MATTERS MOST MACABRE (cover reveal/upcoming book by Tylor James)

Greetings boys and ghouls,

Just wanted to bring to your attention that I’ll have a new book out near the end of April! By my estimation, this is my very best work yet, and I’m hoping you’ll even consider nabbing a copy. What we have here are thirteen tales of the strange, the grotesque, and the macabre.

Here’s the wonderful cover design by Greg Chapman:

Here are the contents/stories:

  1. Introduction
  2. The Day the Stories Died
  3. Independence Day in Holebrim, Texas
  4. The Drip
  5. Godly Business
  6. Box of Chocolates
  7. The Typewriter
  8. When the Joke Grows Sharp Teeth
  9. The Shape
  10. Helga’s Helping Hands
  11. The Thing in Gregory Thornton’s Basement
  12. Order of the Wolf
  13. Avery’s Dog
  14. Everything is Broken
  15. Concluding Essay: The Stories Behind the Stories

I’m hoping fellow readers of dark/horror/weird fiction will enjoy this collection immensely. If you’re interested in reading some tales of mine, yet perhaps not invested enough to buy this book, I recommend reading WEIRDSMITH: Issue One, a very slim book containing just two stories of mine. It will give you a quality sampling of my work. Weirdsmith: Issue One is available on amazon for just .99 cents on Kindle, and $7.99 for paperback.

In other news, I’ve got tales popping up soon in April issues of The Periodical, Forlorn, Penumbric Speculative Fiction Magazine, and a future issue of Cosmic Horror Monthly.

Stay scary, friends,

Tylor James.

What Jasper Bark has to say about “WEIRDSMITH: ISSUE ONE”

Greetings friends and fellow readers,

It’s a lovely feeling when an author whom you highly respect compliments your work. Here’s what Jasper Bark, cult novelist and all-around literary Renaissance man, graciously had to say about WEIRDSMITH: Issue One:

In the space of these two stories, Tylor James puts the reader through an emotional wringer. Starting with a Roger Corman style, radioactive, body horror that is genuinely gruesome and highly chilling, Mosquito Summer left me wheezing on the floor holding my guts after the last line. Whereas the gentle lyricism of Old Dance Hall left me full of the sorrowful nostalgia that was once Rod Serling’s stock in trade. Be warned, if you pick this Weirdsmith up, you’re likely to find yourself hunting down everything else Tylor James has written.” — Jasper Bark, author of ‘Quiet Places’

Fellow dark fiction fans should know that WEIRDSMITH is a brand new series of novelette-length books from Too Much Weird press. Each issue features a talented author from the dark fiction/horror community. I’m fortunate enough to have two of my macabre tales selected for the first issue, available on kindle for 0.99 and in paperback for $7.99. Can’t beat those prices, eh?!?!

If interested, Weirdsmith: Issue One is available here: https://www.amazon.com/Weirdsmith-Magazine-Number-Tylor-James-ebook/dp/B08Q1WHZRQ/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=weirdsmith&qid=1611791211&s=books&sr=1-2

WEIRDSMITH: ISSUE ONE by Tylor James (HOT OFF THE ‘TOO MUCH WEIRD’ PRESS)

Hey, you!!!

Yeah, I mean you! Ahh, good — I’ve finally got your attention. Listen up, please:

I want to tell you about this little book just released by Too Much Weird press. The ink is dry, but the pages are warm. WEIRDSMITH: Issue One features two very strange and macabre tales of mine, Mosquito Summer — a disturbing creature-feature story to make you ITCH — and Old Dance Hall — a supernatural tale which will creep you out, and possibly make you weep simultaneously.

It’s available on kindle for just $1.99, or you can procure yourself a very affordable paperback. See here, if interested, and I sure hope you are: https://www.amazon.com/Weirdsmith-Magazine-Number-Tylor-James-ebook/dp/B08Q1WHZRQ/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Tylor+James&qid=1609862516&s=books&sr=1-1

Now, if you read Weirdsmith: Issue One, finding that you enjoy shivering with terror and gooseflesh, please consider keeping an eye out (just not literally! ha ha) for Issue Two, which will spotlight yet another talented author.

If interested in reading my work, but aren’t invested in buying a full book of my stuff, Weirdsmith: Issue One will make for a fine sampling. THEN, you won’t help but have to lay down your hard-earned cash for a copy of my next, big book: MATTERS MOST MACABRE (available May 2021). That, at least, is my selfish hope.

Thanks for reading, and if you enjoy the tales in WEIRDSMITH: Issue One, feel free to leave a review. I’d appreciate that.

Stay weird, friends.

Tylor James.

PS: Terry M. West is the editor of TMW Press, as well as designer of the rad cover for Weirdsmith Issue One, and is one fantastic writer of horror. Give the fella a looksie, you won’t regret it! http://terrymwest.com/

America’s Emerging Horror Writers: Midwest Region

Ladies and Gents,

This may sound a bit like self-promotion, because it is.

The following book is a wonderful anthology of short horror stories, all of them written by up-and-coming writers based out of the Midwest. Z Publishing House does a fine job of seeking out writers (just as they’ve sought out yours truly), whom are promising, talented, passionate, and little known.

My story, Welcome Home, has been included in this fine anthology for your dark, sick, twisted pleasure.

If interested (you should be), you may purchase this book, America’s Emerging Horror Writers: Midwest Region, on Amazon, here.

If you end up purchasing, enjoy! In the meantime, I’m working on a new story that is sure to scare your pants off (if you happen to be wearing any).

your friend,

Tylor J. Mintz

 

Musings of a Decadent Romantic

The Decadent Romantic

As a consistent writer and performer of love songs and poetry, I happen to have a somewhat experienced understanding of them. Love songs/poems are conglomerates of a singular type of emotion. They are monopolies on love. Powerful concentrations of affection. This vein of art is akin to Cupid drawing back his bow and attacking you with ruthless precision and without mercy — arrow after bloody arrow. The final breath you release into the world is the song or poem. You see I am what some may call, a decadent romantic.

A Regretful Rebellion

One of my biggest regrets is not breaking enough rules as a growing young person. For an intelligent youth, an act of rebellion is a way of ‘coming into your own’, of asserting one’s personal character, and of setting boundaries for one’s sense of dignity and self respect. The ability to say, “No. I am not going to do this because I do not agree with it,” is a vital and all-important one that should later be utilized in adult life. Authority is in fact arbitrary and subjective and ought to always be open to questioning. The earlier a person recognizes this, the far better for their sense of will! Rebellion is our salvation in a world of oppression — and a reluctant obedience is repression. 

Horror Films as Motivation for Life

The best time to watch a horror film is not late at night with all the lights put out. It is best in the early morning, preferably when the birds are tweeting and twittering sweetly and the sun is just on the rise. Before you have gone out of the house to see your day’s errands through, put in a good scary movie. Any old classic will do. John Carpenter’s Halloween, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, A Nightmare on Elm Street, etc. take your pick. This way, once you’ve been witness to the extreme horror of all sorts of murder and monstrosity, the rest of your day is bound to be far easier to endure — you’ve witnessed the worst already. You are alive, and the people in the film you’ve just watcher are not. Now you may let out a sigh of relief, smile, relax, and go on with your day is a peaceable and free manner.

Such as it is observing young people coming out of the cinema after watching a bloody slasher film. Horror is a roller coaster ride– full of thrills and chills. An excitable mixture of danger and security. As they come out of the movie, notice how they are not afraid or terrified so much as they are joyful and relieved. They are smiling, laughing even. Walking out of a comedy film is bound to be more so disappointing. How can life ever be as hilarious as the hour and a half non-stop joke fest they’ve just put themselves through?

A Soundtrack for Daily Life

If I happened to find myself in the predicament of being in an elected position of power, my first move would be to mandate that the soundtrack to the 1956 film, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” be played on loudspeakers in the streets for the duration of at least one hour during each and every day. This perhaps seems like a strange and arbitrary idea, but I assure you it isn’t unjustified…

My fellow citizens ought to be more aware of the inherent strangeness and absurdity that is parcel to our everyday humanly existence! So, as our fellow men run their business errands and pretend to enjoy the largely unconscious insect activity that their day jobs have prescribed them, upon hearing the ominous music to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, they will have an immediate notion that reality is in fact, a surreality. Life is such an absurd phantasmagoria, and how few are those moments wherein we clearly understand it as such! Now, go and cash that check, do your shopping, gather your week’s worth of groceries, fill up your gas tank, and get back to work!…And the music plays on.