Monday, March 11, 2019

Quick update

In addition to streamlining some things around here, I've added a couple new book cover designs I had the pleasure of working on recently: Where Stars Won't Shine by Patrick Lacey and Rites of Extinction by Matt Serafini. Both are out through Grindhouse Press (well, technically Rites is coming soon; I'll update this with a link once it's available), and I highly recommend both.

I've created a new page for Premade Book Covers. If you happen to be an author or publisher looking for some professional cover art, maybe one of these designs will fit your needs. If not, I'll be adding more options from time to time. And of course I'm always available for custom work.

Those of you with keen eyes may have also noticed there's now a tab at the top of the site for 20Q7A. That refers to an author interview series I used to run here, called 20 Questions, 7 Answers. Well, there may be a reason for that tab. Stay tuned.

I've got a newsletter now too, if you'd like to keep up with various fiction- and design-related hijinks, and perhaps some exclusive content, in a slightly more passive way. Sign up over there on the right, and you'll be among the first to know about...certain things.

More stories are on the way soon too—which I suppose is incentive to sign up for that newsletter, or to follow me on social media.

Okay, that's all for now. Happy Monday.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Slices ON SALE For a Limited Time!

Good news! The Kindle edition of my book SLICES is now on sale for 99¢ for a limited time!

"Mindblowing...A nice introduction to a very imaginative, if weird, mind." – Hellnotes

"Wildly weird and brutally bizarre...Over thirty tales of twisted terror and odd behaviors...I loved them all." – Ginger Nuts of Horror

"These pages are filled with unique and creepy stories...It's an all you can eat buffet of horror! I very rarely revisit books, but I will make an exception for this collection." – Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews

A man opens his door to a most unusual salesman, whose wares are not quite what they seem... A writer on a retreat discovers a talking insect, and a tree bearing fruit that looks just like cats... A demented clown acts as one poor soul's daily alarm clock... A man in a homemade spaceship encounters a terror he never could have expected - something that wasn't in his guidebook... A professional eater starts to crave the most forbidden food... A man on the verge of suicide begins cutting, and in doing so, finds a reason to exist...

These and many more Tales of Bizarro and Absurdist Horror.

Get yours here!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

New look, new book

Oh, big surprise - It's been forever since I last updated things here. Shocking, I know. Hoping to be a bit better about that moving forward. Time will tell.

Anyway, you may notice it looks a little different around here. I decided to make some adjustments, with a new overall look, a new logo, and more streamlined pages.

Aside from that, I suppose the biggest news I have to share is that I have a new book out. It's called Triple Axe. I had a blast writing it, and I couldn't be happier to have the book published through the amazing Grindhouse Press.


If you like 80s slasher movies, giallo films, and a good dose of dirty, campy comedy in your horror, this one may be for you. The Horror Fiction Review said it's "arguably the wildest tale of 2018" and Sci-Fi & Scary dubbed it "a gritty, gore-filled, wet dream of a novel". So if that sounds like your kind of thing, it's available in both ebook and paperback.

In related news, my friend and fellow writer Matt Serafini interviewed me a little while back about Triple Axe. We talked about exploitation films, and what connection the book may have to the movie 9 to 5, of all things. So you can check that out here. And while you're at it, it's worth mentioning that Matt recently reissued his own slasher novel, Under the Blade, which I highly recommend.

I also recently did a reading as part of the Moonwriters event at the Philly Fringe, where a bunch of local horror and sci-fi writers read their words. There was a bit of everything - short stories, novel excerpts, a dramatic script reading, and some non-fiction too. I read my story "Slices of Me" (the sort-of title story from my collection, Slices) for the first time in public, and was delighted by the sounds of squirming in the audience.

Anyway, I guess that's all for now. Just figured I'd get the ball rolling again over here. I'll be back before too long, hopefully with even more news.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

SLICES

Remember Google Reader? Are RSS feeds even still a thing? Can anybody see this? I haven’t posted here in forever...

Anyway, BIG NEWS! I have a NEW BOOK out, and it’s called SLICES.



That’s the cover. It’s a collection of short stories and flash fiction. The back cover description goes a little something like this:

Are you hungry for something different? Something weird? Horrific? Funny? Uncomfortable? Surreal? Try a slice. 

A man opens his door to a most unusual salesman, whose wares are not quite what they seem... A writer on a retreat discovers a talking insect, and a tree bearing fruit that looks just like cats... A demented clown acts as one poor soul’s daily alarm clock... A man in a homemade spaceship encounters a terror he never could have expected—something that wasn’t in his guidebook... A professional eater starts to crave the most forbidden food... A man on the verge of suicide begins cutting, and in doing so, finds a reason to exist... 

These and many more Tales of Bizarro and Absurdist Horror.

So maybe this is something that pertains to your interests? Maybe you’d like a copy for yourself? Or a friend? Or ALL of your friends?

Well, you’re in luck, because this thing is available in both paperback and ebook. Click on either of those words to go right on over to Amazon and get yourself some SLICES.

And by the way, I’ve also got this new LIMITED EDITION chapbook called THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MISUNDERSTANDING. I'll be selling them at conventions (while they last - there are only 74 copies), but you can get one for FREE if you act fast. Buy Slices, and leave a verified review on Amazon by Sunday, June 30, 2017, then send me a message, and I’ll send you one of these.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

20Q7A: An interview with Lucas Mangum

20 Questions, 7 Answers is an interview series for writers of bizarro and horror fiction. Each author receives the same batch of 20 questions...but they may only answer 7.

This week's guest is Lucas Mangum...


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What's your latest book, and how does it differ from your previous work?

LM: FLESH AND FIRE is a supernatural horror novel with a strong romantic element. It’s different from my previous work in that, according to the rest of the world, it exists. It’s my first published novel. As part of Journalstone’s Doubledown Series (their two-books in one line), it comes with a brand new zombie adventure by Jonathan Maberry and Rachael Lavin.

If it was socially acceptable to wear anything as clothing, how would you dress?

LM: Without a doubt, I would put on a pair of wrestling tights and face paint, and walk the streets of my city flexing my meager muscles. That may sound weird, but that’s nothing by Austin standards. I’d fit right in, I’m sure. Maybe I’ll try it tonight.

Who or what is your favorite movie monster, and why?

LM: I’ve always thought Belial from BASKET CASE was strangely cute. The Tall Man from PHANTASM is terrifying and formidable. The KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. You also can’t go wrong with killer Halloween masks that, as far as I can tell, turn children’s faces into bugs and snakes? (HALLOWEEN III) So, I guess that’s a toss-up.

If you could survive on one food for the rest of your life with no health repercussions, what would it be?

LM: Vegan sour gummy worms!

Twilight Zone or Outer Limits?

LM: THRILLER, hosted by Boris Karloff.

What happens when you die?

LM: Someone told me you void your bowels when you die, but that sounds ridiculous to me. I think people need to stop relying on poop jokes for cheap laughs.

What’s your secret?

LM: I kind of think poop jokes are hilarious.

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Lucas Mangum is an author living in Austin, TX. He enjoys wrestling, cats, wrestling with cats, and drinking craft beer while crafting weird stories. Hit him up on Twitter @LMangumFiction and talk horror movies and books, or visit his website, www.lucasmangum.com.