Archive for August, 2013

Jay Wilburn’s TIME EATERS now available

Posted in News on August 28, 2013 by Christian
TIME EATERS by Jay Wilburn, with a foreword by ... me.

TIME EATERS by Jay Wilburn, with a foreword by … me.

Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing has released Jay Wilburn’s new novel, TIME EATERS, in paperback, Kindle, and Nook formats, and I am honored to have contributed my own humble foreword.

And don’t you just groove on the cover art by Matthew Revert? It’s got an optical illusion thing working there plus the piped lettering reminds me of 70s sci-fi … and I love 70s sci-fi.

Wilburn, who previously wrote the zombie novel LOOSE ENDS, delivers with TIME EATERS something even more chilling and sinister than armies of the undead clawing at the door:

Following his father’s suicide, Al and his best friend, Nick, devote their lives to building a time machine. When future versions of themselves begin popping up, they find it safe in concluding they’ve succeeded. However, when an endless army of time-traveling cannibals make an entrance, all the Al’s and Nick’s of the myriad of timelines in the universe must do everything they can to reverse the apocalypse they may have accidentally started.

From my introduction:

With a prose somewhat reminiscent of Chuck Palahniuk and Stephen King, and yet told in a voice uniquely his own, Wilburn re-creates a twisted, broken version of things as seen and experienced by Albert Camp, brick by brick, word by word, trapping the reader, like Albert, inside a reality reboot where you are no longer necessarily yourself and the incest of timelines converging, folding over, and zig-zagging can, quite literally, turn you into your own worst enemy.

Buy TIME EATERS today, and please leave a review. Just be sure to not hold the foreword against the story’s author.

BLEED is packed with “fantastic reads”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on August 27, 2013 by Christian

Matt Molgaard’s HORROR NOVEL REVIEWS has published Paula Limbaugh’s five-star review of BLEED: A BOOK OF HOPE, featuring my story, “The Funeral Portrait”:

BLEED, coming soon from PMMP Publishing.

BLEED, coming soon from PMMP Publishing.

Horror, what is it? What defines it?

Is it the things that go bump in the night, the ghosts that go BOO? Or, is it that deep down psychological fear of what’s to come. For some maybe horror is the deep dreaded realization that you can no longer pay your bills, afford your lifestyle. Others face the horror of a child missing, a loved one murdered.

There are so many ways one can define horror, but one definition of horror that I think we can agree on is CANCER. Hearing the words “It’s cancer” strikes deep in the soul, automatically you think DEATH!

Read the rest of the review here. While the official order hasn’t been published, here are a list of the pieces and their contributors:

Short Stories

Essays

Poems

  • “Leukemia is Fookin’ Stoopid” by Anna DeVine
  • “Where the Wild Welo Waits” by John Hawkhead
  • “Impossible is Nothing” by Jack Ivey
  • “Bumper Car Bandit” by David Pointer
  • “Wounded Star” by David Pointer

Click here to buy BLEED: AN ANTHOLOGY OF HOPE. Sales benefit The National Children’s Cancer Society.

Check out LOSING TOUCH from the Park Ridge Public Library

Posted in News on August 25, 2013 by Christian
LOSING TOUCH, now available at Amazon.com.

LOSING TOUCH, now available at Amazon.com.

LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by Piers Anthony, is now available in my hometown at the Park Ridge Public Library in their “new book area“.

The Park Ridge Public Library opened in 1913 after the George Carpenter Estate donated a thousand books and the Carnegie Foundation kicked in $7,500.

The library moved into its present space in 1958, and that’s the building where I used to go check out SYLVESTER AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE about once a month.

I also saw stills from LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT in a book from the children’s section that still gives me the willies.

Awesome!

Lon Chaney, Sr. in LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT.

Lon Chaney, Sr. in LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT.

I can’t sign the library’s copy of LOSING TOUCH for you, but it’s also for sale at Amazon.com, and if you want it even faster, you can download it to your Kindle with the click of a button, but I won’t sign your Kindle, either.

If you want a signed copy, I will be signing copies at the Cincinnati Comic Expo September 13-15 at the Duke Energy Center, and I have a few more events planned that are more local to me, and if they’re local to you, I hope to see you at one of them this fall.

Last chance to download ZIPPERED FLESH 2 for free

Posted in News on August 24, 2013 by Christian

Today is the last day to download the free Kindle edition of ZIPPERED FLESH 2 from Smart Rhino Publications. As of this writing, ZIPPERED FLESH 2 is the #5 bestseller in Amazon’s “horror/suspense” category for Kindle.

One little click and you can find out for yourself why the anthology is so popular.  In his review at Shattered Ravings, Matthew Scott Baker calls ZIPPERED FLESH 2 “one hell of an anthology!”

ZIPPERED FLESH 2, free for Kindle today only!

ZIPPERED FLESH 2, free for Kindle today only!

This is definitely not an anthology for the faint of heart! But the talent in this book is very impressive. I have to admit that I have never heard of many of these authors, but I definitely want to check out more of their work. Each author brings a unique perspective to the subject matter, making this collection a must-have for fans of horror and bizarre tales.

And ‘unique’ is an excellent way to describe this book. The stories in ZIPPERED FLESH 2 are not traditional by any means; these are true tales of the original. From piercings to amputations, these stories will definitely stick out in your mind long after you have finished them.

Steroids from Hell. Horrendous piercings. Bizarre brain modifications. Obscene amputations. Facial reconstruction. Self-mutilation. Implants. Chilling tales by some of the best horror and suspense writers today, determined to keep you fearful all night (and skittish during the day):

If you enjoy these stories, please show your appreciation by leaving a review at AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads, or your blog. The Rhino would be eternally grateful, and so would I.

LOSING TOUCH “is full of unexpected events and consequences”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on August 23, 2013 by Christian

The Bibliophilic Book Blog has reviewed LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by Piers Anthony, giving it five out of five stars:

LOSING TOUCH, now available at Amazon.com.

LOSING TOUCH, now available at Amazon.com.

LOSING TOUCH is a very different kind of story. To me, it’s not really science fiction or supernatural, even though Morgan does gain the ability to phase through matter. I would consider it more of a drama / human interest. How many of us, myself included, have felt invisible before? What if we gained this ability? I can empathize with Morgan’s situation and understand, not necessarily agree with, the choices he makes as he’s exploring his new ability and trying to save his family. LOSING TOUCH is full of unexpected events and consequences for Morgan. The author has brought to life a character that is imperfectly human, just like the rest of us. Dark and sometimes violent, LOSING TOUCH will make you think about the realm of possibilities and the responsibility which goes along with power.

Read the complete review here. If you’ve already read LOSING TOUCH, please post your own review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Goodreads, or your blog. I would be most appreciative.

And if you haven’t read it yet, click on the cover image to buy it or find me at one of my scheduled appearances and I’d love to sign one for you.

Ohio man a modern-day Lazarus

Posted in Observations & Musings on August 22, 2013 by Christian

Go to bed one night, wake up five days later having returned from the dead. That’s a helluva nap, and that’s just what happened to an Ohio man, who on August 5, as far as I can tell, became the first documented zombie since Clairvius Narcisse.

Tony Yahle, 37, was dead for 45 minutes.

Tony Yahle, 37, was dead for 45 minutes.

News outlets across the Buckeye state, including WHIO-TV, say Tony Yahle, 37, coded for a full 45 minutes, was declared dead, and then came back to life as the nurses were preparing the body for family viewing.

Geez.

Apparently, when the doctors told Yahle’s 17-year-old son Lawrence that his father was dead, he burst into the room and said: “Dad, you’re not going to die today.” And boom, Tony, the man who had been dead for 45 minutes, came back to life.

Well, he was in a coma for five days after his heart started beating again, but hey, I’ll take it without complaint if it ever happens to me.

Yahle says that he doesn’t remember any of it–that there was no “follow the light” moment:

But Yahle’s home now, and by all accounts, he’s doing fine–at least for having been dead for 45 minutes.

If I were him, though, I’d make sure I steered clear of pufferfish and cane toads for a while.

Download ZIPPERED FLESH 2 for free!

Posted in News on August 20, 2013 by Christian
ZIPPERED FLESH 2, free for Kindle for a limited time.

ZIPPERED FLESH 2, free for Kindle for a limited time.

Smart Rhino Publications is making the Kindle edition of ZIPPERED FLESH 2 available for free download from Amazon.com, but only for a limited time.

In his HELLNOTES review, author Matthew Baker writes:

At its best, body horror is more than just the shock of the grotesque, a la Tom Six, but tells us about the characters who use the body as a canvas for whatever unique artistic vision or psychopathology drives them. It explores identity and wholeness in ways that other genres do not. How much can your body change before you are a different person altogether? How deeply can you inhabit another’s flesh before you become them. The terrible beauty of body horror is that it doesn’t simply end. When you encounter Jason Voorhees, your suffering is nearly over. The horrors inflicted on the characters of ZIPPERED FLESH 2 can endure for a long and twisted lifetime, which gives them power.

Steroids from Hell. Horrendous piercings. Bizarre brain modifications. Obscene amputations. Facial reconstruction. Self-mutilation. Implants. Chilling tales by some of the best horror and suspense writers today, determined to keep you fearful all night (and skittish during the day):

If you enjoy these stories, please show your appreciation by leaving a review at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, or your blog. The Rhino would be eternally grateful, and so would I.

A FEAST OF FRIGHTS “is packed with some amazing writers”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on August 17, 2013 by Christian

Barnes & Noble reader “RyanRyan”, who reviewed SHADOW MASTERS at the beginning of August, has posted a review of the anthology’s predecessor, A FEAST OF FRIGHTS, which features my short story, “Clawed Sod”:

A FEAST OF FRIGHTS, available at Amazon.com.

A FEAST OF FRIGHTS, available at Amazon.com.

I guess I’m doing things a little backwards here. I read The Horror Zine’s newest anthology, SHADOW MASTERS and loved it so much I decided to grab this one and read it, too.  So glad I did.

Reading the intro by Ramsey Campbell got me really excited.

I was even more jazzed when I saw one of the stories was “Incident On and Off a Mountain Road” by Joe R. Lansdale which just happens to be one of my favorite MASTERS OF HORROR episodes…

What else was good about it?

The book is packed with some amazing writers.  It starts off with a bang, both Matt Leyshon and Simon Clark deliver some creep factor.  Then comes Shaun Meeks with his story, “The Soldier”, which was creepy and gory and one of the top five best in here.  After that you have another master, Graham Masterton (yes, the guy that wrote THE MANITOU!) with his amazing story. And the anthology just keeps going from there. Eric J. Guignard, Joe McKinney, Christian A. Larsen, Scott Nicholson, Ed Gorman and Susan Moloney deliver huge hits here. Another one that stands out has to be the one by Tom Piccirilli, “Husks and Formless Ruins”. This one is a great introduction to a great writer.

And when you are done with all these amazing writers of prose, there is still art, poems and articles to keep you busy. This is a great book that is so packed with entertainment, it is a steal!

But don’t take “RyanRyan’s” word for it, grab a copy of A FEAST OF FRIGHTS and find out for yourself–maybe pick out a few favorites of your own and post a review:

A FEAST OF FRIGHTS (The Horror Zine Books) is a product of THE HORROR ZINE, a monthly e-zine that publishes new issues the first of every month.

SHADOW MASTERS now just $1.99

Posted in News on August 16, 2013 by Christian
Pick up your copy of SHADOW MASTERS at Amazon.com.

Pick up your copy of SHADOW MASTERS at Amazon.com.

For a limited time, download the Kindle edition of SHADOW MASTERS: AN ANTHOLOGY FROM THE HORROR ZINE for just $1.99 at Amazon.com.

Susie Moloney, who won the 2012 Michael Van Rooy Memorial Award for her novel THE THIRTEEN, says reading the first half of the book “was like eating potato chips, I couldn’t stop! Didn’t bother pacing myself through the second half, either. Some old favorites in here, like Bentley Little, Christian Larsen, and Elizabeth Massie. I was also blown away by some new discoveries for me, like Yvonne Navarro and Melanie Tem.”

Edited by Jeani Rector and assisted by Dean Wild, SHADOW MASTERS features a lineup of all-new, never-before-published stories, with a foreword by Joe R. Lansdale:

SHADOW MASTERS (Imajin Books) is a product of THE HORROR ZINE, a monthly e-zine that publishes new issues the first of every month.

Cincinnati Comic Expo to host LOSING TOUCH signing event

Posted in News on August 15, 2013 by Christian
LOSING TOUCH, now available at Amazon.com.

LOSING TOUCH, now available at Amazon.com.

I’ve visited Chicago, New Orleans, Woodstock, Indianapolis, Kenosha and St. Louis to sign copies of LOSING TOUCH, and the tour continues next month at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

I’ll be hustling my novel at the Cincinnati Comic Expo September 13-15 at the Post Mortem Press table. The Cincinnati Comic Expo brings artists, publishers, actors, writers, fans and fun together under one roof.

Attendees this year include: Marina Sirtis (STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION), Ricou Browning (THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON), Richard Keil (THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, MOONRAKER, HAPPY GILMORE), Nicholas Brendon, (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER), Craig Parker (SPARTACUS, THE LORD OF THE RINGS) and John Rhys-Davies (RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, INDIANA JONES & THE LAST CRUSADE, THE LORD OF THE RINGS) in his only U.S. signing appearance this year.

There will also be LEGO building courses, art classes, and face painting for the kids. Just steer them clear of Richard Kiel (the Kanamit ambassador in THE TWILIGHT ZONE’S “To Serve Man”) lest he freak them out:

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