When Paige Anderson was 20 years old, she made a pact with her best friend, Grant Lowe: If the two remained single by age 30, they would get married.
On June 8, 2014, the day after graduating from Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., Ms. Anderson (now Ms. Lowe) and Mr. Lowe wed. At 22, eight years before the deadline, their wedding was held on campus at Alumni Hall among friends, family and faculty.
Their initial informal promise was a safe way to flirt, because the two were afraid to reveal their mutual feelings. “You can back out of it if no one believes it; you can tell yourself it was just a joke,” said Ms. Lowe, noting that her husband once agreed to a similar arrangement with a friend from high school. (Mr. Lowe has no previous marriages.)
The verbal contract between Mr. and Ms. Lowe was a conversation opener to their progression beyond friendship. But, often, small-talk marriage pacts are not binding. They are guided by the fear of being alone, according to Lynn Saladino, a clinical psychologist in Manhattan who focuses on relationships.
“It’s one of people’s biggest fears in dating,” Dr. Saladino said. “They want to know they’re not going to be by themselves long-term — that someone’s going to be there.”
John FitzPatrick, 50, an owner of Anthony Bruttaniti Architecture and Design in Philadelphia, almost married his best friend, Moira Appicelli, 50, of New Brunswick, N.J.
They met in ninth grade at Spotswood High School in Spotswood N.J. “I saw her walking down the hallway, and I knew that we were going to be friends forever,” Mr. FitzPatrick said.
Although neither party was ever romantically interested, when they were in their 20s, the two devised a solution to being perpetually single, Ms. Appicelli said. “If we’re not married by 40, we should just get married.”
The pact resurfaced when Mr. FitzPatrick, then 36, suffered from sciatica. He considered back surgery but didn’t have health insurance. Ms. Appicelli offered to marry him, so he could utilize her benefits.
“At that point, I was already with my now-husband,” whom, Mr. FitzPatrick added, he legally married three years ago.
Beyond hidden feelings or inheriting job perks, marriage pacts are also forged for emotional support.
“People are looking for a sense of security and having backup in case something doesn’t work out,” said Dr. Saladino. “People like to know that they’re going to end up with someone, and also someone that they like.”
Dawn-Maia Simmons, 40, a registered nurse in Garland, Tex., met her husband, Jason Simmons, when they were 17.
“I was actually dating a good friend of his,” said Ms. Simmons, who simultaneously swore to marry Mr. Simmons if they were single at 33. “In our heads, that was right at the starting point where you were almost too old to have kids.”
About a year after promising to be life partners, when both were single and 18, they unexpectedly became pregnant with a boy. “We weren’t together,” Ms. Simmons said. “We weren’t a couple. We remained friends who had a baby together.”
The relationship didn’t evolve until Mr. Simmons suggested they move in together. In 2000, at 21, they decided to marry, validating their marriage pact on Valentine’s Day.
“Through all the things that we’ve been through, our friendship has saved us every single time,” said Ms. Simmons, who has been married 18 years and also has a daughter with Mr. Simmons. “It’s not been the kids. It’s not been financial. We still enjoy the things we did as teenagers: going to concerts, sitting around laughing at dumb TV shows and watching movies. Our time together after all these years has been the most valuable thing.”
Deep friendships and commitments are necessary for successful relationships, according to Angelica Magana-Rossin, a licensed marriage and family therapist in Manhattan. “Overcoming the challenges is a lot easier when there is that base. There ends up being an implicit contract to work on something: even if it feels hard, even if it doesn’t feel magnetic or intoxicating anymore; to work toward creating these dynamics.”
Arranged marriages, in some aspects, are similar to marriage pacts between friends that aren’t induced by passion. Some lead to falling in love, anyway.
“There is an agreement, first and foremost. People agree to show up in the relationship and make the best of it,” said Ms. Magana-Rossin. “When there are fewer options and more direct focus, that really can help make the relationship a lot more intentional.”
There can be some confusion, though, about pacts themselves. Dr. Saladino advises both parties of the agreement be transparent about their realistic objectives when verbalizing the future. “It depends how seriously each person is taking the pact. If they are restricting themselves from putting themselves out there, that could potentially hold them back from some very good partners.”
Alissa Jacob, 32, a founder of Reservoir, a retail store in Los Angeles, made a marriage pact with her childhood best friend, Joey Kuhn of Boston. “It was always pretty clear that he was going to be coming out of the closet,” said Ms. Jacob, who refers to Kuhn as “hubby,” even though she is engaged to someone else. “We talked about having a kid together or living together like ‘Will & Grace.’ It was never going to be a sexual marriage.”
Ms. Jacob does, however, plan to wear a white wedding dress down the aisle at Mr. Kuhn’s wedding, should he get married.
“I still call Alissa ‘wifey’,” said Mr. Kuhn, 33 and a filmmaker, who has a long-term boyfriend. “She’s like, ‘You will be his husband, but I will always be his wife.’”
Despite the duo’s strong ties — Mr. Kuhn is officiating Ms. Jacob’s wedding in October — he admits Ms. Jacob wasn’t the only person he casually promised ‘til death do they part. “I was a closeted gay guy in middle and high school and was friends with a ton of girls.”
It isn’t only the pact-makers who have the potential to be disappointed by those hypothetical promises.
Years ago, Mr. FitzPatrick visited his father, nearing the end of his life, in the hospital. “He was in bed, and he goes, ‘John, you married Moira, right?’”
“I could see the puzzled look on his face. He forgot that I was gay for a second,” said Mr. FitzPatrick, who had been with his life partner for 14 years at that point.
And then, it clicked.
His father, speaking about Ms. Appicelli, said, “I always loved her.”
Mr. FitzPatrick, who remains close to Ms. Appicelli, and even has a bedroom for her in his brownstone, replied, “I know, Dad. I still do.”
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How did Annie Gaybis get famous?
In Hollywood circles, Annie Gaybis is what’s known as a triple threat. Known for her work in American film, stage and television productions, she has worked with everyone from Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton to acclaimed directors Orson Welles and David Lynch. She’s had a storied career full of fantastic roles, sold out shows, and the kind of insider stories most people “in the biz” only ever dream of.
But it wasn’t always like that. Like anybody else in show business, Annie had to put in the work before she could appear in productions like Waterworld, or work a stage with the likes of Little Richard or Frank Sinatra Jr. When there was work to be put in, Gaybis was right there, ready to give it her all. Join us, today, as we take a short look at a genuine legend in Hollywood stage, film, and television acting, Annie Gaybis.
Annie Gaybis came into the world to Myer and Laura Helen Gaybis. Born in Maryland, her father told her from a young age he dreamed of her growing up to become an oceanographer. Her mother would sadly pass away when she was still young, leaving her to be raised by her father, grandfather, and a friend of the family.
From an early age, Annie was already getting started in the exciting world of acting. She would receive her Actors Equity Card as a young child, for her roles in childrens and teenage theater with the Center Stage repertory company. Her dance studies began at the age of six, with her first role in ‘Finian’s Rainbow’ at the age of eight. Moving from intensive dance classes with Goldie Hawn’s trainer to dance and singing work in New York, the list of mentors present in Annie’s early years would set her up for greatness, later on.
In 1973, Annie kicked off her film career in the way of all great actresses, with a series of smaller parts on her way to more leading roles. Whether playing girl #1 or a Central Park Hitgirl, she would soon be on her way to four roles in the space of 1976. She would go on to perform alongside the likes of Martha Reeves, Professor Irwin Corey, Rory Calhoun, John Saxon, Dudley Moore, Harry Morgan, and Apollonia.
In 1982, she took on a role in Friday the 13th Part III as well as The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, alongside Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds. 1983 saw her working with Orson Welles on his reissue of Necromancy, entitled, The Witching. Working throughout the 80s, she would eventually go on to play roles in 1995’s Showgirls and Waterworld, and still worked in film and television to this day.
Her acting work doesn’t stop on the silver screen, however. Gaybis has worked extensively with local syndicated television stations across Los Angeles and NYC for several high profile events. She also had a guest appearance on syndicated Baywatch, circa 1992 and a role on Bakersfield PD from 1993 to 1994.
Her stage work took her from her early years of her career as a Playboy Bunny working in Boston, through an exhaustive cabaret career, throughout the mid ‘70s, opening for Milton Berle and Pat Henry, as well as future collaborator, Skip E.Lowe. During this time, she would travel the world, taking her show from the United States and the Playboy Circuit to men’s clubs across England. She was actually awarded a Certificate Of Esteem from The United States Government for her work with the USO show during this time.
She has also taken to the stage in several high profile acting roles over the course of her career, and has worked with notable directors and stage names. Some of her most recent work has included roles from such acclaimed writers as Noel Coward.
Annie Gaybis: In Conclusion
If you measure success in Hollywood by who’s seen and done it all, Annie Gaybis is a name you can’t put aside. Whether it’s her acting chops, ability to command a room from onstage, or the plethora of high profile names she has worked with, we’re glad she’s still going strong in show business, and doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing down.
Rockstar Reconciles: Read Dead Online Economy Fixed?
Read Dead Redemption has been online for over a week now with lots of great reviews. Though one situation lays at the heart of the Red Dead Community’s biggest problem with the game. That is the Red Dead Online Economy Problem. Before Yesterday, The games economy had been suffering due to the lack of reward for completing missions, and the high cost of weapons clothing, and upgrades. And since Red Dead Online Beta Launched, the community has given its fair opinion on selling a $30 real life gun for $1000 in game.
All this commotion over the economy has prompted many to find alternate ways of making the most money. Check out this article HERE to find out about how you can make the most out of the time you spend in Red Dead Online.
But Rockstar has been listening to its player-base. Many of the prices for weapons have gone down in cost by almost half of their original prices. Not only that, but the insurance cost for horses is no longer in gold, but in regular dollars. Although the price is still somewhat high, it beats the gold standard by far.
Gold payment in missions has also gone up. players recieved .02 gold nuggets per showdown series and none per stranger mission. the only other way to obtain a good amount of gold was by ranking up and recieving periodic treasure maps holding good amounts of gold bars and cash.
The Red Dead Online Economy Problem has temporarily been solved though. There is no telling what the economy will be like and how balanced it will be when the gold store comes out.
Rockstar has supplemented this patch by giving “Reconciliation Payments” in which players are given a sum of money, around $200 and around 15 gold bars which cover many expenses in the game.
With the money I received I was able to buy two new guns and some customization for them as well.
The Direction Rockstar is going seems to be completely opposite of other game developers. In an age where money is becoming the center of what developers want, it looks like Rockstar has made a turn for the better, prizing player experience overall.
Check out this new method of getting the most money in Red Dead Online
5 Things to Know Before Finishing an 80 Lower Receiver
Despite the name “80%” lower, there are actually quite a few parts you need to complete an AR 15.
An AR 15 build kit is one of the best ways to ensure you have all the parts necessary. An AR 15 is divided into several parts categories, and you’ll need them all. You’ll need an 80 lower receiver, an upper receiver, a lower parts kit, a buffer assembly, a stock, and if you want to shoot your gun accurately and effectively you’ll need a set of sights, and at least one magazine.
2. Do You Have the Right Tools?
In order to complete an 80 lower, you probably know you’ll need a milling tool of some kind. You’ll also need the proper tooling to mill aluminum – any old bit or end mill won’t do. Cutting fluid is also an absolute lifesaver when you start milling, as is a depth collar.
That’s just for milling the receiver. An armorer’s wrench to attach the buffer tube is very nice to have. Roll pin punches are also a delight to have when building the lower receiver. An AR 15 pivot and roll pin installation tool is also quite handy.
3. Forged or Billet?
80 lower receivers come in a variety of flavors, most of which can be dialed down to forged or billet. These is, of course, how the receiver is made and will have some effect on your weapon. Operationally, there is almost zero net effect.
Forged lowers tend to be both lighter and more durable. However, the durability rating is a mere technicality, as neither will break with normal use. If you started taking a sledgehammer to them, the forged would bend a little less.
Billet lowers tend to have a very clean and unique appearance. The lines straighter, tighter, and cleaner. They are heavier, but do look better overall.
4. How Many Rifles are You Going to Build?
Building rifles from 80 lowers is kind of like eating potato chips. You can’t just have one. If this is your first build, it’s understandable to be cautious. However, most people keep building and keep buying. Buying in bulk is possible, and is a good way to save some cash. If you are thinking about building multiple rifles or even pistols, buying a “3 pack” is typically the best way to go to save money as a beginner.
5. Do You Know the Completion Phases?
When building the kinds of AR 15 kits available from Thunder Tactical for example, you typically do it in phases. It is important, as you build, for you to complete each phase in one sitting. The weapon can be completed at different times, but the individual phases should be completed in one sitting.
Phase 1 is milling the 80 lower. This is best done in one sitting because once you get your groove going with milling it’s much simpler and easier to continue. Plus, trying to guess where you stopped can be a pain. For a beginner, it takes about two to three careful hours to finish an 80 lower.
Phase 2 is installing the lower parts kit and buffer assembly into the 80 lower. This step is essentially assembling parts where they should be. However, the first time you do it can be tricky. Expect this portion to last an hour or two with proper tools.
Phase 3 is assembling the upper receiver. Most of the time upper receivers are assembled, but if you choose you can assemble your own. This is not extremely difficult, but can be a challenge. Allot at least an hour, but first timers can take up to two hours depending on rail system, gas block, and other small details.
Thunder Tactical: Better Gun Parts for Better Builds
Going into an 80 lower build is a lot easier if you know what to expect, and what you’ll need to finish the build. A little knowledge goes a long away once the tools are out. For high-quality 80 lowers and AR15 kits that also won’t break the bank, visit Thunder Tactical today, and get building!
Bay City Monsters Movie Deal
This weekend, a book movie deal announcement set everybody at Web Stark Media on edge with excitement: Bay City Monsters, the hit horror comedy novel from Duncan Reyneke is being made into a movie.
The indie novel sleeper hit from the South African author made waves earlier this year when it hit shelves with its combination of cringe violence, bizarre sex, and pop science fiction. And now, according to representatives from the author’s camp, the book has officially been picked up by an Atlanta film studio for a film adaptation in 2019.
Needless to say, as fans, we’re excited. In today’s list, we break down the three parts of this unique novel we’re most looking forward to.
Ready to get weird? Good – let’s go!
Large parts of Bay City Monsters are centered around our heroes, Paul and Cheri, trying to outrun a giant zombie by the name of Orson. Though nobody’s quite sure who he is or why he’s so very angry, he’s at the center of a lot of the crazy stuff going on in this novel. And, whenever he’s not on screen, he’s closely tied to a series of grisly murders taking place in Port Elizabeth.
What we’re trying to say is: this is a classic horror fiction movie bad guy, made huge, and we couldn’t be any more stoked to see him come to life in this movie.
Expect terrifying chase scenes, emergency fire axes, and lots of fire (does anybody remember that punch scene? OMG OMG OMG). Moreover, from what we’re being told, we’re looking forward to a dripping, screaming zombie about the size of the Hulk, and that’s something we can get behind.
Those Sex Scenes
Now, as Reyneke himself puts it, a big part of this novel is some of the truly “weird sex” he splashes around like a drink thrusting his glass of vodka around at a party. And, if you haven’t read the book yet and are worried about some “50 Shades of Grey” style misleads, trust is: Bay City Monsters goes all out.
Looking for a hero who lets women pee on him? Jonesing for a scene where two old people with their hearing aids out bang each other gimp style while a hotel worker desperately tries to get their attention? A science fiction book to read with a dash of anal beads? From pegging to public oral sex, all your old friends are here and ready to play in some wonderfully colorful ways.
Reyneke’s preoccupation with taboo sex is responsible for some of the more shocking and amazing parts of this novel. Our only real concern, since the news last week that his book will be getting a movie adaptation, is whether or not the studio will actually have the balls to follow through on any of these scenes. We’re hoping yes, as this is the kind of “out there” approach that made us fall in love with this book in the first place.
Black Magic Everything
The last part of the (un)holy trinity that makes Bay City Monsters one of the best books of 2018 is the brash, colorful splashings of occult crap that litter its pages. In spite of his love of science fiction books, Duncan Reyneke loves a scary story or two, it’s quite clear.
For those waiting to see it on the big screen, you can look forward to Pet Sematary-style questions of death and undeath, earnest scenes between our heroes and real-life Gods, wizards, monsters, and folklore with a pitch-black heart. This is really what gives BCM so much of its forward momentum, with scenery dripping with spooky black magic.
This may also be one of the more difficult parts of the book to translate to the big screen. BCM features scenes heavy on special effects, from blasts of destructive power to giant, hairy, horned, screeching monsters. It says something about your story when a giant black hole slowly eating a hotel is one of the tamer special effects at play in any given scene.
That said, I mean, the book’s been picked up, right? I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to see what they do with this crazy science fiction horror gift of a book.
Get in on the action, before Bay City Monsters becomes the next big Hollywood thing based on a book you haven’t read yet. Check out Duncan Reyneke’s hit novel on Amazon Kindle and hardcopy, and brace for an out-of-this-world adventure.
Spider-Man Ps4 not in MCU and that’s Great!
Don’t get me wrong, the MCU is probably the greatest thing that ever happened to the film industry, but for Spider-Man Ps4 its not so good. heres why:
Less Focused on Spider-Man
In a Spidey game, players want the full experience of what it feels like and means to be Spider-Man. in the last Spider-Man movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming, it was a Spider-Man centered story, but every fifteen seconds there was a nod to one of the other avengers, like a constant reminder that it is not only spider-man in the universe.
However, in Spider-Man Ps4, the world is a marvel world, and all of those characters exist, but not in the magnitude that they do in the MCU, leaving the stage complete for our friendly neighborhood web-head.
Spider-Man Ps4 is Not Movie Licensed
Being made into a movie licensed game is one of the worst start offs for a game. There was only about one good movie Licensed Spider-Man game and that was definitely Spider-Man 2 for the Ps2.
Since Spider-Man Ps4 is not a movie licensed game, it can focus more time on a story that is unique and not an extension of a movie but an extension of the fans who make it and want to play it. Movie licensed games often fail to capture the essence of what makes a game fun and immersive in order to focus on how much money they can make. and it is a good thing that Spider-Man Ps4 is not on that train.
The MCU is great.
Spider-Man Ps4 is great because it is not tied to the MCU but still acknowledges marvel characters and lore.
It is not held down by a movie license which gives it the ability to thrive as a true videogame.
Curious to see how good Spider-Man Ps4 looks? Search no further!
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Gameplay: map size and an inside look on what to expect
With a setting as big as Ancient Greece, Ubisoft has a huge responsibility in making Assassin’s Creed Odyssey gameplay meet its status with such a vast era and location. Let’s take a look at how this is done!
In Assassin’s Creed Odyssey we are taken to the height of Greek culture as we get to experience a vast open world in Ancient Greece. With a map size over half the size of its predecessor, Assassin’s Creed Origin’s, There will surely be no shortage of fun and mystery to be a part of.
The map will contain seven different regions :
With a map as diverse as this, the gameplay in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has a lot to live up to in terms of diversity. And thankfully diversity and the ability to be a Demi-God seem to be the names of the game. Even as you trail along the open seas, upgrades to your character and your ship are all meant to fit a play-style that YOU choose.
Check out the Latest in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Gameplay:
The new Assassin’s Creed Odyssey gameplay looks like its going to be addicting!
The Elements of All Good Science Fiction Books
Human beings are strange. We love things, and when we love them, we try to perfect them until they’re just right. We’ll go to incredible lengths to find the most metal heavy metal band possible, until all we hear is distortion and squealing. We’ll walk to the end of the earth to find the perfect Cubano, when, really, you probably only need to go as far as Key West.
In the quest for the perfect science fiction books, mankind has gone from futuristic dystopian earths to the very depths of space.
Today, we’re going to take a closer look at what it takes to make one of these mythical beasts. Spoiler warning: it takes less than you might think.
Science Fiction Books: Where Is The Line?
In any scientific test, it’s important to get your base measurements right. For the sake of this article, we’ll start by pointing out the most sciency science fiction fan who ever fanned himself over some science fiction. We refer, of course, to the very dear Mr Neil deGrasse Tyson – famed Pluto killer and science fiction home player. Tyson has taken issue with many modern movies, and actually come under fire in recent years for being “a bit of a spoilsport” in his reviews of various science fiction flicks. Whether it’s in pointing out that BB8 wouldn’t have been able to roll properly on Ray’s home planet of Jaku (which was later disproved) or the matched-rotation docking scene from Interstellar being too fast, he can be a little hypercritical over some of our favourite movies?
But what is it that turns us off about this kind of commentary when it comes to science fiction books and movies? I mean, all things aside, he’s right, isn’t he?
The Ugly Secret: Storytelling Is Always More Important
Whether we like it or not, a lot of this comes down to how malleable we as an audience are when it comes to good movies. Storytelling is an art that’s designed to bait human brains along, no matter how smart or analytical the people who own them might be. They do this by telling us stories that take certain paths that are, themselves, as old as we are. Joseph Campbell’s idea of the monomyth says that we look for specific signposts in every story we hear. A hero. A challenge. The realization that what they wanted might not be what they needed. We see it in every story, from evil AI units in deep space to adorable little robots on trash planets.
This applies to any genre, and the basic idea is always the same, even if certain signposts aren’t always as important as others. We as humans like a good story, and if it obeys its own internal logic while telling a compelling story with deft plot points.
And that’s not to say that’s all any of us want. Just that, for those more focused on the science in science fiction books, there may always be more to find just over the next horizon.
Science Fiction Books: Still Literature At Heart
Ultimately, there’s nothing wrong with being a fan of something in the “fanatical” sense of the word. This kind of love for anything from black comedies to science fiction is what keeps literature going from year to year. It’s the “real” fans that bring our favorite books back.
But does every genre need to be completely “pure” to be worthwhile?
I think you already know the answer.
And, speaking of black comedies and science fiction…
Duncan Reyneke is the author of Bay City Monsters, a chaotic comedy about love, sex, portals to hell, and accidental amputation. As far as science fiction books go, it probably isn’t one in the traditional sense of the word, but it is damn good storytelling. Be sure to check it out!
Our Top Five Science Fiction Shows (For A Break From Reading)
Of course, as much as we all love a good Sunday afternoon curled up on the couch with a stack of science fiction books, sometimes your eyes get tired. Or you just feel like staring at something that moves for a few minutes to an hour.
Whatever the case, we’ve assembled our list of the five best science fiction books to take your mind off the science fiction books you should be reading.
A bold anthology series with every episode presenting a self-contained story, it’s hard to argue with the brilliance of this British sci-fi TV juggernaut.
If dystopian worlds full of robot dog hunters, clones with artificial memories, augmented reality, and VR landscapes are your flavor (among others), we recommend it. We recommend it so very hard.
An unexpected dark horse in the sci-fi TV race, Westworld took television audiences by storm a few years back, the high-concept adventure and dense story-telling of this season-long (so far) show speak leagues about its future. With unraveling mysteries left, right and center, and the second season already underway we can’t wait to see what’s in store for the citizens of our favorite VR frontier city, this year.
Rick And Morty
It’s safe to say few TV shows right now have as much sway over their fans as Rick and Morty, science fiction be damned. With its irreverent potty humor, lava floor of pop references, and horde of pseudoscience plot points, Rick and Morty is basically printing money for its creators, Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland. Clearly a great indicator of the public’s thirst for good sci-fi with, yes, a dash of poop jokes thrown in for good measure.
A classic, this sprawling science fiction show has run the sci-fi gamut from deeply introspective and engaging to ridiculously shallow in recent years. Whatever your feelings, though, having just recently come back for an entire new season, the X-Files is clearly going nowhere soon. When you consider the mark it left on pop culture alone (once again, apart from sci-fi), it’s not hard to see why
Possibly one of the greatest exports from the UK in modern history, Dr Who is a convoluted, crisscrossing time travel science fiction masterpiece that makes no apologies for being ridiculous. It also does not try to shy away from time travel, opening itself up to plot holes it manages to handle with surprising ease over its multiple-decade run. Oh, and bowties are definitely cool. Definitely a favorite of ours.
Science fiction really is the genre that keeps on giving. For more on one of the hottest science fiction horror novels on the market this summer, Bay City Monsters by Duncan Reyneke, be sure to check out this link.
A Horror Fiction Novel, By Way Of Sci Fi, Comedy, And Erotica
Bay City Monsters is a horror fiction novel
That’s simplifying things a bit – the truth is it’s a bunch of things. Like your best friend from high school who played football but also liked to wear fishnets and listen to in a hotel room on the weekends. You know, Dave,
Speaking of kinky shit, the book’s got a lot of that, as well.
But the horror fiction stuff, that’s what really sticks. Body mutilation, demons, hell portals and ritual murders abound in the sleepy town of Port Elizabeth, and every step further into blood-soaked depravity takes our hero further into the depths of
Wait, it’s funny, too?
Huh – so maybe genres have become less rigid since the Clive Barkers and the Stephen Kings of yore. Used to be a time you couldn’t mix your horror with too many laughs, lest you be called a soft Edgar Allen Poe ass poser by all the cool horror writers. Same goes with too much sex or even a little sci fi.
Wait, Reyneke put sci fi elements into this thing, too?
Alright, maybe we should take a closer look at what genre is, and what we could possibly expect from this weird ass book.
A Horror Fiction Novel, By Way Of Sci Fi, Comedy, And Erotica
First off, this novel is straight up horror fiction. Undead killers stalk the unlucky city of Port Elizabeth, murdering prom queens, strangling unsuspecting jocks, and leaving a bloody path of destruction in their wake. There’s dismemberment, monsters, Hell, and apocalypses aplenty in Paul Goddard’s beloved PE, and that’s just for starters.
But it’s also unexpectedly funny for a book about a series of gory murders. The characters are delightfully human and more than a little poorly behaved. The stories they share and the binds they land so pathetically in are some of the most disarmingly hilarious we’ve read in a long time.
But Wait: There’s More
Of course, where there are good stories to be had, someone’s having weird sex. And Bay City Monsters, for a book that’s horror fiction at its core, has a lot of odd sex. From bondage to scat fetishes and way (way) beyond, this book’s going to make a few of you blush, and some of you others very happy indeed.
Add a healthy dose of science fiction tropes, wormholes, and mystical, Buffy the Vampire Slayer-style magical mcguffins, and it’s not hard to see why Bay City Monsters is one of our most eagerly awaited releases of 2018. Make sure to get yours, today!
How To Choose A Fiction Book To Read in 2018: An Author’s Guide
Are you looking for a fiction book to read, but it’s been so long since your last good book that you don’t know what you feel like reading? Maybe you never knew, to begin with. A surprising number of grown Americans are admitting to having never read a book from beginning to end (at least for fun).
And it makes sense if you think about it. There’s a misconception about reading books that it’s this chore some extremely academic people choose to do for self-abusive fun. That if you don’t “get it” you’ll never get it.
It makes sense, but it’s not true.
Join us today, as we bring you three great tips for choosing a fiction book to read in 2018. Because it’s a process, and if you just go through it, you’ll unlock an entire world of great entertainment you can call on during down seasons of Game of Thrones.
1. Look For Things You Enjoy
People tend to mysticize the act of reading a book. They think about going into a library and picking something off a shelf as something that “hardcore” readers do. Something limited, where they could choose one of maybe ten boring old dusty genres.
Fantasy books about old-fashioned heroes fighting predictable villains.
Historical fiction about Anne Boleyn or Winston Churchill.
Depressing autobiographies about eighty-year-old Holocaust survivors.
These books, though they are certainly popular with many readers, can seem like a chore to someone looking for a book who isn’t a history buff or a Dungeons and Dragons fan. But the dirty little secret is, there are some wild books out there. Some incredibly modern, super specific books with stories in them about as far away from a snoozefest epic about sea monsters as you can get.
Looking for Pride and Prejudice, but with zombies in it? Want a story about a dirty cop and his talking intestinal parasite? How about something with a giant monster, some old people banging, and about a dozen fart jokes?
Every one of those books exists, and about a million variations in between them. Crazy stories that would make your English teacher furious and the dirtiest kid from your high school blush.
The trick is to look for them. Ask around, read reviews, and go into it with a clear head. A story out there exists that will knock your socks off with how much it speaks to you, even if what you like is out of the ordinary and non-traditional. It’s up to you to get out there and find it.
2. Explore Your Reading Tastes
As with any other skill, the more you do it the more chances you’ll get to discover better, more interesting ways to do it. If you start reading science fiction because you know you like that genre, what you might learn is that you like futurism. Or aliens. Or conspiracy narratives.
Alternatively, a little bit of each one.
You might also learn you actually prefer straight up monster fiction and sci fi isn’t as fun as you thought it was. The more you read, and the more open you stay to new experiences, the more opportunities you’ll find for new experiences. One novel in your favorite genre may feature elements from something you’ve never read before.
The best advice, here, really is to just keep reading as often as possible.
3. Get A Professional Opinion
What you did by coming to this article is a great first step in figuring out what kind of books you should be reading. And it can be a lot of fun (if this wasn’t).
Check out some of the leading websites out there for readers, and see what’s topping the list of best sellers, hot reads, wild lit rides or whatever else qualifies for top-of-the-pops status right now. It sounds cynical, but if it works for 12 million other millennial working class non-English grads normal people, the chances are you’ll at least like it somewhat.
People like to imagine they’re unique, but once you embrace the fact that you can be who you are without having to shrug off every popular book on the market right now, you can find some truly great reads.
Try some of the following on for size:
Ultimately, reading really does come down to your own personal tastes. But that doesn’t mean you have to hang out drifting in a sea of options, figuring out everything for yourself. Like picking a favorite band or the best movie of the summer, there are simple factors that influence what you like. Relatability. Complexity. How much fun it is, honestly.
Choosing A Fiction Book To Read: Now You Know
Hopefully, today’s article has given you what you need to come to one important realization: reading’s fun. Not just for readers, but for anybody looking to do something new or interesting. It’s a party literally everyone is invited to, and there are snacks laid out for everyone. You just need to know what you’re in the mood for. Hopefully today we’ve given you the tools you need to choose a fiction book to read.
Duncan Reyneke is the author of Bay City Monsters and Nails in the Sky, a pair of crazy adventure books full of sex, monsters, fistfights, magic and weirdness. If you’re in the market for something way out of the ordinary to read, you can order yours today!
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