Now that September is almost officially over, it is now Halloween Month. Yes, the in your face gore fest is upon us again. What makes October even more better than the return of The Walking Dead. We now have two zombie television shows thanks to SyFy's Z Nation. I'm going to start watching all my favorite horror films again starting with American Mary this week.
My writing career is moving along at a scarey rate. The final stories for Journey Into the Unknown: Deluxe Horror Editions are going through their second round of edits and I'm working on new short stories for shortfictionbreak.com. My next public appearance is at the Indiana Writer's Consortium big writing conference on October 11. Mark Cusco Ailes and I will be set up promoting all our novels to all the attendees of the writing conference. I can't wait to meet some more fellow Indiana authors.
My new short story "Wasted on the Youth" debuted today on shortfictionbreak.
http://shortfictionbreak.com/2014/09/28/wasted-on-the-youth Check it out today for free. This story is dedicated to the seniors who have to deal with teenagers that are mean to them.
All our novels are now available on my website http://derekailes.weebly.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html for $10.99 free shipping. If you are reading my latest blog on my website, click on the buy my books link on the left side menu. All the books are signed by either Mark Cusco Ailes or I depending on whose book you purchase. Stop on by and buy all our novels directly from us.
Help us spread the word about our novels by liking and sharing my blog. If you live anywhere near Northwest Indiana, Mark and I will be set up at multiple locations in November. I will post the details in the upcoming weeks.
Until Next Time
The slideshow below are from the Mark Cusco Ailes horror studio.
This is the official book cover for the deluxe horror edition of Journey Into the Unknown. All the stories are finished. Once all the edits are finished for the new stories, the book will go to press. I had fun writing all the new stories for the reissue. For those that haven't purchased the original version, you will definitely be glad that you didn't. Smashwords will distribute their version with an alternate book cover. That version which is a lot more sexier is at the bottom of this blog.
Zombie Hunter, which everybody that follows my blog, was finally finished this week and I'm hiring a professional artist from Romania to do a illustration based on the two main characters in the story; Devlin The Zombie Hunter and Militia. The illustration is going to be a little pricey, but from what I've seen of his portfolio, it will be worth the price. I'm going to use it for promoting the release of Journey Into the Unknown.
My latest short story "The White Wolf" is available to read for free on shortfictionbreak: http://shortfictionbreak.com/2014/09/16/the-white-wolf The story will also be available in the deluxe horror edition of Journey. For those who have purchased my other two novels, there will be no reissues. The versions that are out are the versions that will be in print until the end of time.
I posted some new photos from the horror studio of Mark Cusco Ailes on my Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/authorderekailes Stop by and like the page.
Halloween is approaching and it means that it is the perfect time to read horror fiction. Even though I want people to read my work, support all of us horror authors during the Halloween season. Better yet, support the horror authors twelve months out of the year.
As always keep checking back each week for my latest updates.
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Now available on Smashwords.com for only .99 Zombie Con brings you three horror short stories from Derek Ailes. Zombie Con: Norman is excited to attend the Walkers Zombie Convention in Chicago. He finally gets a chance to meet his favorite actress Lauren Callas. During the convention a real zombie outbreak takes place. Who is a zombie or a fan decked out in a zombie costume? Zombie Twister: What happens when a group of storm chasers encounter an EF5 tornado infested with zombies while filming a documentary special? Will they survive the zombies or the tornado? Gargoyle's Curse: A small town in Texas is being terrorized by a hungry gargoyle. Will Sheriff Tavenier be able to stop the gargoyle before it kills everybody in town? Find out in these chilling tales from a horror mastermind.
Now you can read the first new horror short story before the collection 'Second Journey Into the Unknown' gets released. I threw in two of my favorite shorts stories from my other two anthologies: Zombie Twister & Gargoyle's Curse. I hope everybody enjoys my latest collection of terror.
Until next time
Do you ever wonder why none of your friends are posting on facebook anymore? Guess what, they are. A few months ago, I was receiving updates from all my friends and colleagues. I was also seeing updates from all the fellow writers, celebrity’s official facebook pages and more. Now, nothing. When I would post some new update about my upcoming novel, I would get dozens and dozens of likes. Now only my brother and my mom are liking my posts. The reason is that facebook made changes to the way you see people’s post making most of your friends and pages you like completely invisible. If you go on the individual pages, you’ll see all that person’s individual posts. How many people have the time, patient, or to ability to remember every person you follow on facebook to do so. I know I can’t. When you are a famous author, like Stephen King, and people are no longer seeing your post, you know there is a problem.
Facebook used to be a place where somebody had an identity and when they had something to say hundreds and thousands of people could see it and like it and comment on it. Now you are completely invisible instantly ignored by those that follow you. You can spend the $6.99 to promote your posting, positioning your individual post to top of everybody’s newsfeeds that follow you, but who can and is willing to spend the money to do so. $6.99 adds up quickly. Facebook is become a place of advertising for those who have a fat wallet, corporations. Everything is about the big bucks and making the stock shareholders happy. What about us?
Several years back, I was an eBay seller that had one of the eBay store’s that sold used cds, dvds, books and collectible toys. I was making $200 or more a day. I was able to quit my job and make a living selling these items. EBay changed the way the eBay stores were seen on the website. The day before the change, I made over $300.00. The day they made the change, I made $0.00 and each day after that I was lucky to make $10.00 or more. My eBay store became completely invisible.
This same situation happened to me on facebook two months ago. I’m not the only one. We are talking almost everybody on facebook that I talked to recently. What can us little people do now to be seen? With an ever changing social networking platform, we are all being left behind being overtaken by the advertising executives that are making the people with the big bucks seen over the average person.