Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Feed the Zombies 2 - Facebook Zombie Fiction Extravaganza

24 Hours of Zombie Fiction
Michelle Kilmer, C. E. Robertson, Darren Wearmouth, Katie Cord, Jack Wallen, Rachel Tsoumbakos, Claire C. Riley, A. Carina Barry, Randy Spears, Dan Eagles, Timothy W. Long, S.P. Durnin, Tonia Brown, Rhiannon Frater, Owen Baillie, K.R. Chin, Mark Tufo, John O'Brian J.L. Bourne, Aramand Rosimilia, Jonathan Moon, Joseph A. Coley, and David Moody. There will also be a special offering from Craig DiLouie, Jackie Druga, Eloise J. Knapp, Rhiannon Frater, Stephen Knight, and Joe McKinney. Get ready, we're going to rock this town with zom-apoc!

All for only $99. cents

Friday, November 21, 2014

Edward P. Cardillo - Author Interview

Edward P. Cardillo is an inventive author, coming at horror and science fiction from exciting and oblique angles.  His Automaton series is truly ingenious.  Personally, I've gotten to know Ed through our shared relationship with J. Ellington Ashton Press.  He never ceases to amaze me with his intelligence and wit.

Author's Featured Works

I Am Automaton (Severed Press) has won three Reader's Favorite International Awards and was also selection for Zombie Book of the Month in 2014.  He has written two additional follow-up books.

His book, The Odd Tales of an Old Man (J Ellington Ashton Press), has received effusive praise from critics and readers alike.  Midwest Book Review gave it 5 out of 5 stars.

Why do you write about dark and scary things?
It’s just the way I’m wired. Some people like roller coasters, some like haunted houses. I like writing and reading horror…and haunted houses. Not roller coasters, though. As a clinical psychologist, I’m fascinated with fear. It’s an emotion that’s crucial to the survival instinct, yet in excess it can bog down one’s life. Horror fiction is a safe way to feel the exhilaration of being the object of the hunt, the chased pray facing a superior predator.

What is your latest project/release and what is it about?
My latest release was “FeralHearts” (J. Ellington Ashton Press), an epic 6-author vampire collaboration with 6 characters and 6 alternate endings. Co-authored with Amanda M. Lyons, Michael Fisher, Jim Goforth, Mark Woods, and catt dahman, this was my editorial debut.

Six young people from different walks of life embark on a singles’ tour in Derosso, Italy, only to encounter a strip club in town that preys upon the men. Warned to stay away by their guide, two of the tourists give in to their curiosity and encounter the undead exotic dancers within. Lured by promises of untold carnal pleasures, these lonely hearts invite disaster on their group and the rest of the town. Wild and erotic, manipulative and vicious, these feral vampires are not at all romantic…they’re predators. 

Six different characters and six different endings, this tale is not for the faint of heart.

It is only for Feral Hearts.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer and how do you go about the writing process?
I’ve known I wanted to be a writer since I’ve been a kid.

It depends on the genre. For my more sci-fi oriented horror, I like to plan plots and subplots, and outline. Plot twists and action scenes need to be choreographed and red herrings convincingly executed. Then, of course, there’s the research on technology, weaponry, military protocol, politics, etc.

My pure horror/dark fantasy tends to be more organic, the source of my most potent elements being actual nightmares I’ve had. I appreciate a good nightmare. When I wake up in a cold sweat, I write everything down for use later. My wife can tell when I’m “on the jazz” with a good idea because I toss and turn and cry out at night. But make no mistake…I actually love a good nightmare. Once again, it’s the way I’m wired.

What advice do you have for other writers?
Write, submit/query around. As you’re doing that, write and submit the new stuff while submitting the old stuff. Keep writing. Submit that new material, and so on and so on, ad infinitum. Unless you have aspirations to publish through a big 5 house, if you write genre fiction, don’t worry so much about chasing agents. Query publishers directly if they allow it, but make sure you follow their submission guidelines to the nine.

Don’t be afraid to submit your work to contests. You never know. What’s the worst that can happen—you don’t win? My first two books in the “I Am Automaton” trilogy won Reader’s Favorite International Book Awards as unpublished manuscripts, the first book finishing in the same category with a NY Times Best Seller. That got me attention and helped me land a book deal with Severed Press. Book 3 won as a published book, making it an award-winning trilogy. While promoting “I Am Automaton,” I attracted the attention of J. Ellington Ashton Press, who snatched up “The Odd Tales of an Old Man” and commissioned “Feral Hearts.”

What is your favorite zombie movie and why?
The original “Night of the Living Dead.” I loved the stripped down, realistic sensibility. The movie wasn’t overproduced with uber special effects laden zombies with state of the art gore effects. The zombies looked very human, which I find terrifying.

What’s up next for you?
I’m wrapping up book one in a new zombie series for Severed Press that should be out the beginning of 2015. I’ve been teaching a fiction workshop leader at the Bronx Loaf Writer’s Conference for inner city youth, helping them develop their work and identity as writers. I’m continuing to grow my readership, and I’m enjoying interacting with old and new fans.

His Featured Works

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Claire C. Riley Author Interview

Claire C. Riley says she is best characterized as an old-school horror writer, creating unique modernizations of classic horror themes.  She likes fusing elements from different genres while making them cutting-edge and fresh.

I'm most familiar with her Odium series.  This is fantastic series with engaging ideas and settings along with real characters that you can care about.  It was my pleasure to interview Claire to get her perspective on horror stories and writing.

What are your works and what can you tell us about them?

My Odium The Dead Saga series is my most popular work so far. Of which there are currently 2 full books and 2 novellas, with both the third full length and novella in the making.

Think zombies, apocalyptic worlds, dystopian landscapes. It focuses more on realistic characters than just the blood  and gore though. Though of course there’s gore a plentiful! 

My other series is My Obsession Series – Limerence – that’s based around old school gothic style Bram Stoker-esq vampires. 

I also have several anthology contributions under my belt such as, Fading Hope: Humanity Unbound, State of Horror Illinois, and Let’s Scare Cancer to Death A charity zombie anthology.

Why do you write about dark and scary things?

I honestly don’t know why. Every time I have tried to write something, shall we say, normal (?) I end up killing someone or having them be a monster of some sort. I’ve no idea why it happens haha. From a young age I was fascinated with movies like The Lost Boys and Bram Stoker and Night of the Living Dead, so it’s obviously stuck with me through the years. I read pretty much any genre though, so I’d really like to be a genre hopper myself and branch out…whether I can do that without killing someone off is another matter though.

What is your latest project/release and what is it about?

I’m currently hard at work on two full length projects and two anthology contributions. I’m working on the third in the Dead Saga series, which I’m hoping will be out January time if all goes well, and I have a Super Secret Project that I’ve been working on also. It’s 90% complete as I write this, but I’m certain once this interview airs it will be completed and with the edited. I can’t say much more about it than it’s a zompoc book and I love it. It’s so far 85’000 words (again, only 90% complete) and has only taken 3 weeks to write it so far., THAT’S how much I've loved writing it.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer and how do you go about the writing process?

I’ve ALWAYS wanted to write. I have notebooks and pads filled with horror stories that I wrote when I was only ten or eleven. (Seriously, why were my parents not more worried?) For my twelfth birthday I got a typewriter but it only lasted a year because I went through so much ink for it my parents refused to buy me anymore and I went back to my trusty pen and paper!

My publishing journey actually only started in 2012 when I joined the writing site Authonomy. I put online a couple of chapters of the book I was currently writing – Limerence and got talking with other writers and learnt a lot about my skill and how to mould it into something useable.

I normally find an image I like and from that image I come up with the plot. I try to write an outline, and in all honesty when I have done it’s made things so much easier. BUT I really struggle with writing them. I’m a seat of your pants writer and my plot changes as my characters become reckless assholes who decide to ignore my demands of staying on one plot path, so I have to constantly alter it as I write.

What advice do you have for other writers?

Keep going, keep writing. DO NOT under any circumstance, write one book and put all of your energy into promoting and pushing it for the next two years. You’ll waste your time and your readers. A reader wants to become invested in a writer, and to do that they need more than one book. So write, write, write.

And I mean that literally. Write every day. I aim for a minimum of 2k a day regardless of if I’m at my boring day job, or my three kids are on school holidays and I have to work until midnight. Write every day, hone your craft and enjoy it. Because it shows in your writing.

What is your favorite zombie movie and why?

Well I have two. Night of the Living Dead because I love the old school zombies, and they are what I write about. But I also love 28 Days Later because it scares the crap out of me! I freaking hate that film, and 28 Weeks Later made me scream and run for my car after me and my husband went to watch it at the movies hahaha! Don’t judge haha, it was midnight and dark, and I would be dead within the hour if the zombie apocalypse began and they were fast zombies!

What’s up next for you?

Well, like I said I have my Super Secret Project coming out Jan/Feb and Odium III The Dead Saga around the same time. Then Odium Origins A Dead Saga Novella Part Three May2015 ish. I also have several other anthology contributions coming up also, so I’m very busy.

In 2015 I’m also at my first book signings. One in London UK in April and another in Birmingham UK in July, so I’m nervous and excited for those.

Her Featured Works

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Double Dead Book Release - 2 New Zombie Books

On November 21 (from 6:00 to 10:00 PM ET), I'm releasing Dead Man's Land and Forget America.

Dead Man's Land is the 3rd book in my Books of the Dead series and Forget America is the 3rd and final book in the Forget the Zombie series.

Dead Man's Land follows Joel, the reluctant hero, as he leads his group of survivors as they face off with an army of the dead and and one of the living.  The odds of survival are slim.

Forget America picks up with Grant and his group of zombie refugees on the run again just ahead of the zombies.  On their way to salvation, they encounter a scary group of living and a horde of undead.

Everyone is welcome.  There will be free books, contests, and author interviews

Double Dead FB Release Party

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Feast or Famine Anthology

I just received my contributor's copy of Feast or Famine, released by Zombie Fiend Press.  My story, Ticket Out the Deadlands, appears in the anthology.  I both proud and pleased to be a part of this fine anthology of zombie stories.

You should check it out:
Feast or Famine