Thursday, January 13, 2011

Submission Call for Short Story Contest


Editors/Authors J. L. Mulvihill and Alexander S. Brown are accepting short story submissions for the horror anthology, “Southern Haunts: Spirits of the South That Walk Among Us”.

Guidelines are as follows:

1. Each author can submit two stories.
2. There is a 10 page minimum or a 20 page maximum.
3. Longer stories are accepted for special consideration.
4. Maintain a pg-13 rating. Please refrain from gratuitous sex, extreme violence, or highly explicit language.
5. Stories must be based in the South. You may write of a state that you have currently or previously resided in.
6. Material may only contain haunted houses, places, or buildings.
7. All stories must have a historical description of the location.
8. Setting must be inspired by an actual haunted location.
9. Only fictional characters may be used. References to actual historical names are considered.
10. Please have fun and be creative. Please do not write a story that has been done previously, such as one with a twist ending where the lead character is a ghost and they are telling their story from a 1st person perspective. Etc.

Areas to Consider for Story Setting:
1. Southern California
2. Arizona
3. New Mexico
4. Texas
5. Oklahoma
6. Arkansas
7. Louisiana
8. Mississippi
9. Tennessee
10. Alabama
11. Georgia
12. Florida
13. North Carolina
14. South Carolina

J. L. Mulvihill and Alexander S. Brown will close the submission call by January 1, 2012. Please email your story submission to and title your email “Southern Haunts Submission”.
Best Wishes,
Alexander S. Brown

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Book Signing for Alexander S. Brown in Pearl, MS at the Grand Opening of Java Ink

March 12, 2011

Java Ink Grand Opening
420 Roberts Street
Pearl, MS
Located at Bright Center Mall, Highway 80. Behind the Trustmark Bank.

From 10AM-6PM horror author, Alexander S. Brown will sign copies of his book, Traumatized for $20.00. Also, this event will cater to off beat art and other collectibles such as comics and curiosities in a sci-fi/horror setting.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Polly Rigormortis Reviews Traumatized by Alexander S. Brown

'TRAUMATIZED' a short story collection by Alexander S. Brown - a review - by POLLY RIGORMORTIS (aka; R. Phillip Roberts)

I just love Halloween, as it is always one of the busiest nights in the ER. Perfect time for harvesting all those organs I discreetly sell on the black market, too. And this past Halloween was no different.

There I was, just minding my own business, taking in a little reading in the staff lounge. I was really getting into a particularly nasty little tale, the last one of the fifteen in the book, actually, when they paged me.

"Nurse Polly! You're wanted in emergency! Nurse Polly! Please report to emergency!" the female voice squelched amidst the sporadic feedback coming through the hospital intercom system.

Upon hearing this voice, anyone in near vicinity to one of the hundreds of speakers strategically situated throughout the hospital, usually cringes at what sounds much like someone slowly raking their nails across a chalkboard.

Generally, it never bothers me, but since I was immersed in my book, it startled me and made me flinch. Dammit! Not now! I'm in the middle of a really good story, for chrissake! And I want to know what happens! I think to myself, just as the voice begins to crackle over the PA system once more.

"Attention! Nurse Polly! Get your ass to the emergency ward, STAT! Dr. Hardwood has a special case for you! Yoo-hoo! Polly Rigormortis, where are you? Do I have to send the dogs out after you... again?"

"Oh no! Not the dogs!" I muttered aloud, followed with a hearty little chuckle.

With an audible sigh, I marked my place in the book, setting it on the coffee table, then reluctantly rose up from the leather sofa. I straightened the plain white standard issue uniform I am forced to wear, as I made my way to the lavatory and the mirror above the sink inside. I fixed my hair, making sure every long lock of blondeness was just right, then slipped a hand into my hip pocket and pulled out my trademark red lipstick, applying a liberal amount to my lips. "Ah! Perfection!" I said, blowing a kiss at my own reflection.

As I made to exit the lounge, I glanced over at the coffee table one more time, disappointed that I could not finish reading the last twisted tale within. I think, Well, at least it will be waiting for me when I get back, then headed down to the ER and whatever trauma case awaited. I let out a little laugh, seeing as the title of said book was actually called, Traumatized, written by a little known horror hack by the name of Alexander S. Brown.

Seeing as I was in no hurry to get down to the ER and save another pathetic dying soul, I nonchalantly strolled down the hall toward the elevator. My mind wandered back to the fourteen stories I had already finished, as well as the one I had yet to get all the way through.

I found each one of the macabre little tales to be quite enjoyable, even a little creepy. Chock full of monsters, ghosts, and even voodoo dolls, the stories reminded me of some of my favorite authors, such as Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft. Some of them even had that Rod Serling's Twilight Zone feel to them. All good tales, indeed. And all from the same author.

This book was no anthology full of various unknowns, either, which usually only hold a few stand out stories at best. This was a real page turner, and very hard to put down, once you get started. And the stories are the kind that cling to you, much like the smell of death does, no matter how hard you try to get rid of it.

Pretty soon I found myself scrubbing up and about to enter the ER operating room, when Dr. Hardwood came out. I could tell by the way he walked hunched over and all quiet like, that things had not gone well. He was completely splattered with blood and gore, as well as were the others who had been on Dr. Hardwood's emergency surgical team.

Each of those men and women had a strange look in their eyes, as if they had seen something the likes of which none had ever seen before. No doubt, that whatever had happened in there had scared the whole lot of them.

"Another casualty, doctor?" I asked, grinning from ear to ear behind my surgical mask.

Dr. Hardwood looked at me with faraway eyes, then pulled his mask off. "Yes, Nurse Polly! Would you mind cleaning things up for me? None of us seem to be feeling very well at the moment, it seems."

"Sure, Dr. Harwood!" I said, then headed into the surgery room, leaving the doctor and his staff to their thoughts, as they made to remove their soiled and contaminated surgical gowns to begin the laborous task of scrubbing down.

I entered the surgery room unprepared for what awaited me. Now I'm not one to get freaked out by anything, and I mean anything. But this was unlike any post-surgery mis-hap I had ever seen in all my days as a nurse. There was quite literally a mass of blood and gore everywhere.

As I walked toward the body on the gurney, prepared to begin the removal of its vital organs, I almost vomited from the smell that assaulted my senses. It seemed to permeate the air and somehow managed to seep through the mask covering my mouth and nose. It reeked worse than an outhouse full of urine and excrement on a hot summer day.

I approached the body anyways, intent on getting my organs before hauling the remains of the corpse off to the morgue. The chest cavity was wide open, making my job a little easier than usual, and so I stuck my hands inside and began to feel around. As I felt for the heart, my hand came across something that should not be in there.

I extracted the foreign object that was all covered in slimy red goo. I held it up and was surprised to see that it was the book I had been reading in the lounge. In fact, it even had my bookmark, suggesting that it was indeed the very same book.

Astonished, I watched as the gooey gore began to crystalize and fall away, leaving in my hands a pristine and untainted book.

The letters of the title, Traumatized, began to glow and I almost dropped it and ran. But instead, I opened the book to where I had marked it and began to read.

By the time I had finished the last story, which I had begun a little earlier that evening, I had forgotten all about harvesting the organs from the cadaver upon the table. And since my shift was almost over, I slipped the book into the hip pocket of my apron and began cleaning up the emergency OR.

When I arrived home later that night, I took the book out and examined it. It showed no signs of ever having been submerged within the innards of a dead corpse, and it no longer glowed. Shrugging it off, I tossed it on the kitchen counter and went to bed.

I had some serious nightmares that woke me up. I believe that I even screamed. When I switched on the light, I almost screamed again, because there on the pillow next to me was the book, the title on the cover glowing once again.

It was at that moment that I knew I would never be able to stop reading the stories contained within, over and over and over again. I highly recommend this book. And I gaurantee that you will not be able to stop reading it. In fact, I doubt you will ever be able to get rid of it, just as I cannot seem to be able to. I have tried, and it just keeps coming back to haunt me.

*Polly Rigormortis gives this book her highest rating of two (count 'em).. two "in-your-face" fist-pumping middle fingers (oh yeah... it's a good thing).
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Thursday, January 6, 2011

New Review Up for Traumatized by Alexander S. Brown

I don’t know about you, but over here at I’ve made a few New Year’s resolutions. I’m not shooting for the moon and making unrealistic goals for myself, but there are definitely some things I need to work on in 2011. For one, I need to get my ass back in the gym and get back into shape … I’m no Harry Knowles over here, but I’m also not a Spring chicken!! My other main realistic resolution is that I have a stack of (hopefully) kick ass books that I’ve accumulated in 2010 and I wanna get through them all and post more horror book reviews on the website. Well I’m off to a great start with Alexander S. Brown’s TRAUMATIZED.

Personally I’ve always found short story collection difficult to get into. Just when you start getting into the characters and the plot BAM … the story ends and you need to start all over again with new characters and a different plot. I don’t know if Brown intentionally tried to overcome this problem but he does by not giving us too much useless info in the beginning of each story. For the majority of his stories he dives right into the story and doesn’t waste a lot of time “setting the stage” with unimportant details.

As the back cover of the book explains, TRAUMATIZED (a collection of 15 stories)exposes the depths of human depravity and the dank realms of [the] macabre.” With each story Brown intends to essentially “traumatize” his readers through examining various horrors in the world and the pure depravity some human’s can sink too. This is an ambitious goal and whereas the majority of Brown’s stories are captivating I don’t know if any of them actually left me traumatized (but then again I am pretty desensitized to violence and gore). Brown’s stories run the gamut. His stories include vicious creatures of the night, serial killers, voodoo curses, haunted houses, and religious freaks. Without detailing each story (there’s 15 of them) I can say that overall Brown presents excellent characterizations and plots that move along at a fast pace.
There are times, though, when Brown gets a little wordy and too descriptive. The first story, “Bloodlines,” is actually my least favorite in the collection. Its the story of people gathered together at an old Southern mansion in order to find the hidden treasure buried within it’s walls. In “Bloodlines” I felt Brown drags down the pace of the story with too much description and I found it very difficult to get into the story. This is also the longest in the collection (clocking in at 48 pages) which would have benefited from some editing to tighten up the narrative and speed along the action.

But my concerns after reading “Bloodlines” quickly vanished after reading the other stories. The next two entrees “April” and “The God Complex” were tight, fast-paced stories that grabbed my right from the opening lines. “April” gives us a nice, dark twist about a girl who is experiencing black-outs every night and it seems the black-outs are becoming more and more dangerous to both herself and others. “The God Complex” is a really chilling story about how religious belief can cross into the realm of blind fanaticism. Both were very well written and “The God Complex” ends with us questioning everything that we just read in the story.

I enjoyed the majority of Brown’s stories in the collection and only found a few instances where his style felt amateurish, but I attributed this to him being, most likely, a new writer who was still finding his voice. There’s no info in TRAUMATIZED about when each story was written, but I would guess that the stories that weren’t my favorite were probably his earlier efforts. Some of my favorites are “The Acquired Taste,” which delves into the dangers of eating sushi; “Live Through This,” which puts a very creepy and disturbing twist on the story of a man obsessed with another person; “Two Miles,” the story of a mob boss who finds himself alone in a desert reliving parts of his life (Brown gives us an extraordinary characterization here); “Althea’s Last Dance,” in which a modern-day Jack the Ripper comes face to face with the supernatural; “Bliss Hill,” the best of his vicious creature stories; and “Zoe’s Swan Song,” about a rising Hollywood starlet whose external beauty ends up matching her inner beauty. This last story has, without a doubt, the best and deepest characterization with Zoe, and it’s also the goriest in the collection. We really get a sense of where she came from, who she is presently, and where she wants to be. Brown does a fantastic job with Zoe’s character.

If you’re looking for a solid collection of stories that are well written (let’s face it, statistically you’re gonna get a few in a collection of 15 that’ll leave you feeling “meh”), then pick up a copy of TRAUMATIZED. I’m not sure if Alexander S. Brown has published anything since, but I for one would love to read some of his newer writings to see how he has matured. Check this one out … you won’t be disappointed.

My Summary:
Author: Alexandre S. Brown
Plot: 4 out of 5 stars (for the overall collection)
Gore: 5 out of 10 skulls (for the overall collection; 7 out of 10 for the story “Zoe’s Swan Song”)
Reviewed by Scott Shoyer
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Best Wishes,
Alexander S. Brown

Multi Author Book Signing at Two Roads Cafe in Lebanon, TN

The following will be a fantastic event filled with authors and publishers for those who are interested in reading and writing.

April 16, 2011

Two Roads Cafe
200 Maddox Simpson Parkway
Lebanon, TN 37090
2P - 6P


Alexander S. Brown (Horror Author)
Andy Childress (Graphic Novelist)
A Christopher Drown (Fantasy Author)
Allan Gilbreath (Publisher)
Stephanie Osborn (Sci-fi Author)
Kimberly Richardson (Steampunk Author)

Best Wishes,
Alexander S. Brown

Book Signing for Alexander S. Brown at the Willie Morris Library in Jackson, MS

Horror author, Alexander S. Brown will speak and sign copies of his book, Traumatized at this event from 10AM-4:30PM. Fee for signed paperbacks are $20.00 ea. Information regarding signing is as follows.

April 2, 2011
The Willie Morris Library
4912 Old Canton Road
Jackson, MS 39211

Best Wishes,
Alexander S. Brown

Book Signing for Alexander S. Brown at the Beverly J. Brown Library in Byram, MS

Shortly following the February Fright Fest on Feb11-12th at the Eudora Welty Commons in Jackson, MS Alexander S. Brown will sign at the Beverly J. Brown Library.

February 26, 2011

Beverly J Brown Library
7395 Siwell Road
Byram/Jackson, MS 39212

Copies of Alexander S. Brown's Traumatized will be for sale at this event from 10AM-1:30PM. Fee for signed paperbacks are $20.00 ea.

Best Wishes,

Alexander S. Brown

The February Fright Fest of Jackson, MS at The Eudora Welty Commons

February 11th- February 12th 2011

February Fright Fest
The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birth Place
719 North Congress Street (off of Fortification St)
Jackson, MS 39201

The February Fright Fest, all lovers of horror are welcomed to indulge in the frightening festivities that will begin at 8PM February 11th with the Black Hearts Ball, staring Mississippi belly dancing legends, Missihippy.

February 12th, from noon till 8PM, come indulge in tons of terrifying excitement with horror authors, artist, independent movies, graphic novels and more. Featuring the works of non-fiction paranormal author, Dr. Alan Brown, Alexander S. Brown, Andy Childers, Chuck Jett, and Shane Sullivan.

Special appearances by The Mississippi Society of Paranormal Investigation and The Natchez Paranormal Society, featuring a skilled speaker on the subject of demonology.
Also, this will be the first venue where Alexander S. Brown has displayed and sold his photography.
Link to Dr. Allen Brown
Link to Missihippi:
Link to Alexander S. Brown
Natchez Paranormal Society:
Link to Andy Childress:
Link to Imagicopter:
Best Wishes,
Alexander S. Brown
Best Wishes,
Alexander S. Brown

Book Signing for Alexander S. Brown at The Eudora Welty Library in Jackson, MS

Hello Everyone,

I hope you had a great New Year. The first signing for 2011 will be as follows.

January 27, 2011

Eudora Welty Library
300 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39201
12:00PM- Until

At this event, Alexander S. Brown will host panels with other authors, meet the public, and sell copies of Traumatized for $20.00 each.

Best Wishes,

Alexander S. Brown