Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sometimes... you just need to have some f***ing zombies! - Kingdom of the Dead cover and synopsis

Earlier I announced that my Z-Poc story, "Birthday Wish" would be appearing in the anthology "Soul Survivors: Hometown Tales Volume 1."

Now... I've taken some time to percolate and let the dark muses whisper their rants (and a few dirty jokes here and there) and weave their spell upon me. I started working on a sequel-ish installment that digs a bit deeper into the world of "Birthday Wish" that introduces some new characters and new dangers.

Here's a synopsis:

Deep within the ruins of Lakewood North Carolina, a young boy emerges from a dilapidated elementary school. In search of his family, he sets off across the dead, hungy landscape with the help of an almost etherial friend who may be more than he seems.

Soul Survivors: Hometown Tales goes on sale October 31st
Kingdom of the Dead should be available before the end of the year.
Sticks and Stones is still being tweaked and polished. I'll announce the release date as soon as I can.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Sticks and Stones FREE SAMPLE!

Just to whet you appetite, here's a little preview! }:-)~

Thirty seven minutes had passed before Matt heard light footfalls coming from behind him. He craned his head over his right shoulder, careful not to startle the animal. He caught a brief glimpse of something light brown traipsing toward his position.

He took a quick inspection of his crossbow, making sure it was cocked, safety off and the bolt was in place. The light sounds of cautious movement drew closer. Soon, Matt could hear it just under his feet. He looked down just as the large buck stepped out into full view.

Matt's heart raced. It wasn't the monster buck but it was an impressive trophy. He took a long, deep breath, raised the weapon and trained its sights on the kill zone.

Just a few more steps. C'mon. Just a little closer...

To the left of the trail, a flash of movement caught in Matt's vision just in time to see a thick stick swing out in a wide arc. The stick caught the buck square in both front legs. The bones snapped with an audible crack. The deer collapsed to the cold ground. It thrashed and howled in agony as it tried to flee in vain.

From the tree stand, Matt sat in stunned silence as a massive figure rose from the other side of a thick oak. It was dark, covered from head to toe with thick, matted, reddish brown fur. The thing was slumped over as it rushed toward the broken deer. In a matter of seconds it took the buck's head in its thick hands and snapped its neck in one fluid motion. Then, the creature stood to its full height and examined the kill. Matt's jaw fell slack. The thing was impossibly huge, standing well over seven and a half feet tall.

It retrieved the stick from the ground and slapped it against the trunk of the oak several times. It bellowed out a series of deep, guttural grunts and in moments the forest was flooded with movement.

Six other creatures had stepped from the thickets. Some were female with young ones riding on the mother's backs. Others were varied in size with mild deformities but all looked as if they were built of solid muscle.

Matt felt a growing pressure build in his bladder. What he was seeing was not possible. A nightmare of which he could not wake. He watched as the beasts ripped into the carcass, eviscerated it and ate.

The crossbow shook in his hands. If he was spotted there was no way he could kill them all. If they could climb he was as good as dead. Matt tried to hold his breath and keep silent. He was close to hyperventilating and felt like a small child on a playground surrounded by some of the biggest bullies the world had ever seen. He whispered a silent prayer in hopes that some form of higher power existed and felt the need to be merciful.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Woohoooo! I'm back online! NEW UPDATES


Computer problems have prevented me from keeping up with this page. Now it seems that all of the problems have been resolved and I can get back to work.

So, first up is an update on  my novelette "Sticks and Stones." I'm hard at work doing edits and fixing goofs (considering the entire story was written on a cell phone office app, there was a ton). Anyway it will be released on Amazon in the near future (hopefully before Halloween) as a deluxe edition which will contain "The Legend of the Mountain Devils" which are the true accounts which inspired "Sticks and Stones" and "Just In Sight."

Also, I've decided to do something a bit different with this one. In the past I have designed my own covers (Carcass, Just In Sight, Night Owls, and a new cover for Carcass II which is floating in some sort of limbo at the moment). This time the cover is being designed by, the very talented, Jason R. Fowler. Keep your eyes on this page for that in the near future.


Here is a promo poster for the upcoming anthology Soul Survivors: Hometown Tales Volume 1

If you would like a high resolution copy to print off and pass around, you can download the image on Knightwatch Press' main page by clicking HERE

The book will feature my zombie apocalypse tale "Birthday Wish" and is slated for release on October 31, 2011 with Volume 2 to follow in Spring 2012


I have been asked several times, "what do you like to listen to when you write?" Well, it really depends on my mood, location and what's going on in the story. There are certain songs that always play in the background before writing to help me relax and focus. So I decided that I would compile a list of my 'writing soundtrack.'

Sully Erna's Avalon is a great choice to get relaxed and it really does get the juices flowing nicely.
Type O Negative is really a jack of all trades band when it comes to writing. During the course of one of their albums you can find fuel for atmosphere, emotional scenes, action, humor, dark humor and utter doom.
Otep is perfect for working on high energy scenes and dark subjects.
Murderdolls/Wednesday 13 for the "cut loose, give it Hell and have fun" kind of story.
Tool/A Perfect Circle for the dark and brooding apocalypse type.
Blackmore's Night is good for adding elements of fantasy.
Godsmack I'm a Godsmack fanatic therefore there is always room for Godsmack!
All That Remains is good for characters who need to build courage to power forward. Fear Factory is good for this as well.

Well, there you have it. Those are my most frequent plays while writing.

That's all for now but keep your eyes peeled for more updates soon!