military horror

New Project

Hey, how’s it going? I hope everyone is doing well.

As the title of this post suggests, I wanted to let you know I’ve started work on a new book. Fans of my short story, COVERT GENESIS (which appears in SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror), will be pleased to know the new book takes place in the same world. I’ve talked about wanting to take that short story and make a book out of it. I’m putting my money where my mouth is.

My previous literary agent suggested I finish a different book because it was more lucrative. I’m not writing this new book because I think it’ll be lucrative (even though I believe it will be anyway). I’m writing this one because I love the story, and world of Covert Genesis. This is a labor of love for me and I believe that love will find its way to the page. I have a loose outline and the first chapter is going well. My goal is to have the first draft done before the new year.

What can readers expect from the new book?

While I don’t have a title for the new book yet, it will explain where the parasites come from. It’ll be a mash-up of horror, sci-fi, and military action. You’ll find familiar characters as well as new ones. The goal is to set the parasite menace free and see how humanity stands up to it.

I’ll be sure to share more details as the project nears completion. Stay tuned. It’s going to be one hell of a ride!

Advertisements

Behind the Story: Project Lupine

Wolves at the door cover

To celebrate the release of SNAFU: Wolves at the Door (Which is out today. Just sayin’!) I decided to put a little behind the scenes post together for fans of the series. I’ll do my best not to spoil things.

Why did you submit a story for Wolves at the Door?

Way back in 2014, Cohesion Press put out a call for three separate anthologies (Wolves at the Door, Blurring the Line, and SNAFU 2). Since I was busy writing my second book, I decided to pick the one I felt most passionate about and write a story as a change of pace. Writing a book can get a bit tedious. Out of the three anthologies, I obviously went with Wolves at the Door. Project Lupine was my first attempt at werewolves, so I was kind of excited to try my hand at those mythical creatures. Plus, one of my favorite films is Dog Soldiers. How could I not submit something?

Where did you find inspiration for Project Lupine?

I absolutely loved the second season of Defiance (a Science Fiction television show airing on the SyFy network). One of my favorite characters is Datak Tarr, played brilliantly by Tony Curran. I found a bunch of pictures of Tony and physically based my main character, Rolf Alfredsson, off of him. Personality wise, I knew I wanted mercenaries, or ex military who worked security, which meant a hardened soldier who maybe didn’t see eye to eye with his superiors. A soldier who wasn’t just good at what he did, but, also, smart enough to ask questions.

Tony Curran

Tony Curran

 

As with Covert Genesis, Project Lupine is a prequel of a planned novel. I can’t say much without spoiling things. Basically, I already had an idea and this is what happened “before”. Think of it as an origin story.

Fun Fact: I based the character of Sully off of Dewshane Williams, who plays Tommy LaSalle on Defiance. I don’t generally think of looks first while creating, but thought it would be fun to try something different and I think it worked out nicely.

Dewshane Williams

Dewshane Williams

 

 

How do your werewolves work?

For this story I didn’t want to go for a more traditional werewolf. Knowing that, I had to come up with something that would both make sense and also fit into the story. The answer came fairly quickly: genetic splicing. From there it was a matter of researching. Hopefully readers will like what I’ve done with a classic, and beloved horror creature. After I worked out the werewolf aspect, the story pretty much wrote itself. I’d say it took me about a week to bring all the pieces together in a way that made me happy. As you can see, I like to do a lot of planning before I write a single word.

I love that short stories give me a chance to explore stories, characters, and subject matter I probably wouldn’t otherwise. Having Project Lupine published adds to the planned novel. The origin is already out there. I can build upon, and expand that world in a longer format. As a writer and creative type, ideas are the easy part. Taking those ideas and making sense of them on the page is the hard part. Plus, I get to be published alongside established authors like James A. Moore which is never a bad thing. I’m extremely grateful to Geoff Brown and Cohesion Press for the opportunity. Thanks also go to Amanda J. Spedding for her expert eye, and edits. As always, it was a pleasure working with the entire Cohesion staff. Hopefully readers will have as much fun reading Project Lupine as I had writing it.

You can purchase SNAFU: Wolves at the Door from Amazon herehttp://www.amazon.com/SNAFU-Wolves-Door-James-Moore-ebook/dp/B00RQ56AUG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1422368528&sr=1-1&keywords=snafu+wolves

Feel free to ask any additional questions in the comments below.

Sale Alert – For a Limited Time, SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror is only $2.99!

SNAFU-Xmas

The fine folks at Cohesion Press are in the X-mas spirit. They’ve lowered the prices on both SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror and SNAFU: Heroes. You can own either, in e-book format (from Amazon), for just $2.99 through the end of December. If you’ve been waiting to get either book, now’s the time. Give them as gifts or treat yourself.

Follow this link for SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror: http://www.amazon.com/SNAFU-Anthology-Military-Jonathan-Maberry-ebook/dp/B00LNXHLJG/ref=sr_1_1_twi_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1419077993&sr=1-1&keywords=snafu+an+anthology+of+military+horror

Follow this link for SNAFU: Heroes: http://www.amazon.com/SNAFU-Heroes-Anthology-Military-Horror-ebook/dp/B00MSVEY2Y/ref=pd_sim_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1J0M7K3GJSWG6THAASB3

Coming January 2015!

Coming January 2015!

And get ready because SNAFU: Wolves at the Door will be releasing in January 2015! Cohesion Press has all your military horror needs covered. I turned in edits for my story, PROJECT LUPINE (which will be appearing in Wolves at the Door), yesterday. I can’t wait for all of you to read it. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

You can learn more about the entire SNAFU line of books from Cohesion Press by following this link to their official website: http://cohesionpress.com/snafu/

I’m Back With Cohesion Press For SNAFU: Wolves At The Door

Wolves at the door cover

 

I am pleased to announce my involvement with Cohesion Press and their forthcoming anthology, SNAFU: Wolves at the Door. My short story, Project Lupine, will appear alongside a story by James A. Moore, as well as other up and coming authors. I’ll be sure to share more details as they become available. Promise.

So, what does this mean for me? It means I am grateful to be working with the Cohesion Press team a second time. I couldn’t be happier. Everyone at Cohesion has treated me wonderfully, and, in light of recent events with previous publishers, I’ve come to appreciate them more and more. My thanks go to Geoff Brown, Amanda J. Spedding, and the entire Cohesion Press team.

As writers and authors it’s nice to know there are people out there willing to take a chance on a somewhat unproven talent like me. It’s humbling and gratifying, not to mention a bit intimidating. It means I have a responsibility to represent Cohesion Press in a positive and professional manner. It’s a responsibility I take very seriously.

For those of you who loved my story in the first SNAFU, you’ll probably love this one too. This time around I’m bringing a team of mercs squaring off against genetically altered werewolves in a secret lab. Like the tag line says: SNAFU brought the pain. SNAFU: Wolves at the Door will bring the bite! I had a lot of fun bringing this story to life. My goal, as always, is to entertain readers while I have them. Hopefully they’ll like my story, and this anthology.

I hope you’ll join us for some werewolf fun later this year. See you there!

You can learn more about Cohesion Press by following this link.

Follow Cohesion Press on Twitter by following this link.

A Free Story, A New Story, and A Sale!

You can read a new short story of mine right now over on Pen & Muse’s website. I wrote it as part of this year’s Pen & Muse Haunt, where various different authors submitted their take on haunted house stories. Mine is called NIGHT OF THE HUNTER. Follow this link to read it for free: http://penandmuse.com/pen-muse-haunt-night-hunter-brian-w-taylor/

In other news, a different short story of mine about werewolves has been accepted for publication. Expect more details as they become available. I’m excited to find another of my stories a new home.

SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror is on sale the entire month of October, and has been discounted a dollar. If you haven’t picked it up yet, now’s your chance. Featuring my story, COVERT GENESIS, and stories by authors like Jonathan Maberry, Weston Ochse, and Greig Beck, just to name a few, you can’t go wrong. Grab it before the sale is over and get your scare on for Halloween! Get it for you Kindle here: http://www.amazon.com/SNAFU-Anthology-Military-Jonathan-Maberry-ebook/dp/B00LNXHLJG/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-1&qid=1413498286

SNAFU Has An Official Release Date And More

1_SNAFU_Fullwrap_Cover_FINAL_lores4

Cohesion Press recently announced a July 11th release date for SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror. In it you can read my short story titled, COVERT GENESIS. Am I excited? Um…yeah! This is will be my first publication in an anthology and my story will be appearing alongside horror heavyweights like Jonathan Maberry, Weston Ochse, and Grieg Beck, just to name a few. How awesome is that!

But wait, there’s more!

Cohesion Press is looking for help promoting their books. If you’d like to be part of their street team, where you’ll get advance copies of their books, all you have to do is sign up through their Facebook page. Seems like a sweet deal to me. Click on the link here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=652437828175748&set=a.488158777936988.1073741828.487689841317215&type=1

We’re not stopping there.

The fine folks at Cohesion Press are throwing an online release party July 11th-July 12th. That’s right, 24 hours of giveaways, fun, and shenanigans. More details can be found on the event’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/291205134386074/

Head on over to their Facebook page and get to know the fine folks behind Cohesion a little better. Why not “like” their page while you’re at it. You can also find Cohesion on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/CohesionPress

I’ll be sure to pass along more information as it becomes available. Cohesion is an up and coming Australian publisher of horror and speculative fiction, founded by Geoff Brown. Geoff is the former President of the Australian Horror Writers Association (2011-2013) and holder of many literary degrees. Their commitment to quality horror makes them a publisher to watch. Like their motto says, Cohesion Press is here to stay.

A huge thank you goes to Geoff who plucked me from the slush pile. It’s wonderful knowing an editor believes in not only your writing, but also the writer. I better get working on my submission for Cohesion’s next anthology. Hey, you never know unless you submit, right?

 

Publication Announcement: SNAFU–An Anthology of Military Horror

snafu_front_cover_final_text_3

I am pleased to announce that my short story, COVERT GENESIS, will be published in the upcoming anthology from Cohesion Press, titled SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror. Much thanks to Mr. Geoff Brown for taking a chance on an a relatively unknown author.

Read the official announcement here: http://cohesionpress.com/news/

What is SNAFU? SNAFU is an unofficial military term–situation normal, all fucked up. Think of what happened in the film Aliens after their drip ship crashed, stranding Ripley, Hicks, Hudson, and the rest of the initial group of survivors with an army of aliens.

I can’t tell you how ecstatic I am to be included in an anthology with fantastic authors like Jonathan Maberry, Grieg Beck, James A. Moore, Weston Ochse, and Joseph Nassise. I hope my story mingles well at the SNAFU party.

It turns out Mr. Brown received over 1,100 submissions for this anthology. I was among the eleven unsolicited authors who made it in. Crazy, I know. I celebrated with a cupcake. Again, crazy, I know.

I’ll be sure to pass along more details about SNAFU as they become available. Stay tuned.

You can learn more about Cohesion Press here: http://cohesionpress.com/

You can learn more about SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror here: http://cohesionpress.com/books/snafu-anthology/