On Possessions of the Dead contract

Quick update today (partly because my A key is sticking). I recently signed the contract for my 13k word M/M horror story Possessions of the Dead.

Short blurb: When college junior Alex Corrigan subs for his favorite professor, he falls for a handsome freshman who gets him involved in a local ghost story. Rumor is anyone who takes something from an abandoned cabin in the woods will be cursed. Alex assumes it’s nonsense, until the frightened freshman shows up at his door needing help. Is the curse just an urban legend, or is there more to the story?

This is Elliot Arthur Cross looking forward to release day in February, 2014.

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On Turbulent Strangers release

Hi, all. My gay thriller Turbulent Strangers is now available at JMS Books, with major retailers coming within the next week.

Turbulent_Strangers_400x600Blurb: Winston St. Paul is a middle-aged professional photographer. When he was in his twenties, he started sleeping with the male models he shot in their underwear. While Winston has gotten older, the models certainly haven’t. His friends used to be impressed and call him a stud, but now they think he’s just sad and desperate, and Winston is starting to agree with them.

After his latest model boyfriend left him for a younger man, Winston did nothing but mope in his apartment and stare at photos of past failed relationships. Winston planned on skipping a friend’s wedding in New England until he was guilt-tripped into it, but a torrential storm grounded his plane. Stranded in the south, Winston is forced to rent a car to make it to the wedding on time.

When Winston stops for gas, he meets Erik, a hitchhiker who is exactly the type of guy he knows he shouldn’t chase after. A good-looking young man without any responsibilities in need of help, Erik Winston is hoping for a ride, and is surprised to find they have the same destination.

But as these two strangers leave together, they are completely unaware of the dangerous chain reaction they have set off.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy reading.

 

On Away for the Holidays cover

Hi, all. I just got the cover art for my upcoming M/M romance ebook Away for the Holidays.

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Blurb: Christmas is slowly becoming a reminder of everything homesick college freshman Shane Sanderson is going to miss out on. Even when he meets his roommate’s handsome friend, Corey, his mind is stuck back home. What will it take for Shane to feel like he isn’t away for the holidays?

This is Elliot Arthur Cross looking forward to release day, December 15.

On paperback giveaway

Hi, all. My paranormal M/M YA novel Clearclay Park (the sequel to Tanglewood Road) is now available in paperback. You can win a copy by checking out the Goodreads page and entering a quick contest. For those of who you aren’t into gambling, you can find the paperback at JMS Books, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

Clearclay_Park_400x600Blurb: Cody Langdon’s been through a lot. He kissed a boy in the locker room and got brutally harassed for months. Unable to cope, he tried to take his own life. His parents decided a change in scenery would help, so they moved the family to Florida in the middle of the summer. The abrupt move left Cody lonely, bored, and beyond depressed. Stuck in a new state, Cody learned that a demon named Tanglewood had killed his neighbors and was taunting Cody. To save his family, Cody burned his house down.

Cody was lauded as a local hero and inducted into a support group for people who had survived encounters with dangerous demons. The support group introduced Cody to a new world of the supernatural and shared their own horrific experiences with incubi, curses, and ghosts.

Adam Monroe was a teenager just like Cody, until the demon Tanglewood killed his neighbors and his parents. Blamed for the multiple deaths and thought insane, Adam was locked away in a mental facility until Cody stumbled across evidence that cleared his name. The two bonded immediately over their shared trauma and mutual attraction.

After all of his hardships, Cody is in for the strangest task yet—starting over at a new high school where he knows no one, doesn’t like organized sports, and thinks he’s above the petty social games.

Just as he starts to relax in his new environment, Cody’s parents find a new house to live in. Upon touring one of the identical homes in the Clearclay Park community, Cody discovers that behind the perfect hedges, trimmed lawns, and pristine appearance, a sinister force may lurk.

Forced to juggle his time between school, his parents, and Adam, Cody is confronted with the realization that not all problems are supernatural, and not all solutions are final.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy reading.

On my Halloween movie-a-thon

If there’s one thing I love about Halloween, it’s the excuse to watch horror flicks. As I tried working on a new horror short (about college students dealing with a curse), I enjoyed five horror movies. Pretty decent marathon. Here are my mini-reviews:

Jack the Reaper
High school kids who didn’t turn in a paper go on a Saturday field trip to make up for it and get a quick speech from Tony Todd before the horror starts.

Cons: Starts off strong, goes tepid for me. As soon as the horror started, I immediately figured out the surprise ending. Clichéd characters are fine unless they’re trying to be more but failing. Horrible title. I almost didn’t want it based on that alone. And there’s this random woman who has creepy narration I just didn’t get into.

Pros: Tony Todd, even onscreen for a minute or two, is always a plus. Jay Gillespie from 2001 Maniacs proves he’s a good horror lead, even though he’s 30 playing 17 (sigh). Character dynamics were fun. It was well shot.

Overall: 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Killer Holiday
Some partying young adults get stalked and killed by some psycho calling himself Spider.

Cons: The amusement park aspect seems shoehorned in. The characters were bland. I don’t really remember a whole lot from this one, although I watched it about five hours ago… Would have been better if it was a slow burn type of movie instead of juxtaposing innocence with confusing violence.

Pros: A few creepy moments. The Spider killer was effective enough.

Overall: 2 out of 5 stars. Not a repeater for me.

HellBent
The first gay slasher. Four roommates in West Hollywood go out partying on Halloween and are stalked by a mysterious killer dressed like a devil.

Cons: I’m torn on not getting any background on the killer.

Pros: The cast, the script, the everything. This hits all the right slasher beats (and is produced by one of the producers of the original Halloween, well done!).

Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars. Fun slasher that deserves more credit and a sequel.

Trick ‘R Treat
This is one I like to watch annually. An interconnected anthology following a smallish town during Halloween.

Cons: Can’t think of any.

Pros: Script, cast (IMD them, they’re awesome), direction. I’m a big fan of anthology movies, and having all the stories flow into each other just kicks this one up another notch.

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars. There’s so much to love here, and I’m delighted they FINALLY announced a sequel. Bring it on. Trick ‘R Treat could turn into a powerhouse series, which I’m all for.

See No Evil
Teenagers (?) in prison start a work release program in which they have to clean up an old hotel while Kane from the WWE brutally butchers them.

Cons: No one’s getting any Oscars from the acting here. This one is a strange mix of low budget and high budget (produced by the WWE, which will soon be releasing the Leprechaun remake). I love low budget, but they had the money.

Pros: It’s got a take-no-prisoners approach you have to respect. Some fun kills, decent script, and a menacing killer.

Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars. This one popped up on my radar again since a sequel has been shot for release next year. Count me in.

In other Halloween news, big stuff for Sleepaway Camp fans. You don’t know how happy I am that the original is getting a Blu ray release next year and it’s uncut. Fans know the DVD, an improvement over the VHS, had a few snip and tucks. In addition, a reboot of the series spearheaded by creator/writer/director Robert Hiltzik was announced. I have a feeling that I’ll be watching some Sleepaway next Halloween.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you a happy All Hallows Day.