"None will open unless I push them myself." - Val DeWitt

Friday, December 19, 2014

Pre-Christmas Promotion #5: Phoenix Island, by John Dixon

The official “Pre-Christmas Writer’s Promotion” for 2014 is now underway. Working with a group of horror writers, every day until Christmas we'll post information on a fellow writer's novel currently for sale, to give you some ideas for some interesting stocking-stuffers.

Phoenix Island - John Dixon

The dark thriller Phoenix Island, which F. Paul Wilson called “Lord of the Flies meets Wolverine and Cool Hand Luke,” was the inspiration for the CBS TV series Intelligence.

When sixteen-year-old boxing champ Carl Freeman’s defense of a helpless stranger lands him in real trouble – a two-year sentence at an isolated boot camp for orphans – he’s determined to tough it out, earn a clean record, and get on with his life. 

Then kids start to die.

Realizing Phoenix Island is actually a Spartan-style mercenary organization turning “throwaway kids” into bloodthirsty super soldiers, Carl risks everything to save his friends and stop a madman bent on global destruction.

Phoenix Island by John Dixon
http://tinyurl.com/n95alcm

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Pre-Christmas Promotion #4: The Last Porno Theater

The official “Pre-Christmas Writer’s Promotion” for 2014 is now underway. Working with a group of horror writers, every day until Christmas we'll post information on a fellow writer's novel currently for sale, to give you some ideas for some interesting stocking-stuffers.
Yesterday was me, so let's skip to today and:

The Last Porno Theater - Nick Cato



New York City, 1989. The Metro is the last theater to feature adult films projected on actual film, something manager Herschell Schwartzbaum takes much pride in. But the city is attempting to buy the theater to continue sanitizing Times Square. Despite barely making ends meet and having to deal with a small staff not as devoted as himself, Herschell refuses to budge. When one of his employees goes missing, Herschell is forced to hire a newbie. And just as he's learning the ropes from Herschell and ace projectionist Cleon, The Metro begins to display some truly odd interior damage they won't be able to hide from city officials forever.

Now Herschell and his staff must prepare for a battle against corrupt bureaucrats and their arsenal of unusual devices ... and they're about to get some help from The Metro itself ...

The Last Porno Theater by Nick Cato
http://www.amazon.com/Last-Porno-Theater-Nick-Cato/dp/0988348454/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418252181&sr=8-1&keywords=the+last+porno+theater

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pre-Christmas Promotion #2: Zombie Bastard

The official “Pre-Christmas Writer’s Promotion” for 2014 is now underway. Working with a group of horror writers, every day until Christmas we'll post information on a fellow writer's novel currently for sale, to give you some ideas for some interesting stocking-stuffers.
Next up:

Zombie Bastard by Jerrod Balzer

A delayed curse is taking effect, engulfing a Missouri town with the undead. Leading the onslaught is a creature that lacks mercy or compassion, only an intense drive to see the curse through. Its fate was sealed years ago, simply for being born a bastard.

Trevor is dealing with a curse of his own: he has the runs. On a desperate trek to visit his ailing mother, he searches for a decent place to relieve the pressure before moving on. All he wants is to have a movement in peace, but that Zombie Bastard won’t let him.

Zombie Bastard by Jerrod Balzer
http://www.amazon.com/Zombie-Bastard-Jerrod-Balzer-ebook/dp/B00GSGHNR8

Monday, December 15, 2014

Pre-Christmas Promotion #1: The School That Screamed




The official “Pre-Christmas Writer’s Promotion” for 2014 is now underway. Working with a group of horror writers, every day until Christmas we'll post information on a fellow writer's novel currently for sale, to give you some ideas for some interesting stocking-stuffers. 

First up:

The School That Screamed by William D. Carl

Dolly Elliott's School earned its reputation as a school for bad girls. Nestled within an isolated forest outside of the London suburbs, it's the last stop for students who have been expelled from every other school in Europe. For the right price, the administrators guarantee a diploma for any girl, no matter how rebellious. But, the halls of Dolly Elliott's are haunted by more than the laughter of the young women earning their degrees. At night, the wail of a baby can be heard emerging from the cellar, and foul odors permeate the dorms. Glimpses of blinded nuns disturb the daily routine of the young women. And something is moving from the other side of the mirrors, seeking a way into our world. It hates the living, especially the girls it jealously watches. When Laura Pennington arrives as a new student, she carries secrets, a past that led to her fleeing her last school screaming in terror.

On the same day, Sarah Stallworth begins teaching the young women of Dollie Elliott's, and she brings her own baggage. When a young maid is horribly mutilated and a teacher is murdered, they launch an investigation into what roams the halls of the school at night. The past is trying to intrude upon the present, attempting to force its way into the new century. Can Laura and Sarah learn the terrible truth about the school before more women die?

THE SCHOOL THAT SCREAMED is a loving homage to the over-the-top exploitation films that were imported from Europe in the 1970s, a drive-in flick brought to vivid life on the page. Full of sex, sin, slashings, and secrets, it delivers a grindhouse sized dose of terror and laughter. 

The School That Screamed by William D. Carl
http://amzn.com/149093264X

Thursday, December 04, 2014

A Visit From an Old Friend



I dreamed about Roger Blain last night. My late father-in-law has made an appearance from time to time over the years, in my dreams of course, but it's been a long time since the last. In the dream I was in my kitchen with my wife Linda when we heard the front door open and someone come in. No one comes in that door except the dogs so I walked into the front hall and found Roger looking through the front coat closet, which I'd converted into an art supply closet not long after the divorce (the rearrangement of things aged that event is a topic for another time). Now, Roger in the dream is older, about the age he was when he got sick in his late-eighties. He was a sweet man who took his time with things, granted he had no choice later in life but he never was in much if a rush having growing up on a farm and all.

Roger was looking for felt letters for some project he was working on. Being a dream, I seemed to know what the project was about, though none if the specifics come to mind now. We couldn’t find any - I was helping him look through the closet - but I managed to find a scrap piece of felt he could use. He seemed to agree. We chatted a little more about something, but the details elude me now. Something about the dogs, maybe? He pretended to not care about dogs but I think he always had a soft spot for them, as long as they were behaved. 
 
Not until I woke up did I realize the importance of this moment. I got to spend some time with Roger again. Something people don't normally get to do when those they love have died. That's the beauty of dreams. A chance to do the impossible. And this moment, as short as it was, was very vivid. I was with him, saw him exactly as I remember him, and can still remember the dream though perhaps not many of the words we spoke. This seemingly in inconsequential firing of synapses in my brain... whether dreams are more than should be further discussed as well someday… was a wonderful gift, a new moment with someone I should not have had new moments with on this earth.

Be grateful for dreams, then. Sometimes they seem pointless and sometimes they scare us. Sometimes, though, they give us something priceless.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Plague of Darkness Giveaway at Goodreads

I'm doing a giveaway for copies of Plague of Darkness on Goodreads...



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Plague of Darkness by Daniel G. Keohane

Plague of Darkness

by Daniel G. Keohane

Giveaway ends December 12, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Monday, November 17, 2014

Plague of Darkness Links

Realized I never gave the link for pre-ordering Plague of Darkness, which is coming out officially this Thursday.

Kindle price is only $2.99
Print Price is normally $12.99 but Amazon has it on sale for only $11.69 at the moment.


http://www.amazon.com/Plague-Darkness-Daniel-G-Keohane-ebook/dp/B00PFYZV3W/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1416232988&sr=1-1&keywords=plague+of+darkness&pebp=1416232989833

Pre-order today!It'll do wonders for my Amazon rankings. :)