George Little is a Marine combat vet, originally from Waterville. (We went to high school together.) Dodge is his service dog, and basically his best friend. Dodge now needs emergency surgery. If you have ever had a dog leave pawprints on your heart, please help and/or share this GoFundMe.

https://www.gofundme.com/3xtfviw

 

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Interview – Broken Hope

My latest interview is with Jeremy Wagner of Broken Hope. You can read it at Antichrist Metalzine here.

Wicked Witches Getting Some Love

Another great review for Wicked Witches. I got a mention in this one for my story To Dance The Witches Circle Again.

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A TERRIFYING HAUNTING

This is the place where the harrowed ghosts of a dozen generations whisper in the shadows of their ancestral home, where one family’s dreams of a new beginning turned into a nightmare that ended in tragedy.

A CURSED BLOODLINE

This is the place where a line of witches bound themselves—in blood—to a primeval entity. Here, nightmare and reality meet beneath frozen skies, and even time and space fall under the power of the demonic being that rules this remote northern wood.

A CHANCE ENCOUNTER

This is the place where the path of a tormented survivor meets that of an unknowing innocent. Past and present collide, and secrets long buried crawl back into the pallid light of day as the shadow of the Beast falls over them both. But even the bloodiest dreams of that demonic being may pale in comparison to what lies buried within the human heart.
This is the place where evil dwells …

 

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TWICE UPON AN APOCOLYPSE

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RIP Chris Cornell

I’m having a super-extra crazy week, and my brain radio is layering Chris Cornell’s voice over everything.

If there was a soundtrack to my life, at least two of his songs would be on it.

Hunger Strike – The first time I left home was to attend the Recording Workshop. I went through a rude awakening about finances and money, when I ran out of both food and money three weeks into a five-week program. This song was just getting popular.  I literally was going hungry for a while there. My old boss from the newspaper I worked at saved me by sending me a vacation check I didn’t actually qualify for. You could do that back then.

Rusty Cage – Fast forward 20 years, and I was working at The Tampa Tribune, which was a sinking ship. I had been in Florida 20 years, and was ready to move on. I decided to quit my job after 13 years, move back home, and  make the leap to telecommuting/freelancing. The lyric ‘I’m gonna break my rusty cage and run’ kept playing in my head. I listened to badmotorfinger several times on the drive back home.

Black Hole Sun, Jesus Christ Pose, Feelin Minnesota, Fell On Black Days, and Spoonman all bring back memories of specific times, which I won’t get into here.

To me, his death was a result of a side effect of anxiety meds. If suicidal tendencies are listed as a side effect of your medication, and you kill yourself after taking a few pills too many, Big Pharma killed you, IMHO. But that’s another rant.

RIP.

Interview with Patria

Coming from the Brazilian southernmost misty mountains, PATRIA is one of the most imminent black metal bands in South America today, and was founded in 2008 by the multi-instrumentalist Mantus and the vocalist Triumphsword, both veteran musicians from the local black metal bands Mysteriis and Thorns of Evil. Musically, they track under the tenuous line between black metal and experimental avant-garde music, mixing the South American metal madness with the classic and dark Scandinavian vein. Drawing influences from many different types of music but keeping the harsh shape of the black metal core … Twisted, dirty & melodic in its own way!

“Magna Adversia”, the band’s sixth full-length, was co-produced, mixed and mastered by Øystein G. Brun (Borknagar). The album features Asgeir Mickelson (Ihsahn, Sarke, Borknagar, Spiral Architect…) on drums and Fabiano Penna (Rebaelliun) as special guest on the orchestrations. The cover art was made by guitarist Mantus, known in the graphic art world as Marcelo Vasco, who already worked for major bands like Slayer, Kreator, Machine Head, Soulfly, Dark Funeral, and Hatebreed, to name a few.

Check out my interview with them for Antichrist Metalzine.

http://antichristmagazine.com/interview-patria/

Also, here is their lyric video for Axis.

Abandoned

Phoenix, the star whispered. You are beginning to understand.

He threw something on the fire, a handful of herbs or dust. As tendrils of fragrant smoke curled around him, he began to beat his chest like a drum.

Live, said the voice. He is waiting for you, in the land of the dead.

In which TJ Washburn grills me ruthlessly …

Thomas Washburn Jr., who also has a story out in Northern Frights, did a quick interview with me …

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Q&A With Author Thomas Washburn Jr.

Last week, the Horror Writers of Maine released Northern Frights, an anthology of horror stories set in Maine. I am in it, as is Thomas Washburn Jr. (who also happens to be my boyfriend’s former singer and a cool dude.)

I asked him a few questions below.

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What inspired your story?

The Bad Trip was heavily influenced by Italian horror. Filmmakers like Michele Soavi, Dario Argento & Lucio Fulci. I’ve always loved the visceral, chaotic style of their films.  There’s a feeling you’re stepping beyond lucidity in the stories that I admire. It’s part of what makes their particular style of filmmaking so interesting.  Trying to translate that to paper was difficult as they’re two very different mediums, but I did my best to try and create that same feeling.

What are you working on now?

I just recently finished up my first new Novel in a few years called Normal. I have a short story called Family Secret coming out in the next few weeks. I’m also working on a collaboration story with several members of The Horror Writers Of Maine. On top of all that, I’m also doing revisions and re-edits on my older works and will be re-releasing them in the coming months.

What are your thoughts on Maine?

I love the state of Maine. Despite the hardships that often come with living here. I couldn’t picture myself living anywhere else. There’s a deep pride being born and raised here that’s hard to explain to other people. Not to mention it’s a great muse for storytelling.

 

What are your top 5 favorite books?

That’s a tough one. In no particular order- Little Brothers by Rick Hautala, Salem’s Lot by Stephen King, The Dead Hunger series by Eric A. Shelman, The Dark Elf Trilogy by R.A Salvatore and The Death Gate Cycle by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.

Tell us a bit about your background.

I was born in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine and raised in the small town of Milo. I spent 16 years playing in and fronting various Metal bands before semi-retiring in 2012. That’s when I rediscovered my passion for writing. I’ve been at it ever since. When I’m not writing or working I like to spend time with my friends, watch Horror movies, read, play video games and spend time outdoors.

 

Favorite quote?

Not so much a quote as poetry-

Once more into the fray…

Into the last good fight I’ll ever know…

Live and die on this day…

Live and die on this day…

You can check out my websites

Homepage: http://www.thomaswashburnjr.com

Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/thomaswasburnjr

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorthomaswashburnjr

Instagram: www.instagram.com/authorthomaswashburnjr

Twitter: @twjauthor