SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT: The Possession of Nina Grey

Maynard Blackoak’s The Possession of Nina Grey released last week by Phrenic Press

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Love is an obsession; possession it’s one true desire. If you found your lover to be unfaithful, what would you do? Would you seek revenge? Perhaps confront them reasonably to discuss the truth behind such infidelity? Or would you take matters into your own hands… or in Nina’s case, your own mind?

Where the heart beats the strongest, the psyche sometimes slips into abysmal madness prompting one to perform heinous, unthinkable acts. What drives Nina that one step too far? Perhaps the answer lies in the shadows that lurk between genuine adoration and insane jealousy – the grey areas.

Not all cheeks can be turned the other way, and not all truths are what they seem.

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7 Questions with Eden Royce

Today on the FlipSide, I’m pleased to feature an interview with author Eden Royce. If you’re not familiar yet with Eden, or her work, let’s take a few moments to get to know her better…

DGEden Royce is a native of Charleston, South Carolina whose great-aunt practiced root, a type of conjure magic. She now wishes she’d listened more closely. Her stories have been published with several presses, including Kerlak/Dark Oak Press, Sirens Call Publications, and Blood Bound Books.

She also reviews books for Hellnotes, a website dedicated to horror in fiction, art and movies and is a contributor to Graveyard Shift Sisters, a blog dedicated to purging the black female horror fan from the margins. She is also the horror submissions editor for Mocha Memoirs Press. Besides writing, she enjoys roller-skating, listening to thunderstorms, and excellent sushi.

Welcome Eden! Now let’s delve into the questions… Using ten words or less, tell me about your book.

The dead are used for energy to fuel a city.

Sounds very interesting! What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?

It would be “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” by Reverend Gary Davis. It’s the saddest song I know of and it speaks to the inevitable that we all face. That or the metal song “Monster” by Skillet. It sums up several of the characters.

Unfortunately for my main character Feast, he has to experience more death than most. I imagine a close-up of one of the containment chambers and its uh… inhabitant in the credits.

Who would you want to direct the story of your life? Is there anyone specific you’d like to play you?

I’d choose Jane Campion (“The Piano”) as director. Because I’m classy. :Laughs: Seriously, she has a flair for presenting unique stories and using the camera to show the unsayable.

I wish I could go back in time and get Eartha Kitt to play me; she was amazing. If I had to choose someone now, I’d like Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Doctor Who, Odd Thomas) or Nicole Beharie (Sleepy Hollow).

What is your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser? Do you prefer to hand write your works or type them directly into your word processor?

For short stories, I’m a developmental writer. (Pantser sounds like I pull down people’s pants as a practical joke.) But for a novel, which is what I’m working on now, I have to plan. Especially when the ideas are coming hard and fast and I need to get them all down.

There’s a notebook on my nightstand for when the ideas come in the middle of the night. (And they often do.) I tend to hand write a great deal—especially if I think of a great line and I don’t want to forget it—then transfer over to the computer. In the transferring process, more ideas appear on how to flesh out the story. If I get stuck, I can go back to my notes.

What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?

Stop worrying so much and don’t be so hard on yourself.

Great advice! What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?

I have to pick only three? Impossible! Here’s my best try:

The Wood Wife by Terri Winding

Little Plum by Rumer Godden

The Odyssey by Homer

Now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.

  • Coffee or tea? Coffee in the morning and when a jolt is needed. Tea all other times.
  • Cats or dogs? Always have, always will.
  • Snow or sun? Snow when I’m snuggled inside with a hot drink. Sun when I have to go out and do things.
  • Print books or eReader? Print. While eReaders have their place, I love turning the pages of a book.
  • Nachos or potato chips? Why is this the hardest question? I’ll say neither and chose fries!
  • Baked or fried? Frying is an acceptable way of preparing almost anything.
  • Candy or chocolate? Chocolate. Fancy chocolate.
  • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? If you can get all three into one book, I’d be happy.
  • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Ditto.
  • Classics or Modern? Classic inspiration, modern attitude.
  • Old World or New World? You mean North America versus Europe? I’m a New World girl but because of recent trips I’ve fallen in love with some Old World locales.
  • Sweet or spicy? Spicy. (But not death by mouth fire.)
  • Comfort or Speed? Comfort. I’m getting old.  :Laughs:

Thank you Eden for taking the time to answer my questions!

If you’d like to connect with Eden, you can find her on Twitter, Facebook, her website and her blog, her Facebook Author Page, and her Amazon Author Page.

Now let’s take a quick look at Eden’s novel Containment… Don’t forget that clicking on the cover will take you straight to Amazon!

ContainmentFinalFront“Life is different among the dead.”

They are kept in chambers, their energy used to feed the City’s voracious appetite for fuel now that traditional sources are long gone. These grisly fuel cells are kept watch over by Feast, a devil-human hybrid whose recent run-ins with the City leave him questioning its authority.

When he is needed to bring in one of the most dangerous creatures for containment, Feast is faced with a decision that may make him the next power source.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT: Bent Metal

The lovely and talented Nina D’Arcangela saw the release of her short story Bent Metal via Phrenic Press this week!

PhrenicPress_BentMetal_NinaDArcangela_CoverWhere does reality end and dreamscape begin?

Woken each night by the sounds of screams and twisting metal, Lauren must relive the panic and fear of discovering her brother’s broken body on the asphalt. But each morning, she finds it’s only a dream… One she doesn’t want to keep having.

At what point does a dream become a nightmare, and what if the nightmare was more than a figment of her subconscious?

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A Monday for Anything: Hunter’s Trap by Anne Michaud

Anne Michaud’s Hunter’s Trap was recently released on the world…

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“Ghosts don’t believe in you, either.”

Seventeen-year-old Dayton Mulligan is stuck looking after his little brother Jeremy when their father goes off on his annual hunting trip. But when Dad’s last phone call ends in a shotgun blast, it’s enough to send both boys out into a blizzard to search for him.

Caught in the killer weather, Dayton and Jeremy take refuge in an abandoned hunting cabin, which isn’t as empty as it first seems. A ghost inhabits its walls and promises to reveal the truth behind their father’s disappearance, but the brothers doubt their host’s sincerity as the spirit demonstrates its hatred for anyone who trespasses on its land.

Far from the safety of civilization, Dayton must swallow his fears, fight for himself and for his family before it’s too late and Hunter’s Trap claims them all, forever.

Available on Amazon!

There’s also a giveaway on Goodreads to win 1 of 3 print copies! Click on the Goodreads logo for more details…

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ABOUT ANNE MICHAUD – She who likes dark things never grew up. She never stopped listening to gothic, industrial and alternative bands like when she was fifteen. She always loved to read horror and dystopia and fantasy, where doom and gloom drip from the pages.

She, who was supposed to make films, decided to write short stories, novelettes and novels instead. She, who’s had her films listed on festival programs, has been printed in a dozen anthologies and magazines since. She, who always dreamed of making a feature film, is having her novels published.

She who likes dark things prefers night to day, rain to sun, and reading to anything else.

If you’d like to learn more about Anne, you can find her on Twitter, her website, Facebook, or her Amazon Author Page.

7 Questions with Sharon L. Higa

Today on the FlipSide, I’m pleased to feature an interview with author Sharon L. Higa. If you’re not yet acquainted with Sharon, here’s a little information about her…

Sharon007At six years old, Sharon L. Higa became obsessed with the supernatural, compliments of an older cousin who fascinated her with stories of hauntings and horror.  Travelling the world with her family, the fascination grew, resulting in creating and telling her own stories. She wrote intermittently for a number of years, but it was after she and her husband moved to East Tennessee that her family and friends convinced her to write and publish her works. She is a newly published author with one novella, The Dam and one novel, Number 6, both published by JEA Press. She also has one short story in an anthology, Mental Ward: Echoes of the Past with Sirens Call Publications – with many more stories bubbling on the mental burners.  She now writes full time. She resides with ten cats, one dog and Mark, her patient and loving husband of twenty two years.

Welcome Sharon! Now let’s delve into the questions… Using ten words or less, tell me about your book.

A supernatural thriller that has been described as a grittier…

(Editor’s Note: The Author gave me more than 10 words so I shortened it to be fair to all other authors and besides, it makes it more interesting this way doesn’t it? 🙂)

What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?

I would love something specifically created by Danny Elfman to go with the tone of the movie. I’ve loved Oingo Boingo since the first day I heard their music and couldn’t think of anyone I’d feel more honored to help create the proper musical piece for my story.

Who would you want to direct the story of your life? Is there anyone specific you’d like to play you?

George Romero. All my friends have told me time and time again that my life story would have to be claimed as a work of fiction, because no one who didn’t know me would ever believe the comedy/tragedy and sometimes downright horrific events that have really happened to me. As for whom would I like to play me? Kathy Bates. She’s an incredible talent and can do any type/style of story around.

What is your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser? Do you prefer to hand write your works or type them directly into your word processor?

Definitely a Pantser. I get ideas on the fly all the time, that’s why I keep a notebook with me everywhere; in the car, by my bed, the cat room, in the kitchen and yes, even the bathroom! If an idea hits me, I want to be able to catch it right away, in its’ purest concept. Then, I can flesh it out and set it up onto the word processor at a later time.

What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?

Don’t let anything get in the way of your writing. Don’t use excuses – just write.

What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?

E.A. Poe story – Murders in the Rue Morgue; Charles L. Grant – Horrors, Shadows, Nightmares anthologies; Tales From The Crypt Comics. That was in my pre-teen years. I love anthologies because a lot of now well- known writers started out with short stories in anthologies – that along with my family and friends encouragement really gave me the boost I needed to start writing my own ‘tales’.

Now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.

  • Coffee or tea? Whatever’s available immediately!
  • Cats or dogs? Both
  • Snow or sun? Sun
  • Print books or eReader? Print Books- love the feel of paper and turning pages!
  • Nachos or potato chips? Potato Chips – wavy, of course, for dipping!
  • Baked or fried? Fried. I’m from the South!
  • Candy or chocolate? Chocolate…anything else is a sin!
  • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Horror, oh yeah!
  • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Action (I’m no girly-girl! Hubby says I’m more of a marine than he was!)
  • Classics or Modern? Eclectic! (heeheehee!)
  • Old World or New World? Old World
  • Sweet or spicy? Sweet, dahhling!
  • Comfort or Speed? Comfort – I write in my jammies, what does that tell ya?!

Thank you Sharon for taking the time to answer my questions. If you’d like to connect with Sharon, you can find her on Twitter or Facebook.

Now let’s take a look at Number 6… Don’t forget that clicking on the cover will take you straight to Amazon!

#6 Sharon L. Higa Cover FIda Moreno had a good life. Head Curator of the New York Public Library, lots of friends and acquaintances among her co-workers, a nice, cozy apartment close to her work and the simple company of her cat, Tansy.

All that changes in one horrifying moment.

Raped and murdered by someone in the middle of the night, Ida’s soul discorporates from her body at the time of death and witnesses the final moments. She’s angry, and her emotional anger ties her to the killer. It’s now up to her to figure out how to use her ‘new spirit body’ to find out who he is and bring him to justice.

7 Questions with Jim Goforth

Today on the FlipSide, I have the pleasure of featuring an interview with horror writer Jim Goforth. If you’ve yet to come across Jim, here’s a little information to get everyone better acquainted…

IMG10722Jim Goforth is a horror author currently based in Holbrook, Australia. Happily married with two kids and a cat he has been writing tales of horror since the early nineties.

After years of detouring into working with the worldwide extreme metal community and writing reviews for hundreds of bands across the globe with Black Belle Music he has returned to his biggest writing love with first book Plebs published January 17 2014 by J. Ellington Ashton Press.

Two collaborations with a host of other authors are due out later this year and he will also be part on the heavy metal horror themed anthology Axes of Evil due out in April from Chupa Cabra House.

Welcome Jim! Now let’s get to the questions… Using ten words or less, tell me about your book.

Violent. Visceral. Thought-provoking. Fused with heavy metal. Dark. Punchy.

What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?

It would have to be something in the vein of Monster Magnet, Tumbleweed or Kyuss, relatively laid back good time metal songs because at the start of the book things are rather carefree and light-hearted, and everyone is in high spirits (with an emphasis on ‘high’, hence the stoner metal sorts of bands that would tie in nicely). A lot of my writing incorporates use of extreme metal genres, but Plebs has references to things not quite as heavy such as Mushroomhead, Dope, Chain Collector, Rob Zombie and so on, so blasting my usual favourite choices of music probably wouldn’t fit in so well.

If it were the death metal undead novel I’m working on at the moment however… 😉

However I’ve always entertained the idea of having an epic track like Satyricon’s ‘In The Mist By The Hills’ opening up some film adaptation of one of my novels. It could well fit the bill for Plebs, it starts out reasonably calmly then all hell is unleashed, similar to the story itself.

Who would you want to direct the story of your life? Is there anyone specific you’d like to play you?

Haha, good question, and not one I have ever considered. Somebody not typically Hollywood would be great in both instances.

I see you dodging the question Jim and I’ll let it slide… this time 😉 What is your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser? Do you prefer to hand write your works or type them directly into your word processor?

My writing process is quite simple. When I have an idea I just sit down and start writing, trying to get as much out as possible in between everything else that goes on with my life on a day to day basis.

Originally I was a hand writer (my book Plebs was hand written in entirety, all 600 odd pages of it), but now I type directly onto my laptop in Word Documents. I also used to type stories in various email addresses and save the works as drafts.

When I’m not physically sitting down to write, but have a story or book going I occasionally craft things in my head while I’m doing other things, however in terms of planning, I am not a meticulous planner.

Very few of my works have ever been planned out from beginning to end, in most instances even I do not exactly know what is going to happen at the conclusion.

I almost always prefer to let my characters go and run into whatever trouble they can, see what sorts of mayhem can unfold.

What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?

Research which publishers to send manuscripts too. Back when I first tried to get a novel published there was no Facebook, no social media sites and things like that, no online databases of which publishers accept what, so consequently I was hitting random publishers with unsolicited manuscripts so of course success was not forthcoming there. Also, make more use of commas and not be so scant with them, but then again, the current version of myself needs to take that advice on-board too.

What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?

I would say it is more a case of specific authors inspiring me to write as I do, but for the purpose of the question I would list 1) Darkness, Tell Us by Richard Laymon, 2) Cabal by Clive Barker and either 3) Watchers by Dean Koontz or Walkers by Graham Masterton.

Richard Laymon is my greatest inspiration and influence in my writing, that particular book was the very first of his I ever read back in the early nineties, and I still have the very same copy I originally read.

Now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.

  • Coffee or tea? Coffee
  • Cats or dogs? I like all animals, I have no partiality for either of these. I have a cat now, but always had dogs when I was growing up.
  • Snow or sun? I tend to like both winter and summer, though I guess I do have a preference for winter.
  • Print books or eReader? Print books without a doubt. There’s no substitute for holding the physical copy of a book, turning the pages with your own hands.
  • Nachos or potato chips? I love them both but probably eat more potato chips than nachos.
  • Baked or fried? A difficult one. If we’re talking baked goods like cakes and that sort of thing, I’ll go with baked.
  • Candy or chocolate? All the above. Can’t split them. I’m notorious for indulging in a lot of types of both these.
  • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? I don’t mind the odd comedy now and then for a change of pace, but I have, and always will a horror aficionado, both in terms of movies and books.
  • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Can’t really get into sci fi, and there are minimal animated things that do much for me.
  • Classics or Modern? That depends on what area we’re referring to. Films, music, art, whatever it may be, I like a wide mix of both
  • Old World or New World?
  • Sweet or spicy? I have an incredible sweet tooth, yet I’m also very fond of spicy things, the hotter the better.
  • Comfort or Speed? Speed

Thank you Jim for taking the time to answer my questions! If you’d like to connect with Jim, you can find him on Twitter, Facebook, his Amazon Author Page, and his blog.

Now let’s take a look at Plebs… Don’t forget that clicking on the cover will take you straight to Amazon!

Plebs coverCorey Somerset, Tim Hayworth and Lee Hunter have had one hell of a good night.

And it isn’t over yet.

Celebrating their friend’s birthday with drunken debauchery and intoxicated antics they’ve just stumbled through a mini-wave of mindless vandalism and though they’ve wandered far out of the realms of civilization they are keen to keep the party vibe going.

When they encounter a band of mysterious fugitive women who call a bizarre encampment deep in the woods their residence it appears a strong likelihood that continuing the party is on the cards.

But it won’t come without a price.

The collective of unnerving lawless women are open to the suggestion but not without the threesome completing a request first, a seemingly straight forward barter proposition that will bring the boys face to face with something else that dwells in an unorthodox co-existence with the girls in the wilderness.

These are the Plebs and the shocking violent encounter the trio are unwittingly pitched into with these freakish feral fiends may be their first but it won’t be the last.

As the shiftless young men become inextricably entwined and involved with the agenda driven dangerous women so too do their fates, with them unravelling killer secrets, duplicity, bloodshed and brutality along the way that encompasses not just them but more of their friends, new enemies and old enemies.

A simple night of bad decisions escalates and snowballs into an expedition of terror spanning all the way home and beyond with Corey and his friends engulfed in a nightmare where the lines between man and monster blur.

Depravity, death and destruction reign supreme and it isn’t just the Plebs that want them all torn limb from limb.