BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH SPOTLIGHT #8

TODAY’S BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH SPOTLIGHT IS AUTHOR JAMES LEE NATHAN III!

James Lee Nathan III

James Lee Nathan III

James Lee Nathan III author, was born in Birmingham, Alabama and moved to Jackson Heights Queens NY in 1963. He grew up in Corona and East Elmhurst and graduated from the HS of Art and Design in 1979. He entered the US Air Force shortly thereafter,served 20 years and retired in August of 1999. He was stationed overseas for 18 of the 20 years and has been to 40 states and 10 different countries. He loves pugs, jazz, beer, and the company of an intelligent and pretty woman on occasion. James is single and resides in Severn, Maryland with his two daughters and two pugs.

My motivations

​Throughout my life’s travels, I have always been fascinated with history, spirituality and the intense passionate relationships between us all. My works of speculative urban fiction are unique and captivating simply because one never truly knows if these are works of fiction or actual real accounts

 

The Characters​​​

ManisI created a world of sensual erotic dominance, and a main character called Robert Manis as a homage to the sexual freedoms of the 60s and 70s. It is also representative of exactly what occurs when one can have all one wants. Robert Manis is the master of sensual erotic dominance who expands the realms of romance into the erotic crime drama world.

​Charles StClaire is the irrepressible hero from Better Off Dead. Charles is the reluctant Archangel Michael s Captain; as such he is the commander of Gods Army on Earth. To me he represents the hero children want to intercede on their behalves during traumatic domestic events.

Dragon Warriors​Ibrahim and his descendant Bass Reeves are from my historical fiction work Are there no more Dragon Warriors? These characters will bring a common theme to this series by consistently forcing the reader to question what makes for a good person? A hero?  Please join me on these Parallel Journeys of the mind.

Visit James Lee Nathan III’s website for more info @: http://iamanmd.wix.com/jamesleenathan3

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BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH SPOTLIGHT #7

TODAY’S BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH SPOTLIGHT IS ALICIA MCCALLA!

Alicia McCalla

Alicia McCalla

It took thirty years for Alicia McCalla to accept her calling as a writer of “unusual stories.” Always writing edgy tales that pushed the envelope.  She learned to hide her violent, heart-pumping,and tragically romantic stories from family and friends.

It wasn’t until she joined RWA that she began to share her stories openly and take the plunge. Alicia writes for both new adults and adults with her brand of multicultural urban fantasy, paranormal, romance, and horror. Her stories always include strong women heroines who fight back, sometimes to the death.

Alicia is a native of Detroit who currently resides in metro Atlanta.  She works as a media specialist or school librarian  in a local school district. Alicia enjoys spending time with her husband and son.

BreakingFree_AliciaMcCalla_435-680Her first book for new adults, Breaking Free, is available in print or for immediate download. She has an adult series that mixes African-American women’s fiction with dark urban fantasy. Check out the African Elemental series.  Sign-up  on www.aliciamccalla.com for e-updates, sneak peeks, and coupons.

Latest Interviews and Biographical Information:

Smashwords Interview

Guest Post with Diverse Pages

Interview with Diverse Pages

Author Panel @ Dragon Con 2012

Interview from De lectura Obligada: Vuestro Magazine Literario

Interview with Smooth Drama on Blog Talk Radio

Interview with Hildie McQueen on My Five Favorite Things

Guest Blog on my First Interracial Romance at Honestly YA

My Grandfather as the Inspiration Behind Breaking Free

Author Panel on Black Speculative Fiction at Happily Natural Day

YA Indie Interview with PJ Hoover

Alicia McCalla is a Journal Freak

My Interview with Hildie McQueen: Diamond Bullet Proof Dress 

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BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH SPOTLIGHT #5

TODAY’S BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH SPOTLIGHT IS VALJEANNE JEFFERS

VALJEANNE JEFFERS

VALJEANNE JEFFERS

Valjeanne Jeffers is a graduate of Spelman College and the author of the SF/fantasy novels: Immortal, Immortal II: The Time of Legend, Immortal III: Stealer of Souls, and the steampunk novels: Immortal IV: Collision of Worlds and The Switch II: Clockwork (includes books 1 and 2).

Valjeanne’s fiction has appeared in Steamfunk!, Genesis: An Anthology of Black Science Fiction, Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology, LuneWing, PurpleMag, Genesis Science Fiction Magazine, Pembroke Magazine, Possibilities, 31 Days of Steamy Mocha, and Griots II: Sisters of the Spear (in press). She works as an editor for Mocha Memoirs Press and is also co-owner of Q and V Affordable editing.

Her two latest novels: Mona Livelong: Paranormal Detective and Colony: Ascension will be released later this year.

Preview or purchase her novels at:

http://www.vjeffersandqveal.com

Contact Q & V Affordable Editing at:  http://qandvaffordableediting.blogspot.com/

Valjeanne blogs regularly at: http://valjeanne.wordpress.com

She has a podcast as “Crystal Temptress” (with co-host Quinton Veal as “Loyal Fang”) http://www.blogtalkradio.com/vjeffersandqveal

 

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BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH SPOTLIGHT #4

TODAY’S BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH SPOTLIGHT IS CED PHARAOH!

CED PHARAOHMy name is Ced Pharaoh, I was born in Chicago, IL and was married in front of thousands at The African Festival Of Arts. I’m a lifelong bookworm; my earliest favorites were, of course comic books/graphic novels but that branched out into mysteries (Encyclopedia Brown, Sherlock Holmes etc), thrillers, poetry, non-fiction biographies and sci-fi/fantasy! However, a book called The Legend of Tarik by Walter Dean Myers really got me. It wasn’t spelled out but I KNEW that Tarik was a Blackman..it was a thin book but was packed with excitement and adventure……

Fast forward and I’ve used my love of photography, reading and writing in past marketing positions and opportunities to create bios, media releases, advertising copy, voice-over scripts, interviews, blog posts and social media content. However, I’ve always written poetry and short stories, in particular Sci-Fi/Fantasy where the only boundaries are the limits of your imagination and the only rules are…there are none! The possibilities are endless! So here it is, inspired by the people I’ve met, by the genres I love and the inspiration of the rich African Culture and History, the mythologies and My People. I invite you to Follow & Connect with me to learn more about the cool stories I will tell. Comment and Critiques are welcome!

Here is a list of some of his work:

* Watch The Shadows: The Legacy Chronicles Book 1

Available through Amazon for the Kindle (click the above title to purchase)

* Urban Mage

Learn more about Ced Pharaoh by clicking the link his website:  http://www.cedpharaoh.com/index.html

 

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BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH SPOTLIGHT #3

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHTED AUTHOR IS SERESSIA GLASS!

SERESSIA GLASSSeressia Glass is an award-winning author of more than twenty contemporary and paranormal romance and urban fantasy stories. Her current series (Shadowchasers, Sons of Anubis)  (see below) are steeped in Egyptian mythology. She lives north of Atlanta with her guitar-wielding husband and two attack poodles. When not writing, she spends her free time people-watching, belly dancing, and watching anime.

Seressia has always been a voracious reader and turned to writing at an early age, using her fantastical tales for extra credit in school. Her proudest writing moment remains winning the first Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday “Living the Dream” essay contest as a high school senior and getting to meet Coretta Scott King and read her essay to the King family. Since then, she’s gone on to write a motley crew of characters and creatures including werewolves, djinn, demons, Egyptian deities and jackal shapeshifters with a few humans thrown into the mix. No matter who or what she’s writing about, Seressia weaves in the universal themes of acceptance and being comfortable in one’s own skin.  Her stories have won numerous awards including an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Emma Awards, and finalists in a variety of contests.

When not working on her next story, Seressia is an instructional designer for an international home improvement company, writing and developing training materials.

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See the synopsis for SHADOW BLADE, BOOK ONE in the SHADOWCHASER SERIES!

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For Kira Solomon, normal was never an option.

Kira’s day job as an antiquities expert, but her true calling is as a Shadowchaser. Trained from youth to be one of the most lethal Chasers in existence, Kira serves the Gilead Commission dispatching the Fallen who sow discord and chaos. Of course, sometimes Gilead bureaucracy is as much a thorn in her side as anything the Fallen can muster against her. Right now, though, she’s got a bigger problem. Someone is turning the city of Atlanta upside-down in search of a four-millennia-old Egyptian dagger that just happens to have fallen into Kira’s hands.

Then there’s Khefar, the dagger’s true owner-a near-immortal 4000-year-old Nubian warrior who, Kira has to admit. looks pretty fine for his age. Joining forces is the only way to keep the weapon safe from the sinister Shadow force, but now Kira is in deep with someone who holds more secrets than she does, the one person who knows just how treacherous this fight is. Because every step closer to destroying the enemy is a step closer to losing herself to Shadow forever. . . .

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See the synopsis for SEDUCING THE JACKAL, BOOK ONE in the SONS OF ANUBIS SERIES.

Seducing_the_JackalThe Sons of Anubis are jackal shapeshifters—they have a human form and a jackal form. Millennia ago, the god Anubis called jackals from the grasslands beyond the Great Western Desert and imbued them with his power, giving them the ability to assume human form and charging them to aid him in his duties as lord of the underworld.

Helping them do this were the Daughters of Isis. For thousands of years they worked together, lived together. Some even loved together. Then the witches betrayed the jackals, and an unending war thus began.

 

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Awards and Accolades

  • 2006 Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner, Through the Fire
  • 2006 Emma Award for Best Anthology Winner, Vegas Bites
  • 2006 Romance in Color Reviewers’ Choice Awards nominee, Genesis Press Book of the Year, Through the Fire
  • 2006 Romance in Color Reviewers’ Choice Awards nominee, Anthology of the Year, Vegas Bites
  • 2006 Romance in Color Reviewers’ Choice Awards nominee, Novella of the Year, Double Down from Vegas Bites
  • 2006 Romance in Color Reviewers’ Choice Awards nominee, Author of the Year
  • 2001 Emma Awards nominee, Best New Author
  • 2000 Romance in Color Reviewers’ Choice Awards winner, New Author of the Year
  • 2000 Romance in Color Reviewers’ Choice Awards winner, Genesis Book of the Year, No Commitment Required
  • 1986 Winner, “Living the Dream” essay contest, inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday celebration

4+ Rating “This could be the start of a very promising career.” –Wayne Jordan, Romance in Color

“A wonderful read when you want a romance with more feeling than sexual posturing.” –The Midwest Book Review

4 1/2 Stars! Top Pick! “A pleasure that’s sure to ease and tantalize from beginning to end.” –Romantic Times Magazine

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Seressia Glass has been a personal writing inspiration to me and one of my sheroes.

Check out her website @: http://seressia.com/

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BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH SPOTLIGHT #2

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHTED AUTHOR IS THE LEGENDARY STEVEN BARNES!

Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes is an American science fiction writer, lecturer, creative consultant, and human performance technician. He was born in Los Angeles, CA and is married to writing peer and legendary speculative fiction author, Tananarive Due. The couple reside in California with their son. Barnes also has a daughter from a  previous marriage.

Besides being an author, Barnes is a certified hypnotherapist and an avid practitioner of the martial arts. He holds black belts in Kenpo Karate and Kodokan Judo. Barnes also practices Kali stick and knife fighting, Wu-style Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do and Aikido among other styles. He also studies Yoga and is a life coach with Diamond Hour.

Dream Park Novel CoverHis first published fiction work was a Hugo Award nominated novelette titled, “The Locusts”, he co-authored with Larry Niven. Barnes has since gone on to write a popular series of novels with Niven, titled “The Dream Park Series.”

Several novels in the series followed and a legion of fans devoured them. The writing duo maintained a successful writing arrangement and went on to produce other series together as well.

 

 

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He has also penned solo works of note, including The Aubry Knight series, which featured one of my personal favorites, “Street Lethal.”

Steven’s work became a very powerful, influential and inspiring voice in Black Speculative Fiction and science fiction in general.

Several other series followed, both solo and co-authored.

 

Barnes has also written screenplays for The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits, as well as writing novelizations for popular science fiction franchises such as: Star Trek and Star Wars.

Danger Word

He is still very active in writing and recently co-authored a screenplay with his wife Tananarive Due for a short film titled, “Danger Word” which stars actor Frankie Faison.

Over the course of his career, Barnes has written nearly thirty novels. A bibliography can be found at the following link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Barnes

 

Steven Barnes is a personal writing inspiration to me and one of my heroes.

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FOREST OF SHADOWS FEATURED IN SEVENTH STAR PRESS ANTHOLOGY TITLED THUNDER ON THE BATTLEFIELD

GREETINGS STAUNCH PERUSERS!
Double Book Cover Thunder on the BattlefieldMy latest character creation, Prince Jaziri of Kagiso, makes his debut in my BRAND NEW Sword & Soul short story “Forest of Shadows”! Available now in eBook format from Amazon and Barnes & Noble and by mid-August in Print, as part of the Thunder on the Battlefield: Sword and Thunder on the Battlefield: Sorcery anthologies from Editor James R. Tuck, author of the dark urban fantasy series featuring Deacon Chalk and published by Seventh Star Press!
Here’s the full list of authors and stories in the two volumes:
(click link above to purchase!)
Featuring:
G. Jerome Henson: “THE HORDE”
Jay Requard: “PAPER DEMONS”
D.T. Neal: “THE WOLF & THE CROW”
John F. Allen: “FOREST OF SHADOWS”
Marcella Burnard “EMISSARY”
David J. West: “THE DOGS OF WAR”
Alexis A. Hunter: “THE RED HAND”
James R. Tuck “WHERE THE RED BLOSSOMS WEEP”
Loriane Parker: “THIEF OF SOULS”
W. E. Wertenberger: “THE GNAWED BONE”
Stephen Zimmer “ALL THE LANDS, NOWHERE A HOME”
J.S. Veter “THE WITCH OF RYMAL PASS”
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REVISED_SORCERY_COVER1200X835Thunder on the Battlefield: Sorcery  
(click link above to purchase!)
Featuring:
Jeffe Kennedy: “NEGOTIATION”
Alex Hughes: “THE FOURTH RULE”
Selah Janel: “THE RUINS OF ST. LOUIS”
Steve Grassie: “MARK OF THE WARRIOR”
James R. Tuck: “ANGELS OF SCRAWL”
M.B Weston: “THE CHERUBIAN, THE LINDWORM, AND THE PORTAL”
Brady Allen: “GRINDING THE GEARS”
S.H. Roddey “BLACK ICE”
Steven S. Long: “THE TWO FIRES”
D.A. Adams: “ACROSS THE WILDS”
Mark Taverna “DARK GENESIS”
Steven L. Shrewsbury “WHORE OF JERICHO”
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The awesome cover art for the anthologies were created by Enggar Adirasa, the same cover artist for my debut novel The God Killers!)

AN INTERVIEW WITH ERIC GARRISON!

Four Til Late

Four Til Late

I want to extend a hearty congratulations to my very good friend and fellow Seventh Star Press author, Eric Garrison on his latest novel, FOUR TIL LATE. Eric, as I write this, you’ve gotten your first shipment of print copies of FOUR ‘TIL LATE your novel. I know what a thrill it is to see ideas take solid form, but tell my readers, how do YOU REALLY feel?

Thanks for having me as a guest on your blog, John!

It’s been a long road for this book. It was the one that started it all, my first novel, and yet now it’s my latest novel. It was a project done out of love and honor, as I wrote it the month after my writer uncle Chuck died in 2007. I didn’t know then that I’d be a published author a little over 5 years later, but opening that box to see the shiny trade paperbacks with gorgeous professional artwork, I felt a thrill of excitement and a burning rush of pride.

It”s been a long time coming, but this labor of love has been refined and updated and improved with editing and the experience of four other books written since then under my belt. I am PSYCHED.

I know a little about FOUR TIL LATE, but please let my readers know (in your words) what the novel is all about. I got a Supernatural meets Scooby Gang vibe. Would you agree with that assessment, or is there another more succinct description? What inspires your writing?

I think “Scooby-Doo meets Supernatural” isn’t too far off. I loved Scooby-Doo as a kid, and I am a huge fan of the Supernatural TV show today. FOUR ‘TIL LATE is a haunted road trip, as much a buddy story as it is a thriller. It stars an amateur ghost hunter named Brett who sets out on a fun trip to New Orleans with a couple of buddies, and along the way, he reignites a romance with his ex-girlfriend. Unfortunately, he isn’t able to leave his hobby behind, as supernatural warnings turn into much more dangerous encounters with the paranormal world.

When it comes to ghost stories and the supernatural in general, are you more of an adherent to classic spins or do you prefer the more modern takes? Which authors inspire you, particularly with this work?

You know, I wasn’t even intending to write a ghost story to start with. FOUR ‘TIL LATE is meant to be an urban / supernatural fantasy, and I had hoped to follow in the footsteps of Charles de Lint and Jim Butcher, who are my favorite authors in that genre. I think I ended up at least somewhere between the subtler magical realism of de Lint and the high-powered urban fantasy of the Dresden tales. But as the story unfolded, it DID become a ghost story, and I was shocked when another writer friend called it horror later. I didn’t set out to write a horror story, but I’ll admit, it’s got horror elements. So yeah, there’s more of a modern influence on my writing, but if you’ve ever read any of Fritz Leiber’s darker stories, you may see a strong influence for the supernatural forces in my books. He’s just got a sort of slow, steady, driving rhythm to his storytelling that I love, and I try to emulate that when I’m building tension or unfolding the stranger parts of the story for the reader.

Is it true you’re an actual ghost hunter? Please briefly tell us one of your favorite exploits and how this undertaking effects/enhances your writing?

It’s true! My wife and I joined the Indiana Ghost Trackers in 2003. I went expecting a bunch of attention-seeking lunatics, but instead found a group of intelligent, curious, friendly people who had a sense of adventure. We both got very interested in ghost hunting and the paranormal in general and became officers in the club. Being one of the biggest skeptics in the group, I asked a lot of questions and did a lot of experimenting with equipment and analyzed evidence more closely than a lot of folks, and ended up as Trainer for both the Indy and Lafayette chapters. We left the group on 2010, but are still friends with the organization’s president and the folks we knew in our time there.

Exploits… Well, nothing specific comes up in FOUR ‘TIL LATE, but I can tell you I have some fairly accurate retellings of some ghost hunts in the third ROAD GHOSTS book, ME AND THE DEVIL, which will be coming out through Seventh Star Press later this year or early next year. Let’s see, one time, we investigated Hannah House, a notoriously haunted mansion on Indy’s South Side (where you and I will be appearing as part of the Paranormal Meet & Greet on August 10th!). We were in the basement, voice recorders running, being given a tour among dusty, 150 year old jars of canned fruit and other bric a brac. One of our guides said “Isn’t this where you got that ‘find me’?” And when qurstioned, they said they’d been there before with recorders and had gotten an EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) that said, “find me”, when they played it back. So when Amy and I got home, we played back OUR recording, and something freaky happened. About 10 seconds *before* our guide mentioned what the voice had said before, a voice played on our recording, also whispering, “find me!”

What do you hope readers take away from FOUR TIL LATE? What did you take away from it as an author?

FOUR ‘TIL LATE isn’t just a ghost story, it’s also about friendship and love overcoming demons of the past that come back to haunt you. I hope readers come away feeling like they’ve just had an adventure with a bunch of great friends, and that the characters are people they’d like to spend time with again and again.

I wrote two more books after writing this one, SINKING DOWN and ME AND THE DEVIL. I guess it shows how much I wanted to spend more time with these people that I kept coming back to them.

You’ve completed five novels and and this is your first publication with Seventh Star Press. Please tell us what the experience has been like for you? Share some details of your writer’s journey.

It was FOUR ‘TIL LATE that kicked everything off, so it’s both my first and also my latest novel in a way. I’ve come full circle, having written 3 other urban fantasy novels and a science fiction novel. I started out by self-publishing my work, then I fell in with a critique group that helped open my eyes to the craft of writing, to things I didn’t see in my own writing that I learned to improve on. I was invited to join the Indiana Horror Writers, and that’s helped me see the publishing world beyond writing. My fifth novel, Reality Check, was written with the goal of publication in mind, and was the first to go through beta readers and rewriting and polishing. Hydra Publications took a chance on me and that book went through another couple of rounds with a professional editor. It was then that Seventh Star Press said yes to my pitch to have the ROAD GHOSTS novels revamped and done up properly to get it in front of a wider audience.

I think it’d be best to describe my career growth as an author described as incremental. Ever since I started, it was always about going a few steps more outside my comfort zone, to do something new and bigger, to stretch my boundaries.

This is going to be a crazy busy summer for us, appearing all around. What event do you look forward to the most?

You know, I had to be talked into Fandom Fest, but the more I hear about it and the closer it gets, the more excited I get about it. Rumor has it that the Seventh Star Press booth is going to be next door to a VERY major personality that has all of us excited. I’m looking forward to the fantastic writing track that’s being run by our own Stephen Zimmer. I’ll be seeing a big bunch of authors I normally only talk to online. It’s going to be big, really big, and I just asked for Monday off as well since I can feel in my gut that I’m going to need a day to recuperate.

Eric Garrison

Eric Garrison

What is the background of the series? What other novels are planned for this series and when can we expect them out?

ROAD GHOSTS started as a single book. But the summer after I wrote it, I had a dream about a little ghoul being found by Brett and Liz, and I woke up laughing at the image of the couple taking the ghoul to a McDonald’s dumpster to feed. I tried to write a short story about that, but it demanded to be more, and that became the first chapter in SINKING DOWN, the sequel. That book is in editing right now, and I hope to have it out this fall. Since I had two books, and since I had some loose ends, I decided to make it a trilogy and wrote ME AND THE DEVIL, which I hope to have out this winter. One of the characters in SINKING DOWN was too funny not to write more about, so I wrote a spinoff called BLUE SPIRIT, which is the story of Skye MacLeod, who sees fairies when she’s had a couple of drinks. Dark, Grimm-style fairies, not Tinkerbell. So, she spends most of that book tipsy, trying to save her vampire-gaming friends from very real danger. That’s going to be a second trilogy, probably called TIPSY FAIRY TALES, and those will be released next year sometime (I still have two to write).

I appreciate this opportunity to speak with you on your latest novel, Eric. I wish you long lasting and continued success in your writing career. REMEMBER TBIYTC!!!

Thanks, John, I wish you the best too, and can’t wait to start reading my copy of THE GOD KILLERS!

To my readers, go pick up your copy of Four Til Late at the following link!

http://www.amazon.com/Four-Til-Late-Eric-Garrison/dp/1937929221/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374520017&sr=1-2&keywords=Four+Til+Late

BURNING THE MIDDLE GROUND BLOG TOUR WITH L ANDREW COOPER

Burning-CoverRev3Title: Burning the Middle Ground

Author: L. Andrew Cooper
Publisher: BlackWyrm
ISBN: 978-1-61318-138-6
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 330
Available @: Amazon and Barnes & Noble

LAndrewCooperToday I have the pleasure of Spotlighting in my blog, writer L Andrew Cooper! His debut novel is titled, “Burning the Middle Ground.”

L Andrew Cooper is a writer at BlackWyrm Publishing, a publisher of fine speculative fiction. Cooper is a fresh new voice and rising star in the speculative fiction world.

Biography:

L. Andrew Cooper thinks the smartest people like horror, fantasy, and sci-fi. Early in life, he couldn’t handle the scary stuff–he’d sneak and watch horror films and then keep his parents up all night with his nightmares. In the third grade, he finally convinced his parents to let him read grownup horror novels: he started with Stephen King’s Firestarter, and by grade five, he was doing book reports on The Stand.

When his parents weren’t being kept up late by his nightmares, they worried that his fascination with horror fiction would keep him from experiencing more respectable culture. That all changed when he transitioned from his public high school in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia to uber-respectable Harvard University, where he studied English Literature. From there, he went on to get a Ph.D. in English from Princeton, turning his longstanding engagement with horror into a dissertation. The dissertation became the basis for his first book, Gothic Realities (2010). More recently, his obsession with horror movies turned into a book about one of his favorite directors, Dario Argento (2012). He also co-edited the textbook Monsters (2012), an attempt to infect others with the idea that scary things are worth people’s serious attention.

After living in Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and California, Andrew now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where he teaches at the University of Louisville. Burning the Middle Ground is his debut novel.

Burning the Middle Ground is a unique blend of horror and dark fantasy which takes place in a  a small Southern town being ripped asunder by a supernatural conspiracy.

Five years after tragic murders divide Kenning, Georgia along religious lines, Ronald Glassner, a web journalist from New York, arrives to write a book about the tragedy’s sole survivor, Brian McCullough. Homicidal house pets, enucleated corpses, and menacing apparitions soon help Ronald understand that there’s something much bigger going on in Kenning, something connected to the town’s First Church and the imposing Reverend Michael Cox. With Brian, Brian’s girlfriend Melanie Grayson, progressive preacher Jeanne Harper, and police officer Winston Beecher, Ronald embarks on an investigation that takes them all into a nightmarish plot that will change the entire country.

I thoroughly enjoyed L Andrew Cooper’s modern take on the Horror/Dark Fantasy hybrid genre he produced in Burning the Middle Ground and I’m sure you will also! As a writer, I’m  honored to be in a position to spread the word about such a talented storyteller.

You owe it to yourself to check out Burning the Middle Ground, it’s definitely a treat to be had!

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