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June 2018 Author Recap

I hope you enjoyed the previous month’s worth of introductions to authors you may not know. It was my pleasure to share such talented writers with all of you.

AUTHORSYOUSHOULD KNOWI had the idea in late May to do a month long series exposing my followers to other writers who I admire and read. When I started this project, I told no one. I wanted it to be a surprise for all the authors involved. No one knew who I was going to share or when. It was pretty cool to see the surprise coming in from those whom I featured. For those writers, I do hope it was a well-received surprise. For you readers, I hope you found a new author or two to check out and sample their work.

I want to stress that there were many other authors I could’ve included. I don’t want to upset any of my author friends that may not have been included in this first series of Authors You Should Know. Please don’t take it as a slight against you or your work.

For a recap of each author, please click their name below and it will take you to the brief post I published. I encourage you to try someone new and try one of their books. You never know when you might come across a writer you’ll absolutely have to read. It’s difficult finding readers. My hope is that you found something useful through the month of June within these posts.

 

Jason’s Authors You Should Know – June 2018

Amy Hale                    June 1

Leland Lydecker        June 2

Donna McCarthy       June 3

Vince Churchill          June 4

Mirren Hogan             June5

Brian K. Morris          June 6

SA Gibson                   June 7

Mark Pannebecker   June 8

RJ Batla                       June 9

Simon Bleaken           June 10

F. Kenneth Taylor        June 11

Brent A. Harris           June 12

MD. Parker                 June 13

Pamela Morris           June 14

Ray Wenck                 June 15

Stephanie Barr          June 16

Thomas Gunther       June 17

Greg Alldredge          June 18

C.A. King                     June 19

PC3                             June 20

Jay Noel                      June 21

Christa Yelich-Koth   June 22

Eric Asher                  June 23

Diane Morrison         June 24

John W. Smith           June 25

Lucinda Moebius       June 26

Merri Halma              June 27

Bryan Caron              June 28

Leo McBride               June 29

Aaron Hamilton         June 30

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Jason’s Authors You Should Know – John W. Smith

JohnSmithToday’s author you should know is John W. Smith.

John is an author of horror and dark fiction. He’s got a couple short story collections available (I’ve read Nightmares of a Madman and loved it!) as well as the novel Tainted Blood and a new upcoming dark novel called Death’s Retribution. He’s a talented writer of dark stories which kinda counters his friendly and helpful personality.

I first met John at the St. Louis Indie Book Fair in 2016. We were seated next to each Nightmaresother and soon discovered we wrote similar material. We ended up naming our little corner the Dark Corner and had a great time getting to know each other. He then invited me to share a table at PennedCon in St. Louis last year and we sold quite a bit of books and met a bunch of new readers. John has been so helpful to me, sharing new events and supporting my work with reviews and more.

From his Amazon page:

John Smith is a features and short story writer who has grown into longer works. His professional career began as an award winning military journalist. He is the au-thor of numerous works, including the award-winning book of short stories, Dark Dreams. Other works in-clude Nightmares of a Mad Man, A Dark and Stormy Night, an anthology, and three Kindle short stories, Spirit Dagger, Colonial Scum, and Hungry Things. John has been an avid reader of dark fiction since an early age and has used books, magazines, and movies to en-courage his imagination. Tainted Blood is his first novel.

John currently lives in Illinois with his Basset Hound, Barkley P. Howl.

Check out his other books on Amazon or get more info on his website johnwsmithauthor.com.


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Jason’s Authors You Should Know – PC3

PC3Today’s author you should know is PC3.

Author PC3 (Patrick Harrison III) is a super talented author of horror. His work is gripping and realistic, even when dealing with the dark side of fiction.

I was made familiar with PC3’s work when we were both in the Hellbound Books Infernoanthology Shopping List Vol. 2. Once I read his story, I was hooked! I’m currently reading his novel Inferno Bound and the Hell Hounds and I cannot recommend it enough for those into horror. It’s bloody, dark, and perfect for an escape from our reality.

Since I came across his work, we’ve been in several Facebook groups together and I’m slowly learning more about this amazing writer. He’s crazy talented and definitely worth your hard earned cash. Go buy his books!

From his Amazon page:

Patrick C. Harrison III (PC3) is a writer of horror, bizarro, splatterpunk, and dark erotica. He lives with his wife and children on the outskirts of Greenville, Texas. He is a scary person.

To find all the books available from PC3, check out his Amazon page or his website.


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Jason’s Authors You Should Know – Thomas S. Gunther

ThomasToday’s author you should know is Thomas S. Gunther.

Thomas is an absolutely brilliant horror writer. I’ve read several of his short stories and loved them all. He writes excellent tales of dark and dread and they are so entertaining. You really need to try his work!

I met Thomas through Twitter where he’d comment on a few posts of mine and I’d do the BigBooksame with his posts. I was able to read one of his stories and his talent blew me away! On top of that, he has been a big advocate of my work for which I’m super appreciative of. We’ve both had short stories published in Hellbound Books anthologies with Thomas’ stories finding homes in their collections The Big Book of Bootleg Horror Vol.2 and The Big Book of Bootleg Horror Vol.4.

Thomas’ bio from his Smashwords page:

Thomas S. Gunther enjoys reading and writing fiction of all kinds, though he is partial to horror. Like the original American horror writer, Edger Allen Poe, he favors the short story over longer works, though he is currently working on a novel (or two), as well. He is employed as an aquatic transfer engineer on a tree farm but also works as a writer/editor for occasional private clients. While his parents had hoped he would pursue his artistic talents, he chose to draw with words instead, having been inspired by various writers, including but not limited to, Jack London, Harlan Ellison, Stephen King, and Clive Barker. In turn, his work may be described as being a mix of brutality, dark humor, and the macabre. The stories showcased here are just a sampling of the many he has written. Three of his short stories have recently made it into print within the pages of three separate anthologies with another publisher (whose initials are HBB). While not stabbing at his novel(s), Thomas works diligently on a collection–long overdue–of short stories entitled, “Mumbling Darkly,” (sharing the same name as his WordPress page), which he hopes to publish soon, possibly 2019). He has one son from a previous relationship (very handsome and much brighter than his father), and two older kids, and several grandchildren via his second marriage. When not working or writing, Thomas S. Gunther spends his days helping his beautiful wife around their home in Kalamazoo, MI, making sure the dog doesn’t eat the youngest grandson, eat the flowers, or dig up the cats buried in the backyard.

You can find more of Thomas’ short stories on Smashwords or check out his blog for more about this super-talented writer!


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Jason’s Authors You Need to Know – Pamela Morris

cemeterypamToday’s author you need to know is Pamela Morris.

If you’ve been a long time reader (and you are, aren’t you?) of my blog, Pamela’s name is no surprise. She’s an absolutely amazing author writing mostly horror and dark fiction. Her writing is infused with realism and down-right excellent talent. When I want a great DarkHollowhorror fix (or opinions on my own horror writing) I do not hesitate to pick up her books or share my work with her. She’s super-crazy-talented and someone you really want to try if you like dark, wonderfully written novels.

I’ve interviewed her on the blog and I’ve reviewed her book Dark Hollow Road.

Here’s her bio from her Amazon page:

Raised in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, but forever longing for the white sands of New Mexico, Pamela has always loved mysteries and the macabre. Combining the two in her own writing, along with her love for historical research and genealogy, came naturally. Hours spent watching ‘Monster Movie Matinee’, ‘Twilight Zone’, a myriad of Hammer Films, and devouring books by Stephen King, Tanith Lee, and Anne Rice probably helped, too.

Outside of her work as a novelist, Pamela has written numerous historic articles for the Tioga County Courier, an Owego, NY newspaper. She has done genealogy research for family and friends and was a Civil War reenactor for close to ten years. In 2014 Pamela joined the ranks of writers for the online magazine, The Good Men Project. She also enjoys scrapbooking, bad B-Movies, road trips with her husband, and feeding the crows that frequent their back yard.

Seriously go check out her books. If you’re a fan of horror, you won’t be disappointed. Find out more on her website pamelamorrisbooks.com.


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Jason’s Authors You Should Know – Simon Bleaken

SimonBleakenToday’s author you should know is Simon Bleaken.

Simon is a prolific short story writer who writes primarily TwilightMadhouseVol2horror and science fiction. I was first acquainted with Simon while working with Schreyer Ink Publishing with their Twilight Madhouse short story collections. I was in Vol. 1 and Simon’s work appeared in Vol. 2. I got a chance to read the collection ahead of publication and his story was one of my favorites. I’ve since read more of his excellent work, most notably his own short story collection A Touch of Silence and Other Tales.

From his Amazon page:

Simon Bleaken lives in Wiltshire in the United Kingdom where he writes short stories, mostly in the horror, fantasy and Sci-Fi genres.

Outside of writing, his interests include Egyptology and ancient history. He is a keen supporter of environmental causes.

He is also a member of The Pagan Federation, OBOD (The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids), The Druid Network, and The Friends of the Boscastle Museum of Witchcraft. He also supports the Stonewall charity and Greenpeace.

His work has appeared in magazines and book anthologies in Britain, the USA and Japan.

ATouchOfSilenceI can’t say enough about Simon’s talent and generosity when it comes to his fellow writers and human beings. He’s an exceptional writer and someone you ought to check out.

Here’s a guest post he offered for the blog back in February which also includes an excerpt of his writing.

Go to his Amazon page to learn more and find many of the collections featuring his short stories.


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Jason’s Authors You Should Know – Vince Churchill

Today’s author you should know is Vince Churchill.

Vince-Churchill-photoI met Vince at Contamination back in 2016 in St. Louis, MO. We were on the same aisle together and spent a lot of time over the weekend talking and trying to make the best out of a tough selling situation. Vince even came up with a contest for the authors in our aisle by having us compete for the “Golden Screw” award which was nothing more than a rusty screw found on the show floor. Technically he won by selling the most books but I did take the screw home with me (and subsequently lost it!)

Vince writes horror, and lots of it! He hails from Springfield, IL andButcher attends a ton of conventions throughout the Midwest. I’ve read his book The Butcher Bride and loved it! He’s got an amazing grasp of the genre and held my attention throughout. If you’re a fan of horror, you have to check him out!

From his Amazon page:

Vince Churchill has six published novels: The Dead Shall Inherit The Earth, The Blackest Heart, The Butcher Bride, Pandora, Hyde, and Goodnight, My Sweet. The Dead Shall Inherit The Earth was featured in 2009’s XBOX Magazine’s ZOMBIES! Collector’s Edition as one of The 37 Greatest Zombie Triumphs.

His short fiction has appeared in anthologies such as The Undead, The Undead Volume 2: Skin and Bones, The Horror Library – Volume One, The Beast Within, and the recent Midnight Walk. He is also a list contributor in the Book of Lists: Horror. Vince’s latest novella, Condemned, anchors the Butcher Shop Quartet II horror anthology.

If you get a chance to meet him in person, do so. He’s a great guy and a lot of fun. Buy a book from him when ya do! If you can’t find him out in the wild, grab one of his books from Amazon. You can find more about Vince on his website.


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Jason’s Authors You Should Know – Donna Maria McCarthy

DonnaToday’s author you should know is Donna Maria McCarthy. She’s a horror writer from the UK and crazy talented.

I first met Donna when we were both included in the Hellbound Books Anthology Shopping List 2. She has works published by Hellbound Books including Biddy Trott and BiddyTrottThe Meddler. Her first book The Hangman’s Hitch came out in 2016.

Since meeting Donna, she’s been super supportive of my work, even when it’s not horror related. She tirelessly works to promote other authors and share their stories with readers. She’s got a great sense of humor and a sense of comradery with her fellow writers. Add to that her wonderful ability to craft dark tales, and you’ve got an author to look out for!

Check out her author page over at Hellbound Books to find out more about her. You can also follow Donna on Twitter by going to @roast914_k.

Book Review: Dark Hollow Road

I was so excited to get my hands on the newest novel from Pamela Morris. Want to know what I thought? Read on for my review!


Pamela Morris’ latest novel Dark Hollow Road is a psychological horror story that grips you from the start.

The novel follows Mary Alice Brown who we’re introduced to early on as the oldest of four children. They live with their abusive and alcoholic father Clay Brown in rural Pennsylvania. The poor family lives far away from outsiders and sticks to their own.

DarkHollowWhen we first meet Mary, we find she’s the victim of abuse at the hands of her father and this sets the dark, eerie tone for the entire novel. Mary comes across as both victim and monster (as the story progresses) and it’s not hard to sympathize with her plight. I loathed her while wanting to help her. Mary fights for everything she has and wants nothing more than to have her family whole. This passion drives her to do what she does though the madness consumes her.

We’re also introduced to a family that moves in next door. Renee, her son Brandon, and her partner Samantha find a house near the old Brown house and soon experience weird situations, culminating with a visit from the Sugar Lady. Contrary to her sweet name, the Sugar Lady is not someone you want to meet.

One of the unique aspects of Dark Hollow Road is the alternating view points. The chapters from Mary’s point of view are in first person and the chapters dealing with Renee’s son Brandon are in third person. Pamela handles this back and forth with great skill and the chapters are fluid and entertaining.

The overall tone of the novel is dark and foreboding. The abuse Mary suffers early in life dominates everything she does. She’s so wrapped up in preserving her family she doesn’t realize how she’s destroying it herself.

I absolutely loved this book! The characters were well crafted and believable. The setting was perfect for the story. The tone and pace were spot on. Do yourself a favor, if you like creepy psychological horror that makes you squirm, try Dark Hollow Road by Pamela Morris.

Guest Post: Simon Bleaken

Hi there, my name is Simon Bleaken and Jason has very kindly given me the chance to say a few words on his blog. Firstly I thought I’d tell you a little bit about myself, and then I’d like to share an excerpt from a work in progress.

EldritchI live in the UK and write in the horror, sci-fi and fantasy genres. I’ve had work appear in Tales of the Talisman, Lovecraft’s Disciples, Strange Sorcery and in several anthologies including Eldritch Embraces and Space Horrors: Full Throttle Space Tales #4.

Last year I brought out my first collection of short stories A Touch of Silence and Other Tales, and I am currently working on a second collection, which I hope to release later this year.

My biggest influences have to be my favourite authors, among them: Stephen King, Clark Ashton Smith, H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard. I am in awe of the worlds those guys built. I’ve always found the boundaries between sci-fi and fantasy often merge with the horror genre, and I’ve never tried to restrict myself to either – but to tell the story that needs to be told.

SilenceBy day I work for an Infection Control Team in a hospital, and it’s a job that keeps me pretty busy – but I always try and make time for writing in the evenings all the same. It was this job, and my constant promise to my colleagues to ‘write an infection control horror story’ that was the origin of the idea for the excerpt of my work-in-progress I’d like to share with you now. This story is planned for inclusion in my forthcoming collection, and is about a survey team who encounter a deadly infection on an alien world. The idea was – what if the disease was utterly deadly, but the cure was utterly unthinkable?


The shovel scraped metal. I froze, crouching in the dirt down inside the grave pit. My heart was racing, and despite the cool breeze coming up from the valley below I was dripping in sweat, my sodden shirt clinging to my skin. I sucked in a shivering breath, fighting the dizziness creeping through my body. I wanted to curl up in a small corner somewhere, to close my aching eyes and sleep. But to do that would be to die.

The fever had started an hour ago, a steady burning at the base of the spine that had spread to the limbs and up the neck into the brain with terrifying speed. I had seen it kill over twenty people in the last thirty hours, and now it was my turn.

I straightened with a wince, craning my neck to glance over at the lander. There was no sign of Gregson. For all I knew he had already passed out, maybe even died.  His infection had been far more advanced than my own, and I had left him writhing and thrashing in the throes of delirium. A flicker of guilt fluttered through me at abandoning him, until I remembered my own predicament. Falling to my knees, I clawed away the remaining dirt until I uncovered the metal casing of the storage unit. A fresh wave of dizziness washed over me as I wiped a shaking hand across my brow.

Come on, keep it together. You can do this.

Fear quickened my heart – both of what I was about to do, and of the disease now consuming my trembling sweat-soaked body. Sliding off the top of the unit, I squeezed myself between the side of it and the wall of dirt to my right. We had used one of the worker units to dig this pit just over a day ago, and I wished we still had them around to help me exhume it again.

I held my breath as I hauled the lid open. It didn’t make much difference. The smell was unbearable in the confined space. Inside the makeshift coffin the corpse was already beginning to liquefy, undergoing some kind of accelerated decomposition. Despite the state of the corpse, I could clearly see the strange fungal growths covering it. They had turned from blue to brown after death.

This foul rotting thing had been a friend once, Jason Cain, to be exact. I probably stared at his bloated discoloured face for a good twenty seconds, part morbid fascination and part shocked revulsion. Here was the brutal reality of death. We put people in the ground and then tried to forget what came next, tried to remember them as we had known them, as if that was how they would stay forever. But there was no time for any of this. I knew I was trying to put off what I had come here to do, but time was no longer on my side.

The hand tore clean away as I pulled it free of the body.

Somehow I managed to keep my breakfast down.

I crawled out of the pit, skidding down the slope beyond in a cloud of dust and grit. I collapsed at the bottom, my whole body shaking as I dragged myself weakly forwards, dry heaving painfully until my stomach and sides ached. Finally, I crawled up against a large boulder and huddled against it, filthy and shaking, drenched in sweat. Every part of my body hurt, and my vision was beginning to blur.

I looked down at the hand I held. It had been a part of my friend once. Now it was just a thing, an object, or that’s what I tried to tell myself. I just wondered how much of it I would have to eat. My stomach churned at the thought.

It’s just meat, I told myself.


If you want to read the rest of the story, keep an eye out for my next book The Basement of Dreams and Other Tales later this year.

KeplersCowboysTwilightVol2If you can’t wait that long, A Touch of Silence and Other Tales is out now in paperback and for the Kindle, and contains ten short stories (nine previously published, and one new one). You can also find my stories (and lots more by other great authors) in the brilliant Kepler’s Cowboys anthology and in Twilight Madhouse Vol 2. from Schreyer Ink Publishing.

I’ll sign off here, but a huge thank-you to Jason for giving me this chance to say hello. If you’d like to get updates on my work, I don’t have a blog yet (it’s on my to-do list!) but you can find me on Facebook at the group: ‘The Stories of Simon Bleaken’.

Why not drop by and say hello?