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Win a nook from @chizinepub

Take a look at an amazing giveaway that is being sponsored by ChiZine Publications. The nook itself is pretty cool sure but what made my toes curl was the inclusion of the entire ChiZine catalog!!!! OMG 🙂

 

Purchase a trade paperback copy of either Steve Rasnic Tem’s Celestial Inventories or Christopher Golden’s Tell My Sorrows to the Stones at Barnes & Noble or barnesandnoble.com and email your proof of purchase to felicia@chizinepub.com. (In-store receipts can be scanned or sent as a photo.)

Two lucky winners will be randomly picked from the draw and will each receive a Nook! And we’re also throwing in the entire 2013 ChiZine ebook catalogue! Enter by midnight PST on December 31st. Draw will be held on January 1st, 2014.

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THINGS WITHERED author @Susiemoloney lists her fave short stories @chizinepub

I love short stories. Because Susie Maloney has a new short story collection coming out I thought it would be nice to hear what short stories she enjoys, which ones have made that stay with you forever impact.

Thanks so much to Susie and ChiZine publications for indulging my curiosity and allowing me to share more of the awesome that ChiZine has to offer.

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A middle-aged realtor trying to get ahead any way she can. A bad girl pays for cheating with a married man. A wife with a dark past lives in fear of being exposed. The bad acts of a little old lady come home to roost. A young man with no direction finds power behind the wheel of a haunted truck. From behind the pretty drapes of the average suburban home, madness peers out. Stories of suburban darkness from the award-winning author of A Dry Spell, The Thirteen, and The Dwelling prove that life can turn on you, or you can turn on it!

 

My Favorite Short Reads, by Susie Moloney author of Things Withered, stories

 

 

1. “For Esme, with Love and Squalor,” from Nine Stories by JD Salinger

 

This was one of the first short stories I remember reading. My grandfather—a great man, an avid reader, but usually more of a sci-fi kind of guy, had the book kicking around his messy office. I picked it up because I liked the word “squalor.” Having lost my mother that very spring, I imagine I identified with Esme on a spiritual level. Actually wore my grandfather’s wristwatch for a while after that, but no one ever got the reference. Not even after I told them. Book I read right after that was The Diviners by Margaret Lawrence. I was 11. Kids. They grow up so fast.

 

2. Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates

 

While not a short story exactly, Black Water is a super quick read at 160 mind-blowing pages. I’m a pretty big JCO fan, even though she can be hit-and-miss. Black Water, her take on the Chappaquiddick event, actually made me feel like I was drowning while I was reading it. I read it in a single day, unable to stop. Whenever I would put it down, I would feel dizzy and frightened. It is an absolutely visceral book and a must-read for every young woman. Few write real horror like JCO. I’d also recommend Zombie by JCO. Terrifying.

 

3. “Isabelle” from CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders

 

I do love me some misery and George Saunders might be the king of the long-faced story. I’m also partial to young boy protagonists because I am the mother of sons, and I find boys to be terribly, painfully vulnerable in a way that I’m not sure girls are. I think girls are mentally stronger than boys right from the start.

 

4. “Trucks,” from Night Shift by Stephen King

 

The first story in King’s first collection is one of his best, even if it’s not really one of his most popular. They made a super-crappy movie based on the story, which I think, ruined it forever. Do not see this movie! Instead, re-read the story of vehicles taking over the world, one diner at a time. King tends to overdo the Everyday Hero character, but in this particular story, the everyday hero reminded me a bit of my dad at a time when we weren’t getting along very well. I don’t remember the name of the character, but he narrates. Let’s just say The Narrator might have saved my dad’s life, because I was reading a lot of true crime fiction at the time.

 

5. “The Things They Carried,” from The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

 

This is a dark and terribly sad story about a platoon of soldiers in the Vietnam war. I had a grandfather and two uncles who had fought in wars, and my uncles had been in Vietnam. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I re-read the book and realized how poignant and profound talismans can be. A deeply frightening book.

 

6. “The Emperor’s Old Bones,” by Gemma Files

 

Gemma Files is one of those writers who is always a pleasure to read, even if you don’t read horror or spec fiction. She’s a flawless writer, twisted and complicated and her stories and characters are always very real. I read “The Emperor’s Old Bones” online, but I’m familiar with her work from many other sources. The steely-eyed, amoral subject of this story is perfect, there’s something incredibly intimate about the way Files writes evil. She’s always a kind of surprise, a writer for both readers and other writers. When I grow up, I wanna be Gemma Files.

 

Susie Moloney is the author of four novels of horror fiction. Her first collection of short fiction Things Withered, stories will be released in December 2013 from ChiZine Publications. Things Withered, stories is available everywhere, in all formats.

Author Keith Hollihan interview #giveaway

Welcome to an interview I am very pleased to shared with author Keith Hollihan. I was so curious about his new book that I went out and purchased a previous one of his. The newest one that readers can try is Gamification/C-Monkeys a double novella flip book which sure peaks my interest. Take a look see and enter for a copy. Print within the US/Canada and an ebook for International.

Keith Hollihan

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This is a double novella “flip book” pairing a modern corporate suspense story about the cover-up of a CEO’s illicit affair, with a 1970s-era science fiction thriller about an oil company’s environmental disaster. It is an exploration of the paranoia inherent in business and the thin line between competition and conspiracy.

 

Hi Keith, can you tell me a bit about yourself please? –

When I finished college and travelled to Japan, I thought it was for six months, but I’ve never been home since. I’m a Canadien errant. I live in the US now, with my wife and two boys, and spend a lot of time driving to rinks. But I have a strong desire to travel and live abroad again.

What is something about you that no one knows? –

I cry easily while watching sappy movies, particularly involving gun fights, zombies, or sports.

What are you reading now? –

I always have about five books on the go at once. Right now, two of them are The City and the City by China Mieville, and The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.

What is your work space and writing routine like? –

I like to keep my freelance work and my fiction writing physically separate, so I have a studio in a converted warehouse. When I go there, I don’t have internet, so my only distraction is the work, the books I’m surrounded by, and my very old couch. I get there as much as I can.

Is there a genre you’ve yet to write but would love to do so? –

I’d like to write a horror story that stands the test of time because it drills right into something simple and primal that we all fear.

I read the excerpt for your previous novel The Four Stages of Cruelty and said right away. I must read this book. For those not familiar with your work, can you tell us more and what we have to look forward to? –

Everything I write is very different from what came before it. I like to explore. Right now, I’m working on a 19th century ghost story. But it’s a big undertaking so I might finish the self-help detective novel or the story set on a sentient farm first.

Gamification/C-Monkeys is a double feature flip book. can you tell us more about it and why you went that route? –

I wanted to have fun with a story that bursts through the barrier of its own cover. So I wrote a corporate suspense story that has, as one of its central clues, a dime store pulp novel. Then I wrote that dime store novel, and made sure there was a lot of overlap between the two books, without all the pieces fitting exactly. It leaves you wondering where one story starts and the other ends. The flip book idea – which the publisher ChiZine loved right away – helps complete the circle, if you get what I mean.

What do readers have to look forward to next? –

I have another novel that just came out, called Flagged Victor, which is based on the story of my oldest friend who robbed banks over a two-year period in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

 

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Keith Hollihan is the author of Flagged Victor and The Four Stages of Cruelty (a Publishers Weekly 2010 Book of the Year). Born in Canada, he has travelled widely, and lived in Japan and the Czech Republic. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

 

 

 

Keith can be found on twitter / goodreads / web site
Gamification/C-Monkeys can be found on goodreads / amazon / book depository / ChiZine

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Rasputin’s Bastards by David Nickle review

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They were the beautiful dreamers.

From a hidden city deep in the Ural mountains, they walked the world as the coldest of Cold Warriors, under the command of the Kremlin and under the power of their own expansive minds.

They slipped into the minds of Russia’s enemies with diabolical ease, and drove their human puppets to murder, and worse.

They moved as Gods. And as Gods, they might have remade the world.

But like the mad holy man Rasputin, who destroyed Russia through his own powerful influence… in the end, the psychic spies for the Motherland were only in it for themselves.

I enjoyed Rasputin’s Bastards and there is no doubt after reading this book that David Nickle is a very talented author. The story is elaborate, meaty and well written. It however confused me a great deal.

The story based on a dozen or so central characters about Russian sleeper agents, psychics, puppet masters and of course their puppets. Who that is frequently is a mystery. Which gets to the confusion. The story is told in bursts from a variety of characters point of view. When changing you often wonder wait who is this and what is their role in the story, just when you remember and start to get going off you go to the next person and where they are or their flashback or well you get the picture.

Rasputin’s Bastards is a highly intelligent story and I am only pleased to have read it however I think the length of the story which after a point just made me impatient and the extensive character list and frequent switching back and forth which confused me made me not love it. Like it, enjoy it, admire it for it is good yes  but no I didn’t love it.

I do recommend the book just be prepared. I for one look forward to David’s next book I will indeed be reading more of his work.

 

Author James Marshall follow up interview and international giveaway!

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I’m pleased that author James Marshall was willing to be subjected to more of me hehe I wanted to ask some follow up questions and here they are.
I also have two copies ebook format of James fine book to give away, open internationally just leave a comment or a question for James. Please mention what format you’d like the book in, giveaway ends July 1st. 

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You said in our first interview that you like your space barren, not reading anything right now to not distract you etc. Have you always been that way? Have you found you are more productive this way or is this just what you like and stick with it?

No, I haven’t always been this way. I used to surround myself with black and white photography. My work room was covered with it. Then one day I took it all down. I’m not even entirely sure why. I think I like the white walls in the same way I like a blank page. There’s endless possibility. And once I sit down to write, I don’t spend too much time looking around anyway.

You mentioned author friends who’s work you’d like to read. Care to share some names and titles?

Yes! Thanks for the opportunity! I’m dying to read THE LAKE AND THE LIBRARY by S.M. Beiko, BAD TASTE IN BOYS by Carrie Harris, HUSK by Corey Redekop, THUNDER ROAD by Chadwick Ginther, FLOATING LIKE THE DEAD by Yasuko Thanh, NO RETURN by Zachary Jernigan, and all the titles ChiZine Publications puts out always look amazing.

You mentioned your dad a couple times. What does he think of your writing?

He’s never read it. I’ve never wanted him to. I don’t write the sort of thing he’s into.

You play your guitar a lot. Do you write just as much? You say you’re not sure you’d entertain with it but you like doing it. If you could pick success as a musician instead of a writer would you?

I can only manage to write about three or four hours a day without getting burnt out. I can go eight hours a day in a pinch but the quality starts to suffer pretty quickly. And I’d definitely pick success as a writer over success as a musician. I don’t really want success as a musician. I mean, I’d like to be able to play at a high level but I don’t want to be a rock star or anything.

Why are your books apocalypse focused? Why does this interest you?

I think that, throughout time, people have always felt the world is ending. Things always seem pretty bleak. And our world really does end when we die so, in a way, for all of us, the apocalypse really is always near.

How did joining ChiZine come about?

I’d written NINJA VERSUS PIRATE FEATURING ZOMBIES and ZOMBIE VERSUS FAIRY FEATURING ALBINOS and I had no idea what to do with them. I sent them to the few people I knew. One of them recommended ChiZine. Am I ever glad she did!

What was your first experience getting published like?

My first “real” experience getting published was with a literary magazine and I’d been trying so hard and for so long that I was a little callous by then. I couldn’t really feel happy because I’d been disappointed so many times. But I had a credit to put in my cover letters and that’s all I really wanted.

What do you know now that you wish you had know then?

I still don’t know anything. 🙂

Can you tell me about yourself, who is James?

I’m a small town boy who lives in his head.

Bad habits? Spill –

I drink coffee. A lot.

What do you enjoy most about being an author?

Connecting with amazing bloggers, reviewers, readers, and writers! I’ve met some amazing people!