Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Guest Blog Post by Thom Erb, author of HEAVEN, HELL or HOUSTON

How can an Upstate New Yorker write a story about Texas? A Texas Ranger to be exact. Well, let me tell you how.

            I never stopped to think I couldn't.

            As flippant and simple as the answer is, it's the gospel truth. I have always had a long-distance love affair with Texas. From a small boy I've been enamored with cowboys, the deadly desert, ruthless desperadoes, train and bank robbers, cattle rustling, and even the Dallas Cowboys football team. It all comes down to the star.

            To me the Texas Rangers are similar to my other heroes. Some fictional some real ones. Whether they're honor-bound Samurais, Jedi's protecting the galaxy or military special ops performing clandestine missions in the name of protecting our country. (Yes, we could have a long talk about that one.)

            Texas and the west was a dangerous outland where law was scares and might-makes-right was the way of the wild. That's where the Rangers and other stoic lawmen came in. Those iconic archetypes that inspired me as a youth and still do to this day. 

            I was a huge Lone Ranger fan. Watched John Wayne in the Green Berets a gazillion times and even recorded it on a portable tape deck so I could listen to it when it wasn't on one of only three channels back in the late 70's/early 80's.  I explored the history of the old west and became enamored with Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and all the mythology that it held.

            As I grew older, those movies, characters were a constant companions in my creative psyche and never left me. Then came movies like Tombstone, TV shows like Deadwood, Justified , novel by Joe Lansdale, Tom Clancy, Jonathan Maberry, Joe McKinney, Elmore Leonard continued to fill that wild west, Gary Cooper-esque hero. You know the one that cuts a lean shadow in the noon-day sun and faces unsurmountable odds and goes out to face them anyway. 

            Yeah, that is the fertile ground where Texas Jay McCutcheon was born. While it may have been the muck-fields of Hell's ½ Acre and not the sprawling dust bowl of Texas, I do believe that this tough as nails, edgy Ranger is cut from the same cloth as the above-mentioned cowboy heroes.

            All the characters in HEAVEN, HELL, or HOUSTON are deeply flawed people. But Jay McCutcheon's life is hanging by an unraveling thread that might just as well be on fire.

            Being a Ranger is a family tradition in the McCutcheon family, and so is the nitro-glycerin filled, alcoholic-fueled temper that borders on the line of self-destructive.  Jay has a heart of gold but he's been running and fighting demons for so long, he's lost sight of friends and foes alike. But, he does have one saving grace:

            His wife Inez and baby, Bellia. They're his last tether to sanity and chance at a happy life. I won't go into more detail as I really would want you to go order a copy and give it a read.

            I truly believe I've captured the spirit of the west, of Texas.
            That leads me back to this entire blog's premise. How can a guy who lives mere minutes away from Lake Ontario, hell, I'm practically Canadian, even attempt to tell the story of about an American historical institution like a Texas Ranger and the cowboy stereotype?

            I just told the story of a guy who despite all his demons, was a good man and who just wanted to get home to his family. It was that simple. I filled the world with other characters that help explore the Ranger's personality and let the story handle itself.

            I had a wonderful time exploring the world of Jay, Stacy Jo and Isandro. The zombies were a nice splash of color as well. But you all will find out more about that when the rest of the story is told in another book and another series.

            Until then, thanks for reading and always remember to take a day off.


HEAVEN, HELL, or HOUSTON- An Eternal Flame Tale-

One Texas Ranger...One Cadillac filled with blood-thirsty gang-bangers...A long Texas road. The same night terrorists release a deadly virus that causes the dead to rise.

Just one more thing for Ranger Jay McCutcheon to deal with on his way back to Houston.

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It's early summer 1985, and after a less than successful "easy" stint as the Governor's security detail, the volatile, alcoholic Texas Ranger Jay McCutcheon wants nothing more than to get home to his wife and baby and save his marriage. He thinks the only thing standing between him and his family is five hundred rain-soaked miles of dark pavement. But he's dead wrong.

Isandro Dianira has just broken out of prison. He's been possessed by an evil voice that has spoken to him since childhood. With his gang-banger thugs, he leaves a bloody trail on his way to Mexico. But before leaving the country, he needs to kill McCutcheon, the pig that put him in the pen. 

As the two men unknowingly race toward each other, a powerful rainstorm is heading westward, and along with it, a zombie virus that's causing the dead to rise.

Stacy-Jo, a street-tough teenage girl from New York is about to get in some serious trouble, when she meets McCutcheon, who winds up saving her hide from a nasty situation. 

Together, they hit the road and wind up at a roadside diner, where brutal violence will unfold and the undead will feed.

Order today and share the zombie love!!!!

Thom Erb Author Bio 

Thom Erb is a writer/editor, exploring all shades of darkness and light. He crafts tales that blur the lines of horror, noir, dark fantasy, thriller, weird western, noir and science fiction. Thom's works span the gap from middle-grades, Young Adult to Adult readers and taps into the theme of the reluctant hero in its many forms.

Thom has written several stories in short and long form and is now focused on novella/novel-length work.

Thom also holds a Master's degree in art education and is an artist/illustrator of murals and comic book/graphic novels. When not writing, Thom enjoys reading, quality films, television shows, role-playing games, playing drums, comic books and rooting for the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees. He lives in upstate New York with his wife Michelle.

Proud member of the Horror Writer's Association.
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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Book Review of MOONLIGHT WEEPS by Vincent Zandri

MOONLIGHT WEEPS was written by Vincent Zandri and published through Down & Out Books. You may purchase this book at and you may read more about the author at

Dick Moonlight has a new client, and an old heartache in this newest installment of Vincent Zandri’s MOONLIGHT series. Moonlight is a private investigator with a bullet in his brain that threatens to end him at any minute. His new client is a brain surgeon, whose son is accused of ‘reckless murder’ in the suicide of a young woman… the daughter of a State Senator. But, the good doctor has secrets of his own, and Moonlight is left to his own devices as to how to clear the boy, while stopping the doctor’s devious and dangerous plans.

With an ‘Elvis’ impersonator for a sidekick, Russian Mafia bad guys, and double plays from all sides, Moonlight just wants to find the truth.

Zandri has hammered out another solid link in the ‘Moonlight’ chain and this one is the best yet. Characters that smack of authenticity, and a story line that will kick the reader’s backside with humor and bullets, this installment in Zandri’s series is thriller awesomeness. Stunning realism and full of action, “Moonlight Weeps” is a fantastic addition to the already acclaimed works of Vincent Zandri.
If you are a Dick Moonlight follower, you are in for a treat. 5 spiders for this action thriller.
And then there is Lola…

DJ Weaver

For Suspense Magazine

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Review of THE BLACK BIBLE OF JUAREZ by Steven Shrewsbury

THE BLACK BIBLE OF JUAREZ was written by Steven Shrewsbury and published through Seventh Star Press in November, 2014. You may purchase this short-story at and you may read more about Shrewsbury at 

One-armed, aging Confederate war veteran, Joel Stuart is charged with retrieving the ancient and powerful, Black Bible of Juarez in this western-era, Lovecraftian adventure from Steven Shrewsbury. Joel encounters a wide variety of obstacles, in the form of bad guys, fast women, black magic, and the incarnation of an ancient, mind-sucking deity with enormous powers.

Written in the language of the era, the voice of Joel Stuart is uniquely Shrewsbury, and the authenticity of the character is particularly spot-on. Exceptionally cool... a story with something for any lover of rip-roaring, blood-and-guts western adventure. A gun-toting, knife-wielding, sword-swinging exploit from start to finish. Pick this one up!

5-spider Old West adventure...

DJ Weaver

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Book Review of FALL OF NIGHT by Jonathan Maberry

FALL OF NIGHT was written by Jonathan Maberry and published through St. Martin's Griffin in September, 2014. You may purchase this book at and you can read more about Jonathan at

Jonathan Maberry’s newest release, FALL OF NIGHT, is the perfect sequel to his already best-selling DEAD OF NIGHT saga, Picking up the story right where it left off, Mayberry ushers in the next installment in a zombie apocalypse that will wipe out humanity.

When the inventor of Lucifer 113 goes missing, it’s believed that Patient Zero will never be discovered… until Patient Zero goes on a pre-conceived rampage, infecting victims outside Stebbins, Pennsylvania, and the believed containment area. Who is this Patient Zero, and what is his motivation for infecting the world with a man-made virus tweaked to turn the living into the walking, eating dead?

Jonathan Maberry’s characters are cutting-edge and true-to-life, trying to stay alive in the situations they are placed in. Some are likable and some, not so much, but all are typical and believable… just what you’d expect in small-town America. All doing their best to escape the effects of a terrible, rampaging disease that mutates the dead and re-animates them as monsters.

Maberry’s apocalyptic scenario is frightening to the tenth power and the ‘creep’ factor is off the charts. To say his vision of the future of mankind is too close for comfort is understating the obvious in this horrifying tale that just keeps on coming with hit after hit. Truly, a brilliant look into the all-too possible future of the human race.

If you are a fan of zombie tales, don’t miss this one from the Master. FALL OF NIGHT will satisfy your blood-lust for a long time, and will keep you up... listening for that bump.

5 Spiders for this fabulously entertaining zombie tale.

DJ Weaver

For Suspense Magazine

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Review of THE LAST TOWN by Blake Crouch

THE LAST TOWN was written by Blake Crouch and published through Thomas & Mercer in July, 2014. You may purchase this book at and you may find out more about Blake at

The abbies are coming through the gates in droves and nothing can be done to stop them.
THE LAST TOWN, the third and final book in the Wayward Pines series is a stunning ending to an electrifying series by author Blake Crouch.

Wayward Pines… the last bastion of civilization. Four-hundred citizens have just found out the secret to their existence, and the horrible truth of their situation… their lives in the hands of a madman. Their small paradise is about to be transformed into a Hell-on-Earth, so perilous, they will probably all die horrible deaths at the hands of the abbies… undead, zombie-like creatures with great strength and speed, that are now streaming into their town and eating their way through the populous. Previously held at bay by high, strong, electrical fences, the gates are now opened by the hand of their creator, and death is everywhere. Their only hope may be in the form of Ethan Burke… the ex-Secret Service agent turned Sheriff of Wayward Pines.

Powerfully told with break-neck pacing, this story is all action and speed, while still being told in an economically descriptive way that puts Crouch ahead of the pack. The characters are humanly flawed, but each has a story to tell, which adds to the realization and unimaginable horror. Crouch’s writing style is wickedly appealing and makes the entire book unique and difficult to put down.
This book, being the last in a series, gave me enough background to understand the intent of the author and story, while not weighting me down with too much previous detail…. A credit to Crouch’s storytelling moxie. The ability to bring a reading front and center in a story like this, with only a brief hint at previous installments is a feat most authors don’t master easily, but Crouch is on the mark with this one.

An outstanding completion to a most awesome series, THE LAST TOWN will put you right in the middle of the grizzly action and absolute terror… and who would want to be anywhere else?

Five Spiders for this spectacular finishing salvo in the Wayward Pines trilogy.

DJ Weaver
for Suspense Magazine

For Suspense Magazine

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Book Review of SHADOWS OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN by Graham Brown and Spencer J. Andrews

SHADOWS OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN was written by Graham Brown and Spencer J. Andrews, and published through Blue Lotus Publishing in December, 2013.

The Fallen; souls cursed to a life of vampirism, have been around for millennia, hiding in the shadows, and killing at will. A Holy order, The Righteous Fire, has been around, too, seeking to destroy the Fallen ones, but what is their secret connection to the Nosferatu? And how are both groups connected to an ancient prophecy of doom? Christian, a one-thousand-year-old soul turned by Drakos himself, is looking for the truth about his own existence and that of others like him.
Then FBI agent, Kate Pfeiffer, searching for clues to her husband’s murder and the disappearance of several others, runs across a truth she cannot believe. She is drawn into Christian’s horrific world, but will she survive?

Graham Brown and Spencer Andrews have created a new kind of scary with “Shadows of the Midnight Sun,” and it is more frightening with each turn of the page. This story takes the reader on a fearfully fascinating search for knowledge and redemption by one who is doomed to an eternity of soulless damnation. Through the streets of New York City, Cologne, Germany, and New Orleans, the authors have created a new kind of terror and set the story around him and his battle for forgiveness.

The writing is flawless and surges along, effectively putting the reader on the raw edge of chaos as the characters fight to save themselves from an ancient evil that threatens them all. The story is a fresh take on an old theme and is bound to be a crowd-pleaser, with all the dark, ominous horror that one would expect from this very awesome writing team. Brown and Andrews have penned the beginning salvo of a series that will take your breath away and have you stalking the local book store for the next installment.

Put this tale at the top of your reading list and get ready to be very afraid… 5 Spiders!

DJ Weaver

for Suspense Magazine

Monday, June 23, 2014

Information and Book Tour Schedule for TRANSPORT by Peter Welmerink

Peter Welmerink
Featured Book Release:
June 23 to June 29 , 2014

About the author: Peter Welmerink was born and raised on the west side of pre-apocalyptic Grand Rapids, Michigan. He writes Fantasy, Military SciFi, and other wanderings into action-adventure. His work has been published in ye olde wood pulp print and electronic-online publications. He is the co-author of the Viking berserker novel, BEDLAM UNLEASHED, written with Steven Shrewsbury. TRANSPORT is his first solo novel venture. He is married with a small barbarian tribe of three boys.

Find out more about his works and upcoming projects at:

Book Synopsis for Transport: The HURON, a 72-ton heavy transport vehicle and an army of four; tracked, racked and ready to roll, to serve and protect the walled metropolis of Grand Rapids—both her living and her undead. Captain Jacob Billet and his crew patrol the byways, ready for trouble.

William Lettner, the North Shore Coalition High Commissioner, has enemies from the mainland to the lakeshore and needs to be covertly transported home after his helicopter is shot down en route to Grand Rapids. He has no love for a city which gives unliving civilians the right to survive. Lettner’s venomous outbursts assault Billet and his crew along every mile travelled as they are assigned to safely bring him through the treacherous landscape outside the city back to his hometown.

To complete their mission, the HURON and her crew will have to face domesticated zombies and the feral undead, marauders holding strategic chokepoints hostage, barricaded villages fighting for survival, and a group of geneticists who've lost control of one of their monstrous experiments.

The crew will need to stay strong and trust one another in order to finish the mission and bring their “precious” cargo home, even knowing, all the while, the terrible deeds Lettner has done.

Travelling through West Michigan was never so dangerous.

Author Links:




Tour Schedule and Activities
6/23                The Rage Circus Vs. The Soulless Void             Review

6/23    The Tiffany Apan Blog                                Interview

6/23    Beauty in Ruins                                           Guest Post

6/24                Come Selahway With Me                           Character Post

6/25                Deal Sharing Aunt                                      Excerpt

6/25                Sheila Deeth                                                Post on Art of Transport

6/27                Bookishly Me                                                            Review

6/27                fuonlyknew ~ Laura's ramblins and reviews        Top Ten’s List

6/28                Bee's Knees Reviews                                               Review

6/28                Alexx Momcat's Gateway Book Blog                    Top Ten’s Llist
6/29                L. Andrew Cooper's Horrific Scribblings  Review

TRANSPORT Book One can be found online and offline wherever fine books are sold. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Book Tour Info for TRANSPORT by Peter Welmerink

Don't miss this awesome book tour for Peter Welmerink's latest release, TRANSPORT. We'll be posting more info about this tour on Monday, June 23rd, so check back here then... This is going to be BIG!!!