Win The Best of H.P. Lovecraft (new paperback)

Just a quick post to let you know that the giveaway this week is a brand new paperback – The Best of H.P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft is a personal favorite of mine and this anthology has all of his best stuff.

There is no catch. You enter the contest and I’ll email you the winner when it ends. If you are the winner, the prize will show up at your door. That’s it. Plus, if someone enters by clicking on your Facebook post, tweet or link, you get an additional THREE entries. How cool is that?

“Behind the curtain of the DEAD: Snapshot {your town here} series” Guest post by T.W. Brown

Dead_Snapshot__Portland_Oregon_AUDIOBOOKMy friend and collaborator T.W. Brown has a new series coming out and you do NOT want to miss this. Enjoy!


You sort of dream about that headline. Admit it. You watch shows like The Walking Dead and think, That would be SO cool! Would it really? I want you to bring your own arm up to your mouth and bite as hard as you can. Now keep going until you rip the flesh. (In the interest of our “sue happy” culture, I am not really suggesting that you do this, and if you already did then can I ask what in the hell is wrong with you?)

So…how cool is it now? And then there is the idea of finding a loved one who had the misfortune of not heeding the warnings and got bit trying to hurry home to take care of you. They are coming at you with filmed over, dead eyes. So grab a gun or something and shoot or bash them in the head. Oh yeah, that includes your precious little Jimmy or Janie. You know, that apple of your eye…the one thing that you love more than life itself.

Not sounding so great anymore, is it?

The reality of the zombie apocalypse is probably more terrifying than we want to imagine. However, reading about it is a blast. On that, I think many of us can agree. Only, when you read these stories, don’t they always seems so far away and remote? Unless you have a local zombie author who loves to set his novels in his or her (and by extension…YOUR) neck of the woods, you have to imagine places you have never been and hope to sink into the story enough to feel like you are “there.”

Well, wait no more. With my new spin off of my successful and best-selling zombie series DEAD, the apocalypse can be right outside your own front door. How? I will tell you later. You don’t think I am gonna give you ALL the good stuff right off the bat, now do ya?

My new series is titled DEAD: Snapshot—{insert town here}. Okay that last little bit is just the generic filler. To be clear, the first book is titled DEAD: Snapshot—Portland, Oregon. I set it in my town because it is someplace that I know pretty well. However, the next book is titled DEAD: Snapshot—Leeds, England. Never been there, but with the help of Google, I can get down to street level and “walk” about from the comfort of my computer.

Each of these books will be a stand-alone novel set in the mythology that I built in the DEAD series. Some of them may see “guest appearances” by characters that you know and love or hate from DEAD. You don’t have to be a reader of the series to enjoy or understand the book. It is zombie fiction, not Twin Peaks. For those totally unfamiliar, my zombies are like those found in Romero flicks. Still confused? (I weep for you, but I will clarify.) The Walking Dead. You know, basically slow and not all that coordinated. I do have a few twists in my mythology that differs from the norm. While I won’t state it as a fact, I had not read (in my VERY EXTENSIVE reading) any instances where the bite was not a catalyst for somebody to turn. Also, children of the younger age bracket might behave just a bit differently. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I will leave it at that and let you discover for yourself why my series has allowed me to be a writer full-time and quit my day job.

So, how do you get zombies to come wipe out your town (or maybe the town of an ex, or somebody that you just really don’t like), so to speak? Simple. All you have to do is send me an email at with “I WANT TO SEE THE DEAD TAKE MY TOWN!” in the subject line. From there, in the actual email, tell me where you are from. Tell me a little bit about your town and what makes it special. Feel free to offer your own name up for use as a character. You are even free to give me a description or photo that I can use to design this character. I even let you specify if you wish to be hero or villain. Sorry, no promises that you will survive in any case, and your character’s depiction may be NOTHING like you in manner and action. It will simply carry your name into the annals of zombie apocalypse history.

So…are you interested? Curious? Or maybe you really dislike those snobs over in Shelbyville? (Simpson’s  reference…sorry.) Well, you now have the power of life, death, and undeath in your hands. What will you do?

“Snarknado” – Guest post by Matthew Verish

SONY DSCThis week I have a guest post for you by fellow Clevelander and writer, Matthew Verish. I think you’re going to like it. Enjoy!

It’s no secret that SyFy is known for its plethora of IQ-dropping “horror” movies. It’s also no secret that the once-beloved channel changed its name from “Sci-Fi” to the modern—and sadly, more appropriate—purposeful misspelling to fit its present imbecilic standards. As a result, I have never seen SyFy channel’s flagship horror franchise, Sharknado, nor do I plan to. I’ve no doubt it’s mildly entertaining. And I’m fully aware of its minor claim-to-fame with tongue-through-the-cheek writing, ghastly failed college student “special effects,” Tara Reid’s face-palmingly awful one-take acting, Ian Ziering’s infamous Great White  mouth-raping chainsaw scene, and the hundreds of sharks being tossed around by that furious bitch, Mother Nature. I’m sure some will even defend Sharknado by drawing the “so-bad-it’s-good” card.

I call shenanigans, officer Barbrady! And here’s why.

B movies have a special place in every horror fan’s heart. Who could EVER forget Troll 2? “Oh my God!” How about Killer Klowns from Outer Space? Dead bodies wrapped in alien cotton candy! And let’s not forget Blood Diner, the only film to dip a topless hottie’s head in cornmeal batter, deep-fry it into a giant corndog-head, and knock it off with a baseball bat. These films are a special kind of bad, made with love by those who appreciate and understand the bizarre genre that is horror. Well, maybe not Troll 2. No knows what the shit Claudio Fragasso was snorting when he made that disasterpiece. There’s not even a goddamn troll in the movie! And maybe that’s why it’s fondly considered the worst film of all-time.

This is where Sharknado comes in. I was willing to let this pass as another lame-brain attempt at horror by SyFy, and grudgingly allow it to be classified as a B movie, but the network did something that gave me pause. They green-lighted two—count ‘em, TWO—sequels! This was when I started classifying most of today’s “B movies” as something entirely different. It’s one thing for companies, writers, and directors to unknowingly smear a giant turd on the silver/television screen, but it’s an entirely different scenario when studios aim to outdo each other in an attempt to claim the title of “Worst Film of All-Time.” How can a movie enjoy such accolades when it’s making a considerable effort to be appalling? A truly pathetic B movie goes into production honestly having no idea it’s headed for shitsville.

This is why SyFy’s movies will never attain the coveted WFoAT status. Sre, they’re bad…REAL bad., but a film such as Troll 2 is unparalleled in its inferiority and will more than likely withstand the test of time on its broken pedestal. True genius of such a low caliber can only be attained by those who took the proverbial plunge into the bowels of psychosis long before they ever thought of making a movie. SyFy should just give up, spell its name correctly, and go back to making honest science fiction programming.

Matthew Verish is fifty percent of the epic fantasy, married co-authors team, M.S. Verish. He is also an aspiring horror author who also goes under the pseudonym of Colin Crow. He lives with his wife in Cleveland, OH.

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