January 21, 2016

Why Chimaera, Why?: a guest post + giveaway by Hunter Shea, author of "They Rise"


About Hunter Shea's THEY RISE: Some call them ghost sharks, the oldest and strangest looking creatures in the sea. Marine biologist Brad Whitley has studied chimaera fish all his life. He thought he knew everything about them. He was wrong.

Warming ocean temperatures free legions of prehistoric chimaera fish from their methane ice suspended animation. Now, in a corner of the Bermuda Triangle, the ocean waters run red.

The 400 million year old massive killing machines know no mercy, destroying everything in their path. It will take Whitley, his climatologist ex-wife and the entire US Navy to stop them in the bloodiest battle ever seen on the high seas.


Why Chimaera, Why?
by Hunter Shea

Of all the fish in the sea – and my momma told me there were plenty out there back when I was dating – why did I choose the lowly chimaera fish as the antagonist in THEY RISE?

First of all, I didn’t want to tread upon killer shark or whale territory. Plenty of other writers butter their bread with those kings and queens of the sea. No, I wanted to be different (which is something I’ve always been and is probably why I got the ‘there’s plenty of other fish in the sea’ speech from the parentals).

So, I headed for ye olde interweb in search of the strangest fish I could find. No matter how small or innocuous it would be, I’d find a way to make it dangerous as all get out. I Googled ‘bizarre fish’, ‘strangest sea creatures’, ‘scary fish’, ‘ocean predators’. I’d find a fish, then look for images. Whatever I chose, it had to be as ugly as a Republican presidential debate. Or Hilary Clinton’s pant suit.

And then came this picture of a chimaera fish…



I thought it had to be Photoshopped to look that downright nasty. To my surprise, that’s exactly what chimaera look like! Ok, we’re off to a good start. I love the word chimaera. It means ‘a horrible or unreal creature of the imagination.’ Oh, this is looking good.

Reading up on chimaera fish, I immediately stumbled upon their nicknames – ghost shark, spookfish or rat fish. Score. They had me at ghost shark, which I believe is also a head scratching SyFy movie. Of course, my chimaera fish would need to be a tad less ethereal, but the name was good for a few shivers. I found out they were distant relations to sharks and have been around for over 400 million years. That’s almost as long as a Quentin Tarantino movie!

These bottom dwellers even have these spiny protrusions that are filled with venom. I mean, how could I pass that up?

Sure, I considered other fish, but when I added up the score, the chimaera fish kicked the omega 3’s out of the competition.

Best part is, chimaera fish are found in oceans all over the world. So the next time you’re doing some Scuba diving, remember THEY RISE, and keep telling yourself ‘it’s all in Hunter’s demented imagination.’


Enter to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card for joining this tour! Get extra entries for social media follows, but get extra extra entries for signing up for his newsletter and five extra entries if you review They Rise and send the link to Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, at hookofabook@hotmail.com!


Good luck!


Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weaned on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn't just write about the paranormal - he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself.

Publishers Weekly named The Montauk Monster one of the best reads of the summer in 2014, and his follow up novel, Hell Hole, was named best horror novel of the year on several prestigious horror sites. Cemetery Dance had this to say about his apocalyptic thriller, Tortures of the Damned - "A terrifying read that left me wanting more. I absolutely devoured this book!"

Hunter is an amateur cryptozoologist, having written wild, fictional tales about Bigfoot, The Montauk Monster, The Dover Demon and many new creatures to come. Copies of his books, The Montauk Monster and The Dover Demon, are currently on display in the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, ME.

He wrote his first novel with the express desire to work only with editor Don D'Auria at Dorchester (Leisure Horror). He submitted his novel to Don and only Don, unagented, placed on the slush pile. He is proof that dedicated writers can be rescued from no man's land. He now works with Don, along with several other agents and publishers, having published over ten books in just four years.

Hunter is proud to be be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with his partner in crime, Jack Campisi. It is one of the most watched horror video podcasts in the world. Monster Men is a light-hearted approach to dark subjects. Hunter and Jack explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun. They often interview authors, crytid and ghost hunters, directors and anyone else living in the horror lane.

Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he's happy to be close enough to New York City to get Gray's Papaya hot dogs when the craving hits. His daughters have also gotten the horror bug, assisting him with research, story ideas and illustrations that can be seen in magazines such as Dark Dossier.

You can follow his travails at www.huntershea.com, sign-up for his newsletter, or follow in on Facebook and Twitter.

January 19, 2016

A Shore Bet: a Q&A with Dean Economos and Alyssa Machinis, authors of "A North Shore Story"

About A NORTH SHORE STORY by Dean Economos and Alyss Machinis: For the teenagers of Chicago’s North Shore, everyone has something to hide. 

In a daring attempt to impress the elusive Sophia, Michael makes the biggest decision of his life, stealing over a hundred thousand dollars from St. Theodore Community Church. 

That same night, Nichole’s insecurities are finally forgotten with a drug she soon won’t be able to control. 

When Michael makes his getaway, he sees his friend Joseph cheat on his girlfriend with the priest’s daughter and knock over a candle that sets the church ablaze. 

As the consequences of that night unfold, Joseph is blamed for the fire and the missing money. Can the teenagers of the North Shore confess their vices to help their friend? Or will their greed, infidelity and jealousy change all their lives forever?

AVAILABLE AT AMAZON.COM

First, an interview with Dean  Economos:

Q: Give  us  some  background,  what  did  you  do  before  writing  this  book?

Dean: I  went  to  college  at  Loyola  University  Chicago  and  received  my  undergrad  in  Biology  and  a  minor  in Biostatistics.  I  then  went  on  to  receive  my  M.B.A.  from  Loyola’s  Quinlan  School  of  Business  with  a concentration  in  Entrepreneurship.

Q: What  were  the  events  that  inspired  the  book?

Dean: The  book  was  inspired  by  different  experiences  growing  up.  Those  key  events  and  experiences  were then  intertwined  with  the  more  current  events  of  our  church’s  media  coverage.

Q: Some  parts  of  your  book  are  things  you  actually  experienced,  they  must  have  stuck  with  you  for  you to  want  to  write  about  them  years  later.  Did  you  always  know  you  wanted  to  tell  these  stories?

Dean: I  kind  of  had  a  premonition  growing  up  that  these  events  would  be  shared.  My  friends  and  I  would always  say  we  should’ve  had  a  show  like  Laguna  Beach,  or  something  of  that  nature.  So,  in  a  way,  I  did think  these  stories  would  be  told  in  one  way  or  another,  I  just  didn’t  think  I’d  be  the  one  to  tell  them.

Q: Like  other  stories  of  turmoil,  we  are  drawn  to  A  North  Shore  Story  because  we  can  relate  to  the characters.  Can  you  elaborate  on  what  is  relatable  about  the  internal  struggles  of  the  book’s characters?

Dean: What  makes  these  characters  extremely  relatable  to  readers  are  the  confidence  and  relationship problems  each  one  of  them  goes  through,  whether  it  be  friendship  or  romantic.  Some  characters  go through  other  internal  struggles  such  as  underage  drinking,  drug  use,  and  sexual  peer  pressure.  I  think that  everyone  at  one  time  or  another  has  been  in  one  of  these  circumstances.

Q: What  was  your  favorite  part  of  writing  this  book?

Since  this  was  my  first  book,  I  didn’t  know  what  to  expect.  I  thought  I  was  supposed  to  have  a  template or  well-­‐thought  out  plan  before  writing  anything.  Instead,  I  jumped  into  it  head-­‐first  and  developed  the story  as  I  wrote.  I  feel  that  doing  it  this  way  allowed  myself  to  be  more  creative  and  not  stick  to  a “script”  per  say.  I  was  even  surprised  at  what  I  was  able  to  create.

Q: What  inspired  you  to  write  this  story  so  many  years  later?

What  originally  got  my  gears  turning  was  the  media’s  coverage  of  our  former  priest  and  his embezzlement  of  church  funds.  I  then  started  to  think  about  our  time  growing  up  at  our  church  and  the events  that  our  friends  and  I  experienced.  After  pinpointing  key  events,  I  began  formulating  the  plotline which  now  makes  up  A  North  Shore  Story.

Q: You  know  some  of  these  characters  in  your  waking  life.  Who  was  the  most  exciting  to  write?  How have  they  changed  because  of  what  happened?

Dean: The  most  exciting  character  to  write  about  was  definitely  Kate.  Kate,  and  the  girl  who  she’s  based  off  of, has  a  very  exciting  personality  and  a  distinct  attitude.  When  our  friend  read  the  story,  she  loved  how  she was  portrayed  in  the  storyline.  I  think  that  she,  along  with  the  rest  of  our  friends,  have  changed  in  that we’ve  learned  how  to  tackle  the  problems  that  Kate  and  the  rest  of  the  group  are  dealing  with  right now.

Q: Tell  us  more  about  your  personal  part  in  the  stories.  Are  you  in  the  book?  How  did  you  change  your story  for  the  fiction  rendition?

Dean: I  am  in  the  book.  With  my  character,  and  with  all  the  characters,  I  left  elements  of  real  life  in  the  story and  in  the  personality,  but  overall  the  fundamental  qualities  of  each  character  are  unique  from  their  real life  counterparts.

Q: What  strengths  did  you  and  Alyssa  bring  to  the  table  to  help  one  another  write  the  book?

Dean: I  felt  more  connected  to  writing  the  actual  story.  I  was  able  to  figure  out  and  connect  the  different  sub-­‐plots  of  the  book,  while  Alyssa  is  very  familiar  with  novels  and  creative  writing.  With  those  skills,  she helped  make  the  book  come  alive.

Q: Do  you  anticipate  a  sequel?

Dean: I’ve  thrown  ideas  around  in  my  head,  and  I’ve  talked  about  it  with  Alyssa.  We’re  open  to  it,  but  haven’t started  writing  anything  yet.

And now a chat with Alyssa Machinis: 

Q: Tell  us  about  your  background,  what  have  you  done  since  the  events  that  occurred  that  inspired  A North  Shore  Story?

Alyssa: Well,  I  went  to  college  at  University  of  Illinois  and  graduated  with  a  degree  in  Advertising  and  minors  in both  Business  and  Communications.  Now  I  work  at  an  advertising-­‐technology  company  as  a  Digital Strategist.

Q: What  is  your  side  of  the  story  depicted  in  the  book?  Did  you  change  the  reality  for  the  fiction  version?

 My  side  of  the  story  is  depicted  in  the  book,  but  it’s  pretty  separated  from  reality.  The  biggest  and  only consistency  between  my  character  and  I  are  our  driven  personalities.

Q: What  was  the  most  difficult  part  about  writing  this  book?

The  most  difficult  part  of  writing  the  book  was  helping  it  come  alive.  The  content  was  there,  and  the story  was  strong,  but  fostering  the  story  from  a  passive  standpoint  into  an  active  point  of  view  was  a challenge.

Q: What  do  you  think  the  most  important  lesson  from  the  book  is?

Dean: The  most  important  lesson  from  the  book  is  to  be  confident  in  who  you  are.  Don’t  worry  about  what other  people  think  because  the  fear  of  judgment  can  turn  you  into  a  person  you  don’t  want  to  be.

Q: What  part  of  this  story  do  you  think  appeals  to  young  adult  readers  most?

Alyssa: I  think  what  appeals  to  young  adults  about  A  North  Shore  Story  are  the  pop  culture  references  mixed with  struggles  that  I  think  a  majority  of  teens  have  experienced  or  encountered  at  some  point  in  their lives.

Q: What  clique  were  you  in  in  high  school?  Can  you  tell  us  an  event  that  happened  to  you  and  your friends  that  almost  made  it  into  A  North  Shore  Story  but  isn’t  included?

Alyssa: I  was  definitely  in  the  choir  group  throughout  high  school.  There  weren’t  many  events  that  didn’t  make it  into  A  North  Shore  Story,  but  we  almost  wrote  in  a  choir  sub-­‐plot.  However,  we  switched  it  to  fashion as  the  story  developed.

Q: What  were  some  of  your  favorite  books  in  high  school,  when  the  story  takes  place?

Alyssa: I  loved  the  Harry  Potter  series  and  the  Myron  Bolitar  series  by  Harlan  Coben.  He  writes  excellent mystery  novels,  and  J.K.  Rowling  is  a  genius.

Q: Who  is  your  favorite  author?  What  were  a  few  books  that  inspired  your  writing?

Alyssa: I  don’t  necessarily  have  a  favorite  author  (I  read  a  lot).  However,  I  do  think  that  J.K.  Rowling’s  writing style  was  very  influential  on  my  own.  It’s  also  comforting  to  know  that  she  had  humble  beginnings  just like  Dean  and  I  have  now.

Q: Do  you  think  you’ll  write  another  book?

Alyssa: Like  Dean  mentioned,  we’ve  talked  about  it  a  little  bit.  However,  as  of  now  we  have  not  made  any strides  toward  writing  another  book.

January 18, 2016

Trivial Bits: a guest post by Barry Napier, author of "Serpentine"

About Barry Napier's SERPENTINE: Clarkton Lake is a picturesque vacation spot located in rural Virginia, great for fishing, skiing, and wasting summer days away. 
But this summer, something is different. When butchered bodies are discovered in the water and along the muddy banks of Clarkton Lake, what starts out as a typical summer on the lake quickly turns into a nightmare. 
This summer, something new lives in the lake...something that was born in the darkest depths of the ocean and accidentally brought to these typically peaceful waters. 
It's getting bigger, it's getting smarter...and it's always hungry. 

In what little spare time I have, I often like to read through the trivia sections of my favorite movies at IMDB. I also enjoy reading Wikipedia entries about the creation and development of some of my favorite albums. It’s a glamorous life…I know.
Given these things, you can imagine how happy it makes me to find Wikipedia entries and online articles detailing the creation and thought process behind some of my favorite novels. Yes, I am one of those readers that get very excited when authors discuss how a novel took shape in their afterword or author notes. For instance, I find it fascinating that Stephen King was so stoned and drunk out of his mind that he does not recall writing most of Cujo (which is one of my top 3 King novels). Similarly, did you know that Justin Cronin’s The Passage came about when Cronin and his daughter took walks and just spit-balled ideas for that might make good books?
I thought it might be fun to sort of dissect one of my books in a similar way. What are some of the background details and interesting (maybe) tidbits surrounding one of my books? And since Serpentine was just released, why not use that as the example?
So, here’s some background and trivia on how Serpentine came to be.
While it’s not my longest novel, it took a very long time to write. There was a little more than two years behind the creation of Serpentine. The only time I have taken this long with a book was with my first published book, The Bleeding Room. That one took the better part of three years and its first draft was 135,000 words.
Loosely inspired by Stephen King’s short story,The Raft.” Actually, it was more inspired by the snippet from Creepshow II based on King’s “The Raft.”
About halfway through writing this, I got the sense that this would likely be my last outright horror novel. Most of my stuff is more along the lines of paranormal thrillers anyway (yes, I do believe there is a difference between the two). And, thinking this was my last foray into pure horror, I tried to go all out in a few scenes.
Ever heard of frog-gigging? If you live anywhere near the American south, you probably have. Somehow, it took be a few novels before I mentioned it in any of my work. You’ll find a frog-gigging reference in here.
The lake in Serpentine is structured around a lake I grew up around. The intertwining backgrounds that went deep into the woods always seemed a little creepy to me. As someone that grew up with things like “The Raft” always flashing in the back of my head, my imagination usually went a little wild whenever I visited that lake.
Serpentine started out as an older version of a short story I once wrote and was nearly published called “Smaller Parts of the Whole.”



If you haven’t picked up Serpentine yet, you can grab it for Kindle right now for $2.99. A paperback version will be coming soon from Severed Press.

December 31, 2015

4 Free eBooks from Felicity Heaton & Caris Roane

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Get these hot paranormal romances today and begin your journey into four incredible and enchanting worlds packed with passionate alpha heroes and sassy heroines.

Here’s a teaser from one of the books to tempt you…

Excerpt from Kissed by a Dark Prince by Felicity Heaton

Olivia had never seen anything like the male specimen on the inspection table in front of her.

Her heart raced. She hadn’t experienced this explosive combination of uncertainty, anticipation and enthusiasm in a long time, ever since her superiors had stripped her of her rank and sent her to this satellite facility in London, taking away her high-level privileges and forcing her to work on studying demon and fae species already extensively researched. It still felt as though they had shoved her out of sight, burying her in the Archangel equivalent of a basement to punish her for her mistake. She had lost all hope of removing the taint it had left on her name in the organisation.

Until now.

The specimen lying right in front of her was her chance to prove herself again, a gift that some higher power had literally dumped on her doorstep.

Blood stained his neck and splashed across his jaw, and pooled at the left corner of his mouth too, luring Olivia’s gaze to firm sensual lips that had her staring blankly, lost in their perfection. She blinked herself out of her trance. Time was of the essence. She needed to get her study underway before her guest woke up or one of the other doctors belonging to the facility barged in and tried to take over.

She shook her hands to steady them, pulled her digital recorder from the pocket of her white coat, and turned it on. She set it on the silver trolley filled with all the equipment she thought she might need to complete her inspection of their unconscious guest.

Olivia tugged on a pair of latex gloves and ran her fingers over the scalpels and tools, and settled on a pair of shears. It had been a long time since she had been able to work on a live specimen and she wanted to start by getting his vitals monitored.

She picked up the shears and cut down the middle of his long black tunic style jacket. Red stained her cream gloves.

“Specimen appears to have suffered severe injuries, worse than at first thought, resulting in a high level of blood loss.” She reached the end of his jacket and peeled the two sides back. She paused, her eyes widening at the impressive display of taut honed muscles under tight bloodstained and bruised skin. “Specimen also isn’t wearing anything under his coat.”

Completely unprofessional of her but she had expected at least some sort of undershirt, and she certainly hadn’t anticipated a body like this. She drew in a shaky breath, mentally told herself to get it together, and cut upwards along each of his sleeves. She peeled the two sides of his ruined jacket away from his body and set them down on the tray.

“Multiple lacerations and abrasions on his torso and arms. Many appear to be claw marks. Possible demon attack. Subject wears matching black and silver metal bands on each wrist.” Olivia spread her fingers and stroked along the lines of four long slashes over his left deltoid. She gasped. “Specimen has markings on his body that hadn’t been visible prior to interaction with him.”

Olivia tracked the symbols with her fingertips, following them as they formed a curl over his deltoid to his shoulder. Whenever she moved along the line, more symbols appeared, luring her fingers. The colourful swirls and glyphs shimmered through the blood staining him. They swept over his shoulder and under his collarbone, and suddenly she was caressing his left pectoral, chasing them as they followed the shape of his muscle downwards over his heart and around across his torso, and then curled under his nipple to end in a point there.

She had never seen anything like this. It fascinated her. The ones that curled around his deltoid were already fading, disappearing into his skin.

She had made it her business to study the written languages of the fae and demons, because many non-humans bore markings like this and it made it easier to identify the species of the owner. Incubi were born with lines of symbols on their skin that not only changed colour to show their mood, but also detailed their lineage, proudly displaying their heritage in the paternal line. The symbols inked on this male’s skin weren’t that of the common fae language though. They were new to her.

“Specimen’s markings seem limited to his upper torso.” She leaned over him and swept a single finger across his right pectoral, and sure enough, markings appeared there too, perfectly mirroring the design she had followed. Olivia used the shears to cut through the waist of his black trousers and froze when more markings shimmered over his hipbone. “Correction. Specimen’s markings continue on his lower body, notably his hips.”

Olivia flicked a glance at the front of his trousers. If this lean, unusual male didn’t wear an undershirt, what were the chances he wasn’t wearing underwear too?

She curled her fingers into fists and stifled the blush that crept onto her cheeks. She had seen plenty of nude men during her years as a doctor and in her personal life too. He was just a specimen. Her gaze roamed to his handsome face, taking in its sculpted perfection. A very gorgeous specimen.

Her heart beat harder and she rolled her shoulders. She had to get a grip. This was her chance. If she had never seen anything like this man, then there was a chance neither had the other scientists employed by Archangel. All those scientists that were currently enjoying a soiree at headquarters, leaving her as the only medical staff in the building. If she could document everything about this male, and figure out what species of demon or fae he was, then her superiors would have to give her some credit, and maybe she could get back to doing what she loved most—studying new species.

So, she had to do this. He was just another subject.

Olivia cut away his trousers, running the shears straight down each long, toned leg. She removed the central part and swallowed as her gaze betrayed her, darting to his groin. No underwear. Her face flushed. Oh my. The man was built like a god with not an ounce of fat on his lithe body. All powerful muscle.

She set the shears down and took another steadying breath before touching the fading marks on his left hip. They brightened again and she followed them.

“Specimen’s markings curl over his hip from behind. Cannot risk moving specimen without harming him to investigate them. They move down past his... groin... and then sweep back around to curl over his hip.” Her heart ran away with her again, her blood rushing through her ears. She hadn’t needed to follow the marks all the way to make the ones that arced around towards his buttocks appear. Her fingers had brushed the ones closest to the dark thatch of curls around his genitals and they had appeared.

His hip twitched beneath her fingertips.

Olivia quickly pulled her hand back and froze. He didn’t move again. The breath she had been holding rushed out of her.

“I am going to proceed with monitoring the specimen’s vitals.” She picked up several of the pads used as contacts for the machines and stuck them to his chest and below his ribs on the left side. If he had a similar physiology to a human as many fae species did, chances were high that she could pick up and monitor his heart rate this way. She connected the wires, switched on the machine, and placed a clip over his index finger. The heart rate monitor beeped slowly but everything else was off the charts. “Specimen shows extremely high levels of oxygen in his blood, beyond normal parameters. What are you?”

She ran her gaze over him. He had taken a severe beating before they had found him unconscious outside the building, as if someone had wanted them to find him.

Sable, her friend and demon hunter extraordinaire, had taken one look at him and her gift had told her that he wasn’t mortal.

The hunters who had helped her bring him in had believed he had crawled to them or had made his own way to their doors. Sable didn’t believe that and neither did Olivia.

No demon or fae in their right mind would place themselves at the mercy of Archangel.

No. Someone had dropped this male on their porch and left him there, wanting Archangel to bring him inside. Why?

It could be a trap and it would be just her luck if it were.

“Specimen appears mortal. Markings on his skin appear fae possibly.” But they hadn’t captured a fae in years and he was nothing like the fae she had read about in the database or seen firsthand. “Specimen is male, estimated six-feet-six, one hundred and eighty to two hundred and twenty pounds. Black hair.”

Olivia inspected his stomach, pressing in to feel his organs. He felt human but something about him, something other than his mysterious markings, told her that he wasn’t. She peered closer at the severe wounds on his stomach and chest.

“Specimen appears to have advanced healing ability. Age of blood around the wounds is indicative of a recent injury, but the wounds in question are already closed and beginning to scab over.” Many demon and fae species had heightened healing. He could be any number of them. Olivia carefully pulled his upper lip back and studied his teeth. “No fangs. Canines appear normal.”

She drew back and something caught her eye. She parted the wild strands of his short black hair and traced the pointed tip of his ear. Was he a demon? They had pointed ears.

Olivia hovered over him, looking down at his handsome bloodstained face. She had never seen a demon as beautiful, mysterious, or deadly as he was.

Deadly.

She could feel it like an aura around him.

He was dangerous.

And waking up.

About the books in this offer:



kissedbyadarkprince


Kissed by a Dark Prince


by Felicity Heaton

Olivia thinks it’s her lucky night when a dangerously handsome unconscious fae ends up on her inspection table. He’s her chance to redeem herself with her employer, the demon-hunting organisation, Archangel. But when the tall, dark and deadly immortal warrior awakes, she gets much more than she bargained for...

Attacked by his enemy in the elf kingdom, the last thing Prince Loren expects when he comes around is a beautiful angel watching over him. Hazy from his injuries, all he can focus on is the pulse ticking in her throat and the sweet allure of her blood.

One single bite reveals she is his eternal mate, triggering a bond between them that will leave him weakened until it is completed... or broken, and pulling Olivia into the crossfire of his ancient feud.

Will Loren be strong enough to place duty before desire and give up the one thing he has waited millennia for and craves above all others—his eternal mate? And will Olivia be able to resist the incredible heat that burns between them and the temptation of her dark prince’s kiss?
bloodflame


Blood Flame


by Caris Roane

Connor, a powerful vampire serving as a Border Patrol Officer for his corrupt world, falls for a gifted witch who has the ability to kill him with a single touch...

In BLOOD FLAME, vampire Officer Connor of the Crescent Border Patrol tries to suppress his desire for the powerful witch, Iris Meldeere. Because the woman possesses the ability to kill him with the tips of her fingers, how can he possibly fall in love with her?

When a double homicide throws them together, he soon finds his deepest fantasies fulfilled as Iris succumbs to his seductions.

But as they battle together to stay alive, and love begins to consume them both, will the witch be able to forgive the dark secrets of his past?
Covet


Covet


by Felicity Heaton

They’ve burned for each other for two years, the forbidden attraction between them growing each night. Now resisting the sinful desires of their hearts is becoming impossible.

Javier knows better than to succumb to his hunger for Lilah. The mortal female belongs to a powerful aristocrat patron of Vampirerotique, the theatre he runs with three other vampires. A single touch is all it would take to break the sacred law of his kind, sentencing himself to death, but his passion for her has become too fierce to ignore and he will risk everything to make Lilah his. When they find themselves alone in a private box during one of the erotic performances, will they surrender to their passion and live out their wildest fantasies in a night of wicked pleasure or will the threat of Lilah’s master keep them apart forever?
EmbraceTheDark


Embrace the Dark


by Caris Roane

Will she fall to temptation and give herself to a vampire...

Abigail doesn’t mind doing business with the realm-world, until she discovers she’s a rare commodity called a blood rose, something designed to satisfy the deepest needs of a mastyr vampire. She wants nothing to do with that kind of power and servicing a vampire is just wrong. But Mastyr Gerrod’s resistance to her gift, as well as his hot hunkiness in his Guardsman uniform, soon turns her head and she bends her neck to receive a sharp pair of fangs.

Mind-blowing sex, ecstasy, all good things follow. But how can she give up her human world to serve as a blood rose the rest of her life?

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About Felicity Heaton
Felicity Heaton

Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you're a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:

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About Caris Roane
Caris Roane

I’m a NY Times Bestselling Author and I write super-sexy paranormal romance fiction designed to be as much an adventure as a soul-satisfying experience. With every book I write, I try to give a taste of real life, despite the fact that I’m writing about hunky vampire warriors. You’ll come away engrossed in the lives of my tortured heroes as they wage war, as they make love, and as they answer the tough questions of life in terms of purpose, eternity, and how to raise a family! I began my career with Kensington Publishing writing Regency Romance as Valerie King. In 2005, Romantic Times Magazine honored me with a career achievement award in Regency Romance. I’ve published thirty paranormal romances to-date, some self-published and some for St. Martin’s Press! I’ve also branched out into Contemporary Romance with A SEDUCTIVE PROPOSITION!

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December 22, 2015

Seventeen of My Favorite Reads in 2015

Well, it's that time of year. The year-end lists. I wasn't gonna do one, but just like last year, I realized last week that these year-end book lists are one more little way to highlight authors and their books, spread the good word and maybe convince a reader or two to check out a book they might not otherwise bother reading.

The reason I was a bit reluctant to make up a year-end list this year was because I only read about half the number of books I read last year. But I still managed to read more than a book a week, so it all works out to provide me with a healthy list of books I'd heartily recommend to fellow genre mutts. I basically came up with a top ten of books, then threw in one more I really felt deserved to be included to make it eleven, then remembered a half-dozen comic book series I loved, too.

So, here they are, in no particular order I might add: seventeen of my favorite reads from 2015!



The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (Tor Books, 2014) - I received this as part of the Hugo Award reading packet along with the other nominated books, and it wound up being the one I voted for. It didn't win, but whatevs. Addison is actually a pen name for Sarah Monette, whose short stories I have quite enjoyed in years previous, so it was cool to see she can just as handily write a sweeping, fantastical novel.

Knuckleball by Tom Pitts (One Eye Press, 2015)  - A crime novella based in San Francisco, and as the first 2015 release of the One Eye Press Singles, I dare say it set a high bar for the subsequent releases under that banner. This also marked my first time reading one of Tom's books, despite having bought a couple others previous to reading this one, thanks to high praise from some of his peers.

Batgirl Vol. 1: The Batgirl of Burnside by Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, & Babs Tarr (DC Comics, 2015) - I have never really read many superhero comic books, mainly because of the learning curve for a series' canon, not to mention the infuriating crossover events that demand you read multiple series just to get a grasp of what's happening. This book was great in that the backstory was taken care of succinctly and the new approach to the character was done wonderfully, with artwork to match. It made me a fan of Batgirl, that's for sure.


Mercy House by Adam Cesare (Hydra, 2015) - Holy crap, this book was like something Richard Laymon would've written after he'd been bitten by a radioactive spider. Intense, relentless, with a backdrop you don't often see in horror, and a tangible sense of glee from Adam's words as he unleashes a hundred-mile-an-hour horror show.


Fuckin' Lie Down Already by Tom Piccirilli (Crossroad Press, 2010) - After a hard fought battle with cancer, Tom PIccirilli died this year. He has fast become one of my all-time favorite authors, despite having read but a handful of his books. Each one though just devastates in remarkable fashion. And word of his passing compelled me to reach for one of his books to read. I picked a doozy with this hard-bitten bit of noir that is as riveting as it is remorseless.


Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick & Valentine De Landro (Image Comics, 2015) - I first heard about Kelly Sue when her weird western series, Pretty Deadly, started up. That was pretty great. Then I heard this one was coming out and upon reading the premise for it, I was immediately sold. Take the women-in-prison genre from the old exploitation films, set it in space, and slip in a little commentary for good measure, not to mention DeConnick's inimitable style, and this was just pure entertainment all the way around.


It's Only Death by Lee Thompson (DarkFuse, 2015) - I suspect there isn't a genre Lee Thompson couldn't nail. Horror, check. Fantasy, check. Thriller, check. Noir, you betcha. This novella was just riveting and he has two more out in the noir genre that I am very keen to check out in 2016, plus he's got more in the horror and thriller and who knows what other genres coming down the pipe. The dude's a machine.


Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughn & Cliff Chiang (Image Comics, 2015) - If you grew up in the 80s and you go in for that nostalgia vibe with your genre fiction, then baby, this one is for you. Take a little Stand By Me and mix it up with some E.T. and Back to the Future, and you might have something like Paper Girls. It's only three issues in, but I'm already overjoyed with how it's shaping up.


Prodigal by Melanie Tem (Dell, 1991; re-released by Crossroad Press, 2010) - It was with the news of Melanie Tem's death back in February that I figured I was overdue in reading her work. So I opted to go for her debut novel. It earned a nomination for a Locus Award for Best First Novel, and tied with Kathe Koja's Cipher to win the Stoker Award for Best First Novel. It was easy to see how it garnered such acclaim, and I'm definitely making it a point to read as much of her work that I can track down in the years to come.

Preacher Vol. 9: Alamo by Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon (Vertigo Comics, 2001) - I have held off as long as I can, but this year I had to finally stop pretending there was more story coming in this series. I didn't want it to end, as Preacher became my favorite comic book series ever. It is like some perfect storm of everything I love about storytelling. And this final volume in the series, with Custer on his hellbent mission to hunt down God, did not disappoint.

Gestapo Mars by Victor Gischler (Titan Books, 2015) - Good lord, if you want some high-octane sci-fi pulp, this book delivers. I had initially thought this was gonna be some kind of satire take on Nazis in space, but it actually feels more like a love letter to the serial adventures of yesteryear, with enough no-holds-barred, tongue-in-cheek attitude to keep it from feeling old-fashioned. I knew Victor Gischler wouldn't disappoint.

Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight Double Feature Vol. 3 by Alex de Campi & others (Dark Horse Comics, 2015) - Speaking of no-holds-barred, Alex de Campi's minor masterpiece continued this year with even more blood-spattered, obscenity-laden action. "Slay Ride" and "Blood Lagoon" differ in tone and delivery, but each one fits snugly in the grindhouse motif, and it was cool to see "Blood Lagoon" offered up as a sequel of sorts to "Bee Vixens from Mars," which kicked this whole series off.


Hashtag by Eryk Pruitt (280 Steps, 2015) - I actually interviewed Eryk about his book earlier in the year (you can read that by clicking here). A crime novel that's a little bit social commentary and a lotta bit gritty character study, with three lowlife characters given the spotlight in succession for one wild ride. It's a bit of a slow burn in spots, but Eryk really lets each character stand out and build to a satisfying end.

The Girl With the Deep Blue Eyes by Lawrence Block (Hard Case Crime, 2015) - What I initially thought was going to be a straight forward private-eye story turned out to be way more than that. In one sense it felt like vintage Block, in another it felt like a thumb in the eye of conventional crime fiction. Block presents his main character with no filter on the lens. The guy is damaged goods, but it's not until your knee deep in the story do you realize just how damaged.

Harrow County Vol. 1 by Cullen Bunn & Tyler Crook (Dark Horse Comics, 2015) - Cullen Bunn's The Sixth Gun was a year-end recommendation I saw a few years ago from someone, I forget who, that had me very interested in his work. I only just read that one this month, and checked out his take on DC's Lobo earlier in the year. But this southern gothic series that really stands out as a gem in horror, and really shows off how great a collaboration Bunn and Crook have here.

Beautiful Sorrows by Mercedes M. Yardley (Shock Totem Publications, 2012) - Is this the only short story collection on my list? Jeez, it is. Well, I didn't read too many this year, but even if I had there is no doubt Yardley's collection would have a secure spot on this list of favorites. She's turned a lot of her attention to the novel-length fiction, but if you want a glimpse of just how whimsically dark she can get, then you really need to check out this book.


Rat Queens Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe & Roc Upchurch (Image Comics, 2014) - I really didn't know what to make of this series when it first came out. I thought it was gonna be a by-the-numbers epic fantasy, but it's the furthest thing from. It's a foul-mouthed feast of female ass-kickers. Imagine a swords and sorcery version of the A-Team, but with much stronger writing than anything George Peppard and gang had to work with.

Paradise Sky by Joe R. Lansdale (Mulholland Books, 2015) - If I had to choose, my love of Lansdale tales would force me to pick Paradise Sky as my favorite book of the year. The book is over 400 pages, but it's a rocket ride like the slim western novels of yesteryear. The legend of Deadwood Dick is brought to life like no one else could do it, with a book that feels very much like a Lansdale novel, yet sets itself apart. I don't know if I would label it his best work yet, but the argument can certainly be made, because it's that damned good.


So there's my list, folks. What book or books did you love this year? Let me know with a comment or leave a link to your own list of faves, so I can check 'em out.

Oh, and have a MERRY MERRY and a HAPPY HAPPY!



December 21, 2015

The Fundamentals: an interview with Ken Murray, author of "Eulogy"

EULOGY: a novel by Ken Murray: The controlled and calm life of William Oaks is shattered when his parents die suddenly in a car crash. A reclusive paper conservator at a renowned Toronto museum, William must face the obsessions and denials that have formed him: delusional family history, religious fundamentalism, living with unhappy parents who are constantly bickering, forced starvation, secrets and get-rich-quick schemes. Memory and facts collide, threatening to derail his life and career as William feverishly prepares for an important exhibition on the Egyptian Book of the Dead.

Ken Murray’s powerfully written debut novel, EULOGY (Tightrope Books) explores an unusual, Rapture-obsessed fundamentalist Christian family that places all of its hopes on catastrophic destruction. The only offspring of a sad marriage, William practices self-flagellation, since being disappointed with salvation was a damnable sin, and experiences tremendous self-doubt because of his upbringing. Murray writes, “When the timbers of your house are cemented with bullshit, you ignore the smell and hope for the bullshit to hold.” He hides in his lonely, quiet world away from other humans, but is it enough to survive his traumatic upbringing?


What inspired you to write “Eulogy?”

Eulogy started quite innocuously, more than ten years ago. On a Sunday afternoon, walking home from enjoying time at a cafe with friends, I became obsessed with the mental image of a boy and his father going to an amusement park, but the trip is neither fun or amusing, something is not right about it.

I started writing that scene – if only to purge it from my mind – but it wouldn’t go away. I needed to know who these two were. Who was this kid? Who was this man? What was their story? What happens to them?

I wrote their story so that I could know it. Their image no longer obsesses me, and I’m glad for that.

Is this book in any way biographical?

The events are not biographical, nor are the people in it. The central struggle about religion has resonance to my life, however. I grew up in a house where we attended churches that preached the bible as a literal document and that were always looking for the end of the world. On the television we had a constant stream of televangelists, and they had all the answers, until I realized the answers didn’t work for me.

So one of William’s central struggles matters to me personally: How do you relate to the world when you come to realize that the beliefs in which you were raised are not acceptable to you? Rejection alone is not enough. You need to find your own way.

You write a serious story, yet there are many instances of humor in the book. Why is that?
I never try to be funny, and I don’t like making fun of anyone, but people are sometimes amusing just as they are. Take an intriguing character — like William’s mother, Janet Oaks — and give her the keys to an old beat up car and a conviction that she can get rich and be happy as long as she sells more Slender Nation, and just write what happens. The scenes are serious, but what the people do along the way is funny. The humor makes the sadness of the story all the more poignant.

Why is the main character so isolated and why does he try to harm himself?

I think William’s self-harm is best understood as him acting out on himself the emotional violence of his parents’ marriage. They are constantly at each other, and they place him in the middle of their battles, and their tug of war becomes something that he takes on as his own. As he moves away from them – at first figuratively in adolescence, then literally as he goes to the city – he retains that violence within him and the need for pain is the result.

As for his isolation, I think it is linked to the isolation of the home in which he grew up. He doesn’t necessarily like being alone, but it’s what he knows. Like many people, he takes comfort in something familiar which is not necessarily something he wants. If you look at the scene in the book when William first finds religion, in that moment he is genuinely happy to be among people who want to be his friend. It’s a fleeting moment, his euphoria doesn’t last.

Do you think the parents in this book are a fair representation of parents from fundamentalist households?

It would be too simplistic to call them representations of parents from fundamentalist households. They are simply people who are struggling in life and in their marriage, and with limited skills or willingness at their disposal to deal with their challenges.

They like the answers the church gives them; they like the certainties it professes.

What are your thoughts about fundamentalists around the world? How is fundamentalism affecting the world we live in?  What traits do they all have in common?

I think it’s important to acknowledge the obvious and that is, first and foremost, each unique fundamentalism believes that it is uniquely right, and that all other paths are wrong. This is cause for concern when different fundamentalisms encounter each other or non-fundamentalists. It’s a serious issue on a planet with 7 billion people, of many backgrounds and beliefs.

The other thing that all fundamentalisms have in common, and this may seem controversial to many people, is that the fundamentalisms are all populated by real people. We cannot dismiss billions of people because of their beliefs, much as we should not be forced to build societies or countries that reflect their beliefs. It’s a tricky balance when dealing with groups who believe they are authoritatively right, but life is difficult, so that’s nothing new.

They are humans, and have the human trait of being hard to understand. I do myself a disservice, along with my community and my world, if I dismiss someone I cannot understand as a mere whackjob. And when fundamentalists turn to violence, it is all the more important to see these as the acts of a human (whether Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or any other belief). Their humanity makes the violence all the more tragic. People want to dehumanize criminals, it makes them easier to hate, but that doesn’t help anyone.

How does fundamentalism affect children?

Children are likely affected more by the dynamics of their home than the religion in which they were raised. People who are raised in loving considerate homes find easier adjustment to life than those who grow up in acrimony. In my book, William is dealing with his own problems and the tensions between his parents and through this he is also dealing with the religion. But the greatest influences on his behavior are his parents, and their abuse of each other, and not the religion he left behind.
Every child grows up believing for a while that the world they know – the picture on the wall, their room, their home (or homes), their friends and their community is all that there is to know in the world. But the child who grows up in the fundamentalist home is to a certain extent asked to believe that much of this illusion really IS the entire world, to believe that the fairy tale is true. The teaching is along the lines of “What our religion tells you is all you need to know; don’t be deceived by those who tell you otherwise.” This is in high contrast to, for example, the home where a child is encouraged to be open and loving to the possibilities of life and the many cultures and beliefs that exist, as opposed to being fearful and mistrusting.

This self-segregation of a fundamentalist home will need to be faced by everyone who is raised there as they encounter more of the world. At some point, each person needs to choose whether they believe in what they were raised in, or if they are going to find another way to relate to the world. That’s universal no matter how you are raised, but there’s an added rub for the fundamentalist, because the fundamentalist child is usually raised cut off from the rest of the world.

I imagine that for some children, growing up like this works out just fine, but it didn’t work for me, and it doesn’t work for the fictional William Oaks. Of course, William’s case is a little different. He is not raised in the religion, but finds it as an 11 year old as a way to fix his problems as well as those of his parents. It works for them but, in the end, not for him. You can see the novel as a story of his heartbreak that this religion that promised him so much magic did not deliver.

KEN MURRAY is a writer and teacher of creative writing. His work has also appeared in Prairie Fire, Globe and Mail, Mendacity Review, Brooklyn Rail, Ottawa Citizen, Canadian Business Magazine, Maclean’s, and has also been published by the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies (through the Random House of Canada Student Award in Writing). While earning his MFA at The New School, he also trained as a teaching artist with the Community Word Project and taught with Poets House. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the inaugural Marina Nemat Award and the Random House Award, and received an Emerging Artist’s Grant from the Toronto Arts Council. Originally from Vancouver, Murray grew up in Ottawa and has lived across Canada and in New York City. He now divides his time between Prince Edward County and Haliburton Ontario, and teaches at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and Haliburton School of the Arts.

December 18, 2015

Hungry Like the Wolf: an interview + giveaway with Jonathan Janz, author of "Wolf Land"

 WOLF LAND by Jonathan Janz


An unholy predator on the prowl!

The small town of Lakeview offers little excitement for Duane, Savannah, and their friends. They’re about to endure their ten-year high school reunion when their lives are shattered by the arrival of an ancient, vengeful evil. 

The werewolf.

The first attack leaves seven dead and four wounded. And though the beast remains on the loose and eager to spill more blood, the sleepy town is about to face an even greater terror. Because the four victims of the werewolf’s fury are changing. They’re experiencing unholy desires and unimaginable cravings. They’ll prey on the innocent. They’ll act on their basest desires. Soon, they’ll plunge the entire town into a nightmare. Lakeview is about to become Wolf Land.





Gef: How old were you when you first found out about werewolves? Was it a movie, novel, comic book, Saturday morning cartoon?

Jonathan: Hmmm...I’d say my first brush with werewolves had to be the original version of THE WOLFMAN, which I saw when I was very young. Though that experience certainly creeped me out, it also created the foundation of humanity beneath the bestial side. Then, the Michael Jackson “Thriller” video came along and made me forget all about humanity and sent me sprinting out of the room. Seriously. That transformation terrified me.

After that, the movies that did it were THE HOWLING, SILVER BULLET, and AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON. By the time I was an adolescent, I was absolutely hooked.

Gef: What prompted you to take a crack at the werewolf mythos? Is this something you've had brewing for a while or was it more of a spur of the moment idea?

Jonathan: It was definitely brewing for a good long while. I’ve loved werewolves forever and have always known I’d write them at some point. It just took the right plot, which I found when I started thinking about some of the things I used to imagine during high school. Being from a rural small town, I spent a lot of time driving country roads at night. That sort of setting was just perfect for werewolf thoughts, and I used to imagine werewolves in the countryside pretty frequently.

There was also an amusement park where I grew up (Indiana Beach). I worked there during the summer and spent a great deal of time there. So as I thought back about those days and nights, my thoughts naturally trended toward the amusement park too. It all came together in WOLF LAND.

Gef: Wolf Land has a high school reunion as its backdrop. Any literary catharsis with that choice or all fond memories of high school?

Jonathan: Definitely a catharsis, though many of my high school memories are positive ones. See, the thing for me is how much I used to get sanctioned back in high school, and how many wrong ideas got perpetuated. Oh, I had great friends and many good times, but there were also things that bothered me on some level back then that I never took the time to examine or attempt to change. That bothers me now, so WOLF LAND was my way of dealing with that.

Gef: Some of your previous novels have winks and nods to other novels you've written. Any little easter eggs to be found by your more ravenous readership in Wolf Land?

Jonathan: Absolutely! This book goes both backward and forward with references to my work. SAVAGE SPECIES gets a nod in WOLF LAND, which was only fitting since there’s a kinship between the two books. They’re different in many ways, but there are also some similarities. Structurally, they both feature a big bloodbath early on, as well as an ensemble cast with multiple plot strands and points-of-view. Given those connections, I thought it would be appropriate to mention SAVAGE SPECIES.

The other Easter egg is a bit different. I usually don’t talk much about future works in my novels, but in this one I did. There’s a winter novel I’ll be writing some time in the near future called THE STARS HAVE LEFT THE SKIES that gets some early backstory in WOLF LAND. The Easter egg, I guess, will only make sense once the later story is released, but at that point it’ll be something cool to tie the books together.

Gef: Favorite and least-favorite aspect of the werewolf mythos?

Jonathan: I don’t really have a least-favorite aspect, unless you count the defanging that has gone on with both werewolves and vampires over the past couple decades. My favorite aspect of the werewolf mythos? Man, can I say all of it? I love the first “infection”; I love the paranoia that comes from being bitten or scratched. The transformation scene is one of the single most mesmerizing events in dark fiction, and in WOLF LAND, we get several of them. Add to all that the incredible opportunity for guilt and redemption, and you’ve got a whale of a lot of potential. I freaking love werewolves.

Gef: Werewolf vs. vampire: who ya got?

Jonathan: Both are incredible creatures when done right. I like to think I’ve done them justice in WOLF LAND and DUST DEVILS, respectively. The werewolves in WOLF LAND are absolutely monstrous, but then again, so are the vampires in DUST DEVILS. I feel like I’m cheating on them by going with one or the other, so I’ll just say they’re my two favorite creatures.

Then again, I love the Children from SAVAGE SPECIES and Gabriel from THE SORROWS…

Wow. Did I really just cop-out on my cop-out? Whatever meager street cred I had is now gone.

Gef: How have you found your progression as a writer thus far?

Jonathan: It has been incredibly rewarding because it has been characterized by consistent effort and dogged determination. As far as subject matter, I’ve really been all over the dark territories of horror, and I’ve done several different subgenres. I’d like to think the quality of my writing has steadily increased, and I know my process has grown stronger. In addition to improving as a writer, I feel like I’ve become a more capable editor, which is nearly as important as being a good writer. I think the act of going through the novel-writing and editing process makes you better as long as you pay attention, try to learn from your mistakes, and attempt to build on your successes.

Gef: What projects are you cooking up that folks can expect in the near future, and how can folks keep up with your shenanigans?

Jonathan: Well, folks can find me at my website (jonathanjanz.com), my Goodreads page, my Amazon page, on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (always as Jonathan Janz). With regard to new projects, I have two novels and a novella coming in 2016. CHILDREN OF THE DARK is a prequel to SAVAGE SPECIES, though it’s a standalone novel as well. EXORCIST FALLS is a sequel to EXORCIST ROAD, and though the original was a novella, the sequel is a full-length novel. I’ll be releasing an updated, improved version of my first ever novella, WITCHING HOUR THEATRE. Additionally, I have several story ideas in my mind and others partially written, so the foreseeable future looks to be a fruitful, exciting time.

Thank you so much for having me on your wonderful site, Gef. I visit it daily! 

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Jonathan Janz grew up between a dark forest and a graveyard, and in a way, that explains everything. Brian Keene named his debut novel The Sorrows "the best horror novel of 2012." The Library Journal deemed his follow-up, House of Skin, "reminiscent of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House and Peter Straub's Ghost Story."

2013 saw the publication of his novel of vampirism and demonic possession The Darkest Lullaby, as well as his serialized horror novel Savage Species. Of Savage Species, Publishers Weekly said, "Fans of old-school splatterpunk horror--Janz cites Richard Laymon as an influence, and it shows--will find much to relish." Jonathan's Kindle Worlds novel Bloodshot: Kingdom of Shadows marked his first foray into the superhero/action genre.

Jack Ketchum called his vampire western Dust Devils a "Rousing-good weird western," and his sequel to The Sorrows (Castle of Sorrows) was selected one of 2014's top three novels by Pod of Horror. 2015 saw the release of The Nightmare Girl, which prompted Pod of Horror to call Jonathan "Horror's Next Big Thing." His newest release is Wolf Land, which Publishers Weekly called “gruesome yet entertaining gorefest” with “an impressive and bloody climax.” He has also written four novellas (Exorcist Road, The Clearing of Travis Coble, Old Order, and Witching Hour Theatre) and several short stories.

His primary interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing children, and though he realizes that every author's wife and children are wonderful and amazing, in this case the cliché happens to be true. You can learn more about Jonathan at www.jonathanjanz.com. You can also find him on Facebook, via @jonathanjanz on Twitter, or on his Goodreads and Amazon author pages.

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