Hear That Calliope Music? The Carnival Of Pimpage Is Open Once More


It is time to spread good cheer and do some straight-pimping. Er, not the kind of pimping where you exploit young runaways on the streets of Hollywood, because, ew. Nor will you be modding someone’s “whip” with an PS3 and rocket boosters and a fully-operational 7-11 in the trunk. No, this is the type of pimping where you say, “Hey, you should check out [INSERT THIS THING HERE].”

Here are the rules for this bout of pimpage.

You may pimp yourself but you must also pimp another.

So, you can say, “I just wrote a biography of Burger McGoob, daredevil ukelele player known for his invention of the nipple clamp in 1932, but first let me tell you why you should check out the masterpiece work of my pal…”

Or something.

For example:

I’m going to tell you right now to run out and read the novel White Horse, by Alex Adams.

I have the fortune of reading many great novels these days, sometimes ones sent my way by folks who would like to be interviewed here at Ye Olde Blog. This is just such a novel (and be advised: tomorrow you’ll see the interview with Alex). White Horse is a novel of a woman, a pandemic, an apocalypse, and a (mostly) unfulfilled love. It’s grim, beautiful, horrific, funny, sweet, and sad.

I have this problem when I read books where, generally, the only time I get to read is in bed at the end of the day, and with even the best novels I have to fight the urge to sleep to push forward into the story.

I did not have this problem with White Horse. The language pulled my hair. The story dragged me along. Zoe, the protagonist, demanded I watch her every step. The book was, in many ways, like being duct taped to an actual white horse just before someone kicked it in the ass and made that sonofabitch run.

Now, here’s the thing. I have this book Blackbirds, which I’m sure you know about because, well, I won’t shut up about the damn thing (now with 82 very positive reviews at Amazon!).

Blackbirds and White Horse are spiritual cousins of one another. They share artistic heritage.

Consider.

Both released in April, 2012.

Color + Animal. White horse. Black bird(s).

Both written in the present tense. In fact, in White Horse, Adams uses a convention where each sub-chapter is labeled either THEN or NOW, so you bounce back and forth between what happened and what is presently happening. An earlier draft of Blackbirds had exactly this (the Interludes now tell the “THEN” story, for those who have read the book).

Both are also written with an eye toward indulgent metaphors — I saw a review the other day that called Blackbirds one of the most language-drunk novels she’d ever read, and I would say the same thing about White Horse. Adams puts images and ideas together in ways that do not merely dazzle but actually create a more complete and powerful sensation — it makes the story feel all the more real and surreal.

Both feature “strong” female protagonists. Both survivors.

Both are “road” novels — they are about a journey, a journey based on love.

Both are also very much about death — death a hunting, haunting specter in each.

Both feature pregnancy in important roles.

Both feature a sinister European villain (Ingersoll versus “The Swiss”).

Both feature some really, really fucked-up scenes of horror and yet, at the same time, manage to be funny. (Well, I don’t know that Blackbirds succeeds — that’s on you to decide. But White Horse really is.)

Both are genre-agnostic. They cannot be easily pinned to a single genre.

Both have sequels coming out. (Red Horse / Mockingbird).

Go buy White Horse. You will not regret that decision.

Anywho. There’s my pimpage. Go forth and bring your own.

One for you.

One for someone else.

Happy Fourth of July.


87 responses to “Hear That Calliope Music? The Carnival Of Pimpage Is Open Once More”

  1. I just finished read Ashes and Wine by Taryn Elliott, which is a romance novella available only in ebook (for now). It’s about Tessa, who owns a bookstore, and Royal, who runs the family winery, and the dying father who keeps Royal from following his heart. It’s very touching (you may cry), and I really enjoyed it. Even if you don’t like romances, you should give this one a read.

    Oh, and the author’s in my writing group.

    It’s the second book on her book page. Isn’t that cover gorgeous?

    All I have of my own stuff is my writing blog, which I update three times a week, plus whenever I get around to reviewing whatever I’ve just read. I challenged myself to read 125 books this year, so that’s pretty often.

  2. From one lurker’s ever-growing Read This, You Might Like It list to you. All of these are available through Amazon, if that’s your venue; links go to publisher’s sites.

    – The Ylendrian Empire series consists of The Balance of Silence and The Slipstream Con, written by Reesa Herberth and Michelle Moore. Funny, sweet (in both the traditional meaning and the sense of lacking explicit sexual content), and intriguing.

    Balance is a redemption story, which also happens to be the story of two guys who didn’t realize they were looking for one another until they meet in a backwater bar in a politically unstable region.

    Slipstream, on the other hand, is about two bounty hunters falling into something more with a con-man who doesn’t always make the best life choices. There’s also nanotech, pancakes, paint, and what might be the Empire’s ugliest pair of underwear.

    Amy Lane writes all sorts of stories, from contemporaries to fantasy to SF. Like Michelle and Reesa, she can turn a phrase; also like Reesa and Michelle, she can make you want to hit her characters with a brick while also wanting to give them a hug. I particularly like The Winter Courtship Rituals Of Fur-Bearing Critters, Clear Water, the Talker Trilogy, Truth In The Dark, If I Must, and The Locker Room.

    …As for me, I’ve written a couple of novellas: Tobias’s Own Adventure and First Flight.

    Tobias, in what might actually be a hidden desire to court death, interferes in an air-ship robbery. Instead of the afterlife, however, he ends up working in a bakery in a small town–and finding a chance at happiness. The course of true love being what it is means that his former life rudely demands his return…

    First Flight is about a boy, a bird, and the everyday magic of love. More specifically, it’s about Jesse, whose life was basically normal until he stopped to see about what looked like a dead raven. After that, it’s your standard relationship. Well, except for the fact that Jesse doesn’t speak the same language as his new boyfriend’s family, his ex-boyfriend has mistaken obsession for love, and then there’s that raven again…

    Thanks for the opportunity! I’m off for the woodwork again, as I’ve got some rewriting I must swear at.

  3. Ok, so being the procrastinator that I am, I waited until today to start reading a novel that was buried on my ever-expanding “to read” list. It is Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig.

    Am I bottom smooching? Maybe. But there’s substance coming, I swear!

    I read about 416 tweets, blog posts and graphics every day that remind me, as a writer, to “show, not tell.” That’s great, and I agree completely. “What” we show, though, is entirely subjective.

    After reading the first chapter of Blackbirds, it wasn’t so much what Chuck showed involving the characters that stuck with me — it was what he showed me, as a writer, that made me almost pee from excitement.

    Blackbirds is FUN! It’s fun to read, and if it’s fun to read, it HAS to be fun to write. You can bust out every style manual, writing community website and YouTube series you can find that says otherwise, but I’m not going to buy it.

    Why?

    Because I used to write fun things. I worried less about active/passive voice, avoiding adverbs and appropriately proportioning my dialogue tags and focused on making the story fun for whoever wound up on the other end. Blackbirds does this, and ANY writer — new, novice, amatuer, seasoned, veteran — should read this if their writing feels even the slightest bit belabored.

    In the case of “show, don’t tell,” Chuck’s posts here told me how to be a better writer. Blackbirds showed me. Buy it here, NOW:

    http://www.amazon.com/Blackbirds-Chuck-Wendig/dp/0857662309/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1341420855&sr=1-3&keywords=Chuck+Wendig#_

    And now to plug my stuff: On my website, I give writers advice that I almost always forget to follow and I create covers for books that either don’t exist or that I didn’t write. I have a pug named Socrates who is much cooler than I will ever be. Check it: http://amschultz.com

    -A.M.

  4. First, I’m going to pimp Nathan Lowell’s Solar Clipper series, starting with Quarter Share:

    http://www.amazon.com/Quarter-Share-Clipper-Trader-ebook/dp/B003KGBH3K/

    It’s a nifty little space opera series that’s all character and no explosion. Normally, I would say that kind of thing simply doesn’t work, except that in this case it does. Very little actually happens, and yet I couldn’t put the book down. I’ve been tearing through these as fast as he gets them out. With two more to go, I’m doing what I can to pile on the pressure.

    Then I’m going going to pimp out MY space opera: Beneath the Sky

    http://www.amazon.com/Beneath-the-Sky-ebook/dp/B007Y7WU2I/

    Maggie is a young schoolteacher on the multi-generation colony ship, God’s Chariot, bound for their promised world, New Providence. When a faster-than-light freighter crosses their path, a forgotten history catches up with them and puts their future in doubt. Maggie and her father are drawn to the center of the conflict over what will become of their colony, their faith, and even their lives.

    It’s the space-opera analog of the Mayflower landing in modern Boston, filled with high technology, different customs, and 747’s cutting their travel time down to hours.

    Battling conspiracy, politics, and even pirates, Maggie must rise to the challenge or face her colony’s doom.

    Thanks to Chuck for the pimp-stand!

  5. I am engrossed in the various short stories of “Tales of the Far West” (which Mr. Wendig has a story in). Wuxia meets the spaghetti western, with a dash of steam and a pinch of punk. They range from detectives investigating the corruption of a small town to great wandering souls helping the poor survive against the merciless encroachment of civilization. A great set of stories in a new world. Do yourself a favor and check it out: http://intothefarwest.com/store/

    As for me, not much to pimp right now. Just wanted to help spread the word about Far West (FYI: I don’t work for them, but have followed them since they were on Kickstarter)

  6. Hi I am Skippy and I want to pimp a sense of wanderlust. You can satisfy these urges locally with my ongoing blog at http://skippyofthewired.posterous.com/. It I am nearing the end of 3 month writing/research/live blog about freedom of movement in america without a car. Discovering America and its peoples by the rails and public transportation. The project is also an attempt to modernize Kerouac’s “On The Road”.

    If your lusting for travel exceeds the bounds of America you should check out Colin Wright and his Exile Lifestyle project at http://exilelifestyle.com/. I only found out about this dude last week so I am still catching up on what he is doing. The basic idea is that he is a serial nomad and he moves to a new country every 4 months based on votes from his readers and writes about his experiences there. It sounds so neat I i am looking forward to digging into his work here are some examples “I have breakup parties, I give talks about chihuahuas, I get punched in the face at gay dance clubs in Peru, and I write about it all, while running my businesses and working to upend the publishing industry from the road.”
    I signed up for the free email newsletter so that I can be reminded of what he is up to but haven’t quite made the jump to his paid newsletter called Exiles. It sounds super rad and once I am not a broker than broke and soon to be unemployed writer I plan on joining up. I would drop the $36 for a year subscription which will get me a the twice monthly collection of original content this is advice, ideas,stories from the road, and a sweet bonus of a free copy of every book that Colin publishes during the time of your subscription. I like that he is trying out a different model of publishing.

  7. So I’m going to pimp a couple of things that are coming down the pipe. First is my friend Chadwick Ginther’s novel, Thunder Road. It’s not out until the end of September, but that’s what pre-orders are for, right? So here’s one link, with a cover and description: http://bit.ly/N97XMO

    And here’s the Amazon one: http://amzn.to/N98eiT

    Readers looking for something different in the Urban Fantasy realm should check this out: Norse gods, and a setting where their presence makes a lot of sense (Manitoba has an important Icelandic community). This is Chadwick’s first novel, and the good people at Turnstone Press were so impressed with it that they signed him up to do a sequel as well (it’s title is Tombstone Blues). I know I don’t have to tell you to check out Thunder Road, because that’s what this exercise is all about, but I’m going to anyway: check it out!

    As for me, I have a bit of a first also. To date, my novels have been thrillers (and they’re also with Turnstone), but next month, I have my first honest-to-gosh horror novel hitting the stands, thanks to Dundurn Press, and I’m pretty damn excited about that. An early review just called my mythos darker than Lovecraft’s (glee!), so there’s that, and here’s this: http://amzn.to/N9aw1t

    Thanks, Chuck, for the pimp hosting!

  8. Hi guys!

    I’m a frequent terribleminds reader, but an infrequent poster. I’m also a freelance video game writer for GamesBeat (pimpage!). You can read my articles at: http://venturebeat.com/author/sgfogel/

    Also, if you like zombies and trading card games, please check out my friend Sebastian Haley’s Kickstarter called “Z.” He describes it as “Magic: The Gathering meets The Walking Dead.” http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/downwardviral/z-2

  9. http://www.amazon.com/Perishables-The-Withrow-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B008DIZC90/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1341434341&sr=1-1&keywords=perishables

    To quote my own review, “If Chuck Wendig and Douglas Adams ever had a bastard love child, it might write Perishables.”

    It’s got a little of everything. There are a few parts that are legitimately suspenseful, there are funny parts, there are touching parts. It’s a bit absurdist without being trivial. It’s good shit.

    It’s told in three parts. There’s a vampire who gets wind of a zombie invasion when he’s at a meeting of his homeowner’s association’s executive board.

    There’s a sys admin at a college campus in the middle of nowhere.

    Then they meet for another zombie uprising at a Black Friday sale at a Big Box Store.

  10. I’m plugging Adam Christopher’s EMPIRE STATE (again). It’s a good story, with a private eye in the style of Sam Spade, masked superheroes, bootleggers, battle robots, airships and strange thugs in gas masks, set against the backdrop of the bleak Empire State, an alternative version of New York, and the vibrant New York of our world.

    I enjoyed Christopher’s tale immensely and am looking forward to his next effort, SEVEN WONDERS. You won’t be wasting your money by buying this one, so get it at Amazon UK

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0857661922/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=deafet-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=0857661922

    Or Amazon US

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0857661930/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=deafet-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0857661930

    Now I’m going to plug my new book, BOOK OF THE DEAD (http://www.deanfetzer.com/book-of-the-dead) a tale of a missing book by a 16th Century heretic and a brooding, malevolent house that’s guarding its secrets and waiting…

    And to celebrate, I’m still offering a free Kindle version of my first book, DEATH IN AMBER, here: http://www.deanfetzer.com/death_in_amber.mobi.zip

  11. @Leah – thanks for the purchase, and I hope you enjoy Lynn’s as well. I’m a third of the way through and it’s getting rather exciting! And thanks for the recommendation, too – not that I need anything to add to my teetering (albeit mostly electronic) TBR pile *sigh*

  12. All right, it seems to me that there’s a definite lack of Australianness going on in all this talk, so it’s time to hoist the Southern Cross, throw a box of venomous octopuses on the barbecue and talk about some Australian ebooks that y’all can find online.

    It’s okay. You can read Australian books. They don’t bite.

    Louise Cusack’s romantic fantasy trilogy THE SHADOW THROUGH TIME has been re-released by Macmillan in digital format. If that word ‘romantic’ puts you off, think again – this is thrilling otherworld adventure in the vein of John Carter of Mars, but with strong female characters and a focus on feelings and relationships as well as magic and sword battles. Check out the first novel, DESTINY OF THE LIGHT, here – http://www.amazon.com/Destiny-Light-Shadow-Through-ebook/dp/B0071JEU8Q

    Alan Baxter’s DARKEST SHADE OF GREY might have a similar title to 50 SHADES OF GREY, but that’s just an unfortunate coincidence – no poorly-rewritten Twilight fanfic here! Instead, this novella is the story of a washed-up journalist working the crime beat while trying to drown out his visions of people’s auras with hard liquor – but events draw him further and further into the world of the supernatural. It’s bleak, grubby, sweary stuff, and if you like the sound of that you can find it here – http://www.amazon.com/The-Darkest-Shade-Grey-ebook/dp/B007N9B7F8

    The CRIME FACTORY is an independent Australian crime publisher who bring together fiction from around the world, from the US and UK to South Africa and Norway. They’ve been putting out their excellent journal of the same name for ages, which features articles, essays, interviews, review and stories; now they’re diversifying with themed journals and full anthologies. Some links:
    – Issue #10 of CRIME FACTORY – http://www.amazon.com/Crime-Factory-Issue-10-ebook/dp/B0082SS68K
    – Themed journal KUNG-FU FACTORY, which is full of glorious martial arts action – http://www.amazon.com/Kung-Fu-Factory-Crime-ebook/dp/B00838L8YS
    – THE FIRST SHIFT, their first complete anthology of 27 crime stories from authors around the world – http://www.amazon.com/Crime-Factory-First-Shift-ebook/dp/B005NS2HE6

    Horror, fantasy, crime – if you’re a fan of El Wendigo, this is the kind of stuff you’d like. Check it out.

  13. And if we’re talking about books from Australia authors, well, it seems high time to toot my own horn. It plays ‘Land Down Under’.

    THE OBITUARIST is my new crime e-novella – the story of a social media undertaker who closes down online accounts for the dead. A new client lands him in trouble with a pair of crazed bikers, just as his own shady past draws him back into an identity theft scheme.

    It’s a fun, punchy ride that mixes modern internet usage issues with the hardboiled troe of Raymond Chandler and makes a few quips on the side. It’s getting a lot of positive reviews, which I’m much too self-effacing to quote here, and at just $2.99 you get a good 20,000 words of crime at about the price of a cup of coffee.

    You can find more info here – http://patrickoduffy.com/the-obituarist/ – and here are some links for buying it:
    – Amazon for Kindle users – http://www.amazon.com/The-Obituarist-ebook/dp/B007Z9GELI
    – The iBookstore for iPad users – http://itunes.apple.com/au/book/the-obituarist/id528982045?mt=11
    – Smashwords for pretty much everyone else – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/157386

    Have a look. I think you’ll like it.

  14. Chuck’s done such a splendid job of pimping my book that I’m genuinely turning red—and because I live in Oregon, you know that’s not sunburn. Chuck, you rock!

    So. Pimpage.

    I did happen to read this amazing book recently called BLACKBIRDS. You might have heard of it, around these parts. If you’re a regular Terrible Minds reader and haven’t picked it up yet, you have to. Chuck practices his own good storytelling advice. Miriam, his protagonist, is quite spectacular. I swear, if someone doesn’t make this into a TV series, they’re fools. The entertainment industry is in dire need of complex female leads of the unconventional persuasion. Don’t believe me? Two words: Lisbeth Salander (Or is that Lizbeth? I’m too lazy to click alllll the way over to Google to check.)

    A huge shout out goes to Kim Michelle Richardson, who is proving to be a multi-genre talent. She penned this amazing, true story called THE UNBREAKABLE CHILD, about her time in the abusive “care” of a Catholic orphanage. You can buy it and read it right now. What you can’t buy—yet–is her novel, THE LIAR’S BENCH. But I’d be stunned if it doesn’t sell soon. I’m reading it right now and it’s so powerful. Watch out for it.

    Also, Kim is one of the most genuinely nice people I’ve ever known.

    I’m not sure how well Simon R. Green sells in the US, but I can’t stop loving his books. I’m slowly rereading his Nightside novels. I love my urban fantasy with a twist of humor and serious weirdness. Green provides.

  15. I just got Becky Cloonan’s self-published minicomic, The Mire, in the mail the other day and immediately read it twice. It’s a fantastic little tale, beautifully drawn and tightly plotted. http://beckycloonan.bigcartel.com/product/the-mire

    As for my own work, I’m currently in the middle of a short story series that I’m serializing online, one page per weekday, one story per month. The stories take place within an archetypal superhero universe but focus on people who use their powers for ordinary, everyday purposes. The first story, about a courier with the power of flight, is collected here: http://www.humansuper.com/specialdelivery

  16. One of my favorite authors goes by the name of Caleb J. Ross. He has written FIVE published feature length novels and novellas, along with many free stories across the internet to enjoy.

    I personally recommend his dark fiction novel “I Didn’t Mean To Be Kevin”, which is available on Amazon at this url: http://www.amazon.com/I-Didnt-Mean-be-Kevin/dp/0982744072

    Of course, any good author should be able to convince you to by their work instead of simply posting links shouting BUY ME BUY ME BUY ME! So the following links are for you to be to become better acquainted with Mr Ross.

    His short story “Sebaceous”: http://slityourwristsmagazine.com/2012/04/29/sebaceous-by-caleb-j-ross/

    A live reading: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqyqFYGCoZY

    His awesome and helpful blog: http://www.calebjross.com/

    Anyways, I hope you enjoy his work as much as I have!

    Sincerely,
    Laurance Kitts

  17. Rusty Barnes has been working hard to bring the gritty world of Appalachian literature to the bigger world through his kick ass site Fried Chicken and Coffee. Additonally, Rusty is a great poet and prose author as well and I encourage you all to check out his work. Confession: My essay Hillbilly Rich was just posted there.

  18. I screwed this up the first time, and only pimped myself. Here are some recent reads I highly recommend: “Gone Girl” and “Sharp Objects” by Gillian Flynn, “Kings of Midnight” by Wallace Stroby, and “When Will There Be Good News?’ by Kate Atkinson.

  19. I’d like to pimp my good friend, author James R. Tuck. The first book in his Deacon Chalk series, BLOOD AND BULLETS (http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Bullets-Deacon-Chalk-Occult/dp/0758271476), is out now, and the second book, BLOOD AND SILVER, launches August 7 from Kensington. If you like your vampires mean and ugly, your men tough and vengeful, and your women with eight legs and fur, you’ll dig it. Plus, he’s one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met and a great tattoo artist.

    If you like your blood drinkers on the sexier side, I write steampunk vampire circus fantasy in the BLUD series for Pocket. WICKED AS THEY COME is available now. (http://www.amazon.com/Wicked-as-They-Come-Blud/dp/1451657889)

  20. And so I pimp my dear pal, the man who cowrote two episodes of Star Trek Voyager, who has stacks of books and stories under his belt (he has a magic belt, OK?), and who has been a huge source of my publishing success, Gregory L. Norris. In this wonderful tome of his, THE FIERCE AND UNFORGIVING MUSE, are twenty-six long and short tales. He can write erotica, he write sci-fi, and he can really write horror!

    Even a Starfleet Admiral had something say about his work:

    “In my experience of seven years on Voyager, I do not believe I have encountered a writer for whom I have greater respect in terms of intelligence, understanding, and talent. There is no one more capable to pen such a volume as Muse and, also, to do it so beautifully.”
    ~Kate Mulgrew, Star Trek: Voyager

    His beautiful book- http://www.amazon.com/Fierce-Unforgiving-Muse-Twenty-six-Terrifying/dp/0615614132/

    Gregory’s interview on my blog- http://dale-eldon.blogspot.com/2012/03/fierce-and-unforgiving-muse-by-gregory.html

    And a story that Gregory absolutely loved, and is now published, POTATO MAN, a nice litle tale of a chainsaw wielding maniac, with an army of possessed severed hands to aid in his dirty work. Now out in Kindle and Print, Grindhouse! Eighteen different authors, with seventeen disturbing tales.

    http://www.amazon.com/Grindhouse-Adam-Millard/dp/0957103387/

  21. For the gamers and general geeks out there, go check out http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/ if you haven’t already. It’s a great examination of gamer and geek culture from an original and often overlooked perspective, and right now the creator is part of a kickstarter project to help support animators. So yeah, great comic, big laughs and a good cause. What more do you want?

    On the shameless self-promotion side, I’d really appreciate some traffic on my site that isn’t viagra spam and postbots trying to sell me leafblowers. You can find it at http://www.griffwilliams.com/ where I update twice weekly with original short stories, and musings on the craft of fantasy storytelling gleaned from my work on my first in-earnest novel project. Have a read, leave a comment, and you’ll have my eternal gratitude.

  22. I only have one piece published (yet~), and it’s available for FREE at: http://penumbra.musapublishing.com/marcnocerino.php

    Or you can go to my very rarely updated blog, where you’ll find a few of my responses to the terribleminds Flash Fiction Challenges:
    http://www.corpse-to-be.blogspot.com/

    Now, for the pimpage. (Excuse me whilst I adjust my plush purple greatcoat with the leopard fur collar…) Since some other people skipped out on sharing the work of another and only pimped their own work, I would actually like to share *two* writers whose work I love/find inspiring/am jealous of/read every chance I get.

    First is Ted E. Grau. I think Ted is *THE* up and coming writer of horror and speculative fiction. You can read a free stroy, “That Old Problem”, here:
    http://lovecraftzine.com/issues/that-old-problem-by-t-e-grau/

    He hasn’t got a novel out, but you can read his work featured in a couple of great anthologies for those who love modern weird tales, horror, and dark speculative fiction:

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13618170-urban-cthulhu (and let me tell you, his story “The Screamer” in this antho is fan-f**king-tastic)

    http://www.miskatonicriverpress.com/products/dbd2.shtml

    The second writer I want to tell you about is Joseph Pulver Sr. If you’re into the circle of modern “Lovecraftian” writers, you probably already know who he is. But if you don’t know of Joe Pulver and haven’t read his work, do yourself a favor and pick up one of his books. Or all of them. He writes novels and collections of short stories, poems, and experimental prose that I don’t even know how to describe. To quote myself in a review of his book “The Orphan Palace”, his work leaves me feeling like my brain has been raped by a pack of syphilitic demons from the blackest pits of hell — in a GOOD way!

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Orphan-Palace-Joseph-Pulver/dp/1907681116

    Thanks, Chuck, for giving us the opportunity to cross-pimpinate on your page.

  23. I know a very talented author that works his ass off to see results. It seems he gets a story published every week.

    His name is Richard Thomas.

    You can check out his first novel Transubstantiate on Amazon

    http://www.amazon.com/Transubstantiate-Richard-Thomas/dp/0982607245/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1341506100&sr=1-1&keywords=transubstantiate

    Also, his super cool blog: http://whatdoesnotkillme.com/

    And lastly his good reads page: http://www.goodreads.com/RichardThomas

  24. Not gonna toot my horn. Ain’t a very big horn anyhow. Blackbirds don’t need no pimpin’. It’s shoot out the lights good. Top five on my list for 2012. But here’s a couple you might have missed:
    Mr. Glamour by Richard Godwin

    http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Glamour-Richard-Godwin/dp/0956711332/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1341506387&sr=1-1&keywords=mr.+glamour

    City Of The Lost by Stephen Blackmoore

    http://www.amazon.com/City-Lost-Stephen-Blackmoore/dp/0756407028/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1341506523&sr=1-1&keywords=city+of+the+lost+by+stephen+blackmoore

    Probably should post the other 100 other titles that came right to mind. Never enough room in lists.

  25. Reading through and I see Laurance Kitts has pimped someone else, but forgotten all about himself. You’ve gotta check out SYW Magazine: http://www.slityourwristsmagazine.com it’s one part blog, one part poetry, one part fiction and just got a makeover from graphic artist Alex J. Kane (whoa, double pimpin’!).

    After you’ve read the entire website, you should check out the Podcast I’m doing with a couple other up&comers called Books and Booze, you can find out more here: http://www.facebook.com/booksnbooze We’ll be interviewing authors (some I’ve seen named here!), listening to music, talking to the bands, and drinking booze. Not something you wanna miss!

  26. I run a new fiction magazine launching later this month called Insomnia Press ( http://www.insomnia-press.com ). We’re all about dark fiction and we’re currently looking for submissions for our second Issue: Happy Birthday, Lovecraft! (Issue 1 is near full up!)

    Now I was going to pimp two other things, but one was the Books and Booze podcast, which I see Renee has already stopped by to pimp. I’ll just reiterate that you should all check it out.

    On top of that, our friends and fellow fiction magazine The Surreal Grotesque just released their 3rd Issue and are looking for submissions for their 4th. Check them out: http://www.surrealgrotesque.com

  27. Back-reading some of the articles I missed, so it seems I may be a day late on this but I wanted to plug for someone else and then throw one out for myself as well.

    David Gaughran:

    I started following David on a whim on twitter. I don’t always follow people back, but he was an independent writer and I liked what he had to say. You can check out his website here: http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/. He has released a useful ebook on self-publishing (more information can be found here): http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/lets-get-digital/, as well as a novel called “A Storm Hits Valpraiso” (http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/my-books/a-storm-hits-valparaiso/) which is South American historical fiction.

    Self-promotion:

    I’ve been wanting to collaborate with a friend of mine that I met in my second year of college since he transferred back to Chicago two years ago. He called me with the workings of an idea and we’ve smashed our brains together to get the project rolling. I’m supplying the words and he’s bringing all of his watercolor skills to the pages in comic form. The graphic novel recounts the tale of the Jun’tari tribe in a world where humans don’t rest at the top of the food chain, and one misstep towards survival can mean the death of an entire tribe. For more information: http://www.indiegogo.com/ascentforsurvival?c=home&a=887384

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