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The Cave free promotion is over!

Thank you for downloading my novella, THE CAVE.  All in all, I gave away 152 copies.  Not great, but not terrible by my standards.  If you grabbed one, and you aren’t already on my mailing list, please sign up!  I will give you either THE STRIKER FILES or 14 DARK WINDOWS for free for signing up.  (DIE 6 is going to be my next free promotion, so I won’t give you that one, and I’m assuming you just downloaded THE CAVE.)

Upcoming books include RECIPROCAL EVIL, a short novel featuring a supernatural serial killer, ODD MAN OUT, a novella-length expansion of the short story, and THE NEVER ENDING NIGHT, also a novella about evil in the neighborhood. 

FYI, THE CAVE costs $1.49 if you buy it, so it isn’t like getting it for free will save you a fortune. And I’m still including it as a giveaway for signing up for my mailing list, if you missed the free promotion!

Take care and thank you all!

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THE CAVE free 10/19/18 to 10/21/18

THE CAVE will be free from Friday, October 19, 2018 to Sunday, October 21, 2018.

Here’s the description:

WHEN IS A CAVE NOT A CAVE?

While exploring the woods near their bike trails, four soon-to-be eighth grade boys make an exciting discovery: a real cave! Of course they decide to explore it, and they make a pact to keep it as their very own secret.

But Steve breaks the pact in order to win the attention of the neighborhood girl that they all dream about: Gina Lawson. To their surprise, Gina wants in on their adventure. As the five of them explore further and deeper, they begin to realize that their cave is not simply a cave – but does the strange pocket of darkness merely pose serious danger, or does true evil lurk within?

A 25,000 word horror novella mixing teenage exuberance with a touch of the macabre. (Contains adult themes and some adult language.)

Grab your copy then, and don’t forget to sign up for my mailing list to get another free book! Choose from between 14 DARK WINDOWS, DIE 6, and THE STRIKER FILES.

I hope you enjoy it! 

The Cave

THE CAVE

The Cave has been reissued!

Maybe that’s a bit too grand — it really hasn’t been reissued, it’s just been cleaned up and given a new cover. 

It’s still a bargain at $1.49.  It tells the story of four neighborhood boys who like to ride bikes and on their adventures, they discover a cave.  But it’s not exactly a cave — it’s something more sinister.  And it’s looking for something from them.  Something guaranteed to give them nightmares.

Here’s the new cover: 

The Cave

THE CAVE

You can buy this 25 thousand word novella at Amazon at this link:  THE CAVE

Thanks for checking it out!

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Mail list up and running!

The mailing list is finally up and running!  So you can click on the link over there to your right and join if you’re so inclined.

Please sign up!  I promise not to spam you with tons of unsolicited emails.  Things I will email you about: 

  • New Releases
  • Sales or Free Promotions
  • New Blog Posts, occasionally, if I think it’s worthy of attention
  • Other releases by indie authors that I like and have read

To sign up, use this link:  Scott Dyson Books

Other ways to keep up with me besides reading this blog:

If you read this post and sign up for the list, I will gift you a free Kindle ebook from the following titles:

  • THE CAVE
  • 14 DARK WINDOWS
  • DIE 6
  • THE STRIKER FILES

When you sign up, please use the “Contact Me” page to tell me which book you want. 

I have a few new releases almost ready to come out, so look for them in the very near future! 

Thank you in advance for signing up!

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Hello!  Long time, no see!

I can’t say that I’m back, but I figured I thought I’d try to keep up with this blog a little bit more than I have been.  I’ll try to toss up a post now and then. 

So why the long absence?  I dunno, just life.  We traveled a bit this summer, I had stuff to do with my mom’s condo, work’s been busy, oldest is going off to college, youngest had some band things like parades.  In between, I actually have been writing a little bit.  Not finishing much.  Not publishing much.  Just writing.

And I’ve also seen a few movies.  On DVD/BluRay, I saw Logan, DeadPool 2, The Dark Knight, and several from the X-men universe.  On the airplanes, I watched Star Trek (the rebooted version), Thor: Ragnarok, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.  In the theater, I saw Mamma Mia:  Here We Go Again, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant Man and The Wasp, Black Panther, and Solo

Notice anything that they have in common?  Oh, yeah.  A bunch of them are superhero movies. I watched them with my sons, for the most part, and I found that I enjoyed them.  Do they make sense all the time?  No.  Are there plot holes big enough to drive trucks through?  Yes.  Does the science violate all principles of physics at times?  Yes, again.  

Are they pure escapist fun?  Yes!

I don’t always need something that’s going to address a serious theme, though I would say that these superhero movies do at times tackle some deeper issues.  Not in the same way as something like the Three Billboards movie did; that tackled a bunch of issues head on and rather directly.  These movies take on issues tangentially, a glancing blow if you will.  Black Panther dealt with racism and haves vs. have-nots, but not in such a way that it always related to our own experience in real life.  Yet I feel like viewers take away some lessons, maybe even better than they do from some other movies, because they recognize the injustice in a different way and internalize it.  Maybe.  Maybe not.  (shrug)  Avengers movies also often show strong female characters who kick butt and take names.  Don’t want to mess with Black Widow or Scarlett Witch or Gamora. 

But mostly, they’re simple morality plays.  Good versus evil.  The evil is pretty easy to spot and identify in these movies; even Thanos, who tries to make the case that he’s doing what he’s doing in order to SAVE the universe, is clearly the evil one in Infinity War.  The superheroes, even when they’re conflicted themselves (like they were in Civil War), are still always good. 

There’s something very cool about this huge story arc that’s occurred over something like eighteen movies now.  They’ve all built up to what we’re waiting for in Avengers 4: Untitled Infinity War Part Two.  They’ve been remarkably consistent and faithful to this story arc.  It’s very fun to watch the older movies and see the events of them in light of what we’ve seen in Infinity War.  They all have added something to the overarching story that’s inspired a ton of discussion online. 

Mostly, for me, they’ve been just fun.  A joy to watch.  I pooh-poohed my son’s enjoyment of them for the longest time, but he finally dragged me in, and now I’m a fan too. 

It would be terrific fun to try to write a story like this.  Maybe someday I’ll try it.

Oh, and Solo was very good, too.  Much better than I was led to believe by the reviews and online comments I saw.  Everyone who sees it seems to like it.  Star Wars fans are the worst.  They micro-examine everything for faithfulness to some story and canon that mostly exists in their own heads.  Another fun movie with plenty of visual eye candy and a solid plot.  I hope they make more of the movies they were intending to make before this one “failed” by not meeting Disney’s financial expectations, a failure that I believe has more to do with competing with themselves (Infinity War, Incredibles 2, and Ant Man and The Wasp), the other blockbuster superhero movie (Deadpool 2) and graduations and graduation parties, the beginning of summer break, and summer vacations, as well as with the expectation that Star Wars movies come out in the late fall/early winter.  It deserved better than it got. 

Back to writing (I hope).

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Box Unchecked. :-(

The mailing list is not working.  It has to do with the email address I am using. 

I plan on getting it working at some point, but for right now, there is still no list.   At least not one that actually works. 

In other news…nada.  While I do have four new projects ready to go, I have decided to NOT publish any of them until I have the mailing list thing sorted out.  Still working on the Addison Falls horror, the post-apocalyptic story, and the space opera.  Others are on the back burner.  I wish something would grab me, strike my fancy, call out to me to write on it. But nothing has really done so.

Watch this space for the mailing list sign-up information once I get it up and running.  Until then, HAGS  (as the kids say).*

(* have a great summer)

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Mailing List!

I finally checked off a box on the to-do list: I set up a Mailchimp Mailing List!

Please sign up!  I promise not to spam you with tons of unsolicited emails.  Things I will email you about: 

  • New Releases
  • Sales or Free Promotions
  • New Blog Posts, occasionally, if I think it’s worthy of attention
  • Other releases by indie authors that I like and have read

To sign up, use this link:  Scott Dyson Books

Other ways to keep up with me besides reading this blog:

If you read this post and sign up for the list, I will gift you a free Kindle ebook from the following titles:

  • THE CAVE
  • 14 DARK WINDOWS
  • DIE 6
  • THE STRIKER FILES

When you sign up, please use the “Contact Me” page to tell me which book you want. 

Thanks for signing up! 

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Movies I’ve seen…

I saw three movies recently:  one new and two old.

First was BLACK PANTHER.  My kids love Marvel superhero movies, and so I get dragged to a lot of them.  This one was no exception.  Yes, there are plenty of plot holes (if you want to know what they might be, go watch one of those “How It Should Have Ended” type videos where some witty You-Tuber analyzes the film.  I particularly liked the one that ended up being an economic tutorial which discussed the Wakondan monopoly on vibranium) but it’s a movie that addresses some serious issues and manages to entertain the hell out of you with tons of cool special effects and more action than most movies.  The actors are mostly good to great in quality, and I had fun watching it — more than I thought I would, because I’m NOT a huge fan of the superhero movies.  (I like them, but I’m not obsessed with them.)

The second movie I watched on YouTube, and it was called “Two of Us.”  As you might guess from the title, it’s about Paul McCartney visiting John Lennon in NYC on the day that SNL’s Lorne Michaels made his legendary offer of $3000.00 for a Beatles reunion on their stage.  It was an interesting character study which is loosely based (meaning, no one really knows what really happened that day) on real events of that day.  The actors had the mannerisms of their subjects down pretty well.  Aiden Quinn’s gestures were all pure McCartney. 

The last movie was one I watched on demand with my younger son the sports fanatic.  He wanted to watch MAJOR LEAGUE, and I agreed.  It’s not a great movie, but it IS a funny movie.  Lots of swearing and inappropriate jokes, but it was still funny after seeing it a number of times.  Charlie Sheen is very good as Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, and Wesley Snipes is also good as Willie Mays Hayes.  The locker room and baseball scenes are the best parts of the movie.  You need to laugh?  This is one movie that can succeed in making you do so.

And that’s it for today. 

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The Beatles

I know, this is supposed to be a writer’s blog.  I’m supposed to be posting stuff about what I’m working on, what’s ready for release, what’s already out there.  Maybe some stuff on the process of writing, and of course on other writers’ books and indie publishing. 

So what is this about a 1960’s pop band? 

Well, I haven’t been writing much — I’m not in a creative place, mentally, and the stories I have going are sort of stuck with me not having a clear picture of where to go from here.  But I have been reading a lot, and I’ve been listening to a lot of music.  Well, a lot of Beatles music.  I treated myself to a year of Sirius XM radio in the car, and I keep it tuned to the Beatles Channel (18), where I’ve been hearing lots of stuff I never heard before.  Not so much the Beatles’ tunes, but the covers, the stuff that influenced them, and the solo stuff from John, George and Ringo (I have almost everything Paul recorded as a solo artist and with Wings).

But with the Beatles songs that I am very familiar with (and those that I have a passing familiarity with), I’m hearing stuff that I didn’t know about them.  Alternate versions, information about when and how they were recorded, who played on them, what inspired them…that sort of stuff.  And as I listen to the songs, I realize how “loose” some of them are.  Even the later stuff.  There’s vocal stuff that was “thrown in” and left there, doesn’t sound rehearsed and is maybe a little off time or off key, but it works.  There are guitar parts and harmonies that weren’t perfect, bass lines that were a little sloppy at times, that weren’t cut and pasted like so many modern songs’ individual parts are. 

Most stuff I have listened to has a certain level of perfection in the recording itself.  Even the new wave/punk stuff.  It’s like even the parts that sound “sloppy” sound rehearsed, like they’d do the exact same sloppy bit every time.  I’ve been in the studio myself, recording on pro-level setups, and I remember doing a keyboard part that sounded perfect the first time I did it, and less so on subsequent takes.  The sound engineer (Craig Williams of Dr. CAW studios) took that first one, copied it, then pasted it everywhere in the song that it was supposed to be, about two or three other spots.  He’d then tweak it till it lined up perfectly and get rid of my original playing and just copy the good one in.  He did that with vocals and guitar licks and other things as well. 

There’s none of that in the Beatles’ recordings.  There seems to always be a spontaneity to each song, a joyfulness that you don’t hear in a lot of studio music.  There’s an interplay between John and Paul that comes through on a lot of songs, even later stuff when they were not the best of mates. 

This morning I heard “Hello Goodbye” and “All You Need Is Love” on the radio, back to back, and I became aware of this imperfection, but it didn’t matter.  The song was the song.  They both stand up incredibly well today as songs.  They didn’t have to be perfect because they were so strong on their own.  They’d be good if they were just being strummed on an acoustic guitar and hummed.  In fact, I have a couple CD’s by a guy named Lawrence Juber, who played in one of the incarnations of Paul’s Wings, and he does Beatles songs on acoustic guitar, no vocals, no other instruments, and they work!   

I am constantly amazed at the depth and joy I am finding in their work. 

On to more Beatles listening…

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