A Writer, A Musician

Anyone who follows my blog or sees my posts on social media knows I’m a writer. It’s pretty much all I talk about. I guess I just can’t contain my enthusiasm for the written word!

But I’m also a musician. Been a guitar player since the age of 13. So… a long time.

I’m excited to announce that my band and I released our debut EP, titled Penance. The digital album is now available on bandcamp.com, and soon we’ll be releasing it on itunes and other formats. We’ll also be producing physical copies as well!

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You can listen to one of our songs free on Youtube“Wendigo Carnage Psychosis”.

And you can preview our music on bandcamp before you buy.

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Thanks for reading! And if death metal isn’t your thing, please share with anyone you know who might enjoy our music!

 

Abby’s Best Role – Pen of the Damned

This week on Pen of the Damned, read Abby’s Best Role by Brian Moreland.

Follow Pen of the Damned on Twitter @penofthedamned And like us on Facebook

Pen of the Damned is a collection of dark tales told by those who freely dive into the maw of damnation and live to tell their stories. Every Tuesday a new story is posted to the site by one of its handful of eclectic writers. And once or twice a cycle, the members write their interpretation of a photo prompt as a group post. The stories are short and not so sweet, with a lingering aftertaste of terror.

If you haven’t checked out the site I dare you to take a look into the pitch black, if only to see if you can find the light again.

www.penofthedamned.com

More on Pen of the Damned:

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At Peace by Christopher A. Liccardi

Carnival by A.F. Stewart

Footprints by Mark Steinwachs

A Walk with Grace by Lee A. Forman

Like a Puppet by Jon Olson

The Within by Mark Steinwachs

Tiny Cages by Veronica Magenta Nero

Know Not the Dark by Joseph A. Pinto

Halloween is Coming…

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Happy Halloween!

If you’re a fan of horror, then you probably love this holiday as much as I do (well maybe not because I’m slightly fanatical. Each Halloween has become a bit of a competition with a house across the street). But the amount of gushing you do for the unholiest of celebrations matters not. If you love Halloween, I love you. Well, maybe not. But I probably like you at least.

The unboxing of the Halloween decorations has begun…

It’s no easy task. I have to use an a hand truck and make about 6 trips from the basement door at the back of the house to the front door. Sometimes I wonder if I have too many decorations. But then I realize there’s no such thing, and I even have a list of things I’d like to add to the collection this year. (Summer yard sales are the best for getting lots of stuff real cheap, by the way).

Halloween is especially fun where I live. I counted last year and had over 1,500 trick-or-treaters at my door. No, I’m not joking. There really were that many. The neighborhood I live in has been the trick-or-treat ‘place to go’ even since I was a kid. People come from all the nearby smaller towns just to come to this neighborhood. So it adds up to a lot of freaking people.

So I really love to get scary, deck out the house as much as possible, and make at least one child cry with my costume. (I swear I don’t do it on purpose, but still consider it an achievement.)

Follow my blog for more updates on Halloween madness!

OPEN SUBMISSION: The Sirens Call – Issue 35 ‘The Classics’ | #Horror #ClassicMonsters

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Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce its next open call…

The Classics

eZine_Submission_ImageFor the October issue of The Sirens Call eZine, we’re looking for horror stories, prose, and poetry celebrating classic monster stereotypes.

Whether it’s vampires, swamp men, werewolves, witches, evil trolls, or… whatever, we want your spin on what these creatures are up to. What we do NOT want is Fan Fiction! No tales of Dracula or Frankenstein’s Monster; let’s leave the copyrighted names alone.

The only trope we’re NOT allowing: Zombies – NO EXCEPTIONS! We’re saving that genre for our year end issue.

Send us pieces that are creepy, sullen, emotive, freaky, humorous, elegant, bizarre; or just flat out scary as hell.

The basic rules:

  • write the piece well
  • make sure it involves a classic monster but not a classic name (for example, don’t send us a story about Dracula-we’re not looking for Fan-Fic here)
  • the work…

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Damned Words 23 by Pen of the Damned

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This week on Pen of the Damned, each member wrote a piece exactly 100 words long, using this same photo as a prompt. They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. The Damned give you 100 each.

Click HERE to read!

Ghosts of Judgement Bridge by Brian Moreland

Departing Obstruction by Lee A. Forman

Honor by Mark Steinwachs

Safe by Christopher A. Liccardi

Crossing by Veronica Magenta Nero

Where will you go, Josie May? by John Potts Jr.

Just Cut Deep by Jon Olson

Awakened by Joseph A. Pinto

Ghost Train by A.F. Stewart

Mother’s Rage by Nina D’Arcangela

Follow Pen of the Damned on Twitter @penofthedamned And like us on Facebook

Pen of the Damned is a collection of dark tales told by those who freely dive into the maw of damnation and live to tell their stories. Every Tuesday a new story is posted to the site by one of its handful of eclectic writers. And once or twice a cycle, the members write their interpretation of a photo prompt as a group post. The stories are short and not so sweet, with a lingering aftertaste of terror.

If you haven’t checked out the site I dare you to take a look into the pitch black, if only to see if you can find the light again.

www.penofthedamned.com

 

 

The Fractal Man

I recently wrote a blog post about a writer’s bucket list, and talked about some things I’d like to achieve as a writer before I pass into the void.

I’ve taken one step further to reaching one of those goals, which is to write poetry.

I’m thrilled that my poem, The Fractal Man was published on Stanzaic Stylings.

I had originally written another piece to submit, but thought it was a bit dark for the content I read at Stanzaic Stylings, and decided to submit it to a more horror-dedicated publication. The Fractal Man is a bit lighter than my usual style and thought it was a better fit. I’m very pleased with the results and overjoyed that this piece is now available for all to enjoy!

It’s an exciting adventure into a new realm of writing that I’ve only just begun to explore, and I look forward to diving into it head first and seeing where it leads!

You can read The Fractal Man for free HERE!