The old west was not as most think. Hidden in dark corners and acting in secret, vampires hunt in saloons and small towns. Fortunately, there are Hunters on their trail: Tell Starr, Kit Darling, the notorious Paris Fallon, and Doc Holliday. Wild Boys explores the loves and losses of Doctor Henry Holliday, famed gunslinger, but also delves into the mysterious blood suckers and their insatiable thirst. Tombstone, Arizona has more trouble than the men who fight at the O K Coral and stalk Wyatt Earp; the town has an entire pack of vampires who intend to drain the town dry, in more ways than one. A little old west, a little vampire action, and a lot of gun slingin' fill the story, and many will die from six shooters or fangs. Let the Wild Boys ride in the first of a series of epic tales.
I stay in the area of horror, but I run all over subgenres. I have the classic horror, I have delved into Lovecraftian, I have a series about CSI-type crimes (human monsters) and then more extreme. I like writing the commercial, and fun shark and dinosaur horror at times. And I really, really love the splattergore.
I have struggled to find a common denominator and can say that in each, I do tackle social issues, even if I wrap them in other packages. I never shy from these and have dealt with racism, bad family traditions, abuse, and more, but I always play them true. I think I am able to deal with many issues whether it's with shlocky-type dinos or cannibalism.
That isn't my point.
I am working on several projects. I have a "weird western" coming out, a few more of my CSI-type books, and am writing a dinosaur (series?) book, while penning another splattergore. That is just for me. (Or for the 2 presses I am with). I am also editing a shocker of a book that is pure splatter-gore-sex-gross out as well. Why? Well, within each story there is an honesty I enjoy. Each deals with a social issue. or a fetish gone wrong, or bad choices. I like the fun of extreme writing, so these work for me. The name of the collection is REJECTED: For Content. Some of the stories have been rejected many times. I can see why they have; they are graphic and rough, but they are also well written, solid stories by good authors.
I just wrote an article that was published, about these type stories and I stand by it. I find value in all subgenres of horror.
I think I am evolving. I am exploring various subgenres, am working more with new writers to help them, and am finding my place. It took a few years. Most take a decade at least, so I am ahead, but I am to a place where my writing is making money. My press, JEA, is making money and growing several times over each month. I have found a voice for myself. From my many dark places, I still scream.
Of Blood and Water
In 1974, a crime wave shakes a small town as children are murdered while camping with their scout troops or parents; a few were kidnapped. A young deputy, Virgil McLendon, is forced to lead an investigation into the brutal murders while a nation watches, wondering at his new techniques.
No one has heard of profiling and few know how to read a crime scene. Eventually, these methods will shape the new Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI,
but in 1974, they are thought to be strange.
Virgil McLendon feels he is chasing ghosts as the killers kidnap young people, torture victims, leave a trail of dead campers, and seek to shock an entire town with the bloodshed and cruelty. As the body count rises, he feels the answers are close. Maybe far too close.
Each act is more violent the last, and the serial killers decide to go after the local law enforcement department as well. It's a battle of brains, and nothing is as it seems.
Of Blood and Water explores "nature vs. nature", family traditions, the beginnings of a new way to track criminals that will be called behavioral analysis, and the last of the innocence, as a nation changes. The face of justice will be turned aside, and vengeance may rule the case.
The Oklahoma campground murders, a true crime case, adds reality as McLendon pushes self-doubt away, and chases the killers.
The first in the Virgil McLendon series, Of Blood and Water, is where the deputy begins learning how to hunt criminals...and where he gains a taste for the chase.
*Extreme Violence and gore
*Murder scene details
I was reading about people responding to bullies and thought, yanno, sometimes that does help. Even if said bully never sees the writing. Now, my not-so-good side says, heck, they need an ass-whipping more than a response, and I do think that, but when unable to reach them, this works as well. Why do people feel the need to brutalize those with mental issues, handicaps, who have different life styles, or just because it's fun? I had this really freaky chick not many months back who liked to dig at me for various things. Why? Because she was a bitch. Oh? You thought I had a great reason or something kind and interesting to say? Nah. I think some people just enjoy being bitches or feel they are justified in being one. They are they little, petty, and stupid as to believe anyone cares who they are or what they say.
I have been writing about serial killers for the past 7 books because they are interesting. In each case, the killer "felt justified" in harming someone to make himself feel loved, better, or happier. Seriously? People feel justified in harming others just so they can feel good about themselves? Isn't that like the former? These people seem very self involved, to me, and not victims, but purely evil asses. There is not justification for being a total bitch (male or female). In fact, those people need serious help or a swift kick in the ass. Either is cool.
That said, people who survive that crap do get stronger the the bitches get weaker and that is how things work out. Forgiving these people doesn't work. A slap would help but for a short time because they never learn. What does work is this: Fate, Karma, Life. Yeah, that all comes back and bites them in the butt and it's far worse.
I like that. it's right.
Serial killers and serial bitches don't win in the end, even if they think they have (hee hee) because life will come around and when it does, there's a faint sound. What is that? The victim of the action laughing.
Hey, I'm a great mother and wife and we have a cool family. I am 99% normal even. I'm funny and have pretty green eyes and I am a nice, good person. I just happen to find serial killers interesting because...they sure get it bad in the end. I like fate a whole lot. If you like the same, maybe CSI, or criminal Minds, I have those kinds of books:
Of Blood and Water is the story of prolific serial killers operating in a small town in 1974. Based loosely on several real cases, it tells how the FBI began its BAU and "profiling" technique over twenty-five years ago. This is a deep look into a serial killer's mind, a small town. family loyalty, and a crime spree that rocked a nation. A young deputy, forced to solve the case shares his new methods of crime-solving, and they will shape the future of the entire FBI. Using new, "strange ideas", Virgil McLendon feels he is chasing ghosts as the killers kidnap young people, torture victims, leave a trail of dead campers, and seek to shock an entire town. Virgil does the first known "profile" of a suspect, and the chase is on. Everything is falling into place as he works. until the serial killers decide to go after the local law enforcement department as well. It's a battle of brains and nothing is as it seems.
*Murder scene details
It's sunny California and everyone is grooving to Elton John, The Bee Gees, The Eagles, and Earth, Wind, and Fire. In the land of free love and messages of peace, A serial killer is preying on military men and other tough guys, drugging them, mutilating and torturing them, and then killing them. The murders are in double figures and the Sierra Vista sheriff's office, working with the FBI, call Virgil McLendon to come show them his weird system of "profiling" and of "reading crime scenes". As a large task force tried to find the killer, the killer taunts them. Virgil pauses to solve another case as he works and then he and his team begin to develop a picture of the murderer. As they close in, tables are turned and the danger becomes personal. Just as a lion rips a lab's throat away, this killer (a lion) will play with his prey and wait for just the right second to bite down. Can Virgil McLendon catch him in time? It'll be a race to the finish.
Virgil McLendon, small town sheriff, agrees to look into a murder case. The problems is the scene is at the Fordham Institute of the Criminally Insane. Every patient is a murderer. How can he figure out what the killer wants and who he is? As Virgil delves into mysterious mental illnesses and gathers clues, he begins to see that that the crime is all about a secret relating to Abraham Lincoln, and it's a secret that could change history. Virgil races a killer as the body count grows, trying to unravel the mystery before the killer can share it with the world. Luckily, Virgil has the help of his wife and an unlikely, slightly odd staff of doctors and nurses; one may be an accomplice. Everyone is clinically insane and Virgil fees he is loosing his own mind. Can he nail the killer and hide the secret that is best not revealed?
Of Lost and Found...coming soon...based on the mysteries of the Stanley Hotel, this is the story of a house with secrets that was built with evil intentions and that is still causing vanishings in the small town where it sits. Virgil McLendon and his team will uncover the reasons for the disappearances of so many people, and all will be found, but it may have been best left covered as secrets have teeth and tend to return to wreak havoc on all. Clockworks, mechanics, and diabolical plans have all joined forces to make the innocent pay the ultimate price for entering the Kingsborough House, the most luxurious, most lovely house of all....
Reality Television had never been this toothsome...first, the contestants are there to survive the dinosaurs and to win 65 million dollars. Survive it. Win it. But things change and the contestants refuse to leave the area. They are going to change them and survive them. As secrets come to light, the contestants can only hope to live it and change it...because something worse than dinosaurs is coming! Dinosaur: 65 Million.
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Catt Dahman lives in Texas with her Husband, son, 4 cats (Ollie, T.S. Eliot, and Procol, and a dog named Levi. Catt writes horror, thrillers, spooky stories, and westerns.