Monthly Archives: November 2013

Make that Five 5 Star Reviews for Where the Monsters Are

Gerald Dean Rice stuns readers with his new book – Ft. Myers Young Adult Fiction | Examiner.com

Where the Monsters Are by Gerald Dean Rice is among the most captivating novelettes one will read. The old-school vibe is simply mind-blowing and will bring you back to your childhood of watching great shows such as “The Twilight Zone” and “Creepshow”.

There’s no denying that horror has been muddled throughout the years since it first took off. It went from classics like “Dracula” to the ever-so-popular horror comics of the 1950s, and these days it seems that the horror age has melded with the either the romantic era and/or the graphically gruesome aspect of stories.

Believe it or not, most horror does not need graphics and gruesome details to scare, disorientate, and please readers. In fact, sometimes it’s scarier when it doesn’t include all that. It’s also easier to get through the book and keeps the readers attention. It’s absolutely incredible how Rice captivates his audience in the thrills of the story while most authors in the same genre try to distract from their style through mindless and unnecessary violence and graphics.

Gerald Dean Rice has mastered this style; keeping his unique voice steady throughout the story. His characters will pop out at you, terrify you, latch onto your heart, and even give you a little something to relate to. Rice pulls at your innermost thoughts, and expertly crafts his story. Read the rest of the article here.

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One of the best reviews for anything I’ve ever written

Pick up a copy of Where the Monsters are here. I will let the review speak for itself:

By Keith Milstead
Gerald Dean Rice’s novelette WHERE THE MONSTERS ARE so befuddled me the first time I read it that I believed I should read it again. Not to say it was anything but genius, it was. I just kept feeling the need to reread Mr. Rice’s journey into madness. Upon my first reading, I looked at Mr. Rice’s story at face value, a man’s journey through the rabbit hole where he meets people who think they know him from the past and then begin showing up again and again, affecting his life by going as far and destroying a co-workers career and killing another. His journey is diluted by the fear he will kill his wife and destroying his life.

Now, if I had chosen to stop there, it would have been like eating the cherry off a cake but not eating the cake. I am not even sure Mr. Rice had this deeper meaning that I perceived because as a nightmare story, this tale would have been sufficient and well worth the price of admittance. Instead, I read it again and as I moved through the main character’s nightmarish journey, I, being a long time student of clinical psychology began to see the symptoms of schizoaffective disorder and the horrible influences that this disease has on people.

I cannot be sure that this is what Mr. Rice wrote about but it is how his work influenced me. People affected by schizoaffective disorder experience strange thoughts and perceptions along with paranoid thoughts and ideas. This is definitely what the mind of our main character, Gerald Parsons, seems to be filled with. A victim of schizoaffective disorder experiences delusions, hallucinations, a manic mood as well as thoughts of homicide and suicide. People who are affected by this disorder also have problems with attention and memory and display behavior at the extreme ends of the normal spectrum. My first clue that Gerald is being treated for something is indicated when he takes medication of an unknown type and that he has seen a psychiatrist before.

I will not reveal any more of this story and plot line because Gerald Dean Rice is a master story teller and you should obtain this e-book to fully enjoy a story that works so well on so many levels. Reading it through the second time is where I let my imagination open up and gained a whole new since of Mr. Rice’s story. So to me, it was like reading two different stories with the same characters. This is an incredible book, an incredible story and an awesome journey into madness. I cannot recommend this book any more than I have.

Literally, buy this book and figuratively, get your mind blown! Kudos Mr. Rice, kudos!

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Get a #Free Copy of The Closet Today and Tomorrow!

Today and tomorrow download your absolutely free copy of the first installment in the Returned series, The Closet. The series next has The Revelation and then The Bargain before picking up again next year. Now is a great time to get started on it.

The Bargain

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The Firing Range

I had the chance to go to my local police department’s firing range today. I used the standard medium glock that officers carry and after a very brief explanation on how to hold, load, and fire I did a little target shooting.

First off, it was incredibly loud. I had to wear two types of hearing protection and the kick surprised me. After I finished with the first clip, I believe it was 9 bullets, the officer told me I was going to shoot for scoring. Now other than firing my brother’s .22 back when I was fourteen in the backyard into the dirt, I’ve never shot an actual gun. So when I set my sites and began firing, I wasn’t expecting anything fantastic. Body shots were worth ten points, head shots were worth twenty. Check out how I did:

fire!

My score was 170 out of 200. I’ll know where I placed next week!

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**Correction**

The Closet is not free today. That post came a little too early. You can download a free copy after midnight tonight for Kindle. You can always get my zombie story 30 Minute Plan and The Beggar’s Bowl for free, though.

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One More Time- Pick up a Free Copy of The Closet this Weekend!

Okay, for whatever reason my promotion didn’t come off last Saturday like it was supposed to, so I’m doing it again. This Saturday and Sunday, get a free copy of the first issue in the Returned series, The Closet. The reviews have been interesting because people haven’t known exactly how to take it. But things begin to come together in The Revelation and then The Bargain. This series will pick back up next year and now is a great time to get started on it.

And in case you haven’t read the Z-Flash series, read the first four before the next one comes along!

Z-Flash #1

Z-Flash #2

Z-Flash #3

Z-Flash #4

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CW to reboot Romero’s ‘Tales from the Darkside’

I grew up on shows like this and Monsters which came on right after. I would love to be a part of this somehow. I might have to do some digging to see what I can come up with.

http://za.omg.yahoo.com/news/cw-reboot-romeros-tales-darkside-055600974.html

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Get The Closet for #free Today

The first installment of the Returned series is on Kindle for free today. Now is a great time to begin this series before it starts up again in the new year. Or if you already have it, download The Revelation (The Returned), and then The Bargain (The Returned). These are both great reads at only $0.99!

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Z-Flash #4 #amreading #free #horror

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Name Unknown, Location Unknown—2004

(taken from the journal of a hospital employee)

There’s a ton of dead bodies in here.  I don’t know why, but a doctor slapped a clipboard in my hand and told me to take a head count.  Everybody’s running around.  A lot of people are hurt.  A whole lot more are dead.

There wasn’t enough room for me to stand out in the hall to count the bodies they were bringing in so somebody else shoved me into this meat locker to count from inside.  I think a plane crashed into a bus or something.  People were saying stuff all at once, but I’m only catching bits or pieces.  There was somebody else in here doing something, but as soon as she saw me she must have thought I was her replacement and left.

Damn.  50.  And from the sounds coming from the hallway the day is still young.

There’s some kind of ante-room in here with a whole lot more bodies in it.  I started counting over.  I stopped when I got to 16.  There’s this girl (I guess a girl, her body looks really young), except… she doesn’t have a head.  At first I’m staring at this headless body, but then it hits me that I’m staring at a girl who couldn’t have been 18 even and I feel all pervy.  That doesn’t even make sense to me because what kind of dude gets his rocks off by staring at decapatated (however you spell it) bodies of prepubescent (?) girls?

I heard the doors slap open twice out there.  It’s starting to feel crowd—

Oh shit.  I swear to God this girl’s body just moved.  My sides hurt I laughed so hard.  My mind is gonna play tricks on me if I don’t get outta here soon!  Maybe I need to step out for some air because her arm just completely fell off this gurney thing and it’s just dangling now.  I ain’t touching it.  The doors just slapped open again.

OK, I know this sounds… reads (whatever) nuts, but for real the girl did just move.  I was picking up my pen off the floor and her arm sorta… twitched.  I’m no doctor, but it’s probably like signals from the brain or something, right?  Wait, she doesn’t have a head.  OK, how the hell does that happen?

All right I just stepped out in the hall and tried to flag down a doctor to come take a look.  The only person who even remotely looked like a doc was this Pakistani guy, except he was crying and screaming in Pakistani and he wasn’t moving from that spot.  I grabbed an EMT and he about slugged me when I touched him.  I thought he was coming when I told him what I saw but when I rushed back in here he wasn’t behind me.

The girl is really moving around now and it’s getting more than a little creepy.  Her arms are shaking and she keeps making fists and then shaking again.  At first I thought it was like a seizure or something, but I think she’s in pain.  I mean, I broke my toe once when I was a kid and it hurt really bad, right?  But I knew I couldn’t just reach down and grab it ‘cause it would hurt worse.  So I just stood there, hopping around on one foot and waving my hands around until my dad got me to the hospital.  Almost like she’s waving her arms around.

How bad does it hurt to get your head cut off?

I got the guts to take a step closer to look at the wound.  I mean, I assumed her head was cut off, but I didn’t really look-look.  I don’t know how to describe it—it looks like a ‘clean’ cut for the most part, except at the back where I can see part of her spine and a fist-sized piece of meat (ugh!) hanging off it.

Dammit!  She grabbed me.  I don’t know if she felt me or what, but she reached out and grabbed my arm.  I barely shook her off, she was strong.  The doors just banged open again and I think I’m outtie.  I mean, I need the money and all and I’m sorry, but this is just a temp job.

There’s another gurney just in front of the doors with something about the size of a bowling ball under a sheet.  I don’t know if it’s just my eyes or what, but I saw it move.  My bad for not picking up the girl from the floor, but I ain’t waiting around for all these other bodies to start skipping around.

We did an extensive search for plane crashes in the year 2004, but could find none that had crashed into any buses.  There were three fatal bus crashes reported in that year, but one was a bus carrying only senior citizens and the other had only one death.  The third was a passenger bus passing through Virginia at the time of the crash. We received no responses to several Freedom of Information Act requests and a PR representative who wished to remain nameless declined to comment.

Z-Flash #1

Z-Flash #2

Z-Flash #3

 

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Z-Flash #4 Tonight!

I have two more of these to go in this series. Stop by http://www.razorlinepress.com at 7:30 EST to read them. And if you need to catch up, click on the links below!

Z-Flash #1

Z-Flash #2

Z-Flash #3

And don’t forget to download Where the Monsters Are, only $0.99!

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