BREAK OUT THE CHAMPAGNE! MY SHORT STORY “FOLLOWING MY DESTINY” HAS BEEN ACCEPTED FOR PUBLICATION IN THE SPRING 2022 ISSUE OF TRAJECTORY JOURNAL!

Hi everybody! I hope you’re having a good day. Me, I’m having a GREAT one because a story that I put months into writing has been accepted for publication in the place I got my start, Trajectory Journal! “Following My Destiny” is an immersive narrative from a mass shooter named Chance McCandless that puts you inside his head. It’s a strange and scary place to be, but at the same time gives readers insight to how a mass shooter thinks and goes about things. I’m planning on writing a more in depth account of my experiences while writing this piece, but the short version is this: These people don’t usually pop into being overnight. The damage begins early and grows, creating a need to be seen, to act, to cause hurt to as many others as possible. This is how things are with my fictional character, Chance. Add in an unstable home life, strange environment, and a doomsday evangelist podcaster, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. This was a really different experience for me. Being Chance was terrifying as were the nightmares that came along with the job, but I think the results are worth it. I hope you will too. I’ll keep you posted about when the spring 2022 issue of Trajectory Journal becomes available and encourage you to try this independent literary journal that’s geared towards adults and contains a great mix of poetry, prose, and artwork. Check them out at http://www.trajectoryjournal.com to read some kickass work!

IF YOU’RE FREEZING IN YOUR COFFIN, THIS NEW CD FROM BAT HEARSE MIGHT JUST BE THE CURE FOR THOSE COLD WEATHER BLUES!

CRYPT LOAD
Bat Hearse
Bat Hearse Records
Reviewed by Brian “Skull” Lewis

Hello horror fiends, it’s your old pal Skull with some cool news about a great band that you’ll want to be feasting your eye and earballs on real pronto-like! Most often, Damaged Skull Writer and Reviewer focuses on the written word and graphic novels, but today I’m going to be reviewing Bat Hearse’s debut album, CRYPT LOAD. Y’all ready? Then, to quote lead singer and stuntman Rick Ruiner, “All right all you bastards! Grab yourself a handful of steering wheel and let’s go!”

Coming at you straight out of Detroit, Michigan, Bat Hearse arrives in their namesake vehicle: a vintage Cadillac hearse that’s been customized into a mashup of the Batmobile and a rocket-powered ice wagon. This midnight beauty was built by none other than Rick Ruiner, who also handles lead vocals and some cool performance stunts involving fire! He’s got his foot to the floor, making the engine roar, and that big block of Detroit iron under the hood can smoke a set of tires faster than you can say “Beat It Creep!”

This is a band that creates real rock n roll and has fun doing it. For those unfamiliar with Bat Hearse, think of what might happen if The Cramps jammed with a surf music loving Detroit garage rock band. Real, raucous, with revving motors, and a sense of humor to boot! So while pop bands are busy auto-tuning, dubbing, and basically faking their way into teenagers’ ears. Bat Hearse’s Jungle Josh is wrestling riffs out of his guitar, while bass player Nate Knox keeps the grove and drummer Ajax rocks the beat. Oh, and let’s not forget the singing and dancing of goth lovely Nina Friday, who brings a lot of pizazz to the band. Nina is much more than just a pretty face. She’s also an artist and costume designer who also handles the band’s merchandise. Want a cool CD, stickers, buttons, patches, Bat Hearse poster or T-shirt? Then get in touch with her on Facebook at Nina Friday Art or click on the link at the end of this review.

There are eleven great tunes to enjoy on this CD but a few really grabbed my attention. “Go Little Bastard” and “The Day I became James Dean” both reference the iconic James Dean who was gone way too soon.  “Little Bastard” was the name of the Porsche that he died in, costing us a true American original. Hey classic horror fans, Bat Hearse is ready to show you how to “Do the Bela!” As in Bela Lugosi, the face many people see when they think of Count Dracula. They’re also getting a “Coffin For Christmas.” Because they’re “not looking for a stocking stuffer, baby.” Uh-uh! They want they want the whole enchilada or nothin’. And what would a garage rock album be without an homage to the king of cool? So, Bat Hearse gives us a “Bronze Fonz” Ayyyy!   

In case it’s not clear, your old pal Skull digs Bat Hearse like a miner after gold. Damaged Skull Writer and Reviewer gives BAT HEARSE’S CRYPT LOAD FIVE STARS out of five. These tunes are great and check out the pictures. Bat Hearse also has the look. Coolness to spare, baby! As the temperature drops and we get what seems like about two hours of daylight, don’t hibernate. Instead, get something really great, and dance away those blues! Yeah, baby. Or use this fun CD as the soundtrack for your next writing or reading session. To get in touch or place an order go to: www.facebook.com/BATHEARSEDETROIT Want more visuals? Then check out Bat Hearse on YouTube for some mega cool videos. As always, thanks for visiting Damaged Skull Writer and Reviewer. See you soon!

SONORA TAYLOR PROVES ONCE AGAIN THAT SHE’S THE HIGH CLASS, KICKASS, HOT AS…RISING QUEEN OF HORROR WITH HER MOST RECENT RELEASE “SOMEONE TO SHARE MY NIGHTMARES”

Hey the there horror fiends, it’s your old pal Skull with a public service announcement. I want YOU to have a great Halloween Month! Do something different this year and get yourself some independent horror to read. Playing it safe is boring. Instead get visceral, get a little hot and sweaty, and work your brain. Released just in time for your Halloween pleasure, get Sonora Taylor’s “Someone To Share My Nightmares” available from your favorite booksellers NOW!

PARDON MY EXCITEMENT, BUT DID YOU SEE? I’M AN AUTHOR IN NO BAD BOOKS PRESS’ DEBUT HORROR ANTHOLOGY!

OCTOBER IS A GREAT MONTH THAT WE HORROR WRITERS ARE ESPECIALLY FOND OF BECAUSE IT ENDS WITH OUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY, HALLOWEEN. THIS OCTOBER IS ESPECIALLY SWEET FOR MYSELF AND ALL THE AUTHORS FEATURED IN “RELEASED: A HORROR SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY” EDITED BY S. FAXON & THERESA HALVORSEN OF NO BAD BOOKS PRESS. WHILE I’VE BEEN ON THE HORROR SCENE SINCE 2016, I’M STILL EMERGING AND WORKING ON MY VOICE. BUT I MAY HAVE FOUND IT WITH “JUNIOR” THE NARRATOR OF MY SHORT STORY “HELL TO THE HOLLER.” LIKE MYSELF, JUNIOR HAS BEEN “FACED” WITH SOME MAJOR ROADBLOCKS. UNLIKE MYSELF, HIS TROUBLES HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY AN EVIL WITCH AND IF HE CAN’T FIGURE OUT HOW TO OVERCOME THEM, IT’S ENDSVILLE FOR HIM. INTRIGUED? I HOPE SO! AND I’M ONLY ONE OF THE 19 GREAT WRITERS INCLUDED IN “RELEASED!” THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE IN THIS GREAT ANTHOLOGY AND WHAT BETTER TIME TO READ IT THAN HALLOWEEN? PLEASE SUPPORT THIS COOL INDY PRESS THAT HAS A SOLID 5 YEAR PLAN TO HELP INDY WRITERS GET PUBLISHED. GET YOUR COPY HERE: https://books2read.com/u/bwax19

GREAT NEWS! “RELEASED: A HORROR ANTHOLOGY” FROM NO BAD BOOKS PRESS IS CURRENTLY THE #1 NEW RELEASE IN AMERICAN HORROR ON AMAZON AND I’M IN IT!

Hello Horror Fans, I’m pretty damn excited to have a story included in the No Bad Books Press Horror Anthology “RELEASED” If that’s not exciting enough, this book is currently listed as being the #1 Release in American Horror. Wow! Congratulations to our editors S. Faxon & Theresa Halvorsen and every contributing author!

You can grab a copy of “RELEASED” by clicking the link below and picking your favorite bookseller: https://books2read.com/u/bwax19

Thank you for making us number one!

LOOKING FOR A GREAT SPECULATIVE READ AS HALLOWEEN APPROACHES? THEN CHECK OUT “ABIGAIL” FROM DAEMON MANX AND TERROR TRACT PUBLISHING

ABIGAIL
Daemon Manx
July 24, 2021
Terror Tract
Reviewed by Brian “Skull” Lewis

Hello frequent readers, it’s your old pal Skull with a great FIVE STAR read that I’m just dying to tell you about! Of course, that’s going to be one hell of a nifty trick, since I’m already a member of the undead community, but I think you get where I’m coming from. Abigail written by the one and only Daemon Manx is a beautiful shape-shifting novella that calls the speculative fiction genre home. Readers will feel the full range of emotions as they peruse this big little book that seems tiny on the outside but is bursting with so much energy on the inside. Terror Tract made a most excellent choice in publishing this baby!

Abigail opens at the Del Monico where Adrian is sitting at the bar feeling bummed out because his date is a no show. His ex-boyfriend and bartender, Gabe tries to cheer him up to no avail. Then Michael shows up and…zowie! The sparks do indeed fly. After a wonderful evening, Adrian floats home to something unusual on his front stoop. It’s scary, horrible, and…kind of cute? Abigail has arrived.

Suddenly bachelor Adrian is in charge of a baby and it’s not an easy job in the least. Manx has a great eye for detail and puts in the perfect mix of humor and fear. And there definitely is fear because Abigail is different from her skin to her eyeballs, and are those horns? Oh my! But nothing is going to stop him from taking the very best care of Abigail. Adrian isn’t sure why, but he loves this child.

What about that handsome date he had? Doctor Michael seemed so perfect. Still, Adrian can’t let anyone see Abigail, not even a pediatrician. Nope, nopity, nope. He’s only too aware of what happens to people that are different. Growing up gay in the deep south was a horrible experience that scarred Adrian for life. It wasn’t his fault that he was different! Their violence wasn’t necessary, and Adrian vows to protect Abigail to the death if need be.

His commitment to her is wonderful. But after some odd experiences and definite difficulties, Adrian realizes that book learning and the internet only take you so far. Sooner or later great, expert help is required. In fact, Adrian knows a great pediatrician. Calling Dr. Mike! But will the doctor agree to see him after being ignored for months? What will he think of Abigail? Is there a chance that Adrian will have to give her up? Find out the whole story when you pick up a copy of Abigail by Daemon Manx from your favorite bookseller! If you’re an Amazon shopper, the paperback is currently listed for a great price, and the kindle version is even less expensive.

As I said in the beginning, Damaged Skull Reviewer rates Abigail a BIG FIVE STARS! This book is downright magical for its ability to tackle topics some might not agree with and to show that love does not discriminate. Rod Serling would enjoy reading this story because of the journey Adrian takes through Abigail. We readers go with him and learn some things, too. What constitutes “normal” and why do people think it’s such a good thing? Seems to me that those who are unique can open our eyes to new worlds, but only if we let them. I really enjoyed all of Daemon Manx’s little touches in the book, such as creating fictional names for places and things. A few examples of that are the “Fritz Carlson”, packages arriving from “Feral Express” and using the dating site “Cinder.” Clever!

I could ramble on all night about this novella, but now it’s your turn to enjoy this great read from Daemon Manx and Terror Tract. For more information about the publisher, go to: https://terrortract.net or visit them on Twitter @terrortract. For more information about Daemon Manx go to: daemonmanx@yahoo.com or visit him on Twitter @daemonmanx He also uses the handle Daemon Manx on Facebook and Instagram. Thanks for checking out another review from your old pal, Skull. See you soon!

SKULL SNEAKS OUT AND RUNS SOME ERRANDS DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS!

As you all know, Skull is not a fan of sunlight. He swears that it will make him crumble to dust if he’s out too long, not to mention destroy his eyesight. But who did I see sneaking around town today in MY car? Why Skull of course! He thought I wouldn’t recognize him with those sunglasses on…Hummph! Looks like somebody owes me some damn gas money! And, he better get his butt behind the Damaged Skull Reviewer desk pronto, or else The Skullcave might just get some windows installed in it!

Overdue Book Reviews

Check Out This Cool Selection of Reviews From Matthew Weber of Pint Bottle Press. Being Different Is Cool!

Pint Bottle Press Blog

Whenever I read a good book from an indie press, I try to drop a review. These book reviews are long overdue, but I hope you enjoy them.

Black Heart Boys’ Choir by Curtis M. Lawson is a pitch-black story that won’t be to everyone’s taste, but it’s sharply written and rich with menacing character. A bitter teenager aims to end the world by performing a supernatural “cursed” song. The story is told with musical prose and an ambiguous plot structure that raises questions about the reliability of our psychopathic anti-hero’s first-person perspective. Despite its pervasive bleakness, the book kept my interest until the inevitable Grand Guignol conclusion foreshadowed in the prologue. Black Heart Boys’ Choir is bold enough to take risks as only indie press can in today’s overly cautious publishing climate, so give it a shot if you like your horror fiction grim and unflinching.

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“BEAUTIFUL TRAGEDIES 2” FROM HELLBOUND BOOKS HAS ARRIVED AND IT IS ONE INTENSE COLLECTION OF DARK POETRY!

Well friends, I’ve got to say that I’m very interested in reading this collection. There’s nothing like the real world for dishing out hard times and whipping your chair out from under you at just the wrong time. The poems in BEAUTIFUL TRAGEDIES 2 cover that ground real good. How do I know so much? Well, I’m one of the forty contributors who shared over one hundred poems for this volume to happen. I’ll be posting a full review soon, but I do highly encourage everyone to grab a copy of this cathartic collection. Hell, it might even lift you up when you’re feeling down. You’re not alone, we’re here to share our darkest moments so that yours don’t seem quite so horrible. For more info, check out: http://www.hellboundbookspublishing.com See you soon!