The Weekly Wrap Up with Mystery, Horror Comedy, and More

Howdy all! Here’s what happened this week.

Upcoming Events

No new events this week, but I do have a new Events page.

The Movies

This week I suggested you watch Solomon Kane.

Solomon Kane came out awhile back and apparently it didn’t do well at the box office. Not sure why. It was typical for fantasy, with dark magic and lots of sword fighting, but it was also a decent movie. Good acting, and the costumes and makeup added nicely to the dark atmosphere. READ MORE

Stories

In an effort to read more fiction in 2017, I features a novel, anthology, or short story I’ve read and enjoyed over the past week. Below is this week’s read:

Hallelujah is Dying by Michael Arches
Flint Harrington was Hallelujah’s marshal until Mayor Joe laid him off. Five months later, the mayor is dead, found collapsed in his mine. His widow asks Flint to investigate. He agrees to help her as a favor but expects to find that Joe died of natural causes. To Flint’s horror, he discovers instead that Joe was hiding a terrible secret from his wife and the town. Joe’s unexpected death pulls back a curtain and exposes a criminal enterprise thriving in Hallelujah’s dark and remote mines. BUY IT

Podcasts

I listened to the first Devil Dog Podcasts this week. Appropriate for me because it’s about horror comedy, the very thing I love writing best. I really enjoyed it and will catch up on more episodes. Here’s what the episode is about:

Jack and Jaime dive into the dark and hilarious world of horror comedy. Find out what their favorite uproarious horror films are as well as their take on using humor to mask the atrocities found within their own works of the dark fantastic.

If you want to listen, here’s a link to the episode that initially drew me in.

This Week’s Release of The Courier

Chapter 9 of Warrant for Damnation was released on WattPad yesterday. This week, Barry learns the truth about his father.CLICK HERE to read it from the beginning or GOT TO chapter 9.

How to Help Me This Week

Every week, I end the post nicely begging you to help promote my work. Here’s this week’s request:

Same as last week. Go like my Facebook page. CLICK HERE to go like it.

Have a GREAT week!

Bitchin’ About TV Shows and Stories That Will Make Your Skin Crawl

Howdy all! Here’s what happened this week.

Upcoming Events

I’m joining A.F. Stewart’s Bloody Valentine event next month. I’ll be sharing a love gone wrong short story for the event.

I’m also hosting another blog post event for Women in Horror Month that will be a kind of blog tour of interviews with us women horror writers. Still working on the details and will post the schedule when it’s finalized.

The Movies

This week I bitched about season 6 of American Horror Story.

Initially, I liked the real crime-drama format. Something new and original for the series. I also liked that most of the main characters were played by two actors. But I also feel there were too many characters. I would have much preferred that they stuck to the historical story and ghost aspect of the theme. Throwing in the inbred family had it’s creep factor, but it wasn’t necessary. Without them, there could have been much better character development. READ MORE

The Stories

In an effort to read more fiction in 2017, I features a novel, anthology, or short story I’ve read and enjoyed over the past week. Below is this week’s read:

Rebirth by A. F. Stewart
This week I’m featuring the story Rebirth in Pen of the Damned, a clandestine collection of the most eclectic minds of horror. These anguished souls have stripped free their pretenses for your grotesque delight. Rebirth is a dark and poetic short story that gave me the chills. My skin crawled while I read. READ IT

This Week’s Release of The Courier

Chapter 8 of Warrant for Damnation was released on WattPad yesterday. This week, no one is happy to see Gita the demon that possesses Nina.CLICK HERE to read it from the beginning or GOT TO chapter 8.

How to Help Me This Week

Every week, I end the post nicely begging you to help promote my work. Here’s this week’s request:

I broke down and finally created a Facebook Like page. CLICK HERE to go like it.

Have a GREAT week!

Horror Haiku, Finding Nina, Upcoming Events, and More

First, I can’t believe it’s New Year’s Eve. 2016 flew by. I guarantee that while you read this I’m already holding a mimosa or glass of wine.

Now I’d like to welcome you to my new weekly wrap up. This is basically a diary of everything I accomplished over the past week, including things like Twitter post highlights, movie & book reviews, short story and novel part releases, upcoming events, and more. I’ll also mention other creative people you should know because they help to inspire me day after day. Don’t worry if you miss a post. The best highlights from weekly posts will go in my quarterly newsletter. BTW, you can join my email list in the right column.

This Week’s #HorrorHaikuesday

This is a Twitter event I joined a few weeks back. I’m enjoying these so much I might do more than one a week. This week’s theme was the new year.

Baby New Year cries
My year is a big surprise
from the depths they rise

Shout out to A. F. Stewart for introducing me to this event. She’s been doing them long enough to publish hers in Horror Haiku and Other Poems.

Upcoming Events

I signed up to be an author for the Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book Expo (B2BCyCon) in April. I hope to see everyone there. There are a lot of great activities for both authors and readers. Readers CLICK HERE for more info about the convention and to join their mailing list.

To all my author friends, the deadline to register is March 17th. In 2016, B2BCyCon united 800 readers and authors from 18 countries. With that much success, the event should grow substantially in 2017. Authors CLICK HERE to get started and register.

The Movies

This week I wrote a post that remembers King of the Zombies, a classic horror comedy you can watch over and over again!

Mantan Moreland should have gotten top billing. I loved him growing up in the Charlie Chan movies. He really is the star of King of the Zombies. In fact, if he were alive today, I think he’d be drawing viewers to the theater more than most other comedy star. He could just stand in place and pop out those eyes and I’d laugh my ass off. READ MORE

If you’re still in the mood for Christmas horror, here’s one you might enjoy, recommended by Blaze McRob during Friday Horror Chat, a group I help run on Facebook every Friday. Everyone who loves horror is welcome to join.

The Stories

In an effort to read more fiction in 2017, I’ve added a segment to the weekly wrap up that features a novel, anthology, or short story I read and enjoyed over the past week. Below is this week’s read:

Chill by Terri DelCampo
Santa F-bombs heard only by some. From where in the forest should Christmas trees come? Will Christians to Morningstar be lost? Who’ll win the bet, Vulcan or Frost? Christmas Eve miracle for a small child. South Pole festivities horribly wild. Good kids onto naughty list drift. Naughty boy tempts hungry gifts. Classic holiday ditties these stories are not. MORE INFO

This Week’s Release of The Courier

Chapter 6 of Warrant for Damnation was released on WattPad yesterday. Barry is finding Nina in this part along with getting himself into other trouble. You’ll also find out more about Ulla and Inez’s pancake remedy.CLICK HERE to read it from the beginning or GOT TO chapter 6.

How to Help Me This Week

Every week, I’ll end the post nicely begging you to help promote my work. Here’s this week’s request:

Call for Obstruction needs some love on Goodreads. If you’re interested in reading the series, CLICK HERE to go to the book page and add it to your ‘Want to Read’ list, give it an honest starred rating if you’ve read it, and if you have time, add a short review. As always, THANK YOU for your support.

YOUR TURN: Leave a comment about your greatest accomplishment this past week or recommend something that you enjoyed. Let me know where you need help. I’ll check it out and let you know my thoughts.

HAPPY NEW YEAR
HAVE A GREAT NEXT WEEK AND 2017!

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