Thursday, June 12, 2014

BONE CRUSHER Published in RAT-A-TAT: SHORT BLASTS OF PULP!


I'm proud to announce that my short story, BONE CRUSHER, has been published in a new collection of flash fiction called RAT-A-TAT: SHORT BLASTS OF PULP. The collection was published by Pro Se Press. Paperback and Kindle versions are available at: http://www.amazon.com/Kevin-Rodgers/e/B00CCGRIZU

Friday, May 2, 2014

Sneak Preview of THE PLAGUE OF CORRUPTION

Here is a sneak preview of my next novel, THE PLAGUE OF CORRUPTION, which is the final installment of my CADAVER ISLAND trilogy:

Constantine Stark lived in the cellar of his brother’s cathedral.  Candlesticks and wall-mounted torches provided light in the dark, cramped room.  Mahogany bookcases, which were stocked by classic novels and history tomes from The Old Times, towered above the cellar’s cobblestone floor.  Small, narrow windows near the ceiling allowed sunlight to filter into the chamber during the afternoon.  Constantine reclined in a leather chair and flipped through the pages of an Edgar Allan Poe novel while he chugged red wine from a bottle.  He paused, placed the bottle on a wood table, and tossed the book aside when he heard loud screams, which originated from upstairs.  He rose from the chair, dusted bread crumbs off of his black robe, and walked briskly toward a spiral staircase.  A cold draft of wind caused his long, white hair to fall across his hazel eyes while he climbed the stairs.  His arthritic knees popped and ached while he hastened his climb.

Constantine stepped into a narrow corridor when he reached the top of the stairs.  The loud screams of his brother echoed in the main cathedral.  He hobbled toward a tall, oak door, which provided access to the cathedral.  He yanked the door inward and gasped.  His wide eyes ogled a swarm of huge rats and mice.  The rodents swarmed toward the closed door of a Bible study classroom.  Constantine realized that his brother’s screams originated on the other side of the classroom’s door. 

“This is an abomination!  I must cleanse this church of vermin!” he proclaimed.

Constantine seized a wall-mounted torch from the wall.  He marched into the cathedral and scorched the rodents with the torch’s flame.  Rats and mice squealed while the stench of burnt hair and sizzled flesh filled the air.  Constantine stamped the rodents with the soles of his shoes.  Blood, gore, and intestines burst from the innards of the vermin while Constantine marched toward the pulpit.  He exhaled the laughter of a madman while he used his free hand to topple a fountain of holy water.  The rodents exhaled shrill squeaks and painful screams while the holy water flowed across their bodies.

“I beg you, my Lord!  Cleanse this church!  Rid it of all evil!” Constantine said.

Constantine paused when his brother’s wails of agony ceased.  He whirled on his feet when he heard the classroom’s door open slowly.  Rusted hinges screamed while rats and mice scurried toward the church’s pews and pulpit.  Constantine screamed when Reverend Stark emerged from the classroom and lurched into the cathedral.

The teeth of the rodents chewed Reverend Stark’s arms, hands, legs, and face until the skin was gone.  Raw flesh glistened in the pale light of torches and candles.  Blood spurted from severed veins and arteries.  Reverend Stark’s left eyeball dangled from its socket at the end of its optic nerve.  His robe, crucifix, and leather shoes boasted splatters of flesh and gore.  He stumbled toward the pulpit and reached for his brother.  Constantine gasped while he watched rodents emerge from splits and ruptures in his brother’s robe.  He screamed when he noticed a massive hole in Reverend Stark’s upper torso.  Dozens of rats dug deeper into the ruptured cavity and feasted on his intestines.

“I’m dead, Constantine.  I’m cursed, my brother.  I must spread the plague!” he said.

“This can’t be happening!  There must be a way to save you!” Constantine implored.

“It’s too late for me.  It’s much too late.  You’re witnessing the consequences of sin.  I’m doomed to roam the countryside for all of eternity!” Reverend Stark said.

Constantine’s heart thudded under his sternum.  He watched his brother’s bloody, skinless hands reach for his robe and yank it open.  Cloth ripped and fabric shredded while the gap widened.  Dozens of rats emerged from a bloody gap within the exposed bones of Reverend Stark’s ribcage.  Intestines dangled from the carved gash while the rodents leaped out of the bloody cavity and dropped to the floor.  Constantine fell and landed on his tailbone.  Then he screamed while Corruption’s rodents overwhelmed him.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

E-book versions of THE MASK OF BEELZEBUB are now available!

I'm proud to announce that e-book versions of my new novel, THE MASK OF BEELZEBUB, are now available for Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords! THE MASK OF BEELZEBUB is the second installment of the CADAVER ISLAND trilogy. Paperback copies of the novel are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The first book in the trilogy, CADAVER ISLAND, is also available in all formats. Get your copy today at: http://www.amazon.com/Kevin-Rodgers/e/B00CCGRIZU/

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Get Your Copies of CADAVER ISLAND and THE MASK OF BEELZEBUB!


CADAVER ISLAND and its sequel, THE MASK OF BEELZEBUB, are both available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble! Get your copies of the first two books in the trilogy! Here is the direct link to the Amazon Author Page where both can be purchased: http://www.amazon.com/Kevin-Rodgers/e/B00CCGRIZU/

More information about my writing projects can be found at https://kevin-rodgers.squarespace.com!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Face-lift and Updates for Professional Website

I have updated my official website with new graphics and fonts. I've also updated my works in progress, short stories page, and main page to reflect my recent publications and current projects. The cover art for my new novel, THE MASK OF BEELZEBUB, and my upcoming short story collection, CHAOS AND DOOM, have been added to the main page. Stop by and take a look around! https://kevin-rodgers.squarespace.com

Saturday, March 15, 2014

THE MASK OF BEELZEBUB is Now Available! Cover art by Jeff Hayes!

I'm proud to announce that the second installment of my CADAVER ISLAND trilogy is now available on Amazon! THE MASK OF BEELZEBUB picks up where the epilogue of CADAVER ISLAND left off! It's now available from Pro Se Press and features cover artwork by Jeff Hayes and editing & formatting by Percival Constantine! Here is the direct link: http://www.amazon.com/Mask-Beelzebub-Cadaver-Island-Trilogy/dp/1497336791/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1394874329&sr=1-1

Sunday, February 2, 2014

CHAOS AND DOOM Cover Reveal!

Here is the cover artwork for my upcoming short story collection, CHAOS AND DOOM! The collection will feature nine short stories in one volume! More details about the collection and its publication will be posted soon!