Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Mariya Suzuki Collection @goddessfish @Dean_Moses @InspectorAllie @ShanBarnsley




Character Interview
Author: Dean Moses

God is a character in the Black Hill Press/1888 Center published novella, A Stalled Ox. A Stalled Ox is a part of the Mariya Suzuki Collection alongside Allison A. Spector’s Let’s Stalk Rex Jupiter! and Shannon Barnsley’s Beneath Blair Mountain

God is a mysterious cult leader who claims to be the human incarnation of a deity. He resides in a time when the majority of the world’s livestock has been wiped out due to a disease. Unfortunately for this self-proclaimed God, he is about to be investigated by two undercover agents.

Tell us about your family.

“My earthly family no longer matters. Those people were merely vessels in which I was nurtured. Their only purpose was to care for me until the world understood who I truly am—God.”

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

“I have never yearned for anything, for I care not for the material, inconsequential trinkets of life. I have known my true self ever since childhood, and what I am destined to do. I am here to show lost souls to the light, and to bring meat back to the world.”

What was the scariest moment of your life?

“Fear? What manner of questions are these? I know nothing of fear. I am what others fear if they do not pay heed to my will. Be careful, or you may incur my wrath. Those who do are sent below with the rest of the unbelievers.” 

What are you passionate about these days?

“Bringing meat back to a meatless world, of course. Many men, women, and children who have never tasted bacon or lamb now indulge in this pleasure. But, make no mistake, I do not bring gluttony to your world—I only return what you destroyed, and many worship me for it. You will worship me before this interview is over.”

If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?

“I apologize to no man. However, there is someone from long ago, a female, I wish to see again. I am remorseful for her absence, yet I sense I will get to see here again… very soon.”

What one word best describes you?

“Infallible.”

Do you have any special routines or rituals?

“I give sermons to my flock every morning and evening.” 

What is the next big thing?


“What a thoughtless question! The answer is, of course, my congregation. We grow larger with each passing day. More and more people heed my message. This interview is over, it is time you heed my message as well.” 

The Mariya Suzuki Collection
by Allison Spector, Dean Moses, Shannon Barnsley


GENRE: Novellas, literary fiction, American Gothic, Humor/Magical realism, historical fiction and folklore, sci-fi horror elements



BLURB:

Let's Stalk Rex Jupiter by Allison Spector

Trouble’s brewing in the Evergreen Jungle. When controversial author Rex Jupiter plans a visit to a Bellingham bookstore, news of his arrival attracts the attention of the mysterious Paladin, who plans on leading a mob of rioting housewives against him. But the Paladin has competition. Sleuth-extraordinaire Marian Krause has her own bone to pick with Jupiter as she scrambles to solve the death of a woman who has stolen her identity. Rex may think he has the situation under control, but when the wrath of the local Druids is incurred, pitchforks and torches may be the least of his concerns.

Druid zealots, conservative Christians, busking jugglers, hipster baristas—every group, subgroup, and underground subgroup finds a home in a little town known as the City of Subdued Excitement. And while life in the Evergreen Jungle usually means butting heads with a variety of vegans, hippies and ladies’ pinochle club-goers, there is one person that can bring them together: the most insufferable man in the Pacific Northwest. Using her sharpened wit, Spector invites readers into a world rife with scrumptious satire, slightly ruffled feathers, and utter madness.”

-Elise Portale, Editor

A Stalled Ox by Dean Moses



An isolated religious cult has reportedly been consuming meat while the rest of the planet has been forced to live a life without it. Presuming this sect has resorted to cannibalism, two agents from an organization known simply as The Agency are dispatched to investigate. Will they find evidence of humans eating one another? Or is something even stranger taking place?

In the tradition of Serling and Bradbury, A Stalled Ox is a gruesome, yet beautiful story that wraps a complex morality tale in an engaging and fast-paced horror story with a touch of espionage. Crafting a world where no one is truly innocent, Moses invites the reader to follow Agent Howard Harrington as he discovers what true evil is.”

-Shaunn Grulkowski, Editor

Beneath Blair Mountain by Shannon Barnsley



All her life, Lara Rae Brecken has dreamed of the fey folk exiled beneath the earth. But in Logan County, West Virginia everything belongs to the coal company and the only world below is the mine. So Lara and her childhood friend, Barrow, escape to New York. But between the World War, factory fires, and the unforgiving streets, Lara wonders if she’s traded one underworld for another. Spirited away to Boston by an Irish rebel, it seems her luck may have finally improved. That is, until she finds herself face to face with the fey folk one cold October night.

Lara Rae Brecken, a young woman raised on the Irish fey stories passed down by her ancestors, dreams of the magic that lives just outside her normal perceptions. In bringing together tales from the homeland and life in an industrial society, Barnsley creates a layered world where the line between the harshness of reality and mythological impossibility is blurred. Written in a tone that is subtly haunting, the novella urges us to imagine that things are not always as they appear.”

-Rebecca Johnson, Editor


Excerpt from A STALLED OX:

The figure stood before his flock with flowing hair, hanging beard, and tattooed body. Like a starfish, he spread his legs and arms far apart; his pointed fingernails sent the attention of the room skyward.

ʺYou see now there is no God above, don'ʹt you, my children?" His children nodded their heads and murmured in agreement. ʺYou see God before you, working to make your lives better. Outside this sanctuary, the rest of the world eats like rabbits; forced to partake in sickening diets. They fight over what is taught in their schools, evolution, or the words of false idols. They are governed by a secular government.”


ʺPraise the Lord," a woman shrieked.


The man on stage paused to take in the praise they gave him, before he continued his speech. ʺBut not in here. Here we eat what humans were meant to eat. Here we are taught the true word of God—my word. Here I govern my children, here I am the light that shows lost ships to shore. I am the harbor that gives them a home and I am the shipwright who tends to their wounds. Here you are safe, here you are cared for, and here you are home!"


The room erupted into applause.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Allison Spector (Let’s Stalk Rex Jupiter!)
@InspectorAllie
Allison Spector was born and raised in the hedonistic playground of the Jersey Shore, but finds herself oddly allergic to spray tan.  She is a proud graduate of Goucher College, and started her environmentally-focused career in Washington DC in 2005.  She moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2008, and fell in love with its beauty and people.  Allison is currently on a Midwestern Adventure and is determined to live as much life as possible—to accomplish her dreams one at a time—and to nurture her loving family, and blaze a trail of wit, whimsy, and eccentricity wherever she goes.
Dean Moses (A Stalled Ox)
@Dean_Moses
Dean Moses was born in England in February of 1991; however, he never truly felt at home, so at the age of nineteen he moved to New York City, where he hoped to fulfill two of his longtime dreams, marry the love of his life and become an author. For the past five years, he has written for newspapers, including the New York Amsterdam News and the Spring Creek Sun, as well as transcribed for the New York Times’ Lens Blog. He has also written a serial story for the website JukePop Serials. He currently resides in Queens with his wife and two cats.
Shannon Barnsley  (Beneath Blair Mountain)
@ShanBarnsley
Shannon Barnsley is a writer, poet, and folklore devotee from New Hampshire, currently living in Brooklyn. She holds a degree in Creative Writing/Mythology & Religion from Hampshire College. Since graduating she has been found giving tours at an 18th century Shaker village museum, translating English English into American English for a publishing company, and wandering in the woods.
Mariya Suzuki (the wonderful artist the collection is named after.  She is designing our covers!)
Info from her website
Mariya Suzuki currently works as an illustrator in Tokyo, Japan.
She was born in Nara and studied illustration in Long Beach, CA.
Contact her at yay@mariyasketch.com




GIVEAWAY 

Allison Spector, Dean Moses and Shannon Barnsley will be awarding a copy of each of the 3 books in the collection, with at least 2 being signed to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 gift card Amazon/BN to a randomly drawn host.


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6 comments:

Dean Moses said...

Thank you for hosting our collection, Laurie. If anyone has any questions or comments regarding the Mariya Suzuki Collection, please feel free to post them.

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Allison S said...

Thanks for hosting us today!

And AWESOME character interview, Dean!

Laura Thomas said...

I would love to know how the author chose the titles and covers for these books.

Allison S said...

Laura- great question!

I picked my title with joyful irreverence(which is the most fun way to make any life-decision). It's based from the pseudonym of the troll/author in my story that has inflamed the unbridled ire of the Internet Hate Machine. I wanted my character to pick a pen-name that was as pompous and over-the-top as he is. And with all the enemies he's made with his words, there's a great deal of stalking, creeping, and skulking in the story.

As for my cover- Mariya did an amazing job capturing the essence of my story. We exchanged notes, and she offered up a few draft options. This ended up being my favorite. The feet are feet of the various crazy characters that are up to hijinks in the Evergreen Jungle of Bellingham, WA.

Dean Moses said...

Hi Laura, thanks for your question. Allison's answer regarding the cover sums up my experience with Mariya. She offered up some great drafts. I chose the human legs among cattle hooves to represent a role reversal and symbolism for humanity being chained down due to society's reluctance to change when it needs to most. But that's just what it says to me, I believe A Stalled Ox's cover could mean different things to different people.

A Stalled Ox originally had a different title, which was The Man They Called God. It was changed, hopefully leaving a little extra mystique and adding a little more appeal to potential readers. The editor of A Stalled Ox, Shaunn Grulkowski, came up with the idea for the new title.