Horror DNA has published a thoughtful and mostly positive review of Cursed by Christ. The reviewer said it has an “exciting breathless pace weaving an amazing tale full of mystery and some well-plotted out twists” but nevertheless found it slow in parts. Valid criticism! I’m glad someone finally gave this trunk novel some analysis. There are also some mixed reviews on Goodreads, but altogether it’s still managing almost 4 out of 5 stars.
While I’ve had high hopes for it, Cursed by Christ has always been my “learning” novel. It taught me how to write a novel during college, and lately it’s taught me how to self-produce an audiobook. It’s been a good experience.
This morning, I had a great time as a guest of Rockbridge County High School in Lexington, VA, where I gave a presentation about audiobook production. After all, audiobooks are about all I’ve been doing for the past year! Thanks to Dave Simms for setting it up. Here’s a snap Dave took of the class; I’m the guy at the end of the arrow:
I played them bloopers from the production of the Cursed by Christ and Empire of the Goddess audiobooks, and discussed what I’ve learned the hard way about best practices. One lucky
guinea pig student even got to use my audio rig to record some narration. Using a projector so they could see what I was doing, I showed them how to edit the narration in the Audacity sound program. Fun time all around.
Here’s a Larry King-esque collection of thoughts for today:
— The Traipse/WQSV Treasure Hunt begins in Staunton again next week. Last year, my family spent a lot of blood & sweat to win. (Writeup) Of course, we plan to win again this year. It was a lot of fun, and I hope fellow Stauntonites will give us some friendly competition.
— Cursed by Christ is doing surprisingly good sales-wise, despite it being my first self-published title. I’ll be a guest speaker at Rockbridge County High School on on Oct. 19, where I’ll share what I’ve learned about audiobook production. Do ya think Empire of the Goddess has a similar destiny?
— Brazilian Jiujitsu continues to teach me virtue in addition to the ability to choke someone unconscious. Recently, gratitude and humility have been on my mind. For instance, when someone beats you at something, it’s okay to congratulate your opponent on their success and ask them to teach you. “Ow, ow–tap! That was awesome! How did you do that?” All in the same breath, even. (Maybe without the “ow, ow” next time.) I offer this wisdom not only to fellow martial artists but to anyone in any context. Politicians, particularly.
And if you’ve ever had a good teacher, it’s okay to tell that person so. It’s okay to recognize they’ve enriched your life in some way. Teachers, on the other side of the table, can make that connection easier by not humiliating the person who has already humbled himself. The proper answer to, “Your support has meant so much to me,” or to any expression of friendship, is, “Thank you.” Nothing else.
The period for free listening of Cursed by Christ will end July 2nd. So check out the book information page to follow the links to YouTube, and hear what you’ve been missing. After that, the only way you’ll find it is through the various retailers or your public library.
Based on reader reactions, I feel I should point out something I’d assumed would be obvious. Cursed by Christ is a Southern Gothic horror novel set during the Civil War. Its title concerns the main character’s belief she is being punished. Whether she actually is or not is up to you, the reader, to figure out.
Some have wrongly assumed, without reading it, that this book is a commentary on their religion. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you’re really interested in my views on Christianity, then the next (as yet unannounced) novel coming out this year should be more thought provoking. If anything, Cursed by Christ is more an evaluation of the dehumanizing effects of racism, but whether it succeeds there is again up to you to decide.
Recording an audiobook ain’t easy! Here are bloopers from making the audiobook of CURSED BY CHRIST.
The second half of my Southern gothic horror novel, CURSED BY CHRIST, is now available for free on YouTube. Today also marks its release as an Amazon eBook.
Channels such as Audible and iTunes are in the works. I’ll post those links as they come up on the book’s information page.
The first half of CURSED BY CHRIST is on YouTube for your listening pleasure. Listen to it while you drive around! Part 2 will be online May 2nd.
You can also preorder the eBook edition, which ships May 2nd.
This was a lot of fun to narrate, and it was an education in sound engineering. Fittingly, the novel has a tortured history, which you can read here.
This one’s been a long time coming. CURSED BY CHRIST is an audiobook I narrated myself. In it, a Civil War plantation mistress believes Christ is punishing her for having psychic powers. Stay tuned to learn how you will be able to listen for free.