"It is clear that Gehlert has some genuine storytelling passion." Mark Justice, Horroworld
My newest novel Red Triangle, a shark thriller and my 15th is now available on Amazon in Kindle and Paperback. I have a lengthy dedication in the back of the book, but a few names jump the shark here. James Ward Kirk my publisher, Kristi Grabowski my editor, Joe McKinney and countless other voices who beta read and shared honest reviews and blurbs, and for those in the infamous yacht scene, thank you for participating. I will be touring blogs soon and will have a themed Shark Week here as the weather turns warmer.
Some releases have been on tap for awhile now- As I take a break from novel writing, several of my short stories have been accepted and recently published from several publishers, both in magazines and paperback. Below is a release list of all of my projects and one's I'm working on.
Available Now from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu
Contagion- Zombie Novel
Suffer Eternal Volume III-My stories Gravedigger and Phantom are inside this collection
Nightmare Illustrated Volume 2- My story The Bone Whistle with artwork by Niall Parkinson
Nightmare Illustrated Volume 3- [Christmas Issue] My story The Box with artwork by my daughter Natalie Gehlert
Hell Whore III- My poem Blood Moon is inside this nifty collection [RELEASE DATE March 5, 2014]
James Ward Kirk Publishing-
Ugly Babies Volume 2-My story The Nursery resides inside this fantastic collection.
Cellar Door Volume 2-My story Burial with artwork by my daughter Natalie Gehlert
Red Triangle- My first novel in two years comes to the surface in a red bloodbath of mayhem. [RELEASE DATE SPRING 2014]
Other projects- New Ferrymen stories, Quiver relaunch, a non-fiction book on raising a Down's Syndrome daughter
I've been thinking and have decided to update this blog to feature author and publisher interviews, so featured this week once again is Tim Marquitz, the author of the highly successful Demon Squad series. His work has appeared across many mediums such as novella's, novels, short story anthologies as well as editing anthologies for other publishers.
His interview in its honest, bone-jarring entirety is on this page-following this post. The next round of authors have their interview questions and include Bob Nesoff, author of Spyder Hole, Earl S. Wynn, author and narrator of the Dark Dreams podcast, William Cook, horror author extraordinaire and acclaimed editor of books and anthologies, including his best-selling anthology, Fresh Fear, Jennifer Caress who've I've known since our Stonegarden Days and her new novel with Black Black Sheet Books, and many others,
The purpose of this blog will to entertain you, our loyal readers to a fresh and established crop of authors and publishers. Hard hitting questions, comical questions, whatever drives my mood for that interview. The Wolf's Den is a horrible place, creeping with horror, and fearsome nightmares. A perfect abode for horror fans and authors to kick back and feel at 'home'.
All links to authors will be featured under the Bloody Trails section of the blog.
Please stop by and check out the blog, I have links to my books, Facebook page, and soon to promote my newest novel, contests and I will be put under the microscope answering YOUR questions.
I've managed to pin down the well known author of the highly popular Demon Squad series, Mr. Tim Marquitz. He had a new project out a western masterpiece called Dead West. So sit back and enter the mind of one of the most talented writer, editor, and my friend, you'll be happy you did.
1 - Who has had the most influence in your life? What lessons did this person teach you?
TM: While it might sound clichéd, I have to say my mother has been the biggest influence on me. Despite all my stupidity andlack of motivation, she never gave up on me. She always believed I could make something of myself. She never forced the issue, but if she hadn’t been so devoted in her belief, I don’t think I’d have accomplished half of what I have.
2 - How would you like to be remembered?
TM: You know, I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life. I think, if anything, I want to be seen as a person who tried to do more good than bad. There’s no real expectation on my behalf that I’ll be lovingly remembered by everyone I’ve encountered, but I would hope my footprint in the lives of the people whose paths I’ve crossed never brought them real harm.
3 - If you could interview anyone from your life, living or dead, but not a celebrity, who would it be and why?
TM: You know, I think I’d like to sit down with my dad one last time. We were barely in each other’s lives, and I don’t think I ever really know what made him tick.
4 - If someone came up to you and wanted to tell you about an idea or a book they were writing, what would you do? Or what advice would you give?
TM: This actually happens a lot. I love listening to other people’s ideas, but that leads to the advice I would offer. Stop worrying about the idea and put more effort into the execution of it. What separates the successful writers from the idealists is the evolution of an idea into a story. Without that piece of the puzzle, the idea is dead in the water. Doesn’t matter how brilliant it is, and idea is nothing without effort.
5 - How would you describe yourself in three words?
TM: Difficult, angry, damaged.
6 - What is the most demeaning/demoralizing thing ever said about you as a writer?
TM: Absolutely nothing. While I’ve had people talk trash to me in reviews, bad mouth what I do and have written, none of that matters. Only I can tear myself down. The rest are just farts in the wind. One good blow and they’re gone.
7 - How do you react to a bad interview of one of your books?
TM: Generally, I look to see if anything resonates. If something does, I parcel that criticism away so it’s there when I work on my next book. If it’s a personal rant or a blatant attack, I laugh it off. There’s not enough time in my life for me to worry about what assholes think. Reasoned opinions, even if it’s, “I just couldn’t get into it,” are fine. I can’t please everyone, and have no intentions of trying.
8 - Would you rather write for children or adults?
TM: Definitely adults. While I occasionally branch out and do YA books, I like the freedom of not having to restrain my voice or ideas. While I tend toward the shallow end of the spectrum when I writer—doing so for entertainment rather than enlightenment—I don’t want to tie my hands with regards to my expression.
9 - What are the most important attributes to staying sane as a writer?
TM: Honesty would be foremost; especially with yourself. Being able to accept the truth of things and be honest about your limitations and expectations. If you lie to yourself in your writing, everyone will know. You can’t fake the blood on the page.
10 - Are you jealous of other writers?
TM: It doesn’t happen often, but I’m not gonna lie and say it never does. There are authors who I (probably quite selfishly) wonder how they managed to reach the point they’re at. It’s petty of me, and I know that, but I can’t help it. Sometimes it’s just sour grapes, you know?
11 - What do you like most about being a writer?
TM: I think I like the freedom most. The fact that I can sit down and write anything I want and have people who want to read it. There’s a catharsis in that, a release I have never experienced in my life.
12 - Is Elvis really dead?
TM: It’s horrible to think he really is, but then again, perhaps it was for the best with regards to his legacy. He was on a downswing, so with his passing, at least we’re left with his amazing voice for all eternity.
13 - If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
TM: Grow the fuck up.
It took me a long time to do so, and I suspect it would have been in my best interest had I done that long before I managed to do it.
14 - Name one thing that drives you crazy.
TM: Shit. I’d be better off telling you the list of things that don’t drive me crazy. That said, I think inconsiderate people are at the top of the list. I was raised to hold the door for people, to say please and thank you, and to be polite. It’s ingrained in me, and it drives me totally fucking nuts that we’ve lost so much of that in the last couple generations.
15 - Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcovers?
TM: Hardcovers are my idea of a collector’s item, but I have to say I’ve become a huge eBook fan. Being able to load all my books on my reader and pick up new ones within seconds has made my reading so much more convenient. While I’ve always read a lot, I read so much more now.
Tim can be found here--
I've been away for awhile, due to many reasons. I will keep a keener eye on th blog in the coming weeks, as several new things are ready to burst.
Jeremiah continues to roll along, sales are modest, reviews have been great, was featured in Blood Magazine's March issue.
UK publsher Horrified Press has agreed to publish two of my short stories, Gravedigger and Phantom, and a poem of mine, Blood Moon for their anthology series due out quarter 4 of 2013. They are also keen to relaunch my Contagion novel, now in literary purgatory since Stonegarden's demise.
On a side note-Quiver will get a facelift at BBS publishers and a new trilogy. Europa will thrive over at Damnation Books for the next few years as they picked up the rights to the sci-fi trilogy after SGP's closure.
I will be appearing at BN in Poughkeepsie on May 18th, 1-5pm as part of local author day, and Golden Notebook on August 3rd in Woodsstock from 5pm to 7pm
My shark novel has garnered the interest of an agency and is nearing completion. This novel has been a personal favorite of mine, stemming back to 2008 when it first started consuming my brain.