So following the Craft of Lovecraft panel, my next panel was Classic Horror vs Modern Horror (specifically films). Rejoining me were Tim Green, Chad Sides (Master of Horror for Connooga), Tony Young, and last, but most definitely not least the wonderful Victoria Price, daughter of horror icon Vincent Price. Listen below and let me know your thoughts. And as before, there is adult commentary on this panel.
Amazon.co.uk user H. Alles left the following five-star review of my first vampire story:
“A good old fashioned vampire tale. The vampires are monstrous supernatural creatures of the night ,with a truly nasty master vampire (don’t want to spoil it by describing this entity). The author has taken the trouble to depict all the protagonists as three dimensional characters and to build up the story beautifully.It’s a pity it’s only a short story and I would love to read a sequel to this very entertaining tale.A great read at a great price.”
Thanks H. Alles. For anyone that has read any of my works, please leave a review if you enjoyed them, so that other readers can find and enjoy them as well. To pick up your kindle version of the Friends Don’t Let Friends Be Undead short story, please click on the cover below (also, you can read the synopsis underneath the cover).
Synopsis: Three days after her husband dies, Lily is shocked to see him staring at her from outside her home. Calling on the four men he trusted most, Lily relies on them to place Steve back into his eternal rest. Guided by his journal, his friends will find that the man they loved has been replaced by a vicious fiend that will stop at nothing to sate its thirst for blood.
My apologies to everyone for taking so long to post here, but life has been busy to say the least. Connooga was a blast. It was a lot of fun, and I got to be part of some exceptional panels. A big thanks to Chad Sides, who runs the horror track for having me back, and creating a killer lineup of panels. I always enjoy going to shows and getting to meet people.
It’s because of that reason that I’ll be returning to Chattanooga next month for Steampunk Expo from April 15-17. I won’t be doing any panels at this show, but I will be there with my cover artist (www.mysticreflections.com). So for you fans of steampunk, this event should be right up your alley. Stop by and see what it’s all about.
Also in April, I will be back at the Hiram Bookstore for a signing. It will be Saturday, April 9th from 5-8. The flyer is below, so print them out and share with your friends, or post them on your favorite social media site. Either way, hope to see you sometime in April.
Thanks for stopping by and keep coming by to find out what I’ll be up to next.
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.