Good day, and welcome to the very first Carberry’s Crypt. If you’re a fan of horror, you’ve come to the right place. I’ll be discussing novels, comics, movies, shows, and just about anything that will send a shiver down your spine.
Let me introduce myself. I’m Paul Carberry, the Maritime Master of the Macabre. I was born and raised in Corner Brook Newfoundland, and currently reside in Shearwater Nova Scotia. I am the author of the Zombies on the Rock series, which include “Outbreak”, “Viking Trail”, and “The Republic of Newfoundland.” The series takes place in Newfoundland during a world wide zombie apocalypse. I also enjoy writing short stories, with can be found in several anthologies including “Chillers from the Rock”, a terrifying collection of short stories from some of Atlantic Canada’s best authors.
For a full list of my work, check out my amazon author page
What I’m Watching
With the quarantine shutting down most new shows, there isn’t a whole lot of new things to watch. The Walking Dead season 10 finale is still waiting to be aired, and I am hoping they announce when it will finally air soon. One show that has grabbed my attention is Creepshow on AMC. With short stories by Stephen King, John Esposito and Joe Hill to name a few, this anthology series is a lot of fun. It is a continuation of the Creepshow movies, and the first season is told over six episodes, with two stores per show. Each story has it’s own unique vibe and the show is directed by Greg Nicotero from Walking Dead, so the special effects are great. If you haven’t started watching yet, it’s a great show for any horror fan. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
Classic Movie to Watch
Since this is my first column for Carberry’s Crypt, I’ll recommend the first horror movie I ever watched, which happens to be one of my all time favorite movies. George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, preferably in black and white, but the 90’s remake is worth watching too. This movie is gruesome and gory, and sets the standard for all zombies to shuffle on scene. It spawned a generation of fans and is a cult classic. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, you should go do that now. Well, right after you finish reading this of course.
What I’m Reading
I just finished book one in the Infinity series, Infinity by Matthew LeDrew and Ellen Curtis and started reading book 2, Tourniquet Reprisal by the same authors. It’s very special when two authors can work together, and blend their voices smootly into one synchronized voice. Each author compliments the other perfectly. The series is a dark, superhero thriller. A powerful cult, growing in power and worshipers, are drawing in impressionable youth. Victor puts together a team of people with special abilities to combat the growing evil. While learning about their powers, the team uncover a grisly past that is soaked in blood and betrayal. The first book is an impressive, gritty, slow burning thriller that will keep you turning the pages. If you’re interested you can check it out at Infinity Triology
Where to go
While there aren’t many places to go during the COVID 19 quarantine to buy books, there are still some great options. If you’re looking for some great fiction check out Fiction First Bookstore, owned and operated by Peter J. Foote, who is also an excellent author who can write in any genre. Details about his store can be found here Fiction First Bookstore
Speaking of impressive team ups! I’ve been working with the amazing, Spacie Award Finalist, comic book author extraordinaire, the one and only, Peter Breau. We’ve been working on a title called “Samhain’s Gate”, a gritty zombie story set in an even grittier western setting during the Civil War. It’s going to be epic! Check out the artwork by Benito Tovar Jr, it’s simply stunning. I can’t wait to share more about this with you. I’ve also been working on a project that I can’t wait to be able to share with you called “The Dead Don’t Die”. More to follow on that one. So in the meantime, check out Peter Breau’s facebook page to keep up to date on his incredible work Peter Breau
Once more, since it’s first time, I’m going to spotlight the author that inspired me to start writing. And no, I’m not talking about Stephen King, he is the man who made me want to be an author. I’m talking about the writer that got me to put “pen to paper” as it were, Matthew LeDrew. Matthew is the founder of Engen Books, and normally spends his time promoting the authors that he publishes selflessly, including myself. So, I’d like to take this time to promote his work, as he rarely does. He actually published a novel with very little self promotion other than a, “oh by the way, this came out today” kinda post on facebook. A prolific author of over twenty novels and countless short stories, his work includes the Coral Beach Casefiles, The Xander Drew Series and the Infinity Series. He mostly writes horror and crime thrillers, and does so with a true understanding of the written word. His writing style is descriptive and gripping, haunting and thought provoking. Check him out at Matthew LeDrew
Kit Sora Flash Fiction
Looking for a challenge? Every month on the Engen Books website, they upload one of the photos from the amazingly talented Kit Sora. She is a Newfoundland artist renown for her stunning art work and imaginative designs. Authors have up to 250 words to write a piece of flash fiction based on the photograph. Check out all the details here Kit Sora Flash Fiction Contest
I believe everyone has a story to tell. Not everyone wants to write a book about it, but if you do, it’s important to have a toolbox to help you build your story. I’ve published three novels, and am constantly adding tools in an effort to get better. I’ll share some helpful advice every month, and list each “tool” that we add so you can build your own. If you have some tools that you’d like to share I’d love to hear about them. This month, I think I’ll add a very important tool that everyone could benefit from, whether you’re an author, student or just trying to write a letter to a friend. William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White’s “The Elements of Style” is an excellent resource to have. This manual conveys the principles of plain English style and will help you improve every sentence.
– The Elements of Style
What I’m Working On
Currently, my biggest project is my fourth novel in the Zombies on the Rock Series titled “Extinction”. I am about half way through draft two and am hoping to have it published by late 2021. Lots can happen between now and then, but I am working hard and crossing my fingers that I can have it ready by then. I am also co-authoring a Comic Strip with Peter Breau entitled “Samhain’s Gate”. I am also working hard on a comic that I am hoping to get published called “The Dead Don’t Die”. Lastly, my other project is writing a novel that I’m currently calling “The Man Who Lives in the Black Pond”, but that’s probably going to end up with another name by the time it’s finished.
Many thanks to Rik Offenberger for letting me ramble on and giving me a place to share my thoughts. Also, thanks to Peter Breau for suggesting that I write this column and the constant kind words. As always, I’d like to thank my readers. Without you, I wouldn’t be here and I’d be alone with my nightmares. Thanks for letting me share them with you. I hope you enjoy and I look forward to hearing from you. Check me out on Facebook or drop by and say hi, I love discussing just about anything horror Author Paul Carberry