Monthly Archives: February 2014
Nightcrawler by John Reinhard Dizon –
Due to her father’s sudden death, Sabrina Brooks leaves behind her partying ways to take the reins of the Brooks Chemical company. Working hard to prove herself to those within the company, she can’t completely shake her dream of getting into law enforcement. Instead Bree decides to take different route; a blending of the two. Combining her knowledge of chemistry and her drive to help those in need she becomes Nightcrawler; an unwavering force for those in need. Unfortunately the stakes are raised almost immediately.
Her initial campaign against the drug gangs of New York is put into jeopardy when the police begin a manhunt for the Nightcrawler, whom they deem a dangerous vigilante. Seeking guidance from her friends and councils, such as Pastor Mitchell, she agrees to put away that part of her life.
A terrorist group called the Octagon begins a campaign of terror and extortion against the city. Once again Bree dons her Nightcrawler armor to stop a tanker filled with chemical agents from releasing into the water. Bree stops the attack but each time she steps out as her alter ego, she strains not only herself but the relations and trust of those who know her secret. These relations are strained even further when it turns out the Octagon is extorting one of her own trusted VP’s at Brooks Chemical to launder the money they make through their acts of terror.
While investigating a series of suspicious forest fires as Nightcrawler, Bree finally gets in over her head and is rescued by her good friend Officer Hoyt Wexford. After finding out her secret, they work together as the Octagon feverishly race to their next diabolical act of terror.
This is an action packed and well mapped thriller that shows a strong heroine fighting against the odds. It does well to show how Sabrina’s nocturnal activities force her to balance them with her personal life. Bree’s religious and personal beliefs are one of the central points of the book as she works heavily with the church and Pastor Mitchell. There was also an interesting infusion of the LGBT community into the main plot. It was refreshing to not take for granted that every main and minor character was straight. Though I didn’t personally agree with Pastor Mitchell’s final speech on the subject, it didn’t detract any from who he was as a character or the thrilling ride that I went on with Sabrina and company.
Overall, I’d say that Nightcrawler is a fun and thrilling read that I found hard to put down.
Remember kids: stay in school, don’t drink and drive, and it’s all fun and games until someone looses an eye.
So here’s the deal. My publisher, Black Bed Sheet Books, has started the Stimulus Project. It’s an effort to take the company further and do more. It’s also a way to help out Nick and Francy so they can keep doing the great things they are doing. Please click the link below because I think Nick can explain it a helluva lot better than I can.
What I can add to it is this: Nick is the hardest working man in horror publishing. He gives his heart and soul to making sure that quality horror fiction is getting out there. He is also adamant about getting new voices heard. He isn’t in this only to make a buck, he’s in it because he believes. So if you dig a quality scare, or great new voices in dark lit, then let’s help BBS keeps chugging along.
Remember kids: stay in school, don’t drink and drive, and fight the good fight.
So I’ve been trying to get some writing in only to constantly be distracted by all this Olympics going on. Found out that not only is there a sport called Skeleton, but its pretty intense to watch. Nothing like laying head first on a sled and speeding down a frozen tube at 80 mph. When I watched I wondered what the constant jangling sound was, then I realized it’s their brass balls.
And of course the hockey, but hockey often distracts me. That’s nothing new.
Last week was the pilot episode for my radio show, Saint Zero’s Headphone Bleed. It was a rocking good time, and despite it being scabbed together, there were no major glitches and I even had listeners. But it would be cool if I could have more. (hint, hint) I’m doing it again Saturdays at 11pm (cst). It will be two hours of random music, paused only by bad jokes and awkward stammering. How does that not sound like a good time?
Since I really don’t have much else to go on about, I’ll just keep shamelessly plugging some stuff.
Author Jason Gehlert is coming out with a new, and quite frankly awesome, book called Red Triangle. If you like sharks and San Francisco, then you have no reason not to read it. If you hate sharks and San Francisco then you still have no reason not to read it because, you know, horror. Expect it May 1st. Jason’s website ==> http://www.jasongehlert.blogspot.com/
Aaaand speaking of things with words, Black Bed Sheet Books has been taking on a slew of new talent lately. Not only is my new novel due out this summer but so are a number of others. Screw doing things this summer, let’s just read and get scared. While you’re waiting though, might as well get caught up on what’s available and check out the bookstore. http://downwarden.com/blackbedsheetstore/
I would also like to announce that I am open to reviewing your work. So if you have a book, album, or just your kids macaroni art; hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to give unbiased opinions of it via the blogosphere.
Remember kids: stay in school, don’t drink and drive, and long live rock and roll.
I’ve not much new to report from the wide wide world of writing. Still pending anything new with Night Shall Overtake and the couple of writing contests that I’ve entered haven’t announced that I won yet. (At least I’m assuming that I won, I mean, why wouldn’t I? Right?). The two major projects that I am currently working on are coming along nicely. One is an atypical ghost story. It’s a little Barkeresque and taking me on a eerily interesting journey into the cult mind. Project #2 is a departure from what I usually go on about. It’s a more serious and poignant story about youth, religion, relationships, and being ostracized.
On top of all the above I’ve thrown myself headlong into a completely different endeavor. Radio. I’ve always wanted to be a radio DJ and thanks to our best friend, the internet, I’ve put together a radio show. Music will always be the great soother of beasts and the mover of hearts and asses. I don’t claim to have the greatest tastes in music, but I’m am a fierce supporter of sharing wonderfulness. And I do like exposing myself and others. (To music)
Life is too short for crappy music.
So without further ado I shall formally announce the creation of Saint Zero’s Headphone Bleed. The debut show will be Saturday, Feb 15, 9 pm (cst) at http://myradiostream.com/saintzero. It’s a no frills mayhem induced show that will feature a wide variety of music and genre’s. They will be rock. There will be roll. There will also be blues, and jazz, and chill, and trip-hop, and hell maybe even polka. More information and updates can be found via the twittersphere at @saintzero42. So please come and listen. As i get the bugs worked out I will take requests, suggestions, and have fun with people who join in the chat room.
Oh yeah, BTW, there will be a chat room.
Isn’t technology fun? And if I have anything to do with it, technology will sound a helluva lot better too.
Remember kids: stay in school, don’t drink and drive, and it’s only dirty the first time.