Category Archives: 12 Days of Creepfest

Merry Christmas, Creepfest Winner, New Blog Series, & the next Blog Tour

Rachel and I last Christmas. Go figure, I'm wearing a Browns shirt this year too.

First off, Merry Christmas to you and yours, from me and mine! As I have since I got married a few years ago, I’m spending it in St. Charles, IA (picture covered bridges and small Iowa town–though the company is large and loving). I just wanted to share what will be going on at timothycward.com for the foreseeable future. Continue reading

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Saturday Spotlight: Ed Kurtz, “Pearls.”

This Saturday Spotlight is cast on Ed Kurtz for his short story, “Pearls,” which is published in Dark Moon Digest: Issue 5. (Thanks to Rob Smales for sending me a copy as part of the Coffin Hop blog tour.)

What stuck out immediately from this gross little tale is that Ed has come up with a very unique twist on apocalyptic cannibalism. These are humans, not zombies, and their ability to deceive makes them more frightening. Ed starts the story off with a guy checking a lump under his skin. The way this places the reader into a familiar situation, and then progresses as most of us would as he excises the lump, creates empathetic fear that plays on the base drive for survival in such a way that any of us could transform in the same way. Continue reading

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12 Days of Creepfest: What genre trope are you most sick of?

Talking, running, smart zombies? Sparkly vampires? Magician’s apprentices? Magical swords? One of my recent comments about zombies reciting Shakespeare made me wonder what you guys think about genre tropes. Zombies are my genre of preference, but I’m curious which direction the common tropes are going in your favorite genre and what you think about it.

What genre tropes are you most sick of?
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12 Days of Creepfest: What creeps you out most about the zombie apocalypse?

I had a dream last night that woke me up it was so terrifying. Of course, describing it here won’t do it justice, but there were some elements that I’m going to jot down to explore in my zombie fiction. In this dream, the zombies were out there, but they were not the biggest threat. They were so scattered, that people could still come and go to prepare before the zombies took over. The biggest threat was human scavengers. They were shooting people in alleys behind houses, breaking in wherever they saw people were hiding, killing them and taking their stuff. In my dream we had to keep the lights off and hide in our houses when scavenger parties walked by our windows.

What creeps you out most about the zombie apocalypse?
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12 Days of Creepfest: What were your worst nightmares?

I just stopped by one of our fellow #Creepfest bloggers, Axel Howerton, who has a post up featuring Jason McKinney, author of Dog World, a Werewolf Apocalypse novel, and Memoirs of the Walking Dead. I commented how excited I am to read that book (I’m currently reading like 5 books, so what’s one more, right?), and how I used to have recurring nightmares of Michael Landon from Highway to Heaven turning into a werewolf and chasing me. My mom says I used to wake up from my naps saying that the big-nosed monster was in my dreams again. Weird. I don’t remember what that was all about. Now my nightmares are zombie related, or work related. The other night, I had a nightmare that my part time job as a limo driver called at midnight saying I was supposed to pick up Judge Judy and was late. Again, I have no idea.

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12 Days of Creepfest: How do you celebrate a job well done?

Today I finished the second draft of my novel and I was kind of lost on how to celebrate. This is the third novel that I’ve written, but I’ve never really done anything special to celebrate. Last year I opened up Resident Evil 4 and played that, but I finished so late that I only played for like ten minutes before bed.

So, how about you? If you write novels, poems, build sleighs for Santa Clause, or whatever, when you finish monumental tasks, how do you like to celebrate? Continue reading

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12 Days of Creepfest: What are you researching?

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Between writing today, I read some of Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne. I’m thinking about making one of my next writing projects a journal entry style, and wanted to see how J.L. did it. His is one of my favorite zombie stories, and I wanted to see how the journal format was a help or even a hindrance to that. I’m going to save my observations for a post dedicated to this sometime after this blog tour is over.

So, the question today is, “What are you researching?” I’d like to know what my friends are researching to see what we have in common and maybe join heads someday to maximize our research. Continue reading

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12 Days of Creepfest: How do you overcome the fear of the blank page?

When I graduated from college I felt lost without direction as far as what to write, and that fear of the blank page led to a couple years away from writing fiction. How do you stay on top of writing so this fear does not prevent you from writing? When you notice this fear, what do you do?

Meaningful comments will be an entry to win a $5 Amazon gift card. A winner will be selected at random at the end of the 12 Days of Creepfest tour.

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Saturday Spotlight: Bobby Conroy Comes Back From the Dead by Joe Hill

This is another five star story from the zombie anthology, The Living Dead. What I enjoyed most about this story was the deep connection with the characters. Bobby is a self-admitted failure, both as an actor, and as a lover. When he meets his old high school flame at a Romero film where they’re both working as zombie extras, the skeletons in his closet come back to life. The wit between him and his old fling shows impressive comedic writing, and the description was well done so as to keep everything real and balanced. I shared in his emotional experience of recognizing how he failed his past love, and the angst between them as they realized the time had passed to get a second chance.

No interview with Joe for this Saturday Spotlight, though to my fault, I didn’t even ask. He’s got a new book out, “Horns,” which has an excerpt on his website. If I read that, maybe I can get a podcast interview with him.

As I read through Joe’s website, I saw a link to a post featuring him on Tumblr that shows his office. It’s worth taking a look because he has some great ideas for decorating a writer’s office. Personally, mine is too messy to really bother, but if I made it up, it would have similar ideas like random zombie figurines and framed book covers. Cool stuff.

As part of my 12 Days of Creepfest questions, today I’ll ask: “What are some five star short stories, anthologies, or short story authors that you’ve read?”

Again, all meaningful comments are entries into the $5 Amazon card or ebook of your choice under $5 as part of the Creepfest contest.

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12 Days of Creepfest: What are your favorite holiday traditions?

My wife and I have only been married for about two and a half years, and we don’t really have many decorations. Two years ago we used a Charlie Brown tree and had no ornaments, then last year we had no tree because I didn’t want to spend the money for a new one. Well, this year she found one for a dollar at a garage sale. She asked for some ornaments from her secret santa program at work and so now we have a tree with decorations. It’s nice to start building traditions into our young family and looking forward to the many more in the years to come.

What kind of traditions do you have with your family or friends this time of year?

Meaningful comments are entries into the $5 Amazon card or ebook of your choice less than or equal to $5. Thanks for stopping by my 12 Days of Creepfest. I know, talking Christmas trees is very creepy…

Sometimes a simple night of hanging decorations and shopping for hooks so you don't have to tie string on the ends is a memorable date night.

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