Tuesday, December 18, 2012

I Will Be Signing Books at Spooky Empire's Mayhem Convention in May 2013

I'm excited to announce that me and Alison Beightol, my fiancee and author of the newly-released paranormal vampire thriller Blood Betrayal, have purchased a table at Spooky Empire's Mayhem Convention at the Rosen Centre in Orlando, Florida, from 24-26 May 2013 where we'll be selling and autographing our books.  This will be Alison's first convention as a celebrity guest, and the first time we'll be sitting a table together. 

If you like your vampires as evil and bad ass monsters, or if you prefer the undead to function normally within a vampire society, we have you covered.  Or if you cup of blood is gut-munching zombies who wade through gallons of gore, we have that to.  So please mark it down on your calendar and be sure to drop by.  I'll provide more details as they become available.

Zombie Advent Calendar for 18 December


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Next Big Thing

Friend and fellow Permuted Press author D.L. Snell invited me to be a part of The Next Big Thing. The Next Big Thing is a blog tour in which the invited author answers a set of questions about his/her latest work, gives a shout out to the author who offered the initiation, and then tags five other authors to participate (you can see my selected authors at the end).

So without further adieu, below are my answers to The Next Big Thing interview tour.  Enjoy.  And please be sure to visit my colleagues' blogs to see how they answer.

What is the working title of your next book?

Yeitso.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I've had this idea floating around in my head for years, but have been concentrating on The Vampire Hunters trilogy and Rotter World

What genre does your book fall under?

It would probably fall somewhere between Science Fiction and fantasy/adventure.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I would want Nathan Fillion to play Russell Andrews and Crista Campbell to play Molly Collins.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

The desert of New Mexico harbors a creature that preys on cattle and humans, and only a small band of police stand between the town of Los Alamos and an unspeakable horror from an era that time has forgotten.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

The book will be published in the spring of 2014 by Blood Bound Books.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I have a day job, so I only get a few hours a day to write, at best.  It takes me approximately one year to write a novel: about a month to research it and plot out the storyline, six months to get the first draft written, and another five months to let my beta readers review it and prepare the final draft for submission. 

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

The only books that I know of that fall under this category would be the Clickers series by Brian Keene and J.F. Gonzalez, Mandibles by Jeff Strand, and the anthology Monstrous by Ryan C. Thomas

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

As a kid, I grew up watching Creature Double Feature on WLVI Channel 56.  My favorite films were the big monster movies from the 1950s.  They rarely make movies like that anymore, and even more rare are novels in the same vein.  I spent years mentally playing around with the concept until I finally came up with the right monster.  Yeitso is my homage to those movies.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

My vampire and zombie works have always been filled with violence, foul language, and copious amounts of blood and gore.  This time I wanted to do something different, so I wrote the novel to read like a movie from the 1950s.  There is minimal sex, and the language and gore is toned way down from my usual fare. 


The following authors have graciously agreed to be tagged for the next round of The Next Big Thing:

Alison Beightol, author of the paranormal romance/dark fantasy novel Blood Betrayal, the first book in The Primigenio Tales trilogy, to be published in December 2012 by Cambridge Press.  Alison reached out to me back in March 2010 to say she had read The Vampire Hunters and loved it.  I volunteered to be one of the beta readers for her vampire novels.  It was an excellent decision on my part -- we became engaged in November. 

Max Xavier, writer, photographer, part time philosopher, and full time maniac.  Also a long-time Facebook friend.

Joy Killar, author and host of the blog Mayday Collective, an online consortium for artists. Joy has been one of my biggest fans for years after reading my second short story, "Rednecks Shouldn't Play with Dead Things." 

Tony Faville, author of the zombie apocalypse novel Kings of the Dead published by Permuted Press.  I met Tony this past May at Crypticon in Seattle.  Him, David, and myself occupied the far end of the Permuted Press tables, and he introduced me to Makers' Coke. 

Sam Garcia, author of the zombie apocalypse novel Dead Air: First Flight from Silver Dagger Press.  I met Sam on Facebook and have not know him too long, but anyone who loves zombies is okay in my book. 




Zombie Advent Calendar for 5 December


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Zombie Advent Calendar

























This year I'm trying something different -- my version of a zombie advent calendar.  Every day in December up until Christmas, I will post a different holiday-themed zombie photo as we count down to the holidays.  Enjoy.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Day Forty of The Vampire Hunters Blog Tour: Everyone Loves a SiNner

Today is the last day of The Vampire Hunters blog tour, and it is very fitting that it should end with Everyone Loves a SiNner. SiNn loved The Vampire Hunters: Dominion, saying that: "Out of all three books in the trilogy this one is my favorite.  It is total Badassery!! This book and series gets the SiNers Stamp of Approval."  You can read the entire review here.

I would like to again thank Innovative Online Book Tours as well as the many bloggers who hosted me, reviewed my books, and interviewed me or let me rant about vampires on their sites.  I appreciate your kindness, and hope I've made a lot of new fans. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

My Fifth Novel Is Scheduled for Publication


I am very proud to announce that I have signed a contract with Blood Bound Books to publish my fifth novel Yeitso in early 2014. The novel is a departure from usual vampire and zombie fare. This book is my homage to the Sci-Fi/monster movies of the 1950s. And unlike my previous works, the language and gore is kept to a minimum (but there is still plenty of action).  I will post more as details become available.

Hunger Pangs: Dark Confessions Is Now Available for Purchase


































Just in time for Christmas, Mayday Collective has published its anthology Hunger Pangs: Dark Confessions, which details stories of cannibalism during a zombie apocalypse.  The anthology includes my short story "The Hunger."  And let's face it, nothing says Merry Christmas more than being the main course in someone's holiday dinner.

So if you want to leave Santa something a little more thrilling than milk and cookies, pick up a trade paperback copy of Hunger Pains, or send him a Kindle version along with your wish list. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Day Thirty-Eight of The Vampire Hunters Blog Tour: the college crawl and

As we enter the last three days of the blog tour, today's stops is the college crawl.

Claire Smith of the college crawl said: "The characters keep you on your feet and there was even some moments when I felt like I was watching a movie instead of reading a book.  There were even some nice plot twists that enhanced the read."  You can red the entire review here.

The final stop is this Friday when there will be a flurry of reviews.  See you then.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Day Thirty-Six of The Vampire Hunters Blog Tour: Queen of the Night Reviews and Danasquare

Today there are two stops on the blog tour: Queen of the Night Reviews and Danasquare.

Queen of the Night Reviews gave The Vampire Hunters: Dominion four out of five stars and said: "Filled with action, violence and characters we've come to know, this installment is a powerful conclusion to the series."  You can read the entire review here

Danasquare noted that "Dominion is the exciting ending to the epic Vampire Hunters trilogy.  This series has done a great job in portraying a more scary and the darker side of vampires that hasn't been around lately, which is amazing."  You can read the entire review here.  

Friday, November 23, 2012

Day Thirty-Three of The Vampire Hunters Blog Tour: The Avid Reader and Identity Discovery

Happy Black Friday.  For those of you smart enough to do your shopping from home and have plenty of free time for Internet surfing, here are the latest stops on the blog tour: The Avid Reader and Identity Discovery.

The Avid Reader not only carried a review of The Vampire Hunters: Dominion but also a guest blog titled "Vampires Everywhere and Not Enough Blood To Drink."  In the review, Nancy Allen said: "The Vampire Hunters trilogy is definitely not like any other vampire books that I have ever read.  There may be other books like this series but I have not read them and if there are I would very much like too. The Vampire Hunters trilogy will stay with me for a very long time if not forever."  You can read the entire review and the guest blog here.

Phaedra Seabolt of Identity Discovery said about the book: "This story had shock after shock right from chapter one. It's was thrilling and very fast paced. Definitely a suitable ending to probably the best horror series I have ever read."  You can read the entire review here.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Day Thirty-Two of The Vampire Hunters Blog Tour: My Cozie Corner and The Cover (and Everything In Between)

Happy Thanksgiving and welcome to day thirty-two of The Vampire Hunters blog tour.  Today I'm very thankful that my hosts are My Cozie Corner and The Cover (and Everything In Between)

Susan Peck of My Cozie Corner gave The Vampire Hunters: Dominion a five-star rating and said: "As usual Scott pens his characters believable and realistic in a great plot that ties up all the loose ends. This book kept me on the edge of my seat until the end."  You can read the entire review here.


Brittany of The Cover (and Everything In Between) said: "This is definitely the best book of the series!  The twists and turns abound in this part of the trilogy, keeping you wondering how things are going to turn out."  You can read the entire review here.

Happy Thanksgiving
































Happy Thanksgiving to all my family, friends, and fans.  May your Thanksgiving be free of any zombie uprisings, and may your turkey not come back from the dead to eat you. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Day Thirty of The Vampire Hunters Blog Tour: The World of Jesse Kimmel Freeman

Today's stop on the blog tour is once again The World of Jesse Kimmel Freeman. This time readers get a double treat with a review of The Vampire Hunters: Dominion and an interview on writing (in which I reveal how I met my fiance).  In her review, Jesse noted that the book "is hard to put down once you've picked it up.  The unbridled evilness of the main villain is beyond compare.  I'd recommend this book  for lovers of action, Walking Dead,and anyone that loves that sort of stuff."  You can read the entire review and the interview here.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Day Twenty-Nine of The Vampire Hunters Blog Tour: Reflections of a Bookworm






















Today we begin the final phase of my blog tour with a great review of the final book in the trilogy -- The Vampire Hunters: Dominion.  The review is from Reflections of a Bookworm who stated: "I thought that book two was really good this book puts it to shame; this is an amazing ending to a trilogy. This book has many excellent qualities that are worth the read it also has a startling twist making this one of the best vampire books I have ever come across."  You can read the full review here.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Another Mea Culpa on The Vampire Hunters Blog Tour: Reflections of a Bookwrom

Last Thursday Reflections of a Bookworm posted an awesome review of The Vampire Hunters: Vampyrnomicon.  They described the novel as "action, action, action, sexual encounter, action, action, action, epic ending. Oh yeah it is that intense from the beginning the novel jumps into the fighting and who doesn’t love it when the vampires are bad guys again?" 

You can read the entire review here.  

Saturday, November 17, 2012

E-Volve Book Interview

Please check out my interview on E-Volve Books where I talk about Rotter World and The Vampire Hunters trilogy, the writing process, and upcoming projects -- including a paranormal romance series with fellow vampire author Alison Beightol

Friday, November 16, 2012

Day Twenty-Six of The Vampire Hunters Blog Tour: Krystal's Enchanting Reads, Reading... Dreaming, and Everyone Loves a SiNner

Tonight we conclude The Vampire Hunters: Vampyrnomicon leg of the blog tour with a virtual vampire orgy of reviews. 

The first stop is Krystal's Enchanting Reads which gave the novel four stars and said:  "Just as the first one this one was full of action and gory vampire killing goodness.  I will say, however, that this book is more than just vampire killing. It has a love triangle thing going on too which makes for a good time. I would say there is a bit of everything going on in this one."  You can read the entire review here.

Reading... Dreaming also loved the novel.  X) Ruty gave it a rating of four out of five, noting: "Vampyrnomicon is an exciting and refreshing read. It is an excellent return to the classic vampires, the bad and dangerous ones. This book has the perfect amount of action, danger, romance, bad guys, sweet characters and an ending that will leave you wanting for more.  An excellent written book that reminds the greatest classical vampire writers, with great characters and sexy scenes this is a book that will not disappoint all the vampire lovers."  You can read the entire review here.


Everyone Loves a SiNner, unfortunately, didn't love The Vampire Hunters: Vampyrnomicon.  However, SiNn noted that the premise for the trilogy is "awesome," and did rave about the first and last book in the trilogy as well as my skills as a writer.  You can read the entire review here

The final portion of the blog tour, which will post reviews of The Vampire Hunters: Dominion, as well as include guest postings from me, will begin on 19 November.  See you then. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Day Twenty-Five of The Vampire Hunters Blog Tour: Queen of the Night Reviews

Our next to last stop on this portion of the blog tour is Queen of the Night Reviews, which gave The Vampire Hunters: Vampyrnomicon the royal treatment with an awesome review.  Maria D. gave the book four out of five stars and said: "With well developed characters, lots of action and plenty of blood and gore, this makes a good edition to the series.  Mr. Baker once again drew me into his world filled with vampires and humans destined to hunt them down."

You can read the entire review here.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Day Twenty-Two of The Vampire Hunters Blog Tour: Danasquare

Today's stop on the tour is Danasquare, which called The Vampire Hunters: Vampyrnomicon "another wonderful use of vampires."  Please check out the complete review here

Mea Culpa on The Vampire Hunters Blog Tour

While updating my Facebook and blog postings this evening, I noticed that there were several stops on my blog tour for The Vampire Hunters trilogy that I had inadvertently not publicized.  So as I extend my apologies to those blogs that were nice enough to host me, let me include them below.

On 1 November, Harlie's Books reviewed The Vampire Hunters, stating: "Before starting this book, I kept thinking Buffy and her little gang of vampire hunters. I know, I know and I loved Buffy (while she was in high school).  What I got was a fast paced thriller that is not for the faint of heart. Its a ride that leaves you breathless and wanting more in the end."  You can read the entire review here

Krystal's Enchanted Reads also reviewed The Vampire Hunters, calling it a "rip your throat out, blood everywhere kind of vampire book."  You can read the entire review here.

On 2 November, Danasquare posted a review of the novel, saying:  "I am a big fan of everything vampire so I tend to have pretty high expectations when it comes to something that is vampire related.  The Vampire Hunters definitely lived up to that." You can read the entire review here.

As part of The Vampire Hunters: Vampyrnomicon portion of the tour, The World of Jesse Kimmel Freeman ran both an interview with me and posted a review of the novel, noting that: "Blood is the color that is splashed on the pages until the book bleeds for its readers.  This would be an excellent read for anyone that love Walking Dead or action-packed books."  You can read both the review and the interview here.

And finally, on Friday My Cozie Corner reviewed The Vampire Hunters: Vampyrnomicon, calling the novel "a totally enjoyable read, especially if your looking for the non-traditional vampire story"  You can read the full review here

Friday, November 9, 2012

Day Nineteen of The Vampire Hunters Blog Tour: TBR

Today's stop on the blog tour is TBR, which gave The Vampire Hunters: Vampyrnomicon a great review. The reviewer noted: "Scott M. Baker has an amazing writing style, building up his characters and plot line so believably that it is scary to imagine what actually does go bump in the night.  If you enjoy a true horror book without steamy sexy sparkly vampires then you need to read the series."

You can read the entire review here.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Day Seventeen of The Vampire Hunters Blog Tour: The Avid Reader






















Today we begin the second phase of my blog tour where the focus is on the second book in the trilogy -- The Vampire Hunters: Vampyrnomicon.  The first stop on this portion of the tour is, once again, The Avid Reader where Nancy Allen was nice enough to not only post an interview with me but also review the book. 

You can read the interview and book review here.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Rapidfire Interview

Miranda Writes recently conducted a set of rapid fire interviews with me and dozens of other celebrities.  These were ten questions each, with only short answers allowed.  And sometimes shorter is more insightful.  You can check it out here

Friday, November 2, 2012

Day Twelve of The Vampire Hunters Blog Tour: Tea and Book and The Random Musings of a Writer, and My Guest Blog on Why I Write

Today I'm happy to be hosted by Tea and Book and The Random Musings of a Writer: Lissette E. Manning.

Shauni of Tea and Book said about The Vampire Hunters: "If you are looking for Edward Cullen or even Frank Langella, go directly to romance section and do NOT collect this book. This book is Horror plain and simple. Like the Vampire legends of old, Scott Baker delights in tormenting us. This really is your father's Vampire novel."  Shauni also paid me a very nice compliment by saying: "I am in love with the way Scott Baker's brain works.. ok, so it scares me just a little but what a gift!"  You can read the entire review here.

In addition, Shauni posted on her other blog -- Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales, and Fantasy (and you know with a name like that I'll be closely following this blog from now on) -- my musings on why I write.  Please check it out here.

Last but not least, The Random Musings of a Writer also reviewed The Vampire Hunters, stating: "This was one of those books that you just can’t put down. Fast paced and full of action, the story hooks you in from the moment you flip the first page."  You can read the entire review here.

This concludes the portion of the blog tour on The Vampire Hunters.  The tour resumes on 7 November with a series of reviews on The Vampire Hunters: Vampyrnomicon.  See you then.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Day Eleven of The vampire Hunters Blog Tour: YA Between the Lines and My Cozie Corner

We begin November with two special stops on the blog tour: YA Between the Lines and My Cozie Corner.

YA Between the Lines called The Vampire Hunters "a classic tale of good guys vs. bad guys."  The reviewer recommended the book for vampire fans, stating: "The book was very intense and powerful and, most importantly to me, unique."  You can read the entire review here.

My Cozie Corner gave the novel a five-star rating and called it "a true horror story packed with action, blood and gore within a very well written plot."  You can read the entire review here.  

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Day Ten of The Vampire Hunters Blog Tour: Full Moon Bites and Everyone loves a SiNner

Tonight, as my Halloween treat, Full Moon Bites and Everyone loves a SiNner both reviewed The Vampire Hunters.

Full Moon Bites gave the novel four stars and said: "It. Was. Really. Good.  It kind of reminded me of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer."  You can read the entire review here

Everyone loves a SiNner stated that The Vampire Hunters is "the best horror I have read in a while.  The vampires are actually scary.  Scott has brought back the true vampire pride."  You can read the entire review here.

FREE FOR HALLOWEEN: An Advanced E-Copy of the Anthology Hunger Pangs: Dark Confessions - Tales for Your Dining Pleasure

In honor of Halloween, from now until midnight tonight Mayday Collective is giving away free advanced e-copies of their latest anthology: Hunger Pangs: Dark Confessions - Tales for Your Dining Pleasure.  It's an anthology on cannibalism during the zombie apocalypse (like being eaten by the living dead isn't worrisome enough) and contains my short story "The Hunger." You can download your copy here


Happy Halloween

Trick or treat, boils and ghouls.  I want to wish every Monster Kid and Horror Hound a Happy Halloween.  In honor of the day, I posted this video compilation of classic (and some not so classic) monster movies arranged to Bobby "Boris" Pickett's Monster Mash.  Enjoy or die.



Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Interview With Zombiepalooza Radio on 2 November

This Friday night, 2 November, from 10 to 11 PM Jackie Chin will be interviewing me on ZTALKKRADIO's Zombiepalooza Radio show.  We will be discussing zombies, writing, and any other topic that we can scare up.  I will also be live in the chat room.  So swing on by and join in. 

Day Nine of The Vampire Hunters Blog Tour: Keeping Up with the Rheinlanders

Today's stop is with Keeping Up with the Rheinlanders. Melissa Rheinlander gave the novel four out of five stars and described it as "a very action packed horror read. Baker does a great job of creating a world full of scary vampires-monsters that need to be eliminated."  You can read the whole review here

 

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Fort Myers Downtowner's Review of Rotter World

In the run-up to ZombiCon 2012, The Fort Myers Downtowner, the city's local newspaper, ran several reviews of those authors who were to attend the event.  Below is their review of Rotter World, which they gave 4.5 out of 5 brains.

"In a refreshingly unique take on both genres, Rotter World cleverly combines zombies and vampires in this 'quest' adventure that's sure to keep your page-turning hand locked and loaded.  Eight months have passed since vampire released the Revanant Virus on mankind, nearly wiping out both species.  Mike Robson, part of a small band of humans and vampires, discovers their only hope of survival lies in obtaining a vaccine located in a secure underground facility five hundred miles away.  Mike and his group struggle through post-apocalyptic ruins infested with blood-thirsty zombies and brutal gangs of ruthless survivors, all while tip-toeing through uneasy tensions from the razor-thin truce between humans and vampires.  A heart-pumping gore-fest, Rotter World is a killer ride, and a stomach-churning page turner that any adventure-lover would die for."

Guest Posting on M.R. Gott's Blog Where the Dead Fear to Tread

Many thanks to M.R. Gott who allowed me today to guest post on his blog Where the Dead Fear to Tread as part of his Halloween Bash series.  My blog is titled "Trick or Treat" and is about why I like Halloween.  You can read it here.

Day Eight of The Vampire Hunters Blog Tour: Happy Tails and Tales

We resume the blog tour today with Happy Tails and Tales, which carried an excellent review of the novel as well as posted an interview with me. 

Happy Tails and Tales called The Vampire Hunters a "gory, action packed, fantastic, seat defying thrill ride" and described the book as "Die Hard meets Dracula -- the original -- meets Charlie Angels." 

You can check out the entire review and interview here.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Film Locations in Fort Myers from George Romero's Day of the Dead

While I was in Fort Myers, Florida, last weekend for ZombiCon 2012, one of the volunteers informed me that the festival originated in Fort Myers because that was where George Romero filmed the opening sequences for Day of the Dead (1985).  After I was done kicking myself for not knowing that, I decided the next morning on my way to the convention hall to check out some of the locations.  With the limited time I had available to research, I was only able to find a few of the locations.  Nonetheless, I posted them below along with the accompanying scene from the movie.  Hopefully I'll get a better set next year


The Edison Theater (on the corner of Hendry and Main Streets) as it appeared in Day of the Dead.


As the Edison looks today.



Hordes of the living dead roaming the streets of Fort Myers (at the corner of Hendry and Main Streets; the Edison Theater is hidden from view on the corner to the right.)
 
As it looks today.


The living dead in front of the Federal Building on First Street (now the Sidney and Berne-Davis Art Center).


As it looks today.




Saturday, October 27, 2012

Status Update

There are no scheduled stops on my blog tour this weekend.  Please come back on Monday when my next stop will be at Happy Tails and Tales

Friday, October 26, 2012

Day Five of The Vamptre Hunters Blog Tour: Identity Discovery and Queen of the Night Reviews

Today my blog tour takes me to Identity Discovery and Queen of the Night Reviews, both of which reviewed The Vampire Hunters.

Although not a fan of horror fiction, Phaedra Seabolt, the reviewer for Identity Discovery, enjoyed the novel, calling it "well written and very entertaining without giving me nightmares."

Queen of the Night Reviews gave The Vampire Hunters four out of five stars and called the novel "a classic gothic tale on the vein of Dracula."

Please check out the full reviews.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Day Four of The Vampire Hunters Blog Tour: Beauty in Ruins

Join me today as Beauty in Ruins posts an excellent review of The Vampire Hunters.  Bob Milne enjoyed the novel, calling it a "classic" vampire story and a "kick-ass tale that borrows from the best of action, thriller, and horror genres."  He also notes the story is "violent, gruesome, and vulgar where it needs to be" (which, for me, is a compliment).  Please be sure to check it out. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Status Update

There are no stops for today on my blog tour. But be sure to drop by tomorrow when Beauty in Ruins will post a review of The Vampire Hunters.

On the writing front, I had a second productive day and passed the 10,000 word mark in Rotter World II.  Am hoping to get a lot more done before I head back to Virginia. 

Day Two of The Vampire Hunters Blog Tour: The World of Jesse Kimmel-Freeman

The next stop on my blog tour is The World of Jesse Kimmel-Freeman, which posted a review of The Vampire Hunters as well as an interview in which I discuss various aspects of writing.  Drop by and take a look.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Day One of The Vampire Hunters Blog Tour: The Avid Reader

My six-week blog tour with Innovative Online Book Tours to promote The Vampire Hunters trilogy kicked off today.  My first stop is The Avid Reader, which posted my blog posting titled "Vampires: The Monsters Within" and reviewed The Vampire Hunters.  Please check them out.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Upcoming Events

This weekend, 20 and 21 October, I will be attending ZombiCon 2012 in Fort Myers, Florida.  I'll be signing books at the Permuted Press table both days, but on Saturday at noon I will be speaking at the zombie author panel on the main stage.  You can get a listing of all the weekend's events here.

On Monday, 22 October, my six-week blog tour with Innovative Online Tours begins with a review of The Vampire Hunters and a guest blog at The Avid Reader

On Friday, 2 November from 10:00 to 11:00 o'clock, Jackie Chen from ZTALKRADIO's Practical Paranormal show will conduct a one-on-one interview with me about zombies, writing, and how much fun I'll have during a zombie apocalypse. 

And, if everything goes well, I hope to participate on 18 November in ZTALKRADIO's vampire panel.

The next month promises to be busy, so please swing by often and check out the events.  



Monday, October 15, 2012

Reminder of Upcoming Blog Tour for The Vampire Hunters Trilogy, 22 October to 30 November

I just wanted to remind all of my readers that Innovative Online Tours has scheduled a six-week blog tour to promote The Vampire Hunters trilogy.  Below is a list of the dates of the tour, the scheduled blogs, and what can be expected at each stop.  Plus there will be an awesome giveaway.  I hope everyone will stop by and visit.
























The Vampire Hunters

22 October     The Avid Reader (review and guest post)
23 October     The Insane Writers of a Crazed Writer (review)
25 October     Beauty in Ruins (review)
26 October     Queen of the Night Reviews (review)
26 October     Identity Discovery (review)
29 October     Happy Tails and Tales (review and interview)
30 October     Keeping Up with the Rheinlander's (review)
31 October     Everyone Loves a SiNner (review)
31 October     Full Moon Bites (review)
1 November   YA Between the Lines (review and guest post)
1 November   My Cozie Corner (review)
2 November   Tea and Book (review and guest post)
2 November   Lisette E. Manning (review)
2 November   Kara Loves Reading (review)























The Vampire Hunters: Vampyrnomicon

7 November    The Avid Reader (review and interview)
8 November    My Cozie Corner (review)
8 November    Identity Discovery (review)
15 November  Queen of the Night Reviews (review)
16 November  Kara Loves Reading (review)























The Vampire Hunters: Dominion

22 November   My Cozie Corner (review)
23 November   Identity Discovery (review)
23 November   The Avid Reader (review and guest post)
26 November   Queen of the Night Reviews (review)
30 November   Kara Loves Reading (review)

I'll be at Zombicon 2013 20-21 October

This coming Saturday and Sunday, 20-21 October, I'll be signing books at ZombiCon 2012 in Fort Myers, Florida.  Some of the other guests include cast members from George Romero's Day of the Dead; Madison "Sophia" Lintz from The Walking Dead; and Joe Shreiber, author of Star Wars: Death Troopers; and many more.  I hope to see you there. 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sunday Bunnies






















It's not our greens.  It's not a hay cube.  It's not a treat.  So what good is it?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Zombiepalooza: Dead Again Rescheduled for Friday, 12 October

The "Zombiepalooza: Dead Again" radio show that had to be postponed last Sunday due to technical difficulties has been rescheduled for this Friday night, 12 October, from 10:00 to midnight.  So please join host Jackie Chen of ZTALKRADIO's Practical Paranormal as she interviews myself, fellow Permuted Press authors Peter Clines, William Todd Rose, and R Thomas Riley, and many more. 

So tune in here Friday at 10 o'clock for the interview.  I will also be attending the simultaneous chat session here.

See you all tomorrow night. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Apologies for Postponing Zombiepalooza: Dead Again

Due to unavoidable technical difficulties, last night's running of the "Zombiepalooza: Dead Again" show on ZTALKRADIO had to be postponed.  I am talking with the host about rescheduling, possibly for this coming Sunday.  I will keep you posted. 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Reminder: Sunday Night 7 October I'll Be Interviewed on Zombiepalooza: Dead Again

On Sunday night, 7 October, from 9-11 EST I will be joining host Jackie Chen of ZTALKRADIO's Practical Paranormal for the "Zombiepalooza: Dead Again" show.  There will be several guests interviewed, including fellow Permuted Press authors Peter Clines, William Todd Rose, and R Thomas Riley; Jim Krut, the "helicopter zombie" from Dawn of the Dead (1978); J.D. Villines, author of Dead Bangkok; and many more. 

So tune in here Sunday at 9 o'clock for the interview.  I will also be attending the simultaneous chat session here

See you all tomorrow night. 


Friday, October 5, 2012

Save the Evans City Cemetery Chapel

Gary Streiner and Russ "Johnny" Streiner have been attempting to raise funds to repair the Evans City Chapel, which appeared in the opening cemetery scene of George Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968).  It is one of the only remaining landmarks from the movie and is currently in disrepair.  Unless $50,000 can be raised to renovate it, the structure will be torn down.  One of the fund raising efforts has been the publication of Stories from the Chapel, an anthology comprised of short fiction, poetry, and artwork dedicated to the Evans City Chapel.  All proceeds from the anthology go toward the restoration of the chapel. 

I picked up a copy of the book at the InfectScranton convention two weeks ago and have really enjoyed it.  Everyone who has contributed to the anthology has done a great job, and have poured their hearts into the project. So please support a worthy cause as well as a dedicated group of amateur authors and artists by purchasing either a print version or the Kindle version of Stories of the Chapel

If you don't, then they'll be coming to get you. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Join Me on Zombiepalooza: Dead Again on 7 October

Join me on 7 October from 9-11 (EST) when I will be joining host Jackie Chin on ZTALKRADIO's Practical Paranormal.  The show will be "Zombiepalooza: Dead Again."  Among the many guests will be myself and fellow Permuted Press authors:


William Todd Rose author of The Seven Habits of Highly Infective People
R. Thomas Riley author of If God Doesn't Show
Peter Clines, author of 14 and other novels


I will be posting more on this as the details become available, so drop by often for updates.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Photos From InfectScranton Convention

As you all know, I spent this past weekend in northern Pennsylvania attending the InfectScranton convention.  I had a great time.  Many thanks to Shannon Keith for organizing the event, and to all the terrific staff members who kept things running well and who provided a lot of ambiance for the setting (the young girls who played the nurses were awesome).  And a big shout out to all the attendees and the citizens of Taylor and Scranton who made us all feel welcome.

This was one of my best conventions ever.  I had a great time not only getting to know the fans (being a small convention, it was more intimate than the larger ones I've attended), but also spending time with my fellow attendees.  It was really a great time. 



The Friday night zombie pub crawl (from left to right): myself, Gary "bad ass posse member" Streiner from the original Night of the Living Dead, fellow Permuted Press author Jacqueline Druga, and Russ "Johnny" Streiner from Night of the Living Dead.

Finishing up the pub crawl with some of the cast members from The Walking Dead: IronE "T-Dog" Singleton, me, Addy "little girl zombie" Miller, and Madison "Sophia" Lintz. 


Pimping my books at Saturday's main event.  

Fellow Permuted Press author Kim Paffenroth getting ready for the main event. 



Jackie and her daughter selling books. 




Guest performer Wyzae preparing to put on what was a really unique show. 


Farewell photo after Sunday afternoon's brunch with the zombie authors:  (from left to right) Jeremy "walker" Ambler from Season Two of The Walking Dead; Keisha "zombie wife" Tillis from Season One of The Walking Dead; Wyzae; Michele and Tom, two of the fans who came to hear the authors speak; Jim "helicopter zombie" Krut from the original Dawn of the Dead; me; and Judith "Barbara" O'Dea from Night of the Living Dead.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Heading Out for InfectScranton

The InfectScranton Convention begins this Saturday at Riverside High School in Taylor, Pennsylvania.  The hours are from noon to six on Saturday and noon to four on Sunday.  I'll be attending with fellow Permuted Press authors Jacqueline Druga and Kim Paffenroth.  The three of us will be signing books on both days and, at two o'clock on Saturday, will be sitting a panel titled "Writing About Zombies and Horror: the Creative Process."  

Click here to see a full list of the celebrity guests and here for a schedule of events.

I hope to see you all at the convention.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Congratulations to the Goodreads' Winner

From 14 August to 14 September, Permuted Press ran a giveaway of Rotter World on Goodreads.  More than seven hundred and seventy readers signed up.  Congratulations to the winner.  I hope you enjoy the book.  And a major thanks to the rest of you for all your support. 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday Bunnies

















Nothing beats being with the one you love on a lazy Sunday afternoon.  Accept carrots. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Schedule for Upcoming Blog Tour of The Vampire Hunters Trilogy

Innovative Online Tours has scheduled a six-week blog tour to promote The Vampire Hunters trilogy.  Below is a list if the dates of the tour, the schedule blogs, and what can be expected at each stop.  I hope everyone will stop by and visit.

The Vampire Hunters

22 October     The Avid Reader (review and guest post)
23 October     The Insane Writers of a Crazed Writer (review)
25 October     Beauty in Ruins (review)
26 October     Queen of the Night Reviews (review)
26 October     Identity Discovery (review)
29 October     Happy Tails and Tales (review and interview)
30 October     Keeping Up with the Rheinlander's (review)
31 October     Everyone Loves a SiNner (review)
31 October     Full Moon Bites (review)
1 November   YA Between the Lines (review and guest post)
1 November   My Cozie Corner (review)
2 November   Tea and Book (review and guest post)
2 November   Lisette E. Manning (review)
2 November   Kara Loves Reading (review)


The Vampire Hunters: Vampyrnomicon

7 November    The Avid Reader (review and interview)
8 November    My Cozie Corner (review)
8 November    Identity Discovery (review)
15 November  Queen of the Night Reviews (review)
16 November  Kara Loves Reading (review)


The Vampire Hunters: Dominion

22 November   My Cozie Corner (review)
23 November   Identity Discovery (review)
23 November   The Avid Reader (review and guest post)
26 November   Queen of the Night Reviews (review)
30 November   Kara Loves Reading (review)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

HorrorTalk Review of Rotter World

HorrorTalk posted a review of Rotter World this afternoon, giving it three out of five stars and saying: "..Rotter World is packed with conflict.  Rotter World is also packed with action. From the opening pages of the attack on the warehouse, something is always happening. It could be rumbles with the undead, man versus vampire, man versus man, or just some arguing, tempers are high in this book. While the characters themselves are rather stereotypical to the point that they all kind of blend together, it's more than made up with the fights and brawls found throughout. As I was reading it, I couldn't help but think that it would be a pretty good popcorn film."  Please check out the entire review here.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Status Update

There's a lot to catch up on since Blogger exiled me, so let's jump right in.

Two of my short stories have been accepted for publication in upcoming anthologies being published by Knightwatch Press.  "The Last Flight of the The Bismarck," about an outbreak of steampunk zombies aboard an airship over New York City, will be featured in Machina Mortis: Steampunk'd Tales of Terror.  "The Hunger," about cannibalism during a zombie apocalypse (as if the possibility of being eaten by zombies wasn't bad enough), will appear in their Cannibal Anthology.  The dates of publication are not set yet; I'll let you know when they are.  In the meantime, please check out the links to see a list of the other great authors who will also be featured in the anthologies. 

I'm also very excited about the two conventions I'll be attending in the next few months.  The first is InfectScranton from 21-23 September.  I'll be there with fellow Permuted Press authors Jacqueline Druga and Kim Paffenroth.  Other guests include stars from AMC's The Walking Dead (including Addy Miller, the "little girl zombie" from the first episode, and Madison Lintz, who played Sofia) as well as several stars from Romero's Night of the Living Dead and Day of the Dead (Judith "Barbara" Odea, Leonard "machete head zombie" Lies, Sharon "nurse zombie" Ceccatti (Hill), and Jim "helicopter zombie" Krut) plus many more guests.  Though I'm not at liberty to divulge any details, I can say that the concept of this convention will be unlike any other I've been at.  If you're in the area that weekend, it's definitely worth your time to swing on by and get infected.

From 19-21 October I'll be in Fort Meyers, Florida, attending Zombicon 2012.  In addition to fellow Permuted Press author Jacqueline Druga, attendees will include and Joe Schreiber, author of the Star Wars' zombie novel Death Troopers, many cast members from Romero's Day of the Dead (Lori Cadille, Gary Klar, Joe Pilato, and Terry Alexander), plus several other special guests.  This promises to be an epic event. 

From 22 October to 30 November I will be engaged in a six week blog tour with Innovative Online Book Tours for The Vampire Hunters trilogy.  This will include a series of interviews, reviews, guest blogs, and a chance to win a free Kindle.  Every day of the tour I'll post both here and on Facebook where I'll be appearing, so please be sure to drop by and visit.

I have several other things in the works, but I won't post about those until they're finalized.

So it's going to be a busy two months for me.  I hope to see you all at the conventions or on the blog tour.  And thanks for following me. 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

I Have Returned

My apologies to those who have visited this page only to find nothing posted for the past three weeks.  Thanks to the joys of technology, and my inability to understand it, I was locked out of my Blogger account.  However, I'm back on line thanks to Alison Beightol, who is smarter than me when it comes to the Internet.  So please keep tuned in -- I will be posting some exciting news in the next few days.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Buy Zombie's Review of Rotter World

Buy Zombie posted an excellent review of Rotter World this afternoon.  I cited some excerpts below:

Permuted Press has been known to crank out quality zombie fiction, with classics such as ‘Day by Day Armageddon’, ‘Domain of the Dead’, ‘Eden’, ‘Empire’, ‘Dying to Live’, ‘Plague of the Dead’, ‘Down the Road’, ‘Ex-Heroes’, ‘The Infection’ and ‘Kings of the Dead’. With those heavy hitting zombie classics niched in Permuted Press’ belt, it must be pretty intimidating for the next generation of Permuted Press authors to pass along the torch, to maintain the Press’ reputation as one of the best publishers of zombie fiction. Rotter World keeps up the pace and delivers a great story that is reminiscent of some of the zombie classics, bringing out some original concepts and a different spin on the genre. 

This book has a great plot and the vampire element gives it an original spin on the zombie story. There is a lot of action, blood and gore and also, great conflicts. Maybe one or two of the conflicts seemed a little contrived, but overall, they were some pretty good action scenes. Also, not very zombie novels can give me an ‘Oh Crap!’ moment, this is mainly due to the fact that I’ve read a whack-load of zombie fiction and have read a lot of pretty twisted stuff. But, Rotter World, near the end of the book, gave me a good ‘Oh Crap!’ moment and the author gets bonus points for that.

Overall: Rotter World stands out as one hell of a zombie novel and with a little time, it will catch on and become a popular read among fans. I think somewhere down the road, people might regard Rotter World as a Permuted Press classic and I would probably be one of the people testifying to that. This story has a great plot, good characters, strong re-read value and an excellent, unique slant on the genre. 

You can read the entire review here.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sunday Bunnies
























Today is a very special edition of the Sunday Bunnies -- ten years ago today I adopted Ruby, my first rabbit.  She was just a scared little kit barely six months old, and she spent all night in my bathtub thumping in fear.  The next day I went out, bought her a cage, and set her up in my living room.  The rest is history.  She's now the grand diva of the household and reigns supreme over the other three rabbits who share my home. 

So happy tenth anniversary to my Ruby.  Hopefully she'll be here for the eleventh.