Guest Author Raz T Slasher with Campyre Tales

Hi all,

So, we all survived Friday 13th and to celebrate, let’s scare ourselves silly with fab horror author Raz T Slasher 😉 He’s here to chat about his new short story collection Campyre Tales.

 

So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

001Raz T. Slasher is an upcoming independent horror actor and writer. When he’s not killing people he co-hosts the Twisted Geekdom Podcast with his best friends. Raz enjoys spending time with his family and friends, worshiping The Great Cthulhu, hanging out with his cat Stoker, and talking about himself in the third person. His favorite quote about his writing is “It’s like Lovecraft and Clive Barker had a love child and gave it up for adoption to be raised by Charles Manson.” Raz was born in Dayton,OH ,where he still lives today. He is currently banned from jumping out at loved ones from dark places.

Lol, that is an amazing writing description! Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

I had just seen gremlins as a kid and the next day in elementary school we were learning how to write short creative stories and bind them like a small book. I wrote a very detailed story about gremlins killing people I know lol. It was the first of many times my mother was called to the school about something I’d written.

Hehe, some schools just don’t appreciate imagination 😉 Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I’m an insanely unhealthy writer. I have to have my mountain dew, cigarettes, and bacon jerky! I tend to write more often in the dead of night while listening to various horror based instrumentals to put me into the right head space. I do a lot of research as I write too, so the internet is ALWAYS required.

Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

Horror has always been my first love. My mother had always been intrigued by the genre and started raising me into it by the time I was 5. By the time I was 11 she was teaching me how to fabricate severed heads. For me horror is a lifestyle, as it should be.

Hehe, your mum sounds awesome! Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

I remember reading Dark Half by Stephen King in Fifth Grade. It really hit me back then, and was probably the book that made me taking writing much more seriously.

What five things could you never do without?

Cigarettes

Mountain Dew

Bacon Jerky

My Cat

My Laptop

Lol, am with you on and cats and laptop frequently ends up as cat on laptop for me 🙂 Tell us a bit about your new release.

Campyre Tales is a collection of short horror stories, mostly in the first person narrative. It features a wraparound story that not only connects all the stories, but tales a tale about an English Professor and his very unique family.

Ooh, sounds interesting. Where did your inspiration for it come from?

I’ve always been a huge fan of the classic horror episodic scene. Tales From the Crypt, Night Gallery, Twilight Zone, etc. I’ve always wanted to do something of that nature. The other inspiration was a podcast called No Sleep. Some of these stories have even been in the running for awards on the No Sleep subreddit.

What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

Getting the chance to tell multiple stories was an awesome change of pace. I actually wrote the entire thing during Nanowrimo 2015!

Yay, another Nano success. What was the hardest part about writing it?

The wraparounds were the hardest parts to get right for me. It was always important to connect this book to the others in the same world I’ve created. If you’re a fan of The Mime though, you’ll definitely notice things that connect them, along with the next book coming out in a few months. Creating an entire world has always been the most difficult thing about all of this.

Interesting. I’m into a series now and am definitely finding continuity a pain! Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

There are so many characters in this book, it’s hard to choose! If I had to pick someone I’d say Rob. There’s a ton of me in that character so I suppose I’m partial to him.

Hehe, it’s always fun when they turn out like you – mine usually get all my bad traits lol! Why should we run out and buy it right now?

If you’re into the horror culture, it should be a no brainer! I feel like I’ve crafted some amazing stories to grab your attention and make you reconsider everyday things in an entirely new way! We also decided to turn this into a television show, which we’re working hard on producing the pilot episode for! You definitely want to read the book before the show hits the internet!

Ooh, you heard it here first peeps, get in on the ground floor lol! You can check out the book details here:

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Blurb

Every year Professor Price invites twelve of his Community College English students to a secret party out deep in the woods. He and his students take turns in sharing thirteen spine tingling tales of terror! There may be more than just stories involved in this short story horror collection. Uncover the secrets of the Price family, while coming to terms with your darkest fears! No matter where you lurk, you too will hear the Voices from the Dark!

 

And you can your hands on a copy here:

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Take care x

Guest Author Sheri Velarde with Our Last Salvation

Hi all,

Apologies for being a bit missing in action this week – have had a few website issues, technology definitely hates me lol! Anyway, we seem to be running again at least, so please excuse any minor blips while the site gets tweaked a bit. Still, moving on, it’s October, time for dark nights and scary stories – and I have the fab Sheri Velarde dropping by to chat about her new zombie-themed romance, Our Last Salvation. Scary and steamy, what more can you ask for? 🙂

 

So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself (bio).

I live in New Mexico, US, with my husband and my two dogs Eowyn and Charlie. In addition to being an author I also make jewelry, paint, and craft. However I am happiest when I am either curled up with my dogs reading a book or snuggling with the hubby and watching a movie.

I have been writing professionally for a little over five years. People often ask why I write, the answer is simple, my mind won’t let me not write. I always have stories in my head and I have to get them out or go crazy. Writing is my therapy and I can’t imagine my life without it.

People can keep up with my writing and other shenanigans on my website: sherivelarde.weebly.com.

Ooh, another multi-talented person 🙂 Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

When I was little I loved to read. I think the idea of telling stories, especially paranormal stories, was after I fell in love with Bunnicula. I started making up my own stories then. I probably started actually writing stories when I was in fourth or fifth grade.

I seem to have missed out on Bunnicula, I’ve heard a few people mention it but don’t think it made it over the pond 🙁 Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

Well I am not a get straight out of bed and start writing writer. My husband works late and we sleep in, mornings are dedicated to errands and household stuff. I do my freelance work after my husband leaves and then sit down to work on my writing after a late lunch. I work then until a late dinner. After dinner I usually try to do some edits and then start writing again until my husband gets home from work. I just feel more creative at night. I also always have either music or a tv show that I know well. I live in an apartment complex and I need noise that I like to block out the noise I don’t want. Other than that, I try to write every day. That’s the most important ritual.

I’m a night owl as well, always annoying when EDJ makes me have to get up early *sighs* Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I primarily write a lot of paranormal romance, though I have been moving into horror and mystery a tiny bit as well. Mostly I like things that go bump in the night, in more ways than one 😉

Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

I would say Anne Rice and Stephen King. I know I am dating myself, but I grew up on both of them. Anne Rice in particular combined the paranormal and romance in a way that I can only wish I could.

What five things could you never do without?

My husband, my dogs, books, art and pasta! Lol

Lol, yup to the pasta! Tell us a bit about your new release.

salvationKol’s living her dream. Her gorgeous neighbor, Nick, promised to make her life brighter yet, until something from her past threatens the entire world.

Kol is trying to outrun her troubled past and start anew. She is finally living the life she always wanted in NYC, where she has met the man of her dreams, Nick. Just when her future is looking bright, an infection takes hold of the country, sending her and Nick on a race for their lives. Now Kol must face the pain she wanted to leave behind forever, in order for anyone to have a future.

Ooh, definitely sounds interesting. Where did your inspiration for it come from?

Seriously? It was while I was visiting a friend in NYC. We were on the roof of his building when some military helicopters flew over in formation. He wondered aloud what that was all about. I of course said zombie apocalypse. Seems reasonable to me. Lol That was the beginning of an idea. On a said note, we later found out it was Prince Harry being flown somewhere.

Hehe, not quite as dramatic, but yeah that would probably have been my first thought as well. What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

I loved writing my heroine. She is fragile from past issues, but also one of the strongest characters I have ever written. Kol faces things that would make most people break, but she keeps going and going. She never loses all of her hope. I love that about her.

What was the hardest part about writing it?

For me love scenes are always the hardest to write. This one was no different. I always say that this book is going to have closed door love scenes, but that never happens. My characters are just too darn frisky.

Lol, I’m sure I don’t know what you’re talking about… 😉 Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

It’s a tough one, but I am going to go with Nick. Most heroes in romance are uber alpha male (and I do like that and write that) but Nick is the softer, caring and supportive hero that makes our heroine a stronger and happier woman. That can be pretty sexy too.

Aww, and yup, very sexy! Why should we run out and buy it right now?

It’s a short and super sexy read that will be sure to heat up your weekend! Running from zombies has never been so hot!

Well, I know I’m convinced 😉 If you want to get your hands on a copy of Our Last Salvation the link is here:

Buy Link:

Amazon – http://amzn.to/2cqXyxH

Have a great weekend. Take care x

Guest Author Raz T Slasher with The Mime

Hi all,

Yay for weekend. Have been feeling rather under the weather this week, so happy to have a chance to relax and take it easy for the next few days! I’m also thrilled to have the lovely Raz T. Slasher visiting today to chat about his new horror/dark comedy novel, The Mime. Now, you may be aware I’m a bit of a horror wuss so have a feeling I may not be sleeping tonight 😉

Thanks so much for being here, Raz. So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

Raz T. Slasher is an upcoming independent horror actor and writer. When he’s not killing people he co-hosts the Twisted Geekdom Podcast with his best friends. Raz enjoys spending time with his family and friends, worshiping The Great Cthulhu, hanging out with his cat Stoker, and talking about himself in the third person. His favorite quote about his writing is “It’s like Lovecraft and Clive Barker had a love child and gave it up for adoption to be raised by Charles Manson.” Raz was born in Dayton,OH ,where he still lives today. He is currently banned from jumping out at people from dark rooms around the house.

Hehe, well the last part is definitely good to know! Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

I guess I’d always been interested in writing as a kid, there were the random little stories I’d think up and write down but nothing really that solid at first. My mom pretty much let us read anything we wanted, as long we looked up the words we didn’t know in the dictionary. It was in fourth grade when I picked up Dark Half by Stephen King that things changed for me. The novel struck some deep chord in me, it sparked some secret desire I didn’t even know I had till then. From then on out I just never stopped writing.

It’s wonderful, isn’t it, when you find that style that just clicks things into place for you 🙂 Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

My favorite time to write is very late at night into the early morning. Everything’s so quiet and dark, it sets the perfect mood for horror writing. I usually make sure I’m loaded up with chocolate milk, bacon beef jerky, and cigarettes. I don’t know why I have to be so unhealthy while I write, just the way it is I guess. The only other thing I really do routine wise is scour the net for pictures that inspire me for what I’m working on.

Ooh, I’m a late night writer as well, though will stick to the chocolate rather than beef jerky lol! Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

Horror to me is this deeply mysterious and romantic thing. It’s inspired mankind since the first time a caveman told a story of something that walked in the darkness. I see horror as this tool to teach us to respect life, to respect fear. Every time you investigate a strange noise, check the back seat of your car when you drive at night, get startled when someone rounds a corner, that’s the cycle of horror. It’s this never ending thing that surrounds us every day. I wanted to be a part of that. I wanted to be that reason people lose sleep. Who wouldn’t want that?

That’s a beautiful way to put it (eek, am I being converted to horror?). I think as writers we’d all like our books to keep people up all night, just maybe for slightly varying reasons 😉 Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

As I mentioned before, Stephen King was a huge influence to me in my youth. I also got very into Poe, RL Stine, and Christopher Pike around then. These things of course lead me to Clive Barker and HP Lovecraft, probably the hugest influences on me and my writing. Book wise I’d have to say the most influential were Dark Half by Stephen King, Cabal by Clive Barker, and the shorter work Call of Cthulhu by Lovecraft.

Ooh, see I do love a bit of Poe and have always been a Cthulhu fan – who isn’t, right? 🙂 What five things could you never do without?

My kindle, my laptop, chocolate milk, cigarettes, and bacon jerky

Lol, that may be the most unhealthy list we’ve had but hey, it sounds happy! Tell us a bit about your new release.

The Mime is a horror/dark comedy novel about one man’s descent into madness. It’s set in a changing timeline from the 1980’s to modern times. It’s a world full of rich characters, nods to various horror tropes and works, insanity, blood and gore, and a very unique sense of humor. If you’ve ever been afraid of a clown, then you’ll be terrified of The Mime.

Clowns? Oh, dear, and just when I was warming to the idea *shudders* I’m gonna go back to hiding under the bed 😉 Where did your inspiration for it come from?

There are a variety of amazing characters that fill out the world, all of them based mostly on people I’ve known and pieces of myself. It’s this weird HP Lovecraft inspired amalgam of John Carpenter’s Halloween and Stephen King’s IT. I basically took the films/novels that I enjoyed most and added my weird sense of humor.

That sounds like a both amazing and slightly terrifying combination! What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

The most enjoyable thing about writing this was all the awesome research I got to do. I did interviews with medical professionals, retired police officers, and professional mimes. I spent time talking to a lot of my friends and family members about the 1980’s too. I feel like the process of writing this novel really brought me closer to others, and taught me things I never would have known before.

That does sound fascinating. What was the hardest part about writing it?

The hardest part about writing it was probably fighting with my own personal chaos. The novel took a surprising amount of patience and organizational skills that I wasn’t even aware I possessed. It started off as this crazy undertaking, with piles of notes scattered everywhere. It forced me to learn more about myself, that’s for sure.

*sighs* Very true, I possibly tend to have organisational issues as well (pauses for laughter from everyone I know). Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

I’m gonna cheat and say The Mime, who’s actually the combination of Ryker and The Creature. I’d say these characters contain the most of myself, with a lot of my brother thrown into the mix. I was able to do so many things with this, and of course have stories of them together for far more than just this book. Writing them just came so natural to me. Once you start a conversation with characters like that, they just never seem to shut up!

Lol, that is true, characters are easy to start off, impossible to shut up sometimes! Well, just in case people are still now convinced (or, you know, wondering if they’ll sleep again lol), why should we run out and buy it right now?

In its’ 291 pages, The Mime will take you on a journey through madness. You’ll experience a roller coaster of emotions like no other. What started with an idea for a simple horror novel spawned into a unique world filled with one of the strangest and disconcerting plots you may ever read. This series is just the beginning of a planned trilogy, carefully constructed for those not faint of heart. It’s a great read for horror aficionados, though equally great for beginners to the horror genre. By buying this book, you’re supporting an independent artist that you’ll see is very passionate about his craft. Also, a portion of all sales go to the American Cancer Society.

Aww, well see, now if you end up scared stiff at least you’ll know it’s for a good cause! 🙂 The book details are here:

MIME BOOK COVERBlurb

In 1985 a tragedy occurred during a small town’s founders day festival and performer’s parade somewhere in Ohio. This event left one woman dead, and a local man missing. Shortly after a series of murders began taking place over a span of more than 30 years. Samantha was a little girl when it all happened. Things have never been the same since she watched her mother die. She’s struggled her entire life just to feel normal. All grown up now, Samantha’s finally moved on with her life. She’s in a stable relationship for the first time with an amazing woman, and even has a few close friends. It’s just another night on the town, until they find the body of one of her friends in a parking lot.

And you can get your hands on a copy here:

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Mime-Book-1-ebook/dp/B0195MBB56/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1455846589&sr=8-1&keywords=the+mime

Barnes and Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-mime-raz-t-slasher/1123137771?ean=9781519697295

Don’t forget to follow Raz on facebook for all his news and releases.



Hope you all have a great start to the weekend 🙂


Guest Author Interview – Sheri Velarde

Hi all,

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend. Mine has been a busy one, but I’m thrilled to be able to take a break to chat with the wonderfully talented Sheri Veldarde (who I’m also in an anthology with this week – look out for it!).

Sheri Velarde AuthorSo, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

I am a nerd, an animal lover, a new wife, and an eccentric author. I love being creative, not only do I write but I also paint, make jewelry, sometimes design clothes, and do my own independent comics. Life has dealt me some tough blows, but I am a survivor that always dusts myself off and continues on my path!

Ooh, I am impressed with all the multi-talentedness! Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

I loved books as a child and made up my own stories since I was young. But it was probably when I read The Hobbit that I really wanted to be an author!

I do love The Hobbit, though I think I did things the weird way round and read LotR first 🙂 Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I try to write when my husband is at work, treat those hours as my worktime as well. It has given me structure and I feel that I am way more productive this way. Plus that means I am off when he is off!

It is a juggling act with family sometimes, isn’t it? Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I started off as a paranormal romance author. Then I moved to other areas of romance. Recently I am branching out into more pulp fiction and horror areas. Code Black is my first horror piece. I love to read all genres and so I write in many I guess.

A writer of many talents then? 😉 Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

JRR Tolkien has always been a huge inspiration. Same goes for Stephen King. Very different authors but both influenced me through their creativity and world building.

What five things could you never do without?

My husband, my two dogs, coffee, wine and books.

Hehe, yup I definitely need my caffeine and alcohol as well. Tell us a bit about your new release.

Code Black is my first pure horror release. I tried to come up with a plausible zombie, making it scarier if it could be possible.

Oh dear, I’m not good with scary lol! Where did your inspiration for it come from?

I was watching a basic cable special on zombies, a what if special, and they talked about a mutated form of rabies. From there my mind was off.

It’s fun when an idea just sparks. What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

Getting my feet wet in a new genre and seeing where horror could take me!

What was the hardest part about writing it?

I knew that a character had to die in this piece to make it believable. The death was rather hard on me.

Aww, that’s always a hard decision to have to make. Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

My lead, Sara. She is tough as nails but has a huge heart. The world should have more people like her.

She sounds like someone after my own heart. So, let’s have a look at the book.

CODE BLACK_HDBlurb

A disease that can destroy the entire fabric of society, how can one face down such odds?

Sara lives on Key Largo, a place she knows she should have left after the last hurricane, but she can’t quite walk away from it. When warning sirens go off, she fears for the safety of her home more than anything else. That is, until she realizes that something much more than severe weather is heading her way.

When her own government blows up the only escape to the mainland and her neighbors begin to attack one another, Sara learns she can only depend on herself. With the aid of her uncle and Cameron, a National Guard soldier helping her along the way, she is on the run for her life. Harsh realities she never thought she would have to face are now part of her life. Can she do what it takes to survive, or will she always be on the run and wondering what might have been?

Ooh, sounds good! If you want to get your mitts on a copy, you can find it here:

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B01604F2RK

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01604F2RK

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/code-black-7

Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Sheri_Velarde_Code_Black?id=4BGjCgAAQBAJ&hl=en%3Futm_source%3Dna_Med

And if you want to keep up to date with Sheri and her new releases, you can find her on social media at the following links:

Website URL: www.sherivelarde.weebly.com

Blog address: http://sherivelarde.weebly.com/books-and-more-blog

Author: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sheri-VelardeKelly-Ryan/632892500084202

Twitter handle: Sher_V

Walker Wednesday – 07/10/15

Hi all,

You say have noticed I’m running a little behind today. Have a pounding headache and seem to have been running round like a headless chicken all day trying to get caught up with everything. So, considering I feel slightly like death warmed up then it’s probably appropriate that we’re talking zombies again today 😉

chineseWhile zombies only really became prominent in Western films, books and television over the past century or so (the first actual zombie film was in the 1930s, before George A.Romero made the genre famous in the 1960s with the first of his Living Dead films) they have featured in ancient myths and legends around the world.

For example, the Middle-Eastern tale, the Epic of Gilgamesh is over 5,000 years old and has an angry goddess who threatens to bring the dead back to life to eat the flesh of the living.

Zombies in Chinese myth are called the Kuang Shi, which means the hopping corpse, and are human bodies without any independent will or thoughts. In some Chinese legends, zombies are the bodies of people of who died far away from home and they must walk back to their home before they can rest in peace.

draugrIn Scandinavian countries, zombies were known as draugr. These were fierce warriors, who after death were not content to lie peacefully in their graves and instead rose up and attacked the living. In order to kill a draugr you had to cut off its head, burn the body and scatter the ashes at sea.

In Germany, they have a version of the zombie called the Nachzehrer, which can either be translated as ‘night waster’ or ‘night gnawer/chewer’. This has some traits of both the zombie and the vampire, making it particularly dangerous. When the Nachtzehrer first comes back from the grave it gnaws on parts of its own body, before looking for other victims to feed on.

Are we all freaked out yet? Well, it’s World Zombie Day tomorrow, so if you’re getting involved in anything zombie-related then have fun  – and if you’re not, then watch out 😉