|JCP News • Issue 44 • August 2011
Beautiful, Mysterious and Bizarre: M/M Horror & Urban Fantasy by Jordan Castillo Price
Blog posts, Updates and Recommendations
Recommendation: I had a successful trial run of the New Trent bluetooth keyboard today. The keyboard clicks onto an iPad 2 and allows you to rotate the iPad either vertically or horizontally, and while it feels at first as if it's flimsy and it'll never support itself, the moment you lower the iPad into place, everything's stable and good. I was working on my lap, and the backing was a bit grippy, so it stayed put. While the keyboard is as small as a netbook keyboard, I had no issues at all with typing on it after a few minutes of adjustment--whereas with a netbook, the cursor was always flying all over the page and erasing huge chunks of text. If you have an iPad 2 and need to do a lot of typing, this keyboard's pretty sweet!
Recommendation: I'm on a Venture Brothers kick so I picked up creator Doc Hammer's latest album (his band's name is Weep) and I love that too. I also feel a bit envious that he writes and voices a popular cartoon, plays in a band and is also a talented oil painter. Makes me want to take up another hobby! Anyway, here's a free download from the album! Yay! (Weird, the girl on the cover looks a lot like Michael on Manikin.)
Recommendation: I picked up a Leinie's summer variety pack and the Sunset Wheat was my favorite, though I couldn't quite name the flavor I was tasting. Turns out it was coriander! On those cooking shows, I always think the blindfolded chefs who can't figure out they're tasting iceberg lettuce or something obvious like that are really pathetic, but I guess I can't really name what I'm tasting without looking it up, either! The lady at the store said beer drinkers practically wrestle each other for the Summer Shandy flavor, which is a limited-edition witbier spiked with lemon.
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One of the old saws you hear in writing is that you're supposed to chase your protagonist up a tree...and then throw rocks at him. It's not a bad bit of advice. After all, a book in which everything goes the protagonist's way would be a pretty boring book indeed!
Today I was reading Thanks, But This Isn't For Us, which said, "If it's a scorcher in mid August, make sure your protagonist's air-conditioning breaks down or he's forced outdoors under a blistering sun. Make him exhausted, craving a cigarette or a drink. But don't offer relief until the last possible moment. Get him tangled in an argument when he's trying to fall asleep after an exhausting day, break the key off in the lock when he's desperate to get inside, and send him out on a moonless night so finding his way in the dark is treacherous and dangerous. ... In other words, use every element of fiction to say no to your protagonist."
I couldn't help but think of poor Victor Bayne and laugh.
If there's any chance of him dropping something edible on his jacket, falling down, taking the wrong drug, or talking to the wrong person, you know it's gonna happen.
But regardless of what I might have thrown at Vic, from incubi to astral scaries to paranoid guys with kitchen knives, I never gouged out his eye!
I sometimes wonder how freaky it must be for a model to see himself starring on the cover of my paranormal thrillers...but it must be even weirder for him to see his eye gouged out! (I believe that's the shot I used for Camp Hell.)
This show Fantastic Flesh is available on DVD from Amazon, and also is streamable on Netflix. The Vic model is not actually in the show, but it's got some cool footage from famous zombie flicks.
Until next month, keep your eyes where you can see 'em.
Zero Hour in Paperback
Recently, I approved the production of the novel that had its birth in this very newsletter, Zero Hour! The printer is offering a new matte-finish cover that I'd been eager to try, and the results were absolutely stunning. The interior illustrations came out crisp and clean and gorgeously-printed as well.
It's a final book I'm tickled to have my name on!
Zero Hour paperback at B&N
Zero Hour should be available at The Book Depository soon!
Also, I'd love it if you could click the category tags on Zero Hour's Amazon Page. It will only take a few seconds. Here's what tags look like.
Manikin: Channeling Morpheus novelette #3, second edition
Marushka loves pretty things: lace and velvet, porcelain and pearls. She sews elaborate costumes for all of her dolls, and she spends hours arranging their hair just so. Her collection is growing; she’s added a very pretty trinket, and his name is Michael. She can’t wait to dress him up.
Michael always suspected mentally ill vampires grew worse and worse as the years went by. He’d never realized how unhinged they could get.
Now Michael is in way over his head. Will Wild Bill save him? Or was it only wishful thinking on Michael’s part that their connection ran deeper than sex… or blood?
Available now in PDF, Mobi, Lit and ePub at JCPBooks.com
I'd love it if you could click the category tags on Manikin's Amazon Page. Here's what tags look like. I'd especially love it if you left a review! (Thank you, Val and Andi, for leaving yours!)
Also...I don't think I've ever seen two models with prettier lips than the Michael model and the Wild Bill model. *sigh*
Where Reality is More than it Seems
Chapter One: A Final Performance
Magic might not be as popular as it had once been, back in its golden age—but it beat watching soap operas or reading mangled comic books with missing pages, and nipples drawn in ballpoint pen on the costumes of all the lady-characters. And it beat getting your temperature taken, or your blood drawn. And it especially beat swallowing those big, nasty pills.
The audience might not be enthusiastic, but they were there. And that was enough.
They sat in their molded plastic chairs, four children in all. A young boy, badly burned—something to do with crystal meth and a back door that was nailed shut. His pain was constant. A teenager who’d shattered his foot, and his clavicle, and five bones in his hand on a skateboard. He was too old for magic, or so he thought, but his bones knit faster when he was in its thrall. A boy whose brother had shot him in the leg with the family’s gun—a semi-automatic with its serial numbers filed off, which his mother said they kept for protection. And maybe they did. Their neighborhood hadn’t been fit to live in for years. A girl with pneumonia who’d had too many “uncles.” She was better off in the hospital.
John—stage name, Professor Topaz—had carefully enticed the children to abandon their skepticism. First, he presented himself as a consummate magician: coiffed hair, immaculately groomed goatee, starched shirt, impeccable silk tie, and a spotless black suit—which was beginning to go shiny around the seams, but in the current lighting, it shouldn’t be detectable.
Step Into Magic Mansion... (NOT worksafe)
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