SURVIVE WITH ME: 5 Questions with Kristin Dearborn

SURVIVE WITH ME features sixteen of my favorite writer buds. Each of them gave these stories to me for this charity anthology. ALL proceeds go to the American Indian College Fund. You can order your eBook or paperback copy HERE Or discover more about this wonderful cause here: AMERICAN INDIAN COLLEGE FUND

Tonight, we welcome someone from my neck of the woods, Kristin Dearborn. Kristin and I attended the same school together back in them 90s. She has been published by Dark Fuse, Raw Dog Screaming Press, Crossroad Press, and more. Her short fiction has appeared all over the place, and I’m proud to have her with us in SURVIVE WITH ME.

Kristin Dearborn

What inspired your story in SWM, “Mrs. Cleaver”?

“Mrs. Cleaver” was inspired in part by all the true crime podcasts that tell us about missing women, but in particular the podcast COLD, which details Susan Powell’s disappearance. Her story–or rather the story of her husband Josh (we know his end; Susan’s remains a mystery but I can’t imagine it’s good) is one of manipulation and a descent into a hellish marriage with a controlling partner. 

 What causes would you like to see get more attention?

An average of 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States — more than 12 million women and men over the course of a single year. As horror fans, we consume these stories as entertainment, but I think we have a responsibility to be aware of the reality behind the fiction. I love horror, and enjoy true crime, but would love to live in a world where it was all in the past or fiction. Intimate partner violence is one of the scariest things I can imagine: it’s a theme that reappears in my work, and I like to shed light on the reality behind it when I can.

 It’s been a bit since we’ve gotten a KD novel or novella. What’s coming from you in 2021-2022?

With Covid, the release schedule has gotten a little snarled up, but the next project coming from me is a rip-roaring creature feature about an airboat ride in the swamp gone terribly wrong called “The Amazing Alligator Girl.” This novella will be out from Bloodshot Books sometime next year and involves a lot of chemically enraged alligators.

 Your book, Woman in White, is awesome. What’s another legend you’d love to write about?

As for legends, I’m a sucker for cryptids. I’m working on shopping a novel featuring the Skunk Ape AKA Florida bigfoot. I dream of someday writing a yeti book set in the Himalayas, but the right story hasn’t come to me yet. Did you know Aleister Crowley attempted to summit K2 in 1902? There’s gotta be a yeti story in there somewhere!

 What are three things that warmed your heart in 2020?

Three things that warmed my heart in 2020:

Getting to spend more time with my favorite dog friend Tali as I spent more time at home.

Helping clients at my day job (I’m a financial advisor) weather the ups and downs of the 2020 stock market.

Watching my in-person community shift to a virtual one with very little loss of impact. It’s not impacted my monthly book club, has enhanced my weekly Dungeons and Dragons game, and helped my weekly business networking meeting!

Discover more about Kristin at her website: HERE

Survive With Me: 5 Questions with Lucas Mangum & Hunter Shea

SURVIVE WITH ME features sixteen of my favorite writer buds. Each of them gave these stories to me for this charity anthology. ALL proceeds go to the American Indian College Fund. You can order your eBook or paperback copy HERE Or discover more about this wonderful cause here: AMERICAN INDIAN COLLEGE FUND

Tonight, we welcome two more contributors and authors I consider friends. Lucas Mangum and I met at World Horror Con in Portland, Oregon back in 2014. We were just two fresh faced weirdos that felt out of place among hallways walked by such giants as Jack Ketchum, Gord Rollo, Wrath James White, and the recipient of that years Bram Stoker Awards Grandmaster of Horror Award, Brian Keene. Here we are six years later, and I’m happy to see the success Lucas has is having with his works, and to have him included in this anthology.

Hunter Shea is a man that needs no introduction… but he’s one of the people in this industry I’ve spoken with the most, so I have to say something. He’s such a cool, laid back dude, and he knows his hair metal! (Tesla, man.) Hunter has written tons of great monster books for publishers big and small. I’m grateful to have his new story included here. I’m also grateful for his friendship and his advice whenever I seek it out.

So, let’s talk to the boys…

Lucas Mangum

What inspired your story in SWM, “The Hand of Violence”?

I always wanted to write a proper slasher, and I thought SWM’s theme was perfect for that. As far as the narrative itself, I think my best short stories tend to be as fast-paced as possible. We all know the slasher genre and its tropes, so I set it during the final showdown and used  brief glimpses of backstory to show what made my story different.

What causes do wish would get more attention?

I don’t have a specific charity in mind, but anything that addresses mental health is going to have my support provided it’s run by honest people. I’ve stayed in a psych ward, and I’ve been on more meds than I can remember. And I know there are people out there with struggles even more frightening than mine. We need the resources to find help when we look for it, so I’m all for anything that helps in that department. 

Who are some of the authors you’ve interacted with that have helped you out the most?

I’ve had a lot of writers help me over the last ten years. Most recently, I’ve gotten a lot of support from Max Booth III, Autumn Christian, Ryan Harding, Shane McKenzie, Wesley Southard, and Wile E. Young.

How do you work your writing around family and your day job?

I’m very fortunate right now, because I work part time. I do a lot of my writing in the morning before my kid gets up and some more before I go to bed. Throughout the day, I just get it in where I can.

Give me three things that made you laugh this week.

Three things? Let’s see… first, a line I wrote in my collaboration with Wesley Southard that I won’t spoil here. Second, the many twists and turns of the Fritz Lang movie, Scarlet Street. Last, pretty much anything that comes out of my four-year-old’s mouth is comedy gold. When he counts to twenty, he almost always skips thirteen. Not sure what that’s about, but it makes me wonder if triskaidekaphobia can be innate.

Hunter Shea

What inspired your story in SWM, “Into the Night”?

 I love all things alien and abductions. I’ve written several other abduction stories in the past but they’ve never seen the light of day.  This was an opportunity to explore the true horror of the alien abduction experience, but with a little tongue in the ol cheek. Not to mention, I know we share this particular interest, so it only seemed right. 

What cause do you wish would get some more attention?

My wife and one daughter both suffer from a rare auto immune disease called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. Depending on the type of you have, it can be either mildly irritating to life threatening. It has some similarities to lupus, and some people, like my wife, have both. I remember coming across doctors who had never heard of it, but that’s starting to change. More research needs to go into treating and possibly curing this disease. Unfortunately, I don’t think enough people have it (thank God) for it to warrant the time and money that will take. 

When are we gonna get a Bigfoot v. Mothman book from you?

 First, I have to write a Mothman book. I have about five story ideas for a Mothman story. One of these days, I’ll settle on one. 

I loved your novella, The Waiting. Are there any novellas in the works?

Thanks Glenn. I’m actually looking to get that back out soon. I’m currently working on a new bigfoot book for Severed Press that should be out in 2021. It’s going to be a ton of fun. 

Give me three movies that people might be surprised to find out you love.

OK, I guess it would be She’s the One, Bring it On and True Love (not to be confused with True Romance). 

Survive With Me: 5 Questions with the great Ronald Malfi

SURVIVE WITH ME features 16 of my favorite writer buds. Each of them gave these stories to me for this charity anthology. ALL proceeds go to the American Indian College Fund. You can order your eBook or paperback copy HERE Or discover more about this wonderful cause here: AMERICAN INDIAN COLLEGE FUND

Tonight, we welcome one of my very favorite authors in the horror business. Three of his novels are contenders in my all-time Top 10 list (Bone White, Floating Staircase, The Narrows) and the rest are just as stellar. When he’s not writing, you can also find him rocking out with his band, VEER. He’s also one of the nicest, coolest dudes to have a beer with. Bone White is in the works at Amazon, so he’ll be adding movies/tv to his already impressive resume. Let’s catch up with Mr. Ronald Malfi.

Ronald Malfi

What inspired your story in SWM, “Discussions Concerning the Ingestion of Living Insects” and its crazy title?

I wrote “Discussions Concerning the Ingestion of Living Insects” for a Raw Dog Screaming anthology called Sick: An Anthology of Illness, back in 2003 or so. In hindsight, it was sort of shoehorned into that anthology because it has nothing to do with illness and everything to do with survival, which makes it a nice fit for Survive With Me, of course. The main protag is laid up in bed, in an abandoned hospital during some nameless war, reliving the terrible deed that wound him up in that place. Unlike his dead compatriots, he refuses to surrender to death, so he continues to survive in a very unorthodox and stomach-churning way. I mean, the title of the story kinda says it all, right?

What other causes would you like see get some more attention?

We live in a time of causes, and that’s good, although some remain overlooked while others have become part of the fabric of our culture. I’ll twist your question to suit my response here, which is that I commend you for choosing to benefit Native American education, because I feel that is a cause wholly overlooked. 

You do winter horror/thrillers so well (Snow, The Ascent, Bone White), what is about that setting that gets your juices flowing?

I mean, the winter is just so suitable for horror, no? The cold, the desiccation, the bleakness of it all. Plus, what better time to read? A good book, a glass of scotch, and a roaring fire–is there anything better?

You love to rock. What does 2021 hold for VEER?

As you can imagine, COVID crushed the band’s ability to tour and play live. Our last show was in January, which seems like a century ago now, before all this madness hit us. However, we’ve been blessed with excellent fans who continue to support us, purchasing T-shirts, CDs, and all manner of merch from our website, veerband.net, to keep us afloat during this time. Meanwhile, we’ve been recording new music for our sophomore album, and will be releasing a new single and music video very soon. We’d love for anyone to subscribe to our YouTube channel, where we’ll be releasing new material, included a behind-the-scenes web series, which will mostly be us arguing, I imagine. (YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrghUCsCW3xCBKjOvz_KbKw )

Give me three songs you’d be willing to do at karaoke that might surprise people. 

Excellent question. Maybe not complete surprises, but:

    1) “The Warrior” by Scandal

    2) “Round Here” by Counting Crows

    3) “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper

    4) “Mysterious Ways” by U2

    5) “A Nightmare on My Street” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince

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SURVIVE WITH ME: 5 Questions with Chris Sorensen

SURVIVE WITH ME features 16 of my favorite writer buds. Each of them gave these stories to me for this charity anthology. ALL proceeds go to the American Indian College Fund. You can order your eBook or paperback copy HERE Or discover more about this wonderful cause here: AMERICAN INDIAN COLLEGE FUND

Today, we welcome Chris Sorensen! Chris is a voice performer doing tons of audio books, and he’s also the author of The Messy Man trilogy! He’s a great and positive dude and we’re happy to feature him in this special anthology.

Chris Sorensen

What inspired your story in SWM, “Laney”?

There’s a stretch of highway here in northern New Jersey where the shoulder falls off into a ravine. Whenever I pass the spot, I get a mental flash of a car veering off the road and tumbling down, down, down. And for whatever reason, I know that what just happened was deliberate. In “Laney,” I wanted to spend time with a character who had to survive their abuser not only in life but in death.

What are some other causes you think deserve some more attention?

My folks were both teachers. My mom had a special education class, so I was around kids with special needs my whole childhood. One of the great sources of pride for the community is the Special Olympics. And I know this answer has the word ‘special’ in it way too many times, but the Special Olympics is a cause that I find truly special.

You’re the author of The Messy Man trilogy. Was the idea it to always be multiple books? Or did it grow into that organically?

The Nightmare Room was a retooling of an idea I first developed as a screenplay. By the time I finished the first draft of the book, I was pretty certain that I wanted to continue the story. And by the time I released it, I had mapped out the plot for The Hungry Ones. Book 3, The Messy Man, was a combo of me wanting to get to know the character Ellen Marx a bit better as well as tying together a bunch of loose threads I had left for myself in Books 1 and 2.

As an audio performer, what are the best parts and hardest parts of that particular job?

Best things about being an audiobook narrator: I read tons of books I wouldn’t normally read, I work from home (in my own little nightmare room of a studio) and I get to choose my own hours. The hardest part: I’m dyslexic and reading aloud will always take 50% more effort for me than the next person (even after recording over 250 titles).

Give me three things that make you want to buy someone a beer?

I’ll buy you a beer if…

1. You’ve just performed your heart out. 2. I’ve missed you.

3. You ask.

SURVIVE WITH ME: 5 Questions with Brian Moreland

SURVIVE WITH ME features 16 of my favorite writer buds. Each of them gave these stories to me for this charity anthology. ALL proceeds go to the American Indian College Fund. You can order your eBook or paperback copy HERE Or discover more about this wonderful cause here: AMERICAN INDIAN COLLEGE FUND

Today, I’m talking with my fellow Flame Tree Press stablemate, Brian Moreland! Check out Brian’s latest, TOMB OF GODS, and he also wrote my favorite novella of all-time, DARKNESS RISING.

Brian Moreland

1.What inspired your story in SWM, “Abby’s Best Role” ?

My love of horror movies and especially strong leading heroines who don’t back down from monsters. I enjoyed 70’s exploitation horror, like I Spit on Your Grave and Ms. 45, as well as the slashers and monster flicks of the 80s. My story “Abby’s Best Role” is about a final girl who strives to defy stereotypes, while also trying to stay alive. She’s an actress who finds herself in a terrifying role she’s prepared her life for.

  1. What other cause do you think deserves more attention?

I’m very proud to have contributed to an anthology that donates to the American Indian College Fund. My niece is half Chickasaw, and a similar college fund helped her with tuition and books. It makes such a difference. Another cause I’m fond of is Books for Soldiers (http://booksforsoldiers.com/). Years ago, I got the opportunity to travel to Kuwait and Iraq with the USO on two separate trips. Each time, I spent a week in Baghdad on the military base. I got to dine with the soldiers and see how they worked and served our country so far away from home. I donated one of my novels to their base library and later was happy to see that you can donate books to their charity. Then Books for Soldiers ships boxes to wherever soldiers are stationed.

  1. A lot of your books have that historical element. if we had the capability, what’s one historic moment you’d like to be present at?

I was born in 1968, so I missed the hippy movement of the late 1960s and early ‘70s. I’ve always been fascinated with the hippy movement. If I could time travel back, I would take a road trip in a VW van with a bunch of friends and travel across the United States. We would stay at communes and camp out wherever the road takes us. We would avoid the area where the Texas Chainsaw Massacre happened, of course, and stay out of the desert regions of New Mexico where the Hills Have Eyes. We’d catch a Doors concert along the way. Our free-spirited road trip would culminate at Woodstock where we’d jam to Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin and many others who made that moment so historical. I’ve written about that time period before and would love to revisit it again. In my short story “Girl from the Blood Coven” I wrote a supernatural mystery about a fictional hippy commune in Texas that turned murderous, inspired by the Manson Family. The back story from my “Girl from the Blood Coven” sets up the horrors in my novella The Witching House.

  1. What’s the most fun you ever had with another writer?

There have been so many instances, it’s hard to pick one. I’d say it’s the multi-author book signings I’ve done at various horror conventions, especially back in our days when Samhain Publishing sponsored several horror cons a year. World Horror Con in Austin, HorrorFind in Gettysburg, Horror Hound in Cincinnati and Indianapolis, and Killercon in Vegas stand out as some of the best times. It was a blast spending a weekend with fellow horror authors and autographing books alongside them. Then we’d go out to dinner afterward and visit over food and drinks until midnight. I enjoyed the laughter and camaraderie and made some dear friends.

  1. Texas gets a rough rep sometimes. Give me three things about the state that you consider beautiful.

Texas is so vast that we have a variety of beauty from the evergreen forests of East Texas to the hill country around Austin to the beaches of Galveston and South Padre.

The women are absolutely beautiful.

Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes grow wild here and offer a floral sea of colors when you drive down a highway or rural road.

Survive With Me: 5 Questions with Somer Canon

SURVIVE WITH ME features 16 of my favorite writer buds. Each of them gave these stories to me for this charity anthology. ALL proceeds go to the American Indian College Fund. You can order your eBook or paperback copy HERE Or discover more about this wonderful cause here: AMERICAN INDIAN COLLEGE FUND

I’m asking each contributing author 5 questions as part of the promotion for the book. Today, I am so happy to welcome one of my former Samhain Publishing stablemates, Ms. Somer Canon. She’s the author of Vicki Beautiful, Killer Chronicles, and her latest, Slaves to Gravity (with Wesley Southard).

Somer Canon

What inspired your story in SWM, “Sick Burn”?

My story is about a parent reacting to a rebellious teenager and her bad, horrible decisions.  Right now, I’m the parent of a brand new 13 year-old teenager, and although we’re having our moments that come along with that, my son is a very good boy and I can’t complain.  No, my inspiration came from my reflections on what I was like as a teenager and some of the hell I put my poor mother through.  This story is my current self reacting to my teenaged self, and it’s not a pretty confrontation.  

What other causes do you think deserve more attention?

I love that we’re donating to a Native American cause because I think that the plight of the Native tribes gets overlooked.  The problem is, we have so many groups in need in this country.  As a first world country, how is that?  We need to be better about taking care of our own, no matter the categories under which they fall.  I’m happy to donate both my words and my money to these causes, but I can’t help but wish that there weren’t a need for it.  Animals, women, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, children, elderly, minorities, the Native American people, veterans, the differently abled, those living with terminal illnesses…there are so many causes that need our attention and the mercy of our higher selves and I’d urge anyone reading this to consider looking into charities to support because every little bit helps.

You have your own podcast. What are some podcasts that you love horror and maybe non horror?

I really like horror podcasts that deal with introducing the listener to horror creatives.  I loved The Horror Show with Brian Keene (RIP), but I also really like Arm Cast Podcast, which doesn’t rely solely on horror creators, but you are introduced to creators you might otherwise not have known.  I like the Ink Heist a lot for the same reasons.  I really love Cosmic Shenanigans because it’s a horror podcast that takes an intellectual look at the cosmic horror genre and I’ve been introduced to the genre in many different iterations like movies, and video games.  I think the only story-based horror (and it’s more bizarre/comedy than horror) is welcome to Night Vale, which has some of the most imaginative storytelling out there.  I listen to a lot of comedy, history and true crime podcasts because they help to take the edge off of every day drudges for me.  I love Unobscured, You Must Remember This, My Favorite Murder, Historical Blindness, History goes Bump, and Myths and Legends.

What was the last movie or tv show that made you cry? 

The Good Place made me bawl my freaking eyes out once or twice when I binged it recently.  

Name three things, big or small, that have happened during Covid 19 that made you feel hopeful.

The staying at home thing has been really hard, socially speaking, for a lot of people.  But hearing those same people, who are very much struggling mentally, say that they wouldn’t dream of possibly infecting another person really made me remember to look for the good in people.  When the people behaving badly are sucking up all of the attention, it did me good to see the people in the back, the quiet ones, retaining a semblance of altruistic humanity that, for some reason, doesn’t make the headlines like it should.

My Adventures in Patreon: Year One

It hasn’t quite been a year yet but close enough.

Patronage has fluctuated a bit since starting up, but we seem to be at a happy spot.

My goal was to get up to 25 patrons, but we haven’t gotten there yet. And that’s okay. I like the gang we do have.

I wanted to supply some strong content for you guys. I hope I have. I wanted to produce a new short story each month. Out of 10 months, I managed 8 stories. Not too bad considering I had to write and finish a new novel for my new publisher within a 3 month window  (Until Summer Comes Around will land on your bookshelves this May!).

I started a serial novel (Bring Me to Life) for my $5 patrons, and I managed three chapters.  We have plenty more on the way!

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And I tried to give you some insight into the way I do my thing. I hope some of that writing advice helped you out in some way.

A number of patrons received signed print copies of the pre-Poltergeist Press edition  of Blood and Rain, and those of you that have stuck it out with me for the majority of this thing will be receiving what I hope is an annual thing, my short fiction collection Nocturnal Pursuits.  This collection is just for you guys (although some people managed to nab a copy while I had it up on Amazon for a quick minute). The book features all 8 of the stories from the Get Rolfed Patreon Short Story Series (“Hollowed”, “What’s My Again”, “Molly”, “Something in the Water”, “Orson’s Gas n ‘ Go”, “Bag Lunch”, “Everett”, “Gone Away” ) Plus, I tossed in some extras (“Master of Beyond”, “In the Basement of the Amazing Alex Cucumber”, “You Can Have it All Back”, and “Out of Range”).  The book came out pretty well. I finally learned how to properly format a print book, so that was good! And using he Amazon cover creator was a really nice experience, as well.

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For those of you NOT subscribing to my Patreon page, I am planning a wide release of the official (and bigger/better edited) edition of Nocturnal Pursuits probably sometime late 2020 or early 2021.

Overall, I feel like it was a successful first year.

For $5 a month, most of my patrons received at least one free signed paperback (Blood and Rain) and will be adding this exclusive signed paperback copy of Nocturnal Pursuits. They also receive the free short stories in eBook form with exclusive covers that I’ve created. 🙂

O yeah! and  we did a giveaway for Patrons only. One of you won a copy of the Thunderstorm Books hardcover Exclusive of  The Window !!!

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The goals for 2020 remain the same: one new story per month. No less than one new chapter of the serial novel. A new piece on writing at least every other month, and more behind the scenes (early cover reveals, early rough draft chapters of works in progress-that sort of thing).  I’d love to do a live q and A session sometime this year, but well see.

What’s on the horizon for $5 patrons in 2020:

  • Signed print edition of my next novel, Until Summer Comes Around
  • Signed print edition of the novel after that, Ascension Agenda (hopefully we get this one finished for a fall release)
  • Plus, we’ll be doing at least 2 giveaways for 1) a hardcover edition of Until Summer Comes Around and 2) another special edition hardcover  I haven’t announced yet.
  • Signed EXCLUSIVE print edition of short fiction collection #2

For those of you considering joining, here are the tiers and what they entail

Welcome Aboard!
$1 or more per month
  • Access to bi-monthly personal essays offering writing advice
  • Behind the scenes looks at works in progress
  • Early cover reveals
Join $1 Tier
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$2 or more per month
  • One free short story per month
  • Access to bi-monthly personal essays offering writing advice
  • Behind the scenes looks at works in progress
  • Early cover reveals
Join $2 Tier
Oh, Snap!
$5 or more per month
  • For as long as you are a current Patron, you will receive free ebook copies of all new releases.
  • A free signed copy of all new paperbacks (US & CA only and excluding re-releases)
  • Access to my serial novel,  BRING ME TO LIFE
  • All the benefits of EASY ACCESS tier

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If you want to sign up go to the page: Get Rolfed Patreon 

Thanks to all of you guys that joined, thanks to all of you that are still there, and thank you to any of you considering joining.

Bring on 2020!

 

A Closer Look into the World of Jackson R. Thomas

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Last summer, I kicked off the next phase of my publishing company, ALIEN AGENDA PUBLISHING.  We decided to go with a summer package featuring re-releases of novels by Mick Ridgewell (The Nightcrawler) and David Bernstein (Skinner), and introduced Jackson R. Thomas.  The “Summer of Horror” kicked off with The Beast of Brenton Woods, a fast and ferocious short novel about a legend known in the town of Coopers Mills as “The White Wolf”.

That book was a big hit for AAP, and we sold the audio rights to the fine folks at Tantor Media (with a fine vocal performance from Joe Hempel).  That audio edition is available now (To order, click HERE)

To get to know Mr. Thomas a bit better, check out the rare interview he did with House of 1000 Books

11 Questions with Jackson R. Thomas Author of Paradise, Maine

 

And that brings us to the latest offering: Paradise, Maine

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“A short, entertaining read for fans of Edward Lee and Jack Ketchum’s Dead River series.” – Jack Bantry, Splatterpunk Zine and author of The Lucky Ones Died First

“Thomas brings the goods and packs them into bite size zip-lock freezer bags, making sure to keep the horror fresh on every page! A must read.” – Kendall Reviews 

 

This one just came out last month. If you’re into splatterpunk, check it out.

Word on the street is you have two new Thomas books to keep and eye out for coming…/

RISE (the sequel to The Beast of Brenton Woods-coming late 2019 from Alien Agenda Publishing)

and IT CAME FROM THE LAKE    (TBA, 2020)

 

 

Bio:

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Jackson R. Thomas has lived in Colorado, New York, and now resides in Coopers Mills, Maine with his cat, Gizmo.

He loathes social media, and has worked as a janitor, fast-food slave, record store clerk, and night auditor at an unnamed hotel on Route 1.

He loves horror books, horror films, and the band, Ministry.

 

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Some legends never die….

The White Wolf, the Beast of Brenton Woods, a legendary creature said to walk like a man. When the full moon rises, it will feast.

Unseen for years, truth has turned to rumor, mere folklore. Until something lures the monster from exile, calling it home.
For Tyler and Ben, a firsthand encounter leads to an exploration of the forbidden depths of Brenton woods, and for Ben, the discovery of a family secret.

When Wendy and her friends hangout in the abandoned cabin is compromised, the hunt begins. The target of a creature’s desire, Wendy is hearing whispers in the night, finding footprints outside her window, and can’t shake the dreadful feeling that something is waiting for her.

Deputy Kathy Wilcox understands the disturbances, the shredded carcasses, and the growing list of missing persons in town are connected to something larger than life. Will her acceptance of the legend end in tragedy?

There’s a full moon above, the night is coming down, and blood is about to run.

 

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They needed a place to get away from it all… they’ll never be coming back.

When Darren and Vanis set out to free themselves from life’s anxieties and rekindle their relationship, a trip to the beautiful Maine coast sounds perfect.

The breathtaking views and gorgeous cabin seem like another world. One to get lost in and from which they never want to return. But something has an eye on them…

For Zebulun Ayers, a trip to connect with nature is far more than he ever saw on Man vs. Wild or any other reality TV show. This is the real wild life.

Paradise, Maine is home to a monster rarely seen and one never mentioned, even among locals. The Watcher is waiting.

2018: For real?

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Wow, where did this year go?

As I’m looking over notes and posts, this year was freaking strange. I put out my second short story collection, LAND OF BONES, back in February. That feels more like two years ago.  Is that even possible?

Two anthologies I landed stories in won awards!  SPLATTERPUNK FIGHTING BACK won the Best Anthology (of 2017) from the first annual Splatterpunk Awards. My short story, “Molly,” was also nominated. And WELCOME TO THE SHOW won Best Anthology this year from the first annual Indie Horror Book Awards!  LAND OF BONES garnered an Honorable Mention in the Best Collection category.

Somewhere in all this madness I attended STOKER CON in Providence, RI (great times and bad times), and made it to and from SCARES THAT CARE 5 in Williamsburg, VA (oh, my wife’s poor car).

I did a successful book signing for LAND OF BONES at Barnes & Noble. They treat me good.

And did I mention Alien Agenda Publishing?

I put out three books- THE BEAST OF BRENTON WOODS  by Jackson R. Thomas, THE NIGHTCRAWLER by Mick Ridgewell, and SKINNER by David Bernstein.  It was an experiment to see if I could handle publishing properly. It’s only been six months since BEAST came out, but I’d definitely say it was a worthy trial run.  Ridgewell and Bernstein were re-releases, I love both books, so I’m still trying to figure out how to move them, but BEAST has been a surprising hit.   Overall, I fell pretty short of my own expectations as a publisher, but it’s a learning experience and one that I’ll continue to grind away on.

I am working on AAP first official charity anthology SURVIVE WITH ME and aiming for a second half of 2019 release. LOTS of cool authors are in, so I cannot wait to get this thing done and done right. We’ll be having Zach McCain doing the cover early next year, so I’ll share more info as we have deals in place.

Zach also did the cover for my first ever hardcover book (A BOX FULL OF MONSTERS, Thunderstorm Books), which I forget also came out (and sold out) this year… man, it truly feels like I crammed two or three years of writing projects into 2018!

And in September, I managed to put out my 4th novel, THE WINDOW. It has received some great reviews and seems to be a hit.  I’ll be continuing the blog tour (#TheWindowWorldTour) well into the new year.

Finally, here in December, I’m also happy to report that I have a verbal agreement in place with a new publisher for ASCENCION AGENDA (my follow-up to BOOM TOWN) as well as an exclusive e-Book re-release of my werewolf novel, BLOOD AND RAIN, and special edition of THE WINDOW.

The most exciting writing related thing of 2018? For me, it was this week’s completion of my very first outline… but that is for another post.

Thanks for all the support. Looking forward to a great 2019. All the covers below are links to each book. Feel free to do a little holiday shopping!

Until next time…

Stay tuned and stay positive!

-GR

 

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