Monday, January 16, 2017

Live and Let Bite, Chapter 6 excerpt: In Cold Blood

Remember when I said that things were going to be coming to a head?

What you're about to see is part of the reason why.

For reasons that will become apparent within the book itself, Amanda hasn't exactly been keeping close tabs on Marco, or his dealings in San Francisco. But she has concluded that she needs to come back, and protect him.

She's going to discover that Marco has not exactly been acting normal ... normal for Marco, anyway.

I should remind people that presales for Live and Let Bite ARE CURRENTLY UP AND RUNNING.

If you want to preorder the book, click here, and now's the time to do it.

Oh yes, and for the record, when Amanda arrives in San Francisco, she finds one of Marco's people doing something stupid.

****
Amanda finally guided Yana to her dorm room, and had her open the door.
As they entered, Amanda was caught flat-footed. Yana’s girlfriend Tara was curled up on top of her sheets, curled up into the fetal position. This wouldn’t be a problem if she weren’t wearing only a bikini.
Of course.” Amanda rolled her eyes and closed the door behind her. “Now, tell me all about Marcos decline in my absence.”
Yana gaped, and blinked, and frowned, not having expected to think this late at night. “I have a video.”
The video was on YouTube. The only title on it was “Bad@$$ Student Drops Bully like a Ton of Bricks.” The date was from early November. The opening of the video started with someone who was easily 69” and a basketball player striking his girlfriend in the middle of a hallway.
The only reason that Amanda noticed Marco in the background was the walk. He was the only one who was obviously approaching in a controlled, oh-so-casual manner. It was so casual it was obviously faked. He kept his hands in his white windbreaker the whole way. When he finally came close to the attacker, the height disparity was painful to look at. There was being a head shorter, and then there was Marco coming up to the man’s armpit.
Marco looked like he was going to simply take another step. Except the knee came up past his hips before shooting straight out. The kick hit the basketball player’s knee on the side, hyperextending the knee joint.
The attacker almost went down, but quickly adjusted to the injured leg. He whirled on Marco, backhanding him. Marco had met the strike with both forearms, then grabbed the offending hand. He dug his thumbs into the back of the hand, with his fingers digging into the palm. Grip established, he twisted the arm, and the sound it made was like very loud Rice Krispies.
Then Marco folded the wrist forward, almost so it was flat against the forearm.
Marco moved closer, and then Amanda saw the eyes. The dark blue eyes she so liked about him were even darker, and colder, like an overcast day in the arctic.
Marco said something to him. Even though Amanda couldn’t hear it, she could read his lips. “Touch her again, loser, and you’ll wish I was this gentle.”
The attacker reached back for the small of his back. Marco saw the movement, but Amanda could see the knife he was reaching for.
Marco waited. He knew there was something coming, but couldn’t have known what. But Marco waited for it to happen. Marco wanted there to be a weapon.
This was no longer a fight. This was an excuse.
The knife hand came up into Marco’s grasp. He took the hand and guided it, turning over the hand, and slammed it into the attacker’s opposite shoulder. Amanda winced. The knife point had gone into the ball joint.
Marco’s knee came up again, and he stomped once more, into the other kneecap, dislocating it as well.
Worst of all? It wasn’t that Marco’s smile didn’t even flicker. That was normal. The worst of all was that Marco could have stopped him with the first—maybe the second—blow, without crippling him. The basketball player would never fully recover, and would require months of physical therapy to regain even normal functionality of all of his limbs. If ever.
How did this man with the knife stay standing after?” Amanda now asked.
PCP, it seems.”
What happened after?”
Yana frowned. “Nothing. There was talk of lawyers, and someone said that, practically, Marco was well within his rights to kill him once the knife came out. But that none of the hits before the knife were really that bad. 'Reasonable force,’ as though any of that was reasonable.”

I need to talk to the others.”
****
The first one Amanda talked with was Tara. She had to be awakened.
Tara was a dirty blonde, with wide, sad eyes, broad forehead, and something very drab about her. With makeup, there was always just something about her that was off. She was pleasant enough, amiable, but so relatively low-key that Tara was almost a void in space and time. Most people emanated some sort of life force. Tara almost nullified it. If Amanda could see auras, she would lay money that Tara would be made invisible by hers.
Tara gave her insecure little smile. “Marco’s been giving off bad juju for a while now.”
Hi. Have you met Marco? I knew he was different from the first moment I entered the same room. And you’re insisting that you’re a perceptive, aura-reading Wiccan? You wouldn’t make a good high-school guidance counselor.
How so?” Amanda asked.
He’s been getting angrier and angrier. If I thought he was sexually active, I’d say he wasn’t getting any. But it’s more like he’s frustrated with the world. He wants to do harm to something. The best thing I can say about him is that he’s only hurting people who won’t be stopped any other way. He’s not even picking fights, you know? He sees something, he doesn’t say something, he just stops it.” Tara looked at Yana. “But he was like that a little when he got here. Remember that rapist? He stopped that one cold, then stomped on his junk a bit? I think it was our first night out with him?”
Amanda nodded. That sounded like something Marco would do. “But now?”
Now?” Tara answered. “I think the rapist would have needed an ambulance in order to leave the cemetery. Its like that thing with the ax.”
What ax?”
* * * *
Once the raw video footage of Marco in the alley with the ax was over, Amanda cleared her throat. “Well. That was ... horrible.”


If you haven't read book one and two in the series, they're available below.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Catholic Geek: Mythic Orbits and Christian SciFi

The Catholic Geek: Mythic Orbits and Christian SciFi 01/15 by We Built That Network | Books Podcasts:

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Host Declan Finn (Dragon Award Nominee, Best Horror, Honor at Stake), brings you a host of authors from the Mythic Orbits 2016 anthology, the best spec fiction from Christian authors. Mythic Orbits 2016 is an anthology of 14 authors. 7, plus the editor, are interested in calling in. This show will host: Lisa Godfrees, Kat Heckenbach, Kerry Nietz, Sherry Rossman, Mark Venturini, L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright, Joshua M. Young, and Travis Perry, editor.

And, while you're waiting for that. .... Try their book.

And if you have read it already ... review it already.

And if you've done both ... here, try these.

And if you've read these, a review would be nice. Thanks.


 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Music blog Vater Unser (E Nomine)

Some things sound cooler in German. Even the Our Father. And, yes, this is the Our Father in German. Go with it. Trust me, what have you got to lose. I even hope to use this for a trailer at some point. The visuals are from a video game called Kingdom Hearts. The song is from a group called E Nomine.

The song is called Vater Unser ... Our Father.

Subtle, huh?

Yes, this was put on the blog 5 years ago. It's not there anymore, the original YouTube Video was pulled.

Anyway, awesome music.

I only heard about this piece, and this band, because of John Ringo. Shocking, huh?

But the new year is almost upon us. so time to ring it in right.


And, while I think about it?






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Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

... Is probably the F train.

I'm only five Sundays away from taking a long, well-deserved nap.

Follow me around the calendar please.

This Tuesday, I will be trying for a Book bomb of Set to Kill.

The reviews are respectable enough, bagging me a 4.9 thus far on Amazon.

Yeah. I'll take it. It's not bad considering that the first book took forever to get even a handful of reviews.


January, the 15th: the podcast as a round table with Jagi, Josh Young, and a few other people, who I don't know about yet.

January 22nd: The podcast is currently empty right now. I may be able to just relax and prerecord a monologue or something.

January 29: I have Brian Niemeier on the show to join me in the second hour as part of MY BOOK LAUNCH PARTY for Live and Let Bite. Okay, I'm doing the launch party in the first hour, and Brian comes on after. Because I can only listen to myself talk for only so long before I want to shut off the volume. Brian will save me from myself. Then I'll continue the book launch party on Facebook.

January 30th: the book comes out.

February 1-12. Promotion

February 12: A Valentine's Day post with Dawn Witzke.

And then, dear reader .... I take a nap.

A long nap.

Because I've been locked into PR mode since October, when Sad Puppies Bite Back came out.

I.

Hate.

Promotion.

For the most part, I've been working 16-hour days. Rewriting two volumes of an epic space opera. Then doing a proper release for Live and Let Bite. Then getting ready to PR it.

Then, I'm going to give up. I'm not even going to do the radio show. Matt Bowman, Jagi Wright, and perhaps a third person will take over.

The blog may not shut down, but I may post more mustic blog. Or just fewer blog.

I'm going to bed now.



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Miseason Review: Legends of Tomorrow, and Invasion!

This one may be shorter than I thought.

On the one hand, this show has improved since last season. Last season, the writing was so uneven, some episodes were great, and some felt like they were a failed writing class.

This season needed more focus. They've wandered all over the place, and they needed more direction with where they were going.

Also, there is a slight problem with the lack of Captain Hunter this year. I understand it's because actor Arthur Darville is busy elsewhere. But really, we needed a steadier hand at the helm sooner. Sarah Lance as Captain is awesome, but the crew needs work.

I was also disappointed that Stargirl happened, then the Shade happened on the Flash. Both were elements of James Robinson's Starman run, and I think they shut the door on that ever happening.

Anyway, I'll be sticking with this show, mostly because their midseason finale revealed that, yes, they do know where they're going, and have finally hinted at the plans of the villains. Also, they keep having cameos by Snart, and promise to bring him back.

Right now, their strength this season is by reusing bad guys, and in a way that makes it reasonable to bring them back. Granted, the time travel bit is getting a little confusing (Wait, you killed a guy because you're going to fight in constantly in his future ... but if you kill him now, why should he ever run into you ever again? Huh? WATCH SOME DOCTOR WHO.)

The best part of this series, and perhaps any of the Berlantiverse this year, has been the massive four-way crossover.

Yes, I'll review that now. Because why not?

The Supergirl part was the weakest of them all, for several reasons: one, it's Supergirl. Two, you could have skipped it and just gone to The Flash.

... But that was a massive misstep. That episode of Supergirl had a bioweapon that could target and destroy any alien that wasn't from Krypton. The smart move would have been to bring that back to the main Arrowverse and just kill the aliens. But they didn't. And thus the episode was as irrelevant as the show is. Maybe they figured there was no overlap between the Supergirl and The Flash audience.

The Flash episode ... could have been better. They came up with a contrived way to make everyone pissed off at Barry. Granted, the scenes between Oliver and Barry that produced was fun, but that's it. They went through a lot of contrived loops to make it so that Barry and Oliver were isolated, so they could do an -- admittedly awesome -- hero v hero sequence.

The Arrow episode was a good 100th .... just didn't really do much for the story arc

And their episode for Legends was pretty darn good.

But 2.5 good episodes out of 4? Not a good batting average.



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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Rumors Bargains and Lies

Yes, I stole the title from Babylon 5. I'm due.

I'm going to start by thanking File 770 yesterday. Or at least one of its readers, who goes by the name Migly. When I put in the disclaimer yesterday, I mentioned File 770 commenters who harassed me in my email. Which happened. Migly found that strange and pointed out that no one on the File 770 website mentioned me until Mad Genius Club mentioned me first.

Which was nice. No one had told me I had appeared at MGC.  Sadly, I still don't have the time to read it. So, no, I won't be addressing it, since I want to keep this one short.

It has been interesting, though, that I've had an entire alternate biography show up in the past 12 hours that I never knew I had.

Apparently, I'm a sexual deviant who will sleep with anything....

Because, you know, looking like this means I get all the chicks.


.... All of the color blind chicks....

No, let's just stick with all of the literally blind chicks.

This was the one where I laughed my ass off for ten minutes. Really, ten minutes. It was wonderful. It was joyous. It was insane.

I've had lots of rumors on me over the years. Some of them, at least, are based on reality. Am I nuts? There's an argument that can be made for that. Am I violent? Only in my rhetoric. Or if I need to defend myself.

But this? This is such total, complete, and utter BS I can't really even begin to describe it.

And that's when I laughed off all the rest as well. Because they were just as deranged to anyone who talks to me for five minutes. This one? this was the rumor that saved me an awful lot of time. I spent most of Tuesday stressing out over what "people will think."

You know how stressed I was yesterday? I didn't even know how stressed I was until I saw this


Yup. You read that right. JD Cowan is back, and he's got another review of another one of my novels. And I'm really kinda blown away by how much better this book sounds than when I wrote it. He actually makes me think I could win an award ... any award, really.

I will only excerpt some parts. I really want you to read this one. And if I highlight every part I liked, I'd just copy and past the whole thing.
What you're in for is a story filled with action, mystery, and more than a bit of comedy....

If there is one thing Mr. Finn excels at (there are a few) then it would have to be the action scenes. I'm hard-pressed to think of an author with so many details in their action scenes. Everything flows, the events are described clearly and fit together, and they are usually quite surprising. And funny....

This is a hard book to really nail down. Would it be correct to call it something like if Dashiell Hammett wrote an episode of Murder, She Wrote thinking it was a sequel to Commando? I'm just not sure. If you enjoyed the previous book in this series, It Was Only On Stun!, then you should enjoy this one more. Whatever it is, Set To Kill accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do.

Should you read this book? Only if you like wanton destruction and humor popping up in strange places. And, really, why wouldn't you like those things?

I can't wait to read the sequel. Surely by then Sean Ryan will have enough of a handle on the con experience to run his own. I could just imagine.

Yeah, this is a really good day.


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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Sad Puppies 5 suggestions

EDIT: FOR THE READING BEREFT -- APPARENTLY, THE USUAL CROWD AT FILE 770 CAN'T READ -- I MUST PUT IN AN EVEN BIGGER NOTE HERE. I'M NOT IN CHARGE OF SP5. THE FOLLOWING IS, IN PART, A GUIDE FOR MY RECOLLECTION, SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR THOSE WHO WILL BE VOTING,  AND AN OPPORTUNITY FOR OTHER PEOPLE TO GUIDE MY VOTING. APPARENTLY, SOME PEOPLE ARE TOO STUPID TO HAVE FIGURED THIS OUT FROM THE BELOW. THAT IS ALL.

Happy new  year. Time to start considering what should be done for Sad Puppies 5.

Yup,  you didn't forget, did you? We only have a few scant months to start getting together nominations for The Dragon Awards.

If you care about The Hugos, yeah,  that too. Though I suspect that's more Rabid Puppies than come to my blog.

I'm not sure about the Hugos, but I think I'll take a Dragon Award, thanks.

First things first. I'm going to put this initial list in a format similar to the Hugos  ..... for now. This is for two reasons: one,  I don't know how SP5 will be laid out, so the Hugo format is easiest.

Second reason?  If there are Rabids who stop here, they still care about the Hugos. So this will serve the dual purpose of catering to them. I'll do a separate list for a Dragon Award version. But the SP5 list is up first, mostly because the potential nominees are locked, as they go by calender year. Now that the scurge of 2016 has passed, let the games begin

To start with, remember that the rules of this game say that you can nominate 5 items per category. Though to be honest, I prefer the Dragon Award version, that nominates by genre. SP5 Might as well, we'll have to see.

THIS LIST WILL BE UP FOR REVIEW LATER ON. Why? Because I still have books left over from last year that aren't read yet (there are books from THREE years ago that aren't read yet) and there are some where I didn't remember the original publication date. I'm compiling this in December, while I'm sick, so we'll see how this goes.

If you are one of the authors mentioned here and you actually DO give a flying f*** about the Hugos, comment, I'll edit and note it

Best novel

Again, I'm going to have to treat this with the same restrictions as the Hugos.

1. John C. Wright's Iron Chamber of Memory. Please read the review, then buy the novel. IN THIS CASE, then vote in the Hugos. Why this case?  1) This blew away everything else I read last year, really. And (2) it does mean something to John, so if it were in my power, I wouldn't deny him that joy for all the world. Iron Chamber should win a Hugo, if there's any justice left. But there is no justice left in the Hugos,  so I'll keep going with SP5 nominees.

2. Marina Fontaine, Chasing Freedom. Why? Because it was one of the best scifi works I'd read last year. And Marina made a dystopia I could read, enjoy, finish, and not want to slit my wrists over. That's a major accomplishment. Words can't even express how good you have to be to pull that off. Please read the review, then buy the novel.

3. Robert Kroese, The Big Sheep. I really did enjoy this book. It's another one that made a dystopia readable. The mystery, he characters, the world building, all of them were stellar. And yes, for those who really care, I know, it's published by MacMillan, which also owns Tor books. If I were you, I wouldn't hold that against Robert.  Please read the review, then buy the novel.

4. Declan Finn -- Yes, I published three eligible novels this year. Funny enough, they're within the time frame for the Dragon Award as well .... which, come to think of it, I have Vox Day to thank for that. But, yes, I have Codename: UnSub and Murphy's Law of Vampires that can be nominated for a SP5 best novel. Huh. Throwing my hat into the ring is just padding the list.

5. No Award. Yes. Really. I got nothing. I can't recall anything that I'd really submit (more on that below). I haven't read a Terry Goodkind in years (I'm saving them for when they stop ending with "To be Continued"). There are no Jim Butcher books out this year.

Notable books for consideration:
Karina Fabian's Discovery.  I read an earlier draft of this book many, many years ago (five years ago, to be precise), and I have yet to read the latest edition. But if the editing cleaned up the problems I remember, this is easily in slot #4 .... yes, slot #4, bumping me down a slot.

Brian Niemeier -- because he was up against The Martian last year, and that's hardly fair. Brian came out with two books last year, Souldancer and The Secret Kings. Read them, enjoy, and flip a coin as to which one you vote for. If Brian has a preference, I'll edit it and add his pick. It's "Notable" ONLY because I haven't read them yet. And I'd want to read Nethereal first .... which means by the time I get to them, the whole series will be out.

NOTE: Yes, I had considered John Ringo's books from last year, but I think Ringo would rather burn his books than let them be nominated for a Hugo -- though I'll have to see if he cares about Sad Puppies, he may not mind that. So ... perhaps Black Tide Rising, or Grunge, or Sinners? Larry may care about SP5 if they preclude a Hugo nomination, so expect to see Son of the Black Sword, which also came out last year, but I would rather nominate another Monster Hunter book.


Best related

Set to Kill -- I've made no secret about my ambition to make people pissed off about this one. If I were to have a serious horse in the Hugos, it would be here. I would want this just to see people's heads explode. If we're talking Hugos, yeah, shoot for best related in Rabid Puppies (Attn: Vox Day).

However, we're talking SAD Puppies, and Sarah mentioned adding genre categories, specifically mentioning mysteries.

Insert big freaking grin here. If that happens, count me in on this one.

If it doesn't happen ... well, throw this into the ring with Rabid Puppies, see who gets pissed off.

Best Novella

Marina Fontaine, The Product -- Yeah. Sorry. That's about all I can think of off hand that would really fit. I'm sure more will come to me when my brain reboots.


Best Short Story

Pick something from Black Tide Rising .... though I would recommend Kacy Ezell's story.

Now, I'm certain that there is a slew of short stories from Lou Antonelli, and Brad Torgersen, and even John C. Wright. Just don't ask me to remember them.

EDIT: Lou has been kind enough to comment what came out last year.

1. “Captain of the Clouds” – Aurora Wolf, January 2016

2“Higher Powers” – Sci-Phi Journal, February 2016


3. “The Milky Way Dance Hall” – Decision Points anthology. May 2016

4. “Lone Star, Lost Star” – Fiction on the Web, July 31, 2016

5. “The Yellow Flag” – Sci-Phi Journal, August 2016

6. “And He Threw His Hands Up in the Air” – Siren’s Call, No. 28 August 2016

7. “Time Like a Rope” – Silver Blade magazine, October 2016

8. "Three Twilight Zone Variations on a High School Reunion" - 3rd Spectral Book of Horror Stories, Oct. 31, 2016

9. “If You Were a Dinah Shore, My Love” – Gallery of Curiosities podcast, Dec. 26, 2016
My preference would be to include this,  This is golden from the get-go ... though it might be considered a short form Drama presentation. I'm not certain.


Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form


Captain America: Civil War.

Doctor Strange:

Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent.  Oh yeah. This is going to be hilarious. This is only an audio book, so I think it works for a dramatic presentation. Now, in suggesting this, I know, obviously, that Larry wouldn't stand for this as a nomination for the Hugos, I'm certain about this, so if you're interested in the Hugos, DO NOT NOMINATE LARRY ... but I'm also a trouble maker, and this work was funny as hell. I would put this up for an SP 5 nomination ... and a Hugo, but not for Larry. Why? Because if Larry Correia doesn't want the Hugo for it, can we give it to Adam Baldwin? I'd consider flying over to Helsinki to see him give THAT acceptance speech.


Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form

Daredevil, Season 2 -- One Batch, Two batch.

No, seriously, did you people see this episode? This was powerful and heartbreaking, and the best treatment of Frank Castle, The Punisher, that I have ever seen. I don't care if you never watch another episode of Daredevil, watch this episode. Jon Bernthal carries this entire episode, and even most of the series.

After that ... Sorry, I binged on iZombie, and couldn't tell you what came out when without a cheat sheet. Something for Luke Cage? I haven't finished that one, so I couldn't tell you what episode would be best offhand.

Best Editor – Long Form (Rabid Puppies)

..... Huh. Yeah. Never mind. This is here just for the Rabids. Because if SP5 turns out to be all about the books, SP5 will probably not even have this section. If that's the case, assume this will be the Rabid lineup

Toni Weisskopf – Baen
Jim Mintz – Baen
Tony Daniel – Baen
Vox Day, Castalia House, if only because he did Iron Chamber of Memory


Best Fancast

Geek Gab
The Catholic Geek
Superversive Roundtable

Yes, three ... all that I've been on ... don't judge me. I'm happy when I manage to make my own podcast, don't start asking me to start hunting down other people's podcasts. I don't have the time lately.

But yeah, this is as best as I can figure until Sarah has up the rest of the rules and regulations.


Do you have suggestions? Please, but all means, leave them here. Like with SP4, leave a title, an author, and a reason why it should be in SP5. If you think it's worth a Hugo, or a Dragon ... I'll suggest that this is a different conversation. 



 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Fisking the Six Foot Blivet

So, Brian Niemeier found a new pinata and beat it around with a baseball bat.

Then Al grabbed the bat and beat it around some more.

[Cracks fingers]

My turn.

The blog is "Attack of the Six-Foot Tranny."

Yeah. This is going to be one of those days...

The title is
Horror Puppies Redux: Is Souldancer Really Horror Fandom’s New Favourite Novel?
Yes, as you can tell from the spelling, yes, this is a British Tranny who goes by the name "Doris."

Well, DragonCon has over 60,000 attendees. Voting was open to everybody. So unless you have a better sampling or method of statistical analysis, "Dori," I'm going to have to say yes.
A while back I made a post about how the Sad and Rabid Puppies campaigns have treated horror fiction.
Sigh. Of course you did.

I follow the bouncing link, and I get this.
Honor at Stake is very much what Stephen Jones would call “horror-lite”. It starts out as a vampire romance in the vein of Stephanie Meyer and Charlaine Harris, evolves into a humorous action-driven narrative in the tradition of Joss Whedon and Larry Correia, and ends up with hordes of vampires being dispatched with a consecrated fire hydrant. For all its jokes at the expense of sparkly vampires, the book remains far closer to Twilight than to, say, Salem’s Lot.
So if you follow the bouncing ball for a moment, Honor at Stake evolves into being like Joss and Larry, but is closer to Twilight than to Stephen King....

Just for the record, did anyone else notice that it just demeaned Larry Correia and Joss Whedon as being on par with Twilight?

I'm going to suggest that there are a few million Buffy fans out there who now want your head on a stick, "Doris." In fact, I hope you've transitioned already, otherwise there will be Whedon fans -- not fans of Larry, Whedon -- who will happily help you transition without anesthetic. And no, I'm not one of them. I'm just laughing at the image of the hordes of Joss fans carrying torches and pitchfolks.

The next comment about me is to cite a tweet.
Declan Finn replies that Brian Niemeier is his only competition in the category.

All of this strikes me as rather rude conduct. They hail the Dragon Awards as the true voice of fandom, and then dismiss four of the six horror nominees as undeserving of consideration. What could I infer from this behaviour, except that these people feel contempt for horror fans?
Hey, "Doris," you stupid git, maybe you should have read the blog post I made TWO WEEKS BEFORE THAT (and nearly THREE weeks before the hir statements) where I said that I DIDN'T KNOW ANY OF THE OTHER AUTHORS.  I didn't even know that they existed. 

Kinda hard for me to respect people who I don't even know exist, git. Perhaps you should do something strange, "Doris," and instead of stopping when you get your evidence for the narrative, you stop when there's nothing else to research. The way actual researchers do.

I'd thank "Doris" for reading my book, but I suspect I know which review s/he wrote.

Anyway, back to the original stupidity that started this mess.
I pointed out that when the pro-Puppy authors write something within the horror spectrum, they generally end up with the kind of work that editor and horror expert Stephen Jones associates with the term “horror-lite”
S/he goes on to diss urban fantasy....
Today we are living in a world that is ‘horror-lite’. This appalling appellation was coined by publishers to describe the type of fiction that is currently enjoying massive success under such genre categories as ‘paranormal romance’, ‘urban fantasy’, ‘literary mash-up’ or even ‘steampunk’. 
Okay, congrats, "Doris," you now have dissed urban fantasy.

You now have Jim Butcher's fans on your ass, and in a way that you will not enjoy, unless you like the idea of being beaten with hockey sticks and carved wizard's staffs. I suspect that's a fetish not even the internet likes that much.

For the record, you buggered swine, I was shooting for fantasy or paranormal. I hadn't really thought of my work as horror. In fact, again, HAD YOU DONE YOUR RESEARCH, you would have noted that I suggested Honor at Stake for military, YA, and best fantasy, with a question mark around horror.

But, no, "Doris," your transition must be transitioning from a male to the IQ of mayo.

...Am I being insulting? Well, hey, s/he said I'm insulting. S/he wants me to be insulting. I can do insulting.

S/he then goes on to cite, once again, a twitter conversation as PROOF that I'm insulting and dismissive of the horror genre.

Again, I was shooting for urban fantasy. My readers disagreed. Get over it, Boris.
Since then, Souldancer succeeded in winning the Dragon Award for horror, and the Puppysphere seems to be making a concerted effort to present Brian Niemeier as being the contemporary horror author
That's .... news to me. Boring here doesn't put any links in to cite as evidence, but right now, s/he can link to a list of websites, and I wouldn't trust it until I went through each link to see if they were even Puppy related.
(with honourable mention sometimes being given to Declan Finn).
How nice. Also news to me. Also without links or any other supporting evidence to back it up.
Around Halloween, the Castalia House blog ran a post called “SUPERVERSIVE and Horror Stories” in which Josh Young argues for the superiority of horror films with clear-cut heroes (such as Alien and The Evil Dead) over those which focus on college students being chopped up (such as Friday the 13th).
And somehow, Boris doesn't have anything to bitch about in that concept ... yet, anyway, I'm fisking as I go along.
Towards the end, he makes an abrupt change of subject from heroic horror films to heroic horror literature:
Abrupt? You realize that it's a Publisher blog, right? That they publish books? How did you NOT expect it to go to books?
but does he mention Robert E. Howard, whose sword-and-sorcery protagonists regularly faced Lovecraftian abominations? Does he acknowledge the writers who have shaped the occult detective genre, from H. and E. Heron through to Jim Butcher?
I find it interesting that Boring forgot in the previous blog that he's dismissed and disparaged urban fantasy, and he wants to kowtow to Butcher? Too late.
Does he namecheck anyone from the legion of authors, from Bram Stoker onwards, who have thrilled readers with tales of cross-wielding vampire hunters?
Nope, nope, and nope. It is Brian Niemeier who has the distinction of being the only writer mentioned in Young’s survey of horror.
No, of course he doesn't. You know why? Because if Boris here had read THE TITLE OF THE PIECE (which s/he did, it's cited three excerpts ago) it was "SUPERVERSIVE and Horror Stories." The term Superversive is not exactly in widespread use. Come to think of it, Brian is the only horror novelist I know who uses the term -- as evidenced by hanging out in the Superversive roundtable radio show.  Not even Butcher uses it.

I use it, but that's only if you count me as a horror novelist. Which I don't, but I'll take nominations in whatever genre I can get.
Now, the Dragon Awards claim to honour “the works that are genuinely most beloved by the core audience”, and this is a description that the Puppies have taken as gospel truth. 
And I'm sure that you believe that the Hugos really are the most prestigious SFF award, right, Boring?
But the obscure, self-published Souldancer is not beloved amongst horror fans. Evidence of this can be gleaned simply by registering at the horror forum of your choice and asking the members if they have ever heard of Brian Niemeier. Indeed, a search through Google (or Amazon, or Goodreads, or Twitter, or Reddit) will indicate that Souldancer has made almost no impact outside of Puppy circles.
That's it? That's the best shot at Souldancer? That he can't find it on Google. You know, even Ann Coulter uses Lexus/Nexus, and says what search terms she uses.

And internet Forums? Funny, I always heard that internet forums were a wretched hive of scum and villainy. That this creature relies on them only makes me feel more certain.

When I google Souldancer, the first thing I get is Brian's Amazon page. Then a bunch of companies that used the phrase. Next time I see Brian, I get the Goodreads page for Souldancer, with a 4.1 rating.

What happens when I Google "Doris V Sutherland" ... okay, fine. The Twitter page. File 770 (I'm shocked), the blog I'm fisking....the about page of the blog....

"A Troubled Dark Soul. A Tale of Doris V. Sutherland."

Oh... Oh Dear.

"Doris," I don't think you want to go to "What people can find on the Internet" for your argument. I really don't think you want to do that.
This is a point I made when I reported on the Dragon Awards at WWAC:
Yes, we have a link ... to something that Boris has written. Because citing evidence just boils down to footnoting your own opinion.

And WWAC is "Women Writing About Comics." Uh huh.

The link only boiled down to Dormamu here bitching that Souldancer only had 8 reviews at the time it won the Dragon.

Brian actually replied.

Boris characterized Brian's reply as
Niemeier then went on to claim that Souldancer outsold N. K. Jemisin’s  The Fifth Season, which won the Hugo Award for Best Novel earlier this year:
Um ..... read it again. He MOVED MORE COPIES. This is in case this twit has trouble reading.

In fact, this twit has trouble reading A PHOTO S/HE HIGHLIGHTED

Souldancer vs. The Fifth Season

"Doris" thrashes around on the false premise for a while...false premise ... .. blah blah ... false premise ... false premise .... dares Brian to get more reviews ... Brian gets more reviews.... "Doris" dismisses reviews....

Okay, moving out of "reviews uber alles."
Nevertheless, the Puppies – or, more specifically, Niemeier and his immediate circle of friends – kept up the charade that the little-known Souldancer was the most popular horror novel published within the Dragons’ twelve-month eligibility period.
It got more votes at a Convention that boasts 60,000 members a year....

With voting open to everyone....

Free of charge ....

So, I gotta ask, how many friends do you think Brian has?
Niemeier’s blog post received replies comparing me variously to a spoilt child, a high school mean girl and a wiggling worm for venturing to suggest otherwise.
 If the size-15 shoe fits...
My personal favourite comment came from Niemeier himself; apparently channelling his inner Benjanun Sriduangkaew,
Benja-whatnow?
he felt it appropriate to threaten me with physical violence
And you somehow feel threatened, Lurch?
It’s not the easily excitable guys whose anger you should worry about. It’s the patient, reserved guys quietly sipping their drinks and reading Heinlein novels until they decide they’ve had enough of the loudmouths making a scene, take you out in the parking lot, and bust out your teeth.
Pardon me while I head desk for a bit.

Ahem...

"Doris." Bubbie. My extra-large jellyfish, my special snow flake, and other invertebrates .... it's a metaphor.

You know what a metaphor is, right?

Hell, this was an observation made by Isaac Asimov in the very first Black Widowers short story. Perhaps you heard it as "beware the wraith of a patient man"? No? Learn to read. 
One of Niemeier’s friends, a blogger named Alfred Genesson, made a post of his own attacking me. Here is his reply to my comment about Souldancer‘s lack of reviews online:
Oh, come on, now you're going after Al? Really? Dora the Tora cites an Injustice Gamer post.
Maybe some of us realize how active your type is at disemployment. Maybe we were busy reading books. At any rate, it’s not your crappy pastiche of urban fantasy, faerie tales, and WoD fanfic that you love.
And that's an attack?
Genesson starts his three-pronged rebuttal by suggesting, bizarrely, that people who give positive reviews to Souldancer are in danger of losing their jobs. He seems to expect us to believe that the legions of Souldancer fans have gathered into some kind of Fight Club-like underground subculture that dare not speak its name.
Bizarre?

The Wrights were uninvited from Cons they've gone to for years. 

Lou Antonelli had one of his short stories un-approved after he was told it was going to be published.


I await the part where this becomes "bizarre."
He then suggests that fans are too busy reading books to leave reviews, 
Alfred makes an effort to get reviews in, and sometimes the best he can do is a mini-review. I read more than 50 books a year, and I've only reviewed 57 books on Amazon in 6 years (2011-2016). And many of those are to books I either really, really loved, or books I desperately hated.
an argument which ignores the basic fact that fandom is built upon discussing media as well as consuming it:
Yes. Because we all know that all readers are obsessive fanboys who must do nothing but jabber about what they're reading online. There are no readers who are introverts, or people who would rather read than chat ....

Oh wait, what sounds like the very definition of a bookworm.

Seriously, what dungeon does this troll reside in?
a work that is not being discussed clearly has no fandom.
I haven't seen one discussion online about Honor at Stake, which has 53 reviews as of this moment. Is that a discussion because I have reviews, or do I not have a fan base because I have never been discussed on an internet forum, to my knowledge?

If you want to go by reviews, than Honor at Stake is better than Souldancer, five of Vox Day's books, six of John C Wright's books, and over 7 Timothy Zahn novels.

If you wish to make that assertion, please do so in front of their fans. I would love to see that reply. I'll view it from a safe distance.
But most interesting of all is his third assertion: that I prefer “crappy pastiche of urban fantasy, faerie tales, and World of Darkness fanfic”.
I don't even know what World of Darkness is, so, next.
This irrelevant ad hominem 
An ad hominem is a personal attack. It means "against the man."

.... And that joke is so easy in this case, "Doris," that I'm going to just let someone else fill in that particular blank.
(I was talking about whether a book is popular, rather than whether I personally like it)
Again, go argue with the 60,000 DragonCon attendees, and tell them how what they vote on isn't popular. Go ahead. Me and every statistician ever will sit back and laugh at you.
seems to be a response to my earlier comment that the Sad Puppies have shown little interest in horror fiction.
Alfred is a Rabid Puppy. Learn the difference between Puppies before you decide to kick them.

I would be a Rabid Puppy, but that would require that I care about the Hugos. At best, I'm just a troublemaking Puppy who will sit back and laugh as you make unforced errors throughout the process.
Genesson is trying to give the impression that he and the other Puppy supporters are actually hardened fans of the horror genre; 
I'm not.

Alfred isn't.

I'm trying to figure out if "Doris" is genuinely confused, or just a lying blivet.
but as he has no evidence to back up this claim,
He doesn't make this claim. In fact, he says exactly the opposite. I know you're British, but American English isn't that incomprehensible, is it?
he settles for simply impugning my own tastes.
 Puppies have been impugning the tastes of Puppy Kickers for years. This is new?
He has no idea where my tastes lie, of course, and so makes a wild stab-in-the-dark involving urban fantasy pastiche and World of Darkness fanfics
Stab-in-the-dark .... Is it really that hard? Might they include, I don't know ... something dark and depressing, where everyone dies?

You know, like George Martin?
(a description that, amusingly enough, is not too far from Declan Finn’s Puppy-approved Honor at Stake).
World of Darkness?  I say again ... what's that?

Alfred gives me a hint.
I don't recall a hate for Christianity being anywhere in his novels, nor an annoying and stupid clan warfare bit with drug and sex addled lower classes.  His vampires follow theological rules and are individuals, subject to a singular council, not part of WoD clan structures. Again, try harder.  
Wow.  WoD is anti-Christian, vampire clan warfare, drug abuse, sex addled, and class warfare?

"Doris"? If Alfred is even slightly accurate, you are apparently illiterate. In fact, I'd have to guess that you've dictated the entire blog post to someone who can tolerate listening to you.
Behind all of the bluster, Genesson’s post marks an attempt to frame the Puppies as the true custodians of horror fiction
Yes, yes, we know you want that job, "Doris."

I know that Doofus here likes to consider horror hir genre, hence the harping, but not only has Alfred said he's not the expert on all things horror, s/he/it has apparently not noticed that Puppies don't want to be custodians. We don't want to tell people what to read. All Puppies want people to read what they enjoy, and that's it, thank you.

The Puppy Kickers want to be the custodians. They are, after all, the "TruFans," the "Real Fans." They're pure fans. A master fandom, if you will.
with Brian Niemeier and (presumably) Declan Finn being the toasts of horror fandom. 
BWAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAAHAHA

Yeah. Sure.
As for those horror fans who do not read Niemeier or Finn, well, they are merely consumers of urban fantasy and other forms of horror-lite. As I have already shown, this is a complete reversal of the truth.
Actually, "Doris," you lying blivet, you're the only person who have used the phrase "horror-lite."
Niemeier himself has stated that his book won its Dragon Award due to voters who wanted to show their contempt for the Hugos.
Rabid Puppies voted as well. Vox Day voted for Brian Niemeier, and said "Sorry Declan." I presume a lot of Vox's fans followed.
If so, this is further evidence of a lack of votes from horror fans, who in my experience do not generally keep up with the Hugo Awards.
Because there is no overlap with scifi readers and horror writers? Horror writers are monomaniacs who cannot read anything else?

Again, "Doris," links. Stats. Proof. Evidence. Not whatever gets whispered in the echoes of your mind.
A number of my friends are indie horror writers,
And I'm sure that some of your best friends are conservatives, right?
and they pay little attention to the Hugos:
Well, Stephen King paid enough attention to the Hugos to declare that he didn't want to play with them. Are your indie writers less attentive and aware than King? Really?
they seem to view the award as being purely for science fiction,
Then why would King ever look at it in the first place?

Because, you know, his fans asked him.

I guess "Doris" isn't a real fan of horror, wouldn't s/he be aware of that? Come on, even I know that, and I'm not that big a fan of horror. Maybe "Doris" should get hir horror credentials renewed. Heh.
and consequently not their territory as writers or readers (by the same token, I’d imagine that the SF community generally does not look at the Bram Stoker Awards too closely).
I don't see why not. I mean, the Stoker awards have nominated or gone to mysteries like A Boy's Life, thrillers like Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal, a fantasy like American Gods (which, oh, by the way, WON A HUGO).

... So maybe you should at least do a quick Wiki search? Like I just did?

Though, come to think of it, "attack of the 6 foot Tranny" does describe Buffalo Bill....
And if you are not paying attention to the Hugos, then you are unlikely to be aware of the Sad Puppies. I have sometimes mentioned the campaign to my friends in horror fandom, and none of them had heard of it.
You know, when Richard Nixon swept the election, nearly getting all 50 states, a New York Times reporter was confused, because, after all, no one she knew voted for him.

And no one "Doris" knows is aware of Puppies.

I guess no one "Doris" the Doofus knows has ever read Entertainment Weekly. Or Wired. Or File 770. Or NPR. Or the Atlantic. The Boston Globe. National Review. And this is just the first two pages of results upon googling Sad Puppies.
The notion that legions of horror fans (who care little about the Hugos) have suddenly become card-carrying supporters of the Puppy campaigns (which care little about horror) is simply not something that I can swallow.
..... Words cannot begin to describe how much I don't want to know what you will swallow, "Doris."
If you want to argue that Souldancer is a good novel, then go ahead. 
Funny, I thought that was part of winning the Dragon Award. The novel was so good, Brian's fans actually showed up and voted for it. You didn't vote. Therefore, you don't count in the Dragon Award.
If you want to argue that it deserves to be popular, and may someday be popular, then go ahead.
It already is. It was fans who got him a Dragon Award. At a convention with 60,000 con goers, minimum.
But you cannot argue, with any kind of intellectual honesty, that it is currently a popular novel amongst fans of the genre.
Actually, I can. It's popular enough to win a Dragon Award. I'll see my 60,000 con goers against your poor attempts at Googling any day of the week.

And you haven't proved otherwise, Doofus.
This claim will never escape Niemeier’s echo chamber: go around saying that Souldancer is horror fandom’s new favourite novel, and the first people to call you out will be horror fans.
Actually, the only one who seems to be calling him out is this bugger.
Incidentally, when I first reported on the Dragon Awards at WWAC, I received a reply from one of the non-Puppy nominees where she mentioned her “obscure indie published military sci fi book”. She has the right idea. She sees that there is no shame in being a little-league writer who does what they enjoy, who picks up a few fans along the way, and who may someday go on to bigger things.
There isn't...

...What does this have to do with the price of tea in China?
Brian Niemeier does not seem to realise this. For him, it is clearly not enough to have a small but loyal readership that has pushed him to the top of an online poll. He has to present himself as being fandom’s favourite horror writer – the “Dragon of Horror”, as he styles himself – even though he knows full well that this is simply not the truth.
It's called marketing. Only instead of "attack of the 6 ft tranny," he's marketing as the first guy to win the Dragon.

It's called a brand. It's how the free market works.

Perhaps you should look into that sometime.

"Doris" ends with a quote.
But if you’re an asshat, you will not be tolerated. Don’t be a dick. Because if you are, you’re going to get called out real quick.
Yeah. Sure. Except obviously, no one has called you out, douchy stalker boy. Now go take your size 20 stilleto heels, and go walk on a grate....

Watch as "Doris" takes that as a threat, too.
If the “Dragon of Horror” keeps things up, then this is a lesson he will soon learn the hard way.
Oh, look, stalkerish threats. Thankfully, s/he/it is far across the see, and is too cheap to pay for air fare. Though if this creature would like to stalk me ... well, I live near a police station, my neighborhood has clear lines of sight, and I'm relatively certain I can see this one coming.

And now, if you haven't already, you might want to try one of the nominated Best Horror novels for the Dragon last year, Honor at Stake, it's sequel Murphy's Law of Vampires, or perhaps one of the other books.

And if you've read them, a review would be nice.