Indie Zone: Talking with Jason Parent

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Photo of Jason ParentJason Parent is an author gaining notice for his horror work in recent years. Seeing Evil and Wrathbone and other Stories are the most popular of his works. Wrathbone comes with a highly complimentary (and amusing) introduction by horror author Kealan Patrick Burke. We’ve reviewed both of these works on Sci-Fi & Scary and rated them highly. When we were approached for Jason’s latest work, we definitely wanted to be involved in some way.  So, we sat down recently for an interview with him, and we had some big questions about People of the Sun, his latest work. (Including but not limited to: You wrote a sci-fi novel?!)


This interview with Jason Parent is part of the People of the Sun book tour hosted by Erin Al-Mehairi from Hook of a Book.

Talking with Jason Parent

S&S: Your latest work, People of the Sun, is what you’ve described as a ‘soft sci-fi’. Obviously, this is a big departure from your previously published works. What reaction did you get from your publishing company when you approached them with the idea?

Jason Parent (JP):  People of the Sun is predominantly science fiction, but when I say “soft sci-fi,” I mean it’s a lot closer to “X-Men” than it is to “The Martian.” So it’s got fantasy and superhero tropes, but like all my stuff, it’s dark enough to appeal to my horror fans. I often wonder if I drive them crazy with my genre mixing and switching, but I can’t help it. I just write the stories I want to write.

And that applies to my publishers, too. I’ve been fortunate to work with some great people who’ve shown nothing but support for the stories I want to write. Matt and Travis over at Sinister Grin brought me in for this novel, and we’ll be teaming up again for a traditional horror novel later in the year. Red Adept is home to another great team and my thrillers, with Seeing Evil and two more books already underway. Comet published Wrathbone, my horror short story collection, and I hope to be teaming up with Randy and Cheryl over there again soon for something… a little more aggressive. I have one or two other projects in the works and another novel I’m marketing, but I am grateful for each publisher who has taken a chance on my work and asked for more.


S&S: Did you draw inspiration for People of the Sun from the song “Children of the Sun” by Billy Thorpe?

JP:Besides the literal meaning behind it (and my titles have literal and figurative meanings—What Hides Within, Seeing Evil, Wrathbone, Unseemly), the title might have been intended to invoke Thorpe and his imaginative space opera, or maybe the hard-hitting, head-banging aggression of Rage Against the Machine, or maybe even the Yavapai (which means “people of the sun”),a Native American tribe with a fierce warrior heritage, captivating creation stories, and a penchant for living in places that are hotter than hell.

Or, maybe I just liked the name.


S&S: You’ve likened People of the Sun to I Am Number Four (but for adults).  Is this simply because of the general theme, or will people who have read the books recognize specific influences?

JP: People of the Sun is not thematically similar to the Pittacus Lore series. The similarities are on the surface: aliens with extraordinary powers thrust into a battle not of their own making. Action ensues, minus the teenage romance.


S&S: What was the most difficult part of writing People of the Sun?

JP: Creating life. Like creating a new monster for a horror novel or a mythical beast for one’s next fantasy series, building up an alien culture from scratch takes a certain kind of imagination inherent in all who appreciate speculative fiction in all its mediums. You want to make something that is entertaining and unique and avoid putting to page the next Jar Jar Binks.


S&S: Including stories that have appeared in anthologies, you now have nineteen distinct works under your belt (at least according to Goodreads). Do you think you’ve changed as a writer in that time?

JP:  Hopefully, I keep putting out better and better work. I’m trying different things, learning from my mistakes and my successes. I’d consider myself fortunate as long as I am to keep writing, so long as there are people out there who want to read it.


S&S: How long does it take you to get from idea conception to finished draft for a novella+ length work?

JP: Novellas are a good length for me. It’s always around the novella mark when I put a novel down and start working on other things. So, I could probably do the first draft of a novella in a couple months. I think I have novel first draft down to about a year, with one exception I cranked out for a competition (and soon to be another one for a deadline I have).

S&S: Do you intend on revisiting any of the stories you’ve put in anthologies and seeing if you can flesh them out into full books?

JP: A friend of mine has proposed I do so with Peter and Dervish in Unseemly, but the story idea for that isn’t jumping at me yet. Wrathbone doesn’t really allow itself for further treatment, but I’d love to do a highly researched historical horror again along the same vein. The most likely novella to get further treatment would be my 17th century Bavaria werewolf, tale, Where Wolves Run, though I am partial to my main character in “Dia de los Muertos.”


S&S: What’s your favorite horror or sci-fi film released in the last twelve months?

JP: “Get Out” was good, with powerful themes but a predictable plot. Though not films, I found “Black Mirror” to easily be one of the best shows on television, ever, period. I’m more excited about “Life” and the new film in the alien franchise. When done right, space horror always appeals to me. Movies like “Alien,” “Aliens,” “Pandorum” and “Event Horizon” are some of my favorites. I’m also looking forward to “It.”


S&S: Do you plan on doing more with science fiction? Will People of the Sun’s reception weigh in on that?

JP: I’ve already written a sci-fi/horror novel, so yes, science fiction will be part of what I write going forward regardless of reception. Like I said, I write the stories I want to write. People of the Sun’s reception, however, may affect whether it gets a sequel one day and if so, how soon. I write all my books to be stand-alones, but even with all the death in my books, I generally leave some way to continue the story if I ever want to return to it.

S&S: Got anything in the works that you can tell us about now?

JP: Lots. My next crime thriller, set in Fall River like Seeing Evil but at the turn of the millennium and unrelated, will be out in May from Red Adept Publishing. After that, I should have a couple of short stories mid-to-late year and another novel from Sinister Grin at the end of the year or early next year. Beyond that, I will have the sequel to Seeing Evil and another surprise I can’t really announce yet but that will take me back to my roots.

People of the Sun Synopsis: All life comes from the sun. Sometimes, death comes with it.

Filled with hope and compelled by fear, four would-be heroes are driven from their home planet in a desperate bid to save their civilization from extinction. But survival takes on a whole new meaning when a malfunction sends their ship plummeting toward Earth.

Surviving the crash is only the first obstacle on their path to salvation. The marooned aliens soon discover that Earth’s beautiful exterior masks an ugly foundation, a place inhabited by a warrior race that’s on a path toward self-destruction.

Brimming with action and intrigue, People of the Sun is sure to entice fans of dark fantasy and sci-fi thrillers such as Watchmen and I Am Number Four. 


Praise for People of the Sun

“Jason Parent has penned a thought-provoking, gripping scifi thriller. This isn’t your grandma’s alien invasion. My own world stopped the moment I stepped into People of the Sun. Lovers of science fiction, horror and even super heroes will revel in this roller-coaster of a tale. A true must-read!” -Hunter Shea, author of We Are Always Watching and The Jersey Devil

“With his own indelible blend of tension and dark humor, Jason Parent’s latest page-turner reminds me of what you’d get if you crossed Isaac Asimov with Kurt Vonnegut. In addition to being fast-paced and wildly entertaining, Parent’s novel also offers the occasional flash of insight into the human (and not-so-human) condition, and displays Parent’s talent for turning a given genre on its head.”
-Michael Meyerhofer, author of The Dragonkin Trilogy

Purchase: Amazon | Available on other online retailers as well such as Barnes and Noble, Kobo, etc.

Easing Your Fears: Eliminating the Bad Apples

Put Up or Shut Up, so I Put Up

A few weeks ago there was a discussion on the site about the reasons why indie authors are often neglected by book reviewers. The number one reason was ‘fear of retribution over bad reviews‘. I hate that a few bad apples ruin it for everyone, so I thought of ways that I could help. I hate it when people grouch about something, but don’t try to fix it! I already do quite a bit to promote indie author works, but I figured there was something more. There was, and here it is.

I approached a few of the indie authors I’ve worked with about the idea of Sci-Fi & Scary listing their books for review, with a very big stipulation.

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They will have absolutely no contact with the reviewers of their work. If they break this pledge, which they’ve electronically signed (viewable on the Indie Author Pledge page), their name will go on a publicly available blacklist on Sci-Fi & Scary warning reviewers away from them. They will not be eligible for any sort of reviews, promotions, etc on Sci-Fi & Scary or any associated sites, etc. (If reviewers want to get an interview or guest post, they can let me know and we’ll go from there.) You will find more out about that later.

The idea was a hit with them. Most indie authors are aware of the fact that it’s a few bad ones that are ruining it for every one else. They’re more than happy to publicly pledge to be professional and ethical about their behavior. They think that instituting the blacklist is a fantastic idea. For right now I’ve got a small pool of books available (and I can personally vouch for most of these authors), and this list will continue to grow.

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So, what do you say, guys? Would you be willing to give a few indie authors a chance if you don’t have to worry about what happens if you don’t like their book? In general, indie authors are awesome, talented people.  All you need to do is click on the image below. It’ll take you to the new Books for Review page. All reviewers need to do is fill out a form at the bottom of the page to let me know which book they wish to review.

If I don’t know you, I’ll check out your site or your Goodreads page to make sure you are professional in your reviews.

Then, after you receive the book, just send me an email  with a link when the review is posted. (Kind of like giving Netgalley a copy of your review, except I’m not requiring a copy of it.)

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Why Are Indie Authors Neglected by Book Bloggers?

One of the hardest things for Indie Authors is garnering reviews for their books. Books need to get noticed, to get reviewers to point them out to other people. Be it word of mouth or glowing review that you can proudly reference on your site, if it doesn’t get noticed, it doesn’t sell.

Being a reviewer who opens her doors to indie authors, I’ve seen this struggle from the authors themselves, and I’ve also talked to many other book reviewers about it. It seems like very few bloggers are willing to review Indie works. Some of it is for reasons that the small-press and/or self-published author can’t help, but some of it they can. So, why are Indie Authors neglected by Book Bloggers? Here’s three reasons, and how to fix them.

1.) Afraid of retribution over bad reviews.

This is a frequent one I see talked about, and it is a huge problem. I’ve seen it talked about several times. I’ve also seen it happen to one of my fellow book reviewers. He DNFed a book and did a partial review because it was – to him – really bad, and the author harassed him, threatened him, you name it. Told him that he did the book a disservice by not finishing it. That it got much better after a certain percentage, etc.

Guys, gals, this happens enough that it’s a fairly widely held fear in the blogging industry (at least that I’ve seen). That means enough reviewers have had some horrible experiences that it’s left a scar. This isn’t their fault, authors. It’s the author community’s problem as a whole. If a book blogger / reviewer is in any way, shape, or form, reviewing books like they should be, you’re not going to get a bad review just because they’re toe-rags. You’re going to get a bad review because for some reason, they did not like your book.

In a blog post I recently read (which was hilarious), I saw an author in the comments section say that sometimes he’d ‘turn his fans loose’ on a bad review by posting it on his Facebook page. Now, I realize that for the ridiculous reviews (mostly seen on Amazon, sometimes on Goodreads), where it’s obvious that the person really shouldn’t have even picked up that book, it can be tempting and making fun of those reviews can be funny…but in general, you need to avoid that. Don’t think its okay to ‘turn your fans loose’ on a reviewer. It’s not. Don’t think it’s okay to personally harass a reviewer about their review of your book, either.

(I need to point out here that this isn’t a specific indie author thing, either. There’s been at least one case fairly recently where a well-known author turned her fans loose on someone who dared to dis her work. )

Bottom line: If you can’t accept that not everyone is going to like your book, then you need to shelve it until you mature a little bit.

How can YOU fix this? How about a line on your website stating your policy for interacting with reviewers? Or even a note at the bottom of your email to the reviewer. Have it state something like “While I am extremely grateful for all reviews received, please understand that I have a policy of not responding to reviews once they are posted.” Anything to help soothe that fear – as long as you actually  mean it


2.) The work isn’t edited and proofread!

Here I place more emphasis on proofreading than editing. Because, the simple fact is  I can’t treat your work as a professional piece if it doesn’t look professional. If it’s littered with spelling errors, punctuation errors, etc, then I’m going to assume you don’t care about presentation. This automatically lowers my opinion of your book. Other bloggers are the same way. We might cut you some slack because you are an indie author, but ‘cutting you some slack’ is NOT the same thing as ‘a free pass for hogwash’. I also give some leeway for ARCS, but all it takes me is 20 seconds on Goodreads or Amazon to see if your book is already out for public consumption. IF it is, IT IS NOT AN ARC. You can’t rely on beautiful covers and big names cross-promoting your work, so what crosses our desks needs to be tight.

( This goes for small-presses too, not just self-published. I’m not naming names, but y’all have sent me some pretty sketchily edited work that’s already been published for a while.)

How can YOU fix this? Er…if I have to spell this out, you probably shouldn’t be writing a book to begin with…


3.) Obviously didn’t read the Review Policy.

It’s clear when authors don’t take the time to read the review policy, or to really look at the site.

You should not blind submit. Do not blind submit. You should not blind submit. Do not blind submit!

We get random submissions for things that we clearly don’t review. Those are actually easy to laugh off, but it’s the ones from authors we might actually review that are twitch-inducing. If you don’t respect us enough to spend two minutes reading our site, why should we waste our time on your book??

Example: Sci-Fi & Scary is currently closed to e-book submissions. I have this mentioned in a prominent spot on the front page (look in the upper right of this page.) I have it spelled out in big bold letters in my review policy. It’s mentioned at the top of my Review Submission form. YET I still get e-book review requests.
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So, the first thing I do is scan the completed form checking for child death, and formats offered. I don’t look at the book title, the goodreads link, anything, until I’ve eyeballed those two things. So, if I see that you’re submitting a mobi or PDF even though I’ve got it plastered everywhere that I’m only accepting paperbacks for review, I’m not even going to look at the rest of your submission. You’ve already wasted my time, and yours. I type out a (nice) reply, saying “Sci-Fi and Scary is only open to paperback submissions at this time. Feel free to resubmit your work when we re-open for electronic copies”. I then file it in a folder I have called “Rejected Review Submissions” and don’t think of it ever again.

How can YOU fix this? Don’t. Blind. Submit!

So, there you go. A few answers to “Why are Indie Authors neglected by Book Bloggers?” Three big reasons why book bloggers won’t read your work, and how to fix it.

Book Spotlight! Atmospheric Pressure by Aaron Frale

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Atmospheric Pressure

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Synopsis: Olson lives in a city that has been sealed from the outside world. He’s an Eleven Year and close to citizenship. His life is upended when one of the few adults who cares about him commits suicide – or so it appears at first. While investigating, Olson meets a girl named Natalie snooping around his school. He soon learns that one of her friends died under similarly mysterious circumstances. Together, they start looking for answers, and end up discovering the city’s darkest secrets.


Publication Date: 2016-4-9

Pages: 194

Genre: Science Fiction

Where to buy: Amazon

Current Goodreads Rating: Unrated. C’mon, folks, support an indie author! He’s given me permission to share the first few pages with you guys.

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A fluorescent bulb wheezed and flickered during its dying breaths. Because of the power emergency, the lights were not at full capacity. Every third dimly glowing panel offered little to illuminate the dark hallway where Olson waited. He sank lower into his seat, imagining the OPS authorities dragging him away like the boy who had disappeared. He banished the thought and tried to delude himself. Maybe Instructor Duncan would take away his touchlite privileges or something simple.
Olson knew he was lying to himself. Violence was an inexcusable act regardless of circumstance. He shouldn’t have punched Eckelston, but the guy had deserved it. He’d been picking on Hanson, and Olson didn’t really know what had come over him. He’d felt this urge to protect her like she was more than just a classmate.
Olson had never infracted on the rules before today. He woke up after the allotted sleep hours. He reported to the classroom floor every morning. He only played in designated areas, installed designated apps on his touchlite, and only downloaded books for his designated grade level. The worst Olson had done was ask too many questions during class. Most of the teachers would scold Olson for not reading the book, but not Instructor Duncan. He’d actually answer the questions. When they got started, the whole class would roll their eyes, as the session usually ended up getting out late.
An office down the hall opened, and a female figure stepped into the hallway. Because she was located in the shadow between lights, he couldn’t see her face. However, he could see a pencil skirt and frilly collar outlined in the dark. The figure was his Two Year teacher, Instructor Simone. Olson gulped as she walked towards him. He brushed his ginger hair out of his eyes, so his baby blues would show. She was the nicest teacher and would always help him when he struggled with his studies. He didn’t want her to see him in here. Only the really bad ones ended up in the hallway after school hours. He tried to shift so she wouldn’t notice him but was unsuccessful.
“Olson?” Instructor Simone said. “What are you doing here?”

“I don’t know, Instructor,” he mumbled.
“Instructor? I haven’t been your instructor for nine years. You can call me Simone.”
“Cheer up. Whatever it is, it can’t be that bad. Let me let you in on a little secret. We all infract sometimes… I infracted last year.”
“You have rules?”
“We all have rules. You just can’t let that credit rating slip.”
“Credit rating?”
“You’ll find out after Twelve Year. Don’t let Duncan keep you much later. It’ll be Dinner Hour soon.”
“Yes, Instruct… Simone.”
Her shoes thumped on the carpet as she walked away. Once she turned the corner, the hallway felt even lonelier. Olson was pretty sure all the instructors had gone home except for his.
Simone was right about one thing: he was getting hungry. Dinner Hour was close. He pulled his touchlite from his backpack, and it gave him a “connect to your charger” symbol. So much for passing the time. He had nothing to do but wait.
After what felt like hours but was probably only minutes, his instructor’s door opened.
“Come in,” Duncan said from beyond Olson’s sight.
Olson stepped into the office. His heart pounded. Not only was he unsure of what punishment awaited, but he was also about to go into a personal space with a door. All of his life, he had never been in a personal space closed off by a door. He slept in the Nine through Twelve Year Hall on floor ten in a small cubicle space that didn’t give him much privacy. Before the cubicle, he was in a bunk in the Six through Eight Year Hall. In the One through Five Year Hall, it was a room full of cots packed together. His friends would call him a liar if he made memory claims before One Year. He did remember a lot of One Year though. Most boys would cry themselves to sleep.
Sometimes he would dream about a bed that felt safe. It had white bars around the side. A woman in a white coat would sing to him. Sometimes she would pull him out of the bed with the bars and walk him around. He could sometimes hear her voice if he concentrated during his waking hours. The dreams would always end in the same way. Another man and woman would come into the room. The woman was short, with a pear-shaped figure and brown hair. The man was tall and stern. She would cry over Olson’s bed. The man would pull her away, and she would scream. Olson would wake from the screaming, not quite sure if it was his or the woman’s.


Aaron Frale, author of Atmospheric Pressure

Aaron Frale is an independent author with 25 works under his belt.

He says: “Atmospheric Pressure is the first in a trilogy that follows Olson while he discovers his origins and what happened to Earth. It’s set in a dystopian future where all aspects of his life are carefully monitored and controlled, and people are living with only the illusion of freedom. The idea came when I worked in an office in a building that was connected via skyway to many other buildings. I could walk for miles through different structures without ever stepping foot outside. This dystopian narrative formed from a simple question: what would society be like if a person could never leave?”

His overall rating on Goodreads is 3.65 (out of 55 ratings.)

His Facebook page is here.

His Twitter name is: @aaronfrale . 

Indie Zone: Talking with Perry Prete

A picture of Perry Prete, author.Perry Prete is a native of Sudbury, Ontario, but grew up in London, Ontario. After graduating as a paramedic from the Ambulance and Emergency Care Program at Fanshawe College, Perry worked part time for various EMS agencies before settling in Brockville, Ontario. He continues to work as a full-time paramedic and is also the owner of Sands Canada, a medical equipment company dedicated to the pre-hospital care community, and founder of Sands Press, an independent publishing company that is committed to assisting new and established authors publish their books – and keep all of their own rights – at affordable costs. Using the vast amount of knowledge that he has gained over his thirty years working as a full-time paramedic, Perry crafts gripping and suspenseful stories based on actual calls and full of realistic details.



After I reviewed Perry Prete’s Highway Seven (review live on April 14th), I was given the opportunity to engage him in an interview. He had some honest, sometimes fun answers that I think you all will appreciate. Thanks, Perry!


The Interview

S&S: I noticed when reading your book of short stories, Highway 7, that they had that sort of mystical/mysterious atmosphere that you find in old episodes of The Twilight Zone. Are/were you ever a fan of that series?
If yes – what’s your favorite episode?

PP: I was a closet fan of The Twilight Zone. When I was young, my parents refused to let me watch it so I would sneak down and watch the show while sitting on the steps. I would grasp the railing like jail bars, press my face between them, and strain to hear the audio.  That allowed for a quick escape if my parents did turn around during the show.  Unfortunately, I don’t think I ever saw a complete episode and I’ve never seen them in reruns.  So no favourite episode.  Sorry.

S&S: Do you feel like you’ve written your grandest work yet? Or is that story still to come?

PP: LOL My grandest work! If I had already written my grandest work I would hang up my hat, buy an island, and retire on the residuals from the book.  So, to answer your question, no, I don’t think I have.  I have much more to tell. My head is full, of something. Time is my nemesis.

S&S: Dark, Milk, or White Chocolate? (“None” is not an option. It just…isn’t.)

PP: That’s easy. Milk chocolate, soft milk chocolate. And if I can add caramel to that, even better.

S&S: That’s an acceptable answer!

S&S: From your bio I know you write stories based on actual calls… Have you ever written someone a better ending?

PP:That is a great question. My first publisher didn’t like my writing style. He wanted everything in my “Ethan Tennant” mystery series tied up in a pretty purple bow with a happy ending for everyone. Real life can be cruel. I usually have ended the story with a slightly happier ending. If I ended the calls in my books the way they end in real life, no one would read what I have to say.

S&S:What does (or would, if you aren’t the proud owner of a snarky one) your coffee/tea mug say about you? (Mine says: I don’t like MORNING people. Or mornings. Or people.)

PP: I was given a mug by a good friend with pictures of my dear departed pet squirrel, Kiwi, on it. It was and still is one of the most treasured gifts and means the world to me. I wouldn’t part with it for any money. So what does mine say about me: I loved my little girl Kiwi and I’m a sucker for orphaned squirrels. Besides, everyone knows I hate people. I don’t need a mug to tell people that. LOL

S&S: Without stating author name or book title – tell us about your favorite book.

PP: A single favourite book. OMG. That is next to impossible to do. Let’s see: dead people, scary scenes, strong characters, town in Maine, good ending.  Have I given too much away?

S&S: Doesn’t that describe almost every single Stephen King book?

S&S: If someone asked you to take them to your favorite place – and you could literally take them only one place, with no sightseeing stops along the way – where would you take them?

PP: If I could ask Scotty to beam me anywhere and bring a friend, I’d have him beam us to Paris. I’ve never been but I want to go.

S&S: Garfield or Grumpy Cat?

PP: Grumpy Cat for sure. Although Soft Kitty is more my style.

S&S: Are you the type of writer who works from an outline? Or do you just write the pieces as they happen, and connect them together?

PP: Neither. I have a rough idea for a story, start at the beginning, and just start typing.  The story changes a million times by the end and it never ends the way I intended. So it surprises even me. I like being surprised and I find that characters change as the story develops, which brings an entirely new perspective to the story.

S&S: What’s your favorite story in your Highway 7 collection and why?

PP: I think the title story. I can sympathize with the main character, his life, and what happened to him. I see the town in “Highway 7” as life.  Events and circumstances can change in a moment and it can turn your life around in ways you never envisioned. There are not always reasons for what happens; things seldom go your way and you’re forced to make do.  Then again, “The Reunion” has a great monster in it.  Can I change my answer?

S&S: If you could get one of your stories (whether just a short or a novel) made into a movie, who would you choose to direct it?

PP: Where is J.J. Abrams???  Get him on the phone.  Anyone have his number? The “Highway 7” title story would make a freaky Cloverfield type movie.

Highway 7: 4 Dark Tales

A terrifying tale of claustrophobia reveals a dark secret even more disturbing than the present ordeal. What should be an idyllic family reunion turns to trauma when a demon from the past reappears to claim its victim. An innocent girl investigating a series of brutal murders becomes warped in ways one cannot imagine. And a pit stop along a long highway drive may lead to love, or it may be the final destination in a bizarre twist of fate…

Award-winning mystery novelist Perry Prete returns with Highway 7: 4 Dark Tales, an anthology of unsettling horror stories that are sure to leave you shivering as you triple-check your locked door. Get ready to experience a weird world as you journey along Highway 7!

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Reblogged Awesomeness: Writers: Win $200!

Saw this writing contest and thought of all my indie author contacts. I’d love to see a horror writer take a … stab … at this! (Not that I’m bloodthirsty or anything.) Click the picture or the link below to be taken to the site.


Homer and Marge, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Ross and Rachel, Shrek and Fiona…

These are all iconic fictional couples whom we are familiar with. We adore them, we love them. But what happensafter their “Happily ever after?” Do they stay in love? Do they have an unfortunate fallout? Does conflict disrupt their lives? Perhaps the threat of a third world war challenges their devotion to one another?

You tell us!

For a chance to win $200, writers are encouraged to pick any iconic fictional couple made popular by a book, movie, or TV show and enlighten us on what happens after their “Happily ever after.”