The Blood of Before – Full Cover Reveal

BEHOLD!
 
The full cover for “The Blood of Before.” This horror anthology is Book .1 in The Bones of the Earth series, though it can be read without any prior knowledge of the previously published books.
 
Submitting the book to Createspace today for review. I hope to have the proof by the end of next week.
 
The Blood of Before
by
Scott Hale
 
is an anthology of six interconnected horror stories that take place
before The Bones of the Earth series.
 
A mother, called across the Victorian countryside, to return to her family estate and the violent lineage she left behind.
 
The writings of a supernatural investigator sent to explore a village where people die day by day, and the dead refuse to stay buried.
 
A college graduate, recently fired and drowning in debt, who agrees to babysit her former professor’s child—unaware she might become the boy’s new favorite plaything.
 
The egotistical writer of a self-published, self-indulgent horror magazine who follows a lead to a house where a family was murdered, and the mur-derer who still resides there.
 
In the depths of a swamp, children are seen carrying body parts to an island covered in satin, and the woman who lies at its center, gorging herself on their fleshy tributes.
 
A family fractured by hate and distrust come to discover that the grandfa-ther clock they’ve purchased is chiming out madness at the midnight hour, causing their love and hate to come together in one hideous, parasitic union.
 
From the darkest violence to the blackest humor, The Blood of Before is a glimpse into the horrors that led up to the Trauma and continue to affect the world of The Bones of the Earth.

“The Bones of the Earth” and “The Three Heretics” – Major Updates

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Hello,

I just wanted to let everyone know that both books, The Bones of the Earth and The Three Heretics, have received updates. Between the two of them, hundreds of errors and small improvements have been made. I expect this to be the final update to both of the books. Amazon should have already pushed out updates for Bones to previous owners; Heretics will *hopefully* have its updates sent out soon.

I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Every aspect of self-publishing has been a learning process for me, and it has taken some time to put together the right team of people to ensure this series is of the highest quality.

For those who have purchased paperbacks of either book, I… suck. I can’t patch those. But I can provide you with the updated eBooks. Also, I would be happy to give any of you the eBook of The Blood of Before for free when it is released later this year/early next year. Just contact me anyway you like, and I’ll be happy to hook you up and shower you in praise and apologies 😀

As for updates to other things:

The Blood of Before is going to be edited soon. Hannah and I have the cover planned out, and Hannah is going to be creating images to accompany each story. These images will be included in the novel.

The Cult of the Worm, Book Three, is coming along nicely. No reason why it won’t be out near year at some point.

Expect an announcement of a Kickstarter for the series very soon. Need to put the finishing touches on it.

Also, expect some marketing for the series now that the two books have been prettied up.

And finally, it’s looking like Bones and Heretics are going to be stocked in some local bookstores around here! Fingers crossed.

Scott

“The Three Heretics” is Now Available for Purchase

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Goodreads

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

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.

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The Audiobook for “The Bones of the Earth” is now available. And to Celebrate …

Everything is free!

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Margi Stephens did a wonderful job narrating the audiobook, so, please, check it out.

You can find out more about her and her projects at her website

To Celebrate the release of the AUDIOBOOK for “The Bones of the Earth” on Amazon and Audible

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That’s right! I’ll be bombarding people more tomorrow, but until then, save this page and these links.

Amazon

Audible

 

What’s New: 9/14/15

Hello,

Hope everyone had a good weekend! If you have any questions or just want to send me a message to chat, don’t hesitate!

Writing

Alright, I’ve been kind of slacking lately. “Black Occult Macabre Vol. 1 Issue 7” rewrite was supposed to have been finished a few days ago. It’s taking longer than I anticipated. It is suppose to mirror “The Easiest Job in the World” in regard to structure and build-up. Whereas “Job” is much more grisly and graphic (you’ll see, once it’s edited and updated), “Occult” is to be much more psychological, you think you saw something but you didn’t. Making that change has taken some time, but god damn it, I’ll finish this week for sure.

After that, the screenplays will need updating, but I’ll do the editing myself, as they are not particularly complicated in terms of grammar and word usage. They are canon, of course, but some minor details need to be changed, as the series has changed from when they were published a few years ago. No big deal, really, because no one has really read them (which, actually, I’m thankful for!). I really like the stories in the screenplays, so I go back and forth between taking them down so that I can turn them into novels and leaving them up, so people can see more of the universe. We’ll see.

“Three Heretics” is still being worked on. Not much last week but that should change soon. Made a lot of good plot developments in my head, so that’s a big help. It’s helpful to have “The Bones of the Earth” receiving so much attention now, as I have a better idea of what people are expecting. I don’t intend to distort my vision for the series based on what others want, but it’s good to know what things people liked, what characters people care about.

I’ve had some kind fans reaching out to bloggers and reviewers, promoting my book on their own time for absolutely nothing other than the satisfaction of seeing the series take off. I am so very grateful for their efforts.

Horrorhound

Went to Horrorhound 2015 in Indianapolis this year with my brother and his girlfriend. Got to meet Freddy Kruger, Ricky from Sleepaway Camp, and Bishop from Aliens! So much fun. Hoping to get a booth there next year to promote “Bones.”

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Movies

Curse of Chucky: The most current entry into the “Child’s Play” series. As with most of these movies I list, I’ve seen it before, but I never tire of it. I love the return the series’s horror roots, and it is always a pleasure to hear Brad Douriff again. I’d rank this right below the first movie in terms of awesomeness. Can’t wait for the next one.

Halloween III Season of the Witch: Can’t really call this underrated anymore because people have really come around to it, or so it seems. John Carpenter’s original idea was to have each entry into the Halloween series be a standalone film based around the holiday. Personally, I love that idea and wished it had been used. Season of the Witch as an attempt to fulfill that idea. The plot is pretty wacky, but it has a killer soundtrack, is beautifully lensed by Dean Cundey, and is pretty damn intriguing. Despite having no Michael Myers, it is still one of my favorites in the series.

Hellboy II: Watching this movie just makes me want Hellboy III that much more. A great combination of action and fantasy and horror. I really need to start reading the comics. I’ve read Mignola’s “Baltimore” series. Maybe they’ll do that as a movie one day!

Supernatural Season 8: I’ve fallen behind. After slogging through season 7, it’s nice to be watching something that’s actually pretty good. Yes, the show should have probably ended after season 5, but there is something comforting about hanging out with the Winchesters.

Shocker: In honor of Wes Craven, my brother and I decided to watch a movie of his we hadn’t seen. “Shocker” was a fucking weird movie. It’s simultaneously terrible and pretty good kind of intriguing. My favorite part: when he possess the little girl; she inherits his limp and then limps her way over to a plow? to run down the main character. Rest in Peace Wes.

Games

Metal Gear Solid V: Can’t say I ever tire of infiltrating enemy bases while rocking out to Rebel Yell on Snake’s iDroid. Gonna be a while until I beat this.

Music

Hoping to see “Ghost” in Columbus, Ohio next week!

Magic: The Gathering

I realized I play Magic! and that people may be interested in this.

I don’t have any standard decks at the moment, but I currently run Jund and Infect in Modern. I’ve had my eyes set on building suicide zoo, but I think one hyper aggressive deck is enough for now.

Fingers crossed for something good to use in Jund with the new set.

 

What’s New: 9/6/15

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! Especially since, for many, it’s a three day one!

Here’s what’s new with me:

Writing

I continue to work at “Three Heretics,” but I haven’t dedicated most of my time this week to it. I find that I work best when I take a break from projects (a week or so) and then return them, full of ideas and fresh takes on sentences. So while I haven’t been working on it, I’ve come up with several important plot developments in the mean time. I aim to have this bad boy finished by December or January.

“The Easiest Job in the World” has been totally re-written. I was never satisfied with the first version, and I really love this newest take on the story. Stylistically, it’s very different from how I usually write, and I think people will really respond to it.

“Black Occult Macabre Vol. 1 Issue 7” is halfway done being re-written. Most of it will stay the same content wise, but as with all the stories I’m redoing, I’m making changes on a line by line basis.

When those two are prettied up by my editor, they’ll be uploaded to Amazon. That leaves a currently unpublished short story to be edited and two more to be written, and after that, we’ll have enough for the anthology “Black Occult Macabre.”

Movies

Trying to think of all the movies we watched this week!

Mad Max: Fury Road: One of the best action movies I’ve ever seen. Absolutely flawless, and the focus on strong female characters (Vrana would be proud) makes the experience all the more refreshing. I can’t wait for a sequel.

My Neighbor Totoro: I’ve seen this before, but I always had a time remembering exactly what happened in it. A really good movie that, I think, any kid or adult will enjoy. Miyazaki’s movies are perfect for when you just want to kick back and relax.

Black Sunday: Fantastic witch movie you can catch on Netflix. Drenched in atmosphere, this Mario Bava classic will leave you hungering for more black and white films of its kind.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: Gotta spell it right, even if they spelled it wrong! God-tier horror movie with camerawork that continues to impress, even with their tiny budget.

Inside: A french horror film that is incredibly well done and incredibly disturbing. Not quite as graphic as I remember, but then again, I knew what was coming. The first time I saw it, *the* scene made me feel queasy. The only other two films to do that were Cannibal Holocaust and Dawn of the Dead (probably because I was like 8).

Martyrs: Another french horror movie I hadn’t seen in forever. Friends wanted something disturbing, so I did my best to deliver. While I still maintain the long stretch of torture is unnecessary from a pacing perspective, the movie as a whole is really, really good. I hope Pascal gives us more of his work.

Games

Finally beat Until Dawn! I highly recommend it. There is a twist toward the middle of the game, however, which kind of bummed me out. It’s a good twist and totally works within the world they’ve set up, but … well … you’ll see.

Stasis: Never heard of this game until the day it was a released. A top down point and click survival horror game. I haven’t put much time into it yet, but its gorgeous and the story looks to be pretty grotesque. I can’t wait to get back to it.

Metal Gear Solid V: God damn. God … damn.