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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Quick Movie Review - Birdman

I watched Birdman on the return flight from WHC Sunday.  I dug it.  Dug it a lot.  Outstanding all around.  Pretty damn funny.  The "single shot" angle seemed a bit pretentious but, other than that, highly recommend the flick.

Oh, and Michael Keaton totally should have won the Oscar.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Quick Movie Review - Draft Day

In honor of Draft week, I decided to watch Draft Day.  Overall, a pretty good little flick that is, in no means, pure NFL propaganda (I kid, it actually is).  But that's okay because it doesn't apologize for it.  Hell, if feels like it was produced by NFL Films, including, well, NFL Films highlights of previous Super Bowls.

Any shit, it's watchable. Pretty funny at times.  And once the draft gets going, the back-and-forths feel realistic.  It confirmed my weird desire to sit in a draft room and yell at someone over a telcon speaker that they take the deal or pack sand.

There's some also surprisingly poignant yet odd moments, like the mom of the GM insisting that the ashes of his legendary father/head coach get spread on the practice field named after him an hour or so before the Draft.  Insane, yet, you kind of buy it because, well, moms...

Best line of the flick: (in reference to a deal) Come on, Tom. Say it with me, you pancake-eating motherfucker.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

My World Horror Convention Schedule

So, here's the basic schedule:

1.  I show up the evening of the 6th.  I'll be around if you discuss Chaucer or talk shop or something.

2. I'm open all day on the 7th so I'll probably be sitting in panels, listening to wisdom being poured forth.  Or I'll be reflecting on the NFL draft somewhere and how the Bucs probably screwed it up.

3. On the 8th, I'm on a 9 am panel discussing how to Introduce Real Life Horror into your Writing, or something like that.  I'm sure I'll talk about DEMON and verisimilitude.  Or the real life horror that may be the Bucs draft picks.

4.  Also on the 8th I will be participating in the mass book signing at 6:30 pm.  So, bring copies of my books and I'll...sign them. I even personalize them based on my snap judgement of your personality, if you so desire.  I'll also have books for sale if you've never heard of me.  More than likely, I'll be staring at my phone while everyone lines up to Charlaine Harris's signature.

5.  The rest of the 8th I'll be bopping around panels and judging people.

6.  I'm free all day on the 9th. Oh, the possibilities!

7.  I leave on the 10th.  More than likely with a bag of unsold books.

So there ya go!

Books I'll be bringing to sell:

1. Paperback copies of DEMON and GUARDIAN, but only a couple.

2. PC Hardcover edition of BIGFOOT CRANK STOMP.


4. Couple of the now out-of-print paperback version of PROGENY.

5. Maybe something else.  Not sure yet.

Drive-By Updates

1.  I'll be at the World Horror Convention next week.  I'll do a separate post on more specifics in regards to my schedule, book signings, etc.

2.  The latest draft of the BIGFOOT CRANK STOMP screenplay is done.  I've read it.  If this sucker gets made YOU are going to absolutely love it.  In the meantime, if you haven't why not pick up a copy? Paperback or E-book.

3.  The first two books of what I'm calling THE FALLEN series are now out in e-book and paperback.  DEMON is book one and is awesome.  GUARDIAN is book two and is every bit as awesome.  WATCHER is book three and I'm in the process of finishing that up now.  These are not one off books.  They are very connected and should be read in order.  Hit the link in the banner above that says DEMON & GUARDIAN for all the ways you can grab a copy.

4.  And help me retire early by picking up a copy of PROGENY.

5.  Hey, the German language edition of BIGFOOT CRANK STOMP is out. Should totally get it to add to your collection.

6.  Oh, and if you haven't read WALKING SHADOWS and want to for free, hit the link in the banner to read it as a free serial.  I'm taking it all down come June so get cracking.

7.  Lastly, I seriously can't wait for MAD MAX: FURY ROAD to come out.  Just wanted to share that.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

How You Can Help Me Retire Early - The PROGENY Edition

You know, promotion is exhausting.  Yet it's something you got to keep doing as a writer, especially in this social media, short attention span world.  Don't do it, and you risk being forgotten in something like a nanosecond.

But I hate it.  I hate promoting my stuff so much.

So I figured, why not have some fun with it.  I mean the point of promoting is to get people to buy your books.  People buying your books means you make some scratch.  I'd much rather make money from my books than go to my day job.  Hey!  What if you could sell so many books you could retire?

See where I'm going with this?

Okay, here's the idea.  If I can sell a million copies of a book of mine, I'm done.  Retiring.   No more day job.  I'll quit and focus solely on writing.

This is where you come in.  You need to help me retire early by picking up a copy of one of my books.  Today, I'm putting special emphasis on my novel PROGENY.  Why?  It's awesome.  Plus, sales are in the tank so it could use a boost.  Finally, I self-published it, so all the royalties go to me and me alone.

Now this might sound greedy but really, it's just promotion.  Just done in a more brutally honest way.

If you loved TRUE DETECTIVE or ANGEL HEART, I'm pretty sure you'll at least like PROGENY. So, go pick up a copy of PROGENY today.  Tell your family.  Tell your friends.   Your neighbors.   Your stalker.  Tell them all to pick up a copy and help me quit my day job!

The links:




The synopsis:

For man-for-hire, Frank Baldwin, it seems like the perfect job. Enter Mexico, locate missing pop princess, Melony Van Kyle, and return her to her father to collect $100,000. Easy. 

With his intricate knowledge of Tijuana's seedy and dangerous underworld, Frank should have no problem locating his high-profile target. Still, he can't shake the feeling that something isn't right about his latest gig. When it becomes apparent that the missing girl may be connected to a death-worshiping Santa Muerta cult, Frank knows he should quit the job. 

His dreams haunted by visions of a burning Tijuana and a hideous death god, he pushes deeper into the mystery. There are forces at work in TJ ... supernatural forces that proffer only death and damnation. And these forces have big plans for Frank ...

Monday, April 6, 2015

GUARDIAN E-Book Price Cut

You can get the e-book for GUARDIAN across all devices for $0.99, now through April 20th.  If you were on the fence after reading DEMON, why not take a chance at a lower price?  If you picked up DEMON but haven't read it yet, here's a chance to get the sequel at a lower price and save it for later. Because you'll totally love DEMON and will totally want to buy GUARDIAN after reading it.  So why wait?  Hit the banner at the top that says DEMON & GUARDIAN to find links to your specific device.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Blood Moon Cometh...

That's a pretty catchy post title. Guaranteed click bait.

Now that I got you here, let me tell you what I've been up to (since no one seems to care enough to ask).  I've been working on WATCHER, the sequel to DEMON and GUARDIAN (both, by the way, available now in e-book and paperback. Click the link in the banner for all the ways you can purchase multiple copies).

Lets see, I did a blog tour promoting GUARDIAN through-out February. That left me exhausted.  Hence why there hasn't been much activity here.  Blogging for others pretty much made me want to blog for no one ever again, including myself.  But that's past and, hey, here I am!

I registered for World Horror Convention 2015. Reserved the hotel room.  Just got to get the plane tickets (come one tax refund!). 

I registered for San Diego Comic Con 2015.  So there's that.

I've been doing a lot of research on cults for a future work (and to avoid writing).

That's about it.  I promise I'll be more active here.  Hang with me.

Oh, and Happy Easter, Passover, and Blood Moon. I'm sure some of you pagans will be sacrificing chickens to it.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Drive-By Updates

1. The mass market paperback for GUARDIAN hit the street yesterday. Order a copy today!

2. The e-book for GUARDIAN is all over the place, including Kobo, Nook and Kindle. Here's a link for Kindle. Download a copy today!

3.  My short story ANGEL'S SHARE is now available through J.A. Konrath's Kindle Download a copy today!

4. That's about it for now.


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Quick Movie Review - John Wick

If I had to use two words to describe this flick, they'd be: head shots.  I'm pretty sure this movie holds the record for the amount of people taking one to the melon.

Oh, and there's a ton of other violence, too.  Awesome violence. Look up the definition of a badass movie and you'll find this one.

By far the best video game movie ever made...and it's not based on any damn game.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Quick Movie Review - Locke

I never thought a movie where it's just a guy driving a car and having conversations with people over his Blu Tooth would be so fascinating, intense, and thoroughly enjoyable.  Don't get me wrong, this is one fine piece of drama that deals with heavy themes.  I mean, you're basically watching a guy's life fall apart while he tried to both build a building and make it to the birth of his bastard child.  And he's doing the right thing on all fronts by taking full responsibility for everything he's done.

Movies like this don't exist and I'm very happy this one does.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Kindle Worlds, J.A. Konrath, and Yours Truly

So, late in 2013, J. A. Konrath came up with this plan to expand his readership by opening up his intellectual properties for others to use.  At the time, it was basically and open invitation to "co-author" stories with him. You'd write the story, novella, or novel.  He'd read it and if he dug it, he'd revise, expand it, etc.  He'd pay for the cover art.  And both would make money.

I figured, "Hey, this cat Konrath sell a lot of e-books.  He attracts a ton of attention from all sides of the writing world. And I could use some of that attention."  So, I wrote a short story featuring his female detective Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels and my off-the-record P.I. Frank Baldwin (for you that aren't aware, Frank is the main character in my supernatural noir novel PROGENY).  And he dug it.

Fast-forward to late last year.  Konrath lets us know he's shifting all these books Kindle Worlds.  We can stay on the boat or get off with no issues.  I decided to stay on the boat because, "Hey, I could still use some attention from being associated with Konrath.  Plus, the story's already written.  Might as well make some money off it now rather then having to change the name of his characters and go through the submission process all over again at different markets.  Besides, I've a butt load of other work to do."

Which brings us to now.  Konrath's Kindle Worlds Kingdom, as I like to call it, is now live.  Along with that are all those stories, including mine.  It's called "Angel's Share".  And I think it's pretty great.  Plus, it's a good prequel to PROGENY.  I think you should get both.

Here's the synopsis:

"Frank Baldwin finds people in Tijuana that don't want to be found. People the San Diego police can't grab across the border. People they don't want on reports. Enter Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels, on leave in San Diego. She's not there for the sunshine and beaches, though. She's got business to take care of. Personal business. A friend of hers nineteen year-old-daughter has gone missing. All indications say she was kidnapped while on vacation and shipped south of the border. Unable to dig much up on her location, she turns to Frank for help. And Frank, boxed into a corner on all sides, realizes he has no choice but to do what the lady says."

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Badass Movie Mogul - The Aliens Edition

So, they're going to make another Alien sequel.  It's going to be pretty much a direct sequel to the all-time great Aliens.  It'll pretty much pretend Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection never happened, or were Ripley cryo-dreams, or were a separate timeline... Point is, they're out.

And I'm fine with that.  A lot of people will poo-poo this, saying what's great about each of the Alien movies, even if they in and of themselves are not great, is that they're wholly unique.  Yeah, so? I mean the first was a horror movie.  The second, action-horror. The third, post-apocalyptic nihilistic horror. The fourth, just fucking weird horror...

You get where I'm going.  Something, something mixed with horror.

Pretty sure this movie will have horror in it. And action.  And some post-apocalyptic nihilism mixed with questions of "hope".


Because, I'm guessing, it'll involve Ripley and Hicks and probably Newt returning to earth (or Gateway Station, as I've demanded for two decades!) and dealing with an alien that crept on board the ship at the end of Aliens running a muck.  It'll essentially be a blend of the first two movies.  Lots of action but also lots of potential for horror in close quarter situations.

But here's where it can be unique.  Ripley and Hicks are returning to a world that has vastly changed since they left.  This will lead to the theme of strangers in a strange world.  They're as much aliens as the alien.  Yet they'll defend the earth from the danger because that's what you do, even if this world doesn't want you anymore.

And Hicks will finally get the send off he so fucking deserves!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Quick Movie Review - Nightcrawler

Up front: I loved this movie. I loved the tension.  I loved the dark humor.  I loved the surreal fatalism. I loved how much on point it was in terms of portraying L.A. and what serves as news there.

A little bit of personal history: I went to college in L.A. (USC).  My first few days there, I got a taste for the local news, whether it was the strange celebrity whoring on Good Day, L.A. or the murder cast that that was the evening news. In those few days, I got to see a few high speed police chases live, a suicide live on the side of the highway, and a drive-by basically off campus while I was between classes.  I'd never seen anything like it, coming from the east coast. Yet, none of it surprised me. Because I was in L.A.  This is the land of Hollywood, after all.  But it's also the land of O.J., Manson, and Colors.  Bottom-line: this flick is L.A.

This flick is also Taxi Driver.  Instead of a sociopath trying to convince himself he's a heroic modern knight, we have a sociopath convincing himself he is a professional newsman.  In the latter's case, he's really just a killer, but instead of a gun or a knife, his preferred method of murder is his lens.  That's so L.A.

Anyway, great flick

Monday, February 16, 2015

GUARDIAN Mass Market Paperback

A couple weeks ago, I pointed out that if you wanted to see a mass market paperback version of GUARDIAN, the e-book sales had to justify a print run. Well, you came through. Cuz guess what's getting a print run?!?!

The mass market paperback for GUARDIAN hits the street March 17th. Click the DEMON & GUARDIAN link above in the header to find out how to pre-order your copy.

Many thanks to all who purchased the e-book and made this possible.

Now, the next bit of business.  If you've read DEMON or GUARDIAN or both, two things:

1. Reviews help, especially on Goodreads and Amazon.  If you're so inclined, please drop some kind words at these places.  I know a lot of you posted reviews for DEMON in it's initial small press run. For some reason, most of those reviews disappeared and didn't carryover to this new incarnation.

2. If you want to see the third book, WATCHER, sales got to keep steaming along. I was contracted for two books, not three.  So.... I think you get what I mean.

Thanks again! Now, march!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

So, I've been...

Some of you may be wondering, "Hey, where's Erik?  This blog seems kind of dead lately."

Well, been sick lately.  Actually, the whole family caught a nasty cold that's slowly crept through all of us.  The kids were hit the worse, with fevers, nasty drainage, and a now lingering cough.  The wife only got a mild case.  Me, mild but didn't get to avoid the drainage.  Sinuses have always been my downfall.

Oh, and I've been busy promoting GUARDIAN, which is now out in e-book format.  Click the DEMON & GUARDIAN link above to find out all the many ways you can pick up a copy.

And just a reminder, DEMON is out in paperback now.  If you're on the fence about it, remember, GUARDIAN won't get a paperback release unless DEMON sells well.  So, come on, help a brother out.