A legendary Skinner has passed. Among the articles he left behind are runes, potions, and powerful weapons to aid in the ongoing war against the unspeakable creatures that prowl the shadows outside normal human consciousness. But there is something else: the remains of a terrifying beast no other Skinner has ever encountered. And it isn’t dead.
Skinners, partners, lovers, Cole Warnecki and Paige Strobel are well armed with the tools the late Jonah Lancroft provided. But even his best weapons may not be enough to defeat the monstrosity they now face. A new terror has risen up to infect them both with its virulent malevolence, even as Paige confronts the secrets of her astonishing past. The purest evil walks the world again—the First Deceiver, humankind’s darkest nightmare, the self-proclaimed King of the Full Bloods.
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away five signed copies of Vampire Uprising.
Kicking the Blocks Over
It’s no big revelation to hear a writer say that crafting their stories is like building a structure of some kind. Insert whatever imagery you want here, be it a tower, a house or the ever-popular castle in the sky. I’ve been carefully building my structures since I was a little kid instructing other kids on their motivations when we were playing monsters in preschool. Oftentimes, it’s very easy to see the structure in someone’s works. A mystery is a perfect example and when it’s done correctly, you can step back to marvel at the glorious hedge maze the author created for you.
I’m a horror writer. We love building those structures as well, but take even more delight in knocking them down. You like that character we introduced? Isn’t that a nice, slightly flawed family? BAM! Send in the wolves. Glorious. Simply glorious. One part of my brain delights in building a good structure, but the other part wrings its hands super-villain style when I get to come along and unleash an unholy terror that’s been brewing in the back of my mind since high school. It’s a rush unlike any other, but it doesn’t just apply to my stories.
Another basic structure we all create as writers is our style and genre choices. Obviously, I started out as a horror / fantasy aficionado. There just wasn’t anything else I wanted to write. After years of toiling through short story submissions and working my way through the Writer’s Market Guide to Agents back in whatever year that was, I got a chance to do a professional ghostwriting gig. “Hey,” my savior asked, “can you write westerns?” I hadn’t read any westerns, but enjoyed Clint Eastwood movies and the occasional episode of Have Gun Will Travel, so I immediately answered, “Why yes! I love writing westerns!” BAM!! My finely-crafted life as a struggling writer gets knocked over.
I was panicked. Sure it’s an awesome break, but what if I screwed it up because I took a job I had no business attempting? Turns out that job led to lots of other ghostwriting gigs as well as two western series under a pseudonym (Marcus Galloway) that I absolutely loved doing. And when one of my editors was taken off my series, I approached him to see where he’d landed. He was moved into the Dark Fantasy and Horror division. “Have I got a proposal for you!”
And now, in Book 4 of my Horror series, my characters are not only in a predicament that threatens to upend their lives but I’ve set things into motion that will turn the world I’d carefully stitched together over the last three books on its ear. Werewolves running through the streets? Mass hysteria? Sure. It’s been a tough year and it feels good to unleash a little hell of my own.
One time, someone asked what kind of superpowers I would like. I said I’d prefer to be a giant fire-breathing creature along the lines of Godzilla or in the cockpit of a massive, horribly beweaponed robot. My best advice to you if that happens? Run.
Marcus Pelegrimas has been writing since around the age of 9 and has done so professionally for approximately 11 years. When he’s not sitting with a video game controller in his hands or haunting comic book stores, he’s writing the SKINNERS series which consists of Blood Blade, Howling Legion, Teeth of Beasts and the recently released Vampire Uprising. Other works include THE MAN FROM BOOT HILL and ACCOMPLICE, two western series written by his mild-mannered alter ego, Marcus Galloway.
- Blood Blade at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Howling Legion at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Teeth of Beasts at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Vampire Uprising at Amazon or the Book Depository
- The Breaking (2011) at Amazon or the Book Depository
Man from Boot Hill (writing as Marcus Galloway)
- The Man from Boot Hill at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Burying the Past at Amazon
- Dead Man’s Promise at Amazon or the Book Depository
- No Angels for Outlaws at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Reaper’s Fee at Amazon or the Book Depository
Accomplice (writing as Marcus Galloway)
- The Accomplice at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Bucking the Tiger at Amazon or the Book Depository
- The Silent Partner at Amazon or the Book Depository
Contest Time! Marcus has graciously offered to give away five signed copies of Vampire Uprising. All you have to do is answer this one question: What stories have you enjoyed that have had their worlds ripped completely apart? Or simply ask Marcus a question.
As always, there’s more ways of getting your name in the hat (remember, these aren’t mandatory to enter, just extra entries):
- +1 for each place you post about today’s contest on your blog, social network, or anywhere you can. Digg it, stumble it, twit it, share it with the world. Wherever you share it, make sure you add a link to it along with your answer.
- +1 to any review you comment on, however, comments must be meaningful. Just give me the title of the review and I’ll be able to figure it out from there.
- +1 If you are a follower of Literary Escapism on Facebook and/or Twitter
- +10 Purchase any of Macus’ novels (listed above) or any novel through LE’s Amazon store or the Book Depository sometime during this contest and send a copy of the receipt VIA email for your purchase to: jackie AT literaryescapism DOT com. Each purchase is worth ten entries.
One thing I do add to my contests…the winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.