‘Should I toss the knife?’ She was not sure what to do next. The plan had escaped her now that his blood was on her hands. She looked down at her wrists and watched in amazement as the wounds closed up. ‘What the hell? My wounds?’ Continue reading “Sometimes It’s Hard to Let Go – Flash Fiction”
In celebration of season 5 of Fear The Walking Dead, I thought I would help you survive the Zombie Apocalypse!
Chances are you won’t make it, but hey, I’m not going to be the one that feels bad about it, because I didn’t share this list with you.
To save my conscience about you not having a chance against those staggering bags of rotting flesh, let me present to you this list of 10 Zombie Books that will help you prepare for the day the undead decide to take over the world and devour you in the process!
I AM Oz the Gweat and Tewwible!!! And I am here to present to you my review on Pet Sematary: A Novel by Stephen King!!!!
But before I get into the review, let me share you a quote I discovered that will sum the review up in one sentence! Continue reading “How Did Stephen King Prove The Dead Should Be Left Alone?”
Topher Hoffman: Hey Jackson, thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. I really enjoyed your book, and I thought it was pretty impressive the way it played out.
I have never read the type of story like you wrote in Paradise, Maine. How does it feel to be responsible for the introduction of splatterpunk to somebody who hasn’t read the genre before?
Jackson R. Thomas: That’s cool. Welcome to a brave new world, my friend. Consider Paradise to be a gateway drug. Once you dig into some Edward Lee or the works of Spector & Skipp, you will get the real deal.
TH: What about your family? Have you introduced your family to your books, and if so what type of feedback do they give you? Did any of them disown you afterwards?
JRT: My mom ain’t gonna see this. She wouldn’t be surprised, but I think we’re both better off if she sticks to cookbooks and biographies.
TH: You are now getting some pretty good reviews on your book. How do you deal with
the negative reviews? Do you use it as constructive criticism or do you write that person into your next book?
JRT: It is what it is. I didn’t plan on being here. If they like it, cool. If they don’t, cool.
TH: Before you start writing, do you have to go through any pre-writing routines that you do before you begin a writing session?
JRT: A cigarette and coffee. Then it’s time to roll.
TH: When getting into writing, everyone receives advice in some fashion or the other. If you could give your younger writing self any advice, what would it be?
JRT: None. I think I’m where I should be.
TH: Thanks for those, now moving onto the book, Paradise, Maine. Are any of the characters based off of somebody that you know? Please don’t say that The Watcher
is, because that guy freaks me out.
JRT: I worked with someone named, Vanis. She was a housekeeper. I thought the name was unique. I have no idea if she was into photography. I also had a friend that dated a guy named Zebulun. He claimed to be an outdoorsman, but he didn’t look the type. More like a guy who’d get eaten by the outside world. So, there are those two. As for the Watcher…he could represent a lot of things. The world is unpredictable. It’s also what we make it. Toss that together with a little carnage and maybe you get this guy.
TH: I did a quick Google maps search on Paradise, Maine. Did you know that there is a campground called Paradise Park? Were you ever there?
JRT: No, I haven’t. I thought Paradise was the perfect name for this little town.
TH: In Paradise, Maine there were a lot of violent scenes. What was the most challenging part of writing them?
JRT: Being honest. If you’re going to be brutal, you can’t be soft. The challenge is always writing it as you think it might actually happen, regardless of what happens. If it scares people-good. Sometimes, you swing and miss, but I’m happy with the way it turned out.
TH: Now that the book is almost released, what’s next on your plate? What’s the next project that you will be working on and do you have any sneak peeks?
JRT: I’m doing another draft for the follow-up to my first book, The Beast of Brenton Woods. This one is titled Rise. I don’t know when it will be out.
TH: The final question about your book. Are there any characters that you wish you would have written into the book just so you could write them out Jackson Thomas style?
JRT: In the jobs, I’ve had, that list is long. I plan to get to each and every one of them.
TH: Lastly, Is there anything at all that you would like to share with the readers?
JRT: Don’t get comfortable. There’s always another monster around the corner.
Read the book review for Fan of Horror? Read Paradise, Maine by Jackson R. Thomas
If you could pick one place on the entire planet, any place at all, that you could be during Christmas time where would it be?
For Madison Rathbone, it’s nothing less than being as far away from her family at Christmas as she can get. Evidentially, in this story, she got her Christmas wish in the form of an all-expense paid invitation for a week get-away at a lodge on a secluded island with 12 other people.
Travelling to the island on a boat Maddy learns from the captain the glorious news about her destination. What Maddy called Puffin Island is known lovingly, or not so fondly, to the locals as Deadman’s Island. That was unfavourable news indeed! That should have been her earliest clue that perhaps she should turn around and head home.
Of course, she didn’t, because that would be a short book indeed.
So, finally getting to her destination, she recognizes the mistake that she made when she comes to the estate. It was right out of thing from a horror movie, in this case, a horror book. Spooky, creepy, and pretty exhausted looking. Once she meets the rest of the guests, she knew her impression wasn’t right and that she wasn’t’ alone in her feelings.
With the scene set, what else could possibly go wrong?
The book is a page turner indeed! (Well, for me a screen tapper seeing it was on Kindle.) I found that the book was pretty exciting and suspenseful throughout. I kept on trying to guess the end of the book but just couldn’t put my finger on what I thought was going to happen at the climax.
The mysterious, isolated island couldn’t have been a better site for this story to take place. The solitude of no outside communication along with the eerie lodge gave the novel all that more spookiness.
Writing the book from Maddy’s point of view was a great choice. She was a strong character with a lot of great character traits. Intelligent, good looking, and a bit of an attitude.
With there being 12 guests to get-a-way you could assume the time it would take for the author to come up with outstanding personalities for each of the individuals. Each one was as distinct from the next as cats are to dogs.
For instance, Mercedes Brown. What a lady! She was one of my favourites. A movie star who brought the most important person to the dinner party, herself.
Don’t’ get me wrong, the main character in the book, Maddy, was great! I absolutely did like her character. But Mercedes Brown took the cake! That lady, man oh man, seems like to be the most significant bi### at a dinner party. Hopefully, Jo-Ann writes a story all around her!
Here’s a bit from Mercedes and one of my favourite parts in the book, although when she says this doesn’t impact the storyline all, was when Mercedes Brown makes her debut to the rest of the guests.
“Sorry darlings, I’ve been drinking since dawn. My agent is giving me such a headache.” Then to mark her own self-importance she goes on to comment, “I’m pleased to be with you all and will leave you autographed photos by the front door.”
Another great quote from the book was, “We need different in this world. It’s what makes life interesting”. This was said when Maddy was talking about her sister.
Now for what I didn’t like about the book. Overall, I loved the book. I had absolutely no issues with it. If I had to make any suggestions to the author, I would suggest making the book a bit longer. Just so you could create more of a back story for the characters. I am sure a lot of people don’t like that in books, but I for one, like a lot of detail and back story.
Another thing that would have been a great item to put in the book was a longer historical explanation about Deadman’s island.
Those two things DO NOT take away from the book!
Now for my recommendation. Don’t let the name of the book fool you, although it’s is called Murder for Christmas, this book won’t make you any colder if you read it in the winter. The island has no snow, only rain, so never fear. You do on the other hand run the risk of catching a chill during those dreary sections. In my opinion, this book is for somebody that needs a great read with a fabulous mystery and surprising ending.