DON’T MISS OUT: 99 cents for a few more days!

You have a couple more days to grab 99 cent copies of my novels, BECOMING and BLOOD AND RAIN.

BECOMING went out as my first Bookbub deal and brought me up into the Top 20 horror authors list  (for a few hours).  Thank you if you already grabbed a copy. If you haven’t, feel free to snag one tonight.  🙂

I also put  my werewolf novel, BLOOD AND RAIN, at 99 cents. Full moon this weekend!

Click the covers to read more about these titles, check out reviews, and to order.

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Some of my writing friends are also doing 99 cents deals this week.  Check these out. Click on the covers for synopsis, reviews, and to purchase!

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And if you have all these titles already, feel free to check out my brand new collection, LAND OF BONES:

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Cheer!

And remember…..Goonies never say die!

Welcome to my Land of Bones

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Hard to believe it has been more than three years since the release of SLUSH (my first collection). I’ve wanted to put out another collection for more than a year, but I am glad that life got busy and made me wait. This collection is better for it.

I started off just selecting stories I loved for one reason or another, but after turning them over to my editor, she saw a theme…one of loss.

I knew I wanted to include the piece I wrote about my brother, “The Rooster”.  I skipped it with SLUSH, but I knew it needed to be in here. My editor asked me to take another shot at the piece, so I did. And I cried. One of the new lines in there broke me. It was something I hadn’t admitted out loud, let alone to myself.

  The original version of that story appeared in BLEED a cancer anthology from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

It is still available and still helping kick cancer’s ass.

Grab a copy here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EYFPZW0/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

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Another story in here that sticks out for me is “Death Lights”

This one brings back one of my favorite characters from my novel, THE HAUNTED HALLS.  Lee Buhl, my urban shaman.  As this one unfolded, I discovered Lee had lost someone very close to him. It was something he felt responsible for. The battle this story involves him in brings Lee back to his calling. And I’m happy to announce, it also inspired me to start a new Lee Buhl novel.  The novel will take place between THE HAUNTED HALLS and “Death Lights”

This story appears in NORTHERN FRIGHTS an anthology from Maine horror writers.

Get your copy here: https://www.amazon.com/Northern-Frights-Anthology-Horror-Writers-ebook/dp/B071D7W7RF/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1519396807&sr=1-1&keywords=northern+frights

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“Simon”, “Charley Sings the World Away”, and “The Fixer” all deal with the loss of a child. “Little Bunny” with the loss of a sibling, “Avenging Kitten” the loss of a pet (a very Slush-like tale in its weirdness).

 

I also included a new novella, TOO MUCH OF A DEAD THING.  This was inspired by a fake title I made up for Goodreads. Goodreads refused to take down my old serial versions of THE HAUNTED HALLS, so I changed the names on them. The cover to Volume 5 always made me want to write a story around the being that my artist  (Jason Lynch) created. I love how it turned out.

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I think this collection will stick with people. I hope it does.

You can get your copy of LAND OF BONES here: http://mybook.to/LandofBones

 

Thanks for checking in with me. Happy reading!

-Glenn

 

 

Women in Horror

What does that mean to me?  It started with Anne Rice. I, like many, fell in love with the saga of Lestat, especially the 2nd and 3rd novels in the Vampire Chronicles, THE VAMPIRE LESTAT and QUEEN OF THE DAMNED.  Those two books pulled me under. At the time, I didn’t care whether it was written by a man or a woman, why should that matter?  I loved the story and the characters and that’s all that mattered.

And that’s all that should matter.

It took me a few years to really get into reading, but about 14 years ago, I dove in head first. Since then, I’ve discovered a plethora of amazing writers. Among my favorites are super-talented ladies like Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason (the Sisters of Slaughter), Damien Angelica Walters, Mercedes M. Yardley, Somer Canon, C.W. LeSart, and most recently, Amber Fallon.

Whether its the mesmerizing prose of Walters or Yardley, the lustful creepiness of LeSart’s short stories, or the go for the throat hell-rides that await at the Sisters of Slaughter Gore Galore Fun Park, there is plenty of blood being spilled on the pages produced by these wonderful writers.

You need proof that the writers are amazing?  Check out Somer Canon’s VICKI BEAUTIFUL or Amber Fallon’s THE WARBLERS.

As far as I’m concerned they don’t have to prove a damn thing.

Click on the covers below to order some of my favorite books!

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Stay tuned for more greatness from all these wonderful writers!

Antho-Palooza! The last few months have been busy.

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I got asked to contribute stories to a lot of anthologies last year.  Here are the four i chose to give something to:

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SPLATTERPUNK FIGHTING BACK  eBook  .99  paperback $9.99

THE BLACK ROOM MANUSCRIPTS Volume Three  eBook (pre-order) $4.10

100 WORD HORRORS  eBook $1.49   Paperback $6.55

 

Dawn Cano has done a fantastic job raising money for animal charities with her two VS. anthologies.  I took part in both editions.  I was more than happy to write a new story for the X and I was delighted to share the roster with Jack Ketchum and Wrath James White among many others.  My contribution: “To Be Alive”

Jack Bantry and Kit Power put together a great roster with SPLATTERPUNK FIGHTING BACK, as well. The proceeds to this charity anthology are ALL going to help fight cancer. My brother passed away from his battle with this monster with no cure back in 2010. I was honored to be invited.  I also dedicated my piece to Matt Molgaard (Horror Novel Reviews). Matt was one of my earliest supporters and offered up my first review ever.  He passed away last year, leaving a major hole in the horror community.  My contribution:  “Molly”

Daniel Marc Chant  approached me for a story for this one. THE BLACK ROOM MANUSCRIPTS always delivers a star-powered cast. I didn’t hesitate in jumping aboard.  This one contains stories from Paul Tremblay, David Moody, Adam Nevill, and more. My contribution: “Orson’s Gas N’ Go”

I’ve been trying to find the time to work with Kevin Kennedy on one of his anthologies for quite a while. I’m glad we were finally able to make it happen. His horror drabbles (stories in exactly 100 words) anthology, 100 WORD HORRORS, is full of short goodies from Lisa Morton, Richard Chizmar, Gord Rollo, and many, many, many more. My contribution: “The Came for Me”

How much did I get paid for these stories? $0  Why do it?  Because I love working with this great group of editors and writers, and the ones for charities are causes I believe in and support.

Two of the covers (VS: X and 100 WORD STORIES) were created by the multi-talented Michael Bray.  Check out his website here: MichaelBray.com

My FIGHTING BACK compatriots and I were all blown away and honored to be nominated in a couple categories for the inaugural SPLATTERPUNK AWARDS taking place at this year’s KILLERCON in Texas. We’re up for Best Anthology, plus Matt Shaw, Bracken MacLeod, and myself, were each nominated in the Best Short Story category for our FIGHTING BACK contributions.

VS: X  US vs. UK EXTREME HORROR is also nominated for Best Anthology.  Congrats to Dawn and everyone else involved.

Check out the full list of categories and nominees here:  SPLATTERPUNK AWARDS NOMINATION LIST

 

You can grab all four eBooks for less than $10.  I hope you’ll consider it.

We all appreciate the support.

There is another fantastic collection I’m even more excited about on the way this June or July that we’re waiting to announce.  You guys are going to love it.

Stay tuned!

(BOOK REVIEW) BROKEN SHELLS by Michael Patrick Hicks

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“He could only watch as a pasty arm jabbed at his face. His back arched as he screamed, the spiked forelimb spearing his eye. Warm jelly oozed down his face as the orb exploded…”

BROKEN SHELLS (High Fever Books, 2017), the latest by author, Michael Patrick Hicks (REVOLVER, MASS HYSTERIA), is a wild underground creature-feature. The story follows Antoine DeWitt, a man that is slugging his way through a paycheck-to-paycheck life. Antoine has a screaming, crying baby at home with his lady, and is tired of it all. He’s just been fired from work when he receives a Money Carlo winning ticket promising him $5, 000, he reluctantly decides to check out the to-good-to-be-true deal. The dealership has something for Mr. DeWitt, but it’s not exactly what he was expecting.

This is a fun and nasty little novella from Hicks. He shows his love for creatures-features, brings the gore and the terror, and his show-stealing creations (the Ba’is) are fantastic. Joe Dangle, the owner of the dealership, and his family have been responsible for keeping the creatures locked away, feeding them (bodies, of course), and keeping it all secret. Evil bugs with sharp claws that will poke your eyes out or rip your mouth apart, the Ba’is rule this story.

“Her lips stretched, her skin blanching under the strain, and then the corners of her mouth split, the flesh unzipping into a gruesome and jagged smile as her cheeks ripped apart.”

Personally, I disliked both DeWitt (who numerous times considers walking away from the stress of his wife and kid) and Dangle (car salesman + murderer =cretin), but LOVED the Ba’is and all the carnage they unleash throughout.
If you’re a big creature-feature fan (digging on works like Adam Cesare’s VIDEO NIGHT or Hunter Shea’s THEY RISE) you’re going to love this book.
I give BROKEN SHELLS 4 stars!

Thanks to Nev at Confessions of a Reviewer for supplying me with an Advanced Reader Copy of the book.

BROKEN SHELLS is available now in Print and will be released in eBook on Feb 8th. Get yours HERE

 

Michael P Hicks

MICHAEL PATRICK HICKS is the author of a number of speculative fiction titles. His debut novel, Convergence, was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist. His most recent work is the horror novel, Mass Hysteria.

He has written for the Audiobook Reviewer and Graphic Novel Reporter websites, in addition to working as a freelance journalist and news photographer.

In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.

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(Share the Horror Interview) Talking horror writing with author, Michael Patrick Hicks.

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In the horror writing community, especially on the indie level, you hear a lot of names. When reviewers and other authors start repeating a few of these names and the author’s works over and over, you tend to want to know what’s going on. One of those names I’ve been hearing on blogs, review sites, and from fellow authors is Michael Patrick Hicks.

I’d see a few book covers that looked really cool, and form the synopsis’s on the book pages, I thought the stories sounded intriguing. For whatever reason, I’d never purchased one. BUT I kept hearing people talking about him and seeing his books pop up among friends on social media.

We were already Facebook friends, but I hadn’t made time for his work yet.

Then, I saw the cover for his latest release, BROKEN SHELLS. I knew I was going to read it as soon as I could.  Yes, folks, a beautiful, kick-ass book cover can persuade people to read your work!.

I quickly gobbled up two of his fantastic shorter pieces (THE MARQUE and  REVOLVER), and then dove into a review copy I received of BROKEN SHELLS.  This guy is legit, and definitely one to keep an eye on.

Last week, in preparation for his new release, I got to interview, Michael.

Check it out.

Glenn RolfeHow long have you been writing, how long have you been actively publishing?
Michael Patrick Hicks: I’ve been writing for twenty years now, going back to a high school creative writing class. I’ve been writing in some form or another all my life, but it wasn’t until very late in high school that I became a huge reader and then set about learning the fundamentals of storytelling and writing my own long-form stories. Whatever embers of storytelling I had were stoked into a serious fire in that creative writing class, and I’ve been doing it ever since. Publishing-wise, 2018 will be my fourth year in this business.
GRHigh Fever Books. Can you talk about that and whether you’d ever consider releasing works from other authors?
MPH: I started off independently publishing science fiction and horror stories, and decided last year that, with the release of Mass Hysteria, it was time to differentiate. My first two novels were cyberpunk/sci-fi adventures. Mass Hysteria was my third novel, and wildly different than either of those, going into extreme horror. A lot of my short stories have horror elements to them, or are in fact straight up horror, but Mass Hysteria felt like a good jumping off point to stake out my own ground in the horror genre and let my readers, or would-be readers, know that I’m serious and am planning on sticking around for a while. So, I started High Fever Books and set about rebranding those short stories that I felt fit under this horror banner, and launched Mass Hysteria. Broken Shells is up next, and there will be plenty more to follow!
High Fever Books is just getting started, but at some point in the future, I would most definitely consider releasing works from other authors. There’s no timetable for this, but frankly, I just don’t have the time and money to open my doors to others just yet. When I do it, I want to do it right, and that’s going to involve learning a lot about contracts and contract law and making sure I can offer authors a fair shake and a good reason to entrust me with their books.
GRYou have a number of short stories, novellas, and books, out there, plus a Kindle Worlds release. How did the Kindle World piece come about? Did they approach you? Have you seen more or less success compared with your other releases?
MPH: Back in 2016, Amazon approached author Nicholas Sansbury Smith about creating Kindle Worlds titles around his best-selling Extinction Cycle series. I’d read and reviewed a couple titles in Nick’s previous Orbs series, and he got in touch to thank me, then found out later that I was an author. He was, in fact, one of the first people to blurb my debut novel, Convergence, and we’ve been corresponding online for several years now. So, when Extinction Cycle got picked up for Kindle Worlds, he invited me to take part, we hammered it out with Amazon, and From the Ashes came out later that year. It’s been a wonderful experience for me, both personally and professionally. I’m honored Nick thought highly enough of me as a writer to bring me on board and trust me with his universe and his monsters. Professionally, it’s been among the most successful things I’ve written, and it allowed me to stretch my writerly muscles a bit and dig into military sci-fi/horror, so I definitely have no complaints! It was an awesome experience all around.
GR:  You just had a new baby recently, how’s that going? Any new routines in the writing schedule?
MPH: It’s going well, thanks! And our two-year-old loves being a big brother, so I think everyone is pretty happy, so long as we get the baby fed on time. With our first child, I was still able to maintain a fairly routine writing schedule, but having two kids has pretty well upended that beyond all repair or reason. My new writing routine is a “whenever, whenever” philosophy. I don’t find a lot of time to write at home anymore, and I work a full-time job, so I’ve bought a portable foldable keyboard and installed a writing app on my phone. I try to squeeze in my writing during my lunch break or before work, otherwise, life just gets too chaotic.
GR:  I first heard of you through Hunter Shea, I think a couple years back. I finally dug into your work at the end of last year with your piece, THE MARQUE. I’m late to the party, but I’m glad I made it. That story was fantastic. Sci-fi/western, I believe…at least, that’s the vibe I got. I quickly followed that with REVOLVER (an amazing piece). I think you have a bleak outlook on our future…  Is this something you feel or is it just fun for you to fuck with us?
MPH: Both! I maybe don’t have the sunniest disposition by nature, and I tend to gravitate toward darker, bleaker stories in general. Writing them just comes naturally, but I won’t deny that it is fun for me to fuck with people. And Hunter’s a great guy; I’m glad he convinced you to give my work a try.

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GR: On to your latest, BROKEN SHELLS. Another fine piece, sir. I read your blog post about the origins of this one, those car dealership “winning” tickets/games. I get those ALL the time. My kids try so hard to get me to call them. After reading BROKEN SHELLS, I’m glad I never have. What was your favorite part about writing this one?
MPH: The creatures! I love a good creature feature (and since you mentioned Hunter, I have to say, he’s one of my favorite creature feature authors out there right now; dude knows how to write a fun book!), and I wanted to do something that was gritty and monstrous. Once I figured out how to make them more monstrous than a car salesman, I found my in and got to work.
GRYour creatures were my favorite part of this one, too. They really steal the show. Loosely based on Native American folklore, was this a separate piece or idea at one time that just fit where you wanted the dealership story to go? (I loved the idea)
MPH: While BROKEN SHELLS was a creature feature right from the get-go, the folklore aspect of it all was a late development. I don’t think I really hammered out what these creatures were until the third or fourth draft. In the first draft, they were just kind of there, but I knew I had to do more to deepen their existence and give them a bit more definition. I was researching various hollow earth myths and once I came upon the Native American folklore, I thought that was something I might be able to use and twist around a bit.
GR: You’re a very versatile writer. The three works I’ve read from you are all over the map. Obviously, they all have a toe (or torso) in the horror realm. It’s got me wondering, what are five of your favorite books all-time? Any genre.
MPH: IT by Stephen King. DARKNESS, TAKE MY HAND by Dennis Lehane. TRANSMETROPOLITAN by Warren Ellis. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill. THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS by Frank Miller.
GR: We just lost a great in Jack Ketchum. Any of his works that really meant something special to you?
MPH: I’m loathed to admit it, but I actually haven’t read any of Ketchum’s work yet. I had been planning on fixing that this year, but now that we’ve lost him I feel a greater sense of urgency to explore his works and discover his voice. Seeing so many other authors speaking on his passing and what he meant to them as a friend or colleague, or as an author, or in writer’s who found him a source of inspiration in their own works, has been heartbreaking. He was clearly one helluva guy who meant a lot to so many. I definitely need to read his books and have OFF SEASON queued up on my Kindle as my first Ketchum.

(*Note–Michael has since read and reviewed OFF SEASON. You can check out his review HERE)
GRWhat books are you looking forward to in 2018?
MPH: GLIMPSE by Jonathan Maberry and OBSCURA by Joe Hart are at the top of my digital to-read pile right now. I’m dying to get my hands on the CLICKERS: FOREVER anthology from Thunderstorm Books! I’m also really excited to see what Flame Tree Press does when they launch in September. They’ll be publishing new titles from Hunter Shea and Jonathan Janz, so I’m eager to get my hands on both of those, and I’m curious to see what else they’ll be coming out with. While I want to catch up on a lot of the books I already have, I’m positive plenty of new releases will catch my eyes and tug on my wallet over the weeks and months ahead.
GR: Any news or links you want to share?
MPH: No news yet, aside from the release of BROKEN SHELLS on Feb. 6, but hopefully I’ll have some soon regarding a historical horror novella trilogy I’m hard at work on. You can stay tuned for news on that at my website, http://www.michaelpatrickhicks.com, or join my mailing list at http://eepurl.com/RmjWf and get news delivered straight to your inbox.
Thanks, Glenn!

GR: Thanks for stopping by the blog, Michael. Best of luck with BROKEN SHELLS.

 

BROKEN SHELLS by Michael Patrick Hicks

Antoine DeWitt is a man down on his luck. Broke and recently fired, he knows the winning Money Carlo ticket that has landed in his mailbox from a car dealership is nothing more than a scam. The promise of five thousand dollars, though, is too tantalizing to ignore.

Jon Dangle is a keeper of secrets, many of which are buried deep beneath his dealership. He works hard to keep them hidden, but occasionally sacrifices are required, sacrifices who are penniless, desperate, and who will not be missed. Sacrifices exactly like DeWitt.

When Antoine steps foot on Dangle’s car lot, it is with the hope of easy money. Instead, he finds himself trapped in a deep, dark hole, buried alive. If he is going to survive the nightmare ahead of him, if he has any chance of seeing his wife and child again, Antoine will have to do more than merely hope. He will have to fight his way back to the surface, and pray that Jon Dangle’s secrets do not kill him first.

 

Get your copy of BROKEN SHELLS HERE

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