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 Three Heretics” First Draft is Done! So What’s Next?

I’m glad you asked!

Well, as any writer will tell you, the first draft is not the last drive. As pretty as you make it, as much as you love it at that moment in time, when you go back to it months later, it ends up losing some of its luster. So while “The Three Heretics” is done, it still needs some loving before we move onto the editing stage. So for those who are interested, here is the plan for the months to come.

  1. Rewrite “The Three Heretics” completely. There’s not much to this. I open up the file, go to the beginning, pick an empty line, and start typing everything all over again, making changes as I go. This may seem like a long process, but honestly, it’s not too bad. This way, rather than reading it and correcting when an issue pops up, I’m reintroducing myself to the story, memorizing all the little details I may have forgotten, and fixing things on a more focused level. I anticipate the beginning chapters to take longer than the final chapters, as though were just finished and more representative of where I am at as a writer at this moment. All in all, I expect this process, as long as I don’t dick around too much, to only take like 2-3 weeks. It could be more. I don’t know. It is a really long book.
  2. Beta readers! Want to hear something crazy? People are actually coming to me, rather than me going to them, and offering to beta read my novel! That’s awesome. The fact that people are that excited and invested in the series already (and these are people that I met after I published “Bones,” not pre-existing friends) makes me very happy. So once the rewrites are complete, those who have expressed an interest in being beta readers will be contacted and given the second draft to tear apart, worship, read with a mild indifference, whatever.
  3. Hire an editor! Wait, no, no exclamation point. Hiring an editor is expensive, and like I said, this is a really long book. But, damn it, it has to be done. Unfortunately, Eve Marie, the editor for “Bones” will not be returning to edit this novel. While I wish that she could, editing was a side job that, at the moment, has to be put on the back burner as she works her full time job. No big deal! So while the beta readers are doing their beta reading business, I’ll be scouring the internet for an editor that I feel will serve “The Three Heretics” well … and make me look real good.
  4. While our currently unknown editor is editing, Hannah and I will be putting the finishing touches on the cover. We will also be getting the world map together, and I will be completing the introductory letter and the glossary. Also, we will be coming up with marketing strategies and community things we can take advantage to promote it. It is time to get serious!
  5. Editing takes awhile, so I anticipate I’ll have some time to do other things, too. I hope to have my horror anthology “Black Occult Macabre” out by October. While “The Three Heretics” is getting a makeover, I’ll be trying to write the last two stories for that anthology, which are “The Black Hour” and “Where the Dead Go to Die.” I’ll also be working on my brother and I’s Friday the 13th script. Who knows if anything will happen with that, but it will be fun and … you know … I heard the studio is struggling to move forward with the franchise. If you want some pointers or, like, a screenplay, don’t hesitate to e-mail me, bruhs.
  6. Once “The Three Heretics” is edited and my bank account is lessened because of editing, I’ll review all the corrections and integrate them correctly (unlike I did last time). Then, I’ll ughhhhh then I’ll format the Createspace and Kindle files so they don’t look like mutant freaks of novels.
  7. Then release! So what is the release date? I have no clue. I wanted it to be out this summer, preferably around when “The Bones of the Earth” was released, but who knows if that will happen. But I think we can get this done in the next few months. I want it out there real bad.
  8. June 10th is the one year anniversary of “The Bones of the Earth.” Obviously, going to have to do something special for that. But what? Hmm.
  9. Well, after all that is done, I guess I’ll just have to start on the next novel, which is entitled “The

See ya later!

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

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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.

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What’s New: 9/29/15

Good morning,

Or afternoon,

Or evening,

Been a busy week! But a lot of fun as well.

Writing

The reports that “The Bones of the Earth” has errors in it is getting to me. I know it does but, damn it, I’m so tired of reading it, haha. I’ve read that book so many times in so many forms. However, I will read it once more to catch these obnoxious grammatical errors that people are mentioning. It’s weird, because someone won’t find any at all, while others will report a whole bunch at once. I hate knowing the book has them. For anyone who has one of the earlier editions of the paperback, contact me and I’ll send you some free short stories as compensation for the errors.

The Kindle owners are in a good spot, though, as I can just push out updates.

I continue to work daily on “Three Heretics.” I don’t have a set number of words I aim to write every week, but maybe I should, so that it’s finished sooner. I really do want to get it out there so that people can feel confident in the series, knowing that there is a continuation coming and that their questions will be answered in one way or another not.

“Easiest Job in the World” and “Black Occult Macabre Vol. 1 Issue 7” are currently being edited. I’ll let you all know when they’re done, and I’ll probably make them free as well when I’ve uploaded the new editions.

The screenplays … not sure what to do with them. They’re canon, and they’re important, but they’re screenplays. I may pull them from Amazon so that I can turn them into something else later on. Novellas or novels.

I have an unpublished short story entitled “Nights in White Satin.” It’s unpublished because it contains quite a big spoiler for “Three Heretics.” The goal was to put it in the anthology; however, I submitted it to a friend’s publication way back when, so if it ends up in there, you’ll get an early look at it. It’s a zombie story, but if you’ve read “Bones,” then you know it won’t be your typical zombie story.

Movies

What the hell did I even watch this week?

The Green Inferno: Eli Roth’s kinda newest movie. It’s been delayed for a while now. I’m not one that buys into hype, and he’d hyped this movie up a whole lot, but even so, I was disappointed. Moments of it are decent. But aside from the first kill, it is far too tame for something that wants to be considered alongside Cannibal Holocaust. The acting is lame (whatever, it’s horror), the camera they used looks like shit (low budget film, fine, but low budget digital? blah), and the weird humor sprinkled throughout really messed things up. If you’re going to use humor, then it needs to be more consistent. The good? I really liked the idea of it, I liked the digs at twitter and SJW’s. The tribe was really neat to see, as well.

Cannibal Holocaust: My brother and I came home to watch this after Green Inferno. This is the Duke of New York A #1 of cannibal movies. Oddly enough, it’s actually a really good movie. Usually, these kinds of things are, you know, oh cool it’s gory or shocking, but there’s no substance. Here, there’s substance, and its filmed really well. Badass soundtrack, too. Real animals are killed in this movie, however, which was totally unnecessarily and something reportedly forced upon the director by the producers at the time.

You know a horror movie has done it’s job when a judge orders the director to have the actors come to court to prove they weren’t actually killed on screen.

Eaten Alive: Seeing a theme? We watched this and the previous two all in one night. An early Tobe Hooper film regarding a wacked-out in and the alligator that lives beside it. Really weird movie with awesome lighting. Very slow, kinda dream-like. Trashy, too. The blu-ray is pretty impressive from Arrow.

Prisoners: Amazing movie. Snubbed so fucking hard at the Oscars. Easily one of my favorites.

Videodrome: Best Cronenberg movie? Maybe. Probably. The origin of my obsession with flesh and body horror? Definitely.

Games

Metal Gear Solid V: I know, I know. I’m slow, what can I say.

Bloodborne: Perfecto, as it always is.

Soma: Very Bioshock-y. Really starting to get into it.

Music

So, I kind of, like, oh my god, saw Ghost last week. Was fucking amazing. Here’s some pictures I stole from my friend’s facebook. Hail Satan!

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Reading

Oh yeah, I do read, too.

So my loyal, loving fans (and when I say this, I’m basically talking about two people; don’t get the wrong impression that I’m that cool) have been recommending a book to me.

The Library at Mount Char

Nothing says “you’re comfortable with yourself” like a shitty picture not long after you’ve woken up. Can’t wait to read this bad boy.20150929_123114

Ah damn it. Sideways. Oh well. Adds to its charm.

Anyways, back to “Three Heretics”

 

 

What’s New: 9/21/15

Hello,

Good stuff has been happening lately! Bones has gotten a couple new reviews over the course of a few days. And, thanks to my ever-diligent fans, it is now in the hands of a helluvalot more readers. Several these are pretty highly ranked on Goodreads as well.

Writing

“The Easiest Job in the World” and “Black Occult Macabre Vol. 1, Issue 7” have been rewritten. At last, it’s over! Now they need to be edited and updated on Amazon.

“The Bones of the Earth” has had several grammatical issues corrected. Paperback and eBook updated, but I’m sure there are plenty more errors to root out. That’s what happens when you self-publish, I guess.

Finally figured out an important question I’ve been asking myself about the Worms.

From now on, it’s “Three Heretics” all day err’y day until it’s in your hands.

Movies

So, apparently, it was Rob Zombie week this week? Didn’t even realize this until now, when I started thinking about all the movies we’ve seen this week.

House of a 1000 Corpses: How the hell did I not realize my short story sounds almost like this movie’s title? It took me like a year to realize it. Whatever. Horror prides itself on ripping off things. Pretty good movie. Not my favorite. If anyone should’ve directed the Texas Chain Saw Massacre remake, it should’ve been Mr. Zombie.

Lords of Salem: Tied with Devil’s Rejects for being one of my favorite Rob Zombie movies. The story isn’t anything special. If you’ve seen any satanic/witch movies, you’ve seen this one. But the direction is fantastic and the atmosphere delicious. Rob needs a little help with his writing (I’m available, fyi), but his direction is boss nasty.

Halloween: Rob Zombie’s Halloween. I don’t really much care for him explaining Michael’s backstory. But of all the aspects of the movie, it’s easily the best. The parts where he’s actually remaking John Carpenter’s film are kind of boring and poorly paced. Just there to be there. There are some good things here. It’s not a terrible movie. Lots of quotable lines. Joe Grizzly is the best.

Halloween II: Rob Zombie’s sequel. Totally fucking weird movie. I don’t mind the abstract nature of it, but I wished some of it would’ve been introduced in the first movie. It makes Michael’s motivation too similar to Jason’s. I do like the dark and brutal tone of the movie, and again, it looks fantastic, but I don’t know. Again, I don’t hate it. But it could’ve been more. This one is more watchable for me between the two, as it is more representative of Zombie’s vision, good or bad.

The Collector: Hannah has been wanting to watch this for the longest time. A good movie with a cool premise. Has a nice look to it. Enjoyable, despite some similarities to Saw.

The Collection: An Aliens-esque sequel in that it’s more action-y. I didn’t care for it the first time I saw it, but it’s grown on me since. I’d like to see a third movie.

Vampire Hunter D: Haven’t seen this in a bazillion years. The animation is amazing and the world, oddly enough, is very reminiscent of “Bones of the Earth.” Highly recommended.

Furious 7: Ah, pretty good. I enjoy watching these more with my brother than myself. The ending is pretty emotional, no lies 🙂

Sleepaway Camp III: My least favorite Sleepaway camp I’ve seen so far, but I still love it. Watched it again recently and it grew on me. Angela is an inspiration to us all.

 

Games

Bloodborne: Playing this again in preparation for the upcoming DLC. One of my favorite games ever. I absolutely love From Software’s games. They are huge inspirations to me and my work.

Metal Gear Solid 5: Finally got Quiet. She’s badass and has a totally ridiculous backstory.

Soma: Don’t have it yet. But I will tomorrow! Looks so much fun.

 

 

 

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.

 

What’s New: 8/28/15

This website needs some activity going on, so I’ve decided I’m going to keep you all informed … not only with my progress on the next novel, but things I’ve discovered and feel you may be interested in!

Writing

I continue to plug away at “Three Heretics.” I’ve reach 50k words, and I anticipate to write 50k more and then some before I’ve finished with it. This is the sequel to “The Bones of the Earth”; however, it is not a traditional sequel in terms of timelines and POVs.

“House of a Thousand Hearts” and “That Which Walks Behind the Graves” have been updated to their final versions. Previous owners of “Graves” will receive an update from Amazon, while previous owners of “House” should contact me for the new version, as Amazon has deemed the new updates too expansive to push out in an update. If you don’t own either, then no worries. When you buy it, you’ll be getting the best and final version.

“The Easiest Job in the World” and “Black Occult Macabre Vol. 1 Issue 7” are getting updates as well. Both will be submitted to my editor. The second half of “Job” is being totally re-written, while “Black” will receive only minor updates.

Movies

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This week, I watched (not for the first time):

Sleepaway Camp: I absolutely love this movie, and it is easily one of my favorite horror films. It’s so weird, and so, so awesome. Try to avoid looking up much about this movie. Trust me.

Sleepaway Camp II: Almost as good as the original, and in some ways, better. Angela has quickly become one of my favorite horror icons.

The Evil Dead (original): A friend of mine hadn’t seen it, and it was great watching them squirm. it’s amazing how much Sam Raimi was able to accomplish with so little. I still stand by my belief that horror films are much better when they are constrained by budget. Of course, passion is required, but it forces the crew to be more creative, more invested.

Feardotcom: Beautifully shot. Terribly written. Good enough for me.

Nausicaa: Top 3 Miyazaki movie.

Hackers: Holy crap, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen this movie. It’s pretty bad and the computer jargon is absurd, but it’s a lot of fun to watch, even if the plot doesn’t kick in until most of the movie is done.

The Wire: Re-watching again on Blu-Ray. What more needs to be said?

Games

Until Dawn: Enjoying the hell out of this so far. A slasher horror game always seemed like a no-brainer to me, so I don’t know why it took so long. It’s very Heavy Rain-esque, but with a lot more interaction, and a lot more fun to play. About to play it now!

Camp Grizzly: I stumbled upon this board game, and I’m so mad I missed the Kickstarter when it was going on. I would’ve totally backed it for the additional goodies. I’ve only played it once with my brother, but it’s perfect. If you’re into board games and love 80’s slasher films, you’ve gotta check this game out. We played it while listening to the Friday the 13th Part VI soundtrack (the best Friday, if you ask me. Sorry Ms. Voorhees).

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Music

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Ghost – Meliora: This is the new CD by one of my favorite bands, and I can’t stop listening to it. Who would’ve thought praising Satan could sound so catchy? Probably their best album thus far, but make no mistake, the other two are fantastic as well.  Looking forward to seeing them live in September.

 

And that’s it for me this week!