Something special for readers in North America! I’ll send the winner one free signed copy of my latest collection, Pray Lied Eve 2. All you need to do is enter the Goodreads giveaway contest – which is super easy to do. A lot of people already have Goodreads accounts, and if not, it is free and there is no obligation at all to buy anything – even the shipping is covered. The site is linked to Amazon, so if you buy books there already, you can view and review even more.
Some authors, and family or friends have had reviews removed from Amazon. There are great reasons for this even though a lot of authors don’t agree. I agree, and also see the solution in people being able to review on Goodreads in good faith – even when their view could be taken as biased.
I’ve entered Goodreads giveaways and that’s likely why I like them so much! There is always a good and fair chance at winning, so enter and let others know. You can only enter once, but hey, you can also ask the person to your left and right to enter if you really want another chance!
Thank you and good luck!
Blair Witch (2016)
After making a joke of wanting a screening pass in trade for the spammish ‘viral’ campaign attempted for this film, I entered a Rue Morgue contest on a whim and ended up with two passes. It was a lovely way to see the film, though I was surrounded by not-horror film fans who won their passes from radio stations and the like. The gentleman seated next to my guest was terrified from the middle of the film on. Every jump scare got him, nervous laughter not making a bit of difference as his hands floated up to his face to shield himself from the next tense sequence. A tiny bit of gore, a lot of screaming, and enough lore to push through had me just entertained enough. The last fifth or so was grand, though for the time spent up to then I found the cameras a little too kinetic. Not one to complain of shakiness or screen-vertigo my wish is to be able to tell who is holding the camera based on style and quality. Every actor held the camera like it was a scrap piece of duct tape they were trying to shake loose so the style wore thin fast. By the end, there were a handful of great scenes that did bring the gruesome artistry of horror film that I do love to found footage.
Three days of following and participating in this past weekend’s writers conference have come to a close. Since it was uncommonly busy for me being on Halloween I opted to not bring books or promotional materials as a way of simplifying. Seeing as I did get to spend almost enough time reading and watching scary movies as I wanted, it all worked out even though I wasn’t present in the dealers room or at after-parties.
To further ease that, here is a list of some of the books and podcasts mentioned in the panels I was on. This conference offers some really great workshops, panels and reading from mainly fantasy and science fiction work, but does have some really rich horror content. Often these genres are blended and as much as I’d love a horror-only event such as this, having Can-Con here in Ottawa makes it so easily accessible.
Horror Reading panel:
- Psychos: Serial Killers, Depraved Madmen and the Criminally Insane, edited by John Skipp – specifically ‘Jesse’ by Steve Rasnic Tem and ‘Life With Father’ by Bentley Little on Amazon
- The New Black: A Neo-Noir Anthology, edited by Richard Thomas – specifically ‘Father, Son, Holy Rabbit’ by Stephen Graham Jones on Amazon
- Carnal Surgery, by Edward Lee, a collection of gory and boundary-pushing short stories on Amazon
- People Live Still in Cashtown Corners, by Tony Burgess on Amazon
- Something Red podcast
- This Is Horror podcast
- Horror Writer’s Association new releases
- The Wicked Library episode Bad Shepherd by Lydia Peever
Ghost Story panel:
- Ghosts by Hans Holzer, if not his entire body of work on Amazon
- Growing up Haunted by Alexandra Holzer, Hans’ daughter on Amazon
- Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse by Otsuichi, on Amazon
- The Entity by Frank De Felitta, on Amazon and the film from 1980 to be remade by James Wan
- Kettle Whistle Radio episode 35 Talkin’ Ghosts and the episode 118 where we discuss The Entity
In both I mentioned the podcast I co-host with Wes Knipe, Dead Air, part of splatterpictures.net and my favourite horror film and discussion podcast Bind Torture Kast. The stories I’ve written that were mentioned can be found in my small collection Pray Lied Eve, and the West Pigeon Press anthology For When The Veil Drops. For other works, check out my Amazon author page or find me on Goodreads.