Category: Random Commentary

Apocalypse Cutting

There are quite a few more machetes and tomahawks on the market these days, and I love it. Some of them are incredibly well made, and others are stamped shit.

The question that keeps coming up is “What kind of blade should I have to re-kill the risen dead?” I decided to take a whack at answering that question.

Katana

You’ll probably not hear this from anyone, but I’ll broach the topic. Do not use a katana unless you’ve got specific training in Japanese martial arts. Why? The cuts and proper techniques are unique. Besides, even o-dachi are not quite long enough to stay out of claw range unless you’ve got skills.

Naginata/Nagamaki

Once again, in the land of Japanese weapons! These are traditional field combat, and home defense blades, respectively. You might find them a bit easier to wrap your brain around. They’re spear-like, except you use swinging cuts. Good for removing heads!

Machetes

Face it, they’re inexpensive, but utterly inadequate to keep you away from claws.

Western Style Longswords

A better choice in some ways. Double-edge blades are easier for untrained people to understand. You swing it back and forth along a plane, and things get cut.

Knives in general

Only if you have to get close, and be sure to buy blades that are long enough to go through a neck in one pass.

Note: this isn’t even a comprehensive list. Please think about what you need, are comfortable with, and budget before you stock up for the end of the world.

I am honored.

As an author, you get important opportunities on occasion. A few months ago, I got one. Shana Festa of BookieMonster, and Devan Sagliani, asked me to help edit an anthology, and I accepted. What I didn’t know at the time is that the proceeds were going to be donated to The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. I couldn’t have been more honored to have been asked to participate in this.

The anthology is comprised of stories from authors, set in the “universe” of their favorite work. You’ll notice that I submitted a short prequel for Blood Soaked and Contagious, called “Home Defense.” If you’re one of my fans, you’ll enjoy this…Hell, you’ll enjoy the whole book. As one of the editors, I can guarantee it.

Please check it out on Amazon, buy it, and know that your $2.99 is going to a good cause. Thank you for your support.

AtHellsGates

Ouaaargh

That’s the sound of an author in “Writer’s Slump”. Here, I made you a picture.

Writer's Slump
Ouarrrgh

I am trying to work on “Blood Soaked and Gone”, but it is slow going. The first 80k pages are pretty good, but I hit a slump and started writing the climax. There are about 5k words there, maybe more. It is taking that 80 to the point where it can logically meet that 5… OUAAARGH!

Second cup of coffee.