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I’ll be launching As The Seas Turn Red at this awesome witchy night market in Salem. The vendors all look amazingly talented.

Now we wait and see if mailman can make it down our muddy road to deliver said books, or if I have to fight my way out to pick them up …

#daughtersofdarkness #salem #diewithyourbootson #nightmarket #poetry #bookrelease.

 

 

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Happy to announce two new story sales. My story Of Marrow And Abomination has been accepted by Psuedopod. I’ve also sold another story to a cool anthology. Details on that one will come later.

Also, mud season is here. Yay.

I’m Reddit’s Fantasy Author Of The Day – AMA!

I’m in the hot seat for an AMA. Ask me anything!

https://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/comments/avef9f/rfantasy_writer_of_the_day_morgan_sylvia/v

Mailman Brought Goodies

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My author copies of Haunted House Short Stories arrived. My piece in this is called 14 Oak St, and it’s one of my favorite short stories that I’ve done.

 

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https://www.amazon.com/Haunted-House-Stories-Gothic-Fantasy/dp/1787552667

New Review of Dawn

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Celine’s Book Corner just put up a new review of my fantasy novel, Dawn.

My favorite line:

“It reminded me of Game of Thrones except that it also included witchcraft elements.”

Read the full review here:

Purchase the book or ebook here:

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The Final Summons

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You’ve been summoned! The Final Summons is out today. My story in this is called The Dreamer At The End Of Time, and it was inspired in part by a BOC song. There are also stories from some pretty awesome folks, including Peter Dudar, Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert, Errick Danger Nunnally, Scott Goudsward, Steve Van Samson, and others.
#TheFinalSummons is available on Kindle, paperback and hardback at http://thefinalsummons.com or Amazon.com
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Haunted House Short Stories is Out

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I’m thrilled to be in this gorgeous book! My story is called 14 Oak St, and it’s one of my favorite shorts that I have done so far.

You can order on Amazon or right through Flame Tree.

Abode is on sale!

Looking for some #horror to read? My novel Abode (ebook version) is on sale for 99 cents. Click here to buy

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 …

ABODE

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Interview with Steve Austin

Today Is The Day frontman Steve Austin is the subject of the new documentary The Man Who Loves To Hurt Himself, which you can watch on Amazon. Catch a TITD show or check out the doc (link in comments), and you will see why he is such an inspiration to others. He’s also just a really nice guy and a super cool dude.

Here’s the interview I did with him for Antichrist Magazine.

Led by visionary frontman Steve Austin, Today Is The Day reigns as one of the most unique and influential bands of the past two decades. The band’s violent and anthemic style, which blends metal, noise, psychedelia, and rock, has won worldwide acclaim ever since the debut album, Supernova, first hit in the early 90s. Nine studio albums have been released on such labels as Amphetamine Reptile and Relapse — including modern-day classics like Willpower, Temple of the Morning Star, and In the Eyes of God — and the band’s changing lineup has included such musicians as Brann Dailor and Bill Kelliher, who would later go on to form Mastodon. Today Is The Day has toured the world with Motorhead, Helmet, The Melvins, Morbid Angel, Converge, Napalm Death, Neurosis, Eyehategod, Unsane, Coalesce, and many more. Steve Austin has also made a name as a producer, helping create seminal albums for Lamb Of God, Converge, Deadguy, and more. He is also the subject of the documentary The Man Who Loves To Hurt Himself, a unique examination of the life-long existential journey taken by a self-made musician, and his unforgiving determination to express himself. It explores how he balances life, love, and money with his artistic passions and the undeniable effect his fans express to him about the life-altering meaning it has had on them.

 

Today Is The Day speaks to people on a very deep, spiritual level. When did you first realize that your music had a very profound effect on people?

I think it was around the time of Willpower, our second album. People started talking to me about the music and the effect it had on their life. I realized how much keeping everything real, no matter how painful the subject matter might be, is important. I think that it’s the realness of the music and words, that speaks to our fans. Unfiltered and pure, good or bad.

One of the events that is covered in the documentary was a pretty bad car accident. Did that affect your perspective on things? And if so, how?

Yes, it did. It had a profound impact on me. I should have died in that car accident, as bad as the accident was. But I survived, and it was a second chance on life. [After the] accident happened, I was extremely depressed. As some of the pain went away, I realized that I should just be thankful to be alive. I never took life for granted before. After the accident, that was reinforced.

 

Today Is The Day has had a lot of lineup changes. How do you think that has helped—or hurt—the band?

I like having different players on different records. Every time we make an album, my goal is to do something that I’ve never done before, hopefully something that musically is brand new and has never been done before. By having different players on the records, we’ve been able to introduce new sounds and not get stuck making record after record that is pretty much the same record.

You just did a short tour, I believe. How did that go?

We went out to play Psycho Las Vegas and it was awesome. We played with Godflesh, Voivod, Eyehategod, and Danzig. Some of my most favorite bands, and friends to boot! The stuff punk metal kids dream of. I was honored to be a part of it. It made me happy.

When did you start getting into engineering? Also, did it have any effect on you as a musician, on how you played or listened to things?

Around 12 years old, I got a Fostex X-15 Cassette 4-track Recorder from my dad. I was a fat kid with no friends, alone all the time. No friends, so no band members. I had a little Roland drum machine, a guitar, and the Fostex 4-track. I would sit in my basement trying to make songs up. It was a challenge. I didn’t know what I was doing and had no one to show me how. I had to make it all up on my own and create my own style of playing. I think learning how to record early on made a big difference in learning, creativity.

What are your earliest influences?

The Cure, Jane’s Addiction, Skinny Puppy, Bauhaus, Ministry, The Melvins, The Dead Kennedys, Negative Approach, Slint, Pink Floyd, PJ Harvey, Godflesh, Nine Inch Nails, King Crimson and Johnny Cash. Miles Davis is the fucking man.

 

What have you been listening to recently? 

Ever since I got home from tour, I can’t stop listening to NAILBOMB “Point Blank”. I put on Pandora Channel and listen to mostly Miles Davis Radio at home: Leonard Cohen, Chet Baker, all kinds of really killer old school jazz. In modern music, I like Die Antwoord. I don’t care if people don’t get them or understand them. They are the most punk rock thing in music right now, because they simply don’t give a fuck. Die Antwoord is ‘fuck you’ music. In 2018, they’re daring to be different than everyone else, just by being yourself.

You have a new album coming out soon, I believe. Tell us about that.

I worked on the new album over the last 2 years. Love destroys hate. Violence, anger, and rage will destroy you from within. We reach a higher plane—a higher self—when we are able to turn rage and hatred into love. Love lives on. Love is harmony. Hatred always comes to an end, and usually not a good one. Jef Whitehead from Leviathan did the front cover artwork and Gianni Serusi did the layout. It took a while, heading off tour in between tracking and mixing. I probably mixed it down 4-5 times in full. It’s hard to let it go, but at some point you just have to. I’m really happy with the end result.

How did The Man Who Loves To Hurt Himself come about?

Two longtime friends of mine, who are brothers, approached me about doing it. I was very suspect of doing something like that, because I’m a different kind of person and I didn’t want my life’s and work turned into a freak show. Because I know these guys, I was willing to give it a shot. So we got together and I let them in. We covered a lot of painful things, and a lot of beautiful things too. Like an album, it’s a snapshot in time and I think Anthony and Alex did a really great job.

Is there anything you want to add or say to your fans?

Yes, thank you to all Today Is The Day fans and friends. We’re connected through scars, tears, broken bones, and broken hearts. I owe them dearly for being a part of this with me.

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Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival

Panel schedule for the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival! Free and open to the public! I’m going to be on the 3:30 panel, which is Best Horror Books We’ve Read This Year.

10:30 AM–Horror, Horror, Everywhere: How Horror Infiltrates Other Genres
Rio Youers (M), Jeff Strand, KL Pereira, Jennifer McMahon, Toni L.P. Kelner, Leigh Perry

11:30 AM–The Scariest Thing I’ve Ever Written—And The Scariest Thing I’ve Ever Read
Catherine Grant, Kelli Owen, Bracken MacLeod (M), Joseph A. Joseph Citro, Nadia Bulkin

12:30 PM–Hidden Treasures: Scary Books You’ve Probably Never Read, But Should
Grady Hendrix, Charles R Rutledge (M), Errick Nunnally, Hillary Monahan, John M. McIlveen

1:30 PM—Our Favorite Halloween Books and Stories
James A. Moore (M), Kat Howard, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Thomas Sniegoskii, Glenn Chadbourne

2:30 PM–The Beginner’s Guide to Horror Movies, or, How to Start Your Kids off Right
Izzy Lee, Cat Scully, Craig Shaw Gardner, Mary SanGiovanni (M), Stephen R. Bissette

3:30 PM–Best Horror Books We’ve Read This Year
John Langan, Kristin Dearborn, Morgan Sylvia, Tom Deady (M), Brian Keene