Thursday, October 19, 2017

Feel The Fear In Many Forms

Fear comes in many forms and guises. It creeps up on us in more ways than even the most creative parts of our minds can ever imagine.

I explored the various different types of fears in an anthology I edited and which was recently released by WMG Publishing. FICTION RIVER: FEEL THE FEAR is an anthology that explores a concept inspired by the Douglas E. Winter quote that "horror is not a genre but an emotion."

Fear is a universal element that is pervasive through all genres. It is certainly an element that I enjoy reading about and, of course, also writing about.

But, during October, more folks are inclined to want to explore fear and horror and dark chills.

Which is why I am absolutely thrilled (and perhaps a little chilled) to have both my anthology FEEL THE FEAR and my horror novel I, DEATH included in an amazing StoryBundle.

Curated by editor and writer extraordinaire, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, this amazing StoryBundle contains 10 full length books that assemble all the various fears.

The initial titles in the The Fear Bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:
  • Show Trial by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Last Call by Sean Costello
  • The Night Killers by Rebecca M. Senese
  • Fiction River: Feel the Fear by Mark Leslie
If you pay at least the bonus price of just $15, you get all four of the regular titles, plus SIX more!
  • Calling Dead by Dean Wesley Smith
  • Immortal Clay by Michael Warren Lucas
  • I, Death by Mark Leslie
  • When the Moon Over Kualina Mountain Comes by Leah Cutter
  • Gates of Hell by J.F. Penn
  • One-Way Ticket to Midnight by Gary Jonas
This bundle is available only for a limited time via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!

And, while this StoryBundle focuses on fear, the writers here understand that while they can't alleviate all of the fears felt by the victims of so many devastating natural disasters taking place, they can help with their dollars. So the assigned charity for this particular StoryBundle is the American Red Cross, with donations earmarked to Puerto Rico relief.

Below are just a few selected reviews from books in the bundle.

Show Trial by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
"Deeply evocative, it breathes menace from every page and memorably conveys what Rusch calls the 'casual evil' that suffused Germany as the Nazis came to power."
– The Daily Mail (London) on Hitler’s Angel
Last Call by Sean Costello
"When Mr. Costello said this book was not for the faint-hearted he wasn't kidding. I had to put the book down for a bit just to catch my breath. This story scared the bejeepers out of me."
– Amazon Review
Immortal Clay by Michael Warren Lucas
"This was a book full of non-stop action and strange goings on. I found myself unable to put it down and the chapters raced by quickly."
– Alex Kourvo, Writing Slices blog
I, Death by Mark Leslie
"If you're looking for an easy, yet uniquely written, fast-paced read, I, Death is a thrill with comedic undertones that will leave you both satisfied and disturbed, but in the greatest way possible."
– Amazon Review
Gates of Hell by J.F. Penn
"JF Penn writes like she has the hordes of Hades after her. Fast-paced, smart, and so much fun."
– Simon Toyne, bestselling author of the Sanctus trilogy
One-Way Ticket to Midnight by Gary Jonas
"Jonas has written a well-paced trip through the mean streets of Tulsa infused with music and magic."
– The Denver Post

Go ahead, get your fear on. Treat yourself this Halloween season to a fantastic bundle by writers I am honored to be sharing the same space with. .


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Dark Tales on the Street

Thanks to the support of my publisher (Dundurn) and the Ontario Media Development Corporation, I was able to accept the request from the good folks at The Word on the Street Halifax to read from and discuss my latest ghost story book, Haunted Hospitals, co-written with Rhonda Parrish.

I love the city of Halifax and haven't been here since a little over three years ago. (Okay, I was back in the area a couple of years ago, but drove past Halifax on the way to Hubbards, a beautiful community on St. Margarets Bay)

It was wonderful to be back. Halifax is a gorgeous city to walk around, and this time, the weather (a bit seasonably warmer than normal for mid Sept), was glorious.

I attended the pre-event reception on Friday night, getting a chance to mingle with other writers, including hanging out with Nicola R. White. Then, on the walk back to my hotel, I took a slight detour to check out the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. It was, of course, closed, but the fog that had rolled in off the ocean created a delightfully eerie view, and I marveled in it as I walked quietly through the dark fog.

The Word on the Street itself, which is a single full day of bookish goodness, was wonderful. I had the chance to mingle and chat with wonderful publishers, authors and booksellers, and even ran into my old friend and fellow horror and ghost-story writer, Steve Vernon.

For my author appearance, I shared the stage with another Dundurn author, Lorna Poplak, author of Drop Dead: A Horrible History of Hanging in Canada for a session called "Dark Tales." Lorna's book is fascinating, and the readings and talk she did on it were stellar. I also think that our books and the things we discussed were quite complimentary and over-lapped nicely.

Below are a few pictures of WOTS Halifax as well as the absolutely beautiful Halifax Central Public Library location (where it was held).

After WOTS was over I had the chance to do some more walking around. This time I sought out the Victoria General Hospital where I did a Facebook Live video sharing one of the stories from Haunted Hospitals about the ghost of the Old Grey Nun, and then proceeded to explore a few of the newer wonderful breweries that Halifax has to offer.

In all, a wonderful trip filled with bookish delights and wonderful Halifax sights.