We're really excited to be a part of the blog tour for Midnight Riders by Pete Clark today! This book sounds really fantastic, and we have Pete's playlist for it today. It's a really fun playlist, and one you don't want to skip over!
There's also a giveaway for two ebook copies of Midnight Riders and Tales from Midnight's Graveyard. You can enter for your chance to win in the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post.
Title: Midnight Riders
Author: Pete Clark
Publisher: J. Ellington Ashton Press
“Gather ‘round people and you shall hear
Of riders and horses and monsters too;
your parents lied - they can still get you.
Hardly anyone who was there is alive
to dispel the rumor, uncover the lies,
but there was more than one man who rode that day
and more than just Redcoats who got in their way.”
Along the way, Longfellow lost something in his translation it seems.
Everyone has heard of the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. However, they have not heard about them this way! The American founding fathers had a lot more to deal with at the end of the 18th century than tariffs and tea; avoiding hurled trees from Wendigos and gargoyles falling from the sky took a lot of patience. How is Samuel Prescott supposed to hunt the leader of the Rippers when the British keep infringing upon the colonists’ rights?
Boone was sure he heard Revere scream as the zombie Forbes charged at them. On his way, Forbes took a nice hearty bite out of an off duty soldier who happened to be nearby. “Grullarrk,” the soldier said clearly before falling to the ground.
Forbes Zombie was fast. A hell of a lot faster than Forbes was in real life. How the heck did that work out, Boone wondered. Oh well. He unslung his double-barreled reverse musket, an invention of Revere; the guy was good for something, thought Boone as he fired and turned his former commanding officer’s head into a floating cloud of red mist. He then flipped the release on his musket, spun the barrels so that the fired barrel faced back and the loaded faced forward, and he vaporized the downed soldier’s head as well just to be sure. He wasn’t about to let any zombies rise on his watch.
“Everybody to the wall,” Fraser ordered. It seemed that Boone’s gunfire and the shrieking had alerted the remaining werewolves, who were apparently done feasting on the French and wanted to upgrade to a little English breakfast.
“Zombies and werewolves,” whined Revere. “I sure hope no vampires show up.”
“Vampires?” Boone countered. “What are you, a child? Vampires aren’t real.”
“They’re not?” asked Revere.
“No - vampires are just a myth. But dragons, dragons will fuck your shit up,” said George Washington.
Pete Clark likes writing, animals, potato chips, and cheese. Midnight Riders is his first published novel, although he can also proudly say he finally finished Helix Crashing, the fantasy novel he has been working on for over a decade. Someday, it will be out. In addition, he has written Across the Barren Landscape, a collection of linked Western short stories, and Tales from Midnight's Graveyard, a collection of unconnected horror, science fiction, fantasy, and supernatural stories. He cowrote Backward Compatible: A Geek Love Story with author Sarah Daltry. He also writes plays, both dramatic and comedic. When he is not writing, Pete tends to ignore everyone around him and obsess over sports.
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Playlist for Midnight Riders
“Loved by the Sun”: Tangerine Dream
This is a cheeseball eighties song and I love me some cheeseball eighties music. This one has a sort of epic and mystical sound to it. So it’s good for when I’m trying to get into more of the supernatural elements of the story.
“You Don’t have to be a Prostitute”: Flight of the Conchords
This is a strange and enjoyable tune with a bit of steel drum. Who doesn’t love a bit of steel drum? If you know the band, then you already know what kind of song this is. I like this song and others like it because it is somewhat inspiring to see the utter chaos. Utter chaos is crucial to many of my stories.
“Community Property:” Steel Panther
See the first two selections and you know that I love strange lyrics and eighties music. Well this song is the best of both worlds. Written to sound like a traditional 80s rock ballad but the lyrics are amazingly offensive and bizarre. It was love at first listen to me. This is also a nice barometer. Because if you are offended by this song, then chances are the language in my books is a bit harsh for you as well.
“Jack Sparrow”: The Lonely Island (featuring Michael Bolton)
I like this song both for its oddly energetic chorus and also for the style of comedy it uses. I like confusion and manipulation of audience expectation to create comic situations. This song certainly plays with that. Good times.
“Werewolves of London”: Warren Zevon
First off this song is awesome so it should be on every playlist. And as an added bonus, it features stylish werewolves. My book also has werewolves. But mine are bastards. His have perfect hair and a fondness for Chinese takeout. Seriously this song belongs everywhere.
I like this song because of its poppy cheesiness. I also have a tendency, when it comes to music, to relate more to the sound than the words and although the lyrics are certainly interesting if you speak Flemish or whatever, it is the music alone that provides all of the inspirational boost I need. The video in the link is just a picture with the music because the actual videos are pretty poor quality.
“Bangers and Mash:” Infant Sorrow
Another song that is actually a really excellent tune but has the added bonus of being rather bizarre. A fictional band designed for a movie but regardless, a lot of their music is good. This song is a good example of how you can have a good song with childish humor and still make it work. Again I love strange comedy.
“Before the Lobotomy”: Green Day.
This song is both beautiful and thunderous. One of my favorite Green Day songs. This song I find to be a very powerful tool for inspiration for scenes that involve intense emotion and beauty. There are a few of them in my books and the sound of this song makes for a good example of the balance I look for in those scenes.
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--Ashley & Paul