Tuesday, January 16, 2018

DEAD TWIN SISTER - BY JACK WALLEN



Jack Wallen is back with another of his all over the place novels. Dead Twin Sister is a great science- fiction/fantasy/horror and urban paranormal book. Try saying that three times quickly. No one quite writes a tale like Jack does. He's his own man, and that's a good thing. Check out this book and poke around his other super tales on Amazon while you're there. You'll be glad you did.

Blaze McRob



Book description:



Die So Fluid is back from The Dark Seduction.

Reeling from the loss of a dear friend—and working with a new manager—their special blend of rock must continue on. While recording their latest album, “One Bullet From Paradise”, a spirit from the Seduction has latched onto Grog, intent on wreaking havoc. With each recorded song the spirit gains more power until Grog’s dead twin sister is unleashed.

With the help of some powerful hand magic and the lasting spirit of her departed friend, Grog must fight back the spectral force and save the human race from damnation.





Sunday, January 14, 2018

IN MEMORY OF MARTIN LUTHER KING


I wrote and posted this last year, and I'm putting it up here again. The link still carries the entire article. The post pretty much says it all.


The above post is a rather interesting one, I think. Hamden Rice is quite eloquent in talking about a discussion between his dad and him. Obviously, his father's message got across to him, and Hamden came to some concrete truths.

I read a lot of literature from both sides of the fence and keep an open mind on what happens around us. This article points out what Martin Luther King actually accomplished. The sixties were hell-on-wheels for many people. We had the war in 'Nam, and we had the Civil Rights movement. While many people equate John and Robert Kennedy with being major players in the Civil Rights Movement, the truth of the matter is they were not. They were actually ashamed of what others around the world were seeing in regards to what happened in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and other states. They told the Civil Rights leaders to chill.

Martin Luther King, the Freedom Riders, and others, refused to chill. How they were able to use a non-violent approach is beyond me. With so many politicians and idiot bigots running amok, it was an impossible task. And yet, they did.

I would prefer you read this article without me detailing what it contains, but remember one thing: white people are not responsible for Civil Rights having advanced as they did back then. Black people are.

Martin Luther King, you were a great man. You took upon you the mantle of responsibility and did your best, and you suffered for it. We suffered for it as well, for you are no longer with us. I will never forget that day in Alabama that I got to shake your hand. One day down the road, I hope to do it again.


Blaze McRob

Friday, January 12, 2018

WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH


http://www.womeninhorrormonth.com/

As is my custom, I will be jumping into the festivities at Women In Horror Month. I have been doing this for a number of years now. While this grand event showcases the talents of  many women - who give their all for the world of horror - in the month of February, I always extend it out. I believe that one year I went into August. Twenty-eight days is never enough for all the women masters at the craft. For too many years, this genre has been dominated by men. Wrongfully so. Women are every bit as good, and often better than men, when it comes to writing horror, acting in the genre, coming out with great music, and more. There's no sense in trying to deny this. It is the truth.

Follow my posts as I present to you fantastic Women In Horror. I will have interviews, shout-outs, book reviews, and more. I like to change things around. Also, I will let you know where you can find other folks who will be spreading the word.

Women In Horror. Find some new favorite authors. Read what your favorite horror women have coming up. Be here. I'll spread the word.

Thank you.

Blaze McRob

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

GREAT HONOR FOR DALE ESTER


http://auburnpub.com/lifestyles/in-the-zone-auburn-writer-places-third-in-rod-serling/article_4caf7cb1-acb8-56a3-a92d-1fababcbd45a.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share

Read this fantastic article about Dale Ester taking third place in the Narrate Your Own Twilight Zone contest. This is done through the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation. Quite an inspiring accomplishment.

Way to go, Dale Ester!

Blaze McRob

Sunday, January 7, 2018

CIVILITY


There are a lot of inconsiderate people popping up in the various groups on Facebook and elsewhere lately. I'm concerned mainly with writers' groups. As an example, one author posted her book cover of a soon to be published novel. This should have been happy time for her, right? It wasn't. Some guy blasted her over it saying it was horrible. I remembered him posting other things of the like in the past. He's rather opinioned, rude, and it seems he sells book covers. Hmm. I checked his credentials and didn't think his covers were all that good. My opinion, of course. Other authors said the same thing. Their covers were also not worth bragging about in my eyes. They were not horrible, but not great either. One guy liked the cover the woman had. Me? I also liked the cover. Obviously, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Unless you just wish to bring someone down, that is.

The same thing can be found with people finding flaws with formatting, editing, and much more. People come out of the woodwork to attack their peers. Wow! Why? No one is perfect. Remember that. As a rule of thumb, read the free sample on Amazon for a book and base your decision on that.

I am an editor as well as an author. As such, I see some great work and some that is lacking. Thank goodness I don't have to tell individuals when their work is not up to par. Another person handles that part. When I review a book for someone I only give 5Star or 4Star reviews. If the work doesn't warrant such I don't bother to leave a review. If the author knows I've read the book and asks me about it, I'll tell her/him in private. Yes, I get some authors who tell me I'm wrong, but I don't care. They asked and I told them.

Another thing that irritates me are people with high noses who have won many awards and try to lord it over the authors they consider to be beneath them. Sorry, people. I read for the content and not the celebrity. In fact, there are many authors who people love that I just can't get in to. Their tastes; my tastes. No one is right or wrong. Also, there is still some stigma attached to self-published authors and their books. There shouldn't be. A good book is a good book. Plain and simple. We don't need gate-keepers anymore.Those days are over.

I suggest that if you want to say something to help out a fellow author that you do it in private, and do it in a constructive manner. Otherwise, keep your mouth shut. There's too much negativity in this world today.

Thank you for reading this.

Blaze McRob

Friday, January 5, 2018

BLAZE MCROB HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR SIX PREDITORS & EDITORS READERS' POLL AWARDS


I am proud to announce that I have been nominated for six Preditors & Editors™ Readers' Poll awards.

1. Short story ( all other genres ) written in 2017
http://critters.org/predpoll/shortstory.shtml

2. Anthology published in 2017 - shared with Zack Kullis
http://critters.org/predpoll/antho.shtml

3. Non-fiction article published in 2017
http://critters.org/predpoll/nonfiction.shtml

4. Book editor - this is under Robert Nelson
http://critters.org/predpoll/bookeditor.shtml

5. Review site
http://critters.org/predpoll/reviewsite.shtml

6. Writer's resource/information/news source
http://critters.org/predpoll/writerinfo.shtml

Any votes you send my way will be appreciated. Thank you.

Blaze McRob 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

PAUL D. DAIL - MILD-MANNERED NEWSMAN BY DAY - TELLER OF DARKER TALES BY NIGHT



I ran across a post from a fellow author, Paul Dail, who was quite busy for a long time with his blog. He was a college professor who gravitated to the world of newspapers. Now he wants to return to doing more horror, specifically another novel. Read his post and you'll see what a lot of great authors are going through. Paul is a very talented man, and I'm glad to see him getting back to his horror roots.

Welcome back, Paul. I eagerly await your next novel!

Blaze McRob

BRIAN KEENE'S HISTORY OF HORROR FICTION - CHAPTER THREE


http://www.cemeterydance.com/extras/brian-keenes-history-horror-fiction-chapter-three-kaiju-invasion-zombie-apocalypse-2100-b-c/


Brian Keene’s History of Horror Fiction, Chapter Three: The Kaiju Invasion and Zombie Apocalypse of 2100 B.C. is available to read at the above link for free. Brian Keene is doing a fantastic job with all the chapters so far. There are more to come. This is quite an ambitious undertaking and one that requires a lot of research. I know that I'm finding things that I didn't know before, and I thought I knew quite a bit.

Do yourself a favor and read up on the history of horror. There are links there that will take you to chapters one and two. This is a must read for everyone!

Blaze McRob

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

IS POLITICALLY CORRECT ALWAYS THE WAY TO WRITE?



There has been a lot of controversy lately with artists of all kinds, and that includes authors, of not being politically correct. I have been wondering about that myself. I've been reading a lot of Mickey Spillane and Raymond Chandler detective novels lately and find that they were not kind to various races and sexual preferences. Probably, they would not be written the same today. However, they were a product of their times - 30's, 40's, and 50's for the most part - and that's the way people were in those times. Their stories were honest representations of the way many folks thought and spoke back then.

Mark Twain was often chastised for his use of certain words in his writings. Some were on and off the banned list because of his use of the N word. Once again, Twain wrote in the vernacular of the day.

One point to get straightened out before I go any farther, I do not in any way show disrespect to anyone based on any part of who they are. It's not my style. I believe we're all equal. But, should I present a story full of fluff to my readers, one that has been watered down to the point where it is comparable to Dick And Jane? No. No matter what an author writes, someone will find fault with it.

So, what is an author to do? First of all, write what you want to write. Be true to yourself, and, as Stephen King says, never censor yourself. Use real words. The thoughts are yours. Don't pollute them according to what other people think.  

Zack Kullis and I have a collection of extreme horror out now: Club Blaze. I believe there are tales in this tome that will piss off many people. But, it's our book and we wrote it as we wanted to. No holds barred; no punches held back. Many, people, I'm sure, will love it. Others, not so much. Does it matter? No. There's a lot of shit going on in the world. Evil stuff. We write about that. That's our job. To write in any other way would tell the world we're fakes, writing to the ever changing climate of social justice.

Probably some time next year, I will be writing some hard-boiled detective stories. I love the genre. Always have. Which way I go, as far as the language is concerned, depends upon the time frame I put it in. I remember many of the areas of New York City which Spillane wrote about. I was born in the forties and remember the street language in the fifties and early sixties. Obviously, going along with what I wrote above, my wording would have to be true to those times, if that's my choice of setting and time. I might decide on post-Vietnam days in Oregon and Colorado. Those were entirely different times. I lived those days and remember them well. All of them. That comes with life experience. And since I never forget anything and hold a grudge forever, I will be certain to vent a lot. I'm entitled. It's my book.

So, my friends, if you write a book you love, others will love it too. Not everyone, but that doesn't matter. Your story will come from your soul and will ring true.

Happy writing!

Blaze McRob