Friday, September 30, 2011

Musa Excitement

I can't even imagine the work involved in starting up a publishing company, so it's been fascinating to witness a little bit of the activity. My publisher for Above Haldis Notch launches October 1st, tomorrow as I write this.

I'm a pretty careful guy, and normally, I might have steered clear of a start up publisher, but I'm thrilled to be on the ground floor of this one. There's a great depth of talent and experience at Musa Publishing, and I've been stunned (in a good way) at the amount of energy, enthusiasm, and just plain hard work going on by all these talented folks. They have quite a staff and already have a full schedule of novel and book releases through the first quarter of 2012.

I know it's been tremendously hard coordinating everything involved in this effort, but they've done a great job and should enjoy a spectacular launch tomorrow. They'll take off with three new books and the inaugural issue of their speculative fiction e-magazine, Penumbra.

As for me, things are moving along very well with my paranormal thriller, which is scheduled to be released the day after Thanksgiving, November 25th. I have a great editor, and I look forward to seeing -- and sharing with you -- the cover Musa is designing for my novel. I'll be mentioning Above Haldis Notch more as the release date nears. Until then, if you're looking for something good to read, click the Musa Publishing banner above to visit their website and share the Musa excitement.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Minions of Misery

It's about time someone started handing out awards for being dark and disturbed, and I'm honored to have received the Minions of Misery Award. It was bestowed on me by Julia Kavan, talented author of dark and steamy fiction (BLOG HERE, my interview with Julia HERE). To fulfill my duties, I must divulge a shocking and dark secret, share a dark and disturbing novel, and recommend a dark and terrifying movie. Then I earn the right to nominate three new minions of misery.

A dark secret -

As a child, I was near-sighted to the point of being legally blind without corrective lenses, but nobody knew it. It wasn't discovered until the day I started first grade. My parents were shocked. They'd worried that I was so quiet and didn't interact much with others, but I was a happy and healthy child, so it wasn't a huge concern. I got glasses at once, of course, but for years I had to be forced to wear them. Everyone thought I resisted because they were so thick and heavy that they hurt. They did, but my secret is: I didn't wear them because...I saw dead people.

Okay, that last part is a lie, but the rest is true, and I didn't wear my glasses because I was very good at keeping myself entertained without the outside world. I enjoyed making everyone else disappear.

A dark and disturbing novel -

Stephen King's Pet Cemetery. I went way into my past for this one. It's one of the first horror novels I read after graduating college, and it kicked off my ongoing love affair with the genre. It remains one of the creepiest, most disturbing novels I've read, therefore I'll always love it.

A darkly terrifying movie -

I'm reaching back again, into the same time frame when I first read Pet Cemetery. I rented a dvd of a movie called Evil Dead II. It's a strange and memorable mix of fear, dread, gross-me-outness, and humor. I've watched it at least six times over the years, and I think I may be about ready for another Evil Dead II fix. There are good reasons this movie is a dark classic.

And now to nominate three Minions of Misery (in no particular order):