Book Review – At The Hands Of Madness by Kevin Holton

A huge thank you to David Gundersen for this great review of At the Hands of Madness

Gallifreyan Buccaneer

This is a blazing, fast paced cross between Transformers, Pacific Rim and classic Japanese Kaiju movies.

The camaraderie between the main characters has a Suicide Squad vibe.

We’re treated to pretty much none stop action from the start. The Medraka looms large over the plot before we finally get to meet it. It’s genuinely frightening and the mortality of the main characters is teetering on a razor’s edge throughout.

The terrible creatures birthed by Medraka, the Phranna are the real threat early on which feels like a base under siege story.

This is all in all a brilliant giant monster human survival story you don’t want to miss.

Check the book out now on Amazon now.

I’ve a feeling there is more to come…

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8 Writing Tips from Jeff VanderMeer

Very useful writing advice! How many tips do you follow?

Chicago Review of Books

I just completed my ninth novel, the first volume in the Adventures of Jonathan Lambshead series, working title “I am Squishy” (that will change, I’m sure). I’m also working on the tenth novel of my career, Hummingbird Salamander. This doesn’t include a number of unfinished or crappy novels written in my teens—or hundreds of short stories.

If nothing else, being a novelist for decades gives you some hopefully useful ideas about process. I’m loathe to ever suggest that there is only one way to do something—it’s different for every writer. But I do think that examining someone else’s process can be of use for your own, even if it’s just to reject everything another writer does!

So, with that caveat, here’s what I’ve learned over time. If some of it seems basic, that’s important, too. Because at the end of the day, there is no magic solution, no short-cut, to…

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Kidnapped! How a Video Game Shaped “At the Hands of Madness”

Another article up with Horror Addicts! I’m a little late reblogging this one. My bad.

How a Video Game Shaped “At the Hands of Madness

by Kevin Holton

“To think that once I could not see beyond the veil of our reality… to see those who dwell behind. My life now has purpose, for I have learned the frailty of flesh and bone… I was once a fool.”

Pious August

There’s a chance some of you are horror readers as well as gamers, and there’s a chance you already know what game I’ll be talking about. There aren’t any others like it. For those of you who’ve never played Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem, let me assure you, the title isn’t the only bizarre part of the experience, and this is one that, once you go through it, you never really leave it behind.

I was a kid, probably twelve, when I first picked this up. It stuck out to me from the shelf…

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OPEN SUBMISSION: The Sirens Call – Issue 38 ‘Straight-Up Horror!’ | #horror @Sirens_Call

Get those subs in, people!

The Sirens Song

eZine_Submission_ImageFor the thirty-eighth issue of The Sirens call eZine, we’re looking for your best horror pieces. Short stories, flash fiction, drabbles, and poetry are acceptable provided they fit within the horror/dark fiction genre. We welcome reprints as long as you hold the copyright to the piece.

Your piece can be creepy, sullen, emotive, freaky, elegant, bizarre, have a dark-humor edge to it, or be flat out scary as hell!

The basic rules:

  • Write the piece well.
  • It must be primarily horror/dark fiction oriented.
  • Don’t break our set-in-stone taboos – NO pedophilia, NO bestiality, and NO descriptive rape scenarios.

Send us your horror pieces, and if they qualify, we’ll make sure 35,000 people have the chance to read them!


Submission Deadline: March 31, 2018

Circulation: Approximately 35,000

Short story word count: 1,000 – 2,500 (limit of one submission per author)

Long flash fiction word count: 500 – 1,000 (limit…

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Kidnapped! (Love)crafting the Perfect Monster

I’m back on Horror Addicts promoting AT THE HANDS OF MADNESS, and bonus, the book is $0.99 for the next six days! Click here to check that out, or stop by after reading the article:

(Love)crafting the Perfect Monster

by Kevin Holton

We all love a good monster story, no matter how loosely you define ‘monster.’

To some, ‘monster’ is exclusively a lab accident, cryptid, or some other big, nasty, never before seen (or, at the very least, only mentioned in mythology) creature. The Minotaur, or a Gorgon, would both probably fall under even the strictest definition of the term. A half-human, half-animal, supernaturally charged hybrid generally makes the cut (although, it’s interesting to note how unusual powers push a being toward monster status, even if relatively human).

On the other hand, there are those who don’t mind applying the label to pretty much any not-quite-human to stumble, squirm, or slither. Frankenstein’s Monster, as he’s commonly known, was just a human being assembled from other human beings. Some might consider vampires, werewolves, zombies, and similar horror classics to be monsters. Then there are also humanoid…

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Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Asena Lourenco @ElaLourenco @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction #WiHM9

A very talented young lady here! Maybe one of the next generation’s big horror writers?

Spreading the Writer's Word

The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!

Fair Lady
by Asena Lourenco

As I crept around the abandoned derelict mansion I saw a fair lady standing as still as a rock. Tiptoeing slowly towards her, a sudden electric vibration blazed down my spine to my legs and then towards my feet. I realised that I was stuck. A cold breeze blew in my face.
I gasped as I saw the lady’s body slowly disappear. A golden glow floated around her as she vanished into thin air. That is when it struck me… I was next…
Fiction © Copyright Asena Lourenco
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More about Asena Lourenco:

Asena Lourenco is 10 years old. She loves reading, playing Scottish traditional fiddle music on her violin, dancing, and martial arts as well as writing her own stories.

She would like to be a teacher and writer when she grows up. She also loves cats…

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Kidnapped! Void: Using Absence as Fear in At the Hands of Madness

Look, folks! I got some guest blog goodness going over at Horror Addicts. I’d be ever so grateful if you checked it out.

Void: Using Absence as Fear in At the Hands of Madness 

By Kevin Holton

Writing a good novel about a giant monster is tough work. You have to balance destruction against development, providing room for the characters to grow even as their world falls to pieces around them. Even the monsters need some development (I’ll save that for another article), but if you don’t walk that line well, the story falls flat. No one wants to read three hundred pages of “this got smashed, then these people died, then THAT THING got smashed!”

When I was writing At the Hands of Madness, I learned another important lesson: it’s also hard to keep readers afraid of a monster that isn’t there. So, I played that to my advantage. Medraka, the four-armed, psychic, Lovecraftian kaiju monstrosity serving as the Big Bad of my book, can teleport, even into alternate dimensions.


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