting Indie Film New Release (2019)

Hey readers! I Love to support Indie films, especially horror 🙂 So I wanted to help the rollout of a new horror anthology out just in time for the Halloween season called Hellarious! It is a rollicking good time that will also send chills down your spine. Seven great shorts that are new, creative, gruesome, and visionary. I asked Jason Tostevin the creator who is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, film festival director, and founder of Hands Off Productions, a boutique studio with a worldwide reputation for its short genre films. Why these particular films?

WHY THESE FILMS?
First, I love horror comedy, and I think most people do, too. But there’s not an easy way to see more of them. These seven films have been huge hits on the fest circuit, and they’ve had crowds afterward telling their friends, “you have to see this movie!” They’re also well-crafted and hilarious stories with unforgettable characters. So they were perfect to assemble in one place for the horror fans I knew would love them.

Here is the press release to tell you more:

NEW HORROR COMEDY COLLECTION “HELLARIOUS” SET TO SLAY THIS SEPT
Seven Legendary Horror Comedy Shorts Assembled in First Collection of its Kind

COLUMBUS, OH – A new, devilishly funny collection of horror short films is out to kill with audiences just in time for Halloween … and there’s going to be hell to pay.

The just-announced feature collection Hellarious will bring together seven of the most legendary horror comedy shorts ever made from some of the world’s best genre filmmakers. The tales include a hilarious menagerie of zombie wives, amateur satanists, reverse werewolves, maniac lunch ladies and more — along with gust-busting gags, gross-outs and gore.

“Hellarious is the perfect movie to celebrate the Halloween season,” said anthology creator Jason Tostevin. “There are scary stories, eww moments that will make you squirm, and even some weirdly sweet moments. And of course, they’re all absolutely hysterical.”

The seven shorts that make up Hellarious are: Lunch Ladies by Clarissa Jacobson and J.M. Logan, Horrific by Robert Boocheck (ABCs of Death 2), Death Metal by Chris McInroy, Born Again and ‘Til Death by Tostevin and Randall Greenland, Killer Kart by James Feeney, Bitten by Sarah K. Reimers.

 

 

Preorders are now open for a limited edition Blu-ray and VOD release by distributor Film Spawn. Order here.

“We’re so proud to help present this one-of-a-kind project,” said FilmSpawn founder Chris Ethridge. “These are iconic shorts people have been hearing they have to see, but couldn’t find. Now, for the first time ever, you can see them all in one place.”

Also included exclusively on the limited edition Blu-ray is the world premiere of Clarissa Jacobson’s A Very Important Film, a parody send-up of self-important festival films created as a promotional short for her film Lunch Ladies.

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PREORDER LINK
https://horrorpack.com/store/hellarious/

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