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No Safe Word – Banned on Amazon

Mr. Deadman has been having some trouble with the erotic horror issue of the tome, No Safe Word. Amazon keeps banning it. If you haven’t grabbed a copy and would like to see what all the fuss is about, you can pick up a print or eBook version at Lulu or sign up to the Deadman’s Tome patreon page to download that and other issues.

It includes my first erotic horror story FLIRTING WITH THE DEAD.

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#The Reading Quest – A Video Game Based Reading Challenge

It saddens me to say I only just learnt about this quest and the sign up has closed. Still, I’m keen to do it, not because I want the prize, but because my reading has been all over the place lately and I’m having trouble getting into the books I’m starting. I keep seeing the next shiny.

I’ve also been reading a lot of anthologies, and it’s fine to jump around from one to another, say if I feel like reading some fantasy instead of horror, but I thought doing this challenge, unofficially, might help me stick with one book.

The quest began on Sunday 13th August (so I’m almost 2 days behind already), and ends on Sunday 10th September, 2017. I’ll take a journey to conquer my ‘To Be Read’ (TBR) pile through stages, gaining experience and levelling up my character.

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First I needed to choose my class. I went with Mage, which means I’ll be following the mage path on the quest board.

“MAGE: As wielders of spells and witchcraft, these players will conjure and summon their way through the First Down path on the quest. Their tomes contain magic and whispers of alternate lands.”

So I’ll have to follow the mage’s main questline, but am allowed to do side quests. If I finish before the deadline, I can do another class’ path, but I think I’ll be lucky enough to get my own done in the month.

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The rules state re-reads don’t count, so I’m going to assume you also can’t choose a book you’ve started before but didn’t finish for whatever reason. *Oooh shiny*.  So after some deliberation, some choices came easier than others, here is my TBR list:

  • The First Book in a Series: Prince of Thorns, book #1 of the Broken Empire, by Mark Lawrence. 
  • A Book Set in a Different World: A Song for Lya, by George R.R. Martin.
  • A Book Based on Mythology: Eaters of the Dead, by Michael Crichton.
  • A Book that Contains Magic: The Eyes of the Dragon, by Stephen King. 
  • A Book With a One Word Title: Hex, by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

I’m going to read the Prince of Thorns last so I can continue with the series with book #2 straight after. According to the FAQ’s you can read books on your path in any order. There is a points system for gaining XP and Health, but I’m not sure I’ll bother with that. For details on the points system and the rest of the rules, read the original post at Read at Midnight. The awesomely adorable artwork was done by CW of Read, Think, Ponder. Shout out to Lish Wells which is where I first heard/read about #The Reading Quest.

The Seer

My erotic fantasy story THE SEER has been published in the ‘The Sexy Librarian’s Dirty 30 Volume 2 Anthology’. The story follows The Seer through the daily challenge of  being an oracle and the unique way she channels her divinatory gift to foretell the future.

“The Sexy Librarian, Rose Caraway returns with another Library of Erotica, just for you. From Torrid Literature to BDSM, Fairy Tales to Orgies, Clandestine Military Adventures to Bi-Curious Rendezvous, this adventurous, and fantasy-filled collection is here to turn you on. So grab your partner and peruse the card catalog and see which sexy story catches your interest first. This is your very own, hand-held library! Explore this volume of Erotica to your libido’s content.”

Kindle edition available now with print and audiobook versions coming soon.

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The Things We Do For Love

My flash fiction story THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE has been published by FunDead publications. A horror story about the sacrifices people make for love. It’s a short piece, less than 500 words, and is only 1 on the gore rating scale. You can read it online at the FunDead Blog.

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No Job Too Small

My story NO JOB TOO SMALL has been published in MacKenzie Publishing’s ‘The Two Eyes Open Anthology’.  Jake’s desperate need for cash finds him working for a creepy old lady, who is more than she seems. Her frail appearance and snippy attitude hide sinister desires.

“Sixteen tall tales by sixteen amazing authors: intriguing incidents, gory grisliness, haunting horrors, mysterious mayhem, and terrifying thrillers”

Available at Amazon in eBook and print editions.

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Hidden

My fantasy story HIDDEN, was inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale, ‘Rapunzel’, and is told from Gothel’s point of view, before and just after Rapunzel’s birth. It explores events leading up to the child’s kidnapping and poses the question: Who is the villain really? It has been published in Fantasy Divinity’s ‘The Evil Within: A Fairy Tale Villains Anthology’.

“Everyone knows of the Evil Queen who cursed Snow White with an apple, of the Sea Witch who offered an impossible bargain to a little mermaid, of Mother Gothel who locked Rapunzel in a secret tower, and of the wolf who tried to eat a little girl in a red hood, but no one knows why. What secrets lie in these notorious villains’ past that drove them to commit the atrocities we know so well?”

Kindle and print editions available at Amazon, print edition also available from createspace.

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Gore Rating System

I made a few changes to my categories, separating the gory horror stories from the creepier ones, and decided to implement a Gore Rating System to help readers find the stories they’d like, and avoid the ones they wouldn’t. Apparently not everyone enjoys reading about blood splatter and body parts. I found it more challenging than I’d anticipated. While most stories easily fell into a certain category, there was a couple that were creepier but still had a little bit of grossness.

The other obvious challenge was determining how gross is gross, and clearly everyone will have a different tolerance level for such things. I based the Gore Rating System only on stories I’ve written. That seems obvious, but what I mean is, a three blood drop rating means that the story is one of the more extreme stories I’ve written, however, that might be quite tame for some readers. I’m just trying to let people who are squeamish know which stories to avoid, or where to start if they want to build up to the more visceral horror. I also can’t be held accountable for what else is included in an anthology, though this should give you an idea of what to expect.

GORE RATING SYSTEM 

No Blood Drop = There won’t be any gore.

a-drop-of-299775_1280  One Blood Drop = Pretty tame, might be a bit of blood or something gross but not over the top.

a-drop-of-299775_1280 a-drop-of-299775_1280 Two Blood Drops = A medium level of gore and grossness. Expect blood, body parts and quite a mess.

a-drop-of-299775_1280 a-drop-of-299775_1280 a-drop-of-299775_1280 Three Blood Drops = This stuff is nasty. The same blood and mess you’ll find in level two, but expect more of it, with more detailed descriptions. I’m trying to make you cringe. Enjoy.

For readers who prefer atmosphere and creepiness over gore, these stories are for you.

If you prefer your horror bloody and messy, the stuff you shouldn’t read over lunch, these stories are for you.

 

Firelight

My fantasy story FIRELIGHT, was inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, ‘The Little Match Girl’, and explores what might have happened if the young child didn’t die on that cold New Year’s Eve. It has been published in Fantasia Divinity’s ‘Distressing Damsels: A Fairy Tale Anthology’.

“Everyone knows that the hero always saves the damsel in distress. Well, it’s time for that to change! These distressing damsels don’t need a hero, they can save themselves!
Featuring 20 stories inspired by classic fairy tales, this anthology shows that not every damsel needs a prince in shining armor to rescue her.”

Kindle and print editions available at Amazon, print edition also available from createspace.

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#Mashed Author Interview

Grivante Press ran a series of interviews from the authors included in #Mashed. If you haven’t had a chance to read mine, here it is! Use the links at the bottom if you’d like to read an excerpt of my story, or any of the other author interviews.

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R.A. Goli writes the story, “P.A.C.D. The Kitchen of Tomorrow, Today!” in our upcoming anthology, Mashed: The Culinary Delights of Twisted Erotic Horror. “P.A.C.D. The Kitchen of Tomorrow, Today!” is the story of a couples cooling romance, heated back up by a new kitchen appliance.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am an Australian author of horror, fantasy, speculative and erotic horror short stories. I also like to pretend I write sci-fi, but just putting a robot in a story doesn’t make it so. Other interests include reading, gaming, the occasional walk; and annoying my dog, two cats and husband.

What attracted you to submitting your story to MASHED: The Culinary Delights of Twisted Erotic Horror?
Grivante Press’ submission guidelines for the pieces they wanted for this anthology listed requirements similar to “Does it make us laugh, is it horrific and gory, is it sexy?”. I thought it sounded like quite a challenge and a lot of fun! And it was both.

For your story “P.A.C.D. The Kitchen of Tomorrow, Today!” what was your inspiration?
I mentioned to friends that I was starting work on an erotic horror story that required a culinary theme. They suggested the kitchen robot, and the recipe for sharp knives and creative sex developed from there.

When did you first discover that you wanted to be a writer?
When I was twelve a teacher gave the class an assignment on what we wanted to be when we grew up, and that was when I first remember wanting to write. I wrote a lot as a teen, but stopped when it was time to get a job and pay bills, but I’ve finally found my way back.

Who are your favorite authors? What are your favorite books?
It can be hard to pick a few favorite books or authors, especially in fantasy, and it’s something that can change with time. But I would say that my favorite fantasy author is Joe Abercrombie. I love ‘The First Law’ trilogy.

Horror is different. While I do have a couple of favorite books, ‘The Exorcist,’ by William Peter Blatty, and Stephen King’s ‘Cujo’, I really enjoy horror short story anthologies by people I’ve never heard of.

Outside of horror, what other genre’s do you write in?
Outside of horror, I write fantasy and speculative fiction, though I dabble in other genres (so I think). Basically if it’s scary or gross, I call it horror. If its got magic, mythical creatures or men in armor, I call it fantasy. If it has robots or aliens, I call it sci-fi, and if people are having sex, well you get the picture. One day I might even finish the fantasy novel I started three years ago. Just so you know, it has magic and men in armor.

What advice would you give to new writers just getting started?
I would say don’t stop, if this is really what you want to do. And don’t compare yourself to great/famous/popular authors. We can’t all be J.K. Rowling or George R.R. Martin, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for us too.

What part of writing do you find the most difficult?
Rejection is always tough, especially when you think you’ve written something really great. But you move on. No story is wasted, each word makes you a better writer, and weren’t you having fun while you were writing it?

What do you hope your readers take away from your stories?
I hope that they are entertained and in the case of horror, I hope they are grossed out, frightened or find it funny. I think the moral of the story with “P.A.C.D. The Kitchen Of Tomorrow, Today!”, is that husbands should certainly help around the house or purchase expensive appliances to make the chores easier, but also remember not to neglect their duties in the boudoir.

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Read an excerpt of P.A.C.D. The Kitchen of Tomorrow, Today! (scroll to bottom of page), or check out some of the other #Mashed author interviews.

You can buy #Mashed from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.

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