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You May Have Missed It!

Last week I appeared at a Facebook book release for JE Taylor. I have been vocal about not wanting to give out work for free, but I made an exception just this one time. I gave out a newly polished copy of Human Ouija and gave a cover reveal for this.

The new cover for Human Ouija is the first of many covers I’ve been creating behind the scenes as part of a new project set I’ve been working on to give to you the readers and listeners that like to read short stories more!

Human Ouija was won by AC Adams

Contest Closed Now

Along with this cover reveal, I did a second one for Little Lunacies. If you take part in the Patreon, you would’ve seen the below reveal already.

Worlds Connected: The Gaze of Destruction & The Blasphemer Series

Originally published in a collection of short stories called As The World Will Burn, released July 19, 2016, I introduced the world to something very special. It was a foreshadowing for The Blasphemer Series. It gave readers their first glance at the series and where it was heading while leaving it as a stand-alone story.

The vampire in this short story is unnamed. He represents all creatures in the series that will wake to the world being different. This is significant in the series, as all creatures have their lives changed as the planet continues on with a new face.

In this story, you’re introduced to a nameless vampire waking up from a deep sleep to find the world has entered an apocalyptic world. He searches the area he had left behind, discovering many things ruined that were once places full of splendid memories. He also comes across newspapers and hints at what happened while he rested.

You can only read this story now in my short story collection Little Lunacies, as the original book, As The World Will Burn, is no longer in rotation.


Worlds Connected: Human Ouija & The Blasphemer Series

Human Ouija published as a single short story on October 6, 2017. It garnered an award for ‘Best Horror Story of 2017’. The importance of this sixty page short story tells the story of a man that becomes possessed because he’s chasing after the chance to speak to his spouse who died while on the phone with him.

It speaks to the depths of where grief can send a person and how dabbling in practices you do not understand can lead to life-altering effects. This is a hard lesson he learns and his life will never be the same.

Possession is rare in the World of The Blasphemer, but it can occur, and this story is a beautiful introduction to this element in the series. For readers that are through book one and two, they are already of aware of how it comes into place with dialogue hinting at this very story.

Book three, Ghosts, which is almost finished with the manuscript portion of the process, goes deeper into this element of the storytelling and the world. If you would like to read this story to enjoy more from the series and its world, you can find it now in rotation within the pages of Little Lunacies.


On Writing: Little Lunacies (In-depth Story Reveals)

This collection, as previously mentioned in yesterday’s post, was a labor of love. This is the only way to read the short stories I wrote for the serial anthologies once published by Burning Willow Press called Crossroads in the Dark. Each of the books included in that series had a theme. This is where I was encouraged to try new things in my writing. From aliens to what lies underneath the bed all the stories from these books really stirred my thoughts in new directions.

A Farmhouse Haunting, The OWLS, Just Underneath, and A Man Named Sowder come from the Crossroads in the Dark series. They had invited me into another collection titled And the World Will Burn: A Dystopian Anthology. From that anthology you could find my short story A Gaze of Destruction, a tale of a vampire waking up to the world destroyed.

Alongside these works, The Painting of Martel, is included it came via the anthology Painted Mayhem. It was the first collection I had been invited to take part in and themed “killer clowns”. It wasn’t the theme that excited me, honestly, it was the charity it was and is still raising money for. Its goal was to raise money for those suffering post-traumatic stress disorder and the families living with them.

Human Ouija is in this book. It is my bestselling and award-winning short story. The idea for this book and the beginning of its writing began before my first novel, Maxwell Demon, even had even been started. I tabled it for a few months as Maxwell Demon came to the front. The short story and this novella worked together for me in that I got ideas during the planning process for Maxwell Demon that I felt worked better for the short story. Human Ouija also became known as a “branch book” from The Blasphemer Series as in Harvest, the story hinted to. I don’t want to ruin Harvest and the secret, but readers of both the short story and the second installment of The Blasphemer Series know where the reference is!

There are two previously unpublished stories included in this collection. Both have been mentioned to those close to me. My family and friends knew of the raw ideas for The Clockwork Children and Mishnah: The Immortal Man for years, but never got to read the works. I finally found the time to polish them and here we are.

The Clockwork Children is the tragic tale of a couple that lost a child and have aged until they cannot have anymore children. Depressed, the wife is a shell of her former self and her husband is grieving the loss, still, of his child and wife that he’s watching slowly slip away. He is able to turn things around, thanks to magical blessing.

Mishnah: The Immortal Man is a story that began with the question “what did cavemen believe in?” From there the story grew. You’re introduced to Mishnah, a tribal boy, whose sister was an oral storyteller in their tribe. They expel her for teaching lies to the children. The tribe believes the only stories that should be told are survival based. If you cannot see it, it isn’t real. Living with his expelled sister, he entertains her with stories of his own. This eventually leads him to darkness; a dark evil has been listening to his stories from the shadows. A glimpse of the future of Mishnah and his sister leads him to take a deal that grants him immortality. A must read for those interested in new takes on subject matters like father time, immortality, and what life was like before modern man..

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Little Lunacies: Update, Paperback Reveal, Interior Format Reveal and Sneak Peeks

Update Information:

February 14th, 2020, this collection of short stories is releasing; in digital and paperback editions from Dark Books Press. Every story included was a labor of love. Many stories included have pushed me into genres I hadn’t written before and I’m proud that I have been able to stretch my legs on the individual projects that came together in this beautifully detailed anthology. 

This is a horror short-story collection. Meaning though not all stories will stir fear, but have horror elements. Stories cover many genre tropes such as dark fantasy, sci-fi, post-apocalyptic/dystopia, serial killers, ghost stories, demon possessions, urban fantasy, magic, and re-telling of myths/legends.

As my career moves forward, I know that not all publishers I work for or will are always going to grant me the ability to do the work for myself on my personal projects through them. This means that formatting or graphics may not be in my control in the same way they currently are. This project and this publisher have allowed me to. 

Reveals:

Full paperback

Interior Format Reveal:

Giveaways!

To add to the fun happening Feb 13th, a rafflecopter has been created. 1 winner to win all the donated books! Check it out here. Throughout the event, Noon – 8pm central time, giveaways will be going on held individually by the authors themselves, so for many authors in the rafflecopter you may be able to have more than one chance to win a digital copy of a book!

Check out the party location on Facebook here

Here is a full list of prizes

PM Barnes – Digital copy of Viral Snow
L. Bachman – Digital copy of Human Ouija
Brenda Tetreault – Digital copy of The Witcher Legacy
Erin Maxwell – Digital copy of Broken Veil
Michelle Rabe – Digital copy of Cast in Blood
Rob Shepherd – Digital copy of The Grays Anatomy
Kindra Sowder – Audiobook of Follow the Ashes: Book 1 of the Executioner Trilogy

The event’s line-up

Noon – Erin Maxwell

1pm – Tj Weeks
2pm – Kindra Sowder
3pm – Rob Shepherd
4pm – L. Bachman
5pm – Michelle Rabe
6pm – Vampy’s Ramblings
7pm – Brenda Tetreault
8pm – Amy Alice

This event has paranormal, horror, and thriller authors involved! This event is being held by Bachman’s Blasphemer, the fan club on Facebook by L. Bachman. Please join if you’re a fan!

Pre-order the short story on Amazon for $1.25

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Pre-Orders for Human Ouija and 99 cents for Maxwell Demon

It’s official, a release date for Human Ouija, Valentine’s Day the short story will drop, but until then you can pre-order it now!

Pre-order Here

With this short story releasing and it’s obvious that book two of The Blasphemer Series will be releasing later this year, I have decided to drop the price of The Blasphemer Series: Maxwell Demon.

Buy Maxwell Demon for 99cents here