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.

 

4/5 Stars for “Horror Haiku: Pas de Deux” by A. F. Stewart

Sometimes, I post lengthy reviews. Others, short and sweet. For a collection of mostly Haiku poetry, you can guess which I went with.

“Tons of good poems in here! As with any collection, they aren’t all winners, and some rely too heavily on genre tropes to convey their scares, but there are many sections overviewing different horror staples. Vampires, zombies, you name it, they’re in here, along with a non-haiku section at the end.

While there are other collections out there more suited to seasoned horror readers, this a great book for those looking to get into dark poetry.”

Check the collection out here.

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

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“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.

New Patreon story up!

Hey everyone!

My Patreon’s story for March is now live. Those of you that have already pledged can go here to read it.

For those of you that haven’t, pledging to my Patreon not only comes with a monthly story, but those stories get compiled into an annual collection, which you’ll get for free upon publication!

Higher pledges earn MP3 recordings, ebooks, and signed print editions–not to mention promotional opportunities for other writers, including tweets, IG posts, and a page right here on my website.

Here’s a teaser for this month’s story while you think:

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The newspapers kept saying a killer roamed these roads, and there she sat, car quiet, just a hunk of metal on the side of the road. Hazard lights flashing their steady warning, she sat on the trunk, facing the open road, hoping somebody halfway decent would drive up and decide to stop for her. The sun set hours ago, leaving her alone with the coo of nocturnal birds and the cool wind kicking dust from the poorly maintained pavement into her eyes.

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Cyborg Sunday, update 2.11.17: Freestyle Libre, Amazon Metrics, and Becoming The Riddler

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!

 

 

Cyborg Sunday, update 1.28.2018: Freestyle Libre, poetry, and Life is a Beautiful Thing

Monitor the blood:

When flesh tries to end your life,

Turn to computers.

–“Autoimmune,” by Kevin Holton

This week’s haiku is obviously about diabetes, but I’m starting with cyborg news, because I finally decided to try a continuous glucose monitor–for real. I’d used a silhouette model in the past, but hated it. The thing was bulky, uncomfortable, and snagged on everything.

The Freestyle Libre gets my full endorsement! This nifty little device lives up it its name, providing a detailed scan Final Fantasy-style. Aside from how small it is (about two stacked quarters, as the website claims), this gives me a readout of my current blood sugar, an arrow indicating if I’m going high or low, and a graph so I can see trends. Each lasts for ten days, though it takes twelve hours to start reading, and so far, it seems pretty accurate.

I already know for a fact that my glucose control is better than before, so any diabetics looking to improve their monitoring or just reduce finger tests ought to check this out. The best part? I didn’t even feel myself insert it!

I’ll update you next week on how the Libre works toward the end of a sensor’s life cycle, but I can’t imagine it’ll be a problem.

On to writing news…

I had three poems picked up for an Anti-Valentine’s Day anthology with Azoth Khem publishing. Another poem of mine went up on The Bold Mom, and another four are up with The Horror Zine. No fiction this week, but hey, eight poems? That’s a nice haul! I might have a collection ready soon… Maybe two, actually. Theme is important!

The REALLY big news this week is that the first audiobook of Harmon Cooper’s Life is a Beautiful Thing is up! Why’s this big news? It’s performed by yours truly. That’s right! I began acting in middle school, and fell out of it due to some personal stuff in high school, but have begun dabbling in the area again as of late.

Life is a Beautiful Thing follows Meme as he trips–metaphorically and literally, thanks to his addiction to designer drugs–through a satiric capitalist cyberpunk hellscape where corporations decide America’s fate. This book is chock full of psychotropic imagery, sex, drug use, and body switching, so buckle up! It’s a wild ride.

I’ll be narrating the next three, in addition to some works of my own soon. Stay tuned. Updates to come.

You know, I wrote that haiku up above about diabetes, but it actually applies to Cooper’s book, too…

Anyway, thank you for stopping by. Drop a line below if you’d like to say hi, or see me talk about something specific next week. Have a good one!

 

 

Free fiction! Planned Obsolescence, a short neo-noir, sci-fi story

Hey everyone!

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.

Check it out!