So seeing as James was already a guest here once and answered my questions I asked him to if he could send me a guest blog this time around. He obliged, after I sent him some inspiration, and I am sure you will agree that the article makes for very interesting reading.
I hope you enjoy the guest blog and will take the time to check out the Deacon Chalk Series. Oh and enter the contest! You could win a copy of the new release or the debut. Winners choice!
Amber hit me with a great idea for inspiration for this guest blog and I am eternally grateful. Creatures I would like to bring into my books.
Oh damn. This is going to get interesting.
Okay, to cover the intro, I have already worked with zombies in my short story "He Stopped Loving Her Today" from One Buck Horror. In the Deacon Chalk books (The Deaconverse) I dealt with a Nosferatu in THAT THING AT THE ZOO. Novel 1, BLOOD AND BULLETS, gave us vampires, Were-Spiders, a cursed immortal, a Were-Gorilla, and a family of Tengu who own a drive thru sushi joint. SPIDER'S LULLABY let me bring you killer ghost spiders, a 1500 year old dragon living as a Russian hitman, a sorcerous Yakuza assassin, and a Japanese demon.
Book 2, BLOOD AND SILVER, which hits August 7th we really explore lycanthropy in the Deaconverse and things get wild indeed. (As a side note, I have turned in novella 3, CIRCUS OF BLOOD, and novel 3, BLOOD AND MAGICK. I got to explore witchcraft and magick in the Deaconverse.)
In various Deacon short stories the main man has taken on a Filipino vampire, a Boogey man, and a Wendigo.
I have covered a lot of ground in the supernatural world, and I have been able to put my own twist on it all. I gave vampires a new origin, set a more realistic set of parameters for lycanthropy, and did some great things with demons and witches. So what in the world is left?
I have a story I am writing now (not a Deacon novel) that stars another elder god of the Lovecraft Mythos. It is an almost straight horror book, heavy on the blood, the guts, and the gore. I have a weird western starring a survivor of the Donner Party massacre and some truly terrifying desert monsters. I also have a strange psuedo-film noir/hardboiled detective gonzo horror with a giant worm and a cult.
In the future Deacon books these are things you will see: Chupacabra, Hunter/Killer cyborgs from an alternate future, Dragonslayers, a family of demons who look like the scariest clowns you have ever seen, unicorns (no I am not kidding), demon hands that use murdered people like puppets, a doppleganger, Nephilim (Human and Angel offspring), the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, a coked-up Elven Prince, a goblin, The Beast of Revelation, skinhead Werewolves, Pamarindo's, Were-Pomeranians, The Wyrm That Dieth Not, and probably a wannabe Antichrist.
Buckle up y'all, it's gonna be a helluva ride.
Deacon Chalk Series
# 0.5 - That Thing at the Zoo
# 1 - Blood & Bullets
# 1.5 - Spider's Lullaby
# 2 - Blood & Silver (Due out on the 7th of August)
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