August 12

Through the Eyes of Fiction

I’ve heard voices inside my head for as long as I can remember. While walking to school, back when I was a teen, I’d even catch myself having conversations with them. These voices slaved me, but I neither feel oppressed nor depressed because of them. I learned to manage, as I grew older. And that is how I discovered fiction.

The voices inside my head belonged to people, real people, but there were certain aspects of those conversations that required secrecy and anonymity. In other words, to say what I really wanted to say, without filters, might not always be the right way to approach a situation. Some folks will get offended if I come out and say precisely where everything I hear comes from.

In many ways, writing is like gossiping, but on paper. The only difference between me and everyone else is that I gossip way too much.

Take Waterless, for example, a novel I wrote almost a decade ago. It takes place in a dystopian Santa Barbara (one none of us would ever want to see), where someone tried to keep a decent group of Christians from performing a charitable community work only because an ill-intentioned message spread around the city, claiming that there was something fishy in the works.

Something was in the works, but there was nothing fishy about it.

More than a novel, Waterless is a possible, yet unwanted reality. People don’t want to face this weird idea because it is terrifying. Now, imagine that you combine that with a group of citizens who, despite living together, have different opinions on the subject? When one spouse seems to worship the water, the other doesn’t give a flying fuck about it.
Anyway, we are always going to have Coca-Cola, right?
Yeah, but, what if all the liquids evaporate at once?
Waterless is the product of a nightmare I had five years ago, a night when I actually had to sleep naked because it was so fucking hot.
Don’t sweat it. Just read it.

January 30

My Favorite Transgressive Fiction Books

Recently I posted a blog explaining what Transgressive Fiction was. By doing so, my mind started to go back in time and think about the books I’ve read, the ones that sparked my interest in this genre. For a while, I’ve had my transgressive story idea, something real but at the same time lunatic, raw and a tad adventurous. Nevertheless, my penchant for writing horror kept me away from it. But it was there. It never left. It was like an itch you have because you haven’t taken a proper shower in over a week. Gross.  I’m glad it never went away, though. Now you can find the novel, the first of a series, on good ol’ Amazon. Before you do that, however, why don’t you take a look at these books I’ve read in the past, the ones that started up that itch in me?

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January 19

Ramblings of a Crazy Mind

I did it. It’s been awhile. As I work the night shift at my job (yes, I actually have a job) I am finally able to publish Ramblings Of A Crazy Mind. The ironic part is that I wrote in three days because I was getting writer’s block on another story I was writing. You could say I wrote this story out of anger and frustration. But it worked. Or so my friends who edited it told me. I don’t want to give you a synopsis here because I’d rather let you read it and tell me what you think.

But there is something else.

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January 10

Reading List For 2018

With so much calamity going on in the world, it is refreshing to be a horror fan. We always look for ways to find the disastrous, the destructive and the deadly in every interaction we have. Does that make us bad people? Not really. Sometimes recognizing the bad helps us rejoice in the good. For now, let’s talk about something bad, shall we? Last year, I was pleased to read a number of great horror writers and, after reading On Writing by Stephen King, I also decided to take advantage of the reading list he recommends. Outside of that list, though, and inspired by my constant search for something creepy to read, I stumbled upon some upcoming titles that I will dive in 2018.

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August 9

Best Horror Books Of 2017

Another year has passed, delivering us a terrible bounty of new horror books to terrify us on quiet nights. Taken together, 2017’s best horror books were a little more introspective than last year’s, striking at the heart and bringing us visceral scares, from Scott Thomas’s psychologically affecting house of horrors in Kill Creek, to the raw rage and grief at the center of Paul Cornell’s Chalk, to the deeply humanist horror of Jeremy Robert Johnson’s Entropy in Bloom and the deeply feminist body horror of Carmen Maria Machado’s unparalleled short fiction. But beyond just hitting us in the (bad) feels, the year also gave us a new all-star gateway anthology, an eerie pastoral-gothic debut, new novels by returning favorites, and otherworldly delights—both fictional and non-fictional.

These are the best horror books of 2017.

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