This week our Author is Ross S. Simon.
ROSS S. SIMON was born Sam Ridings in La Crosse, WI, in 1979, and spent the bulk of his childhood in Winona, MN, before moving at age nine to Santa Cruz, CA, where he still lives today. He graduated from Soquel High School in 1997, and Cabrillo College in 2006, the latter with an AA degree in Basic Liberal Arts. His inaugural horror opus, “The Snow,” was published by Eternal Press in 2012, followed by “Red Dahlia” by Damnation Books in 2013. Mr. Simon’s hobbies include pinball gaming, collecting pop memorabilia, and reading very interesting novels of various genres. His third horror novel, “Arthur O’ The Bower,” is to be released by Damnation in 2015.
Writerly Wednesday Welcomes Ross S. Simon
This is the part of the post where Ross shares what is under his bed.How do you go about finding publishers for your stories, poems, articles, books or novels?Although I found Damnation Books originally through the electronic grapevine, it was Kathryn Meyer Griffith who gave me the suggestion of publishing a couple of short horror stories that I’d been finishing up on Amazon Kindle Direct. While this hasn’t yet reaped results to speak of, I’ve at least gotten started in introducing the horror-lit world to my short-composing talent.
What is your favorite Marketing Task you do after your work is accepted?I talk all about the upcoming release—or new releases, in the case of my shorts—on Facebook. I can go to GoodReads and Shelfari, too, but I need help with those sometimes.
What is the first step toward getting your work ready to sell?
That would be making sure it’s properly edited, if that’s a fair answer to the question. I only hope Amazon KDP presents a good enough editing screening so that the work comes out acceptable that is presented online by cheeseballs like me, LOL.What do you do after publishing to keep your work in the eyes of your potential reader?
For novels, I seek reviews in sundry ways. For shorts, not much…except huckster them via their links, in such places as right here.What inspired your most current published project?
The shorts I wrote came for the most part from the “Tales From The Crypt” TV series.Is there a book, poem, article, novel or short story inside of you that you are holding back on while waiting for just the right time?
I can’t exactly say there is. The sooner any one of my ideas hits publication, the better. Not that I can compose all of them at once, of course.What is your favorite writing tool? (Pen, paper, word processor, etc.)That would be a time-tested Mac OS X. Its Word application still goes strong.
What does your favorite writing space contain?
Among other things, a stack of helpful papers I need to go through, an automatic pencil sharpener, a tiki-totem souvenir from Hawaii, a roll of toilet paper, and a helluva lot of dust.If you could build a writing space from scratch what would you include?
I suppose I’d put a new rolltop desk in it, into which a laptop would fit, and other stuff, though I don’t really know what exactly.What is under your bed?
Besides dusty carpet, nothing much…except, depending on how I’m dressed, either a pair of sneakers or, depending on the time of year, either a pair of sandals or a pair of sheepskin slippers.
Blurb for VEIN TRANSPLANT:
In this short horror story by Ross S. Simon, author of “The Snow,” a viral scientist’s newly discovered leprosy strain, which destroys all but the circulatory system, falls into an unfortunate love triangle between him, a lovely coworker, and a jealous custodian…with terrifyingly bizarre results.
Excerpt, “Vein Transplant:”
“Confidentially,” said Mayploge, “I’ve been getting tired lately of Maxeen and I just exchanging puppy-dog looks. This Friday, I’m going ahead and asking her the big question.”
It was then that Holbyton noticed it, just as much to his horror as the living rat’s-veins had been to Mayploge and Maxeen. In his hand, Dells held a small, velveteen, cube box.
Proudly, Mayploge opened the box. Sure enough—to truly ignite Holbyton’s temper, deep inside him—there was an 18-karat diamond ring.
All Holbyton could do was stare, wide-eyed, enraged, and plunging into deep misery within his soul.
Mayploge snapped the box closed, and putting it back into his pocket, said, “We’ve already known each other so well all this time, Maxeen and I…that I have a definitely good feeling about it. Anyway, Bart, don’t forget to lock the lab back up after sweeping in there.”
He went on his way. Shaking, fists clenched, teeth grinding, Holbyton was full of the desire to rip Mayploge’s head off.
This primal desire turned somehow into practical thought…as he looked back into the lab, through the small window.
They had placed the liquid-N2-sprayed veins in the lab freezer.
Holbyton knew Mayploge trusted him a bit too much.
He also figured that UW Seattle’s big rival, Washington State, would love to have a little sample of that vein-creature in their Medical Department.
Holbyton found a vinyl pipe on his cart, from a plumbing replacement he’d had to make in the cellar of the building recently.
He also found some plastic wrap and rubber bands.
“Vein Transplant:” Buy Link
Blurb for BY A BLOODY HEAD
BY A BLOODY HEAD:
In this sinisterly ironic horror short by Ross S. Simon, three freeloading English gamblers bet, successfully, on a team of four jockeys in the Kentucky Derby who turn out to be something more than of this earth…in particular according to the Book of Revelation.
“By A Bloody Head:” Buy Link
I’m glad Ross could be here today and I hope he will come back when his future release “Arthur O’ The Bower” arrives later this year.