I spent part of last week and the weekend up north visiting family. Travel, especially with a small child, can be exhausting, so Sunday night after my son went to bed and we were able to relax for a bit, I thought to check how the Get the Greek Hanukkah giveaway did.
It’s Hanukkah, and to celebrate, I’m offering my Kindle Single Get the Greek: A Chrismukkah Tale free until Sunday!
My short story Get the Greek is now available as a Kindle Single in the Amazon bookstore!
To paraphrase the great Mark Twain, “Everyone talks about the commercialization of the holiday season, but nobody does anything about it!”
Had this story been written by populist television personality Bill O’Reilly, it would have been titled Killing Santa. My publisher wanted to title it When Judah Met Santa (though in her Boston accent it came out like “When Juder Met Santer”), but I nixed it because this isn’t a love story. It’s a short, comic tale about Hanukkah, Christmas, and the lengths one historical figure might go to end the commercialization of the holiday season.
Actually, it’s got a few historical figures in there. Plus an angel. And Santa Claus. It all works, believe me.
Get your copy for $0.99 while they’re still so cheap!
My hybrid Christmas/Hanukkah story Get the Greek: A Chrismukkah Tale, was published by Liberty Island!
It’s got comedy, pathos, excitement, and the most incisive social commentary you’ll ever see outside of a gas station water cooler conversation. If you’ve ever been interested in what Judah Maccabee really thinks about the holiday season, then this is the story for you.
There’s a little bit of rough language, some implied intimacy, adult situations, mild violence, and angels. Which reindeer takes a bullet? What does Heaven’s VFW post look like? Where do cat souls come from? These questions and more are answered in Get the Greek, free to read on Liberty Island!
We’re coming up on the last weekend before Christmas, and in-between last-minute shopping and family arguments, try to find the time to click these links:
- Jeff at Terrorphoria had some exciting news about his future writing plans: “Ben and I have had lots of conversations about the kind of work/writing/art we both want to do and it’s important to both of us to not just hang our hats on talking about other people’s stuff, but create some art of our own.”
- At HorrorNews.Net, Corey reviewed the film Asylum: “When all was said and done, After Dark realized they had made a HUGE mistake and the film they were given was garbage. In a desperate attempt to try and salvage their investment, they bring back Chris Mancini. He was given a small chunk of change to come in and try to assemble something watchable. So what did he do exactly? Did he succeed? The answer to these burning questions lies below, so sit back and read on.”
- Jim at Ginger Nuts of Horror got an interview with horror legend Graham Masterton: “Readers like to be surprised. They enjoy being challenged and I think sometimes they even like to be annoyed by what they are reading. All I try to do is keep them entertained and make sure (at least for the course of the book) their disbelief is suspended.”
- Sean Eaton’s always-excellent R’lyeh Tribune took us on an outer space voyage to Edmond Hamilton’s imagination: “There is a Supreme Council of the League of Planets—only eight were known at the time—that seems unencumbered by a congress or a supreme court. It is composed largely of scientists, engineers and rocket pilots who rule presumably on the basis of their technical expertise. The future human race is interesting linguistically; like the hero Jan Tor, everyone has monosyllabic first and last names. Extraterrestrial biology is somewhat preposterous—the globe men resemble enormous, multi-legged M&Ms, (plain, not peanut). Nevertheless, the head alien works at a desk, and sketches designs for battle cruisers on good old paper.”
- At The Horror Club, you can take a look at the eyes of horror…if you dare.
- Wag the Fox interviewed horror author Kelli Owen: “I grew up in northern Wisconsin. We didn’t have a whole lot of folklore there, just, you know, serial killers and cannibals. In second grade I used to make up stories, trying to create folklore I guess (like turning the creepy house on the block into a witch’s hiding place) to scare the other children. Eventually I found like-minded twisted little brats who also told stories, and by fifth grade we had a little circle of demented children scaring each other.”
- Here, I reviewed the movie Mercy.
Also, Obsidian Point has dropped the price of The Blessed Man and the Witch to $2.99! It’s the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys religious-themed horror thrillers about the end of the world.