It Comes at Night

It Comes at Night was nothing like I thought it would be. I expected a zombie flick or monsters crawling around in the darkness trying to eat the protagonist. But this film is a psychological thriller at its core and a damn smart one at that.

The gist of the plot is that a plague of some sort has decimated the world. Paul lives with his family in their remote house, away from the virus. They’re reasonable people who survive by being smart and cautious, adhering to safe routines that have thus far worked to keep them alive. But when another young family arrives at Paul’s door, his system of order is irreparably disrupted. Paranoia and fear creep in, much like the virus they’re so desperately trying to avoid, bringing with it dire consequences.

The Monsters Are Due on Maple StreetIt’s most interesting to me in the way this film explores how two families-all logical, reasonable, and pragmatic people-can be pushed to do things they’d never normally do. It reminds me of that old Twilight Zone episode, The Monsters are Due on Maple Street, where Serling posits that good people are capable of terrible things, provided they’re sufficiently afraid for themselves and their loved ones. I’ve touched on these themes in my own books, something I like to call “conditional morality”. Probably explains why I liked this film so much.

John F. Kennedy said that the only thing we have to fear, is fear itself. While it’s true that Paul and his family do have a very real virus to fear, it takes a back seat to paranoia in this tense thriller. The fear is the real threat here; it’s real and it’s deadly.

Summertime News

It seems like forever since I’ve updated, although my last post was back in April. I just finished a project, so it seemed a good time to provide an update on what’s been happening and what’s to come.

I’m about halfway through a novel I’ve named Dream Eater. Progress has been good, but with the distraction of a new job and all the summertime activities with my family, I took a break from it to write a few short stories.

As such, I now have a collection of twelve short stories collected over the past year, mostly stuff written between novels. It’s been fun just jumping into a new world every few days, compared to spending two months on a single novel. Now that I have enough short stories for a collection, I’ll be getting these copy edited and hopefully published by the end of July. If you want to be the first to know when it comes out, sign up for my mailing list. You’ll also receive a free book for signing up.

I’ve gone through some pretty upsetting job changes over the past year, so focusing on the writing has been a little challenging. But I’ve been at my new job for two months now and I’m loving it. The mental stability this provides will allow me to focus better when writing longer novels and novellas, so look for a few more books later this year.

I’ve written about 100,000 words this year and we’re halfway through it, so I’m a little behind on my goal of writing 300,000 words. But I’ve published two books so far with a third on the way. I think I can still get three more books out before year end. I plan to finish Dream Eater this year, but beyond that I’m not sure what I’ll be working on. We’ll see where the muse takes me, I suppose. No matter what, 2017 has been SO much better than 2016 was. I had high hopes for this year, and so far I haven’t been let down.

Before I go, I’ll pimp my most recent releases, Kryptos and Redemption In the Badlands. Kryptos is a “creature feature”, chock-full of monsters and folks struggling to stay alive. Redemption brings us back to the Badlands world, catching up with Pastor Dan after Ed and Jasper left for Kansas City. Reviews have been good and it was a lot of fun to write. If you dug my other Badlands books, I think you’ll like this one too. While you’re at it, you can check out all my other books here.

Until next time, take it easy.

“Redemption” Is Here!

My latest book, Redemption In the Badlands, is now available from all major ebook retailers.

Pastor Dan Owens wants to believe there’s still good left in an evil world. When he meets Lilly, he’s certain that helping this woman in need is the right thing to do.

In fact, it’s his mission in life.

But when a murderous gang kidnaps Lilly, Dan’s oath to protect her will send him down a path that no man of God should ever have to travel.

To save her, Dan will have to do things the hard way.

Old Testament style.

To pick up your copy, follow this link. There you’ll find buy buttons for all retailers, along with a free sample if you’re on the fence.

I hope you guys like this book as much as I do. Thanks for reading!

The Next Book

Inspiration finally struck this morning. I’ve figured out which book I’m writing next. It’ll be a horror novel called Dream Eater. I’ve been tossing around a vague idea for this book since last summer, but the gist of the rest of the story just came together today. I love it when that happens.

Dream Eater Cover

 

“Redemption” Teaser

Look for this book in April. Meanwhile, check out the series page for a complete listing of Badlands books, along with the recommended reading order.

 

Pastor Dan Owens wants to believe there’s still good left in an evil world. When he meets Lilly, he’s certain that helping this woman in need is the right thing to do.

In fact, it’s his mission in life.

But when a murderous gang kidnaps Lilly, Dan’s oath to protect her will send him down a path that no man of God should ever have to travel.

To save her, Dan will have to do things the hard way.

Old Testament style.