Saturday, June 30, 2012

Goodreads Giveaway of Rotter World

From 1 to 20 July, Goodreads will be conducting a giveaway of three autographed print editions of Rotter World.  To enter, go to the First Reads page of Goodreads, find the giveaway for Rotter World, and press ENTER TO WIN.  Good luck.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Status Update

I know I haven't been writing much this week (at least on my blog), mostly because I'm on a roll with my writing and am cranking out 1000+ words a day as well as preparing for several trips over the next two months.  Starting on 1 July, Goodreads is going to be doing a giveaway of Rotter World (more on that later).  Hopefully by this weekend I'll have some news about upcoming conventions and book signings.  So bear with me and check back soon.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sunday Bunnies

So I'm not supposed to climb up onto the phone books to eat the magazines?

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Interview with Mail Order Zombie #184

The podcast Mail Order Zombie #184 was uploaded today.  It has several interviews with Permuted Press authors conducted last month at Crypticon in Seattle, including me, Peter Clines, and Eloise J. Knapp.   My interview starts around minute 68. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Bricks of the Dead's Review of Rotter World

Bricks of the Dead recently posted a review of Rotter World, giving it four out five Lego zombie heads and saying: "Scott M. Baker’s Rotter World is an excellent crossover and definitely exceeded my expectations. This book throws vampires into the mix as tense allies against the flesh-eating bad guys we all know and love. If you are looking for a well-written supernatural action-adventure blockbuster, I’d say Rotter World is the book for you."

You can read the entire review here

A Belated Father's Day Blog

Please check out my latest post on Enjoying the Apocalypse! The Permuted Underground.  It's a tribute to my father who supported my Monster Kid habit. 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to my own father, who is beginning that long painful trek into Alzheimer's, and to all the other fathers out there, whether or not you are the biological parent, who are truly a dad to your kid(s).   

Saturday, June 16, 2012

A Note of Thanks

Many thanks to John Stein on Beyond Comics for hosting my book signing today.  And many thanks to everyone who chatted with me and bought my books.  I hope you enjoy them.

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Summer '150' Tour

Werzombies Press is running a Summer '150' Tour in which one hundred fifty authors will be interviewed, including me, during June.  If you're looking to get exposed to scores of authors and hopefully find some favorites to follow, then you must check it out. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

REMINDER: Book Signing at Beyond Comics in Gaithersburg, Maryland, 16 June

Just a reminder that I'll be signing copies of Rotter World (as well as my other books and anthologies) from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Saturday, 16 June, at Beyond Comics on 18749 B North Frederick Road in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  I'll have some good swag to give away, and I'll have a prize for the first two people who buy all four of my books.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

PROMETHEUS, Or How I Learned To Manage My Disappointment and Enjoy the Lesser Things in Life

Please check out my latest post on Enjoying the Apocalypse! The Permuted Underground.  Despite the title, it's not a movie review but my own opinion on the topic being bantered around the Internet about whether horror fans are killing off their own genre by accepting mediocrity. 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sunday Bunnies

Ten years old and still very much in love.  For a video of the love buns necking, check out my Facebook page.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

I'm Keeping Good Company

Well, at least Drake Matthews and Alison Monroe are.  Torex USA posted a list of famous vampire hunters, and included The Vampire Hunters along with Abe Lincoln and Vampire Hunter D.  How cool is that?

Mail Order Zombies Podcast of a Crypticon Panel

Mail Order Zombies has posted its 183 podcast.  Included in this cast is the audio of the Crypticon panel I sat on along with John Skipp (moderator), Craig DiLouie, Gareth Wood, Derek M. Koch, Rick Reeves, and Mark Rahner titled "Zombies! Why the Fuck Won't They Die?" Download the podcast and check it out. 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sunday Bunnies

This edition of the Sunday Bunnies is dedicated to Willow.  This morning, while I was trying to sleep in after watching TV half the night, she decided she wanted to get cuddly and spent the morning on the bed giving me nose nudges until I finally got up and gave her treats. 

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Kindlegraphs of My Books Are Now Available

Good news.  Kindlegraphs (electronic autographs) are now available for the Kindle and Nook versions of all four of my novels, my chapbook "Dead Water," as well as the electronic versions of some of the anthologies I am included in.  If anyone wants my Kindlegraph, you can get one here

Friday, June 1, 2012

Tales from the Crypticon

It has taken me almost a week to get caught up, so I wanted to take a few minutes to post about last weekend's Crypticon convention in Seattle. 

It was a tedious trip out to the west coast.  I left Washington D.C. at 7:00 AM, flew five hours out to Long Beach where I then suffered through a five-hour layover (and for anyone who has ever been through Long Beach Airport, you know how little there is to do there), and then completed the final two-hour jaunt up to Seattle.  I checked into my hotel after nearly fifteen hours on the road, arriving about an hour before my first panel session.  But the seemingly endless trip was definitely worth it. 

I sat on the usual zombie panels.  "Are You Ready for the Zombie Apocalypse?  Do You Plan To Survive?" is always fun because I love to compare bug out versus hunker down strategies, and I always pick up some good survivalist tips.  (And thanks to Tony Favile for all his great advice.)  "Zombies: Why the Fuck Won't They Die?" took a good-natured look at why the living dead not only have remained so popular in our culture but have not witnessed several break away subgenres as vampire fiction has.  And there were numerous groans of protest when I mentioned the concept of sparkling zombies.  (I promise that is not the plot of my next novel.)  And it was an honor and a thrill to join my fellow authors at the Permuted Press Q&A session on Friday night and the joint reading on Sunday.

Me and Ricou Browning
One of my favorite panels was "Universal Monsters and Their Forms Through the Years."  That was partly because I was enthralled by the Universal monsters as a kid.  I watched them so many times I knew every scene in every movie by heart.  I even had the entire Aurora Universal monster collection and owned my favorite films in the twelve-minute-long Super 8mm versions distributed by Castle Films.  The other reason this was one of my favorite panels was because it prompted me to go meet Ricou Browning, the actor who played the Gill Man in all three Creature from the Black Lagoon movies and the only surviving actor to portray one of Universal's iconic monsters.  (For more on my meeting with Mr. Browning, please check out my blog posting Enjoying the Apocalypse: The Permuted Underground.)

By the far the best part of the entire convention was sitting at the Permuted Press table.  It's a great publishing house, and I'm excited to be a part of the Permuted family. Thanks to Jacob Kier, the publisher, for inviting me.  Many thanks to the other Permuted authors who made me feel so welcome:  D.L. Snell, Tony Favile, Craig DiLouie, Timothy W. Long, Gareth Wood, Peter Clines, Eloise J. Knapp, and Jessica Miegs.  And many thanks to Tony for introducing me to "sweetened Coke." 

I came home exhausted (my flight back into Washington landed at 4:40 AM), but had an epic time and am looking forward to attending in 2013.  The next stop for me on the convention circuit is Infect Scranton 21-23 September where several Permuted Press authors will also have a table.  Hope to see you there. 

The Permuted gang at Crypticon. From left to right: D.L. Snell, Tony Faville, me, Craig DiLouie, Timothy Long, Gareth Wood, Peter Clines, Eloise J. Knapps (holding the assault rifle), Jacob Kier, and Jessica Miegs.