BUSY @ #HORROR WORK (2021 UPDATE)

Hey, folks! Just wanted to take a moment and share what I’ve been up to as far as my own personal writing and publishing is concerned as of lately. What better day than Friday the 13th! Am I right? Aside from recently pulling most, if not all of, my more controversial, dated, and unnecessarily explicit work out of print for a couple different personal reasons (print and digital editions of three specific novellas, and a novel/ my limited-edition chapbooks have all been sold-out for the most part, and will always hold a special place in my heart and have always been some of my utmost best and published work to date), BUT, have no fear, I’ve been very hard at work and busy working on a handful of new and exciting projects (finished writing a new book, finished writing a new short story, gave an awkward semi-motivational/definitely successful pitch for my new book I just finished writing to a well-known and personally loved and respected publisher/publishing house). I’ve also been setting aside and taking some time to enjoy, learn, and further study the craft of writing. One of the things I have personally always needed to learn and figure out, in which, I personally figured out the hard way in a couple different not so pleasant ways was TIMING. Timing is everything. Slow down. There’s no need to rush projects. You’re better off going unnoticed until the time is right. We all come from different walks of life and some people simply have more time than others for many different reasons (some great, some not so great). Everybody is unique. Everybody is different. There’s no need to rush to hurry up and put out sloppy works on ridiculous timelines to later on regret and to try and keep up with those able to attend to their craft every minute of every day. The writing community has its own flaws and always will (look at how divided we are on politics) and the book market is ever-changing and nearly impossible to keep up with, especially for those of us maybe unable to even attend to their writing desires twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The work will speak for itself. Just slow down, do the work, and make every word count. Pun intended.

The Covid-19 pandemic has proven to be a wonderful time for me to sit back and participate in as many online writing retreats and conventions as I can, and, let me tell you, it’s been an absolute blast. The idea of future HYBRID events is intriguing and inspiring to me. I feel like they’re the way of the future Con, allowing those that are unable to travel for many different reasons to be able to still attend worthwhile events and panels they’d otherwise have missed, left out and unable to attend, let alone the public health and safety factor concerned with further spreading the virus. They also seem like they’re a great way to generate more money. Let’s face it, we’re not making millions doing this whole writing thing. Being somewhat anti-social myself at times, it’s also just a genuinely fun and convenient format to be able to interact with others, being able to choose how much or how much not to participate. I’ve always enjoyed learning whatever I can about writing and publishing. It’s awesome to be able to participate without the added stress of needing to travel. Being from a somewhat small and disconnected state/town from, let’s say the rest of the writing community, a lot of us have had to trust, depend, network, network, network to figure out and learn how to progress in the writing world very much from the advice of others through all that networking (although this seems to be ever-changing and growing as genres push to become more diverse). The downside to working off the advice of others is not always necessarily knowing or learning the right things, the right way. We’re in a business where you want your work to standout from others. Some people act like they know everything about everything. Some people are dishonest and purposely sabotage others. It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there. It can be detrimental to one’s own personal career when following the bad advice of others. This has sort of indirectly pushed me and led me to the path of wanting to participate in a more conventional and traditional publishing model and network of writers and publishers. My personal quest for always wanting to learn more about writing and know how to do the right things, the right way, even at the right times as I’ve found out some things the hard way on my own. There are plenty of credible and available resources out there on the market. From writing guides, beat sheets, collections of well-known author’s personally published advice and tips. Reach out. Ask the right questions.

We all know some of the best people on this planet are those involved in the Horror Community. I first learned this in 2012 when I started writing Horror reviews for ‘The Horror Fiction Review’, and ever since and recently joining the Horror Writers Association a couple of months ago. The events and friendships I’ve made thus far have been worth the annual fee and money alone. The time, focus, and dedication spent to strengthen and diversify the horror genre we all know and love is nothing short of admirable and positive for the future of the craft of writing and publishing itself, but also for the horror genre to be able to flourish and grow in numbers whilst creating and generating a much larger network of authors, publishers, readers alike. I also recently got involved with the local HWA Chicagoland Chapter, which has also thus far proven to be great fun and an honor to be part of such a great group of people with common interests in writing, publishing, and HORROR. Be on the lookout for future public and virtual reading events from the HWA Chicagoland Chapter, there are some great events planned and more to be planned going on behind the scenes as we speak.

(New and Updated Bio and Photo Up @ HWAChicago.org/   )

Occult. Horror. Weird Fiction. Nature. Horror Writers Association(@horrorwriters)
HWA Chicago Chapter (@ChicagoHWA)

Vincent Price’s New Author Photo (meow)

For more information about the Horror Writers Association and HWA Chicagoland Chapter check-out the link below.

https://horror.org/

http://www.hwachicago.org/     

Oh, yeah! I was also lucky to be a guest on one of my favorite podcasts of all-time where I shared a number of my own personal paranormal, ghost hunting, and high strangeness encounters over the years. I had an absolute blast talking with Timothy Renner over at the Strange Familiars Podcast (links below). If you’re a fan of the weird and the strange and any and all things paranormal then you’re probably already familiar with the show as it’s one of the best of its kind out there. I was even lucky enough to get invited back for a second follow-up episode where I was able to share some more recent and personal encounters. Bigfoot. High strangeness. Occult. Paranormal. Check it out!

Shadows, Orbs, and High Strangeness (Episode 249)

https://www.strangefamiliars.com/home/shadows-orbs-and-high-strangeness

Join the Strange Familiars Gathering group on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/strangefamiliars/

instagram: @strangefamiliars

http://www.strangefamiliars.com

Below is a list of events I was able to attend and had a blast participating in one way or another this past year so far.

What am I reading right now? I am currently reading and enjoying these. The Lost Village by Camilla Sten. I plan on writing up reviews for both of these when I am finished with them and able to. I’m also working my way through The Big Book of Science Fiction edited by Jeff and Ann Vandermeer. I have plans for this one to be rather lengthy and will definitely require some more time to compose, but it is brilliantly put together and definitely up there with my current favorite SF anthology of all-time, The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction.


Below is a list of books I’ve also read lately worth mentioning that I haven’t got around to typing up and reviewing just yet as I’ve been extremely busy wrapping up the new book and edits and all of the other work mentioned above here.

So many great new book releases lately! Here’s a stack of newer book releases I’ve picked up in the last couple months or so, ranging from last year to here recently.

I think that’s it for now if you’ve made it this far. Until next time! Be kind and rewind.

Cherry Blossom Eyes by S.T. Cartledge- Book Review

Cherry Blossom Eyes
S.T. Cartledge
Eraserhead Press (November 1, 2019)
eBook/ Trade Paperback/ 134 pp

“A work of poetic surrealism reminiscent of the films of Guillermo Del Toro and the Siúil A Rún manga, The Girl From The Other Side” – Carlton Mellick III

Margot and Blanko live on the Isle of Flowers, blessed by the rose gold light of the cherry blossom sun. In the season of the Cold, they build bonfires on the beach to ward off the malicious shape-shifting sea creatures known as tourists from the island. Each year their home becomes colder, their resources become tighter, and more tourists swim ashore and murder the locals, bury them beneath the cherry blossom trees, and take their identities like nothing ever happened. Can they survive long enough to sort out real from imposter and put a stop to this hostile takeover?

This was a really fun and entertaining book from start to finish. The author manages to deliver a completely solid and original Bizarro Fiction story jam-packed with beautiful and eclectic prose and dreamy and artful imagery. One-part fantasy, one-part horror, the story follows two loveable characters in love as the powers that be are attempting to split them apart all in fear of the Isle of Flowers biggest fear, the tourists. The tourists are shape-shifting sea black shadow creatures who can mimic and shape-shift into anything they want. Their reputation, to trick and deceive (but not everything is as it seems here as we as the reader continue to read on as the books true magic begins to unfold before our very eyes). When a loved one disappears and falls victim to the tourists lies and deception the two lovers are separated. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing as we discover more about these mysterious shape-shifting creatures. Once the tourists true nature is brought to light (yes, pun very much intended) we as the reader discover there is far more going on and the author leaves it up to us as the reader to dig and decipher how far we really want to dig into their true meaning. Which I thought was a really impressive feat by the author here, as he manages to uncover more depth to the overall book, as if hidden away and lurking and waiting in the shadows and there but only if you really want to uncover the truth, which also ties in beautifully with the overall concept of the book, all the while also managing to tie in some hella strong sociopolitical commentary on modern society.

All in all, a very solid and original Bizarro Fiction story that was very well written, beautifully and memorably poetic, and often extremely thought-provoking in terms of overall artful imagery and sociopolitical commentary on modern society alike.

Check it out!



Signed Books Available

Christies Celebrate The Professor Sir Albert Richardson Collection
Did you know you can purchase signed copies of my books directly from me? Well, if not, now you do. I keep a handful of the books found below in stock on my personal shelves, and I will sign and ship them anywhere!

Signed books available and prices below (Click to view on Amazon)…

The Black Kiss (appropriate for all ages)
Pink Planet (Adult themed XXX/ Bizarro Fiction)
SELRES_4d680b6c-f31f-4974-8007-ce5dbc36eea3SELRES_4f2cd056-ecaf-4654-831d-221c967aad9fSELRES_80ae7b3b-db87-4c5b-9d80-586a9c9a34a9Globster Time MachineSELRES_80ae7b3b-db87-4c5b-9d80-586a9c9a34a9SELRES_4f2cd056-ecaf-4654-831d-221c967aad9fSELRES_4d680b6c-f31f-4974-8007-ce5dbc36eea3  (Bizarro Fiction/Science Fiction/ Adult)

1 for 14$
2 for 20$
3 for 30$

Shipping included anywhere in the U.S.

Outside the U.S.? I’ll still ship them just add 4$

Paypal (Meyers808@gmail.com) with titles and appropriate dollar amount (preferably as a gift but whatever), along with a shipping address where I can ship your item. Have special shipping instructions? Include them, too, or feel free to email me at the address above.

Cheers!!!

The Black Kiss: A Post-Apocalyptic Cyber Horror thriller with Robots and Vampires

Black Kiss - High Resolution

The Black Kiss written by yours truly and published by Riot Forge is now available on Amazon. Click the link below to purchase your copy today! Paperback coming soon in 2018!

“There’s one lone survivor lingering amongst the darkness in the ruins. His name is Dredg. Can he save himself from The Robotic Circuitry while the Genetic Order is in full swing? Any and all humans have been banned from this beloved Earth. Bots patrol the old stomping grounds where his family died. They are armed and dangerous with one thing on their mind, DEATH. But, there’s a secret buried even deeper underground. A legend, if you will. An ancient secret that will remain immortal forever. A legend bound in flesh and only released through the black lips of Mordecai. The Black Kiss is a digital post-apocalyptic cyber-thriller with robots and vampires galore. Brought to you by the fine folks over at Riot Forge.”

http://www.amazon.com/Black-Kiss-Jon-R-Meyers-ebook/dp/B017Z3FF04/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1447552651&sr=8-1&keywords=the+black+kiss+Jon+R.+Meyers

Globster Time Machine

GTM KINDLE COVER

Globster Time Machine from Riot Forge is now available on amazon in both Kindle and Paperback formats (LINK BELOW). Special thanks to Don Noble for his hard work and no play. Edited by Chris Kelso. Artwork by Luke Spooner via Carrion House.

“Getting dumped is one of the worst feelings ever. Just ask hopeless romantic and borderline alcoholic extraordinaire, Vincent Vecker, who’s about to commit suicide in Aurora, IN, a place where ex-girlfriends are just as much the present as they are the past. There isn’t a soul alive who thinks Vincent will ever get his act together. Not in time that is. He’s too selfish and his relationships always end in a sloppy mess. But, what happens when he meets a metal Globster washed up on the shore at the beach? Can the two of them work together to solve Vincent’s life problems, make some new friends, and land him back on his own two feet, or in the driver’s seat of a brand new convertible with the top down on a super ultra-mega hot date with the talk of the town, Holly Hollow? Globster Time Machine is an action-packed Bizarro Adventure story all mixed up inside those classic Science Fiction time travel tales that we all know and grew to love so much. Brought to you by the fine folks over at Riot Forge.”

Click to buy from Amazon below…
http://www.amazon.com/Globster-Time-Machine-Jon-Meyers/dp/1514799413/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1437424352&sr=8-1&keywords=globster+time+machine

Riot Forge!

http://riotforgestudios.com/

DOCUMENTS

Documents Cover by CARRION HOUSE LUKE SPOONER

DOCUMENTS via Dynatox Ministries is now available and in stock (LINK BELOW).

From the author’s note: DOCUMENTS was my second attempt at working on something that blurs the lines between fiction and reality, utilizing core elements found in Dada and Surrealism, and also Experimental Fiction and Science Fiction alike.

To order a limited edition chapbook please click the link below.
http://www.lulu.com/shop/jon-r-meyers/documents/paperback/product-22262770.html

Pink Planet

Pink Planet

I’m happy to announce that Pink Planet is now available in both Kindle and Paperback formats on Amazon via the great and fantastic RIOT FORGE. Special thanks to those below and Don Noble for making this thing happen! This is my first kindle book and I couldn’t be happier to share it with you.

“Welcome to Hopesfall, MA. A place where strange things occur and a new action-packed video game titled Pink Planet has just hit the shelf. Watch Milo’s life unravel at the seams as he finds out his girlfriend Kat is cheating on him with his arch nemesis, Brad. Will he believe his best friend’s accusations before it’s too late for heartbreak? Will he ever reach 6900 points in one hot, sweaty sex combo to unlock a bonus scene with one of his favorite pornstars of all-time, Molly Methhead? Pink Planet is a modern day vintage sleaze paperback with a Bizarro twist brought to you by the fine folks over at Riot Forge.”

Edited by Chris Kelso and Garrett Cook

Artwork by the mad brilliant Luke Spooner. He can be found here at Carrion House.
http://www.carrionhouse.com/

Riot Forge
http://riotforgestudios.com/

Click here to buy a copy

http://www.amazon.com/Pink-Planet-Jon-R-Meyers-ebook/dp/B00M3152KC/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1406243986&sr=8-3&keywords=pink+planet

Liza: Remastered

LIZA REMASTERED COVER

Welp, with beautiful artwork from Justin Coons the remake of the legendary DIY pink chapbook formerly known as “Liza” has made its way into a KRALLCON 2.0 Exclusive via Dynatox Ministries. This version also featured a new action-packed introduction by the infamous Garrett Cook and a weird little bonus story about building a robot at the end titled, “Boris D. Burnhart”.

SHOP DYNATOX MINISTRIES HERE:
http://dynatox.storenvy.com/

 

Demonic Possession

Demonic Possession COVER

Check out my short story “The House at the End of Blood Pond Road” alongside many other great and fantastic tales of horror. This thing rocks! Danger. Demons involved. Tread lightly, and carry a big cross. Reports of strange occurrences have been reported by those that have read this anthology.

Artwork by Stephen Cooney

Published By JWK Fiction

http://jwkfiction.com/

Buy a copy of this here:
http://www.amazon.com/Demonic-Possession-James-Ward-Kirk/dp/0692249176/ref=la_B004A30AHQ_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1405304125&sr=1-1