Inspiration comes from all sources – digital and physical!
While my story “Empty” took a lot of inspiration from specific music, and of course all writers are influenced by what they’ve read in the past, music and literature aren’t the only places one can look to find horror!
One of the reviews of “Empty” mentioned that it felt like a cross between “Dead Space” and “Alien,” and that’s high praise indeed, but it also showcases that video games have really become a legitimate vehicle for the horror genre.
One of my favorite games in the horror style is easily “Outlast,” a first person title that puts you as a defenseless journalist trying to catch a scoop about shady practices at an asylum. It’s one of the few games that is legitimately terrifying and can lead to out-loud screaming on a dark and stormy night when played with headphones on and the lights off.
A sequel is of course in the works, this time dealing with crazed backwoods religious hillbillies, and it looks to be just as scary as the original! Sadly Outlast 2 was delayed to 2017, so we won’t get to play it this Halloween, but I’m always up to run for my life from supernatural murderers any time of the year! Check out the atmospheric first trailer below.
Dominic Stabile takes us to a dystopian future
Love a hardboiled detective story? What about a noire thriller set in a dark future where things have gone horribly wrong? Dig mad science that blurs the lines into the supernatural?
I just got done reading Dominic Stabilie’s new collection “Stone Work” and boy does it ever tick all those boxes!
This compilation of shorts all revolve around the deformed but still ass-kicking mercenary Stone as he goes from clusterfuck of a job to clusterfuck of a job in the dystopian City.
From double-crossing employers to feeding hungry Great Old Ones, this has got it all! Grab your own physical or Kindle copy right here.
The industrial black metal band will soon offer up more nightmare writing fuel
If you listened to the “Empty” soundtrack, you may recall hearing the track “Across The Universe” from Aborym’s previous album “Dirty.”
I was beyond stoked to learn this morning that a new album is on the way from this Italian genre-mashing band, coming later in 2016 via Agonia Records.
For those not familiar, Aborym mixes black metal with heavy industrial and electronic music, creating a disorienting and discordant combination.
The band doesn’t usually disappoint on the disturbing front either, making for excellent writing fuel. Can’t wait to hear “Shifting.negative” and who knows – maybe it will show up on a soundtrack to a future book release?
New dark fantasy novel set for release next year!
It all comes full circle! My first published short story “The Trade” established a dark, low-fantasy world where the gods most certainly do not have mankind’s best interest at heart.
While the nameless hunter from that story will not make a direct appearance, the themes and background characters from “The Trade” have now been expanded out into a full-length novel that examines a different area of the world.
Coming in 2017 via Mirror Matter Press, “Light Dawning” revolves around four main characters as they deal with the living hell of life under occupation by a brutal military force. It turns the typical fantasy tropes on their head, offering a very different look at a world where the supernatural runs rampant. Don’t expect any chosen one farm boys, wise old wizards, or brash-but-lovable rogues saving the day.
There’s a whole lot more news about the book set to be revealed in the coming months, from the release date to the cover artwork and even advance teasers of several chapters introducing the main characters.
In the mean time, it’s my pleasure to give an advance taste of what to expect with a soundtrack utilizing music that was on rotation while I penned the novel over the course of a year.
Much like with the soundtrack to “Empty,” there will be a full breakdown of each song and why it matters to the story coming in the future. For now, simply plug in your headphones and listen in at Spotify here or through the player below get an idea of the tone and themes on display with “Light Dawning,” and stay tuned for much more exciting news coming soon!
The Horrific Network caught up with me about horror movies, the inspiration behind “Empty” and much more…
The Horrific Network was kind enough to invite me on for a chat about all things horror on their podcast. During the show (which is available to be streamed here), we discussed everything from classic Carpenter films like In The Mouth Of Madness to new crowd funded horror from indie production teams and of course, my sci-fi/horror novella “Empty!”
Find out how “Empty” went from a werewolf camp story to a claustrophobic sci-fi tale
It’s rare for a story to go from vague concept in a writer’s head to edited and published manuscript without major changes taking place.
Whether a character doesn’t work in the story or a major plot point hasn’t been thought out properly, there’s always changes. “Empty” went through quite a few, starting off as a short story in a very different setting than the sci-fi novella it eventually become.
I was invited by The Scary Reviews to discuss how a story changes and the vicious, rejection-strewn path to getting published in a new guest post. An excerpt follows:
All of my work is inspired by personal experiences, with this one stemming from a disturbing encounter I had at a religious summer camp as a kid. The first version was going to be a straightforward modern day tale with a supernatural twist as a camper contracts lycanthropy and has to keep his affliction hidden. Every time I’d go to write a new page though, I couldn’t stop thinking about the moon (being a werewolf tale and all) along with all that vast emptiness out in space.
The original version was junked and I started over with an engineer on a spacefaring vessel, ostracized for breaking the rules and stuck all alone serving punishment duty in the bowels of the ship. Many of the themes and ideas from the original source material made their way in, just in new forms, as the engineer explores an ancient ship, encounters a madman on a religious mission, and discovers something beyond his comprehension that offers disturbing implications about man’s place in the order of things.
The full guest post is available now at The Scary Reviews here – be on the lookout for more coming soon examining both “Empty” and my upcoming dark fantasy novel!
Find out what stories shaped my youth and what I’m reading lately
Following the stellar 5 star review for “Empty” bestowed by Confessions Of A Reviewer, the site asked me to contribute to their Confessions Of My Past, Present, And Future column.
The idea is to explain what inspired an author in the past, what is occupying all their reading time in the present, and then to give a tease of what’s coming soon from that writer in the future.
In my addition to the column, I go way back to middle and high school, covering my earlier fantasy influences from the timeless Redwall series to a Magic: The Gathering novel with some truly subversive concepts packed into its planeswalking action.
The present section goes over my recent torrid love affair with graphic novels, from Hellraiser to Shutter and Black Science. Finally in the future, I offer a brief glimpse at an upcoming full-length dark fantasy novel. Read the full article over here.