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.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

20Q7A: An interview with Monica J. O'Rourke

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 Monica J. O’Rourke...

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

MJO: I’m finally going to jump in and try NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month) this year. (It happens to be every November. Google for details.) I have a week to decide on the plot, but I have three novels I want to write … and this one will likely be a thriller (with lots of horror elements).

My latest novel (What Happens in the Darkness, published about two years ago) is a post-apocalyptic vampire novel that takes place mainly in NYC. My vampires don’t sparkle. And while this book is much tamer (less gory) than my usual books, there are still some really nasty scenes.

Do you have any creative endeavors other than writing fiction (art, music, knitting)?

MJO: I sing … used to want to sing professionally. I love singing anything Broadway, and torch songs/ballads/standards, and old rock ’n’ roll (’50s mostly). I used to play the bass … badly. LOL.

If you could have chosen your own name when you were born, what would it have been?

MJO: When I was a teenager just discovering horror writers, I wanted to call myself Stephanie King. Around the same time, I decided on the pseudonym Erica Criss-Carr (a combo of KISS drummers Eric Carr and Peter Criss). Luckily I outgrew both ideas.

Thank God my father didn’t get his way. He wanted to name me Xaviera (the real name of prostitute/“Happy Hooker” author).

What was your greatest Halloween costume?

MJO: When I was around eleven, my two cousins, brother, and I dressed up as KISS (this was around 1977, so it was the original lineup). I was Peter Criss. We made our own costumes, and my cousin Mark did an amazing job with our makeup. And then my aunt Jean made us wear our winter coats because this was waaaay upstate NY (Adirondack Mountains) and it was cold! But as soon as we were down the road we ditched our coats. I think we walked twenty miles trick-or-treating that night.

If you could be reincarnated as a sentient but inanimate object, what would you like to be?

MJO: I can’t imagine being sentient but unable to move … what torture. Reminds of that French man who “dictated” a book after suffering a debilitating illness … he blinked the entire book to write it, and an assistant typed it. Mind-numbingly amazing.

What is your writing environment like? (Are you out in public or in seclusion? Is there noise? Is there coffee? Do you type on a laptop or write longhand on lined notebook paper?)

MJO: I work from home as an editor, and though I’m not writing much lately, I also write from home. There’s always coffee. And cats. Sometimes the cats (well, Mac anyway) plants his big butt on my keyboard and tries to take over. I tend to write longhand … I find I’m more creative that way. But then the transcribing is a nightmare! Half the time I can’t read my own serial-killer handwriting.

What happens when you die?

MJO: We don’t “die.” We move from one incarnation to another. We’re all spiritual beings sharing an earthly experience. We’re here to learn, and then we return home to study what we learned. We choose our own paths on this planet, those experiences—good and bad—that help us grow. This is why I no longer fear death.

Don’t get me started on time (a manmade construct) or synchronicity! :)

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Monica J. O’Rourke has published more than one hundred short stories in magazines such as Postscripts, Nasty Piece of Work, Fangoria, Flesh & Blood, Nemonymous, and Brutarian and anthologies such as Horror for Good (for charity), The Mammoth Book of the Kama Sutra, and Eulogies II. She is the author of Poisoning Eros I and II, written with Wrath James White, Suffer the Flesh, and the collection In the End, Only Darkness. Her latest novel, What Happens in the Darkness, is available from Sinister Grin Press. She works as a freelance editor, writer, and book coach. Find her on www.facebook.com/MonicaJORourke.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

20Q7A: An interview with Tom Lucas

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 Tom Lucas...


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If you could have chosen your own name when you were born, what would it have been?

TL: According to my mom, there was a time when I wanted to be called Lance Crockett. It’s a combo of my favorite baseball player at the time (Lance Parrish) and Davy Crockett. Lance Crockett. What a name. That’s a guy who will rip your arms right out of your socket ‘cause you looked at him sideways. I should have stuck with it.

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

TL: I would like to go around town dressed like an old school Rollerball player. The 1970s version, not that bullshit remake nonsense. I would have to re-learn how to roller skate. It’s been a long time.

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

TL: Splice. I bet no one ever picks that one. Why? Did you see it? The ending? HOLY SHIT.

What was your greatest Halloween costume?

This question seems like a good one to answer considering…my favorite and best Halloween costume was a Tusken Raider from Star Wars. This costume was the real deal. My grandfather was a handy guy and he took an old football helmet and covered it with burlap and built in the breather and the whole shebang. That costume was so badass that I wore it three years in a row.

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

TL: Pizza. It is the greatest of all foods and there’s plenty of variety with all the crazy toppings available to today’s discerning pizza customer.

Have you traveled outside your home country, and if so, where? Where would you like to go that you haven't been yet?

TL: Back in college (the olden days 'cause I am olden), I spent the summer semester in Krakow, Poland. It was 1990 and the Berlin Wall had just gone down. It was a wild, wild time. I toured a good chuck of Eastern Europe that summer as well, so that was cool.

I would love to make it down to Australia. Everything I see looks cool as hell and I really want to hang out with Adrian Shotbolt.

What happens when you die?

TL: George Carlin used to say that you get back everything you ever lost. I hope that’s not true. I have no use for 1257 ball point pens. But, on the flip side…I did lose a comic book collection when a tornado hit my house in 1997. Thousands of books right up in the air, gone forever. Sigh. Yeah, I hope I get those back.

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Tom Lucas was born and raised in Detroit, and although currently enjoying the lack of snow and ice in Florida, remains a son of the post-industrial apocalypse.

He is the author of the bizarro books Leather to the Corinthians and Pax Titanus.


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