Cinema by Jason Gehlert
Cinema is Jason Gehlert’s fifteenth entry into his library of work and his unique writing style brings horror to a new level! This collection, separated into sprawling short stories and poems, brings back several of his iconic characters as well as some thrilling new heroes. Laanes Available paints a disturbing tale about reckless teens stranded in a rundown bowling alley. Echoes is the centerpiece of the collection, featuring a group of teenagers fighting for survival inside a cave and features William, a Down Syndrome character you’ll likely not soon forget. Gehlert’s Immortal hitman Jeremiah Black (from his novel of the same name) returns in a pair of unique tales, and Malcolm Ellis for the macabre tale, My Black Valentine. Cinema also features artwork by artist Mary Ellen Doering, and marks the fifth collaboration with Black Bed Sheet Books. “Gehlert’s Cinema is a unique collection of horror stories that will keep you up at night with the lights on!” – From award-winning G.A. Minton, author of TRISOMY XXI.
I’ve been reading a lot of anthologies lately. Not a bad thing, but I have been hankering to dig into some novels and get lost for a longer term. I decided to belay that for Cinema by Jason Gehlert, and I made the correct decision. I’ve read Gehlert’s books before, and enjoyed them immensely, so I sat back to see what sort of madness he had for me this time.
The title ‘Cinema’ is fitting. Each story plays out very visual and textured, much like a good creepy movie would be; maybe showing some old rundown theater in a dirty back corner of town. The illustrations provided by Mary Ellen Doering were a nice touch, which I think helped set the stage. Starting with a story of a fisherman for hire, you aren’t sure if he’s going with ‘Old Man and the Sea’ or maybe ‘Ryme of the Ancient Mariner’. As per usual, it goes in a different direction entirely, and away we go into the darkness. The book is broken up much like a movie, with acts and intermissions. It’s a device that works because each Act has a different tone to it. Each story in Act One gives us twists and turns, keeping us interested. In Echoes, we find our hero to be not whom most would expect. In the Roade to Ruin, we find our hero to be exactly what we expect, but what he has to go through keeps you on the edge of your seat. (or bed, if you like to read in those sort of places)
The Intermission is a nice little palate cleanser. Full of poetry, dark and moving, it helps ready for Act 2 without forfeiting the tone of the anthology. I’ll admit, while I sometimes enjoy poetry, I’m not one to speak to much on it. I still think the peak of poetic genius lays with Shel Silverstein, so I’m probably not a great authority. I read each one, though. Each and every word.
Act 2 starts with a seriously creepy piece of body horror in Incision. Then we get to a treat. Combining the worlds of his previous work in Jeremiah Black and The Ferryman, we are taken on a hell of a ride in Ferrymen: Judgement Call. This is a world I wanted to read more of and hope there is more of it in the future. The Devil’s Troll and Laanes Available, both delightfully disturbing lead up to My Black Valentine, where , Jeremiah Black shows up one more time in a ‘just one more before we go’ gesture. He tussles with love, devotion, and various open wounds.
Overall, this is a fun collection of stories and poetry. Each story is a ride all in of itself, leaving a lasting impression. I highly recommend this anthology.
Night Shall Overtake is now at Half Price Books on Lamar in Austin! That makes two stores you can stroll into and pick up a copy off the shelf. I am very happy to be able to have it at a place that I have given so much of my money. So that makes Bookpeople and Half Price Books on the physical side. As far as internet shopping, it’s still available literally anywhere you can buy books. I suggest directly from the publisher (here).
I am also in the works of setting up another book signing in January at Half Price Books as well. More info on that as it comes.
Remember kids: stay in school, don’t drink and drive, and buy books before books buy you.
My first published work is finally been released to let the world do with it what it will. Night Shall Overtake, published by Black Bed Sheet Books, is now available where ever the hell you get your reading material. And, coincedentally, my second published work is also out. My story ‘Possession’ is included in the current issue of Shadows & Light anthology, so you can read that one as well. And you should because it has a lot of fine authors in it.
It’s a pretty damn good feeling, right now. A life long dream come true. Twice, even.
Getting it published is the first step. Now to try and sell the damn thing. I’ll be the first to admit, it’s a strange little story and not terribly conventional. It’s not quite horror, not quite detective story, and deinfinitely not for the kids. As Nick put it, ‘a thrilling whodunnit creaturefest.’ I think he pinned it. Has a nice ring to it, right?
A big thanks to all the folks who helped hammer it into shape. And even more so to my long-suffering family and roommates who have had to deal with my crazy ass throughout. If I wasn’t holed up writing, I was sitting around grumpy because I should have been writing. Not that it’s any different now.
You have no idea how many times I’ve heard this as I emerged from the computer. My roommates think they are just Hil-ar-ious.
Below are all the fine internet establishments that you can find both stories at. I’ll be pushing to get physical copies in physical stores and will keep you updated on that. Of course, you could help a writer out by having your local book store put one or two on the shelf. (I’m giving you puppy dogs eyes right now)
Anyone with a blog, website, radio show, or major television network; I’m totally willing to whore myself out and trade reviews, interviews, and shameless plugs if you are. Whatever it takes to get the word out that this strange tale of crime, creatures, and creepiness is something the people need to read.
Of course now that NSO is out, I can’t let myself get lazy on my next projects. (Too late!) My very much not-a-horror-story story about two youth’s struggle with ostracization and survival on their own is coming along swimmingly and probably my next book. The ghost story is on hiatus right now, but certainly not forgotten. The pile of notes I keep making for it is getting bigger and quite possibly a fire hazard.
Life is good.
Night Shall Overtake Links:
Shadows & Light Links:
Remeber kids: stay in school, don’t drink and drive, and do a little dance-make a little love-get down tonight.
I am happy to announce that in 2014 my novel, Night Shall Overtake, will be published by Black Bed Sheet Books!
I am excited to work with BBS in the coming months to get it ready for publication and afterwords. This will be my first published novel, something I’ve been working towards for a long time.
Writing is not new to me, it’s been a constant companion for as long as I can remember, but this will begin a whole new aspect of ‘the biz’. I’m sure it will be an adventure. As things develop and news is available I will keep the updates rolling. All I can say for now is that I’m ridiculously excited and Night Shall Overtake has a tentative release date of this summer.
*clicky, clicky* http://www.downwarden.com/blackbedsheet/