On free ebook

Hey gang, a quick post here to let you know that during the month of November, my LGBT YA horror ebook Camp Carnage is available completely free over at Amazon.

Camp Carnage front coverBlurb: In the summer of 1986, Billy Collins is sent to his own personal Hell – summer camp. The remote Camp Genesis offers desperate parents a place to “straighten” out their gay teenagers with the help of the puritanical Katherine Creevey.

Besides the typical horsing around, campfire tales and summer games, the Genesis program forces gay and questioning teens into humiliating gender-based lessons. While Billy wants nothing more than to escape Camp Genesis, he can’t help worrying that something even more sinister is hiding just out of sight.

Unknown to Billy, two campers were murdered three years ago. Just days after Billy and the new campers arrive, people start to go missing, and it’s up to Billy and his new friend Jem to find out what’s really going on. Is a maniac on the loose? Is history repeating itself? One thing’s for sure – at Camp Genesis, you have to fight to survive…

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy reading.

On Halloween book sale

Hi all, thought I’d share a great Halloween sale my publisher, JMS Books, is currently having. All ebooks are now 35% off and all paperbacks are 12% off. The sale has already started, and it runs from now through November 2.

If you’re not familiar with JMS Books, these are LGBT stories in all sub-genres from erotica, horror, sweet romance, supernatural, YA, etc. Their bookstore is easy to navigate and you can find my books here. Then check out the rest of their wonderful library.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy reading.

On Inkshares Horror Novel

Have you guys heard about this? I recently heard about a crowdfunding site called Inkshares. It’s basically Kickstarter or Indiegogo crossbred with Createspace or Lulu. It looks like a site where you can crowdfund a novel that will have an ebook and physical presence in bookstores. Unlike Kikstarter or Indiegogo where you give them thousands of dollars and then the writer keeps a percentage and has to then hire editors and distributors, Inkshares does all of that. So if a project is successfully funded at Inshares, it includes a professional manuscript editor and distributor.

I had no idea how any of this works, so I figured I’d dive in and take a look see with my current manuscript. I’m working on a 90 thousand word novel about three strangers entering the witness protection program when they accidentally thwart a serial killer. They’re relocated to a new state, but their new home brings them into contact with horrors beyond imagination.

You can find the Inkshares page, along with fun FAQs and whatnot, and back this project here are: https://www.inkshares.com/projects/horror-novel

Thanks so much for your support!

This is Elliot Arthur Cross eternally grateful for your support. For any questions about the project, please email me at elliotarthurcross@gmail.com. Thank you and happy reading.

On Camp Carnage

Camp Carnage front coverFor your reading pleasure, I’m proud to announce Camp Carnage, a slasher book in the vein of a fun 1980’s horror movie. Co-writer Joshua Winning (author of the on-going Sentinel trilogy) and I love the 80’s slashers of yore (think Friday the 13th, Halloween, Sleepaway Camp, etc.) and so we set about writing a book that both upholds traditional slasher story lines and subverts them.

Blurb: When Billy Collins is sent to Camp Genesis in the summer of 1986, he’s forced to participate in a frightening program meant to “straighten” out gay teenagers. Even more frightening is when the campers start disappearing one at a time at the hands of a mysterious maniac. What will it take to survive the brutal summer camp?

And what’s that about being a NIGHT TERRORS book you ask? This is the first in a horror line of  books Joshua and I are starting. Think of it as a Twilight Zone of horror.

The ebook is set for release August 1 with the paperback coming to Amazon mid-month. You can pre-order in various formats for the first week sale price of just $0.99 at Smashwords.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy reading.

On Saint Nick review

I feel like I’ve mentioned that I like horror movies, and foreign ones are fantastic. My favorite is probably Suspiria, but I’m always up for one. Thanks to Netflix, I caught Saint Nick, a Dutch Christmas themed horror originally titled Sint.

I love learning about other cultures, and part of the joy from this is seeing how the Dutch celebrate Saint Nicholas Day, which is apparently a European holiday around Santa Claus’ birthday, which is in the beginning of December. Through the movie, I learned that high school (I assume) students give gifts to each other in class after reading funny cards, and many of the gifts are sex toys. And instead of elves, Santa has black people. I guess that’s not racist. So apparently the Dutch dress up like Santa on Saint Nicholas Day, but other people put on old timey black face as Black Peter (yep, that part’s definitely racist) and they give gifts on December 5th or 6th. The plot of this movie is every time there’s a full moon on Saint Nicholas Day, then Evil Santa murders tons of people, and the government covers it up. Note that there’s a comedic element here, so it’s less cheesy than it reads.

Cons: I can’t really think of much. There was some stilted dialogue, but that’s to be expected with translations. Usually I see several aspects I’d change, but I really didn’t here.

Pros: The film looks glossy, there are funny moments, and the evil Santa actually works. I went in thinking it would be horrible, but it’s well handled. And I jumped once! I can’t think of the last time I jumped from a jump scare. The sub-plot with the government pays off, and I think it’s a fun movie.

Overall: I’m going with 3.75 out of 5 stars. Fun horror movie with a few scares that’ll teach American viewers a little about European Christmas. Check it out.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy viewing.

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.

On Halloween week book sale

My wonderful publisher, JMS Books, is offering a storewide 35% off sale on all ebooks and paperbacks the entire week in honor of Halloween. There are lots of great LGBT horror books, and even more of every other genre.

The JMS Books store is easy to use and is even linked to PayPal if you prefer. You can check out my books page here.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy reading.