You know my Grizz. The man behind the ‘stache, the one responsible for the Grizztion Fiction you’ve grown to know and love. Grizz = Art. Literally & figuratively. In the literal sense, me & Art talk books. A lot. He’s got his favorites, and it’s not too often that he gets super excited about something new. He doesn’t usually finish a book and immediately search the author, their library, their Facebook, etc… So, when he recently showed a bit of his FanBoy side – I knew that he’d struck literary gold.
The following is his review of COYOTE by Chantal Noordeloos
Chantal has a new horror story coming out in WRAPPED IN RED: Thirteen Tales of Vampiric Horror and will be featured in the upcoming AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Coffin Hop edition – WATCH FOR IT!!
There will also be a chance for you to win a FREE copy of COYOTE: The Outlander, so don’t miss out! Be there or be zombie!! ::winks:: P, L, & N my pretties…
Let’s see, Western? Check. Bounty Hunters? Check. Beings from elsewhere? Check.
This book has so many things I enjoy that it was hard to put it down so I could sleep for my job. The descriptions are vivid and strong enough to pull me right into the story as if I was in the room (invisible of course) and watching a real life movie happening around me.
Each character has been lovingly crafted to pop off of the pages.
Coyote as the lead will grab your heart, make you shy away a bit, and be just a tiny bit afraid of her. She’s one of those perfect characters that you can hope to stumble upon when browsing books or ebooks looking for something new and fun to read.
This is the first part of a series, and I am champing at the bit for the next installments.
Well done, madame storyteller, you have ensnared a forever loyal reader.
I have been listening to the Surreal Grotesque podcast for a while now. I started because Daniel Gonzales read one of Grizz’s stories, The last man on Earth sat in a room, from their Apocolypse issue. (Listen to that episode HERE).
I really fell in love with Daniel’s reading voice, and started listening to the SG podcasts when I would lay down for the night.
I started listening even more after I submitted my very first short story to be considered for their Phobias edition, (rejected), and they started having more guest speakers on the shows. It was during Episode 15 that I heard Brittany Warren read a few of her pieces that were published in the previous issue.
Poet and weaver of words, Brittany Warren, writes some of the most beautiful dark poetry that I have ever read. Her first poetry collection, Beasts and Burdens, is available exclusively on Barnes & Noble. As soon as I heard her recite some of her work, I came directly to WordPress to find her blog BONES OF BRITTANY.
With so many excellent pieces to choose from, it is so hard to pick a favorite, but, I am going to say that Alice’s Lips and Lullabies is in my top three.
ALICE’S LIPS AND LULLABIES Singing in the sanity ward, where rabbits burrow beneath skin– enriching tickle, itching tickle– Alice stares at the wall.
Her lips, once enriched by the Hatter, grow concave by crevisso– moist yet dry contradiction.
Queens eat the crackers, quickest route to hunger improvised
by throats and diction.
Spades capture hearts, mimicking and licking ventricles of Bathory blood and whispers.
Lullabies crawl in crescendos of silk, cream notes spoiled by the dark…