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.
Until next time
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.