“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

Click on the cover and purchase at Amazon.

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The New “Blair Witch” Movie…

15 09 2016

…reminds me of what is needed to make a realistic USA horror story: The Heavilly Armed.

 

SPOILERS!

I mean, we’re deep into Reel Three and White College Chick Rocking The Jeans is locked in a tunnel under the scary Witch House. Without any to-do, she unfolds a huge camping knife that wasn’t even implied in the first two reels.

Every human I know would have heard the Dreadful Wail on Night One, then walked around with that knife out at arms length for the rest of their damn lives.

I mean, I work in retail in a tiny rural state and I’ll bet I could go through the parking lot, break into the cars, and come back with Travis Bickle’s wet dream (before someone shot me).

There was a Dixie-Flaggin’ Redneck Couple in this movie. Was either one strapped? Did they have a hound dog or a trained Pittie? Nerp. The Cute College Black Couple? Any knives or even mace? Nowp. They did make the usual black-comic-relief-characters-have common-sense “Let’s get out of here” exclamations before being killed seperately BY TREES AND GRAVITY.

Which left the two suburban white kids, in case we didn’t know the target audience, here they are.

Would these weapons have done anything against a Blair Witch? Who knows? The B doesn’t have any vulnerabilities. Is she Satan-powered? Alien-powered? A ghost? Without any idea as to how to fight the B, where’s the tension?

One of these kids could have pulled out a Bible or rigged up some Predator style booby traps or crossed some streams or something. That would have been a movie.

This? Eeeesh, it was so bad, I thought James Wan had produced it.





Writing Advice: Noir and Locations

14 09 2016

This article about writing Noir is quite good! The novel I’m sending out right now to agents and publishers owes quite a lot to Noir, in that the protagonist is a down-and-out petty criminal grasping at a purpose in life. Of course, he’s being pursued by the physics of nature becoming sentient, but that’s another matter.

The plot sets him up for the final failure implied in classic Noir, but he earns one painfully burned hand on the ladder to redemption.

Touch the mook from Bernet’s “Torpedo” to learn more…10386749_485977168203033_9083383255132610930_n

and when better to discuss the importance of location than when considering Noir?

Noir demands moonless nights, jukejoints stinking of menthol, dirty summer streets sweating asphalt. This quirky nerd lady Rachel Aaron can tell you about emotional real estate and that it is all about location, location, location. Touch the classic Noir location of Mos Eisley Cantina for more.

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A Ghost Report from the Daily Dispatch on March 11, 1884 — The Merry Ghost Hunter

12 09 2016

Blissville is far from blissful. The residents have heard spectral cries coming from Calvary Cemetery, near Saint Raphael’s Church. And a few citizens have witnessed a strange, melancholy woman — dressed in black and unresponsive to the living — walking the streets near the cemetery. Can August Heffner, a ghost hunter, solve the case? Each […]

via A Ghost Report from the Daily Dispatch on March 11, 1884 — The Merry Ghost Hunter





Research! Deathonomics!

7 09 2016

EmilysQuotes.Com-born-poor-mistake-die-death-intelligent-money-Bill-Gates

Your soul is worth $348 Million per year of life.

Your mortal existance is worth between $71,500 and $9.4 Million.

Your body is worth approximately $551,ooo depending on how much skin you have.

I read somewhere that based on amount of emotional stress your death would cause, and how much it would take to compensate for that amount of stress, your life is worth $250,000. Can’t find the link.

Isn’t that alleged Gates quote nauseating?  Here’s another one, Alleged Gates:

“We sold what? To who? ” – IBM





A Ghost Report from the Daily Dispatch on March 11, 1884 — The Merry Ghost Hunter

7 09 2016

Blissville is far from blissful. The residents have heard spectral cries coming from Calvary Cemetery, near Saint Raphael’s Church. And a few citizens have witnessed a strange, melancholy woman — dressed in black and unresponsive to the living — walking the streets near the cemetery. Can August Heffner, a ghost hunter, solve the case? Each […]

via A Ghost Report from the Daily Dispatch on March 11, 1884 — The Merry Ghost Hunter





Writers: “Start Small, Then You Build”

4 09 2016

 

Here’s a feller who invokes Pixar and Hugh Howey to let you know:

  1. Enovels don’t need to be all that big no matter the genre
  2. Take your time with your ideas
  3. Redraft and redraft. There are award-winning professionals who start with neat ideas, but do not put the work in on polishing.
  4. Will I say any names? If I get annoyed enough one day I just might.




Research! Death In A Microwave!

31 08 2016

 

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From Gizmodo:

“Well, I can tell you from experience being microwaved is pretty… intense. Imagine the sensation of being slapped on a bad sunburn, combined with an electric shock, instantly. On the plus side, it also stops instantly once you’ve frantically jerked your hand out of the microwave, so it isn’t all bad I guess? :)”

Yet for adults, staying in a fetal position with eyes tightly clenched may — MAY — keep the liquid parts of us from overheating. Babies in standard home microwaves would probably survive, though with skin burns and severe damage to eyes and genitals. Industrial microwaves would cause internal organ damage, but overall it seems burn wards see people with far worse injuries.

I deem this death: OOGY, NOT HORRIFIC

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