Saturday, October 10, 2015
Randy Speeg

#OctoberFrights Blog Hop: Day 10, A Wraith’s Passion (poem)

Welcome back Blog Hoppers,

It’s the last day of the Blog Hop and I have my treat for you. My collection of Horror Poetry The Fears and Dreams of Everlasting Life is available for free today only on Amazon. And here is another one of the poems from the collection.


 

A Wraith’s Passion

Trapped in life
By a dark angel’s heart
Obsessive love
Grown from childlike need
Innocence fed
By the darkest lusts,

Forever turned to the dark path
A lover’s betrayal cut too deep
Soul longing for escape from pain,

Blade of dark blood pushing through
The reaping of a dark dream
Agony of an eternity never passing,

Until a fatal thought and memory
Clawing through the tempest
Into a rebirth
Becoming an echo of a former self,

Trapped in death
By a dark angel’s soul
Dark passion
Grown from obsessive love
Malevolence fed
By lustful fetters,

Wraith haunting
From beyond the shroud
In pursuit of an undying passion
Walking on the edge of
A beautiful Oblivion.


Thanks for visiting and reading,
Randy

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Randy Speeg

#OctoberFrights Blog Hop: Day 6, The Dark Room (flash fiction)

Good Evening Blog Hoppers,

Tonight I’m sharing what is the beginning of a work in progress that I wrote some years ago and never got back around to it. This is something that may lay dormant for many more years or might just find new life and get finished next year. Only time will tell, but here it is for your enjoyment presented as flash fiction with warts and all. I didn’t even bother to dust off the spider webs. Enjoy!


The Dark Room

She awakens, opens her eyes, and sees nothing.

She closes her eyes quickly, tightly—waits for her mind to come fully out of her dream world—and then opens her eyes again.

Nothing.

She blinks; My God, I’m blind!

She tries to raise her hand to her face and feels the sharp sting of a rope digging into her wrist. She gasps and tries moving her other hand, her feet, and finds no movement. Nothing but the tight strangle of ropes.

Suddenly the fear of being blind is the last thing on her mind.

Where am I?

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Sunday, October 4, 2015
Randy Speeg

#OctoberFrights Blog Hop: Day 4, The Night Has Teeth (an excerpt)

Good Evening Hoppers, (He said in his cheesiest Count Dracula voice)

As we approach the midnight hour here on the fourth day of the October Frights Blog Hop I have a special treat for you all. Or maybe it’s a trick, blahahaha. Tonight I present an excerpt from my short horror story, The Night Has Teeth. Enjoy.


The Night Has Teeth

“Are you sure you don’t want to pull over?” Carrie asked.

“Yes, I’m sure,” Steve glared at her with a look that said stop-nagging-me.

“The rain is getting heavy,” She said looking out through the windshield. The wipers squealed across the cold, foggy glass. Carrie leaned forward and switched on the defroster. “I can’t even see the road signs anymore until we are right on top of them.”

Steve heard the concern in her voice and the good husband side of his brain kicked in. “We’re fine honey, it won’t be that much longer before we get to the Virginia border. We’ll out drive the rain before we get there.” As the words came out, he wasn’t even able to convince himself. Despite the many times he had driven across this semi-mountainous West Virginian highway, on their way to visit Carrie’s folks, he still got disoriented. “Baby, can you turn on the radio, maybe we can find a weather report?”

***

The report given by the radio’s static ridden voice did nothing to sooth Carrie’s nerves. The rain would continue throughout the night. She looked out her window at the trees, shadowy hulks climbing up into the gloomy night. The forest beside them brightened with a flash of lightning.

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Saturday, October 3, 2015
Randy Speeg

#OctoberFrights Blog Hop: Day 3, A Vampire’s Tears (poem)

Welcome back to my little corner of the October Frights Blog Hop, I hope everyone is having a great time. Today I’ll be offering up what is probably my personal favorite poem that I have written, A Vampire’s Tears. This poem is included in my collection The Fears and Dreams of Everlasting Life which is available on Amazon for the awesome price of $0.99 or you can read for free if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited. Fears and Dreams will also be available for free during a special promotion on October 10th.

A Vampire’s Tears

Walking through the weeds
Stepping on the thorns
Of the black roses
Sucking up the pain rain
Falling from my eyes,

Living off the blood
Of a long lost lover
I went in search
And found another
One just as sweet as her,

Drinking your blood I feel the power
Please just stay alive another hour
I want to taste every last drop of you
While I still see human behind your eyes of blue,

You give me life
You’re not just my lover
I’ll suck you dry
So I can have another,

Night without fears
On this carousel of tears.

Thanks for stopping by and reading! I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of Halloween season as much as I am.
Randy

Keep on blog hopping and check out some more of the authors below.

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Friday, October 2, 2015
Randy Speeg

#OctoberFrights Blog Hop: Day 2, Burning (a poem)

Here’s a poem excerpted from my Horror Poetry Collection, The Fears and Dreams of Everlasting Life, which is available at Amazon: Click Here for $0.99 (or read for free with Kindle Unlimited). Fears and Dreams will also be on a free promotion on October 10th.

Burning

Spiral, spiral, burning bright
Eyes that mar, Eyes that bite,

Hot waves gnashing cold flesh
Cells bursting, Rupture, fluids mesh,

Trembles, quakes, body aches
Shivers, quivers, the sun delivers,

Bursting, popping,
Bubble-wrap skin
The flames distilling
Every ounce of sin,

Falling down, crumbling to ash
Eternity ends in a brutal flash.

Thanks for stopping by and reading!
Randy

Now keep on blog hopping and check out some more of the authors below.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015
Randy Speeg

October Frights Blog Hop: Day 1

Hey Everyone,

Happy October!

It’s my favorite month of the year. Time for all the ghouls and goblins to come out of hiding. To celebrate the beginning of the season, and to do a little shameless promotion, I’ll be participating in the October Frights Blog Hop hosted by paranormal author Clarissa Johal and featuring nearly 50 of the finest indie authors in the various dark fiction genres. The Blog Hop will be running from October 1-10. Throughout the 10 days the authors will be posting various things, like stories, novel excerpts, book giveaways, etc. Please take the time to check out some of the other participating authors from the links at the bottom of this post.

Beginning tomorrow I will be posting some excerpts from my poetry collection, The Fears and Dreams of Everlasting Life, which will be available for free download from Amazon on October 10th. I will also have some special news to announce on the 10th, so stay tuned!

Randy
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Thursday, August 27, 2015
Randy Speeg

Indie Thursday: Opitimize your book ads for Twitter

I’ve been seeing a lot of indie authors advertising their new books on twitter and one thing has become apparent to me. Many authors are not using the twitter stream effectively and are not making their post pictures stand out. Twitter automatically chooses a section of your image to display in the in-stream preview, forcing those who want to see the whole picture to actually click on the tweet to see it. This defeats the whole purpose of using the in-stream to advertise your books. Many people will just scroll past and not bother clicking if what is shown in the preview window is not interesting and engaging. This is especially a problem for book covers, as the standard tall shape of a book is the least ideal size for the twitter stream.

So what is the solution to this problem? Authors need to create advertising images for their books that are already optimized to fit perfectly into the twitter in-stream preview. This will allow your followers to see the entire image without clicking.

Twitter’s in-stream preview is always 440 pixels wide and 220 pixels tall (a 2:1 ratio). If you create your images with this ratio in mind you can create effective ads for your books. To get higher rez images that fit the ratio just do some simple multiplying.

Here are some more image sizes that will work perfectly: (880 x 440) (1320 x 660) (1760 x 880) (2200 x 1100) (2640 x 1320) (3080 x 1540) (3520 x 1760) (3960 x 1980) (4400 x 2200)

Hopefully this will help some authors get some better visibility out there for their books and make the twitter stream a little more eye catching.

 




Saturday, August 15, 2015
Randy Speeg

Saturday Short Story Review: The Doll by J.C. Martin

J.C. Martin’s short story The Doll is an excellent little ghost story. What caught my attention and prompted my purchase of this ebook was the setting. The Island of the Dolls is a real location in Mexico that has been featured on a few ghost hunting reality TV shows. This place has always fascinated me.

Martin does a decent job of capturing the spooky atmosphere of this location. Her characters are believable and relatable, and her pacing to build the tension is good.

Martin brought some real world occult practices and terminology into the story, which was a nice touch and added that extra bit of believability to the plot. (more…)




Friday, August 14, 2015
Randy Speeg

Freaky Find Friday: Haunted Puppet

A creepy puppet said to have choked its former owner has been filmed moving inside a sealed glass container in the dead of night.

Paranormal Investigator Jayne Harris, 32, from Stourbridge, West Midlands, recorded the puppet every night for three months – after its previous owner claimed it tried to choke him to death.
And last month she was left dumbfounded, when her cameras caught the chilling moment the wooden doll appears to come to life.

Night-vision footage shows the puppet’s operating cross slowly moving upright before crashing into one of the sealed box’s glass panes. (more…)




Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Randy Speeg

Book Review: 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love

Rachel Aaron’s book is filled with tons of gems that will assist any new writer in improving both the speed and the quality of their craft.

The first part of this book focuses on the methods Rachel devised to increase her own word counts without increasing the number of hours she wrote.

Rachel’s system is simple and easy for any writer to begin implementing themselves. However this is not a get fast quick method. To get started will require writers to analyze their own writing habits over the course of weeks to months and then make changes to how they go about their writing times and methods. But everything Rachel lays out here makes sense and I do believe the results will come to those who use this system. (more…)




Sunday, August 9, 2015
Randy Speeg

Why Douglas Clegg writes Dark Fiction?

Author Douglas Clegg wrote a very interesting blog post about why he writes Dark Fiction. It delves into some thoughts about the darkness that lives in each of us every time we close our eyes. Go check it out here:DouglasClegg.com/2015/08/why-i-write-dark-fiction