Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Diabolical Radio

I will be on Diabolical Radio on Wednesday January 6th at 10pm Eastern time, 7pm Pacific. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/diabolicalradio. We will be discussing my latest releases as well as what I've got in store for 2010. I would love it if you all called in to ask me all of those burning questions you've been holding inside. The call in number is (646) 652-4625.

Friday, December 25, 2009

And the winner of the Resurrectionist review contest is...

Paul Synuria! Congrats, buddy and thanks for the great review. Now I just need your address, my friend. I hope you enjoy your signed limited edition copy of Yaccub's Curse.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Upcoming Releases

For those keeping track, these are all the books I have coming out in the near future so far:

Yaccub's Curse, Necro Books, December 2009

Vicious Romantic, Bandersnatch Books, February 2010

The Resurrectionist (limited Edition), Cargo Cult, February 2010

The Reaper, Cargo Cult, mid 2010

Everyone Dies Famous In A Small Town, Thunderstorm Books, mid 2010

Poisoning Eros books 1 and 2 ,(co-written with Monica O'Rourke,) Sideshow Press, late 2010

Unsold:

Amber Alert, a 20,000 word novella about women being kidnapped and impregnated by demons. (Think Rosemary's Baby on a grand scale.)

Miles of Hell, an 85,000 word novel about a former child soldier battling subhuman creatures while running a 135 mile ultramarathon through Death Valley in Mid-July.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Monster Librarian Interview and Review!

Erik Smith over at MonsterLibrarian.com did a wonderful review of The Resurrectionist along with an interview. Check it out.

http://monsterlibrarian.com/WrathJamesWhiteInterview.htm

http://monsterlibrarian.com/ghosts.htm

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Assholes of All Races

For years I have been listening to people, both black and white, defend their use of the word nigger or spic or dago or chink or white trash with statements like "Well, you know there are niggers and then there are black people. I'm not talking about honest, respectful, hard-working black people. I'm talking about those ignorant, disrespectful, criminals and welfare recipients." I have often nodded along in agreement with this rationalization. Chris Rock even used it during one of his standup routines but I was wrong and so was he. Let me just say for any of you who have ever used this argument that this is bullshit and it makes you a racist 100% if you believe it.

There are ignorant, disrespectful, criminals and welfare recipients of all races. Singling out a specific race for this type of behavior and identifying them with a racial slur is fundamentally racist. What is the point of separating assholes by their race? Why have a different name for a black asshole, a white asshole, an Asian asshole, a Middle Eastern asshole etc.? There is already a name for the Asian guy who cuts in front of you in traffic. Asshole. There is already a name for the black guy wearing his pants down around his ankles who drives down the block blasting music loaded with profanities at earsplitting window rattling volume. Asshole. There is already a name for the white guy wearing the Nascar hat and wife beater t-shirt drinking beer at 12pm on a weekday and driving. Asshole. There's a name for the Mexican guy blatantly ogling every woman who walks past. Asshole. What is the point of identifying the race of the asshole accept to perpetuate a stereotype or reaffirm your own prejudgement of that race? An asshole is an asshole regardless of race.

Every asinine behavior I described above could have been done by a member of any race. It could be a white guy openly leering at women or wearing his pants down by his thighs and blasting his music. It could be a black guy cutting you off in traffic or drinking and driving during rush hour. It's just that we have ascribed certain negative behaviors to certain races and then given them derogatory names to identify people of that race who engage in those types of behaviors. That is called stereotyping and that, my friends, is deeply and fundamentally racist.

The same goes for criminals. A black criminal is a criminal. A Latino criminal is a criminal. A white criminal is a criminal. They are not niggers, spics, and white trash. They are just criminals. To call them by derogative racial epithets makes you a racist. Period.

Now, don't beat yourself up over this or get defensive. Stereotyping people is normal human behavior. It is a natural consequence of the way we reason. Inductive reasoning is just a more refined form of stereotyping. The difference is that in proper inductive reasoning one exception kills the rule. In racial stereotyping it doesn't matter how many exceptions you see to that stereotype you still maintain that belief. It doesn't matter how many non-criminal blacks or Mexicans you meet you still believe that most most blacks or Mexicans are criminals and so you feel justified in calling them by racial epithets that denote them as black or Mexican criminals. Don't get defensive about this. Don't beat yourself over it. Just stop. Stop it right now. It is really as simple as that. If you don't want to be a racist then just stop. The next time an Asian guy cuts you off in traffic just call him an asshole. Trust me. It feels just as good.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Contest!!!

Because I like to read about myself, anyone who posts a customer review of The Resurrectionist will be placed into a drawing for a hardback of my next limited edition release! The reviews can be good, bad, or indifferent. Just post them on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Goodreads, LibraryThing, Horror Mall, Shocklines, Dorchester, anywhere and send me a message here on my blog or on Facebook telling me where to find it and you're entered. The winner will be announced Christmas Day!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Empathy

In most of my stories in the past the "fear" or "disquiet" comes from me putting the reader into the villian or antagonist's head and blurring the lines between antagonist and protaganist. I try to get the reader to identify with the killer. In Succulent Prey I even upped the ante by making the cannibalism and the killings themselves erotic so that readers would feel themselves becoming sexually arroused as they read about these violent acts and would be afraid of their own physical and emotional responses to the work. The fear would come from what they were thinking and feeling. As one reader said about Succulent Prey "I felt like you made me into an accomplice..." I wanted the reader to find themselves in agreement with the villain and to even root for him and to freak themselves out when they realized that they were cheering for a murderer and that they could even understand his motivations.

In Population Zero I tried to start slowly by giving readers something they could all agree with, people scamming the welfare system, and see how long I could keep them nodding their head in agreement as the antagonist/protagonist became increasingly violent. I wanted readers to find themsleves at a point where the killer was doing something truly reprehensible before they finally realized that they had been agreeing with him for half the book. I did that because it was hard to do and I didn't think many other authors did it or did it well. Well, Succulent Prey was first written in 2004. Since then I've done it a lot and so have a lot of other writers. It's not as challenging for me anymore and not quite as unusual as it once was.

With The Resurrectionist I wanted to go back to the more traditional horror viewpoint, that of the victim. I wanted the terror to come from the actual acts taking place within the story, from the reader's empathy with and vicarious experience of the victim's fear rather than from their empathy or sympathy for the killer. It sounds simple. It's what horror writers do. But it was rather new for me. So far it seems to have met with favorable reviews. I'm not saying that I am entirely abandoning the way I used to write. In fact, my upcoming novella The Reaper, is sort of a return to that fear device though in that one the reader is placed into the role of voyeur, watching as the main character self-destructs. You will continue to see the very humanized sympathetic villains in my work though they will probably not be the central figures very often. Even Dale McCarthy in The Resurrectionist is a very human villain though I wouldn't neccessarily call him a sympathetic one. I think anyone who reads the book will want to see this guy fry.