Clockwork Wonderland Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the Clockwork Wonderland Blog tour. I’m very proud to be a part of another horroraddicts.net publication.

HorrorAddicts.net Press presents…Clockwork Wonderland.

Clockwork Wonderland contains stories from authors that see Wonderland as a place of horror where anything can happen and time runs amok. In this book you’ll find tales of murderous clockworks, insane creations, serial killers, zombies, and a blood thirsty jabberclocky. Prepare to see Wonderland as a place where all your worst nightmares come true. You may never look at classic children’s literature the same way again.

Edited by Emerian Rich
Cover by Carmen Masloski
Featuring authors:

Trinity Adler
Ezra Barany
Jaap Boekestein
Dustin Coffman
Stephanie Ellis
Jonathan Fortin
Laurel Anne Hill
N. McGuire
Jeremy Megargee
James Pyne
Michele Roger
H.E. Roulo
Sumiko Saulson
K.L. Wallis

With Foreword by David Watson

URL: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1544785518

Excerpt from
Foreword

Horror’s Name is Alice

What is the most influential piece of horror literature ever written? Could it be Bram Stoker’s Dracula? Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein? Perhaps something by Edgar Allan Poe, M.R. James, or H.P. Lovecraft? I think an argument could be made that Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is the most influential piece of horror literature ever written. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking Glass may be fantasy aimed at children, but they have inspired nightmares for children and adults alike.

A girl following a rabbit down a hole into a land of strange creatures where chaos reins supreme could be the premise of a great horror story. There are several different themes that run throughout the book and one of them is questioning your sanity. Nothing makes sense in Wonderland and at one point Alice says, “But I don’t want to be among mad people.” To which the Cheshire Cat responds, “Oh you can’t help that, we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re Mad.”

But is Alice really mad? Probably not, but she is entering a crazy world where the possibility of death lurks around every corner. To me Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is showing us how ridiculous society and the world around us can be. In order to understand reality, we create our own little Wonderland.

You could also say that Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland is a metaphor for adulthood and how we try to make sense of it. To a child like Alice, the world of adults is confusing and sometimes horrifying. After Alice makes her trip down the rabbit hole, she faces a loss of innocence. She is leaving the safety of childhood and all that is familiar to her. In the terrifying world of Wonderland, Alice is alone and death is her constant companion in the disguise of an angry queen and other bizarre creatures.

Alice has a vivid imagination and creates Wonderland because she is bored. Imagine if Alice was a horror writer, what kind of terrors would she create in Wonderland?

This leads us to the book you are about to read. Clockwork Wonderland contains fifteen stories from authors that see Wonderland as a place of horror where anything can happen and time runs amok. In this book you’ll find tales of serial killers, insane creations, a bloodthirsty jabberclocky, and zombies. Get ready to see Wonderland as a place where all your worst nightmares come true. You may never look at classic children’s literature the same way again.

David Watson

HorrorAddicts.net

To read the full story and more Clock-inspired, Alice Horror, check out Clockwork Wonderland.

Check out some of the other tour stops by going here: https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/clockwork-wonderland-blog-tour-and-events/

 

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Now available from HorrorAddicts.net Press, Horror Addicts Guide to Life

Now available from HorrorAddicts.net Press, Horror Addicts Guide to Life
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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.
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Rock is Not Dead Yet: Part 1

Back in September Gene Simmons said that Rock And Roll is officially dead. He stated that the system that was in place when Kiss came on the scene back in 1974 is gone and rock bands don’t get the support they once had. He went on to say that it’s to easy for the younger generation to steal music and not pay for it and this is what killed rock and roll. To further prove his point he asked people to name a rock band who came out in the last 20 years that is a household name today. He didn’t say that there weren’t good newer rock bands out there, he just said that you can’t get rich off of Rock And Roll like you could in the past.

After Gene made his comments several other Rock stars such as Dee Snider, Slash and Rob Halford agreed with him. They said that he was right that Playing Rock And Roll isn’t something that can make you rich anymore. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a market out there for guitar based rock music and there are lots of new young rock bands out there that just need to get a little more attention to break through to a wider audience. It’s not as easy as it use to be but it can be done.

SaveRockRollWhen I was a kid growing up in the eighties there were a lot of great rock bands out there. You could see bands like Aerosmith, Poison, Dokken, Motley Crue and Cinderella on MTV and hear them on hit music radio. In the present day you don’t hear rock music on hit music stations. Even the rock music stations don’t seem to play a lot of stuff from the last 15 years.

That being said I know there is good rock music out there still getting made. I hear it on podcasts and indie music radio stations like WMSE.org. Good new rock music is out there, you just have to look a lot harder to find it then you did 20 years ago. To quote Joan Jett: “I Love Rock and Roll,” and just in case Rock is dying I want to quote The Who: “Long Live Rock, Be It Dead Or Alive.”

So if you stumble upon this blog post, I want to ask you is rock dead? I can name lots of great rock acts from the fifties, sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties. But what about the last 15 years? If you know of any good rock bands from the last 15 years, leave a comment on this blog or email me at dwatson2@wi.rr.com. I’m hoping to start writing blog posts on new rock bands who need more publicity, so help me out and below you will see a you tube video from one of my all time favorites:

 

Information Cloud

13616868Information Cloud by Peter J. West is an action packed science fiction novel that takes place in a technologically advanced future where a decades old government is under attack by a terrorist organization called the Kamari. Cinnamon City is ruled by the Council of Lords which no one has seen for several years and they are under the protection of Central Command. The head of Central command, Gail Thompson has just sent a transmission to Commander Nick Chambers stating where the Kamari base is along with orders to attack.

Unbeknownst to Central Command the message has been intercepted by Riser Trent, a hacker working for the Mekinet News corporation. At Riser’s disposal is the information cloud which is a swarm of remote control droids that he can use to give himself enhanced powers and let him have awareness of everything that the droids sense. Riser’s new power has made him an enemy of both Central Command and the Kamari. A three-way battle for Cinnamon City has begun and there may be no survivors.

Information Cloud is a fast paced novel that is hard to put down. It has a great story, interesting characters and the descriptions of all the futuristic technology is fascinating. I loved the explanation on how the information cloud works as well as the description of the equipment that they use such as the crocs, roaches, crab scanners and the bull rangers. The scenes where the Bull Rangers are tearing up the Kamari base were my favorite and I loved the way the Kamari deal with the problem

Along with the political commentary and great battle scenes. Information Cloud also has a good human interest story. Under Nick Chamber’s command is his former lover Rachel Henson. The couple has a daughter named Lisa who is in a building thats close to the battlezone. The two parents have to put aside their differences and decide how to save their daughter and follow orders at the same time. I enjoyed how the couple both come up with different solutions to their problem and both doubted that they made the right decision.

Another thing I liked about Information Cloud is how the author lets the reader decide who the villain is. Both the Kamari and Central Command have their good points and bad points. Neither side is presented as being good, the leaders of both organizations come across as uncaring and power hungry while the people in the middle of the battle are put in a sympathetic light.

One complaint that I’ve read about Information Cloud was that there was not enough backstory to The Cinnamon City government and the Kamari, but I think if the author would have focused more on the backstory it would have taken away from the action and the human element of the story. While there are political elements to the story, its more about the people who are affected by the two organizations and how they react to the world around them. Information Cloud is an excellent book and I can’t wait for future installments in the story.