Free fiction! “Not a Drop to Drink,” an apocalyptic drabble

Not a Drop to Drink

Weatherman said it’d be muggy out. Talk about understatement. Humidity hit 100% by 8 AM and kept rising, breaking all records and instruments. Saturation weighed down the phone lines, cutting off communication. Cars couldn’t get traction to move; those already on the road slid right off.

Didn’t take long for people to drown. Every breath came with more water than usable oxygen, and by that evening, those who died outside bloated, as if found face down in a river.

Cameron huddled inside his house. He’d known this would happen. Six dehumidifiers barely kept him dry.

Then the power went out.

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If you like what you read and are looking for more of my work, check out At the Hands of Madness on Amazon, or my Patreon, which has both free and subscriber-only work. Or, stay tuned for my upcoming collection, Visions from the Veil. Either way, thanks for stopping by!

 

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Cyborg Sunday, update 4.1.2018: Happy Yeaster!

Puns are the highest

And lowest form of humor:

Both at the same time.

“Schrodinger’s Punchline” by Yours Truly

As you can see from this Instagram post, I have a strange, stupid, and pun sense of humor. My sister wasn’t too happy with it. Still, what did she expect from The Pun-isher? She chose to come back to The Punderdome instead of staying up her college for Yeaster. You can’t complain about my sense of humor if you decide to ride shotgun in my Punderbird.

I won’t keep you. It’s a double holiday! Go celebrate. Hug, laugh, prank, and perform some well-intentioned psychological warfare on the people you love. I’ll talk more about myself some other time.

Free Fiction! “Inculpate” a wrathful drabble

Mondays seem to make everyone angry, so here’s a drabble for the day of wrath, and a chance to learn a new word:

Inculpate

Verb: To incriminate or blame somebody for something.

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I stole his shovel first. He used it every day, turning soil for this spring’s garden beds. I made sure to wear gloves. His prints only.

One quick whack to my wife’s skull is all it took. Thud. The sound of her hitting the floor, and dirt hitting her body. Maybe I buried her alive. Maybe not. Who knows? Who cares.

Police came last night after an “anonymous” tip. One phone call. Now he and my wife are both gone. Like they say: two birds.

This year, my garden will be the best. Shame I couldn’t use them as fertilizer.

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GIVEAWAY TIME! Two ebooks of AT THE HANDS OF MADNESS up for grabs

Guess what? I’ve got a giveaway going on right now, and the rules are REALLY simple. If you’d like to win a Kindle edition of my newest release, AT THE HANDS OF MADNESS, then check this out.

Here’s how to enter:

Step One: Like my Facebook Page.

There is no step two.

But hurry over, folks! Only three more days left to enter, and I’ve already got 32 new likes.

There is a plus side though: if I get to 50, I’ll add in another free copy.

That’s right. At 50 likes, I’ll increase the prize pool to three ebooks, so be sure to share this around. I may even add more copies at higher numbers, so be sure to tell your friends.

Cyborg Sunday, Update 3.11.2018: Free Fiction, a Book Launch, new BGM, and Sweet, Wonderful Rejection

Measure a man only

By how he withstands defeat.

Truth lies in hardship.

“Behind the Mask” by Yours Truly

First off, no cyborg news. I might’ve torn my meniscus, but we’ll come back to that in a fortnight. I see a doctor on the 20th. All good vibes are appreciated!

Also, if you’re interested in a FREE STORY, check out “Throw Away the Key” in this week’s Trembling with Fear!

Also also, Fatal Fetish launched today from J. Ellington Ashton press! I’ve got a story in here titled “Glutton for Punishment.” The anthology title should tip you off, but it’s hella kinky. I’m slightly miscredited on the Amazon author section, but I assure you, I am Kevin Holtow. And I’m fixing that.

Any writers out there looking for some cool BGM would also do well to check out ChilledCow’s Lofi Hip-hop station. It’s pretty great.

Lastly, I subbed “Against the Odds” to Things in the Well’s Beneath the Waves anthology. I got shortlisted, but it didn’t make the cut. Frankly, I love that. I went up against huge competition and just missed it, meaning it’s a pretty good story, but others were slightly better. I’ll tweak it and find a new home somewhere else real soon.

What’s to come? Here’s a snapshot:

–I’m wrapping a zombie story today, but you know me. They aren’t just zombies. There’s something else in the horde, vicious, cunning, not alive, yet not quite dead…

–I’ll be wrapping edits on Before My Eyes (title may change) this week and sending that out for indie consideration.

–I’m 6k into The Reflection and The Echo, which I’ll be subbing to agents.

–More promo for ATHOM, of course!

And, I have a funny feeling I’ll have even more news coming up this week… So be sure to stop back this time next Sunday for another update!

As always, thank you for reading. If you’d like to support me and get monthly fiction, MP3 readings, and even signed copies, check out my Patreon. You’ll be helping me afford insulin and stuff, which is super great of you.

Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews: 4/5 stars for AT THE HANDS OF MADNESS

WHAAAAAAAAAT.

Got some high praise from a discerning reviewer! Curtis really knows his stuff, so four out of five stars is awesome. Here are some snippets:

“Kevin Holton has arrived! I have to admit that I’ve never read Kaiju horror before. This is my first one, but it won’t be my last.”

That’s crazy high priase! I got someone into an entire genre?

“Medraka and the Phranna are monstrosities that scared the hell out of me.” 

I definitely wanted this to be scary, though, truth be told, I wasn’t sure if I undercut the tension with humor too much. Fortunately…

“There’s just enough humor to counterbalance all the doom and gloom. To me, the humor is the best part.”

You heard it here, folks. Fire puns are hot right now.

(I’m terrible, shameless, and having so much fun.)

“This book is well-written. The dialogue felt natural. The scenes jump off the page. I can still picture the monstrosities. They make my skin crawl.”

Huge bugs do have that creepy-crawly effect.

“If you like H.P. Lovecraft and apocalyptic horror, then this is the book for you.”

You can check out the whole review by clicking the WHAT above, or see the book for yourself here. Thanks for stopping by!

Cyborg Sunday, Update 3.4.2018: Kindle Sale for ATHOM, Review Blitz, and a New Novel Signed!

If you buy a book,

Please support the author by

Leaving a review.

“Any Star Will Do” by Kevin Holton

HOLY WHAT? Folks, AT THE HANDS OF MADNESS is on sale, and climbing those ranks really freakin’ fast! It’s received overwhelming praise so far–all 5 star reviews and comparisons to George Romero and H. P. Lovecraft. Click the title above to go check it out, or if you want to read more about it first, click here to visit its page on my website.

I know this probably won’t be reaching the #1 paid Kindle Book spot anytime soon, but it’s not too far off from number one in its category, so if you hop over and buy a copy, for yourself or a friend, or even just to support me, that’d be amazing.

More excellent news: I’ve signed a contract with Mighty Quill Books to publish my sci-fi novel Nova EXE. Connor finds a sentient program on his computer one day, and it’s on the run from somebody. All it wants is asylum in his system. In exchange, it’ll help him with whatever technological matters he wants–but sometimes, what you want isn’t what you need.

More to come later, obviously, but woo! That’s THREE NOVELS in production! I worked with them on Dead of Winterwhich still has great sales and a 4.7 star rating from 9 reviews. I had a great time back then, and I’m looking forward to working with them now.

(Remember, if you’d like SIGNED COPIES as these release, subscribe to my Patreon! You’ll also get self-published releases, MP3 tracks/audiobooks, and THE GOLDEN GOD MYSTERY BOX!)

Also, I posted a BUNCH of Amazon reviews this week, some a tad more in-depth than the others. These include Stephanie M. Wytovich’s Hysteria and BrothelCrystal Lake Publishing’s Gutted, Jim Goforth’s Harvester’s TradeJames Melzer’s Crazy Eights, Alex s. Johnson’s Death to Fairy Tales, and all three volumes of Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories anthologies. Make sure you get the Stephen Gammell illustrations if you buy! For some reason, the review to book number two won’t go up, but whatever.

If you want to know why I went to play catch-up, see the haiku above.

No diabetes updates, but I did royally screw up my knee a few days ago. Hoping that’s not a meniscus tear, or I’m in for a rough ride. On the other hand, my leg’s hurt for a long time now, so it wouldn’t be the worst thing ever to go see a doctor. Or, maybe I should just stretch more. I’m sure I’ll have more to say about this next week.

That’s all for now, folks! Remember, even if you’re not out there buying my book(s), be sure to leave reviews for those you do read, especially indie stuff. The writers will remember you, I promise.