Book Review – Severin by Lydian Faust

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Severin by Lydian Faust

52 pages

Released – January 21, 2020 through Amazon

“Said he’d make my bones talk.”

Last year I read ‘Forest Underground’ by Faust, a bleak re-imagining of a well known fairy tale. It was brutal and fast paced and left me excited to read more from Faust.

Somewhere, along the line, I connected with Lydian on Twitter and through interaction we developed a friendly rapport. She shoots straight, doesn’t sugar coat stuff and has always been engaging and supportive.

Through her tweets, it had become evident that due to demands in her life (namely having a newborn) she was struggling to get time for writing and we were left wondering when the return would come.

Seeing this collection; ‘Severin’ released yesterday was such a fantastic moment. Well technically I am on a book ban, I had to buy this and support Lydian. (Side note – I’ve now failed my self imposed book ban twice. Once here for Lydian and once last week when The Luminous Dark went on sale. Guess my ban doesn’t apply to Ladies of Horror Fiction!)

‘Severin’ is unflinching in its delivery. I am not trained in literature or English literature – so I really can’t discuss the technical side of the poems within, but each one is filled with emotion and a sort of desperate anxiety.

I found three real themes or narratives carried through this collection; Science-Fiction, Horror and Present Times.

My absolute favourite was ‘Saint Louis,’ where that line I quoted at the beginning was taken from.

Shockingly or unexpectedly, this collection finished with a short story – ‘Little Gus.’

I really enjoyed this short story, but I think some may find it exciting or deflating.

Exciting to see the return of long form writing from Faust.

Deflating about just when we may see more.

With her self-publishing experience now fully in hand, here’s hoping that she’ll continue to give us some more collections like this.

It’s great to have you back in the fiction world, Lydian. You’ve been missed.

5/5

 

Welcome to 2020!

Hello and welcome to the year 2020… on my blog!

Yes, it’s like three weeks in and yes, this is my first blog post of the year, but too bad – I’ve been busy!

With what you ask?

Well – a bunch of stuff – jerks!

First up – last week over on Kendall Reviews, I announced the Sermons of Sorrow trilogy. This is a three part trilogy, with part I being Piece of Me that came out in December.

It will be releasing as a hardcover soon with new artwork. The next two parts will also be out this year, as well as a limited hardcover compendium! For the covers and synopsis stuff;

{Feature} Prepare yourself for Steve Stred’s stunning new trilogy, Sermons Of Sorrow.

If you haven’t snagged Piece of Me yet – the ebook is still $0.99 and it is also available in paperback;

The reviews so far have been very kind, which is always nice to see.

Now, this is going to be a brief blog one today. Life is just friggin hectic.

So let’s jump into some songs I’m jamming!

Strigoi – Phantoms

Strigoi is a new black metal band featuring the guitar player from Paradise Lost. It is brutal in the best way possible.

 

Jasta – They Want Your Soul (Featuring Corpsegrinder)

Jamey Jasta – singer of Hatebreed – has returned with another solo album. This one again features a lot of guest musicians. This particular one has Mr. George Fisher on guest vocals aka Corpsegrinder, singer from Cannibal Corpse.

 

Gryffin & Slander – All You Need to Know

On the EDM front, this song is one that gets stuck in my friggin head for weeks on end. Just catchy and upbeat – exactly how I love my EDM!

 

Ok, I’m finishing this off with a what I’m working on bit;

As you know I always have a bunch on the go, but I think part of it is just exercising my mind and keeping things fresh.

This year – I’m only 100% sure on five releases.

The Boy Whose Room Was Outside – this will be my first release this year. I still have to finish up the last draft with some changes, get it off to the editor and then format with the artwork. When will it arrive? Not too sure, I’m thinking maybe March?

Cathedral of the Skinned: Sermons of Sorrow Part II – this is the sequel to Piece of Me, but also a stand alone. All three parts will be individual stories with linked characters, so you can read and enjoy however. I’m about 25% into draft one, so will be getting my act together and getting this hopefully to your eyeballs by summer.

Carry the Moon: Sermons of Sorrow Part III – a sequel to Cathedral of the Skinned, this one will play off of the story told in Part II but can again be read on its own. I plan on having this see the light of day in December.

Sermons of Sorrow: The Collected Works – the compendium release. Will feature Parts I, II, III as well as some short stories. This will be a limited hardcover release, expecting it to only be available in the month of December.

As for the other stuff I have on the go – they may or may not arrive this year, but I’m still working on them! Scott: A Wagon Buddy Tale is pretty much complete. I just need to do a re-read and off to the editor. The Window in the Ground is in the same scenario.

456 Blatchford Drive is a limited I was planning on doing. I have it about 60% done, piecing some stuff together. So I’ll keep you updated on this one.

As for a few other parts – as always, I’ll keep you posted.

Lastly – last year I had mentioned a story I was working on called Wound Upon Wound. I’ve decided to have a bit of fun with this one – so, I’m going to attempt to work on it as a serial release. Every two weeks a new chapter will arrive. It will be approximately 12-15 chapters long, each chapter 1000-3000 words. When all is said and done, it will be in the 20K range and I will release it as a novella. Currently – chapter one is live on the site;

https://stevestredauthor.wordpress.com/wound-upon-wound/

I will be editing as I go and things may change as I tinker, but for now – go take a read. Chapter two will arrive on the 31st.

Take care!

Steve

Mini-review: The Salesman by Mason McDonald

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Mini-review: The Salesman by Mason McDonald

If you follow any of my author exploits, the name Mason McDonald should ring a bell! Not only has Mason grown into a great friend, he’s also the man behind the covers for my 11 of my releases (a few haven’t come out yet and this number will surely grow!).

What I’ve also been yelling about frequently for a few years as well – is that Mason is a fantastic writer. It’s almost to the point of me bullying him to hurry up and release ‘Crawley’s House,’ a novella that blew me away.

So, it was a pleasant surprise when I saw him announce the release of the short story ‘The Salesman.’ To be fair, part of the surprise was I had been hounding him to submit this story to a few places for the better part of the last 6 months, but I’m glad to see it arrive.

‘The Salesman’ follows our main character Tom. He needs a fresh start, so he searches out the mysterious Salesman to make that happen. We get a great flashback that tells us just why he needs this redo and then things go bonkers.

It was released on Amazon yesterday (January 7th, 2020) and will be free today and the next three days after!

If you want a really fun, quick read, please go snag it!

5/5

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Piece of Me Arrives! Plus Year in Review!

It lives!

Happy release day to Piece of Me!

This is my third novel and (holy hell!) 6th release this year! What the heck!

Piece of Me is a love story. Set within the backdrop of an epic-fantasy/horror landscape, we follow our main character Kari as she struggles to survive and ultimately searches for her husband and son.

Early reviews have been kind and I absolutely love this story. I really hope you all do as well.

Featuring another stunning cover by Mason McDonald, adapted by a photo my father-in-law Peter took, we return to the same land that my short stories ‘For Balder Walks,’ and ‘Poppa?’ are set in.

The ebook is only $0.99 until middle February! Paperback is live, so snag it and enjoy!

As a bonus, this comes with the short stories ‘For Balder Walks,’ ‘Poppa?’ and ‘Krampus Comes Calling.’ The third story actually drops today as well, Friday the 13th on Kendall Reviews.

You can find it right here;

{Christmas Feature/Exclusive Fiction} Krampus Comes Calling: Steve Stred

All three are related to ‘Piece of Me’ but can be enjoyed on their own. I figured it would be neat for you readers to have them all together in one place!

 

Now, I mentioned I had a heavy release year.

This year saw the arrivals of ‘The Girl Who Hid in the Trees,’ ‘The Stranger,’ ‘Ritual,’ ‘The Night Crawls In,’ and ‘The One That Knows No Fear.’

‘Ritual’ and ‘The One That Knows No Fear’ are both available as $0.99 ebooks as well!

In other writing news from this year;

  • I had drabbles accepted in 100 Word Horrors Volume 3 and 4. Volume 3 is already out, Volume 4 will be coming shortly.
  • I had drabbles accepted in Forest of Fear and 100 Word Zombie Bites.
  • I had a short story accepted into Aphotic Realms Halloween Issue
  • I have a drabble accepted for release early next year in an Insignia release for Japanese Fantasy Drabbles.
  • I’ve also had three short story acceptances in three soon to be announced projects!

It’s been a very productive year!

For links to those, please check it out in my menu!

Alright – year in review stuff.

Books: as of typing this up, I’ve read 212 books. I’m hoping to finish at 225, but we’ll see.

I’ll have a full ‘Best Of 2019’ list over on Kendall Reviews at the start of January, but my favourite book of the year;

The Homecoming – Andrew Pyper

I mean, come on. My favourite author firing perfectly on all cylinders? Pacific North West Mansion with a crazy stipulation. Just outstanding.

Check out my full review here;

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2615577642?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

Snag a copy here;

 

Best Album;

Misery Index – Rituals of Power

From start to finish, this album rips. Crushing, melodic, emotional and savage. Everything I love about heavy music.

 

Best Movie;

No clue. I’ve pretty much stopped watching movies and TV shows. I just don’t have the time and they don’t engage me like they used to do.

Best Moment;

The return of The Ghost Inside. What this band has been through. Jesus. But seeing their return and knowing they’re still fighting – unbelievable.

 

Alright. Well, it’s been a blast. I hope 2019 has treated you well and I hope you keep crushing it in 2020.

As for me – what’s next?

I’ll be focusing on getting ‘The Boy Whose Room Was Outside’ done and ready for my first release of 2020. So keep watching for that.

This is my last blog post until probably January 3rd. That may stretch out until the 10th, we’ll see how hectic things are.

So, until then – have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Years, and all the best to you and your families and loved ones!

See you in 2020.

Steve

Did You Know I Also Write Kids Stuff?

Happy Friday!

First off – I just want to thank everyone who liked, shared or messaged about the Black Friday Roundup Post! I have heard a few of the authors that were in there had some great numbers – which means more readers! How awesome is that!

Secondly – thank you to everyone for showing ‘The One That Knows No Fear’ some love on its release day! I’ve so honoured to be included in the Demain Publishing Family and really love this quick tale! If you haven’t snagged it – the ebook is only $0.99US!

Lastly – in the horror world stuff – two quick things;

1 – ‘Ritual’ is still seeing some love! Thanks to those folks grabbing this – remember the ebook will always be $0.99US! In the horror world there is are revered awards every year named after a famous author who wrote a book about a vampire, and somehow ‘Ritual’ has ended up on a list of books for folks involved with that to be read!!! What the heck!!! I don’t want to offend anyone involved (there are strict protocols) which is why this is vague-ish, but that brought a smile to my face.

2 – ‘Piece of Me.’ It is done. I have to re-read my afterword one last time, then I’ll be loading it to Amazon. Official release date – Friday the 13th. Ebook price for the first two months will be $0.99. It will include the short stories ‘For Balder Walks,’ ‘Poppa?’ and a short story that will be featured on Kendall Reviews also on the 13th – all set in the same world.  There will be a short pre-order for this I would suspect, just the way I do it so that the paperback will be live at the same time as the ebook. So keep an eye out!

OK – now for the bread and butter.

Kids Books!

Did you know I have three kids books out already? I don’t usually pump them much or share them much – because I want absolutely no confusion between the horror stuff and the kid friendly releases. The covers are pretty self explanatory. I attempted to release them under a pen name – SD Sky, but Amazon blocked that, so I just kept them as is.

Here are the three;

Book 1:

‘Gabe & the A Word’ was written specifically for my nephew Gabe. Gabe has high-functioning autism. I wrote this action story to show him that autism is just a word, just a diagnosis and that he can be whatever he wants to be! This one also includes ‘Auryn Meets the Dragon,’ which was is short story number 1 in a planned collection for my son.

I licensed the cover art from a website, but it really does encapsulate the feeling!

Ebook is $0.99 and also available in paperback!

Book 2:

‘Layne Meets Lefty & Knuckles,’ is my second kids release. I wrote this for Gabe’s younger brother Layne. I didn’t want him to feel left out, so I made him into a superhero! This one also features the story ‘Gabe and Layne : The Battle to Save the Playground,’ where the brother’s unite to vanquish an enemy!

Cover art is done by the fantastic Terri Ann Ewing McDaniel!

Ebook is $0.99 and also available in paperback!

Book 3:

‘Ayrielle and Willow Band Together!’ is the third release in the kids series. This one is written for my nieces Ayrielle and Willow and follows them as they need to save the world twice! I wrote this as a girl-power book for them, showing that they can accomplish anything!

Since this has come out – my sister Melina has had another girl – so I’ll be needing to write a 4th book in the kids series!

Cover art was once again handled by Terri Ann Ewing McDaniel!

Ebook is only $0.99 and as of writing this – the paperback is currently 50% off on Amazon US!

I have already discussed this but in 2020 – my first release will be ‘The Boy Whose Room Was Outside.’

The Boy Whose Room Was Outside Cover

This is being released specifically as a bridge release – for those who want to read my work but find my normal stuff scary or too horrific. It is the flipside to ‘The Girl Who Hid in the Trees.’

It will feature artwork from all of my nieces, nephews and my son and also has some gorgeous artwork from Sandra and Miranda!

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Mason McDonald delivered a great cover!

Watch for full release details coming up!

Next week – the 13th, will be my final blog post of the year. It will be a release day post for ‘Piece of Me,’ as well as quick year in review.

Thank you all for being a part of this 2019 ride!

Cheers

Steve

 

 

 

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS!

Hey all! So this weeks Friday Blog Post is for the readers!

I tweeted out asking for authors having anything for Black Friday for Kindle type deals and got a good response! Please find them here.

All links are US (except page links) and prices are subject to change – so apologies – I’ve done my best to list them correctly! ** As always Amazon can sometimes be uncooperative.

ART

  • over on Instagram user Retech_org will be having an art sale. Take a look and see if anything catches your eye! Various discounts, but could make for a great Xmas gift for a loved one ; Instagram.com/retech_org/

PACKAGES

  • Hunter Shea has some amazing Hellion packages for sale – signed books, pins stickers etc. email him at huntershea1@gmail.com for details!

GIVING TUESDAY

  • The amazing Sonora Taylor is having a Giving Tuesday donation event. On Tuesday, December 3rd, for every copy of her books sold she’ll be donating $1 to the DC Central Kitchen (https://dccentralkitchen.org/) and for every copy of ‘Please Give’ sold she’ll donate $2. Fantastic initiative and Sonora is an amazing author!

 

  • West Virginia University Press is having a 30% off sale with discount code Holiday19. This also includes Valerie Nieman’s Appalachian Horror release!
  • https://wvupressonline.com/

 

 

 

  • Apex Book Company will be having a 50% off Black Friday sale this weekend! Check out their amazing releases – this is on print and digital!
  • https://www.apexbookcompany.com/

 

  • Cody Tuff’s release Ration will be a part of that Apex Book Company Black Friday Sale, but if you are looking just for it;

 

  • V. Castro’s fantastic vampire story ‘Maria The Wanted and the Legacy of The Keepers (The Keepers Series Book 1)’ just turned one and in celebration she has it on sale for $0.99
  • The third book in Beverley Lee’s Gabriel Davenport series ‘The Purity of Crimson’ is on sale for $0.99!
  • ‘The Cult Called Freedom House’ by Stephanie Evelyn will be free for five days starting on Black Friday!

 

  • ‘Dead Aware: A Zombie Journey (Dead Aware Book 1)’ by Eleanor Merry will be $0.99 all weekend!

 

  • Michael Clark’s ‘The Patience of a Dead Man’ is free!
  • Kelly Evans has some of her books on sale for $0.99 including these two;

 

 

  • Alyson Faye’s ‘Trio of Terror – Supernatural Tales’ will be free on Friday and Saturday!

 

  • Eve Harms ‘The Secret Name (Kendra Temples: The Demonic Diaries Book 1)’ is available for free!

 

  • A.C. McDowell will have ten free copies of their novella ‘OFF.’ Message direct on Twitter. If you miss out, you can still snag it on Amazon.

 

  • Kevin J. Kennedy will be having his three Xmas Horror Collection’s for 99P which I think works out to be about $1.30

 

 

 

  • ‘The Portable Horrors of CJ Bow’ by CJ Bow is on $0.99 deal. Definitely a must read!

 

  • The always fantastic Glenn Rolfe has three of his books on sale for $0.99 right now. He’ll also be doing a Q & A over at the Facebook page “Books of Horror,” so go check that out!

 

 

 

  • E. Reyes will have both his collections for $0.99 on the 29th!

 

  • Probably the biggest Black Friday sale I’m seeing for an author is the amazing Michael Patrick Hicks! All of his ebooks are only $0.99 including the fantastic ‘Revolver,’ ‘Broken Shells,’ ‘Mass Hysteria,’ and ‘The Resurrectionists.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Aiden Merchant has announced his collection/omnibus ‘Nineteen’ will be on sale for $0.99. Almost 700 pages for short stories. Amazon is taking it’s sweet time to publish it, but as of right now it’s available on Barnes & Noble

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/nineteen-aiden-merchant/1135155832?ean=2940163735020

 

**Edited to add

  • David Sodergren has both his fantastic books – The Forgotten Island and Night Shoot on sale for $0.99 this weekend!
  • Last, but not least – ME! I have two Kindle freebies for you as thanks!

 

And as always – Ritual is only $0.99

 

If anything comes up on my radar today or tomorrow morning, I’ll add it to the list! Otherwise enjoy and thanks for checking this out. I just wanted to put something together to make life easier for everyone and hopefully folks won’t miss out on some good deals!

Piece of Me – Coming December 15th!

Hello! Happy Friday, friends!!

Hope this week has been going well.

As you may have previously seen – I’d had planned for ‘Piece of Me‘ to come out on December 1st. Due to some happenings (which I wish I could say more of – but can’t just yet!) I’m pushing it back to the 15th. You’ll know exactly why in the next weekish here and it’s a great reason!

So let’s chat a bit more about ‘Piece of Me.’

Piece of Me

Prepare to return to the world that first appeared in ‘For Balder Walks.’

I had an idea pestering me for some time after writing Balder. I wanted to expand upon the world that I’d created and bring some life to the ‘other things’ that might inhabit that world.

I also found that as time went on, I wasn’t really writing any strong female characters. Maybe it’s my comfort level of writing male based stuff, but the only female based characters I’d really created were Rose, Jane & Penny from ‘Jane: the 816 Chronicles,’ and a lot of people seem to really love those characters.

So, I took some time and created my character first. I jotted out Kari in as complete form as I could. What her childhood had been like, her family, her life arc. Then I started to fill in the details. Then, in true Steve fashion, I took some time to create something devastating for her. And thus the path was laid before her about what this story would be about.

There has been some really stunning pre-release reviews from people already. I have to say – it’s made me pretty emotional seeing this one come together and then finding out other people are getting just what I’ve attempted.

“This story is akin to an adult fairy tale that melds horror with wonder, sparing no details of violence or trickery. Ultimately, it forces the main character to face irreversible hard choices, which she confronts with aplomb. Reading this book is like watching an epic movie in your head.” – Janie C – Goodreads review.

At it’s heart – Piece of Me is a story that follows a woman who will do absolutely anything to be reunited with her family. A decade ago, her husband and son left on a hunting trip – wanting to pad their food supplies before the winter arrived. They never came home.

So, now Kari waits for them.

This is a dark, epic fantasy with hard horror leanings. There are creatures that live in the dark, there are predators that hunt humans and there are other humans who want to stay alive when food is dwindling in such a harsh climate.

“Stred not only wove this beautiful, harrowing story of friendship and deception and sacrifice, he also built an entire world full of desolate landscapes, terrifying and hideous beasts, this world, the world beyond, and the realms between. He crafted his story so we, the readers, do not just read the feelings and emotions of the characters, of the world.” – Lauren, Goodreads review.

Before I’d wrapped up ‘Piece of Me,’ I’d actually written another short story set in the same world.

‘Poppa?’ was something I’d had in a short form for some time, trying to execute into a longer narrative. I ended up editing and modifying it for feature during last year’s Christmas Celebration at Kendall Reviews.

You can read it here;

Christmas At Kendall Reviews: ‘The Girl Who Hid In The Trees’ Author Steve Stred delivers a wonderful ‘festive’ short entitled ‘Poppa?’

Both ‘For Balder Walks,’ and ‘Poppa?’ will be included with the release of ‘Piece of Me’ as a bonus. For Christmas at Kendall Reviews this year, a third short that takes place in that world will also be available, one that tells us a bit about a character in ‘Piece of Me’ that we never find out what happens to them. See keep an eye out for that.

“The world that MC Kari lives in is a brutal, frozen, cold and unforgiving place! The landscape is filled with valleys, hills, mountains, rivers and forests that during the winter months are frozen, windswept and covered in snow measured by the foot! Creatures inhabit these forests, creatures of the night!” – Valerie, Goodreads review.

As for the release of ‘Piece of Me’ – it will be available in ebook and paperback again. At this point, I’ll only be doing these two versions, but will absolutely be doing a limited hardcover at some point. The cover is gorgeous.

This was created by my usual artist Mason McDonald. My father in law – Peter Lush took a stunning photo of his fire pit for me in Fort McMurray, which I then had Mason modify and adjust to be used.

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“Piece of Me is a tale of the all consuming darkness of grief and what it does to the person or persons it touches. Stred has done a fabulous job in showcasing this without pandering to stereotypes or being overly sympathetic – this is not a pity party. But due to his fresh and bold approach at detailing grief, Stred has created a tale that is unlike anything you would have read before.” – Ross Jeffery, Author of Juniper

The ebook will be a last celebration for you all. This year has been an absolutely outstanding year for me both on the writing side and on the reviewing side – but more importantly – on the personal side. I’ve connected with so many great people and forged fantastic friendships. I love helping to support everyone and build folks up – and to everyone who does that to my stuff – thank you!

I never want price to be a barrier to enjoying my stuff. Yes, I need to be paid for my work – all artists should, but as things grow and expand, I can still offer some discounts where and when I can.

So for the first two months – from December 15th, 2019 until February 15th, 2020 – the Piece of Me ebook will be $0.99 US as a thanks. After that it will return to the usually $2.99 rate that I usually have all of my ebooks set at!

“Kari is a great protagonist: pitted against a largely male cast of men and monsters, all of whom harbor their own plans for her, she knows and relies on her own beliefs and talents.” – BP Gregory, Author of Flora & Jim

“While I’ve given you a starting point of the plot, this piece has depth I can’t begin to describe without spoilers. You will enjoy the pull of magic, a trip into other realms and planes of existence, and more wonderful, hideous creatures than you know what to do with.” – Zen Bookworm, Goodreads review

As for the paperback, I’m not sure on the pricing yet. I always try and keep them fair and low, but with this cover, I may need to a gloss finish (like Invisible) and let it pop!

“I’m ever amazed by this authors huge imagination to bring stories to life, characters you cry over and the emotional response he brings to you.” – Kim Napolitano, Goodreads review

A lot of the mythology in ‘Piece of Me’ was inspired by Norse and Scandinavian history. I did use my author imagination to modify and adjust as needed – so apologies, no offence is meant to anyone from those regions.

To say I’m excited for this release is an understatement. It’s a story that I absolutely adore and I think the character of Kari may become my all time fave character – both a character I’ve created, but anyone who enjoys my stuff will fall for her.

I hope you all will enjoy.

Ritual

I just want to touch on Ritual a bit, because it’s the little train that could. This thing is still chugging along and I’m really surprised and pleased with the response. I’ve said it a few times – but I expected a lot of 1 and 2 star reviews for this one because of the depraved content. That most seem to think it was a fun read, says a lot about just how diverse the horror reading world is!

So thank you!

Remember – it’s always a $0.99US ebook!

 

Lastly – I want to touch on some music I’m digging and what’s up in life!

Music;

If you’ve read my blog or followed my tweets or even enjoyed my Tunes From the Crypt feature on Kendall Reviews – you’ll know I love Hardcore.

Well – the godfathers of Hardcore have a number album coming out and they’ve just released a new song – and it crushes.

Agnostic Front – Spray Painted Walls

 

Gatecreeper – Everlasting

These guys just pummel and the new album is ferocious. Would love to see them live!

 

Dimmu Borgir – Mourning Palace (Live)

One of my fave Borgir tunes, this band was played in heavy rotation while writing Piece of Me. One thing I love about this video is the one orchestra member who is clearly a Dimmu fan!

 

Cradle of Filth – Blackest Magick in Practice.

Another stunning song from a band I love. This was also in heavy rotation during the writing. Dig it!

 

To wrap this longer post up – life has been great, if not hectic. I’m still getting over the remnants of a head cold and we’ve been hit with snow! Mr. Man is now getting excited for Christmas stuff – the lights, Frosty and Reindeer, so I think this holiday season will be really neat.

Hope all is well with you and your’s!

Take care and chat soon

Steve

My horrible-erotic-Santa-porn-poem

So, yesterday over on our Kendall Reviews group Twitter message, we were brainstorming about Christmas content ideas for the blog.

I was bored, in between stuff to do at work, so I jokingly said I’d submit an erotic poem instead of a story. If you know me, I don’t really stop unless told to with ideas I run on with, so no one said otherwise.

So I wrote a 300+ erotic Santa poem on my phone while standing by our one orthotic grinder.

I’m posting it here for two reasons;

1 – I ran a poll on Twitter asking if people would want to read it. An amazing 86% of respondents said – Yes, ya perv – they wanted to read it.

2 – The second is that this gives you the specific choice if you actually want to read it. If you don’t that’s fine – it’s highly inappropriate, juvenile and best left on the wall of a washroom stall at a rest stop. But I didn’t want to share it as a tweet on Twitter and randomly offend someone who was scrolling and came across it.

*I did change a few random words from the original, simply to make it more readable ie matter versus mattered etc. It was written off the cuff so I wasn’t worried about spelling errors etc. Fixed those here as well.

SO YOU’VE BEEN FOREWARNED!

TURN BACK NOW OR FACE CERTAIN DEATH

FOR THE PATH BEFORE YOU… AH HELL, IF YOU DON’T WANT TO READ IT – STOP NOW!

 

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Last chance!

Ok – here’s my highly inappropriate Santa Clause erotic porn poem

Enjoy.

XXX-Mas Poem

 

It was the 24th of December and all was not well

Santa’s candy cane shaft was swollen as hell

Mrs. Clause had him refused any relief

So Santa went searching for an elf under a tree

 

The halls had been decked

The cookies did crumble

When Santa’s sack finally exploded

The entire earth – it did rumble

 

The reindeer waited, nibbling on carrots

Hoping the elf wouldn’t come out and share it

They’d been at the receiving end one too many times

The last, poor Rudolph nearly lost his good eye

 

When Santa returned he had a pep in his step

The elf’s face showed he was out of his depth

But the people of earth all received quite a gift

Cuz instead of semen that poor elf swallowed piss.

So gifts in his bag and the sled onward home

I sat on the couch waiting for Santa’s foam.

 

My mom had just made a Costco trip

An industrial sized vat of lube was top of my list

So towels laid out and my pants ‘round my ankles

I scooped out the goop and prepared to be mangled

 

I heard some noise near the chimney – oh yes,

So I got into position, my ass waiting for the best

Some soot and dust sprinkled the air

As the big man arrived and forcefully took a fistful of hair

 

“On knees, on fours, on Christmas eve,” he shouted

I saw a red hat thrown before me as I was mounted

Then from the stairs there came such a clatter

It was my mother and her friends who did matter

 

They all laughed and giggled at my predicament

You see, from their angle they could view my little friend

 

But before the man could finish and dash off into the night

My brother yelled “got ya!” and turned on the light

It wasn’t no big man delivering the goods

But our dog Brutus all slobbery, howling for food.

END

 

 

Positive Week Wrap Up!

Hey all! Happy Friday! Out here, today we have freezing rain and a snow fall warning in surrounding areas! So Halloween left and things have gone all Pete Tong on us.

This week has been a tough one in the horror world. From an Edmonton Nazi being exposed after he threatened a female reviewer and then told her she should end her life, to the ChiZine explosion – it’s been horrible.

So – let’s be positive here, yeah?

I’m gonna run through a few things, but will try and keep it brief!

Exclusive Drabbles

Gonna share two drabbles here for you! Drabbles are exactly 100 word stories, not counting the title.

Father Time.

The man lay down on the ground, before the village elder and their council.

He lay there as the sands of time swallowed him whole.

Years went by, then decades. Eventually centuries had buried the man, his memory and the why of him being covered in the first place.

It wasn’t until the gnomes were digging out a new tunnel system, looking for their precious gems that a pick-axe did strike the man’s feet.

He let out a yell and struggled to sit up.

The gnomes helped him to get free.

“Thank you my friends,” he said with a smile.

 

Leprechaun

Dave had wanted to kiss Shannon since he was five years old.

Now it was just the two of them, here in the cemetery, watching the stars above.

“Shannon,” he started before a noise behind them caught their attention.

“What was that?”

They both stood, squinting into the dark.

Dave pictured a mad man rushing them then, chainsaw raised high, engine noise cutting through the silence of the night.

Instead, they heard another noise behind them. Whirling around, they saw a small, ugly creature standing on top of a tombstone.

“Boo,” it said before laughing and pouncing onto the two.

 

Ritual

Ritual is the novella that keeps on repulsing! Thank you to everyone who has checked it out, read it and reviewed it. Currently on Goodreads it has 50 ratings and 34 reviews! That’s insanity for me. It came out only six weeks ago!! Thank you thank you thank you!

If you haven’t grabbed it yet – it’s always gonna be $0.99US for the ebook!

 

Daisy’s House – Kendall Reviews Exclusive Halloween Fiction.

If you missed it, during the Halloween week, Kendall Reviews had a stunning array of features – from a fantastic short story by Andrew Cull, to amazing tales from Aiden Merchant and A.S MacKenzie, and really great offerings from Jen Sullivan and Miranda Crites. To finish it off we even got new fiction from Michelle Enelen and Tarn Richardson! There were great interviews, reviews etc. Gavin was also kind enough to let me offer up my story Daisy’s House. This is a really twisted Haunted House story. As it is almost 3000 words exactly, I asked if he’d prefer it split into three parts, which he felt would work great. So if you missed it;

Part One;

{Halloween Feature} Daisy’s House – Part 1: Steve Stred (Exclusive Fiction)

Part Two;

{Halloween Feature} Daisy’s House – Part 2: Steve Stred (Exclusive Fiction)

Part Three;

{Halloween Feature} Daisy’s House – Part 3: Steve Stred (Exclusive Fiction)

If you are looking for the complete Halloween wrap up on Kendall Reviews – look no further!

Halloween 2019 Archive

Lastly on the Halloween front – my short story ‘The Next Taste’ was kindly accepted and featured in Aphotic Realm’s Halloween Edition!

https://www.amazon.com/Halloween-Aphotic-Realm-Magazine/dp/1704153662/

What I’m Working On;

I’ve recently entered the Annihilation Radiation Short Story Competition hosted by Storgy.  When you sign up, you will be emailed when your story is occuring; before, during, or after. I was assigned ‘during’ and am pretty pleased where this short is taking me.

For more details;

ANNIHILATION RADIATION: Short Story Competition

I’m also working on a short story for a fellow author as part of his newsletter promo. My story relates to his biggest hit and takes place within the shared universe for it. There is myself and 3 other authors all contributing to this anthology, which will eventually come out as an ebook and paperback as well. Really exciting and I look forward to sharing more details as I’m allowed!

Acceptance!

Recently, I shared on Twitter that I had received an acceptance from one of my top 5 places I was always hoping to work with. I can’t wait to fully announce this! This group puts out some stunning stuff and I’m very proud to have a release included with the stable of authors they’ve worked with so far.

 

Giveaways!

Ok – I’ll wrap this up with notes on two giveaways!

The first – Kendall Reviews. The details have been finalized, now I’m just waiting for Gavin to host it. I recently passed 1500 Twitter followers (insane!) and had my 150th review hosted on KR (insanity!). So we’ll be giving away a US Walmart exclusive Hellraiser Chatterer Funko! Pop. Really exciting! Keep an eye on that.

 

Miranda Crites Giveaway!

Directly related to the above paragraph, when I passed 1500 my friend Miranda congratulated me. Miranda posts a ton of great stuff; shorts, poems, and amazing amazing artwork and photos. She’s even kindly helped out with some artwork for next years release ‘The Boy Whose Room Was Outside.’

I said we should get her to 1000 followers! She’s one of the most supportive Twitter friends out there!

So we’re doing a giveaway!

For full details, check out her blog post here!

https://mirandacritesreadsandwrites.wordpress.com/2019/11/06/giveaway-time/

 

All right! That’s it.

Be kind out there folks, the world needs to smile.

Steve

Book Review – The Twenty-Ninth Day by Alex Messenger

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Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for letting me check this one out.
If you’ve followed any of my reviews, or even read any of my work – you’ll know I have a soft spot for woods based thrillers/horror.
I grew up in a small town in the middle of nowhere in BC, Canada. Hunting was a part of life and my grandfather had a trap line for many, many years. It was a way for him to bring in some extra money when he was laid off from logging. The wild has always been something that I’ve been told to respect. Things can change in an instant, no matter how well prepared you are.

This is the case for Alex and his group. Part of a wilderness survival type group – Alex and the other’s head off far north, into the Canadian tundra, on a journey of a lifetime. Essentially 30 days of back country survival, living off of the land and testing their personal boundaries.

On day 29 – disaster. Alex is mauled by a grizzly bear. Now it’s a fight against time – against infection, the possibility of rabies as well as the land itself.

The book itself flows along nicely. We get some fantastic wilderness descriptions and the accompanying photos were a nice touch.

Some people might be put off that the ‘attack’ part isn’t a long section, but this is real life, not a movie. Grizzlies work to kill their prey quick, exerting as little energy as possible. Why Alex survived, who knows? But he did.

I really enjoyed the portion after the attack. We get to see the group band together and do what it takes to make sure their partner and friend makes it out alive.

I liked hearing the follow up at the end, how he was doing post attack. And while this may sound morbid – my only gripe were there were no photos of the attack damage. I think this would have really solidified just how phenomenal of an ordeal this was.

Really great read, made my heart hammer my chest when the bear arrived, but kudos on telling a very level survival story.

5/5