Scream Season now available on Amazon and Smashwords Premium Catalog

I’m excited to announce that Scream Season has been accepted into the Smashwords premium catalog. The book should soon roll out for Kobo, Nook, etc… Smashwords will be distributing it to most major online booksellers.

I’ve also uploaded a Kindle-friendly version of the book to Amazon’s catalog. It’s listed at 99 cents at the moment, but I am in the middle of attempting to get it price matched to free.

Naturally, the ebooks lack the fancy formatting and graphics featured in the PDF version, but my ebook wizardry is still in its novice stages. Was a nightmare to get those ebook and mobi files up but I hope they look good. If you give any of them a read and something looks off, let me know.

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ISIS, Casino’s Cornfield Scene, and our Desensitization to Violence

I remember the first time I watched someone die.

Not in real life, of course. I’ve still managed to sidestep that experience as of yet (phew). I am course referring to the stage of growing up experienced by any curious kid raised on the internet. Sooner or later you end up on a site you probably shouldn’t be on. I’m sure you know a few. Well as a pre-teen, I found myself on such a site. It happened to be hosting the suicide of politician Budd Dwyer, which has now gone down in infamy as one of the most recognizable and widely watched recorded suicides on the internet. Hell, it’s even allowed on YouTube for some reason (with 8 million+ views and counting!).

I don’t even know what I expected death to look like. It certainly wasn’t like the movies. I think my first reaction before anything else was “Can that much blood really come out of someone’s nose?” Kill Bill had prepped me for explosive fountains of blood spewing from many things—neck holes, arm sockets, eye sockets—nostrils weren’t one of them. Something I have always found amusingly bizarre about this video is that a lot of the time, in the event of some unexpected or shocking act of violence occurring during a live filming, the camera man typically pans away, runs from his station, or cuts the feed. The guy recording this made sure to stay right on that camera, pan down towards Budd’s limp, fallen body and carefully zoom in to capture all the gory details of his spasming, blood gushing face. That’s a man committed to his profession.

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Scream Season

A Halloween Horror Novella

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Word Count: 31,542

Genre: Horror, Drama, Dark Comedy

Content Warnings: Language, Drug References, Graphic Violence, Sexual References

Summary: Semi-reformed delinquent Joel, back home on Fall break from college, takes his younger sister and her new boyfriend to Scream Season, the local theme park’s annual Halloween event. With his two best friends tagging along, Joel’s confrontational personality quickly turns the evening into a series of embarrassing incidents. But after a strange, intense encounter with a masked man roaming the grounds, Joel’s sister and her boyfriend wind up missing, spurring him and his friends into a dangerous search, where they will stumble upon a gruesome secret hidden within the walls of this decades old park. A secret that should have just stayed a rumor.

Scream Season was a yearlong labor of love crafted from an insidious idea that sprang into my mind while visiting a similarly-named-yet-legally-distinct national theme park chain during their similarly-named-yet-legally-distinct Halloween event last October. What started as a simple short story I had planned to finish before the 31st of that year somehow exploded into a full-blown novella I finally finished just in time for Frigh—Scream Season a year later. It’s rough in places, but I’m still incredibly proud of the end result. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it. -L.C.

P.S.: Huge shoutout to the amazingly talented Jalin Harden for creating the cover artwork. You can check out more of his stuff over at his art & animation blog here.

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