June 16th only, for the first time ever, all three ebooks in the fantasy/horror series The Bones of the Earth are free on Amazon!
Hello all! I have included some links below of two different live readings. Enjoy!
It’s been quite awhile since I’ve used this website, or really done any marketing whatsoever. That’s my fault. I’ve been so consumed with publishing The Blood of Before and finishing The Cults of the Worm that, unfortunately, I’ve neglected my marketing duties.
But no longer!
Firstly, on the books:
THE BLOOD OF BEFORE, book .1 in The Bones of the Earth series, is now available to purchase from your favorite online retailer.
THE CULTS OF THE WORM, book 3 in The Bones of the Earth series, is now finished and in its first draft. I will be sending it off to beta readers soon, and then to the editor. I aim to have Book 3 released this fall.
As for the marketing:
I am going to take the next month off from writing to focus solely on marketing. I finally feel that I have a large enough body of work to instill confidence in newer readers. Here are my goals for the month:
- Update website with new designs, content, and blog entries.
- Finish and post my Kickstarter page.
- Look into the possibility of setting up a Patreon.
- Look into more paid advertising.
- Make connections with bloggers for guest spots, reviews, etc.
- More giveaways.
- Visit local bookstores and see about having them stock my book.
- Work with Hannah in creating an online store for Bones of the Earth memorabilia.
- Do more live, as well as pre-recorded readings, to post on Facebook and Youtube.
Those are the goals. I think they’ll keep me busy well into the next month. As for the book release schedule, it is the following:
Book 3: The Cults of the Worm.
Book .2: The Agony of After (second anthology).
Book 4: Untitled final book in this Bones of the Earth series.
Standalone Horror Novels #1 and #2.
Hope to have some new content for everyone in the next few days!
Thanks, everyone, for your continued support.
The Blood of Before is an upcoming horror anthology that is directly connected to The Bones of the Earth series.
To help announce its release, we will be sharing sketches of the illustrations that accompany each terrifying tale in the anthology.
Tonight, I give you the Coffin Queen by Hannah Graff.
I quietly published The Three Heretics last week, but I held off from making an announcement because I wanted to wait for the book to populate to all the major online retailers. Everything looks good now, so…
I am happy to announce that The Three Heretics is now available for purchase in paperback or eBook from most major online retailers!! And what better a time than on the best holiday of the year?
It took a little longer than I anticipated to get it out, but hey, that’s just how this game goes sometimes.
If you get a chance to read the book, I’d love to hear what you think! Your feedback is crucial in making sure the next book in the series is even better than the last. You can contact me at my website, Goodreads, or Facebook. Also, feel free to follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
Also, The Bones of the Earth should be available as an eBook in most online retailers now. It was locked to Amazon for awhile because of their KDP program, but I’ve decided to take it out of that.
(Not sure why the books aren’t available in iTunes yet, but maybe that’s because iTunes blows big ones.)
Stay tuned for another really big announcement in the next few days. What we’re working on is almost finished; just need to put the finishing touches on it.
As for a status update, The Cult of the Worm, Book Three in the series, is 41k words in. The Blood of Before, the horror anthology takes place before Bones, is finished and currently being torn apart by my lovely beta readers. I expect to have it sent off to the editor in the next month.
That’s it for now! I can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks about this next entry into the Bones series.
Here is the full cover by Hannah Graff. Amazing, as always.
It’s crazy to think it’s been a year since I released my first novel, “The Bones of the Earth.” Hannah and I did a little comic to commemorate the occasion. As you all know, Book Two, “The Three Heretics,” will be releasing, hopefully, in the next month or two.
To celebrate, we are hosting two giveaways, one on Goodreads and the other through Facebook/Instagram. Running from 6/10-6/20, the winners of these giveaways will receive a signed copy of “The Bones of the Earth.” And maybe some other secret, special goodies. Like the next novel. Who knows!
High-Rise is an adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel by the same. It was directed by Ben Wheatley and written by Amy Jump.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I sat down to watch High-Rise. I had seen Wheatley and Jump’s Kill List, and while, in the end, I ended up really enjoying the movie, it took me awhile to warm up to it. The same applied to Crash, another work of Ballard’s that was adapted by David Cronenberg. And while these types of movies (the supposed decay of a supposedly civilized society) are interesting to me, they tend to follow a familiar course. They kind of write themselves, and in lesser hands, write themselves in a way that, while intriguing, end up being forgetful.
Fortunately, High-Rise, while following many familiar beats, does enough differently to differentiate itself from its depraved brethren.
So what exactly is this movie about? Well, it’s about Dr. Laing (Tom Hiddleston), who has recently moved into a London skyscraper that, in a way, is a world all its own. What follows is an observation of his experiences inside the skyscraper as the lower levels and upper levels begin to clash with one another over limited resources and perceived differences between both groups. Simple enough.
So what exactly separates this movie from others of its ilk? A lot of things! The End!
Just kidding. The acting is this movie, while, at times, over-the-top, is well done. Beside Tom Hiddleston, it also stars Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, and Elizabeth Moss. Each actor and actress do a great job in bringing their characters to life. You may not and probably won’t like them, but they do leave an impression.
The movie is also impeccably directed. The framing of scenes and overall atmosphere creates a constant pace that ensures the story, slow as it can be at times, is never boring. Set and costume design are stylish and seem to do a good job recreating the look of the 1970s. The music, as well, was very well chosen and compliments the film and the horrors on screen nicely. It’s a combination of classical music, popular songs for the time, as well as modern pieces.
But a movie can great feature great acting, music, and direction and still fail if the core of it is not solid. It’s hard to say that High-Rise is an enjoyable movie to watch, because it often isn’t. It’s a movie about class warfare, featuring a relatively unlikeable group of already most likely deranged individuals. What saves it, however, is some of the sheer absurdity of the events that unfold and the barely-veiled, biting satire that permeates every scene. While it’s pretty obvious how the movie will unfold, it’s these moments of madness that make the journey worth it (assuming you have the stomach for it). Also, the movie features a great sense of very dark humor that helps introduce some balance to what could have been an overly serious film.
If you’re looking for a film of this nature that justifies its characters’ descent into lunacy, this is not a film for you. The descent is gradual, but it is a montage that acts as a transition into the disgusting lives these people slip into. Why it happens really isn’t all that important. We already know it is going to happen. And, really, how many ways are there for it to happen? The cause isn’t that interesting. It’s the scenario. It’s the what happens next, when people give into their impulses, when people have made this building their whole existence and have come to terms with their squalid, filthy, and repulsive lifestyles. They could leave at any time. There is a city on the outskirts of the High-Rise. But they don’t, because this isn’t that kind of movie. They don’t want to escape, anyways. There’s no hint that they’re not actually unhappy with what’s happened. They just want what they think they are entitled to have.
High-Rise isn’t a movie for everyone. Opinions appear split on it. It’s a disturbing movie, and to some, a pointless movie. It’s not a feel good movie. And it’s not one you can connect with on a character level. It’s a movie you appreciate for the visuals, the talent, the black humor, and themes. It’s an awesome movie, but only if you let it does its thing and are happy with the fact you may be unhappy at its end.
(Also, some have said the movie is incomprehensible. That the story is almost impossible to follow. The story is very basic. The events, to the sane mind, are incomprehensible. Some do not seem able to differentiate between the two.)
Recommended: Yes, but watch the trailer and read some reviews first.
It’s Friday the 13th! If you’re not watching a horror movie today, you’re bumming me out!
Best Friday the 13th movies:
1. Part VI: Jason Lives
2. Part IV: The Final Chapter
3. Part I: It’s good, but honestly, it is kind of a boring movie, sometimes
4. Part II
5. Part VII: The New Blood
6 Part III
7. Part V: A New Beginning
8. Jason X
9. Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
10. Part IX: Jason Goes to Hell (both this and Manhattan are terrible, terrible movies)
Freddy vs. Jason is somewhere in there, but I don’t know exactly.