From Russia with Blood Interview on Romance Radio Network

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Horror Geek's Gift Guide Part 3: Static and Demon Whisperer by Tawny Stokes

Continuing with my horror and paranormal fan gift suggestions (besides My Frankenstein and From Russia with Blood that is) I’m very happy to introduce the fabulous Ms. Tawny Stokes, known on Twitter as @AuthorViviAnna. I’ve known Tawny for years now. She is an incredibly talented writer, a giving person and just an overall fun gal. Here are two of her latest:

STATIC

During the summer before her senior year, 17 year old band groupie, Salem Vale, has been following her favorite punk rockers, Malice, from gig to gig hoping that one night she might get backstage and meet the sinisterly sexy guys. She’s been saving her virginity for the lead singer Thane. One fateful evening she gets her wish. It’s a dream come true.

Except the dream turns to a nightmare when she wakes up in a dumpster, tossed away like yesterday’s trash, with no memory of what happened the night before. She feels strange, different, as if something is trying to get out. Soon she realizes she’s changing…turning into something not quite human.

Now a hunger deep inside claws at her to feed, to siphon energy from those around her. Before she can do just that, Trevor, the band’s roadie shows up and stops her from killing. With his help she learns to control the hunger inside, because he’s just like her. And in return he wants her help to do one little thing…

Help him kill the members of Malice.

Static is now 99 cents on Kindle for the holidays so you can’t get a better deal than that.

DEMON WHISPERER

Awake a year-long coma, where he literally spent in hell, Caden Butcher, 17, developed a special power. He can speak to demons in their own language. This new trick helps him take over the family exorcism business, from his broken alcoholic father. Having to take care of the finances, Caden makes a decent income getting rid of demons. He’s known as the young whiz-kid exorcist to the stars, obtaining most of his work in Hollywood. But what others don't know is the exorcisms are all staged with the help of his best buddy, a demon he met in hell named Dantalion (Dan).

When an exorcism goes wrong, Caden discovers the demon inside a teen girl is not the run of the mill malicious entity but an adversary from down under who is hell bent on Caden’s destruction. The International Order of Exorcists, an organization that tolerates Caden at best because of his respected father, starts their own investigation because of his screw up.

Now with the help of his demon buddy, and Caden’s girlfriend Aspen Spencer, a skilled necromancer, Caden must track down the rogue demon before he can expose Caden as a fraud and destroy everything that matters to him in his life, ending his reign as the one and only Demon Whisperer.

Tawny is a fantastic writer and you should miss her!

Tomorrow: Ghost Stories the boardgame

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Horror Geek's Gift Guide Part 2: Betrayal at House on the Hill

Continuing with my gift suggestions for that special horror lover in your life (besides a copy of My Frankenstein or From Russia with Blood that is) we come to an area very dear to my geeky heart: Board Games! In particular Betrayal at House on the Hill!

During my teen years I was a heavy gamer. I played a lot of D&D and Avalon Hill wargames. Those were my formative years. I haven’t gamed that much since then but I’ve always had a soft spot for the cardboard and dice crowd. That’s why I’m so happy the gaming community is still going strong and in some cases even better than ever.

One of my favorite role playing games was Call of Cthulhu by Chaosium. That was my first introduction to H. P. Lovecraft and to horror gaming. Later I found Blackmorn Manor and GURPS Horror but there was still an inch that I couldn’t scratch. You see games like Call of Cthulhu were creepy but they were very different from the kinds of horror stories I was used to. The Cthulhu games and games like Blackmorn Manor and Chill had you take on the role of investigators. There were recurring characters. You were expected to gain experience points, arcane knowledge and even spells. That worked for Lovercraft’s universe or the X-Files but the vast majority of horror films and novels I experienced were one shot deals that involved disposable characters. There’s a limit to how intense you can get watching X-Files knowing that Muldar and Scully are going to survive to see next week’s episode. In a Stephen King novel you don’t have any guarantee that the character you’re following is going to be alive at the end of the next chapter. That’s what I was looking for as a budding horror geek, a game that recreated the thrill of a horror novel or movie.

Betrayal at House on the Hill is the game that would have scratched that itch and then some. The name is a little convoluted but it fits. This is a game that tries to recreate the feel of B-Movie horror. You don’t spend hours rolling a character who will probably die. No you just pick a character card and go from there. The game is like Blackmorn Manor in that you create a mapboard as you go along using tiles. The heart of the game is the scenario booklets. You have 50 different scenarios to play through. 50! That’s a lot of replay ability. You start out exploring the mansion together. When the Haunt is triggered then one of you becomes the villain and things switch. As far as mechanics I can see it’s not ideal. A lot of random chance is involved. But if you can play very quickly you can get through a scenario fast and you can be off to another one. It can be like a horror movie double or triple feature.

Here are some videos about Betrayal. This one from The Gamer’s Table. It includes a spoiler for one scenario so be careful.

Here’s a component breakdown by Drahkenstrike

This is the game I would have LOVED to see under my Christmas tree when I was 13 through 31. I’m just surprised there is a bajillion expansions for this like there is Arkham Horror. But with 50 scenarios I’m guessing few have NEED of an expansion just yet.

Tomorrow! Author Tawny Stokes!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Horror Geek's Gift Guide Part 1: A Very Scary Christmas

This year I’m doing a Holiday gift guide for that special horror or paranormal fan in your life. (Of course you can always send them a copy of My Frankenstein or From Russia with Blood)

My first offering comes from the great people at Scriborium. Kyra Dawson has done a wonderful job getting that community off the ground and she’s brought together a number of Scriborium scribes to create A Very Scary Christmas.

This book features 7 creepy stories with a holiday theme. Christmas has been a time for ghost stories since before Dickens and this collection looks very promising.

The stories included are:

“You did it Again” by Mark Sheldon

“That Holiday Spirit” by William Topek

“Christmas reunion at Villa El Figuearal” by Rosie Reay

“The Ghost of Xmas Last” by Sean Hayden

“Windy Lights” by Athol Foden

“The Christmas Card” by David Govett

“I’ll Be Home for Xmas” by Kyra Dawson

It’s available as both a paperback and an eBook at Foden Press and Amazon.

UPDATE! Here are some more links to writers who worked on the book! Here, here and here

Tomorrow: Betrayal at House on the Hill!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dark Age of Geek: Horror Geek's Gift Guide Coming Soon!

Hello there. I've decided to change things up a little bit. I'm renaming this site Dark Age of Geek. It will now be devoted to all things dark, paranormal, horrific and of course geeky! To kick things off I'll be doing a Horror Geek's Gift Guide starting this Monday and running all the way through the Christmas because with ebooks you can now literally procrastinate until 11:59 PM on Dec. 24th to do your shopping! I'm open to all kinds of suggestions for books, comic books, video games, board games (this list is going to include a LOT of board games) toys, plushies, and anything horror or paranormal themed that is sufficiently geeky. You can leave a comment below with your suggestions, you can tweet me at @GoldenAgeofGeek or you can email me at GoldenAgeofGeek@gmail.com. Like the song says, there WILL be scary ghost stories this time of the year!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Spy Romance on Jacqueline Paige

Here's a post I did on the Romance of the Spy Genre for Jacqueline Paige. For those who like romance shaken, not.... No! No I'm not going to say it!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

My Writing Process

Here is a blogpost I did on writing. I did it for Niina's For the Love of Writing blog. It starts out so chaotic. It's all about things getting stuck in your brain. Then eventually it becomes a matter of discipline and doing the work.

4 Star Review of From Russia with Blood

This one by Niina at For the Love of Reading. I love great and four star reviews!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

My Guest Post on Chaos and Insanity

On this werewolf friendly site I talk about creating Talbot, who was a very important part of From Russia with Blood. Talbot is the main antagonist for a large part of the book. He has to be intimidating.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Guest Post on Mad Moose Mama: Top 12 Creepiest Scenes from the Bond Movies

Here is my latest blog on Mad Moose Mama! This list shows there's always been an undercurrent of horror in the Bond movies, even the sillier ones.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Guest blog on From Meredith Allard

Here is my guest blog on Meredith Allard's site. This is a part of my ongoing blog tour for From Russia with Blood. I talk about historical research, something I'll be blogging about more in the future.

Guest Blog on Lissette E. Manning's Blog

Here's my blog, 5 Reasons Why Writing Paranormal Fiction Rocks! Had a lot of fun with this post. Combines all the feelings I have for the genre.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Interview on Jeans Book Reviews

This was another fun interview. My blog tour rolls on! I talk a little bit about My Frankenstein in this one. It was a great story to write and Viktor is an awesome villain!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011