All right - so this was a fast, quick and entertaining read. You could smell the Creole Cajun funk of New Orleans in every sentence and the added salsAll right - so this was a fast, quick and entertaining read. You could smell the Creole Cajun funk of New Orleans in every sentence and the added salsa of cannibalism only helped to thicken the rouille.
I have got to be honest with you - the little ironic twist of the end was a little bit too cheesy for my literary taste buds - but I would still recommend this as a fun and nasty little read. I'd definitely like to see this expanded into a novel.
I'd happily rank this four big old steaming pots of gumbo out of five. A quick little snack of a story that is surprisingly filling.
All right - I'd better finish this review up before the League of Cooking Metaphors issues a restraining order upon my keyboard....more
I wrote this collection - which is why I have not rated it. That's not my job. Rating your own works is way to close to self-coOkay - full disclosure.
I wrote this collection - which is why I have not rated it. That's not my job. Rating your own works is way to close to self-congratulations. Next thing you know I'm walking around Halifax muttering to myself - "Good job, Steve."
So I'll leave it up to the readers here at Goodreads.
If you want a copy you can pick it up through Kindle or over at Kobo.
If you do pick up a copy I hope you enjoy the read.
We writers are nothing without you readers to back our play.
This is my book - so I'm not to rate or rave about it - but I will tell you that you can pick this e-book up FREE at Kindle or Kobo. I have released aThis is my book - so I'm not to rate or rave about it - but I will tell you that you can pick this e-book up FREE at Kindle or Kobo. I have released a series of sea tales - each one a single stand-alone adventure - but I have released this yarn as a free taste of my work.
As a gardener I can tell you that there is nothing more contagious than a weed - and this book - THE HARVEST - is crammed FULL of an invading speciesAs a gardener I can tell you that there is nothing more contagious than a weed - and this book - THE HARVEST - is crammed FULL of an invading species that is basically a virulent weed.
So right off the bat THE HARVEST creeps me out.
THE HARVEST is old-school novel of space invasions - not the "OH MY GOLLY THEY ARE SHOOTING DOWN THE AIR FORCE" Independence Day style military space invasions - but more along the lines of the creeping paranoia of John Carpenter's THE THING - or better yet, John W. Campbell's "Who Goes There".
Think THE TOMMYKNOCKERS with a little bit more sense of continuity.
In fact, that last comparison is maybe the best of all. THE HARVEST reads like an old-school Stephen King novel - the kind of book where you KNOW that there is something go on in the woods just outside of town - something that is creeping like a case of galloping fungi into town - and only a handful of determined and stalwart redneck heroes stand in the way of the complete and total subjugation of the human race.
I've got to tell you that I really enjoy that whole scenario and I really enjoyed the heck out of Scott Nicholson's THE HARVEST.
All right - so this is my book and I will not "rate" it.
The story - a short novella - is a story about how far some men might go in search of vengeancAll right - so this is my book and I will not "rate" it.
The story - a short novella - is a story about how far some men might go in search of vengeance. It is gritty and realistic and it is far closer to a crime novel than a horror story. It is a tale of railroad justice coupled with homemade vengeance.
Fans of the hockey/vampire novella SUDDEN DEATH OVERTIME will find themselves right at home reading this story.
Some of you may have already read this story before - but there's been some changes made. Quite a few folks wanted to know just WHERE the vampires camSome of you may have already read this story before - but there's been some changes made. Quite a few folks wanted to know just WHERE the vampires came from. So I'm telling you that it's all in here. This version tells the entire backstory to why exactly the vampires have come to town.
Midlisters by Kealan Patrick Burke, Biting Dog Publications, hardcover, 88 pgs, $35.00, 2007
There’s nothing so boring as shop talk unless it’s your shMidlisters by Kealan Patrick Burke, Biting Dog Publications, hardcover, 88 pgs, $35.00, 2007
There’s nothing so boring as shop talk unless it’s your shop your talking about and you happen to be talking to yourself. Writers writing about writers: sounds like a death sentence to me.
Only Kealan Patrick Burke’s new novella Midlisters certainly proves me wrong. The whole story seems so damn personal and yet so universal that it touched me in ways I did not think possible.
The story begins with horror novelist Jason Tennant trying to make some kind of a go out of a stubborn shanty bitch of a muse who only puts out in a half-assed fashion. Jason is a midlister, one of those dying breeds of writers who ride the borderland between bestseller and failure. It’s a grim gray road that Jason Tennant must walk. He isn’t particularly happy about this limbo of literary obscurity that he finds himself trapped within.
The problem is Jason Tennant is trapped midway between the deadly sins of pride and envy. He has too much pride in his work to accept that someone like Kent Gray, a best selling author of second rate sci-fi smut who nonetheless finds happy success while Tennant must toil away in authorial anonymity. When Tennant is invited to attend a horror and science fiction convention as a B-list backbencher he is surprised and displeased to discover that Kent Gray has been invited as the guest of honour. What happens when they meet and what happens behind the scenes and between the lines is startling, to say the least.
Burke fearlessly turns over every stone and boulder of a writer’s psyche and displays the grubs and nasty things that crawl beneath the creator’s heart. It is a sharp and entertaining story that will speak to writers and readers alike. You may find that the ending is frustratingly ambiguous but Midlisters is one of those stories that demands to be read twice and on the second time around I am certain you will be more than pleased with the story Burke tells.
Kealan Patrick Burke has been moving steadily through his own limbo of midlisted ventures but I am certain that we should expect big things from this quiet Irish writer. It’s a subtle work that will leave you thinking and I recommend it to anyone who loves to read and/or write. This is a limited edition so copies will disappear faster than you might think. Snap it up while you can before Midlisters is listed as out-of-print.
- Steve Vernon (review originally appeared in the pages of Cemetery Dance magazine)...more
I grew up watching my grandfather watch hockey. Every Saturday night he'd sit there on his big black leather Lazy-Boy recliner, thumping the side of hI grew up watching my grandfather watch hockey. Every Saturday night he'd sit there on his big black leather Lazy-Boy recliner, thumping the side of his fist against the arm of the chair, cursing and cheering at the Toronto Maple Leafs.
I grew up listening to that wonderful theme music that a pack of lawyers stole away - Ba-dum-ba-da-da-daaa!
I grew up in a small town where it was deemed more important to build a second hockey arena - rather than an indoor public swimming pool. I grew up knowing what a Gordie Howe Hat Trick was.
That's the spirit that I have tried to capture in this novella of hockey and vampires. It is a short fast and fun little read - and is available in Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and Apple format.
I'm not going to hang any stars onto this "review". I'm too old for that sort of horse-puck foolishness - but just the same I'm darned proud of this fun little yarn and hope that some of you folks see fit to give it a try.
Depending on where you live, this book can be awfully hard to find. The original release came from a POD publisher that rose up and went out of busineDepending on where you live, this book can be awfully hard to find. The original release came from a POD publisher that rose up and went out of business in about the same amount of time as it took you to read this sentence. Then Toronto-based publisher Burning Effigy released a chapbook version which is still on the market.
Now the good folks at Crossroad Press have released an e-book of this nasty little collection.
What's it about? Bluntly, it is a combination of super hero meets horror. Or to put it another way - if you think you know everything about super heroes...you don't know nothing.
Meet Captain Nothing - on of the nastiest anti-heroes imaginable.
Three stories. "The Glint of Moonlight on Broken Glass" "Lamprey Fellatio" "The Meat Axe of Love"
My very first novel-length e-book. Devil Tree is a historical horror and I would definitely call it a "thinking human" kind of story. Let me tell folkMy very first novel-length e-book. Devil Tree is a historical horror and I would definitely call it a "thinking human" kind of story. Let me tell folks a bit about Devil Tree.
DEVIL TREE is a horror novel set in mid-nineteenth century North America. The novel opens with Lucas Sawyer and his wife Tamsen being cast from their raft into the twisting waters of the Greensnake River. They are rescued by Jonah Duvall, a woodsman dwelling in a strange hidden valley with his native wife Jezebel and her son Cord. These names were given to them by Duvall, because, “once you name a thing, it is yours”.
Above all this stands the Devil Tree, or Duvall’s Tree, as he calls it. The Devil Tree is a huge and evil jack pine that has summoned them all to this valley to feed on their collective emotions and their unnatural offspring. The tree is farming them and using them to feed its unholy appetites. It is part earth spirit, part elder demon and entirely uncontrollable.
This is a deep, dark yarn that I guarantee will haunt you for some time after you read it. The final scenes are guaranteed to take you way past gut-check and deep into the heart of oh-my-lordy!
At a paltry $3.99 I hope that some of you folks will give it a try. For those who want a preview, take a look at the Kindleboard page and scroll to the bottom where you will find a peek at the first couple of chapters. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004OA6M3G/?... Tree
I have been waiting a very long time for Jeff Strand’s second Leisure Book.
His first, Pressure, was a pneumatic vice-grip of a novel that caught holdI have been waiting a very long time for Jeff Strand’s second Leisure Book.
His first, Pressure, was a pneumatic vice-grip of a novel that caught hold of the reader at a suitably vulnerable point and s-q-u-e-e-z-e-d.
Dweller is equally as intense.
The book takes a look at the life of a young boy named Toby who has been literally touched by a sort of Bigfoot-style creature. Toby names the monster Owen and in time, in spite of the inevitable speed bumps that arise in any friendship – namely massacre and man-eating – the two become fast friends.
The book follows Toby throughout his life, looking at how having a friendship with a monster can influence and change a person. It sounds a little goofy when you write it out like that but the book really has an interesting sort of Mice and Men kind of vibe to it. They definitely are a pair of “broken toys” who lean on each other and find their own way through this darkness that some call life.
It is a peculiarly charming sort of read and Strand deals with the problems of spanning an entire lifetime by writing little snapshot vignettes – almost the equivalent of a cinematic montage – throughout the book. This technique is surpisingly effective and the reader feels as if they have watched Toby throughout his entire life.
Dweller is not exactly a horror novel, so much as it is a strong dark fable. The carnage is relatively muted and the book has a sort of YA-feel to it that I enjoyed.
I would definitely recommend this book and I am certain to re-read it.
Just this morning finished reading Tachyon's new collection, THE BEST OF JOE R. LANSDALE.
Okay, for starters, I'm a big Lansdale fan. Just haven't readJust this morning finished reading Tachyon's new collection, THE BEST OF JOE R. LANSDALE.
Okay, for starters, I'm a big Lansdale fan. Just haven't read too much of his that I haven't enjoyed immensely.
As with most "best of" collections there were several stories I had read, notably The classic "On the Far Side of the Cadillac Desert with Dead Folks", the many-times reprinted "Night they Missed the Horror Show", the Toho monsterama "Godzilla's Twelve-Step Program" and the rock solid historical novella "The Big Blow".
I read them anyway. Hell, I've drank beer before, but that has never stopped me from opening up another bottle.
I hadn't read the original novella, "Bubba Ho-Tep", although I loved the movie. The original novella pleased me greatly. I also hadn't read "Mad Dog Summer", which was a little more along the lines of Lansdale's book The Bottoms. I hadn't read "The Events Concerning a Nude Fold-Out Found in a Harlequin Romance" - an introduction to a new set of hard-boiled characters just waiting for a novel series of their own.
All in all it was a damn good read and a solid introduction to the man's work. I'd recommend it to anyone who wanted to get to know Lansdale's work.
A taste of raw moonshine, a sip of wild white lightning!