Just reaching out to all persons who are interested in reading dark fiction and horror stories. For an exculsive time, I am offering all interested parties an opportunity to read (in-full, & without charge) THREE of my short stories via my new web site: www.daoodbrown.com.....
This was a somewhat difficult book to read, for many reasons. But it was certainly an interesting book, as well. I have pretty high standards for books that keep my attention, and I read all the way through to the end on this one. That alone gives it a passing grade.
The problem with being a writer is that self publicity is essential. We use our twitter and Facebook as soundboards for our latest novels, contests, etc. It's a necessary part of the gig. For most writer, it ends there. Joe McKinney goes far beyond the call of duty.
Long before I ever read The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker, I had seen the movie version Hellraiser on cable. Hellraiser was only one of several stories in the book, but it's what made me want to read the book. It went the same way with The Stand, Carrie, etc. I had always ended up seeing the movie first.
As a writer, books are an important part of my life and often I would give books to people as birthday and Christmas gifts. I tried to fit the book with what I knew of their wants and interests. It served me well for many years.
For me, reading has always been a visceral experience. Horror was always the choice for me because fear is a powerful emotion and I loved being scared as I became caught up in the story. There was something about the way it felt to hold a book and I couldn't wait to get to the next page.
There are two primary ways a short story writer can get their name and stories out there in the world: a contest or an anthology. It's not easy breaking into the writing world and even if you have a book written, you're going to need a little street cred before sending it to an agent.
I've always been a lover of horror and while the classic Shelley tale Frankenstein is a major influence on writers today, I never thought about its impact on my children's generation. They have so many things today that easily outstrip the world of Frankenstein that the books doesn't seem relevant any more.
At least, that's what I thought. In a world of videogames and a million cable channels, I didn't thing my son would be interested in reading a book like Frankenstein. At his recent birthday party, his grandmother gave him several “Classics” including Frankenstein.
As a horror writer, I can't help but notice the glut of zombie novels and books that are out these days. You can't seem to read anything horror without bumping into a few zombies around the way. I get it, zombies are hot right now, but too often writers don't understand how to write about zombies.
Thanks to George Romero and others, zombies have a folklore about them now. Sure, you can pretty much make up the rules as its your book, but the audience is going to expect a few things and if you don't portray them correctly, then it's going to turn them off. “Write of the Living Dead” is a writer's handbook on how to write about the living dead.
Among the books I selected, Ellen Datlow’s collection of erotic horror, Little Deaths, was among them. When I saw the genre, which seemed bizarre, I knew I had to have the book. I have been trying my hand at supernatural romance and erotica for a little while now and I had to know about this format of the art. When you think about it, erotica and horror have always gone hand in hand; why else would slasher films be filled with buxom beauties and sex?