And I say, hey hey hey hey I said hey, what’s going on?

So since I finished Cthulhu Kaiju I’ve been working on half-a-dozen projects. It’s been nice to work on a bunch of different things, although it’s more difficult to get anything done. I’ve done some slush reading for a major magazine, some ghost writing on a YA book, RPG projects on my own and with buddies, and a post-apocalyptic update of Wind in the Willows.

The main thing I’m working on is getting ready to self-publish a collection of my short stories. Each story will be illustrated by an artist friend of mine or some by me. Some of them are really awesome and I can’t wait to have the final product. I will offer it for sale on Amazon but also have it available for free for anyone who wants to read it.

So when will it be done? I’m thinking September for the ebook and possibly a print book set up from Lulu. In the meantime, here’s my cover in progress

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The Empire of Getting Some Good Reviews

I’ve gotten a couple of cool reviews so far this year. The first one was from a fellow historical zombie author, so the positive review of Empire of the Undead is especially gratifying.

 

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Mr. Kerp did a good job of setting the stage for the outbreak. I’ve never read any novel fictional or otherwise that portrayed the Dacian point of view. These were a people that were so utterly destroyed by the invading Romans 1900 years ago that their culture and language vanished from the earth never to be seen again outside of archeology. Cleary a fertile field from which to draw one of the book’s primary characters from. Throw into the mix a disgruntled Celtic Roman Army officer and a chariot driver from a little known province that disproportionately affected the Roman World and in turn Western Civilization and the cast of characters was set to face the infection. The infection itself was portrayed in a manger that offered some unusual twists and the heartless ferocity the Romans employed to face the threat was well articulated in its full horror. I enjoyed the book and will try other books written by this author. While modern zombie books have been done to death (pardon the pun), zombie books set in the past are giving a new perspective on a genre seriously in need of new ideas. Of the three zombie books set in Rome or Byzantium this was the best. The other two Zombies of Byzantium and Scourge of Byzantium also portray the infection and its impact on Roman Civilization in their own unique manner. Overall an interesting study in how a lower tech civilization dealt with zombies. One problem they have that modern civilizations don’t is that zombies with armor are hard to deal with!

 

 

Another review earlier this year on Amazon was quite kind.

 

Great plot! I loved this zombie tale set at the time of the fall of the Roman Empire. Pacing was nice, characters well written. Just enough back ground to keep you interested but not so much as to bog things down. Well done.

 

And over on Amazon UK was this very cool review–so positive I had to check with my mom to make sure it wasn’t from her.

Left me wanting to read more. Staying up later than usual just to read more! Please make some more! Left me speechless in more than one place.


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The next was from a Lovecraftian fan who quite enjoyed Cthulhu Kaiju.  It hasn’t gotten many reviews yet, but the ones I’ve received are generally positive. This one seemed to appreciate exactly what I was going for, which is always a nice bonus.

OMG this was so much fun. Great and Dread Cthulhu finally wakes from his ancient slumber and the world is going down the tubes to the screaming, squirming darkness that devours the human soul.
There’s a lot of great characters, warped cultists, and we actually have Cthulhu make a full on personal assault on the human race.
Enough eldritch horror to do HPL proud and enough fun to keep modern audiences interested.
Well worth the read.

 

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Why Even try?

In recent years, I have tried hard to avoid internet fights and arguments. Even just expressing a different opinion is often a slippery slope to flame wars. With friends or strangers, these days it doesn’t seem to matter much.

So I try hard to avoid these situations altogether.

And yet sometimes I make a terrible error in judgement. Such as when I foolishly commented on Kevin Fillingim’s post.

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