Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Horror Author's Got Posse

Everyone needs buds to hang out with, even us horror authors. Meet my posse.

With me are (left to right)
Targ, Igor, Balthazar, and Emmett.



We watch.


Don't cross us!

Note how Targ resembles the cover of Dark Knowledge. Hey, even gargoyles have kismet.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Julia Kavan Interview

Please welcome dark fiction author Julia Kavan. Julia recently interviewed me on her blog, and now it's my turn to ask the questions. Mmwhahaha. I'll lead off the interview by mentioning that I read Julia's short story, "Dreaming, not Sleeping," and I'm impressed. It's difficult to write a story from inside a dream, and she nailed it for this reader.


STORY DESCRIPTION:

A woman is tempted away from the safety of her husband’s arms by a skillful nighttime visitor, but they both find nothing is as it seems…A short story that will draw you into a nightmare. Would you want to stay or go home?


AUTHOR JULIA KAVAN:

Born in the University city of Cambridge, England, Julia has spent most of her life living in Cambridgeshire - atmospheric and the perfect inspiration for ghost stories.

She has taught creative writing classes for the last ten years, whilst writing screenplays, tackling a novel and experimenting with short stories.

A true Scorpio, her tastes definitely err towards the dark side. She devoured horror stories as a teenager, including James Herbert and Stephen King in her list of favorite authors, moving on to Clive Barker and Peter Straub. As a child she would watch anything that even vaguely looked as if it may be scary... so perhaps it is only natural that this is the area her writing tends to wander into - even if she doesn't always intend it to!


INTERVIEW:

Keith: What is the greatest appeal of writing fiction, especially dark fiction?

Julia: As a child I would often escape the real world by losing myself in books and inside my own imagination. I loved writing stories then– and gradually those stories got darker as I grew older. I enjoy exploring the darker side of life… and our minds. I love the challenge of trying to capture the sinister and unsettling thoughts we have and creating stories from them.


Keith: After reading your short story, I have to ask a few related questions: 1) Do you dream? 2) If so, how often and how vividly? and 3) Do you welcome your dreams or dread them?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New Horror with Heart Interview

Excellent interviewer and fellow Etopia Press author Julia Kavan asked me questions about Dark Knowledge, writing in general, and me.  Check out the interview on Julia's BLOG by clicking my face below. No really, click my face to read the interview.


Did you do it? Yeah, I know you did, and I need to point out that you were a little rough with my face, but never mind. I hope you enjoyed the interview. Let me know if you did. 

I'll turn the tables on Julia in the next week or so, once I come up with some good questions to ask. I'll post the interview here. Until then, click the Etopia Press logo below (no, I'm not about to let you click Julia's face too hard the way you did mine) to sample her dark short story, "Dreaming, not Sleeping." I really enjoyed reading it.


Monday, August 22, 2011

My Excellent Month

I've had a very good month. I issued an email newsletter last week announcing the release of Dark Knowledge and my news that I have a new novel scheduled for release around Thanksgiving. I pasted a section of the "Yippees Come in Threes" issue of my Horror with Heart Newsletter below. If you're not a subscriber and want to read the newsletter in its entirety (aren't you just a little curious about the insider info on Dark Knowledge?), you can view the online version by CLICKING HERE.

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Hello subscribers. Since I visited your in-boxes two months ago with the "The Return of Wesley" issue, I've had lots of good news, and I'm here to share some of it. Also, as threatened, I'm including some insider info on Dark Knowledge. But first, I need to release the yippees.
Yippee from the Past

When lightning comes calling,
you're going to answer.

Struck
came out in paperback two years ago. Now Regal Crest has made it available as an eBook too. Yippee!

If you've been waiting to read Struck and still have room in your Kindle for another novel, I hope you'll consider it. Struck is my award-winning paranormal thriller set in Albuquerque, a fictional pueblo, and the Anasazi ruins in Chaco Canyon. There are some great reviews on Amazon (where, by the way, you can also purchase a paperback or Kindle eBook).
Yippee for Now
When good and bad intertwine, taking one means accepting the other.

Dark Knowledge
is available again! Yes, I cleverly timed this newsletter to the release day because I'm so thrilled to have this novel out as an eBook again. And just look its amazing new cover. A larger image is posted on my BLOG here. Yippee!

Thanks to Etopia Press for giving new life to this horror with heart novel. Adding extra yip to my yippee, there will be a paperback edition too. I'll keep you posted on that.
More info and some reviews are ON MY WEBSITE.
Yippee into the Future
My home for ten years in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

Above Haldis Notch
is under contract, which means more Horror with Heart is headed your way. Musa Publishing is working incredibly hard to make it available this year as an eBook, with the possibility of a paperback in the future. The tentative eBook release date is November 25, 2011. Yippee!

In Above Haldis Notch, two neighboring families--one loving and respected in the community, the other made dysfunctional by abuse and scandal--must join forces to save a small Vermont town from a threat that jeopardizes not only their lives but also their afterlives.

Tense, huh? Yeah, well just wait until you read it.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dark Knowledge's New Cover

Tomorrow is release day for the eBook version of Dark Knowledge. WooHoo! I'm grateful to Etopia Press for getting Wesley back on the job of protecting mankind from evil. I love this novel, and I love to be read, so you can imagine how happy I am to get Dark Knowledge back on the market.

Now the edits are done, and Etopia is extremely busy preparing everything for tomorrow's release. And just look at the cover they designed for Dark Knowledge. I'm ecstatic over it.


What a cover! Thanks, Etopia. And once you're inside the cover, here's a short summary of what you'll find.
A mentally challenged man named Wesley can't resist a gift of knowledge, but it comes with a dark destiny. Wesley is thrust into an evil contest, where he must fight to survive, piece together his heritage, and weigh the value of his soul against the fate of mankind.

When good and evil intertwine, taking one means accepting the other.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Cruising Alaska

We returned home from a great Alaskan cruise a week ago. We've wanted to cruise Alaska for years, so this was a nice fulfillment for us. We sailed on Holland America's Oosterdam, and it was a wonderful experience. Impressive ship, fantastic staff, great ports, and happy passengers all made it a fun time. And then there's Alaska. Wow! We left from Seattle, cruised up Glacier Bay, and stopped in Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan. Our last night, we also stopped for a few hours in Victoria, BC.

It rained a lot. Okay, almost continuously, but we expected it, so it wasn't a problem. We were lucky with our excursions. We took a float plane in Juneau that flew over several glaciers. It was cloudy, but the cloud cover helped bring out the blue in the glaciers.



The cloud cover helped bring out the blue in the glaciers of Glacier Bay too. We saw -- and heard -- some impressive calving.


Saturday, August 06, 2011

STRUCK for Kindle


My paranormal thriller STRUCK was published as a paperback in 2009, and it's been fun and satisfying. Now it's out as an eBook with a Kindle version available at Amazon, and I'm enjoying a nice surge of new energy, like a second release two years later.

I'm really pleased about this development, because lately I keep getting asked if it can be downloaded to a Kindle. Now it can. See for yourself. To go to the Amazon Kindle page for STRUCK, CLICK HERE.


STRUCK
When lightning comes calling,
you're going to answer.