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Snow day in Texas

Well, snowmagedon is here in Texas and you may very well be trapped in the house searching for something to do. You could download my novels in preparation for The Sins of the Past releasing on February 26th. Each is a stand alone story...

You can preorder a Kindle copy here...Paperbacks will be available on the day of release.

Grab a copy of The Shadow Within here - Kindle or Paperback

Grab The Pope Lick Massacre here - Kindle or Paperback


Or if you want to join a fun extreme horror group on Facebook, you can become a member of the Splatter Club. They are running a book of the month from Feb 14th-28th and you can get a free copy of Daniel J Volpe's Billy Silver. Then you can discuss it with like-minded horror fans. If you are already a member, click here.

Warning - this is an extreme horror story, 18+ suggested.

Billy Silver, a low-life, self-downtrodden junkie, needs some cash to get his next fix. After getting kicked out of his own band, Shit Fist, losing his girlfriend, and left with no other options, he decides to sell his flesh to the ink of a needle at a newly opening tattoo shop. The mysterious artist, Talia, tattoos a cryptic design he’s never seen.Shortly after getting inked, compulsions burn underneath his skin. His need to satisfy a newly arisen addiction to self-mutilation begins a descent into darker places than his miserable life never dared go.Eventually, violence against himself is no longer enough to satisfy his cravings. The urge to commit the grotesque brings his brutal tendencies to others… To strangers, to acquaintances, to his prostitute ex-girlfriend…When Billy finds out his band replaced him, with a new vocalist singing his lyrics on stage, Billy’s desires reach their peak, and Talia, behind the fire of his rage, bears witness to all.


As it is also Black History Month, I have a few suggestions; first, a documentary, followed by a movie.

Sam Cooke: Legend is available to stream on Amazon Prime.

The movie unfortunately isn't on any streaming services but it's worth the $4-6 to rent/own in my humble opinion. Cadence stars Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, and Laurence Fishburne.

As punishment for drunken, rebellious behavior, a young white soldier is thrown into a stockade populated entirely by black inmates. But instead of falling victim to racial hatred, the soldier joins forces with his fellow prisoners and rises up against the insanely tyrannical and bigoted prison warden.

It has some powerful performances between Charlie and Martin and introduced me to the music of Sam Cooke.


Finally, I want to throw out some snow based movies so my fellow people in Texas will understand what we are facing in the next couple of days.

First, if you haven't seen Snowpiercer on Netflix, today is the day. In a future where a failed climate-change experiment has killed all life except for the lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, a new class system emerges. Stars Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, and Tilda Swinton

Next up I offer D-Tox or as I know it, Eye See You. This 2002 movie stars Sylvester Stallone, Robert Patrick, Charles S Dutton, Stephen Lang, and Tom Berenger. A lead detective being stalked by a serial killer is asked to check into a clinic treating law enforcement officials who can't face their jobs. Of course, the clinic is in the middle of some Godforsaken snow country. Am I saying snow attracts serial killers? Yes...Yes, I am. You can stream for free on VUDU Free and TUBI

If you don't mind paying for a movie starring Kate Beckinsale, then I suggest Whiteout. This is based on the Greg Rucka comic and one of my personal guilty pleasures. U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko tracks a killer in Antarctica, as the sun is about to set for six months.

Of course, if you are going to visit Antarctica, you really should pull out one of your multiple copies of the Thing...or is that just me? You have to pay to watch but it is worth every penny...

If I survive this winter wonderland, I'll be back Wednesday with another installment of the 2nd Ephraim Serial.

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