Thursday, October 27, 2016

Douglas Adams - "Space is big."

The Late, Great, Douglas Adams

I love Douglas Adams.

Very rarely do I read a book for the tenth, fifteenth, even twentieth time and still smile each and every time.

It's been a few years, however, since I've read any of the man's books.

I've recently rectified that by starting in on the Hitchhiker's audio books.

As I listen I smile and laugh and now I've decided to just randomly post some of my favorite passages/quotes from the books.

Consider yourself forewarned.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

You Should Be Reading Bearmageddon

Do you like stories of the zombie apocalypse?

You're introduced to your main cast of characters when suddenly the world goes belly up as the undead start biting and killing and ending civilization as we know it.

We then follow our group of characters as the practice the art of survival. Scrounging food from abandoned stores, fighting back against the zombie horde, finding places of safety to hold up and just try to get by.

Well, replace zombies with bears, and you have Bearmageddon.

There really isn't much more that I need to say, right?

Per the site, Bearmageddon is - "an online graphic novel about a few twenty-something slackers getting caught up in an all-out war on mankind by grizzly bears with only a mountain man to help them. Written and illustrated by Ethan Nicolle (Axe Cop) and colored by Kailey Frizzell."

The site goes on to say that Bearmageddon will be three volumes. Volume 1 is already complete, and if you go to the site and sign up for the mailing list, you get a PDF of Volume 1 for free.

I've read Volume 1 and I loved it. I've just started in on Volume 2, and so far the following panel is my favorite of the series:

If you find that panel intriguing, or you like the idea of survival horror done with bears, do yourself a favor and take a moment to check it out.

You can find the site at

Great story, genius concept, beautiful art . . . and free. What do you have to lose?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Must Read - Plague of the Dead by Z.A. Recht


They are a pop-culture phenomenon. Not as much as say, three years ago. But they are still going strong today.

I like zombies just as much as the next guy. I've never seen any of the classic movies, I've never gone on a zombie walk, I've never created a list of necessary items I would need to have in case of the Zombie Apocalypse (not recently anyway), but I still like zombies.

Actually, it isn't really the zombies, per say, that I enjoy the heck out of. It's the state of the world a good zombie apocalypse causes and the tales of survival that come out of it.

As I said, I've never seen any of the classics: Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, etc. And I'm sure I'll burn in Geek Hell for that. No, I fell in love with the whole zombie genre thanks to Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Edgar Wright, and a little movie called Shaun of the Dead.

From there I've seen the Dawn of the Dead remake, 28 Days Later, Zombieland, World War Z, and I have Pride and Prejudice and Zombies resting softly in its cozy Netflix envelope on top of my entertainment center just waiting for me to give it a real good watch.

At one point after Shaun of the Dead I found the Walking Dead comic book by Robert Kirkman, which is still, I believe most deep in my heart, the single greatest comic book being published today. After the comic there was the television show. Which is great, not as great as the comic, but still really good stuff. In fact, as I write this, the wife and I are trying to find a few free days coming up soon so that we can finally sit down and binge-watch Season 6 which popped up on Netflix this past September 15th. From there I started watching Z Nation, which is nothing but good zombie fun.

But a few years back, in 2010, I stumbled across a zombie novel. I read a lot of novels, but never did I mix my love of zombies with my love of prose. See, I was online, browsing through the new books my local library had acquired at the time, when up popped this book. The simple cover stood out to me and the title made me pause and read the description.

It was Plague of the Dead by Z.A. Recht.

At the time I'd read this book, the whole of my zombie knowledge came from the above sources, minus Z Nation and World War Z (The movie. Yes, I know there's a book. I tried it and I didn't care for it all that much).

Based only on those sources, I'd known that there were three kinds of zombies for writers to play with:

The slow and shambling zombie. The fast running zombie. And the not really dead just mindless with rage and can run faster than you zombie

In Plague of the Dead, Z.A. Recht takes the first and third type and puts both in his novel. Which I found great fun.

This is how it works. A virus that they call the Morningstar Strain starts it all. Once you are infected, you tun into what we call a Rage Zombie.

You are alive, but you are nothing more than a mindless bag of meat that wants to bite and kill. You can die just like any other living, breathing, human being. But once you do, providing your brain is still intact, the virus reanimates your corpse and you become one of the slow-moving living dead.

My experience with zombie tales are that they are, to a degree, somewhat small and personal as they follow a small group of people as they try to find a way to survive in a world full of zombies. Plague of the Dead is a bit more global.

Here's the Amazon description:

The “zombie apocalypse,” once on the fringes of horror, has become one of the most buzzworthy genres in popular culture. Now, in Plague of the Dead, Z.A. Recht delivers an intelligent, gripping thriller that will leave both new and die-hard zombie fans breathless.

The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. The infected are subject to delirium, fever, a dramatic increase in violent behavior, and a one-hundred percent mortality rate. But it doesn’t end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth. When a massive military operation fails to contain the living dead it escalates into a global pandemic. In one fell swoop, the necessities of life become much more basic. Gone are petty everyday concerns. Gone are the amenities of civilized life. Yet a single law of nature remains: Live, or die. Kill, or be killed. On one side of the world, a battle-hardened general surveys the remnants of his command: a young medic, a veteran photographer, a brash Private, and dozens of refugees, all are his responsibility—­all thousands of miles from home. Back in the United States, an Army colonel discovers the darker side of Morningstar virus and begins to collaborate with a well-known journalist to leak the information to the public...and the Morningstar Saga has begun.

When you finish Plague of the Dead, you are left wanting more.

Thankfully, there is more.

Three more books to be exact:

Thunder and Ashes
Survivors (with Thom Brannan)
Healers (By Brad Munson - Released today!)

Sadly, Z.A. Recht died before Survivors could be finished so Survivors and Healers were written by other authors. But though I haven't read Healers yet, Survivors was still a dang good read and fits right in with the previous two books.

So if you like zombies, survival, the apocalypse, and just good books, then I highly recommend Plague of the Dead by Z.A. Recht.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Rural Fantasy Anyone?

The Church of Minos is finished.

Though it won't be published through the various online retailers until 9/21, you can now purchase it from me, today, for just 99 cents.

You can still get it from Amazon, or Barnes & Noble, or iTunes, or Smashwords, or Kobo for just 99 cents as well. But only if you preorder.

Once 9/21 hits, the full price of $2.99 goes into effect.

So, preorder, or purchase today, and you get it for just 99 cents.

Don't want to wait till 9/21, purchase from me now - JUST CLICK THIS LINK

If you purchase from me, not only can you get it now, you'll also get the MOBI version for Kindle, the Epub for most other tablets, and the PDF for everything else.

Otherwise, preorder at the links below:

Still not convinced? Read the first chapter - JUST CLICK THIS LINK

Enjoy the book!