Monday, July 6, 2020

So, You Wonder, "Where Has He Been?"

Okay, it's been a while since I've done an update on my blog, so let's do it!

What have I been writing lately?

Nothing!

I know that sounds bad, but there is a reason. Let's go back in time a bit.

September 2019, Scarefest.  It was a great show. I met many great people and I sold a lot of books. But, about a week after, I came down with what is commonly called the, "Scarefest Crud of 2019." It took most of two months to get over a major cold/flu type virus that seemed to originate at Scarefest.  Needless to say, there wasn't much writing take place.

I managed to do a show for a couple of nights in West Virginia at the Haunted Majestic. This had the best promoters around ... business-oriented, caring, and did exactly what they said they would and more. Again, I sold a lot of books and met a lot of great people. The only bad thing was being exposed to the cold of the evening as our booths were outside. After just coming off of the "Scarefest Crud", this put me right back down on my back in bed.

During December, all the junk I'd caught turned into pneumonia. Some called it "Double Pneumonia" as pneumonia is generally only when one lung is affected, but both of mine filled up with junk. I've since found out that this has hit many people and some are saying it was Covid-19. I'm not saying it was or wasn't, but I did have to go to the hospital for outpatient treatment several times a week.

During these preceding months, I was able to write a few short stories that have been published, but any major writing was put on hold.

Just as I started to get better, one afternoon I decided to chance a trip to the mailbox. I got to the porch and became extremely light-headed and very dizzy. I fell, shooting out my left arm to break my fall. There was immediate pain upon impact. The diagnosis was a cracked shoulder blade. Treatment was scheduled, but then delayed as hospitals closed their doors to all except Covid-19 patients.

So, for almost seven months, I've dealt with unrelenting pain from the middle of my back, down through my arm, and ending in my fingers (which become very numb after typing for five or ten minutes). I have to sleep for a few hours at a time in a recliner as it limits my movement. Sleeping in my bed was fruitless, as any time I'd start to roll over the pain would wake me up mercilessly. So, numbness, pain, and lack of sleep have been my constand companions.

Needless to say, all of this ruins the flow of storytelling as I have to stop typing the rest of the day, or until the pain subsides and I get feeling in them back. I called several times for appointments, but was put off due to Covid-19 and told they'd contact me when they were accepting them again. They didn't.

Finally, after another one of my calls, they said they were accepting appointments, but since it had been so long since mine had been scheduled, they needed the doctor to request it again. She did, and I had one set for June 9th, one day before my 66th birthday. What a birthday present!  I couldn't wait. But, a few days before it, I was called and told it had been rescheduled for July 8th. A few weeks later, they rescheduled it for the afternoon of July 9th. Since then, they've changed it to the morning.

As this writing is of July 6th, no further changes have taken place. I'm hopefully a "Go" for Thursday.

So, that's why you haven't been receiving writing updates. I'm not complaining, nor making excuses. As things happen, they happen. You just have to deal with it and handle it the best you can.

I'm hoping things get better so I can complete a sequel to "Train of Blood" and part two of "Garbriela: Tales From a Demon Cat" in time for this year's shows. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

So, until later,

Ciao!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Join me tonight at the Haunted Majestic!

I will be in Huntington, West Virginia tonight for Part Two of my appearance there at the Haunted Majestic. Would love to see all who can make it. I'll have copies of all my books and be available from 6-10 pm. Stop by and say "Hello!"  


Check out all the information 
at the link below!





Monday, September 9, 2019

Train of Blood NOW AVAILABLE and Scarefest is this weekend!

Train of Blood is now available at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle versions. Make sure you pick up your copy today!!!

Okay, sounds like a sales pitch, right?  Well, damn it, when a writer spends months of their life putting down and fine-tuning a story, they need to find an audience who appreciates their efforts. Let's be real, when was the last time you devoted six to eight hours a day toward something and received nothing for it? That's what I thought. So, you can see why it's important to a writer for his audience to purchase a copy of their efforts.

In addition, a writer has many expenses most don't realize. Editors aren't cheap. Neither are cover creators. And, advertising isn't free. It takes quite some time just to break even. I'm not bitching, just being honest. We love creating, but aren't here to give our efforts away for free, either. 

Anyway, here is the link to pick-up your copy. I sincerely appreciate all who decide that they're not too good to purchase a book from someone they know who puts their heart and soul into each word they put into print.




In addition, if you don't want to use your credit card on Amazon, I'll be at the Deadman's Tome table at Scarefest this coming weekend, Sept. 13th - 15th. Along with me there will be three other fantastic authors ... James Watts, Chris Miller, and Tony Evans. Stop by and see us there if you can. This year's Scarefest has a shitload of special guests you'll want to see. In fact, here's a link for you to take a gander at and drool.


So, that's it for now. Train of Blood and Scarefest ... two things you need to break open your piggy bank for this week. Hey, if you get a cup of coffee at Starbucks every day, you can afford the book and the event.

Till next time ...

Ciao!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Sorry, I've been busy!

So, what's been happening in my life?

Glad you asked.

Life can be vicious at times. In addition to all my other responsibilities, I've been helping my eighty-five-year-old father fight against telemarketers and scam artists who seem to devote themselves to bilking the life savings of the elderly. I consider every one of them to be lower than the scum of the earth, less beneficial than whale shit at the bottom of the ocean, and totally worthless as human beings. If I had my way, I'd transform each and every one of them into characters in one of my novels and find even more gruesome techniques to kill them in slower and more pain-filled ways than I've already written about. 

If you're a telemarketer guilty of bilking the elderly, and I've offended you, 
"Good!" 
Go consume defecation 
(which is a nice way of saying something else with the same meaning).

Anyway, I've been busy as hell. I just completed the first draft and am almost finished with the rewrite of a novella I expanded from a short story. I always loved the short, but I am infatuated with the novella version. It's a Western/Horror story about a wagon train and what they run into during their journey to the promised land of California. It, in my mind, is one of the best things I've ever written and can't wait to get it available. The story goes to the editor this weekend and will be out in plenty of time for my appearance at Scarefest 2019, which is September 15-17 (I think, lol). I'll also make it available on Amazon for those of you too wimpy to drive to the show.

I also just had a short story released in the writers' anthology, "Mr. Deadman Made Me Do It." I took the idea for the story from an actual Kentucky legend about a young girl's ghost that tried to escape her grave with so much intensity, the bars on a metal picket fence were bent outward from the grave. You can purchase the book of shorts, which has several other great stories by fantastic authors in it at Amazon.



"Deranged Minds" is still doing well, although the reviews have been exceptionally slow in coming in. I think there are some who fear having their name associated with something so dark ... you know, politicians, I.R.S. employees, and Catholic priests and such. If you've read the book, please don't hesitate to write a review on Amazon. The book could sure use some.



I'm also waiting on two more anthologies to be published as I'll have stories in both, and I'm in the middle of writing two different novels. I won't disclose the plot lines as of yet, but let us say the Medical Industry may not be pleased at the revelations discussed in one about the common advertising phrase they use ... "Preventive Oriented Testing" actually meaning "Profit Oriented Temptations."

As mentioned, I will be at Scarefest this year, along with two other authors in the same booth. James Watts and Chris Miller will be joining me in selling our wares and autographing all purchased. Film Stars, Bruce Campbell and Linda Blair will be making a personal appearance there, as well as many others with whom you're familiar. Check it out at the link below.



And, coming this fall, I'll be making a special guest appearance for two nights (October 17th and 24th from 6-10 pm) at a haunted barge called The Haunted Majestic! (Yeah, they're paying me to be there ... can you believe it?) If you can't make it to Scarefest, don't miss me at the barge. It should be a fantastic time!




So, with my busy season of the year coming up, I may not post as often (that's a joke, you know my inconsistency in doing so already), but when I do, there will be something you'll want to read.

Until next time ...





Wednesday, June 5, 2019

I have been told I need to post links to my books 
more often.

Actually, I think most of you probably already 
have the books, so the links are far from 
necessary additions.

Still, the person who was kind enough to make that
recommendation sells 
substantial amount of books ... 
more than myself.  

Who am I to argue with success?

So, here is a link to all my books, as well as 
each book individually 
(If for some reason you like clicking on links.) 
That is a fetish I never got into 
but
 "Hey" do your own thing!"





My first novel  Horror Across The Alley


Novel Number Two  They Lurk In Summer


Short Story Collection


My Latest w/ Charles Lynne



So, there you have it. Click away to your heart's desire. 

**Warning: Doing so around midnight 
may awaken spirits you don't want to meet ...
or do you?

Later!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Deranged Minds now available at Amazon.com


The long awaited 

"DERANGED MINDS" 

is now available !!!

Twenty-Two dark stories of murder, mayhem, and torture are now yours at an introductory low price.

Pick up the Kindle or Paperback version today!

Your nightmares will thank you for it.

Available at Amazon.com

GET YOUR COPY HERE!!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A Quick Update

A quick update.  My novella is currently being edited. It will be the first book of a two or three book series, dependent upon public acceptance. I say this as it is not really a book of horror. It is more of a graphic thriller entailing murder without remorse, deceit, and werewolves.

I hesitate to go into much more detail at this point as the book has not been sent to any publisher as of yet for review. Those who have had the advantage of being advance readers have said it to be action-packed and filled with unthinkable twists. There have also been comments stating they were unable to put it down and can't wait on the second book to magically appear in front of them. 

I have just finished a short story to submit for a dark erotica anthology that will be released sometime next year. It, too, is awaiting editing completion before submission.

Another author, Charles Lynn and myself are co-writing another book of short stories at the current time. This book's first draft is almost complete. The rewrites and self-editing lie ahead before professional editing is called upon.

In addition, I am in the midst of writing another novella, as well as a full-length novel. Good things are beginning to happen as my author page on Facebook now has well over a thousand followers and a group of well-known horror writers is accepting me as one of their own and taking me under their wing.

The future is busy but very bright. As always, I sincerely appreciate your support.

Many Thanks,

Rich