Thursday, September 18, 2014

Supernatural Suspense Storybundle – Clive Barker & 9 More!

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Supernatural Suspense Storybundle – Clive Barker & 9 More!

Shared from the Storybundle site – so you don’t think I’ve gone all Queen of England talking about myself in third person – DNW
Curated by David Naill Wilson
Suspense comes in all flavors and stripes. Though they are often sloughed off onto the horror genre, Supernatural Suspense novels have become a staple of the genre-bending best-sellers. Authors like Stephen King and Dean Koontz have entrenched themselves in this sub-genre, and over the years an impressive group of talented authors have added their words, and their visions to the mix.
This Supernatural Suspense bundle is curated by Award-winning author, poet, and now publisher David Niall Wilson, who has been writing since the late 1980s and has well over thirty books of his own.
Of this bundle, Wilson says:
“I was very pleased to be afforded the opportunity to choose some of my favorite novels and authors and present their work in such an affordable and unique manner. In a suspense novel, the reader basically knows what’s going on – most of the mystery is pushed aside in lieu of eventful moments, fast action, harrowing escapes, and the imminent threat of something very bad happening. What I love best is that sort of a plot with either full-blown dark fantasy, or at least the hint – the question – of something supernatural behind the threat. It heightens the suspense, and though – like most thrillers – the reader is mostly aware of the threat from an early point in the story, there is always the chance that something evil and beyond the control of the protagonist, hero, or whatever character experiences it that will change the outcome completely.
Rather than choose books with a common theme, or style, what I strove for in this grouping is variety. These novels range from those where the supernatural is more in the minds of the characters, as in Elizabeth Massie’s Bram Stoker Award-Winning Sineater to – in the case of Clive Barker’s Weaveworld – a complete divergence into another realm.
My own novel, On the Third Day, concerns religion and miracles, and I’ll admit, that’s not too far from Thomas Monteleone’s Night of Broken Souls, but the take on the subject matter – the style of the suspense – is entirely unique in each. Pulitzer nominated author Thomas Sullivan’s novel Second Soul is a dark tale of spirits and guilt, while Aaron Rosenberg’s Incursion is the beginning of a series, the novels of the O.C.L.T. – and deals with ecological issues and Native American magic.
Brian Hodge takes readers from the dark visions of the rain forests to the darker streets of the big city in Nightlife, literary master Chet Williamson brings the darkness and his own deep knowledge of theater and stage to play in Reign , and Mike Baron draws on the seemingly endless secrets of the ancient world in his novel Skorpio. A wonderfully literate grouping of truly fascinating works…” – David Niall Wilson
The initial titles in the bundle (minimum $3 to purchase) are:
   Reign by Chet Williamson
   Second Soul by Thomas Sullivan
   On the Third Day by David Niall Wilson
   Incursion by Aaron Rosenberg
   Moonbane by Al Sarrantonio
If you pay more than the bonus price of just $12, you’ll get another five books:
   Weaveworld by Clive Barker
   Nightlife by Brian Hodge
   Sineater by Elizabeth Massie
   Skorpio by Mike Baron
   Night of Broken Souls by Thomas F. Monteleone
The bundle is available for a very limited time only, via It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books, but after the three weeks are over, the bundle is gone forever!
It’s also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.
Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.
   Get quality reads: We’ve chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
   Pay what you want (minimum $3): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth to you. If you can only spare a little, that’s fine! You’ll still get access to a batch of thrilling titles.
   Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there’s nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
   Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to charity. We’re currently featuring Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now.
   Receive extra books: If you beat our bonus price, you’re not just getting seven books, you’re getting thirteen!
StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for and
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Strangers by Bill Pronzini Gravetapping: Ben Boulden

Gravetapping by Ben Boulden

Posted: 16 Sep 2014 05:04 PM PDT
Strangers is the 39th—by my count—Nameless Detective novel, and it is something of a throwback. Nameless revisits his past, in both technique—he is once again a lone-wolf detective without benefit of Tamara, Jake, or Kerry—and fact.

His past comes back in the form of Cheryl Rosmond. Cheryl is a former lover. The relationship crumbled twenty year earlier, and Cheryl now lives in the dusty mining boom town of Mineral Springs, Nevada. She is a widow, and her son, Cody, is accused of three rapes. The evidence is circumstantial, but strong. A witness—a desert hermit named Max Stendreyer—saw Cody leaving the area of the final rape, and the ski mask and knife the rapist used were found in his Jeep.

Cheryl, in desperation, calls Nameless. She has hired an attorney—the only lawyer in town who will take the case and criminal law isn’t his specialty—and she needs someone who will dig around to prove Cody’s innocence. Nameless is reluctant, but his sense of duty pulls him into the case—

“It was the kind of distraught plea I’d heard in one form or another a dozen times before, and invariably my response had been the same: yes. Wise or foolish, right or wrong, always the same.”

Mineral Springs is a dirty, dusty, and cramped town. Its residents are small minded, petty, and mean. It is stark contrast to Nameless’ memory of Cheryl, and he has difficulty making her fit the town. She is harassed with telephone threats, and malicious property destruction—her shed is set on fire and a brick is thrown through a window of her home. Nameless isn’t welcomed with open arms either. The County Sheriff doesn’t quite warn him off, but comes close. The victims are less than cordial, and one of the townspeople takes a long distance and anonymous rifle shot at him.      

Strangersis a special novel. It is atmospheric, weighty, and entertaining. It is plot driven, but the procedural mystery runs a distant second to its raw emotional impact. The setting—desolate, stark, empty—fits the thematic structure of the story. The emptiness defines the nature of Nameless’ quest. A quest to discover the facts of the crimes Cody is accused of, and the truth of his shared past with Cheryl. A past that, when he discovers its truth, he would have preferred left alone—

“When I reached the highway and turned west, I didn’t look back.”

Strangersis one of the more powerful Nameless novels. Its emotional impact is on par with Mr Pronzini’s standalone work; particularly his masterful Blue Lonesome—which shares a similar setting, but very different leading woman—and The Crimes of Jordan Wise.

Headlines that shouldn't be true buta re

Mississippi Coroner Tells Residents To Shoot Intruders

MI county sells injured mom’s home over one tax bill, and will keep
extra $80,000 profit

Sean Hannity worries parents won’t be able to teach kids ‘gays are not

Doc Took Selfie While Rivers Was Under
(i guess this was her doc too-a good time was had by everybody but Joan)

New Miss America’s talent is baby-killing and handing out whore pills …
some say
(she had the audacity to intern at Planned Parenthood while she was in

Florida man kills his sister at her 40th birthday party while
attempting ‘Tombstone’ gun stunt

Fox News: Real ‘poor’ people don’t have air conditioners and computers
(this is the douche of douches on fox--which is saying something)

Los Angeles Law Enforcement Officers Kill About One Person A Week

New York pastor's wild 'rectum' rant: NASA Voyager probe proved 'homos'
are perverts

D'Souza To Write About Prison Experience If Sent To Slammer...
(maybe he'll tell the truth for once)

Teen Girl Fatally Shoots Gamer For His PS4 While Her Baby Looks On: Cops

Jon Stewart mocks Joe Scarborough’s hypocritical rant about Hillary

Teens charged after Ohio woman guns down intruder wearing Insane Clown
Posse mask

NYC Cop Kicks Street Vendor (VIDEO)
Heart transplant patient alleges nurse forced sex...

Tennessee cheerleaders defy ban on school prayer, lead fans in pre-game
Lord’s Prayer

Fox News: Real ‘poor’ people don’t have air conditioners and computers

If you quit, you can't complain about sexual harassment, financial firm
allegedly told woman

Maddow reveals big lie at heart of Kansas Republican’s campaign ‘reboot’

Judge blocks release of probe into shooting of unarmed CA teen by cops
after phony 911 call

NYC man puts obscene photos in window to taunt immigrant family next

Irate banker, tired of barking dog, shoots wrong corgi in front of
horrified neighbors

We have a winner! Elisabeth Hasselbeck is first Fox host to link NFL
scandals to Benghazi

‘Sovereign citizen’ battles cops during ‘full-frontal assault’ on GA

Funny or Die: Bill Maher’s just using this whole atheist thing to raise
money for Jesus

Bobby Jindal, former biology scholar, won’t say whether he believes in

Code Pink heckles John McCain’s war talk: ‘You have no authority on
this issue!’

St. Louis grand jury has four months to decide to charge Ferguson
officer Darren Wilson
(killer copl'll walk & probably be governor someday)

Televangelist claims apocalyptic ‘expertise’ to hawk ‘End of the World’
survivalist gear on website

‘Tea Party Satanist’ says new Detroit temple is too liberal and full of

Rescue Dog Ruins Fun Time By Saving Kid Who Doesn't Need Saving

Japanese Porn Star Featured On Math Book By Mistake

In NYC, It Takes 10 Cops To Arrest One Elmo

Florida Man Accused Of Pleasuring Himself At Yoga Class

CLAIM: Half Iraq's army cannot fight...

'SIEG HEIL': Supermarket prints Nazi slogan on receipts...

STUDY: Artificial Sweeteners May Promote Diabetes...

Bible-pushing Christians open the door for Satanic activity books in
Florida schools

Boehner: I’m Saddled With ‘Knuckleheads’

Dr. Fauci: Ebola Can Be Weaponized

Catholic church prepares for conflict on allowing holy communion for
(wow-how modern of you)

Kentucky man shoots wife, then himself after she wrecks SUV while
fleeing from him

A Cincinnati man who tried to break up a fight between two women on a
bus was brutally attacked and robbed by a group of young people who
were enjoying the altercation, WTOV reports. Shahid Sylla was recording
an argument between two women on...

More than 200 wedding guests brawled Saturday night in a Buffalo
country club fracas that required police from seven different agencies
to break it up. A manager at the Orchard Park Country Club denied any
incident had occurred, but witnesses,...

The head of a Texas volunteer border militia has said that he does not
want two members of the group to return when they are released from
jail. According to KRGV TV, K.C. Massey, the leader of the border
patrol militia based at Camp Lonestar in...

‘No, daddy, no!’: Philly dad catches daughter’s boyfriend in bedroom,
shoots him in head

Oklahoma state Sen. Bennett: American Muslims are a ‘cancer in our
nation that needs cutting out’

from Patricia Abbott-CONCRETE ANGEL

When Eve Moran murders a man she picks up in shoe repair shop, she persuades her
twelve-year old daughter, Christine, to confess to the crime. Eve has always
wanted things and had proven inventive and tenacious in getting and keeping
them. She steals, lies, swindles and finally commits murder, giving little heed
to the cost of her actions on those who love her. Christine, dependent on her
and compelled by love is caught up in her mother's deceptions. Eve's powers of
seduction are hard to resist for those who come in contact with her toxic
allure. It's only when Christine's three-year old stepbrother, Ryan, begins to
prove useful to his mother, a pattern repeating itself that Christine finds the
courage and means to bring an end to Eve's tyranny.

Polis Books will publish this book in Summer 2015, followed by SHOT IN DEROIT,
the next winter.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

On writing FRENZY by John Lutz


On writing FRENZY
            John Lutz

            “Frenzy” Now there’s a title that promises a lot. I’d like to think it delivers.
            Five young women are murdered in a hotel suite. This might at first seem like overkill (sorry), if it were not for Richard Speck, who was found guilty of killing eight student nurses in a rented townhouse in Chicago.
            The disturbing knowledge that there must be more Specks walking around free to kill provides what is most needed to make a fictional serial killer thriller come alive – plausibility. Fiction rooted in fact. People can tell you, and you can tell yourself, that it’s absurd to become afraid of something in a book, even if you’re reading that book while all alone in the soft light of a dim library, on a rainy night, in a house full of ineffable sounds.
            But there is more here. Speck has widened plausibility. How can one reject as implausible something that happened. Speck’s grotesque crime has increased what is plausible in this kind of thriller. Five victims slain in the same time frame in the same room. Echoes of Speck. And somewhere in the reader’s mind is a train of logic something like, “God! This is so horrible that it defies belief. Yet didn’t it happen?”  Yes, there are echoes of Speck bouncing off actual crimes that occurred not all that long ago.
            So, acceptance can follow disbelief, all in a matter of minutes, and if the rest of the novel works, plausibility will have been established by fact.
            A massacre for openers can provoke something else in a thriller—curiosity. Why would someone murder five young women in the same place, in the same way, at the same time?
            The idea in FRENZY, as in most thrillers, is to pose intriguing questions, and then answer them.
            But not too soon.

John Lutz