We’ve had the opportunity to meet some amazing authors and it’s our supreme pleasure to introduce you to C. S. Boyack. He’s here today to share his books and reveal why he’s a true Halloween aficionado. Take it away, C. S.:
As September dwindles, it’s time for my favorite month of the year. As a true Scorpio, October means something special to me. I love the chill in the morning air, the taste of pumpkin in everything, and the changing of the leaves. Most of all, I love Halloween. Its traditions, it’s pagan roots, and the idea of curling up with a book that’s up to the task.
I’m C. S. Boyack, and I write in genres all across the speculative field. I’m willing to include invading aliens, robots and more, but the focus today is going to be on more traditional Halloween fare.
I have three novels that fill the order for good Halloween reading that I’m going to tell you about about.
The oldest one is Panama. It’s the story of two older cowboys who get recruited to investigate some otherworldly disruption at the construction site of the Panama Canal. If you like your Halloween with a serving of steam power, demons, zombies, and an international taste of magic, this is the book for you. It includes Carlist rebels, some fun celebrity cameos (from the period), and delves into prejudices in the early 1900s.
One of my favorites is Will O’ the Wisp. This one is set in the 1970s, and reviewers seem to appreciate the trip down memory lane. I broke out all my suspense techniques on this story about a teenage girl whose life is in danger. If Halloween means suspense, ancient curses, suspicion, and a harrowing endgame, this might make your Halloween merry and bright. I didn’t intend for it to be suitable for young adults, but it came out that way just the same. It’s more Goosebumps than Stephen King. One of my reviews said, “It’s like The Wonder Years meets The Exorcist.” I like that description.
My newest novel is The Playground. This one involves some near future technology. I call it a sprinkle of science fiction. A ruthless businessman introduced a collection of toys that include a social network for children. He’s using it to brainwash our children into his own personal army. When he turns to the occult to speed up his plan, it all takes a turn for the weird. Told from three different points of view that merge together at the end, this one is like a Frank Miller or Quentin Tarantino movie. If you’d like to throw a bit of Sin City and a cup of Pulp Fiction into your cauldron and brew up a Halloween story, this might be your perfect potion. While Wisp is suitable for young adults, The Playground is not. It includes violence and adult themes.
I’d appreciate you taking the chance on one of these stories. If I still haven’t tempted you, I’m going to take one more shot at it. I also write short form fiction. I have two collections out for the frighteningly low price of 99¢.
My Experimental Notebooks include a healthy serving of the paranormal. They also include some science fiction and fantasy, but don’t despair. There are plenty of ghosts, Devils, haunted houses, and elder gods to go around. It’s a nice way to test drive a new author and see if you want to invest the time in a novel length work.
Since I’m talking about multiple titles today, I’m going to include my Author link. https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00ILXBXUY All of the titles are there, and it’s just cleaner than a bunch of loose links.
During the month of October, I’m also running out some micro-fiction on my blog. I call these Macabre Macaroni, and this year they will post on every Tuesday. These are free to enjoy, and I catalog all of them under a link in my sidebar. Hit the “short stories and vignettes” category in my sidebar if you’d like to check them out.
My goal is to be everywhere during October. As part of my October promotions, I’ll probably run an Amazon giveaway, or even a free day, for some of my titles. To find out the details, you’ll have to visit my blog. (Truth be told, I haven’t decided what they are yet.)
Thanks to N. N. Light for inviting me to post here. It’s nice to make new connections, and I thrive on comments. I’ll stalk this post for a few days and participate in the comment threads. Happy October.
I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.
I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.
I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.
No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune. – Plutarch
Follow my blog: http://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com
Check out my novels here: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00ILXBXUY
On Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9841203.C_S_Boyack