Getting personal with John J Tuite

John J Tuite is a delightful man to talk to about anything. Get him talking on Horror and be ready for an amazing discussion. He has a great sense of humor that I love and is very passionate about his writing. At the moment he has pulled his two books off Amazon to include them in his collection that he hopes to have out very soon. He loves heavy metal rock when he is writing horror. It seems to drive him. He has several nieces and several nephews  that he loves very much. So if you have t gotten to know him I highly suggest you take a few minutes and introduce yourself……..

 

Please help me welcome John J Tuite to Roadie Notes……………

 

 

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

Thanks for having me! I’m excited! I enjoy all the interviews that you do and feel special to be a part of it! To answer the question, the earliest memory I have is in third grade. Third grade is where I got the desire to read just about anything I could get my hands on, and write. It’s interesting, because the teacher read The Hobbit, which gave me the love of Fantasy, but, reading Goosebumps by R.L. Stine, and growing up with horror movies gave me the love for writing my own scary stories.

2. How many books have you written?

I haven’t yet written a book. I’m very undisciplined in my writing. I tend to come up with more ideas than actual completed projects, but I’m working hard to correct that. However, I have two short stories, The Intruder and Last Call, published under the name J.J. Tuite on Amazon. I’m thinking I will be removing them, revisiting them, and eventually publishing a collection of short stories.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

Well, probably not. I think that writing outside of the comfort zone is an awesome way to write an amazing story. I found this out when I wrote a scene in, The Intruder. I know that Amazon is extremely picky on what they allow to be published and on one side of the coin, I suppose I understand, but on the other side of the coin, I think it’s total BS. I feel it’s censoring authors from creating some of their best works.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…

I’m 33, single, no kids, and my day job is doing small jobs at a non-profit organization that assists in helping developmentally delayed adults become more independent.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?

I love all the stories I have written and hope I figure out exactly what I’m going to do with all of them, so others can hopefully enjoy them as well.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

I would have to say, first and foremost, my family. My parents were always encouraging me to do what I wanted and to go after my dreams. My friends are always asking me what I’m working on and when they will be able to see the project, so it’s awesome that they support me and encourage me to do what I love. As I stated above, R.L. Stine was probably the first horror writer I read, then I progressed onto Stephen King, who my mom read a lot.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

Cliché as it is probably, I enjoy reading and writing. Hanging out with friends and having adult beverages, lol. I enjoy watching movies, horror being a favorite genre, of course. I’ve met so many wonderful folks in the independent author community and enjoy supporting them in any way I can. I hope to continue meeting more and support them however I can.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

None that are exciting, lol. After I’ve published the project, I focus on spreading the word around. Then I get right back to work on something else.

9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?

Anywhere I can. I use my cell phone to write at the day job, so that’s fun. My big fingers cause problems, but it’s still fun, lol. I don’t really use music, but if I’m at home, the TV is most likely to be on in the background. Too much quiet might drive me more insane than I already am, lol.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

I would love to fix my discipline and complete all the projects I have.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

I would love to be well-known and travel the world promoting my works.

12. Where do you live?

Born, raised, and currently reside in Lakeland, FL. Popularly known for having scenes in Edward Scissorhands. Lakeland is also home to the Detroit Tigers during spring training. For being a lesser known place in Florida, we have a lot of interesting history.

13. Pets?

None right now. Can barely afford myself, lol.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Being able to create something for folks to use to escape reality.

15. What is coming next for you?

I’m currently working on a project titled, Desires, that I hope will be longer than a short story. Also, I think I will be using my weekends to write short stories to either submit to anthologies, or for collections to release to my fans.

16. Where do you get your ideas?

Everywhere to be honest. I watch people. I pay close attention to conversations and ask myself how I can use it with my own personal spin. Life experiences. Everywhere, lol

 

 

You can connect with John J Tuite here:

http://johntuite28.wixsite.com/jjtuiteauthor- Website

http://www.facebook.com/johnjosephtuite- Facebook

https://twitter.com/JJTuite28- Twitter

https://www.amazon.com/J.J.-Tuite/e/B00G9524JK

 

Getting personal with Jason Nugent

Jason Nugent was born in Cleveland, OH in 1974. He moved to rural Southern Illinois in 1992 and lives there today with his wife, son, and mini-zoo of three cats and two dogs.

Jason is the author of three collections of dark fiction short stories: “(Almost) Average Anthology,” “Moments of Darkness,” and “The God’s Eye.”

He’s also the author of the young adult scifi novel “The Selection” for which he won the 2017 Reality Bites Book Awards “Best Author: Scifi.”

Jason has written for Sum’n Unique Magazine and game missions for an independently produced video game titled “Status Quo.”

 

Please help me welcome Jason Nugent to Roadie Notes……..

 

1. Have you always wanted to be a writer?
No, not in fiction anyway. When I was in college I studied history and wanted to teach Medieval history.
2. This question feeds the curiosity of other authors: If writing is a full-time career for you, do you have other streams of income (i.e. editing, cover design, etc.)?
I’m not a full-time author (yet!) I work as a sales rep for a screenprinting company. Need ay t-shirts?
3. Why did you choose to write your genre?
It’s the genre I’m most comfortable with because I’ve read a lot and watched a lot.

4. What is the strangest subject or topic you’ve ever written?
How to cut an eye out. 😉

5. What are you currently working on?
I’m working on the sequel to my young adult scifi novel “The Selection.” I’m fairly close to the end of the first draft.
6. What motivated the plot for either WIP or current published book?
For my novel “The Selection,” I wanted a story my teenaged son would love. I wanted him to identify with the characters and experience the world I created. The basic premise of the book was an idea I tossed around with him and my wife before I wrote a word of it.
7. What was the hardest story for you to write?
Probably the one I’m working on now. I wanted to explore more of the world I created and bring more of the characters to life. It’s been a much larger undertaking than I imagined.
8. What process do you use to plan your novels?
I’ll let the idea simmer in my head for a few days before I begin organizing it. I’ll write a loose “outline” just so I have guard rails to keep me on track when I get too far away from where I want to be.
9. Who has been your favorite character? Why?
I’d say Timo from “The Selection.” There’s so much to him that readers don’t know yet. But they will!
10. Do any of your character reflect facets of your personality?
I think so. I’m a trusting person and believe others have the best intentions. Eron, my protagonist in “The Selection” is kinda like that. Of course, people aren’t always nice and we tend to get hurt.
11. Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it?
Not really. I use different techniques to keep the creativity flowing. I’ll use random photos or music to get inspiration and off I go!
12. If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Why?
Maybe Thrillers. The action in some of those is so intense!
13. Which authors inspire you?
Stephen King. I love how his writing is accessible and scary! John Scalzi has a similar style, though with a scifi bent. I’m also inspired by some fellow authors like Aaron Hamilton, Thomas Gunther, and Brent Harris to name a few. They are so talented and make me work harder at my craft.
14. What novel would you read multiple times?
I’ve read “The Shining” a few times. Love it!
15. If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character)
Mr. Snuffleupagus. He’s real!!! Big Bird was right!
16. What is your favorite quote?
“Try not. Do or do not, there is no try.”
17. What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary?
Gimme a cat any day.
18. What is your favorite color?
Blue

 

 

Links:
Website: jasonjnugent.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lailokenri
Facebook: facebook.com/jasonjnugentwrites
Books:
(Almost) Average Anthology: mybook.to/almostaverage
Moments of Darkness: mybook.to/momentsofdarkness
The Selection: mybook.to/the-selection

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Jason-J.-Nugent/e/B01A2R18UG

 

 

Some of Jason Nugent’s books: 

Getting personal with Donna McCarthy

Donna Maria was brought up in the idyllic surroundings of rural Oxfordshire, where adventures were spent, on hazy summer days that seemed to last for an eternity.
Always a great reader, Alice in Wonderland was her bible, and her copy was always neatly stashed away in her bag, wherever the promise of magic and discovery sent her.
The youngest in a family of six brothers she grew up with a scholarly knowledge of both girls and boys, her best friends of all her two nearest siblings.
Her imagination is limitless, and when she said farewell to Oxfordshire, heart-breaking though it was, the bustling and forever changing demographic of Southampton and its urban creatures of both good and more questionable forces, proved a treat for the dark and fantastical realms, in her mind.
Epic poetry, lengthy school assignments, and tales around urban campfires filled her days. At school-leaving age she decided that even more knowledge, of our beautiful language, was exactly what her hungry mind required.
She went to a City College, studying English Literature, English Language, Sociology and Spanish, finding the Sociology ripe with tales from folklore and beliefs, to her absolute delight, and the Spanish, a wonderful addition to stories that brewed in her fertile mind.
She excelled at all, the English subjects especially, and upon leaving college decided that there were so many other ways to fill her note books with worthy subjects, and became gainfully employed working for the MOD, no less! On applying for a job as the Receptionist for an engineering company, part of the MOD, her talents for attention to detail and a fantastic memory were discovered and soon her role was finely tuned for somebody of her scope.
Enough said! Obviously she has signed the Official Secrets act, and can never disclose more, and although this was an incredibly exciting time in her life, she maintains that each and every episode so far has been equal in excitement; the mind is a strange and un-tamed beast, and in some is all-consuming. The produce can sometimes be really quite spectacular.
Biddy Trott is Donna’s third literary work, Gothic in nature (as is her passion) saying that she finds the language and taboo subject matters tantalising and exquisite.

 

Please help me welcome Donna McCarthy to Roadie Notes………💗

 

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

I was around 8 when I wrote my first story. It was for a school project and the subject was ‘The power of suggestion.’ I wrote about a windy night and being in bed with branches of a tree scratching against my window. It actually had a massive impact on how I would write later in life as my story was read before the assembly (sounds pretty scary and weird in itself 😂)

2. How many books have you written?

I have written 3 books ( plus one I am working on)
Biddy Trott, soon to be released by Hellbound Books
A tragic Gothic Horror set in 18C England ( my favourite so far ☠️)
The Hangman’s Hitch
Gothic Horror, Satan and how he lays waste! Set in 18C England
The Meddler
A Gothic Fairytale purely for adults

3. Anything you won’t write about?
I don’t judge, but can’t and won’t write anything involving children or abuse. I just haven’t got the words.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I am 46, six older brothers no sisters! Brought up Roman Catholic which is strange considering my writing material ( I’m not practicing)
I wanted to be a nun for so many years , Haha, I think I thought they had an easy life 😉
I work for the Ministry of Defence
( enough said😉)

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
Biddy Trott, I really enjoyed mixing horror and tragedy and creating a quandary, do you feel for her?

6. Who or what inspired you to write?
I was inspired by Lewis Caroll. Alice in Wonderland was my Bible as a child.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

I like to eat out, adventure holidays, writing and watching really good historical dramas. I also have a joint blog ‘Scream Hard Reviews’ with CHenry Roi
We review short stories and post awesome stuff!

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

A big whiskey! chill out for a few months, wait to be inspired.

 

9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?

I write best in noisy atmospheres, I think it drowns out other thoughts and makes me concentrate.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

I wish I could edit as I go but write to quickly and frantically to do this.
It would save a lot of time and I know a lot of author’s do

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
famous writer, yes! But only so as I could reach hundreds of people with my stories, I’m a great storyteller.

12. Where do you live?
Oxford England

13. Pets?
no pets

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
losing myself in a character so as they become my Alter ego

15. What is coming next for you?
I am currently working on my fourth novel which I hope to finish end of December.
Biddy Trott is due for release through Hellbound books at the beginning of December

16. Where do you get your ideas?

from the classics, from people and characters I meet, from true crime tv ( psychopath watching at a safe distance)

 

You can connect with Donna McCarthy here:

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Donna-Maria-McCarthy/e/B00Q3465VA

Twitter: @roast914_k

Hellbound Books: http://www.hellboundbookspublishing.com/authorpage_mccarthy.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Potion666/

 

 

You can pick up a copy of Donna McCarthy’s books here:

Biddy Trott
http://www.hellboundbookspublishing.com/biddytrott.html

The Hangman’s Hitch

The Meddler

Scream Hard Reviews
https://m.facebook.com/Scream-Hard-Reviews-1092214474243552/

 

Some Of Donna McCarthy’s books:

Getting personal with Andy Rausch

Andy Rausch has written more than a dozen books on the subject of popular culture under the name Andrew J. Rausch. In addition, he is the author of the novel Mad World and the novella Bloodletting: A Tale of Revenge. His third work of fiction, Elvis Presley, CIA Assassin, was released in 2014 by Burning Bulb Publishing, his newest releases are Riding Shotgun and Other American Cruelties available now.

How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

I remember writing a short story for school when I was in the fourth grade. When I was in the seventh grade I thought I tried to write my first novel. It was a crime novel, which is humorous considering that’s primarily what I write now. It was about a cop who goes undercover in the Mafia and ends up becoming a Mob boss. It was a big idea for a young kid. Of course it was flawed in just about every way possible since I was hadn’t written very much previously and at that age knew absolutely nothing about the crime world.

How many books have you written?

Twenty-nine, I think, maybe thirty. Most of those are nonfiction books about popular culture, with a few novels and novellas in there for good measure.

Anything you won’t write about?

There is absolutely nothing I won’t write about. My mind tends to go to those places that are the most taboo, so I have to leave the possibility for anything on the table or I won’t end up getting any writing done. In my first novel, Mad World, there was a gay phone sex operator who unknowingly found himself naked in bed with his father. In that same book, there was a priest who murdered people. So yeah, anything’s on the table with absolutely no limitations.

Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…

I’m 44 years old. I have four daughters (and a stepson I sort of lost in my divorce). I live alone. I have late-stage congestive heart failure and use an implanted device called an LVAD to keep me alive. (“Grey’s Anatomy” fans will remember that this was the device Denny used until his untimely demise.) I am awaiting a heart transplant. I spent about three weeks in a coma two years ago. I worked all my life assisting people with retardation and head injuries, but am now disabled. So now I just write novels, novellas, short stories, essays, movie reviews, and celebrity interviews for magazines.

What’s your favorite book you have written?

I wrote a horror short story collection titled DEATH RATTLES. It has something like 26 stories in it. I’m very proud of that book because it has a lot of great stuff in it. Of course it’s my favorite of my books, so it’s the one that the fewest people have read. It tends to work that way sometimes. I’m also quite proud of my new crime novella collection RIDING SHOTGUN AND OTHER AMERICAN CRUELTIES, which just recently came out. I think I like them both for the same reason – because they showcase a variety of writing styles and story themes.

Who or what inspired you to write?

Stephen King, Elmore Leonard, and Quentin Tarantino have inspired every single thing I’ve written. Without the work of those three, I’m not sure where I’d be now. In my younger years, I read a ton of Don Pendleton’s THE EXECUTIONER novels and Sapir and Murphy’s THE DESTROYER novels. Those kind of ignited the earliest interest in writing.

What do you like to do for fun?

I like to write and spend time with my seven-year old daughter Josslyn. She likes to play video games and she thinks she’s a ninja. We have a lot of fun.

Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

Not really. I’ve thought about this. I really should have some sort of tradition, but I don’t have one.

Where do you write? Quiet or music?

My computer desk is in my living room and I do all my writing there. I’ve tried to go to parks and to the library with my laptop, but that doesn’t really work for me. I have to be at home. And no music. I know that works for a lot of writers, but I need it to be very quiet when I’m writing or else I can’t concentrate.

Anything you would change about your writing?

I imagine my answer is the same as everybody else’s; I would like to write more and write better. Always more and always better, no matter how much I put out or how good it is. And maybe secretly I wish it would sell more, but what writer aside from Stephen King doesn’t feel that way?

What is your dream? Famous writer?

Given my health issues, my dream is simply to live as long as I can so I can see all my daughters get married and have families.

Where do you live?

I live in Parsons, Kansas. It’s very quiet here. I hated, hated, hated that fact when I was younger, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve come to appreciate that.

Pets?

I’ve had a lot of pets through the years, but don’t have one right now. I live in a small apartment on the sixth floor, so taking the dog out would be kind of a pain in the ass for me, and should I go into the hospital for anything on short notice I wouldn’t have anyone to care for the animal in my absence. So no, sadly, no pets for me.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

It gives me an escape from real life. I also love the feeling of creation. It’s a wonderful thing, better than any drug on the market. It’s a real high.

What is coming next for you?

As I mentioned, my crime novella collection RIDING SHOTGUN AND OTHER AMERICAN CRUELTIES is just out now. For the moment it’s only available on Kindle, but the publisher says a paperback will be available in the fall. I have a new nonfiction book out now (that I cowrote with a handful of other writers) called THE 101 SCARIEST MOVIES EVER MADE. I also have a new novel coming out sometime (hopefully sooner than later) called M-COMPANY IN THE AXIS OF EVIL. That book, which I cowrote with David C. Hayes, is about monsters such as Dracula and Frankenstein who are recruited to fight Nazis during World War II. So I’m staying pretty busy.

 

You can connect with Andy Rausch here:

Email: cruelkingdom@gmail.com

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Andy-Rausch/e/B005IETECI

Facebook: Andrew J. Rausch

Twitter: @writerrausch1

 

Some of Andy Rausch’s books:

 

Kevin J. Kennedy’s Collected Halloween Horror Shorts review by: Mandy Tyra

A horrifically fun, top-notch Halloween anthology! This is Kevin J. Kennedy’s 3rd holiday themed anthology series and I sure hope he continues it on, he only accepts the highest quality stories from the finest crop of new writers, so I always know I’ll be pleased and thank you’d when I pick one up.
First he tinseled and lit our asses with his festive Christmas collection, then he had us hare-raised and hopped-up on his Easter shorts, and now it’s only apt that we get this BOOeautiful and darkly HELLarious Halloween assortment.
Tricks and treats that are bittersweet and hard to beat, just look at all that deadmeat ~ ok oookkk I’ll stop. Jeeez…tough crowd..

Cutting back on the quantity but never skimping out on the quality, he goes from 20 something stories down to 16 scary tales in this volume, yet it’s still over 300 pages.
With potential for a 17th terrifying entry if 3rd time resident forward guy Nev Murray cared to elaborate on “the troubles” of Northern Ireland that plagued his childhood.
I’m so intrigued!

And at only 16 tales, there is a good chance that this review of mine may not succumb to article status length this time.
Well, a fair chance anyway.

As always, the page counts are approximate. It’s not that I can’t count adequately enough, but depending on format and device, results may vary.
I’m most likely right though…. 😛

Black Widow ~ Christina Bergling 28pgs
College is a time for self discovery and growth but the only thing Dane cares to evolve is his libido and every Halloween he strives to love and leave a new slutty-costumed-up conquest.
He’s got a bucket list he’s trying to work his way through but wonders if there are any untapped get-ups left for his disposal. A random party invite sounds promiscuously promising. Oh the tangled webs to be wove..
I loathed that Dane character and loved what the author put him through. I’ve enjoyed all of Christina’s short stories in these collections, she’s a luminously bright new writer.

Mister Parker ~ Richard Chizmar 15pgs
Benjamin Parker is a middle school teacher, he’s also a bit of a loner and leads a very solitary, yet content, life. He detests Halloween due to a miserable and rotten childhood. He normally just locks himself away in his library and reads every Halloween but this year, this year…something is off.
This story was so sad, the build up was perfect for its short length, it kept me guessing about what it was really all about, leading to an ending I did NOT see coming.
It had a very non-fiction vibe to it which can be the most horrific of stories.
The first I’ve read from this author and reading his bio at the end, he co-wrote Gwendy’s Button Box with Stephen King. Wow!

Girlfriend ~ Andrew Lennon 19pgs
Simon is taking a lazy day, he was just dumped by his girlfriend Susan but is already looking towards the greener grassed bright side of it all. Ironically, he’s being harassed via mobile by said ex-girlfriend, begging for a 2nd chance. Baffled and annoyed, yet also kind of amused, he does his best to just let-it-all-hang-out and enjoy his new-found bachelorhood. Until things take a plunge to the shocking and stiflingly surreal. “Happy Halloween!”
I’ve always enjoyed Lennon’s imaginative writing style. I’ve read quite a bit of his work and he’s terrific.

Coffin Man ~ Mark Lukens 12pgs
Doting boyfriend Dennis accompanies his grieving girlfriend Tara to her hometown on Halloween, because her grandmother has died. They do not traditionally celebrate the fun holiday in that town but they do still decorate with an odd array of ornamentation. For preservation or…preparation, dunno but it is a very uninviting little town with an eerie Halloween legend.
The 2nd short I’ve read from Lukens, he says so much with so few pages. I see he has some highly rated/reviewed novel length books out there too. Read the synopsis for Devil’s Island ~ HOLY!

The Devil’s Fruit ~ Suzanne Fox 18pgs
Apple bobbing for bedpost notches…..?? It’s a real game, for Josh and Sam anyway, who have the point system and handicaps all worked out in their favor. It could have been and most likely would have been a sure thing if only they….well, let’s just say…did their own shopping; how bout them apples. But hey, either way it’s still destined to be one killer paaaarty!
Suzanne has a lot of class, and sass. Her stories are thrilling little page turners. She fondles…errr I mean dabbles in erotic fiction too. Her story in the X-mas collection….wheeew hot Hot HOT.

The Halloween Playground ~ Christopher Motz 20pgs
Marty is a drunk, the belligerent and intolerant kind that is annoyed by anyone and everyone, which only makes him drink more. So, it’s all their fault, obviously. Looking to make some changes, not within himself so much as at the expense of others, he’s planning the Halloween yard display to end all Halloween yard displays. He’s tired of being a background bit player, he’s gonna be the star attraction, talk of the town.
Oh man what a wicked wicked tale!
And Motz’s Pine Lakes should be required reading for any lover of the creepy and captivating edge-of-the-bed vivid dream inducing page turner. To quote myself in that review “Mind blowingly EXCELLENT!!”

Jenny Greentooth ~ James Matthew Byers 6pgs
What a catchy and extremely well versed poem about a witch going about her own witchy business. James writes such elaborate, hilarious, and demented poetry, his jelly bean one from the Easter collection was amazing!

Don’t Fear the Reaper ~ Steven Stacy 53pgs
This story was a love letter homage to John Carpenter’s Halloween, it read like a sister companion piece. Michael Myers is an iconic badass fictional character with many fans, so it’s not outside the realm to believe that a diehard fan (who is unbalanced and deranged enough) would turn copycat. Amber is tired of the wait, she’s ready for the 3rd act reveal and her friends really should be taking this all a bit more seriously. Pfft teenagers…
Steven Stacy is a name I remember vividly from the Easter collection. Not only was his story, The Echoes of the Bunny-Man, fantastic but it was made even more powerful when tied in with his bio. Two excellent stories that keep a similar tone; the strong and empowered female heroine who’s had too much heartache in her young life but still refuses to be the victim and the overall page length with many characters and much development ~ and that’s where the similarities end. A popcorn flick of a good time read!

A Story of Amber ~ Mark Cassell 23pgs
Brothers Chuck and Dillion were farm kids who experienced an unexplainable freakish event in their fields one Halloween. They are all grown up now and have unfortunately drifted apart. You’ve heard of gemstones having healing properties, well, what if the opposite was true…
Oh that antagonistic Amber, a beauty to be wary of as it unifies and evades.
So damn unique, I had NO idea what was going on here I just knew that I was digging it.
Mark is a very highly regarded indie author with quite a few highly regarded works out there. I have only read two short stories of his, so far, but I can totally see why. His writing is like alternate (yet not bizarro) dimension kind of stuff, multi layered with precise attention to detail. I really need to check out more from him. His Shadow Fabric Mythos series is….yep, you guessed it, very highly regarded.

Trick Turned Treat ~ Briana Robertson 36pgs
Incredibly vain and over-empowered…yet insecure…Chicory, fears aging. She has a sure-fire skin care regimen recipe for that though. And lucky for her, ingredients aren’t too terribly hard to come by for a woman of her cold and calculating feminine wiles.
So brutal, so…unnerving. I think I’m in mourning.
I went absolutely baby-bat-shit crazy for her Easter antho tale Baby Blues, it was so real and raw, I very much related. I could actually relate to certain elements of this one as well.
Briana is in my head, anxious to find out what we’re thinking next.

Pumpkin Rex ~ Lisa Morton 12pgs
High Schooler Devin loves Halloween and has saved up to buy the best, most traditional and distinguished, costume he could manage. His friend Maxx talks him into going to a rave, not overly enthused about it but hoping he’ll at least meet a cool girl, turns out it’s morphing into the rave of the millennia and some old traditions never die.
Lisa is a bonafide Halloween enthusiast expert, she has a nonfiction book out called Trick or Treat that explores the origins and pop culture fusion of this feared and revered, whimsically macabre holiday.

The First Shot ~ J.C. Michael 17pgs
Jealousy, scorn, and indifference lead a young woman to play a spiteful prank on Halloween. Encouraged by the voice of her racist and bigoted (aaand very deceased) grandfather, she watches from afar to see how her little show will play out.
It wasn’t until the end that I saw Oh Wow, this is a prequel to the grippingly awesome You Only Get One Shot novella that J.C. co-wrote with Kevin! So of course I had to go back and read it again with that in mind. YES, great story and I loved learning a bit of backstory for that big bad bitch. I hope he writes some more tales, adding even more layers to her mysterious and cold-blooded character.

Hallowed Be Thy ~ Stuart Keane 48pgs
Venturing back to the ominous Lake Whisper (that other S.K. has Castle Rock, this S.K. has Lake Whisper) yet again, we met sweet-natured Jack. He’s stoked cause he’s got a hot date with a gorgeous gal named Emma. It’s the sweetest Halloween treat he could possibly imagine….buuut this is Lake Whisper where salty and sour are the more predominant essences.
I’ve read almost everything by Stuart Keane, he is a brilliant writer with a BIG future ahead of him.

Dressed For Success ~ Peter Oliver Wonder 11pgs
Troy finds a mysterious and untouched make-up kit tossed by a trash can at a local novelty stop. He’s oddly drawn to it and enjoys the different characters he can create and perform. You know how you feel like a different person when in costume, just unabashedly uninhibited and game for anything?? Well, Troy surpasses that infantile feeling when he dons his custom-made costume. Playing dress-up is so out-of-this-world euphoric.
Peter writes sharp and fun little stories. He’s been in all 3 anthologies and all 3 of his tales were stand-out memorable. He also has a new novella out called Puckered that he co-wrote with one of my very favorite writers, David Owain Hughes. I must read that soon!

The Halloween Phantoms ~ John R. Little 22pgs
Forlorn and damn near despondent Ellen is just going through the motions while still trying to take good care of her daughter. Halloween holds no fun or excitement for her and she’s especially not in the mood for any neighborhood boo games.
Oooh this was such a terrific and highly emotional story, very sad and disturbing. This is one that sticks with you…

Halloweenland ~ Kevin J. Kennedy 30pgs
Zak and Wendy are a couple of 13-year-old long time best friends that are on the cusp of a burgeoning and quite adorable little bout of puppy love. A Halloween carnival is coming to town and they are beyond excited, it’s very much their favorite time of year. This ain’t your family fun time kind of operation though; the carnies are weird, games are rigged, prizes are scant, and the stakes are high!
An action adventure coming of age tale with a dollop of pumpkin spice. Yep, it was a blast to read
and Kevin says it’s going to be a whole carnival series with different authors putting their spin on it. How interesting, I can see this going in many different directions.

That’s all of them and I did try really hard to pick a top 3 but even with my standard inflation, I still couldn’t manage to narrow it down to single digits. They are all pretty damn fantastic and top 3 worthy!

Ok Kevin, sooo….I have a proposition for you. 😀 😀
If you continue to do these 3 holidays collections yearly (inviting back your usual suspects as well as introducing us to new 1st time offenders), then I will continue to read and review them. However, and this is a dealbreaker, you must also add in a Mother’s Day and a Father’s Day anthology ~ that’d really make for some killer family fun time stories!
Yea…cause I can’t really think of any other UK/US crossover holiday’s, well, unless….hmmm do you guys celebrate Thanksgiving and Independence day??
Perfect, so, it’s settled. A cyber-shake (…down) deal, that is contractually binding. 😉
You made the right decision.
Cheerios!

Oh and completely off topic but still quite pertinent, it seems Cadbury creme eggs are not just for Easter anymore!! Screme Eggs are all the rage aaas my willpower whimpers, I’m just not strong enough to resist. Boo. :/

 

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Getting personal with Jasper Bark

Jasper Bark is infectious – and there’s no known cure. If you’re reading this then you’re already at risk of contamination. The symptoms will begin to manifest any moment now. There’s nothing you can do about it. There’s no itching or unfortunate rashes, but you’ll become obsessed with his books, from the award-winning collections ‘Dead Air’ and ‘Stuck on You and Other Prime Cuts’, to cult novels like ‘The Final Cut’ and acclaimed graphic novels such as ‘Bloodfellas’ and ‘Beyond Lovecraft’.

Soon you’ll want to tweet, post and blog about his work until thousands of others fall under its viral spell. We’re afraid there’s no way to avoid this, these words contain a power you are hopeless to resist. You’re already in their thrall and have been since you began reading this bio. Even now you find yourself itching to read the whole of his work. Don’t fight it, embrace the urge and wear your obsession with pride!

 

Please help me welcome the amazing Jasper Bark to Roadie Notes….

 
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

If you count comics, I was five years old. I saw a kid’s TV program in which other kids, a little older than me, were drawing their own comic books and I was beyond excited. I don’t think any idea has ever appealed to me so much in my life. The kids on the TV were using paper, felt tip pens, a stapler and their own imaginations. I had access to all those materials and I had more imagination than was healthy for a boy my age. I sat down right away and began making my own comics. I became so obsessed with doing this that, the next Christmas, my parents actually had to confiscate my pens and paper, so that I would stop drawing and come and open my presents.

If you count prose stories, then I was six. My dad used to bring home old log books, from his union (he was a shop steward at the local shipyard), to use as notebooks, and I began filling them with stories and illustrations. I was a lousy artist, but I got a lot better as a story-teller over the years.

2. How many books have you written?

I’ve written five novels, four novellas, nine graphic novels, three collections of short stories, twenty children’s books, countless pages of comics and even a couple of books of poetry (I was young and I needed the money, though if the truth be told, I’d have made more doing porn than writing poetry).

Now that I’ve counted them up, I’m quite surprised actually. Because I’m always beating myself up about not working hard enough.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

Y’know, I’ve asked this question myself, on quite a few writers panels at events over the years and the responses vary. At first, most writers will say “no”, there isn’t anything they won’t take on. Then, when we begin to probe the subject, they all end up admitting that there are things that are taboo for them.

My own experience is, that, things will surface in one story, that I will find I’m unable to write about, so I will consider that topic, out-of-bounds. But then another story will start to go in that direction and I will find myself writing about something I thought I could never address. So whenever I think I’ve found something I can’t, or won’t, write about, I end up finding a way to address it.

As writers of dark fiction, we are often confronting the darker sides of our nature, the things we fear most and the things we’re least proud about in ourselves. The same is very much the case for readers of dark fiction too. Dark fiction, whether it be gritty crime, weird stories, or out-and-out horror, is a way for us to face up to, admit, and examine that dark side to our nature in the controlled, and a safe, environment of a story. As a psychologist friend of mine once said: “If you can play with it, you’ve got it. If you can’t play with it, it’s got you.” Fiction is the best way to play with out dark sides, and we should approach it, with as few limits as are comfortable for us.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…

I’m in my late 40s, I’m married to an amazingly clever, talented and beautiful woman called Veronica, but every calls her Ronnie. She runs her own Marketing and Communications business, and she’s a wonderful role model to our two teenage daughters – Freya and Ishara, who are every bit as indomitable as their mother.

I write full-time and have done since my kids were born, having previously been a national film and music journalist and a professional stand up. I’ve been in and out of trouble most of my life and, in spite of my age, have yet to develop the wisdom to avoid this.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?

That’s like asking me to pick my favourite child, they’re all special in one way or another. However, like most writers I know, my favourite book is always the one on which I’m currently working. It’s my chance to redeem myself for all the books I’ve already written, for which I had such high hopes, but which, inevitably came out flawed. The book I’m currently working on, still has that possibility to be great, to be my legacy to the world, so, for that reason it is my favourite.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

Just about every book that I’ve ever read. The great books inspire me to reach similar heights myself, and the lousy one make me think: ‘wow, I can do better than that, maybe I’m not so lame after all’.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

I recently joined an all female, octopus mud wrestling team. I’m not actually female (as you probably guessed) and I can’t wrestle for shit. But I think the other ladies let me join because they find it hysterical to see me getting my butt kicked by all manner of octopi. Recently, they’ve taken to replacing the mud in my bouts with avocado puree, jut for the hell of it. It certainly seems to please the crowds, but it leaves me picking green goo, out of unmentionable places, for at least a week afterwards. Mostly causing my poor, long-suffering wife, to raise an unamused eyebrow at my antics.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

Yes, I sacrifice a virginal avocado, on altar of mud and avocado stones, in front of a select audience of pre-eminent Octopi. This is mainly to increase my standing within the Octopoid community. As you’re probably aware, octopi don’t read, so they have no clue about my literary reputation, they only know me as the short, strange guy who constantly gets his ass whupped in a big vat of puree. So, these rituals help me gain their respect a little more.

9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?

I have a study at the bottom of the garden, that used to be a garage until we converted it. It’s full of thousands of books, and hundreds of spiders, who sometimes like to descend onto my keyboard, in the middle of the night, when I’m right in the middle of a particularly disturbing passage.

I sometimes write to music and I sometimes write in silence, it depends what I’m working on. If do write to music, it has to be something without lyrics. Like many writers, when I’m working on fiction, I like to use film scores, as these are composed specifically to support a narrative art form, and as such are really good for getting you in the right mood to write.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

I like to think that through the daily act of writing I am already changing it and growing as a writer. So if there is stuff I’m not satisfied with, I trust to the process to eventually fix it, and allow me to grow out of it. In fact the wonderful thing about being a writer is that, right up until the point of publication, if there is something you don’t like about your writing, you can always go back and change it, and even change it some more.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

Over the years, so many amazing writers have had such a profound and life changing effect on me, have written stories, essays and books that have meant to so much to me, that I can’t begin to list them all. They’ve totally changed the way I view the world, and my place in it. They have given me hope in dark times, joy in sad ones and entertainment in periods of unimaginable boredom.

My real dream, as a writer, is to be able to write something that will affect a reader in the same way, that will move them as I have been moved, so many times in the past. If I can give something back, like that, to even a handful of readers, then I will have fulfilled my dreams ten times over.

12. Where do you live?

Why Becky, don’t you already know? Isn’t that you at the bottom of my garden watching me through binoculars?

Wait, no… sorry, that’s my FBI handler, they’re easy to confuse with a stalker, but they’re usually a little more polite.

To go back to your question, I live in the small medieval town of Bradford on Avon, in the UK. It’s quite close to places like Stonehenge, Glastonbury and the Georgian city of Bath, only it’s less well-known, but no less beautiful. If you’ve ever read a novel by Jane Austen, or Thomas Hardy, you’ll have encountered the corner of the world in which I live. It hasn’t changed much in the preceding 200 years and you still can’t get a good broadband connection.

13. Pets?

Well we do have a couple of cats, and the disembodied spirit of a lobotomized gorilla hanging around our cottage. He was a bit unnerving at first, but we’ve taken to leaving out bowls of warm ectoplasm for him, and he’s actually become quite endearing. He even has his uses, such as scaring away Jehovah’s Witnesses and other door to door tradespeople.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

It’s that moment when the writing really begins to flow, when you sink fully into the world you’re exploring and time stands still. When the story itself takes over, when you hear the characters voices so clearly in your mind it’s as though they’re there in the room with you. When you’re as utterly surprised and delighted by your work as anyone else who is going to read it in the future. When it goes places you never foresaw, and reveals things you knew nothing about until you began to type it up. When your fingers can hardly keep up with all the words that are tumbling out of you.

Those are the moments we all live for as a writer.

15. What is coming next for you?

Hopefully the shambling hordes of the undead aren’t coming for me.

I have a new novella out, called Quiet Places, which is a story of cosmic folk horror with overtones of psychological horror, set in the wilds of the Scottish Highlands. Unusually for me, it’s an entirely bloodless affair that depends more on atmosphere and dark folk-lore. There is no sex, no violence, yet it is probably the most disturbing thing I’ve yet written.

You can grab a copy here:  https://www.amazon.com/Quiet-Places-Novella-Cosmic-Horror/dp/1640074708

I also have a new graphic novel out as well, it’s called Parassassin and it’s a dark blend of sci-fi and horror. Politics, parody and paradox collide in a tale of time travel and attempted assassination.

It’s available here in the US:  https://www.amazon.com/Parassassin-Jasper-Bark-ebook/dp/B074Y5NGPS

And here in the UK:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Parassassin-Jasper-Bark-ebook/dp/B074Y5NGPS

Aside from that I have a novel and a novella due out next year, a lot of different anthology appearances. I also have a graphic novel starting on Comixology in 2018 and a couple of hush – hush projects, I’m going to allude to in an annoyingly vague way.

I am launching a new webcomic, called ‘Fear Fix’ on my website. It’s very much in the tradition of those classic black and white horror comics from the 60s, 70s and 80s, like Warren and Skywald, and also EC horror comics. Like those comics it has a horror host, but, in the tradition of Rod Serling, I am the host of the comic. It has some of the best artist from both mainstream and indie comics and it will be running monthly. You can read the first story – ‘The Bad Girl’s Guide to Making a Killing’ here

I’m also turbo charging my YouTube channel, with monthly updates, the first of which you can see here

And I have just launched a Patreon page, why not check it out and become a patron here
You can connect with Jasper Bark here: 

Here’s the link to my Patreon Page again:  https://www.patreon.com/JasperBark

Here’s a link where you can get a free eBook, a free story and an exclusive video of my blooper reel, by signing up to my mailing list:

http://www.crystallakepub.com/jasperbark/

Really, you’d be foolish not to.
 

Some of Jasper Bark’s books: 

 

Getting personal with Elizabeth Massie

Elizabeth Massie, a ninth generation Virginian, has been writing professionally since 1984. Many of her works are in the horror/suspense genre (Sineater, Hell Gate, Desper Hollow, Wire Mesh Mothers, Homeplace, Afraid, It, Watching, and more), but she also writes mainstream fiction (Homegrown), media tie-ins (The Tudors, Versailles, Dark Shadows), educational materials, and poetry (Night Benedictions). Her first novel, Sineater, won the Bram Stoker Award. Her Tudors novelization (Season 3) won the Scribe award. She is currently working on Ameri-Scares (Crossroad Press) a 50 novel series of spooky books for middle grade readers (age 8-12), as well as new novels and the Silver Slut series of superhero adventures (intended for adults, teens, and mature tweens.)

On the Outside Looking Up: Seeking and Following God Beyond the Gates of Organized Religion, a nonfiction memoir/exploration of religious beliefs from the point of view of an un-churched believer, was released June 2016. A clear departure from horror, On the Outside Looking Up is part spiritual memoir, part musings on issues that religions tend to tackle, and part extended hand to un-churched believers to assure them they are not the only ones. A believer for years, Massie offers up her personal spiritual journey, struggles, and understandings to help bridge gaps between the unchurched, churched, and nonbelievers.

A member of Amnesty International for more than 30 years, Massie writes numerous letters on behalf of victims of human rights abuses worldwide. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband, well-known illustrator and theremin player, Cortney Skinner, and enjoys hiking, geocaching, knitting, traveling roads she’s never been on before, eating an occasional Pop Tart, and visiting amusement parks (the older, the better.) She founded and for nearly four years managed the Hand to Hand Vision project (on Facebook) that raised thousands of dollars to help others during these tough economic times. Though she has a home office, she likes to work at Starbucks a couple of days a week. There she can feel like part of the human race. And have a chai.

 

Please help me welcome Elizabeth Massie to Roadie Notes……..

 
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

I don’t know if “wrote” is the best word, since I have been making up stories for as long as I can remember, well before the time that I knew how to put pencil to paper! I do remember specifically, when I was four, telling my family a story about a squirrel who tried to eat an acorn but the acorn wasn’t having it, and it gave the squirrel a run for his money. My dad, who worked at the local newspaper, when down to his office that night after I’d gone to bed, typed up my story, found clip art of squirrels and acorns in the ad department’s big book, glued the art to the pages, and presented it to me the next morning. It was my first “book.” I was thrilled.

2. How many books have you written?

Let’s see – I’ve written thirteen horror novels/collections, five media-tie in novels, eight historical novels, one contemporary mainstream novel, ten nonfiction/educational books, and one book of poems/meditations.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

My leanings have changed over the years…. now I tend to write much less graphic violence than I have before. I like to challenge myself to create disturbing fiction without buckets of blood and goo everywhere. In fact, less can be more if done well. As to what I actually won’t write about – I won’t describe violence against children.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…

I am married to my long time honey, Cortney Skinner, who is the best illustrator around as well as a kick-ass theremin player. We live in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, USA. I have two children from my first marriage and they are grown and out on their own. I was a seventh grade science teacher for a number of years but stopped to write full-time in 1994. It’s a crazy and sometimes scary (as in uncertain) way to make a living but I love it.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?

That’s hard to answer. My favorite tends to be the one on which I’m currently working, which would be The House at Wyndham Strand, a YA horror novel set in the late 1800s on an island off the coast of South Carolina (USA).

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

Simple answer. Life inspired and inspires me to write. So many things to explore and share, and I tend to do that through writing.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

I knit hats and really long scarves. I read. I go geocaching (a world-wide scavenger hunt using satellite coordinates and GPS devices). Whenever the opportunity arises, I travel to the beach. Nothing better than the beach.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

Not really. I might take a nap or go to Starbucks for a chai.

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?

I have a home office that looks out over a field/forest filled with deer and foxes and rabbits. It’s very nice. More often than not I write without music, though there are times when just the right instrumental collection does the trick. The instrumental music I choose tends to be of the more peaceful, moody type, in spite of the fact that a lot of my fiction is scary!

10. What is your dream? Famous writer?

I just want to keep writing and sharing things I hope have some value to the reader….and the value might be a good scare, a good laugh, or even something that moves the heart or soul. I’m lucky to be able to make a living with what I do

11. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

It’s a job that I can do in my pajamas if I want. I can set my own hours. But best of all, I get to share my imagination, my fears, hopes, views, and sometimes my innate bizarreness with others in a form that lasts longer than a simple conversation might.

12.  What is coming next for you?

I have been contracted to write a novella that will be out next year, but I can’t divulge anything more about it quite yet. As I mentioned earlier, I’m writing the YA horror novel, The House at Wyndham Strand, which I hope to have completed by year’s end

 

You can connect with Elizabeth Massie here: 

https://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-Massie/e/B001HO4Q8A/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Twitter: ElizabethMassie https://twitter.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.massie.96

 

Some of Elizabeth Massie’s books: