Friday, April 27, 2012

PATHS TO PUBLICATION: Gary Ryman

PATHS TO PUBLICATION

The book Fire Men started as nothing more than wanting to record some of the experiences that my father and I had in the fire service and which my son Michael was starting to have. Writing of one incident often brought back memories of others and the list of individual stories of calls grew. After I had a hundred plus pages, it became clear that there was more than a pile of vignettes—there was a book there trying to get out. The writing was cathartic as well. It made me smile and laugh and took me back to less pleasant experiences—some still painful to recall even with the passage of time.

Eventually, a so-called first draft was complete and some friends encouraged me to try to obtain an agent and the querying process began. Lightning struck with surprising quickness and a young agent from a large New York City firm agreed to work with me. I know now this was an incredible stroke of luck as the manuscript wasn’t remotely ready. She provided great feedback and suggestions as I worked my way through a second draft. This revision much improved the book and she offered more suggestions to help fine tune the work.

The manuscript was one final pass from the point at which she was planning to send it to some editors she believed would be interested when calamity, at least for me, struck hard. My agent accepted a position as an editor at a big six house, which orphaned me. Yes, she passed the manuscript to another agent at her firm, but he wasn’t interested, and so two years after the start, the query roller coaster began running again. This time I decided to widen my view and include some of the fine small publishers in the business as well.

After a period of ups and downs with manuscript requests and rejections, a yes came in the door from a wonderful publisher, Nicole Langan of Tribute Books (www.tribute-books.com). Her assistance and guidance through the final edits was invaluable. The cover and artwork she and her staff designed was beyond my wildest expectations. At the release and continuing now, she has been a great cheerleader; helping to push the book in conventional and unconventional ways. With a huge social media presence, she has been a tremendous teacher in how to use this medium.

Doing events and book signings has resulted in new friends and opportunities to re-connect with old ones. As much fun as the whole experience has been, I will never forget holding that first printed copy in my hand.

--Gary Ryman
April 2012


Gary Ryman is the middle of three generations of firefighters or the center of the Oreo. His book Fire Men: Stories from Three Generations of a Firefighting Family is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com in paperback as well as in all eBook formats. Visit www.fire-men-book for more information.


Buy Fire Men online at these links:


- http://www.amazon.com/Fire-Men-Stories-Generations-Firefighting/dp/0982256590/ref=tmm_pap_title_0



- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fire-men-gary-r-ryman/1100719030?ean=9780982256596&itm=1&usri=gary+ryman

Thursday, April 26, 2012

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: JC Cassels

HEIDI'S PICK SIX


JC Cassels


1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
I’d have to say Blade, hands down. The character was heavily inspired by Errol Flynn. Flynn was a bit of a real-life adventurer who didn’t take his movie hero role too seriously, once abandoning Hollywood to fight in the Spanish Civil War. When I created Blade in 1984, the recently re-released My Wicked, Wicked Ways was a popular school bus read. In the years since, he has evolved from a tongue-in-cheek homage to Errol Flynn into a character whose depth and self-effacing humor never fail to bring a flutter to my heart or a smile to my lips.


2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?

4. What else can you do besides write?
I started out with the idea of pursuing acting, but I got distracted by the behind-the-scenes stuff of film and television. I spent twelve years with dual careers as a freelance writer and working technical positions for television crews doing audio, utility, stage manager. I ran audio for bands. I hired television crew for remote shoots. I trained public speakers. I wrote and designed multimedia productions, dabbled in graphic arts. I even started my own magazine many, many years ago. That’s just part of my professional resume! If I listed my hobbies we’d be here all day!


5. Who are you reading right now?

6. Pop culture or academia?
A mix of both. I’m not into reality television or the singing or dancing shows, but I do enjoy good sci-fi and certain sit-coms and dramedies like Big Bang Theory and Castle. Actually, I got into Castle before Firefly, if you can believe that! I do love to heckle the theoretical physicists who show up on my TV screen and espouse unproven scientific theory as gospel, while pooh-poohing former scientific gospel as busted myths.


7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?

11. What kind of music speaks to you?
All kinds! Music is a big thing in our house. We pride ourselves on our eclectic tastes. My husband likes female torch singers and I tend to like crooners. You’ll also find singer/songwriters, classic rock, 80’s pop, New Romantics, Celtic Rock, and current top 40 on my playlists. I’ve attended concerts by Alison Krauss, Peter Frampton, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Wiggles, Duran Duran, Christopher Parkening, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Moody Blues, Pat Benatar, The Black Watch Pipe and Drum Corps…far too many artists to name here.


12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?

13. Celebrity crush.
Blade Devon. No, seriously, I don’t really crush on celebs anymore. After working in television for a number of years, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work closely with a lot of celebrity crushes, only to end up disillusioned and disappointed in many cases. There have been a few exceptions, though. I think it’s my disenchantment with the idea of celebrity that inspired me to make Blade a celebrity. I’ve worked with celebs at all stages of their careers, occasionally, the same celebs at different stages, and there seems to be a predictable cycle that fame follows. I find that cycle and its effect on the people caught in it more fascinating that the celebrities themselves.



4. Who are the biggest influences on your work?

15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Of course! I have small children! They provide the BEST excuse to watch cartoons! My husband and I have introduced our children to the wonderful world of classic Looney Tunes and passed on our appreciation of Yosemite Sam and the Tasmanian Devil.


Thank you so much for hosting me today Heidi, and letting me take part in your PICK SIX! This has been a hoot and a half!

JC Cassels, a native of Tampa, Florida, traces her lifelong fascination with SF/Adventure to watching Star Trek on a tiny black and white portable television aboard the family boat as a child. The Space Opera trend that followed the release of Star Wars fed an obsessive need for swashbuckling adventure set in deep space. Today, JC feeds that need by writing her own adventures, heavily inspired by 1960's television shows like Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, and Wild Wild West and fueled by Firefly reruns.

When not writing in her haunted hospital, JC lives with her husband, three children, five dogs, twenty chickens and a horse in a century-old house in a tiny rural community, and enjoys spending her free time sewing, camping, and heckling theoretical physicists on the Science Channel.

Find JC online at these links:


- http://www.facebook.com/pages/JC-Cassels/131216176902032



- http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6523498-jc-cassels


- http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/calicoco


- @calicoco468 - http://twitter.com/calicoco468


- http://jccassels.wordpress.com



GIVEAWAY:
One lucky reader commenting on this post will be chosen at random for a FREE e-book copy of SOVRAN’S PAWN.




DESCRIPTION OF Sovran's Pawn:
BO BARRON is the pawn in two Sovrans’ struggle for power. As the Chief of Barron Clan she commands the Black Wing, a strategic asset crucial to the balance of power in a Commonwealth in contention. That’s the reason she was falsely convicted of treason and sentenced to be executed. Instead of letting her meekly go to her death, Bo’s people risk all-out war by breaking her out and smuggling her into hiding. It’s what they do. They’re pirates at heart.

But if she can’t be killed, she can be manipulated. How? By kidnapping her father. If Bo wants him back she has to take on a false name and steal the schematics for a phase weapon being auctioned off to the Sub-socia at a Five Point tournament.

BLADE DEVON knows all about false names. He has more than his share. As Darien Roarke, he’s a well-known Five-Point player. If Blade is willing to use his alter ego to retrieve those schematics, the Inner Circle is willing to overlook the fact that he’s technically a deserter.

A botched assassination under the guise of a bar brawl leaves Bo blind and Blade wondering if there isn’t more to this job than he was led to believe. Never able to resist playing the hero, Blade tends her injuries and delves deeper into the intrigue only to find this mission isn’t about a weapon at all.

The catch is, no one and nothing are what they seem….


- http://www.amazon.com/Sovrans-Pawn-Black-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B007URPCZY

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Jodi McClure (GCP)

HEIDI'S PICK SIX


This week I'll be featuring the debut authors from Grit City Publications (GCP), an independent publishing group of emotobooks, the first fiction medium designed exclusively for tablets. Our creative teams immerse our fans in the thick tapestries of amazing stories and visualized character emotions. This winning combination of fiction and art enraptures the soul, and proves: Emotobooks are not a pastime; they’re a way of life.


Jodi McClure


1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Swing Zone has a really large cast of characters, so it's hard to pick just one, but my bad boys get a lot of love from me in my serials. I don't think I can write a book that doesn't have at least one or two really underhanded people in them. There's something deliciously fun in writing intelligent, cunning men, especially when they're up to no good.


2. Tell me about your travels.
I once drove coast to coast on I-40 alone. Having never been further west than Philly, that was an amazing experience. I think my eyes watered a dozen times on that trip. Photographs don’t do dimensions justice, so I found myself a little overwhelmed the first time I saw mountains and the desert. There really is a feeling of immense freedom when you're on the open road. For a writer, it's like a vast visual display of possibilities. Every little town I passed had me wondering what life must be like there. Location has so much to do with your fate. It alone can be the difference between hard luck and happiness. That thought has always intrigued me.


3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
4. What else can you do besides write?
5. Who are you reading right now?

6. Pop culture or academia?
I'm a net culture person, which seems to fall somewhere between the two. One minute you're on a site reading about particle physics and the next minute you're watching a video of a cat barking. I love that combination. Being highly creative and fiercely adverse to structure, I never did well in classrooms, but the net invites free and independent exploration, allowing me to learn more than I ever could have in school, and in between that...there’s rage comics, trololo and nomnoms. Digital pop culture at it’s finest!


7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
I had to write a fist fight for one of my novels, and I ended up enlisting the help of a friend in theater who choreographed it for me. I learned a lot from him about how the body and mind reacts in a fight and how to show both swings and results. Otherwise, it probably would have been two guys shoving each other's shoulders. I...didn’t have a lot of experience with fights.


8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
Both, really. I start with good characters and a vague outline and work the story back and forth like an acrostic puzzle until all the pieces fit. Characters do try to dictate the direction of my stories, but since drama and adventure always comes first in serials, they don't always get their way. If there's a dark spooky cave, you're going in it despite all sensibilities. No serial writer is going to listen to a character saying, "I don't think I should walk too close to the edge of that cliff."


13. Celebrity crush.
Oh gosh...Colin Firth. I've loved him ever since he played Darcy in the mini series version of Pride and Prejudice. I got to meet him while he was here in Durham working on 'Main Street.' Incredible actor. Gorgeous man. Well worth wasting one of my questions on! I’ve also been in love with Joanna Lumley for the past twenty years, so I’ll put her down as my girl crush.


14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?

Jodi McClure. Novelist. Jersey Shore native. Lover of classic noir, hockey, my Honda Rebel and Ron Paul. Fan of Art and Science. Author of the emotoserial 'Swing Zone' at Grit City Publications.

Find Jodi online at these links:


- http://safiamcclure.blogspot.com



- @punklit - http://twitter.com/punklit


DESCRIPTION OF Swing Zone:
In the year 2229, cash starved prospector Mia Blancharde uncovers a valuable relic while digging in the Swing Zone, a wild, forested area between two contemptuous post-apocalyptic cities.

Mia’s archeological find forces her to challenge the status quo, which places her in the middle of a larger conflict. On one side is her brother, Colonel Zavier Blancharde in her home city of Freedale, the seat of militaristic power and technology. On the other side, Coltis Lawson is an attractive archeology enthusiast in the rural community of Lakeside. His almost magical abilities confuse Mia's loyalties, as she finds herself unwittingly falling for a man who embodies a principled, but duplicitous nature.

A delicate accord between the two cities has ensured a peaceful coexistence, but tensions rise as renegade activists from Lakeside challenge the powers of Freedale. Impassioned blows of battle always appear on the horizon, which threaten to crush all hopes of a maintained peace.

Torn between the powers of love, her family, and her city, Mia must uncover the truth and avoid getting trapped on the wrong side of a perilous line.


- http://www.amazon.com/Swing-Zone-Issue-1-ebook/dp/B007OLC7FO

Monday, April 23, 2012

PATHS TO PUBLICATION: Cynthia Ravinski (GCP)

PATHS TO PUBLICATION


This week I'll be featuring the debut authors from Grit City Publications (GCP), an independent publishing group of emotobooks, the first fiction medium designed exclusively for tablets. Our creative teams immerse our fans in the thick tapestries of amazing stories and visualized character emotions. This winning combination of fiction and art enraptures the soul, and proves: Emotobooks are not a pastime; they’re a way of life.

With all the new technological advances made in the past few years, many new authors have been able to make the decision to be published. They just have to do it themselves.

Three years ago, that’s what happened to three writers in a small café off the coast of Maine, and the Greater Portland Scribists were born. We worked over the next year to prepare our best work for publication in our new group’s first ever anthology. Our reasoning was that the current ebook craze was too good to miss out on, and we wanted to get our foot in that door while it was still fresh. A year later Scribings Vol. 1 hit the stores. And each of us has valuable experience in all the facets of producing a book.

A few months after that, my short story, Lingering in the Woods, was accepted by Grit City Publications. Lingering will be available as an EmotoSingle in April 2012. You can read a review of Lingering in the Woods on Have you Heard Book Reviews.

Grit City EmotoBooks are all fast-paced, imagery-heavy short stories or serial novels. Added to this basic form, abstract art is placed at emotional peaks in the story. This is what really makes the EmotoBook a revolutionary form of modern electronic fiction. I am proud to be a part of a process that combines my two biggest obsessions, writing and art, into a new form.

My key philosophy in writing is to stay busy. I have three more stories geared toward anthologies, including a Scribings Vol 2, coming out later this year. As I build my backlist of stories, I’m also building worlds that tie together across multiple volumes. I hope to keep them all alive the more I "stay busy," and someday in novels.

--Cynthia Ravinski
April 2012


Cynthia Ravinski writes, among other things. From her coastal northern setting, she crafts stories in impossible worlds and dreams up crafty characters to occupy them. She’s been an athlete, a co-pilot, a world traveler, and she’s basked in the light of great poets. She’s been educated to high degrees at UMaine Farmington and Seton Hill University. To say she is obsessed with drinking tea is an understatement.

Find Cynthia online at:

WEBSITE - www.cynthiaravinski.com



- @CynthiaRavinski - http://twitter.com/CynthiaRavinski



DESCRIPTION OF Lingering in the Woods:
Can a shaman save the soul of a demon’s spawn in order to protect his tribe and save himself from exile? In this EmotoSingle fantasy of Finnish lore, what begins as a journey for Chrigle to win his place among the tribe quickly turns into a test of will and sacrifice.


- http://amzn.to/HsxZWE


- http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/142354




Thursday, April 19, 2012

PATHS TO PUBLICATION: Michael A. Arnzen (RDSP)

PATHS TO PUBLICATION


For the next two weeks I'll be featuring authors from the cutting edge Raw Dog Screaming Press! Founded in August 2003, RDSP books are entertaining and thought-provoking and span the gamut from surreal and absurd to horror, sci-fi and fantasy.

The Gorelets Omnibus is a "collected works" volume of all my twisted horror poems from gorelets.com and elsewhere over the past decade. I'm proud of the book, which includes not only hundreds of pages of short-short horror poetry (reminiscent of the flash fiction from another of my Raw Dog books, 100 Jolts), but also -- available only in the special hardcover edition -- a variety of miscellaneous pieces that should inspire anyone who is interested in writing dark fiction or adding a little strangeness to their work.

For instance, there are five articles written by scholars from America and the UK, analyzing what makes the poems tick and what makes today's "new media" horror special. There is also a collection of "how to" articles on the crafting of horror poetry that I've published over the years. And -- perhaps best of all for the creative writers reading this -- this book includes the entire collection of my "Instigation" prompts from over the past ten years (including the impossible to find Instigation columns from Hellnotes magazine from years ago).

In other words, the hardcover edition of this book hides a short-course from me in writing horror. If you're a horror/mystery/dark fantasy author, I think this book will prompt your dark imagination in ways you might appreciate, even if you have no interest in poetry. (Though look out, future Poes and Lovecrafts -- this collection might change your mind!)

Go check it out at Raw Dog Screaming Press and sign up for my newsletter on gorelets.com for insight into what this book has to offer.

-Michael A. Arnzen
April 2012


Over the past two decades, Michael A. Arnzen has won five Bram Stoker Awards for his avant horror fiction, his quirky dark poetry and his bizarro antics online at gorelets.com. His other titles from Raw Dog Screaming Press include a novel (Play Dead), a collection of flash fiction (100 Jolts: Shockingly Short Stories), a CD of musically-enhanced readings (Audiovile) and, forthcoming, a scholarly study of dread in pop culture (The Popular Uncanny). When he's not writing, Arnzen wears the mask of professor of English at Seton Hill University, home of the country's only MFA degree in Writing Popular Fiction. Get gored again and again at gorelets.com or join his social network at michaelarnzen.com.


Find Raw Dog Screaming Press online at these links:

LIVEJOURNAL - http://raw-dog.livejournal.com/profile

WEBSITE - http://www.rawdogscreaming.com


- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Raw-Dog-Screaming-Press/141926985837593


- https://twitter.com/RDSPress

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS: Last Burn in Hell by John Edward Lawson

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS


For the next two weeks I'll be featuring authors from the cutting edge Raw Dog Screaming Press! Founded in August 2003, RDSP books are entertaining and thought-provoking and span the gamut from surreal and absurd to horror, sci-fi and fantasy.

LAST BURN IN HELL

AUTHOR: JOHN EDWARD LAWSON

PUBLISHER: RAW DOG SCREAMING PRESS (2006)

DESCRIPTION: Kenrick Brimley, the state prison's official gigolo, hangs over a lava pit on trial for his life in a strange land. He will reveal the course of his life one misguided step at a time for his captors. From his romance with serial arsonist Leena Manasseh to his lurid angst-affair with a lesbian music diva, from his ascendance as unlikely pop icon to otherworldly encounters, the one constant truth is that he's got no clue what he's doing. As unrelenting as it is original, Last Burn in Hell is John Edward Lawson at his most scorching intensity, serving up sexy satire and postmodern pulp with his trademark day-glow prose. Presented in Lawson's "book as DVD" format the Director's Cut includes: deleted scenes, alternate ending, photo stills, remastering for more enjoyable viewing, and more!

CHARACTERS:







Christian Bale as KENRICK BRIMLEY
Kenrick convinces himself he "just goes with the flow" but-despite good intentions--actively makes choices that lead to chaos and violence at every turn.











Joanie "Chyna" Laurer as LEENA MANASSEH
Like the fire she so enjoys playing with, Leena's affections flicker with the slightest breeze, even if she is the one person willing to accept Kenrick for what he is.













Alicia Witt as NIKKI
Aloof, spoiled, a legend in her own mind--and that's on this pop diva's good days, much less when her secrets are about to be revealed.













Selena Gomez as JUANITA DIAZ
The one person in Kenrick's life without a hidden agenda, just anger from a lifetime of damage.














Todd Stashwick as C.O. RITCHIE
Inmates are below his notice, but something about Kenrick's status makes Ritchie want to play nemesis every chance he gets.















Jay Tavare as ENRIQUE OLAZÁBAL
Scorpion smuggler? CIA operative? Best friend? Enrique has almost as much fun changing hats as he does getting shot at.









John Edward Lawson has published fifteen books and hundreds of works in anthologies, magazines, newspapers, and literary journals worldwide. He is a winner of the Fiction International Emerging Writers Competition; other nominations include the Bram Stoker Award, two for the the Dwarf Stars Award, the Pushcart Prize, two for the Rhysling Award, and the Wonderland Award. As a freelance editor he has worked for Raw Dog Screaming Press, Double Dragon Publishing, and National Lampoon among others, has edited seven anthologies, and served as editor-in-chief for The Dream People. He lives near Washington, DC with his wife and son.


Find Raw Dog Screaming Press online at these links:

LIVEJOURNAL - http://raw-dog.livejournal.com/profile

WEBSITE - http://www.rawdogscreaming.com


- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Raw-Dog-Screaming-Press/141926985837593


- https://twitter.com/RDSPress





Tuesday, April 17, 2012

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS: The Kyoto Man by D. Harlan Wilson

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS


For the next two weeks I'll be featuring authors from the cutting edge Raw Dog Screaming Press! Founded in August 2003, RDSP books are entertaining and thought-provoking and span the gamut from surreal and absurd to horror, sci-fi and fantasy.

THE KYOTO MAN

AUTHOR: D. HARLAN WILSON

PUBLISHER: RAW DOG SCREAMING PRESS (2012)

DESCRIPTION: In the wake of the Stick Figure War, civilization lapsed into obscurity. Fallout ravaged the fabric of space and time. History digested reality and reality exhumed the future as survivors tried and failed to create a new beginning . . . Amid the chaos, one man experiences a terminal affliction, a revolution of the self: the chronic transformation into the city of Kyoto, Japan. Each transformation further plunges the world into darkness, but he’s helpless against the lethal clockwork of his body, his psyche, his mindscreens—and nothing, not even Fate itself, can stop him from becoming God . . . In the third and final installment of the Scikungfi trilogy after Dr. Identity and Codename Prague, acclaimed author D. Harlan Wilson composes a narrative grindhouse that combines elements of science fiction and horror with pop culture and literary theory. Erudite, ultraviolent, and riotously satirical, The Kyoto Man reminds us how, at every turn, reality is shaped by the forces that destroy it.

CHARACTERS:
Crispin Glover as THE KYOTO MAN

The titular protagonist/antagonist, The Kyoto Man incites a global apocalypse, transforming from man into city over 10,000 times and terminally rupturing the fabric of the spacetime continuum.

Crispin Glover should probably be the main character in all of my novels with the exception of Blankety Blank: A Memoir of Vulgaria, the protagonist of which was inspired by professional wrestling manager Bobby “the Brain” Heenan. In the case of The Kyoto Man, I don’t want the Glover from Back to the Future or the Charlie’s Angels films, but rather a curious hybrid of the one from River’s Edge, Bartleby, Willard and Beowulf. Emotionally and psychologically, anyway. Corporeally: Glover is a perfect match for The Kyoto Man – pallid but attractive, skinny but powerful, stochastic but predictable – a body composed of weird angles and elusive energy.



Sam Waterston as THE THERAPIST

Throughout the novel, The Therapist attempts to “cure” The Kyoto Man of an hysterical disorder that may or may not be an hysterical disorder.

For the role, Waterson must grow a white beard, pack on at least 100 lbs. of muscle (located mainly in the chest region), and cultivate better-than-Keanu expertise in the martial arts.




Kris Kristofferson as JACK NIGHTRANGER

Jack Nightranger is the bounty hunter contracted to hunt down The Kyoto Man.

Acceptable Kristoffersons include anybody before Big Top Pee-Wee and preferably the Kristofferson from Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid.



Richard Kline as DICK DALLAS

Dick Dallas is Nightranger’s hard-drinking, girl-hungry, I-think-I’m-cool-but-I’m-not-so-cool neighbor. His character derives from Larry Dallas (played by Kline) on the 70s/80s sitcom Three’s Company, concerning a straight man who rents an apartment with two straight women and is compelled to moonlight as a gay man in the presence of various out-of-touch, Old School, essentially fuckheaded (but ostensibly entertaining) landlords.





Tom Cruise (via Les Grossman) as IRA ÜBERSTEIN

As the chapter entitled SOUND & FURY DISABLED REMIX stipulates, “Ira Überstein rules the world,” i.e., he is the “producer” of the “reality show” that is “The Kyoto Man.”

He is loosely patterned after Tom Cruise’s Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder. But dirtier. And meaner. And balder. And hairier. And sweatier. And fatter.







D. Harlan Wilson is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, literary critic, screenwriter, editor, & Distinguished Professor of American Ethics, Pathology, Social Strata & Wood Tick Culture at Harvard University. DHW is the author of hundreds of thousands of stories and essays & over 80,000 books of fiction, nonfiction & antifiction, among them Codename Prague, Dr. Identity, or, Farewell to Plaquedemia, They Had Goat Heads, Peckinpah: An Ultraviolent Romance, and Technologized Desire: Selfhood & the Body in Postcapitalist Science Fiction. His writing has been translated into every language, real & fictional, alive & extinct, & he wrote the screenplay for The Cocktail Party, a short rotoscoped film based on a story in his first book, The Kafka Effekt. The Cocktail Party received extensive awards & acknowledgements including an official selection at Comic-Con.

Find Raw Dog Screaming Press online at these links:

LIVEJOURNAL - http://raw-dog.livejournal.com/profile

WEBSITE - http://www.rawdogscreaming.com


- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Raw-Dog-Screaming-Press/141926985837593


- https://twitter.com/RDSPress




Monday, April 16, 2012

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS: Hellbender by Jason Jack Miller

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS


For the next two weeks I'll be featuring authors from the cutting edge Raw Dog Screaming Press! Founded in August 2003, RDSP books are entertaining and thought-provoking and span the gamut from surreal and absurd to horror, sci-fi and fantasy.


HELLBENDER

AUTHOR: JASON JACK MILLER

PUBLISHER: RAW DOG SCREAMING PRESS 2012

DESCRIPTION: There are some strange things happening at the edge of reality. Let Raw Dog Screaming Press author Jason Jack Miller take you to a place where love is forever even when death isn’t, where magic doesn’t have to be seen to be believed, where a song might be the only thing that saves your soul.

Jason Jack Miller’s MURDER BALLADS AND WHISKEY series is a unique blend of dark fiction, urban fantasy and horror. It’s Appalachian Gothic, Alt.Magical.Realism, Hillbilly Horror. It’s AMERICAN GODS meets JUSTIFIED. TRUE BLOOD with witches. It’s Johnny Cash with a fistful of copperheads singing the devil right back to hell.

Henry Collins is a simple young man with a kind heart who's just trying to find his way in the world. His quiet life is changed forever the day he buries his little sister. This single event forces him to enter a strange world whose very existence he spent his whole life denying--a dark wilderness where the old magic thrives--a place far darker and deadlier than the Appalachia he grew up in. To avenge his sister Henry must slip past the boundaries of logic and reason to a place where the only reality is survival. He won't be able to come home until his life is no longer simple, his heart no longer kind.

This is a tale of star-crossed lovers and civil revenge by uncivil hands, written in blood that is barely thicker than water.

CHARACTERS:




Jake Gyllenhaal as HENRY COLLINS

Henry doesn't believe in the old time magic that his family lives by, but he does believe in old fashioned revenge for his sister's murder.








Miley Cyrus as ALEX RAMSEY

Alex may be a Lewis, but she chooses the Collins' side of the feud between the families when she falls in love with Henry.







Paul Walker as BEN COLLINS

Ben Collins is loyal to a fault, and that's what makes him dangerous. The kind of guy who likes to shoot first. .






David Strathairn as JAMIE COLLINS

Ben's dad. Preston's father. The voice of reason in an unreasonable conflict.



Katie Holmes as KATY STEFANIC

There's something a little magical about the way Katy keeps the players in motion. She's not sitting on top of the world just yet, but she knows it's coming. As long as everybody sticks to her plan.







Patrick Fugit as BILLY LEWIS

Evil, or just a bad apple? That's a little like asking which is more dangerous—the finger that pulls the trigger, or the smoking gun?








Charles Durning as CHARLIE LEWIS

Charlie's dangerous because he has the law and God on his side. His law. His God.







Joseph Gordon-Levitt as PRESTON BLACK

Preston Black is an outsider with a secret of his own. Katy saved him from too many lonely nights and empty whiskey bottles, and he's going to prove his love to her every chance he gets.









Jeremy Davies as DARREN LEWIS

Darren doesn't fight to win, he fights because it's fun.










Jason Jack Miller hails from Fayette County, Pennsylvania, as in, "Circus freaks, temptation and the Fayette County Fair," made famous by The Clarks in the song, "Cigarette." He is a writer, photographer and musician whose work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, literary journals, online, as part of a travel guide app for mobile phones, and in a regular column for Inveterate Media Junkies called JASON JACK MILLER'S SOUNDCHECK. He wrote the novels Hellbender and All Saints during his graduate studies at Seton Hill University, where he is now adjunct creative writing faculty. When he isn't writing he's on his mountain bike or looking for his next favorite guitar. He is currently writing and recording the soundtracks to his novels, The Devil and Preston Black. His blog is http://jasonjackmiller.blogspot.com.


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