Excerpt from The Death of Omar Snellings

The Immanent World Vol. 2: Cluichi

The Immanent World Vol. 2: Cluichi will be available this coming Fall. Written by Clive Reznor and illustrated by KC Hunter, this horror anthology will feature eight terrifying stories from the supernatural to the grotesque.

Here is a sample from the initial “wrap-around” story “The Death of Omar Snellings”:


Omar stumbled again as he tried to find his car. Where had he parked it? The throbbing in his head was keeping him from focusing. Too many thoughts were racing through his head, back and forth from the room he had just left, to the fall, to the street, the houses, and the neighbors, but where was his car?
Another spasm in his skull forced him to double over, grabbing at the side of his head. He’d have to go to the hospital first. Something was wrong. He thought that the fall hadn’t harmed him but that was turning out not to be true.

“Mr. Omar!” he heard a young voice call out.

What did these kids want? He wasn’t working now.

“Mr. Omar!” the voice called again.

The pain was shooting on the other side of his head now.

“Mr. Omar! Mr. Omar!” now came several voices.

What in the world were they yelling at him for? He forced his hand from his temple, knowing as soon as he did the headache would intensify but he needed to know what was so damn urgent. Angrily, he lifted his chin up and stared in the direction of the voices. Before he could yell at them in response, the breath he was taking in order to do so was cut short.

The impact of the truck was sudden and violent. How Omar had not heard the horn or the screeching tires as the vehicle slid down the middle of Hanover Street, no one quite knew. Neither did Omar. The truck’s metal grill seemed to appear out of nowhere as he turned to see it, just in time before its pattern was embedded in his face.

A crowd quickly gathered around the scene of the accident. The driver of the truck was in utter shock, the amount of blood and tissue that splattered across the front of his vehicle made him sick.
“Didn’t you see him?” a voice cried out.

“Is that Omar?” another said.

“Yeah, that was Omar.”

“Someone call an ambulance!”

“What for? Someone get a shovel!”

The children, who had been content to play games at the end of the street before all of this had happened, were now consumed with using their smart phones as recording devices. Every single one of them was taking pictures, recording videos, and some even were streaming live on social media to show this tragedy to the world in real time.

“Stop that,” one of the older females of the neighborhood said as she tried to usher the younger children from the scene. “You don’t need to be seein’ this. Certainly the rest of the damn world don’t neither! Go on, get outta here!”

The adults in the neighborhood had just as little compassion as the children. Many of them were recording the event in the same way. The chatter continued in the crowd, people asking questions, throwing accusations, speculating on whether or not he heard the truck or whether the driver could have stopped. A few even vomited after the smell and sight of Omar Snellings’ remains overwhelmed them.

While many knew it was wrong on one level to be gawking at this scene; the gruesome dismemberment of a fellow neighbor, they also couldn’t help but indulge in their voyeurism. Who was to say they were wrong? They were all guilty of it, even the older woman who had told the children to leave was now was just as consumed by the scene as they had been. How many times do you get to see a mangled corpse?

The Stigma of Being An Indie Creator

Indie Artists

Being an indie creator you deal with a lot of attitude and divisiveness over what you do. Despite the huge gains in popularity and money, some of the out-of-touch sectors of the world still look down their nose at what you do.

As an indie author and YouTuber, I get this a lot, not only from random people but from friends as well.

Recently, I had a conversation over the whole Pew Die Pie controversy, and while I’m not going to legislate that here (I know very little about what actually happened with him) I did get the response of:

Oh, he’s a YouTube guy

Now for those who don’t know, Pew Die Pie was one of the first YouTubers who put original, self-made content on the site and gathered a massive audience doing it. He’s got some ridiculous numbers in the tens of millions. More people watch him than people watch most TV shows. However, because it’s on YouTube and he’s not a creation of some corporation, or because he makes video game videos, or because he’s not part of the old media, he and those like him are looked down upon.

The same goes for any indie creator. If you’re an indie film maker, you’re not given the same respect for your craft even if you have a hit like Ex Machina or The Blair Witch Project. If you’re an indie author, people piss on your work, even if you’re Amanda Hocking or Mark Dawson. Independent YouTube artists, musicians, even freaking indie pro wrestlers are all looked down upon by the mainstream and those of the mainstream mentality (more on that later) unless your fans carry you on for years and years to the point you become iconic (see: Pulp Fiction, Twilight etc.)

Should you really let this bother or deter you as a creator? Of course not.

We have the benefit if we’re fortunate, make the right decisions, and work hard at it, to be successful and make a living on our own terms. Currently, I make a pretty decent income from my “hobbies” as I call them, getting to the point where I might be able to give up the 9-to-5 in a few years if I continue down the path I’m on.

Those with the mainstream mentality — especially those who aren’t part of the old media and are just consumers — don’t get it nor do they appreciate it. To them, even if you’re successful at it, you weren’t chosen by the elite old media wizards and gods and sages, so clearly what you do isn’t really that good, you just have a lot of weirdos who look at your stuff. That’s the mentality.

Personally, I tend not to get too annoyed by this, although it is rather insulting. I understand for many of the people who take this attitude towards us that they (I know from experience) often tried and failed to achieve their goals in the old media, and I suspect there may be a bit of jealousy mixed in with the condescension towards those who had success doing it the other way. But they are not DIY people, they want other people to pick them and do stuff for them. The lottery mentality as I call it.

You as a creator cannot spend too much time worrying about these people. I’ve seen enough indie writers, YouTube creators, Fiverr workers, indie actors, indie movie makers etc. to know the tide is changing out there anyway. The way technology is going today and in the future, more and more independent minds will be able to achieve their goals without relying on some gatekeeper to determine whether or not their stuff ever gets seen. The public (and your ability to market yourself) will determine whether or not you’re successful, not gatekeepers.

The good news: the next generation seems to not have these prejudices. If you write fan fiction, or make videos about different sounds (asmr), or make a video game that becomes super popular on XBox’s indie platform, you not only make a living for yourself but you call your own shots, something many who became successful in the old media cannot.

The democratization of content is creating new opportunities

In the end, I’ll just leave this final thought. People who spend time trying to tear things down are doing so because they are disappointed with their own lack of achievements, for those who are achieving don’t have time to tear down, they’re too busy building up.

New Artwork for The Brothers Locke

Bulk Brown

Bando

Bulk Brown

Solas is a team of mercenaries for hire who do odd jobs around The Dea. The team consists of Dana Strand, Bulk Brown and Bando as the muscle with backup from two teenage tech wizards Kale and Jocelyn.

Today we release two new character cards for Bulk Brown and Bando. Bulk is the leader of Solas, a mercenary his entire life who takes this latest job for his team but fails to realize how much it will take him from a gun-for-hire to an actual leader.

Bando, a long-time associate, is a giant of a man standing nearly seven feet tall. His muscular frame allows him to use heavier weapons. While not the smartest of the team, Bando is capable of much more than just being a blunt instrument although no one around him expects anything else from him.

These two character cards are part of a series. More will be released over the next few weeks as we lead up to the release of the eight episode eBook series for Young Adults – The Brothers Locke – on January 1, 2017.