The Next Big Thing: THESE UNQUIET BONES

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on December 5, 2012 by Dean Harrison

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Greetings from a southern ghost land!

I was recently asked by two writers/editors I respect and admire—Thomas A. Erb and Kate Jonez—to ride some crazy train called “The Next Big Thing Blog Hop”, and to answer some questions about my upcoming debut novel, THESE UNQUIET BONES. Since I agreed to it, and since I strive to be a man of my word, I’m on the tracks and ready to go.

But before  we barrel ahead, I want to introduce you to Thomas and Kate. Stop by their blogs and say hello!

Thomas A. Erb:  http://taerb.blogspot.com/

Kate Jonez:  http://katejonez.com/

All aboard? Let’s ride!

1. What is the working title of your next book?

Well, the first working title was CAPTURED GODDESS, but I decided that sounded too much like a fantasy novel, which I wasn’t writing. The next working (and short-lived) title was SUFFERING OVERDUE, but that sounded too much like splatter-punk horror, also not what I was writing. So after much brainstorming I settled with THESE UNQUIET BONES, which, thankfully ended up being the official title.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

This is actually a tough one for me to answer, because there is no one concrete source or place from which I came upon the idea The themes and characters have been with me for a very long time (since I was a teenager, actually) and a lot of the inspiration for the story came from researching religion (a lot of my stories touch on the subject of religion), philosophy (Satre and Hobbes) and reading a lot of classic literature, crime thrillers, and horror novels. Heavy metal and alternative rock was a big source of inspiration, as well. Dreams also played a big part in the creative process.

It is my belief that dreaming is the ultimate idea generator; the things that your unconscious mind weaves from the mysterious cloth of dreams are just too lovely, strange, and terrifying for your conscious mind to ever manufacture on its own.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

It’s a combination of supernatural and psychological horror. I actually like to think of it as a Southern Gothic, because for me it  allcontains the elements. But I’ll let the readers be the judge of that.

4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

I actually pictured a young Ellen Muth (from the  Showtime series Dead Like Me) when developing my lead character, Amy Snow. For her father, Hank Snow, I pictured Zakk Wylde of the grunge metal band Black Label Society (he played in the movie Rock Star, so I’m counting him as an actor). Out of respect, I’m not going to say whom I pictured for the character of Layne Hardy—Amy Snow’s best friend and secret admirer—because that person is deceased.

I’d have to think a little harder for what actors I’d pick for all the others, because for the most part I modeled them after people I know or had seen on TV or in real life. That’s just how it happens for me. I did see once the perfect actor for the psychopath of my story, Adam, but for the life of me I can’t remember who that actor was.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

While Amy Snow struggles to uncover the truth about her mother’s murder, a psychopath named Adam is in search of “The Lost One,” a girl he calls Eve, whom he must sacrifice to the god she betrayed, in order to bring Paradise back to its former glory.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Odium Media has picked up the book and will be publishing it in early 2013. A special thanks goes out to Kate Jonez for this.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

A year or longer. I actually went through several different versions of this story. The end result is a completely different (and better) story than what I started out with. More on that another time.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Another tough one. Let’s just say I was reading a lot of John Farris (my favorite writer), Tom Piccirilli, and Stephen King while writing this book.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

A constant nagging desire to author a novel that I wanted to read was what inspired me to write it. As I said, the themes and characters in this story have been with me for a very long time (they haunted me persistently, they would not let me go), so I had to get them out on paper. It took a while, but I finally did it. Now there are other themes and characters begging to be unleashed on the unsuspecting. I’m working on those now.

10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

It contains all sorts of different elements. It’s in part a supernatural horror, in part a mystery, in part a psychological thriller, and in part a dark, twisted romance. There are also some literary references. I am a big fan of Thomas Hardy and William Faulkner, so some of their influence is at work in THESE UNQUIET BONES. I wonder if it shows. Guess we’ll wait and see.

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Caroline’s Playhouse

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2012 by Dean Harrison

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RELICS AND REMAINS, edited by Ty Schwamberger, is now available in trade paperback. It features my Lovecraft-inspired short story, “Caroline’s Playhouse”, among other works by some of the best writers in the horror genre. Grab yourself a copy today!

http://www.amazon.com/Relics-Remains-Ty-Schwamberger/dp/1481112031/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354287545&sr=1-1&keywords=relics+and+remains

Synopsis

People have always been fascinated about the past. Some even going to great lengths to uncover what’s taken place long ago. But sometimes when people venture into locations that aren’t suitable for the living, bad things can happen.

That’s when these self-proclaimed explorers start to unearth strange looking, ancient artifacts and the cursed remains of the once-living. They think they’re going to be rich and famous. But, that might just be the furthest from the truth. To them, taking that risk is what it’s all about…until things start to go wrong.

So, for those of you into ‘finding’ strange things, here are some words of advice…

Proceed with caution when digging up someone else’s Relics & Remains.

Table of Contents

“Good For What Ails Ya” by Mike Oliveri

“Many Faces” by Wrath James White

“Centuries of Torment” by Adam P. Lewis

“The Black Diamond” by Michael Laimo

“Caroline’s Playhouse” by Dean Harrison

“The Painter” by Deborah LeBlanc

“Rachel Alhazred’s Tablet” by Steven L. Shrewsbury

“Adrift” by Dora Machado

“Monkey Paw 2.0” by Tim Deal

“Pickin’ & Grinnin’” by Thomas A. Erb

“Whispers at the End of Creation” by Maurice Broaddus

“Nailed” by John Everson

“’Chomp’ A Cautionary Tale” by Jeff Strand

The Christmas Goblin

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2012 by Dean Harrison

 

 

 

 

Ring in the holidays with this dark, chilling collection of twelve stories that will surely make you guzzle that rum-filled eggnog. Not everyone loves Christmas and all the “quality” time we get to share with those we love. And once you dig into this yule-timed anthology you will truly see the dark side of the Holiday season.

Inside Christmas in Hell you will discover zombies, ravenous reindeer, satanic Santas, psychotic spouses and much more macabre shenanigans that will make the twelve days of Christmas fly by like a reindeer hopped up on a keg of Red Bull.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-in-Hell-ebook/dp/B00AAM9E9G/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1354384901&sr=1-1&keywords=christmas+in+hell

 

Table of Contents:

“One hell of a Christmas”………………..Joseph Mulak

“Reindeer Feed”……………………………..Darren Gallagher

“The Christmas Goblin”…………………..Dean Harrison

“Shop ’till you Drop”……………………….Nick Cato

“Merry Christmas Bitch”………………….Skip Novak

“I, Claus- A Poem”…………………………..Ignatius O’Brien

“Lane feeds the Multitude”……………….Lincoln Crisler

“Hung with Care”…………………………….Ty Schwamberger

“To Grandmother’s house we go.”………Gregory Hall

“Christmas Town”…………………………… Charles Day

“The Dollhouse”……………………………….Alex Katrin

Christmas in Zombietown”……………….Michael Boatman

 

These Unquiet Bones

Posted in Uncategorized on November 24, 2012 by Dean Harrison

 

Coming in 2013 from Odium Media!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trying to get behind the truth of her mother’s death, Amy Snow unleashes the skeletons lurking in the dark of her father’s closet, and learns a terrible, twisted truth about her family tree. Meanwhile, a man named Adam is on a mission to restore Paradise to its former glory. To accomplish this, he must find “The Lost One,” a girl he calls Eve, and sacrifice her to the god she betrayed the day a talking serpent slithered into the Garden of Eden.

 

 

Welcome to my lair!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 24, 2012 by Dean Harrison

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In case you don’t know me, my name is Dean Harrison. I’m what some might call an “up-and-comer” in the horror genre. My published works can be found in the anthologies FEM-FANGS, FELL BEASTS, TWISTED TALES FROM THE TORCHLIGHT INN, RELICS & REMAINS, and CHRISTMAS IN HELL.

My first novel, THESE UNQUIET BONES, is set to be published by Odium Media in early 2013. More on that later.

This is my first attempt at a website, by the way. It may not be much, but you have to start somewhere, am I right?

Thank you for visiting. I plan to post periodic news about my fiction, views on life, the horror genre, and anything else under the sun, beneath the stars, and in the pale blue light of the moon.

I hope you enjoy your visits to my lair of ghosts, goblins, and nightmares. Please come again.

Cheers!

-Dean