Wednesday, September 12, 2018

When They Turn

Oh man, I am super excited to announce that my new horror novelette, When They Turn: The Miller Massacre has been released on Amazon!

When They Turn is the story of Debbie, an unhappy housewife living in the suburbs of 1950's America.  Obsessed with keeping up appearances and living in constant fear of the bomb, she never sees what's coming.

When all the men in town seemingly go murderously insane, it's up to Debbie and her friends to fight for their own survival and escape the town of Miller, before their husbands get the best of them.

This gristly novelette will keep you turning the pages, if only to see who will survive the Miller massacre.  

The Story Behind the Story

Okay, so those of you who follow me on Twitter or Twitch may remember that I participated in the 3 Day Novel Contest over Labor Day weekend this year.

I'll admit right now, I only lasted the first two days, writing over 10,000 words in something like eighteen hours of live streaming.  It was a pretty grueling undertaking, but what came out of it was a novelette I lovingly called Murder, Mayhem and Meatloaf.

Yeah, the title didn't stick.  I was worried people might think it was some kind of 50's cozy mystery, so I went back to the drawing board on that one.  The novelette, however, stayed strong.  I was going to stick it in a drawer until I'd finished the Third Shift series, but I started editing it anyway.

As tends to be the case with a lot of my concepts, the idea of 50's housewives facing off against zombie hordes (or similar, as the case may be) had been knocking around in my head for a while, pretty much ever since I saw some pieces by Kelly Reemsten.  She has this amazing series of paintings of women from the shoulders down in party dresses, holding sledgehammers or chainsaws.  They really set my imagination going.

It was strange though, I set out to write a stylish horror story, maybe a little tongue-in-cheek, like Cthulhu's Car Park, but what I ended up with was much more dark and serious.  It may have been the manner in which it was written, the fact that there was a lot of strain and pressure during the creative process, but I found it very emotionally draining.  I even gave myself nightmares, which hadn't really happened before.  In short, writing When They Turn was a trip.

I now find myself thinking about continuing the project beyond the scope of this novelette, but if I do, it probably won't be right away, unless you guys really like it, in which case, I'll definitely give it some more consideration.

Anyway, When They Turn: The Miller Massacre is available now on Amazon, and free to read for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.  I hope you enjoy it.

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