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THe bestselling African American stories in the horror genre, just in time for Halloween!
- 30 Minute Plan by Gerald Rice
(2011-02-22, Kindle Edition)
It’s the dusk of the zombie apocalypse. What’s left of mankind is huddled in the husks of the cities of the world. There are fewer of the walking dead, but they are just as dangerous as ever. After scientists come up with the brilliant idea of scent-marking them something goes wrong and a soldier is taken. When a fellow ‘dog’ decides to take matters into his own hands to rescue his comrade he finds the living dead have changed for the worse. Includes an excerpt of the upcoming novella Fleshbags.
- Darker Than Night: A Collection of Horror and Suspense Short Stories by Brandon Massey
(Dark Corner Publishing, 2011-03-24, Kindle Edition)
A collection of twelve previously published suspense and horror short stories by award-winning thriller writer, Brandon Massey. The stories contained in DARKER THAN NIGHT include:Granddad’s Garage: Was their beloved grandfather just a pack rat? Or a guardian of forgotten treasures?Daddy’s Little Girl: Her father was so overbearing that he’ll go to any lengths–even murder–to keep his daughter safe . . . The Sting: One man’s deepest fears come to terrifying life when he crosses the wrong person.After the Party: Getting pulled over by a cop in the middle of the night is only the beginning of your troubles.Hitcher: Never pick up strangers . . . no matter how beautiful . . .A Walk Through Darkness: Is it really possible to commit the perfect murder?The Monster: Is there something deadly under the bed–or is it only a figment of a child’s imagination?Death Notice: She considered it her duty to report on the recently deceased . . . until they decided to reach out to her on their own . . .The Woman Next Door: Taking a bite of the forbidden fruit just might be your undoing . . .Presumed Dead: Sometimes, even though you really can go back home, perhaps you never should . . . because death might be waiting for your return.The Last Train Home: A hard-working young mother is plunged into the ultimate nightmare.Ghostwriter: A writer discovers an unexpected cure for writer’s block–in the cemetery next door . . . This collection also features two bonuses: an excerpt from LIVE AGAIN, a supernatural thriller by L.R. Giles, and an excerpt from Massey’s newest suspense thriller, COVENANT.
- The Darkness to Come: A Thriller by Brandon Massey
(Dark Corner Publishing, 2011-04-30, Kindle Edition)
Dark Corner Publishing is pleased to present THE DARKNESS TO COME–the author’s original version of his novel published in July 2008 as DON’T EVER TELL–available now exactly as the author intended.What if everything you knew about the love of your life was a lie?Atlanta graphic designer Joshua Moore was one of those nice guys who always seemed to finish last, especially when it came to love. But all that changed when he met sweet, smart, almost magically perceptive Rachel. In less than a year they marry, and soon she announces that she is pregnant with their first child. The future is full of promise–but Joshua cannot escape his growing suspicion that Rachel is hiding something from him, something about a terrifying man from her past . . .Formerly a successful attorney in Chicago, Dexter Bates spent four long years in prison thinking about the woman who betrayed him. He emerges free with one chilling purpose: to hunt her down. Brilliant and cunning, with a capacity for ruthless violence, he’s also acquired a frightening talent that aids his mission of vengeance–and makes him virtually unstoppable . . . When Rachel vanishes suddenly, leaving behind only a cryptic letter, Joshua realizes that everything he believed about her was a lie–everything except her love for him. He vows to find out the truth about her past, to protect her, their unborn child, and their future. His search brings him face-to-face with the cold-blooded, inhumanly powerful Dexter . . . and the darkness that may consume all that he cherishes . . . A gripping exploration of commitment, love, and hope in the face of insurmountable odds, this is award-winning author Brandon Massey at his thrilling best.
- Otilia Umaga, the Mulatto girl from Martinique by Lidia Barugel
(Lidia Barugel, 2011-05-08, Kindle Edition)
René Rodriguez Soriano: An all-sweeping book, magical, transparent and evocative, sown with reflections and signals, so much as lightning, so much as light that, after reading it, no reader goes back to be the same.Horacio Semeraro: Syncretism effect for a great narrative.Thousands of stories and novels deal with mirrors. To write about them is a challenge to originality. Otilia Umaga the mulatto girl from Martinique -short novel, winner of the Juan Rulfo Prize 2008- totally deserves that distinction for its subtle sensuousness and the atmosphere achieved, A Brazilian woman and a Dutchman, who owns an inn at Senegal, play the leading roles in a particular encounter. Over this background they will tell their story. But it will be a revealing mirror that through its transhumant becoming shows us another leading couple of the novel in a far away time:A Belgian slave dealer –married to a Spanish woman from Seville- and a mixed race –mulatto- girl from Martinique, who enters the scene late, but with decisive participation. With a narrative as exotic as it is attractive, the author leads us to a mixture of Eden and Purgatory. The treatment of the passions and human behaviour in a torrid and sensuous climate coexists with the freshness and originality of her prose. Towards the end the features of magical realism –so dear to Juan Rulfo- get stronger, in an unexpected and fascinating spectacular encounter. The breaking-up of the temporal fields, the natural narration of unconventional or fantastic deeds, as also the meticulous description of characters in the real plane; coexist eclectically with Afro-American mythical elements, ghosts and catholic nuns. But it is Barugel’s prose, precise and erotic, that sinks the reader in that scenery with Senegalese drums rhythm and strong temperaments, achieving a syncretist effect in this surprising novel.Lidia Barugel was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.She published Amores de vidrio (2007) and Contrapalabra (ilustrated poem, 2010)Otilia Umaga, la mulata de Martinica, obtained the Juan Rulfo Prize,sponsored by:Radio France InternationaleInstituto CervantesInstituto de México en ParísCasa de América Latina Colegio de EspañaThe newspaper Le Monde DiplomatiqueEmail: email@example.comCover Ilustratión: “Woman”, Digital drawing by Lidia Barugel
- My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due
(Harper Voyager, 2011-11-15, Kindle Edition)
When Jessica marries David, he is everything she wants in a family man: brilliant, attentive, ever youthful. Yet she still feels something about him is just out of reach. Soon, as people close to Jessica begin to meet violent, mysterious deaths, David makes an unimaginable confession: More than 400 years ago, he and other members of an Ethiopian sect traded their humanity so they would never die, a secret he must protect at any cost. Now, his immortal brethren have decided David must return and leave his family in Miami. Instead, David vows to invoke a forbidden ritual to keep Jessica and his daughter with him forever. Harrowing, engrossing and skillfully rendered, My Soul to Keep traps Jessica between the desperation of immortals who want to rob her of her life and a husband who wants to rob her of her soul. With deft plotting and an unforgettable climax, this tour de force reminiscent of early Anne Rice will win Due a new legion of fans.
- Never Dead by Jumata Emill Jones
(STJ Publishing, 2011-03-28, Kindle Edition)
THE PERFECT COUPLE?Emerson McGee has spent most of his life living with a secret, and the first-year law student’s menacing struggle with his sexuality is only the half of it. His wife, Danielle, has her own scars of adolescent heartache—which she thinly veils behind her façade as an upper-middle class princess. The newlywed’s cookie-cutter marriage is abruptly interrupted when they make a reluctant move into the quaint house Emerson inherited from his deceased grandmother. Unbeknownst to them, there’s already something else living there: A malevolent entity hell-bent on exposing its connection to Emerson and the tragic secret they share.A GHOST’S STORYWhile a mysterious narrator recounts the details of his abject life, the McGee’s vengeful poltergeist pulls Danielle deeper into a mystery that has haunted an impoverished ghetto in South Baton Rouge—aptly called “‘Da Bottom”—for nearly a decade, and spills into the provocative world of New Orleans hoodoo. Before its final scare, Never Dead concludes with a bloody twist the McGees never saw coming.
- Serving Monster by Jervey Tervalon
(Jervey Tervalon Books, 2011-04-02, Kindle Edition)
Serving Monster is the story of Gibson, the personal chef of an immensely talented, but deeply strange icon of popular culture, Monster Stiles. While working for Monster, Gibson realizes that not all is what it seems at the Lair, Monster’s isolated and beautiful retreat. At great cost to himself, what Gibson discovers at the heart of the Lair, will reveal more about the startling truth of Monster than anyone could ever imagine.
- Deadlier by the Dozen, an Urban Fantasy (Dark Encounters) by Marcia Colette
(Dusk Till Dawn Books, 2011-09-09, Kindle Edition)
Dark Encounters, Book #2The more the scarier.Put up for adoption at seven-years old, history teacher Mackenzie Lawson has spent the last twenty years dreaming of meeting her family again. However, her hopes to rekindle old memories and find closure have hit one hell of a snag. A hundred-year-old curse placed upon her relatives has begun, unleashing a dozen of her doppelgangers who want her dead. Their purpose is to infiltrate her family and kill everyone in sight. To exact revenge for a wrong that happened more than a century ago. Mackenzie must find a way to get rid of her psychotic doubles or risk having them go after her loved ones. However, each doppelganger kill causes her blood pressure to skyrocket to dangerous levels. This and more attract the attention of a mysterious mutant with patchwork skin who volunteers his services, but leaves out the part about it being his job to destroy the source of the doppelgangers starting with her. Mackenzie needs to figure out where his loyalties lie before DEADLIER BY THE DOZEN becomes deadlier by thirteen.
- The Exorsistah: X Restored by Claudia Mair Burney
(Pocket Star, 2011-05-31, Mass Market Paperback)
God finally gave X what she asked for. If only he would teach her how to use it. After three years and more creepy demons than she’d care to recall, Emme Vaughn has finally found her mama. Only the reunion doesn’t go as X expected. It’s not easy adapting to a new life in New Orleans, with a mother who was possessed by the devil until recently and a stepfather she didn’t know existed. Especially when a mysterious stranger, her stepfather’s charming and handsome protégé Jean-Paul, drives a wedge between Emme and Francis. Is the enigmatic outsider trying to replace her man? Or does he have a more sinister plan— one she couldn’t have imagined? Haunted by a mysterious ghost and threatened by a demon in her mama’s house, X gets ready to rumble. She dons God’s armor to face the evil force that has hunted her all her life, but first she must cast aside the little girl act and draw strength from all the celestial and worldly friends who have guided her this far. Once and for all, the devil has it coming . . . Exorsistah style.
- The Vampire and The Vegan, Book I: Food by Merlene Alicia Vassall
(Technical Assistance & Support Consultants, 2011-01-01, Paperback)
Pearl, a temptress vampire living in Washington, DC, discovers that the blood of her next would-be victim, Salaam, lacks that certain something she craves – necromantic energy that comes from eating meat. Yet he may offer her something that she needs even more… Through fast-paced prose peppered with surprises, The Vampire and The Vegan explores the complex relationship between a carnivore and her food.
- The Spider Inside Her, an Urban Fantasy (Dark Encounters) by Marcia Colette
(Dusk Till Dawn Books, 2011-06-26, Kindle Edition)
It’s in her nature.As the manager of a domestic abuse shelter, Loréal Ingram is making half the salary she’s used to, behind on her mortgage, and has lost faith in being an advocate for victims after three die on her watch. When a job offer lands in her lap, she wants to take it…until a curse changes her into a humanoid spider. But that’s not the worst of it. She’s forced to share her mind and body with an insect spirit who thrives on death.The arachnid, her Mr. Hyde-like personality, is fueled by vengeance, and the handler who should be managing her kills sucks at his job. One abuser after another dies and the trail leads to Loréal. She learns that the handler has botched the curse and unleashed The Spider Inside Her upon wrongdoers. If she doesn’t find a way to lift the curse soon, the arachnid will take complete control of her body and kill anyone who crosses her path, including her boyfriend.
- Best Black Vampire Story by Donna Monday
(2011-03-23, Kindle Edition)
Rochelle Prescott is adrift. After experiencing the tragic loss of her fiancé, Everett, she decides to take a trip through upstate New York—hoping to find a little solace for her bruised soul. Tired and hungry, she pulls into the town of Venice Springs. A local directs her to what seems like a charming, old-fashioned bed and breakfast inn. However, as Rochelle is about to find out, the Sleepy Trail Inn offers more than cozy comfort for weary travelers.Every guest is a potential meal for the black vampires who own this quaint old place. In spite of her best efforts, the unsuspecting Rochelle finds herself falling under the spell of the handsome Darius Champion. Will her love for the master vampire lure her into the world of the immortals forever?Darius Champion has lived his life to the fullest. During his 200 plus years of walking the earth, he has satisfied his every whim and lust. Having grown weary of the fast life, he settles down in upstate New York. Yet, there’s a place deep down in his heart that yearns for true love and companionship. While he is master of his home and the town of Venice Springs, there is one thing he’s not in control of—his heart. Will his blind love for one woman cause him to lose everything he cherishes—including his life?BEST BLACK VAMPIRE STORY is much more than a vampire romance, you’ll be drawn into a world of love, lust and terrifying power, where vampires have taken over an entire town against its will. All of the intriguing action leads up to a final clash between vamps and townies where one group must win over the other or perish.NOTE: This book was originally published under the title of THE BEST BLACK VAMPIRE STORY YOU’VE EVER READ (paperback).Want more great stories? Click on the author name above to see more titles.
- HOWL: A Short Story by Christian Slade
(, 2011-05-31, Kindle Edition)
Short Story; 10,000 Words.Zandeleigh’s father moves her to West Africa for a summer mining contract. She’s expected to grow and bring her experiences back home with her before her Senior year of high school.Her first night in the village she sees a young boy attacked by a great, black enraged beast; a Drill.Some mysterious disease drove the animal mad, and soon the locals are beginning to act strangely lethargic. Worse still, the symptoms are spreading quickly. It isn’t long until Zandeleigh witnesses horrors like she’d never imagined before.Includes a 2 chapter preview of upcoming novel EDEN, a bizarre and compelling tale of horror.
- Hollowstone by Dennis Upkins
(Parker Publishing Inc, 2011-06-06, Kindle Edition)
Life for Noah Scott changes drastically when he is accepted to Hollowstone Academy, one of the most prestigious boarding schools in the country set in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee. Within the hallowed halls of the illustrious school, Noah soon discovers that the world of the privileged is rife with social hierarchies, politics, depravity and corruption. It is also there that Noah meets his roommate and best friend, the charming and enigmatic Caleb Warner. Tragedy soon strikes when Cal is brutally murdered in a hold-up. But when Noah is haunted by Cal’s ghost, he soon discovers that the random act of violence was in fact a premeditated one. Determined to uncover the truth and find Cal’s killer, Noah soon finds that the school and its patrons have more than their share of secrets. Secrets they are willing to preserve at any cost. Through a series of prophetic dreams and visions, Noah also quickly learns that greater supernatural forces are at play. In a race against time, Noah must solve Cal’s murder and uncover the truth before he’s the killer’s next victim.
A collection of twelve previously published suspense and horror short stories by award-winning thriller writer, Brandon Massey.
The stories contained in DARKER THAN NIGHT include:
Granddad’s Garage: Was their beloved grandfather just a pack rat? Or a guardian of forgotten treasures?
Daddy’s Little Girl: Her father was so overbearing that he’ll go to any lengths–even murder–to keep his daughter safe . . .
The Sting: One man’s deepest fears come to terrifying life when he crosses the wrong person.
After the Party: Getting pulled over by a cop in the middle of the night is only the beginning of your troubles.
Hitcher: Never pick up strangers . . . no matter how beautiful . . .
A Walk Through Darkness: Is it really possible to commit the perfect murder?
The Monster: Is there something deadly under the bed–or is it only a figment of a child’s imagination?
Death Notice: She considered it her duty to report on the recently deceased . . . until they decided to reach out to her on their own . . .
The Woman Next Door: Taking a bite of the forbidden fruit just might be your undoing . . .
Presumed Dead: Sometimes, even though you really can go back home, perhaps you never should . . . because death might be waiting for your return.
The Last Train Home: A hard-working young mother is plunged into the ultimate nightmare.
Ghostwriter: A writer discovers an unexpected cure for writer’s block–in the cemetery next door . . .
This collection also features two bonuses: an excerpt from LIVE AGAIN, a supernatural thriller by L.R. Giles, and an excerpt from Massey’s newest suspense thriller, COVENANT.
Dark Corner Publishing
Secret government operative Sasha Trudeau earned a long vacation with her lover and fellow Shadow Wolf, Hunter, after the brutal wolf-like attacks that left New Orleans in an uproar. But when her team calls with news of vampire slayings, Sasha knows it’s only a matter of time before another war breaks out among the supernatural denizens of the world.
The vampires are nobody’s ally, but the cold-hearted deaths of their own kind make them even more bloodthirsty than usual. But who is the culprit? With the Seelie and Unseelie courts claiming innocence and aligning together, Sasha’s team is at a loss. Until they discover that they’re facing ancient creatures from the depths of hell itself, bent on unleashing pure fury.
St. Martin’s Paperbacks
St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Available 03/30/10 in Mass Market Paperback
The last fight between the werewolf clans spilled onto the streets of New Orleans — and now the whole city’s on red alert. Martial law has gone into effect. Mediums, ghost hunters, and other supernatural pundits have taken over the media, swarming the Big Easy to expose the hard truth about lycanthropes. And to make matters worse, a beastly killer is clawing up humans! Secret government operative Sasha Trudeau doesn’t like what she’s seeing — a series of brutal and bloody slayings that appear to be wolf-like attacks. It might be the work of a copy cat killer — vampire or Unseelie or some other enemy of the Seelie clan. But while Sasha races to find suspects and motives, the panic level is rising — and the city’s human population is clamoring for an all-out wolf hunt!
Cursed to Death
Crimson Moon, Book 4
by L. A. Banks
Available by St. Martin’s Paperbacks
09/29/09 in Mass Market Paperback
Secret government operative Sasha Trudeau arrives at the scene of a murder, only to discover that a Fae creature has been killed — in a whole new kind of way. What is the meaning behind this mysterious ritualistic killing? What did the victim do to deserve it? Sasha fears that the Vampires and Unseelies have formed an unholy alliance — and they’re ready to unleash their darkest arsenal of magick yet.
Teaming up with her mate and fellow Shadow Wolf, Max Hunter, Sasha tries to penetrate the paranormal community for clues. Meanwhile, members of the Wolf Clan are turning against one another as they race to uncover the meaning behind an ancient Unseelie curse. Even Sasha is not immune to this powerful magick, and soon finds herself drawn to a sensual, dangerous dance — one that could cost her own life!
Undead on Arrival
Crimson Moon, Book 3
by L. A. Banks
Just one month ago, secret government operative Sasha Trudeau thought she’d tasted victory. Orchestrating detente between the warring factions of the supernatural world had nearly cost her life — but it also opened the door to a future with Max Hunter, her mate and fellow Shadow Wolf.
Until now. A poisonous virus is wreaking havoc on Hunter’s immune system. And the passionate man who Sasha loves has become unpredictable, dangerous — and possibly deadly. When Hunter disappears the night a human is found ravaged, Sasha is thrust into a race against the clock to find the cure for her mate and the traitor who’s determined to see them both dead.
Pen of Iniquity
by Deno Sandz
In 1998, Derrick Samuel pleaded innocent to an armed robbery of a convenience store, but was found guilty and incarcerated.
Four years earlier, miscreant Daniel Gordon, serving a ten-year sentence for murder at the Northville Prison, was brutally tortured and murdered by the warden, his guards, and six inmates because of his involvement with the outside world regarding the murders being committed by guards and inmates ordered by Warden Verdana. Daniel also complained about the improper living conditions, drug trafficking, and inhumane working conditions.
That evening four years ago, before the prison closed down due to funding, the guards forcefully pulled Daniel out of his cell and dragged down to a decaying boiler room. Inside the room awaited the six inmates and the warden. They beat him, chained him to an open steam pipe, and turned it on.
After a few minutes they took him down from the steam pipe thinking he was dead. Suddenly, Daniel spoke, “I shall remember you.” Then, into the furnace they placed him…burning him alive.
It is now the year 2002 and a Pen of Iniquity is about to be opened.
Bite the Bullet (Crimson Moon, Book 2)
by L. A. Banks
Available September 2008
Sasha Trudeau considers herself a soldier first and a werewolf second. But while her secret government-sanctioned task-force faces its greatest challenge so far, Sasha faces something much more primal: the undeniable pull of the moonâ€”and her own desires.With rogue wolves savaging both the human and paranormal worlds, Sasha’s team of elite operatives has one job: destroy the rogues and isolate the deadly toxin that has poisoned their blood. But the challenge is far more complicated than Sasha could have imagined. Soon she is thrust into a full-scale supernatural war for supremacy – and the only man left who Sasha can turn to might be the biggest danger to her of all. . .and in more ways than one.
by L.A. Banks, Tananarive Due, Brandon Massey
Available: November 25, 2008
Essence Magazine Book Club Pick
Some evils are so great that they transcend death. In Brandon Massey‘s “The Patriarch,” a young writer travels to the hushed backwoods of Mississippi, where dangerous secrets surface as a generations-old feud comes to bone-chilling new life…
The souls of the mistreated always find a way to be heard. In L.A. Banks‘s “Ev’ry Shut Eye Ain’t Sleep,” violent visions haunt a man–until he’s handed an opportunity to right the wrongs of the past and prevent unspeakable acts from occurring once again…
When horrors are covered up and lost, our ancestors must find a way–even in death–to tell their tales. In Tananarive Due‘s “Ghost Summer,” ancestors haunt the nights of two children. And when a grisly discovery is made, these ancestors will make their mark on both the dead and the living…
The Thirteenth (Vampire Huntress Legends)
by L. A. Banks
Available February 2009
The final story in the now cult favorite Vampire Huntress series. The entire Neteru Guardian team is on the run, having now been labeled as America’s most-wanted terrorists following the gruesome demon battle that felled the Washington Monument and crashed the front doors of the White House. The Anti-Christ is positioned for emergence, the powers of darkness have released the pale horse of the apocalypse, and half the Neteru team is pregnant. Plagues from hell that ravage the country are being cited as stemming from bio-terrorism. The nation is under martial law. The Neterus and their team are underground. If things weren’t bad enough… the Dark Realm breaks the sixth Biblical seal, which plunges the world into perpetual darkness and irrevocably into the Armageddon.
Like many young people who join the military, Wayne Jackson wanted to serve his country and go on an adventure beyond the confines of Mineola, Long Island where he grew up. As a Military Policeman in Baumholder, Germany he served Uncle Sam and took sometime to travel throughout Europe.
When he was deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1990, his unit was filled with confidence and youthfulness. During their tour of duty, his unit, along with Army engineers, constructed some of the first detention camps in Iraq. His platoon was attached to a unit of Army intelligence officers and he assisted with the apprehension and interrogation of Saddam Hussein’s spies that operated covertly in the cities of Safwan and Basra. Eventually, Wayne’s unit was awarded for processing over 10,000 enemy prisoners of war. However, after six months of witnessing the atrocities and rapid degradation of mankind, Wayne Jackson knew he’d never be the same.
Once he returned to Germany, Wayne was reassigned to Ft. Jackson, South Carolina where he later became a member of the Special Reaction Team (SWAT). There, he served the remaining years of his service tussling with PTSD and the dramatic aftermath its malignant destruction. Once he was honorably discharged the demons of the past were always around the corner and once his beloved mother died in 2001, they came calling and Wayne resorted to alcohol and became one of the walking wounded like many other former soldiers suffering from PTSD
After a period of darkness, Wayne was able to find his way back to life through writing. Although he never considered himself a writer, Wayne actually began journaling his military experiences in 1988 when he joined the Army. Instead of writing about his experience in Saudi Arabia, Wayne found a sense of peace and creative zeal that was dormant for a long time, which is how the In Lieu of Light Series was born.
Wayne Jackson has a unique perspective that relates to both soldiers and civilians. In Lieu of Light (Dailey Swan Publishing May 2008) has received terrific reviews and is amongst the showcased titles at the BEA in LA.
The following is an interview with Wayne by Eric Brasley of Books of Soul conducted on October 19, 2008.
- I have to ask the most obvious question first, what was your inspiration for writing In Lieu of Light?
To be honest and off the cuff, Eric, when I was living in South Carolina, I found myself at the lowest point of my life. I was in a very dark place spiritually after witnessing the death of my mother and taking on the huge responsibility of raising my younger brother.
Although the basic blueprint for the story began years prior, after reading the first three novels of Anne Rice’s Vampire series, I discovered a missing element and wanted to capitalize on it. I wasn’t sure how to approach the story until I found myself empty and spiritually bankrupt. I was then able to harness the negative energy and make it work for me.
So in short, I would say several tragic moments in my life have ignited my ambition and Anne Rice has inspired me to write about them.
- Did your military experience help in developing your novel?
Yes. I would say that my military experience most certainly has tempered me as an artist. Having experienced war and combat I knew then I wasn’t going to make a career out of the Army. The atrocities that I witnessed still linger and from time to time I am able to draw from memory just how brutal (mankind) can be.
I used photography and writing as my avenue of escape while we marched forward as the rawest element on earth.
- Authors seem to approach the task of writing in different ways — writing certain scenes first & building a story, writing the end first, etc. How do you write? Did you have a favorite time? A favorite spot?
I call my approach to writing “drops in a bucket.” First, let me say you must have an outline before you can begin, it’s the most practical blueprint. The writer can always alter the basic blueprint as the story evolves but you should begin with the basics, after that it’s just drops in a bucket.
Whenever a thought comes to me I have a pen and some paper or I use my hand so as not to lose the idea. At the end of the month, I place all the writing in separate folders that correlate to the sections of the outline. Then after a few months, I begin to piece the story together using the collective material.
So far as a favorite place or time, I’d say no. But if I needed a character analysis, I would sit for hours in a coffee shop or a mall and write descriptive details of the patrons as they passed. I’m sure many thought of me as some psycho or pervert, shooting glances at them. But what better way to create a character of fiction than from the living?
- What shaped your writing style? Where did you get your writing experience and hone your “chops”?
For this question I would have to refer back to the first question, but to expound by saying my grandmother (Laverne Jackson) was an awesome creative writer and has also in some way inspired me. I must give credit to the dearly departed.
- Can you introduce us to Sabrina and Chantelle, the Le’Noach sisters? How did you come up with these characters?
The two sisters, Sabrina and Chantelle, both bi-racial children, grew up on their father’s plantation in post-slavery South Carolina. Most of their lives, they lived under the protection of their father and his estate but in some ways are bound to the land because of racial barriers.
One tranquil evening while they were playing on the outskirts of the plantation, they encountered young white men from the neighboring estate. A conflict ensues, and the young women and their brother fight for their lives. A chain of events occur and Sabrina is abducted by a stranger (a vampire) that was passing through toward Charleston.
Sabrina’s inner strength and beauty is what saves her from the vampire’s thirst and an untimely death. The vampire obligates Sabrina to do his bidding and to help him kill another vampire. In turn, he sets her free. Sabrina returns several years’ later craving companionship and family. She leads her younger sister astray, into a dark and seedy life, a lifestyle that Chantelle finds repulsive.
(Sorry, I speak vaguely so not give too much away)
The two sisters represent how we each deal with traumatic moments in life. How we choose separate paths in order to cope with a negative experience. I believe everyone has found themselves in a dark place spiritually and some want to free themselves of it in search of redemption. Others like Sabrina choose to dwell in darkness and, as their malignant life continues, their hatred grows too.
- Horror fiction always has its “gotcha” moment, either something suspenseful or something gory, that has the reader turning the page. You don’t have to give too much away but what scenes or events will give your readers the chills?
I would have to say the slaughterhouse chapter. Many readers are taken aback by what occurs in the slaughterhouse, when Sabrina is carried off by the group of boys and into the slaughterhouse. Then the vampire is provoked by their aggression and exacts his own nature upon everyone.
- You have plans for a second volume. What’s next? What seeds are you planting in this novel that will carry us to the next one?
The second novel is complete and due to be released April of 09. The seeds planted in the first book are the mysterious years that Sabrina was missing before her return to the United States. I write about her adventure with her abductor in England while they tracked his maker.
I also lead the reader into Chantelle’s quest for redemption and her search for religion which doesn’t help her situation on a personal level but reveals a cure. Chantelle realizes she must first be released from Sabrina’s fettered love in order for the cure to work.
- What are your plans for marketing and promoting your novel? Are you looking forward to the book readings and booksignings?
Other than selling books out of the trunk of my car and soliciting book stores for signings, I leave the rest to my agent and publisher. They pretty much tell me what to do and where to go and sometimes not in a nice way.
- Do you belong to any writer groups?
I use to belong to a writing group when I lived in Miami while I was promoting this book. They were very supportive and we took turns critiquing each others’ work. I recommend writers that are just getting started to join.
I would like to join another group but at the moment I’m just inundated by the demands of my agent and the endless pursuit to sell more books. I feel I spend a great deal more time marketing than writing.
- What horror authors do you look up to?
I don’t really look up to any horror authors I was relegated to this genre by my publisher. He said, “If it’s got gore and vampires, it’s Horror.” I believe it’s more suspense with a touch of gore but a story of inspiration as told from a macabre viewpoint.
- If I was to peruse your book shelves, what would I find?
I have a very long book shelf. Most books that I have read I’ve donate to the library or VA Hospital where I’m employed. If you perused my “shelf,” you’d find:
Anne Rice’s collection
Edgar Allan Poe’s collective works
Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray
Ernest Hemmingway’s The Garden of Eden
Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
C.S. Lewis’ The Screw Tape Letters
Franz Kafka’s book of short stories
T.S. Elliot’s The Waste Land
Elizabeth Nunez’ Prospero’s Daughter
Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye
You would also find a host of poetry books, and books on fine cooking and photography.
- Since it’s Halloween time…. What was your favorite costume? And, what got you scared as a kid?
The most frightening is the clown costume. I don’t know why but some people should not wear that costume. I usually keep it simple and dress up as a monk or the Grim Reaper. It saves time and money.
- What is the creepiest thing you’ve ever eaten?
As a child, I was forced to eat “cow tongue.” I sat at the table and cried for an eternity but my uncle made me eat it. He called it a delicacy. I called it awful and abusive.
- Back to writing, what is your favorite part? Developing plots, creating characters, writing dialog or something else?
My favorite would be writing characters and being descriptive as possible. A person’s mannerisms can tell a story alone, and too many writers get caught-up in dialog. Of course, dialogue can move a story but without a good description of the characters, the story has little depth. Many words can be said without the character even speaking.
- Do you have any tips for your fellow writers? Anything that has worked for you in writing, finding a publisher & agent, in promoting your book?
The best advice I can give is to believe in yourself even when others don’t! Take criticisms lightly but pay attention to a good critique. Above all, don’t sign a thing without sound legal advice even if you have to pay for it.
Over the years I’ve saved a few bad contracts that I refused to sign and occasionally I pull them out of my briefcase and look at them. It fuels my ambition.
Other people will recognize your talent and do their best to exploit you. Many people want a free ride at the cost of your talent, sacrifice, and hard work. Don’t give credence to their cause!!!!
In Lieu of Light
by Wayne Jackson
Available May 2008
Chantelle and Sabrina Le’Noach are two sisters brought up with unyielding ideas of good and bad, sinful and honorable, moral and immoral as they embark on a journey into unimaginable evil.
In Lieu of Light Volume One begins with Sabrina, Chantelle and their brother Philip living relatively charmed lives as the offspring of a former slave and her master. One night their tranquil lives as protected children are shattered by lusty wanting and racial hatred. As they race to escape their pursuers they find centuries old evil in the night searching for sanctuary. Soon the predators pursuing them become the prey unleashing a furious flash of death; Sabrina is taken, Chantelle is left battered and bruised and their brother lay dying on the riverbank.
In a story that spans centuries, Wayne Jackson weaves a tale of evil seeking redemption as the sisters take different paths in a search for some measure of peace in souls emptied by an unquenchable thirst for blood and power
Debut novelist Wayne Jackson is a native of New York. In Lieu of Light is the first in a series featuring the Le’Noach sisters. For more information visit his website at www.myspace.com/inlieuoflight.