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Fun stuff round up!

Published June 29, 2015 by admin

I wanted to touch on a few new releases, titles of note, upcoming things today. It’s always fun to see what everyone is up to, and I know some insanely talented people.

jackolanternAlex is one of my favorite people. We co-host our eps of Star Chamber together, we’re looking at developing panels together,we enjoy similar things. He just rocks, okay? He’s also an amazing horror author, and I appreciate anyone who writes about Halloween. This is actually a series, so I’ll give you the links to all four, because hi, they’re each 99 cents and that is worth gearing up for Halloween, isn’t it? As soon as a figure out my Nook, I’ll be getting these, myself.


Halloween. A holiday that inspires memories, excitement, and a little bit of fear in everyone. A single day where all the ghosts and ghoulies come out to play and sometimes its hard to tell which of the creepy crawlies are human and which ones truly rise from beyond seeking unsuspecting souls. Author Alexander S. Brown explores all the wonderfully terrifying possibilities Halloween has to offer in his Pro Se Single Shot Signature Series- The Night The Jack O’ Lantern Went Out! Each month Brown delivers a new short story of terror laced with just enough nostalgia that makes us all hope Halloween comes sooner…and stays far enough away that the monsters don’t get us!

The Night the Jack O’Lantern Went Out    Lord of the Garden    Outhouse    Faceless


If you’re into alt history, unusual titles, or YA, you need to check this out. AshleyRose is a unique talent, and this is definitely a unique title!


The Colonies lost the Revolutionary War. Now it’s 1839 and the North American continent is divided into three territories: New Britannia, Nueva Espana, and Nouvelle France where seventeen-year-old Claire Poissant lives. Claire has a magical way with words-literally. But a mystical power of persuasion isn’t the only thing that makes her different. Half-French and half-Indian, Claire doesn’t feel at home in either world. Maybe that’s why she’s bonded so tightly with her fellow outcasts and best friends: Phileas, a young man whose towering intellect and sexuality have always made him the target of bullies, and Sam, a descendant of George Washington who shares the disgraced general’s terrible, secret curse. But when Sam’s family is murdered, these bonds are tested and Claire’s special ability is strained to its limits as the three hunt the men responsible into dangerous lands. Along the way they cross paths with P.T. Barnum, William Frankenstein and other characters from both history and fantasy as they learn the hard way that man is often the most horrific monster and that growing up sometimes means learning to let go of the things you hold most dear.


RJ always has an interesting take on things. This collection of short stories is no exception. Plus, the beauty of collections like this is that they can really give you a well-rounded feel for an author, especially one you’re just discovering.


Collected for the first time since their initial publications, Darkness with a Chance of Whimsy presents ten tales from the imagination of R.J. Sullivan. Thrills and chills await you, but you may also get blindsided by the absurd. This volume includes a pair of stories featuring Rebecca Burton, the mysterious investigator of R.J.’s acclaimed paranormal thriller series. Among the ten stories, you’ll find:

“The Assurance Salesman” shows five strangers more about themselves than they ever guessed.

You don’t want to venture into Daddy’s basement in “Fade.”

Rebecca Burton tries to talk someone out of a bad idea in “Backstage Pass.”

A bullied police detective finally defeats his rival in “Able-Bodied.”

A desperate father finds the “Inner Strength” to save his young daughter, “Becky” Burton.

A child seeds his aquarium with a most unusual “Starter Kit.”

A brilliant robotics engineer creates a “Robot Vampire.”


Are you a blogger looking to make friends and contacts? Do you have a special memento or object you want the world to know about? Join the Cherished blogfest! This is such a cool idea, and I’m looking forward to participating. Those who don’t have blogs can also weigh in on facebook! Get all the info here

Also, don’t miss this week’s episode of The Star Chamber! Hosts Stephen Zimmer and Michael West are cooking up some fun topics to talk about, so be sure to check it out. You can also stream or download the eps after they initially air, so you also have a whole archive to peruse!


Inspirations: Welcome to Night Vale

Published May 30, 2015 by admin

It’s always cool when you get to experience something you’ve loved from the periphery up close and personal, and not too long ago I got to do just that. If you’re unfamiliar with the Welcome to Night Vale podcast, go listen. Listen right now. Start at the beginning and just lay back and enjoy the weirdness. The friend who got me into it describes it as community radio from the Twilight Zone, and that’s fairly accurate. Imagine a town where all conspiracy theories are true, Lovecraftian creatures lurk in the periphery, hooded figures congregate around the dog park, and librarians are monsters.

It’s pretty awesome, is what I’m saying.

It was suggested that I start listening to the podcast close to when it first began, if I recall, but being old and slightly resistant to technology and all new things, plus having the schedule I had at the time, i just didn’t do it. Then, after i’d changed jobs and begun the rehaul of my life last year, I found the need to get back to finding little things that made me happy and gave me something to talk about.

Yep, some ladies do the chick flick thing and move to Tuscany, buy a house, have a fling, and eventually find their heart’s desires. I get moody and let myself get talked into listening to weird podcasts. Thank God I do the normal thing, right?

I love things that make me jealous, because usually that burning “Oh my God WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THIS” feeling doesn’t last long. Plus, it helps when it’s done really well. Not only is the execution of Night Vale great, so are the performances, and the writing…oh, man. This show is poetic, darkly funny, insightful, philosophical, poignant…and then hilarious all over again. It reminds me a little bit of watching Rocky and Bullwinkle as a kid – you can laugh about the surface stuff at first but when you really catch on to some of what’s being said, it’s like suddenly understanding a whole new language with a whole new set of in jokes and things to ponder over.

I also love the inclusive elements the podcast presents. It treats Cecil and Carlos’s relationship with respect, there are so many female characters and they are all awesome, and what little people descriptions and last names there are reflect that it’s a town in the Southwest.

Music-wise, I’m introduced to artists I wouldn’t have known otherwise, which I love. I love that there’s so much talent actually out there, people that most don’t even know are so awesome because of how the music business is structured. It’s great that they’re given a voice through the show and through other avenues.

Plot-wise, it will always keep me guessing, and I love that. I’ve had to listen to some episodes a few times because if I’m not paying attention, am working while listening, or even remotely sleepy, I’ll miss something. The choices of words and descriptions fascinate me, and I like that a lot of things are left vague-ish so the listener can interpret what things look like on their own. From Cecil to Khoshek, from Tamika Flynn to The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in your House, to the questionable crew of Desert Bluffs, there is an amazing group of characters and concepts here.

It’s things like this that are being created right this second that inspire me and make me want to do better with my own work. I never would have thought a concept like that could have worked long term, and I’m so glad I was proven wrong. I love it, I’m so glad it exists. I’d thank the angels but we all know that angels are not real. I’m so happy for the creators and cast that it continues to do well. It’s also mind-boggling that they still control this beast, that it’s funded by donations, that they’re really trying to do the very best for the show and for the growing fanbase. That’s incredible to me.

I cannot wait for the novel in October.

Until then, though, I got a chance to see the live show, and it was so much fun. Granted, you’re watching a live version of the podcast so it’s a bit like watching a radio show in person, but it was really cool to see how the actors emote their characters, to see how things play out when done in real time. Plus, I swear everyone involved with that show just has the most slammin’ fashion sense. I’d go into more detail, but since the show will be up soon enough on itunes, it’s worth keeping my trap shut. I wouldn’t want to be taken to the abandoned mine shaft or to the city council for re-education or something.

What also struck me, though, was how everyone was intent on getting along. There were teens, adults, families – all sorts of people gathered to see the show. It was great to talk to different types of people or even just watch them go by, getting excited over the same stuff that makes me excited.

That’s the mark of something great, you know. Something that pulls in all different sorts of people and makes them feel included. It’s a little ironic that something that goes under the heading of “weird” makes so many people feel not weird, though aren’t we all the better for it.

If you get a chance next time they’re out, you should definitely catch Welcome to Night Vale on tour. Until then, listen to the podcast, get the book when it comes out, and be thankful that we are all weird at last.

G Tom Mac on The Star Chamber Show!

Published July 8, 2014 by admin



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It’s not often you get to actually interact or interview one of your inspirations, but I’m incredibly excited to have this opportunity tomorrow (Wednesday, July 9). Join us 9PM EST on The Star Chamber Show when we put G Tom Mac in the hot seat and ask him about his songwriting, his upcoming game and movie projects, and whatever else strikes our fancy! I feel like I mention G every time I do a panel or an interview and I’m asked who I listen to when I write. This guy is a source for a lot of the music I listen to when I work on character development for my urban fantasy pieces. His songs are dreamy, dark, hopeful, and every type of emotional time capsule in between. It’s a thrill to have his time for an hour, so y’all better show up and make it worth his while! We’ll be taking guest call-ins and will be keeping an eye on the blog talk radio chat and twitter.

And if you have any doubt about this man’s credentials, may I hit you in the face with his bio…

In writing, singing & creating the masterpiece “Cry Little Sister” singing as the theme song to the now classic film “THE LOST BOYS,” GERARD McMANN hit a deep & provocative nerve in his artistic career of creativity in doing so.

Only thing was, when the film released in 1987, he was fed up with the music scene’s “business” and stopped touring. He then changed his name to G TOM MAC as a result of no one ever pronouncing his real name correctly.

G Tom Mac went on to write songs for legendary singers such as Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin and Roger Daltrey of The Who. An array of contemporary Hip Hop artists, such as Ice Cube and Digable Planets, as well as KISSCarly Simon and Eminem started to cover G Tom Mac’s songs. Last year, G Tom Mac earned a Grammy on EMINEM’S “RECOVERY” album in which Eminem sampled him in the song “You’re Never Over.”

Having had songs in over 50 films & more than 100 TV shows that still continue to license G Tom Mac’s music, it all adds up to in his words “staying fresh and being true to my fans in creating believable music that they feel from me. That’s my thrill!”

After 6 album releases, G Tom Mac opens yet another chapter with his NEW album “UNTAME the SONGS” that has already been received & talked about as one of the best albums of the year.


Tune in Wed, July 9, 9PM EST when G Tom Mac rocks The Star Chamber Show! 

Check out G’s Website and Music!