I have an exciting event coming up…NYC Bodypainting Day
30 artists from around the country will be painting 40 fully nude models in the public streets of NYC!
It’s taking place on July 26th, with events happening all day long.
It would be great to see you there!
1-5pm Live Bodypainting at Columbus Circle, at the entrance to Central Park
6:45-7:30pm Photo shoot in Times Square
8-9:30pm Art Exhibition RSVP here (see attached)
10pm-2am After-Party tickets available here
On Saturday Aug 2nd at 2:00p.m. Dark Delicacies will hold a signing for author Brett Halsey.
Brett will be signing his first novel A Grave Misunderstanding. He is better of the known as an actor having been in such genre fare as Return of the Fly, Revenge of the Creature, The Atomic Submarine, and Twice-Told Tales.
Dark Delicacies is located at 3512 West Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, Ca 91505 and can be reached at (818)556-6660 or email@example.com.
A Sweet, One Man Parade
by Randy D. Rubin
I hear his heavy horse’s hooves ‘clo-clop clo-cloppin’
toward my house. He’s only mine at night.
He’s a long tall drink of cool, with glacier blue eyes and icy water in his veins.
He’s what passes for “The Law” ‘round these parts; a sweet, one man parade. Now his spurs are singing that slow sensual song of evening, each ‘ZHing-zha-ZHing’
I’ve held him, bathed him, sewed up his shirts. I’ve fed him, bled him, bed him and hopefully misled him. Both barrels should behead him.
He don’t even know… that long ago…’click-click’… he killed my only son.
by Terrie Leigh Relf
“Lost Our Lease—Everything Must Go!” read the store sign. Not that I fell for that old gimmick, but I seriously deserved a new mattress.
I wandered about the rows of singles and doubles, paused beside a lone queen with a sigh.
A salesperson rushed over. “This you lucky day! Special price. Free delivery!” Then with one fluid motion, he whisked off the plastic and catapulted me onto the mattress.
Stunned, I tried to get up, but couldn’t move.
“Queen deserve you, too,” the salesperson said with a nod, as I sank further and further and further into Her depths.
Reviewed by Kristi DeMeester
In the deep heat and humidity of a small Southern town, Coil Stevens returns to the family homestead after a fifteen-year absence. Years ago, a terrifying event left Coil’s sister, Cass, on the verge of death at what appeared to be her brother’s hand. Plagued by gossip and rumor that he raped and beat his sister, Coil fled his hometown and put down roots in New York where he struggles to recapture the artistic talent of his youth that disappeared after the incident in the woods. In fact, it seems as if Cass leeched the talent out of him as she enjoys a successful career.
But now, Coil has come home to deal with his sister who has had a recent accident and now suffers from sundowners: a syndrome of episodic violence that coincides with the setting sun. As Coil finds himself enmeshed once more in the whispers he ran from fifteen years prior, he re-discovers his talent by frenetically painting in his sleep. His paintings, however, point toward an evil that has infected the townspeople and driven them to lurid, murderous acts.
The incident in the woods holds the key, and to help his sister, Coil must face something darker even than the accusations he faced as a teen. He returns to the woods to confront the horrible thing plaguing his sister and the town.
Brown’s strongest writing happens smack dab in the middle of this book. The first chapter is obscure and repetitive. A voice calling from far away. A summoning that is eerily recognizable. A command that must be followed. And so on and so forth. In reading this, I rolled my eyes. I couldn’t help it. I feared that what followed was going to be much of the same, and I couldn’t bear the idea of dragging myself through boring horror tropes for 206 pages. My apologies to Ms. Brown. I was wrong, and I have never been more relieved.
There are some truly horrifying moments that occur in small licks throughout the book. The chapters written concerning the townspeople are particularly well done, and the novel builds nicely toward the reveal of exactly what happened to Cass and Coil in the woods and the final showdown. The pacing creates a feeling of suspension, a sense of eeriness that crawls up the spine and lingers, and many of the scenes stick with you long after reading (read the chapter called “Pitter, Patter” and see that I’m not kidding).
I’m not sure what I was expecting the reveal to be. I’ve always found not seeing the monster to be a better bet than revealing it in all of its obscene glory, and I appreciate the anticipation that Brown creates. The sense of unease and wrongness that she develops in so many of the scenes is spot on. But the reveal, which deals with the nature of the muse, wasn’t exactly what I wanted. In fact, it was something of a strange let down. The descriptions are wonderful, and Brown is a talented writer, but there was a piece of me that found the evil lurking in the woods a bit, well, hokey isn’t exactly the right word, but it will serve.
Despite my misgivings regarding the ending, I’d still recommend the book. There are certainly moments that will keep you watching that strange shadow in the corner and awake long into the night.
The Second-Worst Day
by Peter DiChellis
For twenty harrowing years they guarded the wretched secret of his nature. The second-worst day of their lives was the day they finally killed him, this abomination they called their son. The worst was the day he burrowed from his crude grave and took revenge. He found them hiding in a barren church, huddled together, sobbing and praying. Before he slaughtered them, he spat five words at their faces: Death feels cold and lonely.
BIO: Peter DiChellis writes short mystery-suspense fiction. His sinister tales appear in a handful of publications, including Shotgun Honey, Over My Dead Body!, YELLOW MAMA, and the anthologies The Shamus Sampler (Volumes I and II) and Plan B Volume III. For more, visit his site Murder and Fries at http://murderandfries.wordpress.com/
Reviewed by Sheri White
Mary has lived alone in the valley for sixteen years, exiled by her husband due to a relationship gone awry. Now she spends her days gardening, baking, living her quiet life and enjoying her solitude. Until the day a stranger strayed away from the path and into her home. When he offers her freedom, her entire existence is threatened.
She refuses to go back, and is visited by others, urging her to return to the city and her husband. The city is crippled and her husband wants her home. Mary wants to stay, but now storms are descending upon her home and wild dogs are threatening her.
But once Mary faces her fears of her husband and the city, she is confronted with a reality she is not sure she can accept.
Tim Lebbon is well-known in the horror community for his novelizations of popular horror and science fiction movies, as well as authoring his own novels. In the Valley is a quieter story, with beautifully written scenes that spark the reader’s imagination. A sense of unease permeates the story, leading to an ending that works perfectly.
In addition to this wonderful novella, a bonus story called “The God of Rain” is found at the end of the book.
In the Valley, Where Belladonna Grows is a story that will stay with you long after you’ve read it.