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.
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
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
What they both discover--hidden in the depths of hell--will change everything
2016 Independent Publisher Book Award: Gold
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
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!)
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.
Interested in receiving a FREE copy of the audio edition of Night of the ZomBEEs. Just send an email to Kevin@KevinDavidAnderson.com, put Night of the ZomBEEs in the subject and I'll send you an Audible download code. First come first serve.
Midsummer Scream 2016! What is Midsummer Scream? It's Disneyland for people who wish it was Halloween every day. It took place at the Long Beach Convention Center, last weekend in July, and I got to meet and hang out with fellow writers at the HWA table. This was the first annual for this all Halloween convention and I think it got off to a fantastic start. I was only there on Sunday, but attendance appeared pretty good and I'm looking forward to next year.
Drake Vaughn, Naomi Brett Rourki, Janet Joyce Holden, and me
Forgot to blog about this (I do that a lot...not blog I mean) The Inland Empire's main newspaper The Press Enterprise ran an article on me and my Zombie related work last month. If you follow me on Facebook you've already read the article talking about my novels being apart of the curriculum at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania for a course taught to incoming freshman entitled, How I Learned To Survive College from the Zombie Apocalypse. I was pleased with the article and the pictures. My wife thinks I look smug in the pictures and she's probably right. She usually is.
TEMECULA: How an Inland author's zombie books wound up used in a college course From the Press Enterprise By AMY ZAHN, Published: July 4, 2016 5:50 p.m.
Temecula’s very own zombie author, Kevin David Anderson,
will be seeing his work’s impact carried all the way to Pennsylvania, where two
of his books will be required reading for a course at Mansfield University this
Night of the Living Trekkies and Night of the ZomBEEs, Anderson’s two novels, will be assigned in English professor and longtime
zombie enthusiast Dan Mason’s first-year seminar, a class designed to use the zombie
theme to introduce students to the world of college and the new situations
college will expose them to. Read Full Article
The audiobook version of Night of the ZomBEEs is now available, produced by Parsec Award winning podcaster, Rish Outfield. To listen to a FREE sample, visit my ZomBEEs Page to download an MP3 of chapters 1-3, or listen to chapters 1-3 on Youtube in the Night of the ZomBEEs audiobook preview video that mixes in images of folks in their best homemade ZomBEE costumes! Review copies of the audiobook are available. Contact me for a download code. Kevin@KevinDavidAnderson.com
Horror Tales - The Beauty of Death, with a list of contributors that I am very proud to be among; Peter Straub, Ramsey Campbell, Edward Lee, John Skipp, Poppy Z. Brite, Nick
Mamatas, Shane McKenzie, Tim Waggoner, Lisa Morton, Gene O'Neill, Linda
Addison, Maria Alexander, Monica O'Rourke, John Palisano, Bruce Boston,
Alessandro Manzetti, Rena Mason, Kevin Lucia, Daniel Braum, Colleen Anderson, Thersa
Matsuura, John F.D. Taff, James Dorr, Marge Simon, Stefano Fantelli, John
Claude Smith, K. Trap Jones, Del Howison, Paolo Di Orazio, Ron Breznay, Mike
Lester, Annie Neugebauer, Nicola Lombardi, JG Faherty, Kevin David Anderson,
Erinn Kemper, Adrian Ludens, Luigi Musolino, Alexander Zelenyj, Daniele
Bonfanti, Kathryn Ptacek, Simonetta Santamaria, edited by Bram Stoker Award Winning Author Alessandro Manzetti, cover art by George Cotronis.
In reprint news my story story Scarecrows and Devils got picked up by Digital Publishing Corp. a Canadian publisher, which I think plans to sell single stories and collections in horror, science fiction, and fantasy on Amazon. I think that is what they are going to do. To be honest the contract was very long and I have a short attention span sooo....I guess I'll find out eventually.
I plan on attending the Long Beach Comic Con in September with my fellow members of the San Diego and LA chapters of the Horror Writers Association promoting the HWA and signing copies of Night of the ZomBEEs and Night of the Living Trekkies. More on that as it nears.
In 2014 I was extremely honored to find out that my novel Night of the Living Trekkies was apart of
the curriculum at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania in a course offered to freshmen
entitled, How I learned to survive college from the Zombie Apocalypse. I skyped in that fall to the class for a Q&A session, and had a blast talking zombies, survival, writing and general
mayhem with the students. Other authors that
have skyped into this very unique class have been David Moody, Jonathan
Maberry, and Joe McKinney. I was thrilled to be asked the first time, but last
month I found out that my new novel Nightof the ZomBEEs will be added to the course curriculum this fall, and I’ve
been invited back for another Q&A session. So much fun. Where were the
cool zombie courses when I was in college?
In other news my story Contractions
will be published in The Beauty of Death
anthology from Independent Legions Publishing edited by Bram Stoker Award winner Alessandro Manzetti. Out
of the 1,250 submissions, 39 stories were chosen including tales by Ramsey
Campbell, Peter Straub, Poppy Z. Bright, Monica J. O'Rourke, John
Palisano and so many more – Go here for the TOC. It was originally
scheduled for a late May release but I'm guessing it may be June before this one
The audiobook version of Night of the ZomBEEs should be available in a few weeks. To kick off the audiobook I'll have the kindle version available for free, and the first 3 chapters in audio available on youtube and as a MP3 download. More on that later. Buzz buzz
And last month the first meeting of the newest chapter of the HWA (Horror Writers Association) took place at Mysterious Galaxy. I’ve been an Active member of the HWA for a while now, but never really been too involved beyond the occasional posting on the message board. I’m hoping to change that and joining this group seems like a step in the right direction.
I'm the grey haired dork in the back row.
I hope everyone had a great FREE Comic Book day. My kids and I walked away with handfuls of graphic stories, mostly independents, but there was a few Marvel and DC inclusions. Had a blast and I got Trek'ed by artist Joenell Luma!