“Per me si va ne la città dolente,
per me si va ne l’etterno dolore,
per me si va tra la perduta gente.
Giustizia mosse il mio alto fattore:
fecemi la divina podestate,
la somma sapienza e ‘l primo amore.
Dinanzi a me non fuor cose create
se non etterne, e io etterno duro.
Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’entrate”.
Been a busy summer as I’ve been completing two projects both of which will be available before 2013 is finished. One project is a short story and flash fiction collection titled HORROR 101 which tosses 33 stories and one novella into the world of Late Night Horrors. But first up will be a movie review book for all the Creature Feature greats that people grew up with during different time of television…
THERE GOES TOKYO!
The 1960s and 1970s a time when a proliferation of American television programs aired the seemingly never ending treat of Kaiju Eiga (giant monster movie). In a time before instant viewing, every weekend creature feature shows unleashed an array of towering city-stomping terrors with names like: Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, Kong, Ghidorah, and Them! Skyscrapers were toppled! Panic filled the streets! And fans of a good monster romp enjoyed every thrilling moment of the spectacle!
In this collection numerous monster movies of yesteryear are reviewed and reflected upon to see what their appeal was to one child and how well that attachment still lasts forty years later.
Classics like King Kong, Godzilla vs. Monster Zero, and War of the Gargantuas are detailed and honored with full appreciation. Less memorable faire such as Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster, Frankenstein Conquers the World, and King Kong Escapes are thoroughly skewered (and deservedly so). In all, 23 monster movies from Japan and America are analyzed by one true fan who still realizes the unmatched excitement of a destroyed Pagoda.
There Goes Tokyo! is a 280-page humorous love letter from a fan of Kaiju Eiga for fans of Kaiju Eiga.
February 1, 2012
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What’s the deal with In 666 Words?In 666 Words is my first released ebook. It contains 34 horror stories all in exactly 666 words. The ebook also comes with a bonus story from my second full length collection LATE NIGHT HORRORS which will be available near the end of 2012.
Why does the cover of In 666 Words say, “Late Night Horrors Presents…”?I actually wrote 50% of Late Night Horrors before sidetracking to In 666 Words (I found the confined story-length an interesting challenge). However, as a fan of all things horror, my overall goal was to release a wide assortment of titles all under one banner so the reader knows what they’re getting into. Late Night Horrors worked best so thus the title for Book #2 became the title of the franchise.
Where do you come up with your ideas?I read a ton of horror genre and watch my share of horror themed movies and TV shows. A majority of my ideas stem from thinking of things that I would NOT want to have happen to me ever! Once I have an idea I write/type it and store it for later reflection. It’s a great tip for all up-n-coming writers. Write down your ideas so you don’t forget them and so you don’t waste valuable mental energy trying to remember them. My mind tends to think of 9-10 ideas each day…1 or 2 of them are “keepers”.
For In 666 Words, I started with 50 scary ideas with about a one sentence concept each. Then I whittled them down to the best 30 and started writing. As I worked on the collection, four new ideas came to mind and I decided to include them.
It looks like some of the stories & characters from IN 666 WORDS intersect. Was this intentional?Thanks for noticing! Yes it was. I won’t spoil things and point out all of the stories that do involve similar “worlds” or characters, but if you take the time to read each of the stories from In 666 Words, you’ll start to see names and places. The easiest (or hardest depending on your reading speed) to spot is the first story A SIMPLE PICNIC and the final story 7:15PM are connected showing the viewpoints of a husband and wife…and the results of a dinner date that do not go so well.
What’s going on with the book LATE NIGHT HORRORS?Funny you should mention that as I am currently working on it. Originally Late Night Horrors was to be my first title available. However the length of the stories kept growing and a collection of 25 Tales of Terror is now pushing 400+ pages and counting! In the midst of writing I penned a story called IN 666 WORDS and that got my creative energy flowing towards flash fiction for a time with the obvious result. Rest assured Late Night Horrors will be completed and on sale in 2014.
Why are you watching all these Godzilla movies?Ok, in all fairness that question was asked by my wife. I spent the summer watching 23 kaiju (or giant monster movies) and penning some humorous reviews and reflections on each of them. It’s amazing to see how my opinions on each have either improved or not with age. The collection THERE GOES TOKYO! is currently at my editor and should be available in either October or November 2013…depending on how well my editor likes monster movies…and my jokes.
IN 666 WORDS...
666 - It is the number that should invoke fear in all of us. Does it frighten you? Somewhere lurking within these 33 tales of flash-fiction true terror exists for those brave enough to read on.
Travel along with; a generations spanning cannibal clan eating their way through America to serial killers crossing paths on deserted train tracks to those unfortunate souls who have come face-to-face with the Devil. If that’s not enough, you’ll encounter vampires, giant insects, carpet-dwelling aliens, beautification procedures gone awry, soul-selling death metal rock stars, the darkest corners of science, and the extremes of parental punishment.
In 666 Words presents each pulse-pounding offering in a “hit them fast and leave them terrified” jolt of precisely 666 words. It’s an ode to the classic genre stories that used to inhabit the comic books and magazines of the 1950’s and 60’s.
Unless you already suffer from hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia, prepare for scares!
This 30,000 word book also includes a complete short story from the upcoming full length collection Late Night Horrors.
Michael E. Grant lives a mostly scare-free life with his wife, 3 cats, 2 dogs and a tank full of fish. In his spare time he goes to the movies, watches too much TV, plays Donkey Kong daily, and carries his iPad with him at all times.
In 666 Words is his first collection of horror fiction. Currently he is completing 25 full length stories in LATE NIGHT HORRORS (available in 2014) as well as working on more stories to scare.
Email the author at: email@example.com
Reviews of his work are always welcome.
All reviewers should check out the Monthly Poster Contest on this very site!
Please spread the word and thanks for reading!
*Look for this great collection of horror flash fiction where 100 writers created 100 stories each in exactly 100 words. It’s a perfect fast read that provides some excellent creative views of what “horror” truly means. My contribution THE BACKSEAT CHECK is included.
Another 100 Horrors available from Amazon
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LATE NIGHT HORRORS contest winners
It took longer than expected to get the Late Night Horrors Poster Contest started. While I have received several emails directly, the contest stipulation requires that a formal review be posted to a site where my work is available for sale and then sent in for contest entry.
At this point I am happy to announce our first two winners (and your posters will be in the mail).
A Review for IN 666 WORDS:
Poring over these tales felt like watching the Twilight Zone. And I can even picture Alfred Hitchcock introducing episodes based on Michael's work. If you like bizarre stories that do not beat about the bush, this book's for you. Each tale is exactly 666 words long (a challenge majestically executed, by the way), nevertheless Michael's scope is wide enough, even within such margin, to give us a fair account of the uncanny events herein related so that the number of words employed in the process becomes a matter of no consequence whatsoever.
Now, as to my favourites, should anyone else wish to discuss them, those are: Sketches, Under the carpet, The copier from hell, The hit, Small step back, Stalled, and Family dinner.
This volume also seems like the prelude to a new anthology stemming from the issues here broached - just my thoughts, mind you. In any case, it won't surprise me when some of Michael's stories are adapted for the big screen.
A Review for IN 666 WORDS:
In 666 Words is a fantastic quick read that offers a little something for everyone's tastebuds...including human bbq! The fact that some of the stories tied together made the book even more interesting. At times there was the feeling that a story ended early, and then three stories later you find that it continues and becomes even more horrifying. Along with the gruesome, chilling, and baffling, there is an underlying sense of humor that will tickle your funny bone in the most unexpected places. This book has been a wonderful addition to my collection, and I look forward to reading more from Michael E. Grant. Happy Hauntings!
LATE NIGHT HORRORS contest
I’d love to make connections with you, the reader, so I will be giving away 1 autographed 20” x 30” poster each month to those who submit reviews of IN 666 WORDS to Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
To enter the contest, simply write a review on either website and, then email firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of your review. Each month one reader-reviewer will be randomly selected for the prize. Those not chosen will remain in the contest and be eligible each month for the poster or other prizes. Check the website for full details.
Winners will be announced at www.latenighthorrors.com.
Reviews do not need to be in 666 words, and they don’t need to be positive to win. However it’s hard to imagine you’d want an autographed poster for an ebook that you didn’t enjoy.
Thanks for reviewing!
In 666 Words