Musings From A Demented Mind by Derek Ailes and James Coon is now available on paperback and the kindle comes out on Tuesday September 1. Order here:
Hello horror fans!
I'm so excited to announce that the paperback version of Musings From A Demented Mind is now out on paperback. This Tuesday it will be available on paperback. The release date got pushed up a week. It was originally going to be released on Labor Day but we decided that would have been a terrible day for a book release. This anthology includes some of the unreleased short stories from my late friend James Coon. I hope everyone purchases their copy and help JC's legacy continue on for years to come.
Elvis Has Left The Dead is one of the short stories from the anthology and yesterday that story was featured as the publication of the day on Scriggler.com. I didn't know the story was going to be featured until I saw the tweet from the owner of the website yesterday. That is a great way to build the momentum for the book's release.
Tonight is episode two of Fear The Walking Dead. I watched the pilot episode and can't wait to see the direction the series is going to go. Well, we all have an idea on its direction: The Walking Dead. Everybody is going to become a zombie. There are several questions to be answered. The main one is what caused the zombie apocalypse. Were they implying last week that some drug was responsible for it? Do you remember back from The Walking Dead when we learned that everyone is infected? I think that will rule out the drug possibility. Maybe we are not suppose to know the real cause. I never read the graphic novels. It will be interesting to see what tonight's episode has install for all of us The Walking Dead fans.
Is it wrong for me to think the first zombie we had the pleasure of meeting was hot?
This week, I will continue working on my next book release. Keep checking back for all my latest news.
Until next time,
Horror Writers Taking Over Indiana, New Books From The Dark Demented Minds of Would Be Serial Killers
Hello all my horror fans.
This is a dark and exciting time for the Ailes Brothers of Terror, Mark Cusco Ailes and I. We both have new novels coming out on September 7. Mark Cusco Ailes has his military science fiction masterpiece "Rich Man's War, Poor Man's Blood" and I have "Musings From A Demented Mind" that includes six stories from the late James Coon. You can pre-order "Musings" from the link on the banner above. The response from the stories from this anthology have been very positive. I've been accused of going off my rocker and someone said yes, I have a demented mind. Here's the blurb from Amazon:
From the demented minds who watched every Tales From The Crypt and Twilight Zone episode and read every Vault of Horror and Strange Tales comic book comes twenty-two brand new tales of horror and science fiction. Proceed with caution as Derek Ailes and James Coon take you on a journey through madness with zombies, vampires, aliens, mutated cats, twisted twins, deadly women, killer dogs and one pissed off Elvis Presley. When you think it is safe to continue on, they hit you with another horrific tale. Musings From A Demented Mind is a gripping, suspense-filled supernatural anthology.
Download if you dare!
The free download of "Catfurnado, Zombies and One Killer Doll" by Mark Cusco Ailes and I was a complete success. We had close to 1,600 downloads. You can still download it for free and all of my other books for free if you have Kindle Unlimited. For those of you who did download it and read it, I was wondering if you could leave me a review on Amazon. Reviews do help readers when they are looking for something new to read.
Mark and I are a few weeks away from going back on our book tour. We are invading the Radisson Hotel in Merrillville, IN on October 10. The Indiana Writers' Consortium is having their annual writing conference with a massive book fair opened to the public. Mark and I have an elaborate setup with horror props, all our books and someone we know said she will dress up as a zombie and help us sell our novels. This will be the last appearance of our Annabelle doll. She will be for sale for $400 if somebody is willing to pay cash for her.
Mark is hard at work on the sequel to his "Zombie Park" novel. "Zombie Park" is in the process of being edited and the plan is to have it out by the end of November. This is the best novel written by Mark Cusco Ailes to date and the sequel is as intense and suspenseful as anything people have come to expect from his demented mind. The sequel should be out in February of next year.
It's time for me to enter my demented world and write some more twisted tales.
Until Next Time,
Catfurnado, Zombies and One Killer Doll by Mark Cusco Ailes and Derek Ailes is in the middle of a free kindle download promotion on Amazon.com. The free promotion runs from August 11 - August 15. On the first day it had over 1,000 downloads. We were celebrated by dancing with a horde of zombies. Don't worry, we didn't get bit. Here's the current rankings for the kindle book on Amazon:
#295 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
I wasn't expecting to have that many downloads on the first day. I know everybody is going to love all the horrific tales that the Ailes Brothers of Terror have to tell. We both had a lot of fun writing these stories for the anthology.
Mark Cusco Ailes and Derek Ailes are back with a new anthology of horror madness. 21 brand new chilling tales to take you over the edge. The zombie fallout is just one of the twisted tales in the anthology from hauntings to post-apocalyptic science fiction and horror. The Ailes Brothers of Terror bring you killer dolls, a real zombie outbreak during a zombie convention, a catfurnado, an alien invasion, misfortune cookies, demons, mega sinkholes, drones, executioners and more. The nightmare doesn't stop when the Ailes Brothers take you on a thrill ride of terror.
SECOND JOURNEY is a collection of horror stories that takes the reader on a new genre high that lingers and tingles long after the lights are out! Penned by authors Derek Ailes and Mark Cusco Ailes, each story is crafted with a literary finesse rarely seen but so appreciated by hungry horror readers.
IT’S MY BIRTHDAY is a spellbinding tale of the birthday Teddy bear with a gruesome but oh-so welcomed gift for his new owner. Thank goodness Mr. T. Bear is one of a kind! Then there’s JUDGMENT NIGHT, the story of a drunk driver who gets the ultimate lesson in sobriety is riddled with shocking irony. But it’s CLAWS, a riveting short about a kitty whose deadly Mama gives a whole new meaning to “If Mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy!” These are just a sampling of the delicious chills lurking inside SECOND JOURNEY!
This authorial duo can only be described as talented, gifted and ingenious. Their artistry with the written word is guaranteed to propel them to the bestseller charts of hair raising fame! Get your copy of SECOND JOURNEY today and enjoy the most wonderful moments of tantalizing terror…right to the very end!
If you haven't downloaded your free kindle yet, then click on the link on the banner below.
I know you will enjoy these horrific stories.
Until Next Time,
I just got back from the Flashback Weekend Horror Convention in Chicago. I had a blast. Mark Cusco Ailes and I got to meet several of the cast members from all the Halloween movies from the original all the way up to the Rob Zombie remakes. I got to meet John Russo for the second time along with Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator, Star Trek), Danielle Harris, Scout Taylor Compton and Kristina Klebe. My brother got to meet several of the Michael Myers, Nancy Loomis, Stacey Nelkin and more.
My brother can't stopped talking about how he got several pictures with Danielle Harris.
We get to meet Danielle Harris again at the Horror Hound Indy Convention in September.
This was the third time Mark met John Russo, the father of the zombie genre, and my second time. Mark talked to him again about Zombie Park. We both purchased some of his books and got pictures with him.
We also hung out with fellow horror and bizarro fiction author MP Johnson. We purchased some strange and bizarre novels by him. I read two of his so far and can't wait to read the ones I purchased today.
Here are some more of the photos taken today
I hope everybody enjoyed all the photos from this weekend's horror convention in Chicago.
Until Next Time
"Fantastic Four," 20th Century Fox's attempt to reboot the superhero team-up franchise, debuted with just $26.2 million at North American theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The overwhelming flop for "Fantastic Four" is a rare humbling for a Marvel superhero film, which often gross more than $20 million in just one night. The film has been savaged by critics and was dogged by reports of creative difficulties. Director Josh Trank even distanced himself from it Thursday in a tweet he soon-after deleted in which he alluded to studio interference: "A year ago I had a fantastic version of this," he wrote.
"Fantastic Four" was Fox's attempt to revive a franchise just 10 years after its launch. But those earlier films — neither of which critics or fans much liked — opened twice as well. The 2005 original debuted with $56.1 million and the 2007 sequel, "Fantastic Four: The Silver Surfer," opened with $58.1 million.
The reboot, made for $120 million and with a massive marketing budget, was designed with a youthful bent, enlisting Trank (who had only 2012's "Chronicle" under his belt) and a cast of Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell. A sequel, already scheduled for 2017, now seems very unlikely.
I can see why this movie flopped so badly. To put it kindly: it just sucked. None of the actors seemed to be putting their hearts into their characters. There was no excitement from the actors, everybody spoke in monotone, and they looked like they were completely bored from scene to scene. Making changes like having Sue Storm being adopted and changing the ethnicity of Johnny Storm weren't the problem. Having Mr. Fantastic too young was a major problem. It didn't work.
The musical score was boring and slowed down the movie's pace.
Marvel studios comes up with great scripts. Fox studios, on the other hand, came up with a generic and boring script with a horrible storyline for its villain Dr. Doom. The battle scenes at the climax of the film could have been written by a kindergartener. I take it back, a kindergartener probably would have come up with a more exciting script. There wasn't anything "Fantastic" about the script at all. No humor. At least, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and even Loki would say and do things that are humorous. These characters were as dull and stiff as the rocks that the Thing is made out of.
Hell, there wasn't even a post credit scene. I think the studio sensed this was going to be a dud.
I don't think the movie studio will have to worry about anyone illegally downloading this movie. I strongly suggest people avoid seeing this one at the theater and when it comes out on DVD, don't purchase it. It will quickly become a $5.00 cheap bin movie and you will be able to find it at pawnshops and Goodwills for years to come.
Derek Ailes is the author of four horror anthologies: Zombie Command: A Horror Anthology, Journey Into the Unknown: Deluxe Horror Edition, Catfurnado Zombies and One Killer Doll and Musings From A Demented Mind (coming September 7). He lives in South Haven, Indiana.
The following is from the biography section of the upcoming horror anthology: Musings From A Demented Mind by Derek Ailes and James Coon. The release date is September 7, 2015.
I was sitting in the office at work when I found out about JC’s passing. Even though no autopsy was performed, his death was ruled complications from diabetes. Five days later, I met with his sister, Linda, and his niece, Amber. I asked them if they could locate a couple of notebooks filled with stories he had been writing from the 1990’s until a week before he passed away. To my surprise, not only did they find the two notebooks; they found his whole school writing file that included stories going all the way back to the 1960s.
I had already decided minutes after finding out about his passing that I was going to write a collection of short stories based on all of the conversations we’ve had over the past fifteen years. He had a lot of interesting stories to tell. I wanted to include his story “Sirens of Lake Station” and I wanted to finish the story he started a week before ─ “Travelers”. With receiving his writing file, I found several other stories that I decided to also include in this anthology. There are a lot more stories of his in the file, but these were the ones that fit this anthology perfectly.
Here’s a little background on James Coon:
He was born on July 5, 1952 in Connersville, Indiana to Lloyd Coon & Mary Phyllis Teller. He was preceded in death by his parents and infant brother, Danny.
He graduated from Wheeler High School in 1972. He had been working overnights in the produce department of Strack & Van Til and Wiseway Foods in Valparaiso, IN for twenty years and had previously served as an insurance representative. He enjoyed bowling in leagues, but relished the challenge of searching genealogy records. He was a diehard White Sox fan. He was a serious reader and I mean serious reader. Everywhere you turned in his house were stacks and stacks of books. He loved mysteries, science fiction and books on haunted houses and alien abductions. He was also one of the biggest DC comic book fans I have ever met. He spent a lot of time at Galactic Greg’s Comic Book Shop along with Barnes & Noble in Valparaiso, IN. He would have me order numerous books through Amazon for him on a regular basis. Back when I used to sell used books on eBay, he would give me a long list of books to look for him when I was out hunting the resale shops for rare and out of print books.
His father would take him to the movies when he was a child and that is where his love for classic movies began. Film noir was one of his favorite movie styles. We would sit for hours discussing all the movie classics, and he would tell me about all the behind the scenes details of each film he watched. http://www.imdb.com was one of his favorite websites, and he would visit the website after watching each film. When he was in the retirement home, he would watch all the classics on Turner Classic Movies. I was always amazed at how he could recite every little detail about each movie. I gained a new respect for the classics over the years thanks to him, and my classic movie DVD collection has been steadily growing ever since.
JC went to a school for the hearing impaired where he learned to read lips and to use sign language. He was misunderstood by most people and they never realized how brilliant he really was. It wasn’t until I began reading all of his writings that I realized he was more brilliant than I ever realized. Then again, we are talking about a guy who would read anything he got his hands on. In the months he was in the nursing home, he read over forty books.
His ability to read lips came in handy at work. I heard a lot of interesting tidbits about my co-workers from when he read their lips when they were gossiping back and forth.
He had been living at his mother’s house all of his life and inherited it several years back after her death. He was a very private man and only a select few of us had the honor of being a part of his social circle.
I first met him in 1999 when I started working at Wiseway Foods. I would work as the dairy assistant and on Sundays I would also sweep and mop the floors since my buddy, Jim Butler, would be off that night. I would go over to produce, mop the floors, and talk with JC. We immediately hit it off thanks to both of our love of the Beatles. Neither of us took George Harrison’s death too well. JC and I were both comic book geeks and avid readers. We had endless amount of things we could talk about and JC found it easier to talk to me about his personal life than anyone he knew.
JC and I would talk for hours about music, haunted houses, alien abductions, his experiences with haunted houses and cemeteries, his family and his genealogy research. After my brother, Mark Cusco Ailes, published his first book, JC brought me a yellow notebook that had his story “Sirens of Lake Station” in it and told me he wanted to one day write a whole novel out of it. He also told me several story ideas he had and, luckily for this anthology, he went into detail on how the stories would go.
Over the years, we had many adventures playing tricks on unsuspecting co-workers, our late friend, Jim Hampson, being one of the main ones. I remember one time, Hampson was in produce mopping the floors and JC ran to his CD player and put a Native American Chanting CD on. The moment the CD started, Hampson jumped back in fear. We never laughed so hard after watching Hampson almost hit the ceiling because he jumped so high.
JC and Jim Butler, (we just called him Butler at work. There was a time when we had five Jims working at Wiseway and that is why we called everybody by nicknames) possessed a strange relationship. JC would go out of his way to antagonize him on a nightly basis. Besides the normal arguing with him over comic book trivia and which was better DC or Marvel (Marvel in my opinion, but I like both), JC would wait for Butler to bring his scrubber into his department to clean the floors, and he would deliberately move things into his path. I spent way too much time refereeing the two of them. Butler knew he was doing it on purpose.
JC’s health had always been poor. His diabetes was way out of control and one of his legs was so black from the diabetes that his doctor wanted to have it amputated. JC was a very stubborn individual and didn’t want to have his leg amputated. He searched for a doctor until he found one that was willing to treat his diabetes without an amputation being an option. This was a mistake he lived to regret for years to come. After having a heart attack two years back, his health was on a downward spiral until he ended up in the hospital and his current doctor told him that if he didn’t have the leg amputated, he would be dead within a month.
Finally, he had the amputation which he should have had decades before. He ended up in a retirement and rehabilitation center. He was fitted for a prosthetic leg. Once he was released from the retirement center, he went back to work. He was healthier and moved around with a speed and determination that I had not seen before. He had major plans for 2015. He was going to officially retire this summer and finally write a book. I told him if he wrote the book, I would make sure it would get published. He began writing “Travelers”. The Saturday before he passed, he brought me the first page to see what my opinion of it was. He wanted to write the book and then have a comic book made out of it, as well. He was no longer saying he would write and publish someday; he was serious now. I don’t know if it had to do with the fact I had three published books by that time and was planning a fourth one, but he wanted to see his name on a book.
It does sadden me to think that this didn’t happen until after his passing. This whole project is me keeping a promise to help him get published and show the world the side of him no one else had a chance to see.
Part of this project is me saying goodbye to a friend in a way only I can do.
Author Derek Ailes