Thursday, March 29, 2012

SURPRISE, ME MATEYS!


I've just published a short story only available on Kindle
DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES
Pirates, voodoo, and more zombies you can stand to bear await you in this weird tale. A prequel to 'Black Schooner', it has been released at the very affordable price of $ 0.99!!!
AVAST!!!

Only $ 0.99!!!

Friday, March 23, 2012

SPOTLIGHT ON: THE LEGEND OF THE PUMPKIN THIEF


I’m in love with Halloween; that’s not a secret. I’m also in love with folk legends.
Now, let’s combine the two and you really get me. 
Remember that fantastic story Washington Irving wrote? The Legend of Sleeping Hollow?
I was so charmed as a kid by that short tale; even today I can’t help daydreaming about the Headless Horseman striding along the edge of that tiny hamlet, surrounded by carved pumpkins and scarecrows. Halloween inspires all kind of stories; I remember one, penned by none-other than Isaac Asimov himself, about a murder mystery connected with October 31st. Or what about a Babylon 5 episode featuring an alien celebration (the Brakiri’s Night of the Comet) similar to All Hallows Eve, completed with falling barriers between the word of the living and that of the dead?

And I grew up watching Michael ‘The Shape’ Myers slicing people every darn Halloween in the 80s. One of my first (unpublished) stories was ‘31st’, a stupid slasher flick about a group of teenagers being stalked by a couple of inbred – and incestuous - siblings (male and female) on that magical night. I also wrote two sequels – Another 31st and 31st: The Legend – of which I’m still ashamed today. When I was a Game Master for Role-Playing Games, no matter the genre we played in, I always reserved a special ‘horror themed adventure’ for that night: my playing group was pleased to face Count Strahd Von Zarovich (Dungeons & Dragons: Ravenloft) on more than an occasion.

That’s why I’m pleased to present you:



THE LEGEND OF THE PUMPKIN THIEF 
by Charles Day

From the back cover

As the townsfolk sleep, something creeps into the neighborhood. Hidden in shadows, its presence is as old as time itself, its intent not born of goodness.

Nick, a teenager who fancies himself a detective, wakes to find his carved masterpiece missing. Now a mystery is afoot, and Nick has his first assignment, to find out who or what is snatching up the town’s pumpkins and why.

Unfortunately, as with all great detectives, obstacles stand in Nick’s way—the neighborhood bully and his cronies, and the strange old lady and her dog who share the run-down house at the end of Nick’s block. As Nick investigates, an urban legend unravels . . . .

The Legend of The Pumpkin Thief.

Nick fears the legend as he embarks on the most dangerous adventure of his young life. Collecting clues, getting ever closer to the true nature of evil, he learns that curiosity comes with a high price.

My Review: 5 out of 5 stars.

Charles Day (and his Evil Little Jester) delivered one of the most funny and enticing tales I’ve ever read. In the style of American folktale tradition, he developed a mystery story full of symbolism and what it means to grow up. The titular boogeyman deserves to be added on the ever-growing list of seasonal villains, and his main character (Nick) can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with other renowned young detectives of YA novels.

Day’s style grabbed me from the start, transporting me into his believable fantasy world with an excellent suspension of disbelief.
I’m sure one day our kids will read this fantastic tale to their kids, along with Irving’s classic, or maybe, they will download it directly into their brain at Halloween.

Some praises for ‘The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief’

"Charles Day's The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief should be every Halloween-crazy kid's favorite book—and a lot of us adults will love this wonderful tale as well. Part mystery, part fantasy, and part perfect Halloween scary story, it all adds up to 100% sheer delight. Bravo to intrepid young detective Nick, that black-suited Pumpkin Thief, and Charles Day for putting them together in this sweet-'n'-spooky novella."
~Lisa Morton, four-time Bram Stoker Award winner and author of The Halloween Encyclopedia.

‎"Charles Day has unleashed a brand new boogeyman for Halloween. The Pumpkin Thief is a scary, scary man. Luckily, for this small town, Day has also given us a hero in Nick that is up for the challenge. Add Legend of the Pumpkin Thief to the list of future Halloween classics for all ages."
~David C. Hayes, author and director of Blood Moon Rising, The Frankenstein Syndrome.

"The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief is an enchanting tale about a teen who wants to be a detective and the mysterious Halloween legend he needs to solve. With this engrossing cross between classic Hardy Boys tales and contemporary YA fiction, Charles Day grabbed my attention on page one and didn't let go until the end."
~Peter Giglio, author of Anon and Balance.

"A fantastic ride encompassing all the best elements of both the season and YA storytelling."
~David Dunwoody, author of Dark Entities and Unbound and Other Tales.



Charles Day A.K.A, the evil little Jester, is the Horror Writers Association's Mentor Program Committee Chairperson, and a member of the New England Horror Writers Association. He's published 14 short stories with various small press publishers.

His biggest successes to date are the recent sales of his first YA western horror trilogy "KYLE MCGERTT, DESTROYER OF THE INDIAN CURSES, BOOK ONE: THE HUNT FOR THE GHOULISH BARTENDER (Blood Bound Books Nov/Dec 2012) his horror novel, DEEP WITHIN (Twisted Library Press, summer 2012), and a mystery novella DEADLY WORKOUT (Dopamavoli Books, spring 2012).

His published works available now are his YA horror novel, LEGEND OF THE PUMPKIN THIEF (Noble YA Publishers LLC.), his mystery novelette THE PLAN (Naked Snake Press) and his horror novella LOCKDOWN (Included in Hannibal's Manor, Wicked East Press) which received an endorsement from four-time Bram Stoker award wining author, Lisa Morton.

He also edited his first anthology TALES OF TERROR & MAYHEM FROM DEEP WITHIN THE BOX (Wicked East Press, winter 2012) compiled with 24 terrifying stories by amazingly talented authors, including four-time Bram Stoker nominated author Jeremy C. Shipp. Includes the debut, never before told story of just how his alter ego, the evil little jester became so damn evil, titled THE GIFT, by Charles Day, edited by Hollie Snider & Jessica Weiss.
He is the founder/owner of Hidden Thoughts Press- Non fiction works where the primary focus is mental wellness collections- and Evil Jester Press, a fiction imprint.

He's proud to mention that owes much of his success to the little guy in the Jester's box, his alter ego, his muse, his best friend. Welcome to his twisted world. You can visit them at charlesdayfictionwriter.blogspot.com or on facebook.




Thursday, March 22, 2012

RAPE IS NEVER JUSTIFIED

I’d like to talk about something serious, for once. As you can see from my writing, I’m very concerned on a topic: rape.
I’ve noticed obscene demotivational posters circulating on the web, mocking rape and looking at women as tools. I can’t stand that. Really.
Rape is a serious thing, folks, and it's not just about sexual assaults, it's about minds, too. Many women are turned into slavery by their ‘mates’ (I know some) or by their parents or relatives. In my novel and in my s
hort stories, rape, in all its disgusting forms, is often featured as something worse than death. And all those perpetrating it suffer a brutal demise, at least in my fiction.
I’m not telling you why I detest so much this kind of bestiality.
I’m a supporter of this organization:





Pay a visit, read some interesting articles, and get a feeling for the phenomena.
You won’t regret it.
My Best.
 

Friday, March 9, 2012

SPOTLIGHT ON: JESS C. SCOTT



I'm glad to host author JESS C. SCOTT on her virtual blog tour. She's a writer of Erotica fiction with a different bend; in fact, she writes about relationships and sex.
Here's her guest post, an essay on her writing style. Enjoy!



Relationship-Based Erotic Fiction (by Jess C Scott / jessINK)

As an independent author, one of the things I enjoy the most is being able to write anything I like. A writer doesn’t necessarily need to conform to certain genre conventions if they want to try something that’s not been done before (or something that isn’t commonly done on a mass market, commercial level).

That being said, I didn’t realize how much of a problem writing “erotic fiction” was going to be. I’ve had taboo-themed works banned, and received complaints of how my “erotica [was] not explicit enough to be called erotica!!!”, though I guess I’ve always kept an open mind while trying to learn as much as I can along the way (that’s my basic approach to both life and writing).

My erotic fiction was never about the number of explicit/graphic scenes, because I never intended (and still don’t) to produce pornography (where the primary purpose is to make a commercial profit via arousal).

I recently co-authored a book with Matt Posner, who wrote in a joint interview that my style of erotica was “relationship-based.”

I guess that’s the label/genre I’ll be sticking with from now on (thanks, Matt).

To me, love and sex going together is the ideal. Sex without love is fine for some people, though without the emotional intimacy of sexuality, sex becomes all about satisfying physical desires (i.e. lust). Sex and the erotic life can offer so much more than lust and “explicit details,” which is why I’ve always enjoyed writing stories that combine both relationship and erotic elements.

The passion and purpose behind writing stories in this genre, is partly fueled by my own exploration and navigation of my sexual wants and needs. Some might call that narcissistic (and that’s fine), though it is my hope and aim to encourage others to feel free and unafraid to explore the unknown too.

I suppose I like to maintain some level of morality too (in terms of consent, responsibility for others’ emotions, etc.). I think a materialistic life gets in the way of the real values that a person can develop for themselves (especially with regards to their approach to love and sex), because a materialistic lifestyle emphasizes the material/financial gains in life while reducing spiritual fulfillment (and things get even more warped when materialism is seen AS the one and only true way to “spiritual fulfillment”).
I guess the themes of love and sexuality will always feature throughout my projects (erotic as well as non-erotic projects). These are driving forces that are too precious to be treated as mere commodities (or to be “dumbed down” for the purpose of financial profit).

Via my work, I enjoy doing whatever I can to present fresh/engaging/unique perspectives on two of the most fundamental forces that make us human.


Jess is a professional non-conformist with a fresh, youthful world view. She is an author of relationship-based erotic fiction (and other unique projects, including one that features “cyberpunk elven thieves”). She’s cool, supportive, and writes with both intellect and a lot of emotion.


She has most recently co-authored Teen Guide to Sex and Relationships with Matt Posner (Spring 2012). For more info, please visit http://jessink.com/teenguide.htm


Jess can also be found on jessINK, Facebook, and Twitter.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

SPOTLIGHT ON: AUTUMN CHRISTIAN'S GIVEAWAY!

Author Autumn Christian

This young promise is certainly going to smash all records very soon and I'm glad to promote her latest masterpiece. I'm in love with Horror intruding into Science Fiction (I dream one day being able to finish my 'Echoes of a Faraway Star', myself) and I'd like to see more in the genre. 
Here's your chance to win a free copy:

Autumn Christian is giving away 10 copies of her dystopian horror e-book The Crooked God Machine. 

 - In The Crooked God Machine, Charles lives on the black planet, a place where plague machines terrorize citizens with swarms of locusts and rivers of blood, salesmen sell sleep in the form of brain implants, and God appears on the television every night to warn of the upcoming apocalypse. When Charles meets Leda, a woman who claims to have escaped from hell, he begins to suspect that the black planet is not at all what it appears to be. After Leda disappears, Charles sets out to find her with help from his stripper ex-girlfriend, the deadhead Jeanine. Along the way he will uncover the truth of the origins of the black planet, and discover the source of the mysterious voice that calls to Leda from the ocean waves. -

CROOKED GOD MACHINE
Just follow and tweet @autumnxtian with the hashtag #CGMgiveaway for a chance to win The Crooked God Machine.

Described as "a young Flannery O'Conner," and "most likely to kill us all," Autumn Christian is a dark fiction writer with a strange name and stranger fiction.
You can also follow her at her website, on Twitter, by email at AXTIAN , on Facebook and at Goodreads.

The Crooked God Machine can be found on Amazon and on Smashwords