CALL FOR ART

26 Jul

CALL FOR ART Horror Crossover Universe To be published by 18thWall Productions in early Autumn 2014 Cover Dimensions: 9×6 PAYMENT: 8% royalties, in perpetuity. Think of the time Scooby Doo unmasked one of Henry Jekyll’s grandchildren, or the time Aliens faced off against Predators, or the time Abbott and Costello met Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, and the Invisible man. This book is an encyclopedia listing all of all of these stories, called crossovers, where a character from one series or story meets a character from another series or story. The cover should sell the idea of a *universe* of horror characters. Choice is left to the artist as to what exactly that means, be it a monster mash, a vintage-style poster, hot neon comic art, etc. In all likelihood, you will have at least two horror characters on your cover. Whatever you do, you *cannot* break copyright on characters who are not public domain; though you are more than welcome to, and in fact encouraged to, use “generic” versions of these characters. Please submit two samples of your finished work, as well as a sketch of your proposed Horror Crossover Universe cover, to James Bojaciuk at duobus@18thwall.com. If you have previously published work, please submit a CV and links (if possible) to your published work.

No longer accepting crossover finds.

26 Jul

In April 2012, I announced that I was writing a book about fictional crossovers within the horror genre, and requested that if anyone reading the announcement had any information they felt would be valuable to the book, to please send it my way. I was fortunate to have several people participate and most of what I received has made it into the book, and those people will be credited. But now, after 2 years and four months, the book is finally complete. I am currently working on final edits before sending off to the publisher. Thanks for those who sent me info, and if you are attempting to send me info at this point, I’m afraid I cannot accept it. I think if I hadn’t gotten it within 2 years and four months, it just wasn’t meant to be in there. Thank you.

Also from Sarah Daltry…

18 Jul

Sarah Daltry has an urban fantasy/paranormal romance out!  :) Here is the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Bitter-Fruits-ebook/dp/B00G2UXCNO/ref=la_B00BVV0F5W_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382502537&sr=1-4 This one does have lots of explicit sex, so it is NOT good for readers under 18! :)

Sarah Daltry

18 Jul

Seven months ago, I promised to post this for my author friend Sarah Daltry.  But I’ve been so focused on my own projects I forgot all about it.  But, better late than never, I hope.

Bitter Fruits Packet

Cover Picture:

 For some reason, I can’t copy and paste the pictures Sarah sent me.  :(

Book Info:

Title: Bitter Fruits (Eden’s Fall, #1)

Author: Sarah Daltry

Release Date: 12/1/2013

Publisher: Escape Publishing

 

 

Blurb:

 

For fans of dark urban fantasy comes a novel that questions why forbidden fruit is always the most tempting…

A vampire-themed masquerade party isn’t really her scene, but Nora is sick of frat parties and bars. When she meets Alec, the appeal suddenly becomes clear. It’s obvious that they’ve been struck by the same intense mutual attraction, but Alec keeps his distance. Intrigued despite herself, Nora pushes a little deeper — and discovers Alec’s unimaginable secret…

Nora is not afraid of following Alec into the darkness, but the choice is soon taken from her. Someone is hunting her — someone tied to the secret and desperate to see it play out. But when Nora finally meets her aggressor, she finds herself hopelessly drawn to him. She needs to make a choice between the two men, but can she save them both, knowing one is destined to die?

Praise for Bitter Fruits:
“This book is one of the best paranormals I’ve read, and I’ve read a lot. Five stars hands down! I am proud to pass it on to all of you. Buy this book, devour it and enjoy. ”

 

Buy Links:

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Bitter-Fruits-ebook/dp/B00G2UXCNO/ref=la_B00BVV0F5W_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382502537&sr=1-4

 

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bitter-Fruits-ebook/dp/B00G2UXCNO/ref=la_B00BVV0F5W_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382503616&sr=1-5

 

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bitter-fruits/id734987331?mt=11

 

All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-bitterfruits-1351909-143.html

 

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bitter-fruits-sarah-daltry/1115597545?ean=9780857991089&isbn=9780857991089&itm=1&usri=9780857991089

 

Big W: http://ebooks.bigw.com.au/bitter-fruits-358212

 

Booktopia: http://www.booktopia.com.au/ebooks/bitter-fruits-sarah-daltry/prod9780857991089.html;jsessionid=D7C569C9C0CA3FE5FBC593D29AF6CD18?clickid=wkXxQrWNJyfA1eoThuzLPydTUkTxpLwZw08j2Q0&bk_source_id=32024&bk_source=DGM

 

eBooks.com: http://www.ebooks.com/1520820/bitter-fruits/daltry-sarah/

 

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/bitter-fruits-3

 

JB HiFi: https://books.jbhifi.com.au/Book/367684

 

 

About The Author:

 

Sarah Daltry writes about the regular people who populate our lives. She’s written works in various genres – romance, erotica, fantasy, horror. Genre isn’t as important as telling a story about people and how their lives unfold. Sarah tends to focus on YA/NA characters but she’s been known to shake it up. Most of her stories are about relationships – romantic, familial, friendly – because love and empathy are the foundation of life. It doesn’t matter if the story is set in contemporary NY, historical Britain, or a fantasy world in the future – human beings are most interesting in the ways they interact with others. This is the principle behind all of Sarah’s stories.

Sarah has spent most of her life in school, from her BA and MA in English and writing to teaching both at the high school and college level. She also loves studying art history and really anything because learning is fun.

When Sarah isn’t writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.

 

Author Social Media Links:

 

Website: http://sarahdaltry.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SarahDaltryAuthor

http://www.facebook.com/BitterFruits

http://www.facebook.com/FloweringbySarahDaltry

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SarahDaltry

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/sarahdaltry/boards/

Tumblr: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/sarahdaltry

 

Optional Content:

 

Teaser Pictures:

 

Excerpt:

 

He sits in front of me and brings me to his chest. Our flesh is hot and sticky where it touches and I can’t stop the ache between my legs. His breathing is ragged and he tightens his grip on the back of my head as he tries to slow it. I am hurt or angry or frustrated, but I don’t know which. He runs his hands along my entire body and I push against him, needing him and not knowing how to accept his denial.

I want you, Nora. I have wanted you since I saw you. You are gorgeous. However, there are secrets that… Please understand, the steps that you want to take will reveal things. This cannot end well for either of us. I don’t want to make you suffer, but I am fated to suffer. Don’t make me bring you with me into the darkness. I can’t bear to lose you.’

I sense the pain that grips him. The darkness that he speaks of sounds frightening, but I don’t feel fear when I face him and meet his eyes. ‘I will follow you anywhere. Dark or light. Stop trying to make my choices for me.’

Our lips meet again, but it is with doubt. Neither of us knows what will happen if we are to move forward, but I want to have a chance to find out.

My body is still crying out for him but now my mind is calm. I want him, but I want him when he knows that I’m ready for whatever that means. His hands touch me and his caresses are soft. We both slow our breathing and I try to let my will match his. When he pulls away, he gathers the picnic and looks at me with longing and a hunger I do not recognize. It’s not sexual, but desperate. Almost as a dying man looks in the last moments of his life.

In three days,’ he says, ‘I will meet you again at the church where we first met. In the meantime, I want you to look something up — and if you do not appear at the church, I’ll know that what you found changed everything.’

Okay,’ I say warily. I’ll do anything he asks, but his fear scares me. What kind of secrets can he possibly hold? Little right now could stop me from going to him in three days.

Find the name Charles Samuels. He was an Oxford student in the 1960s. And then we shall see how much of the darkness you are willing to face.’

I’ll look him up, but Alec, I’m going to be at the church in three days,’ I say.

For your sake, Nora, I hope that you’re not.’

 

 

Playlist: 

Link: https://play.spotify.com/user/1283422417/playlist/1e3obabaRPVyJylsWrwn19

 

 

Trailer:

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM8V9kx-zUA

Embedded Code: <iframe width=”853″ height=”480″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/RM8V9kx-zUA” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen>

 

 

 

 

More Randomness from the Mind of a Madman!!!

1 Sep
Vampirella Lives #2 (Jan. 1997). Cover art by ...

Vampirella Lives #2 (Jan. 1997). Cover art by Adam Hughes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Vampirella #1 (Sept. 1969). Cover art by Frank...

Vampirella #1 (Sept. 1969). Cover art by Frank Frazetta. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Halloween II departs significantly from its pr...

Halloween II departs much from its predecessor by incorporating more graphic violence and gore, making it far more like slasher films of its time. This scene depicts a bleeding Michael after being shot in both eyes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Lon Chaney as seen in The Phantom of the Opera...

Lon Chaney as seen in The Phantom of the Opera, 1925. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The Tomb of Dracula

The Tomb of Dracula (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Anybody familiar with the Harris Comics Vampirella that can answer a question for me about whether the series was set immediately after the Warren series, or was it set in the present time period of which it was published.

 

I don’t know how to use Photoshop or create memes, but I thought of this today: What to Expect When You’re Expecting the Spanish Inquisition!

 

I’ve doubled my self-assigned mandatory writing per day for the next month. Not because I’m behind schedule, but because I’m now writing so quickly that I’m already tripling my mandatory daily writing quota every day and still finding lots of late night-time with little to do. So I might finish up the book even sooner, or end up writing a 2000 page book. I’m really trying hard to not make my book that long, though, but as I’m approaching 300 pages I haven’t even gotten into modern slasher films, Godzilla films, Asian ghosts, or fake paranormal documentaries yet. I may have to have less pictures than I wanted to fit all the information I want to cram in there. I also have to fit in three appendices, some biographies on monsters and monster hunters, and the forwards. And my introduction to the book. Yeesh.

 

It’s 1 am and I’m contemplating taking a 30 minute walk (and 30 minutes back) to go to the closest place open that sells coffee now. Is that weird?

 

I bought a new mop today, and I’m excited to use it. What have I become?

 

The sun will be up soon. I should be getting to bed.

 

My cat dips his paw in his water dish then taps it on his dry food to moisten it, because he prefers moister food. Pretty clever for a cat.

 

Saw a bunch of stuff on someone’s lawn. Clothes, toys, a bicycle, and a sign that said free. So I took the sign.

 

met my writing goal for today…and tomorrow….and the day after tomorrow. I’m very pleased with myself. It seems that as I can see the finish line at the end, I start building up momentum. Plus, admittedly, now that I’m working on the modern era of horror, perhaps I’m finding it easier to write about the material that I’m more familiar with and have more fun with. I’m on a roll, but I’m getting too tired to concentrate. First thing tomorrow (and by that I mean noonish), I’m working on Marvel’s Tomb of Dracula, and Mexican horror film monsters and the wrestlers who love to fight them.

 

I ran into someone I know on the way home and we stopped and had a nice conversation. After eight years in Northampton, am I actually becoming part of the community? That’s seriously going to mess with my crazy loner hermit image I’ve worked so hard on developing.

 

Not beating your kids does not turn them into monsters. My son has never been hit. He is a straight A student who is respectful, kind, generous, unselfish, and participates in healthy extra-curricular activities. He’s not an anomaly. The secret is that he is rewarded for good behavior, and disciplined by bad behavior. Take away the stuff they love and that will have a more lasting effect than smacking the kid. You smack the kid, and they fear your. But they won’t respect you. Teach by example. Be a good person, and they will want to emulate that. If you hit people who upset you, so will they. Do you want cops to smack you when you’re caught speeding? I’m so tired of people saying kids act like shit because the parents aren’t allowed to hurt them. No, perhaps it’s because you’re shitty parents who act like assholes, and the kids are emulating what they see. Sorry, but hitting your kids might seem easier, while being a good person might actually need some work.

 

Do we really need to honk to let someone know that we’re at this house? For crying out loud, even the homeless have cell phones with texting ability. Can’t we just pull up to a house, then after we park, take out the cell and say “I’m here” instead of pounding on the horn over and over for the neighborhood to hear? I have one neighbor who has visitors come by all day long, pounding on the horn several times each time they come by. Then of course, she can’t go out and talk. Or text them. Nope, she has to scream out the window at them, like she’s a three-year old with no control of her volume and too lazy to walk outside. Damn neighborhood.

 

 

I am a Madman!

10 Aug

I’m mad.  Quite mad, indeed.  Okay.  Nowadays, we like to say mentally ill, but as a fan of old horror and science fiction, I prefer to call myself mad.

I’m better than I was.  I take medication that keeps me manageable.  But once upon a time….

My madness is called Bi-Polar Disorder now, but it used to be called manic-depressive, and before that, madness (or eccentricity in polite circles if you were wealthy).

At its worst, I would overreact to the smallest of situations. I have attempted suicide a few times.   Once because I couldn’t start the lawnmower and I didn’t want to have to explain to my mother why the lawn didn’t get mowed.

I could get so angry I’ve been known to throw furniture at my work supervisor.  I’ve been paranoid.  I’d hear things that didn’t actually get said.  I’d have delusions.  Sometimes the lines between fiction and reality were blurred.

Now, with medication, I can seem to be quite normal….sometimes. I am still pretty introverted, except for the world of the internet, of course.  I have a huge ego, and yet I have extremely low self-esteem.  I don’t like to leave my apartment.  I keep my shades down and don’t let people over very often.  I don’t socialize.  I never answer my phone.  And that’s the way I like it.

I love to write, and at times I will pour myself into research, and in what seems like just moments of research will have been six hours.  I will lose total track of time, which is weird if you consider that I am obsessed with time and schedules and lists.

My mind is constantly obsessing over what most would consider things that don’t matter.  I can’t watch a TV show without analyzing how it fits into various fictional multiverse and shared realities.  I can’t watch something without studying it.

I can’t manage my money.  I’m always over drafting.  I’m extremely poor because I can’t handle money, and because I can’t seem to hold a job without freaking out, which is why the state considers my madness to be a disability.

At home, just me and my cat, I will sometimes pace my apartment at 3am because I’m coming up with great ideas for stories, which I’ll never have the patience to actually write.  Then I’ll sleep for 16 hours.

I often find myself talking to my cat, only because he’s there.  Otherwise, I’d talk to myself.

I’m actually quite happy with who I am, and how I live, though I do get sad and lonely.  I only care about my finances because it affects my relationship with my son.  And of course, there’s the lack of companionship.

The problem of course is first that I’m quite mad, and that’s a lot for people to deal with.  It’s hard to make friends or a girlfriend who can deal with my weirdness, my social anxiety, or my financial struggles.  And then the fact that because of who I am and how I am, I’m also very much used to doing things my particular way, on my schedule, or lack of schedule, depending on if I’m up or down at the town.  Not easy.

I was out tonight. I go to AA meetings, not because I’m an alcoholic, but because there aren’t any good mental health groups so it’s the closest thing I can find, and it gives me some serenity.  But when I go, I find that I’m the only one who doesn’t socialize before or after.  And I’ve realized why.  Of course, there is my own social anxiety, but also, my madness (even when controlled) is still clear.  And people fear me.  Not in the way that they fear getting hurt.  But they fear talking to the weird guy will be, well, weird.

So I am me.  And I’m mad.  Quite mad.  It’s a gift and a curse.  I’m quite brilliant.  (Really!)  And I’m a mess.  But it’s who I am.  It’s how I am.  And that’s all to that.  And tonight, I felt like I had to express that.  Because I’m not really great at talking to people, but I sure love to write.

 

More random thoughts and stuff from my Facebook page…

7 Jun

Rain. Why’d it have to be rain? (Missing my car now.)

Anybody going to the July 4 events at UMass this year? Connor and I go every year but this year without a car, we can’t go. Buses don’t run on the holiday. If anyone wants to go and is willing to bring us along, I’d be willing to pay for your parking.

An Iranian journalist appeared on the Daily Show in a piece that was meant to show that Iran does not hate America nor is it evil. For appearing on the show, the Iranian government arrested and tortured the journalist. I guess the message is that Iran’s government is evil and does hate America, and they really don’t like when their citizens try to debunk that stereotype.

I did nothing. I did absolutely nothing, and it was everything that I thought it could be.

Feel like today’s a lay on the couch and watch TV day.

Going to bed. See you all when I get up in the next 5 to 16 hours.

Only five hours of sleep has caught up to me. I think I need a nap. Getting sleepy and really getting bothered by little things like racists, sexists, elitists, classists, and other ists I can’t think of now.

I’ve been way too argumentative today over trivial things. Guess that’s what happens when I don’t get enough sleep. Well, except that I’m always way too argumentative over trivial things.

A problem with being a regular at an establishment is that they never listen because they are so used to you getting your usual. That can be convenient when you want your usual, but if tell them something different, they don’t listen. Still get the usual. I’ve recently come to appreciate onion bagels, but my regular Dunkin donuts ignores me and gives me my usual. I guess I have to start being rude and making them take it back and make the right order, but I feel bad because I know their intentions are good.

Sometimes I sleep for 16 hours, other times I sleep five and I’m fully charged.

Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but when the guy holding up the Earth dies, we are screwed.

OK, time for bed. I’ve been awake for nearly 12 hours. I’m beat.

I wanna dip my balls in that!

I’ve decided to stop using words like homophobic, racist, bigot. I’ve realized I can replace all those words with one equally descriptive word. Evil.

I’m seriously thinking of deleting anyone who posts “things happen for a reason”. You have a right to your beliefs, but when you say that those I’ve lost were part of His plan, and it’s for the greater good, I really just want to hurt you, and tell you not to worry, because it happened for a reason.

Right. So the first 15 minutes was some of the best Who ever.

 

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