The latest installment in my Massacre Series currently underway for Silent Scream Publications is here just in time for the cold weather reading months.
Written under the pseudonym Max Deimos, this book is my latest opportunity to let my hair down and have a little fun with teen horror fiction. Nope, not trying to create great literature here, folks – just good entertainment! (At least it’s entertainment for those who like this sort of thing. You know, all the cool kids, like us.)
As with the first book in the series, I’ve given a respectful nod to the horror movies and stories I enjoyed in my youth, but also tried to blend enough twists and disparate elements to keep things interesting. My sincere hope is that fans of b-grade monster horror and supernatural thrillers will find this to be a quick, enjoyable read to help pass the time in airports, over lunch hours, or (even better) on your family’s ski vacation! Hey, there’s even a little bit of romance to keep things spicy.
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I keep reading John Tigges novels. As a collector of 1980s pulp, I’m fortunate enough to have found them all in decent condition over the years. Occasionally the urge strikes me to revisit the fiction of my youth (call it a nostalgic yearning), and John Tigges’ fiction is one of several authors whose work I reach for in those moments.
KISS NOT THE CHILD works as a stand-alone novel, but it picks up with the same story line from UNTO THE ALTAR precisely where it left off. With this realization it also dawned on me that GARDEN OF THE INCUBUS must be part one of this series of books, given all of the backstory that is dumped about Adriana’s mother’s devilish experiences as a nun in the convent. Fortunately, I’d already read UNTO THE ALTAR, but now I’ll have to go back and read GARDEN OF THE INCUBUS just so I have the full history in case any of his other books are a continuation of this story.
Whereas UNTO THE ALTAR follows the misadventures of Adriana Brevenger at the hands of devil worshipers in their secluded island castle, KISS NOT THE CHILD picks up with Adriana’s college friend, Ramsey Flint, heading out on a mission to find her missing friend, or at least discover what happened to her.
Overall this book was enjoyable. I read it quickly. It is definitely pulp horror, and suffers from what I feel is pretty bad prose, but it’s not unreadable. There’s a lot of clunky phrasing and inelegant passages, which really I’ve come to expect in a novel like this. I knew what I was getting into here. It’s okay. What this novel did well was give me a sense that something big was going on (plausibility aside). Multiple international settings gave me a sense that I was on an adventure with our intrepid protagonist Ramsey Flint, and that was pretty cool. Also, some of the horrific things that happen in this book are laugh-(or groan)-out-load gruesome, sure to please the fan of cheesy, over the top horror.
Given that I went into this knowing well the weaknesses of past Tigges novels I’ve read, I ended this one feeling satisfied. If you’re willing to forgive some predictability and clunky prose, but like pulp fiction and cheesy, over the top, in-your-face horror, you might enjoy KISS NOT THE CHILD.
Note that, given what I know now, this is part three of a series of books that Leisure Books didn’t bother to market as related in anyway. It’s not required to read them in any order, but it will help:
- GARDEN OF THE INCUBUS
- UNTO THE ALTAR
- KISS NOT THE CHILD
We’re happy to announce that our new horror novel, NIGHT WRAITH, will be published in late 2015 by SST Publications in Hardcover, Trade Paperback, and eBook formats.
SST Publications is an independent publisher of all things dark. Their most recent books include the erotic horror anthology Peep Show, Volume 2 and the debut dark, thriller novel Don’t Stand So Close by screenwriter/director Eric Red (The Hitcher, Near Dark). They have recently launched a new horror fiction and dark art magazine Beware the Dark, which is a full-color, high-quality produced mag of between 100-130 pages bringing you the best dark and disturbing fiction and artwork. SST owner Paul Fry recently acquired the exclusive comic/graphic novel rights to Joe R. Lansdale’s entire ‘Hap and Leonard’ series of dark crime books, Richard Laymon’s classic horror novel The Cellar, and has signed a three-book deal with Cemetery Dance Publications owner Richard Chizmar. SST publishes their titles in multiple formats which are distributed worldwide by Ingram, the world’s largest book distributor.
We’re very excited to be working with Paul Fry and SST Publications on NIGHT WRAITH. Stay tuned for more news on the novel, sign up for our newsletter, or follow us on Twitter @FulbrightHawkes.
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In 1971, the year I was born, THE OTHER by Thomas Tryon spent six months on the New York Times bestseller list, side by side with THE EXORCIST by William Peter Blatty. This was the dawning of a new age of horror fiction that would last for the next 20-some years — a surge which largely started with the publication of Ira Levin’s ROSEMARY’S BABY in 1967.
Thomas Tryon followed up the success of THE OTHER with his second novel, HARVEST HOME, in 1973. The premise of the novel strikes at the core desire of many who crave a simpler life. I’m guessing it rang true for many back in those days — those who’d spent years watching or participating in the counter-culture movement, the battle for civil rights, the space race, Watergate, and Vietnam. The world probably seemed to be going mad. I’d venture to say it still rings true today; not a week goes by that my wife and I don’t discuss our retirement plans to move to a smaller town, get a simpler job, live a simpler life. It must be the dream of a lot of folks run ragged by cities and high-pressure corporate jobs: find some peace, get back to nature.
In the book, when Ned and his wife Beth are out driving in the countryside, they come across Cornwall Coombe, a quaint, old-fashioned village nestled in the hilly Connecticut countryside. The idyllic town calls to them with its preternatural charm. They eventually transplant their lives and their teenage daughter Kate to this world seemingly untouched by the advancement of time.
As any good reader can guess, this is all too good to be true. Ned soon learns that the community is set very deep in its ways. Despite the church bells every Sunday, the village’s ways are ancient, harkening back to a time of earth-worship and paganism. By the time he begins to discern the full scope of this truth, he and his family are deeply enmeshed in the community. Events that come to pass in the story are incrementally more mysterious and disturbing than what came before. The truth of what sustains this “peaceful” community is a foundation rooted deep in horror and superstition, perpetuated by the town’s matriarch, the Widow Fortune.
HARVEST HOME works well on many levels. It is a story of a marriage through good and bad times, a story of love and yearnings. It is a tale of friendship, the allure of “the old ways,” and teens who long to see the world outside their hometown. As Ned uncovers the town’s mysteries deep in the woods of Soakes Lonesome and the drifting ghosts of the Lost Whistle Bridge, as he watches the annual rituals centered on the sowing and harvest of corn, he learns the true nature of horror lying beneath the idyllic surface, a discovery that soon leads Ned into dangerous territory, and puts his family at the heart of it all.
This feels like a brilliant novel. It certainly helps to understand the climate of the time in which it was written — in the wake of the social upheaval of the 1960s, the 1970s also saw a heightened interest in paganism and the occult. In context of the era, with an understanding of the way horror novels were written in the 1970s, a reader can find a lot to love about HARVEST HOME.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The prose was fantastic. The story contains all the elements one hopes to find in a novel. I recommend this book to fans of literary horror, particularly those who enjoy the great horror novels of the 1970s.
Our new horror novella from DarkFuse, ELDERWOOD MANOR is now available in limited hardcover and Kindle editions. This is my personal favorite of all of our novellas so far, tapping into all the things I love about creeping menace and old school horror. We set out to write a story that evoked a genuine sense of fear, and, judging by the buzz, it seems people are “getting it.” Here are just a few snippets from recent reviews:
“Dark and atmospheric horror … very scary.”
“It is very rare for something to truly scare or creep me out, but this did it. I found early on in the story that I was huddling in on myself as I read and freezing at even the slightest noises from inside and outside my house. I had to put on something upbeat and funny on the television after I had finished in an attempt to stave off nightmares.”
—The Arched Doorway
“ELDERWOOD MANOR was one of the few novellas I read this year that really managed to creep me out. Definitely recommended.”
—I Heart Reading
“ELDERWOOD MANOR is a great haunted house/dark family secrets/evil-has-tainted-this-place story. There are no slow points. From a graceful, foreboding opening, the tension is ratcheted up at just the right points and the suspense is kept at the perfect pitch. This book kept me on my toes, wide-eyed and fingers-crossed almost from beginning to end.”
—Coffee and Book Addict.com
“Fulbright and Hawkes bring this tale to life with some fine writing, a brooding sense of overpowering doom, a nice pace … ELDERWOOD MANOR is another fine addition to their body of work.”
—James Reasoner, Rough Edges
“Striking touches of originality … it engendered a shudder or two.”
—Black Static Magazine #41
“If you are looking for something that keeps you turning the pages quickly and that will creep you out in many ways, I highly recommend this.”
—On Top Down Under
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