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.