HEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Check this shniz out!
HEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Check this shniz out!
Holy fucking shit,
What the hell are you doing?
Why are you like this?
“An insulting haiku you can yell at people in almost any situation,” by Kevin Holton
Forgive my language, friends, but I swear the most when I’m in a good mood, and I’m chillin’ pretty nice right now with a coffee and the promise of a fancy brunch on the horizon, so this calls for a profane haiku. Haikus are supposed to be peaceful, contemplative reflections upon life and the natural world, but I’ve never been one to follow the rules.
First off, I’ve got promo for At the Hands of Madness up! Here’s an essay on building monsters over at The Horror Tree. The Bold Mom and Promote Horror have press releases up, and will feature interviews in the near future, plus I’m working at getting reviews out there. All big things, building toward the next big thing!
As far as sales go, I don’t know how many copies I’ve actually sold, and I’m working on that, but according to recent metrics, I’m among the top 10% of ebook sellers, and the top 5% in horror! I probably won’t top King anytime soon, but hey, a guy can dream.
I also have a few short stories appearing in various anthologies from JEA, among other places, and “My Soul, One Shadow Shy of Black” got picked up on Longshot Island. That one’s free to read, so go have a look!
The Freestyle Libre: accurate to within 10 mg/dl so far! The adhesive’s not as secure as I’d like, but I wholly recommend the system, and that’s coming from someone who vehemently opposed getting a CGM!
Oh, and I’m now a Game Master at Long Branch’s Escape the Puzzle room. I’m probably biased, but it’s a great team, and you’ll have a great time, so come on by! I promise not to make things too cryptic… unless that’s what you want.
As always, thanks for stopping by. Talk to you soon!
Just wanted to reach out real quick and say that I’m looking for book bloggers and other reviewers to take a look at my latest release, At the Hands of Madness.
You can post a review on your blog(s), website of your choice, and/or (preferably) Amazon/Goodreads.
DM me on any social media, or hit me up at Kevin.JL.Holton@gmail.com with the subject line REVIEW COPY. Thanks!
Just found out that my latest release, At the Hands of Madness, will be available in print pretty soon. Within 2-4 weeks, most likely.
If you’re waiting for a physical edition, great! If you want to grab an ebook, go here!
If you’ve never heard of this book, here’s the back cover info:
When Medraka first appeared, humanity assumed it’d wipe them out in days. It did worse: it walked the Earth, uncaring, impervious to all attacks, and killing at random. A city disappears, a band of survivors kill each other, a family of four gets turned inside out. It’s easy to see where this psychic kaiju has been. The ravenous Phranna, the man-sized locust creatures that emerge from its flesh, swarm those it leaves behind. Few of the unprepared survive.
Hennessy never expected to survive confronting this nightmare, but found survival worse than death. Now, alongside a group of impulsive misfits that have banded together into a militia to protect Great Bend, he has to face it again. Between an explosives expert, a pyrokinetic lab accident, a mech-building mechanic, a veteran warrior, and a psybernetic superhuman, they might have enough power to keep it from destroying their city. Staying alive will be hard enough. The real question is, will they be able to keep their sanity?
“Holton provides a wild and gritty tour-de-force that pits humans, metahumans, and the combat robots they have built against a horror that combines the nightmares of H.P. Lovecraft, Ishiro Honda, and George Romero. All fans who think of the Apocalypse in terms of zombies only do so because they have yet to meet the Phranna… let alone the titanic terror that spawned them!” –Christofer Nigro, author of Megadrak: Beast of the Apocalypse and Dargolla: A Kaiju Nightmare.
Hey everyone! My novel At the Hands of Madness should be out later this week! Check the cover and blurb below:
I recently put up another FREE story over at my patreon! Give it a look, and feel free to keep the PDF for your reading pleasure later. This will go into my annual collection, so be sure to pledge! All patrons get a copy at the end of the year.
The next TWO people to pledge get a free ebook, so sign up soon. This offer’s going quick.
Here’s a link to my review of one of the most gritty, sexually charged books of poetry I’ve had the pleasure of reading. It’s over one hundred poems about the world’s oldest professions, so it keeps things pretty interesting.
If you like the review, buy the book here!
Want to support me writing, reviewing books, and doing all sorts of novelist mayhem? Why not show me a little love on my Patreon? The next three pledges get a free ebook, and you get a shout-out on my website!
Patience. Still your heart.
No good ever came from rushing.
Slow down. Breathe. Relax.
–“Virtue” A Haiku by yours truly
Not an overwhelming amount of stuff to share today–not even actual cyborg news, beyond ‘my blood sugars have been funny the past day or two’ and ‘I still have diabetes.’
I’ve mostly been holding out, waiting to hear back on a variety of subs. Painting the White City Red is still on hold-out for a particular press, as an editor expressed interest in those poems, but I haven’t heard too much yet. The Gospel of Decay, NOVA EXE, and Absolute Zero are still under consideration in various places. A bunch of short stories and poems are out in different venues, so we’ll see how that goes. I also sent Crimson, Inc. out last night. Oof. Waiting.
I did have four poems ultimately accepted for the upcoming issue of The Horror Zine, and a short story, “Sound and Furry,” accepted to the Endangered Species post-apocalyptic anthology from J. Ellington Ashton Press. All that’s been pretty fun!
The Call of the Void got rejected from Villipede Press. That’s okay–it’s almost a relief to have something out of the queue!
I made a New Years’ Resolution to hit my 100th short story pub this year, and while I’m well on the way (87/100), I have two ideas for longer works that are demanding my attention. Hm…
That’s the beautiful thing about writing, though. It’s all about momentum. We learn about this early on, usually in middle or high school: a body in motion stays in motion, while a body at rest stays at rest, unless acted upon by an outside force (which is why it’s so hard to get out of bed in the morning!).
With a career like this, self-driven, where everything depends on your ability to put your ax to the grindstone and get it done, there are always outside forces. There’s rejection, the day job, family matters, health crises (I should know), stress, mental illness (comes with the job, amiwrite?), and freaking out over the latest news blast about what the US President did this time, or what North Korea’s planning, or blah blah blah.
So keep going. That’s all the advice I have for you. Do not stop. Even if you write absolute garbage one day, hell, if you write poorly for a week, a month, don’t give up. If you’re a writer, your career depends on three things: skill, patience, and luck. Skill develops over time. Patience is the ability to tolerate time. And, as Thomas Jefferson once said, “I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” So work. Get it done. I don’t believe in luck. I do believe in you.
Thanks for stopping by. If you’re looking for fiction, check out my Patreon–it has some free content to give you a sample of what I’m cooking up!
Drop a line below if you’re feeling chatty. I love hearing from you.
Got a new book review up! Be sure to give it a look, and pick up a copy if it sounds your speed. Kaiju fiction makes a big impact, after all!