A couple of new post-apocalyptic stories came out recently:
The first is by Aden Cabro, and is called HARRIER HUNT (ISLAND SURVIVAL BOOK 2). It's more of a novella, a short quick read that is fast-paced with solid writing and good characters. I'm looking forward to Book 3. Here's the link: HARRIER HUNT
The second is by M.P. McDonald, and it is called ISOLATION: SYMPATICO SYNDROME BOOK 2. I'm not done with it, but so far it's started strong. I cared about the characters in book 1, and this one is continuing their story believably and with just the right balance of technical stuff with human stuff. Here's the link: ISOLATION
Both are currently $0.99. That may change, so grab them soon!
New Release Alert!
ROGUE PLANETby Steven M. Moore is now available from Amazon for the extremely reasonable price of $2.99! I hope I'm not speaking out of turn, but I had the honor of being one of the beta readers for this book, and I can tell you that it is really good! Set in Moore's future Chaos Universe, it tells the story of a backwater planet that has developed into a theocracy, with terrible results.
Go get it now!
(And yes, I am still here...)
Well, not done exactly, but the story is finished. It needs editing and other such stuff, but I wrote "The End" yesterday at a little over 33K words. It felt good. I knew there was a longer story in there when I started thinking about it, but wasn't sure how much longer. Was I talking about 12K words? 20K words? I was thrilled to find out that it ended up a little over 33K. And I like it. I think it holds together pretty good and tells an interesting story.
I'm going to unpublish the short version sometime very soon, but it will be included at the end of the novella and will still be available in 14 DARK WINDOWS. Look for it in the upcoming months!
I finished up my final editing pass over the weekend, and I think it's time to post the cover for what will be my most recent and my longest published work to date: THE INN.
THE INN is about a high school band who takes a school trip to a music festival in Alabama, and focuses on their student-teacher, a 22-year-old college senior named Kimberly Bouton. But this inn has some strange goings-on, and both the teacher and the kids experience that strangeness first hand.
I haven't written the blurb yet, but I'm working on it. This is a serial-killer-horror type of novel (or is it still a novella at around 37000 words? Probably...) with the standard trappings of horror novels of this type. I wouldn't call it "extreme horror" -- there are no graphic descriptions of -- well, anything, really. But it's full of mature and disturbing occurrences, like most horror novels.
I've alway been a fan of horror movies, even the slasher-type of movies (though I think it's been really overdone and I haven't seen many in the last several years), and I recently read some novels by indie horror writer William Malmborg , especially one called TEXT MESSAGE and one called NIKKI'S SECRET. After I read them, I thought that I could probably write something like those stories, and this is my attempt. I'd like to think that it has my usual level of character development (for better or worse) but I don't think it is for every reader. If you don't care for this sort of horror novel, take a pass on this one. OTOH, if you liked RED DRAGON or SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, you might not be totally put off by this one.
THE INN, a horror thriller which clocks in at about 37000 words and contains a sample chapter of THE CAVE as well. Here's the cover:
I'll be posting links to it on Amazon in a day or so...
My 25,000 word novella, THE CAVE, is live on Amazon! (Click on the image to link to the file on Amazon...)
The Cave Novella
Here is 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 darknesss 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.)
It only costs $0.99! For 25 THOUSAND words! (maybe a few more, actually.) Grab it today!
I am finally ready to publish something new! I've finished up a 25,000 word novella called THE CAVE and we are putting the finishing touches on the cover. When the cover is done, I will be publishing it as an ebook for Kindle. This is probably the first book that I'm going to try for a wider release. I'm also planning on publishing it (not immediately but as soon as I have time to do the extra work) to the other ebook platforms, either through Smashwords or Draft-2-Digital. I hope to have it eventually available for Nook, iBooks, and Kobo.
The story has been through my personal editing wringer (for what it's worth) and a first reader (Tom McAlister) who gave me some very good input. To me (and to Tom), it reads nicely. But then today I had my confidence shaken as I looked at the notes that one of the editors of QUANTUM ZOO sent me on my story. Most were copy-edit types of corrections, like repetition of a word too close together or wrong use of an m-dash. But some were just clarity edits, and when I read them, I realized that her suggestions (the copy-editor was J.M. Ney-Grimm) did clarify the writing in those areas.
But then I remembered Dean Wesley Smith suggesting that you can be paralyzed by such doubts, and I don't intend to allow it to paralyze me. So here it comes. Maybe by the weekend, more likely sometime next week.
I'm working on the blurb right now, but here's a bit about what the novella is about. Four boys discover a cave in a forest preserve/park near their homes. They decide that they are going to explore it by themselves, because they know that if they let the authorities know about it, no one will let them go into it. So they start to excavate the entrance out, and are joined by the cutest girl in the neighborhood, who, to their surprise, is very interested in caves. But the cave has dangers -- not all from the physical challenges presented by their exploration.
It's a story about young love, about trust, about learning to care for others, and about friendships. It's also a story about something strange that has it in for them and wants something from them that they're not really prepared to give.
While I'll classify the tale as horror, I don't know if it is strictly horror. There isn't a fright around every corner. Mostly it's just a story about kids discovering the world around them, and discovering themselves.
It was inspired, in part at least, by Richard Laymon's THE TRAVELING VAMPIRE SHOW, and I tried to create the feel of the kids' experience with something very strange that I found in that novel.
I'm thinking that I'm going to make some pricing moves with all of my works. The short fiction can't go any lower, but I think I'll probably lower the price of all my collections to $0.99 for a while. See if I can lure any new readers in.
As soon as this one is out there, I'll move on to working on my band trip horror novella, a 35,000+ word story with the working title THE INN. And a second, short novel called RECIPROCAL EVIL, clocks in at about 45,000 words and is currently being read by a first reader. I would like to get them all out before fall. Hopefully my dental mystery, tentatively called DEATH BY APPOINTMENT, will get finished up and I can look into editing it and polishing it.
More information to follow. Watch this space (and Facebook) for release notes...
The 12 story anthology QUANTUM ZOO, which contains my story "Playing Man", is free starting today and going through Saturday!
Free is good, right?
If you haven't downloaded a copy, grab it now...
Please consider taking a look at my own new release THE STRIKER FILES (which isn't so new - it's actually a compilation of three previously released single short stories, all set in the same universe and telling different parts of the same story, with a bonus short story included as well). Here's that link: THE STRIKER FILES
It's live! DEADLOCK PRESS and I are pleased to announce that DIE 6, a collection of 6 short stories, is now available in the Amazon Kindle Store for $2.99.
Here's the description:
A short story collection that contains:
AN ARTIFICIAL YEARNING - a young man meets the girl of his dreams online, and yearns to take the next step - meeting in person. But the love of his life is not what he expected...
BLOOD TIES - a psychic who is in debt to the wrong people sees a way out if he can talk to the ghost of a bank robber and find the money that was stolen. Of course, it's never as easy as it sounds...
THE TOOTH FAIRY - Perion, queen of the Dentata, is captured by a boy whose tooth she has come to collect, and tries to make a deal for her freedom, the cost of which is extremely high...
THE FUN HOUSE - Natalie is stuck taking her little brother to the carnival, but when they enter the Fun House, they experience the thrills and chills of their young lives...this Fun House is a little too real...
TIME HEALS ALL WOUNDS - When a woman shows up at Joseph's door with an unbelievable story, he is left with no other choice but to accept it when agents from the future attack both of them in his time. His only escape - to travel to the future himself and attempt to set things right...
THE GHOST TRAIN - Three high school students in Addison Falls try to solve the mystery of both the strange dreams they are having and the reappearance of a "Ghost Train" passing directly through their mall. The answers are found in the past...
Plus a brief author's note and a sample of "Rick's Rules".
Two SF stories, two horror/ghost stories, and a couple that cross genres...Enjoy!
It's about 36,400 words of new fiction, along with a brief author's note (no need to read it if you're not interested in any backstory on the works), a sample of Rick's Rules, and links to my other stories.
Please take a look at it, download the sample, and give it a read! Thank you!
QUANTUM ZOO was released while I was out of the country, on June 17th, and has already hit number 1 on the Amazon SF Anthology list!
If you haven't picked it up yet, get it now...it's on sale for a limited time for $0.99! It won't be such an incredible deal for too long!
Here's the link: QUANTUM ZOO in the Amazon Kindle Store
There are 12 (count 'em!) high quality stories in the collection, ranging from Egyptian gods to alien zoos. Even a little supernatural stuff! And of course my story, PLAYING MAN, can be found right smack in the middle of all this SF/Fantasy goodness!
Grab a copy and read it! You won't be disappointed!
Go ahead. I'll still be here when you get back....
I've released a new short story titled Rick's Rules, available for Kindle for the low low price of $0.99!
Rick'sRulesis the third and final story in the saga of detective Rick Striker and his involvement with vampires. The other two stories are Night Familyand Dead Or Alive.
Here are the links:
RICK'S RULESNIGHT FAMILYDEAD OR ALIVE
Please feel free to check them out! Thank you!