IDK if I’m overly organized, if it’s my ADD, or maybe I’m just a huge nerd, but I love lists. I have stacks of lists to do, to buy, to read, to research… Sometimes, if I am feeling particularly unproductive, I’ll make a reverse list, I write down something I’ve done, so I can cross it off. It’s cathartic.
I looked at a lot of influencers lists when I was planning my October ‘content’, but they don’t translate into what I blog about very easily. I think I found ways to make their lists work for me, I’m nothing if not inventive! So besides Top 5 or 10 lists, you’re going to get to see things like POST A TUTORIAL, PLAN AN INDUSTRY GATHERING, and if I can find something you want, I may even HOST A GIVEAWAY. All of their lists will be tried my way, so at the very least – it’ll be interesting! Maybe a couple of you will share my weird sense of… something, and like what I’m trying! As always, leave me comments so I know if I should do more, or ‘never ever try that again!’
Lists are harder that I thought they’d be! So I am going to start with what I thought would be the easiest idea…
1: RED by D.J. Doyle
2. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess
3. YELLOW by Aron Beauregard
4. THE GREEN FOG by Sam West
5. THE BLUE WAR by Jeffry Thomas
6. VIOLET by Scott Thomas
7. BILLY SILVER by Daniel Volpe
8. WHITE WALLS & STRAIGHT JACKETS by D.O. Hughes
9. THE BLACK LAKE by Jon Athan
10. PINK PLANET by Jon R. Meyers
Do you have any better choices for this one, or do you trust me to continue making lists on my own? (With no adult supervision, you’re sure?) What kind of Top Ten do you think needs an [extreme] horror makeover? I have a couple started, but would love your input!
I’m still quarantined/isolated, but that just means no people, so it’s awesome. No sign of ‘Rona or Delta, so…bonus! My Mountain Dew is cold, and I’m about to eat some pizza 🍕 it’s a good day. Until next time, my little Tricks and Treats… Stay safe out there!
P, L & N 💋
I can easily see Ash Ericmore becoming one of my go-to authors!
You know how book browsing goes… Pop on Amazon just to window shop… ‘Let’s see what Matt’s up to‘, ‘Maybe Jon surprised us and secretly published one we weren’t expecting‘, ‘Sea has new stuff coming‘, ‘What happened to The Barns Brothers‘, ‘Oh – I gotta check to see if Ash published anything new… OMG, CARNIE – what’s this?! ‘<—- That’s legit, he published a new one before I posted this 😁
Those words make me so happy! No, technically it’s not a new genre, but he is advertising the fact that it’s about to get twisted. [it did!] Ash’s humor is blacker than my mascara, his horror is disgusting, weird, and fresh… I’m hooked.
WARNING: This contains scenes of very bizarre and extremely violent death, along with some of the weirdest scenes of sex you might come across. It’s not really erotic … well … unless you’re into that sort of thing. Best consider this a trigger warning for just about everything.
Will is having one of those days. But not your average one of those days. It started badly and then went downhill with gusto. Now he’s going to summon a demon. You know, to get all murdery. Revenge. What could go wrong, right?
Beginning with some pretty vile acts, Unbound is a novella that only gets worse going forward. If you are of a sensitive nature, then you might want to give this one a miss, yes?Amazon Product Page
This was fun, sick, and completely unexpected. I’m just in love with Will’s demon, we need to go out for coffee, or shots.
I’m going to be a very sad Shadow when these
four five books are finished, and it’s taking every ounce of willpower to not finish them all up in one setting! (I can’t start a new one until the reviews are posted for the one I finished.)
You can find Ash Ericmore and pick up his books: UNBOUND, AGAINST TYPE, CULT, JANE DOE, and CARNIE on Amazon, and review them on Goodreads. I’ll edit in his social media ASAP.
Now, even though getting you to participate is like pulling a victim’s teeth, I still want to try, so, I’ll discuss, you go ahead and jump in when you’re ready – Which one of Ash’s titles do you want to read first? UNBOUND, AGAINST TYPE, CULT, JANE DOE, or CARNIE? Why that one? I’m dying to read AGAINST TYPE. It’s the first one I saw, and the first time I saw those three words string together so perfectly… Extreme Horror Comedy.*¹ It sounds like it’s going to be the most fun read of the bunch. I was going to read CULT next, maybe CARNIE. But, no. I could get hit by a bus tomorrow, so why wait! AGAINST TYPE it is! Leave your replies in the comments!
QUESTION FOR THE AUTHOR: Is it hard (see what I did there… I’m fluent in innuendo) to get all your books to end up exactly 69 pages?
This new three week ‘shelter in place’ order is not doing wonders for my mental health, but For The Greater Good and all that, right? Stick around and witness my decent into madness! Until next time, stay safe, sane, and healthy!
*¹ Like I said, technically not new, but… Hey, J.A. got a new sub-genre here, so I think Ash deserves this one!
You Should Be Writing!(?)
It’s almost time to get my cheerleader outfit on! We’re just about mid-way, how’s your NaNoWriMo going?
I’ve done my best to stay off social media, so I’m not seeing everyone’s word counts and goals. I stick my toes in the water a little each day, but I’m not seeing #NaNoWriMo like it used to be. Am I not seeing it, or are you not doing it?
Leave me a comment – are you participating this year?
At the halfway mark – how are your goals?
What am I going to be reading? 😉
Why are you still reading this when YOU SHOULD BE WRITING!?
P, L & N 💕
Heavy Metal & Horror – A Match Made For Screaming!
Celebrating National Metal Day by watching horror movies is easy. It’s FUN, but the hardest part will be deciding what movie to watch FIRST. If you’re in a state where you’re still strongly encouraged to stay self-isolated, picking up a book and getting lost in a blend of music & madness sounds much more appealing! But – what to read? Here are a few choices…
We’ll be celebrating doubly hard since The Dark Defender & I Joined Forces nine years ago today.
If you don’t already have THE SCREAM by John Skipp & Craig Spector then this is the book you should pick up and start reading today. It’s HORROR. It’s SPLATTERPUNK. It’s ROCK AND ROLL.
Rock ‘n’ Roll. Hell. Two great tastes that taste great together. Long before Elvis gyrated on the Sullivan Show or the Beatles toiled the smoky red-light bars of Hamburg, music has been sowing the seeds of liberation. Or damnation. With each new generation the edge of rebellion pushed farther. Rhythms quickened. Volume increased. Lyrics coarsened. The rules continued to be broken, until it seemed that there were no rules at all.
And as waves of teens cranked it up and poured it on, parents built walls of accusation to explain their offspring’s seeming corruption. Sex and drugs, demon worship and violence are the effects. Music is the cause. Or so the self-styled guardians of morality would have us believe.
Meet The Scream. Just your average everyday mega-cult band. Their music is otherworldly. Their words are disturbing. Their message is unholy. Their fans are legion. And they’re not kidding. They’re killing. Themselves. Each other. Everyone. Their gospel screams from the lips of babes. Their backbeat has a body count. And their encore is just the warm-up act to madness beyond belief.
It emerged from a war-torn jungle, where insanity was just another word for survival. It arrived in America with an insatiable lust for power and the means to fulfill it. In the amplified roar of arena applause there beats the heart of absolute darkness.
As your punk rock horror hostess in this event, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to show you this ‘battle’ anthology!
• Thirteen Rounds. • Twenty Six Stories. • No Holds Barred.
Grab your guitars, turn the volume to eleven, and launch yourself into a world where heavy music rules over all!
Your teammates we will include 13 of these authors as you battle head to head for the Ultimate Title! David Owain Huges, Michelle Garza and Melissa Lawson – The Sisters of Slaughter, James H. Longmire, Dani Brown, Robert Holy, Andrew Freudenberg, Easel Pratt, Kitty Kane, Sebastian Crow, J.L. Lane, G.H. Finn, Jason Morton, Brian Barr, Michael Noe, Jim Richardson, Seth Moore, R.E. Lyons, Toneye Tyenot, William Bradley, John P. Collins Jr., Lucretia Stanhope, Brian Glossup, K. Trap Jones, Michael Fischer, and Jim Golforth.
I love the vibe happening right now, so the 3rd place tie between THE RITUAL by Adam Neville and SHOCK ROCK edited by Jeff Gelb has just been broken! ROCK AND ROLL IS HERE TO SLAY …
The stars of shock fiction know what metalheads & moralists, punksters & preachers have known all along. Rock and roll. With its hot licks and raw glitter, has a dark side too – where the party stops and the terror begins.
Put on your headphones. Open this electrifying book. Rock to the world of horror where martyred musical super-legends return from the dead at 120 decibels… where radio stations sponsor ghastly giveaways that no living soul could want … where other-earthly pirates bootleg not records, but human souls… where people are strange … and the devil rocks all night.
THE NEW SOUND OF HORROR comes from Stephen King, F. Paul Wilson, David J. Schow, Nancy A. Collins, Ronald Kelly, Don D’Ammassa, Graham Masterton, Paul Dale Anderson, Michael E. Garrett, Brian J. Hodge, R Patrick Gates, Rex Miller, Bill Mumy & Peter David,R Richard Christian Matheson, Michael Newton, Mark Verheiden, Ray Garton, John L. Byrne, Thomas Tessier, and John Shirley.