Saturday, April 16, 2011

Two NEW Anthologies out with my Short Stories inside!

April is turning out to be an exciting month for me. So far I have two big releases, both printed anthologies.

Anthology of Ichor III - ISBN:978-1460938010

Anthology of Ichor III: Gears of Damnation is published by UnEarthed Press. They accepted my short story A BATTLE OF EGO, which is in the steampunk and horror genres. A BATTLE OF EGO pits Thomas Edison vs. Nikola Tesla. It’s a patent war and Tesla has steam-powered zombies! Oh no! Well let’s give Edison some credit; he’s got a few tricks up his sleeves too.

I really hope to get some reviews on this story. First, it was a ton of fun to write. I did hours of research and learned some interesting facts about history that I was unaware of. Also, it’s my first steampunk story, so I am curious how I did.

Anthology of Ichor III is a massive anthology, at over 560 pages! That’s huge! I'm waiting for my author copy to arrive, so I have not read any of the other stories. I can’t wait to see what my peers have done. It is out in both KINDLE and Print versions. Here is an link.

Too Much Boogie - ISBN: 978-1905091898

Last year I was commissioned to write a horror/erotic short story for a new anthology called Too Much Boogie: Erotic Remixes of the Dirty Blues, edited by Cole Riley. The theme was Blues Music, something I knew nothing about. Well, an old mentor of mine once said, if you are asked to write something you always say “yes”. This was a first for me, and a true honor, but let me tell you... it feels so good to be asked to write and submit a story.

Well, I knew I could write a kick-ass short story so I jumped at the opportunity. I created a horror story with an erotic edge to it called, MOTHER’S MILK. I actually wrote it twice, the first draft was almost all horror, and way too long. The second draft felt right, much smoother and to the point.

MOTHER’S MILK is about a blues musician living in a rundown abandoned motel with other Katrina survivors. Blessed with a golden voice the man slowly rises up, but not without a little help from a neighbor. “Mother” has cast a blood-magic spell on him. Read the story and find out what happens… but be aware its rated R.

Again, I will be getting my author copy soon, so I don't know how naughty the other authors get in their stories. I heard from the editor some are NC17 (lol), so fair warning. It can be found on bookseller sites, but here is the link.

By the end of the month there should be one more short story coming out. I will post something with it does. Thanks so much for all the support online, on twitter, and all the great emails. I truly appreciate it.

Kevin James Breaux

Friday, April 8, 2011

TV shows of 2001. It's been a long road… getting from there to 2011.

Hi all,

One of my shows is ending this year and it makes me sad. Not entirely because I will miss this show that I have been watching for 10 years, but it’s sort of the end of a TV era for me. Let me explain.

Smallville Season 1

Back in 2001 when Smallville premiered, I was living in my first home, a townhouse in a town called Jamison, PA. It was a brand new development and a brand new home. The place was small but cool, with three levels, the basement being the best man cave I have ever dwelled in.

2001 was a great year for Television, and my three VCRs were recording shows constantly. I became a master of VCR programming at this point in my life. There was NO way I was gonna miss one of my shows… and there were a lot of them.

Buffy Season 5

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was on in 2001, it was the fifth season, which is a great one although not my favorite. I like the fourth season most because of  the Initiative...I know people don't always agree with that statement... sorry.  Anyway, the season ending in 2001 gave us the penultimate episode as we witnessed the death of Buffy.
Angel Season 2

Angel was in its second season, again not my favorite of this series either, but a good one. I mean we did get to see Angel and Darla get it on... hey now! I like the last season of Angel the best... to many good things happen to name. (Angel was turned into a Muppet for God Sake.)

Alias Season 1
Alias began its first season in 2001 and so did Star Trek Enterprise. I watched both and enjoyed them both. I also remember breaking my foot in karate while sparring and then going to a neighbor's house and watching Alias while icing my foot.  Ah, the good old days. Well, not all good, I mean I was still deeply missing Star Trek Deep Space 9, my favorite of all the Star Trek series ever… I remember crying during the last episode. Yes, I said crying. Sniff…Sniff. DS9 (1993-1999) I miss you!
Star Trek Enterprise

Would you believe Xena was in its last season during 2001? Yeah, I loved the Hercules and Xena shows, but for some reason I missed the last seasons of both. Sure a bunch of months separated the end of Xena and the beginning of those other shows, but it was still the same year.
Xena Season 6
I think the most important premiere in 2001, for me, was a show that became a huge cult favorite of mine. I mean I love this show so much, the music, the actors, the plot, the episodes… I still watch and re-watch them… Mutant-X.

Here is the season 1 into:

AND you can watch part 1 of the first episode here.
Mutant-X Season 1
In 2001 we were blessed with Smallville, Buffy, Angel, Alias, Xena, Star Trek Enterprise and Mutant-X. All of those shows have come to an end… the last standing being Smallville. See now why it ending makes me sad? It IS the end of an era. Watching that show reminds me of an easier time in my life. A time where I had a bunch of friends who came over and played video games, role playing and board games in my basement. Letting go of this one show is like severing a connection to my past.

With Smallville ending, so will those days where SO many great shows were on TV at once.

I mean BSG has come and gone, so has LOST. ROME only had two seasons… What do I watch now? I watch Vampire Diaries and True Blood. I very much enjoy the STARZ Spartacus series, but how long can that last? They killed everyone off! I watch some reality shows like the Amazing Race, but I need good scripted programs and I prefer they be serialized. I was a fan of the X-Files, like most people, but it was "monster of the week"…. wait… when did X-Files end?

2002? Really? Wow…. HOLY SHIT! Then add that to my list above. I was watching X-Files in 2001 too, but I cannot remember it. It was season 8 of 9... Oh yeah, a Dogget Season... meh...

X-Files Season 8
I wonder what we have to look forward to as TV watchers? Something Sci-Fi or Fantasy that will last more than 5 or 6 seasons?

Poor Legend of the Seeker….You were fun while you lasted.

Well back to writing. I have 3 books to finish this year, and not a whole lot of TV shows to distract me.

Thanks all,

Kevin James Breaux