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 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.

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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: 9/14/15

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: 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!