Big news! My first novel, Video Night, is now an exquisitely-produced audiobook. Narrator Matt Godfrey (who audio fans may know for his production of Micheal McDowell’s Blackwater) gives an incredible performance here and I am overwhelmed to have such a talent bringing life to a book that’s very near and dear to my heart.
If you’ve been holding off on checking out the book, now’s the perfect time to grab it in this new format. Or, if you’ve read the book when it first came out, now’s the perfect time to revisit. And if you’re a “eh, audiobooks aren’t for me” kind of reader, I think this might be the book that breaks you into the habit. As someone who didn’t consider myself an audiobook guy until recently, I have to say that I now LOVE the format. It’s a great way to supplement my reading while I’m doing the dishes or walking the dog. It’s available on Amazon, Audible and iTunes.
Author and filmmaker Mick Garris (Masters of Horror, Stephen King’s The Stand, Critters 2: The Main Course) calls it “A terrific book. Beautiful and brutal. Heartbreaking and incredibly emotional. I really, really enjoyed it.” And Hellnotes says: “It will upset and maybe even offend. It will trick you and make you wince. But above all else, The Fallen Boys will move you. This is a tale you will never forget, as told by one of the most important new voices in the genre.”
Aaron is flat out my favorite writer from the Samhain-era and I’m so happy he’s chosen to release this incredible novel with us. He’s a master of what I like to think of as tragi-horror, his stories imbued with such verisimilitude and melancholy that they all really put you through the emotional wringer while at the same time shredding your nerves. Which is very different from what the other writers in the Black T-Shirt stable do, but it’s good to mix it up, right?
As with all Black T-Shirt releases: both The Fallen Boys and the Video Night audiobook will live and die on your support. So please pick up a copy (or help spread the word, even if you can’t commit right now) and then consider leaving each a quick, honest Amazon and Goodreads review when you’re finished. It’s how we make our livings and how we get the word out about the books. Thanks!
Hey y’all. Long time no talk. How are you? I’m good.
So just wanted to drop a line and say that I’ve been keeping busy with writing (nothing that I’m able announce yet, but these current projects are going to blow your mind), but I’ve also been chipping away on the YouTube Channel and getting new merch set up.
It’s been over a month since I last updated the ol’ blog, but I’ve been far from sedentary.
Leatherface really wants that Video Night shirt I’m wearing. He could just order his own…
Took a road trip up to Rock and Shock in Worcester, MA earlier in the month and it was just as great as always, even better because Black T-Shirt Books had a huge table with all of our authors in attendance.
A few months ago an editor at BOOM! Studios got in touch with me and asked if I would be interested in pitching a story for this year’sAdventure Time SpOooktacularcomic book.
My response of “Hell yes I would!” broke the email sound barrier.
The annual-sized issue focuses on Peppermint Butler, everyone’s shady confectionary valet. The issue also features stories by Grady Hendrix (the awesome My Best Friend’s Exorcism and Paperbacks from Hell), Nebula and World Fantasy award winner Alyssa Wong (!), and animator and Lovecraft scholar Chris Lackey. The supernaturally-talented Christine Larsen provided the art for my story and her work truly has to be seen to be believed.
Writing for comics has been a lifelong dream and now that I have my first professional comic book story coming out on October 11th, I need your help.
If you want to pick up this fine Halloween-themed issue the best way to do that is to go to your local comic book store before October 11th and ask them to reserve you a copy of the Adventure Time 2017 SpOooktacular. Pre-ordering this way helps me/us/your local small business the most. And I’m sure your local comic book guy/gal would love to see you.
Not something I usually get to say about my work, but: this comic is 100% appropriate for your kids. And the stories stand alone, so even if you aren’t familiar with Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time (you should be, it’s incredible), you’ll still find something to giggle about.
Desperate for some creepy reading for when you’re at the beach? I’ve come up with a list of five (it’s actually seven, but don’t tell anyone) novels and audiobooks. You can check that out over on my YouTube channel. If you haven’t hit that subscribe button, I’d love it if you did.
First of all, if you’re a Philly area local (or willing to travel), I’m going to be selling books at the Wizard World Comic Con June 1st-4th. If you’re planning on attending and haven’t bought your tickets yet: I’ve got a 20% off coupon made specially for my readers. Just enter the discount code BLACKT at checkout here.
Exponential is now out in ebook as a Black T-Shirt Books release. This new edition sports a great new cover by Fredrick Richardson and a new afterword. The paperback should be along in a few weeks. If you’re unfamiliar, Exponential is the story of an escaped lab experiment that’s growing and killing its way from Arizona to Las Vegas and the criminals and screw-ups who team up to fight it.
It’s one of my favorite things I’ve done and I’m hoping it will be able to reach an even wider audience in this spiffy new edition. If you’d like to help with that by picking up a copy, reading it through Kindle Unlimited, or simply spreading the word among your horror loving friends: I’d appreciate it. Quick, honest Amazon reviews also help a ton.
Okay, enough self-promo. Let’s talk horror movies. 2017 is off to a strong start, is it not? I loved Get Out, but it was Raw (directed by Julia Ducournau and starring Garance Marillier) that really got me up on my chair and shouting, as you can see in this episode of Project: Black T-Shirt.
And speaking of reading suggestions… I’m currently reading Dream Woods by Patrick Lacey and it’s fantastic. He’s doing something cool with his next novel, We Came Back, in that he’s pledging all the proceeds to charity (cancer, I believe). So I suggest picking up both books and supporting a nice guy while getting your horror reading on.
That’s all I’ve got for now. But did want to leave a quick reminder that if you pick upa Video Night shirt from RedBubble, the artist (Chris Enterline) and I would really like to hear from you so we can share your picture on Facebook.
As a quick tip for anyone who’s purchased the paperback editions of any of these books (even if they were the old editions): through Kindle Matchbook you’re eligible to get a FREE ebook copy of the new edition. Just make sure you’re logged into the same Amazon account and that the kindle book rings up $0.00 before you click to purchase. Even if you’re a technophobe: claim your free ebooks because it helps out the books visibility on Amazon.
Very quick blog today because there’s no new YouTube video or movies to discuss this week (outside of John Wick 2 or LEGO Batman, both of which I enjoyed immensely but they’re not horror so we won’t talk of them).
Just wanted to drop a quick note to say that the Black T-Shirt Books catalog is growing.
First off we have Zero Lives Remaining returning in ebook, paperback, and as a part of Kindle Unlimited. For the uninitiated, ZLR was released a little over a year ago by Shock Totem and they did an incredible job with it. This new version features a bonus short story that has only appeared in print once.
If you need to be convinced to pick up a copy of this novella, know that Fangoriasaid: “Cesare is a true master of fast-paced, fun, balls-out, over-the-top fear fiction, and those narrative talents are on full display in this video-arcade-set gore-o-rama ghost novel…” and Rue Morgue chimed in: “The victims in Zero Lives Remainingare different–far from being the typical lost, wide-eyed fodder, these outcasts and obsessives quickly catch on to the truth of their awful situation and come to battle armed in their own strange ways…enough to leave every joystick of the arcade drenched in blood.”
I am immensely grateful to Ken Wood for helping me put this new version of the book together and hope that you’ll pick up a copy and tell me what you think in the form of an Amazon review (those help a lot).
Here’s a picture of the real-life product (along with a few of its friends):
If you can’t read it, that cover quote goes like this: “The textbook definition of a nail-biter. The Summer Job is a kissing cousin to inbred classics from masters like Ketchum and Kilborn. Cesare’s best novel yet.” –Bloody Disgusting
I am overwhelmed by the response to these re-launches and so glad that these books have found new readers. That’s all they’ve ever wanted: to be read.