THIS IS A BRUTAL, RAW POEM. IT'S MEANT TO BE! NO ONE UNDER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN SHOULD BE READING THIS! YOUR HARLOT WEEPS Today is Ear...
Small press started by authors Blaze McRob and Terri DelCampo to feature their horror tales.
THIS IS A BRUTAL, RAW POEM. IT'S MEANT TO BE! NO ONE UNDER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN SHOULD BE READING THIS! YOUR HARLOT WEEPS Today is Ear...
UNCAGED BOOK REVIEWS MAGAZINE IS KIND ENOUGH TO HAVE BLAZE MCROB AS A FEATURE AUTHOR FOR THEIR APRIL ISSUE
I am super proud and happy to be one of the featured authors in Uncaged Book Reviews Magazine for April, 2019! I'm in the section that Fang Freakin Tastic Reviews has up in the magazine. My friend Melanie Bingle Marsh, editor of Fang Freakin Tastic Reviews, asked me if I would like to join in on the fun, so I naturally said yes. Melanie is a multiple Woman In Horror, by the way. I would like to thank Melanie and Cyrene Olson, the editor of Uncaged Book Reviews.
The book that is featured is my horror novel Mists Of Papoose Pond. The magazine is free, so you can read the first chapter of my novel and take a look at what some other great authors have for you!
OWL'S EYE VIEW MAGAZINE - VOLUME 10 - ISSUE 2 - BY TERRI DELCAMPO
The latest issue of Owl's Eye View Magazine, by Terri Delcampo, is now published. Volume 10 - Issue 2 has an action-packed, fearful issue of horror for those who relish the ooky and the spooky that Terri is famous for. Swooping Through The Years, Visceral Verse, Macabre Mirth, and more are in this issue. You don't want to miss this one! I believe this issue has quite a Gothic lean to it.
Owl's Eye View Magazine is a dark fiction quarterly featuring columns, poetry, and short stories written by Terri DelCampo and "Columnists" who are in fact her ongoing fictitious characters.
https://books2read.com/u/m0gOkl It has taken a long time for my novel '68 Buick to reach my readers. There have been many bridge...
REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS FOR YOUR BOOKS
I've written a number of posts explaining some things authors can do to not only market their books but how to get recognized to begin with. Part of what I said has covered pro-markets, those paying five cents a word or more. Twenty words and you have a dollar in your pocket. Not too shabby. There are also semi-pro rates between a penny a word up to the pro-rates. Still better than splitting royalties. And, there are presses paying $25.00 a story or more. Maybe that's not equal to the others, but you are assured of making money.
So what's the point of this post, you ask? I am in a number of groups where authors discuss which way to go. Some want to hold out for the higher rates instead of self-pubbing or going for anything below pro-rates. Makes sense to me. However, and I'm certain to make some enemies here, your manuscripts had better be polished or you don't deserve it. If an editor reads your story, scratches his head, and says, "What the f**k?," you're out of the game.
Another thing: a lot of authors complain they're not being treated right by publishers. In a lot of cases they're not. However, to complain your book is not selling when you do nothing at all to help promote it, expecting the publisher to do it all, is totally ridiculous. I no longer publish any books for other authors. Yes, I still help out with edits and marketing for some people, but it is strictly gratis. My wife and I publish for ourselves only. We do all the work, knowing what it entails.
Most authors have no idea what it costs to get a book published. A Press has to pay for editing, cover art, formatting, copies for the authors, and marketing. It adds up. If a lazy author doesn't help with their own marketing, the Press loses. Big time.
So, my friends, stop bitching and chomp down on some facts. You must write a great story; it must be edited well; and you damn well better help to promote it. If you don't do all these things, your manuscript is no better than last week's garbage.
Thanks for reading.
SOME THINGS ARE FLAT OUT WRONG
I don't mention it too often, although I say certain things in my short stories and novels about it, but when I returned back to the United States after fighting in 'Nam in 1966 and 1967, many of us returning Veterans were treated like dog-sh*t by a great many of the citizens here. I was shocked. It made no sense to me. Damned hippies were attacking limbless vets in wheelchairs with their baby-killer signs when I got off the plane in San Francisco. I completely lost it and grabbed their signs from them and beat the living sh*t out of the bastards before the MP's came and escorted me to a safe place in the airport. Safe for the hippies, I reckon.
The reason I bring this up is I ran across some reviews of Ken Burns' Vietnam documentary. I watched all of them when they came out and completely hated them. I had expected a fair, all-sides view of the war, but it was slanted towards the far left group. Horrible. Just horrible. I won't bother to give links to some of the many people and publications who hated the documentary. Any Google search will find plenty of them for you.
For two years, I was the President of the Vietnam Veterans of America chapter in Cheyenne, Wyoming. I wrote the chapter newsletter and a number of editorials for the Wyoming Tribune Eagle about military and Veterans matters. For the most part, it was time well spent. The community was on our side about most things. I did get a bit of joking that our organization would die out some day when there were no more Vietnam Veterans living. That is true, but, then again, it's a shame that the other organizations dealing with wounded Veterans are still needed.
The one thing that I like is that organizations - the VFW, American Legion, and many others - band together and work for the Veterans. The one thing I don't like is that a five time draft dodger is supposedly running the country and puts political cronies in positions of trust at the VA. And the current thinking with him? Getting the Veterans out of the system at the VA and wanting to have them get the same health-care that everyone else gets. Not me. I'm happy with the VA. It's not perfect, but neither is any non-military hospital that I know of. Not everyone agrees with me on this issue, but that's their right, and lest I forget to mention it, if you're not a Veteran, then you have no say in the matter.
As long as I'm on my soap-box, I've had many people come up to me and tell me how they were wrong about their actions and stance on the war in 'Nam and try to apologize for them. For me, they're fifty two years too late. I don't forget when I came home, and I don't forgive easily. Pretty much, I tell every one who tells me that to shove their apologies up their a . . !
Short, direct, and to the point. I'll end here. For now.
Reading Horror Can Arm Us Against A Horrifying World
This is a well-written article by Ruthanna Emrys on National Public Radio. I totally agree with what she has to say, and it's not because I'm a horror author. I know the article is not completely directed at children, but horror is good for them in the same way it is for adults. Go back in time to the old fairy tales and you certainly don't see a lot of fluffy lambies. This spinning rock we're on is not a paradise. Tough lessons are learned along the way.
As the author says:
"Horror as a genre is built around one truth: that the world is full of fearful things. But the best horror tells us more. It tells us how to live with being afraid. It tells us how to distinguish real evil from harmless shadows. It tells us how to fight back. It tells us that we can fight the worst evils, whether or not we all survive them — and how to be worthy of having our tales told afterward."
Ruthanna Emrys presents her case quite well.
MOST HAUNTED PLACES IN WYOMING
I lived in Wyoming for quite some time, and have visited a number of the places on this list that the kind folks at Haunted Places have found. My favorite two are the haunted tunnels in Cheyenne, and much supernatural activity that can be found on Francis E. Warren Air Force Base just to the west of Cheyenne.
The big, friendly signs that welcome you to Wyoming don't mention the fascinating haunts to be found in this big, beautiful state. But, for those of us looking for a little excitement, this is a grand state to visit.
I wrote parts of this post a while back, and I’m extending it out for the second time. I tend to get highly agitated by some people. I d...
IDES OF MARCH:AN OWL'S NEST NOVELETTE - BY TERRI DELCAMPO
Terri DelCampo's latest book, Ides of March: An Owl's Nest Novelette, is out for your reading pleasure. This is Terri's unique take on the Ides Of March, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
The Ides of March is known world-wide for disasters occurring on it – the murder of Julius Caesar, a raid on South England in 1360, a cyclone in Samoa in 1889, Czar Nicholas abdicating his throne in 1917, German occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1939, Great Plains blizzard in 1941, cancellation of the Ed Sullivan Show in 1971, reporting of the disappearing ozone layer in 1988, world health alert about the disease SARS in 2003.
Of course, Owl's Nest being Owl's Nest, it has its own take on Ides of March.
Pick up a copy and enjoy the grand tale that Terri has written for you.
I will be returning to Camp NaNoWriMo next month. That means I'll be writing another novel of at least 50,000 words in April. I'll be writing The Enchanted Arch, a Fantasy novel with no bad words in it. Holy cow, Batman! This should be a challenge from potty-mouth me. I want something my younger children, grandchildren, and great grandson can read, or have read to them. I'll keep my readers posted when it's completed. By the way: older readers should enjoy it, as well.
Writing Is Easy! Publishing is easy! What, you ask? How can writing possibly be easy? Writing is one word after another. That's it. Ther...
SciFi Mystery Romance Cover Reveal for The Monarch Mission Files : Conspiracy @JennNixon Killjoys meets Helix in Jenn Nixon’s next ...
COVER REVEAL FOR - THE MONARCH MISSION FILES: CONSPIRACY - BY JENN NIXON!
SciFi Mystery Romance Cover Reveal for The Monarch Mission Files : Conspiracy @JennNixon
Killjoys meets Helix in Jenn Nixon’s next SciFi series coming this April!
Mari Yosoto has been keeping a dark and dangerous secret from everyone since her life-changing accident. No one would believe the truth anyway, her ex-fiancé had seen to that. Instead of wallowing in misery, she stays busy, shuttling cargo to the Moon and back, enjoying the easy work and time alone. When an old EarthCorps acquaintance asks for her help finding a missing girl on Mars, Mari can’t say no, even if it means working with the ex’s former best friend.
Although Trevor Nash took the Mars job to help his former commanding officer, deep down he needed to see Mari again. After trying and failing to find out what happened to her, Trevor makes the best of an odd situation, hoping he can remind Mari of their budding friendship and finally get answers. When their rescue mission goes sideways and they find the not-so-missing girl, a centuries-old conspiracy theory emerges and the only thing more unfathomable is learning Mari’s secret.
Together with their newly formed ragtag team, Mari and Trevor team up and undertake a mission unlike anything either of them has faced before with life-altering and possibly deadly consequences.
Beep. Mari’s heart thumped so hard her ribcage hurt.
Beep. Beep. She lifted her head, shielding her eyes from the bright lights above her head.
Beep, beep. Beep, beep. There was something wrong with her hand. It didn’t feel right.
A pair of voices echoed from behind her, muffled and indecipherable through the fogginess filling her mind. Half of her body felt numb and cold, the other covered in fiery pins and needles. When she cried out in agonizing pain, the pair of brown eyes that filled her vision seemed familiar.
The accident flashed in her head.
Breathing became impossible.
Beep, beep, beep.
“You’re okay, Mari,” the male voice said, making her heart race faster.
Beep, beep, beep, beep. She lifted her arm, stared at her hand and screamed. “What did you do to me?”
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Suspense & SciFi with a Dash of Romance!
Find a new favorite author! Jenn Nixon has plenty of great reading waiting for you!
AN INTERVIEW WITH BLAZE MCROB - THIS MAN WRITES HORROR!
Blaze McRob was a Top 10 Finisher in the Best Nonfiction Article category at the Critters Annual Readers Poll for 2018. Go to the links above and read my rather snarky article. I tell it like it is.
TEN HAUNTED PLACES IN NEW JERSEY - COURTESY OF HAUNTED ROOMS AMERICA
Haunted Rooms America has a fantastic post showing ten haunted places in New Jersey. I lived in New Jersey for many years and can attest to the fact that there are many strange places scattered about. I lived close to Clinton Road, number one on this list, and both fished and ran along this cool road. Yes, I was always aware I was never alone when I visited this amazing stretch of backwoods road, even though I was. What a glorious paradox!
Read this article and discover ten haunted places. C'mon. You know you want to.
BOOK REVIEW BY NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO FOR - THE THREAT - BY ANDREW G. MCCABE
Yes, I know: I write horror, so why am I writing about a review that National Public Radio gave for The Threat by Andrew G. McCabe? Why not? If one keeps their head in the sand, they won't know what's happening around them. I like to be aware of what's going on. I'm not pushing this down anyone's throat. Read it if you want. Don't read it if you wish not to. Your choice. I found the review and I'm sharing it. Maybe, some of my readers will get something out of this. I did.
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