9 Days To Halloween: Like A Setlist...


These are the 17 stories that are going to be featured in the Bastards//Bones book, possibly in that order too. We are looking at about 100 pages, more details as they come.

10 Days To Halloween: Straight Is The Gate And Narrow The Way


“I guess all the Hail Mary's and Our Father's in the world won't save me, isn't that quite right Father?” says the man now crying.

“I'm afraid it's not that easy, my son,” Father says hesitantly.

Excerpt from Straight Is The Gate And Narrow The Way, a story out of the Bastards//Bones anthology book. 

11 Days To Halloween: Drawing Day


He had never known what it was like to feel completely empty and numb. To no longer be able to make contact with the canvas without an explanation. The artist had everything, the story laid out for him from the writer, but sometimes you just can’t deliver the one thing you're truly good at.
 
Excerpt from Drawing Day, a story out of the Bastards//Bones anthology book.  

12 Days To Halloween: Bones XVI


New Bones ink painting on canvas sheet... #inktober

13 Days To Halloween: Bastard Sons In Space

On the monitors in the cockpit, one of the men notices that the shuttle starts to pick up some inconsistent readings within the data. Surrounding the cockpit are photos of family members. The sudden activity within the shuttle is weird and it is unfathomable for the pilots to comprehend. The source of the disturbances and malfunctioning of the system could be failed readings or interference from within the solar system. After a while it stops, but something else happens. From the screen of the shuttle they spot a small white figure outside, floating in space, it looks like it could be a person. One of the men leaves the cockpit and suits up, getting ready to spacewalk. 

Excerpt from Bastard Sons In Space, a story out of the Bastards//Bones anthology book. 

14 Days To Halloween: Brains! Live Brains!


“I fucked things up good and proper with my folks, there’s no going back this time” Nicky informs them.

“This is all life is bro” Ian replies and he continues, “People are shit, old folks will never understand, they think we're just mindless brats with no brains.”

“I hear you, man, they don't understand shit. My folks never understood me, they don't care about me at all. They wouldn't care if I turned up dead sometime soon. To be honest, I don't care about them either, I don't give a rat's ass if they died,” Nicky says in all honesty.

Excerpt from Brains! Live Brains!, a story out of the Bastards//Bones anthology book.

15 Days To Halloween: Five Thousand Years Old


Cursed be he who enters this sacred tomb. Illness and death shall come to him. He the impure who shall dare to enter my resting place, shall feel the fear of myself upon him, he will be judged by my own hand, as I shall wring his neck like a bird's.

Excerpt from Five Thousand Years Old, a story out of the Bastards//Bones anthology book.

16 Days To Halloween: Squad 666: Bastard Sons Of Satan


The place reeks of death, dead blood, rotting guts and burning flesh. They have all seen and lived the cruelty of war before, but nothing was quite like this. This is hell on earth and everyone is speechless, stunned in horror. The private has stopped dead in his tracks and speaks in a remorseful tone. He struggles to find the right words to express what's on his mind.
“Whatever did those atrocious things, can't have human feelings”, the private said to himself, clearly appalled.

Excerpt from Squad 666: Bastard Sons Of Satan, a story out of the Bastards//Bones anthology book. 

17 Days To Halloween: From One Writer To Another


I asked my writing partner, Robin, a few questions about our new book and I thought I'd post his answers up here in the form of an interview. Here's the short conversation...

What's your favourite Bastards story from the book? 

Robin S:  'Forgiveness' is my personal favourite and it's probably the most cliche story in the book, but I love it!

Why? 

Robin S: I love the whole nostalgic value this story has. The kids go into the haunted house (and we've all done it), grow up, never moving on with their lives and go back in there as adult losers. Not to spoil anything, but the story displays how little these people have moved on with their lives and that still no-one believes them.

What's your favourite illustration from the book?

Robin S: Hatchet

Have you ever worked like that before, having the limitations to write something not originated by yourself? 

Robin S: No and I didn't see any limitations  at all because I felt I had a good connection to the stories. It might have been frustrating if it was working with a stranger, but I feel myself and the creator have a common understanding of the way we work.

How much did those restrictions affect you as a writer and your writing process?

Robin S: They didn't affect me at all. I was given a lot of freedom in terms of the writing process, there was never a real blueprint for things like story and dialogue - so I could really make them my own.

Tell me about www.Bastard, the bonus story written solely by you. 

Robin S: This was the one story written, 'as we were going along'. It came about from being engrossed writing the story and so naturally I felt it had sucked me in. So, I had this nightmare one night, where I felt the skull image had burnt into my eyelids.

If you had to match up Bastards with any other creative work, from any type or genre, what would that be? 

Robin S: It's funny because I enjoy short stories the most opposed to a full 500 page novel. If the stories were on TV I'd compare them to the likes of: Amazing Stories, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits and perhaps if they were on the big screen, perhaps 'ABC's of Death' or 'V/H/S' franchises.

How do you perceive the Bastards as characters? What are they to you?

Robin S: The bastards are a culmination of everything that's negative, vulnerable and misguided in the world. Sometimes these characters can be misunderstood, but some are a deadly reminder that evil exists in the world. The stories take you to dark places and like the real world and the news, you can choose to switch off from them or read about them.

From beer cans to comics to film... How much of a cliche is a skullheaded character? 

Robin S: Skulls are paraphernalia at the moment in popular culture. You have many clothing labels and designs based around the most distinct and obvious thing in the world. To me it's surprising no-one has based a horror franchise based on this... Wait... shhhhh.

How do you like the two Bastards audiobooks so far? What do you think of this format? 

Robin S: The format of an Audiobook is not something I've ever really gotten into. Now I'm totally sold by it. It brings a whole new dimension to mulit-tasking, because lets face it, not all of us have time to read in our spare time. The two audiobooks were an incredible experience. The next best thing to getting our idea on the big screen, it really felt like Rob brought the characters alive.

The Rust Coloured Soil or Bastards//Bones? You can't say both.

Robin S: B//B is probably my most accomplished book. It just felt more like a journey and a learning experience. To be honest, I feel I'm growing with every new project I do, so ultimately it feels like I'm getting better with each one.

What do you think of the possibility of a Bastards 2? 


Robin S: Hey, if people enjoyed the first one...then I'm more than up for it! When went through the story outlines originally, it felt like they were never ending. So so many different characters and all uniquely different. I thought how were we every going to get through them all? we couldn't possibly put them all in one book? so yes we've left it open because there's so many more Bastards that exist in the world.


Horror or Sci-Fi? 

Robin S: For me, horror has always been my first love. I can't remember when it happened, but it's always intrigued me from an early age. My parents (like most) tried to shield me, but nothing could stop me wandering into that Horror aisle in Ritz Video. It was inevitable.