Sadly, my vacation is almost up. I've finished three horror short stories so far this week for Mark Cusco Ailes and my latest horror short story anthology: The Second Journey Into the Unknown. October is the projected release date. I went back into the unreleased stories from the first journey and pulled out the unfinished story "Zombie Hunter". I started working on it today and hopefully will have it finally finished by next week. Karena 2 will probably not make it to this anthology unfortunately. The good news: I may make it into a regular novel. I'm still debating on the future of her story. It will be in print some point in 2015.
Power Force, my sci-fi series, is going to be my next book project. Originally written back in 1985, I worked on that series for over ten years. I have that many years of stories to use as the guide to bringing the book to life. Once I figure out how I want to begin the novel, I can use all the elements from my childhood series to tell an awesome science fiction story. A couple of the characters were introduced in the short story "Zombie Command" in the anthology: "Zombie Command: Demon's Unleashed".
Tomorrow is the Days of the Dead convention in Indianapolis. I'm looking forward to meeting the fellow horror fans and all the celebrities. I hope the vendors there have something to my liking. I'm looking for some cool t-shirts or something cool to add to my action figure collection. Yes, I'm a nerd. Full Moon Video (Trancers, Puppet Masters, Subspecies) will be there and I hope they bring the Trancers t-shirts with them. I need one of those.
I'm not looking forward to going back to work next week since I accomplished so much this week. I even set up another book signing for July 26 in Chesterton, Indiana. I post more of the details once I have them.
Until next time.
By ARKIAN Verified Purchase Looking for a scary collection of horror short stories, then Zombie Command is the perfect anthology for you. The first story “Zombie Command” is about a space station that is infected by a zombie virus. Quickly the inhabitants of the station are being transformed into hungry zombies. Will the crew of Space Station X23 survive the zombie outbreak? The second story “Gargoyle’s Curse” is about a sheriff in a small town that encounters a gargoyle and kills it. He is cursed to take the gargoyle’s place and starts terrorizing the small town. “The Candy Factory” is about a candy factory whose owner is possessed by a demon and is using the candy to turn children into his mindless slaves. “The Hookup” is about a lonely man that joins an online dating site and meets the perfect girl of his dreams. So he thinks. “Conformity” is Brave New World meets the Zombie Apocalypse. A zombie plague spreads throughout a utopian society. Will the simple folk survive or will the zombies triumph? “Shark Transporter” is the latest in the shark horror genre. If you love Sharknado and Jaws, you’ll get a kick out of this story about a transporter (like in Star Trek) starts transporting a great white shark from one body of water to another. “Zombie Twister” is about a tornado dropping zombies onto unsuspecting storm chasers while they're filming an episode of Storm Chasers. There are other great scary short stories in this anthology. Derek takes you over the edge and then some. I recommend this novel to all horror fans.
The Ailes Brothers of Terror (Derek & Mark Cusco Ailes) will be set up in Chesterton on July 26 selling and signing all of their novels. The Indiana Writers' Consortium will be participating in the Westchester Summer Reading Program finale on Saturday, July 26th, from 10 AM until 2 PM, at Thomas Centennial Park in Chesterton, by hosting a local author signing.
Come and see Mark and I and purchase our books. Support your local Northwest Indiana writers
This has been a productive vacation so far and it's only the first day. I finished writing the short stories "Class of 1994" & "Brains" today. "Brains" is a two page story about a hungry zombie looking for brains to eat. This is a more comical story with a very ironic political ending.
I am going to start working on Karena 2 which is going to be called: Wrong Side of Heaven. Yes, the title is inspired by the song by Five Finger Death Punch. I came up with a very interesting outline for the story. It starts back in the Salem Witch Trial days and jumps into the future after Karena's son is in his teens. I'm going to reread the original Karena today to refresh my memory on the direction I was going with the original short story.
With everything Mark Cusco Ailes and I have written so far, "The Second Journey Into the Unknown" will be our most terrifying collection of horror short stories to date.
My vacation will definitely end on a high note. This Saturday, I will be at the Days of the Dead convention in Indianapolis. I'm going to take some pictures. Hopefully, I will be able to get some photos with the celebrities.
Until next time
The second printing of Zombie Command: Demon's Unleashed is now available on Amazon.com. I recently went back and made some minor corrections on the previous printing. Most author's book go to print with mistakes that gets by the editors. I wanted the reader to have the best novel that I could provide. I'm very pleased with the final product. With the new issue of Zombie Command, you can get the kindle version for free when you purchase the paperback version on Amazon.com. Buy your copy today. Next year, I want to enter "Zombie Command" into some horror contests. Wish me luck.
Work continues on "The Second Journey Into the Unknown". I introduced the alien in "Class of 1994" short story last night and today I redid its description. I haven't determined how the story will end yet, but I'm having a lot of fun writing it. The book is still set to be released in paperback and kindle toward the end of September. I will keep everybody updated.
Until next time
From the rough draft of my horror short story: The Class of 1994.
Jill looked up at the sky. The sky was darkening and she could see lightning in the distance. The wind was picking up and it was beginning to rain. The sky still had the reddish-orange glow to it sending a chill down her spine. Was the end coming? Were they on the verge of an alien apocalypse? She hoped that was not the case. The one fact she did know was that they were coming and fast.
Coming soon in the horror short story collection: "The Second Journey Into the Unknown" by Derek Ailes & Mark Cusco Ailes
Claws is the latest short story that I'm working on for "The Second Journey Into the Unknown" by Mark Cusco Ailes and I. Imagine a twenty foot cat terrorizing a town. The beach would be his litter box. Humans would be his prey. There will be a lot of humor in this short story. As the picture that I took of the shirt I recently bought at Wal-mart shows that it is a parody of the movie Jaws. I hope to have that story finished within the next two weeks.
I still need to work on the outline for Karena 2. The story starts back in the Salem Witch Trials era revolving how Triskies (haven't given him his human form name yet) was trapped in his feline form permanently. Then the story goes into the future several years after the first Karena ended. I was watching an episode of Sabrina, The Teen Witch recently and realized Triskies is a horror version of Salem. I had to laugh at that.
I hope to see everybody at the next couple of book signings. Monday I will announce more details for my June Friday the 13th night appearance in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Until next time, stay scared
I want to thank everybody that turned out for Mark Cusco Ailes and I book signing at the Hammond Public Library's Local Authors Fair. I hope to see everybody at our book signing this weekend at the Lake County Library. The details are on the link for the June 7, 2014 book signing on the left side of my weebly page.
I just finished writing the short story "Zombie Con" which will be in the short story horror collection "The Second Journey Into the Unknown" by Mark Cusco Ailes and Derek Ailes (me). I have three stories done so far: "Furnado", "Zombie Con" and "The Day of the Redheads" I will start working on Claws (a cat horror parody of Jaws) and "Karena Part 2". I will hopefully then finish writing "Zombie Hunter". I've had a lot of fun writing these stories and the readers will have fun as well.
Mark Cusco Ailes and I will be working on a collection of horror short stories called: "Trick or Scream" for young adult readers. Our version of Goosebumps. That will also be out this year.
"Zombie Con" is based on the Saturday Chicago Walker Stalker Con 2014 and revolves around everything that happened that day including the incompetent photo company. If you attended, you know what I'm talking about.
I added a rough draft sneak peak of "Zombie Con" on the bottom of this blog. I hope you enjoy it.
Until next time, stay scared
Keegan walked out of the convention room and headed for the cafeteria area. If he was lucky, Russo would be there stuffing his face with whatever food he could find. Russo love to eat and when going to buffets two or three plates filled with food was just a warm up. He could see the stacks of boxes with their dolly outside the cafeteria. He couldn’t believe that Russo had left them there unattended. Anybody could have taken off with them. He thought it was odd that the area was empty. Normally at a convention, you couldn’t get near the food areas without tripping over people. He did see a long line by the photo area. Maybe everybody was over there waiting to get a picture taken with Lauren instead of stuffing their face with hotdogs and hamburgers.
He walked into the cafeteria and quickly walked backward out of it. Inside there were people lying all over the floor with their guts hanging out with what looked like zombies eating away at their intestines. Was somebody staging a scene from a zombie movie? It looked very real. He turned around and crashed into Russo’s chest.
“There you are buddy. I was wondering where you were,” Keegan said.
Russo pushed Keegan to the ground. Russo stumbled forward and landed on top of him. Keegan tried to push him off, but Russo, who was now a zombie, started to tear away at his flesh. Keegan tried to scream, but his throat was being ripped apart by his hungry friend.