Pardon the straightforward post title, but I’m just popping in to quickly plug this weekend’s event.
The Mid-Ohio Indie Author Book Expo is THIS SATURDAY, August 10th, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Urbancrest, OH (just outside of Columbus). The event takes place at the Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA, and there will be dozens of authors from several different genres showcasing their work and chatting up a storm about all things book-related. The other authors might not necessarily be Chatty Kathy’s like me, but if you stop by my table with something fun to say about horror movies, recent books you’ve read, celebrities you love/hate, or just about anything under the sun, I’ll get to talking up a storm (in fact, I’ll even set out a tip jar, in case I start talking to much and you’re begging me to pump the brakes already!)
I’ll be promoting my debut extreme horror novella Birthday Girl, which has a sequel coming out in 2020. As previous posts have harped on, ‘extreme horror’ means lots of violence, gore, and shock value which may not be for everyone. If you don’t dig movies like Saw, The House That Jack Built, Salo, or The Human Centipede, then this niche sub-genre might not be for you, and I think it’s in everyone’s best interest to know this up front. I’m using movies as examples because I feel like their titles are better known than their literary equivalents. If you’re not sure whether or not you’d enjoy this sort of book, read any of Clive Barker’s short stories in The Books of Blood or anything from twisted minds like Edward Lee, Jack Ketchum, or Joe Knetter. I’m not claiming to be as good as these geniuses, but my book’s in the same ballpark thematically.
From Birthday Girl‘s Amazon page: “Peer pressured into losing her virginity on the eve of her 18th birthday, Anna views her first time the same way she’s viewed most things in her 12 years at Miss Codie’s Orphanage: an unfortunate inconvenience. When her best friend insists they stay up to celebrate, they discover a hidden board game and accidentally free Magriol, a sadistic exile from Hell whose practices disgust even the Devil. He offers to spare them if they can decipher a series of clues hidden throughout the city, thrusting them into a gore-splattered game of perversity in which their deepest insecurities are fodder for his amusement.
Anna may survive the carnage…but who will she be once the ocean of blood clears?”
The book’s gotten many reviews since it was released last Halloween, but here are a few that I think really highlight what the book is all about:
The gist of the reviews is, it’s a fast-paced and gory book aimed at folks who enjoy that sort of thing. Maybe that’s you, maybe it isn’t. Maybe you’re brave enough to give it a read.
I hope to see you at the expo this weekend!
(Next week: I’ll be back with another pop culture post regarding the latest movies I’ve seen and horror-related books I’ve read. I’ve been on a true crime kick lately, and there’s a new book I really, REALLY want to talk about…STAY TUNED!)