This collaboration between Ford and Hayward is a spooky Twilight Zone worthy tale gleefully infused with a heavy dose of dark humor. I fell in love from the first line and finished the book happy. The authors perfectly captured the nuances of a father-son relationship, laid the atmosphere on thick, and crafted some truly memorable scenes.
I will try to be better about putting my reviews here on my blog from now on. In the meantime you can View all my reviews on Goodreads.
I’m about to make what will likely be one of my final passes on Extinction Peak, my dinosaur horror novel. Some of my work comes from my subconscious and flows rather easily. This book was not one of them. I wrote the first draft almost five years ago. The version that exists today has only the title in common with that old draft.
Weirdly, this book will likely be more fun to read than some of my other titles. It relies heavily on world-building and action, not symbology and style. That’s not to say it lacks depth. If you’re looking for it, my thesis will present itself. That’s all I’ll say about that for now.
Jeff Burk made it official the Monday after Killer Con, so I’ll announce it here: Extinction Peak is set for publication in 2020 by his new press Section 31 Productions.
Thursday night around 7ish, you can find me at the bar.
Through most of Friday, I’ll be in the dealer’s room lending a hand to those who need one, BUT Friday night I’ll be a contestant in the Wings of Pain Challenge, which starts at 8:30. “But, Lucas, aren’t you vegetarian?” To that I say, “Shane McKenzie was kind enough to get me plant-based wings so he can punish me with hot sauce.”
Friday at 9 pm, you can find me at the Death’s Head Press party in the Convention Suite. That is, if Wings of Pain doesn’t totally ruin me.
Saturday, I’ll be supporting folks in the dealer’s room again, but after that, you can listen to me and several others as we take part in the panel How Not to Kill Yourself, which is all about staying sane while writing about terrible things. The panel starts at 6 pm.
Like last year, I’ll be participating in the Grossout Contest at 10 pm on Saturday. Unlike last year, I’m walking home with first prize this time around. At least that’s the goal!
At 1 pm on Sunday, I’ll be a part of the Clash Books reading block.
Now, I’ll be around all weekend, but these are the parts of my itinerary that are set in stone. Hope to see my Mangumaniacs there!
I meant to post this a LOT earlier, but the first ten days of the new year have been packed with work and family drama. Last year I read 37 books, most of it in the latter half of the year. A lot of these titles seem like they’re from an AP English reading list, and that’s intentional. I passed up a lot of these titles in my late teens/early twenties, because I don’t like being told what to do. It was cool getting around to these books after all these years. Plus, there’s some Richard Laymon, Carlton Mellick III, and books from some friends. Check it out below.
This is a Horror Book by Charles Austin Muir
Elevation by Stephen King
I Love You When I’m Drunk by Empar Moliner
Sex and Rage by Eve Babitz
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
A Minor Storm by J David Osborne
Glimpse by Jonathan Maberry
Areopagitca by John Milton
Paradise Lost by John Milton
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
The Short Stories, Vol. 1 by Ernest Hemingway
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
A Very Easy Death by Simone de Beauvoir
After Dark by Haruki Murakami
Stacking Doll by Carlton Mellick III
Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The Aeneid by Virgil
Cold Blooded by Lisa Jackson
Louisiana Stories by Kate Chopin
Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix
Toy Cemetery by William W. Johnstone
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
Nightmares in Ecstasy by Brendan Vidito
Spider Bunny by Carlton Mellick III
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Singularity by William Sleator
The Metamorphoses by Ovid
The Odyssey by Homer (Emily Wilson translation)
Ruined by Tracy Wolff
Forever… by Judy Blume
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman
Dark Mountain by Richard Laymon
Island by Richard Laymon
It’s worth noting that this list doesn’t include books I didn’t finish, or the ridiculous amount of poetry and short stories I also read. So, yeah, I read a lot last year, and a lot of it, I liked. If I do anything different this year, I will try to read more current titles. We’ll see though.