Hello good reader, I will be attending Dragoncon this Labor Day weekend, and I hope you will be also.
As in previous years, I will be in the Art Show with my cover artist. This will be her 10th year!
As in years past, copies of the Winston & Baum Steampunk Adventures will be available at her table for sale.
If you get the chance to stop by and say hello, please do. If you don’t, enjoy yourself and have a safe con. Keep checking back for even more great places to catch up with me!
This is the last Werewolf Wednesday before Halloween. It was tough for me to settle on a film or book to post about today. Should I go classic with and do Universal’s The Wolf Man, or maybe do international and recommend one of Paul Naschy’s many werewolf films. Instead, I decided to do a film that is just a lot of fun. The recommendation for today is Dog Soldiers.
Soldiers vs. werewolves, ’nuff said. No? This film is absolutely awesome and the best werewolf film made in the last 15 years. It pits a group of soldiers (who were being used as bait) against a pack of werewolves that reside in a secluded valley in the country side. The Special Forces that were going to trap the werewolves as they hunted our soldiers were decimated. Now, the soldiers with one of the locals have taken refuge in a secluded farmhouse to withstand the onslaught awaiting during the night. It’s Aliens and The Alamo, with werewolves.
The performances in this film are great. Each of the characters is well-acted, and you will grow attached to them. You never see a full transformation on screen, which is good. I image that they did not have the budget to do a good practical effects transformation. Neil Marshall (The Descent, Doomsday, Games of Thrones) made his directorial debut in this film. I can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed all of the projects that he’s made since this, and I quickly fell in love with this movie.
You can click on the cover below and read the official synopsis.
Synopsis: A group of soldiers dispatched to the Scottish Highlands on special training maneuvers face their biggest fears after they run into Captain Ryan: the only survivor of a Special Ops team that was literally torn to pieces. Ryan refuses to disclose his mission even though whoever attacked his men might be hungry for seconds. Help arrives in the form of local girl who shelters them in a deserted farmhouse deep in the forest…but when they realize that they are surrounded by a pack of blood-lusting werewolves, it’s apparent their nightmare has just begun!
Good to see you again faithful readers, I wanted to follow up and let everyone know that Winston & Baum and the Trials of the Baba Yaga is now available in print.
“What’s this one about?” I can hear you asking, and I’m glad you asked.
Book 4 of the Winston & Baum Steampunk Adventures finds our heroes in a very different situation than before, just read the synopsis to see what I mean.
Synopsis: As the war between Britain and Prussia continues to rage on, Baba Yaga, the legendary witch of Prussia, takes a firm stand against the foreign army with all of her supernatural allies. Dan and Lee are pulled apart as Lee is drafted into a special unit of hunters being sent to deal with the monstrous menace. With his ship lost behind enemy lines and most of his unit captured, Lee and the Scottish hunter, Brogan, must attempt to make their way back towards friendly territory, but it won’t be an easy task as the Baba Yaga’s forces hound their every step. When word that Lee is missing reaches home, Dan and Brackish set out on a dangerous mission to save their friend. Following Lee’s path, the two hunters soon learn that the dangers their friend faces are even greater than they imagined. As they race through the Prussian countryside, Dan and Brackish try to reach Lee before the Baba Yaga can get him in her clutches. As they fight to survive, can the exterminators of the strange and weird endure the trials of the Baba Yaga?
Excited? Interested? Intrigued? If you answered yes to any of those, then you should click on the cover below to pick up your own copy of this exciting volume, or visit https://radioactiverabbitink.com/winston-baum-steampunk-adventures/ to learn more about the other volumes.
Thanks for dropping by and keep checking back to see where I’ll be so that you can pick up an autographed copy. I can tell you that your first opportunity to get a copy from me will be at C1 Comicon in Ringold, Georgia on July 8 & 9. So if you can, drop by.
Book 1 in the Pitchfork County series
Synopsis: Joe Hark is a drunk, a live wire, and the night marshal of Pitchfork County. He just wants the monsters, including his own cursed family, to leave him alone long enough to drown his haunted memories in an ocean of whiskey. When someone hangs a mutilated girl from a cross, it’s just the start of Joe’s latest nightmare.
As he hunts for the killer, Joe finds a nest of meth-addled cultists with roots in his own tortured past. It turns out his enemies want to call up a nightmarish god so vile, it’ll eviscerate Joe, his family, and the world at large.
Joe has no choice but to team up with unlikely allies in a winner-takes-all battle. When the power of the cult grows, Joe learns the only way to stop the destruction may be his own sacrifice.
Review: If Justified starred Harry Dresden. The main character in this book is the Night Marshal, a lawman charged with taking care of the things that choose the left-hand path. He has various supernatural means to protect himself and fight the monsters in Pitchfork County, but with this new case, things are starting to change. A fun read that keeps you turning the pages, Half-Made Girls was our first glimpse into the meth-filled county, and its memorable inhabitants. Sam Witt has created memorable and likable characters, while also building a county that feels real with its own history. Hints of the county’s past and the various “religious” groups within it helped to add to the realism of this world rather than bog it down in exposition. Mr. Witt knows how to write one fine yarn.
Price: Free for your Kindle. Just click on the cover above to get your copy.
Winston & Baum and the Disk of Night is now available in print. I’ve dropped signed copies off at Hiram Books in Hiram, Ga. with more to follow at the Bookworm in Powder Springs next week. If you don’t want to wait, you can order a copy directly from Amazon by clicking the cover below.
This is the third book in the Winston & Baum Steampunk Adventure series and would make a great addition to any library. An added bonus is the short story Brackish & the Sleeping Maidens found at the back of this book. Brackish Thumtum, the goblin assistant of Winston & Baum, stars in his very own adventure. Thanks for checking in and hope you all have a merry and bright holiday season. Keep checking back for more fun to come!
Out today, the third Winston & Baum Steampunk Adventure: Winston & Baum and the Disk of Night. It’s only available on the Kindle for now, but the paperback will soon be following.
Synopsis: Dan Winston & Lee Baum, the premier monster-exterminating duo of England, find themselves called to America. Billy Hoffster Johnson, a Texas cattle baron and former client of Dan’s, arrives with news that a group of skinwalkers, long dead, are once again menacing his ranch and have murdered famed monster hunter and Dan’s friend, Pecos Slim. The medicine man that revived these villains seems to be after more than their blood. When a strange black disk is uncovered, bringing with it unholy magic, Dan and Lee are all that stand between the evil man and the chaos surrounding the dark artifact. With their very souls on the line, can the exterminators of the strange and weird rise to the challenge?
Also included in this volume, Brackish Thumtum, everyone’s favorite goblin, stars in his own solo adventure: Brackish & the Sleeping Maidens.
To pick up your Kindle copy click on the cover below.
Thanks for reading and keep checking back for more updates on where I’ll be and what I’m up to.
Book: Rushed (Rushed #1)
Author: Brian Harmon
The best way that I can describe this book is that Stephen King and HP Lovecraft collaborated on the Wizard of Oz. The main protagonist in our story is merely following a recurring dream that he has. As he traverses the path, he finds that he is jumping in and out of our world and traveling great distances through the “fissure.” On his quest to find the cathedral, he encounters a “foggy man” who is leaving monsters and traps in his path in order to beat him to the prize at the end of the journey. I loved his relationship with his wife; while they did keep it light, I feel that the author had them in this joking relationship, where the humor was used to keep both characters from breaking under stress. I can understand where some people might find that annoying, but for me, it made them a better couple who were both playing along to help the other one cope.
Decision: One of my favorite books that I’ve read this year, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes weird fiction in the vein of HP Lovecraft or Stephen King’s Dark Tower series.
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As I’m sure most of you know, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper passed away on July 31. While most people are aware of his reputation inside the ring, I encourage you to check out his endeavors in film.
First, I would have to insist that you check out John Carpenter’s They Live. A wonderful film about creatures hidden in plain sight, and their methods of controlling the human race. It also happens to feature the longest streetfight scene in movie history. Here’s the trailer:
Second, I am a huge fan of Hell Comes to Frogtown. It is a low-budget post-apocalyptic film with Roddy Piper as Sam Hell, a man that has to go save a group of women from the frogs. This film is still a fun watch. Check out the trailer below.
Recently, Roddy had been working on a film where he fought C’Thulhu. I know they finished the short film, but I don’t know about the feature. Either way, it is sure to be a good experience. Farewell “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.
I really enjoy writing action scenes and what I could call scenes of peril. As a result I try to put lots of these into my stories. For me, I try to remember two things.
If I’m doing lots of action, I like to change up the formula. What I mean by this is that if I am writing something action heavy, the Winston & Baum books for instance. I try to always change up the challenge. Because Winston & Baum are exterminators of the Strange & Weird, it allows me to have a wide range of adversaries to throw at them. For these steampunk themed adventures, our intrepid exterminators tend to find themselves facing off against beings of great power with minions at their disposal or an alliance of fiends. This allows me to switch up what creatures they are facing and it also means they have to keep on their toes, because not all monsters can be killed in the same manner.
Winston & Baum allows me to throw multiple threats at the characters and it creates a more action filled adventure. However, When I was writing my first novel, Friedkin’s Curse: A Werewolf Tale of Terror, I did not have characters that fought the supernatural everyday as the center of the story. Rather, I focused on a group of friends stuck at a school fighting werewolves. Instead of relying on the variety of adversaries in Winston & Baum, I was forced to place a much greater deal of peril on the characters. I still put action into the story and there is plenty of violence and gunplay, but I added a different element to the mix. Since I did not want to add additional types of creatures to the story, I relied on a much more realistic challenge: distrust. Our main characters cannot trust the majority of the people around them. The other characters trapped at the school or the military, which has shown up chasing the werewolf. Any of them could have become a werewolf and won’t show until moon falls. Also the military seems to be more concerned with capturing the werewolf than saving lives. As a result there is less action in the story but a much greater sense of danger.
A quick note, Winston & Baum is a steampunk adventure, therefore it needs to be adventurous, hence lots of action and adventure. Friedkin’s Curse is a horror story and it isn’t nearly as effective if everyone is properly armed and trained. So your genre can also define how you go about creating the atmosphere of your story as well as whether you want to be heavy handed on the action or the peril.
Both of the works mentioned here are novels. I’ll be writing a blog soon about short story writing. So please stay tuned for that and if you’re interested, click on the pictures below to visit the amazon page for my books.