Thom Brannan (est.1976) has been a submariner, a nuclear operator, an electrician, offshore oilfield trash, a semiconductor industry bystander, and now makes IV bags (or works on the machines what do).
He's a freelance editor for Permuted Press and anyone else that will have him. He has been published in several anthologies, in several genres. Thom finds his inspiration equally from Robert B. Parker and H.P. Lovecraft. He is the author of LORDS OF NIGHT and SAD WINGS OF DESTINY, the collaborative works PAVLOV'S DOGS and THE OMEGA DOG (with D.L. Snell) and SURVIVORS (with Z.A. Recht), as well as BEFORE THE DAWN.
Thom lives in or around Austin, Texas with his lovely wife, Kitty, a boy, a girl, and a dog.
Find him at the usual places online, he don't bite much.
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House of Cthulhu, Act I: The Horror in Clay
by Thom Brannan
Generations beyond "The Call of Cthulhu," the Thurston/Angell family has remained it the family seat, prosperous in business and politics. Wayland Thurston wants none of it. However, after the death of his father, he has no choice but to return home to Providence and receive his birthright. He wants none of that, either, but puts in an appearance anyway.
And everything changes.
Lords of Night (An Apocalyptic Novel)
by Thom Brannan
An ancient evil worshipped as a god in the depths of time has awakened and turned the world into a desolate and dark place. The remnants of humanity are forced to take shelter where they can, hiding from the ravenous walking dead and their inhuman shepherds, the Locust People, and the Ancient Enemy’s lieutenants, the Lords of Night.
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- Kings of the Dead (Revised & Expanded)
on May 04, 2011
When I started reading KINGS OF THE DEAD, I was more than a little put out by the fact that the titular Kings were so ready for things to hit the fan. Location, equipment, stores, weapons, you name it. I was, in fact, quite upset at how prepared these people were. It reminded me at times of a video game. But I read on.
Then after a while, it hit me: just because you have all this stuff doesn't really mean you're READY.
The growing sense of loss that comes across in the journal-format book is acute, even if it is couched in manly terms. The members of the cast that disappear leave their mark on Cole, the main protagonist, and even though they aren't mentioned very often afterward, the change that follows lets you know: it weighs on him.
KINGS OF THE DEAD was a quick read, fast-paced and real to the chosen format. The format was, as stated, that of a journal, and I was ready to be put out by that, too. I've read several journal-style books and there is no way, in my humble opinion, real people recreate entire conversations in their diaries. Tony Faville's Cole doesn't, and it made me happy. Cole lost track of dates, found them, lost them, etc, and it felt right.
The zombies...I won't even bother. Any zombie book worth its salt isn't really about the zombies unless there's something new going on there, ala Dr. Kim Paffenroth's DYING TO LIVE series. KINGS takes a traditional approach to the undead, and the book's focus is rightfully on the survivors.
Overall, KINGS OF THE DEAD was a satisfying read. There were flaws in the story, and in the characters, but sometimes Perfect comes across as Boring. Three and a half stars, rounded up for the subtle ways in which some of the perceived flaws were addressed.
- Eleven Twenty-Three
on Dec. 01, 2011
This book . . . let me say this: after Guns N' Roses put out APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION, they either had to put out an even better album, or self-destruct. We saw what *they* did. Jason Hornsby was faced with the same dilemma with this, his follow-up to 2007's EVERY SIGH, THE END, and he came through with flying colors.
I'm not even going to try and catagorize this book, but say that it sits up in my top ten next to Mr. Hornsby's first book (sharing space with GRENDEL and HOUSE OF LEAVES) and whenever Jason S. Hornsby puts out another book, he's got a ready reader here.