STATES OF TERROR!

Hey Tumblr-ers, big reveal time…a book I’ve been working on all fall is now available on AMAZON! Because it’s high-time I sold out!

States of Terror Vol 1, from Ayahuasca Publishing, is a collection of horror and weird fiction about monsters of folklore from across the United States. We’ve got 18 writers and 23 artists on this project, and it is pretty effing rad.

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STORIES FROM: Ryan Bradford, Julia Evans, Jimmy Callaway, Matt Lewis, Pepe Rojo, Hanna Tawater, Tina Hyland, Jessica Hilt, Jim Ruland, Alex Bosworth, Kiik AK, Adam Veal, Rachel Lee Taylor, Sunny Katz, Anthony Muni Jr, Ed Farragut, and Nate MacDonald. Foreword by Ben Segal. (Also, a story by me.)

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ART FROM: Adam Miller, Jacob Carignan, Marlene N O’Connor, Josh Morrissette, Joe DellaGatta, John Cardinal, Wizard Garrett, Andrew MacLean, David Ferreira, Haig Demarjian, Andrew Houle, Rolo Ledesma, Alex Schinas, Kevin Ilacqua, Michael Crockett, Brian Paturzo, Derek Hart, Brett Mason, Mike Doherty, Christopher James Letarte, Steve Becker, Greg Moutafis, and Emily Dumas

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"This anthology is the set of nightmares you never knew you needed, a collection of radioactive musings from creators who prove that horror can simultaneously terrify and illuminate." -Omega Level

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“Lushly illustrated by as many artists as there are things to go bump in the night, this book is not for the faint of heart or for a dark and stormy night. Be afraid, be very afraid, of the enormous talent and creativity to be found in these pages.” - Renee Mallett, Manchester Ghosts

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So what’re you waiting for? Give the Gods of Amazon your unholy sacrifice.

So Much Rad

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I got so much shit for wearing this scarf last night. Yeah, it was 85 degrees in San Diego yesterday — during the day. But one thing I learned back when I was a deck ape is that San Diego gets cold at night. It didn’t matter what time of year it was, if I had to stand watch after dark, I knew I’d better bring a jacket because it would get cold. Sure enough, the fog moved in, the temperature plummeted, and I had the last laugh.

The scarf, by the way, was given to me by my alma mater, Radford University, as a thank you for participating in homecoming celebrations last month and I wore it with pride.

Otherwise it was a great night at the Media Arts Center with a terrific line up of readers that included Keith McCleary, Heather Fowler, Kiik AK, Louis Armand, Meg Tuite and myself. The event was hosted by Matt Lewis of The Radvocate with support from So Say We All. Steve Steinmetz took the author photos.

Keith kicked things off with a terrific reading from States of Terror, a new anthology of literary horror and spooky artwork that Keith and Matt are publishing. More details about this project to come in the near future… Next, Heather Fowler read some excerpts from her new collection from Queen’s Ferry Press, Elegantly Naked in My Sexy Mental Illness, and the poet Kiik AK read some hilarious and thought-provoking poems. After the intermission, I read a short excerpt from Forest of Fortune and was followed by two out-of-town writers: Meg Tuite from Santa Fe, New Mexico and Louis Armand from Prague in the Czech Republic. 


Meg wowed the audience with two flash fiction pieces and Louis read from his dazzling new novel Cairo. I had the opportunity to go road tripping with Louis up to Camarillo last week to visit with Sean Carswell and his students at Cal State University Channel Islands — a gorgeous campus that, believe it or not, used to be a state mental hospital and is the inspiration for the Charlie Parker song “Relaxin in Camarillo.”

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I’ve known Louis for 20 years and fans of Vermin on the Mount will remember his visit in October when he read from Breakfast at Midnight, an ultra-dark neo-noir set in Kafkaville. Cairo is lighter in tone with a good bit of humor sprinkled throughout: a madcap romp through time and space that was shortlisted for The Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize. If Louis was writing in the United States, he would be much more widely read; but its his unusual background that makes his outlook unique. The website for Cairo has excerpts, insights and all kinds of interesting ephemera that’s definitely worth checking out, and you can order the book directly from the site as well. Louis is heading to New York for a reading at Unnameable Books later this week, but we will be reconnecting soon with a Vermin on the Mount collaboration in Europe next year. 

victoria's secret uses a distinctive marketing strategy

Victoria’s Secret knows the youths love messaging apps. So, instead of marketing on popular platforms like Snapchat or Kiik, it made its own. The lingerie retailer has rolled out a mobile chat feature on it’s shopping app, Pink, that lets shoppers participate in public message boards that have predetermined topics. Users can also customize their background colors and use branded emoticons.

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REALLY!?!?!

Victoria’s Secret wants to see what today’s millennials are talking about with a new twist on mobile messaging.

At the same time that practically all millennial-minded marketers are usingSnapchat, Line, Kiik and every other social and mobile platform out there to get in touch with teens, Victoria’s Secret has rolled out its own chat feature within its Pink shopping app.

The lingerie brand is the first marketer to use a chatting feature from a mobile messaging app called Frankly.

After opening the chat feature, app users can talk about predetermined topics like holiday gifts or school. Because this isVictoria’s Secret (and millennials are fickle) the public chats are customizable with different shades of pink backgrounds and branded emojis. There’s also the usual crop of smiley face emojis that app users can play with, much like a text message.

On Dec. 9, the chat function will be used to push out exclusive content during the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in London. The retailer recently used the app to announce that singer Ariana Grande was performing at the show.

There is also a button to download the stand-alone Frankly mobile messaging app.

With a demographic that’s highly skewed toward millennials, mobile is important for Victoria’s Secret. This summer the brand launched an augmented reality feature within its app, in addition the the usual games and content, to keep people engaged.

Frankly claims to have been downloaded 1.5 million times, which is small potatoes compared to most messaging apps. Earlier this year, Forrester Research published a reportshowing that WhatsApp has 500 million users and Line has 420 million.

Victoria's Secret Wants to Win Over Millennials With Its Own Mobile Messaging App

Victoria’s Secret wants to see what today’s millennials are talking about with a new twist on mobile messaging.

At the same time that practically all millennial-minded marketers are using Snapchat, Line, Kiik and every other social and mobile platform out there to get in touch with teens, Victoria’s Secret has rolled out its own chat feature within its Pink shopping app.

The lingerie brand is the first marketer to use a chatting feature from a mobile messaging app called Frankly.

After opening the chat feature, app users can talk about predetermined topics like holiday gifts or school. Because this is Victoria’s Secret (and millennials are fickle) the public chats are customizable with different shades of pink backgrounds and branded emojis. There’s also the usual crop of smiley face emojis that app users can play with, much like a text message.

On Dec. 9, the chat function will be used to push out exclusive content during the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in London. The retailer recently used the app to announce that singer Ariana Grande was performing at the show.

There is also a button to download the stand-alone Frankly mobile messaging app.

With a demographic that’s highly skewed toward millennials, mobile is important for Victoria’s Secret. This summer the brand launched an augmented reality feature within its app, in addition the the usual games and content, to keep people engaged.

Frankly claims to have been downloaded 1.5 million times, which is small potatoes compared to most messaging apps. Earlier this year, Forrester Research published a report showing that WhatsApp has 500 million users and Line has 420 million.
 






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