FINAL ROUND: Your vote decides the winner: Pennywise vs Man!

Two monsters enter the ring. Bloodied and bruised from previous battles but determined to be the last standing. Who will be crowned the ultimate monster? Will it be Man or Clown. Your votes decide and the winner is crowned Sunday!


We’ve built weapons capable of leveling entire cities. We have taken the deadliest poisons and diseases Mother Nature could create over billions of years of evolution and turned them into weapons of war. We have perfected the art of killing all things—man, beast, or plant. Here, mankind’s greatest challenge is: A clown with bad teeth?

We came from the muck of primordial seas. When the dinosaurs were wiped out, we took the world they merely inhabited and subjugated it. We moved from the trees to the caves, from the caves to the cities we built as sprawling temples to our own ingenuity, and soon we’ll conquer the stars.

But, what do we know about this enemy? Pennywise is no mere clown like those that cheer or terrify children at circuses. What we know about Pennywise is this: The weakest of our species are our children, who even by Animal Kingdom standards are weak and easily devoured. In the end, when Pennywise was first defeated and sent spinning back into whatever screaming chaos he came from, it was children who did it. He returned, but those same children had grown into their beasthood: the adult form of the deadliest species.” Defended by Brandon R. Luffman, author of Out After Dark and Best Served Hot



Man is many things. Petty. Selfish. Cruel. Self-destructive. But a monster? Man is not. Man is capable of wonderful, gushy-mushy things. They love. They care. They sacrifice for the greater good. Man will bake you chocolate chip cookies and tuck you in at night with kisses. Man will take your hand to give you support. Pennywise will take your hand — literally. It will rip your arm off and disappear into the depths of the sewers, until the next innocent child comes along.

Stephen King has ruined clowns — and storm drains — for a generation. Who can look at a white face and a red nose without imagining a mouthful of fangs? “George saw the clown’s face change. What he saw then was terrible enough to make his worst imaginings of the thing in the cellar look like sweet dreams; what he saw destroyed his sanity in one clawing stroke,” King wrote.

It has no name. It preys on Man’s weakness: fear. It manipulates Man to do evil. Man is but its pawn. It is what, Man will thankfully never be: a true monster. Defended by Wynne Channing, author of What Kills Me

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Tournament of Monsters: Your Defenders!!!

Only one week left before a monster smackdown of epic proportions takes place right here! Will it be Vampires or Zombies? Imhotep the Mummy or Pennywise the Clown? On July 26, the TOURNAMENT OF MONSTERS will begin and you will have the chance to vote for the final winner!

During the inaugural Blogger Book Fair (All’s Fair in Blogs and More!), a great group of authors have agreed to choose one monster to defend. They’ve sharpened their claws, I mean pens, and are ready to attack their opponent! Here are your defenders and the matches for ROUND ONE:

The Balrog of Moria, defended by Melissa Douthit, author of The Raie’Chaelia and The Firelight of Maalda


 Darth Vader, defended by Thomas Winship, author of Vaempires: Revolution and Vaempires: White Christmas

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Mankind, defended by Brandon R. Luffman, author of Out After Dark and Best Served Hot


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Who is the ultimate monster? Find out with the Tournament of Monsters July 26-29!

Who would win in a no-holds-barred battle to the death? Vampires or Zombies? Imhotep the Mummy or Pennywise the Clown? In two weeks, this space will become a cage match for the most horrible monsters. In honour of the inaugural Blogger Book Fair (All’s Fair in Blogs and More!), I’m hosting a TOURNAMENT OF MONSTERS!

I’ve asked some amazing authors to choose their favorite “monster” to go head-to-head in a vicious battle royal! Who will win? Darth and his glorified flashlight? Or Balrog of Moria and his fancy whip? Tune in here July 26 to 29 for the smack down. On July 28, only two contenders will be left standing and YOU will vote for the ultimate monster!

Cheer for your choice. Make their headshots your profile pic on Facebook. Tweet with the hashtag #MonsterMash.  Tell us who should win. Trash the losers. Don’t see your favorite monster on this list? Let us know who you would throw into the ring!

Tune in next week when I announce the list of fantastic authors who will be defending these monsters and which creatures will be facing off in the first round!

Monster art by Renato Pastor.