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Grip and Hold Tight for Hunter Shea’s Online Publicity Tour for The Waiting

The publicity tour for Hunter Shea’s THE WAITING, coordinated by my business Hook of a Book Media & Publicity, has begun!! It all started Friday evening with an announcement by Shea of the schedule, then yesterday with a notice and a giveaway at Renae Rude’s The Paranormalist blog (she’s having a separate giveaway on her blog for a signed print copy of Sinister Entity and 2 e-copies of The Waiting–3 winners total).  Her giveaway is in addition to the tour-wide giveaway, to be clear, but you can enter both.

Stay tuned for the schedule below and main giveaway option. Watch for this graphic around the web! It’s going to be a scary good time, so hold on to your hats, or grip the arm of your chair…..

The Waiting Shea Tour

My thoughts/review~

Shea always impresses me with his excellent writing and fast-moving interesting books. I was scared to death to read this “based on true events” ghost novella, The Waiting. However, was glad I did….I mean….glad I read in the the-waitingDAYLIGHT. From the background stories he told me, I was petrified. I will never vacuum again without looking over my shoulder, want to be alone, or want to be ill. I’m learning more things about ghosts and spirits than I ever wanted to know. Am I curious? Yes, probably too much so. It holds my interest to learn of the unknown. Am I scared still? Yes. And I will forever be haunted by this novella. I read The Waiting in one morning session after I woke up one day, because I couldn’t put it down. I HAD to know what was happening as the story progressed. I didn’t eat breakfast that day and didn’t want to go downstairs until Tim and the kids got home.

This book will be either, depending on your mindset, fun for you to read and be a good, cheap investment for a thrill of a read, OR it will scare you to death and make you incense every corner of your house. I loved the characters in Shea’s novel, particularly for some reason, the old woman next door.

There is a ton of back story to this novel so I would be sure to follow this tour if you are interested. He’ll probably divulge some of it in his interviews and several of his guest articles. It was a blast putting this tour together for Shea and talking about this “inspired by true events” novella. I would really love to see this turned into a movie.

Tour and Giveaway~

I hope you enjoy the publicity tour and let us know what you think. Be sure to enter to win!! Giveaways include one (1) signed paperback of Sinister Entity (this is a full-length print novel of Shea’s that includes paranormal and dopplegangers) plus he’s giving away 5 e-books, one of each of his works: Forest of Shadows, Sinister Entity, Evil Eternal, Swamp Monster Massacre, The Waiting. So there will be six (6) winners in all from the tour-wide giveaway. You must do the Rafflecopter provided to enter. It’s already begun and ends on April 28 at midnight and winners will be notified. Look for the Rafflecopter below the schedule!!

Hunter Shea’s The Waiting Online Publicity Tour

Week One

April 11: Tour Kick-off Announcement at Author Hunter Shea—www.huntershea.com
Tour-wide Rafflecopter Giveaway Starts!

April 12: Inclusion in The Paranormalist’s NetNet Round-up, Plus Giveaway—                                                                              www.theparanormalist.wordpress.com

April 13:
Tour announcement/review at Hook of a Book—
www.hookofabook.wordpress.com

Review at Dreadful Tales—www.dreadfultales.com

April 14: Review at Creating Serenity—
http://www.creating-serenity.com/book-review-the-waiting-by-hunter-shea/

April 15: Review/Interview at Top of the Heap Reviews—www.topoftheheapreviews.com

April 16: Review at Wag the Fox—www.waggingthefox.blogspot.com

April 17: Review at Girl with Book Lungs—www.girlwithbooklungs.com

April 18: Review and guest article at Bookie Monster—
www.bookie-monster.com

April 19: The Paranormalist Giveaway Drawing— www.theparanormalist.wordpress.com

April 20 Easter

Week Two

April 21: Review at Tim Busbey—www.timbusbey.wordpress.com

April 22: Interview (and review re-post) with Jennifer Matlock

The Entertainer Magazine, Print in Lima, Ohio
Online at www.etjenmatlock.tumblr.com

April 23: Guest article at Promote Horror.com

April 25: Interview at Author Russell James–www.russellrjames.com

April 26: Interview at The Paranormalist—www.theparanormalist.wordpress.com

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The Waiting, Synopsis~

the-waitingBASED ON ACTUAL EVENTS…

Clinging to life…haunted by the dead.

Newlywed Cassandra Pagano lies in a state between life and death, her body fed and preserved by the machines at her side. While she struggles, unaware of the world around her, someone waits—a boy. A phantom that appears solid, real, alive. Cassandra’s husband, Brian, sees him in the house, by her bedside, running down darkened hallways. The boy walks without sound, whispers words that can’t be deciphered.

Terror and tension are driving Brian to the breaking point. Why is the boy there, and what does he want with Cassandra…and her fading soul?

Early Reviews~

“It has all the makings for a classic ghost story. If you enjoy being spooked by ghastly little children with sinister intentions, this novella is definitely for you.” — Tim Meyer, Horror Novel Reviews

Available April, 2014! Published by Samhain Horror Publishing

Order your e-book at AmazonSamhain Publishing and B&N

Hunter Shea, Biography~

hunter-headshotHunter Shea is the product of a childhood weaned on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. But he doesn’t just write about the paranormal. He actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experience them, then he puts those stories to the page.

His novels and novellas Forest of Shadows, Evil Eternal, Swamp Monster Massacre, Sinister Entity, and The Waitingare published through Samhain Publishing’s horror line. He’ll have The Montauk Monster out soon from Pinnacle/Kensington and Hell Hole from Samhain this summer.

He lives with his family and untrainable cat close enough to New York City to get Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits.

He’s also proud to be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with his partner in crime, Jack Campisi. Their show is a light hearted approach to dark subjects. They explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun.

Feel free to contact him any time at huntershea1@gmail.com. Writing is lonely work.

 

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Your Chance to Ask Jonathan Janz ANYTHING…Oh, and Support His Release of Savage Species!

Hook of a Book is coordinating another GREAT book party over on our Facebook page for Jonathan Janz, horror author of Savage Species, a five-part serial series in which installment one was just released (Night Terrors).  Come celebrate with Janz and support his release of Savage Species!
 
It’s your chance to ask him any questions you like by emailing them following the directions provided below, then get your answers live at the party! As the moderator, Hook of a Book (Erin Al-Mehairi) will post questions to the Facebook page, and then Janz will comment. Feel free to comment yourself under the posts in conversation with him and others!
 
Let’s have some fun! Plus, you can enter to win some cool print books of Janz’s previous titles and awesome swag from Samhain Horror by emailing your desire to enter to hookofabook@hotmail.com.
 
PLEASE email any questions PRE-party (the sooner the better) to hookofabook@hotmail.com or by using the message option on Hook of a Book Fan Page (www.facebook.com/HookofaBook). Leave your question, your first and last name, and your email address for any giveaways. Be sure to “like” the Facebook page Hook of a Book and check out the NOTES section for info about Savage Species and Janz AND updates about the party.
 
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Samhain Publishing’s Horror line  is blazing new trails for themselves by releasing Savage Species, by Janz, as their first serial horror novel. In five installments, with new installments coming every two weeks, you’ll get a terrifying read that will propel you to the next.The first installment of Savage Species is amazingly awaiting you NOW as Night Terrors is being offered absolutely FREE FREE FREE right now (over 100 pages of awesome reading), no strings attached….just nightmares! Go ahead and download now!

 
Savage Species Synopsis~

 Peaceful Valley is about to become a slaughterhouse!

Jesse thinks he’s caught a break when he, the girl of his dreams, and her friend are assigned by their newspaper to cover the opening weekend of the Peaceful Valley Nature Preserve, a sprawling, isolated state park. But the construction of the park has stirred an evil that has lain dormant for nearly a century, and the three young people—as well as every man, woman, and child unlucky enough to be attending the grand opening—are about to encounter the most horrific creatures to ever walk the earth. A species so ferocious that Peaceful Valley is about to be plunged into a nightmare of bloodshed and damnation.

SEE ALL FIVE COVERS AND READ A GUEST POST BY JANZ FROM EARLIER THIS WEEK BY CLICKING ON THIS!!

The first installment of Jonathan Janz’s new—and Samhain Horror’s first-ever—serial novel will be released for FREE! You can download the first installment of my new serial novel (Savage Species: Night Terrors) FOR FREE right here….

 Night Terrors FREE on Amazon here (also available other places too…B&N for Nook, etc):

 http://www.amazon.com/Night-Terrors-Savage-Species-ebook/dp/B00BETA0MO/ref=la_B008IIP7J0_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1370199103&sr=1-5

 OR at Samhain Store:

http://store.samhainpublishing.com/night-terrors-p-7384.html?osCsid=6c987d6db91f9cd63b246344b9755910

Author Jonathan Janz, Biography~

doorwayJonathan Janz grew up between a dark forest and a graveyard, and in a way, that explains everything. Brian Keene, one of the most famous award winning authors in the genre of horror, named his debut novel The Sorrows “the best horror novel of 2012.”

 The Library Journal deemed his follow-up, House of Skin, “reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and Peter Straub’s Ghost Story” and it was nominated for the Darrell Award this year, which recognizes the best published Midsouth regional science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and won first runner-up.

 Samhain Horror published his third novel, The Darkest Lullaby, in March 2013. His fourth novel, the serialized, action-packed survival horror thriller called Savage Species, releases June 4, 2013. His fifth novel, a vampire western called Dust Devils, will be released in February 2014. He has also written three novellas (The Clearing of Travis Coble, Old Order, and Witching Hour Theatre) and several short stories. He’s currently writing his sequel to The Sorrows.

 His primary interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing children, and though he realizes that every author’s wife and children are wonderful and amazing, in this case the cliché happens to be true. You can learn more about Jonathan at http://www.jonathanjanz.com. You can also find him on Facebook, via @jonathanjanz on Twitter, or on his Goodreads and Amazon author pages.

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Accomplished Screenwriter, Director, and Author Frazer Lee Discusses His Newest Novella, Writing, and His Pesky Eating Habits

Today I have an interview with the amazing screenwriter, director, and author Frazer Lee. Straight from England, he and I had an amazing time talking about books and writing…and we laugh….alot! It’s one of a couple of my favorite interviews so far. Whether you’re a reader, writer, or film buff, I recommend making time on your agenda to read this one and leave us some comments.

Frazer’s The Lucifer Glass, the first novella in a series, just published yesterday from Samhain Horror (June 4, 2013) and you can get it for a couple bucks. Here’s the cover. You can read more about it and click links at the end of the interview. You’ll also get to view the cover for his upcoming Fall title, The Jack in the Green! Enjoy!

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Hi Frazer! So happy to have you by Oh, for the Hook of a Book today and look forward to a rousing interview of epic proportions (no pressure or anything –  ha!) I jest, but really…glad to have you hear to discuss your newest novella series (The Lucifer Glass), upcoming novels, and whatever other questions come up!

Frazer: Thank you Erin. It’s a rousing pleasure of epic proportions to be here, and feel free to apply the pressure!

Erin: Get ready then….Let’s plop back with a cocktail of choice (find any good ones from that cocktail contest you had for readers?) and discuss…

Frazer: Sounds good to me. I’ll mix a couple of Frazizors, a brutal cocktail of my own devising – though neither of us may live to tell the tale. The last one i made melted the glass…

Q:  You’re an author, director, screenwriter, and I believe give college lectures as well! When you aren’t scaring students into major creative breakthroughs for the screen, how do you divide your time to accomplish it all?

A: I’m guilty on all counts – Jack of all trades, master of none, ha! It is difficult to cram it all in, but somehow I stretch the days (and sometimes nights as well) to hit my deadlines. A lot of my novel-writing happens on train journeys and in hotel rooms, and when I’m working on screenplay commissions concurrently I often split the day – so I do half a day on the novel and the rest on the screenplay. The craziest time of year for me is when all the grade marking comes in from the Universities, I have to put my own creative work aside for a few weeks during that period as the coursework submissions are in the hundreds. Then, as is the case right now, I get straight back into it.

Q:  When did you first decide you wanted to become “a writer?” What inspired you and guided you on your creative course?

A: I started telling stories when I was a kid, in school I helped other kids with their reading as I was just blazing through as many books as I could read. When I had homework assignments to write stories I really enjoyed them, and just became hooked.

Q:  What type of creative outlet did you first begin with and why?

A: The story writing and my love of movies converged when I started writing and performing little radio plays – sequels to the movies I was a fan of at the time – and recording them (with music and sound FX) on my little mono tape recorder (I’m a child of the 1970s and was seven years old when Star Wars was released). Luckily none of the tapes survived! But in retrospect I do think that was a very early, very naive attempt at screenwriting.

Lamplighters72LGQ:  Your debut novel, The Lamplighters, came out last year (published by Samhain Horror) and you immediately felt writing success by being bestowed as a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. How did you decide to take the plunge into publishing a novel? What inspired you to do so?

A: The Lamplighters was one of these ideas that just wouldn’t let go of me. It was wriggling around in my brainpan just insisting to come out. At first I thought of writing it as a screenplay, but I just knew somehow that it had to be a novel. I’d had some short stories published, which boosted my confidence, and author friends of mine encouraged me to read ‘On Writing’ by Stephen King. I did so, and found it to be hugely inspiring, I highly recommend it to anyone starting out. I wrote chunks of the novel at The British Library in London, and did a lot of my research there. Getting into that routine helped discipline me to treat novel-writing as a job of work.

Erin Comments: That’s great advice as well for others looking for inspiration.

Q:  Has the positive reviews and acknowledgment caused you to say you’ve done enough, or has it propelled you into further writing challenges?

A: Well, I never really stop working, so by the time that praise and the award nomination came in I was already well underway on other things. Anything positive like that really helps of course, you need as much energy as you can get to keep going. But the bad reviews keep you on your toes too, there’s always so much more to learn. All I can hope for is to learn more from, and keep growing with, each project. If it ever stops feeling like a challenge, then I’ll stop too.

Q:  Your newest publishing adventure, again with Samhain Horror, is The Lucifer Glass (Daniel Gates Novella #1). It’s the first part of a novella series. With all the serials emerging, as well as short stories and novellas, how did you decide to create a series of novellas, and why?

A: The character, Daniel Gates, drove me in that direction, toward writing a series. I found that when I’d completed a series of drafts of The Lucifer Glass, Daniel Gates was still present in my mind, vividly so. And I realised there were story elements I’d edited out of earlier drafts that might later pave the way for future installments featuring the character. So readers can expect two or three more Daniel Gates novellas at least, and I really hope they enjoy them as much as I am enjoying writing them.

 Erin Comments: Since I’ve been promoting it as a three-part series, I think you’re stuck. *wink*

Q:  What is the basis for The Lucifer Glass? What inspired it? What’s it about? Why might readers enjoy it?

A: The Lucifer Glass is inspired, in part, by the ‘derring-do’ adventures I read as a teenager by the amazing author Dennis Wheatley. That cigar-smoke scented world of gentleman’s clubs, ancient artifacts and occult rituals – I was a sucker for all that, and still am. I think any writer must have obsessions, and the novella draws on many of my own. If you like what’s loosely termed ‘weird fiction’, with a robust dash of the occult, then this might be the one for you.

Erin Comments: I like what you said about obsessions (or interests), as that is what makes writers unique.

Q:  Did you have to do much research for The Lucifer Glass novella series? If so, what and how extensive was it? If not, make something up to fill the space. Kidding….

A: Well, I had to fill that damned glass with plenty of single malt whisky as part of my ‘extensive research’ (hic!) And when I’d sobered up… Just kidding!? (Erin Comments: Ha!)

I’ve been reading about the occult since…well, since I could see basically, so a lot of it was stored up just bursting to be used somehow. It’s fun working little references and in-jokes into the text, I so enjoy that aspect of writing this particular series. For the next novella I’ve been reading up on my demonology and a few other dark and nasty surprises that lie in wait for Daniel Gates.

 Erin Comments: Sounds awesome, really! The realm of the occult is frightening, but such a vast space to draw from for writers who are intrigued with the topic.

Q:  How does your mind come up with such creative ideas? Do you think of them anywhere and everywhere or does it take quiet, peaceful moments alone concentrating on an idea?

A: Thanks for calling them creative – not all ideas pass muster, I can tell you that. They come to me as images, sometimes fragments, and sometimes entire scenes. Often when I’m travelling, or walking/running in the woods – or taking a shower! I really have to focus and hold onto the ideas so I don’t forget them before I can write them down. Sometimes I leave myself voicemail, and I once text-messaged a passage from The Lamplighters to myself. Oh, the pre-Smartphone era! 🙂

Erin Comments: Funny thing about the shower…..I always do my best thinking there too! And what did we do without smartphones? Write on napkins, I guess.

Q: Are you a writer that writes quickly and without outline or are you methodical, planning it out and staying to your notes?

A: For novels I rough out an outline, but if the characters take me off in another direction I just go with them for the ride and see where it takes me. My screenplay work always follows the methodical 1-pager, treatment, beat sheet/scene breakdown approach as that’s usually contractually required by the producers anyhow. Best of both worlds.

Q:  How do you describe your writing style in regards to books? If it varies by book, go ahead and describe each and why?

A: I don’t know if I even have a style! If I did, then what I would hope for is for it to be visual, sensory, and above all else – unsettling. But that is really not for me to say. I just write ’em how I see ’em.

Q:  How does your writing style for books differ from your writing style as a screenwriter? Also, how are the various styles different in general and how can authors use the skills of screenwriting to create better books?

A: Technically, the styles of screenwriting and novel writing are vastly different, and the word counts are insanely different too. But the voice is always mine, so in one project I might be dragging you screaming into the darkness and dumping you there alone, to claw your own way out. In another project I might be gently coaxing you, leading you gently by the hand into a dark place. That tone of voice varies project-to-project, whether for page or screen. Both forms are immersive in their own way, but I think both can benefit from hard editing – “kill your darlings” as The King once said.

Q:  When you lecture on screenwriting, without giving a course I’ll need to charge for on my site, what are a couple main things you urge them to remember? Might be good advice for aspiring or current authors looking to improve their novels?

A: Some of my post-graduate students are working on debut novels for their final project. A couple of them in the past told me that the advice I gave them in class regarding screenwriting, namely ‘show don’t tell’ and ‘less can be more’, along with the overall main character focus, was invaluable to their novel rewrites. And a couple more decided to adapt their own novels into screenplays during the course. I think the discipline of writing and rewriting (whether for the screen or books) can only come with hard work and a willingness to try things out, even if you ultimately change them back afterward.

Reading material aloud is a great way of cutting the crap – there are always sections that come across as “too much”, or are simply too convoluted and difficult to read aloud. I believe experimentation is also key to writing what you love, and then you’ll maybe love what you write. But hey, what do I know? Just write!

panic_button_novelQ:  What are some of your director or screenwriting accomplishments you’d like to share? I’ve heard you have a great book novelization on your hit movie Panic Button?

A: I had a lot of fun working on Panic Button. The producers had read a spec script of mine and invited me in to talk about their story idea. I turned that idea into a screenplay for them, several drafts, and they went and raised the finance, got a director, cast and crew on board real quick. While the movie was in post-production they floated the idea of me writing the novelization for them, but the deadline was insane. Never one to turn down a challenge, I went for it and had an absolute blast revisiting the material. Both the movie and the book have had some great reviews so I’m real pleased about that. I’ve been a rabid fan of movie novelisations since I was a kid, so it’s an ambition fulfilled for me to have my name on one. I would definitely do more.

Erin Comments: That’s so interesting. I didn’t think many books started as movies first. I’m interested in reading one. I should have asked you what some other good ones are…

Q:  Some of your favorite all-time films?  What are some of the best films ever made, in your opinion?

A: Ah, we could be here for weeks if I went into all of them. I have to enthuse about Robert Wise’s The Haunting, because it teaches us how to do so much with so very little. Clive Barker’s Hellraiser stopped my in my teenaged tracks because I thought I knew all I needed to know about horror at that point – but how wrong I was. I stayed in the theatre and watched it a second time – it was a real game-changer for me, that film.

I also obsess about Argento, Carpenter, Cronenberg, Del Toro, Bava, Von Trier, so many greats – like I said, we could be here for weeks! I used to dream of buying an old crumbling cinema so I could curate endless film festivals. But I’m lucky to have attended a lot of film festivals through my work, and to have seen so many classics old and new on the big screen.

Erin Comments: I would so help you run that restored cinema and maybe attach a bookstore to the side of it….ah, dreams…

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Q:  Do you feel that horror related movies and books are becoming more main stream and more widely accepted (I suppose I am speaking from a US perspective)? Why?

A: I think the YA market has perhaps helped open the genre up to younger readers and viewers, but there are always people for whom horror is just too much, and they say they “can’t even look at it”. But if a car crash happens, we’re all taking a peek. If the rolling news has some atrocity with “images we might find disturbing” we all watch through our fingers. The genre is so vast, so wide, with everything from dark psychological pieces, through brutal pain and gore, to romantic fantasies about gym-bodied werewolves – there really is something for everyone right now. Perhaps even for those people who say they “can’t look” at horror.

And hey, show anyone a picture of a guy in a cape with pointy teeth and they’ll know he’s Count Dracula, right? When I was studying, I wrote a paper on the popularity of the Freddy Kruger character and I remember how shocked a lot of my fellows were when I projected images of Freddy lunchboxes and pillowcases during my presentation! That trait of being fascinated by a villain runs deep in so many of us.

Erin Comments: So true, so many facets of horror. The word gets a bad rap sometimes. It’s like my mom said about  sprouts…don’t knock it till you try it. You might find you like something you never thought you would….

JackInTheGreen72lgQ:  You have another full-length novel coming up at the beginning of October as well, called The Jack in the Green, which encompasses a village with green rolling hills (I am picturing) and their strange pagan ritual. How did you come up with the idea for this novel? It sound like it’s based on a legend.

A: You pictured it just right! The Jack in the Green is partly inspired by old rites and ritual and my travels to pagan sites in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, along with some dodgy political moves here in the UK where the government tried to sell off some of our ancient forests to big business. Those two worlds, paganism and commerce, clashing together in my fictional forest village setting of ‘Douglass’ made me excited about the possibilities for some good old-fashioned rural horror. Bottom line though, I am just a little bit too obsessed by trees and forests and needed to put that somewhere.

Erin Comments: I am SO EXCITED about this book!!! I want it to be a movie too.

Q:  Why do so many nightmares we have as children transform into stories in our adulthood? Are they planted there as seeds for aspiring authors? Or are dreams phenomenons without explanation?

A: Great question. I think dreams, nightmares maybe help prepare us for the real traumas in our lives. And as we grow and experience those traumas, our dreams and nightmares help us to siphon them off, to process them. They become parables, cautionary tales – or else a way of expressing the idea that, “Hey, it could always be worse. Much, much worse. There was once this dark old house where…” And that’s where us authors cynically come in and try to make a quick buck out of them!

Q: How do you make time for all your writing in your life? What advice do you have for other authors?

A: There are times when other things, like a social life, have to be neglected while you write. I would advise, if you want to write then just get to it and keep at it. Write, and read, as much as possible. And then switch the bloody internet off and write and read even more. Concern yourself less with what the other guy is doing and focus on your own shit. Have a sense of genre, yes, but write characters and their stories first and foremost, paint pictures, build sensory worlds. Let it come out of you how it comes out. Then be prepared to alter some, or all, of it. And if you don’t drink coffee, I’m sorry but you are probably not going to make it.

 Erin Comments: I couldn’t survive without coffee…

Q: What has been your biggest challenge? Why? And in contrast, your biggest success?

A: Completing the first draft of The Lamplighters was gruelling. There was a lot of personal stuff going on in my life, a lot of death and madness and pain that took my eye off the target. My biggest success was to have The Lamplighters to channel all that stuff into. It just took me a little while to figure that out.

Q: What else are you doing to keep busy? Any summertime plans?

A: Well I have a couple of books and screenplay projects on the go, along with post-production on my new short film The Stay. Oh, and moving house!

Q:  Share with us something not many people know about you….strange habit? Hobbies?  Just don’t freak us out too much.

A: Some people are surprised to hear that I’m a vegetarian (well, pescetarian actually – I started eating fish again about 4 years ago). “A vegetarian horror author?” they ask, incredulous. “Sure,” I say, “you mean you’ve never heard of Count Duckula, the vegetarian vampire duck?”

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Erin Comments: My children were cracking up when I told them this one! LOL 😉 Very funny. In our house we only eat things with feathers or fins. We’d prefer to be herbivores.

Q:  If you’ve done any reading this year, some of the best books you’ve read recently…or if not, some of your all-time favorites for us please.

A: I have to say Redheads by my new Samhain Horror labelmate Jonathan S. Moore is a fantastic debut novel. But be warned, if you’re a redhead it’ll have you eating your fingers down to the bone… As far as all-time favourites go, look no further than Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It has everything you could possibly need from a book and I am yet to find its equal. Probably never will.

Q:  Where can people connect with you at?

A: When I’m not writing and I switch the modem back on, my website/blog is at http://www.frazerlee.com and I’m on Twitter http://twitter.com/frazer_lee and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/AuthorFrazerLeecome say Hell-o!

Erin:  Frazer, I am honored and happy that you’ve joined us today and really enjoyed our discussion. Look forward to talking to you again soon and best of luck with your writing! Thank you!

Frazer: Erin, it has been an absolute pleasure and I’d like to thank you from the bottom of my cold, dark heart. Now, about that Frazizor cocktail…

Erin: Another? You’ve made me at least five and I’m barely able to see straight……

Author Frazer Lee, Biography~
 
Frazer-LeeFrazer Lee’s debut novel, The Lamplighters, was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist. His novella, The Lucifer Glass, published June 4, 2013 and his next full-length novel, The Jack in the Green, publishes in October 2013, both from Samhain Horror. His short stories have appeared in anthologies including the acclaimed Read By Dawn series.  Also a screenwriter and filmmaker, Frazer’s screen credits include the award-winning short horror movies On Edge, Red Lines, Simone and the horror/thriller feature film (and movie novelization ) Panic Button.  Frazer resides with his family in leafy Buckinghamshire, England. When he’s not getting lost in a forest he is working on new fiction and film projects.
 
The Lucifer Glass, Synopsis~
‘The Lucifer Glass’ is the first in the ‘Daniel Gates’ occult series by Frazer Lee
 
LuciferGlass-The72lgIt may cost you your soul.
 
Daniel Gates is a fixer. Whatever his client wants, he can get – for a price. But the price of his latest assignment is a high one indeed. He is to travel to Scotland to exchange a rare demonic text, a grimoire, for a consignment of even rarer whiskey. Reading the grimoire, Gates learns of the legend of Lucifer’s Glass and the unholy trinity of green-eyed demons who protect it. As he does battle with the demons, Daniel realizes too late that there is much more to his assignment than meets the eye. He is locked in a struggle to save his very soul from damnation.
 
 
 
 
 
Buy from Samhain Horror (at 30% off for limited time which makes it less than $2):  http://store.samhainpublishing.com/lucifer-glass-p-7277.html
 
 

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Sinister Entity by Hunter Shea Will Having You Seeing Double and Collecting the Series

sinisterentityLooking for a book to completely freak you out and make your hair stand on end? Hunter Shea’s Sinister Entity will make the hair on your arm stand up too! You’ll start taking a closer look at yourself in the mirror, for sure. Or do a double take over your shoulder at anyone having a tiny resemblance to you as you walk down a busy street. That’s right, you might never look at yourself the same way again. And if you think someone can’t bother you anymore once they’re dead, think again….

Shea is a master at paranormal storytelling. He dives in head first with research and logical explanations through his protagonist, Jessica. First a child in his debut novel, Forest of Shadows, she carries on her family’s ghost hunting traditions when she appears thirteen years later in Shea’s short story, The Graveyard Speaks, and kicks the proverbial butt of a harassing ghost. You can see my reviews of Forest of Shadows and The Graveyard Speaks by clicking on the titles.

Jessica appears shortly after The Graveyard Speaks in the sequel Sinister Entity, where she continues to receive people’s pleas for help through her paranormal website.  She takes their issues head on in order to rid them of their dilemmas. It’s exhausting work, but someone has to do it and she’s the very best. She’s great at putting the puzzle together as to why the paranormal activity is happening and what things need to be put in order for it to stop.

And Jessica’s cast of supporting characters, what’s left of her family and a new friend Eddie, really assist the story and provide her some logical and emotional support.  All good ghost hunters need a wing man, right?  Eddie was a great introduction to Jessica’s life. 

No matter how hard the work, she always solves the mystery and defeats the evil, while also embracing some of the good that functions within the paranormal world. Shea always does a superb job of showing us both the dark and the light sides within all things paranormal.

Though these two books and the short story can be read stand alone, they are also connected through Jessica. And in fact, Shea hopes that Sinister Entity is the start of a new series with her that really takes on exciting and original paranormal cases like book shelves haven’t seen before.

You might be scared to meet the ghost of yourself, or as we find out in Shea’s Sinister Entity, it could be a comfort, but either way the thought of your doppelgänger is probably quite unnerving, right? This time a beautiful girl named Selena has a terrible issue that Jessica wraps her brain around solving. Does the spotting of Selena’s double mean she is destined to die soon? Who is trying to hurt her?

Hunter Shea said it best on his release day blog as to why he chose the subject of doppelgänger to build his thriller Sinister Entity on:

“Now, what does this all have to do with doppelgänger? It turns out, quite a few notable people in history, from Percy Shelley to Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln, have had encounters with doppelgangers…sometimes with disastrous results. Doppelganger is German for ‘double walker’. It’s literally a paranormal double of a living person. The whole phenomenon has fascinated me for years. So I did what all writers do; created my own doppelgänger and had it take one on.”

I loved reading about doppelgängers as I didn’t have much prior knowledge beforehand. Without giving the plot away, I loved what he did with the doppelgänger character. I also loved the story line he chose as to who was actually haunting Selena and loved when Jessica knocked them out of the park at the end.

Hunter Shea does it again for me by bringing me book candy. He brings me his smooth and easy writing style, well-developed and emotional characters, hauntingly good paranormal dilemmas, and enough gusto to scare me out of my seat. I wouldn’t read this alone and especially not in the dark, unless Jessica is nearby of course. She’s the best ghost hunter out there right now.

Sinister Entity is another Hunter Shea book that has been added to my collection of best-loved frightening books.  He’s an excellent writer with fresh new tales that will haunt your mind. I recommend buying it today!

Stay tuned as upcoming within the week is an exclusive interview in which Hunter Shea bears his soul…. and we’ll be giving something away!

Sinister Entity, Synopsis~

sinisterentityHow can you escape the ghost of yourself?

The Leigh family is terrified. They’ve been haunted by the ghostly image of their young daughter, Selena. But how can that be, when Selena is alive and well, and as frightened as her parents? With nowhere else to turn, the Leighs place their hopes in Jessica Backman, who has dedicated her life to investigating paranormal activity. Accompanied by a new partner who claims to be able to speak to the dead, Jessica will soon encounter an entity that scares even her. And a terror far worse than she imagined.

Released on April 2 from Samhain Publishing (www.samhainpublishing.com):

http://store.samhainpublishing.com/sinister-entity-p-7234.html

Also, pick-up or order either at your other favorite retailers nationwide!!

The Graveyard Speaks Short Story, Synopsis~

the-graveyard-speaksThe dark, moaning apparition that rises from the same grave night after night has chased away even the most skeptical cemetery caretakers. Only one ghost hunter has the will to face the unknown, but at what price?

The Graveyard Speaks is your introduction into the mysterious and at times dangerous life of the paranormal’s most powerful spirit explorer. Read it with the lights on, and if you’re brave enough, follow the trail to Sinister Entity. This isn’t ghost hunting you see on TV!

Get The Graveyard Speaks by Hunter Shea FREE on Samhain’s site (www.samhainpublishing.com) NOW, you’ll need to register with the site for free and put in cart for free, but you’ll pay zero…well, because it’s free. 🙂

http://store.samhainpublishing.com/graveyard-speaks-p-7337.html?osCsid=c73c83f40f523c3f9ceb87b1517a0d6d

Also, find it on Amazon and take it to the top! http://www.amazon.com/The-Graveyard-Speaks-ebook/dp/B00BUKRALG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365912237&sr=8-1&keywords=The+graveyard+speaks

Hunter Shea,  Biography~

I’m the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. I don’t just write about the paranormal. I actively seek out the things that scare the hell out of people and experience them for myself.

My novels, Forest of Shadows, Evil Eternal , Swamp Monster Massacre and Sinister Entity are published through Samhain Publishing’s horror line. I live with my family and untrainable cat close enough to New York City to get Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits.

I’m also proud to be be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with my partner in crime, Jack Campisi. Our show is a light hearted approach to dark subjects. We explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun.

Feel free to contact me any time at huntershea1@gmail.com. Writing is lonely work.

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Our Fabulous Fantastic Trip to the Samhain Horror Hang-out at HorrorHound Cincinnati Convention!

This Friday, Tim and I drove three hours to Cincinnati for FearNet.com’s HorrorHound Magazine Convention to see some of our favorite author friends who were there signing books with their publisher Samhain Publishing/Horror.

For those of you not familiar with HorrorHound, it’s primarily a horror film festival that’s gravitated from a film focus into so much more. It’s a weekend long event with big film and television draws such as this year’s Walking Dead cast, director John Carpenter (Halloween, Christine), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2, X-Files), the real 1958 Plymouth Fury that starred as the car Christine (Stephen King), and the list goes on (check out www.horrorhoundweekend.com). Vendors, music, and even a Zombie ball entertained people during the event; many stand in line for hours to pay for photos with their favorite TV stars like Norman Reedus.

It was such a draw in fact that they had unforeseen numbers for their opening day of Friday. Thousands lined-up to get in a get a glimpse at some of their favorites. We waited in line for over three hours, but oh, it was worth it!!  Thank goodness there was a little sun, as just a few days later we’ve had a snow blizzard!

Here’s a cool Instagram (follow me…Erin Al-Mehairi) that I took, with a view of a case with all Christine book covers that have been created over the years…..

Christine

Samhain Publishing , an established romance publisher, launched its Horror line of books several years ago and is now a major sponsor. With that, some of my favorite dark fiction and horror writers and directors came in for the weekend to sign their items at the Samhain Horror booth.

Those amazing authors who were there on Friday were Brian Moreland, Jonathan Janz, and Kristopher Rufty. David Searls, also from near Cleveland, Ohio like us, was there on Saturday afternoon. In this post, I’d like to highlight each of them, some of whom have new releases coming up. Then, I’ll note some deals and dates you might be interested in as we wrap-up the post! Read to the end and get a coupon for a free book!

And here’s a photo of me and the guys (L-R: Jonathan Janz, Brian Moreland, me, Kristopher Rufty)… of course I keep look toward JJ and laughing……

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We had a blast hanging out and talking with them on Friday night. People who don’t always read horror may generalize or stereo-type that word sometimes, but these guys are not only amazing people who are very kind, they are great spinners of their craft…writing the tales we sometimes see in our heads and creating entertainment for the dark recesses of our minds that give us break from all our worldly stress.

Brian, Jonathan, and Krist have been extremely important inspirations to me as a person, a writer, a journalist, and as an aspiring author. All with varying personalities, they’ve shown me support and/or given advice that is priceless to me. And they’ve made me love to read horror!!

We also had a great time meeting Meli Hooker, who writes for Dreadful Tales! What an amazing mind in a tiny little body! Meli is super fun and seemed to take in everything as a newbie to her first horror con. 🙂

So a little about these authors, their books, and upcoming releases….

Brian Moreland is the author of Shadows in the Mist and Dead of Winter. I’ve known Brian for a few years now, ever since Samhain opened its horror line.  Though we’ve talked numberous times, it was great to see him in person and he’s just as friendly and endearing in the flesh.  Brian writes for the screen, so with his books you find a cinematography you might not expect that is extremely gratifying.  He writes very visually and you’ll feel drawn in to the story.

Stuff and HorrorHound 2013 168You can read some of my past posts with Brian on my site, such as my review of Dead of Winter by clicking HERE, which is one of my favorite books of EVER, an interview I did with Brian HERE, and a guest post about Shadows in the Mist HERE, a book which has had years of extreme success that was re-released this year from Samhain Publishing/Horror.

And here is an Instagram photo of Brian holding the artwork my two daughter’s ages 9 and 5 made for him….they tried to make him scary photos but they still included flowers of course!! LOL!

Brian with kid's pics

Coming in July and August 2013, Brian has several items publishing this summer called The Girl from the Blood Coven (July 2013 – free short story prequel) and The Witching House (August 2013 – novella).  And Brian created his own covers!!

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Then, The Devil’s Woods (novel) is coming out in December of 2013, all from Samhain Publishing’s Horror line. I hope he won’t mind me saying, but I was able to read a first version of his novel last summer and I absolutely loved it. I can’t wait to publicly announce that it will be on my Top Favorites Ever list along with his other book.  He’s made some really great updates to it since then and it will be a hit for fans of Native American legends and spooky happenings in isolated forests.  Want a sneak peek at The Devil’s Woods, you can go here:  http://brianmoreland.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/excerpt-of-the-devils-woods-coming-2013-10-2/.  You can find more on Brian at his website at www.brianmoreland.com or find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Jonathan Janz is the author of The Sorrows, House of Skin, and the soon-to-be released The Darkest Lullaby (novel – coming April 2, 2013 –  I’m the new proud owner of a signed copy from HorrorHound) and Savage Species, a serial horror novel first for Samhain Publishing that’s coming June 4 and hitting every couple of weeks until end of July, 2013!  You can pre-order to download the first installment right now, for FREE by going to:  http://store.samhainpublishing.com/night-terrors-p-7384.html.

He’ll also have Dirt Devil (a vampire western!!) coming out in February 2014 from Samhain.  You can read my review of The Sorrows HERE and our interview HERE. I LOVED the fun time I had reading The Sorrows, it’s superb!!

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I’ve gotten to know Jonathan well over the past year, after he launched The Sorrows and I was one of the first to interview him. It was wonderful to meet him in person as his energy and aura are certainly contagious.  His writing style is completely nothing like his real life persona. He’s bubbly and sweet, but his writing is tough, dirty, intelligent, and emotional.

Me and Craig

This weekend at a separate location, Jonathan was recognized with House of Skin as the First Runner-Up in the Darrell Awards, which is a panel in the Mid-South that recognizes authors, or authors with characters from their region, that they feel are the best published in science fiction, fantasy and horror!

You can keep up to date with Jonathan about his life, his writing, and his upcoming books by following his blog at http://www.jonathanjanz.com  and you can see his latest post where he talks about his award, HorrorHound, and yours truly in fact (beaming!) here:  http://jonathanjanz.com/2013/03/24/house-of-skin-named-runner-up-at-darrell-awardshorrorhound-cincinnati-updates-galore/. Jonathan is also on Facebook and Twitter.

Kristopher Rufty is the writer/director of the movies Psycho Holocaust, Rags, and Wicked Wood, and also the author of Angel Board (novel), The Night Everything Changed (novella), The Lurkers (novel and The Night Everything Changed is a prequel to it), A Dark Autumn (novella), and coming in August 2013, Oak Hollow (novel which I scored a signed print copy of at HorrorHound!!).

I have a review of A Dark Autumn HERE, which is a novella you’ll want to read this year for its visceral content. I dare you NOT to be moved by this piece of work.  I also loved his novella The Night Everything Changed (which you can download FREE now here:  http://store.samhainpublishing.com/night-everything-changed-p-6931.html ) and the first chapter of The Lurkers, which I plan to read in whole soon.

Stuff and HorrorHound 2013 175I’ve just gotten to know Krist this year through the other Samhain authors, but I was immediately impressed. His quiet demeanor is not an indication of his writing, which is far from mild.  It’s extremely raw, intense, and in-your-face. I can see why he has such increasing popularity and is already a horror icon. I was so happy to get to meet Krist in person. He’s really a kind and gentle person who pours his heart feverishly into his writing.

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You can follow along with Krist at his Last Krist on the Left blog:  http://lastkristontheleft.blogspot.com/ and follow him on Facebook and Twitter. Urge him to tweet or drop him a line. He’s been a mad-man writing machine for months and he has not only a bunch of books already published but quite a few upcoming! Samhain quickly publishes many manuscripts so they are fresh and you can still feel the authors sweat on the page….ok, not literally.

We didn’t get to see author David Searls, who signed books at the Samhain booth on Saturday. However, I want to mention David as he’s from near the Cleveland, Ohio area where we are also from. Tim, in fact, used to work with David and we are happy to support his authorship pursuits! He’s written hundreds of magazine articles, columns and essays, with a byline that has been carried by People Weekly, The Cleveland Plain Dealer Sunday Magazine, USAToday.com, Cleveland Magazine, and many more.

He’s written and published three books, including the horror novel Yellow Moon, which was first released by Warner Books and will be re-released by Samhain Publishing/Horror on June 4, 2013 with an AWESOME new cover.

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In 2012, two of his horror novels, Bloodthirst in Babylon and Malevolent, were published by Samhain Horror. I’ll be happy to review these novels as I hear he’s a superb writer, especially in the vampire genre. I also am intrigued by his books having Ohio locales….or maybe since I live in Ohio, that should scare me a little more….

Samhain Publishing did a great job highlighting their authors and had some fun bloody needle pens to giveaway that my daughter just loves using (haha!), red mechanical pencils (I am in love with mine) and of course, having various other titles for sale. They have some great writers on board like one of my favorites, Ronald Malfi, as well as Hunter Shea, Frazier Lee, Bryan Smith, David Bernstein, Damien Walters Grintalis (who is pictured as being at the event but was unable to make it) and many more.

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You can find all kinds of book, including horror titles and those aforementioned fabulous authors, at www.samhainpublishing.com or www.samhainhorror.com.  Thank you, Samhain, for letting me report on the event and your fabulous authors!

Happy Reading!

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Forest of Shadows by Hunter Shea Made My Skin Crawl in Fright! Preparing for Upcoming Spring Releases

Do shadows lurk around the corner of your home? Press against your window, claw at your door? Does evil claim your territory for their own devices? No, well….you’re not having any fun then.  I suggest you get your fix like I did by reading Forest of Shadows by Hunter Shea. 

Until you pick up your own copy, or possibly win the giveaway mentioned below, maybe this blog post will entertain you.  Lurking shadows of the night won’t envelope you just from reading this post, BUT if you don’t read it you’ll miss the review of one of the best scary stories I’ve read in years.  Published by Samhain Publishing’s horror line, Shea is one of the best writers currently out there and I don’t say that lightly.

Here’s the synopsis~

forest of shadowsThe dead still hate!

John Backman specializes in inexplicable phenomena. The weirder the better. So when he gets a letter from a terrified man describing an old log home with odd whisperings, shadows that come alive, and rooms that disappear, he can’t resist the call. But the violence only escalates as soon as John arrives in the remote Alaskan village of Shida. Something dreadful happened there. Something monstrous. The shadows are closing in…and they’re out for blood.

AHHHHHHH……right?

Reading Evil Eternal by Shea first, I was not sure what to expect from Forest of Shadows since Evil Eternal is a rip-roaring bloody demonic action adventure.  I know Shea is a big fan of ghost adventures and the paranormal, so I was hoping this was some kind of ghost story I could really settle down and get goosebumps from. I wasn’t disappointed!

Primarily taking place in an extremely remote town in Alaska that is more like a makeshift modern Native American village that belongs to the dump, Shea takes time to develop his characters and the town’s visual details.  But not in any way that makes the story seem slow or going nowhere…in fact, he builds his characters and his suspense like a master professional with just enough alluding paragraphs, chapter endings, and out of nowhere sentences that made me jump out of my seat or my spine tingle.

His verbiage is supreme goodness, his prose so smooth like ghostly vapors, and his foreboding and mystery perfectly ominous and flawless. I was SUCKED right in and couldn’t stop turning the pages. I refused to want to stop reading to do normal tasks such as shower or eat. 

His protagonist, paranormal hobbyist John, and his young daughter, Jessica, hail from New York and take up residence in this unlikely outpost based on a ghost hunting tip from a resident intelligent Indian delinquent who has a fancy for the local librarian and unexpectedly encounters a strange phenomena in John’s soon to be home. But this town doesn’t like white folk, or outsiders, and furthermore, doesn’t like its secrets told or history uncovered.

I really enjoyed how Shea was able to write a clean novel, without a lot of crass sex or bloody gore. When he did write some in during the bursting at the seams finale, he did so in a way that shocking and fast-paced.  He was toying so much with my emotions that I barely saw the blood I knew must be there as I was focusing on feeling for the characters.  I won’t give the ending away, but he had me guessing till the last.  It was redemptive and sad all the same, with a message of good vs. evil you won’t want to miss.

He was able to scare the living daylights out of me–had me listening to the creak of my house stairs with more than passing notice and out my back window at night, even walking and looking over my shoulder–by utilizing straight-forward story telling at its finest. If you are a fan of authors who write augur ghost stories, then Shea is a must read and I recommend him highly.

Forest of Shadows has a sequel coming out this Spring from Samhain called Sinister Entity. Shea also has written a novella called The Graveyard Speaks, which is a prequel to the sequel. (Yes, you can laugh at that). To make it more confusing, it’s a sequel to Forest of Shadows, but also a stand-alone and the start of a new series.  The Graveyard Speaks takes place some 13 years after Forest of Shadows ends and one month prior to Sinister Entity.  Shea utilizes one of his most endearing main characters from Forest of Shadows for Sinister Entity.

We’ve got a lot of cool things coming up from Shea, including an interview this month where he divulges more to me than he ever has during an interview. It’s one you’ll want to be on the watch for. We’ve also got reviews and news of these new Spring releases coming up with giveaways on tap!

The Graveyard Speaks Novella (Short Story)~

the-graveyard-speaksThe dark, moaning apparition that rises from the same grave night after night has chased away even the most skeptical cemetery caretakers. Only one ghost hunter has the will to face the unknown, but at what price?

The Graveyard Speaks is your introduction into the mysterious and at times dangerous life of the paranormal’s most powerful spirit explorer. Read it with the lights on, and if you’re brave enough, follow the trail to Sinister Entity. This isn’t ghost hunting you see on TV!

Get The Graveyard Speaks by Hunter Shea FREE on Samhain’s site (www.samhainpublishing.com) this April (or pre-order now), you’ll need to register with the site for free and put in cart for free, but you’ll pay zero…well, because it’s free. 🙂

http://store.samhainpublishing.com/graveyard-speaks-p-7337.html?osCsid=c73c83f40f523c3f9ceb87b1517a0d6d

Sinister Entity~

sinisterentityHow can you escape the ghost of yourself?

The Leigh family is terrified. They’ve been haunted by the ghostly image of their young daughter, Selena. But how can that be, when Selena is alive and well, and as frightened as her parents? With nowhere else to turn, the Leighs place their hopes in Jessica Backman, who has dedicated her life to investigating paranormal activity. Accompanied by a new partner who claims to be able to speak to the dead, Jessica will soon encounter an entity that scares even her. And a terror far worse than she imagined.

Pre-order now, it releases in April from Samhain Publishing (www.samhainpublishing.com):

http://store.samhainpublishing.com/sinister-entity-p-7234.html

Also, pick up or order either at your other favorite retailers nationwide!!

MY BLOG GIVEAWAY~

forest of shadowsHunter Shea is giving away one (1) ebook copy of Forest of Shadows to any reader that comments with email below, comments to my (www.facebook.com/almehairierin) Facebook page, or emails me directly at hookofabook(at)hotmail.com just in time to get it prior to the new books releasing!

You have until 11:59 p.m. EST on March 15, 2013 to enter to win! 

For extra entry, follow my blog and let me know. For +2 extra entry, follow Shea’s Facebook page and let me know.

THIS WEEKEND ONLY~MARCH 1-3, 2013~HUNTER SHEA’S FACEBOOK FAN PAGE BLITZ:

From now until Sunday, he’ll send a free copy of his story, The Dig, to any new fans of his Facebook page. If they drop a note there that they were referred by an existing fan, he’ll send that fan a copy as well! Make sure you say Oh, for the Hook of a Book! sent you! Here is the link to his fan page–

https://www.facebook.com/#!/huntershea1?fref=ts

About The Dig~

While digging in the Mongoloian heat, Felicia Tang enters an archaeological mystery. What looks like a normal burial mound is actually the entrance to a centuries old chamber housing countless urns within rough hewn niches. Who built the vast chamber and why? What remains lie within the urns? Most of all, what is still very much alive in the dark?

Hunter Shea, Biography~

hunter-headshotI’m the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. I don’t just write about the paranormal. I actively seek out the things that scare the hell out of people and experience them for myself.

My novels, Forest of Shadows, Evil Eternal , Swamp Monster Massacre and Sinister Entity are published through Samhain Publishing’s horror line. I live with my family and untrainable cat close enough to New York City to get Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits.

I’m also proud to be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with my partner in crime, Jack Campisi. Our show is a light-hearted approach to dark subjects. We explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun.

Feel free to contact me any time at huntershea1@gmail.com. Writing is lonely work.

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Revenge Novella: A Dark Autumn by Kristopher Rufty is Terrifying Horror

DarkAutumn_v2A Dark Autumn, Synopsis~

 Some vengeance cries for blood.

He’s a writer seeking solitude. They are four women on vacation looking for fun and relaxation. But when they meet they will find only terror. An appalling crime will lead to an unthinkable, gruesome revenge. In the deep woods of Mountain Rock, no one will hear the screams, the agony, the mayhem. No one will hear them die.

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A Dark Autumn is a traditional real world horror novella by Kristopher Rufty.  Published January 2013 by Samhain Publishing, it’s another new edition to their growing horror line. Rufty’s lengthy sentences really draw out his thoughts. In comparison to those who write short, action punched sentences, his prose tells a suspense tale in the vein of Stephen King’s Misery.  It’s scary storytelling without any abnormal beings, legends, monsters or supernatural involved–just straight crime and revenge horror with its best modern world dilemma and issues entwined.  Everyone has psychological issues that perpetuate the crimes.

Though I had no idea what to expect from this novella other than four women meeting their untimely deaths, I would say that even I was surprised where he takes this work. I would not read unless you are really ready to be horrified by human nature, sexual assault, and revenge. I am not certain where Rufty stands in his thinking about women, but these women’s actions were demoralizing and degrading and violent.  I only recommend you read this if you have a REALLY strong head and stomach.

He has good character development and a suspenseful plot that pulls you in and finishes off at a fast pace with a strong and interesting ending that I thought was well-done. 

If you like revenge horror that includes characters heading to the woods only to meet unfathomable outcomes, then this novella might be one you’d like to read. Though my heart was in my throat for most of the novel, I did realize I was reading faster as it went and absolutely couldn’t put it down, finishing it in one quick sitting.  I just had to know the ending! It certainly messes with your head and leaves you feeling an adrenaline rush!  The psychological issues that this book addresses certainly fits our new society.

The epitome of revenge writing, it’s shocking and horrifying.

Buy A Dark Autumn here:
http://store.samhainpublishing.com/dark-autumn-p-7113.html?osCsid=9d139f82937d6c26b335ba5d13a5203c

http://www.amazon.com/A-Dark-Autumn-ebook/dp/B00AMIIHU0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359347347&sr=8-1&keywords=a+dark+autumn

Kristopher Rufty, Biography~

AuthorphotoblackandwhiteKristopher Rufty is the writer/director of the movies Psycho Holocaust, Rags, and Wicked Wood, and also the author of Angel Board, The Night Everything Changed, and The Lurkers.

He also hosts Diabolical Radio, an internet radio show devoted to horror fiction and film. The show has been online for nearly five years now and has developed quite an archive list and following.

 He is married to his high school sweetheart and is the father of two insane children that he loves dearly, and together they reside in North Carolina with their 120 pound dog Thor and a horde of cats. He is currently working on his next novel, script, or movie.

For more about Kristopher Rufty, please visit his Website www.lastkristontheleft.blogspot.com and you’ll also find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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Evil Eternal by Hunter Shea is Captivating, Action-packed Horror that’s a Thrill Ride Adventure

evil-eternal-coverHorror is one of my favorite all time genres to read….why?  Simply, because it thrills me!  It’s an escape beyond normal and one of the top authors that can write adrenaline pumping prose with pulse pounding scenarios is the author Hunter Shea. In his latest full-length novel, Evil Eternal, Shea pens a story he originally had intended to be  a comic book. What that means for us as readers is we get quick-moving, detailed, succinct prose that is so action filled we wouldn’t want to miss a word!

When I first was going to read Shea’s Evil Eternal he told me he thought it targeted twenty-something male gamers who chomp Doritos. As I’ve told him after reading it, I wouldn’t stereotype his audience (though I could see his point) because I am a thirty-something mother who really loved this book’s action and thrills (though I do chomp Doritos like they are going out of business)!!

Being an avid comic book lover, I could totally picture the adventure in my head, even the rich tones of the art as it might appear inked on paper. It was gruesome and blunt and Cain is certainly one demon I’d never want to encounter. Thankfully, in this novel we have the doomed for eternity Father Michael on our side. Shea does a wonderful job developing this character and drawing out his emotions and heart in a way that reminds me of the greatest of superheroes who have that vengeance punch. And I just love how he wields a trident.

I would totally recommend this book for those who like action and adventure, but don’t mind the horrible that sometimes comes with tales of good versus evil.  Don’t get me wrong though, this isn’t a usual tale of the sort, it is original and superb storytelling. Demons don’t mess around and neither does Shea. He writes raw material with perfection of pen. The pace is nail-biting and the ending makes your muscles lock up after a roller-coaster ride of terror.

Evil Eternal, Synopsis~

Only one priest can battle the ultimate evil!

An evil as ancient as time itself has arisen and taken root in New York City. Father Michael, the mysterious undead defender of the Church, answers the call to action from the Vatican, while Cain, a malevolent wraith that feeds on fear and blood, has taken the life and form of the city’s mayor and readies a demonic army to ignite the apocalypse.

With an unlikely ally, Father Michael will prepare for the grim confrontation as he grapples with his sworn duty to God and the shreds of humanity left beating in his immortal heart. The time is ripe for Cain and the fulfillment of dark prophecies. Father Michael must battle Cain and his horde of demons in a final showdown that could very well herald the end of mankind.

Giveaway of Signed Prints~

We’re giving away a few signed extra large post card print of the awesome cover of Evil Eternal. That’s right, they are signed by Shea. Comment below if you’d like one, leaving an e-mail so I can get ahold of you for address. Or e-mail me at hookofabook(at)hotmail(dot)com.

And Finally…..

I can’t wait to read more of Shea in the next few years. Published by the new Samhain Horror line of Samhain Publishing, there is much more to come. Stay tuned to my blog for an upcoming guest post by Shea on his new novella Swamp Monster Massacre, an interview with the terrifying yet terrific Shea, and I’ll get to reading his former Forest of Shadows in time to read the sequel coming in April called Sinister Entity.

Hunter Shea, Bio~

hunter-headshotI’m the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. Luckily, I’ve managed to make a love of all things ghostly and beastly into a career. It’s nice not to have to write for free anymore.

I’ve published several books and a slew of horror short stories over the years in magazines like Dark Moon Digest, Morpheus Tales, The Harrow, Tabard Inn, Deadline & Ethereal Tales, just to name a few. My latest novel, Forest of Shadows, is available through Samhain Publishing and their new horror line. Evil Eternal, what’s been described as Gran Guignol at its best and bloodiest, is available in e-book and paperbook format at many retailers. Swamp Monster Massacre, my newest novella, is also available in e-book format. Sinister Entity, a sequel to Forest of Shadows, is coming from Samhain Publishing in April 2013.

I’m also proud to be one half of the Monster Men podcast, where my partner in crime Jack Campisi and I talk about all things horror with our own, sarcastic twist. All horror and no humor makes Hunter and Jack dull boys.

Feel free to contact him anytime at huntershea1@gmail.com. Writing is lonely work. You can also find him on Facebook and avidly tweeting on Twitter with the handle @huntershea1.

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What I’m Reading and Summer High Read-a-Thon News! #HSreadathon

*UPDATE: FINAL WRAP-UP INSERTED 07/23-12*
I am just adding a paragraph as my final update to the report I blogged the other day about the High Summer Read-a-Thon since pretty much I had rounded up my week already in the update below. I spent time with my family on Saturday, since they were here from Kansas and went to Cleveland (an hour from me) on Sunday to see Deborah Harkess speak.  I didn’t really spend much time reading and the little bit I did, I read more of Evil Eternal by Hunter Shea which I was in the middle of at my report.

My friend Michelle from True Book Addict has been hosting a High Summer Read-a-Thon (RAT) since Monday. Of course, I signed-up right away, but the week has completely went by without me even realizing it for many different reasons. I’ve read, just not posted. Sorry Michelle!

You had to join by tonight (Friday, 11:59 CST) to participate (I joined at the beginning of the week) so I can’t promote for you to do the read-a-thon, but you CAN follow along with what everyone is reading or check out the Twitter discussion by using the hashtag #HSreadathon. I know lots of other bloggers are participating and trying kick a few off their TBR list.

This week I read Submerged, by Dani Pettrey, which had been sent to me by Bethany House for review. It’s a christian suspense mystery with some light romance. It was a good light read for me since I’ve had a lot on my mind this week. I liked the element of russian history in Alaska that was featured in it. I finished that Thursday night and will review that soon.

I’ve also been reading Evil Eternal by Hunter Shea this week. Hunter is published by the Samhain Horror line-up of awesome writers and has been waiting patiently for me to review this. It was great to have a light read (Submerged) for the late night when I can’t sleep, since I have been reading this during the day and evening sporadically. It’s horror and though gruesome, the carnage isn’t bothering me too much. I am loving his trident wielding priest and the history that goes along with him. The pace is fast and detailed and I’m moving right along. I have it half done already.

Last night I came home smiles from our library book sale, with books like Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour and a John Saul book (after my author friend Brian Moreland recommended him as an author). However, I won’t get to any of those this week. I still have a massive TBR pile and though kid’s books aren’t allowed in this read-a-thon (WHY NOT?) I am reading PLENTY to my 5-year-old for her summer reading program list. And by the way, all the kids came home with a pile from the library sale too. Don’t you just love those older Charlie Brown Encyclopedias??

I digress.

I will keep reading Evil Eternal and also choose a new one. Some family is in town this weekend from out-of-state and on Sunday, DRUM ROLL PLEASE….I am going to go see Deborah Harkness, best-selling author of A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night, in Cleveland and get my book signed, listen to her talk, and then I’ll report back on my blog!!! I am super excited!!

Have a great weekend and best wishes on your reads this weekend. What are you reading?? What’s good?

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Hurry! Download Jonathan Janz’s newest, creepiest HOUSE OF SKIN!

If you’re in the mood for another creepy, fear-filled horror novel to start off your summertime reading this June, try out my buddy Jonathan Janz’s newest release HOUSE OF SKIN! I can’t wait to read it this month myself. I’m sure I’ll probably report back to you to be sure to read only in daylight hours in some public place where there are plenty of people to call for help. 

So before another season of American Horror Story (with super yummy Adam Levine I must say) begins, read HOUSE OF SKIN for yourself and let me know what you think!

Introducing the most awesomest cool cover…

Here’s the synopsis of HOUSE OF SKIN:

“Myles Carver is dead. But his estate, Watermere, lives on, waiting for a new Carver to move in. Myles’s wife, Annabel, is dead too, but she is also waiting, lying in her grave in the woods. For nearly half a century she was responsible for a nightmarish reign of terror, and she’s not prepared to stop now. She is hungry to live again…and her unsuspecting nephew, Paul, will be the key.

Julia Merrow has a secret almost as dark as Watermere’s. But when she and Paul fall in love they think their problems might be over. How can they know what Fate—and Annabel—have in store for them? Who could imagine that what was once a moldering corpse in a forest grave is growing stronger every day, eager to take her rightful place amongst the horrors of Watermere?”

Sound good? You can pick it up in e-book format starting today, June 5, on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or his publisher Samhain. Looks like right now, it’s cheapest currently from Samhain: http://store.samhainpublishing.com/house-skin-p-6804.html.

Congrats Jonathan!

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Jonathan Janz also published The Sorrows last year and you can read that review HERE and my interview with him HERE for all the latest info on his writing. Or you can go to www.jonathanjanz.com.

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