Thursday, April 29, 2010


Yes, A. R.'s giving in to the almighty Kindle (talking about myself in the third person--that's a good sign). I could sit here and chaw off about how I prefer paper books, but that would do me a disservice, seeing I have stories out in two e-books (that's right, the Rymfire ones).

Heavy Metal Horror and Vermin are fucking wonderful!

But as for the rest . . . well, let's just say I won't be using the Kindle god unless I'm reviewing a book for Niteblade, and let's leave it at that.

Oh Gawd, horror is so unhealthy.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

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Welcome to a world hidden behind the blinds of reality, a landscape waiting to be molded into a thing of pain and torture.

This anthology is not for the faint-hearted. The ideas, themes, and disturbing images portrayed within these pages will send your brain into overdrive on the road to madness. This book is guaranteed to rob you of sleep at night by bringing you the nightmare you've most feared...

Carole Gill's "Truth Hurts," where a woman writing about douchey vampires gets her comeuppance.

A man is seduced by the lamia in "Ladies of the Scale" by Bob Morgan Jr.

Lee Pletzer's "Teeth" will make you think twice about taking your son fishing again.

A boy gets revenge on abusive adults in "Devil Inside" by William Cook.

We go on a Lovecraftian journey with Jason Warden's amazing story, "Once Seen."

K.K.'s "The Visitation" will have you shuddering.

Mark Edward Hall's "The Fear" makes a case against hunting for a lost relative.

Joseph Mulak's "Wounds" evil deeds for the right reasons.

Angel Leigh McCoy's "The Barnes Family Reunion"

One of my favorite parts of the book is the unrestrained gore, but if psychological is your thing, you'll also find compelling stories within. When this book comes out, any horror fan would be a fool not to get a copy ~ A. R. Braun

The one thing that stands out about this anthology is that no two stories are the same. Yes, they are horror, but each one brings in a new tasty scary delight. Triskaideka Books has done an amazing job of bringing all this talent into one anthology. There is no anthology out such as this and one that needs to be on everyone’s bookshelf at one time or another. Jumping into this world of darkness only brings forward the most compelling and interesting tales seen in a long time. It is worth the read and worth keeping for years to come ~ Shells Walter, Sonar4

More info: Avaliable here
Paperback Release date: 23-04-10. Only $9.99 (two week special). 12.99 after that.
E-version available here for only $1.99

Saturday, April 17, 2010

How old should one be to see a horror film?

I was thinking about my earlier post where I'd said a minor's brain isn't ready to handle uncensored horror until he or she is twenty-one, and if that would apply to movie actors and actresses such as the kids that starred in The Children. I don't think so. I mean, are you going to let him or her make the movie and then tell him or her they can't watch it? That's ludicrous! That's hypocrisy! There were some actresses in the past, like when Brooke Shields made Alice Sweet Alice, that couldn't watch it though she'd starred in it because it scared her too much. When I was 18 and my little brother was 13,I remember sneaking him into Friday the 13th 3D after I'd been severely warned not to do so, plus sneaking out of my window at 4 a.m. to go see The Boogeyman when I was 16. I watched The Amityville Horror at the theater when I was 14. Watching those films never really bothered me.

So I guess this would only apply to the written word, which is always scarier and more psychologically disturbing than the movie. I'll have to still stand firm and suggest one not read this wacky, uncensored horror shit till one is no longer a minor.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Lee Pletzers's novel, The Game

I just finished reading Lee Pletzers's novel, The Game, the ultimate horror novel for gamers. Not only was it packed with virtual horror excitement, but also with characters' situations that felt real. We get inside the head of a junkie hooker, an underage girl being raped by her coke-head mom's boyfriend and her subsequent horror at her little brother's abduction by the nemesis, a woman not human, and her huge demon slave ready to beat anyone into the dust who goes against his master's wishes. I've never read a novel like this before, and I definitely recommend it. Buy it when it comes out (it's not yet released) and you won't be sorry!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Collaborating With Another Author

I'd always thought collaborating with another author would be a drag. How many author collaborative books have you read that kicked ass? Not many? Same here! I thought of how I'd loved Elizabeth Massie's short stories, but not Dreams of the Dark (Dark Shadows) with Stephen M. Rainey. I thought of Black House by King and Straub, which I didn't care for. In fact, I couldn't think of one single collaboration book I liked except for Skipp and Spector's The Cleanuup. This would be a failed venture, right?


I've been collaborting on a story with Ro Van Saint, and it's the best story I've ever taken part in. Plus, it overcomes what I think is the worst part of being an author--the loneliness. I'd never written anything so sick in my life! And if there aren't many great collabs, then why not rise to the challenge?

So if you get the chance, definitely collaborate. You won't regret it.