Today, the Ailes Brothers of Terror made headlines when an article about them appeared on pg 3 & 5 in the Sunday May 31, 2015 edition of The Times of Northwest, Indiana.
Mark Cusco Ailes celebrates his birthday today. You can wish him a happy one on his facebook page.
Yesterday, we invaded the Hammond Public Library and sold many books at the Local Authors Book Fair. It began slow, but by the second hour people were pouring in like zombies. I can't wait until our next appearance in a couple of weeks. I got to reconnect with some of the fellow authors I hadn't seen in a few months plus I met some new authors in the Indiana circuit. It was a lot of fun.
Tomorrow is the big announcement from Mark on his website. It's exciting news.
I've updated the 2015 Book Fair section of this website with new photos from the past two book fairs. I also updated the Zombie Command section with a "15 facts about the anthology article" giving a little behind the scenes information. Zombie Command gained three 5 star reviews on Amazon in the past couple of weeks. I want to thank everybody who has given my work a try.
This week, I plan on completing two to three more stories for Musings From A Demented Mind. I've had more positive interest in the project. I believe it will be my most successful anthology to date. The hard part will be when I write the biography/behind the scenes part about my friend who passed away in March.
I'm going to end this blog with posting the article from the Times below. Please read and enjoy.
Until Next Time
SOUTH HAVEN | For Derek and Mark Cusco Ailes, writing is in their blood.
The South Haven brothers, 39 and 49, respectively, have put pen to paper off and on during their lives. Most recently the duo have been authoring — alone or in collaboration — more than a dozen books published through their own company, Weekland Press.
"I was told I wrote my first story in kindergarten. I don't remember kindergarten, but I wrote short stories in high school," said Mark, whose first book, "Tree of No Boundaries," was published in 2009. His 12th book, "Rich Man's War Poor Man's Blood," a military science fiction tome, comes out in September and he is working on his 13th book, "Zombie Park," due to debut in January.
Derek said he began writing in elementary school as well, but gave it up. The dairy manager at a local grocery store said he picked it up again in 2012, inspired by his brother.
The two collaborated on two books, "Journey into the Unknown" and "Second Journey into the Unknown," both collections of short stories before Derek soloed on "Zombie Command." He's presently working on his second solo effort, "Musings from a Demented Mind."
The Ailes brothers, nicknamed Ailes Brothers of Terror, by their local peers, said they gravitate towards horror stories because they grew up watching television shows such as "Twilight Zone" and "Tales from the Crypt."
Mark has also written in the sci-fi, fantasy and family fiction genres.
The brothers said they like to blend local settings into their tales, placing alien invasions or zombie attacks in Porter County.
Mark, an Army veteran who was stationed in Germany, said he attempts to write 1,000 words every day. Derek, who also designs the covers for many of their books, said his writing is more sporadic, sometimes not writing for a few days, but then pouring 4,000 to 5,000 words at a time.
While in the Army, Mark said he used his creativity to write and produce plays for his fellow soldiers and created haunted houses. He also was involved in a comedy show on Armed Forces Network.
The brothers also enjoy attending various conventions throughout the country meeting celebrities, collecting autographs and photographs.
Ailes brothers book signings
Mark Cusco and Derek Ailes will be participating in several book signing events, including:
June 13, 1-4p.m. at the Hammond Innovation Center;
June 25, 6-8 p.m. at the Valparaiso Barnes and Noble;
July 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Haven Public Library;
Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel in Merrillville;
Nov. 14, noon to 3 p.m. at the Lake County Public Library and
Nov. 28 and 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Portage Park Department craft fair at Woodland Park.
Their books are also available on Amazon.
For more information about the Ailes brothers, visit their web sites at derekailes.com and markcuscoailes.com