GET “ROLFED” for BLACK FRIDAY DEAL: SLUSH 99 Cents in eBook/ $5.43 in Print!

 

Zachary Walters over at The Mouths of Madness coined the phrase “Get Rolfed”. I want to spread some Black Friday love, so I’m discounting my short story collection, SLUSH, from now until next weekend.

Get the eBook (Kindle Edition) for just 99 cents!

Or the Print book for $5.43 (normally $8.99).  

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Praise for SLUSH and its 12 creeps tales:

 

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“(Sweet 16) is beautiful and horrible and beautiful and grisly and beautiful…Chilling and raw.”-

Mercedes M. Yardley, author of Pretty Little Dead Girls and Nameless: The Darkness Comes

 

 

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“Several stories stand out, but as a whole, this collection is essential reading for any horror fan. Rolfe crafts a mesmerising and realistic set of tales that will haunt, scare, buoy you with joy, and take you back to a simpler time when life was yet to kick you in the balls. Not so much slush as lush, a fictional, twisted trip down memory lane. Essential.”-

Stuart Keane, author of Grin and Cine

 

 

 

“(Skull Of Snakes) reminded me of the kind of horror I grew up on in the 70’s and 80’s. Sort of Stand By Me mixed with Tales From The Crypt, great story. While others definitely made me shudder with the disturbed nature of the characters or grossness. Something Lost touched my heart and I’m In Here was a true nightmare. Do yourself a favor and read this book!” – Horror Maiden’s Book Reviews

“(Halloween Worm) a young boy is coerced into helping the town bully get revenge against an old man who gave him a worm infested apple the previous Halloween. A nasty surprise awaits them. This story is pure gory fun and a great way to end the collection”- Horror After Dark

“Slush is the literary version of the term things that cannot be unseen… Rolfe will always show you something new and interesting with each piece of work and Slush is a great example of that. This is the perfect book to keep you awake at night.” – Horror Underground

“…once you pick up “Slush” you’ll be holding 126 pages of why you became a fan of Horror in the first place.” – Zachary “Z-Dubz” Walters/The Mouths of Madness Podcast

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Talking Reconstruction and Krampus with Matt Manochio, Author of SENTINELS and THE DARK SERVANT

Matt Manochio hit the horror scene with last year’s debut, The Dark Servant. That wonderful little Krampus tale warmed our bloody hearts and got us hip to this up and comer. Now, here at the tale end of 2015, Manochio is unleashing his next novel, a historical horror story called, Sentinels, and he’s following that up with a Christmas treat–his first novella, Twelfth Krampus Night.

I’m excited to catch up with this wonderful author any chance I get. He’s motivated, he’s determined, and he’s a pretty darn nice guy.

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Glenn Rolfe: Nice to talk with you again. How have you been?

Matt Manochio: Hi Glenn! I’ve been busy with life stuff over actually writing. And that leads me and you to your next question.

GR: I know you’ve been through some personal stuff in the last year, how has that impacted your writing life?

MM: What the hell is this personally invasive inquisition?! I’m kidding. It’s totally cool. I got divorced in the last year (a very amicable one, my ex and I are on awesome terms) and that sort of sapped my desire to write (especially over the summer) because I was so focused on other things. I know many people might throw themselves into writing as a distraction or to serve as an outlet when something like this happens. I admire those who can accomplish that, but I can’t. However, I can say that I’ve fired up the jets, so to speak, and am about 5,000 words into my next book. So I’m really just getting started with it. But it’s nice having that feeling again, that anticipatory feeling of sitting in front of the computer screen and going to town.

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GR: I’m reading your latest novel, Sentinels. Great, great cover, by the way. Really enjoying these characters. It takes place in the South just after the slaves were freed. That’s a great time period and choice of location for some natural tension in the story. Have you always been fascinated with that piece of history? What drove you to choose that era?

MM: I was a history major in college, and quite truthfully, the period of history that most interests me is WWII and not the American Civil War, the latter of which served as a perfect backdrop for Sentinels. So I started with very little knowledge of the period immediately following the Civil War. You hear about the Reconstruction Era, but not many people really know how horrendous it was. It birthed the Ku Klux Klan, and saw terrible violence by lawmen against freed slaves. I had no idea Northern soldiers were stationed in the South to keep peace (it makes perfect sense, but it’s not something I automatically thought about). It was that discovery that led me to having both Klansmen and Northern soldiers being massacred by some mysterious force.

GR: I was reading this at work and one of my co-workers asked what it was about. I told her the setup and she just stood there enthralled. She demanded that I tell her what happens and how it all plays out. That was pretty cool. Usually, when she asks what I’m reading and I start spouting off about ghosts and goblins and werewolves, she shakes her head and is gone before I can finish. That says something to me. There’s more to Sentinels than just another horror story. Would you say that’s accurate?

MM: 100%. There’s certainly a supernatural element involved, but the story largely revolves around the choices the human characters make. I became a father a little before I wrote Sentinels, and the theme throughout the book is what good people might do to protect his loved ones.

GR: You also wrote The Dark Servant for Samhain Publishing last year. And now there’s a Krampus movie coming to theaters! Was that cool to see or is it frustrating?

MM: Anything that spreads the Word of Krampus is a good thing. I’m curious to see the movie, and I know Kevin Smith of Clerks fame is supposedly working on one too. As far as books, there still really isn’t much out there, but I also expect that to change too as more people learn about the big lug.

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GR: And of course you have next month’s novella, Twelfth Krampus Night. Was it fun dipping back into that world and can you see yourself going back for another merry round?

MM: Yes. I fibbed a little before, I actually wrote Twelfth Krampus Night during the first three months of 2015 while dealing with the aforementioned personal issues. But at the time, things hadn’t reached the point where we knew we were heading for divorce. So I can say I was able to throw myself into the book, and it felt wonderful because I thoroughly enjoy the character, and the other dark servants that are out there. I introduce a hag named Frau Perchta, who punishes bad kids around Twelfth Night by slitting open their bellies. The good kids get a coin in the shoe. Perchta certainly isn’t as well known as Krampus, but she has her own legend in Europe, so I was able to have some fun with that.

GR: For the folks out there that don’t know, which I’m assuming is many, we’re sharing a table at this year’s Scares That Care Horror Convention. Looking forward to that. What makes that Con so attractive to you?

MM: I’ve heard that Scares that Cares is THE convention where you can sell books. And that’s what I want to do. Many of our Samhain colleagues have gone there and had success, and I’m hoping we can too. I’ll have The Dark Servant and Sentinels for sale, and I can’t wait.

GR: Last thing, our publisher is going through changes…what’s your plan for 2016? Any new pieces in the works? Any stories already out there in the submission box? Or are you going to sit back and take some time off to see where it all shakes out?

MM: Even before Samhain began going through its changes I’d made up my mind to submit elsewhere, not because I’m not happy with Samhain Publishing—they’ve been great to me, and I wouldn’t yet rule out submitting to them again. But you can’t put all your eggs in one basket in this industry, especially when you’re starting out. So, yes, I’m firing up the engines on a vampire book (how original). But I hope this one will be. One thing is for certain: my vampires are not sexy and aren’t friends with shirtless werewolves who can’t act. My vampires will be bad in ways that go beyond blood sucking, count on it! The goal is to finish that book this upcoming year and submit toward the end of it.

GR: Thanks for chatting, man. Maybe I’ll see you in Cincinnati.

MM: That’d be great, Glenn. We gotta pick our convention battles because we don’t have Stephen King’s travel budget, but I loved going to HorrorHound in Cincinnati last year and am looking forward to going again this March.

You can check out Matt’s debut the Krampus novel, The Dark Servant, on sale right now for just 99 CENTS!!!!   Click the cover below for the link!

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You guys can follow Matt’s tour by clicking the banner below!

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Sentinels, Synopsis

These are no ordinary killers.

They don’t distinguish between good and evil. They just kill. South Carolina’s a ruthless place after the Civil War. And when Sheriff’s Deputy Noah Chandler finds seven Ku Klux Klansmen and two Northern soldiers massacred along a road, he cannot imagine who would murder these two diametrically opposed forces.

When a surviving Klansman babbles about wraiths, and is later murdered inside a heavily guarded jail cell, Noah realizes something sinister stalks his town. He believes a freed slave who’s trying to protect his farm from a merciless land baron can help unmask the killers. Soon Noah will have to personally confront the things good men must do to protect their loved ones from evil.

Biography, Matt Manochio

Matt Manochio was born in 1975 in New Jersey and graduated from The University of Delaware in 1997 with a history/journalism degree.

He spent the majority of his 13-year newspaper career at the Daily Record in Morris County, New Jersey, where he won multiple New Jersey Press Association Awards for his reporting. He wrote about one of his passions, rock ‘n’ roll giants AC/DC, for USA Today and considers that the highlight of his journalism career.

He left newspapers in 2011 for safer employment, and currently lives in New Jersey with his son.

Praise for Matt Manochio

“Matt Manochio is a natural born storyteller.” -Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Savage Dead

“A real page turner. Matt Manochio has gained a fan in me!” -David L. Golemon, New York Times bestselling author of the Event Group Thriller series, on The Dark Servant

“Beautifully crafted and expertly plotted. A clockwork mechanism of terror! Highly recommended!” -Jay Bonansinga, New York Times bestselling author of Shattered, on The Dark Servant

Purchase Links

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Sentinels-Matt-Manochio/dp/1619230984

Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sentinels-matt-manochio/1122273970?ean=9781619230989#productInfoTabs

Samhain

https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5622/sentinels

 

 

 

New Plans and Hope for 2016. Plenty of Cool on the Way!

Hey guys!  I know I posted about my tentative release schedule for 2016 a few months ago…since them a few things have changed.

The Samhain Publishing/ Don D’Auria split.

I love Don and wish he was still with the company, but things happen. Companies have the right to make whatever changes they see fit.  The way it went down could have been handled better on all ends, but  now, it is what it is. Let’s move forward. I know Don and his reputation and his track record in the horror genre will find him in a better place sooner than later. I hope to work with him again wherever that is.

As for Samhain, I’m also excited to see what 2016 and these new changes brings. We have a great new editor. I just finished collaborating with her on the edits for my next Samhain piece, the novella, THINGS WE FEAR. If you are worried about what the final product is going to look like under a new editor…don’t. We are in very capable hands.

I look forward to working with the company on my November 2016, the reprint of my first novel, The Haunted Halls.

As for the future…I will stay on with Samhain in an author relations role.  I enjoy helping my fellow stablemate out in any way that I can. Don gave me his blessing to do so, and I intend on making sure his “chosen” are well tended to.

I won’t waste my time or energy on any of the negative vibes that came after the company/editor split, and neither should you. Let’s keep it on the Pos and walk on.

Here’s my plan for 2016 (as of this moment):

I have THINGS WE FEAR (novella) in March with Samhain.

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I have WHERE NIGHTMARES BEGIN (novella collection featuring Abram’s Bridge, Boom Town and Things We Fear) also in March with Samhain.

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I Have THE HAUNTED HALLS (reprint 1st novel) in November with Samhain, as well.

I have a finished novella, THE LAST SHOW. Not sure where it will come out. It is sitting with a publisher right now, so I hope to have news on that in the next couple of months.

My next new novel, WINDOW, is nearly complete, but I will be holding onto that one while I set to work on my next big project…

That brings me to the next collection. I haven’t decided on a title for it yet (it was World Coming Down-it may still be).

Here’s what I know. I want this collection to bury SLUSH . I loved that collection, but i intend for this one to be EPIC. I will be including at least two new novellas in the collection along with a variety of horror and sci-fi-tinged short stories. This one should wind up twice the size of SLUSH.

I will keep you posted on the progress.

So…expect to see the above mentioned Samhain titles and the collection in 2016.

WINDOW, THE LAST SHOW, and my other novel, BECOMING, may not make it out there until 2017. But that’s more than okay.  I want them to be the best possible pieces I can create, so there really is no rush.

Oh, and if this Guns N’ Roses Reunion tour happens?  I’ll be too distracted to work.

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Stay tuned, people….and Stay Gold.

 

Staying Positive: My recent guest post over at The Horror Bookshelf blog.

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“Staying Positive”

Positivity breeds positivity. That mantra can get a writer through many situations big and small. It helps you keep the belief and faith, even when you hit a wall, that your story will tell you where it wants to go and how you plan to go about getting the finished draft published. Not everyone is going to get your story or love that you wrote a werewolf story without leaving the werewolf’s identity a mystery. You will get rejected, but if you have written the story you wanted to write (which, it most certainly should be if you’re submitting it) you must have faith that your baby will be adopted and find a home.

Tomorrow, Annie… the sun will come out tomorrow.

Another place where staying positive comes into play is in promoting yourself and others in your genre/field.

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