Today I am taking part in the Work in Progress blog tour, to help people get to know some new writers. This blog tour has some rules (which I, like several of those before me, will break), but just so you know:
– Each writer posts a little something from their work in progress. It's supposed to be the first sentence from the first three chapters, but in my case, I'm giving the whole first chapter because it's short.
– Like back to the blog post of the person who nominated you. Like Elyse, who nominated me, I'll do more than link because she deserves to have people know about her.
– Nominate three other writers. No problem there, I can think of a dozen who deserve a little spotlight time. Picking just three was the hard part, so I did four.
Okay, here we go.
I was nominated by Elyse Draper, a highly talented writer from Colorado. We've known each other since 2008, when I first read FREEWILL (book 1 of her Freewill trilogy), an astounding piece of modern fantasy that immediately grabbed me with its prose, which border on poetic. If you haven't read this book or its sequels, CONSEQUENCES and VINDICATION, do so right away. Elyse also writes horror, non-fiction, and all sorts of other stuff from her mountainous lair. Plus she has an intense love of art, nature, and animals, all of which helped make us fast friends.
Find out more by visiting her website, http://elysedraper.webs.com/, and her blog https://elysedraper.wordpress.com/about/
DEAD STALK (tentative title)
Alex Bay existed in a world that alternated between black and red.
During the black times, he ached, physically and mentally. His limbs throbbed, his head threatened to explode, and a hollow, empty feeling made him want to double over and grip his belly, but he couldn't move. The hunger roiled inside his guts, begging to be filled with terrible things.
Worse were the memories that came to him, digging at his heart and soul like acid-coated claws. His name. His job as a New York City police officer. Coming home after a long night at work and finding Carl Meriwether, one of Andrea’s co-workers, waiting in front of the building. A burst of white-hot pain as Meriweather's knife stabbed into his chest. Lying on the ground while Meriwether told him he didn’t deserve a fiancé like Andrea, that now it was his turn. Meriweather's blade hovering in the air, shining in the glow of street lights. Closer. Closer. Pushing past the pain to speak. Telling Meriwether he’d do whatever it took to make sure Andrea stayed safe. A moment of pure, all-encompassing agony.
The black times never lasted for long, though. The red always returned, riding in on a fiery rage that saturated him to the point where nothing existed except his desire for revenge and a terrible craving to tear someone into bloody pieces, sink his teeth into hot, salty flesh.
Black and red. Black and red. Over and over.
Until the moment when his legs moved and he felt something else other than burning hatred and desperate hunger.
Cold. Cold against his skin.
In that moment, Alex knew he’d returned.
My Four Nominees:
Chantal Noordeloos hails from The Netherlands and is one of my best friends in the biz and a helluva writer. She is living proof that women writers can scare the blood out of your body. My first exposure to her prose was when I read her aptly-titled collection of short stories, DEEPLY TWISTED. A mix of horror and sci-fi, they range from thought-provoking to downright terrifying. Her first horror novel, ANGEL MANOR, came out in 2014 and it solidified her as a talent in the genre. But she write in other areas, as demonstrated by her amazing steampunk/weird western books, COYOTE: OUTLANDER and COYOTE: THE CLOCKWORK DRAGONFLY. They are fun, fast reads, and I recommend them to everyone.
You can follow her here: http://www.chantalnoordeloos.info/
John Palisano is one of those people who make you marvel at all his talents. I first met him at a convention, where he was up on stage with the band. An astounding guitar player, he's also just as talented at writing frightening stories. His first novel, NERVES, was a chilling read, and his latest book, DUST OF THE DEAD, is a fun, quirky take on zombies. John's short fiction has appeared in many magazines and ezines, and on top of that he's also very active in the Horror Writers Association, the film industry, and god knows what else as he stalks the streets of LA at night.
You can find out more about him and his books here: https://johnpalisano.wordpress.com/
Check out this bio: "Raised in the far north, amid Jack London’s world of dog sleds and dark winters, J.H. Moncrieff has been a professional writer all of her adult life. During her years as a journalist, she tracked down snipers and canoed through crocodile-infested waters. She has published hundreds of articles in national and international magazines and newspapers. When she’s not writing, J.H. loves to travel to exotic locations, advocate for animal rights, and muay thai kickbox." I only got to know J.H. recently, as we are both part of Samhain Publishing's Childhood Fears collection, but how can you not have unusual and interesting ideas floating in your head after a career like that? J.H. didn't let me down; when I read THE BEAR WHO WOULDN'T LEAVE, I knew horror had a brand new voice to follow. Discover J.H. for yourself here: http://www.jhmoncrieff.com/
Russell R. James
Russell is another writer I've only recently discovered, but I'm doing my best to catch up on his works, which include DARK INSPIRATION, SACRIFICE, and his latest, DREAMWALKER. With a background in the military and a life of reading/watching horror and science fiction, Russell brings a unique take to everything he writes, whether it is novels or short stories, creatures in the shadows behind your house or ghosts inhabiting distant space stations. If you haven't read his books yet, now is the time.