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The Forty First Wink – Official Launch Party.

Join us on FaceBook, tonight 8pm EST, for a release party. Meet and greet authors, have fun, win prizes!

The Forty First Wink – Official Launch Party.

 

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Available Today! Path Of The Dead by Timothy Baker

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PATH OF THE DEAD
(Hungry Ghosts, #1)

By Timothy Baker

Nestled on the foot of Tibet’s sacred Seche La Mountain is the village of Dagzê. The normally quiet streets are bustling with the steady stream of arrivals and preparations for the coming Festival of the Medicine King; a time of celebration, healing, and renewal. But a shadow is sweeping the world, a plague of apocalyptic proportions—the dead are rising and devouring the living, and no place is safe where humanity thrives.

As Dagzê burns, overtaken by the hungry undead, five people come together: Lama Tenzin, an elder monk; Gu-lang, the silent warrior nun and Tenzin’s protector; Cheung, a private in The People’s Army, driver and escort of the Lama; ten-year-old Chodren Dawa, witness to his sister’s death and rising; and Dorje Cetan, a Shaolin-trained hermit monk of Seche La and a dreamer of a dark portent. Together they must fight their way out of Dagzê to an abandoned Buddhist hermitage clinging to the mist-shrouded cliffs of Seche La.

With the undead following and gathering at Eagle’s Nest gate, they barricade themselves inside their dead-end haven, and are soon forced to battle the beasts without, as well as the ones within.

Timothy Baker is a retired firefighter and an aspiring, perspiring, horror writer. He is published in Fading Light: Anthology of the Monstrous by Angelic Knight Press, and the forthcoming Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed from Tor. Tim has also received a commendation in the Australian Horror Writer’s Association 2009 Short Story Competition.

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DAMOREN

I used to watch the CW TV show, Supernatural, but lost cable many moons ago when life decided to take itself too serious.  Cable is now back!  And my household is back into and still in love with Hunters.

With that being said, a new book coming out by Seth Skorkowsky seems to take the schematics of such a show, and put wings on it.  This one, from what I hear, will be flying off the shelves.

Damoren

From the Book Description;

‘IN THE SAME VEIN AS SUPERNATURAL, HELLBOY, AND BLADE’

A secret society of monster hunters.
A holy revolver forged to eradicate demons.
A possessed man with a tragic past.
A rising evil bent on destroying them all.

Matt Hollis is the current wielder of the holy weapon, DÄMOREN. With it, he stalks and destroys demons. A secret society called the VALDUCANS has taken an interest in Matt’s activities. They see him as a reckless rogue—little more than a ‘cowboy’ corrupted by a monster—and a potential threat to their ancient order.

As knights and their sentient weapons begin dying, Matt teams up with other hunters of his kind such as LUIZA, a woman with a conquistador blade; ALLAN, an Englishman with an Egyptian khopesh; MALCOLM, a voodoo priest with a sanctified machete; and TAKAIRA, a naginata-swinging Samurai. As the hunters become the hunted, they must learn to trust one another before a powerful demonic entity thrusts the world into a terrible and ageless darkness.

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Book Review The Ten Thousand Things


 

 

The Ten Thousand Things (Dead West Book 2) by Tim Marquitz, J.M. Martin, and Kenny Soward. Published by Ragnarok Publications.

With Book 1 of the series, Those Poor Poor Bastards, being touted as Hell on Wheels meets The Walking Dead, we can evolve the assemblage with Hell on Wheels meets The Walking Dead, in the mind of Lovecraft, if he listened to Motorhead and Slayer. And that, dear reader, is a splendid recipe!

The Ten Thousands Things takes the baton from Those Poor Poor Bastards and runs smooth and steady. The pacing has calmed down into a nice rhythm of action, dialogue, and description. The writing has matured (less profanity, and less forced Old West slang) and is blended together nicely, considering we are looking at three authors here.

Not only did this bring the action and gore of Book 1 to a higher level of tendon-snapping goodness, but a good portion of these paragraphs and chapters really brought forth a solid horrific tension, something that I do not usually get from a book. I was actually looking over my shoulder at one point I was so wrapped up (Mind you, I was also drinking a Red Eye and listening to some industrial doom stations).

As the series progresses, I hope the writing continues to blossom, and that maybe we get to see more character’s backgrounds, which is the only thing I find lacking as we giddy-up into the sunset of the apocalypse.

Highly recommended for those who love Zombie, Horror and Gore Splattered Westerns.

ARC received for review.

 

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Free eBook for Kindle

 

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***THIS WEEK ONLY***
Grab your Kindle, and download this, for FREE! A FREE eBook for lovers (and non-lovers alike) of fantastic OLD WEST ZOMBIE STOMPING GOREFEST HORROR!
It’s free, how can it hurt ya…?
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IJMZPP6/

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The Paper Plate, is Full!

Put much on my plate the last couple of weeks, and now I’m dealing with an over-indulged to-to list. Not to mention I went to a birthday party yesterday and over ate…ugh. But with that, I am enjoying a couple of aspects of what’s on my plate. I am doing 3 book reviews…which I am really enjoying, and I’m looking into running some War Gaming with plastic army men (no giggling please).

I’ve always been a big fan of Pulps and have just recently discovered the “New Pulp” movement. This pleases me as punch. Back in the day I was a huge The Shadow fan, had a couple of the original pulps in small collection of Detective/Crime pulps, this of course gave birth to my love of Noir and comics…and reading of course (well, it lead to the world of D&D and RPGs with reading-list suggestions). Life goes on, passions get shelved, put in boxes in the attic. Just like all those memories put away in the attic, they always get rediscovered.

Flipping through the many New Pulp fan sites, I came across this one, and was in love with the covers. The premise of the stories intrigued me and I’m now enjoying the process of reviewing these two books by James Maxey.

Another part of the plate is covered with a reading/review of the latest The Dead West series (Book 2. The Ten Thousand Things). A continuation of the great undead Western gore-romp started in Book 1.

Being a paycheck to paycheck blue-collar guy, I’ve been bummed at the price and greed of some of the major table top corps. I like gaming, and when I get into a game, my fault is that I want everything for that game…all the books, figures, dice, limited edition shot glasses, etc…But, I know I can’t do that anymore. When my friend brought over Xwing a couple weekends ago, I had a blast. But when I looked into the prices for the basic set, while not too expensive, looking at the ships and extras I would be pining for lead me to think about other, cheaper versions War Gaming. Which led to…

Plastic Army Men!!!!

I actually went to a Dollar Store and bought a $1 package of tan/green army men, along with my can of Monster, of course. I was thinking, why couldn’t these be used in a cheap table top game. I started going over the typical War Gaming rules in my head intent on making my own game. Hello, internet calling…I looked up and found a few games that had the basic rules and that could easily be adopted to other scenarios. I’m already looking at a couple of zombie or Kaiju concepts.

 

This is all, right up my alley!

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Looking forward to another fine book from Ragnarok

After seeing the fantastic job they did on their Kickstarter funded Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters, I’m really looking forward to the upcoming anthology Rogue: Assassins, Mercenaries, Thieves. This publisher knows what they are doing, offering high quality, entertaining stories crafted into amazing looking books. Kudos to you Ragnarok on your beautiful corner of the publishing world.

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Those Poor, Poor Bastards. Book Review

 

Those PoorThose Poor, Poor Bastards (Dead West Book#1) by Tim Marquitz, J.M. Martin and Kenny Soward is a small bundle of gory entertainment.  Plenty of action, blood, skull fragments and undead will tickle your morbid palette.

 

The story itself starts off with the reader being handed plate after plate of Western vernacular, almost to the point of enough is too much (We know it’s a Western, the cliché language needed to be cut back a bit).  But after that, it’s pretty much action, page after page.

 

Don’t get me wrong, there is great dialogue and some good character development in the pages.  I even found myself smiling at certain parts, which to me, marks the sign of some good writing.  Descriptive visions, comedic elements (“I swallowed my chaw.”), and real heart-felt conversations between Pa and Nina.  A little heavy on the profanity at the beginning, which may take some readers aback, but the usage seems to taper off as the story develops.

 

I read Westerns periodically, and just about every other genre, and I cannot wait to delve into the rest of this series.

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