Have you heard of “X”? The horror film by Ti West? And in relation to running, have you heard of the Western States? It’s a race that got me into running…

My eldest son and I are the only two people in my family interested in horror movies. My son is a movie fanatic (having graduated Toronto Film School) and prefers to see movies in the theatres alone, late at night, to prevent any crowding. And since he would be my only companion if he wasn’t a fanatic, I too go to the movies alone, only not by choice.

About this movie, I hadn’t heard of it at all. I saw no previews, and really, had no idea it was on the horror radar (and being a self-proclaimed horror fan and horror author, I should’ve been aware of it). I don’t know if that was a benefit or not. I think not knowing anything about it allowed me to view it with no preconceptions. I don’t know if that matters in this instance because I know I would have enjoyed it either way. This is a great horror film. Like superb.

No spoilers here. All I can say is that the film is full of movie and story cliches that get turned on their head in a clever and fantastically violent way. No Terrifier violent, but like how Friday the 13th used to be violent. A gritty, visceral violence with a purpose. This movie had me cringing in my seat and to have that effect on me, a person who has been watching horror since he was six years old, that is no mean feat. Seriously, if you dig horror, see this film. Where I am at, it’s on Amazon Prime. And as a bonus, the prequel is set to release soon! Aw yeah!

Wester States 100-mile Endurance Race

For whatever reason, while surfing the Tubes of You, I ran across a video documenting a 100-mile footrace through the mountains.

The runners ascend a total of 18,090 feet and descend a total of 22,970 feet. They climb snow-covered mountains and run through scorchingly hot valleys where the sun reflects off shale to cook you while you run. And if you complete the 100 miles in less than 24 hours, you earn yourself a coveted belt buckle!

The course record is 14:09:28, held by Jim Walmsley.

This fascinated the hell out of me. What does it take to run that far? Who does such a thing? Why hadn’t I heard of this before? For a guy who was overweight and smoked for years, this race was everything I was not. I was not in shape, I was not disciplined and I had no real appreciation of what the body could do when the mind demanded it. I’m paraphrasing here, but Nietzsche said something similar to A person who can’t command themself is thus commanded. Essentially, without discipline, the body, the impulses, the drives, rule the mind. I wanted to see what I could do. And running is a gruelling training ground for the mind.

Check out the video here. I think you’ll dig it.

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OLD MAN ULTRA TRAINING: Week One Complete, total kilometres was 26.41, Weight Maintenance plan (kind of)and New Running Shoes.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor, nutritionist or any type of health expert. What I’m describing is what worked for me. Always seek professional advice before embarking on health journeys.

Today, I woke up, fed the kids, walked the dog and then weighed myself. I am 175lbs. I want to hover around 170lbs. I have some work to do.

When I want to lose a bit of weight, the first thing I do is stop drinking beer. Within a week, I will lose 5lbs. I know this because, over the years of trying to lose weight, I’ve learned a bit about my body. The first thing I learned is that I gain weight easily. I believe even looking at a Big Mac causes me to gain weight.

Let me put it into perspective. As a general rule you times the body weight you want to be by ten and that will give you your calorie bank for the day. So, if I want to be 170lbs, I shouldn’t eat more than 1700 calories. Remember, this is a general rule and does not take into account physical activity. If you’re active, you should eat more depending on the activity.

Without working out (and I tested this), in order for me to stay at 170lbs, I couldn’t eat more than 1600 calories without gaining weight. I had to eat at a DEFICIT in order to maintain my weight. Not everyone is like this and to me, it’s not good or bad. It is just the way it is.

Now, I have tried KETO, CARNIVORE, and the 4-HOUR BODY diet (Tim Ferris) and can give you an idea of how I felt about each one.

KETO– After a week, I felt good. I was more alert and had more energy BUT, in order to stay in ketosis, for me, felt like a scientific endeavour. Had to buy pee strips to test my ketones, had to cut and cut and cut my carbs to stay in ketosis and blah-blah-blah. It just wasn’t for me. Other people can do it and I’m sure if I stuck with it for more than a year, it’d get easier, but really, no thanks.

CARNIVORE– For this, it was pretty simple. All animal products were a go, and fruit (this is the Paul Saladino version). On this, I felt the best. Everything felt great. My alertness, my joints, my energy levels, my digestion, all of it, felt perfect. This is the diet I will return to once it becomes less difficult to follow at home. I have four kids, and we are foster parents and making different meals for such a large group is too much. BUT this is the diet I love.

4-HOUR BODY– This is a fun diet and it works. Pretty much each beans, veggies, and meat for six days of the week. On day seven though? All hell breaks loose! In a good way! It is a vital part of the diet to let loose. Eat chips, candy, ice cream, beer, or whatever your cravings have been calling for. Now, I don’t think this helps in any way with developing a healthy relationship with food (it encourages binging like a maniac) but it does work and it is fun.

The above diets are all fine. Pick one or don’t. The only thing that truly matters for weight loss and maintenance is CICO (Calories In, Calories Out). You cannot beat the laws of thermodynamics. It is pretty simple. If you want to lose weight, be in a caloric deficit. If you want to maintain your weight, eat for caloric maintenance. You just need to find out what your specific caloric needs are. Everyone is different. We all have that friend who looks ripped, doesn’t work out, and seems to eat whatever they want without consequences, right? Well, I’m not that person, and if you’re reading this, you’re probably not that person either. So, follow the CICO and you can’t go wrong. Science says you can’t.


How did my week go? Good. Great even. I got some new shoes (Awww yeah!) and aren’t they perty?

Altra Trail Superior 6!

Nothing much to say about this week. It is the first one, starting off light, and I expect it will become more brutal as I get closer to race day.

I will say, the 12km run I did in 31-degree weather was rough! I try to keep my pace to under a 5-minute kilometre and didn’t quite make it.

I went through two water bottles on this run. Should I have waited until it got cooler? Now, I have two thoughts on this. The first one is no, I am going to run in an ultramarathon. I’m going to suffer and might as well get used to it. The second thought is I am running an ultramarathon in November, in Canada, so I won’t encounter this heat on race day unless something goes terribly wrong (like the end of the world) and then the race won’t even matter will it?

Next Sunday, I’ll discuss the importance of form and the benefit of keeping your form even though you might be exhausted. And I’ll also go into why I run in Altra shoes and walk in Xero shoes.

Resources to check out on YouTube for health and fitness: Will Tennyson, Greg Doucette, Joni Shreve, and More Plates More Dates.

Resources to check out on YouTube for running: Aravaipa Running, Confidence in Chaos, Dr. Mark Cucuzzella (for form), and Billy Yang for inspirational ultra videos.

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48-year-old man versus a 50km Ultra Marathon (part of the new Lift, Run, Write and Review series)


On November 20th, 2022, there is a 50km trail run in Batawa, Ontario, titled, The Fat Ass Trail Run. Unusual name and an unusual time of year for an outdoor run considering Canada is known for its coldness and deep snow. But enough of that.

Full disclosure: I have completed a 50km Ultra before. It was a flat course at Niagara Falls. And although at the completion of it, I told my family they had permission to slap me in the face should I ever mention such an endeavour again, here I am, mentioning it, and yeah, I’ve signed up for it. And no slaps have been administered as of yet. I am doing another one because I felt I could have done better, and, truth be told, I am eyeing a 100km run in the future.

Why am I telling you all this? Well, for two reasons: to hold myself accountable for my training, and if anyone is thinking about competing in ultra and wants to know what goes into the training, they can follow along. If there is one thing I’ve figured out is that it is amazing what your body can do when your mind demands it.

So, my training will consist of six sessions a week. Three days will consist of strength training and the other three will consist of running. I’ll have a V02 max increase day (hill repeats), medium distance race pace runs day, and a long-distance run day to build a base. On the strength days, I’ll finish the workout with a fast 1.5 mile run.

It’s going to be part of my series. Lift, Run, Write and Review series. Every week, I’ll share my training with you ( you can follow me on Strava here: https://www.strava.com/athletes/70830819 ) and let you know how my latest book is going and review a film or book of horror I dug.

Right now, I weigh 174 pounds. I feel best between 168 and 171. That’s what I’ll try to maintain throughout my training. I’ll update my weight every week with each post. I’ll also share my diet and the self-experimenting I had done in the past and what I thought of each diet. For years I hovered between 195 and 200 pounds and just got sick of it, really, and started messing about with different fad diets. I had done paleo, keto, and carnivore and I’ll get into what I’ll be doing during my training.

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Passive and Active engagement with your passions…

Now, this might be a massive generalization, or it might be accurate, I don’t really know, but talking to people, reading about people, I get the feeling that at some point in all of our lives, we feel stuck, or sense that we have a lack of purpose.

The common scenario I’ve noticed is we do what we see, what we were programmed to do. Grow-up, find a partner, get a job, have kids or don’t, and just settle in until you retire and then die. And at the beginning, all of this can be exciting. You’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing, what your friends are doing and you get to talk to them about it, comparing lives and congratulating each other on your successes and supporting each other through failures. And this is fine… at the beginning.

Then the job you were so jazzed to get starts losing its shine. Maybe getting out of bed to go to work becomes a battle everyday. Maybe you look in the mirror and think, how the hell did I get here? But what can you do? You have people depending on you, depending on your income and you love them, and your problem shouldn’t be their problem so you get up, and you go to work and the next day, you do it again ad infinitum. But that’s not it. Well, it doesn’t have to be.

For me, I didn’t start writing until well into my late thirties. Before that, in order to quit smoking, I started racing in 5K runs, then a half-marathon, then triathlons, and when the quitting smoking finally took, I was like, now what? (Over the past two summers I finished a marathon and an ultra-marathon- I will not be doing either again). It is obvious now I was looking for something extra. Something to occupy my brain and body. I needed stimulation outside of my work. And you know what? This is a great time to live in. If I had been born just a decade earlier, some of the options available now would have passed me by.

I started writing and submitting stories online to magazines and book compilations and bam! Published (after many rejections, of course).

Years ago, you’d have to type out a manuscript, mail it off, and wait for weeks on end for the acceptance or rejection letter to arrive in the mail. It’s called snail mail for a reason. And it was considered bad etiquette to send out your story to multiple places. You had to send to one, wait, and then if rejected, send to another and wait. Ugh. How disheartening!

But for me, at the time I tried to give writing a go, all I had to do was write it, attach it to an email and click send. And the answers came within days, weeks, but not months. Perfect.

And this is not just applicable to writing. There are so many people out there who are returning to what they are passionate about and trying to turn that passion into a reality. You can create your own online store, design T-shirts, 3D print products to sell, create a YouTube channel where people watch YOU play a video game or critique a movie, a book, or you could start a micro-brewery, I mean, the options are limitless! For the first time, in a long time, the options truly are what you can imagine.

And it’s the trying that’s important isn’t it? Even if I had never been published, I know I’d be writing, and like now, trying to get better everyday. I went from passively wishing to actively pursuing my passion for horror and it’s paying off.

What obstacles are in your way? I know it’s cheesy, but I found the only real obstacle to any of my goals had been me. Just me. And I’m still learning to get out of my own way.

I don’t know a lot, but I do know that you shouldn’t hold back. You get one shot at this incredible thing called life. I’m sometimes blown away at the idea of it. I mean billions of years, billions of obstacles, billions of evolutionary changes that created you, in this moment, in this time. Enjoy it as best as you are able. Chase your passion (cheese, I know, but no less true).

John Hunt is the best-selling author of Doll House, The Tracker, and Off The Grid. His newest book, Murder Run, is also available on Amazon.

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Is Horror a dirty word in the publishing industry?

A writer friend of mine once mentioned that even if they wrote horror, they would market it to potential agents and publishers as a thriller or mystery. Horror, it seems, is a dirty word in the publishing industry.

I don’t have any stats to back this up. I looked, and the stats are either dated, or the sample size is too small. So, I don’t know how true this is. I know horror is a niche market. Either you like horror, or you don’t. No one, for the most part, is in the middle. The only authors I know who write mainstream horror is Stephen King and his son, Joe Hill. Both awesome and they have both more than earned their place in the mainstream market. People continually give them a chance because they are a household name, and in my experience, they never let the reader down. But what do you do if you’re not one of them? Change genres?

I love writing. It is a great escape. It’s like a movie of my own making playing out in my head, with the characters surprising the heck out of me as they manoeuvre through my grey matter landscape.

See, I don’t plan my books. I write, letting the characters flesh out a little idea I had. Then I refine it, and refine it, and refine it. I can only write horror. I couldn’t change genres even if I wanted to. And thinking about it, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’ve said it before, and I’m going to say it again; horror is one genre in which the reader can experience the entire gamut of human emotion. It’s all there, and there is usually an awesome villain or villains in the mix. Who doesn’t like villains and the heroes who take them down?

I have to say though, when I read comments about the gore in my books, I’m kind of surprised. I shouldn’t be. It’s right there in front of me, but with what I read and watch, I think I’m not that gory, really. But I must be wrong. Right?

If you love horror, and don’t mind a little gore, let’s show the publishing industry that horror is a marketable, profitable genre, shall we? Read horror. Watch horror. Support horror. Talk about horror.

What are your thoughts on horror? What, in your opinion, is the most popular genre?

John Hunt is the best-selling horror author of DOLL HOUSE, THE TRACKER, and OFF THE GRID. His newest book, MURDER RUN, is now available on Amazon.

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Don’t you love it when you find a new author to read?

I was looking for contemporary horror to read, so I used the Googles to help with the search and I stumbled upon a blog listing 10 scary books in which not one of them had been written by Stephen King. I know, I know, I was surprised to find such a list as well.

And on this list (sorry, I forget the blog name and didn’t bookmark it, and I really would have liked to give them credit) was BROTHER by Ania Ahlborn.

I read quite a lot of books from multiple genres, and after a time, you can sense the trends, the story and what direction it is going in, and sometimes, the conclusion without having to finish the book. This happens to me a lot, actually, to the annoyance of my family and friends (they don’t like to watch movies with me because I can predict the ending quickly). And I can do this because I practice it a lot. I read all the time. I watch movies all the time, so, after a while, nothing truly surprises me.

I like being surprised. I try to surprise my readers with my books, and so far, luckily, I’ve been successful. And when an author surprises me, I am over-the-moon happy about it.

That’s what happened when I read BROTHER.

I won’t spoil it, but I will say that you usually know what type of book you’re getting into when it involves a family of backwoods cannibals. So I wasn’t expecting much in the way of a new storyline. I was absolutely wrong. And I am so happy that I was.

If you love horror with new, clever, and surprising storylines, you’ll love this book.

I mean, go get it now, off of Amazon, or wherever you can get it. Me? I’ll be buying the rest of Ania’s books.

John Hunt is the bestselling author of Doll House, The Tracker, Off The Grid, and his newest novel, now available on Amazon, Murder Run.

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Best Horror Video Game of all time… IMHO.

How do you rate the best of a subjective genre? By personal opinion, of course, and for me, I’m rating my best on gameplay, and most of all, the story. I am a writer after all, well, doing my best at practicing it anyway.

For the scariest, like, wanna throw the controller away type of fear, you can’t beat OUTLAST. It’s a first person game, using darkness, flashlights with low batteries, and an eerie atmosphere to freak you the ‘f’ out. And it does it well. But is the story awesome? It’s ok.

You also may have heard of the Friday the 13th game as well. It is a multiplayer game, where you spawn as either Jason (predator) or a camp counsellor (prey). Jason tries to kill all the counsellors as they try to activate, and or build their means of escaping the map. Hella fun, and as an avid F13 fan, I absolutely love this game, but once again, the story? It’s ok.

The preceding games are just an example of some of these types of games. They are survival horror. Resident Evil has been doing these games for years and they are not new.

In 2013, yeah, seven years ago, a Playstation exclusive game was released. The Last of Us. Man. This is a game. It is third person game, but still manages to immerse you deep into the story. And the opening? Your teenage daughter dying in your arms at the beginning of a world-ending pandemic? Need I say more? Ok. I will then.

Of course, the father, Joel, becomes hardened, angry, and afraid to care for anyone. He makes his living smuggling items, and working on the dangerous outskirts of the small, stand-alone communities. And then along comes Ellie. A teenage girl who needs to be escorted far away. Joel doesn’t know why, only that the job pays very well.

They begin their long journey together, and of course he doesn’t want to like her, but he ends up dong just that. Now, none of this is really storytelling originality for sure, and I won’t say that it is. but the ending, man, I still think about it.

SPOILERS: Turns out Ellie is immune to this plague. She carries antibodies that could be used to develop a vaccine. She knows the process of removing these antibodies will kill her because it has to be harvested from her brain. Joel doesn’t know this until the very end when she is about to be operated on. And although Ellie is willing to sacrifice herself, Joel is not willing to sacrifice her. While she is out, getting ready to be operated on, Joel kills everyone, the surgeons, the staff, and takes her away.

The game ends with her asking him what happened. He tells her before they got in too deep, they realized they wouldn’t be able to create a vaccine, that it had all failed. Suspicious, she asks him if he is telling her the truth. He tells her yes, of course he is. He swears on it.

That is one hell of an ending. Joel couldn’t care less about the rest of the world. He only cared about Ellie, and what losing her would mean to him. Love it. If you like survival horror and an excellent story, get this game. It was a Playstation exclusive and it sold 17 million copies. It’s not on Xbox, not on PC, only on Sony and it sold that many… yeah. So good.

John Hunt is the best selling author of Doll House, The Tracker, and Off the Grid. His newest book, Murder Run, is available now on Amazon. Click the link below to get your copy today.

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Creative and crafty horror people… The Doll House sequel is rolling along, and of course, more Murder Run reviews… Bam!

I have a little corner in my room, right by the window, that has my desk, my monitors and is my place to write stories and listen to music when I have the time. And I’m looking to decorate my little corner of bliss with what I like. I am not the type of person who thinks a Spartan atmosphere prevents distractions. My brain is the distraction, and when I decide to write and focus, I usually have no problem doing so. I actually like to have images, phrases, or art to inspire me. Hence, my search for decorations.

So, I turned to Google, and Google sent me to Etsy, and Etsy sent me to these pages, with these images:

Cool stickers for the laptop.

Crocheted dolls!

Cross stitchin’!

And 3D signage!

What do I choose? Help! Pretty cool what your interests can do for you. Here are a bunch of people, clearly passionate about horror, making something out of nothing, and sharing it with the world. Love it.

If you love this sort of stuff, I suggest you check them out. You just might find something for your wall.


The Doll House sequel is surprising me. The characters are taking me for a ride. That Olivia is the most surprising of the bunch. I’m loving it, and I know you will too. In case you missed it, the link to the book is below. 934 Amazon reviews and a 4.3 star rating. Get it!


Oh, and how is Murder Run doing? Raking in the four and five star reviews, that’s how. So, what are you waiting for? For the price of a coffee and a donut, muffin, cookie, whatever, you can have hours of terrifying entertainment. And let me know what you think. I can’t get better without your insight.

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Horror Art in Pastel by Chantal Laura Handley… amazing, plus another Murder Run review!

This is hand drawn with pastels. Incredible. I dabble in drawing, and sometimes I pull something off and sometimes, not so much, but this, this artist hits it out of the park!

I mean, look at that! And you can order the prints to decorate your walls, coffee table, or writing desk. So cool. Or as a gift for that horror lover you know.

Visit her site for more pics… you won’t be disappointed.


Nicki’s review of Murder Run from Goodreads:

Adrenaline pumping, action packed, not stop thriller with such a surprise ending. WOW this story had me from the first chapter. Excellent!

So far, Murder Run has 26 ratings and a 4.12 star average. If you, or someone you know loves horror, you should be reading Murder Run.

My Review of Mike’s Book Reviews of his Top Ten Horror Books…

Reviews are essentially opinions, or reasons why you like or dislike something. Unless the review is based upon an objective measurement, then the review is subjective.

Book reviews, for the most part, are subjective. So, really, the reason why you like or dislike something isn’t wrong. Your reason is your reason and the events of your life and how you see the world can impact your view on your likes and dislikes which is unique to you.

I stumbled upon this horror book review and I liked it. I liked the reasoning behind the decision as to why he placed each book in his top ten category. I think you’ll like it too, if you like horror, and I’ll link the video down below. Now, on to the list.

In tenth spot, RING by Koji Suzuki, the book the movie series was based upon. Now, I have to admit, I have never read this book and I intend to rectify that immediately. I have no comment on this choice as of now, but that will change.

In ninth, JAWS by Peter Benchley. Once again, this list is subjective. I did not like this book. At all. To me, it read like a weird love story with a vicious shark as a backdrop. I was hugely disappointed with this book. That could be because I saw JAWS before I read the book and the movie, well, the movie is a masterpiece.

In eighth, I AM LEGEND by Richard Matheson. I love, love this book. If you like horror, or really, any book exceptionally well-written, then READ THIS BOOK! Ridiculously influential, and just a powerful, emotional read. Get on it!

In seventh, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, by Shirley Jackson. Mike cites the writing style as a big reason he enjoyed this book. I agree. Well written, great story, but top-ten on my horror list? I would have to say no. But a great book nonetheless.

In sixth, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, by Anne Rice. Holy cow, this is a great book. This book inspired a whole new world of vampire fiction, some good, some not so good. I don’t really feel sorry for immortal beings whining about how they can’t be loved or that they are monsters, and why oh why can’t people just understand them! This is before that trend of sparkling, crying, murderers. Anne Rice paints a haunting, dark, and vicious tale of vampires. I was enthralled by this book. Hell, I still am.

In fifth, THE COLOUR OUT OF SPACE, by H.P Lovecraft. I have read many H.P Lovecraft stories. But not this one. Mike says it’s a great read so I feel compelled to read it.

In fourth, PET SEMETARY by Stephen King. Man, a great book. This is the dark Stephen King. The no-happy-endings Stephen King. It reminded me of the stark, cruel darkness of THE RUNNING MAN. I loved that short tale, too.

In third, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, by Ray Bradbury. Ok, I know he’s Canadian and so am I, but that has nothing to do with what I think about his work; he was a huge talent. Monumental, in fact. His work, his narrative is smooth, like that first sip of your favourite IPA. Love it.

In second, DRACULA, by Bram Stoker. Of course. That’s all I have to say. Of course.

In first, IT, by Stephen King. And if any book by Stephen King should be in your top ten, it is definitely this one. My personal favourite is THE SHINING. That one and IT are truly the only two books that ever raised the hair on my arms. Mike comments on this in his video, about how after a certain age, books don’t really scare you, which I thought was very accurate. These two books, in my opinion, are the exceptions.

These are great books to have on a list (except for JAWS IMO). They are all well-written and influential in their own way, and if they aren’t right now, they will be classics. I would be interested in contemporary horror that Mike likes. We seem to have similar tastes. Does he like Adam Cesare? Jack Ketchum? Or maybe not so contemporary, but a fun writer, such as Richard Laymon? He probably has answered this in one of his videos. I’ll be sure to check more out.

Here’s the video. It’s worth your time.

John Hunt is the bestselling author of Doll House, The Tracker, and Off The Grid. His newest novel, Murder Run, is now also available on Amazon. Link is below.

Oh, the weather outside is… weather. Winter blahs… reading, writing, and ugly Christmas sweaters. And calling all NetGalley reviewers!

I don’t know about you, but I am not a big fan of winter. Yeah, I’m Canadian, so what? I don’t like it. But, with most things I don’t like, I try to change my mindset, to turn a dislike into a neutral toleration.

What do I do to accomplish such an overwhelming feat? I read. I write. I watch films. When I’m not at work or hanging with my kids, that is.

Do any of you re-read books? I do. When I get stuck, and need something, I always revisit an old favourite, and it’s comfortable, seeing (reading) old friends and going along on their adventures. Comforting, like that old sweater in the closet, with the frayed cuffs, and holes, the one you won’t wear in front of company, but the first one you put on when you get home.

Lately, I’ve been reading John Sandford’s Virgil Flowers series, and I just started reading The Stand again by the master Stephen King.

In between the reading spurts, I’ve been writing the sequel to Doll House. And I wasn’t sure how it would go, but I knew there was a story there, and as usual, Olivia isn’t letting me down. I’m excited to sit down and write whenever I can. I expect, with how I’m going, that the book will be ready in the spring. And it’s going to be a doozy! Do people say doozy anymore?

NetGalley friends! Murder Run is still on the NetGalley site and will be available to review until the end of December… so, get on it would ya? The reviews so far have been very positive, and if you like fun horror, that kind of comes out of left field, and makes you laugh, cry, and check behind the doors, then this is the book for you! It’s climbing in the ratings on my Goodreads page, past Balance and past 4 Shots of Horror. Get a read on. Can’t wait to read what you think.

And here is an ugly Christmas sweater I’ve been eyeballing, but can’t justify paying that price…

Here is some Horror Holiday reading for you…

You’re Next! The movie… not you personally… seriously, just the movie.

Have you ever wondered, man, I wish they’d do a home invasion movie, horror style, that doesn’t suck? Yeah, me too. And guess what? There’s hope. You’re Next is just such a movie. Fun, suspenseful, gory kills, it has everything a horror fan could ask for! So, go watch it!

Listen here:

You’re Next podcast discussion.

And speaking of horror… have you read my latest book yet? The reviews are flying in! 10 ratings, 4.50 star… what are you waiting for? An invitation? Here you go:

Who are you reading, that, in your opinion, is a relatively unknown horror author? I’m looking for something new to read… and, on a side, self-promotional note… Murder Run reviews are coming in hot!

I love, like love 80’s horror. To be compared to that most glorious era of horror, is well, glorious!!

The reviews can be read on Goodreads, and in December, a review of Murder Run will be featured on http://gumshoereview.com/ so be sure to check that out.

But really, I am in need of new reading material. So if you know of any obscure, but compelling, horror writer’s let me know. I’ll read them, and if I like them, I’ll review them.

Pick up Murder Run for yourself here:

Thanks for supporting the little guy! Have a great week, and be kind to everyone!

Goodreads winners enjoy Murder Run! For all those that entered… thanks! I am so humbled by the interest! So, for today only, Murder Run is available for $0.99! Happy Halloween!

Get it here:

Goodreads Giveaway update, Halloween deal, Doll House sequel, My Self-Publishing Experiment, and tidying up, getting back on schedule…

See that little number there? How many people requesting? Just one shy of 500!? Ok, I’m blown away, and so grateful that so many people are interested in reading the chaotic words spilling from my brain. So, thank you!

Because of that interest, and my gratitude, I am offering a Halloween deal for Murder Run, the ebook! On that most sacred of thriller and horror lover days, my book will be available for $0.99! Yup.

So, if you happen to be one of those people who don’t win the giveaway, you can nab a copy at a discounted price. Happy Halloween!

Now, on to YouTube. I am almost finished with the project. After this week, I’ll add up all I spent, and calculate the results, and that should be the end of it… until my next book, the sequel to Doll House!

Here is the latest episode of MSPE:

After this, I’ll be getting back to my regular schedule. Working on the MOVIES OF THE DAMNED podcast, and the Doll House sequel. I am excited about this one. I’ve been canoodling over this one for some time now, and it’s percolated to perfection.

Thanks everyone. Really, this unknown author chasing a dream couldn’t be more happy or grateful for your continued support.

Have a great week. Be kind to everyone. Including yourself.

Another 5 stars for Murder Run, still a few days left to enter the Goodreads Giveaway, last episode of MPSE is up, and listen to the last episode of Movies of the Damned here…

NetGalley can do so much for an author. Murder Run just received its third review and it was a 5 star! The reviewer post her review on Goodreads, a site called Litsy, and another site called Librarything. Her review will reach into two more audience pools that, frankly, I wasn’t even aware of. Either way, Murder Run is shaping up to be the Halloween Read of 2020! Maybe…

And maybe you should enter the Giveaway? Doesn’t cost a thing…


My Self-Publishing Experiment, Episode 6, is live… you can watch it here:

And, if you’re so inclined, you can listen to our last podcast here:

Thanks everyone! Have a great week! Be kind to everyone…

Off the Grid hit #1! Next video is up! Let’s keep this ball rolling!

And this week on MSPE, I discuss this beautiful thing up top, NetGalley results, and Amazon Ads…

Watch it now:

And, while you’re at it, why not invest in your next Halloween Read?

In the meantime, have a great week, and be kind to everyone.

Watch as a published author tries the self-publishing route… it’s free. So, if you’re curious… what have you got to lose? Nothing, that’s what. Start from the beginning below. Also, Off the Grid will be on BookBub tomorrow. Have you signed up yet? It’s also free.

And here is the book I’m self-publishing…

Have a great week, people. Be kind to everyone.

Over 400 people have entered the Goodreads Giveaway, Podcast talk about indie film By Night’s End, and Murder Run for Halloween… as a gift, to yourself, because you’re worth it…

Look at that! I am blown away by the support. Indie authors need the love, ya know?

Podcasting this week about Indie film By Night’s End…

Listen to the podcast here:

The YouTube’s is being a pain and refusing to cooperate, but the podcast video will be up later today…

And the latest episode of MPSE is up! Watch it here:

And yeah, isn’t it about time we adults bought ourselves Halloween gifts? Us horror lovers? Yes, I think it is. I’m going to get myself something F13 related… or maybe a book from another Indie author… Adam Neville is a good one. If you’re looking for a deal, might I suggest my book?

Thanks everyone! Have a great week. Be kind to everyone. Especially yourself.

MPSE Episode 5… Goodreads results! Amazon Ads results, how many books I’ve sold so far and more…

Catch up with last week’s episode…

Have you entered the giveaway? No? Well, conveniently I have a link…


And if you feel like buying my book and supporting us indie authors, please feel free to do so…

And Never Hike in the Snow… a short, but powerful sequel. I liked it a lot and I’ll write about it soon. I’ll have to watch it a couple of more times.

Have a great week. Be kind to everyone.

Never Hike in the Snow… premiere’s tonight on YouTube and yeah, you know I’m watching it. On a side note… 338 people have added Murder Run to their ‘to-read’ list on Goodreads. Have you entered the giveaway? Who doesn’t like a chance to win a free book?

You all might know by now that I am a huge Friday the 13th movie fan. And when I saw Never Hike in the Snow, a fan film, I was blown away. To say I loved it, well, that’s an understatement. And the sequel to that awesomeness is premiering tonight. I can’t wait. Check out the trailer here:

Now, on to Murder Run. That Goodreads giveaway, man, it is paying dividends. Will all those added ‘to read’ books translate into sales. No. BUT, it does get people talking and talking is good. Real good for an indie, relatively unknown writer. So, hop on the support train and enter the Goodreads giveaway why don’t ya?


Or buy it here… whichever, you do your best you!

Thanks everyone! Have a great week, and be kind to everyone!

Never underestimate the power of FREE, podcast may have to go bi-weekly, and a 3 mile a day from Monday to Friday challenge…

I started the Goodreads Giveaway on October the 8th, 2020. Since then, Murder Run’s to-read category jumped from 16 to 293! Holy cow! All I can say is… thanks!

Movies of the Damned!! may have to go to a bi-weekly upload. My work schedule (my real-life paying job) has changed and as such, it has been challenging to keep to the weekly schedule. Especially with the new book release and new YouTube channel (see below). We’ll see how it goes…

And because I feel like it, I’m going to run 3 miles a day for five days straight. I normally break up my cardio. I’ll ride my bike back and forth to work and when I have a day off work, I’ll go for a run. I’m just going to run this week. It is one of my favourite things to do and I’ll show all the readings from my Apple Watch, because, why not? I wonder how many total calories it will say I burned? I do weights too, but it separates that activity so I’ll be able to see what I burned just from the running. Not that the Apple Watch is accurate, but it is consistently inaccurate which allows a better-than-nothing guess, I suppose.

Remember to like, subscribe and all that. Follow me on the social medias and on Goodreads.

Have an excellent week. Be kind to everyone.

Goodreads Giveaway! Enter for your chance to win a copy of Murder Run! And MPSE Episode 4 is up and ready for your viewing pleasure!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Murder Run by John                  Hunt

Murder Run

by John Hunt

Giveaway ends October 30, 2020.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Don’t miss your chance to enter this giveaway… the ‘to read’ list has jumped to 174 people and is still growing! Yesterday, it was 16…

Sorry fellow Canadians. The contest is only available in the U.S. I will have a different giveaway for you all, eh?

And below, the latest episode of My Self-Publishing Experiment. Enjoy, and have a great day!

Another review for Murder Run (below), Episode 4 of MSPE released tomorrow, link for Episode 3 below, you know, if you wanna catch up!

Read this fun review from Lisa of Goodreads who got my book from… guess where… NetGalley!

My thanks to Dexter Publishing, John Hunt and Netgalley.
This dang book was exactly what I’ve come to expect from this author. It’s starts off as one thing, then gets booted arse over shoulders. I love that!
Kyle “the murderer” is almost someone to feel sorry for. Almost. He has no impulse control. I quickly wanted him to die! But, along comes a very messed up twist. “Hunt style!” I can’t say anything about that, because then I’d ruin all the messiness!
I believe Mr. Hunt is slightly mad. Mad, I tell you! Mad! I personally wouldn’t have it any other way!
Lisa – Goodreads 4/5 stars!

I love it!

And since Episode 4 is airing tomorrow evening, here is Episode 3!

Thanks for the support everyone! You’ve been an awesome part of the team!

Have a great week! Be kind to everyone!

The Babysitter: Killer Queen. A sequel to the fun horror-comedy. The question is: did it surpass the original?

You know the drill. Listen in and find out.


And listen in here:

Have a great week. Be kind to everyone!

I didn’t plan it this way, but it’s working out so… cool! Murder Run on the most requested to review list for Horror on NetGalley… awwww yeah!

On the bottom there, you can kind of see the top of my book.

There it is! My book seems to be off to a great start. And I have to say, it’s all thanks to you. For liking, sharing, supporting, and of course reading.

Episode 3 is up on my channel. Have a view. I go into detail about the process. Like, share, and subscribe.

And of course, you can get my book here:

Release day! Unplanned, but yeah, it’s here! Let’s get this rolling together, shall we?

Buy it here:

Thanks everyone! Have a great weekend, and be kind to everyone!

Whoops! Paperback released early, first review for Murder Run, Fiverr results, Netgalley, man, a busy time for this author! Join in the fun!

Here’s my author copy, but guess who got another copy? My sister! Before December 1st!

Yeah, definitely my mistake, so guess what? I had to move my eBook release date to this Friday. Yeah, on October 2nd, 2020, Murder Run will be available in paperback and eBook! Haha! This self-publishing… man, quite an experience.

First review… wait for it… 5 stars! You can read it here, but beware, spoilers are contained within: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3573986814?book_show_action=true&from_review_page=1

You can buy it here:

Watch my latest YouTube video for full details.

Catch it here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNhBpKt84IfEOvOoyboX1oA?view_as=subscriber

Thanks for the support! Have a great week and be kind to everyone!

Murder Run is now Live on NetGalley! Want a free copy in exchange for an honest review? Click the link below, join NetGalley and let’s get the reviews rolling!


MSPE (My Self-Publishing Experiment), episode 2, will be available at 7:45pm. I talk about mistakes I made and strategies to implement. And Finn plays a starring role again…

What type of genre do you like to read? Comment down below or on YouTube.

Click on the links below to follow and support me. Thanks peeps!

I’m Thinking of Ending Things… Please do, end this movie, after like, twenty minutes in…

As you can infer, not a fan of this film… advertised as a horror, but definitely NOT! A horror that is….

So, the trailer promised something entirely different than what the movie delivered. I don’t even know what to say… great directing, stellar acting, but the story? The cohesion? The logic? Nope. A dream within a dream within a dream within a wait, what?

Listen in here:

Remember to like, subscribe, and comment. Every little bit helps!

Podcast:  Movies of the Damned!!

and here:

Movies of the Damned!! YouTube

And have you seen my other YouTube channel yet? My Self-Publishing Experiment? No? Well, here you go:

Have a great week. Be kind to everyone.

And Here We Go Again!!!

Book reveal time! What do you think? It took me some time to figure out a compelling cover. I hope it draws you in.

Here is the synopsis:

Kyle didn’t like being told what to do. When his brother demanded that he get himself home right now, no stopping, no passing GO and no collecting two-hundred dollars, the order didn’t sit well with him. So, he stopped at a bar in an unknown town. He met a girl. They drank, left, did drugs together, and when he awoke in the morning, her decapitated head lay in his lap. As he pieces together what happened the night before, a police cruiser rolls in behind him. From that moment, the chase is on. What Kyle doesn’t know is that he isn’t the only killer in town.

You can get a copy of it now here:

Check out my YouTube channel for a gander at episode one and how I put all this together on My Self-Publishing Experiment.


Let’s do this together, shall we?

Tomorrow will be episode one of my Self-Publishing journey, and I cover a lot of material in it. In a concise manner… I hope.

Any-hoo, I have to say, although it has been a lot of work so far, it has been rewarding, you know? A lot of swearing and shaking my fists at the computer monitor too, but when I figure it out and it’s ready to go, I’m happy about it.

All of this, this writing, podcasting, and YouTube’ing thing is my hobby. I don’t depend on it for an income, so there is a lot of freedom in that. There isn’t the fear of ruinous failure because I may fail, but it won’t ruin me. I’ll still pay my mortgage and my bills. I’m lucky enough to know I’ll always be okay. Still, I like to do well.

In the horror writing world, I’m the little guy. Stephen King, Josh Malerman, Graham Masterton, Anne Rice, and the list goes on, and on, but those guys, those names? They are the big guys. And they’ve earned it and continue to earn it and I for one will always buy their books. But the little guys? They need some love too. And I search for them and read them and review them and plug them as best I can when I think they deserve it.

So if you’ve read my book, or books, and have enjoyed them, I hope you tell other people about them. That’s all it takes. A suggestion from a friend, a review on Goodreads or Amazon, in time, those small gestures go a long way.

Do something for the little guy… tell someone about them. And when I mean them, I also mean me… lol.

On EPISODE ONE, I do the following:

  1. Reveal my newest book!
  2. Show the process of my site upgrade.
  3. Cover the costs so far and…
  4. Reveal the review requests letter I sent out to reviewers.

Hope you join me.

As for now, enjoy the introduction to this experiment.

My Self-Publishing Experiment

My fourth book is ready for release. And this time, I’m going it alone. Well, not really, I want you all to come along with me.

I am going to show everything I do to market, promote and get reviews for my book in the pre-launch stage. I’m going to show what I bought (ads, equipment) and share the costs of it all with you.

It all begins this Wednesday.

I hope to see you there.

Click on the link, subscribe, and click the notifications bell.

Be kind to everyone.

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