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Pre-order The Grimhaven Disaster NOW!!

Hi guys!

So “The Grimhaven Disaster”, my surreal radioactive horror novella, is now available for preorder! Click here and do so now please 🙂

Themis and his buddies celebrate the end of high school by taking a trip to, of all places, Grimhaven’s abandoned nuclear plant, where Themis’ insane grandfather, who religiously devoted himself to nuclear energy, worked up until the hideous accident that put the plant out of commission. When Themis and his girlfriend explore the plant at night, they discover that the plant isn’t as dormant as it seems, and the background radiation of Themis’ family history threatens to result in a full-blown sickness. The Grimhaven Disaster is a horrific, surreal and positively radioactive vision of what happens when youthful hubris clashes with the sobering decay of adulthood.

New Losing the Plot, with Theresa Braun!

This episode’s guest is Theresa Braun, author most recently of “Dead Over Heels”, a genre-blending paranormal novelette. She also has stories in Siren’s Call, Unnerving’s Hardened Hearts anthology and Deadman’s Tome’s Monsters Exist anthology, which she did an amazing job of editing too.

Listen to us talk about haunted houses, amateur ghost hunting, submitting stories and guardian angels! (I also bring up my fear of flying for tenuous reasons as usual—apologies there aha!)

Follow Theresa on Twitter: @tbraun_author
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/6424…27.Theresa_Braun
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GroomAndDoom/

Dead over Heels: www.amazon.com/Theresa-Braun/e/B007YTA6C2

If you’re a reader, writer, editor, someone with something to say, you can always get in touch with me using losingtheplodpodcast [at] gmail [dot] com. I look forward to it!

New story to be published! 

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Stoked to announce that my story “The Basement People”–about a sentient cloud of severed human and animal limbs and a metamorphosing crime–will be part of this anthology!

Here is the official TOC for Zombie Punks Fuck Off, in no particular order.

1) While My Guitar Gently Eats – Danger Slater

2) Cyberpunk Zombie Jihad – Mark Zirbel

3) The Ballad of Hank XXX – David W Barbee

4) Hard-Wired Beat – Axel Kohagen

5) Earworm – Brendan Vidito

6) The Basement People – Nicholaus Patnaude

7) I am the Future – Joe Quenell (Ian Muller)

8) Re-Made – Madison McSweeney

9) Rolled Up – MP Johnson

10) The Good Samaritans – Sam Reeve

11) Bass Sick – Asher Ellis

12) The Advent of Noise – Leo X Robertson

13) Eat the Rich – Carmilla Voiez

14) A Circle of Dead Children – Sam Richard

Plus we’ve got the incredible cover…

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Campfire Tales Double Feature!

This August, get ready for a double feature of unrelenting horror! Deadman’s Tome is releasing not one, but two volumes of terror. Demented tales carefully crafted by a mix of established authors and promising newcomers to create a blend that will haunt you well after your first read.

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Share the stories in Deadman’s Tome Campfire Tales Book One and Two with others while gathered around a fire at night, and you’ll be remembered. Oh, you will be remembered as the one that sent chills down their spine, renewed the fear in their heart, and instilled an overwhelming sense of dread. While I recommend to share these tales over a fire, do not read alone in the dark.

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Dear reader, please take the cliche warning seriously and do not read in the dark. These stories contain intense images of graphic violence and disturbing content that is absolutely…

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New Episode of Losing the Plot, with Danger Slater!

This episode’s guest is Danger Slater, author of four books, most recently Puppet Skin, one of the best books I read last year! He has a new book out this year with a tentative release date of November (to coincide with BizarroCon.)

We talk about what it means to be successful, the process of self-reinvention, and fear of flying! (I brought the last one up, naturally.)

Buy Danger’s books here: www.amazon.com/Danger-Slater/e/B…1499924508&sr=8-1

Check out his own podcast here: thedangerandlisashow.libsyn.com/

Follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/Danger_Slater

As always, if you’re a reader, writer, editor, someone with something to say, you can always get in touch using losingtheplotpodcast [at] gmail [dot] com. I look forward to hearing from you!

New Robertson—THE GRIMHAVEN DISASTER—Coming Aug 8!!!

Hey everyone! You’ll have seen this announcement on my list of publications this year but NOW is the time to get excited about “The Grimhaven Disaster”, my surreal radioactive horror novella coming out with Unnerving August 8th!

Themis and his buddies celebrate the end of high school by taking a trip to, of all places, Grimhaven’s abandoned nuclear plant, where Themis’ insane grandfather, who religiously devoted himself to nuclear energy, worked up until the hideous accident that put the plant out of commission. When Themis and his girlfriend explore the plant at night, they discover that the plant isn’t as dormant as it seems, and the background radiation of Themis’ family history threatens to result in a full-blown sickness. The Grimhaven Disaster is a horrific, surreal and positively radioactive vision of what happens when youthful hubris clashes with the sobering decay of adulthood.

I’ll let you know how to preorder and give you more updates asap. Thanks for the support so far and please do let anyone know if you think they’d be interested. I hope fans of Bonespin Slipspace are ready for another weird and wild ride of twisted imagination!!!!!!!x∞!!

Review of Rusticles, by Rebecca Gransden

Gransden is perhaps my favourite indie author, certainly one of my favourite people. I’ve been looking forward to the release of this collection and I hope you’ll check it out too. Here’s a link to buy it on Amazon, and below is my review.

 

I’ve read this collection several times. While the stories themselves are elusive, there is one unanswered question that interests me the most: what are rusticles?

I think they are icicles made of rust. There are no such thing, and they don’t explicitly exist between these pages. That is, they are not objects that exist in these stories but perhaps something imagined by its characters. Something seemingly nonsensical, fantastic, inexplicable, seemingly purposeless maybe, but something new and disturbing and curious and worn and forgotten. Corroded but not yet dust. Natural and yet not. Imaginable and yet non-existent. Relatable and yet never seen before. Fantastical yet grounded. And really, if there is an apt symbol to represent the feel of Hilligoss, the mood and content and style of these stories, it is one that the reader must invent themselves, and one that itself goes unexplained.

Anyone who has read anemogram will likely be familiar with Gransden’s uniquely lush and organic minimalism, her “ivy-laden shopping cart in a drained, mossy swimming pool at night” aesthetic (as I like to think of it), and have probably been clamouring for this next collection. Anyone who is yet to discover Gransden, well, first of all what the eff, and secondly, this is an excellent starting point.

These roaming stories build Hilligoss. Or rather, like a streetlight pushed over by a fox when no one was looking, they reveal what seems inopportune, partial, exterior, and ask you to fill in what’s missing. For that, you’ll use your own tools, which means that Hilligoss is no longer just Gransden’s but also yours, and that your Hilligoss is your own. And when you see it like this, you think, the fox has as much right as anyone to contribute to what’s worth looking at. You think, why is observing what’s so frequently considered best to look at what I want to do? Wouldn’t I rather see what the fox wants me to look at? Or, maybe we spent so long expecting to see a rigid circle of streetlight along the highway that it took the chance interruption of an unnamed fox to suddenly let us see the world in a way both familiar and yet so different. And if that’s true, how can you be so sure, when you examine your memories, your environs, yourself, that you know where you’re supposed to look? What if the most salient information passed you by? In which case, why not look where you want to, if any angle will reveal just as little, or as much?

If someone was to ask me, then, what it’s like to read this book, I could say, ‘It’s like discovering a rusticle for the first time.’

You then might respond, ‘What’s a rusticle?’

And I’d say, ‘Don’t ask me. Ask yourself.’

 

New Losing the Plot with Marc Molino!

This episode our guest is Marc Molino, a writer, blogger and graphic designer of such works as the Losing the Plot logo and the cover of Bonespin Slipspace!

We talk about reading, writing and life at large.

You can check out Marc’s blog here: textualmadness.wordpress.com/

And follow him on Goodreads here:
www.goodreads.com/user/show/18218857-marc

and Twitter here: twitter.com/monkeelino

If you’re a reader writer editor, someone with something to say, you can always get in touch using losingtheplotpodcast [at] gmail [dot] com. I look forward to hearing from you!

(And here’s a piece of fiction inspired by the “landlord” issue 😛 www.wattpad.com/myworks/109755572/write/413960006 )

Unnerving Issue #3 Now Available!

Hello everyone!

Just to let you know that issue #3 of Unnerving Magazine is now available!

Contains a double shout-out to yrstrly. To think most mags I’m in won’t even disgrace their covers with my name, ahaha!

It could be your name on issue #4 or #5 if you choose to submit here.

Unnerving is a semi-pro-paying market on the rise, and I know few people in general who work as hard as its head editor, Eddie Generous, whom I interviewed on Losing the Plot, and you can check out that episode and every other episode to date here—might give you some indication of what the mag is looking for and how to submit if you’re interested in doing so!

I hope you’ll consider supporting Eddie and Unnerving—I only submit to publications I enjoy reading (which is why I’m doing not to badly with it—what’s better than when you and a market’s tastes align?) Unnerving is no exception. BUY BUY BUY!!

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