HorrorAddicts.net 111, Horror Addicts Guide to Life

It’s alive and the book is coming soon. This episode has some good readings from the book.

-David Watson

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Horror Addicts Episode# 111

Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich

Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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Editor Interview – David Watson on Horror Addicts Guide to Life

This should be out in the next two weeks at amazon.com. I’m proud to be a part of it.

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It’s an honour today to have the editor for the Horror Addicts Guide to Life in Killion’s Kave.  Please welcome to the spotlight, David Watson, the nicest, horrific bloke I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing.  

Let’s learn more about how the guide came to fruition, shall we?

So tell me about the concept “Horror Addicts Guide to Life” where did it originate? Why the guide, what is it’s purpose?

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When I first came on staff five plus years ago, I had heard of a book that was a goth guide to life. I liked the concept of a group of people who see the world the same having a lifestyle manual. Right away I thought: “I’m a writer for horroraddicts.net, this is a website/podcast that looks at horror as a lifestyle so why not have The Horror Addicts Guide to Life.”

I brought up the idea to Emerian Rich…

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Farther Than We Dreamed: The Secrets Of The Universe

23873352The universe is endless and even in the future there is a lot we don’t understand about it. In the future, Earth has had a war with machines, started a new race of people on Mars and we have the ability to grow new body parts and become half cyborg. So much has changed, but a few things have stayed the same.

Farther Than We Dreamed: The Secrets Of The Universe by Noah K. Mullette-Gillman is an ambitious book. Noah creates his own futuristic mythology and there are some original ideas in here that I haven’t heard of in other Science Fiction books. The characters are interesting, the story is good but what kept me reading was Noah’s vision of the future.

When I first heard of this book I thought it sounded like Star Trek but the only way this book is like Star Trek is that we have a group of people out exploring the Universe. This concept in itself is interesting but there is a mystery here also because the crew doesn’t know their exact mission or who sent them out into space. They also don’t remember a lot of their past. If you want to know more you will have to read the book, but there are so many great ideas in this book you could spend a month pondering its deeper meanings.

The crew of the USS Shamballa is pretty diverse, they come from different periods of time from the year 2030 all the way to 2792. We have musicians, artists, politicians, cyborgs, scientists and even a pop star.What’s really interesting about all these characters is that despite all the advancements made throughout time, they still have the same problems we have today. A couple of characters have ego problems that seem to get them into trouble, another is having a hard time getting over events from their past and another is so different from the others that she doesn’t know where she fits in.

The most amazing part of this book is the ship itself, it actually has cities, forests and creatures that have been bred specifically to support the ship’s ecosystem. You could do a whole novel on how the ship works and how it was designed. I thought it was fascinating and I found myself thinking that if I was on this ship I wouldn’t want to explore other planets. There is so much to talk about in this book its hard to pick one thing.

If I was to use any word to describe this book it would be epic. I felt like this was more of a future history book then a novel. In reality the book is a series of five novellas that all have the same characters. It made me think of a Science Fiction pulp fiction series but with much more depth. This book doesn’t read like a regular book because it’s not a regular book. What it lacks in a cohesive story and suspense, it made up for with great characters, originality and cool ideas. Despite some problems I had with it, I couldn’t put the book down and I’m happy to say that it’s part of an ongoing series. There are a lot of places that the crew of The Shamballa can go and it will be exciting to see what’s next.

 

In The Air Tonight

22929489Raye Larson is a woman with a mysterious past, she was found on the side of the road and raised by foster parents in the small town of New Bergin Wisconsin. Raye is a kindergarten teacher that doesn’t fit in with the town, she doesn’t look like them and she has the ability to talk to ghosts. She keeps her ability to herself but when murders start to take place in her home town she might be the only one that can help.

The small town murder has also gotten the attention of New Orleans homicide detective Bobby Doucet. Bobby has been tracking a killer that has been leaving a certain mark on the murder victims. With the murder in Wisconsin being similar, he shows up to investigate the crime. When Bobby meets Raye sparks fly and the two work together to find the killer. What they also find is the answers to Raye’s mysterious background and how it’s tied to the killings.

In The Air Tonight by Lori Handeland is a paranormal romance that builds into a much more complex story as it moves along. As I started this book I thought it would be a basic story of a guy meeting a woman and they manage to solve a mystery as they fall in love. When I started reading this book I thought I knew how the relationship between Raye and Bobby would go, but it didn’t go that way  which made the book better. While you do have an awesome love story here, there is much more going on then meets the eye.

Lori Handeland also creates her own spin on Wiccan mythology and there is a theme of fitting into society when your different then everyone else. In the beginning of the story Raye is presented as a misfit who has lived her life as a square peg in a round hole. She soon discovers that there are others out there like her and she wasn’t as alone as she thought. Of course finding out there are others like her creates a whole new set of problems that she isn’t quite ready for.

My favorite part of the book were the scenes with the ghosts, I liked the concept of Raye talking to ghosts and each ghosts having its own personality. In particular there is a scene from a ghost’s point of view where you find out a lot about the main characters without them even being in the scene. The ghost that I liked the best was Stafford, a ghost that haunts the kindergarten where Raye works. Stafford maybe a minor character but you learn enough about him where you can’t help to like him.

In The Air Tonight might be a paranormal romance but there is enough going on in the story where people who don’t like romances will enjoy it also. This is the first book in a three book series, the way the story builds in this one makes me wonder where Lori Handeland is going to take it. Its like she built a foundation and now she is going on to make the house bigger in the rest of the series. If you like a story with good characters and a fascinating mythology, you should check this one out.

Review: Vostok

22542136Antarctica is one of the coldest most desolate places on Earth. There isn’t much life there except penguins, seals and scientists looking into the origin of the planet. Under a thick sheet of ice lies Vostok, a 1000 mile deep lake heated by thermal vents and untouched for millions of years. When fossils are found suggesting that there was life in the lake, a team of scientists are recruited to explore its depths.

One of the recruits is Marine biologist Zachary Wallace.  He is reluctant to leave his family for the six month mission but the idea of being the first to explore the lake and other circumstances lead him to Antarctica. Once there Zachary and his crew use a submersible armed with lasers to cut through the ice and look for life forms that were believed to be extinct.

Vostok by Steve Alten is a hard book to review, the scope of this book is huge. When I started reading it I thought it was going to be a Michael Crichton type thriller about finding sea monsters. You do get that in this story but it goes even further by getting into the origin of the universe, ufo conspiracies, parallel dimensions and scientific explanations to back it all up. There is so much information in this book that you will probably get a headache when you read it. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it, but some of it went way over my head.

I thought the first half of Vostok was excellent, in fact early on I was thinking it was one of the best books I’ve ever read. The scenes with the submersible going through the lake were everything I thought they would be. Steve Alten paints a vivid picture of life in a prehistoric world and all the creatures involved in it. He also manages to build a fair amount of suspense as the crew tries to escape from danger. I also loved the scientific explanations behind what we see in the book.

The science behind the book is fascinating because even though some of it may seem far-fetched, Steve gives very detailed explanations how this could be true. This book covers UFOs, God’s existence and parallel dimensions. Everything is explained well, but the problem is that there is too much going on. I was into the exploration of the lake, I liked all the characters and then the half way point comes in the story and it goes in a completely different direction.

Despite my problems with it I would still recommend Vostok. I loved the explanation of the origin of the universe and all the action in the storyI also love the character of Zachary Wallace. In particular I enjoyed the relationship between him and his wife Brandy. I liked how its shown that some of the choices that Zachary made had put a strain on their marriage, yet when they are faced with the prospect of being separated, you see that they still love each other despite their differences. When Zachary is in danger later in the book I loved how he regrets that he will be leaving his wife and son alone. I  felt that the author was showing a very realistic husband/wife relationship and it added a lot to the book. The positives far out weigh the negatives in this book and I think Science Fiction fans will enjoy Vostok.

 

Guest Blog Post: Steve Alten talks about Vostok

22542136My name is Steve Alten and I am a NY Times and international best-selling author of fictional thrillers. My new release is called VOSTOK. In writing VOSTOK, I spent over twenty hours interviewing Dr. Steven M. Greer, the world’s foremost authority on Extraterrestrial Intelligence Last week, Obama Advisor John Podesta revealed that his biggest regret since leaving office was “keeping the UFO issue a secret.”

Woven into Vostok is Dr. Greer’s darkest secrets about a Cabal made up of the four largest banks which also own and operate the four largest oil companies. These cartels work hand-in-hand with the defense industry and orchestrate the wars which finance their entities. They own every major newspaper, magazine, radio, and television network which allows them to black out news stories that run counter to their enterprises. The Cabal operates by its own set of rules; Congress has no oversight over their budget or knowledge of their actions. When inquiries are made people turn up dead, and no rank is too high to be assassinated. CIA director William Colby agreed to support Greer’s investigation – until his body turned up in the Potomac River. That was a warning to Clinton and other members of the Cabal who might think of defecting. President Obama received his warning while in Norway to receive his Nobel Prize. On December 9, 2009, MJ-12 fired off a scaler burst over Oslo from one of their satellite weapons. A scaler weapon uses gravitic waves to vaporize targets, and the Norway blast left behind a blue spiral in the night sky that was witnessed by thousands. Obama was put on notice that he may be president, but the Cabal is still in charge. This group has one singular objective – to acquire ET technologies for weapons applications while keeping a tight lid on clean, unlimited power generating systems which would essentially solve the planet’s energy crisis but put the fossil fuel industry out of business. Vostok exposes everything!

See more here- http://news.yahoo.com/outgoing-obama-adviser-john-podesta-s-biggest-regret-of-2014–keeping-america-in-the-dark-about-ufos-234149498.html

Jokes For Kids

25024177Are you looking for a laugh? Do you need something funny to get you through your day? Are you looking for something that will keep your kids entertained on a long car trip? Jokes for Kids: A two-in-one collection featuring Yo Mama Jokes and Knock Knock Jokes by Steve “Joke Teller” Evans is just what you need. This book is a simple, straight forward joke book. It starts off with a series of knock knock jokes that range from funny to so bad that they are funny and then the second half gets into your mama jokes that will have kids rolling on the floor in hysterics.

As an adult reading this book I found a lot of the jokes overly corny, but as you keep reading and get in the spirit, you will find yourself laughing in spite of yourself. I think kids will really love Jokes For Kids and its the perfect book for them to read with their friends.  This is a book aimed at kindergarteners but I can see older kids liking it also. Who doesn’t like a silly book sometimes. I felt the yo mama jokes were not as good as the knock knock jokes, but once again this book is targeted to an audience younger than me and I’m sure the intended age range will love it. As far as joke books go this is a fun read.