Friday, October 26, 2012

13 Days of Halloween: Day 8, Greg Carrico

Hello world!

Welcome to Day 8 of the 13 Days of Halloween, when the authors of the Tales of the Mist anthology go trick or treatin'! Our treat: 13 days of fun guest posts by each author of the just released TALES FROM THE MIST anthology. Ready to go? Yes? Here we go, then... :)

Before I start, I'd like to share that TALES FROM THE MIST is currently on sale at $4.99 through October 31stAfter this date, the regular price of $5.99 will apply.  

The book can be purchased from the following retailers:

Amazon US (in digital and print versions)
Amazon UK (in digital and print versions)
Barnes and Noble

TALES FROM THE MIST is already gathering some pretty neat endorsements, including the following one:

"One of those rare anthologies that gets it right from the first story to the last."
~ Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Flesh Eaters and Mutated

So on this note, I leave the floor to ... our resident comedian and all-around cool author guy, Gregory Carrico :)

Every piece of fiction I’ve ever written started with a tone. There is always a certain feel I’m looking for. For King of Rats, my original idea was to write a story where the thoughts, motivations, and actions of the principal characters belied the tone.

Imagine, if you will, Rudolph. Yes, the severely rosacea nosed reindeer. I challenge anyone to watch the original Claymation movie with instantly getting in the Christmas holiday spirit. Now, keeping that tone; the energy, the amazing innocence and happiness of the certain knowledge that Satan himself will descend down your chimney with presents… take all of that, and spread it out like the sweetest frosting over several layers of Ruthless, cold-hearted, sociopathic horror cake.

More than anything, I wish I could I could tell you I wrote that story. King of Rats is something a little different. Giles set a different tone, and try as I might, I couldn’t force him down a different road. But I’ll tell you this: When I write a character that grabs the wheel at a thousand miles per hour and pulls it in his own direction, I never regret letting him drive.
The tone of King of Rats is deceptively normal, but don’t get too comfortable with it, or Giles will steal your heart, make you slice it nice and thick, and serve it to him on a tray of bakery trash.

I hope you enjoy my his little story.

About Greg:

Greg Carrico writes horror and science fiction. He loves writing bad guys that readers will care about, even as they despise them. When not creating new worlds and plotting their destruction, he advocates for animal welfare, adopting rescue dogs, and asks slower drivers to stay in the right lane.

Visit with Greg at his blog, on Facebook, and Twitter. You can make the world a safer place by buying Greg's books. It will keep him behind his desk, instead of behind the wheel.

If you thinks Giles sounds like fun, you should meet the characters from Finding Home and Killing Tiffany Hudson in Greg’s first book, Apocalypstick.

Buy Apocalypstic:


TALES FROM THE MIST will take you on a journey into the dark world of the paranormal. These twelve stories vary in their degree of horror, yet all reach across the boundaries of their genres into the chilling realms of the macabre. Witches, ghosts, shape-shifters and vampire rats are some of the creatures that reign within these pages.

About Greg's story, KING OF RATS:

All that stands between him and a lifetime of food is a Queen, his sister, and a surface world overrun by vampires. Will the King of Alley Rats risk everything for his throne and his pack, or leave it all behind for a pretty mouse in distress?

~ Natalie G. Owens ~
No Rules. No Formulas. 

Just a world of love, mystery and fantasy!


Dale Amidei said...

Congrats [snicker] on the success of the anthology, guys!

Greg Carrico said...

Hehe, thanks Dale. And Thanks, Natalie, for hosting all of us! It's been a blast! lol
(I'm not sure why I'm laughing. Dale started it!)

PJ Sharon said...

Hi Greg! You are the King of writing rats. The characters came to life for me and I could totally see living in the world from their POV. You must have been a rat in a previous life:-) Of course in this one, you are a must have paid your karmic debt.

Christine said...


Awesomesauce - my new favourite made up word and it describes the story perfectly.

You are a very naughty sweetie pie - but enough of all that - I loved the anthology and hope it does really well and reaches number one.

Well done, guys, I'm wiping away a proud tear here.

Catie Rhodes said...

As always, I'm interested to learn about another writer's process. I got very interested in Giles and the lifestyle of the rat warren. The world seemed very real to me. Which might make a sad statement about my grasp on reality.

Tamara Ward said...

Hi, Greg! I enjoyed your story a lot. Surprising how a rat can get into a reader's heart... and mind!

Roy Street said...

The story was great. I love it when a character takes over. Must have been weird channeling GIles. Look forward to reading the next.

Fabio Bueno said...

I love Greg's sense of humor, and I can't wait to read "Tales From The Mist."

Greg Carrico said...

I only have a few seconds, but I wanted to thank you all for your support and friendship.
I'm glad to no end that Giles entertained you. That's what it's all about.

PJ: I think I was a rat in many previous lives, and maybe even a little bit in this one. I like to think that I sneaked by without Karma noticing ;-)

Roy: It's great seeing you out and about, so to speak. Giles was fun. I think that says it all.

Cheers all! I'm off for another marathon night at the keyboard! I think I might actually fini... Nah, not gonna say it.

Cate Dean said...

I loved your post, Greg - and your story grabbed me from the first paragraph. Thanks for sharing some more of you humor with us!

Rhonda Hopkins said...

Giles was such a cool character - a bad dude that made you root for him. :-) You definitely did a great job setting the tone with it. :-)

Greg Carrico said...

Thanks Cate and Rhonda. I don't know about my sense of humor, but I'm certainly chuckling at my typos in this post. "Satan" coming down the chimney! lol!

Sheila Seabrook said...

Ooh, I loved Giles. He was the perfect rat for a creepy spooky story. Great job, Greg ... uh, I mean, Giles!

Natalie G. Owens said...

I'm late to this party, Greg, can you forgive me? Please, please! You are certainly the King of Rats, but would Giles approve of Dale's snicker? I do know his view of chickens, but what about rats? You think Giles can tackle old Jon Anthony? Bet they'd make a cool scene :). You guys crack me up.

Greg Carrico said...

Hi Nat! Glad to see you on your feet! Thanks for hosting all of us, especially when you haven't been feeling well. You're never late, either. The party doesn't start 'til you show up ;-)

Stacey Joy Netzel said...

(sorry I'm late, I'm away from home celebrating my mom's birthday)

I agree with everyone else-Giles was a terrible yet rootable character. (wait-does that make sense?) I've never been a fan of horror-but I've loved all you've written and all the stories in this anthology. I'm really looking forward to your next book. I hope the night in the writing cave was productive.

cleemckenzie said...

I loved this, especially the idea of starting with "tone." I find that tone is one of the most frequently overlooked aspects of writing when we talk about writing. We're always on about voice and tone is so much a part of that.

Great post and I loved the feeling you conveyed about the book.