Monthly Archives: July 2013

500 #downloads of 30 Minute Plan this Month on #kindle

30 Minute Plan

#UK http://amzn.to/WolCXw
#US http://amzn.to/zhXzfi
#Nook http://bit.ly/v6tBNq

I just wanted to toot my #free zombie short’s little horn as it’s still going relatively strong after 3 years. If you don’t have it, grab a copy. Why not, it’s free?

Oh, and here’s what one reviewer said about it: http://exm.nr/QrK1sr.

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Join Me on #DollarBinHorrorRadio #Sunday

Where I’ll be speaking with Eric Polk about horror on the cheap. More details soon!

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#HowISpentMyWeekend

Anyone else have eventful weekend? Mine was marked by a brief storm this past Friday and a power outage that lasted the entire weekend. In the midst of attempting to preserve our food I also had to take my daughter to a birthday party which actually got my mind off no television including no True Blood or Dexter.
We finally got the power back Monday night but I was afraid I might have to cancel a speaking engagement. Thanks to my wife who played mommy and daddy while I got to go play.

But now I have to catch up on my shows. You never realize how much you miss television until it’s gone. People say things like it’s rotting your brain, there’s nothing good on anymore, or people watch too much, but you wait until it’s gone for a couple days and see how your opinion changes. I was a TV baby, it was a constant babysitter, so I never had that particular opinion.

Oh, the speaking engagement went really well. Fantastic turnout at the Troy Public Library. There is even looking to have me back in the fall. Met some really nice people, including a young author home really has the fire in the belly to produce. I’m trying to steer him toward CreateSpace on Amazon for his next novel just so he can see how much easier and less expensive it is then with the vanity publisher he went with.

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@BrianKeene ‘s Blog – MISTER OCTOBER – An Anthology in Memory of Rick Hautala – July 23, 2013 04:30

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@BrianKeene ‘s Blog – MISTER OCTOBER – An Anthology in Memory of Rick Hautala – July 23, 2013 04:30

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@BrianKeene ‘s Blog – MISTER OCTOBER – An Anthology in Memory of Rick Hautala – July 23, 2013 04:30

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#HorrorSnippets #TheEndsofaSentence

I actually wrote this story a few years ago and it didn’t get accepted into whatever anthology I was writing it for. I even tried adapting it into a teleplay for a local director who was trying to create a new horror series. I think it’s a solid story and very different from what I typically write. Below is an excerpt and you can read the whole story in its entirety at http://www.horrorsnippets.blogspot.com.

The Ends of a Sentence

Jon sat down at the kitchen table, finally ready to kill his wife. It had taken him two years to work up to this point, which on the surface seemed a long time, but he’d been married to her over forty years and had had nothing but time to study her the last fifteen since he’d retired. In perspective, two years was hardly anything at all.
But during that short spell of time he’d been able to formulate exactly why it was he wanted her dead. It wasn’t that she’d had the affair. Martha had never told him, but he’d known her well enough to figure it out for himself. He’d seen the signs. Jon had had his own affair or two. It wasn’t that he suspected the boys weren’t his. They’d turned away from him even before leaving the house.
It was that now, after all these years, she was going to leave him.
Martha set his glass next to his bowl. If she had her way, it would be the last time she’d ever do that.
“Do you know how much I love you?” he said to her.
She turned and stared at him quizzically.
“Well, of course I know you love me,” she said.
“No. I said do you know how much I love you.”
She leaned against the sink and folded her arms, fixing him with a stare.
“No,” she said coolly, a slight smile playing across her face. “How much?”
“So much that you are as much a part of me as me. I know you, Martha. I know everything you’ll do.”

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#Dexter Season 8 @SHO_Network SHO_Dexter‎ Finale Prediction

Dexter Season 8
So I think I need to start over from scratch with my prediction. With a couple unexpected things happening, how I think things will end needs to be… recalculated. Most notably, the death of Laguerta and the subsequent effect on Deb. But also, the introduction of this Dr who has played a part and Dexter becoming who he is.
Obviously, this is going to play a part in how the show wraps up. The doctor is focused a lot on Dexter’s emotional makeup and sees that he seems to care about things beyond himself, even as she doesn’t believe it isn’t for selfish reasons.
Another thing is for certain: the doctor is going to die.
But now that Quinn is being reintroduced as a love interest for Debra, that throws another kink in the works, especially when you consider she just confessed to killing their old captain.
He doesn’t believe her now, but that doesn’t mean he won’t later. But what will he do with this information? I don’t think he will turn her in, Quinn is very loyal even to the point of committing crimes to prove that loyalty as evidenced last season. But does that mean an exemption for Dexter? When he comes to believe her, Quinn will ask why. And Debra will answer.
So here’s my revised prediction: Deborah’s selfless act must be matched by Dexter. The only way for him to do this–to heal her–is for him to allow Deborah to kill him. Look for Quinn and Batista’s sister to break up, but for her to still be bitter about it. But at some point the nasty end of that relationship will come into play and Dexter will try to kill Quinn. Remember, this isn’t some newly introduced character–this is Battista’s sister and Dexter’s babysitter; the fact this relationship even exists foreshadows something significant is going to happen. It will amount to Debra choosing between past and future, old love versus reborn love, Dexter or Quinn. She will be forced to kill one of the two men and Dexter will somehow allow this. I think that means he won’t wind up on the table but maybe another storage container, the place where he always says he was born. It will also be the place he dies.
But how does this season’s killer factor in? I’m not sure yet, but I’m not entirely convinced it isn’t the doctor herself.

Hey, I horror too. Check out The Dogs of City Hall on Amazon and look for Axe to the Face, coming soon!

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Beneath the Surface

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I was at the Bloomfield Twp Library yesterday, talking about being a horror author. It was a great turnout and I had a lot of fun. I didn’t want to have a completely written out speech, so I only made a few notes of things to touch on. Here’s the intro I wrote:

“Damn you. Damn you all.” If I were a villain that might be what I’d say to you.  If I were a mad scientist I’d probably just cackle maniacally and monologue poetically how your feeble minds couldn’t comprehend my genius. If I were a werewolf I’d probably howl, and if I were a zombie I’d probably just stare wide-eyed until I’d shuffled close enough to one of you to pluck out your delicious brain and snack on it. I’m not sure what I’d do if I were a vampire because they just seem so confused nowadays.

So, instead, I simply say ‘Good evening’.

But in this day and age where we view even our friends and neighbors with eyes-wide-open suspicion, I imagine your first question is, “Who is he and what does he know?” or “Who is he and what does he know?”

Well, I know a lot of stuff. And only 80% of it is made up.

I began this strange and winding path down Horror Lane when I was about five. It was probably even earlier than that, but my clearest memory is getting out of kindergarten class, hopping in my mother’s car and going to see the movie Creepshow. There was a lot of screaming and eye-covering, but my mother saw at least 3/4s of the movie. But after horror movies, there were horror books—I got a book of ghost stories when I was in fifth grade and Eyes of the Dragon when I was in seventh. I read so many stories, eventually wishing characters would do certain things they never did or things to occur that never happened, until I decided to start writing my own stories.
I wrote a lot with my best friend in high school, but we didn’t have the means to get our comic book stories in front of Marvel or Image (DC wasn’t really cool at the time) and eventually gave up writing to become ‘realistic’ about what I was going to do for the rest of my life.

I went over my writing history, including my first rejection and read Horror Snippets #2 before asking the attendees what things they write.
Just before we ended, Kerrie, the lady from the library, told me they’d ordered both of my print books. After we’d wrapped I went straight upstairs to find my book and that is the picture upstairs.

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Go Beneath the Surface Tomorrow!

Join me at the Bloomfield Twp Library July 11, 2013 where I’ll be speaking about being an #indie horror author. I’ll be talking about my experience publishing myself and doing a few readings while I’m there. If you are in the metro Detroit area, drop in, it’s free!

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