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
The Hollies Vs Vampires, Barnes & Noble Book Signing, New Book Cover Reveal, Derek Ailes in a Straight Jacket
Hello all my horror fiction fans. I have a lot of great news to reveal. As you can see from the image above, I now have the official book cover for Musings From A Demented Mind by Derek Ailes & James Coon. I have several more of my and James Coon's stories to work on. I came up with quite a strange one Thursday. I couldn't sleep too well so I began working on the following short story. The details are below:
The true biography of The Hollies is here. They were a British music sensation by day and vampire slayers by night. Find out the truth in the short story: In the Hollies Style by Derek Ailes.
I've been a die hard Hollies fan since 1994 after I heard "The Air That I Breathe" for the first time. I own every studio album they've recorded, every single, b-side ever issued on CD and even some rare hard to find gems only a select few have. The only song I don't own is the studio version of their cover of Prince's Purple Rain released on a rare cassette single. Only the live version is readily available.
This story is a tribute to them and I retold their years leading up to the album Distant Light where the story ends with them slaying vampires while singing as the Hollies as their day job. Serious fans will enjoy living this new tale of their origins. I know their history and did research to back up some of the things which happen in the story. The only change I made was making Bernie Calvart one of the original members, he joined the band a few years later in the Graham Nash era.
Elton John has a cameo.
Yes, I'm off my rocker and this epic vampire slaying story is proof of it. The stories keep getting better and better.
Mark Cusco Ailes and I were notified by the Valparaiso, Indiana Barnes & Noble that are autograph signing will be Thursday June 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. I'm excited to finally set up in a Barnes & Noble. This will be my brother's second time. All of our books will be there for sale.
Mark and I will be at the Hammond Public Library Sat May 30 from 12:00 p.m. - 3 p.m. with many other local Indiana authors selling all of our books. You can also learn about Mark's latest project days before the official reveal on his website.
People have been asking what happened to the release of Shelana's Quest on Shortfictionbreak.com. The new anthology from the website has been delayed a few weeks and Shelana's Quest part one will appear on their website the week of its release. Rastus, A Warrior's Tale, from the anthology, and Shelana's Quest both have the character Alzina in it. Yes, the stories tie in with each other introducing my universe which my first fantasy novel "Beast Within" will deal with. I can't wait. Beast Within will be released sometime in the Spring/Summer 2016.
Power Command has been put on hold indefinitely. With my friend, James Coon, passing away, finishing his short stories became my top priority. I will some day return to my science fiction series from the 1980s. When I do, it's going to be the project of my career.
I'll be working hard cranking out new stories in the next few weeks. I hope all the stories from Musings From A Demented Mind will be completed soon, but I keep coming up with more ideas.
Below I've posted some of the pictures from my straight jacket photo shoot
Until Next time,
Welcome everybody to another blog from my demented mind. First off, I would like to say thanks to everyone who recently purchased Zombie Command: A Horror Anthology off of Nook. Zombie Command's sales have been taking off since the beginning of the year.
Mad Max Fury Road was released this weekend and I saw it today. There's only one way of describing it: a special effects film. I found it lacking in the story and character development. No offense Tom Hardy, but Mel Gibson brought feelings and emotion to the character. You, on the other hand, were like a robot. The action sequences were awesome, but that was all the movie really offered. I thought Beyond Thunderdome was a better developed movie and that is not saying much.
I finished reading the novel Songs and Stories from Tesla's Tower by PanOrpheus. I was taken in by the universe and all the characters he created. A co-worker once talked extensively about the inventions of Tesla and, when I saw the title, I decided to give it a try. The novel is Steampunk, Alternate History and science fiction all rolled up into one thrill ride. I recommend giving this author a try when you are not reading Mark Cusco Ailes and my novels.
Steampunk popularity has been increasing steadily over the past few years. I've encountered a few people who go out shopping decked out in Steampunk attire. I can see the appeal it has in literature and throwing those older technologies into futuristic situations is brilliant. I'm not saying I would go that route, because my stories are way out there as it is already. I never rule out any possibilities.
I finished writing Alien Town. I added a Marvel style post credits ending I love which will land on the editing board of the short story. Don't worry, it will be in the behind the scenes part of Musings Of A Demented Mind. I completed two short stories by James Coon which are from the large folder of unpublished stories his sister, Linda, found in JC's estate. The first one was written in 1971 and the other one sometime around the same time period. I have stories going all the way back to the sixties. I will work on more of the stories this week. Going through the folder, I can see the Twilight Zone and stories of the unexplained influences he had. Musings is going to be one of the best anthologies, I've ever been associated with.
My brother's military science fiction novel Rich Man's War, Poor Man's Blood is currently being edited. I will be reading it in a few weeks. I recently updated a page on his website for the book. Check out markcuscoailes.com for more details.
I guess it's time to get back to writing
Until Next time,
Nothing says hello from one half of the Ailes Brothers of Terror than wishing all the mothers out there, including mine, a Happy Mother's Day. I would say a very happy one, but our editors don't like it when we use "very" anymore. After my mother's help over the years, I have three published books with the fourth one half way done.
With the short story "Travelers" done, I'm making headway on the short story "Alien Town". Leave it to a demented mind like myself to take a story about a small town being visited by aliens and turning it into a horror story. I try to write a nice family orientated story... Ok, I can't even finish that sentence without vomiting. The story is what all my readers come to expect; pure insanity.
My entry into the shortfictionbreak.com latest anthology just went through an edit from a couple of fellow authors from the website. I got a lot of ideas on how to make the story better. With those suggestions, I now have a better direction for my fantasy novel "Beast Within". The Short Fiction Break anthology still has a late June/early July release date.
Mark Cusco Ailes and I, while eating at CiCi's Pizza Buffet, designed our new setup for the Indiana Writers' Consortium's 2015 Steel Pen Writers' Conference. There is going to be an all day book fair, open to the public, running all day on October 10 at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza Merrillville, Indiana. We will have an elaborate set up with horror props, light up signs and other surprises. We aren't the type of authors who throw a tablecloth on a table with books plainly on display. We have to stand out from the pack. Mark and I are attention whores. Eyes on us only.
September is going to be the Ailes Brothers of Terror month at South Haven Library in Indiana. All our work will be on display in the display case for the whole month. Yes, we are constantly out there promoting ourselves.
I hope everybody enjoys Mother's Day
Until Next time,
Awesome news!: Zombie Command is currently featured on the Book of the Month club website. http://booksofmonthclub.com/?p=7964 Check it out. You can purchase it on Amazon kindle for 1.99 on a special deal.
My Zombie Hunter eBook is currently free on Amazon kindle until May 5. Download it today
The day started out as a real horror film this morning. I woke to discover that my laptop had overheated and was displaying a message stating that my cooling fan was malfunctioning. It would shut down, reboot and go into automatic repair mode, shut down, and go through the process in an endless loop. After seeing Avengers: Age of Ultron, awesome movie, I took it to Best Buy. As they were checking it out, it went through the automatic repair mode and then starting up into recovery mode where the guy was able to get it to boot up properly. I ran over and grabbed a thumb drive and backed up all my stories for Musings For A Demented Mind right there at Best Buy. Learned my lesson. Back everything up often. I usually back the stories up after I complete each one. Not any more.
My brother, Mark Cusco Ailes, got to go meet Burt Ward and Adam West, Lori Petty, Linda Blair and Henry Winkler while I was at work yesterday. My day job gets in the way of my writing career, but I have bills to pay. My brother was in line for meeting one of the guest at the convention when he heard a familiar voice behind him. He turned around and it was none other than Mancow. Mancow was there to meet all the television celebrities in Chicago. My brother got to hang around with him. Lucky zombie!
I have multiple book signings coming in the next few weeks. I will post all the specific details later this week. I have to cut my blog short sine Weebly is doing maintenance and I keep getting kicked off while trying to write this blog.
Until next time