#BadMoonRising: The Boy Who Loved Horses by Joseph Carrabis #thriller #shortstory

It’s day two of Bad Moon Rising, and today we’re welcoming one of my publisher siblings, Joseph Carrabis.  Read on to discover why he thinks he’s part werewolf and is waiting for aliens to take him home.

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf? 

In the realm of TMI, I’ve been confused with a black bear when I take my shirt off (I’m a bit of a chia pet from the neck down), so I have the werewolf aspect covered, me thinks.

But a vampire? Dracula is the personification of evil because he’s so pitiable. Imagine a creature so driven by a hunger so strong it can never rest. Business owners know these creatures as investors and venture capitalists. I have such a character (vampiric, although not for blood) in my Empty Sky novel. Fun to write, not fun to be.

Okay, I’ll go with werewolf. I’m already half-way there. What the heck. Go for it.

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

People always ask me if I came on the mothership and I don’t like cornflakes (although not so much as to harm them) so I’ll go with the alien abduction. It’d be nice to go home after all these years.

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

Ghostbusters (original). Much better music.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

I’ve studied aboriginal cultures world-wide and regardless of culture, location, ethnic basis, racial basis, mythic depictation, any of the standard concepts of self-identity, they all tell me I carry strong teacher and storyteller/storykeeper medicine/magic with my female energy being storyteller/storykeeper and my male energy teacher. Restricting ourselves to aboriginal North America, that would pretty much be spider (GrandMother Spirit) and Wolf (GrandFather Spirit). The personifications may change, the energies don’t. Or haven’t yet, anyway.

There’s lots more involved in such things and that’s a good place to start.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

A question for the mathematicians in your audience; Which is greater, Infinity or (Infinity + 1)?

Unpublished is easier. I have lots of work completed, submitted to editors, et cetera, and not yet published – 300+.

Now we ask, “How many of those are half-finished?” and I’ll include “rough draft” in “half-finished”. Maybe another 900+.

So 300+ and 900+. Infinity or (Infinity + 1).

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

Asking them out for a date. I get enough rejection from editors and such.

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

Wait a second…”not writing”? What is “not writing”?

What are you working on now?

Improving my storycrafting and storytelling.

What if…
You’re born and raised Hill
but got City educated and now
you drivin’ a big state issue
Buick back into Hill ’cause
you gonna show them you
something else?
what if one town you drive
through’s got secrets it don’t
want nobody to know?
what if you plan to tell City
those secrets and those
secrets got they own idea
who you gonna tell?

Buy Links

The Boy Who Loved Horses – http://nlb.pub/Horses
Pretty much everything else – http://nlb.pub/amazon


Joseph Carrabis’ short fiction has been nominated for both Nebula (Cymodoce, May ‘95 Tomorrow Magazine) and Pushcart (The Weight, Nov ‘95 The Granite Review). His most recent novel, The Augmented Man, is available on AmazonBarnes&Noble, directly from the publisher, Black Rose Writing, and most online booksellers. His short fiction has recently appeared in Across the MarginparAbnormalThe New Accelerator, and later this year in HDP and Piker Press.

Joseph holds patents covering mathematics, anthropology, neuroscience, and linguistics. His time is spent loving his wife, playing with his dog and cat, flying kites bigger than most cars, cooking for friends and family, playing and listening to music, and studying anything and everything he believes will help his writing.

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Call Drops by John F. Leonard #BookReview #shortstory #RBRT #horror #TuesdayBookBlog

Vincent likes nothing more than rootling round second-hand shops in search of the interesting and unusual. Items that are lost and forgotten. 
Why not? He needs the diversion. Time on his hands and money to burn. His life is affluent and empty. Little on the horizon and memories tinged bittersweet. 
That’s all about to change. He’s about to find something that is perhaps better left unfound. 

CALL DROPS is a darkly swirling mix of horror and mystery that will stay with you long after the reading is done. It’ll maybe make you think twice about impulse buying, those moments when you simply must have something, even though you don’t need it. 
It might cause you to look again at the apparently mundane and everyday …and possibly, just possibly, wonder at what twisted marvels lurk within your mobile phone. 

Call Drops is a short (ish) horror story, the first in a series of sinister tales from the Dead Boxes Archive. 
Some objects are scary things. Dead Boxes definitely fall into that category. 
They can be easily overlooked. They’re ordinary on the surface. At first glance anyway. 
If you look a little closer, you’ll see something unique. 
You could have one and not know it. 
Be careful. 
They hold miracle and mystery. Horror and salvation. 
None are the same. Except in one regard. 
You don’t need one. 
You might think you do, but you really don’t. 
Believe me. 

A Short Horror Story 
From the Dead Boxes Archive.

This is one grim, twisty, short story that filled this horror fan’s heart with glee.  It’s been a while since I’ve read short stories, and I’d forgotten what a pleasure it can be to immediately get down to the business of storytelling  – and this author does it well.  He takes the reader by the hand and gradually reveals Vincent’s life, both in present day and through flashbacks.  All the while, you just know something sinister might be waiting around the corner.  And trust me, it is – you won’t be disappointed.

Don’t expect blood and gore horror – this is more about the dark side of human nature, and what people are capable of doing to each other.  The only negative for me, and this is my personal preference, is the cover – if I saw this book on the shelf, it isn’t something that would immediately grab my attention.  But the contents inside surely did.  Call Drops has a Twilight Zone/Black Mirror feel, and can easily be read in one sitting.

I received a copy of this book from the author through Rosie’s Book Review Team.


End Dayz by Kellie Sheridan

It’s month after the dead first began to walk. The miracle vaccine that was supposed to save us all has failed.

Now, four teens fight to stay alive as a stronger, smarter breed of zombie begins to appear, threatening to end17210281 humanity for good.

Four short stories, 11,000 words total.

Prequel to Mortality (March, 2013). – Goodreads.com

You know I’m a zombie fan and I’ve read Mortality, so I was excited to see this short story prequel.  And the cover is absolutely killer – it caught my eye immediately.  If you haven’t read Mortality, I highly recommend you do before reading End Dayz.

This novella gave me more information and background on some secondary characters from Mortality, but also a little about Savannah.  Some of what I learned was expected, but I was surprised about the actions of a few characters.  I enjoyed the journal style of writing in some of the chapters, allowing the reader a more introspective view of the characters’ thought processes.  Alex’s story was especially heartbreaking.

Overall, this was a great companion piece to Mortality, giving me a broader perspective of events that happened before that book and I’d definitely recommend reading it.

I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley.