I’m so thankful for this Wake the Wicked book review by Victoria Craven from The Autodidact In The Attic. It’s substantive, sincere, and thought-provoking—everything an author could dream of!
A review of Wake the Wicked by Christian Baloga. http://t.co/6O6CBLMuHw It’s excellent for fans of Stephen King or Clive Barker.
— Victoria Craven (@vlcraven) December 2, 2013
Want more? Check out the author interview between her and me here.
Thursday November 07, 2013 6:00 PM
The Arena Hub, 421 Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, 570-829-4210
My literary agent worked his magic and hooked me up with a last minute book signing at Barnes & Noble this coming Thursday at The Arena Hub Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, PA where I will be signing the Wake the Wicked. Click here for complete details.
Note: Because it was booked at the last moment, you might notice my name is missing from the panel and promotional material, but I’ll be there.
Hope to see you!
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I’m thrilled to announce The Strange and the Curious, “Showcasing the best of weird fiction,” accepted my short story “Poison Ivy,” which can be read for free on their website here.
— Strange and Curious (@strangencurious) October 17, 2013
So delighted to be included with this mix of talented story tellers. Enjoy!
This story is the first of thirteen in the collection Wake the Wicked: Thirteen Twisted Tales.
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Creep on over to your favorite eBook store.
Over two years ago, Wake the Wicked: Thirteen Twisted Tales began squirming around in my head. Continue reading »
The whole process, to say the least, was anything but smooth sailing. But I’d do it all again! And again. And again. In fact—hint—the worms have been crawling around again, . . . but more on that some other time.
As you may have read, there are many wicked and exciting things in the paperback edition, including: illustrations, an affordable price, a foreword by horror author Lydia Peever, and a chance to receive a “Blood Gift,” a bloody novelty, handmade by the author himself. If you haven’t already, check out this for more detail on the paperback edition.
I hope when you flip open this book and begin reading, the stories take control of your mind. I want to get inside your head. Poke around for a while. Make you feel what the characters feel.
If you’re a reader who’s attentive to the quality and detail put forth in this “horror fiction gem,” as author Lydia Peever put it, I think you’ll be pleased and entertained!
The paperback’s release date will be on Curious Events Day, October 9, 2013! If you want to order on Amazon, it might take a little longer than it should. They’re dragging their asses, so I want to apologize in advance. As an alternative, you’ll always be able to pre-order the paperback edition below.
Don’t wait to order. The first thirteen will receive a free “Blood Gift!”
Orders will be shipped October 9, 2013. Just in time for Halloween!
Having a body like Jack Skellington makes for owning a pair of well-fitting jeans very difficult, especially if most of them come from secondhand shops and you live in a small town like mine—unless you can afford a tailor, that is; over the years I’ve collected too many that wrap around me like a circus tent, so I’ve improvised and made them fit by taking them in at the waist and slimming down the legs.
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What you’ll need:
• loose fitting jeans (clown pants)
• skinny jeans (for the pattern)
• fabric marking tool (I use a black Sharpie marker.)
• sewing machine (I use a 1974 Singer Futura II.)
• thread to match or clash with your jeans
• measuring tape
• fabric scissors/tailor’s shears (I use cheap scissors.)
Dyeing? What you’ll need (optional):
• fabric dye (I use Rit Liquid Dye: Black. Got mine on sale at Michaels for $2.39.)
• mixing stick (I use a metal rod from a leftover political yard sign.)
- Turn your loose fitting jeans inside-out and set your your skinny jeans on top, making sure to align the outside of the legs, and not the inside, since that’s what you’ll be trimming away.
- Outline the inside of your skinny jeans with your fabric marker. If you’re worried about marking up your jeans, use a nonpermanent solution, such as chalk or a water soluble pen. I’m using a permanent black marker. I’ll be dyeing these black anyway, so marks won’t matter.
- Pin your jeans on the inside of the line. I don’t like to stop when the machine’s rolling, so I leave enough space from the line so the jeans will pass through the machine with ease.
- Cut on the line you made with the fabric marking tool.
- Start sewing a 1/4 inch from the edge. Be careful, the farther you stray from the sheared edge, the skinnier the jean. Flip it over every once in a while, making sure the thread is tight.
- To tighten the waist, watch this quick video. She does a great job explaining:
- Now, turn your jeans inside-out, put them on, and check for sexiness. If you did it right, there will be no gaping holes—unless that’s desirable.
- Fill a bucket with hot water, dampen the jeans, and drown them.
- The instructions on the Rit Liquid Dye say to “Add 1/2 bottle dye to 3 gal. HOT water for each lb. dry fabric.” Without weighing, I threw in a couple articles of clothing I found lying around my room.
- Stir constantly for 30-60 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water until it becomes clear.
- Throw it in your washer using warm water and detergent and you’re done.
- Some things I might add: patches, chains, slashes, drawings in white marker, and pins. I’ll include photos of what I do at a later time.
The whole process was wicked addicting—I’ll be making my fourth pair in a little bit and will probably dabble in dyeing the jeans different colors. Email me or comment with a link if you make a pair. I’d love to feature your handiwork on the post. Have fun!