Sunday, October 26, 2014

EL-204 Blog Tour

by Lucian Barnes
Release Date: October 24, 2014

For Jason Lambert, a prominent M.I.T. geneticist, fear of natural death has become a thing of distant memories. His latest concoction has, in a sense, increased his longevity and made him nearly immortal.Over the past one hundred years, the technological advances of medical science have rendered the deadliest diseases of the twentieth century insignificant. Cancer, heart disease, and AIDS are no longer a death sentence. Serums have been developed to eradicate the problematic cells and their growth.When he meets a beautiful woman, his world is turned upside down. Add to this the government's sudden interest in his research, and things begin to spiral out of control. We all know what happens when the military gets involved. Greed takes over, and ethics are pushed to their boundaries. Will Jason be able to juggle his responsibilities without compromising his integrity, or will his experiments lead to the evolution of a new breed of monster?
Another talented work of art from Kate Cowen.  
The cover of EL-204 by Lucian Barnes. Coming this fall to you from Anchor Group Publishing.  

Genre: Horror

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 One-of-a-kind FreakFest w/ horror author Lucian Barnes


An interesting interview with one of my favorite author pals, Lucian Barnes ... to ahem ... help you get to know him a bit better.


1. Can you tell the fans a little about yourself?  
If I told you, I’d have to kill you 
... in a book, that is. 
Although, there are probably people who would relish the thought of being a character in a novel. Even if they knew they were going to die. LOL
2. Do you have any interesting writing quirks?  
Depends on what you would consider “interesting”. As many people know, I have extremely long hair. Although, most of the time I keep it bound in a ponytail with numerous hair ties. Except for when I write. I’m not sure how this habit developed, but letting my hair down has become a ritual for me before beginning my writing day. 
I even let my hair down for this interview. Silly, right?

3. How do you think your creativity has evolved? 
I don’t believe it has. The creative part of my brain has always been borderline demented, which is likely the cause for my stories being as dark and disturbing as they are. 
How I approach the actual writing, however, is a different matter entirely. Through feedback from my betas, editor, and fans, I am constantly learning. Some consider me a master storyteller already, but I feel that nobody truly masters the craft of writing. The day you think you’ve accomplished this feat is the day your ego will get in the way, causing you to make far more mistakes.

4. Do you read much? If so, what do you enjoy reading? 

I love to read! On average, I probably consume a novel per week. Unless, of course, the book is extremely long. For the most part, I read the same kind of books that I enjoy writing ... horror.

5. Do you prefer ebook or paperback?  
Hands down, I prefer paperbacks and hard-bound books. Nothing makes me happier than seeing a bookshelf filled with books. However, due to the higher cost of paper copies I tend to favor ebooks for reading nowadays.

6. What advice would you give your younger self?  
This is sort of a tricky question. 
I’m sure there are lots of things I could advise myself not to do, as well as other things I should. 
The only problem with that would be ... if anything about me were to have changed in my youth, I would not be the person I am today. No matter how painful my life has been in the past, events from my younger years helped shape my twisted imagination. 
Without my previous experiences, I would likely compose far less interesting stories.
7. List 5 of your favorite things:
1) Reading 
2) Watching horror movies (the R rated ones with lots of gore and nudity, not the lame PG-13 ones) 
3) Denver Broncos
4) Scaring people (whether through practical jokes, theatrical Halloween presentations, or through my stories) Ummm I think this should have been #1!
5) Listening to metal music (mainly Death Metal and Black Metal)

8. What's for dinner?
 I have to admit, 
I was extremely tempted 
to use a Hannibal Lecter dinner menu when answering this question. 
As funny as that would be, 
I think it would
be more amusing to see your reaction in person if I used that answer. 
Instead, I will bore you with what I’ll really be having, 
which would only be spaghetti.

9. Famous quote that makes you smile: 
  “I will eviscerate you in fiction. Every pimple, every character flaw. I was naked for a day; you will be naked for eternity.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer in A Knight's Tale

10. Do you have a favorite character from your books? Who? Why?  
Every character I create gets under my skin to a certain degree. Some manage to get deeper than others, though. That being said, I would have to lean toward George Mancini, the serial killer from the Desolace Series, as my favorite. After all, when I created the physical attributes of George, I gazed into a mirror at my own reflection. I even went so far as to give George a background that was similar to mine, feeling it would make his character more “real” for readers. The overall effect of this has given many readers a level of skepticism surrounding their feelings toward me. Are my writings the product of an overactive imagination and vivid descriptions, or am I really a killer in disguise as an author?

Other tour stops can be found on Lucian's website.

The Desolace Series & other works by Lucian Barnes
Look for them on Amazon! 
Desolace ~ Free!

City of the Dead  
Destined For Darkness

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~ Lucian Barnes
I spent most of my youth in rural Ohio and began writing stories at an early age. Many of these early attempts at story-telling were inspired by mysteries, such as those found in the old Hardy Boys books and the cartoon antics of Scooby Doo. As I entered my teenage years I began to drift away from writing stories, instead picking up my pencil to compose lyrics for heavy metal songs because my new dream was to become a musician. That vision remained hopeful for many years after my high school graduation, but like most dreams of this nature it died out as I became older.

After working several menial jobs through the years that followed, my thoughts again began to turn toward writing books. Inspired by my favorite author, Stephen King, I took an online creative writing course and slowly began to develop my skills. In late 2010 I was given a violent shove, both by the job market (which was horrible to say the least, and still is) and by the persistent encouragement of close friends, to pick up my pen and begin writing again.

In early 2012 I gave birth (that's almost what it felt like) to my very first published book, Desolace. Finally having a completed novel in my hand was the best feeling in the world
for me, giving me a sense of accomplishment I had waited a lifetime for. Things
have grown easier for me with each book I have published. Since the initial
release of Desolace, I have released four more novels in the series. My latest
work is a futuristic horror book titled, EL-204.!

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