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Suburban Zombie High is ranked #1 in Young Adult Scary New Releases and #1 in Young Adult Dystopian Releases. It’s holding the top 5 in both categories and has an impressive 4.6 Stars on Amazon. Overall, this book is doing pretty darned well!
Boxford High pranksters cause a chemistry lab to go wrong and students are forced to face something far worse than S.A.T.’s and cafeteria lunches – an infection that turns students into zombies scouring the halls for survivors.
A group of unlikely companions; an artistic goth, star-athlete jock, disgruntled loner, would-be marine, sassy cheerleader, and angry Asian, set aside their homework to fend off the zombie apocalypse. As they fight through locker rooms and dance their way across the theater, they find surviving zombies may be more difficult than puberty.
Now they must set aside homework and bake sale fundraisers to fend off the zombie apocalypse before the infection reaches beyond the walls of their suburban high school.
A special shout out to Suzanne Lahna for editing this book and to Paul Chapman for helping develop the concept behind the covers. Suburban Zombie High: The Reunion is slated to be released on July 1st and the finale Suburban Zombie High: Final Class is set to be released on August 1st, both are available on Amazon for pre-sale.
As you can see, the Bangor Comic & Toy Convention did not disappoint. This year I decided to have some fun and treat it less like a vending opportunity and more like attending a con with a permanent bench. Chris MacMillan, the organizer of BCTC continues to put on a great show that mixes a diverse set of interests from superheroes to anime, to MTG to consoles, and wrestlers to cosplayers. I continue to be amazed that hiding not too far from my hometown in rural Maine, there are geeks waiting for a chance to break out their costumes and delve into a world of storytelling, art, and collectibles.
Like last year, I was seated next to Amanda Kahl, a long time friend, illustrator, and graphic novelist. We had the opportunity to geek out, talk shop, and bounce ideas off one another. Unlike last year, I was smart and brought back up, a friend from my University of Maine Farmington days, Dan Johnston came and sat with me. Unfortunately, his iron will isn’t quite the same and he found himself victim to the amazing baubles of several vendors. I do have to admit, he scored some amazing artwork I’m a little jealous of.
The best part of it isn’t just meeting new fans, but seeing familiar faces for the second year in a row. I had multiple people say, “Loved your last book, gonna grab your two new ones.” I’m a bit more secure with signing books, well, at least until they ask for a personal message and then I just turn into an idiot. I had the chance to talk to hopeful writers and even a young man in the prime of his grade school years telling me about his awesome comic book adventures. Really, how much more happy can a guy get when he’s staring at a mini version of himself thirty years ago.
A special thanks has to go out to Chris MacMillan for putting on the BCTC. I’m glad I have a place near home where I can sell books and take in the geek culture, but it’s something much bigger than that. Growing up in a small town in northern Maine, we read our comics in the comfort of our rooms and felt a little shame about chasing down super villains with our heroes. Now, decades later, geekdom is marked with pride and you can’t help but think there is a new generation of creators being made because of this exposure. So thanks, for me, and the soon-to-be’s.
The latest release in the Children of Nostradamus features the world and characters before the events of Nighthawks. In a collection of twelve stories, Morning Sun follows each of the individuals in a world overrun by corruption and government conspiracies. Before they were heroes drawn together with letters penned by a psychic, they fought to survive in a crumbling society.
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Last year I stayed busy. When I wasn’t writing science fiction I was dipping into the horror genre and experimenting with how well I could scare myself through writing. I had stories accepted for the New England Horror Writers Anthology, Wicked Witches, Chris Philbrook accepted a story into Only The Light We Make, and lastly I had a story accepted by the Horror Writers of Maine. Northern Frights features horror within the boundaries of the state of Maine.
My story, Purgatory Junction features a young girl who finds herself trapped in a frightening situation in an abandoned train station. Having seen the building my entire young adult life, I never actually set foot inside the very heart of my hometown. The railroad yard and train station were primary elements featured in I.Am.Maine. Trying to keep it as close to the real building, I had help from my mother and local towns people. I also discovered my grandmother served as a warrant officer for the railroad. All of this played into the story and helped develop a tribute to the town that raised me, with a twist of horror of course.