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 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 Evidence film review

I recently caught Evidence on Netflix. The is a combo found footage/traditional film following a forensics team investigating brutal murders by hobbling together footage from two cameras and victims’ cell phones.

Cons: The whole a small group of friends on a trip in the desert are stranded with four other strangers while a masked killer picks them off one at a time certainly doesn’t reinvent the wheel. Nolan Gerard Funk was underused. Yeah, I know, I know, but I could have used some more Funk action. While some pieces really work, there’s a lot of standard paint-by-numbers action going on.

Pros: Good cast. True Blood’s Stephen Moyer plays the lead investigator (he’s troubled, but he wants back on the job before his supervisor is sure he’s ready… for some reason). I never cared for Billy on True Blood, but I’ve always liked Moyer. Characters are fleshed out enough. The ending was ambitious. The framing narrative works as a whodunnit and is ambitious enough that it works overall. I didn’t see the twist coming.

Overall: Decent slasher flick. Since I have a soft spot for the subgenre, I’ll go 3.75 out of 5 stars, but I’m probably being nice.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy viewing.