September’s Deviant News and Books

Last month, C.M. Saunders announced that his short story Lakeside Park, was included in the anthology Terrors Unimagined, which is out now on Left Hand Publishing. Lakeside Park is an old-fashioned creature tale about a down-on-his-luck, ex-alcoholic custodian who agrees to take a job looking after a remote caravan park deep in the Welsh valleys during the winter. Suffice to say he doesn’t get the anticipated peace and quiet.

Full details and ToC can be found here:

Also, check out the super snazzy trailer!

This month, Christian’s slowed down a bit, but not entirely. Get Sker House free on Sept ember 7,8 and 9th, and get ready for his newest release, a reissue of “Dead of Night” in October. It’ll be available for pre-order in September, so watch our Facebook page for dates.

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Young lovers Nick and Maggie decide to escape the city to spend a romantic weekend camping deep in the idyllic countryside. The excursion begins well, but soon degenerates into a maelstrom of terror when one of them comes face to face with an undead civil war soldier. They flee into the wilderness, but soon find themselves trapped in a deserted cabin and engaged in a mortal battle with a group of long-dead Confederate bushwackers, in the dead of night.

 

 

 

Finally, check out a couple of new entries in Christian’s RetView series.

And don’t forget, Steve Wetherell added a new story to the Authors and Dragons “Shingles” series called, “Put Your Hand in My Ass.” Get your copy here. You won’t be disappointed.

 

 

As we mentioned in July and August, Renee Miller released Eat the Rich, with Hindered Souls Press. In the coming months, the audio book will also be available. Renee also has a story, “THE CARTEL” entered into Deadman’s Tome’s The Meat Grinder contest for the month of August. Still a few more days to give it a read and share your thoughts in the comments. Will she win? Stay tuned…

And in case you missed it, look for Renee’s dark comedy, Contractual Obligations, in Books and Boos Press’s “A Sharp Stick in the Eye” anthology, which was released on August 14th.

 

 

Renee will also be releasing HOWL, an erotic horror novella, with Grinning Skull Press soon, as part of GSP’s Grave Marker series. Look for her erotic horror story, VIRTUAL HEALING in Lycan Valley Press’s GAME OVER: BLACK BOOK SERIES VOLUME 2.

Coming October 16th from Unnerving, you can pre-order Renee’s horror novella, Stranded, now. Also coming in October, Licking the Devil’s Horn, also from Unnerving. A paperback-only collection that includes Stranded, Cats Like Cream and Church.

 

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Six contestants pair off into three teams of one man and one woman as part of a pilot season for a new reality show called Stranded. The challenge: Survive thirty days in a hostile and brutal environment for a chance to split a half-million-dollar prize. 

Victor, the show’s creator, chooses the northern Arctic as the first location, but after a single day, his mistake is clear: They are not alone. 

Their presence awakens a relentless and unforgiving predator that feeds on greed, lust and fear. 

In this game, the lucky ones get to die.

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Off Limits

Recently we talked about the one subject we’d never write about. As writers and creative types, it’s nice to think we’re open to almost anything, but most people have a certain subject/theme that’s taboo for them. Here’s where each of us draws a line (or doesn’t).

Liam: Is this a trick question? Seriously, anything I put down here, no matter how bizarre, I’ll just end up cursed to write about someday. Once, I would have said “I’ll never write about a physic with a chipped tea cup on Key West…” We all know how that ended up.

Katrina: I don’t think there are any subjects off-limits for me. I could probably write about anything, given the right context.

Peter: I haven’t found anything that I wouldn’t write about…yet. I think if it’s well enough written, and an essential part of the story, then no subject is taboo. After all, writers shouldn’t be afraid to push boundaries. But there is no merit in writing just for shock value.

Christian: Animal or child abuse. Some writers consciously tackle taboo topics others shy away from. They think they are being brave or edgy. But you know what? There’s a reason most people stay away from certain topics, even in the horror world. And that’s because there are some things nobody wants to read about.

Renee: I used to say I’d never write about child abuse or about a child or animal abuse/murder, but that was kind of naive. I wouldn’t write a graphic play-by-play of the actual event, because it would be purely for shock value in most situations, which does nothing to enhance the story, but I don’t shy away from having my characters deal with these things. So, I don’t think anything is off limits for me. Not yet anyway…

Michael: Paedophilia because I couldn’t /wouldn’t enter their headspace.

Steve: I’m a scab picking son of a bitch and I’d write about anything. Whether I’d let anyone read it, though, is another question.

Best Movies Ever?

Christian had this idea that you guys might enjoy knowing a few of our favorite things. Maybe he was wrong, but we’re going to tell you anyway. This week, let’s all share our favorite movie. Like books, movies are hard to narrow down to a single, all-time favorite, but we did try. Most of us anyway.

Liam: There are many movies that I can, and do, watch again and again. The three that I quote the most (and I quote them almost daily, even though most folks have no idea what I’m talking about) are Animal House, The Great Race (with Tony Curtis and Jack lemon,) and The Scalphunters (Burt Lancaster, Ozzie Davis, and Telly Savalas.) If I absolutely have to only pick one… I’m going to go with The Scalphunters, because I love the soundtrack too.

Katrina: Any of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Don’t @ me.

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Mike: Barry Lyndon.

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**We googled it. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072684/ You’re welcome.

Tony: There’s a list of favorite movies and they’re usually the ones I’ve watched more than once. It’s rare anymore I watch anything twice, but there are certain movies that are more enjoyable the second time around. The most recent ones are The Fountain, Mr. Nobody, Inception and Bladerunner 2049. They all have stunning cinematography and a layered or non-linear story arc. But all time favorite? I suppose that’s Bladerunner, the original. I think I watched that 50 times in college, back in the day when I could watch something that much. That was the movie that really influenced what I write today: what it means to be human. Side note, I’ve watched Stepbrothers half a dozen times in the last couple of years, so I suppose that deserves a mention.

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Peter: If I could choose two, they would probably be Pan’s Labyrinth and City of God. They certainly rank highly on the list, but so does Dumb and Dumber which is my level of humour.

Christian: My choice might surprise a few people. Forgetting Sarah Marshall, a 2008 romantic comedy written by Jason Segel, who also stars in it with Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Russell Brand, who steals every scene he’s in. It’s pretty much the perfect movie. Great script, amazing acting, lots of belly laughs, a touch of sentimentality, and beautiful scenery. Watch the unrated version. It’s longer. “When life gives you lemons, just say ‘fuck the lemons,’ and bail.”

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Words to live your life by.

Renee: It’s a tie between Labyrinth and Dirty Dancing. I’m a sucker for fantasy and happy endings. I know, I don’t give a lot of happily ever after in my writing, but it doesn’t mean I don’t love it. Also, David Bowie and Patrick Swayze dancing around in tight pants? Come on.

Steve: The most influential movie in my life was without a doubt Evil Dead 2. It’s such a unique and interestingly handled schlock horror, and an iconic cult classic- often mimicked, never bettered. I first found this movie as a surly teenager, and there’s something about its low budget charm that really got me thinking about the mechanics of film making. What followed was ten years of plotting out my path to indie film making, which sadly ended when I realised no one was going to give me a big sack of money. Still, time spent on your passions is not time wasted. Shit, I think I can actually hear my student loans laughing at me…

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Now it’s your turn. Tell us what we should be watching.