Horrific Halloween

It always seemed strange to me to wish somebody a, “Happy Halloween.” Probably because Halloween isn’t really about happiness, in the traditional sense. Still, I always love the ambiance of this season. I guess that probably means I have a dark side?

windows-into-hell-coverWhat I really want to talk about is horror. Growing up, the horror genre was not appreciated in my house. To be fair, I think it was heavily stigmatized by all of society. I blame splatterpunk and slasher movies. Stephen King’s early books didn’t help, either. For decades before that, horror was black and white monster movies. I loved the Gothic masterpieces: The Wolf Man, Dracula, The Mummy, and Frankenstein. But by my childhood the genre had been over taken by blood and guts images so disturbing that the average Christian abhorred it. Consequently, I was taught that horror is bad and to not watch or read it.

But I couldn’t stay away from those amazing monsters.

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Luckily, science fiction and fantasy have plenty of monsters in them. So I didn’t have to read or watch the stuff that triggered the “evil” label. I watched Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and various fringe horror shows. What I didn’t realize is how horror is a much broader genre than most people think. Most thrillers and all monster-based fantasy have elements of horror in them. Horror is really just about fear. Fear is one of the core human emotions. So how could any good story completely ignore it? That would be like making action movies with no romance in them– absurd! Over time, the horror elements in various stories I loved (like Ghostbusters) became more and more important to me as I more deeply explored the human experience.

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Imagine my surprise when the first time one of my books reaches #1 on Amazon it’s in DARK FANTASY. To be honest, I wasn’t even entirely sure what dark fantasy meant. My publisher chose the categories. I did know it to be a sub-genre of horror. HORROR? But I’m not a horror writer. I don’t write about serial killers and psychopaths. The Actuator series is about an evil saboteur who kills billions of people in order to… oh wait. And there are vampires and werewolves in it.  MIND BLOWN!

I’m a horror author? How did that happen? Shouldn’t it be on purpose?

actuator-3-e-book-coverThe book also ranked in sci-fi and fantasy, as well as other genres like cyberpunk and steampunk. My earlier book, Exacting Essence, usually lists as paranormal. Most people insist the evil clowns make it a horror, though.

So I finally accepted I had embraced the forbidden thing. Finding out how broad horror really is helped. I still plan to write non-horror sci-fi, but I’ve come to accept how dark many of my stories really are. I even edited a whole anthology of it. It shocked me to discover, but isn’t that really the point?!!

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Time for treats! Get this great anthology for just 99 cents to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve: PRIMETIME!

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And if that’s too much for your budget, I have some free spooky stories you can find on my short stories page or get two free short stories (ghosts and zombies) in the FREE Actuator RPG manual.  Here’s wishing you a HORRIFIC HALLOWEEN!

 

 

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Buy SCHISM and get money back!

Schism is on sale for just 99 cents! If you buy it soon, Amazon will send you a $1 kindle credit you can use to buy any other e-book. That’s better than FREE!

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Also, if you act fast, I’m offering the first two people who buy it and message me on Facebook with a picture of the purchase a code to get the audiobook FREE, too. Here’s where you’d go to message me: James Wymore’s Facebook Page. Also, we should be friends if we aren’t already.

What are you waiting for? Get it now!

(Note: I think Amazon is running this promotion for anybody who buys a kindle e-book. You can only get it once, so it won’t work again if you got it already. Technically, you can get it for any book. So, if you have SCHISM already, you should still buy something. I recommend HAIR IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES by Andrew Buckley, which is also on sale for 99 cents today. If you post on Facebook and tag him, he’ll send you something else free, too. It’s like Christmas in October… which is like a movie, I think. Who loves you? I do.)

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Bestselling Religious & Horror

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Today and tomorrow, Windows into Hell is just 99 cents! It’s been tearing up the Amazon charts, ranking #8 in all Horror and #8 in all Religion & Inspirational. I’ve ranked in Horror before, but this is my first bestseller in Religion. Those are not even subcategories. Not only that, but the contributing authors have been all over the Amazon Top Authors page with yours truly ranking at #21 in Horror and #61 in Religious & Inspirational. That’s just now, it’s not even finished! With 21 reviews, not a single one is below 4 stars. If you want more information, check out my Windows into Hell page. This book is getting amazing reception, so grab it while it’s hot.

Thanks to all of you for your help!

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Final 99 cent sale!

This is the last one! For this week, you can get Schism. This future sci-fi, steampunk, fantasy mash-up is an action adventure with a touch of romance. Designed to be about as long as a movie, it aims to satisfy the reader in just one sitting. You can try it out on sale for less than everything in a dollar store! Grab it.

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If you want more than a quick read, you can also get Thomas Destiny by Jason King and Jon Grundvig on the cheap for just this week. This inter-dimensional fantasy is another fast paced genre cross-over, guaranteed to be fun.

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Weekend 99 Cents Sale: Salvation

 

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Looking for a great fantasy read? Of course you are. Who wouldn’t be? This book has it all- magic, cool swords, amnesia, monsters, and love. There’s also plenty of snow, just in time for the holidays! Grab it today (or tomorrow, December 17-18) for less than a buck. Then get warm and cozy with your kindle as you join the people of Winigh in their struggle for Salvation.

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Is that all the fantastic fun you want? I didn’t think so. Let me recommend several other amazing books on sale. I’ve read them all and they are great. You can get the whole lot of them for just $5.94!

 

Valcoria: Children of the Crystal Star by Jason King

FIVE out of the Dark (book 1) by Holli Anderson

FIVE out of the Ashes (book 2) by Holli Andeson

Death by Cliché by Robert J. Defendi

The Lure of Fools (book 1) by Jason King

The Soulless Grave (book 2) by Jason King

CQ Chronology EbookIf you don’t feel like reading a whole book, perhaps you’d prefer a short story collection, or two. These have both been #1 bestsellers. Chronology has my story, Draconic King, first on the list and includes a story by the iconic Piers Anthony.

CQ Primetime EbookPrimetime includes the short story that launched my bestselling Actuator series, Cyber-Cowboy.

Both of these collections are huge. They are an incredible bargain for just two days!

Don’t forget, e-books make great gifts for the holidays!

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Sci-Fi Super-Sale!

 

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Today and tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, December 15 – 16, Curiosity Quills Press is putting all their science fiction e-books on sale for just 99 cents each! That means if you haven’t been keeping up with the Actuator series , you can get the FIRST THREE BOOKS for just $2.97. Not only do they have the amazing new covers, the interiors have been updated. So now there’s a new story by yours truly in the Borderlands Anthology, and a free short story included with Fractured Earth. What a great day to be alive! Here are the individual links–

The Actuator: Borderland Anthology

The Actuator 1: Fractured Earth

The Actuator 2: Return of the Saboteur

The Actuator 3: Chaos Chronicles (New this week!)

Want more information about the series before you commit? Check my Actuator Page.

Remember, books made great GIFTS! You can gift them from Amazon. By then the sale will be over and they will think you spent tons of money on them. Spread the love!

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If you aren’t up for starting a whole series, or you want something a little more in the literary sci-fi area, check out Theocracide. You can’t go wrong at this price, and it’s guaranteed to leave you thinking.Under a Brass Moon Cover

If your not looking for anything deep or even as long as a book, you can get this fantastic collection of sci-fi and steampunk. I have four stories in this anthology. Under a Brass Moon is a gigantic collection of awesome you won’t want to miss. The paperback is $23.00, but you can get it for less than a buck!

 

Go to Amazon now and get Theocracide or Under a Brass Moon, or both for just $1.98!

99 Cent Sale!

windows-into-hell-coverMy publisher is putting all my books on sale over the next week. So, if you missed them, now is your chance to fill our your collection, cheap! Today (Monday, December 12) for the first time EVER on sale, you can get WINDOWS INTO HELL!

With a Stoker Grandmaster award winner, an international #1 bestseller, and a line-up of many incredible authors, this is one of the best existential works you’ll read.

And how much risk is it for just 99 cents?

 

 

 

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And if you’re not in the mood for deep thoughts, you can get something lighter. Who doesn’t like ghost stories, and nightmares, and monsters? Or better yet, a romance between a ghost and a monster? There’s all that and more.

I spent ten years world-building this story. Ten years of my life and you can get it for less than a buck. Try EXACTING ESSENCE!