Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Bundles of Fear

The Fear Bundle

It’s October, and with Halloween staring at us, this is the perfect time to read some cool horror fiction.  I started out writing horror.  Yes, my first story sale was fantasy, but the first stories I ever wrote were all horror.  I was a huge fan of monster movies, TV, books, and comic books.  I lived for movies like The Wolf Man starring Lon Chaney, Jr. and The Creature from the Black Lagoon.  I will always have a fondness for the old Universal Monsters.   

But I also watched Dark Shadows on TV, totally hooked by Barnabas Collins, the vampire and Angelique, the witch.  Carl Kolchak (played by Darren McGavin) was my idea of a hero in that he was a regular guy who always took it upon himself to face down whatever supernatural critter attacked the city in The Night Stalker.  With comic books, Werewolf by Night was my favorite, though I also loved Tomb of Dracula, and Ghost Rider.  Yes, I was a Marvel guy.

And books!  I read the classics.  Dracula by Bram Stoker wasn’t as good as the movies because I got so tired of reading letter after letter.  But Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was awesome!  My favorite short story was always “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson.  That story got its claws into me so deep that at the age of eighteen when I went to visit my father on summer vacation, he asked me to go buy him a lottery ticket at the local 7-Eleven, and I said, “Dad, are you sure you want to do that?”  And I was serious!

I lived for books like Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice.  I was a bit too young when I read that one because I kept thinking, wow, these vampire dudes really like each other.  I read books like Rosemary’s Baby, Jaws, The Exorcist, and others.  Then I discovered Stephen King.  The Shining creeped me out, and I kept reading his books.  The Dead Zone, Christine, ‘Salem’s Lot, Pet Sematary, and on and on.  I loved them!

So when I started writing, I was all about the scary stuff.  My first published story was a ghost story called “By Death Abused.”  I sold a bunch of horror stories, and while I mostly write urban fantasy these days, my love of horror has never faded.

Recently, I read a wonderful book called Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix, and I’m back on a horror reading kick.

So I was delighted when Kristine Kathryn Rusch assembled a StoryBundle called The Fear Bundle, which is loaded with horror.  I’m honored to have a novel included.  The bundle will be available only for a limited time, so grab it while you can.  Get your horror fix now!  I know I will.

For the low price of $5.00, you get four books: Show Trial by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Last Call by Sean Costello, The Night Killers by Rebecca M. Senese, and Fiction River: Feel the Fear edited by Mark Leslie.

And if you pay at least $15.00, you cut loose another six books: Calling Dead by Dean Wesley Smith, Immortal Clay by Michael Warren Lucas, I, Death by Mark Leslie, When the Moon Over Kualina Mountain Comes by Leah Cutter, Gates of Hell by J.F. Penn, and One-Way Ticket to Midnight by some clown named Gary Jonas (oh, that’s me).

You want vampires?  Check.  You want serial killers, we’ve got you covered.  You want magic, music, the end of the world?  You’re all set. 

The charity for this bundle is the American Red Cross, and the funds are being directed to Puerto Rico relief.  People there are suffering, so while you scare yourself silly with some terrific books, you’ll also help the people of PR recover from the hurricane.

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