Scott M. Sandridge

A Work in Progress

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Throughout the ages, messiahs have come and gone, and all have fallen.
After centuries of exile, Bantaka the Godslayer is active once more. The Seer manipulates the strands of Time and Space to bring together Pankea’s only hope: the most unlikely motley of misfits and cut-throats in the land, and a godling half-breed who’s bloodline heritage holds the key to saving—or dooming—all Existence.
Destined to fulfill an ancient prophecy to “pierce the heart of her ancestor,” Marian Silverblade is hailed as the current messiah of her age. But prophecies often get misinterpreted. And Lord Calahan Darkblade—Marian’s ancestor and Bantaka’s Herald—has plans of his own….

The Silverblade Prophecy is the first book in The Messiahs War Trilogy. When destinies collide in a war unlike anything before seen on Pankea, the choices made by the most unlikely of heroes may determine the outcome.

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SpecMusicMuse Review: Dark Halo – Christopher Kokoski

Dark Halo large picI’ll admit, at first I cringed when I saw the pretty-boy angel on the front cover. I’m not usually a fan of angel stories. More often than not they tend to be stereotyped as innocent do-gooders who could never harm a fly, and anyone who’s actually read the Bible knows they’re anything but.

But Dark Halo did not disappoint in that regard. Kokoski brought depth and complexity to Chrysanthium, and even to angels in general.

Landon, the main protagonist, finds himself, his neighbors, and his family under threat from demons as a terrible storm rages through his small town. Beset by supernatural foes, their only ally is the town’s guardian angel, Chrysanthium, who one minute seems to be a paragon of virtue but the next come off as a sociopath. Can the angel be trusted, or is he a greater threat than even the monstrous demons?

The novel starts off suspenseful and tense and never lets up. The tension and suspense just builds and builds with never a break. While that form of storytelling works great for short stories and novelettes, it can get downright fatiguing when it comes to longer works. At least one brief pause in the tension would have been nice.

Also, there’s a certain point in the story where all these refugees were inside a church, but at the moment of the story’s climactic point, the refugees are no longer even mentioned as if they’re suddenly no longer there. So while the story’s ending was spectacular, and the resolution satisfying, I was sill left with that one nagging question: “What happened to all those refugees?”

Aside from those two nagging problems, the story overall was excellent. Kokoski provides depth and complexity to even supporting characters, created one of the most memorable angel characters since Gabriel from The Prophecy, and handles dialogue like an expert craftsman.

And besides, anything that has demon-possessed gorillas in it is a must read.

Best read while listening to: anything from AC/DC (the Satan worshipper with a certain shirt on automatically had me thinking of “Highway to Hell”), Megadeth (“Prince of Darkness” anyone?), and Midnight Syndicate (for those instrumental moments).

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And now for that damn disclaimer (I hate you, FTC!):

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from First Rule Publicity from the author as part of a virtual book tour. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

December 7, 2012 Posted by | SpecMusicMuse | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

SpecMusicMuse Review: Cinema of Shadows—Michael West

Forget haunted houses, try a haunted theater! Michael West delivers a ghost story that both holds true to the traditional tropes but simultaneously provides his own unique spin, and delivers a plot twist leaves that your heart pounding.

Professor Geoffrey Burke and his team of Parapsychology students search for evidence to irrefutably prove that the Woodfield Theater is haunted. But they discover more than just ghosts as an ancient demon take notice of one of the professor’s students, Kim. Not only can she see and hear spirits, she also has a special ability that threatens the demon’s power over the souls in the theater.

West breathes depth and life into every character: living, dead, and demonic. You care for what happens to them, unlike in, oh say, the Saw films where you could care less if the heartless morons get torn into itsy bitsy pieces. In Cinema of Shadows, you even feel for some of the antagonists (well, except for the demon, obviously). But more importantly, the ending wasn’t predictable, and characters that I expected would die didn’t.

If you like ghost stories or even just horror stories in general, you’ll love Cinema of Shadows.

Best to read while listening to: anything from Midnight Syndicate, Rob Zombie, Slayer, Tiamat, or Marilyn Manson.

December 11, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Writerly Upate 12/9/08 – Two Stories Published (1 in Antho)

You can find “Demons Without, Demon Within” at Mindflights, a nice action-packed tale with a relevant theme. Also, don’t be shy in ordering The Best of Everyday Fiction 2008, where you’ll find 100 (count’em 100!) of the best flash fiction from the webzine, Everyday Fiction–including “The Philosopher in the Dark” by, well, me of course ;). You can also get a copy from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and request it at your local bookstore.

Well, I moved again (getting evicted sucks btw), which is why I’m behind on getting stuff done. I’m also limited on internet access until I can get a router. But, on the bright side, I now have a mic working, so I can finally get back to finishing the podiobook. That’s all for now. 🙂

December 10, 2008 Posted by | Writerly Updates | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Writerly Update 12/2/08

Got some big news for you all.

1) “Demons Without, Demon Within” will be appearing at Mindflights this Friday. It’s about a soldier who discovers that the historical reasons for the war he’s fighting in was all a big lie. So go check it out and leave comments in the forum!

2) Yours Truly just got interviewed for an article about Christian horror that’ll be in Rue Morgue Magazine. I’ll let you know when it comes out.

There’s been some progress on the second book for The Messiahs War trilogy, but it’s coming along slow due to all the other things I’m involved in. Of course, having to move yet again doesn’t help either, but what can you do when facing eviction? I’m still trying to get a mic to work on my silly PC. Apparently, the problem isn’t the microphone but the computer itself. I do so hate having to delay things. 😦

December 2, 2008 Posted by | Writerly Updates | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment