Telonaut Review

Telonaut.jpgTelonaut: Humanity has recovered from economic apocalypse, to rebuild a better society, but one still plagued by dissension and selfishness.

Sero Novak is biologically teleported to the wetworld of NineDee on a critical mission to discover the mysterious fate of the colonists there. Novak is mentally connected with the rest of humanity by NeuroVision memory technology. Novak explores NineDee, encountering the dangers of the indigenous life forms and environment—and uncovers ever weirder secrets about the colonists themselves, culminating in a terrible revelation that forces him to take desperate action.

Bereaved, tormented by grief and driven by the fading shadow of the ideals he once held, he knows that a powerful and expectant government is tracking him from Earth via the global broadcast of his own memories. During his mission, Novak befriends a young colonist in whom he sees similar torment and confusion. Will Novak be able to protect the young girl?

Will humanity carry petty desires and desperate wishes across the galaxy? And will Novak be able to act in the best interests of all of humanity when faced with slipping ideals and destructive passions of the people sent to build among the distant stars?

Alone, he confronts the wilderness of loss and the physical danger of the wilds the only way he knows how; sheer will. – Goodreads


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Dracula’s Cat (Monster Pets: Book 1)

Title: Dracula’s Cat | Series: Monster Pets #1 | Author: Gary Buettner | Pub. Date: 2014-10-7 | ISBN13: 9781940344164 | Genre: Kids Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: Near-drowning | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Source: Self-purchased | Purchase on Amazon |


Monster Pets: Dracula’s Cat

Belfry has an afternoon appointment to see the vet and Dracula is, uhhh, busy.

Mina is a regular girl who pet-sits to save money for camp.  Mina’s father is an accountant who works with monsters and makes house calls to their secret neighborhood, Midnight Villas.  On a visit to the Villas, Mina has the sudden idea to offer her pet-sitting service to the monsters. When Dracula calls, she accepts the job even though she knows nothing about cats with wings.

When Belfry escapes, Mina learns that there are many monsters out there. Some are obvious, while others stay hidden. Some are good, but others are very, very bad, and one, in particular, is very unhappy about losing his cat.  Join Mina as she races against time and monsters to find Belfry and return Dracula’s Cat!- Goodreads

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Monster Pets: Dracula’s Cat Review

Dracula’s Cat, the first book in the Monster Pets series by Gary Buettner, was a fun read. It’s solidly middle-graded, with a heroine who is just starting to realize boys aren’t entirely yucky. Mina is smart, brave, and desperately wants to go to Zoo Camp. If that means she has to babysit pets, so be it. However, babysitting Monster Pets, that might be a little more than she planned for and the hijinks that ensue definitely test her mettle.

At 116 pages long (with a bonus section from the next book), Dracula’s Cat the perfect size for your middle-grade reader to tackle alone. I read it with my eight-year-old over a stretch of four nights. The first night, she begged me for additional chapters after I had planned to stop reading. She was completely wrapped up in the story and thought that Dracula’s cat was just the coolest animal ever. There was appropriate wincing, hissing, and cheering from her as we made our way through the book.

The detail is simple and perfect. The author builds the Monster Villas area just enough to sketch out the area in young reader’s minds without losing them in info-dumps. The dialogue is believable. The pacing is solid, with every bit of the story propelling the plot forward.  Buettner’s Monster Pets series is imaginative, quirky, and interesting. He knows how to write a story that easily appeals to young readers.

Really, my only major complaint with Dracula’s Cat was the lack of proofreading. There were a lot of errors in this book. Given that I paid the full price for it at the Ohioana Book Festival, I can’t excuse it as a beta read or ARC copy. Even though it had a great cover and felt high-quality, the sheer amount of errors really ratcheted back my opinion of the book.  Anyone reading with an objective eye before this went to the printer should have been able to catch at least most of the errors. (To be fair, it’s not like there was one every page, but my threshold for errors in printed book is 1-3, and there was a lot more than that.)

Overall, though it needs a good go with a red pen, there is potential in Monster Pets: Dracula’s Cat. I can’t say that I’d pay full price for paperbacks for the rest of the series right now, but I’d probably get the kindle version without batting an eyelash.

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Indie Zone: Talking with Teri Polen

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Teri Polen Author PhotoTeri Polen reads and watches horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. The Walking Dead, Harry Potter, and anything Marvel-related are likely to cause fangirl delirium. She lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband, sons, and black cat. Visit her online at www.teripolen.com

 

 


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Indie Zone: Talking with Kevin Chambers

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Brief Bio: Kevin S. Chambers, in addition to writing novels, has a series Daughter of Time (Time Needs an Assassin) currently in post-production that should be available next year. When he’s not writing, on set, he’s at home with his wife and dog, or out playing baseball, fishing.


Talking with Kevin S. Chambers

S&S: Where did the idea for God’s Rogue come from?

Kevin S. Chambers (KC): Back in early 2014 as we were wrapping up filming the first run at Daughter of Time, my current web-series in post production. One of the actresses, I had a thing for. We were going to shoot a new Web-Series together titled God’s Rogue. Well, things never worked out with the actress (She along with my costar in Daughter of Time broke my heart (they aren’t bad people)), so God’s Rogue got put on the back burner.

Fast forward to last February, when I was down in LA meeting with a distribution agent / production company for Daughter of Time. They asked for other ideas I had, we talked about God’s Rogue becoming a movie instead of a series. As I was writing the screenplay, I realized there was too much there. As such, I turned it into a novel.

S&S: Why do you write?  / Do you consciously try to work social commentary into your work?

KC: I have so many stories to tell, and all of them, whether it’s a screenplay, novel, short story, all have to do with The Traveler. Or they can all be traced back to The Traveler. I find that time and the idea of the multiverse, are perhaps the best story tellers.

For social commentary, I would say it is conscious. My main characters all share a common desire, the desire for life.The idea that each individual sentient life is sacred, that no one life is above the rest. No one can tell another how to live, and no one can tell you how to live.

S&S: What book/movie got you interested in science fiction?

KC: Stargate the movie got me interested in Stargate, which got me interested more in SciFi. For Novels, well my favorite(s) are the Sword of Truth Series.  Anyways, back in high school, I would watch Power Rangers. My senior year was Jungle Fury, well I saw two of the leads were cast in a series titled Legend of the Seeker. I started watching said series, finding out it was based on Sword of Truth. I began reading. I guess you can say Power Rangers brought me to where I am today.

S&S: What do you think is the recurring theme in science fiction right now? (Hope, despair, etc.) Why?

KC: Apocalypse. I just see a lot on the idea of an apocalypse, which you even see in my book, just a bit. Divergent, Walking Dead, Hunger Games and more. However, In God’s Rogue, we see a reset, not a total end of the world.

S&S: What (aside from publishing) was the most difficult part of writing God’s Rogue?

KC: Having a life outside. Having work, baseball, and friends, made it hard. At times all I would want to do is write, spending hours to listen to the muses tell me the story. I’d even wake up in the middle of the night when their characters were excited to tell me what happens next.

S&S: Who is your favorite classic science fiction writer? Who is your favorite contemporary science fiction writer?

KC: Is Terry Goodkind a mix of both? If not I’m still going to use him for both.

S&S: I noticed from your Goodreads profile that there is a certain amount of association with religion. Did this making writing God’s Rogue, a story in which aliens created humanity, challenging in any way?

KC: This reminds me of a question a social science teach asked me at my old college. “How do you as a Christian, and an earth scientist coexist?” I told him “Religion tells us why, science tells us how.” I think there is a lot of good religion does, but it’s not the entire story. There are multiple accounts of the bible being changed. Gnostic Christians were hunted, because they could do various miracles, and believed differently than Paul. The biggest being reincarnation. Going through research, being able to see patterns, I don’t believe the bible and other religious texts tell the entire story. Instead, they offer a simplistic path. I still had a lot of holes when I read the bible, and doing some of my research has filled in the gaps. Yes, I do believe in Ancient Aliens, not quite to the level of extremism in God’s Rogue; but I do. Who knows that may change, as a scientist I have to be open to being wrong. So no it was not too difficult, it expanded my view and my mind.

S&S: Fancast the first 3 characters that pop into your head from your novel for me. Why did you choose those actors? Was it based on looks, attitude, etc.?

KC: A little caveat here, I purposely do not describe skin color as I want my readers to imagine it in their head,along with other features.

Kaden Hunt: Bradley James. He just fits it for me.

Raze Gron: Daniel Radcliff. I don’t know why, the energy, the craziness.

Aria: Abigail Spencer. Think Eragon, and I just watched Timeless.

S&S: Do you already have another novel in the works?

KC: The Travelers Tower is the next novel in the God’s Rogue series, and that’s started. I’ve got several more series planned, but I really enjoy these characters.

S&S: If you could partner with a famous author in your genre for a collaborative work, who would you pick and why?

KC: Terry Goodkind and Christopher Paolini.

Terry and I write and share very similar values (He helped shape my values). I read a quote from him where he says not everyone has the gift to be a writer. To me that reminded me of Wizards First Rule (I believe) where Kahlan and Richard are talking about Wizards and the gift. Kahlan is explaining how Zedd has the gift, and the others have the calling. To me, I believe Mr. Goodkind was also talking about writing, a lot of people of the calling, and can become pretty good writers. But not everyone has the gift. This is another belief I share with him.

Christopher – Eragon was the book that got me reading again, it set me on the path of a nobody becoming somebody. For years I would only read books where it started in a small village, where a kid just happened to be, and great things happened to him.

S&S: How many revisions did you go through with God’s Rogue?

KC: By myself 4, with my editor another 4.

S&S: How difficult was it to find a proof-reader / editor?

KC: I know a pretty good proof-reader, who has worked with me on Daughter of Time for two years. So it wasn’t that difficult. The difficult part was him trying to understand something I wrote, that made complete sense to me. We would spend hours discussing paragraphs as we tried to get the other to see where they were coming from.

S&S: How did it feel when you finally finished God’s Rogue and it was ready for publishing? Relief? Happiness? Wonder what to do with yourself?

KC: Nervousness, because now it’s out there for people to read. I would guess it’s like watching your child go off on their own, will they sink or swim.


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God’s Rogue Synopsis

Kaden Hunt has been fighting a hidden war for humanity, alone. A war that changed one night when his oldest friend tried to kill him. Now Kaden the most powerful human in existence has drawn the complete focus of Enki and Shamash the two warring leaders of the Annunaki; the aliens who created humanity. Both are determined to stop Kaden from becoming what he once was, who he once was. For if he becomes the Traveler a more powerful enemy will be freed. – Goodreads

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The “Science” of Science Fiction

Our second guest post for Sci-Fi month is from Dawn Napier. Dawn is the author of several fantasy books, including the Many Kingdoms series. She has a science fiction book coming out soon, and was happy to contribute to Sci-Fi & Scary. Find out more about Dawn at the end of this post. We present:

The “Science” of Science Fiction

by Dawn Napier

Science fiction is in my opinion the most eclectic and thought-provoking genre in human history. While fantasy shows us monsters and creatures that have never existed outside our imaginations, science fiction shows us things that could happen. Fantasy sings, “What if horses could fly?” Science fiction wonders, “What is the socioeconomic impact of flying horses? What would it mean to Earth’s gravity, our farming industry, to the future of the planet? What does it all mean?” Science fiction is, to borrow a slang term from my parents’ generation, “heavy.” It examines possible futures and asks the child’s eternal question, “And then what happens?”

You would think, then, that science fiction stories with technology that has been thoroughly debunked would be of little or no interest to readers. Why read a story about life on Venus or Mars when science has thoroughly proven that life on these worlds is impossible? What’s the appeal of a story like Journey to the Center of the Earth? We know now what’s down there, and it’s not an ancient civilization. So why are these stories still in print, still being read, even being taught and discussed in schools?

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Author Interview: Danielle DeVor

Indie Zone: Talking with Danielle DeVor

Danielle DeVor is the author of, amongst other things, The Marker Chronicles. I first read Sorrow’s Point, the first book in the series, the night before Halloween. It wasn’t the brightest thing I’ve ever done.  The book itself isn’t exactly terrifying, but the atmosphere was fantastic, and her wonderful story-telling plus my over-active imagination meant I stayed up way too late finishing the book. I couldn’t go to sleep until I knew what happened to Lucy. So, I raved about it after I was done, connected with her, and basically spent the next year whining and begging to know when I could read the next book. She put up with my fangirling admirably, and a few days ago, I published my review of Sorrow’s Edge, second book in the Marker Chronicles. Now, you get to get inside her head with me! Thanks again, Danielle!

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Book Spotlight: A Bloody Bloody Mess in the Wild Wild West by Justin Bienvenue

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A Bloody Bloody Mess in the Wild Wild West

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A Bloody Bloody Mess in the Wild Wild West Synopsis: It was one of those nights. Gloomy and misty. The sky was as dark as a black hole and the moon was barely visible in all the fog. Paths were also hardly visible because of the fog but this didn’t stop the shifty ones from causing mischief late into the night. Up ahead, the entrance to town had an unexpected visitor. Led by two black horses was a man in an old brown wagon. The wagon, freshly coated, seemed newly built. It had sort of a majestic look to it as it rode in.

The man read the sign and made a note to himself, Toomswood, Population 656. As he approached the town there was only one other person outside in Toomswood, a man by the name of Javier Jones, known as Bones to his men. Jones wore a black brim Stetson which sat on his greasy black medium length hair which went down to his neck. He also sported a scruffy and mangled mustache and beard to match his hair. His eyes were the color of emeralds with a dark tone in them to go along with his shifty and mischievous personality. Despite his rugged look he dressed quite tastefully with gray and black attire from top to bottom finished off by his shiny silver spurs that seemed to gleam even in the night.

At that time of night it is but a wonder what Jones, the slick, corrupt bastard was up to. It could be thought he may have finished dueling and killing some drunks in the streets however there were no bodies or another person around just Jones As the wagon approached a stop, Jones looked on curiously, wondering who might be adventuring in on such a crappy night. Out stepped a well-dressed man in brown shoes, black suit, a fray-studded jacket and, to finish it off, a top hat. He wore a monocle in his left eye. Jones, not accustomed to well-dressed men making their way into town, eagerly but sternly approached the man.

ISBN13: 9781484092101

Pub. Date: April 26th, 2013

Pages: 142

Genre: Horror

Where to Buy: Amazon

Current Goodreads Rating: 4.17

Excerpt:

It was one of those nights. Gloomy and misty. The sky was as dark as a black hole and the moon was barely visible in all the fog. Paths were also hardly visible because of the fog but this didn’t stop the shifty ones from causing mischief late into the night. Up ahead, the entrance to town had an unexpected visitor. Led by two black horses was a man in an old brown wagon. The wagon, freshly coated, seemed newly built. It had sort of a majestic look to it as it rode in.
The man read the sign and made a note to himself, Toomswood, Population 656. As he approached the town there was only one other person outside in Toomswood, a man by the name of Javier Jones, known as Bones to his men. Jones wore a black brim Stetson which sat on his greasy black medium length hair which went down to his neck. He also sported a scruffy and mangled mustache and beard to match his hair. His eyes were the color of emeralds with a dark tone in them to go along with his shifty and mischievous personality. Despite his rugged look he dressed quite tastefully with gray and black attire from top to bottom finished off by his shiny silver spurs that seemed to gleam even in the night.
At that time of night it is but a wonder what Jones, the slick, corrupt bastard was up to. It could be thought he may have finished dueling and killing some drunks in the streets however there were no bodies or another person around just Jones As the wagon approached a stop, Jones looked on curiously, wondering who might be adventuring in on such a crappy night. Out stepped a well-dressed man in brown shoes, black suit, a fray-studded jacket and, to finish it off, a top hat. He wore a monocle in his left eye. Jones, not accustomed to well-dressed men making their way into town, eagerly but sternly
approached the man.
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wild wild westJustin Bienvenue is an independently published author with 11 distinct works under his belt.

He currently has an overall rating of 4.03 on Goodreads.

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“It wasn’t until I started writing that I found a whole new appreciation for reading.”

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Book Spotlight: The Devil’s Prayer by Luke Gracias

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The Devil’s Prayer

The Devil's PrayerThe Devil’s Prayer Synopsis: A nun commits suicide in front of thousands in Spain. In Australia, Siobhan Russo recognises that nun as her mother, Denise Russo, who disappeared six years ago.

In search of answers, Siobhan travels to the isolated convent where her mother once lived. Here she discovers Denise’s final confession, a book that details a heinous betrayal that left her crippled and mute, and Denise’s subsequent deal with the Devil to take revenge. In the desperate bargain Denise made with the Prince of Darkness, she wagered Siobhan’s soul.

As Siobhan discovers the fate of her soul, she learns that hidden within the pages of her mother’s confession is part of The Devil’s Prayer, an ancient text with the power to unleash apocalyptic horrors.

And now her mother’s enemies know Siobhan has it.

Can Siobhan escape an order of extremist monks determined to get the Prayer back? Can she save the world from its own destruction?

Explicit Content Warning: “The Devil’s Prayer” is a historical horror thriller that contains brutality, rape, sex, drug abuse and murder. Readers may find its content offensive and confronting.

ASIN: B01BXR4838

Pub. Date: February 18th, 2016

Pages: 294

Genre: Horror

Where to Buy: Amazon

Current Goodreads Rating: 4.41

Excerpt:

It is the prerogative of night, when thoughts, like relentless

waves, break on the impressionable sands of the mind.

Questions, theories, and suppositions come crashing

ashore, and just like waves, they disappear into the grains

of the mind without a trace. In this sea of uncertainty,

stormed by nocturnal nightmares, the mind slips in and

out of consciousness. It is the melting pot where logic and

fantasy combine until supposition becomes hypothesis, and

hypothesis morphs into unsubstantiated fact.

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Luke Gracias is an environmental specialist who has been working part time in the film industry since 2006. An avid photographer, Luke traveled through Europe during the development of the film script for The Devil’s Prayer in 2014 and 2015, documenting a 13th Century conspiracy between the Mongols and the Papal Inquisition on which The Devil’s Prayer is based. You can see the amazing locations of The Devil’s Prayer on www.devilsprayer.com.au


 

Chillz Hillz #1: The Bad Babysitter Review

In The Bad Babysitter: Brad whines. He fights. He does terrible things with his boogars.

Andrew is tired of his little brother. But when their family moves to the strange city of Chills Hills and Brad goes to a new babysitter, he comes back . . . different. Almost robotic. All he wants to do now is chores and homework.

Mom and Dad think he’s just growing up. But Andrew knows something is very wrong, and it all started on that day at Mrs. Dritch’s house. There is dark magic at work here. His investigation leads him closer and closer to the truth . . . but also into the heart of danger. – Goodreads

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Chillz Hillz #1: The Bad Babysitter Review

Moving to a new place is hard for any kid, and that’s when everything is normal! But it’s obvious from the first time Andrew sees Chills Hills that something isn’t quite right with this new town. From the pumpkins festooning the streets (in June!), to the mysterious ooze in his science class, nothing is quite right. Nothing, that is, except for his bratty younger brother. But then, even that changes after a Brad stays with a new babysitter. Andrew wants his brother back, not this perfect angel that has somehow taken his place.

Chillz Hillz #1: The Bad Babysitter was a great start to a supernatural mystery series for kids. Its aimed at beginning chapter readers. I would say the 6-9 age range would really enjoy it. It’s well laid out with an easy to understand story and simple concepts. It’s 190 pages, but reads so easily that advanced readers will zoom right through it. The climax is a simple one with a dash of mystery, and the hero accepting his fate but valiantly trying to save others. All in all, it’s a fairly classic formula, but one that is well executed and enjoyable to read.

As with most kids books, the parents don’t really figure into the story much. It’s a case of earnest kids against a ‘big bad’. There’s the understanding but slightly eccentric uncle figure (which in this case is a science teacher) that gives Andrew the validation he needs. The friends he finds that quickly make it clear that things really are strange in Chills Hills. There’s even the token bully that almost every school kid can relate to. And, of course, the annoying younger brother. I think boys or girls with younger siblings can definitely appreciate Andrew’s situation in Chillz Hillz #1: The Bad Babysitter. Even single children will still get sucked into it, though.

It’s not quite R.L. Stine level creepy, but a good start in that direction. I definitely recommend it. Chillz Hillz #1: The Bad Babysitter is available on Amazon.

4 Star Rated Chillz Hillz #1: The Bad Babysitter Review

Title: The Bad Babysitter | Series: Chillz Hillz #1 | Author: Kerrigan Valentine (site) | Pub. Date: 2015-10-20 | Pages: 190 | ASIN: B016YWEE4K | Genre: Kids Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Date Read: 2016-10-4 | Source: Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Even Closer Than The Sea by Kyle Fiske

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Even Closer Than the Sea and Other Stories

even-closer-than-the-sea Synopsis: A small band of US soldiers man a lonely outpost on the coast of Massachusetts during WWII, and find themselves facing something far more terrifying than German submarines…Two wayward samurai track a strange beast and look for a payday in feudal Japan…The crew of a space probe to one of Jupiter’s moons have to alter their mission when they realize that life on Europa is no longer hypothetical…A cattleman and his top hand in 1880’s Texas learn that a lack of water might not always be the worst problem to have…A trooper becomes separated from her squad in the hostile desert of a strange planet, and finds herself pursued by merciless enemies…A family gathering at an old coastal estate in turn-of-the-century Maine takes a horrific turn as the family discovers that their grandfather accidentally brought something else back from Egypt along with his artifacts…

These eleven tales of strange creatures and haunted landscapes take the reader from dark seas to arid deserts, from old Japan to distant planets in the far future. In the vein of classic fantasy, horror and science fiction, these stories capture the terror and bravery of average people facing unknown foes and unearthly challenges.

ASIN: B01I8E8CEK

Pub. Date: July 9th, 2016

Pages: 200

Genre: Science Fiction, Horror

Where to Buy: Amazon

Current Goodreads Rating: 5.0

Excerpt from Even Closer Than the Sea:

The three men reached the top of the old gravel quarry road that sloped down and led to the sea.  They were still about twenty-five yards from the water, but the thing was almost there.  It half waddled, half slid down the last bit of the icy gravel path, with McCauley’s limp form still in its jaws.  Ingram passed the other two and ran a few steps ahead.  He kneeled down and took steady aim with his M1, and then fired at the thing, emptying his entire fifteen round magazine as fast as he could pull the trigger.  The thing didn’t turn around, but it dropped the lifeless body of McCauley, and then lunged at him again with its powerful jaws and lifted him completely off the ground, as if it had needed to get a better grip on him.  It then made its way the final few feet over the icy rocks and into the surf, and slid effortlessly into the sea.  The thing, and McCauley, disappeared under the cold waves in a matter of seconds.  Lodge could hear Pvt. Ingram saying something—maybe a prayer—but he couldn’t quite make it out.  The three of them then stood there alone in the heavy, gray air.  The wind had stopped but the snow continued to fall, and the only sound was the gentle breaking of the frigid surf against the rocks.

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About the Author:

kyle-fiskeKyle Fiske is an indie author with 1 distinct work under his belt. It currently has a 5.0 rating on Goodreads.

Kyle Fiske grew up on a farm near the Canadian border in rural upstate New York, just outside the small town of Brasher Falls. He studied history and English during his university days, and he’s had a lifelong love of strange and fantastical stories. He writes mostly in the vein of classic science fiction, horror and dark fantasy, and his first short story collection was published in 2016. He now makes his home on Cape Ann, Massachusetts.

In answer to why he writes horror, Kyle says:

Why am I drawn to write horror and science fiction?  My interest in strange and fantastical stories has been present since childhood—and I suppose it’s the age-old question of nature vs. nurture.  Was there something inherent in my DNA, or my soul (depending on your metaphysical perspective) that drew me to these subjects and themes?  I suspect there was.  But my environment surely had an effect on my leanings as well.  Television programs like Ultraman, Twilight Zone, Star Trek and The Outer Limits absolutely captivated me as a child, and that influence has never waned.  Also,  growing up out in the country, on a farm of over a hundred acres, I spent a good deal of time as a boy just out walking by myself: in the fields, pastures and woods, by an ancient flowing brook, near abandoned railroad tracks and a large ponds.  I think the impact of the natural environment on a young mind can’t be overstated.   For whatever reason, as a young boy I was always imagining strange adventures and situations, and years later I’m still imagining them.

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