Just wanted to share with you a new illustration by Jacquelyn Graff. This is her take on the Bloodless, a mythological plant that you will hear more about in the upcoming release, “The Three Heretics.”
A sneak preview of our final POV for “The Cult of the Worm.” This is Book Three in “The Bones of the Earth” series. Spoilers for those who haven’t read the first book.
(Weird to be releasing teasers for Book Three when Book Two isn’t even out yet, but hey, at least you all know I’m working!)
Hope everyone is having a great weekend! Especially since, for many, it’s a three day one!
Here’s what’s new with me:
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 That leaves a currently unpublished short story to be edited and two more to be written, and after that, we’ll have enough for the anthology “Black Occult Macabre.”
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.
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.
Aw yea, free stuff time.
8/24-8/25, my two horror short stories, “House of a Thousand Hearts” and its sequel “That Which Walks Behind the Graves,” are FREE.
Not only are they standalone tales that will leave you with nightmares, but they also integrals parts the universe of my novel, “The Bones of the Earth.”
A rough draft of the world map has been posted under extras. Also, for those of you who have finished “Bones,” the first three chapters of Book Two, “Three Heretics,” have been uploaded. Check ’em out and enjoy!
I just wanted to share that the short stories and screenplays that are currently available for purchase will be receiving updates in the upcoming months. I’m very proud of them and they are representative of my vision for each one of them, but I feel they can be improved. Some will receive significant rewrites, and all will be professionally edited. Expect updates to be pushed out in the next few weeks for “House of a Thousand Hearts” and “That Which Walks Behind the Graves.”
“House” has received extensive loving, which was necessary as it was originally conceived of as a simple framework for a mostly illustrated story. I think you will greatly enjoy the changes.