Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Shameless Self Promotion No. 15

Chances are, you've never heard of Hadoth Creek.

Henry Bickleworth certainly wasn't familiar with the isolated community situated on a dirt road in rural north Florida - not until an unfortunate detour forced him to meet some of the town's eccentric residents.

I invite you to join Bickleworth on his journey as he discovers Hadoth Creek's unconventional past and comes face to face with the unsettling secrets and ancient horrors found there.

"Jars in the Cellar," a 6,125-word short story, has been published by Damnation Books. If you like weird yarns with a Lovecraftian slant, I hope you will consider purchasing the story.

Movie Review: Red Cliff

Armchair historians, strategy game buffs and those who enjoy spectacular cinematic epics will love John Woo's Red Cliff - assuming, that is, they can find it playing at a theater without having to drive 500 miles.

Rival warlords Liu Bei and Sun Quan form an alliance to confront the power-hungry general Cao Cao, who is determined to annex both their territories. My introduction to these historical figures happens to go back to the early 1990s when I became addicted to a Nintendo game called Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Anyone who played this - or any other strategy game based on this conflict - will find the film intriguing.

For more information, check out my review at Tampa Bay Newspapers:
… Visually stunning, Woo delivers a spectacular masterpiece combining dazzling landscapes, larger-than-life battlefield scenarios and mesmerizing diplomatic and tactical sequences that showcase the art of subtlety ...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Shameless Self Promotion No. 14

The Anthology of Dark Wisdom: The Best of Dark Fiction is now available from Elder Signs Press. Editor William Jones has selected some of the most horrifying and fantastical tales from the eponymous magazine along with previously unpublished works and award-winning short stories. As the publisher reports on its website, these tales "fearlessly venture into the hidden world of the supernatural, where strange creatures stalk the night and eldritch investigators search for the unknown."

The collection includes my short story "Plague of Fire" along with works by Peter Straub, Alan Dean Foster, Tom Piccirilli, John Pelan, Richard A. Lupoff, John Shirley, Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Wendy Leeds, Gerard Houarner, Chirstopher Welch, Sam W. Anderson, C.J. Henderson, Paul Melniczek, Richard Wright, Deanna Hoak, Christopher T. Leland, Bruce Boston, Lee Ballentine, Sherry Decker, Gene O’Neill, James Argendeli, Patricia Lee Macomber, David Niall Wilson, Christian Klaver, Tim Curran, Neddal Ayad and Rachel Gray.

To tempt discerning readers into ordering a copy for the holidays, following is a brief excerpt from my story:

"Outside, the twilight shuddered with bursts of sporadic lightning. Spidery bolts erupted from beyond the horizon, scattered across the sky and invaded Obaid’s apartment in flashes of crimson and blue. The thunder growled with the whisper of the hidden horrors.

A pack of tormented sirens howled through the dusk, scrambling toward a dull, red glow smoldering in the besieged Florida night. Obaid temporarily abandoned his studies and peered through the breach in the curtains covering the window. In the distance, some vast conflagration illuminated the sky, reminding him of burning oil rigs in the desert."