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Moonlands by Steven Savile

Published June 1, 2015 by MommaCat

I LOVED this book. It was a fairy tale, a coming of age story and it was about a GIRL! I mean how many heroines do we see in books these days? Answer: Not enough. There’s plenty of coming of age stories out there about boys – and Savile has written a darn good one of those, btw. But, for a guy to be able to write about a strong female character is pretty freaking cool in my book.  I’m a sucker for coming of age stories anyway; they don’t even have to be my age group, but I’ll admit it helps if the memories are there.  And for MOONLANDS  they are there.

MOONLANDS is a story that blends every story you ever heard of into one big melting pot of a wonderful reading experience. The Grimm Brothers play a major role as you’ll be quick to discover, but you’ll find brushes from the Star Wars, Alien, Hobbit, Wizard of Oz and other universes as you read through these pages. If you’re like me, it won’t take long til you reach the end and cry out, “When is the next book coming out?!”  And luckily we found out from the man himself.  It’s just way too long to wait.  I’m glad I found this.  It’s worth a re-read!

Buy MOONLANDS for yourself at Amazon.com and see!


An Interview with Keith Deininger

Published March 16, 2015 by MommaCat


1) What’s your earliest memory about storytelling?

When I was very young, before I could read myself, my parents used to read to me, so I can remember the books that made an early impact like Go Dog, Go!, Where the Wild Things Are, and a lot of Dr. Seuss. I especially remember the stories that creeped me out. Like that story about the green pants stalking that poor Dr. Seuss person through the dark forest. I’m sure I don’t remember the story right, but I’ve always had an over-active imagination and I had nightmares over that one.

2) If you could live during any era in any land, real or imaginary, where would it be and why?

Wonderland seems like a pretty cool place. One of the things I can really appreciate about it is that things don’t have to make sense. There’s freedom in that.

3) Would you talk about your upcoming books and the production schedule?

Why, certainly. The Hallow comes out in February and it’s a trip. It’s a drug- fueled nightmare, creepy and wildly disturbing, and one of the craziest things I’ve written to date. It also happens to have been the easiest to write. I wonder what that says about me?

Within, my third novel, comes out in May, and it’s about a small southwestern town with a disconcerting history. It’s also about madness. When I was in the thick of writing this one, I was having a lot of nightmares. It really got to me for a while. I came to grips with it later, but I think it turned out to be a very unique piece and I look forward to seeing what people think of it.

4) What are the next three books you’re planning to read?

Now that I’m finally almost finished with the Song of Ice and Fire books, I can get back to some of the things I’ve really been wanting to read. I’m planning to read a couple of the more popular horror titles to come out last year (Bird Box by Josh Malerman and Revival by Stephen King) as well as begin working on my science fiction/fantasy education. When I really got into writing horror, I looked for all the classic horror titles I could and read them all so that I would know about the genre in which I was writing. Now that some of my writing is straying into a more fantastic realm, I need to know what’s been done and what’s out there. I know I want to read more China Mieville and Ursula Le Guin, and some heavy-hitting science fiction authors like Asimov, Heinlein, Arthur C. Clark, etc. The list goes on…

5) What have you never taken the time to do that you really want to do? (bucket list item)

I would like to spend more time backpacking and spending time in wilderness areas. I’ve traveled a little, but the problem with travel is that people get in the way. Cities and crowds of people are not appealing to me. Paris is the same as London is the same as New York City. Who cares? They all have basically the same kinds of places to drink. It’s the wild areas that are important, those places where one is present in the moment and can really learn about one’s self (where the booze isn’t needed). I haven’t done enough of that sort of thing. I spent my youth looking out, trying to be an extrovert when I’m really an introvert, when I should have been looking within.

6) What if you could trade bodies with one person for one day? Who would that be?

For one day? I would love to live in the body of a rock star. Trent Reznor in the early 90s, performing, getting high. Exhilarating.

7) Who are the authors that influenced your life the most?

Clive Barker! He’s still my favorite and I’ve read absolutely everything he’s ever written. He’s a writer and a true artist, dark, fearless, and with a hell of an imagination.

Although what I like to say is that Stephen King taught me to write with heart and style and honesty; Peter Straub taught my subtlety and technique; and Clive Barker taught me never to hold back my imagination, even to the point of the disgusting and the cruel.

There are many, but those three are still probably my largest influences to date.

8) Do you find it difficult to meet deadlines and maintain a family life?

Yeah, a bit. Family life is getting more and more complicated every year and a part of me would like nothing more than to hide from it all and just write. That’s impossible, of course, and my life would crumble and not be a happy one without my family, but it is difficult to juggle everything. Balance in all things. One must be content and stable in one’s family and professional life in order to be reckless and free in one’s creative life.

9) What five people – living or dead – would you invite to a dinner party? (Universal translators will be provided)

Off the top of my head…Clive Barker, Albert Einstein, Alfred Hitchcock, Alan Moore, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, and Hunter S. Thompson to rile them all up. Okay, that’s more than five, but it’d be an interesting party, probably learn some things.

10) How do you want the world to remember you?

Honestly, I would like to leave a lasting legacy and make a significant impact on the literary world. I would like to be read long after my death. I would like to be remembered for my imagination and vision. I would like to think I helped people to be more open-minded and tolerant with each other. I don’t know if this will ever happen and that’s okay too, because it’s in striving, in the quest, we find peace.

Keith can be found on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter and on the web . Look for him and chat him up!

Thanks for a great interview Keith. It’s been wonderful having you here, please stop by and share your books with us again sometime!

The Hallow by Keith Deininger

Published March 16, 2015 by MommaCat

THE HALLOW is a well written, thought provoking, trippy experience. In the beginning of this novella the main characters discuss the end of the world and how they think it will happen. The characters do a lot of drugs and go back and forth to work.  In other words, they live dreary, ordinary lives.

There is more than meets the eye in this little novella and I’ll be the first to tell you that my first reaction was that Keith was remembering his college years and drug dreams. But he’s much more devious than that and after reading THE HALLOW again pieces began to fall into place.  Whether they fit or not remains to be seen!

Buy THE HALLOW today at Amazon.com

The Hallow cover

Seven Forges by James A. Moore

Published January 1, 2015 by MommaCat

SEVEN FORGES is a bit of a departure for James Moore.  He steps out of the realm of horror and into the realm of dark fantasy.  The two are very closely related and Jim does an excellent job in this genre.

Lots of swordplay and magic…and Jim begins to build his world of intrigue. He brought to mind David Eddings and George R.R. Martin, but the world of Fellein is all his own.  SEVEN FORGES is the first of three books in the epic series starring Merros Dulver and I will warn you that it ends with a cliffhanger – you might as well be prepared to order the rest of the series once you get a taste of this!

Available in paperback, kindle and audiobook at Amazon.com.


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