Cheap Reads

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on August 28, 2014 by David Watson

23009298The first book I want to talk about is Heroin In The Magic Now by Terry M. West. In the introduction to this book Terry says how the main character’s pain is based on reality and he tells the story of how he got into the horror genre. In order to get into the business he helped make soft core porn to raise money to make horror films. This lead him into a world of sex, drugs and emotional pain which is what this book is based on.

Heroin in the Magic Now follows a pornographer named Gary Hack, who has found himself  making disturbing monster porn videos for his depraved clients. People ask him to do things he can’t live with and the only escape that Gary has is through heroin. The problem is his escape is taking over his life and leading to a darker reality.

Gary is a complicated man, he is self medicated and numb to the fact that vampires, zombies and werewolves are now part of our every day lives. In the beginning he is working on a porn movie called Dracula’s Exotic Guest. He hates what he does and himself for doing it, but he is good at it and still dreams for a better life.

Gary is a brilliant artist but his career didn’t go where he wanted and now he is stuck making monster porn and working with difficult people. Gary handles his problems well enough, such as a leading actress telling him he is the worst director ever and wanting more money. Gary looses a little more of his soul every day, his wife has already divorced him, his daughter wants nothing to do with him and he just got another directing job hes not proud of as head of production for a zombie gang bang movie.

22745882I loved the character of Gary in this book, he is a lost soul and you cant help but root for him despite the bad things he has done. Gary is a man who never meant to hurt anyone, he just did some things that he wasn’t proud of to fulfill his dreams.   Heroin In The Magic Now has a good mix of horror and comedy. I loved the concept behind this book and it was a fresh look at a world where monsters do exist, but some of the worst monsters are the ones within.  My favorite scene in the book was towards the end where the street vendor who sold Gary a gris-gris bag for protection against the supernatural sells Gary another, saying that each time he has to buy a new one he was going to charge Gary more. If you read the story you will understand but I think Terry was making a point that each time Gary screwed up it was going to be harder for him to get his soul back.  Terry M. West knows what makes a good horror story and he knows how to make monsters scary and funny.

Next up is The Clinic by Matthew Weber. Patricia Tyler’s son, Alex, has made the Tyler families lives a living hell. He argues constantly, has destroyed property, bullies family members and classmates, and he is a pyromaniac and sexual deviant.  Patricia doesn’t know what to do so she turns to the clinic for help and the reader learns what happens in the future when children misbehave.

22697923This is the kind of story that you would see on The Twilight Zone,  except its scarier than anything the classic TV series has to offer. I can’t talk to much about this short story because I don’t want to give it away but I will say that the concept is terrifying. One scene that scared me was when Alex tried to get to his sister late at night. I also thought that it was interesting to see who was on the bus at the end of the story. Where I would agree that Alex deserved to be there, some of the others didn’t. This is a well written story and a chilling read. The story is meant to preview an upcoming anthology by Matthew Weber .  If The Clinic is any indication of the quality of the other stories in the book then I would be really excited to see what Matthew Weber has coming out next.

The last book I want to mention is a short story by Terry M. West called The Giving Of Things Cold And Cursed. The year is 1925 and Baker Johnson has just inherited his uncle’s home. His Uncle was an odd man who kept a room full of cursed objects. Baker and his uncle are not like other people, they study the supernatural, collect strange objects and try to prove if spiritualists are charlatans or not.

Even though this is a short story I got the impression that Terry did his homework. The character of Baker made me think of Houdini who also was into proving spiritualists weren’t what they said they were. In 1925 spiritualists were common place and preyed on people who had lost someone. I enjoyed hearing about how the objects taken from the room effected the people’s lives that took them. In particular I liked how the man who wrote humourous poetry started writing dark poetry like Poe when he got a cursed object. This is a well told horror story that reminded me of something you would see on the show Tales From The Darkside.

 

 

Press Release: Heroin In The Magic

Posted in News with tags , , on August 27, 2014 by Horror Addicts Guest

Terry M. West unleashes his demons with Heroin in the Magic Now

heroininthemagicnowfinalcover copyTerry M. West has spent the least year producing some highly-acclaimed horror fiction. His work is being appreciated by many new readers, but not all of Terry’s work has been so highly regarded.

“My soft-core film work just about destroyed my reputation and my life,” Terry confided, openly.

Though his horror fiction work was on the rise in the late nineties, Terry took an opportunity in 2000 and wrote/directed a string of erotic parodies and horror erotica of the After Dark kind.

“I didn’t have an issue with what I was doing at the time,” West says. “It was work. I was paid to create and I figured it would help me land other gigs. The content didn’t detour me. I thought I could shine through it, you know. A lot of people who work on adult industry material figure they are bigger than it, and that they can somehow elevate the genre. I thought I was doing that, but it was crap; plain and simple.”

His association with soft-core did lead to his writing/directing chores on Media Blaster’s FLESH FOR THE BEAST, a horror flick with heavy erotic tones. The film has received extremely mixed reviews.
“After I directed Flesh for the Beast, I hit a wall; really hard,” West explained. “My personal life fell apart and I had a falling out with damn near everyone, friends and family alike. It didn’t help that I was going through a mid-life crisis at the time.”

West found himself experimenting with drugs to make the pain go away. “There was a lot going on. I was being crucified unmercifully for the type of work I was doing. I was going through a divorce that this lifestyle of mine had caused. I went into this dark playground as a fairly nice guy, but there is something about it that twists you, after a time. Bad habits are not only acceptable, but expected and encouraged. I grew an addiction quickly and quite honestly prepared myself to die.”

But West managed to persevere and pull himself out of the tailspin. He sobered up and remarried and he even has a child now. West took the better part of a decade to focus on his family life, and he didn’t miss the creative world at all. But horror was in his blood, and in early 2013, he rededicated himself to being the best horror author he could be. He produced two collections, WHAT PRICE GORY? and A PSYCHO’S MEDLEY, as well as the horror/comedy novella, CECIL & BUBBA MEET THE THANG. His short fiction has been accepted into numerous anthologies and he has been praised by readers and fellow horror authors alike.

heroinzombiepromoHis film work seldom gets mention these days, but the darkness of that period still lingers in him. “I decided to write HEROIN IN THE MAGIC NOW to get it out of my system, you know? I had written a short story, HARDCORE CRUST, for an anthology called AXES OF EVIL. The story centers around Gary Hack, a desperate junkie film director who lives in a New York City filled with monsters. The universe Gary lives in has witnessed every creature of the night come from the shadows and stand next to man. So, of course, a market for monster fetish pornography blossoms and Gary jumps on it. But it turns out to be a very dark and dangerous occupation.”

After writing the story, Terry felt that some of the demons were exercised from him. “I had toyed with the idea of writing about my experiences in filmmaking, and the story of Gary Hack gave me a safe environment to let it all hang out. Gary Hack is a dark caricature of me. He is what I was on my way to becoming. All of the doubt, self-loathing and pain Gary feels comes from me. He expresses what I went through and felt at the time. There is one line in the story, ‘Gary didn’t want to be a joke or a cautionary tale.’ And that is how I feel. The soft-core work I did is old, now, and I want it to be a very small footnote in my career.”

 

HEROIN IN THE MAGIC NOW will be available for both Kindle and Paperback versions on August 31, 2014!

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HEROIN IN THE MAGIC NOW takes place in an alternate version of NYC where every form of monster exists next to man. Gary Hack, a down on his luck porn director with an appetite for heroin, finds himself working in the dangerous world of monster fetish videos.

Gary is made an offer he can’t refuse by Johnny Stücke, an immortal crime boss. The video Johnny envisions could be the greatest zombie fetish film ever created. But it could also ignite an apocalypse that could destroy the city.

Critically-acclaimed horror author Terry M. West has written a startling and original novella that is loosely based on his own life experiences and struggle with addiction.

The Last Road

Posted in News with tags , , , , on August 26, 2014 by Horror Addicts Guest

Live Action Reviews

by Crystal Connor 

The Last Road

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Plotline: Story of a fighter down on his luck, who loses his life in the ring. The movie then takes us into the afterlife, where Toby meets a stranger that seems to know everything about him and he has to make the right choices to which road to take… Heaven or Hell… with no initial help or clues. He meets many other souls on his journey who could take him down many different paths. Coming to his final heart wrenching decision… There are many cruel, sometimes disturbing, but also emotional twist and turns.

- Synopsis written by Laurence Williams for IMDb

Scariness Factor: This film isn’t scary its atmospheric and haunting

Gross-out Factor:  N/A.

High Points: Visually this film is stunning with a capital S. The Last Road was filmed in the Salisbury Plain located in England, in the valley of the Bratton White Horse. The surrounding landscape becomes a character because this is John Wheeler’s vision of hell. The problem is that these people are wandering around this beautiful place with absolutely nothing to do,  I really liked that because as you know being bored is a kind of hell in and of itself.

Complaints: Toby. After the opening scene I really didn’t like him and then watching the way he interacted with his mother … just eight minutes in and I was completely disconnected  from this character.  Maybe he was written that way in order to justify the reasons for him going to hell.

The film is very well acted but there seems to be huge pieces of the story missing, like it was a film adapted from a book. For instance the flash backs on Toby’s childhood life and the one ‘incident’ with his father aren’t horrible enough to excuse the way he acted and the choices as an adult. If this was based on a novel I couldn’t find it, and trust me I looked.

Overall: I think watching horror movies should be an ‘interactive’ activity (which is why I watch them alone) and the more I yell at the people on the screen the more fun I’m having. Now there are only eight entries for The Last Road, and compared to my other reviews that’s not that many but that doesn’t necessarily mean The Last Road wasn’t a good film.

For one it’s not a horror movie but because of the cinematography it is a haunting one. I spent quite a bit of time pausing and rewinding trying to connect the dots, to better understand why the things that were happening happened. That along with what’s listed above The Last Road just didn’t work for me. Like I’ve said before I am a tough customer and I can be pretty unforgiving when it comes to the myopic way in which I prefer to be entertained. But if you were planning on watching The Last Road my advice would be I think that you should.

Stars: 2 ½ Stars

~~~~Diary Entry~~~ 

Late in the afternoon on Aug  5th, 2014, Crystal Connor, with a bowl of popcorn and a coke,  settled down in to watch a movie. For the next two hours her neighbors were subjected to screaming, crying, and expletive outburst…

 

This is the unedited journal chronicling the harrowing experience her neighbors were forced to endure as she viewed John Wheeler’s 2012 The Last Road

 

Reader discretion is Advised


Entry 1: When you’re standing before St. Peter, or in this case his asst. you pretty much already know where you’re going.

 

Entry 2: Leave shit alone!

 

Entry 3: Wow, even the dog went to hell.

 

Entry 4: Queue the naked and underdressed women.

 

Entry 5: Ok, don’t listen to him…

 

Entry 6: Really?!

 

Entry 7: Wait a minute, he just got to hell and just like that he has the rank/power/knowledge to torture and torment others?

 

Entry 8: Wait … what?

 

1795961_803788772983725_1553304502_oWashington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Crystal’s latest projects can be found both on her blog and Facebook fan page at:

http://wordsmithcrystalconnor.blogspot.com

http://www.facebook.com/notesfromtheauthor


Press Release: Crawl Or Die

Posted in News with tags , , , , on August 24, 2014 by Horror Addicts Guest

Horror/Sci-fi Film “CRAWL OR DIE”
released in UNITED STATES and CANADA on August 12, 2014!
Tulsa, OK – 7/9/2014 – On June 3rd 2014 the film CRAWL OR DIE was released in Japan titled ALIEN CRAWL and was quickly labeled by critics as “The most CLAUSTROPHOBIC movie ever made!”On August 12, 2014 Uncork’d Entertainment and Vertical Entertainment are releasing CRAWL OR DIE in the USA and CANADA – you decide if JAPAN was correct. The HORROR film CRAWL OR DIE is…
Synopsis: Earth as we know it is gone. A virus has destroyed the planet and rendered all its women infertile, all but one. An elite team of soldiers are tasked with bringing the woman to safety on the newly habitable Earth Two. But when they are forced underground they find themselves fighting for survival from an bloodthirsty creature in a maze of ever shrinking tunnels. As the team’s ranks start to dwindle, the tunnels shrink and the ammunition run out, the crawl for survival becomes more and more desperate.
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What horror fans are saying about CRAWL OR DIE…

“…Get through this horror tunnel…” -Bloody Disgusting (Mr Disgusting)

“…A Fist-Clenching, Breath-Holding, Claustrophobic Thrill-Ride…”-Yell! Magazine (Joanna Jaguar)

The most claustrophobic movie ever made!!”-HORRORSHOX – (Hiro Fujii)

“…Breakout Actress Nicole Alonso…kicks some serious ass…” -Yell Magazine (Joanna Jaguar)

For More Press Quotes, visit the PRESS PAGE at our official website www.CRAWLorDIEtrilogy.com

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VIEW OR POST ADDITIONAL IMAGES/FAN ART/VIDEOS – FEEL FREE TO VISIT THIS LINK AND POST WHATEVER YOU WOULD LIKE: GO HERE

Release Date for the movie CRAWL OR DIE is August 12 2014 — follow these sites for updates and find out more information on the film.Website: www.CRAWLorDIEtrilogy.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CRAWLorDIEtrilogy
Twitter: www.twitter.com/EXTREMEINDIE
CRAWL OR DIE is a full length feature film due out on August 12, 2014
Directed By: Oklahoma Ward
Written By: Oklahoma Ward
Starring: Nicole Alonso, Torey Byrne, Tom Chamberlain, David P. Baker, Wil Crown, Tommy Ball, Clayton Burgess

HorrorAddicts.net #106, Bob Nailor

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2014 by Emerian Rich

Horror Addicts Episode# 106

Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich

Intro Music by: Cancer Killing Gemini

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68 days till Halloween!

bob nailor, dead animal assembly plant, silent hill

silent hill, master of macabre, vote, wicked women writers, most wicked, voter winner, dead animal assembly plant, memorials: lauren bacall, robin williams, p.g. holyfield, events, jeremiah donaldson, plague aftermath, malcolm torres, sailors take warning, necroplolis, guy portman, recipe for murder, esterelle payany, hannibals express sweetbreads, my sucky teen romance, the bunnymen massacre, dead kansas, the remnant into the collision. p.a. davis, tentyrian legacy, elise walters, zombie attack, devan sagliani, deep black sea, david m. salkin, snafu, flash fiction friday, david watson, sumiko saulson, bob nailor

PG Holyfield – family support: http://www.gofundme.com/pgfund

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Meet Writer Bob Nailor, #106

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on August 22, 2014 by Emerian Rich

Bob Nailor Photo 5x7For this week’s show, we’ve got author, Bob Nailor, who is co-author of Ancient Blood: The Amazon. He’s the author of Three Steps: The Journeys of Ayrold and 2012: Timeline Apocalypse and also a contributing author to Mother Goose is Dead, The Complete Guide to Paranormal Novels and many other anthologies.

Bob brings us the story “The Dark Sun’s Blood” which is about a baron who wishes to have eternal life and live with his love, the virgin chambermaid. A mystic from the East is willing to grant him his wish but wants a certain jewel in return.

Let’s learn some more about Bob as he answers questions about his horror likes and dislikes.

AncientBloodAmazon_5x8What was the spookiest night of your life?
Halloween

What is your favorite horror flick?
Psycho. Hitchcock is the man.

If you were to battle a hoard of zombies, who would be your dream team fighting next to you?
Arnold Schwartzenegger, Rocky, Captain America and Pippi Longstocking (the sacrificial lamb)

What is the most horrifying costume experience you’ve ever had?
A zipper that wouldn’t unzip so I could go to the restroom.

How do you create stories?
Laptop. What’s in my tool kit? My brain.

What era do you feel most at home in?
Current.

Who is one person you’d like to meet, living or dead, and why?
Vincent Price – because he has the ability to generate fear with his voice.

What is your most recent work for sale and what is it about?
A novel, Ancient Blood: The Amazon which involves newly discovered vampires in the Brazilian Amazon jungle.

Where can fans learn more about your work?
Twitter – @bobnailor
www.bobnailor.com

Necropolis

Posted in News with tags , , , , on August 21, 2014 by David Watson

21898627Dyson Devereux is not your average person, he doesn’t like slow sad love songs from artists like Celine Dion and he hates reality shows like the X Factor. He lives in England and he works in the burials and cemeteries department for his local council. To say that Dyson doesn’t relate to people would be an understatement. He forgets people’s names, he doesn’t show any emotion when his co-worker Dorthy dies and in the beginning of the book when he is at her funeral he thinks how glorious his funeral will be and about the promotion he will get now that Dorthy is dead.

What he lacks in empathy he makes up for in intelligence and attention to detail. Dyson sees himself as the smartest person where he works and he thinks Dorthy’s death will lead him to bigger and better things. Dyson knows a lot about death but it doesn’t necessarily get him anywhere when it comes to higher pay. That’s ok though, because he just found out that a war criminal may be working under a fake name in the cemetery and there is a big reward for his capture. Dyson’s skills may not help him on the job  but it will get him that reward money.

The first thing I thought when I started Necropolis by Guy Portman was: “Hey it’s Dexter, he must have moved to Great Britain and started working as a funeral director. In reality the only similarities between Dexter and Dyson is that they are both sociopaths trying to fit into society when they don’t relate to people. The story to Necropolis isn’t why you should read this book. What really makes this book good is Dyson himself.Dyson has a different view on society than most people have and its told entirely from his point of view. One thing I kept wondering about him was if he cares about the people that he interacts with?

Dyson has a girlfriend named Eve who has a drug problem, at one point he says he doesn’t love her but he says he does tolerate her. That being said he takes it upon himself to pay off her drug debts and get revenge on the dealer that has threatened her. Because he does that you think maybe he does care but then he gets embarrassed when she gets emotional and he has other women on the side. Another point in the story after a drug fueled threesome he asks himself if this is love which proves that he doesn’t know what love is and he even admits he has never felt it.

Necropolis shows you what goes on in the mind of a sociopath from what made him to how he lives his day-to-day life.  Death does not bother Dyson, its his business and the other funeral workers aren’t bothered by it either.  I found myself wondering if all people who work in funeral parlors are like this since all the characters shown in the story come across as uncaring. One point where they were preparing a body for a funeral made me almost stop reading. There were times that I felt that Dyson was the normal one among his coworkers. Necropolis is a different type of book and a dark twisted comedy that is not for the squeamish.

 

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