Friday, March 20, 2015

Re-Issue of "The Breadwinner" Trilogy by Permuted Press

Remember way back when we reviewed "The Breadwinner" and its follow up "Haven" by friend of the blog and sometimes guest reviewer Stevie Kopas? We told you they were great books, and apparently we're not the only ones who thought so.

We'd like to congratulate Stevie on her trilogy being officially published and re-released through Permuted Press on March 17th. Check out details from the press release below, along with the slick new cover art above. If you still haven't read this fantastic apocalyptic trilogy, there's no better time to start than now!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Acid King - 'Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere' (Music Review)

Back in the 1990's nobody really cared about stoner rock. Everyone was interested in Pearl Jam and Nirvana more than Black Sabbath-inspired, throwback riffs. The closest you got was the occasional dude in a jean jacket who liked Kyuss. Unbeknownst to many, in 1994 Lori S. and Joey Osbourne formed Acid King, and the San Francisco trio would go on to inspire a horde of modern bands who use words like "doom" and "stoner" just because it's currently en vogue. I first heard Busse Woods in 2001, roughly two years after its release. It totally blew my mind. It was such a raw and dark album that evoked all the best qualities of my dad's record collection from the 1970's.

Now after almost a decade, Acid King have dropped a new full length on the masses. Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere is a juggernaut. A juggernaut with the best album cover of 2015 so far. Seriously, it's a WIZARD RIDING A TIGER IN OUTER SPACE!

Lori S. has described this release as "moody" and "adding more depth to their sound". This is absolutely accurate as it's a far more cohesive and sonically dense album than III or even Busse Woods. With eight total tracks, jacketed between a short "intro" and "outro" the core of the experience is six spaced-out jams that clock in at roughly 50 minutes. Middle of Nowhere has a much stronger flow than any prior offering from the band. Each song transitions well from one to the next, and gives the album a great feel start to finish. This is one you can put on at the beginning of a long drive and you'll never hit skip. "Red River" was my favorite song, being the shortest full offering, but none of the other tracks disappoint.

A few noticeable departures from past albums. Lori's vocals are more sparse. She really does a good job of giving the music an epic amount of space, and you'll ride through waves of riffs for up to a few minutes before she punctuates them with her recognizable style. The songs approach "jams" at times but never spiral completely out of control or get boring. One of Acid King's greatest strengths is knowing how to build tension and exercise a riff without overdoing it.

 Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere is NOT a traditionally "accessible" album. However, for aficionados of the genre and the longtime fans this one was well worth the extended wait.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

VHS Cover Art Book Stole My Heart

I've already told you guys about my obsession with 80's and 90's era VHS box art. It's one in the long line of many nostalgia triggers from my childhood spent in local mom&pop video stores.

So when I saw this book VHS Video Cover Art by "The Dude Designs" over on my eyes almost exploded out of my skull. Dig that face-melting cover!

Seriously, Thomas Hodge knew we wanted this, and he delivered. Go check out the offical site and when it's done turning your world upside down, you can buy it here on Amazon.

Monday, March 9, 2015

'Creature Stew' Anthology Highlights Indie Horror Authors

If you're looking for a nice, quick anthology of short horror fiction that can be read on a bus, toilet, or anywhere you need an expedient fright on your Kindle, Creature Stew should fit the bill. It even contains a story about a giant monster catfish!

This press release came across the Terrorphoria inbox, and we've checked out some of the stories contained within. Quality stuff from a number of vetted and up-and-coming writers. Also, it's only 119 pages for you horror fans who "barely have time to read magazines." Did we mention you can read it on the toilet?

From the official press release:

Creature Stew presents short fiction by eighteen outstanding horror authors. Released on January 31, 2015, the e-book is available from Amazon. This terrifying collection of short stories features work from award-winning, veteran horror authors, as well as stories from talented writers making their fiction d├ębut. If you're looking for a fresh dose of rampaging, brain-eating zombies or perhaps a killer catfish, the size of a Honda, that can churn a man into mush, look no further!
Creature Stew includes fiction by C.C. Adams, Kate Bowen, Shenoa Carroll-Bradd, Michael Clark, Dave Dormer, Marc Ferris, Tom Folske, Ken Goldman, Daniel Hale, Robert Hart, Tessa Hatheway, Calypso Kane, Matthew Smallwood, Paul Stansfield, Chad Stroup, D.S. Ullery, Matthew Weber, and E.S. Wynn.
The eighteen included short stories were selected from numerous submissions accepted from the general public in a free, egalitarian process. Published by Papa Bear Press, Creature Stew is currently available in e-book format. Papa Bear Press is an independent publisher and writer's resource based in Bellaire, Texas. As our first commercial venture, Creature Stew reflects our mission to seek out talented new voices, while showcasing quality fiction from today's rising stars in popular literature. The anthology can be purchased from Amazon via the following link:

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Book of The Month - February 2015 - "Zombie Girl"

Egypt is full of weird stuff. Sphinx's, mummies, Yummy Mummies...

Eve Brenner finds this out the hard way when something bites her during an archaeological dig. Soon after, strange things begin happening. Strange things of the undead kind.

As fans of stories written "from the monster's perspective", we've chosen Eve Brenner: Zombie Girl as our 2015 book of the month! Author Alessia Giacomi's premiere work over on Permuted Press is a fun, easy read that clocks in around 300 pages. It has a fast-paced narrative and is constantly juggling viewpoints between characters as you dig through the chapters. Great stuff from an up-and-coming writer. Check it out now so when she's famous you can tell people you heard about her here first.

This is the first in a Zombie Girl series to be released. In that way, it's just like Harry Potter or Twilight, except nothing like those other things. Oh, except that you can buy it for your Kindle just like you can Harry Potter and Twilight.

Check out the book and let us know your thoughts!