Dark Tales and Twisted Verses – New Release #Darkfantasy #Horror #Poetry

Dark Tales and Twisted Verses

A Fire-Side Tales Collection

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https://books2read.com/DarkTalesTwistedVerses

Available in e-book, coming soon in print.

https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Tales-Twisted-Verses-Collection-ebook/dp/B07ZXM7TYH

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Tales-Twisted-Verses-Collection-ebook/dp/B07ZXM7TYH

https://books.apple.com/gb/book/dark-tales-and-twisted-verses/id1486156953

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dark-tales-and-twisted-verses-a-l-butcher/1134703807

https://www.scribd.com/book/433380947/Dark-Tales-and-Twisted-Verses-A-Fire-Side-Tales-Collection-2

https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/dark-tales-and-twisted-verses

Dark tales of ghosts of war, blood from the Autumn of Terror, the wrath of nature, an unusual murder and a cynical vampire. Twisted poetry of loss and mayhem.
Some adult themes and language.
Stories:
The Secret of Blossom Rise – A Ghost Story
The Watcher – A Tale of Jack the Ripper
The Last Forest – A Tale of the Wrath of Nature
The Last Dance – An Autumnal Flash Fiction
The Sleeper – A Yoyo Murder
So Many Nights, So Many Sins – A Vampire’s Tale

Poetry:
We Must Remember
Giving It All
Enigma
Yours Truly
End of Days
Empty Classrooms
The Glass-Eyed Monster

NN Light’s October Giveaway

Ooops late again…. but here we go.

October is here and it’s one of my favorite times of the year. The weather turns chilly, the leaves change color and I get an excuse to binge-eat Halloween candy/chocolate. As the wind shakes my windows, I love to curl up with a good book. N. N. Light feels the same way and they’re hosting a spooktacular giveaway. Sorry, couldn’t resist the Halloween pun. No tricks, just treats for booklovers! Everything from romance to paranormal to fiction is being given away. You can even enter to win one of mine. Go on, indulge your inner kid and enter this giveaway.

Trick or Treat Binge-Read Giveaway: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/92db775020/

Literary Giveaway Portal:  https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/literary-giveaway-portal

Here are some of the prizes

signed print copy of Hacking IT by Kimberley Dean

e-copy of Spirited Attraction by Ashantay Peters

e-copy of Heart Healer by Leslie Bowes

e-copy of A Kiss and a Promise by Tricia Schneider

e-copy of Three Lessons in Seduction by Sofie Darling

print copy of Horu’s Chosen (An Alternate Egypt) by Janet Lane Walters (US/Canada only)

print or e-copy (winner’s choice) of Emmie of Indianapolis by Kay Castaneda

e-copy of Pearlman by David Russell

e-copy of Too Good to be True by Livia Quinn

e-copy of Oath of a Warrior by Mary Morgan (US/Canada only)

e-copy of The Secret of Hillcrest House by Melanie Robertson-King

e-copy of Debriefing the Dead (Book 1 of The Dead Series) by Kerry Blaisdell

e-copy of Tied Up With Strings by Madeline McEwan

e-copy of Arresting Mason by Amber Daulton

e-copy of The Queen of Paradise Valley by Cat Dubie

print or e-copy of one of C. C. Bolick (winner’s choice)

e-copy of The Mystery of Flight 2222 by Thomas Neviaser

e-copy of Once Broken by D. M. Hamblin

e-copy of Lovers by Midnight (Monster Ball) by Ashantay Peters

e-copy of A Debt to the Devil by D. M. Hamblin

e-copy of Other Dark Tales by A. L. Butcher (Smashwords voucher)

e-copy of The Colony and The Last City by RM Gilmour

5 e-copy of The Adventures of Harry Morgan, Volume 1 by Clabe Polk

October Giveaway 2

A Fifth of Boo! Halloween/Horror Charity Anthology

A Fifth of Boo!

Volume 5 of the Boo! series

Authors raising money for good causes.

A spooktacular collection of horror, fantasy, and Halloween-themed short fiction.

Amazon UK https://amzn.to/2Nsdrp2

Amazon.com https://amzn.to/2BZmsnu

All proceeds for the sale of this book will be donated to Cancer Research UK

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Featuring:
Dinner and a Show – Derek Moreland
Such an Adventure – Ann Cathey
The Voice – JD Mader
The Jaws of Ammon-Thet – John Petelle
Waiting – Oz Wainerdi
Untitled – Kristina Jackson
The Atherton Vampire – Lynne Cantwell
Happy Samhain – LB Clark
Punch Drunk – Laurie Boris
Betrayal – Erin McGowan
The Secret of Blossom Rise – A.L. Butcher
The Day of the Dead – Laurie Boris
Life Lessons – Ann Cathey
Flowers for Hannah – LB Clark
You Wish – Laurie Boris
Dinner – Jen Daniele
The Curse of the Single Bed – Mark Morris
Rose’s Screams – Erin McGowan

Dedicated to all those touched by cancer.

Dirty Dozen Author Interview – Linda Jordan – Here Be Ghosts Bundle

 

Author name: Linda Jordan

~What first prompted you to publish your work? Alfred Lets Loose is one of those magical stories that came to me just as I was waking up one morning. I could hear the voice of the main character and had the story unravel itself before I even made it to a standing position. I can’t remember how long it took me to write, but it’s rare that a story comes to me all spooling out like that. It’s a wonderful experience.

~Are you a ‘pantser’ or a ‘plotter’? I started out as a plotter, but have turned into a pantser. I read Dean Wesley Smith’s book Writing Into the Dark and I was convinced that was the way to go for me. We have very similar problems with being easily bored. After I outlined a book, I no longer wanted to write it.

Making the change was frightening at first. I was afraid that no story would come. But it always has. Every single time. And I’m enjoyed being surprised by the story that does come. I figure if I’m surprised, the reader will be as well.

~What piece of advice do you wish you’d had when you started your publishing journey? I wish I’d known to look at everything I was writing as practice. It would have taken some of the pressure off. Everything I write is always practice for something else. Also, I wish I’d known to trust myself.

~What are your views on authors offering free books? Do you believe, as some do, that it demeans an author and his or her work? I offer free books on a regular basis (usually the first in a series) as a means of giving people a taste of my work and as a gift for signing up for my mailing list. I don’t think free books are demeaning.

Libraries? They’re this awesome place that lend free books. All right, paid for by our taxes, free books.

I think free books are good marketing, if done right.

~What are your views on authors commenting on reviews? Don’t do it. What people think of your work is their own business, not yours.

As a writer, you shouldn’t be reading reviews of your past work. You’re done with that. Over. Finished. You should have moved on and be writing the next book. You did the best you could at the time. Every book will get better. If you spend all your time neurosing about the skill level in your previous books, there will be no new work. You won’t improve.

~How influential is storytelling to our culture? Storytelling is so embedded in our culture we don’t even realize we’ll listen to any sales spiel if there’s a story involved. It’s the heartbeat of our culture. We crave stories and we’re drawn into stories on a daily basis. We want the story of our kid’s day at school. We want to listen to the stories of the world when we turn on the news. Songs are stories with a rhythm. We sit around the screen at night, watching stories.

~What’s the best advice you’ve received about writing/publishing? Write the next book, publish it. Then write the next one. And repeat.

~What is your writing space like? My writing space is in the kitchen (the center of the universe). I have a desk that closes with a drawer where my laptop lives. The closing desk is essential—because cats. My desk is covered with rocks, lists, post-its, fairy lights, pens and other cool stuff. And a couple of light boxes because I live in the Pacific Northwest where it’s dark and rainy for five months of the year. Next to this desk is a standing desk, which is home to too many piles of things. But I still use it, moving the laptop back and forth between the two. That’s my fall, winter and spring office. They summer office is outside at a table under an umbrella to keep the glare down. I’ve got three different tables out in various parts of the garden, each with an extension cord to plug in. Where I sit depends on the warmth of the day and whether I need more shade or sun at that time of the day. I love writing outside, but alas, it’s only for a short few months of the year.

~What’s your next writing adventure? I’m currently writing the second novel of a five book series. It’s a post-apocalyptic story with magic. I’m having so much fun with these characters and this world. Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

~What is the last book you’ve read? Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans by Sonya Rhen. A fun YA science fiction book about a rock band touring the universe and all their mishaps. Finished it last night. Guess I’ll need to pick up the other two books in the series. Science fiction humor is a hard thing to balance and she does a great job.

~Is this the age of the e-book? Are bricks and mortar bookshops in decline? I think we’re in the middle of a transition. I think the story is the important part and that the form it takes will continue to morph and expand, along with technology. I think ebooks are a huge thing, but not the end. I also think there will always be paper books. People still love them, including kids and teens. Bookshops are in decline at this point. They may rally and shift form, but I think the age of the super bookstore is over. They take up too much expensive real estate and don’t earn enough money to sustain the business. I also think new ways of storytelling will come into being with new technologies.

~With the influx of indie authors do you think this is the future of storytelling? I can’t see that trad pub will be able to continue business the way they have in the past. They’re owned by such large corporations who are pinching every penny paid out to writers and not supporting books that aren’t bestsellers. I think being an Indie is a much more vibrant path and the potential for growth is awesome. Provided the vendors continue to send money our way. It seems to be working for musicians and for movies. I hope it continues to work for writers. I can’t say it’s the future, because the future is always changing.

~How important is writing to you?

Vastly important. I spent decades procrastinating and the days I didn’t write I felt terribly guilty. Now when I don’t write because life has gotten too busy, I feel uneasy. The whole day feels wrong. As a result, I write most every day. And most days it’s the most rewarding thing I’m doing. Telling this story, one chapter at a time. Writing is my life.

Links

htpps://www.lindajordan.net/

www.facebook.com/LindaJordanWriter

 

Bio

Linda Jordan writes fascinating characters, visionary worlds, and imaginative fiction. She creates both long and short fiction, serious and silly. She believes in the power of healing and transformation, and many of her stories follow those themes.

In a previous lifetime, Linda coordinated the Clarion West Writers’ Workshop as well as the Reading Series. She spent four years as Chair of the Board of Directors during Clarion West’s formative period. She’s also worked as a travel agent, a baker, and a pond plant/fish salesperson, you know, the sort of things one does as a writer.

Currently, she’s the Programming Director for the Writers Cooperative of the Pacific Northwest.

Linda now lives in the rainy wilds of Washington state with her husband, daughter, four cats, a cluster of Koi and an infinite number of slugs and snails.

Alfred Lets Loose Linda Jordan

Boo! Authors – Erin McGowan – #Horror

Who are you?

Sure, we can start with the most open-ended question of all time.  My name is Erin, my nickname was Lark once upon a time, but you can call me anything, so long as you don’t call me late to dinner.  I’m an accountant/administrative assistant/whatever-the-hell-my-boss-tells-me-I-am by day and a writer and very occasionally editor by night.  I love to read, travel, read, drink coffee, read, take walks on the bead, and read.

Tell us about your Boo! story:

I have one story about friendship, life, love, and scary shit.  My second story is about brotherhood, friendship, love, bikes, and more scary shit.  Seriously, though, one of my stories is about two best friends who go on an impromptu Halloween road trip and find more than they bargained for.  The other story is about a motorcycle club and the lengths they will go to in order to keep people safe.  I just now realized that both of my stories deal with travel and unbreakable bonds, but that’s not too surprising, because those are both things I value immensely.

What else have your written?

I’ve written short stories in “Music Speaks” and the other three “Boo” books.  I’ve also written two full-length novels.  “Aftermath” is a contemporary fiction novel that I am still half-tempted to entitle “Everybody Dies” just so I don’t have to give a summary of the book.  “The Mage: Awakening” is a young adult urban fantasy book about a young woman who learns how to control her magical powers and tries to fit in in a new school and the mage society.  It’s the first in a series.  I hope the second book will be out soon.

What frightens you the most?

Being alone, or letting the people I love down.  And clowns.

Have you ever seen a ghost?

I have.  It was in an apartment, and it was massively angry.

What are you reading at the moment?

I’m just about to start “Dead Zone” by Stephen King.  I thought, given the election, it was fitting.

If you could meet any living famous person for dinner who would it be and what would you eat?

I would love to meet Jimmy Buffet.  I don’t think I could bring myself to say anything, but I’d be in Heaven.  We’d eat some sort of fish, I’m sure.  I’d let him choose.

If you could meet any dead famous person who would be and what would you have to eat?

I have to pick one?  Did you ever see the Gilmore Girls episode where they had all their friends come eat a fancy dinner at the Inn?  I want to do that with dead people.  Shakespeare and Byron and Amelia Earhart and Dorothy Parker and Sid Vicious and David Bowe and Rich Meyer and Cina Clark and Brian Wilson and so many more that I can’t even keep them straight.  People I love, people I admire, and people I aspire to be like would all be there.

Which book do you see as the most influential in your life?

Too many to choose from.  I would say Jim Butcher and all of his books changed my life in a major way, though.

In the zombie apocalypse what would be your weapon of choice with which to defend yourself?

I want Harley’s mallet and giant thews.

 

Social media links etc.

Aftermath: https://www.amazon.com/Aftermath-ebook/dp/B00DPYX64A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1374341129&sr=8-1&keywords=Erin+McGowan

The Mage: Awakening: https://www.amazon.com/Mage-Awakening-Erin-McGowan-ebook/dp/B01BIR0AJO/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Music Speaks: https://www.amazon.com/Music-Speaks-LB-Clark-ebook/dp/B008C88QTE/ref=la_B008CBE1H2_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1478144407&sr=1-6

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ErinMWrites/?ref=br_rs

Lonestar Book Works: http://www.lonestarbookworks.info/

 

Boo! Authors – Ann Cathey #Horror

Who are you?

I write under the name Ann Cathey, and have been doing so since my teens.

 

Tell us about your Boo! story:

Which one? I have two, this time around. One is a completely silly bit of fluff about a spooky jello mold that spawned out of nowhere. The other is a little ghost story that belongs to my Hidden Souls tales that is loosely based on personal experience.

 

What else have your written?

In the past few years I’ve been features in all the Boo! anthologies, Music Speaks, and have one short novel currently available, “Wolf in the Fold”, that’s part of the aforementioned Hidden Souls universe. All of those projects are from Lone Star Book Works. I’ve also got a few short stories coming out in anthologies from Fantom Press in the near future.
In the far past, I’ve had poetry and short stories published in a variety of small press publications, though there’s been very little fan-fic. I’ve scripted for comic books and cartoon scripts, written training and technical manuals, played at journalism, helped write a couple of RPGs, and have articles all over the internet through a couple of content websites.

 

What frightens you the most?

Nothing, really. Oh, I get startled in haunted houses, and I don’t care for contemplating death outside of a story, but I’ve worked long and hard to let go of fear in my life. It’s counterproductive in most circumstances in today’s society.

 

Have you ever seen a ghost?

Yes.

 

What are you reading at the moment?

The Vampirates series by Justin Somper. It’s not really my preferred flavor, but the approach to the subject matter has my attention. And as it’s title implies, the story arch is about vampires and pirates in a young adult setting.

 

If you could meet any living famous person for dinner who would it be and what would you eat?

I think I would pass that along to a friend, actually. I’ve been fortunate to meet a LOT of writers, actors, comedians, bands, and artists, and hang out with them, through various conventions and other gatherings. The places I have worked have also given me great opportunity to meet and interact with numerous people that are considered famous in their fields.

 

If you could meet any dead famous person who would be and what would you have to eat?

I honestly don’t know. There are many I admire, but i’m not sure I would want my vision of them shattered by the reality of them. Besides, who would believe me?

 

Which book do you see as the most influential in your life?

Cat’s Cradle by Vonnegut – It came to me at an early and easily influenced age, making me see the world around me with a very different view. It warped me and I’ve been a little off ever since.

 

In the zombie apocalypse what would be your weapon of choice with which to defend yourself?

My absence. If the zombies can’t find me, they can’t eat me.  Seriously, though, being able to physically defend myself is not one of my current strengths. My accumulated knowledge and my ability to think outside the box would stand me in good stead, however, bringing protectors to me. My knowledge can keep them fed, clothed, armed, etc. and I’m not afraid to be cut loose if I’m determined to be dead weight. I’ve already been scouted by a couple of survivalist groups if the world goes to pot.

 

Social media links etc.

I’m only available on Facebook and Amazon.com at this time, both under Ann Cathey.  I’m also part of a blog on travel and cooking (who isn’t these days?) that I share with a few other folks.
https://www.facebook.com/AnnCatheyAuthor

https://www.amazon.com/Ann-Cathey/e/B00KIZHSE8

 

I’m also part of a blog on travel and cooking (who isn’t these days?) that I share with a few other folks.

https://thewanderingtexans.wordpress.com/

 

My freelance online articles are available for pay-per-use currently via Constant Content.

https://www.constant-content.com/Author/718-Ann_Cathey-details-0.htm

 

 

 

 

 

Boo! Authors – Mark A Morris #Horror

Who are you? I’m Mark A Morris – I’m an English guy who works as an engineer in local government but wish I was writing instead. I’m counting down the years until I retire so I can devote more time to word-wranging but hope I can win the lottery so I can bring my time-table forward.

Tell us about your Boo! Story: It’s called Miss Clemency Fisher and it’s largely about a man who becomes intrigued by a woman. He sees her in trouble – or so he thinks – and then decides to try to rescue her. Of course, things aren’t as easy as he expects them to be and events begin to take a turn toward the odd. It’s a short fiction that I fully expect to use as the basis for a full-length novel soon, so watch this space!

What else have you written? I’ve written scores – or even hundreds – of pieces of flash fiction and have a number of works in progress which span genres as widely divergent as Young Adult dystopia, horror, paranormal romance, science fiction, erotica – yes, I said erotica – noir fiction and contemporary romance and thrillers. I also write poetry and song lyrics but consider those to be my weaker efforts compared to my prose and narrative work.

What frightens you the most? Nothing. Or the Void. I’d seriously freak out it I was confined in a sensory deprivation chamber and my biggest fear would be to trapped inside my own body with no ability to move and limited perception.

Have you ever seen a ghost? I believe I saw my mother when I was in my late teens. She died when I was fifteen and the next few years were difficult, to say the least. However, I was still able to motivate myself and when I won an award for the best student at a local college, I was convinced that I saw her in the audience when I looked out from the stage when I was receiving my prize.

What are you reading at the moment? I’ve always got several books on the go at the moment and I’m currently reading a murder mystery called A Siege of Bitterns by Steve Burrows, which is a police procedural with an ornithological twist, Zero Station by John Russell, which is an adventure set in Germany in the early 1930s, and a collection of short stories called Disintegration and Other Stories by Paula Acton. I’m enjoying all these, by the way!

If you could meet any living famous person for dinner who would it be and what would you eat? I’d love to meet Joss Whedon and it’d be cool to eat at a Dining in the Dark restaurant. I guess soup and anything requiring chopsticks might be out of the question but would love to eat either Indian or Italian food with him. I consider Whedon to be one of the best storytellers alive today and his skills in writing and direction probably make him the most influential man to ever create a narrative story.

If you could meet any dead famous person who would be and what would you have to eat? For a dead person, my choice would be Marilyn Monroe. She’s supremely iconic and people who met her and knew her well suggest that she was intelligent and wise as well as also being one of the most charismatic and glamorous people in modern times. As for what we ate – it’d have to be something messy that would result in her getting her clothes mussed up. A guy can only hope, right?

Which book do you see as the most influential in your life? It’s a hard decision and loving so many genres as I do makes the choice even more difficult. I’d hesitate between Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy but Gaiman would get it by a whisker. His narrative skills and wit are so consistent throughout all his writing but I believe that Neverwhere is faultless.

In the zombie apocalypse what would be your weapon of choice with which to defend yourself? I’d choose a Japanese katana. It’s long enough to clear a good-sized circle around you and sharp enough to slice through anything that tried to invade your personal space. It would also never need reloading and would still work well even when it lost its edge. I suspect my arms would grow tired long before it became too dull to be effective, so there’s very little to count against it.

Social media links etc.

I’m very much a newbie when it comes to promoting myself but I can usually be found behind the profile for Mark A Morris on Facebook. I’m also on Goodreads and I’m working on a blog page too, so I’ll be available on those and an increasing number of public media platforms soon.

Boo! Authors – Laurie Boris #Halloween #Horror

Who are you?

I’m a writer, copyeditor, baseball fan, wife, daughter, sister, aunt. Playing with words is just about the best job in the world, and I’m grateful that I get a chance to do it.

Tell us about your Boo! story:

I like the sweeter side of Halloween. The editors chose two of my flash fiction pieces: one about young love and the other about a father who’d do just about anything to recapture the good graces of his teenage daughter.

What else have your written?

So far I’ve published six novels, two novellas, and a collection of flash fiction. I don’t fit into a tidy category, but my work is basically contemporary, character-driven fiction: a little romance, a little family drama, a little redemption.

What frightens you the most?

Running out of food.

Have you ever seen a ghost?

Not specifically, but I’ve seen too much to deny the existence of spirits in our physical realm.

What are you reading at the moment?

Beta reading…shh, I can’t tell you!

If you could meet any living famous person for dinner who would it be and what would you eat?

I want to have dinner with my favorite writer, Joyce Carol Oates. But she’s so slim and she’s writing every waking moment, so I don’t know if she eats. Maybe we’d just have some wine and chat.

If you could meet any dead famous person who would it be and what would you have to eat?

I would love to sit down to a sumptuous feast with Oscar Wilde. I’m sure that would be brilliant!

Which book do you see as the most influential in your life?

There are so many it’s tough to choose just one, but right now I keep thinking about Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning. It keeps me grounded when so much seems to be going sideways about the world.

In the zombie apocalypse what would be your weapon of choice with which to defend yourself?

I don’t run very fast and I’m not too strong, so I’d have to rely on my quick wit. Basically, I’d be zombie appetizers.

 

Social media links etc.

You can stalk me here:

Website: http://laurieboris.com

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/laurie.boris.author

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LaurieBoris

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Laurie-Boris/e/B005I551QA

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4824645.Laurie_Boris

Boo! Authors – JD Mader #Horror #Halloween

Who are you?

Who are YOU?!?! Sorry, direct questions make me defensive sometimes. Name’s JD Mader. Most people call me Dan. A few people call me Danny. And there are a few people who probably call me much less flattering things behind my back. I’ve been writing professionally for twenty-five years. I started in sportswriting when I was in high school. Since then, I’ve published a bunch of short stories, written a ton of songs, and I’ve written a handful of novels, novellas… Hell, let’s just throw sonnets in there, too. I’ve written a few. And a lot of articles about fishing.

 

Tell us about your Boo! story:

My story for ‘Boo!’ scares me more than most of the stuff I’ve written, and that’s saying a lot. It was a short, off the cuff piece. I believe I started with the idea of sensitive skin because it’s something I was labeled with as a child. I am not a psychotic, abusive murderer, though. I promise. When I write short pieces (and long ones sometimes), I don’t usually have a plan. I start with an idea and then the story comes. They usually turn dark very fast. This one turned very dark very fast. And I want to reiterate that I am not psychotic. This is not a memoir. It merely started with the idea of sensitive skin.

 

What else have your written?

I’ve published stories in magazines and literary journals. I write a lot on my blog. I used to just write short stories on there, but it has kind of turned into home base for “2 Minutes. Go!” – a writing hoe down we do every Friday. My first novel, ‘Joe Cafe,’ was something I worked on during lunch. I never thought I’d write a novel. Then I wrote one that was good, but weird. That one is still in the works. I wrote ‘Joe Cafe’ during my lunch breaks when I was teaching in San Francisco. I write fast, so I’d bust out a thousand words during lunch and email it to myself, and it just kind of turned into what it is. A lot of people label it noir, but that never occurred to me. Same with my other books. I don’t consider myself a writer of genre fiction. I like noir well enough, and I guess it comes out in the way I write, but it was an accident. After that, I wrote a bunch of stories before I decided to do NaNoWriMo. I wanted to challenge myself, so I started with no idea except that I wanted it to be like a Louis L’Amour novel with motorcycles. And I wanted to have it written and edited and finished in a month. I pretty much made it, and Matt Stark was born – there was some light editing left. Then, I decided to do a trilogy and wrote the second Matt Stark novel, ‘Hannigan’s Fight’ during a pretty dark, depressing period of my life. It is more evil and more complex. When I started working on the third in the trilogy (which will be out very soon), it occurred to me that a trilogy could be a coming of age story in several ways. The characters develop, but so does the voice, the themes and the length (it’s 90K words long, which is a LOT for me). ‘Boxed In’ – the third in the trilogy (which, I swear, is almost done) is much more literary. So, the first was kind of an homage to Louis L’Amour, the second was the fallout and regrouping, and the third novel finishes the journey, which was about redemption from word one. I also wrote a series of essays about my wife’s first pregnancy – ‘You hate me because I’m Pregnant!’ – one of the few funny things I’ve published. My short story collection, “Please, no eyes” – I love those stories. I wrote a simple fishing guide called ‘Teach your kid to fish…when you don’t know how!’ and a romantic novella called ‘Saving Drake’ which is an attempt at an honest romance story – it was also a dare. I wrote a novella called ‘The Note’ – it’s a fictional suicide note that like seven people have read, but I like it. Same with my “mix-tape” of flash fiction. I love ‘Boo!’ – I love collaboration in general. Writing can be lonely. I’ve been writing music with my best friend, Patrick Renker, since we were thirteen. We don’t play live anymore, but ‘The Flying Black Hats’ is the name we go by, and there are a bunch of songs for free online. I’m probably forgetting some stuff, but I’m sick and my brain is being a brat.

 

What frightens you the most?

I don’t get frightened easily. I have no stomach for gore, but it doesn’t frighten me. I’ve read all Ketchum’s stuff. Love his writing. Real life things frighten me. I worry about the people I love. I worry about people in general. And I have OCD, so public restrooms terrify me.

 

Have you ever seen a ghost?

Oh man. Alright. So, I don’t necessarily believe in ghosts, but I think I saw one. When I was young (three or four), my family lived in England. Very small, old town. The house we lived in had secret cupboards that I found. It was awesome. I also used to sleepwalk and wake up in weird parts of the house. One night, I woke up standing at the top of the stairs. When I turned there was a very pretty young woman in old-fashioned clothes, and she took me by the hand and led me back to bed. It was not scary. It was lovely. Was it a ghost? No one thought so at the time, but there is part of me that really wonders. It could very well have been a dream, but it didn’t feel that way. For one thing, I remember it, and I don’t remember much that far back. Hell, maybe the writer in me just wants it to be true.

 

What are you reading at the moment?

The New Yorker and Harpers. I read a bunch of long novels recently and I need a break.

 

If you could meet any living famous person for dinner who would it be and what would you eat?

I would love to meet Michael Chabon, but that’s too easy. I could give you a million names, but this one popped into my head: Bob Dylan. I’d love to meet Bob Dylan. We would talk about Woody Guthrie and play some songs. Then, he would stand up and leave and I’d sit and think. I’d go club sandwich because you can rarely go wrong with a club sandwich. And maybe Phil Ochs would drop by?

 

If you could meet any dead famous person who would be and what would you have to eat?

I would love to meet my Dad’s brother. He’s not famous, but that’s who I’d pick. And he did play in a band, so he was somewhat famous in rural Pennsylvania. He killed himself long before I was born. No one talks about him, and I know essentially nothing about him. I think we had some things in common from little snippets over the years. I know I’ll never know anything about him, but I’m so curious. My Dad has shown me a picture and told me a few things, but I don’t like making him talk about it. My grandparents are dead, so yeah, John Mader (that’s the first time I’ve ever written his full name, I think). That’s who I’d like to meet. And I’d eat a burrito. Because burritos are awesome.

 

Which book do you see as the most influential in your life?

Wow. That’s an impossible question to answer. There are so many books I love. As far as books that changed the way I thought about writing, I’d have to say ‘Ask the Dust’ by John Fante. I loved that book. I still love that book. ‘On the Road’ is up there. ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ is up there. There’s some Salinger in there. I’ll stop now.

 

In the zombie apocalypse what would be your weapon of choice with which to defend yourself?

Do they make zombie-killing spray? That seems like the most convenient option. I’m not big on weapons or violence. Maybe a guitar? I don’t know what good that would do, but I’ve never smashed a guitar, and that would be a good excuse.

 

Social media links etc.

http://www.jdmader.com

Twitter: @jd_mader

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/JD-Mader/e/B005C22VJY

https://theflyingblackhats.bandcamp.com/

 

Boo! Authors – Oz Wainerdi #Halloween #Horror

Who are you?
I am a meat popsicle. Oz Wainerdi, geek stuck in a jock’s body. Raised secretly on a farm to answer the government’s request for a more intelligent football player.  The program went well until I discovered sci-fi and fantasy, throwing off my societal pressures I moved to broaden my own knowledge and entertain those starved for nerdy interaction.
 
Tell us about your Boo! story:
Well without any spoilers,  a poor lost child running from those who would hurt him seeks refuge in his favourite hiding spot, his stone garden. A cemetery near his house; where he usually waits out the drunken discipline of his step father.  
 
What else have your written?
Among many dungeons and dragons campaigns for friends I also was the writer and co-creator for honorboundcomic.com
 
What frightens you the most?
Ending up alone. I was alone a lot as a child, I have issues with anxiety and shyness all my life, add in the fact I was overweight as a child and ridiculed  constantly about my intellect, body, upbringing, and hobbies means I had few friends. Growing up out on the farm also meant I could go days and weeks without seeing another soul. It’s soul crushing. Now I seem to have surrounded myself with friends who are more like family. But I live in the eternal fear I’ll  say or do the wrong thing and be alone, a small fat child standing alone in that field.
Also, clowns. Creepy bastards.
 
Have you ever seen a ghost?
Yes. But I also have spent time as an amateur ghost hunter with some friends since high school. Many of the things I’ve experienced can be debunked easily there are some like getting my hair pulled at the Menger hotel in San Antonio that defy any other explanation.
 
What are you reading at the moment?
Deathfire: Into the Ruinstorm by Nick Kyme of the Horus
Heresy series and rereading Fool by Christopher Moore.
 
If you could meet any living famous person for dinner who would it be and what would you eat?
Kevin Smith, and whatever he wanted so I could thank him for inspiring a generation of overweight nerds to get stuff done.
 
If you could meet any dead famous person who would be and what would you have to eat?
Robin Williams.  Probably brains? You know those kooky undead celebrity types.
 
Which book do you see as the most influential in your life?
Smoke from this Altar by Louis L’amour . Its a book of poetry by one of the more rough and tumble man’s man author. I was given books and science supplies and calligraphy sets as a child by my aunts, mother and grandmother “you are the only kid we know who would enjoy these.” This book was one of them. Unsure at first the deliciously macabre “My Three Friends” poem caught my eye and imagination and opened my mind to the possibilities of writing and creativity beyond the scope i was accustomed.
 
In the zombie apocalypse what would be your weapon of choice with which to defend yourself?
Trident class nuclear submarine.
Or silenced .22 caliber pistol. Either or.
 
Social media links etc.
Facebook.com/oz.ozykins
@artist_oz on twitter
Ozwainerdi on instagram
Oz Wainerdi on pintrest
Left swipe on tindr