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Beneath Ash & Bone Cover Reveal

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in bedlam press, beneath ash and bone, cover reveal, d. alexander ward, D.A.Ward News, gothic horror, horror, mystery, necro publications, novel, southern gothic, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Well, I posted on Facebook but forgot to do it here. I want to share the cover for my forthcoming Gothic horror from Bedlam Press, Beneath Ash & Bone. It was done by the incredible Erik Wilson, who did the Blood Savages cover art as well. What a phenomenal talent! Anyway, without further adieu…

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The book drops in April, but there may be some ARCs for giving away and such. You might want to keep your eye on it if interested. You can do that not only here but by following me on Facebook and/or liking the book’s Facebook page to receive updates in your feed!

Wrapping Up 2015

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in 2015 | 0 comments

crypt-keeper-new-years12015 started out with the release of Shadows Over Main Street, which Doug Murano and I worked tirelessly on. Had some problems with the publisher, publisher shut down, and we went looking for a new one for not only the first book but the Shadows Over Main Street Volume 2 that we are editing. Thankfully, we finally found one. We’ve also been working with Joe at Crystal Lake, editing Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories for a 2016 release, and I am so pleased with how that book is shaping up. Incredible stories! Doug and I are discussing our next editing project and I’m excited to see what that becomes. I’m so thankful and couldn’t ask for a better partner in anthology creation and editing!

I was fortunate enough to attend some events with my Virginia chapter of the HWA folks and to volunteer some time as a verifier with the organization. With 7Hills, I hung out a shingle to do some light, freelance editing work as well, so we’ll see how that goes.

On the authoring side of things, Necro Publications released my urban fantasy/horror book, Blood Savages back in April. I served on and moderated some panels at RavenCon and Scares That Care as well as attended the World Horror Convention in Atlanta–an amazing experience with so many great people who I now call my dear friends. There’s even talk of contributing to a novella collection with a few of those fine writers, so that’s a prospect I’m very excited about. Publisher woes continued with Eldtritch Press shutting down and leaving my Gothic horror novel, Beneath Ash and Bone, in limbo…but I’m pleased that it’s found a new home with Bedlam Press for a 2016 release.

All in all, 2015 was one hell of a busy year. I look forward to the next one, to making more friends, reading more, writing, editing and publishing more. Most of all, I am pleased as punch to continue being a part of this special freakshow that is the horror community. So many old and gracious souls here, and that fills my heart indeed.

Bring it on, 2016!

Unique BLOOD SAVAGES Giveaway at Goodreads

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in blood savages, giveaway, goodreads | 0 comments

It’s time for a very special giveaway here on Goodreads! Due to a printer error, I have 29 copies of my novel, Blood Savages available for this giveaway. The catch is that they are slightly defective copies that were printed from a version of the book prior to approval of the final galleys. What does this mean? There are a few oopsies on the internal cover pages and the copyright information. They do not include a few of the final and–probably hardly noticeable–changes I made to the text of the manuscript. That said, it is still a fine-lookin’ book and the story is all there!

My only other option is to chuck them or use them as kindling for the fireplace and I just cannot bring myself to do that to any book, especially mine.

So…if you’re up for a rare paperback copy (collector’s item!) of Blood Savages from Necro Publications, then take a moment to register for this unique giveaway. I’ll even sign it special for you with some stupid remark about your willingness to accept a defective copy of my book.
Get in on this unique opportunity today!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Blood Savages by D. Alexander Ward

Blood Savages

by D. Alexander Ward

Giveaway ends December 09, 2015.

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New novel coming in Spring of 2016

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in bedlam press, beneath ash and bone, book release, d. alexander ward, Uncategorized | 0 comments

IMG_20151130_190334385Well, I am pleased to report that I have finally found a home for my Gothic horror novel, Beneath Ash and Bone. Bedlam Press will be releasing it in late April of 2016, with a release party at RavenCon in Williamsburg, VA. You are all invited of course!

Beneath Ash and Bone is a short, spooky novel in the Gothic horror vein, set in rural Virginia just before the outbreak of the Civil War. If you’re a fan of books/movies like Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black, then I think you’ll dig this one.

There will be more info to come, certainly, and I’ll be sure to share that with you along the way. Very excited to see this one unleashed on the world!

My New Domain & the Demise of Hazardous Press

Posted by on Sep 25, 2015 in a feast of buzzards, shadows over main street, shadows over main street volume 2 | 0 comments

TWITTER-COVER-PHOTO-COVER-COLLAGE-3-15Welcome to my new domain. My site and all of its information can now be found at dalexward.com. Place still looks pretty much the same. There’s not a lot of new content at the moment, but there have been some changes. So, about that…

Unfortunately, Hazardous Press, whose anthologies I contributed several stories, who published my own short story collection and Shadows Over Main Street–co-edited with Doug Murano–is going on hiatus. This means a lot of titles have disappeared from the catalog of Amazon and other various places you could buy them from before. One of those is my collection, A Feast of Buzzards. It is no longer available on Amazon in Kindle or Paperback. I do still have some paperbacks, though, so if you want one, contact me about it. We’ll work something out. The future of this book and if/when/how/where it will be available is unknown at the moment. I’ll keep you posted.

But what about Shadows Over Main Street, you say? Well, it is also out of print and unavailable on Kindle. However, we can tell you that the book will be back in some way, shape, or form. I have no details to report because there is a lot of behind-the-scenes work going on, but Volume 1 will be available again as soon as possible in a second edition. And, despite the demise of Hazardous Press, Shadows Over Main Street, Volume 2, is still happening. Let me say that again. Here, I’ll even give it its own line in this post:

Shadows Over Main Street, Volume 2 is still happening.

Again, we’ll share details when things are all settled.

In the meantime, check out my novel, Blood Savages, for a fun and violent horror-superhero romp. And be on the lookout for my Gothic horror novel, Beneath Ash and Bone, coming from Eldritch Press in Spring of 2016. Not to mention there’s another Murano-Ward-edited anthology of stories, Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, due out from Crystal Lake Publishing in Spring/Summer of 2016.

And, as always, stay tuned. I’ll update this undying blog as often as I can!

D.

 

 

Scares That Care – A Guest Blog Takeover by Jay Wilburn

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in deadsong, guest blog, hazardous press, horror, jay motherf**king wilburn, jay wilburn, scares that care, Uncategorized, zombies | 0 comments

Happy to be on D. Alxander Ward’s blog. I appreciate him hosting me. There were many great writers that got their start on this blog. I believe Earnest Hemmingway guest blogged here once from Havana. Lovecraft guest blogged here many times until he offended too many people and was banned. Bukowski once wrote a blog post here that was just the F word repeated over and over in different fonts. I may have the facts wrong, but I’m still glad to be guest posting.

I’m also glad to be taking part in Scares That Care Weekend Convention this coming Friday, July 24th through Sunday, July 26th. It will be at the Doubletree in Williamsburg Viginia. All those facts I have correct.

I’ll be hosting the Hazardous Press table there and I appreciate that publisher making my appearance there possible. I look forward to sharing the table and the weekend with other great authors. In addition to the great authors will be D Alexander Ward, T Fox Dunham, Armand Rosamilia, and many more. We’ll all be pimping our books there.

I’ll have Dead Song book 1 and hard copies of the CD too. It will be interesting to see how well this unusual combination catches the eye in public.

D. Alexander Ward and I will be sharing a reading time Saturday, July 25th from 10:00 – 10:45 AM. Since no one there will be drinking Friday night, no one will be hung over and it will be well attended I’m sure. I am hoping Ward makes it.

I’ll also be on a panel Sunday, July 26th from 2:00 – 3:00 PM Paths to Publishing. I hope to be mildly interesting and somewhat mildly informative.

The important thing is that all payments for attending this convention go directly to helping families in need. It is a good and growing charity and the convention has become a valuable part of that effort.

Attend if you are anywhere in the area and come see us. If you aren’t able to attend, check out Scares That Care online.

I will be live tweeting and posting all weekend from the table and from events around the weekend. Watch for #ScaresThatCare on Twitter, follow me @AmongTheZombies on Twitter, and check out my author page on Facebook.

 

Check out the latest book and music from a new series by Jay Wilburn:

The Dead Song Legend Dodecology Book 1: January from Milwaukee to Muscle Shoals

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00YDZKXCI/jaywil0d-20

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The Sound May Suffer – Songs from the Dead Song Legend Book 1: January

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/amazing-circle-of-suffering/id996569862?i=996569871&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

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JW-AUTHORJay Wilburn lives with his wife and two sons in Conway, South Carolina near the Atlantic coast of the southern United States. He taught public school for sixteen years before becoming a full time writer. He is the author of the Dead Song Legend Dodecology and the music of the five song soundtrack recorded as if by the characters within the world of the novel The Sound May Suffer. Follow his many dark thoughts on Twitter @AmongTheZombies, his Facebook author page, and at JayWilburn.com

Scares That Care Weekend 2015 and Where to Find Me

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in #mainstreetshadows, a feast of buzzards, blood savages, horror convention, scares that care, shadows over main street | 0 comments

It’s time again for the second annual Scares That Care convention in Williamsburg, VA. If you’re in the area, this is obviously the place to be for all things dark and horrific. There’s merchandise, costuming, makeup artists, authors, filmmakers, musicians…It’s just a really excellent convention AND it’s for a great cause. Click the icon below to go to their page and find out more about the good work that Scares That Care is doing!

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I will be there. Arriving sometime mid-day on Friday. Unfortunately that means missing AN EVENING WITH BRIAN KEENE on Thursday. Which bums be out a great deal.

FRIDAY, at a minimum, I will be attending readings by KEVIN LUCIA and JACOB HADDON from 6:45-7:30.

SATURDAY, 10AM, I will be doing a reading along with JAY WILBURN. Who’s going first? No idea. I guess Jay and I will arm wrestle or have a thumb war for it. Anyway, please come! No matter how hungover from Friday night you are. I’ll be reading from my action-horror-redneck-superheroes novel, BLOOD SAVAGES, maybe a little something else, too, and Jay will be reading from God-knows-what. He’s got about a zillion awesome books and stories out. Seriously.

SUNDAY, 11-NOON, I will be on the panel, “Writers Groups in a Digital Age” along with TIM WAGGONER, RONALD MALFI, JACOB HADDON, PAMELA K. KINNEY and moderated by the HWA VA’s own chapter head, DELONA SOUTHERLAND. Hopefully me talk good that day.

I will be seeing other panels and hopefully meeting/chatting with folks like ARMAND ROSAMILIA, JEFF STRAND, F. PAUL WILSON, THOMAS MONTELEONE, KELLI OWEN, BRIAN KEENE, EDWARD LEE…I don’t know, man. It’s just silly the amount of great authors coming to the convention. It’s going to be great!

The rest of the time will be spent in the main vendor room, bouncing around between the Horror Writers Association – Virginia Chapter table and the Hazardous Press table. Vendor rooms are open from 5pm – 10pm Friday night, 10-am-8pm Saturday, and 10am-4pm Sunday. At both tables, I will have the following books available:

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I’ll need to remember to bring my personal copy of SHADOWS OVER MAIN STREET so I can get KEVIN LUCIA to sign it, too.

Celebrity guests, vendors, shows, GWAR, films, makeup wars, scaryoke…it’s just…go check out the details at www.scaresthatcareweekend.com and then head on to the convention. It’s going to be incredible!

I very much hope to see you there!

 

Review: The Visible Filth

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Visible Filth
The Visible Filth by Nathan Ballingrud
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this novella from Nathan Ballingrud. There was a lot to love here. For me, the best writing is the kind that can be, in turns, brutally simple and achingly eloquent. Ballingrud pulls it off very well. There were some parts here that really had me so engrossed that someone entering the room unexpectedly caused me to startle. That’s a rare thing.
If I could offer any criticism, it would be that I felt like there could have been more. The end kind of came rushing at me and I still had questions about other elements and events that happened earlier in the novella.
So, if it’s a criticism to say that Ballingrud left me wanting more, then so be it. I’m betting he would take that all day long.
If and when the author comes out with a full novel, it will go to the top of the to-read list.

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BLOOD SAVAGES Ebook Giveaway!

Posted by on Jul 11, 2015 in blood savages, giveaway | 0 comments

BS-BN1.cover-CSTime for an ebook giveaway of my action/superhero/horror novel, Blood Savages published by Necro Publications. To enter to win, you just have to tweet the message to your followers. So I guess this one is for you tweeters (twitterers, tweetsies?) alone. Available formats are .Mobi and .Epub. Giveaway begins July 11 and ends on July 15. Go!

 

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Review: Disintegration: A Windy City Dark Mystery

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Disintegration: A Windy City Dark Mystery
Disintegration: A Windy City Dark Mystery by Richard Thomas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Richard Thomas’s novel, DISINTEGRATION, is a harrowing glimpse into a dark and desolate underworld that is threaded through our very own everyday lives and yet is always at the periphery of our vision. Set in Chicago and its environs, it is a study in how quickly and easily an average man can be stripped down and molded into a killer.

“Nobody leaves me, except for the earth. Got it, big man? You work for me forever.”

The unnamed protagonist in the novel is a deeply troubled man, but is our hero nonetheless. He is cold and ruthless and efficient, but in this dark storm of a narrative, the clouds part often enough to see his humanity. Thomas is a prolific storyteller, and skilled in many genres, but after reading DISINTEGRATION, it seems clear that the neo-noir genre, in his capable hands, is deadliest of all. Fans of Will Christopher Baer will find much to love in this novel, although there is a distinct difference between them, which is the often poetic way that DISINTEGRATION is written. An example:

“A flash of headlights, the squeal of tires on pavement, and the windshield of my car is filled with the sun. Metal screams and glass tinkles the air, I’m a feather drifting in a slow-moving current, I’m a fragile egg, cracked on the counter, shell splintering into tiny jagged pieces. The muted mass of the minivan in front of me is gone from my vision in the blink of an eye. Nothing remains. It’s all gone. A kaleidoscope of gray and white, slices of red and pinpoint pain scatters across my body.
‘Hey, guys,’ I mutter to the graves.”

If you’re into dark, gritty, character-driven crime novels, you need to add this one to your e-reader. If it ever becomes available in paperback, it should come with bourbon stains on the pages, cigarette burns on the cover, and smelling of gunpowder. That is the kind of book DISINTEGRATION is.

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