Thursday, October 24, 2013

A Letter About the NEW Amanda Feral Novellas

Dear Glamazombies (and Glamazombies-to-be),

Not so great news today. As much as I hate being the Boy Who Cried Wolf, I'd hate it even more if I rushed to give you an Amanda Feral book that wasn't as perversely cruel and hilarious as it could be and should be. So, I'm going to push it back a bit and that means a few weeks at the most. I'd love nothing more than for you to have two of my books to read over the holidays so expect to pick up Beach Blanket Bloodbath and Parts & Wreck (you can preorder that NOW) in November.

I know what you're asking. What's the fucking hold up?

Well, Amanda is a tough character to wrangle. When I was writing the original trilogy, my mood and attitude was very much hers and vice versa. I was confident and biting. But things have changed and it's been difficult to step back into that loop. Plus, softening my edge for the YA audience didn't help. So, I'm busily eating glass and tripping school children to get my pitch black humor in order.

Additionally, this novella sets up the entire trilogy. While each of the Amanda Feral novellas will stand on its own and feature a self-contained story, there is an arc at play that has to be dealt with gingerly in Beach Blanket Bloodbath.

The draft is nearly complete and received a much needed kick in the ass this week via a tornado of news that I'm not at liberty to share, nor would I be happy to, frankly. So I'll leave it at that. The reboot of the draft has had me laughing and rubbing my hands together maniacally, so I'm definitely back in Amanda's good graces.

But be warned, if you see me walking down the street avoid me. I'm NOT nice when I'm this deep into Amanda's head. I repeat, NOT. NICE. I'm not going to eat your sweetbreads or go total zombie on you, but I might. It is the season for horrors.

So apologies. And I hope you'll hang on to the level of excitement you've shown so far, it's been extremely encouraging in a year full of transitions and upheaval.

Thanks for sticking with me!

Monday, October 21, 2013

All Entangled Eve Hop: Top 5 Halloween Musts

ARGH! I'm on deadline and totally forgot to write this post! Forgive my tardiness!


Every year, when October rushes in, leaves crinkling underfoot and skies graying with the promise of rain, I know it's time...TO GET MY SPOOK ON! I love all things horror, and Halloween fits right into my aesthetic. So each year...alongside the parties and trick-or-treaters there are several things that we do here at Casa Henry to make the season blight.

First up...

5. Decorations!

We have tons of Christmas decorations, most people do, but it says a lot about us that we have just as many Halloween knicknacks, wreaths and lights. Little known fact, in one of my incarnations, I was a manager at a halloween store and with that comes a discount. So on Oct. 1st, we open up the Halloween closet and let it puke all over our house.

4. Haunts!

The image of families trudging through soggy pumpkin patches might exemplify the season for many, but in my mind, those same spots are much more suited for a nighttime visit.  A lot of corn mazes (around here anyway) set up scary events and pull out all the stops. Pulling in broken down school buses, loading them with ghouls and having you claw your way through. The only place a jump scare belongs is in real life. In movies, it's just lazy.

3. TV

In the last couple of years, TV has made a huge turnaround when it comes to horror-themed television. A few of my favorites return this time of year. But I'll focus on two. American Horror Story: Coven and The Walking Dead. If you haven't started watching American Horror Story, know that it's not set up like a traditional series. Each season stands alone with the actors taking on new roles and operating within a new premise. This time it's witches and its definitely the most accessible of the three seasons! LOVING IT. The Walking Dead is just back and already feels like it needs some added freshness, but that said, it's leaps and bounds one of the best shows on television so jump on the train before the zombies get you!

2. Books

Duh. You're probably thinking, Mark has to say that shit, he's a writer, it's in his contract. But no. There's nothing in my contract...and might be the scariest thing of all (sob). Every October, I dump whatever literary fiction I'm currently reading and gather a stack of nasty horror to get me in the mood for...dismemberment. This year, I decided to read The Shining and its sequel, Doctor Sleep, back to back...and I haven't been disappointed. Stephen King is still the master and the growth of his writing is stunning from that third book, to Sleep, his newest.

1. Movies

Above all, every year, during the entire month of October, my wife and I make it a point to watch as many horror movies as possible. Now, we're aficionados, so we've seen as many as 750 at last count, but there are still so many to take in. A few of our favorites that we rewatch a LOT. (The Shining, of course, Suspiria and Halloween, which is required). I'd love to do a top ten post about all my faves so I could supremely geek out for y'all.

That I'm so obsessed with this grim holiday will come as no surprise to anyone who's already read my books and my latest, PARTS & WRECK (Nov. 25, available for pre-order now, from Entangled: Covet) is a romance inspired by some of my horror favorites. But don't worry, lightweights! It's a comedy! Here's the blurby:

Wade Crowson, a brutish and brooding playboy and veteran vivisectionist for the Parts Department, runs into more than he bargained for in new partner, Lucid Montgomery, a quirky beauty with a bizarre secret (an imaginary friend that has lingered since childhood) and a string of psychiatric diagnoses she tries very hard to keep secret. Loving Luce will stamp a demonic target on her back and thrust Wade into a frenzied whirlwind of hilarious misunderstandings, blood-spattered bathrooms and, quite possibly, a stripping gig for empty-nesters. Can their love withstand the savagery of an exorcism (with or without the split pea soup)?

And NOW! The Contest.

As part of All Entangled Eve (click on the link in the sidebar for more giveaways), I'm giving away a copy of a pair of Entangled eBooks! Simply enter via the Rafflecopter thingie below for a chance to win!

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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Those Amanda Feral Covers!!!

Other urban fantasy authors mete out their cover reveals slowly, making readers beg for it. Here at Mark Henry we like to play all our gruesome cards at once, especially when they feature fashionable zombies and a gay vamp! We slap 'em down and watch for the undead fallout. This time, each of our fashionable friends gets their own stylish cover and you get to see a close facsimile of the type of peeps I had in mind for Amanda, Wendy and Gil all along.

So. Without further adieu, I give you the covers for BEACH BLANKET BLOODBATHDAWN OF THE DEADUTANTES and SHIP OF GHOULS, the new Amanda Feral, Undead Socialite Trilogy!

BEACH BLANKET BLOODBATH (Coming: Oct. 28th 2013)

Amanda, Wendy and Gil descend on an idyllic seaside village for some rest, relaxation and consumption of cute coastal townsfolk but instead become embroiled in a mystery at the Miss Sand Flea Pageant involving overtly perky go-go dancers, the inevitable wereshark attack and an annoying octogenarian sleuth/writer. Will your favorite undead mean girls (and their gay bff) survive the weekend? Will one (or more) get some wereshark dick? Your guess is as good as mine!

Then there's these two bad girls (synopses-pending):

So you know who's who, right? Do you have a favorite? 

I know I do. Psst. It's Wendy's cover (and here's a secret, the wraparound story that links each of the stories is all about Wendy and Abuelita from BATTLE OF THE NETWORK ZOMBIES...someone's a drug lord!)

I'd love it if you added some zombie shiz on your Goodreads. Here are the links...

Next up: More info about Dawn and Ship and all kinds of stuff about Parts & Wreck! Wow, so much going on around here!