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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Author Guest Blog with James R. Tuck ( + Contest)

James R. Tuck is no longer a new author on the block. With the second book in the Deacon Chalk series due out this week and two novellas that compliment the series, he is really making his mark in the Paranormal Urban Fantasy genre.

So seeing as James was already a guest here once and answered my questions I asked him to if he could send me a guest blog this time around. He obliged, after I sent him some inspiration, and I am sure you will agree that the article makes for very interesting reading.

I hope you enjoy the guest blog and will take the time to check out the Deacon Chalk Series. Oh and enter the contest! You could win a copy of the new release or the debut. Winners choice!



Amber hit me with a great idea for inspiration for this guest blog and I am eternally grateful. Creatures I would like to bring into my books.
Oh damn. This is going to get interesting.

Okay, to cover the intro, I have already worked with zombies in my short story "He Stopped Loving Her Today" from One Buck Horror. In the Deacon Chalk books (The Deaconverse) I dealt with a Nosferatu in THAT THING AT THE ZOO. Novel 1, BLOOD AND BULLETS, gave us vampires, Were-Spiders, a cursed immortal, a Were-Gorilla, and a family of Tengu who own a drive thru sushi joint. SPIDER'S LULLABY let me bring you killer ghost spiders, a 1500 year old dragon living as a Russian hitman, a sorcerous Yakuza assassin, and a Japanese demon.

Book 2, BLOOD AND SILVER, which hits August 7th we really explore lycanthropy in the Deaconverse and things get wild indeed. (As a side note, I have turned in novella 3, CIRCUS OF BLOOD, and novel 3, BLOOD AND MAGICK. I got to explore witchcraft and magick in the Deaconverse.)

In various Deacon short stories the main man has taken on a Filipino vampire, a Boogey man, and a Wendigo.

I have a sci fi/horror novelette on submission where I put one of the elder gods of Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos in outer space. That was fun.
I have covered a lot of ground in the supernatural world, and I have been able to put my own twist on it all. I gave vampires a new origin, set a more realistic set of parameters for lycanthropy, and did some great things with demons and witches. So what in the world is left?

I have a story I am writing now (not a Deacon novel) that stars another elder god of the Lovecraft Mythos. It is an almost straight horror book, heavy on the blood, the guts, and the gore. I have a weird western starring a survivor of the Donner Party massacre and some truly terrifying desert monsters. I also have a strange psuedo-film noir/hardboiled detective gonzo horror with a giant worm and a cult.

In the future Deacon books these are things you will see: Chupacabra, Hunter/Killer cyborgs from an alternate future, Dragonslayers, a family of demons who look like the scariest clowns you have ever seen, unicorns (no I am not kidding), demon hands that use murdered people like puppets, a doppleganger, Nephilim (Human and Angel offspring), the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, a coked-up Elven Prince, a goblin, The Beast of Revelation, skinhead Werewolves, Pamarindo's, Were-Pomeranians, The Wyrm That Dieth Not, and probably a wannabe Antichrist.
Buckle up y'all, it's gonna be a helluva ride.

Deacon Chalk Series

# 0.5 - That Thing at the Zoo
# 1 - Blood & Bullets
# 1.5 - Spider's Lullaby
# 2 - Blood & Silver (Due out on the 7th of August)


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Pamk said...

Blood & Glory. Thanks for the contest.
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Lil said...

Blood & Blades

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Barbara E. said...

Blood & Revenge or
Blood & Mayhem

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Bethany C. said...

Hmmm. Blood & Destiny? Maybe that's cheesy. Blood and Brimstone?


Sullivan McPig said...

Blood and Gasoline!

Anonymous said...

Blood & Fur

Dovile said...

Blood & Steel

sienny said...

blood & tears

Sharon Stogner said...

Blood & Water cause you need to write something with merfolk!
sstogner1 at gmail dot com

JenM said...

Blood and Wings. It could be angel or demon themed.


Carl Scott said...

My title - Blood and Thunder

For an additional entry I tweeted a link to this post: https://twitter.com/carlrscott/status/232530112980078592

Carl Scott said...

Oh, did I need to leave an email?

Stephanie said...

Blood and Bones


Anonymous said...

Blood & Guns.

Anonymous said...

Blood and Wine

Mary Preston said...


off2europe2005 said...

Blood & Ice
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Christa said...

Blood & Guts... : )
I'd say Blood & Blades, but I saw someone else already get that one.
Blood & Teeth...

Thanks for the contest!
ambience.of.rain {at} gmail.com

Nickie said...

Blood and Guts, as in having courage etc.

Birgit said...

Blood & Peaches ... let's assume one of the main characters is nicknamed Peaches ;-)

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