Hey Lovebirds and Lonely Hearts,
Another meaningless holiday is upon us, in this, another meaningless decade. Valentine’s Day is a good time to appreciate your current soulmate. Or you can reflect on the spectacular failures of all your previous relationships. Hopefully you are logical enough to realize some of that failure falls on you. I mean, either everyone you’ve ever dated is wrong or you are. What’s more likely? Trust me on this. As a divorced man in his mid-forties who chooses to live alone, I know what I’m talking about.
But that’s not to say I don’t believe in love. I’ve certainly been shown a lot of it from you loyal readers and fans, and for that, I thank and love every one of you. And believe me, it’s not easy for a man my age to love anything.
Much of your love has been seen in reviews. At the time of this writing, Gone to See the River Man now has a four-star average rating on Amazon with a total of 2,512 reviews. On Goodreads, it has a four-star average rating, with 8,261 ratings and 1,499 text reviews. And an astonishing 23,439 people have marked it as “to-read.”
Reviews are an enormous benefit to indie authors. If you’ve enjoyed a book, please take the time to write a review. It can be as simple as a single sentence. Every review helps.
In bigger news, Ex-Boogeyman has been nominated for this year’s Splatterpunk Award for Best Horror Novel of the Year. This is a huge honor. Thanks to all the readers out there who voted for me and congrats to all the other authors nominated in all categories. I’ve won two Splatterpunk Awards now, and know how much they mean to me, so I’m excited for all the authors in the extreme horror business who are up for this great honor.
To celebrate Ex-Boogeyman’s rising popularity, I’ve put the special signed book bundle on sale on my website, no discount code needed. The book is available in both hardback and paperback, and each bundle comes with extra goodies.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Robert Englund snapped when they made the A Nightmare on Elm Street remake without him, became Freddy in his own mind, and started killing people for real?
That’s the basic concept behind Ex-Boogeyman.
Get it here or wherever books are sold.
In other news, my debut novel The Ruin Season has been out of print for some time now. The reason for this is that after the contract expired with PMMP, I decided to rerelease the book in a revised edition that cleaned up the text and corrected the unfortunate typos in the old edition. A limited, signed hardback will be available for pre-order soon on my website, with the paperback being released everywhere soon after. Stay tuned for the official announcement and follow me on all social media platforms to stay updated.
For now, here’s a sneak peek at the new cover, designed by living legend CV Hunt. And yes, that’s my dog Bear in the photo, making her book cover debut!
My first book signing of the year will take place in about a month and a half. I and literally hundreds of other horror authors will be at Scare That Care’s Authorcon event in Williamsburg, VA, March 31st through April 2nd. This is the second event of its kind, and I can assure you the first one was an incredible event for everyone involved. Hope to see you there too!
Get your tickets here.
So, I’ve fallen in love with the films of S. Craig Zahler. Most horror fans will be familiar with his dark western Bone Tomahawk. But Zahler has also written and directed two stellar crime movies that are more brutal and disturbing than most horror films. Brawl in Cell Block 99 and Dragged Across Concrete are not only intense, well-crafted flicks, but they are also extremely well-written, with complex “gray area” characters and sharp dialogue. Zahler is also an accomplished novelist, and it’s reflected in his film work. Dragged Across Concrete is a masterpiece of crime cinema and is the most layered of the two. Brawl in Cell Block 99 is also a great story and features a surprise, standout performance by Vince Vaughn of all people. It is definitely the more brutal movie, though I do think Dragged is superior overall.
I’ve told all my friends about these films but none of them listen to me. Hopefully you won’t make that same mistake. See these movies, particularly if you’re a writer. Block is currently available to watch for free with ads on Tubi, Peacock, and Roku. Dragged is on HBO Max.
Speaking of crime in entertainment, Tulsa King is the best show on TV right now. Fans of The Sopranos take note. If this were on a more popular streaming network, I think it would be getting much more buzz than it is, but it’s on Paramount Plus, which nobody has. But I implore you to do a free trial of the network just to binge season one of this show. At 76, Sylvester Stallone is a revelation as the old school gangster protagonist, and season two has already been announced.
Current snack recommendation is Oreos with the hazelnut filling. But you’ve got to have milk on hand. Don’t give me any of that almond milk bullshit either. Fuck that! It’s not milk, and you know it. And soy, in all its forms, is a garbage beverage. You don’t want to be a garbage can, do you? We all get treated like that enough from the people we date.
Until next time, keep reading, and try to be happy.
Congrats on the Nomination. And these are some amazing figures for Gone to See the River Man :)