Now available from Press, Horror Addicts Guide to Life

Now available from Press, Horror Addicts Guide to Life
FinalFrontCoverDo you love the horror genre?
Do you look at horror as a lifestyle?
Do the “norms” not understand your love of the macabre?
Despair no longer, my friend, for within your grasp is a book written by those who look at horror as a way of life, just like you. This is your guide to living a horrifying existence. Featuring interviews with Midnight Syndicate, Valentine Wolfe, and The Gothic Tea Society.
Edited by David Watson Cover artist Carmen Masloski
Authors: Kristin Battestella, Mimielle, Emerian Rich, Dan Shaurette, Steven Rose Jr., Garth von Buchholz, H.E. Roulo, Sparky Lee Anderson, Mary Abshire, Chantal Boudreau, Jeff Carlson, Catt Dahman, Dean Farnell, Sandra Harris, Willo Hausman, Laurel Anne Hill, Sapphire Neal, James Newman, Loren Rhoads, Chris Ringler, Jessica Robinson, Eden Royce, Sumiko Saulson, Patricia Santos Marcantonio, J. Malcolm Stewart, Stoneslide Corrective, Mimi A. Williams, and Ron Vitale. With art by Carmen Masloski and Lnoir.
Now available at: Contact: David Watson at mail


Guy Erma And The Son Of Empire

Guy Erma and the Son of Empire

In a world far away Guy Erma dreams of being a warrior in the Dome Elite. You could say he grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, he is not sure who his parents are, he lives with several other orphans and works hard to achieve his dream. He has a good luck medallion and has become very skilled at blades which is a fighting skill used in the dome elite.

On the other side of the tracks is Prince Teodor who is trying to find his place in the world. He is very skilled at taking care of feline creatures called gorans, but he is hoping to impress people in his kingdom by learning the art of blades. Teodor has led a pampered life but he works hard for his kingdom and despite how people feel about him, he takes his role seriously. Guy and Teodor’s world collide when Teodor is kidnapped and Guy may be the only one who can save him.

There is a lot going on in Guy Erma and the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia. We have action, adventure, politics and some cool half human half cyborg creatures. While this story may take place on another world there are a lot of things that are similar to ours. The idea of kids living together with limited opportunities in life and a government that is run by people who don’t care about the majority of its citizens is something most people can relate to. In this book these elements are combined with battle borgs, shape shifters, giant cats and cy-wolves.

I love the characters in this book, especially Guy and Teodor. They seem like opposites but the more you know, you see that they are very similar. The biggest difference is that they come from different backgrounds. They both work hard at what they do. Teodor doesn’t get the respect he deserves but it’s probably because more is expected from him. Some people think he doesn’t deserve his title, but you see his concern for others and how much he tries and you know he would make a good leader. Guy on the other hand gets a lot of respect but he still has limited resources at trying to make a better life for himself. There are also some good sub-plots in this book. In particular I liked how Teodor’s mother is forced into a situation that she has no control over and the choices she has to make.

This book was a little hard for me to get into, there was a lot of information thrown in during the beginning. You are introduced to several characters, locations and situations that you are not familiar with. Luckily there is a glossary at the end of the book to explain everything. I may have felt lost in the beginning but as I read on, I started to get into the story and I liked the world that Sally Ann Melia created. This is an epic Science fiction adventure that fans of the genre will love.

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Learning The Secret Language Of Cats

Learning the Secret Language of CatsHave you ever noticed a cat staring at you and wondered what they are thinking? Cats are mysterious creatures and in my opinion a lot smarter than we give them credit. For instance cats communicate through body language but since humans don’t always understand this, they meow at us to let us know what’s going on. Its like Cats live a secret life that we humans don’t quite understand.

Dr. Carol Teed graduated veterinary college in 1990 and for several years ran a feline specialty practice. She understands cats better than most people do and she wrote a book called Learning The Secret Language Of Cats to help people have a better understanding of their cats. This is much more than a book about how to take care of your cat though, Dr Teed looks at how cats can affect your life on a spiritual basis by showing us what we can learn if we look closely enough.

When I first got this book I figured I wouldn’t want to read the whole thing, but I have three cats myself so I really wanted to hear what she had to say. I thought this book would seem like a technical manual on how to take care of your cat but this was not the case. Dr. Teed gives a fresh perspective on how to take care for your kitty by using humor, first hand knowledge and telling stories that happened in her own clinic.

This is what really made Learning The Secret Language Of Cats a good book, its like a memoir. Dr. Carol Teed gives us a first hand account on what its like to be a veterinarian and why she is so passionate about cats. To her, being a veterinarian was a spiritual journey and she also gets into why she eventually left her practice. I always like to hear people who are passionate about something talk about it and that is what this book is, one person talking about her passion. We get to hear all the things she has learned about cats over the years, like how cats teach us to forgive but not to forget, live in the present moment, be curious about everything and to take time for cat naps. There is one section in this book where she compares the cat to a yoga guru and I agree with her comparison since I love both yoga and cats. I do think that if you look at a relaxing cat, they do appear as if they figured out all of life’s mysteries.

This book also gets into practical issues on how to take care of your cat. Such as why its important to have pet insurance, how to deal with obesity, why vaccinations are important, how to keep indoor cats happy and how to choose a name that fits your feline. Dr. Teed teaches this in a way that’s informative and entertaining. There are a lot of funny cat stories here that make you want to keep reading. This book doesn’t read like a text-book, this is more like a cat lover trying to tell other cat lovers how to better care for your furry friends. If you love cats this book is a must read.

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Interview with David Watson, editor of “Horror Addicts Guide to Life”

It’s an honor to be mentioned on Sumiko Saulson’s blog.

Sumiko Saulson

The Author

1378065_10202215214692185_1669130623_nDavid was born in the Quad Cities on the Illinois/Iowa border in 1971. He graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Communications. Now he lives in Milwaukee Wisconsin with his wife and kids. His interests include reading (all genres, especially horror), music (hard rock, heavy metal and industrial), power yoga, bike riding, baseball, hiking,  and Broadway musicals. He also has an unhealthy addiction to surfing the net, listening to podcasts, and diet soda. Find David’s reviews at:DavidWatson

The Book

FinalFrontCoverDo you love the horror genre? Do you look at horror as a lifestyle? Do the “norms” not understand your love of the macabre? Despair no longer, my friend, for within your grasp is a book written by those who look at horror as a way of life, just like you. This is your guide to living a horrifying existence. Featuring interviews with Midnight Syndicate, Valentine Wolfe, and The Gothic Tea…

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