Harvest of Horror 2018

It looks like it’s that time of year at last. Hello, horror fiction and molasses-black cavities from the sheer volume of candy! Halloween is a season of body horror in all its forms.
Harvest of Horror is an event I’ll be doing every October where I’ll be posting horror-related goodness – reviews, poems and writing – for most of the days leading up to Halloween.

2018’s Halloween reap ranges from surreal to sweet to sickening, and all good reads as it turns out. A few are quite controversial works of horror, such as Oct. 15’s book, Better the Devil You Know and Oct. 4’s Haunted. Fortune might choose to smile grandly near the end of October, for I have a book coming out of my own around that date – the dark poetry compilation Loverboy. I’ll be sharing some samples with you all then!
The full Harvest of Horror line-up:

October 1 – BOOK REVIEW – ‘Nothing is Strange’
October 2 – BOOK REVIEW – ‘Parasyte Vol. 1’
October 3 – BOOK REVIEW – ‘Slices’
October 4 – BOOK REVIEW – ‘Haunted’
October 5 – BOOK REVIEW – ‘Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread’
October 6 – ART BOOK REVIEW – ‘Autopsyrotica’
October 7 – POEM – ‘Hematoma’
October 8 – BOOK REVIEW – ‘Zerostrata’
October 9 – BOOK REVIEW – ‘Snowy Pines’
October 10 – BOOK REVIEW – ‘Silent Hill’ Comics Part 1
October 11 – BOOK REVIEW – ‘Silent Hill’ Comics Part 2
October 12 – SHORT STORY REVIEW – ‘The Gown’
October 13 – BOOK REVIEW – ‘The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls’
October 14 – BOOK REVIEW – ‘Lychee Light Club’
October 15 – BOOK REVIEW – ‘Better the Devil You Know’
October 16 – SHORT STORY REVIEW – ‘Eden’
October 17 – POEM – ‘Last Dreamtime’
October 18 – ARTICLE – The Transience of Survival Horror
October 19 – BOOK REVIEW – ‘Carrie’
October 20 – POEM – ‘In the Oil’
October 21 – POEMS – ‘The Devil’s Laughter’ / ‘Yearn’
October 22 – BOOK REVIEW – ‘The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons’
October 23 – BOOK REVIEW – ‘The Hour of Meeting Evil Spirits’
October 24 – POEM – ‘The Unsacred Water’
October 26 – POEM – ‘A Fortunate Purge’
October 31 – HALLOWEEN

In some related news, I’m no longer on Twitter @ghoulsgrimoire. I decided to “minimize” with a new account, @cannibalatheart dedicated solely to art, horror and book updates. It’s both my own art and art I enjoy. No more poetry or book reviews there. They don’t really work with Twitter’s restrictions, at least not for me, and I’ve got enough to work on. I am also in the process of restarting my DeviantArt and Ko-Fi pages under new names, and ended my Patreon. I haven’t time for that one either. I don’t understand how anyone makes use of a program that seems to put even more pressure on a creator. Anyway…

If you like my reviews, please consider a small donation to Ko-Fi, or sharing the page with friends. There are no obligations. It can be a once-only donation, and it’ll help me afford to self-produce horror and poetry books yearly. Thanks, and enjoy! Have a great Halloween!

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The Velvet Needs Resewing and Reupholstering

A brief update just so you know why if the site looks odd in the next month. This is nothing invasive or major, and shouldn’t disrupt the blog’s usual posts, but I’m sprucing up and redoing the design on all of my sites. The gallery needs a complete renewal, as none of the artwork there is less than several months old, and just so many other things need doing. I was also hoping to start up a slightly wider variety of artistic posts – encompassing films and video games into the arena as well, at least to a degree.

My donations pages are also getting a makeover, as they are not exactly inspiring, but then again I don’t really promote them heavily either. They are here at Patreon and here at Ko-fi if you want to take a peek. Donating to these will help me afford more space on the site for fuller reviews with photographs as well as artwork, so please consider it if you can. 🙂

The remainder of my NetGalley reviews will be up throughout June, a variety of mostly horror, poetry and mystery books with a few graphic novels and fantasy books mixed in. I’m taking a short break from NetGalley other than extremely short books I may apply for.

Also, if you like haiku, the second-to-last compilation, MHz, will be here in roughly a week. Later this year, all of my haiku, partly finished poems and older poems are getting their own massive collection, fully illustrated! It will act as a sort of B-side for a main compilation that’s coming out as well, but I shan’t say too much… 😉

Infinite Summer, Friday the 13th, and Donations Launch (What a Mess)

HAPPY FRIDAY THE 13th! THE LUCK STOPS HERE!

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I am mildly joyed (not over-joyed) to announce Infinite Summer, another free eBook gleaned from the depths of my psyche and put on the chopping block, to be cleaned up and published somewhat later this April. The rough line-art for the cover is above, courtesy of myself. I almost rejected that drawing, actually, as I had a more appropriate one in mind but ran out of time.

Anyway, Infinite Summer is softer yet more sorrowful than my previous ones, but I think better since it’s far more recent. I have a massive backlog of these tiny books which I hope to print myself as two omnibuses perhaps next year or around Christmas (if I’m lucky), but since they are so small and really have their own characters (plus I have fun creating the cover art) I wanted to print them all individually.

Which brings me to my next point… unfortunately, I have a few issues which prevent me from working a lot of the time, which are medical, not easy repaired and actually effect my work negatively, so sadly it’s become pretty difficult to balance reviewing, writing, art and blogging along with studies. So I’ve decided to set up both a Patreon and a Ko-Fi (Buy Me a Coffee) page for all who wish to help me out. If you can’t or don’t necessarily want to, which is okay, please consider sharing this page on any social media you prefer. It’s newborn and needs a bit of working out, so I need any help I can get here.

I mentioned these yesterday but thought I should “officially” announce it. Patreon is for long-term or consistent donations, whereas Ko-Fi is for single, small donations.

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100% of any funds donated to my Patreon or Ko-Fi pages goes towards improving this blog, books to review and fixing the issues which cause strain to my artwork, that make what I am passionate about a source of pain. Long-term Patrons may get the chance to win free goodies if it is successful, even if you don’t partake in the tiers.