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I Wrote a Story About a Werewolf.

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A werewolf story — something I would normally choose to write, but…in doing research for another project, I came across the legend of the loup garou, the French take on the wolf-man.

And what was even more fun to me was that my hometown of Detroit had all kinds of loup garou stories from back in its early French, fur-trappin’ days.

I was inspired, and fortunately for me, there was an open call for stories for an anthology of werewolf tales. So off it went.

The book never happened. This is not an uncommon thing. So the story went into cold storage. For a good while too.

Then one of my writer buddies, Matthew Vaughn (check out The ADHD Vampire — it’s hilarious) and his brother decided to put together a fun movie monsters anthology and launch a new indie press at the same time (Red All Over Books). And it found a home.

JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN READING!

Plenty of good reading here, starring your favorite old school movie monsters. I hope you have a chance to check it out. At the time of this post, it’s ebook only, but print is on the way.

Check it out on Amazon: The Classics Never Die!

Trick or Treat!

Bonus points: What movie poster does the cover art remind you of? Hmmmm….

 

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You Can’t Tuna Fish

 

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When he was young, Ed was beaten by bullies because he couldn’t get into his locker fast enough. Goddamn combination lock.

After graduation, he enrolled in a key-making school where he learned to make a wide variety of keys – for the home, for lock boxes and safes, and even for skeletons.

He had a child. She would never suffer as he had. She would be safely surrounded by keys.

He spent the next twenty years working 16 hour days, 7 days a week. Eventually he had enough money.

He bought her a piano.

She never learned to play.

Photo Credit: Paul V8 via Compfight cc

A Recent Live Reading

If you have enjoyed any of my previous live readings, a recent video has popped up on YouTube.

The first true Bizarro fiction reading in Orlando, I was excited to read at ‘Lil Indies. I chose to read my contribution to Potter’s Field 5. It’s kind of a “Tales From the Crypt” kinda thing.

If you enjoy the piece, you can pick up either the Print or Kindle version by clicking on the book cover on the left-hand side of my website.

I hope you enjoy!

 

Look Ma! I’m Writing Horror Stories Now!

Hey Blog-o-versians,

I’m stoked to be able to share my latest victory in publishing with you. At the beginning of the summer, I was contacted by an editor and asked to submit a story to a horror anthology. I’ve always enjoyed horror and I’ve written a scary story or two, but I haven’t been actively pursing horror writing.

But I think I might. Not only was my submission accepted, I landed the first story in the collection. So what’s the story? All I can tell you is that it’s a creepy, Tales From the Crypt kind of thing. Darkly humorous at times with a gut-punch of an ending.

Interested? You can order direct from the publisher. I’ve got the link down at the bottom.

Check it out:

Potter’s Field #5

Alban Lake Publishing

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From the Back Cover:

Strangers and paupers, the homeless and derelict, murder victims and victims of wrecks and crashes in seas and trackless wilderness, soldiers and plague victims heaped in mass graves. All have tales untold. Their families and friends, their classmates and neighbors think of them from time to time, sometimes wondering if they are alive or dead. Their fates are guessed, surmised, possibly correctly.
Resign yourself to the same fate as all others, take comfort in commiserating while you can, and hope for that blessed more beyond. Welcome to the Potter’s Field.

Get your copy today: http://store.albanlake.com/product/potters-field-5/

Or grab the Kindle version: http://amzn.com/B0156SG8U6

Man Crush by Tom Lucas

Another fun bit of mine over at Scrawl Brawl.

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Hammers and War by AngryPest on DeviantArt.com

Gesticules loved the arena. Today’s contest had been particularly enjoyable. He had taken his massive hammer and swung it with abandon, allowing it to freely crush his opponents. What fun.

Before him were the hundred hapless corpses of all those who had thought that they might be his better. They were, as always, wrong. And the reward for their mistaken thinking? The tears of those that they once loved.

Gesticules walked to the center of the arena to soak in the roaring cheers of the crowd.

“No man can defeat me,” he announced.

“Release the tigers,” said the Arena Master.

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Book Review: You Might Just Make It Out Of This Alive

You Might Just Make It Out Of This Alive by Garrett Cook

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From the Back Cover:

From the Wonderland Award winning author of Time Pimp and Jimmy Plush, Teddy Bear Detective comes a new collection of weird, horrifying, and heartfelt stories.

Featuring:

Re-Mancipator – When zombie Abraham Lincolns start running amuck, John Wilkes Booth, Marilyn Monroe, and other greats from history must save the day!

Dieselpig – The beloved Smiley the Pig is here to save us from the Catholic Church. And he’s brought a shit ton of guns!

Brian’s Girl – A gorgeous woman arrives one day at a man’s door for anonymous sex. It’s not a dream come true- it’s the beginning of a cult that will change the world.

Plus fifteen more strange and beautiful tales.

Now then…

I finished this book about a week ago and I can’t stop thinking about it. Or it can’t stop thinking about me. I haven’t figured that part out yet.

During a late-night reading session, I experienced a poor man’s Cronenberg body-book symbiosis. This very book pulled itself out of my grip, slowly crawled across my chest and began to push itself inward into my stomach cavity in a brutal act of reverse childbirth or some forcible symbiosis.

It became a part of me. It’s impossible for a book such as this not to. It’s horrific and beautiful, poetic and dangerous, and sexually intense in the way great art always is.

This diverse collection of short stories from Cook is not a light read. It’s so apparent as you work your way through the book (and yes, it’s work – you need to strap that thinking cap on tight, Sally) that he’s a heavyweight with the written word. Each story inspires deep reflection, each page is a subliminal message and every sentence hints at ancient code. This book begs you to unpack it and solve its mysteries.

There is so much more than the story between the covers. There is so much more than what is on the page. Garrett Cook has written with such flourish, passion, and skill that you will suspect that what you are reading and what it actually means are two drastically different things…and by god, one day you will figure it out. Call me when you do. Let’s compare notes.

The book will twist your stomach, your mind and your heart. This might not be a choice for reading on a summer holiday, but if you are looking for something to use for your Master’s Thesis, the dense lyrical colors of Cook’s latest may just be the paint for your palette.

Highly recommended.

Coming Soon! Pax Titanus by Tom Lucas

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EXCITING!!!!

Prepare to cut down on the Starbucks (or whatever expensive bad habit you have) in November because…
I HAVE A NEW BOOK COMING OUT.

Save a couple of bucks because I know you’ll want to read it (and maybe a buy a copy for a friend).

Am I pushing it???

C’mon look at that cover. How could you not want to read it?

Published by the the Bizarro Overlords at Eraserhead Press, my upcoming book, PAX TITANUS, is one of three releases from their
New Bizarro Author Series, along with Brian Auspice’s DEEP BLUE and Scott Cole’s SUPERGHOST.

Read all about it here:
http://eraserheadpress.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/eraserhead-press-celebrates-its-sixth-year-of-the-new-bizarro-author-series/

Let’s BASH AND CRASH!

Updates as they happen!