The Starving is a great book. It’s a horror western with a Lovecraftian flavour and the brainchild of fellow Atlantic Canadian writer Jon Dobbins. So for all of those reasons, I’m a fan.
Dobbins has many. Some of them are amazing writers themselves. Engen Books’ The Write Project podcast was kind enough to invite me to join them to discuss The Starving on the show.
For posterity (and out of sheer narcissism), I’m archiving the podcasts the show’s host, Matthew Ledrew, dares to put me on, so if there are any issues with the link, you can also listen here:
If you listen, feel free to use my segment to frighten insects out of your house or curdle paint. I’m told my voice can do that. The other writers are amazing Atlantic Canadian talent who are the rising wave of the kind of creative talent this part of the world is becoming known for.
And if the old west is one of your favourite places to experience existential terror, get your copy of The Starving and support an up and coming writer by clicking on the image below.
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Another episode of Engen Books‘ podcast, The Write Project, in which I blather about big publishing companies I do not work for, thingies King, Lovecraft, Tolkien, my theory about Game of thrones, and writer’s block, in which I foolishly test the literary divine.
Out of sheer existential terror of all things internet and extinction thereof, I made a MP3 thingy. Take THAT, 6-week Soundcloud storage limit! :
If your ears are not bleeding (or, if they are, and you’re kind of into that), see my previous post for Episode 1, which is actually Episode 54, but I get too excited about being on podcasts, so it’s 1.
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The interface is clean. Its links with Indigo are seamless, and the austerity of both the Indigo pages and the Writer’s Life sites are refreshingly anti-clutter.
Also, Kobo likes free stuff. They avoid the tendency to control what their writers do with the pricing of their products.
Downside? They take a bit longer to publish things. But, as I get older, I find that things that happen really, really fast are not always the best things.
Therefore, I’m thrilled to announce that The Dog, my first cthulhuian short story (and the first of many more) is now live on Kobo. (The Dog went live on November 20th, on Kindle, too. If you’re a ‘Zonian and a fan of gothic horror, here’s the link).
And, as an added bonus for being a fan of That Other Ebook Reader, I’ve thrown in a surprise.
You’ll see it when you get there.
Hope you enjoy it! If you did, please leave a review!
Horror is one of my favourite genres. I devour it. I love the old masters, and Lovecraft is my favourite of them. So much so that I’ve written several stories that are inspired by his work.
I’m happy as Azathoth (in that cosmic, ironic futility kind of happiness, obviously) to announce that my first Cthulhian short story, The Dog, is now live and available for your consumption! May your pupils protect you from the ethereal terror that waits to unpeel your mind, and all that.
If you enjoy it, please be so kind as to recount the delicious trauma I have caused you in a review on Amazon. And a few stars wouldn’t hurt. Don’t worry. They aren’t the same stars that bury aeons-old, writhing horrors that wait to awaken and shatter our complacency with destruction and madness.
Well, no. But I am thorough. You can also read any Kindle story on your phone or device with the free Kindle app, available when you click on the ‘Read with our free app’ link just under the Kindle price box.
The Dog is also being released on Kobo this week, and I’ll post as soon as it is.
Hope you enjoy it! I’d love to hear from you if you did!
Since I’m going Lovecraft with my new short story release, image wizard Dylan Edwards and I wanted to hearken back to the wild days of Erol Otis and John Holmes with the cover. We wanted weird. Dark and weird. We love dark and weird. It was our thing all through high school.
I give you the final cover draft of The Dog:
Welcome to my world of macabre horror. And puppies.
Rejoice in the campy creepiness.
It’s ridiculously exciting to see what Dylan’s brain will give birth to when he starts working on one of our projects.
Like meeting your new baby.
A weird, dark baby.
The dog will be available on Amazon and Kobo December 1, 2016.
Since reading At The Mountains of Madness at 16, I have never been able to read enough of his work. He opened my mind to a level of tragic darkness that I had never thought could be acceptable to write about. At that age, for me, darkness was all there was. Darkness was my Disneyworld. Lovecraft taught me to embrace it all and harness it; to welcome the things that pull us down, face them, and wrestle with them. And thus, I think, the writer in me was born.
I’ve written several Lovecraft-themed stories, all of them shuffled away in old file folders, the hand-written ink faded into the browned looseleaf. It wasn’t until recently that I took them out and decided I may as well turn them into product, since that’s what we can do now in indie publishing.
While grinding through the fantasy anthology I’m putting together (with the incredible editing of Espresso’s Holly M. Kothe), and hammering out the final revisions on To Drown in Ash (which is almost Very Nearly Done, I PROMISE), I got Holly to edit The Dog, which I first wrote back in ’89.
My stupendous cover artist, Dylan Edwards, has been shackled to his Mac, toiling away on several covers and other projects for me while ignoring his family, his nutrition, an Continue reading →