Another glowing review for AT THE HANDS OF MADNESS

David “The Gallifreyan Buccaneer” Gundersen put up a rather awesome recommendation for At the Hands of Madness, saying, “This is all in all a brilliant giant monster human survival story you don’t want to miss.”

“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.”

As a huge fan of Suicide Squad, both the comics (yes, Original and New) and the movie, I couldn’t be happier about hearing this. Check out his review here.

 

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5 Stars for Jim Goforth’s “Harvester’s Trade”

Self-published work is sometimes a gamble. This is Jim Goforth’s first foray into the self-pub world, and I assure you, he’s doing it right. Harvester’s Trade is exactly the type of succinct, hard-hitting work an author should be producing, regardless of how they publish. Read it here, or read the review below:

This story of visceral horror is an excellent debut into the world of self-publishing. Jim Goforth, a highly regarded writer of this genre, certainly doesn’t hold back, keeping the adrenaline running from start to finish. It’s a quick read–more a sprint than a marathon–but this need to keep things to the point doesn’t impact the ambiance at all.

With ten characters getting relatively equal page time, it can be hard to keep track of them, but they’re distinct enough, and leave enough of a mark on the story, that this problem goes away within the first few pages. The end has enough twists and drive to leave you wanting more about what’s really going on, powered by visuals that could easily be translated to a pretty exciting film.

This’ll keep you glued to your Kindle all evening, so be sure to pick up a copy.

That’s all for now. Stop back soon for more reviews, news, and other fun.

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High Praise for At the Hands of Madness

Hi there!

Looks like AT THE HANDS OF MADNESS is doing phenomenally! It’s kept a pretty high rank and, while it’s not being Dean Koontz or Clive Barker yet, it’s sold way more than I anticipated, putting its rank pretty damn high.

But don’t take my word for it! Here’s what others are saying:

“Holton’s careful wit and smooth writing style made this book one I couldn’t put down. The storyline kept me entertained, despite that it is not my go-to genre. I’ll be looking out for more from this author!” –Drew Sofranko, 5 Star Amazon Review

“You can perfectly imagine what Holton is narrating and that makes you grin more than once.” “The tension is constant all through the book, and the author’s imagination tricks you and challenges your mind, even when you don’t expect it.” “You’ll love it.” –Mar G-Amorena, 5 Star Amazon Review

“More Steak and Scotch than any other book I’ve read!” –KJ, Reviewer

“At first, I thought it was a little goofy, but that opening lightheartedness was just to set you up for the fall.” –LMF, Reviewer

Want to check it out for yourself? Click above, or here. I’m not picky.

Talk to you soon!

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

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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 2.4.2018: At the Hands of Madness approaching #1 Seller in its category!

Take your hands in mine

Let my ink stains will show you

Every world is ours.

–“It is Written,” by yours truly.

 

Holy balls, folks! I am VERY proud to say my release of At the Hands of MadnessBook One of the Longshot Trilogy, is doing phenomenally! In only the past twelve hours, it’s climbed from #4200 in its category to just under #2000!

I’m not sure how Amazon’s algorithms work, but that’s really damn cool.

So, for a limited time, I’m running a promotion! Anyone who buys a copy and shares their purchase on Twitter/Facebook, and tags me in the share (@TheHoltoning), will get a chance to win the next two books for free!

They’ll only come out if this one does well, so let’s keep it moving! The next two books get absolutely insane. Giant humanoid spiders, Hennessy “Heartbreaker” Jones gets a new call sign, Grover goes nuclear, and the gang is going to learn some harsh lessons about loyalty–but we gotta make sure book one sells well!

And, side note, I had “Glutton for Punishment” accepted into Fatal Fetish by J. Ellington Ashton press, as well as a bunch of interviews and promo articles I’ll be sharing as time goes on. Release just prior to Women in Horror Month as well as Black History Month isn’t ideal for a white male, but I don’t want to take away from either of these focuses, so I’ve told publishers to push some of my promo back.

So give this a share, because the fate of me, my books, and this little universe I’ve created rest in your hands!

Thank you for reading. You’re wonderful. Comment below to say hi!

You can click above to buy the book, or click here!

Short Stories, Big Scares: A Review of 100 Nightmares by K. Z. Morano

Hello Travelers,

Today I bring you my review of K. Z. Morano’s 100 Nightmares, a collection of 100 stories of 100 words apiece with illustrations mixed in. I do hope you like what I’ve got to say, because you’d be missing out if you didn’t hop over to Amazon (or lulu or smashwords) and take a look at one of horror’s newer up-and-coming writers.

Best,

Kevin

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100 Nightmares is a collection of tightly-written, hard-hitting stories that leap from one genre to another as lizards leap from wall to wall. Ranging from realist to Lovecraftian, from dark fairy tales to alien attacks, Morano has no problem exploring a wide range of topics via the oft-done but rarely done well medium of micro-fiction. As an added bonus, this features illustrations from four separate illustrators, breathing color and design in the spaces between each little slice of horror.

As with any collection this size—and especially one that endeavors to make each story only 100 words—there are some phenomenal stories. A number of these set my skin crawling, and once in a while I had to stop and say, “Man, that was… woah,” as they’d left me speechless. The tradeoff is that some aren’t quite as high-caliber. These less impactful tales are still worth reading, but won’t leave the same wide-eyed look on your face.

Some of the twists feature far more disturbing fates than others. Among the most wonderfully disturbing are “Mommy Makes Dinner” and “Contaminated Conception,” the latter of which has a deft change of her usual narrative voice. These kept the stories from running into one another.

The order and placement of stories in any collection is a daunting task that some overlook, but Morano has clearly taken care with where each piece belongs.

Morano’s work sometimes interweaves prose and poetry, creating a musical narrative style that lures the reader into a sort of dark lullaby. This is especially important when featured in stories that otherwise would be weaker, such as “Deep,” a Lovecraft-inspired tale that doesn’t hold the same terror or as visceral a punch as some of the others.

I’m not sure how I feel about the pictures included—in one sense, they’re interesting snapshots that embody a chosen story, giving the reader a change of pace from the rapidly-shifting scenes. For stories like “Golden Locks” and “The Lights Went Out,” the images were captivating. However, with writing that is already both succinct and visually-oriented, some of the pictures seem unnecessary, thereby taking away from the image Morano has already implanted in the readers’ minds, such as that which accompanies “Gingerboy.”

They’re most effective in the Yokai section, which focuses on creatures from Japanese folklore. Both the stories and the illustrations are daring and evocative, composed so that you don’t need to know the original myth to understand the story.

Morano’s skill is most apparent in handling surreal and abstract topics, but the strict length works both in her favor and against her. “Tick-tock,” a piece both disturbing and rife with barbed satire, left me craving more; it was as effective and powerful a story as they get. “Glass Slippers and Lotus Feet” left me wanting more as well, but this time, out of confusion. The majority use their space very well. It’s only the occasional tale that might leave a reader needing more detail to understand what was happening.

Among pieces like “Tick-tock” and “Mommy Makes Dinner” are a number of pieces with a brutal, intriguing psychology, such as: “Johnny’s Horoscope,” which blurs lines between the supernatural and schizophrenia; “Practice Makes Perfect” has a twisted notion of just what we’d sacrifice for those we love; “Witch’s Stew” is one of a raw, macabre desperation to survive. These are but a few of the stand-out shorts in this collection.

K. Z. Morano is definitely one of the better writers on the indie horror circuit, and I know I’ll be keeping an eye out for what work she publishes in the future. You’d be doing yourself a favor if you did the same.