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Exclusive: Danie Ware Talks New Novel Ecko Rising, Next Two Books in the Trilogy, and Much MoreEcko Rising (review here) by Danie Ware takes the reader on an amazing sci-fi adventure like no other. We recently chatted with the author about her new novel, the next two books in the trilogy, and more.

AMANDA DYAR: Danie, thank you for taking the time to chat with us. First off, tell us a little about yourself and what paths led you to writing.

DANIE WARE: I’ve always been a reader – from falling in love with Greek and Viking mythology when I was a cub to discovering SF/F fiction as a teen. I think writing one’s own is a natural progression; it happens so organically that it’s hard to tell when the one becomes the other. Throughout my twenties I wrote reams and reams of fantasy – stories and novels and all things outlandish and wondrous. I stopped writing for a while in my thirties but came back to it again a few years ago – and had missed it a great deal!

AMANDA: What inspired you to write Ecko Rising, and what did you learn in the process of writing your first novel?

DANIE: Ecko Rising came from the creative community that we shared in our twenties. We were re-enactors, traveling all round the UK to bash each other with a variety of interesting steel weaponry, and we shared all sorts of massive visionary projects – pretentious and creative and occasionally explosive. Ecko is very much a product of those times, though his surroundings have distilled with age and experience. Well, a little bit anyway.

AMANDA: Ecko seems like an unlikely hero. Tell us a little about his character and what Ecko Rising is about.

DANIE: In Ecko Rising I’ve done the unthinkable and thrown fantasy and science fiction together. Ecko himself is a futuristic anti-hero – rebel, assassin, cynic – he’s all sarcasm and bad language (consider yourself warned!) Love him or hate him, he’s a character that provokes a strong reaction, and that’s exactly as it should be. Put him in an essentially fantasy setting, tell him he has to ‘save the world’… and then see what happens next!

AMANDA: Do you enjoy fantasy/sci-fi writing more than other genres? And why?

DANIE: I enjoy the scope of its imagination and vision. I do read other genres, as mentioned below, but it seems that SF/F encompasses so much potential and so many sub-genres and is even now branching out in scope and capability to do worlds of exciting things.

AMANDA: How did your work at Forbidden Planet influence your work on Ecko Rising?

DANIE: Working at FP has immersed me in the world of genre publishing in the UK – ten years of running signings and events at the stores has meant that I’ve known many of our authors from debut novel all the way to the top of their profession – and the UK genre publishing community is very close and supportive. It’s also, in equal parts, both intimidating and inspiring – knowing what these talented people are really capable of and trying to live up to those standards!

Exclusive: Danie Ware Talks New Novel Ecko Rising, Next Two Books in the Trilogy, and Much More

AMANDA: Who or what influenced your style of writing?

DANIE: That’s always a hard one to answer because the influences are so many. In my teens, Stephen Donaldson’s Covenant series and Julian May’s Saga of the Exiles. In my twenties I read more SF – Gibson and Stephenson. In my thirties I stopped reading genre almost completely and picked up Chuck Palahniuk and Bret Easton Ellis. In my forties I’ve come full circle and I’m back to reading SF/F – and discovering how much it’s changed in the intervening time!

AMANDA: What advice do you have for other writers who are trying to get their first book published?

DANIE: Never give up. It can be frustrating, demoralizing, defeating and exasperating – and every writer has been there, knows all of those things like personal friends. Don’t let them get to you. Hold to your dream, and don’t let go!

AMANDA: When can we expect to get our hands on Ecko II? And what other projects do you have in the works?

DANIE: The second Ecko book, Ecko Burning, will be out towards the end of this year, and I’m now halfway through the third of the trilogy. He’s got a way to go yet!

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Kevin Bacon Lets Us Know the Tremors Reboot Pilot Has Wrapped Filming

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Two weeks ago we let you guys know that Tremors mainstay Michael Gross, aka Burt Gummer, was, unfortunately, not asked to be a part of the upcoming Syfy reboot series starring Kevin Bacon.

While that news upsets us a bit, being that the series has only filmed its pilot episode, we feel that there is still a big chance we could see Burt return to kick some more Graboids in the tentacle-thingies with elephant guns.

Fingers crossed.

Speaking of the “Tremors Syfy pilot, recently star Kevin Bacon took to Instagram to let us all know that filming has wrapped!

You can check out The Bacon’s post below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are for Syfy’s “Tremors” series in the comments below!

In the Tremors follow-up, written by Andrew Miller, the killer Graboid worms that nearly destroyed Perfection, NV, 25 years ago are back; and the town’s only hope for survival is Valentine McKee (Bacon), who beat them once. But to do it again he’ll have to overcome age, alcohol, and a delusional hero complex.

“Tremors” the TV series is headed our way courtesy of Jason Blum’s Blumhouse TV and Universal Cable Prods.

We’ll let you know when we hear more about the series!

So long to NM. Had an amazing time shooting this pilot. Hope I can keep walking in these boots #Tremors

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Exclusive: Buzzard Hollow Beef Brings Cannibal Gore to the Holidays

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Holidays at the end of the year seem to be focused on one major aspect: food. From Christmas hams to Thanksgiving turkeys to Hanukkah latkes to who knows what else, eating is a very important part for end-of-the-year festivities. Personally, I’m totally okay with it because it means great food and TONS of leftovers, ensuring that I don’t have to concern myself with cooking for at least a couple of days.

But what if the holiday season were a bit more sinister and what if the food was a bit more…unsavory? Allow us to introduce you to Buzzard Hollow Beef, a new vision of horror that blends cannibal hillbillies, intense and terrifying hallucinations, and small town mysteries. If this sounds up your alley, then don’t fret about waiting because the film comes to Amazon Prime, iTunes, and other transactional platforms on Tuesday, November 21!

We’ve got a trailer, poster, and several stills for you to check out, so peruse at your will and enjoy!

Directed by Joshua M. Johnson, who co-wrote the film with Tara C. Hall, Buzzard Hollow Beef stars Bruce Jennings, Nadia Kamil, Scott C. Brown, Emily Letts, Janet Chiarabaglio, Amanda Spinella, Will Frazier, Gabriel Caste, and Doug Perkins.

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Still reeling from her divorce and struggling as the single mother of a 9 month old, Jordan Vollmer looks forward to a relaxing Thanksgiving weekend with her family and her best friend, Paige. As the group ventures into the small town of Buzzard Hollow, they are greeted with strange and unsavory characters, known around these parts as the Solomon family. Their suspicions surrounding the Solomons are aroused by the fact that they all seem unwilling to talk about the beef that they serve in their hamburgers and sell in their butcher shop. When the Vollmers experience horrifying hallucinations, they begin to suspect that the Solomons are somehow involved.

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Exclusive: Confrontational Bewitches and Hypnotizes With Fade/Into the Burning Dawn

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Earlier this year, I introduced you readers to Italian synthwave artist Confrontational and his cover of Sabrina’s “Boys (Summertime Love)”. While that track was pure summertime brightness, we recognize that many of you are more interested in the darker side of music, where songs are melancholic yet brimming with a hypnotic sexual tension. To that end, we’ve teamed up once again to bring you the exclusive track premiere of “Fade/Into the Burning Dawn” featuring Tying Tiffany, which you can listen to below.

Melding equal parts of The Cure and John Carpenter, the song pulsates sensually, evoking imagery of electric blue and hot pink lasers piercing through vantablack darkness. Furthermore, the dynamic between the female and male vocals adds a wonderful sense of intimacy. This song was clearly a child of the 80’s that is now grown up and ready to stand on its own.

Confrontational tells Dread Central:
The final chapter in the triptych, once again graced by Branca Studio’s outstanding artwork, recounts the striving for light in spite of the devouring darkness that surrounds us all. Unrequited love, loss of innocence, loss of identity, temptation and anger – the story finally comes to a close. There is a deep and heartfelt sense of longing throughout each of the tracks, a hard-hitting feeling of nostalgia – which is something Tiffany found out to be a constant in my songwriting. I have been a fan of her work for a long time and I am ecstatic to have finally worked together on this. Her unique take on the lyrics is what makes it so very special, and her vocals blending seamlessly with mine throughout the choruses turned it into a true personal favorite. To have Tiffany on the album along with these amazing heroes of mine – Cody, Tobias and Trevor – is simply dream-like, and makes me so very proud to finally share the effort with you all. I look forward to checking out everyone’s comments on this and I can’t wait to bring it to the stage soon!

“Fade/Into the Burning Dawn” comes from Confrontational’s upcoming album The Burning Dawn, which can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp. Guest appearances on the album include Tobias Bernstrup, Cody Carpenter, and more!

Confrontational can be followed at his official website, on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Spotify.

Upcoming tour dates:
January 25 – Milano (TBA)
January 26 – Savona (TBA)
January 27 – Ravenna (Bronson)

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