Saturday, October 27, 2018

Dawn of the Debt

My short story Dawn of the Debt is now available as a short ebook (kindle) on Amazon. Included with Dawn are two bonus stories, the flash fiction piece Twitching and the short story The Interview. All three stories have a twist on the Zombie genre. 

Its only 99 cents, but between Oct 29th and Nov 2nd it will be available as a FREE download. If you missed those dates you can still get it for FREE on my website as a PDF. 

I only went to a few events this year; WonderCon, Midsummer Scream, and The San Diego Festival of Books. Surprisingly, The joke book I wrote with my son, The Geektastic Joke Book 4 Kids by Giggles A. Lott & Nee Slapper seemed to sell the best. We might put together another for next year. Still talking it over. 

Anyone who has ever visited this blog knows that I am not much of a blogger. If I make four posts a year that's three more than my usual. So I'll just wrap up with a few news bits, then posts some pictures, and call it a blog post. 

The strange world of Dale and Earl will be expanded in MIDNIGHT MEN a new collection of stories inspired by the popular truck driving, darkness seeking, demon killing characters, Dale and Earl. The anthology which will include some of Dale and Earl most memorable adventures, including Green Eyes and Chili Dogs, will also feature the novella, Kandy with a K. MIDNIGHT MEN will be released in Fall 2019.   

Kevin's story The Red Spider has sold to Omicron Entertainment for their upcoming anthology Automobilia. The Red Spider features Kevin's popular truck driving characters, Dale and Earl. The anthology is scheduled for a late 2019 release and features contributions from Bruce Holland Rogers, Marge Simon, Bruce Boston, William F. Nolan, Juleigh Howard-Hobson, Gerri Leen, and Dean H. Wild. 

Podcasted Tales of Terror 
Kevin's short story collection NIGHT SOUNDS will be available in Spring 2019. The collection will feature stories that have been released in audio on podcasts like The Drabblecast, The Dunsteef, Pseudopod and most recently on The Horror Hill Podcast. Night Sounds will have an introduction by voice talent and podcast producer Jason Hill, of the Horror Hill podcast currently running on the Simply Scary Podcast Network

Pictures from Midsummer Scream

 Members of the Horrors Writers Association

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Midsummer Scream and other Stuff

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Upcoming Appearances!
I will be at MidSummer Scream for the third year in a row at the Horror Writers Association table - Long Beach Convention Center July 29th. This is one of my favorite events of the year!

I'll also be at the 2nd annual San Diego Festival of Books August 25th. Didn't go to the first one, but I hear great things. Really looking forward to it.

A Few Releases
Green Eyes and Chili Dogs, my story about two road-weary truckers that fight evil, and indigestion was released on the Simply Scary Podcast. It is the same stellar production that Jason Hill produced in 2016. The episode (episode 6, season 3) is doing very well and has inspired me to conjure up tales from Dale and Earl.
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Green Eyes and Chili Dogs is now available on the Simply Scary Podcast - Season 3 episode 6 
To listen to it on YouTube - go here

Dawn of the Debt, my story about a very dark and undead future is available in After the Orange, an anthology that imagines the world a few decades after the Trump presidency. From B Cubed Press and edited by Manny Frishberg. With contributions from Hannah Trusty, Darren Todd, Kara Dalkey, John Pitts, K.G. Anderson, Bruce Taylor, Edd Vick, Brenda Cooper, Laura Staley, Yong Takahashi, Janka Hobbs, J.G. Follansbee, Andrea Lopez, Shelby Workman, Chris Bullard, Su J. Sokal, Paula Hammond, Russell Hemmell, Bo Balder, Elana Gomel, Mike Adamson, Ben Howels, Samantha Weiss, William Burns, Marcelle Thiebaux, and Charles Joseph Albert. 

The Geektastic Joke Book 4 Kids - a collection of geeky jokes from Star Wars, Superheroes, Minecraft, Monsters, Harry Potter, Video Games, Doctor Who, Star Trek and so much more! Humorous illustrations and cartoons perfect for kids (Ages 8-12 plus}

A Few Things Comming Up!
The Horror Hill Podcast will feature my story Momentum to close out their first season. I was extremely proud to have four of my stories featured in the first season of Horror Hill. Many thanks to Jason Hill for his production skills and voice talent. Momentum will be released on July 26th. 

My story The Red Spider has sold to Omicron Entertainment for their upcoming anthology Automobilia. The Red Spider features Kevin's popular truck driving, darkness seeking, demon killing characters, Dale and Earl. The anthology is scheduled for a late 2019 release and features contributions from Bruce Holland Rogers, Marge Simon, Bruce Boston, William F. Nolan, Juleigh Howard-Hobson, Gerri Leen, and Dean H. Wild.

My anthology, NIGHT SOUNDS, will premiere at this year's San Diego Festival of Books (2018). Night Sounds will feature many of the stories that have debuted in podcasts such as the Drabblecast, The Dunesteef, Pseudopod, The Simply Scary Podcast and most recently The Horror Hill podcast. With an introduction by Jason Hill creator of the Horror Hill Podcast, Night Sounds will be available in Trade Paperback and eBook.

I've been invited to participate in Chilling Tales for Dark Nights new anthology series, which will be a tribute to Alvin Schwartzfor’s Scary Stories for Dark Nights YA book series. The first volume is scheduled for an October release.

Final thoughts....
I know many of you are at Comic Con San Diego this weekend and I hope you're having a great time. If you like Comic Con or want to go but can never get tickets - think about going to WonderCon! Its put on by the same folks who run the San Diego Comic Con. Its a little less crowded (just a little) and almost as big. Tickets are almost always available, and access to this con is a bit easier. The San Diego chapter of the HWA had a table there this year and it was fantastic. I had a wonderful time and am looking forward to next year. 

Wondercon 2018, at the HWA table. I think I need a cool hat — with Richard W Goldsmith, Robert Payne Cabeen, Cecile Grimm-Cabeen and James Jensen.

Horror Writers Association, San Diego Chapter representin'!!! — with Alexandra Neumeister, Crystie Goldsmith, James Jensen, Kevin David Anderson and Richard W Goldsmith.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

YouTube and WonderCon!

I've finally done it. I've started a YouTube channel. Why? Glad you asked. Well, there seems to be a lot of content out there on the YouTubes with my name on it, especially with the launch of the Horror Hill video podcast from voice talent and producer Jason Hill. Now don't expect videos of me waxing philosophical about the latest news, political issues and or catastrophes. I don't do that. Not on video at least. But there will be short stories, book reviews, novel excerpts, and anything I come across that looks fun and geeky.

You can check it out at: Kevin's YouTube Channel

If you are at WonderCon this weekend I will be at table DL-07 with the San Diego chapter of the HWA, on Sunday, March 25th signing copies of Night of the ZomBEES, Night of the Living Trekkies, the anthology California Screamin', and a new joke book for kids that I put together with my son. Hope to see you there.

Monday, September 18, 2017

October Rising

I love October. Always have. Fall is underway, and Halloween is just around the corner. And this October I have two stories coming out. The first, Babysitting for Writers, will appear in the Halloween edition of Unnerving Magazine which is now available for pre-order. 

Later in the month on October 22nd my story The Mount of Death will come out in the HWA San Diego Chapter's anthology California Screamin'. The anthology has an introduction by New York Times Best Selling author Johnathan Maberry, and stories by Kevin Wetmore, E.S. Magill, Chad Stroup, Sarah Read, Richard Goldsmith, Brian Asman, Kristina Grifant, Jean Grahm, Billy Ingreso, James Jensen, Nickolas Furr, Alexandra Neumeister, Aaron Smith and a poem by Lori R. Lopez. 

There will be a launch signing/reading/party at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego on 10/22/17 at 2pm. I'm not scheduled to attend but I'm trying to make it. 

Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore
5943 Balboa Ave#100, San Diego, CA 92111

I got a head start on Halloween this year in July as I attended Midsummer Scream, a mid-summer Halloween convention that is like Disneyland for horror fans. There has been a rise in Halloween themed conventions across the country and Mid Summer Scream is by far one of the best. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

New Audio Stories on Youtube

My stories The Box Born Wraith, and Green Eyes and Chili Dogs got some new fans this past month thanks to voice talent and artist Jason Hill. Jason contacted me before Halloween last year and asked if he could use a few of my stories, including The Box Born Wraith which he heard on The Drabblecast as audition pieces for a reading job at Chilling Tales for Dark Nights. Chilling Tales is a horror-themed storytelling series and very popular Youtube Channel. Long story short, Jason has produced two of my stories so far, and one was accepted to be included in Chilling Tales' The Simply Scary Podcast.

In addition to the audio, Jason, and David Romero (Art Director at Chilling Tales) produced some original art to accompany the stories now available on Youtube.  The image above is by Romero for the story The Box Born Wraith run on The Simply Scary Podcast Season 1, Episode 16.

Both stories are available in a stand alone form on Jason Hill's Youtube channel, along with his art created for the stories.
Green Eyes and Chili Dogs read by Jason Hill
A pair of road weary truckers take on vampires on the lost highways of Utah

The Box Born Wraith read by Jason Hill
Benny thought that getting buried alive would be the end of him. Little did he know that it was just the beginning.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Long Beach Comic Con Recap

I had so many fun moments this weekend at the LB Comic Con - Seeing my wife in her homemade Batgirl costume, watching my son battle a Doctor Who angel with his lightsaber, taking in the smile on my daughter's face when she met and posed with a David Tennant cosplayer that was spot on - you had to look hard to make sure it wasn't really him, meeting a cosplayer Jessica Edmonds and her mom, that I've been FB friends with for years but never met in person, and this one (Picture) not only meeting a zombie red shirt Lana Holt, but finding out that they are an organized horde that stagger through the halls at conventions like Star Trek Las Vegas.

Made some new friends and caught up with some old ones. Next to me is Chad Stroup, the smartly dressed gentleman with a noose for a tie on the end is Oz Monroe, and next to him is his wife Heather, a dynamite promoter who really knows how to rock minotaur horns. Big thank you to Janet J Holden for doing so much organizing, and making sure everything went smoothly. All in all it was a fantastic weekend. 

Some of the works from the fine folks I hung out with this weekend.

Anton Weiss, father of all vampires, returns from a long, mysterious sabbatical and swears genocide on his entire family. His letter of intent is abrupt, its reasoning unclear, and consequently his descendants choose to ignore the threat, and assume their beloved creator has simply gone mad.

Until the slaughter begins.

Unprepared and caught by surprise, the survivors are forced to leave their sanctuaries and forge new, hasty alliances in a desperate bid to protect themselves. But can they stop their revered ancestor? And whom can they trust?

In the struggle to survive, Gilles and Mina are joined by Mark, an enigmatic and vengeful newcomer, who was tortured and left for dead by one of their society's powerful Elders. Subsequent events suggest the three have been brought together for a purpose, but one that proves elusive.

But when loved ones are threatened, and companions begin to die, enemies must become friends, and for Mark in particular, that might also include the man who brutally murdered him.

Jon Aesop, a man without religious belief, is forced to question everything when his family is tortured and killed by what appears to be an angel. Desperate to find his wife's soul, he must survive murderous angelic forces while seeking answers to the afterlife.

Var is a freak to humanity and an abomination among angels. For centuries he's hunted in the shadows, living a life of self-destruction, but obsessed with revenge.

What they both discover--hidden in the depths of hell--will change everything

2016 Independent Publisher Book Award: Gold Medal-Horror
2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award: Winner-First Novel
Readers' Favorite Book Review: Five Stars

What if you could live forever? Would you do so if you knew that first you had to die yourself? Or that other people would have to die at your hands so you could maintain your immortality? 

Would you be willing to become a monster that feeds off the living by making love to them, knowing eventually your love-making will destroy them? 

You would, if you were one of the Chosen, a secret and select group of immortals under the sway of Andre Van Dorn, who has discovered a serum that blocks the aging process—but at a terrible price. 
Van Dorn has only one rule for those in his circle: the secrecy of the Chosen is inviolable. Anyone who breaks this rule by resuming contact with people from their past life must be destroyed. And not only the perpetrator, but those closest to him as well.

The adventure continues ... Minno 2 packs more zany adventure, more creatures, and new characters into this thrill-a-minute sequel. Every chapter sweeps you along in the strange and marvelous world of Ambrosia. For Minno and Hailey there's no time to rest. They must forge alliances to take on even more bizarre adversaries. The bond forged between Minno and Hailey is about to be tested. Can the girls' unlikely friendship survive another harrowing exploit in an unfamiliar land? Hugely engaging, the Minno series is the perfect one-two punch of excitement for middle school and young adult readers.

Science Fiction and Fantasy inspired by life on America's Indian Reservations. Life on a reservation embodies two of the major themes in Speculative Fiction- The Other, and Being Human. The people (both Native and non-Native) who live on a reservation encounter (or are forced into) situations on a daily basis that explore what it is to be The Other in society, or challenge what it means to maintain one's humanity in the face of change. So join us inside as we travel from a dusty street in Northwest Montana to the icy moons of Jupiter; as we discover long-lost tribes and meet the newest member of the family in the near future; and as we find that life on the rez isn't only for the living (at least not if the number of ghosts there is any indication!)

Later this year, Grey Matter Press will be releasing Chad’s debut novel Secrets of the Weird.  It promises to be like nothing else out there. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Long Beach Comic Con

Just a quick note to say that I will be at the Long Beach Comic Con all this weekend (Sept 17 & 18) signing copies of my new book, Night of the ZomBEEs, and my old book, Night of the Living Trekkies at the Horror Writers Association's table. I should have a few trekkies posters, and a FREE audio CD of many of my podcasted stories (Pseudopod, Drabblecast, The Dunesteef) for anyone who gives a snot rocket.