#BadMoonRising: The Resurrectionists (The Salem Hawley Series #1) by Michael Patrick Hicks #horror #occult

I’ve read several books by today’s author, and he can take you to some dark, uncomfortable places.  And that’s just one of the reasons I enjoy his books so much.  Somehow I missed his newest release – not sure how with such a stunning cover – but it’s going in my TBR.  Welcome Michael Patrick Hicks!

Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?

I’m not much of a believer in the supernatural, so walking through a (supposedly) haunted graveyard doesn’t seem like too big of a chore to me! If I had to spend the night in an abandoned house, I’d be more worried about my lack of a wi-fi or cell phone signal. I figure if I just have to talk a quick walk, that’s not much of a biggie, and I can go home and sleep in my own bed.

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf? 

Vampire! I’m not a fan of shopping for new clothes and don’t want to risk ruining my favorite outfits. Plus, I’m not a big fan of losing control and being amnesiac (or worse, remembering what I did as a werewolf). Vamping out seems relatively easy, right? I get to sleep all day. Cool cool.

Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?

X-Files! I love Ghostbusters, don’t get me wrong, but I’d love nothing more than to team up with Mulder and Scully. I’d probably side with her more often than not, but I would absolutely relish each and every crazy theory and conspiracy Mulder comes up with.

If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?

Alaska! My wife and I took an Alaskan cruise for our anniversary some time ago, and I’ve been itching to get back there. It’s such a beautiful region, and I’m a big fan of arctic terror, so this one’s a no-brainer for me. Put me in view of the mountains and glaciers, let me go wild with an Alaskan-set creature feature, and I’m in heaven!

What is your favorite cover of all your books?  Why?

My favorite is easily the cover Kealan Patrick Burke put together for The Resurrectionists. I love the tone it sets and the imagery is absolutely fantastic. I didn’t have much of a conception for what the cover should be, but as soon as Kealan sent me his first swing at the artwork, I was completely blown away. I don’t have any art prints of my covers, but this is one that I absolutely need to get printed and framed.

What are you working on now?

A few things, actually! I’m working on a short story for submission to an upcoming anthology, getting the drafts for books two and three in the Salem Hawley series ready for editing, as well as writing a new full-length novel that’s occupied my thoughts for a few years now. After committing a violent crime, a small group of robbers find themselves lost in the haunted woods of Northern Michigan. They’re pursued by not just the police but the ghosts of the past. It’s got a bit of police procedural elements to it, along with some occultism and, hopefully, some good scares! Like The Resurrectionists, it’s actually based on some real-life incidents that occurred in Michigan and a few local urban legends. At the time of this writing, I’m about 20,000 words into it, and I feel like I’ve got a long ways to go before I hit the head. There’s a lot of ground to cover in this one.

Having won his emancipation after fighting on the side of the colonies during the American Revolution, Salem Hawley is a free man. Only a handful of years after the end of British rule, Hawley finds himself drawn into a new war unlike anything he has ever seen.

New York City is on the cusp of a new revolution as the science of medicine advances, but procuring bodies for study is still illegal. Bands of resurrectionists are stealing corpses from New York cemeteries, and women of the night are disappearing from the streets, only to meet grisly ends elsewhere.



After a friend’s family is robbed from their graves, Hawley is compelled to fight back against the wave of exhumations plaguing the Black cemetery. Little does he know, the theft of bodies is key to far darker arts being performed by the resurrectionists. If successful, the work of these occultists could spell the end of the fledgling American Experiment… and the world itself.



The Resurrectionists, the first book in the Salem Hawley series, is a novella of historical cosmic horror from the author of Broken Shells and Mass Hysteria.

The Resurrectionists is a stunning achievement ─ an effective historical novel AND a brutal horror story. Salem Hawley is a fantastic protagonist I look forward to following in future stories.” – John Hornor Jacobs, author of The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky: A Novella of Cosmic Horror

“Gritty, grand and grotesque, The Resurrectionists is a mind-bending, Lovecraftian myth set in the murky underbelly of post-Revolutionary War Manhattan. It played out in my imagination in a palette of reds and browns like a lush Hammer horror film. Salem Hawley is a riveting avenger, and I’m eager to follow him on further macabre adventures.” – Chris Sorensen, author of The Nightmare Room

“As terrifying and action-packed as a slasher flick, but also saturated with literary merit at its core, exploring social issues like racism, classism, and the ramifications of medical experimentation. It was such a fun, provocative read. I can’t wait to see what direction he steers the plot in the second book.” – Jeremy Hepler, Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of The Boulevard Monster 

Purchase Link 

Buy The Resurrectionists or read in Kindle Unlimited at https://www.amazon.com/Resurrectionists-Salem-Hawley-Book-ebook/dp/B07S3RWLKN

 Bio and Social Media

MICHAEL PATRICK HICKS is the author of Broken Shells: A Subterranean Horror Novella, Mass Hysteria, an Audiobook Listeners Choice Awards Horror Finalist, and Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Finalist. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers.

In addition to his own works of original fiction, he has written for the online publications Audiobook Reviewer and Graphic Novel Reporter, and has previously worked as a freelance journalist and news photographer in Metro Detroit.

Michael lives in Michigan with his wife and two children. 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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#BadMoonRising: Hood Academy by Shelley Wilson #YA #horror #paranormal

What’s Halloween without a few werewolf sightings, am I right?  I had an ARC of this book a couple months ago, and it had been several years since I’d read werewolves.  This author put a fresh spin on it, using a scientific perspective I’d never come across in other books.  She’s disappointed at having to choose between a haunted graveyard or a haunted house, and also mentions one of my favorite movies, Lost Boys.  Welcome Shelley Wilson!

Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted abandoned house?

I’m going to sulk that I’m not allowed to say both. Trooping through a haunted graveyard to get to the abandoned house would be my idea of a fun night out if I’m honest. My family and friends think I’m a bit weird when it comes to this stuff, but the supernatural world fascinates me. Okay, if you’re going to make me choose I’ll go with the haunted graveyard. There’s something incredibly peaceful about cemeteries (whether they’re haunted or not!) and I spend a lot of time visiting various churchyards here in the UK. I’ve always wanted to see a ghost, so I’d be delighted if my graveyard of choice was teeming with spectres. A hotel I used to work at in Warwickshire, England was allegedly haunted. The duty manager woke up to find a ghostly nun sitting on the end of her bed, and when I showed guests around some of them would sense the spirits. I, unfortunately, never got to meet any of the resident ghosts but can you imagine the stories they could tell us.

Would you rather be a vampire of a werewolf?

My answer may seem odd given that my latest book is a werewolf novel, but I would have to go with a vampire for this question. I’ve been obsessed with vampires since I watched the Lost Boys as a kid in the 80s. It’s still my absolute favourite film of all time – and what about that soundtrack! Buffy the Vampire Slayer got me through a turbulent time in my life, and so she (and Angel, obvs) also hold a special place in my heart. There’s something mysterious, cold, and sensual about vampires and I find that interesting. I’ve always said I wouldn’t write a vampire book because I didn’t want to get it wrong, which is how I was drawn to write Hood Academy featuring werewolves. However, I’ve had a rather compelling character dancing around in my peripheral vision for a while, and I know she’s a vamp – so watch this space.

Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?

X-Files all the way! I adored that show and loved Mulder and Scully’s relationship. There’s no way we can be alone in the universe, and to be on the team that uncovered alien life would be awesome. Although, I recently saw a meme that made me chuckle – ‘The proof that we are not alone in the universe is the fact that the aliens have stayed away from us.’ Yep, if they’ve got any sense they’ll keep themselves safe in their spaceships and avoid this crazy planet.

If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?

I love visiting the places I use as settings for my books as it brings everything to life for me. Hood Academy is set in Nottingham, England, which is a place I’ve always loved because of my fascination with Robin Hood. I’ve just finished a YA book based in Northumberland in 866AD (Vikings) and took a weekend trip to the area so I could stand and look out across the North Sea in the shoes of my main character.

If I were to move anywhere in the world and base a book on that area it would have to be New Orleans. This is somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit, and more importantly, somewhere I WILL be visiting next year when I head to Mardi Gras in February. I’ll be doing plenty of exploring – who knows; I might find that book idea while I’m over there. I’m sure you’ll have guessed by now that the theme would be vampires, voodoo, and the supernatural.

What is your favourite cover of all your books? Why?

I’m incredibly fortunate that my design team are phenomenal when it comes to book covers. I’ve squealed at every single one they’ve sent me over the years. However, the wrap cover for Hood Academy made me cry – happy tears! Initially, this book was two separate novels (Oath Breaker and Oath Keeper), and each had a beautiful cover. We decided to combine the two under one title and re-release in hardback, paperback, and eBook which meant we also had a new cover concept. The haunting image on the front perfectly represents the story, but on the wrap cover you get to see an image of Mia (the main character), and she is exactly as I pictured her in my head as I was writing. Readers who have read the first part of this book told me the new cover was exactly as they imagined Hood Academy to be. Yes, Hood Academy is my favourite cover – so far.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters of the opposite sex?

This is an interesting question, as I’ve seen so many posts in writing groups recently with examples of people getting it wrong. Predominantly they were of men trying to write about women – with hilarious consequences in some instances. Now, before you all jump onto the comments and tell me off for such a controversial statement, I must stress that these were extreme examples. Men will never understand women, just like women will never understand men – there’s an entire self-help shelf in Waterstones on this exact topic!

For my part, I’ve been a single mum for fifteen years without a partner. I literally can’t remember what it feels like to have a man around, so I’ve got no point of reference, and this is where I struggle. That old adage ‘write about what you know’ is fine if you can follow your partner around with a notebook! My young adult novels are aimed at 13+ girls (something I have experience of being and having), so my books always centre on a female protagonist. Fortunately, I have three kids – two boys and a daughter. They are all between 17 and 21, so I can use them as a guide for how young adults act and how they speak. Without looking like a weird stalker mum I’ve observed my sons’ friends when they’ve been over to see how they interact with each other and, more importantly, how they talk. This has helped me understand the opposite sex from the perspective of my novels.

Where I struggle the most is writing about romantic relationships. As I write for a young audience my books contain PG snogging at most, and I even had to check with my editor that I was getting that right! I’m reasonably sure I’ll be single forever, so any chance of researching the opposite sex is out of the question, but if I steer away from writing romance, then I should be okay. Besides, I much prefer writing about werewolves ripping out throats, Viking armies decimating their enemies, or demon attacks!

Nestled deep within the forest lies a mysterious school dedicated to wiping out the werewolf population. But where exactly do werewolves come from? And why are children not bitten by a werewolf turning?

Mia is about to discover the answers to these questions and more. When fifteen-year-old Mia’s father is murdered, it’s her estranged uncle that comes to the rescue—but what he offers her in return for his help could be worse than the life she’s leaving behind. Taken to Hood Academy, a unique school deep in the forest, she discovers friendships, love, the courage to stand on her own…and werewolves.

Is Mia destined to become one of the pack or will she be the hunter chosen to destroy them? This unique twist on the origins of werewolves and werewolf hunters will grab readers by the throat as they are drawn alongside Mia into a dark and mysterious world as she quests to discover her true identify. 

Purchase Links

Amazon US
Amazon UK
https://www.bhcpress.com/Books_Wilson_Hood_Academy.html

Bio

Shelley is an English author of motivational self-help titles and young adult fantasy fiction. Her practical side writes non-fiction books to inspire you to survive and thrive, and her playful side writes young adult fiction to remind you to nurture that inner teen. She’s a writing mentor helping professional women to write their book so they can position themselves as an expert in their industry. Shelley also provides blogging support and accountability coaching. You’ll find her sharing book reviews, author interviews, and chatting about writing on her author blog and talking about personal development on her motivational blog. She’s a single mum of three and lives in the West Midlands, England. She loves vampires, history and self-help, plus solo trips to the cinema, and travelling.

Social Media

Website: https://www.shelleywilsonauthor.com
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/ShelleyWilson72
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FantasyAuthorSLWilson
Instagram: https://www.instagram/authorslwilson

#BadMoonRising: If Darkness Takes Us by Brenda Marie Smith #postapocalyptic #thriller

When’s the last time you read a post-apocalyptic thriller featuring a 70+ year-old plucky grandma as the protagonist?  I had the pleasure of reading an ARC of this book, and today’s author definitely put a fresh spin on it.  A confirmed night owl, you might find her binge-watching Ancient Aliens while editing her next project.  Welcome Brenda Marie Smith!

Would you rather boogie down to Monster Mash or get your groove on to Thriller?

I’m showing my age here, but I’d have to go with Monster Mash. I’m one of the only people I know who remembers how to dance the Mashed Potato. And the Monster Mash is just the Mashed Potato with scary monster hands. So, I’d have to play to my strengths, lol.

Would you rather be locked in a haunted insane asylum or lost in the woods with a killer on the loose?

Until a few weeks ago, I would have said I’d prefer the woods so that I’d have more chances of escape and more places to hide. But then I read Marisa Noelle’s The Shadow Keepers, a great YA thriller about troubled teen girls trapped in a haunted asylum. If I could be trapped with those plucky girls, I’d feel a lot safer and I’d know they would have my back. And maybe I could also get some mental health treatment at the same time.

Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?

Being a Ghostbuster with a crew of comedians would be a lot of fun. But I’d have to go with X-Files, especially if I could work with the younger Fox Mulder. I need to know what truths are out there, and working on finding them as a full-time job would be very emotionally satisfying to me. It would be worth the danger and the ridicule.

What behind-the-scenes tidbit in your life would probably surprise your readers?

I am an extreme night owl, and I like to stay up until 3:00 or 4:00 a.m. reading, editing, posting on social media, playing computer games, and watching TV, usually doing several of these things at once. My fave things to watch are Rachel Maddow, true-crime shows, and Ancient Aliens (yes, I’m weird, haha). My son and I have binge-watched every apocalypse and dystopia we can get our hands on. And I often go to bed at the same time my husband is getting up for work, the poor guy.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters of the opposite sex?

I think men are much more sensitive than women often realize. They have such different ways of showing their worries and fears than we do. It’s harder to capture men’s emotions in the subtext because it’s subtle. And it’s difficult to make their dialogue sound like a man. It’s very rewarding when I get it right, though it usually takes me tons of rewriting to get there.

What are you working on now?

I’m polishing up the sequel to If Darkness Takes Us. It’s called If the Light Should Come (though that title could change a bit), and it’s from grandson Keno’s point of view. Who knew I had an eighteen-year-old young man living inside me? I can’t believe how fast that kid’s voice spewed out of my head. I couldn’t type fast enough to keep up with him. I’m hoping that I sell enough copies of If Darkness that my publisher will pick up If the Light. Fingers crossed!

I’m also working on a project set in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas in the 1970’s, but I have to keep the plot hush-hush for now. Let’s just say that hippies are involved.

2018 SOUTHERN FRIED KARMA NOVEL CONTEST WINNER

IN SUBURBAN AUSTIN, TEXAS, BEA CRENSHAW SECRETLY PREPARES FOR THE APOCALYPSE. But when a solar pulse destroys modern life, she’s left alone with four grandkids whose parents do not return home. She must teach these kids to survive without power, cars, phones, running water, or doctors in a world fraught with increasing danger.

If Darkness Takes Us is realistic post-apocalyptic fiction with a focus on a family in peril, led by a no-nonsense grandmother who is at once funny, controlling, and heroic in her struggle to hold her family together with civility and heart.

Purchase Links

https://www.amazon.com/Darkness-Takes-Brenda-Marie-Smith-ebook/dp/B07WK9BQHN/ref=sr_1_1?

https://sfkpress.com/if-darkness-takes-us/

https://www.facebook.com/events/1117598618442240/ (For my book launch event at BookPeople in Austin, November 16th, 5 p.m.)

Bio

Brenda Marie Smith studied fiction in the UCLA Writers Program. Born and raisedin Oklahoma City, she was part of the back-to-the-land movement, living off the grid in the Ozark Mountains, and then joining the Farm—an off-grid, vegan hippie community, based in Tennessee—where her sons were delivered by midwives.

 

In Austin, Texas, Brenda managed student housing co-ops near the University of Texas for fifteen years. If Darkness Takes Us is her second novel. Her first, Something Radiates, is a paranormal thriller. Brenda and her husband own and reside in a grid-connected, solar-powered home in South Austin. They have five grown sons, one daughter-in-law, two grandkids, and a self-assured kitty cat.

Social Media

Website: www.brendamariesmith.com
Blog: https://brendamariesmith.tumblr.com/ (where I’m running a series, What NOT to Stock for An Apocalypse, followed by What TO Stock…)
Twitter: @bsmithnovelist
Facebook: Books by Brenda Marie Smith

#BadMoonRising: Keyport Cthulhu 2 by Armand Rosamilia #horror #occult

I think today’s author has been a part of Bad Moon Rising from the beginning.  He takes a very practical approach to the vampire/werewolf question, and already has his unusual (though again, practical) supply list ready whenever a secluded writing cabin opportunity pops up.  Welcome Armand Rosamilia!

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf? 

Vampire would be hard because I’m not a night person. Even if I were a vampire I’d probably fall asleep before midnight and miss all the good blood-drinking time. Not to mention the hot women in bodices I could rip and then bite on the neck. Sadly, because I’m rather hairy to begin with (my kids used to call me Sasquatch when I took off my shirt) I think werewolf wouldn’t be that much of a stretch for me. Ripping through my clothes might be awful, though. I’d hate to have to keep buying new black t-shirts after every full moon.

Would you rather be abducted by aliens or a serial killer?

Definitely aliens. I’ve seen enough science fiction movies and read enough books to know the aliens are really friendly and want to help mankind, but then we go and do something stupid like try to shoot at their mother ship or infect it with a virus or have Jeff Goldblum involved. My goal would be an ambassador of peace, and hope they have insane crazy good chocolate on their planet.

Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?

Strangely, I’ve never watched a full episode of X-Files. Not sure why not. Maybe someday. I have watched the original Ghostbusters movie, and I think I’d fit in with them. They seemed like they didn’t take it too seriously, and bumbled through saving the city and the world. Of course, I’d never be a part of the remake with those annoying chicks. Awful. Um… anyway, I’d ghostbust as long as the song wasn’t being played constantly.

 If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?

Norway. I’ve always wanted to go there and see it. Live in the remote areas and get snowed in. Be trapped in a cabin with only a few items: my laptop, internet connection, 37 lbs. of M&M’s, 400 lbs. of coffee, creamer, sugar, 41 boxes of Oreos and Chips Ahoy, author Chuck Buda, various candy bars, my podcast subscriptions and some adult entertainment: a stripper pole so I can practice my moves.

What is your favorite cover of all your books?  Why?

Keyport Cthulhu 2 comes to mind. It was done by Jeffrey Kosh, and I love it. He’d done the original Keyport Cthulhu cover as well as the serialized versions of the stories with great artwork. I asked him to give me something that would work for the cover, and he came up with such a great one I actually wrote a bonus short story with the cover in mind. It’s also one of my favorite books I’ve written since it’s my take on the Cthulhu mythos, and I got to co-write it with author Chuck Buda as well as write a follow-up short story with my daughter, Katelynn.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I am a huge baseball fan. My wife and I (sorry, ladies, I’m taken) are season ticket holders to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the Double-A team for the Miami Marlins. I’m even the booster club president. We help the players by packing snacks for road trips and we have three players who live with us during the season. We really get to know the players and love seeing them move up to the major leagues.

Thanks for the great questions! Feel free to find me on all social media!

For the survivors of the horrific night when The Esoteric Order of Dagon attempted to unleash their dark god from the bay, the nightmare seems to be only beginning.

What new cosmic horror does Keyport have for those who look too closely under the veil of this small fishing village, seeing what cannot be unseen? 

Another journey into madness awaits readers in this thrilling sequel!

With a Foreword by cosmic horror author Mary SanGiovanni 

Purchase Link

Amazon

Bio and Social Media

Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he’s not sleeping. He’s happily married to a woman who helps his career and is supportive, which is all he ever wanted in life…

He’s written over 150 stories that are currently available, including horror, zombies, contemporary fiction, thrillers and more. His goal is to write a good story and not worry about genre labels.

He not only runs two successful podcasts…

Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast – interviewing fellow authors as well as filmmakers, musicians, etc.

The Mando Method Podcast with co-host Chuck Buda – talking about writing and publishing

But he owns the network they’re on, too! Project Entertainment Network

He also loves to talk in third person… because he’s really that cool.

You can find him at http://armandrosamilia.com for not only his latest releases but interviews and guest posts with other authors he likes!

and e-mail him to talk about zombies, baseball and Metal:

armandrosamilia@gmail.com
Twitter: @ArmandAuthor
https://projectentertainmentnetwork.com

#BadMoonRising: The Mind’s Plague by Morgan K. Tanner #horror #occult #shortstories

Today’s author offers a compelling reason why he’d choose to be abducted by aliens over a serial killer – totally makes sense to me.  On the cover of his featured book, The Mind’s Plague, is his own terror-stricken face.  How cool is that?  Welcome Morgan K. Tanner!

Would you rather spend a night in The Overlook Hotel with Jack Torrance or be in the high school gym during prom with Carrie?

The Shining is one of my favourite films of all time and it still never fails to unnerve me with its creepy vibe and claustrophobic atmosphere. That being said, I’m pretty sure I could survive one night in there with crazy Jack, especially if he’s only limping after me with his axe. Plus I know that the cupboard in the kitchen’s a good place to hide (if I’d fit, though), and I could copy Danny’s excellent tactic of disguising his footprints in the snow. And when I’d finally outrun him I could enjoy some quality time riding on those 70s carpets on my little pedal bike.

Would you rather be abducted by aliens or a serial killer?

I’m of the belief that if aliens really wanted to harm us they’d have either done it already or would simply spread a plague-like disease that would wipe us out in no time at all. So being abducted wouldn’t frighten me that much (he says!). I suppose it would be interesting to see life from another planet, and their spaceship would be awesome, I’d imagine. It certainly beats a serial killer because I’ve read enough books and watched enough movies to know how that would ultimately end. They usually aren’t very nice people.

Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?

Ghostbusters all the way! Not that the characters would be a laugh-a-minute, and would probably spend long nights talking about science and other ‘intellectual’ stuff. I think Mulder would get a bit heavy after a while; he’s not exactly brimming with charisma. Although hanging out with Scully may have its benefits. Plus, if I was a Ghostbuster I’d get to wear a proton pack and slide down that sweet fireman’s pole whenever I wanted. The young me would be ever so jealous.

What is your favorite cover of all your books?  Why?

My debut novella, An Army of Skin, has such an awesome cover that really encapsulates the tone of the book, I think. M.R. Tapia was responsible for it; I’d submitted my manuscript to him originally and he emailed me back with three covers he’d ‘doodled’. When I saw what eventually became the cover, I was blown away. So much so I now have the design tattooed on my arm.

I must mention the cover of my short story collection, The Mind’s Plague and Other Bites of Brutality, if only for the fact that the strange, terror-stricken face in the TV screen is none other than my beautifully handsome face. There was absolutely no Photoshop involved, either.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

I haven’t really been at the writing game long enough to have lots of unfinished books; I try to keep going to the end. There are a few short stories that still haven’t seen the light of day, although they probably never will as they are, well, not up to scratch. I do have an 80000 word novel that I am planning to re-edit and do with something with, either self-publish again or submit it somewhere. I haven’t looked at it in about 3 years – intentionally – so we’ll see how it holds up when I eventually do.

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m writing a short story about a burglar who is tied up and tortured by the man who’s house he breaks into, but by the time this is posted I hope to have finished this one. I’m also writing what was a short story but now seems to developing into a novella (at least) about a haunted house. But instead of the house being old and derelict, it’s a new build property, so hopefully it’s a different take on the genre. There’s not a bricked up hole or creaky floorboard in sight. We’ll see how things pan out, though.

Three friends search for an infamous internet video of an urban legend with devastating consequences; a passionate drummer joins the band of his dreams, or perhaps his nightmares; a man tries to find fame in a world where the mundane call the shots; and a grieving father loses his grip on reality.

These ten stories delve into a world of darkness and suffering, where the terrors are more vivid than they may first appear. Blood is spilt, minds are destroyed, as madness ultimately reigns victorious.

Purchase Link

Amazon

Bio

Morgan K Tanner is a writer, drummer, and golfist currently residing in the English countryside. The idyllic surroundings make it an ideal place to write, drum, and hide the bodies. The busy sound of the typewriter is perfect to drown out the hum of the antiquated torture equipment.

 

When not writing or inflicting pain and suffering on his numerous victims, he indulges himself in all things horror and metal.

 He is the author of An Army of Skin, and The Mind’s Plague and Other Bites of Brutality.

 You can praise or indeed abuse him by visiting http://www.morganktanner.com or find him on Twitter @morgantanner666.

Social Media

http://www.morganktanner.com/
Twitter @morgantanner666
Instagram @morganktanner

#BadMoonRising: A Halloween Tale by Austin Crawley #YA #supernatural

As a kid, who wasn’t dared (or even double or triple-dog-dared) to do something?  Like, say, go into the neighborhood haunted house?  Today’s author reveals what happens when a group of teens accept that dare with his new release, A Halloween Tale.  Welcome Austin Crawley!

Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?

I’d choose the haunted house. Graveyards are pretty wide open and the best you might get is a wandering spirit. Haunted houses can get really intense!

Would you rather boogie down to Monster Mash or get your groove on to Thriller?

Monster Mash, definitely. It has a beat anyone can dance to while Thriller is more a professional dancer production thing.

Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?

Funny enough, I would choose X-Files. I never saw the Ghostbusters team as sustainable and investigative work appeals to me.

If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?

Loch Ness. I’ve traveled in small villages in England and Scotland and would love to stay in one for a year, but Loch Ness has the lake monster mythology to contribute to creativity.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Half-finished, two. One is a Halloween story and the other is an expansion of my short story, The Locked Door [online at https://www.inkitt.com/stories/mystery/15277%5D. One other I’ve got partially done is the first of a projected four book supernatural Dystopian series. I have another unrelated series in notes so there’s plenty of new books to come from me in the next few years.

What are you working on now?

My most immediate project is the Halloween story which I hope to release in October. It’s called A Halloween Tale.

Other than that, I’m sort of bouncing between the other two part-finished projects but mostly on The Locked Door, which might have a different title when it comes out. Or maybe not. I haven’t decided yet. I get bursts of inspiration for the supernatural Dystopian series and sometimes just have to sit and write some of it.

Five teenagers, goaded on by a 10-year-old little brother, enter the neighborhood haunted house looking for spooky adventures for Halloween. What they find is more than they bargained for, but now they can’t get out!

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Bio

Austin Crawley writes Horror and Dystopian fiction with a supernatural twist. His lifelong love of ghost stories and interest in comparative religions has led him to seek the darker corners of human existence and to exploit them in prose, touching on our deepest fears. He has been known to spend his vacations visiting places that are reported to be haunted.

Crawley is the author of A Christmas Tale, a story about three young women who perform a séance to raise the fictional ghosts of Dickens’ A Christmas carol with surprising results, and of Letters to the Damned, about a post box in a small English village that reportedly transmits written requests for favours to the dead and damned. His most recent release is A Halloween Tale, to be released October 2019, a haunted house tale filled with horrific, inter-dimensional terror.

Social Media

https://www.amazon.com/Austin-Crawley/e/B01M9C6F9F
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#BadMoonRising: Brother Love – A Crossroad by Teagan Riordain Geneviene #YA #paranormal

Happy Friday!  And I’m about to make your day even better.  The creativity of today’s author never fails to astound me.  From her three ingredients stories (objects chosen by readers) to her collaborations with other authors, the tales are wildly entertaining and inventive.  If you’re not familiar with her work, here’s your opportunity to change that.  Welcome Teagan Riordain Geneviene!

Hi, everyone. I’m Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene. Firstly, Teri, thanks for letting me be a part of Bad Moon Rising, 2019! I know you sort of stretch the limits of the theme to let me participate, but this year I have a “Twilight Zone-ish” novella to share.

Promotional image by Teagan R. Geneviene
Promotional image by Teagan R. Geneviene

Teri asked some fabulous, whimsical questions, and here they are!

Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?

Both sound like my warped idea of fun. There’s a dark and mysterious figure in Brother Love – a Crossroad. He sits on tombstones, playing blues songs on his guitar. So, I’ll choose the graveyard, maybe he’ll let me sing along. As he says, “Ain’t nobody here gonna complain about the noise.”

Would you rather boogie down to Monster Mash or get your groove on to Thriller?

Ha! I’m not coordinated enough for Thriller, not to mention the fact that my back would probably get stuck in some very awkward position. Play the Monster Mash for me, Teri.

Besides, even though the featured novella was inspired by a Neil Diamond song from a later time, there’s some fun 50s music in Brother Love — a Crossroad. I had fun with the old song “Love Potion No. Nine” naming streets and even a character for the streets and people mentioned in that song.

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Jinx on rotary phone next to “Brother Love – a Crossroad” on my Kindle.

Would you rather be locked in a haunted insane asylum or lost in the woods with a killer on the loose?

You mean the door isn’t locked? And there’s no serial killer lurking in the alley where the trash cans are? Hmmm…

If that seems like a strange answer, then click here and you might understand.

If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?

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Sunset from my back yard

I’m actually very close to that right now. I relocated from Washington, DC to a very small city in the “high desert” Southwest (USA) this spring. Years ago, I started (barely) a story that I meant to be a three or four volume series. The setting for the story is here – or rather fictional area in the state of New Mexico. Sigh… there are so many stories I want to tell. I need to live to be 120 years old.

What is your favorite cover of all your books? Why?

Ugh! I can’t seem to choose. “The Skull of the Alchemist” is probably my favorite. (Book awaiting rewrite.) However, I was very happy with this one for Brother Love, because I was able to combine so many elements of the story without it seeming “busy.” Thanks to fellow blogger, Dan Antion for letting me use his photo of a hymnal page as the background. Dan also provided photo illustrations for the story when it was a blog serial.

I make all my own covers and promotional images, and love the work. (If anyone is interested, I’m exploring the prospect of doing that for others.)

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Promo image by Teagan R. Geneviene

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

As I’ve already alluded to this, I guess I should choose this question. Let’s see… Notes and plans for the third book in the Atonement series. It will explore backstories for characters, including Teri’s favorite, Lilith the calico cat. I mentioned The Skull of the Alchemist, that’s book-2 for my fictionalized Cornelis Drebbel. In the where-would-you-live question, I meant the series (started, if barely) that begins with Tatterdemallian the Electric Zucchini, an urban fantasy/steampunk mashup. There’s also The Guitar Mancer, an urban fantasy. And… I’ll finish this answer by taking the liberty of using an extra question ― next.

What are you working on now?

I recently did a double cover reveal for two books I hope to launch soon. Click here. This includes the third of my 1920s mystery books about Pip and her friends, A Ghost in the Kitchen. Also my first non-fiction book – a dictionary of Roaring Twenties slang, Speak Flapper.

A Ghost in the Kitchen by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene
A Ghost in the Kitchen by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

Oh, I’m also in the middle of a #Steampunk serial on my blog, Teagan’s Books. It’s called The Delta Pearl. This is actually a rewrite of yet another novel that was waiting on the shelf for publication. It’s a Victorian looking mystery set on a magical riverboat.

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The Delta Pearl book cover created by Teagan R. Geneviene

Teri, thank you again for letting me participate in Bad Moon Rising. I realize you put a ton of work into this event. I look forward to it every year. So many exciting books! Enjoy the rest of October.

Author Bio and Universal Purchase Links

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Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene’s work is colored by her experiences from living in the southern states and the southwest (of the USA). Teagan most often writes in the fantasy genre, but she also writes cozy mysteries and steampunk. Whether it’s a 1920s mystery, a steampunk adventure, or an urban fantasy, her stories have a strong element of whimsy. There are no *extremes* in violence, sex, or profanity.

Brother Love – a Crossroad

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