“Crash Code” now accepting submissions!

Hey everyone,

Blood Bound Books is now accepting submissions for Crash Code, an extreme-meets-cyberpunk anthology…

…and I’m the editor!

That’s right, folks. I’ll be guest editing this anthology. It pays 3 cents a word, takes stories 1.5k to 7k words long, and is gonna be bad ass, so hurry up and get your stories in!

See the full submission call here.

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COVER REVEAL and GIVEAWAY! “Visions from the Veil” is coming soon.

The long-awaited reveal of Visions from the Veil cover art is here! Feast your eyes upon it below, but be careful. There are some things you weren’t meant to see.

Share this page and be sure to tag @TheHoltoning for a chance to win a free electronic copy!

My thanks to Mar over at The Bold Mom for the cover design.

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Cyborg Sunday, update 4.15.2018:

A leaf on the wind

Doesn’t care how hard its blown:

It enjoys the flight.

“Fate”

Hey everyone!

Bit of a mixed bag on my end lately, as I’m sure you can imagine, given that I missed last week’s update. A bunch of different events collided at once–visiting a tiny family member for her birthday, accidentally ripping out my Libre sensor, trying to find more gainful employment–and by the time I even realized I forgot my weekly post, it was, like, Wednesday.

Dull news: I got my Google Analytics IQ, so watch out, data! I’m observing you.

Epic writer’s news: My feature screenplay “The Mirror Game” won fourth place in The 2018 International Horror Hotel’s horror category! It was my first screenplay, too, so that was really something. There’s a festival starting May 31st and I don’t exactly have a lot of disposable income, but hell yeah am I going to go!

I also hit my 100th short story publication! Hit it a while ago, actually. I miscounted. My bad. Either way, that’s two resolutions off the 2018 list!

Lastly, stay tuned, because I’m having a cover reveal for Visions from the Veil soon, and it’s going to blow your friggin mind’.

I want to end on the high notes, so that’s all for now. Have an amazing day!

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.

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.

Cyborg Sunday, Update 12.17.17: Phoenix flames, net neutrality, writing, and other current events

Those who burn the world,

And keep boots upon our necks,

Will choke on their smoke.

–Comeuppance, a haiku, by yours truly

I may be one of the only people around who enjoys tinnitus.

Now, that doesn’t mean I LOVE it, just that I don’t find it as inconvenient as others seem to. In fairness, I don’t hear a high-pitched ringing, so much as a rapidly oscillating pulse. I’m not sure what the frequency is, but if I had more time, I’d perform some experiments to find out. That’s just the kind of guy I am.

Fortunately, it’s not the same tone as my insulin pump, and the sound only goes off intermittently anyway, so it’s not like this little plastic pancreas will run out of batteries and I won’t realize until my glucose hits 400. Even in sleep, I’m pretty good about hearing it. When health and survival depend on a single shrill tone, or the hum of an artificial ‘organ’ against your hip, you learn not to sleep too deeply.

Yet, for all my restlessness and insomnia, that steady wubwubwubwub in my ears lulls me to sleep. Good thing, too, because Net Neutrality has me–and, from what I understand, 83% of America–worried.

As a freelance writer, a lot of my future depends on my ability to get work out there. I’m not the only one, and I’m lucky, in the sense that my livelihood doesn’t depend on this yet. While I’m trying to build a Patreon page, sure, representation looks like my most assured path to making a career out of what I love to do. Until then, I keep the day job, which offers a slightly livable wage and, more importantly, insurance.

All I can offer those who might see their income impaired is pity and prayers. As someone who would’ve died at the age of two if not for scientific advancement, I know prayers only take you so far. I do believe in something, but I believe it helps those who help themselves. No one’s getting cured by accident or miracle. We develop, adapt, and overcome, or we succumb.

Maybe I’m cynical, but come hold my pancreas for a moment, then tell me your worldview.

Let’s see, writing and reading news: I read through Attack of the Kaiju: Age of Monsters this week. An admirable collection of giant monster fiction. It does contain four works by the two editors, but three of those four are fairly original, and pretty good. A few other names repeat. If you like kaiju and can’t wait for Pacific Rim Uprising, you ought to check this out.

I’ve also been hired to narrate four audiobooks. I’ll post more info when they’re closer to release, but long story short, they’re sci-fi works set in an android-ridden, drug-fueled, capitalist hellscape. I suppose my tech interests and gravelly voice made the writer think I’m a perfect choice, and hey, it’s been a lot of fun. Writing’s fun, too, but getting to contribute to another’s work, while getting me back into performing at the same time, has been great. I’m glad to have this opportunity.

Final notes: I sent out new flash fiction work to a contest, as well as to a Santa themed anthology. I don’t discuss details on non-accepted work, but “Maul Santa” will be appearing in Shades of Santa, a charity anthology put out by Things in the Well.

Soon, you’ll also be able to catch “Body and Soul” in the next issue of The Siren’s Call, a story about a man who dies in his sleep, and wanders his house as a ghost while his reanimated corpse wreaks havoc. If you just can’t wait, check out “Weighing Feathers” in the current issue. No spoilers, but let’s just say, I love reanimation–you’re just not always going to get zombies.

I’ll hopefully have more news soon. I’ve got poems out in a few markets, a few short stories being considered, a novella, two novels, and two short story collections being considered. I’d slow down, but I’ve lost interest in video games, so what else am I going to do with my time?

Besides, I’ve got a database to keep my head straight.

Obviously, life stands to change quite a bit soon, and that might impact all of our work, not just my own, but don’t any of you give up. There’s still plenty of time to sue to FCC, or have Net Neutrality pushed through via Congress, regulated by our federal legislature instead of a 5-person committee headed by a former Verizon lawyer.

Remember: if you can’t stop the world from burning, bring that fire into your heart, and scorch a path to a better tomorrow. Get out there, protest, and by all 5,000 of human kind’s gods, vote! Vote in every single election. Show the incumbent their positions are not secure. Show corporations that they do not get to dictate what is best for this nation.

The future is not decided by one person, by five, or by 535. It’s decided by all of us, every day. So get out there and make a choice.

 

“Maul Santa” to appear in Shades of Santa from @ThingsInTheWell #Horror #Christmas #anthology #hohoho #hohohorror #charity

Hi folks,

I’m stoked to be announcing that I’ve signed on with Things in the Well to publish a flash fiction story, “Maul Santa,” in the upcoming Shades of Santa anthology. This is particularly big news for two reasons:

  1. All proceeds go to charity, so the more copies you buy, the more good gets done in this world. Feed your need for fear while racking up those karma points!
  2. In a far less significant but still fun sense, I’ve had my eye on this company for a while, and submitted two stories to them in the past, which were not accepted. I loved the stories I wrote for ’em though, and both went on to big things elsewhere, so it all worked out.

I’ll update ya when it’s out, which should be relatively soon, considering it wouldn’t make sense to release a holiday anthology in, say, June. In the meantime, be good and do good.