The Other Side (prose)


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You see something you want… something that seems always to exist on The Other Side from wherever you stand now. So you push, you pull, you learn to make your way through the crowd, giving them smiles… smiles and smiles and smiles… in spite of the quietly clucking tongues, the sorry sideways smirks, and the daggers cast on behalf of the particularly unpretty ascent to… well, anywhere.

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You shine for the believers and avert your gaze from the naysayers. You make peace with the critics, strip bare the saboteurs, and disarm the prophets of doom with more of those smiles, more of that feigned happiness ~ as unholy war is waged upon your direst doubts and deepest fears. And all the while, you’re trying to get better and better at what you do. Better, better, better. Good enough to one day finally make it to the ever-elusive Other Side. And the hours go on and on like a chain of echoes down the jagged walls of a fathomless canyon.

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The smiles are as thin as the armor now. The whipcrack-quick glints of the eye faded to dead stars before they had the chance to fall. The weaponry sits in a rust-covered heap. Your heroes are dying.

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These are the days they’ll tell you you got lucky ~ that Fate, in its brute favoritism chose you as a representative for diligent daydreaming while they, the Forsaken and the Forgotten, were left behind to keep the cross warm. Fuck them. They don’t know you. They’ll first fall silent and they’ll hate you for their own cowardice. Then they’ll actively seek to dissuade you, to divert you, to dis-entitle you. They’ll tell you now, as they always have, that there is no Other Side.

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You’ll shut your eyes  and cover your ears… but you’ll keep walking because for each of them comes a believer ~ someone who recognizes the truth of who you are ~ someone who has walked the same thin line ~ someone who, when the sounds of empty lust and ill-will have been muted by proof, will turn to you… and welcome you to the Other Side.

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© Alistair Cross

For more: www.alistaircross.com

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Thorne & Cross Go Live!


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(Tamara Thorne)

Hello all,

The date and time for our upcoming interview is official. Tamara Thorne and I will be live at Authors on the Air with Pam Stack on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 at 8:00 pm EST. We’ll be discussing our upcoming projects Grandma’s Rack and Belinda as well as anything else that happens to come up.

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(Alistair Cross)

Grandma’s Rack is in the last stages of creation and – after we do an extensive edit of our own – the manuscript will head over to the editor. After that, it will go to the publisher who will provide the final finishing touches and get it on its way. We have no idea how long these processes will take so an exact date for release is still unknown.

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(Grandma’s Rack – coming in 2014 by Avalerion Books)

Belinda, our paranormally-inclined serialized erotica, is coming along nicely as well. Belinda’s story will be released in a series of installments beginning later this summer, also by Avalerion, and will showcase a few of our favorite personal topics – provocative characters, spooky vibes, and unrelenting sexual exploits.

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(A promotional poster for Belinda – coming this summer from Avalerion Books)

It’s an eventful year and we’re looking forward to the release of these projects. As soon as we have release dates, we will post them here on our blogs – along with any interview links and other promotional events – as well as on our websites, which you can visit if you want to learn more about us.

Tamara Thorne: http://www.tamarathorne.com

Alistair Cross: http://www.alistaircross.com

All best,

~AC

zacacspider

 

The Secret Lives of Men


Hello, all,

For writing, I’ve recently been doing a lot of research on human nature, sex, and the differences between men and women. And I’m stunned by all the very bad advice and mostly inaccurate articles about the ‘mysterious’ ways of men… so here – based on myself and the men I’ve known – is some real-life clarification:

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1)      We don’t hate chick flicks because we’re out of touch with our feelings. We hate them because they’re predictable and unimaginative.

2)      We are not unimpressed by other people’s newborn babies because we lack paternal instincts. We are unimpressed by them because they, too, are predictable and unimaginative.

3)      There are no deeply rooted psychological reasons why we touch ourselves so much. We touch it because it’s there, and very often, it’s in the way.

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4)      We do not enjoy the sexy skimpy underwear you buy us and we will never wear them. This isn’t because we don’t appreciate the effort or even because we’re afraid of feeling girly. It’s mostly because the manufacturing process of sexy skimpy underwear for men doesn’t seem to take into account the reality of testicles.

5)      Often times, the reason we seem to shy away from commitment isn’t due to issues of monogamy. Often, it is because the female in question is making premature demands and thereby exhibiting emotionally unstable qualities. That will send us off running in the other direction because – holy shit… there’s nothing creepier than a woman with a glint in her eye and an unreasonable fantasy on her mind.

6)      Sometimes we don’t feel like having sex either. And that is okay. It’s not personal.

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7)      We really like the way you smell as is. Please, stop with the perfumes and those hideous Victoria’s Secret lotions.

8)      We do not like women who base their sense of worth on our opinions of them. That’s weak, and it’s tough to respect.

9)      We aren’t even a third as insecure or sensitive about our masculinity as society says we are. We simply feel more in our element when we’re in a dominant role. It really is that simple.

10)  We really don’t worry that much about our penis size. Really. And we abhor women who put emphasis on this.

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11)  Generally – but not always – we like our sex aggressive and animal-like. We mean no disrespect with our snarling, hissing, growling, and spanking, but if it offends you a little, well, we like that, too.

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12)  Some days, we feel fat, too. And emotional.

13)  We do not like women who pine for men. It’s just boring is what it is. Unless, of course, you’re naked.

14)  We all know, on some inherent level, that women are tougher than us. For some, but not all, this is cause for power battles.

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15)  We are all willing to behave like gentlemen, so long as we’re in the presence of a lady. The presence of a real lady demands it, and we know this.

16)  We really do revert to infancy when we’re sick. I don’t know why. We just do.

17)  We really don’t like big fake boobs, so don’t be getting that shit done on our account.

18)  We don’t really care about anything we can’t take pride in. So, if you want us to like your cat, make us feel like it’s our cat.

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19)  The fastest way to a man’s heart is not through his stomach. It’s with respect and loyalty. If you can cook, great, but it’s not really a big deal. Unless, of course, you’re naked. We like that.

20)  We don’t think we’re smarter or more capable than you. We don’t even know why, statistically, we still make more money. We don’t think it’s fair, either.

21)  We like power. It’s our strongest weakness. And with this knowledge, the smart women rule us – and their worlds – entirely.

22)  We like being alone. A lot. And we enjoy silence. Unless, of course, you’re naked.

23)  Tattoos. Please, just don’t. Please?

24)  Yes. We think about sex a lot. And so do you. So… let’s have sex. Rough sex.

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25) Oh, and we will always want to have a threesome. We just will. Never let us have it… just accept that we will always want it.

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26) We really can be just friends with you. Unless, of course, you’re naked.

27) Looks are not as important as they’d have you believe. We really prefer humor, brains, and confidence.

28) We fall asleep after sex only because it was good. If we hopped off you the second it was over and rushed to go take the dog for a walk and mow the lawn, you might appreciate this more.

29) We don’t care about the toilet seat. We will never care about the toilet seat.

30)  More than anything, we want you to inspire us. Behind every brave act, every world-changing event, and every brilliant work of art – is a woman. We want you to be our Mona Lisa.

visit me at The Dungeon:

www.alistaircross.com

Current Status & Upcoming Events


Hello all,

My collaborator, Tamara Thorne, and I have made substantial progress on Grandma’s Rack these past two weeks. I’ve completed all my scenes in acts one and two and am well into the remaining scenes of act three. Tamara is kicking out scenes of her own as well as spending a lot of time editing and getting this story put into some kind of sequence. We’re at the end of the story so the climax is rising and the tension is high. The Rack is still surprising us with new twists and turns, but we’re still hopeful it will be completed in spring and, hopefully, available to buy this summer.

I’m scheduled to appear on Writerly Wednesday which will be coming up soon. I finished the interview questions earlier this week and am just waiting to find out the date I’ll be on. Also, Tamara and I have been booked for an in-depth interview at Ginger Nuts of Horror, the site to go to for the latest news and greatest reviews of all things horror. As soon as we know, we will post the date that the interview will go live. Also, the two of us are scheduled for a live radio interview on April 17th at Authors on the Air. Visit my website – The Dungeon – for more information on interviews, past and future.

Finally, if you missed it, we have compiled into one post the records of the five nights we spent in an allegedly haunted cabin up in Gold Country late last year.

So, until next time,

Happy haunting…

zacacspider

Thunder Road


Thunder Road, one of my favorite novels by my collaborator, Tamara Thorne, will be returning to bookstore shelves and the land of the internet this September. Here are some photos of the cover, as well as a little bit about the book:

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And…

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Thunder Road is published by Kensington Books and will be available everywhere books are sold. Here is a little more about it:

Book description:

The California desert town of Madelyn boasts all sorts of attractions for visitors. Join the audience at the El Dorado Ranch for a Wild West show. Take a ride through the haunted mine at Madland Amusement Park. Scan the horizon for UFOs. Find religion with the Prophet’s Apostles–and be prepared for the coming apocalypse.

Because the apocalypse has arrived in Madelyn. People are disappearing. Strange shapes and lights dart across the night sky. And a young man embraces a violent destiny–inspired by a serial killer whose reign of terror was buried years ago.

But each of these events is merely setting the stage in preparation for the final confrontation. A horror of catastrophic proportions is slouching toward Madelyn in the form of four horsemen–and they’re picking up speed. . .

Praise for Tamara Thorne: 

“Tamara Thorne has become one of those must-read horror writers. From her strong characters to her unique use of the supernatural, anything she writes entertains as much as it chills.” —Horror World

“Tamara Thorne is the new wave of horror–her novels are fascinating rides into the heart of terror and mayhem.” –Douglas Clegg

This is one of many great books by Tamara Thorne. Visit her at www.tamarathorne.com and keep watching for our upcoming collaborative novel, Grandma’s Rackslated for release later this year by Avalerion Books. You can visit me at: www.alistaircross.com

Authors on the Air


In April, with a tentative date set for the 17th, my collaborator Tamara Thorne and I will be guests on Authors on the Air with Pam Stack. Authors on the Air is a global radio network that broadcasts to over 1 million listeners worldwide.

On March 5th, Lee Goldberg will be a guest. Goldberg is the TV producer for Monk and Diagnosis, Murder as well as the novelist for fifteen Monk books, and co-author of the Fox/O’Hare series with Janet Evanovich… just to name a few of his accomplishments. So check him out Wednesday, March 5th at 4pm PT / 7 pm EST. Call in and say hello at 347-884-8266. This link will be live when the show airs: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsontheairbookstoo/2014/03/06/monk-diagnosis-murder-creator-award-winning-book-author-lee-goldberg

And, of course, stay tuned for Tamara Thorne and me in the same place next month. I will keep you updated here and at my website as the date gets closer.

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