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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


Why I Really Like Kurt Vonnegut… or … Selected excerpts from “Cat’s Cradle”

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

I finished my next novel!

Ahem… Okay, so it was just the first draft. And I actually finished it closer to two months ago (whew. Where did last month go?). But hey! The first draft is done!

And I’m superstitious and paranoid enough that, unless we’re talking over a beer, that’s all I can give up at this point. However, I will say that I’m feeling great about the potential, even in its first draft state. And I believe enough distance has passed that I’m ready to start editing. Wish me luck.

I’ve also been editing and submitting some shorts to pro markets. Really wanting to get moving toward my HWA (Horror Writers Association) membership. And hey, a little money would be okay too.

vonnegutBut now, without further ado…

I know Kurt Vonnegut is not for everyone.

Putting aside that it’s most popular these days to hate Orson Scott Card for his beliefs, not that long ago Vonnegut was criticized for being misogynistic throughout his writing career and apparently making some crazy comments toward the end of his life.

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A Book Fan’s Review of the Movie Version of “Life of Pi.”

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

Not much to report this week.  I’m still waiting on a couple of releases that I’ve mentioned here that contain content of mine.  One of them is actually due to be released today or tomorrow, I believe, so…

What does the future hold?

Next Friday, I’ll put up a link to Somewhere in the Shadows, where I was asked to write the foreword.  And because it is simply the foreword (both to the anthology and on my thoughts on the state of horror in general), and not a specific story in the anthology, I’ll be posting it here to pique your interest.

But without further ado…

If you’ve perused my blog, you would know that the book Life of Pi by Yann Martel made it into my Top 10 Books that Have Inspired Me.

From that post:

[Life of Pi is] Another one my wife introduced me to, and this story found me at just the right time and appealed to me on multiple levels.  Continue reading

Look out for that tree! A review of “Stolen Climates” by Aniko Carmean

photo courtesy of Pascal Maramis at Flickr

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

Not much to report this week.  Finished the first draft of a rather disturbing short story about a man who is convinced (perhaps rightly so) that aliens are trying to ruin his life.  Will be polishing it up and sending it out soon.

What does the future hold?

Hmm.  Not sure, but I think I’ll put in another excerpt of travelogue from one of my trips to Mexico next Friday.  It will be a traveling weekend for many of you (although probably not to Mexico), so why not?

But without further ado…


Genny thought her hallucinations were from lack of sleep. Then her daughter started hearing the trees talking, too. Now they are being hunted by a cult who wants to use them in a deadly ritual. As Summer Solstice nears, carnivorous vines grow out of control, the sacred orchard dies of blight, and it isn’t safe after dark. Can an acquaintance with his own set of debilitating issues, a renegade goddess worshiper, and an axe save Genny and her daughter?

Mother Nature isn’t just a metaphor.

My overall opinion: While there were a couple of troubling aspects with the writing, overall, I really enjoyed Stolen Climates.  It was fast-paced, visual, and refreshingly original. Continue reading

A Couple of Quickies: Reviews of “Ad Nauseam” and “Living Dead at Zigfreidt and Roy” collections

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

As I mentioned two weeks ago, I’m finishing up edits and getting ready to publish my short story about a young man obsessed with flies.  I’m hoping to have it out in the next couple of weeks.  In the meantime, here is a draft of a cover I came up with.

Thoughts?  Especially about the fact that I put “A Short Story” on the covers of all my shorts. I want to be as upfront as possible (even though it’s also in the product description) but am I losing potential readers before they even get to the product description?

What does the future hold?

Next Friday, as part of his Dastardly Bastards book tour via Penumbra Publishing, I’ll be posting my “Seven Questions with Horror Writer Edward Lorn.”  As I’m writing this, I’ve just received his answers, and there are some good ones.  A good peek into a horror writer’s mind.  You might be surprised.

But without further ado…

A bit of trivia about my family.  My mother often reads the books I review here on my blog.  Don’t be too surprised.  As I’ve mentioned before, if memory serves me correctly, she was the one who gave me my first Stephen King book.  Followed by Koontz and Saul. Continue reading

Take a Trip Outside Your Time: A review of ‘The Corridors of the Dead’ by Jonathan D. Allen

What’s news for horror writer Paul D. Dail

As I am trying to get finished with my teaching year, this past week (and then some) has been pretty busy with final grades and unfortunately pretty light on the writing front.  It’s been everything I can do just to keep up with the blog.

[I’m hoping this will also serve as a reasonable excuse as to why many of you haven’t seen me around your own blogs.  I’ll be back soon.]

Otherwise, I’d like to announce that Blaze McRob was the winner of the autographed copy of Forest of Shadows that Hunter Shea was offering in his guest post two weeks ago.  While it was a random name drawing, Blaze is a regular commenter here, so I was pleased to pull out his name.

What does the future hold?

Next Friday may be my last post.

As I may have mentioned before, the annular solar eclipse (pictured here) will be best viewed in the United States in my small Utah town of about 300 people.  Law enforcement officials are predicting as many as 40,000 people will travel to southern Utah for the event. If the end of the world doesn’t happen (I’m hosting a Solar Apoca-clipse party) or I’m not killed by some crazed fanatic, I plan on posting something about it next Friday.

But without further ado…


In a time long before humans walked the Earth, a mysterious being known only as The Lost Aetelia crafted an elaborate series of Watchtowers, along with their resident guardians, the Aetelia, to watch over the operations of the Universe. Continue reading

My #luckyseven excerpts and “The Cabin in the Woods” review

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

Just gotta brag a little this week.  Since releasing Free Five at Amazon over a month ago, it has managed to stay in the top 50 for Kindle Fiction Short Stories.  Thanks so much to all of you who picked one up.  Again, it’s the same stories that I have posted here, but I added author afterwords to each of the stories.  They were almost as much fun to write as the stories themselves.

What does the future hold?

Next Friday, I’m pleased to be welcoming back horror writer Hunter Shea for a guest post on what he is calling our “Platinum Age of Horror.”  Hunter is also back celebrating the release of his second novel, Evil Eternal.

But without further ado…

I was recently tagged by both Jonathan D. Allen and Jill-Elizabeth for the #luckyseven meme.  If you haven’t seen this meme before at other blogs… well, I’d be shocked.  In fact, I was wondering if I was going to be tagged for it, but as I don’t normally participate in memes, I wasn’t terribly surprised that it had been floating around so long without hitting me. Continue reading