Wednesday, March 23, 2022

MOONFELLOWS Landing July 20th

That's right. I have a new book coming out on July 20th called MOONFELLOWS!

Preorders are up now. All preorders come signed.

Here's the synopsis and cover:


ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP INTO THE EXISTENTIAL ABYSS

Washington DC. 1906. The inaugural mission of the Moonfellow Program. A chance to shape the future of civilization as we know it. Our first tentative steps out into the stars...

It was a complete and unequivocal disaster.

Now a hapless gravedigger finds himself among the handful of survivors stranded on the lunar surface - forced to contend with madness, conspiracies, and whatever-the-fuck that thing is on the dark side, picking them off one by one.

This is the 100% true-ish story of the brave men and women we abandoned on the moon.

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From Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing

Cover art by Matthew Revert

ORDER MOONFELLOWS TODAY

Saturday, January 1, 2022

2021: Stuff I've Done, Stuff I'm Doing

No new novels from me in 2021. I know. Bummer. But things are happening behind the scenes. And in 2022 I'll likely have two (if not three) books coming your way. All of this while continuing to work on future projects full-time. I know I've been saying this for a while now, but these things take time: there is a BIG WAVE coming and I'mma be doing headstands on my surfboard when it finally arrives. Did that metaphor make sense? Probably not. But I don't give a fuuuuuuuuuck.

1. Anyway, as far as new stuff goes, 2021 brought you four more installments of my absurdist film column Danger's Failed Film Pitches, split between the latest two issues of Unnerving Magazine. If you don't know Unnerving, it's a great magazine, full of excellent fiction and non-fiction alike, from a lot of the best names working in horror today. And then my goofy-ass too:



2. I also saw the second works of mine to receive a translation, the last one being the Colombian edition of I Will Rot Without You back in 2019. This time my short story While My Guitar Gently Eats (originally appearing in Zombie Punks Fuck Off from Weirdpunk Books) was published as a standalone title in Spain as part of Orciny Press's Patreon chapbook collection. I've known Hugo and Orciny Press for years now, and it was great to finally get to be able to work with him professionally. Love the cover they gave it. So damn weird. Haha.


3. I also continued to be one of the go-to comic writers for Irish Spike's Unique Hot Sauces. I don't know if I ever mentioned this here, but I write these short one-panel Bazooka Joe-style comic strips that are included under the wrapper of every bottle of Irish Spike's. It's a surprisingly tricky gig and I like to think I've gotten better at it as we've gone along. I don't know how many of these I've done, but it's a decent amount, and he keeps hiring me so apparently they can't be that bad. Haha. If you haven't tried Irish Spike's yet, it's some of the best hot sauce I ever had. Prioritizes flavor over heat. Really delicious stuff. I have a fridge full of it.


4. Lastly, I got to act in a short film called Doppelbanger, written and directed by my friend and former publisher John Skipp, and executive produced by my Boinking Bizarro co-editor, Brian Asman. I only had one line, but goddamn, did I try to give it my all. This was my first time on a professional set, with a professional crew and professional actors, and I had a blast just watching the whole process unfold. Super happy to get to participate, and was reminded of how much I used to love acting when I was younger. I should look into doing more of it in the future. It's a totally different creative muscle than the one I use to write, but it felt really rewarding to hit my mark and nail my line and have the crew give a little round of applause because the shot came together quickly and correctly. The film is hitting the festival circuit in 2022 so it isn't available to stream anywhere just yet, but the trailer is on youtube, in which I make a brief appearance.

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Now, LOOKING AHEAD to the New Year, here's what I got on the docket:

LITTLE MISS APOCALYPSE should hopefully be released at some point this year from Eraserhead Press. This was supposed to be a 2021 release, but they are running behind schedule so it's been pushed back. Currently no release date in place.

MOONFELLOWS will be coming out through Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing in July. This book has taken a long road to publication. I finished writing it back in early 2019, if you can believe it. That's how slow things move sometimes. But it's on its way. Pre-order campaign should be ready within the next few months. 

IN A QUIET VILLAGE BY THE SEA is still in a bit of a gray zone currently. I've been talking to a few interested agents with this one. I'm getting notes. Making edits. Listening to these industry professionals and incorporating what I can into the text. Promising leads on multiple fronts, but nothing is signed in ink just yet. I worked SO HARD, not just on the book, but on trying to find representation for it, and however it plays out in the end, I'll at least have a better picture of how to move forward with this novel at some point during the year. I'll give updates when I get them, via Twitter where most of my updates go. 

STARLET is currently in the inbox of an interested publisher. This book was one of the most fun times I've ever had writing, a balls-out, splatter-filled Hollywood satire, as weird and wild as I could get. I did it as a kind of palate cleanser after working for so long on IN A QUIET VILLAGE. Two months took STARLET from the initial idea to the final draft. That's a crazy fast turnaround, even for me, but I was really feeling it. I'll have more info when and if the paperwork gets signed, but I don't think this one is gonna end up in the pipeline for long. Updates when I got them.

THE SKINNIES is my current work-in-progress. This one is along the same lines as IN A QUIET VILLAGE in that it is a more serious and lengthier novel that, once done, I also intended to work with an agent on. The plan is to have this completed around May. Not gonna spill all the beans on this story yet, but I will tell you it's based off my hometown in New Jersey (as well as the legend of The Jersey Devil) and there's a lot of personal stuff and lived experiences going into it. It's a horror book, a coming-of-age novel, and a supernatural murder mystery, all rolled into one. Like IN A QUIET VILLAGE, this will be another huge step forward for me in terms of my approach to storytelling, as well as an expansion and refinement of the kinds of tropes and ideas you've seen from me in the past. Obviously, it's still in the draft phase, but it will be dominating my creative life for the immediate future, and a good portion of the upcoming year will be dedicated to completing it.

AND THAT'S ALL I GOT FOR NOW.

Again, follow me on Twitter to read my dumb jokes and find updates on all of the aforementioned projects and other unforeseen stuff that might pop up throughout the year.

For everyone reading this, thanks for the support and I too wish you all the luck in your personal endeavors. Let's go kick 2022's ass!

- Danger

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

2020: A Year Inside!

I don't blog very often. Or ever, really. It's why I haven't updated this janky-ass blogspot page to something more professional. Just find me on Twitter. Who needs this place?

That said, I'm gonna recap all the creative shit I had going on in 2020. While I didn't have a new book come out this year, I've been busy as hell otherwise. So please allow me to list everything that I had released in the past 12 months and take some inventory here. And let me apologize now for not putting in hyperlinks for everything. It's a big hassle and I'm lazy. Plus I already did it on my Published Works page. Anyway, here we go:

Feb saw the first of my new recurring humor column for Unnerving Magazine called "Danger's Failed Film Pitches" the premise of which involves me pitching terrible movie ideas to famous directors, with disastrous results. It's very very silly and there is two of them per issue, so I've done six total so far. You can find those in Unnerving #12, #13, and #14 which came out in February, July, and October, respectively.

I was involved in a few other zines this year too. Excuse Me Mag no. 3 ran my meta-fictional story "Danger Slater's Contract Rider" which is something very weird and goofy I wrote specifically to perform onstage. I've made no less than FOUR live audiences uncomfortable with that piece so I'm glad to have tweaked it to work in print form now too. I also contributed SIX entries to Dog Doors to Outer Space, a zine from Filthy Loot filled with bizarro fiction writing prompts from some of the more active voices in the genre. Mine ended up being more weird than helpful, but ya know, I tried. 

I had two of my books turned into audiobooks this year as well. The audio version of I WILL ROT WITHOUT YOU was released in May and the one for PUPPET SKIN in December.

Also in December, my first foray into editing, with BOINKING BIZARRO, an anthology of porn parodies inspired by famous literary works. The whole idea was based off a joke between me and Brian Asman (who co-edited) that we somehow convinced Death's Head Press to bankroll. I then asked SIXTEEN of my favorite writers to contribute stories to this thing, and rather than telling me to fuck myself, they delivered to us some truly spectacular stuff. It is a totally insane and irreverent book. Please check it out.

FINALLY, I have an ongoing weekly comedy film podcast I've done for the last year with two of my buddies from high school. It's called Life Coach Pandemonium (though we're rebranding at the beginning of 2021 under the banner Better Living Through Cinema) and the premise is we watch a predetermined movie and then pick it apart for lessons we can apply to our own lives. Building an audience there as been a slow and steady process, but we've done over 50 episodes now and are starting to garner a decent listenership.  It's a lot of fun for me to not only discuss film in depth, but reconnect with people who I've known and loved for over 25 years. Listen to the show if podcasts are your thing.

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NOW LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN WORKING ON. You see, publishing is the slowest and most frustrating industry in the world, so even with all those little things I just mentioned above, all the biggest and best projects are still in the works. Here's the things I'm hoping to make the most headway with in 2021:

1.) I wrote a book called MOONFELLOWS which I finished in 2019 - a bizarro/sci-fi/alternate history/existential horror/comedy novel...ya know, typical "Danger Slater" stuff. As of now, still no publisher on this, and no plans for release either. I spent a good part of the past year querying and looking into various presses, but it's a bit of a hard sell, I guess, since it doesn't quite fit into a genre. I'm very confident of the quality of the book, though, and I am not going to sell myself short with it, so these days it's just about finding the right person or publisher to help me carry it out into the world. In 2021 I will continue trying to place this.

2.) I finished a novella in the summer called LITTLE MISS APOCALYPSE, a coming-of-age bizarro splatter comedy (I was told it's like John Hughes meets John Waters) which I DID find a publisher for but the contract is not yet signed, so I can't discuss it in too much detail currently, but hopefully that'll change in early part of 2021 and I'll have more information to share with you soon.

3.) I wrote a feature-length gore-soaked horror movie script called THE ROMANCE NOVELIST, the premise of which sees a washed-up romance writer getting trapped in a sentient rural motel that wants to "help" her finish her comeback book. This script went through several rounds of notes with my friend and editor, the great John Skipp, who taught me SO MUCH about the screenwriting process. This screenplay is now lean and mean (or leaner and meaner than it was) and raring to go. Too bad I don't know what the hell to do with it. Ha ha. But it's done, so when the opportunity arises, I will be ready to seize it.

4.) Lastly, I finished the first draft of a proper-length horror novel called IN A QUIET VILLAGE BY THE SEA. It's still got a lot of the weirdness, humor, and ennui that I think people identify with in my work, but wrapped up in a more marketable "horror" package. It is by far the most accomplished thing I've ever written, and I should be finished with the final draft in the early part of the coming year. Don't know exactly what'll happen with it from there, but I can feel the energy in this one, so hopefully big things are on the horizon.

Anyway, that's what I've done and what I got planned. There's some other projects in various states of incubation (at least six) but none far enough along to bother discussing yet. Been working my ass off during this damn pandemic, though. Hopefully I don't get COVID and die.

Thanks everyone.

- Danger

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Book Sale!

People sometimes ask me what my books are about. Imagine if Vonnegut was into 80s VHS horror. There ya go.

Fuck Amazon. Buy from me:
$15 for 1
$20 for both
All signed, shipping included


Impossible James is my newest release. 14 copies left.

I Will Rot Without You is my Wonderland Award winning book from a few years back. Only 4 copies left.

If you're curious, look 'em up. All my stuff is listed on this site.

PayPal: ilovethemonster@yahoo.com
Venmo: dangerslater

Check the comments section for updated inventories before buying.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Impossible James Pre-Order Promo!

That's right. My new novel IMPOSSIBLE JAMES is up for preorder now.



From the back cover:

"My father was dying. There was no hope. Then he took a screwdriver to the brain. Got pregnant. And found the cure for death. Impossible? That's my dad."

Yeah, this is my most realized novel yet. It's bonkers. You're gonna love it.


And to help move those preorders along, I've decided to run a special promo:

1. Preorder IMPOSSIBLE JAMES 2. DM me proof of purchase + your address + the day you were born 3. Receive a handmade card with a weird one-of-a-kind message inside for your birthday 4. Enjoy IMPOSSIBLE JAMES when it's released on June 15th




You can order the book today on Amazon, or you can not fuck with that conglomerate bullshit and buy it directly from the publisher right here. And if you want to take part of the birthday promo, you can message me on any of my social medias (Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Instagram) or email me directly at danger_slater@yahoo.com

Thanks everyone,
Danger.

Friday, August 24, 2018

I Never Update This!

Yeah, I'm terrible about updating this thing.

As you probably know, HE DIGS A HOLE was released. You can get it here.



For the rest of 2018: I have a few upcoming anthology publications coming up, as well as a few scheduled readings. And my next novel, IMPOSSIBLE JAMES, comes out sometime in the earlier part of 2019.

I'm gonna keep this blog around, basically just to archive my stuff, but if you want real updates, follow me on Facebook -or better yet- Twitter, where I post all the time.

Seeeee ya around!

Danger

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

HE DIGS A HOLE, My New Novel, Pre-order Up Now!

My new novel HE DIGS A HOLE is up for pre-order now!


From the back cover: "Get a job. Get married. Buy a house. Cut off your hands and replace them with gardening tools. Dig a hole. Can you hear the worms calling? Keep digging."

Bizarro/horror/comedy/drama. This one is almost impossible to define.

Releases Feb. 14th.

I love you.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER HE DIGS A HOLE.

Thank you all,
DS