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Review of “The Montauk Monster” and Guest Post from Author Hunter Shea

What’s news for horror writer Paul D. Dail?

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Not too much new to report since my last post about a week ago.

However, I will say that I’m still the proud papa of a Top 50 Kindle Horror Short Story ebook. Free Five has held in the top 50 for over a year and a half since its release.

As always, it’s free, so if you haven’t already checked it out, I’d appreciate it. If you already have, thanks for your support.

But now, without further ado…

For full disclosure, I received a copy of this book from Kensington Publishers for an honest review.

But I’m not going to lie. I like Hunter Shea. And the good thing is, in addition to being a cool guy, he’s a talented writer. So an honest review is easy.

So NOW without further ado…

From Kensington Publishing:

The Montauk Monster Mech.inddIt Kills. . .

On a hot summer night in Montauk, the bodies of two local bar patrons are discovered in the dunes, torn to shreds, their identities unrecognizable. . .

It Breeds. . .

In another part of town, a woman’s backyard is invaded by four terrifying creatures that defy any kind of description. What’s clear is that they’re hostile–and they’re ravenous. . .

It Spreads. . .

With every sunset the terror rises again, infecting residents with a virus no one can cure. The CDC can’t help them; FEMA can’t save them. But each savage attack brings Suffolk County Police Officer Gray Dalton one step closer to the shocking source of these unholy creations. Hidden on nearby Plum Island, a U.S. research facility has been running top-secret experiments. What they created was never meant to see the light of day. Now, a vacation paradise is going straight to hell. Continue reading


“Undead” Release and Guest Post/Blog Tour with Jonathan D. Allen

What’s news for horror writer Paul D. Dail?

Undead: Ten Tales of Zombies has been officially released.  It features stories from Jeff Strand, Tara Maya, Matt Hults, Rayne Hall, Douglas Kolacki, Tracie McBride, April Grey, John Hoddy, Jonathan Broughton and me.  I’m looking forward to digging into this one.  You can find it at the following links:

Amazon, Smashwords and Kobo (with other distributors to follow shortly)

Here’s the trailer for the book:

What does the future hold?

Well, next Friday may be the end of the world, right?  If nothing else, it’s the end of my semester teaching.  Yahoo!  Christmas break!

In addition, I will be posting my foreword to Somewhere in the Shadows as well as a few words about the stories therein.  With any luck, I’ll be able to get through all of them by next week.  I’ve read a little more than half, and they’re quite diverse in content.

But without further ado…

I’m pleased this week to be hosting a guest post from my TESSpecFic group mate Jonathan D. Allen.  Continue reading

Cover Reveal and Artist Interview for “Undead: Ten Tales of Zombies”

What’s news for horror writer Paul D. Dail?

Somewhere-in-the-Shadows-III-Amended-SmlWell, kind of a rush of things, actually, which has caused a switch in plans here at the ol’ blog.  More on that shortly, but the news for this week is that Somewhere in the Shadows, the anthology that features a foreword by yours truly, is now available for purchase.  I had originally intended to post my foreword here this week, but with another anthology coming out with which I’m involved (the aforementioned Undead: Ten Tales of Zombies), I’ve been asked to do some other pre-publicity today.

So I’m pushing back my foreword for Somewhere in the Shadows for two weeks, but the good thing is that it will allow me time to read and comment on some of the stories when I do post additional details.

Until then (and if you don’t want to wait for me), you can find Somewhere in the Shadows at Amazon (click here).

What does the future hold?

Another fellow writer who has been pretty busy lately is fellow TESSpecFic group mate, Jonathan D. Allen.  In addition to also being featured in Somewhere in the Shadows, he has just released a new novel, Room 3, and next week, I’ll be hosting Jonathan for a guest post regarding this release.

But without further ado…

In the next week or so, one of my short pieces, Another Oldie but Goodie, will be appearing in an anthology edited by Rayne HallUndead: Ten Tales of Zombies is the next in a series of releases by Hall, all following the Ten Tales concept.  I’m honored to be in this company of nine other authors (check back for more information on the other authors soon) Continue reading

Author Interview: Seven Questions with Horror Writer Aniko Carmean

What’s news for horror writer Paul D. Dail?

Well, this is more what’s new for teacher Paul D. Dail, but I just started reading The Giver by Lois Lowry with my students.  The first time I first read it, I referred to it as 1984 Lite.  It is a YA book, but there are things that adults can appreciate as well.  Lowry was clearly influenced by Ayn Rand, but if you have younger kids, as a bildungsroman story, this is a little more accessible than Anthem and is a good introduction to dystopian literature.

What does the future hold?

So today is the interview of Aniko Carmean.  Next Friday, I will be reviewing her novel, Stolen Climates.

But without further ado…

I met Aniko last year through a blog hop and consider myself lucky to have done so.  Her blog was obviously the first thing I came upon, and I was immediately struck by her way with words and her ability to make connections that you wouldn’t see coming.  She has an entertaining voice and very often uses it to get across messages that are good to hear, not only as a writer, but as a person in general.

So it’s with great pleasure that I bring…

Seven Questions with Horror Writer Aniko Carmean Continue reading

Author Interview: Seven Questions with Horror Writer Edward Lorn

What’s news for horror writer Paul D. Dail?

A little bit of stupid pie, that’s what.  I need to apologize to C.W. LaSart from my post last week.  I’ve already done this personally, but thought I should do it publicly as well.  I misspelled (like I almost just misspelled mispelled) the title of her book.  It is Ad Nauseam: 13 Tales of Extreme Horror.

Sorry, Caren.  Feel free to kill me in a future story.

What does the future hold?

This last week, I was in Austin, Texas, visiting a good friend for his 40th birthday.  So next Friday, I’ll be posting a short photo journal/travelogue commentary for the trip.

Also came up with a good story idea based on the trip.  And voila!  Write-off.

But without further ado…

As a blog owner, I’m a little leery of random solicitations to appear on my blog.  Thus was the case with Edward Lorn.  Actually this tour was set up by Michelle Rever at Red Adept Publishing, and she did it the right way in my opinion.  She actually showed up at my blog, checked out a few posts, and even commented.  This shows me that she’s not just blog hopping and hitting up as many people as possible.  Well, she might be doing that, but at least she is taking the time to research the blog. Continue reading

Author Interview: Seven Questions with Horror Writer Bryan Hall

What’s news for horror writer Paul D. Dail?

A little hint to my story

This past week I finished the first draft of a short story for an anthology I was invited to submit a story to.  I can’t go into too many details yet, but it sounds like I’ll be in good company for this particular anthology.  And I’m pretty excited about the story I’ve put together.  More on this later.

What does the future hold?

As you may or may not have noticed, this week’s post was supposed to be in response to my being awarded the Versatile Blogger and Kreativ Blogger awards.  However, this interview with Bryan goes along with a book blast organized by his publisher, and time was of the essence.  So next Friday I’ll be posting my seven (hopefully) interesting things about me.

But without further ado…

I’m not exactly sure where I first met Bryan.  Perhaps through a horror group of which we are both members on Facebook.  But what sticks in my brain is another interview he did at Stacey Turner’s blog. Continue reading

Guest post by Hunter Shea: “Horror’s Platinum Age”

What’s news for horror writer Paul D. Dail?

Not much new to report this week from a writer standpoint.  I’m still writing.  Working on a short story for a themed anthology I’ve been invited to be a part of, but I can’t say too much about it at this point except to say I’m really enjoying the piece.  And it always feels good to be writing.

What does the future hold?

My TESSpecFic group is getting ready to start a series of posts on the genre of Horror  and the subsequent problems of having such a broad stroke label for a genre that may be interpreted differently by many different readers and writers.  Okay, that last part is what my post will be about next Friday.  Other group members are perhaps taking a different approach to the topic.

But without further ado…

I first met Hunter when I started this crazy blog thing almost ten months ago.  Continue reading