I’ve always enjoyed Brian Keene’s work so I was delighted when he shared that some of his work had been made into short movies and they were on Youtube for free. I thought I would share the links for anyone who hasn’t seen them.
As part of Fox Em’s Vlogmas/Creepy Christmas she narrated Merry Fuckin’ Christmas, my short story from the Collected Christmas Horror Shorts anthology. Have a listen for free.
As an extra bonus you can listen to a few more of the stories from the anthology from some fantastic authors below.
Nev Murray from the Confessions of a Reviewer website ran a flash fiction competition for their big Birthday party. The idea was if you registered your interest they would send you a random word. You then had to use that word to write a 100 word horror story. The winner would receive some books so I threw my hat in the ring and they sent me the word purple. After submitting my story and attending the online party on Facebook I was pleased to find out I had won. Not only did I receive a load of free books from Nev but I was told that narrator Chris Barnes would be reading my story and posting it on Youtube. Now remember, it’s only 100 words so pretty short but I thought I would post it here for those who are interested.
First post on the new blog but I thought I would carry most of this over from the last one as some of you may have missed it
I was recently a guest on the Panic Room radio show, chatting with James Longmore and Xtina Marie. Author Mike Duke was on before me then I come on around the 50 minute mark. As always people talk to the Scottish about the weather but it gets fun after that. 😉
On the reading front it’s been a pretty good year so far. I started off with Punch from J.R. Park. I had never read the author but I had fancied the book for a while. I’m a big fan of boardwalk/seaside tales and this was a great one to start the year with. If you haven’t read it yet take a look. I left a review on Goodreads.
I read Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis next which absolutely blew me away. I find Anne Rice to be hit and miss but this book was a tremendous entry to the series. If you haven’t read the Vampire Chronicles I doubt that it’s for you though.
Mark Mathews On The Lips of Children was next. Another good read but I didn’t enjoy it as much as my first two reads of the year. Again you can find out my reasons why on Goodreads.
I’ve just finished Heart Shaved Box by Jeff O’Brien. Absolutely loved it. I do enjoy a Bizarro tale but normally stick to Carlton Mellick. For funny books I go to Jeff Strand and for crazy I generally go to Edward Lee. This short story reminded me of all three authors. It was a great tribute to the 80s and just plain mental. Will be reading more by Jeff.
I’m currently reading Discoredia by J.C. Michael and the Language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough. Both are excellent so far.
I think I finished last year on only 48 books read, way less than ever before and I want to fix that. This year I plan to both read and write more. With that being said I suppose an update is appropriate on what I am working on. I currently have a novella subbed to a publisher with J.C. Michael called ‘You Only Get One Shot’. We are waiting to hear back on whether they like it or not at this stage. I’m working on s novelette with author Weston Kincade which we plan to sub to the Chiral Mad 4 anthology and I’m working on my next solo novella which has a working title of ‘The Prison’. I may be putting another anthology together in the next few months but it’s very early stages on that so far.
I think that is all for now. I’ve watched a few horrors recently but nothing was outstanding. As Above, So Below was okay, nothing special, The Girl With All the Gifts was pretty enjoyable but most others seem to have disliked it by the sounds of things on Facebook and The Green Room was pretty good. I’m not sure I would label the Green Room as horror but it’s on Netflix as a horror and others seem to be saying it’s a slasher flick. Either way I quite enjoyed it.
Until next time………..
(Publisher & Contributor)
Christmas is often thought of as a time of joy and cheer, a time for giving to others, a time of celebration and love…. Well, this year some of the best voices in horror fiction decided to band together and tell you some tales about a different kind of Christmas, so grab yourself a mug of hot chocolate, close the curtains, lock the door and get comfy. This will be a Christmas like never before!
Table of Contents:
12 Days (Psychopath Remix) by J.C. Michael (poem)
Thy Will be Done by J.C. Michael
Tommy’s Christmas by John R. Little
Naughty or Nice by Veronica Smith
Santa’s Midnight Feast by J.L. Lane
Hung With Care by Ty Schwamberger
Santa Came by Peter Oliver Wonder
In the Bag by Tim Curran
The Christmas Spirit by Lisa Morton
The Tome of Bill Cristmas Carol by Rick Gualtieri
Killing Christmas by Andrew Lennon
All Naughty, No Nice by Michael A. Arnzen
A Disappointed Shade of Blue by C.S. Andserson (poem)
Stuffed Pig by Steven Murray
The Night Before Christmas by Suzanne Fox
Better Watch Out by Willow Rose
Deck The Halls by Xtina Marie (poem)
Christmas Market by Amy Cross
Merry Fuckin’ Christmas by Kevin J. Kennedy
The Veil by Rose Garnett
The Last Christmas Dinner by Christina Bergling
The Present by Israel Finn
Christmas Carole by Lisa Vasquez
Slay Bells by Weston Kincade
Edited by Brandy Yassa
Cover design by Lisa Vasquez
A BATTLE ROYALE OF US AND UK INDIE HORROR HEAVYWEIGHTS!
All proceeds from the purchase of this book will be donated to the Second Chance Center for Animals (US) and the West Wales Poundies Dog Rescue (UK) charities.
Who writes the best horror: the US or the UK? Find out for yourself in VS: US vs UK, a competition anthology featuring some of the year’s best horror, judged by horror enthusiasts and you: the readers.
Featuring Pre-Fight Hype from The Ginger Nuts of Horror and The Eyes of Madness!
Duncan Ralston vs Rich Hawkins
James Ward Kirk vs Kit Power
Glenn Rolfe vs Lex H. Jones
Tim Miller vs Daniel I. Russel
John Ledger vs Jim Goforth
Essel Pratt vs Daniel Marc Chant
Thomas S. Flowers vs Kyle M. Scott
Jonathan Ondrashek vs David Owain Hughes
T.S. Woolard vs Toneye Eyenot
Michael Noe vs Dani Brown
Sisters of Slaughter vs Matt Hickman
Salome Jones vs Kitty Kane
Peter Oliver Wonder vs Kevin J Kennedy
From all over the world, from every race and nationality there are many different religions and beliefs. Hymns tell tales of myriad gods. Angry gods hurling fire and brimstone at the disbelievers, promising eternal damnation in hellish post-life realms. Others sing praises of ancient feet treading on freshly tilled earth, spreading happiness and love.
Reverend Burdizzo has rounded up a congregation of voices to sing to you these new hymns. Come join him in his choir and sing these new songs of praise. They will put the fear of God into you.