“I Love ‘The Flesh Sutra’!” ………………………….. Nancy Holder, award-winning horror author

12 12 2015

My debut novel was on the preliminary ballot for the 2015 Stoker Awards.

“In this excellent novel, the writing is crisp, the characters sharply drawn, the plot engrossing; as a result, this tightly written and propulsive narrative addresses postmodern angst about humanity and spirituality in the context of body horror and psychosexual transcendence with literary flair and at times deeply disturbing imagery.”
— Jason V Brock

“The Flesh Sutra is unique and utterly absorbing.  Can’t wait to read more from this author!” — Hildy Silverman, Editor of “Space and Time” Magazine

“This is a beautiful, precision time piece of unease and tension and Tim winds it all the way up, smiling at you as he does so.”
— Alasdair Stuart, Host of http://www.pseudopod.org, the weekly horror fiction podcast

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Writers! Ten Publishing Trends!

20 01 2017

It’s best to be aware of Trend Two.

I’m just getting into Trend Seven and man it’s tough. But it’s true.

Everyone should keep an eye on Trend Ten, as Trends Two and Seven can help.

Top Ten Trends in Publishing





Write Your Novel Fast. This Book Will Help.

19 01 2017

I am not receiving any payment for this promotion. This book honestly does have great advice on how to increase your wordcount up to the thousands per day.

I like this book for three reasons:

Practical!  Rachael Aaron is a best-selling author giving advice that is easy to implement. Some advice came as a relief to me because it made writing more fun. She writes well and has been committed to writing, which adds to my accepting her advice.

Direct! A LOT of writing books pad the books with repetition, asides, self-aggrandizing stories, and lists. HAAAAAAAATE! Then those authors have the nerve to be nobodies like me thinking they have useful advice! GALLING! Rachael has a direct, engaging voice like a nerdy good friend who doesn’t want to waste time.

Realistic! Though her own claims seem to stretch credibility, Rachael describes her own high numbers as an outlier. She encourages you to accept your own pace and capabilities. She emphasizes that the more you like the writing experience, the more rewarding it is no matter how many words are produced. Ain’t that nice?

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Elves Are Vulcan Pimps, Bee-yotch!

18 01 2017

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This shall be my new cosplay.

Part of creating a distinctive take on an existing genre includes interpretation of elements based on accepted values. Write something already done, make it new but as close to old as possible: this is called “The Glittery Vampire Gambit.”

Blah blah blah. In all of my very limited genre reading, Elves always act like nothing more than immortal magic humans. Stereotypical Italians are profoundly different from stereotypical Japanese and they’re human. How can we accept Tolkein’s Elves as a different race when they just act like pale Ren-Faire Brits?

My reading of folklore says that Elves ain’t got souls. What does this mean? The meaning is huge.

To me, a soul is what allows a person to relate through aesthetics and emotions. You need a soul to be affected by a song or by a crying baby. Does that make the soulless Elf a sociopath? Too easy! So no!

The Elf has values. They are Elvish values.

We want to keep some sort of Elvish society after all, some sort of Kingdom or Autosyncratic Commune. They have craftworks, art, and history.

They understand creation of value, however emotionally off-kilter they may be to Humans.

What would an Elven Cloak really do?

Lacking an emotional framework to appreciate beauty, the Elf would have to go elsewhere for invigoration: immediate sensation. They would be intellectual sensualists. Sort of Vulcan Pimps.

The Elven Cloak would be like wrapping yourself in a ever-shifting environment. Warm and cozy one day. Cool and silken on another. Magical craft would give the textures an infinite variety.

Among the Elves, the cloak would shimmer, ripple with fractals and mandlebrots, reveal interlocking patterns of leaves and other items from nature. The cloak would have pockets for everything. Be camoflauge against the limited Human visual capability. The cloak may be semi-sentient, able to respond to its wearer and environment.

What about other art?

Elvish Epic Poetry would be a straight read of a historic event, the language precise down to invoices. An EEP  would also be follow precise meter requirements, reference previous works, include obligatory codes concealing subtexts, and comprise a completed suduku.

I’ve always had an issue with Elvish behavior a la “Lord of the Rings.” Granted, being long-lived they wouldn’t get excited about a whole hell of a lot. Elves would also be proficient at their weapons and whatever, sure. A search for innovation in a material world would run short eventually, so boredom, okay.

Elvish music would be the most complex Math Prog Ren Faire tunes imaginable. Mozart times Robert Fripp times Kraftwork played a two-thousand string harp.

But to me, an eternity of experience would provide an endless fount of free association. They would have to work to keep themselves from being bored and they would develop the wit needed to do the job. Would conversation with an Elf be filled with asides, aphorisms, references, quips? An Elf who had lived through Western Civilization would alternate between daydreaming and reciting advertising placards from the 1700s.

Elves may look at Humans not as individuals but as a stream of recurring behaviors. An Elf may have a grudge against generations of a family, but I think they’d just as easily see connections Humans could not perceive, and carry grudges against Humans who favor paprica, or born Sagitarias, or wear their hair high.

So, this Elf I’m designing for my story would have a conversation seemingly full of whimsy, but when examined, the whimsy would have unseen relation with the serious matters at hand. They would be discriminating in tastes, have strange reactions to normal objects, want to relish surprises, be willing to try any new experience, and have ornate explanations for anything they do.

Vulcan Pimps? Yeah, Vulcan Pimps bee-yotch!

 

 





Michael Moorcock: How to Write a Novel in 3 Days

17 01 2017

Ever fancied writing a novel, but don’t have oodles of spare time to set aside for such a thing? Michael Moorcock, a hugely influential and prolific writer, has the solution. Those of you who…

Source: Michael Moorcock: How to Write a Novel in 3 Days





Horror Writers: The Next Great Horror Writer Contest! Why Not Enter?

15 01 2017

Are you a horror writer who dreams of seeing their work in print? Are you willing to perform challenges to win a book contract? Do you have at least one horror novel to pitch? Then you might be the… NEXT GREAT HORROR WRITER! Enter to compete in the HorrorAddicts.net horror writing contest! This contest is […]

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Winchester House, Man!

14 01 2017

Okay, Okay, how many times have we seen this destination and thought, blah whatever? Yes, I know. So, a little more than a decade ago, when I was still young I went to the mansion. I boarded a flight to California and stayed there for a week. I visited a lot of fun places but […]

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Writers: Austerity Message From Scarfolk

13 01 2017

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