Sure you do! Of course you’d like to be featured as a character in my upcoming epic horror novel (that’s not tongue in cheek, there folks!) The book is titled The Fearing and I’m working on it now, with an eye toward publication next year around this time.
I was thinking… “Gee, John, what could we (the royal ‘we,’ of course. I am the King of Pain, for goshsakes), offer to loyal readers?” “Well,” the opposite side of my brain answered, “How about the opportunity to be featured in an actual horror novel by an actual horror writer? You know, appear in a published novel with your own actual name, in a plot that certainly wouldn’t really actually ever happen to you. And then read about yourself (or at least a character liberally based on yourself) doing various plot-necessitated things, but managing to look cool and heroic and stuff while doing it. Maybe you can die. Maybe we’ll keep you alive. Who knows?”
What a frakkin’ awesome idea, both sides of my brain said.
So, we’re gonna do it. And what better way to decide who gets to be a character in this opus than by having a contest! A contest to make you, the reader, a ‘HORROR STAR!’
ENTERING THE ‘HORROR STAR’ CONTEST
How do you enter this contest, you may be wondering? Simple.
1). Buy my current release, The End in All Beginnings.
2). Read The End in All Beginnings, and hopefully enjoy it!
3). Review the collection, and post your review on Amazon before Oct. 31st, 2014 UPDATE: WE’RE LEAVING THE CONTEST OPEN FOR A WHILE…UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE OR I GET BORED. (I’m not trolling for a 5-star review here. Be honest. But, sheesh, five stars sure are nice. 😉 )
5.) Share your review on Twitter using #HORRORSTAR for even more chances to win.
WINNING THE ‘HORROR STAR’ CONTEST
Winners will be chosen by a Random Drawing. Once we receive at least 50 entries, we’ll do a straight-up random drawing for some spectacular prizes, the chief of which will be…
‘HORROR STAR’ PRIZES
1). Grand Prize. I will use your name as a character in my upcoming horror novel, The Fearing. It won’t be a major character, but it won’t be a throwaway, one-line character, either. Prior to creating the fictional you, I might ask a few questions to make sure to get some of the REAL you into the character. I promise that I will not use the character in a particularly horrid, demeaning or embarrassing way, but one in which I think you’d be thrilled to have featured in a novel. What’s The Fearing about? Well, it’s kind of an epic, apocalyptic horror novel, but with my own patented King of Pain twists. When will it be out? Well, probably sometime next year, around this time.
2). Runners-Up. Oh, and for some lucky runners up, I might also give away some signed things, too. And Grey Matter Press is pitching in with some of their own goodies as well. So, loot for all! Well, all winners at least.
So what are you waiting for? How many authors offer you the chance to be directly involved in their novel by creating a character based solely on you?
Enter the ‘Horror Star’ Contest. Buy The End in All Beginnings today. Read the collection. Review it on Amazon. Post your review here or on the Grey Matter Press Facebook Page. Share your review on Twitter using #HORRORSTAR.
And who knows, I might even sweeten the pot if we get more than 50 entries. 75? 100? The sky’s the limit!*
*This isn’t entirely true. There is, in fact, a limit to my largesse, and it’s definitely before we reach the sky. But I promise it’ll be amazeballs!
P.S. If you couldn’t figure it out, this was the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT JUST FOR YOU I was hinting at.