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5-star reviews and a guest blogger invitation!

In the 8 days that my book, Darke Times and Other Stories has been available, I have had the good fortune to sell books (though I have no idea just how many), receive glowing 5-star reviews, and on the back of one of the reviews the reviewer invited me to be a guest blogger on his blog!

M.C. O’Neill, author of The Ancients and the Angels series of YA novels, Celestials and Archons awarded my book 5 stars on Amazon.com and had this to say:

I love anthologies and collections because they introduce me to new authors. “Darke Times” is no exception. When you delve into this collection’s pages, you really get what you pay for: a wonderful variety show of the bizarre. David Eccles can handle any genre thrown at him with hilarious skill. Some of the stories range from horror, fantasy, sci-fi, erotica – you get it all but his dry (and sometimes wet) wit will guarantee laughter.

I enjoy how his short stories are punctuated with flash-fiction treasures that operate almost like a commercial, but one that you would actually want to watch. “Teeth” sticks out in my mind. You’ll see what I mean when you read it.

Although I’m a yank, Eccles’ language is decisively British, and think Terry Pratchett more so than Neil Gaiman, but a Pratchett that goes to places he would normally not dare. LOVE IT!

It looks great on the Kindle with sharp formatting and beautiful cover design and you get everything the package advertises plus more.

I can’t wait to see what kind of full-length novels are going to come out of this guy’s brain in the future. I’m guessing horror or even Bizarro – and these stories are ALL bizarre – but whatever they may be, I am now a fan.

John F.D. Taff, the horror author and a man responsible for over 65 short stories and 7 novels was the very first person to review my book, and if I know John, he was probably the first to buy it too! He too awarded my book 5 stars on Amazon.com and said:

David Eccles’ first published book of short stories, Darke Times and Other Stories, is a wide-ranging look at this new author’s range of work. From flash fiction pieces like “The Teeth Police”–a short, funny and horrifying little jab of a story–to “Jack & Jill (and Steve!)”–a funny little riff on Jack the Ripper and time travel–to the titular “Darke Times”–a tale of a Rastafarian pixie who really, really wants to get to the football match–Eccles imbues his stories with a rakish wit and a firm hand. Even when they’re quite clearly horror, there’s an edge of comedy to them which makes the tales stand out. Grab it now and give it a try, because Eccles’s name is one you’ll be hearing.

To have two fantastic authors, each respected in their own genres heap praise on me like that was just the most amazing feeling, and still the 5-star reviews keep on coming! But wait! It gets better!

As I mentioned earlier, one of my reviewers invited me to do a guest blog on their website. That reviewer was none other than John F.D. Taff. John wanted to know more about  me, and about how and why I write and, of course, he gave me the opportunity to mention Darke Times and Other Stories. What a wonderful way to show his appreciation of my book and my writing talents! How could I refuse such a generous gesture! It’s guys like John and James Roy Daley and James Ward Kirk who have seen something in me and in the way that I write and have given me the chance to show what I can do, and I am eternally grateful to them and anyone who is gracious enough to show their support.

Show John your support and visit johnfdtaff.com

To see the blog that I wrote for John on July 18th, click here.

Another submission accepted!

Serial Killers Tres Tria. Edited by James Ward Kirk and published by JWK

Serial Killers Tres Tria. Edited by James Ward Kirk and published by JWK

On the back of my short story Doing it for JRD (Justice, Revenge and Deliverance) being accepted for publication in Sex, Drugs & Horror, an anthology edited by the wonderful James Ward Kirk, I am pleased to announce that another of my short stories has been accepted for publication in another of James Ward Kirk’s anthologies; this time I am to be published in his third Serial Killers anthology, Serial Killers Tres Tria, available later this year. Check out the killer cover by William Cook! Isn’t it just awesome!

If you click on the cover image above, you’ll be taken to the submissions page for this particular anthology, and because submissions are still open, I suggest you all get writing and give it a go.

Better still, get on over to JWKfiction.com and see what other submissions are open, and while you’re at it, treat yourself to some wonderful books!

And before I forget — A huge thank you once more to the wonderful James Ward Kirk, and to all of you wonderful people who take the time to read my stories, especially the author and a good friend of mine, M.C. O’Neill, who does a great job beta-reading for me and pokes me with a huge barbed stick and tells me to submit my stuff. Thank you, Mark!

A huge thank you to Troy Blackford!

My printed, signed copy of For Those With Eyes To See by Troy Blackford

My printed, signed copy of For Those With Eyes To See by Troy Blackford

I try to be very loyal to the authors I read, and with Troy Blackford, I have all of his available books and I try to read all the short stories that he has had the fortune to have published online.

He was one of the main people to inspire me to take up writing, and for that I thank him. Reading his books led me to make the decision to finally do it and not just sit there reading other peoples’ books and thinking i wish i could do that. He, along with another truly inspirational author, Ksenia Anske spurred me into action.

I was scrolling through my writers and authors list on Twitter not long ago when suddenly up pops a mention from @TBlackford3, Troy Blackford informing me that I had been fortunate enough to be a runner-up in a prize draw that he had held, though the prize I had won remained a mystery to me at that time. I duly gave him my address via a Twitter DM, and lo and behold, a few weeks later I receive a package in the mail from the USA. Carefully opening it, I found it contained a lovely printed copy of Troy’s latest short story collection, For Those With Eyes To See, complete with a great inscription to myself.

For that wonderful prize and a great inscription, my reply to Troy is: No, Troy. You the man, bro’! *smiley face* And thank YOU so much!

Go and support both of these wonderful authors. You can find Troy at http://www.troyblackford.com/ and Ksenia at http://www.kseniaanske.com/.

 

I wrote a story in honour of JRD

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Time for celebration!

A few days ago, I had an idea burst free from my head and onto the virtual page. It was a short story in honour of James Roy Daley, an amazing author and the man behind BOOKSoftheDEADPRESS.

It featured mostly narration by a serial killer looking back on the first time he killed, and the circumstances surrounding it. It was nasty, graphic and featured very explicit sex and sexual swear words. I was very proud of it, and I sent it to JRD, who thought it was great. Incidentally, the story is entitled Doing it for JRD (Justice, Revenge and Deliverance).

Another friend of mine, author M.C. O’Neill read it too, thought it was awesome and suggested that I submit it to James Ward Kirk at http://jwkfiction.com/ to see if it would be accepted for his upcoming Serial Killers Tres Tria anthology. Following his advice, I submitted the story, taking care to read through all of the submission requirements, and then I left it at that, hoping that I might be lucky enough to be accepted, but quite content in the knowledge that even if it didn’t make the cut it wasn’t the end of the world, because there are thousands of places to submit to.

To cut a long story short: tonight I got a reply from James Ward Kirk who said he loved the story and that he wanted to use it in his Sex, Drugs & Horror anthology which is to be published during the first week of July. He actually said that if I preferred for it to feature instead in the Serial Killers Tres Tria anthology, he’d send over a different contract, but thinking about it now, there’s a lot of horror and a lot of sex in the story, and because it’s about a killer’s first kill, it would be more suited towards the Sex, Drugs & Horror anthology.

Needless to say, I’ve written a bio and the contract has been signed and returned to JWK by electronic carrier pigeon, so next month will see me as being a published author in at least one anthology, if not two, as i have another story coming out shortly in an anthology that has been written in collaboration with some of my friends and fellow writers from the Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse  collective.

Things are looking up for me, folks, and now i’ve got my foot on the first rung of the ladder there will be no stopping me!

Josh Hewitt Made Me Do It!…

#WorldsEnd

…well, he inspired me to write Bad Luck, to be correct.

For those poor unfortunate souls who have not read or do not follow Josh Hewitt on Twitter or on his most excellent blog A Beginning, An End and All That Lies Between, you’re missing out, let me tell you!

At the moment, Josh has an amazing project going on at his blog called #WorldsEnd. This is how it came about:

“Tomorrow, we find out that a giant planet (bigger than Jupiter) is headed towards Earth.  It will arrive in twenty years.  We can’t stop it, we can’t do anything about it.  In 20 years, the world will end.

“Your story will take place 18 years after this announcement.  What is life like?  How do people interact?  Do they still have jobs?  Do kids still go to school?  Has new religions sprouted up?  Has contingency plans?  Tell me your story–what do you think happens in this world.”

This was the task Josh set for some of his writer friends, the only constraint they had was that they could not save the Earth. You simply must visit his blog and read the stories there. They’re so diverse, and the quality is superb (apart from the odd typo, which i have noticed).

Reading these stories inspired me to write a little something this morning, but as i am not part of the project, i thought i would share my story with you here, and hopefully some of you who have been reading the #WorldsEnd stories will read and appreciate this one too. So, without further ado, i present to you all my homage to the #WorldsEnd project, to the wonderful Josh Hewitt and to all of the writers that have taken the time to create some fantastic stories for us all to read. Enjoy! Bad Luck (A #WorldsEnd story).

Bartender, Keep ’em Coming! New Story!

Squiffysquirrel

It’s been a while, i know, what with the madness that was Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse, but now that the flying fur has settled, here for your enjoyment is a story that i wrote just for you, my followers. It involves alcohol, and it’s called Bartender, Keep ’em Coming! And if you like it, or even if you dislike it, leave me a comment and let me know. I would appreciate it greatly!

Oh, and while i’m here i may as well tell you that i received my first rejection today, with regard to a short story i submitted. They praised my talent and writing style and said they enjoyed the story, but it was not what they were looking for. I found out later via a good friend and amazing author M. C. O’Neill that they were asking for a specific theme for their fantasy anthology, something i had not spotted, and neither had he, so i’m in good company!

I have another chance at being successfully chosen for this anthology, so i shall put on my thinking cap and this time come up with a story that has relevance to their needs!

And i have been invited back to submit for further anthologies, so that says something for me!

The cup’s half full, guys, not half empty!

And So It Ends…Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse chapter 20

Alice Armstrong. Photo by Christopher Fincham

Alice Armstrong. Photo by Christopher Fincham.
http://www.facebook.com/christopher.fincham1

Did we all survive the Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse? You’re going to have to find out by reading today’s chapter, the final chapter, later today over at www.kseniaanske.com. Today’s offering is brought to you by the newest writer to join the Apocalypse Collective, Kevin Nielsen.

Kevin Nielsen

Kevin Nielsen

Looking at Kevin‘s blog, it’s obvious that he loves to write. I urge you to take a look at his work there. His Facebook page has some great photgraphs of him, though he does not show a recent pic of himself since he decided to shave his head! Only the chrome dome and eyes are visible, so i took it upon myself to choose an image to represent him here.

I apologize to Kevin, because i think he did submit a bio, but i can’t find it anywhere, and so i only have limited information about him.

Kevin is a native of Quebec, Canada, and he currently is a Document Management Agent in the Financial Aids and Awards department at the University of Ottawa.

As already mentioned, he has a blog and he is active on Facebook, but you can also find him on Twitter.

It’s not much to go on, i know, but you’ll definitely be hearing more from Kevin and the other writers who make up the Apocalypse Collective in the very near future as we have another project looming; one that is secret for the moment, but i will tell you that it involves the writers who are taking part writing 10 times the amount of words that we wrote in this project, so get ready for some great reading! We look forward to your continued support in all of our efforts, and hope that you have enjoyed and will continue to enjoy all that we bring to your reading table.

In addition to thanking you, the reader, i must thank the wonderful Ksenia Anske for bringing the team together and inspiring us all to do what we do: write, and for hosting the story on her wonderful website!

And then there are the writers to thank! Each and every single one of you i consider to be my friend and a wonderful writer. It has been a joy working with you all, and so i say thank you to:

Becky Flade; Brandon Yusuf Toropov; Seth Werkheiser; Andrew Hovenden; Sandra Hould; Doug Karlson; Dustin McKenzie; Michel Lee King; Aliaa El-Nashar; Sheila Hall; Kai Kiriyama; JLuis Licea; Colleen M. Albert; Rosalind Smith-Nazilli; LoriLesko; Barry NoVa; Catherine Scully; M.C. Oneill; Kevin Nielsen.

And as a bonus for those of you who are wondering about the photo at the beginning of this blog entry, it’s a pic of a friend of mine, Alice Armstrong. She’s a model, performance artist, a COS player and SFX make-up artist.

You can find her on Facebook here, and she has a professional Facebook page here, where you can see examples of her work and find out details of how to book her.

Here’s the lovely lady herself, without the make-up and bunny ears!

Alice Armstrong

Alice Armstrong

A Very Happy Easter to you all!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

 

Divine Intervention In Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse chapter 19

The Creepy Line, by Alena Beljakova

Easter Army.
Photo by Alena Beljakova.
http://perhydrol.deviantart.com/art/the-creepy-line-141605969

Tomorrow sees the end of what has been a wonderful experience for me as a writer. It has been a joy to work with every single one of the writers in the Apocalypse Collective, and we have become good friends and will continue to work together on future projects, one of which begins in May. Details of this new poject will remain under wraps for now, but it promises to be a much bigger undertaking, and we all hope that you will support us in the venture.

Today, though, we bring to you the penultimate chapter of Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse, written by the amazing M. C. O’Neill, whose writing style and subject knowledge suits these last 3 chapters down to the ground! You can read it at www.kseniaanske.com.

Author, M. C. O'Neill. Photograph by Indigo Moran.

Author, M. C. O’Neill.
Photograph by Indigo Moran.

What can i tell you of Mark? The man has done it all! The son of a JAG working with the US Army, he majored in Graphic Design and
minored in Art History and Biology at Indiana University before being accepted into the Painting program at the University of Cincinnati, soon becoming a Professor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Realizing that a career in academia was not for him, he left to work in the corporate sector as a Prototype designer, where he made models for many companies the names of which you will be very familiar. After a stint in that line of work, he became a therapist at an addictions clinic, then gave that up to work from home inking and designing comic books, giving him the chance to work on some very famous publications. After that, as work in the comic book industry became harder to secure, he paid the bills doing freelance paralegal work, before finally deciding to realize his ambition as a writer.

His novel, The Ancients and the Angels: Celestials is book 1 of a series and is available in paperback and for Kindle, with the second book in the series, Archons due for release in April 2013.

Always in demand, Mark is a regular on shows such as the Vinny Eastwood Show and the Jeff Daugherty Show.

Mark can always be reached via his website, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads, which, incidentally has just become an Amazon company.

Tomorrow, we feature Andrew Nielsen, the man who wraps it all up! Yes, he’s the author of Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse chapter 20, so please join us for the finale. And bring chocolate eggs, but only ones that have cleared inspection! We don’t want any exploding heads now, do we!

Ye Gods! (And Goddessess) It’s Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse chapter 18

Things go cosmic today!

Things go cosmic today!
Photograph by AZRainman.

Be prepared for things to turn on their heads today, in Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse chapter 18, brought to you all by author, Catherine Scully. You will LOVE this turn of events, and you can read it at www.kseniaanske.com.

Catherine is one of the newest writers to join the writing team, and let me tell you, she has done an amazing job!

Author, Catherine Scully

Author, Catherine Scully

A fan of monsters that you kill versus ones that you date, Catherine Scully is a Writer and Illustrator of all things dark and whimsical. Currently, she is the Editor for the Horror Writers Association Young Adult blog and has had short fiction and poetry published with literary magazines The Nomad and Vision and Voice. She’s represented  by Carrie Howland of the Donadio & Olson agency.

Catherine is active on Twitter and Google+ and obviously, her amazing website! http://cscullywriter.wordpress.com/

Tomorrow we feature the author of Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse chapter 19, a man wh has done it all, got bored with it and found his true calling in life as a writer: the amazing M. C. O’Neill.

All Eyes Are On Peter In Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse chapter 17

Peter under surveillance

Peter under surveillance

Peter makes a return to Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse in chapter 17, brought to you by the fantastic Barry NoVa. Read it at www.kseniaanske.com.

Barry NoVa

Barry NoVa

D.r. Barrington NoVa, A.d.h.d, T.h.C, but more commonly known as Baz or Barry. Born sometime ago in the hazy days of the 80’s, grown in a normal house by fairly normal people, in the garden of England. He started to show signs of rebelling from normality long before his first decade was complete. Instead of wanting to be a fireman or a tradesman, he wanted to be He-Man, a conviction he held close well into his 20’s. But after a long and treacherous dusty road, he came to the conclusion that he could not become He-Man, not without taking large amounts of steroids and hallucinogens at any rate. So he decided that using the gift of creativity he had harnessed so well as a child would be the only way he could truly be at one with the universe’s vibrations and walk around with a smile on his face.

“A writer I shall be!” he exclaimed, one day.

Then after several years of not doing anything about it, he grew a pair and finally manned up.
This is his power, his light, his divine path…his…his…er…yeah!

Welcome to the party pals…

I decided to let Barry tell you all about himself in his own words, rather than write about him and add a small piece that he wrote. All of the above regarding Barry came from the man himself! And he has honoured you all with a photograph of himself! That’s as rare as rocking horse shit! Respect is due!

Breaking news! Extra Barry NoVa information just became available! Actually, it didn’t. I just forgot about a previous e-mail from him until now! Barry‘s 6ft 2in, in size 12 shoes (UK) (size 13 US), and his weight is a closely guarded national secret!

Barry is active on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and he has a website

Nothing more need be said, really. Just go and get your asses over to Ksenia‘s site and treat yourselff to a fantastic chapter. The end is nigh, peeps! Only another 3 chapters to go after today, and i promise you, we’ve saved the best to last, as we have a new writer on board to take the place of Franza Dirnberger. His name is Kevin Nielsen, and you’ll be seeing him deliver the death blow, quite possibly in chapter 20!

Tommorow, we feature the author of Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse chapter 18, Cat Scully, who i must say, filled in absolutely seamlessly!