My friend and fellow author Nikki Nelson-Hicks (whose Jake Istenhegyi series is pretty great) sent this to me because it reminded her of the Monochrome. Check it out:
Also: I know I’ve been quiet as of late. I’ve been working on some things concerning the next Geeky Writers broadcasts, a couple of announcements I have to make, and some other writing commitments (which I’ll share with you when the time is right).
In the meantime, for my American friends, I hope you enjoy the 4th of July holiday. And for all of you outside the US, I hope you have a great weekend. More soon!
From the twisted mind that brought you THE HARBINGER comes a new tale of the macabre.
Following a devastating breakup, Jim Auster’s roommate Nick suggests an off-campus sorority party to cure Jim’s heartache. “Be my wingman tonight,” Nick tells him, “and I’ll introduce you to some of the ladies in my history class.” Jim is reluctant about being Nick’s wingman, but he figures the party beats sulking in his dorm room all night.
When they arrive, the unnerving atmosphere shakes Jim’s resilience. The neighborhood is abandoned, the sorority’s front gate bears the ominous effigy of a man in submission, and the sorority sisters’ strange talk of harvests and reconciliations only work to further disturb Jim.
Try to relax, he tells himself. It’s just a party. After all, a little socializing never hurt anyone . . .
In his latest ugly little thing, Todd Keisling invites readers on a journey into the depths of madness and desire. Welcome to the HOUSE OF NETTLE AND THORN. We’ve been expecting you.
I unearthed my old high school art portfolio during the move and rediscovered this piece from my junior year of high school (circa 1999-2000). I recall this taking over two months to complete. Yes, those are thousands of dots–a technique called “stippling.” I’ll probably have this one framed for my office. What do you think?
First, my apologies to Nev. I was in the middle of the house move when this was originally posted, and I’m just now starting to dig myself out from all these boxes. Here’s a snippet of what Nev had to say about ULT:
I don’t know whether it’s because this one has dolls in it or not but this was one verrry creepy tale. It reminds me of some of the old Hammer Horror films I used to watch as a kid. I could imagine this being set in the 70’s. It has that sort of feel about it […] This is where you will start to get creeped out. There are no huge elaborate scenes to try and scare you. It’s the little, subtle things that do it. Something being in a different place than it was a few minutes ago. That sort of thing. It has quite a big ending and again brings me back to the old horror films. Brilliant stuff.
So we were all hanging out in the secret Geeky Writer bunker (which is not to be confused with the Free Hugs bunker—that’s down the street from Love Train Station) when we realized it’s been three months since our V-Day broadcast! With that in mind, The Geeky Writer Gang™ has a special hangout in store for you.
See, our very own Eryk Pruitt has a new novel out today. It’s called HASHTAG, and it promises to be just as dark and twisted as his debut. Since Eryk’s a pretty cool guy, we all thought we should host a special broadcast to kick off his new book, and to engage in the usual nightly shenanigans you’ve all come to know and love.
Join us tonight at 8 PM EST as we go live on YouTube to congratulate Eryk, talk about his latest release, and discuss whatever else comes to mind. Maybe we’ll finally find out who’s tied up in his basement!
There may even be giveaways, and you know what that means, folks: if you want a chance to win, you have to show up and PARTICIPATE! As with previous events, links to the broadcast will be posted on the Facebook event page a few minutes before we go live. You can tune into YouTube to catch our antics and ask any questions you might have right on the event page.
My good friend (and fellow Geeky Writer) Reverend Eryk Pruitt has a new book coming out in a couple of weeks, and to build some hype for its release, he’s put together a hard-boiled book trailer. CHECK IT OUT:
Here’s a little more about HASHTAG:
A twisted and sinister crime story with characters and a world you’ll be clawing for more of from the author of DIRTBAGS.
The repercussions are felt across the American South when a pizza joint in sleepy Lake Castor, Virginia is robbed and the manager, Odie Shanks, is kidnapped. The kidnapping is the talk of the town, but it’s what people don’t know that threatens to rip asunder societal norms. Odie chases dreams of Hollywood stardom and an explosive social media presence while his partner in crime, Jake Armstrong, pursues his own vengeful agenda.
In the meantime, corrupt and lazy Deputy Roy Rains has a hard-luck time of covering up the crime in order to preserve his way of life.
And college student Melinda Kendall has hit the highway in a stolen ride with nothing but a .22 and limited options, on the run from her drug dealer boyfriend, the Mississippi State Police and the media, trying to escape some bad choices by making even more bad choices.
All three are on a collision course from hell in this crime story that reads like a blood-spattered road map of the American South.
With settlement on my house fast approaching, this weekend was officially classified as “crunch time” for packing. Naturally I waited until the last minute to pack up my office, because reasons. Anyway, I unearthed two ancient artifacts.
I wrote most of ALT’s first draft by hand on legal tablets during lulls at my old law firm job. Then I’d type it all into Word at night. I don’t write like that much anymore–output from my brain to the keyboard is simply faster–but it’s a method that I’d recommend any writer do at least once. I’ve got several other tablets like this one, all filled with various scribblings, some ALT, some not. I posted this on Facebook yesterday and my friend Nikki told me they’d be worth a fortune some day. I doubt it, but hey, you never know. I just like to hang on to things like this because I like to look back and see how far I’ve come.
Oh, here’s that second artifact. This is my old student ID, circa 2004:
The Keisling Scowl isn’t a new thing, folks. I’ve been perfecting it since I was an infant.
That’s all for now. I’ll try to post again before the move. Hope you all had a great weekend.
P.S. Call your mother and wish her a happy Mothers Day.