‘Detritus in Love’ Review

Author John Boden joined forces with Mercedes Yardley on this collaborative novella, and you should check it out. Here’s the review I just posted to Amazon:

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Detritus in Love is a dark fantasy about doomed love and inescapable fate. Authors John Boden and Mercedes Yardley establish their surrealistic world from the very first page, courtesy of a ghoulish visit from a dead man with a warning: The Opposite is coming for young Detritus, and will bring with it death and heartache wherever Detritus seeks love and hope. With his spectral best friend Schultz and his girlfriend Blank, who has Xs for eyes, Det embarks on a journey of magical realism that’s heavy on the magic, and the authors give life to this dreamlike experience with vivid imagery and metaphorical flourishes that are just as evocative as they are descriptive. It’s a haunting tale of love, death and one boy’s search for beauty in an ugly world, a story that will linger with you well after the last page. — Weber

Buy it at Amazon HERE!

Romero Left His Mark on Me

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I’ve never met George Romero, but the man’s work left an indelible mark on the 41-year-old man I’ve become. I can say that about very few people, and that sort of influence–that sort of inspiration–is what most artists strive to achieve. So, to George Romero I say, congratulations on a job well done. May you find peace in the Hereafter.

Night of the Living Dead remains possibly my favorite horror film of all time. From the gooseflesh I get every time I hear Johnny tease his sister, “They’re coming to get you, Barbara” to the final montage of violence after the shocking, ironic climax, the movie is a model of quality horror entertainment.

But as a kid of the ’80s, I actually draw my strongest influence from the Romero-Stephen King mashup anthology, Creepshow. If you’ve never seen it, punch yourself in the nose as punishment and then go buy it and watch it hundreds of times. If I’m to be honest, virtually every line of every horror story I’ve ever written is my attempt to recreate in my readers the same giddy excitement this wonderful movie gives me every time I view it. It’s a perfect blend of shocks, suspense, creative gore and devilish humor that I endeavor to produce … and surely fall short of achieving … but dang it, I keeping getting closer.

Rest in Peace, Mr. Romero. You will be missed.

–  Matthew Weber

 

 

It Has Returned…

Sorry about my recent absence from the blogosphere. We’ve been busy having a baby and stuff. Seriously, my wife and I have a new baby daughter named Maribeth, and she is absolutely beautiful.

I’ve also been swamped at my day-job at Extreme How-To, as well as hard at work editing and formatting new Pint Bottle Press releases! (Cue cheers and applause.)

I’m still kind of buried but thought I’d drop in to leave a teaser of things to come. Over the next few weeks, Pint Bottle Press will get very busy, very fast, so keep your eyes and ears open for future exciting developments!

Coming very soon:

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Free Books this Week!

Dig in!

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THORAZINE DREAMS story collection by Vic Kerry

https://www.amazon.com/Thorazine-Dreams-Vic-Kerry-ebook/dp/B01M3UQM8Q/

 

DOUBLE BARREL HORROR story anthology by K. Trap Jones, J.C. Michael, The Sisters of Slaughter, Amanda Hard, Vic Kerry and Matthew Weber

https://www.amazon.com/Double-Barrel-Horror-Amanda-Hard-ebook/dp/B01G493P6G/

 

A DARK & WINDING ROAD story collection by Matthew Weber:

https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Winding-Road-Matthew-Weber-ebook/dp/B00O6B1Q20/

Five Minutes with the Sisters of Slaughter

Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason are the twin writing team known as “The Sisters of Slaughter” who are soaring in popularity after their well-received book Mayan Blue was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award “for Superior Achievement in a First Novel.” That’s the kind of publicity that some writers would kill for (an Kill, and KILL AGAIN!).

I first crossed paths with the sisters a few years ago when our stories ended up in a couple of anthologies together (Rejected for Content 3 & Fresh Meat). They had a ripping writing style that struck me as pulpy and brutal–a nice fit for the Double Barrel Horror project I was dreaming up. I was lucky enough to convince them to contribute a couple of stories to my anthology. And judging from the past year, it seems their star is rising quickly in the horror genre, because I now come across their names all over social media.

I bugged Michelle and Melissa for an interview and, gracious as always, they played ball. Here’s what’s new with the Sisters of Slaughter:

PBP: Please give us a brief author bio.

We are a twin sister writing team from Arizona. We’ve been published by Sinister Grin, Pint Bottle Press and Dark Fuse. Our novel, Mayan Blue, was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award.

Who are some of the authors, artists, musicians or filmmakers that had the most influence on your approach to writing fiction?

Brian Keene, Ronald Kelly, Clive Barker, Stephen King, Tobe Hooper, The Misfits, Christopher Lee, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. There’s an endless list. Real life accounts of supernatural occurrences, serial killers and unsolved mysteries, also mythology!

What project(s) are your working on currently?

We just finished a short story for a promo zine but can’t name the publisher yet. We’re also tackling two novels and one novella right now. We like to keep busy haha!

Have you two ever used your appearance as identical twins for diabolical purposes?

We used to switch classes in school all the time.

Any advice for new writers?

Keep writing and reading. Also don’t give up just because you get rejected, that comes with the territory.

Do you have a blog or website where people can keep track of your work?

We’re getting a blog together but for now our Facebook and Twitter pages are where we post updates on upcoming projects.

If you could pick any three currently active bands/musicians, who would you like to play a release party for your next book?

It would be cool to have the Danzig-era misfits play for us, also Blind Guardian or Opeth.

Look for the sisters’ forthcoming novel Those Who Follow, coming this summer from Bloodshot Books.

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