The 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
Land of the Free, Home of the Weird
Sergeant Abraham Richards, Alpha Company, 1-107th Infantry, New York Army National Guard, walked down the armory steps into the cool October afternoon, his rucksack weighing heavily on his shoulders, his duffel bag to his side and straining his arm.
“Let me take that, son.” His father took the duffel and hefted it over his good shoulder.
“You can’t tell your father to be careful, you know that,” Mom said, grimacing and rolling her eyes. She said it as a joke, but she was afraid it sounded like a nag. Everything was tense. Happy, sure, but tense. No one wanted to say the wrong thing, but silence didn’t seem right, either. But maybe saying nothing at all was the best thing for it.
Continue reading ➞ The Hillbilly Moonshine Massacre – Chapter 2
This isn’t horror or weird-related, but this project is near and dear to my heart.
Here’s my interview and some background information on my upcoming novel from The War Writers’ Campaign, Inc. You can pre-order the book, or just learn a bit more about my writing process and inspiration for the work, which I’m calling “The Greatest War Novel to come out in at least two or three weeks.”
All proceeds from the book’s sales go to fund best-in-class veterans services. Click on the image below for the link.
I haven’t seen America’s latest patriotic Rorschach test. However, its success has helped bring attention to a Hollywood organization comprised of veterans and industry insiders called Got Your 6. Got Your 6’s aim is to certify (a nebulous, Orwellian term if my cynical eyes ever saw one) films about veterans as authentic. They want to discourage stereotypes—especially that of the broken, embittered, trauma-ridden veteran—and encourage more positive, “realistic” portrayals of our warriors.
Even the First Lady put her support behind the organization—a move that is sure to be less controversial than, say, encouraging children to eat more vegetables.
One of my writing gigs is for UniformStories.com, where I share insights into the veteran and military experience. My latest post, “Why Write About War,” is something I think anyone can relate to. I argue for the power of writing down your experiences to make sense of them, and to help share your thoughts and perspectives with people in a way that isn’t all touchy-feely-weird-awkward.
You can find the article here.
In other site news, we’re happily moving through the submissions and book design process of High Strange Horror, prepping for Doctor Gaines’ new work The Shot, and gearing up for con season, with our first outing at MiniCon in Minneapolis on April 2nd.
My first novel, Flight of the Blue Falcon, will see release in July, and I plan publishing my horror novel The Hillbilly Moonshine Massacre in the months following that.
In the meantime, we’ll have a review of the short story collection Nightmare Carnival sometime next week.