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So, in the tradition of giving back, Hobbes End will be giving away eBooks on Amazon every Friday. And for this week, we’re happy to make not one, but two of our titles free!!!
This successful adventure novel has been reviewed well by readers. A cross genre novel, Progeny is the tale of father and son, and something in the dark woods behind their home.
Fireballs fell from the sky striking earth. In a backwoods Louisiana parish the sheriff is investigating reports of a meteor falling into the swamp. What crawls out of the murky steam wafting from a huge crater are things no one ever expected to see. They look like us. They talk like us.
They are us.
From the Edgar and Stoker Nominated author of more than fifty books comes a tale of invasion where the enemy hides in plain sight.
Here is another video, widely thought as good evidence of the existence of Bigfoots. It is almost three minutes long, but the clip showing the “Bigfoot” is 3 seconds in total. Again, this is problematic for me. I have been in the woods many times as I’m an avid hiker, and I am always aware of my surroundings. If a deer, another person, or a bird is in my field of vision, I notice it. How can the videographer miss a Bigfoot directly in front of him?
It had to have made some noise and it looks big. Also, most Bigfoot researchers associate a foul odor when a Bigfoot is present. Maybe the wind was blowing the opposite way, and maybe hard enough to take away the sound of it walking but there are too many inconsistencies for me to believe this isn’t a hoax. Not being negative, but I need solid, unquestioned evidence to come to a reasonable conclusion they are real, and this 3 second video doesn’t do it for me. What do you think?
The future of experience is digital…even in death. No one knows this better than Ray Garret. In a world where the human brain can connect directly to the internet, human beings become the target of a mass-murdering computer virus.
Ray’s an Antivii agent in charge of tracking down the source of digi-human viruses. He’s no lover of the HPDID (Human Perceptual Digital Interface Device), but when a recorded experience from his dead wife is left for him, Ray has no choice but to play the file, changing his life forever.
A Black Widow queen, a big bad Wolf Spider, and a Hit-Mantis are but a few of the obstacles for a spunky little spider who must find his way home through a strange land of giants in this witty fairytale fantasy for kids and adults.
Transported out of his element into a realm of dangers and foes, Spider is aided by the insects and arachnids he befriends, but only he can see the Fairy Fly. Is she real or imagined? This whimsical novel about finding oneself while feeling small in a big world takes a step back and several steps downward to peep at humanity from below. At the same time, the story is an allegory of the human condition: life and death matters, war and peace, our everyday struggles on a tiny scale. Part humorous, part philosophical, at times poetic . . . it celebrates a love for animals, books and words. View the planet from a different angle as you take a spiderwalk through the door to adventure.
We’re thrilled to have here today Abner from Patrick C Greene’s new horror adventure PROGENY. Abner is a fifty four year old hunter living in Eagle Ridge North Carolina. It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Beyond the Books!
Thank you so for this interview, Abner. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?
Four out of five stars (originally published on Amazon April 4, 2013)
I will admit, I went into this anthology with low expectations. Sorry, but I have to be truthful here. I am not a fan of erotica, though I love short stories and zombies. So, I thought I would give it a shot. I started just reading a few of the shorts written by authors I was familiar with. Then I read more, and more, and more. I felt like a rubber-necker at a car accident. I couldn’t stop.
These stories offer a little of everything in the zombie erotica genre (it’ll catch on, I’m sure of it). There’s zombies having sex, sex with zombies, humans having sex during the zombie apocalypse and, needless to say, a lot of necrophilia. Some of the stories were more erotica, with zombies thrown in almost as an afterthought, and vice-versa: zombie stories with sex thrown in.
Overall, the anthology entertained me. At times, I could not believe someone was sick enough to write what I was reading. There are some very talented writers in this collection. Check it out, I think you too will be pleasantly surprised.
I have become a huge fan of Michael K. Rose since I discovered him via Twitter. He is a very talented science fiction and speculative fiction writer. And he does not disappoint with his newest release, CHRYSOPTERON. The story follows a generation ship making its way to a new planet. The journey takes many centuries and the experiences on the Chrysopteron shape the settlers in a way that is both intriguing and a bit frightening. This is an epic journey that Rose pens with ease. He masterfully weaves the story and the reader never feels bogged down or inundated with unnecessary information. He tells a tale over hundreds of years and does so beautifully. This is a story of hope, adventure, love and friendship. I think any science fiction fan will be pleased with this novel.
I spent ages looking for tips on building writing habits, and was disappointed. There’s a lot of bland advice out there: write every day, don’t edit while you write, have a goal… None of that is very helpful if you’re trying to understand how you should actually put this stuff into practice.
Fortunately, there are plenty of interesting books on habit-formation out there, and a few good studies done on how creative writing actually works at the psychological level. I went through a bunch of those books to see what they suggested. I’ll link some below.
I have tested everything I mention in this article, and the combination of these things has tripled my daily writing. I hope it helps you, too.
I am always excited when Allison M. Dickson releases something, anything. I devour it immediately. The Empathy of Agnes Winters was no different. I purchased this on the day of release and have already read it twice. It is that good. This story has all of the qualities I have come to love from Ms. Dickson: well-rounded characters, impeccable insight into human nature, and the undeniable need to keep reading. This story is just beautiful. That’s really all I can say about it. If you are a fan of AMD, you will most surely love this story. If you have never read anything by her, this is also a great place to start.
I write book reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. I pretty much only review small press published books or indie authors. The big boys have plenty of reviews, and mine would only get lost in the shuffle. Over the next few weeks, I will be posting my past reviews here on the Hobbes End site. New reviews will be posted as they come. I hope through my reviews you will find something new to read or a new author to follow. I really just want to share my love of literature with the world.
I absolutely loved Rogue Hunter: Inquest. I have followed Kevis closely over the last four years and have loved many of his works. This one is no different.
I liked the development of story and the characters throughout the book, as it gave the Inquest a solid pace. The start was slow as far as action is concerned, but without it, the characters couldn’t have been properly developed. The beginning also added to the suspense of the book as you could see where the story headed.
I found myself turning page after page to figure out how this story would end.
I found his Zanr to be easily likable and her main adversary to be as equally dislike-able but their relationship was a little confusing, though this did not take away from the story.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it to any fan of science fiction.
Blogcritics Books: Your novel, Khost, can be categorized as military horror. Can you tell us about this horror subcategory and what got you into it?
Vincent Hobbes: Military horror is exactly what it sounds like—a horror story with military aspects. I was first introduced to the genre by author Stephen Knight who has some great novels in the genre.
As writing for writing in the genre…I began working with some guys who served their country. Proud Americans with military background or experiences. It’s been refreshing, actually.
Khost is inspired by a variety of actual events, and I spoke with some men who were involved in this. Of course it’s fictionalized, but I’d say their enthusiasm got me into this.
Khost is the creation of two men: Vincent Hobbes and A.K. Waters. Khost is a military horror novel, inspired by actual events. Written by Vincent Hobbes, this story is a action-packed tale. Khost is a real place, a province on the far eastern border of Afghanistan—a place of war, a place of death.
This video is why the Bigfoot topic is so hard to discuss. This is viewed by many Bigfoot believers to be one of the best pieces of evidence to confirm that Bigfoot is indeed real. To me, I can’t discount this as a man in a suit, running across a field. Would this be hard? Absolutely. Is it impossible? Not at all.
Look, people can run marathons. That’s over 26 miles. So yes, someone in a suit can run fast across a field. This video isn’t evidence to me that Bigfoot is real, but it further distances believers from non-believers. What do you think?
The United States has many military and intelligence organizations popularly known as Special Operations Forces. Each branch of military has their own group of Special Operators. Here is a quick guide for you:
_ Joint Special Operations Command
1st Special Forces Operation Detachment-Delta (SFOD-D, Delta Force)—Army
Intelligence Support Activity—Army
United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU)—Navy
Have you heard of Khost? I’m guessing you haven’t, though many things happen in the province of Khost in far east Afghanistan. It has a very long and interesting history. At one time, it was the alleged hiding place of Osama Bin Laden. But before Bin Laden, Khost was home to the fierce warriors, the Mujahideen. The Mujahideen, financed by the Americans, built a very elaborate cave system known as the Zhawar Kili Cave Complex. The complex had many tunnels, some reaching as far as 500 meters. Powered by a gasoline generator, the cave housed a mosque, an arms depot, a kitchen, a hospital, a radio room and much more. This is not your average cave. And Khost is not a place to trifle with.
The Soviet War in Afghanistan is often compared to America’s war in Vietnam. A war raged between the Soviet supported Afghan government and the guerilla warriors, the Mujahideen for almost ten years. The Muj were supported by many countries, including the US and Saudi Arabia. On March 21, 1983, Ronald Reagan had this to say about the Mujahideen:
“To watch the courageous Afghan freedom fighters battle modern arsenals with simple hand-held weapons is an inspiration to those who love freedom.”
It’s not just President Obama’s re-election that’s lead to a spike in gun sales. The living dead are also providing a reason to stock up on firearms and ammo.
My Northwest.com reports that, according to FBI data, background checks for guns rose 20 percent on Black Friday from the same day last year. According to KIRO, one gun rights advocate said part of the reason for the increase is zombies.
“A lot of people appear to be really enthralled by this,” Dave Workman said. “I’ve seen lines of zombie targets, I know one or two ammunition companies have introduced boxes, lines of cartridges they called zombie cartridges, shotgun shells and rifle shells.”
The zombie-themed merchandise has ushered in a new generation of gun shooters, according to Workman.
Still shaken by the events of “The Girl”, Crate Northgate heads to the town of Sutton’s Mill hoping to keep his mind away from his past – and the spirit of his dead brother, Martin.
But the town harbors a dark secret, lurking deep within the forest that surrounds it. Mutilated bodies have begun to appear, and the townsfolk are haunted by a beast seen only in the shadows. Crate agrees to help try to stop the killings and to uncover the source of the terror that hangs over Sutton’s Mill; but what he uncovers will challenge the limits of his sanity and add a new, horrible scar to his already fragile psyche.
I haven’t posted any videos on this subject in awhile, but the matter still intrigues me. Because of reality television shows, this topic has come more into light over the past year, than in any other in a long time. Continue Reading »
I am falling for the zombie genre. I only started reading zombie novels last year, and I have devoured them. I also recently began watching The Walking Dead, and this has only increased my desire for everything zombie. What I like is a firm plot (not just blood and gore), strong characters, and a well-told tale. I have decided to pick three to share with you. Each is unique, each has something that stands out.
Here is another interesting piece of tape. Yes, that’s right, not video but tape. This audio was taken in the Blue Mountains of Oregon, which is known by many to be a Bigfoot hotspot. The tape is pretty clear and the shriek is evident. Whether this is real Bigfoot audio is beyod me, but I will say, if I was camping and heard this, I would be freaked out.
Armand Rosamilia is the author of Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun, and countless other short stories, novels and novellas. This short story is a prequel to the Miami Spy Games series and stars the lovable Mark Kostas. Enjoy!
Miami Spy Games: Deeper
A short story by Armand Rosamilia
Jennifer Sanchez made sure her stationery and pens were all in place on the meeting room table, all lined up perfectly. All within easy reach. She sat down in her swivel chair and flipped through the file before her.
1984. The Soviet Union is locked in a bitter war in Afghanistan against the Mujahideen. To make matters worse, they are losing. With little hope left, and all odds against them, the Soviet Union grows desperate. In response, they create an exotic chemical weapon with a single purpose: To enhance their soldiers on the battlefield. Continue Reading »
As seems to be the case with most Bigfoot videos this next video is extremely blurry and, while there is obviously something big and black in the video, speculation one way or another is pointless. Continue Reading »
Another intriguing piece here, solely because it comes from a police officer’s dashcam. If this were a regular civilian, I would be more apt to put this off as a hoax or something, but it is disappointing the camera is so bad. It looks like a Bigblob rather than a Bigfoot. Seems typical of most Bigfoot videos. What do you think?
From the lurking shadows of the unknown to the shell of an empty soul, Patrick C. Greene spins seven dark tales to keep you awake at night. Dark Destinies includes the stories: Into the Small Hours (first published in THE ENDLANDS: Volume 1), Room 422 (first published in THE ENDLANDS: Volume 1), Bill’s Becoming, Fate by Firelight, Shards, High Strangeness in South Haven, and Words That Start with the Letter D.
Now I must say, this video is intriguing even though there is only a minute of actual Bigfoot talk. This guy actually has a close-up video of a “Bigfoot” along with intimidation techniques, like the throwing of boulders and trees at the man filming. Continue Reading »
Michael K. Rose is no stranger to our website. He has stopped by before to talk about his work, and we are happy to welcome him today. Take it away, Michael!
Will the Future Be Better than the Past?
I’ve just released a science fiction novel called Chrysopteron. Briefly, it’s about a generation ship sent to colonize another planet. Throughout the novel, I give information about why this is being done: the Earth has become over-heated and over-populated.
I’m not going to get into a discussion about the causes of global warming, but whether you believe that we have caused it or you think it’s just a cyclical warming of the planet, it would take a special kind of imagination to say it is not happening at all. Even if we radically shift away from fossil fuels, the warming trend will continue for some time to come.
Captain John Hayden, haunted by memories of war and still grieving the death of his wife, is about to embark on the most important mission of his career: to discover the fate of the Chrysopteron, one of five generation ships which left the Earth centuries earlier. The descendants of the Chrysopteron’s original crew had successfully colonized their planet, but less than a hundred years later, all contact was lost. Hayden knows that a mysterious new religion which was formed aboard the ship may have played a role in determining the fate of the colonists, but there is no way to know what he and his crew will find when they finally arrive.
In a story that touches on issues of faith and self-determination, Chrysopteron explores the fundamental elements that define our species. Even though we may leave the Earth, we cannot leave behind that which makes us human.
So far we have released five episodes of the Miami Spy Games series. The individual episodes were great, but everyone wanted more. After much deliberation, it was decided to package all episodes together in one complete novel. And here it is! Don’t miss out on MIAMI SPY GAMES: RUSSIAN ZOMBIE GUN!
Miami, 2012. A new gun has made its way from a Russian science lab to the streets of Miami—a gun that destroys the executive functioning power of the brain, turning people into zombie-like beings. Osvaldo Rivera is looking for the highest bidder to purchase this Russian Zombie Gun.
Jennifer Sanchez, Mark Kostas and Mike Martin make up the Miami Asymmetrical Clandestine Elite Service (ACES) team, a government agency that does not exist. It is up to the best of the best to recover the stolen weapon before a pandemic occurs.
The Americans are not the only ones seeking this weapon, though. The Russians and other rogue elements are also in hot pursuit of this deadly technology. And they have every intention of turning Miami into a war zone.
News of zombie attacks are spreading quickly throughout the city of Miami, innocent civilians turning into flesh eating zombies. The ACES team must scramble to control the situation. Can they recover the zombie gun before it is too late?
This short story is perhaps one of the best I’ve read in a long time. Very creepy, vivid, had me enthralled the entire way through. If you haven’t read Allison Dickson, do yourself a favor and pick up this story and begin down the path of pure genius writing.
A psychological thriller is the best way to describe the book. I simply loved the twisted tale and the surprise ending. Full of suspense and inner turmoil, I absolutely loved the way the tale was written by Mr. Kaufman. He kept me on the edge of my seat from page 1 until the ending.
He is simply an expert story-teller and I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a solid read. I have been following Mr. Kaufman for the past year now, and I now consider myself a fan.
Now this to me is much more credible. For someone to go out of their way to call the cops about a possible Bigfoot sighting, I have to give them more credence than a couple of kids shooting video in the woods. Continue Reading »
Here is another prime example of why the Bigfoot debate is so frustrating to take part in for me. Again, a video of a “Bigfoot” where the cameraman can never get a clear shot of anything except a large, black figure wandering away. Continue Reading »
These type of videos drive me nuts. Somehow everything seems too in focus minus the actual the Bigfoot itself. Not only that, while it comes out during the day (not too smart for a reclusive animal) it also manages to remain perfectly behind the trees so you can’t see anything but the legs of the animal. Continue Reading »
I absolutely loved Rogue Hunter: Inquest. I have followed Kevis closely over the last four years and have loved many of his works. This one is no different.
I liked the development of story and the characters throughout the book, as it gave the Inquest a solid pace. The start was slow as far as action is concerned, but without it, the characters couldn’t have been properly developed. The beginning also added to the suspense of the book as you could see where the story headed. I found myself turning page after page to figure out how this story would end.
I found his Zanr to be easliy likeable and her main adversary to be as equally dislikeable, but their relationship was a little confusing, though this did not take away from the story. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it to any fan of science fiction. You nailed this one, Kevis.
When the zombie apocalypse strikes without warning one dog will hold the fate of her pack in her paws. This is the story of Riley, an American Bulldog, follow along as she tries to keep her pack safe from a zombie apocalypse. Traveling with her are Ben-Ben the high strung Yorkie, her favorite two-legger Jessie, Jessie’s younger brother Zachary and Riley’s arch-enemy Patches the Cat. They are a rag-tag group of survivors who when pushed to the limit realize that they are all each other has.
David Desh left the special forces after his team was brutally butchered in Iran. Now he has been reactivated for one last mission: find Kira Miller, the enigmatic genius behind a bioterror plot that threatens millions. But when Desh learns that the bioterror plot is just the tip of the iceberg, he is thrust into a byzantine maze of deception and intrigue, and he becomes a key player in a deadly game he can’t begin to understand. A game that is certain to have a dramatic impact on the future course of human history. . .
WIRED is a smart thriller crammed with breakneck action, unexpected twists, mind-expanding science, and intriguing concepts readers will be contemplating long after they’ve read the last page.