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You Still Have Time…Barely!

What happens October 31st?

Yeah, besides the wee beasties who toilet paper your yard, leave candy wrappers everywhere and egg people’s houses…something IMPORTANT?!

Middletown Apocalypse will be released!

Wait…you hadn’t heard? WHAT ROCK HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING UNDER?!?!

Let me tell ya, as one who took part in this little endeavor…it was fun. When I was approached with this project, I wasn’t sure what was going on, but with the other names involved? I knew it would be GOOD. I was in if they’d have me.

Our instructions: Write a zompoc story beginning at Middletown University in Middletown, Indiana and ending at another location. What ever happened between those two points were up to us. We could kill off the whole world or leave survivors in the event we wanted to revisit this small town again.

So, what happens when you give eleven of the best modern-day apocalyptic writers the same idea for a story and allow their twisted imaginations to go wild?
Middletown Apocalypse… that’s what.
Set in America’s heartland, these stories begin with chemistry student Charlie Noble and wind their way through the infected landscape of middletown America.
Abell, Chesser, Evans, McKinney, O’Brien, Rosamilia, Shelman, Stallcup, Tufo, Wallen, Wilburn.
Are you ready this?

Pre-Order your copy NOW!

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How did this come to happen? Let the man behind the project tell you in his own words:

So what are you waiting for?!

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Spread the Word!

Yeah, I’ve already told you about this incredible box set:

http://www.amazon.com/Epic-Apocalypse-Apocalyptic-Horror-Bundle-ebook/dp/B00G2VRXC4/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1430778499&sr=8-9&keywords=heath+stallcup

But have you told your friends? Have you told your coworkers? Have you told your family members?
Where else can somebody take advantage of so many different authors for SO CHEAP? Yes, only 99 cents buys you full length novels from Mark Tufo, Shawn Chesser, John O’Brien, James Cook, Armand Rosamilia and even me! Joe McKinney slid a teaser sampler into the folds as well.

We’re not talking one of those box sets with fifteen stories from people you’ve never heard of, we’re talking big names here…and for less than a buck? How can you go wrong?

So, help a fella out here. Spread the word. Trust me, people will thank you.

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Do Zombies Eat Turkey?

Maybe viral zombies do.  How about we find out?

My debut into the world of zombies, Caldera, is due out right around Thanksgiving.  For those of you who are ‘friends’ of mine on Facebook, that may not be news. For those of you who don’t necessarily follow me on social media, now you know.

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Why go with viral rage zombies rather than the slow moving, classical Romero zombies?  A number of reasons really. The biggest being, they seem to be the most likely to happen in real life. With all of the biological weapons being produced, the new designer ‘drugs’ hitting the streets or even Mother Nature herself culling the herd, what would prevent scores of people, maddened with fever to the point of absolute rage, from hitting the streets to enact random acts of violence? It would soon become pandemic.

One look at how easily ebola crossed the Atlantic and entered our borders and you can see that it wouldn’t take much for something that was fast acting to quickly get out of control. How easily could you pull the trigger on someone who wasn’t technically ‘dead’? If they were infected with a virus and there was any hope of a cure? Besides, slow moving zombies gives fat, out of shape people like myself HOPE that we might be able to survive by our wits. Fast moving viral zombies?  Oh heck no…I’d be the guy clutching his chest as I fell to my knees…a veritable human smorgasbord for the starving, angry masses while others escaped.

Besides, my girls absolutely LOVE zombie books, but other than John O’Brien’s NightRunners…they haven’t really experienced any other ‘viral’ zombies.  So, let’s take away the one big weakness from his nightmare inducing monsters and give the crowd another reason to remember Rule #1…Cardio!

So allow me to invite you to spend your Thanksgiving weekend curled up with a good book.  And if you can’t find a good book, read mine instead. If nothing else, it may give you ideas on what else you should toss into your bugout bag should the Z hit the fan. 😉

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Special on iBooks! Epic Apocalypse Box Set!

Out of the numerous box sets offered up to iBooks for inclusion in their special promotion, only 100 were selected.  Of that 100, our Epic Apocalypse Box Set was one of the chosen few! Many thanks to iBooks for this opportunity as this will not only give tons of readers a chance at a truly fantastic box set for only 99 cents, but it will also give us exposure to a global audience that we previously wouldn’t have had.

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From September 18th to October 14th the epic Apocalypse Box Set will be offered across the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and those fine folks will be exposed to the fantastic writings of Mark Tufo, James Cook, Shawn Chesser, John O’Brien, Armand Rosamilia and myself. It’s still sinking in just how fortunate we are to be included in this promotion and I simply can’t thank the folks at iBooks enough for this.

For those of you with an Apple product who want to take advantage of this, here’s the link:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/epic-apocalypse-apocalyptic/id911643350?mt=11

If you have the new operating system iOS8, then you have the iBook app already installed.  Why not take advantage of it and get an awesome set of horror fiction in time to set the tone for the season?

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Bringing You: John O’Brien!

Unless you live under a rock, you should be familiar with John O’Brien.  I’m proud to be able to call this guy a friend. He’s always willing to give advice or help out, or just offer encouragement whenever I get discouraged.  Isn’t that what a friend does?

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So, if you live under a rock, it’s time to crawl out and get with the times.  If you don’t live under a rock, you need to know what all the cool kids are talking about.  And buddy, they’re talking about John’s zombie series!

So, who is this guy?  Let me tell ya.  John is a former Air Force fighter instructor pilot who transitioned to Special Operations in the latter part of his career gathering his campaign ribbon for Desert Storm. Immediately following his military service, he became a firefighter/EMT with a local department. Along with becoming a firefighter, he fell into the Information Technology industry in corporate management. Currently, John is writing full-time on the series, A New World.

As a former marathon runner, he lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and can now be found kayaking out in the waters of Puget Sound, mountain biking in the Capital Forest, hiking in the Olympic Peninsula, or pedaling his road bike along the many scenic roads. In other words, far more active then I’ll ever be!

So let’s kick this thing off.  I want to welcome John O’Brien to my humble blog.  And he’s got something new to spread the word on.

Me: John, welcome to the blog.  Please disregard the mess.  We have some new construction going on.  Anyway, let’s get down to business.  Tell us what the title of your latest release is?

John: Thanks for having me.  I don’t mind the mess so much, but I think I stepped in something.  Do you have a cat?  Oh, the title is A New World: Untold Stories.

http://www.amazon.com/New-World-Untold-Stories-ebook/dp/B00KAHATUY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1405642299&sr=1-1&keywords=john+obrien

Me: Um, no.  No cats.  I don’t know what that is…anyway.  Can you give us a spoiler-free quick description of it? The book I mean.  I have no idea what that is on your shoe.

John: The sun touches the horizon…
A hush before the storm…

The sun set as it had every other day. Then night fell and the world ended. For many, it was a long, slow, lingering death. For others, it came quickly, full of terror and agony. Few survived. The ones that did watched the setting sun with a rising panic. Out of the ashes of humankind’s demise rose the night runners. They were death loping down darkened streets, their shrieks echoing off empty buildings.

Untold Stories is a series of short stories depicting the experiences of some who faced the fall of civilization as we know it.

A scream in the night…
And terror poured forth…

Me: That sounds AWESOME!  I can’t wait to read it. So tell me, can this one be read as a ‘stand-alone’ novel of short stories or does one need to be caught up in your A New World series in order to know what is going on?

John: It can but it would be better if the first two of the series were read first.

Me: So, what (if anything) makes this one unique?

John: This is a set of short stories based on the world created with the series, A New World. It shows the short glimpses into the lives of some who went through the first days of humankind’s downfall. The last section are fan fiction stories.

Untold Stories

Me: Dude!  Are you serious??  You let fans contribute to this?  How unique?  How in the world did you come up with something like that?  I mean…I don’t think I’ve ever heard of somebody doing that before.

John: I don’t know. I just thought it would be cool if the fans were given a chance to write some fan fiction if they felt so inclined. I received a lot of messages saying this or that would be cool, so I thought it would be a neat thing if they wanted to include those.

Me: Okay, but I have to ask…didn’t you get a bit apprehensive?  I mean…was there anything negative that you went through in that aspect?  Like, maybe some fan fiction that was just so poor that it didn’t make muster?  Or maybe somebody got upset because their piece of fiction wasn’t used?

John: Honestly, I was worried about something like that when I thought about it and almost decided not to on account of it. But, everything worked out well.  And since I didn’t receive anything negative and all of the stories were great, I’ll more than likely be putting out a second edition. But don’t tell anybody. That’s just between us, okay?

Me: Oh, sure.  My lips are sealed.  I won’t tell a soul.  Pfft.  I’m telling anybody who will listen! You’re on the hook now pal!
Okay, back to the regular question.  For those two or three people who haven’t read your books, tell us about your nightrunner zombies? Slow and rotting or fast and viral? And more importantly, if the dead were to rise, do you think you’d stand a chance against yours vs others?

John: Definitely fast and agile. They aren’t technically zombies but more of mutated human’s that have formed a new species. And their intelligence grows as time goes on.

Me: True.  Intelligent zombies scare me.  I was going to make a joke about them voting, but…how about your chances of survival?

John: I know that I wouldn’t want to face any kind of zombies and certainly wouldn’t want to run up against night runners. I’ll just stay in my cozy abode out in the country and venture forth only if necessary…and I would definitely avoid being out at night.

Me: I hear ya.  I’d rather stay in the country, too. So, what was your first experience with zombie media (movie, book, comic, etc)? Was that experience what drew you into writing the genre?

John: I would say the first zombie books I read were World War Z and Bourne’s series. I don’t read much in the genre in order that I don’t inadvertently take someone else’s ideas.

Me: Oh man.  I hadn’t thought of that.  And you know, now that you say that, I can honestly say that there are a lot of times I’ll read something in somebody’s book and think, “Oh, crap!  That’s a heckuva idea!” or worse, “Dammit!  I was going to do that!” then I check their publication date to see if they might have stolen the idea from my draft…they never do.  They’re just smarter and faster than I am.  Okay, so  Pop Quiz: The dead rise now and you can choose ONE weapon as your only weapon during the Zombie Apocalypse. What is it and what do you think are your chances at survival are?

John: 6.8mm carbine although .223 rounds are more prolific and would be much easier to locate. I would place my chances of survival around the mid-range. Shit happens. The early days would be the most difficult with a lot of variables.

Me: Good choices.  I’d have a hard time choosing a SINGLE weapon. But I like your choices.  Okay, last question and I’ll let you go.  If you had to give a list of authors who most heavily influenced your work, who would be your top picks?

John: Easy. Robert Jordan, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Stephen King.

Me: Yeah.  I notice my name wasn’t listed there, but…oh yeah.  You’ve been writing a lot longer than I have.  So…I guess that’s a given.  Hey…where are you going?  I was only kidding…oh.  Yeah, you can wipe that off your shoe there.  That’s fine.  Thanks for dropping by John!

For those of you who are just chomping at the bit, here’s the myriad of ways you can reach him:
Author page: http://www.amazon.com/John-OBrien/e/B005IDEPP0/
Web site:  http://anewworldseries.com/
Twitter:  http://twitter.com/A_NewWorld
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/AuthorJohnOBrien
Merchandise store:
http://zazzle.com/anewworldsupplies
http://www.cafepress.com/anewworldseries

 

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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While It’s Hot

Do you like buffets?  You know what I’m talking about. Dozens of different flavors all spread out so that you can sample the things you know you like or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can experiment a little and jump into something new, just to test the waters? Yeah.  Buffets are good.

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My kids love the Chinese buffet.  They know they want Chinese food, but they aren’t sure exactly WHAT they want.  The buffet is the perfect answer.  They can’t pronounce it, but they know they like ‘chicken on a stick’. Or they want that ‘white stuff crammed into the cracker flower’. They sometimes like a steaming bowl of ‘egg yuck soup’. Anything with shrimp is usually good as long as it’s not the ‘snot covered shrimp with onions’. Yeah.  There goes my appetite.

Well, back to my point.

For a limited time you can have a mind buffet…of sorts.  No, not brains for you zombie wanna-be’s.  But, for those who have yet to partake in the Epic Apocalypse box set, it is currently on sale for (get this)…less than a dollar.  Can you believe that?  99 cents buys you full length novels from the likes of John O’Brien, James Cook, Shawn Chesser and Armand Rosamilia.  They even let Mark Tufo toss in with these guys.  As a bonus, there’s a lip smacking teaser from Joe McKinney in it as well.  The only down side is, they let me put my stuff in it…sort of like that green gooey stuff over by the Sushi bar.  Yes, the pistachio ice cream has turned!

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This set has a little bit of everything, and for the price, you can’t lose.

So do yourself a favor.  Check it out.  You’ll be glad you did.

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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World Horror Convention

Most of you are aware by now that the World Horror Convention is going on in Portland, OR.  Anybody and everybody that has anything to do with horror is converging on the city of Portland to rub elbows and hang out, have fun and network, visit with old friends and meet new ones.

While I won’t be there to enjoy the festivities, a lot of my friends and fellow authors will be.  If you are close, stop by and visit them.  If you are traveling there for the convention, spend some time at the different booths, but make sure you stop by May December Publishing and say hi to Todd and Denise Brown.  Then swing by and give the fellas from the Epic Apocalypse set a visit too.  Mark Tufo, Shawn Chesser, John O’Brien, Joe McKinney and Armand Rosamilia are manning a booth and if you are lucky, you might catch all of them at the same time.

Trust me when I say that it’s killing me inside to know that everybody is there and I’m not, but know that I’ll be there in spirit, wishing all of them the best of luck.  Plans are already in place for next year in Atlanta, but alas, that’s a whole year away.  Until then, if you want a set of autographed books, a Monster Squad coffee mug or bumper sticker you can find it at May December’s booth along with some other swag that I sent along to help spread the word.

So, have fun, see all of the cool things that Portland has to offer and enjoy yourself!

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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