My latest short story “Rabenhaus” is out today on the Kindle. It’s also available for Kindle Unlimited.
Synopsis: The village of Rabenhaus has been set upon by plague. Seeking an opportunity, a young plague doctor settles into the town, but he is not alone as an enigmatic group of plague doctors haunt the village. Every home is fearful of the virulence riddling their community and the long nosed figures carrying off the diseased. What mystery lies at the heart of Rabenhaus?
Just a quick update, my second Richard Rex story is available for purchase on your Kindle or for free through Kindle Unlimited. My occult detective is back; this time, he’ll face an unquiet cemetery filled with flesh eating fiends.
To pick it up, click on the link below. If you decide to give it a read, please leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or wherever you are so inclined.
I asked Twitter a few weeks ago if I should write a story about a barbarian Santa Claus fighting Krampus. Well, the week of Christmas has arrived and as an early gift, I’ve written, edited, and built a cover for Kritz & the Krampus. At this time, it is only available on the Kindle for $.99.
Kritz Kringle is a mix of Santa Claus and Conan the Barbarian, which sounds weird and maybe it is. All I know is my beta readers said it was a lot of fun. You can read the synopsis below or pick up your copy here.
“A horned predator stalks the small folk that live at the top of the world. They whisper the name Krampus during the long hours of darkness. Desperate, they seek out a champion to defeat this monster. Kritz Kringle comes to their aid, dressed in red leathers with a war hammer in hand. If he can defeat this Krampus, what will he do about the dozens of them that are thirsting for blood?”
I’ve always enjoyed the sword & sorcery genre started by the late Robert E. Howard. I finally decided to try and write some.
I hope you enjoy. I’d also like to wish you the happiest of holiday seasons and brightest of new years. I’ll see you in 2022.
Hello faithful reader. I am sorry for my delinquent blogging. I was a benefits administrator for my previous employer when Covid hit and as you can imagine my life got busy. I also had a baby, who has swiftly turned into a toddler. I am still writing, but I’m still learning to find my way in this new dynamic. So, I appreciate your patience with me.
I know a lot of you are curious about the Winston & Baum short story collection that I teased in 2019. I have the stories written and edited. As some of you are very fond of Winston & Baum, it will come as no surprise that members of my own family are also fans. One of my biggest fans was my Dad. He would reread the series at least twice a year and always tell me which book he was on. I lost my father in July of 2020 (not to Covid, but it sucks all the same). As such, I have been dragging my feet on this one. It’s the first one he won’t be able to read, and I’ve had trouble with that. I do apologize to those who have so patiently waited for this book. I promise it will be released, and I will keep you all posted through this blog and my various social media accounts as to when. Sorry to spill into my personal life, but I felt you all deserve the truth.
Now, on to more upbeat news, I do have a new short story that came out last month. It is a mix of Arthurian Legend & the C’thulhu Mythos. I know it sounds a little weird, and I am nothing if not a little weird (just ask the voices in my head). It is exclusively available for Kindle here. Below is the cover. So, if you are so inclined give it a read and leave a review.
That’s all for now. I have a few more things in the works that I’ll update as they get closer to release. As always, thank you for your patience and support.
As many of you know, I love October. I’m a big fan of fall and of course that special day that occurs on the 31st.
So, enjoy this month and read some good scary stories and tell some amazing ghost tales. If you are looking for something to do on October 26th through October 28th, you can come out to Hallowcon. I will be a guest this year and will be hosting one of their panels. So, if you are in Dalton, please come on by and see us and pick up some good books.
Hope to see you there but keep checking back for other Halloween fun.
Hello all, we have done a good deal of films this year dealing with various monsters and the mayhem that they cause. For our final monster, I’ve delved back to the early 2000’s. Today, I give to you Jeepers Creepers.
This movie has spawned two sequels (the latest film arrived in September 2017), features a good creature design, does not give away all of its secrets, and features a young Justin Long. Two siblings are harassed by a strange truck on a small country road. They see the driver of the truck throwing strangely shaped bundles into a drainpipe and investigate. This is where they become a target of the creeper. Inside, they find a strange mural of the macabre with multiple human bodies having been preserved and placed on the stone wall. Their attempts to flee the monster will lead them to a local psychic and a final pulse-pounding chase through a crowded police station.
Part of the charm of this series is the fact that it hints at a mythology that creates a solid reality and never fully explains everything. You don’t see a wood-cutting from a book and then receive a flashback to fully detail the events of the past. What the film does is provide you with a glimpse of historic things featuring our monster, while not explaining the hows and whys. For a low-budget horror film, Jeepers Creepers hits all the right buttons for me.
You can click below to pick up a copy and read on for the official synopsis.
Synopsis: After making a horrific discovery in the basement of an old abandoned church, Trish (Gina Philips) and her brother Darry (Justin Long) watch their routine road trip home turn into a heart stopping race for their lives.
Hello all. This is our last Saturday before the 31st, and I wanted to cover one of my favorite films. It is one of the first atomic monster movies and the first to feature giant insects. The film is titled simply Them!.
As a kid, I adored this film and still enjoy watching it and exposing others to it. The film stars James Whitmore and James Arness as lawmen, who stumble upon an incredible discovery. Atomic radiation has caused an ant colony to grow to gigantic proportions. This film actually taught me a lot of things that I would never have known about ants and covers the science accurately. It also claims Oscar-nominated special effects.
Fans of classic giant monster movies have to see this one. If you grew up watching old horror movies on Saturday nights, I guarantee that you have seen this classic. Click on the cover below and read on for the official synopsis from Amazon.com.
Synopsis: A landmark movie about giant radiation-mutated ants with Oscar®-nominated effects and an epic struggle in the drains beneath Los Angeles, Them! only gets better with age.
When you think of the frozen landscapes that can be the setting for a horror story, most horror fans will go to John Carpenter’s The Thing or H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness. Both of these are great examples of how to use the isolation and strange white vistas to craft a compelling tale. I’m also willing to wager that most of you are aware of them. Today, I wanted to bring you a different movie that is very much in the vein of these giants of horror.
Harbinger Down is a film that was born from 2011’s The Thing (the prequel). Amalgamated Dynamics was hired to do most of the special effects work on the film. By the time the film was released, most of their work had been replaced by CGI in post-production. The effects team posted the footage of their effects on Youtube, where it received great response. The team started a Kickstarter campaign to make their own film, utilizing their own practical effects. It was the most successful scifi/horror Kickstarter campaign at the time.
This film is great for fans of practical effects in monster movies. I enjoyed the cast and felt that the film made the most out of a meager budget for a film of this scope. Lance Henriksen stars as the Captain of a crab boat that dredges up something nasty from the Soviet space program. If you haven’t seen this film, but love Carpenter’s The Thing, then I advise you to check out this movie. You can click the cover below to pick up a copy and read on for the official synopsis.
Synopsis: A group of grad students have booked passage on the crabbing boat Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Belugas in the Bering Sea. When the ship’s crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly.