My first official novel: The Swansong Conspiracy, published by The Parliament House, is now available for pre-order.
Coming october 6th, 2020!
Just follow the link to secure your copy today!
I have a patreon page now! So if you ever thought about supporting me and my writing in other ways than simply being awesome, you absolutely can.
Click on the link if you want to pledge some change to keep me caffeinated.
In general I just wanted to give a big thanks for every bit of ongoing support from everyone. It is truly appreciated.
First there was just one, but now the critically acclaimed ‘Box Under the Bed’ series reaches it’s third iteration with ‘Nightmareland’!
Amongst a myriad of terrifying stories from a group of amazingly talented authors; Nightmareland contains two new stories by me. ‘Serpent Eve’ and ‘The Barghest O’ Litlington’ were inspired by the gothic horror masters of old and I’m immensely proud of both.
Follow the link to get your e-copy today. Paperback and audiobook coming soon!
I love the campy horror and mystery when writing The Eldritch Twins (and now book 2, The Nearly Departed). But, when I was approached to contribute a story or two to a new horror anthology, I knew I had to change things up. Having just finished the staggering 19th- and early 20th-century horror and ghost story anthology “The Moons at your Door” compiled by David Tibet, I was inspired to write some ghastly gothic horror that’ll get turn-of-the-century connoisseurs blood flowing with anticipation.
A brand new short story titled “Serpent Eve” and a three part sonnet sequence titled “The Barghest O’ Litlington” will be a part of the fantastic anthology Nightmareland compiled and edited by Dan Alatorre. The amount of talent featured in this anthology is staggering and I can’t wait to announce the release. Coming soon!
Also, if you haven’t already done so. Head over to Goodreads why don’t ya and put my upcoming novel “The Eldritch Twins”, published by the amazing The Parliament House, on your to-read shelf: https://www.goodreads.com/…/show/47959493-the-eldritch-twins
Tomorrow is going to be a great day for booklovers! My friend and co-author of Dark Visions and another upcoming anthology has her debut novel The Weaver releasing through Parliament House tomorrow on August 20th. For everyone that loves magic, mysticism and the quiet shores of New England, you need this book!
Laney soon meets William whom she also suspects is a character from her book—one she’s had a mad crush on since her pen hit the paper. But he’s in danger as her antagonist reveals a whole different ending planned for Laney’s book that involves killing William. Laney must use her writing to save the people closest to her by weaving the most difficult words she will ever write.
It’s been a while but I’m glad to finally make this announcement! My little book of horror, comedy and heartwarming goodness The Eldritch Twins has been picked up by Florida based publisher The Parliament House!
Lilly and Quincy’s tale of mystery, suspense and sibling bickering will be getting an editing, formatting and marketing facelift and will be released ready to conquer the world!
Even better! The Eldritch Twins is just the first part of a series! Book 2: The Nearly Departed and Book 3: The Apocalypse Rebellion will also be released through Parliament House when they’re done.
I cannot express how happy I am to be a part of this fantastic line-up of books. I’ve always loved a bit of magic and *zing* in any writing, and the talented people and authors at Parliament House deliver exceptionally!
So go and follow the link for the announcement on their blog and while you’re there I’d suggest checking out their amazing selection of books.
Kaye Lynne Booth has written a very cool review for my first book; The Fissures Between Worlds! I am very humbled!
Have you ever felt like things were just a little off? That’s just how the characters in Nick Vossen’s The Fissures Between Worlds: Tales Beyond Time and Space feel on a regular basis. Fissures Between Worlds takes the reader to worlds beyond the veil of time and space where the unlikely, the improbable, even the impossible can and does occur. When the veil is breached, people get stuck in endless time loops, and creatures which can’t possibly exist wreak havoc within our own realities. Nick Vossen’s unique styles of storytelling take readers on a journey which will make you ponder the possibilities. A short fiction collection which is anything but typical. I give Fissures Between Worlds five quills.
Kaye Lynne Booth does honest book reviews on Writing to be Read in exchange for ARCs. Have a book you’d like reviewed? Contact Kaye at kayebooth(at)yahoo(dot)com.
Happy Halloween everyone! If you’re living in the US or simply have a messed up sleeping pattern, I’d urge you to tune into Sonoran Dawn’s All Hallow’s Eve radio event. My story featured in Dark Visions, ‘Clicking and Clacking – An Eldritch Twins Mystery’ will be narrated on air!
Check it out here
As a bonus, because it’s Halloween and I’m getting more ready by the day to release ‘The Eldritch Twins’, my first anthology collection ‘The Fissures Between Worlds’ is available for FREE on Amazon Kindle for the next couple of days. Don’t have a Kindle device? Don’t worry, you can download the Kindle app on any mobile device and get it entirely for free that way.
Want to help me out? Get ‘Fissures’ for free and read it, if you loved, hated or simply just liked it please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads, it helps me out a ton!
Here’s the link for Amazon US, but you can set it to your own region accordingly.
Have a good one!
I am so honoured to be in this spooky anthology. With contributions from authors who nail the spook genre, this anthology will have you jumping at every shadow. Breath a sigh of relief they are only shadows; or are they?
The following is an excerpt from my tale “Devil’s Hollow.” A cautionary tale, warning those who let curiosity lead them into dark places.
Benji had gone quiet with fright, but I held his hand and walked back the way we’d come but stopped. It was black as tar without a flashflight.
There was a sudden loud noise that made me jump and Benji wet himself.
“You stupid idiot,” Doug shouted at his brother.
Lord, when they gave out brains Bart must’ve been absent that day.
He’d touched one skeleton and the damn head rolled onto the floor making an almighty racket.
It echoed around us and slid down those…
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It’s the end of October and Halloween is creeping nearer and nearer. With the successful release of the anthology Dark Visions we’ve started a blog-tour to get us all hyped up for this spookiest of holidays. That, and of course to share our own personal insights in all of the hard work we’ve put in to make this great book happen. So welcome one and all to my personal part of the Dark Visions blog tour! I will be taking a trip into my own past and meddle a bit with the question on how and why we like to write and read horror stories.
Now, let’s take a trip way back to 2011. It was my first year in university, majoring media- and culture studies. Grade-wise I was pretty much average, but I always knew that the one thing I loved was a good story. Whether it was TV, a movie, a computer-game or a terrific book, it didn’t matter. I could get utterly engrossed in these worlds that many a talented writer created. I read some of the best books in my life during my studies, which is partially what sparked a renewed interest in tabletop role-playing games.
You know the ones. Dungeons & Dragons is the most popular and well-known, but it just wasn’t that interesting thing to me. I loved high fantasy settings, I mean who could argue that The Lord of the Rings was not anything less than a masterpiece right? But for role-playing games, games in which I would become a storyteller, I was looking for something different. Why am I telling you this, you wonder? Just bear with me, it’ll come together I promise!
I was never really that much of a horror fan growing up. In fact I tended to avoid many horror films because as a kid I was really queasy when it came to blood and guts. Everything changed when I started to read stories by H.P. Lovecraft and playing such psychological horror videogames as Silent Hill. These examples proved to me that horror did not always have to rely on blood and murder, but rather it varied, a lot! I’ve always loved mystery and intrigue when it comes to stories and media, and I soon found out that horror could also fit those criteria.
So when I walked into that little game-store one day, looking for a role-playing game that wasn’t D&D, I could’ve sworn the stars were all right where they needed to be.
Sitting in the corner of one of the back shelves there, a little dusty and discounted to about €20 sat a book called The World of Darkness, also known as the New World of Darkness or currently Chronicles of Darkness. I personally lovingly call it the ‘Blue book.’ It was this role-playing game that, upon reading, inspired me to finally become a storyteller not merely as a host for the tabletop games we’d play, but also as a writer. I started with humble beginnings, writing crappy knock off Lovecraft tales to silly first person mystery write-ups. Then I eventually came to terms with my own style and procured my first publication in Cyclopean Magazine #1 for which I wrote a story called The Cats in the Puzzle-Box.
So why all the buildup you may ask? See, the thing with the World of Darkness role-playing game is that the book does not specifically act as an established setting in which games can be played (at least the core book I’m describing doesn’t. There are hundreds of supplements going into far greater detail on actual settings to be used with the system). Rather, the blue book entails a sort of framework for all kinds of horror, mystery, thriller or even science fiction tales one can imagine. The book describes the mood of the games played in the World of Darkness as Our own modern world seen through a fractured mirror. This bit inspired me to no end. The way the book is written implies that any and all horror stories could technically be set in this world of darkness. This world, you see, is merely the mirror image of our own. But it’s a world where the shadows are darker, the streets are more violent, the nights longer and colder. It is a world where ghosts and other supernatural horrors hide in plain sight, or don’t, it’s all up to the storyteller.
Consider then the question, why do we as a species love and cherish horror tales so much? Is it because we like to be scared? Or is it some primordial coping mechanism in which we tell stories that frighten us so we can remind ourselves that they are but mere stories. They are not the real world, they are the darker, more sinister mirror image of our own world. Like on Halloween, where we dress up in ghoulish outfits and celebrate with candy, our ancestors first dressed up to please the so-called spirits that appeared during Samhain, when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead was at its thinnest.
Every horror writer, and horror fan, will have their own version as to why they write or enjoy horror. I simply decided to reflect on mine. What are my conclusions? Heck, I don’t really know exactly. I certainly don’t particularly write as a sort of coping mechanism, I just really love a good mystery tale. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be scared if you dropped me in a truly haunted mansion, but it wouldn’t interfere with my love for ghost stories either!
Now you only have to glance a little bit into our lovely anthology collection Dark Visions and its predecessor The Box Under the Bed to realize that horror and horror writers work and think under a myriad of different and widespread circumstances and influences, and, be honest, what’s better than that? Whether it’s the mysterious voodoo mood of New Orleans, gambling near the lonely highways of Texas or something entirely innocent like ice cream or a summer camp, these stories will never make you feel the same way about some mundane things again, and that’s freaking awesome.
Personally, I wanted to give readers a taste of the little world I have created called The Eldritch Twins. I’m close to releasing the full book and I couldn’t think of a better way to introduce Lilly and Quincy to the world than in an anthology together with some of the most talented writers I’ve ever read and had the pleasure of working with. Yes, my story is a bit on the ‘lighter’ side. There’s humor and wits, but these are things I noticed early one when writing the full novel that The Eldritch Twins needed. The story and characters need those moments of relief and giggles, it’s what makes it camp like the funnier X-Files episodes, or Buffy, The Vampire Slayer. It’s what made me truly cherish these characters.
Well, that concludes my little foray into my own past and thinking about the essence of writing horror. It also concludes my post for the Dark Visions blog tour! I hope you all had fun reading my little ramblings and I sincerely hope you all go and check out Dark Visions, if you haven’t already!
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