The Hillbilly Moonshine Massacre – Chapter 3

Read Chapter 2 here.

Octoberfest

thumbnail_originalThe sky was bright and cloudless, and the sun lent a golden hue to the leaves, in full, colorful autumn splendor.

Richards stood at the top of Carnivale, the tallest and longest ski trail at Snow Pine Resort. Chairful after chairful of tourists paid $8 to ride up the shiny-new lift to the top of the hill, to look down over the colorful hills and valley below, and to down overpriced bottom-shelf Canadian beer. Continue reading “The Hillbilly Moonshine Massacre – Chapter 3”

The Hillbilly Moonshine Massacre – Chapter 1

Warrant Served On Quackenbush Road

thumbnail_originalLarry “Bucky” Green was a two-bit moonshiner with a rap sheet as long as a summer afternoon. Petty larceny, public drunkenness, public urination, illegal discharge of a firearm, and various other typical good-old-country-boy degenerate activities. There was one instance of felony assault (charges later dropped) in that thick folder of his. But, if anyone bothered to ask Sergeant Joe Johnson of the New York State Police, the guy on the bad end of that particular ass beating probably deserved it. But then again, nobody ever bothered to ask Johnson.

This was his turf, supposedly—the deep hills and back roads of central Cattaraugus County, New York. Populated by farmers in old houses, hillbillies and rural folk in single- and double-wide trailers, and effete ski freaks; tourists mostly, slumming it up with the locals in faux-rustic mansions scattered among the foreboding forested hills. Rumor was, even famed four-time-Super Bowl-losing-quarterback Jim Kelly had himself a big cabin out this way. The guy may not have had a ring, but he sure as hell had money. Continue reading “The Hillbilly Moonshine Massacre – Chapter 1”

We’re just getting started.

Early in 2015, we released High Strange Horror, hsh_cover06which continues to be our best online-selling title. It’s an anthology featuring authors that took on the subjects of cryptoterrestrials, aliens, men in black, UFOs, and government conspiracies. I’m very proud of the work, and consider it our flagship release of 2015. While Spooklights was our first release back in 2014, I believe we upped our professional and editorial chops with this book.

 

The Shot

Writer-editor Doctor Gaines‘ first long-form release, The Shot, is a dystopian, madcap science fiction adventure a la I Am Legend and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

 

 

 

Devils Engine Cover

The Devil’s Engine by Robert Stava is a fun YA horror yarn about secret Nazi technology, the occult, and three teenagers unlucky enough to activate a semi-sentient, bloodthirsty locomotive. It’s a fun, short little ride, perfect for the young (and young at heart) horror fan.

 

 

I was honored that The War Writers’ Campaign published my debut Flight of the Blue Falcon Covernovel Flight of the Blue Falcon. It’s not horror or weird – but it’s a deeply personal book about the Afghanistan War, based on my time serving with the U.S. Army. If you have any interest in what the Long War was (is) like for so many servicemen and women, please consider picking up a copy. All proceeds benefit the Campaign, which is a nonprofit dedicated to publishing veteran literature and war writing. Communication is the best form of therapy, and writing this novel helped me exorcise more than a few ghosts of my own.

Just before Halloween, Literati Press Comics & Novels released my second thumbnailnovel, The Hillbilly Moonshine Massacre. This is a horror-science-fiction-conspiracy-theory-pulp adventure tale about a war veteran who returns home to find his rural ski town community grappling with UFOs, police brutality, and an outbreak of violence triggered by psychotropic moonshine. Of course, not everything is as it seems, and only the paranoid part-time county sheriff (who happens to be the host of a late night call-in paranormal talk show) knows what’s really going on. It’s X-Files meets Trailer Park Boys; Ghostbusters on magic mushrooms and cheap local beer. It’s a book I had a blast writing, and if secret societies, local crime, and alien abductions are your thing, I think you’ll love it, too.

We also significantly expanded the blog’s content and review catalog. While we can’t review everything that comes out in the horror and weird fields, we covered a lot. My favorite books of the year, in no particular order:

Scott R. Jones edited an incredible RESONATOR_cover_ebook-e1421651477512collection of stories centered on the resonator device from H.P. Lovecraft’s classic tale “From Beyond.” I loved this book from beginning to end.

 

 

Alectryomancer and Other Weird Tales by Christopher AlectryomancerSlatsky was one of the best single-author collections I read. I love conspiracy theories and alternative history, but Slatsky’s knowledge and use of the esoteric  in horror settings puts me to shame. I can’t wait to see more from him.

 

Orrin Grey’s end of year collection PaintedMonsters_cover_001_FC_small-663x1024Painted Monsters blew me away. There was not a single story in here that didn’t keep my attention. No other writer does such a great job of translating the cinematic weird to the page, marrying an obvious love for horror film with literary talent.

As for 2016, we’re staying busy. We’ll continue to do interviews with authors and reviews of horror and weird fiction and film. We have at least three releases slated for the year, including two novellas from first-time authors, and a short story collection from a very prominent new voice in the weird.

Stay tuned, and stay spooky.

-Jonathan

The Hillbilly Moonshine Massacre by Jonathan Raab – Trailer and Pre-Order

I’m very excited to announce that my latest novel, The Hillbilly Moonshine Massacre, published by Literati Press Comics & Novels, is now available for pre-order. It’s a horror-weird-science-fiction-action-comedy-conspiracy-thriller.

Here’s the trailer:

All orders made through our online store are signed. The first ten copies sold get a free poster thrown in as well!

The book will also be available at the Literati Press store and Amazon by the end of the week.

From the back cover:

When the arrest of known moonshiner (and possible alien abductee) Larry “Bucky” Green goes south, several cops are left dead and Bucky goes on the run. His latest batch of moonshine is driving the locals mad—literally. Anyone who drinks it falls victim to some terrible form of mind control. They start tearing each other apart and building strange altars to forgotten gods.

Strange lights in the sky, mob violence, militarized police, creatures from beyond time and space, and sinister government agencies descend on the idyllic autumn countryside, sowing chaos and terror in their wake.

Only the paranoid Sheriff Cecil Kotto—who also happens to be the host of a popular conspiracy theory radio show—has any clue about the truth behind it all. He recruits a new deputy and joins forces with an ambitious public access television reporter to track down Bucky and stop the apocalypse from kicking off.

Who’s behind the evil of the age? FEMA? The Illuminati? Reptilians? Aliens? The Red Cross? Secret societies? The DHS? The CIA? The EPA? The Council on Foreign Relations? The Trilateral Commission?

Only Sheriff Kotto and his team can find out. Only they can stop…

THE HILLBILLY MOONSHINE MASSACRE

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