Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Tales From The Banks Of The Mighty Mutagenic, The Conclusion

It got away from me over the the holiday weekend, but better late than never! Today we finally reach the end of our journey to the strange alternate world our vampires have found themselves flung headlong into...and find out who made it and who didn't.

Tommy and Dorian seem to have finally shaken the pursuit of the blind dead, thanks to a little residual molecular dragging courtesy Katheryne's decoherence torus (remember that doohickey?), and had just heard the sound of a mighty V8 engine firing up in the woods. Good news? Maybe. Bad news? Well, with the way this trip has been going, that's a pretty fair estimation, I'd say.

Our finale is short but sweet (maybe), and after today, I'll be looking into posting short stories again to help you further kill some time while you're stuck at home and staying out of trouble. Thank you to everybody who's been reading...hope you've enjoyed this trip as much as I have!

And now, let's see how it all turns out, shall we?

Friday, May 15, 2020

Tales From The Banks Of The Mighty Mutagenic, Part 7

So how about those Knights Templar Ex Mortis? What a bunch of creepy assholes!

Hope you enjoyed their appearance as much as I had writing it; I've been wanting to add them to a story for years now. They come from the Spanish Blind Dead film series, created and directed by the late, great Amando Ossorio, and while they're not what you'd call masterpieces of film-making, their atmosphere is second to none, and are well worth your time if you're a horror fanatic. I've always found them fascinating and menacing, as well as criminally-overlooked, and their inclusion in Mighty Mutagenic is my homage to these largely-forgotten gems of horror.

The Knights' appearance in Mighty Mutagenic stays largely true to their film portrayal, minus the reality-hopping and that kind of thing, so if you're a horror fiend and liked them here, I highly recommend you seek out the films! Each movie is self-contained and doesn't follow from the previous one, either, and the final one, Night Of The Seagulls, is the best-made out of all of them, so that'd be the one for a newbie to start with. I've included the long-ass trailer for it below...even if you don't watch the movie itself, the trailer gives you a good taste of the blind dead!

In the meantime, our weary vampire heroes have managed to escape from the catacombs of the blind dead, only to find that the bloodthirsty Knights Templar Ex Mortis aren't done yet. Seriously, what does it take to get home?! And after this installment, will everybody even make it home? Will anybody? The silent menace of the blind dead continues in today's installment, as our novel begins to wind down, with the conclusion coming next week. The question is, will it be a happy conclusion?

Not if the Knights Templar Ex Mortis have anything to say about it. Read on!

And if you're curious about the blind dead, check out the trailer for Night Of The Seagulls!


Friday, May 8, 2020

Tales From The Banks Of The Mighty Mutagenic, Part 6

Last week found our (mostly) intrepid vampires fleeing a horde of angry mutants and ending up in a sinister old monastery, and barely after they had a chance to catch their breath, they were besieged eerie chantings and thunderous bell-ringings. And investigation to the monastery's bell tower only led to a collapsing floor and plunge into the stygian depths beneath the creepy, abandoned town, and...

Now what?

Answers to some of the questions that've plagued our heroes from the beginning of their long strange trip, and trouble...a hell of a lot of trouble. More trouble than they might be able to handle in their weakened state, even.

I'm beyond hyped for this week's installment, because I've finally been able to include some of my favorite movie villains into a story! I don't want to go into too much detail, for the sake of spoilers, but I'll discuss them a little more at length next week. I wrote this novel purely for the fun of it, with the intent of just seeing where it went and I took the opportunity to do some things I've always wanted to, but hadn't found the right story to do it in.

In the meantime, I've included one of my favorite tracks from British doom-metal masters Cathedral to help set the mood. Like myself, Cathedral are huge fans of this week's "guest stars," and wrote no less than four songs about them over the course of their career. Even if metal's not your thing, having this on in the background will nicely help set the mood for this week's installment. Cathedral beautifully manages to capture the slow, haunting atmosphere that made the old movies so effective, and it's a song I never, ever tire of.

Enjoy...and don't let anything creep up behind you, eh?

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

You Want Books? I've Got A Few.

Been enjoying Tales From The Banks Of The Mighty Mutagenic? Want to read more adventures from the (R)Evolution By Night gang? You're in luck...there's plenty more where Mighty Mutagenic came from!

Below you'll find a listing of all the (R)Evolution By Night books currently in-print, along with an anthology appearance. All are available digitally, and with the except of the anthology, everything's available in paper, too. Plus, if you're not keen on spending money on Amazon, you can order these books from just about any other retailer!

Or you can contact me, and I'd be happy to sell you some copies direct, with no additional charge for autographs or custom greetings.

Love Is For Suckers
On a hot August night in 1987, streetwise vampire Steele is wallowing in the aftermath of a messy breakup with a succubus, and all he wants to do is go back to his apartment and sulk while listening to the new Twisted Sister album. But the fates are having none of that. After nearly getting himself killed in the attempted rescue of a pistol-packing, Harley-riding vampiress named Clarisse from a gang of brutal slimeballs, Steele finds himself on a high-speed motorcycle chase through the unforgiving streets of Los Angeles, complete with thrills, chills, and explosions aplenty!

“Love Is For Suckers” reveals the first meeting between two of the Unholy War duology’s pivotal characters. Before they waged war against a lunatic cult of vampire zealots, Steele and Clarisse fought a white-knuckle battle against
a horde of relentless bastards, forging a bond of friendship…a bond which may ultimately grow into something far greater. But before that happens, they’ve gotta avoid being splattered all over the pavement or blown to bits before the night’s over. Easier said than done, kids.

Unholy War: The Gathering Storm
Steele is a tough, streetwise old vampire who sings in a glam rock band, and he is fiercely loyal to his immortal friends, who are both powerful and playful, loyal and loving, tender and treacherous. The vampires of Hollywood are, at their hearts, human—people who’ve found a city they can call home, away from the madness and prejudice that plagued them throughout the centuries…a place where they can be happy and finally enjoy their long lives.

When the Crimson Order comes knocking with an army of revenants and werewolves, looking to restart old battles, there is absolute and utter hell to pay. No quarter will be given—this unholy war is for keeps.

Unholy War: Rage And Redemption
The Battle of Los Angeles is over and won, but not everybody made it. With one friend dead and another slipping into a hell of her own making, streetwise vampire Steele is forced to confront the spectres of his past in the form of a super-powered megalomanic hellbent on subjugating or slaying the vampires of LA.

Not only does the Crimson Order live again, but it’s more powerful than ever.

Even as the fanged champions of Hollywood fight for their lives, gentle half-blood Katheryne fights for her very soul against an all-too-real Goddess. If she fails, it’ll mean not only the fall of Los Angeles, but the start of an all-out war between vampires and mortals...a war where everybody loses.

The Unholy War duology screams to its explosive conclusion with a tale of rage and redemption in the belly of the beast.

Not Of This Earth
When four vampire friends take a trip into the woods for some much-needed rest and relaxation, they find themselves face-to-face with a terror that’s out of this world! Powerful Brandi confronts this strange and violent visitor head-on, but will her incredible supernatural might be enough to conquer a foe from the stars? Even as Brandi fights for her friends and her very life, clever Clarisse seeks to unravel the mystery behind this hulking horror, but what will she discover? And will she make a difference before the monster reaches the little town of Marshall?

In the meantime, the rough and ready duo of Steele and Stacey find that no good deed goes unpunished, as their attempt to warn Marshall of the monster’s advance lands them behind bars, with a vengeful cop holding the keys! Their odds don’t look good! As this cosmic conundrum deepens and Brandi’s fury grows, a reckoning will be had in Marshall, even as Clarisse races to prevent a terrible tragedy when the shocking truth is revealed. Who and what will be left standing when creatures of the night confront an evil that’s…NOT OF THIS EARTH?

Guns And Romances
A collection of short tales jam-packed full of action and romance, with full guns a-blazing! My (R)Evolution By Night tale, "The Dance," closes out the anthology, wherein our big, enigmatic vampire pal Wade comes face-to-face with a diminutive pain-in-the-ass from his past, and not only is she possessed of incredible strength, but she's also packing a monstrous beast of a gun, forged from meteor metal! If you've read "It's A Wicked Night, Wade!" you'll already be familiar with the likes of Raven, and know what kind of mayhem she can unleash!

Friday, May 1, 2020

Tales From The Banks Of The Mighty Mutagenic, Part 5

Well, our vampire heroes narrowly survived their brush with Mutantville's resident kaiju last week, so what now? For starters, Tommy's still stuck as a mortal, but feeling better, but Katheryne's speeder-gum-influenced power burst from last week is starting to wane...and the gang's got a whole horde of angry mutants chasing them, with torches and pitchforks, no less!

I know they're our protagonists, but it's hard to blame the residents of Mutantville, eh?

But Katheryne's got enough power left that she could wipe out the angry mob with a magick force blast, though the question is whether or not she's up for it. And even if she did, there are plenty more mutants where this mob came from!

Maybe it's time to bug out and hide somewhere while the Caddy finishes recharging? But where? That creepy old town Katheryne and Donita spied from atop the necronaut? Hell no!

But any port in a storm, as they say...even if the port has a hellish hidden history. Oh boy.

Read on via the link below, and rest assured--this tale is far from over!

Photo Credit: The Ruins of Belchite by Martin Zalba