Lurk is On Sale For $0.99

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I opened a hole,

I opened a hole,

The discounted ebooks

Go in the soil…

 

One dollar, folks. Step reeeeiiiight up. That’s less than a shot of plum vodka in a Polish Pijalnia. That’s less than an item on the McDonald’s dollar menu. That’s less than a pack of Trident White, and I know, since I have a problem and chew at least a pack of that stuff a day. One dollar.

For a limited time, Lurk will be on sale for $.99 USD. The sale ends Thursday, November 10.

Don’t wait.

 

My 10 Favorite Horror Novels (That Aren’t By Stephen King)

Halloween might be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy these 10 hair-raising reads by the masters of horror.

Everyone knows autumn is the perfect time of year to curl up in your favorite chair with a good, creepy read. The leaves are changing, the beer is getting thicker and darker, the rain makes the backyard smell like time and wet soil, and your social media becomes filled with pictures of your friends’ kids dressed like pumpkins and dogs wearing plushy shark fins.

Yet many readers don’t know there is a whole genre’s worth of horror novels out there that doesn’t start and end with Stephen King (and I am saying this as a Stephen King mega-fan). So, I figured I’d bang out a list of my favorite scary stories I’ve read recently to give a signal boost to works that I feel should be causing more readers out there to be shitting their pants. Hope you brought some fresh ones…

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10. Bird Box

Josh Malerman’s sleeper hit imagines a post-apocalyptic world where the beings that ended civilization still linger, driving anyone who looks upon them mad. As such, those who have survived have adapted to living life mostly blind. They live in houses with boarded-up windows and cannot go outside without blindfolds; for many, it has been years since they’ve seen sunlight. A taut, beautifully-written tale that is one of the few examples I can think of where present-tense narration works well. Also has one of the most hair-raising endings of any book, ever.

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9. Wraiths of the Broken Land

Written by the screenwriter and director of 2015’s indie smash hit Bone Tomahawk, S. Craig Zahler revisits the horror western with a grim moral play about a family trying to rescue their stolen daughters from a secret whorehouse reputed to be the most brutal den of twisted hedonism South of the Border. While set sometime during the 1800s, the tale feels outside of time, and is told with a lyrical style that mimics Cormac McCarthy in the best way. Abject and disgusting, yet powerfully redemptive. If you lovingly cringed through the blood-soaked Wild Western horrors of Bone Tomahawk, this book is more of that, but on crack. In fact, I liked it so much I put it on this list instead of the much more famous novel that clearly inspired it – McCarthy’s Blood Meridian – because Zahler deserves your attention. If even Kurt Russell recommends this book, you should just f***ing read it.

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8. Hex

Dutch newcomer Thomas Olde Heuvelt wrote two versions of this story, one in his native language, and another for American audiences, and while I can’t comment on the original, the premise and execution of this present-day story about a New England town haunted by a witch whose apparition is both scientifically verifiable and won’t let anyone leave without grave consequences, is both timely and bone-chilling. The weirdness and nearly satirical tone of the first chapter put me off at first, but I tried again a few weeks after my first false start, and I’m certainly glad I gave this book another chance. It is the perfect example of a book that strikes the balance between a serious novel of ideas, and a campfire tale that makes you want to hide under the covers.

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7. The Terror

This nearly 800-page eldritch abomination of a novel will take you a long time to read, but don’t let the length put you off. Within this massive icebreaker of a tome is the saga of the lost Franklin Expedition you haven’t heard… about how the 120 or so members of the Royal Navy who went hunting for the Northwest Passage in 1846 and were icebound for three years in the Arctic Circle didn’t just die of the cold and of scurvy, but were hunted by a terror borne of the ice that ended up being my favorite monster in the history of creature features. And I have seen some creature features. The bars of downtown Aberdeen, Scotland on a Friday night. UC Santa Cruz’s Porter Meadow on April 20th. Halloween in Austin. I’ve seen it all, and the Tuunbaq takes the cake.

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6. Uzumaki (Spirals)

The pinnacle of the body horror subgenre, this is Japanese cartoonist Junji Ito’s masterpiece, a series of interwoven vignettes about a sleepy seaside town that becomes “infected with spirals.” Most know Ito from the viral webcomic The Enigma of Amigara Fault, which was first published in his Gyo anthology. Read it sometime and you’ll have a good idea what Uzumaki is all about.

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5. Seed

Ania Ahlborn’s killer debut spun a lot of heads for two reasons; one, because even back in 2011 it still wasn’t that common to see a wildly successful woman author of horror, and also because said author happened to be self-published. While pretty slow to start, Seed works because it turns the conventions of possession stories on their collective heads, and finishes with such a gore-splattered Shakespearean tragedy that it’s simply unforgettable.

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4. Slade House

Newcomers to the David Mitchell-verse will likely miss many of this short, dense novella’s homages to his other, longer works – Mitchell’s works typically feed off each other, like those of another certain horror author who isn’t on this list – but even as a standalone, Slade House doesn’t skimp on chills. Imagine the Winchester Mystery House but seated on a quiet back ally of an English village. Its front gate isn’t always there, and those who enter don’t always return. Now add a dash of psychic horror, evil twinning, and Mitchell-level prose mastery, and your mental picture will start to resemble this book. A fantastic entry into the vast, wonderful body of Mitchell’s works, and a phenomenal scary story in its own right.

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3. I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream

The seminal post-apocalyptic tale about a tiny group of survivors trapped underground after the end of the world, who are not able to die, and must live forever at the hands of the sadistic A.I. who caused the cataclysmic event. While the plot of this relatively short story can be conveyed in a sentence or two, its real power is in Ellison’s cutting wit and the harsh shadows cast by his descriptions of the pain and hopelessness of his heroes.

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2. Lurk

Full disclosure: the author of this blog post also wrote this book. Yes, its inclusion on this list is meant to be tongue-in-cheek. I don’t put myself anywhere near the same league as the other writers on this list. Consider this just a casual nudge toward a book I think you might really enjoy, or at least get creeped out by, if you like the others on this list. Lurk is a descent-into-madness story in the tradition of The Shining with an extra dash of college binge drinking, undead dance parties, zydeco music, and California soul. You can get it here for four bucks. If you’d prefer to read a sample chapter, the first chapter is free to read here.

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1. Song of Kali

I still think about this story of a Western journalist drawn to Kolkatta by the promise of interviewing a semi-mythical poet who was reportedly kidnapped and murdered by a death cult, only to mysteriously reappear alive and with no memory of the events, years after I first read it. The burn is slow, and the story conservative both in its employment of gore and jump scares as well as its moral, but damn if this one didn’t send chills up my spine. I don’t think any story I will ever read could haunt me like Song of Kali.

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Be sure to visit your local library or independent book seller to see if they have any of these great reads! -A. Vine

We Want Paperbacks!

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We want paperbacks! We HAVE paperbacks! The paperback for LURK is back up on Amazon. And no, it won’t cost you five hundred bones. This is the real paperback being sold by yours truly, through Lilydog Books. I knocked a few bucks off the price of the old one, since I thought $16.99 was too high (the previous publisher set that price). So it is now $14.99 for a paperback copy and $3.99 for the ebook.

Happy Halloween!

 

Second Time’s the Charm

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A quick one to let y’all know the Kindle edition of Lurk is for sale again over on Amazon. It went out of print for a few months due to issues with the previous publisher. Paperbacks will be coming in about a week. If you really can’t wait, or you’re flat broke, I still may be willing to send you one of my author copies for free-ninety-nine in exchange for an honest review. I also created a Facebook page so give me an add there if you haven’t yet. Holla

Lurk Giveaway! FREE STUFF!! For YOU!!!

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Hi!

I’m finally moving toward republishing Lurk, and it looks like November will be the month. In case you missed it, Lurk has been out of print since May 31st – almost half a year – due to my previous publisher closing its doors. To celebrate, I’ll be giving away a free copy of the book to anyone who wants one. Yes, anyone, and yes, that means you!

Paperbacks are on a first-come-first-serve basis. So, if you want your fancy-shmancy signed “true” first edition of Lurk, you’d better jump on it, because those will go fast. For everyone else, there’s e-books. Just send me an email or a message on Facebook or Twitter and I’ll send you the book.

And please, please, please review the book on Amazon and Goodreads. This is double true for you folks who have already read it. Reviews are an author’s entire livelihood in 2016; reviews = visibility as far as Amazon and other major booksellers are concerned, and the more reviews your book has, the more people will see the book. People can’t read a book if they don’t even know it exists. So please, please, please, take 60 seconds out of your busy day and leave an honest review! Even if you hate it!

I’ll buy you a pizza!

(Read the first chapter here.)

Lurk is Available in Paperback

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Hey folks – just a quick update to let y’all know that the paperback version of LURK is finally available, after almost two months of delays from my publisher (we had several issues with the cover art).

Also, if you do happen to read and enjoy the book, please consider writing a short review over on Amazon and Goodreads. Honest reviews are an indie author’s lifeblood, and the #1 way that the book finds its way into new readers’ hands. Plus, there is really nothing more meaningful to me as a new-ish author than your open, direct feedback. You guys are not only awesome, but blunt, and I’m of the camp that all criticism helps writers grow and evolve… even the harsh burns.

Hope a few of you get scared.

Ancient Enemies is Out

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Do you like villains? Monsters? Evil eldritch entities? Spooky things that skulk in the mordant mires of the world? YES? Then you NEED to check out this new anthology ANCIENT ENEMIES, which just dropped today from Good Dog Publishing.

ANCIENT ENEMIES is a horror anthology featuring short stories and novellas by the freshest, upcoming voices in horror, all riffing on the theme of monsters… whether from folklore, religion, or pop culture, these are stories are about the supernatural antagonists that have plagued mankind since the beginning of our days.

The anthology features two stories by yours truly: “Gene Catcher,”  and my dark fantasy novella “The Lich.” The Kindle version costs $3.99 and can be purchased here.

The Warbler Books Reviews ‘Lurk’

“The feeling a page-turning novel like Lurk elicits in me is likely the same feeling most fans of horror get from watching a scary movie or TV show. That slight rush, the combination of anxiety and excitement, the curiosity… Point is, I enjoyed reading Lurk. Very much, in fact.”

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“After reading The Monstrous, a collection of horror shorts edited by Ellen Datlow, I fancied myself reborn; a fan of a new genre. So when Adam Vine emailed me asking if I’d review his debut horror novel, Lurk, I was quick to accept.

Here’s the thing I learned from my second foray into the genre: I’m something of a scaredy-cat. And I shall henceforth wear that mantle with pride. Another thing I learned is that I really enjoy reading horror.

It is a peculiar thing, to discover that a genre which has no appeal for me in visual media resonates so strongly in literary form. I should like to study this more closely, but I imagine that it’s not all that complicated. The feeling a page-turning novel like Lurk elicits in me is likely the same feeling most fans of horror get from watching a scary movie or TV show. That slight rush, the combination of anxiety and excitement, the curiosity. For me, books seem to generate that perfectly, whereas horror films and shows merely terrify me to my core without an ounce of enjoyment.

Point is, I enjoyed reading Lurk. Very much, in fact.”

Read Elan Samuel’s review here.

Book Review: Lurk by Adam Vine

Originally posted on Eamo The Geek:
It’s been a while since I delved into the horror world, so this debut from Adam Vine seemed like the perfect place to start! Film student Drew Brady lives with his friends in a college house, where all the usual shenanigans associated with student life take place. His best…

Eamo the Geek’s review of Lurk: “The final chapters are executed with expert precision, drawing the reader in with unbearable tension, while at the same time delivering a game-changing revelation that sets the scene for one of the most memorable endings I’ve read in quite some time. Lurk is a taut, tense, brooding tale that grows beyond its influences to create a uniquely modern landscape for new horror…”

Read the full thing after the jump.

Eamo The Geek

imageIt’s been a while since I delved into the horror world, so this debut from Adam Vine seemed like the perfect place to start!

Film student Drew Brady lives with his friends in a college house, where all the usual shenanigans associated with student life take place. His best friend/unrequited love, Bea lives close by and spends a lot of time there too. When Drew finds some polaroids of former tenants in the house’s suitably creepy basement, he soon finds that the photos reveal much more, and that a dark force is pushing the group towards something unimaginable.

The horror genre has become a little tedious of late, much of it repetitive rehashes or mass market slashfests, so Lurk was a pleasant surprise. While the premise of Lurk may seem straightforward, it is anything but. What follows is a deeply insightful look into not only the lives of young people…

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