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About Rich Bottles Jr.
After an unillustrious print journalism career in southwestern Pennsylvania, Rich Bottles Jr. moved to West Virginia at the age of 32 to pursue a career in technical writing. He spends his free time visiting and hiking at the many state parks in the Mountain State, which is also where he develops the concepts for his novels.
Rich recently completed a trilogy of WV-themed "humorrorotica," which includes the novels “Lumberjacked,” “Hellhole West Virginia” and “The Manacled.”
In addition to editing and contributing to the Burning Bulb Publishing anthologies “Westward Hoes” and “The Big Book of Bizarro,” he has also written stories for the StrangeHouse Books anthologies “Strange Sex” and “Zombie! Zombie! Brain Bang!”
He is currently working on a horror novel set in West Virginia’s Amish Country.
His only regret in life is that his out-of-state secondary school education prohibited him from earning West Virginia's prestigious Golden Horseshoe Award.
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"By now almost everyone knows that the concept of the modern flesh-eating zombie originated in the sixties with Night of the Living Dead™. That's why I think that this anthology of short stories paying homage to that fact is a wonderful idea. When I was asked to write such a story, I was told that each and every story in the book would have to take place in or around the time, in 1968, when the horror classic that I co-authored took place…
Perhaps, for you, dear reader, some of the stories you will read in these pages will take their place as some of your very own favorites. Please step back with me into the 1960's – a time of peaceniks, rednecks and unspeakable zombie horror!!"
BURNING BULB PUBLISHING PROUDLY PRESENTS:
RISE OF THE DEAD - A collection of seventeen stories from masters of pen and screen, featuring:
- The First One by John Russo
- Home Cookin by Tyson Blue
- The Last Ministry by E.L. Stice
- The Turbulent Flight Home by Nelson W. Pyles
- The South Will Rise Again by Andy Rausch
- Lovely Rita by Stephen Spignesi
- The Protest by R.D. Riley
- Peace in Peaces by Zakary McGaha
- The Commune by David J. Fairhead
- Cocaine Connie by Gary Lee Vincent
- End Scene by David C. Hayes
- Elizabeth's Story by Rachel J. Montgomery
- Deadheads by Paul Victor Wargelin
- Philbear by David F. Walker
- Wrong Place, Wrong Time by William Vitka
- Felicity Marmaduke Redux by Rich Bottles Jr.
- The Morning After by Douglas Brode
Featuring the following twenty bizarro works:
Daniel In The Lion's Den by Kai Miro
Wet by Mark Gallagher
The Whore of the Dartmoor by Rich Bottles Jr.
The Fall by David J. Fairhead
Glory Holes by Gary Lee Vincent
Channel 666 by John Russo
Forever Ago Sunshine by Wol-vriey
Honey-do by Nikko Lee
Every Bite by Matt Smallwood
Nothing Really Satisfies by Kelly R. Martin
Decorations by Nelson W. Pyles
Karnivali by Jesse J. Saxon
Front Page by Michael A. Migliore
Into The Night by Heather Lin
Hades on Ice by Kimberly Bennett
His Own Worst Enemy by Laird Long
Writer's Block by Ryan J. McBriar
Every by Charlie Kirby
City of the Dead by Clare de Lune
Want by Meself John
John Doe’s Prayer:
A dog brought me to this sanctuary. He saved my life… He saved me from taking my life!
God, why have you allowed me to be injured so severely that I no longer remember my name or who I used to be?
The pastor asked me if I was Saved… He wanted to know if I had invited Jesus Christ into my heart, so I could be Born Again… But I didn’t know how to answer him.
The pastor wanted so desperately to believe that I could feel Jesus Christ in my heart, even if I couldn’t remember anything from my past... God, I can’t even remember praying to you!
But I’m praying to you now! I’m praying you make your presence known to me!
If you’re lurking in the depths of my heart, reveal yourself to me now! Reveal yourself to me so that I can march up to that pastor and say with confidence, “I am Born Again… and Jesus Christ has led me to salvation and has forgiven all my sins!”
Tell me now God… Tell me you are with me… Tell me that you guide me… Tell me that YOU LOVE ME!
Dare we say that there are some heartwarming moments that appeal to our human side while delving into these nightmarish scenarios? Sometimes there is nowhere or nobody to turn to when the lights go out. So take this handbook (so to speak) with you into the night and be prepared rather than scared of the unknown. You see, we are the Fiends of the Flesh, and we know what frightens you or in some cases, entices you to open that doorway that leads to sites beyond comprehension.
We invite you to a chuckle or two of course. Humor and horror have been known to cross similar paths when the outrageous becomes something tangible.
Overall, find your comfy corner of the universe and enjoy tales from Burning Bulb veterans like Rich Bottles Jr., Nelson W. Pyles, Jon Towers, David J. Fairhead, Michelle Bowser, Solon Tsangaras and Paul Wargelin. Then you will also get into the minds of newcomers to the Burning Bulb arena; M.K. Oster, James Castiglione, and Bill Smith.
In the end, we are all Fiends of the Flesh. So open up.
If you love women's feet and shoes, you're in for a treat!!
WANTED: Bizarro writers to provide their take on “How the West was Weird.”
Nine outlaw writers rode into town from obscurity to pen nine tantalizing tales of horror and fantasy, and leaving once they branded their own personal marks on the weird western genre and became living legends of the American Frontier experience.
Like drunken Indian scouts, the writers fervidly tracked down and captured the Western genre, tore off its fashionable veneer and ravished its exposed essence.
So belly up to the bar with your favorite soiled dove and enjoy perusing these thrilling tales of Old West debauchery, danger and desire; compiled by the publisher of The Big Book of Bizarro and featuring the bizarro novella Big Trouble in Little Ass by Wol-vriey.
Demoneye by David J. Fairhead - A vengeful loner finds the courage to battle evil, but only after a few stiff drinks.
The Undesirable by Jessie J. Saxon - When a series of unsolved murders occurs, a small town sheriff discovers that he can't just abandon his duty and run away from his problems.
The Tailsman by Gary Lee Vincent - A ladies' man uses his unique charms to tame a wild beast and become a living legend.
The Man With Too Many Names by Kelly R. Martin - The more sinners that a holy man eliminates, the more heathens he seems to attract.
Just Enough Rope by Nelson W. Pyles - A bounty hunter must decide between claiming his bounty or hanging up his holster on the bed post of a bountiful beauty.
The Whore in the Mirror by Kimberly Bennett- A man tracks down his missing brother, straight into the deceitful arms of a narcissistic ne'er-do-well.
Succubi Sundown by Scott Emerson - An injured and delirious gunslinger finds comfort, peace and faith at a strange desert oasis.
A Town Called Rupture by Rich Bottles Jr. - Twin philanthropists try to bring together a town divided by greed and hate.
Big Trouble in Little Ass by Wol-vriey - A hired assassin realizes that desperate times call for desperate measures and that only the love of a beautiful woman can save him.
WARNING: These adult western tales are intended for... ahem... 'mature' audiences.
Featuring the following twelve bizarro works:
One Hell of a Band by J.T. Seate
Lester's Ominous Gift by Eva Hore
The Gathering by Madeleine Swann
Womb With a View by Reina Sobin
Love Bites by Andrée Lachapelle
Pomegranate Moth by Richard Godwin
Sonata for Insects and Violins by Peter Baltensperger
Frosty by Alice Jacobs
Fun House by Kimber Vale
Butterfly Kisses by Duncan Meece
Sexual Madness by Rose de Fer
Terra Cupidus by Robin Tiergarten