A book I edited - FORBIDDEN TEXTS - will be just $.99 via Kindle Countdown from July 21 through midnight July 27. (July 22 to July 28 in the U.K. (and not dollars but pence, of course. ;-)
I was pleasantly surprised to find that a quote from my Lovecraftian zombie tale "Under an Invisible Shadow" has turned up as the epigraph for a chapter in Zombie Generation: Essays on the Living Dead in Modern Culture.
Go buy the book to see the quote! Go buy my story in my collection Worlds Come Undone!
And I suppose this is as good a place as any to announce that ... well, I've been threatening to turn this short story - which was previously published in first a Lovecraftian anthology and then a zombie anthology - into a full-blown novel.
And actually I'm going to do even more than that!
I'll keep you posted here!
Sword and Zombie: Vol. 1 will be just $.99 via a Kindle Countdown from July 15 through July 21. (99 p. in the U.K. from July 16 through July 22.)
These are zombie tales in medieval sword and sorcery settings.
The book features a new "Bigfoot" story from Eric S. Brown!
Also included are a novella by G. W. Thomas and stories by William Meikle and Rebecca L. Brown.
This chapbook is also available as part of the TERROR X 3 boxed set!
I'll have two Kindle Countdowns going here in the first full week of July.
The first - and shorter of the two - is WRITE ANYWAY! This book's jam-packed with essays, story prompts and journaling ideas to bust writer's block wide open! I've been teaching writing to community college students for more than twenty years, insisting to them that I don't believe in writer's block and giving them all sorts of tips and tricks to keep the pen flowing. Now I'm sharing these tactics with you!
This sale will run only run June 6 thru June 9!
The other sale is on DARK HIGHWAYS, a collection of five top-notch horror tales which take place on the highways and byways of the great American road. I edited the thing and, yes, I slipped a tale of my own in there, but you'll want to check out Mike Arnzen's literally "Damned Potholes" as well as John Burke's "Black Trailer" and Lorelei Shannon's haunted hearse that makes Christine look like Herbie the Love Bug! And, oh yeah, my oft-times writing accomplice C. Dennis Moore has a twisted time-looping tale in there too!
This sale will run June 7 through midnight, June 13.
The U2 concert I went to in Chicago last week was one of the best of my life - and I've been to my share of concerts.
As a closer, the band barely sang or played "One", letting the audience carry it. Singing along on that one acapella with 30,000+ other people or, say, the chorus to "Bad" or "Pride (in the Name of Love)" is simply unforgettable. Hard to imagine more positivity in one place, no matter what you think of Bono and his bully pulpit activism. (Personally, I'm all for the guy. You got a platform, go out there and use it and do some good in the world, dammit!)
This is on top of the incredible video and stage setup for this year's Innocence + Experience Tour - I could go into it, but I'm sure you can read about it elsewhere, if you're interested.
I'll buy merch from the indie bands I see didn't buy a $40 U2 shirt, because I figure U2 doesn't exactly need more of my money or my promotion. Then again, concert shirts are a form of connection - I wore one of my Hold Steady shirts and at the end of the concert, after the house lights came on, I was suddenly the lifelong best friend of these drunk fortyish guys who proclaimed The Steady the best band in the world - "even better than U2!" - and were basically inviting me to move into their homes because of mutual admiration of Craig Finn & Co.
Anyway, the picture above is of my only souvenirs of the show, which consist of my ticket and three scraps of confetti dropped on the crowd. Turns out the confetti was chopped up pages of high-falutin' literature! I got Dante's Divine Comedy, Psalm 44, and Alice in Wonderland. Is that awesome or what?
David Bain - Writer.