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
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.