Monster Hunter Interview – Marc Sorondo

This week marks the start of regular interview postings on Mondays and Thursdays.

You read that right – regular postings.

Evidently, masochism is as popular with monster hunters as spilling monster blood, and if these brave souls are willing to take a moment out of their busy schedules to share their thoughts, I can do no less than give them their due by posting them here.

I will be incorporating regular features such as NAME THAT TUNE and 5 MINUTES TO PACK, but each interview will continue to be as unique as the Monster Hunters themselves, which is to say that you never know what you’ll be reading next.

So, Mondays and Thursdays it is, and if there is an author you’d like to promote, please feel free to cross-post links and join us all on facebook and Twitter.

Tonight, we welcome Marc Sorondo. He’s in all three LOTMH books and is well known for his contributions to training monster hunters. But he’s come to us injured…

MB – Before we get started, I can’t help but notice the bandage you have wrapped around your head. What kind of monster did that?

MS – A nine year old with a pair of nunchucks.

MB – I beg your pardon?

MS – There were some kids in the neighborhood going to town on a old tire, and I thought I might show them the proper use of a weapon that people typically hurt themselves with – you never know when a monster might jump you and I figured they might as well be prepared, right?  I can honestly say that my teaching was instrumental in the boy not hurting himself.

However, he did go a little ape-shit.

MB – I see, and I mean that literally – the knot on your forehead is huge…

MS – Yes, I know. Can we just get on with this?

MB – Of course.

Question one involves something that I believe we all wonder from time to time:

Do you see a correlation between sightings of the Loch Ness Monster and the fact that it lives in the only country I can think of with a whisky named after it?

MS – Well, if you risked being eaten by a monster every time you went swimming, you’d need some patriotic liquid-courage too.

MB – Good point. In fact, sometimes I even have nip in places where there have been no sightings and I’m not even swimming.

But let’s continue, and we’ll stick with this theme of “large things”.

When hunting elephants, one of the best ways to gauge how long ago they were at your current location is to find a pile of dung, stick your finger in it, and feel how hot it is.  I’m not kidding – that’s how it’s done.

Do you feel like this technique would work for werewolves?

MS – Nope. That’s just a good way to die with werewolf shit on your fingers. Wolves move far too quickly to waste time playing in their messes. They also have a nasty habit of doubling back on you and either laying in wait, or tracking you from behind. If you’re trying to figure out how long it’s been since they’ve left, you’re probably already being watched you just don’t know it yet. And you’ll soon be dead with dirty hands.

MB – Alright, you’ve got some experience under your belt. Good…

You’ve got 5 MINUTES TO PACK: The home office just called – the helicopter is en route to pick you up. You’re going after Mokele Mbembe.

What do you pack?

MS – Wow, dinosaur hunting. If Mokele Mbembe really is a living animal that has managed to survive, I’d bring some lightweight explosives and assault rifles to kill it, bug spray (because jungle mosquitoes are a bigger problem than dinosaurs), and a machete. The odds of a real dinosaur surviving the last 65 million years, however, are slim to none. I’m thinking this is some sort of spiritual creature, which changes all the rules. In that case, sniper rifle, dynamite, and flamethrower– that way you can shoot out its eyes, decapitate it (explosively), and then burn the body.

MB – I guess I’m glad I’m not a Mokele Mbembe.

Let’s change up the subject again –  (Soon to be) FAMOUS QUOTES:

In a soon to be made movie, there is a scene where Bruce Willis lights up a Chupacabra with a flamethrower. What of the following lines do you think he’ll say?

1. Feliz Navidad mi amigo!

2. Comere’ una cerveza y la camarera la agradece!

3. Yippie kay yay mother sucker

MS – 3. What else could he say? Maybe that, but all cool and shit like the Dos Equis guy…

“I do not kill Chupacabras often. But when I do, I say Yippie Kay Yay Mother Sucker!”

Like that.

MB – Well played.

Alright – it’s Sunday night and you are up to your neck in cleaning out a vampire roost. Your phone rings; it’s your mom. You suddenly remember that you were supposed to be there an hour ago for a chicken dinner, and she has no idea that you are a monster hunter. What do you tell her?

MS – No cell phones on hunts…Jesus, Miles, your phone’s going to go off while you’re wrist deep in shit. It’s like a dinner bell to these things.

MB – I just can’t shake you! So we’ll take a quick rest for a question – NAME THAT TUNE: Give us your top 3 monster hunting songs.

MS – Cool.

“Back in the Saddle” by Aerosmith (for all you single monster hunters, this is also a good one after a break-up).

“No Remorse” by Metallica (really, almost any Metallica works. Also, almost any Slayer, Pantera…you see where I’m going with this).

“For Those about to Rock” by AC/DC (Just because it’s awesome).

MB – What about your favorite monster hunting novel?

MS – I’m going to go with Stephen King’s IT. The monster hunters were regular people, kids no less – for huge pieces of the book. I think this was King at his best.

MB – Good choice. Now, back to business!

Eggs, bacon & pancakes – or – grapefruit for breakfast?

MS – Oatmeal…it’s bland, it’s boring, and it tastes like wallpaper paste (if you don’t believe me, take a bite of one and then the other), but nothing provides better for the rigors of monster hunting. You want to enjoy breakfast? Choose another profession.

MB – Not a lot hemming and hawing there. Well done. Now that you’ve answered your questions and you need to go put some ice on that bump, any last words you want to throw out there?

MS – Yeah – for everyone that enjoyed the Aedan Halloway story from The Trigger Reflex, another Aedan story is set to appear in Use Enough Gun, and there are several others on the way.

I’ve already finished a book’s worth of shorts and novellas as well as a short novel, and more is planned! For more information about Aedan (or any of my other stories), go to www.marcsorondo.com.

MB – Will do. Thanks for your time, and for your help with the neighborhood kids. I know that they appreciate it and the chance to use their weapons on a live target.

Marc?

Where did he go?

Okay, I think this one is a wrap…

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Monster Hunter Interview – Jennifer L. Barnes

 

 

UPDATE: After tonight, I’ll post interviews on Mondays and Thursdays so that folks can know when to tune in. We have a few more readers than anticipated, and aside from the general relief that I feel over an increased level of interest in monster hunting, I felt it was only fair to let people know when the new stuff will come out.

I will, of course, have updates on up-coming books, release dates, and so forth. But for now, all eyes are turned toward the inner workings of those that keep us safe at night…

And tonight, we welcome Jennifer L. Barnes, a monster-hunting veteran of Leather, Denim & Silver and Use Enough Gun.

As always, there are some brand-spanking-new questions, including a few that I thought might throw a monster hunter not on the lookout. Jennifer, of course, is on the lookout, but you’ll read all about that.

MB – Good evening…

I’ve been dying to say that to open one of these interviews. I think it fits the theme.

JLB – I thought you said you were going to act professional?

MB – Right *coughs* Okay, on to the first question then: in your opinion, what is the next piece of classic literature that could really benefit from including a monster hunt?

JLB – I’d have to say Ivanhoe. A monster hunt could definitely spice that one up, but now that I think about it, I’d rather just see Robin Hood fighting the forces of darkness.  The Robin Hood legend has so many opportunities that are ripe for monster hunting – depending on which version of the myth that’s used, or some bastardization on it, he could easily have been a Crusader who saw far too much on his Crusades.

Robin returns home, only to find that monsters have overtaken his father’s lands and enslaved the gentle people…

Make the Sherriff of Nottingham some sort of creature and that’s the start of one awesome monster hunting story.  I’m only sad that Alan Rickman is getting too old to play the Sherriff again, because cutting someone’s heart out with a spoon is pretty hardcore.  And don’t forget canceling Christmas…

MB – That would be excellent! And I’d love to see Alan Rickman return, though I do think we could do better than Kevin Costner. I never did understand why Robin of Locksley would speak in a lazy, mid-western accent, but then, I don’t get paid the big bucks to overlook these sorts of things.

Oh well, moving right along. You’ve given us a great “could be” movie. Tell us about your favorite actual monster movie.

JLB – Fright Night. Fright Night was the first monster movie I ever watched when I was a kid, and there was something about how cool the vampire, Jerry Dandridge, was.  He was sleek, sexy and charismatic; but at the same time had this subtle menace about him.  Also, I liked the little quirk that he liked to eat fruit, because most bat species eat fruit and don’t drink blood – I thought that was a very nifty detail. I’ve even brought it over to my own vampire heroine.

There was also that perfect blend of tongue-and-cheek with the horror.  The idea of asking a washed out movie star most famous for playing a Van Helsing knock-off for help in killing a vampire was perfect.  I think the remake would have been clever to make the “Peter Vincent” character a former star of a cult TV show about a girl who killed vampires as the screenplay was written by one of the head writers for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Alas…

I have to give a runner-up nod to Charlton Heston’s The Omega Man based on I Am Legend.  They removed the vampire aspect, but the plague victims were still very terrifying and they nailed the total isolation of one doctor as the rest of the human race was turned into something not human anymore.

MB – That’s a different approach than they took with the more recent remake where they removed the vampire aspect as well as anything terrifying.  Not Will Smith’s best – but he’s off the hook (in my eyes) for having done Men In Black, which leads us right into our next question:

What public figure do you suspect is a monster hiding in plain sight?

JLB – That’s easy – Nicolas Cage.  How the hell do you think he keeps getting movie roles?  All joking aside, there was this really creepy picture of a man from before the Civil War, and the resemblance was more than uncanny. He’s also played a vampire before, and his movements aren’t exactly tied in with “human”.

MB – Good call. Alright, here’s one that a few other authors will be getting in the coming months…

MONSTERS WITHOUT BORDERS – We’re all familiar with most Western monsters. Is there another culture or mythos that you really like to explore for its monsters?

JLB – Native American monsters should get more love.  There’s a Cherokee legend about the Ravenmocker; a witch who is so powerful and evil that all other witches fear and hate them.

“Witches” in Cherokee and Shawnee lore are not good people – no “Glendas” here – there is no such thing as a “good witch”.  Practitioners of what is generally thought of as mystic arts for positive use are Medicine Men and Women.  “Shaman” simply means “student”, it doesn’t have the connotations to Native Americans that pop culture has given it. A Shaman is generally on route to becoming a Medicine Man or Woman, and a Medicine Man or Woman can still also be a Shaman as well because they never stop trying to learn.

But the Ravenmocker is a witch who has become so corrupt by dark forces and power that they become something else.  They have to feed off of the life force and souls of the dying to continue their wretched existence.  When the Ravenmocker comes to feed, they let out a shrill caw just like the cry of a raven, hence their name.

They are insanely powerful and have deadly curses at their disposal.  Only a Medicine Man or Woman can truly defeat one, but even the most wise and most spiritual Medicine Men or Women fear them.

MB – I feel like I can hear the rub of thousands of erasers from authors that just learned something about Shamans. I also predict that enrollment at the Shaman Academy will drop now that we know those things are out there.

I’m going to file your response to that question under NAILED.

We’ll lighten things up a bit – NAME THAT TUNE! Give us your top 3 go-to monster hunting songs.

JLB – Oh man, there’s no way I can have just three monster hunting songs.  It all depends on who I’m writing about – on the character – the stuff they would listen to!

Quinn Frost would have no qualms slipping in some ear buds before kicking vampire ass.  Shiro Wakahisa, on the other hand, prefers the quiet so that he can keep his senses on full focus.  Forest, the vampire heroine who hunts her own kind and worse (from “Night of the Suck” in Pill Hill Press’ Fem-Fangs anthology) likes to get her ass-kicking done to classic heavy metal.

When writing Shiro, I just listen to instrumental Trance.

For Quinn Frost: “The Outsider” by A Perfect Circle. “Du Hast” by Rams+ein. “Holy Diver” by Dio. “Confusion” by New Order (the song playing in Blade during the blood rave in the beginning).

For Forest, the vampire known as “Law Unto Herself”: “2 Minutes to Midnight” by Iron Maiden. “Fear of the Dark” by Iron Maiden (It’s her favorite band, in case you couldn’t tell.) “Speed at Night” by Dio.

Marilyn Manson’s “Rock is Dead” is also a pretty good one – the harder, faster, and angrier the lyrics, the better.  Linkin Park need not apply.

MB – I’m getting some very cool vibes here. Let’s litmus test the cool level:

PIMP MY RIDE – Money is no object. What is your ultimate monster-hunting rig?

JLB – Nothing can beat the 1967 RS SS Camaro for the combination of looks and sheer horsepower.  It makes a statement and drives really fast.  A good monster hunter should have style, not drive around in some beater with its bumper held on with duct tape.

A Suzuki Hayabusa isn’t anything to sneeze at either, as its fastest production bike on the road. Plus it’s really pretty.

MB – Litmus test passed, and I’ll be damned if you’re not cooler than I am. I’ve got a pick-up. With, er, a banged up bumper…

Keeping the cool vibe, what monsters just don’t scare you?

JLB – Monsters honestly don’t scare me. Except the Cryptkeeper.  Even now I jump when I just see a picture of him.  Now, monsters don’t scare me, but people do.  At least I know what a monster wants; people are always unpredictable and that makes them dangerous.

MB  – Right on. Let’s switch monsters for geography – is there any location that you would absolutely, positively refuse to spend the night in, even armed to the teeth?

JLB – Waverly Hills Sanatorium.  That place is one of the most haunted places on the planet, and with good reason.  I’ve been there with a large group of people and it’s still eerie.  Not to mention, guns and swords really can’t kill ghosts.

MB – I guess that all depends on the gun or sword that you are using, and that often depends on where you get your information. Speaking of which, what is your favorite episode of Scooby Doo?

JLB – Scooby Doo? I never really got Scooby Doo – a stoner and a talking dog do not a group of monster hunters make.  Besides, none of the monsters were even real!  They were all just people in costumes.

Now, if you want to talk about a Hanna Barbara cartoon that involved some real monster hunting, then I can tell you all about Jonny Quest and it’s 90’s continuation The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest where Jonny was a teenager and could join in on the monster hunting.  Sure, Dr. Quest was a scientist, but most of the stuff he was called in to look at was monsters.

Race Bannon, Dr. Quest’s bodyguard, often had to kill monsters to protect his charges.  He must have had the best trophy room ever.  The Quest team dealt with things from giant robot spiders, cursed mummies, and invisible electrical monsters.  In the newer The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest werewolves, yetis, carnivorous sea monsters, and a body swapping demoness were dealt with handily.

Bandit may not have been able to talk like Scooby, but he was sure a hell of a lot braver and tougher.

MB – I love Scooby Doo.

But I do see your point about being tough.

Here’s a tough one: If a Catholic Priest invited you to sit in on an exorcism, would you?

JLB – Yes, but if only my Shawnee Medicine Man father was with me.  There’s a chance that there is going to be a real unrest spirit in that person, and then someone will have to put it to rest.  I’m sure as hell not going to trust a priest.

MB – Damn! I’d be out like a laundry stain hit with SHOUT! But then, I’dve also rolled up in my pick-up, and you’d have screamed in driving your badass Camaro blaring Iron Maiden…

I’m keeping your number in case I run into anything like that.

Now, wrap this thing up and tell us about what you are working on and how we can learn more about it!

JLB – Right now I’m working on my novel Scream Queen, featuring the heroine from the Fem-Fangs story “Night of the Suck”.  It’s an urban fantasy about a heroic vampire who doesn’t have the sense to leave well enough alone.  She’s armed with a sharp tongue, a big gun, and a heart too big for her own good.

The book takes place in the mid to late 1980’s, and is a fun look about the decade and the impact it made on horror movies.  And it brings up the question, what do the monsters think of the movies about them?

My blog is “A Few Crows Short of a Murder” http://fewcrowsshort.blogspot.com/.  I post stuff there sometimes about writing and nerd culture.  My next update is probably going to be about Joss Whedon’s influence on my writing.

Did I mention I am a huge Joss Whedon fan?  Yes, The Avengers was pretty much one of the best super hero movies ever made, but I was a fan of his far before then.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel influenced my writing more than perhaps anything else.  The characterization, dialogue . . . I can go on and on, and I’d recommend both series to monster hunting fans out there.

MB – Well, thanks for spending some time with us!

JLB – Thank you for the interview, and call me if you run into anything that needs its ass kicked! But for now, I need to get back to Forest – there’s a monster that needs my attention.

 

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Monster Hunter Interview – Brian Panowich

 

For our second interview, please welcome Brian Panowich. He’s a newcomer to the Legends of the Monster Hunter series, but an old hand at keeping the neighborhood safe. Here he comes now…

MB – Hello Brian, I’m glad you could join us. Thanks again for taking the time to do the interview.

BP – No problem. Just know that it’s been a long day, and I’m covered in monster innards.  I hope people don’t mind.

MB – No worries – we’ve all been there!  And with that said, let’s just get right down to business!

First question: If John Wayne could come back for just one monster hunting movie, what monster(s) would he fight?

BP – I would love to see John Wayne come back to face the Zombie Apocalypse. Rick Grimes and Alice both couldn’t compete with that.

MB – Right on! I’d be willing to shell out a buck or two to see The Duke take on the Zombie Apocalypse! Nice choice.

Next question: As you look over the genre that is monster hunting, which writers are nailing it?

BP – Right now I’m loving James R. Tuck’s Deacon Chalk books, Blood and Bullets and Blood and Silver – they’re just a big celebration of badassery. Jonathan Maberry’s Joe Ledger books knock it out of the park every time, and I just discovered Heath Lowrance’s Hawthorne shorts that are pretty brutal too.

MB – Maberry I’ve read. I’ll have to check out Tuck and Hawthorne, but they both sound good.

Alright, most readers know that each of these interviews is unique – but there are some things that need to be covered more than once, and the following feature is one of them.

Pitch Your Script! What classic monster movie would you re-boot? What would the plot be? Who would be cast?

BP – I actually started a screenplay for a classic style camp horror movie called LOGGERHEAD, about a huge irradiated turtle that preys on a group of teen-agers having premarital sex.

The tagline will be Sometimes death comes real slow….

I cast myself, of course, as the brutally handsome park ranger and Sherri Moon Zombie as my scream queen.

MB – I see what you did there…

Not many people would have chosen a turtle, let alone one that comes in fresh and saltwater varieties. I would ask if the title refers to the freshwater species, the Loggerhead Musk Turtle, but let’s be honest, people aren’t coming to this movie to delve into the finer points of herpetology – they’re here for the teen-age premarital sex.  We could probably do an entire interview on that material alone, but we should probably just move on.

You find irradiated turtles terrifying. I have my own vision of hell… Clowns: cuddly or creepy?

BP – There is no such thing as a cuddly clown. Even Ronald Macdonald looks like a pedophile villain from the seventies.

MB – Agreed. Speaking of which, when did you realize you were a monster hunter?

BP – When I was 6, I would sneak down the stairs to watch movies over my Dad’s shoulder. Charlie Bronson in Deathwish made a big impression. Come to think of it, that’s probably the root of most of my problems…but that’s when I knew.

MB – Yeah, I’d wager Deathwish made a big impression on more than one monster hunter’s life. Good times…

Moving right along, Be Honest: Have you ever injured yourself with a household item while pretending/practicing to fight monsters?

BP – Well, during training sessions with my son (whom I’m raising to be the greatest monster hunter of all time), I’ve taken a few lightsabres to the family jewels.

MB – Irony, meet symbolism. One day when you explain the whole father-son conflict thing, that’s going to be funny. I am, of course, assuming that he’s too young to have covered that, but on the off chance that he is a teenager, I have to believe he’s sending you a message that he wants to go on more camping trips. Regardless, that brings us to our next topic:

Test Your Reflexes and tell us the first answer that pops into your head…

The phone rings. It’s the mayor of a small town with a vampire problem and he’s getting quotes from different hunters. How much do you charge?

 

BP – I hang up. Clearly this isn’t important enough to bother Harmon Brown. When everything goes south with inferior hunters and his town is in flames, then the mayor be begging me to get Harmon on the scene, and Harmon will name any price that he wants. When things get serious, the mayors always agree. Always.

MB – Spoken like a cold-blooded monster hunter.

One more question – what’s next for you?

BP – Harmon Brown: the novel, the movie, the pop culture phenomenon.

2012 is the first year of reinvention for me. I’ve always toyed with the idea of taking my writing seriously and getting published, but not until my 40th birthday last year did I seriously begin the process. I’m starting the second draft on my first novel, A Warm Machine, which I’m calling a Superhero Noir Thriller, and besides finding Harmon Brown’s origin story a home in Use Enough Gun, my story Sixteen Down, won the grand prize from Evolved publishing’s Short story contest and that book, Evolution Vol. 2, just came out today (9/5/12) on Amazon and Smashwords. I’ve also had a lot of success with my hardboiled crime flash at Shotgunhoney.net.

I maintain Panowich.com to keep my readers informed about new stuff coming out, but mostly I bitch and moan about comic books and bad horror movies. Here are the links:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/123499

https://www.panowich.com

MB – We will check those out, and look forward to Red December, 1879 in UEG. Many thanks for your time!

BP- You’re welcome. Can I go wash all of this monster blood off now?

 

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Monster Hunter Interviews – John M. Whalen

They tell them late at night, after the fire burns low and the whisky bottle has been passed around. Tales that they couldn’t, wouldn’t tell to anyone else because no one would believe them. But they’re willing to share them here, where everyone is a monster hunter.

Sometimes the story will be told by the author. Sometimes the story will be told by the monster hunter themselves. But each tale is unique and be it slightly humorous or teetering along the edge of sanity, they are all told in earnest, and every bit of it is the absolute truth – at least that’s what I was told. Of course, they had been into the whisky and there was more than one smirk.

Maybe we should just get on with this, and you can be the judge…

Hope you enjoy them!

Miles

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Our first interview is With Mr. John M. Whalen, a featured author in all three of the Legends of the Monster Hunter titles.

John features his character, Mordecai Slate, in these three tales as well as in multiple other publications and a novel.

I see no reason why we shouldn’t just jump right in, so let’s kick off this interview series with a question I’m sure everybody is wondering:

MB – John, when did you realize you wanted to write about monster hunters?

JW (?) – Hello, Miles. Unfortunately, John, the chronicler of my adventures, is unavailable. He mumbled something about going to Borneo on an expedition to find a lost tribe of pygmies said to still be living in the Stone Age. Evidently, a female missionary, an acquaintance of John’s, had gone there to bring religion to the savages, and subsequently disappeared. He has hopes of finding her and intends to rescue her. I’m sure we’ll hear about it some day in one of his future stories…

MB – Well, that is…unfortunate. Thank goodness you’re here. If it’s not too much trouble, could you introduce yourself?

MS – Of course! This is Slate. Mordecai Slate.

MB – The man himself? The subject of the half dozen or so monster hunting stories that Whalen has written?

MS – One and the same.

MB – This is unexpected.

MS – I know, but in a way, it really works out for the best. You see, Whalen has convinced everyone that I am merely a figment of his imagination; that he has invented me and all of the tales he’s written about me. But that’s far from the truth – the truth is that Whalen has no imagination at all – nada – he can barely write his own name without my help. And it’s only with great patience that I can dictate my stories to him as slowly as I do so that he can peck the words out on his keyboard…

MB – Hold on. Have you been drinking?

MS – Don’t sass me, boy. You don’t want none of what I can dish out.

MB – Yes, well, as true as that may be, you do have to admit that this is all a little hard to swallow. All of the Mordecai Slate stories have taken place back in the Old West of the 19th century. How do you explain your presence here and now?

MS – I see you as short on imagination as Whalen. Maybe you recall Professor Winston Sillitoe, Doctor of Sciences, Oxford University, who appeared in the Steampunk anthology Conquest Through Determination? It’s by use of Sillitoe’s time machine that I’m here, and have been often enough to tell my stories to John. And it’s lucky for you that I am here, otherwise you’d have surely had some boring conversation to record. If John hadn’t needed someone to feed his goldfish, you’d be sittin’ here by your lonesome.

MB – I see. Well, as you are here, I do have some questions. And since it is you, I’ll jump to a good one: if you had the choice, what monster would you avoid hunting?

MS – As I’ve said in most of the stories, for one thousand gold, I’ll kill just about any monster you’ve got. To me it’s a business, just like paintin’ houses or bakin’ bread. People have hang-ups about monsters, but I don’t. I just see them as a way to make a living.

I don’t have murdered parents to avenge, an old girlfriend that a werewolf made a snack of, or any stolen gold. I just make money facing whatever it is you’re too afraid to, because I can. It’s a simple as that.

MB – Alright, well, how about this one? Pound for pound, what other monster hunters are getting the job done out there?

MS – Well, there’s Van Helsing. As somebody said recently, “You can’t beat the classics.” And lots of others, but pound for pound, getting the job done? No question: Alice. You know that female from the Resident Evil films? That gal can kick butt and she’s good lookin’. Compared to her, the others are pretty much has-beens and also-rans.

MB – Alice, huh? Not bad, and quite sexy. Tell me, who is the sexiest monster?

MS. – That’s easy. Morticia. I love it when she speaks French.

MB  – For a cowboy, you seem rather well versed in television and film…

MS – Yeah? Well, feedin’ goldfish don’t take too long. Any other questions?

MB – I was planning on asking John who he would consider his biggest influences?

MS  (Laughs) – That’s easy – me! He knows nothing about genre fiction or any other kind of fiction because the only thing he reads is the racing form, and the overdue notices from his creditors. He reads those just before he sets fire to them.

MB – Touchy subject? What about keepsakes? Do you have any monster hunting gear or memorabilia you’ve ever shared with John?

MS – I gave him a bowie knife once, but he dropped it on his foot. Now I just stick to stories (snort). It’s safer that way.

MB – Fair enough. Perhaps you would be good enough to tell us about his, or I should say, your other writings?

MS – All right, listen up. There’s a full length Mordecai Slate novel that I dictated to old John called Vampire Siege at Rio Muerto. Took me six months to tell it to him, and it’s a hell of a tale. It was supposed to be published this summer, but some editor, who’s dumber than sheep dip, killed it after he and John got into a disagreement about the ending. But, I predict that it will likely be published this Fall, and I also predict it will be a big seller.

’Course, John’s got a lot of other stuff out there – his novel, Jack Brand, was published by Pill Hill Press in 2010. It’s a spacewestern, which John told me was a mash-up of old Randolph Scott movies, Flash Gordon, Sam Peckinpah, and a TV series called Route 66. Go figure… Not a bad book, though:

http://www.amazon.com/Jack-Brand-John-M-Whalen/dp/1617060135/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346374243&sr=8-1&keywords=jack+brand

You can also find his short stories scattered through different Pill Hill Press anthologies and various ezines online. They’re all kinds—sci-fi, horror, weird western, or sword and sorcery. He never met a genre he didn’t like.

One more thing that he can’t stop crowing about is his article about Edgar Rice Burroughs included in the second pre-launch issue of the revived Amazing Stories magazine. Even got his name on the cover:

http://asmblog.amazingstoriesmag.com/current-issue-v0-n2/cover-v0n2/

But most importantly, there’s my latest tale in the upcoming Use Enough Gun, which may be one of the best stories I’ve ever told him. He’s got some other stories in the pipeline. If you want to keep up to date on him check out his blog. He posts stuff there pretty regular. All kinds of weird items and commentary on things he doesn’t know anything about, but it’s entertaining:

http://johnmwhalen.wordpress.com

MB – I’m not sure that you told us the truth about John’s influences, but we’ll let that slide for now. You look antsy…

MS – You’re right. And in case you didn’t know it, there’s a full moon out tonight. In fact it’s what they call a Blue Moon, and I just heard a howl. I’ll tell you all about it in a future story- maybe I’ll call it The Blue Wolves of Virginia! But for now, I gotta load up the Colt revolving rifle with silver. She’s a lot more effective since I upgraded her to a bigger 12-shell cylinder. They’ll be coming down soon, so you have yourself a nice night. And don’t bother wishing me luck. I won’t need it.

MB – Alright then. I won’t wish you luck. How about happy hunting?

MS – Good enough. Now get down and stay down . . .

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USE ENOUGH GUN authors list:

Submissions closed last Thursday, and I have made the final selections for Legends of the Monster Hunter III – USE ENOUGH GUN.

In order of acceptance, not final appearance:

One Less by Steven Gepp
Shame of the Huntress by Jon Callot
Viral by Dev Jarrett
The Demon and the Manuscript by Marc Sorondo
Red December, 1879 by Brian Panowich
In the Dark and Quiet by Joshua Reynolds
Vermin by Blaise Torrance
Jack by Philip Norris
The Shape of a Cage by J.W.Whalen
Victims by Mike Phillips
Blood Devil by EriK Scott de Bie
Night of the Wolf by Nathan J.D.L. Rowark
Cautionary Tales by Jennifer Barnes
The Bear Trap by Daniel Durrant
Arrival by Christopher Nadeau
The End of Things by T.W. Garland
Hell Knight by Angel Propps
The Longest Night by Helen Yates
Weapon of Choice by Paul Starkey
House Hunters by William Wood
Second Chances by H.J. Hill
Soot by Jireh Smith
The Predators of Winter by E. Dagforth
Skin and Bone by Jonathan Templar
Hell’s Ambush by Derek Anderson
Fail and Cry by Miles Boothe

Afterword by Brian P. Easton

I’ve already begun editing, and will post updates as we get closer to publication.

Congratulations to all of the authors!

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Website updates are on the way!

I am truly sorry for not updating things over these past months! As many of you know, there are just too many monsters that need hunting right now, and time is woefully short. However, the new updates will include links to buy The Trigger Reflex, the soon for sale Conquest Through Determination, and details on Use Enough Gun.

I will also have a new page detailing all three volumes of The Legends of the Monster Hunters I, II, & III.

And, there will be a couple of teasers for upcoming projects that ought to put a smile on the faces of all of my reading and writing friends.

I’ll be back in a few days. Until then, don’t ignore the neighbor’s dog barking at 3 a.m. when you know what’s really out there. Arm yourself, and take care of business.

Miles

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The Trigger Reflex

The Trigger Reflex is tentatively scheduled for a mid-November release. Just in time for hunting season. As it should be.

Conquest Through Determination is, honestly, better than I had any right to hope for. I put a random call out for Steampunk, and I’ll be damned if Steampunk didn’t answer with force. This one will be open for a bit longer, so please sub if you’ve got a tale to tell. Just know that you are facing stiff competition.

And, fitting for this time of year, my next antho should be announced shortly. The Ghost Papers will be looking for ghost stories, but with a modern twist. It’s inspired by classic tales, but I’ll be looking for new slants on the telling of them, so get those wheels turning, and help me bring back a genre that sorely needs some attention!

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I’m back, and It’s time to kill monsters.

This book is open to submissions. Check out the full call-for-subs at Pill Hill Press

These are the things to keep in mind:

This ain’t no monster-romance-fest. If you’re looking for love, you’d best steer clear. If you’re looking for down and dirty, blood and guts monster hunting, then you’ve come to the right place. I’ll tell you that I won’t even think about accepting a story unless blood is spilled, and that I expect to start blogging more about the Monster Hunting genre, as well as ghost stories in the very near future.

In the mean time, keep your stakes sharp and your silver bullets loaded.

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I’m updating the site…

But will be back with updates on both books in a bit…

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Attention All Monster Hunters…

The stories for Leather, Denim & Silver are coming in now, and the monsters are getting what they had coming.

There is still plenty of room, so if you have a blood-thirsty tale, send it in!

And, just to whet your appetite, I have a special announcement:

Brian P. Easton, author of Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter and Heart of Scars, will be writing the Foreword. These books are easy to find on Amazon, etc., and the idea for Leather, Denim & Silver was in large part inspired after reading them. Both titles have been re-released by Permuted Press, and both won Independent Publishing awards. Most importantly though, these books bring werewolf hunting back to it’s gritty, blood-soaked roots, and are easily among the top books in the genre.

You can find out more about Brian and the books on his website at www.hauntedjack.com and you should have just enough time to order and read them before Leather, Denim & Silver is released!

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