Friday Feature #writer #publishing #horror

Welcome to Friday Feature a new (or rekindling) of a weekly blog that features writers, artists, poets. I hope you enjoy these weekly articles and the talented people featured here.

The Dark Trek Home
Trent’s grandfather vanished without a trace many years ago and now his brother has been found dead. Mutilated in a field. And the dead man’s son is missing. A fishing trip gone terribly wrong. Trent soon discovers that the guilty are beyond the law—light-years beyond the law. His quest takes him, his brother’s wife, and a small band of close friends to a haunting world he knows nothing about, to strike an impossible deal with the very monsters that tore his family apart.

About Erik: This author thinks bow ties are “groovy” and obviously grew up in the “70s.” He is married, has two grown daughters, 3 cats, and a little “fluff” dog. He holds a doctorate in psychology and spent 20 years serving in the Air Force. Presently, he teaches psychology and is the regional coordinator for a non-profit helping people with intellectual disabilities and brain injuries. His goal is help these folks lead richer, fuller lives.

Erik likes to write about carousels which I think is cool as there is so much potential symbolism. He has a number of short stories featuring carousels and is in the process of publishing a series about them. The Carousel in the Sky is a book based on a carousel that revolves around the roof of a huge mansion out in the woods.

I asked Erik if any of his “monsters” wear a bow tie? :”I haven’t written a story featuring a character or a monster sporting a bow tie yet, that is not a bad idea. I started wearing them after Doctor Who made them cool.” 

People who write love to know how others got bit with the writing “bug.” Here’s how Erik got started:

“I first got excited about writing in 2010.  My wife suggested I try the NaNoWriMo challenge and I went out and gave it a shot.  I loved the challenge and more importantly, I loved writing!  What I ended up with was a draft of Fall Leaves and the Black Dragon.  I also wrote in high school (over 25 years ago, I guess.  Wow that was a long, long time ago).  I had fun writing short stories but never did anything with them.  I put them away and forgot about them until after NaNoWriMo.  I pulled a few back out, most were terrible!  But a few had hope with tons of polish.  One in particular,”My Lover, My Garden”, was popular and I wrote that in high school.”


I asked Erik why did he choose “Horror” as a genre:

“I grew up reading Stephen King and the other giants in horror, so I gravitated toward that in my writing. I was also a fan of (no one probably remembers this) “Up All Night”with Rhonda Shear, a TV show featuring cheesy horror movies. Lately though, I have been shifting away from horror and working on dark fantasy. These dark novels and short stories feature carousels imagined in a whole new terrifying way. I spend a lot of time volunteering at the antique carousel in town and my daughter is the manager there, so I get lots of ideas. The first idea was a dream I had featuring a mansion out in the woods that had a carousel that revolved around it like a crown.”


If you like dark, creeping fiction and carousels then Erik Gustafson’s novels are a must read! Keep an eye out for his carousel series starting with The Carousel in the Sky.

The Dark Trek Home is a dark sci-fi adventure with a compelling plot built in an amazing world featuring zombies and aliens.
You can find it here on Amazon. 
You can  also find Erik
on Twitter @eriktiger
His personal blog:
Erik is a Visionary Press Author
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Andromeda’s Fall – Cover Reveal #giveaway #booktour

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Title: Andromeda’s Fall
Series: Shadowcat Nation #1
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance (18+; Some sexual situations)

Andie Reynolds is being hunted. After witnessing her mother’s violent death at the hands of a pack of wolf shifters, Andie has devoted her life to protecting her community of cougar shifters from a similar fate. But now, a greater threat lies within her own dare, and she must run. If she stays, Kyle Carstairs will try to force their Mating, seeking the added power their union would provide.

Andie would rather chew off her own foot than end up with Kyle. Though, knowing him, she won’t live long either way. Andie’s only hope of survival is to Mate the Alpha of the Keller Dare with which she is seeking asylum. But before she can get to him, Andie must first go through A.J., one of the Alpha’s Protectors. The incredibly frustrating shifter insists on challenging her story, her skills, her trust… and her heart.

Andie is running out of options and out of time. But risking the life of someone she loves – just to save herself – goes against every instinct she has.

Author Bio

Award-winning author, Abigail Owen was born in Greeley, Colorado and raised in Austin, Texas. She now resides in Northern California with her husband and two adorable children who are the center of her universe.

Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. A fourth generation graduate of Texas A&M University, she attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by obtaining a degree in English Rhetoric/Technical Writing. However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.

Here’s where you can find Abigail:
Please participate in the giveaway for this tour. $20 Amazon Giftcard or PayPal Cash and a Kindle copy of Here Kitty, Kitty (A Paranormal Romance Anthology) by Various Authors. Open Internationally. Ends 2/25.

Monsters Unleashed Blogtour #horror #blogtour #author

Monsters Unleased

What’s Breathing Down Your Neck????

Do you like horror that is told from a monster’s point of view?
Perhaps you like being sucked into the story (lost could be a better word.) Timothy’s Hobbs draws you, the reader, deeper and deeper into the dark halls of horror. Hobbs’ monsters claim “you will never be the same.”

I have to admit that I am still just getting my feet wet when it comes to horror (and my legs gnawed on.) Sure I’ve read the classical works but until I joined Pen of the Damned I knew not of the excellent, well thought out  horror that is being penned and published today. I was recently introduced to Timothy and his fine writing through Visionary Press.

I hope you enjoy this short interview about Tim and his work of Horror. I understand that anyone who leaves a comment on this blog has the chance to win a gift pack of Tim’s books** from Visionary Press. All of his works are available through Amazon.


 Where does your inspiration for writing horror come from? 

My brother, who was ten years my senior, introduced me to horror literature and movies. In fact, I learned to read before going to school from his Classic’s Illustrated comic books, the main one being Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. His influence was the original source for my inspiration. Dreams do also figure in my writing as does just observing the actions of people in different situations.

 Can you tell me  about your Once Upon a Time in Texas series:

I originally published my novel The Pumpkin Seed through Vamplit Publishing in The United Kingdom. My second submission to them was The Smell of Ginger, which was an updated retelling of Hansel and Gretel in a Texas setting. My editor at Vamplit, Gaynor Stenson, liked the story and suggested I write more fairy tale reimaginings set in Texas and entitle the collection Once Upon a Time in Texas. To date I have two more novels in the series – Music Box Sonata, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and Maiden Fair, a reimagining of Sleeping Beauty of the Woods. I am currently researching the next one which will be a Texas take on The Little Mermaid.

What classic horror inspired / inspires you?

Two novels really inspired me to start writing. The first one I read was The Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore, and the second was Bram Stoker’s Dracula. A collection of short stories originally published in 1944 by The Modern Library, Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural, served as a handbook for me as far as writing in the horror and supernatural genre when I was a boy and still does today.

If you could be a monster, what would you be?

A werewolf. Not as suave as some classy vampires, but rather a more visceral, ferocious, primitive force of horror. You can sit down and play chess, talk politics, and even discuss the deeper meanings of life and the afterlife with a certain type of vampire, but a werewolf would only have one thing to discuss with you – Dinner!


Hmm you gotta love werewolves –  those toothy, hairy beasts. Thanks so much to Tim (Grimm) Hobbs for taking time out of his writing schedule to share a bit more about his writing. I’m going to sit on the edge of my seat (waiting impatiently) for more of the “Once Upon a Time in Texas” series. There are so many fairy-tales to horrorize. Keep an eye out for a new release in 2014 with Angelic Knight Press.

Music Box Sonata published by Visionary Press


 Beware the human occupant who lives hidden in the cellar of  a derelict church. He is cursed: never to walk in the  sunlight,  to roam the woods on the cliff at night in the form of a hideous beast, struggling with the desire to kill while striving to preserve his humanity.
Music Box Sonata is the second in a series (“Once Upon a Time in Texas”)  of must read dark variations of popular fairy tales.

The Smell of Ginger published by Visionary Press

The sell of ginger

Here’s a cozy Halloween Tale:
Butch and Suzy didn’t count on the truck breaking down, getting lost in the woods, or coming across an ordinary old cabin.
But there’s nothing ordinary about the two sisters who have been waiting for children to call their “own.”
Pumpkin Seed published by Visionary Press
“I am a drinker of human blood and an eater
of human flesh,invewrted seed a monster dressed in the skin of a man.”
So states Charles, the main character of Pumpkin Seed.
There’s more to this monster story: insect vectors, viruses, terror in India.
Will human-kind survive?

For those of you unfamiliar with Visionary Press check us out. We are a co-operative publishing house who believes in the writer.


the monsters are behind you!!!

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**For the giveaway: Please leave a comment in the comment box. At the end of the blog tour, names will be drawn for a prize package from all the blogs in the tour. The prize package is paperback copies of: The Pumpkin Seed and Music Box Sonata. These will be mailed from Createspace, so make sure there is a way to to obtain your mailing address