Archive for June, 2012

West Pigeon Press antho to be titled FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS

Posted in News on June 29, 2012 by Christian

My short story, “724,” was accepted by West Pigeon Press this winter for its upcoming horror/dark fantasy anthology, about which I just received a boatload of information. The title of the anthology has been announced as FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS. I am proud to share pages with writers such as B.V. Lawson, Samuel Minier, and C. Bryan Brown, among many others.

In addition to the title, the cover image has also been revealed. The publisher used the same cover artist who designed J.R. Hamantaschen’s YOU SHALL NEVER KNOW SECURITY, which I also loved, (though it certainly didn’t hurt that the first time I saw it, it was in the hands of a gorgeous topless woman…) Anyway, here’s the cover of the book in which “724” will appear:

The cover is done, the copy editing is complete, and the introductory material has also been written. Most of what’s left is formatting for paperback and Kindle, so the publisher is still aiming for a summer release. As always, I’ll keep you posted…

One Title Magazine reviews A FEAST OF FRIGHTS

Posted in Book Reviews, News on June 28, 2012 by Christian

Samantha J. Moore of One Title Magazine reviews A Feast of Frights, featuring my short story, “Clawed Sod.”

A Feast of Frights from The Horror Zine, edited by Jeani Rector, begins with a stirring forward from none other than Ramsey Campbell. In his meticulous breakdown of each piece within the collection, he describes the anthology as a “buffet” of sorts, a feast from which to “savour”, and I couldn’t agree more. A Feast of Frights boasts work by both new and established authors, and touches upon multiple genres. From horror to dark fantasy, this collection is a feast for the lover of the unknown, the connoisseur of “bump-in-the-night” fiction, and the spectator of gore. With skilled art-work and a section of expertly crafted poetry, this anthology is a worthy read that offers something for every reader no matter what their tastes.

A few of my favourites, which I think are worth a mention, include…

Read the rest of the review here

Download TALES FROM THE RIVER (VOL. 1) today for FREE!

Posted in News on June 26, 2012 by Christian

Download Tales from the River (Vol. 1) for free, today only!

Tales From The River (Vol. 1), featuring my short story, “Crybaby Bridge,” is available for free today only. If you haven’t downloaded this Kindle ebook from Dark River Press yet, now is your chance to enjoy some terrific free reads from writers like Thomas James Brown, K.A. Opperman, Marcus Tsong, Dawn Napier, and many, many more.

Robert Leyland, the editor-in-chief at Dark River Press, has done a fantastic job putting Volume 1 together, and I’m very proud to be a part of this book. I’m also excited that my short story, “Cadwalader’s Camera,” will be a part of the upcoming Takes from the River (Vol. 2), available this August.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, here. Today–now!–click here and download Tales from the River (Vol. 1), at the absolutely unbeatable price of $0.00.  Because let’s face it–the price isn’t going to get any lower, and it won’t even stay this low for long…

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter review

Posted in Movie Reviews on June 22, 2012 by Christian

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a much better book than movie

First off, let me say that I enjoyed Seth Graham-Smith’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. That is to say, I enjoyed the book. It was clever, well-researched, and didn’t take itself too seriously. The conceit that the Confederacy was a vampire-backed plot is obviously a little tough to swallow without one’s tongue firmly planted in cheek. The book toed that line perfectly. And then the movie jumped right over it. On horseback.

It reminded me of watching those spoof comedies (the Scary Movie franchise comes to mind) which do everything they’re supposed to do, and yet ring hollow. The ridiculousness is so over the top, its not even internally consistent. How can a mortal man chop a mature tree down with one stroke? Or chase a vampire on horsebacks (not horseback, they are running–the vampire and the man–on the backs of horses, like rocks across a stream)? The filmmakers never bother to tell us.

It is visually stylistic, but is too in love with the Matrix-style combat scenes and video techniques. We get it. That shot was cool ten years ago or so. Used sparingly, it can still be effective, but director Timur Bekmambetov uses it too much for my taste. And the climactic showdown between Lincoln and the head vampire (an unnecessary character who is nevertheless well-played by Rufus Sewell) feels committeed into the film by studio executives clamoring for more action! more action! There was plenty in Grahame-Smith’s novel. The rest is shoehorned in.

Benjamin Walker delivers a solid performance as Abraham Lincoln (the makeup is also convincing, which is saying a lot considering how iconic Lincoln’s actual face has become), but it winds up coming off as an unfunny spoof of itself. There are also glaring historical inaccuracies not present in the book, and significant additional departures from the original novel by Seth Grahame-Smith (who also co-wrote the screenplay, which makes it that much more of  a head scratcher).

I have heard the laughable complaint that this movie will create a generation of Americans who believe that Lincoln was an actual vampire hunter. Nonsense. My six-year-old knows that vampires are merely pretend. This movie won’t change anyone’s mind of that, no matter how ignorant they are. Unfortunately, it will likely create a generation of Americans (and others) who believe that Seth Grahame-Smith’s book is a cartoonish exercise in over-the-top buffoonery. And that is a real shame. Do yourself a favor. Don’t judge the book by the movie.

Writers contributing to FORTUNE: LOST AND FOUND

Posted in News on June 19, 2012 by Christian

One of the things I like best about having work appear in anthologies is that it exposes me to the work of other writers that I haven’t read yet. There are a dozen writers (including myself) contributing to Omnium Gatherum’s FORTUNE: LOST AND FOUND, edited by L.S. Murphy and Kate Jonez. Here is the lineup (in no particular order):

  • Garrett Cook (“Things They Took from Luke”)
  • Andrew G. Dombalagian (“The Second Vault”)
  • Kurt Fawver (“The Bottom Line”)
  • Wednesday Lee Friday (“Trabajando Alegre”)
  • Eric J. Guignard (“Hungry”)
  • Cory J. Herndon (“Storbeck’s Gold”)
  • Phil Hickes (“Down the Pan”)
  • Brent Michael Kelley (“A Friend in Paga”)
  • Christian A. Larsen (“The Plagiarist’s Wireless”)
  • John Jasper Owens & Lydia Ondrusek (“Best Laid Plans”)
  • Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi (“Bad Penny”)
  • Andrew M. Stockton (“Twisted Words”)

I am familiar with my own writing (obviously) and that of Eric J. Guignard (if you haven’t read him yet, trust me–you’ll love him), but everyone else is new to me, and I can’t wait to see what they have to offer when FORTUNE: LOST AND FOUND is released later this year.

Horrotica to re-release “Ethyl’s Alcohol” in upcoming anthology

Posted in News on June 16, 2012 by Christian

Horrotica editor Terry D. Sheerer is preparing the magazine’s debut anthology, Crawl Space, which will include my short story, “Ethyl’s Alcohol.” Horrotica had previously published the story in volume #4, issue #4 of their magazine in June of last year, but it has been unavailable online for several months, so it gives me great pleasure to announce that it will be commercially available once again this fall in the upcoming book.

As the title suggests, Horrotica specializes in horror and erotica–a fairly edgy combination. Most of my work would not be a good fit for this publication, but “Ethyl’s Alcohol” is right in their wheelhouse. Imagine Alice Cooper’s “Cold Ethyl” without the comedic bent, and you’re starting to have an idea of what the story is about.

As always, I’ll keep you abreast with information as it becomes available.

“Sic Semper Versipellis” to see ink in Dark Moon Books’s alt history anthology

Posted in News on June 15, 2012 by Christian

My short story, “Sic Semper Versipellis,” has been accepted by the editors of Dark Moon Books’s upcoming alternate history anthology due this fall. Edited by Lori Michelle, Max Booth III, and Stan Swanson, the volume will ask the important questions, like:

  • What if Hitler had won the war, but only after selling his soul to the devil?
  • What if the San Francisco earthquake had released demons from the depths of hell?
  • What if vaccinations had never been discovered?
  • What if John Wilkes Booth returned to life as a zombie?

I’m not saying it will ask these exact questions, but it will ask questions like these. Imagine history reshaped. In these pages, you’ll find stories about what the world would be like if the course of events had happened just a little bit differently, and the monsters therein had maybe not all been human.

While I haven’t seen the table of contents yet, Dark Moon Books has previously published horror giants (and aren’t all giants horrible?) such as Ramsey Campbell, Simon Clark, Jack Ketchum, Tim Lebbon, Graham Masterton, Joe McKinney, William F. Nolan, Jeremy C. Shipp, and Joe R. Lansdale, so chances are very good that this one will scare you silly.